It’s 1993. Funny man and lady slayer, Billy Crystal hosts the Oscars; Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time becomes a bestseller because guys buy the book to put on their shelves to be a lady slayer like Billy Crystal, and a mother and father fawn over a newborn: “What do you want to name him?” “I like the name Tejay.” “I think it’s an abbreviation.” “Does it have to be?” And with that Tejay Antone was brought into the world. Yesterday, he announced himself with a start vs. the Indians of 4 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 2.08, but the line might not do it justice. He had a solid number of called/swinging strikes in yesterday’s game, and his 83 MPH slider, and 80 MPH curve really dips off the table from his 96 MPH fastball. Honestly, he looked to me like a great bullpen arm, or, if he can command his stuff, a high-upside starter. I kinda drooled at some of his offerings. Don’t think he’s there yet for mixed leagues, outside of favorable Streamonator matchups, but he went from off my radar, to definitely on it. As T.J. Lavin would say to a mirror, “You’re killin’ it, Teej!” Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mike Clevinger – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners (5 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 3.24. He seemed to be throwing a cutter for the first time in yesterday’s game. Maybe he learned it from Bieber:  “Wanna teach me your cutter, bro?” “If you’ll teach me how to grow out my hair, bro?” Simultaneously, “Deal, bro!”

Ozzie Albies – Hit the IL with a wrist bruise, and it sounds like he will need more than 10 days to rest. Albies sore? “Night and day,” he woefully sang. Ozzie! Ozzie! Ozzie! Oy! Oy! Oy!

Nick Markakis – 0-for-1 as he was activated from the restricted list. My man looked around at how MLB was handling a pandemic and was like, “Ya know what? I was wrong, I want to play.”

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 5 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 3 walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.14. I know the inclination is to cut bait with everyone and just stream and batty call like you have Adderall mainlined into your foot vein, but this start by Ryu is why we have to be a little more patient with guys who have a track record.

Max Scherzer – Left after one inning, because he thought Manfred reduced game length to one inning. Oh, no, hearing now that he had a tweaked hamstring and could go in his next start. Well, that’s a relief. “Damn, right!” exclaimed Erick Fedde, who went 3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.48

Rick Porcello – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 6.92. Seven innings? In some games that’s a complete game!

JT Brubaker – Will make his 1st major league start today. If you click his name, you see his projections, and they’re not, how do I say, good. He’s 26 going on 27, as most 26-year-olds are, and he’s been in the minors for ages. Not necessarily a knock since the Pirates don’t know what they’re doing. See:  All Pirates trades. Brubaker has shown solid command at times in the minors, and deals a 94-ish MPH fastball, and has four pitches, and could surprise some teams. Outside of NL-Only, I’m only watching, but he could get on my radar quickly.

Nick Burdi – Hit the 45-day IL with an elbow injury. Bye, bye Burdi. Own Keone Kela.

Josh Bell – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .222222222222…the world spins for hundred years…222222222…and 2. *audience begins to leave* Wait, I just wanted a sip of cola, I wasn’t done.

Trevor Williams – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.52. Ya know what’s super cool? There’s no offense at all. Conspiracy theory alert! Manfred wants this season over as quick as possible, so rather than the SuperBall he used last year for homers, this year it’s a ball made of lead, so games are over faster.

Randy Dobnak – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 0.60. Regression Fairies are sheltering in place and want no part of this season.

Nick Madrigal – Hit the IL with a separated left shoulder. Hopefully, he can reconcile with it, and they don’t divorce.

Edwin Encarnacion – Diagnosed with a joint inflammation. Would expect an inflammed joint more from B. Harper. He likes to burn one down.

Aroldis Chapman – Returned from Covid and is not expected to be activated anytime soon. Like the alarm clock next to your bed, Aroldis has his own timetable.

J.A. Happ – 3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 10.29. Just Abolish Happ.

Brett Gardner – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and 3rd homer, now has three homers in four of his last games. Hot schmotato alert, but careful of platoons.

Aaron Judge – 2-for-7, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer. He’s playing fired up this year, like he just listened to Mike and the Mechanics’ The Living Years, and the part, “We don’t see eye to eye,” hit him harder than most.

Luke Voit – 2-for-3, and his 4th homer. It’s 2018 all over again. (I wish.) Judging–Wait, wrong guy–Okay, when looking at usage, it appears like they don’t love Voit’s 1st base defense.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in the day game, and his 1st steal in the nightcap — the Ernie Banks slam & legs!

J.T. Realmuto – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .300. Jerry Tomato telling all other catchers to ketchup!

Zack Wheeler – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.08. He’s just so good in away games. Kidding, because the Phils were home, but listed as away. It’s funny when you explain it.

Aaron Nola – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 3.97. Phils prolly lose both of these games if they’re 9-inning games, due to bullpen being bullsh*t. Just thought of something. A pitcher could throw five innings in a day game, then come back and throw four more innings in the night cap for the nine-inning split-complete game. I sound like Nolan Ryan.

Julio Teheran – 2 2/3 IP, 2 ER, as he was activated from the IL, and looked in midseason form.

Max Stassi – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting .333. If you only drafted guys who reminded you of sauerkraut, you’d have Stassi and German Marquez and be doing better than teams with Yelich and Gerrit Cole.

David Fletcher – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games, hitting .348. Ever since Mike Trout became a father, Fletcher is hitting for power. Fletcher, did you eat the placenta labeled “Trout” in the Angels’ clubhouse refrigerator?

Mike Trout – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 3rd and 4th homer. I just drafted his kid in a dynasty league. How bad could he be in 18 years?

Carl Edwards Jr. – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his 1st save, ERA at 1.93. This was after the Mariners’ apparent closer, Taylor Williams, came into the 8th and gave up 3 ER in 1 IP. By the way, on some teams, I have five ‘apparent closers,’ and maybe one actual closer.

Kyle Seager – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and a slam (2) and legs (2), hitting .326. Whoa, where’s this coming from? Did the Seager brothers make some kind of quarantine bet? If Kyle Seager’s available in your league, obviously you should be interested.

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer. I found The Fountainhead free online, so I just printed 19,000 pages and am about to sit down with a Shasta to read. But, first, let me arbitrarily put it by this open window–NOOOOOO! Torenado!

