“That guy does not look familiar.”  “Which guy?”  “That guy on the mound.”  “The Wade Miley fella?”  “Yeah.”  “Did he used to serve us coffee at The Blue Danube?”  “I don’t think so.  That guy’s name was Ronnie.  And he had dreads.”  “But he was white.”  “Yeah, Ronnie was a white guy with dreads.  He looked like he had a smelly undercarriage.”  “I don’t disagree.  So… This guy… This Wade Miley guy… He just looks so unfamiliar.  He just threw a 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks start against the Cubs with a 2.12 ERA.  Do you know him?”  “No, but ever since we were talking about a white guy with dreads I’ve wanted to sing Informer by Snow.” Wade Miley as an ace and Bumble profiles that read, “5′ 7″, 120 lbs., fitness model who loves cooking and cleaning and sex” are often very similar.  Expectations and reality don’t always run hand in hand.  Before picking up Miley, do me one favor.  Ask Edwin Jackson owners how the experience was owning him.  Though since they’re probably your competition they may lie to you.  Those bastards!  Maybe you can ask Jackson yourself since he’s probably on waivers.  Can Miley be lights out?  I suppose, there’s not much time left, but there’s nothing jumping out that says he’s suddenly a Cy Young contender.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Marcell Ozuna – 2-for-5 and his 17th and 18th homer, hitting .272.  OZUNA needs to get to 25 homers this year for me to have renewed faith in him.  Grey has no faith in OZUNA to get to 25 homers this year.  Grey and OZUNA painted into logic corner.

Paul DeJong – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 16th homer.  Please welcome, Sisqo, singing his smash hit, The JeDong Song!

Patrick Wisdom – 1-for-5 and his 3rd homer.  If any team can randomly get production from some guy no one is talking about, it is the Cardinals.  They could start Manuel Margot and make me not look stupid for writing a sleeper post about him every year!

Yadier Molina – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 17th homer.  He hit a grand slam in the 9th inning yesterday to put the game out of reach, or so it seemed at the time…

Jordan Hicks – 1/3 IP, and his 6th save, ERA at 3.01.  The Cards’ bullpen gave up a truckload of runs in the 9th to make it close.  I bet Bud Norris was somewhere wanting to give it the ol’ college try, but the Cards went to Jordan Hicks for the final out, and I would grab him if you’re needing the SAGNOF.

Rafael Devers – As he was activated from the DL and didn’t start.  My guess is he’s now a platoon partner with Eduardo Nunez (0-for-5, 1 RBI).  Hopefully, Devers can shake that label next year, but they did give him more runway than Scully to get his shizz together this year.

Dansby Swanson – Took a pitch off his cantaloupe and left the game.  You’ll have to excuse him if he’s feeling melancholy.

Sean Newcomb – 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.92.  Lucky that the Braves have sixteen younger and better pitchers, because Newcomb feels like he’s headed for shoulder surgery next year.  *writes down Post-it to self for title, Comb Over.*

Andrew Heaney – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.16 vs. Mike Minor – 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.31.  Perfect matchup because every time I see them, I say to myself, “Heaney, meeny, Minor or Chaz Roe, pick a streamer by the toe.” Thankfully, I never land on Chaz Roe.

Shohei Ohtani – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer.  I’ve completely flip-flopped on where I think Ohtani would have the most value for fantasy, and I wish the Angels would just stop trying to make the pitching thing happen and let him get 500 ABs.  The preceding will now be acted out by Clarence and Jimmy Stewart.   After Jimmy reads his poem about his dog named Beau.

Elvis Andrus – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  As bad as Andrus has been, and it’s been pretty bad, Adrian Beltre homered yesterday.  Dot dot dot.  His 9th!  Woof!  They have ranges in Texas to put guys out to pasture, don’t they?

Lucas Giolito – 1 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.85.  “Hello, reflection, we have roped in as many fantasy baseballers as we can with three straight Quality Starts.  Now, I must screw them in the…Bummer.”  That was Giolito talking to himself as Aaron Bummer walked into his line of vision.

David Dahl – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer.  Okay, but doesn’t Matt Holliday need his at-bats?  C’mon.

German Marquez – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 4.05 vs. Dereck Rodriguez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.41.  Okay, so double sonavabenchings from these two guys, likely, but you couldn’t start them in Coors, and if you did, I still think it was an unnecessary risk, even if it worked out.

Gorkys Hernandez – 1-for-4 and his 15th homer.  Exhibit 1,290,9276 why you can’t start pitchers in Coors.  This was Gorkys’ 2nd homer in as many games in Coors, because Coors makes everyone a home run hitter.  Gorkys has 7 homers on the year in his home park and has seven homers vs. the Rockies, and Coors is the only other away field he’s hit more than one homer at — four in eight games.

