*nervous finger tap*  How many days without baseball?  So, I can close my fantasy baseball team browser window without missing anything?  Okay.  *throws computer out window*  What?  Was there another way to close my fantasy team page?  I hadn’t in so long I forgot.  What do you mean I can go outside without worrying about missing anything in baseball?  But there’s real people out there!  I’m staying right here, thank you very much!  So, we’re headed to the break, but Craig Kimbrel just has a tear, no break. He hit the DL with a medial meniscus tear in his knee.  Oddly enough, a remedial mend-iscus Band-Aid is not used to fix this.  I think you messed up modern medicine, but I’ll reserve judgment.  This will sideline Kimbrel for about four weeks.  In his place will be Koji Uehara.  Koji is famous for his food truck and 41-year-old junk pitches.  The newly-acquired Brad Ziegler, who should put a Z like Zorro on the mound after every strikeout, will back up Uehara, because Ziegler’s kinda bleh (1.40+ WHIP, 6-ish K/9) and Koji’s been in Boston a while.  Since Boston’s colors are red, they should call him Scarlett Uehara.  As for over in Arizona, I agree with Dan Pants in Saturday’s roundup.  The non-Yankee Clippard is the one to own.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

David Price – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Has 1.69 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 20 Ks in his last 16 IP, which is the amount of time I’ve had him on my team, after trading Chris Archer and Cishek to JB.  By the by, JB offered me that trade.  Hopefully, one day, in the not-too-distant future, everyone gets to make a trade with JB.  That is my dream.  Not as inspirational as MLK, but it’s the most caring I’ve felt about my fellow humans in a while, so you’ll take it.

David Ortiz – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .332.  At what point does he say he’s not retiring and have to return all his retirement tour gifts?  Will Chicago let him keep the five-quart jar of neon green relish?

Josh Bell – Didn’t start all weekend, but hit a pinch-hit grand slam on Saturday.  What an effin’ joke.  Why even bring him up?  You need John Jaso Jingleheimer Schmidt playing that badly that Bell can’t even get the occasional start?  Why call up Bell when you have no intention of playing him?  I’m holding him through the break, but if “jumping Hurdle’s logic” were an Olympic event it would be impossible to train for and the winner would the fantasy owner who slammed their head against a wall the most.

Sean Rodriguez – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer, and 4th homer in the last five games.  Holy hot schmotatoes!  I grabbed him in one league, and he’s now found a home (until I decide to drop him during the break just because I can’t sit still for the next four days).

Andrew McCutchen – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  He’s looking 25 years old again!  “From above the patella and up.”  That’s his knees chiming in.

Jon Lester – 3 IP, 5 ER, now 13 ER in his last 4 1/3 IP, ERA up to 3.01.  The Regression Fairies are as vindictive as much as they love to brunch.

John Lackey – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 3.70.  All-Star break for Cubs fans should be a somber time of hoping their pitching looks better than it has in the last two weeks and hoping they don’t have to face Kershaw three times in a seven game series in October.

Anthony Rizzo – 4-for-5, 1 run.  From my mouth to Giancarlo’s ears, people still ask me about Rizzo’s splits.  He’s hitting .299 overall!

Jose Bautista – Had his walking boot removed after paying all his jaywalking tickets.  Jays are hopeful Bautista will return at the end of July.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .304.  Crazy how he went from a 25-a-year home run hitter to a 23 homers at the half.  Well, last year he ‘only’ had 21 homers at the end of the 1st half, then followed it up with 20 homers in the 2nd half.  Hasn’t felt like he’s quite where he was last year, but he kinda is.

Kevin Pillar – 3-for-5, 1 run, hitting over-.400 in the last week.  A recurring theme going into the break is I’m super hesitant to call anyone a hot schmotato, because guys can get hot or cold during the break.

Cameron Maybin – 2-for-3 with his 10th steal, hitting .341.  Right now, he’s on my alternate list for my top 100 for the 2nd half coming tomorrow, and I might still move Maybin in (stutterer!).

Carlos Rodon – Hit the DL with a sprained wrist, which is total BS.  Around deez parts we call that the Disgraceful List.  See it, know it, don’t be it.

David Robertson – Out with a strained left leg.  White Sox aren’t sure if Robertson needs a DL stint, because the White Sox are only paying him $11 million, why would they care to have him checked by a doctor?  Any hoo!  Nate Jones is the temp fill-in.

Mike Foltynewicz – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.67.  Had no idea how good his peripherals looked; his BB/9 is an even 2 with a 8.3 K/9.  Faultywirenewicz is still a streamer candidate and a name for an 8-year-old Indian-American to spell, but he’s peaked my interest.  I’m intrigued, y’all!

Jeff Francoeur – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer, and 2nd Frenchy fly in the past two games.  If teams were playing this week — well, the Cubs will be playing — I’d say grab Francoeur, but I’d wait to see how things shake out with him on Friday.

Arodys Vizcaino – Wasn’t available yesterday due to a rash on his elbow.  Braves don’t believe it’s anything, but some Georgian lawmakers want to make sure it’s not something from Teheran.

Kelvin Herrera – Recorded the save on Saturday.  Lots of new closers, huh?  The All-Star break brought in a small typhoon of the closepocalypse.  Wade Davis sounds like he’s going to be back Altuvely after the break, or maybe I’m only hearing what I want to hear because I own Davis.

Taijuan WalkerMariners said they think Walker can return as soon as his DL stint is over.  They confirmed his original diagnosis of foot tendinitis.  He just needs to get some new Rockport, gel-insole sneakers!

Mike Montgomery – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.06.  This was a spot start, so if you streamed him, you can have your very own Mike drop.

Robinson Cano – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  One of the biggest All-Star snubs this year.  Oh, he made the team, but when he comes up to bat in the game, I will flip the channel.  Snubbed!

Danny Salazar – 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 2.75.  I’m aware of Salazar’s less-than-stellar 3.75 xFIP.  It doesn’t make me want to Stellabrate.  It’s just the 10+ K/9 makes a lot of mistakes go away.  Then, yesterday, he said he had a sore elbow and won’t pitch in the All-Star Game, which is either a good reason to abandon hope or no big deal except a reason to skip the All-Star Game.  I’m guessing it’s a little bit more of the latter.

Carlos Carrasco – 3 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 unearned runs as the Yankees exploded for 11 runs.  Whew, serious box scare there.

Tyler Naquin – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Can’t help but think he sold his soul to have some Maas Appeal.

Rajai Davis – 1-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 24th steal.  Because this is fun (for me), on my RCL team, his stats are 32/6/22/.288/16 in 170 ABs.  On our Player Rater, he’s been about the 15th most valuable outfielder on the season.

Michael Brantley – Ready for rehab games at Short-Season Mahoning Valley.  Is it me or does that sound like a euphemism?  “Aw, they’re not slow, they’re just short-seasoned.”

Aaron Judge – Injured his PCL and is out indefinitely.  Around these parts we call that, “You can drop him in redrafts.”  See, around these parts we speak plain English.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Seriously, how did he hit 32 homers that one year?  Do I need to dig through Victor Conte’s garbage cans to find out?

Tyler Anderson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.03.  Ugh, I shouldn’t be as intrigued by a Rockies pitcher as I am.  It makes me feel dirty.  “Mommy’s right, I’m a dirty boy!”  That’s me screaming into my mirror.

Maikel Franco – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Fun fact!  Every time I write RBI, I think I’m abbreviating Ron Ben-Israel.

Cameron Rupp – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 9th homer.  There’s only room for one natural disaster in Coors and that’s a Torenado, not a Rupption.

Brandon McCarthy – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.70 thru two starts.  Still has yet to go more than five innings and only threw 77 pitches on Saturday in his start vs. the Padres.  In other words, I wouldn’t say McCarthy is a commie get him.

Kenta Maeda – 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 2.95.  This game came against the Padres in Dodger Stadium.  Too bad it wasn’t in Petco.  Would’ve been interesting to see how the Padres hitters did facing J.K. Simmons in the celebrity softball game.  “Dammit, Ryan Schimpf, are you rushing or are you dragging?!”

Adrian Gonzalez – 2-for-4 and his 7th homer.  A-Gon’s on a season pace for the same number of homers that Aledmys Diaz already has.

Carlos Martinez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.85.  I like C-Mart.  Dot dot dot.  I mean, I didn’t, but he’s proven that his shoulder is fine.  I’m willing to mend our fences or something you say to a neighbor while handing them pie.  But, I will say, when I saw all those Ks in this game, I was like, “Yeah, Brewers strikeout a ton, right?”  Then I looked up team stats, and the Brewers are neck-and-neck with the Astros for most hitter Ks in the majors.

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Unlike many hot schmotatoes going into the break, I would grab Grichuk right now and hold him through the break.  He could have a 15+ homer 2nd half, and is worth owning in all leagues.

Mike Leake – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.14.  Never been a huge fan of his, but Leake has been better than his ERA is showing.  He could easily have a 3.30ish ERA in the 2nd half.

