“Who is the Dodgers ace?” asks the Fox Sports newscaster in Los Angeles, after the special report on “Where are the stars shopping for their Emmy gowns?” and “Juicing?  Is it good for you?” and “A high-speed pursuit ends in an In-N-Out drive-thru,” and “Actresses over 24 years old may not be washed up after all,” and “Shopkeeper puts up sign to ‘Vote Republican’ and gets looted.”  So, who is the Dodgers ace?  On Saturday, Clayton Kershaw went 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners with 14 Ks, ERA down to 2.68.  My Magic Eight Ball says this is the year the Dodgers hop on Kershaw’s back, march through the playoffs and justify every crackers move Mattingly’s done in his managerial career.  Sometimes knowing the future really bums me out.  Not to be outdone, on Sunday, Zack Greinke went 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners with 11 Ks, and lowered his ERA to 1.30.  Soon he won’t be able to lower his ERA anymore (math is my strong suit).  I’m totally done doubting Greinke…or am I?!  No, not the ellipsis reversal!  Ah!  As I ranked in the top 100 for the 2nd half, Kershaw is way above Greinke in terms of, well, everything.  Greinke is also not a 1.30 ERA pitcher, but no one really is, except maybe Kershaw.  Greinke is definitely a number one though; this isn’t all luck.  He has a 8+ K/9, 1.4 BB/9 and 3.05 xFIP, which is essentially nice, aw sooky, nice.  A “nice aw sooky” sandwich, if you will.  Then there’s the fact that Greinke hasn’t allowed a run in 43 2/3 IP.  Orel Hershiser doesn’t scoff at that, maybe he yawns, then does a small double take when no one is looking.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Yasmani Grandal – Left yesterday’s game after taking a foul tip off his head.  That’s also the 5th most common porn injury.

Ryan Zimmerman – Ready to begin a rehab assignment in Double-A Harrisburg.  I hear the oddsmakers are saying Zimmerman could win the Double-A Harrisburg MVP with a big game Monday against the Chattanooga Choo-Choos.

Carlos Beltran – 1-for-2, 1 RBI as he returned from the DL.  You just can’t keep a Zombino down (without garlic, crosses, Norma toast).

Rob Refsnyder – Sent back down because the Yankees median age dipped below 35 with him on the team and players didn’t like that hippity-hoppity music in the clubhouse and listening to conversations about Drake & Josh.  Seriously, two days ago (!), Girardi said of Refsnyder’s playing time, “It is not a two-week trial.”  Obviously, it was more of a four-day trial.

Mark Teixeira – 3-for-4 and his 23rd homer.  It’s too late for Norma toast here.  Save yourselves!

Robinson Cano – 0-for-3 and two homers on Saturday.  JB and I went over Cano during the podcast that’s coming later today.  It’s a real humdinger!  Equal parts, hum and dinger.

Dallas Keuchel – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 2.12.  I’ve talked about Keuchel regressing (soon, maybe, at some point, who knows), but I will say I wish I owned him while he was pitching beyond his ability.

Preston Tucker – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  I posed a question to myself the other day, “Grichuk or Tucker in a dynasty?”  I’m still waiting for me to answer.  Me?  Hello?  I know you’re there, I can hear you breathing.

Colby Rasmus – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, he was replaced late in the game by Hoes.  Sounds like a fun time!

Luis Valbuena – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs, hitting .207.  I’m gonna go out on a very sturdy oak tree limb and say that’s the most hits he’s ever had in one game.  I should work for Elias Sports Bureau.  “Grey says he thinks that’s the most hits ever for Valbuena.”  “Does Grey know the job isn’t subjective?”

Bartolo Colon – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA up to 4.86.  I’m reminded of Phil Hartman’s SNL commercial, Colon Blow.

Travis d’Arnaud – Nearing rehab games.  He just needs to ease up on the gas and turn right.

Randal Grichuk –  1-for-7, and homered twice on Saturday, hitting .281.  Yeah, I don’t know what the deal will be when Holliday starts playing every day, but there’s no way Grichuk is coming out of the lineup with how he’s hitting.  I’d grab him in all leagues, like fo’reallies.

Carlos Martinez – 4 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks as he came into the game in the 15th inning because the world insisted on conspiring against me and my two-start C-Mart.

Tim Cooney – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 7 Ks.  Bad news, Cooney’s not more than a streamer in mixed leagues.  Good news, as long as he’s pitching for the Cards he can’t be filming another one of those awful Ocean’s Eleven movies.

Danny Duffy – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.24.  I could see him moving to ownable at some point, but he’s still nothing but a Stream-o-Nator cause célèbre for now.

Lorenzo Cain – 1-for-4 and a slam (10) and legs (18), hitting .321.  On our Player Rater, Cain…Sugar! is the ____ ranked outfielder for the majors?  If you said 7th, you’re right or you cheated.  No sweat either way, nice initiative.

Paulo Orlando – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  I can get on board with Paulo Orlando or Paulo Orleans or Paulo Wherever, but I kinda prefer Jarrod Dyson or Orlando is the starter, not a platoon.  Please, not a platoon.

Conor Gillaspie – Designated for assignment.  Gillaspie’s assignment is to make pants made of a bench that players can sit on so he’s of some use to a major league team.

Tyler Saladino – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer.  With Gillaspie’s job changing to benchpants, Saladino is now the White Sox 3rd baseman.  His minor league stats look like a guy that could be more valuable for fantasy than real life, and real life is lame and doesn’t give you a virtual trophy at the end of the season.  “Uncle Herbert had a wonderful life and left behind a wife, two children and sixteen virtual trophies.”  Saladino had 4 homers and 25 steals in Triple-A this year with bleh contact.  Since I’ve seen him with shortstop eligibility in some leagues, I grabbed him in one deep league to see where it takes me, but I was only dropping Refsnyder.

Carlos Carrasco – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, but out after 73 pitches because the Indians were in an NL stadium and it’s not often Francona gets to show he can manage.  Or he just wanted to show America how to blow a win.  Thanks, Tito!  You’re the best if the scale is turned upside down!  And you too, Cody Allen!  I love you both, you schmohawks.

Eugenio Suarez – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 5th homer, hitting .307.  That’s in 29 games.  Yeah, I have no idea where the power is coming from, but you don’t need to be an Eugenius to own him and see where it takes you.

Chris Tillman – 8 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 8 KS, ERA at 4.96.  This game came against the Tigers, an offense that looks like a turtle on its back now that it lost Miggy and J.D. stopped hitting two homers every at-bat.  I wouldn’t go as far as seeking out the Tigers for streamers, but I also wouldn’t fear them, because, as Winston Churchill once said, we have nothing to fear except running into that girl you slept with and never returned her phone calls.  I’m paraphrasing.

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting near .500 in his last 7 games with two homers, and has three homers since he returned from the DL.  I wrote a sleeper post about Schoop in the preseason and loved him.  He might not be more than a hot schmotato right now, but you should absolutely grab him.

Adam Jones – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 15th homer.  I don’t think it’s possible for him to get up to preseason projections territory around 27 homers, but Hayzeus Cristo that would be wonderful.

David Price – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 12 Ks.  Not since Elsie Nussbaum applied olive oil to her rich, leathery skin in Miami Beach has a star of David shone so bright.

Justin Verlander – 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 6.62.  About seven years ago, Grady Sizemore was one of the best outfielders in the major leagues.  Then, one fateful night during the offseason, he took a naked selfie and his career has never been the same.  About a year ago, Verlander took a naked selfie.  One more and it’s a rule.  Here’s hoping A-Rod and Ricky Martin take a selfie together.

Jose Iglesias – 4-for-4, 3 runs, hitting .321.  I bet Hozier is glad he was forced into grabbing Jose after naming his fantasy baseball team, Take Me to Iglesias.

Corey Dickerson – Began rehab games on Sunday.  Sounds like good news.  Ugh, I’m sorry, but I have to rain on Dickerson’s Jimmy Paredes.  I’m guessing he’ll get through about five rehab games, return to the Rockies and be fine for about a week, until he’s shut down once again.  With this final shut down ending his year.  Well, ain’t I, Mr. Brightside?

Wil Myers – Wil, uh, will begin swinging this week.  Hopefully Ben Affleck plays him and Matt Damon plays Fritz Peterson.  *intern whispers in my ear*  Yeah, I know, swinging a bat.  *more whispering*  Oh!  I’m told it’s a different type of swinging.

Taylor Jungmann – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.04.  For what it’s Wuertz, I’m rocking Jungmann in a few different leagues and I plan on going with him until it’s time to jump ship.

Cole Hamels – 3 IP, 5 ER.  Mr. Hamels said he just can’t pitch with all of this trade business being discussed!  He’s much better in a meaningless game vs. the Marlins when everyone keeps their yaps shut!

Ryan Howard – 1-for-3 and his 16th homer, hitting right at the Marla Gibbs Line.  Ruin Tomorrow Jr. said he’s working hard to trade Howard.  Yeah, and I’m working hard to sleep with Penelope Cruz.  Good luck to us both!

Freddy Galvis – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Fun fact!  When Freddy went to see his cousin in jail, he altered his sticker so it read “Galvisitor.”

A.J. Ramos – 0 IP, 2 ER and his 4th blown save, but he’s been terrific for the majority of the time he’s been closing games, and two of the blown saves came when he was a middle man, so I wouldn’t be too worried about his job security.  Thanks, Obama!

Ichiro Suzuki – 3-for-5, 1 RBI as he hit leadoff and Cole Gillespie (3-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 2nd steal) hit 6th, but I could see these two switching roles or Adeiny Hechavarria (2-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI) or even Jose Morris (1-for-1, 1 RBI), but not Casey McGehee (0-for-5) or Miguel Rojas (2-for-3, 1 RBI).  Five over-the-internet dollars says you can’t pick which guy I made up in the Marlins lineup.

Garrett Richards – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 3.24.  The only mystery is whether he’ll be an under-3 ERA pitcher again this year.  The other mystery in my life is why I keep watching this.

Francisco Liriano – Late scratch on Saturday with a tight neck.  This was me on Saturday.  Consarnit!  I can’t fit Khris Davis into my lineup when he’s actually playing vs. the lefty Liriano.  *moments later*  Liriano’s out and so is Davis.  Yay, I can bench Davis without any worry!  *hours later*  Davis hits a pinch-hit homer.  Sonavabench!

