Everyone is so sad at the Shohei Ohtani news that he needs Tommy John surgery.  People being sad at this has me gobsmacked.  He had elbow problems when he signed with the Angels, then a Grade 1 sprain of his UCL became a partial tear in June.  He threw a whopping 25 IP the previous year.  Were people really ostrich’ing their heads into the sand to the point where they didn’t see the writing on the wall?  Of course, he needs Tommy John surgery.  How is this awful news?  It was awful news for Angels fans when we first heard of the elbow issues.  It’s not awful news now.  It’s actually great news because he has a chance to be healthy again in 2020, instead of becoming Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, Matt Shoemaker and every other pitcher the Angels shoved towards PRP injections rather than getting them healthy.  Did people really think pitching a guy was the answer to a torn UCL?  Seriously, people thought this?  Sad news that people are surprised by the least surprising thing since finding out taco diarrhea burns.  This would be like a memo coming out of Nike headquarters that says something like, “This Kaepernick thing is great for business, who cares about the politics?”  You mean a company is trying to sell products?  Get out of here!  You want seriously sad news?  Ohtani and the Angels haven’t decided he will have Tommy John surgery yet.  That’s sad!  Maybe they’ll just let him be a hitter as he was yesterday (4-for-4, 4 runs, 3 RBIs and a double slam (17, 18) and legs (7) and mouth-to-mouth’d a baby chick back to life).  A torn UCL hasn’t looked that good since LiAngelo Ball tried to get paid twice from selling one ripped jersey in China.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jaime Barria – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.30.  Fun fact!  Jaime Barrio is what Jesse Jackson called NYC.  As for Barria, he’s a streamer, and the Stream-o-Nator loves his next start.

Adrian Beltre – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Or two times he looked at someone like he was going to cold-cock them for touching his head.

Mike Foltynewicz – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.75.  The Sawx did us Faultywirewitz owners a solid by, appropriately, putting their number #2 lineup out there.  Of course, it didn’t matter for the Braves bullpen that hosed and cost me my win.  Shame on you, Winkler, you are not cool like the Fonz.

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 24th homer.  Don’t want to use all my exclamations on Tildaddy, but he’s 20 years old and has only played 88 games.  Some people wanna tell you it means nothing how young he is, but, as Chuck D once said, check what you’re listening to.  If Acuña only gets a smidge better over the course of the next four seasons, he could be a 40/20/.315 guy throughout his peak.  In other words, Mike Trout.

Brandon Phillips – 1-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Good to see this youngster get a chance.  All the great prospects can’t come up, but happy to see this one.  I hear he has an 80-grade bat.  Or maybe they meant that as in, “If he were still in school, he’d be in the 80th grade because he’s so old.”

Corey Kluber – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.75.  I didn’t bother to research Kluber (peak fantasy baseball ‘pertise!), but I get the feeling I am going to be so off of Kluber next year and not just because he’ll be too highly ranked.

Brad Keller – 7 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.14.  His K/9 is 6.1 and his walk rate is 3.3.  So, nice ERA, but he’s not good.  Any Keller can see that!

Nick Pivetta – 4 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 4.66.  Was a cushiony matchup vs. the Marlins, so, of course, he was pulled after 69 pitches because Gabe Kapler is not nice!  NOT NOICE!

Sandy Alcantara – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 0.75.  Raise you hand if you think his last name sounds like a singer at an Italian restaurant.  Fine, I’ll be the only one and type the rest of this blurb with one hand.  Alcantara’s K/9 and BB/9 are 6 and 5.25, respectively.  Or disrespectively, that’s awful.  Stream-o-Nator has him as a negative, and I’m staying away.

Jose Peraza – 2-for-4 and his 10th homer, hitting .284.  I wonder if anyone mentions to Jim Riggleman something along the lines of, “Hey, uh, Coach, you’re leading with Billy Hamilton (0-for-5, hitting .239).  Uh, why?”

Gary Sanchez – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .186.  Know what I have to say to that batting average…Release the Butt Cracken!  By the way, to everyone who drafted Gary Sanchez in the 1st few rounds this year, well done.  You really paid attention.

Luis Severino – 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.52.  You come for the A’s, you best come correct, and not just alphabetical.

Mike Fiers – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.36.  This pitcher is on Fiers………He’s on Fiers…………Fiers…….. Did that sound like Alicia Keys in your head?  It did in mine.  Too bad you’re not in my head.  OR ARE YOU?!

Trevor Story – 3-for-4 and his 29th, 30th and 31st homer.  He hit the longest home run in Statcast history at 505 feet.  The previous record was Giancarlo, also at Coors at 504 feet.  That’s more than five Yoenises. There’s a story of a man named Story.  He’s also about to go 30/30, which hasn’t been done since 2012 (Trout/Braun), along with Jose Ramirez and Betts.  Can Story sneeze some of his goodness on Arenado?  Asking for a friend.  Okay, I’m the friend.  Thanks for making me feel bad!  OR DID I?!

Tyler Glasnow – 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.17 on the Rays.  Toronto is getting such crap for not calling up Vlad Jr. that they deemed it it an emergency and in case of emergency…Well, you know.

Kevin Kiermaier – 2-for-4, and his 5th and 6th homer, hitting .212.  Just peeked at his age.  Doode’s only 28!   Why then do I visually see his knees clicking as he rounds the bases?

Aledmys Diaz – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .254.  I can’t wait to draft Aledmys next year and drop him before the first week of the season is over.  Chomping at the bit!

Billy McKinney – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 4th homer, as he hits leadoff, hitting .352.  Damn, was so close to picking him up.  Though, I did pick up Mikie Mahtook, so maybe my waiver wire goggles are fogged.  “Help!  It’s the fog of fantasy war!”  That’s me walking down a half-empty subway car.  Thinking I might make McKinney (say that fast 117 times!) the lede buy this week, so not sure how much I want to say, but he’s hitting near-.400 in the last week with three homers in the last ten games, so there’s a hot schmotato in his bones.

