The September roster expansion this year was a bit of a dud.  No Eloy Jimenez and no Vladimir Guerrero Jr.  It’s too bad what’s best for baseball and these young players is not what is also best for their teams.  Their rewards and our rewards are not aligned.  It’s like going into the supermarket for pluots and they tell you, “It’s pluot season.  Pluots are best this time of year.  You want to eat dem pluots now so they slobber down your chin like you’re a human St. Bernard.  So, we’re putting our pluots into liquid nitrogen to freeze them until mid-April of next year, and we will serve you pluots once their service time allows us to keep them an extra year.”  However, the Nationals are working on a different schedule apparently because they are calling up Victor Robles, i.e., to the Victor goes the spoiled pluots.  Where will Victor Robles play?  Haven’t a clue, Colonel Mustard.  Bryce Harper (1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 31st homer yesterday) goes to right and Robles plays center while Adam’s Eaton the pine?  Adam’s Eaton up time while Bryce goes to the bench because the Nationals know Harper is not in their future plans?  Robles just plays periodically unless something goes completely sideways and the Nats will pass ‘o Robles.  On Prospector Ralph’s top 500 fantasy baseball prospects, Robles is about as high a player can be who isn’t A) Not being called up this year.  B) Not already called up.  C) There’s no C.  To give you an idea of Robles’ profile, think Starling Marte without knowing his upside.  I will call you No Ceiling Marte.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Adam Wainwright – Will return next Monday.  He’s had 17 scoreless innings in his rehab assignment, and his last two seasons of uselessness in the major leagues.  The rehab is admirable, but unless he’s David Robinson it means nothing.  Working basketball in there!  (Terrible segue alert!)  Son just dropped his top 200 for 2018 fantasy basketball and our fantasy basketball leagues.  Go there, peep that like a marshmallow bunny!

Bud Norris – 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 ER in his last two appearances with three homers allowed in that time, and his 5th blown save, ERA at 3.60.  The Shildt head said of whether or not Norris was his closer still, “I understand you have to play hot hands and every game has a sense of urgency to it, but I’m also not just a guy who’s going to ignore a body of work and a guy’s capabilities either.”  Is this for or against Norris?  Is he saying Norris’ career 4.44 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in 1218 IP (!) is good or bad?  Is he even talking about Norris or is he talking about pottery with hot hands and a body of work?  I grabbed Jordan Hicks, just in case this word diarrhea by the Shildt head leads to a closer change.

Yairo Munoz – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 7th homer, hitting .285.  *playing Charades*  Oh!  Oh!  I know this one!  Aledmys Diaz in 2016!  Well played, Munoz.

Jack Flaherty – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners (5 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 2.83.  Wasn’t a great matchup for him, so hoping his lost of command isn’t a sign that he’s starting to tire.  Either way, it’s been a good year.

Shohei Ohtani – His loss of velocity in Sunday’s game is being reported as not having anything to do with his elbow problems.  Right, it’s due to Russian hackers breaking into the speed gun readings.

Matt Shoemaker – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.53.  Don’t worry, he’ll be missing an elbow tendon by nightfall.

Mallex Smith – 1-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “I only wear button-fly jeans like porn stars.  You know what they say, dress for the job you want.”

Joey Wendle – 3-for-4, 1 run, hitting .302, hitting near-.400 in the last week.  Go ahead, Mr. Wendle!

Marcus Stroman – 1 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.54, as he was activated for the start.  Picked up right where he left off!

Kenley Jansen – May miss series in Colorado due to high altitude and his heart.  All kidding aside, is Kenley okay to be playing baseball?  Is he a close play away from a heart attack?  I’m not joking, this is scary.

Alex Wood – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.37.  On a real baseball note, I want the Dodgers to lose every game the rest of the year so Dave Roberts gets fired.  Sacrificing for the greater good.

Jacob deGrom – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.68.  I can’t wait to read the hot takes on deGrom not getting someone’s 1st place Cy Young vote.  They are going to be hot and bubbling over with nonsense!

Erasmo Ramirez – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.56.  Ugh, I picked him up due to the Stream-o-Nator, but I dropped him before the game after looking at his last few starts.  Stupid human brain!

Jonathan Villar – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  I’ve told you to pick him up at least five times a week for the last three weeks.  If it takes you this long to pick up on obvious clues, it might be why you’ve got friends who are girls vs. girlfriends.

Nathan Eovaldi – 3 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 4.20.  Solid ERA for Snoop Dogg, less solid for fantasy baseball.  This guy’s ‘good’ pitching went bad at some point in August.  Yo, look at some game tape, Eovaldi, your shizz is fudged up!

Touki Toussaint – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.38.  As I was recording the podcast yesterday, I was watching Touki here and there which went something like this, “Damn, Touki looks great again!…He’s a negative on the Stream-o-Nator….But I should’ve streamed him…A no-hitter?…Damn damn damn….Oh, forget it, the Red Sox got runs during the SeatGeek ad.”

Ozzie Albies – 1-for-4 and his 22nd homer.  He’s been hitting towards the bottom of the Braves lineup for a while, and his new lineup spot is not without warrant, Cherry Pie, this was only his 2nd homer of the 2nd half.

Shane Greene – 0 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.72 and his 5th blown save and 2nd consecutive game giving up runs.  You know that terrible song, “Yellow is the color of my energy?”  Well, Greene is the color of my puke.  This was all precipitated (Blame it on the rain!) by the Tigers bringing him into a blow out on Sunday, letting him give up runs for no reason, then, when they actually needed him on Monday, he was fah-tee-gayed.  It’s fatigued, pronounced Italiany.

Niko Goodrum – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer, and his third homer this week.  Hot schmotato alert!

Victor Martinez – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer.  He is rumored to be retiring this year.  At his age, I hope he remembers.

Michael Fulmer – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.57.  Was hit by a comebacker and left with a bruised shin.  What an MFer!  Which is what I call Michael Fulmer.

Nicky Delmonico – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, but seven homers in the 2nd half, so I’ve been streaming him for power here and there and, holy crap, he was hitting leadoff!  He’s hitting .223 with nothing but power.  Okay, that’s weird.

Daniel Palka – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Also, in this game, Matt Davidson (1-for-3, 2 RBIs) hit his 20th homer and 2nd homer this week, because Shane Greene was doing pukkake.

Chris Shaw – 1-for-1 and his 1st career homer.  If it’s a pinch-hit homer and in Coors, does it count?  It does, says here…*pulls out 17,000-page MLB rules handbook*  Really, what we should be wondering about, why is Shaw not starting?  The Giants need to see what their 57-year-old men lineup can do?

Trevor Story – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and a double slam (27, 28) and legs (23), hitting .295.  Is Trevor Story having the quietest top 20 season in memory?  Not to answer, but to ruminate.

DJ LeMahieu – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (14) and legs (6), and his 2nd homer in three games.  DJ came into April like a lion, hopefully he goes out the same way.  Does that make DJ Mad Lion?

Madison Bumgarner – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.07.  Bumgarner should knock on Verlander’s door this offseason and see if he can find out how to become effective again as he gets older, or get traded to the Astros.

