Jorge Soler is likely done for the year with a strained oblique.  This is one of those injuries that comes with a sigh of relief.  Yay, I don’t have to keep running Soler out there and being disappointed.  Disappointment, you are the mistress of expectation, aren’t you?  Soler fascinates me in a car crash that you rubber neck while you pass sorta way.  Here’s a preseason tweet from Peter Gammons, “John Mallee (Cubs hitting coach) says Jorge Soler hasn’t swung at a pitch out of the strike zone all spring.  Scary good.  May be best of Cubs lot right now.”  Cubs committed to playing him, and, by the end of the year, you had to wonder if they should’ve just been committed.  If his year is over, he ends with 7 HRs, 3 SBs and a .265 average in 278 plate appearances.  Worse (yeah, it can get worse), his strikeout rate zoomed, and not in the fun way like Aretha Franklin’s zooming.  On our Player Rater, he was about as valuable as Will Venable, Brandon Moss and Jeff Francoeur.  Or make that, as craptastic as those guys.  In 2016, Soler will be one of those guys that goes in the 150 range that could be as valuable as Pollock this year, or as valuable as the Pollock that parked so close to your car you couldn’t get in your door and needed to climb through the trunk, knock down the backseat and crawl through to the steering wheel.  Time, not the magazine, will tell.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jason Motte – Likely done for the regular season with a shoulder strain.  “Motte’s is apple sauce, and apple sauce is awesome, so this can’t be!”  That’s Guy Fieri looking at his fantasy team.

Addison Reed – Day-to-day with a tight groin.  Sounds like me in junior high.

Kris Bryant – 1-for-4 and his 20th homer.  His home run was the difference in the game like Lost In Love was the difference in Air Supply’s early career.  You really make some cool references.  Thanks, Random Italicized Voice.  I was being sarcastic, you gooftard.

Jon Lester – 8 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 3.44 vs. Corey Kluber 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA down to 3.43.  If a third pitcher, threw 6 2/3 IP and left with a 3.42 ERA, the world would’ve exploded, said the Mayans.

Derek Norris – Expects to return on Tuesday.  In related news, brother Chuck Norris invented Tuesday to kick Monday’s ass.

Marcus Stroman – Said he felt great after throwing a simulated game.  One robot in the simulated game said, “I must kill the Queen.”

Denard Span – Should return Tuesday.  Hey, that’s today!  Wow, when did that happen?!

Drew Stubbs – Signed a deal with the Rangers.  That’s perfect.  Just what the Rangers need.  The Rangers are like Ellis Island of the 1930s.  Give them your tired, your poor, your .220 hitters.

Greg Holland – Wasn’t available yesterday due to his shoulder being cranky.  Did it eat?  Cause a lack of food always makes me cranky.  Cougs says I get crungry.

Kris Medlen – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He settled down and ended up looking decent in his first start, which is awesome for him to build off of for next year.  For this year, I wouldn’t go near him unless I was wearing the cologne, Desperation.

Mike Moustaskas – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, and 2nd homer in the last two days.  Moistasskiss!  If someone grew tired of his antics during the previous two months when he reverted to Mostsuckass and dropped him, I could see grabbing him again.

Alex Rios – 2-for-4, 1 RBI, hitting near-.350 in the last week.  Definitely seems like a hot schmotato, and, on the year, he has only two homers.  He can’t even sniff Bum from there.  I mean, he can, but not Bumgarner’s five homers.

Steve Pearce – 0-for-1 as he was activated from the DL.  The DL said, “Just glad to get him off me.”

Adam Jones – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer.  Didn’t he already have his 24th homer?  C’mon, if he’s going to get to 30 homers, he can’t be hitting multiple 24th homers.

Kendall Graveman – Hit the DL with an oblique strain.  Looks like we have the epitaph for him.

Josh Reddick – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and a slam (15) and legs (6).  You know the weather map with the yellow, orange and red shades for raising temperatures?  They should have those colors on a phallus for when Reddick’s heating up.

Mark Canha – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.  Doode’s about as hot a schmotato as I’ve seen since the days of Ty Wigginton.

Danny Valencia – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Valencia seems to get hot super fast, and cool off as fast.  So grab him…and drop!  Grab…drop!  Grab…well, you get the idea.

Tom Wilhelmsen – Lloyd Christmas McClendon announced that Wilhelmsen would’ve got the save on Monday night.  This made me laugh.  Christmas is now announcing who will get a save each night?  Is it too much to just say, “He’s our closer?”  Will that send the wrong message?  Like it’s too, I don’t know, decisive.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Hisashi my dashi, burp, burp.  I would prefer no no-hitter and no games like yesterday.  Just a bunch of 7 IP, 2 ER games is fine with me.  For fork’s sake.

Ketel Marte – 3-for-4, 1 run and his 3rd steal, and 2nd steal in two games, hitting near-.325 in the last week, and leading off.  Ketel is a decent on-base guy with 25-steal speed.  Ketel One is a vodka.

Mark Trumbo – 2-for-4 and his 17th homer, and 3rd homer in the last four games.  Heating up just as the M’s vacate the playoff race.  Somewhere, George Steinbrenner’s talking crap about Dave Winfield.

Lucas Duda – Expected back right when his DL stint ends.  Too bad his DL stint doesn’t end tomorrow.  Faulty logic points!

Wilmer Flores – 3-for-6, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and two homers (13, 14).  Someone needs to bottle Wilmer’s tears and sell them to teams that can’t find team chemistry.  Can call the bottle of tears, “Naive,” but maybe spelled it backwards so no one knows.

Michael Cuddyer – 3-for-4 and his 9th homer.  Pretty much everyone on the Mets hit a home run yesterday, and that includes those guys that should’ve retired two years ago, like Cuddyer and…

David Wright – 2-for-5, 3 runs and his 2nd homer as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “I just got an email that says I inherited a millien dollars from a Nigerian uncle!  I’m outta here!  Millien is spelled with an E, right?”

Travis d’Arnaud – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Yet, another Met who touched up Philly pitcher, Adam Morgan, who looked like Craptain Morgan.

Daniel Murphy – 3-for-6, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Thundersticks were in full effect yesterday in Philly like the city hadn’t seen since Ben Franklin contracted an STD in a torrential rainstorm.

Yoenis Cespedes – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer.  There will likely be some people who say the Mets clicked yesterday due to the return of Wright.  Don’t be one of those people.  If they had 54-year-old Howard Johnson playing third base, they would’ve clicked yesterday due to Craptain Morgan and the rest of the Phantastic Phillie phitching.

Jacob deGrom – 2 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  Okay, so Philly’s experiment pumping helium into the stadium was a success and failure.

Cameron Rupp – 1-for-3 and 6th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Prior to this, Rupp’s claim to fame was being passed on the all-time college basketball win list by Dean Smith.  (You might be thinking, “I thought Grey didn’t know anything about any other sports.”  Yes, that’s true, but as a Jew they force you to know every Adolph in history, no matter the spelling.)

