The Dodgers were one of the hottest clubs offensively coming into this game, so, what happened?  Baseball happened, and Matt Moore throws a gem — 8 2/3 IP, 1 Hit, 3 Walks, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.95.  There’s no sport like this anywhere in the world.  Though, my 89-year-old Italian grandfather says the bounce on the bocce ball court can be tricky.  By the way, I recounted the other day on the podcast how he drove back from Florida, non-stop, in flip-flops.  So, yesterday, he went to the doctor because his foot was bothering him and the Pakistani doctor said it was due to the flip-flops.  He said, “Get out of here!  Your people wear nothing but sandals!”  So, great start by Matt Moore, no dur, but he threw the most pitches in a game this season at 133 pitches.  Why do you think?  Because he can’t throw strikes.  Dodgers just happened to feel like swinging at balls.  That’s what I hope she didn’t say!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Carlos Ruiz – Was traded to the Dodgers for A.J. Ellis.  Trading an actual Granny Smith apple for a Red Delicious apple couldn’t be more even.

Andre Ethier – Heads out for a rehab assignment.  Nice, I only paid $12 for him in an NL-Only auction back in March.  Really got my money’s worth!

Yasiel Puig – Dodgers have rebuffed offers for Puig.  I might be using the wrong definition of rebuff, but I hope this means the Dodgers keep shining up offers until they’re able to sell him on Craigslist for best available offer.

Jacob deGrom – Terry Collins said looks ‘run down.’  I like how Collins says this like it’s a big effin’ surprise.  I wonder how the effin eff deGrom got run down?  I can’t even imagine!  Could it be the jump of 70 extra innings from 2014 to 2015?  I mean, you think maybe just maybe?  Mets are one comical organization.  Collins gets annoyed that the PR person pushes for him to say Matz and Syndergaard have elbow spurs, but I guess the childproof seal is broke now and we’re just blowing up everyone’s spot!  C’mon, Collins, let’s hear it, what else you got?  Neil Walker a bed wetter?  So, deGrom will be pushed back, and this does not bode well for him moving forward, but I think you have to remain patient for now.

Jay Bruce – Out with a calf problem.  Moo!

Seth Lugo – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.51.  You know those tape rollers that you use to pick up lint?  Okay, imagine the Mets had one but instead of lint, it picked up arm injuries for pitchers.  So, Lugo should get more starts and his next matchup isn’t bad.

Alejandro De Aza – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Fun fact!  Twerking used to be known as The Alejandrop.

Brandon Moss – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and two homers (24, 25).  He’s not in the Buy column coming later today, because I told you to pick him up like three dozen times.  Don’t make Grey go back there!

Adam Wainwright – 5 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.67.  There was five unearned runs for him too for the heart stopping ticker shock.

Jedd Gyorko – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 21st homer.  He’s having one of those seasons that will make proraters crazy next preseason.  He had 21 homers in 285 at-bats.  If he gets 550 at-bats, he’s going to hit 75 jacks.  Exclamation mark!

Stephen Piscotty – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 20th homer.  Please, get to 25 homers.  For me.  Don’t worry about why!

Daniel Hudson – 1 IP, 0 ER in the 8th inning of a losing game, after the Diamondbacks said they could turn to Hudson next for saves.  The Diamondbacks’ collective closer since Ziegler was traded reminds me of Pauly Shore.  He’ll get a job somewhere, but you don’t want to watch it.

A.J. Pollock – Will play two out of every three games when he returns.  When the Diamondbacks play a four game series that has a rainout in the middle, the coaches will decide to fold the team because they can’t figure out how Pollock’s schedule works.  Think I’m joking, but the Shelby Miller trade is Exhibit A for the Diamondbacks’ intelligence.

Robbie Ray – 5 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.28.  Ray is not only a roll of the dice; he’s a horn bet.  You’re either striking it big or crapping out.  No insurance on the Come line with this guy.

Ender Inciarte – 2-for-5, 1 run.  He has multiple hits in seven of his last 11 games.  The schmotato is hot with this guy.

Matthew Wisler – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.92.  With absolutely nothing to back this assertion up, Wisler seems to have more of these out-of-nowhere, against-all-odds, Phil-Collins-type starts.  We’ve seen it before, we might see it again, but I don’t trust him to consistently do it.

Andrew Benintendi – Sounds done for the year with a knee sprain.  Too bad, I hate to see promising rookies go down like that, and this sentiment even holds for Red Sox players.  Barely.

Eduardo Rodriguez – Declared himself ready for Sunday’s start.  Also, declared himself a Poli-Sci major.  The major you declare when you have no idea what you want to do with your life, said by someone who was a Poli-Sci major.  As my mom says, don’t worry, Capricorns are late bloomers.  Any day now, ma!

