First off, big congrats to Albert Pujols (1-for-4 and his 6th homer), as he passed 2,000 RBIs. That is amazing. Now would some archaeologist find old man Pujols’s Holy Grail Goblet Room and let him retire in peace? Second off, David Fletcher went 2-for-5, 2 runs, hitting .310, as he finally seems to be settling in at leadoff. Can we just pause for one second and try to comprehend how stupid I am?  Okay, you don’t have to rundown all my countless idiotic calls.  I get it.  Okay, with my stupidity in mind, it took a major league manager — Bad Assdunce, in this case — almost six weeks to realize Fletcher is the best guy to hit leadoff on the Angels.  Assdunce hit Kole Calhoun (2-for-4, 3 runs, and his 9th homer, hitting .223) for 78 ABs at leadoff — a .240 hitter on a good day!  Ya know, when they hire MLB managers, they’re not hiring their best and brightest.  Oh, and I have it at 50/50 odds Fletcher doesn’t stay at leadoff, just so ya know.  By the by, Fletcher is not in this afternoon’s Buy column, but if he’s available add him for average and hopefully counting stats.  Finally, Tommy La Stella.  What in the holy fudge?  Only, I didn’t say fudge.  I said the mother of all curse words.  Yesterday, he went 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homer.  Did he even have nine homers in 1,000 at-bats prior to this in his career?  Not to answer, because I don’t care, but WUT. At this point, Travis Shaw would need to have the best month of his career to even tie La Stella in fantasy value.  I am laughing through tears.  Sad clown tears!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Felix Pena – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.21.  I need to get better at picking up favorable starters who are not technically starting but instead following an Opener.  By which I mean, can someone just pop in the comments and tell me when Beeks and Pena are about to pitch?  Thanking you in advance.

Ryan Carpenter – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 10.80.  Tigers, “Hey, Ryan, we respect you here, but you gotta take one for the team.”  “Sure, skip, but my name’s Bryan.”  “Um, that’s what I said, Bryan.”  “I was testing to see if you knew who I was, it is Ryan.”

Christin Stewart – Activated from the IL.  Fun fact! Christin Stewart is the only player that is always in the Twilight of his career.

Kris Bryant – 1-for-2, 2 runs, and his 7th homer and, like, 14th homer this week.  The Cubs said Bryant started using a smaller handled bat this week and that’s what’s made all the difference.  Putting aside how it could take someone a month to figure out their previous bat was better in a wood chipper, I’m just glad they figured it out.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  HR to the Izzo!

Yu Darvish – 4 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, 6 BBs, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.40.  Wow, Yu’s a mess.  Not youse, though some of youse, maybe.  Getting a big Theo free agent contract is a fantasy kiss of death…Crawford, Darvish, Heyward. Yu Darvish looks like he can’t hit the broadside of the barn from three feet away with a cowboy hat while singing Old Town Road.  Hard to drop someone with Darvish’s upside in deeper leagues, but in shallow leagues, you can’t start him, let alone own him.

Mike Montgomery – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.87.  More of an NL-Only name for me, but I’m actively looking at adding Montegomery in those deep leagues, because Darvish feels headed for the Ineffective List.

Manny Banuelos – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 6.67.  Google translate “Manny Banuelos.” Google responds, “Rest-stop restrooms.”  Perfect, thank you, Google.

Jordan Luplow – 2-for-3, and his 1st and 2nd homer.  Yo, the Indians’ lineup is lit.  Like the garbage can that homeless people are warming their hands above.

Carlos Carrasco – 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 hits, 0 walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.91, as the rain shortened everything.  Well, not Altuve, but you catch my drift.

Derek Dietrich – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  I knew I should’ve drafted La Stella and Dietrich in the 1st two rounds instead of Trout and Giancarlo. Someone kill me!  Of course, Dietrich’s going to be in this afternoon’s Buy column.  I’ve been talking about him for a week straight (minus the three days this week he didn’t start).

Eugenio Suarez – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 11th homer.  Since you know Suarez, one last thing on Dietrich. He <blinkers>could</blinkers> be breaking out, but the Reds still platoon him out the lineup in a close game for Curt Casali.  MLB managers are the worst.

Tanner Roark – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.27 vs. Chris Bassitt – 7 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.55.  This is a matchup billed, “Both of these guys should just be owned, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t check the Streamonator before starting either of them.”  A rather niche billing title, as you can imagine.

Steven Matz – Hit the IL only about five days after he should’ve, so the Mets are getting better!

Gregory Polanco – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .308.  Brocktune is heating up.

Joe Musgrove – 3 IP, 8 ER, ERA up to 4.20.  He looked okay prior to this start but I always had musgrovings.

Dexter Fowler – 2-for-5, 1 run, 3 RBIs, hitting .302.  Boring story about one of my teams alert!  I randomly drafted in NL-Only Tout Melky Cabrera (0-for-4, hitting .337) and Dexter Fowler.  They’ve been more productive than I could’ve ever hoped, and now I’ve totally jinxed myself.  Thanks, self!

Yadier Molina – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .289.  That’s the same number of runs as the Molina Family at a Taco Bell.

Michael Wacha – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 5.35.  When is it okay to get a 5+ inning start with 10 baserunners and 4 ER and 2 Ks? When you get a win! Wacha Wacha Wacha!

Mike Soroka – 6 IP, 1 ER,, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.21.  Exhibit A thru Z why I don’t draft starters high.  I’m not saying I knew Soroka would have a 1.21 ERA by mid-May, but I’m saying no one knew.  It would be like someone saying I’m going to buy a lottery ticket and you saying, “I’m going to buy one too, but I’m going to spend 50 times as much with only a 5% chance of a better outcome.”  No one remembers this in March, but then it seems so obvious in May.  It’s not just this year.  Don’t buy into that narrative.  For people saying that, ask them how I was able to draft Corbin, Snell and countless others last year.

Luke Weaver – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.98.  See what I said about one blurb ago.

Dee Gordon – Left after being hit by a pitch on the wrist, and it didn’t look, as they say, good.  Mariners are speculating a call up of Shed Long, who you can find at any Tampa Bay-area Lowe’s, or J.P. Crawford.

Domingo Santana – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, and 2nd homer this week.  Somebody’s strapping on the hot dong again!  Hmm, that doesn’t sound right.

J.A. Happ – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners (3 BBs), 7 Ks, ERA at 4.36.  Thought about looking at J.A. Happ’s peripherals to see if he can be better than his ERA and if I have a good pitcher on my team, then the song Let the Mystery Be from The Leftovers’ credits plays in my head, and, well, I choose to let the mystery be.

George Springer – 3-for-5 and his 13th homer, tying Eddie Rosario for the AL lead.  Today on Georgey Springer:  Angry fantasy owners scream, “Where was that last year?” and then take paternity tests to see if they are the dads of whiny little babies on stage.

Wade Miley – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.18 vs. Mike Minor – 5 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.68.  This Minor/Miley matchup was billed as, “One subreddit you don’t want to go into.”

Hunter Pence – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, 3rd homer in as many games and almost hit a fourth, but was robbed by Reddick, hitting .343.  *hand shoots out of the ground, then a bird’s wing, then one of those car lot inflatables* “What the hell kind of Zombino is that?!”  Pence won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but he’s obviously hot schmotato’ing.

