On the podcast coming later today, I felt a reverb.  Luckily, I do everything while standing in a doorway because who has time to run to a doorway in the event of a earthquake?  This reverb wasn’t God practicing his spinning of tectonic plates.  Oh no.  This reverb wasn’t Dr. Dre messing with Technics either.  No siree, Bob.  This was the Padres trading Brandon Maurer and Trevor Cahill to the Royals for Matt Strahm, Travis Wood and Esteury Ruiz.  Damn, San Diego, save some of the trading deadline hype for other people.  Okay, I’m laying it on too thick.  This trade is okay for both teams.  Royals appear to have playoff aspirations, and get bullpen depth that they should never use in Maurer and Cahill, who has some of the most extreme splits I’ve ever seen.  In Petco:  0.72 ERA; elsewhere:  5.75 ERA.  Goodbye, my old friend!  Of course, this means Brad Hand officially officially becomes the closer.  Wouldn’t totally shock me to see Hand dealt — to who?  Phil Ivey? — and Maton become the closer, but that’s more for NL-Only.  Matt Strahm is an interesting name for NL-Only leagues for next year.  As of now, he’s out after knee surgery, and he’s from the crazy Ks and crazy walks variety show, Krazy BBs.  By the way, I believe Esteury Ruiz is Rio Ruiz with a badly thought out new name in the Witness Protection Program.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Hunter Renfroe – 2-for-4 and his 18th and 19th homer, hitting .232.  Also, on the podcast that’s coming later today (last plug), Halp makes a very astute comparison between Renfroe and another player.  Now it’s up to you to figure out if I know what the word astute means.  Like a sign on a prudish brothel reads, therein lies the rub.

Zack Wheeler – Hit the DL with a stress reaction in his arm.  This was overheard in the Mets’ clubhouse yesterday.  “Wheeler’s arm hasn’t been right in two years, so why are we DL’ing him now?”  “….Hmm….”  “And what are we going to tell people the problem is?”  “I don’t know, you’re stressing me out!”  And they looked at each other like they just discovered the Americas.

Wilmer Flores – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer, and his third homer in the last four games.  I’ve been thisclose to mentioning him the last few games, but one of the homers was a pinch hit home run, so what’s to mention there?  I’m farting in your general direction, Pat Valaika.

Kyle Hendricks – 4 1/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.95, as he was activated for the start.  Shows you what a tightrope pitching is when you look at Hendricks’ peripherals.  He lost two miles on his fastball (which might be three when considering the change in measuring velocity this year) and he’s just a shell of his former self.

Jon Jay – 4-for-4, hitting .304.  Lin-Manuel Miranda should consider a Hamilton spinoff for Jon Jay.   By the way, I’m going to see Hamilton in November.  Thinking of going in a suit made of ten-dollar bills.  Too much?

Matt Davidson – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer.  Has a seven-game hitting streak, but has gone cold for power recently, and that was only his 2nd homer since June 22nd.  <–research you do when there’s only one day game.

Miguel Gonzalez – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.60.  I don’t love him for fantasy, but his name makes me think he’d be a good friend, a Mi-Go to count on.

Anthony Swarzak – 1 1/3 IP, 0 ER and the save, ERA at 2.23.  Hey, look at that, it only took the White Sox about five days longer than a man of average intelligence would’ve to use Swarzak as the closer.  It’s a miracle some of these guys can tie their shoelaces.  Maybe we can get Al Michaels to call the play-by play for the Miracle of Ties.

Matt Chapman – 1-for-3 and his 5th homer, and his third homer in the last three games.  Howdy there, Mr. Hot Schmotato.  Why don’t you mosey on up to my fantasy team so I can take your temperature?

Chris Smith – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.32.  It might just be me, but there’s a ton of these slow mile per hour, 5 K/9 guys floating around the league right now.  I can think of Smith, Blach, Leake, Nova, and that’s just who’s pitched in the last two days.  Even with Icy/Hot, my nethers are not tingly.

Russell Martin – 2-for-4 and his 10th homer, hitting .222.  Catchers are so bad… Audience refrain, “How bad are they?”  They’re so bad when they’re making whoopee, they think of Goldberg, the wrestler.

Justin Bour – Hit the DL with a strained oblique.  The Marlins are saying, “He’ll be good as new in exactly ten days and, someone please trade for him.  How about a middle reliever?  Can someone give us that?”

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 31st and 32nd homer.  He’s such a beast (a beautiful, handsome, well-defined in the buttocks area beast).  He’s tied for the major league lead in homers and he hasn’t even been scorching hot this year.

Adam Conley – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.62.  Serious question:  does every pitcher have a 5+ ERA?

Tyson Ross – Hit the Disgraceful List.   Rangers this past offseason, “What’s the worst that happens if we sign Tyson Ross?”  Little did the Rangers know they weren’t asking a rhetorical question, they were making their final genie wish.

Adrian Beltre – 4-for-4, with four singles.  The Juan Pierre cycle!  Here’s an oldie but goodie.

Zack Greinke – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.92.  When you consider picking starters this year is like Princess Di walking through Somalian land mines, Greinke’s in Chase and doing this.

A.J. Pollock – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .303.  He needs to flat-out rake in the 2nd half if he has any chance of keeping a high ranking from me next year, because I’m already kinda over him.

James Paxton – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.84.  Written during the third inning, “In at least every other start by Paxton, he has a perfect game thru three innings and then peters out sometime in the sixth.  Gotta be less peters, and more wolf, if you want to be my centerfold.”  Aight, freeze frame on that, reverse it and apologize.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.89.  Stream-o-Nator had this start as a negative seven so I’m not totally surprised by the outcome.  His next looks more promising, though not fully there.

Jaime Garcia – Traded to the Twins, which I went over about two months ago.  Didn’t this shizz happen a while ago?  Any hoo!  Here’s what I said when I thought it went through last week, “Twins love these types of moves, where they land some also-ran and pretend to their fans they are actually attempting to make a run for the playoffs.  Pirates are also fond of these moves.  “You know who would look good on our team?  Yangervis Solarte!”  Okay, Pirates, if you say so.   Aaron Blair sounds likely to take Garcia’s rotation spot.  I’d like to B. Aaron Blair, but I wouldn’t own him.”  And that’s me quoting me!

Mike Leake – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.20.  Solid start, keeping the ball down in Coors.  *intern whispers in my ear*  This wasn’t in Coors?  There was four homers hit.  Oh, Manfred, I wanna see how tight your balls are wrapped!  As for Leake, well, you know him, low Ks, low walks, safe-ish, which comes from the Isle of Safe.

Tommy Pham – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 14th homer, hitting .308.  On a short schedule day yesterday in a 12-team NL-Only (deep league), I got six homers.  That’s insane.  What?  Boring to hear about my team?  Try reading 400 times about your teams!

Randal Grichuk – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  Now has six homers in his last eight games.  Yo, Daenerys, someone’s breathing fire!

Kevin Gausman – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.79.  Only has to get his ERA down .79 more and I’ll pay attention, or be at least more than two starts away from a 3 IP, 8 ER start.