Aaron Judge – Took swings and hit off a tee.  Hopefully, he avoided the sand trap.

Luke Voit – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, and 45th homer in the last week.  Yo, Voit, you wake with your finger in a electrical socket to get supercharged?  Seriously, he has six homers in 11 games with the Yankees and had five homers in 77 games in his career previously.  He’s got Maas appeal!  (By the way, this cracked me up.  On ESPN’s highlight page — I’m not gonna link to it, because eff them, but it said, “Voit’s fly ball carried over the wall.”  Hey, ESPN, that’s called a home run.)

Trevor Cahill – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.60, but his home ERA coming into this game was 0.85 and the Stream-o-Nator loves his next start at home.  The only question I have is do I drop Cahill and pick him back up, or hold onto him.

Dallas Keuchel – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.51.  You know who’s getting the short end of the stick on the Astros?  Altuve’s a good guess, because of short, but I was gonna say Collin McHugh (2 IP, 0 ER, 5 Ks) who has a 1.83 ERA, and a 11.8 K/9.  I guess it could be argued McHugh is this good because of his role and if his role were changed, he wouldn’t be as good.  Kinda like Mark Wahlberg in a role of a Masshole vs. any other role he’s been in.

Alex Bregman – 1-for-3 and his 28th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, hitting .292.  During Sunday Night Baseball, I heard on ESPN that Bregman is aiming for the AL MVP award.  I thought that was interesting, is J.D. Martinez not eligible because, besides having a Triple Crown-type year in the AL, he’s hitting near-.310 as Jose Martinez in the NL?

Yuli Gurriel – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 9th homer.  That was his 2nd hit in the last week.  Not 2nd homer, second hit.  As in he was batting .059 entering play yesterday in the last week.  Yuli Andrews says, “Fa la ti no schmotato.”

Kyle Gibson – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.74.  I don’t usually mention 7 IP, 2-3 ER and not that many Ks-type starts.  I have no evidence to support this, but Kyle Gibson seems to do more starts like this than anyone else.  We should have a glossary term for these boring, non-blurb worthy starts.  Please suggest in the comments.

Jeremy Jeffress – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.48 and his 8th win.  Okay, so Jeremy Jeffress is officially the greatest player I’ve ever owned.  Sorry, 1998 Sosa!

Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .284.  HR to the Rizzo!

Zack Godley – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.51.  This start came against the Padres.  Of course, only when I stream him.

Franmil Reyes – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 14th and 15th homers, and has six homers in the last nine games.  Between Triple-A and the majors, he has 31 homers in under 400 at-bats.  To grab him, I just dropped Reddick, which also sounds like how a male bee dies.

Trevor Williams – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.15.  If he can get his ERA below 3, I’m putting on my tombstone, “Here lies Grey Albright, he called Trevor Williams a sleeper in 2018.”

Adam Frazier – 4-for-4 and his 8th homer, hitting .288, and third homer in the last nine games, and he hit .338 in August in 77 ABs.  Adam fine schmotato, I say!

Gregory Polanco – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .249, and 2nd homer in the last three games.  As previously mentioned, I was wrong about no Pirates player getting 20 homers (thanks, Polanco!), but he might be the only one.  Not a big deal, until you see there’s 75 players in the majors right now with 20 homers.

Scooter Gennett – 2-for-4 and his 20th homer, hitting .320.  Scoots McAiry-the-ball has only hit four homers in the 2nd half, but he has maintained his .300+ average.

Jose Urena – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.41.  Urena Dog Chow, as I like to call him, now has two of three great starts since he tried to turn Acuña’s tilde into an em-dash.  Don’t fully trust Urena (with anything that needs level-headedness) and the Stream-o-Nator doesn’t love his next start.

Lewis Brinson – 2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Okay, but still just a cyclops with a monocle on him.

Jake Junis – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.32.  Sonavabench!  Junis vs. the Indians in Cleveland was not a start I was expecting to regret being on my bench.  I guess I was being Ja-Jun.  Fancy words for $500, Alex!

Ryan O’Hearn – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homers.  This is from a guy who had 11 homers in 100 Triple-A games while hitting .232.  That doesn’t tell the full story, but unless he commissions a ghostwriter no one’s telling his full story.  He has plus-power to all fields.  If pitchers get lazy and throw him fastballs down the middle, I could see him hitting 30 homers over the course of a season, but with a .220 average.

Josh Donaldson – Hit the DL with his usual calf problems.  You know you have some bad legs if you’re going to the DL when there’s not even a DL anymore!  Donaldson walks by a homeless person and that homeless person is like, “Hey, are those my bum legs?”

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Great write-up.

    a. I may be first to go but there is a reason to my madness! Like they proved that rats choose cocaine over water and food so to do I choose Grey Albright over breakfast.

    b. Client coming in 8 minutes…

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for September 4

    Martyrdom cover a multitude of sins.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. Haha, thanks! I think! B. The John Grisham book? That’s awesome! C. Amen, Twain!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Grammar! Martyrdom is….sorry.

        Hey, man a few questions.

        Here’s the lineup.

        C Contreras
        1B Freeman
        2B Gennett
        3B Beckham
        SS Anderson
        CI Cron
        MI Cano
        OF1 Acuna
        OF2 Goodrum
        OF3 Harper
        OF4 Inciarte
        OF5 Wendle
        UT Voit

        Bench Olson, Nunez, Nimmo, Morales

        SP Gausman, Glasnow, Happ, Kershaw, Ryu, Verlander
        RP Jansen, Norris

        In a 5X5 RCL, for tonight any advice? Questions…

        1. Start Nunez over Beckham at 3B? Nunez is hot, but Beckham is facing a LHP as is Nunez. Nunez is worse against LHP than he is against RHP. I was thinking of starting Nunez tomorrow against the RHP (Folty). Or just start Nunez the hotter bat.

        My vote is Beckham

        2. At CI, start 1.

        a. Cron at Toronto (Borucki LHP)
        b. Voit at Oakland (Hendriks LHP, probably just the start of a bullpen game)
        c. Olson at home versus NYY (Happ, LHP vs lefty batter)
        d. Nunez @ ATL (Newcomb)
        e. Morales at home versus TB (Stanek)

        My choice is Cron

        3. Start 1 at UT

        a. Cron at Toronto (Borucki LHP)
        b. Voit at Oakland (Hendriks LHP, probably just the start of a bullpen game)
        c. Olson at home versus NYY (Happ, LHP vs lefty batter)
        d. Nunez @ ATL (Newcomb)
        e. Morales at home versus TB (Stanek)
        f. Nimmo at LAD (Hill)

        My choice is Voit

        4. Start Happ tonight? He’s at OAK versus Hendriks

        a. Yes
        b. No

        5. Sit Norris?

        a. Yes
        b. No

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. I’d go Beckham tonight, then Nunez tomorrow 2. Voit 3. Morales 4. Yes 5. No

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            Sorry to ask so many stupid questions. Did I confuse with the last one? I repeat the question.

