Before Charlie Morton (4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.11) threw one pitch yesterday, the Astros greeted him with a highlight reel of some of Morton’s greatest Astros moments. Like the clip of him burning his Pirates jersey. And the clip of him pitching relatively solid for about 150 IP, then hitting a wall and never getting through a whole season. There wasn’t a dry eye in the stadium, especially on the Rays’ bench. I told you to sell Morton last month because he can’t ever complete a season. Any hoo! Morton seems headed for a 3-minute bread beep as he becomes toast, but this is about how the Astros hit multiple balls into orbit, which is also the name of their mascot’s scooch hole. Yordan Alvarez (3-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs, hitting .329) hit his 20th and 21st homer in *hand-clapping emoji* 60 *hand-clapping emoji* games. Actually, stop and hand-clap emoji for a few minutes he’s such a thing of beauty. In total sincerity, if you haven’t seen him hit, go watch a clip. I see him hit homers and I’m puzzled, asking myself, “How does he not hit more homers?” And he hits a lot of homers!  That’s how gorgeous his swing and ease-to-pop appears. For 2020, I’m going to fight with myself to not put him in the top 20, and I might lose. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Tyler Glasnow – Will make a rehab start on Friday. Awesome news, he’s on track to throw five random innings of middle relief in September. Could win some championships, especially in the “If Glasnow Returns To Throw Some Meaningless Innings, I’ll Win A Championship” Bowl.

Blake Snell – Will throw a bullpen session on Friday. That’s gonna put him in line for one random start in the third week of September. If you’re not picking up on the theme, injured pitchers hoping to return in September are not a way to win leagues.

Sean Doolittle – Scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday, because that’s hump day and when most simulations happen.

Aaron Brooks – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.79. The irony of this is obviously Aaron Brooks couldn’t pitch wearing Aaron Brooks shoes because they’re not regulation. That sucks for AB.

Cole Hamels – Placed on paternity leave. Wow, maybe Krew Harper’s gonna have a My Two Dads scenario!

Yu Darvish – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (1 BB), 7 Ks, ERA at 4.25. That was Yu’s first walk in 142 batters. In a season that is more Topsy-Turvy than Mike Leigh screaming at you, “I need more feeling and less nose-breathing during my improv!” I’d say Yu Darvish only walking one batter the entire month of August ranks up there as one of the most head-scratching things. Not simply because he was regularly walking five or six guys a game earlier this year, but he’s never had amazing control in his career.

Addison Russell – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, and homers in two straight games for him, but he’s still not playing every day. If Maddon figures out Russell is hot, he’d be an Add(ison).

Javier Baez – 3-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 29th homer, hitting .285. He was picked off 2nd and caught stealing at 3rd, because apparently Mets’ Mazza’s move muy magnifico. Alliteration in lieu of wit!

J.D. Davis – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer, hitting .302. The homer was in a losing cause for the Mets, which is totally irrelevant, baby! This is fantasy!

Pete Alonso – 1-for-4 and his 42nd homer. Albombso! This was a new Mets franchise record for home runs. Any idea who previously held the record? I was thinking, “Had to be someone who did nose candy or who’s named after a hotel where you do nose candy,” but wasn’t Strawberry or Howard Johnson. It was Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley.

Andrew Heaney – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.95. You don’t have to flirt so much, Heaney. I’m going to like you next year, just as I like you every year.

Mike Trout – 1-for-4 and his 43rd homer, hitting .293. This was his first homer in six games so he’s a bum but no one wants to say it.

Mike Minor – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.25. Here’s a guy who I will never like next year. Don’t care, don’t want none.

Danny Santana – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer. Was about to say he had a poor August, but then I just saw he hit 7 HRs in August, so Antana continues to roll.

Hunter Pence – Hit the IL with a lower back strain. He had 7 HRs and four in five games on May 13th. He now has 18 homers:

Bryan Reynolds – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .332. Not sure how many at-bats he’s missing to qualify for the batting title, but he has to be close and he’s absolutely going to win the least interesting batting title since Terry Pendleton rocked Carhartts and took Charlie Lau lessons from Carney Lansford.

Colin Moran – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .286. With Goodrum going down, I needed someone in a deep league and I went with Moran, and now that I have him, I’m not sure why I ever wanted Goodrum over him. I was drunk on all that positional eligibility.

Justin Smoak – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer. Imagine having the core of young players that the Jays have and giving Justin Smoak any at-bats.

Niko Goodrum – Will be sidelined for 10-14 days with an abductor strain. Turns out Niko is a mollusk.

Jose Ramirez – Will miss 5 to 7 weeks with his fractured hamate bone. Yu can Chang Yu, but you can’t Chang time.

Adam Plutko – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.34. Rather merely go off the Streamonator (though, it might agree), I’m just streaming every pitcher vs. the Tigers. Welcome to the club, Civale; I don’t care if your C’s hard or soft!

Franmil Reyes – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 33rd homer, and has 63 RBIs.  Or as frquent commenter, Terrance Mann, said yesterday, “Everyone that thinks Eugenio Suarez should have more RBIs with 36 HRs, take one step forward. Not so fast, Franmil.”

Roberto Perez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer, hitting .223. Roberto Perez about to send a strongly-worded letter to Manfred complaining about his own home run totals it’s so absurd. “I am Roberto Perez. We are a modest people. This is insane!”

Brian Anderson – Won’t need surgery for his fractured pinkie, but will miss the rest of the year. Inky, Blinky and Clyde were sorry they couldn’t save pinkie.

Caleb Smith – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.05. Well, it was fun (at times) and not fun (at times) and now that’s clearly over. Put Caleb Smith and Paddack in the trash bin with pitchers who I’ll love next year but are clearly tiring.

Jorge Alfaro – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. Okay, get to 20 homers and I won’t feel like a stooge for holding you all year.  Alfar-Mo? Nah, I think he’s a host on Queer Eye.

Luis Castillo – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.21.  Michael Scott, “No no no NO NO NO NO!” Don’t regress now! I want people next year to be overexcited for you.

Eugenio Suarez – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 37th homer, and three homers in three games. Speaking of the devil. I was. Okay, Terrance Mann was. You nah’mean!

Curt Casali – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer. Psycho killer!  Curt Casali! Fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, far better run run run run run run away!

Nick Senzel – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and a home run. Guess how many homers he has. I’ll give you some misleading clues. The ball is juiced. He has 348 ABs. Guess wrong yet? He has 11 homers. That is the new blech.

Joey Votto – 0-for-5 as he was activated from the IL. When Tony Danza heard of Joey’s return, he shouted,”That was my schtick first!”

Mike Montgomery – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.66. Streamonator isn’t feeling his next start, but it’s against the Tigers, and I’m ride or die against Detroit until the Tigers prove me wrong or Kid Rock personally asks for me to back off and/or bawitdaba.

Lucas Giolito – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.20. Truly believe Giolito is no worse than a top 15 starter, and we start top 15 starters everywhere, even against the Twins. Which is what I wanted to say to people asking if they should start Giolito yesterday, but telling everyone like this is more productive.

Byron Buxton – Had a setback with his shoulder and is said to “never be healthy,” so there ya go.

Michael Pineda – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.16. Don’t even want to look at his ERA since I dropped him after his 7.20 April. It’s too painful, even for someone whose emotions are calloused over without Giancarlo applying balm.

Nolan Arenado – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 34th homer. Whoa, so this is crazy, but I think I just found Colonel Sanders’ secret recipe in my attic. I’m going to haphazardly get the dust off it by leaving it by this open window–NOOOO!!! Torenado!

Sam Hilliard – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, as he was called up. This is hilarious. His Triple-A stats: 109/35/101/22. Are we sure they’re not using a Superball with pinball flippers? He strikes out way too much, but Coors can erase some of those blemishes. The Rockies can also erase some rookies’ potential too by benching them. Since Tapia is out, I could see grabbing Hilliard in case he gets the at-bats, and surprises in September.

