As they say in Anaheim, “If you can’t get to see the Cherry Blossoms in Japan, you should get to see the Gin Blossoms in concert at the Hard Rock or Shohei Ohtani.”  One Anaheim-born woman, Gina, was so excited about Ohtani that she got a tattoo of the Japanese symbol for strength, that she later found out was a tattoo of Calvin pissing on a Grateful Dead logo. Gina did it in honor of Ohtani, so it’s still close to her heart, though mostly because it’s covering a third nipple.  Yesterday, Ohtani became the first Japanese born player to hit for the cycle, going 4-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs with his 8th homer.  The closest previous Asian cycle was Kurt Suzuki.  When Ohtani becomes Hot-tani, there’s few players that can match him for sheer excitement, though Ian Kinsler wears sheer pantyhose under his uni, if that counts.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Albert Pujols – 1-for-3, 2 RBis and his 12th homer.  It is so disrespectful the way Pujols takes his good old time around the bases on a home run, calling an Uber to go from 2nd to home–Oh, I’m being told he gets a senior citizen exception.  All good then!

Ryan Yarbrough – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.59.  Apparently, I wasn’t supposed to stream him.  Loud and clear, Yarbrough. *makes hang loose hand gesture with pinkie and thumb*

Zack Greinke – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.65.  Conspiracy Theory Alert!  You know how every pitcher is humping the speed gun?  It’s true.  Everyone wants to throw the hardest.  It’s like every pitcher was raised on Nolan Ryan noogies.  Velocity is where’s at!  Dot dot dot.  Or is it?!  Damn you, Reversal Question!  You nearly gave me a heart attack.  If everyone’s throwing hard, then what it is it that hitters see a lot of?  No, not the inside of cages.  I mean, maybe, but not where I was headed.  Hitters see a lot of fast, um, fastballs.  What do they not see a lot of?  Zack Greinke’s 88 MPH sludge.  Of course, if it was meatballs, it would be another thing, but it’s not.  For many years, Greinke has pinpoint control.  So, his K/9 is barely 8 and his velocity is a throwback to another time, if it were in a DeLorean, but his command (1.3 BB/9) is impeccable and it’s all coupled with a 73.7% O-contact rate.  That means he’s close to leading the league with pitches thrown exactly where he wants them, outside the zone, and hitters are making contact.  As you can imagine, hitters don’t make good contact with balls out of the zone, even if the ball could be beaten to the plate by the Ghost of Bob Feller riding a moped.

Jarrod Dyson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  He has only one less home run than David Dahl.  I will now cry myself to sleep in a sleeping bag I’ve decorated to look like my mother’s womb.

Erick Fedde – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.68.  Might have to rethink changing my fantasy team’s avatar to party streamers and the name to “Con Fedde.”  Maybe I’ll put up an orange jumpsuit because he victimized me.

Nicky Lopez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st home run, hitting .216.  Before yesterday’s game, the scene played out like this in the Royals’ clubhouse.  “Hey, Nicky, you should start swinging the bat forward.”  *slam cut, close up, Lopez’s eyes slowly widen with recognition*

Matthew Boyd – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.35.  Well, we had about four straight starts when it was Matt Boyd, but yesterday it was back to Matthew, rhymes with snafu.

Cavan Biggio – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 2nd and 3rd homer, hitting .178.  Lil Biggio looks to be heating up into a schmotato.  Two homers will go a long way for that.  Also — and this means legitimately nothing — less than nothing — it’s like an empty Coke Zero can it’s so nothing — but Craig Biggio’s rookie year average was .211.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .280.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but he’s here now, if you wish to fall on one’s Lourdes.

Marcus Stroman – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.18.  He was facing the Orioles, which was a chef’s kiss on the Streamonator, but it doesn’t love his next one, and I don’t trust him.

Anthony Santander – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting .385.  Wish it was coming with anything other than just singles, but if singles are good enough for the world famous stripper, Crystal Meth, it’s good enough for us.

Chance Sisco – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .273.  Even more remarkably, the O’s have made him their number one catcher recently.  The O’s doing something smart; it is a special day!  And simply because it’s National Frank ‘n Beans Day.  Watch your zippers, fellas!

Manny Machado – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 11th and 12th homers.  The only reason why I believe these homers happened, even though I didn’t see them, is because they were in Coors. Not saying to do this, because it would be illegal and I would implicated as a co-conspirator, but, if someone wanted to flood Petco so the Padres had to play their home games in Coors, I wouldn’t hate that.

Matt Strahm – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.66, as he returned from the IL.  Usually hitters work on their timing, but, when you return from the IL to start in Coors, Strahm needs to work on it too.

Charlie Blackmon – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 13th and 14th homer, and four homers in four games.  It’s almost like Chazz Noir likes to hit in Coors.

Jon Gray – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.39.  Honestly, in Coors with the juiced balls, that’s like a perfect game. Let Len Barker sign the game ball.

Kyle Schwarber – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer.  This is partially aided by the Coors series that’s in his rearview, but, on our 7-day Player Rater, Schwarber’s a top 5 hitter. Joe Buck’s biting his lip right now.

Jon Lester – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.08.  It was a bad week to quit barbiturates.

Cody Bellinger – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 21st and 22nd homer, hitting .358. Heading into last night’s game, he hit .182 with zero homers in June, i.e., Frio which is cold bye-linger.

Max Muncy – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .278.  Since he was back in Dodger Stadium, Muncy wasn’t able to hit that ball into any body of water, but attending the game was Turtle from Entourage.

David Freese – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .308, as he hit third.  The Dodgers are so good Dave Roberts can’t even mess them up.

Joe Musgrove – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.87.  Joe Musgrove got charged again yesterday…with six runs!  *dodges tomato*  Don’t tip your waitresses…they’re all cows! *dodges head of lettuce*

Julio Teheran – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.92, an ERA of 0.81 over his last eight starts.  For the first time in a while, I watched Teheran and I can see why his peripherals say he’s not supposed to be great. He doesn’t really overpower people as much as throw junk, off the plate, and hope they make weak contact.  And, more times than not, they have been.  Far from a flashy add, but the Streamonator doesn’t hate his next start.

Yusei Kikuchi – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.78. Well, it’s baby steps, Bob, but when this sorta of line equates to “finally a solid start from Kikuchi,” are our expectations this low? Do we sit around a Friday night and watch 29 and Pregnant or Car Key Hunters? Okay, yes, but we deserve better!

Nelson Cruz – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .285.  Mentioned Cruz yesterday on the Donkey Teeth & B-Don podcast as a guy who will hit 30+ homers every year until he doesn’t, and I expect no less from him.  (It was part of my diatribe about the differences between schmotatoes and Zombinos and after my lengthy story about visiting a sperm bank.  You should give it a listen so you get the willies about me giving myself the willy.)

C.J. Cron – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .275.  Curtis Jackson Cron should hit two-fiddy every year like Khris Davis hits .247.  For symmetry sake, at least.

Marwin Gonzalez – 2-for-5, hitting near.350 in the last week.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, mostly because I just love his position eligibility.  Don’t you?  He has everything! Talk about a great guy for your bench.  He’s saved me in so many pinches when a guy has a random off day.  I just love that!  No, I’m not trying to convince myself!  Screw you!  *turns to mirror* You handled that with great aplomb.

