Daydream Bieber is a homecoming KEEEEEEN-ing-ing-ing-iiiiing.  If you could’ve heard that in my head, you’d be like, “Damn, Grey’s got some pipes!”  I think I might be tone deaf.  Is there anyway to know for sure?  Because I hear myself and I sound fine, and then I hear Jennifer Hudson and I’m like, “I sound like her in my head.”  Is that tone deaf?   My dog, Ted, is colorblind.  In other words, Ted doesn’t discriminate.  Therefore, maybe tone deaf is the perfect set of ears because it doesn’t discriminate sounds.  Also, do you think my dog translates everything I say into barks?  I’m a curious person probably why I’m off the Mensa scale — or Womensa scale or non-binarysa scale.  Any hoosies!  Shane Bieber threw 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks yesterday and dazzled again, though some of those dazzlers were mixed in with frowny faces — sad-dazzlers?  Sadazzlers?  Frownedazzlers?  Trapped myself into a portmanteau loop and there’s no way out!  I’d use the Stream-o-Nator for his upcoming starts, but for 2019 there’s very little to be pessimistic about with Bieber.  His 9.6 K/9, 1.7 BB/9 and 3.24 xFIP are things of beauty.  If he can do that in 2019, Bieber could easily back himself into a top 40 starter season and a fantasy number three with flashes of two.  I’m down for that even if there’s some frownedazzlers mixed in!  Sadazzlers?  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Corey Kluber – Will be skipped this weekend.  The Indians added, “We don’t give a flying f*ck about your H2H playoffs.”

Josh Donaldson – 0-for-4 as he was activated from the DL.  Only took him four months of pulling a Kotchman and he got right back out there.  For our amusement, I went back to the day he was injured and grabbed the Jays’ quote about the injury.  On May 28th, “Donaldson is still working through some tightness in his left calf, though he is fully expected to avoid the disabled list. He could return to action Friday, after Thursday’s scheduled team off day.”  It gets better!  Two days later, “Donaldson expects to return to the Jays when first eligible on Friday.”  Wait, there’s more!  Five days later, “When asked if he’ll be ready to be activated on Friday, Donaldson said, ‘It’s iffy.'”  IFFY!  You could’ve impregnated a female, let that puppy gestate for nine months and named your kid Iffy in the time it took him to return!

Yan Gomes – 2-for-4 and his 14th homer, hitting .259.  Yan Gomes is outperforming Gary Sanchez.  I will now cackle until I wake the dead.

Tyler Glasnow – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.70 on the Rays, but most of that damage came in one start vs. the Jays.  You remember that start, it was when everyone was saying the opposite of what they’re saying about Glasnow now (stutterer!).

Nick Pivetta – 4 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 4.64.  He is such a bum he got outpitched by Erick Fedde Wop.  I’m convinced Pivetta is an Italian curse worse than the malocchio, but not as bad as pineapple on pizza.

Seranthony Dominguez – 1 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.29.  He tried to close it out for the Phils, but Kapler brought him in the 8th because he likely forgot Tommy Hunter, his other closer, pitched two innings in the day game, because he also likely forgot it was a doubleheader.  Kapler has gone out of his way to make sure the Phils don’t make the playoffs.

Juan Soto – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 17th and 18th homer.  Stay thirsty, Sexy Dr. Pepper!

Lance McCullers –  Threw a 40-pitch bullpen session.  Not great with so little time left, and less entertaining than a bullpen session thrown after drinking a 40.

Framber Valdez – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 2.66.  Not sure if he just didn’t have the gas, but real slick, Valdez, way to turn to crude.

Jose Altuve – 2-for-5 and his 12th homer, hitting .318.  Quick, off top of your head, Altuve a top 10 guy next year?  Really?  Hope you’re playing in my leagues.

Tyler White – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .320-ish in last week.  I’d say he’s locked in, but hitters hit ropes, so I’m gonna say he’s roped in.  He’s roped in like Donaldson’s calf by the Indians.

JaCoby Jones – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer.  One less homer than Altuve.  That is all.

Chris Sale – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.96, as he was activated from the DL.  The Red Sox should be wearing Freezy Freakie mittens they’re using such kid gloves on Sale.

Ryan Borucki – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.26.  He performed better than expected in Fenway.  Dot dot dot.  Or the Red Sox are signing autographs for Make-A-Wish kids in the dugout during innings because they don’t need to worry about what’s going on in the game because they clinched four months ago.

Marcus Stroman – Won’t pitch again this year.  If only the Jays said that in March and saved everyone a lot of headaches.  You owe us the cost of this Tylenol!

Jose Quintana – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.97.  Pulling for him to keep his ERA below 4.00 on the year.  Not because I own him, I don’t, but there’s some cognitive dissonance with drafters and seeing a sub-4.00 ERA vs. a 4.01 or greater ERA.  Also, I don’t know what cognitive dissonance means, but you know what I mean, so we’re good.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.42.  Ryu seems to be symbolizing the entire Dodgers team.  Just limping to the finish.  If the Dodgers make the playoffs, is there any way they get past the first round?  Any hoo!  Stream-o-Nator likes Ryu’s next start, but Ryu now has two straight mediocre starts (last one was at least unearned runs).  I’m likely holding and rocking him, but I can’t say I’m not a little shook.