            Would you sit Bud Norris? He of the career whatever you wrote (scroll up) 1198 IP, 4.34 ERA….

            a. Yes (Yes, sit him because he is crap and is personally killing my ERA)
            b. No (No, don’t sit him. He’ll recover and get a save and 3Ks if you sit him.)

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              Don’t think Norris pitches today (or tomorrow), tbh… He could fix himself eventually, so could bench him indefinitely until he gets a save or is replaced by Hicks

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!

                Thanks for the clarity. He was off with the command last night. Balls every where and couldn’t strike anyone out. Btw, I needed just 1K to go back into a tie but he couldn’t do it!

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem… I don’t trust him, but it’s up to whether Shildt does

  2. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey, how can Niko Goodman have hit his third homer this week when the week started today (Monday)? Things that make you go Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Harley Earl: my guess is anybody who said that means going back a week (i.e. 7 days going backwards starting with monday) from the time it was uttered.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Harley Earl: Things that make you go hmmmmm….why someone feels the need to point that out. Regardless, ANJLD is right.

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @Grey: this is the guy who on wednesday when you say “remember when we did X last tuesday” and it takes a full 40 seconds to convince him you don’t mean yesterday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Harley Earl says:
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            @Grey: Geez. I was messing with him. I knew what he meant.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, my b

  3. Scott says:
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    Nice comment about Dave Roberts. Totally agree. He will manage them out of playoffs and another disappointment season despite having an all star team take the field. while we are the subject of firing, how about a few other ones that need to go starting with maddon. Who else is sick of him? Love to see LAD and Chicago choke. Bud black , Dave Martinez (maddon tutelage), scoscia, calloway???

    Baseball is so stagnant. They need to adopt more of the NFL model with coaches. We need a black Monday in baseball.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Ha, yeah, as I’ve been saying about Maddon, a person who doesn’t know baseball at all could manage the Cubs (and Dodgers) to same number of wins… We should do away with managers!

    • Grey Matter(s) says:
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      @Scott: Baseball doesn’t need to adopt a damn thing from the NFL>

  4. Scott says:
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    Also, you are spot on about Jansen. I can’t believe the Dodgers are letting him pitch. I hope nothing tragic happens.

    • Terrence Mann says:
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      @Scott: I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read the article last week that Jansen stopped taking his heart meds because he didn’t feel right on the mound and his doctor somehow approved. You can’t force someone to take prescribed medication but the Dodgers don’t have to keep trotting him out there, either. Miami refused to let Chris Bosh step on the court. This has all the makings of a disaster.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Terrence Mann: I know, I hope not, but it wouldn’t be surprising, which is scary AF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: This is legit crazy what they’re doing with him

    • orrrrr says:
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      @Scott: A lot of people are on heart meds that don’t need them. Even his condition doesn’t necessarily require meds. Losing weight should be his first priority.

  5. DJ says:
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    Me and my buddy have been callin it a Gibby all season. 6/7 Innings, 2/3 ER, 4/-6 Ks. Feels like just about everytime out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DJ: It does feel that way, about to call it a Gibby too

  6. VinWins

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    Bumgarner may want to talk to someone else, because Verlander seems to have forgotten. Since June 20, while still piling up the Ks, Verlander has a 4.50 ERA with 18 HRs allowed, while Bum’s ERA for the same period is 2.75 with 9 HRs allowed. Of course, Bum does have the NL advantage.

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @VinWins: not to mention park advantage.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Yeah, was thinking that as I wrote it, but in big picture Verlander looked toast a few years ago and came back

  7. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    till we find out about romo (cough cough, holding somebody hostage somewhere, possibly in tandem with chapman, who got bored while being on DL) i guess can’t drop him yet, but AL only with holds and saves sold separately, have brach/romo/alvarado/hildy drop brach for any of: pressly (love how at MIN he was their best pitcher but got no leverage innings while bums like reed continued to all year, but as soon as he gets to HOU he’s 7th or 8th inning man, and now rondon might be gone) or j.anderson (LAA FINALLY getting some holds after months of no chances, just odd on that) or kelly (seems over whatever the F he was going through for about 2 months and back to early season usefulness)?

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: is smokey ok? went to drop this in his most recent and it’s over 2 weeks ago and comments closed (although that may just be a time function)

        • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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          @curiousgeorgespringer: wow, was that explained or just you saw another closer guy? he’d been around here for a long long time.

          • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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            @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: yeah i see new guy since the 24th (was quite busy with football prepping)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: re: Romo — it’s not a conspiracy if it’s true! Smokey quit, was explained in his Monday post a few posts back — if you search closers (or Smokey) in top right search bar, you can see all those posts — Kelly

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        @Grey: yeah i read it now (football prep, behind) that sucks, quit on my birthday too. some extra equity in not having read that ON my birthday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Happy belated birthday!

  8. Mr. A Knife says:
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    munoz actually LOOKS like diaz as well, it’s crazy weird, really stumpy like him, round faced too.

  9. jason batteiger says:
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    wait a minute, so son of donald got DL’d without even playing ONCE! HAHAHAHAHA. can just ONE of those twits please raise their hand about saying “hey grey why you hate son of donald so much he was like an MVP less than 3 years ago and his price has gone down, just so solid he is etc”

    – he’s now got sam bradford legs (if it’s true you’re dabling in football now you should find that easy to agree with). which are the same kind of legs that sam jackson had in unbreakable. you get out of your car and pull a groin/hamstring, you get a bruise and it debilitates you for 4-6 months from basic running. later while trying to explain this to regular people who would assume you are just lazy/weak you puff up the cause of it: (slipping into a table and bumping your leg) becomes “man i can’t even walk right now for months after that guy hit me with a bat in the leg” or “man i got drunk and this guy bet me 4,000 i couldn’t do the splits so i tried and torn my groin” (ryu level bad, like a wishbone) when you just got out of your car.

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @jason batteiger: funniest part of this son of donald thing is CLE’s doctors somehow had to pass him through too just a few days ago. somebody’s getting fired over this one (or should be). it’s bad enough when teams trying to win waste future value for guys like this, but in this case they’ll literally have given whatever it was away for NOTHING at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jason batteiger: Sam Bradford legs sounds funny, but I don’t know who that is… My level of football is what I’ve seen on Hard Knocks

      • bucktrump says:
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        It does seem a bit weird to move Jram off of @Grey: I know it is a small sample, but Jram is scuffling bad last couple weeks. He will also play good defense at 2nd, and Donald provides weak side of platoon vs lhp with him shifting back to 3rd. Don’t really see any downside to their move. If he sucks they will just say he is hurt and not pay him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Donaldson won’t play more than 5 games in the field

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            So prolly irrelevant

            • bucktrump says:
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              @Grey: I mean with as few games as there are left he might barely play 5 games. Do you think they play E5 in the field instead? I am pretty certain they signed him with intention of batting him 5th in their line up and having him be their everyday 3rd/1st baseman.