Michael Pineda – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.04.  Can an ERA be awful and also within a half run of the league average?  Rhetorical!  Pineda was hitting higher on the speed gun than he had been (93.3 vs. 91-92 prior to the IL stint), and he had a no-hitter thru 3 IP.  Okay, he’s not Johnny Vander Meer, but it’s something.

J.A. Happ – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.66.  I’d say yesterday was especially brutal day for streaming, but I feel like the last five days are all running together in my head.

Tim Anderson – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .317. He had six homers in April and two homers in May and June (obviously more days in June to go — good info, Grey). Also, hitting around .250 in the last six weeks.  I know, big surprise, he’s not a .380 hitter.  Don’t think he’s even a .300 hitter.

Aaron Bummer – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.37, and his 1st save.  More like A. Bummer for the other teams, amiright?!  Huh?  No?  Okay.  Colome was resting and is supposedly fine.  Would be A. Bummer, if not.  Right?!  Still no?  Okay.

David Price – 1 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.52.  Insert GIF of Adam Sandler fighting Bob Barker, only instead of Adam Sandler, it’s me, and instead of Bob Barker, it’s me.  So, to recap what you’re seeing, I’m screaming, “The Price is wrong, b*tch,” and punching myself repeatedly, then winding up and punching myself some more.  That’s the kind of nightmare performance from Price that makes me think something is wrong with him, which means an IL stint.  Or worse, something’s wrong with him and he pitches again next time with equally terrible results.

J.D. Martinez – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer, hitting .299.  Just Dong because home runs are meant to be celebrated!

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer.  About a month again, I mentioned that JBJ was coming out of his funk, and I grabbed him. He was hitting .148 at the time, and now he’s hitting .205.

Rafael Devers – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer, hitting .296.  For the hype of Boston, Devers feels like he’s very quietly moving into the conversation for a top 25 hitter. Lot of baseball still to be played, but I’ve liked everything I’ve seen from Devers this year.  And from a cynic that means something.

Josh Smith – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 5.84, and his 1st save.  Not only does Alex Cora not have a closer, but his closer is now, ‘whoever is left in the pen.’  “Hey, I need you to start warming up.”  “Um, skip, I was hired to make sure no one has sex on the special Ted Williams seat.”  “Don’t care, kid!  Get your mitt, you’re our closer!”

Adrian Sampson – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.21.  Had four of five outstanding starts entering this game.  Now:  *sound of a balloon animal loosing its air*

Paul DeJong – Hit his 11th homer.  Colonel Mustard in the back of a Chuck E. Cheese with concrete rat nose!

Jack Flaherty – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.28.  If flattery gets you everywhere, I’m not sure where Flaherty gets you.  He’s a bit like adding ‘considering’ to a compliment.  “Your band sounded awesome, considering you were playing on the deck of the Titanic.”

Michael Conforto – Hit his 13th homer.  Conforto perception:  Top 25 outfielder.  Conforto reality:  Same value as Ramon Laureano.

Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.38.  As good as deGrom was and as bad as Price was, their ERAs are still nearly the same.  Pitching is quite the wonderful thing this year!

Jed LowrieMets said Lowrie is not close to seeing game action.  Since he signed for $20 million, I’d watch my back if I was him.  The Mets love to collect insurance money on their contracts.  For fun, Fred Wilpon watches a double feature of, “Zero Dark $30 Copay and PPOltergeist.”

  1. Stumanji! says:
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    5 ER? More like Fedde Whopped!

    It’s yours, take it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Been there, used that

      • Stumanji! says:
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        Too obvious? I guess I’ll just go eff myself.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well, not too obvious, I used it! (It’s a little obvious)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’ll prolly go back to it at some point too

  2. Brett says:
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    drop Bryan Reynolds for Justin Upton?

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I would

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Upton

  3. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Flaherty, my my my…8ks, 5 innings, ehh

    Lester, 3 innings of mastery. Wish I could bench him after that. Home run dirby 4th and 5th inning.

    This is going to be back-2-back weeks with an L for my team.

    Whom at Razzball reviews the daily The Hurt Feelings Report? Cram?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m right there with you

  4. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Super report, man.

    a. I didn’t know Jon Lester was in the internationally-acclaimed Michelangelo Antonioni movie from 1966 Blow-up!, or as my Italian cinema professor used to say “Blow upa”. I saw it as part of my Italian cinema course in my uni days, I could have sworn he had a cameo!

    b. Well done to Jon Gray for the Coors Quality start…4 runs, 10Ks and 6 IP. Amiright? Grey?

    c. Before yesterday’s games, I was wondering how it’s possible that a pitcher with a 3.38 ERA has a 3-8 record. Then after yesterday’s games I was wondering how it’s possible that a pitcher with a 3.18 ERA could have a 4-8 record. Weird, right? I guess poor run support is the answer to both questions.

    d. Start Heaney tonight @ TB (Snell). Need wins (but I am so far behind it’s more to stave off 11th place who has 22 wins), Ks (especially Ks), WHIP, essentially all the pitcher categories.

    e. Saw the boxscore of the Seattle Twins game, remembered your quote from the pod on how DT really screwed the pooch on Kikuchi, hoped to see confirmation of that but then saw neither nor of that. Some other Seattle bullpen arm screwed the pooch in lieu of Kikuchi. So, DT is off the hook for one more start. Phew.

    f. Most commonly heard phrase after ‘You can put it on the board’ at Guaranteed Rate Field yesterday…

    Fan 1: Guess who won?

    Fan 2: The White Sox?

    Fan 1: You’re a bummer!

    g. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for June 14

    In Society, 1944

    [Still in Scene 2]

    Police Officer: What’s the matter with you? Get that thing off! You little… I’ll break
    every bone in your body!

    Albert (Costello): Take it easy. Take it easy. Take it easy. Watch your blood pressure, kid.

    Police Officer: I’m watchin’ it.

    Albert (Costello): Take it easy. I mean, after all, you’re workin’ for me. How do you like that? You’re fired. Okay!

    Police Officer: Why, you little rat! Listen, you little squirt! I’m the boss around here and you’re nothin’, see?

    Albert (Costello): Boy, you got a nice job.

    Police Officer: You bet your sweet life I have.

    Albert (Costello): Boss over nothing.

    Police Officer: Boss over nothing! How do you like that? [The police officer gives Lou another beating, turning his hat to 3 o’clock just like Michael Pineda wears it on a normal day.]

    Eddie (Abbott): Stop. Stop the noise. Go away.

    Albert (Costello): Take it easy. Take it easy. After all, let’s be nice about the whole thing.

    Eddie (Abbott): You should pay a little respect to the man. After all, he’s got a badge.

    Police Officer: You bet your life. It took me 20 years to earn that badge.

    Eddie (Abbott): You’re gonna show a little respect for it.

    Albert (Costello): Certainly.

    Police Officer: I’m the limb of the law.

    Albert (Costello): Yes, sir. Yes, sir.

    Eddie (Abbott): You’re a rotten limb.

    [The police officer turns around not knowing that it was Eddie (Abbott) who said it.]

    Police Officer: Oh! So, I’m a rotten limb, am I? Listen, the next crack you make, I’ll break every bone in your body!

