Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The ones that don’t draft pitching early. The Muslim Mrs. Garretts. The Yu’s that we saw in the 2nd half. The ones that see things differently and not simply the ones who are holding drinking glasses up to their face to make googly eyes. They’re not fond of the rules like:  Don’t wear sweatpants every day. And they have no respect for the status quo, because they’ve checked out every time someone defined “status quo” for them. They held onto Yu Darvish (6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 14 Ks, ERA at 3.97) all 1st half and were rewarded nicely. Unless he’s just on a team that started checking out fantasy football in June. Back in July, Coolwhip wrote, “I’m not prepared just yet to say he’s back back, but it’s looking like he’s finding his way back. I’ll call him a tentative buy for now, while advising to keep an eye on his walks and I’ll be watching his velocity and arm slot. In fact, I just picked him up where I could to see what happens.” Hashtag nailed it. Prior to that, Darvish had a 5.01 ERA.  Since then, 2.44 ERA in 66 1/3 IP. The fix, as we all know by now, he’s stopped walking everyone. His season-long peripherals 11.2 K/9, 3 BB/9, 4.39 FIP are sweet, but his 2nd half peripherals are legendary, and some of the best in baseball — 12.6 K/9, 0.8 BB/9, 3.20 FIP. For 2020, the thought of getting anywhere close to Darvish’s 2nd half has me, not only interested in him, but thinking he could be a steal as a number two fantasy starter. Yu might think I’m crazy, but the crazy ones change the world, or at least do well sometimes in their leagues. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brad Hand – Left the club to get an MRI. It came back clean, which is all the proof the old Greek mother needs that Windex wards off disease. Not, clean like that, Athena. Francona said Hand will be day-to-day and might need to be built back up to the closer role, so the 9th inning is wide open, and I mean that literally. The Indians have a gorgeous bullpen behind Hand, but a bit too gorgeous because they can go a bunch of different ways. I grabbed Nick Wittgren, but there’s also Adam Cimber, Oliver Perez, Tyler Clippard and Nick Goody.

Matthew Boyd – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.54. All of those home runs allowed for “Soup Can” Boyd and he can’t ever be seriously considered an every-time-out starter for 12-team leagues or shallower.

Luis Severino – Set to make his season debut on Tuesday. Just what you expected when you drafted him in March and his timetable was “a full recovery by May.” I’ll repeat this again in March of next year, but don’t draft an injured pitcher. It pays off about once every twenty cortisone shots.

Luke Voit – 4-for-8, 4 runs, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer. That gives the Yankees six players with 20 homers, and one player with one homer.

Aaron Judge – 2-for-6, 5 runs, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .274. Not to dog out “Soup Can” Boyd, but chicken or egg:  juiced balls or just crappy pitchers who give up homers? Both? Yeah, prolly.

Edwin Encarnacion – Hit his 34th homer, but left with an oblique strain. Welp, that’s not good, and I could see this ending his regular season. For decades, that imaginary parrot on his shoulder relied on him. Now, he’s gonna need to rely on that parrot.

J.A. Happ – 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 5.07. Against the Tigers?!  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA–Breathe, Grey, Jesus Fortuna Christ, breathe! The Yankees had to win this game so bad they couldn’t let Happ finish the effin’ 5th inning for the win?!  Are you seriously serious?

Domingo German – 4 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.09. Yes, I’m thinking I should’ve just went with the as-of-now middle reliever, German, instead of Just Awful Happ.

Gary Sanchez – Exited with groin tightness. He has so many problems with his groin I’m about to start calling him Hurty Sanchez.

Marcell Ozuna – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 27th homer.  OZUNA is life of party. OZUNA make terrible cosplayer of Bernie in Weekend at Bernie’s.

Kolten Wong – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (11) and double legs (21, 22), hitting .283. After the previous two pitchers’ duels at Coors, the Cardinals were singing their Redemption Song, mon. They hit five homers — Harrison Bader (1-for-4, 2 runs) hit his 8th; Dexter Fowler (2-for-3) hit his 17th and Rangel Ravelo (1-for-4) hit his 2nd. Now, that they’re out of Coors, they can all be dropped. Well, don’t drop Wong, and stop listening to that Detachable Penis song.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 39th homer. Can’t believe I won this eBay auction! I am now the proud owner of a one-of-a-kind potato chip that looks like Sir Anthony Hopkins. I’m just going to leave it right by this open window–NOOO!!! Torenado!