Adam Jones – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 19th homer, hitting .278.  Jones now has four homers in the past week, to go along with his 51 RBIs.  He has six less RBIs than Nomar Mazara, who has 12 homers and a .237 average.  Lowercase yay, leadoff!

Wilson Ramos – Left yesterday’s game after being struck with a bat, and needed staples for a head laceration.  I thought most of those became Office Depots.

Blake Snell – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners (1 walk), 4 Ks, ERA at 4.86.  Without too much exaggeration, this was the best start from him in his major league career.  He’s held opponents to less runs, and racked up more Ks in starts last year, but one walk in seven innings has my Childish Gambino heartbeat, heartbeat.  Will still likely monocle him in most mixed leagues, but at least I’m paying attention now.

Aaron Altherr – Aiming to return at the end of the week.  Fun fact!  Seth Smith was married at an Altherr.

Nick Williams – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs, hitting .315.  Still hot, still schmotato.

George Springer – Left yesterday’s game with a sore quad.  Interestingly enough, I have an Indian friend named Sorquad with hairless legs.

Derek Fisher – Being recalled in case Springer needs to be out for a while, or needs the DL.  I like Fisher, I even went to see if he was available in my leagues.  Instead, I got someone on waivers who I thought was named Autism Fisher (hey, it was late).  The problem is, the Astros have no room for Fisher to play every day if Springer’s healthy.

Alex Bregman – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 10th homer, and 2nd homer in the past three games.  Oh, man, he’s pulling the ol’ solid 2nd half to get people excited in March trick.  That’s my least favorite trick.

Jose Altuve – 4-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs, hitting .365, and this was his 2nd four-hit game in a row.  Damn, playa (not a Spanish beach), Too Short never even had this many hits.

Brian McCann – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 13th homer, and 2nd homer in his past three games.  Big picture, McCann’s not having a good season.  Big picture comparing him to other catchers, not too bad for McCann.

Andrew McCutchen – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 18th homer.  That was his first home run of the 2nd half, which makes the Pirates buyers!  *three minutes later*  No, they’re sellers!  C’mon, Pirates, just trade for a boring vet starter and a middle reliever and pretend to be buyers.   “We’re low budge.  Leave the T off for team payroll!”

Gerrit Cole – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners (4 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 4.12.  He’s having a July (near-2.50 ERA) that I wish would call up his June and be like, “You were giving us a bad name!”

Bartolo Colon – 5 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 8.00.  At Dodger Stadium, the first 10,000 Bartolo baby’s mommas in attendance received child support.

Clayton Kershaw – Initial diagnosis says Kershaw will miss four to six weeks.  His fantasy owners asked for a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and continued opinion until there’s someone who says he’ll be back in ten days.  With the Dodgers coasting to the playoffs, I’d be shocked if Kershaw is rushed back after four weeks.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.17, as he was activated from the DL.  Cool, now get in line behind the eighteen other Dodger pitchers–Oh, sorry, seventeen other.  Ouch.

Cody Bellinger – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 28th homer.  What’s the odds he finishes with more home runs than Judge?  20 to 1?  I like them odds.

Joc Pederson – 1-for-3 and his 10th homer.  Why do I wanna call him Barbara Hershey to Bellinger’s Bette Midler?  We should have a glossary term for a big-time prospect who is eclipsed by another prospect in the same system.  I’m thinking Pederson by Bellinger and what could happen with Devers and Benintendi.  Please suggest in the comments.

Alex Meyer – Hit the DL with shoulder inflammation because:  2017.

Josh Tomlin – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.59.  Tomlin’s the type of guy that if the Stream-o-Nator likes him, I get suspicious.  I’m the type of guy that says, “The pudding is delicious.”

Carlos Santana – 2-for-3, 3 runs, and his 11th and 12th homers.  I was kicking myself for using USPS, but it looks like the smelling salts finally reached Santana.

Scooter Gennett – 1-for-4 and his 18th homer, hitting .313, and 2nd homer in as many games.  This is always fun, and super painful.  On our Player Rater, Gennett’s been the 9th most valuable 2nd baseman this year, pretty much a dead heat with Cano.

Zack Cozart – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer, hitting .318.  With the exception of Peraza, pretty much every Reds hitter had value for where he was drafted.  The hitters?  The Big Red Machine!  The pitchers?  Charlie Sheen post-winning.

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 29th homer.  Moistasskiss!

Salvador Perez – 2-for-4 and his 20th homer, hitting .284.  I’ve said a few times in this post about how bad catchers are, but Perez is not only doing well for a catcher, he’s actually doing well in general.  Zoinks!

Jorge Bonifacio – 3-for-5, 2 runs, and his 14th homer, and third straight game with a homer.  Member the days when 14 homers in July excited you?  Sigh.  Well, definitely a schmotato.

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.50.  I wonder if him and Kate have discussed where he might be traded and if she has a preference.  Los Angeles would welcome her with open arms, give her a reality show, a Kardashian friend and name a Pink’s hot dog after her, “Kate’s Hand Bra(t).”  A mouthwatering bratwurst that is placed into your hand with some burnt potato chips that resemble areola.

  1. Noam Levenson says:
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    Grey! Would you trade Freeman for Reddick and Machado?

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Noam Levenson: Prolly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Noam Levenson: It’s Freeman for Machado, sounds fair, if necessary

  2. Scott says:
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    Need saves. Neris not getting them. Drop neris for hand or Maton or hold? Hand has been good but if he is dealt will he close? Thanks

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Scott: he’ll very likely not close, unless maybe if he goes to WAS, but even unlikely there. he stays at SD he’ll very likely close, and currently rumblings that his price is extremely high (not huffing batshit high like what CUBS will pay it territory like g.torres for chapman but still high)

      • knucks says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: Hahah “huffing batshit high” has me laughing my shaft off.

        They did win the WS though, so it worked.

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @knucks: i’d rather have best chance to win every year than win once from a bad trade and not have the best overall player value. admittedly i’d rather be the guy in fantasy too that gets 2nd, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, than 1st, 5th, 7th, 6th. the guy that got 2nd and 3rd all those times very very likely had a higher win % expectancy, even if the guy that got the one 1st place did it from making a trade like that.

  3. Vaxxen says:
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    It’s pretty obvious Grey has something against Aaron Judge XD

    • Cram It says:
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      @Vaxxen: He’s sticking by his sell call.

      .157 and 16 Ks in 38 ABs since the ASB. Watch your step!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vaxxen: Yes, I said to sell him, but I don’t have anything against him personally, just fantasy

      • mikeMaher

        mikeMaher says:
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        @Grey:

        Take a gander at the home/away splits for Aaron Judge, too…

        • mikeMaher

          mikeMaher says:
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          @mikeMaher:

          Aaron Judge home/away splits:

          Home: .377, 21 HR
          Away: .255, 11 HR

          With almost 50 more PA on the road.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Eek

          • Bird says:
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            @mikeMaher: And here I am starting Castillo like a lunkhead tonight:/ Just hoping for 8Ks and a ND

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Me too

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, why aren’t more people talking about that?