    Albert (Costello): Yes, sir. Yes, sir.

    Eddie (Abbott): And he’ll do it too. He’s the type of guy who could do it.

    Police Officer: You’re not kiddin’!

    Albert (Costello): Okay, okay. See ya later.

    Police Officer: Why don’t you keep your mouth shut like your pal?

    Eddie (Abbott): Yeah.

    Police Officer: Then you wouldn’t get in trouble.

    Eddie (Abbott): He’s always lookin’ for fights all the time.

    h. Have a nice weekend.

    • Lol says:
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      h. Have a nice weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Haha, nice

      B. CQS!

      C. Yup

      D. Sounds fine

      E. DT’s never off the hook

      F. Ha

      G. Nice!

      H. You too!

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!

        Now consulting the bot officially…Bought the package today. Stoked as you can imagine.

        1. So real question for anyone out there.

        Bot really hates all 4 of these guys. Start 1.

        a. Edu.Escobar at WAS (Scherzer), 254, -16.6

        b. Walker at WAS (Scherzer), 330, -28.2

        c. La Stella at TB (Snell), 293, -21.5

        d. Shaw at SF (Pomeranz), 298, -22.5 (that’s in the red, below 0)

        Am leaning Escobar.

        2. Start 1 streamer.

        a. Bassitt at home versus SEA (Gonzales), $7.7

        b. Kelly at home versus COL (Senzatela), $10.8

        Am leaning Kelly.

        3. Bot likes Naylor and Tapia ’cause Coors. You?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Agreed, Escobar

          2. Sure, Kelly

          3. Yeah, as long as they play

  5. Dan says:
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    Cooper, Mercado, or Braun ROS? Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Cooper

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Agree with MP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  6. toolshed says:
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    Dyson now has 1 more homer than Jose Ramirez. Ramirez also played in more games.

    Strahm didnt pitch for 10 days and then gets activated to start in Coors. Love it. Even better they thought he wouldn’t need a rehab assignment. Well it was a made up injury probably, but they should have gave him some minor league innings before activating him. I just hope they dont throw paddack out there after not pitching for 2 or 3 weeks since I own him.

    • Grey

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      I have no faith that Paddack is suddenly going to be fresh again after two weeks of not pitching, I hope I’m wrong

  7. FantasyLand says:
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    A. Ohtani or Renfroe ROS?

    B. Ohtani or Cruz ROS?

    C. Strahm or Lynn ROS?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Ohtani, Ohtani, Strahm

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ohtani, Cruz, Lynn

  8. Blergball says:
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    Thor/Pham for Polanco/Yordan?

    • Mrs. Roger. Dorn. says:
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      Which of these weekend starts would you mess with? 12 team roto, innings capped

      Pivetta (@ ATL)
      Giolito (vs NYY)
      Framber (vs TOR)
      Quintana (@ LAD)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Middle two look fine

    • Cram It says:
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      Polanco…assuming it’s Jorge.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        And not Jorgery

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Cram but it’s fair, don’t mind the other side if you need the arm

  9. Joe says:
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    10 team 5×5 OBP keeper, trying to figure out where to value a $25 Blackmon who I can trade for but wouldn’t be able to keep. Would you take him over $7 Albies or $4 Buxton? Dude wanted both but I think that’s way too much. I’m leaning no on Buxton (seems pointless), but think a deal around Albies seems about right; didn’t know if I was overvaluing my own player and undervaluing Blackmon. I’d almost definitely keep Albies and Buxton around for a while.

    Other thought, I will need to free up a roster spot for Gallo when he comes back and was thinking of offering Albies + $8 Riley for $20 Benintendi. Does that seem like a better thought than Blackmon if I can pull it off, or too much for Benintendi?

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d rather do just Albies for Blackmon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  10. JoePapagiorgio says:
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    Drop Brendan Rodgers for Lourdes? Thanks Grey!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I would

    • Cram It says:
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      Yes

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  11. Jason says:
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    Molina was dropped . Should i pick him up and drop alfaro?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d hold

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  12. msh2404 says:
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    Big props to Streamonator!

    I drafted Carrasco and Taillon to carry my roto team and am leading the league in ERA and am 4th in WHIP due to daily Streamonator calls

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  13. Quit Yo Pitchin says:
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    Grey, (and DT)

    League: H2H 5×5 categories 10 Teams Keeper League

    Currently in 1st place (9-1) and I owe a lot of it to following you and your advice!
    Thanks in advance, you and your website is the best!!

    My Team:
    C: W. Contreras
    1B: P. Alonso
    2B: M. Moustakas
    3B: R. Devers
    SS: A. Mondesi
    2B/SS: T. Turner
    1B/3B: M. Olson
    OF: C. Blackmon
    OF: R. Hoskins
    OF: A. Meadows
    OF: Y. Alvarez
    UTIL: A. Hicks
    Bench: D. Swanson
    Bench: V. Robles
    Bench: M. Chavis
    Bench: T. Shaw
    IL: M. Haniger

    SP: T. Bauer, Z. Wheeler, L. Giolito, M. Soroka, E. Rodriguez, G. Canning, Y. Chirinos and F. Valdez
    RP: S. Doolittle and K. Yates
    IL: C. Smith
    IL: T. Glasnow

    1. Drop anyone of my batters for G. Cooper, A. Garcia, Y. Diaz, D. Smith Jr. or stash another prospect Biggio or Bichette, ROS? Position not an issue.

    2. Drop any of my pitchers for M. Stahm, S. Matz, P. Lopez or L. Lynn ROS?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Hey Quit yo pitchin,

      1. I’d go Cooper over Shaw
      2. Lopez over EdRod for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quit yo pitchin!

      Agree with DT

      • Quit Yo Pitchin says:
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        Thanks guys. The best! Have a great weekend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  14. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    ***bulk alert***

    Chavez to open for Texas. Appears more “bullpen” day (1-2 IP) than “bulk” day (3+ IP). Shelby Miller is who I’m speculating on, Smyly a natural candidate but his ankle has been balky.

    Ohtani is just reacting to the shade you threw his way a two podcasts ago! Lesser version of the buy/sell jinx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Good info!

      Haha, yeah

  15. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    Regarding Dahl, don’t forget, he was CS yesterday AGAIN! At least we have the high average, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And 4 steals

      • Will says:
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        That’s 4 caught stealings against only 2 steals, Sir Grey.

  16. Monger says:
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    Bench one (Points league)

    Marwin vs KC (Keller)
    Domingod @Oak (Bassitt)
    Eloy vs NYY (Sabathia)
    Victor Robles vs Ari (Ray)

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Victor Robles

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Marwin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with MP

  17. Twins Peaker says:
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    Very tough to answer given my my descriptor VERY broad question, but here goes:

    Which currently bad starting pitchers do you think will turn things around to being good by the end of the year? Could be to previous years totals, expected totals, bad luck despite good peripherals, etc.

    It’s been an awful and awfully unpredictable year.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Bauer, Marquez, Flaherty, Nola, Kikuchi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT, except on Kikuchi no track record for me

  18. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Paddack, Fried, Soroka. Pick one for ROS

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Soroka for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  19. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Trevor Bauer and one of the following Moran/G.Cooper/DeShields
    for
    Mookie Betts

    I like the Betts side…which of the 3 bats goes with Bauer?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Any of those bats, hell I would offer all 3 bats with Bauer, if it lands you Betts.

