Absolutely brutal news about Tyler Skaggs. Makes you remember how silly this fantasy baseball thing is in the grand scheme of things. Counterpoint:  everything is serious — politics, work, sickness, and, yes, death — so maybe the silliness of fantasy baseball is the point. Perhaps Skaggs’s passing can bring some perspective. Remember, it’s not the end of the world if you drafted Giancarlo and you trail in all power categories. It’s enjoying the ride, because it’s often much quicker than anyone expects. Now, I’m just going to leave some white space as a moment of silence.

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Chris Archer – Could miss Wednesday’s start for a break before the, uh, break.  MTV emo cartoon, Dario, could see the start instead.

Josh Bell – 4-for-6, 4 runs, 7 RBIs and his 23rd, 24th and 25th homer, hitting .308. I’ve now moved Bell about five times in two days in my top 100 2nd half rankings that are coming next week. Is he more the April hitter we saw?  The May one?  The June one?  Or the one from yesterday which might be the May one?  Might be May?  May be May? May be April?  April be June?  June be May? Greybot 5000 is…short…circuit…ing.

Colin Moran – 5-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .286.  I’d love to see C**nt Hurdle give Moran everyday looks the rest of the year.  They know what they have in Jung Ho Kang (1-for-4, 2 RBIs, 7th homer, hitting .162). I say trade Kang for a prospect and let Moran play.  I want the moron to play Moran more on the field — say that fast 117 times!

Adam Frazier – 5-for-6, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .263.  Frazier had four doubles.  He can’t even make eight total bases exciting. Adam Frazier is like watching the director’s cut of Brendan Fraser in Encino Man where it takes two hours of the movie for him to thaw.

Trevor Williams – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.54.  Pirates jumped to an early lead and Williams decided to pull into the Taco Bell Hotel on the Ivictory Coast for the runs.

Adbert Alzolay – 2 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 7.15.  So, I’m just going to leave this Shasta on the counter while I go to the bathroom, please keep an eye on it for me, Extremely Sketchy Guy.  *five hours later*  Whoa, when did the band show up and why does that tambourine have my nose on it–AHHH!!!  Roofie!!!  So, I benched Adbert for his 1st two matchups because I am so trigger-shy with pitchers this year, but I start him yesterday and kaboomie. You really can’t make this shizz up, and, if you could, I’m not interested in you becoming a content creator, because it’s very hurtful.  Good news is I had Craig Kimbrel (1 IP, 3 ER) and Josh Hader (1 IP, 2 ER) in my lineup, too.  Somebody hold me.

Nathan EovaldiRed Sox announced that Eovaldi will act as the Red Sox closer.  Oh…*treks to the North Pole*…kay.  The Red Sox refuse to name a closer all winter, just about the entire 1st half, then name Eovaldi as their closer, saying, “He’ll be a traditional closer, and not part of a committee.”  Eovaldi who has zero saves in his career and 857 IP as a starter? Eovaldi who has a 6.00 ERA this year and a career 6.8 K/9?  Why are teams so dumb?  I guess own Eovaldi for the SAGNOF, but this doesn’t sound like it’s headed to a good place.

Freddy Galvis – 3-for-4 and his 13th and 14th homer, hitting .264.  Freddy Galvis has been better than Vlad Jr.  True, false or GTFO Vlad’s dad is a Hall of Famer and you should be ashamed of yourself for even questioning Vlad Jr.  In fact, apologize now.  Not verbally!  I strongly suggest a written apology with a formal heading. Actually!  Buy a book on how to write an apology letter first. You deserve this for even suggesting something like that.

Randal Grichuk – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs, hitting .236.  I’ve never seen Grichuk deliver four hits and not go on a schmotato run.  (Honestly, I don’t know if he’s ever had four hits in a game before, so techinically I am right.)

Cavan Biggio – 3-for-5, 1 run, 4 RBIs, hitting .248.  On a side note, hundred percent someone in the MLB front office, who was making up the schedule for this year, thought yesterday was the start of the All-Star Break, then found out later it was not so sprinkled a handful of games in there. Not sure if you’ve seen the 30 for 30 short about MLB schedulers, but it was the same couple for, like, 20 years, when the schedules were normal, then they retired (were fired?) and ever since then the schedules have been a mess.  Any hoo!  Biggio’s hitting near-.325 in the last week with one dong, as the good Lord meant it!

Teoscar Hernandez – 2-for-5 and his 8th homer. These were his first hits in a week, so Teoscar might not be winning any awards.

Lorenzo Cain – 1-for-5 and his 5th homer, hitting .248.  So, I was watching this documentary on Netflix about a buried treasure of cocaine, and I was thinking, “What if that’s not cocaine, but it’s Lorenzo Cain? Should I go get him and bring him back to the major leagues?” I decided not to because I don’t own Cain.

Keston Hiura – 2-for-5, 2 runs, and his 6th homer, hitting .278.  Great for him, but also let’s give some props to Travis Shaw for outsourcing his entire career to Hiura. Most guys wouldn’t be that smart.

Christian Yelich – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 30th homer, hitting .330.  He’s on pace for 124/57/126/.330/34 in 555 ABs.  If you own him and are not in at least 2nd place in your league, please explain how.

Tyler Mahle – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.36.  His next start and last before the break (vs. the Indians) is barely positive on the Streamonator, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Lindor rests, and sometimes guys check out the day before the break, so I’m interested.

Eugenio Suarez – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 18th and 19th homer, and 2nd and 3rd homers in the past two games.  Suarez seemed to retire in June to collect his pension, but his retirement advisor put him in Beanie Babies and Gregg Jefferies rookie cards, so now he’s back.

Jesse Winker – 2-for-3 and his 13th homer, hitting .253.  Crazy how screwed up expectations are now with hitters, because Winker’s having a totally respectable year, but I could not care at all about him.

Logan Allen – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.24.  This start was in Petco vs. the Aints.  No one is safe from the pitcherpocalypse.  Except, of course, Jeff Samardzija (8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.32) because the universe wasn’t even aware he was still a pitcher.  Unless, and bear with me here, the universe saw his goatee, and from above it looks like a mushroom cloud and thought, “We can use him at some point.”

Evan Longoria – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .226.  Imagine what it’s like to be Longoria with all of these homers being hit by other people.  It’s like one never-ending Stan Gable licking-of-a-pie-tin scene, and Longoria saying, “Hey, that’s my Pi!”

Kevin Pillar – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. When Pillar does well, so do the Giants.  Which might be their biggest problem.

Austin Slater – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer as he was called up.  He had 12 HRs, 6 SBs and a .308 average in Triple-A, and is 26 years old.  Not to get off the beaten path to beat a dead horse, but can you imagine the Giants waiting this long to call him up? Because they wanted to see what they had with Alex Dickerson and Mike Yastrzemski? I kinda expect Slater to inexplicably get platooned, so I’d only look at him in deep leagues for now, but he does have some power and speed.

Brendan McKay – 0-for-4. Okay, this was a problem I had with Ohtani last year that is now rearing its head again. Either everyone (Greinke, Bumgarner, etc.) should have dual eligibility or Ohtani should not. It makes no sense to have McKay as two players on a fantasy site if Ohtani is one player.

Kevin Kiermaier – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer. 2nd homer this week and, well, about as much as Nadir Bupkis otherwise.

Jose Alvarado – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his 7th save, ERA at 3.20.  This was his first save since May 26th.  Rays have the best closer who may or may not be their closer.

Jose UrquidyAstros are calling him up for his 1st major league start in Coors. When they call him up, they should put him on hold first with the hold music being Cee-Lo’s F*ck You.  “In honor of the Astros calling you up, we’ve baked you a cake.”  The Astros reveal a pita with frosting.  “Sorry, we struggled with baking at elevation.”  So, enough jibber-jabbering on the hoo-ha, Urquidy is making a spot start due to Peacock’s broken wing, but, since Peacock might not be ready to return, Urquidy might stay in the rotation for a few turns.  Hard to say. In Triple-A, Urquidy had a goofy high K-rate this year, when he never showed any of that prior in the minors. I could see a flyer if he looks good in Coors, but that start is obviously an ignore. By the by, on some sites, his name is listed as Jose Hernandez, which makes me think Hernandez is like the Doe surname of Latin America, and everyone changes it once they arrive here.  “I’m going to take Fausto Carmona.”  “I’m sorry, you can’t do that.”

Brad Boxberger – Was DFA’d and Shelby Miller was too. There must’ve been a special at the DFA Saloon.  DFA a Boxberger and get a Miller for free.  “Come on in, Dave Stewart! Take a seat next to Major Rawls.”

  1. Rbid for her pleasure says:
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    Sad news about Skaggs . Quick question in a roto keep forever league would you trade judge and Chris Taylor for Goldie and rizzo? Thanks in advance!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Goldie Rizzo side if you’re contending this year. Long term I give the edge to Judge.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, super sad

      Agree with DT

  2. Kas says:
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    Morning,

    Was wondering if I should start Gallen @ WAS today. Thanks for the advice.