Joe Musgrove – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.75.  We’re at the point where I’m dropping nearly anyone if their next matchups aren’t good, but Musgrove is a fave of mine and the Stream-o-Nator for his next start.

Starling Marte – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .278. That was only his 5th homer in the 2nd half, which sounds like I’m spreading on I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better, but, wait, it gets worse!  His steals in the 2nd half:  5 vs. 7 caught stealings and he had 25 SBs in the 1st half with only five caught stealings.  Somebody tossed out the portrait of him in his attic.

Scooter Gennett – 2-for-4 and his 21st and 22nd homer, and 2nd and 3rd homer in two days, hitting over .500 in the last week.  If you can read this shirt, it’s because you thought Scooter fell off.

Ryan Borucki – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.39 vs. 7 Rays pitchers and the Human Milk Carton, Sergio Romo with the save!  Glad to see Romo’s still alive.  Conspiracy is dead, I repeat, conspiracy is dead.  Romo is alive.  Unless that was Kevin Cash wearing Romo jersey.  Conspiracy is alive!  I repeat, conspiracy is alive!

Yuli Gurriel – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Miguel Sano – Left yesterday’s game with a leg bruise.  If it were leg braise, he’d eat that thing right off at the hip.

Robbie Ray – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.25.  *sharpens Ginzu knife*  Screams, “Seppuku!”  As I’m dying, “Why can’t Ray do this while I own him?”  Sees something in colon, “There’s that Matchbox car I swallowed in the 2nd grade.”

Francisco Mejia – 0-for-1 as he was called up by the Padres.  He was traded from the Indians, when the Padres were singing Deniece Williams’, “Let’s give those boys a Hand,” and the Indians took them seriously.  He hit 7 HRs and .328 after the trade in only 31 games in Triple-A, which is great.  Mejia interests me a lot for dynasty and keeper leagues, and leaves me yawning in redrafts.  Are the Padres just going to bench Hedges?  Better chance they’re in the dugout like Jim Leyland smoking Benson & Hedges.  At best, Mejia will split time with Hedges and will be worth picking up on days he plays.

Stephen Piscotty – 1-for-2 and his 22nd homer, and his 4th homer in the last week, and third time I’ve mentioned him to you to pick up, so why haven’t you?  I know someone who has no idea.

Luke Voit – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, 7th homer in the last 12 games.  While dem suckas be like playin’ to have Maas appeal.

Michael Conforto – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer, and his 2nd homer in the last three games.  Conforto > Piscotty in long term, but Piscotty > Conforto in short term.  No, > are not nose emojis.  This is not about Jon Niese.

Yasiel Puig – Began serving a two-game suspension for inciting a bench-clearing incident.  Puig still denies his involvement, saying, “I’m a licker, not a fighter.”

Austin Barnes – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and a slam (2) and legs (4), hitting .207.  Comatose Austin Barnes Drafter, “Hey, I grabbed Barnes in March because I knew Grandal would never play over him.  C’mon, high five my brilliant move!  Hey, why’s everyone leaving my hospital room?  Don’t divert your eyes from me!”

David Freese – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Hey, whatever gets Cody Bellinger, ya know, the future of your franchise, out of the lineup.

Wade LeBlanc – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.56.  AL’s Wade Miley with better Ks, but more neutral luck.  I will call him Wade LeBlank.

Robinson Cano – 3-for-3, 2 runs and his 7th homer.  It was reported there was an altercation in the M’s clubhouse yesterday between teammates prior to the game.  Can’t imagine why with Nelson Cruz, Dee Gordon and Robinson Cano there would be any ‘roid rage.

J.T. Realmuto – 2-for-3 and his 19th and 20th homer.  If you own him this year, you will always long for the salad days of Jerry Tomato.

Maikel Franco – Phils said he will undergo an MRI on his hand and wrist in the next day or so.  Hilarious, the Phils are less anxious to get Maikel back in the lineup than his H2H owners.

Jake Arrieta – 7 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.61.  I streamed Arrieta for this game, so first person account:  Why did Kapler leave him in for the 8th inning to give up an extra run?  Kapler has never seen a starter who is coasting that he couldn’t randomly pull from a game before.  Ma nishtana, Kapler?

Carlos Santana – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  Oye como yay!

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer and 2nd in as many games.  Member when Rhys Hoskins used to hit homers for the Phils?  Me too, but barely.  #Metoo butt barely is a totally different thing, and will get you banned from town hall meetings.

Ryan Howard – Officially retired.   He was mostly known for his prodigious power, but let’s not forget his range at first.  He looks like your uncle playing Lazy Boy catch.

Danny Duffy – 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.88, and left the game with diminished velocity.  The Royals are saying he could finally get shut down after he had a flare up of a shoulder problem in April.  At some point, major league teams will figure out PRP isn’t the same as BRB.

