I was about to fall off my chair if Sixto Sanchez‘s parents knew when he was born that he would be 6’2″, but it turns out they overshot by two inches. Prolly best. My mind couldn’t have handled that kind of freaky-deaky shizz. So, Sixoh Sanchez was called up–What? We have to call him that now. We can’t perpetuate fake news. Wanna be called Sixto? Then grow two more inches, you big phony! Unless…Oh crap. I just realized something. Every game he starts the score is going to be 6-2. Hopefully in his favor then, I guess. So, Marlins called him up and here’s Prospect Itch’s last words on him, “Sixto Sanchez gives Miami exactly what (Marlins’ front office exec) Denbo wants:  a fastball with enough pace to live atop the zone and a curve change slider off-speed compliment to get hitters chasing down and out. His strikeout numbers haven’t been elite, but everything else has, and he’s always been young for his level. Also, I’d like to level Grey.” What the heck, man?! Prospect Hobbs gave you about 1200 words on Sixto Sanchez in his Cristian Pache fantasy. As for this year, rookie pitchers are tantalizing, and I did grab Sixto, but, honestly, I might drop him before he even pitches. In a short season, a guy like Danny Duffy is likely better than a rookie pitcher, who could be an ace in two years. It is nice to see the Marlins kicking it from the six-fingered Alfonseca to the Sixto’d one. Sixto Sanchez isn’t in this afternoon’s Buy, but could’ve been for the upside flyer. To see who is in the Buy/Sell before it’s released on Razzball, join our Patreon. It’s $5/month, or the price of enough gas to get your lawnmower to run for 12 minutes. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jesus SanchezMarlins called up him, as well. Marlins now have two Jesuses, they must be expecting to be underwater soon. Sanchez looks to me like a 27/7/.250 hitter in a full season, and a guy who might get at-bats for the next week. In dynasty leagues, I like Jesus (except Roman dynasty leagues), but for this year, kinda meh until we see him get everyday at-bats.

Seth Lugo – Will spend the rest of the year as a starter. Dot dot dot. When the Mets resume their season, that is. Yesterday’s Mets/Marlins game was banged, which means it was canceled and I banged my head against a wall, and Friday’s game vs. the Yankees is lost too. If what happened with the Reds the other day holds true again, the Mets won’t play until at least Wednesday of next week. What an absolute shizzshow.

Shane Bieber – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 1.11. Seriously, deGrom or Bieber in 2021? Who’s the 1st pitcher off the board? Lance Lynn? Ooh, I like how you’re thinking.

Triston McKenzie – Called up. Yo, Indians have the whole squad laughing at the thought of the coach pointing at who they’re calling up and Plesac and Clevinger trying to walk in front of the pointing finger. Legit funniest crap I’ve seen in a while is Cleveland ignoring that they have two of the best pitchers in baseball. “Can I get you something from the store? Maybe a soda, I see you like that.” “Zach, you’re not supposed to be going to the store.” “Oh, right.” So, McKenzie didn’t pitch in 2019, therefore we need to go back to Prospect Mike for our last blurb on him, “McKenzie has (had?) a plus fastball and curve with decent control, so don’t put me down as a hater, except for Grey. His 2018 was spent in Double-A, where he whiffed 87 batters in 90 innings with a 2.68 ERA.” From what I gather, McKenzie is in the Plesac mode. Great command, which helps avoid disasters, and 8.5 K/9-type strikeout ability. Worth a flyer in deeper leagues, but I didn’t grab him, if that sways you either way.

Zack Britton – Hit the IL with a hamstring strain. Britton thanked everyone for their concern, spelling it Thachs, then Thanks then Thacs.

Miguel Andujar – Optioned to the alternate training site. No foolsies, can Andujar and Clint Frazier just go start a new team? If you were to take them, Mountcastle, Lux, and any other rookies artificially being held down, you’d have a team that would make the playoffs. Seriously. Much better than, say, the Pirates or Red Sox.

Gleyber Torres – Headed for an MRI on his hamstring. As frequent commenter, Fred Garvin MP, said, “So all the Yankees important players are getting injured. Nature is healing.”

Luke Voit – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer. Last year Judge, Giancarlo were out, and Gleyber stepped up. This year, the “Scream Inside Your Heart” Yanks are once again injured, and Voit is now stepping up. Next year, all of them will be terrible and Thairo Estrada will go into strut-mode.

Gio Urshela – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .256. With all Yankees injured, Urshela is going to be asked to do a lot, and he will answer by being Mike Trout for a month. Don’t ask me how the Yankees do it, but they do.

James Paxton – 5 IP, 3 ER, 1 hit, 4 walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 6.64. Hearing Paxton’s headed for an MRI on his elbow. Ya know, with Paxton, it might be easier to just have him pitch from the MRI lab.

Mike Zunino – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, 2nd homer in two games and who’s Zunino’ing who?! Whom? Hmm, maybe. By the by, Zunino has hit the Yankees well, and no other team.