Jordy Mercer – Was carted off the field yesterday after Carlos Gomez slid into Mercer’s knee about 17 feet from the 2nd base bag.  Pretty lousy play by Gomez, but I blame the Brewers hiring the baserunning coach, Zola Budd.

Jung-Ho Kang – 2-for-4.  If any good can come out of the horrific Mercer injury, our reasons for prank phone calls to Zola Budd are no longer 30 years old.  Also, Kang could move to short and Pedro Alvarez might get 3rd base eligibility for next year.

Chris Archer – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.73.  Archer reminds me of my yearbook quote, “It’s not how far you shoot, it’s where you aim.”  Though, I wasn’t talking about baseball at the time.

Marco Estrada – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.22.  Estrada doesn’t get a ton of ponchouts and I would leave him in the Stream-o-Nator storage bin in most mixed leagues.

Jose Bautista – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, and 2nd day in a row with a homer.  Yup, my trade of Bautista for Stressbird was quite the coup!

Chris Colabello – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .324.  I Googled Colabello for some reason yesterday and I saw his picture.  He looks nothing like what I expected with his hat off.  This is a terrible segue into something I need help with.  Baseball players definitely have a Clark Kent thing going on.  When they remove their hats, suddenly they’re unrecognizable.  When they retire, it’s even more so.  So, I’m like 75% sure a retired baseball player was sitting by Cougs and I at dinner in Seattle during the break.  I extended my selfie stick towards him, pretending I was taking a photo of us, and snapped a shot of him.  He was talking about San Fran, so he might be an ex-Giant.  Any the hoo!  The guy in the brown…Who is that guy?!  Is it a pitcher?  A broadcaster?  Please help, it’s killing me!

Miguel Sano – Dealing with a sprained ankle and he said he’s “okay.”  Even though he showed at the park on crutches.  Hate to see him when he’s “not okay.”  Twins said he should play again in 3 to 5 days.  Okay.

Jesse Chavez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA down to 3.21.  Trying to get you people to pick up Chavez is a constant struggle like a Somali refugee living in Kenya.  All right, maybe not that bad.

Scott Kazmir – 8 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.38.  Make like Winthorpe in that convoluted third act of Trading Places and sell!

Billy Butler – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Butler obviously likes hitting against the Twins.  He also likes hitting with the twins, his moobs.

Josh Reddick – 1-for-3, and his 12th homer, a grand salami.  That’s obviously better than a red salami.

Josh Phegley – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer.  You heard of murderers’ row on the 1927 YankeesA’s have the STD row of Reddick, Semien and Burns with Phegley being the number one symptom.

Jake Smolinski – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 2nd and 3rd homer.  Hot Smolinski alert!

Chase Anderson – Hit the Disgraceful List with “got roughed up on Saturday and has looked like poop for about a month.”  That’s the medical explanation at least.

Nori Aoki – A scan on Saturday showed his fractured fibula was 80 percent healed.  Knowing a fibula, it was probably 77% healed but exaggerating.

Jon Lester – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Let’s not go over what his ERA has been since I told you to buy him, but instead let’s say, “Bravo, Grey, bravo.”

Rafael Soriano – Recalled from Triple-A.  One website said, “The 35-year-old hurler will add some much needed depth to the back-end of the Cubs bullpen.”  Oh.  What?!  The Cubs have one of the best bullpens in the majors.  Soriano adds much-unneeded confusion as to who’s in what role.  So, is Motte still the closer?  Was he ever the closer?  Whatever happened to Rondon?  He was terrific and bumped.  Edwin Jackson had a 3.19 ERA out of the bullpen and was designated for assignment.  Why?  Because it’s Maddoning!  I’d own Soriano, but I’m not looking forward to it, if you catch my drift.

Jake Arrieta – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Lester and Arrieta are like peas and carrots, or as I prefer to say, pees and poops.

Jorge Soler – 1-for-4 and a slam (5) and legs (2). The funny thing (not funny), Soler could end up the best player in his career who was a rookie this year.  But holy hootie hoo he does not look like that right now.

Shelby Miller – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 8 KS, ERA at 2.33.  The Regression Fairies keep making a play at him, but he keeps forking over unearned runs.  In most instances in life, unearned runs are not good, but here, he’s been so lucky.

Freddie Freeman – Fluid remains in his wrist.  That sounds great if he were a camel and about to embark on a journey through a desert.

  1. Wilson says:
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    Schoop or Iglesias or Cesar for MI flyer now? Thanks. (Need SB first , and also need hitting scores)

  2. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    gotta grab tucker over somebody in 20 team dynasty. OPS and defensive stuff too (assists, double plays, put outs)
    zunino (i may have sat on this guy too long if he starts losing playing time in real life, i’ll have to stream catcher if so)
    fielder
    forsythe
    andrus
    beltre
    LF choo
    CF hicks
    RF lomo
    util franco
    BN bour/leonys/ozuna (in active slot, ran out of NA’s)
    DL profar/stanton
    NA gallo/t.anderson/tapia/alex jackson (might replace with n.williams, then later mazara when he’s in yahoo)
    Bour is good but won’t find playing time on this team (unless they start playing him in LF). ozuna was much more useful last year. leonys is useful if he gets playing time back. Assumed when they sent Ozuna down he’d be back soon. Not so sure now. Hicks has filled in nicely at CF for both ozuna/leonys. But now Choo is getting so many off days i need a LF that plays all the time. Coghlan is another option but Tucker seems better.

  3. dem ribbies says:
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    it would appear that Joe Ross is getting called up for a possible 2 start week (TUE vs NYM and SUN @ PIT). Doubt he sticks in the rotation when Stras returns but that could be a couple more weeks.

    You think Ross makes it into keeper territory before season’s end, or we looking at a streamer++?

  4. SF says:
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    Made a couple of trades:

    Puig, Upton for CarGomez, Billy Hamilton
    Kendrys Morales, Tyson Ross, Thor for McCutchen, Cueto

    The first one feels a bit iffy but I’m scared of Upton’s oblique problems and I think I should sell Puig now while people think he can still heat up and be useful this year.

    For the 2nd deal, losing Thor kinda hurts, but I offload an extra 1B (I snagged Victor Martinez off the wire and already have Abreu) and can finally not bench a corner man every day (I usually bench either Morales or Longoria as I have found more success sending Franco out at 3B daily).

    What do you think of these trades?

    Meanwhile with the freed up roster slot due to the 3 for 2 trade, I was looking into grabbing a fill-in while Sano is out, would you go for Schoop or Suarez to fill in at MI while Sano is not playing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SF: Sounds solid, first one is fair on needs…Schoop

  5. Slimbo says:
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    Is mcculers droppable in a 8 team keeper?

    Lots of pitching available to stream..Gio Gonzalez, iwakuma, McHugh, fiers, Rodriguez, Gibson

    is that a good idea?

    I have 2 pitchers who are gonna be on a innings cap Thor and martinez

    Got a guy who is looking for young players…he’s after matz and cargo is on the table….what do you think?

  6. Eric says:
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    ROS: Aybar, Kang, Suarez
    ROS: Grichuk, Parra

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Eugenio…Grichuk

  7. Eric says:
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    Arrieta, Grichuk, J Johnson for Frazier, Iwakuma

  8. Kiss a Bum says:
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    20 teams– rendon for kyle gibson and joe smith? Thx

  9. JP says:
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    Guy in the pic kinda looks like Robb Nen, gone gray (happens to the best of us.) Hard to tell though since he’s smiling.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JP: Nah, don’t think that’s Nen

      • Bread N Mustard says:
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        @JP: @Grey: That kind of looks like Ron Wotus, the Giants bench coach, but I don’t know.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not a bad guess, but doesn’t look like him upon Googling

          • Hal Incandenza says:
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            @Grey: Jeff Kent after too many wheelies.

  10. Eric says:
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    Are you concerned about Frazier’s slump which started before All Star game and could have been made worse by Home Run Derby extravaganza? Offered Frazier for my Pineda. Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: Frazier side

  11. John Kruk All-Stars says:
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    Points League..swing game and I need all the points I can get..take a chance on a 2-start Ventura (PIT), (HOU) or 1-start Lester (@PHI)..also, Schwarber over Grandal this week-even w/limited ABs? Appreciate it!

  12. PED Inc. says:
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    I think I’ve flip flopped these two starters in my lineup about a dozen times the last three days, who would you go with this week?
    Nola vs. TB
    Fernandez @ DBacks

    Thanks as always bud!

    • bigbear says:
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      @PED Inc.: If you can only start one, you start your stud.

  13. Charles says:
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    Grichuk or Khris Davis in an OBP league?

  14. Willie, Mickey and the Duke says:
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    Watched Cueto yesterday. He caught Hamels disease with the scouts watching or he’s injured. Thoughts?

  15. Wilson says:
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    Grab Soriano or Jeffress for saves?

  16. Rabbit says:
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    Nice Zola Budd reference! I prefer it when Track & Field is a soap opera, like Mary Decker, Mary Decker.

  17. Boomer says:
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    Schoop or Desmond?

  18. Bbboston says:
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    Preston Tucker:
    -overshadowed by all of Houston’s big-name prospects
    -college player maturity
    -Houston saw enough in him to push him through the system and immediately start batting him in the upper part of the batting order
    -at each level he improved his base on ball and strike out ratios after about 200 at-bats. E.g. he quickly figured things out
    – last two years in the minors be hit over 20 homeruns, while figuring it out
    – he’s just about at 200 at bats at the dance, what do you think will happen next?

    • bigbear says:
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      @Bbboston: Gets overlooked heading into 2016 and you’ve got an inside look at a sleeper. Peeping Tom, you’re a dirty old man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bbboston: Yes, yes! Really liking him

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    Grandalf accounted for one of my team’s 4 hits, so of course he gets hurt. My bench meanwhile goes 7 for 15 with 3R 4RBI and a SB. This includes hosmers 3 hits vs sale wtf. My title as the king of sonnuvabench is safe.

    Alas i thnk u hit it on the head with cdick.