Xander Bogaerts – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 28th homer. His home run went 435 feet at an 18-degree launch angle, which is the third lowest angle for a home run of that distance (other two both by Albombso). Impressive that X-Bogs released some cheat codes this year.

Cal Quantrill – 4 1/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 3.99. I had a legit panic attack when I saw his line because I was sure I streamed him somewhere. Then I cycled through all my teams (that I check regularly, at least), and I couldn’t find Quantrill. Whew. Now I’m scared to check the (weekly) teams that I check less often.

Joc Pederson – 2-for-5 and his 27th homer, and his 2nd homer in three games. If you owned him earlier this year, you know that Pederson is the type to get smoking hot schmotato, so grab him if he’s out there.

A.J. Pollock – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 10th homer. I picked him up right before this game, but en bee dee you have a one in three chance of anyone homering 50% of the time. The math checks out don’t @ me.

Luis Severino – Could make his 1st rehab start on Sunday. This is great news for those of you that drafted him and were hoping for a solid three to seven innings across four games in middle relief.

Aaron Judge – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer. Not a bad home run total for Tommy La Stella in May!

Miles Mikolas – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.32. Saw this line and felt bad for a commenter yesterday who I told not to start Mikolas. Sorry, homey, whoever you are. This was not a good matchup in Miller. Baseball’s unpredictable; it’s what makes it great. Dot dot dot. For ulcers.

Yadier Molina – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th and 7th homer. Someone didn’t like me saying Molina was washed yesterday. I was talking about Bengie or Alfred. Chillax, Yadier.

Harrison Bader – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting near-.325 in the last week and hits in five straight games with a homer and steal.  Hot schmotato alert!

Adrian Houser – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.52. I’m all-in on Houser — got a Full Houser? — but, as the Streamonator rightfully points out, his next start is a no-go.

David Peralta – Will have season-ending surgery on his shoulder. Diamondbacks’ manager, Torey, who married Brad from The Challenge, said, “I don’t know what the diagnosis is or what the procedure will be, but his 2019 season is over.” Seems dialed in to the comings and goings.

Ketel Marte – 2-for-3 and his 28th homer. He limped around the bases on the home run, and was diagnosed with a hamstring cramp. That’s from dehydration, happens from too much Ketel in the Arizona desert. Have a hard seltzer once in a while to rehydrate.

Scooter Gennett – Released by the Giants. Scooter, the Giants and Giants fans will always have the memories of Gennett’s three-plus week stay with the club. Like that 1-for-4 with a walk that led them to a 5-4 loss. Man, great times.

Mauricio Dubon – With Scooter out the door (driveway?), the Giants lifted their skirt, revealing a Duboner. Excuse me, “top prospect Dubon” who was barely a C-level prospect for the Brewers, a team that doesn’t have a good minor league system. The Brewers thought so highly of Dubon they chucked him in a deal for Pomeranz, but Dubon did have 20 HRs, 10 SBs and a .302 average in Triple-A this year, and should see everyday at-bats with the Giants. Prospect Mike said, “Eventually, (Dubon is) a utility infielder, but he’d be a decent boost to batting average and possibly runs scored in deeper formats, which is different than a decent boot that I’d like to stick up Grey’s ass.” Hey!  Not sure if you’ve been following along with all prospect posts, but Prospect Mike’s last post is coming later today. He’s headed off to become Dr. Prospect Mike, and apparently that will take his full attention. Dr. Pepper continued to quench thirsts while he was getting his degree, but what can you do? I’m gonna miss Prospect Mike a ton, as I’m sure a lot of you will too. On Sunday, our new prospect writer will start, assuming he doesn’t want to become a doctor too.

  1. Not the real Hubie Brooks says:
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    Per Wikipedia, Staci Keanan from My Two Dads (who I had the biggest crush on in middle school) now practices law in SoCal under her birth name). Paul Reiser (not Pete Reiser) is still Paul Reiser. No one has seen Greg Evigan in years. I don’t have a fantasy baseball question today, but if you could make the real life mets start winning again, that’d be awesome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just did some deep-dive googling on Staci Keanan and I think I need a personal injury attorney

  2. toolshed says:
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    I asked about caleb smith about a week ago. Seems like you changed your tune after two straight lousy starts. So would you use him again this year at ho ome or has he lost your trust? Ratios are important where I own him. I figured I could use him at home at least. Now I dont think so.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d still stream him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I dropped him in one league

  3. toolshed says:
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    Now getting to paddack, would you use him vs sf in his next start? I am not sure how much gas he has left in the tank. I also know he doesn’t have many starts left. As good as he was earlier, I still have doubts about him and his lack of a 3rd pitch or having one really dominant one. Control is elite though.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d start him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m going to start him for one more, then likely drop him

  4. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Another great report, grand slam over the Green Monster bleacher seats and onto Landsdowne Street. (For future reference, Toronto’s Little Italy has a Landsdowne Avenue, hence the difference between Canada and America – y’all call street for what we call avenue!.

    a. How about JBJ’s 478 foot HR, the longest one hit since Statcast started recording in 2015!!! Mighty for like his 9th (yawn!) HR.

    b. On Yu, I agreed even during his Texas heydays, if his splitter wasn’t getting over then there will be plenty of BBs.

    c. Don’t get too excited or complacent owning Moran! He has 13 HRs in the year of the HR so he’s pretty much the Moran-line for HRs, if you’re dumpster searching for HRs.

    d. Don’t forget the correct spelling of his name. Yu-Cheng Chang, as in Yu-Cheng, I Chang we all Chang for ice cream.

    e. Started Quantrill in 1 weekly lock for the 2-starts where I was desperate. I thought he’d be golden because he took all of daddy’s advice on how to pitch, then I realized his daddy wasn’t so successful so that’s that for Quantrill for this year.

    f. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for August 28

    The Noose Hangs High, 1948

    Costello: It’s no use crying over spilled milk. It’s the nickel back for the bottle that I care about.

    (Sorry to all Nickleback fans out there. That’s the source of the band’s name uncovered. Geraldo made me do it.)

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Here in Ireland we have a Landsdowne Road.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In Little Italy, it’s pronounced Lansdowny

      A. Yeah, I saw that, actually meant to mention it but there was a lot yesterday

      B. Yup

      C. Yeah, he’s a bit of a bore, but Goodrum wasn’t exactly lighting the world on fire

      D. Ha

      E. Yeah, ouch

      F. Haha

  5. Dr Easy says:
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    Mike Leigh clearly needs to go back to his Happy-Go-Lucky days!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s an obvious Dogma 95 poseur

  6. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Man, I’m down on Aquino! He hasn’t homered but once in the last 9 games! So you know what I did? I went out and picked up Sam Hilliard! That’s right! I’m a fool chasing a lottery ticket and one of these days I’m going to find me another Max Muncy bitches!

    By the way, I like this Berti guy. He reminds me a little of Whit Merrifield with less pop. :o)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aquino stopped homered, but he did start stealing bases – good analogy on Berti, very astute

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Oh yeah, I’m digging Aquino’s speed!! I’m keeping him in the lineup!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s a nice surprise

          • Harley Earl says:
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            Astute! I like the sound of that! Haha!

            • CMUTIMMAH says:
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              i used the word “astute” in a meeting back when I started my job out of college. I referred to someone being astute for correcting my work. My 27 year old boss pulled me aside and seriously asked me why I thought it would be ok to say someone was being an “ass toot” in a meeting. I thought she was kidding. She was not.

              That was the day I lost all respect for my boss.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                HA

  7. Jay says:
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    Would you drop Matthew Boyd for Kenta Maeda, Mitch Keller or Jeff SSamardzija? Also do you think Gavin Lux gets called up?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’d want Shark right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes on Lux

      I’d stream, I just grabbed Maeda, Shark’s been fine too

  8. Dong Show says:
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    Dynasty league trade question (our deadline is Aug 31)

    Guy who is a spot ahead of me by 2 games (we are both making playoffs) has offered me Luis Robert and Andrew Vaughn for my Nola. He could use another pitcher, I’m very deep at the spot.