Yandy Diaz – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Fun fact! Statcast labels Yandy’s Launch Angle as, “Flaccid.”

Yadier Molina – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs as he was activated from the IL. In a corresponding move, Matt Wieters, and his .000 average, was placed on the IL with “Do we have to give a reason?” By the way, Keith Law once said Matt Wieters was a surefire Hall of Famer! Damn that never gets old. Good stuff, Klaw.

Adam Wainwright – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.00. During the 1st week of the season, I speculated that older pitchers and ones that won’t throw hard have a better chance of success because they’re just up there pitching vs. trying to overpower people and potentially hurting themselves. I haven’t done the research but maybe there was something to that theory.

Spencer Howard – 3 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 6.17 vs. Chase Anderson – 3 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 2.79. Okay, what’s with pitchers getting the exact same lousy lines? Is there some kind of joke going on I wasn’t told about?

Teoscar Hernandez – 3-for-7, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .289. Get a lot of people still asking if they should drop Teoscar. Ya know, a guy who is a top 35 overall guy on our Player Rater, and a top 25 hitter.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer. He hasn’t been exactly lighting it up, but have you ever been to the Buffalo Jays Stadium? Well, unlikely since there’s a global pandemic, but it’s Coors with less people who have ski lift stickers on their jacket zippers. Don’t voluntarily drop Jays.

Rowdy Tellez – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, as he hit third. Dan gave you some buy lows (and sell highs) the other day in his Fly Ball Exit Velocity chart, and Tellez featured promeniently. Tellez won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy, but I could see grabbing him. Be careful of platoons though.

Lucas Giolito – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 3.89. I love you, now do this for the last five weeks. Please.

Tim Anderson – 2-for-4, 2 runs and a slam (6) and legs (3). All this time we’ve (I’ve) been trying to figure out who is the guy who could be a sneaky top 20 pick. Looking at Matt Olson, Mondesi and so on. The whole time that guy was right in front of our eyes, it’s Tim Anderson. (I just totally jinxed him, didn’t I?)

Eloy Jimenez – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .275. My boy Eloy!

Joe Jimenez – 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 9.72. “Hey, do you have any will to left to live?” Um, why do you ask, Fantasy Baseball Overlord? “Oh, just wondering before I zonk out Joe Jimenez.”

Joey Bart – 1-for-4 as he was called up. Wonder how he’s getting to San Fran. *intern whispers* Bart? Yeah. I know his name, I am more of a curiosity seeker about the means of Bart’s transportation. *intern whispers again* It’s called a BART? That’s weird. So, I gave you my Joey Bart fantasy during the shutdown. It was written while I was stretching my quads. Rereading it now, it still pretty much tracks even though it’s from April when I still thought we might get 100 games. Like most catchers, he’s worth a flyer, but am I falling over myself like dominos if actual dominos delivered Domino’s? No, not especially.

Wilmer Flores – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. Hot schmotato alert!

Matt Olson – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .170. Okay, the average hasn’t been there yet, but you see why he’s so tantalizing, right? All praise to Allahson!

Matt Chapman – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .248. Not sure how many of you have seen Olson and Chapman hit bombs, but they could hit a ball out of its stitching like mini Naturals. Call them Matty Lights.

Sean Manaea – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 6.39. I guess he’s okay…? Sly ellipsis and question mark on purpose. I have no idea.

Cody Bellinger – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in two games, hitting .192. Please have 12 homers by this time next week. Please. There’s still time to salvage this fakakta season.

Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.25. Ya know what, guys and five girl readers? I think I’m maturing. Seeing Kershaw pitch well isn’t even making me aggro. Real growth here! Though, Kyle Seager (1-for-4 and his 5th homer, hitting .301) being more valuable than Pete Alonso is starting to push me over the edge again.

Byron Buxton – Hit the IL with shoulder inflammation. Buxton’s on the shelf more than that elf you bought from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

Jose Berrios – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.75. Think I told someone to bench Berrios for this start, and I oop–My bad, I was petrified like a piece of wood that it was going to be bad, said someone who didn’t understand metaphors.

Nelson Cruz – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer. If one-homer power Dee Gordon were to swing Nelson Cruz’s arms while Nelson was asleep, Cruz would homer.

Nathan Eovaldi – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.98. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, so the Red Sox are a clock broken in 26 places and are right every 26th game.

Xander Bogaerts – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .282. Bogaerts looks okay, I guess. Just Dong (0-for-5, 1 run) looks like he opted out about two weeks ago. Entire Red Sox team looks lifeless, except, of course, Mitch Moreland (2-for-4, 3 RBIs, 7th homer, hitting .360). Of course, right?

German Marquez – 5 IP, 10 ER, ERA at 4.38. I am floating around my house like a hummingbird on this schadenfreude.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-5, 2 runs, and his 7th homer. My cousin in Liverpool, Seamus, found the original liner notes for Abbey Road that have McCartney and Lennon crediting Ringo Starr as the true genius. Wow, this must be priceless, which makes it odd that I am going to leave it carelessly by this open window—NOOOOO!!! Torenado!