Chris Martin – With Shawn Kelley going on the IL with an infection — Was it…*pinkie to mouth* a staff infection? — the Rangers said Coldplay would be the closer.  Also, Rangers manager, Steve Winwood, said Leclerc could become the closer again, vaguely saying, “When we want to lose games, he’s our man.”  Kidding, he did hint to returning to Leclerc soon, you’ve been served!…with info.

David Dahl – 0-for-1 as he didn’t start again.  Why isn’t he playing anymore?  Asking for a very good friend:  Me.

Nolan Arenado – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer.  With Mother’s Day this Sunday, I’m scrapbooking dried roses onto pictures of Mother through the years.  But first, while I take a two-hour break to watch a game, I’m going to put it by this open window–NOOOOO!!! Torenado!!!

Mark Reynolds – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Mini Donkey doesn’t let a little snow stop him from dinger-donging.  All brays!

Ian Desmond – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .204.  Reynolds and Desmond homering, and Tapia hitting .298 are all splendid developments for Dahl’s playing time.

Buster Posey – Hit the 7-day concussion IL.  Is this the first concussion stint of the year?  So fitting it’s Posey.  I hear MLB is instituting a new rule that you can’t forcefully blow in Posey’s direction.

Drew Pomeranz – Hit the IL. His replacement (whoever it is — Beede?) will be a solid pickup for streams at home in deeper leagues.  See, I give you actionable intel. As Beyonce would say, Grey with the good share!

Tyler Austin – 2-for-5, 6 RBIs and two homers (1, 2), hitting .325.  Fun fact #1! He is the best MLB player whose first and last name are cities in Texas since 19th century star Hardy Richardson.  Fun fact #2! The moon landing was faked. It was filmed in Denver.

  1. The Fifth Girl says:
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    Lol. I chuckle at every Tornado! Never gets old. I’m glad I drafted Gerritt early in Round 3 but then got Morton, Glasnow and Hendricks in much later rounds and Boyd off the wire as an early streamer. My pitching is definitely carrying the team this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Nice pitching!

  2. Terrence Mann says:
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    Pretty sure I felt the NSA ping my phone at the exact moment I read the Miley blurb. Can’t wait to see my internet ads the rest of the day.

    Very good stuff, Osho.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

  3. Michael says:
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    Who would you rather have the rest of the season, Lucchesi or Foltynewicz?

    • Hebrew Hammer says:
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      Folty

      • c says:
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        I don’t trust Folty at all (and this is coming from a Braves fan).

        Lucchesi’s peripherals are fine (FIP of 3.53, 9.00 K/9 and 3.00 BB/9).

        • Hebrew Hammer says:
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          Honestly don’t trust either. Luchessi can’t get through 6 innings, Folty can’t get out of his own way.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’m with you guys, don’t trust either of but would rather take a shot on Folty…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lucchesi

  4. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!

    Excellent report, right up there with Steinbeck and Joyce!

    a. John Carpenter’s Carrie came out in 1976 and ever since ALL Carpenters have been cursed, including Ryan from yesterday’s LAA-DET debacle. Ok, not really but, you explain it otherwise to his parents for his poor showing last night.

    b. Musgrove acting like his former name, aka MustGo. Maybe not yet but one more such outing and he’ll be in my never published trip to oblivion report.

    c. Ha on Tyler and Austin being in TEX!! Never thought of that, seems so obvious now.

    d. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for May 10

    Here Come the Co-eds
    Oliver Quackenbush (Costello): I really don’t like dancing because it’s nothing but hugging set to music.
    Woman in Trailer: What don’t you like about it?
    Oliver Quackenbush (Costello): The music.

    That’s Lou for ya!

    e. Have a nice weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! C. That was Rudy, he lives in Austin

      D. Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      E. You too, of course!

    • ellis says:
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      Carrie was DePalma, Christine was Carpenter

  5. tigersharkz says:
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    Musgrove -I still cannot figure out how a guy who’s K/9 is <8, has not had an above average fantasy season under his belt, *loses* 2 mph on his fastball, gets ranked in the top 30 by respectable touts. At least McHugh had some history to hope for a fountain of youth event, but when a righty's fastball dips below that 90 mph Mendoza line…

    Maybe Eickhoff will defy the odds, and continue to dance with the fairies. McHugh's slider gameplan lasted 4 games, Eickhoff just banked game #4 and is coming up on game 5 -stay tuned!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Hey, I ranked him #33!

      He strung five really good April starts together before the wheels fell off here. I thought upping the slider usage might be a key to success for him. He was looking like a real breakout candidate to me.

      I hadn’t noticed that fastball velocity dip, good catch there…wonder what the deal is.

    • Lindorphins says:
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      Musgrove’s fastball was sitting at 92-94 last night and was actually his best pitch. It was his secondary stuff that he couldn’t command and got him in trouble. Once the Cardinals got the memo that his off speed pitches weren’t crisp, they started sitting on the fastball or taking advantage of hangers. The only chases he got on his slider that I recall were the third strikes to Wong, DeJong and Wacha. He also got a swing and miss on a nice curveball against Ozuna in the second inning for a second strike. But most of the rest of his breaking balls were either non competitive takes or left out and up over the plate and hit hard. He tried to go to the cutter more in the third but that wasn’t working either. The change and sinker were ineffective from start to finish.

      And aside from the few instances mentioned above, the Cardinals put really good at bats together up and down the lineup, rarely chasing.

      It just looked like a night where he didn’t have his good secondary stuff, faced a lineup that wouldn’t let him off the hook at all, and probably had some mental flashbacks to the previous rough start against Oakland.

      I don’t know what the answer is, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pirates give him a little extra rest to get his off speed pitch command back and mentally reset.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Greinke’s somehow managing with an 89 MPH fastball

      • tigersharkz says:
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        Greinke still has the Ks. Plus the *extensive* track record of being a great pitcher. Kyle Hendricks is the unicorn. But again, Hendricks has the track record, and did not get his high ranking until he had the track record. Musgrove has a track record of fantasy mediocrity.

  6. Licketty Splits says:
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    Great stuff …another enjoyable read on a slow night at work. You might want to add Freddy Peralta to Beeks & Pena …he pitched on Tuesday & was dealing pure filth after Houser opened for him. Final line was 5IP for 3H hits & 2 BB with 5 Ks & the W. Worked so well Counsil plans to do again in Philly. Something to keep an eye on. Seems if he does not have to pitch in the 1st, he can do quite well …only one game but …

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! True on FP Santvelo, forgot about him — I wonder if Pivetta could work in that role

  7. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    I sold Fletcher for $29 first week of the season. If only…

    16 team H2H DYNASTY LEAGUE:

    Who to start?

    1.) Friday: Arrieta @KC or Maeda vs Nats

    2.) Sunday: Lester vs MIL – Snell vs NYY – Caleb Smith @ NYM

    I skipped over The Luchessi Mob Fam @Coors, but you never know.

    Thankyou!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1. Maeda
      2. Snell, Smith, Lester

      I’d start every except Lucchesi if that’s an option for you.

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        That’s what I’m doing. Crap week why not.

        Thanks DT

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          No problem

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  8. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Posey is on waivers (7-day DL). When active, is he an improvement over Astudillo?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I prefer Astudillo if healthy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prefer Astudillo if Posey is healthy or not

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Steve Winwood is neither a joke nor a mistake, he is the truth

  9. Ctfdu says:
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    Musgrove Mustgo or Hold?

    • Tom says:
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      What a fickle game fantasy is, two bad starts and Musgrove has gone from Mustown to Mustgo?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Who are your other options?