Michael Kopech – 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.02, and another start of his was interrupted by rain.  He also gave up four homers:  Jeimer Candelario (3-for-6, 2 runs and his 17th homer); Ronny Rodriguez (1-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (4) and his first legs); Mikie Mahtook (1-for-4 and his 7th homer) and JaCoby Jones (1-for-5 and his 10th homer).  So, when it’s not raining organically, Kopech is making it rain for other teams.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 6 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.47.  Live with me for a second, I had Foltynewicz, Ryu and Pivetta going yesterday.  Two easy matchups (Marlins/Mets) and one matchup where they pulled the goalie (Red Sox).  How many wins do I have to show for it?  Lady Luck, you’re a C**nt Hurdle!

Max Muncy – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 32nd homer, hitting .254.  The Dodgers have to be the worst best-looking team I’ve ever seen.  Brian Dozier (0-for-3, and now hitting 8th) must be like Elizabeth Jennings’ cyanide pill.  I’d say spoiler alert, but that cyanide pill got dropped from the storyline like Philip’s son in Russia.  Ooh, that definitely was a spoiler.  Hey, at least I didn’t say Martha dies.  Damn it!  I said that too.  But is it true?

Cody Bellinger – 1-for-4 and his 22nd homer.  I’d love to see him get to 30 homers this year, but I’d also except, “Struggles to hit 22 homers, but lights the world on fire next year under a different manager, blaming everything on Dave Roberts.”

Kenley Jansen – Won’t travel to Colorado, so Ryan Madson and Kenta Maeda should see save chances.  A guy can’t go somewhere there’s high altitudes due to his heart, and you’re worried about your fantasy team.  Not judging, just saying what is going on here.  By the way, I don’t want to be a liberal, mouth breather, caring about other people and whatnot, but Jansen can’t travel to Colorado because of its elevation, are we at all worried about him traveling, ya know, anywhere in a plane?  Last I heard, planes travel at high elevations.

Zack Wheeler – 7 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.39.  His 2nd half ERA is 1.50.   The Mets really had to assemble a terrible hitting team to waste Wheeler, deGrom and Syndergaard.  They could’ve traded for J.A. Happ and Luke Voit and been a .500 team.

Charlie Morton – Will start on Saturday vs. the Red Sox.  Ground Chuck is a risky bet in Fenway, but maybe not dead meat.  Hiho!

Framber Valdez – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 1.37.  Fun fact!  Framber is the name of the guy who plays the grapes in the Fruit of the Looms commercial.  Less fun fact, he’s a bullpen lefty arm who is overperforming in the majors and has a 6.9 K/9 and 4.6 BB/9.  I wouldn’t touch him unless desperate.

Evan Gattis – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer, hitting .231.  No knock on the CBS guys and their preseason ranking of Gattis in the top 20 overall, which is as legitimately crazy today as it was then, but does it bother any of you who use other people’s rankings when they see those people just move onto fantasy football?  Some ‘perts just don’t feel invested.  Maybe I’m too invested, this could definitely be true.  But when I see guys just drop baseball in August, it drives me crazy.  You told everyone to draft Gattis ridiculously high, and now you’re abandoning them to give terrible football advice, and then next year you will be back to give terrible baseball advice and on and on.

Alex Bregman – 2-for-3, 5 RBIs and his 29th homer.  Elias Sports Bureau said, “If Bregman wins the MVP, it will be the first MVP won because J.D. Martinez got busted with PEDs the last week of the season.”

Willians Astudillo – 1-for-2 and his 2nd homer.  Phil Collins Voice, “A-a-astudillo.”

Mike Leake – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.11.  This was a big time buy from the Stream-o-Nator for this start to which I say, “Damn, should’ve trusted that big ol’ rusty robot.”

Mitch Haniger – 1-for-4 and his 24th homer.  Why is Haniger hitting leadoff and Denard Span is hitting fifth?  Is Haniger Denard and Ben Revere’s long-lost triplet?  I know, Denard Span went 3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and had a slam (11) and legs (8), but that’s besides the point.  He’s a leadoff man and Haniger is a five-hole hitter.  Guess we should be glad Dee Gordon’s hitting ninth and accept the small victories.

Jhoulys Chacin – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.70.  Don’t worry, Brewers fans, Curtis Granderson hit a home run to make it a close loss!  I hear Gio Gonzalez is going to be taking Junior Guerra’s spot in the rotation.  To which, Nats fans are sipping tea.

Daniel Murphy – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 10th homer, hitting .304.  I haven’t a clue where I’m going to be putting him next year in the rankings.  Probably around 75-100 overall, but will it be enthusiastically?

Jose Quintana – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.14.  At this point, I’m rooting for him to get his ERA just below 4.00, so people are bamboozled into drafting him again.

Tanner Roark – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.23.  And two straight poor starts even with his 2nd half ERA barely being 2.00 means nothing anymore and goodbye.

Matt Adams – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 19th and 20th homer.  Big game, hoorah, but something else is bothering me.  Is it me or does it feel like this year has more head-scratching substitutions?  Adams is having a great game, obviously locked in, feeling the love, it’s a close game and he gets pulled.  The Shildt Head did a number two in his brain.

Carlos Martinez – 2 IP, 0 ER, and his 1st save.  Some clarity on the Cards’ bullpen!  *places head in door frame, slams door on head*  Before you call C-Mart the closer, I doubt he can return to the mound for at least three days.

Marcell Ozuna – 4-for-5.  OZUNA locked in finally.  Up until this week, OZUNA locked in milk can like Houdini.  OZUNA still Mr. Bumble bases loaded in 9th inning with one out.