      • @Grey: Yeah. I agree. I picked him up for giggles, but I had plantar fasciitis once FOR A YEAR. It takes forever to heal. And playing on it certainly doesn’t expedite the process. I’ll probably need to drop him anyway to make a DL spot for Sano.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, agreed

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @papasmurf: here’s a holiday for you

  20. RePete says:
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    Can you rank these prospects for an OBP league heading into next season:

    Sano, Gallo, Buxton, Schwarber, Seager

    • bigbear says:
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      @RePete: Buxton, Schwarber, Sano, Gallo, Seager is what I’d say. But post this to Prospect Mike’s latest and greatest.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RePete: Buxton, Sano, Gallo

  21. Nelson Cruz says:
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    Joc P. for Rendon? Does Rendon’s ranking change at all now that there’s a (kinda) timetable for his return.

    • Ron D says:
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      @Nelson Cruz: don’t even think about it

      • Nelson Cruz says:
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        @Ron D: Which side? I’m being offered Joc

        • pickleball says:
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          @Nelson Cruz: take joc then run through your streets naked with glee

        • Ron D says:
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          @Nelson Cruz: my bad I thought u were trading Joc away

          • Me says:
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            @Ron D: all good, got him. Had to throw in my 5th starter, but it’s a go! Thanks gents!

  22. Evgeni Eckhart says:
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    So I wasn’t supposed to drop Preston Tucker for Arcia this morning in my 16 team, 7-keeper?

  23. TOGMAN says:
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    12 H2H 6×6 OPS

    Aybar or Segura?
    Granderson or Maybin?

  24. scott steelers says:
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    Travis or Schoop?

  25. scott steelers says:
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    Also Shelby Miller or Kyle Hendricks. I need to drop one. Kyle been good. Shelby been lucky.

  26. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey San!!!

    So magnificent, words cannot describe it!

    a. Who’s the guy in your pic? I’m gonna guess Jim Kaat or some random gay guy. The big story in that pic is what did the guy across the way order. My guess? A stuffed turkey breast with baked shitake mushrooms, zucchini and tomatoes.

    b. Somalis lurv being in Kenya. They can cross the porous border into Somalia, rape, kill AND pillage and still make it back by nightfall when the authorities do the head count. But seriously, you are right. The majority about 80%+ do not like Kenya.

    c. NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘I love Dirk Nowitzki, but I bet my grandfather hated Dirk Nowitzki’s grandfather.’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Nah, that’s not Kaat B. Haha C. HA!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey! Was serious about Somalis. The Dadaab refugee camp in northern Kenya is home to like over 200,000 Somali refugees. Many ethnic Somalis who became naturalized Kenyans live just outside the camp and live miserably and wish they were refugees living IN the camp. How ’bout that?

        on the pic, could it be jack morris? prolly not, but i’ve got the right era. Maybe jim gott?

        cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jim Gott, now that’s a throwback… I Googled him, it’s not him… You ever hear about the USA immigration lottery? This American Life did a special about it with a Somalia refugee called Adbi and the Golden Ticket, was pretty interesting…

          • Ante Galic says:
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            Grey!

            Saw ‘The Good Lie’ about sudanese refugees in dadaab. Heart-wrenching but meh for real substance and true meaning except south sudan<< dadaab kenya << nairobi kenya << 'Murica, in terms of life expectancy and living standards.

            cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ooh, I’ll have to check that out… I love a good heart wrencher

  27. PK says:
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    Nice work as usual, Grey

    Note regarding Jungmann: I streamed him and watched the game. He ended up playing against the Pirates C-lineup. I watch Pittsburgh play regularly, and even I was like “Who?” when some of those guys came up to bat.

    Also, doesn’t that guy have a funky release point? On his first pitch I thought he slipped on the mound or something. If his elbow blew off and his arm lands in the stands, I wouldn’t be surprised.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: Ha, I hear ya, and Jungmann’s next start is kinda meh, I’ve benched him…

  28. PK says:
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    I think the dude you saw in Seattle was the Dos Equis guy without his suit and two ladies.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PK: That’s closer than some of these guesses…

  29. Lville Jim says:
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    Peter North’s yearbook quote “It’s how far you shoot, it’s not where you aim”.

    • Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge says:
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      @Lville Jim: wouldn’t “how much” be most apt for him?

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Mike Hunt’s Honorable Discharge: Peter laments that distance was an underappreciated facet of his game.

        That distance shot in Cumming from the North had some people in the business thinking of Jordan comparisons. “It was like her face was this big [extends hands to his sides]. I couldn’t miss that day,” Peter recalled.

        Despite initial success in his attempt at becoming a two-sport performer, his journey in the world of cricket ultimately fell short of the big stage. “Three shots a round is one thing, but we’re going seven rounds per game on average, and in the minors you’re talking multiple sets to advance. The others are throwing darts and I’m, well, you know. . . It’s just hard to get the [hits] to register at a certain point.”

  30. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Worth dropping Soler for Sano?

    Feel like he’s been hitting lately tho

    • pickleball says:
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      @Kendrick Llama: sano is hurt and didnt soler just hit a hr and swipe a bag?

    • bigbear says:
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      @Kendrick Llama: Depends… I think Sano has a bit more upside long term, but Soler could have more of an immediate impact.

  31. Datdudeab says:
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    Grey,

    Am I allowed to drop Starlin for Iglesias? Kang? Anyone? Please?

    Or should I hold?

    Thanks

  32. CB says:
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    Roto 5×5 redraft
    Which side rather have: Altuve, Zobrist and Pineda or Cano, Correa and Bumgarner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CB: Cano

  33. Jaymz says:
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    Solid post Grey.

    Caesar Hernandez or Inciarte? Looking for some SAGNOF value..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jaymz: Thanks! Cesar

  34. The Great Knoche says:
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    As far as Your picture goes, I would say based on the Beard I would say that Brian Wilson has aged less than gracefully.

    Otherwise the Just for Men Spokesman has thrown in the towel.

  35. Ddddy says:
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    Soler vs lorenzen $16
    Deshields vs Rusin $48
    Odor vs Rusin (lefty) $27
    Choo vs Rusin (lefty) $20
    Bruce vs Richard (lefty) $22
    Cron vs Erod $3, Wright $3.6
    Upton vs Hudson $14.3 (hurt)
    Yelich vs rubby $23
    Dyson vs Burnett $18.3

    Which 3 do I sit. Need either Odor or deshields at 2nd base. Leaning Odor, upton, choo as the guys to sit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ddddy: DeShields, Upton, Choo

  36. M says:
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    Rank E.Suarez, R.Grichuk, and D.Perala ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: Grichuk, Eugenio

  37. Jon says:
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    Preston Tucker or Gerardo Parra?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Tucker

  38. Clint says:
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    I know it’s still really early to tell given he still has no timetable but assuming nothing much changes, whom would you drop once Springer returns in a h2h points keeper league? Franco or Tomas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: He’s like a month away

  39. Lex says:
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    Jace Peterson or Schoop ROS in a 12 team standard points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lex: Depends on needs…Schoop

  40. pickleball says:
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    few strategy questions. my leagues playoffs are late august/all of september. should i look at trading mccullers in a keeper with two thoughts in mind 1) he;s a rook and still more prone to blowups (high bb rate) 2) he’s a rook and most likely getting shut down, or pitch count. qs is a category in weekly roto so a 4 or 5 ip game really rubs me the wrong way if he gets yanked before a qs….

    he’s a $13 keeper, what kind of player do you think he could net if looking for another pitcher?? carrasco?

  41. Elliot

    Elliot says:
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    Who would you grab for a utility spot:
    David Peralta, Billy Butler, Schoop, A Rios?

  42. Skeezix says:
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    Yo Grey! Do you take your chances with Dyson this week (7 games, PIT/HOU/@STL), or go with Avisail (6 games, STL/@CLE)? Going with Dyson would mean I’ve got two SAGNOF specialists in my starting lineup (Burns), but could be a good SB week. I’d be worried about balance, but not sure Avisail moves the needle a whole lot with the counting stats.

  43. onemoretime says:
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    would you trade (in a keeper league, we can keep 7 players) mccullers/sano/matz for scherzer?

    what about for scherzer and jay bruce?

  44. Zach says:
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    Pillar or Grichuk ROS?

  45. One-Start Wonders says:
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    I’ve got nothing but one-starts this week, and we run with a utility pitching spot. I’m trying to take advantage of Jim Johnson in that spot while he’s a closer, but should I consider starting 2-start Taijuan Walker (TOR, @DET) or Kyle Hendricks (@CIN) instead? Or I could start one of them in place of Liriano (WAS) depending on whether this stiff neck lingers?

  46. dangerfield51 says:
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    Catcher question…I know, sorry. Jaso is on waivers, drop Martin for Jaso? H2H 10 team points.
    Thanks.

  47. Milarky says:
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    Is Syndergaard at the point where you leave him in your starting lineup regardless of matchups? This week he’s pitching in Washington. I can either leave him in there, or take my chances with Velasquez pitching potentially twice this week against Boston, and in KC. He would be my only 2-starter this week (if he actually does get two).

    • bigbear says:
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      @Milarky: I’d start Syndergaard against the Nats. Outside of Harper, who are you afraid of? Nada.

  48. Steve says:
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    ROS: I give Avisail and get Ozuna, who wins?

    • PK says:
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      @Steve: The guy who gets the player in the majors

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @PK:this question has literally flip flopped about 9 times since last september. I did what now looks like the bad side when i had to trade or drop one of them last sep in dynasty. i did get useful pieces otherwise.

  49. RicoSuave says:
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    Thanks for the great read Grey!

    14-team H2H points league…

    who should I start ( I need one of these SP)
    Hendricks @ CIN;
    E. Rodriguez vs DET and @ LAA;
    Iwakuma @ DET.

    Also, Khris Davis, CJ Cron or Grichuk, Polanco… (I need 2 of them)

    Thanks again

    • RicoSuave says:
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      @RicoSuave: ^should read: Also, Khris Davis, CJ Cron, Grichuk, Polanco (I need 2 of them) who would you recommend?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RicoSuave: Thanks! Hendricks…Cron, Grichuk

  50. Max says:
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    Looking primarily to improve my whip but all standard categories considered rank em ROS

    Eduardo, Hendricks, Erasmo, Yordano

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Max: Hendricks, Eduardo

  51. SpecialFNK says:
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    16 team keeper league (keep 5). yahoo, roto, 5×5.

