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Maybe because I am not Prospector Ralph aka Endorphin Ralph aka The Prospector aka Prospect Jesus aka Peter, Paul and ‘I Know Prospects’ Mary Well aka The Pro-Spectulator aka I Am Still Not Beating Grey In Our League And Grey Beat Me To Waivers For Rhysus aka No, You’re Minor, I’m Major, But I Know Minors Just Not Like That aka Ralph Lifshitz, but this year’s September call-ups are kinda sad.  Do I like Jack Flaherty?  Sure, Flaherty is must SCTV!  But he’s kinda more to do with matchups.  Tyler Glasnow?  Well, more on him in this afternoon’s Buy column.  Willie Calhoun?  Great, but where does he play?  Harrison Bader and Franklin Barreto?  Haven’t we gone down that road already?  I would absolutely grab any September call-up if he was helping me in a redraft league, but the choice between Willie Calhoun platooning and, say, Howie Kendrick playing?  Kendrick all day, and twice on Muesday, that magical day between Monday and Tuesday.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Justin Upton – Acquired by the Angels for some prospects, though, I honestly didn’t know the Angels had prospects.  Upton moves away from Detroit where Verlander would constantly be playing grab-ass with him on road trips.  “Do I need to remove my jersey so you can’t see the name Upton?”  That’s Justin Upton just about fed-up.  Bobby Grich Ballpark in Anaheim is Nowhere Near Los Angeles doesn’t support a high-flying offense, but Comerica and Detroit wasn’t exactly supporting layups either.  Though, when all’s said and done and when I’m all said and done with this cliche, Upton is more or less the same in any environment.  Plus, Trout has to be better than whatever facacta crap the Tigers were putting in front of him.  By the way, Prospector Ralph tells me the Tigers got Grayson Long in the trade, and he’s a high upside arm.  More like a high upside baby arm, because Grayson Long is what I call my penis.  Hey now!

Francisco Mejia – Will be called up today along with Greg Allen.  For someone who doesn’t big-time everyone, Mejia’s big-time big-time.  Double big-time.  Though — oh no, air’s coming out of the balloon! — he’s an average-first hitter with a little pop and even less speed.  At catcher?  That’s awesome if he’s playing.  I asked Endorphin for a 30-game projection for Mejia and he said three homers, one steal and hits .280.  Well, it does sound better if prorated over 140 games.  As for Allen, he’s SAGNOF!, but looks platoony.

Byron Buxton – Went for tests on his left hamate bone.  The tests, “C’mon, Buxton, one more game of paper, rock, scissors.”  “I can’t do it, coach!”  The MRI showed no fractures to Buxton’s hand, so consider him day-to-day.

Miguel Sano – Went to the hospital about his shin splints.  As someone who gets shin splints, these are debilitating.  *walks in front of the phone bank*  Over forty billion people are affected by shin splints every year.  This girl in Venezuela?  *shows picture of young girl standing in front of a Carlos E. Queso*  She has shin splints, but you can help.  Call that number on the bottom of the screen and donate your life savings.  Thank you.

Matt Belisle – 1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.62 vs. Omar Minaya – 2/3 IP, 2 ER and his 1st blown save, ERA at 4.67.  The Twins/White Sox bullpen has the faux accusatory back and forth quality of “Who Stole The Cookie From The Cookie Jar?”  Which bullpen wants to win this game?  Who, me?  Yes, you!  Couldn’t be!  Then who?

Yoan Moncada – Still shutdown with shin splints.   “Hello, little girl in front of Carlos E. Queso, can you tell us about your shin splints?”  “El grande dolor.”  “They’re Frank Thomas?  Interesting.”

Alen Hanson – 3-for-4 and his 3rd homer.  That’s a batty call that makes me want to start smoking again.

Dillon Peters – Called up to start for the Marlins.  Not to be a heightist, but he’s five-nine with an under-8 K/9 in Double-A.  D.P.’s gonna need a lot of them.

Kendrys Morales – 4-for-5, 4 runs, 7 RBIs and three homers (23, 24, 25).  Even more impressively, he managed to not injure himself at home plate all three times.

Manny Machado – 2-for-4, 1 run and his 9th steal, hitting .269.  On our Player Rater, Machado has managed to get himself all the way up to top 30 overall.  Huge climb for someone who looked so lost in the 1st half.  I know, been harping on this, which is different than the guy who sang Steal My Kisses.