Yandy Diaz – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Which one you got:  This game from Yandy or every stat you might get from Donaldson the rest of this year?  Thinking Yandy might’ve just won that.

Mike Clevinger – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.11.  Racist!  Though, not because of the whole Indians thing.  By the way, it is hilarious how the Indians decided to get rid of Chief Wahoo after this season.  Not hilarious they’re getting rid of him, that’s about sixty years past the point.  It’s hilarious they playing one final year with him.  Like it’s Elton John’s farewell tour.  Is Chief Wahoo getting a plaque at each stop on his farewell tour?  Being handed a pair of burning Nikes?  Maybe Elton and Wahoo can do a joint farewell tour, Tiny Dancer while Chief Wahoo makes it rain?

  1. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    we’re now at least getting fake good updates about e.rosario now. so haven’t dropped him yet. 14 team h2h with OBP over AVG, total bases added, QS added and K/9
    C hedges
    1B rizzo (2B)
    2B odor
    SS machado (3B)
    3B chapman
    OF (3) yelich, whit (1B/2B), mancini (1B)
    util (2) puig, franmil
    BN pillar, rosario

    2 moves left in week drop pillar for which of: laureano, frazier (PIT), lowe, or one of the hot KC CI guys? i did just add mancini/franmil so i got the power/low OBP guys. at the very least BABIP vs AVG has o’hearn being quite a lot better in his expected AVG.

    i have rodon the monster in this league and while his K’s have gotten fairly boring compared to before, holy shit i didn’t realize he at AT LEAST 8 straight QS’s till the last start. i knew he was doing well, but not THAT well (it was actually NINE in a row)

    in more holy crap weird news, BOTH frazier’s have the EXACT AVG their babips say they should have. and they both end in 8. wonder if in the offseason they catch up on their TV shows they’ve recorded and realize this and go bet like 100,000 to try to save somebody’s record company.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Frazier… That is crazy on Rodon

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up, engaging as hell!

    a. Thanks for the advice from last night. It all worked well.

    b. Scooter is slowly coming back from his July-August swoon! Yes!

    c. In a 5X5 RCL in desperate need of Wins and Ks, start Glasnow at Toronto (Aaron Sanchez)?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    d. In a 5X5 RCL in desperate need of Wins and Ks, start Ryu at home versus the Mets (Wheeler)?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    e. True Story!! Needed to shore up my batting average so I went to drop someone to pick up Wendle. The funny part? I forgot I already had Mr Wendle on my roster! Middle-aged memory loss!

    f. Mark Twain quote of the day for September 5

    Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! A. Nice! B. He is C. I don’t love it, but SON likes it D. Yes E. Ha! F. Sentimental!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        One of the 30 keys to success, it’s like Twain wrote it – never be the judge!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Twain said everything at one point!

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            Am all over this tv series….

            https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5057054/

            So, of course, I dream of…Jim Clancy’s Jack Morris! It’s about a pitcher that doesn’t have great command and relies a lot on true grit. It follows his career from high school right on up to his WS victory!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m going to start it when I finish Ozark, is it good? No spoilers

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!

                It’s fab, can’t stop watching it.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nice! Excited to watch…

  3. VinWins

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    Hmm, it feels like you were talking directly to me , but I wasn’t really listening. That 9-start team ended with 3 wins , 51 Ks, and 3.72/1.22 ratios. Could have been 2.68/1.09 if I hadn’t replaced Mikolas with Richards when I found out the Cards changed the rotation.

    On another team I had 4 pitchers with 10+ Ks for a line of 4 wins/66 Ks/3.08/1.14. It’s days like this that lead to a 0/31/6.16/1.53 line because I think I was smart and not just lucky.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, solid results, sorry about Richards, we should’ve known better

  4. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great write up.

    Renfroe or Muncy ROS in a redraft roto league where
    You’re chasing HR and RBI? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Renfore

  5. Captain James T Kirk says:
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    Ryan McMahon 1-2, HR as pinch hitter. What a wasted year of development. Will be very interesting to see how their line up looks next season….hopefully with a new manager/gm!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I saw that on McMahon… Doubt they change managers or GMs, they’re winning

  6. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I know I posted above but I have another question.

    Are you trusting giolito in his double start week next week against KC and BAL, or are you streaming one of these guys over him for this week?

    Junis @MIN
    Chen @ PIT
    Gomber @DET

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t trust any of those matchups… I guess Gomber

  7. Shitwolf says:
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    my daily report to you that dozier stinks 11-4 he hits leadoff 0-5 1 rbi… what a Bum!!! i want to pick up piscotty but i feel like i have no room my of is hicks, brantley stanton and cruz with rosario on the bench… do i have room?