      • CTFDW says:
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        Stream

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Stream who? How deep is your league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  10. mthom42 says:
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    Just an interesting note on Bryant – he’s younger than Yelich and only 4 months older than Judge. I was surprised by people writing him off.

    El Marco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope he’s healthy

  11. aardvark says:
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    Drop musgrove for Kyle Gibson?

    • NickNice says:
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      Yup

    • Justin says:
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      Not trying to poop on everyone’s downer parade…but have you seen Musgrove actually pitch? Guys slider is incredible. 2.98 FIP. Prior to last few starts he was dominant. Typically has great control. Maybe there’s an injury there. Wouldn’t cut bait.

      • aardvark says:
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        I don’t mind holding him it’s just a shallow league for pitching where I think if he throws well in his next start I could pick him back up

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  12. Bill Buttlicker says:
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    Even with Woodward saying Leclerc would be back closing eventually, he’s looked so wild I dropped him for Martin. Figured Martin is on his own for the time being with Kelley on the IL, and I’m hoping no one will want to deal with Leclerc enough to scoop him off the wire. Would you have made that move?

    Also, at this point, I’m considering selling Corey Seager for pennies on the dollar and possibly cutting Votto altogether. Thoughts? Are you optimistic about either of them ROS? Feel like you’ve been pretty low on both since preseason.

    Thanks as always, Grey and the rest of the Razzball crew! Hope you guys have a great weekend.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yea I’d go to the guy getting saves right now.

      I’m optimistic about both Seager and Votto, I think they’ll get hot at some point. But not opposed to moving on from them either depending on what you can get.

      • Bill Buttlicker says:
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        Appreciate it, DT. Gonna shop around and see what I can get for them, if anything.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Buttlicker! Agree with DT

    • Bill Buttlicker says:
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      Thanks again, Grey and DT!

      Separate question if you guys have time: Any reason why SON loves Maeda for his start vs. WSH tonight? ($29.1) Would you drop Musgrove to grab him? Haven’t been streaming too much to start the season, but I’m considering dumping Musgrove to open up a streamer slot.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        At Dodger Stadium is one of the best pitchers’ parks, especially for home guys

  13. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Real baseball question: Was Mac Williamson, who’s name sounds like an actor who could have played Richard Rountree’s brother on Shaft, called up to make the Giants line-up sound more diversified? Is there another team that is so white bread? Sure, Pablo, but…
    Not that is matters, just wondering after watching yesterday’s game.
    Have a good one, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I know, *insert clip of Dwight saying it’s true*

  14. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    I’ve been trying to tip people off in the comments about LOOOOOOOOOONG relievers going after starters, got Beeks and Pena this week (missed Peralta). Also this twitter follow tracks openers: https://twitter.com/Opener_News

    There don’t appear to be any today, though Cody Anderson doesn’t seem totally stretched out so you’ve got to expect a high chance of a bullpenish day from the Indians. Indians don’t really have a long guy ala the Rays, but good chance of seeing Cimber and Clippard, maybe for multiple innings.

    With the Leclerc hint, is it worth it to keep Kelley if you do’t have the IL room for him in a 12 team mixed? (Taillon, TREAT URNER, and Matz are on my IL, though hopefully Matz and Trea will be back in a week).

    Thanks as always.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Move on from Kelley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Pine Tar, we need someone to come in the comments and tell us still — that Twitter thing ain’t gonna work

      Agree with DT

      • knucks says:
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        Its Pine Tar. He has done that for Beeks and for Felix Pena the last week or so. Its been key.

        He comes here and states the info, while also mentioning his Tweeter.

        • Pine Tar Incident says:
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          That’s right! I’ll definitely continue to list these guys in the Razzball comments though. *hugs community*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Here’s my problem with Twitter — I only see the stuff that happens to post right at the moment when I’m looking… So if “The Opener” posts an hour before I look, I’ll never see it

          • knucks says:
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            Something that has really helped me out this year is using the Twitter Push Notifications for lineups from the Fantasy Labs MLB account. I find that one to be the quickest and most accurate. Also using the push notifications for Closer Monkey. I’m able to react quicker than everyone else in all my leagues because of it. But I hear what your saying if you aren’t into the push notifications. I have a List on Twitter for MLB related stuff. (beat writers, accounts that tell you when players stole a base, hit a HR, etc). So the Twitter cesspool can be avoided when I want.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I shut off notifications on my phone 9 months ago, and can never go back

              • knucks says:
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                Anddddd Fletcher batting 9th…..

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HAHAHAHAHA

  15. Wonderk1nd says:
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    Duplantier called up, worth grabbing in a 14 team yahoo standard scoring H2H?

    • Cram It says:
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      As opposed to any empty roster spot, sure why not?

      • Wonderk1nd says:
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        i’d have to drop someone like chris bassit or steve cishek, maybe chris taylor

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          I’d grab him over Taylor if he’s just a bench bat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  16. PB&J says:
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    Do you think I should drop Ty Buttrey for Luke Jackson? I’m always chasing those saves.

    • c says:
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      personally, i wouldn’t. Jackson’s had one good month, Robles is a disaster waiting to happen and Cody Allen is, well, @#$%ing Cody Allen.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d take Jackson but it’s really a toss up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  17. Gundo says:
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    Drop Shaw for one of the following or hold? I need runs.

    Mazara
    Peraza
    Bader
    C. Frazier
    Healy
    Greg Polanco
    Tapia
    Fletcher

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d hold

      • William Hung says:
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        He’s at 56% ownership… 6% away from being eligible for the BUY/SELL!!!! I can’t hardly wait, no you!

      • Barry says:
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        How about Bell for Shaw?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Time to move on… Polanco

      • William Hung says:
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        Noooooooooooooo – Grey is off the bandwagon???

        • RICE says:
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          Travis Shaw will not be in the Brewers’ lineup for any of their games this weekend against the Cubs. ~Adam McCalvy on Twitter

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yup woof

  18. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey,

    Got offered Dahl for my carpenter in an obp keeper. Is this still a no brainer to take?

    • Cram It says:
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      I’d take Dahl.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Cram, but it’s not a no brainer…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  19. Tigres says:
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    Grey! Yeah, YU is unownable right now. You like Mahle @SF (Bumgarner) this weekend as streamer? Thanks and looking forward to buy/sell this afternoon!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Depends on the league but I’d lean toward passing on Mahle

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d stream him in SF

  20. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    The Rockies can’t just let us take the win on Tapia, it has to be at the cost of Dahl too not just Desmond or Reynolds!

    Anyway, in a 12 team keeper, weekly lineups, would you drop Cole Tucker for (current order of preference):

    Dietrich
    Fletcher
    Brian Dozier
    Desmond
    Zombino Hunter (pence)
    melky

    • Cram It says:
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      Melky Cabrera? Seriously Duda?!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        I could use the average! obviously not a long term play (just a schmo).

        • Cram It says:
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          Fletcher seems to be the right play for average.

