Yesterday, Thomas Pannone took a no-hitter into the 7th inning of his 1st MLB start, and was the 5th pitcher since 1900 to go seven shutout innings with one or less hits and two or less walks, finishing with 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks, 3 Ks.  More trivia?  You got it!  He sometimes goes by his stepfather’s Polish name, Pannonehits, or his mom’s Czech name, Panntwowalks.  Coincidence?  Pannone says puh-no-way!  He has disavowed his biological Italian father, Panettone.  That guy is a real fruitcake.  Haha, we had some good laughs, huh?  I’m going to take a nap now.  *shuts eyes standing up*  I can hear you tiptoeing behind me.  So, wasn’t able to find a ton on Pannone on site.  Our Prospect-o-Nator that has projections for all rookies doesn’t hate Pannone.  Yes, it projects him for 4.98 ERA, but, trust me, with rookies, that’s not awful.  He’s not listed on any major Jays’ prospect lists likely because he throws 89 MPH.  Woof, and let the dog out so it can woof-woof.  For now, I’d look at him as a streamer.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Kendrys Morales – 2-for-4 and his 18th homer, and 457th homer this week.  No idea where I heard his name before.  Maybe it was the five or six times I’ve mentioned him in the last three days.  You may be right, I may be crazy, but it just may be Kendrys you’re looking for.  *horn section plays*

Devon Travis – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Is Devon worth picking up?  Oh, Lourdes, no.

Addison Russell – Hit the DL with a middle finger sprain.  The injury occurred at the tail end of this conversation.  “Hey, with Daniel Murphy, where is Javier Baez going to play?  2nd?  3rd?  1st?  He’s not playing shortstop, is he?”

David Bote – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Up until the 9th inning yesterday, it seemed like the entire Cubs offense had abandoned ship.  And when Bryant returns, they’ll abandon Bote too.  Ya know, one of the Cubs hottest hitters, as he bats 7th, because Zobrist has to hit cleanup.  Ow, I feel an eye roll headache coming on.

Javier Baez – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 26th homer.  I was watching Baez play yesterday and had an epiphany.  When Yasiel Puig thinks about himself playing, he sees Baez.

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-5 and his 20th homer.  HR to the Rizzo!

Leonys Martin – Won’t return in 2018 as he deals with a bacterial infection that affected multiple organs.  Syndergaard, did you rub your hand, foot and/or mouth on Leonys’ pancreas?

Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 26th and 27th homer, as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “To up my productivity, I’m wearing a diaper.  And because you won’t let me reserve a toilet stall!”

Carlos Carrasco – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 3.55.  Can’t wait for the ALCS with games tied at 14 going into extras.

Xander Bogaerts – 2-for-5 and his 18th and 19th homers, hitting .282.  I saw some Red Sox fans talking yesterday about how Bogaerts is underrated.  Hometown fans get so jacked on goofballs for their players.  Overrated?  Maybe.  Just rated.  Probably.  Underrated?  I can’t even tell if this is a joke.

Stephen Strasburg – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.23, as he was activated from the DL.  This start turned out better than I expected.  I expected 2 IP, 4 ER and a re-injury.  Though, maybe it’s not better he didn’t re-injure himself.

Ryan Zimmerman – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.  I usually don’t mention walk-off homers, because they all count the same in fantasy, but a walk-off homer that is reviewed and stands has to be some kind of extra death blow.  “Ooh…there’s a review…we have a chance!”  Mola Ram rips out heart.

Luis Avilan – Traded to the Phils.  That’s it, guys and five girl readers.  Season’s done for all other teams.  Go home, A’s, and your 67 straight wins.  Eat a D, Red Sox.  The Phils got Luis Avilan! *intern whispers in my ear*  I’m told this move doesn’t matter.

Justin Bour – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer as he started at first with Hoskins in left and the struggling ODB on the bench.  Damn, doing ODB dirrrrrrty.

Maikel Franco – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer, hitting .281.  As our Player Rater shows, Maikel is not a top tier 3B.  Shoot (not you Dick Cheney), he’s not even a 2nd tier 3B.  But he has been solidly productive in the 3rd tier.

Marcell Ozuna – Hit the DL with shoulder inflammation.  It became inflammed when he sneezed into his arm with his dragon breath.

Jack Flaherty – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners (1 hit), 10 Ks, ERA at 2.97.  The one hit he allowed was the 19th homer to Joc Pederson.  Look at Flaherty’s ERA and think again how you felt the need to draft Kershaw.  Okay, now, look at Walker Buehler – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.96, and think about how you desperately needed Madison Bumgarner.

Kenley Jansen – 1 IP, 2 ER, and his 2nd appearance in a row looking like hot garbage on the couch under Gilbert Grape’s mom’s butt.  This time he allowed a home run to Paul DeJong aka Colonel Mustard, his 14th.  Don’t want to yell fire in the theater of Razzball, but Jansen is not right.  I looked at picking up Kenta Maeda and Scott Alexander, and then was happy neither was available.

Aroldis Chapman – Hit the DL and doesn’t sound like he’ll be back after only ten days, but what do I know?  I’m merely a handsome AF fantasy baseball ‘pert.  No one can really fill in for Aroldis, which is what he tells his girlfriends to break down their self-esteem, but, if you’re looking for Yanks interim saves, I’d go Dellin Betances.  With David Robertson dealing with a shoulder injury, I could see Zach Britton also sneaking into the SAGNOF picture.  Snap!

Lance Lynn – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.84.  I think he might’ve misunderstood when the Yanks told him we need someone to fill-in for Sonny Gray.  Not emulate, man.

Austin Dean – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and two homers in his first six games since his call-up.  Hot schmotato alert!

J.T. Riddle – 1-for-1 and his 8th homer, and 3rd in four games.  This homer was a pinch-hit jobber though, because the Mehlins apparently have too many weapons to play their hottest hitter.

Noah Syndergaard – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.38.  Was looking at our last-30 day Player Rater for pitchers the other day, and, wow, is Syndergaard low on there.  You could get Carpal Tunnel scrolling to find his name.  No joke.

Paul Sewald – 2/3 IP, 0 ER and his 1st save.  Literally anything the Mets can do to not let Gsellman get saves and up his value at arbitration.  That’s legit garbage.