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Because they’re Yankees fans

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  4. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    well glad i waited to try to add meyer (thinking i could wait till after the @ CLE that i wouldn’t start him for anyway). “checking memory banks to see if i did add him anywhere already though (drat, that one deep ass league with limited moves, shit”.

    how do you even know who phil ivey is. and everybody knows he doesn’t need a hand anyway.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: holy crap, i just realized, you may have MET phil ivey while he was possibly hanging out with somebody else famous.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: if you do it again pretend to accidentally call him jerome, he’ll get the joke.

        • mikeMaher

          mikeMaher says:
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          @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo:

          That’s the worst name I ever heard.

          Wait! Joey Jo Jo!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Hey, that’s Joey Jo Jo Jr. Shabadoo!

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Grey: didn’t realize how easy that was to look up. still, didn’t know you were versed in poker stuff. yeah, the name he went by when he was sneaking into AC casinos underage. would be cool if you met him through your hollywood connections.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You should listen to the 30for30 podcast titles Queen of Sorts

  5. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Godcarlo has 11 HR and a 1.400 OPS in his last 16 games. I think that counts as scorching. … For mortals!

    Tommy Phamulous has been amazing. He’s more or less been what I was hoping for when I drafted Broxton. Let’s form a prayer circle for continued health.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shoop Da Whoop: Godcarlo! Why would you even mention Pham’s health, now FBO is watching him

  6. Mike in Busan says:
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    So what you’re saying is that I should have checked the Stream-o-nator before deciding to go with Eduardo Rodriguez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike in Busan: Honestly, it’s hard to find decent SPs who are on the road, Ed-Rod’s not special

  7. Nitro says:
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    10 Team HTH Points Keeper league:

    CMart and Posey for Archer and G Sanchez… Which side?

    • mthom42 says:
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      @Nitro: Archer, not very close for me

    • Cram It says:
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      @Nitro: Archer

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Nitro: Archer side, but its relatively close I think.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nitro: Archer > CMart, Sanchez > Posey

  8. Scott says:
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    Fisher called up. Will he stick now? Correa is out so m gonzalez is a regular. Could he have a regular role? Belgian is looking older and is hitting .229 /.285 obp. Fisher was productive in his last call up. Would you drop k Morales for him who hasn’t been all that great.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Scott: You should read the blurb on Fisher.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: I’d lose Morales

  9. Hi Grey – in a deep league in which the likes of Rafael Montero and Junior Guerra are owned, is Adam Conley worth fucking with? If yes, who would you cut for him, Montero or Guerra?

  10. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    AL only, primarily go after j.garcia or cahill using my shitty waiver claim (8 out of 10). or just drop anibal (he’s the drop) for snell now? QS over wins.

  11. CrazyJ says:
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    Totally interested in hearing about your teams, it makes you like one of us… sans the gorgeous mustache!

    So, Wednesday streamers:
    Corbin vs Blair at ARI
    Kennedy vs Sanchez at DET

    Do I want Corbin, Kennedy, or take the zero? I’m looking for a W in H2H points. I was leaning towards Corbin ’cause “what have you done for me lately”, but ESPN writer had Kennedy being more advantageous, but maybe he already finished his homework prior to Kennedy’s last “easy win” match-up gone south?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CrazyJ: You should listen to today’s pod then, I talk for about 15 mins about my Tout team… Corbin

  12. Armchair QB says:
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    Start Sonny in shallow leagues tonight?

      • Armchair QB says:
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        @Grey: at Toronto

  13. Nick says:
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    just wondering …
    Does Altuve ‘ shirt exist in XXL size ???
    love that guy… in my team :)

    Keeper team ROS and beyond !
    1) Wieters at C (there’s no C !!) –> does Barnes look like a good stash ? ( Grandal get out!!?)
    2) SS : orlando arcia or did-He-do great or you$ ? (no word on his 2 homers yesterday?)
    3) OF: White Berry Field ? or Avisail garcia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Haha 1. Meh 2. Huh? 3. Hmm, you lost me half way thru this comment, might need more coffee

      • Nick says:
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        @Grey:
        i knew you’d be lost somewhere ,,, over the rainbow

        1. wieters [email protected]
        2. TreaT on DL ,, i need SS ! i said Orlando Arcia will be great … but Didi is racking now
        3. whit Merryfield is HOT ,,, Avisail is not

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Meh 2. Didi 3. Yeah, no foolsies

  14. Mike Patton says:
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    you do NOT have an Indian friend named Sorquad with hairless legs. Shut your lying mouth.

  15. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    ROS

    Frazier or Chapman
    Grichuk or Bonifacio
    Dinelson or Castillo

    Also, by all means wax poetic about your fantasy teams all you want because I luv listening to all dis shizz! In fact, I heard Lenny Melnick recently lob kudos to “Grey Albright’s Tout Wars Team” (the one Rudy drafted?) … I’m on the wrong side of 50, so me, the ladies, and my liver have all seen better days — this fantasy baseball stuff is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Grey

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      @Racehorse: Rudy didn’t draft the team, I was in NYC drafting live, Rudy and I went over the team the night before, and I texted him at points during… I talk about the team on today’s pod… Frazier, Grichuk, Castillo… None of these are clear winners

      • i think the only two players where Grey was neutral/negative and I lobbied for were Felipe Rivero and Raimel Tapia. He got Rivero for $1 and overruled me on Tapia. We were on same page on a lot of players and he made great calls on others I was less high on (Tommy Pham comes to mind)

        • Grey

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          I did use Steamer/Razzball preseason rankings, tho, kinda have to since I don’t have NL-Only rankings

          • CrazyJ says:
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            @Grey: Frazier is going to go on a 10 homer tear… and that’s me quoting you!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Is that a quote from 2012?

  16. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    Are we starting Duffy tonight @ Detroit?

    Thanks

    • Chucky says:
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      Negative, the Tigers own LHP.

      • Joel

        Papa Jean Segura says:
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        @Chucky: although they did lose jd the best hitter vs lefties in the league

  17. cliffyw says:
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    Is Eric Thames droppable in 12 team mixed? He has been awful since the end of April, including skyrocketing strikeouts. I want to add Derek Fisher who just got the call. It’s either Thames, Bradley Zimmer, Brad Peacock or Carlos Santana. I love Peacock but sounds as if its likely he’s heading to the bullpen this weekend when Keuchel returns.

    • @cliffyw: did you read that about peacock ? Cause if that’s the case I’m going to try to move him.

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        @Peter guigli: It’s either him or Fiers now that they have Keuchel and McHugh back. I bet they DL McCullers instead tho.

      • cliffyw says:
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        @Peter guigli: Nothing definitive. There were these tweets yesterday (https://twitter.com/jakemkaplan/status/889593824934322176) and a few more that i can’t find now that seemed to indicate he won’t be in the rotation once Keuchel returns. Could change by the weekend. I’m still wondering if maybe they DL Mccullers or put him in the pen. I own him too and the last month has been painful

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @cliffyw: Bummer on Peacock… Zimmer is droppable

  18. Racehorse says:
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    Speaking of Bonifacio, I’ve been watching Royals games the past week, and Jorge easily has the best snarl/scowl/grimace in MLB. Too bad Aaron Harang ain’t still pitching — Boneface vs The Harangatang = sounds Jurassic Park-y like.