Jon Gray – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.31. Next time there’s a pandemic and only a 60-game season, remind me to draft all Rockies pitchers.

Robbie Ray – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 9.45. Got ’em right where you want ’em, Robbie Ray! The ol’ rope-a-dope. Or, as the case may be, Robbie-a-dopey.

Kole Calhoun – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .216. Not much recently from Calhoun, but if I know anything, I know schmotatoes (you can imagine how useful a skill that is monetarily), and Calhoun is the type to get hot for a short stretch.

David Peralta – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .244. Weird that he’s hitting all the way down in the lineup and Calhoun’s in the two hole of a Marte sandwich.

George Springer – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .195. Sorry, but is everyone having a better season than Pete Alonso?

Abraham Toro – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Fun fact! He charges the mound any time he sees a player in red.

Kyle Tucker – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. C’mon, Dusty, get him out of the lineup!

Lance McCullers – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 9.22. He pitches so well usually in Arizona when the roof is closed, which is why they opened it right before the game. I cackle at truth.

Josh James – Moved to the bullpen. Seemed forgone once Cristian Javier pitched well. Can only have one guy with two first names per rotation. One of Manfred’s new rules.

Sean Manaea – 3 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 8.03. MLB managers are the last ones to figure out one of their pitchers is obviously hurt. Right after the guy who prints out the pictures for the cardboard fans.

Matt Olson – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 2nd and 3rd homer, hitting .179. Allahson, my aim is true! Get hot, please!

Ramon Laureano – 1-for-3 and his 3rd homer. Not sure I love him because he’s awesome, or underappreciated, but I will continue to get in touch with…my feelings. Was that a weird time to pause?

Khris Davis – Sitting out, dealing with being on the weak side of a platoon. Don’t let your babies grow up to be Khris Davises, whatever the spelling.

Rougned Odor – Could be placed on the IL before Thursday’s game. He hasn’t played since Saturday, and it was the best the Rangers have looked so they didn’t want to jinx anything by IL’ing Odor.

Kyle Gibson – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.45. He’s the King of “I Guess That Was A Solid Start.” It’s honorary only and he doesn’t rule anything.

Joc Pederson – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 2nd and 3rd homer. Rockin’ Joc! (With your host, Dan Cortese.)

Fernando Tatis Jr. – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (4) and legs (4), hitting .294. Listen, I won’t point you out and shame you, but you 100% didn’t want to draft Fun the Jewels as high as I ranked him.

Wil Myers – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 4th homer, hitting .302. The “Wil Myers Saves Baseball and Becomes Hero to People Who Can Barely Point Him Out in a Crowd” tour continues.

Kris Bubic – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.60. No big flies from the Bubic region in the game, limiting the Cubs with an 81 MPH change and 92 MPH fastball. He’ll prolly have a better career than Tejay Antone from the lede, because he’s so much younger (22), but I was so yawnstipated watching Bubic.

Ryan Yarbrough – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.78. Eff me in the can, you dirty-faced jerk. That one hurt. Streamonator hates his next one too vs. the same Red Sox in Fenway, and now I have to look hard at Yarbrough, bro (stutter!). Rays’ schedule doesn’t get easy again for about two weeks.

Alex Verdugo – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .258. Pretty fascinating to let all the rest of the world fall off like it’s The Matrix after the red pill and just look at the Red Sox choosing to A) Platoon Verdugo. B) Bat Pillar or Peraza leadoff instead of Verdugo. C) There’s no C.

Michael Chavis – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .240. He’s on pace for 15 RBIs this year. Scott Boras gonna have to do some real funky math in arbitration with this year’s stats.

Brian Anderson – 2-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. In the day game, he was the only one to get O’s starter Alex Cobb. Guess you can say he corn-holed Cobb. Or maybe it’s better you don’t say that.

Brandon Kintzler – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 2nd save, ERA at 0.00, like almost the entire Marlins’ staff. Marlins are about to go 59-1 and win the World Series, aren’t they? Stephen Tarpley got save in the 2nd game of the doubleheader, but that was likely because Kintzler had gone. Kintzler is the one to own as the 1927 Marlins march towards greatness.

Adrian Houser – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 0.75. I wanted him in every league. I think I got him in like 50% of my leagues. That leaves me longing for him in…*doing the math*…um, in a bunch of other leagues!

Dallas Keuchel – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.55. Not sure why I keep becoming the White Sox GM, but they need one more Keuchel-like arm — solid if unspectacular vet — and they can make a run deep into the playoffs. Yes, I’m talking playoffs two weeks into the season, but it is August, so there’s that.

Alex Reyes – Called up. This could be the season Reyes puts it all together, which is to say he has about enough time to throw 40 IP, if he were in the rotation, which would be near his career high in one season, but he’s not even in the rotation. Try limboing under those expectations.

Kwang-Hyun Kim – Moving into the rotation, which is whatever for fantasy, but think about that for a brief moment. Cards moved their closer into the rotation rather than mess with Alex Reyes. Guess you can argue Kim should have always been in the rotation, but, here’s the thing, he wasn’t; he was their closer. If they wanted him in the rotation, why didn’t they just use Ryan Helsley as the closer the whole time? If that makes sense to you, turn to your nearest mirror and say, “Hello, I am Mike Shildt.” Any hoo! Ryan Helsley will enter to Hells Bells and receive numerous trademark lawsuits from former closers. Hopefully, he enters in the 9th. Could be Giovanny Gallegos too, and I don’t think it’s going to be clearcut.

 
  1. LadyScorpio says:
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    Whoa!!! Am I actually 1st?!? Can’t believe it!!! Great article! Informative as always!!! Thank you Grey, for all that you do!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, No problem!

  2. Licketty Splits says:
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    I’ll second that …hee hee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  3. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Superb report, haven’t used that one in a while!

    a. One word – Falefa!

    b. Start Pearson today @ATL (Touki Toussaint)? SON has him in the ‘tread lightly’ category ($4.1). I need Ks and wins but I’m afraid of the Braves lineup.

    c. Is Detroit not playing ever now? I guess I can drop Mize, right?

    d. MLB quote of the day for August 6, 2020.