Drew Pomeranz – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.95, ERA at 4.06 on the Red Sox.  Those ERAs are exactly where I’d put a solid #2’s ERA at depending on the league.  If you said to me, a solid #2 NL starter, I’d say 2.95 ERA.  In AL, I’d say 4.06 sounds about right.  Now that I think about it, I almost wonder if that, and that alone was Cueto’s issue on the Royals last year.

Jake Odorizzi – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.53.  And I dropped him.  “Wait, wait, Unkie Fantasy Master Lothario, Odorizzi has been great, and you dropped him?  What gives?  Besides, your big heart.”  His road ERA is 4.32, and he goes to Fenway next.  You need to be that fast with borderline pitchers this late in the year.

Josh Tomlin – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  No offense to any of their teams’ fans, but no team in the AL Central should make the playoffs.  Talk about a limp job with the Indians pitchers in the last few weeks.

Carlos Gomez – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer.  I’ll cop to it, I immediately went to pick up Gomez in two of my leagues, and did grab him in one league, while finding he’s been on Tehol’s team for who knows how long in the other league.  I could see Gomez going 0-for-56 in the next week or hitting five homers and claiming to be revitalized.  As a flyer, sure, grab him.  Remember, I’m replacing Mitch Haniger, so my situation might be more dire.  See, Mitch did kill my vibe.

Rougned Odor – 1-for-4 and his 24th homer.  He also has 11 steals, and hitting .273.  So, I was shocked he was only the tenth best 2nd baseman on the Player Rater.   MI is kinda stacked, yo.

Adrian Beltre – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  Impressed he has so many homers.  Hat tip.  Don’t worry, not hat touch.

Cole Hamels – 8 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, Zero Walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.67.  Hamels is the exception to the rule that pitchers go to the AL and are worse.  Maybe the exception that proves the rule, but I don’t fully follow that logic.

Jose Bautista – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs as he was activated from the DL.  After months of complaining that he’s hitting leadoff, I Googled it to see if anyone else was talking about it.  I found an article on May 20th saying Bautista would hit leadoff to try to shake out of his slump.  Four months later, he’s hitting .222.  Maybe this experiment hasn’t worked, I don’t know, guessing here.

J.A. Happ – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.19.  After months of being a respectable starter, I have a random prediction that he has a terrible September, and ends the season with a 3.60-ish ERA.  Then, next year, people will look at him exactly as they did this past preseason and totally forget he was good for four months.

Joe Mauer – Out with quad issues.  Who makes a deal with the devil for ten homers?  C’mon, Mauer, find a better negotiator.

Jose Berrios – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 9.24 as he was demoted back to the minors.  The logical part of my brain tells me this season for Berrios means nothing.  He’s young and he can bounce back, but the little red guy in my Inside/Out brain that controls the irrational thoughts makes me think Berrios is going to be affected by this year in 2017.

James McCann – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer, and 2nd homer in the last four games, and third homer in the last ten games and 11th homer in his last *covers mouth so you can’t hear number* games.

Daniel Norris – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.63.  For this year, he’s a streamer, that I’d use the Stream-o-Nator for, but if you look at his peripherals, which I’ve done — Muahahahaha!  Sorry, I evil laugh Tourette’s. — and Norris is gonna be a sneaky value play next year.  His velocity went up this year, his K-rate could move into the 8s and he’s only 23.

James Paxton – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.63, as he was activated from the DL.  Paxton is so all over the map with his results, that there’s no way of knowing if he’s nursing his elbow injury still or if this start was par for the course.  Either way, I would give him another start.

Tim Anderson – 3-for-4, 2 runs, hitting .283.  Of course, he’s in the Buy column coming later today.  I’m crazy for this guy.  It’s Timaddness!

Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  That’s how you do a batty call, bizz-oy!

Chad Kuhl – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.50.  He has a 5-something K/9 and had a 5-something K/9 in the minors, i.e., not Kuhl.

Andrew McCutchen – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .250, OBP .329.  I mention the OBP because that’s the most surprising stat for him.  Maybe his knees did slow his running game, maybe his BABIP fell and hurt his average, but OBP?  How about McCutchen goes to see Ramos’ doctor and gets Lasik?

Alcides Escobar – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .263.  Usually when Alcides hits a homer, he gets another within six to eight weeks.  Like clockwork!

Tom Koehler – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.85.  This start was a no-brainer stream.  He’s solid at home and the Royals are one of the worst offenses.  Don’t believe me, look at their lineup.  And, when you do, keep in mind, Cain and Hosmer haven’t been good either.

Jorge Alfaro – Recalled by the Phillies.  He hit 13 homers this year in Double-A.  Gary Sanchez Part Deux?!  Well, maybe, I guess, but it sounds like Alfaro’s going to be a backup catcher on the Phils, so I’d hold for now in redrafts.

Lucas Giolito – Will return to take over Reynaldo Lopez’s rotation spot.  When he announced it, Dusty screamed, “Throw it to Lucas!”  Then waited five seconds, adding, “The Corey Haim movie.  Really?  No one?”  I think Giolito’s going to be a number one at some point, but I don’t think it’s happening in September.  Proceed with caution as this sign says above my head on this bridge between two mountains.