Madison Bumgarner – 9 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 14 Ks, ERA at 1.94.  He has his no-hitter broken up by none other than Jake Lamb.  That was pay back for every Scottish man in the countryside, Lamb effed Bum.

Cody Reed – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 8.39.  Looking like a Peg Boy so far, but he’s been crazy unlucky.  His 10.6 K/9 and 3.79 xFIP tell a different story than his ERA.  Not a story I’m buying into in mixed leagues yet, but it’s a story I’m reading a sample chapter of.

Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Only needs 30 homers in the 2nd half to get to 50!  Okay, it’s slightly absurd, but if any guy can do it, you know Giancarlo is the one.  Imagine he actually did it…*wavy lines*  Giancarlo just hit his 50th homer!  This is so awesome!  Wait, why is the camera dollying backwards?  Oh, no, it’s revealing I’m in prison for violating my restraining order.  Most bittersweet yet cinematic dream sequence ever!  *wavy lines*

J.T. Realmuto – 1-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 8th and 9th steals.  Hopefully, he’s only using the Red Bulls Dee Gordon left behind.

Max Kepler – 1-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer, a grand slam.  Has five homers in his last nine games.  This would also make it the fifth time in the last nine games I’ve told you to pick him up.  Ya’ll got some cat-like reflexes.  I mean that as in a cat that is sleeping on the couch and doesn’t move when you place a remote control on its head.

Kennys Vargas – 1-for-2, 3 runs and his 3rd home run.  That’s in only his sixth game.  Sure, it’s cheating a little that there’s multiple Kennys in his uniform like when you and your buddy were a horse for Halloween.  The Kenny that is acting as Kennys’ arms is doing well though.

C.J. Cron – Hit the DL with a broken left hand.  I blame The Sciosciapath.  If he would’ve just benched him on Friday for no reason whatsoever, this would’ve never happened.  To replace him, the Angels brought up Ji-Man Choi, who is also the answer to, “How bad is the Angels’ depth?”

Nicholas Tropeano – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.12.  SAT Question Alert!  His 1.51 WHIP will mean his ERA:  A) Goes up  B) Goes Down C) There’s no C. D) There’s not enough information to answer

Hyun Soo Kim – Left yesterday’s game with a hamstring strain.  Hyun said he believes in playing if the team’s paying, and Kim chi’s himself making cabbage.

Chris Davis – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .237.  He’s six homers behind teammate, Trumbo, heading into the break, but which Oriole will have the most homers at the end of the year?  I’d lay some odds it’ll be Davis, but I’ve laid some eggs betting against Trumbo this year.

Chris Tillman – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners (5 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 3.41.  I don’t know what the Stream-o-Nator said about Tillman yesterday, but I will say “vs. the Angels” looks like a strong stream for any pitcher.

Trea Turner – 0-for-4 as he actually started in a game.  What are the Nationals doing, man and five non-men readers?  This is ridiculous.  See anger in Josh Bell’s blurb for further aggravation.

Daniel Murphy – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Here’s his last 162 games:  32 HR, 118 RBI, 103 runs, 207 hits, .323 BA, .931 OPS.  Holy schnikeballs.

Jose Reyes – 2-for-4 and his 2nd and 3rd homers.  Reyes’s choice to use The Prodigy as his walk-up music was probably ill-advised.

Noah Syndergaard – After leaving his Friday start with arm fatigue — it’s pronounced fah-TEE-gay!  It’s Italian! — the Mets said Syndergaard will be ready to go on the 19th in his first start after the break.  The Mets added, “We have one healthy arm for our entire pitching staff and our starters have become quite adept at sharing that arm.”

Steven Matz – 7 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners (4 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 3.38.  When you consider Syndergaard fatigued up the Mets’ one starter arm on Friday, not a terrible start.

Dallas Keuchel – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.80.  His hideous May (6.63 ERA) is really dragging down his numbers, but he has two other months of at least a 4.30 ERA, so it can’t be said he’s been good outside of May.  He has been solid in July (13 IP, 3 ER), so I could see a flyer on him moving forward, which is a change since I wouldn’t have touched him from March until now.  His Ks are still not all the way there, so I wouldn’t pay much for that flyer.

Lance McCullers – 4 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners (4 BBs), 6 Ks, ERA at 3.79.  McCullers-Cullers-McCullers-Cullers is a nightmare walking, way too much walking pitcher, but I still found a way to sneak him into the 2nd half top 100 that’s coming tomorrow.  Maybe I should’ve left him off, but I have a soft spot for him, which makes me sound impotent.  “Doc, shouldn’t it be a hard spot?”  “Who is this?”  That’s me calling Doc Gooden.

 
  1. Roger Anderson says:
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    So you’re saying I should not have reset my team this past week by trading for Kimbrell, Judge, Rodon, Cron, and Hyun Soo-Kim? Dang I gave up on Franco, Rupp, Stanton, Keuchel, and Reyes. But I kept all my Homerun derby contestants because all of those guys will have a monster 2nd half just like Frazier, Petersen, and the rest did last year. Right?

    • knucks says:
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      @Roger Anderson: Yes Roger the Shrubber. You are so right. You arrange/design/sell fantasy teams almost as well as your shrubberies!

  2. The Theory says:
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    I get legit mad every time I remember David Ortiz is in the middle of his last season. Was hoping he’d take the “Julio Franco” career path of immortality. I mean, yeah, I can see how Ortiz would find his family important, or whatever, but you know, what about me? What about what *I* find important!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Theory: He’s probably the same age as Julio Franco

  3. SF says:
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    Is it time to drop Rodon? Should I have dropped him a long time ago?

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @SF: Hey SF. Can I answer with a short personal anecdote? During his last start, I dropped him because he gave up like 6 runs and I was sick of his crappy performances.

      Then in that night’s recap, Grey wrote something to the effect of “I’m so done with this schmohawk!” That was some good vindication right there.

      And a couple days later he hit the Disgraceful List. Grey told you to drop him and the White Sox confirmed it. So do what you need to do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SF: Yeah, lose him

  4. JakeTPE says:
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    Hi Grey!

    1) Duvall was dropped in my league so I put in a claim. Dropping Mazarra for him (non keeper) as he’s been contributing only AVG the past few weeks and TEX is getting crowded. Yes on Duvall? HR upside in 2nd half still there?

    2) Bruce also available. Bruce over Maz as well?

    Thanks! Happy ASB. Looking forward to 2nd half!

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @JakeTPE: Duvall is 2nd in HRs, 4th in RBI and easily ranked top 80 in any format. Yes. Get him.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @JakeTPE: I’d be weary of Duval, only one homer since June 29 and 10 K’s in his last 15 at bats, dude has 23 bombs now, I don’t see him hitting 40..

  5. Dileo says:
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    Mid yr lineup purging (free add-drops til weds)

    Current roster “dead weight”:
    Severino/d’arnaud(have grandal)/joc pederson/tropeano/davies

    Best avail:
    O herrera/ j baez/ grichuck (just dropped him)
    Graveman/foltynewicz/berrios/eflin/norris

    Its a h-2-h so starters are crucial (and thus sparse on waivers)….

    Limited pickups after the as break, so
    Im more positioning myself for 2nd half. Any moves you think NEED to be made?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dileo: Lose Davies for Folty…Severino for Odubel, d’Arnaud for Baez

  6. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great write up as usual. Have a question for the pitching squad:

    12 team mixed h2h standard 5×5 categories:
    SP: Darvish , Santiago, Hendricks, Salazar, Glasnow, colon, Duffy, shoemaker, Liriano, Guerra
    RP: Britton, Maurer, Krod, estevez, clippard
    DL: taillon, Joe Ross
    NA: Jose De Leon

    The following SP are FA: Bud Norris, Manaea, foltynewicz

    Right now I have a waiver to drop Santiago for Bud Norris. What are your recommendations regarding the FA pitchers and my current pitching staff? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh-NYC: I’d prefer Folty over Norris, rest of the staff looks fine

  7. Bread n Mustard says:
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    Max Kepler or Randal Grichuk or Tim Anderson?

    • Random Dude says:
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      @Bread n Mustard: I think depends on need…

      Kepler – All around
      Grichuk – Power
      Anderson – Speed

      • knucks says:
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        @Random Dude: Agree with Rando, wish Anderson would get the wheels going. He got embarrassingly CS yesterday. Terrible jump.

  8. Josh-NYC says:
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    Sorry to double post, but also got this trade offer:

    His:
    Donaldson
    Didi or semien
    Madbum
    Tajuan Walker

    Mine:
    Krod
    Darvish
    Glasnow
    Seager
    Harper

    — here’s my team

    C: Gattis
    1B: E5
    2B: Schoop
    3B: Frazier
    SS: Seager
    OF: Harper, Marte, Mupton
    UTIL: jupton, Khris Davis
    Bench: AJ Reed

    SP: Darvish, Salazar, Santiago, Hendricks, Glasnow, colon, Duffy, shoemaker, Liriano, guerra
    RP: Krod, Britton, esteveZ, clippard, Maurer
    DL: Joe Ross, taillon
    NA: Jose de Leon

    Thanks Grey!!