    • Cram It says:
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      Oh you like the Betts side? Do you also like sex? Agree with MP.

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        Hahahaha….yeah…you guys are on your A game today.

        Rank Moran, Cooper, and DeShields ROS please.

        • Cram It says:
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          Cooper, Moran

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with others

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        Thanks, everyone!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  20. slowmez says:
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    Of these guys who would you drop to make room for H Dozier when off the IL?

    Piscotty, Puig, Mallex, Chavis

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Chavis

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Piscotty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chavis

  21. Robw says:
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    Can you please help me rank the top 3 SP our of this list ROS?

    Strahm, Matz, Lynn, Wade Miley, Yonny Chirinos

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Strahm, Matz, Lynn

    • Cram It says:
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      Chirinos, Lynn, Matz

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Chirinos, Matz, Strahm

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  22. bigbear says:
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    Sisco has been hitting 4/5 for the most part because —> O’s.

    “They” just released video connecting Teheran to his recent performance. Some operatives were caught pulling undetonated HRs out of opponents’ bats. It’s only a matter of time before it gets ugly.

    What are you thoughts on this trade? Thinking yes, but it boils down to will Woodruff pitch into the fantasy playoffs.
    12 team H2H redraft 6×6 (OPS and QS)
    I give: Soroka, Timmay Anderson, and Domingod.
    I get: Benitendi and Woodruff.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Beni side

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with MP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s they? Wikileaks? I thought they got that guy

      Agree with others

  23. Earl says:
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    Wondering what you think of Dallas Keuchel ROS?

    Would you trade Max Fried and perhaps bat like Christian Walker to get him or is that too much to give up for Dallas??

    Thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      Why would you trade for him? Of all the pitchers you could target…

      • Earl says:
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        For some reason, I am thinking that Dallas comes in and kills it with Braves but maybe I am dislussional (and brutal at spelling!!)??

        Do you think Fried and/or packaged with Walker would fetch me a much better pitcher??

        • Cram It says:
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          Haha. Reads like a drunken pronunciation of it.

          Your offer isn’t too much for Keuchel. Go for it if you want him.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Cram

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I like your spelling better than Keuchel, but Fried and Walker are kind whatever in shallower leagues, so I could see it for gamble on Dallas — be well, Earl

  24. Cram It says:
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    Dahl also has 2 steals and 4 caught stealing! He’s basically a more expensive Jeff McNeil.

    Anyone know why Bummer came in and closed out the game for the Sox, when Colome had only pitched once in the last 5 days?

    • hot corner says:
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      Best guess is that Colome threw 39-40 pitches on Tuesday. Closer Monkey says that they were just giving him an extra day of rest. Regardless, Colome is going to be gone from the Sox over the couple of weeks.

      • Moscowitz says:
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        Fried or Paddack ROS?
        Thanks

        • Moscowitz says:
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          Sorry

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well, Fried is in the majors

          • Moscowitz says:
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            I know but Paddack is coming back, let’s say he is already there. Him or fried?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But Paddack could be better ROS — and with your waiver wire move limit, that could mean something

          • Moscowitz says:
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            Lol, I love it… You already know the format of my leagues… You are right. I always play in limited moves leagues, it’s more interesting in my opinion, without that constant buying and dumping players

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I remember — so Paddack with slight edge, but a bit more risk

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think I’d take McNeil over Dahl at this point — Not even sure how a guy could be in Coors and have only 6 HRs

      Colome was overworked day before

      • hondo says:
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        I’ve never watched Dahl much until I snagged him a couple weeks ago,but I can’t help but wonder about a grown man who chews gum with his mouth open.Maybe he’s a 10 cent head.Of course being in Colorado maybe he’s just a head.Not that I am one to talk about such deficiencies.
        Need to make a spot for Clevenger,drop Dahl or Senzel(Yahoo,no 2b)?Got loaded up at OF when Ohtani heated up and Scwarber moved to leadoff.Just grabbed Garrett Cooper also,any of these guys stand out as the drop to you?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA, never heard that before, but it makes sense

          I’d lose Cooper

          • hondo says:
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            Thanks.He could be doing that with the gum to clear his ears if he doesn’t handle the altitude well.Maybe he has a balance problem that nobody knows about.He goes to Arizona next,but next time he’s at sea level I sure hope I remember this brilliant theory and don’t forget to check him out.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He is hitting for a good average, maybe he should tilt his bat upwards

              • hondo says:
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                I wish him or Senzel would.Also between them they have like 9 SBs.I’m only in one league this year because I’ve got to get the old spine DeLeon’ed(hope that spelling and punctuation are right,well not really) and am going to be out of it during the trade deadline madness.I’ll probably be on morphine and will rage drop half my team,just because it seem’s like the right thing to do at that time.
                Then again I might chicken out and leave awful enough alone.
                Looking forward to the Buy column, have a good weekend,etc.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Thanks! You too!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  What’s a spine DeLeon’d, btw?

                  • hondo says:
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                    The thing with how you spell his name.

                    Some say tomato,some say tomatoh and some know how to spell his name.It isn’t like the fountain of youth guy.De Leon
                    vs Deleon.

                    Me,having an effed up spine would like to return to my youth.

                    • hondo says:
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                      Geez ,hope that made sense.Did to me,but holy fuck my back is killing me and that is how my life is.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Be well, hondo!

      • William Hung says:
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        So was I right that Buxton > Dahl like 3 weeks ago?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh

      • hot corner says:
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        I will take Dahl everywhere that I can get him right now. Home runs are a dime a dozen, but AVG is hard to find and Dahl is challenging for the batting title. That should continue hitting in Coors and sitting between Story and Arenado in the line-up. His power will come and he will finish with 25 HR’s. He had to cut down on the K’s and he made the adjustment. 25 HR’s with a .320 AVG is fantasy gold in this day and age. Here is his slash line since everyone was ready to drop him 3 weeks ago ahead of a 10-game home stand…

        21G / 20 R / 3 HR / 14 RBI / 1 SB / .388 AVG / .436 OBP / .600 SLG / 12% K-rate

        Pair Dahl with a guy like Matt Olson, who will go 35 HR / .250 AVG and you can get cheap and you have two players with 30 HR / .300 AVG with plenty of counting stats. Just need to find SB’s elsewhere. Find a 20/20 guy that hits .260 (Kevin Kiermaier?) and you have an inexpensive package of three players with a great profile.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t hate Dahl, but the lack of HRs, in today’s game, in Coors, is confusing at best… Jarrod Dyson has 5 HRs!

          • hot corner says:
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            Trust me, I get it. I own him in 3 of my 5 leagues. He was running a 33% K-rate and needed to make an adjustment because he was about to be benched. He made the adjustment which makes me trust him. He is also hitting on the road and killing lefties, which are good signs.

            My point is that the power may currently be disappointing but his profile works well in overall line-up construction when everyone in the league is hitting HR’s. If/when the power comes, then that will be gravy. He is tied for 7th in the league for 2B’s. Some of those will turn into HR’s at Coors.