  19. Alex Sutara says:
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    I finally hopped off the McCullers train. I sent him and Starlin Castro in a package for Luis Castillo , Rafael Devers, and raisel Iglesias… Taking a big risk on the young guys, here’s to hoping it pays off.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Alex Sutara: Like it for you.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Alex Sutara: I don’t love this trade but could pay off

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex Sutara: Guess you’re hoping McCullers is hurt, which makes me sad

      • Alex Sutara says:
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        @Grey:

        That and the potential IP limit scares me a tad… I enjoyed the ride while it lasted and will be looking forward to your top 10 rank for him next year… Had to move on :'(

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sad

  20. Synyster says:
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    Awesome GoT reference w/ Grichuk!

    Thinking of dropping LoMo (6/33 in his last two weeks) and picking up a sp for ros. Not to much out there. Any of these guys make you feel tingly? Lugo, Honeywell, Roark, Gausman, Garcia, Marquez, Ryu.

    Thanks!

  21. Daze says:
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    Hey Grey
    Dropped Maurer for Maton ( figure Hand gets traded also)
    Who would be your speaculative pickup for saves
    Shane Greene or Taylor Rogers
    All so who would you drop Oh or Reed.
    Is Oh getting closer job back and does Reed get traded.
    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Daze: Yes, Maton…. Greene…. Oh….

  22. Matthew Macdonald says:
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    Morning Grey! Great write up – I’m going to trade Hendricks for whatever I can get!

    Semien, Baez, Simmons, Arcia or Didi ROS?

    Also trying to lock up a closer. Swarzak, Doolittle, hand ROS?

  23. Connor Henry says:
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    Great Article!
    Eduardo Rodriguez or Mike Clevinger in a dynasty league?

  24. Chris says:
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    10 team H2h points league

    Would you drop Ed Rod or Faria for Salazar? Or hold?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Chris: Either one….Salazar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Agree with b

  25. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    How much of a boost should Rendon get in an OBP/SLG keeper league? RIght now his stats are 66/56/5/420/580

    Is he top 25? Top 20?

    Owner is asking for Donaldson and some good draft picks? I’m trying to win this year. Think I should pull the trigger or be patient on Donny?

    Thanks

  26. Stevie says:
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    Trade Springer for Kimbrel, J. Wilson, and C. Davis?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Stevie: Nah

  27. Jake from State Farm says:
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    I have Tim Anderson take a season long dump on my stats in a 14 team keep forever. I was just offered Edwin Encarnacion and Trevor Story for Jeff Hoffman and my pride and joy Ronald Acuna. 19 years old and killing it in triple A is hard to part with but I feel this is a solid offer. I really don’t need encarnacion, he’s 34 and this would send either Zimmerman or Gurriel to the bench. I could probably swap him for Kimbrel who is 5 years younger. What I was thinking was countering with adding a draft pick to Acuna and Hoffman and have him add Kimbrel. Acuna is my last real trade chip and his value is sky high. Just looking for some thoughts Bc its hard pulling the trigger to send him away. Many thanks.

    • Jake from State Farm says:
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      @Jake from State Farm: he does have altuve, I have kipnis and pedroia already but maybe I should go after him. Edwin is getting old. Story could blow up or not have a job. It’s a risk.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Jake from State Farm: Idk Acuna but if he’s a blue chipper, aim for a cheaper 2nd baseman. You don’t have to be locked into the trade you were offered.

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @Jake from State Farm: Don’t trade away Acuna unless it could put you over the top for the league title this year. His value is sky-high for good reason.

  28. joeg414 says:
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    Start One for the Win
    Berrios @ LAD
    or
    Faria home vs Bal
    5×5 roto

    • Cram It says:
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      @joeg414: Faria

  29. Chris r says:
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    I have a glut of outfielders and at 2b I have Brandon Phillips and Villar (plus trea Turner injured).

    I send starling marte for rougned odor, fair deal?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Chris r: Sure, fair

  30. rukky says:
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    Great write up!

    Would you move Salazar and Verlander for Kimbrel?

    My only reliable closer right now is Osuna.

    Current SP 16 team h2h:

    Scherzer, Nelson, Severino, Taillon, Quintana, Salazar, Verlander, Estrada, Bundy, Chase Anderson

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @rukky: I would

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @rukky: Thanks! Agree with F

      • rukky says:
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        Thanks guys!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  31. Bill says:
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    Wally Pimped
    “We should have a glossary term for a big-time prospect who is eclipsed by another prospect in the same system.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill: Nah, not feeling that

  32. Grey's Mustache Comb says:
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    Grey-

    I Give Rizzo, I get Stanton.

    I have Votto and Abreu at 1st.
    I have Batista and Souza in RF.

    14 team H2H keeper league. What says you?

  33. Luvdarooks says:
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    NL only. VERY DEEP because after 23 starters we have 15 reserves. 11 teams & 10 KEEPERs/year.( $260). SO OBVIOUS HIGH INFLATION. ( Kershaw was highest 44 in’17)

    Minor players stay the salary till activated while all others get a $5 yearly raise until the owner feels they are no longer worth keeping.
    I am in 3rd 10 back and have an outside chance but hate to mortgage future …should I and go for it?
    I get:
    Scherzer, Desmond, Meyers (SD) and Keon BROXTON can add an extra hitter and P in September to active roster
    THESE ARE ALL NON KEEPERS
    Below are ’18 salaries that I give up:
    Goldschmidt 25
    A.Reyes. 2
    D.Dahl. 12
    R.Hoskins. 10
    Go for it or hold?

  34. Scott steelers says:
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    Playing a guy with 4 SPs this week. Could stash for the week. Honeywell worth a stash? Coming up soon you think?
    Also Nunez or Didi at SS

  35. North Correa says:
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    Only have 4 moves left this year (got aggressive on the wire early on) and want to drop Schebler for one of Merrifield, Gurriel, Parra, DeJong, Williams, or Devers…thoughts?

    Thanks as always!

  36. Scott says:
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    What? No Tebow blurbs?

  37. Eduardo Almaguer says:
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    Start estrada tomorrow ($8) even though he’s been absolute crap recently?

    Also, what are you talking about Stanton hasn’t been scorching? Dude’s in the middle of 11 HR in 19 days! Ay que caliente!

    • The JoGarza says:
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      @Eduardo Almaguer:

      Follow up:

      12-tm H2H OBP/QS. Keeper.

      My Mookie (10th round next year) for Votto/Scherzer/Buster.

      The catch is I can’t keep Mookie at that round. Only if I trade him away can he be kept that low. This would be my “All-in” trade to make one last push to succeed once playoffs begin. Sufficient return?

  38. Milarky says:
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    Yo Grey, I’ve got an offer that just landed. I give Scherzer, Moreland and Beltran to get Kluber, Abreu and Thames. Moreland and Beltran are basically stapled to my bench. Great, good, or meh?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Milarky: I’d want Kluber side..Kluber and Max are a wash for the most part with the edge to max…but getting Abreu and Thames for Moreland and Beltran is a steal

    • Chucky says:
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      Skeezix says:
      July 24, 2017 at 8:52 pm (link)
      You’ve been bullish with Scherzer at #1 for awhile even before the Kersh injury. I’ve been offered Kluber/Abreu/Thames for Scherzer/Moreland/Beltran (the last two are stapled to my bench). Thoughts?