Luis Castillo – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.66.  Don’t you dare have a good September and drive up your 2019 draft price.  Don’t you frickin’ dare.

Scott Schebler – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 16th homer, and 3rd homer this week, and hitting near-.333 in the last week.  Hot schmotato alert!

Sonny Gray – 3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 4.99.  Gotta give him points for consistency.  Then remove those points because he’s been consistently awful.

Didi Gregorius – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 23rd homer, and his 1st homer since April.  Kidding, but it does feel that way, right?

Joe Mauer – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .272.  I think CBS could make a case that Mauer is a top 10 bat next year.

Brad Keller – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at…Go ahead guess.  You won’t be within .50 of it.  He has a 3.04 ERA!  Not even Keller saw that coming.

Miles Mikolas – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.99.  Something I haven’t mentioned as much this year.  No, not that I loved Mikolas in the preseason, I’ve mentioned that a bunch, including just now.  I haven’t mentioned how few leagues I drafted him in.  Such a waste of pure prescience.  I’m a fortune teller, but I’m also Jewish, so I’m super neurotic about my visions.  Need to be more gypsy like Polly from Peaky Blinders.

Joe Musgrove – 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.87.  Was hoping for better results yesterday from Musgrove, but he gets the Royals next and I see no reason to abandon ship yet, especially not for a Pirate.

Zack Greinke – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.11.  Racist!  Also, I know, sonavabench!  But you couldn’t have started him in Coors.  Matter of fact (Grey’s got more!), he’s on waivers in my RCL.

David Peralta – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (27) and legs (4), hitting .297.  Peralta feels like a 2018 Scooter Gennett.  People will not trust him again next March, and Peralta will continue to do well.

Yoshihisa Hirano – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.88 and his 1st save.  If it took you as long to make an important decision at your job as it took the Diamondbacks to make Hirano the closer, you would be fired.  They would’ve been interviewing fry cook replacements three months ago.  You’d be like, “Hey, who’s that guy frying my taters?”  Hirano should be the closer for the rest of the year, but it also took this long to make him the closer, so we’ll see if the Diamondbacks realize it as quickly.

Jose Fernandez – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer.  Jose Fernandez was a part of a 7-inning no-hitter.  Damn, that makes me sad.  RIP.

Sean Manaea – Will undergo shoulder surgery and will be sidelined through 2019.  Said like Martin Lawrence, “Daaaaaaaamn Manaea!”

Mike Fiers – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.29, as the A’s beat the Birds.  Health class lesson of the day:  The birds and the bees is how a baby is born.  The birds and A’s is how you have sex without getting anyone pregnant.  As for Fiers, Stream-o-Nator likes his next matchup and I could see stop, drop and rolling towards Fiers.

Jonathan Villar – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, third homer in the last eight games, hitting near-.450 in the last week.  Sure is good thing the Brewers got rid of Villar!  (And Scooter.)  By the way, I saw the box score listing Villar SS, and I was thought for a second, “That’s why he’s hitting so much, there’s multiple of him.”  I am a stupid person.

Marco Gonzales – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.24, as he was activated from the DL.  He was out close to three weeks with a neck strain.  Hopefully he had that duck insurance.

Johan Camargo – Left with a groin strain.  If he changes his name to Camargoadams, Wade Boggs would gladly help him with that.

Mike Foltynewicz – 9 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.66.  No knock on Faultynewsandwich, but the Giants are so lifeless.

Jose Urena – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.29.  He’s pitched well since he had the entire MLB industrial complex trying to fight him.  If you streamed Urethra, urine luck!

Michael Conforto – 2-for-4 and his 24th homer, and third homer in as many games, and fifth homer in the last eight games, and is one more homer away from getting a lede.  Conforto, you really suck doing this to your 2019 fantasy value.  The Mets don’t care about you, we care about you!

Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 1.71, and set a major league record.  No, not being the best pitcher ever on the worst team ever.  He allowed three or fewer runs for his 26th consecutive start, breaking a record that stood for 108 years by Leslie “King” Cole.  Only thing I can find on him is Cole went by King because he was sick of people saying, “Hey, Leslie, you queen.”

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Excellent write-up, man! So many tasty nuggets – a whole bucket full.

    a. How ’bout chicken on your pizza? Think it’s worse than pineapple but not the worst topping ever on a pizza. That’s this…

    https://img4.mashed.com/img/gallery/12-best-and-12-worst-pizza-toppings-ever/worst-carrot-1504454830.jpg

    Carrots on your pizza!! That’s one healthy pizza only you’ve completely destroyed all the nutrient value of said carrot. Others are dill, venison and capicola. The latter two would require you to chew forever, just what you want in a pizza.

    b. Still in 1st but dropped a point because my bench was better than my starters. Like if I had started only the bench and sat the guys I did start I would be better off! Sad emoji, there’s tomorrow which is actually today in Europe!