    Feels fair, but prob not good timing with playoffs starting next week. I’m bound to lose Paddack to innings shut down too meaning I’d be down two pitchers ( I have 12 SP)

    Would you hold or is this too juicy or an offer that would be dumb to turn down.

    Thanks Grey!

    • Tim Anderson Project says:
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      Not sure I am selling a proven SP right before playoffs for two minor leaguers. One of them wont help until next year and the other is 2 plus years away? Alot can change on those guys before they are actually paying dividends in the MLB.

      Hold and try for off season and hope his Staff is the reason for his early exit.

      • Dong Show says:
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        Sound sound reasoning and I tend to agree with you. I’ve been leaning no. Sometimes I just need some additional reassurance.

        Thanks TAP!

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          Do not make that trade this close to playoffs.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Agree with others. I wouldn’t be opposed to countering for just Robert though if you have other arms you can afford to lose. I want Robert badly for next year…really badly.

      • Dong Show says:
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        I tried with Bauer for Robert but he’s just not into Bauer unfortunately. I feel like that’s pretty fair for a 1-1

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Definitely fair

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  9. Ivanmakebasket says:
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    Wow revisionist history by you on Heaney. Yeah u had a sleeper post on him for 2019 but preseason 2018 I remember commenting he could breakout and you had no interest in him at all like zero. Yeah I’ve used a few different user names over the years becasue every once in awhile I read something’s that I have to make a comment like this on.

    Also just to keep being a dick, u said u thought the braves were dumb for bringing in Donaldson and that Johan camargo should be their everyday third basemen. Be fair sir, be very fair.

    • Ivanmakebasket says:
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      Just went back to check, unless I’m wrong which I’m not, you didn’t even have Heaney ranked in 2018. You ranked 137 starting pitchers and Heaney didn’t get a single mention (except for when you pretty much said he’s an injured loser in the garrett Richards blurb in the top 100 SP post 2018).

      Yep, you really loved Heaney every year haha. Great job making up that you predicted his solid 2018 season and that you liked him, you didn’t even have him ranked!!!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      History is always written by the winners, Ivan.

      • Ivanmakebasket says:
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        Grey liked Heaney every year HAHAhaha…. Aka he completely missed the boat on Heaneys 2018 breakout. Yep, either way.

    • Cram It says:
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      Cool, going back to 2018.

      • Ivanmakebasket says:
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        Huh? Grey said he liked Heaney EVERY year in his post today.

        2018 counts as a year right? The year Heaney broke into fantasy relevance in 2018 Grey literally wanted ZERO to do with him, but now today is making it seem like he was in on Heaney all along.

        I went through every starter post by Grey in 2018 and searched for Heaneys name and he was absolutely unranked out of 137 starters, and Grey ranks everyone with a pulse.

        If he’s going to gloat about fake correct past predictions I’m going to call him out for it.

        Also, I checked the top 500 post from 2018 but the link to 2018 takes you to the 2019 rankings. But if he didn’t have Heaney in his top 137 starters for 2018 I doubt Heaney was in his top 500 overall.

        Ur such a loser fan boy cram and always have been.

        Good luck !!!

        • Cram It says:
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          If a 4.15/1.20 with 9 wins is a breakout, you win. You’re the man.

          • Ivanmakebasket says:
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            I knew that would be the reply.

            Ur missing the point. Besides that, Heaney had 180ks also, so yes, it was a breakout and he was a great value in 2018, again tho that’s not the point.

            Point is grey acting like he’s been in on Heaney before his brrakout with his comment today when that’s fake news.
            Grey wanted 0 to do with Heaney in 2018 unranked out of 137players. So how has grey been “liking him every year” like he says in this post.

            It’s funny heaney is going off now and grey acts like he’s been the Heaney guy from the begining. Its fake news that’s all.

            • Cram It says:
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              All he said is that he like him every year. You’re blowing that up to more than that.

              • Ivanmakebasket says:
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                I get what he said and its fake news. He wasn’t on him every year. He hated him in 2018 actually. Unranked out of 137pitchers- When he literally ranks every pitcher, even ones he thinks are bad. That’s how little he thought of Heaney in 2018.

                For him to say I’m gonna like heaney again next year like I do every year he’s implying he was reccomending Heaney in 2018 becasue he’s smart, when in reality he completely missed Heaney in 2018. its just misleading the followers.

                • Cram It says:
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                  Ok, you can go back to the FOX new comments section.

                  • Yes says:
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                    Don’t politicize disagreements pls

                • Cram It says:
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                  He didn’t say he was championing Heaney for his whole career and that everyone else is an idiot for not listening to him. All he said was that he like him. Please don’t stop taking your meds.

                  • Ivanmakebasket says:
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                    He said he liked heaney Every year. in 2018 when he diliberalty did not rank him out for 137 starters, in fact Grey mentioned Heaneys name in his 2018 pitcher rankings literallynjust to say that he’s an injured loser.

                    So what grey said today about Heaney was false and a lie.

                    Today he’s commenting he liked Heaney every year. In 2018 HATED heaney

                    Ur brain doesn’t follow becasue your head is too far up Grey’s ass.

                    • Cram It says:
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                      Yeah man, you’ve repeated this information like 12 times in the same post. I get it. I just don’t give a sh*t because I’m not a pedantic troll.

                    • Tom says:
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                      Grey definitely liked him going into this seasom, then mid-way not so much, now I guess he like him again.

                    • Tom says:
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                      Grey on July 1st. this year talking about Heaney:
                      “6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.40. Been saying for a week-plus that he looks broke, and I wouldn’t own him. You filling up your pity-bank for good karma? Go pick plastic straws out of dolphins’ nostrils and leave Heaney alone.
                      He’s pitching like sh*t, he’s broken, he’s pitching well, I always liked him.

                    • Grey

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                      I like Heaney when he’s not injured… I like Rhys Hoskins too, but he looks off and is droppable for this year… Liking someone when they’re injured and not pitching well is not a thing

                    • Slappy Jack says:
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                      you realize that you might be a crazy person , right? going to war over Andrew Heaney
                      A guy that has been on a steady rotation of being good, being hurt, and sucking for as long as I can remember

          • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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            That’s what I was thinking…how is 2018 a breakout year for him? XD

            • Ivanmakebasket says:
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              Lol yes 2018 was a huge breakout for Andrew Heaney. Look at his career stats. He needs a 3 era to be considered a breakout? He was good in 2018.

    • Dave D says:
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      What point are you trying to make here? It’s not really clear to me.

      • Ivanmakebasket says:
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        Grey loves to talk about his correct past predictions like in the Hunter pence blurb today. And I’m fine with that.

        What I’m not fine with is Grey bragging about being in on Heaneys breakout. He made it seem like he’s been reccomending Heaney every year when in 2018-Heaneys breakout- he didn’t even even have Heaney ranked.

        • Cram It says:
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          You know he talks about the thing he got wrong too, right?

          • Ivanmakebasket says:
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            Not often. Not that I blame him he’s running a business that depends on him being right.

            • Cram It says:
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              Actually he does. But there’s a difference between liking/not liking a guy and being right/wrong about a guy.

        • Scrapski says:
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          Don’t think anybody here cares if you’re not fine with it. Not trying to be rude but that just seems to be the case .

          • Ivanmakebasket says:
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            So u like being mislead I get it that’s fine. I can’t decide that for you. Be well!

            • Scrapski says:
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              I don’t remember asking you to decide anything for me.
              The reason no one cares is because you’re always Joe Bitterman. Be well yourself!