Ryan Braun – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .279. Braun or Rhys Hoskins? Obviously, Hoskins, right? I mean, obviously, right?  Not even close, right?  Say not even close!  Say it!  Sorry, I rope-a-doped ya. On the Player Rater, they’re about the same.

Gio Gonzalez – 4 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 4.01. His next is against the Padres, and the Streamonator likes it, but it’s worth noting this short start of his was a byproduct of a team being in the pennant race. Sometimes guys get pulled super fast because the team has to win the game. A solution to that is, of course, just pitching better.

Caleb Smith – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.13. What are the Marlins gaining by pushing him?  A chance to only loss 102 games instead of a 103? Shut him down already!

Shohei Ohtani – Done for the season with surgery on his patella. Terrible break for him or my general practitioner who I believe is named Patella. The recovery time is 12 weeks, so I don’t know, but this doesn’t sound good for an offseason pitching schedule.

Nick Senzel – Diagnosed with a torn labrum. Senzel in audio form:  The sound of a flat tire.

Eugenio Suarez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 45th homer, hitting .269. Everyone spent five months talking about how Bellinger, Yelich or Trout were going to win Home Run Titles and Eugenio and Soler are sneaking in the back door.

Omar Narvaez – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .276. I could be remembering this wrong, but I get more questions about dropping Narvaez than I think any other catcher. He’s got 20 homers. What do you want from him? Seriously, your catcher slot is not where you win and lose fantasy championships. It’s having Shane Bieber instead of Kenley Jansen.

Kyle Lewis – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 3rd homer and 3rd homer in three games. Okay, no idea where this is coming from but grab him!

Lucas Giolito – 6 IP, 5 ER, 6 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 3.41. Attorney Phangrafs D. Atabase walks into frame, carrying a wooden pointer stick, “Have you or anyone you’ve known been a victim of a FIPlash? Symptoms include getting a lot of strikeouts, not walking anyone and give up a ton of runs. If this sounds like something that’s happened to you or someone you know, you might be entitled to compensation.”

Jorge Soler – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 44th homer. Annie’s “Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow” song translated to Spanish is, “Soler will hit the beisbol out mañana.”

Hunter Dozier – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .291, hitting near-.450 in the last week, but prior to yesterday was mostly 4020’s. Now that he’s going Long Dong with Dozier’s Squier Stroke, I’m more interested.

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 1-for-5, 2 runs a slam (39) and double legs (35, 36). Tildaddy says it’s safe to go in the ocean!  By the way, I literally have dreams about guys wanting to get to 40/40. That is the fantasy baseball dream. 2nd is what? Someone wanting to get 75 steals? I’m not sure there is a 2nd.

Ozzie Albies – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer. According to Pro-Sports Contract dot com, Albies made $1499 between homers.

Jean Segura – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (12) and legs (9), hitting .284. Since I have owned Segura all year (I say with a long sigh), I can say without a doubt this was his best game all season.

Cesar Hernandez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, and his 3rd homer this week. Looks like Cesar’s dressing up that hot schmotato.

Adam Haseley – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, and 2nd homer in the last four games. Even in a small sample — that’s what she said! — he’s doing exactly what interested me when he was called up. If you were to prorate his stats — Mr. Prorater, “Don’t do it, the people can’t handle it.” — I’ll take my chances; he’s a 15/15 guy across 150 games. Hope he gets some serious runway to play next year.

Kyle Gibson – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.73, as he returned from colitis. Damn, looks like he’s still got the runs.

Juan Soto – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 34th homer. Great, super, adjective, Sexy Dr. Pepper, you are my boo, but — and this is a J. Lo-sized but — Acuña has more homers than him and stealing close to 40 bags. I’m sorry, they’re both sexy eh eff, but are they even remotely close in value?

Anthony Rendon – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 33rd homer, hitting .335. With Yelich out on bended knee, Rendon sees an opening to win NL MVP and he’s surging! Now he just needs to steal 40 bags to look anywhere near as good as Acuña or slug another twenty homers to look as good as Bellinger.

Adam Eaton – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 14th homer, hitting .285. That’s his 2nd homer this week, and, in a hot week, he used to hit two doubles per week, so that’s four total bases vs. eight so the ball is twice as juicey. The math’s right, nerd!

Nick Solak – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, and 7th homer this week. They say Big Nick Energy makes outs, but I don’t believe them. They are a bunch of phonies! And, of course, Solak will be in this afternoon’s Buy column, the only question is will he be the lede? Whoa, leading lede question!

Rougned Odor – 1-for-4 and his 26th homer, and 4th homer in five games, More incredibly, he only has four Ks. That’s usually a good game for him!