Yairo Munoz – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, 2nd homer in three games and hitting near-.400 in that time, so hot schmotato alert!  But on a side note, this mad me laugh.  You know how douchebags (and Greek people) always say, “Gyro is pronounced year-o?”  Well, Munoz’s name is apparently the exact opposite, because yesterday the Nats’ announcers were like, “Year-o…”  “No, it’s jiro…”

Miles Mikolas – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners (0 BBs), 2 Ks, ERA at 3.06.  Now has two subpar starts in his last three and three in his last five.  I wonder if the long season is starting to drag on this fine, mustachioed man.  Stream-o-Nator likes his next start, and I could see giving him one more to prove himself.

Kolten Wong – Activated from the DL.  I saw Wong activated by the Cardinals and immediately thought, “Great, another Vatican scandal.”

  1. Marti Harris says:
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    Where do you think acuna and story will be ranked next year?

  2. LenFuego says:
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    So with Bauer, Morton, Paxton, McCullers, Wacha, Hellickson, Morrow and Vizcaino on my DL entering this week, I was desperate enough to touch Framber Valdez … and I gotta tell ya, I feel pretty good about it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LenFuego: I’m glad it worked out, but be careful

  3. Raymon says:
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    Who’s more likely to be fantasy relevant/sustain into next season, Voit or Choi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Raymon: Neither, Voit

  4. Dr Easy says:
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    The Jays break the Glas…now! More importantly, Rowdy Tellez got a double in his first at-bat in the majors. He’s basically the Jays’ very own version of Fatt Adams. The Jays are going nowhere next year; would be nice to trade Smoak somewhere and make room for him.

    Why don’t we get altitude sickness when traveling by plane? Don’t know the answer (maybe it’s just that we don’t stay up there for too long?), but must be the same reason why Jansen is allowed to fly but not go to Coors.

    • Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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      @Dr Easy: Planes are pressurized, Denver mostly is not.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr Easy: Yeah, saw Rowdy carved MOM into the plate, very sweet… Rowdy’s a big softie! Cabin pressure likely, I was kinda kidding (but not entirely)

  5. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up!

    a. Still in first after starting Glasnow!!

    b. Short schedule tonight so no questions.

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for September 6

    All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Whew! B. So few games! C. That’s awesome! That’s my favorite, maybe

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!!

        It borrows (funny Twain borrowing from you!!) from your comatose guy waking up to find Austin Barnes raking on September 4 and telling everyone: “See, Austin Barnes easily kicks Yaz$$’s a$$!” Guys?…

        As North Americans, we all have a little Twain in us.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, totally!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’m Twainy!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m a Twain’er!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Be’Twain’er?

                • Ante Galic says:
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                  @Grey: Grey!!

                  Shania Twain wants her name back.

                  Cheers,
                  Ante

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Just realized they’re related!

  6. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    hilarious that nike (a multi billion dollar company) is pretending to leverage anti-crooked “establishment” government for profit. and it’ll probably work too. and in general the very people they are trying mostly to leverage are those exact people with little money too. “can’t afford to live on this min wage slave labor life wages but hell gotta buy these cool shoes sponsored by somebody else that hates the man keeping us down right”

    even MORE hilarious than this is the guy doing it saying he’s a man of the people or whatever he’ll sell it as (unless he actually gives large chunks of this extra money to say the legal budgets of those jailed for the things he’s “railing” against, or the ACLU/NAACP/black panthers or something like that). also in the even MORE category is the guy doing this never did anything like this back when he was actually a top of the sport QB , did he not know of such injustices back then? did he not hit the “age of politicization” yet until around age 28 when he had lost his starting job?

    even MORE MORE hilarious is the state of a country in which the level of racism is so high that a guy (who’s at least a bit black anyway) who brings up that it’s probably not cool to kill a bunch of unarmed people and just being able to get away with it and no punishments incurred is a major villain in the minds of millions of people, or even that’s it’s “controversial” to say that. if a white player was doing this nobody would’ve mentioned it more than once. can’t have the slaves getting uppidity.

    this whole thing is SOOOO mau mauing the flak catchers all over again (no i wasn’t alive when that came out).

    anywhoo, 16 team saves and holds sold separately, have romo, alexander, bradley, kela, raise the church, boxy, i try to get it balanced 3/3 with saves/holds guys, but alexander not doing much lately (both holds nor that well in general and demoted when maeda went down there), drop for any of: j.miller, holland, kelly, j.anderson, mchugh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @A Wesley Snipes Life: In honor of Kap and Nike, I’m hiring a dozen 8-year-olds to sew swooshes on all my clothes

      Alexander for Kelly

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Kelly? Really? ‘Cause there’s two guys I see when the Red Sox and Angels are losing….Kelly (Red Sox) and Noe Ramirez (Angels).

        Don’t know who’s better than him from that group though so you’re probably right.

        Cheers, Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, Ante! I was just going by A) who will be in most winning games B) who will get holds

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @Grey: yep, exactly, a man and a company selling the idea of “fighting the man” and “standing up for the people” while getting billions/millions (in his case), selling sweatshop labor shoes/clothes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Exactly!

  7. DegenerateBeast says:
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    I feel like Bregman gets very little love around here. VERY LITTLE!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DegenerateBeast: Altuve even said, “When he does what he’s doing and isn’t tall enough to ride a roller coaster, call me.”

  8. Scott says:
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    Brandon lowe is showing up as the highest rated player over the last 2 weeks in my league. I looked at what he did in aaa and was intrigued by his power spike and walk rate since I am in an obp league and he qualifies at 2b/OF. He wasn’t very highly ranked on most prospect lists, but it looks like he has found / grown into his power. Will he play enough to be worth an add in a 10 teamer that starts 5 OF with a mi spot. I need to make sure I am getting counting stats and guys are playing this time of year. I also am getting zero help from correa and albies. Correa is in my util spot. I also have OF’s dinged up and they don’t put guys on the dl now. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Yeah, I’d grab him

  9. Harley Earl says:
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    Great stuff Grey!

    Hey, remember around the all-star break when you wrote something about Story having a ho-hum second half? I do! And remember when I told you Story was about to quietly embark on the best season of his career? I do! Your response was “I hope you’re right.” … Well, not to say I told you so but … !!!