              • Grey

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                But he’s not healthy, so I doubt Donaldson plays even 5 games anywhere, I guess we’ll see

  10. phennore says:
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    16-team 5×5 keeper league. How would you rank the following players ROS?
    Robles, Greg Allen, Roman Quinn

    Rank for 2019?
    Robles $13, Greg Allen $5, Roman Quinn $5

    Thanks,

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and 6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @phennore: from playing time i don’t see how robles is anything but 3rd for this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @phennore: Quinn, Allen… Robles, Quinn

  11. I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    saves and holds together one stat league. drop any of brach, romo, for any of: pressly, hildy, j.miller, tepera, holland?

  12. Hapcat13 says:
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    Great Write Up!

    Have I missed something? Yahoo is showing that Sergio Romo has not pitched since August 25th. Has anyone heard anything? Seems long even for this time of year.

    Thanks!

    • JakeTPE says:
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      @Hapcat13: We don’t get no Romo SVs is what’s happening. The Rays are really weird. He’ll be opening next. Just watch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hapcat13: Someone above thinks he was kidnapped, no sign of him anywhere

  13. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Take a shot on Voit over Smoak or nah?

    Starting Giolito at home vs. DET or Misgrove at home against Cincy with confidence?

    Hope you had a nice holiday weekend!

    • Scuffy McGee says:
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      @Scuffy McGee: Piggybacking this, Franmil over Ozuna in 12 tm h2h re-draft?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Scuffy McGee: I’d try Franmil, but Padres are platooning him, so you’ll have to too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scuffy McGee: Sure, try Voit — starting Giolito — thanks! you too!

  14. crimedog says:
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    Are you scooping up Robles wherever you can? I think some of his poor play to start the year in AAA might be attributed to a long absence from a bad elbow injury. I think he’s been swinging a hot bat lately

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crimedog: He’s been great, but as mentioned, not totally sure where he plays, maybe platoons with Eaton

  15. Closer Carousal says:
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    Would you drop Sergio Romo for Alvarado, Jace Fry, or Jordan Hicks?

  16. Kas says:
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    Good morning Grey,

    Should I start Trevor Richards tonight as a streamer home vs. Philly? Or do you like DeSclafani better Friday home vs. Friars? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kas: I don’t like either of these, but SON likes both, I’d go DeSclafani if only one

  17. Shopgurrrl says:
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    The thought of starting a pitcher in Coors during the fantasy playoffs makes me wanna vom, but… are you starting Marquez there tonight vs. the Giants?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shopgurrrl: Wouldn’t touch him at home

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: Just shaking my head.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  18. Murph says:
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    Grey!
    Before I go further, let me thank you for all your sage advice and assistance. I am in first place in both my leagues – hoping to hang on.
    Here’s my outfield/CI and flex:
    Stanton, Acuna, Soto, Mallex Smith (for steals), Renfroe, Mazara, Olson, Tyler White, Morales.
    1 – Drop any for the following: Franmil, Matt Davidson or Robles?
    2 – Also, is Devers a straight drop now that he may be in a platoon with Nunez?
    3 – “word diarrhea by the Shildt head” – had me rolling :)
    4 – but the line about girlfriends vs friends who are girls made me cry a little for my 15 year old self – dammit Grey I got feelings too!!
    :) thanks friend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: Nice, thanks!

      1. Morales for Franmill 2. Yeah 3. Hehe 4. Sorry!

  19. sportivetricks says:
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    MY BROTHER!

    Thanks, as always, for a great column!

    I’ve got my usual, check the SoN against a human question with Musgrove hosting the Reds ($9.1).

    And want to know your feelings about Mikolas @WSH tonight (-$6.7). I usually let my best pitchers pitch, but the robot is extra sour on my Greek.

    Lurveyas!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sportivetricks: No problem — I’d start Musgrove and am starting Mikolas

      Lurves!

    • hal_incandenza says:
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      @Grey: @sportivetricks: Just a note that Mikolas’s start has been moved to Wednesday per ESPN.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks!

  20. Vash says:
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    Amed Rosario has been playing pretty well the past moth or so.

    Is this his breakout? I see a future 10-15 homer 30 steal star as soon as next year. I assume it will depend on his OBP? But everytime I stat watch, he’s doing something.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vash: 10/25 seems about right, but he needs to get caught stealing less…Ralph and I talk about him on today’s podcast

  21. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Hold S Greene or drop for Parker, Gsellman, Neshek, Peralta, Steckenrider, or J. Miller

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peacecoast: Holy crap! Cougs is trying to kill me!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peacecoast: Though, that doesn’t make a ton of sense since she’s the one with the $

  22. Five-on-One says:
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    Who is buying the Framber Valdez? SON loves his next two starts – vMIN ($19.2) and @DET ($5.7).

    Please rank for the week:
    Framber
    Rodon vATL ($5.4)
    Fulmer vSTL ($8.4)
    VV @NYM ($5.6)

    Thank you all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-on-One: I am not buying Framber — Rodon, VV

  23. ctrengove says:
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    5 of my remaining SP spots in my championship match (points league) are debatable.

    For now, I’m choosing 5 from the below. Which 2 of the following 7 are you NOT starting?

    Nick Pivetta at MIA – Wed (Alcantara)
    Carlos Rodon vs LAA – Fri (TBD)
    Austin Gomber at DET – Fri (Norris)
    Jose Berrios vs KC – Sat (Lopez)
    Walker Buehler at COL – Sat (Freeland)
    Trevor Williams vs MIA – Sun (Urena)
    Trevor Cahill vs TEX – Sun (Springs)

    7 points for Win; 5 points for QS; -5 for Loss

    Rest is basic scoring (+1 K; +1 IP; -1 ER; -1 BB; -1 H)

      • ctrengove says:
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        @Grey:

        Thank you!

        Any particular reason you have Gomber in your bottom 2? He’s been successful recently and up against DET.

        How much should Pivetta’s inconsistencies concern us vis-a-vis a start against lowly MIA?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m starting Gomber and Pivetta in my leagues.. Gomber is solid, not sure who else you’re sitting, I guess Berrios, but it’s the Royals

          • ctrengove says:
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            @Grey:

            I agree about the risk of starting Buehler at COL, even though he succeeded last time in Denver. Easily could get hit and only go 4 innings, especially after the injury concern.

            Berrios – he’s been brutal, but the match-up is good and SON LOVES it.

            So if I chose 3 of the following 4, which 1 do I omit? Still think Gomber?

            Nick Pivetta at MIA – Wed (Alcantara)
            Austin Gomber at DET – Fri (Norris)
            Trevor Williams vs MIA – Sun (Urena)
            Trevor Cahill vs TEX – Sun (Springs)

            (PS, sorry for iterative questions; just want to win, haha)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gomber appears easily worst one there

              • ctrengove says:
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                @Grey:

                Thanks man

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  24. Dave D says:
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    Ha! No joke, Gray, I also dropped Reddick Sunday in my FAAB and grabbed Franmil (for $1). I also grabbed Brandon Low (started) and Ryan Ohearn (who I regrettably benched in favor of a mediocre Matt Olson, why?)

    I also took a scoop of Gioloto and everything’s Chen. I’m just waiting on Wei-yin later in the week now too.

    F-Reddick!!!!