      Wow either the SAME EXACT trade was offered to two different individuals (possible) or someone is using two different screen names? ( most possible). You make the call!

  39. Skeezix says:
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    So my only shot to win this year is to get an increase in SB and runs. It just so happens that I could use an upgrade at 2B, and I’ve been offered Dee Gordon and Bradley Zimmer for Benintendi. I love Benintendi, but Gordon can give me what I need in both SB and Runs, while Zimmer replaces Benintendi in my rookie spot. What do you think?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Skeezix: If it puts you over the top I’d do it…..Keeper league or redraft?

      • Skeezix says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: It is a keeper league, but limited. We keep 2 pitchers and 4 hitters, but we also roll prospects as separate keepers (3 per year, limited to year of draft + 2 more). Benintendi is a prospect I’d lose, which hurts, but I think it’s worth it. It’s the Zimmer piect that has me a bit nervous.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Skeezix: Agree with F, take Gordon

  40. Brett Johnson says:
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    I am in first place in my h2h league. The Kershaw owner is on the bubble to make the playoffs. My idea is to try and buy low on Kershaw to help me in the playoffs which are 7 weeks away. Good idea or am I overthinking it?

    • knucks says:
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      @Brett Johnson: Good idea. But of course this depends on who you are selling to get him.

      • msh2404 says:
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        @Grey: I sold Marte (who I picked up off waivers a month ago) for Kershaw. Good move?

        • msh2404 says:
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          @msh2404: And it’s head to head and I’m firmly in the playoffs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fine

  41. knucks says:
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    That feeling when your running to the wire, adding both Maton and Kirby Yates. AND grabbed Capps for your DL slot. All in the name of SAGNOF!

    *insert picture of Dog at table in his kitchen full of flames*

    This is fine.

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: My b, meant NA not DL.

  42. mrm3711 says:
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    Hey Grey, apropos of the Hendricks blurb, I was able to ship him out for Benintendi (makes vaguely Italian hand gesture) in my 12-team standard Y! league.

    My starters are now Kluber, Carrasco, Rich Hill, Faria, Walker, and two streamer spots, and my OF is Just Dong, Bautista, Benintendi, with Parra on the bench and Polanco on the DL. As long as I stream well and maybe strike gold on one starter to keep, I think I’m in a good spot. Grazie for the recap as always!

  43. Owings says:
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    Are you a believer in buying Owings for the second half? He’d be a MI upgrade over Beckham (or Miller on waiver wire), but 1 HR, 1 SB, 6R, 4 RBI for the month of July is kind of scary.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Owings: Over Beckham or Miller

    • Cram It says:
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      @Owings: Over Beckham for sure. Depends on needs vs miller.

  44. Branta says:
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    Glossary term suggestion for a prospect being outshined by a new prospect: Beckyed (see Roseanne) or for a more recent reference, Morganed (see Boy Meets World). Or for an even more recent reference, Annvealed (see Arrested Development).

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Branta: Or Zack Morrised (See Saved by the bell)

      • Branta says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Huh? They didn’t replace MPG during the show’s run, did they?

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Branta: No but for some reason Zack Morris popped into my head when i was reading your post lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Branta: So an actor that replaces another actor and shines? That’s got potential, I kinda like Becky’d, will run by Rudy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Branta: Ultimate of this is Dr. Who, no?

      • Branta says:
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        @Grey: Dr. Who’s a little different. They wrote regeneration into their lore. These shows just recast parts and hoped that nobody would say anything (although in Arrested Development’s case, it was meant to recast repeatedly, I’ve read).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True, good point…

          • Los Putos says:
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            @Grey: Aunt Viv’d (AV’d)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Rudy’s not loving these

  45. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Hey Grey, need SS for ROS in 5×5 H2h – Owings, Didi, Bregman or Nunez?

    Thanks !!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @JohnnyBeGood: Its probably Didi but I’d take a shot on Bregman, most upside and seems to be heating up

  46. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Fantastic write-up, man Top shelf to use a hockey euphemism.

    a. Man, I’m in attendance for a socio-economic forum in Chad. If that sounds like an oxymoron (aka doing an economic forum in Chad), you’d be right! Super dry and boring. All presenters presenting their PowerPoint presentations by reading verbatim from the information on the slides! At least it makes it easier for the stenographers recording the event! Disastrous for participants!

    b. Only good news about the forum? I got to share time with my buddy from the Embassy in Chad!!! Such a treat every time. He’s in 1st in his league (he says that his team isn’t that great it’s just that everyone else in the league is either asleep in a coma or started early on fantasy football.). Anyway we chit-chatted about Lucroy’s fall from grace and Joey Votto. Then I commented how Joey Votto is a shoe-in for the MVP if he matches his 1st half stats. Then I thought what you had thought that the Reds will finish last in the NL Central and then thought no way Votto wins the MVP. Maybe fantasy MVP.

    c. John Rambo Quote of the day for July 25

    Rambo: ‘Not anymore. I don’t want it.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘That’s too bad. You’re stuck with it. Let me tell you a story. A sculptor found this special stone. He worked on it for months, until he finally finished it. His friends said he’d created a great statue. The sculptor said he hadn’t created anything. The statue was always there. He just cleared away the small pieces. We didn’t make you this fighting machine. We just chipped away the rough edges. You’ll always tear away at yourself until you come to terms with what you are, until you come full circle.’

    Rambo: ‘I guess I’m not ready yet.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘Hmm. Well, I got to move. Promise me you’ll look me up when you get stateside, huh?’

    Rambo: ‘I promise. Colonel. I’m sorry… but it’s got to end for me sometime.’

    Colonel Trautman: ‘I understand.’

    [Scene change, at night, US military convoy moving toward the Afghan border]

    Random soldiers: ‘Take cover! Ohh! Aah! Aah! Aah!’

    [A Russian helicopter intercepts the convoy and attacks shooting and killing. The Russians always know in advance of the Americans, history repeating itself!]

    Russian Commander: ‘Drop your weapons and remain where you are! You cannot escape! We will not attack if you do not run! Drop the weapons! You have no chance of escape! Drop your weapons! Now!

    [Scene change, back in the Buddhist Thai village. Rambo is assembling the wheel on a buggy.]

    Robert Griggs: ‘Rambo. Something went wrong.’

    Rambo: ‘What happened?’

    Robert Griggs: ‘Soviets intercepted the team just over the border. Trautman and the rest of his party have been taken to a regional command post.’

    Rambo: ‘What are you doing about it?’

    Robert Griggs: ‘We can’t do anything about it. I’m sorry. I just thought you should know.’

    Rambo: ‘What about me?’

    Robert Griggs: ‘What about you?’

    Rambo: ‘Can you get me in?’

    Robert Griggs: ‘You’re not serious?’

    Rambo: ‘Oh, yeah, I’m serious.’