    ‘Eddie Collins was one of the most accomplished all-around ballplayers ever to play the game. They called Collins ‘Cocky,’ not because he was arrogant, but because he was filled with confidence based on sheer ability.’ [Author Jack Kavanaugh on CMG Worldwide (website)]

    Edward Trowbridge Collins Sr., aka Eddie Collins. His nickname was ‘Cocky’ when they didn’t know what the word meant. Some say the best second baseman of all time, he was the first second baseman to steal 80 bases in a season and shares the MLB record for 6 steals in a game, doing it twice in 1912. He finished his career eighth in TB (4268) and fourth in triples (187). He is also the only non-Yankee to win 5 or more WS titles with the same club. He also holds the MLB record for sacrifice hits (512) more than 100 ahead of second placed Jake Daubert (392).

    His 162-game average….

    693 PA, 570 AB, 104 R, 190 H, 25 2B, 11 3B, 3 HR, 74 RBI, 42 SB, 86 BB, 27 K, .333/.424/.429 slash line, 142 OPS+, 245 TB

    His best season was his MVP season (1914) his year-27 season when he was at his cockiness best!

    629 PA, 526 AB, 122 R, 181 H, 23 2B, 14 3B, 2 HR, 85 RBI, 58 SB, 97 BB, 31 K, .332/.452/.452 slash line, 176 OPS+, 238 TB

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

      A. Yum

      B. Yeah

      C. Yeah

      D. That’s not a quote as much as a description

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!

        a. Thanks for the advice on Pearson.

        b. I mean there was his quote about Ted Williams being the Mayor of Boston if he wanted it, just at the tip of the cap (paraphrased) but again that was his quote about Ted Williams. Not what we’re looking for here, right? Ah, tomorrow’s quote will be better I promise!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Of course
          B. Haha, No problem

  4. Dave D says:
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    So, Joaquim Soria has the same amount of saves as Josh Hader. Carl Edwards bagged one. Who’s next? Taylor Williams? Roman Wick? Kyle Ryan? Nick Anderson? Oliver Drake?

    Im wishing now I just punted closers in the draft. I gave it some thought. Maybe I will now. Streaming for saves might beat wasting FAAB $ on them. Not sure I wanna get two K’s a week and a save every other week from a starting P.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, saw that on Joakim –Happy I have Kenley in a few leagues, he was going at such a discount in drafts

  5. packers2018 says:
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    In a 12 team weekly lineups, redraft league, with 4 spots combined for reserves or DL players are H. Dozier or Albies automatic drops or hold on?

    Would roster active players like Berti , Howie or possible closers or streamers.

    This season is very difficult keeping active rosters so I like the multi-positional players for some flexibility.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d lose Dozier and try to keep Albies. But don’t blame you for ditching both if you need that roster spot…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  6. Five-on-One says:
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    If Reyes is not going to be in the rotation, any chance they make him the closer?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I bet they stretch him out and move him into the rotation. Closer’s possible though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Possible, but not worth holding in most shallow leagues

  7. Duntroon68 says:
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    I’ve been trying to figure out how almost every team, in all of my leagues, has a batting average under .245 and an ERA over 4:00. That’s an exaggeration but there’s a lot of crappy ERA’s to go with the really crappy averages.

    50 rounder, my 2B: Odor, Isan Diaz and Wade but it’s OK cause I have Madrigal as well. I hear Mateo might be up. He’s not 2B yet but why trade for a guy… I almost took a flier on Eddy Alvarez based on some random mention in some Marlins blog I read when I was researching Diaz but I drafted Wade instead based upon LeMathieu’s injury, his hopeful future multi position eligibility and likely Yankees’ injuries. Still hoping.

    Drafted Burdi but considered Gott. Also have LeClerc.

    It’s a good sign that I’m not happy with any of my teams, yet they’ve all been bouncing around the top three.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It does seem impossible, right? My AVG on teams is so abysmal

      Good that you’re doing somewhat well!

  8. bbhhi says:
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    Clevdog comment: He had a Most Excellent Adventure. Who’s Bill? Who’s Ted?

    • BadFantasyManager says:
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      Drop Narvaez for Stassi or D’arnaud?

      • BadFantasyManager says:
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        Sorry… wrote under bbhhi’s comment by mistake

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          Stream your catcher.

      • Donkey Teeth

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        D’Arnaud for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ted’s my dog

  9. Wet Washcloth says:
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    11th. Just like in my 12 teamer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  10. Simsbad says:
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    Choose two: Kimbrel, Drake, Kela

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Kela and Drake for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  11. Matty says:
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    Hehe timetable.
    That one really tickled me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  12. Willie Mickey and the Duke says:
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    Thank you. Thank you…for Hauser, Laureano and Olson (I think he has 3 homers, by the way). Our all Grey All Stars are lapping the field ( I know..it’s only 2 weeks) We took Tatis with pick 14 (second round in an 11 team league)
    We have Yarborough as well. Do we bench him for his next start? We can replace him with Newcomb from our bench or replace him with Joe Jimenez and go with an extra closer or look for a waiver wire streamer. We have Colome and Sulser as closers.
    Thanks for your great advice as usual

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d go with Jimenez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really on Olson? Hmm, thought I saw two, you might be right…

      Yeah, agree with DT, move on for now

      • Humm Baby says:
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        Olson hit the granny opening day, and 2 jacks last nite.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oops, my bad, fixed

          • Humm Baby says:
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            You’re good I don’t even know how you keep up with this stuff nightly! And make that # 4 for Olson!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes!

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    In redraft,Madison Bumgarner droppable for David Peterson who has the Marlins in 2 of next 3 starts?Also, if Spencer Hoard gets the call Sunday, he’ll have the Braves 2 of his first 3 starts. Still a must own with that tough schedule plus other East teams?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Sure on Peterson. I’d own Howard.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  14. Cram It says:
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    Odor hasn’t played since Saturday? He hasn’t played since 2017 *ba dum tss* Thank you, I’ll be here all week.

    Speaking of those cardboard cutouts….Do they change everyday? They get taken away during bad weather at least, right? Like, who is the guy responsible for setting those things up? That seems like a terrible job if you have to do that everyday. How long does it take? I’ve got questions!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      They leave those things out there. My buddy sent me the link to buy one for the White Sox games here in Chicago (I didn’t). The website said you get to keep your cutout after the season but no guarantees on condition since it’ll be left out in the rain.