Jayson Werth – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 17th homer, hitting .251.  He’s been so old, and ratty and still better than Justin Upton.

Trea Turner – 2-for-4, 1 run, 15th steal, hitting .340.  Treat Urner isn’t just a name for a machine that gives your dog a bone when you’re not at home, it’s also the hottest 2nd base-eligible player in the game.

Max Scherzer – 8 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, Zero Walks, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.92.  He’s incredible, you know that.  But related question, you know how Scherzer has two different colored eyes?  Well, he does if you don’t know.  So, my question is, does he see everything like when you’re wearing 3-D glasses before the movie starts?

Marc Rzepczynski – Traded to the Nationals.  In related news, the Nationals’ equipment manager asked the Nats’ tech guy if there was a way to copy and paste names onto the back of a uniform.

  1. Noam says:
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    Any confidence in rolling Musgrove out in a weekly league – 2 starts vOAK and @TEX?

    • Noam says:
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      @Noam: oh, and in a shallow league, would you drop Odor for Schoop? Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Noam: Nope

  2. ricky says:
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    gomez, josh bell or alex gordon – rank ros pleaseee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ricky: Gomez, Gordon

  3. VinWins

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    Don’t worry about Piscotty. Ever since I said Travis would put up better numbers, you knew Piscotty would be great.

  4. VinWins

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    I’d say the Bautista experiment has worked, as the Jays have had a much better record.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: If the experiment was set up to get him out of the slump, I’d say it hasn’t served its purpose

      • VinWins

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        @Grey: That was just one writer’s take.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True

          • VinWins

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            @Grey: Of course, everybody was hoping Bautista would turn it around, too. QWell, except for the legion of Bautista-haters on this site and around the world.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Maybe Odor can punch him again and knock some sense back into him

  5. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    replacing haniger makes sense, but i’d be careful actually dropping a decent player who’s a starter for cargo 2, he’s been awful across 2 other teams for over a year now.

    anyhoo, 12 teamer with OBP over AVG, with hits/total bases added. i somehow was able to add grichuk yesterday (strange since this is a STL’ian league, but maybe seeing matheny jerking him around all year sticks in our heads). drop him or kepler for streamer (bat/pitcher, want to stash moncada in NA slot)

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Nice write-up! As good as the last 17 minutes of the Austin Powers 3X (not a porn parody) movie or from 01h53m to the end of Stacked and Packed, Vol. 4. – you choose!

    a. In honor of just how bad the ‘Zona bullpen is, I looked up a few goodies.

    1. First the ‘Zona bullpen gets no respect, just like Rodney Dangerfield.

    ‘I went to the doctor because I’d swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills. My doctor told me to have a few drinks and get some rest.’

    2. Jay Leno on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on just how bad the economy is, you can re-phrase it as ‘just how bad the ‘Zona bullpen is’.

    …..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuorznrOYqQ…..

    Fast forward to 03m12s for ‘The economy is so bad…’ jokes or you can listen to his monologue, not bad monologue, for Jay Leno.

    b. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (August 26 – 28)

    The children: Hey, you guys want to say something? Happy anniversary. Want to say something? Hey, Laura and Chuck. You’re a terrific couple. Happy anniversary. Wonderful parents.
    Guest#1: You know what? Great party. Okay, we hate you because you’re so damn perfect. Yeah but congrats, anyway. Yes. Seriously. And back to the anniversary party.
    Chuck, the husband: Oh, that color looks so good on you. Who picked that dress out?
    Laura, the wife: You did.
    Chuck, the husband: That’s right. Wow. Oh. That’s you.
    Laura, the wife: Oh! Look how cute they were! Yeah. What happened?
    The children: Yay! Yay! Mom, Dad, me and the little man would like to congratulate you on your 20th anniversary. You’re amazing. Because without you, there wouldn’t be an us.
    Laura, the wife: Yay! Oh, sweetheart.
    The children: Okay, guys, that’s enough about us. Or maybe just a little bit more. There’s, uh, beer and chardonnay, and, oh, there’s a few slices of my, uh, carrot cake left.
    Chuck, the husband: Yeah. Please get to it before I do.
    Laura, the wife: Where’s your brother? I thought you two were going to play for us. Oh, it’s too late.
    Laura, the wife: Everyone’s leaving.
    Chuck, the husband: Oh. Okay.
    Guests #2: Great time, Chuck.
    Chuck, the husband: Hey, man.
    Guests #3: All right, we’ll see you soon.
    Husband and wife in unison: Thanks for coming.
    Guest#4: See you again, man.
    Chuck, the husband: Hey, thanks so much.
    Husband and wife in unison: Thank you for coming.
    Guests#5: Thanks for having us.
    Husband and wife in unison: We’ll see you soon.
    Chuck, the husband: It was fun, right? All right.
    Laura, the wife: Yeah, it was really fun.
    Chuck, the husband: Yeah, good.
    Laura, the wife: Yeah, everybody had a good time.
    Husband and wife in unison: Hey, we’ll see you soon.
    Guests#6: We’ll see you soon.
    Husband and wife in unison: Thanks for coming.
    Guests#7: Okay.
    Husband and wife in unison: See you this week.
    Guests#8: We’ll call you.
    Husband and wife in unison: Okay. Bye.
    Husband: I just want to say that you’re more beautiful now than ever before.
    Wife: I’m exhausted. I have to clean up.
    Husband: Okay.
    Wife: Oh! Those damn kids broke that lamp again. They’re not getting away with this. This time, I’m getting it on tape. I know you’re out there! Come on out! I’ve had enough. I’m gonna get your face on video, and I’m sending it straight to the cops. You’re not gonna get away with this.