Matt Olson – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 32nd homer.  Conspiracy Theory Alert!  He had his hamate bone removed and an aluminum bat inserted. Ooh, good idea! What would happen if a guy had an aluminum bat implanted on his shoulder? You can’t tell someone they can’t use their arm, right? This is a million dollar idea!

Homer Bailey – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.76. Speaking of elective surgery, Streamonator‘s got an aluminum bat inserted in his pants for Bailey’s next start.

Jose Altuve – 2-for-4 and a slam (27) and legs (6), hitting .304. His speed dried up quicker than you can say, “To clean your car, we’re gonna have to put the phone books from your seat in your trunk.”

Todd Frazier – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 21st homer, and 3rd homer in two games and the mayor of Toms River needs to change the city’s name Todds River or GTFO! Frazier won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but is obviously a hot schmotato right now.

Juan Lagares – 2-for-4, 6 RBIs and his 4th and 5th homer, hitting .215. If you’re wondering why Lagares is doing well in the last few weeks, it’s because I dropped him from a deep NL-Only league a few weeks ago. Just follow behind me and pick up what I drop — I’m freakin’ Dopey-locks!

Robinson Cano – 1-for-3 and his 13th homer, hitting .263. Of course, he’s going to be in this afternoon’s Buy column as he’s been for the last three weeks. Cano’s figured out a great way to not run hard is to homer, and it’s paying dividends for all of us.

Marcus Stroman – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 6 Ks, ERA at 3.35. Stroman my pain with his pitches…Background extras sing, “One time, one time…” Living my life without his turds…

Michael Conforto – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 30th homer, hitting .260. The quietest 30-homer hitter in baseball or nah? Could see a case for Carlos Correa because he was so quiet, he didn’t actually hit 30 homers.

Alex Young – 2 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.38, but he had five unearned runs for the massive ticker shock.  Whew, I nearly stroked out after streaming Young. Streamonator is very mildly interested in his next start, and I’m desperate, so whee!

Rich Hill – 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 2.68, as he was activated from the IL. I did a perfunctory search of news sites to see if Hill’s already injured again, didn’t see it and called it a day, but if you told me he was, I’d believe you.

Pedro Severino – 1-for-1, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, and his 2nd homer in two games. You in March, “Grey, you’re handsome and I know you say not to draft catchers, but I’m in a H2H league, and I wanna make sure I have someone rock solid like Gary Sanchez.” You now, “Drop Sanchez for Severino?”

Joe Musgrove – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.52. Streamonator loved this start because:  Pirates pitching to contact + Giants not being able to hit anything even if they make contact = Putting a book in a Vitamix. Hmm, math’s a little off there, was supposed to equal “machine learning.”

Felipe Vazquez – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.65 and his 28th save. I seem to be the only one interested in this storyline, but it is bugging me out that Vazquez lopped off Crick’s index finger like he’s Lorena Bobbitt and the Pirates are like, “En bee dee, go get ’em, champ!” I could see if they’re in a pennant chase, but when you let pitchers chop each other’s fingers off, where does it end? “Starting today is Joe Musgrove…He’s the straw poking out of the mound because Vazquez buried him alive.”

  1. slimbo says:
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    hey buddy thanks for everything this year :)

    need to cut a few plyers from my 16 team dynasty Saves and holds league.

    which 3 would you cut?
    Lorenzen, Vanmeter, luis arraez, Lamet,, Gant, Stripling or Brendan Mckay the pitcher

    cheers

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Gant , Lorenzen, Arraez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, slimbo

      Gant, Lorenzen then up in the air…I’d prolly lean VanMeter

  2. Yaz Mantle says:
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    so…drop sanchez for severino?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d just use the spot to stream

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Saw this was about the Pedro Severino blurb when reading back. I’d keep Gary.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d wait for more news on Gary

  3. Michael DePinto says:
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    Happ actually left the game with bicep tendonitis. I read he was headed back to NY for testing.

    • Michael DePinto says:
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      And Hill did in fact re-injure his knee yesterday. Well that didn’t take long.

      I also read was Ohtani will be out 8-12 weeks.

      • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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        yeah LAA BETTER DL his ass, i’m not dropping that dude (even if only the hitter in yahoo) in any keeper/dynasty league.

      • Fish says:
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        “Rich Hill was diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his left knee.”