      • Cram It says:
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        Ha. It’s got like bird droppings and dead bugs on it.

        Thanks for the insight!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice

      Yeah, what DT said…No way they’re selling that many for every game, and printing out that many for each game

  15. Kas says:
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    Grey,

    Someone dropped Garver in my league. I have yippee ki-yay Will Smith as my C. Do I drop him for Garver or hold? Also, should I drop McCullers after his stinker yesterday or give him more time? Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d hold Smith or stream. Who is available for McCullers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Garver, and maybe on McCullers, what DT said

  16. The Sportsguy says:
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    Embarrassed to ask the question..but what to do with Morton next start versus Yankees? 10 team AL and we can activate / reserve pitchers any time but they must stay up or down for 7 days..my staff is brutal but afraid that Morton May get hammered…could play Brad Keller (Cubs, at Cin)..other shitty options include Allord and Godley…do I just trust my SP1?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d keep Morton in there

    • Grey

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      Agree with DT, you have to start him

  17. aaron says:
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    goddman. regression fairies sheltering in place…eating Trout’s placenta…you’re hitting nothing but dongs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  18. The Great Knoche says:
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    Display of offensive prowess yesterday at Camden Yards.

    First place Marlins. 1/5 of way through the season and that’s really the only big surprise team winning lots of games. Rockies are up there, but if their pitching has a good year like you pointed out they will compete with LA and SD.

    My biggest question is will the Pirates win 15 games? Could they give the 2003 Tigers and their .265 winning percentage a run for their money?

    Wil Myers MVP

    • Grey

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      Pirates are tough to watch — to think they can’t even give Hayes or Osuna some ABs too, they’re terrible

  19. Steve says:
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    10T redraft

    1. Ryu on the wire, like him over;

    Pearson
    Gallen
    Plesac?

    2. Tucker also on the wire, like him as a bench bat over:

    K Lewis
    Adell
    Altuve?

    Gracias!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      1. Pass on Ryu for now
      2. I’d hold what you have

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Gallen

      2. Agree with DT

  20. Mike says:
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    Seager over Swanson?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Seager for me

      • Mike says:
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        I meant Kyle Seager, not corey. Same result? Seager over swanson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Guessing Corey, btw

        • Mike says:
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          meant Kyle Seager, not corey. Same result? Seager over swanson?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Swanson

  21. Zeus says:
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    Gerrit Cole would have been on my all sauerkraut team as cole/kohl is German for cabbage.

    I think the regression faeries will be coming for Dobnak in Subaru Uber

    • Grey

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      Haha, they likely will!

  22. Tony C says:
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    Please rank K. Seager, Ohtani, Berti, JP Crawford, I. Happ and Monte Harrisonf for ROS. . Ideally looking for a player who can steal, has plate discipline who takes some Walks since BB is one hitting category, doesn’t strikeout a ton and gets extra base hits (not necessarily HRs) for OPS category. Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Ohtani (supposed to be back today), Berti, Harrison

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ohtani, Seager

  23. Saint says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Are we done with Ray? Next start at COL. Streamonator love’s Peterson’s next start, although I know you are so/so on him.

    Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Lose Ray

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Peterson

  24. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the hey, hey,

    Everyone can thank me for Olson’s 2 HR, since it was the first time I’ve benched him this season. Why does the Fantasy Baseball Eye of Sauron always seem to seek me out?

    Anyway, Grey, I know you’ve been saying to forget him but, to follow up on my closer questions from yesterday, do you now think Kintzler might be a better spare closer than Buttery Nipples? I mean, at least he’s clearly got the job.

    Also, you rule.

    Lurves!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I will protect you

      Sure, try Kintzler, prolly deck chairs on Titanic tho

      Lurve!

      • sportivetricks says:
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        Yeah, it seems like there are a LOT of those deck chairs these days.

        It’s either Kintzler or I can stop into the Carl’s Jr. in Seattle. I dunno. I’m sure whoever is on my bench or waivers will get a 3k save tonight . . .

        Thanks for always looking out for me, Samwise Greygee!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, forget Carl

          Of course!

  25. Hawk says:
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    So we have a Hauser update, and we flashed the Brubaker ID at an update.

    All we need is a Quaid update and in an hour, we could have Total Recall.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  26. Perfect Game says:
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    In order ROS for a standard roto league?

    1. JD Martinez
    2. Springer
    3. Nelson Cruz

    I’m falling way behind in RBI. Surprised Springer has been driving in a lot more runs than scoring runs so far.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d go with the order you listed them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  27. eric says:
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    Snell for Tanaka and Swanson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snell side

  28. Trader says:
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    My hitting has been solid in our 12 team Roto but dead last in ERA, WHIP and Wins. So I traded some bats for arms, Then back filled my bats with Sano and Cutch off the wire. Rolling the dice for sure. Here is the new squad.

    C- S Perez
    CI- Sano, Eugenio, Seager
    MI- Tatis, Story, Kendrick
    OF – E Rosario, Laureano, Cutch, Nimmo, Brantly
    DH- Ohtani
    Bench/Platoon- Cron, McMahon in Coors
    SP- Cole, Stras, Hendricks, Lester, J Montgomery
    RP- Inglesias Wick, Sulcer, May,
    (Holds and saves are separate cats)
    IL: Odorizzi

    Wire:
    Verdugo, Bux, Mercado, Cesar, Kingery, Santander
    Howard, Chirinos, Merrill, Mize, Reyes, Turnbull
    Gott, Petite, McFarland, Jeffress,
    1. Who goes when Odorizzi is activated?
    2. Do you start Odorizzi v Braves (74 start limit)
    3. Swaps off the wire?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Cron

      2. Yes

      3. Kelly over JoMo or Lester, depending on how you are with Ks

      • Trader says:
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        Terrific! Thank you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  29. Bob Dobalina says:
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    Last OF slot currently have monte Harrison rostered. Hold or drop for one of

    Goodwin
    Calhoun
    Piscotty
    Inciarte
    Kemp
    Jose Martinez

    You guys are the best!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d give him a few more games

      Thanks!

  30. DLev45 says:
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    Pick a streamer:

    Senzatela @ SEA
    Kikuchi v. COL
    Canning @ TEX
    Sanchez v. BAL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kikuchi

  31. prestige says:
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    SON still hates all pitchers lol. Would you take a shot on any of these in 12 teamer?