Ryan Howard – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Keep it up, Howard, and soon you’ll be the 2nd guy behind A-Gon on the Dodgers.

Domonic Brown – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  “See, I told you guys!” said Tehol as tried on mankinis.

Matt Adams – Could return on September 1st.  That’ll coincide with the rosters expanding, really no other way of fitting Adams on the team.

Kolten Wong – Member when he was the starting 2nd baseman for the Cardinals?  Wha’ happened?

Welington Castillo – 2-for-4 and his 17th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  The boeuf’s back!

David Peralta – 4-for-5, 1 RBI and homered in the game before.  2nd verse, same as the first.  Hot schmotato alert!

Nick Castellanos – 1-for-4 and his 14th homer.  Can I draft him for 2016 and be disappointed already?

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 33rd homer.  What do you expect?  His name is Just Dong, not Just Don’t Dong.  There’s no Don’t.

Jason Bourgeois – 1-for-3, 1 run and his 2nd steal.  Bourgeois, no relation to Puig, has 30-steal speed and has replaced Billy Hamilton in center and as a guy with speed and terrible on-base ability.  If you need speed and a guy with some middle class roots, I could see trying Bourgeois.

Eugenio Suarez – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .308.  Has three homers in the last ten games, hitting near-.350 in the last week and is owned in 18% of leagues.  Y’all a bunch of Eugeniuses!

Joey Votto – 1-for-2, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer.  If you drafted Joey, you don’t ‘roo that day.  Pun points!

Brandon Phillips – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .286.  This season for Phillips feels like a dead cat bounce, which is the most overused expression by people trying to sound smart.

Carlos Gonzalez – Day-to-day with a sore knee.  In other words, the uze.

Ben Paulsen – 2-for-3 and his 10th homer.  On a more important note, I look at his player page picture, and it’s like I’m looking in the mirror.  How handsome is this man?

Charlie Blackmon – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer.  Blackmon keeps doing work like that in Atlanta and he’s gonna get signed by Jermaine Dupri.

Christian Bethancourt – 0-for-3 as he was recalled by the Braves.  Braves fans with a lisp groan, “Thit, that thucks!”

Jonny Gomes – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Fantasy Overlord, everyone was asking about dropping Carlos Gomez.  Gomez!  Not Gomes!  “My bad.”

Jean Machi – 1 IP, 2 ER and his 2nd save.  Saves ain’t got no face, which is too bad because I’d like to punch the Red Sox relievers.

Rusney Castillo – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Sadly (maybe happily depending on how much risk you like), he’s going to be about as much a wild card going into 2016 as he was going into 2015.  In fact, all hitters from Cuba — Puig, Rusney, Yoenis, Alex Guerrero, Alexei Ramirez, Leonys and Jose Abreu — are in that same grab bag of “I have no idea what I’m getting from year-to-year.”  We should have a glossary term for Cuban raftees that are hitters that are completely unpredictable.  Please suggest in the comments.

Jose Abreu – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 24th homer.  See what I said 1/8th of an inch above, then see whatever the term is that we came up with 7 to 15 inches below.  That’s what she said!  Huh?

Jeff Samardzija – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.75.  For every pitcher you weathered a tough stretch with in April or May or June, there’s a Samardzija that you’d like to stranglezija.

Scott Feldman – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Last night, Feldman was Goonies-esque and the Stream-o-Nator and everyone else expected anything post-Dream A Little Dream.

CC Sabathia – Could be done for the year.  Back date this to 2012.

Nathan Eovaldi – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I saw Eovaldi’s 2nd start this week vs. the Red Sox, so I benched him in a weekly league.  Which meant, I was sonavabenched by a reverse Double Down.  That’s a sentence one more glossary term away from not even being understandable by me.

J.A. Happ – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.08…on the Pirates; ERA at 4.21 overall.  This start was vs. the Marlins, and his next start gets even cushier taking on the Rockies.  That’s not a start containing more Kush, that would be a high start in Colorado.

Gregory Polanco – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 21st steal.  Polanco’s gonna end the year around 10 HRs, 27 SBs, which will put him in prime “Gonna Be Marte” territory next year.  The GBM field doesn’t feel as wide as it was once, but could birth Twins, Hicks and Buxton.

Mark Melancon – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 40th save, ERA at 1.50.  Member when you dropped Melancon in April because he was struggling with a 5+ ERA?  Oh, that’s right, you’re not reading this anymore, you’ve moved on to fantasy football.

Christian Yelich – Aiming to return on Tuesday.  He should put one of those urinal flies on Tuesday.  Those things really help with aiming.

  1. woodzler says:
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    Nice one Grey!
    Is the Pitcher Profile coming back soon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @woodzler: I think JB returns next week from his honeymoon…

  2. Natty Boh says:
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    Jamonero: Cuban slang word for a guy who groped chicas on a crowded camello (camel bus)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Natty Boh: Like a Japanese chikan? Why does ever culture have a name for this?

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: It’s universal. Like Sports.

  3. Todd says:
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    All I know is that I’ve had Rusney, Yasmany, and Yasiel on my team this season, and I get Fidelirious trying to figure out when to play them and when to bench them.

  4. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    “We should have a glossary term for Cuban raftees that are hitters that are completely unpredictable.”

    Exploding cigars.

    Often expensive, these sticks can have fine spicy woody flavoring, a strong leather palette and can be a really pleasant, long-lasting smoke. Or they can blow up in your face.

      • Clint says:
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        @Grey:
        My submission’s ‘The Pacino.’ As in, like the Cuban raftee he played in Scarface, you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get with an Al Pacino movie. Could be vintage, awesome 70’s & early 80’s Pacino or the mediocre to awful 90’s Pacino or the fading into obscurity w/peppered glimpses of greatness like Insomnia Pacino of the 21st century. It’s a constantly sliding scale of a career.

        And FYI: according to my MLB twitter timeline, based on the current obscene hot streak of the Mets & their scoring they a) never needed Carlos Gomez, b) CAN destroy teams not named the Phillies, and c) are obviously going to sweep this year’s playoffs & world series. Is it possible I follow too many ‘objective’ Mets fans that work in media?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… Possibly on the Mets thing… I think we have better on the term…

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo: “Exploding cigar” could also apply when your starter’s in line for a victory and his ‘pen coughs it up.

  5. Manley Ramirez says:
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    ONLY BUILT FOR CUBAN SPHINX

    These utterly unpredictable players are seemingly built to give you a Sphinx’s riddle regarding their year to year numbers. Guess wrong the outcomes of their performance and doom is certain for your fantasy team.

  6. Speedy McGreedy says:
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    Preguntatas.

    They look so lush and delicious but they are just so mysterious and you have so many questions about them.

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @Speedy McGreedy: Not Cuban specific, but i like it nonetheless.