    • Hebrew Hammer says:
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      16 team H2H DYNASTY keeper

      I’m asking same question?

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Start

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’m starting him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve benched him, but I did start Adbert and Logan Allen, so what the hell do I know

      • Huffin Gas says:
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        Ha. There are two ways you can decide which guys to start. Early mornings I’ll sometimes analyze splits, the pitcher’s recent history, blah blah blah. It can take some time. Other days I’ll spend about 30 seconds putting all of my starters in the lineup because I didn’t want to deal, figuring “how can things possibly get worse this week.” In 2019 I have as much if not more success going the 30 second route.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, 2nd way is the way to go!

    • hondo says:
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      Wind blowing out,humidity is back,Nats are enjoying playing again.He’s only gone 5IP in both his starts.Risk outweighs reward.

  3. LenFuego says:
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    Sigh. Only a 5 game schedule, my new bae Lourdes Gurriel Jr. goes 3 for 4 with 3 runs, and he still doesn’t get a blurb.

    Oh, Lourdes, won’t you hit me, another home run,
    You won’t get, a Grey blurb, unless you, hit one,
    He will just, deride you, just like David Dull,
    So Lourdes, won’t you hit me, another home run.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m pretty sure he’s had more blurbs over the last month than anyone

      • LenFuego says:
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        Yeah, it was just an excuse to do my Janis Joplin impression on Oh Lord Won’t You Buy Me a Mercedes-Benz. Plus I am obsessed with Lourdes since I now have hm For $1 in a league where I can keep him for 5 years.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  4. Lil Petey says:
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    Regarding Kimbrel, at least his 3 runs came via ONLY 2 HRs rather than 3 (by about 6 inches). And I really enjoyed watching Josh Bell, who I do not own, churn out 80% of the total season home run production of my Jose Crapmirez in one game.

    Of course, as you said, this is all small potatoes compared to the real tragedy of the day…rest in peace Tyler Wayne Skaggs.

    Have a great Tuesday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Kimbrel was just terrific!

      Agreed, you too!

  5. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!

    Great report and great tribute to Skaggs. Sad.

    a. Thanks for the white space tribute for Skaggs.

    b. Imagine my disappointment when I found out that McKay was DHing last night and I didn’t know and wanted to DH him and saw that I could easily do it and then I went to the boxscore (this AM) and saw he went 0/4 and I am now so happy I didn’t start him replacing the disappointment with joy! Ignorance is bliss!

    c. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for July 2

    Tried to find a somber Abbott and Costello quote.

    From the movie St. Vincent (2014).

    Vincent (Bill Murray): You never seen Abbott and Costello?

    Oliver (Jaeden Martell): No, sir. Are they old?

    Vincent (Bill Murray): No. They’re dead. That’s the oldest you can be.

    Oliver (Jaeden Martell): Or the youngest. Time freezes when you’re dead.

    d. RIP Tyler Skaggs

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Rip... says:
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      Too soon…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, super sad

      C. Nicely done

      D. Indeed

  6. Jordan says:
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    Hard to read Baseball America’s “Jose Urquidy Takes A Giant Step Forward,” and not get excited. They highlight Urquidy’s big velo jump this year to touching 97 mph and Lunhow’s enthusiam. I may have misread but I thought it also mentioned Urqidy is allowed to throw a special ball made of uranium when in Coors

    • Jordan says:
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      They definitely didn’t mention how Urquidy is going to lift, let alone throw the uranium ball, but fortunately in the 17th century Lamarck discovered the name-changer principle, namely that anyone who changes their name gets a nice velo bump and can lift much heavier things.

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        Does the name change impact the age conversion rate as well? I believe in the open market a “Hernandez” has a higher conversion rate than a “Giancarlo” or a “Melvin”.

        But converting from “Zach” to “Zack” is a net zero move. Which is exactly what happened with Zach/k Britton. Apparently his given name is “Zack” but didn’t have it in him to correct the staffer who spelled his name wrong X number of years ago… Until recently.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I believe subtracting Fausto Carmona adds 3 years to a player’s age

          • Jordan says:
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            Confirmed, the science backs this up.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is a uranium ball, but it’s radioactive to pitchers, though so not sure why they want to throw it

      • krazyivan says:
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        The pill of the ball is made from the graphite remains of Chernobyl.

  7. Licketty Splits says:
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    Nice commentary on Skaggs & life.
    Appreciate life and yes enjoy the ride because some day it ends. This silly game we play is our passion for many or most of us here & that’s all fine & good…some times we need an escape from the real world.
    Days like today should have us pause & reflect & put in all in perspective for sure. RIP Tyler Skaggs

    Oh yes & I was lucky enough to give the Shark a start yesterday so I am sure the regression fairies will be out in full force for daring to start Chase Anderson today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, well said!

  8. Sam says:
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    Wade Davis or eovaldi?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d try Eovaldi

      • William Hung says:
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        When is Eovaldi due back? Wondering if he’s an immediate pickup or I can wait till he’s closer to being back… here’s some context – I was able to pick up Kyle Hendricks in my league on Sunday night

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  9. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Thank you for your commentary regarding Tyler Skaggs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, super sad

  10. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Well said Grey, 27 is much too young. Enjoy your time friends, hug someone you love and be safe.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, be well, Truss!

  11. BH says:
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    Own both Paxton and Wheeler. Which one to start today?
    Both?
    Neither?

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d start both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  12. baby seal says:
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    BAH, Grey! I dropped Strop/Lorenzen and picked up Oberg and Workman per our convo yesterday.

    Goddamn Sox!! Only get 4 moves per week, and I’m down to just 1. Guess I’ll just hold tight for now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t sound bad, they’ve pitched well

      • baby seal says:
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        Life could be worse, like back in the clubbing days. Dark times.

        Canning’s been good, but you trust him vs Texas? And Wheeler vs Yanks @ Home…?

        Yikes! Have a lot of tough pitching match ups this week. Good chance the Seals get pitcherpocalypsed this week. F it! Also:
        – Paddack @ Dodgers, Boyd vs BOS, Odorizz vs Tex, Gallen @ WAS & ATL!

        I might just roll w/ em all. What’s on your mind, G?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sad Sundays all over again!

          I don’t trust Canning or Gallen in that matchup… I’d start the rest

  13. Johnny Be Good says:
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    Hey guys, anyone starting Wheeler today versus Yanks? In H2H league…I’ll hang up and listen. Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I am

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  14. Billy Loverocket says:
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    Good stuff, and respect, for the white space on Skaggs.

    I asked you yesterday about Hoskins for Buehler straight up. I felt the sames as you….I’d rather have Hoskins.

    I used the Trade Analyzer and according to that I stole Buehler for Eduardo Escobar & Willie Calhoun. Escobar is playing over his head and there are signs of luck, but he’s been impressive so far. I sold the guy on Calhoun’s potential (which I hope doesn’t bite me in the a**).

    Thanks for the input. I wanted to share the results of that negotiation.

    One last question…I’m gonna have some some guys coming off the DL soon. Can you rank these guys in the order you would drop 1st to last. I picked them up as stopgaps for Mondesi & Story but they’ve all been doing well. Thames I just added though.

    What order should I cut these guys in (I have 3 guys returning soon)?

    Thames
    Dominic Smith
    Chris Taylor
    JP Crawford

    I assume hold Gallen until we see what the Marlins will do when Caleb Smith comes back?

    Thanks so much man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice trade for you!

      JP, Smith, Thames

      Hold Gallen, yeah

  15. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    where is mckay ran differently than otani? i know in yahoo they are both 2 entities (stupid obv), and in fantrax/espn they are both one and you get both the hitter/pitcher. CBS maybe different or somewhere else?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I bought just a pitcher in NFBC, had no way of moving him to UTIL, so I assume there’s a hitter one out there, but maybe I was assuming wrong

      • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        ok, so NFBC mckay is 2 entities but otani is 1, that is seriously stupid, even worse than yahoo’s having them be 2 guys each. funnier part is yahoo waited months (maybe over a year) to add the pitcher version of mckay when they already had a hitter version.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know if McKay’s even in there as a hitter, I just know I have a pitcher named Brendan McKay

          • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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            WOW, so NFBC could be pulling the reverse yahoo b.s. where they add one of them much later than the other. just stupid.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, could be, I don’t know

  16. Kept says:
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    Drop Hendriks for Alvarado?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  17. Quill says:
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    Would you ad JUp over any of the following in a points league?

    Eloy
    Murphy
    Laureano
    Olson

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d take him over Laureano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  18. Thundergunn says:
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    Sad about Skaggs, way too young, well done on the blank space moment of silence.

    Would you drop Alzolay in a 14 team H2H or wait to hear if he gets sent down. I could grab a tommy milone, or Elieser Hernandez, or just stream.