    Wow, what a finish this kid is putting on. It’s one helluva Story! Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harley Earl: Haha, I’m glad for him, I am, I like Story

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey: Oh I know you do! You gave me the impression he was on one of your teams somewhere!

  10. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Next year – Bryant or Story (same keeper price)?

  11. Nitro says:
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    ROS:

    Bader or Ozuna

  12. The Skrimmer says:
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    Bench Correa for C. Hernandez? Will Correa start hitting again or is it a lost cause for the final weeks of the fantasy season?

    • The Harrow says:
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      @The Skrimmer: hasn’t cesar been even worse for a long time. this isn’t like a “should i play b.lowe or mondesi over correa” here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Skrimmer: I’d play Correa, but agree with Harrow

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Grey: in an AL only i’ll make playoffs but i won’t compete with the top 2 teams as i had correa as a 1st round keeper and drafted swiggy pretty early (alonso now my best 1B, mancini close but he’s in OF), not last year early, but still, that’s nearly 2 high picks mostly wasted. good news is i might be able to not keep correa, and trade a 2nd rounder for stanton (a guy has both of stanton/judge but can’t keep both since they are both 1st rounders, and i can talk him into stanton for a 2nd probably)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya

  13. Doc Samson says:
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    There are a couple of things in the universe I will never understand: Mr. Burns infatuation with Marge Simpson, “enchantress!”, and how I gained points in pitching yesterday by starting both Glasnow and Koepach.

    On another note, the Dodgers have to figure out what to do with Jansen. This is no laughing matter.

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      Grey says:
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      @Doc Samson: HA, nice… Yeah, I know on Jansen, it is frightening

  14. chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    who would you stream? what order:

    Bassitt vs TEX
    STraily @ Pit
    Nova @ Mia

    Thanks!

    Chris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chris: None? Nova, Straily, if had to

  15. The Situation says:
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    Hey @Grey:

    I’ve been relying very heavily on the amazingly accurate Stream-o-Nator this fantasy Postseason and its gotten me to my League Finals- so, first off, thank you and @Rudy for that.

    For a H2H, 6×6 (QS instead of Wins) 2-week League Final, which 3 starters would you go with?

    Junis: vs. CWS vs. MIN @DET
    Anibal: @SFG vs. STL vs. PHI
    Lucchesi: @SEA vs. SFG @LAD
    Musgrove: @STL @MIL vs. MIL
    Heaney: vs. TEX vs. SEA @HOU
    Chen: @NYM vs. WAS N/A

    I know you really like Musgrove, but based on (1) strength of schedule and (2) current form, I’m leaning toward the first 3, but would like to get your opinion.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Situation: Glad SON’s working for you! You’re right, Musgrove’s schedule is not good

      Junis, Chen, Heaney

      • aburakoff says:
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        @Grey: Why do you think Heaney gets a 29.3 from SON for his 9/10 home start vs. TEX?

        Really hard to trust Heaney right now looking at his last numbers for the last 30 days.

        Post-All-Star Break, TEX has scored the most runs in the League.

        But for the season, TEX has scored the 28th most runs in Away games, so maybe the high rating is tied to TEX being on the road.

        It’ll also be Heaney’s 3rd start against TEX in his last 5 starts. He’s also faced HOU twice recently, so does that familiarity help or hurt his cause?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bc Heaney has good peripherals and Rangers are terrible road team

  16. Willie, Mickey and the Duke says:
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    We are a hair away after two wins agains NYY and LAD. (Fiers and Wheeler). Our week starts Friday and our moves are today. I’m chasing wins and era. I can get Straily (at Pitt and at Mets), Holland ( at Milwaukee, home v Atlanta). I have Anderson ( pitches v Holland and at Cubs)
    Which two do I go with? As you often say…anything to move up in the standings.
    Desperate times call for desperate measures

  17. The Situation says:
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    Hey @Grey:

    I’ve been relying very heavily on the amazingly accurate Stream-o-Nator this fantasy Postseason and its gotten me to my League Finals. So, first off, thank you and @Rudy for that.

    For a H2H, 6×6 (QS instead of Wins) 2-week League Final, which 3 starters would you go with?

    Junis: vs. CWS vs. MIN @DET
    Anibal: @SFG vs. STL vs. PHI
    Lucchesi: @SEA vs. SFG @LAD
    Musgrove: @STL @MIL vs. MIL
    Heaney: vs. TEX vs. SEA @HOU
    Chen: @NYM vs. WAS N/A

    I know you really like Musgrove, but based on (1) strength of schedule and (2) current form, I’m leaning toward the first 3, but I’d would love to get your opinion.

    Thanks!

    • aburakoff says:
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      @The Situation: Shit, sorry for the double post!

  18. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    this is hilarious, benched otani the hitter in a league after i read about his LAA team finally realizing openly that he needs TJ about 9 months later. figured he’d, ya know not play when that kind of news comes out. hope i don’t go out of playoffs in that league. due to puig/goldy not playing i DID still play him elsewhere though.

    – due to our stupid human brains we’re now told to believe that guys that just announced torn elbow tendons make for really good power/speed threats as hitters. damn pattern searching brain.

  19. aburakoff says:
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    Hey @Grey:

    I’ve been relying very heavily on the amazingly accurate Stream-o-Nator this fantasy Postseason and its gotten me to my League Finals- so, first off, thank you and @Rudy for that.