Ryan McMahon – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 4th and 5th homer. Maybe someone took my advice and shot a foam arrow at McMahon every time he swung, so he’d jerk his swing and make it an uppercut.

Sam Hilliard – 4-for-5, 1 run. Not bad for a guy who hit 35 homers and stole 22 bags in Triple-A last year and is a bench bat this year.

Kyle Tucker – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .239. Yet another triple yesterday. Tucker, hey pardner, only about 3% of all fantasy baseball leagues have a Total Bases category, so, ya know, who cares about triples?

Alex Bregman – Hit the IL with a hamstring strain. Shame on you, Bregman, a hamstring is treif. As Robert Loggia would tell you, “A strained hamstring is a pig that don’t feel straight.” Filling in for Bregman will be Toro (1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer). Toro sounds kosher, but a little pricey.

Elvis Andrus – Hit the IL with a lower back strain. Was bound to happen once Pressly returned and was productive. Guy can’t be in two places at once.

Kyle Gibson – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.73. I kinda hate Gibson with all my soul, yet somehow I keep picking him up. Ugh, I’m even looking at the Streamonator for his next start.

Nick Solak – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer, hitting .278. As someone who owns Solak, he’s been so lacking. Hopefully this is the start of better things. Honestly, not sure if it can get worse. “Oh, it can get worse.” Thanks for the reminder, Altuve.

Dinelson Lamet – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 1.89. Easy to get lost in the theatrics of putting up grand slams like it’s your mothereffing job, but Lamet has four-straight starts with a no hitter into the 4th inning. By the by, it’s hard to victory lap this year, because it’s so weird, but it’s the same narrative as every other year for my teams. People in March look at my teams and are like, “Geez, you’re handsome Grey but you have no pitching.” Then I usually have one of the best pitching staffs in my leagues. On the backs of Trevor Bauer, Lamet, Sonny Gray and Giolito.

Emilio Pagan – 1 IP, 1 ER, and his 4th blown save, ERA at 7.36. Drew Pomeranz is dealing with shoulder tightness, which is explains why a reliever with a 0.00 ERA wasn’t available, but doesn’t explain why he has a 0.00 ERA. Shoulder tightness isn’t good for a pitcher, it says that in the banner being flown by Dr. James Andrews over Petco, followed by his phone number.

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and a slam (5) and legs (2). Padres became the 1st team to hit a grand slam in four consecutive games. The Baseball Gods are rewriting the unwritten rules.

 
  1. Dave D says:
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    Why would I be the first poster? Why?

    I did draft Sixto in our early DC, so maybe he can do something more than the deadweight on my roster by the name of Michael Kopech. I’ll be watching his start. Nice write up. Im still lamenting losing my shares of Lamet in NFBC.

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      Imposter!

      • Dave D says:
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        Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Appreciate it!

      Hopefully I win one of these NFBC leagues, right now I don’t love my odds

      • Dave D says:
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        You will persevere.

        Btw, thanks for setting the record straight and dispelling my mistaken belief that he was named “Sixto” because he was born with six toes on each foot, and they simply dropped the “e” to be sly. Maybe I got that impression from all my childhood reading of “The Guinness Book of World Records”and all thoes toes really made an impression on me from that one guy in the picture with most toes. That and the other guy who smoked one hundred cigarettes at one time. Is he still alive?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s now got 100 vape pens going at once

          • Dave D says:
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            Good one!!!

  2. galica says:
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    Grey!

    Awesome report for a Friday, meh for a Monday but it’s Friday so awesome report!!

    a. Saw Yandy hit his 1st HR yesterday. Thought maybe he’s warming up, maybe I’ll pick him up off WW and he’s not available. Question? How much does it hurt your team to carry a guy 25 games (more or less) of this 60-game season while he hits just 1 HR?

    b. There is something to that theory. Waino is positive evidence, Lester was positive now negative. F-Her and Fartolo Colon would have been good evidence too, shame they’re not around.

    c. I told you that Iglesias would break my heart and you just let that happen, versus telling me to drop him like the plague! Thanks, man. Well, at least thanks for not mentioning his implosion in the 9th and for the fact that he lost it for my boy (and yours apparently, funny how we’re both his father, is that possible?), Sonny Gray!. I hate you Iglesias, still have him rostered not dropping him but damn 81.00 ERA on the night. Not bad at all!

    d. Signed up McMahon off WW, McMahon I am!! In other news, signed up Brad Miller too but seriously all Cards hitters are worth a shot. To confirm, I added the right Miller from the Cards.

    e. Went to look up the top 10 sprint speed on savant. One player is missing, can you tell who (without looking it up on savant, dur!)?