  7. assy says:
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    schoop or flores over wong? has he lost the starting gig at this point? is this why my wong hurts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @assy: Flores

      • Basement Artie says:
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        @Grey: Wong is dead wood.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

  8. Mobin Couldn't Hack It says:
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    14 teamer with OBP, hits and total bases. this lineup
    d’arnaud
    E5
    dozier
    sano
    bogaerts
    OF bautista/marte/burns
    util rusney/buxton
    BN shaw
    best bat overall here, but this team does have a history of being weak in OBP/RBI’s. Might want to go with a 3B or SS or 2B so if Sano/Bogaerts get an off day i’d have that covered.
    holt/canha/dietrich/suarez. Holt could easily do all of those positions.

      • Mobin Couldn't Hack It says:
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        @Grey: appear to be loading up on BOS players (like i did preseason with sandoval/ortiz/bogaerts) at just the right time.

  9. Swfcdan says:
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    Kuma crusing through 4 then goves up 7 earnies in an inning? How is that even possible?! McClowndon once again taking his retardness to a whole new stratosphere. Seriously get rid of this joker…

  10. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I currently own Wong.. Was wondering if you liked any of these guys more than him; phillips or coghlan

    Thanks !

    • Landru says:
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      @Greys #1 Fan: Grey, I currently own Wong too. Do you like any of these guys more than him?

      Hitler, Himmler, Pol Pot, Manson, Osama bin Laden, Jared, Phil Hartmann’s murderous wife, Urkel, Schoop.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Schoop, Pol Pot, that order

        • Landru says:
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          @Grey: You da man, Grey!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  11. Pouss-Pouss says:
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    Please help me pick six (6) keepers in a forever league, kept in round drafted:

    Price in 4th
    Bryant in 7th
    Abreu in 9th
    Hanley in 10th
    Carrasco in 11th
    Salazar in 15th
    Pederson in 17th
    Cruz in 18th
    Rusney in 20th
    Papi in 21st
    Darvish in 22nd
    Tomas in 25th
    Sano in 26th

    Keep only six! Help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pouss-Pouss: Cruz, Sano, Pederson, Bryant, Hanley, Salazar

      • Pouss-Pouss says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, good sir

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  12. Oranje says:
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    Currently, Odor is permeating 2b for me but I could pick up some Flores and let my team know that I think they are all special. Maybe we will cry a little…Do I keep my Odor or improve it with some Flores?

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    I love the Eugeniuses reference! On another note, I’ve tried to be patient with my Wong but I have to drop him for something that will produce for me. Please pick one at the keystone for ROS among Flores, Coughlin and Dan Murphy. Thanks again Grey for your help and entertainment! Also D’Arnaud, Martin, Beef Wellington or Chuck Norris at catch for ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Thanks! Flores…Beef

  14. EA says:
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    In a non-keeper league, should I drop Jose-Fer? I have been waiting for any kind of indication (other than his own) that he’ll be pitching again this year and could help me in the playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EA: Yup, drop

  15. Hi Grey: I have two extra OF in a 15-team roto league and need to drop at least one of them to take Doolittle off the DL (I can wait until Doolittle has a decent outing before activating him, but the choice will be the same). I obviously won’t drop Cespedes or J Upton, so who are the two weakest choices among Khris Davis, Jay Bruce, Burns, Revere, Piscotty?

    My weakest batting category is home runs (6th place in the category), but there’s only one team ahead of me within 10 homers so I’m not sure how much progress I can still make there. With SBs, I’m 4th in the league but only 6 behind the category leader so I could potentially make up ground there faster. In BA I’m first but with three teams close behind.

    In this league we can have two keepers from the middle or late rounds and I think I have better options than these guys, but, just in case one of ’em seems like an unexpected bargain, Davis can be kept for a 15th-round pick, Burns or Piscotty for a 12th-round pick, and Revere for a 9th-round pick.

    I know that’s a lot of detail, but that’s the context. Any advice?

    Many, many thanks!

      • @Grey: Thanks, Grey … in case I need to drop another one (I really only need 5 OF and I have 7) who follows Revere to the chopping block?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bruce

  16. Shawn of the Livid says:
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    Hi Grey! I have a few terms to throw out there:

    “Fickle Fidel”

    ” Havanna Hunch”

    “Cuban cantseegar” << my fav!

    And my question; drop Puig, or Pederson for a hot bat at this point? Hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shawn of the Livid: I prefer exploding cigars…I’d hold Puig, can lose Pederson

  17. Clyde Prompto says:
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    An unpredictable Cuban raftee? Sounds like a “Tricky Ricardo.”

      • @Grey: Edited to “Tricky Rickie”? … I think that actually means something in Cuban slang but I can’t remember what.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

        • Clyde Prompto says:
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          @Enrique: It was a play on Ricky Ricardo, the Cuban band leader from “I Love Lucy.” I’m not up on my Cuban slang, haha.

  18. Cafuné

    Maxi says:
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    Dropped Soler over a month ago, but man oh man do I wish I trusted my gut and kept Pollock over him this season.

    super sad emoticon session, commence…

    • Cafuné

      Maxi says:
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      @Maxi:How about Guantanaschmos?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Maxi: Not bad, but I prefer exploding cigars, Tricky Ricardo

  19. The Phatman says:
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    For the Cuban players…how about a play off of Hot Schmotato and call them Schmojitos?

    • bigbear says:
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      @The Phatman: Excellente!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Phatman: It’s solid, but they’re unpredictable, not really schmoes

  20. Ricky Ricardo was from Havana Cuba. He tried to settle down in the United States and become a performer that you could count on. Played “Babalu” to sold out crowds at his Tropicana Club. Married Lucy McGillicuddy, a fiery redheaded American girl. But his heavily accented English, rapid-fire Spanish, combined with the dealing with a zany wife led to alcohol abuse, womanizing, and completely unpredictability. Some hit performances at the Club showed much promise and enormous potential. But you just had no idea what you would get from game to game and year to year. Makes for a great sitcom, but a crappy fourth outfielder. In consideration of this unpredictable and tumultuous nature, I present “Babalu” as a term for what you get rostering a Cuban raftee. Yoenis Cespedes is a Babalu.

    • @zombie: Just read “Tricky Ricardo” a couple above. Well done Clyde. Same wavelength. Have at it Grey & Rudy…

    • bigbear says:
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      @zombie: I like, but muy complicated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie: I prefer Tricky Ricardo from these two

    • Dangerfield51 says:
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      @zombie:
      Zombie you got some ‘splainin to do.

  21. Nehocstu says:
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    Glossary term for Cuban raftees that are hitters that are completely unpredictable:
    A Spanish Flea.
    Tried to seduce my lineup with some Spanish Flea; only got bit on the ass this time.

    Always love your columns. Thanx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nehocstu: Thanks! I prefer exploding cigars, Tricky Ricardo

  22. G says:
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    Hey Grey,

    My closers are Kimbrel, BOxburger, Doolittle, Rondon, and axford. Drop either of the last two for wilhemson? I figured having him and Doolittle for this week id be ensured a save or two with their teams facing off.