    Horatio: Dr. Loman?
    Dr. Loman: I think we can safely say overkill. Absolutely brutal. She was struck at least nine times with so much force and velocity that each blow on its own could have been fatal.
    Horatio: What about a murder weapon?
    Dr. Loman: Not sure yet. But judging from her injuries and the varying direction of the blood spatter, whoever did this was swinging wildly from several different directions and angles. And totally out of control. And fueled by rage.
    Horatio: Yes. Someone was very, very angry. Thank you, Doctor. Mm (cue the queue of sunglasses).

    Have a Grey(t) weekend!

    Cheers,
    Ante

  7. Tony C says:
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    12 team H2H who should I drop if anyone to activate Bautista….Napoli, Gordon, Marte or Ozuna?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Tony C: Id lose Gordon..assuming its Alex

  8. Scott says:
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    I added peraza while semien is on leave. I have an na spot to play with. Who is the drop when semien returns? Not sure if peraza is playing every day although he should be. Semien hasnt hit much of anything in 2nd half. Thanks

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    Is now the time to sell high on Max in keeper leagues or should I try to squeeze another year out of him? Keeper SP would be Stras and Carrasco if I dealt him

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Jake: Depends what you can get and if you have a chance to win this year

      • Marvin the Martian says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Do not have a chance to win this year. Our league has the trade deadline on July 31, but you can trade for next year’s picks until August 31. The highest available pick is in mid 60s. So, I could potentially deal Max for 65 and replace him with Carrasco … or I could hold until the off-season and try to swing a deal then … Or I could hold Max and hope he rakes again next year. Appreciate your input on what path to take

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Marvin the Martian: Yeah I’d at least hold till the off season in that case…I’d want more than that pick.

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @JeF WiTh 1 F: I take that back…if you are only keeping the two pitchers you could make that deal for the pick

            • Jake says:
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              @JeF WiTh 1 F: I’d keep 6 hitters as well, not sure how that would impact your comments …

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Jake: Yeah take the pick, otherwise you’re getting nothing for letting one of those three pitchers go.

  10. Yr never too old for balloons says:
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    16 team keep 6 (no costs). h2h 7X7 with hits/OPS/holds/QS added. thor my only pitcher keeper
    C zunino
    1B goldy (K)
    2B odor (K)
    3B arenado (K)
    OF (3) upton/duvall/teoscar
    util (2) a.gordon/c-sant
    BN sano
    DL pollock
    1. who’s my drop for pollock?
    2. do i have a drop for maybin (recently dropped, doubt my waiver works but it could)?

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    Nice! In addition to Poli-Sci, might I add Communications? Or, Anthropology?
    Trade deadline looms in T-minus 4.5 hours. I’m slowly fading in a 16 team points league. SPs are way over valued and equally hard to come by.
    I’ve got a handful of offers sitting in limbo, trying to make one last move and it involves filling my one hole with a Trout.
    Current roster:
    C: Sanchez
    1B: Pedro Alvarez (barf)
    2B: Odor
    SS: Correa
    3B: Hernan
    OF: Trout
    OF: Betts
    OF: Dahl
    Util: Castillo
    B: Judge, Freese
    SP: Thor
    SP: Kluber
    SP: Grienke
    RP: Allen
    B: Pineada, Cashner, Davies, Snell, Giles

    I send Trout, and two shit players
    I get Trumbo, Archer, and either Valencia or Dee Gordon

    Thoughts? I know I am giving up the best player – however, this might add some needed balance to my team, as well as the Archer bonus. I’m guessing this is a hold, but I’m tempted by it.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: In a points league I’d try to get another very good pitcher as the third piece instead of Val or Dee..i don’t think you need either one of them.

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Thanks JeF – I’ve been trying.

        • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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          @Mrs.Featherbottom: I have a Communication degree, I can vouch for this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: Ah, yes, the Communications degree…That’s a classic too… Any liberal arts degree really, right? I don’t like what you’re getting for Trout

    • The Hack says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: who are these “shit players” . I think k you should be able to do better but I also think h2h leagues are crap

  12. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Grey!