Todd Frazier – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, and his 3rd homer in August and, oh, who are we kidding, you’re not picking him up no matter what I say.

Jose Bautista – 1-for-5, 2 runs and his 11th homer as he hits leadoff with his .199 average, 57-year-old man-bones, and easy-to-sucker-punch face.  No lie, I went to waivers in one of my leagues, searched by who had the most homers in the last 14 days, and Frazier and Bautista were both available, so I grabbed Ramon Laureano and Nicky Delmonico.

Paul Goldschmidt – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 29th homer.  Au Shizz!

David Peralta – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer, hitting .306.  I can faintly remember before Peralta became Babe Mantle during the 1998 home run chase, but only faintly.

Clay Buchholz – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.25.  *looks at Robbie Ray’s ERA on my team, looks back at Buchholz’s ERA, throws computer out window, outside a cat screeches*  My bad.

Trevor Williams – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.44.  He has a 0.86 ERA since the All-Star break.  I told you he was a sleeper!  Okay, he has been better than anyone thought.  I think even him.

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 1-for-3 and his 20th homer, and yet another leadoff homer.  No snacking Tildaddy picks us up dinner!  Guess where the Braves play today, Miami of Florida.  Too bad Urena went the chickenshit route and chose to take his suspension while the Braves are in town.  Newcomb should throw a fastball at Mattingly’s unmustachioed face.  Hashtag never forget.

Julio Teheran – 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.09.  Have very little love for Teheran — USA #1, ptooey Tehran! — and the Stream-o-Nator is rarely positive for him, but it is a hair over zero for his next start.

Wil Myers – Missed yesterday’s start due to a lacerated nose.  Coming up on the next episode of Botched…Wil Myers!

Tommy Pham – Not in the Rays lineup because of a dislocated finger.  His finger was like, “Yo, I need just one more of you fingers to peace out and go back to the Cardinals.”

Ryan O’Hearn – 3-for-4, 1 run and has four homers in the last eight games.  I triple-dog dare you to pick up O’Hearn.  You can’t refuse a triple-dog dare.

Nicky Delmonico – 1-for-3 and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, and 4th homer this week.  Yesterday, I bitched about how it took my 12 minutes to pick up Delmonico because you have to drop a guy from the DL who’s been activated before picking up a new guy rather than doing it in one move.  Short story made long, but best 12 minutes I ever spent, and I’ve picked up Delmonico in more leagues.

Tim Anderson – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer.  Wow, no one told you in the preseason to draft Anderson (except me).  Shame those people with parenthetical blindness still don’t trust me.

Carlos Rodon – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners (3 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 2.71. He has a 7.2 K/9, 3.3 BB/9 and 4.88 xFIP.  At this point, I just hope he holds it together the rest of the season so some schmohawks are fooled into drafting him next year.

Kyle Gibson – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.63.  You were hoping Gibson would pitch like Bob, instead he pitched like Debbie.

Jeremy Jeffress – 1 1/3 IP, 0 ER and his 6th save, ERA at 1.33.  Hard to believe he has six saves already, because I kept looking at him, but decided each time to not mention him because I just figured Twitter Hader-ade had the lead on the Brewers closer job, but I Jeffress.  Still think this is Hader’s job on most days, but Jeffress hasn’t been bad, and could see opps.  If Siri is reading this to you, I didn’t say he could cyclops.  See opps.  That’s not a military operation known as a sea-op either, it’s see opps–You know what?  Read your own shizz!

Christian Yelich – 4-for-4, 2 RBIs, and his 21st homer, hitting .314.  Hey, nice Pi!  Which is also what Yelich said in his motion picture debut, “Hot Mamma Mia!”

Freddy Peralta – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.02.  The Stream-o-Nator loved his start yesterday, and not to be outdone, it’s saying nice things about his next start, and lots of nomnomnom’ing.

Edwin Jackson – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 2.97.  The universe:  The A’s pitchers are unstoppable!  Me:  I bet if I pick one up I can prove the universe wrong.  For those keeping score, Me-1, Universe-0.

Mike Minor – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, ERA at 4.40.  Some people asked about starting Minor yesterday vs. the A’s.  Those people also missed the last 60 games of the A’s season, but sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.  Or lucky to not ask me, because I wouldn’t have started Minor vs. the A’s.

Shin-Soo Choo – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 21st homer.  Only two more homers to prove me wrong that he can hit more than 22 homers, but, really, it’s a hollow victory when you’re getting to September and barely topping 22 homers.  *high fives self*  Now, that’s how you turn you being wrong into you being right, baby!

Joey Gallo – 1-for-2 and his 33rd homer, hitting .209.  Mr. Spring Training Narrative, “He has cut down on his Ks!”  This is true, but he’s still 2nd worst in the majors, only being saved from being the worst by Chris Davis, who is literally the worst in every category you can think of.

George Springer – Expected to return on Friday.  *lifts floating bed sheet with eye holes cut out, sees Springer*  Hey, stop trying to ghost me.

Lance McCullers – Nearing a bullpen session.  Unfortunately, his uber driver is Dr. James Andrews.

Roberto Osuna – 1 IP, 0 ER, and the save, and now does appear to be the closer.  Still a POSuna, but the closer nevertheless.

Tyler White – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .306.  White has been all….good!  Hmm, I thought that was gonna rhyme.  If you do a sloppy jamming of minor league numbers and major league stats together, he has 22 HRs and around a .310 average in 104 games.  He walks a decent amount and check out that ISO (.327).  That ISO would lead the majors (if he had 350 more at-bats).  I so…like him!  The ellipsis-bam is picking up its game!  If he finishes the season with 12 homers in 50 games, then–*door flies open* Mr. Prorater, “He’ll be a 35-homer hitter over the course of a season.  And if I learned a new word a minute, I’d know the entire dictionary in 18 days.  Eat a D, Merriam-Webster!”

Marco Gonzales – 3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 4.32 vs. Charlie Morton – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.05.  This matchup was billed as, “These guys have pitched well all year so I’m glad I have them both going for my H2H playoff play-in week and–HOLY EFF WHAT IS GOING ON?!  WHY DID I START BOTH?!  ALSO WHY IS MY SHIFT KEY BROKEN?”  I’ve been saying for some time both of these guys were going to have skeletons of Regression Fairies coming out of their closets.