              • Ivanmakebasket says:
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                Baah baaah baaaaahhh

                That’s all I hear when I read your reply you sheep

                • Dave D says:
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                  Well, you may be right on Heaney. If so then it seems totally fair to point out. It seems like you’re going further though and questioning his integrity and then name calling some others. I disagree with that. One of the things I really like about Grey is that he is very forthright and owns his comments. What other expert is as accessible and as open to his readers as Grey?

                  Sure he makes mistakes and perhaps can occasionally see history as a revisionist to make himself look better. Everybody I know does that. If you’re right on this issues then you making your point is warranted. But I don’t think making it bigger than Heaney is helpful or all that warranted.

            • Cram It says:
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              Mislead? Who gives a F if he says he liked a guy 2 years ago but didn’t have any documentation of it? Seriously, who gives a F? Only you.

              • knucks says:
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                What was the username/nick that loved talking about the Yanks and was always giving everyone hell earlier this year. Was always being as contrarian on here as possible. I think he disappeared? And I think its possible that this is that guy…

                • Cram It says:
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                  Yeah, I forgot his name, but it probably is the same guy. Calling Grey an idiot about Mondesi and….oh Wally Pipp! Probably is the same guy because he disappeared.

                  • knucks says:
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                    It def is the same guy. I had a feeling you would remember his username haha

                    If you google “Wally Pipp Razzball” and “Ivanmakebasket Razzball” the one starts appearing when the other seems to drop off. Maybe I wrong, but I doubt it.

                    • Ivanmakebasket says:
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                      There’s been more before that, dont forget Willy Mo!

                      You cracked the case knucks!!!

                • The Great Knoche says:
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                  Willy Mo and how very Pipp.

                  • Ivanmakebasket says:
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                    If only you guys would accept me for the heel that I am I wouldn’t have to change my identity so often!!

                    I can’t help myself. I’m a jerk from North Jersey. If you think I’m an asshole in here, you should see me drive!!

                    I doubt many ppl who are unaffiliated with razzball have visited the site more than I have cumalitively over the last 5 years.

                    • NJ says:
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                      Water off your back man, don’t be afraid to let the jersey out hahaha

          • Yes says:
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            Just for the record I care if he’s not fine with it. He hasn’t done anything to me personally so I have no reason to dispose of his opinion just because it’s unpopular

      • William Hung says:
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        I’m all out of popcorn… :(

      • Ivanmakebasket says:
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        Bro u didn’t rank him in 2018, he was healthy in 2018. He made his first start on April 14th that year. And pitched 180 innings that year

        Heaney barely got a mention in your2018 rankings for pitchers besides your mention that he’s an injured loser.

        You rank literally everyone and he didn’t get ranked. Get off my face that you liked Heaney in 2018.

        • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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          Who hurt you bro? No one appreciates any of what you’re doing. grey often calls himself out when he’s wrong and makes a joke out of it. maybe you just dont read every day. he was criticizing himself daily for dropping willy calhoun and sano…ive had multiple correspondences with grey where he owns up to being wrong esp with those hitters. Go control F my comments. I can say I like a guy and then not draft him. No one understands why youre so mad. Stop hating dude. No one takes Grey’s word as the Bible, you have to make your own informed decisions. Props to you for being so into Heaney. I wasnt! and Im wrong so far!

          • Ivanmakebasket says:
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            This is a website full of supporters.

            I feel like a Democrat at a Trump rally.

            “Kick him out, he’s saying stuff we don’t like that may be true!!!”

            • Dave D says:
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              You’re missing the point. If you disagree with Grey thats fine. If I didn’t like what he did I wouldn’t post here or read regularly. Coming back if you don’t like something to complain about it seems like a waste. I disagree with Grey fairly often, but his site is fun anyway because he offers a lot more than player analysis. Humor for one. If you are coming back because you get something from it why don’t you acknowledge the pro’s along with your gripes?

            • sportivetricks says:
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              Chief, I don’t think anyone is saying you are wrong. Grey only mentioned Heaney’s injury before 2018 and did not rank him, you’re right on that count.

              But what he said today was: “You don’t have to flirt so much, Heaney. I’m going to like you next year, just as I like you every year.”

              Never mind that this seems to be mostly just an offhand joke from a dude who produces tons of content five days a week, but I honestly don’t see any false claims there. What spot does a guy need to be ranked to confirm that he was “liked” or not?

              My dood, isn’t claiming to be a psychic or selling you something based on his “hit percentage.” And most of all, why do you care so much?

              • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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                for real^^

            • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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              It’s a website full of supporters because the people who dont like the site just leave. We are all just having fun and you getting your panties in a bunch about whether or not Grey liked a pitcher makes it un-enjoyable for everyone. You have like the weakest possible stance and idek why youre so upset about this. I “like” Heaney but I didnt pick him up from waivers in my leagues. Grey can like a pitcher mildly and not rank him or go bonkers trying to promote the pitcher. Stop being so literal. Do you pick up every single guy you mildly like? Why dont you make rankings and we’ll see how you fare lol

        • hot corner says:
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          In 2018, Heaney was injured in spring training with elbow inflammation and there was concern that he might need a second TJS. He was shut down and started the season on the DL. Nobody is going to recommend a pitcher in preseason that is on the DL with elbow issues. Doesn’t mean you can’t like them longer term.

      • Hey Ivan ever miss on a guy? Ever wrong? Doubt it, because you’re the shit. Never played or been around the game much have you? Anybody can take cheapshots from the stands, just another second-guessing puss. How about Mike Hunt for ur next user name – that’s what u are to me

        • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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          well said Smitty

          • Thanks Big Daddy – pretty sure we don’t give out a “Whiner of the week Award”

      • knucks says:
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        Grey you def don’t need to show your work to this guy. I am pretty sure that it’ll be easy for you and Rudy to check the IP and you’ll find that its the same guy from pre-season who comments just to give you guff. And if its not, then it is quite the coincidence that one username appears when the other falls off… he a troll Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, I was just pointing out that I did like Heaney then didn’t rank him bc he was injured, which doesn’t seem contrary to not liking him… I mean, I do know who I like and don’t like… Not sure why liking Heaney would even be controversial, not like he’s been *that* good

          • Ivanmakebasket says:
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            So now you don’t rank guys who have small injuries entirely? and then claim you liked them all along after they have good seasons. Cmon man. You ranked 137 guys and he didn’t get ranked. But you liked him in 2018. ok….

            • Ivanmakebasket says:
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              Cool

            • Yes says:
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              Are you really standing by it? You still are replying to him and the seasons almost over.

              Not trying to take sides but you all are kind of ganging up on him and his point isn’t egregious

              • Cram It says:
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                Because he’s a d-bag about it. I mean you should have heard this guy drone on at least the last 2 seasons about the same sh*t, self-glossing, and calling everyone any idiot for not agreeing with his hot takes.

  10. Thundergunn says:
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    Colin Moran about to play a series in Coors..yes please!

    would you grab mike ford or Harrison bader for schmotatoness this week?

    Houser left with hip discomfort..is he worth holding? I’d only be dropping him for steams or schmotatoes

    Lastly..Zach wheeler had been pretty blah over the last month, would you drop him in a 14 team H2H if you were fighting for a playoff spot?

    Tanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I just looked up schmotato in the dictionary. There was a picture of Mike Ford.