    I have a chance to trade Joc Pederson (and change) to get multiple players.
    give- Joc Pederson (4 throw in players of my choice)
    get- Jose Abreu, Cole Hamels, Taijuan Walker, Cody Allen, Kevin Pillar.

    I don’t know if I can make up enough points to win this season, but is it still worth it to get Jose Abrue and use him as a keeper going forward?

    MY TEAM
    CA- Gomes. 1B- Morales. 2B- Gennett. 3B- Machado. SS- AlxRamirez. IN- Cron.
    OF- Marte. OF- Pederson. OF- Revere. OF- MlkCabrera. UT- Markakis.
    BN- Colabello, Jaso, RTejada, Ichiro.
    SP- Bumgarner. SP- Cueto. RP- HRondon. RP- Stoup.
    P- Vizciano. P- Mujica. P- Hawkins.
    BN- AnSanchez, McHugh, Fiers, Morton, JRoss.
    DL- Matz. DL- Morrow.

    my keepers now would be– Bumgarner, Cueto, Marte, Machado, Pederson.
    my keepers could be– Bumgarner, Cueto, Marte, Machado, Abreu.

  52. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Grey…nice extended selfie shot of Barry’s brother Harry Zito. Your welcome.

  53. Bobby says:
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    5×5 daily roto

    I have Moustakas still on NA and need to get him back in the lineup. Who should I drop: Moreland, Melky, Lawrie, Span, Souza, Turner, Hosmer, or Jaime Garcia?

    Thanks.

  54. Harris Kiperman says:
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    I’m a Mets fan and a CMart owner…. Only the Mets could find a way to make that guy have to pitch yesterday. Here is my question. Tuesday the Nats SP is TBA as of now. I’m assuming its going to be Joe Ross. Do I pick him up and start him in a h2h league? Mets have deGrom going, but I think besides the win, which is important, there is not much doubt he should have the same kind of success every pitcher in baseball has against that lineup,

  55. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Not sure who the dude is in your pic, but I’m going to go with Michael Gross. Fairly sure you made a Family Ties reference last week as well. Grey channeling his inner Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peter Nincompoop: Haha…I would’ve known Michael Gross! Don’t think it’s Steve Bedrosian

  56. PD says:
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    Points-based dynasty league. 26 rounds. Who would you prefer:

    2 years of Dozier at a 14
    or
    3 years of Travis at 15?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PD: Dozier

  57. bigbear says:
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    Ok, can we just call Billy Butler “Moobs”? He’s got to be feeling left out of all this Reddick, Burns, Phegley, Semien discussion!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: Ha, if he were just Moobs…Actually, he is

  58. carlos says:
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    Grey!

    P. Alvarez, CJ Cron, D. Peralta, M. Trumbo, C. Dickerson

    Of these 5 players, which 3 would you own ROS? I need power desperately.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @carlos: Cron, Alvarez, Dickerson

  59. bigbear says:
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    That dude in the pic – that’s Bruce Jenner being Caitlyn Jenner being Fred Jenner.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: Fred Jenner is gonna be Kris Jenner next year when they reconcile

  60. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-team, H2H-Points League (SB=3, CS=-1, BB=1, K=-1, HR=4, etc)

    DeshIelds or Tucker ROS?

  61. Jack says:
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    Eugenio or Cesar ROS?

  62. Vrugg says:
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    Grey, another great read. Thanks!
    In a 12 team H2H league with hitting categories of R, H, HR, RBI, AVG, OPS, SB and pitching categories of W, S, H, K, ERA, WHIP and QS.
    I was offered Yelich for my DL’d Stras. Assuming Stas comes back healthy, which side do you like ROS?
    Thanks, again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vrugg: Thanks! Stras

  63. Darren says:
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    Need to drop an outfielder in AL only OBP league- Colabello or De Aza?

  64. Phil of the Future says:
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    What up BB?
    Hope you had a nice trip, man.

    I think that’s Steve Bedrosian. Prob not but whatever I like guessing games

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil of the Future: Someone said that above, I don’t know Steve Bedrosian, but Google is showing me a guy that doesn’t look like him… I think he’s an ex-player/broadcaster… C’mon, BB, figure it out!

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: BB, I’ll figure it out. But I would also like to point out that the Bedrosian mentioned above came in after mine on the time stamp. I want justice, dammit!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You got it, but I don’t think it’s Bedrosian

        • Peter Nincompoop says:
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          @Phil of the Future: I’ll give you justice, but I didn’t look at your guess on Bedrosian I reposted. Took the dog for a walk and while pondering life’s complexities, came to the conclusion that it could of been Steve Bedrosian cause of the beard and the SF reference.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I need face recognition software

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Peter Nincompoop: It’s all good. You got a dog so you’re cool with me.

            • Peter Nincompoop says:
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              @Phil of the Future: Did a little reconnaissance on the picture, as it’s now bugging me as well. If you blow up the picture, in the background you’ll see who he’s talking to across the table. Doesn’t give you much other then it’s an elderly lady. Scoured my brain and googled broadcasters pics, but can’t find anything (did run into some nice Erin Andrews photos, so thanks). Still think it’s Steve Bedrosian, but bigger question now is if there’s a lady sitting to the left of him, or, is the lady in the striped shirt disgustingly double-jointed?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Bedrosian doesn’t look like him…

                • Phil of the Future says:
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                  @Grey: This is going sideways on us. I’m lost.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Maybe he was just a random dude but he really looked like an ex player

                    • Phil of the Future says:
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                      @Grey: Probably. Separate issue, fairly minor, wanted your thoughts.

                      I really want to take a shot on Cingrani in my 16 teamer. I’m sitting on some guys that I am hoping get PT from trades. I have K. Davis, Leonys, Holt, Inciarte on my bench just waiting. Gun to your head who’s the drop? It’s probably Leonys, right? Are they just gonna let him languish the rest of the season? Is that the plan? Are they moving a left handed bat? I got questions y’all

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d lose Leonys

                  • Peter Nincompoop says:
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                    @Phil of the Future: Grey, you’re a Hollywood writer, so I’m thinking that’s the angle that you, Phil and I need to take. My sister is in the same industry, so could put something out. Text me at (555) 555-5555:)!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hey, that’s my phone number too!

                    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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                      @Peter Nincompoop: Same number? That explains a lot of redundant texts I get for some dude who calls himself “Malicious Phenom”. We’ll figure out who the mystery man in your pic is!

                • Phil of the Future says:
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                  @Grey: Maybe it’s Holt. He’s splitting time with Napoli now and is hitting eighth with Pedroia back….

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, I just dropped Holt in one 15 teamer

                    • Phil of the Future says:
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                      @Grey: Yeah it’s one of those two guys. Problem is in these deep leagues whoever you drop gets picked up so there’s a sense of finality to it, you know?

                      But you’d keep Holt over Leonys? Or really it probably won’t matter….

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’d likely lose Leonys since Holt’s eligibility is nice

                    • Phil of the Future says:
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                      @Grey: My emotions are getting the better of me but I know you’re right.

                      I was between Leonys and Pollock in that draft. Yup.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Damn

  65. Kyle says:
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    Matte or J.Upton ROS.
    10 Team, h2h points.

    • Kyle says:
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      @Kyle: *Marte or J Upt?

      • Kyman says:
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        @Grey:
        Been offered Parra for for Wil Myers. Seems like a no-brainer to Accept?
        Kicker is i’d be dropping one of Lind or Melky. My OF is deep with Trout, Pederson, and Upton.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Accept… Lose Melky

        • Peter Nincompoop says:
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          @Kyman: Wil Myers is fools gold. Cut bait and lose Melky.

  66. Pounce says:
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    Kris Medlen was pushed into the bullpen, for some reason. Will he have value in the pen?

    Is he worth stashing/waiting 12 team Keeper?

    • Ante Galic says:
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      @Pounce: he’s on the dl.

      Cheers,
      Ante

  67. Commish Cauda says:
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    Deep 16-team H2H-Points League, (K=-1)

    Picked up Bour as Miggy replacement. Stick with him or drop him for Reynolds or Howard?

  68. Domenic Decocco says:
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    Can I safely drop Starlin Castro? I have Aybar and I can stream hot SShmotatos… right? Am I too high to manage?

      • Domenic Decocco says:
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        @Grey: Yes Yes and Yes? or Yes Yes and Depends on whether you drafted Elijah Dukes?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  69. PED Inc. says:
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    What do you think about Alex Wood going forward? H2H points redraft league, I love his RP eligibility but so far he’s been a big letdown from the last couple years.

    A couple others on the wire with RP/SP eligibility
    Estrada
    GraveMan
    Chavez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PED Inc.: Chavez and him are about equal

  70. Bill says:
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    Great read but I’m curious, what are the top 4 injuries for porn stars?

    also, ROS bench OF in a 10 team H2H, Souza, Eaton, Melky, Reddick………….wait…….is Reddick in the top 4?

    Thanks for the assist!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill: Pink eye, pink eye, pink eye, strained oblique… Souza

      • Bill says:
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        @Grey: hahaha, outstanding. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • bigbear says:
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        @Grey: So there is truth to the rumor that you could go blind… I never thought of that angle.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  71. Mike says:
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    Im in a 10 team and Lindor was dropped. Is he worth my attention? Ive been tracking him and hes heating up.

      • chucky says:
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        Good call. Who knows, maybe ERod can throw one of those Harvey Haddix type perfect games v the Tigers to clean up his numbers for the week

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  72. yardwork19 says:
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    and you’ve got another Schoop question…

    Schoop or Matt Duffy?

    Thank you!

  73. dem ribbies says:
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    are you buying or selling Abreu in keepers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dem ribbies: Likely selling,depends on what you’re getting

  74. ScottyB says:
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    Grey – Really stuck on who to drop here..because I want to activate Nola.

    Its a keeper league and I’m not going to win the league (well maybe, doubtful) but hope to make the playoffs. For the rest of the season and longterm, who do I drop..