Mitch Haniger – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .276.  Not bad until you realize he had 17 homers as of June 29th, and has three months this year when he hit a total of 4 homers.

Nelson Cruz – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 31s homer.  You could set your watch by Cruz hitting home runs.  The watch would have a home run hand and count to 35, but would be plus or minus three homers.  So you can tell people you’ll be there at ’34 homers after the hour.’  CP time.  That’s Cruz Power time!  Careful!  We have some woke people around here.

  1. Member Berries says:
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    re: Robert Osuna

    “still a POSuna” – this made me laugh harder than it probably should…

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Member Berries: Me too!

      We had a good run with Rondon after Grey wrote him up after his first save, but good things never last! Go do one, Osuna!

  2. Mihai says:
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    Hello Grey! Who do you like more ROS? T O’Neill, Mullins, Villar, Schebler, Renfroe. Need one OF and one Util. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mihai: Really ROS? Villar, Renfroe on needs

  3. Zeus says:
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    Austin Dean was created in a lab to star in a 1990s teen drama starring 30 year olds

  4. Wilson says:
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    OBP and keeper league,
    Someone is selling Harper however I know price isn’t low.
    Would like to trade my Springer for his Harper, not only for ROS, also for keeper. Thoughts?

    • Wilson says:
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      @Wilson:
      And, if he doesn’t agree with the deal, what if trade my Springer + Cano for his Harper + Hicks?

      • Nathan says:
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        @Wilson: springer is so injury prone I doubt he’ll even acknowledge the offer, cano is old and already over the hill. You’d prob have to give up multiple pieces for harper

      • Cram It says:
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        @Wilson: There’s no way he does either on of those. Back to the drawing board.

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Wilson: Not even close in a keeper, you need to add more for Harper

    • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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      @Wilson: hard to see why you think this would work without additional detail. I’d think at a minimum he would be looking for Springer plus a high end prospect such as Vlad Jr./Eloy. Adding Cano and Hicks probably makes it less likely, honestly.

    • Wilson says:
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      Thanks for your advices, guys.
      If .. trade my Springer plus E. Rosario for Harper? E. Rosario also ranks good in ESPN ranking.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Wilson: Not with Rosario

  5. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    for saves only it’s hicks over gsellman again ain’t it, more evidence yesterday that the mess don’t want gsellman’s agent to jack up his contract using “saves” as an edge. norris gets times off as apparently he has the hips of a man at least 10 years older than him. you’d think with all these teams realizing that a “save” often is LESS leverage than other higher leverage innings that teams would use THAT as a bargaining edge (i.e. NOT using their most valuable relievers that are young esp in “save opps” of say 3 run leads to start an inning). 3 run leads with one inning to go exactly aren’t that high leverage. save your sarah anthony’s and such for games with guys on base, tie games, or 1 run leads etc.

  6. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Turn out the light. Don’t try to save me. You may be wrong for all I know. But you may be right.

    Todd Frazier: 65% owned in the RCL, 69% on Fantrax. And I picked just him up since I needed a 3B on a short schedule day.

    Carlos Rodon: I hope he keeps it up, too, since I own him on a lot of teams.

    Ryan O’Hearn: I had him for 1 day; he went 0 for 3.

    Edwin Encarnacion: Of course he hits 2 HRs when they activate him a day earlier than they planned and is still on my DL everywhere.

    Mike Minor: I streamed him on an ESPN team where I finished off my 188 starts! And Trevor Williams! Unfortunately, I also used Eflin, Jackson, Gibson, and Carrasco. Ignored Pannone, though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Wow, you finished your starts early no?

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: Yes, definitely an early finish to my starts. I have so many teams I have to stream like crazy on I thought it would be good to have 1 I didn’t have to worry about.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! Prioritizing!

  7. MrC22 says:
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    Kendrys or Hosmer rest of season? Thanks!

  8. MrC22 says:
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    Tyler White, hosmer, or kendrys ROS? Thanks!

  9. Tony C says:
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    Good morning Grey. Now that I dropped Ry Zimmerman last night to activate Encarnacion after his 2 HR explosion should I stick with Hicks, Dahl and Moose? Available are Gallo, TYler White and Zimmerman. Please rank top 3 among available and players i could drop. THanks.

    • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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      @Tony C: need to add Gallo immediately. I’d drop Moustakas for him for sure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony C: Dahl for Gallo

  10. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    What is up with all the finger injuries this season, I don’t remember anyone ever being put on the DL for a finger injury and now there are hands full on the DL..

  11. Slappy Jack says:
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    There was Xander fanboi talk yesterday and I missed it ??! damnit

    You are right he’s def not underrated
    SS is pretty stacked

    I feel like he should be one of the last SS taken next year that you shouldn’t have to worry about all season
    But people are going to reach for him, I can see it all now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slappy Jack: Yeah, overrated if anything…And agreed, last SS that should be set it and forget it

  12. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    Excellent write-up, enjoyed.

    a. But, but, but…You didn’t mention Adam Slater! He popped his HR cherry last night, his 6th HR for the season. Austin Slater! If you own him, you are:

    1. Grimey
    2. Christian Slater fan, thinking he’s got to be his younger brother
    3. Desperate for HRs but leading in BA.

    b. Signed up Kendrys, so he’ll tank soon. NickyD, that’s a hot schmotato!

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for August 23

    Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. 1. HA! 2. Which could also be 1 too B. Nice! C. Wow, that is so good

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Ante Galic: Back-to-back solid Twain quotes!

  13. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!

    How anonymous is Austin Slater? I can’t even spell his name correctly when I try to promote him!

    Sorry, Grimey!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Haha, don’t worry, Grimey is very forgiving

  14. Be nice to animals says:
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    I picked up Vlad and Eloy as speculation for my h2h playoffs. You would think they’d both get called up since it costs their teams nothing to do it but apparently they still may not call them up when rosters expand. Am I wasting bench space or is it reasonable to hold both players on my bench? Thank you!

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Be nice to animals: you better have that playoff slot locked up, and are ok with whatever seeding you get if you lose a bit till then.