    1. Roman Quinn, 30.4 ft/sec
    2.
    3. Byron Buxton, 29.8 ft/sec
    4. Trea Turner, 29.7 ft/sec
    5. Garrett Hampson, 29.6 ft/sec
    6. Adalberto Mondesi, 29.5 ft/sec
    7. FTJ, 29.3 ft/sec
    8. Tyler O’Neill, 29.3 ft/sec
    9. Jon Berti, 29.3 ft/sec
    10. Lou Rob, 29.1 ft/sec

    Who is player #2 on this list?

    f. Have a nice weekend.

    g. MLB quote of the day for August 21, 2020

    ‘I was fortunate enough to have baseball to teach me the values relative to success. The sport gifted me with leadership and team building skills that translate in a relatable way in the world.’

    Willie James Wilson, no nicknames. His senior year of high school he hit .436 and stole 28 bases in 28 attempts. For his career, Wilson hit 13 inside-the-park HRs which is the most by anyone in MLB after 1950.

    His 162-game average was.

    626 PA, 581 AB, 88 R, 166 H, 21 2B, 11 3B, 3 HR, 44 RBI, 50 SB, 10 CS, 32 BB, 86 K, .285 /.326/.376 slash line, 94 OPS+, 218 TB

    His best season was his 1980 season, though his failure in the WS versus his success in the 1985 WS almost makes 1985 better. So I present first his 1980 season.

    1980 season
    745 PA, 705 AB, 133 R, 230 H, 28 2B, 15 3B, 3 HR, 49 RBI, 79 SB, 10 CS, 28 BB, 81 K, .326/.357/.421 slash line, 113 OPS+, 297 TB. He struck out against Tug McGraw to lose it for the Royals, striking out a then-record 12 times (since broken by Ryan Howard with 13 Ks for the WS).

    And now his 1985 season. Thought I needed a positive quote after yesterday’s nasty Vince Coleman quote.

    1985 season
    642 PA, 605 AB, 87 R, 168 H, 25 2B, 21 3B, 4 HR, 43 RBI, 43 SB, 11 CS, 29 BB, 94 K, .278/.318/.408 slash line, 98 OPS+, 247 TB. Led the league in 3B in 1985 and was instrumental in both the ALCS and WS for the Royals’ winning season.

    Which season was better 1980 or 1985 for Willie Wilson? You be the judge.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • JDB says:
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      Clearly his 1980 season was way better, despite his post-season woes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough, but fair!

      A. Not much if he also steals bases, which Yandy does not do…But he is yoked

      B. Confirms it for me!

      C. That was brutal, didn’t even feel like mentioning it — I lost Lamet and Gray’s wins late

      D. Nice

      E. Tony Locastro? Mallex?

      F. You too!

      G. Willie Wilson was one the best — 1980 season

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!

        Thanks, man!

        a. Love you much

        b. It’s……Adam ENGEL the communist!! at 29.9 ft/sec

        c. Losing wins like that!! I went to bed without seeing if Giolito got the win and had a nightmare that Detroit came back to win 10-9!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. You better!

          B. Really? Wow, that is surprising

          C. I know, right? Gray and Lamet were so brutal

          • galica says:
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            Grey!!

            You know what’s even more surprising….WHERE ARE THE STEALS, ADAM? Or is this a white thing that white guys can’t run. Not sure what happened to him.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              He prolly doesn’t even realize he can run that fast

              • galica says:
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                Grey!!

                He stole 65 (!!!) in the SAL versus only 10 CS. Okay it’s not 145 like Vince Coleman but that it is bonkers that he’s not leading off somewhere. He could easily be 20/40/.270 maybe even 40/40 if given the chance. And the scout who recruited him? Is he dead? He stole a lot in college too. Hire Rickey for off season instructions or something!!

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, that is true, had forgotten he was so fast

                  • galica says:
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                    Grey!!

                    Thought it was a misprint too. Looked up his baseball cube card… 88/100 for SPEED!!! He is fast as fuck.

                    Cheers,
                    Ante

                    • Grey

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                      Hahaha

  3. Taylor Sims says:
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    Garcia, Newman, McMahon, or La Stella?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Newman for me but Mcmahon might be heating up…keep a close eye

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McMahon

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Or La Stella — Newman’s been awful

      • Dave D says:
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        Thats my McMa(hon)n!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA

  4. Nick says:
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    All right Grey, ALL bright

    dynasty pitching staff:

    SP1 Snell
    SP2 Giolito
    SP3 Lamet
    RP1 Iglesias – just BIG blown save
    RP2 Karinchack – for holds and future
    P Heaney
    P Glasnow
    bench : Plesac / Montas / Javier / Yarbrough

    i can get ; Sixto / Elieser Hernandez

    and i may need more SV/holds stats :
    Kintzler closer in MIA? Taylor Williams in SEA
    Barlow / Treinen / Staumont …

    looks like my bench is expendable now ? no ?

    Nick

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Sixto over Javier for me. Would also swap Elieser in for Yarbrough but I’m a big Elieser fan.

      I wouldn’t drop Plesac or Montas in dynasty. Yes, looks like your bullpen could use some improvement.