    Second question, I picked up coghlan and now wong occupies my only bench spot. Drop wong for another 2b like dietricht, walker, or solarte and stream that 2b slot? Two weeks left in regular season before playoffs and im currently in 2nd – not sure if wongs worth holding onto for a turnaround. Thanks for yournthoughts as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G: Axford… Sure, Dietrich

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: dietrich looks out of playing time, gordon back to 2B, yelich/ozuna in OF spots.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  23. Packers says:
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    I’m in first place by 1.5 SGP in a 10 team mixed roto league. I too have Wong at 2B, with Prado at 3rd with 2B eligibility. .0248 in Ops separates 8 SGP’s. .0113 separates 6 of us in avg. Here are the FA available. Scooter,Owings,Solarte,Kelly, Moustacos, Valencia, and R.Zim.. What changes would you make? I can move both Wong and Prado or just one. It’s a weekly league,by the way. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Packers: Grab Scooter and Moose, lose Wong, Prado

  24. Achilles says:
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    How ’bout GITMO’D?
    You never know if you’re gonna get something useful from them or just unmercifully tortured.

    • bigbear says:
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      @Achilles: Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Achilles: Nice, I’ll add it to the list

    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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      @Achilles: Good one!

  25. BambooLounge says:
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    Once you hit Round 7 it’s a Bay of Puigs, good luck.

  26. bigbear says:
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    The Cuban grab bag glossary?

    Fidel Castroways when identifying them as a group.

    Or you could go a few ways with cigar terms as individuals…
    Torcedores – one who rolls the cigar. “He’s a good/bad torcedores.” Or the Anglicized translation, “I’ve been torcedored.”

    Cut/short filler vs long filler = The best cigars have long leafs running the length of the cigar so it burns slower. And as you go down in quality/price, more cut/short filler is used. “I paid for a quality long filler stogie but got a cut filler product.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bigbear: I prefer exploding cigars, Tricky Ricardo, Gitmo’d

      • bigbear says:
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        @Grey: Me too.

  27. Hoosier Daddy says:
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    What a relief to get finally rid myself of this Soler Albatross !

    BTW…love the title. I always thought a great SNL skit/video spoof would be of Elton John playing the part of a “bad boy” warning the parent of a young male groupie to “Don’t let your son go down on me”

  28. Dem ribbies says:
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    Baez-watch 4-4 with a HR, a SB and a BB.

    That’s one way to respond to La Stella’s call-up. Dude has also started at 2B/SS/3B his past 3 games. Super utility for next year??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dem ribbies: I bet Baez is given the job next December when Castro is traded

  29. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Started Medlen this week. Wish me good luck. I barfed after the first inning, despite the fact struck out 2 in the inning and that the non-catch by Sugar Cain was bogus.

    NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘It was announced this week that Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Rothlisberger was planning to marry his girlfriend Ashley Harlan in July. She said those three little words…’Don’t kill me.”

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So far, so good! Ha!

  30. RePete says:
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    The ‘Cubanati’ – an unpredictable secret society of cuban players formed to tease and torment the fantasy baseball masses

    • RePete says:
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      @RePete: ‘El Cubanati’ – adding the El sounds better and closer to illuminati

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I’ll add it to the list

    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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      @RePete: “El Cubanati”…hilarious.

  31. Matty says:
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    Wilmer or Asdrubal in a redraft?
    Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilmer

  32. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Your Eovaldi blurb might be the best use of glossary terms yet!

    So, have we all quietly decided that Wong is droppable and I just missed the boat on this? I’ve been so worried all year about the wheels coming off Forsythe that Kolten got the men’s locker room treatment (avoid eye contact with Wong at all costs).

    Speaking of locker rooms, you might remember that I’m trying to massage a trade of my Martin for Schwarber in my H2H OBP league. If that falls through, would you drop Martin for Beef Wellington, Montero, Jaso, or any Zombino with favorable matchups?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Sure, Welington, or any schmo with good matchups

  33. RTP says:
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    Replacement for Wong for a playoff push…..

    Dietrich, Forsythe, Wilmer, Daniel Murphy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilmer

  34. ERad says:
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    East Coast Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, East Coast is in the plane becoming West Coast Grey again

  35. Phil of the Future says:
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    Holy S***, BB.
    This week I’m playing a Mets homer who just starts them in his lineup. as many as he can grab. You can imagine what I’m feeling right now….

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Scott: Holy crap, I did! Ha, didn’t even realize

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch, yesterday wasn’t good… You see the link I commented to you yesterday?

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: No I left early yesterday. I’ll go back and check it.

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Shiba Inu in a bush! G, that’s amazing.

        Seriously, he’s just like, yeah I’m stuck, but I’m going with it. This is my life now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s amazing! They should leave him there and have tourists come by and take photos with him… Or different ones in every city in the world

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: I’d pay for a photo with him. I really would. That face!

            Only thing, they would need to take him out of the bush to do pee and poop, maybe have a drink and some food. Then put him back in.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He can stay in the bush and give him a bed pan…

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: It’s gonna be a mess. They’ll be poop everywhere in the thistles and stuff. I’m worried.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Okay, so there’s some kinks to work out

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: I’ve done some thinking. If we carve out a nice little area in the bushes behind him it could fix the poop issue. At least we could get it all in the bedpan. Thoughts?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      How about a stadium pal?

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: I have some concerns.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hmm…. I’m only going ahead with this idea in every city over 20,000 people if you’re with me in implementing

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: I’m still with you, I just can’t condone these pups sitting in their own poop. We fix that problem, and I’m in.

                    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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                      @Phil of the Future: I know it’s your joint-venture, but I’d be in to help make this happen. I totally agree on the “sitting in their own poop” conundrum. What if you strategically place the Shimu’s in the hedge so that you can easily take them out and just rotate the dogs every hour? Tourists on one side paying for pics, and pack of Shimu’s on the other running around and taking dumps. A rotation cycle if you will.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      When you say fix the problem, do you mean sew up the poop chute?

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: I like this idea

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: No we’re not sewing up any dogs’ poop chutes!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, okay… I mean, yeah, of course! We’ll find another way to keep dogs in a bush forever so it can take pics with tourists

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: I just don’t understand why it has to stay in the bush permanently? Why can’t there be bathroom breaks? Why not a nice meal at the end of the day in a little table near the street? Why not some belly rubs?

                    I have questions!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Then a line will form while it has to go on bathroom breaks… It’s fine, but you have to deal with lines, this is all too much now

                    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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                      @Phil of the Future: That’s why you get a pack of Shimu’s….rotate them in and out. Gently remove one Shimu from the hedge, replace with another! Get J-FOH to lift them up and down into the hedge and then we’ll supply the “belly rubs” and meals?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Slim’s in charge!