            Be patient grasshopper.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, I hear ya… I hope so…

  25. asdfasdf says:
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    Hi, Aguilar has been killing me in NL-only points all year long. Would you cut him for McMahon, Dom Smith, Sandoval, or Freese? Pickings are slim at 1B… Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d try mcmahon, he at least plays at Coors every once in awhile

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  26. Earl says:
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    I am in 1st place and doing reasonably well in 5×5 weekly roto league.

    Just looking for some advice if you would tinker with this team and if so how to make it better?

    Hitting:
    Catcher – Roberto Perez, Elias Diaz
    1B – Pete Alonso, 2B – Mondesi, ss – Trevor Story, 3B – Rendon, CI – Machado, MI – Jean Segura
    OF – Trout, Nelson Cruz, Domingo Santana, Conforto, Yordan Alvarez
    Bench – Garrett Cooper, Christian Walker, Colin Moran

    Pitching:
    SP: Buehler, Odorizzi, Zach Plesac, Anibal Sanchez, Max Fried, Robbie Ray, Chris Paddack
    RP: Edwin Diaz, Roberto Osuna, Brandon Workman
    Bench: Framber Valdez, Zac Gallen, Jesus Luzardo, Alex Reyes

    Thus far my hitting has been near top of heap but could you some pitching improvements especially saves and ERA. Hoping the pitching turns around with some perhaps couple of rookies coming up but might have to pick up some pitching improvements.

    My initial thoughts are to maybe move and/or drop Moran, Christian Walker and maybe Max Fried to try and make some improvements. Maybe even Zac Gallen as it seems Marlins do not want to bring him up.

    Thanks for input

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Don’t know who’s available or league depth but I would be too attached to the guys you mentioned. Don’t think you need to make any huge moves, if it ain’t broke…

      • Earl says:
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        Thanks man! Not sure I understand which players you would be too attached to?

        Is it that the overall team I have you like and would keep as is or are you saying that you would not be looking to part with Moran, Walker, Max Fried and/or Zac Gallen?

        Thanks again! Appreciate it!

        • Earl says:
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          Also, it is 12 team league for depth and there really is not alot of great options on waiver wire so would likely have to pursue trades.

          As I mentioned in previous post, I am thinking of pursuing Dallas Keuchel but not sure what that will wind up costing me.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Sorry, *wouldn’t. I’m the one who can’t spell!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, Earl, you can spell. Pulling wool over my eyes before, playing sympathy card — you’re sneaky, Earl, but we’re still here for you

      If you’re in 1st place, tinker, don’t blow up

      • Earl says:
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        Does it appear that Marlins have no real intention to bring up Gallen or are they just playing some time game??

        I know it is kind of crystal ball but do you see Alex Reyes doing well when he gets up in next week or so and also Luzardo when he gets up in perhaps few weeks or so??

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Playing a service time thing with Gallen, he’ll be up when Urena is trade, is what I hear — so now mid-July

          I have no faith in Reyes, Luzardo might be okay, but big time IP on these guys, Luzardo might follow an opener

  27. Travis Hafner says:
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    1.) Are you starting Pivetta today @ATL?
    Son doesn’t totally hate it (-0.4) and he’s been great since call up.

    2.) I like Strahm, and I know you do too. Even tho his start was in Coors, it was pretty bad. Should I wait and see to add him/treat him like a streamer? Or should I grab and hold him in 10-12 team leagues? Next start is MIL (8.0)

    • Cram It says:
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      I don’t like Strahm. Most innings he’s every thrown was 100, 3 years ago. I think he’s pretty toast already and would treat him like a streamer.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. Depends on the league
      2. Wait

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I’m not

      2. Hodgepadre

  28. NJ says:
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    Morning!! Great article…should I cut Bait on Greg Polanco? In a 5 OF league and have JD, Marte, Conforto, Y. Alvarez and Stanton coming back “soon.” Plus Laureano…thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Sure depending on your options

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      Agree with DT

  29. knucks says:
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    I’m 2 chapters into “reading” this new Travis Sawchik/Ben Lindbergh book through my headphones during my commute.

    Grey, I know you’ve said before that you get enough baseball through other means, so maybe you wouldn’t be terribly interested, but I highly recommend it to anyone who might be looking for a good baseball read this summer.

    So far, the entire thing has been about Trevor Bauer. Growing up, Bauer insisted on wearing his baseball pants to school… mmmkay. Anyways, knowing what I already know about the guy, not entirely surprised to hear that he was an outcast. But the best part… he would carry around his shoulder tube (which no one would have been familiar with at the time) and the other kids would call it “Trevor’s Penis Pole”.

    Hahahahaaha

    I don’t miss high school at all.

    • Cram It says:
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      I googled shoulder tube (didn’t know what that was) and Trevor Bauer’s shoulder tube routine came up (from 6 years ago). He answers tons of questions in the Youtube comments about it. Pretty interesting. Just as interesting was this one stalker Annie Linkous:

      Annie Linkous: Um…Just Wanted To Say~YouLookedAmazingOnTheBumpToday! And Your Drone Vids As Always…I love The Song”NoManOfViolence”

      Annie Linkous: Heart emoji

      Annie Linkous:: Well Of Course You Block Me…But I’ll Wish You A Happy Belated Birthday Anyway!

      • knucks says:
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        Hahaha!

        You would dig this read Cram, its super interesting.

        LGM!!!!! :/

      • Yikes says:
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        …interesting…stalker…heart emoji

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, poor Travis (Bauer)

  30. Thom says:
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    Please rank ROS:

    Caleb Smith, Pivetta, Ray

    Thanks…

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Ray, Pivetta for me

      • Matt says:
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        Is not ranking Smith an oversight or you don’t consider him restorable for the remainder of the season?

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          He’s #3, just saving time…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT, Smith is 3rd

  31. luvdarooks says:
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    Looking to next couple of years in Dynasty.
    NEXT YEAR in a $260 NL 11 team with large rosters , really deep…. 5×5 using BA.
    I will add on my own inflation.
    What do you see the salary of Kingery – Swanson- F Reyes – Senzel ‘s value being?
    thanks dude!!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Is the question what with the be worth at auction next year in your league?
      Blind guesses…
      Kingery $18
      Swanson $16
      Reyes $19
      Senzel $19

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  32. Mankind says:
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    How close are Mookie and Vlad Jr in no cost keep forever dynasty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mookie top 5 — Vlad around 20

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Neck and neck for me

  33. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Please select one of the following to NOT start for this week. (H2H with QS)

    Mahle at home vs. TEX
    Plutko away at DET
    Eduardo Rodriguez away at BAL
    Bieber away at DET
    Fiers at home vs. SEA

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Plutko

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  34. Dave D says:
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    Ohtani’s last at-bat when he got the single was amazing. They played the shift. I was hoping he’d lay down a bunt up the third base line. He worked a 1-2 count full and then fouled off a couple of good pitches until he got the one he wanted. Great piece of hitting. He’s so fun to watch, and he was a great value on draft day even with the empty first month. If he keeps up his current pace he could acheive 30/100/10 even after all the time he missed. This might be his only year of fantasy greatness if he returns to the rotation next year. Id prefer he take over in RF next year when Calhoun leaves, and stop pitching, but that’s a longshot…