      • Nick says:
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        Thanks Donkey,
        but
        1. Plesac isn’t guaranteed to be recalled from the Indians’ alternate site soon, and Grey love(d)s him
        2. Ryan is not living up to expectatiuons, so ok
        3. Montas just had a (only 1) blown game – so we can check next start
        4. Javier has good ooverall stats … but lacks control

        RP iglesias should be top 10… but nothing this season
        I love Karinchak for the future,
        i would get nice setup stats like Jonathan Hernandez and/or Staumont

        let’s see today’s starts for Ryan and Elieser

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All right all right all right

      How deep is this dynasty? Looks shallow…What is your actual bullpen? Two guys?

      • Nick says:
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        yep, lost my previous RPs last year
        Giles on IL (released)
        and Pagan not closer anymore, with an horrendous ERA
        and i had AJ Minter

        • Nick says:
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          oh cole sulser in the mix i can add as well

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Not answering how deep the actual league is

            • Nick says:
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              12 teams Dynasty H2H
              9 batters + 8 pitchers + 6 bench

            • Nick says:
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              just let me know how many and who to drop already …

              i can pick a new SP an another RP for better ratios

  5. Nightpandas says:
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    Worth giving up a mid round pick next year to go from Maldonado to D’Arnaud in an obp league?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Deep league? If you feel like it puts you over the top, sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What does mid round mean — Top 100? 120-150? What kind of player will be there? How many keepers?

      • Nightpandas says:
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        240 ish …we keep 11 in a 15 team league

        • Grey

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          That’s an irrelevant pick, can make the deal

  6. Primetime says:
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    In a dynasty keeper league would Jordan Hicks be the closer for st Louis? Also in a dynasty league where you rank him ? Top ?

    When Will Smith is off the DL does he get playing time over Ruiz? Hate to drop a catcher in a Keeper league you had him ranked 6th.

    • William Hung says:
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      I’d say in a keeper, Will Smith is still a hold but I don’t think he’s going to help you this season. He’s only playing 2 out of 3 games when healthy and it’s something Dave Roberts said was going to happen before the season started

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yeah I think Hicks is still the closer of the future in STL. Top 20 only because of injury risk and chance someone swoops in and dominates the rest of this season but elite closer upside with his stuff.

      I’d keep Smith.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT, but who knows with Hicks, might be some larger issue

  7. William Hung says:
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    Damn, nobody in my league wanted Kris Bryant, so here I am with the following roster now:
    C- Bart
    1B- Olson
    2B- Villar
    3B- Suarez
    SS- Story
    OF- Betts, Bellinger, Laureano
    UTIL- Mondesi
    B- La Stella, Bryant, Hampson

    My format is 5×5 with Ks, OPS, and Errors – so I am debating if La Stella is more valuable than Hampson, though it might be different things – since Hampson has steals and La Stella has 0 strike outs… also if everyone is right, which is about the biggest IF there is, I think either Mondesi or one of Bryant or Laureano is coming off the bench for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Hampson

      I’d guess Bryant can get you at least a second rate closer

      • William Hung says:
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        Right now I don’t think Bryant has any trade value – I had the 2nd to last waiver priority and nobody else put a bid in for him, so he’s a hold for me in this case – my only hope is that he goes on a heater like he did last season and it helps my offense even more – or I just drop him in a week or 2

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe for Edwin Diaz?

  8. Travis Hafner says:
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    1.) Just traded for Joe Jiminez in a save desperate league, luckily my trade is still pending… is there a speculative pickup we need to grab in DET? 9.72 era is woof.

    2.) Same question in SD. Pagan can’t get people out. Is anyone there interesting?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Buck Farmer maybe
      2. Pomeranz is top back up but he has a sore shoulder…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I’d try Soto, no one really there tho

      2. Stammen if Pom can’t go

  9. Kcc26 says:
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    12 team mixed H2H. I feel like I should “opt out” at this point having lost Acuña, Albies, Yordan, Donaldson and Morton to injury and Alonso now not playing with the Mess getting COVID.

    Anyway, I can’t believe I’m asking this but Marquez was dropped. Pick him up? My current patchwork staff is:

    Yu, Woodruff, houser, Pablo lopez, Gausman, framber (with Morton maybe returning soon). Lose any for Marquez or hold?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’ve opted out of a few leagues this year already.

      Marquez over Gausman for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks, I hear ya tho

      I’d hold off on German

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Framber and Morton don’t play on same team

        • Kcc26 says:
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          Sorry didn’t make sense the way I wrote it. I meant that Morton was maybe returning to MY team soon ha

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Gotcha

  10. jbona3 says:
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    Is Kyle Lewis a sell high in a keeper/dynasty league?