  36. Wilson says:
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    B Crawford or Kipnis for MI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crawford

  37. Halp

    Mike HC says:
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    Still reading … best fantasy baseball writer out there right now (most entertaining really). Do you write for football too?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I don’t but Razzball does do football

  38. CMUTimmah says:
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    My cuban thought:

    Phony Montana (Scarface)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad, I’ll add it to the list

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I don’t know why but why didn’t we ever name Chone Figgins…..choney montana? He rose to relevance in this fantasy world and then flamed out faster than the XFL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t get it

  39. Knucks says:
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    Thinking about dropping Wong for Wilmer for MI slot…. Talk me off this ledge. Or should I jump!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jump

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Knucks: Just did the exact same move thanks to Grey. Wilmer’s got some tasty matchups for the next week too…

  40. Jon says:
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    Add Wilhelmsen dropping Jepsen, Tazawa, Smyly, Karns, or Erasmo? H2H 5×5 league, gearing up for the playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jepsen

  41. Wilson says:
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    A Rod (vs Keuchel) or Beltran or Peralta (vs Garcia), who to bench today? Pick one. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beltran

  42. Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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    In a h2h points league needing to replace Soler. Who do you roll with between A. Garcia, Buxton, R. Castillo (Can hold 2 to rosterbait, steals are worth 2pts in this league, HR’s end up netting +10 for 4 bases, R, RBI, and +4 HR bonus).

    Glossary term: Bologna Montana or Fidel Catastro

    • Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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      @Marty Janetty_Was Set Up:

      Balogna may be better being spelled Baloney in this instance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Avisail or Adonis… I think we have better on the term

  43. What would Grey do (WWGD)? Would u trade Michael Pineda for Jaime Garcia? Garcia scheduled for 2 starts this week. Pine Tar Pineda just returning from DL tomorrow, so I suppose he is rested & healthy, but NYY going to a 6 man rotation as well. We all know Garcia is an injury waiting to happen, but performing okay lately. What say you Grey? Thanks!

    • Halp

      Mike HC says:
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      @madden_curser: Yanks 6 man rotation plans might be a bit different now that CC went down. They are still liable to throw a spot starter once or twice though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  44. Lville Jim says:
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    Dealing with these Cuban rafters is causing me to have a señor moment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  45. tb says:
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    Drop Wong 12 and 8 team league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  46. Matty says:
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    Who do you prefer for the playoff push; Raisel, EVOO, Rodon, or Gausman?
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gausman

  47. neogonzo mourning says:
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    Cuban Fizzle Crisis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we have better

  48. Strolg says:
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    His Barco is worse than his bite!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  49. Paul says:
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    Pick up Trumbo over Shaw?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  50. Halp

    Mike HC says:
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    As for the Cuban nickname, I really like Exploding Cigars, but you can also just go with Cuban Cigars.

    “The real problem with Cuban cigars today is inconsistency within individual boxes, according to industry experts. For unclear reasons, boxes tend to come with duds, or sub-par cigars …”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/18/cuban-cigars-arent-actually-all-that-special/

    The entire article is actually works perfectly and is pretty funny when looked at from the Cuban Hitter perspective.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, that’s hilarious

  51. ashtray says:
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    Drop Revere to pick up Span in a league that counts K & OBP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  52. Christopher says:
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    Wilmer or j Turner as middle infidel?

    Peralta or piscotty in OF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilmer… Piscotty

  53. Double H says:
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    Deep toto in the thick of the race – would you dump Alexei for one of the hot schmotato SS like Ketel, Suarez, Flores, etc?

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilmer for power

  54. Jim says:
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    Looking to pick up a 4th outfielder before playoffs start. Buxton, Castillo, or Canha?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buxton

  55. The Nino says:
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    If you could only pick one, would you keep 22nd-round Stroman or 19th-round Rodon in a QS league for the next three seasons? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rodon

  56. Fidel says:
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    How about Havana Knight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we have better

  57. Gareth says:
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    Which one of these would you not start?

    Wood @ Reds versus Lamb
    Morton @ Miami versus Hand
    Karns @ Home versus Twins Ervin Santana
    Chavez @ Seattle versus Montgomery

    • Paul C. says:
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      @Gareth: Wood. Would rank the others Karns, Morton, Chavez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood

  58. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Jerrys McGuires

    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: That was supposed to read as “Jeurys McGuires”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t get it

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Haha, Cuba Gooding Jr. reference. I’m on a handful of muscle relaxers and steroids from a softball induced injury. I though it was hilarious, alas, the drugs got the best of me!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… That sucks! The injury not the suggested term… Well… No, it’s not bad now that I get where your head was at

          • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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            @Grey: It’s a Kenny Powers cocktail. Just trying to figure out what to binge watch – I tried Rectify, and could’t get into it. At least Curb Your Enthusiasm is on Amazon Prime.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You watch Happy Valley? Broadchurch?

              • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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                @Grey: I haven’t. Will give them a shot, thanks!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Though these might be too heavy for someone in your state… I don’t mean Wisconsin, but well…

              • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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                @Grey: Physically in Michigan, btw, mentally in Flagstaff.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Not a bad place to be

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Mentally

                  • CMUTimmah says:
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                    @Grey: Softball in Michigan? League or Tourney?

                    Please tell me you didn’t hurt yourself for league…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Huh?

                    • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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                      @CMUTimmah: B league championship! Going all out at age 36!

  59. Gareth says:
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    Rubiks Cuba

    Hard to Figure out.

    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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      @Gareth: Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we have better

  60. Gareth says:
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    G3!

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Gareth: ok, this time, the featherbottom section in between yours was way too big to not notice it to count properly.

  61. Two Huge Penis Anchors says:
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    Call the Domincan players Cowherds…that ought to light a fire under em.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  62. Scott says:
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    Please rate these corner infidels:
    Cron
    Reynolds
    Turner
    Napoli
    Bird
    Alvarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: Drop Reynolds, Bird or Alvarez for him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Reynolds

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: grab pedro.

  63. So JD is not returning to cover hockey? I thought he was great. If he’s gone that’s too bad. He’ll be missed, but I’m sure you will find someone capable if he’s not doing it again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, we’re gonna have to move on without JD

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: youse guys had somebody different the year before that too if i’m not wrong. it’s odd since he is still running the fantasy hockey league, so it’s not like the Guru story i’m sure (well fairly sure….)

  64. Slim Nincompoop says:
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    “The Rangers are like Ellis Island of the 1930s”. Made me spit out my coffee and you’re right about desperation being a stinky cologne. Did you see Castillo last night? Master Pai Mei…so wise. I’m going to head out there with the dog here in a minute and will see if I can pick up on anything. As far as the glossary term voting goes, I’m going to line up behind “El Cubanati” although “Rubiks Cuba” is preeeetttttaaay good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Master Pai Mei isn’t a master for no reason, he’s a master of the fine fantasy arts.