Jeremy Hellickson – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.15.  Can’t wait for the Wild Card run-off game to see who gets into the playoffs with the Orioles vs. the Angels, and the 7+ ERA Tillman faces the 5 K/9 Bridwell.

Adam Jones – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .281.  Shame when the O’s lose these games where they score eight runs, especially when their starters’ collective ERA is only 7.15.

Chris Davis – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .228.  Imagine how obvious it would be that his career is over if the balls weren’t juiced.

Lane Adams – 1-for-1 and his 2nd homer.  Isn’t Lane Adams a store for big-bodied women?

Kyle Hendricks – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.32.  Wow, pitched into the 7th inning with a pitch count that reached 99.  He’s a regular Rube Wadell!

Jon Jay – 4-for-5, 2 runs, hitting .291.  The Federalist gave those balls their marching papers!  What?  No good?  You’re too critical of me.  I need a nap.  ttttttttttttttttttt—Oops, sorry, fell asleep on my keyboard.  I could erase that but it has a lived-in look that I enjoy.

Kris Bryant – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer.  Guess how many RBIs Bryant has.  Go ahead.  Nope, lower.  Lower still.  No, not fifteen.  He has 25 HRs!  He’s tied for 97th in RBIs in the majors with Kole Calhoun (oofa), Eddie Rosario (!) and Matt Adams (Hayzeus).  He has 59 RBIs.  Yeah, not good.  Even Tommy Pham has 61 RBIs in almost 100 less at-bats.

Greg Bird – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but you don’t need that nudge.  Wait, are you calling me a nudge?

Gary Sanchez – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 28th homer, hitting .272.  This home run came in a matchup of Yankees vs. Red Sawx that ESPN billed as “Mayweather vs. McGregor II thru XI then skipping XII-XX and again XXI-XXXV.”  So much hype.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.40.  I gots some love for Ed-Rod in the big picture, but absolutely no love for him in redrafts.

Jonathan Villar – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Not saying this is about to happen, but he could make his entire season look decent with a huge September.  A 7 HR, 12 SBs month would put him at 18/35 on the year.  In redraft leagues, if he was dropped, I’d go back in on Villar.

Zach Davies – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.85.  You ever date someone who makes themselves into a seven with their personality and they’re barely a five in looks?  That’s the entire Brewers’ pitching staff.

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 2.58.  Wait, who sells their soul for only five months of great pitching?

Jacob deGrom – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.43.  Rest of you can move on, this is advice from me to the Mets:  just shut down deGrom.  You’re not going anywhere.  Let him throw 40 less IP this year.  It’ll be good for everyone involved.  And bring back Kiner’s Korner, but with Lenny Dykstra.  Though, put an TV-MA rating on it.

Robert Stephenson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.52, though has three somewhat usable starts in a row.  I don’t want to recognize Robert Louis Stephenson until he’s on the Pirates, but I guess we have to.  His walks are miserable (5.8 BB/9) and Stream-o-Nator wants no part of him, and neither do I.

Scooter Gennett – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .287.  Let’s bask in my excellence for a sec.  In Tout Wars, I’m in 1st place and my entire team could likely take September off and I’d win I’m so far out in front.  In homers category?  I’m up by 60 from 2nd place.  60 homer lead in a 12-team NL-Only league!   I’m up by 100 RBIs!  I’m in 2nd place by twenty steals.  And that was missing Trea Turner for almost two months.  Oh, and I own Scooter.

Alex Verdugo – Speaking of call-ups (I was, just before; you’re not even reading this, are you?), Verdugo will be called up by the Dodgers.  He’s super sexy, like, in many ways.  Sorry, I was just looking at my Giancarlo poster.  Verdugo’s solid (15/15/good OBP), but he’s not going to play enough in mixed leagues, unless someone gets hurt.

Kenta Maeda – 3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.19.  My advice to the Dodgers, if you face the Diamondbacks in the playoffs, start Kershaw for every game in Arizona.  I don’t care if it’s on one day of rest.

A.J. Pollock – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .264.  Ugh, I hate this schmohawk.  I don’t own him, but I don’t enjoy giving bad advice, and it took me putting Pollock in the Sell column for him to turn it around.  Such a Pollock!  Sorry, my b.

Zack Greinke – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.08.  You put that ERA through a “Convert to a 2018 ERA” generator and it’s a 1.75 ERA, so kudos.

Gregor Blanco – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 11th steal.  In today’s political climate, he’s lucky he doesn’t go by his translated name, White Russian.  “Who did you meet with during the Arizona primaries?!  Tell us or we will release a thousand Twitterbots after you!”  That’s Antifa interrogating Gregor Blanco.