    #1

    • Josh-NYC says:
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      @Josh-NYC:

      Would you like the deal better if Glasnow was turned into taillon?

      Or if Glasnow was taken away , but so was Walker on his side.

      Thanks.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        HELP ME, PLEASE HELP ME!

        What do we do for the next four days? Katie whispers in my ear “we can go outside and to the beach and have some fun, it’ll be ok”, who are you again, oh yeah, the woman I have lived with for the last 5 years. Oh, I don’t know, I’ll have to ask Grey if it is ok..

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Malicious Phenoms: we need a delete button…lol

    • Josh-NYC says:
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      @Josh-NYC:

      That’s Corey Seager too not Kyle.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Josh-NYC: Id want the Seager/Harper side in that deal

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: agree with F

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh-NYC: Harper for Donaldson and Bum? I’d take it…Rest of these guys don’t matter

      • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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        @Grey: You missed Corey Seager.

        So at least it’s Corey Seager & Harper for Donaldson & Bumgarner

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Seager doesnt matter?

        • Scott says:
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          @JeF WiTh 1 F:He’s no Carlo Correa.

  9. Brett says:
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    Gray

    Do you think raja still plays a lot if Brantley was to return?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Brett: Nope. Already losing time without him there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: Will be in a platoon Naquin

  10. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Nice! Looking forward to the top 100. Ended up moving Lamb for Felix and Gattis (decided I should finally fill a catcher spot). After losing Harvey, felt like I needed another solid #2, rather than a sharter-starter like Rodon or Gausman. New roster (12 team, H2H, 5×5, redraft) looks like:
    C(x2): Contreras, Gattis
    1B: Goldy
    2B: Odor
    3B: Donaldson
    SS: Seager
    2B/SS: Story
    1B/3B: Baez
    OF(x5): Springer, Cespedes, Polanco, Duvall, Grichuk
    Util: AJ Reed
    DL: Dongs
    SP: Arrieta, DeGrom, Felix, Sanchez, Leake, Gausman, Nola, Helickson, Rodon
    RP: Familia, Harris, Oh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: Team’s pretty stacked, back of your pitching staff can still do more damage than they’re worth though

  11. Mike says:
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    Great write up as always!

    My current pitching consists of deGrom, Fulmer, C. Hamels, Darvish, DeSclafani, S. Wright, Velasques, R. Hill, Giolito, Betances, Casilla and Dyson. Arms seem to be my weak point.

    I need to bolster my pitching and go on a run over the next couple weeks to solidify a playoff spot. I’ve been thinking about shopping Wright, Betances and Cespedes( I’ve got Trout, Harper, Manny, C. Seager and Gattis so I’d be ok loosing the production Cespedes provides.)

    Thoughts on shopping those 3 for the likes of and ace and another solid starter? Something along the lines of Hosmer/Cueto or Thor(given his recent arm issues, I think I could get at a slightly lower price). I could pick up Mazara, Reddick, Naquin (Who I like right now), Pagan or Chisenhal to replace Cespedes in my lineup.

    • Grey

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      @Mike: Thanks! Wright and Betances prolly make the other person suspicious… Yoenis is a top 20 bat, should get a top 15 arm, forget the Hosmer addition

      • Mike Schenk says:
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        @Grey: cespedes for Thor or cespedes for cueto, straight up?

  12. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    HELP ME, PLEASE HELP ME!

    What do we do for the next four days? Katie whispers in my ear “we can go outside and to the beach and have some fun, it’ll be ok”, who are you again, oh yeah, the woman I have lived with for the last 5 years. Oh, I don’t know, I’ll have to ask Grey if it is ok..

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Before I can help, what’s Katie’s K/9?

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @JakeTPE: @JakeTPE: K/9 is nice, but I’m more of an ISO guy myself… (yes, there’s a double entendre there.)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @CMUTimmah: Does she give up a lot of home runs?

  13. Paul says:
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    Boston Red Sox E. Rod is supposed to come up after he break should I grab him?

    Also Benintendi is the most added position player on yahoo for today hitting for Boston. Should I grab him?

    • Paul says:
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      @Paul: my drops could be AJ Griffin, Folty (who you just mentioned had great peripherals… So hold him for a while? I thought he was droppable?), and James shields roller coaster but looks better as of late

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Paul:

      NO
      YES

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: Can try him over AJ, but you’re shuffling Titanic deck chairs… Sure

  14. Paul says:
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    I’ve been holding onto Alex Reyes in hopes he comes up, do you think that would happen after the all star break?

    • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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      @Paul: He will almost definitely get called up at some point in the 2nd half, but the disappointing part is that it could be as a bullpen piece for this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: Agree with Dragons, also check Giolito’s ERA and he’s one of the best prospect arms in the game

  15. Chad Donaldson (Josh cousin) says:
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    Need to fill an outfield spot with one of these 3, Kepler, Khris Davis, Bossman Jr. Thanks

  16. The Grand Poppy says:
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    Gattis or Grandal ROS? Standard roto … Thanks!

  17. The Grand Poppy says:
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    Is deshizz worth holding for a surge in 2nd half steals or is it time to cut the man loose? 10 team roto …

  18. Alex Prado says:
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    Chris Carter or Pujols ROS in a 12 team league/counting stats R,RBI,HR,AVG and SB

  19. Roger Dorn says:
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    An owner is actively trying to get my deGrom. I can pick two of his Odor, Puig and Bauer. Should I do it and if so which two to pick?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Roger Dorn: Id take Puig and Odor…depends on the make up of your team though

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Roger Dorn: agree with F

  20. Rising Son says:
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    Do you prefer K Davis or Grichuck ros in OPS league?

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Rising Son: Davis = safe. Grichuk = upside.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rising Son: Agree with Dinner, I’d go Davis

  21. RePete says:
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    Valencia seems to have cooled off significantly. Let him go in a 14-Team OBP League for Kepler /Valbuena or hold hoping for a trade to a better park and lineup?

  22. RobMac says:
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    I have an open OF spot (5 OF league) after a trade and need a power boost.

    Current OFs are: Marte, Betts, Polanco, Grichuk

    Thoughts on who to add from the wire: Kepler, Granderson, Brad Miller, Seth Smith? Other under the radar grab?

    Thanks, Grey! Looking forward to the 2nd half top 100 tomorrow

  23. Jim says:
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    Please rank
    Gausman, Ian Kennedy, Mengden, Eickoff ROS

    Thank you.

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @Jim: Ian, Eik, Gaus

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Kennedy, Eickhoff

  24. Fungazi says:
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    Bell must have been banging the skipper’s wife. Grand salomi on Saturday and then they start Adam Frazier in OF over him on Sunday??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: So effin’ ridiculous

  25. Kendrick Llama says:
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    OBP league

    Naquin, Chisenhall, or Kepler?

    Wellington, Grandal, or Norris?

  26. Matty says:
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    In a deep twelve team keeper do you prefer Grichuk or Khris Davis?
    My usual outfield is Harper/ Betts/ Duvall/ Melvin and my utility spots are a combination of Segura, Baez, and Nunez.
    Thanks.

  27. Huh says:
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    Tried posting earlier:

    $23 grienke and $10 Lorenzo for $30 Justin upton and $10 carrasco

    $16 salazar and $10 Lorenzo for j-up and carrasco.

    Not planning to keep any of the 4 but it’s a 10 team keep 6/year for completeness.

    Also if it was pitcher for pitcher would you rank the three carrasco, salazar, grienke? The elbow thing scares me off Danny

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Huh: Carrasco side in both

  28. millenball says:
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    Thanks for the write ups.

    Can you rank these r-o-s

    franco-frazier-castellanos

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @millenball: Frazier, Cast

      • millenball says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms:

        also add a side of lamb… i platoon him in util v rhp though. have them occupying 3b, CI and a rotating util.

        need to ship one out for parts, what kind of arm do you think any of these could bring back?.

        thanks pehnom!

  29. Huh says:
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    Same guy from
    Above trying to get creative with Danny salazar. Here’s my current rotation:

    Kluber/Danny/grienke/Duffy/shoemaker/fulmer and McCullers/hammel and Verlander.

    First thing first any of the above a streamer?

    Also, I usually hate to split a better player but would you entertain a $16 Salazar for $10 Jon Lester and $35 Chris archer. Again I wouldn’t keep either just including their price for the heck of it.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Huh: Could see streaming Shoemaker…I’d take Lester side

  30. Clint says:
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    Considering all the jamokes with sudden power splurges this season from the get go (Bell, Kepler, Reyes et al) in conjunction with the low stolen base totals, this is starting to feel like the 90’s ‘Chicks Dig the Long Ball’ phase all over again. It’s like hitters are going ‘F stealing bases when I can just take this sucka deep while in the box.’ I don’t know what the peripherals say, I could very well be wrong, just feels like league-wide guys are selling out for power to me.

    What sucks about it is unless a youngster I can steal from the minors comes up & runs loose, all the guys in my league are hanging onto the already-established runner for insane trade prices. Going to be very interested to see how the second half Greydar list sees some guys picking up the steals pace as buy lows.