    T Walker home vs Angels
    Yamamoto home vs Orioles
    Freeland home vs Giants

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

  32. Play Ball says:
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    Plesac or Maeda?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coin flip — Maeda

  33. Matt Lehman says:
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    In a 6×6 OPS which side?

    FTJ & Bell or Freeman & Hiura

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman, close tho

  34. here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey?

    Bit of bragging but mostly appreciation for your rankings, my team ERA after 2 weeks of games is sitting at 1.55(!!) and I didn’t even draft a starter until the 6th round.

    Current staff is
    Darvish
    Lynn
    Gallen
    Lamet
    Houser
    Bassit
    Kelly
    Pearson

    Obviously still early but sheesh that staff is pretty. Now if only my bats could wake up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, exactly! Looks great!

  35. fausto

    fausto says:
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    A dan cortese reference I L’edOL! MTV’s “The Grind” was must-see TV for a 13yr old me!

    16tm roto (2nd place) I have Mercado and Calhoun(kept them both for $8 /$260 combined) would you drop either at this point? I’m leaning toward dropping Calhoun. The wire is thin Mitch Moreland, Piscotty, Goodwin are the only bats worth consideration.

    12tm H2H M.Shoemaker or Merill Kelly? Or streamers?

    Word on the FBB street is Jorge Mateo is coming up and the padres have been ” impressed”. For the love of sagnof.

    Appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      Those waiver bats aren’t so great, I’d hold

      Kelly

      Hopefully!

  36. Trying to stay on top of my home league and I have a good choice to make setting next weeks lineup – either start C. Javier at home vs Seattle or Pearson at “home” vs Miami? Hope all is good with the Albrights!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pearson

      Thanks! You too!

  37. mojoman says:
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    good job again, Grey.

    yesterday, I started Clevinger and sit Yarbrough
    + streamed Gardner as you recommended.
    was big day for my team. thank you man :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  38. Phil says:
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    I give Yelich and Biggio and receive Lou Bob and Bryce Harper…thoughts? Brandon Lowe will slide to 2B for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      This year? Works for me

      • Phil says:
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        Sorry to bother you again, Grey…but would your opinion change if the above players were in a keeper league? Yelich costs a 2nd round pick, Biggio costs a 9th rounder, and Lou Bob would cost a 24th rounder and Bryce Harper is a 1st round pick. I’d end up keeping Lou Bob, but probably not Bryce (unless he turns in his second MVP campaign, maybe).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d grab Lou Bob for eternity

          • Phil says:
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            HAHA, thanks Grey. You’re the best.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  39. William Hung says:
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    damn, Gallen has a bad matchup today and next one is @ Coors – why did I draft this guy again?

    SON has like a a -$11.2 today – that’s a strong bench there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, struggling with holding him myself

      • joeurso1 says:
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        Son was -11 for Gallen’s last start vs. the Dodgers. Returned +20. 9 Ks in 6 IP. 2 ER. 1.00 WHIP.

        I’m rolling him out there tonight.

        Now… at Colorado is another matters. Always inclined to bench every starter at Coors.

  40. Cohen says:
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    Whos the drop when Kela gets activated?
    Sulser
    Helsley
    Workman
    Bass
    Jairo Diaz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sulser

  41. Luke says:
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    Would you hold Mercado in a 12 team redraft roto or cut him loose?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can lose

  42. wwekoda2020 says:
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    Lose Garrett Richards for David Peterson in a h2h league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  43. Matty says:
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    I’ve been watching my team’s highlights in Yahoo, which I think has the local commentators.
    Keep an eye out for A’s home run clips.
    The recurring call is “All Aboard, Next Stop, Pound Town.”
    It’s awesome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice

  44. wwekoda2020 says:
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    Trade gallen for Heaney or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  45. Steven J says:
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    Keeper League where I am considering a rebuild.

    My: Springer

    His: Benintendi, Puk, Madrigal, Singer

    Concerned with Benny and his value here. Same with other prospects.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, do better

  46. Steve says:
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    Catcher question…

    Like Varsho or d’Arnaud more? 12T roto

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      d’Arnaud

  47. Keeks says:
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    Miss the daily grind of the waiver wire, my league decided to just do a Fanduel group this season and get back to normal next season.

    Ugly day for pitching options.. Who would you start today out of:
    Chatwood (-$9), Yamamoto (7.1), Gallen (-11.2) Touki (-7.9) or Pearson (-5.7)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know their matchups, Gallen is best there tho

      • Keeks says:
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        Gallen was my first inclination but he has HOU at home, Chatwood @KC, Pearson @ATL, Yamamoto home v BAL, Touki home v TOR

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doesn’t sound awful

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ignore “doesn’t sound awful” meant for someone else

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Chatwood

          • Keeks says:
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            Gracias FML

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  48. wwekoda2020 says:
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    Do you have pleasac above gallen ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coin flip, but I think Gallen has bad matchups in near future

      • William Hung says:
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        Gallen came through tonight – too bad he was on my bench. I know if I roll him out there @ Coors next he’ll get lit up

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh yeah can’t trust that

  49. Dancin Homer says:
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    Howdy Grey!

    Jeffress pitched the 8th last night & looked good, but it was Wick warming in in the pen to get the save until the Cubs piled on a few runs. Still seems a bit fluid, but I think Wick might be the “closer”… that said, would you still hold onto Jeffress or is he droppable?

    Also, was planning to hold onto Robbie Ray until after his next start @ COL (on my bench of course), but he’s just looked BAD. 12-team roto league; would you

    – continue to hold onto him for another week or so
    – cut bait and use his spot to stream SP’s (David Peterson v. MIA is best available in short term)
    – cut bait for a batty call (need a 3B today) looks like Hittertron loves Longoria & Sandoval todat in COL & Brian Anderson has looked pretty good lately too

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Jeffress

      Cut bait, stream a bat today — Lngo, then go to Peterson

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        Appreciate the advice as always!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  50. Basement Artie says:
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    Very random thought. Bravos will have to change their name eventually. How about Cancel Culture Club with Boy George doing the chop? Failing that, they should just go all out with Saigon Whores as tribute to Farley. Can’t see anybody having a problem there. Great write up, par usual!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  51. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – happy Pearson day part 2!