Madison Bumgarner – Scratched from start on Thursday.  Since I’m doling major advice out today, shut down Bumgarner for the season.  I will never own him because he’s drafted too high, so this isn’t self-serving advice.  This is in your best interest, San Fran.

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Cardinals outfield is likely to get more crowded with call-ups, but appears to be a schmotato.

Adrian Beltre – Will have an MRI on his strained left hamstring.  With Gallo back and Choo and–Holy crap, bring Willie Calhoun up already!

Cameron Maybin – Acquired by the Astros.  When a team is trading a piece to an in-division rival, you need to have your eyes wide open.  The Angels obviously think Maybin is a poison pill.  Angels are likely thinking Maybin will injure himself by colliding into Altuve.  On the Astros, Maybin likely moves into the bottom of the order and plays/platoons (playtoons?) with Fisher and Marisnick.

Jose Altuve – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 21st homer, hitting .355.  There’s no fences far enough, and high-fives low enough for Altuve to conquer.

Lance McCullers – Will return next week in Seattle.  I’m under the assumption that McCullers will throw a 5 IP, 3 ER start or a 8 IP, 12 Ks start, and nothing between.

Evan Gattis – Hit the DL with wrist soreness.  Ever since a homeless man set fire to my storage unit, Gattis has been conspicuously absent from the lineup.  Not saying there’s a correlation, but I’m saying there’s a correlation!

Collin McHugh – 4 2/3 IP, 0 ER and left after 91 pitches, because…There were no more Rangers to hit with a pitch?  Let’s set the stage on some backstory:  Carlos Gomez lost a ball in the lights last year while McHugh was pitching.  Um, whatever, right?  Oh, no, not right.  McHugh hits Gomez with a pitch in his first at-bat yesterday.  Then Gomez steals second off McHugh.  Awesome, but it gets better.  In Gomez’s next at-bat, McHugh walks him and Gomez flips his bat like he just hit a walk-off.  Kinda love Gomez now.  Seem all a bit petty from McHugh?  Yeah, and don’t forget his city is under five feet of water while this is happening.  Yo, McHugh’s such a douche, I will call him McDouche.

Justin Verlander – Traded to the Astros.  “How can I get closer to Upton?”  Agent, “I think I can get you to the Astros, so same division.”  “Wait, I meant Kate–”  And that’s how the trade to the Astros went down.  Lots of movement — that’s what my bowels said! — but not a whole lot of fantasy value change.  In general, Verlander’s walks are up (3.5 BB/9); Ks are down (from last year, though still 9.2), and his xFIP is 4.40, which is his worse since 2008 when he couldn’t even get a B.J. Upton.

   
  1. mthom42 says:
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    Start Flaherty today @SF?

    • mthom42 says:
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      @mthom42: never mind, just dropped him for Mejia

  2. Scott says:
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    Drop deshields or vizcaino for villar? Deshields not playing since gomez and gallo are back, but beltre for hurt yesterday and gallo may have to play 3rd and open up a spot for deshields. I need sb, but I like villars ss,2b,3b eligibility. Not sure how much villar plays. I would rather own villar if he is playing all else equal. Btw, i have one move left . Or I can drop vizcaino. I can’t make up any ground in saves or lose any. Thx

    • Cram It says:
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      @Scott: Deshields

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Agree with Cram

  3. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Just make sure Grayson Long doesn’t ever get shin splints if ya know what i mean

  4. SMITTY says:
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    Thanks for the morning laugh as always buddy!
    10 team h2h redraft. Already in first and clinched for the playoffs that start in two weeks. I’m trying to find room to pick up Villar to see if this is a real thing or just a mirage, would you drop any of these to pick him up…
    Odor
    DeJong
    Buxton

    Also considering starting flaherty at SF tonight so I was curious about your thoughts on him tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SMITTY: Thanks! Buxton, and I’d start Flaherty tonight, go one start at a time with him

  5. Swfcdan says:
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    Detroit dumps 2 stars just like that? More like Detriot amiright!

    Crush dropped, Toddfather is even more done though right. Switch em?

  6. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Man E-rod has really been bleh in the second half. He’s got a great 2-start slate (v Oakland and @ TB) the week of 9/11, my H2H semifinals…but he could really ruin my ratios + I’ve also got Kershaw with a two start for that week.

    I’ll need to drop a pitcher when Salazar and Cullers are both back…my “worst” pitchers him, Salazar, Morton, Mike Montgomery, Cole.