  31. Yuo says:
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    How long do you think fulmer will be around for. Our playoffs are August 29-September 25.

    I feel like his value is sky high rights now and if he’s not going tom be p laying In the playoffs that maybe i should sell high on him now. Our trade deadline is this Friday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yuo: He can throw nearly the entire year, about 160+ IP

  32. Jeffrey A says:
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    So a lot of times in these comments when someone is going to trade for Kershaw or Bum or another of the top aces you get a lot of answers like “trade for cheaper pitching”. My question is who are these “cheaper” pitchers we should be targeting over the all start break to acquire for the second half?

    • knucks says:
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      @Jeffrey A: 2nd half rankings coming this week, there will be plenty of details like that in there. I’m psyched! I think its coming tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeffrey A: I traded for Maeda two weeks ago with a closer, you might be able to get Price cheaper than usual… Roark? Quintana? Greinke?

  33. Robert says:
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    Frazier and Fulmer for Scherzer, who wins?

  34. Jimbob says:
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    Hey Grey! I wanted to take a moment and thank you for recommending Porcello over walker last week.

    That’s all, enjoy the break

  35. Chris says:
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    Hello Gray,

    Would you considering buying Keuchel?
    He has been looking better the last 4 starts.

    Do you think is worth it? I would probably need to send a draft pick since it’s a 3 player keeper league, h2h, 12 teams.
    Of course, Keuchel will not be a keeper.

    What round you suggest? I was thinking of paying a RD 12.

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Sure, I’d send rd 12 for him

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey… What about a rd10? Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Still works

  36. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    John Jaso Jingleheimer Schmidt!!!

  37. ryanoger says:
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    redraft

    AJ Reed or Napoli for my Util spot?

  38. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    a. How are you? How was your weekend?

    b. Going back tomorrow, but will be in the same CDG Paris International Airport tomorrow.

    c. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (July 11)

    Horatio: You didn’t notice the loose dirt?
    Construction site manager: I just thought it would be an easy place to stop my work.
    Horatio: Did you have security present?
    Construction site manager: No, it’s an empty lot.
    Horatio: It’s not empty anymore, is it? You said someone heard screaming?
    Construction site manager: Yeah, the foreman did.
    Tripp: How awful to have been buried alive. But he had to have been sedated, right? I mean, to get him in the box, in the ground without a fight.
    Horatio: Actually, no. Not sedated. He was shot. Got a bullet hole in his chest. Got an entrance and an exit.
    Tripp: Okay, so he was shot, put in a box and then buried. I’m gonna look for a bullet.
    Horatio: Might be he was shot in Hialeah and then dumped here.
    Tripp: Just got off the phone with Crime Stoppers. Somebody called in a tip on a murder this morning. Description matches our vic.
    Horatio: Yeah, but those people are just trying to make a buck off the county. Can we trust a tip from someone who gets paid to give it?
    Tripp: Well now, most days I might agree with you, but unless I’m missing something here, we started out with no leads.
    Horatio: Tara, is there something in his pocket? Some sort of an old cell phone.
    Tara: Actually, it’s not a cell phone. It’s a cardio messenger.
    Horatio: Is that some sort of a heart device?
    Tara: Well, yeah, it could be linked to a pacemaker in his chest.
    Horatio: I think we just found our first lead. The cardio messenger.
    Tripp: Yeah, it’s a device that transmits a signal from his pacemaker to a Web site that allows his doctors to trace his arrhythmia. And it also gave us an I.D. His name is Michael Olvera. He was a resident of Hialeah.
    Horatio: Okay. And that’s his EKG I take it.
    Tripp: Yeah, the flat line puts his time of death at 9:21 this morning at the construction site.
    Horatio: But going back through his EKG, we can see his blood pressure dipped sharply around 8:00 a.m.
    Tripp: So this has to be when he was shot.
    Horatio: Exactly.
    Tripp: So based on this information, he was shot an hour and a half before the auger actually killed him. Plenty of time to get from Hialeah to the burial site.
    Horatio: So we’re looking for a primary crime scene.
    Friend of the vic from the ‘hood: You sure? You sure it was him?
    Horatio: It’s him.
    Friend of the vic from the ‘hood: I’d probably be locked up if it wasn’t for Reverend Mike.
    Horatio: Michael Olvera was a reverend?
    Friend of the vic from the ‘hood: Yeah, but he was the real deal. He didn’t just preach in your face. He actually helped people. Everyone just called him Rev (cue the queue of sunglasses).

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: It was good, pretty lowkey…I fly to Aspen tomorrow for a few days… Have a safe flight!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. Have a safe flight!

        b. Have an idea on what to do during the ASB. Find out everything good and bad with the team – enhance the good and shift+delete the bad! Frank Voila!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Perfect!

  39. Rondo says:
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    With an open DL spot shoul I grab Brantley and wait for him to do amzing things when he returns? Who you think has better ROS – Brantley or Melvin Upton Jr?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rondo: Melvin…But I would stash Brantley

  40. Mike says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Both of these are – in theory – returning soon…

    Michael Brantley
    Hunter Pence

    Who would you take a chance on?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Brantley

  41. Schoolboy P says:
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    Drop Joc for Grichuk?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schoolboy P: Prolly lateral, but can try it if bench or UTIL

  42. Ron "Rondell" Dell says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Giancarlo for Jo-Fer – which side?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giancarlo

  43. JJ says:
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    Hey Grey et al,
    who do you like best for my bench? Just dropped L.Martin cause he hasn’t done anything for weeks. Still considering dropping C.Gomez as well.
    Pick 2
    C.Carter
    W.Flores
    J.Reyes
    B.Miller
    T.Naquin
    J.Bell
    K.Pillar
    C.Gomez
    L.Chisenhall
    Some pretty uninspiring names there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JJ: Reyes, Bell through the break to see what the Pirates say/do in next few days

      • JJ says:
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        @Grey:
        So I grabbed Reyes but somebody beat me to the Bell.
        Who would be your next pick?
        L.Forsythe, Cron and Moss are also available.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Logan

  44. Don Majikowski says:
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    Would you trade Braun for Salazar (12 team redraft)?

  45. knucks says:
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    Finally, a trade proposed to me for Villar that I want to consider.

    His Corey Seager for my Villar

    Gotta take that right?

    12 team roto, I’m in 2nd in SB’s but a few guys are within 10 SBs or so behind me. So I may lose a bit of ground there if I don’t SAGNOF correctly. I have T. Anderson (only bench bat) but also plan to p/u Peraza after this deal. Possible Perazahe gets a lot of OF PT once Bruce is traded. I know that SBs are at a premium (over Power this year?) I want to wait for your rankings to come out, but he wants an answer by the end of the day.

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: Do to a separate trade (with a diff team) that was offered a short time ago I would be receiving/giving the below players… Can you please pick the more attractive side?

      I get:
      Zobrist/CSeager/Ryan Dull

      I give:
      Villar/Lemahiu/Betances

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: Sorry for blowing this up… should have added this to last comment. Crunched some #’s per steamer, the Seager/Zobrist return vs. the Villar/DJLem side…

      Seager/Zo (R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG)
      70 / 16 / 62 / 5 / .271

      Villar/DJLem
      65 / 9 / 49 / 26 / .272

      So if I accept both I’d have make up for about 20 SBs, but would net about 5R/7HR/13RBI. I have a decent pace with K’s btw and I added EDiaz last week, so losing Betances is no biggie for me.

      Thanks for your help Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: I’d want Seager… You know on this album there’s a song called Three Ralphs

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: It is the purrrrfect beat for Ralph to rap over too. Need him out of retirement over the ASG break, right?

        Thanks for the help with the trade btw

        Def hit up that Run the Jewels “2” album too if you haven’t already.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m loving this Shadow record, the mountain will fall… I think we need Ralph to drop a freestyle on the weekly

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: Agree with Grey.

            It was not part of the job descrip when Prospector Ralph took the gig, but new shizz came to light. This should be part of his Razz contract!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              This album is awful after Nobody Speak, maybe awful is harsh, but I need rhymes!

              • knucks says:
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                @Grey: Hahah was thinking that earlier, about your needs… Cause you’ve told me that previously about lyrics. I love the sounds/spins. And Ralph can fix the lack of rhymes for us!

                Anyways Run the Jewels 2 blows this album out of the water. There are better rhymes on it than Nobody Speaks. NS is a great song though. Try “Close your Eyes and Count to F” and “Oh my darling” if you haven’t heard them before. One of my fav rhymes from the past few years… “You can all run backwards through a field of D!” It perfectly describes Cram’s thoughts about catcher Qs.

                That’s word-o-pimp!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, Ralph can rap over some of these I guess, but I really didn’t need to d/l the whole album… Are there rhymes on RtJ 2? It’s not another one of these is it?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph LIfshitz says:
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            @Grey: Let’s do it. Give me a theme and I’ll spit.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Need you on the podcast spitting fire!

