With Aaron Nola, I should likely talk about Zydeco, but he reminds me of Paul Simon’s quote about Graceland.  Vampire Weekend was criticized for copying his signature style, which is absurd since he copied it from African artists, and Simon copped to that.  He said, “In a way, we were on the same pursuit, but I don’t think you’re lifting from me, and anyway, you’re welcome to it, because everybody’s lifting all the time. That’s the way music grows and is shaped.”  Without every great pitcher to come before, would there be Aaron Nola?  I know what I know, and I lost Nola this year.  Like I lost Carlos Carrasco and Corey Kluber previous years.  I long for them when the diamond’s on the sole of their shoes.  Every year, I have guys I’m targeting as my ace whose preseason prices aren’t out of control yet.  Well, Nola went from fringe Grey-ownership this year as possibly my ace to not going to be able to own him until he falters one year down the road.  That sucks, and not sucks as in good, but sucks as in bad.  Yesterday, Nola went 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 10 Ks, to lower his ERA to Marla Gibbs’ address 2.27.  When he’s on other people’s teams next year and I say I would never draft him because his price is too high, remember, I see losing love is like a window in your heart.   Everybody sees you’re blown apart, everybody feels the wind blow.  In Nola, in Nola.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Vince Velasquez – Expects to return on Wednesday with a 3 IP, 6 ER or a 9 IP, 0 ER, 14 Ks game.  Nothing else is possible.

Maikel Franco – 2-for-6, 2 runs and his 11th homer, hitting near-.500 in the last week since he was moved to the eight hole.  Hot schmotato alert, fo’ sho, but, woof, on the eight hole.   Seems like the best spot for Kingery, but what do I know, I’m just a righteous as hellfire fantasy baseball blogger with a sweet eh-eff mustache.

Nick Williams – 3-for-8, 1 RBI, as he hits third, and hitting over .300 in the last week.  Podcaster Ralph and I talk about Williams on today’s show.  Not on the Today Show, but I hear Hoda is a fan.  By the way, nine out of ten men agree, Hoda Kotb sounds like a character in Star Wars.

Victor Arano – 1/3 IP, 0 ER and his 3rd save, ERA at 2.51.  Gabe Kapler is the Oprah of bullpen managers.  You get a save!  You get a save!  You get a save!  You get a save!  You get a save!  Everybody gets a save!  Guess since Arano has three saves in six days it’s time to pick him up too.  Thankfully, most of the Phils’ relievers are good, because I own, like, four of them.  Yo, throw Edubray some of that sweet savetang.

Zack Wheeler – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.42 vs. Zach Eflin – 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.15.  This was a battle of, “Zack’s with an H!”  “No, it’s with a K!”  “H!”  “K!”  The H’s eventually lost by runs, but you can’t argue with anything related to Dear Zachary.  Damn, that documentary is sad!  Eflin is ownable everywhere, which I’ve been saying more or less for the last month.  Nate Orf course, there could be some hiccups.

Todd Frazier – Hit the DL with a ribcage strain.  Billy Butler once strained himself getting into a cage made of ribs.  Don’t cry for Wilmer Flores, he’ll do it himself, and he should see more playing time.  Yesterday, Wilmer (3-for-5, 2 RBIs) won the first game with game-winner, his 8th homer, and had the only two hits in the nightcap.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  As he trotted around the bases, he carried with him a For Rent sign.

J.T. Realmuto – Out on paternity leave.  Jerry Tomato will be in the maternity ward just picking babies off the vine.

Cameron Maybin – 2-for-3 and his 4th and 5th steal.  I’ve been subtly side-eyeing Maybin all year with a monocle to see if he can go on one of those patented “15 steals in two weeks then to the DL” runs.

Starlin Castro – 2-for-5 and his 7th homer.  He’s turned it on of late with four homers in the last two weeks.  Someone must’ve called him Starlin Catsup!

Brian Anderson – 2-for-5 and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in the last four games.  Someone must’ve called him Brian Catsup!  Okay, will stop now.