    14 team H2H weekly points league… redraft

    Bregman or Carlos Gomez?

    Thanks

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @RicoSuave: Bregman for me

  13. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    OBP league…who do I sit?

    Pollock v Finnigan (n/a)
    Myers @ Phelps (0-4 2K)
    Franco @ Colon (0-11 2K)
    Sano @ Liriano (1-3 1K)

    I’m tempted to sit Myers. He’s been ice cold and Phelps has been death to righties (.211 wOBA).

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    So Bruce can’t play for the Mets cause his calf hurts.
    And there’s another Bruce (67 years young) who’s playing 4 hour shows at Met Life .
    I wonder which Bruce I want to see play ?

  15. Scott says:
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    Totally Pauly!

  16. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Looking ahead to H2H semifinals (after round 1 bye) – which of the below 1 or 2 bats would you want for your semifinals matchup? OBP + OPS (not AVG) and I should have SB for days (bham, segura, gordon), so looking for HR and other non-speed stats primarily…

    Bregman (3 v. TEX; 3 @ SEA)
    Dahl (3 @ ARZ; 3 in Coors v. SD)
    Joc Pederson (3 @ NYY; 4 @ARZ)
    Bautista (3 in Tor v. TB; 4 @ LAA)
    Todd Frazier (4 v. CLE; 3 @ KC)
    Yaasmany Tomas (3 v. COL; 4 v. LAD)
    Kepler (4 @ DET; 3 @ NYM)
    A Gordon (4 v. OAK; 3 v. CWS)

    Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. I’d dropped Frazier recently due to the horrendous OBP and hitting generally, but he definitely brings the biggest pop potential. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • F.K.A. Ralph says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?:

      HR Factors: (100=avg.)
      Bregman
      HOU RHB: 99
      SEA RHB: 106

      Dahl
      ARI LHB: 105
      COL LHB: 123

      Pederson
      NYY LHB: 110
      ARI LHB: 105

      Bautista
      TOR RHB: 105
      LAA RHB: 104

      Frazier
      CIN RHB: 114
      KC RHB: 92

      Tomas
      ARI RHB: 117
      LAD RHB: 88

      Kepler
      DET RHB: 108
      NYM RHB: 119

      Gordon
      KC RHB: 92

      • F.K.A. Ralph says:
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        @F.K.A. Ralph: one other thing to look at, since we don’t know your whole roster would be which of these guys give you an incremental game or two based on the fact that they play games on Monday and Thursday. If you can arrange a full lineup each day, you’ll have an advantage.

  17. Scrapski says:
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    Good stuff, grey!
    Better ROS
    Grichuk
    Gordon
    L Martin
    Thanks

  18. Luvdarooks says:
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    Zunio or or mchann (detrout) RoY
    Need HR

  19. William says:
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    Against all odds. Phil Collins. I see what you did there…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  20. DonnieB says:
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    Need to drop two of Waino,Phelps, Pineda, Salazar, and Bundy. which two get the heave ho?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pineda, Waino

  21. DonnieB says:
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    Or Gerrit Cole at $34 who I can only start when I sit Price because of cap limits.

    • Grey

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      Unfortunately, none of these guys are good… I’d lose Cole then

  22. Scott says:
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    Today’s CI:
    Segedin vs Mike Montgomery
    Flores vs. Adam Morgan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flores

  23. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Had a roster crunch in a week where I’m facing off H2H with the #1 team. Earlier this week, I dropped Lamb who was in his 2/46 spiral. Now I have Forsythe (1b,2b) at 2B, Rendon (2b,3b) at 3B and J Ramirez (2b,3b,ss,of) at SS. Should I toggle? I could add any of the following:

    T Anderson (ss)
    C Hernandez (2b, 3b, ss)
    Castro (2b,ss)
    Schimpf (2b, 3b)
    Reyes (3b, ss)
    Flores (1b, 2b, 3b, ss)
    Prado (2b, 3b)
    Valencia (3b, of)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Lamb over Logan

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: Alas, that little lamb is gone.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then I’d hold

          • Lincecuminmypants says:
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            @Grey: (Lamb) Shank you very much. (that’s trying too hard, isn’t it?)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, not at all!

  24. Ron Saniszlo says:
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    12 team H2H – struggling along with I Kinsler at 2B.
    Drop for C Hernandez, Utley or Schimpf ROS?
    Tks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  25. luvdarooks says:
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    Rey Lopez just got dropped to the minors and I have a free pick—-In first and really need WHIP and K’s without a blowup like I have had w/ musgrove and weaver this week.

    —I don’t have much faab so DeLeon is unlikely THESE ARE WHO ARE AVAILABLE TO GRAB before anyone else does Whatchathink?
    Urias LAD in the rotation??
    Kuhl (will he start if Glasnow returns?)
    M Montgomery (chN)- will he start again?
    J DeLarosa(col)
    C Richard
    A Reyes- ( will they swap With L Weaver…wow!?)
    B Norris
    Stripling
    YOU HAVE BEEN MY GURU THANKS!!!!!!!