    I have Scherzer, Wheeler, Flaherty, Mckay, Canning, and Lyles

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d hold Alzolay there and see. Would swap Lyles out for Elieser. Could probably just use that spot to stream.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, super sad

      Agree with DT

  19. The Scrant Dog

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    RIP, def puts things in perspective. Normally, I’d be upset that I started Alzolay yesterday, but you are right. This is just a silly game we play.

    counterpoint. Will the robot ever like Alzolay? Not sure if I should drop him. rotation is
    Bauer
    Snell
    Corbin
    Paddack
    Darvish
    Gallen
    Gibson
    Lucchessi
    Porcello

    It seems like a lot of pitchers but we have a 1450 IP limit and I’m almost 100 off-pace.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Who else is available? I’d lose Porcello first…

    • knucks says:
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      Prob droppable. And to be honest, I’m wondering the same and leaning towards a straight drop in my 1600 IP league (I’m right on pace), as I don’t expect other owners to scoop him. And if they do, so be it.

      But my real reason for commenting is to say that you’ll get your best answer if you throw out some names about who you would be picking up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed… Should’ve listened to the robot tho

  20. Jake says:
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    12 team 6×6 roto with holds and OPS the extra categories and we have daily moves.

    Current staff: Snell, Bieber, Paddack, Flaherty, Gallen, Fried, Canning, Urias, Pressly, C-Mart, Kimbrel, Chapman, Jansen. IL Tailon and Pablo Lopez.

    We have 3 IL spots. would you cut Fried for either Eovaldi or Carrasco to stash? Then either try to reclaim him or another pitcher like Heaney who is available?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d stash Carrasco and then grab Heaney

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  21. Dong Show says:
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    Hope you’re having a good day Grey, Dynasty Trade question for you.

    I traded Sale for Josh Bell last night (who I am actually facing, so his big night hurt me lol but these trade talks happened before he did this). Is this trade okay? Bell looks so legit at this point, and Sale is peak Bell value I think.

    Thanks as always for the thoughts!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Fair deal

      • Dong Show says:
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        Thanks for the Imput Donkey! I just felt I needed some reassurance on this one.

        I’m basically rolling with this starting lineup now. Pitching is weaker, but whatever with arms this year. I wanted a power offense.

        C – Grandal/Ramos
        1b – Alonso
        2b – LeMahieu
        SS – Gleyber/ Segura
        3b – Santana/Chapman/JRam,
        OF – Mookie Acuna, Blackmon, Puig, Buxton
        UTL – Bell

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bell as your UTIL seems a bit much, but I don’t see your SPs

          • Dong Show says:
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            Thor
            Paddack
            Yu
            Ray
            Lynn
            Miley
            Chirinos
            Martin Perez

            RPs are
            Vasquez
            Holland
            Oberg

            I’m trying to sell Andrew Vaughn and Kopech right now for Nola to make up for that Sale loss.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That works for me

              • Dong Show says:
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                Thanks Grey! Hope the guy goes for it. If not, I guess I can live with that current rotation.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

                  • Dong Show says:
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                    Grey I hate to bother you again, but I was just offered this

                    And Mike offered me

                    His Baez, Beni, Bauer for my Mookie and Vaughn.

                    I have to do this, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  22. MarvPesos

    marv says:
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    Hey Grey,

    H2H 12-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS), limited moves (35 per year), no streaming.

    Been offered the following trade, which side and is it close?

    MY: Buehler, B. McKay, Z. Gallen, D. Cease (NA), 13th & 15th round (1st & 3rd round pick)
    For HIS: deGrom, Giolito, Flaherty, Minor, 19th & 20th round (7th & 8th round)

    My team:
    C – W. Ramos
    1B – P. Goldschmidt
    2B – K. Marte
    3B – C. Santana
    SS – J. Polanco
    CI – A. Rizzo
    MI – T. Turner
    LF – J.D. Martinez
    CF – C. Yelich
    RF – D. Santana
    Util – C. Blackmon
    BN – H. Dozier
    BN – Eugenio Suarez
    BN – L. Urias (NA)

    SP – J. Paxton
    SP – J. Verlander
    SP – W. Buehler
    RP – K. Jansen (RP)
    RP – J. Hader (RP)
    P – K. Giles (RP)
    P – A. Heaney
    BN – Z. Gallen
    BN – D. Cease (NA)
    BN – B. Mckay
    DL – C. Kluber (10-DL)
    DL – D. Lamet (10-DL)

    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeGrom side, which makes me suspicious bc why’s he offering it?

      • MarvPesos

        Marv says:
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        sorry, screwed that up, Giolito isn’t in this trade, it’s:

        MY: Buehler, B. McKay, Z. Gallen, D. Cease (NA), 13th & 15th round (1st & 3rd round pick)
        For HIS: deGrom, Flaherty, Minor, 19th & 20th round (7th & 8th round)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, not good

          • MarvPesos

            Marv says:
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            A) If I counter, removing the picks, does that get it closer?

            B) I could also try to counter with:
            MY: Buehler, B. McKay, Z. Gallen, D. Cease (NA), 13th (1st round pick)
            For HIS: Kershaw, Giolito, Flaherty, 20th round (8th round)

            is that better ?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Kershaw/Giolito/Flaherty works for me

              • MarvPesos

                Marv says:
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                He came back with:

                MY: Buehler, B. McKay, Z. Gallen, 13th (1st round pick)
                For HIS: deGrom, Giolito, Lester, 20th round (8th round)

                He seems to want to get rid of deGrom more than Kershaw. Like is this trade close or is this decently in my favor ?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d take deGrom

  23. Ivanmakebasket says:
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    Watch Jeremy Jeffrees start getting save tries now. That would suck so badly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, I know, I want to pretend yesterday was a one time thing

  24. Matt says:
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    Morning Grey !

    Jason Heyward or David Peralta rest of season ?

    Thanks

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  25. bigbear says:
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    Anyone have any good stories in memory of Tyler Skaggs? Sounds like he was well liked around the clubhouse by teammates, coaches, and team support staff.

    I’m no scout and haven’t seen video or any of those things. But my amateur take is that McKay’s bat isn’t quite ready. Looking at his MiLB stats, I’m not sure it ever will be. He’s no Ohtani. But if the Rays want him to contribute both ways, then he needs the reps. Of course, it creates a problem of having a hole in their offense too.

    • here comes the pizza says:
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      saw a post on Twitter where a guy said Skaggs was a frequent visitor at the children’s hospital nearby and was very friendly with the kids and staff.

      • Dave D says:
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        If you look up Nelson Cruz on Twitter he posted a pick with him there. He was a absolute class act and stand-up human being. We lost a good one. God has made him a true Angel now.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Chase Anderson had this to say, “Playing with you coming up in the minors was a blast! I’ll never forget in double A making you a dozen cinnamon rolls and you eating all of them! Your fun loving spirit was contagious and something I’ll never forget!… We had a lot of great memories! Praying for his wife/family and the Angels org during this time of heartache! #ripSkiggles! Love you buddy!”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        That is super sad from Chase Anderson and Nelson Cruz, thanks for sharing!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McKay looks like a TTO guy — walk, K, HR

  26. RP says:
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    Would you add one of the following for Logan Allen?

    Canning @TEX
    Alvarado
    Romo
    Elias
    Yamamoto @ ATL
    Fiers vs Min
    Bassitt @ SEA

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d try Canning

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alvarado, but different things

  27. Travis Hafner says:
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    Very well done on the Skaggs blurb. Short, sweet, and appropriate. Very sad.

    Every daily reader/contributor to this thread- you are all a bunch of letters, weird names and sometimes weird profile pictures, but we all have a common hobby and passion. We may not know each other, but we all make each other’s days a little better with our shared curiosity. Let’s put today in perspective and appreciate the little things in life.

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      Well said my dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well said!

  28. Trickrey says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Thanks for the Skaggs tribute. Gone way too soon.

    In a 12 tm redraft 5×5 OBP, QS, SV+ H league, I’m currently not carrying a catcher but am planning on picking Alfaro up. I’ve tried trading 2 for 1 but it’s been tough out there. Do you see any drops?

    C – Empty
    1b – Freeman
    2b – Moncada
    3b – Bryant
    SS – Hampson (only one with SS eligibility)
    OF – Betts, Soto, Dahl
    Util – Pete Alonso
    Bench – Jose Ramirez, Keston Hiura, Eloy Jimenez
    IL – Mondesi

    SP – Flaherty, Buehler, Clevinger, Paddack, Wheeler, Giolito
    RP – Pressley, Hendriks, Robles, Kelley

    Pretty much thinking it has to be either Hiura, Hendriks, or Kelley. I don’t really like carrying 3 bench bats but maybe drop a reliever for catcher and hope to find a way to trade Jose Ramirez?

    Off of that, would you offer Jose Ramirez for Charlie Morton? I know Morton was a Sell recently…

    Thanks for any help!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d lose Hendriks and I’d make the trade for Morton considering those shallow offenses.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, terribly sad

      Agree with DT

  29. Luvdarooks says:
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    Is this trade fair in a 6×6 with OBP -2b/3b – QS -net wins
    Can only keep 4 per team next year.

