*swirls a glass, takes a gulp. spits it back in a bucket*  “That’s vintage Justin Verlander,” said Kate Upton.  “Okay, this might sound gross, but can you spit into my mouth?”  That’s you getting up the nerve to say something to Kate Upton.  I just thought of a moneymaking idea for Shark Tank!  You stand outside of Comerica Park with a cardboard cutout of a naked Verlander and have people pay $10 to take a picture with him, pretending to be Kate Upton.  Oh, and no, this post isn’t an attempt to Bleacher Report up Google’s rankings by mentioning Verlander and Upton repeatedly, though it does seem that way…Verlander/Upton, Verlander/Upton and Verlander/Upten for the illiterates.  So, Verlander did look magnificent yesterday until the 8th inning when he began to tire, ending up with a one hitter –> 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners (1 Hit), 9 Ks with an ERA at 3.45.  Big Magoo captured Verlander’s upside about two weeks ago with this post.  Worth reading, but the key part (cause I know, y’all can only read so much), “Since the All-Star break, Verlander’s 7.25 K/BB ratio is the 5th highest among qualified starting pitchers, and his 1.1 BB/9 is the 6th lowest.  He shares the same swinging strike rate (12.1%) as Jake Arrieta and Gerrit Cole over that span as well.  Now, excuse me as I go drain the weasel on a picture of Grey.”  Hey, wait a minute!  I didn’t remember that last part.  So, if Verlander is out there in your league, the one-hitter yesterday doesn’t seem to be a hirame.  Sorry, I just had sushi.  It’s not a fluke.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Shane Greene – Season is over for Greene as he will undergo hand surgery.  The surgery is to remove JB’s hand from him.

Anibal Sanchez – Set to throw next week.  That gives you about three weeks to drop him.  Maybe four if you’re lucky.

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 34th homer.  Does Just Dong make his way into the 2nd round overall next year?  Asking for a friend.

Miguel Cabrera – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Do you know what Cousin Slowpants’ batting average is?  Nope, try higher.  .560?  Oh, c’mon, is that a real guess?  Why not just guess “avocado?”  He’s batting .370.  Not to sound all Tim McCarver, but Miggy’s a professional hitter.

Nick Castellanos – 1-for-4 and his 15th homer.  Yesterday, I named Domingo Santana my first 2016 sleeper that you will forget by December, so when I write a post about him you won’t be like, “Yeah, I know this shizz.”  Well, the 2nd 2016 sleeper, Castellanos.

Hector Santiago – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 3.13.  I mentioned this about two months ago, and to reiterate on the aforementioned tip, Santiago feels like a guy that will slowly, but surely make his way up to a 3.50 ERA and kill you with a slow death.  And that’s me paraphrasing me while calling you Shirley!

Jacoby Ellsbury – Didn’t start yesterday due to a sore hip.  He should just officially change his name to D’Ellsbury.

Michael Pineda – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER as he returned from the DL.  Can we return him back to the DL?  I don’t necessarily think this means Pineda will be useless the rest of the year, but I wouldn’t start him until he showed a decent start.

Didi Gregorius – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Didi, Didi, Didi, can’t you see?  Sometimes your one homer per month hypnotizes me.

George Springer – Hoping to start rehab this weekend, which puts him in line to get activated early next week.  Usually hitters returning from broken wrists take a while to return to form, so Springer may not be himself until next year, but you’ll take what you can from him and like it!

Evan Gattis – 2-for-4 and his 21st and 22nd homers, and has three homers in the past two games in The Stadium They Built Across From The Parking Lot Which Was Once Where Ruth Built A House.  Gattis feels like a guy that could be playing in pinstripes at some point in his career.  Sure, not until he’s about 36 years old, but at some point.

Collin McHugh – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.92.  McHugh now has five straight Quality Starts.  Or as my Italian grandfather would walk around saying to everything, “Cheeng-oo-BETZ, kapeesh?”  The Stream-o-Nator loves McHugh’s next start, and I see no reason why he’s not a start everywhere until he throws a bad one.

Carlos Gomez – 1-for-3, 1 run and his 6th steal.  Hey, would ya know?  He’s finally fogging up the mirror under his nose.

Chris Bassitt – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  Oh, no, Bassitt, not on National Dog Day!

Billy Burns – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting near-.425 in the last week.  Burns is scalding hot.  Pun noted because I was too lazy to avoid it.

Brett Lawrie – 2-for-4 and his 12th homer.  Incredibly, he’s hitting near-.500 in the last week.  It’s so incredible that Lawrie is actually doing something I feel like changing the word “Incredibly” to “Lawriely.”

Nelson Cruz – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 39th homer.  You know if I get on board with Cruz next year he will have the worst year of his career.  You know this, right?

Felix Hernandez – 8 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  This was a classic matchup of F-Her ‘n the A’s, and all that hurt him was a little bit of Burns.

Kyle Seager – 1-for-5 and his 18th homer.  This was Seager’s first sign of life in about a month (hitting .196 in August).  Maybe he was having a sit-in until his brother was promoted, though spelling “sit” like Jhonny Peralta would.

Tom Wilhelmsen – Lloyd McClendon said, “(Wilhelmsen) is the closer as we speak.”  Actually, he said this around 9 AM PST yesterday when absolutely no game was going on, so, of course, basic cliches elude him.  Why wouldn’t they?  Or he was saying that while watching a video playback of an inning where Wilhelmsen was closing as he spoke.

Logan Morrison – 2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 7th steal; he also hit a home run on Tuesday.  Morrison’s starring in an adaptation of his own novel and schmotatoness:  Beloved.

Ketel Marte – 2-for-5, 2 runs.  He’s been leading off, and hitting around .450 in the last week.  This one Ketel is Effen black cherry-cinnamon schnapps hot.  This blurb was brought you by 20-something Grey who used to drink on the reg.

Billy Hamilton – Hasn’t even begun baseball activities.  No scratching himself, no spitting, no nothing.  He’s been sitting with a mouth full of Big League Chew in his mouth, dribble coming down his chin, as a fly lands on his crotch and he hasn’t done anything!

Yasmani Grandal – Expects to return on Thursday.  Whatever, I’ve moved on to my new squeeze, The Beef.

Yasiel Puig – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  He could have a .440-hitting, 10-homer September or go 0-for-110.  Only those in El Cubanati know for sure.

Brett Anderson – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER (3 unearned runs for a small box scare), 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.36.  Somehow, he has a 3.36 ERA on the year, and I swear I’ve streamed him to something like a 17.00 ERA over four streams.  No matter what the Stream-o-Nator says, I wouldn’t ever touch Anderson.  Once bitten, twice shy, Great White.

Bartolo Colon – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, vs. Jerad Eickhoff 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Elias Sports Bureau said this game was significant because a drunk David Hasselhoff once bent over and mooned a passing tourist who exclaimed, “Eick!  Hoff!  Colon!”

Wilmer Flores – 2-for-5, hitting over .400 in the last week.  Don’t cry for him, Argentina, he’ll do it for himself.  Plus, he’s a hot schmotato.

Michael Cuddyer – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer.  For what it’s Werth and likely nothing because watch him be randomly rested, but I’ve already picked him up as my batty call for today.

Rick Porcello – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.47 as he was activated from the DL.  Written before the Red Sox game, “This will turn out great.”  Written after the game, “Yup.”  Written after ‘Yup,’ “I meant ‘This will turn out great’ sarcastically.”  Written after, ‘I meant ‘This will turn out great’ sarcastically,’ “Whatever, I still wouldn’t own him.”