    Robert Griggs: ‘It can’t be done officially.’

    Rambo: ‘Make it unofficial.’

    Robert Griggs: ‘I want you to know up front that if you’re captured or any of this leaks, we’ll deny any participation or even knowledge of your existence.

    Rambo: ‘I’m used to it.’

    Robert Griggs: ‘I’ll get back to you.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Does everyone in Chad wear polo shirts? Had to ask B. I absolute love you’re talking about Joey Votto in Chad, Africa — HA! C. Nice!

  47. I Could Have Been a Contender says:
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    My RP: Holland, Maurer, Melancon in H2H league. With Maurer moving, is he a drop for a spec add like Viz or BearClaw?

  48. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Lose Haniger for Odubel, Grichuk, or Parra?

  49. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Your blurb’s on Tommy Pham and Josh Tomlin made me spit out my coconut blended greek yogurt…twice. You the poop!

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Here’s my outfield situation…Springer, Conforto, McCutchen, Bradley Jr., and just picked up Herrera and dropped Mazara. My utility position is currently David Peralta.

        Here is a list of current players with OF eligibility available on waiver wire (OBP league): Thames, Belt, Alonso, Parra, and Gamel.

        Any switches that you see?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, Parra at home over JBJ but not necessary now

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: Along my train of thought. Another owner just offered me Adam Jones, Mike Moustakas, and Ervin Santana for Daniel Murphy (who I just swapped McCullers for). It’s a K/9 league so Santana doesn’t interest me. I said no.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Makes sense

  50. Kas says:
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    Morning Grey,

    Andrelton Simmons or Javier Baez ROS?

    Thanks.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Kas: Simmons

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kas: Agree with F

  51. BAC says:
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    5×5 OBP.

    Lose M. Franco for Chapman or Fisher?

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @BAC: Hold. Franco has been better lately, Chapman never walks, and Fisher probably won’t have regular playing time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BAC: Agree with Yabu

      • bacca72 says:
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        @Grey: Thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  52. ryan says:
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    Good morning Grey! Starting pitching opportunities abound! 10 team, H2H, currently 2nd place.

    My rotation is: DeGrom, Wood, McCullers, Nelson, Berrios, Quintana, Straily (and Thor on the DL). They are getting the job done so far.

    On the wire sit Verlander, Salazar, and Cueto.

    In the playoffs I will probably stream two slots (limit 5 moves per week), keeping just the top 5-6 SP’s (DeGrom, Wood, Nelson, McCullers? Quintana? Berrios?) I have a little while to figure it out.

    So, do I drop any of my guys for the wire guys? I also have two hitters on my bench and could drop one of them, the worst being Moncado, Odor, Myers.

    Thanks, Grey! You’re a yuge help!

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @ryan: McCullers could hit the DL any day now, but in the meantime drop Berrios for Salazar — could be a bust, but his upside is worth the gamble.

    • Cram It says:
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      @ryan: I’d drop Moncada for Salazar if it’s not a keeper.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @ryan: Straily for Salazar would be the move for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryan: Thanks! Agree with F, obviously no easy answer here — Straily seems least upside guy, Salazar is best gamble

  53. Dommattingly says:
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    Should I drop Bour for Chris Davis or Villar?

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @Dommattingly: Depends on whether you have a greater need for speed or for power. And if you’re looking for power, are you sure there aren’t better options than C. Davis?

  54. JMoney says:
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    Whatsup Grey,

    12 team OPS league…am I correct in ranking the following OF?

    Parra, N. WIlliams, Grichuk?

    Looking to drop a bench bat to add Swarzak.

    Thanks man

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @JMoney: drop Williams for Swarzak

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JMoney: Can drop Parra away from Coors

  55. Sing Us a Vogelsong You're the Pineda Man says:
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    Happy Devers Day!

    Drop Villar for Scooter in a 10-team points league?

    Thanks for the killer write-ups.

  56. Quinn Saunders says:
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    Hey Grey,

    12 team 5×5 with OBP and QS. I’m fighting my way out of fifth, and with some R and SB I could gain quite a few points. I have an offer to send Schebler and Straily for Marte or Wood/Bumgarner/DeGrom for Marte. My pitching is very solid: Bumgarner, DeGrom, Wood, Maeda, and I have 12 points in HR.

    Fair deal? Which pitcher would you trade straight up, any?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Quinn Saunders: Do the Schebler and Straily for Marte deal

    • Cram It says:
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      @Quinn Saunders: So you get Schebler and Straily? None of those are good. Get cheaper offense

    • Cram It says:
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      @Quinn Saunders: I misread that. Yes what F said.

  57. Josh says:
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    start these 3 tonight?

    Berrios @ LAD
    Clevinger vs. LAA
    Faria vs. BAL

    Faria worries me the most re: regression after last start. what do you think?

    thanks

    • mrm3711 says:
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      @Josh: SON loves Faria, is meh on Berrios, hates Clevinger. I would sit Berrios if anyone because he’s at the Dodgers, Faria has a good matchup so I would be ok starting him, I would start Clevinger too because he’s been great but that’s the biggest judgment call to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Josh: I’d start all but Berrios

      • Josh says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks both!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  58. birrrdy! says:
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    Glossary term suggestions:

    – Salieri-ed (a la Mozart and Salieri)

    – Sam Bowied (NBA pick #2 vs. MJ #3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @birrrdy!: Sam Bowie’d! Ha! I like that… Will add to list

  59. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    Don’t you dare use Rio Ruiz’s name in vain. The almightiest of prospects high, He shall not be turned into fodder for your amusement. You will feel the wrath of……(6!) whoever that fucking guy was who had a hard-on for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: I believe that was Rospector Palph… An almost Prospector Ralph with subtle differences in minute ways

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Think he did mention his army of krill who followed him around, but it didn’t have the same affect.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ain’t an army of crabs, that’s for sure

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: Krill ain’t trill dawg

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sounds like a waiter at a seafood joint in the hood

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @Grey: Leaving mad shells on the ground

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  “Yo, you got my clams!” Everyone hits the ground. “Clams as in food, not money.”

                  • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                    @Grey: All the honeys shaking they yellowtail feathers

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Like a chicken mascot

  60. Killshot says:
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    I find myself looking at an offer that would bring me Rizzo and Springer for Goldy and Alex Wood. I can spare Wood. Pretty deep in starting pitching. If Rizzo picks up in 2 nd half I think losing Goldy might be worth it. Please give me you opinion on trade and what you feel Rizzo might finish up the season like. Thanks again

    • Cram It says:
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      @Killshot: I’d take Rizzo and Springer. Rizzo covered in 2nd half rankings.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Killshot: Do It

  61. DancinHomer says:
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    Would you drop Ryu for a Lackey spot start today?

    I only get 4 “adds” per week so (used 1 on Ryu), not sure if it’s better to keep Ryu for his 2nd start this week vs. SF

    or add Lackey for his start today vs. the Pale Hoes & then Sunday’s start @ MIL.

    Thanks in advance

    • The Big Yabu says:
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      @DancinHomer: (You’re asking Grey about Lackey? Ha!)
      Stick with Ryu unless you really need to gamble.

