Zach Eflin has to be one of the Phils fans favorite pitchers.  His last name just rolls off their tongue.  “You kiss your mother with that mouth?”  “You’re Eflin right!  And I’m kissing her right now.  On Facetime.  She’s a Merchant Marine, and stationed overseas.  It’s actually very sweet how we kiss.  With SnapChat filters.  That dresses me in a baby bonnet.  TMI?”  Sure, it was a short schedule day, so this might have something to do with my joy at Zach Eflin.  Yesterday, he went 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 0.71.  It’s only through 12 2/3 IP so o?ekávání.  I know.  That’s what I thought too, but then I started looking at his numbers, and, ugh, it’s 12 2/3 IP, but you gotta be Eflin kidding me?  He has a 9.2 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and a 94 MPH fastball, that is up two miles from last year.  Maybe this is a blip, but maybe this is encouragement you receive to burp from your Facetime’ing mom.  Also, in this game, Odubel Herrera hit some ding dongs — 2-for-3, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 4th and 5th homer — because ODB waited until everyone was out on him after last year.  Damn, ODB, why you gotta ad-lib some fire after I’m no longer invested in you?  ODB with more ad-libs than Quavo after a fifth of Cuervo, and Columbus, Ohio seeing the Cleveland Indians and being like, “Yo, I descubierto’d.”  (I really had to fight for that third rhyme.)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Carlos Santana – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .171.  “I don’t want to desecrate a corpse either, but if we’re going to get Carlos Santana down the mountain, we need to tie him to a yak–Wait, Santana just moved his arm!  He’s alive!”

Cesar Hernandez – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (4) and legs (6), hitting .274, .397 OBP.  Besides Kingery and Santana, who I think is starting slow, the Phils look like they have some great OBPs.  Let’s check!  *looks*  Yup, I’m not right at all, they’re better than league average, but just barely.  Since it’s a slow day, I also looked at team batting averages across the majors, and this was a jolt.  Half the league is hitting .242 or under!  The O’s batting average is .220.  There are not enough exclamation marks for how bad batting averages are in the majors.  Dave Kingman would be a Triple Crown threat.

Johnny Cueto – Out six weeks with an elbow sprain.  Dr. James Andrews recommended rest over surgery.  Or so Cueto thought!  The real Dr. James Andrews was distracted with an Exotic Car Autotrader, and one of Cueto’s fantasy baseball owners stepped in dressed in scrubs and told Cueto to go home to rest for a few and, “Save something for my H2H playoffs.”

Hunter Pence – Shut down with renewed thumb soreness.  We’re gonna have to face it, Pence may never be able to do the “Cut it out” hand motion again on Fuller House.

Jeff Samardzija – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 6.62.  You know why Samardjiza is called Shark?  Because every time he starts, owners need to bite a towel.

Michael Conforto – 2-for-5 and his 2nd homer, hitting .198.  “Guys, that’s not a yak, that’s Conforto, and he’s frozen to–Nope, he’s fine.  He just blinked.  I thought we lost him.”

Adrian Gonzalez – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 4th and 5th homer.  How bad is Homer Bailey?  So bad A-Gon was able to get around on him.  A-Gon’s bat speed has finally caught up to his on-the-basepath’s speed.  I know, the Met Gala was last night and the Mets dressed as 2007 versions of themselves, but it’s egregious they signed A-Gon.  He is such a shell of his former self that Paas Easter egg dye sold a kit to decorate him.

Jay Bruce – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .248.  Yo, if you have an extra Paas leftover, I’d like to draw pastel ears on Bruce.

Billy Hamilton – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .206.  Hamilton’s not gonna waste his shot!  Though, he kinda has.  The home run is nice, but to show signs of life from Hamilton, I wouldn’t mind a single and three steals.

Eugenio Suarez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .290.  Eugenio has been sidelined with a fractured thumb and returned to hit five homers, and we’re only a little over a month into the season!  Eugenio’s already played five Adam Eaton seasons!

Scooter Gennett – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .289.  He only had 3 homers until June last year, and you still drafted this year, and now you want to drop him.

Yu Darvish – Placed on the DL right after weekly lineups locked.  Well played, Yu.  Darvish was sidelined with the flu.  Please, only thing with that flew is every ball he throws.

Ian Happ – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 4th and 5th homers.  Yesterday’s slate of games was like The Night of the Living Dead — Carlos Santana, Conforto, A-Gon, Bruce, Hamilton, Scooter and Happ all found their heartbeat.  I’m a broken record on this, but Happ is a 30-homer guy with everyday ABs.  Happ is a 30-homer guy with everyday ABs. Happ is–Sorry, told you, broken record.  After this huge game, I’m sure Maddon will bench Happ, so let’s not even get the ulcer going.

Javier Baez – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games.  Also, in this game, Kris Bryant (3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs) homered for the 2nd straight game.  Now we just have to Amazon Prime some smelling salts to Rizzo and we’ll be great.

Kyle Hendricks – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.02.  Wish I would’ve A) Liked Hendricks in the preseason.  B) Drafted him.  C) There’s no C.

Jarlin Garcia – 4 IP, 7 ER, ERA up to 2.68.  The Regression Fairies have a favorite shade of pink, they watch red carpet telecasts on mute critiquing the outfits, and they will destroy your ratios.

Nick Kingham – Optioned down to minors.  This was likely just to get a bench bat while the Pirates don’t need a 5th starter, but, then again, the Pirates find plate appearances for Sean Rodriguez, while Austin Meadows rots away in the minors.

Michael Fulmer – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER vs. Matt Moore – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 7.71.  The Regression Fairies were there for Fulmer, and stayed for Moore, or Moore sneezed on the rosin bag and Fulmer got the Moore cooties.  Like Altuve at a concert, I’m going with the latter.

Nomar Mazara – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 8th homer, hitting .287.  Guys and five girls, I think we might finally be seeing the breakout, and Mazara is still only 23 years old.  He’s about to have a great career, and you’re gonna forget all about the two years it took him to get up to speed.

Leonys Martin – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer. One of my more rueful drops was losing Martin about five days into the season.  I’m pretty sure more bad has come from early drops than good.  I’m pretty sure “pretty sure” is the least conclusive way to say that too.

Tyson Ross – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.89.  I can’t even start you in Petco?  Blech!  Get off my team, you wanna be Hodgepadre.  You, you, you Stoogepadre!

Trea Turner – 1-for-3, 3 runs and his 3rd homer.  Get those, Treat Urner!

Matt Adams – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 9th and 10th homer, and possibly 67th homer this week.  The Nats are currently, “Hey, Zimmerman, you want some furs?  They’re right down that alley.  Go ahead, Zimm.  Nothing gonna hurt you.”

Stephen Strasburg – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.52, as he returned home to San Diego.  Maybe he’ll give the Padres a hometown discount at some point in his career, when he’s 38 years old and throwing 86.  That sounded better before the qualifier.

Luiz Gohara – Being recalled to work in the bullpen.  Podcaster Ralph and I talk a bit about Gohara on the podcast today.  Don’t see him getting in the Braves rotation without an injury to McCarthy and Anibal.  Him being Gohara, not Ralph.

Brett Anderson – 3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 8.68.  Brett Anderson is the best major league pitcher….that was part of ABBA.  Last night, he was singing Waterloo.

George Springer – 6-for-6, 4 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .292.  Trucking along, looking all right, but you know Springer is the type that can hit 12 homers in 15 days.  Hope it’s coming now (if you own him; I don’t, so bleh).

Marwin Gonzalez – 3-for-6, 5 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .248.  FTM!  For the Marwin!

Fernando Romero – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 0.00 thru 11 2/3 IP.  He also has 14 Ks and 6 walks.  He’s pitching better in the majors than he was in the minors, which is not what I want to see.  Who are you, Charlie Morton Jr.?  He throws hard (96 MPH), but these results don’t jive completely for me.  I’ll give you a tentative pick-him-up, but know that you could get roofied and end up as El Chapo’s kidney donor.  If anything, I’d use the Stream-o-Nator for Romero, which would likely mean I’d never start him.

Byron Buxton – Expected back this week, after completing running drills, mostly straight-ahead sprints and backpedals.  The sprints went well, then the backpedals were, “I really like Donald Glover, but Atlanta is hit or miss, I’ve heard Solo is more like So-So, and Childish Gambino’s new song is just aight.”  So solid backpedals too!

   
  1. The One Who Asks says:
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    Eugenio Suárez against Mets / Vargas today or Miguel Andujar vs Bosox /Pomeranz?

    Same question but rest of the season roto 5×5.

  2. EnglishMetsFan says:
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    Suarez
    Regression Fairies
    Boom!

  3. EnglIshMetsFan says:
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    Garcia
    Regression Faries
    Re-do
    (Don’t comment drunk in Vegas)
    Gohara needs to either
    a) Become RP eligible
    b) Start

  4. Dr Easy says:
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    I have lots of dead schmoha… (no wait, they all blinked in unisson!) on my team. Which one should I drop when Buxton is activated? Choice of: Trumbo, Conforto, Brett Gardner, Ozuna, Michael Taylor, Teoscar, Healy. Thanks!

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Dr Easy: i would drop Gardner

    • Terrence Mann says:
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      @Dr Easy: All of them?

      Trumbo

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Dr Easy: Taylor.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Dr Easy: Trumbo or Gardner…doesn’t matter.

  5. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great writeup for such a short night.

    1. Thought Romero looked good. Or at least had a good chance to beat Gant.

    2. Popped 4 HRs last night… Martin (thanks for yesterday’s advice), Adams (thanks for Friday’s buy X 2) and Scooter (thanks as always).

