Know why Steve Pearce went off yesterday for three homers (3-for-5, 6 RBIs and his 6th, 7th and 8th homer)?  Because he’s only owned in 3% of fantasy leagues.  That’s spiteful, Steve Pearce.  Spite is one of the seven deadliest sins.  Right after that soup the fat guy ate in Se7en.  Not to be confused with Goop, which is Paltrow’s career after she stopped being harassed by Harvey Weinstein.  Allow a gross, sweaty producer to rub his genitals against you in unwanted advances, win an Oscar.  Sleep with that guy from Coldplay, do movies with Huey Lewis.  Speaking of Coldplay, Pearce has been terrible for the last few weeks, but the Sawx have committed to Pearce in a favorable lineup spot, at least against lefties, which he’s rewarded them with solid production (hitting near-.360 vs. lefties).  He’s not quite at a Goop-level bounce back, but he is above starring with Huey Lewis and/or Chris Martin.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brian Johnson – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.74.  Brian Johnson’s stuff is far from electric, no matter the connection to AC/DC.

Chris Sale – Will return next Wednesday from achin’ venient injury–Excuse me, a ‘sore shoulder’ that just happen to coincide with Bahston taking on Noo Yawk.

Mookie Betts – 4-for-4, 3 runs, 1 RBI and his 21st steal, hitting .346.  Mookie Ballgame!

CC Sabathia – 3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.59.  He faced only 17 batters, threw 77 pitches and, was so unable to find the strike zone, he should be called BCC.

Didi Gregorius – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 19th and 20th homer, a 3-run shot off Brian Johnson — Didi deeds, gone for three.  And a solo shot off BJ, because he blows.

Aaron Hicks – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 18th homer, hitting .255.  Hicks is having a quietly valuable season, huh?  Not to answer, over-the-internet friend.  Shizz is rhetorical.  On the Player Rater, he’s just about a top 25 outfielder.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 25th homer.  Mean’s while, Aaron Judge told a 6-year-old he shouldn’t patty cake with them because of his wrist.  Hell hath no fury like a Giancarlo secret lover scorned.

Sonny Gray – Demoted to the bullpen.  Everyone was saying the right things.  Gray said, “I wanna help the team any way I can.”  Lance Lynn said, “I’m happy to step into the rotation.”  Lance Lynn’s beard said, “Can someone at least mop me into the trash?”

Blake Snell – Will return on Saturday from pretendonitis–Excuse me, a ‘sore shoulder’ that just happen to coincide with him needing to throw less innings this year.

Steven Matz – Hit the DL, but his MRI came back clean on his forearm.  After the MRI results came in, the doctor whispered to the MRI machine, “Just give it a few more weeks with Mets trainers.”  Then the MRI machine and doctor sniggered.

Todd Frazier – 0-for-4, hitting .213, as he was activated from the DL.  If Todd Frazier’s return is something you were waiting on for your fantasy team, may I suggest our fantasy football site?

Brandon Nimmo – 1-for-4 and his 14th homer.  That’s out of nowhere.  Nimmo had been missing for a while.

Mike Foltynewicz – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.04.  One way to stop a regression slide (18 ER in his previous 29 1/3 IP)?  Face the Mess.

Ozzie Albies – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and his 11th steal, hitting .282.  Has definitely cooled off since his torrid start, but he’s still on pace for a 31-homer, 17-steal season.  Yeah, that’s easy top 25 numbers.

Bobby WahlMets brought him up to work out of the bullpen after Wahl spent 17 seasons starring as Arli$$.  Wahl could be the answer to who really is the Mets closer because Swarzak is pretty terrible and Gsellman is…Well, what the Ghellman are the Mets doing with him?  I wouldn’t outright drop Swarzak yet, but I could see grabbing Wahl.  Why, is your pregunta.  He had a 14.7 K/9 and a 2.20 ERA in Triple-A with 12 saves.  Pitcher appears to be closer than anyone else.

Mike Trout – X-rays on his jammed wrist returned negative results, which is actually positive!  Stop freaking out!

Andrew Heaney – 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.75. Stream-o-Nator liked yesterday’s start (expected 6 IP, 2 ER, so…*raspberries lips*), but loves his next start, and I see no reason not to start Heaney at home vs. the Tigers.

Chris Tillman – Signed a deal with the RangersRangers sure like to take a chance on random flyers.  They have Bartolo Colon, Mike Minor, Yovani and Matt Bush.  The Rangers’ rebuilding effort could be confused with the Island of Misfit Toys.

Rougned Odor – 1-for-1, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Okay, I know yesterday’s game was not a Tom Emanski clinic, but Odor had five walks.  Five!  I’m not sure he walked that many times all of last year.

Jurickson Profar – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .252.  Has done a lot more than I ever thought he’d do this year.  Granted, he’s still only on pace to hit 17 homers with a .255 average, but I would’ve been shocked by 7+ homers by him in the beginning of the year.

Andrew Cashner – 1 2/3 IP, 10 ER, ERA at 5.05.  Good, relaxed-fit jeans, terrible pitcher.

Mark Trumbo – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer.  It’s about a 100 to 1 prop bet, but it’s not out of the realm of possibilities to see Trumbo get to 27 homers on the year.  That means there’s still a lot left in the tank.

Trey Mancini – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Kris Bryant – Still feeling pain in his shoulder.  Damn, doode, starting to wonder if he’ll be back at all this year.  Realsies.

Wil Myers – Left the game with an injured foot, and was seen in a walking boot.  This guy is such a jizzoke.  I’m done with him.  Don’t worry, I promise you, I will not be ranking him anywhere near the top 100 next year.  We’re done, cuz!

Justin Turner – 1-for-2, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “I just texted a pic of my nuts to HR and I might be in trouble.”

Brian Dozier – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 18th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games on the Dodgers.  Visual Metaphor Alert!  There’s a giant ship with the name Titanic on the side, but the name is crossed out and it now reads, “Max Muncy’s fantasy value.”  The Dodgers are at the dock, waving, so it’s kinda bittersweet.

Joc Pederson – 2-for-6, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 15th and 16th homer.  Who needs Manny Machado when there’s hot August weather and balls are legit flying out of everywhere?

Cody Bellinger – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 18th homer.  I own Bellinger, but I’ll be fine if he doesn’t do anything.  Instead, I want him to have a huge 2nd half so in retrospect my preseason ranking of him won’t seem as bad.  Selfish, but sneaky selfish.  Like a crawfish.

Yasiel Puig – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 13th and 14th homer.  The Dodgers could have five season-ending injured players and still have a stacked lineup.

Chase Utley – Hit the DL with “Justin Turner needed room on the roster so we had to DL or release someone and no one ever checks if there’s an actual injury, so we’re just going to DL this guy.”