  15. Tom says:
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    Grey should I still hold out hope for Brian Dozier’s monster second half you promised us?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Tom: Just don’t look at him in your lineup. Direct your hope at someone else.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: I hope so for both of us, Tom

  16. Tinman95 says:
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    Two things:

    Would you drop Dahl for one of the following:

    Carlos Santana
    Kendrys Morales

    Would you drop Dominguez for Osuna?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tinman95: Kendrys — Yes, Osuna

  17. B-Man says:
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    Thank you as always Grey for gems like “Hot garabage under Gilbert Grape’s mom’s butt” Awesome write-up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  18. Crime Dog says:
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    Yesterday you said something about buehler not being able to pitch all year. Sounds like you think he’ll get shut down at some point, if so any idea when? Same with Flaherty?

    • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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      @Crime Dog: last year Flaherty three 170 innings. He’s at 145 right now. Should be fine.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess soon, their IP must be getting up there…. Usually about 30 IP more than previous year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CGS is right on Flaherty

  19. Chet says:
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    So…I actually AM considering picking up Sir Todd Frazier! Would you rather Todd or Maikel Franco, Commander of the Third Tier?

    Thank you and have a great day! Thirsty Thursday!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chet: I’d go Franco — Juan Soto, stay thirsty, my friend

      • Chet says:
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        @Grey:

        Likewise!! And how would you stack the “slimmer” Miguel Sano against Maikel?

        Is it a Sano upside > Franco upside? Or a Franco ROS > Sano ROS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I agree with both greater thans, if possible… Sano upside is nice, but Franco has just been better

  20. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    10 team NL only with QS over wins.
    have: guerra, miley, wheeler, gomber, ryu, ponce (sounds back on the 28th, AFTER the @COL series), gant, d-rod
    DL: wacha, darvish, stripling
    NA (1): b.wilson

    drop anybody for pablo MIA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No faith in Gant — assuming you have 3 DL slots

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @Grey: 5 DL slots. darvish could be dropped at any time, also have nimmo in one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, lose Darvish

  21. Doc Samson says:
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    I can’t think of anything worse than going off to war with a china doll like Wil Myers. Can you can get a military draft deferment for chapped lips?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Doc Samson: Myers was hit in the face with a baseball..

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: True. But in fairness, you’re leaving out some relevant context.

        It was a groundball during warmups, not a 95 mile an hour fastball during a game.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          This does paint a different picture

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @SwaggerJackers:
          He is always hurt. Including getting stitches for said grounder into nose and he is not playing again today. In Colorado no less.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            He’s dead to me

      • Doc Samson says:
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        @SwaggerJackers: @Malicious Phenoms: My comment was more of a reaction to Wil Myers overall injury history. This guy is always missing games. Earlier in the year it was the dreaded oblique (yes, I know this is my fault for drafting a guy who is injury prone.)

  22. Ted Williams' Frozen Head says:
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    Would you get so crazy as to drop Olson for the piping hot Morales in a 12T mixed H2H? It’s only taken me a week and 457 mentions to finally get on the train!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m holding Olson

  23. Jt says:
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    C chirinos
    1b Sano
    2b Albies
    3b moose
    If Rosario
    Of benetendi, Cain, haniger, Dahl
    Util jankowski (empty)
    Bench Trumbo, Ozuna, Abreu
    DL Bryant
    NA buxton

    P sale, Nola, gray, pivetta, Gonsalves, seranthony, Jeffress, Osuna, rondon, winkler, Bradley, Glover DL bauer

    Team is a mess right now yahoo 12 team h2h I’m in first playoff start in 3 weeks I’ll have a bye. Last week I barely hit 35 minimum innings this week I’m going to need to grab a streamer to reach it missed on Peralta and minor ughhh!

    I’ll be dropping Glover probably I should only need 1 streamer to reach the minimum so maybe I can add a hitter to I have 2 adds left on the week

    Musgrove, fulmer, Tyler white, Swanson, nick Williams, Moreland, Bauer, Hutchinson @sf

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jt: Their matchups matter, I guess Musgrove, but I don’t know

  24. jose says:
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    Riding that Morales Train while it’s on the tracks and Abreu is off the tracks. Now they’re both off the tracks aren’t they…

    Charlie Morton got me a W! I deserved a W after some of the Snell Ls I took earlier in the year.

    I got away with the Peralta start yesterday. Would I be pushing my luck to put my faith in SON for Matthew Boyd vs CWS? Almost double digit love from the robot.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t mess with Boyd, but I guess the robot does love it

      • jose says:
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        @Grey: I picked him up yesterday and put him on the bench. We’ll see how the day goes and if I’m feeling lucky. Haha.

        Have a good one Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, you too!

  25. GeraldTipson says:
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    Need one ROS

    Dominguez
    Minter
    Osuna

  26. B says:
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    With Phils bullpen still looking to be a committee and Betances possibly having the edge on saves (and better peripherals) drop Dominguez for Betances?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  27. Ted Williams' Frozen Head says:
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    Droppin a double decker on comments already today and its only 10:46 out here in Boston. I’m in scramble mode being in 7th place in my main league and needing to hop one of the two guys ahead of me with only two weeks til playoffs. I wish I could tell my office that I’m really not focused right now and should be allowed to take some time for such important events.

    Anywho! Need to lose one of Simmons, Adames, Villar – who’s gettin the boot? Appreciate you Grey, thanks for being our fearless leader in these tumultuous times!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Where in Boston? Great town! Simmons

      • Ted Williams' Frozen Head says:
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        @Grey: I work in the Prudential Center in Back Bay, near Newbury St., Copley Square, etc. – love this town! Pop out here for a Sox game soon and I’ll pick you up a couple Sam Adams (they dont sell all of the tasty craft beer in Fenway anymore Sam bought em out hard)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, Sam went from a local hero to a Masshole, beer-wise, of course… I went to BU, I know your area well, great neighborhood

        • Dubs23 says:
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          @Ted Williams’ Frozen Head: Jim Koch was at a bar in Boston a while back and was lit and asked the bartender why they didn’t serve any Sam Adams so the bartender responded with something like “make a good beer and we’ll serve it”. Koch lost his mind and it made the news. Grey helps us all, at least get him some Trillium or make the trek and get the man some Tree House.