    OF – Cespedes
    OF – Kemp
    OF – Calhoun
    OF – Joc Pederson
    BN – Soler
    BN – Matt Holliday

    or

    P – T. Bauer

    I’m thinking Holliday but dont know what to expect from him this 2nd half. All my guys seem about the same

    Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should trade three OFs for one… Drop Nola

  75. scott steelers says:
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    Brian johnson… anything more than a streamer from time to time or worth owning?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Streamer

  76. JoeG414 says:
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    d’Arnaud (when ever he comes back healthy) or Wilson Ramos ? or a coin flip ? mixed 6×6 roto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Travis

  77. los locos says:
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    What to do with Duda?

    Drop for Rios, Plouffe, Melky or Garcia.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Melky

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: am I the last guy to lose faith in Duda? Wait tell everyone to drop him so he bounces back. I’m curious if the Mets bring in a bat like upton and how that will help him. He has nobody hitting around him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He looks like he’s having a lost season, and will bounce back next year… Or he catches fire in August… He’s not this bad, but it’s end of July, at some point it’s move on time… You see the pic in this post? Who is that?

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I’m gambling on catching fire. He hit for good average early and had a nice may. I have this belief that most guys get their numbers….give or take. We just never know when. If he hits 12 HR ros then he gets his numbers, which is 24 homers. He is a 25ish hr hitter. Doesn’t seem like a big stretch.

            Espn pointed out his decline started after taking one off the knee on may 30th. First I’ve heard of it but it makes sense. Nagging injuris suck especially when they don’t talk about it until way after the fact.

            • Kid A says:
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              @J-FOH:

              *Cues up Yakety Sax*

              Ready.

              Steady.

              Go.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, agreed, but if he hits 20 total homers at this point it’s a victory

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: is that Bert Blyleven?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah, I would’ve recognized him

        • Kid A says:
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          @J-FOH:

          I’m glad I was able to chump-dump him on you.

          Thanks for taking out my garbage.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Kid A: I take two upside risks (Duda and Avisail) for two whatevs (clippard and Ramos) closers when I have a massive saves lead? One will most likey be moved and lose his job…I would do it again in a heartbeat. The funny thing is how you come in now to play your uppity “smartest guy in the room” shtick after earlier saying you probably will regret that deal.

            • Kid A says:
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              @J-FOH:

              There’s my boy!

              I missed you.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Kid A: Yuptcha

  78. tank1 says:
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    In a keeper league where I can keep Joc Pederson for two more years at late round value would it be crazy to deal him for Tulo who would provide an immediate upgrade to the lineup this year but cannot be kept going forward (I have adequate replacement options for Joc this year)? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, crazy, hold

  79. Joey Biggs Bosco says:
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    Yahoo 12 team, daily, unlimited transactions, 6×5 (OPS), 1300 IP Limit, 157 starts at positions

    C Perez
    1 Rizzo
    SS Reyes
    2 Kinsler
    3 Machado
    OF Trout, Braun, JD Martinez
    Ut VMart
    Bench J. Pederson, Desmond
    DL Iwakuma
    SP Kershaw, Zimmerman, Carasco, Ventura, Ross, A. Sanchez
    RP Tolleson, Familia, Ramos, Osuna, Motte

    I would like to grab Odor to help out my 2nd base production with Kinsler being meh. Franco is also on the wire. However, I would need to drop 2 players to grab one since Iwakuma is on the DL spot. I would need to drop a pitcher and likely Desmond. Worth it? Drop Iwakuma, Sanibal, or Motte?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Desmond and Anibal

  80. dom says:
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    surprised to see Soler projected for 20 less points of OPS than Yelich for the remainder of season. Was offered Soler Power for Yelich deez Nuts straight up in a h2h with categories OPS, H, BB, HR, XBH, RBI, R, SB. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Soler, it’s fair and just different needs

  81. Gareth says:
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    Is it time to safely drop Fernando Rodney?

    Even if he closes again it’ll be ugly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, can lose him

  82. John says:
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    Which pithcers should i be worried about innings limits?
    Should I trade Taijuan Walker and Heaney

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t imagine you can trade them for anything, but sure

  83. Eric says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you drop CJ Cron for Kinsler? 12-team H2H with OBP – I need HRs and RBIs.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, unlikely

  84. Little Unit says:
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    Hey Grey. Thanks for the providing a little sliver of sunshine on a gloomy monday morning.

    This question comes from the heart. Why does Ian Desmond suddenly suck so bad? Is there ANY value to holding onto him and waiting for a CRAZY barrage of dongs and swipes? Is that even possible at this point? I’d LOVE to cut bait right now, grab Marlon Byrd off waivers, and say goodbye to my old buddy…. It’s…just…so…hard. Those 20/20 SS are hard to come by.

    (15 team, 5 player keeper. 5 x5 Rotis… also have Xander as my current SS, so not too bad)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose him for Byrd… No problem

  85. Ice cream Paint job says:
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    Pick one…….you are my guru grey…….. Two start Velasquez (BOS, @KC) or two start Graveman (TOR, @SF) this week? H2H points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Graveman

  86. Double H says:
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    Grey, awesome writeup as always.

    I’m trying to deal Axford ahead of an impending trade or possible regression – who do you like more ROS this year only – Syndegaard, Heaney, Ventura or Gallardo?

    Thanks!

    • Double H says:
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      @Double H: Grey, can you also rank those 4 based on preference? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Noah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Noah, Ventura, Heaney

  87. Yankee my Wanky! says:
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    Grey,
    I am going to say John Burkett. I had the name on my tongue, but did end up googling him to be sure that’s who I was thinking about. I was calling him Burnett at first. That’s my guess anyway. Haven’t read any posts, so I didn’t see if someone guess his name.

    Question – Devon Travis or Rougned Odor or DeShields in a 10 Team H2H Points League?

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, just Googled him and it didn’t look like him…Travis

  88. Eric says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Would you drop Tomas for Peralta? 12-team H2H with OBP.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  89. Malicious Phenom says:
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    The guy in the pic is Jeff Weaver.lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  90. Gareth says:
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    Devon Travis droppable in the rcl for streamers?

    My other infielders are Altuve, Zobrist and Cesar Hernandez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  91. Scott says:
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    Saturday’s Dyson blurb from Rotowire:
    “With left-hander Jose Quintana on the mound for the White Sox on Saturday, the Royals will deploy the speedy Paulo Orlando in Dyson’s place.”

    Wait, what?!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  92. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. with news j-up is dealing with some oblique soreness, start him this week or go with melky?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start Upton

  93. Kid A says:
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    Piscotty Up.

    Grab time.

    • Gareth says:
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      @Kid A: I’m sure you Pissed in your Cotty many times as a Baby.

      • Kid A says:
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        @Gareth:

        That’s not even funny in Welsh.

        • Gareth says:
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          @Kid A: No need to be A DIK about it.

          • Kid A says:
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            @Gareth: When I grow up, I want to run a liquor store in Ohio. Be a real shooting star.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Gareth: that was good even by your standards

            • Gareth says:
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              @J-FOH: I ultimately heeded Kid A’s public service announcement and grabbed Piscotty in the rcl.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Gareth: he is somehow really fast on player call up info. It’s quite amazing. In some circles that makes you a better player.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn I was in Pilates

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey: You’re so L.A.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Soooooo LA! Went for juice afterwards!

          • Kid A says:
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            @Grey: Kale or spinach?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Spinach…Kale’s secretly bad for you… Saw a special report!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: shizz is nasty

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Agreed

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: we could play “would you rather” with kale

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Rather anything but kale

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: is pilates code for pooping?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup! Jersey by way of LA

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: the expressway to the sewers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  94. Gareth says:
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    I think time travel may be a factor in the photo you took.

    The guy in question will be the most interesting man in the world in 20 years – Future Grey.

    Stay Thirsty my Friend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  95. Ron D says:
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    why do I want to own like 25 outfielders? Am I just a fantasy baseball geek? Probably… Definitely :/

    • Ron D says:
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      @Ron D: Grichuk parra Byrd moss tucker soler… Pick 2

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Soler, Moss

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  96. Prime_Time_Players says:
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    Grey, been offered a trade. I would be getting AROD FOR MY 6th rd pick next year and AJ Ramos.
    I currently own Seager, but what do you think of the deal and do I need AROD?

    10 team keeper league (OBP) we keep 7 guys total.

    Starters
    Martin
    Rizzo
    Dozier
    Seager
    Peralta
    Upton J
    Cespedces
    Gardner
    Cain

    Pitching
    Scherzer
    Hamels
    Gray
    Hammels
    Salazar
    Miller A
    FROD

    Bench
    Hosmer
    Rendon DL
    Duffy
    Desmond
    Burns
    Calhoun

    Pitching
    Ramos
    Sanchez A
    Cain

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You don’t need arod

  97. Scott says:
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    Kang or Desmond for SS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kang

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Scott: suarez, just kidding. not really, if kang is available might as well just play the guy who’s hitting now. the timeline of desmond drops is now probably at 2 full months or so.

  98. y4rivera says:
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    In a keeper league I was offered his Encarnacion- $39 for Miggy- $48. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Edwin

  99. Trout says:
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    You think the Red Sox bring Castillo back up soon after another part of Victorino’s body breaks and De Aza once again becomes what he is?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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      @Trout: rusney ain’t been too much just yet, even compared to de aza. dynasties obviously you can’t get him anyway (except in one 20 teamer where i actually saw rusney dropped by some twit), but i’d lay money de aza worth more ROS.

  100. Ron D says:
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    Btw.. Is that RA Dickey’s dad?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  101. Scott says:
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    Todd Frazier for Buster Posey
    Todd Frazier for Carlos Gomez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier in both

  102. danny almonte says:
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    Question for anyone…. since Yahoo doesnt have Olivera yet, we can assume he wont be added until he joins the Dodgers? Like he wont just randomly be added while still in aaa…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He won’t be added until he’s added to the Dodgers

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @danny almonte: dozens of Mike’s top 300 aren’t in yahoo. Up to about 8 at least top 50 guys.