      • DancinHomer says:
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        @The Big Yabu:

        touche… i should have known better.

        Holding Ryu

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @DancinHomer: I’d Hold Lackeys next match up could be ugly @MIL.

  62. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    One more for ya – ROS, Nelson or Tanaka ?

  63. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    MUUUUUUUUAAAAAAAHHHHHH

  64. Pipa says:
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    I need to activate Fisher from my NA spot, who should I drop….N Williams or Benitendi? Benitendi has been real frustrating to own. I want to pick up Honeywell and stash him in my NA spot next. I also have Luis Castillo who I could drop, but SP is at a premium in my league. Not many options on the wire. Thanks.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Pipa: Williams

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pipa: Agree with F

  65. DeerfieldDoubledays says:
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    Is it time to drop Mazara. 12 team keep 7 at years end.

    Dudes been scuffling bad lately. I just have high hopes for him.

    Also the third season of Fargo was a bit underwhelming. Wasn’t as impressed as I was the first 2 season.

    Thanks G

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, letdown of a season

      • DeerfieldDoubledays says:
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        @Grey:

        I will say the one scene where the probation officers girl got beat with the rope was pretty disturbing.

        What are your thoughts on mazara? Should he be dropped? Players like Williams Reynolds avail on waivers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, was disturbing but didn’t really care about any of the characters… lose Maz for Reynolds

  66. Bobby says:
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    Hey Grey

    Judge and Moncada for Harper ?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Redraft? Sure

  67. Michael DePinto says:
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    In a league with the following categories: R, HR, RBI, SB, Hits and Walks. Would you drop Jose Bautista at this point for Whit Merrifield.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  68. Mr.Mollywop says:
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    14tm H2H Should Lamb and Braun for Puig , D.Peralta, and Schebler be vetoed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds awful, but I don’t believe in vetos

  69. Cram It says:
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    I’m such a sucker for day baseball. Batty calling Almora even though there are likely better options available. The Melky Amora show!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s why I batty called Jon Jay yesterday… Gotta go with guys you know for sure are playing

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: I deployed him yesterday in my RCL. Making a pretty epic climb over the last month from middle of the pack in avg to 2nd, .001 out of first, in my bid to sweep all categories.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So insane… Has anyone swept all cats before?

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Last year! The guy who won it all and it beat me by less than a point in the Master Standings. Although, it was TWO guys running that team so I put an asterisk next to him and declare myself the rightful winner.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, if we split them up, they got 60 points each and finished in 8th place in their league

  70. Tom ki says:
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    Start John gray at St. Louis today?
    Thanks and great write up as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  71. Timmy says:
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    RCL League- Drop Ervin Santana for Luis Castillo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  72. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Can we now start referring to the Padres closer role as “the Hand job”?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, please

  73. Cheese says:
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    I’ve pretty much locked up a playoff spot in my 16 team H2H league 6×6 (OPS, QS. K/9, K/BB, NSVH) so I should be able to absorb the 4-6 week hiatus of Kershaw. RP with SP eligibility that get holds are very valuable in our league. Rosters are deep and waiver wire is very thin.

    I give: Alex Wood and Ryon Healy
    I get: Clayton Kershaw and David Phelps.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  74. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Grey, who you dropping to activate Moncada…Tanaka or Clevinger ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tanaka

      • JohnnyBeGood says:
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        @Grey: got, it thanks brotha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  75. PatPat says:
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    Devers or Fisher?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devers

  76. Terry says:
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    Try to trade Peacock? Will he likey keep a rotation spot once Keuchel back? Or hold him in case of injury or 6 man rotation?

    Is Clevinger also a candidate to be sent to the pen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peacock sounds headed to pen

  77. RPT123 says:
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    Finally giving up on Peraza…. who is the replacement?

    Scooter, Bregman, Didi, Carpenter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Didi

  78. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    Been doing the happy dance for the last day… Yesterday I got someone who never trades to trade me Just Dong and Salazar for Thames and Nova!.. (I was one day away from dropping Thames anyway, so boo-ya!). Just listened to your podcast and got even more excited about JD and then checked the box score from last night and saw the dong.. I’m hoping this will help carry me to/through the playoffs.

    Just wanted to show and tell, thanks for your inspiration!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @200 Proof: Jeez now i know why that other guy never trades…he sucks at it.

  79. Foul balls says:
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    Looking for some good laughs check out, I’m dying up here. Drop reddick for gamel or spangenberg, thanks kindly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  80. Filkarri says:
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    I can never time owning DeShields correctly. Drop him for Carlos Gonzalez, Heyward, Granderson, or Kepler? OBP league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Needs?

      • Filkarri says:
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        @Grey: H2H league, bags would be my biggest need. I have Merrifield and Trout stealing bases and that’s about it. Hang onto DeShields? Just noticed Rajai Davis is available too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You want bags and you’re losing DeShields?

  81. xyzxyroad says:
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    Who to drop? Fisher, Parra, Genette for Brad Hand?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Parra in away games

  82. ryanoger says:
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    Drop LoMo for Hanley, Carlos Santana, or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanley

  83. Trailor park Boy in ny says:
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    Should I drop Bour, for just about any one that is 25% pecents owned?. I mean guys like Capps, nick williams, Rajai, Reynolda Lopez, Gamel, Pirela, Odubel, Choo, Gomez, Gravemen, Yates, Rodon.
    Is Patrick Corbin a good streamer for the next few weeks?

    • Trailor park Boy in ny says:
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      @Trailor park Boy in ny: im sorry but can you add matt chapman, Chris smith, and Jon jay to that list.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, depends on needs… Corbin could be a good streamer, look at his matchups

  84. Cram It says:
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    Bwahahaha. Lackey just gave up a two run double to Rodon, as I’m sure you know. What a loser.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hate him

  85. Every29Years says:
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    1. Need saves come Sept playoffs….best to add out of: Swarzak, Viz, Claw for 6 weeks from now. Please rank.

    2. Devers over Owings, Thames, or hold?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Every29Years: 6 weeks from now! You funny.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Why are you adding now? 2. Thames

      • Every29Years says:
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        @Grey:

        Cuz I lost Maurer and this is an active league. None of these three guys will stay on the wire if Ramos or Johnson gets traded this week. Trying to get in front of it with a speculative grab. Hence the add now for the playoffs that start in 6 weeks. Forward thinking, looking. Maybe my question was poorly worded. (If so, we are even since you advised me to trade Quintana for Maurer, hmmm).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Swarzak

          • Every29Years says:
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            @Grey: gracias!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              De nada

  86. Chud says:
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    SS ROS ranking: Simmons, Cozart, Russell?

    It is a full keeper……will Russell start to prove his lofty prospect tag?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cozart…

  87. CMUTimmah says:
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    Glossary term:

    Prospassed – When a top prospect gets passed by a later callup.

    This happens often if you think about it. Judge over Gary Sanchez. Lindor over Jose Ramirez (likely the other way around after this year..).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll run it by Rudy

  88. Armchair QB says:
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    Start Sonny tonight at Toronto?

  89. Curious George Springer says:
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    Ten teamer — R,HR,RBI,SB,OBP,SLG and IP,ERA,WHIP,SV+Hld,K/9,QS — I have a deep pitching staff (deGrom, Darvish, Martinez, Hill, Paxton, Manaea, Ray, Castillo, Samardzija, Cahill, and Faria).