  28. keith o branstetter says:
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    Lol, I picked up Fraizer a few days ago, he’s back from the dead ! So Morales or White, worth a pickup in a 10 teamer over Dahl ?

  29. Todd25 says:
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    fun fact:
    21/9/22/2 .287/.357/.611
    20/9/22/0 .289/.396/.667

    one of those is Stanton, the other is Gallo over the last 30 days… mind=blown

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      How’s dem hotcakes!

  30. JakeTPE says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Sorry to bother you, man, but we’re in some trouble now with Abreu suddenly deciding his abdomen needed operating on… what’s that, an appendix?

    Fill-in 1B options are as follows:

    Gurriel
    Bauers
    Moreland
    Bour
    Healy
    Hosmer
    O’Hearn
    Davidson

    I can actually grab two and mix n match. OPS, RBI, HR would be nice as things are a bit desperate…

    Thank you, Fantasy Master Lothario.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like he had a Bartolo in his Colon

      Hosmer, Moreland

      • JakeTPE says:
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        @Grey: Ha! That does not sound good! Cheers for the advice. Hope you have a good getaway day!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  31. Perfect Game says:
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    I own Kimbrel, Treinen, Vazquez and Jansen as my closer in a standard 5×5 roto redraft league.

    I’m in a two-way race in the saves category, leading by 3. The other team has Iglesias, Diaz and Strop as his closers. I’m also in a tight race in ERA / WHIP with another team. I’m in first place by a wide margin overall.

    Jansen has me concerned about ratios right now. Do I drop and pick up Winkler or just bench Jansen until he gets right?

  32. Chad says:
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    I know C is not a position you wish to discuss but IF Posey pulls the plug I need someone for my final push. Full dynasty but really who cares – I have Mejia but he ain’t helping. Pick one please: Maldanado, Cheerios, Barnhardtt or Diaz? Thanks O’Greycious one!

    • Chad says:
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      @Chad: OR if you have a secret sneaky guy who is unknown I am listening… Cheers!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Chad: Ha, no secret sneaky guy at catcher… Maybe Jansen or Ward

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tucker

      • Chad says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey – makes sense and he gets all the ABs and deep dyno has the sneakers’ gone already…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  33. Dave D says:
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    In all fairness to Morton, he was his normal self until the 6th. He still got a win and not too bad of a WHIP. I can’t complain too much. Plus Yonny (Live at the Acropolis) Chirinos got me a vulture win. Again, I’ll take it. I’m still greiving Trevor Bauer, but the sting is gone. The tears of anguish have dried.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It still hurts me

  34. dau says:
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    G Polanco and Pham hit waivers–of the two I may pick up the former. Do you concur? Replacing Allen Cleve OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dau: Polanco

  35. Scoop says:
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    Great stuff this season as always.

    Pick one for rest of the way (deep mixed league with OBP): Puig or Bader?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Likely Puig, but I’d try Harrison

  36. Raf says:
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    Hola. Have you got any good sneaky call-ups to stash for playoff purposes? The biggest names are already rostered in my league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bryse owned still? Urias? Kieboom? Royce Lewis? Luis Robert? Those are guys that are currently next up in my NL-Only and AL-Only leagues

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      But I’m giving you super deep names… I have Enyel and Hiura in one league too

      • Raf says:
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        @Grey:
        Cheers. All of the above are either available or not listed on ESPN yet.

        I look forward to how far you can take the Kieboom puns on his arrival.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, *tries to close drawer filled with Kieboom puns* Gotta use these soon!

  37. Mr. Glass says:
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    In a points league would dropping Matt Adams for Tyler White be a wash, positions don’t matter theyd just be platoon guys to plug in my lineup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go White

      • Basement Artie says:
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        @Grey: That’s what Blackmon said.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hey now!

          • Basement Artie says:
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            @Grey: When someone calls out to Mitch Haniger, does Charlie Blackmon reply?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If they’re trapped somewhere together and only Blackmon hears the person moving right above their trapped space

          • Mr. Glass says:
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            @Grey: lol nice, and thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  38. Chad says:
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    @Grey: Thanks Grey – makes sense and he gets all the ABs and deep dyno has the sneakers’ gone already…

  39. Basement Artie says:
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    Laureano, Delmonico, or Nick Williams for Cargo? Thanks! Great write up, as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m liking Delmonico right now

  40. Steve says:
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    Abreu replacement at CI:

    O’Hearn, White, Davidson, Mauer, Fletcher

    Top 2 please

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      White, Davidson

  41. steve stevenson says:
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    10×10 H2H limited moves league (20/yr). I’m going to cruise into 1st and a 1st round playoff bye. It’s a shallow league so there’re a lot of tasty FA available and I’m getting an itchy trigger finger. Trying to decide whether to make a few moves or hold for streaming and to see what the landscape looks like in a couple weeks.

    I have 14 moves left; one other likely playoff team has the same, and the rest have between 1 and 8. There are at least 4 roster spots I can happily turn over. I need another MR, which I’ll pick up right before the playoffs, at least 1 SP (only have Cole, Severino and Ray healthy right now, but this setup favors RP) and maybe another bat, position irrelevant. Any of these names too sexy to leave on the wire, or hold?

    SP – Buehler, Flaherty, J. Gray, Wheeler
    Bats – Odor, Vlad, Eloy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I’d prolly hold my moves, but I don’t know what you need as far as bats… Those arms aren’t bad, but I’d be looking at matchups and holding my moves

  42. SwaggerJackers says:
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    @Grey: Posted this late in the day yesterday and didn’t get a response to reposting here:

    Thoughts on Springer for next season? Is he still a top 25 player?