      I’d lose Houser and hold Wheeler.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks on Houser, I hadn’t heard… Can lose him…

      Agree with DT

  11. Jay says:
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    Would you drop Matthew Boyd for Kenta Maeda, Mitch Keller or Jeff Samardzija? Also do you think Gavin Lux gets called up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  12. Will says:
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    Buxton is the ultimate tease, he finally hits the ball great this season but just cannot seem to stay healthy. A .262/.513/.827 line with 10 HRs, 46 RBI and 14 steals in only 82 games makes one think that 20/90/25 season will finally happen some day. Worth noting too is he set a career high for extra base hits with 44 in only 271 at bats. Alas, in 5 years in the majors Byron “I’m made of glass” Buxton still has not made it to 500 at bats. Oh, and he’s still only 25 years old. Tease!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, big time tease, I’m prolly out on him next year unless price is super cheap

      • Will says:
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        I’m torn on whether to keep him next year or not. We keep 8 players and since I’m going to keep 2 pitchers I need to keep 6 from the following list:

        J Soto
        B Harper
        S Marte
        Y Puig
        T Story
        J Villar
        K Marte
        E Escobar
        J Abreu
        D Dahl
        B Buxton

        Yeah, I’m dominating offense in my league but can’t keep all of those guys :(

        Which 6 would you keep? Or would you toss the 2 pitchers (Syndergaard and Ray) back and keep 8 of those batters? Standard 5×5 roto league categories.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s not close to a keeper there

  13. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Great write up. ROS redraft league , do you like Houser or Caleb Smith? Justice noticed that Houser as a hip issue. Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Caleb for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Someone above mentioned Houser’s hurt, so Caleb

  14. I Miss Steve Sax says:
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    ROS – Addison Russell or Seth Brown

    and

    ROS – Miles Mikolas or Tony Gonsolin

    Last week of FAAB – can’t pick up any players for the rest of the year after this week.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Brown and Mikolas for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  15. Steamin Beamen says:
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    I read that line by Prospect Mike in his last post and was hoping he just meant last post of the season. Damn such a bummer.

    Prospect Mike netted me Acuna and Soto before anyone, and I will be forever grateful. I read his posts as religiously as I read yours, and I refuse to start working before I’ve read your morning post.

    Boss: “Can I see you?”
    Me: “In a minute!! Can’t you see I’m cackling quietly to myself.”

    Good like Mike! We’ll miss you.

    I hope the standard hazing initiation rituals were followed for our new writer.

    New prospect writer you have big shoes to fill, unlike Grey’s which are tiny and smell.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      No disrespect to Mike, but you’re gonna love new prospect writer, The Itch.

      He has the rarely used Donkey seal of approval.

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Yeah Dude had the Grisham foresight. He’s ok in my book.

      • Steamin Beamen says:
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        Strong start out of the box with the name The Itch.

        And I’d be a jackass not to trust the Donkey seal, so really glad to hear that endorsement.

      • Tim Anderson Project says:
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        DT

        Is Mike gone? Did I miss something?

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          I think Grey said Mike is in grad school and no longer has the time.

          The Itch is taking the prospect reigns in September.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, it’s true, I have tiny feet

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        You know what they said about people with tiny feet….thick mustaches

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They make excellent 1970s tap dancers?

  16. Cable says:
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    12 team h/h points league ..Matthew Boyd is a FA in league is he even worth a pickup

    • Cable says:
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      Would probably have to drop Plesac to pickup up Boyd

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d grab Boyd over Plesac

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at matchups, they’re a coin flip for me

  17. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    You starting Waguespack at home vs. ATL today? How about EdRod in Coors? QS league.

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I wouldn’t start either

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Who? And no.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  18. Cable says:
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    H/H points 12 team redraft …..Getting near the season end, playoffs start next week and I’m involved again this year thanks to the people at Razzball for pointing me towards these great young players….W Smith,Tatis,Hiura,Gurriel jr,Alvarez,Aquino,Reynolds to mix in with the vets on my team….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Good luck!

  19. Five-on-One says:
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    Looking for some advice prior to today’s weekly deadline (12-team 5×5 roto):

    Please rank the following SPs:
    Plesac @TB (-$1.2) – but he has been so good lately
    Lucchesi @SF ($6.5) – he has not been good away from home
    Houser vHOU (-$17.0) – yes, SON hates this one, but it also hated his last two starts against STL, and he pitched well in both.
    HEANEY vBOS ($24.8) – SON screams ‘start him’ but isn’t Boston’s lineup kind of good?
    E Hernandez @WSH (-$13.1) – whatever

    Please give top four. I will start either three or four of these schmos. Thanks.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Heaney, Lucchesi, Elieser, Plesac

    • Jeff says:
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      It does not look like Heaney is starting vs Bos this weekend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If Heaney is out as Jeff says (I don’t know) and Houser is injured as someone above says (I also don’t know, 1st I’m hearing these things) then you only have three — Lucchesi 1st

  20. JB says:
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    We’re starting Flaherty at Milwaukee today, right?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Yes

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with others

  21. Five-on-One says:
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    WARNING – Catcher question coming…

    2-Catcher league (5×5 roto), but using Jansen, but he seems to be losing time and not hitting well… replace him with any of these other not-good catchers?

    Chirinos, Zunino, Kiner-Falefa, Vog, Hicks, Casro, Castillo, Caratini, Casalli…

    Thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      These guys aren’t jumping off page, Chirinos homered yesterday, maybe he’s heating up

  22. Five-on-One says:
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    Last question for the day (or at least for now):

    Currently using CTaylor (pretty cold), VanMeter, Margot and Dyson. All 5 categories still close.

    Replace any of them with any of the following: Longoria, Profar, Hampson, Flores, Fowler, Ford, Cave, Bader, Nicky Lopez…

    Thank you.

    • Cram It says:
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      I just dropped Margot for Bader FWIW.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fowler, Ford, Bader and keep Dyson

  23. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Fully agreed on Alvarez. Yord of the Rings has earned that Top 20 spot even in just that SSS of 60 games . . . his peripherals are insane! Obviously a .367 BABIP is high for a slow guy and an over-30% HR/FB rate won’t keep, but his batted ball is so nuts that he’s sort of already earned that above-average BABIP (maybe ~.330-.340 BABIP?) and should still have an elite HR/FB. 50.6% hard hit to 9.4% soft contact, with a Votto-esque 1.6% IFFB rate makes Yord look like the next Just Dong (I think I would already draft him a bit in front of wherever JDM is next year), but with less ground balls.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not sure he’ll ever have a low BABIP (at least not for 10 years), if you watch him hit…He has an easy no big deal stroke and the ball zooms off the bat… He looks like a top 5 hitter, it’s that stupid UTIL elig.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Ah, makes sense re: UTL. At least he’ll likely gain OF again at some point next season, at least in leagues where 5 GP will usually do the trick like CBS or Yahoo.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, true on Yahoo… Not sure on CBS, I thought they were harder to gain elig.

          • Yordan is a big reason to get excited, but won’t be eligible as an OF in 2020 – DH/UTL only. The good news it should lower his ADP somewhat. So after I snag Acuna (1st) & Tatis (2nd) hope to be looking at Alvarez (3rd) Think he’ll be there?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What an insane 1, 2, 3 if you get them

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              As for your question, not sure if he will be there tho

              • Right, he is most likely gonzo, but goin young. Yordy UTL/DH only but will “sacrifice” that spot for him. I love his swing too, guided missles. Great talking 2020 brother man – insane!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Same, insane!

  24. synyster says:
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    Porcello had a great game @ COL on my bench of course. This means if I start Ed-Rod tonight @ COL hes going to get blown up, right? Am I crazy for starting Ed-Rod @ COL?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Crazy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So crazy

  25. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    I think I said Yordan could be top 20 two months ago and you guys laughed at me.