Christian Yelich – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 16th homer.  But how about that Brewers pitching staff?  Amiright?

Jake Lamb – Having season-ending surgery on his shoulder.  He said he hated to have the surgery because he was letting down the team.  The Diamondbacks said, “We can have Eduardo Escobar drive you to the hospital.”

David Peralta – 4-for-5 as he returned to the lineup, hitting .292.  He won;t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but you know I’m uncomfortably infatuated with Peralta.

Madison Bumgarner – 5 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.97.  The ERA is still nice, but that’ll go soon too.  Hey, I’ve been saying he’s not right a few months now.

Evan Longoria – 1-for-5 and his 11th homer, his first homer since May 29th, as he hits third.  Man, I don’t know how the Giants are going to salvage this shizzshow

Nick Pivetta – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.75.  That start was okay, I guess, but it was against the Mehlins.  Pivetta is a disgrace to his sexy peripherals.

Rhys Hoskins – 2-for-3 and his 22nd homer.  If you Google, “thumping his chest” + “Tout Wars” you can find someone else’s preseason recap of their team, and what they thought of my team.  My team that is currently in first and has been all year.  *blows on knuckles, wipes knuckles on shirt*  Damn it, why did I have strawberry sauce on my knuckles?

Maikel Franco – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .277.  This was his 5th homer since the break.  While you’re waiting for Kris Bryant (insert your player’s name) to come around, Maikel’s dropping multiple fire emojis.

Kyle Barraclough – 2/3 IP, 4 ER and his 6th blown save, ERA at 3.28.  This moves his record to 0-5.  Former Marlins closer, Brad Ziegler, also lost 5 games.  If the Marlins won those ten games, they’d be above .500.  Cust kayin’.

Kendrys Morales – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column.  Enticing!

Nelson Cruz – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 27th and 28th homer, and 2nd and 3rd homer in as many games.  Like EPMD, that’s business as usual.

Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.33 with his 15th win.  With his eyes being two different colors, it’s impossible to compete against him.  He sees everything in 3-D.

Trea Turner – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and a slam (14) and double legs (29, 30), hitting .272.  And you wondered why I put Trea Turner so high in my top 100 for the 2nd halfNo, we wondered about Kyle Tucker.  Okay, quiet, Random Italicized Voice.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer.  Okay, it’s been a sample size of about two days, but the Nats look like a new team since Trea Turner’s racist, homophobic tweets were unearthed.  Can’t Dee Gordon tweet something controversial?

Eugenio Suarez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer, hitting .301.  Possibly more impressive:  .382 OBP.  He is just having a gorgeous season.  Eugorgenio?  Hmm, maybe not.

Daniel Palka – 1-for-1, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer.  Don’t usually mention pinch-hit homers, but he’s hit a pinch-hit homer twice now in four games.  If the White Sox and Palka are playing charades and Palka is acting out Rusty Staub, cool.  If not, maybe you just play Palka, you schmohawks.

Jose Abreu – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 17th homer, hitting .263.  Not to get down on a guy in a non-sexual way, but Abreu only has one more homer than Palka, who as previously noted doesn’t even play.

Reynaldo Lopez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.47 vs. Brad Keller – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.39.  The Royals/White Sox matchup is the proverbial tree falling in the forest with no one around to hear it.  Both lineups are like Murmurer’s Row.

Luis Avilan – 2/3 IP and his first save.  Avilan is the Eskimo word for “he’s a lefty, yawn.”  Complex language that one.  So, the White Sox closer position is Fry, Jeanmar Shizzshow and Lefty Yawn.  Not sure it’s worth getting involved here, but, when in doubt, I go for the guy who at least recorded a save (Avilan).

Wade Davis – 1/3 IP, 2 ER and his 5th blown save, ERA at 4.57.  Bud Black looking out at the abyss, “It’s too bad I have no one to replace Davis.”  Ottavino moves into Black’s field of vision.  “Ottavino, could you scooch a little?  I’m trying to look out into the abyss.”

Miles Mikolas – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.75.  I don’t think I was ever properly feted for telling people to draft Mikolas and not Ohtani.  I await your tossed roses.

Austin Gomber – Will take Carlos Martinez’s rotation spot.  C-Mart’s likely done for the year, so Gomber Johnny could have 50 IP in his arm left.  He’s an interesting arm to me in deeper leagues, and a streamer in shallower ones.  Looking at a 8.5 K/9, 3.8 BB/9 and low 4 ERA.  Of course, the ERA is dependent on luck and other factors, but I’m intrigued, y’all!

Marcell Ozuna – Left yesterday’s game with mild toe discomfort.  Aw, poor baby, your schnuggies are a boo-boo on your bootie?  What a giant loser this guy is.  I wish I could give him multiple toe discomfort by shoving my foot up his ass!

Harrison Bader – 1-for-4, 1 run and his 11th steal.  Yes, 11 steals.  I own Ozuna, so, when I say this, I am going against my own best interest, but I hope Ozuna’s out a while and Bader and Tyler O’Neill (1-for-2, 1 RBI) get starts.  *sees late news alert that Ozuna plans to return on Friday*  Lowercase yay.

Rick Ankiel – Toying with the idea of returning as a pitcher.  Lame choice, man.  You already returned once as a pitcher.  Just as you returned once as a hitter.  Let’s see you return as a woman!

  1. Andre says:
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    Grey,

    Thoughts on Barraclaugh? Is it time to drop him for Steckenrider?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Andre: I’d grab Steckenrider

      • Joel says:
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        @Grey: are all stereotypical witches steckenriders?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  2. Terrence Mann says:
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    Speaking of Pearce, did you see the speculation that Gwenyth is Becky with the good hair?

    I also read once she bleaches her hoohah. I’ve been with a couple ladies that likely would help.

    Speaking of good hair, remember the Mike Piazza shampoo commercials? Who has hair like Mike Piazza? I don’t think he sold much shampoo.

    Gwyneth surely helped sell more bleach.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Terrence Mann: Oh cmon! They’re back together? Piazza had great hair, my hair’s better

  3. Scott says:
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    Nimmo, Jackie Bradley or Kepler rest of season, obp league? Despite the hr by nimmo, he has been ice cold. I really like nimmo, but the Mets are a mess. Bradley hits 9th which isn’t bad if you play on the red Sox when you actually are hitting in front of betts. Bradley’s numbers suck but he has been pretty good for the last 30 days plus. Thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      @Scott: You didn’t break down Kepler.

  4. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!

    Fantastic write-up.

    a. Loved the Rick Ankiel angle! He could be good, man! Why the hate? I thought this was a fun site.

    b. Just kidding, man! Ankiel? Why not? Next up is Curt Schilling’s bloody sock!

    c. Added Nimmo. Maybe he can do something.

    d. Added Nick Williams over Avisail. Here’s why.