    Drafted him for $4, and I’m encouraged by the fact that he’s dropped is K% from 37% to 25% and he’s hitting breaking stuff this season – so I’m wondering if this breakout is for real.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Depends what you can get, but sure he’s worth shopping.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Nick says:
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        Fantraw says Sell High, i’m trying to shop ither Gallen or Fried SP

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like both, but depends what you can get

  11. mcmi11ions says:
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    Good good good good to be alive, right about now… that’s me listening to pop music while listening to Cram and Gray saying take McCutchen for the batty call for his double header yesterday. 4-8 with a run and 4 RBI? “Just the check please…”

    • Cram It says:
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      It’s funny, because after I said to do that, I was like “hmmmmm I should do that”. And I did.

      *high five*

      • mcmi11ions says:
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        *high five*!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

  12. David D says:
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    Rank starters for today. Odorizzi Houser , Yarbrough.
    Starting them and or are sitting them.
    I am in first place already by ALOT so it probbably doesn’t matter. F*ck Joe Kelly.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Who are they going against?

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        Odorizzi @ KC

        • David D says:
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          Yeah and houser @Pitt and Yarborough @ home

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Houser, Yar

      • DonnieB says:
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        I hope your recent flip on Odorizzi is wrong. I drafted him way too many times. Do you like Sixto over Javier?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope so too…coin flip based on matchups…prolly go Javier

  13. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Hey Gey,

    1.) I was going to ask you about Hilliard, bc he’s hardly played. 14 team h2h keeper league. Worth holding onto?

    2.) Odorizzi was a fav of yours preseason (and cool wip)? You down on him after just few starts??

    Thanks!

    • Cram It says:
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      2) He got injured immediately and there’s something wrong there. Reason to be down on him in this short season.

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        Starting him @KC tonight?

        (my only SP going, 14 team H2H now daily instead of weekly matchups)

        • Cram It says:
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          Sure. He’s not in stay-away territory.

          • Hebrew Hammer says:
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            Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Nope

      2. What Cram said — I like Odorizzi in general, but if he’s not right, I’m not messing with him — if he’s healthy, then fine

  14. Cram It says:
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    I don’t own him, and it’s only been 7 innings, but Hader hasn’t allowed a hit yet and I’m rooting him to get a whole (60 game) season no-hitter.

    And I’m coming in Perts, baby. I love my team.

    • William Hung says:
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      hope you are using protection with Perts

      • Cram It says:
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        Only the first year. It’s a LTR now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I saw you were on my tail…My team’s pitching has taken this week off, unfortch

  15. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    Sixto is got the tools to be a good but i think the short season hurt him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly right

  16. Robert DiSilvestro says:
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    Someone dropped Vald in one of my leagues where there is a Waiver Wire budget. Is it worth plunking down a good portion of the budget for him? I’d probably have to drop his teammate Lourdes of the Flies.

    • He got Boston and Baltimore next week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, grab him

  17. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    Austin Nola or Austin Romine this week?

    Nola has Texas and Sandiego

    Romine has Cleveland and the Cubs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola

  18. lzack1 says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Drop Heaney or Bassitt for Keller?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heaney

      • lzack1 says:
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        Thank you sir! Have a nice weekend

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  19. Let’s Play Two says:
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    Bummed about Pomz. Morton has been dealing with shoulder tightness since 8/10 and still on DL. Pomz has been dealing with it for maybe a few days and they call him DTD. Can’t they just put him on the IL already so I could pick up a replacement without having to drop him!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not sure 100%, but there’s different levels to that injury, so maybe Pom’s tightness isn’t that bad

  20. scoboticus says:
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    The guy in our league who lost Byron Buxton has Yoan Moncada.

    Is Verdugo fair for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You want Moncada there? Guess you can try

  21. Tom says:
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    Near the bottom of my dynasty league, but moving up. Have limited (2) free agent moves left for the year.

    Need a SP….Alcantara or Sixto?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try Sixto

  22. JaysForDays says:
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    Gio or Nola? 12×12 obp keeper league?

    And is Bieber way beyond both of those guys? Thinking about offering one of them and a second round pick for biebs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola

      Yes

  23. William Hung says:
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    RE: Betts

    So as a follow up with Garver and how his timing is off and he’s swinging and missing at all the pitches in the strike zone – at some point someone tracked 100 pitches that were in the strike zone with Betts and he only swung and missed at 1…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s so crazy…Betts is so talented….

      • William Hung says:
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        I tried to remember the source but i’m watching too many games through MLB.tv plus the NBA playoffs that they all blend together – i think last night Anthony Davis hit for the cycle

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • DonnieB says:
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            So Hung is the one person watching the NBA. I was wondering who it was.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  24. Let’s Play Two says:
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    I have Story, T. Anderson, J-Ram and S. Marte as my SB threats. Acuna too, but he’s on the IL. I’m in a 6 team league so it’s a tight race across the board.

    My OF eligible players are Cast, Soto, Blackmon, Santander,
    Staling Marte, Acuna.