Travis Shaw – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Shaw’s schmotato has cooled off dramatically (hitting under .200 in the last week), but this might be a sign that he’s still got something left in him.  Hard to say at this point without some more cyclops’ing.

Junichi Tazawa – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 3rd save.  For those holding Machi, I’d be happy he didn’t get called on.  In fact (Grey’s adding on!), this Red Sox closer shituation is the type of bullpen where you don’t want the guy you own to enter the game.

Brandon Crawford – Sat out again with his oblique injury.  The Giants are hoping he can avoid the DL.  In the meantime, the Giants turned to Ehire, who they got off of Craigslist.

Gregor Blanco – Scratched with a hip strain, which comes as Angel Pagan is about to return.  The Giants don’t have a center fielder or left fielder, they have a Frankenfielder that is made of many different players.

Matt Cain – Could lose his rotation spot.  Sounds like Bochy also streamed him on Tuesday.

Nori Aoki – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer.  Really, it was just Nori’s ankle and wrist yesterday that was the Giants’ left Frankenfielder.

Chris Archer – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 2.88.  The Ks are nice, obviously, but when the guy you rely on to stabilize your fantasy rotation gets hit by the Twins, it’s gonna be a long week.

Evan Longoria – 2-for-5 and his 14th homer.  I’m writing a note, rolling it up and putting it in a bottle and sending it afloat into the ocean because I think that when you find a note in a bottle, you take it more to heart than if someone just tells you.  On this note, I’m writing, “Longoria sucks.”  My future apologies if a Desperate Housewife fan finds it.

Eduardo Escobar – 2-for-4 and two solo homers (6, 7).  Third homer this week and hitting near-.300 in that time.  It’s not bizzonkers, but it seems like a light schmotato.

Kevin Jepsen – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save as Perkins now has lower back issues after dealing with a neck injury.  Or, like a giraffe or Chris Young, he just has a really long neck.

Hector Olivera – Now the Braves are saying that it’s unlikely that Olivera will be called up before September 1st.  Is it possible that Olivera was traded to the Braves, but part of the deal included Mattingly continuing to manage him?

Shelby Miller – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA up to 2.62.  At this point, I kinda hope his season ERA ends up around 2.50 on the year, so he’s completely overdrafted next year.

Jonny Gomes – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 7th homer, and his 2nd homer in his 2nd start, but he platoons so you’d need to do the same.  On a related note, you think Jonny bothers to tell baristas there’s no H or just rolls with it?

Adonis Garcia – 3-for-5 and his 6th homer in only his 31st game.  Yo, Premier, hit that cut as Adonis gets nasty with the Maas appeal.

Gio Gonzalez – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER vs. Padres.  This is interesting (to me).  Nationals feel like a team fighting for a playoff spot and the Padres don’t, even though the Padres went out and spent $300 million this past offseason.  Okay, and one and a half games separates them in the Wild Card standings.  What does this mean for fantasy?  P. Diddly-squat.

Jimmy Nelson – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 12 baserunners (8 BBs!), 4 Ks.  The wheels came off yesterday for Nelson, then the side view mirror caught onto your underwear and dragged/wedgied you for about five blocks.

Khris Davis – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer, and his 11th homer in the last six weeks.  Seriously, how is he only owned in 36% of leagues?  I await your response.

Jason Kipnis – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer.  This was his 1st homer of the 2nd half and he has 1 steal.  I’d now usually say I told you to sell him about six weeks ago, but that will spur him on to get hot, so I will just say nothing.

Francisco Lindor – 2-for-3, 1 run and 3 steals (4, 5, 6). Don’t look at me, I don’t know why you don’t pick him up.

Johnny Cueto – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.95 on the Royals (2.94 overall).  Real baseball trades are a lot like fantasy baseball ones.  You swear to Mother Mary Margaret Magdalene that you got the better side of a trade, and this happens.

Mike Moustakas – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, and four homers in the last week.  Moistasskissis is the hottest schmotato in the land and that’s the Land of Hot Schmotatoes so it’s significant.

Manny Machado – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .294.  He’s cooled a bit in the 2nd half, but he’s securely in the top 20 overall next year, as I called in the preseason this past year.  Sadly, I called it and didn’t act on it in any leagues.  My problem:  handsome, but hella dopey.

Chris Davis – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 35th homer.  Yes, I would like another ten homers in fourteen days streak.  Thank you!

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Definitely isn’t going to make me look brilliant for calling him a sleeper this past preseason, but that’s more due to injury.  He has 10 HRs in only 53 games.  Rudimentary math tells me he could’ve hit 25 homers this year.

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 26th homer.  Why didn’t his Cortisone Bro. also hit a homer?  Cause the Rangers walked him four times.  Only explanation.

Kevin Pillar – 3-for-5 and his 8th homer, and multiple hit games in three of his last four games.  Basically, whomever the 1927 Blue Jays start will hit.

Justin Smoak – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer.  Okay, if he hits 27 homers in September, you’re gonna owe our fantasy football chieftain, JayWrong, an apology.

Adrian Beltre – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  The saddest thing about owning Beltre in my NFBC league is there’s no waivers, so I can’t even drop him.

Wil Myers – Took batting practice yesterday and felt great.  He likely feels great because he didn’t own himself in fantasy the past two years.

Justin Upton – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 21st and 22nd homers.  If Upton follows seemingly every other year’s recipe for disappointment, he will hit five homers between now and October and go into the offseason with 27 homers and next March will look like he’s a safe bet for his usual numbers, only his usual numbers come with months of “Has he done anything at all this month?”

Tyson Ross – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Before the game vs. the Nats, Ross met with his brother, Joe, for dinner and their dad, Cody and mom, Betsy.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-4 and his 25th homer.  Au Shizz!

Patrick Corbin – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  If you say his name real fast it sounds like he could be in El Cubanati, but he’s not.  He is, however, unpredictable for this year.

John Lackey – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.92.  Pretty much everyone the Cardinals start — hitter or pitcher — is good and completely underrated.

Trevor Rosenthal – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 40th save.  Siegrist is likely going to fill in as Rosenthal will miss a game or two for the birth of his child.  If the child is Asian, Kolten Wong will miss the next series.

Jeff Locke – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  If streaming is the key, then show me the Locke.

Andrew McCutchen – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 20th homer.  He only has six steals and I wouldn’t be surprised if he never gets back to where he was as recently as last year.  Yeah, he had a knee problem this year, but steals are the first thing to go and, at 29 years old, it wouldn’t be unheard of.

Jose FernandezMarlins hope he can return mid-September.  On one hand, he shouldn’t return this year.  On the other hand, it’s the Marlins and I don’t think there’s one actual person in their front office that knows anything about baseball.  On a third hand that is actually the Hamburger Helper, even if he returns mid-September, you’re not getting anything you wouldn’t be able to find off of waivers in most leagues.

Martin Prado – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer, has two homers in the last week, but not much else, so there’s that.  On a related note, why would a guy like Prado ever retire?  If someone’s willing to pay him to do nothing, you continue to play.

Chris Narveson – 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Doesn’t Chris Narveson sound like the real name of The Noid?

Chris Perez – Retired from baseball.  More time for weed and making appearances at car dealerships dressed as Kenny Powers.

  1. El Cubano Loco says:
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    Where do you see Cutch next year in the rankings? What’s your guess on his line and where does he get drafted?

  2. WThothot says:
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    12-Team Roto; Rank ROS: Jepsen, Pomeranz, Axford, Wilhelmsen.