    1. I like the Phils lineup better than the WhiteSux lineup
    2. Avisail has been MIA since he came back from that 2nd hamstring injury
    3. I already have one WhiteSox player and they have one of the worst offenses in MLB.
    4. I’m a humanitarian at work; it stops when I get to fantasy baseball.

    e. I knew you couldn’t resist mentioning something about your boy Longo going long! You have to stop thinking with your heart and thinking only with your brain, man! Forego the OCD you have for some guys (except Giancarlo, of course!)

    f. Mark Twain quote of the day for August 3

    CONCERNING TOBACCO

    (Written about 1893; not before published)

    As concerns tobacco, there are many superstitions. And the chiefest is this–that there is a STANDARD governing the matter, whereas there is nothing of the kind. Each man’s own preference is the only standard for him, the only one which he can accept, the only one which can command him. A congress of all the tobacco-lovers in the world could not elect a standard which would be binding upon you or me, or would even much influence us.

    The next superstition is that a man has a standard of his own. He hasn’t. He thinks he has, but he hasn’t. He thinks he can tell what he regards as a good cigar from what he regards as a bad one–but he can’t. He goes by the brand, yet imagines he goes by the flavor. One may palm off the worst counterfeit upon him; if it bears his brand he will smoke it contentedly and never suspect.

    Children of twenty-five, who have seven years of experience, try to tell me what is a good cigar and what isn’t. Me, who never learned to smoke, but always smoked; me, who came into the world asking for a light.

    No one can tell me what is a good cigar–for me. I am the only judge. People who claim to know say that I smoke the worst cigars in the world. They bring their own cigars when they come to my house. They betray an unmanly terror when I offer them a cigar; they tell lies and hurry away to meet engagements which they have not made when they are threatened with the hospitalities of my box. Now then, observe what superstition, assisted by a man’s reputation, can do. I was to have twelve personal friends to supper one night. One of them was as notorious for costly and elegant cigars as I was for cheap and devilish ones. I called at his house and when no one was looking borrowed a double handful of his very choicest; cigars which cost him forty cents apiece and bore red-and-gold labels in sign of their nobility. I removed the labels and put the cigars into a box with my favorite brand on it–a brand which those people all knew, and which cowed them as men are cowed by an epidemic.
    They took these cigars when offered at the end of the supper, and lit them and sternly struggled with them–in dreary silence, for hilarity died when the fell brand came into view and started around–but their fortitude held for a short time only; then they made excuses and filed out, treading on one another’s heels with indecent eagerness; and in the morning when I went out to observe results the cigars lay all between the front door and the gate. All except one–that one lay in the plate of the man from whom I had cabbaged the lot. One or two whiffs was all he could stand. He told me afterward that some day I would get shot for giving people that kind of cigars to smoke.

    Am I certain of my own standard? Perfectly; yes, absolutely—unless somebody fools me by putting my brand on some other kind of cigar; for no doubt I am like the rest, and know my cigar by the brand instead of by the flavor. However, my standard is a pretty wide one and covers a good deal of territory. To me, almost any cigar is good that nobody else will smoke, and to me almost all cigars are bad that other people consider good. Nearly any cigar will do me, except a Havana. People think they hurt my feelings when they come to my house with their life preservers on–I mean, with their own cigars in their pockets. It is an error; I take care of myself in a similar way. When I go into danger–that is, into rich people’s houses, where, in the nature of things, they will have high-tariff cigars, red-and-gilt girded and
    nested in a rosewood box along with a damp sponge, cigars which develop a dismal black ash and burn down the side and smell, and will grow hot to the fingers, and will go on growing hotter and hotter, and go on smelling more and more infamously and unendurably the deeper the fire tunnels down inside below the thimbleful of honest tobacco that is in the front end, the furnisher of it praising it all the time and telling you how much the deadly thing cost–yes, when I go into that sort of peril I carry my own defense along; I carry my own brand–twenty-seven cents a barrel–and I live to see my family again. I may seem to light his red-gartered cigar, but that is only for courtesy’s sake; I smuggle it into my pocket for the poor, of whom I know many, and light one of my own; and while he praises it I join in, but when he says it cost forty-five cents I say nothing, for I know better.

    However, to say true, my tastes are so catholic that I have never seen any cigars that I really could not smoke, except those that cost a dollar apiece. I have examined those and know that they are made of dog-hair, and not good dog-hair at that. I have a thoroughly satisfactory time in Europe, for all over the Continent one finds cigars which not even the most hardened newsboys in New York would smoke. I brought cigars with me, the last time; I will not do that any more. In Italy, as in France, the Government is the only cigar-peddler. Italy has three or four domestic brands: the Minghetti, the Trabuco, the Virginia, and a very coarse one which is a modification of the Virginia. The Minghettis are large and comely, and cost three dollars and sixty cents a hundred; I can smoke a hundred in seven days and enjoy every one of them. The Trabucos suit me, too; I don’t remember the price. But one has to learn to like the Virginia, nobody is born friendly to it. It looks like a rat-tail file, but smokes better, some think. It has a straw through it; you pull this out, and it leaves a flue, otherwise there would be no draught, not even as much as there is to a nail. Some prefer a nail at first. However, I like all the French, Swiss, German, and Italian domestic cigars, and have never cared to inquire what they are made of; and nobody would know, anyhow, perhaps. There is even a brand of European smoking-tobacco that I like. It is a brand used by the Italian peasants. It is loose and dry and black, and looks like tea-grounds. When the fire is applied it expands, and climbs up and towers above the pipe, and presently tumbles off inside of one’s vest. The tobacco itself is cheap, but it raises the insurance. It is as I remarked in the beginning–the taste for tobacco is a matter of superstition. There are no standards–no real standards. Each man’s preference is the only standard for him, the only one which he can accept, the only one which can command him.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Haha, no hate, I’m saying he should mix it up just a bit more B. That’s not a sock! C. Maybe D. I like Williams E. Haha F. Nice!

  5. Aardvark says:
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    Should I drop seranthony for Roberto Osuna?

  6. Montezuma's Revenge ... right now says:
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    odor’s for real now. a guy who never BB’s gets 5 in a game when it took him a month to get his previous 5 (and last year probably 3 or more months to get 5 BB’s) you know he’s locked into actually being a hitter.

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    Hey Grey!

    Hope all is well. looking forward to the Friday buy list coming out later. In a standard 5 x 5 roto league where I primarily need average. Secondary to average I guess I’d be looking for RBI.