      • Dave D says:
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        He’s a big boy. According to MLb.com he’s 6’5″ 275!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I cracked earlier this year he was Kyle Blanks’ sequel — he’s ginormous

          • Dave D says:
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            Exactly, but with hopefully more nimble and healthy feet.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              As long as he’s not traded to the Angels!

              • Dave D says:
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                The Angels wouldn’t want Franmil, too young with too much upside and too cheap. Blanks would be right up the alley though. Good Pujols replacement

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, or get Valbuena back!

  25. Wilson says:
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    Would you start Minor vs LAA today? Need QS ERA WHIP to win this year.

  26. Zeus says:
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    Maas appeal. Nice. Now I’m going to be singing that in my head for every Voit at bat. Shane Spencer had that magic once too.

    And pluots are delicious.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Zeus: Ha, yes, Shane Spencer had that Maas Appeal… I can’t get enough of them pluots!

  27. William Hung says:
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    AJ Pollock was dropped this morning from a team fighting for that last playoff spot – do I pick him up for my postseason roster over any of these guys: Betts, Hicks, Gregory Polanco, or Travis Shaw?

    I’m still holding Eddie Rosario since I don’t need him until week of Sept.17

    I’m tempted to pick him up over Polanco, but if Polanco is going to be on one of his hot streaks then I gotta hold him for my playoff game right – or he’ll be ice cold by then

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @William Hung: Pollock has been terrible for a while now… Maybe over Shaw if bench bat and need OF more than 3B, seems unlikely tho

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: how sexy is this lineup? IF everyone is “right” then I shouldn’t have a problem going for that 3-peat (looking at Perez, Dozier, Abreu, and Rosario)

        C- Sal Perez
        1B- Mancini
        2B- Dozier
        3B- Rendon
        SS- Lindor
        OF- Betts, Hicks, Polanco
        UTIL- Merrifield
        B- Rosario, Shaw
        DL- Abreu

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Looks decent, Dozier, Mancini and Rendon could be issues

          • William Hung says:
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            @Grey: Well if Abreu does come back in time for my game, then Mancini is going to get cut. What makes you worry about Rendon?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He has 3 HRs in the 2nd half, not exactly turning up the fire

              • William Hung says:
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                @Grey: From that perspective that’s true, but month-month, he’s been good:
                BA/OBP/R/HR/RBI

                June: .316/.355/19/5/18
                July: .277/.337/15/4/16
                August: .324/.373/15/3/15

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, true

  28. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great write up. Been reading all of your write ups every morning this season, and every season for the last 5 or so years lol.

    Very tight knit roto league.. need HR and RBI in that order..

    Pick 3 of the 6: Franmil, Tyler white, Voit, Piscotty, Mancini, renfroe

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sandman: Thanks! Voit, Piscotty, Mancini

  29. JakeTPE says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Enjoyable read as always. Just checking in. How’s Tout going? Looking forward to catching up with the pod this week.

    Well, my seemingly insurmountable lead in my 12-team roto league has been surmounted I’m afraid. Losing Sale, Abreu, and Bauer (of course) has really hurt. Mookie has tailed off quite a bit in August. Rendon never really fired like we hoped. Rosario got hurt…. Marte has been sneakily bad the past month, too. It happens, right? I’m only down 1 point but the guy in first has all the momentum and none of the key injuries. It happens, right?

    Still, we had a good season. And the hits (Story, Escobar, Rondon, et al) were definitely there. Looking forward to the homestretch and getting you a boba to say thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: I’m in 1st, but it’s very close in Tout… That sucks on your team, hopefully your guys heat up!

  30. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    Grey: A blah start with minimal K’s and not worthy of a blurb = copathetic.

  31. Game of Throws says:
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    This may be a stupid question but… I’ve got a lot of friends that are girls.

    Drop Dozier for Villar?

  32. jose says:
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    Thanks for the write up Grey!

    2019: Ozzie Albies or Joey Wendle 10 rounds later? OR am I undervaluing Wendle here? Woohoo for 2019!

    I’ve pretty well locked up 1st for my RCL for the year, but could use some advice for my H2H points keeper league. It’s a convoluted points system that doesn’t translate very well to RCL/roto scorring so I don’t ask many questions about it, but this is a more generic question anyway.

    I know they don’t get many write ups and for good reason, but it looks like Ryan Yarborough (SON-17) and Yonny Chirinos should line up for long relief innings at home against Baltimore this week. Would you look to use them instead of say Zimmerman (@ CWS-8.2) or Roark (vs STL-4.9)?

    Passing on Zimmerman and Roark would allow me to pick up Castillo a day ahead of his start against SD (SON-19) and have a much better chance of getting him before someone else does.

    To Sum up:

    A) pick up one of Zimmerman or Roark after rosters lock today and hope I can get Castillo after rosters lock tomorrow?

    B) Pick up Castillo when rosters lock today and then look to pick up Yarborough or Chrinos when new SP slots come available?

    Thanks for all the help and entertainment as we stumble toward the end of the year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: Albies has more power than Wendle — I’d go Roark, Yonny, Yarborough, Zimm — So A) Roark

      No problem!

  33. crimedog says:
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    Are you an eminem fan? Listen to the surprise album?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crimedog: I’m a white man, am I not? Yeah, I listened, it’s solid, better than his last trash album, Ralph and I talk about it on this week’s pod…

      • Crime Dog says:
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        @Grey: Agree! his best work in maybe almost 10 years. Can’t wait to hear the podcast then. Lucky you ft. Joyner is amazing. I also find it interesting Eminem approves of Travis Scott. I can see why he likes J cole, Kendrick, Joyner, but Travis Scott is interesting. His latest album was awesome too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I loved Travis Scott’s last album, think it was my favorite of the year so far

  34. Ted Williams' Frozen Head says:
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    I couldn’t agree more on the prospect rules, its honestly unbelievable a guy like Vlad Jr. CAN’T be rewarded for having such a monster season just because of the system (and because the Blue Jays arent contending for anything outside of ‘Best MLB Team in Canada’)

    Also, gotta lose one of Olson, Mallex, Villar, or Piscotty for an arm, who’s gettin the boot?

  35. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Starting D-ro @ Coors? 2.47 ERA this year.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: I’m sure you are right on this one, but I feel I owe it to him to give him the start.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What’s best possible start? 6 IP, 0 ER? What’s worst? 3 IP, 5 ER? Doesn’t seem worth it

          • VinWins

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            @Grey: That’s sensible thinking, which I don’t have time for.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA! Fair enough!

  36. Fogimon says:
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    boring, non-blurb worthy starts are wheatbread.

    You know its good for you, but that doesn’t make it taste any better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Like copathetic better

  37. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Pls pick one catcher for ROS:

    Barnhart, Falafel, Swihart, Gomes, Chirinos, Pina, Zunino, Plawecki, Cervelli

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chirinos

  38. Fantasy Freak says:
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    Some of my fantasy team is not performing right now: Bellinger, Dozzier, Shaw, K. Bryant, M. Bryant. Playoffs are due next week. I tend to be restless sometimes. Should I go with White, Mallex Smith, Franmil or wait for a miracle that hasnt happend all season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      M. Bryant?