    • Shitwolf says:
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      @Shitwolf:

      also miller is in my last RP spot would you trust him for next week or start shoppin? i am also wondering what to expect from abreu since i read he is gonna be back soon too

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Shoppin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya on Dozier… Don’t see room there

  8. Tom says:
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    If the Cards started Brian Dozier would he have that huge second half I heard so much about?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Tom: You could hear about it, or you could look at stats and see for yourself that, historically, he’s a 2nd half player. Sorry it’s not working out for ya, but you play the trends.

      • Tom says:
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        I don’t own the guy so it’s working out just fine, thanks, sometimes you have to buck the trends to be successful in fantasy.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Tom: Of course, hindsight is 20-20

          • Tom says:
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            I’m talking about foresight but thanks for your sage input.

            • Cram It says:
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              @Tom: Magic 8 ball foresight. What are tonight’s winning lotto numbers?

              • Tom says:
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                Once again thanks for your sage input and nonsensical comparisons. What have we learned from Cram today, hindsight is 20-20 (OMG he’s brilliant) and drafting a fantasy baseball team takes as much skill and luck as picking Lotto numbers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, true

  9. Btdrnks says:
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    Hey Grey, great as always!

    Any thoughts on Joe Ross’ return to the mound this Friday vs then Cubs? I grabbed him as a flyer in a few leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start him in any mixed league

  10. Wally Pipp says:
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    Bold call… Jose leclerc will be a top 3 closer closer in baseball in 2019 and the top closer in baseball in 2020. Rangers have the youngest roster in mlb and Leclerc is amazing.

    • Old School Brother says:
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      @Wally Pipp:
      Reminds me of 2010 Neftali Feliz

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Old School Brother: it feels like he gets a clean inning with 2ks every single outing. Loving him right now

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        OSB!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t disagree

  11. Wally Pipp says:
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    What a disappointing season for Stanton and frustrating own. I have him in a points league and david peralta is better than stanton in the setting. Stanton just does not have the bat skills. At least when a guy like Just Dong doesn’t homer hes still hitting for average. When stanton doesnt homer, which is often this year, hes usually just a huge zero.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Wally Pipp: The broken record called, it wants its narrative back.

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Cram It: solid contribution thank you

        • Cram It says:
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          @Wally Pipp: What’s to contribute? You’ve been barking about Stanton all year. We get it. He’ll end up 40/100 like he usually does and that’s not good enough for you in your points league. Oh well.

          • Wally Pipp says:
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            @Cram It: yeah hes a big disappointment. Hes a fringe top 40 player who was drafted in the first round. Oh well yourself!

            • Cram It says:
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              @Wally Pipp: Maybe in your league. He’s top 30 right now in standard. There are only 3 consenus 1st rounders that are returning top 20 production right now, so by comparison, Stanton shouldn’t be drawing all of the ire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  12. Big Ticket says:
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    Mejia OBP for 2019 … top 100?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

  13. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Better add for saves and ERA/WHIP/Ks (sounds like the perfect reliever) Hicks or Seranthony?

    #Itooamalickerandnotafighter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Hicks

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Close tho

  14. Joe Beisbol says:
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    H2H league in the last regular season week. 3 adds left this week.

    Would you drop Derek Holland or Hildenberger to add Piscotty and/or J.Hicks? My OF is currently Stanton, Cain, Mallex, so I’d be using Piscotty as a sub and in good matchups. Hicks would just be a closer upgrade IF he takes the job from Norris. I have no real reason to doubt Holland other than he’s Holland, but spidey sense tingling about start at MIL. Hildenberger Is my 4th closer (after Davis, Giles, and Jefress).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These moves don’t seem necessary, but I don’t trust Holland in MIL either, so I guess Hicks since you’re not benching an OF for Piscotty

      • Joe Beisbol says:
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        @Grey: I do sometimes like to keep an extra OF around in case someone goes dtd or gets rested (usually on a Sunday). Our adds take effect the next day so I can’t usually pick up someone on the fly to fill a need on the same day. Do you still say Drop Holland for Hicks?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah…Nah, then go with an extra bat, don’t need 5 RPs

          • Joe Beisbol says:
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            @Grey: Is Hildenbeast a better option ROS than a Hicks gambit?

            Thanks Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah

  15. Cale says:
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    Assuming KC doesn’t put Duffy on the DL due to expanded rosters, I’m trying to decide if I should keep him in a 20 man H2H league. I’m in the playoffs, so I could use the roster spot, but I can keep him in the 14th round (probably between pick 275 and 280). Cut him loose?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cut him

  16. sall goooood man says:
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    are we still rolling out Fiers home vs. yanks tonight after his last home start? SON isn’t a huge fan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I’m off Fiers train in most mixed leagues

  17. Gator says:
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    I know you don’t draft catchers high, but is JT a top 75 for 2019? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For sure, he’s a top 3 catcher easy, prolly top 2, that’s top 75

  18. Btdrnks says:
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    Hey grey, great as always!

    Thoughts on Joe Ross’ return to the rotation? Starting Friday vs the Cubs. Grabbed him as a flyer in a few leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am not starting him

  19. DonnieB says:
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    Pivetta with 2 starts at home next week or Musgrove with two on the road? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      vs. who?