    Cooper Mckay Bell Tatis all are potential keepers ( only I bvious two would be kept) for
    All non keepers Buehler Mondesi Goldschmidt Freeman
    Thx

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Mondesi side and not even close to close for me.

      With only 4 keepers, I wouldn’t be worried about keepers at this stage…

      • Luvdarooks says:
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        No DONKEY TEETH,
        is it a fair trade Considering one team is playing for next year…..one team that is out of it and to get two outstanding keepers next year when only 4 are allowed
        That is the question and I think it’s cool and put your time in to help out gray

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You have to do what you can to win, so I’d take Mondesi to win this year, and Bell/Tatis for keepers — so yeah it’s fair

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  30. sall goooood man says:
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    a guy in our league has bellinger/yelich, and to a lesser extent, lemahieu, baez. somehow he’s in 4th. i’m trying to figure it out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, ouch

    • c says:
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      He’s in 2nd today

  31. here comes the pizza says:
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    What’s up Grey

    I have Yelich and I’m in 5th. Shame!

    With Story expected to be activated this week, who’s the drop out of Eloy, Robles, Hiura?

    Hiura or Villar ROS?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d lose Hiura there.

      Hiura over Villar ROS for me unless you need the steals…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, pizza man, let’s get going!

      Hiura over Villar

  32. doubledown says:
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    I’m in a H2H Points League – Moves are limited and I’ve used about half of them already.

    My question, B.Lowe seems to be struggling lately, do I cut for someone else…options are:
    – Lourdes
    – Votto
    – Franmil
    – Biggio
    – DeJong
    – Olsen
    – Robles
    – DiDi

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’ll take Votto in points, he’s quietly come around

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  33. Hurling Darvishes says:
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    Could you please rank these young players as dynasty keepers?

    Bauer, Bichette, Biggio, Buehler, Dahl, Hiura, Ketel Marte, Mercado, Moncada, Luis Robert, Robles, Brendan Rodgers, Verdugo

    Thanks for any input.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Buehler, Bauer, Robles, Ketel, Dahl, Moncada, Hiura, Bichette, Mercado, Robert, Rodgers, Verdugo, Biggio. It’s a fluid list and really depends where you are in your contention timeline.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see top bats there over top arms tho, do agree it’s a matter of timeline

  34. stayinhot says:
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    Firstly RIP Tyler Skaggs. Awful and tragic news. The comments on here from yourself and all the Razzball community are touching and certainly add perspective that life is precious.

    So yes, I attended the London Series (I tweeted you during the game to ask if the Sox needed a touchdown ha). I am British and live about 250 miles away. As a Sox fan since ’86 it was awesome to attend my first games and MLB really went all out. The scoreline helped engage the casual fan, lets be honest its not just chicks that dig the long ball.

    I know its back next year for Cubs/Cards, hopefully it will stimulate enough interest that it comes back regularly.

    Anyway that’s all from me today, i’m off to research if Vlad Jr is getting promoted to the Blue Jays soon.

    Take care one and all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awesome! Glad people got to go in England, and you had a chance to see Red Sox

      HA! Hilarious on Vlad

  35. pinkman says:
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    Would you take Machado and Blackmon for Story and V Robles? 12 team 5×5, keep 4. I’m in second place with limited moves remaining.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d want the Machado Blackmon side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  36. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    **bulk alert***

    Leblanc bulking for the Mariners

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  37. Jammer McSlam says:
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    Want to make sure we are on the same page with Biggio. In an OBP H2H league I picked him up to fill in for Mondesi and Tim Anderson who went down. He’s been great as a fill in, but are we fine dropping him the moment he cools a little?

    Speaking of the Winkler line – that’s how I’m feeling about Khris Davis this year. I have him and Meadows and thinking I may need to ride the hot schmotato more.

    Talk me off a ledge or are you starting to think the same?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree on Biggio. Khris Davis is still in must start territory for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT — Davos and Meadows are still must starts for me

  38. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    You starting Marquez at home against the Astros today? QS league.

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Not I

    • knucks says:
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      Regardless of the pitcher, that is just about the scariest sounding start I could imagine. Maybe Yanks at Coors would be worse?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am, but it’s an NL Only league, but not in mixed

  39. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Been offered his L.Gurriel/Luzardo for my Colome/B.Parker in 15 team roto with QS – run don’t walk to accept right?

    Thanks Grey

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      If you have plenty of saves then sure, but I don’t it’s one you need to run to accept

    • knucks says:
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      I’d take the Jesus Lizard side. Sounds like the common thought around MLB is that it’d be silly for Colome to still be on the Sox 4 weeks from today. Who knows though…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lourdes side

  40. Mex says:
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    14 team, mixed roto. Both for ROS.

    1) I know its apples and bananas but, Laureano for G. Marquez
    2) Acuna for Bregman and Marquez?

    Which side in each? Are they close?

    Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      1) Marquez, depends on needs like you said
      2) Acuna, very close

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  41. Lubes says:
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    5 player keeper league, the guy 8th decided to cut bait and have a fire sale. Any of these guys worth trading next year’s picks for? I put them roughly in my gut sense of value.

    – Bumgarner
    – Kershaw
    – Miley
    – Chirinos
    – Mikolas

    I’d be dumping Brasier and likely Quintana. Alternately, both Canning and Means are out there on the waiver wire and would not require a draft pick. Thoughts?

    • Lubes says:
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      Forgot to mention- none of the guys here would be keepers for either me or the fire sale guy.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Only Bumgarner and Kershaw are worth acquiring IMO

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  42. Hunk says:
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    Would you add Eovaldi over anyone here

    Romo
    Robles
    Doolittle
    CMART

    • knucks says:
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      Sounds like you really don’t need the saves. But as a general statment, here’s my play… add Eovaldi, dropping your catcher, then stick Eovaldi in your IL slot and pick up a diff catcher. Tell me why you can’t do this and I’ll try to explain why you still should do it (ie your catcher isn’t any good).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with knucks

  43. benjaminred says:
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    What order would you put these guys for 2020 and beyond?

    Gallo
    Devers
    Y Alvarez

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Devers, Yordan

  44. Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood says:
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    Terrible news on Skaggs sad to see anyone taken too early

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, awful

  45. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Just terrible news about Skaggs. As a Royals fan, I remember Yordano Ventura’s news…but this is the Angels..again.
    Adenhart was only 10 years ago.
    I’m old enough to remember a great hitter, Lyman Bostock, who was shot and killed in the offseason after his only season with the Angels.

    Too much tragedy in this world….but especially for Angels fans. RIP Tyler Skaggs.

    14-team OBP 5×5 roto

    I’d like to get Sogard in the lineup this week. He’s home for 6 with BOS, BAL.

    I have B.Dozier at 2B and he’s Home for 6 with MIA, KC

    I could put Sogard at U.

    B. Anderson is @WAS, @ATL

    The other option for U is his teammate G.Cooper @WAS, @ATL.

    Which two would you start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, I remember Donnie Moore, awful stuff

      I like Cooper, Sogard and forget Dozier… Kinda of a toss up tho

  46. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Reliever questions.
    1. Alvarado or Robles?
    2. Cut 1 to activate Treinen: Elias; CMart; Doolittle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Alvarado

      2. Elias

  47. Murph says:
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    Hey Grey – offering a little deep wisdom today….
    Here’s the lineup – 5×5 10 teamer.
    Vazquez/Alonso/Muncy/Rendon/Bregman/Tatis/JTurner/Betts/Dahl/Puig/Eloy/Yordan/Ohtani/Story (DL) and Mallex Smith
    SP – Clevinger/Snell/Bieber/Giolito/Lynn/DGerman/Jesus Luzardo/Caleb Smith/Gallen
    RP – Colome/Kennedy/C-Mart/Liam Hendrilks/Eovaldi (!)

    1. Drop anyone for Jack Flaherty? Ryan Yarbrough? Ed-Rod? Mikolas? Willie Calhoun?

    2. If Caleb, Domingo, Eovaldi & Story all come back from the IL and no one else goes on (and i cant swing a trade), what TWO players from my roster would you cut first…..

    Thanks my brother

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Flaherty over German 2. Luzardo, Liam

  48. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Starting at home vs. Indians today? QS league.

    thanks!

    • Eric says:
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      Junis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am not

  49. Bregman-Turner Overdrive says:
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    The prime of your life is never meant to be an endpoint. RIP Skaggs.

    Anyone believe in a Goldy rebound? Have a chance to snag him and Ty Buttrey in a holds league for Bryan Reynolds and a 14th round pick. League counts Ks against hitters so even with a rebound Goldy would hurt a bit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, terrible news

      I’d try Goldy there, but I don’t have high hopes

  50. ryanoger says:
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    Great write up about Skaggs, sad.

    Start German home against the Astros?

    Start Dallas home against the Phillies?