    Which 3 do you like rest of season?
    Alonso, profar, maikel, muncey

    Thanks !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sandman: Thanks! Maikel, Alonso, Muncy

  8. Ace of Spades says:
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    Grey

    Please pick 2 of these pitchers for the ROS

    M Boyd, W Miley, N Tropeano, Y Chirinos, A Suarez

    Thanks in advance and have a great weekend

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      @Ace of Spades: Streamers, no need to lock down on any of them , but probably Tropeano for next week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ace of Spades: Agree with Johnny — if limited moves, Trop, Suarez

  9. Tony C says:
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    Good day Grey and great article! I need some advice since the trade deadline has killed my offensive mojo with Muncy, Shaw and Moustakas on my team: her is my roster and I contemplate picking up a bat or two:
    C Chirinos, Ramos-DL
    1b Edwin
    2b Scooter
    Ss Lindor
    3b Moose
    IF Shaw
    OF Betts, Upton, Kole
    Util Muncy
    Bench Eloy Jimenez
    SP Severino, Nola, Flaherty, Foltynewicz, Pivetta, Buehler, Chase, Newcomb, Marquez
    RP Vazquez, Boxberger

    I’m streaming Marquez for tonight’s start at Milwaukee. Should I pick up Puig, Bauers, Kinsler, Hicks, Conforto, Cron, Alonso, Pearce or Mancini?

    I know Jimenez is very droppable but are Shaw or Muncy droppable for any player(s) above?
    Thanks and have a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Thanks! Shaw, Eloy and Marquez — Bauers, Aaron Hicks, Alonso

  10. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Better stash

    Wacha
    Darvish
    Ed-Rod

  11. William Hart says:
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    I know the JUST DONG comments get a bit old because he does it all the time, but JD stole a base yesterday too! Where is the Love!?!?

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @William Hart: JUST DONGS is hitting guru and has given the special sauce to the rest of Boston’s lineup,
      except Devers,
      he put it in on a Chipotle Burrito Bowl and ate it

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    Do you think this is the best we are gonna see of Teoscar? Is he gonna take the next step next year? or is he gonna be squeezed about by some other young talent?

    I’d ask the same questions about Profar as well.

    Thanks in advance. Hope you enjoy the weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mex: I doubt there’s a huge step from either of them next year, but I’m more intrigued by Profar for next year — Will need to look at them both deeper

  13. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    I batty-called Steve Pearce yesterday because SON told too. Worth the $20 bucks right there!

  14. Brett says:
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    Hi Grey,

    in a 12 team league with categories for saves and another for holds. Current relievers are Will Smith, Boxberger, Allen, Yates, Hader. I also have Seranthony at a SP position and Osuna on the bench.

    Current standings in saves and number of closers they have.
    1st 91 (2 closers)
    2nd 89 (5 closers)
    3rd 87 ( Me 5 closers)
    4th 74 (3 closers)

    I’m needing to move a closer to get another holds guy. Based on standings I see me most likely moving up 1 point in the category, I believe what’s most important is good era, whip and k’s. I was wondering your thoughts on this based on these standings and which of my relievers would you move? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: You want to move a closer just as you’re about to over take two other teams in saves? I’m confused

      • Brett says:
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        @Grey: I’m in second overall and team I’m chasing is catching me in holds. I still have osuna on my bench so when he returns I have too many relievers I can only play 5 closers and will have 6. I could trade a closer for hand. So debating which to trade.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Brett: Oh, then trade Osuna for Hand

          • Brett says:
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            @Grey: you’d move Osuna over will Smith or box?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Before Box, guess can move Smith, but he will get holds at some point

  15. Tigres says:
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    Hey Grey! Quietly (and, please, let’s keep it quiet so not to scare him off), Odor has put together legit numbers. 79 GP with 11/9 and solid AVG, OBP and counting stats. I know he forgives me for those five games in May when I went with Profar at MI. “We were on a break!”

  16. Lindorphins says:
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    Eugorniforgenio? See me stare.

    Is Odor for Castellanos a fair swap based on need? One team trying to replace Bryant, the other can move Merrifield from 2B to CF where they’re very thin. Thanks!

    • Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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      Odor is now one of the most patient and feared hitters in all of baseball. 5 walks and a homer? How did we get here? All of this after I dropped him everywhere back in May.

  17. Caught Looking says:
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    Hey Grey.

    Which side of Carp for Thor would you be on? Pts league . Thor is the bigger name but I’m blinded by the tear Carp has been on

  18. Caught Looking says:
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    Hey Grey.

    Which side of Carp for Thor would you be on? Pts league . Thor is the bigger name but I’m blinded by the tear Carp has been on

    • Caught Looking says:
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      @Caught Looking: also i think i accidentally subscribed to get the comment notifications. Heeelp

        • Caught Looking says:
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          @Grey:

          Appreciate it, thanks!

        • Caught Looking says:
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          @Grey:

          Appreciate it, thanks!

  19. Connman says:
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    Grey,

    My good friend (also a Razz reader) and I would like your opinion on something. We will abide but whatever you think is fair in this instance.

    We are in the same long running 16 team league and have similar records. It is known by most in the league that he and I are quite good friends. Right now we are both just about holding the last two spots in the playoffs. We also play each other at the end of the regular season

    I am not asking if it’s okay to throw a game to get your friend in, that’s obviously cheating, BUT what if the scenario is that a TIE would be best for both of us and would secure both teams place in the playoffs. Can we both bench all our starters so we tie and move into the playoffs?

    It will undoubtedly piss people off, but I am not sure it’s cheating. Each team would be doing what was actually best for their own chances.

    Anyway it’s clearly a Grey area and so we wanted to you weigh in and we will live by your ruling.

    • MarvPesos

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      @Connman: I’m clearly not Grey and def not as wise but can’t help but say if you were doing what’s best for your own team, you’d be trying to win, not tie. Just my opinion. Marv

      • Connman says:
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        @Marv:

        I disagree. break it down, the ultimate goal here is to make the playoffs. If I can guarantee a spot with a tie, how is that not a better deal for my team than me trying to win which exposes me to a scenario where I lose and am totally out of the playoffs?

        I do not get extra point for making the playoffs as the fifth or sixth spot, so why expose my team to the risk of missing them entirely?

    • sportivetricks says:
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      @Connman:

      Like Marv, I’m not Grey, but if you did this in one of my leagues, I would definitely never invite you back and I would have other managers vote to have you both disqualified from the current season. That is straight up cheating and goes entirely against the spirit of the game.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Connman: So, you’re deciding how to manage your teams together?

      It’s collusion if you decide together to bench your starters — NO NOT THE WORD COLLUSION!

      If you bench your starters, and your friend decides to bench his starters on his own volition then I guess it’s fine…

      Imagine a sports team, any sport, were to say to their opponent, if you won’t score, we won’t score, so we can both make the playoffs.