          But I like Dieter overall right now.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Dietrich, Desmond for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fletcher if you need AVG

  21. I am the Walrus says:
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    Kilkuchi or Woodruff?

    • Cram It says:
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      Kikcuh for me.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Cram

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      Woodruff has higher upside I think, depends on how much risk you want to take for me (Woodruff’s peripherals are gorge – he gives me major good-version-of-Salazar vibes)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kikuchi

  22. Bobby says:
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    Ayo check it!

    Some of these fantasy websites need to adjust the categories for guys like Pena, Toussaint, and Beeks. Instead of QS, maybe it should be QA for Quality Appearance, as all three have had Quality Start like performances after subbing for the opener. Btw, the opener is kinda like the setter in volleyball, whose sole purpose is to make sure the more powerful player makes the strongest impact possible. Kablamo! This opener thing may also solve the issue facing soft-tossing LOOGY’s when the new rules are implemented next year too. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Quality Appearance, Giancarlo would lead the league, always a sharp dresser — I wonder if Pivetta would work after an Opener

  23. steve stevenson says:
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    ROS, AL-only, Junis or Yarbrough?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Junis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  24. Five-on-One says:
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    Martin or Robles?

    • Cram It says:
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      Are you asking Leonys Martin or Victor Robles?

    • knucks says:
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      This is amazing and captures what has been the worst year for this sort of issue that I can remember. I’m sure its been talked about in the comments a bit by now and I missed it.

      But where would be the best place to stick the PSA??

      ATTENTION: Please think about the player you’re asking about and how many MLB brothers from another mother they have before you comment this ambiguously!!

      • Cram It says:
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        Ya know, I was only considering the Martin ambiguity, and was seriously concerned that he was even comparing the two guys. But now I’m realizing it’s probably Chris Martin or Hansel Robles. Either way, I’ve spent way too much time thinking about this, so thanks Five-on-One!

        • Five-on-One says:
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          No problem Cram. :)

          Thought it would be obvious with Martin mentioned by Grey above. And yes, you did ultimately figure it out – congrats. But I know not everyone reads Grey’s words of wisdom.

          • Cram It says:
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            No, that’s not obvious! People ask questions about players that aren’t in the rundown ya know.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d want Chris Martin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, prolly Robles

  25. Chris says:
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    10 team H2h points league

    Moving forward Maeda or Luke Weaver?

    • Weslo says:
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      Weaver. If Maeda doesn’t start performing better I don’t see why the Dodgers wouldn’t go with Stripling over him.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Weaver

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  26. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Happy Friyay!

    How do you guys feel about Pablo at the Mets, tonight?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’m starting him but depends on league depth, innings pitched limit, etc…

      • Scuffy McGee says:
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        11 tm keeper roto where we have a 200 start limit.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          I’d pass there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Friyay, I’m in love!

      I’m starting him

  27. Racehorse says:
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    16 Team Keeper

    Juan Soto is scheduled to come off the DL tomorrow, and to make room for him I have to drop either …

    Renato Nunez
    Inciarte
    Hampson
    Lucchesi

    I’m inclined to drop Inciarte because I have Dahl and Winker covering CF.

    Thoughts? Suggestions? Prayers?

    • Cram It says:
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      Is Hampson still a thing?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      You can probably let Hampson go, but Nunez has gone very cold. Lean toward holding Hampson in a keeper and losing Nunez.

      Inciarte is ahead of all of them for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Nunez

  28. King Khan v Blue Oyster says:
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    Kyle Freeland was dropped (20 teams).would you Pick him up and bench him or are you giving up on him too?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Meh, who would you drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  29. Chris says:
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    H2H points league

    Who is more valuable 2B this season only?

    Cano or Senzel

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Senzel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  30. Cram It says:
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    Baseball is so quirky. How long was Bryant using a thicker handled bat? His whole career? Just this year? Did Rizzo think the bat was an issue the whole time, but kept it to himself because he didn’t want to mess with Bryant’s head, until one day he couldn’t take it anymore and said “Dude, try this bat!”. I’ve got questions.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! I know! WTF? It’s crazy

      • jose says:
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        From what I read, Bryant broke his bat and ended up with an axe handle style bat for the remainder of that AB. Hit a home run and stuck with that style handle ever since.

        That’s baseball

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          This sounds like something out of a movie

  31. Mrs. Roger. Dorn. says:
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    Who’s your top 4 of this crew? 12-team roto..

    Musgrove
    Gibson
    Kikuchi
    Eickhoff
    Turnbull
    Roark

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Kikuchi, Gibson, Eickhoff, Turnbull for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  32. Game Of Throws says:
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    Are we officially concerned about Holland? 3 ER in his last 3 appearances. How long is his leash?

    • Cram It says:
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      Medium concern.

    • knucks says:
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      Check the Archie Bradly and Hirano stats. Agree with Cram and will add that the leash would get tighter much faster if a better option was available.

      • kelly leak says:
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        Would they consider Lopez next?

        • knucks says:
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          He’s certainly been the best option thus far, but who knows.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I was concerned even when he was getting the job done

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There was a reason why he wasn’t drafted highly

  33. Dancin Homer says:
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    It’s Friday, we made it!

    Need to drop one (or 2) of the below bats; who’s hits the FA pool?

    – Tapia
    – Kepler
    – G. Polanco
    – Buxton
    – Jose Martinez
    – Tim Beckham

    Current Bats:
    c. Vazquez
    1b: Hoskins
    2b: Baez
    3b: Chavis
    ss: J. Polanco
    of: Acuna, Castellanos, Buxton
    utl: Vlad, J. Martinez
    bn: Kepler, Tim Beckham, G. Polanco, Tapia

    Thanks, as always.

    • Cram It says:
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      Beckham

    • Weslo says:
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      Beckham

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with others. Grey hates Buxton though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kepler/Beckham

      • Dancin Homer says:
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        Thanks all, looks like Beckham is off the island.

  34. Luke says:
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    Great write up and here is the big question. Drop Shaw for La Stella? Keeps getting harder to hold onto Shaw. Only 4 bench spots in 12 Team OBP

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Nah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Agree with DT

  35. Ones says:
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    Choose one

    Luke Jackson
    Robles
    Martin

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Martin for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jackson

  36. Brew HaHa says:
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    So La Stella over McMahon, N.Walker, W.Flores, Odor? He seems like the kind of guy that as soon as he’s in your lineup, he flat lines…

    • knucks says:
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      Def over Neil Walker right now. If Las Stella is still available atm, I’m sure you could get Walker back if there were a reason to roster him at any point.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Knucks…over Flores too

    • Cram It says:
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      Agree with DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  37. OaktownSteve says:
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    Matz: I’m here to see Dr. Met.

    Miss Tessmacher: I’m sorry but Dr. Met is trekking in Nepal. He did leave me some instructions though. What seems to be the problem?

    Matz: It hurts when I do this. *makes pitching motion*

    Miss Tessmacher: I see. One moment. *checks notes*. Yes, here it is. It says here “Don’t do that for anywhere from 10–500 days.”

    Monjardín Gran Reserva 98…siesta time!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, 10-500 days!

    • Stumanji! says:
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      I cracked up at *makes pitching motion*

  38. kilkennybrian says:
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    Just wanted to make a point:

    This mostly has to do with Dahl/Tapia-

    I’ve seen many people (including you) turned off when guys like them are platooning. Dahl notoriously can’t hit lefties well (like many other lefties) but is great against righties.