    Thanks as always man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, awful news

      I’d go Dallas, but not German in mixed

  51. Justin Ralph says:
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    I have an unopened rack pack with Gregg Jeffries on the top. It was going to be part of my retirement plan along with my Hensley Muelens collection. Suarez is not alone in his pain.

    • Ralphy says:
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      Alvarado or Eovaldi?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Alvarado

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you’re gonna be fine! No need to save $

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        I’ve been thinking the same thing. Especially if I hit on all of my BJ Surhoff and Joey Meyer rookies!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re golden!

      • Dave D says:
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        Ha! I made the “mistake” of getting a Cal Ripken Jr. 1982 Topps rookie card autographed by him during that year. Apparently that diminishes its value. Some of these valuations are beyond me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m being told I shouldn’t sleep with a Giancarlo rookie under my pillow

          • Dave D says:
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            I can only imagine what that does to your wife’s self esteem;-)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              She understands what turns me on

  52. Grandaddy Waffle says:
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    Long time reader… hoping you can hook up some advice.

    Roster crunch from guys coming back from IL – keep 3 in my keep-forever dynasty league 6×6 OPS/QS:

    Tapia
    B. Reynolds
    Leclerc
    Plesac
    Strahm

    Do I call up McKay from minors over one of these guys and only keep 2? Wasn’t sure how he was going to be handled.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McKay over Leclerc seems likely fine, but I don’t know league depth so that might change

  53. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Howdy, , Keep stashing Urias or pick up Cavan Biggio? OR do drop Kevin Reynolds for Biggio?

    2nd situation… hold on to C Vazquez or give F Mejia a try…. ,my apologies for the catcher questions.

    Have a fun and safe 4th of july!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pick up Biggio — drop Reynolds

      Hold Vazquez

      You too!

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        Thanks, apologies but i.meant Kevin Newman…..I’m betting your answer doesn’t change

  54. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    16 team H2H DYNASTY keeper

    I’m starting Flaherty at Seattle today, he should be best SP on my staff outside of Snell.

    But damn, he’s been killing me!

    So my question, start Flaherty in Seattle? Kind of felt start most against Seattle, am I wrong?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think you have to start him

  55. alt.colonel says:
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    You are spot-on about Tyler Skaggs. Thanks. I’m not very good at it, but we should cherish every living moment we are fortunate to have.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, be well!

  56. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I need your advice. I should be getting back Corey Seager and the Silver Bullet Band, along with Eddie “Van Halen” Rosario right after the break (sorry in R&R Hall of Fame mode). Anyway, I will need to drop two players to make room for them. Which two on my bench should I drop:

    C – Mitch Garver (MIN) – $5
    1B – Albert Pujols (LAA) – $6
    1B/3B – Yandy Diaz (TB) – $5
    2B/SS/OF – David Fletcher (LAA) – $5
    OF – Willie Calhoun (TEX) – $5
    OF – Aaron Hicks (NYY) – $16

    THanks in advance as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, No problem

      Calhoun, Pujols

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        Grey,

        I am not sure about dumping Calhoun. I have 4 C’s on my roster. Salvadore Perez ($10, out for year), Posey ($30), Garver ($5), and Realmuto ($24). I am thinking Garver.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, didn’t know you had 4 catchers, yes, lose Posey

  57. Luvdarooks says:
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    Naylor or A Slayter ROY average not OBP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Slater

  58. Chud says:
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    Dynasty trade:

    I give Goldy n Domingo German

    I get Eddie Rosario n Luzardo

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rosario side

      • Chud says:
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        Appreciate it! Also looking for a UTL hitter to replace Voit:

        Mercado
        CWalker
        Biggio
        Yandy
        Cooper

        Thanks n good words in regards to our fantasy world in perspective w the tragic news of Tyler.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, terrible news…. Mercado, unless you want more of a Voit-like bat then Cooper

  59. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Who knew it would take a tragedy like this to make Trevor Bauer less of a D:
    He had nice tribute on twitter:
    “We came up together. We won together. We laughed and celebrated together. Today, we all lose and mourn together. Your memory, your love for life, everything that made you, you, will live forever in the hearts and minds of those who knew you. Rest In Peace brother. We love you.”

    And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s nice tribute… Shame it’s for this

  60. G says:
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    I have the good problem of having 5 solid to very good players for 3 outfield spots in Bryant, Dahl, Kingery, Puig, and Mancini. The two who get benched are my only bench options. Would you say hold and be happy i have them in event of injury or anything, or try to work a trade for an SP? My offense is pretty stacked and my SP is solid with Cole, Marquez, Woodruff, Paddack, Gallen, and two streamer spots. My closers are Greene, Giles, Osuna.

    I dont plan on trading Kingery as he may be my final keeper but the other 4 wouldnt be keepable for their round value. Thinking to hold onto Mancini as 1b are scarse (but I do have Rizzo). Any thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold and be happy unless you need SPs, but it’s doesn’t look like you do

  61. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    ROS in roto – Jay the Bruce or Alexay Verdugo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce

  62. ThE sHiT says:
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    Thank you for the opening, very well said, RIP Skaggs. Saw a pic on Facebook last night that i thought was sad but cool at the same time, a visual of Skaggs walking into the corn outfield from Field Of Dreams…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s all super sad

  63. Fo' Shizzo My Rizzo says:
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    Should I drop Alzolay and roll the dice on Cease?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, try it

  64. MJP says:
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    Great post today – glad you made Skaggs was the lead,

    Two Fantasy Questions:

    1) Trade Edwin Diaz for Bauer?

    2) Do I own ANY SP’s that are worth rostering full time & if so, which ones?

    Current Staff

    SP: Paddack, Gray, Stroman, Canning, ERod, McKay

    RP: Chapman, Diaz, Hader, Pagan, Urias

    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, super sad

      1. Sure 2. Paddack, Gray, McKay, Stroman tho might depend on league size

  65. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Our boo Giancarlo had some great perspective (coming from losing Jo-Fer):

    “RIP Bro, My heart goes out to your family. My message to the @angels while having no time for yourself to grieve is to hug each other, laugh, cry, lift the ones taking it extra hard up. You’re going to wonder why all of this is happening, is it real, why are u suiting up to play a game that seems irrelevant. Some Anger will ensue while u have to grieve in a fish bowl… A lot will go through your mind. So stay together through that. The first days back to schedule are the weirdest feeling, from the energy to the questions to having to walk by his locker. Try to Focus & understand how important your strength is for his family, all of your supporters & anyone looking for the power to overcome something. They’re looking @ you for guidance. So you all really need each other right now. Stay strong fellas I’m thinking about you!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is really sweet

  66. Lorrr says:
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    WTF is up with Goldy?

    Is he done? What is he worth on the market? What alt 1B or SP would you be happy with in a straight up trade

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I said to sell him in April, I’m concerned

      • Lorrr says:
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        Can you name a couple SP you would be happy with in a 1:1 trade for him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wheeler? Strasburg?

  67. Crime dog says:
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    Well said on Skaggs Grey

    Giancarlo had a good Instagram post too, not sure if you saw.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Coolwhip posted above, just read it

  68. Joe Beisbol says:
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    So Eovaldi is sitting there for the taking. I don’t really have a closer spot available unless Hendriks has to cede his spot to Treinen, or C-Mart becomes such a multi-inning tool that he doesn’t get too many saves. Do you think I should drop the inconsistent Gibson for him, or anyone else? Gibson’s been driving me batty because of how he alternates between lights out and then getting shelled (if you see the opposing batting average, it gets exponentially worse each time through the order). At the same time, I may need to clear out some roster space if both Caleb and Pence come back this week. Still seems like if (big IF, I know) Eovaldi runs away with the job, he’d at least have trade value. What should I do about Eovaldi?

    12-team, 5×5, h2h, redraft
    C – Realmuto; 1B – Rizzo; 2B – La Stella; 3B – Suarez; SS – Trea; OF – Conforto, Alvarez, Springer; Util – Voit; DL – Stanton, Pence
    SP – Anibal, Caleb (inj), Castillo, Gallen, Gibson, Lynn, Pineda, Stroman
    RP – C-Mart, Hendriks, Holland, Robles, Vazquez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Gibson

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        I’m glad I’m not the only one who sees past peripherals in him and goes bleh at his actual performances…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  69. Fish says:
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    Re: yelich

    So get this, the guy who traded for Yelich in the preseason (which was a really good deal for him even then) has been in past place for most of the season, including right now. While the guy who traded him away for chump change is sitting in 4/5th.

    I remain totally dumbfounded. I also neither of the managers involved in this anecdote.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, that is bizarre

  70. rhodyballer says:
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    RIP Skaggs #45

    Would you rather drop Cease, Alozay, McKay or Heaney?