      • DonnieB says:
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        Pivetta. WAS,MIA
        Musgrove. @STL and @MIL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pivetta side

  20. sportivetricks says:
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    Hey to the Hey HomeGrey,

    Have I told you how much I enjoy drinking my morning coffee and spending time with you? It’s like we are friends who have a daily chat.

    Anyway, I already asked you about Miko @WSH yesterday, so I’m going to start him even if SoN no likey (-$5.8 –– perhaps it’s still thinking of the contending Nats?)

    Today I want to add in a little of the opposite kind of SoN doubt: It loves Folty hosting the Red Sox ($13.4), and even though I do want to let my best SP pitch (except Berrios, of course, arghhh) the Sox scare me. Hard.

    LOLOLOLOLOVEYAS!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! I’m starting Mikolas and Folty, wish me luck!

      • Dante says:
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        @Grey:

        FYI boys – Betts, JD, Bogaerts, Nunez, are on the bench today if that helps.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Crap, doesn’t help my teams!

          • Dante says:
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            @Grey:

            Helps my Folty!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh! It helps my Folty too! Damn, so conflicted!

              • Dante says:
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                @Grey:

                Looking good so far! Guy can really rock against second stringers!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, yeah, but he’s been good all year, don’t pick on Folty!

                  • Dante says:
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                    @Grey:

                    He had his rough pitch there, after the ASB. right when I traded for him. So i’m biased!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I hear ya, and his peripherals say he’s getting a little lucky, but for where he was preseason ranked, he’s been solid

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Not applicable for you, obviously, but for me!

  21. Launch Angle says:
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    Don’t remember if I asked this before – Piscotty or White for HR and RBI for this season only roto? Or is it a wash?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Piscotty

      • Launch Angle says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey.

        What order for HR and RBI between Piscotty, Soto and White for ROS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That order

  22. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey! In my first round bye of H2H playoffs (OBP OPS league) + trying to prep for my matchup next week.

    Who do you like as a replacement for Kendrys (cold AF) or JUpton (not keepable and seems to be getting the classic September DL-but-without-getting-DL’d plan)?

    Voit (a hot schmo for sure, but has @MIN and v. TOR next week)
    Nimmo (MIA and 3 @ BOS, but might not play v LHPs [or will just suck v all those LHPs])
    Framil (only 5 games, @SEA, v. TEX)

    Leaning heavily to Voit + hoping to keep the en fuego going. What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Voit

  23. Mookie Cookie says:
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    Grey my man, neck & neck in the first week of the playoffs and I need your almighty wisdom.

    Current pitching score:
    ME – 10.1 IP, 0 W, 0 CG, 1 SV, 10 K, 0.00 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 1 QS
    HIM- 23.0 IP, 1 W, 0 CG, 1 SV, 24 K, 3.52 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 1 QS

    He’s in line to have maybe 1+ start on me if we both start everyone throughout the week but I also have some tough starts on my docket (HOU v BOS)- who would you stream tonight (if any)?

    -Andrew Suarez @Col – 3 great starts in his last four but absolute shitshow against Cincy. Also @Col…

    -Jaime Barria @Tex – 4 solid starts of his past 5 but doesnt seem like he goes long enough to get the QS (innings count for past 6 starts are 6, 3, 5, 5, 5.2, 5)

    -Glasnow @Tor – hard to trust but intriguing. went 7 last start @Cle w/ 6 ks and 1 ER. very impressive

    -Hector Velazquez @Atl – probably no shot but had to throw it in there in case you had a good feeling about him for some reason (and i love me some fawken Sawx kehd)

    I’m allowed 3 more pickups this week so if none of these are safe enough I could wait to stream another day.

    Mahalo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait for another day

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Glasnow is best tho, if you’re feeling frisky

  24. CaptainKnauer says:
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    Which guy do you like for the most steals, decent average, and sneaky home run potential ROS?

    A. Rosario
    Mondesi
    Villar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar

      • CaptainKnauer says:
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        @Grey: whose your 2nd fave out of these 3?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mondesi

  25. Tee Not Air Jags says:
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    AL only, who’s my drop for devers here? probably austin. OBP and total bases.
    C ward
    1B alonso
    2B whit (1B/OF)
    SS correa
    3B mostsuckass
    MI lowrie (2B/3B)
    CI fletcher (2B/SS/3B)
    OF (4) grichuk, allen, brantley, mancini (1B/OF)
    util (1) villar (2B/SS/OF)
    BN austin (facing HOU pitching lately)
    DL devers

    actually with villar getting SS this could be fletcher or austin.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Austin

  26. RICE says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Jordan Hicks or Jace Fry?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fry

  27. Pb&J says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Are you starting either of these SP:

    [email protected] ($12)
    R. Lopez vs LAA ($-1.6)
    Shoemaker @ CHW ($18)

    QS, W, K/9 league.