        HAHAHA

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, Hill really did hurt himself? I wasn’t joking above, I hadn’t seen any news on it

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Weeks, doh

      • holyscheisse says:
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        How did Hill get a blister on his knee?…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ couldn’t pitch to one more batter?! He’s killing me

  4. toolshed says:
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    Just to clarify, i asked about dropping narvaez because he has been bothered by a back injury and hasnt been playing as much. He was hitting under .200 over the last 15 games. I agree his numbers are great. Even better for a C who was a free agent add in early april. But, we still have over 2 weeks left and I am concerned about those 2 weeks vs looking back on what value he gave me up to this point.

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      t.murphy has been benched 3/4 of the last few days. i’m on this side of it and it’s looking worse for my side and better for yours.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hear ya

  5. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!!

    Wonderful report. Pace yourself, we’ve got 2 weeks+ left!

    a. Correction, Sanchez left with left groin tightness! Haha, j/k. Why on earth is he trying to steal a base so late in the season in a meaningless game against the Tigs?

    b. Thought seriously (I even had Great Expectations) the lede was Ravelo’s Revenge after he nearly got beaned by Melville the pitch before. Sorry, I guess it’s because Melville didn’t write Great Expectations, my bad.

    c. Wow! Now I can sleep at night after Gio got his first hit of the season!!!! A little flair off the bat to right, the RF didn’t go 75% out to try and catch it. 1/21, not bad for a useless category for a useless hitter.

    d. Don’t you hate how commentators comment on how this guy has never hit a grand slam and then lo and behold Juan Lagares hits his first career grand slam??!! Grey, you following me?

    e. Big save from Vazquez coming on with runners on the corners and none out to get saves in back-to-back games. Kudos to his owners.

    f. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for September 13

    The Time of Their Lives, 1946

    Marjorie Reynolds (Melody Allen): Horatio, be patient.

    Costello (Horatio Prim): Be patient? Melody, do you realize that my Nora has been waiting on me for 165 years? And a girl will only wait so long, and no longer!

    g. Beware! It’s Friday the 13th!! Superstition on the way!

    h. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Haha, I know

      B. Ha! Rangel Ravelo sounds like a cartoon character

      C. Very nice

      D. Yeah, I am

      E. Just don’t piss him off

      F. Nice!

      G. Oh no!

      H. You too!

  6. Sinkhole Demayo says:
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    here’s to ONLY having darvish in tons of deep dynasty leagues where he was too good to drop at all, albeit he WAS getting close if it lasted too much longer. also, if skaggs didn’t do a bunch of skagg i was this close to trading him away (darvish) as in one league i was about to trade for paxton and would’ve had illegal amount of SP and all the ones i had too good to drop. side note: did skaggs only get into skagg since his NAME is that? this is the height of what is completely non ironic that would be called ironic by many. hell of a weird way to pick up a dangerous drug habit, but if true (maybe if NOT true since we’ll never really know anyway) this’ll be a myth to all those in the dope world that pay attention to either baseball, or just famous people overdoses.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure

      • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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        i wasn’t asking you in the sense that you’d know this of course, just asking out loud, i doubt any of us actually ever learn the answer to this. the family is in such denial that they are trying to prosecute somebody on the team that supposedly got him the drugs, as if he’s not an adult and is able to make his own choices for his life, no matter how bad they ended up being for staying alive. they’re in that silly ass mindset that this is something that “happened to him” rather than what he himself did to himself. a house didn’t fall on him during an earthquake here, he liked messing around with and mixing together dangerous drugs and he died from it. going after his dealer/procurer is like the family of somebody that died playing russian roulette going after the gun manufacturer or gun store who sold the gun that was used when somebody died playing russian roulette. nobody forced skaggs to use those drugs, he wanted to do them.

  7. Art Vandalay says:
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    Regarding your Acuna vs. Soto comment, while I definitely think Acuna is better overall due to the steals, in leagues that count hitter BBs and Ks, I think Soto closes that gap a bit more. Soto’s eye probably also gives him a higher projected batting average moving forward too. Either way, they’re both sexy as hell.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soto’s an insane talent who looks headed for a Hall of Fame career, so I do love him too…

      • Sinkhole Demayo says:
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        wasn’t there some espn (or yahoo) douchebag back in preseason saying he was a HUGE AVG risk? completely laughable when a 19 year old does what he did in a full season last year. i remember this being mentioned around here.

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    Glad to say I held onto Darvish all year, even in a shallow league, especially when guys like German and Maeda are converting to the bullpen during playoffs. The “stuff” just always seemed to be there, just had to wait for command.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  9. Carlton Fist says:
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    Good Morning,

    Are we starting Heaney tonite?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I am

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • crenshaw07 says:
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        I am hoping for July Heaney as my opponent has him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  10. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Shout out to Dejong for stealing 2 bags yesterday despite no hits!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, like a throwback to a simpler time, like in 2017!