  3. Dusty Baker says:
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    I found plenty of humor in this write -up- thanks, I needed that —————— DB

  4. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I forgot to ask during our middle reliever commiseration last night, whom do you prefer for today:

    Freeway Joe Ross vs. SD (Ca$hner) or

    Niese & Smooth @ Phi (Harang)

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @Grey: this is the weirdest advice ever this year possibly, and i would’ve said that had i read this before these starts.

  5. Lixxiq says:
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    So after last nights start it is safe to say that it’s ridiculous that Berrios is not pitching in the majors at this point.
    What are you thoughts on him for September? Also how do you rank him next year compared to Aaron Nola?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lixxiq: No idea if he’ll be called up or will pitch more than a few starts… Him over Nola if both in rotation

  6. Wilson says:
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    Nice advice about J Upton.
    i am the one who suffer in his obvious up and down.
    i may not pick him within first three rounds next year… or in the future.

    • Natty Boh says:
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      @Wilson: He went late in the 4th round of my 15 team league this year. I was debating between him and Kimbrel in the 4th. Took Kimbrel, prob. won’t take a closer that high again.

      • Wilson says:
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        @Natty Boh:
        It’s really late to pick J Upton in your league…
        I picked J Upton at #37 overall in a shallow league and Grey ranked him in top 20.
        But I know I won’t pick him unless he is still there in late rounds…

  7. Wilson says:
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    Crawford is DTD now.
    Is he droppable in a 8 teams league? i have Correa and would like to stream MI now

    Thoughts appreciated.

  8. Wilson says:
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    Start Ventura or Niese today? pick one thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: No idea of matchups

      • Wilson says:
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        Niese vs PHI Harang
        Ventura vs BAL Tillman

        Which one is better to start today?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          These aren’t the matchups…They’re not both at home… Ventura

  9. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    What’s up, man?

    a. Sale and Corbin pitched well. A pity that neither of their teams produced any offense.

    b. NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘Sherrie Daly, ex-wife of John Daly, recently published a tell-all book entitled ‘Teed Off’. In her book, she alleges that at the 16th hole of the TPC Southwind Golf Course there are prostitutes offering oral sex in the bushes. This raises an interesting question. Where is the TPC Southwind Golf Course? (It’s in Memphis, TN if anyone is interested.) This raises another question. Can I just back play the back three? This raises another interesting question. How much would that set a guy like me back?’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Techinically, what’s up man is its own question, no? A. Yeah B. Ha

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Haha! When I was in Lebanon, my Lebanese friends would reply ‘Viber’ when I would say Hey, man…What’s up? They thought I was saying ‘what’s app’. Silly, right? What’s good, man? No work for the UN yet. My inside source says that something positive could be forthcoming at the end of October or early November. I applied for the post of Head of Office in Libenge, DR Congo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libenge), among other posts. Don’t blink while reading this wikipedia page, you might miss it entirely. It reminds me of what I saw before I arrived in Mporokoso, Zambia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mporokoso). Trust me, there was 0 information when I went there for the first time in 2005. A partner agency operated some primitive form of ‘Internet’ with baud speed of 3.6 kb/s. We used pactor/sitor (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMTOR, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SITOR) as our OFFICIAL means of communication. If there was an angry mob approaching the office from 2 miles or so away, we would be dead before the cavalry even got the information.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          That’s the best Wiki page I’ve ever seen… So comprehensive! When I was in NY, I had lunch with a guy that worked in the UN (Cougs’ cousin)… I should’ve told him to hook Ante Galic up with a job!

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Ha! Thanks, boss. It’s very kind of you to even think of me. It’s pretty much a ‘Who do you know / blow?’ setup than ‘What you know?’ I’m pretty sure something will materialize.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

              • Ante GALIC says:
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                @Grey: And before you ask, I don’t blow, I know but not very well.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha!

  10. Aladeen says:
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    Hi, would you drop Lindor for Olivera when hes available on yahoo? ty

    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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      @Aladeen: Not with the way Lindor is swinging the bat.

      • Chris says:
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        @Slim Nincompoop: Lindor is the number two ranked SS in the last month ( in points leagues) and only behind Assdribble

  11. Manley Ramirez says:
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    So Rosenthal has an asian baby and you suspect Wong. Thing is, sufficient turns at bat is always a question with Wong. On the other hand, his pathetic SB percentage does indicate he’s a risk taker that’s not afraid to get caught.

    But who’s to say it wasn’t Pham? (Or Fam, if Rosenthal is from the deep south).

    So, Wong or Pham? Don’t ask Piscotty — he doesn’t know.

    • lookoutdumbie says:
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      Wong is Hawaiian.

    • Scott says:
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      @Manley Ramirez: Technically, Wongs are usually responsible for babies.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

  12. PancakeMaker says:
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    Big question with Schoop, how real is the average? And where do you think he lands among 2B rankings going into next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PancakeMaker: Average is unreal (not real?)…. Top 12-15

  13. JvanSlyke says:
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    was Shane Greene a groomsmen in JBs wedding??

    Schoop or Rendon right now? Also Lindor or Desmond?

    Thanks Grey!

    • JvanSlyke says:
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      @JvanSlyke:

      Also, huge thanks to talking me out of starting Pineada yesterday. It saved me 1.5 pts in my roto and prevented me from being a huge asshole to my co-workers yesterday which tends to happen when my afternoon pitchers get shelled

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JvanSlyke: Yes, he was… Schoop…Lindor

  14. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Nice! Quick note on both Pineda and Archer – both of their final ERA’s were due to some pretty lackluster middle relief. I think Pineda left with 2ER and inherited the final 3, and Archer with 2 ER a bunch of flukey infield hits, and then inherited his final 2 ERs.
    Katrina!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: Yeah, I hear ya…Haven’t watched MC yet, accidentally deleted it from my DVR

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: aw shucks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, will have to watch On Demand tonight

          • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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            @Grey: Grey whats the matter twinning and dating naked are taking up too much space on the DVR

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cougs and I acted out a scene from Naked and Afraid last night

              • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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                @Grey: The COUGS! take it easy on her man you are oozing machismo right now, being that you were drafted in the important people of NY draft in the 18th round. WHAT VALUE!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

  15. Basement Artie says:
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    Pretty sure Jerad Eickhoff is German for masturbate.

  16. Hawk says:
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    10 team full season roto league, Beltran or Khris Davis rest of the way?

  17. El Famous Burrito says:
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    14!

    The Khris & Chris Same-Day HR Index hits 14, just as the stock market starts to bounce back. Coincidence?

  18. J says:
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    Hey Grey,

    10 Team H2h, 5×5
    C- Santana
    1b- Pujols
    2b- Rendon
    ss- Correa
    3b- Sano
    of- Trout, Pollock, Betts
    util- Fowler, Wong
    BN- Hanley

    Would you prefer either Gattis or D’Arnaud over Carlos Santana at the catcher slot down the stretch?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J: Gattis

  19. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Thanks for the tip on Jepsen yesterday! A couple questions for my work roto redraft, currently trying to hold/pad my first place spot….

    What do you think about Ketel Marte v Iglesias? I have both right now (plus Kang and Betts all for SS/2B/Mi) and am in a very close battle for AVG (first is 269/270 and bottom is 263).

    Also, what about Pomerantz v Doolittle? I have Doolittle and he has done even less. Pomerantz hit waivers and I’m wondering if I should put in a claim, dropping Doolittle or one of Marte/Iglesias (I have all the new schmo closers and am now only 1 save from first in that).

    Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! I like the AVG potential of Iglesias and Ketel bell. Would it be premature to drop Doolittle for Pomeranz, or appropriate given how Doolittle has looked?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Likely premature, but I own Doolittle and have him on my bench until I see something

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: Smart. I have him starting and all he does is pop up, donkey-punch my ratios, then disappear into the shadows.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yup

  20. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Kennedy, Corbin, Brett Anderson, Gausman, Heaney

    Pick 2

    • Kendrick Llama says:
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      @Kendrick Llama:

      Also would you lose longo for Piscotty, Shaw, Coghlan, khris Davis, Buxton, or span ?

      OPS Leagye

  21. Eric says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Are you starting Rubby at home vs STL tonight?

    Thanks!

  22. Randy Bobandy says:
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    I will never tire of Verlander/Upton-isms.

    1927 Jays have scored 10+ runs for the 20th time this season…

  23. JAL says:
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    Can someone provide some color as to Revere’s lack of running? Thanks

    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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      @JAL: Why would the Jays want to run themselves into outs with their lineup?

      • JAL says:
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        @Slim Nincompoop: Fair enough, but the guy is succeeding at 83% this year and was at 86% last year. I guess I thought he wouldn’t completely shut the running game down. Also, it is not like he is batting ahead of Donaldson, Bautista, E5…he has batted 7-8th mostly, I believe.

  24. Happyharry says:
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    GM Grey,
    12 Team,H2H,6X6 – I currently have Asdrubal Cabrera as my SS. Flores and Lindor are FA’s, would you pick up one of em’ and which one? Thanks Man.

  25. Scott says:
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    Oh yeah, and Sean Doolittle blowing up ratios. Kazaam!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Yeah, in like the 7th inning

  26. The Iron Horse says:
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    I want to thank Mr. JFoh for making Castellanos one of his creepers of the week. That pickup is paying huge dividends this week. Grey check his garage to see if this man owns a Delorien. His calls on his creeper of the week are visionary. Like he can see the future. Haha. Great work guys!!!

    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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      @The Iron Horse: I could totally see J-FOH rolling in a Delorian. And agree, his calls have been pretty much dead on.

      • The Iron Horse says:
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        @Grey: ok your the true visionary!!!! Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks for noticing, Gehrig!

          • The Iron Horse says:
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            @Grey: Haha

  27. gabe says:
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    who’s more valuable ROS x. Bogaerts or F. Lindor Cle – SS
    which of the two do you like in a keep league

    Also in which would you keep Soler or Rendon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gabe: Lindor, toss up in keepers, Rendon

  28. Pugs&Slugs says:
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    Good Stuff, Grey!

  29. Chucky says:
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    Looks like the trades of both Cueto to the Royals and Hamels to the Rangers have doomed my pitching. Both career NL pitchers look to be drowning in the deep end of the pool in the far more difficult AL. If Cueto is smart he’ll sign with an NL team to revitalize his career. If an AL team signs him, they deserve what they get. Hamels on the other hand is signed. Im guessing Texas looks to get out from underneath their mistake. When will these owners and GMs ever realize, you don’t bring NL pitchers into the AL. Its a recipe for disaster!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chucky: Yeah, hasn’t been pretty

    • Cram It says:
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      @Chucky: Probably sometime after they realize not to buy into their own hype on overvalued guys like Rizzo and Bryant. Baby steps.

  30. Anal Hershiser says:
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    Hanley is slumping and next week is my playoffs. Does your magic 8-ball say anything good about him breaking out?

  31. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Well done Grey. I just scooped J-Fer off the waiver wire in my 10-team standard H2H league. We keep 5 players. Is he worth a considering as a keeper heading into the offseason? Here is who I have:

    Goldy
    Machado
    Betts
    Schwarber
    Puig aka the most frustrating player I’ve ever owned
    Carlos Gomez
    Rendon
    Buxton
    J-Fer

    Many thanks Grey!

    • Alcibiades Escobar says:
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      I definitely prefer keeping hitters over pitchers, but given J-Fer’s age and potential I find it hard to say that someone like a consistently disappointing Puig or Carlos Gomez is a better/safer option moving forward. Pitching is so deep and easy to find, though…

      • Alcibiades Escobar says:
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        I had to google that shizz. Well said, sir!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • Alcibiades Escobar says:
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            Man, I really only grabbed him because of his name value, but I just took a peak at his career numbers through 267.1 IP. My pants just got really tight.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA, not TMI, we need more

  32. Jon says:
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    Rank for 2016 and beyond? Need to drop one.

    Z Wheeler, M Stroman, J Profar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Drop Profar

  33. Phil of the Future says:
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    BB,
    I have a theory, but it’s just a theory.

    In every league this year, every time I’ve faced Archer, he’s thrown a below average(for him) start. I think he is really wanting me to draft him next year. But at what cost??

    Khris Davis owned in 36% of leagues. lol, G. They don’t even know!

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Phil of the Future: Khris Davis is rostered in both of my leagues….by me!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil of the Future: Your theory is helping you, but hurting me… Not cool, theory!

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Hey, don’t look at me! It’s the theory’s fault! I’m on your side!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I appreciate that, please send the Theory by so I can speak with it

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: The Theory says he doesn’t like the tone of your voice and he refuses to come out from under the couch.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think the Theory could stand to put on some weight if it can fit under the couch

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: You try eating without a digestive tract!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh, man, now I feel bad

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Well, quite frankly, I don’t blame you.

                    But don’t worry, BB. I’ll talk to him. I’ll get him out from under the couch and we can all sit down and hash this thing out.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Thanks!

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Aw, you don’t need to thank me! We’re buds!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Now I’m choked up

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: I know the Heimlich

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Is he on the German bobsled team?

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Shotput

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I thought he was in the Winter Olympics, maybe that shotput was a snowball?

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: I have no idea i’m just a theory

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wait, you’re the theory?!

  34. I am the Walrus says:
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    Deep league (I know they are normally streamers) – Tomlin or Peavy?

  35. Teddy Heater says:
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    Hey BFF, I thought of you when I read this article because Coug’s said you get get Hangry on the reg. I’m just pumped Weak-Sauce finally made the dictionary, I’m still working on getting Weak-Suck in there, maybe next year!! Anyways here’s a quick glimpse at some of the new words that made it, I figured you could incorporate some of these is the future cause I know you like to be hip likz dem kidz wit dem Hoverboard thingyz……………….. Ugh, don’t tell me Phil already gave you this list like 6 months ago, that makes me want to rage-quit, but I guess it should be NBD he is from the future and all, is it too early for beer-oclock?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3212564/Why-bants-manspreading-beer-o-clock-NBD-1-000-new-words-added-Oxford-Dictionary.html

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Teddy Heater: I get crungry — cranky/hungry — Some of these words are stretches — and I don’t just mean manspreading… 1,000 words feels like a bit much, Oxford’s totally trying to get hip (again, manspreading)

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: Manspreading is pretty bad, hence I left it out. Crungry sounds like crazy hungry, Bug;s friend always says “Mangry” for mad and angry, I was like that’s called “pissed off”. I think a majority of the words are technical terms or chemical compound shizz that we could care less about. That article did leave out one of the best additions of the year “Mic Drop” (walks out of office and grabs a shot of awesomesauce)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mic drop was added? That is good, but that’s two words…Are we putting phrases into the dictionary now?