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for September 12

    When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries of life disappear and life stands explained.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Lubes says:
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      @Ante Galic:
      I have no fantasy questions for today, but I’m only posting because I’m in Elmira, NY, right now, apparently the resting place of Mark Twain and I’ve read a whole seasons worth of his quotes here. So there’s that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Gross… I don’t like carrots on anything. Carrots are the worst, there, I said it. Someone had to. B. Haha, you’re gonna win this thing! I can feel it! Maybe that’s indigestion thinking about carrots on pizza. I don’t know. C. Speak for yourself, Mark Twain!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Start Pena tonight at home Texas (Gallardo).

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Statement or question? — Mark Twain said while answering comments.

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            Lol, I lost a point in Wins. So in a 5×5 RCL where I need to make up that W, would you start Pena at home versus Texas (Gallardo). He has been on a good streak of late, like 6 or 7 good starts including at AZ. Chasing wins!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, guess you need to

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!

                Thanks. I can drop him to pick up Ji-Man who is a free agent in my RCL. Seems like an easy matchup for him but you never know. I’ll wait for tomorrow morning to pick up Ji-Man.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  2. Tee Not Air Jags says:
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    NL only, have a bye this week. holds and saves sold separately. have sera anthony, minter, boxy, hand. after having TOO many saves too few holds for a while now it’s going the other way with boxy demoted, the viz back saving shortly probably. hand gets both. sera anthony gets both. drop anybody (clearly boxy at least) for: steck, neshek, venters (TONS of holds), p.baez, lugo, j.miller (but doolittle back so he’s 7th inning now, holland sticks the 8th).

    2. 20 team h2h playoffs. holds and saves sold separately. have alexander, colome, pressly, yates, hildy, drop alexander for buttrey?

  3. Tee Not Air Jags says:
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    here we go, we got a romo situation (likely kidnapped some poor woman, tied up to a bed in some hotel) with kela, no appearances in like a week, even though PIT has had 4 wins in that time of under 5 runs each.

  4. DegenerateBeast says:
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    One “down” season for Altuve and you’re literally comparing him to Jacoby freakin’ Jones?

    Rhetorical question #2: You really dislike that team in Houston, don’t you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DegenerateBeast: I don’t dislike teams… You think Altuve is 100% as good this year as last year? You’re clouded by your team love

  5. Weird Fishes says:
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    NL only playoffs … would you start Corbin at Coors tonight? SON says no bueno.

    So far I’ve got a healthy lead on ratios this week but behind on Ws and Ks. Plus worried the weather may knock out a few of my other SPs this weekend leaving me short on counting categories.

    What’s a razzballer to do?

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Weird Fishes: FWIW I’m starting him. He’s been my 2nd best pitcher all year (Bauer was my best) and has QS in five of the last six. I can see not starting a middling guy in Coors, but Corbin has been an ace.

      Good luck. Following this thread. (Hi Grey!)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Weird Fishes: I am starting Corbin, but not thrilled with it — I wouldn’t in your scenario

      • Weird Fishes says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey and Jake. Its a tough call. I’m not sure how much sense this makes strategically, but what do you think about deciding after Taillon and Richards go today? If they both do well, further bolstering my ratios, its a bit easier taking a chance on Corbin to get 8Ks and a W. Thoughts?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I guess if Corbin is last one to go

  6. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Renfroe or Schebler ROS

  7. Tinman95 says:
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    Need one ROS

    Schebler
    Reyes
    Mancini

  8. Rudy says:
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    Archie bradley milk carton. Where’d he go?

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Rudy: he was kidnapped by Sergio Romo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rudy: Just hasn’t been good

  9. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    AL only with holds/saves (not the same category). playoffs. have romo, alvarado, hildy, pressly, drop anybody for buttrey?

  10. bopper says:
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    Pena vs Tex
    Gray vs Az

    Like em both tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bopper: Not especially, but circumstances matter

  11. bigbear says:
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    Member how I said you’re knack at picking SPs yesterday? Mikolas. I picked him up after the draft on your wisdom/soothsaying. Course I also drafted a Gray… Winky emoji.

    Altuve? Seems more like a late second/early third type guy (20-30 type range). An off year and missed some time. He’s still under 30 y/o. Mr. Prorater says he’d be a 15/20ish type guy. His OBP will probably always be a plus because of his size. He could be a 20/20 guy, but I don’t think he’s the 30 SB guy he once was.

    deGrom – dAng.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: Yeah, think I might agree… Maybe not quite that high, maybe 15-20 — Nice on Mikolas!

  12. The Harrow says:
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    NL only with OBP over AVG, total bases added. urias sounds out for year, but probably the kind with no DL tag. nab wong off WW tonight? i have a bye this week. urias is my worst player (well with how dozier is doing….)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds good (not good good, obvi)

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Grey: wong or gyorko?