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph LIfshitz says:
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                @Grey: First song Bregman for my Bitches Moncada for my dogs

                I’m commissioning a Spec-Life tat on my upper abdomen like a prospect Tupac.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hahaha

  46. Reckless and wasted says:
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    12 team keeper (two keepers)
    C-wellington
    1b-Hosmer
    2b- odor
    3b- Longoria
    Ss- Desmond
    Of- Harper
    Of- Marte
    Of- Duvall
    Utl- Lamb
    Utl- Wil Myers
    Bench- Ozuna
    Bench- Polanco
    Bench- Upton
    DL- Brantley

    Sp- Kershaw(DL) , sonny gray, odorizzi, Shoemaker, Matz, Joe Ross (DL), Brandon Mccarthy, Glasnow (NA)

    Trying to trade for Carrasco aside from Upton I’ve had great offense this season but i feel i can trade a piece or two, I need pitching help and he needs OF help. Who do you feel I can trade off and get Carrasco without giving too much?

      • Reckless and wasted says:
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        @Grey: haven’t been asked for anyone. Just wanted to see who you would to be willing to give out of the group of OFs for him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d ask the person you’re trading with to get a feel for what they want

          • Reckless and wasted says:
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            @Grey: ok will do, thank you

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  47. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Will Valubena stay in the lineup if he cools off? Is his glove good enough to prevent Bregman from taking his spot?

    Basically, is Bregman worth a stash? Many are saying his call up is inevitable but I’m concerned it may take an injury. I know they brought Correa up fast but pretty sure he was replacing Marwin Gonzalez. Valubena ain’t that bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: Worth stashing Bregman if you have room just to see what the Astros do

  48. matt says:
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    I am in money so far in standard 22 team 5×5 roto league though second last in steals have been offered Nick Vincent (m/l er) Vincent Vasquez and Brad Brach for Trea Turner (m/l er ) and Hunter Strickland……..your thoughts…thanks….p.s m/l can be kept up to 3 years starting at a dollar salary

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @matt: I’d want Turner

  49. Midget Mafia says:
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    I love this site read it daily but don’t post much quick question. I have Jose Ramirez from Cleveland as my ss he is also eligible for second third and outfield that is one reason I like him, but I noticed Jose Reyes is a free agent do I pick him up and drop Ramirez? My second baseman is Altuve and my third is Arnolda and I have Bryant as utility. Thank you

  50. Will says:
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    thoughts on trading Rendon and Eaton for Cain? I have extra IF and need to improve my OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Will: I’d take Cain

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Will: yea Rendon & Eaton are on waivers in one of my leagues

  51. TheTinDoor

    TheTinDoor says:
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    Syndergaard. Scale of 1-10 (1=no fear), how scared are you of the following?
    A: 2016 Innings
    B: 2016 Performance
    C: 2017 Innings
    D: 2017 Performance

    I have him super-cheap in a keeper league. He’s helped me to first so far, but it feels like I should try and cash him in to a rebuilding team before his arm blows up. Hard to give up a $6 Thor

  52. ryanoger says:
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    Hammel, Nola, Ian Kennedy, Joe Ross, Tomlin, or Pineda?

    Anyone above more than just a streamer and worth the add?

    thanks g!

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Should I lose AJ Reed or Josh Bell to pick up Hammel? I have too many bench bats…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bell

  53. Will says:
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    any chance Bregman gets to play 1B enough to get eligibility?

  54. Gregjeffries says:
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    Yo Grey! Was debating this with Ralph over the weekend.

    Do you like Kepler or Mazara simply for ROS?

      • Gregjeffries says:
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        Thanks!
        Any faith in Smyly to turn it around in the 2nd half? (I see he’s right outside the 100 of ROS player rater)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Have no faith in him and he’s on the Rays so matchups will be garbage

  55. Cam says:
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    Hey Grey, in one of my leagues I stupidly drafted Carlos Gomez thinking I was getting him at a discount, and now I do not know what to do with him? Does he still have too much potential to straight up drop for somebody else, or should I still be sitting on him? It’s not a super deep league or anything and there are lots of guys available who have been twice the player he has been this year? Any chance he breaks out in the second half, or should I be giving up on him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cam: I would’ve probably dropped him by now, but depends on who’s available

  56. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I posted above but I figured I’d post here so you’d see.

    A) When Joe Ross returns from DL: Would you drop Folty or Liriano to activate him?
    B) Would you trade Bryce Harper, Corey Seager, KRod and Darvish for Donaldson and Madbum? Didi and Semien are free agents I could grab one to fill the gap of Seager.. I have 5 closers so losing Krod wouldnt be an issue.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh-NYC: A. Folty, but I’d cross that bridge when I came to it B. Seager = Bum, Donaldson = Harper, you’re giving Darvish and K-Rod as kick ins

  57. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. Saunders/Castro for maybin/rendon?

    Thanks.

  58. Alex Sornchai says:
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    Thoughts on when Alex Bregman gets called up? Is he worth adding over these players that I currently own. Aj Reed, Tim Anderson, Glasnow? thanks

  59. Bill says:
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    Zobrist’s OPS in splits:
    April – .752
    May – 1.137
    June – .708
    July – .639

    Hitting 59/13/47/4/.283 and 71 overall in Yahoo ranks. You a buyer or a seller?

  60. Scott says:
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    Need RBIs for the 2nd half.
    Devon Travis or Starlin Castro at 2nd?
    Pillar, Gordon, Miller or Kepler as 5th OF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Castro…Kepler

  61. Scott says:
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    Trea Turner or Brad Miller for MI?

  62. Natty Boh says:
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    15 team 2 Catcher league. Give Realmuto and Almedeys Diaz. Get Daniel Murphy and Tucker Barnhart. Seems like a no brainer, but I hate to lose Realmuto in deep league.

  63. JoeG414 says:
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    Who do you like better for Saves : Dull or Ziegler ?

  64. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Grey,

    You’ve been cool (correctly so) on the Stroman hype. What would you say his outlook is over the next 2-3 years?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alcibiades Escobar: He’s had two years of a 6 K/9, that’s about that of Ervin Santana…About the 20th worst K-rate in the major leagues

  65. Bye Felica says:
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    Sale Schoop Cain Pomerantz for

    Rizzo Bautista

    You’re doing this trade with Darvish and Greinke on the DL right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo side

  66. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? I held onto Reddick through his thumb injury, but even though he’ll get dealt to a better situation than Oakland by the deadline, I decided to bail on him for Randal Grichuk. Also, cause I have the room, and I’m in the middle of the pack in my keeper league, I paid to pick up Trea Turner and Alex Reyes. I know your take on Turner’s playing time, but what are your thoughts on Reyes? Speaking of your thoughts, been looking at Willson Contreras as a potential keeper (we get to keep six) next season. Whereabouts do you think he’ll be ranked? Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reyes’s command is a mess, I don’t see how he can start for the Cards this year with a 4+ BB/9, he’ll have an ERA like Cody Reed’s 8+ ERA…Contreras will be top 100 like Schwarber if he has a starting job

  67. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    I have fond memories of Rockports. As part of a settlement from an old work injury, my father used to receive free Rockports and New Balances twice a year. I remember taking the 30 minute drive Saturday mornings to this one particular shoe store he was required to get them at. Good god, my childhood was depressing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If the drive was on a bus, then it’s even more depressing

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: How about a mid-80’s Dodge Aries?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s pretty depressing… Was an 8-track of Kansas’ Dust in the Wind playing?

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Strictly the oldies radio station listening to The Dixie Cups “Chapel of Love” and similar hits of the 60’s.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hmm…That actually feels kinda upbeat!

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Chicken Dinner: Ha, luckily ours died before I could drive.

  68. Scott says:
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    Folty or Bradley, nl only.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Folty

  69. John says:
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    Goal is to have say 5 closers at least 4 studs come playoff run. Who would be the first two to drop of this list. Got few fringe guys

    kenley familia Harris(long term job?) Jeffress (may get traded) Colome(doesnt pitch!)koji clippard

    I dont own all these guys ATM!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Last two

  70. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Do you think Trea will get enough playing time to be worth rostering in an 11 team redraft? Seems like Dusty outright hates him for his youth.

    Would drop him to grab another RP to boost my Ks, ERA, and WHIP like Giles (sub 2 era, sub 1 whip past 30 days), Betances 2.0 Edwin Diaz, or Thornburg (hedging a Jeffress trade).

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d grab Thornburg for the next few days just in case Jeffress is traded over the break

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I’ve got a nice waiver priority at the moment – would you hold out to see if Breggman gets the call in the next couple of weeks? I know Ralph thinks he’s up any time now, but seems like Astros are taking their time (e.g., not starting him at third yet in AAA)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Worth waiting on Bregman for a week or so

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  71. Greg says:
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    Drop Rodon for Paxton, Elfin, Leake or Tyler Anderson? Give up on jup or hold? (Naquin, available)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pax…Hold Upton

  72. Tank1 says:
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    Deal Duffy and Lamb for Scherzer, correct? This is a keeper league and Scherzer can’t be kept while Lamb and Duffy have great value for next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  73. Here Comes The Pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey?