      • Fantasy Freak says:
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        @Grey: Brantley. Sorry.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d ask again on Friday or this weekend, for playoffs next week to see where guys are then

  39. Matty says:
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    For a 1B in a H2H playoff week with TB and OPS do you prefer Voit, O’Hearn, Dozier, Mancini, or Goodrum?
    Thanks a bunch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s more than one Dozier in the majors… Prolly Mancini

      • Matty says:
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        @Grey:
        Yeah, thought of that after posting…
        Hunter is available and is a hot hand.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he has been hot, but I wouldn’t go Hunter

  40. Fantasy Freak says:
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    Start Happ or Micolas today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t know their matchups

  41. The Shoe says:
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    Yo Grey. Thanks for helping me laugh a bit while I deal with this labor day cold – too bad all the laughing triggers my coughing lol.

    Continuing on from yesterday’s questions, I’m adding Junis into the mix. Here are all the SPs I’m considering with their starts:

    Junis vs Min and @Pit
    Eflin vs WSH, vs NYM, and @ATL
    Holland vs ATL and @SD
    Giolito @KC, @BAL, and vs CHC
    Matz vs MIA, @PHI, and @WSH

    Who are the bottom 2 guys here? Or could you rank them all for me? Many thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry you’re sick!

      Bottom two are Eflin and Matz

  42. Johnny O says:
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    Rather have Fry or Steckenrider as a 4th closer?

    Also is Will Smith still the SF closer? I’m confused by that situation

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fry…I’m confused by SF too, Smith appears to be the closer still, but no opps

  43. fleeced says:
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    Pick one please.

    Goodrum, Adames, F. Reyes, or O’Hearn.

    Thx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Needs? Franmil

  44. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! I’m with what you said in the pod on Robles . . . hard to see what makes him so interesting, but I trust Ralph on this stuff!

    1. Darvish was just dropped in my keep 7 roto league (12 teams, weekly lineups). How interesting to you is he if you could keep him for $5-$6?

    2. In the same league, trying to make sense of my keeper plan as I head into the final stretch. Which 7 guys are you keeping if the keeper deadline was today? 2019 values below (I starred the guys I have tabbed to keep currently).

    ***Betts $34
    ***JDM $16
    ***Acuna $26
    ***Bryant $15
    ***Rhys $21
    Gerrit Cole $25 (aces go for high 30s – mid 40s in this league given weekly lineups)
    Blackmon $26
    ***Tim Anderson $4
    ***Matt Chapman $4
    Lorenzo Cain $24
    Clevinger $11

    Ideally, I’d be trading some of these guys to upgrade my 7, but just curious where you think things stand currently (to identify who I should be trying to trade the most). Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup… 1. Not interesting to me 2. The guys you’ve starred seem fine, maybe Cole over Chapman but time to figure that out

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Yeah, G. Cole was next on my list.
        There’s definitely value to snagging a reasonably-priced ace + living in the $12 and under guys we love to speculate on . . . last year I kept Robbie Ray, though I think I’d be much happier to keep Gerrit!

        Matt Chapman seems like a guy I’ll continue to love in the offseason, but who can probably be had for pretty near his keeper price (def under $10). For example, I bet a guy like Devers goes above Chapman, despite not deserving it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking about Chapman… Maybe $12-15, Cole’s gonna go for $35+

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: Definitely. I don’t draft aces of course, but I’ll gladly take a “cheap” guy that should be a surefire ace with tons of W and K baring injury instead of spending $5 less to draft Kyle Hendricks or Rich Hill like I had to do this year…

            Gerrit is staying in Houston for 2019, right? I’m not sure what his contract is . . . (either way, I assume he would sign with Astros given what they did for his career)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t think Cole’s going anywhere, don’t know his contract off top of my head

  45. Bill says:
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    “We should have a glossary term for these boring, non-blurb worthy starts. Please suggest in the comments.”
    “Borinnings eaters”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Will add to the list!

  46. Junkmastah says:
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    I need a streamer for this week and would prefer for ROS.

    Is Musgrove a good option for tonight and on? 12 team league

    Not many other options aside from Minor, unless you have any other recommendations?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Musgrove seems fine

  47. uncle ernie says:
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    Hi Grey. Crunch time with less than a month to go. I’m looking for some wins. I have a cushion in the era and whip columns. QS not really a concern either at this point. Whom would you choose from these guys to rack up the most wins ROS. Thanks! Porcello Lester Mikolas Wacha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at their matchups…Prolly Porcello

  48. m says:
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    bench includes ryan zimm, cano, mancini, mallex, conforto
    and pithcers: ani sanchez, w.smith, strop, minter, giles

    drop any of these guys for streamers??
    or hold?
    need to drop 1 at least for mallex off DL. unless he’s the drop!!
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Anibal, Cano or Zimm, depending on needs

  49. Jake says:
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    Any news on A. Chapman and M. Wacha? Coming back in the near future or done for the season?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wacha doesn’t seem very likely to return…Aroldis might for final week

  50. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? ‘We should have a glossary term for these boring, non-blurb worthy starts.’

    Junis sais quoi?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice! Will add to the list!

    • Goy Division says:
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      @Slimcompoop:

      glorious

  51. E says:
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    Grey, need to keep 4 in a 20 team H2H…

    * Betts
    * Soto
    * Suarez
    * Gleyber
    * Kopech
    * Beni
    * Rhys

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rhys Beni, Betts, Soto

  52. Dante says:
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    Start D-Rod @ Coors tonight? Before the injury I’d have chanced it… but he seems shakier now…

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would not

      • Dante says:
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        @Grey:

        Follow up:

        Drop any of these to pickup Shoemaker:
        D-Rod
        Gausman
        Freeland
        Folty
        Rodon

        thanks agin

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

  53. MarvPesos

    marv says:
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    Grey,

    12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 12) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. Max 3 moves per week

    First week Bye in my playoffs (finishing first overall for the 7th year in a row, thanks to you Grey and the Razzball team).

    So I’ve saved up enough moves to have 3 moves per week (the max) until the end.
    Finally got Upton back to now be DTD with concussion protocol.

    A couple questions:
    1) Do you see anyone worth swapping out for any of the available waiver wire talent ?