    Knocks against him:

    – Current line of .249/19/6 is not particularly impressive. In fact, in your second half rankings, you described his first half as “hot garbage under the Toxic Avenger’s butt.”
    – Soon to be 29. Not old, but the speed is going to continue to decline
    – Currently DTD after a recent DL stint and had injury concerns prior to this season

    Just curious if you’re at a point the fading him closer to the top 50 like you mentioned for Rizzo and Bryant.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA…I crack myself up… I’ll prolly project a 30/10 season next year with a .260-70 average… That’s Justin Upton territory, around top 40

      • crimedog says:
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        @Grey: Rizzo seems about on Pace for his usual 30/7 season if he can keep swinging a hot bath for a little longer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He better get going if he’s getting to 30 homers — better step it up to get to 25 HRs

          • Crime Dog says:
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            @Grey: 3 homers in 3 games Grey, 5 weeks left and 9 more to go, cust Kayin’…don’t really know what that means but you always say it so.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, agreed…Hey, I own him, so pulling for it

  43. hondo says:
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    G.Allen or Nick Williams ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams, unless SAGNOF than Allen

  44. RetNavChief says:
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    I won my division and will have a first round bye next week. I have lost the past two years in the championship finals…. Hence why my team name is 2-Pump Chumps.
    Trade deadline is this Saturday night. With Ozuna/Devers/Abreu on the DL, do I make this trade below for Bellinger? Really looking forward to your input.
    I’ve been offered Cody Bellinger for Victor Robles/Keston Hiura & Luzardo. I love Bellinger and my guys… but I do have to make decisions soon. If Hiura is a MI where do I play him with the three guys I have already. Trade Bogaerts? Victor Robles is a top prospect… but Bellinger is only 23 and he a top OF too. Luzardo sounds like a great pitcher… but he has had TJS already…
    He also proposed Bellinger for Devers/Luzard and Hiura. You like this option more?
    What do you recommend?
    This league has been going for our 19th year. 14 Team Mixed Head to Head (HR, R, SB, TB, OBP, RBI / ERA, WHIP, W, QS, SV+HD, K’s)
    We can make daily lineup substitution or what not. – Full Keeper.
    Active Starting Lineup: 2 X Catchers, 3 X MI, 3 X CI, 5 OF, 1 Utility, 5 SP, 5 RP
    My active Lineup:
    C – Lucroy/T. Ward
    MI – Bogaerts/Machado/Albies
    CI – Abreu/Bregman/Devers
    OF – Betts/Ozuna/Piscotty/Kepler/G. Polanco
    UT – N. Cruz
    SP – Clevinger/Keuchel/Corbin/Morton/Snell/
    RP – Edwards/Hader/W. Smith/Winkler/Alvarado
    8 Man Bench
    Happ/ Quintana/ Archer/CMART/EROD/Strasburg/Syndergaard/Tanaka
    20 man minor league bench
    Hiura/Vientos/O. Cruz/N. Lowe/M. Vargas/Baddoo/K. Lee/T. Lutz/T. Ornelas/Pache/K. Robinson/V. Robles/G. Valera/Verdugo
    Luzardo/M. Baez/L. Oviedo/F. Romero/Gonsolin

    Thank you.
    Kevin Mattern

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Bellinger in either deal, I’d do the Robles one first

  45. Cohen says:
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    Grey, which 3 streamers would u start please?
    Bieber at KC
    Holland at home vs Tex
    Hendricks at home vs Cincy
    Evoladi at Tampa
    Matz at home vs Wash
    SON likes the starts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bieber, Hendricks, Matz

  46. crimedog says:
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    The Rockies didn’t need Murphy. They just purchased the contract of 38 year old Matt Holliday to play OF 3 or 4 days a week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Exactly! WTF

  47. norm ginsberg says:
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    Would you save Abreu (no DL slots)? — I’m leaning “No”. ESPN says “2-4 weeks” and since CWS have nothing to play for, I wonder if he’ll even be appearing again this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, can lose

  48. Cohen says:
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    Grey, follow up question
    Hendricks at home vs Cincy or
    Musgrove at Brewers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hendricks

      • Cohen says:
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        @Grey: thank u

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  49. The Shoe says:
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    Yo Grey! I had Gibson, Morton, Gonzales, and Eflin going yesterday – not fighting for playoff spot or positioning anymore, so decided to roll the dice – boy was that entertaining.

    I’m still looking to punt Gonzales and Gibson like I mentioned yesterday. I aiming to pick up B. Anderson and activate Stripling, but I’m wondering what you think of Holland in the midst of all this. Do you like him better than Eflin? OK, in short, how would you rank Holland , B. Anderson, Gonzales, and Eflin?

    Holland should face the Padres and Braves during my playoffs. Eflin – Miami and the Mets, Gibson – KC and Det, Anderson – LAA and Bal, Gonzales – it’s tricky, but probably NYY, LAA, and Tex.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! I don’t like Holland — Anderson, Eflin, Gibson

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Where would Marquez slot in among Anderson, EFlin, and Gibson?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Last

  50. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Hey, anybody on here invest in bitcoin? I see it was at around 20,000 at the end of last year. Right now it is at about 5,500. Will it go back up or is it gonna continue to go down?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I bought in right at the peak, lost all my money! So, hoping it goes back up!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        Does the site make trades for you. You just invest some money and that’s it, or do you make trades your self?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It was a major pain to buy the cryptocurrency

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey:
            Why was it so difficult?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              From what I remember, and this was about 7 months ago, you need to deposit your money one place, transfer funds to another place where you can buy Bitcoin, then transfer back to original… It’s been a while, I just remember it took me half a day to figure it out, and things change fast so make sure to do your own research

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                @Grey: Ok thanks. It is all new to me so I will do a lot of research and stay up to date.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem, it’s highly volatile

            • Cram It says:
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              @Grey: @Malicious Phenoms: I threw some money in it last winter. I lost money and took the rest out. The only way to make real money in that is to sell as soon as it goes up. Then buy when it drops, sell when it goes up. Rinse, repeat. But it literally changes every minute so you have to be paying attention constantly. Those that are making money currently on it, have high powered computers that monitor fluctuations and buy/sell automatically based on whatever algorithms they’ve inputted. It’s not a game for the casual investor looking to make a quick buck. At least from my experience/collaborating with friends.

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                @Cram It:
                thanks for that Cram..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotta check out Binance

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey:
            Binance seems solid even with a hack rumour yesterday.

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Grey: @Malicious Phenoms: I don’t know if the growth potential is still there. Governmental regulation in large Asian markets have sapped much of its power, and it still maintains its innate stability issues.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Fred Garvin MP
        Thanks MP, that confirms what I have been reading. I am looking for quick legit way to make some extra cash. I had some Google stock back in the beginning and made a good return on that. Just hard to know who to trust these days.