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          @The Harrow: supposedly he’ll be used as a BN player now, with wong back i guess. so that’s wong.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Neither? I’d prolly go Wong

  13. NH says:
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    Grey,

    Where can I find next week’s two start pitchers? I would like to get a head start on this.

    Thanks.

  14. Thomas Walsh says:
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    Grey- Is Bundy a good option tomorrow? Streaminator loves him but at home Vs Oak makes me nervous! Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t mess with him

  15. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Which closer would you own moving forward?

    Jace Fry/Nate Jones
    Hildenberger
    Greene
    Knebel

  16. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    H2H with QS. You streaming any of these gents today?
    Vargas vs. MIA
    Stripling @CIN

    And/or looking ahead to the week, how about these fellas?
    Gant vs. LAD
    Stratton vs. COL
    Jorge Lopez vs. MIN

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am not on today’s guys — Gant

  17. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Grey

    The Fergosi curse (see grampa Munster) is far worse than the malocchio but the worst curse of all is from Phillies fans in a near empty stadium.

    I was listening on the Radio when Kapler made his third pitcing change in the fifth. It was like the old days at the Vet only 20 people there and you could here the taunts over the radio loud and clear.

    Classic Kaplar, full bullpen, use everyone first game, lose second game in 10 with empty bullpen. It is almost like he forgot there were two games.

    Forget all those Mark Twain Quotes , Kapler of the Day is ” I think the focus here is that we just don’t ever quit” ………….This guy is over matched.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Yeah, that’s why I said that about forgetting doubleheader, that was a terrible play yesterday… He should’ve let Pivetta finish the 5th, used Seranthony for 6-7, Arano for 8th and Hunter 9th… Not sure exactly why he can’t figure this out…

  18. Chalky White says:
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    I’m sitting here watching the finalists in my league rosterbate to beat each other (off). It’s a 14 team H2H 6 keeper league. Someone just dropped Devers and my spidey senses started tingling in my nether-regions. Devers is worth snatching up as a keeper right?

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      @Chalky White: My current keeper candidates are: Judge, C. Seager, Turner, Berrios, Carrasco, Buehler, Mazara, Peraza, Gallo, or Mondesi…if he isn’t as sexy as one of those then it is wasted transaction money.

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        @Chalky White: sh*t Soto is on the list too.

  19. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    Grey: As the original contributor of “copathetic”, I offer you instead “Quantity Shart” as an alternative to describe Gibson’s pitching performance. Keep up the great work.

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      @Bill Lumbergh:

      “Quality Sharts” are all i have left

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I had a few this morning, tbh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shart’s bad tho, it’s not bad as much as boring…

  20. Mookie Cookie says:
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    Yahoo says Camargo is likely out rest of the week. 1)you think thats legit 2) if so, who do you trust most to replace him of these jabronis:

    -Schoop
    -Chris Taylor
    -DeJong
    -Goodrum
    -Semien
    -Rosario
    -Aledmys
    -Swanson
    -Nunez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yes 2. Goodrum if he’s playing, otherwise Semien

  21. M says:
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    Going forward who ya take? Rodon, Matz, ryu, junis, Cahill? Or they all just streamers. Gearing up for playoff weeks. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream on streamer

  22. ConfusedFuzzle says:
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    Drop Contreras for Gomes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  23. Jt says:
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    C empty
    1b Abreu
    2b Albies
    3b Bryant
    Ss Rosario
    If Tim Anderson
    Of Ozuna, benetendi, Cain, haniger
    Util Mejia, moose
    Bench Dahl (on road next week), Lowe, Sano

    Nola, sale, Jon gray, Gonsalves(@det next week), joe Ross @miami next week, seranthony, Osuna, Jeffress, knebel, c-mart bauer (dL)

    I start playoffs next week I have 2 empty spots on roster
    Brian dozier, Chris archer 2 big names on waivers.

    Catchers available are astudillo, Barnhart, Ward, garver, placeki, zunino, hedges, weiters,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jt: What’s your question

      • Jt says:
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        @Grey: what catcher should I pick up and for the extra spot should I just stream next week?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Barnhart

  24. Troy says:
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    So the pirates rule Polanco out for the year but dont want to put him on the DL? I realize rosters expanded in the mlb, but dont these asshats know fantasy rosters dont have that luxury? I have him as $8 as a keeper, and dont want to drop him as he surely be added by another team….I’d also like to win this league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, teams don’t put guys on DL in Sept

  25. Dave D says:
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    Yesterday was such a fine day that I am beside myself. Fiers and Folty, thank you so very much. Sotomayor, hats off to you sure. And to my vulture save artist, Greg Holland, don’t think what you did yesterday went unrecognized. Fine job, gentleman.

    And Grey, did notice that Butt-rey glimmering in Anaheim last night? While his name is made for porn he seems to have supplanted B. Parker ( whomI dropped Sunday for G.Holland). Sciosciapathology still in progress for its final three weeks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave D: I saw that on Buttrey…His numbers look great too, but I wonder if this was just a one game thing, which is to say I have no idea what Scioscia is doing

  26. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Your Kluber line is perfect. Traded for Kluber several weeks ago licking my chops for this two start week after dominating the regular season. Also own Wood and Ryu. So that was fun. What a way to end the year. Losing to the fourth seed who happens to be your son blows….especially as he started Greinke in Coors. Roto anyone?