    To me, this is only an issue in two places- 14+ team leagues, or weekly roster lock leagues.
    In 8-12 team leagues (most common) where you can swap your roster around daily, you are usually inclined to bench guys like Dahl against lefties anyway, and plug in someone like Gregory Polanco facing a righty.

    This is even more so in leagues where Games Started is capped, which is also a common setting. To me, Dahl makes his money when he faces righties at home. Even if COL started him vs lefties, I’d probably bench him on my team anyway (either for a better match up bench hitter, or just leave the OF spot empty to save the “games started”).

    Just my opinion, and I understand this is different with different formats, rules, and settings. I’m just making the point that the “uh oh, he’s platooning” is not a concern universally.

    Quick Question!

    Braun or Shaw? 12 team, 6×6, daily moves league
    I know you’ve been holding hope on Shaw but he looks awful and Braun has been pretty good. Just not sure if there’s some underlying % suggesting there’s better days for Shaw. Thanks!

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      It’s annoying when a player doesn’t play every day because it forces you to keep a bench bat partner for him.

    • Cram It says:
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      People are turned off because it DOES affect their format. Regardless of league size, not everyone has the roster space to carry an extra platooning OF.

      And Shaw has been talked about every day for at least the last two weeks. If I see one more “What’s wrong/what do I do with Shaw?” reference I’m going to jab a fork through their avatar eyes.

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        What about Aguilar? Inciarte? Can I drop Peraza yet?

      • kilkennybrian says:
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        @Cram Every day that goes by in which he looks bad deflates his value further. And he continues to look bad. He’s droppable in 10 team leagues, but how long before he is in 12? Is this just a horrible slump? Is he hurt? I don’t think it’s unreasonable to be perplexed by Shaw.

        • Cram It says:
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          It’s not unreasonable to want to know what his deal is/should you drop him? But you’re like the 147th comment asking that in the last 2 weeks.

          Is he droppable in 12 teamers? It depends! It always depends…who do you have in his place? Who are you dropping him for? How deep is your bench? What’s the format? yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada

          • kilkennybrian says:
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            It’s impossible to appropriately give proper context as to my league format/who to drop. I’m in 7 leagues and all of them vary in depth, settings, and roster construction.

            I was heavily invested in Peraza, and in varying situations, was getting really intriguing prices on Shaw. I am, to this moment, having a very difficult time pin pointing the value of Shaw. Not as a droppable player, but even as a player to buy low on via trade.

            I apologize if you find my comparable questions as “spammy”, but these are the players that myself (and obviously many others) are having trouble with. No need to be disrespectful, I’ve enjoyed the debates that take place in these threads; even if redundant.

            • Cram It says:
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              I’m not being disrespectful. I call it tough love. I liken it to the way a child keeps nagging you for ice cream and you have to keep saying no and explaining why 10 different ways.

              Just because you can’t give context because you’re in so many leagues, doesn’t mean that such a broad question is easily answerable. Is “x” droppable? Unless the guy is patently terrible, it’s impossible to give the most accurate advice.

              I haven’t heard anyone say to drop Shaw across the board. Have you? And I don’t think you will unless this poor play continues through the month.

            • William Hung says:
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              “Dahl notoriously can’t hit lefties” –

              [goes to fangraphs, pulls up Dahl’s career statline]…

              Season Handedness G AB PA H 1B 2B 3B HR R RBI BB IBB SO HBP SF SH GDP SB CS AVG
              Total vs L as L 90 137 145 37 26 5 2 4 9 14 8 0 45 0 0 0 4 0 0 .270

              I hope this pasted correctly… if not, then let me summarize: .270 AVG / 4 HRs / 9 R / 14 RBIs in 137 ABs

              Sure it’s not as good as versus righties, but hardly “notoriously bad”, I mean he’s no Travis Shaw or even Trot Nixon (for fans of old player references)

              • kilkennybrian says:
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                Lol Trot Nixon

                That’s better than I expected, but factoring in Coors, it’s not all that impressive either.

                I think I misused the word “notoriously” though. My one confusion is, being that Tapia is a lefty too, why hasn’t tapia been benched? Playing the hot hand? Load management?

                • hot corner says:
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                  In his career, Dahl has only started 25 games when there was a lefty starter. 111 games against righty starters. Hence why the stats above show 90 games and only 145 PA’s. Seems like the Rockies have always platooned him.

                  This year, Dahl has started 5 games against a lefty starter and he is hitting .067. Tapia has started 4 games this season against a lefty starter and he is hitting .391.

                • Coriell says:
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                  I wish Grey would ban that asshole Cram from any further advice. The guys annasshole

                  • hot corner says:
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                    Nah. I don’t know Cram personally, but he seems like a good dude to me. He has a different style, which I like, but his advice is good and he is a tough competitor when you are in a league with him. Nothing wrong with a little “tough love” every once in a while and he keeps things from getting boring.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Can I help with the forking!!

    • et says:
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      NL West isn’t a great division for a platooning lefty. The Dodgers rotation is nearly all lefties, Giants and Padres have several. Hard to roster a guy in that situation.

      • kilkennybrian says:
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        This is true.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d keep Shaw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s a good point on Dahl and platooners, I am in some weekly leagues where I’d take an 0-for-3 with a walk and a run, but agreed

      Meh, I’d try Braun

  39. Jerry Maguire says:
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    Grey tells us every year to wait on pitching, but some people prefer paying top dollar just to have that brand name.

    Drafting SP’s early = Drafting QB’s early in fantasy football

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t get the reference but will agree!

      • William Hung says:
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        I thought you got into some fantasy football this past year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope!

  40. kelly leak says:
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    Which side? Juan Soto For Javy Baez

    • Cram It says:
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      Baez

      • kelly leak says:
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        Thank you

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree with Cram

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez

  41. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Ugh, owning Darvish is terrible. Cant start him, cant drop him, and no one wants him.

    Is he even a sell low? If so, would you bless us mortals with a player you think would be worth the effort to try to flip him for?

    • knucks says:
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      https://razzball.com/trade_analyzer_mlb/

      Start there. Way to broad of a question to be asking. Do you need SBs more than HRs? Are you looking for another pitcher? How deep is the league? What kind of players are on the wire?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Pitcher: Tanaka, Strahm, Weaver
      Hitter: Eloy, Peraza, Shaw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He was just dropped in one of my NL-Only leagues

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Wow

  42. Weslo says:
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    10 man H2H redraft
    Have to drop one:
    Senzel, Donaldson, or Ohtani.

    I’m thinking the obvious answer is Senzel but I have serious FOMO.

    Please help me decide.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d lose Donaldson

      • Weslo says:
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        It was mainly a split between him and Senzel. Thanks for the advice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  43. Robert Glade says:
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    Grey

    Thanks for the hilarity as always. ‘ Bad Ass Dunce ‘ has to be the funniest manager name I have ever seen. I now can never call him anything else. I hope I don’t meet him in public one day. He wont take kindly to me asking for him to sign that name as an autograph.

    This morning you ear wormed me with the ‘ Let the mystery be ‘ song. Made me realize how much I miss the Leftovers. Which then got me thinking about Westworld. How the hell long is their offseasons going to be? Which then got me to thinking about Giancarlo. How the hell long is he going to be in an offseason? Must we always wait for the best things?

    As for David Dahl, who I also own shares of everywhere, I have a couple of theories.
    1. Dahl heats up in the warmer weather. Are the Rockies management doing some kind of saberweathermetric thing and keeping him out of the snowy weather?