  11. Justin Ralph says:
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    Any chance Glasnow goes 5 tomorrow? I really need wins!

    • Justin Ralph says:
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      If not I am starting Cease or Norris.

    • Spyre says:
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      He threw 41 pitches in his first game back after a rehab start of 33 pitches
      I think he’ll probably throw around 50 or so this game

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Doubt it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

      • Ty says:
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        Shaka emoji \m/

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  12. Scott says:
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    Happy Friday, everyone!! I have five pitchers scheduled to go tonight and can only start three. All stat categories (L, K, ERA, WHIP, QS) are tight and I’m looking to see which three I should start (I’m leaning towards the first three on my list). Thoughts? Thanks!

    Alcantara (@SF – Beede)
    Morton (@LAA – Heaney)
    L.Castillo (@Ariz – Leake)
    Syndergaard (LAD – Kershaw)
    Bassitt (@Tex – Burke)

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      I’d go Noah over Castillio.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d go with the first 3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Friday! Agree with DT

  13. Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Brother Grey!

    Barring any weekend tragedies I’ll win championship #3 out of 4 leagues. In the only league I have left to chase down (the highest payout league I’m in, a h2h points league) I’ve lost Baez, Ohtani, Hiura (just picked him back up hoping he can do well), Trouts been hurt this entire playoff round…and I’m still obliterating my opponent thanks to insane pitching from Cole, Sandy Alcantara, and Darvish (amen Razzball!).

    All I gotta say is, thanks for an amazing season and cheers to this afternoons buy column.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Congrats!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome! Congrats, man!

  14. Ty says:
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    Mornin G, Dropping McMahon hot garbage. Who will be the hottest hand down the stretch
    Solak, Odor or Wendle…All 3 have 5 start tough matchups next week. Tex plays HOU and the A’s on the road while TB plays BOS at home for 3 then Chavez Ravine for 2

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d go Solak but it’s hard to ignore Odor when he gets hot like this

      • Ty says:
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        Thanks DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning!

      Agree with DT

  15. Dave D says:
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    Interesting timing Ohtani given our conversation yesterday. As another commenter pointed out, Ohtani is out 12 weeks, as of now at least. It does raise yellow flags about band-aid boy status long term. For now I’m sticking with my comments from yesterday; pitcher only at about 225ADP in 2020. That may even be a little high given the risk.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weeks! Not months! Brain fart, I fixed it…

      I’m so out on Ohtani, maybe 200… You figure he’s gotta throw some so it’s gonna hurt his hitting and his pitching isn’t anything you can’t find around that draft spot

      • Dave D says:
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        I’ll definitely be looking elsewhere first. I’ll probably draft Adell in DC, but other than him I have very little confidence in any Angel beyond Trout. Their roster management and personnel decisions make the very un-fantasy-friendly. You’d think having no shot in hell they might be giving Thaiss a longer look, and Ward any look. WTF? To think I drafted Ward. Any other eliminated organization besides the Angels and Rockies would be giving them serious playing time. But no…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So true, can you imagine getting eliminated so early and not giving any young guys a look? Ausmus is as bad as the Sciosciapath

          • Dave D says:
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            Ward has been up a week and started one game!! Thaiss has been up all of September and has 8AB!!!???

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s so insane

              • Dave D says:
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                They’ll probably find some way to screw up Adell too. What full time regular have they developed in the past five years?

                Silence.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, exactly!

  16. Jordan says:
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    The Marlins have started Berti Merrifield 7/11 games since Humberto-Miguel Rojas-Arteaga came off the DL on September 1st. Mattingly has also had some strange remarks on Berti Merrifield that’d make more sense if he were a running back:

    “We’re still trying to figure out, is he an every day, utility-type guy?” manager Don Mattingly said. “Can he play every day, somewhere? Or is he a four or five days a week [starter]? Some guys are better at playing five days — you’re going to get more production — than playing seven.”

    You holding in daily leagues H2H 5×5, ~14 teams?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Who else is available?

      • Jordan says:
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        Cesar Hernandez, Starlin Castro, Rengifo. I really need Berti’s SBs but I can’t really afford to have my only bench hitter playing 2/3rds of the time in the championship week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go to Cesar, maybe get SBs and also has been hot

  17. mcmi11ions says:
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    Love the down-low donkey teeth rip you threw in today. Grabbed Cano for my Encarnacion replacement. 2nd overall at season’s end and wrecking my first round playoff opponenet. Thanks for all the help this year. A portion of my winnings will go to a 12 pack of la croix for you!