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: Appears to happen in international soccer all the time. But, I suppose both teams just know that 0-0 is a great outcome, so they don’t have to discuss it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Appears to happen, but they don’t actively conspire with the other team, do they?

          • Connman says:
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            @Grey: that makes sense.

            Happens in basketball too, and just happened in the world cup, but church in both instances I doubt both teams discussed it in advance

            • Grey

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              Yeah, feels a little fishy is all

    • Audacity of Schoop says:
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      @Connman:

      I say you tell your good friend you’ll bench your players but then start them anyways and grab that playoff spot.

      You can always make more good friends.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  20. Adam says:
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    Gleyber or Soto?

  21. Mark says:
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    Odor’s night was incredible. First player to walk 5 times intentionally and a 3 run homer.

    THat was impressive….got to say especially from someone who shy’s from walking.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mark: Was it the first time ever? So crazy it was him of all people

      • I’m Jose Canseco says:
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        @Grey: “According to MLB Stat of the Day, he became the first player in Major League history to finish a game with a home run and five different non-intentional walks. He also scored three runs and tallied three RBI in the contest.”

        5 non-intentional walks….he was actually the 4th player to do it: Aaron, McGwire, Edgar (should be HOF) and Odor.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, crazy

  22. papasmurf says:
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    Myers actually hurt his foot cuz he got some dirt inside his shoe and between innings he took off his shoe to shake the dirt out. When he was trying to put it back on, he pushed the shoe a little too hard and injured his own foot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Ha, that sounds so Wil Myers

  23. m0se says:
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    6×6 ops/qs, who do you want ROS, dozier or nola? I am at the top of all pitching categories but I also already own Odor and D. Murphy.

  24. Drew says:
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    Margot showing some life. Who do you like better ROS: Margot or Bader?

  25. Molina bros bbq says:
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    I’m in contention. Very low in ks trying to make up a few points. Garbage in the free agent pool. I’m also weak in saves but over the mlb trade deadline I went from 2 closers to 5 or 6 so I’m hoping I’ll make up ground there whether I do this trade or not

    1.Trade Yates (keeper) for Godley to try to win this year?
    2. Drop Jimenez, givens or Nelson to pick up ryu? 12 moves left on the year.

    My staff: verlander, folty, J.A. Happ (dL), Heaney, pivetta, Kimbrel, will Smith, Shane Greene, Yates, leclerc, givens, joe Jimenez

    DL: Doolittle, Strickland, j Nelson

  26. Crime Dog says:
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    Someone joked about this in the comments the other day but hernan Perez actually pitched last night. I guess the Brewers did know what they were doing trading for 3 Third basemen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crime Dog: Haha — there have been more position players pitching this year, right?

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: yeah I’ve definitely seen others, it was just funny, days after the brewers traded for Moose and Schoop while having Shaw, we have Hernan Perez, the ultra utility man pitching. I hope Craig Counsel can fill an entire roster with players with 2B and 3B backgrounds.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, seriously

  27. Chris says:
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    Please rank ROS
    Margot, Morales, Mancini, Beltre, Mondesi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Mancini, Morales

  28. Uncle Artie says:
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    Just before the break you advised me to trade Morton for Hoskins. I tip my hat to you sir. I’ve never looked back.

  29. lwomack58 says:
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    Where do you see Kemp finishing for the year. Is he worth hanging onto or dropping for Kinsler, Ender, Jose Martinez or Villiar.

    Thank you

  30. Molina bros bbq says:
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    Ugh just lost dee Gordon… who to replace him? Don’t have a bench bat so playing everyday would be preferred.

    Kole Calhoun is on waivers I’ll try to get him but if I don’t who would you take from list below?

    Bader, o’neil, reddick, deshizz, jbj, Kepler, Goodrum, canha

  31. Taking14DaTeam says:
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    H2H league with playoff bye wrapped up. Looking for September magic.

    1. Are Allen and Hand in a time share or did Hand get the last save cuz Allen pitched previous two nights? I need bullpen help and have an offer of my Hendricks for his Allen. I have Max, Kluber, Bauer, Heaney, Wood and Ryu so I think I could spare a starter since my bullpen is Osuna and Leclerc – clearly needing help after dumping Fry and Bear this week.

    2. Other offer is my Mazara for his Hand. I have Trout, Rosario, Dee, Haniger, Peralta in my OF so I could swing it I guess but that would be an expensive holds guy (holds, saves league). He would kick in W Peralta if I wish but his WHIP is scary. I would have to drop Jo Ma or Villar to keep W Peralta.

    3. I am intrigued by Badger with those steals. Will he platoon with O’Neil or do you see him getting everyday playing time? To grab him, my drop would be Jo Ma. Cards are a mess!

    Guidance on both issues welcomed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Taking14DaTeam: 1. Time share — but I’d take Allen 2. Nah 3. Platooning

  32. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    Grey,

    Can you give me your top 2 relievers? Also, would you be dropping Barraclough for one of them?

    Waiver RP – S. Greene, P. Strop, J Leclerc, A Vizcaino, Z. Britton, J. Familia, F. Rodney, K. Herrera, J. Soria, A.J. Minter

    Thanks bud

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Marv: Strop, Greene

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        @Grey: strop a conditional till morrow returns?… Or is morrow looking spent?

      • MarvPesos

        Marv says:
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        @Grey: alright, strop has been taken, so two two Greene and…? What are your thoughts on Minter?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Minter

  33. SheaSeraSera says:
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    Trying to vulture saves, can use peripherals as well, better bet Jordan Hicks or Bobby Wahl?

  34. Rudboy says:
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    I have to say your “Hot schmotato alert!” Are ALWAYS on point. Good looks my man

  35. Christopher Coriell says:
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    What is going on with our boy Eddie Rosario? He needs to get going again! Is Travis Shaw screwed by Schoop signing?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Christopher Coriell: Can people please stop complaining about Rosario? He’s ranked 25th. 25th! Which is way better than where you drafted him. Guys ebb and flow – it’s a baseball season. It’s not like he hit .200 with 5 RBI’s in July.

      • Christopher Coriell says:
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        @Cram It: Cram it….always so ready to bitch and moan about a comment. I’m asking Grey if and when he’s gonna heat up again. He’s been cold as ice for a while now.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Christopher Coriell: Bitching and moaning about the bitchers and moaners.

          • Christopher Coriell says:
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            @Cram It: I wasn’t bitching. Has Rosario been cold or not? Since you seem to be a know it all. Crawl back under a rock

      • Christopher Coriell says:
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        @Grey: Shaw makes me sad Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, me too

  36. Heshy says:
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    Real quick. Keeper league. I’m out of it. We keep 8.
    Would you offer Grandal, Muncy and Alex Wood for Miguel Andujar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Heshy: Sounds okay, prolly a bit much

  37. Bigly Leagues says:
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    Who to stream?
    Freddy vs Colorado
    Gomber @ Pittsburgh
    Edwin vs Tigers

  38. Max Munchies says:
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    Are we trying to sell Muncy before it’s too late and his playing time is non-existent? or are we holding out hope?