Jesus Aguilar – 1-for-4, and his 23rd homer, hitting .305.  He’s easily in the top 100 for the 2nd half that I’ll post next week.  Look at the Player Rater for how high Aguilar is.  Jesus is turning water into fantasy value!

John Hicks – 1-for-3, but didn’t start for the third time in the last week.  Wonder if the Tigers know you don’t need to rest a player who has catcher eligibility who is not the catcher.

Niko Goodrum – 2-for-6, 1 run, 3 RBIs, hitting near-.375 in the last week.  Hot schmotato alert!

Chris Archer – 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.41, as he was activated from the DL, and threw his last rehab start in the majors.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Can I expense a happy ending massage if I’m unable to date because I’m working long hours?”

Wilson Ramos – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 13th homer, hitting .291.  That’s All-Star Wilson Ramos!  Eat a D, Blake Snell!

Daniel Robertson – 3-for-6, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .268, as he hit third.  I’m pretty sure Kevin Cash had a reason he hit Robertson third yesterday, but I Googled “Robertson reason,” and all I found was the reason Duck Dynasty’s Uncle Si Robertson voted for Trump, and stopped Googling.

Scott Schebler -4-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .283, and he was caught stealing, which you may think is whatever, but I love that’s he’s trying everything to help my fantasy team.  Now that I think about it, that’s exactly what the Reds are.  Crap team, due to their pitching, but there’s fantasy value in their lineup!

Joey Votto – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, hitting .292.  Votto choked up on the bat yesterday for his homer like he was Joe Morgan.  Wait, Morgan was famous for the chicken wing.  Guess I’ve confused choking/the chicken.

Anthony DeSclafani – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.43.  He does this in Cleveland, but where was this when I streamed him his last time out vs. the White Sox?  All I can do is laugh (through my tears).

Jason Kipnis – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .220.  I like to call Kipnis, Post And Soon To Be Pre-Asdrubal.

Yonder Alonso – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 13th homer, hitting .255.  Every time he has a big game I look at his player profile and there’s always multiple games between each hot game.  Hard to schmotato like that.

Danny Duffy – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.89.  Was a good night to be an awful starter having a miserable year, huh?  No reason to answer, I know what’s going on.  *eyes dart to the corner of the ceiling*  Why do I keep expecting to see Toni Collette up there?  The movie Hereditary damaged me.

Jose Berrios – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.41.  Jose’s been Berrios, Berrios good to me.  Haha, now I take a nap.  *five seconds later claps hands*  I’m back, snitches!

Aroldis Chapman – Appears fine from his knee scare this weekend.  Fun fact!  I have a knee scar, which happened during the semi-finals in the New Jersey State Checkers Championships when I had to take down Tommy Vitaly.

Gary Sanchez – Taking batting practice today and will be activated right after the All-Star Break.  I squeezed him into my top 100 of the 2nd half that’s coming out next week.  Coming out as in being posted, not announcing its sexual orientation.

Brett Gardner – 4-for-7, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in the last four games, hitting over .400 in the last five games.  I know this because I just randomly picked him up in my RCL five days ago, and a batty call turned into a full blown love affair with the Gardner and now I’m in a thorny situation that has me sitting Marcell Ozuna when all my outfielders are playing.

Giancarlo Stanton – 4-for-9, 3 runs and his 22nd homer, hitting .272.  He homered on the top half of the doubleheader, but, in my eyes, I only see a dong from him on the bottom half.

Mark Trumbo – 2-for-7, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Watch him hit 20 homers in the 2nd half and be a 35-homer guy once again going into next year, and, then in March, you’re gonna draft him, and he’ll do nothing, and by end of April, you’ll drop him, and by June, he’ll be homering again, and he’ll hit 20 homers next second half, and, for crissakes, why did I have to get the Magic Eight Ball with the extra-wide screen?

Tim Beckham – 2-for-7, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .214.  Whoa, member this guy?  I think I actually liked him this preseason, but then he missed six weeks and the world moved on without him like he was Brooks in Shawshank Redemption.  The Orioles went from Brooks Robinson to Brooks in Shawshank Redemption.