    Come to think of it, they may have been unrelated occurrences.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      Hah! Well, you’re 100% right! When I FAAB’d him for $26 in my keeper league at his callup, I didn’t think there was any chance I would be thinking about keeping him for $29 ($260 budget, standard roto) . . . but I think I’m obligated to now! He certainly beats the $21 Rhys I was planning to keep for $24…

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Almost a no-brainer

    • Clown says:
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      This is a clown question bro – Harper or Yordan keep forever ops league

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Yordan

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yordan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, mutually exclusive, carry on, DT

  26. The Perfect Game says:
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    Would you take Heaney or Morton ROS in a standard roto? Maintaining my lead in ratios without sacrificing QS is the goal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heaney

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Though someone above said he’s being skipped next time, so I’d check that 1st

  27. baseballbanter says:
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    starting a deep dynasty draft for next year. 5 cats.

    currently on my 2nd pick (23rd overall) and debating between Judge/Rendon/Trae Turner.

    have already chosen Yordan as my first.

    this league could go for years, so who do you think is my best bet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wanna say Trea, but I worry he’s already slowing down… Tough call… I guess Trea still, but can persuaded differently

  28. jose says:
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    I dropped Eduardo Rodriguez to clear room to stream pitchers for my H2H points league playoff matchup this week. He was subsequently picked up by my opponent and will therefor have an outstanding game @ Coors today. If anyone else would like to take advantage of my coming misfortune (or maybe you could pick him up for some reverse jinx my way!), you have been informed!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, no thanks!

  29. William Hung says:
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    I keep flip flopping between who to play at 3B between Sano and JD Davis – Sano gets dinged in my league cause of the Ks, but he’s killing it with those HRs… who would you rely on for the playoffs?

    • Chucky says:
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      I’m in a semi similar situation with Sano, JDD and Chapman. Been rolling with Sano. Better lineup for counting stats. JDD also plays the OF which offers much needed and always under appreciated flexibility

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      JD due to Ks

  30. waffles says:
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    appreciate the Mikolas apology! if i answered 400 questions a day I imagine i’d get some wrong as well

    do you think Tommy Edman (off tomorrow) is too hot to drop in a 14 teamer for someone who plays tomorrow? really need to win this matchup. thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, sorry!

      I’d hold drop to stream, gotta do what you gotta do at this point

  31. omar says:
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    OPS league. Voit or Dahl for the stretch run?

    Voit will be back sooner; Dahl has a lot of games at Coors in September.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Voit

  32. Chucky says:
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    Prefacing an earlier discussion about Luis Robert. Is it not only conceivable but reasonable to keep Robert over Stanton in a keep forever 12 teamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems reasonable if you keep everyone forever

  33. Steve says:
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    Anybody know who will be the bulk pitcher for Tex today?

    Thanks

    • William Hung says:
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      Jurado – Per RW:
      Emmanuel Clase will serve as the opener for the Rangers on Wednesday night against the Angels.
      The hard-throwing 21-year-old will probably work only the first inning before giving way to Ariel Jurado. Clase was called up from Double-A Frisco on August 2 and has registered a 4.35 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 9/4 K/BB ratio over his first 10 1/3 major league frames.

  34. fausto

    fausto says:
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    need a batty call tomorrow…hilliard or c.moran? (both @ coors)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Hilliard

  35. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Heaney – My boy looked really good last night. Had 9 Ks through 5 then he lost command in the 6th, walked 2 straight batters then battled back to end inning with a K. Looked unhittable at times, couple ABs Rangers just shook their head cus they no idea what to do with it. One in particular to Choo froze him on like 3 straight pitches.

    Cal Quantril – he got shelled in LA. And it wasnt just one bad late inning after he was getting tired. So i have no idea what to do with him now, hahaha. *shreds pre-written post* nothing to see here! he might be another hodgepadre afterall.

    Yu Darvish – this goes back to what pointed out last month, he’s throwing his cutter more (which he commands well) and he corrected his release point up higher so its more over the top which also helps his command. And he’s challenging hitters more in the strikezone, less walks and sometimes more homeruns (i think he given up like 30 this year). i think he’s willing to take the solo shots with bases empty in order to avoid big innings.

    Bry Rey – Homeboy is a magnificent unicorn, i think i gotta dig into him. Unhyped prospect with no standout skills but classic jack of all trades is killing it. 5 multi-hit games in the last 7. Really looking forward to his Coors series.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed on Heaney, be awesome if he can stay healthy one year…

      Not on Quantrill, too early to write him off for his career, but he doesn’t look great at times this year

      Yup, totally on Yu, plus did you see he learned a knucklecurve from Kimbrel?

      Bry Rey for life!

      • Coolwhip

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        True thaton Quantrill, to clarify, i mean the rest of this season he is a hodgepadre. I think he has the tools long term to be a Hendricks-type pitcher.

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          did not know that on Yu… that’s legit, if he can master that, I may be more hyped for him next year than i should be.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, supposedly he learned it in a week — shrugs — not sure, but something to watch

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that sounds like a solid best case scenario

  36. Sean says:
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    I assumed Prospect Mike would have to resign in shame anyway after ranking Maitan in his top 100 this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, that was why he had to walk down the cobblestone street naked while we threw feces at him… Different set of circumstances

  37. LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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    Any one know the story on Soroka? In CBS his profile went dark and he has no projected scores for this week on next period? Is Alanta limitting his innnings?

    Who would you start next week this is what I was thinking.
    Clevinger, Flaherty, Beiber, Morton, Kimbrel, Iglesias

    Bench Wheeler, Soroka, Maeda?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know their matchups… Seems like you’re benching good pitchers tho

      • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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        Yes Finally some first world problems with pitching this year in this H2h League

        Here are the matchups i have alot of white sox

        beiber home CHW
        Clevinger home CHW
        Flaherty home SF
        Heaney @Oak and @CHW
        Morton home Tor

        Soroka is now showing TOR and WAS at home
        Wheeler @Was

        Not sure who Maeda is up agaist but he is elible for relief or start but he is killing latley as well but Kibrel and Iglesias have been doing well lately

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Soroka over Morton for the 2 starts

          • LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood says:
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            Thanks Grey

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  38. Inspector gadget says:
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    How do you feel about tucker for darvish? Cushy schedule for darvish to finish the year. (Tucker can be kept in the 23rd next year but I’ve got better keepers)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tucker’s a great keeper, but if you need Yu, go for it

  39. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I hope you’re doing well. In a 10 team, h2h, standard 5×5 league:

    C: Grandal
    1B: Rizzo
    2B: Baez
    3B: K. Seager (Mondesi will be returning so I’ll be dropping Seager most likely and placing Baez at 3B and Mondesi at 2B)
    SS: Story
    CI: Olson
    MI: Dannys Antana
    OF: Acuna, Soto, Judge, Benitendi
    UTIL: Ohtani, Pillar (Probably dropping Pillar when Laureano returns)
    Bench: Mondesi (DL’d)
    DL: Voit, Laureano

    1) I have Mondesi, Voit and Laureano all returning. Would the two drops be Pillar and Kyle Seager when they return?

    2) After you make those drops, do you make any additional moves for any of these following waiver wire bats? Or Hold?
    -Franmil Reyes
    -Mark Canha
    -Yadier Molina (maybe over Grandal?)

    3) Once Doolittle returns, is Daniel Hudson a drop?

    4) It says Houser is hoping to make his next start… do you like him over Caleb Smith or Lucchesi?

    Thanks!

    • Sandman says:
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      Can also drop Daniel Hudson now for Houser.. the rest of my pitching is not droppable

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Drop Hudson 1st

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, you too!

      1. Yes, Pillar, Seager

      2. Nah

      3. Yup

      4. Over Smith

      • Sandman says:
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        Thanks Grey!

        One last question – IF I stash Lux – would he be a worthy start over anyone in that lineup?

        Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, Antana if Lux is playing

  40. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    As we go into the playoffs – where almost everyone is droppable – I have some keeper questions for ya.

    With my keeper rules in this league, I can only keep 4 players. And their draft position next year is impacted by where they were drafted this year, or if they were selected off of free agency.

    I’m currently thinking my keepers will be the following:
    YuGu (would be my 13th round pick next year)
    Luis Castillo (would be my 7th round pick next year
    Bieber (would be my 8th round pick next year)
    Mikolas (would be my 20th round pick next year)

    Some other possibilities:
    Mondesi (would be my 4th round pick next year)
    Suarez (would be my 12th round pick next year
    Corbin (would be my 13th round pick next year; can only select one keeper per round though, so it’s either him or YuGu)
    La Stella (would be my 25th round pick next year)
    Andujar (would be my 24th round pick next year)

    Do you think my current keepers are good, or would you change with some of the other possibilities? Thanks!