  39. Mrs. Roger. Dorn. says:
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    Good ish as always. Which two do you like out of this crew for a weekend stream, if any?

    Wheeler (vs. ATL)
    Ed. Jackson (vs. DET)
    Roark (vs. CIN)
    Cahill (vs. DET)

  40. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Need 2 ROS

    Longoria
    Nick Williams
    Mancini
    Kole Calhoun

  41. G says:
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    Best SP pickup to hold onto and see if they are worth holding for ROS. Freeland, Musgrove, Lynn. Already have room for another streaming spot. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Musgrove

  42. rukky says:
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    Puig or Kemp ROS H2H points?

    Thanks!!!

      • rukky says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you!

  43. Lubes says:
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    Worth dropping any of these guys for Cano?
    Chris Taylor, Peraza, Semien, Piscotty
    Only 1 bench spot in this league, so guys who actually play are at a premium.
    Thanks.

  44. EG says:
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    Need to drop one: Parker, Leclerc, Rodney or Rondon.

    Please rank ROS: Moose, Andrus, Yasiel, Dickerson, Profar… Slight pref to speed

    Thanks….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EG: Parker’s the worst — Moose, Puig, Andrus

  45. Philsfan76 says:
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    How do you feel about grabbing Lynn for his 2 starts next week in weekly leagues? White Sox and Rangers are his opponents

    • Christopher Coriell says:
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      @Philsfan76: I’m grabbing him and starting him

  46. Anodyne says:
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    In a deep league that counts K/BB as a scoring category, would you rather own Fiers or Gomber?

  47. Bk says:
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    1. Drop Tepera in 10 teamer where I kinda need saves? Team sucks, Giles May close, and I could use roster spot for other stuff.

    2. I’m ahead 133-98-95 in steals (#of steals top 3). So obviously I have a ton of leeway. It’s a 10 Team redraft so I should trade Trea Turner, and I could use a nice starter and maybe a bat. Unfortunately, the league isn’t as high as I (and you) are on his value. My best offers are like Nola and Desmond, maybe Degrom straight, something like that. Should I hold? Don’t wanna undersell him.

    3.) If you just play Pederson and Pearce vs righties/lefties, there stat line probably extrapolates like Charlie Blackmon or something. Great daily guys.

    Anyway, great article. Looking forward to Buys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bk: 1. Yes 2. I’d take deGrom 3. Totally! Thanks!

  48. Jason Murray says:
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    Better chance at saves ROS…Ottavino or Steckenrider? I have Strop (starting), Yates (starting), Barraclough (bench), and Vizcaino (DL). Thinking of dropping Barraclough for someone else. Thanks!

  49. RICE says:
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    Hey Grey!

    My legit closers: Treinen and Yates

    My Bleh closers: Barraclough and Fry

    Drop either/both of the Bleh closers for Wahl, Avilan, Givens, Rondon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RICE: Fry for Wahl

      • RICE says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  50. Will says:
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    When will Dave Roberts stop hitting Puig 8th in the lineup?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Will: Did you miss the trade deadline?

      In 3 years when he doesn’t have 7 guys in front of him who have more power.

  51. Luke says:
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    should I consider Nola a top pitcher for Stanton? I’m not having any luck with other guys…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luke: No, trade a lesser bat for a lesser SP

  52. uncle ernie says:
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    Good morning Grey. I’m not starting Severino at Fenway No way! In fact he’s prob going to be on pitch counts soon this season and I in league that counts QS. I might be able to swing a deal that includes trading him for Grenkie. ROS I’m leaning Grenkie. You? Thanks

  53. NH says:
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    Grey,

    Here is my lineup. I am willing to trade a top offensive player to get a top 10 pitcher or two good SP.
    C – Molina
    1B – Votto
    2B – J. Ramirez
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Machado
    OF – Hoskins, Stanton, Springer (Hurt)
    Bench – S. Marte, O. Herrera
    DL – Judge

    SP – Severino, Morton, Kershaw, DeGrom, Bauer, Sale (Hurt), C. Martinez (Hurt), Happ (Hurt)
    RP – Kimbrel
    Bench – Corbin, Wheeler

    Who can I trade to get another top 10 pitcher. As you can see I have a few pitchers hurt and Severino hasn’t pitched as of late. Here is the list of pitchers available for trade in the league.

    Tanaka, Berrios, Allen, Grienke, Stripling, Arrieta, Snell, Hendricks, Bumgarner, Archer, Keuchel, Rodon, Hamels, E. Rodriquez, Darvish, Quintana, Godley, T. Williams, Doolittle,
    Strasburg, Clevinger, Lester, Nola, Flaherty, Sydergaard, Mikolas, Knebel, Hill, Paxton, Hand, Ray

    Thoughts please, and thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NH: Marte for Greinke, Berrios, Archer, Tanaka

  54. jose says:
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    Gray, Happy Friday!

    Couldn’t be better after taking Hittertrons advice on Pearce and Trumbo! I wanted to pick up Pederson, but didn’t have time to wait around on the line up card. Almost makes me forget I streamed Grey and Weaver the day before, oof.

    My team is really coming to life as we near the home stretch. I’ve worked my way up to a back and forth battle for first in RCL #71 against frequent commenter GrassyKnoll…something (no disrespect, just can’t remember his name). First year in an RCL and it hasn’t disappointed (might help that my team’s doing well). Just wanted to say thanks for the daily posts and thanks to Rudy for all the tools he puts together. Well worth the price of admission!

    Enjoy the weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: Nice! No problem, you too!

    • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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      @jose: Haha, I was actually just gonna drop you a line to say congrats on yesterday! You really killed it. It’s fun (and nerve wracking) battling it out with you. It’s my first year in an RCL too, so maybe we’ve got that beginners luck–although my string of injured players would argue the point. See you on the field

      • jose says:
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        @GrassyKnollRedding: Fun and nerve racking pretty well sums it up! Thanks on the big day. It was a breath of fresh air. It’s been a fun chase, but now I kinda feel like a dog who’s caught his tail…what do I do now, haha. It’s been way more fun since you outed yourself on the weekly update when you were top 10. Best of luck the rest of the way!

  55. Herb Gurb says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who do you like better ROS?

    Muncy or Hosmer

    Barraclough or Pedro Strop

    Thanks!