Yasiel Puig – Hit the DL for prolly ever, but maybe two weeks, but maybe four weeks, but maybe–It’s oblique!  No one ever knows!

Clayton Kershaw – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.61.  Not this time, Padres, not this time.  Which is what Kershaw said yesterday and what I say when surrounded by monks staring at a clock that is incorrect.

Wil Myers – 2-for-4 and his 7th homer, and his 5th homer in the last three days, and 17th homer in the last fourteen hours.  He went from scooting around on his butt like he’s a dog who can’t get a turd loose to straight fire.

Stephen Piscotty – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, and 3rd homer in the last three games.  Grab him right now!  I don’t know how long it will last but there will be time for questions later.  And not the question, “Should I pick up Piscotty?”  I just answered that question!

Frankie Montas – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3,35.  When I clicked on his name to look at his player page, a window popped up that said, “You’ve been here after every one of his starts and it hasn’t gotten better.”

Gerrit Cole – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.57.  What I said for Nola about never owning a guy again?  Same goes for Cole after this year’s breakout, but I didn’t even get to like him his last year I could’ve owned him, because for the last HUNDRED YEARS I’VE OWNED HIM HE WAS TERRIBLE!

Yu Darvish – Played catch yesterday.  Sounds heartwarming.  I hope someone nearby was playing some light jazz.

Kyle Hendricks – 8 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.93 vs. Andrew Suarez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.75.  This would’ve made a nice stream of Suarez.  If the stream was big enough, you could’ve even called it the Suarez Canal.  Hendricks, mean’s while, looked solid in San Fran, even without a backing band of J. Baez.

Gregory Polanco – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and a slam (13) and legs (4).  This was his 2nd homer in the past four games, and in the past week he’s been hitting .200.  Stupid end of the sentence!  Okay, so it hasn’t been all rainbows and unicorns, but maybe this is the start of something again for Polanco.

Corey Dickerson – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .309, hitting leadoff, hitting near-.500 in the last week, so schmotato, yes, but where’d this young brother’s power go?  He has six homers on the year.  Is he sleeping in a humidor?  Tell me true.

Matt Wieters – 1-for-4 as he was activated from the DL.  When he left the DL, it was a tearful goodbye and Wieters vowed to return to the DL soon.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4 and his 22nd homer, hitting .218.  After the game, he went into the cage with Adam Dunn to work on getting more 1-for-5’s with a walk.  You know what must be fun to watch?  A major league baseball player go into the cage and take pitches.

Juan Soto – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, hitting .301.  Sexy Dr. Pepper is like, “Yo, who Acuña?  I am Sexy Dr. Pepper, Acuña sounds like a flavor of Shasta!”  Then ripped a burp.

Christian Vazquez – Hit the DL for eight weeks after fracturing his pinkie.  He’s also going need to be replaced in the role of Thumby Shelby in the off-Broadway show, Pinky Blinders.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners (3 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 3.62.  The Stream-o-Nator liked this start and loves his next one, so you do you while trying not to go blind.

Steve Pearce – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  He’s been hitting cleanup at DH.  In related news, is Hanley still alive?  Imagine that “Hanley’s the worst meth dealer ever” story was totally wrong and completely blackballed him from baseball.  Yo, I’d be pissed if I were him.  Arrest me or clear my name!  Attica!  Attica!  Attica!

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 28th homer.  If I owned Just Dong, I’d kidnap him for 90 minutes during the Home Run Derby.  Here’s your cover story, “Hello, I am Kevin Spacey and I am pissed off I was replaced in that kidnapping movie so I grabbed Just Dong in an unwanted manner and will return him once the 21st Century Home Run Derby is over.  Bye-bye.”

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Matt G.
Matt G.
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

Couple of questions for a season-long, mixed, H2H league with 12 teams and OBP and QS instead of Batting Average and Wins. My team is as follows:

C: Buster Posey
1B: Rhys Hoskins
2B: Whit Merrifield
3B: Nolan Arenado
SS: Trea Turner
OF1: Eddie Rosario
OF2: Khris Davis
OF3: Michael Brantley
UTIL: Eugenio Suarez/Max Muncy/Mazara
SP’s: Kluber, Newcomb, Manaea, Alex Wood, and Taillon
RP’s: Cody Allen, Morrow, Blake Parker, Britton, Giles
Bench: Matt Olson, Paul DeJong, Muncy/Suarez/Mazara (2 of the 3).