    Did I tell you how I won my first week in football? #@&$$##@%$&!,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should be happy for your son!

      • DodgerWindowClosed says:
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        @Grey:

        You do not know our competitiveness LOL. It is his 10 amigos from when he played ball and me (dubbed the old fart) so, yes, it is a privilege to be included and treated like one of the guys.

        He is really good at this – patiently building his teams and has won an extraordinary percentage of titles. He goes opposite….drafts pitchers the first few rounds and then fills in hot bats as the year continues. Seems risky but it works for him.

        All the best to the Razzball nation. Been fun to read, challenge advice, take advice and dig in on Cram!

        • Grey

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          Haha, just gonna have to beat him in football then!

  27. Chris D. says:
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    Have a big lead thus far in rd 1 and want to keep my foot on my oppennts throat. Really the only spot I’m not sure of is my UTL (I have a sound, deep bench) who would you recommend for today Grey:

    Votto facing Stripling (who hasn’t pitched in forever)

    Or

    David Peralta in Colorado facing Jon Gray (the more inferior of the Grey/Gray names)

      • Chris D says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. He seemed like the right call, but wanted a second opinion.

        Have a great rest of the day!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, you too!

  28. Fantasy Freak says:
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    Have both Carrasco and Snell. Which one or both?

    • Starz says:
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      @Fantasy Freak: Why not both? Snell should never be benched. This is a good problem to have.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Which one or both what?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fantasy Freak: Oh, you’re saying today in their start? Start both

  29. Drew says:
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    Thanks for the write-up!
    In the throes of my league’s semis this week. 16-team keeper with NSVH as a pitching category…
    1. Do I bench Seranthony or drop him for Holland, McHugh, Lugo, or Ziegler?
    2. Do I bench CJ Edwards or drop him for Holland, McHugh, Lugo, or Ziegler?

    Other RPs are Knebel, Vazquez, Edwin Diaz, and Familia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Drop McHugh 2. Go Ziegler

  30. Starz says:
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    Watching the end of that Phillies/Nats game, Gabe Kapler tried as hard as possible to not win that game. They had a 5-3 lead going into the 8th. Seranthony did well to get out of the 8th. They added an insurance run to make it 6-3. Then Seranthony clearly fell apart but looked liked he just ran out of gas. And Kapler did nothing to stem the bleeding until it was way too late. He’s clearly struggling with multiple inning saves, so why keep throwing him out there for them? Use him for an inning or until he runs into trouble and then pull him. Box score looks like Seranthony blew it, but he was screwed over by his manager.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What is crazy too, he has no problem pulling his starter way too early, but leaves his relievers in way too long, this has to be obvious to people in Philly

  31. Ted Williams' Frozen Head says:
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    Morning Grey! Just chugging along in a couple semi’s and trying to make some dreams happen. I dropped Fiers last week and then my opponent picked him up and successfully streamed him against me. Is there a term for this? Or do we just call it a kick in the nuts!?

    So I need to scrape out saves in one of my H2H matchups this week, who do you like best for saves? ERA and WHIP are already out of contention so I can forget about ratios entirely:

    Givens (2 v. OAK, 3 v. CWS)
    Fry (1 @ KC, 3 @ BAL)
    Steckenrider (3 @ NYM, 3 @ PHI)
    Hirano (2 @ COL, 3 @ HOU)

    I guess Steckenrider has the numbers advantage but he’s also not exactly Mariano Rivera. Thanks Grey!

  32. Starz says:
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    Looking to upgrade my 1B/3B utility spot. Currently using Zimmerman the last few weeks but he hasn’t done much recently and just wanted to consider the available options. Hold or swap out for one of these? This week and next.

    1B/3B-eligible: M. Muncy, Mancini, J. Bell, Happ, T. Frazier, O’Hearn, Choi, H. Dozier?

    Hold or swap out for one of these?

    • Starz says:
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      @Starz: Sorry for the repeat text.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Mancini

  33. Launch Angle says:
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    Who do you like better ROS in a standard roto redraft league for HR and RBI – Arenado or Freeman?

    Freeman has underwhelmed this year in HR – only 6 in nearly 2 1/2 months. I don’t see it changing between now and the end of year. But, I wonder about Arenado. His shoulder seems to really be hindering him and it could be something he deals with rest of season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman

  34. SS says:
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    Yo grey, should I start Severino vs. Min today? SON likes it but I’ve got PTSD from his recent work. I’m currently up in ERA and WHIP but I could use the Ws and Ks. Another meltdown would be no bueno. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think he’s startable until we see a decent game

  35. The Shoe says:
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    Hey Grey,

    A. So I wasn’t able to nab Matz. Thus, I have to start one of the following: Stripling at CIN or J. Gray vs ARI. Who should it be?