  56. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Praise and glory be to Grey and his mighty powers of pre-season prestidigitation. (My weak attempt to properly fete you for Miles Mikolas -I am a beneficiary)

    These three waiver wire fellas are high on the two startapoloooza hit list for next week. Glassnow – @TOR and BAL( i honestly can see myself going for that, but SON has him higher than Nick Tropeano with OAK and DET (Oakland scares me with him) and Lance Lynn with TEX and @CHW). Not saying I have to pick one but just curious if you think any of these three would be worth a shot in a points league next week.

    I’ve got Mikolas @KC and @MIA(hell yes) , Eovaldi @ BAl (no hesitation there) , Tanner Roark @ CHC (already puckering my butt hole looking at that but he’s been hot) .

    Benching Taillon @ COL (unless you say no!) and benching Rodon CLE (although I wont take the risk- im not going to be surprised if he holds up )

    Dropping D- Rod and Derek Holland- Could pick up Bieber @CHW and after that Im at a loss- perhaps J Faria could be a flier to hold onto and see what happens in his return? or man up with Taillon? Or actually pick up one of those two starters I mentioned in the second paragraph of this way too long post?

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: RE: Glassnow * I honestly CANNOT see myself going for that…

    • johnnyhobbes says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: musgrove is still available too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @johnnyhobbes: Haha, thanks! I would try Trop if I had to… Roark in Wrigley is not good… Taillon in Coors is immediate bench and Rodon is not great…

    • Grey

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      @johnnyhobbes: I like Musgrove, no idea who he’s goign against tho

  57. winteriscoming says:
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    Hey grey do I need to bench Severino today against bos in bos or roll the dice ? After their game last night and his last four starts I’m on the fence

  58. Here Comes the Pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    I cut Bear Claw loose after last night. Chasing the saves just aren’t worth it with him anymore.

    One of my 12 team leagues has a sizeable prize for 1st place at the end of the regular season. I was 3.5 games up with 4 games left and am now 1.5 up with 2 left. Would be an all time collapse with Trout, Judge, Ozuna all banged up. That’s my entire outfield! Haha

    Heading out to the Vineyard for the weekend. Have yourself a good weekend my friend!

  59. Perfect Game says:
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    Would it be crazy to avoid starting Severino against Boston today? My ERA lead has shrunk to 0.33 and I don’t think this is the matchup to hope Severino turns it around.

    • Starz says:
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      @Perfect Game: Bold move but understandable. Prefer rolling with your studs but can’t argue Luis’ recent poor play, Yanks poor play in general, and Boston’s streaking and at home.

  60. Starz says:
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    When you say C-Mart is done for the year you meant figuratively in fantasy, right? He’ll be back in 3 weeks. Before he hurts himself again, but he’s still gonna pitch again this year. That said, if Cards just DL’d him for longer back in May, maybe he wouldn’t have made two more DL trips. Players who pitch hurt end up hurting their arms as a result of compensating.
    Between him and Darvish, it’s been a year of suck for the both of them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Starz: Figuratively C-Mart’s been gone since May

      • The Harrow says:
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        @Grey: he had 3 good starts in a row in the late june/july area. then was hurt again.

  61. Darrell Lester says:
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    I was going to ask an Odor question…

  62. Ted Williams' Frozen Head says:
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    Morning Grey! Hope the weeks been great. Quick ask, gotta drop one of Pivetta, Rodon, or Gray. Who’s getting the boot out the door?

  63. jdred5 says:
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    Trade Question 5×5 Roto: I am first in saves (and in the league, though not by much) and could use some more starting pitching. Someone who could use saves and has an excess of starting pitching has offered his Arrietta for my Diaz. I can see accepting this, but he also has Verlander, Paxton, Keuchel, and Tanaka. If I look closely at category standings I see that 1) I am probably too far behind to gain even a point in Wins, but could use some improvement in ERA and WHIP. 2) I would probably lose 1 point in saves, but it isn’t possible for me to lose any more than that. 3) The person to whom I would deal Diaz would probably pass my closest rival in Saves. So my question is:

    Do I gain enough through this deal to make dealing Diaz worthwhile? Should I just hold tight and stream pitchers? Should I insist on a different one of his starters?

    Thanks so much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jdred5: Arrieta is not good — I’d send Diaz for Verlander, Tanaka or Pax

  64. Starz says:
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    Thoughts on Tyler O’Neill in STL? What is his ceiling ROS – and is it higher than available OF bats like Joc, Nimmo, Mancini? Or even Adam Eaton who’s on my bench?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Starz: Higher than All except Joc against righties.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Starz: Agree with Knoche — Eaton is useless

      • Starz says:
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        @Grey: I know you’ve said that before but is it just his name that carries value? He’s worth $10 in the trade analyzer, comparably priced on fantasypros, but fangraphs seems to have him appropriately priced at -$0.30…a tick under O’Neill actually. He’s still a top-100 hitter last 30 days on player rater (92nd).
        Somewhere in between useless and replaceable, I guess.

  65. JMAC says:
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    10 team H2H OBP Keep top 5 players

    My Bauer for Albies & Taillon

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JMAC: Works for me

  66. lubey says:
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    Howdy Grey

    I gotta drop one. Odubell, Lemahieu or Danny Murph

    Thanks brotha

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @lubey: Frenchman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @lubey: Agree with Knoche

  67. The Great Knoche says:
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    Forgot Harper’s Dad. Everyone is gonna have Hernan Perez throw for them in the Home Run Derby next year!

  68. Weird Fishes says:
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    I own Muncy in a 10-team NL-only league. I could use a SP. Would you deal him 1-for-1 for Archer, Taillon or Ray?

  69. Brett says:
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    Looking to move a potential keeper to help me win. 12 team 6×6 with ops and holds. 260 budget players can be kept for 2 years after draft year. Prior to year 3 they can be contracted raising their price $5 each year of contract.
    My options
    Freeman @28 only 2019
    Machado 34 in 2019 39 in 2020
    Benintendi 11 for only 2019 or can contract up to 4 years if I chose at 16 in 2019 then 21,26,31)
    Baez 13 next year can contract in 2020
    Albies 5 next year can contract in 2020
    Snell 3 next year can contract in 2020
    Acuna 17 next year can contract in 2020

    • Brett says:
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      @Brett: sorry how would you rank those player. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: End of list to trade is Machado, Acuna, FReeman — great keepers tho, and hate to trade any of them

      • Brett says:
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        @Grey: Would you trade Machado first or Freeman first? I hate trading but I had a great draft. A lot of credit goes to you and Ralph.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Machado

  70. FrankGrimes says:
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    BCC hehe

  71. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the Hey, Homegrey,

    Stream Odorizzi tonight vs. KC? ($9.6)?

    Thanks!!!!!