    3. Mark Twain quote for May 8

    Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Ante Galic: nice quote, thx Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: Thanks! 1. Admittedly didn’t watch him… 2. Nice! 3. Awesome!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Contreras was dropped in my RCL. That’s Contreras the Cubs’ catcher not Contreras the Yankees pitcher from 2007. So, question.

        Drop Suzuki for Contreras?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            Thanks. I’m 12th in the waiver wire order, so it prolly won’t happen.

            Signed up Rodon, moving him to my last IR spot. Hopefully he’ll return to his 2016 form and strike everybody out.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, cheers!

  6. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey,

    with this 10-days DL thing,,,
    i’m short in Dynasty team : 7 injuries!!

    what to do with Chase Anderson / Trevor Williams SPs : Hold or Drop?
    i would add Fernando Romero

    in Keeper Team, i’m NOT short, i have ALTuve !!

    What to do with Travis Shaw 3B, cold as ice ?
    i dropped “imploded Pivetta” for Trevor Cahill

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Drop Anderson for Romero — Shaw will be ok

  7. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Ian Happ has 2 HRs vs Urena, so I’m gambling Maddon starts him.

  8. Turd Ferguson says:
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    C**nt Hurdle and the Pirates are maddening. Thanks for yet another wasted/empty roster spot this week! These jokers can’t get out of their own way.

  9. Terrence Mann says:
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    “Where’s my velocity, Karen? I need that velocity.”

    “I flushed it down the toilet.”

    “What? That’s all we had!”

  10. Love today’s column & video, thanks.
    America, I need OF’ers! Mine: M. Kemp, L. Cain, and then I. Desmond, Derek Fisher, and Kiermaier. I’ve just been offered his Michael BRANTLEY and Teo HERNANDEZ for my Zach GREINKE.(In a Keepers League.) But I need SPs too: After Kluber and Greinke and T. Cahill, I’m suffering with Teheran and Velasquez and guys who don’t merit names. I figure I should decline but when in doubt (as I am), I know who to call! Thanks in advance.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @FANTHEAD: Decline that. If you are going to give up Greinke to get some offense, it has to be better than Brantley and Teoscar. Given your roster, I wouldnt deal Greinke unless Im getting a top 10 ish OF.

      • Fanthead says:
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        @b the esq.: Thank you, b the esq.!

  11. Big Tocket says:
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    Was offered his Bregman for my C Mart in OBP keeper. Pull the trigger?

  12. Big Tocket says:
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    If this really is the Mazara breakout what’s the triple slash line we can be looking for?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Tocket: He doesn’t walk that much, maybe .280/.350/.570

  13. Hepcat13 says:
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    yahoo 12 team 5×5 H2H:

    Who do you like better for the ROS as a 3B backup to Rendon?
    Franco or Villanueva

    Thanks!

  14. Mickey Maloney says:
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    I hate Shark. Yah, I knew he kinda sucked when I drafted him, but I bumped him up a little since I’m in a H2H league. Got me -.75 points yesterday.

  15. jon says:
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    Very Unlikely, but if Matt Harvey changes teams, to a good team, gets his head outta his bumhole… is he a better starter than Shark? Looking for a lottery ticket to round out my rotation.

    • b the esq. says:
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      @jon: Change of scenery could be good for him. Landing spot matters. Shark is just meh on a long term basis. If you are just looking for a lottery ticket that could hit, the upside of Harvey is better, but the farthest thing from guaranteed.

    • Cram It says:
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      @jon: So like, 3 highly improbable ifs. That’s a hard no.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jon: No way

  16. Mr. Rickey says:
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    12 team roto – need power and speed-

    Would you drop any of these:
    Mancini
    Michael Taylor
    Teoscar
    Andujar

    For any of these:
    Scooter Gennett
    Soler
    Frazier
    Cozart
    Davidson

  17. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Start Hill tonight in 12 team mixed? Thanks, Nick

  18. Kingslayer says:
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    Start Justin Smoak:
    J. Paxton (L) .333, 3AB
    W. LeBlanc (L)
    1.000, 2 HR, 2AB
    M. Leake (R)
    E. Rodriguez (L) .286, 7AB
    C. Sale (L) .273, 1 HR, 22AB
    D. Pomeranz (L) .364, 11AB

    OR Hanley Ramirez:
    L. Severino (R) .286, 21AB
    M. Tanaka (R) .231, 3 HR, 26AB
    C. Sabathia (L) .091, 1 HR, 22AB
    A. Sanchez (R) .125, 1 HR, 16AB
    M. Estrada (R) .345, 1 HR, 29AB
    M. Stroman (R) .250, 16AB

    H2H 5×5 AL-Only

  19. Count de Monetball says:
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    Another 0-for-ZUNUA,

    • Count de Monetball says:
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      I meant to ask, what kind of starting pitcher would you look for in an Ozuna return right now

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Cram It: although, another way to look at is last year was peak Ozuna. If you believe that you could probably get what you believe is fair value or better from someone who loves him and thinks they are buying low. Especially if you can find a trade partner with a buy low opportunity that you like.

          • Cram It says:
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            @OaktownSteve: Selling low is never the way to go, but naturally, if you find a trade partner who is giving you fair value. Knowing what fair value is seems to be the issue here.

        • Count de Monetball says:
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          @Cram It: No Doubt, I’m maxed out at $0.75
          right now

      • b the esq. says:
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        @Count de Monetball: Not the time to trade him. No one is going to give you value for him.

  20. E says:
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    Feeling a little light in my outfield (Harper, Mazara, Teoscar, Matt Adams) and have a surplus of pitching (Darvish, Tanaka, Bauer, Corbin, Porcello, Snell). Would you move one of those pitchers for Mitch Haniger? Is that a decent bat in return, or would you aim higher?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @E: Unless the question is “would you trade one of them for Trout” I think the answer is always aim higher. Don’t be stupid about it, but don’t offer for what you are willing to settle for. Always aim a bit higher, if the initial trade is rejected, try to get a little less. Know where your bottom line is and don’t go below it, but don’t start there either.

      I would look for more than Haniger. Darvish is hurt now, so maybe him or Tanaka, but Im not moving Bauer, Corbin, Porcellow or Snell for Haniger level yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @E: Agree with b

  21. Christopher Coriell says:
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    Hey Grey! In a Saves /Holds 12 Team H2H Points league with 20 for Saves and 7 points for holds, would you pick up Ottavino? My closers are Doolittle, Treinen and Holland of which I can start 2. Thanks in advance!

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Christopher Coriell: Would you have to start Otto instead of 1 of those guys, so only 2 RP total? I would pick up Ottavino and play matchups/weekly number of games, etc.

      • Chris Coriell says:
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        @b the esq.: Yeah. Start Otto instead of Doolittle or Treinen. Would keep Doolittle starting for sure so between Otto nd Treinen. In my league, Otto is a top ten closer right now and Treinen is barely top 25

      • Christopher Coriell says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! I’ll do that. Keep up the great work!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  22. Five-on-One says:
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    good stuff, man. You starting Eflin next time out against the Mets (12-team 5×5)? SON hates it (-$12.6).

    • b the esq. says:
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      @Five-on-One: No. Listen to SoN. But also check it closer to game day as it gets updated frequently.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-on-One: I’d prolly just watch to see how he does

  23. chris pierce says:
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    Drop Jose Mart, Simmons, puig, Brantley, moncada, ender for Buxton ?

    • b the esq. says:
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      @chris pierce: Ender. Since being moved to the 9 hole, he has not been nearly as effective and isnt stealing as much, which is where much of his value was coming from.

  24. b the esq. says:
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    Ender. Since being moved to the 9 hole, he has not been nearly as effective and isnt stealing as much, which is where much of his value was coming from.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @b the esq.:

      Total buzz kill on him. Probably took a 15 to 20 percent hit in value. He’s on my accursed team this year so it’s unsurprising.

  25. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Fulmer’s line was definitely deceiving. Through 5 innings he had only given up one hit and one walk with 7 strike outs. He got 2 quick outs in the 6th inning and then alllowed four 2 out runs. Thought it was still an encouraging start for Fulmer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: Ah, gotcha, that makes it less terrible, but still regression

  26. Chris Coriell says:
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    Should we trust Nick Marsalis?

  27. Mike says:
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    Someone in my league dropped Happ, so José Martínez or Ian Happ in an 6*6 league with obp?

  28. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? Puig gets back pretty soon and I need to cut either Mancini, Pillar, ODB, Franchy, or Teoscar in my OBP/SLG league. Who’s the odd man out? Appreciate the write-up as always.

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: Things are good. Counting down the days till school’s done and then I can comment 317 times a day:) I love me some Franchy, but alas, you’re probably right that he’s the one that needs to go. I kinda wanna get rid of Pillar as he’s producing at a WAY higher clip then he’s done in the past.

        • Slimcompoop says:
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          @Slimcompoop: By the by, is Pomeranz good to cut in a 12-team K/9 league to stream?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, lose Pom

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds good! Yeah, but Franchy could get squeezed on PT…If you want upside of Franchy over Pillar, I won’t stand in your way

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: That’s why you’re the best.

  29. Five-on-One says:
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    Please rank for upcoming week (12 team, 5×5, weekly line-ups):

    2-start Kennedy @BAL (-$5.2) and vTB ($7.7) (why is SON so low on start at Baltimore – they can’t hit?
    Heaney vMIN ($21.9) (Wow, SON Loves this one!)
    VV @SF ($9.3)

    Thanks

    • curiousgeorgespringer says:
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      @Five-on-One: Twins are hot right now, but all their best hitters are lefties. Kepler seems to have figured out how to hit against LHPs, but it’s mostly average, not much power. Same goes for Rosario — 6 of his 7 homers are off RHPs. Likewise, Morrison has started to find his stroke, but all 4 of his homers are off RHPs.

      I say all of that to say that a LHP against MIN right now (particularly with Sano and Buxton out) is probably a good option, so I’m not surprised SON loves it this much.