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: Apparently phrases are now eligible, but I understand why a wordsmith like yourself is offended by the seemingly casual nature that these words or phrases are entered into the most prestigious dictionary in the English Language. On the other hand maybe you just drank too much Haterade this morning! BFF, don’t take offense to these schmohawks, we need to adjust with the times because in 50 years you’ll be writing solely in emoji’s anyways. Haven’t you noticed we’re evolving back to hieroglyphics, I mean you can order a pizza through a text message emoji with Domino’s.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha…I love the idea that emojis will be hieroglyphics to future generations. Can we get yawnstipate in the dictionary already?

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey: There’s probably a dozen RB glossary terms that would be legitimate entries.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sonavabench!

  36. Chris says:
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    Kershaw for Keuchel deal fell through yesterday. in the same 10 team h2h keeper league (my keuchel won’t be a keeper) would you trade him for gerrit cole and felix hernandez? not a humungous hernandez fan right now but he would be my SP 5 (if i traded keuchel my rotation would be sale, degrom, archer, cole, hernandez then streamer).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: I would make that move

  37. Wilsonian says:
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    My offense is offensive right now. Need to cut bait on some of these losers. Would you dump any of the following:

    Pedro
    B.Crawford
    Joc
    B.Phillips

    for any of the following:

    Castellanos
    Burns
    Wong
    Colabello
    Pillar
    Howard
    Assdribble
    Michael Taylor

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    For what it’s Wuertz, it is a keeper, so Joc has some value, but he won’t be kept over any of my other options.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian:Pedro and Joc for Burns, Pillar

  38. ebudz says:
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    Morning Grey… would you mind helping me pick the best 1 or 2 streaming options for each of next two days in my important H2H points league matchup where I’m already up by like 40?

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

    8/28
    J. Ross vs. MIA (?)
    T. Walker @CHW (7.9)
    Leake vs. STL (3.9)
    E. Ramirez vs. KC (-1.5)
    R. Iglesias @MIL (-1.6)
    Gausman @TEX (-15.3)

    8/29
    Happ vs. COL (18.9)
    Samardzija vs. SEA (4.5)
    C. Anderson vs. OAK (2.1)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ebudz: Raisel, Ross…Happ, Samardzija, these are all bad

    • Trump Y'all says:
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      @ebudz: BTW Ross is pitching tonight against SD, not tomorrow against MIA

  39. Slim Nincompoop says:
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    The Noid. Always thought he looked like Coach K. In fact two of my friends are Duke apologists and I made them two-sided Christmas ornaments on a cutout of a middle finger one year. Don’t have an actual picture of them, but you can get the gist (http://blacksportsonline.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Coach-K.jpg) (http://f.fastcompany.net/multisite_files/fastcompany/imagecache/inline-large/inline/2014/07/3032911-inline-i-avoid-the-noid6.jpg)

    Anythehoo…Corbin did pitch better last night but get’s Colorado @ Coors next time out. I’d look in a different direction. Been disappointed with Lind as of late and can grab Moustakas. Would you make the switch? Thanks for the write-up Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slim Nincompoop: I’d make that switch on Lind… Great call on Noid and K…That’s amazing

  40. Crankin says:
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    Hey Grey. Lindor’s swinging a HOT bat. I’ve been holding on to Addison Russell with my bench spot in a H2H keeper league, but I wonder if you think Lindor’s the better bet in the next few years. If the Cubs ever hit Russell somewhere other than the 9 hole…

  41. claybo says:
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    Jay Bruce or Domingo Santana ROS. H2H points, homers overvalued…

  42. Trump Y'all says:
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    Khirs Davis isn’t owned in more leagues because people aren’t sure about that “K” being used in Chris. Because of this, he may be deported.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Trump Y’all: Can’t you just build a wall around the K?

      • Trump Y'all says:
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        @Grey: HA! Sir, you speak like a great VP. I will be in touch!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I stand in your hair’s shadow, as we all do.

  43. Chad J Bowling says:
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    5×5 12-tm league

    Stick with Russell Martin at C or should I go to the WW and get someone…there are bunch of names there: Gomes, Weiters, Cervelli, Swihart, etc?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None of these are great, can try Gomes

  44. MaybeNextYear says:
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    Perhaps Olivera isn’t getting the call just yet because he is rarely on the field and, when he has suited up for the Braves’ farm teams, he hasn’t exactly lit it up. Since coming off of his most recent DL stint, he’s hit 7-41 (.171) with nary an extra-base hit.

    Although I have to admit that the Mattingly bit might be just as legit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m not sure…He’s 30 years old, I think he could be sent right to the majors

  45. Joe says:
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    How do we feel about Yordana tonight against the Orioles?

    On a side note, I completely agree with you on Cutch. As a Bucs fan, I have watched at least half of their games this season. He has attempted a few steals recently and was caught on each. Despite solid numbers, he was never that great of a basestealer as he got caught surprisingly high despite unreal speed and athleticism.

    The pirates are also being extremely cautious with his use. Before the season they announced that they were limiting games, even before the knee, and were literally tracking every step he made on the field. I doubt he even attempts 20 steals in a season ever again as they are more interested in using him efficiently, which means cutting down on steals.

    Going into next season, we should be hoping for 25-10 with a solid 300+ average. Nice numbers, but not elite material.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yordano start seems decent…. Yeah, 25/10 sounds about like what I’ll project him for

  46. Dangerfield51 says:
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    Does anyone know where I can find team batting averages that are stadium specific. All I can find is home/away. Many sites have individual player BAs per stadium but so far I can’t find one for teams.
    I think this would be a helpful stat when trying to decide which SPs to stream.

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure, use SON

  47. Hot Rod

    Jimmy Bond says:
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    In one pts league I’m In contention to win my division and most total points overall reg season if I win this week (our playoffs start Monday). I get 4 more SP starts for this week, so these starts are KEY. :)

    Arrieta @LAD and Salazar vs LAA make up two of the starts I’ll be using, thanks to SON.

    For the other two I can choose from:
    CMart @ Ari, Fiers @ Min, Kazmir @ Min, and Teheran vs NYY.

    Of these what would be your suggestion? SON likes CMart tonight, loves Fiers’ start (biased due to CG? I’m wary of the ‘post all time high pitch count’ games), and is missing Kazmir. In fact the Kazmir and Fiers starts are incorrect in SON, so I don’t know how it feels about Kazmir against the Twins. SON is meh on Teheran but he has been good at home and yankees hitting bad this week (vs astros anyhow!).

    Thanks, it’s been a great season in part due to good research from this website!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C-Mart, Kazmir…No problem

      • Hot Rod

        Jimmy Bond says:
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        @Grey: thanks – my opponent has Kershaw/Kluber/Cole (Kole?) as his last three, so I’m up against tough opposition!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  48. PK says:
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    Hamburger Helper line made me smile.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sock puppet smiles are the best

  49. TJ says:
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    Which side: Lorenzo Cain or Jon Lester?

    OF right now is Adam Jones, Cain, & Burns with Crush Davis at IF position and Hosmer/Revere in the Util.

    OF afterwards would be Jonesy, Crush and Burns. Hosmer would be IF and then would have to pick up a player off the waiver wire for the 2nd utility spot. (Myers and Dickerson both on DL)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair, depends on needs… Sounds like you can afford to lose Cain

  50. Tom says:
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    Need HR’s, RBI & OBP in my current H2H match. Which is the better pick for next 4 days:

    Vmart vLAA(Shoemaker), @TOR (Dickey, Hutchinson, Buehrle) – he’s been very cold lately especially vs RHP (3 out of 4 on the schedule) but he hit’s 4th in a lineup with a lot of OBP in front of him.