    2) I’ll play the matchups and pick up the best 2-start pitchers for next week (depending on guys available) but who would you say are the lowest (2) guys on my team, and would it be worth it to stream the pitchers or hold fast with what I have ? The guys in my league are pretty active and will generally try to lock down next weeks 2 start pitchers by sat/sun (I’m trying to stay ahead of them)

    Waiver

    HIT – T. Mancini, T. Frazier, H. Renfroe, J. Wendle, Y. Grandal, B. Hamilton, Marwin Gonzalez, J. Villar, M. Semien, S. Piscotty, K. Morales, L. Voit, D. Swanson, J. Kipnis, T. Beckham, R. Healy

    PIT (listed below with estimated starts):
    A. Suarez [@COL, ATL, @SDP, @STL, LAD],
    W. Chen [@PIT, @NYM, WSH, CIN, @NYM],
    R. Lopez [LAA, @BAL, CHC, CLE],
    S. Gray [@SEA, TOR, BOS, @TBR, @BOS],
    D. Holland [@MIL, ATL, @SDP, SDP, LAD],
    D. Duffy [@CLE, CHW, MIN, @DET, @CIN],
    D. Bundy [@TBR, OAK, TOR, @BOS, HOU], C. McHugh,
    K. Gibson [NYY, @DET, @OAK, CHW],
    J. Musgrove [CIN, @STL, @MIL, MIL, @CHC]
    C. Stratton, J. Vargas, G. Gonzalez

    RP- J. Jeffress, R. Gsellman, J. Familia, H. Rondon, S. Greene, P. Strop, D. Robertson,

    My team:
    C – W. Ramos
    1B – P. Goldschmidt
    2B – B. Dozier
    3B – Eugenio Suarez
    SS – T. Turner
    CI – A. Rizzo
    MI – X. Bogaerts
    LF – C. Yelich
    CF – C. Blackmon
    RF – M. Haniger
    Util – J. Upton DTD

    SP – C. Carrasco
    SP – J. Verlander
    SP – N. Syndergaard
    RP – W. Davis (RP)
    RP – E. Diaz (RP)
    P – J. Leclerc (RP)
    P – R. Osuna (RP)
    BN – J. Paxton
    BN – J. Taillon
    BN – W. Buehler [ @COL, @STL, COL, @ARI]
    BN – R. Hill [NYM, @CIN, @STL, SDP, @ARI]
    BN – T. Glassnow [@TOR, CLE, @TEX, @TOR, NYY]
    BN – A.J. Minter (RP)

    Thanks bud
    Marv

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! 1. More in 2. 2. Buehler seems done, and don’t trust Glasnow in those matchups — I’d lose Glasnow first — Holland and Chen look like best matchups

      • MarvPesos

        marv says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey, okay and if Upton ends up being fucked, whos your first batter off that list to plug my Util ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mancini

  54. Mookie Wilson 1 says:
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    Franmil or FMejia for NL only 5×5 keeper league? Out of it this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franmil

  55. VinWins

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    My starting 9 tonight:

    Miles Mikolas, StL   @Wsh
    German Marquez, Col   SF
    Dereck Rodriguez, SF  @Col
    Andrew Heaney, LAA   @Tex
    Wade LeBlanc, Sea ,   Bal
    Joe Musgrove, Pit ,   Cin
    Mike Minor, Tex ,  LAA
    Joey Lucchesi, SD  @Ari
    Alex Cobb, Bal  @Sea

    What changes would you make from the below available starters?

    Trevor Richards, Mia  Phi
    Jason Vargas, NYM  @LAD
    Sean Newcomb, Atl   Bos
    Mike Montgomery, ChC ,   @Mil
    Ryan Borucki, Tor  TB
    Francisco Liriano, Det ,   @CWS
    Trevor May, Min ,   @Hou
    Ryne Stanek, TB ,   @Tor
    Cody Reed, Cin   @Pit
    Erick Fedde*, Wsh  StL
    Liam Hendriks, Oak   NYY

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Richards over Dereck

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, Richards sound good. I don’t know how I got Mikolas in there. He isn’t pitching tonight.

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @VinWins: I see they decided an extra day rest would be a plan.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s throwing a simulated game for your team?

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @Grey: Ha! I think I might be over the simulated start limit.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Or overstimulated!

  56. Launch Angle says:
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    Do you like White or F. Reyes ROS for HR and RBI in standard roto redraft league?

    White in better lineup and Reyes K% is over 30%. While he’s white hot, that high K% makes me feel Reyes’ power output could dry up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      White

  57. Balke says:
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    Cano, Osuna or Puig droppable for Wendle? First week of playoffs.

    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig

  58. Cohen says:
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    Grey, i picked up Glasnow for start at Tor. SON loves the start.Do you feel confident starting him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

  59. Tinman95 says:
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    Do you have faith in Musgrove tonight vs the Reds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him

  60. SheaSeraSera says:
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    Drop Puig for Franmil?
    6×6 league with OPS as extra O catagory, 12 team deep redraft. Every category is tight as a vault can make space in RBI’s SB’s Runs, OPS, etc.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine if bench player

  61. Cohen says:
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    Grey, Devers off the DL.
    Whos the drop. Devers or R.Zimmerman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Either? Prolly Devers, hard to say right now

  62. fausto says:
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    *amber* was the color of the energy, I believe.
    (idk what’s more pathetic, 311 or me for knowing…probably both)
    -speaking of Framber Valdez, you like him as an SP 5? or matchups?

    -drop D.Dahl or M.Conforto to activate Mallex?

    -A.Mondesi or [email protected]?

    currently in a bye week. I took 2nd in a $$$ league with a team that was in 9th at the break. Compound that with the fact that I drafted K.Bryant @ 16th overall and immediately lost internet connection for the remainder of the draft and it’s a little more impressive. my 5 years of razzball training have served me well. trust the process y’alls!
    *the preceding was not a paid endorsement of razzballdotcom*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That was a trick to see who would know it was amber! You got 311’d, Fausto! Kidding, I forgot it was amber… Meh, Amber/Yellow, tomato/tomahto!

      I don’t like Framber, matchups maybe, but meh

      Drop Conforto for Mallex

      Mondesi

  63. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    How would you rank these 2 start pitchers for next week

    Minor @LAA, @SD
    Junis CHW, MIN
    Heaney TEX, SEA
    Giolito @KC, @BAL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Junis, Heaney, Giolito, don’t mind any tho

  64. crimedog says:
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    Meija getting the call. Him or Taylor ward?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, try Mejia, have no hopes for him either tho

  65. Raffy Big Stick says:
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    Would you reactivate Devers and drop Tyler O’Neil or Greg Allen?

    Or just drop Devers. Would be used for UTIL/Bench bat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      O’Neill, depends on needs

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Is Devers guaranteed everyday ABs?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  66. Elvis has left the building says:
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    In a redraft league, would you rather have Elvis Andrus or Ian Kinsler for the playoffs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Andrus

  67. Steve says:
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    Have you written about Lowe’s hot streak, I’m thinking bout dropping O’Neill for him, that crazy?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We spoke about Lowe on the pod, technical difficulties, will be out tomorrow hopefully… Anyway, I’d try Lowe

  68. DonnieB says:
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    Mejia or Taylor Ward ROS?
    Robles worth giving up on Aroldis for this year? Aroldis cannot he kept and Robles would be at $10.

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Robles, Mejia

  69. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Brian Dozier’s walk and K-rates are exactly like last season – his BABIP is a measily .247 though… looks like the fairies that killed Odor last season are striking Dozier… in other news, I hope my waiver for him works out!!! He’s got 2 weeks to shake them off

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d be surprised Dozier is just done, but sometimes it takes a full offseason to shake it off, not a bad gamble tho

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: Yeah in my case it’s absolutely zero risk since I have nothing to play for this week and next week so it’s the ultimate wait and see. If his bat starts turning around, then giddy up for my playoff matchup. If not, then it’s business as usual with Merrifield and Shaw

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, makes sense

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: I didn’t realize Polanco was batting 3rd against a lefty – he’s 2/2 so far with 2 RBIs… his first AB he took it oppo field for a single.