    Of these, who would you trade for a closer to replace Pomz:

    Santander

    Voit – I have Belly at 1B and Voit in UTIL until he cools down

    S. Marte

    I was thinking of trading Marte for a closer since he’s not a big HR and RBI guy like the others, which I need to keep pace and I have other SB potential.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santander

  25. DLev45 says:
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    Mize or Sixto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly coin flip — but I’d try Sixto

    • englishmetsfan says:
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      Mize. I own both in my keeper league

  26. Jason Murray says:
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    Bielak @ SD vs. Davies or Weaver @ SF vs. Cahill? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bielak

  27. Cram It says:
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    Triston McKenzie getting the call tomorrow for Cleveland. Haven’t seen his name around here, but he’s got stud career minor league numbers. Must add or wait and see/spot start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s in writeup above

      I didn’t add him, but seems like he could avoid a blowup since he has good command

      • Cram It says:
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        Jesus, you did, and I think I started to read it but was immediately distracted by the cat picture below the blurb and spent a good 5 minutes trying to figure out what I was looking at.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know what that pic is either, but it cracks me up…I think it’s a goof on a cowboy singing in the mountains and it’s a cat instead

  28. BiglyLeagues says:
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    BART or Martín Maldonado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bart

      • William Hung says:
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        yeaaaaaaaaaaa

  29. Matt says:
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    Drop Plesac in a redraft league? No NA spot and while I can afford to hold him, will he play enough games to pay off?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I dropped him last week

  30. COJason says:
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    Short season and hot/cold player decisions.

    Grisham or Slater? I also have Bellinger, Eloy, Meadows, Franmil, and Yaz. I’ve been using Bellinger at 1B and can start 4 OFs.

    Grandal, Molina, or Bart? Grandal has been boring (but SHOULD hit at some point) and his strikeouts count against me, making Yadi appealing, but Bart could be a fresh change.

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grisham

      Yasmani

  31. DannyS, Grish, Hicks in that order? What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grish, Dannys

  32. Will says:
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    Alright, that did it, I’m swearing off Buxton for good. All of 68 at bats before his annual DL stink. I’m done. Promise. Pinky swear. Hold me to it, Grey.

    Is Hilliard still the odd man out in the Rockies outfield even with Dahl on the DL? Tapia, Hampson and Blackmon going to be the regualar lineup so Bud Black can continue to squash Hilliard’s upside? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I will hold you to it

      Hilliard doesn’t play

  33. scoboticus says:
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    Camargo or Longoria for 3B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo

  34. Tyler says:
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    What’s your take on Kimbrel? He was dropped in my league and I have to replace Britton for saves. He seems to be turning a corner with control and his fastball. Do the cubs really go with a group? I grabbed Andrew Miller to fill in for saves and the first day I had him he blew the game making me think Gallegos ( also not owned ) will get the next shot. Thanks man! Also, JID: Dicaprio2 is the new jam after I have worn out EARTHGANG by listening to it nonstop. Same umbrella as EG (J Cole Dreamville/ ATL).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d pick Kimbrel up, but have no faith

      JID: Dicaprio2, you say? Okay, will listen, but have been listening to Amine’s newest

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, and Felt’s newest, which is Atmosphere

        • Tyler says:
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          Nice! I know “Good for You” But don’t know his others. Will give that a shot and have never heard of Felt. Thanks for the tip!
          I have been hooked on JID Dicaprio2. Will check in to see what you think. Also trying the Spillage Village albums featuring EG.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Been listening all morning to Dicaprio, especially liked Westbrook

            • Tyler says:
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              Nice! Westbrook and 151 Rum Are my running hype songs. Try Spillage Village /Bears Like This too.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Love em…Okay, will try those — take followups to my newest post

        • Tyler says:
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          Can’t find Atmosphere on Apple Music…

          • Foxman says:
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            Atmosphere!!!!
            Sad Clown Bad Summer could be the name of my fantasy team this year.

  35. ellis says:
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    Rank top two pickups: GAusman, Bielak, Keller KC, Howard

    thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman, Bielak

      • ellis says:
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        How do you feel about Wainwright in that group, LIndblum and Weaver also available

        thank you for your help, rockin’ first place again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Would be 3rd for me, but depends on matchups tbh

  36. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    More fun times with SP’s..

    Thought on starting any of these this evening.

    Robbie Ray @ San Fran
    McCullers JR @ Slam Diego
    Odorizzi @ KC
    Elieser Hernandez @ Nats

    I don’t have the necessary sized stones to start any of these bozos..lol
    Ill let you cast the deciding vote.

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d starting McCullers but I am so scared

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Padres can’t possibly hit another slam tonight, or can they?!

        Your so scared your typing finger was shakin..” I’d starting” lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, serieoursly

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            Now you misspell seriously..LOL

            I’m not starting anybody tonight from those four..I need a more convincing reply from you..lol

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha-laugh-ugh

            • Dave D says:
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              Robbie Ray. High risk maybe but terrible offense seems worth it if you are in need.

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                I thought Ray was gonna have a good year, but he just keeps walking guys..I think I’ll just play it safe tonight..Thanks for your input..

                • Dave D says:
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                  He cut his hair then had a good start. I think the hair was holding him back and screwing up his delivery.