    Have a standing offer of my Jake Lamb and Rich Hill for his Strausburg. I have an abundance of 3B talent and was looking to upgrade to a bonafide ace. Should I take that deal and keep Franco or try to sub Franco into the deal and keep Lamb?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Stras

  74. The G says:
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    Grey,

    Roark for JUp fair? I need the arm and he needs an OF.. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair

  75. peacecoast says:
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    what do u expect out of Dee for ROS? gimme a quick stat line son! thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll be posted tomorrow… We have rest of season projections for every player on site

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: hey I started watching The Killing last weekend..thoughts? I like it so far.

        and I saw/read you mention Bosch yesterday. I started that and then was kinda like aw wtf it’s an amazon prime show it must be bad. my favorite part was seeing Omar again from The Wire. should I keep at it?

        Can we have a blog thread over ASG break just to discuss GoT??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Bosch is awesome… I didn’t love Killing, some friends whose opinions I trust did like it, but I stopped watching it after the 1st season… You can talk GoT anywhere on the site

          • peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: Well I didn’t like how the whole Faceless assassin cult became just some petty murder for hire organization and that Arya, after all that fucking training, was supposed to kill some poor defenseless actress. It seemed like an anti-climax, or more likely, like convenient writing to get her out of that story and back to Westeros.

            Although I approve of the way she killed that old dude and his sons after.

            Little finger is a weirdo too. Surely he knew that Ramsey Bolton was a monster? Would he really think Sansa will forgive him? what a dumbass.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Littlefinger seemed like a convenience to win the Ramsay Bolton battle just in the nick of time, but the Starks have suffered so much in this series, I welcomed a small victory

            • peacecoast says:
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              @peacecoast: That Battle of the Bastards was the best TV watching experience I have had in a long time. I was glued to the screen. Nothing does that to me anymore. And when Sansa took care of him there was a piece of me inside that just clicked and a part of my life was complete/fixed.

              wow I sound like a loser.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha…That was one of the best battles I had seen in a while, reminded me of Saving Private Ryan opening

  76. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Rodon or Taillon?

    Feel like Rodon will at least have a spot all year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taillon

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: I am going anti here and see Taillon on an innings limit and Hurdle mismanagement decisions and Rodon turning it around second half.

  77. Splendid Sphincter says:
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    Dear Grey’s sexy stache,

    5×5, 10 team keeper league
    Trade DeGrom and get Carlos Martinez and one of Bauer or Archer?

    I need SP depth with some dudez on the DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Hold

      • Splendid Sphincter says:
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        @Grey:
        Just got offered these three options:
        DeGrom for Carlos Martinez and Trevor Bauer
        DeGrom for Martinez and Chris Archer
        DeGrom for Martinez and John Lackey

        Still holding?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          DeGrom side in all three

          • Splendid Sphincter says:
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            @Grey: you are the King

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              King Kunta

  78. bobbo says:
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    Better speculative hold: Bell or Bregman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bell

  79. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. dropped my catcher pre-break to stock up on schmotatoes and what not. drop one of grichuk, aj reed, kepler or taillon to pick up a catcher. first three are all bench bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d wait until Thursday

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: our waivers go thru twice a week, sundays and wednesdays, so need to put something in by tuesday night.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Taillon

  80. Nightmare says:
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    Hey Greylord! Hope u had a good weekend. Saw Tarzan on Saturday and it was a total Dud. Don’t recommend at all.

    1) pick 2…..Saunders, K Davis, Melvin
    2) would u drop K Davis for pence?
    3) Villar or Crawford ROS

    • peacecoast says:
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      @Nightmare: Greylord, best nickname ever

  81. Scott says:
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    One league, I have a comfortable lead in saves (+18). What are equivalent Starting Pitchers to Mark Melancon I can try to trade for? I already have Salazar, JoFer, and McCullers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lester?

    • John says:
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      @Scott: Think it will depend more on the team with all thoses SP and needs a RP. Start there and see what that team has, if the team is in need you should be able to get a Kluber Hamels type? Might have to throw something in, again all about need.

  82. chris says:
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    10 team h2h points keeper league. looking for a ROS/ here in the now replacement for the headache that is Heyward.

    Rajai Davis
    Justin Upton
    Melvin Upton JR
    Trea Turner
    or do I stick with Heyward?

    I have J-Up on the bench, so i can always drop him and keep heyward and pick up someone else in the mean time

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Melvin

  83. Paul says:
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    Jeremy Hellickson has been playing well as of late and may be traded to the red sox so I was wondering if he was a good add over some of the players that I had,

    If i should add him who should i drop for him

    James Shields, Archie Bradley, Scott Kazmir, Carlos Rodon, or Alex Reyes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Shields

  84. HomerHWBush says:
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    What’s the better deal in a keeper OPS 12-teamer?

    Maikel + Duvall for Marte
    or
    Castellanos for Dee Gordon

    • HomerHWBush says:
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      @HomerHWBush: to clarify: i’d be getting either Marte or Gordon in these deals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cast

  85. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I know I’ve been keeping you busy today. I was offered Bregman for my AJ Reed and Brandon Maurer. I do not need Maurer… I have a feeling Bregman will be better than Reed the second half. What do you think?

    My bats are as follows:

    C: Gattis
    1B: E5
    2B: Schoop
    3B: Frazier
    SS: Seager
    OF: Harper, Marte, Mupton
    Util: Khris Davis, Jupton
    Bench AJ Reed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  86. Scott says:
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    Arrieta for Hector Rondon or AJ Ramos?

    • Josh-NYC says:
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      @Scott:

      If you’re getting Arrieta I’d give up both those guys and more for him.. if you’re giving away Arrieta I’d advise against that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arrieta

  87. Mike says:
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    Grey,

    What you trade Villar and Gerritt Cole to get Kershaw? I have Starlin/Dee/Altuve already.

    Current Rotation: Cole/Carrasco/T. Walker/Muccullers/Pineda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  88. Wywyz says:
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    Giolito was dropped in my league? Worth picking up? I need the pitching. If so should i drop Moya, Aj Reed, Tim Anderson, Junior Guerro, Ryan Madson or Ryu for him?
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Moya

  89. brett says:
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    Grey,

    I am in a 6×6 ops and holds the extra categories. 260 auction budget 12 teams we keep 5. I currently have the following that as of now I am probably keeping. Harper 23, Machado 24, Story 4, J-Fer 13. I have the following options still as keepers:
    Belt 11 for 2 yrs
    AJ Reed 5 for 1 yr
    Bryant 46 for 2 yrs
    Mazara 8 for 1 yr
    Bregman 5 for 1 yr
    Joe Ross 1 for 2 yrs
    Salazar 15 for 2 yrs

    Is Mazara worth holding on to? Would you trade him and Espinoza for Cespedes? Currently in a log jam for second but trail first by almost 35 points

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Yoenis

  90. Orphan Black says:
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    What do we think of Benintendi?
    And is this ur closer spec order? Dull, Bedrosian, Diaz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ask Ralph about prospects… Bedrosian, Dull

      • Orphan Black says:
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        @Grey: thanks. Get a chance to watch Above and Beyond?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not yet, but I did start Orphan Black this weekend, and am one season in and it’s incredible… Can’t believe I hadn’t watched it before

          • Orphan Black says:
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            @Grey: yea sestra, I just finished season 4 soo good

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m starting season 2 tonight…It’s the bomb dot gov

              • peacecoast says:
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                @Grey: damn that’s another one I started and then bailed on. I am just too picky.

                • Orphan Black says:
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                  @peacecoast: i started it once and watched the first couple scenes then bounced. Really worth sticking with, kinda like giancarlo.

              • Orphan Black says:
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                @Grey: i really eat up that sci fi shizz. Lost obv fizzled but Battlestar Gallactica was great. Recently went through Twin Peaks, aquired taste love/hate. Black Mirror is great too.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Never saw all of those you mentioned… Started twin peaks at one point but grew bored

                  • peacecoast says:
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                    @Grey: Twin Peaks ruled my life for awhile. I love that shizz.
                    BSG was the shit too, but it got so weird at the end, the story didn’t make sense.
                    Dexter also was the coolest, but I think the novelty got old, and once he had a kid it was very retardedly not realistic the way he would get out at night to kill peeps with a nanny who never asked wtf he was up to. Speaking as a guy with 2 of them of course.

                    Gonna try Orphan Black again I suppose. The premise seemed cool.