    Thanks so much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Either? There’s three… I’d start Shoemaker and Lopez

      • Pb&J says:
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        @Grey: Sorry. I added Shoemaker to the question last minute. Good catch. Thanks, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, No problem

  28. Wilson says:
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    Would you start Ryu today vs NYM? Need QS/ERA/WHIP to win this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am

  29. Dave D says:
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    Ryan Howard? Did Mo Vaughn ever officially retire or should I be expecting that announcement soon.

    Well, it was a chunky helping of Gioloto. Good thing my ERA and WHIP are already stable. I grabbed him for the two start week so hopefully he redeems himself this weekend???!!! I guess I’ll hope for better from Chen too. At least I got a vulture win (Robertson) to take some of the sting off.

    Btw, Grey, don’t get your hopes up on Ohtani the hitter even after a dinger off a LHP, the Angels will surely wreck him. Like I said before, they should be going all in for2019, which means DHing Ohtani and putting Albert Moo-jols out to pasture, in hopes of being able to re-sign Trout to a new long term deal. There’s no way he does that if hes not in the playoffs next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mo Vaughn did, but Rickey Henderson is waiting for the call!

      Yeah, Giolito roped us in, sadly…

      True on Ohtani, I just see no way they do the right thing here

      • Dave D says:
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        I wish I could see Rickey in the field again. He was probably the most exciting player I ever watched. I would be all for lifting the supplement ban just for him to get him in a uniform again in MLB. Give him some HGH and sit back.

        I didn’t realize how much I loved the guy until he showed up in the news last year returning that guys wallet at the A’s game. You catch that story? So much to love about the guy. I still have an autographed 1985 Donruss card I got signed by him that year waiting in the lot after the game. Great guy. Class act.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, one of my favorites too, I did see that story… Rickey was so one of a kind, just watching him do that dopey routine fly ball catch was fun

  30. Los Mets says:
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    Hi Grey!

    Pivetta @ MIA (20.4)
    Wheeler @ LAD (4.1)
    Roark vs. STL (1.5)

    start all 3 ? is Roark a definite bench?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m starting all 3

      • Los Mets says:
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        @Grey: thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  31. Righty says:
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    Have 2 BN players, want to cut down and add pitching for the playoff run. Re-draft standard + OPS. Drop two of:

    Puig, Desmond, TWhite, Piscotty, Renfroe, RZimm

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig, White

  32. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Good stuff Grey as usual.

    Just perusing some 2nd half stats for some notable Starters:

    K/9 BB/9 XFIP
    Snell-TB 11.9 1.9 2.53
    Castillo-CIN 10.4 1.8 3.09
    Pivetta-PHI 11.1 2.2 3.10
    Buehler-LAD 10.7 2.9 3.12
    Wheeler-NYM 9.0 1.7 3.14
    Lucchesi-SD 10.7 2.7 3.18
    Glasnow-TB 11.2 2.9 3.31
    Flaherty-STL 11.5 3.8 3.44

    Going to be hard not going back in on Castillo & Pivetta. Might have to be all over Snell/Glasnow even though it’s a tough division. Might be some Lothario sleeper posts from the above.

    A Wood-LAD 7.2 4.0 4.20
    Morton-HOU 8.9 3.6 4.32
    Velasquez-PHI 8.6 4.2 4.32
    Quintana-CHC 7.5 3.3 4.35
    MadBum-SF 8.2 3.5 4.36
    Teheran-ATL 7.7 3.3 4.52
    TWilliams-PIT 5.6 2.5 4.68
    Gonzalez-MIL 6.6 4.5 5.06
    Rodon-CHW 6.4 3.3 5.07

    I know Morton and Trevor have been solid, but I’m not sure the Lothario can double down on 2019. And I can definitely foresee some schmohawk posts from these.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally! Good list! I don’t see how I don’t like all of those guys up top

  33. Scott says:
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    Ok, I need a ci since sano is hurt and I cut Bauers (weeks ago, he stopped completely stopped hitting). Who do I add out of Bruce, Austin, belt, cron, Davidson, ohearn, h dozier, Guzman, c Davis. I just need production specifically rbi, hr, total bases. Not much available. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier’s been hot, all of these are streamers except maybe Belt, but he’s not going to give you HRs

  34. Crime Dog says:
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    Franmil or Puig ROS HR and RBI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franmil