  30. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    In an OBP + OPS (no AVG) league, Jose Martinez, Caesar Hernandez, or Obudel?

    Thanks!

  31. hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    I’m chasing saves and someone just dropped Soria. Would you drop Minter or Steckenrider for him, or does Soria lose the job to Jones soon?

  32. sdub says:
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    How do you feel about starting Stroman vs. Seattle tonight? He is coming off a decent outing last time out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sdub: He’s ranked 23rd on SON today, so no

  33. OaktownSteve says:
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    Did they have Rodney on the mound during the backpedals to simulate true game action?

    My kids bought Efflin for two bucks this week in the NFBC for the double start. He cranked it up to 97. Looks like there’s been some adjustments to his pitch mix. It looks like he’s going with a lot more sliders. The breaking ball revolution. He’s still throwing a two seamer but there’s not much to it at 92. A little ride on it but no sink. He’s got a change that he throw pretty hard, sometimes up around 90 and the shape doesn’t look that different from the two seamer. I like the mechanics. Low effort. The lack of GBs with that home park is gonna scare you. Also of note, home plate ump was giving two inches off the black on the outer half to lefties yesterday and he took full advantage.

    Billy Hamilton has twice as many homers as Anthony Rendon.

    For his manegerial career, Bruce Bochy is one game over .500

    • Turd Wendell says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I considered Bochy one of the best in the biz. So many dumb managers nowadays. Def right about the umpire least the kid was smart enough to take advantage.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Good stuff, OTS, on Eflin, I didn’t have many eyes on him but the perfs look sweet. Hard to trust 12+ IP, but there could be something there… How long until your kids are co-writing a column at Razzball?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Not long.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m thinking next summer

  34. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    I have this image of Hunter Pence doing his creepy thousand-yard eye-bulge stare while saying and doing the Full House “cut it out” . . . and it is TERRIFYING.

  35. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Would you start Manaea at home v McCullers? Need 40 innings per week so I could skip but means riding a shaky wire.

  36. Bk says:
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    SoN not liking Newcomb at all tonight (-4.3, @TB)… you ignoring and starting in 10 Team mixed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bk: It’s saying 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER…That’s not great, but I’d try it prolly

  37. Dangerfield51 says:
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    Good morning. I found this trade offer waiting for me this morning;
    my Corey Seager and Syndergaard for his Nomar Mazara, ODB Herrera and Patrick Corbin. H2H points, keep 5 forever league. Seager and Thor were keepers this season but don’t think I will be keeping Seager again and not sure about Thor either. Mazara would be a keeper but not the other 2. I would be dropping Souza to accommodate the 3 for 2.
    What the Eflin should I do.
    Thanks.

  38. sdub says:
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    CJ Cron was just dropped. Would you dump Kingham for him?

    the rest of my staff is Kershaw, Bauer, Pivetta, Castillo, Mikolas, Wacha

    Currently don’t have a single bench bat besides my two DL spots (Moncada, Thames)

    • sdub says:
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      @sdub:

      I also have Trevor Cahill

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sdub: Sure, Kingham

  39. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Sorry, one more for ya!

    In a keeper (1st place currently), would you trade a $3 Jose Martinez for a $5 Vlad Jr.? Weekly leagues, and Jo-Mart would be replaced by someone on the level of Schebler/Leonys…

  40. Ty says:
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    Healy or Zimmerman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ty: Zimm

  41. Smell The Glove says:
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    12 team 7×7 H2H keeper league: Drop Tyson Ross or Samardzija for Domingo German? Or hold?

  42. OaktownSteve says:
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    Also, can we get a Luis Castillo prayer circle going today? That’s, that’d be super.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I will cut the lips out of a picture of the Pope and put my mouth through it and pray with you

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Bless you, Profane Holy Father.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Does stations in your directions

  43. Joel says:
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    fROM WHAT YOU’VE SEEN.. Oops, CAPS removed.
    From What you’ve seen of the Castillo adjustment:

    1. DrAp Wacha, or Taillion for him?

    2. DrAp Wacha or Taillion for R. Ray to stash on DL?

    3. Re: #1– wait a little bit longer to see better results?

    Fanks!

    “IT’S THE MAIL BAG” reverb yelp is the best!.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: Haha, thanks! 1. Wacha 2. Taillon 3. I’d do it now

  44. RIch says:
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    I’ve got Puig coming off the DL and need to drop someone (5×5 Roto, 12-team keeper league with next year’s keeper value in parentheses):
    – Brinson ($16)
    – Kemp ($6)
    – Rosario ($6)
    – Dahl ($6)

    • Turd Wendell says:
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      @RIch: Kemp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RIch: Agree with Turd

      • Richard says:
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        @Grey: So I’m still allowed to give up on Brinson yet?

  45. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    Any drops from my squad given this wire? I feel I have one too many hitters but my 2-1 trade offers have gone nowhere.
    Puig, Teoscar, Scooter, Odor
    Holland, Stroman, Skaggs,

    C- J McCann
    CI – Freemn, Seager, Eugenio (added last week hooray)
    MI – Dee (OF eligible) Bregman, Ozzie
    Of- Rosario, CF Deshizz RF Mazara
    OF- Peralta, Jo Mart
    DH – Cruz
    Bench: Mancini (rotates when Jo Ma, Peralta sit v lefties)
    C Santana ugh
    DL – Madbum
    SP – Max, Hendricks, Bauer, Morton, Manaea
    RP – Britton, Melancon, Treinen, Middleton
    H2H league way out in first place so I have been hoarding RP for a stable group come September. One gets cut when MadBum arrives I imagine. Thanks.

  46. Richard says:
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    Need a replacement for Darvish (5×5 Roto, 12-team keeper league with next year’s keeper value in parentheses):

    – Skaggs
    – Faria
    – Kingham
    – Matz

    Or I could pick up and stash Kopech.

  47. Norm Ginsberg says:
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    Cervelli vs James McCann? Adams vs Domingo Santana?

  48. Mike says:
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    Grey,

    Would you trade Hosmer/Billy Hamilton/Charlie Morton to get Goldy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Sure, in a shallow league

  49. M says:
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    Thoughts on dropping Miggy for Ian Happ? I have Gallo, Christian Vall, Rizzo for corner infield already..
    I’d use Happ as OF, to join Polanco, Mazara, Domingo, Dahl…

    or hold?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: I’d drop Villanueva first for Happ

  50. Five-on-One says:
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    Trade question:

    K Herrera for Z Britton and D. Murphy. Guy with Britton and Murphy is having a roster crunch and needs saves.

    1 – which side?
    2 – fairish?

  51. Mark says:
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    I picked up Miguel Rojas because of desperation and position flex.

    I looked at his numbers and projecting is a no-no, but it seems he can do 20 and 10 this year with a .250 average? What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mark: He’s not a good player

  52. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    10 team OBP

    1) Sit which hitter:

    Bellinger v Godley (4-13 2B BB)
    Gallo v Fiers (2-6 2HR 2BB)
    Acuna @ Snell (n/a)
    Haniger v Stroman (n/a)
    Suarez v Vargas (1-4)

    I fear the answer is Haniger, who I swear has homered every game I’ve sat him

    2) sit which closer (6 starters going today)

    Iglesias (Vargas @ Castillo)
    Treinen (McCullers @ Manaea)
    Greene (Fiers @Minor)

    3) Besides Price, all of these starts good to go this week? Maybe sit Godley v WAS too?

    Nola SF, NYM
    Snell ATL, @BAL
    Cmart MIN
    Newcomb @TB, @MIA
    Price @NYY
    Godley @LAD, WAS
    Manaea HOU
    Fulmer SEA
    Mikolas @SD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: 1. Tough call, what does Hitter-Tron say? Prolly Haniger 2. Greene 3. They all look fine to me

  53. frobin2 says:
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    If DJ LeMahieu comes off the DL, I will drop one of the following:

    S Schelber
    JoMart
    Cron
    Mancini

    or even drop Mike Soroka if the offensive players aren’t worth dropping. What would you do?

  54. Five-on-One says:
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    Trade question:

    K Herrera and Wacha for Z Britton and Morton. Guy with Britton is having a roster crunch and needs saves.

    1 – which side?
    2 – fairish?

  55. frobin2 says:
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    Is Chad Bettis worth grabbing off WW and dropping Soroka?

  56. Chumbo99 says:
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    Trade away Trevor Williams & Eddie Rosario for Treinen, Conforto, & Andrus? I’d have to drop Salazar to make room for Andrus’ DL spot. (12-team, redraft, H2H)

    • Turd Wendell says:
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      @Chumbo99: I’d hold. Andrus may take a while before getting right. Broken elbow is pretty brutal. Rosario is spitting hot fire so I’d hold.

  57. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    RCL league

    currently in second place, but need to make some moves

    1) Too many DL eligible players, drop one of: Darvish, Molina, Melancon, Bird

    2) Still holding Puig in this format? Replacement options include: Bour, Dahl, Villar, Bautista, Gyorko

    3) Still holding Samarzija in this format? Replacement options include: Duffy, Lopez, Faria, Gibson, Romero, or just stream?

    Thanks!

  58. 200 Proof says:
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    Grey,

    ODB or JoMart?

    Thanks!

  59. J-Hova says:
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    I’m with you on the new Childish Gambino. The video is cool, the song doesnt do it for me. I’m also old as hell and listened to Def Squad – El Niño on the way to pick up the kids from daycare yesterday so guessing I’m not his target audience.

    Streamonator has turned on Newcombs start today and is loving Castillos. Are you starting either??

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Hova: I’d start both… Yeah, the video is, uh, neat, but that song? C’mon… And I like his stuff usually

      • J-Hova says:
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        @Grey:

        I feel like a common theme with todays stuff is, “when is he going to rap?” … and with some songs it never happens. On a brighter old guy note, the new Del – Amp Live is pretty good. Not sure how more else there is to look forward to this summer..