    B. I guess the alternative is picking up one of the following:
    VV vs MIA
    Eflin vs MIA
    Barria vs SEA
    Gibson vs @KC

    Like any of those starts better than Stripling or Gray?

    D. Pitching question continued: if Stripling pitches well tomorrow, could you see him getting a start next week and going deeper into the game?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Shoe: Gibson is better than Gray in those matchups D. Yup, they’re stretching him out

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: So just to be clear, you wouldn’t start Stripling today and would try to pick up Gibson if Stripling does poorly today?

        Also, is Gray a red flag start to be avoided it just a meh start? Would you consider dropping him? He would be starting @LAD AND @ARI next week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Stripling is going 3 IP, I wouldn’t start him

          I would start Gibson

          Gray has been meh for a few weeks, and he’s in Coors

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Gray for next week? Sounds like bleh matchups

          • The Shoe says:
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            @Grey: Alright, so at this point I’m leaning dropping Gray for Gibson, but I guess it could depend on how Gray and Stripling do today.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Can wait to see how they look

              • The Shoe says:
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                @Grey: So it’s looking like we drop Gray for Gibson, right?

                As for Stripling, I didn’t watch any of it, but it looks like a decent outing. However, assuming I make the move for Gibson, what do you think of swapping Stripling for any of the guys in my original post or Musgrove, who is @KC at the beginning of next week (he would be vsMIL after that though.

    • Fausto

      fausto says:
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      @The Shoe: Stripling is only going 3innings or 45 pitches if that helps.

      • The Shoe says:
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        @fausto: It helps, thanks!

  36. alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    A) do you see any of these guys having a $6 value next year in a keeper league 12 team
    Dahl, Renfroe, Laureano (I currently own him) ,Franmil Reyes
    B) do you think Nate Jones could be a speculative pick up for saves for this year but mostly next year
    I would drop Romo for him
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @alps: A. Dahl B. Sounds fine for next year

      • alps says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks
        always appreciated

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  37. Fogimon says:
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    The Kluber skip hurts, especially after his 1.3 inning barf.

    But the limp dick Dodgers don’t want Wood again? Now he is being pushed back to next week. He is not worth owning if he can’t ever get a 2 start week. I mean, it really isn’t THAT fragile, its not a real bone. Play with it a bit!!

  38. Cohen says:
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    Grey, with only 11 starts left should i risk starting
    Holland at home vs Atl and
    Leblanc at home vs SD. Both today
    My starters are Morton,Tanaka and Marquez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those two sound decent, can’t you start MRs when your starts are done?

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: yes i just dont want to screw up my era with only a few starts left

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya

  39. lwomack58 says:
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    My usual steamer question:

    Sandy [email protected] NYM-Son -8.0. Mets throwing Matz
    T. Anderson @ SF-Son +16.1
    R. Lopez @ Balt. Son+6.8
    K. Gibson @ KC-Son +17
    Heaney vs Sea-Son +19.9
    Eflin vs Mia-Son+14.4

    Which would be your top 3 out of these chooses.

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heaney, Gibson, Lopez

  40. AllThePrettyStantons says:
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    Hey Grey, for just today in an OPS league : Brinson’s double header vs. Wheeler and Vargas, or Encarnacion’s one game vs. Snell? Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin

  41. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    For saves, would you drop Greene or Robertson for Hildenberger? My other closers are Leclerc and Treinen.

    Thanks!

    • Eric says:
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      @Eric: Also, completely unrelated, but just felt like putting it in the same thread. Someone just dropped Archer – should I use a waiver claim on him and and start him Saturday @ MIL?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nope

      • Eric says:
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        @Eric: FYI H2H with QS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greene

  42. Fausto

    fausto says:
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    any faith in K.Gausman vs. WAS this week? or lose him now for a weekend streamer?
    (currently in semi finals up 6-1 but next week is still an “IF”, because H2H)
    there are some decent streams available
    Velasquez vs MIA
    Bieber vs DET
    M.Gonzales @LAA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Gausman — those other matchups sound equally good, not necessarily better

  43. Scott says:
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    Would you start Corbin at Coors today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am, but risky in mixed leagues

  44. dau says:
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    Ji Man Choi hr again—drop franmil 4 him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, let’s do it

  45. 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.

    In the semi-finals, currently loosing (mostly hitting categories) and have got saves on lock and solid secondary pitching numbers.

    My team is below, any guys worth swapping out for a hot bat to get my numbers up ? what would you do ? (Haniger, Upton, Dozier have all been pretty cold, drop a pitcher or Minter for a bench bat to play ?)