    • Eric says:
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      btw, it’s a QS and OBP league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mikolas is not good, and I’d go Corbin over Gurriel

      Eugenio, Mondesi, Bieber, Corbin

      • Eric says:
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        Thanks for the feedback! And I agree, Mikolas has been super frustrating this year. I own him in both my leagues, and previously selected him as a keeper in this same league I’m asking about now. I’m hoping with his start last night, the best of the season (albeit against a bad team in a pitcher-friendly ballpark), will help him finish up strong-ish.

        But regardless, you still don’t think he’s great value at 20th pick? Especially in a QS league, of which he has 14…?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, I’m not a huge fan of Mikolas as a keeper, you have better

          • Eric says:
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            Fair shake. Thanks again – much appreciated.

            Btw, I’m surprised you’re not all over this Yelich body issue business…. slightly disappointed, even.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I thought Yelich released a nudie video years ago, so not sure what else there is to see

  41. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    *ALERT* Miguel Sano faces a Lefty away from Target today *ALERT*

    totals now up to 24 games, 37 AB, 6 homers, .350 avg, 1.279 OPS, .514 ISO

    Prepare for blastoff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wish I owned him still

      • William Hung says:
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        Hoping to ride this lightning today!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too!

    • Coolwhip

      Coolwhip says:
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      and a bad one at that

  42. erad says:
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    Krew Harper!

    Streaming Plutko – in a K/9 league no less – may go down as one of the best nights of my life

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

  43. Wesley Warren says:
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    Should I continue to trust the Hittertron regarding Hoskins?
    I’m in need of HR, and today it has him at #11 for HRs, against a pitcher (Keller, PIT) he’s never faced while he’s only sitting on 3 homeruns in 30 days.
    The Hittertron doesn’t often let me down, but I can’t wrap my head around this one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Hittertron, but I don’t know your options and I don’t trust Hoskins right now

      • Wesley Warren says:
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        I have what I consider better options considering the situation right now who won’t also kill my OBP (Harper, Ozuna, or Conforto, and Santana at 1B — although the Hittertron doesn’t like any of them better than Hoskins for a HR today).

        I think I’d rather sit him until he turns it around and be wrong than play him and probably see more games this week where he’s 0 for 4 or 1 for 5, with 2 or 3 Ks.

        Thanks as always!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That makes sense, No problem

  44. erad says:
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    I’m with ya on 1 more and done with Paddack – my only hesitation is I have him as a possible 16th round keeper, in a keep forever league.

    I’m also in first, trying for that regular season H2H payout – then playoffs – so holding either an ineffective/shutdown Paddack clogging up a roster spot is less than ideal.

    Here’s where I stand with keepers – 5 total.
    Bieber (9th)
    Judge (23)
    Vlad (25)
    Ketel Marte (26)
    all locks obviousy

    And then a choice between:
    Gallo (4th)
    Altuve (7th)
    Voit (12th)
    Paddack (16th)

    I’m leaning towards Voit as the last keeper – assuming he’s healthy down the stretch – but I love me some Paddack yanno?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I yanno, but you can keep Altuve

      • erad says:
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        Surprised to see you go Altuve there – also surprised to see that Altuve is #66 overall in our Yahoo league, even missing 6 weeks. I guess AVG is extra valuable now that everyone is either striking out or hitting dongs?

        Just wish he would use those lil legs to run more.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t love Altuve, but he’s well worth that value

  45. sportivetricks says:
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    Yo yo Yo!

    I’m already starting to lose my feelings for Willy Calhoun. I am so fickle and inconstant, like a filthy manwhore. Can you talk me out of dropping him? I think maybe I want to mostly just because it’s almost Add-drop-tember.

    Also, can we talk about how underrated Eddie Rosario is? Dude has been 8th or 9th round gold for me, and I’m in an OBP league, which is his weak spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I think Calhoun’s stilol worth holding, but depends on options — Yeah, Rosario is always underrated

  46. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Dynasty league question for you. Deep league, rosters are basically 40 man with 30 active players, 5 minor leaguers and 5 injury spots, and 14 teams — so 560 players are off the board at all times.

    Trying to decide what to do with Wil Myers. If he starts one more game at 1B this season, he’ll get 1B eligibility next year, which would be very valuable for my team. However, he sucks and I don’t think his 39.9% strikeout rate is an indication that he’s going to bounce back.

    So, do I cut bait now, and give his roster spot to a guy like Sam Hilliard. Or do I hold on to him, hoping he turns it around by the end of May next year? Obviously, if he struggled two months into 2020, I would cut his ass.

    But, should I just rip the band-aid off and cut his ass now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cut Myers

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Thanks. Yeah, he really needs to go. So sick of his sorry ass!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, No problem

  47. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I know I’ve asked a lot of questions today and I appreciate your help.

    Is cueto going to be someone you trust in the fantasy playoffs when he returns?

    Thanks !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wouldn’t trust Cueto

  48. American Troutfisher says:
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    12-team AL only, keep 13.

    I’m out of playoff race and so am looking toward next year. My potential trade partner is in playoffs and is looking to shore up his lineup for the stretch.

    I’m thinking of offering Heaney, Willie Calhoun, and a short reliever (wouldn’t be someone I’d keep anyway) for Jose Ramirez.

    Fair deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  49. Big Daddy Jeats says:
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    Yo Grey I got a start/sit question for you

    one spot for
    Caste v. Synder $-9 1 for 5 3 Ks
    Edman v. Lyles $-4 0 for 1
    Conforto v. Hendricks $3.7 1 for 2, Hendriks has given up one run against the mets in the last 3 YEARS nearly 20 IP

    and remember…if you’re wrong I get to complain about it for 3 hours tomorrow! ;) pick wisely

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… You have to go Cast

  50. rhodyballer says:
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    1. Pick two 2-SP weekly in a 5×5 roto for next week por favor:

    Disco (vs PHI / vs AZ)

    or

    Roark (vs LAA / vs DET)

    2. Also – Workman, Melancon, LeClerc = correct SAGNOF order?

    3. Dump Heyward for Berti or stash Tucker?

    Thanks!

    or

    Civale (vs CWW / @ MIN)

  51. rhodyballer says:
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    1. Pick two 2-SP weekly in a 5×5 roto for next week por favor:

    Disco (vs PHI / vs AZ)

    or

    Roark (vs LAA / vs DET)
    or

    Civale (vs CWW / @ MIN)

    2. Also – Workman, Melancon, LeClerc = correct SAGNOF order?

    3. Dump Heyward for Berti or stash Tucker?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Roark, Disco

      2. Yes, correct order

      3. Tucker if bench

  52. Batman says:
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    Edwin Diaz was dropped in my league, we use save and holds, 12 team.

    Would you drop Michael Lorenzen for him?

    Rest of bullpen:

    Chapman
    Yates
    Taylor Rogers
    Matt Barnes
    Zack Britton
    Michael Lorenzen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  53. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    AL only with OBP over AVG, total bases added. which 2 out of these, at least one of them have to be a 1B (lost pence). i already have dixon. if s.brown is one of them name a 3rd too as he’s not off WW’s yet.

    demerritte, dixon (1B/OF), naquin, travis (1B, barely plays), dj stewart, tellez, fisher, lopes, s.brown (off WW’s in 2 days)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Demeritte, Brown, Dixon

      • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        that’ll work, i already had the FAAB ready for brown dropping dixon.

  54. William Hung says:
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    Lyles is straight dealing today, while Flaherty has been very much in the “meh” zone

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And they ended with pretty similar lines

      • William Hung says:
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        yeah what a solid game at the end – 2 months ago, Flaherty would’ve gone sideways in that 1st inning with the error

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Totally

  55. Earl says:
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    Any chance that either Tyler Glasnow or Sean Manaea provide any pitching help soon?