  35. Ted Williams' Frozen Head says:
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    Looking for a batty call tomorrow that I’ll ride as a bench bat through the weekend. Who do you like between Franmil (@ CIN – Castillo) and Camargo (@ ARI Greinke)? Camargo could be more useful as a fill-in with SS/3B eligibility but the main thing still is trying to catch some lightning in a bottle tomorrow. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franmil

  36. Old School Brother says:
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    Yes we done come a long way like them slim ass cigarettes
    From Virgina
    This aint gon stop so we just gon continya

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      120s 4 lyfe

  37. Turd Fergusons says:
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    Bro, German Marquez has been immune to the Coors effect since June 24 & he’s getting his Ks no problem. I would have started him against the Giants last night even if they were playing on the ISS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      ISIS? Oh, I misread, gotcha

  38. jbone says:
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    Added Piscotty other day. Would you be starting him over Hoskins this week and next for playoffs based upon their recent performance or would you go by matchups?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d go Piscotty

  39. Steve says:
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    1. Who do you like best of these fringe shomatoes

    Goodrum
    H Dozier
    O’Hearn
    Lowe
    Davidson

    2. Do you like Holland or Madson for save opportunities down the stretch?

    3. Franmil, Renfroe or Mancini as fill in for struggling starters. (Standard 5 cat)

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Goodrum 2. Madson might get saves this weekend in COL, but prefer Holland if Kenley is healthy, which seems like he is 3. Mancini

  40. William Hung says:
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    I always feel like my guys always struggle to hit when playing against the Indians – latest victim: Whit Merrifield

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Indians do have great pitching

  41. jaw says:
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    better play to own and play in utility spot in a 10 team 5×5 h2h dynasty where I’m in 6th place and 6 teams make the playoffs – robles or urias?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Urias

  42. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    I juat dropped Buehler ( vs @col) for Castillo (vs SD). This week is irrelevent and next week starts playiffs (+ I have to activate Morton for a SP). Sinvr Buehler has minimal remaining innings, do you agree this is a high return, no risk move?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, makes sense

  43. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – in an OBP OPS keeper league (H2H), am I crazy to be eyeing a $5 Matt Chapman over a $11 Albies? I of course really love Albies’ outlook, but Chapman should beat him pretty easily on OBP, OPS, HR + be pretty close in R/RBI. Albies has him on SB, but it’s not like he’s stealing 30 bases . . .

    Then again, Chapman probably comes a whole lot cheaper than Ozzie in drafts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not crazy, but I’d want Albies

  44. Rectum Ralph says:
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    Any guess as to who might get the save change for the dodgers at Colorado this weekend? Playoffs started early and looking to steal some saves this weekend.

    thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Madson

  45. Rectum Ralph says:
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    any thoughts or favorite on who might get the chance at saves this weekend for the dodgers with Kenly not making the trip?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe Maeda w/ Madson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Been saying bat flips are good for the game for years, I think most people playing game agree, but a few hardliners behind the scenes make it difficult

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And of course with Ohtani!

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Stephen Lyon: see just below, this team spreads more injury misinfo than even STL.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  46. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    FINALLY, ALL in dynasty leagues REJOICE!

    – when richards had torn elbow tendon and was taken out of a game in like the 2nd inning LAA called it “dehydration” and then 2 days later said what it really was, then jerked him around for almost a full year before he fixed the problem

    – otani for about 2.5 days was said to have “back soreness and finger issues” (why not say foot or tongue issues while we’re dodging the elbow part for media speak), now is being told the truth about and it appears he’ll have this fixed. THANK GOD. we shall see him again useful in BOTH hitting and pitching in 2020, AT the START of 2020. awesome (not being facetious this is by far the best way this would turn out). in yahoo this will F up 2 DL slots of course.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: i love rotoworld being idiots saying “truly awful news”. reallllllly. if they’re going to say stuff like that they should say ANY way this would’ve ever turned out better.

      oh wait, it was almost 2 years with richards wasn’t it. hahahahah. or i’m off and it’s even more.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, that is some boneheaded nonsense… what’s awful is the Angels pitching him when he had a torn elbow tendon

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @Grey: yeah i get it that a team doesn’t care about their players’ health (not agreeing, just understand it in a business sense) but pitching a guy with a torn elbow isn’t good for performance either, and these teams should care about that. baseball is a very precision sport (pitching/hitting anyway), this isn’t like a foreman shoving a guy out with a broken back to lift stuff (i.e. he’ll still lift it but later his back will be all F’d up and later in life be REALLY messed up)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, so predictable

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Grey: oh my dear god otani hasn’t immediately agreed to have this fixed. HOPE HOPE HOPE he does the non stupid thing for the 2nd time. you’d THINK after this “PCPEP” mickey mouse didn’t work the first time these guys would learn. i know it’s not that name, i went with a butthole surfers EP

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Unless he just wants to bat for the rest of his career, which is fine with me

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Grey: yeah but he’ll only miss a yearish and be able to do both for rest of career (or close to it). he’s very young.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Agreed

  47. The Shoe says:
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    Yo Grey, Hope your day has been going well! For A and B, the context is a 12 team points league.