I need to drop one of my players in order to even make a move, because (long long story short) the ESPN Fantasy app went down last Friday when DeJong was activated from the DL, and is still in that slot with no one else on my team DL-eligible (at the moment). Who would you drop from the above mentioned team? I know my pitching is much weaker than my hitting, but I was still thinking I’d release Taillon or Giles. Any thoughts? Potential options on the wire are: Buehler, Kelvin Herrera, Rodon, Andrew Miller, etc..

Secondly, one of my buddies in the league managed to somehow amass the best fantasy baseball infield I’ve ever seen with Goldy, Jose Ramirez, Lindor, Machado, and Dozier. Since that lineup isn’t good enough for him, he wants Arenado of course. What would you look for in a return for Arenado? He’s talked about doing Machado and Dozier for Arenado and Merrifield. Do you think that’s a good trade for me, or would you focus more on trying to improve my pitching staff. I’m basically trying to get Machado and am willing to give up Arenado, but not straight up, in the hopes Machado thrives on a contending team in a hitter’s park.

Please let me know what you think when you have a chance.

Thanks,
Matt G.

DBo
DBo
4 years ago

Dynasty league, H-2-H, 7 hitting & 7 pitching categories. Trade offer Nola for Baez. Which side? Thanks in advance!

lwomack58
lwomack58
4 years ago

W. Smith over Seranthony for saves.
Thanks

Brett
Brett
4 years ago

Would you rather tucker or moncada for the rest of the year?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
4 years ago

Another night, another bunch of scrubs tearing up one of my pitchers. Tonight’s culprits were Grichuk, Russell Martin, and Kevin Pillar. Of course Aledmys Diaz drove in Minter’s inherited runners after he left the game.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Fred Garvin MP
4 years ago

@Fred Garvin MP: Now Greg Bird boots a sharp ground ball (though it is an error, is scored a hit) to let the winning run in. I’m on a roll.

surfer dude
surfer dude
4 years ago

Hi Grey, 10 tm h2h pts for ROS:

Need to drop 1, Tucker or Avisail (who now seems to be semi-ok).

Thanks

William Hung
William Hung
4 years ago

Shaw with the sonnavabench since I played Desmond over him

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Abreu with the sonnavastart… In related news, I listened to a podcast where a White Sox beat writer speculated that Abreu is trying to do too much, and reminded me of when David Wright circa 2009 tried to carry the Mets and had a bad year by his standards. Praying to the baseball gods that he’ll summon some 2nd half Votto magic and has a monster 2nd half.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
4 years ago

Bauer continues… I said it before but great call FML!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  FrankGrimes
4 years ago

@FrankGrimes: Grimey! Pity about that bullpen tho…

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  SteveNZ
4 years ago

@Stephen Lyon:

Ya crazy Allen gives up a six spot.

Milarky
Milarky
4 years ago

So now I’m being offered Bryant, Roark and Familia for Snell and Kimbrel. As mentioned in a post above, I’m out of it this year and it doesn’t impact my pitching keepers (already have Kluber/Severino), and this allows me to upgrade my 3B keeper from Rendon to Bryant. It also allows me to see if I can turn guys like Rendon and Starling Marte into more better hitting keepers. Thoughts?

Ty
Ty
4 years ago

Andrus, Cron, or Hosmer? …keep 2 ROS.

Corey
Corey
4 years ago

6X6 OPS/QS H2H league. I’ve been offered Blake Snell ($6 keeper next year) for Paul Goldschmidt (too expensive to keep). I’m currently tied for first, but my 1B is Ian Desmond and I could def use a power boost. My pitching has been dominating every week, but Snell has been a huge part of that.

Do you give up one of the best pitchers in baseball for the rest of the season and beyond for a few months of one of the best hitters in baseball?