  51. ERad says:
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    I feel like anytime Sir Anthony gives up a run or blows a save, Kapler is going to relegate him to mop up duty in the 4th inning the next game.

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @ERad: This is, unfortunately, a legitimate concern.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Likely true, I think I hit on something the other day when I said I think Kapler likes to make things harder on himself

      • Ted Williams’ Frozen Head says:
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        @Grey: Neshek with another clean save today – could be the guy? Think I’m gonna drop Givens for em and risk Kapler’s madness since BALT will probably win about 7 more games total anyways

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, try Neshek

  52. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I still have no idea why the Doyers didn’t get a quality bullpen arm at the deadline. It’s not like they would’ve had to give up Alex Verdugo to do so. Then again, we are talking about a team that batted an aging Chooch Ruiz cleanup in an NLCS by choice. They seem to get too cute with roster construction.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like they could’ve had Shawn Kelley for free

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not that he’s the answer

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: hehe. The operative word was “quality”.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP:
      This is the same team that bats Puig 8th most nights. I don’t get it.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        The Rockies are starting Matt Holliday!

    • Steve says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP: after last night’s game, fivethirtyeight projects Doyers have a 38% of making the playoffs, practically out of the picture at this point. 10 out of the last 13 games the Doyers have given up a lead or tie in the 7th or later. Kind of unwatchable.

      Roberts can’t keep his job after flubbing a WS and not even making the playoffs with one of the best rosters I can remember.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Wow, Roberts gave away the playoffs

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Steve:
        Donnie Baseball would have lead the Doyers to the Championship last year. Roberts tinkers to much.

  53. Zach says:
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    Grey! Playoff time is right around the corner. I’m in an 8 man H2H league and have a KB and Donaldson coming off the DL before playoffs (hopefully) Here’s my roster, looking to make some final tweaks and might need to drop/add a few

    Salvy, Encarnacion, Altuve, Bregman, Machado, Odor, Zimmerman, Myers, Bellinger, Stanton, Benintendi, Calhoun
    I got Mazara, Peraza, Andrus on my bench with KB and Donaldson on the DL
    Waiver wire: Posey, Morales, Willy adams, Sano

    Pitching: Verlander, Snell, Tanaka, Archer, Ryu, Gausman, Boxberger, strop, iglesias
    Waiver Wire: Hill, Taillon, Wheeler, Bucholz, Jackson, Glasnow, Freeland, Eovaldi

    Any drop and add recommendations?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What’s Calhoun? OF or UTIL? Could see Morales over him maybe… What position is Myers at for you? Wheeler, Tailon over Archer and Ryu

      • Zach says:
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        @Grey: Calhoun and Myers are both playing outfield for me right now. I’ve been rotating Mazara, Peraza and Andrus at Utility

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Peraza and Andrea aren’t really UTIL bats unless desperate

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Desperate for steals, that is

            • Zach says:
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              @Grey: That’s why I have them there for the time being. Drop them for Morales?

  54. Steve says:
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    Best RP for saves and ratios:

    Winkler, Trivino, Britton, Hicks, Strickland

    Best SP to stash as a sleeper: Sabathia, L Weaver, S Gray, Gomber, None of the above?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Winkler — CC, but none really

  55. Jt says:
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    Starting erasmo Ramirez @ dbacks or musgrove @ brewers or wait for potential adds this weekend have 2 adds left on the week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait

  56. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Fun fact: Paul DeDong, not sure if he is related to Just Dong Martinez or not, anyway DeDong was 1 for 12 with 8 K’s in this series with the Doyers before he hit that 2 run dong off of Kenley last night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No relation, I don’t think

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        Like the Bash Brothers, we can just call them the Dong brothers!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  57. William Hung says:
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    I am in utter shock how bad my team is this week – I was flying high after clinching a playoff spot AND winning 13-1 last week, but this week is a very Mets-like performance – I am losing 9-1 right now

    1. Team is a combined 22/118 for a robust .186 BA and .250 OBP and 38 Ks… I do not have Joey Gallo or Chris Davis on this team, so everyone decided to swing for the fences???
    2. Naturally I have only 12 Rs, 1 HR, and 6 RBIs
    3. I have 2 steals (yay!)
    4. Pitching is fine, but my opponent’s right now is just a tad better

    • Cram It says:
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      @William Hung: Welcome to Thunderdome (aka H2h)

      • William Hung says:
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        @Cram It: Where one week your studs are studs and the next, the likes of Corey Dickerson is outplaying your whole team

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      But is this a bye or you playing?

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: I’m still in the regular season – playoffs don’t start for another 3 weeks, with the championship being the last week of the regular season (which really sucks). So counting this week, I have 3 more regular season matchups – a total of 42 additional categories up for grabs (14×3).

        Big picture, this poor performance doesn’t really matter since I already have 174 wins, and should be good for a top 2 seed (for historical purposes, the top seed entering the playoffs had roughly 170 wins) – but I’d feel better if my team didn’t look THIS bad right now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha, so hopefully it’s a glitch in the matrix

          • William Hung says:
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            @Grey: I haven’t seen 2 black cats one after another yet…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  58. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Looking for a bit of feedback for my squad prior to heading to the playoffs. I have a pretty comfortable lead in first in my 12 team H2H 5×5 keeper league. But I have been struggling lately. Have a bunch of pitchers that have either hit a wall or are injured. McCullers, Paxton, Chapman, Maeda, Heaney, Archer, Manaea, I think it may be time to drop a couple at least. I like to have a good group of starters especially in a H2H league. These are some of the best available options.
    T.Cahill, Glasnow, Cobb(shudder), Minor, Boyd. So not exactly the rolls royce of FA options. To compound matters, I would have to drop 2 to pick up 1 as M.Sano is in my NA slot and is obviously now active. Although saying Sano is “active” is using the word loosely.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cahill, Glasnow over Heaney and McCullers unless keeper implications

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        Im fully prepared to dump Heaney but not sure if i would be keeping/trading McCullers. What about Maeda? He seems to be neither starter or closer right now. And again I have to drop 2 to get 1 with Sano active now. And which one would you rather grab? Cahill or Glasnow?