    Choo vTOR (Estrada), vBAL (Gausman, Jimenez, Gonzlez) – he’s been hot lately & faces all RHP but he bats 2nd in lineup which would hurt RBI’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Choo

      • Trump Y'all says:
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        @Grey: bless you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pope Don Trump, is that you?

          • Trump Y'all says:
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            @Grey: Yes, please cover your mouth while sneezing. We can’t have an outbreak in the white house!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Paint the White House gold and purple, Trump!

  51. Johnny says:
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    I own the tiebreakers in my 10 team 5×5 H2H playoffs (6 teams qualify) so I just need to win 5 cats each round. I have the 2nd best pitching staff, so I’m guessing I can count on them for at LEAST 2.5 category wins throughout. Our trading deadline isn’t until 8/31. I might be able to get Pollock for my C. Davis. Obviously, it sounds like I would be losing this trade but I was thinking I might try to dominate R’s, SB’s & OBP to win those 3 categories along with my 2.5 from pitching. My hitting roster is already heavy with top of the lineup speed guys so I was thinking about going all in with them. Do you think this is smart? Here’s my current roster:
    Lucroy
    Votto
    Rendon
    C. Davis
    Tulo
    Dozier
    Fielder
    Ellsbury
    Marte
    DeSheilds
    Eaton
    Abreu
    Burns
    Springer- Bench until he’s healthy

    Bumgarner
    Strasburg
    Kluber
    Zimmermann
    Lynn
    Gio Gonzalez
    Carrasco
    Chapman
    Osuna
    Ramos
    Giles

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade sounds good for you

  52. Worlds First Analrapist says:
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    Hey grey, great stuff all year long. Thanks for all the help. Looks like I am going to finish in the top 2 in both of my leagues because of ur help. I’m gonna buy you a delicious daiquiri at the end of the season.

    15-team, 6×6 OBP, roto

    Who would you want ROS, Tomas or Khris Davis? I have a strong avg and OBP, and could use Hrs.

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Davis

  53. JAL says:
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    In a close race with an innings cap, trust either of Gausman @ TEX or Henry Owens @ NYM tomorrow, or hold out for better options? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t trust either, would go Owens

  54. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey again . In my H2H playoffs bye weeks until Sept. 7 (then it’s two 2-week matchups through the end of the season). We have a very lax 14 move/match up cap, where I can basically stream a pitcher every single day, and there’s a nice pool of guys available.

    With Springer coming off my DL, I’m thinking of trying to snag JoFern as a DL stash for the 1-2 favorable impact starts he may have down the line against, most likely, the Mets, Phillies, Braves, or Rays.

    He wants my Hishashi in exchange (who faces a combo of Rangers, Rockies in SEA, Angels, Royals, Astros during my matchups). In light of my plans to stream like crazy anyway, I’m inclined to accept trading away Hisashi for JoFern, even knowing that it’s probably a bit of an overpay. Having Fern on my DL might also allow me to add a 4th closer.

    Trade makes sense or not really?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take J-Fer, worth a gamble

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  55. stickball al says:
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    Picked up JV off waivers a month ago in one of my leagues. Funny thing I all most benched him for this start against the Angels. But The Angels have been so-so lately and JV has been rocking it and motor boating it and sorry, I slipped into my Kate Upton fanasty….I wonder what she’d do to him after a no -hitter ??? Going back into my Kate Upton fanasty now. Later…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  56. Jeff says:
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    Keeper league… I own Starlin Marte (4th round) but I have a crowded outfield (Bautista/Heyward/Yelich/Fowler).

    Do I ship him away for Salazar who I can keep in the 19th or will I regret it? I’m going to make the playoffs so I still need to compete.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’ll regret it

      • Jeff says:
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        @Grey: Heyward make it more palatable?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Huh?

          • Jeff says:
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            @Grey: If it was Heyward for Salazar?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Then I’d take Salazar

  57. J-FOH says:
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    I love when one of my creepers goes yard and even more so when they do it on back to back days. But I have to be honest, it feels a little dirty this week. Castellanos was grossly under owned and I took advantage of it. Now don’t get me wrong, its never easy to call anyones big week, but still it’s cheep in the feel department. I feel like one of those guys who seeks out “custom” fantasy leagues designed by some short sighted commish who leaves massive holes to exploit. Okay that was a bad analogy, how about, I feel like that 6 foot guy who plays in a Vietnamese basketball league because they will look like Shaq out there. Why all the lack of love for the paisan? I have a theory, for all the Sopranos did to build up the Italians to a respectable place, I believe the work of the Jersey shore undid it all and now Murica is back to not trusting the Italians.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We’re not trusting of the Itrailians? When did this happen?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: at the “not Italians”meetings us non Italians have. The donuts are great but the coffee sucks because we have no Italian roast coffee

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nothing is good without Italians, remember that

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Im just spying on them, some of my closest friends are italians……know the haters, change the game. It’s so bad that they use poorly designed Italian jokes to open the meeting. Such as “How do Italians lube a Ferrari?”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              How?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: you run over an Italian

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha

                • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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                  @J-FOH: lol

          • hondo says:
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            @Grey: Germania begged to differ.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

              • Los Putos says:
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                @Grey: Sorry, am thrown off by you guys thinking hes Italian. His family is from Venezuela.

                Maybe he likes Italian food a lot?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Who doesn’t?

                  • Los Putos says:
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                    @Grey: In that case, Im Chinese (really Mexican).

                    But Mexicans do all the cooking in Chinese restaurants!!

                    Am back baby!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Welcome back…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Los Putos: good to see another Mexican around here

  58. Eng says:
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    D’Ellsbury a classic!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  59. Vogt or Die says:
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    Nola vs. Padres tomorrow, or Heaney @ Cleveland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nola

  60. CMUTimmah says:
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    Couple nice pieces from my league:

    I’m playing the second place team that is neck and neck with me. He drafted Jimmy Nelson, dropped him in May, I scooped him, got a bunch of decent starts from him, and got out before the mega-fade happened. He scooped him back up, and keeps taking it on the chin (as in balls, literally). Those 8 walks were splendid.

    Last year, Verlander and Felix were available for the first pick in our keeper draft (both of their contracts ran out). The homer commish went with Verlander with the first overall pick. Then he KEPT Verlander… and kept him all year through the struggles and IR stint… now he’s talking him up again… kind of rootin’ for him to go back to crap.