  65. Q says:
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    Assuming Span is off the DL, do I drop Buxton, Fowler, or Span himself?
    Thx Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Span

  66. EA says:
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    Drop Coghlan (SCHOMATO AF LATELY) for Wilhelmsen?

    • EA says:
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      @EA: Other OF are Schwarber, Harper, Burns, Pederson and Span/A.Gordon on the bench who should both be coming back soon. Rendon at 2b

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  67. dom says:
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    hey grey good read

    wrapping up a first round h2h bye, trying to position myself best to start winning 9/14

    the back end of my offensive roster (positions don’t really matter due to starting lineup settings) currently goes Alex Gordon and Duda (hurt), Choo, Justin Turner (quietly awful for a month), Lucroy, Khris Davis, and G Parra. 8 Hitting categories are OPS, H, BB, XBH, HR, RBI, R, SB (so I value SB less than standard leagues)

    on the wire I see Rusney, Holliday, Yelich, and V-Mart. Do you think any of these guys could help me in mid September more than what I currently have?

    on the pitching wire I am eyeing Stroman. (and maybe Burnett, Anibal, and Holland).
    Currently own rookies Nola, Rodon, Severino, Joe Ross, and have concerns over IP shutdowns. I know you’re mostly a roto guy but any advice? Thanx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon, Choo for Yelich, Rusney

  68. Two Huge Penis Anchors says:
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    Is Lackey just a streamer at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  69. jojo says:
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    drop Odor for Kipnis in roto redraft?

    should I drop Bruce for JBJ, Canha, or Piscotty in roto redraft?

    thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure on Odor… Piscotty

  70. Don Majkowski says:
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    Any value for 2016 of this list?

    Moncada
    JP Crawford
    Orlando Arcia
    Giolito
    Glasnow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  71. Scott says:
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    Do you like Garcia over Beltran?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  72. ashtray says:
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    Lose Turner for Kang?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  73. Mike says:
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    Wei-Yin Chen or Nathan Eovoli?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chen

  74. William says:
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    Puig, Tomas, Castillo, Soler, et al –

    “Cubano Loco”

    Bonus if you get the Hunt for Red October parallel reference…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we have better

  75. Dangerfield51 says:
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    H2H points 10 team daily lock. Playing the guy I’m tied for 1st with. He owns the tie breaker.
    What to do with R Martin, he is DTD and has slumping for the last 30 days…lot of options.
    Montero, Yan Gomes, Wellington, Cervelli and Clevenger. What is my best option ROS.

    Thanks.

    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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      @Dangerfield51: Kick’em to the curb and pick up Wellington.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Welington

  76. Scott says:
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    Start all Right-handed Dodgers today in the Great American Ballpark?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  77. Nick says:
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    I think exploding cigars is probably better, but these could work too:

    InFidels

    An Elian Gonzales

    A-Drift from the mean

    • @Nick: do you know why it took bill Clinton so long to decide what to do with little Elian Gonzales? Cause the last time he misplaced a cuban he almost got impeached.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we have better

  78. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, pick two starters for each day.

    8/26
    Pineda Vs HOU McHugh $31.2
    Colon vs PHI Eickhoff $9.3
    Handricks vs SF Peavy $4.8
    Peavy vs CHC Handrich $4.7
    Ross vs WSH Schezer $40

    8/27
    Smyly vs Moline $19.9
    Niese vs Harang $ 8.7
    Gio vs Cashner $8.5
    Ventura vs Tillman $8.4

    8/28
    Ross vs MIA Conley $14.5
    Kennedy vs PHI Nola $14.4
    Walker vs CHW Danks $14.3
    Fiers vs MIN Gibson $6.9

    8/29
    Happ vs COL Ruskin $15
    Lynn vs Vongelsong $ 11.6
    ODorizza vs KC Rusin $11.5

    Hutchison vs SF Farmer $7.4

    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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      @Wilson: Pineda/Colon (Ross isn’t a $40 play), Smyly/Niese, Kennedy/Walker and Happ/Lynn.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pineda Vs HOU McHugh $31.2
      Peavy vs CHC… Niese vs Harang $ 8.7
      Gio vs Cashner 8/28
      Ross vs MIA Conley $14.5
      Fiers vs MIN Gibson $6.9

      8/29
      Happ vs COL Ruskin $15, odorizzi

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey:

        HOU is hitting today.
        Is it safe to start Pineda? especially he just comes out fron DL … thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s not safe off the DL

  79. ScreechOwl says:
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    Cubist art.

    I have no idea what I’m looking at.

    Though, exploding cigars are the kinds of things that leave grouchy marks in my fantasy statistics. I hate it when I wouldn’t even vote for my own choice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I think we have better

  80. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    METS!!!!!! its about damn time we have an offense…and i know they were in coors and are now in philly..yada yada yada…I’ve seen them in coors and philly enough times where they couldn’t score….By the way i still love ya boo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, they’re currently hot

  81. Jack says:
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    ROS – Maybin, Bruce, Beltran, or Taylor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taylor

  82. Erik says:
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    Poor Wong…at least I have Odor as a replacement.

    In another league I need to pick a UTIL player. Currently have Turner but he’s been cold. Stay with Turner or go with Canha or Suarez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Canha

  83. Jon says:
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    10-team league, we keep 6. Any suggestions on 6 keepers for 2016?

    C Gomes
    1B Abreu, Duda
    2B Kipnis, Odor
    3B Arenado
    SS Correa, Bogaerts
    OF Jones, CarGo, J Upton, Bruce, A Jackson, Soler
    SP Arrieta, Lester, A Wood, Carrasco, Salazar, C Martinez, Iglesias, T Walker
    RP Robertson, Allen, Giles, Tazawa

    • Jon says:
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      I left off Piscotty. He’s an option to keep, too.

    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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      @Jon: Arenado, Correa, Jones, Cargo, Abreu and Carrasco/Arrieta.

      • Slim Nincompoop says:
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        @Slim Nincompoop: Could see going Upton over Cargo depending on where he ends up.

        • Jon says:
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          @Slim Nincompoop: Thanks! I’m leaning Arrieta for my SP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too early to say

  84. ryanoger says:
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    10 redraft

    Perez
    Goldy
    Dozier
    Rendon
    Icarlos
    OF- Cruz, Khris Davis, Buxton
    Util- Abreu, Rizzo
    Bench- Melky, CarGo

    Loose Melky for Span?

    thanks grey!
    ryan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  85. J-FOH says:
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    Chicabano – like the ladies from this island you never know what to expext. Crazy as f**k. Locabano also works

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: what’s your leader?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You can see above

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: what exploding cigar? Rudy will never go for it. Have fun working that in

  86. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Hey Grey, in a keeper league, would you trade away Puig (12th round keeper) to get Tulo? Im in 2nd place in my league….thank you

    • JohnnyBeGood says:
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      @JohnnyBeGood: And where would Puig go next year in a re-draft 10 man league ?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Around 100 maybe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  87. BornTooLate says:
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    12 team H2H 6×5 (OPS)

    Been platooning David Peralta and Adam Lind in my 2nd utility spot of late since they both sit against righties often. Kang is available after some dingleberry dropped him last week. Should I take Kang over either of them ROS? Heading into the playoffs and could use that extra threat of a SB here and there. Thanks and killer write up today.