  37. Linda from Bob's Burgers says:
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    Would you drop Dobnak or Turnbull for Gonsolin in a redraft points league? Other available arms are Plesac, German Marquez or Corbin Burnes. Also, this might be a dumb question but time to drop Montero for Hernandez in Texas? Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Turnbull for Burnes

      Sure, try Hernandez

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Is Linda from Bob’s Burger joint, our 6th girl reader?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can only hope!

          • Linda from Bob's Burgers says:
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            Yep! Girl reader here and you guys crack me up :)

            Thanks for the advice!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Appreciate you!

  38. Dave D says:
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    This Sean Mania is getting out of hand. Time for some lithium A’s fan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, need to level out, man

      • Dave D says:
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        Totally.

  39. Jason says:
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    At what point is Plesac worth dropping?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I dropped him last week

      • Jason says:
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        Good to know. Who would be the better pickup to replace him? Heaney or McKensie?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Heaney

  40. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Mountcastle is getting the call.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Put him on my teams!

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        I got him on 3 of mine!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

      • Mike says:
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        What are you expectations for Mountcastle?

  41. dontbichetteme says:
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    Morning Grey,
    Jesus this year is ugly. I have an allstar team on the IL with ACUNA, ALBIES, BREGMAN.
    Im still trying to patchwork quilt my first base position. I currently am holding J.Pederson and J.Aguilar but have no faith in either of them. A few schmotatoes are availalble and wondering if its time to cut bait on either of the aforementioned bats.
    MORELAND
    W.FLORES
    E.ENCARNACION
    I also have managed to accumulate a glut of prospects with BOHM(hoping for 1B), MOUNTCASTLE(ditto), and B.RODGERS as a fill in for Bregman while hes out. Which of the 3 would you hold onto?
    Finally is Gallegos worth holding onto? I thought that he would be closing but Miller seems to have the job for now. Could grab Kimbrel or just stream the spot.
    Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget Gallegos — stream

      Rodgers for Mitch if you need power

  42. ashtray says:
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    Andrus droppable in a deep, keep-10, 10-team league?

    I’m using SWanson at SS and my MI spot is a rotation of Cronenworth, Brendan Rodgers, Chris Taylor, and now Ryan Mountcastle.

    My IL spots are taken up by Stanton, Benintendi, and Brantley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  43. Dancin Homer says:
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    Mountcastle or Pache for ROS?

    Also, in another league with limited bench, how would you rank these ROS or for the next week or so (I have 1 move left this week):

    – Mountcastle
    – Grossman
    – Wilmer Flores
    – Lourdes Gurriel

    thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mountcastle

      Gurriel, Mountcastle

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        thank you!

  44. Russowl says:
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    Mountcastle or slater ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Slater

      • Russowl says:
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        Would you want Mountcastle over Hunter dozier, J.D. Davis or gurriel jr?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d try him over Dozier

          • Russowl says:
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            Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  45. Chris says:
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    I have Ryan Mountcastle waiting on the NA to be activated. Drop Amed Rosario since Mets wont play til next week? Ive lost Bichette, Bregman, Torres just this week so not a time for no stats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Chris says:
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        A non contender has offered me Altuve, A Chapman, B Hand for Bo Bichette and draft picks. I’m twenty points behind leader. Make the deal for this season?

        I def need saves and I don’t lose keeper wise on the exchange but I love Bichette for future. My other keeps would be Realmuto, Goldy, Gleyber, Gallo, Bregman.

  46. Mike says:
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    Which side?

    Rendon/Corbin Burnes or Devers/Giolito?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devers

  47. BitchesBeShoppach says:
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    Stream Triston McKenzie or luke Weaver this weekend?

    • Cram It says:
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      Weaver

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

      • BitchesBeShoppach says:
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        Thanks fellas!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  48. Jason says:
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    Gurriel or Grisham? Seems Gurriel could be ready for a good run while Grisham has cooled.

    Also, does Dom Smith keep this up or just a hot streak? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure on Gurriel

      Dom won’t play until next Wednesday at earliest

  49. Grey

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

  50. Matt Lehman says:
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    Who do I drop for mountcastle? Robles, Bell, Grichuk

  51. Grey

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

  52. LenFuego says:
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    My staff includes, and this week I started, Montas (9 ER in 1.2 innings), Hudson (4 ER in 0.2 innings, blowing a 3 run 9th inning lead), Iglesias (3 ER in 0.1 innings, blowing a 2 run 9th inning lead), and Marquez (10 ER in 5 innings). I went from 2nd best staff to season over in about 4 days

    I look at my staff (no, not that one, get your mind out of the gutter), which also includes Scherzer, Castillo, Hader, Hauser and Odorizzi, and think “how in the hell is that the worst staff in the league?” Four days ago I was in 2nd place in the pitching ratios and now I am in last place in ERA by 0.56 points and in WHIP by 0.09. I could probably throw 4 or 5 consecutive perfect games and still be last in ERA and WHIP. F me.

    OK, rant over. Back to your lives.

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