        Thanks, starting both and praying

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True on “when is he going to rap?” 3005 was solid tho, I thought

          • J-Hova says:
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            @Grey:

            I’ll have to check again, i breezed that album when it came out and havnt checked back in a while.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He’s wildly hit or miss for me, his TV show too — Like awesome and unwatchable sometimes in the same episode

  60. Tbone says:
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    Should I make this trade? My Travis Shaw and Nick Senzel for Gerrit Cole

    Dynasty full keeper 10 team roto

  61. William Hung says:
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    Is it just me or has the closepocolypse been pretty tame so far this season? This is me def trying to stoke the fire…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @William Hung: Not you at all, very little turn over so far

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: So Osuna… Tepera the pick up according to the monkey if Osuna is suspended

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I guessed Oh a few places, but Tepera was gone

  62. Call Me Mabry says:
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    I am needing to drop a bat for a pitcher. I will prob just use this spot to stream pitcher according to stream-o-nater. Which of following 3 bats do you think will have the worst ROS and I should be dropping.

    Manchini, Villanueva, or Franco.

  63. Five-on-One says:
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    Last trade question:

    K Herrera for Buehler.

    1 – which side?
    2 – fairish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-on-One: It’s fair, depends on needs, I’d lean Kelvin

  64. TBunz says:
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    Offered Jed Lowrie and Matt Adams for my McCullers? Pull the trigger or hold? Can Lowrie really keep up this pace?

  65. jose says:
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    Thank you for keeping the perspective on Romero. Pining for SP with all of Darvish, Quintana, and Gray on my staff. Thankfully Gray is starting to have some better results. My high hopes for his start against Oakland will probably ruin my Friday.

    Enough about how terrible my starting pitching is. Let’s talk about my middling offense as there are decisions to be made.

    Reports are that Schoop is coming off the DL today and Puig tomorrow.

    A. Pretty set on cutting Villanueva for Schoop today?

    B. More curious on your opinion on who to cut for Puig tomorrow?

    C. Iannetta, 1B. Abreu 2B. JoRam 3B. Shaw SS. Turner CI. Villanueva MI. Peraza
    OF. Peralta, Schelbler, Schwarber, Soler, Taylor,
    UTIL: Adams

    Could also cut multiple OFs in favor of keeping Villanueva as UTIL and moving Adams to OF. I’d have to reshuffle the IF but it would work thanks to JoRam’s eligibility

    C. there is no C. That’s catcher!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jose: A. Ok B. Schebler

  66. Dave D, Licensed Sciosciapathologist says:
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    Well, it’s never too early to second guess oneself. I am kicking myself for drafting too many prospects and not enough scrubs to fill out my NFBC draft champions (no transactions) roster. Injuries to Schoop, Rendon, Aledmys, Moncada killing me but I’m hanging on in 2nd with my pitching. Hendricks has helped. I drafted Cueto though but fortunately decent news. I’m wishing I’d drafted Howie Kendrick ot Daniel Descalso over Nick Senzel.

    • same thing happened to me last year. one too many moncada and brinsons. not enough boring SPs. had a killer offense and pitching injuries (smyly, snell, conley) led to pathetic W/K…

      • Dave D, Licensed Sciosciapathologist says:
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        Yeah, tough format but fun challenge. Things got so desperate last week I started Nick Hundley at UTIL!!! Somehow that worked out. Grey said you had him in a few leagues too. How about your DC?. Gotta love when a 36th rounder has value. Almost makes up for a few bonehead picks I made Senzel (r24), Melky (21), Hirano (20). I’m just hoping Senzel and Dustin Fowler get called up soon. Meanwhile I have a dead MI roster spot this week unless Aledmys comes back and not on DL.

      • Dave D, Licensed Sciosciapathologist says:
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        Yeah, me too, should have known better. I’m still pissed about Matt Kemp going the pick before I drafted him. I think I overdid the SP thing and overlooked MI. Each year I overcompensate for my weakness the previous year. Bad habit.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Dave D, Licensed Sciosciapathologist: I hear ya. I may have overdone it with SP volume this year (based on overcompensating for last year) and short on offensive depth. Then you realize you have no back up MI and you draft 3 shitty ones in a row. It’s really tough to step away and analyze your team in the middle of those drafts. Between a guy you want and a guy you need. I feel like I’m in the heart of darkness in Apocalypse Now sometimes.

      • Dave D, Licensed Sciosciapathologist says:
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        Ah, the things we do for NFBC… make little sense to the “outside world”.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends on the “outside world” that is viewing

  67. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    looking to boost my OF.

    would you offer any of the following Sps, to a needed Sp for Justin Upton:

    Jon Gray, Aaron Sanchez, Mike Mikolas, Sean Newcomb, Michael Wacha

    Thanks!

    My current team is:
    h2h league avg and obp

    C – Castillo
    1 – Edwin
    2 – Cesar Hernandez
    3 – Arenado
    SS – Story
    OF – Acuña, Polanco, Eddie Rosario
    UTL – Frazier
    BN – Mancini
    DL – Justin Turner, Daniel Murphy

    SPS – Stras, Gray, Newcomb, Wacha, Sanchez, Trevor Williams, T. Ross, Soroka, Mikolas
    RP – Felipe Vasquez and Hand

    Thanks for the advise.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: You’re getting Upton with one of those SPs?

      • chris says:
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        @Grey:

        offering one of those for Upton… must likely Gray

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Good luck!

  68. RobMac says:
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    Hey Grey, great stuff as usual!

    I need to fill my 2B spot while Moncada is on DL. 11-team roto with standard hitting cats + OBP.

    Who do you like for the short term – Alen Hanson or Scooter Gennett?

    Thanks!

  69. Big Ticket says:
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    You had Buxton at pre-season OF16 and overall 52. Mentioned a hot start being key … yeah, about that. I’m trying to gauge where he belongs in OBP keeper formats.

    1. Top 30?

    2. Bux or Bregman?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Big Ticket: Bregman > Buxton for OBP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Ticket: Top 30 would be nice, he still has never done anything in the month of April/May and we’ve believe in him… Bregman

  70. Charlie Chapman says:
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    ROS rank. (Essentially, I need 3 of these guys to fill out my 3B and Util slots. Currently own Shaw, Sano, Yangervis, Rosario and Santana).

    a) Shaw, Sano, Eugenio, Yangervis
    b) E Rosario, ,ODB, C Santana, Reddick, Moreland

    OPS league but have plenty of power already, looking for general awesomeness and a sprinkle of upside. Much appreciated as always!

  71. Dave Funnell says:
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    If I offer DeSheilds ($1×3) and Candelario ($1×3) for Hendricks in a keeper points league, is that too much? Try one of the above for Hendricks ($1×1)? I know both of the hitters have done well so far and I’m not sure if they’re going to regress or keep things going.

      • Dave Funnell says:
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        @Grey:

        Maybe I offer DeShields for Hendricks. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  72. Jack says:
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    Schwarber or Mallex?

  73. Dancin Homer says:
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    got a couple questions for you today:

    1.) Is Chapman droppable in a 12-team (6×6 OPS) league or hold onto a little longer to see if he can get out of his funk? Top available bats:
    – D. Santana
    – Soler
    – Kemp
    – Cron

    2.) 2nd league (12-team 6×6 – OBP): would you drop Mancini for Suarez?

    Thanks (as always) in advance

  74. Murph says:
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    hey grey –
    10 team keeper league (keep 3)
    trade longoria and conforto for corey seager and sally perez? (i have suzuki at C now)
    my other options for keepers are harper, severino, acuna…

  75. EZ says:
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    Ozuna and Corbin for Thor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EZ: Ozuna

  76. vee says:
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    has moving Inciarte to the 9 spot helped the braves? certainly hope so. cus it’s sure hurting his fantasy value/performance as of late. sadface.

    Starting Jon Gray vs LAA
    Benching Pomeranz @ NYY

    agree?

    thanks Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @vee: Agreed

  77. peacecoast says:
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    Last night in my FAAB I got Castillo, Smith and Soroka. Nice haul huh. Blew a good portion of my money though (total $13, we start with $100, $1 min bid, weekly transaction).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @peacecoast: Nice! So, I started Expanse, and I don’t like sci-fi usually, but I liked the 1st 2 episodes, good call (so far)!

      • peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: Sweet. IT might be confusing with all the factions, sorta like Altered Carbon.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m not sure I understand more than 50% of it, but I don’t mind being confused, as long as they’re answers at some point

  78. Willy Mo says:
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    Michael Taylor is hitting .189 and like .120 over the last 2 weeks. He’s also pacing like 15 homers and 40 steals, although how many steals can we really expect from him? How long is your leash with this guy?

      • Willy Mo says:
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        @Grey: I have zero pateints ugh.

        I know you are sour on makiel franco, I saw a stat during last night’s game about his hard contact % per swing since April 17th is second best in baseball at 26.9%, 1 spot ahead of mookie betts. And he’s also been second best in baseball over that span at laying off pitches outside the zone.

        I’m starting to think he may be a good pickup. He’s pacing 29 homers 125 rbi and doing good things lately, batting 4th in the lineup. You hate it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, I don’t hate 30 HRs and 125 RBIs

  79. Chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I want to drop Frazier who serves as my utl and bench for: Odubel Herrera or Maikel FRanco?

    Which one?

    thanks!