    • lenFuego says:
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      Yeah, I enjoyed that rip too.

      Also, I am really enjoying owning Solak the Magnificent.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hehe, was just sayin’

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I read back and didn’t find it, guess I can’t even tell when Grey’s ripping on me anymore

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Ah Bieber/Jansen, hilarious. Laugh it up, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe, what? I was just giving an example…

      Ha, No problem

  18. bill says:
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    “Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez initiated the fight he and teammate Kyle Crick engaged in Monday, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The altercation began when Crick declined to turn off music that was playing at his locker when Vazquez asked him to, according to Wilborn. Vazquez then threw the initial punch at Crick after challenging Crick to hit him first. Both players wound up suffering injuries – Crick had to undergo season-ending finger surgery, while Vazquez needed stitches on his nose – and incurring team-imposed fines. The Pirates docked Vazquez $10K and Crick $2,500, but Crick told Wilborn he’s filing a grievance because he was acting in self-defense. “If we were on the street, this would’ve been assault,” Crick said. “I got swung at twice before I swung back.””

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So effin’ crazy, and like I said in the post… They just let him pitch again? Like I said, if they were in the pennant race, I could see it, bc eff it…But the Pirates aren’t trying to win anything, just suspend him and send a message

      • crenshaw07 says:
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        The Pirates are sending a message…They are thugs. Remember that fight with Amir Garrett this year? This team would go to a KC game as spectators and attach their 3rd base coach for fun. They need to clean house completely.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yup

          • Dave D says:
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            Team chemistry in the “Lord of the Flies” spirit…

  19. Fleeced says:
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    Drop Benintendi, Aquino or Hoskins For Kyle Lewis?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Hold

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Benintendi is pretty tough to own right now, think I’d make the swap for the the schmotato

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  20. willie says:
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    Thanks as always. Who’s the better middle infielder over the next week: Wong, Solak or Newman?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Kolten

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d go Solak but all good options

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem — Solak

      • Quit Yo Pitchin says:
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        Grey,

        Same question and adding Cano?

  21. Pyrrhic Victory says:
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    SoN is super horny for Kyle Gibson next week, but I don’t know if I can trust him. In a Roto QS league with weekly lineups, would you start Gibson over any of:
    Matz (@Col, @Cin)
    Fiers (Tex)
    Cueto (@Bos, ATL (maybe))
    D. Cease (Det)
    Bundy (Tor, Sea)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Over Matz for me but no you can’t trust him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can’t start Matz there, so I guess Gibson, but no trust with him either

  22. egon says:
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    The options aint pretty but its the best I got

    Pick one for tomorrow

    Folty @ WSH (Voth) or Cease @ SEA (Felix)

    Pick one for Sunday

    Woj @ DET (Jackson) or Sheffield vs CWS (Nova)

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Folty and Sheff for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  23. Curious George says:
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    In a keep 2 h2h league. The team with the best regular season record is about to be eliminated from the playoffs by Joe Schmo who had his best two weeks of the season. Current payouts are as follows: 3rd – money back; 2nd – double money; 1st – remainder of the money and either an extra keeper or pick of draft slot (instead of last draft slot).

    Anybody have any ideas or things you have heard of before that compensate the regular season winner for having a great season? (It isn’t me so by all means bring on the 2008 patriots references haha)

    Is giving him an 3rd keeper too large of a compensation? Would it be better for us to all pay an extra dollar to cover their buy in for next season?

    Any ideas welcome (including “no participation trophies”)

    • steve stevenson says:
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      In my long time H2H we just give the regular season winner a decent share of the $–not as much as the playoff winner, but >= 2nd place. You could do something like:
      Playoff winner: 50% of pot
      2nd: 20%
      3rd: 10%
      Reg season winner: 20%

      Everyone tends to leave happy.

      And yeah, an extra keeper on top of that seems a tad much.

    • starz31 says:
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      We used to have a payout for the regular season #1, in addition to playoff payouts. Helped to reward whoever finished first before playoffs.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Giving them an extra keeper seems crazy, they already have a great team.