    2. It is no secret that the Rockies management is a heavily faith based right wingish Christian ownership. Perhaps Dahl was seen not saying his ‘ a-men ‘ s at the prayer meetings? Perhaps they found a couple of old ‘ Black Sabbath ‘ CD’s in his music collection. Maybe found some porn on his laptop or even worse than all of them things, they found a ‘ Vote Ilhand Omar ‘ bumper sticker hidden away in his locker.
    Either way its a mystery that I don’t want to just let be.

    I own the no ads thing and I think its great. However, this morning I forgot to log in and out of morning laziness, just said the hell with it and read your blurbs with the ad’s. when I got to the end their was this ad titled ‘ Pole vaulter Allison Stokke is now talking about ……..” I didn’t click on it, but just seeing the picture of Allison Stokke made me very happy and increased my knowledge of poll vaulting by 100%. I will have to , at least once a month, leave the ad’s on just for the hell of it.

    Nothing more to ramble on about today. Just thanks to you , Rudy, Ralph, Donkey Teeth, Cram it and countless others who contribute to the most entertaining and educational site on the internet. Keep up the great work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, true on Giancarlo, it’s hard to fantasize about cuddling with him when I can’t remember what he looks like

      1. Ha

      2. That could be it! Or he can’t hit lefties — toss up really

      Thanks, Robert!

      • William Hung says:
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        Am I missing something with Dahl? He’s hitting .280 versus lefties this year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What has he hit in his career vs. them?

          • William Hung says:
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            .270 AVG

  44. What? says:
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    I took a look at LaStella’s numbers and they look like a man who has finally found a better approach to hitting. His peripherals point to a breakout in my opinion. Hard Contact way up, Pull percentage the same and driving the ball to the center of the field, not swinging at junk outside the zone. Being patient, making good hard contact through the middle of the field. I picked him up for 3 bucks in my keeper league and I am excited about what he is doing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      May as well ride the La Lightning

  45. Mookiewilson says:
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    Which of these OF should I drop to activate Meadows? 16 team roto 6×6 roto with OPS.
    Renfroe
    Heyward
    Adam Jones
    Tapia

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward

  46. William Hung says:
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    Commenting on 2 things I’ve read so far through these comments:
    1. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could @[player name] and that player name comes up, so if I @martin or @robles – I would get all possible martins/robles’s and I can select the one I am referring to – this is a pretty common feature across comment forms these days

    2. Poking Cram with a fork now – cut bait on Travis Shaw for [insert player name]?

    Happy Friday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. What happens when someone writes closer in Texas vs. closer in Anaheim?

      • William Hung says:
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        nothing would happen – unless you tag “closer” as part of the player profile behind the scenes – then you could set it up that the person is referring to “Chris Martin”, but typical functionality would be when I go @chris, it’ll show me results of “Chris Martin”, “Chris Taylor”, etc. and I’d pick “Chris Martin” if that’s who I’m asking about

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That makes sense, would that slow down the site?

          • William Hung says:
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            Not sure about wordpress – which is what I believe you guys use

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It is, but we have our own server

  47. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    I read somewhere that La Stella’s launch angle went from about 9% to 13% this year so aybe it’s for real. The next coming of Scooter Gennett?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Feels way past the sell-by date for a breakout, but you never know I guess

  48. Ignatius says:
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    Need to cut one to make room for Meadows coming off IL: Odor or Piscotty?

    Reasonably flush on OF. If I cut Odor, my 2B would be B. Lowe.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  49. Jaone says:
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    Got offered J Ram and Seager for Bregman is that a good offer, or hold?

    Will Jram ever come back to life this year?

    I currently have moncada at 2nd/3rd and andujar at 3rd , bregman at ss and muncy at 1/2/3rd.

    • Cram It says:
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      I’d want Bregman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  50. Slowmez says:
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    Musgrove just hit the wire. (10 team H2H 5×5 Categories, keeper) Worth grabbing and stashing to see if he figures things out? I’ve got so many young arms already!

    Current rotation: Scherzer, Strasburg, Castillo, C Smith, Boyd, Hamels, Fried, Soroka, Canning

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You have no one to drop

  51. aardvark says:
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    Who do you guys like more Kyle Gibson or brad peacock?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gibson, but coin flip

      • aardvark says:
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        Kyle Hendricks over both?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes

  52. jiggy nits says:
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    this is a copy pasta from your previous article. i think i got there just after closing time

    NL ONLY ROTO

    wheeler owner denied my yates offer (good suggestion the other day) but said it gave it serious thought

    yates vs luke weaver ROS

    gracias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm…I’d want better than Weaver

  53. Big Al says:
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    Do I keep hanging on to Peraza or do I finally drop him for Fletcher or La Stella? Regardless which one of the two Angles is going to be better in the long run this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I dropped him — Fletcher

  54. Big Al says:
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    Do I keep hanging onto Peraza or do I drop him for Fletcher or La Stella? Regardless which of those two Angels will be better in the long run.

  55. Big Timmy says:
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    Deep league Roto 5th OF- Reddick or Tapia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tapia

  56. brian says:
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    Is E Andrus > K Marte

    Also, 12 team mixed, am I giving up to much in trade below:

    my E Andrus and N Cruz for F Tatis

    Problem is Cruz rides the bench for me because he is behind Alonso and Edwin.

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tatis side

  57. Kluber Lang says:
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    Adding to the shattered dream of a Shaw”shank”redemption. His slow start is killing me and will now call him “Shawty”

    Shotty (def.) – A gauzeless pipe for smoking cannabis, more like a Vietnamese Duc Lau than a bong.

    Anyway, drop him for any of these guys?

    Howie Kendrick
    David Fletcher
    Gio Urshela
    Tommy La Stella

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like that — I’d try Fletcher

      • Kluber Lang says:
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        Sweet, will do! Don’t want your head to get bigger than your mustache, however, your advice the past 2 years has been spot on and I’ve finished no less than 3rd place in the 6 leagues I play in each year. You’re the man!

        -Kluber Lang

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, thanks!

  58. Coolwhip

    Todd25 says:
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    So being an Angels fan, La Stella’s start has been fascinating. So let me take you on a wacky deep dive behind the numbers. For what its Werth, prior to this season he had 10 HR in 947 PAs… HAHAHA… any-the-F-who…

    Statline #1
    BB 10%, K 5.7%, ISO .311, BABIP .187, .256/.350/.567
    Go ahead, I’ll wait for you to stop laughing. Thats right, a 5% strikeout rate, an ISO 50 pts higher than Trout currently, HA!, and a BABIP south of .200, which is around .100 pts lower than it should be. Also has 10 XBH which 9 of them have been HRs.

    Statline #2
    LD 20.2 %, GB 40.5 %, FB 39.3 %, HR/FB 27.3 %, Barrel 8.3%, EV 88.1, LA 15.6, Hard 31.3%
    So that HR/FB rate is easily double his best line prior to this year. His exit velocity is barely north of the league average (87.4), launch angle is not a big dif than career numbers when you throw out the outlier last year of 8.1 HA! and hardhit rate is currently below league avg (34.2%). HA!