    E-rod the easy drop there?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Cram It: Thanks – could always use to stream hitters in offdays or something if Salazar is meh on return.

  7. CallMeElJefe says:
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    Tigers 2030! … Need a push on the following SP options in playoffs (thanks Razzball!), H2H pts if you could – Pick 2 of the following:
    Godley @COL
    Castillo @PIT
    Corbin @COL
    Gray vs BOS
    Limet vs LAD
    Skaggs @OAK

    Thanks!

      • Callmeeljefe says:
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        @Grey: what if it’s Sonny Gray vs Boston?

  8. Cram It says:
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    Ben Harper is more than “that guy”. He’s had a healthy career being an underappreciated artist.

    • bigbear says:
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      @Cram It: Ben who?

    • Lincecuminmypants says:
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      @Cram It: Agreed. And Been Harping acoustic is baby makin’ music for the ladies.

      (At least it was before I actually intentionally MADE a baby with a lady.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Haha, c’mon, you’re impressed I knew who he was!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Oh for sure, great pull! Especially considering you didn’t know who….ah I can’t remember the band…but it was equally impressive that you never heard of them.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know much outside of rap, tbh

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: It happens when you grow up in Camden, NJ.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yup…But north of there

              • knucks says:
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                @Grey: Ex husband of Laura Dern! Grey, is this why you know him??

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I am the ex husband of Laura Dern? Yes, I am!

                • knucks says:
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                  @knucks: Hah! No Ben Harper is.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I didn’t know he was married to her too… She’s a real pickle!

  9. bigbear says:
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    Rube!!! Apparently he ran off the mound one game to chase a train. I wonder how he would have handled things in today’s media environment…

    Re Kris Bryant: batting second with no true leadoff hitter in front of him. Probably a guy that’ll be ranked too low next year. (Or a wash/repeat if the Cubs don’t get a leadoff hitter.)

    Dropping Maybin today and looking for a bench/bye bat (or bi-bat as a glossary term). Don’t care about position. I’d like a bat down for anything. A few options: Villar, ODB, Piscotty, and Grichuk. Who’s the pick-up?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @bigbear: Villar

      • PrinceRudynasim says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F:

        Lol If you dont listened to JeF you are facked. Villar hasnt streaked all you and if you see the way he hit the curve off Gio last night you know hes finally seeing the ball well. I picked that guy up in all my leagues

        • mcmi11ions says:
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          @PrinceRudynasim: Yeah 5 months of patience is paying off! Might be why I’m chasing the last playoff spot in my NL only though…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: Surprising Rube died at 37 years old — Bryant hit 2nd last year, Pham is also hitting 2nd — Bi-bat — ha! Villar

  10. here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    Made 12 team league playoffs as a .500 8th seed. Battled all the way to the ship and I’m 3 days away from my first title in a league that’s been going on for ten years or so prior to me even joining. Once the playoffs started I knew my team was mediocre at best so I cut half my batters and streamed based off matchups every day. I lucked into Buxton, Hoskins, Kendrick, Jorge Polanco, etc. It’s been a hell of a ride. Couldn’t have made it this far without your columns, SoN, and Hittertron. Win or lose—thank you! Don’t mean to make this sound like an ad but couldn’t have pulled off the 8th seed having a chance to win a title without your help.

    Also Tyler’s new album is pretty dope. I think it’s a good showing of how far he’s come in terms of the quality of music he puts out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @here comes the pizza: Thats awesome, man, congrats! You don’t sound like an ad, it’s nice to hear…. Will check out Tyler’s album, def

  11. Stevie says:
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    Mookie has been put onto the waiver wire. I know he’s struggling but would you pick him up for a playoff push? It’s a points league and I have enough position flexibility so I could drop any of these guys: Odor, McCutchen, Adam Jones, or Bregman.
    Thanks for all the advice!

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      He has a few SBs in the past couple of weeks, but not much else. Never a multi hit game. The power seems all but gone. Glorified version of Villar. Mookie does still get regular ABs unlike Villar. People are still buying the name. Unless the Sox can convince Popi to return, look for Mookie to continue his sub 700 OPS production, or lack of same since the ASB.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Chucky: Did Mookie piss in your cereal too? Every time his name pops up, heeeeere’s Chucky! Still ranked #40 in Yahoo…

        • Cram It says:
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          @Cram It: And ranked #30 in points league.