    Russell Martin is killing me, smalls. I’m considering getting some Beef in my diet tonight, if he starts. Drop Piscotty or Belt? (I start Crush, Cargo, Peralta/Piscotty/Belt depending on matchups). I can see an argument for both players… but Belt has been pretty good all around this year. Do you like Piscotty’s upside or Belt’s production going forward? (I get Stanton back soon hopefully, so that will push both of them to the bench eventually) The league settings are 15 categories for hitters, so if you can dream it, it’s a cat…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…Piscotty

  61. Sausage says:
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    Which two would you use to rotate at second base out of coghlan, deitricht, and asdrubal for ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Asdrubal

  62. Rice says:
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    McCullers or Pineda ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Impossible to say at this point, McCullers

  63. phenomenot says:
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    Please rank, rest of season (from September call up)

    Coghlan, Tucker, Piscotty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty, Cog

  64. Scott says:
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    Looks like they’re starting platooney toons with Coghlan. Flip him for Schoop?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Scott: they have been platooning him all year. 37 AB’s on the year vs lefties. This is a tough stretch where the cubs face 6 lefties in 9 games

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  65. J-FOH says:
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    enough with the bad Italian jokes even though my buddy has an italian joke book from the 70’s. Did you watch MC and if so….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t watch it yet…I’ll watch it tonight

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I want to say one word about one of the dishes that took me back to childhood and that I haven’t had in years….must resist

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, til tomorrow…Sorry, I accidentally deleted it last night, I almost had a conniption

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: you what? do I have to skype it to you

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I deleted it by accident, and I couldn’t get it On Demand until tonight… I also sat on the phone with Time Warner for 30 minutes talking to someone named Bill, who didn’t sound like a Bill, to find out why I couldn’t recover a recently deleted program or why I could see I recently deleted it but wasn’t able to recover it…I still have no answers

              • CMUTimmah says:
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                @Grey: There are so many options to stream… use them!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: sorry you had to go through something so terrible, Giancarlo goes on the DL and now this. It’s okay Grey, we’ll get through this too. *calls cougs and sets up spa day for Grey tomorrow*

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  “These cucumber slices for my eyes are too thin, sunlight is getting in!”

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    “sorry mr albright, I will fix that right away”

                    *Jack slaps the attendant in the face as he runs out of the room*

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      “Wait a minute, these aren’t cucumbers, they’re zucchini!”

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @J-FOH: here we go again. Now I have to schedule another spa day to fix the spa day blunder and beat the crap out of the absent minded attendant

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Um, yeah!

  66. The DeGrominator says:
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    You said the same thing about the Padres and Mets a month ago (how the mets are trying to contenders, and the Pads are sellers despite being close in the standings). That didn’t turn out too well. Maybe this means the Nats will go on a run…

  67. Great White North says:
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    I just quit my job. Gave two weeks notice. Its all your fault. Razzball leads to unemployment, kids.

    Any names jump out from the wire that can help in batting average over the last month of the season? Stream against Boston pitching? Increasing BA is my easiest path to roto points.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Great White North: what are the top available players for batting average look at the last month total and two weeks.

      • Great White North says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks for the idea. Looking at BVP is useless. Schoop, Chisenhall, Ketel Marte, Hechavaria,Ryan Howard, A. Jackson, Suzuki, an Kiermaier are names that pop up among FA using this search and getting regular at bats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You quit your job but you can’t list a few names from waivers? C’mon, Great White!

      • Great White North says:
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        @Grey: Jesus Harold Crimminey! I thought I would be riddinbg myself of this snarky behavior once I quit the cubicle.

        • Great White North says:
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          @Great White North: Schoop, Chisenhall, Ketel Marte, Hechavaria,Ryan Howard, A. Jackson, Suzuki, an Kiermaier

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’d whirl with Ketel for now

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA…You can’t quit everything in life, only your job, family, etc. Not your fantasy sports

          • Great White North says:
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            @Grey: I know, right. I did give up fantasy football this year though. Jameis Winston was the last straw for me as fan of football.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’ve never heard of that person

  68. Jon says:
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    Sit/start for this weekend?

    Gausman @ TEX
    Iglesias @ MIL
    Harvey vs BOS
    Erasmo vs KC
    Karns vs KC
    Zimmermann vs MIA

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start them all in some leagues, would start with the guys at home

  69. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Hey man, been awhile, hope all is groovy with you..

    Moose or Castellanos in a forever keeper..

    cheers mate

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Greek over Italian, how dare you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Never!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Id take 23 year old Castellanos over Moose all day. The floor is higher with Moose but that Italian ceiling of castellanos….che bella!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t think Castellanos is Italian

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: he sounds Italian

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah sounds Greek

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Castellano, maybe

  70. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    I didn’t touch on this in the Verlander post, but he just got too predictable when carrying over his Upton arsenal onto the mound. Mostly splitters since the spitter is illegal. Didn’t have the same effect on MLB hitters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I read that and I got, “Kate Upton did a photo shoot with Arsenal?”

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Kate Upton has an arsenal of bedroom moves she shows off in a new photo shoot

        • Los Putos says:
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          @J-FOH: You guys have seen the other photos of her and JV?

          One has been titled “Million Man March”

          Interwebs are awesome.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Now we’re getting the good Google searches!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: yes we are….googles stuff and its nsfw

            • Los Putos says:
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              @J-FOH: My bad, i shoulda thrown that out there.

              Def NSFW

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ooh… NsfhelloCougs

  71. Great White North says:
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    To stream in some high batting average guys ROS, would you dump any of these guys in an RCL (BA last 30 days):

    K. Seager (.182), C. Gomez (.152), Hanley (.097), C. Hernandez (.154), K. Davis (.229)

    Can’t see dropping Gomez ever, but sheesh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Cesar

  72. Anal Hershiser says:
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    Gun to your nuts, which one gets dropped: Carlos Santana, Khris Davis, Buxton, Lindor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bux

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice username, btw

  73. SallyCips says:
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    Man, this Crawford situation is pretty oblique.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  74. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Grey!

    14 team H2H points league…

    Ozuna or Khris Davis ROS?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Davis

  75. jc3bagger says:
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    Who is your pick for most useful Sept. 1 call-up? There’s no sense in me holding Carson Smith (I don’t think) anymore, but don’t really have someone on waivers in mind.

    I’m thinking maybe Berrios, but my pitching is already pretty solid. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Berrios

  76. Alex says:
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    Hey Grey, which two of these starts would you pick:

    Leake at home versus STL
    Lynn at SF
    Severino at ATL

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Severino, Leake

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! One more….stream on Sunday Chavez at Arizona or Robbie Ray against Oakland? Sunday is a bunch of junk man…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Neither are good… ray

          • Alex says:
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            @Grey: ugh, I know. Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  77. Los Putos says:
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    What goes ’round…

    Cobbler doing it to DET.

    Update: Ive had 35 saves over the past month and have caught up to the group (was back by 27) and am within 3 saves of the next guy. Can easily make up 5 pts if my closers keep it up! Thanks for the reassurance that it could be done!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem

  78. GregJeffries says:
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    You’re really bringin’ it this week Grey! Fantastic write-up, thanks again!

    BTW, almost finished season 1 of Rectify – so effin good! You got any other recommendations I can add to the list?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Happy Valley on Netflix is also good…

      • GregJeffries says:
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        Nice! Added to the queue. Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…Not the documentary (which was okay), I mean the TV show Happy Valley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t really know him

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: you no listen to f**k thats delicious, mr wonderful, the ayatollah of hip hop hollah…okay the last one was a huge stretch. Seriously Grey, get on the good foot…nope it’s your other foot

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nope, no idea

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Nick and I have played a shizz ton of videos. C’mon respect the mustache

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Listening right now

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: dont listen to the other one, they dub over about the album drop date

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Okay, listening to this one

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like his videos where he’s just chillin and talking, he’s a total goof, love that

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: me too, this one of my favorite videos. His cooking show is great

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Totally! That’s what I was watching…

  79. JohnnySquid says:
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    Thoughts on Robert Stephenson as a Sept callup to add in a deep league for a flier? BB/9 is concerning, but could get a few good starts under his belt with a K/9 of 9…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, nothing there yet

  80. Joeg414 says:
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    Your batty call : Cuddyer is not in the lineup tonight. I’m trying K. Marte and Thompson from the WhiteSox

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Figures… Too late for me now, good luck

  81. I'm BAD Ash says:
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    12 team standard roto, 27 round draft. Kindly pick three keepers for next year:

    Stanton (1st round keeper)
    Altuve (3rd round keeper)
    Marte (6th round keeper)
    Arenado (9th round keeper)
    Harvey (10th round keeper)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Harvey, Marte, Arenado

  82. Johnny says:
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    I asked Smokey this closer question & wanted to get your opinion too if you don’t mind…

    Earned a first round bye so I really only have 2 weeks (9/14-9/27) I have to worry about ROS. I have 3 Nats SP’s which is good because they have Philly for 6 games and the Marlins for 4 games during my playoffs. But I also own Giles & Ramos which is bad for the same reason. There are 3 options on the waiver wire. Wade Davis is there but I also have 2 SP’s from on the Indians.