Corey
Corey
Reply to  Corey
4 years ago

Rest of rotation:
Verlander
Bauer
Lester
Price
Tyson Ross
Sabathia
Streamer spot (currently Rich Hill).
DL: Buehler, Wacha.

Corey
Corey
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

C Sal Perez
1B Desmond
2B DJ LM
3B Arenado
SS Treat Urner
OF Springer
OF K Davis
OF Juan Soto
Util Kemp
BN Asdrubal Cabrera

Corey
Corey
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: It might well. Thanks!

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

Replacing Puig/Avisail:

Pearce, Cargo, Reynolds, Bauers, Meadows, N Williams

Top 2

Thanks

CP
CP
4 years ago

Please rank Joc, Nimmo, and N. Williams ROS, OPS instead of runs

rukky
rukky
4 years ago

ROS utility:
Odor
César Hernández
Kemp
Desmond
Gurriel

Thanks!

DodgersWindowClosed
DodgersWindowClosed
4 years ago

Tucker-Mania! Hopefully not like Brinson-Mania I had last year :-).

Is he an upgrade over any of these on my team?

A. Jo Ma
B. Seager
C. Peralta
D. Mazara

Thanks

Andy Dwyer
Andy Dwyer
4 years ago

should I deal Happ for DeJong?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

There are going to be a brazilian runs scored across MLB tonight. Picks to click…Tucker, Moreland, B Dozier, Carpenter,

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Sawks, Indians, Twins, Yanks, Dbacks, Rocks could all go stupid

Jubaka
Jubaka
4 years ago

Should I start C orbin at colorado.

Thomas Petrone
Thomas Petrone
4 years ago

Joc Pederson, Teoscar Hernandez or Jake Bauers? rank ROS?

jon
jon
4 years ago

why do I want to start Corbin @ Coors? I have removed him from starter spot 8 times in the last 10 minutes… urghhh

VinWins
VinWins
4 years ago

So, I benched Corbin because Coors, then blindly added Tyler Anderson on a bunch of teams.

kevinb
kevinb
4 years ago

Love the write up.

I need saves.

add Arano and drop Ray, Greene, j hicks, S Perez or Cespedes.

Seemed like a no brainier until I posted the question instead simply dropping one of the 2 catchers I have. lol

Thanks for all you do brother!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

Alright, you got any batty calls jump at you today?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

I think it’s Kyle Tucker night. Not a batty call based on ownership. More of a dfs. How about Moran hitting clean up against Hellickson?

Crazy J
Crazy J
4 years ago

I punted Duffy for Goodrum. Hopefully that’s a positive. I was nodding off looking at Duffy’s stats.

Crazy J
Crazy J
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Yeah, F Duffy!

Cram It
Cram It
4 years ago

I’m going with Enyel too. It’s uhmazing how bad the Mets are against rookie pitchers they’ve never seen. Every time I watch them against some schmuck just called up, they make him look lights out.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Take it!

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: Cards are the same.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  VinWins
4 years ago

@VinWins: Good to know.

Johnnyhobbes
Johnnyhobbes
4 years ago

Going to offer Scooter for his Dozier… Yes?

Johnnyhobbes
Johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Johnnyhobbes
4 years ago

@Johnnyhobbes: also, just listened to pod cast. would like to formally apologize for the one time i think i asked you a player question on twitter. :) Also Enyel Santos…. philly people think its the second coming every time…. not too sure about this dude but hey its the mets.

fudgemybudge
fudgemybudge
4 years ago

is bieber a hold in an 11 team roto league or stream the spot?

b the esq.
b the esq.
4 years ago

Is Ross Stripling going to be on an innings limit this year?

10 team Roto, 5×5 standard categories.

Saves are very had to come by as everyone is competitive and any possible new closer is picked up quickly.

Im currently tied for 1st in Wins and Saves. 2nd in ERA and Whip, 5th in Ks. My pitching is strong, Offense, not as much, so Im in 5th overall.

Was just offered Kenley Jansen for Ross Stripling.