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Just let him close

      • Dave D says:
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        That’d maybe work. Honestly, his bat is so valuable and his arm is so fragile I don’t know why they would just sign an ace and do something like that. Think of all they are already saving on his contract alone, and put that toward a legit FA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally agree, I’d love to see them abandon the pitching, but I doubt it ever happens — closing would be great mix of both, but I don’t see that either

  35. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    in my h2h league

    i have clevinger coming of IR monday who would you drop?

    i know i can trade machado and stanton easily i hate to trade for a pitcher but what would you have to get for those guys? I would try to bundel them with either flaherty or soroka just to get rid of them.

    narvaez, freeman , albies, suarez, trea turner, acuna, bellinger, dahl, mondesi

    reserves machado, yordan alvarez, giancario stanton
    IR correa

    pitching bieber, flaherty, montas, price, soroka, iglesias, treinen,
    reserve kimbrel

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Make a trade

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  36. greyworm says:
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    ay yo big dawg,

    whose the better stash: Keston Huira or Luis Urias?

    need to pump up that 2 hole and need a young boy to come in fill it nicely.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Urias, fill it up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

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

    With that Chuck E. Cheese reference, thought I’d share this tidbit from his wikipedia page:

    Chuck’s official backstory is that he is an orphaned mouse who does not know his own birthday. His orphanage was called St. Marinara’s orphanage. To make up for never having a birthday party of his own, he hosts parties for children. After winning a Pong tournament, Chuck moved to New York and started working as a singer at an Italian restaurant, where he also met and befriended a musically-inclined chef named Pasqually as the drummer. Eventually, he moved to California and created his own restaurant franchise, with Pasqually becoming his star chef and later joining his band. The two would go on to find others to join the band, eventually recruiting a talented vocalist chicken named Helen Henny, a purple keyboardist monster named Mr. Munch (who absolutely loves pizza), and a country music-loving guitarist bloodhound named Jasper T. Jowls.

    Who knew Chuck E. Cheese was so dark!

    My streaming options are pretty meh today. You like Pomeranz (v. MIL), Plutko (@DET), or Brault (@MIA). I listed them in the order SoN has them but really none of them look like great options. My ERA/Whip for the week is already tanked so really just gunning for Ws and QS. Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Not good…Brault

      • here comes the pizza says:
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        Thanks DT!

    • Um says:
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      Why is it dark to be an orphan? I’d rather be an orphan than have crap parents.

      • here comes the pizza says:
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        It’s not that deep. He’s an animatronic mouse at a children’s restaurant and arcade.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually, listened to a Chuck E Cheese podcast about origins the other day so was on my brain

      Guy who started it, started Atari

      Agree with DT

      • here comes the pizza says:
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        That’s crazy. What’s the name of that pod?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Slate Decoder

  38. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Just leaving this here … Joe Musgrove’s best start in the past month was the game where he got ejected in the first inning. Ugh. So much for this all being a blip.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  39. zombie says:
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    Thanks for a great week, all! Please select a ROS 2nd Baseman: Urias or Hiura. & would both/either be a wiser investment then the meh production of Senzel? Thanks again. Happy weekend!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Senzel, Urias

      • zombie says:
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        Thanks DT. Appreciate your east coast pre-Gray zone replies!

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          No problem!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT — you too!

  40. Shirley says:
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    Hey studs,

    Posey or garver rest of season? OPS league, thx xoxoxo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mitch

  41. PB&J says:
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    Hi Grey and DT,

    Do you think my Clevinger is too much to pay for his Ozzie Albies? If so, what tier pitcher do you think is fair to trade for Ozzie straight up?

    Thanks and happy Friday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much

  42. Papa Jean Segura says:
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    Is Victor Robles a drop in 12-ers? He’s basically just a bench bat for me at this point was gonna add either Anibal Sanchez or Jalen Beeks. Also, could drop Mikolas, but for some reason I think he’ll turn a corner eventually.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Mikolas

  43. The Other JC says:
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    Best on the wire: Vogelbach, Laureno, Framber, P Lopez, Matz, Eflin. Suggested changes please for my 12 teamer h2h, ten hitting cats espn standard league.

    Ramos
    C Santana, Moose, J Turner
    Trea, Segura, Albies
    Bryant, Hoskins, Acuña, Soler, Maz
    Util: Myers or Kendrick
    IL: Carrasco
    Berrios, Castillo, Bieber, Hill, Yonny, Lucchesi, Gibson/streamer (traded Stras for Bryant then Carrasco goes down. Ugh)
    Strop, Neris, Baez,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Framber over Gibson

      Laureano (or Vogel, depending on needs) over Kendrick

      • The Other JC says:
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        Perfect. Valdez is already in my queue for first pitch swap once Gibson starts his game v Royals. Probably go Vogel given Braves have been running a lot more lately (Acuna, Albies) and Trea has to help SBs (right? Oh please be right)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like a plan

  44. baby seal says:
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    Grey! and DT!

    I am one of the 300 listeners on the Ditka Sausage pod. Good one yesterday haha. DT, can I trust you for FF this year??

    Sorry, another essay coming your way. Hopefully less complicated this time lol. *ducks*

    G, as discussed, got what I expected from Strahm last night — some Ks and a wrecking of my ratios. Going for Ks this week in H2H, since my ratios are so far gone, it’s hilarious. I’m normally a ratios guy, so feels a bit strange for the seal.

    My opponent had Verlander’s 15 Ks, so this got a lot harder than I expected…

    1. Would you drop Strahm at this point in a 12-team H2H? Think he gets picked up, but I have Paddack too, and not sure I want to carry 2 limited IPs guys (from the same team…)
    2. Would you pick up Perez vs KC for his second start this week? Had him on the first one. Think you were cool w/ that
    3. Can also drop Gant to get more starters in this week — and can flip that spot again — who you like?
    – Ponce de Leon at NYM today (could drop right after for one of the following meatballers)
    – Suarez at TB (u said he sucks)
    – Alcantara at Pitt (think this sounds good)
    – Dakota Hudson at NYM (no idea if this is a good idea)
    – Canibal Sanchez at Ari (god help me)

    Since you didn’t give me your Venmo y-day, I’m going to buy a season-long sub right now. You’ve earned it!

    Cheers,
    Baby Seal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks, Seal

      1. Can lose him

      2. Sure — you should look at Streamonator for some of these

      3. None of these are good, I guess Anibal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should be buying a sub for yourself, it helps with these decisions

      • baby seal says:
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        I just did! DUH SEAL. Duh.

        Should’ve thought of that earlier — I’ve never been a big streamer. Historically, I’d punt Ks and Ws to stack a bunch of closers and high leverage guys that keep my ratios best in the league, and top in saves. =)

        Last year, my Ws were actually middle of the pack because those high leverage guys would vulture so many.

        I’ll get back to u later w/ whatever terrible decision I’ve made.

        You can check — purchase made. Checking Streamonator now that my meetings are finally over.

        I owe u a funny story. Will get back on that another time.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds good, be well!

  45. Saint says:
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    Hello Grey, DT and others

    12 Team 6×6 H2H QS Daily Redraft

    Verlander, Heaney, Wheeler, Woodruff, Flaherty, Musgrove, T. Richards, Strahm and Pablo.

    Someone grabbed Luzardo yesterday, so time to stash Gallen. I have 5 two start pitchers going next week. Who is the drop here so I don’t lose out?