    • BornTooLate says:
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      @BornTooLate: uhh…I mean lefties.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Go for it

      • BornTooLate says:
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        @Grey: I’d drop Lind first over Peralta. You down?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d drop Peralta first but likely tomato tomahto

          • BornTooLate says:
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            @Grey: right on. thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  88. Tom says:
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    What do you think the Cubs do with Schwarber next year? Would they even think of sending him down to Triple A to start the year to work on his catching and defense?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, he’s their catcher

  89. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-Team H2H-Points League, (BB=1, SO=-1, SB=3, CS=-1, HR=4, 3B=3, etc.)

    I’ve been rolling with Derek Norris all season. Got him in the last round after everyone took a catcher. So I couldn’t be happier with the results so far.

    I know he’s supposed to be back this week, but with wrist concerns, should I drop him for Wellington Castillo for my playoff run?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes go Welington

  90. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Grey,

    My roster just took several hits. With Wong getting jerked around, Joc getting yanked, Billy Hamilton and Grichuck on the shelf..my team is still bouncing between 1st and 2nd in my roto league. I need mostly HR and RBI…

    A.) Do you like replacing Wong with either Schoop, Odor, Solarte?
    B.) Do you like replacing Joc with Trumbo who is on a bit of a dong spree?
    C.) Worth dropping Grichuck for Springer?

    Thanks, homie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop…. Yes… Yes…

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  91. Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry says:
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    looks like Stanton might be back this week.

    would you trade him for Tulo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  92. Chris says:
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    Two questions.

    Miggy at 1B, Machado 3B, Tulo SS, Pujols Util. Sano on bench – missing lots of his HR’s, only batting category I could use. Do I ever consider benching Tulo or Pujols for him?

    and

    Given the logjam above, I have to squeeze McCutchen/Marte/Buxton/Bruce/Span into 3 OF spots. Obviously go with Marte and McCutchen, but otherwise should I continue to ride matchups or just stick Buxton in and pray?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope…Buxton

      • Chris says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! It’s a 13 team 5×5, I also have Schwarber and Gattis to rotate in at C and potentially OF – OK to drop Bruce or Span (or both) and stream some pitchers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Drop both to stream

  93. Bob says:
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    6×6 roto with OPS would you drop Melky to pick up Rusney as a bench bat/spot play?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  94. henncoop says:
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    Overdue to move on from Wong especially since he not playing. 10 team H2H league with 6 keepers each year
    Choices seem plenty: Coglan, Flores, Phillips, Asdrubal, Dietrich, Solarte, Scooter, Marte, Lawrie, or Prado.

    Thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends son needs… Flores

  95. Bro Jackson says:
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    I do like Exploding Cigars or Cuban Cigars, but:

    -Bay of Puigs
    -Ballistic Missiles
    -Average Castros
    -Failed Fidels
    -Coleman Rafters

    Is Stanton really really playing baseball this week? Hooray Baseball Overlords!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think exploding cigars really gets to the heart of it… Giancarlo!

  96. stoopid says:
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    Alvarez or Moustakas ROS in 5×5?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose

  97. Sky

    Sky says:
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    You’ve inspired me today, good sir:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe cause I’m on a plane, I don’t see anything after the colon

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Nah, it didn’t take on the front end of the site. Had to fix on the back end

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: hehehe, you said colon

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha… Awesome

  98. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Greystone! (Ever toured the Mansion in Beverly Hills?)

    1) DeShields has been sucking it at 2B – take a shot of Ketel One or hold?

    2) Need to pickup a bench OF w/ speed for the playoffs: Burns, Bourgeois, or Span?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t, but been meaning to tour it… DeDeshields over Ketel…Burns

      • Jackie Treehorn says:
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        It’s worth a stop – I used to take out-of-towners to see it when I lived in LA..

        If steals are deemed less of a priority at 2B – drop DeShields for Odor?

        Thanks dude!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s actually about a half mile from where I live so it’s goofy I haven’t been… Yeah, I’d go Odor

  99. Matt H says:
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    Our season ends early, and I’m in the finals this week. Should I drop Hanley for Herrera? I don’t think Hanley has any value this week. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  100. Jack says:
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    Taylor or Buxton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buxton

  101. JJ says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Have a couple quick questions.

    Im still holding C.SMITH in a 12 team H2H 5X5 keeper league. I have Doolittle in my DL spot. Is it time to drop Carson to activate Doolittle? Or should i wait to see how Doolittle pitches. Im kind of stuck. Cant make any other moves while holding a player thats not on the DL in my DL spot.

    Also, would you drop A.EATON to pick up SPAN? Or is that tomato tomahto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Eaton… I’d try to wait another day with Doolittle DL’d…

  102. Polka

    Polka says:
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    Cuban Rowing Team-
    Once they get used to being fat ass Americans and lose their rowing power, the numbers drop..
    Make them paddle back and forth each spring to keep the Sugar Cubes ripped!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I think it needs too much explanation

  103. rage says:
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    can i trust severino and matz down the stretch or should i try to move them for someone w/ a more proven track record? in first, in a tight race overall and wins/era/whip with second; keeper league. thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you can get, they’re decent keepers potentially

  104. Kutty says:
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    Drop J.Pederson? He’s a mid round keeper(14th) next season. As of right now he sits on the bench next to Hanley. Burns/Eaton/Tomas out there. OR move Schwarber to OF and pick up W.Castillo? My league counts OPS as a category which is why I thought Castilo would be a good play instead.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Move Schwarber, pick up Castillo

  105. Scott says:
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    Have you seen Kelby Tomlinson’s smugshot? He looks like the Joker!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  106. Slim Nincompoop says:
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    Welp…Cheers to the death of fun! It’s a sad day as I have to report back to work a week from tomorrow and need to start battening down the proverbial hatches. No more dressing like a white-trash toddler (http://i.imgur.com/8RZ6S4l.jpg), late night spoken word performances at dive bars under the pseudonym “Analo-G” and opportunistic day drinking. Need to start putting some thought into my AP classes and work on fitting back into my “uniform” sponsored by Banana Republic. Uggggghhhhhhhh.

    Anythehoo, I’m tied for 1st in my 10-Team H2H keeper league with one week left to go. Probably will end up with the #2 seed as the planets aren’t aligned schedule-wise, but what are you going to do? That being said, it’s now cutthroat time in the SP department. I have to keep two pitchers out of the following, but I’m more interested in what pitchers now become droppable in the case that I need a streamer. Here’s my SP staff: Sale, Carrasco, Salazar, Lester, Zimmerman, Samardzija, Corbin and a streamer slot currently occupied by Tomlin.

    Sale is obvious, but what’s the second pitcher you’d want to hold onto? Thinking everybody’s on the chopping block outside of Sale, Carrasco and Salazar (perhaps Lester). Agree/Disagree? Welcome back to the west coast and thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Sale, Carrasco and Salazar should be held, agreed… Banana Republic uniform made me think for a moment you were Curious George’s man in the hat

      • Slim Nincompoop says:
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        @Grey: Yeah…I guess I do pretty much look like that. Dress-code requirements are no bueno. Not happy about it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Tell em you’re taking a leave to develop a Shinu Inu bush business

          • Slim Nincompoop says:
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            @Grey: I just imagined that conversation. Ha! Happy Tuesday Grey.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, you too!