    For a H2H, 6×6 (QS instead of Wins) 2-week League Final, which 3 starters would you go with?

    Junis: vs. CWS vs. MIN @DET
    Anibal: @SFG vs. STL vs. PHI
    Lucchesi: @SEA vs. SFG @LAD
    Musgrove: @STL @MIL vs. MIL
    Heaney: vs. TEX vs. SEA @HOU
    Chen: @NYM vs. WAS N/A

    I know you really like Musgrove, but based on (1) strength of schedule and (2) current form, I’m leaning toward the first 3, but I’d love to get your opinion.

    Thanks!

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      @aburakoff: … and sorry for the TRIPLE post. Amateur hour over here. Thanks!

  20. Tinman95 says:
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    Who would you drop when Wacha comes off the DL?

    Ryu
    Musgrove

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tinman95: Is he coming off the DL? What are these other SPs matchups?

      • Tinman95 says:
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        @Grey: He just started a rehab assignment, so he could be back by next week. Ryu is at Cincy next week, and Musgrove is at St. Louis.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope he’s back… Musgrove is worst of those 2 matchups

  21. MattH says:
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    Preach it, Grey. It’s why I come back year after year (day after day). Do you think the CBS guys even know Gattis hit 25 homers? It shocks me that experts in the industry are hanging it up in August. Keep up the good work, and thank you for all your time and advice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattH: That seriously drives me nuts, they honestly don’t care what they say in March

  22. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Great writeup Grey!

    Shocking news out of LAA…pause…pause….NOOOOT!
    As an Ohtani owner, literally everybody knew this was going to happen, still annoying.

    Anyways, just got offered Tildaddy straight up for Trout. Too early and not enough (yes, that’s what she said)? Ask for more? Or wait until it’s too late?

    Thanks!

  23. Crime Dog says:
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    Billy mcklinley or franmil?

  24. Matt S says:
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    “and mouth-to-mouth’d a baby chick back to life”

    Pure Gold.

  25. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Grey……

    The phillies lineup against the marlins Santana Leadoff and Pivetta batting 8? I guess he wanted all that speed at the top.

    At least Kapler explained the loss well…..now i understand

    Kapler’s post game comments,,
    He stated that the team did not get runners on base, therefore, the team could not generate any offense……

    1. Carlos Santana (S) 3B
    2. Justin Bour (L) 1B
    3. Asdrubal Cabrera (S) SS
    4. Rhys Hoskins (R) LF
    5. Nick Williams (L) RF
    6. Cesar Hernandez (S) 2B
    7. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
    8. Nick Pivetta (R) P
    9. Roman Quinn (S) CF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: HA! Which I realized that before I wrote today’s post… He put Pivetta in the 8 hole then pulled him because of the game situation! Classic!

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        @Grey:

        Another Kaplar Gem: ” we won in the stat the hardest hit ball’ says krapler, the statisticall savant

        You can get a column from him every day. But look at that line 4 slowest guys followed by speed.

        Worst is seems like every player is fielding a position they are uncomfortable in. Hoskins is praying nothing gets hit to him in left. Kingery has played everywhere but his natural postiion. I always believed if you relaxed in the field relaxed at the plate. I think the uncertainty carries over.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! Seriously, doesn’t it seem like Kapler goes out of his way to make it harder on his team?

          • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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            @Grey:

            Agreed…………Kaplar has a pattern of excessive mental masturbation

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Totally!

  26. Dave D says:
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    Great post. There’s not much more to say about it at this point. I do like the Nike comparision. The Angels handling of Ohtani is indeed as stupid as mixing politics and commerce. Unfortunately, that seems to be on the rise, catering to leftardism’s perpetual outrage and grandstanding. Meanwhile, the rest of us…. would rather keep politics and sports separate. Can we “just do it”?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave D: Haha, swoosh!

    • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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      @Dave D:

      Yeah screw politics when i watch sports don’t want to hear politics protest, heart tugging stories of how an athlete beat the odds persevering to make it while because his single mom had him at 12, or public serverice anouncements for cancer, this tragedy that tragedy,

      To me sports is an escape, i want to watch sports for competition and beer commercials not social awareness.

      Don’t care about athletes personal lives, causes, or anything else just how they play the game.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Except if Dee Gordon and Jean Segura are doing the Royal Rumble in the clubhouse!

        • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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          @Grey:

          Agree…….Exceptional Exception!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha, yup!

  27. The Great Knoche says:
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    Yet another example of the most underrated Story ever. Trevor Story gets a nice blurb…and I get that Ohtani hitting a HR for Tommy and a HR for John is news worthy, but come on.

    Longest HR ever in Statcast era and 2 more to go along with it. This should have been the lead. “Giancarlo no longer the Longest Story in MLB history” “It’s the Trevorending Story – The Trilogy”
    “Torenado? You Mean Storynado” Take your pick.

    I digress.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Honestly, I wrote Ohtani lede before Story’s game and didn’t want to go back and redo… He would’ve had the lede if his game was earlier

  28. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Thinking of dropping either PIVetta or Giolito to free up a bench spot for the return of either Morton or Doolittle (both in my DL spots). Giolito seems like the more obvious drop of the two, yeah?

  29. Erik says:
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    Um, not to be picky, but you do mean healthy in 2020, not 2010.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Erik: Ha, oops, will fix

  30. Prince George says:
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    Hi Grey, please pick one for 2019 and beyond….Fiers or Shoemaker. Thanks.

  31. Cale says:
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    “Guess we should be glad Dee Gordon’s hitting ninth and accept the small victories.”

    I started reading “Guess we should be glad Dee Gordon’s hitting…” and I thought that sentence was going to finish with Jean Segura. Have to say, one of the few times I was a little disappointed in you…

    j/k, love the writing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cale: HA! Hilarious

  32. AP says:
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    This Cardinals closer situation has been a total mess. Between this mess of a closer situation and Mike Shildt’s complete lunacy of benching Jose Martinez earlier in the season I think he’s earned his own term and definition.