  80. Five-on-One says:
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    ROS Rank:

    Darvish, Ray, Castillo, Buehler

  81. Enrique says:
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    Hi Grey..Need sp…add Gohara or a flyer on Harvey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: How deep is this league? 12 team NL-Only? Gohara, I guess

      • Enrique says:
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        @Grey: 12 team h2h keeper league..very competitive

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gohara

          • Enrique says:
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            @Grey: Tnxs!!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              NoPr

  82. jon says:
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    Domingo German…. is he an add in 10 team league- I would be dropping Shark or McHugh who ive been using for my ratios.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jon: Can lose McHugh

  83. Dave D, Licensed Sciosciapathologist says:
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    Does anybody know what I can do for the Astros to get JD Davis called up to replace Gattis (and start raking for my Draft Champions league)? He’s got .418 BA 24 RBI 1.113 OPS in 101 PA since demotion. I’ve never owned Gattis for some reason. Now I’m outfight rooting against him and Bregman. How does one go 1-5 with no R and no RBI when their team scores 16???!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear CBS ranked Gattis in the top 20 overall this year

      • Dave D says:
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        That’s f’n unbelievable. Who did their rankings, a demoralized and demoted Charlie Rose?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Possibly

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: I’m tempted to pick Gattis up off my wire with that lofty ranking. I don’t think CBS will ever live down that projection… almost as bad as that one time Bill James projected Crush Davis for 50-60 HRs in his full season

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • Dave D, Licensed Sciosciapathologist says:
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          Yeah, talk about a pariah. I drafted Chris Davis one time and definitely not this year. I might pick him up if he started doing meth though. It seems the Adderrall is no longer working for his ADHD.

  84. Gotime says:
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    H2H 12tm weekly would you drop any of Wacha Devinski or Jo-Ma for either Buxton or ODB. Would be bench or Util

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wacha for Bux

      • Gotime says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, from those do you see dropping any for German?

  85. Bk says:
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    Based on maybe your top 30ish players pre-season, is there any players (non-injury) that your really dropping/selling for .75 cents? Any players that were lower (maybe 50-80 range) that your paying 1.50-2$ on the dollar? (Buying high) I’m looking to make some moves and am wondering some targets and sells. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Albies way more now than I did then… I like Robbie Ray less…

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: yeah and I thought the best value this year was Odor – I guess there is still time

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There is, lots of it

      • Bk says:
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        @Grey: Meant non injury on both sides.. Ray is obvious. What about Dozier? Him or Ozuna?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d prolly lean Dozier now

  86. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Yo Grey,

    1) Shallow 10 team mixed league, have to drop 2 of these guys, in a vacuum which 2 you dropping? Olson, Dahl, Desmond, Adams, Puig.

    2) G Polanco…still a buy at this point? Or more of a hold, or even sell?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Olson, Dahl 2. Hold

  87. Count de Monetballl says:
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    Please don’t EVER stop making the Anime Grey videos!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  88. Cram It says:
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    Funny how I wasn’t a believer in Ozuna for where he was getting drafted and don’t own him anywhere, yet I find myself defending him against everyone that wants to sell him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I hear ya… Glad I only have him in RCL, he’s been so miserable

  89. sdub says:
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    Span or Cron ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron

  90. The Great Knoche says:
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    What’s the glossary term for Thinking you put Hendricks in the lineup but actually didn’t because you are traveling and kind of drunk. Oops.

    Earthquakes and shit this AM.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reverse flukazy

  91. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Good morning, Grey! Fantastic post as always. It’s references like Jerry Tarkanian, Dave Kingman and ABBA that makes this site essential reading for men (and five women) of a certain age. I also love how your mailbag Bonnie Tyler hair actually looked more like ’80s-era Ozzy hair. Crazy, but that’s how it goes.

    1) I’ll have Buxton/LeMahieu coming off the DL soonish in the RCL, so I’d be looking to make room. Who are my drops: Andujar, Teoscar, C Santana

    2) Also Middleton should (fingers crossed) be activated, so who’s my drop: N Jones, Minter, Barraclough, Soroka or one of the above bats?

    Thanks a lot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! 1. Andujar, Santana 2. Barraclough

  92. Chris. D says:
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    Grey,

    Hope you’re doing well today. Dynasty Question for you:

    I have an overload of 3b on my roster in Shaw, Sano, Andujar, and K.Seager (with Solarte who is also 3b Eligible, but I move him in out of my lineup as a SS)

    I am really not a huge fan of Seager, but know/understand his consistent stats. I could really use an extra 1b/OF from the wire which brings me to this: Matt Adams is out there, and I have a real itchy trigger finger to dump Seager. I’ve tried trading him, but can’t get much in return. Is worth it to dump a guy like Seager (who doesn’t play much for me to begin with) to fill a roster of need with a hot bat like Adams who will I will play in my Utility role (Smoak is my only 1b on roster)?

    Logic tells me don’t do it, but my eyes looking at stats tell me do it.

    What say you? Thank you as always for your advice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Chris D says:
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        @Grey: that’s what I thought. I just needed to hear it from a fake team expert who very rarely steers me wrong. Thanks Grey, hope you have a great rest of the day!

        #TrevorWilliamsForFantasySleeperCyYoung

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

          • Chris D says:
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            @Grey: May I bother you 1 more time, and have you rank them by their Dynasty Importance.

  93. JJ says:
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    Hey grey,
    Im in a 12 team H2H league and have 6 SPs scheduled to go tonight.I had the Shark shart the bed yesterday so need to make up some ground. The manager I’m facing this week doesn’t have many starters so I think I can take W,Sv, Ks just by starting as many as possible. I can start up to 5 SPs tonight. So who is the sit?
    Manaea vs HOU
    Castillo vs NYM
    Paxton @ TOR
    Snell vs ATL
    McCullers @ OAK
    Bundy vs KC
    Also who is the sit of JoMa vs Odorizzi, Ozuna vs Odorizzi, Merrifield @ Bundy
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Manaea — Jo-Ma

      • JJ says:
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        @Grey:
        Manaea actually has great numbers against the Astros. That was my initial thought too. Tough to sit him at home and with such good numbers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah…Hmm, maybe Paxton then

        • Cram It says:
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          @JJ: Then why list him if you’re not going to sit him anyway? Like to make more work for Grey? Just a thought!

          • JJ says:
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            @Cram It:
            Sometimes you want somebody elses opinion. I doubt that Grey has memorized Batter vs pitcher stats for every pitcher vs every team in the league. Just a reply

  94. mrm3711 says:
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    Hey Grey, in my 12-team ESPN league with deep rosters, I’m thinking about selling somewhat high on Teoscar. Picked him up when you mentioned him and have enjoyed the ride, but the lack of power for him in the past makes me think it’s not going to get much better than this. Which of these, if any, would you take back in a 1-for-1 for Teoscar?

    Sunday Santana, Newcomb, Mancini, Semien, Chase Anderson, Gleyber, Weaver

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take any of these except Anderson and Weaver

      • mrm3711 says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  95. Kyle Eberth says:
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    Been offered Carlos Martinez for my Bregman…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fair, I’d want the bat

      • Kyle Cameron Eberth says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks, ya me too… typically.
        Have Turner, G.Torres, and Bregman all with SS eligibility.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  96. knucks says:
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    This SP ranking below look right? This is the bottom half of my 15 team QS and Wins roto rotation. Just curious if its how you’d evaluate them.

    JongRay, Pivetta, Newcomb, Soroka

    Someone just dropped Pivetta and I just realized that I still have the #1 waiver priority somehow. He’s mine for tomorrow’s start, if I want him (of course I do)! I’ve got a gigantic lead in Ks (own Hader, Andre Miller and also drafted Scherzer in the 2nd round like a madman). Will drop Betances, who I had scooped off the wire in the beginning of April.

    Soroka is exciting, but hard to expect a ton of QS from him this year. Maybe he sticks and I can use him as trade bait if I don’t need him down the road. Here’s my bats. Just took over 1st last night. Was in 10th a week or two ago, I recall correctly. I like my chances in this league. You agree? Or see any issues with these bats below? My pitching is extremely strong and the power is starting to really come around thanks to my trade of Keynan Middleton for Eddie Rosario two weeks ago.

    C- Iannetta
    1B- Smoak
    2B- Peraza
    SS- Story
    3B- Bryant
    CI- Franco
    MI- Profar/Batty call
    OF- Yelich
    OF- Rosario
    OF- Mazara
    OF- Brantley
    UT- Jankowski/Batty Call

    DL- Puig
    DL- Odor
    DL- Beckham

    Lastly, I took over 1st in two other leagues this past week as well (one being an NFBC $50 league). And had mentioned it not to long ago… Rudy’s tools have been devastating to my league mates. Streamed Adrian Gonzo last night because of this!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks good — Team looks fine, just keep moving Brantley and batty calls

  97. Brian says:
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    How off are you of Ozuna? I’m looking to buy Buxton before he comes back, would you rather Ozuna still?

    Also saw you said Hosmer is a .260-17 HRguy… why?

    He’s a proven 290+ hitter, and he hit 28 HR last year in what is not *that* much better of a ballpark and lineup.

    He’s also off to a pretty good start, especially average wise. I tend to think he’s not the type of player that people overpay for, and most of us (who follow you) drafted him pretty high anyway. We’d be taking .50 cents on the draft day dollar selling him. .295-25 HR hitters (which I expect of him) are actually not that common, considering everyone whiffing for the fences this year.

    Also, Eddie Rosario is seeing beach balls. Much love!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure what you’re asking…How wrong am I?

      • Bk says:
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        @Grey: More specifically, what drew you up that to conclusion? A slow start? Because his numbers seem to be right in line with this career averages besides RBIs (which is sort of fluky). Also, what return would you aim? Like some comparable hitters? Jo-ma, Polanco, Merrifield, Rosario, someone in that range?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who are you talking about?

    • Fred Garvin MP says:
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      @Brian: Hosmer’s results last year were not in line at all with his batted ball profile 55% ground ball rate, .351 babip, etc. Thus far, his batted ball profile has improved this year, but tough to see him maintaining a .361 babip and 27.8% HR/FB rate.