                    Also started Sense8 and not quite finished it. Did everyone know the Wachowski brothers are now sisters? THey both went transgender. Then they made this show, and, um it is pretty obvious.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah they’re sisters now… Maybe I’ll try Twin Peaks again, just felt so dated trying to watch it recently… Couldn’t get into Dexter either

  91. peacecoast says:
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    12T mixed roto

    Chen or J Zimm ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chen

  92. KarlJ says:
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    Is there a glossary term for when your team tanks right before the All Star Break and they you have to stare depressingly at the standings for 4 days straight without any movement?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, not yet

  93. Nico says:
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    Yo Grey! I just came here to wallow in self-pity. In early May, I was offered Wil Myers for Aaron Nola. I found it so silly that I didn’t even bring it up in these fine comment sections.. totally rejected it! Now I feel like a total reject. Hindsight’s 20/20… Hope your leagues are going well! Enjoy your 4 day vaca.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Nico! My year’s pretty all or nothing in most leagues… Worst I’m doing in some leagues, and in first in other leagues

  94. joe says:
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    i want to but i also don’t want to drop heyward in a 12 team roto. I need R/AVG and i’m still hoping heyward breaks out in the 2nd half. should I stop hoping and pick up grichuck and drop him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  95. Nightmare says:
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    1) pick 2…..Saunders, K Davis, Melvin
    2) would u drop K Davis for pence?
    3) Villar or Crawford ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Not Saunders 2) No 3) Villar

  96. Matt says:
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    catcher question! (sorry)

    worth burning #1 waiver priority on Brian McCann who was just dropped? Leaning towards “yes”. Current C is Rupp, FA’s include Molina, Castillo, d’Arnaud, Martin, Gomes. Appreciate your thoughts!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  97. ScreechOwl says:
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    I’ve so rudely gone on vacation, so I haven’t commented here in ages. I’m still reading every day, but I’m too lazy to comment, especially when I’m busy enjoying all of the home runs I’ve been getting from Yasmani Grandal.

    So, two quick dynasty questions (keep players forever).

    Odor or Dee Gordon?

    Mazara or Buxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are you at Wally World? Odor…Mazara

  98. Wesley says:
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    Assuming I’m solid in both OF and SP, Puig or Jo-Fer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jo-Fer

  99. Great White North says:
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    Mazara or Heyward or stream, ROS RCL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maz

  100. Luke says:
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    Hey Grey, always appreciate the advice. I have a couple questions:

    1. Ozuna is my bench bat, with Choo my last Utl. guy. Would you move either for Maybin? SB, runs, OBP priority.
    2. I’m trying to package Hill, Tanaka, and/or Archer for a pitching upgrade. What could I expect?
    3. Can Marco Estrada keep it up in the 2nd half? Trevor Bauer?
    4. Who will break out the most in the 2nd half: Davis, Sano, or Springer?

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Choo 2. Kershaw? 3. No…Yes 4. Springer

  101. Cohen says:
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    Grey, got offered Correra for my JFer, who do u like more?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Correa

  102. abdoozy says:
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    Gaah. I need a catcher in a ESPN 10tm redraft 6×6 (QS, OPS).

    I have Wieters but he’s just not doing it for me.

    Available: Vogt, Castillo, Gattis, Norris, d’Arenot, Grandal, Rupp, KZuki.

    Hold or… ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gattis

      • abdoozy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. You da man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  103. Johnc says:
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    I Picked up Bell and Kepler to put some juice in my power stats. Grichuk is on the wire.
    Do I wait until Thursday for a “Bell” decision or grab Grichuk now and drop Bell ? I am amazed that Jaso is somehow a better option than Bell.

    Also, my staff consists of Sale, Carresco, CMart, Hill, Bauer with J Ross on DL. Hammel available. I could pick him up and drop Bell, Kepler or Espinosa.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Bell now for Hammel

  104. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. nola or taillon?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taillon

  105. Luke says:
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    Why do I like Choo so much? He runs, hits for power, leads off for a good offense. Other than injuries, why isn’t he valued more?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know why you like him, hold if you do though

  106. Johnc says:
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    I was Just offered Valencia for Maybin. I have tons of steals on my team already so thinking this could give me more pop? Or do you think Val has had his 15 minutes in the sun?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Valencia

  107. William Hung says:
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    I think the creators of Pokemon Go play fantasy baseball – why else would they launch the game right before the ASB?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How do you know they launched it? Wow, you’re really looking for something to do with no baseball

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: no comment… but just google “Pokemon Go” and be delighted for the rest of the day

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m scared

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @William Hung: Holy crap, I just read about Pokemon Go and now I want to play

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: If you sign in via Google, you’re exposing all your data, emails etc…

        You prefer Grichuk over Naquin?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Grichuk for power

  108. PED Inc says:
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    First off thanks for all the hard work and great advice Grey! Happy midway point!

    My pitching has gone from good to begin the season to pretty blah now, this particular league is a 10 team H2H points redraft. My current rotation looks like this…
    Archer (miserable)
    Syndergard (questionable at best the rest of the way)
    Cmart
    Salazar (hopefully not about to blow up)
    Matz (Syndergard part 2)
    Walker (disasterous)
    Darvish (who the F knows)
    Desclafini
    Danny Duffy
    Hendricks (Boring as hell but consistent)
    Glasnow
    Giolito

    I’m in first place and already have a playoff spot locked in, I didn’t draft any pitchers till the fifth round so I currently own Machado, Arenado, and Correa.
    I feel like I need to shop one of these for a top flight starter with so many questions/disappointments in my rotation. Am I stupid for wanting to make this happen and what kind of targets would you look to get for one of these three?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Besides Archer, that’s not exactly a terrible staff

      • PED Inc says:
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        @Grey: I tried giving up Machado for Madbum earlier in the week and it was rejected. I’m considering offering the same trade to get Price but I don’t love it with Price pitching in the AL east.
        I know it’s not a terrible staff but after an 8-O start to the season it’s gotten me on a 3 week losing streak now so it has me worried with all of the injuries.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d want Machado

  109. Jim says:
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    Please rank
    Peavy, Gausman, Ryu
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ryu, Gaus

  110. J_Ceol says:
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    Yay for ASG!!! The Double AA (Is that QUAD As?!) ASG is in my hometown Akron, Ohio at Canal Park so I’ll be attending those and having fun! It’s not the Majors but one day I’ll make the call up! lol

    So I’ve got a doozey..

    I’m 3rd in an AL Only Roto league and I have a guy coming at my Corey Kluber for a keeper next year… I could keep him, but I feel the deal is also putting me in good position to take it this year.

    For my Kluber he is offering:

    Jose Abreu, Justin Verlander, Cody Allen, and JA Happ.. He is definitely taking advantage of the opportunity since I just lost Kimbrel temporarily too that I’m gonna need a closer. Especially with Robertson also looking banged up :\

    What do you think? Enough to move the Klubster?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotta take that

      • J_Ceol says:
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        @Grey: That is how I feel.. currently trying to navigate through salary restrictions.. I just traded JD Martinez for a huge haul that included a $39 JUpton.. lol trying to see if I can shed Adam Eaton to make room for this deal now without losing too much value out of it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  111. Gregarious says:
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    Trout and Fulmer vs. Bryant and Strasburg? Who ya got?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryant

  112. Yuo says:
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    What side do you prefer 10 team head to head league.

    Danny Salazar and shoemaker for jon Lester and Chris archer

    Danny salazar and Mcullers for Lester and archer

    Any deal you prefer over the other?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers

      • Yuo says:
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        @Grey: sorry I didn’t make that clear do you like the Lester/archer side in the first deal? Both deal and would rather send McCullers? Or do you like the mcullers side more in the second one.

        Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          McCullers side the best

  113. Mike says:
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    Who you got in dynasty Dee Gordon or Tim Anderson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon

  114. Scott says:
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    Peraza or Merrifield?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peraza

  115. Yuo says:
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    Salazar or grienke ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar

  116. J_Ceol says:
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    Curtis Jackson droppable in an AL only league?

    Timetable to return ways away with broken hand?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah lose him

  117. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Grey. Chen, Duffy, or Pom ros?

    • William Hung says:
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      @Jerry: Not sure how many starts Pom has before he’s shut down, but I’d go Pom until he does and then Duffy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pom

  118. Ghost Ride the WHIP says:
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    Grey,

    got offered a sizeable trade in a 6×6 (OPS) league where we keep only 6:
    My Story, darvish, dyson, j. bell for his EE, Kang and porcello. I am currently in 2nd place in a weekly H2H category league

    My top keepers for next year are Rizzo, Arenado, Lindor, Polanco, Franco, Scherzer, Darvish, Story, Schoop, Salazar. Most likely keeping first six but i guess I would add EE to the mix.

    I also have ample closers with c allen, k-rod, colome, Oh, dyson

    Which side do you like? Too much for EE?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Story side

      • Ghost Ride the WHIP says:
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        @Grey: Am I way off here? If i dropped Dyson from the trade or upgraded Porcello to Felix would that change the balance? Slight concern on the Yu injury front and looking to sell high on story as his value has slowly crept downwards.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ghost Ride the WHIP: It’s Edwin for Story, Darvish and Dyson…Rest are not difference makers… Feels a bit rich, but if the league is shallow and you really need a 1B, which with Rizzo I don’t see

      • Ghost Ride the WHIP says:
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        @Grey: Makes sense, it’s partially a matter of cashing in on potential keepers (that i wouldnt keep) now vs the offseason while putting winning this year at the forefront. I think story sells higher now but Darvish could possibly be better in the offseason. It’s a 12 team league and as you said, I dont really need a 1B w having Rizzo. I guess I may be having a pre-trade deadline (ours is on Friday) wheelin and dealin mindset. I’ll prob hold then. Thanks for the help

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  119. Lil Mook says:
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    Would you trade Salazar Belt for Kluber and JBJ? 14 tm H2H Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  120. Chris says:
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    Valencia or Kepler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Valencia

  121. Johnc says:
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    Here is my story as a first year reader of Razzball…..terrifically entertaining and well written. Great to read the many points of view. Love JB for hoops….but I would love to trade with him in baseball LOL. I somehow got the impression that he was the pitching guru and Grey was the hitting expert. This explains my drafting of Archer and Carresco before Noah and Stras. Plus I have J Ross of course! Ugh.