    Statline #3
    ChaseSw 14.8%, ZoneSw 58.4%, FirstSw 13.3%, SwStrike 10.1%
    So here is seemingly where all the magic is coming from so far. Each of these categories he has made clear improvements in (hat tip to the new hitting coaches the Angels hired this year, did Ausmus make that decision? or GM? lol). He’s chased balls 9% less outside the zone, been 8% more selective in the zone, swinging at the first pitch 10% less, and missing contact 7% less. Huge improvement in his plate discipline.

    Conclusion: he is not suddenly a power hitter, and it seems like he’ll turn back into a pumpkin eventually, but does look like he’s a become a better hitter in general, likely around avg for an MLB starter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      10 HRs in 947 PAs! HAHAHAHA — Seriously?

      #1 — Cmon! HAHA

      2. HA! This is hilarious

      3. Interesting

      Great stuff! I will likely quote this w/out your consent

      • Coolwhip

        Todd25 says:
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        LOL go ahead. Happy Friday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Happy Friday!

  59. RePete says:
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    14-Team H2H OBP League

    1B – Voit
    2B – Lowe
    SS – Mondesi
    3B – Rendon
    MI – Wong
    CI – Franco
    OF – Hoskins, Ozuna, McCutchen, Puig, Braun
    BE – Tapia, Schwarber
    IL – Judge, Trea
    NA – Alvarez

    SP – Ray, Wheeler, Ryu, Stroman, M. Gonzales, Eflin, Woodruff, Loaisiga
    RP – Iglesias, Neris, Cishek
    IL – Price

    Besides injuries, my pitching is really holding me back. Who would you shop for an SP with this team?

    • Cram It says:
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      Sell high on Lowe or Voit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  60. stream weaver says:
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    12 team league. I got number 1 waiver. Use it on Shaw or Olson or hold? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olson

  61. DrEasy says:
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    Is it time to move on from Rich Hill, and say, pick up Kikuchi or some streamonator recommendation of the day instead?

    • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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      Hold and scoop Kikuchi anyway? When Rich is healthy he’s a top 30 pitch.

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        Gotta be another pitcher you can drop unless its an 8 team. I’d hold both in 10 team or more

        • DrEasy says:
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          OK, maybe I’ll hold for now. It’s just that after three bad outings to start the season I wonder if he’s reached his expiry date.

          • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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            Def wait to see what Gray says, but Hill gave up 3 in the first and then cruised through the next 4. I’m assuming there’s some rust to knock off. Def go get Kikuchi though even in a 8 or 10 I’d probably own him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Hill, but I’d own Kikuchi too

  62. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    Hey Gray,

    Awesome write-up…per usual. Greg Polanco is staring at me on the waivers and he seems like he could be heating up/hot schmotato’ing. Could use a streamer hitter for the weekend and I like the 3 righties he’s matched up against (Wainwright, Mikolas, Hudson). Thinking I need a streamer due to my bench: Dahl’s weird playing time now with lefties, Conforto cooling off, and Gleyber being so very meh.

    My pitching stats are off the chain this week but we are close in hitting so I can drop Miley (my stream from last night) for big Greg. Other options are Franmil and Renfroe, but I’m hot schmotato’ing Hosmer and I own Machado.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Drop Miley or hold

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        Don’t need Miley too much.

        Montas, Marquez, Peacock, M. Perez, Weaver, Ray, Buehler, Quintana, Gray, Nola, C. Smith.

        I guess I was wondering between Gregory (v STL pitchers above), Franmil (@COL v. Marquez, Gray, Senz), or Renfroe who you like most for this weekend. Just hesitant to have 3 Padres in starting lineup, but Franmil is highest on hittertron.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No on Polanco if those guys are in Coors

          • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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            Thanks Grey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  63. Jr says:
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    In a 10 team h2h dynasty league with obp and bb as stats, now that we’ve seen tatis play who would you rather have: Baez or tatis?

    Tatis is on an extremely team friendly tag and Baez is on a decent tag.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez

  64. Synyster says:
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    Hey Grey!

    I have Meadows coming off the DL. Do I drop anyone to re-insert him, even on a bench spot? Its a weird league with the following: 8 managers, 6×6 standard categories with QS/OBP, H2H redraft. I don’t know what to do here. I’m thinking Peraza or Vogel? Or do I just keep those guys and lose Meadows?

    C. Alfaro
    1. Hoskins
    2. Mondesi
    3. Rendon
    SS. Machado
    OF. Yelich
    OF. Domingo
    OF. Gallo
    Util. Vogel
    Util. Peraza
    Util. Dahl
    BN. Conforto
    BN. Tatis JR (DL)
    BN. Giancarlo
    DL. Meadows

    SP. Marquez
    SP. German
    RP. Hicks
    RP. Givens
    P. Corbin
    P. Eickhoff
    P. Montas
    P. Ed-Rod
    P. Lucchesi
    BN. Bassit
    BN. Anderson
    BN. Martin Perez
    DL. Clevinger

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Peraza

  65. jose says:
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    Curious to see how E-Rod does today. Here’s to hoping he can at least live up to what SON has him projected for. I think I’m going to take the over on 1.9 BB in 5 2/3…

    As someone who has never owned Springer until this year, I’m really enjoying the draft price….no jinx!

    Thanks for all the work you and Rudy do! Enjoy the weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, way to jinx Springer, not cool!

      Thanks, you too!

  66. PK says:
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    Mariners promoting a prospect named Shed Long. No word yet on fellow prospect Garage Short.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Coriell says:
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      Ha

  67. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    14-team OBP roto
    I need an OF. Duggar, Gamel, Almora, Luplow, Nimmo, Martini, Broxton, Naquin, H.Perez, Maybin, D.Fowler, Pinder, CarGo, Grossman, Margot, Marwin G, Parra, and Camargo are out there…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Okay, name the OFs now that you want to pick up — Oh, these are them? Um…Nimmo

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        No kidding!
        I’m at a loss. I will try Nimmo.

        Thanks. Somehow I didn’t figure any of these dudes were gonna be in this afternoon’s BUY column…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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            I also have a bench spot and a MI spot. I see Shed Long and JP Crawford might be coming up. Is either worth a flier at MI or bench?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nope

              • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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                You’re full of bad news!
                Pissimist.
                Any of these diamonds in the rough?
                W.Flores, Iglesias, Drury, Forsythe, Farmer, B.Crawford, Panik, D.Robertson, Marwin G, Bote, Arcia, Pinder, Descalso, Walker, Gyorko, and Kipnis/Kinsler (who have turned into the same person?)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  These guys aren’t good either — I guess Bote

  68. MIGDOG says:
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    Chavis has cooled off these last few days (0 for 10) and because i have no patience, thinking of dropping him for G Polanco in standard scoring league?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  69. Josh Freeman says:
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    Christian Walker or Josh Bell??? Or will I be going back and forth on them all season??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker

  70. Dontbichetteme says:
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    Morning Grey and DT,
    Trying to decide how to piece together my RPs. Seems like more flux than normal this year. Have Iglesias, Alvarado, Castillo and Neris, would you swap any of my guys out for any of these? I also have a free streaming slot available to take a chance on one of these guys keeping the job
    Available
    M Barnes
    L Jackson
    R. Elias
    H.robles
    J.guerra
    A.bradley
    T.buttrey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, bunch of tomato-tomahtoes — I like Barnes better than Castillo tho

      • dontbichetteme says:
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        Thanks Grey.
        On a sidenote, Soto is coming off of the DL tomorrow and I picked up Tapia for the week as a temp replacement. He has hit well but unfortunately my other bats Aguilar and Shaw are still struggling. Is Aguilar the drop of the 3? Shaw? Or lost the replacement bat in Tapia?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lose Shaw

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that never ends well

  71. Uncle Ernie says:
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    I’m growing impatient with Ramos. Now he’s in this weak Mets offense frankly he sucks. I realize catching isn’t a major position slot so it seems I shouldn’t be afraid to take a chance on someone else. My choices are Narvaez Phegley Or Garver. Not much to choose from so maybe just stick it out until he comes around or better replacement shows up on waivers. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garver

      • Uncle Ernie says:
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        He was my first choose also. Decent bat in good offense sounds better than Da Mets situation. Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  72. Billson says:
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    One gotta go

    Olson
    Greg Polanco
    Soler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

      • Billson says:
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        How about Kepler over Soler or Olson?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

  73. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Happy Pink Baseball Everything Weekend Grey!!