    Shildthead Move – When a manager thinks they’re such a genius they give their best players roles away to scrubs or an unpredictable smorgasbord of players, thereby neutralizing any fantasy value on that team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP: HA, nice!

  33. Gotime says:
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    Appreciate that Gattis blurb Grey! So true… Couple of years ago when I started fantasy baseball, team was in last, got on this site and finished in playoffs. This year my H2H team has been in 2nd since April, and if it were a points league I would have won in August. So keep doing you and they can do them (in a non dirty way)!

  34. Rectum Ralph says:
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    Need to stream a pitcher which one would you look at starting.

    Felix Pena @CHW – SON-$13.9
    Matz vs PHI – SON – $16.7

    both have been pitching well of late

  35. Wudaben says:
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    I need some help setting my starters in my playoff matchup for the upcoming week. I’m currently down 40 and will probably need to pull off a great week. H2H points league, set 4 starters for the week.

    2 Start Options:

    Rich Hill @CIN (Bailey) @STL (Wainwright)
    Mikolas PIT (Taillon) LAD (Ryu)
    Eovaldi TOR (Sanchez) NYM (Wheeler)
    Heaney TEX (Minor) SEA (Ramirez)
    Giolito @KC (Duffy) @BAL (Cashner)

    1 Start Options:

    Snell CLE (Carrasco)
    Severino @MIN (Odorizzi)
    J Gray ARI (Corbin)
    Kopech @KC (Keller)
    Newcomb WAS (Fedde)
    Ray @HOU (TBA)
    Taillon @STL (Mikolas)
    Velasquez MIA (Richards)

    I’d say probably Snell, Hill & Mikolas and then roll the dice on one of Severino, Heaney or Giolito. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wudaben: You need a hail mary? I’d go Top 4 2-start SPs and hope it works out

  36. The Harrow says:
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    shildt also pulled ozuna (what 3 HR’s in the 2 days before yesterday and 4/5 when pulled yesterday) for j.a. garcia (who isn’t ready for MLB pitching just yet, but IS a great fielder), with a ONE run 9th inning lead with 2 outs and guys at 2B and 1B. so a single ties the game at the very least, and they’d turn their best hitter of last 3 days into a guy who can’t hit any breaking balls at all in a game that could VERY easily turned out to go into extra innings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Harrow: I saw that too, blood was boiling on it

  37. overthinking the playoffs says:
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    Sit or start Strasburg in my H2H playoffs today (QS, not W)? I’m off to a good start and have another turn through the rotation in this two week finale. Not sure whether he’ll extend his streak of quality starts or get thumped by the Cubs.

  38. Ton L says:
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    Hey Gray hope all is well!

    H2H 12 team keeper league. I’m in the playoffs and a non contender upped the ante by offering me Muncy, L Cain, and Rasiel Iglesias for Luis Severino. I’m not even sure if it’s safe to start Severino anymore, but it is a keeper league. Would you accept?

    • Roger Anderson says:
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      @Ton L: Sevi may be toast right now but this happened with Max Scherzer a couple of years ago, and when the heat of a race came in the final weeks he found his stuff again. Still, do you need to win this week or next year?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Then again, toast is delicious

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ton L: That’s a solid deal for Muncy etc if they put you over the top, you can’t really start Severino safely

  39. Roger Anderson says:
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    McKinney or Reyes next 10 days, 6×6 10 team H2H, the first round of the playoffs, I NEED HRs!
    I will worry about ROS after next week if it matters. I was looking good on pitching until Sevi watched Ryu and said, “That was bad and all but, hold my beer.” Thankfully I had ….Framber? as a streamer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Roger Anderson: McKinney — ha, I hear ya on Sevi and Ryu, killers

      • Roger Anderson says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, I was leaning McKinney because TOR plays on the upcoming “quiet days” and I need every advantage.

        FYI – Roman has been excellent as a filler and SAGNOF play. Thanks for that accidental endorsement.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Hope it works out!

  40. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Which 2 hitters do you like going into the playoffs?

    Renfroe
    Reyes
    Mancini

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Reyes

  41. Old School Brother says:
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    Drop Hosmer for Franmil?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, OSB, that’s tough, prolly wouldn’t

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: head to head playoffs, two weeks for semi finals right now then last two weeks of the season for the championship. limited to 10 moves per two weeks. I’d hate to pull the trigger then have franmil go cold and hosmer turn it on

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think you have to hold there

  42. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    That Ryu start was some terrible BABIP luck. Mets were raining in soft bloopers all over the place, and added a crummy RBI infield single for good measure. Ugh. Some batted ball numbers: 21.1% hard contact, 21.1% soft contact, 25% ifh. Yeesh.

    Could’ve been worse though, my brother had Glasnow, Pivetta, Kopech, and Minter on a team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch, my heart goes out to Mitch Garvin

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: HA, In the aim of conserving time, I’ll just concede that is my brother’s name, and yes, we are related to Mitch Garver. I don’t want this turning into another Jon/Ron Gant thing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That reminds me, I have to log out of my AIM

  43. J-Money says:
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    What Up G,

    Thank God for today…end of the second week in the playoffs and the team didnt crack .170 the last two days, brutal. My dudes need a day off. That being said, I have counting stats locked up for my hitters, but AVG and OPS are real close and that’s my focus. Going into the weekend, who do you prefer for each position?