    Alvarado over Rogers, L. Jackson, Iglesias?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      RIP indeed

      Adbert

      Alvarado over Raisel

  71. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    Awesome words about Skaggs, Grey. Can’t stop thinking about how he told reporters how excited he was to pitch in Dodger stadium in his Angels uniform. Saw a cool sketch drawing of him that I might send you on twitter. A devastatingly huge loss like this really puts all of life into perspective. And you hit it on the nose with the fantasy stuff. Life is so the opposite of silly that it’s extremely important to have goofy, fun distractions like fantasy. I appreciate all of you Cram, DT, Rudy, Coolwhip, etc making this site an awesome distraction from life with a super respectful and fun community to talk with. Thanks for making life a little easier today.

    T.S. 45 RIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, thanks! RIP indeed

  72. prey879 says:
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    Is it worth starting Wheeler today vs. Yanks in roto 5×5 w/ QS? Streamonator actually likes the start ($20) and he’s coming off back-to-back quality starts. But I still feel like benching him may be the wiser choice. What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting him, I expect it to be awful

  73. Tavern says:
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    Drop Peacock or Alzolay for Lamet, Caleb Smith or Merrill Kelly? Already have Taillon and Rosario on IL with only one IL spot so having 3 players out is tough. H2H redraft points league. Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both, Smith, Lamet

  74. MJP says:
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    Muncy or GoldSHIT rest of season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I’d prolly still lean Goldy, but very close

  75. santafekev says:
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    Hey Grey
    For the rest of the season, 3rd closer behind Kimbrel and Osuna. C-Mart or Iglesias?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CMart

  76. knucks says:
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    Sounding like Mondesi will be back very soon. Maybe even today. Stole a base while on rehab!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes!

  77. Cyler says:
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    Terrible news. Reminds me of Darryl Kile.

    Question.

    6X6 OPS dynasty keep forever league.

    My Bregman and Yordan for his Acuna and Soto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, awful… Acuna side

  78. Andrew Mellars says:
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    H2H category league….Drop Liam Hendriks or Raisel for Alvarado? Should I add Caleb Smith to my IL spot since he was dropped

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Liam

  79. rhodyballer says:
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    Avisail or Buxton?

    • rhodyballer says:
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      Or drop Laureano for Avi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bux

  80. BAC says:
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    12 team 5×5 OBP.

    Trade Dozier for Berrios?

  81. Basement Artie says:
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    Means over Flaherty? Cisco over Garver? Seems like Os players are being overlooked because, we’ll, they suck. Or is it time to look at Posey again. Thanks Grey. I like your tribute to Tyler Skaggs. Rest In Peace.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      RIP

      I’d want Flaherty and I’d try Cisco

  82. Mo with the gimpy leg says:
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    In a 10tm H2H with k’s and k\9 would you trade Domingod and L.Castillo for Degrom? Bats are stacked with Flaherty Wheeler Marquez Boyd Stripling and C.Smith on IL other SP’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  83. Lindorphins says:
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    How would you rank these closers ROS?

    Kimbrel, Alvarado, Rogers, CMart, Eovaldi

    Thanks and I echo the others that have commended you on the Skaggs lead.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, awful news… Kimbrel, Alvarado, Rogers, CMart

  84. Jaca says:
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    Hey Grey and DT,

    12 team 5×5(avg) roto, are you dropping Glasnow if you have Voit, Mondesi, and Eddie Rosario on IL? I know Mondesi will be off soon, and they are all supposedly short term stays that I could likely just stick out, but still not fun having IL guys on the bench.

    On that note, who do you see having more value ROS? Carrasco, Kluber, Weaver, or Glasnow. Hard question considering their statuses I know, but I guess if you had the room for one who would it be?

    Thanks guys
    Jaca

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d lose Glasnow — Kluber, but no value really

      • Jaca says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  85. JM says:
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    Perhaps your best opening blurb I’ve ever read

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shame it was for this…

  86. johnnyhobbes says:
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    I mis spoke earlier. I asked about the wrong Pirate. Who do you drop…. Kevin Newman, can Biggio, or Luis urias?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urias

  87. JC says:
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    Hold on to Alzolay in 12 team redraft roto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop

  88. Kyle Eberth says:
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    ROS Springer or JD Martinez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JD

  89. Box says:
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    I take it you’re sitting Marquez today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In mixed leagues, yes

      • Box says:
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        How about h2h points

  90. sheriff paddack says:
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    12 team 6X6 w OPS

    When Story comes back, who gets chopped- Hiura or Scooter?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scooter

  91. Juubaka says:
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    Should i start musgrove today against the Cubs? And Gallen vs Washington?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, and nah

  92. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. need to go with one of these guys this week. dont love any of them, but it is what it is. need help with era and k’s

    mengden – vs min, @ sea
    gallen – @ was, @ atl (although talk his second start may be bumped)
    matz – vs phi

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Matz

  93. Hans Soto says:
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    Hi Grey!

    Great job as always! I read your material every morning!
    I was offered Joey Gallo and Gerritt Cole for Freeman.
    It’s an 8 player keeper pool and the categories are:

    Offensive – runs, hits, RBIs, total bases, stolen bases, k’s and OPS
    Pitching – Wins, saves, ERA, WHIP, K:BB and k’s

    I’m just not sure if Gallo is for real or not. Has a 391 BABIP and a 35% k rate so I have a lot of trouble believe that he is a 286 hitter. Thinking likely closer to 240 to 250? Do you agree?

    My other keepers are: Rendon, Machado, Betts, Springer, Gary Sanchez, Corbin and Bauer, so I’m not sure if Gallo would make the cut there but obviously Cole would.

    Thanks a lot!

    Cersy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I agree on the AVG, but you’re in an OPS league… I’d take Cole/Gallo for this year… For keepers, I’d hold, but it’s fair

  94. Mr Glass says:
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    In a standard yahoo points league would soroka and Price be to much to give up for Patrick Corbin. I want to pull the trigger but I feel like losing Price is to much

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I wouldn’t

      • Mr glass says:
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        Yeah that’s what I thought I originally offered soroka and lucchesi but that was his counter

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  95. CTFDU says:
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    Hy Grey. My Conforto for his Bauer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer

  96. erad says:
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    Very well said about Skaggs, RIP. Especially in the age of analytics, sometimes you easily forget these guys are real human beings and not just faces and numbers in an app.

    It’s been mentioned by a few commenters above, but this site really is a community, and a positive one at that. I forget when you guys launched this site, but I’ve been here for almost 10 years now, crazy. It’s rare these days to bring people together on the internet, and not have the forum devolve into arguing and trolling. Kudos to you and Rudy for that.

    Is there really a 30 for 30 on MLB scheduling? That sounds like perfect ASB material. My wife will love it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, we’ve been fortunate with the commenters… It’s a 30 for 30 short — think it’s about 20 minutes long — I saw it on Hulu, I think, but it’s prolly online, I think that’s where they put the shorts

  97. sal says:
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    Other than him being on crappy Baltimore, do you think John Means is legit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He looks like a decent #4-5

  98. Aardvark says:
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    Mitch garver or Mejia ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Garver, but coin flip

  99. Nitro says:
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    Please rank ROS for HTH Points League:

    J. McNeil
    A Meadows
    K Hiura
    K Davis
    Y Alvarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yordan, Davis, Meadows

  100. Blaster says:
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    Raisel Iglesias or Ian Kennedy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I guess Raisel

  101. Big Ticket says:
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    Lots of press going to the Yanks today for signing Jasson Dominguez aka “The Martian.” Any chance we could get a post from yourself/Rudy/Ralph in the coming weeks? Dude is only 16, but the way Tatis is raking, I’m wanting to jump on these young guys asap. Thanks Grey!

  102. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Hey grey, last one for today. Dinelson lamet or Mitch Keller…. AND Luke Jackson or Liam Hendriks… Happy Independence day and god bless the Skaggs Family

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lamet — Jackson — you too!

  103. Michael McMorrow says:
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    I’m in second to last place in my keeper league but have two of the best out-of-eligibility players on my team. I was offered a trade in which I’d get Tyler Glasnow back with three years of keeper eligibility. I normally wouldn’t trade for an injured pitcher, but I figured I’d test the waters because three years of an ace would easily be worth it, and if I stay in last I get Trout next year. Thoughts?

  104. Michael McMorrow says:
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    I’m in second to last place in my keeper league but have two of the best out-of-eligibility players on my team. I was offered a trade in which I’d get Tyler Glasnow back with three years of keeper eligibility. I normally wouldn’t trade for an injured pitcher, but I figured I’d test the waters because three years of an ace would easily be worth it, and if I stay in last I get Trout next year. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade what for Glasnow?

      • Michael McMorrow says:
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        Mad Max and Rizzo (both expiring) for Glasnow and Gleyber Torres (both full eligibility – three more keeps).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds good for future years

  105. James Bolger says:
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    Voit just added too IL. Replace him with Vogelbach or Lamb? Or leave the position open and grab Luzardo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vogel

  106. Steve says:
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    Do you like Mejia or Sisco more?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mejia, but really whoever is playing more

  107. tshank13 says:
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    12tm OBP+Slug%

    My Cruz & Posey for his Flahrety & Hoskins.

    Fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins

  108. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    Funny trade rejection I thought would report…in a forever two-man keeper I offered Tatis and Osuna for Sale because I have too many keepers as it is and needed a boost in pitching. It was rejected because he’s planning on keeping Sale…….This dude wants going-on 31 year old injury-prone Sale more than 20 year old Tatis…explain that one to me.

    • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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      I thought I was overpaying as it is because Sale is inconsistent in the later months!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re lucky it got declined

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        hb Bauer for Bell and find a buyer for Tatis later? I can move Bregs to SS and have Senzel, Riley to fill at 3rd. What sorts of guys would you target for Tatis in this keeper format? Corbin, Bieber, Cole? or is that a reach

        • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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          planning on keeping Bregs, Acuna, or Soto but Tatis is in consideration too

          • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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            Sorry for all the extendo comments but forgot I own Pete Alonso and Gallo too lol. People in my league draft very very poorly

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fine if you need SPs — I’d want a top 10 SP

  109. Bum Gardener says:
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    Some dingus decided to drop half of his team, creating a waiver wire frenzy in our ESPN league. Kind of frustrating, as it will make multiple teams better without having to give up anything.

    Alas, I must participate in this frenzy or risk getting left out. Out of these players that were dropped, how would you rank these players? I am going all in trying to win this year, so keeper value doesn’t matter to me. I am equally strong both hitting and pitching, so no positional need either.

    -Eloy Jimenez
    -Jose Quintana
    -Jon Gray
    -Mike Moustakas
    -Eduardo Escobar
    -Dansby Swanson

    • Bum Gardener says:
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      Forgot to add Joey Gallo to this list…

      • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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        Gallo, Moose, Eloy, Ed, Dansby

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs — Gallo, Moose, Eloy, Eduardo, Swanson

  110. Chad Bowling says:
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    Getting Mondesi back…had McNeil filling in but will leave him in UTIL. Drop which one:
    -B. Bradley
    -S. Choo
    -A. Garcia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bobby

  111. sal says:
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    spot start tomorrow.. sabathia against the mets or means against tampa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CC

  112. dau says:
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    I’m activating Mondesi—who goes? Mallex, Dannys or hello Newman!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hello

  113. Game Of Throws says:
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    I’m also activating Mondesi – who goes? Kingery, Villar, Hiura?

    THANKS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar

  114. chris pierce says:
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    Grey, thoughts of German Marquez ROS. Your ROS projections show him top 15.

    Someone in our league is trying to get a 3rd rd pick for him. We keep 7 total players in our 10 team league. OBP K/9 QS.

    Not sure I need him, but wanted to get a professional thought?

    McCann (Sox)
    Freeman
    Moustakis
    Arenado
    Story
    Bellinger
    Ozuna DL
    Upton J
    Albies

    Schwarber
    D Santana
    Moncada
    Newman
    Conforto

    Starters
    Kershaw
    Nola
    Bieber
    Lynn
    Woodruff

    Glasnow DL
    German D DL
    Heaney
    Wheeler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take him for a 3rd rounder

      • chris pierce says:
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        Over Michael Boyd?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pretty close

  115. Shallow League Decisions says:
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    Counselor Grey,

    Who do I drop between Lourdes and Yordan when Story and E. Rosario comes of IL?

    I like Lourdes’ position flexibility (2B/SS/OF) and provides insurance should either an INF or OF go on the IL again…he’s been awesome for me since Story and Mondesi went on IL. But, Yordan…love his power.

    Here’s my lineup…it’s a shallow 10-teamer:

    C Sanchez
    1B Bell
    2B Baez
    3B Rendon
    SS Lourdes
    OF Yelich
    OF Acuna
    OF Hoskins
    UTIL Mondesi
    UTIL Yordan
    BENCH Keston (will be dropped when Story comes of IL this week)

    SP Cole
    SP deGrom
    SP Morton
    SP Corbin
    RP Jansen
    RP Diaz
    RP Hand
    BENCH Buehler
    BENCH Clevinger

    • Shallow League Decisions says:
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      IL Story
      IL E. Rosario

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lourdes

      • Shallow League Decisions says:
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        Would you rather have Moose or Yordan ROS in a standard roto redraft league?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Moose, but close

  116. Gotime says:
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    Real nice job on today’s opener Grey, no questions for now but appreciate ya…RIP Skaggs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, yeah, sad stuff

  117. krazyivan says:
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    Conforto dropped to 7th in the lineup and Robbie Cano batting 5th makes so much sense. I love it. The Mets are amazing again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, they’ve turned themselves around! Hire Mickey Callaway for all teams!

  118. James Bolger says:
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    Your thoughts on Danielson Lamet, please. Hear he will be activated this week. Sell the ranch & pick him up or wait & see?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No in-between option? I guess wait to see

  119. Dr Easy says:
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    Another Mondesi activation question! Who goes: Workman, Kelley, Kennedy, Robbie Ray, Odorizzi, Avisail, Willie Calhoun, Senzel, or maybe drop Christian Vazquez and go catcher-less? I’m leaning Workman.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Workman

  120. Slowmez says:
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    Who gets drafted higher next year out of K Davis, Hoskins, Yordan? (10 team 5×5 category keeper)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins

  121. zach jany says:
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    Parker or Alvarado ros 12 team 5×5 h2h

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alvarado

  122. wwekoda2020 says:
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    Drop Matz for tommy Milone in a 16team H2H league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  123. Brillz says:
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    Who ya dropping to activate Mondesi

    Romo
    CMART
    Murphy
    Eloy
    Olson
    Laureano

    1 of these serve as my bench bats, and here are my current closers FYI

    Doolittle
    Diaz
    Robles
    CMart
    Romo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Romo

  124. Charlie says:
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    Grey,

    Was sent this offer today and I’m not sure what to do. Your help is needed. The trade analyzer says to do the deal, but the trade analyzer also has Giolito rated at $3 and Fried rated at $5. You mentioned the other day that you’ll likely have Giolito rated as a top 10 pitcher for the second half, and Fried may be on a innings limit in the second half.

    His Roberto Osuna and Max Fried for my Giolito

    My league is a Yahoo 10 team, 6×5 including ops league. Below is my team.

    C – Molina
    1b – Goldschmidt, Olson
    2b – Albies, Villar
    SS – Mondesi, Polanco
    3b – Arenado
    OF – Trout, Acuna, Yelich, Dahl, Benintendi
    Util – Ohtani
    SP – Scherzer, Corbin, Marquez, Giolito, Gibson, Lucchesi, Gallen, Caleb Smith, Eovaldi
    RP – Greene, Kelley, Robles, Alvarado

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giolito side

      • Charlie Varon says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  125. hankp says:
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    Grey – Which side do you like better ROS in a 15 team 5×5: Morton and Kole Calhoun or Maeda and Austin Riley? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maeda, but close

  126. avogt555 says:
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    Can you rank H dozier, L Gurriel Jr and J McNeil ROS. Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier, Lourdes

  127. patty says:
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    I need to unload some of my OFs… How about Kepler, Domingo Santana, and Austin Riley for J.D. Martinez? Giving up too much?

    12 team, 5×5 H2H Yahoo league.

    Thanks!!

  128. Cohen says:
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    Grey, please pick top 3 streamers?
    Gibson at Oak
    Cease home vs Det
    Lauer home vs SF
    B.Wilson home vs Phil
    Nova home vs Det
    Pomeranz home vs STL
    Voth home vs KC
    Fried home vs Mia
    Matz home vs Phil

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fried, Pom, Cease

  129. krazyivan says:
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    Need to start two and bench one
    Conforto vs Paxton
    Choo vs Juarez
    Newman vs Hendriks

    Which one would you bench? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Newman

  130. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    story back earlier than i’d thought. who’s my drop in 2 spots:
    1. 20 team dynasty with slugging and OBP, for pitchers saves + holds and QS and K/9
    C phegley
    1B rhysus (LF)
    2B mcneil (3B/LF/RF)
    3B mostsuckass (2B)
    SS semien
    IF ketel one (SS/2B/CF)
    LF bauers (1B/LF)
    CF ramon
    RF harper (CF)
    OF kiermaier (CF)
    util (1) otani
    BN: cruz, a.gordon (LF/CF)
    DL: story
    NA (10): lux, larnach, kelenic, n.jones, o.cruz, vientos, brujan, y.diaz
    SP (max 1400 innings, but i’m behind currently): matz, marquez, clevinger, ryu, ed-rod, happ, pomeranz
    RP (5 slots): duke newcomb, r.iglesias, buttrey, giles, wittgren
    DL: swarzak, turnbull, morrow
    NA (10): d.garcia, puk

    enough guys have LF and/or CF now i’m guessing this is a.gordon drop?