    • luvdarooks says:
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      oh yeah may have a shot at Giolito after he pitches w some faab but not likely

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None are good options, I’d go Reyes and not expect a start

  26. 2Cups 1 Braun says:
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    So Im in a bit of a conundrum trying to figure out who to drop for the return of Joey Bats. OBP league

    A Duval,
    A Jones
    Jackie Bradley Jr
    Hamilton (besides Segura is my only SB guy)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duvall

      • F.K.A. Ralph says:
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        @Grey:
        last 7 days:
        Duvall:5/1/6/0/.235/.364/.588
        Jones:3/1/3/0/.290/.290/.419
        JBJ: 2/1/2/0/.115/.148/.231

        Season
        Duvall: 69/28/82/4/.242/.298/.520
        JBJ: 73/21/72/7/.271/.351/.501

        I’d lose JBJ. Duvall has been just as valuable on the season, and is playing better right now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  27. mrbaseball says:
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    Anthony DeSclafani Cin – SP FOR Lance McCullers Hou – SP keeper league – Grey you think I should not panic and wait and see if its seroius with Lance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCullers side

  28. Scott says:
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    Mitch Haniger or Nomar Mazara?

    Also, are they keepers or batty calls?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keepers depends on your league… Mazara

  29. Dry Lochte says:
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    Hey Grey, happy Friday! I’m on the fence about starting Smyly today @HOU. I know his home games are where its at, but his August starts overall have been butter.
    Would you start him or sit?

    thanks, have a great weekend !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit, you too!

  30. peacecoast says:
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    yo yo grayzone hows the NY? r u in the city?
    remember that marathon the morning of your expert draft? great story.

    need to drop one 12T mixed roto: pineda, mchugh, salazar. or I can drop one of my MR (SVH league). no keepers.

    I am thinking Pineda since McHugh next matchup is better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup… I’m headed in now… Pineda

  31. Mark says:
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    Like clockwork was the best one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  32. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Whats up Grey, great write up, man.

    Got a keeper question for you. This is a 12 team, H2H, keep forever set up league. I’m pretty certain on my first 4 keepers, not sure who to consider for my 5th spot. Here’s my players:

    Keep for sure: Edwin, Rizzo, Mookie, Springer

    Possibles: Villar, Trea Turner, Pollock, Gary Sanchez, Cain, Ozuna, Hernan Perez

    Who do you like for the the 5th keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Villar

  33. The Hack says:
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    Exhibit “B” would be hiring Dave Stewart. Before being a general manager Dave had Matt Kemp as a client. We all knew Kemp needed a shoulder surgery in September but from what was said by some his agent suggested he do it later…in January. Kemp took longer than expected to recover and felt “rushed” back and this turned into two years of issues because he never healed correctly because the club wanted him back on the field. He couldn’t even manage his best client well enough that it robbed him of his peak years. He also was the agent for Ron Wahington. And don’t even get me started on the tranny hooker blowing him in an alley when he won the good guy award for the Rangers that year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Exhibit B is the reason for Exhibit A… He was Wash’s agent? That’s hilarious, to be a fly on the wall of their convos

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: hey Rony comes sit down. Would you like a drink? Bump?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Karate?

          • The Hack says:
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            @Grey: that’s “high” karate

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, oh Dave

  34. Beeeej says:
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    Red delicious apples are the worst. They have no equal. Last ring of hell type of stuff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Beeeej: Couldn’t agree more…red delicious apples are the worst, especially when they are mushy. Honeycrisp is where it’s at.

  35. Where do butterflies go when it rains says:
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    Bartolo at home against the hapless Phills looks like a safe bet today. He seems to have owned them this year. 2.00 era in 3 starts!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stream him

  36. Zach says:
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    What up Grey
    10 team h2h
    Do I drop Carlos Beltran or Kepler for Gyorko? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

      • Zach says:
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        What do you think is Beltran’s problem is? Just slumping or new team issues?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Slumping, he’s 64 years old

        • Fungazi says:
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          @Zach: He’s an old ass man at the end of a long season

  37. jb says:
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    Apple computers (no wonder they make so much moo). I may have missed it, but Is Jackie Bradley a sell? I don’t need this from him now and won’t go run out and pick Jay Bruce. Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I could see it, dude’s struggling severely

    • jb says:
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      @jb: I can get Adam Duvall on the wire for him.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Duvall’s been slumping

        • FKA Ralph says:
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          @Grey: sort of. Over the last week he’s got an OPS over .900, 1 HR, 5 R and 6 RBI. Avg. is only .235 (4/17).

          basically the same when you go back another week (though only 8R and 8RBI for the last 14 days). Hitting .272 over the two weeks, 2 HR, OPS of .895