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lopez or Strahm… I’d prolly lose Strahm due to IP limit

  46. Coppo says:
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    Looking for some closer help. Which of these trades would you make? I own the starters in all the scenarios

    Paddack for Will Smith
    Fried for Will Smith
    Luchessi for Will Smith

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fried or Paddack is fine

      • Coppo says:
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        Which of the two would you want to sell first?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fried

  47. William Hung says:
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    Prayers for Jose Alvarado and whatever issue he’s dealing with back home – apparently it’s pretty serious as the Rays team haven’t said anything and keep saying he’ll be back “soon”. Last I heard he was supposed to be back today, but that’s after two other times the Rays have said he would be back (originally last weekend, then at some point in the last series)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, can’t imagine it’s good if he had to go to Venezuela on an emergency

  48. RotoSlayer says:
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    Drop Lorenzo Cain for Ohtani? Crain has been atrocious so far. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  49. Tony says:
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    Buehler or giolito in a dynasty

    • Tim Anderson Project says:
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      Beuhler and I dont think its close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with TAP

  50. DonnieB says:
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    Would you pick up Laureano or Odor for Franmil or Domingo or Bruce? Thanks!

    • galica says:
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      DonnieB!!

      Franmil is in Coors, so no way do you drop or sit him!

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Ante

      Hold

      • DonnieB says:
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        Sorry. ROS starting next week. Do you like Laureano or Odor over any of the following:
        Domingo
        Franmil
        Or Jay Bruce

        Thanks. It’s a weekly league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not especially

  51. Reese says:
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    12 team mixed keeper 5×5 Roto would you give up muncy to get Matt boyd? I need the pitching help…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you can do better, but if desperate, I guess

  52. The Terminator says:
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    16 team keeper league, keep 12 $260 budget. Salaries rise $5 per year except AAA

    My
    JD Martinez ($34)
    Khris Davis ($35)
    Corbin ($27)
    Doolittle ($23)

    His
    Alonso ($20)
    Eflin ($23)
    Reynolds ($15)
    Gallen ($15)
    L. Gurriel ($12)
    Y Diaz (AAA) ($15)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

      • The Terminator says:
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        Thanks for the response, thats what I kind of figured.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  53. Aaron says:
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    Hey Guys,

    10 5×5 H2H Currently I am 2-8 and trying to see what I can do to improve.

    1.) Eloy or Avaisil

    2.) What side would you rather have Juan Soto, TreaT urner, and Strasburg for Yelich and Severino

    Any thoughts on where to improve this lineup:

    C: Mitch Garver
    1B: Edwin Encarnarcion
    2b: Muncy
    3b: Devers
    ss: Mondesi
    of: Benintendi
    of: Domingo Santana
    of: Soto
    of: Merrifield
    Util: Trea Turner

    SP: Strasburg
    SP: Ryu
    SP: Marquez
    SP: Montas
    SP: Canning
    RP: Kimbrel
    RP: Greene

    Bench: Voit, Villar, Eloy….Keuchel, P Lopez, IL -Glasnow and Trevor Williams

    Any and all help is appreciated! Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Eloy

      2. Yelich — do this monster trade, it will help you get guys in your lineup that are on your bench

      • Aaron says:
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        Thank you! Appreciate the help!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  54. Dancin Homer says:
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    Thoughts on streaming Plutko [email protected] DET?

    SON has him at -2.8, but it IS DET, right?

    Thank you as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am not

  55. Ron P says:
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    Points League – All offense stats are 1 point and SO are -.5

    1) Ohtani, Avisail, Domingo, Pence, Soler – Top 3?

    2) LaStella, Dejong, H. Kendrick – Which 1 do I DROP?

    3) Garver or Molina ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Garcia, Pence, Ohtani

      2. Howie

      3. Molina

  56. Jubakka says:
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    SHOULD i start max fried today at philly. I dont need the strikeouts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Does not sound good

  57. Ellis says:
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    Pick up Biggio or Lourdes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Biggio

  58. Juubaka says:
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    About Tim Anderson, when your wrong your wrong. He might be a above .300 hitter for a couple seasons..

    • Cram It says:
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      I would bet you he’s not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anything can happen, but he’s not a .300 hitter

  59. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – 12 team keeper (weekly leagues), I’m in second in a tight battle with the 1st place guy (we’re separating from the rest of the pack). Keep 7 forever at $3 inflation/yr.

    Would you ship your $4 Matt Chapman + $1 Domingod for a $57 Yelich and Robles (who would be my 3rd closer to Jansen/Neris)?

    Filling in for Chapman’s spot would be paul dejong (shifting la stella to 3b).

    Easy Yelich side?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Yelich

  60. Jim says:
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    QS league: who are the bottom three (to drop)?

    Lucchesi
    Matz
    Gibson
    Chirinos
    Paxton
    Wheeler
    Marquez
    Woodruff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yonny, Gibson, Lucchesi

  61. Matty says:
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    Cavan must have read in your comments that he was about to get dropped from my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, right

  62. omar says:
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    OPS league. Have both Ohtani and Cruz, neither with a position. Who should I keep and who should I shop? Feel like Cruz has more value/bargaining power but Ohtani may be more productive. You?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shop Ohtani

  63. NJW says:
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    In another episode of ESPN sucks, they have already awarded Paul DeJong a line of 1/4 with a solo HR for tonight’s 7 pm game. I’m sure this is a glitch that carried over the same stats from last night but still.

    Also, their site had changed for fantasy purposes before draft time this year and they just sent out a memo yesterday saying that they changed the look of the website. They react to changes about as quickly as Pablo Sandoval reacts to a head of lettuce as a potential snack.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I’d take it from DeJong

  64. Phil says:
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    Grey and DT and others, please help…

    Roto league (hitter K’s are included…ewww, I know): I give Ed Escobar and Juan Soto in exchange for Anthony Rendon and Byron Buxton. What do you think?

    • Cram It says:
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      Escobar side for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  65. TC says:
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    H2H redraft. Benintendi for Cole fair if I need some pitching help? Never know how to value bats vs arms in H2H.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  66. FantasyLand says:
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    Pick 3 for today please

    Didi @ CWS versus Giolito
    Renfroe @ Coors
    Hoskins @ ATl
    Ohtani @ TB vs Smell
    Harper @ Atl
    Eloy vs NYY Sabathia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Renfroe, Rhys, Eloy

  67. Cable says:
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    In a points league that scores innings pitched along with your normal pitching stats, would you start Pivetta today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  68. Token says:
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    A) would you trade wade Davis for Price in RCL?
    B) would you trade Altuve for Cole?

    Middle of the pack in all categories. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Seems fine

      B. Sounds fair

  69. BigToeCrusher says:
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    Brian Dozier was dropped. Add him over Lourdes?

    • BigToeCrusher says:
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      Schoop. Wong. Bote. Moran also avail

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  70. Robdo says:
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    Luke Jackson

    A. Will continue to close for the Braves at seasons end, and should be owned if no other closing options are available

    B. Is shaky at best and will be replaced as the Braves closer eventually, but should be owned until then

    C. Will turn things around and become a viable closer

    D. Is a headache and should be dropped in all leagues

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B

  71. Justin Ralph says:
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    Drop Senzel or Dietrich for Ohtani?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dietrich

  72. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Happy Friyay!!