      Hosmer has only done .295/25 or better once in his career. Last year, which very much seems to be a statistical aberration. But who knows, he could be one of these guys that gets the fantasy numbers in spite of the underlying data.

      I’m feeling the love on Rosario, too!

  98. The Shoe says:
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    Hi Grey, Thanks for sharing your fantasy wisdom as always. I have a couple questions:

    A. While he hasn’t been bad, how confident are you at this moment that Wacha can live up to your pre-season sleeper predictions? I’ve been feeling pretty “meh” about him and thinking about trading him and picking up someone like Cahill.

    B. Just traded my T. Williams and Schwarber for N. Cruz. How do you think I did?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. 30% possible B. Looks good

      • The Shoe says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Hmm, so even though you’re not as hopeful about him now, Wacha isn’t a straight drop for the likes of Romero, Cahill, C. Smith, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe Smith

  99. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    All this time I thought the named Samard “The Shark” after the animal. Little did I know it was after the vacuum because of how much he sucks. I understand why so many are lured by his siren song of stuff and periphs, but it is past time to accept that he has a debilitating and incurable case of Pinedaitis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally

  100. Andre says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who do you think is more for real?… German or Romero?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      German

  101. BSA says:
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    Surprised to see Franco available and Gallo’s K numbers are tough to take.
    When looking at K, AVG, OBP – who would you rather lean on in your corner?
    I also have Shaw, Kingery, and Bregman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gallo

  102. Lunching says:
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    Which side would you prefer in an OBP and quality starts league?
    Donaldson/Bumgarner or Hoskins/Devers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins

  103. clement lau says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you trade Goldie for Abreu/W Ramos?

    I have Yadi who just went down as you konw.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  104. Synyster says:
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    Starting Newcomb @ TB and Snell vs ATL with confidence?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wouldn’t say with confidence

      • Synyster says:
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        @Grey:

        Ok. You’re starting them none the less. Guess I will roll them out there and pray for the best.

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • BSA says:
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        @Grey: Neither would Synyster since he ended it with a question mark.

      • Synyster says:
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        @Grey:

        aaaaand I realized they were just playing one another. its been a long morning/afternoon.

  105. Five-on-One says:
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    K Herrera and Wacha for Z Britton and Morton. Guy with Britton is having a roster crunch and needs saves.

    1 – which side?
    2 – fairish?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morton

  106. peacecoast says:
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    Is there a glossary term for when you drop a guy and he blows up after? If not I thought of one: son of a gone.

    • Dave D says:
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      Remove the “s” and “t” from streamer and you have it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice!

    • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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      @peacecoast: Love that, Peacecoast! Sadly I know that feeling all too well.

  107. MikeZ says:
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    12 team 5×5 roto. Another owner wants to trade a pitcher for one of my MIs. I have Albies (who I’m not trading), Bregman, Tim Anderson, and Odor ( who I could pair with Lucchesi or Soroka.) Thoughts on a deal that would get me Bauer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson and Odor?

  108. Laguna BobbyI says:
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    Grey, shallow mixed league, which streamer would you roll with later this week?
    – Sonny Gray vs OAK, SON $13.4
    OR
    – Caleb Smith vs ATL, SON $8.7

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray

  109. Shitwolf says:
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    Grey I have a problem man I have to many guys that hold sticks… but they are all master batters so I feel like I don’t want to drop!

    my hitting bench is suarez/Villenueva whoever I’m not playing at 3rd… sano on the DL, moncada, puig and conforto…. way to many bench bats! I was thinking about stashing Britton now… who would be the drop slash is it even worth it to stash Britton haha

    thank you for sorting me out… I have problems letting go of master batters!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I dropped Villanueva

      • Shitwolf says:
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        @Grey:

        Do you think his slump is just because of bad hitting matchups or he was just playing way above his head to start the season?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Think he’s a lefty killer

          • Shitwolf says:
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            @Grey: ahhh most of his HR came against LHP i see that now thanks baseball Gandalf

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  110. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Osuna arrested.

    • Laguna BobbyI says:
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      @VinWins: who is the best spec pick up in case Osuna misses time? Oh? Tepera?

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Laguna BobbyI: I think it will be Oh..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope it’s Oh

      • knucks says:
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        @Laguna BobbyI: I just grabbed them both. But I think its been Tepara in the 8th inning more. Third would maybe be Clippard I guess.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crap

  111. OaktownSteve says:
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    I think there may be a Logan Morrison hot streak coming. Don’t ask my why. Total hunch.

    Streamers advisory…the Rangers strike out a lot. I’m streaming Liriano agin’ ’em tomorrow. Double digit Ks? Maybe if I hadn’t said anything. Now it’ll be a beat down.

    The Ks are totally unbelievable this year. My RCL team is at 11.5 k/9 on the season.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Scherzer, Bauer, Snell, Hader, Ottavino…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Damn, cuz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn! That’s a nice K/9, I need some of that

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        That team is on pace to go over 1600 ks. Hitting needs to come around. Trying to be patient with Kingery but need some signs of life.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ralph dropped Kingery about 2 weeks ago in our league, think he’s still sitting on waivers

          • MattTruss

            MattTruss says:
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            Nope, this guy snagged him. I’m believing in better things to come, he’s my new Buxton.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha!

  112. Bad Ash says:
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    Osuna arrested for beating up a female. Pick up Tepera (or someone else), or you think it’ll take a while for MLB to discipline Osuna? Wondering if maybe the Jays suspend him for PR reasons.

    The MLB discipline should be Our Commissioner Manfred gets to beat him with a belt.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Bad Ash:

      I just added Axford in two leagues. Closer experience, baby.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        Axford was on my RCL team for less than two minutes. Dropped for Tepera. Holding Axford in the league that’s so deep Oh, Tepera and Clippard are already held.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tepera

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Got him in the FCL.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          Here’s a prediction though…if there is a suspension/shake up, Axford will see some saves. Interestingly I was just reading about him the other day. Went to a two seamer. Been looking really good. They’re giving him some multi inning outings. Tepera feels a lot like that guy where you’re happy to get him, they announce that he’s the interim closer, all the stars align you think you’re pretty effin’ smart and he gives up a walkoff granny in his first save chance,

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HA, yup!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh? Tepera? Axford? Clippard?

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: It’ll prob be Oh… I had grabbed Tepara to handcuff Osuna (pun intended) in that NFBC I was boasting about an hour or two ago in the comments above. I prob won’t be that lucky.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @knucks:

          I think it’ll be Oh as well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hope so

          • Count de Monetballl says:
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            Since there is not clear add as his replacement, they all feel like a Revenge Pluck

  113. Willy Mo says:
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    Is Tyler Anderson a season long hold in mixed leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  114. Roma Pizza Stuart Florida says:
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    ROS
    Roughed odor

    OR

    Josh Harrison

    Come get some pizza who ever is in town

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d love some pizza! Odor

      • Roma Pizza Stuart Florida says:
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        @Grey:

        Always love the great feedback… I don’t know if you guys ever make it down for spring training but I’m about 20 minutes away from Mets spring-training 20 minutes away from Cardinals spring Training and then another 30 away from Astros and nationals

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks for invite! I’m in Cali tho

  115. CentralCoastCali says:
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    Good Morning Grey,

    Great information and humor, thank you.

    Which of these three do you think will produce the most from here on, 5×5 OBP league,
    Rizzo, Goldschmidt or Springer?

    Have a great Taco Tuesday!!! Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Springer, Goldy

  116. dr Y says:
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    10 mixed 5 outfielder league. Billy Hamilton was dropped, would you drop any of ___ for him:

    Matt adams
    jon gray
    nick pivetta

    I would likely hold him on the bench for awhile, I wouldn’t be forced to play him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta

  117. Turd Wendell says:
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    Bregman or Encarnacion?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bregman, coin flip

  118. Rafael Kam says:
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    Hey Grey,

    in obp league, someone just offered me Goldschmidt and Nola for Springer and DeJong.

    My starting pitching is already very strong and Goldschmidt has looked *awful* of late but what do you think? Same guy has Severino as his #1, so I think maybe Sevvy as the SP in place of Nola could make it worthwhile. I feel like he probably wouldn’t do that but Nola ‘s low k rate and highish fip are turnoffs. Obviously Severino > Nola, but how do you feel about this offer either way?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is tough, I’d likely take Goldy, but if you can get Severino obviously better

  119. Matty says:
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    A thought to ruminate upon:
    I’ve been wondering recently about the total benefit of one of your hitters having a good day against one of your pitchers. Obviously in a perfect world your pitcher gives up only hits to your hitter(s) who are opposing him, and they steal a few bags, and maybe they don’t score. Have any of the Razz stats gurus done a deep dive on this? If my hitter and pitcher are facing off it could be interesting to see how the potential outcomes rank in value for RCL scoring- I’m not totally sure how to quantify that but I’ll keep thinking on it.

    And pitching questions like always:
    Who do you like least for this year and the next few of Trevor Williams, Manaea, Bauer, and Pivetta?
    Also- gut reaction- Scherzer for CarMar and OBPWulf- reasonably fair?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A solo homer and a steal or two, doesn’t really hurt the pitcher… Not like the pitcher needs to throw a no-hit or even shutout to have a good game — Williams — Scherzer

  120. Fantasy football says:
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    Can you provide links where your playing against the “pros.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      toutwars.com

  121. Dan says:
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    I grabbed Odor off waivers, dropping Leonys. I still got his homer last night, hoping I made the right call ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully!

  122. Old School Brother says:
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    Looks like Osuna took the Prodigy song Smack My Bitch Up a little too literally

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is that is entrance music? Awkward!