SP – Norris
SP – Romo
RP – Felipe Vazquez
RP – Boxberger
P – Hader
P- Yates
P- Trivino
BN – Kershaw, Nola, Lester, Scherzer, Stripling, Porcello, Newk
DL – Skaggs

Other manager only has 1 closer, Kenley, but is one of the 4 ahead of me in Ks.

Seems like a no brainer, but wanted to get some thoughts.

Thanks for the help!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

For that price I’d try to trade him and flip him to somebody. I would bet that if you did get him on a whack trade though you’d have to hold him for a week or two and probably package him to disguise the fact that you got a gift deal.

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: My initial thinking is that I want to remain in 1st in Saves. Kenley obviously helps with that without hurting ERA and WHIP. Additionally:
1) Stripling only pitched 80ish innings last year and is up close to 100 already this year so he may be very limited in the 2nd half. You think that will be the case?
If not, he could very well wear down in the second half or get a DL stint like the Dodgers are wont to do.
2) If I do this, I could lose one of the non closers for another SP….there are some at least decent options out there.
3) Possible that Norris, Vazquez or Box dont hold the job the rest of year, so insurance for that.
4) I could flip a closer for bat or SP…..even possibly just flip Kenley for an elite hitter or top tier (better/more reliable Stripling) SP.

Thoughts?!

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Gentlemen, thanks for the discussion and the thoughts. Accepted the trade and feel good about it. Will probably wait and throw out some offers over the All Star break to flip a closer for either an elite bat or upgrade at SP.

Much appreciated!

NH
NH
4 years ago

Off my team who would you trade to get B. Harper or Synderguaard or both?

Molina, Hoskins, J. Ramirez, Arenado, Machado, Judge, Stanton, Springer, Pollock, Votto, S. Marte,
Severino, Kimbrel, Morton, Kershaw, Sale, DeGrom, Bauer, C-Mart, Corbin

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  NH
4 years ago

@NH: Any of those top line starters. You don’t need all of them.

NH
NH
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

If you were in my shoes, what would you do?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  NH
4 years ago

@NH: It’s hard to tell without knowing the schematics of your league, and what you actually need and what the guy who has Harper needs. Like, why trade for Noah when you have all of those aces already? Do you need more pitching? I’d try trading Kershaw or DeGrom or Morton for Harper.

NH
NH
4 years ago

Off my team who would you trade to get Nicholas Castellanos?

Molina, Hoskins, J. Ramirez, Arenado, Machado, Judge, Stanton, Springer, Pollock, Votto, S. Marte, Severino, Kimbrel, Morton, Kershaw, Sale, DeGrom, Bauer, C-Mart, Corbin

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  NH
4 years ago

@NH: Why do you need him? Is your team not in 1st place?

NH
NH
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

Nope
Sadly I’m in 4th place with a 10-4 record. I lost last week.

NH
NH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

I might trade Stanton, lots of strike outs. What do you think of my post below for B. Harper or Synderguaard or both of them.

Jack
Jack
4 years ago

Gallo, Healy, Chapman, or Camargo?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Healy can hit. Stays inside the ball, thunder to right center.

Mauricio Frid
Mauricio Frid
4 years ago

Doolittle to the DL

Who’s the grab?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Mauricio Frid
4 years ago

@Mauricio Frid:

Gotta be Herrera

Mauricio Frid
Mauricio Frid
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Duh, forgot he was traded during the panic and the World Cup semifinals

Mauricio Frid
Mauricio Frid
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Duh, forgot he was traded during the panic and the World Cup semifinals

Sean Foley
Sean Foley
4 years ago

Which side in a trade (looking to win this year)

Bellinger (2 more years of control) and Hosmer

or

Moustakis, Bryant and Grienke (all 1 year deals)

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 years ago

Hey Grey – I’ve been holding Tom Murphy as my C2 (12 teams) in hopes that they start playing him again when he returns from paternity leave . . . if he’s still not starting fairly regularly by ASB, is it time to drop him for Sandy Leon or C-eligible Isiah Kiner-Falafel?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks – yeah, nothing good. Trade market isn’t great either . . . I tried offering Nimmo (in a keep forever league) to a near-last place team for Hicks or Suzuki and got mocked for such a “low ball” offer . . . methinks someone is overvaluing catchers!

lubey
lubey
4 years ago

ROS
SerAnt or Rondon?

mrm3711
mrm3711
4 years ago

Hey Grey, 12-team mixed league with deep rosters, can you rank these waiver wire options as replacements for Avisail now that he’s on the DL?