  103. John says:
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    Cool to go with Tillman over Martin Perez in dynasty where 750 guys are owned? Koehler, jorge de la rosa and colby lewis are top SP avail.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  104. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    here comes the big piscotty drop down Q’s.
    1. 20 team h2h dynasty with OPS. over any of same guys listed above: tucker (likely not yet
    2. 12 team h2h with OPS. over any of avisail/melky/byrd/soler
    3. 14 team roto with no AVG, but BB’s added. XBH also. over coghlan (this would give me three RF with 1 RF/util/OF each spot and already having bruce/heyward). coghlan is LF along with grichuk and holt (super util)
    4. 14 team h2h with OBP/hits/total bases over soler? (wouldn’t think this early yet)
    5. 16 team roto with many extra hitting ratio stats, pretty much all based on OPS. over any of jaso (3 util slots he’s 2nd catcher to ramos), or rasmus?
    6. NL only with no ratios, hits added. over either or paulsen/bour/pedro from PIT
    all of above leagues he’s a RF, and i’m assuming quickly gets 1B. for some reason he is 3B in espn.
    i would’ve had two more espn based questions, but i don’t need a 3B/1B guy in those.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Nah 2. Avisail 3. Over Coghlan 4. Nah 5. Jaso 6. Paulsen

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: oops, in #5, hicks is another drop option rather than jaso. Hicks doing well lately, but long record of not doing that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, drop Hicks

  105. chucky says:
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    Would you take a shot with CDick, partial week but all at home or Bruce, Betts, Crush. I guess what I’m asking, would you sit any of the aforementioned for CDick, or is he back on the DL before the week is out? Coors is so tasty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t sit anyone for Dickerson

  106. Tom says:
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    I’m behind in saves in my 10 day h2h match. I thought I’d get sneaky and pick up one of the 2nd chair RP’s available on either LAA or BOS since they have a doubleheader tonight. Do you like Joe Smith or Tazawa or Hoover (since Chapman did 44 pitches yesterday) to pick up a save for tonight only

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smith

  107. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Long term at 2B/SS/MI:

    Desmond
    Castro
    Travis
    Lawrie
    Ceasar
    Baez
    Kang

    10 team standard roto daily moves, dynasty, keep forever.
    I need 4 of them, man..

    cheers mate

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Travis, Lawrie, Demsond, Castro

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Grey: are those in the order you prefer or just random order?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Random

          • Malicious Phenom says:
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            @Grey: cool, thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  108. Few questions I had Bryant Miggy Rizzo Areanado Machado I could use at CI. Tried to trade forba front line starter using all of them. Finally I set my sights lower and got Richards for Bryant. Roto head 2 head with OPS Ks. Bryant has a K rate over 35%. Offense is good pitching is bad how do you feel or grade Grey.
    2nd question in this league we have a max of 5 pick ups a week. Would you ever consider streaming position players as you do pitchers. That youu are week at and haven’t found a decent stop gap plug. Never tried it but was curious if anyone ever has. Ive heard or seen it done in regular roto where you dont have endless pickups

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not good trade… I stream MIs in one league since I own Rendon

  109. McNulty says:
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    do I start Heyward or Grichuk this week?

    lefties on Tuesday/Wed/Fri and so Heyward may very well sit Tue and or Wed with his injury

    (Rodon, Danks, Chris Young, Baunelos, Shelby, Wisler)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grichuk

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @McNulty: if he’s not injured though he hasn’t sat vs lefties in a while, it appears even matheny has figured out that heyward is hitting over .300 vs lefties finally, i think he’s actually been STL’s best hitter over whole season vs them, as STL is NOT GOOD vs lefties for at least 4-5 years, and that’s across many rosters.

  110. Nightcheese says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Carson Smith or Tolleson ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tolleson

  111. Bubba with 3 B's says:
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    ROS in OBP/SLG

    Votto vs. Crush Davis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto

  112. henncoop says:
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    12 team 5X5 with weekly lineups. J-Up seems a risky play for a weekly lineupwith the jnjured oblique. I have K Davis in there at the moment but I really wonder how many ABs he gets with Parra playing as well as he is.
    Only other bench option is Reddick who faces 3 Lefties this week.
    Drop K Davis for Coglan (hittertron 9.3), Tucker(-8.7), Gose (-3.1 ), R Davis(11.2 ), or A Jackson (17.4)
    Currently in 1st with 100 points & my only hitting weakness being SBs(7th). I believe you have been calling Tucker a buy lately. Hold K Davis or pick up Tucker for upside or play the best option for this week by dropping Davis.??
    Thanks Grey ….great writeup on Monday morning.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tucker, thanks!

  113. DonnieB says:
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    Have Flores at SS. Any of these an upgrade ROS in 12-Team Roto: Kang,Holt,Suarez,Iglsius,Simmons,Rollins or Hechavarria? What is your best guess on Seager’s call up date? Great writing always, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eugenio

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seager seems like a Sept call up, doesn’t really do anything until next year… Thanks!

  114. ryanoger says:
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    10 team redraft 5×5 league

    C-Grandal
    1st-Goldschmidt
    2nd-Dozier
    3rd-Duffy
    SS-Icarlos
    OF-Nelson Cruz, Parra, B Hamilton
    Util-Rizzo
    Util-Abreu

    bench-Reddick
    DL-Rendón

    SP- Salazar, T Ross, Quintana, Erasmo, Aaron Nola, T walker, Heaney
    RP- Rosenthal, Kimbrel, Street, Wade Davis
    DL-BUchholz

    Who should I drop to pick up Grichuk or do I hold? Thanks Grey!

    best,
    Ryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Schoop over Matt Duffy or hold?

        thanks again man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Schoop

          • ryanoger says:
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            @Grey:

            haha sorry you should of said “answered already…scroll up lazy ass!”

            just saw that…

            thanks grey!

  115. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    i think garza being on DL is the same as a tree falling in the forest with nobody around for like 100 miles or so, i’m in TONS of leagues (even very deep ones) and i simply had no idea about that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  116. joe says:
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    Devon Travis or Schoop for the short term till Dee gets back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Travis

  117. Ddddy says:
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    Start Pablo in a double header vs 2 lefties $-6 in both games or start upton and hope he plays vs Hudson $14

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pablo

  118. Jimmy Two Times says:
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    Need an extra OF’er Beltran or Piscotty? Drop D.Murph, Odor, or Forsythe? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty… Murphy

  119. Don says:
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    Alcides or suarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alcides

  120. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Abreu/Greinke or Trout/Lester?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trout

  121. ryanoger says:
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    Last one sorry man…I’m all over the place

    10 team redraft 5×5 league

    C-Grandal
    1st-Goldschmidt
    2nd-Dozier
    3rd-Duffy
    SS-Icarlos
    OF-Nelson Cruz, Parra, B Hamilton
    Util-Rizzo
    Util-Abreu

    bench-Reddick
    DL-Rendón

    SP- Salazar, T Ross, Quintana, Erasmo, Aaron Nola, T walker, Heaney
    RP- Rosenthal, Kimbrel, Street, Wade Davis
    DL-BUchholz

    Should I add Soler over anyone above or hold?

    cheers
    ryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Reddick

  122. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    I wish I was a reporter so I could ask Mike Matheny “Any reason to why you took your best starter and ruined his double start this week with 4 ip in a meaningless extras game versus the muts?” No? ok thanks then next time throw peralta. ROS Grichuk Eaton Beltran Peralta in order and how close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, ridiculous… Grichuk

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: it’s worse, since carmart gets loss (looked bad too, not ready, 9 or so baserunners in 12 outs), misses next start, and might even screw with his confidence, and possibly timing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

    • Malicious Phenom says:
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      @ROTO OVERLORD: That same SP, that is more than likely on an innings LIMIT this year. What a bone headed managerial decision that was..

      Matheny pulled a Mattingly who pulled a Maddon..They all start with M..hmmmm

      • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: makes me real angry, I was in a bit of a starting pitcher limit conundrum, but not my boy cmart cmon now! I get to keep 3 players only in my league, pondering Cmart Carrasco and either Richards or a position player, but would it be smart to hold on to those 3?

        • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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          @ROTO OVERLORD: you’d rather keep hitters unless your hitting is awful.

  123. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Who would you rather keep forever, Frazier or Abreu?

  124. Glenn Brown says:
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    Fellow in brown looks an awful lot like Bill Buckner to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He didn’t drop his meatball though

  125. Nolan Arenado says:
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    Could use your opinion Grey. I wanted to buy low on Beltre this weekend in a 12T H2H, so made a deal with another league owner who is still in contention giving Familia/Pillar/Fister for Beltre/W. Davis. Helps him with saves and a replacement for losing Alex Gordon. This got vetoed immediately, so i removed Davis and it still got vetoed. So I switched Fister for Anderson, a starter that you can toss out there who’s been reliable if not exciting, and its vetoed again! At this point, it just seems like these guys dont want two competitive teams to get a little better, but what do you think Ol wise, and objective-point-of-view, Grey? Should the commissioner be able to just push this through to change league rules halfway through?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beltre side is better, but it’s not vetoable… Should be passed

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @Nolan Arenado: this is just douche bags doing what they do.

  126. ebudz says:
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    Hey Grey quick question…

    In my H2H points league should I drop R. Martin for Lucroy?

    Hitter Scoring: HIT (+1), RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 1B (+1), 2B (+1), 3B (+2), HR (+3), BB (+1) SB (+1)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martin

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Word okay sticking with my favorite Martin then!

  127. JoeG414 says:
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    Do you like / are any of these low end Batty Call choices worth a add today? We do have a limit on adds through out the season.
    6×6 roto
    Victorino vs Santiago
    Loney vs Buchanan
    Sizemore vs Buchanan
    S.Smith vs Simon
    J.Marte vs Happ
    Y.Alonso vs Hudson
    Pagan vs Kennedy
    Francoeur vs Moore

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t waste a move on them

  128. greg says:
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    You grabbing Werth when he comes off DL? And, how about, Reddick, Tucker, KDavis, please rank.

    I forgot about the limit on moves because ASB is two weeks, used them all stupidly, and lost out on Grichuk because of it.

    My hold on 5th place is slipping…not even having a BAD week, and getting hammered by 1st place team. MEH!

    • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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      @greg: gotta get your comish to prorate the moves of a 7 day H2H week to the 10 it is this week (in yahoo anyway), i do for my leagues. so 5 moves per 7 days equals 7 for 10 days etc. ESPN hockey actually automatically does that (assumes X amount of adds per day, and any weird length matchup period is adjusted for you)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not going near Werth in most leagues… Reddick, Tucker

  129. Teddy Heater says:
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    BFF, Loved the lost sign! I was really surprised that there were only 3 episodes left, as I’m trying to figure out how they’re going to wrap everything up in 3 more episodes. Granted we fast forwarded a few months and the gang’s all back together, but I still having this feeling I similar to drafting Gyorko for the last 2 years, waiting, waiting, waiting and then we get a poop sammy! At this point since we’ve invested 7 hours, we might as well finish it out. As terrible as I thought Ballers was going to be, it’s actually watchable, maybe it’s because we don’t have much to watch (my buddy said to watch Mr Robot on USA, he said it’s awesome and we typically like the same shows so I’m going to check it out, I think it’s on USA) My pitching staff finally came around and was thinking about grabbing Cingrani for Santana, hold or make the switch? PS: The yodeling reminded me of Beerfest, I hadn’t seen it for like 4 or 5 years and that shizz is still funny

    Arrieta
    Degrom
    Cmart
    Richards
    Salazar
    Iwakuma
    Chavez
    Santana

    DL Buchholz, Paxton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I was surprised by that too… No idea how they’re wrapping that shizz up and not sure I care… Maybe they’ll fast forward three more months and the case will be closedand Farrell will have a goatee and mustache! Hilarious with Gyorko, I get the feeling too… I’d hold on the SPs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh and maybe I’ll go back to Ballers but the 1st episode was so bad

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Bug and I laughed when we initially saw the preview and it’s not half bad, way better than the Brink. Bug and I went to Santa Barbara word our anniversary so I didn’t have time to read the SAGNOF tattoo post yet, I just finished the pod cast, so I have to go back and look it up. That’s epic.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          EPIC! Indeed… How was SB? You go wine tasting?

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: It was great, we stayed at a Bed & Breakfast in Summerland (Inn at Summer Hill) It’s like 5 miles from SB and $300 a night it blew away anything in SB. They do 3pm-5pm wine & cheese, 9pm dessert and breakfast in bed or you can come and get it from the kitchen. It was awesome, Ocean view, fireplace, balcony 5 stars all the way around. We were by far the youngest couple there, even better because no one bothered us. They do require a 2 night stay on weekends, but worth every penny. We skipped wine tasting as I stocked up on some bottles for the trip, but we had great food. We hit up Carlito’s a swanky little mexican restaurant and it was really good, we split fajita’s cause that shizz was huge. Saturday was our fancy night as we hit up Boushon. This is the stuff we see on Masterchef, amazing food! They had 3 different types of foie gras and as bad as I wanted to try it, just for the experience, but after reading how it is harvested I just couldn’t bring myself to order it. Crab Cakes, spot on and Bug loved the French Onion soup. The chicken she got was unreal, the way that the skin was cooked, right off a magazine cover. I went with Wagu New Steak and it was excellent. We opted for 2 desserts as we took one to go for later, Molten Lava cake and Lemon Blueberry upside down cake. It’s one of the best dinners I’ve had in the last 10 years. Food was reasonable, but the wine list was a little pricey for my liking, so I brought my own $80.00 96 point Pinot Noir and they charged $35 for corkage fee. I highly recommend going there, just be sure to get your reservation in early.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That sounds amazing! I wish we were married! We stayed at a b&b in Seattle for two nights then right above the pike Market the other two nights… I’m not usually a b&b person but it was nice… Place called Chelsea Station… Funny I don’t like staying at B&B usually but I wouldn’t mind living in one…

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: Ours didn’t smell like fish, so we had that going for us. HA! We did lose power on Saturday morning due to all the thunder, lighting, etc. We had to hit up a little place for breakfast in Montecito, so we only got 1 breakfast at the B&B, but can’t blame them for that ( at this point it’s a mini-celebration anytime it rains in Cali)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, totally… Everywhere I go I hear about how much we needed the rain… Cool, but I live in SoCal so I don’t get rain…

  130. Chucky says:
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    Would you drop Fidel or Cesar ( VIVA La Revolution) for Suarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fidel?

      • chucky says:
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        I mean really, how many other Fidel s you know? Castro of course.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fidel Abrahamowitz from my middle school… I’d keep Castro

          • chucky says:
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            Lol, no $pit, funny. I bet he could do a better job than Castro

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  131. goodfold2 says:
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    anybody remember back in the days when morel was a late round 3B option for deep leagues, i think it was my first year. in other news ROSSCUP UP! (almost)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: man, hard to believe CUBS bullpen so deep even neil F’ing ram can’t sniff a hold spot. prettayyy pretttayyy deep right there, and likely wide too, reminiscent of this

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: funny how this is the same day that joe ross is announced back, but i didn’t mean that when above was typed.

  132. Eric says:
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    ROS rank order: Odor, Grichuk, Parra

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grichuk, Odor

  133. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Paulsen or Cron for the batty call?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for saving me from the mile high James Loney.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  134. Eric says:
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    ROS: C Allen, Perkins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perkins

  135. HappyHarry1958 says:
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    12 Team,H2H,6X6 – Advice on this trade proposal. My Grienke and G.Polanco for his J.Upton and Pineida? Thanks Man.

    • HappyHarry1958 says:
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      12 Team,H2H,6X6 – Advice on this trade proposal. My Grienke and G.Polanco for his J.Upton and Pineida? Thanks [email protected]HappyHarry1958:
      should I ask him to through in d’Arnaud?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        If you want

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton side

  136. Bob says:
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    Who do you like better ROS? Neil Walker or Kolten Wong. Have been playing Walker recently when Wong got hurt. But now I’m in a situation where it’s not worth it to drop one as the wire sucks and I can’t trade them as the deadline has passed. Is one way better than the other in your opinion? Drop one anyway? Play matchups using hittertron? Thanks for feedback on this…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong, drop Walker

  137. Eric says:
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    Would you accept offer of Archer for J Up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If I needed an SP, yes

  138. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    ah ha, ross grab right before break was smart
    sky masterson is mine!

  139. Jaymz says:
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    Thanks Grey.

    Worth dropping any one of Avisail Segura or Cesar for Joe Ross in 10-team mixed leagues while he fills in for Stras? Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Segura

  140. jake says:
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    Hi Grey,

    You starting Chen @NYY tomorrow? SON don’t love it, but Chen’s been really consistent.

    Chen or Hellickson (MIA) or none?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chen

  141. Grizza3569 says:
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    Non keeper, standard h2h. Im a lock for playoffs, but have been week at 2nd base and weak in steals and runs. Would you deal Stanton in a package for Altuve or Gordon? Or would i be better off holding stanton for playoffs? I have Bautista, Gomez and Burns in my OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Altuve

  142. The Great Knoche says:
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    Looked at every broadcaster past and present for Giants and Mariners and googled their pictures on Wikipedia. (It was a slow last hour) He doesn’t look like any of them. Only one he is even close to is……………

    Tom Paciorek…….maybe………..with a beard.

  143. Frank White says:
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    Wutup Grey how you been..? I’m pissed cause I haven’t hit the wire in a while cause of personal stuff but i’ve been tied for first for a while but down to 2nd and CBS’s Bull-Ish 4 day week didn’t help but it is what it is! I’m in a 10 team h2h points league and i really need your help on my batting lineup. I lost a couple really good guys to injury but their not clicking and i just wanted your opinion on who you would drop. I’ll also add pItching..
    Nick Hundley
    Mauer
    Pedroia
    Maikel Franco
    Elvis
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Justin Upton
    Nelson Cruz
    Gerardo Parra

    Scherzer
    Jordan Zimmerman
    Kluber
    Salazar
    Lance Lynn
    Eduardo Rod
    Alex Wood
    Jason Hammel
    Syndergaard
    Kyle Hendricks
    Also you can add 8 times a week but i haven’t been streaming cause i don’t know who to drop. I know it’s a couple questions and know you don’t really answer more then 1 at a time but I’ve been on for years with every sport and I trust you most. What would you do?? Thanks Buddy!! LOL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can lose Mauer and Andrus, but have no idea who you’re adding

      • Frank White says:
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        K.. Thanks!! I’ll let you know who’s available

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  144. Green monstah says:
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    Howdy grey! Hope you had a great weekend!

    In a h2h pts weekly lock league which bat would you add for depth for next week , etc. I can add now but won’t be able to insert into lineup next week when the new week starts, my league has been locked since Friday (10 day matchup)

    Here are some bats I’m looking into: Trevor plouffe, CJ cron, jung ho kang, Brandon belt(1b/OF), kelly Johnson (1b/3b/OF), mark trumbo(1b/OF/DH), Jonathan schoop(2b), Marcell ozuna or stash Corey seager.

    My starting bats:

    C: Vogt

    1b: Edwin encarnion

    2b: howie Kendrick

    3b: Todd Frazier

    SS: Hanley Ramirez

    IF: Kris Bryant

    OF: Bryce Harper

    OF: puig

    OF: joc Pederson

    OF: Jay Bruce

    DH: started miquel sano this week but I won’t be getting a lot with him this week since he’s missing 3-5 games, Carlos Santana on bench.

    Utility : Carlos correa

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too, homey!

      • Green monstah says:
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        @Grey:

        Under rated baseball film “The Fan” crazy movie with De Niro!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

          • Green monstah says:
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            @Grey:

            ** forgot to mention above Jorge soler is available too so comes to soler vs cron

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Soler

  145. Dave says:
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    12 team H2H yahoo league
    A. Escobar or I. Desmond ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alcides

  146. Bazooka42 says:
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    tony Cingrani or E. Santana ROS? Assuming Cingrani is in the rotation for the rest of the season. I read that he has worked on a couple new pitches to go along with his plus fastball. I like the upside. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cingrani

  147. Bob says:
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    Who’s the best pickup?
    Tyson Ross
    Taylor Jungmann
    Rafael Soriano (will he even get saves?)
    Julio Teheran
    Mike Montgomery

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ross

  148. JJ says:
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    How about Grichuk vs Piscotty? Which one would you want to grab?

    • Cosart Sucks says:
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      @JJ: grichuk, he’s proven it and we’ve seen his playing time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grichuk

  149. Paul says:
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    E. Santana or T. Cingrani ROS
    12 team H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cingrani

  150. Jim says:
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    Yelich or Melky rest of season? Is it close?
    Thanks, as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich, it’s close

  151. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi Mr. Grey,
    Joe Ross isn’t in the Streamonator for tomorrow….Is he a go against the Mets? Seems like a silly question. (Alcohol)
    Peace

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him

  152. royce! says:
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    Howdy, Grey! Turns out having a second kid has not altered my priorities enough that I am not wondering what you’d think about dropping De Aza for Tucker. Whaddya know! And whaddya think?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @royce!: Royce! I’m in your hood next week. Sunday to wed

      • royce! says:
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        @J-FOH: Yeah, but should I drop De Aza for Tucker?