    Looking to replace stallings as my C2, needing average ideally in particular. How’s my ranking for faab this weekend?

    Austin Nola ($10 / $100 faab)
    Stassi ($1)
    Carantini ($1)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      $10 for Nola? Blech — Put a $1 on each and hope to get Nola

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Haha typo sorry! Yea $1 for each just prioritizing between the 3 scrubs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, that works

  52. Marv says:
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    Hey Grey,

    H2H 12-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS), limit of 20 moves/year

    So almost all the chances I took in SP haven’t payed off so far. Combine that with all the postponed games and one can say my team isn’t sitting pretty.

    Take a look at my team, all suggestions are welcomed. I’m assuming Josh James is a drop but anyone else you’d also cut loose at this point? Who do you see as best pick ups from the wire ?

    Some guys on the wire (can’t just stream with limited moves):

    HIT- K. Seager, J. Jones, R. Cano, M. Rojas, C. Taylor, M. Chavis, P. Severino, A. McCutchin, C. Kelly, D. Murphy, D. Peralta

    PIT- T. Antone, T. Williams, N. Eovaldi, M. Kelly, D. Cease, J. Means, A. Cobb, D. Duffy, T. Walker, K. Gibson, K. Gausman, M. Perez, K. Bubic,

    RP- J. Jimenez, D. Hudson, B. Kintzler, J. Diaz, J. Leclerc, T. Gott, C. Sulser

    My team:
    C – EMPTY
    1B – A. Rizzo
    2B – K. Marte
    3B – E. Suarez
    SS – T. Turner
    CI – P. Goldschmidt
    MI – D. Fletcher
    LF – J.D. Martinez
    CF – I. Happ
    RF – C. Yelich
    Util – C. Blackmon
    BN – T. Hernandez
    BN – M. Smith
    BN – M. Harrison
    BN – D. Carlson N/A
    IL – D. Santana (10-day)

    SP – W. Buehler
    SP – S. Gray
    SP – A. Voth
    RP – J. Hader (RP)
    RP – J. Lindblom
    P – C. Burnes
    P – C. Martinez
    BN – S. Turnbull
    BN – J. James (RP)
    BN – S. Howard N/A
    IL – C. Smith (10-day)
    IL – C. Kluber (60-day)
    IL – J. Verlander (10-day)

    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      James for Kelly, Gausman for CMart

      • Marv says:
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        Grey,

        Guy that has trout wants to improve his overall number of keepers for next year. Do you think this trade would be enough to get trout. Also, who would you be willing to part with, to entice him to trade trout (from the team above) – knowing you’d need to overpay to get trout?

        Trade option #1
        MY – Blackmon, J.D. Martinez, D. Carlson, Hader, Verlander +first round pick (11th round)
        HIS – Trout, McNeil, K. Maeda, D. May + 6th round pick (17th round)

        thanks bud,
        Marv

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sounds decent

  53. Nightpandas says:
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    Would you move Cruz and Alex Mills for Joc and Chatwood?

    15 team obp Slg qs k/9 keep 11…I did keep Cruz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  54. Prestige says:
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    Who do you like better for the W today?

    Montgomery @Phillies (Eflin)
    Rockies home vs Giants (Anderson)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rockies who?

      • Prestige says:
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        Sorry, Freeland

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly try JoMo, don’t love either

  55. Whatever says:
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    Drop Diego Castillo for Carl Edwards? (Standard 5×5 10 teamer)

    • Whatever says:
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      or can drop Jeffress for Edwards

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Lose Diego

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  56. Norbs says:
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    I assume dropping Yarbrough for Houser is the smart move (10 tm weekly H2H with L as 6th cat). SP currently are Carrasco, Castillo, Heaney, Lamet, Morton, Paddack, Pearson, Yarbrough; start 5 each week.

    Would you start Houser next week (Min, @CHC)?

    Thanks, and today’s write-up was brilliant as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That move sounds fine, those matchups don’t sound great for Houser tho, honestly — thanks!

  57. Cohen says:
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    Can only pick up 1
    Peterson home vs Mia or
    Kikuchi home vs Sea ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t be vs Sea, but prolly him

      • Cohen says:
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        Sorry vs Col

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, him

  58. swaggerjackers says:
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    All the preseason Alonso haters and enjoying this start. He needs to go on a hot streak and shut them up.

    Alos, the Wil Myers renaissance continues! I can totally point him out in a crowd. He’s the white guy that doesn’t wear batting gloves. How many of those are out there post-Gattis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, true

      • swaggerjackers says:
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        It’s amazing how many typos I see as soon as I hit “Post Comment”

        Will we ever be able to edit comments on this site?

        Alos,
        Swagger Jackers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Doubtful, but you never know

  59. Dave says:
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    Grey
    Need to add bench bat.
    Everything being equal, who do you like?
    Teoscar, Hanser or Kepler?
    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kepler

  60. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Gray,
    In a trade which side? Close? Thanks.
    Sano or Tim Anderson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Close, different things…I’d go Sano since he’s healthy

      • Sweatpants Nation says:
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        Thanks. Makes sense. Anderson would be a stash for now and replace Semien as MI when he comes back which I read could be the 11th. Maybe by then Semien will start hitting like a guy who was third in the MVP voting last year. Sano is on my bench now so I would really be losing him. Also, have Dozier due back so thought it night work.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

    • Better Call Limehouse says:
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      redraft sano easily from anderson being injured.

  61. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Fletcher – it all makes sense now

    Springer – .195 but turned the corner hitting .350 last 7 days, hes alive!

    Wil Myers – he heard what you said

    Grisham – he’s glorious. 4 HR 3 SB .271/.386/.604, today justice is spelled G-R-I-S-H-A-M

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who doesn’t love Grisham? Point them out to me

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        haha, all the people that didnt draft him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I will be at their house later tonight to yell at them

        • Better Call Limehouse says:
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          MIL, go look at that “lineup” with cain out, yelich not hitting yet it’s over half castoffs (lomo/gyorko/smoak) or def only ex prospects (arcia), sogard (castoff with OBP skills and that’s it). it ain’t good when a gamel hot streak makes him your 3rd or so best hitter. good god is that org ran badly. don’t trade braun 2 or whatever years ago when he had some value, but DO trade grisham right before his blows up. it’s not like they need grisham anyway right? hahahaha.