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah totally

  38. Call Me Mabry says:
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    whats your thoughts on Wainwright? Would you drop him for Ivan Nova, Tyler Anderson, Leake or Musgrove. I do need a streaming spot on my roster.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, Leake for Saturday

  39. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Need to activate Pollock (in a very shallow league) today. Who’s the drop…

    Khris D, Moss, B Hamilton, C Gomez.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomez

      • Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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        @Grey: Ah, that’s what I thought. Much appreciated!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  40. The Hack says:
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    Oh the proraters. One of my favorites. Almost as bad as the because I can feel iters. I remember this one fantasy writer who would write these pro-rated stats articles that had zero fantasy relevance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We should have an alt-rock group called The Proraters

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: we can write irrelevant songs about how good we could be

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes!

          • The Hack says:
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            @Grey: love songs about a broken heart we could of had if we had ever fallen in love.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Blues about standing in line for a coffee extrapolated over a lifetime

              • The Hack says:
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                @Grey: 20 years doing hard time…at starbucks

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

  41. Gregjeffries says:
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    Yo Grey! Can you rank Maybin, Span, Heyward ROS?
    Would you replace Kepler with any of these schmucks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybin, Span, hold Kepler there

  42. FKA Ralph says:
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    Paxton was BABIPed in the first inning of that start yesterday. Single
    Single
    RBI Single
    K
    RBI Single
    Single
    Sac Fly
    Ground out

    After that he didn’t allow any runs for 4 innings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  43. dem ribbies says:
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    Happy Friday, So about Matt Boyd. I know his FIP is atrocious but I believe that’s b/c his HR/9 is >1.5 and HR’s are so heavily weighted in the FIP calculation, reasonably so. If we take the HR’s out of the equation (which you can’t do, but lets pretend) his underlying stats are nice. He’s gonna burn you for one or two HR every game, but if you can live with that (e.g. QS leaguers such as myself) he might not be a bad play. I’m mostly interested b/c he has a 2 start week commencing 8/29 vs 2 teams (CHW, @KC) that are in the bottom 5 in wRC+. I dunno. Am I turd polishing here? or do you think he’s a fringe start in QS leagues (who, in my case have decimated rotations – stras, salazar, g.cole, musgrove, lackey…)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t mess with him, but of you wanna try it, go for it

      • dem ribbies says:
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        @Grey: Pinning my championship hopes on guys like Shoemaker and Boyd. Didn’t see this coming… Thank’s a lot Zombie outbreak that hit my rotation.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • dem ribbies says:
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        @Grey: How about this: Boyd v CHW or G.Cole @ CHC?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Neither

    • The Hack says:
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      @dem ribbies: he’s a flyball pitcher and the royals are heating up, even though they can’t hurt him with the long ball. Not advisable. And being a flyball pitcher going against the sox, who can hurt you at any given time also leads me to say stay away.

      • dem ribbies says:
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        @The Hack: I hear ya, but by that logic I would have missed out on Boyd’s 3 consecutive QS @TEX, v BOS and @MIN. Believe me, I don’t want to be depending on lower tier arms but I have to throw someone out there and the wire is a minefield. Jon Gray @COL, Liriano kind of bad. lol.

        • The Hack says:
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          @dem ribbies: hindsight shoukdn’t determine future starts. The at Minnesota start made sense and at Texas is 50/50. If you have the ability to stream I’m more interested in sending whoever vs the coldest or worst teams. Or I look at swstr% and try to find a guy that might be overlooked but is facing a team that k’s a lot.

    • F.K.A. Ralph says:
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      @dem ribbies: Boyd’s xFIP and his FIP are basically the same. Unless you think his situation (park, I guess) should suppress HRs, his batted ball profiles support the HR rate.

      Detroit has a positive HR factor for LHBs and RHBs — 115 and 108, respectively. if you’re pinning your hopes to him outperforming his FIP, you might get lucky, but nothing in the numbers suggests that he will.

      All that said, if you’re looking for a QS, his FIP/xFIP in the high-mid 4s suggests he is basically a blahlity starter, so maybe he will typically get a QS.

  44. Carlos says:
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    Drop Kepler for P Alvarez and then stream from there? TRON loves Alvarez this weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  45. ebudz says:
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    10 team H2H Points
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), HOLD (+1), ER (-2), HIT (-1), SO (+3), NH (+10), PG (+15)

    Okay Grey my current matchup (that I HAVE to win in order to secure 1st place overall) is a lot closer then it was to start the week. I’m only up by 6 points.

    My opponent will be starting the following guys the next few days:
    Liriano vs. MIN
    Leake vs. OAK
    Santana @TOR ?
    And maybe Pineda on Sunday vs. BAL + maybe a couple streamers?