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Grey: Yup, only he had the lyrics changed to smack my pitch up in order to get it clean enough to be played

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  123. henncoop says:
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    Thanks for the sage advice of getting (no longer Fat) Adams on a couple of my teams & keeping Shark on the bench despite the 2 starts this week.

    In a RCL I have Yu going to the DL with “the flu”. I need to drop someone to make room. Also on the DL are Britton, Middleton & Cueto. Seems the choice would be Cueto despite pitching masterfully; he’s probably done for the year or worse

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cueto

  124. Chris Rider says:
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    Leonys Martin over Trey Mancini?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  125. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Carlos Martinez has faced Robbie Grossman twice, and has yet to throw him a strike. 2 four pitch walks. As the French would say “Les Sigh”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He is so scared of Grossman

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Rightfully so. I mean you can’t just willy nilly throw strikes to a prodigious talent like Robbie Grossman.

        Some run support would be nice as well. I’ve gotten just 3 wins from my last 16 starts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

        • Fred Garvin MP says:
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          @Fred Garvin MP: Make that 3 from 17.

  126. Jake says:
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    Elfin, Cahill, or Soroka?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soroka

  127. BSA says:
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    Anyone want a T-shirt? I think the Blue Jays marketing department are kicking the crap out of their mascot with the timing of this whole thing. Early cocktails in Toronto front office.
    “The Blue Jays are scheduled to give away 15,000 Osuna t-shirts prior to Thursday’s game, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Are they wife beaters? (Too soon?)

  128. Jack says:
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    Kemp or Schwarber?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schwarber

  129. DodgerWindowClosed says:
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    If Osuna issue is real and he is benched, who gets saves in Toronto?

    • Cram It says:
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      @DodgerWindowClosed: Tepera, Oh, Axford and Clippard were all picked up in the ‘Perts league. That tells me no one knows!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with Cram

  130. Los Putos says:
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    Gray home vs LAA?
    Heaney @COL facing Gray?

    I actually just dropped Heaney for Oh due to the Osuna arrest, but since games started, and it being an ESPN league, he remains on my roster til tomorrow.

    Should I feel bad for benching him prior to kicking him to the curb?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray

  131. m0se says:
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    rhys/fulmer or kershaw? 6×6 ops/qs

  132. EZ says:
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    Teheran or pivetta. Foreseeable future

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta

  133. Jubaka says:
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    Should I start Castillo against the Mets tonite?

    • William Hung says:
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      @Jubaka: Yes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  134. vee says:
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    Ender batting 7th today. slowly making his way back up…………

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’ll never reclaim the leadoff role, sadly… W/out injury

  135. Dave D says:
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    The Sciosciapathological study continues: Blash starting tonight in interleague game with no DH. Got defense? Calhoun benched a third straight game. Pujols starting at 1B. Well, he’s no Cron, but maybe better than Valbuena. Hell, I’d be fine with calling up Chris Carter at this point…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jabari?

  136. Liam BAve says:
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    hey Grey,
    big fan! in a 10 team league with OPS and Saves+Holds would you trade Jed Lowrie for Josh hader? got schoop coming off the dl.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d want Hader

  137. knucks says:
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    Grey, if you haven’t tried it yet, I just finished the second episode of Gimlet’s “The Habitat”. Pretty cool. Its essentially a podcast version of a real life BioDome. Sorry, no Pauly Shore/Steve Bannon involvement in this one though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I heard not such great things about it, so I didn’t listen… It’s good, huh?

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: I’m into it right now. Maybe it falls off a cliff after episode 2? Will let you know. Prob end up listening to the remaining 5 episodes. They’re only 30 mins long. The topic has always intrigued me, so maybe I’m biased at the start. Keep ya posted.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, let me know, I might still watch

  138. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Sheesh, any idea when Godley will stop having to face the Dodgers? SON only has him as a 2.9 in Dodger Stadium, but Godley’s next game is at home against the Nats, which sounds equally if not more dangerous. So do you think it’s worth a gamble to start him tonight…?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      June 4th, 2023

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Cool! I’ll just bench him till then.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

  139. Favio Vasquez says:
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    Ozuna bro is staring to feel like Ozu-no. Wth? I can hear Stanton saying, “Marcell, I didnt want this life for you” in his best Godfather voice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  140. Hanklongball says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for the advice earlier on Soria. Who would you rather part with: Rizzo, Albies or Hoskins? Should one be traded, the other two are my 1B/2B combo (Hosmer goes from bench to UTIL).

    I’ve received Berrios/Treinen or Carrasco/Treinen for one of the three and I need help in SV/K/W to keep up with 1st place…

    Does either offer make sense?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo, don’t love the trades

  141. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    10 team 5×5 H2H

    Need a drop for Schoop. I’d prefer to keep Cron as I’m a believer, and Taylor for his eligibility, especially if I drop another position player as I’ll have no bench strength. Otherwise Tepera is my most droppingest, but with Osuna likely out for weeks I’ll be scrounging for saves. So I’m leaning Pivetta, but as it’s H2H I need all the pitching I can get.

    C – S. Perez
    1B – Goldschmidt
    2B – C Taylor
    SS – T Turner
    3B – J Ramirez
    OF – Ozuna, Marte, Polanco
    UTIL – Souza, Acuna
    BN – Cron
    DL – Schoop
    SP – C Martinez, Nola, Morton, Bauer, Quintana, Paxton, Pivetta, Buehler
    RP – Holland, Soria, Tepera
    BN – Osuna
    DL – A Reyes

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Pivetta

  142. Cersy says:
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    Are you buying low on Goldy?

    I could likely trade JD Martinez for him but not sure I like that move given how terrible Goldy has been.

    Cersy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d likely hold there, since at best it’s fair

  143. cyler8 says:
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    So do we drop Osuna at this point or wait and see?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can likely drop, but I’d wait a couple of days

      • cyler8 says:
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        @Grey: Best replacement of what I have available: It is a SV+H league so there is that at least:

        Kela
        Treinen
        Holland
        Shane Greene
        Juan Nicasio
        Jose Alvarado
        Tepera
        Oh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Treinen

  144. EZ says:
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    Schwarber just got dropped. You like him over teoscar? Leonys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, over Teoscar

  145. Brian says:
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    Would you trade Rizzo for O albies?
    Keeper league (4 keepers) , 5×5 roto, Rizzo has 2B elg.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  146. Alps says:
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    Grey
    I am in need of saves
    Do you drop Bradley for either Oh or Tepera
    Thanks

    • Alps says:
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      @Alps:
      i mean Would you put in a bid for either one
      and just hope its the right guy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You that hard up? I guess Tepera

      • Alps says:
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        @Grey:
        i am and thanks
        competitive league
        i might just put in a bid for clippard and axford as well
        and let the chips fall where they fall
        thanks man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, Alps

  147. Alex says:
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    If I wanted to trade Buehler and Reynaldo for one SP who should I target? Thinking Castillo but can’t think of anyone else off the top of my head

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Try it for Castillo

  148. The Melk Man says:
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    Grey looking for MI help in an OBP lg. Ride the hot hand of Hanson or grab Zo the OBP machine?

    Thanks love the read everyday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanson

  149. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Feels like a good time to point out in the preseason our talk about how the Astros don’t steal too much as a team and that 1-2018-SB Altuve specifically lowered his SB attempt rate a good amount when moving to the 2/3 spots . . .

    If you’re WS champions on a dynasty path, why risk your star on some SB attempts particularly when everyone mashes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, was what I was saying with Correa… Ridiculous to think they’d risk anyone to steal a base…Why would you?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Last year Springer said it outright – he decided to stop stealing (mostly) because why would you when you’ve got such a stacked team?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, exactly

  150. primetime says:
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    Grey, started season up and down. 5×5 OBP. K/9 QS. 10 team keeper league.

    In 4th place, was in 2nd for two weeks but pitching been killing me lately.

    Do I need to upgrade? Rank my team. I know its only week 8. Plenty of time.

    Starters
    Chineros
    Freeman
    Schoop (back)
    Arenado
    Story
    Cain
    Bellinger
    Haniger
    Mazara

    Bench
    Jose Mart
    Moncada
    Simmons (picked up cause loss of Seager)
    Brantley
    Puig
    Ender
    Seager DL

    Pitchers
    Strausburg
    Nola
    Samarija
    Bundy
    Smith, C
    Diaz
    Rivera

    Bench
    Tailon
    Kershaw – DL
    Soroka

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your pitching would be solid if you stop throwing Samardzija — you didn’t even really need Kershaw

  151. vic says:
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    Beltre’s back. Yay? Which two of these guys are sitting on the bench for you, and would you drop either of them to chase something shiny?