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            yeah and partly why Yeli is struggling with no protection. Right now he’s only seeing 23% fourseamers. haha.

            • Better Call Limehouse says:
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              yep, that don’t help anything for him.

  62. moistasskiss odorizzi says:
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    first year playing roto after h2h,
    any tips?

    smith
    kendric
    moustakas
    arenado
    lindor
    biggio
    laurenao
    s. mqrte
    meadows
    gregorious
    rendon
    il-madrigal

    lynn
    darvish
    houser
    pressly
    bass
    kinzler
    maeda
    gray
    plesac
    weaver
    roark
    a. sanchez
    s. howard

    il- odorizzi
    il- martinez

    thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roark, Weaver and Sanchez prolly aren’t ownable, but have no idea how deep this league or who is available

      • moistasskiss odorizzi says:
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        12 team

        mikolas
        wood
        porcello
        alexander
        walker
        mahle
        musgrove
        lauer

        but ok sweet,
        im just streaming anibal for bal n mia

        thx greyseph

        • moistasskiss odorizzi says:
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          also, ive never seen thqt picture on my profile in my life. how did that hqppen lol

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha, not sure

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay, cool…Those options aren’t great, maybe Mahle

  63. jnienow says:
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    Great stuff as usual! Drop Lester or Bassitt for Howard?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Lester

  64. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Word on the street is Odorizzi will make first start this weekend vs Royals.
    ABOUT DAMN TIME. half the season is gone. lol.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, really is a 25% done

  65. Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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    did the math if we don’t include today as being over yet it’s 19.6% done already (assuming it doesn’t go a bit deeper than sept 27th to finish up the postponements)

    AL only drop allard or keller, lopes getting jerked around for playing time (d.gordon is now supposedly playing LF vs righties, which is hilarious). OBP over AVG, net steals over steals, total bases added, QS over wins, holds added
    C: kraken
    1B y.gurriel
    2B arraez
    3B vlad
    SS rengifo
    MI s.long (2B/OF)
    CI swiggy (1B)
    OF (4): mercado, lou bob, gallo, choo
    util (1): otani
    BN lopes
    DL (10): simmons
    NA (1) mountcastle
    SP: allard, kikuchi, bieber, gibson, singer, heaney, duffy,
    RP (4): d.castillo (in SP slot), karinchak, buttrey, drake, bass
    DL (10: keller

    can add toddfather over lopes after i drop keller or allard

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah, gotcha

      Allard

      • Mantis Tobaggan MD says:
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        different league (20 team roto keep 6-9, none of these guys mentioned come into the keeper discussion)
        now with patino up (also this league is usually a smallish inning cap, this year commensurately small at only 475 max). have these, gotta drop likely cueto or gausman

        SP: patino (in bullpen but that could change), gausman, cueto, lynn, glasnow, pab lop, luzardo, gibson
        RP (max 5, holds and QS added here): phelps, pressly, hudson, j.hernandez, duffey
        DL (10): giles, crick

        have h.dozier back soon and hitters in general aren’t great so far. need space for one hitter.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gausman

  66. happyharry says:
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    Hey Grey, 12 team, H2H, 6X6- Would you please rank MI’s:
    Castro, J.Segura, Kendrick, Amed Rosario? Thanks,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amed, Kendrick

  67. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great write-up!

    In a 10 team, 5×5 categorie, roto league:
    C: Garver
    1B: Olson
    2B: Villar
    3B: Donaldson
    SS: Bogaerts
    CI: Christian Walker
    MI: Andrus
    OF: Acuna
    OF: Harper
    OF: JD Martinez
    OF: Grisham
    UTIL: Kyle Lewis
    UTIL: Brandon Lowe
    Bench: Yastremski
    IL: Hunter Dozier, Yordan Alvarez

    SP: Giolito, Darvish, Wheeler, Heaney, Plesac, Lamet, Houser
    RP: Pressly, Karinchak, Jansen, Melancon, Wick
    IL: Odorizzi

    1) Donaldson has been hurt all week! It’s definitely been a bummer. I have no back-up 3B and have been eating those lost starts. I think he’ll be back this weekend. Do you drop anyone to add a back-up 3B so I can bench Donaldson?

    Available guys:
    -Hanser Alberto
    -Brian Anderson
    -Dylan Moore
    -Nick Solak

    2) Do you drop any of my SP to grab Kelly? My guys have definitely been dominating… I haven’t been able to drop them to stream anyone because I’ve run out of space!

    Thank you again!!

    • Sandman says:
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      I also see that Odorizzi is returning, who would you drop for him? I can also take a wait-and-see approach and see how he does.. keeping him on the IL and not dropping him

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Wick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Lowe for Hanser, play Yaz

      2. You have no one else to drop

  68. scoboticus says:
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    Someone offered Austin Hays and Brendan McKay for my McKenzie Gore in a keeper league. Take it or no. How close.

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      who’d you have to drop, that might end up being important, in general i’d hold gore though as a top 3 type SP prospect.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  69. goodfold2 says:
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    rogers either about to scramble out big time or have his first bad inning (and i’m pretty sure first baserunners of the year)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      he’s facing schlubs, but 2nd and 3rd no outs to start, not good. K’d brocktune (who finally woke up a bit today already)

      • goodfold2 says:
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        oops, 1 baserunner in 4 innings before today, 3 today with 1 out and 2 scored.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scrambled

  70. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Olson with another HR…. *dr frankenstein* “He’s Aliiiiive! hahahaha”

    • goodfold2 says:
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      andrus woke up too, 2 steals since yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      YES!

  71. scoboticus says:
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    Tim Lopes or Mike Tauchman off waivers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tauchman

  72. The Harrow says:
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    what the F is going on @ COL, nobody is hitting much (either team). we’re at the 4th game now too. i get that SF should suck at hitting, but usually anybody is hitting at COL. is it cold up there for august, or maybe the thin air is harder on every hitter since a lot of them wouldn’t be in great shape yet from the shorter summer camp maybe.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So crazy, right?