    I have the following asterisk marked starts planned today through Saturday:

    8/26
    L. Weaver vs. OAK (17.5)
    Phelps vs. SD (14.4)*

    8/27
    Taillon @MIL (21.5)*
    Price vs. KC (14.4)*
    Carrasco @TEX (8.3)*
    Duffy @BOS (-14.5)

    1) Those are the best 4 starts right?
    2) Looking ahead to streaming options for Sunday, which ones should I definately be starting out of the following? I can probably drop drop J. Gray and Ray now for a couple of them to be safe? Are there some I should only start if the matchup is close?

    8/28 (4 start max)
    Giolito vs. COL (?)
    Rodon vs. SEA (9.6)
    Nova @MIL (9.0)
    Cashner vs. SD (4.4)
    Gausman @NYA (4.0)
    Salazar @TEX (2.6)
    Bradley vs. CIN (1.3)
    Walker @CHA (-2.4)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, they are the best…. Cashner, Rodon, Giolito

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Cool thanks! Surprised you didn’t pick Nova or Gausman but then I remembered you prefer home starters. Definitely gonna snag Giolito and I already own Rodon but Cashner makes me nervous since his last 5 starts equal a sum of 5 points but granted he did score 11 last time out vs. KC and Sunday he gets his old team the Padres… so you still think he’s a definite start in what will probably be a close matchup?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cashner is much safer, not close

          • ebudz says:
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            @Grey: Ha no I meant my points matchup will probably be a close one! Sounds good good, glad you’re confident with that Cashner start so I feel better about it already , thanks again!

  46. Steve says:
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    Conforto just hit the wire. Put a claim in for him over Adonis for when rosters expand in a week or think he won’t play enough? Just thinking ahead for the playoffs.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget him for now

  47. Joe says:
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    I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel here in SPs. But I have no need for Pence on my bench. Which of the following should I take a gamble on first:

    Anibal Sanchez (looking usable this month)
    RA Dickey (solid in 3 out of his 4 last starts)
    Tyler Glasnow (returning next week but still has control issues)
    Colby Lewis (back on Sept. 3?)
    Cashner (he takes the ball every 5 days. Mostly.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These are streamers

  48. DonnieB says:
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    Pineda or Wainwright ROS? Streaming a little thin. Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither, Waino

      • DonnieB says:
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        Haha. So true. How about Wright over both?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh

  49. Scott says:
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    Speaking of SAGNOF. When I stream Swanson, Arcia gets a steal. When I stream Arcia, Swanson gets a steal. What’s that called? SAGNOT?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  50. Scott says:
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    Which batty call do you prefer?

    Schebler vs Shipley
    Haniger vs Finnegan

    Both in Arizona

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haniger

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: Haniger was sent to AAA

  51. Scott says:
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    Luke Weaver hosting Oakland today. First home start for the rook. AL pitcher having to bat. SON loves him. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stream him

  52. Rick Dempsey says:
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    @Grey: Todd Frazier seems to have slowed down and is just damaging my avg. where I’m second to last. Am I better off just starting a high avg. in that position? Who would that be? thnx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Didn’t he have a good night last night?

      • Rick Dempsey says:
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        @Grey: Yeah but it’s forgotten on his .211 avg for the month. 19 for 90

        • knucks says:
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          @Rick Dempsey: When you say seems to have slowed down… what time period are you basing this off of? He’s had a garbage average the entire year.

          I drafted him pretty high, then traded him away in June for Franco/Sam Dyson Was last in AVG/saves at the time in this roto league. Had to give up on the power to stay afloat elsewhere.

          Is this h2h or roto? If roto, I think its a bit late for you to salvage this bud. Good luck though

  53. Alex says:
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    Would you start Steven Wright? I’m fighting for a playoff spot in a Pts. league. I need whatever I can get…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t but don’t know the matchup

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: Blowsucks @ home v Royals

  54. Grey

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

  55. True and Correct says:
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    Binge watched The Night Of over 2 days when I got home from my 3 week vacation. Very well done from this retired attorney’s prospective. Don’t know if you know this, but Gandolfini plated Turturro’s part in the pilot before he died.
    Saw an excellent film last night, To Hell Or High Water. Bridges, Pine, and Ben Foster. Accurate portrayal of Texas.

  56. True and Correct says:
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    Any thoughts on whether Kershaw will get 2 doubles over the last 5 weeks ?

  57. Call me mabru says:
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    U told me to drop waino for leake….trust me I follow u religiously. Not ur fault leake got shingles…help me out though. I just dropped kitnler for nova….I’m facing my bro this week for 2 yagerbombs and I need to beat him any good streams on sunday

  58. Jonathan Pettus says:
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    Too much of an overpayment too get Russell… Stan Cat + OPS,SLUG
    30 team dynasty

    I just love Russell and trying to not make it apparent. Is this too much of an overpayment. My rotation is stronger with weak bats and no 2b, but Noonan…

    Joe Ross, Franklin Barreto, Cody Bellinger

    for

    A Russell, Dillon Tate

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