    Waiver

    HIT – K. Kiermaier, J. Bell, H. Renfroe, A. Simmons, C. Dickerson, M. Gonzalez, Y. Gurriel, K. Calhoun, T. Frazier, K. Morales, L. Voit, B. Nimmo, J. McNeil, L. Brinson

    PIT – J. Lopez, W. Miley, J. Urena, M. Minor, W. Chen, D. Holland, J. Musgrove, T. Glasnow

    RP – K. Giles, J. Jeffress, S. Greene, J. Famillia, C. Knebel, K. Yates, B. Parker, R. Gsellman

    My team:
    C – W. Ramos
    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

    SP – C. Carrasco
    SP – J. Verlander
    SP – N. Syndergaard
    RP – W. Davis (RP)
    RP – E. Diaz (RP)
    P – J. Leclerc (RP)
    P – R. Osuna (RP)
    BN – J. Paxton
    BN – J. Taillon
    BN – W. Buehler
    BN – R. Hill
    BN – A.J. Minter (RP)
    BN – K. Gibson
    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who can play over Dozier from this list? Not all of these guys, right? McNeil, anyone over Dozier if McNeil is playing

      • MarvPesos

        marv says:
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        @Grey: well I can move Rizzo to 2B, so I’ll need a CI (1B or 3B). Who’s the drop ? (keep in mind I will keep 12 guys next season, probably keeping Dozier or no ?)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Unlikely keeping Dozier, right?

          • MarvPesos

            marv says:
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            @Grey: I guess so, so if that’s the case, and you have all those eligible batters (that are CI) you still grabbing McNeil ?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If McNeil is playing, or grab someone else who is hot — who can you grab? Don’t list everyone, just possible replacements for Dozier

              • MarvPesos

                marv says:
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                @Grey: an ugly list haha : J. McNeil, Y. Gurriel, J. Bell, M. Adams

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d try McNeil — you have waiver limit or no?

                  • MarvPesos

                    marv says:
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                    @Grey: I’ve got max 3 moves per week, haven’t used any this week yet.

                    • Grey

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                      Seems like an okay move if McNeil is playing tomorrow (or whoever is playing tomorrow)…I’d wait to see that

  46. JP says:
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    Pick 2 of 4 ROS: Cruz, Renfroe, A. Hicks, Pollock

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cruz, Hicks

  47. Peacecoast says:
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    sup G,

    Where is Mallex gonna be next year for you? Project him please.

    I am wondering if he is a keeper in the 20th round.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bossypants! He’s a top 100 guy

  48. Crime Dog says:
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    A) Looks like I’m gonna lose my finals matchup this week since odor belly trout Rizzo springer all either suck or are cold. Need something to look forward to. I guess we’re moving to this format where you keep 3 new guys each year. One at 3 years, one at 2 years and one at 1 year. Who would you slot into these spots to keep for 2 years and 1 year (next year only)?

    3 years- trout
    2 years- ?
    1 year- ?

    Options for 2 and 1 year keeper…Rizzo, bellinger, Springer, E Rosario, Odor

    B) can you elaborate on your thoughts on bellinger for next year ? Sophomore slump this year? Any hope he gets back to 35 homers as soon as next year? He’s been really frustrating this year.

    C) I’ll probably ask A) again in March but need something to look forward to

    • Crime Dog says:
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      @Crime Dog: throw Corbin into B) as well I guess

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) ugh, that sucks, Crime Dog — Springer, Rizzo… Rosario… Need to look at Bellinger… likely sophomore slump issues, but we’ll see

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: I know! but you know what. I won regular season and killed it all year thanks in large part to what I’ve learned from you/this site so thanks for that. This site is fun love it. And I guess I just need to get into roto leagues instead of H2H, sucks dominating all year to not win because of 1 bad week.

        Sounds like Rizzo for 2 years and Eddie R for 1? I was thinking springer or bellinger as the third but owning Springer sucks because he goes so hard in the field and is always banged up and bellinger is just frustrating/worries me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s super annoying to win he regular season and have that happen… maybe Bellinger instead, plenty of time to think about it

  49. Prince George says:
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    Hi Grey, peering into your crystal ball for next year do you see the following remaining as closers (at least going into the season): S. Greene, M. Givens, W. Peralta. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe Greene and Givens, depends on offseason moves

  50. Ante Galic says:
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    Crime Dog!

    Just my 0.02$. But I would definitely say Bellinger for option 2 years keeper. For 1 year tough call, both Rizzo and Springer might have career years next year. So…

    2 Years – Bellinger
    1 Year – Rizzo.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Crime Dog says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks Ante! I was considering this very hard and especially early on. I just get scared being committed to bellinger for 2 years if he’s going to platoon and just be kinda meh. I think I like Rizzo at 2 just because I know what I’m getting with him at least. Even harder for me though because Bellinger is one of my favorite players.