    So….given my situation and the schedules shown below (remember, especially in Doolittle’s case, these games are 3 weeks away) for the following closers. Pick pick 2 out of 5 :

    Doolittle 13 games ([email protected],[email protected],3vTEX,3vSF)
    Wade Davis 13 games ([email protected],[email protected],3vSEA,3CLE)
    Rondon 13 games ([email protected], 3vKC, 4vCHW, 3vMIN)
    Ramos 13 games ([email protected], [email protected], 3vPHI, 3vATL)
    Giles 12 games (3vWAS, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected])

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis, Giles

  83. F.K.A. Ralph says:
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    Getting down to crunch time. I have a decent shot to get into second (securing a bye for the H2H playoffs) in a 6×6 league (OBP and SLG i/o AVG).

    Do I cut bait with Hanley Ramirez. He’s SS eligible, but has been so awful for so long. I could add the following guys to play SS — Andrus, Alexei Ramirez, Eugenio Suarez, Kike Hernandez, Eduardo Escobar, Ketel Marte, Marcus Semien.

    I also have ARod, who has been on my bench for a while (except when I plug him in for his 0-4 on M and Thursday). I suppose I could drop him, but I feel more confident that ARod will provide value at some point than Hanley.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see losing Hanley, depends on needs for his replacement

      • F.K.A. Ralph says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, who would you add for some power? Suarez? Looks like he has games in hitter-friendly venues for a while (Miller Park this weekend, then Wrigley, then at home for a week).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          For power? I’d actually hold, or Suarez if you’re totally fed up with Hanley

  84. Scott says:
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    DeShields has been on base 3 times today. why the F isn’t he stealing. It’s Marco Estrada!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I hear ya

  85. Allen says:
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    Would you be selling high on Shelby Miller this year in a DYNASTY league? What kind of return should I be expecting?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d try to get a top 50 hitter

  86. Johnny says:
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    Another H2H playoff question. For the following 2 week schedule do you prefer Sale or Bumgarner. Relize that Sale, with 15 games has an 80% chance of starting twice during the period, whereas MadBum, with 12 games has only a 40% chance.

    Sale (4vOAK,[email protected],[email protected]@NYY)
    Bumgarner (3vCIN,3vARI,[email protected],[email protected])

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bum

  87. hondo says:
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    Who would you want at MI in H2H playoffs,I’ve got a bye locked down,so it only be of consequence for the last 2 weeks of September.Categories not important,10 team H2h,13 active batting positions.

    1-Flores-picked up yesterday because I nneded a guy to sit on the bench with Fowler(now gone for Burns) today on a short travel day.
    2-Ketel
    3- Javier Baez

    I”ve also got Cano(who I stole in a trade),Zobrist(who I’m keeping for the flexibility plus he hasn’t been sucking) and Correa,so this is more of a UTIL/flexibilty thing I guess.

    I could drop Puig(again) and keep 2 if it looks like he’s not going to get DL’ed since the rosters are expanding.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flores

      • hondo says:
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        @Grey: Would you cut bait on Puig?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, in some mixed leagues

  88. dem ribbies says:
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    another sterling 8th by Wade Davis to be followed by a 2 ER 9th for Holland.

    Wish Yost had the stones to make the right call here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hear ya

  89. dem ribbies says:
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    Nice 11 K QS by Yordano

    Last 4 starts = 25 IP – 32K – 12BB – 3 ER – apparently Cueto is taking Ventura under his wing

    You think it’s time to get back on this roller-coaster?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Definitely

  90. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Really need to see the uniforms the White Sox are wearing tonight. They look like hungover sophomore sorority sisters still battling the freshmen 15.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! I see… Oy

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Its like they borrowed their boy friends massive shirt and thought it would look cute with yoga pants, but then they looked in the mirror and realized they were Jose Abreu and they were never that into bikram to begin with.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s boyfriend shirt day at the park!

          • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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            @Grey: In the immortal words of Hawk Harrelson, its a “He Gown”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Awesome!

  91. Bob says:
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    SON loves J.A. Happ vs. COL with a $17.3 so my question is are you buying that, do you agree?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve already grabbed him for that start

  92. AYuda says:
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    Good roundup…always entertaining.

    I’m in a 16 team h2h keeper league. 7×7 with OBP,3B/QS,Holds

    I was proposed the following:
    I give CSeager (6 years), DeGrom (14.5/5 years), AGonz (9/2 years)
    For
    Schwarber (6 years), Lester (12/3 years), Reyes (12/4 years), Betances (3/2 years)

    He is willing to pay 3$ the next 3 years. I can drop Reyes and the cap hit is 3$ over the next 3 years.

    I like Schwarber, What do you think? I’m in 8th (last playoff spot) and leading my opponent by 5 points which would put me in 4th. 2 weeks left im the regular season after this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and thanks!

  93. What's a Drexl? says:
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    anybody know why the boss joe ross came out early, he was killing them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably because he’s thrown too many IP this year

      • What's a Drexl? says:
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        @Pugs&Slugs: yeah, that makes sense, it’ll allow more starts later if pitches is cut now.

  94. Pugs&Slugs says:
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    NL-Only H2H
    With Blanco sitting out because of his hip, which of the following would you go with? K. Johnson, Espinosa, Pham, or Santana? KJ and Espinosa have nice position flexibility.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Johnson

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        @Grey: Good call. Mets scoring lots of runs lately.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  95. 740 says:
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    hey Grey, time to drop V Mart in 10team h2h?

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  96. nick the dick says:
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    New Carbonaro’s been on. Man, I want to be a magician!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I watched like five episodes in a row then never went back… I liked what I saw too, just forgot about it

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: seems like it took forever in between seasons. I forgot about it too until it started taping the new ones. He’s so good

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I likely got the new ones taped tonight because I made a season pass… Season pass, baby! What us old folk have to look forward to!

  97. Cohen says:
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    Grey, F.Guiterrez or Buxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bux

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: t hanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  98. Dommattingly says:
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    Buxton or Revere ROS?
    Wellington or Lucroy ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buxton, Welington

  99. Wilsonian says:
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    d’Arnaud or Miggy Montero?

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Travis

  100. Vogt or Die says:
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    Might be a too late, but would you rather have Reddick or Melky ROS?

  101. What's a Drexl? says:
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    kipnis is the epitome of how OBP/OPS/total base leagues value players different from 5 X5. i’m guessing kipnis isn’t that good in 5X5’s, but i only own him in one league (OBP with total bases dynasty roto) where i love him, and this year is my first time ever drafting him, and i got him fairly cheap, even though the draft was on may 5th or so, and he was hot at that point, it was almost as if i got him cheaper than normal since everybody just assumed what he was doing wasn’t sustainable. He’s been completely awesome in my league.

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