        • mcmi11ions says:
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          @Cram It: haha and the peed on Frosted Flakes make their return. I wish guys in my league would drop Mookie

          • Chucky says:
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            30? 40? I guess thats not too bad if you drafted him in the middle rounds. But when you drafted him in the Altuve-Goldy-Arenado-Bryant neighborhood, 30-40 aint quite cutting it. Factor in his post ASB numbers…and Im not impressed and yes disappointed.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Stevie: Yes, over Odor for me.

    • PrinceRudynasim says:
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      @Stevie:

      Drop that $hit sandwich Odor asap. Their is still a very good chance Betts streaks out to finisg season. He did have 2 walks last night so thats a good sign. Dont sleep, no time for that this time of year

  12. dtbran says:
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    Starting Cueto at home vs STL (H2H league)?

    • PrinceRudynasim says:
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      @dtbran:

      Traditionally pitchers havent faired all that well their 1st start off DL so the odds are stacked against ypu here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dtbran: Don’t disagree with Prince, but I would start him

  13. E says:
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    Counterpoint – do not shut down Bumgarner for season, I need him for the h2h playoffs. Won’t these managers and GMs think of the fantasy baseballers!?!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @E: Haha

  14. Alex S says:
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    Grey

    I’m Sitting on a shit Pitching Staff in a 12 team H2H league

    SP:
    DL:Thor
    Ed Rod
    Salazar
    Rodon
    Castillo
    Clevinger
    Flaherty
    Weaver

    Salazar should be coming back soon enough, and I posted yesterday about possibly filling in Glasnow for when Castillo gets shut down.

    But anyways, This league requires 45 IP minimum to get ERA and WHIP stats. There’s QS and W in there and K/9 that count regardless.

    With this staff being as bunk as it is, and lacking any reliable arms heading into the playoffs is it time to dump Ed Rod and go for broke? Rodon I’m like to hold onto just for his K upside alone.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Alex S: What does “dump E-Rod and go for broke” mean? Not replacing him? I’d hold him over an empty spot. You don’t need to deploy him.

      • Alex S says:
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        @Cram It:

        Dump him for maximum streamers/an RP or a better arm. I usually keep at least one definite spot for streaming but with the way he’s been I might as well just stream an extra pitcher or two.

        On the other hand, I have near 0 reliable arms to hog up IP, granted who really is anymore.

        I pretty much went for broke by trading Darvish, McCullers, and Quintana in various deals earlier in the year for optimal bats.

        My Gut tells me to hold onto him, my brain tells me to dump.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Alex S: Wouldn’t drop him for an RP. Depends who is available and what their matchups are. He could still contribute in 3/5 cats

        • mcmi11ions says:
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          @Alex S: streaming is hard now, at least in all my leagues. Any pitcher having a semi decent season is rostered. I’ve been lucky to be able to pick up 1 or 2 guys SON recommends for the week over the last month or so. Today, it recommended Cueto, Snell and Leake, all of whom have been rostered for the last 3 weeks at least in my leagues. I would be careful about dropping anymore now if you are just counting on streamers moving forward to fill the void.

          • Alex Sutara says:
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            @mcmi11ions:

            Oh it’s the same in my league … Too many guys who shouldn’t be rostered at all are gone. My whole issue with the sp anyways is why roster the Ed rods when they’re just getting lit up anyway. I traded all my stud sp for more consistent bats for that reason. But yeah, with the quality of streamers it’s hard to dump right now.

            That’s why I’m on here, looking validation either way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex S: Agree with Cram

  15. jlfc42 says:
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    Would you drop Wil Myers or Gallo for Bird? I have Hosmer at 1B, Gallo in the OF and Myers benched.

    Safe to drop EdRod for a streamer slot? H2h points league, 12 teams. Thanks!

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @jlfc42: If you aren’t playing him, sure.

      • mcmi11ions says:
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        @mcmi11ions: that was for the Myers question, for EdRod, I provided my streaming opinion of things one post up already.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jlfc42: Oh, and yeah, Ed-Rod drop

      • jlfc42 says:
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        @Grey: start bird over Gallo in the U spot?

        Thames was just dropped. Would take him over Gallo or Bird in the U spot?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, I’d likely go Gallo — Thames over Bird

  16. Oooozing Machismo says:
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    2 questions for you if you please…

    H2H 5×5 OBP, RBI, SB, HR, SLG

    1. Don’t have a DH in my slot, is it worth adding Pujols, Bautista, Lowrie, Mccann, Napoli, Eduardo Escobar to fill the hole? I’d be dropping a streaming spot.