    But what I love most is that we are all fans and susceptible to the same emotions when our guys get hot….or not. We love Suarez and Espinosa for two weeks and then hate them! We drop Desmond after two weeks cuz we remember last year’s debacle. But we also learn of guys like Villar, Melvin, Duvall etc. thanks for making this so much fun.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the kind words! Glad we’ve helped more than hurt!

  122. Dave says:
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    Looking at my waiver wire. Contending for the title in a 16 team H2H league. Who do you think delivers the most value ROS?

    Chen
    Smyly
    Bud Norris

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chen

  123. Jerry says:
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    Ok, thanks! One more question: trade Kemp for Dee Gordon? I’m in a head to head points league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, I wouldn’t

  124. Scott says:
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    Pedro or Mitch for Lefty Power Bench bat?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pedro

  125. Bob says:
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    Great stuff! Looking forward to the 2nd half top 100. Rest of season would you rather have Jose Reyes or Eduardo Nunez as a backup SS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nunez

  126. Clive says:
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    What do you think about Moncada?

    Hearing he’ll get called up at some point this year now, but I have a hard time seeing where he’ll get playing time.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sept, bench bat

  127. Paul says:
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    Should I trade rizzo for kershaw?

    I can put Brandon belt at 1B

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  128. coacher says:
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    I have Correa in a 5×5 roto (OBP, HR, R, RBI, SB-ERA, WHIP, QS, K, Saves+holds) and am offered Verlander and Kinsler. I have Marte and Tim Anderson who can play SS for me but also have Daniel Murphy at 2B. I don’t really NEED those two and it doesn’t seem to blow me away. Whaddyathink?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Correa

  129. Vacoarrfb says:
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    10 Team standard roto 5×5 keeper (keep 6 at $5 inflation per year)

    I need pitching so im looking to trade some potential keepers. Who would you look to move?

    Arenado -$16
    Correa -$10
    Maikel Franco -$10
    Sano -$10
    Ian Desmond -$8
    Ozuna -$5
    Josh Bell -$5
    Bregman -$5
    Duffy -$5
    Bauer-$5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duffy, Bauer, Bell, Bregman

  130. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft. archer/segura for arietta/castro?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arrieta

  131. daze says:
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    Grey
    would you drop Castillo for Joseph. He has catcher eligibility and 1B.
    I am thinking Joseph will get more playing time
    his stats over the last 30 days are better. He just has no track record. Who knows if he can keep it up
    What do you think
    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • Glory daze says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks
        You Da Man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  132. Jay_0321 says:
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    GreyBalls!

    Got the numero uno waiver priority in a dynasty keeper. Burn it on Bregman or wait for Yoan?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d wait Moncada

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        @Grey: When you thinking? Sept or sooner?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sept

  133. Jack says:
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    I need to package 2 of the following pitchers for Arrieta. Please advise.
    Lester, JoFer, Wacha, Hill, Paxton, Estrada, Aaron Sanchez, & Pineda.
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sanchez, Estrada

  134. Ross says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Was offered arrieta for Ian Desmond straight up. Arrieta’s been awful last few starts. You think he turns it around? I have Correa and Baez at short and could use a starter. Take deal?

    Thanks

    • Jay_0321 says:
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      @Ross: re-draft or a keeper?

      • Ross says:
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        @Jay_0321: re-draft

        • Jay_0321 says:
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          @Ross: Agree with GreyBalls.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer Arrieta, not that close

  135. Josh says:
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    I’ve been offered the following trade:

    My Wil Myers, Adam Jones, Lawrie, Odor, Aroldis Chapman and Vince Velasquez
    For his Anthony Rizzo, Danny Espinosa, Kang, Brandon Moss, Carlos Gomez, and AJ Reed

    16 Team, 5 keeper league, H2H points

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  136. peacecoast says:
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    greylord,

    chen or Jon gray ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray

  137. Big league choo says:
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    10 team h2h 6×6 OBP / QS league

    I have 2 free moves during the all star break….which 2 should I drop? Which two should I add?

    Drop 2 kang (bench bat), manaea, mengden, bradley

    Adds 2 Andrew miller, trea turner, Tony cingrani, gausman, snell, giolito, bregman

    My MI merrifield, villar, reyes, kang
    My Rp Britton,Harris
    My SP. Lester, matz, maeda, shoemaker, dl darvish and those above.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mengden, Bradley….Snell, Miller

  138. Jeff says:
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    Price and Jansen for jofer ok? id be getting price. need both pitching and saves

    Not sure how low i should sell Jofer. Him getting rested is making me nervous.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Price

      • Jeff says:
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        @Grey: btw, can i drop justin upton and just use that roster spot to stream?

        i hate his guts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, I wouldn’t

  139. Otis says:
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    Trade Pineda and Belt for Kluber? I also have Carrasco and Salazar if that makes a difference 14 H2h

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Kluber

  140. J-FOH says:
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    Losing my mind over here. I’ve checked my lineup three times to see who’s starting today.

    • peacecoast says:
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      @J-FOH: ya this sux, only good thing is the rest my shitty pitchers are getting

      • J-FOH says:
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        @peacecoast: I’m checking them thinking there is normal games today

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @J-FOH: This is the best day my teams have had in ages.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @SteveNZ: I’ve been on a roll lately. My pitching suck ass but that bats have been in fuego.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, I grabbed Jim Johnson just b/c

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I did the same with thornberg now that Milwaukee has put jeffress out there….not that I won’t drop him Friday anyways.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, exactly, and grabbed Bedrosian in a different league

  141. Cohen says:
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    Grey, would u drop Matz for Desclafini?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In shallower leagues, sure

  142. Pat says:
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    Like Alex Wood at all in the 2nd half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really

  143. Skeezix says:
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    Hey Grey, SAGNOF question for you (actually two questions):

    1) Would you prefer picking up Maurer or Cingrani for ROS?

    2) Who would you drop out of Rodney, Giles, or Ziegler? Seems Ziegler may get some saves still, but not sure about the others.

    Thanks!

    • Skeezix says:
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      @Skeezix: Forgot to include Kintzler who is also available. What order do you like those three?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mauer 2. Rodney

      • Skeezix says:
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        @Grey: Maurer over Kintzler too?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kintz, Giles, Ziegler

      • Skeezix says:
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        @Grey: Sorry Grey, I think I confused things. I can pickup any of Kintzler, Maurer or Cingrani. I have to drop one of Giles, Rodney or Ziegler.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kintz, drop Rodney

  144. herschel says:
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    @Grey: cant wait until tomorrow. how are you ranking ross, taillon and nola in a roto redraft league?

    • herschel says:
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      @herschel: joe ross that is….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taillon, Ross

  145. I forgot my pence says:
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    in a 12 team h2h weekly mixed points league my OF is Polanco, ODB, Fowler, 3b/of valencia and khris davis. At Utility I use and do have E. Nunez eligible at 3b backing up longoria. My playoffs start week 21 would you pick up and stash Hunter Pence ?? which OF of mine would you drop if any for pence.. Thx Grey I appreciate it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have no one to drop

  146. I forgot my pence says:
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    One more question i’ve had some shitty luck with my pitching staff getting inj. lately. in a 12 team h2h weekly points league I start 5 SP and 2 RP my Kershaw, syndenguard, estrada, carrasco, tanaka, lackey, wacha and Jon gray round out my starters and my RP’s are Melancon, Wade Davis and had to add Osuna to fill in till davis gets back so I can drop Osuna unless you think it be a good idea to keep osuna. I just figured with all my inj’s at the Pitcher spot would you pick up Glasnow, Giolito, Z Davies, Gausman, Tallion, mike folty, Graveman, These are most of the free agents from the top 100 article that was written today. My staff becoming scary thin all at once who would you if any pick up if any for the last run at the last 5 weeks plus playoffs up and coming. Thx again Grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These are streamers

  147. Milarky says:
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    Not that it matters at this point, but who would you rather hang onto out of McGee and Rodney? We don’t count holds, so it’s really more based on who has a better chance of backing into their respective closer role.

    • Knucks says:
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      @Milarky: one less obstacle for Rodney (only Ramos), while it feels like McGee would need to be out Ottavino and Estevez at this point

  148. Josh-NYC says:
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    Position eligibility aside who do you like
    More ROS in a standard 5×5 league?

    Votto or jupton

    Thanks

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