        Just kidding…I hope we can find some time to hang! Also, I think I have 50% coupons for SD zoo if y’all are going there

        • J-FOH

          J-FOH says:
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          @royce!: maybe a late beer if you can swing that

          • royce! says:
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            @J-FOH: I should be able to do that. I mean, you said the magic word and all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Great to hear it! Tucker… I can’t wait for the day one of your kids comments as royce jr!…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: I can see it now…“Who taught you how to do this stuff?” “You Dad! I learned it by watching you!”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          “Perusing comments on Razzball is what me and my Pops, royce!, used to do… I wish he didn’t lose his mind over a H2H playoff.”

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: “Now he just shuffles around the house, drinking whiskey and mumbling under his breath, ‘Goddamn you, Charlie…Blackmon.'”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              “At least I hope he’s saying Charlie before he says Blackmon.”

  153. The Great Knoche says:
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    Looks like another Coors washout….Cant catch a break.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn! They’ve had horrible weather all year

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: This with be the 16th game with a delay. That doesn’t count the 4 rainouts.

        And everytime they have a double header all their big bats sit at least one game (except maybe Blackmon)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, doubleheaders seem like a two for one thing but invariably guys sit out one game… It sucks…

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: My weather reports as accurate as my Desmond predictions it appears.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thankfully!

  154. AnTONY says:
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    ROS OBP/SLG
    Fielder or Longo?
    Braun or Rendon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fielder…braun

  155. Cohen says:
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    Grey,Tucker or Tomas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tomas

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thank u

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  156. TheGlow says:
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    The podcast is great man! One question, Roto, H2H, OBP, TB, H, and 2B.
    Which two guys will upgrade my team and who do I drop for them?

    Schwarber, Grichuk, Piscotty, Tucker, Schoop, or Suarez?

    I have Posey, Martin and A.J. Pierzynski – C
    Encarnacion, C.Davis- 1B
    Dozier, Murphy, Odor – 2B
    Franco, Donaldson, Sano and C.Davis – 3B
    Peralta, Correa, and Rollins – SS
    Puig, CarGo, Marte,Maybin, Heyward, Springer – OF

    Thanks bro

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Schwarber, Schoop, Eugenio over Turner, Pierzynski, Rollins

  157. FrankGrimes says:
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    Harvey should open Italian restaurant
    he has been serving up meatballs all year

    • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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      @FrankGrimes: It’s the effing walks. 13 in his last 15 innings. He’s not even close today, he’s missing by a foot with regularity.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thank God it’s tiny!

      • J-FOH

        J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: thats what she said….that lying bitch

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, why does she have to say anything?

          • J-FOH

            J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: come to think of it she must of been sarcastic

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Had to be!

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @J-FOH: that’s crazy, that looks nothing (besides being a white guy) like him.

  158. Johan Barleycorn says:
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    Grey,

    Hope I’m not too late. Who do you like as a Util pickup in a 10-team 6×6 (avg and OBP for hitters)?
    Looking for more well-rounded guys than any particular category.

    Souza
    Cesar Hernandez
    Josh Reddick
    Billy Burns
    Joe Panik
    Devon Travis

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

  159. Brett says:
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    Grey

    Aoki or odor? Need steals the most of the categories

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  160. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    yeah, cargo 2 is the hitting version of ace ventura, basically a sociopath who’s slid by in society since they are good at baseball. now ace ventura might have a problem very soon though since he hasn’t really held up his part of this tacit agreement this season. Rules of society are quite simple, just as you believe in god you get some shoes, so onto us we allow bat shit crazy behaviors as long as you are good at baseball. There’s other off the books rules, like i just took off my PIT penguins (hockey team) hat due to sitting in KC bar watching ace ventura not able to get anybody out. I’m not rooting for pirates here, but black/gold might look like red to a bull with this crowd. and unlike with that bear vs bull thing i know what bull means in this instance.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: i mean without having to read magoo’s post (i can figure out what bull or bear means by the content of course)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  161. danny almonte says:
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    Keep one for next season, Cargo or Brantley?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brantley

  162. Sange76 says:
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    12 team head to head points keeper

    Stick with y Tomas or pick up either Aoki or Ryan Zimmerman from waivers for the 2nd half? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  163. Reid says:
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    Hey Grey, do you like Jungmann, Duffy, Latos, or Chavez more than Eduardo Rodriguez ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chavez

      • Reid says:
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        @Grey: thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  164. Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge says:
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    oh crap, looks like BROCK HOLT is out of a job, benched for BOTH games of double header. this means he’s started 1/5 of games since break, i should’ve noticed this earlier.
    1. with souza back soon holt is the easy drop. but who is best stash for that DL spot: harrison/paxton/hahn/matz/morrow. this is H2H with large benches, so i already have 11 SP that are active (if we count j.ross and nola)
    2. 14 team roto with BB’s, K’s and XBH but no ratios. with only grichuk at LF i could use a LF if i drop holt. tucker/c.gilaspie
    2A. same league. i have bour. him or cron at CI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Paxton 2. Tucker 2A. Cron

  165. Dommattingly says:
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    Cron or Grichuk?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron

  166. Ships says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Really enjoying my first season on Razzball. Have a couple trade scenarios I’d like opinions on.

    My Lineup is Ramos, EE, Rendon, Arenado (thankyou!), Sano, Upton, Cain, Dickerson, Utility is C Davis. Bench of DJ, Dyson and Desmond with Springer on the DL. I’ve given my lineup assuming Cdick and Rendon are back this week,

    Pitching consists of Cole, Carrasco, Pineda, Hendricks, Chen, Chavez, Graveman, Nelson, Velasquez with Bucholz and Matx going to my DL when Rendon and Cdick return.

    I’m in an weekly H2H league

    Offer 1 His Scherzer and Souza for my EE, Graveman and Springer. I think I can counter and leave Springer out and upgrade Graveman to Chen.

    Offer 2 Kershaw for my LoCain and Cole. I would counter with Pineda instead of Cole. Also, may be able to get Revere or Soler as a throw in since he has to drop a player anyway.

    Sorry for to be so winded… how do you rank the trades as offered and how about with my counters? Trade or stand pat? I feel like I have a little extra Offense and a lot of Streamers which is why I want a stud SP.

    As always, thanks in advance for your advice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Take Kershaw, take Soler if you can get him… Scherzer trade is fair

  167. Rex says:
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    In a keeper league…is A-Rod, Kemp, Maybin, Carson Smith a good haul for Marte?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, you’re giving away the best player by far

  168. Colin says:
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    trade grichuk for nola? 6×6 (QS, IP, SLG, OBP) need the pitching depth, although my OF isn’t exactly stacked…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  169. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    damn, now 3 blown saves in 3 attempts for perkins/axford/familia, at least no losses. maybe TOR could stop winning games by exactly 4, that might be nice, or if they win by more than 3 maybe E5 could get in on that.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: actually, considering how my opp doesn’t have any closers this week and i still have pretty decent ERA/WHIP lead maybe COL could get a vulture for ax here, would be better for me than a save anyway

  170. cdouglas says:
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    I made some solid trades over the last couple days in my 12 team h2h, and now find myself heavy on offense but poised to make some offers on high end pitching. at the moment i’m holding 6 OF plus 1 on the DL.
    C Posey
    1B Duda
    2B Walker
    3B Donaldson
    SS Correa
    Of Charlie Blackmon
    Of Maybin
    Of Carlos Gonzalez
    Of Kole Calhoun
    DH Lind
    U Dyson
    B Pence
    B Piscotty
    B Rendon
    B Chris Carter
    DLSpringer
    My pitching staff at the moment looks like:
    Jo Fer
    Liriano
    Syndergaard
    Pineda
    Shields
    Wade davis
    Box
    McGee
    Allen
    As much as i love Pence when he’s healthy, it cant be long until he hits the DL again. Can it? Trying to figure out who to offer and what pitcher(s) to target. 6×6 league with bb, sv/hld, and k/9.
    Thoughts on:
    1who to move?
    2 who to target?
    3 The manbird’s likelihood of injury?

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @cdouglas: you need much more SP than 5 in 12 team H2H, trade some of those BN guys either to improve 1B (duda not good starter in 12 teams by this point, i think even preseason he would’ve been low there, certainly is now), when rendon back just drop walker for SP depth. piscotty not needed in 12 team leagues (esp if he’s only a bench guy), drop for SP, or somehow trade to opp who is very weak in OF. You aren’t getting enough volume in K’s and wins. Dyson is good for steals but steals only guys have less value in H2H, you want more balanced starters if possible. One of your drops should be for a streaming SP slot, unless you have really few adds per week or left on season (there are very many good matchup streamers in 12 teamers with 24 man rosters)

        • cdouglas says:
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          @I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail: The reason for my post was not for help with strategy. I had the opportunity to trade away mediocre pitching for Lind and Blackmon. I typically carry 7 SP and 1 bench spot on offense. Im crushing this week and have a lot of trade bait. I *could* not start another pitcher the rest of the week and still win. Im in no rush and Im not dropping anyone- at least at the moment. Duda is mediocre. You’re right, however my best option at replacing him is Colabello and for the past 2 weeks cola has been no better. Thats not much of a concern because i could just plug Lind in at 1b based on match ups. And, since STL has a record of turning decent guys into fantasy relevant bats and I am playing in a league where new call ups are gone immediately and since I have an astounding lead i can hold piscotty while he gets 1B eligibility and I evaluate his situation.

          what i was looking for was maybe a- yeah pence will probably be hurt again trade him while his stock is high or pair him with Springer and shoot for…
          or something along those lines

  171. Rob says:
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    Can you rank the following guys in terms of ROS value?

    Souza, Torii Hunter, Schwarber, David Peralta, Schoop, Duda, Avisail Garcia, Gregory Polanco

    Thanks!

  172. Gabe says:
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    who would you take justin upton or kluber?

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