    My pitching on a team is pretty bad and I rostered both few weeks ago in hopes they might.

    Maybe time to cut one or both loose??

    Thanks

    • Earl says:
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      or perhaps Luzardo??

      • William Hung says:
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        Def Glasnow cause he’s confirmed to be a bullpen arm ROS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Manaea would be my guess, but no guarantees

  56. bigbear says:
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    Somehow Franmil is still an FA in one of my 12 team H2H leagues… Currently not carrying a bench bat.

    Who’s the drop: Boba Chette (and still no bench bat), Marquez, or May? Thinking Marquez

    • bigbear says:
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      And lookout if Trea is stepping up his SB game… Any chance the Nats can play the O’s and Cubs for the next few weeks?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marquez

  57. Dave D says:
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    Oh, great, now Yamamoto to DL/IL/LOL. This is challenging my SP depth on my Razzball DC team since I already have Marquez, Chirinos, Glasnow, Urine-ah shelved. Looks like I’ll be rolling out a six man rotation down the stretch that includes the illustrious Eric Lauer and Zachk Eflin. Wish me luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, good luck!

      • Dave D says:
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        Thanks, I’ll likely need it. I’m not sure I believe Urena will come back and close as reported. I’m not expecting help from him or Glasnow rising from the pine for late-inning heroics.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t buy that Urena report at all

          • Dave D says:
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            Yeah, Im always skeptical about that kinda closer crap. Right up there with Eovaldi closing.

            Looks like Warner has tied up Magoo for 1st while I’m battling Beastman for third. I hope I can put up a good fight this last month!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wow, they’re tied? That would be a huge comeback, I thought Magoo was running away with it

              • Dave D says:
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                There are a number of close categories so a lot is still in flux. Those two will surely be battling this last month. It should be an interesting finish.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Good to see it close, just wish I was in the running!

  58. William Hung says:
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    Low pressure roster question: Do I look to snag Luke Voit? Here is my lineup currently and most likely what I’ll roll with for the playoffs in 2 weeks (injuries notwithstanding):

    C- Contreras
    1B- Bellinger
    2B- Hiura
    3B- Sano / JD Davis (still thinking about this move)
    SS- Lindor
    OF- Betts, Alvarez, Eaton
    UTIL- Story
    B- Castellanos, Mondesi Jr.

    I was thinking of dropping Cast for Voit and putting Voit at 1B, which would let me play a wicked OF of Betts, Alvarez, and Bellinger. If Mondesi runs at the high rate he was pre-injury, I think my HRs/SBs will be rock solid. There is a bit of nostalgia with this move since I rode the Voit/Mondesi train last season to win the championship, but I think this might be a case of rosterbation and my roster as currently constructed is strong already.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dropping cast? He’s been one of the hottest hitters in August… Nah, no, nope

      • William Hung says:
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        well it looks like the Fantasy Gods might have made this decision for me – Eaton HBP on the knee and he got pulled from the game. Prayer circle commence!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cast just homered, that settles that

          • William Hung says:
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            more like nail in the coffin – too bad it was a sonnavabench – i rolled out an OF of Betts, Yordan, and Eaton tonight :(

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn

            • Harley Earl says:
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              Castellanos is looking for a big payday!!!!

  59. toolshed says:
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    Read your buy piece on Friday and I too have been waiting for tucker all year. Reddick has been horrible in 2nd half. Any other team or sport he is up and getting an opportunity. Reddick did have 3 hits yesterday and watch this jacka$$ get hot now right before tucker gets called up. It would be fitting for the way my season has gone. Tucker up for pinch running and an occasional spot start is what i am preparing myself for.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could be, hope not, but worth the stash to see

      • toolshed says:
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        Yes agreed. I see reddick is out today, but they still have marisnack who is playing today. Just another potential player who may get in tucker’s way

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Marisnickly

  60. Jason Giambis Thong says:
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    Yo.
    I need results this week and next to make playoffs.
    I havent picked my catcher scab all year. Is it time to move on from Ramos?
    Top availiable are Meija, Murphy, Barnhard, Vazquez and Molina

    Keep Edman at 2bag? Top availiable are Berti, Galvis, Newman.

    Is Meadows stuck in this slump? Drop him? Top left are Pillar, Dickerson, Braun and Fowler.

    As an aside is there any evidence that the New York Yankees ever got rid of Giambis thong? Because i have Urshela on my team and he was playing like he was wearing it for a bit but Mike Fords got it on now right? Just havent seen any evidence that thats not whats happening, and it would make sence

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Molina

      I’d go Berti

      Hold Meadows

      No evidence that the thong is responsible for either’s power surge, need empirical data

  61. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    holy crap, r-zimm has only been playing at high A and AA (not triple, and is just now at single), AND only has a .720 OPS at those levels in total. and WAS wants to bring him back.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  62. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    so THAT’S why k.davis has sucked all year, not injuries, he found out he knocked somebody up. i know i’d be playing like shit if i was aware of that. i’d barely be alive (or not).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  63. Silent Heat says:
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    I was offered Puig for Stanton in dynasty league…take it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  64. Alps says:
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    Grey
    Would you drop Quintana for Wade Miley
    For rest of season
    My league counts net wins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  65. hondo says:
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    What happens to PT for JD Davis when Cano,Nimmo and maybe Lowrie return?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could get squeezed

  66. hondo says:
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    Yeah,the 3rd week of Sept with the @Coors and @ Cin looks pretty good.

    Any thoughts on Tucker PT?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think he plays most days but impossible to say

      • hondo says:
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        Thanks,I’ve got to make some room for Voit and Price but really don’t have a drop.I want to get my roster straight before my surgery next week,I’ve made some dubious alcohol inflienced decisions in the past.I’m afraid what I’d do on morphine.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I hear ya…but what’s Price outlook sounding like?

          • hondo says:
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            He’s supposed to start Sunday vs the Angels.I’ll probably sit him and take a look.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah, gotcha

  67. Gotime says:
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    Rudy interesting stat on Twitter about DMurphy having 2 HR in last 198 AB @ Coors… I haven’t dropped him because playoffs only start 2 weeks and would cost me draft dollars next year until then .. there’s no point keeping this guy amiright? Play a hot bat during playoffs in 2 weeks? (Despite a 6 game week @ Coors that week)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah he’s droppable

  68. Harley Earl says:
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    Aquinoooooooooooo again!!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s back!

      • Harley Earl says:
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        He’s the greatest!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He really is

  69. Sandman says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Can’t believe I’m asking this question… pillar or benitendi for the playoffs ? I have a bye next week in the first round.

    Standard 5×5 h2h league. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Benintendi

  70. FrankGrimes says:
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    Cookie pitching Sunday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s back!

      Watch Manhattan on Hulu, it’s great

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        I no be having Hulu.
        How many seasons?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Crap… I think two seasons… It’s solid, but I’m only half way thru so can’t say for sure it’s worth downloading…

  71. Corey says:
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    Is DJ LeMahieu for real? I can keep him for $1 next year, but we only get 5 keepers. Wondering if this is just a career year and he’ll plummet back down to earth next season. Don’t know enough about BAPIP and all that to look under the hood.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think it’s a career year but $1 is a great price

  72. William Hung says:
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    Blah! Stupid Hendricks couldn’t go 5 against the Mets with a 9 run cushion… c’mon man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s the worst!

    • Terrence Mann says:
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      Ahem, not to break up you fantasy baseballers but I believe I’m owed royalties along the lines of boba tea or some such shizz.

  73. William Hung says:
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    Why do injuries always come in bunches? Both Eaton and Sano get HBP and are now D2D – double prayer circle!

    • hondo says:
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      Eaton got hit on the side of his knee,nothing there but bone.He was on a hot streak but I’ve seen him before with banged up legs.
      NEXT>>>>>>>>>>

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