    2b – Wendle vs Baltimore, Schoop vs SF, or Kipnis @ TOR
    OF/U – White @ Bos, McKinney vs CLE, Renfroe @ CIN, or Dahl vs LA (or one above)

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya… Wendle… McKinney

      • J-Money says:
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        @Grey:Thanks man. Do you think Arenados shoulder is impacting him more than the media portrays? He only has 2 HRs in the last 30 days, granted hitting .258 but unusual lack of power.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, I think it is

  44. Drew says:
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    Is either Amed or Dansby worthy of a keeper stash in a 16-team OPS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, both

  45. FrankGrimes says:
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    How was castle rock?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, skip it, unless you’re a big King fan

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

        Oh it’s on Hulu anyhow.
        Unless you gimme your password haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Giancarloiscarryingmybaby

  46. Matty says:
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    Are we about to see a John Madden bus-situation with Jansen? (Substitute bad ticker for being afraid to fly).

    He can roll into a series a day late or leave a day early to make sure they make it coast to coast- skipping the high passes- in time for him to most of his games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Madden had a week to get from game to game, a bus could hinder Jansen a bit

  47. Rice says:
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    Man!…. It’s not something I’m proud we predicted, but last week you and I went back and forth agreeing and how DUMB the Angels were being. I hope they’re happy about those 2 extra innings they got out of Ohtani this year. Ridiculous!

    ~ Sad Halo Fan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, they just need to send him for TJ already

      • Rice says:
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        @Grey: I saw a fake headline on Onion Sports that read, “Shohei Ohtani Regrets Not Researching Which Teams Were Good Before Signing With The Angels”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah, saw that…Felt like an old headline they recycled from when he signed

  48. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Morning, Grey! Great post today as usual.

    I know you get no happiness from Ohtani’s misfortune, but it’s uncanny how you called it, regarding Tommy John surgery, months ago. The Angels have been playing dangerous games with this kid’s arm all season. Being that hitters (like Gleyber) come back far sooner from Tommy John than pitchers, I agree they should just have Ohtani as DH for the 2019 season (however many games he comes back in time to play), with an eye towards having him pitch again in 2020. One wonders how a different team would have handled him, though. I’m reminded of what Scocia did to Middleton’s arm. I’m praying for this kid’s future.

    I was going to ask if I should risk starting Strasburg against the Cubs, but since I’m the dimwit who started Giolito night before last, and the comedy team Glasnow & Kopech yesterday, I’ve got nothing to lose starting Stras. At least SON’s on my side.

    Is there anything more annoying than routinely being beaten by a couple of teams whose managers checked out weeks ago? I think that’s proof I need to quit doing so much–which is very hard for a churner like me. Do you ever just walk away from a team for a week or so?

    Have a good one!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So not the morning anymore!

      Oh, yeah, Keynan, poor guy… The Angels have had like 7 pitchers need TJ in the last 2 years!

      Start Strasburg, may as well

      This year all my teams are in contention, so I’d never walk away, but even if they weren’t doing well, I don’t walk away… I’m watching baseball the day football starts, how could I walk away?

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Haha, fair point. But it’s always morning, when I’m still in bed.

        I just think I need to save my team from me at times. A few days without me guessing wrong on streamers wouldn’t hurt.

        PS: RIP, Burt Reynolds. It was a bad omen when “Smokey” quit razzball.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, get out of bed!

          HA! True on Smokey and Burt…We should’ve seen it coming…

  49. Perfect Game says:
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    To protect ratios, there is no way I’m going to start Severino his two upcoming starts against Boston. I also need to manage the remaining GS I’m allowed in my standard roto league.

    I prefer to allocate some of my remaining starts on Marquez and/or Wheeler over Severino based on their 2nd half performances and remaining matchups. The QS, K’s and ratios will be there for them where the QS have not been there for Severino…and his ratios last 11 starts are crap.

  50. Cable says:
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    LeCLerc or Bantances …h/h points for playoffs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leclerc

  51. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Any way of knowing who the starter for KC will be Sunday? I’ve been on mlb.com, beat writers, etc. I really want Junis to be a 2 start pitcher for next week and Yahoo has him as one, but the Royals still haven’t confirmed their starter for Sunday yet ugh

    • Cable says:
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      @bossmanjunior333:

      On a site I use for betting they have Kennedy listed right now

      • Cable says:
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        @Cable:

        They gave Junis listed fir Monday

        • bossmanjunior333 says:
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          @Cable: Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure

  52. RoPo says:
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    Trust Archer tomorrow? SON has him at 17ish vs. MIA. An acely start would be godly, but a Qs and W will suffice. I read he went over to Cervelli’s recently for dinner (arepas), praying they figured something out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, gotta start him vs. Marlins, or drop him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I love arepas, so now I’m extra pumped!

      • RoPo says:
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        @Grey: lol Nice!! And actually it’s a 27 on SON. Arepas for all!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Let’s eat them arepas, RoPo!

  53. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – *solely* as an AVG play in a super tight race (6 points up for grabs if my .261 turns to a .264, 3-4 if i get to .263) . . .

    What do you think about Melky Cabrera? I would start him over someone like Villar (again, only for AVG . . . I’m locked @ #1 for R and SB)?

    He seems to be playing everyday and hitting over .300. CLE also has a sweet ROS schedule . . . mostly DET, CWS, KC . . . handful of TB and BOS games in between…

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just for AVG, it sounds like it makes sense, but you can’t do better than Melky for just AVG?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – hmm . . . need someone who should be a lock for .275+ to fill the current Villar slot on weeks with poor pitching matchups (love Villar, but he’s contributing to categories I’ve locked up + is hurting my AVG).

        Other options on my roster are DJ L and Kendrys. DJ L is usually an average asset, but hasn’t been since returning from DL.

        Free agency is scarce . . . besides Melky, it’s random streaky guys like O’Hearn, Hunter Dozier, Adam Frazier.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          DJ’s great for AVG — I’d go Frazier if just picking up a rando

  54. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    What do you think about starting Castillo at home vs. SD tonight? H2H with QS.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would if I owned him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How do I not have those?