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Crime Dog: I have a long time to decide, but like I said earlier, trying to ease the pain of this year and look forward to something haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, I hear ya

  51. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Which 2 sit today
    Soto @PHI(nola)
    Pollock @COL(Gray)
    Desmond vsARI(Corbin)
    Mazara @LAA(Pena)
    Olson @BAL(Cashner)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olson, Mazara

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        i was leaning Desmond and Mazara. Desmond has been pretty crappy at home and is facing a good pitcher. Olson is facing Cashner in BAL. Seems like a HR waiting to happen

        • Grey

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          Desmond sits for Olson works for me

  52. FlippyFloppy says:
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    Better start this weekend?

    Gausman vs WSH
    Minor @SD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minor

  53. Molina Bros BBQ says:
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    4 moves left on year. 5×5 OBP no AVG keeper roto. Need guys who are playing and putting up counting stats. B.Dozier, Nick WIlliams and D.Gordon are killing me. THinking about dumping them for some combination of A.Beltre, Kiermaier, Kipnis, C. Stewart. McNeil, Mckinney…Who would you drop and who would you pick up? Can’t be saving the moves at this point eh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can you lose Williams for Beltre?

      • Molina Bros BBQ says:
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        @Grey: unfortunately no. I have no MI or CI who also have OF eligibility. bellinger has 1b and d.gordon has 2b but they’re both already starting in the OF

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I guess Kiermaier for Williams

          • Molina Bros BBQ says:
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            Yeah not great options. Thanks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  54. Russ says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12 H2H Categories QS and Wins

    Saturday streamer question, what order would you put them in?

    Barria vs. SEA Boyd @ CLE Nova @ MIL

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None…. That order you listed

      • Russ says:
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        @Grey: Would it be better to just skip all those guys and look ahead to Sunday? Here are the options:

        Urena @ PHI Giolito @ BAL Senzatela @ SF

        • Grey

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          None of these are good either, I guess Giolito

  55. nh says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I was wondering who are your top two starting pitchers who have two starts next week. I am trying to grab them now before they are gone. I need to drop Sale as it looks like he will only pitch three innings next week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea who’s available in your league

      • nh says:
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        Stripling (Not sure if he will get two starts tho)
        Suarez @SD, @STL
        Keller @PIT, @DET
        J. Zimmerman vs. MIN, vs. KC
        Cashner vs. TOR, @NYY
        DeSclafani @MIL, @MIA
        Glasnow, @TEX, @TOR
        Trever William (Mia) vs. WASH, vs. CIN
        Vargas @PHIL, @WASH
        Borucki @BALT, vs. TB
        Gomber – Right now just showing one start @ATL but he might get another start vs. SF
        Pena @OAK, @HOU
        Covey @CLE, vs, CHC

        I only have one closer in my lineup (Kimbrel).

        If you think I should add another one here is a list of closers available in the league.
        C-Mart, Greene, Romo, Strop, Gsellman, Yates, LeClerc,

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          From those I like Williams, Borucki, Zimmermann and Suarez, that order

          • nh says:
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            Thank you. Willams is the one from Miami.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, bleh

  56. Perfect Game says:
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    For QS w/o hurting ratios do I want Paxton or Wheeler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wheeler

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d look at matchups tho…tho tho Pax is missing his next start

        • Perfect Game says:
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          @Grey:

          Don’t know how Pax starts look after being pushed. If he missing a turn entirely, he’ll be @ HOU, OAK and TEX.

          After today if they play, Wheeler has PHI, WAS and MIA.

          Wheeler seems more reliable and his schedule looks better too. What do you think?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Wheeler looks like answer there

  57. surfer dude says:
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    Hi Grey, h2h pts, thoughts on Ross Stripling, he’s listed as 2 starts for next week, (COL Jon Gray, SD Bryan Mitchell), worth picking up or too risky?
    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doubt he goes more than 5 IP in one of them, and maybe just 5-6 in 2nd game

  58. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    limited moves (only 9 moves left for this week and next)

    Hold Parker or drop for Greene, Buttrey, Peralta, Hirano, Hunter

  59. andfog99 says:
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    Start Matz vs. MIA?

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      @andfog99: yeppers. you really shouldn’t be owning anybody if you can’t play them vs a bottom 3 hitting team like MIA

  60. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    12 team with OPS, hold piscotty or franmil, only room for one.

  61. surfer dude says:
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    Hi Grey, h2h pts, Aaron Sanchez just pitched a nice game in BOS, worth starting next week (
    @ BAL Andrew Cashner, TB Tyler Glasnow) ?
    thanks!

  62. Harley Earl says:
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    I drafted Jose Fernandez as a minor leaguer and had him on my dynasty team four years later when The Big Man Upstairs called him to the Celestial Cloud League. It still hurts. I miss my that kid. He was special.

    :o(

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and 6,000 for you to go bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @Harley Earl: for those “wil myers will be able to put (this) injury marred season behind him” in attendance he also missed 80 games in 2014 (wrist) and 104 games in 2015 (wrist/tendon, and bone spurs). not counting his 1st year (can’t remember if he was allowed to start all year that year to count) he now averages 105 games a year. if we assume he makes it out of this year alive and plays almost all the games that moves up to almost 108 per year in 5 years, so he’s been healthy twice out of 5.

      it’s god’s fault when a guy plays HST on a boat (coke/weed/booze/high speeds) and hits some rocks, good to know. wonder if the parents of the other guys on that boat feel that way (they had the choice not to go on that boat, but you know how parents could get here)

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