        1b has been a black hole for me all season hence the reason I grabbed Sano when he was sent down. I have Desmond/Olson alternating in at 1B. W. Merrifield has actually been the best since he has become qualified at first. I could also drop Sano, Olson or Desmond to pick up Morales, Semien, Conforto, or T Ward to replace a useless Zunino.

        • dubjay says:
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          @dubjay:
          Ill post my whole roster to make it easier
          C-Zunino
          1b-Desmond, Olson
          2b-Albies, Merrifield
          3b-Arenado
          ss-Bregman
          OF-Acuna, Soto, Pollock,
          util-Mazara, Ozuna
          NA-Sano

          Sp-Bumgarner, Paxton, Snell, McCullers, Maeda, Manaea, Hill, Archer, Heaney
          rp-Chapman, W.Smith, Treinen, Boxberger

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Team doesn’t really look terrible, but your pitching looks iffier now than it did a month ago

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Cahill, sure can lose Maeda, was thinking him too… those 1B are like six of one, half dozen of another

          • dubjay says:
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            @Grey:
            Yeah first base has been tough. And now I will have 3 bench bats which I dont love. Which of Sano, Olson, Desmond would you drop first? Thinking I could drop Maeda, Heaney and one of the above for a streaming spot.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Lose Olson, play Desmond only in Coors

              • dubjay says:
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                @Grey:
                Desmond has been a mess in Coors. HIs home/away splits are surpising to say the least.
                avg slg ops HR
                Home .229 .373 .688 5
                Away .239 .491 .784 15
                And I do realize that he just homered in Coors

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, but it’s Coors

  59. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    You and Ralph were particularly hilarious this week. Thanks for the Pods.

    In AL only keeper, Brandon Lowe or Maybin.

    In NL only keeper, Rafael Ortega or Jankowski.

    • Schmohawks Bob says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob: Should’ve thrown Adam Engle into my AL only question.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d go Engel, just seeing followup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Maybin…Jankowski

  60. Jt says:
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    1b help
    Tyler white, Sano, Flores, Gyorko, Davidson, O’Hearn, goodrum, Bruce team needs homers.

    • Jt says:
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      @Jt: Holliday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano

  61. Slick Gray the Ruler says:
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    Hey Grey,
    Please pick one hot bat for the next week+

    Hader
    Tyler White
    Renfroe

    Biggest needs are HR’s and R’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try White

  62. Thomas Petrone says:
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    i am in first place heading into playoffs and had some bad luck with Jose Abreu, Ozuna, Paxton, Jose Martinez on the DL or moving to bullpen – I need an OF in a 12-team league with slim pickens on the waiver wire – would you give Jay Bruce a shot? Ramon Laureano? and is Willy Admaes a better play ROS over Chris Taylor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adames and Ramon

  63. EG says:
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    Start DeSclafani tonight? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t know the matchup

      • EG says:
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        @Grey: sorry, @ Cubs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sorry, too late, but would’ve said no

  64. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    neshek or hicks for saves only?

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: nevermind that, neshek added by somebody else already. so it’s back to hicks vs gsellman.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neshek

  65. Launch Angle says:
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    Dahl or Soto ROS in standard 5×5 roto redraft?

    Soto’s average keeps falling; not hitting HR or driving in runs.

    You mentioned to hold onto him for about another week before dropping. Unfortunately, the FA pool for OF’s in my league is week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dahl

      • Launch Angle says:
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        @Grey:

        Get Dahl now or wait a little longer before dropping Soto?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go with Dahl in Coors, Soto feels replaceable at this point

  66. Mauricio Frid says:
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    Abreu droppable in redrafts, right? My DL is corwded

    • The Harrow says:
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      @Mauricio Frid: if the other DL guys are due back before at least mid sept, probably.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, lose him

  67. Molina bros bbq says:
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    Would you start Heaney vs Houston? I’m guessing you would not… argh!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

  68. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Planning on cutting Rondon for a streamer during the 2nd round of the playoffs which would leave me with Treinen, LeClerc, Hand, and Allen as my closers. Betances is out on waivers and I have enough $ to claim him. A couple of questions…

    (1) Do I cut Rondon JUST for Betances and keep the Cleveland duo?
    (2) Or do I cut Rondon for a streamer and then cut either Hand or Allen for Betances. If so, which one goes?
    (3) There is no 3rd question.
    (4) ODB hit a dong tonight. I can’t cut him as I have that good ol’ fashion feeling that he’s going to go off. Do I cut Williams for Avisail, Braun, or Dickerson?

    Many thanks per usual.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      2. I’d cut Allen 4. I agree, ODB gets smoking hot at times, hold him, lose Williams for Avisail

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: That’s what I was thinking, but didn’t want to put a slant on my question. Have a good night!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  69. Wilson says:
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    Odor or Cano for ROS? OBP league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HOLY CRAP, MAN

  70. J-Money says:
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    What up G,

    OPS league, who’s the best option for MI: Schoop, J Polanco, or Dejong?

    Thanks man

    • J-Money says:
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      @J-Money: Add Lourdes to that list, if you would!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Meh

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @Grey: lourdes back supposedly in a day or a few at most. i’d think easily him here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeJong

  71. Gotime says:
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    Well that shift of Newcomb @Pit to @Mia went well… starting him next week at home vs TB I take it ..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  72. andfog99 says:
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    Tanaka dropped in my league.

    Tanaka or Rodon, ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tanaka

  73. uncle ernie says:
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    Hi Grey. I have Tim Anderson of White Sox fame I could use average. Rbi’s and a few SB. Would you drop him for anyone of these fellows for ROS. Thanks. Semien. Gyorko. Villar or Chris Taylor. Thanks man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Semien

      • uncle ernie says:
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        @Grey: or Muncy

  74. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Hola Grey- I gotta drop one of Encarnacion, Pollock or David Petalta…. Which of those guys would you cut loose? It’s a 10 team shallow bench league . Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock

  75. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    SOB, espn reported touki to start today or tomorrow back on mon or tuesday, now i don’t see that occurring, nor any news about it. could’ve been streaming somebody else in some leagues, and nabbed him in a 20 team h2h where the FA list is garbage for SP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ESPN *shakes fist*

  76. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    hamels is such a POS, i even dropped him in a 16 teamer dynasty when he was at his worst. turns out he just didn’t give a shit at TEX.

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