  72. Cohen says:
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    Grey, which start do u like the most
    Maeda at home against Houston
    Wheeler at home against Atlanta
    Gausman atMets
    SON likes them all

    • Grey

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      @Cohen: I like them all too, I’d go with SON

  73. MediOAKer Matt says:
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    i love how in the tout wars recap the writer starts out by saying he wants to building his team around either Harper, Au Shizz or Votto and then at the end he’s throwing shade on the Harper pick !??!?

  74. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Which trade deadline casualty should I drop – Shaw or Muncy?
    Is Camargo an improvement over the other?

  75. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Happy Friday Grey! How do you feel about starting Quintana today at home vs SD (SON $16.9) in a shallow mixed league? Feeling good and starting him, or hesitant? Thanks!

  76. Jason Murray says:
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    Please pick 2 ROS…Margot, Haniger, Odubel. Thanks!

  77. lwomack58 says:
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    Villiar or C. Hernandez
    Thanks

  78. Tony C says:
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    I just traded Muncy and German Marquez for Jon Gray and Yolmer Sanchez. Yay or Meh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent

  79. sk says:
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    Another Daily Notes gem, Grey….thank you.

    Mixed, H-2-H, 5×5 (plus QS, and L instead of W). Contemplating dropping CC and was wondering if any of these guys are worth a pickup to replace him.

    Pivetta, Lucchesi, Milone, C.Anderson, Odorizzi, A.Sanchez

    Thanks….have a great weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sk: Thanks! Those waiver SPs don’t do much for me, streamers

  80. dau says:
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    musgrove lynn ray rodon–please rank, thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Musgrove, Ray

  81. Savoy Special says:
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    14 team H2H auction redraft league

    Drop 1 to activate Blake Snell

    – Yoan Moncada
    – Cesar Hernandez
    – Ryon Healy

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Healy

  82. tapetrone says:
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    Trades and Schildt have kinda f’ed me – keep Chris Taylor? drop JoeMa or Teoscar for Schebler? or is JoMa straight drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can drop Jo-Ma

  83. Gigorilla says:
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    Hi Grey — you’re holding steady in the NFBC, but remains tight.
    Please put CMart and Darvish on your Wil Myers ‘Miles Away’ list next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve been in 1st for 3 months! Yeah, done with both of them SPs too

  84. bobbo says:
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    12 team 6×6 h2h OPS
    Who would you sit today?
    Puig vs HOU (Verlander)
    Williams vs MIA (Urena)
    Calhoun @ CLE (clevinger)
    Desmond @ MIL (Guerra)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tho, Puig might not play

  85. Scott says:
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    Ok I will ask again and breakdown Kepler a little more. Kepler or JBJ ros obp league? Jbj has been hitting much better lately even though his season #’s Don’t look good. He’s hitting 9th but in front of betts. Kepler has cut his k rate and improved his walk rate. His other metrics look good too, hard hit, flyball, swinging strike, etc. (Lile his #’s should be better than they are). Kepler has been hitting 4th – 6th. Who do you like better ros? Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go JBJ

  86. Turd Wendell says:
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    “It definitely was not a normal foul ball off the foot,” Myers said. “There is definitely something it hit that did not feel good. I went out there on defense and was like, ‘Man, I hope a ball is not hit to me here, just because of the pain level.’ All we can do is wait for tomorrow.”

    Ugh should have traded him last week. He’s done.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He is so fragile

  87. The Shoe says:
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    Hey Grey, thanks for the great fantasy column per usual.

    Would you pick up Odor over Chapman or Merrifield in a points league? Even when Odor has been solid before, his value had totally been sabotaged by strikeouts, and I’m hesitant to believe he’s made gains that will stick in the walk department…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Over Chapman

  88. Jack says:
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    Moncada or Kinsler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moncada

  89. Grey

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

  90. RoarOf84 says:
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    Trade deadline is less than 24 hours away and need some advice on a couple offers that I’ve received. It’s a 10-team league with h2h roto scoring. Each team keeps 6 players from year to year. I’ve indicated my current 6 keepers with asterisks by their names. I’m currently alone in 1st place (1 game lead) and there is a group of 4-5 other teams that are tightly bunched together and fighting for the final 3 playoff spots.

    Current roster:
    C – Realmuto
    1B – Bellinger*
    2B – Merrifield
    3B – Arenado*
    SS – Semien
    MI – Dozier
    CI – Abreu
    OF – Marte
    OF – Cain
    OF – Blackmon
    OF – JD*
    U – Conforto

    P – Verlander
    P – Carrasco
    P – Chapman
    P – Kimbrel
    P – Godley
    P – Weaver
    P – Hader
    P – Morton
    Bench Arms – Hill, Ray, Newcomb, Quintana, Rondon, Castillo, Hand, Duffy

    DL – Sale*, Correa*, Bryant*

    I’ve been offered two trades by a team who has been a seller for some time now. The first trade he offered me was Syndergaard and Springer for Bryant and Ray. The second trade he offered me was Kershaw for Bryant. Which of these deals would you rather do?

    I know that the trades would definitely help for this season but I’m still hesitant. I’m not in a real rush to sell Bryant because my team is strong enough to make due without him while he gets healthy. I also like the long term keeper composition of my team. If I did the first deal, I suppose I could have my last two spots come down to a combo of Bellinger, Syndergaard, and Springer to go along with Arenado, Sale, JD, and Correa. If I did this deal, who would you think my best 6 keeper options would be?

    Sorry for the lengthy post!

    • Grey

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

  91. Dancin Homer says:
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    Ughhh…. every time I add 1 closer, another poops the bed.

    12-team, H2H, 6×6 (OPS & QS) league:

    Current RP’s: Chapman, W. Smith, Boxberger, Barraclough

    Do you.
    1.) Drop Barraclough for Steckenrider
    2.) Hold Barraclough
    3.) Drop Barraclough and use spot to stream SP’s?

    Thanks & happy Friday!

    • Grey

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

  92. Justin Ralph says:
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    Grey thank you for your help with my blockbuster. I got Trea at the right time.

    My OF is now J Upton, E Rosario, Harper and Ozuna.

    My starting pitching is now Alex Wood, Quintana, Wheeler, Carrasco, Bauer, Flaherty, Jon Gray, Rich Hill with Strasburg on the DL.

    My closers are Greene, Hector Rondon, Seranthony Dominguez, Osuna and Doolittle is on the DL.

    Here’s my question. The last place team is trying to trade me Springer and Charlie Morton for a high draft pick next year. I am not sure its worth it as I’m not positive it provides me a huge upgrade. How do you feel about it? You seem to still be doubting Ozuna (although he’s starting to hit a little). Would you make the deal? Who would you trade? I also need to leave room for the DL guys when they are ready.

    BTW the other team that is out of it could potentially trade me Kershaw but again I don’t know how big of an upgrade that is.

    • Grey

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

  93. Grey

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

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