    2. Worth dropping any of the folling to pick up any of the following?

    Polanco, Moreland, Kiermaier, Joyce, Cron. Valbuena, Bird, Peralta, Y Sanchez
    Drop
    Judge, Philips, I happ, Kemp

    TIA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oooozing Machismo: 1 Can try Puj0ols in case he’s now hot 2. Confusing what you’re asking

      • Oooozing Machismo says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry, I own the players in the judge line.
        Would you drop anyone from that list for the guys just above?(Polanco list)

  17. Wacha Wacha says:
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    If you had to drop one of the following in 10 team h2h redraft obp who would it be?

    C Davis, Buxton, E Rosario, Merrifield, DeJong, A Simmons

    Thanks!

  18. bucktail says:
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    Dynasty keep forever OBP league…

    Trade Mookie Betts, Starling Marte and Ronald Acuna for Paul Goldschmidt?

    • The JoGarza says:
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      @bucktail:

      I’m a Goldie owner in an OBP league and I’d take that in a heartbeat. Mookie and Acuna should get the job done.

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @bucktail: Stupid Braves not calling up Acuna… I have him on all three of my keeper leagues and I have a feeling he’ll be sticking around on at least two of those rosters…

  19. Dean Kongslie says:
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    Getting to the end of the Season in a H2H league with some guys struggling.

    Do I need to hold tight or should I be dropping:
    Jean Segura
    Evan Longoria
    Jake Lamb

    Pick up Options
    Greg Bird
    Jorge Polanco
    Ozzie Albies

  20. The JoGarza says:
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    Grey,

    12-tm H2H OBP. Villar or Didi?

    Worth noting that Villar started last two games but didn’t start the previous four.

  21. Chris r says:
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    Would you drop any of kinsler, cozart, alonso for Villar, or hold?

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @Chris r: I would for Kinsler or Alonso

  22. mrm3711 says:
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    Should I cut any of Odor, Semien and/or Margot for Villar, Domingo Santana, and/or Eddie Rosario? Positions don’t matter, I have enough flexibility to make it work.

    Thanks!

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @mrm3711: I would drop Semien. If you held Odor this long might as well see it through, he’s still hitting the ball out of the yard.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mrm3711: Odor, Semien, Villar and Domingo

  23. Not to take anything away from the horrific and devastating events in Texas, but Peacock and now Verlander having home games postponed is not helping my W,K,QS stats at all. What are the chances these games get made up before the end of the month? Reading this back I sound like a total a-hole worrying about this while people lost their homes, belongings, and loved ones, but I am in first and haven’t finished first in nine seasons of fantasy baseball.

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @Synyster: I think you’re OK. This is a fantasy baseball blog. People here understand what you’re getting at.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Synyster: Agree with mcmi11ions — I think it’ll be 3 weeks before their home, tbh

  24. peacecoast says:
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    I assume this means Revere gets full playing time now right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peacecoast: No way — Trout, Upton, Calhoun is OF

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: holy shitenoff!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  25. Steve says:
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    Want to stash Calhoun but full up on MI, drop any of:

    Semien, Cozart, Segura or Kiermeir for him?

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: different league league, similar question, drop Kinsler to stash Calhoun?

      • mcmi11ions says:
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        @Steve: yes to Kinsler, Semien and Kier

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Steve: And yeah Kinsler is fine if you have someone to cover for now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Can lose Semien — Ew

  26. Mike says:
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    With Verlander going to HOU any chance you’re dropping Peacock for Garret Richards?

    They were a pretty great 4.2 innings….

    THANKS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Sure, try it

  27. Blue JA says:
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    Verdugo…16 game lead, Seager hurt and Taylor playing SS. ; Granderson not a good defender in CF…maybe a window to start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue JA: Maybe, but 3/3 guy in a month, yeah?

  28. ChiCitySox says:
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    Start Snell against MY Chicago AAA White Sox? AAA was harsh, but you get the point.

  29. PB&J says:
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    Streaming Leake vs OAK tonight? SON has him at $4.4

    • PB&J says:
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      @PB&J: Other choices are Montero vs PHI ($10.4) & vs CIN ($4.4)….. or Stephenson vs MIL ($-8.7) & @NYM ($-1.5)

      • mcmi11ions says:
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        @PB&J: I’m assuming this is for the week since you have two start guys listed. if that’s the case I would roll with Montero. He was lights out in his last start and the next two are in Metco.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PB&J: I’d try Montero from those choices

  30. Thinking about dropping Cutch and Marte for the likes of ;
    Phillips- season trends show a mini explosion when players are traded this season
    Bird
    Happ
    Schwarber
    Contreras
    or any of the call ups listed in your column………..thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Favio Vasquez: Happ, Bird, but you need to platoon them

      • Do you think Cutch or S Marte hold anymore significant value than any other hot bats?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not really

  31. zach jany says:
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    should I drop odor, albies, or carpenter for villar for the playoffs run? 12 team h2h

    • mcmi11ions says:
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      @zach jany: drop Albies

  32. Jason Murray says:
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    Which 2B gets more points this weekend: DeJong @ SF or Beckham vs. TOR?