        I guess that’s the clearest sign this guy is going good – he’s hitting lefties!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can’t hurt!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cody Reed isn’t exactly Big Unit tho

          • William Hung says:
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            @Grey: considering how trash Polanco has been against lefties in his career so far, i’ll take it

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              True, true

  70. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    Grey: How about ordINNary? Mike Leake gave me another ordINNary start. Also, when two craptastic teams go into the 10th tied 1-1, then the game is EXTRA-ordINNary!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t get it, why the double N’s?

      • Bill Lumbergh says:
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        @Grey: As in INNING. Required explanation, so we can call that a fail (puts palm to face…)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, oh, my bad, didn’t get it

  71. Nevik Rowe says:
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    Franmil or (Lord), Mr. Wendle?

    Gotta drop Marwin and have no bench bats for the playoffs. Opponent for this round (10 team H2H so 6 teams are currently in the playoffs, this is round one) is speedy – thus leaning slightly toward Wendle. My bats have been cold though lately so Reyes pop would also probably more likely win me SLG, HRs and possibly R and 2B…

    Drops are only allowed for injury during playoffs.

    C – Barnhard
    1B – Santana
    2B Gennett
    3B Arenado
    SS Peraza
    OF Inciarte
    OF Gallo
    OF Jones
    OF Mancini
    Util Altuve
    Util M. Gonzalez (need to drop)

    Thanks as always in advance for the awesome stuff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wendle

      • Nevik Rowe says:
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        @Grey: Awesome! Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  72. Kevin S says:
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    Mr. Wendle,

    I’m in a 12 team dynasty league where I can keep 16 players for next season. So far I’ve decided on:

    C Gary Sanchez
    C Wilson Contreras
    1B Cody Bellinger
    2B Jose Ramirez
    SS Francisco Lindor
    3B Manny Machado
    OF Juan Soto
    OF Andrew Benintendi
    SP Blake Snell
    SP Aaron Nola
    SP Gerrit Cole
    NA Eloy Jimenez
    NA Vlad Guererro

    That leaves 3 player to chose from these 5

    OF Nomar Mazara
    2B Yoan Moncado
    SP Jameson Taillon
    SP Dereck Rodriguez
    NA Victor Robles

    Scoring 6×6. Any thoughts greatly, greatly appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mazara, Taillon, Robles,

      • Kevin S says:
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        @Grey: Thank you Sir.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  73. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Morning, Grey!

    I don’t wanna say you’re cruising for a fall–but one of these days there will be a “C” and you’ll be totally unprepared.

    Saw you say somewhere you’re not liking any of Glasnow’s upcoming starts. Would you not stream him tomorrow @ Toronto (SON says 9.6)? Seemed like a slam dunk to me, but as a Berrios owner I now there’s no such thing. Worth a gamble? Not worth it?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning! Haha, in Thailand

      Seems worth it if SON likes it…I am personally not starting him

  74. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Attention Dave Roberts: You wanna know who’s worse against left handed pitching this year than Cody Bellinger? Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez.

    Also, would it kill Cora to bench JBJ in favor of Beni against a lefty, or perhaps he’s too busy asking his brother who to bet on in the 5th at Aqueduct.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was thinking on the Beni to the bench thing too, I get wanting JD in there, but how is Beni odd man out?

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Guess he wants Bradley’s defense, but you get his awful bat that is even worse against lefties with it. When are these clowns gonna cut the shit, and make you and I co-managers of a team; a team that we shall christen The Rubenesque Cougars..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They can’t handle our Rubenesque Cougars

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            @Grey: Few can. It takes a special type, like a protagonist in Gordon Lightfoot song.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I Googled Gordon Lightfoot, and one of the 1st results is “What did Gordon Lightfoot die of” yup, he’s alive!

  75. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Not a lot to be gained from starting Mike Mont, is there? Even in a 14-teamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nothing to be gained there

  76. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Wow. Cards just got a big break. Turner was stealing, but the pitch was ball 4 to Harper. Yadi threw it down anyway; Turner slid in but came off the bag and was tagged out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, was watching it, pretty ridiculous of Turner to overslide on a walk

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Though it looked like strike 3 on Harper, so should’ve been an out anyway, then would’ve been 2 outs, so bad break by Cards!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: We always get the shafted!

        • Stephen Lyon says:
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          @Grey: @VinWins: Up against Turner. OK with it. **hilariously laughing emoji**

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Need to convert on Fedde now

  77. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    @VinWins: Nice, ruin the punch line.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, if they hadn’t scored there I probably would have gone straight to bed. They’ve loaded the bases a couple times the last few days with none out and failed to score.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fedde looked so hittable there

  78. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    for dynasty leagues (lots of extra stats, OPS, QS, defensive stuff, putouts, assists, OF assists, double plays, K/9, K/BB, holds etc. paxton or pollock? specific OF spots (CF/LF/RF), 13 team roto with next year 4 OF starting slots, and probably 2 utils. right now smaller rosters we’re increasing league size next year (not teams but starting players). also 1800 innings max so lots of pitcher innings. we’ll likely go 1 or 2 extra IF slots, one more OF at least next year.
    C OBP wolf
    1B goldy
    2B altuve
    SS bregman (3B/SS)
    3B andujar
    LF brocktune (RF)
    CF blackman
    RF mcclutchin’ (CF/RF)
    util (1, for now): bogaerts SS (helps with the defensive stuff to play extra 1B or 2B/SS or catcher)
    BN grichuk (streamer all OF), bellinger (1B/CF/LF), r-zimm (streamer)
    DL devers, ceager
    NA (10 slots) big willie (LF), mejia, robles (some OF slot probably multiple at some point), florial (NYY OF), trammell (LF), k.lee (CF KC)

    SP: maeda, wood, pivetta, ryu, leblanc (streamer), rodon the monster, valdez, glasnow, archer, gibson
    RP (7 slots): alexander, colome, holland, j.miller, kenley, osuna, pressly
    DL: skaggs, kelvin
    NA luzardo, mize, duplantier, graterol

    so i have the #1 waiver, pollock was dropped. another owner will trade me paxton for that waiver, so it comes down to pollock vs paxton, but i gotta get back to him tonight as pollock off waivers then.

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Mantis Toboggan MD: this is 13 team roto dynasty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, that’s a tough call, I think Pollock it done, and Paxton could be an ace for a few years…Going Paxton, but close

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Grey: that’s what i thought, close. pollock does appear to be falling apart (of course that probably just means he’s been injured for weeks again)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed

  79. Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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    hey romo finally let the lady out of the closet and came back to play baseball. great. meanwhile WOW my fav stream of the day that was available in nearly all leagues richards MIA didn’t do too well, that’s notta so good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that was ugly

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Richards that is

        • Yr Never Too Old For Balloons says:
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          @Grey: we’ll see if that one knocks me out of a h2h matchup or 2 in playoffs. most of my leagues playoffs start next week though. pretty sure PHI hadn’t hit anybody that well for a while.

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