    Hicks, Healy, Beltre, Franchy, Reddick

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franchy, Hicks

  152. Safety first says:
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    Would you trade Goldschmit and Torres for Stanton and Segura? I prefer the Stanton side.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton

  153. JC says:
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    Love the mailbag videos!

    Cron or Reddick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Cron

  154. Dr Sauce says:
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    Context: 5X5, 12 team, head to head ESPN league. We start 5 SP’s and 4 RP’s.
    Thoughts on Berrios and Weaver? Both have shown up on my waiver wire. Both top 30 arms in your initial rankings; has anything changed with their recent poor form.
    Back end arms/Cut candidates include Domingo German, Soroka, Newcomb,and Giles (wish there was some clarity)
    Thanks for the wisdom!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose German for Berrios

      • Dr Sauce says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:
        Thanks, was thinking the same thing. Any warm fuzzies for Sonny Gray given his better form over the last couple of starts. Or does he still need to show more?
        Cheers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, I’m taking leash off Gray, hopefully he doesn’t make me regret it

  155. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    dynasty league 13 team roto with all sorts of stuff added, defensive stuff, OPS, total bases, hits, K/9, holds, k/bb, QS, relief appearances and wins. deep benches, 10 NA slots, 5 DL slots.
    C posey
    1B goldy
    2B altuve
    SS bogaerts
    3B devers
    LF bellinger (1B)
    CF blackman
    RF brocktune (LF)
    util andujar (3B)
    BN bregman (SS/3B), braun (1B/LF), newtown (3B), mcclutchin’ (CF/RF)
    DL ceager
    NA trammell, mejia, robles, willie, florial
    SP (1800 innings cap): archer, hill, skaggs, gibson, fulmer (DET), romero, wood, maeda, weaver
    RP (7 slots) osuna (NA tag for now), colome, barnes, kelvin, kenley, strop, j.anderson
    DL knebel (back soon), ryu, middleton (back soon), salazar
    NA luzardo, f.perez, medina, morejon, duplantier

    1. who’s my drop for osuna, this could be a prospect or maybe newtown he’s been very cold lately and i have 3 other 3B guys. the osuna thing might play out short term anyway. i’ll ask ralph too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Newtown

  156. Favio Vasquez says:
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    What would you say for my Ozuna/Marte for Greinke/Ray or Cole in a 2 for one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Starling? Not great trades

      • Favio Vasquez says:
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        Starling yes and oh ok then no I wont ha ha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  157. trader joe says:
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    My Betts/Wood for his Pollock/Greinke. I need SB. Too much?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too much

  158. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    with the mess that LAA bullpen is and middleton back shortly, drop j.anderson or brach for o’day (dropped recently) in AL only with saves and holds. also have kelvin and nicasio.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anderson

  159. tweedledee says:
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    Hurting in saves bad and have Osuna, Tepera, Oh, Clippard all owned.

    Was offered trea turner and wade davis for Mookie and Andrelton

    What side you like grey?

    • tweedledee says:
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      @tweedledee:

      Poor punctuation. I have Osuna. (PERIOD) Tepera, Oh, and Clippard are all owned by other owners.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d take Turner and Davis

  160. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    Hello Grey,
    I say ‘Yu’ – you say ‘sless’! Yu…

    Why did I do this to my self again? Drafting him that is. And of course I could have started one of 3 sucky SPs on my bench who are still better than this dum ass. Argh!!!

    That’s all. Thanks Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I know

  161. Jon says:
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    Shark or Felix ROS W ERA WHIP K QS K/9

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shark

  162. Big league choo says:
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    10 team 5×5 OBP/(sv+H)

    Carpenter got dropped which rp would you drop

    Giles or kela?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giles

  163. chris pierce says:
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    Drop shark for Gibson (twins) he’s been pitching well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  164. Yankee My Wanky! says:
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    One more Grey,
    I specifically start the Dahl Llama this week because they are in CO and of course Mr. Black decides to bench him. And I won’t tell you who I benched for the week for fear you will think I’m not all there. I need some of that Llama magic right about now! Ugh!

    Ok, now that’s all. Thanks much Grey. Time to watch Severino vs. the Red Sux!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, I know on Dahl, so frustrating

  165. Let's Play Two says:
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    Buehler or Soroka ROS in a standard, season-long roto league (K/QS/ERA/WHIP)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buehler

  166. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Which side ?
    Trevor Williams and Peraza
    Or
    Miguel sano
    Is it close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sano, could be close, hopefully not

  167. Lucky Dog says:
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    Nice start by Bundy – 0.0 IP, 5 hits, 2 BB, 7 ER, 4HR on 38 pitches all wotnot recording an out.

    One of the worst starts I can remember.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      An all-time terrible start

  168. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    It’s only the top of the first inning, and he hasn’t taken the mound yet, but so far I’m really liking Danny Duffy’s chances for a Win tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t jinx him!

      • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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        @Grey: Haha! Sorry, guys.

        PS: if I’m capable of jinxing a guy with a 10-run lead, he has no business calling himself a pitcher.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Or you’re underestimating your powers to jinx

        • Lucky Dog says:
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          @GrassyKnollRedding: Heh, I traded him for Didi, who’s since turned into a pumpkin thanks to Grey jinxing him. Thanks, Grey.

  169. Who do you like better ROS, Dozier of Schoop?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dozier

  170. herschel says:
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    @Grey: you starting jon gray tonight at home? prayer circle?

    unrelated, watched the rachel dolezal doc last night. pretty interesting if you havent watched yet…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I am starting him — yeah, watched it last week, she’s a crazy lady

  171. William Hung says:
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    Sonnavabench on Shaw – since I had Gallo in my UTIL spot and Rendon at 3B… I thought Hamilton would be a good play tonight against Vargas to chase steals

    #shallowleagueproblems

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  172. Shallow says:
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    Thanks as usual sir. Which LF+SS combo would you rather have ROS (10 team H2H):

    Stanton + Peraza
    Rhys + Trea

    Second the #shallowleagueproblems

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trea

  173. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Volcanoes erupting and Brent Suter hitting a homerun off Kluber. Is now the time to start worrying?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  174. Ty says:
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    Hosmer & Cordero Vs Hellickson @ SD or Zimmerman & M Taylor Vs Richard @SD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hosmer

  175. lwomack58 says:
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    Been offered Darvich for DeShields. Which side do you prefer
    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yu

  176. Leon says:
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    Was just offered Kopech for my Carrasco in a Keeper league.

    Current staff is:
    Strasburg, Wood, Manaea, Castillo, Taillon, S. Gray, Buehler,

    Do I pull the trigger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  177. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Paxton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, 2 outs vs. Donaldson in the 9th potentially

      • Better Call Limehouse says:
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        @Grey: he better not have gotten hurt.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: Definitely would have been drunk early if you had a drink every time the Toronto announcers mentioned he’s a Canadian.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! Same here, and I only watched the last 3 innings

  178. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    for at least a few days now the idiot that runs MIL apparently HAS to play his best 2B. hahahaha F you douchebag!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  179. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. the new car smell on dejong has worn off a bit. gennett or dejong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DeJong

  180. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    12 team 5×5 roto redraft

    Buxton on the wire.

    Drop Pivetta or Souza?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

  181. Gotime says:
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    In a H2H redraft I have Vizcaino and now Knebel to be closing soon. Kela is also in the wire would you just cut Giles and Devinski to get rid of that risk and pick up Kela and leave extra spot when Puig or Moncada return?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  182. Peter Rabbit says:
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    I’m in a head to head, keep 10 guys league. I need to clear roster space for schoop and rendon. I have an owner that wants a 2b. Who of my 2b (lawrie, merrifield, schoop, odor) would you try to deal? He is willing to give up draft picks and/or a SP like castillo?
    c ramos
    1b votto
    2b lawrie
    3b gallo
    ss bogaerts
    of jd
    of haniger
    of cain
    util encarcion
    util bregman
    bench – merrifield, inciarte, olsen, villanueva, cervelli
    DL rendon, schoop (need spots)
    DL – odor

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Lowrie… Though I guess Lowrie for Castillo works for me

  183. Scuffy McGee says:
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    ODB or Mancini? Push?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini, prolly push

  184. William Hung says:
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    So my “what would happen first – Billy Hamilton SB or Yasmani Grandal base hit” is still in play…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: BTW, great podcast this week.

        • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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          @William Hung: wow OBP wolf won.

          • William Hung says:
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            @Beware the Shit Rope: Yeah, Hamilton hasn’t gotten a steal in like 2 weeks now… wondering what’s going on. I wonder if Hamilton also has the most boring 7 game hit streak of all time

  185. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    Drop Iannetta for Zunino or hold?

  186. surfer dude says:
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    Hello, 10 tm h2h pts – Suarez is on waivers, drop Smoak or Belt for him?
    Also, thoughts on Dozier for ROS
    Thanks and have nice week : )

  187. Cole says:
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    What did Wade Miley leave with? Infected tattoo?

  188. Hal_Incandenza says:
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    Howdy Grey.

    10 team 5×5 H2H, only start 9 bats/team with defined positions other than a Util. Max SP on roster is 7, and everyone tends to carry that many (plus any RP starters they can find). DL doesn’t count against the max 7 max, where I have Yu and Alex Reyes stashed. I currently have 6 other SP, looking for a drop in adding my 7th.

    Roster
    C Wilson Ramos
    1B Cody Bellinger
    2B DJ LeMahieu
    3B Anthony Rendon
    SS Carlos Correa
    LF Eddie Rosario
    CF Ronald Acuna
    RF Giancarlo Stanton
    Util Hanley Ramirez
    Bench Ender Inciarte
    Bench Daniel Murphy (inj)
    Bench Jose Peraza
    Bench David Peralta

    I’d like to pick Wacha back up and worry about who I might need to shed to activate Yu after he is both back and has had a successful outing. I’m considering these guys, with counter arguments noted.

    Hanley – would only have Bellinger for 1B.
    Peraza – he can backup both 2B and SS, hopefully with speed. I would already have a 2B backup if Murphy were active, so somewhat limited benefit here if Murphy returns okay.
    Inciarte – backup CF plus speed option in Util, which is nice in H2H.
    Peralta – can cover LF or RF, and may be the best Util option on my squad.

    I’m really leaning Hanley or Peralta.

    • Hal_Incandenza says:
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      @Hal_Incandenza: Oops, meant to say leaning Hanley or Peraza.

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Hal_Incandenza: not hanram. probably dave peralta or inciarte if you don’t mind losing the steals.

  189. Mr Baseball says:
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    Corey Seager for Scott Kingery  – keeper league

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Mr Baseball: kingery since you don’t have to start him soon.

        • Mr Baseball says:
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          More in what way

          • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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            @Mr Baseball: i mean if you are the guy trading away ceager you should ask for more

  190. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    giles better f’ing have this coming save chance, not harris again.

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