    Also, I’m starting Cole vs. CIN, Flaherty @ SF, Archer vs. CHW, Montgomery vs. ATL, and Severino vs. BOS. Would any of these bench starters be a better play?

    Roark @ MIL
    Taillon vs. CIN
    Gray vs. ARZ
    Corbin @ COL
    Dickey @ CHC

    I’ve looked SON over for the last few days, just wanted another opinion. Thanks and have a great holiday weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beckham — The starters you’re going with look right… You too!

  33. cutchs dreads says:
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    12tm, H2H Categories, 6×6 (+OBP/QS), redraft

    Currently in first round of playoffs. Have $12 FAAB left ($1 min) and potentially 2 more matchups left with the semis and championship.

    a) Miggy and Healy just hit the wire and Verdugo is available as well. Are you spending any remaining FAAB on them?
    b) If so, how much?
    c) As a Tigers fan living in Detroit, it’s gonna be a rough few years…. ugh
    d) Drop candidates would be Franco, Spangenberg, Pirela and Difo

    No particular category of need, just looking for more consistency.

    Thanks and Happy Friday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) I’d grab Healy for $1 if I needed them and over Spangenber

  34. Schizer says:
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    Would you drop Semien or Cozart for Villar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Semien, your avatar scares me

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: I think it’s the lead character from the series “Delocated”.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That doesn’t make me less scared

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            @Grey: hehe. You ever watch that show?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nope, good?

              • Fred Garvin MP says:
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                @Grey: I liked it, but it’s one of those shows you can understand why some wouldn’t find it funny. As I recall, the eps were 15 minutes, so not a huge investment of time if you want to check it out.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’ve been meaning to watch more Adult Swim

                  • knucks says:
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                    @Grey: Squidbillies will always be my fav Adult Swim show. But like Fred G was saying. totally get why some people hate these shows.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Only seen one, the Mike Tyson Mysteries, which was awesome!

  35. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Would you lose Odor for Villar if you could play Jose Ramirez at 2b and also had Eduardo Nunez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  36. Fleeced says:
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    Would you drop Devers for Villar in a redraft?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • luvpho says:
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        @Grey:

        What about Villar or Difo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Villar

  37. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I launched Roogie into the Sun this morning. Man, Villar, Story, and Rougie have to be the worst 3 picks I’ve ever made in the first 5 rounds. Still dominating all offensive categories, bar average, though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I was your accomplice there, my b

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: No worries. You didn’t really sell me on him, just buttressed my already high opinion of him. A recurring theme of the past few years of fantasy: bad luck on balls in play for hitters and pitchers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          BABIP’s sorta killed him, I still believe, but with stipulations now

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            @Grey: Yup, maybe not a standard .300 babip guy with his batted ball profile, but maybe 270 or 280. Still that would add 30 points or so to his current average.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, which would change everything with his line (not being sarcastic)

              • Fred Garvin MP says:
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                @Grey: No doubt. .240 + is a hit, no pun intended, to batting average, but doesn’t make him droppable in shallow mixed like his current line.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Totally

  38. larry says:
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    I have D. Robertson and McGee as handcuffs while also carrying Holland and Betances. Do you think either of the handcuffs will become closers. The current closers seem to be on thin ice but could use one of the spots for streaming.

    Thank you and have a good weekend-stay cool as we are baking in N. Cal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McGee is the closer now, thanks Larry, you too!

  39. sportivetricks says:
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    Grey,

    I was reading your post today and thinking about your very solid skills as a writer.

    And then . . . I realized that you are one of the many two-spacers out there. I know this is going to be hard for you, but you need to hear this: two spaces after a period is stylistically wrong according to almost every modern style guide. Sorry, bro.