    2. 12 team 5×5 (holy crap mondesi is back already too, so gotta drop 2)
    C r.perez
    1B rizzo
    2B hiura
    SS NEWMAN!
    3B chapman
    OF (3): joc, acuna, meadows
    util (2) alonso, otani
    BN mondesi, conforto
    DL (2): story, e.rosario

    newman and hiura drops here or who?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Sure, Gordon 2. Newman, Hiura

  131. Boat says:
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    Sit two

    Eloy vs Det (Boyd)
    Olson vs Min (Odorizzi)
    Laureano vs Min (Odorizzi)
    Murphy vs Hou (Urquidy)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Olson, Laureano

  132. crazy pat says:
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    hey all, trying to unload some of my OFs… how do you like: domingod, kepler, and austin riley for JD Martinez? Giving up too much?

    let me know if i’m crazy! thanks everyone!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much, I’d take JD

      • pat says:
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        thanks!!

        • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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          don’t think it’s crazy if most of those are BN bats and if this isn’t a dynasty league. or maybe still fine if it’s just really shallow league anyway. i’d easily move 2 of them for sure even in the worst conditions above anyway (dynasty and deep league and these aren’t BN bats)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  133. For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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    20 team h2h redraft with QS and K/9 and innings as categories. just lost all of skaggs (forever), and yarbrough (my bet is he’s back right after break) and alzolay. not sure on if he’s coming back but CUBS don’t have a 5th starter either without him and hamels not back anytime soon. i dropped skaggs to reacquire junis (SON loves him today for him for this deep).

    have these: paddack, junis, lynn, corbin, kelly, gibson,yarbrough, alzolay.

    -we thinking alzolay is back (if we care) soonish or drop for one of: wacha, bailey (this dude it’s past thinking he just got lucky for a few, his FIP is pretty good for both him and this deep), wacha (NOT good FIP however he fixed some mechanical issue and has had 3 out of last 4 good after that) or e.hernandez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Alzolay

  134. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    jebus, STL is getting right up near LAA of lying to people about injuries. they claimed carpenter:
    1. was just getting 3 days off to work on swing
    2. then called it a “stomach bug” when it lasted longer than 3 days
    3. now it shows up as the always seemed much more likely back strain (since the dude can’t hit for a long time)

    when hicks got hurt recently they said he was:
    1. fine (day of injury into the next day)
    2. oops, need an MRI now
    3. torn elbow tendon
    after this with hicks mozeliak actually went into media and said he was trying to “be transparent, it’s not like we’re trying to hide anything here”. yeah ok. that’s exactly what you are always trying to be or live in backwards land

    lest we forget, last year a.reyes:
    1. velo goes down in the middle of his lone start (he convinces trainers to let him stay in for another near 2 innings)
    2. tears his side/back muscles trying to prove he’s ok to keep roster spot
    3. pitches badly right after that and gets taken out
    4. team says he’s “fine”
    5. 1 day later oops major injury out rest of season

    actually last year about 5 guys lied about injuries to try to stay in lineup (at least, these are the easily found out ones), their team captain wainwrong taught them all this at least by example nearly every year over most of the last 4-5 years.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      none of this is as bad as LAA claiming g.richards torn elbow tendon was “dehydration” for 2.33 or so days of course. and at least they didn’t monkey around with PRP or some b.s. with hicks’ elbow, but we’re getting there simply from frequency.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, totally, sounds made-up on Carpenter tho

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        oh yeah, it might be that too. he’s been completely horrible. so either he’s been lying about a back injury for a while (ah la wainwrong for years) or they just made it up to give him an extra 5-10 or so days to “work on his swing and/or get over a stomach bug”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, or he hurt his back sitting on the bench

          • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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            didn’t even think of that one, yeah, possible, or “working on his swing” hurt it, which is entirely possible. then for around 2-3 days they weren’t sure how bad it was so called it “stomach bug” to buy some time. but these excuses are literally as stupid as somebody trying to push back or off of a date or something like that like you might see from a woman in college or high school, outside of the fact that millions of people get to see how stupid you are, rather than just one dude. the part that’s just funny is these teams don’t even gain anything from doing this, it’s not like in hockey where they lie about injuries to not tell the opps exactly where to hit a guy (or football).

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, agreed

  135. The Situation says:
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    @Grey / @Rudy: Mondesi coming off of the DL and I need to drop someone in my 12-team H2H keeper…

    I’m loving owning Gurriel, Cooper, Reynolds and Newman lately, but I think I might need to drop 1 of them.

    Who would you drop out of the 4… or would you drop Brandon Lowe, who has gone a bit cold as of late? Not really looking for a specific category as much as overall ROS value.

    Thanks- love you guys!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowe

    • Stupid Sexy Glanders says:
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      if that’s l.gurriel there is no way he’s the drop. doubt he says cooper either.

  136. db says:
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    start andrew heaney @houston or keep framer valdez( framber is in the minors) in there and don’t risk the hurt to my ratios even tho a win would be nice?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Framber

  137. Thesportsguy says:
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    Al only…Hand or A Chapman? Chance that Hand gets traded? Also, chance that Giles gets traded and becomes setup man?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aroldis… yes, both could get traded

  138. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Absolutely heart breaking news about Tyler Skaggs. Thanks for the post today. Thought it was classy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah brutal news…

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        I should tell you that I have Yelich based upon your diagnosis of Jose Ramirez in the off-season (traded for him straight up during the off-season in my 12-team keeper league) and I am in 1st place. I will forever be indebted to you.

        While in transit back from Canada I traded Wheeler for Jansen. My starting pitching is loaded, so I figured adding Jansen to Hader, Diaz, and Jackson wouldn’t hurt. What are your thoughts on that first?

        Second, I’ve been streaming 2B the entire season (currently have Newman there). I think Benintendi is going to have a good second half, but I could get Hiura & Kingery for him and a IL’d Brendan Rodgers. Would you do that move for the rest-of-the-season, keeper’s aside (as I already have that squared away)?

        Thanks as always.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like the Jansen move…I’d do Hiura to win now but prolly a push at best or losing the trade in keepers

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            Thanks Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  139. Mex says:
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    14 team, keep forever, roto.

    The following deal is on the table:

    My Sale/Goldy for his Betts.

    guy also has Bellinger. should I go after Bellinger? or are Betts and Bellinger real close and it doesnt really matter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Bellinger 1st but would take Betts

      • Mex says:
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        thats the way I was leaning also. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • Mex says:
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            and Happy Fourth of July a couple days early!

            Love 4th of July, my second favorite Holiday behind Thanksgiving.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Have a good one if we don’t speak!

              • Mex says:
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                Thanks. BTW, Have you tried SpindrifT?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah, I haven’t

                  • Mex says:
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                    I love the lemon…I grab it before I grab a Lacroix if they are both in my fridge.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Really? Wow, that’s a full-throated endorsement

  140. hondo says:
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    Loved your Psalm for Skaggs.
    Will save roster questions for tomorrow.Peace.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peace!

  141. William Hung says:
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    Benintendi looks like he needs more rest

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d give him this extra week off

  142. Steve says:
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    Barrero or Kipnis 14T obp daily UTIL

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Barreto

  143. m0se says:
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    benintendi + raisel for morton + mercado? 5×5 obp, qs league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go benintendi still, but might be close

  144. JC says:
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    Just completed trade to get Morton and Eloy for J Turner and Neris. Saves and holds are separate categories. So I now have three holds guys and zero saves. I am ok with that since most teams in this h2h, 12 teamer stack saves guys. Pitching cats are wins, losses, strikeouts, home runs allowed, quality starts, saves, holds, era, and whip. Best on wire: Alvarado, Quintana, Archer, Means, Eflin, Eovaldi, and Allen (just kidding, Allen screwed me badly last night…Giants? C’mon). Have a spot to replace him. My staff: Morton, Berrios, Castillo, Bieber, Yonny, Paddack. Strop, Minter, P Baez. IL: Carrasco

    Who is my pickup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alvarado

  145. Let’s Play Two says:
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    Who ends up with better stats ROS – Soto or Yordan?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soto

      • Let’s Play Two says:
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        JD over Soto or is it close? JD is way behind last years’ pace…World Series hangover.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          JD over Soto, but it is close

  146. FantasyLand says:
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    Is it time to drop Yadier for Vazquez? ROTO league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  147. First Time Caller says:
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    Was scrolling deep on the available hitter list. There was Palka. Hitting .025 or 1 for 40. Ha ha. Now that seems impossible.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My boy Palka!

      • William Hung says:
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        Shaw says “hold my beer”

        • Ivanmakebasket says:
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          Haha

  148. Ben says:
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    Offered DJ L. for my Luis Castillo. Need to keep Castillo, right?

    And do you think Eduardo Escobar is a top 30 bat ROS? Close?

    Thanks!

  149. krazyivan says:
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    Has Matt Strahm always pitched this slow or is his velo tanking? He can barely top 90 with the 4 seamer.

    • The Harrow says:
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      i’m so done with strahm, F what SON thinks till he shows it at least twice.

  150. Fleeced says:
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    Who should I drop for K Davis if any?

    Kingery, Conforto, or Eloy?

    • The Harrow says:
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      conforto probably, def so if redraft.

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