      My H2H home league the regular season winner gets a little more than the playoff winner. We felt you should be compensated for 5 month domination.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      3rd keeper is too much… $ talks, BS walks — 50/20/10 is similar to my keeper payout too

    • Curious George says:
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      Love it. Thanks for the help everyone! If anyone has any other ideas feel free to keep adding – I’ll check again tonight

  24. Who is a better grab ROS, Big Nick Solak or Kyle Lewis? Thx!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Solak for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  25. William Hung says:
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    Closer Monkey has Goody as next man up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, but I don’t know why…Wittgren’s been the handcuff for the last month

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Is Wittgren hurt and I didn’t hear it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Just looked up their #s…Goody has no saves, Wiitgren has 4… I don’t know, I guess it could be Goody, I see no news stating it tho

          • William Hung says:
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            Me neither – i hate SAGNOFF!!! But sometimes I love SAGNOF…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  26. Chebe says:
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    Happy friday the 13th!

    Want to say thanks to Rudy Grey Ralph Donkey teeth and the rest of the razzballl for a hell of a season and all kick ass write ups, cartoon episodes and podcasts. Always look forward to it every week. IN the playoffs heading toward my first title. You guys are the best. Good luck to all the razzballers still in contention!

    Alcantara startin in san franciso are we starting him>?
    Starting Nola in boston?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      No problem!

      I’d start both.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awesome, congrats!

      Agree with DT start them

  27. starz31 says:
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    Already lost Yelich and now Sanchez. Who would recommend for adding at catcher in H2H?
    -C. Vazquez, Alfaro, d’Arnaud, Sean Murphy, stream Romine?

    • starz31 says:
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      It’s a 10-team so pretty much every catcher under 55% ownership is available.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Murphy for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vazquez or d’Arnaud for me

  28. trick dad says:
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    Bench Lucchesi tonight at COL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  29. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Is Markakis coming off the IL today? If so, would you drop Yaz to activate him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        any word if he is going to be activated today?

  30. galica says:
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    Grey!!!

    Random CSI Miami quote of the day for September 13

    Was feeling randy, hope you don’t mind.

    So in this episode, a bad guy named Joey Salucci finds out his daughter dies in a freak quad accident and while he’s still in prison. Her boyfriend (AJ Watkins) ran over her by mistake. You know his days are numbered, right? Only 1 day after being released from prison and AJ Watkins has disappeared. Horatio’s hot on the trail of Salucci and already has a suspect in the interview room. His name is Mick Ragosa.

    Ragosa: You guys can’t seem to get enough of me today. [Well, in truth, it was the second time he had seen them. He’s not wrong.]

    Horatio: Mr Ragosa, in the world of criminal prosecution, that’s not always a good thing.

    There’s some more boring banter…then…

    Eric: What did you do with AJ’s body?

    Ragosa: What body? (Waits for a response from both Horatio and Eric, smirking boldly). Right! I didn’t think so. Good luck pinning anything on me.

    Horatio: Stick around, Mick. [To the Officer]: Take him.

    The Officer takes him away, leaving Eric and Horatio to speak alone.

    Eric: What do you think we should do now?

    Horatio: You heard the man. Let’s take him up on his offer!

    Get it? To pin something on him (Ragosa).

    Queue the music! Actually, there was no music and no sunglasses, but there could have been, right?

    Anyway, long story short, they buried the body on the beach where Salucci’s daughter died. And of course like a true Mafioso, he choked AJ to death before throwing him into the hole that Ragosa dug up and then that Ragosa refilled with AJ’s body at the bottom of the hole!

    Stupid Ragosa put the shovel that he used to bury AJ in his trunk that the police impounded for the investigation which led them to find out exactly where the body was located.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome! Were you cleaning out an old draw of past years’ quotes?

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!

        Was just watching an old re-run and it kind of struck me how stupid the series was with coined expressions and really easy to solve cases…just follow the DNA and blood trails and Frank Voila, you solved it.

        Hey serious question. Here’s the offense. Who should I drop to add Muncy?

        D’Arnaud
        Rizzo
        Solak
        Escobar
        Turner
        KSeager
        Story
        JD Davis
        Canha
        Santana
        Aquino
        Springer
        Cabrera

        Bench – Swanson and Conforto
        IL – Dahl and Muncy

        I’m leaning Rizzo who’s done NOTHING in the last 2 weeks. What say you on who to drop? Please give me your top 4 who to drop.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, it’s all Voila!

          Davis, Canha, Swanson

  31. Hepcat13 says:
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    Greyt write up! Playoffs time is for bold moves.

    H2H Yahoo 12 team, 5×5
    Drop Benintendi for C. Biggio for ROS?
    Andrew has not really show signs of life all season.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  32. mw says:
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    Hunting (mostly) for wins. Have two moves left for the week…pick 3 (in case one is gone!)!