    My catcher (catcher question!) is Hedges, who is on the DL and I haven’t even bothered to add anyone.

    Give Faria and Altherr for Posey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Posey there

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: oh — you already answered. thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Curious George Springer: If it helps, it is a H2H league and I am 30-0 in IP and QS

  90. Curious George Springer says:
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    and while I have your full and undivided attention (I do, RIGHT?) — what are your thoughts on Samardzija? his peripherals look gorge — 9+ K/9 1 BB/9 (!!!) — his swinging strikes are way up. His xFIP is like 3 runs lower than his ERA. I’m expecting a big correction (and just added him before trading away Faria). You feeling that, G?

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Curious George Springer: Nevermind — I see you had a buy on him on 7/14 (while I was out of the country on vacation). I assume that still stands.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      His peripherals have looked good since April, hasn’t changed the outcomes

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: The same could be said of you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope some day it will too!

  91. BDubs says:
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    Need saves. Neris or Swarzak?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Swarzak

  92. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Anyone have any thoughts on Harrison Bader (called up by Cards with Fowler to DL, may get regular playing time)? I know nothing about him but do like his AAA line this year:

    97 games – .297 19 HR 9 SB 62 R 48 RBI (.353 babip, 6% BB 23.6% k)

    Tommy Pham 2.0 or Tommy Sham?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Worth owning in mixed leagues if you need an OF

  93. Jw says:
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    Redraft league: claudio or swarzak?

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @Jw: Claudio

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Claudio

  94. Doc says:
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    Lol Hamilton suit. I dare you to do it.

    Have you listened to the Hamilton mixtape? There are at minimum 7 quality tracks on there! It’s pretty good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nah I haven’t listened, I paid major duckets to see the stupid show, I’m not trying to spoil it

  95. Jimmy Lin says:
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    Drop Andrew Benintendi for David Peralta?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  96. Sup? says:
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    Is there a Razzball only contest on FantasyDraft tonight? If so, might you provide a roadmap?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s not that I know of, but you should ask in the Fantasy Draft post

  97. Sava21887 says:
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    12 team dynasty 7×7 dynasty OBP, TB, Holds, QS

    my Goldy, Sam dyson, rosenthal, d peraalta for

    His lindor, marte, yonder, Salazar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy side

  98. braves uk says:
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    Hey Grey,

    15 team Roto.

    Have to start at least one of these two tonight:
    Straily @ TEX
    Castillo @ NYY

    SON hates both of them almost equally… any preference from you…?

    Start Straily, Castillo or both?!!

    Thanks as always…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Straily — they’re both awful

      • braves uk says:
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        @Grey: thanks – and I know! Small benches though in this league, could be a painful evening….!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  99. Every29Years says:
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    Rosario, Dyson Mallex. Pick two please for SBs and average.

    Would you drop Owings or Simmons for Rosario?

    How about Thames since he blows?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thames

  100. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Hello Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hello, Stephen Lyon

      • Stephen Lyon says:
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        @Grey: I wonder what happened to that SteveNZ guy?

        Would you be using Grichuk ahead of Trumbo right now? The RF slot is the only place I can put him as I want to use Util to take Devers for a spin, and I have Pham/JBJ at CF and Bellinger at LF.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haven’t seen him in a while, I’d guess stuck under a sack of ripe kiwis — I’d use Grichuk

  101. Asking For a Friend says:
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    Villar or Odor rest of season? Who do you think is more likely to turn it around in the average category/get hot down the stretch? They’re both producing hrs & sbs (both around20/10 respectively in hr & SB vs SB & hr).

    Thoughts?

    Loved the ménage-pod today. Surprised fist fights didn’t erupt over who Halp likes better

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odor — ha, thanks!

      • Asking For a Friend says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  102. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    bader or fisher, dropping rodon?

  103. Darcy says:
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    I’m being offered Betts and McCullers for Scherzer in a 5×5 keeper league. 1. Would you do it? 2. If not, would you do it if he added Elroy Jimenez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Betts

  104. NoOneIsHome says:
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    Let’s say both Fisher and Bader play every day for ROS, who are you going with? Grazie!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fisher

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @NoOneIsHome: in this instance it would become who was the higher ranked prospect. fisher is very high by ralph’s list.

  105. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    from above AL only, what’s best order of these: j.garcia/snell/anibal/cahill? QS over wins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garcia, Snell

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Grey: ok, cause i can add snell now and put in the claim (and lose, pretty sure somebody higher than 8th already did it, it’s in message board)

  106. VV Mom says:
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    What are your thoughts on VV in a dynasty league? Worth holding onto for future and hope he turns it around? Thx G

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not in most leagues, no idea about your league without specifics

  107. Jp says:
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    Grey-al,only 4×4 Swarzak maybe headed to NL and Clippardnis owned. My team absolutely sucks any arm in the pen that you would speculate on if your team would be better if you didn’t attend the draft? Brad Goldberg or Juan Minaya or someone else? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I need names to choose from, no idea who’s available… Minaya or those two

  108. demribbies says:
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    Start Smoak v S.Gray or Dozier @Maeda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smoak

  109. jason batteiger says:
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    guessing in NL only (OBP over AVG, total bases added) hold n.williams over bader, doubt fowler is hurt that long, and even if they demote piscotty till his mom dies or gets better (this is VERY LIKELY ah la jean segura that time he was awful for like 18 or more months due to his kid being a bad pregnancy and then later a very sick baby, then later dead the reason piscotty has been terrible, his mother has been very sick all year) how sure is his playing time? can’t be as much as williams’ and he’s hitting very very well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, hold

  110. Steve says:
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    Alex Reyes called up.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve: dah! Luke Weaver!! Face palm

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, nice

  111. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    probably near 6 days till dan jennings time. till then hold clip

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I grabbed Jennings already

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Might close?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Jennings

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d grab him before Clippard who’s been terrible

  112. TomToms says:
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    1. Which one of these would you drop to pickup j. garcia?
    Jerad Eickhoff
    Matt Moore
    Trevor Cahill

    2. Should I drop Oh for Brad Hand?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All? Moore 2. Sure

  113. Daniel mansoor says:
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    Need pitching help in a points leagie. Would you trade McCullers and upton/Thames for strasburg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Upton

      • Daniel mansoor says:
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        @Grey: not worried about strasburg forearm strain?

  114. Andrew Mellars says:
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    Add Story and drop Desmond in a H2H league? Who you like for saves ROS…Bud Norris, Hand or Brach?…..: I’m writing this after Norris laid a corn filled shit in Cleveland.

  115. Fleabag says:
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    Im chasing saves and looking at this trade sent to me. I get Rizzo,Lindor,Lester,Wade Davis. I would send Goldschmidt,Marwin Gonzalez and deGrom. My other starters are Scherzer.A Wood,Darvish,Grenki and Hill. Does this make sense or am I giving up too much Thanks

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