    A. Would I be crazy to consider keeping LeClerc at $7 next year? The only other pitchers I’d be considering are Clevinger at $8 and Treinen at $12. Clevinger is enticing, as I think I would save a decent chunk of change on him – and perhaps LeClerc could fly under the radar in my league. I don’t generally consider paying for saves, but for guys like Diaz, Treinen, and maybe now LeClerc, they can be just as valuable as a #2 starter.

    B. Another keeper question: If I had to choose today, I’d keep Trout at $72, Arenado at $38, and Bregman at $19. With everything factored in, that’d leave me with about $110-120 going into my auction draft. Is it crazy to keep Trout and Arenado at those numbers? I’m asking since it’s hard for me to be neutral about Trout in particular since I’ve had him in my league since he broke into the bigs. Any general wisdom on how you’d approach the keeper situation? I realize this question may be best reserved for the offseason, hah!

    D. Would you take Chavez or Alvarado over Norris? Saves are 4 pts and Holds are 2 pts in my league, but I’m really aiming for whoever would be more stable in getting opportunities and not blowing up.

    E. When Morton is activated from the DL, who gets the boot out of Junis, Eflin, VV, Holland? If you need to know the starts, I can get ’em for ya. BTW, if healthy, Morton looks to line up vs ARI and vs SEA during my matchups.

    F. Similar to E, but with Stripling… I’m really not sure what to do with him. Where do you stand right now when it comes to him getting a start over the next couple of weeks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Clevinger over Leclerc B. Seems crazy to keep Trout at 72 D. Chavez? E. Holland, but depends on matchups F. Depends if he’s in the rotation or now

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: Thanks so much!

        B. Trout might go for more than 72 in the draft, haha, but eh, I’ll just try to see who’s available on the market next year and make a decision later.

        D. Haha, can you tell I’m just looking for excuses to kick Norris from my team?

        E. OK

        F. Hmm, so do you recommend I just keep Stripling on the DL until we see what happens rather than activating him and kicking someone? I guess he might get some points for me as an RP…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          B. Then you can just pay $72 for him at the draft if you want him back D. Ha, yup! F. Yeah, can you keep him on DL for a few?

  48. jack florida says:
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    12 team h2h, 50 man rosters, dynasty

    would you drop either/both of these
    pham or brett phillips

    for any of these
    JBJ, piscotty, villar, kole calhoun, brian anderson

    thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Phillips for Piscotty — hope you’re well!

      • jack florida says:
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        @Grey: all good thanks, not too many questions lately, took over a few teams working on them

        • Grey

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          I hear ya, good luck!

  49. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    I wish I had let you successfully scare me off Glasnow’s start today. Damn, that happened quickly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yuck, sorry

    • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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      @GrassyKnollRedding: Thanks a lot, Kitteridge–whoever you are–but Glasnow could have given up that 7th run himself if he’d wanted!

      PS: That’s it. Next year I’m only drafting pitchers on teams that make a ton of errors. I’m through with earned runs.

      • Grey

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        HA! Love it!

  50. royce! says:
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    Nice try, Glasnow! My ERA is already above 4.30, so I’m indestructible!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re Glasnow proof!

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: And Severino proof too! This freaking season…

  51. Stephen Lyon says:
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    WTF is Tyler Glasnow doing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nothing good!

  52. VinWins

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    I’m beginning to think you might have been right in saying not to start Glasnow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @VINWins: after his last start i’m starting him pretty much anywhere (not ANYWHERE of course). went into CLE and ate their babies last time out.

  53. Gotime says:
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    Well I can’t make this stuff up, Kopech in another rain delay. Maybe he’s not really the pitcher but an actor, and somehow the white Sox called up the wrong Kopech and he just doesn’t want to say anything, then prays for rain every start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! It is crazy

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: Hmmm, 4 homers to Detroit… Yup… definitely an actor… knew it. Meaningless week anyway for me then a bye next, you holding or dropping (for no one at the moment)

        • Grey

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          Dropping

          • herschel says:
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            @Grey: is there a glossary term for when youve been roofied but then potentially could get rained out? Plan B pill?

  54. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Remember when everyone was saying Bregman had not made that “step” to the next level? Short stroke, chokes up and still has power. He has staying power.

    Wheeler…keep waiting for him to come back to earth. Face him in the playoffs next week. Fairies please visit

    • The Harrow says:
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      @DodgerWindowClosed: who said that? and when, i don’t remember hearing that around here.

      • The Harrow says:
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        @The Harrow: honestly he’s following the career trajectory (along with juiced balls for sure) that his prospect stock indicated.

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