  73. Stephen Lyon says:
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    We starting Castillo today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        Heh – I got distracted and ended up leaving him in my lineup anyway. Off the cliff we go!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wheee!

          • Stephen Lyon says:
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            It was all going so well.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sigh

  74. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    14 team dynasty, weird league as most prospects (not most of the MIA ones though, as sixto, monte and ed cab WERE obtainable already, back at the draft, which was right before july 23rd) don’t even show up in system till after call up. so waiver number is VERY important (not FAAB here). so far pearson everybody except the #1 guy tried to waiver, the 3 and the 6 went after singer, and 11th-13th went after madrigal. adell and patino are coming off in next 2 days. i have the 9. obviously adell will be an attempt (but i won’t win of course) and patino could be (outside shot of winning). carlson i probably can’t get either (or howard likely). OBP over AVG, slugging over HR’s here
    C w.smith
    1B goldy
    2B villar (SS)
    SS semien
    3B beef jerky man (2B, BAL, OBP weak team in general)
    OF (3): ozuna, stanton, laureano
    util (1): grisham
    BN (this many since we have a low enough innings cap, 550 normally 1500 in normal season length): verdugo, riley (3B/OF), E2 (ARI, 2B/3B), varsho (didn’t need to waiver)
    NA (3): brujan, o.cruz (for some reason these were also in player pool, i sneaked them in draft, it’s a really stupid system to only have random prospects but not others in system)

    SP: maeda, carrasco, darvish, ryu, javier, minor, paddack, kim
    RP (max 3): d.castillo (in SP slot, saves only here though): w.smith, e.diaz, karinchak
    DL (10): carmart, mikolas
    NA (3): ed cab (MIA)

    see if these look right:
    1. adell dropping verdugo (this one i just ain’t getting)
    2. patino dropping kim (and wondering if the #9 waiver is better to save here, trying to think of all the better prospects that might or should be up this year better than him that i could get if i don’t use the #9 here)

    adell/gore/carlson/kelenic (outside chance)/vaughn (outside chance)/r.lewis (outside chance)/kirilloff/bohm/howard/whitley (outside chance), the 3 DET guys and then patino is ranked here. wow this is close. 9 guys not including the outside chances. i’m asking itch what he thinks too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Yup
      2. Works for me

      Cool

  75. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    14 team 6×6 (OBP, HR, R, RBI, SB, TB) & (ERA, WHIP, K, QS, HLD + SV, K/BB)

    Have an injured Donaldson sitting on the bench and the waiver wire has been unappealing for 3B, so traded Paxton for JD Davis. Already have a strong staff (Lynn, Carrasco, Maeda, Richards, Turnbull, Howard) so felt I could afford to trade a pitcher, especially a pitcher who might be injured and/or ineffective with diminished velocity. When Donaldson comes back, I can play Davis in the OF. Good move?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  76. Crazy J says:
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    To think that Stripling and Pederson were almost shipped away!

    My questions got lost in my sarcasm yesterday, so I will ask it again in plain english…

    is Oscar Mercado a hold or do I replace? Here is my roster if that makes any difference:

    C C. Vasquez
    1B J.Abreu
    2B Hiura
    3B Rendon
    SS TreaT urner
    CI J. Donaldson
    MI A. Mondesi
    OF Pederson; Akiyama; Mercado; Peralta; Schwarber; Tsutsugo
    Util D. Swanson; V. Reyes; K. Pillar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Replace with who

  77. Russ says:
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    What up Grey,

    Hey I’m TJ Lavin style killing it in my pitching cats, everyone on my staff has been aces, I’ve got Rich Hill at the end of the bench and can stand to wait him out to come back since I’m so far ahead, would you hold on to Hill or drop for any of Houser, Stroman, Mize, Kikuchi, Pablo Lopez or just continue to wait for him to come back (sounds like he’ll be back next week). If yes on the swap could you rank the top 3 of these. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…Houser, Lopez, Kikuchi

  78. The Harrow says:
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    “lotta fun getting out of BAL”, a lesson bundy/arrieta know to be true, stringer should’ve found this out in time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • The Harrow says:
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      i don’t know which ump is in the game in that WSOX @ MIL game, but yelich’s BB, all 4 pitches were at least half the ball in the zone if not more. wish that was easy to track going forward, that ump has a hugely shrunken strike zone.

  79. Ben says:
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    I can hold an extra player for next year and have to decide today (really), 12 team mixed keep 10. We hold 11 through this season because our league is paused, then pick 10 to keep. Are you taking Kingery as your flyer, or has Civale or Fried showed you enough to hold instead?

    I’m already keeping Verlander, Corbin, Castillo, so not sure I’d realistically keep 4 starters unless there’s the potential for Civale or Fried to be great.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fried

  80. The Harrow says:
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    yah come on kraken! (somebody gave him some rum finally)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  81. krazyivan says:
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    ROS
    Kikuchi or Spencer Howard?

    The six man rotation in Seattle kinda of sucks but Yusei is for real it could be fun-thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly try Kikuchi for one start, see how it goes

  82. Terrence Mann says:
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    Damn, Plesac just said the exact same thing about Minor that you did about Morton and needing that extra velocity.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah? Ha

  83. RicoSuave says:
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    What are your thoughts on Bielak?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He looked solid, don’t think he’s very exciting tho…Like a #5-ish starter, not super fantasy relevant outside AL-Only or good matchups

      • RicoSuave says:
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        Thank you Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  84. Curious George says:
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    Kikuchi vs Col or Canning @ Tex tomorrow for a stream tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kikuchi

  85. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    pressly getting BABIP’d to death, might be the year of the scrubb

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      at least twice today NL teams had pitchers batting (a.young ARI and mills CUBS). i have absolutely no clue why

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        1 of 2 things, either their managers forgot about them not having to, and/or they were just too lazy to put in anybody else (this would work for a.young, but not mills, as he wasn’t pitching today already)

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          scratch the a.young part, that’s ARI’s 2nd a.young, the hitter one that came over as part of the goldy trade. don’t think CUBS have another a.mills but i guess they could.

  86. Giacomo says:
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    Hi Grey,
    Who is the better pick in dynasty keeper between Trent Grisham and Happ.? They started this year with similar k% and similar bb% with some HR and good average.
    Which one do You prefer and why?

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