    Diego Castillo or Ian Kennedy at this point for saves rest of the way? Both have SP,RP designations so I can sneak an extra closer in my lineup as we only have two RP slots.

    Secondly, in an 11 tm keeper roto, do you like Ramon L more than Reynolds or Bruce or hold on those two?

    Lastly, Ramon L over Eloy or Conforto or Kendrick in 12 tm h2h or hold on those three?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castillo

      Over Reynolds

      Hold

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        Salute!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Salud!

  73. Huffin Gas says:
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    I go to work everyday, try to do a good job, yada yada…come home where I have responsible parental duties to attend do. Yet trying to determine which pitchers won’t completely wreck my ratios is the single hardest thing about my day. I’m talking aces all the way down to fringy streamers. It’s never been as big of a headache as it has this year. I don’t even won’t to scroll down to my pitching section. I just stop at the hitters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I do the same on the scroll… I’m scared to look

  74. G’day Grey,

    H. Dozier or T. Shaw going forward.

    Your thoughts, please.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier

      • Thanks and have a great weekend!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

          • William Hung says:
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            Dozier over Kingery & Senzel?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Dozier?

  75. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Thanks for the above! Different Domingo offer, same keeper league where I’m trying to win:

    His $31 Scherzer and $1 Caleb Smith for my $3 Ryu + $1 Domingo + Dyson

    I have 4-5 points to gain in Ks – Max would get me 2-3 alone in a week or two of innings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  76. Travis Hafner says:
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    10 team, 5×5, really deep at OF- somewhat shallow league
    My only 2B and 1B are Marte and Voit; there’s also a CI and MI spot. So not many bench bats to switch into those positions

    I was offered this deal
    Conforto, Glasnow
    For
    La stella, DMurphy, Peacock

    La Stella and Murphy would help with flexibility for hitting depth, peacock is a decent arm.

    I think Conforto is meh, and Glasnow could be solid upon return or be useless. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Murphy side

  77. Justin Ralph says:
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    Drop Hicks for Schwarber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        Thanks Grey. You’re on fire this morning. One more question. Would you drop Strop for Ian Kennedy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d hold Strop for now

          • Justin Ralph says:
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            Thanks for all of your help. Have a great weekend.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks! You too!

  78. JP says:
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    HXH league

    How would you rank these guys going forward?

    A. Hicks, Domingo Santana, Pence, Kingery, H. Dozier?

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo, Kingery, Pence

  79. Fogimon says:
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    Roster crunch, need to drop 3 guys once my IL gets emptied of Altuve, Springer, Dozier. Who do you rank as dropping 1st, 2nd, 3rd?

    1B – Hoskins (1B, CI OF)
    2B – McNeil (2B, 3B, OF)
    3B – Donaldson
    SS – Story
    MI – Machado (SS, 3B, CI)
    CI – Encarnacion
    OF – Conforto
    OF – Franmil
    OF – Tapia
    OF – Mallex
    OF – AdJones
    UT – AlGordon
    Bench – Gregorious
    Bench – DGordon
    Bench – KCron

    IL – Altuve
    IL – Springer
    IL – HDozier

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Didi, Gordon, Cron

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Reverse order, is the drop order

        • Fogimon says:
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          Would you keep starting Donaldson? I am 9th out of 10 in AVG, R, and SB, 7th in HR and RBI.

          I had thoughts of moving Machado (not doing much better) to 3B, DiDi to SS and benching The Donald.
          My OF is also hurting every time Tapia sits. Would you go JBJ over any of my OF?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            JBJ in OF, I’d start Donaldson

  80. Perplexus Maximus says:
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    This league is usually an afterthought as it’s one of just a few non-keeper leagues I’m in and it’s standard 5×5. I’m happy with the team I have but yesterday noticed Abreu, NCruz and DeJong were available and checking the wire noticed a few other possibles too.

    These include Abreu, NCruz, (DeJong was picked up today) GCooper, Hiura, Eloy, Chavis, MChapman, VRobles.

    Avail P are PLopez, FValdez, TRichards, Wheeler, Matz, Pivetta

    Current team sits at:
    C-Alfaro,
    1b PAlonso,
    2b DMurphy,
    3b Baez,
    SS Mondesi,
    OF Acuna, Benni, Conforto
    Bench/ Util Dahl, Domingo, Yordan, MOlson, ARiley

    SP Corbin, Bauer, Berrios, Soroka, Ryu, Buehler, (Clevinger,Carrasco)
    Rp Osuna, LJackson,Neris, Kimbrel

    Not sure if any changes need to be made but Cruz and/or Abreu are intriguing. I will likely drop DMurphy for Hiura once he’s called up again. Thoughts guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This league is so shallow, I don’t know where you’re playing any of these guys from waivers… I guess Abreu over Domingo but seems irrelevant — kinda same thoughts as SPs… I guess Wheeler over Carrasco

      • Perplexus Maximus says:
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        Ty Grey, just wanted an outside opinion. It’s actually a 12 team league the vast majority built on waiver adds. My only Pitchers left from draft day are Corbin Bauer and Osuna and aside from trading for Mondesi I’ve added Alfaro, Murphy, Olson, Dahl and then the rookies Riley and Yordan all thru waivers. Seems no one has heard of a DL spot they just drop them (Ryu, Olson, DMurphy, Dahl, Alfaro, Carrasco, Clevinger all drops while on DL) I know a 12 teamer isn’t the deepest of Leagues but in this case I would readily agree with you if you were referring to the quality of league managers as shallow…

        Thanks again

  81. Moonraker says:
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    My Soto and Pham for his Verlander. Thanks in advance and have a great weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, depends on league

  82. thurman says:
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    snell or buehler ROS?

    and how close is it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s close

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Snell

  83. Chris says:
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    H2H points league

    Pick one to start:

    Pivetta @ Atlanta (Fried)

    or

    G. Marquez vs. SD (Lauer)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta

  84. toolshed says:
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    Would you rather own Kelly or A Barnes in an obp format? Kelly was splitting time but Avila now has a calf injury. Unclear status at the moment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelly

  85. Grey

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

  86. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Haha what a day for me to roll into the message board late. All this Dahl and Ohtani talk, where have i been?!

    A) If Angels had anything close to respectable pitching staff, I’d really be enjoying this season now. Ohtani is just now coming out of his extended spring training from the TJ recovery. Get ready for an Ohtani that doesn’t have spend time thinking about pitching, just focusing on hitting, going to be fun. May – .250/.333/.363, June – .341/.391/.805 … I’ll save the rest for next week’s article :)

    B) nice that Dahl is trying to steal, also his exit velo is climbing and wOBA is climbing since i wrote post on him, so we likely haven’t seen him peak out yet.

    C) Nola is the subject for this week’s dive

  87. Grey

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

  88. Kevin Streine says:
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    Great post again Grey, thanks.
    Question- I have Jose Ramirez as my 2B in a dynasty league.
    Assuming he continues to suck it for the rest of the year I think
    I will need to drop him in favor of either Keston Hiura
    or Scooter Gennett. Leaning towards Hiura.
    Any thoughts?
    Thanks

  89. Grey

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

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