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: Elsewhere, trying to find the right words so we can have a productive conversation as to your ranking of Trevor Story LAST year…

        ;-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So hurtful!

          • Stephen Lyon says:
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            @Grey: I won’t mention Odor though.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh my god, you’re attacking mercilessly!

              • Stephen Lyon says:
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                @Grey: In the interests of balance, I did make the final last year, so it’s not like those guys really cost me anything. And i do have Razzball to thank for 2017 Cody Bellinger and Rhys Hoskins :-)

                • Grey

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                  …But not so much for 2018…

  55. Perfect Game says:
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    To protect my ratios, there is no way I’m going to start Severino for his two starts against Boston coming up. I lost all trust in him. The 2nd half is a large enough sample that he’s unlikely to right the ship, especially against tough opponents.

    To manage my remaining Games Started, I’d much rather allocate starts to Marquez or Wheeler ROS over Severino due to better schedules and their 2nd half performances. They can provide the K’s Severino can, but the QS and ratios he can’t.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes sense

  56. LG Baseball says:
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    Well done on the write up Grey!

    I’m chillin on a bye week so thanks for all your help this season!

    Looking for a bat to help bring home the title. Please rank between the following waiver options;

    Piscotty, Voit, Mallex and Villar

    I have Brian dozier and some excess pitching (Pivetta, Bieber, Rodon) so could potentially grab them all

    LG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Depends on needs, prolly grab them all if you can cut those schmos and don’t need them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty and Villar 1st, but SBs, Mallex, HRs and Voit

      • LG Baseball says:
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        @Grey: great thanks Grey!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  57. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I am currently starting I.Desmond and M.Olson at 1b. I also sub in Merrifield in at 1B when Albies starts at 2B. Would you drop either Des or Olson for H.Dozier, K.Morales, R.Ohearn? Or just plug one of the other two in and grab F.Reyes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olson for Reyes

  58. Launch Angle says:
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    I’m in a this season only standard roto league. Trying to run down the HR leader (behind by 9). I have a solid lineup, but I’m concerned about Arenado, Trout and Freeman getting me the power ROS. Here’s who I got:

    1B Goldy
    2B Baez
    3B Arenado (where did the power go…shoulder?)
    SS Bregman
    OF Trout (1 HR since coming off DL)
    OF Betts
    OF Soto (no power last month or so)
    OF Benintendi (2 HR in 2nd half)
    UTIL Freeman (6 HR in over 2 months)
    UTIL Lindor
    BENCH White

    Would you hold or replace Soto or White for HR/RBI with any of these guys and in what order in case they get plucked before I can get them?

    Piscotty, Franmil, Renfroe, Mancini

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soto and White for Franmil and Piscotty, if redraft

      • Launch Angle says:
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        @Grey:

        My SP are Kluber, Severino, Nola, Marquez, Pax, Verlander, Cole.

        I have Pax still in the DL slot and haven’t activated him. I need to drop one SP in order to pick up both Franmil and Piscotty.

        I have 25 GS remaining for my SP’s so I don’t need as many. Which one would you drop – Severino who’s been terrible and has the Sox twice with MIN and BAL in his remaining 4 starts – or Pax who has NYY, HOU, LAA, OAK and TEX remaining?

        I’m ahead by 10 QS and 101 K’s and a narrow lead in ERA and WHIP.

  59. amyc123 says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Are you starting Rodon vs LAA tomorrow?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • 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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      @amyc123: rodon 9 out of last 10 starts QS, with 8 in a row.

  60. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Worth finding out if this Mejia fella can keep this up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, but prolly in platoon with Hedges

  61. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Mejia not qualifying as a Catcher on Fantrax is a bit infuriating. Utility? C’mon, guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How could that be? He’s only a catcher

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, it’s odd. My only guess is he’s only played 3 games at catcher last year so he’s not at their 10-game threshold. But players enter the league all the time at a given position. Don’t get it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          But if a guy plays exclusively at a position in the minors, he should have that eligibility.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Grey: it’s like robles in yahoo. he’s never been ANYTHING BUT an OF in the minors. contact fantrax, they’ll fix it very very likely. actually mejia was playing multiple positions down there.

        • The Harrow says:
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          @The Harrow: robles in yahoo is much worse actually, i didn’t realize he only had 3 games at catcher. but you are right, people often (but not always) come in as what they were primarily in minors (which they should). yahoo doesn’t even HAVE rules to have to follow with theirs though, and there’s no such thing as contacting a human with them, it’s like finding the wiz of oz.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Robles in Yahoo is just lazy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  62. J-Money says:
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    Starting Sanchez tonight @ ARI?

    • The Harrow says:
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      @J-Money: other than lauer he’s the only even doable stream in any of my leagues. and unlike lauer he’s been MUCH better all year.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @The Harrow: depending on depth of league (both pretty deep though) or max innings cap i streamed anabell (16 teamers, or h2h’s where you weren’t worried about ratios much), and lauer (ONLY NL only where i had an open spot and already losing ratios)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would’ve said no, sorry was out

  63. greggpatenaude says:
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    minter, romo, fry, gsellman best two for saves for playoffs?

    i have tyler oneill who i like long-term for keeper, but that’s the balance of now vs. later, heading to semis as 1 seed and he’s obv not helping me right now. drop for piscotty, voit, lowe, mancini, beltre or just hold and cross fingers he starts playing, i need most help in hr/rbi

    thanks for all your help all year, best site on the net!

  64. Perfect Game says:
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    Do I start Paxton at home against the Yankees tomorrow? He did ok against the A’s coming back from the DL. Thinking about ratios.

  65. Cable says:
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    Thanks for the well done on drafting Sanchez early…..finished regular season in a h/h points league 18 – 4 with a 1st rd bye in playoffs but Gary was not much help I would welcome the hr hitting Sanchez back though …..

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