  107. Swfcdan says:
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    Gotta start Keuchel in a 10 teamer against the Yanks tonight even at the house next to the house that ruth built *exhales* … right? In 3rd place and making the owners above me start to sweat a little!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Swfcdan: what start would make you think you shouldn’t start keuchel?

  108. CMUTimmah says:
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    Playing off the Phoney Montana name… how about we just call the questionable Cubans:

    Cocka-Roaches

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we have better

  109. Scott says:
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    So, Grey. Pedro’s not playing today. You dropping him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably

  110. BDubs says:
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    Struggling to identify my 5 keepers for next season. Who would you keep?

    In no particular order:
    Schwarber
    Correa
    Frazier
    Joey Bats
    Cespedes
    Cruz
    Puig
    Machado
    Buxton
    Grienke
    Kluber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado, Kluber, Correa, Bats, Frazier

  111. JoeG414 says:
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    A.Rios or D.Jennings ros ? Or coin flip ?
    6×6 daily roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rios, coin flip

  112. Alex says:
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    Grey, at this point in the season…LeMahieu or Coghlan over Wong?

    Also, someone dropped Schwarber but I have Castillo who has been killing it, drop or hold the Boeuf?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DJ… I’d want Schwarber

  113. Scott says:
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    If I have equal needs for HR and Steals, should I drop Khris Davis for Anthony Gose?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  114. Sreaming Leake says:
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    Activating Pineda for tomorrow. Who would you drop from Heaney, Rubby and Estrada? SP cats are W, K, WHIP, K/BB, QS. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heaney

  115. mb says:
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    Start odor vs buerhle or Hernandez vs Thor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  116. ashtray says:
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    Of course Carrasco might be hurt. I can never have nice things.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know

    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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      @ashtray: Holy shizz! That’s not good news. Damn.

  117. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: 12 team h2h redraft

    Hold on Grandal ?

    Catchers Available: Castillo, Hundley, Cervelli

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Welington

  118. Cohen says:
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    Grey, would u start Chavez tonight at Sea?

    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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      @Cohen: I would.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thank u

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  119. ebudz says:
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    Yo yo Grey, back again with another streaming question:

    ESPN 10 Team H2H Points:
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    Please pick all the best starts for my critical points match-up the next two days:

    8/26
    Hendricks @SF (4.7)
    Peavy vs. CHC (3.0)
    Ross @WAS (-8.6)
    Bassitt @SEA (-11.5)
    McHugh @NYY (-13.8)

    8/27
    Smyly vs. MIN (19.7)
    Rodon vs. SEA (16.8)
    Niese @PHI (9.4)
    R. de la Rosa vs. STL (-2.8)
    Cashner @WAS (-10.2)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peavy…Rodon

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the quick reply as always man!

        1. Would you start anyone else on 8/27? I already own Rodon so I’m looking for maybe some extra point production out of my streaming spot.

        2. I also already own Tyson Ross right now so is it just too risky to start him at all tomorrow? I know I can’t afford any negative points this week, however Ross’s last starts have all at least been positive scores… From most recent starts to oldest starts: 12, 7, 14, 13, 15 points.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. SMyly and Niese 2. I’d start him

  120. nick the dick says:
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    Yo Geez, how was your trip? Bout that time to listen to Czarface pt 2. https://youtu.be/WzeieiYHIk0
    And have you ever seen Another Period on Comedy Central? Oh man, it’s ridiculously funny

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just walked in the door from Cali… Trip was good… Saw family, pretty chill, nothing really earth shattering… Never saw that show… Never heard of it, honestly

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Nice…yeah I was sure you hadn’t, but you should watch it. Stupid, weird funny

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m swamped with about ten hours of TV that I’m behind on from my vacation… Stupid DVR…I’m sorry, DVR, I love you!

  121. JoeG414 says:
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    Who would you start :
    Moreland – home vs Buehrle
    or
    M.Byrd – home vs Arrieta

    6×6 roto

    Thanks
    PS : Todays marks the 40th anniversary of one of rocks greatest albums :
    Born To Run !

  122. The Fridge says:
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    Grey – where do you see Maikel Franco ranked at 3B next year? Is he a keeper at $13?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Money changes depending on depth of league… He’s likely around a top 12 3rd baseman

  123. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    That McDumbass quote is funny unless you own Seattles closers. You all the mistakes by Mattingly, Freddi ,McDumbass makes me think how good Giriardi is guiding this collection of overpaid antiques in first. Clearly he doesn’t even come close to Toronto’s talent.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s such a moron!

  124. 740 says:
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    wsup Grey, 10team h2h 5×5,

    please pick one ROS. Raisel or smyly? i need picthing going into the playoffs.

    thanks bruh!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Raisel

  125. Gareth says:
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    Karns………Nooooooo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouchsies

  126. nick the dick says:
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    @Grey: don’t let the digital overlords hear you say that and delete all your programming

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t worry, I wear a tn foil cap on my head so no one can pick me up from their satellites.

  127. Bob says:
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    Carlos Gomez has been struggling the last few weeks, just killing my stats. Would you sit him for Castillo or Peralta until he heats up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, that’s for either that is playing actually

  128. crash davis says:
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    You still diggin on Preston Tucker or would I be crazy keeping Osuna as my 15th and final for next season? I typically don’t keep closers but he’s scary good

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too early to say, Osuna likely is fine there

  129. Bob says:
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    SON doesn’t like John Lackey @ARI (-3.9) or Tyson Ross @WAS (-8.6) but what do you think, start it sit them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start in most leagues

  130. J-FOH says:
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    3 creepers in the rundown? I’m sensing this is my early birthday gift

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t read this week’s, but, you’re welcome!

  131. Fish says:
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    Lucroy is going all Cameron “You called me a SELL?!?!” Maybin now. 2HRs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I know

  132. boredoutofmymind says:
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    drop Altherr or Pillar in dynasty league. Looking for best long term value. Need to open up spot for Pineda off DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altherr

  133. Alps88 says:
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    Need to drop one.
    Corbin or Richards

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Richards

  134. Al Dumars says:
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    I always wondered how you spelled ‘UZE’. Now I know. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, no problem!

  135. lb. sand says:
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    Doolittle or Wade Davis for pts leagues?
    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  136. SteveNZ says:
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    The rest seems to have done Wong some good. Nice day so far…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: So of course he leaves a guy stranded in his next at-bat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  137. FrankGrimes says:
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    I hate closers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hate Matt Cain

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        time to send him to the glue factory

  138. FrankGrimes says:
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    how does eovaldi only have two loses?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy run support

  139. Boomer19 says:
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    Another Sano bomb. I’ll be looking for him in your Top 20 for 2016 in the spring.

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