    Folty @ WSH (Voth)
    Sheffield vs CWS (Nova)
    Nova @ Sea (Sheffield)
    Bauer @ Ari (Gallen, who I own)
    Cueto vs Mia (Hernandez) – looks like they moved Cueto to Sunday now
    DeSclafani @ Ari (M Kelly)
    M Kelly vs Cin (DeSclafani)

    Thanks Guys!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sheff, Nova, Cueto

  33. crenshaw07 says:
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    I hope France gets 3 starts at Coors.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so too, man

  34. Alps says:
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    Hey Grey
    You think Voit would be worth $16 next year in an 11 team league
    If so would you drop Hoskins today to pick him up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds about exactly what his price will be

  35. Huffin Gas says:
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    You know what would be super? If MLB made the Pirates and Rays swap front offices just for a season. Of course, the owner of the Rays would be surprised when found out of his new employees were all interns. The Pirates pay them left over Roberto Clemente give away t-shirts and expired haircut vouchers to the Yinzer Barber Shop. Seriously, does anyone in that organization do any work?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, great idea!

  36. cyler8 says:
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    If you could get Acuna for Juan Soto and Luis Robert in a dynasty league is that a good deal?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah

  37. William Hung says:
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    Bryce is killing me with his sudden urge to get SBs – I thought SBs would be a runaway for me, but because Bryce decided he’s a 40 SB type of guy with 2 so far this week, we are tied! I need Mondesi to find some way to get on base against Cole tonight and swipe a couple… or 8

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is so H2H (and frustrating) to have some random get steals in the championship week

      • William Hung says:
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        i just need 7 categories – tiebreaker goes to highest seed, which is why the top seed is important

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How are the cats? Are you winning? Is it close?

  38. here comes the pizza says:
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    Season on the line. 2 moves left but using one on Sheffield based off your advice yesterday.

    Need QS/Ws/Ks and my options suck. Gut feeling on any these guys?

    Beede (v. MIA)
    Cease (@SEA)
    Kelly (v. CIN)
    Woj (@DET)

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, none? I guess Kelly but I’d consult with SON

      • here comes the pizza says:
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        Thats kinda how I feel too. SoN likes Beede the most but I don’t trust him.

        My matchup is tied right now and his lead in batting cats is so small that I may be better off just grabbing Myers in the hopes that Coors is generous to him.

        Guy I’m facing has 9(!) starters left for this weekend and 2 moves. So almost inevitable that I lose my lead in Ks and QS anyway.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not worth it then and grab Myers

          • here comes the pizza says:
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            Thanks Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  39. Dude at Dudes says:
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    Rank Solak, A. Cabrera, Berti or Wong ROS.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Solak, Wong

  40. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Wahoo! I made the intro! That’s a hell of a feather in my cap. (now don’t ever mention the aaron sanchez post) Iike I said a few weeks ago, I’m already jazzed for Yu next year more than I probably should be.
    *clears throat*
    Blackbird singing in the dead of night
    Take these broken wings and learn to fly
    All your life
    “Yu” were only waiting for this moment to arise

    Konichiwa Darvish 2020.
    Sayonara Ohtani 2020.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, you nailed it, there wasn’t much more to add… Yeah, goodbye Ohtani, for sure

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        Ha, yeah the only thing I’d add is his transition to the cutter, which has enabled the improved command. And like i said in the quote, i’ve been tracking his velo and arm slot…

        Exhibit A https://ibb.co/NxW3jq5 – FB has stayed around 94-95
        Exhibit B https://ibb.co/gWFPvh7 – Arm slot has progressively improved/returned

        These 2 will be the key things to watch going into spring training and April.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, good stuff…. Man, he’s looked so solid…

  41. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    3 questions for you:

    1) Is Markakis being activated today?
    2) Are the Reds placing Senzel on IL?
    3) Are the Angels placing Ohtani on IL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1.. Not sure

      2. Doubtful

      3. Doubtful

  42. Grey

    Grey says:
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    THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS*************

  43. IntendedSteb says:
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    Lots of love for Solak. I’m trying to gauge his value in Dynasty league. Is this what can be expected in the future, or he way outpaced his true ability?
    I’m thinking of trading him for a premier pitching prospect, but then again, I hate pitching prospects.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS*************

  44. Dave says:
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    Good Morning Grey
    Thanks to your wisdom and advice I finished first for the regular season in my 3 hth leagues. After this weeks bye I am in the semifinals. My lineup is lean as I have lost Yelich and Baez in all three leagues.
    Would you replace Laureano with Solak?
    Thanks again for contributing to a great season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS*************

  45. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    1B options – you choose.
    League-1. Canha or Cano.
    League-2. Muncy or Cano.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS*************

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