    Love yas!!

    http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/two-spaces-after-a-period

    http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/01/space_invaders.html

    https://melmagazine.com/for-the-love-of-god-stop-putting-two-spaces-after-a-period-acd45fe4673d

    PS- You can, of course, find dissenting opinions, but these are generally from the same people who, around 2005, were still refusing to get a cell phone and saying things like “I don’t want people to always be able to get in touch with me.” Of course, that same grumpy douche has had one for ten years by now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know! It’s a bad habit that I should just lose… I didn’t click your links yet, but I think it’s outdated from the old typewriters… I might make this my New Year’s Resolution

      • sportivetricks says:
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        @Grey:

        Good man. You really are a technically strong writer.

        Also, you’re really recommending starting Cueto tonight?

        What do you think about Brock Stewart tomorrow @SD ($7.8)

        Lalalaloveyas!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe Cueto will come back strong? Yeah, it’s iffy, but I’m surprised he’s just done — Not sure Brock goes more than 4-5 IP

          • sportivetricks says:
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            @Grey:

            Arghhhh. Okay, okay, you’ve talked me into Cueto. I hope this doesn’t turn out like Mike Fiers @Trop earlier this week.

            Streaming choices are super thin, so I’ll prob have to roll Brock out there tomorrow.

            Thanks, as always, for all your help!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It could, man… I don’t feel confident in it, but it feels right to start Cueto

    • Cram It says:
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      @sportivetricks: That’s interesting. I was always a two-spacer (as an English major). I’ve subconsciously become a single-spacer over recent years without even realizing it.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @sportivetricks: This is funny, as one of the worst grammatical writers on the site I’ve always assumed I’m in the wrong with my single spacing. Smokey’s a double spacer too. I do think double spacing looks better in the opening snippets.

      Thanks for making me feel like less of a grammatical nightmare! Lol

      • sportivetricks says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Ralph, Cram, glad to enlighten you. Maybe Grey can give me the Razzball grammar column?

        Of course, all conventions of writing (and language, for that matter) are completely arbitrary, but the single space is overwhelmingly preferred since about the mid 20th century. Your English teachers might have told you otherwise, along with bullshit like don’t use split infinitives (“to boldly go”) and the rule that you cannot start a sentence with “but” or “and.”

        Love y’alls!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Funny (not funny), because I’ve read Strunk & White many times, it sits a few feet from my desk, and know about the double spacing thing, I’m so used to it… Hard habit to break…

  40. Michael DePinto says:
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    Would you stream Clevinger tonight at Detroit? SON doesn’t like the start but he has been better on the road and I can’t imagine what that Detroit lineup will look like with Upton gone and Cabrera probably getting the night cap off.

    • Michael DePinto says:
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      League counts quality starts not wins if that matters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  41. Jimbo says:
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    so who loses rotation spots with Verlander and McCullers in the mix?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers, Peacock

  42. Scott says:
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    Are you starting Roark tonight in Mil? He has been pitching pretty well in 2nd half.

    Would you start Corbin in Coors tomorrow. I usually don’t mess with Coors, but Corbin is on some kind of run right now. He also pitches in a very hitter friendly place that kind of like Coors light. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not starting Roark or Corbin

  43. peacecoast says:
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    holds league

    drop one: Nicasio now with PHI, or J Ramirez from ATL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nicasio

  44. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I still think Grayson Long is the name of you and Jay’s love child.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d be proud to co-father with JayWrong

  45. Matt says:
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    Grey-
    Drop Bryce Harper? Gearing up for playoffs. Dont have any DL spots left. So he’s just taking up a spot that could be used for someone else.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, think you have to

  46. dubjay says:
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    Happy Friday Grey et al,

    I need to drop a starter to grab Weaver off of waivers. Would you drop Ed Rod or Cobb?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ed-Rod

      • Dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        Loved the SCTV reference by the way

  47. dustyfingers says:
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    Drop Ramos for Mejia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try it

  48. Jared Leigh says:
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    Schwarber or Odor rest of the way? 12t h2h trying to snag the bye this week!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

      • Jared Leigh says:
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        @Grey: awesome thank you! You like bird over Schwarber?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do

  49. Grey

    Grey says:
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    THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME**********

  50. Potent SKittles says:
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    I’m currently sitting atop my 16 team league. H2H points/Auction draft with 6 keepers.
    Inset Matt Holiday back into my only bench spot and drop Willie Calhoun? I’m making a run at the championship this year. (Left a nice 3 run HR in that slot today)
    Or hold to see if Willie gets called up, and if he does drop Holliday?
    Also can cut bait on Keon Broxton ($6 keeper next year) or maybe Kintzler? (We count holds, I have Lyons, but neither seem to be grabbing holds currently.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go to my newest post

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