    NL-Only H2H (w/OBP)
    Soto is due back tomorrow and T. Shaw is set to sit all weekend. Go ahead and drop M. Taylor for H.Perez, or wait to see if Sexy Dr. Pepper is activated?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pink!

      Drop Taylor for Perez

  74. Wach out says:
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    DSJ or Greg Polanco for runs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

  75. kilkennybrian says:
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    I don’t want to over react to two starts, but I’m in a deep 12 team league and… should I drop Musgrove?

    Replacements arent pretty, but I can grab some streamer hitters and pitchers until I grab someone I like. Are we off the Musgrove wagon until further notice?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I’d hold

  76. Bronx Shambino says:
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    We’re still rolling with Chavis right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  77. abmsports23 says:
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    Got an empty spot at the end of my bench right now. Looking for a backup 2b that may also have upside later on this season. Would you rather stash Cano, Odor, or Peraza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor

  78. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Happy Friday. My middle infield is in shambles (i.e., Shaw, Schoop, Belt, etc.) and there’s no real good solutions on the waiver wire in my 12-teamer. Do you think Riley (ATL), Mountcastle (BAL), Rodgers (COL), Hiura (MIL), or Urias (SD) get a call-up soon?

    Old school Friday…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXmqauitBkM

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Poop! Mountcastle — Outkast! Yes!

  79. Lubes says:
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    Who’s the add to replace Odor- dietrich or la stella? Limited pickup league- I’ve used 3 of 20.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Lubes says:
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        Forgot to mention- i have an extra roster spot with Paxton on DL. Worth an add now? Or still hold

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, add

          • Lubes says:
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            Which? Dietrich or La Stella?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              La Stella

  80. peacecoast says:
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    sup G. not been as active commenting lately cuz I am addicted to a fucking video game.

    hows things? my teams are doing ok. My RCL team is slowly climbing back up from a terrible start.

    Not starting Maeda tonight right? he kinda sux so far.

    Bryant is suddenly on pace for 32 HR and > 110 R/RBI…after that dismal start. bball is weird.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      True story, I bought a video game system about ten years ago, was addicted for a week, so gave the system away bc it was too addicting

      Start Maeda

  81. Matty says:
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    Do you like Fletcher of DannyS antana in an RCL?
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fletcher

  82. Gotime says:
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    Friiiiiidayyyy!!
    How would you rank these bats ROS for a 12tm H2H weekly cats league:
    CWalker, Daniel Murphy, Tapia, Moreland, Ender … drop any (or Buttery) when Price gets off IL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Moreland

  83. ThE sHiT says:
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    Made two trades in the last couple days, how did i do? SP is still pretty stacked so far after the moves

    Gave up Hoskins/Paddack for Baez

    Gave up Bieber for Victor Robles

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They both sound fair, but solid upgrades if you have the arms

  84. Vincent Vega says:
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    12tm h2h I’ve got Shaw and DJL at 2nd would u drop either or both for Lastella and\or Kendrick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shaw for La Stella

  85. Db says:
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    Trade moose for Luke weaver? If you need pitching?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  86. prestige says:
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    For Friday-Sunday lineup, would you start

    Fletcher for 3 games (hitting 9th today) or
    Candelario for 4 games (Double header tomorrow)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Candelario

  87. Db says:
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    Forrest whitley top NA add?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems fine

  88. Db says:
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    You messing with y. Chirinos vs Yankees?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  89. pinkman says:
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    Trade Voit and Eickhoff away for Boyd and Strahm in a 5×5 OBP?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  90. Db says:
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    Odorizzi and porcello or Darvish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odorizzi

  91. William Hung says:
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    Padres throwing 3 lefties against the Rockies this series – hopefully Dahl doesn’t get the Shaw treatment

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know

      • William Hung says:
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        In other hopeful player news, I’m running out Glasnow v. NYY, Marquez v. SD, and Odorizzi v. DET

        My pitching is currently at 7.9 ERA and 1.6 WHIP… I’m hoping for 20+ Ks between those 3 and hopefully 2 Ws… and for the love of god, lower than a 7.9 ERA

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          7.90 ERA?! Wow

          • William Hung says:
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            It was at like 20+ ERA after McHugh, Strop, Brasier, Fried shat all over it Monday and Tuesday

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That ain’t easy to pull off

  92. Kailuaboy says:
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    Pick up Canning, Colome, Beeks drop Freeland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Colome

      • Kailuaboy says:
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        Thank you GreySlayer!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  93. Coolwhip

    Todd25 says:
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    need to sit 2 bats today: tough call for me…
    BLowe vs German
    Meadows vs German
    Gallo @ Verlander
    Tapia vs Lauer
    Dahl vs Lauer (recent sitting vs LHP could make 1 choice for me)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowe, Dahl

  94. kilkennybrian says:
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    10 team roto 5×5, need average

    It’s a daily transaction league and I dont have a 2B

    I feel like Fletcher is my best answer for now to fill in, but La Stella is leading off against Straily today (lefty on righty)

    Should I add La Stella and risk someone else scooping Fletcher? Or just hold and start Fletcher (batting 9 today)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try La Stella

  95. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Grey, we feel good about starting Ed Rod at home vs Seattle today? Thought I’d be all in, but SON only has him at $5.9 which is okay, but I figured he’d be closer to the $15 range. Very shallow mixed league where we are not chasing Wins, and don’t need to force spot starts, you starting or sitting him today? Thanks as always, and happy Friday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him

  96. Db says:
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    Odorizzi and porcello or Paxton

    • William Hung says:
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      Isn’t Paxton hurt?

  97. Grey

    Grey says:
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    THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME***********

  98. peacecoast says:
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    really drop Shaw for La Stella in an RCL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think it’s fine

  99. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ********THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME***********

  100. Jedi says:
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    Grey,

    Looking for some post-consumer confidence…

    I offered Harper for TreaT urner and they accepted. TreaT is due back in a week or two and I can make due in the mean time. Solid deal for the long run?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s fair

  101. RV says:
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    I know you’ve prolly answered this a hundred times today. Who u like better? Fletcher or La Stella?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fletcher, but depends on needs

      • RV says:
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        I got quite a bit of pop on the team and roll odor out there in weekly h2h so I could use the nice boost in BA plate approach ?? what the heck is wrong w La Stella?? Launch angle darling??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Fletcher if you have pop

  102. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. Lost clevinger and now Glasnow. My Conforto for Charlie Morton?

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