DeJong, Reynolds, Piscotty Doesn’t Know.

Thanks as always man, love reading these every morning!

Cbf
Cbf
4 years ago

Drop Avisail or hold till Bryant is off dl so I can switch them?

Drop one happ, Brad miller, camargo

200 Proof
200 Proof
4 years ago

Grey,

Should I play Desmond @ home vs. Corbin or Rendon @ Pittsburgh vs. Musgrove?

Thanks!

Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades
4 years ago

Grey

please rank for rest of season ( 6 cats, standard 5 plus OBP ) :

Piscotti, Trumbo, Souza, Reddick

also, any of these following droppable for the above 4:

Mancini, Teoscar, Kike, Dietrich,

As always thanks in advance as I eagerly await this weeks podcast.
Also thanks to Ralph as he gave birth to a new thing on my bucket list , that being, someday attending a weed wedding.

Geoff
Reply to  Ace of Spades
4 years ago

@Ace of Spades: It’s a nice day for a Weed Wedding, it’s a nice day to smoke again!!!!!!!!

Joel
Joel
4 years ago

Dozer for Bumgarn?

Joel
Joel
Reply to  Joel
4 years ago

@Joel: Bull Dozier

Clive
Clive
4 years ago

10 team H2H keeper league

Need a C and some offense – would you trade Vlad + a decent draft pick next year for Blackmon + Sanchez? Both could be kept late next year as well..

Do you think we see Vlad this year?

Thanks!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

I told you Piscotty was rockin’ a new swing. He looks good. A’s working on close to 30 consecutive shut out innings across @CLE and @HOU. Maybe they won’t trade Treinen. They’ve won like 18 out of 22. Beating good teams on the road the last couple days. Treinen-Trevino for now looking like Wetteland-Rivera.

The Oaktown Kids are a .5 from 120! Crazy. Leading their league by 20.5? Crazy.

Taking the boy to A’s Giants next Friday. The girl gets a Disneyland trip every year…her thing. But the boy doesn’t want to go. He demanded a three day “baseball Disneyland” so we’re going to the game and sitting 10th row behind the A’s dugout. Got him a new glove and the complete 2018 Topps set. Going to wrap them up on Saturday like xmas morning. Then we’re playing baseball all day with some of his little buddies. Sunday we’re going bowling in honor of Mookie.

Every time I look at your Tout team I kind of shake my head. Not used to looking at Onlys. Looks like such a mess…and clobbering the rest of the mess. Nice work.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve: Are you taking her to Disneyland?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  J-FOH
4 years ago

@J-FOH:

I am. Birthday trip in September

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve: he’s rocking a “my mother finally died after about 2ish years of rotting decrepitude from lou gehrig’s”, this of course MAY have lead to him to try a new swing as well. he’s got the jean segura bonus after super depressing (since it’s slow and you get to watch your family member rot) family death.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

They had been sitting Gardner and Dickerson for a couple weeks rolling with Heyward and Dietrich and swapped them back yesterday. MIdas effing touch.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

I think up until a week or two ago they would have been sellers. Now I don’t think they can.

Eduardo ChiChi Rodriguez is another example of the charmed Lil’ Oak season. 11-3. ELEVENANDTHREE. They are first in K, ERA, WHIP, W and the first pitcher they took was I think Garrett Richards.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve:

A’s would have been sellers that is

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Schoop is the underachiever. Myers until recently. Brett Gardner maybe just under draft slot. Other than that on point everywhere.

Uncle K
Uncle K
4 years ago

Great One,

Would you mind ranking the following three bats ROS for a RCL type league? T. Shaw, I. Desmond, K. Tucker

Thank you!

J-FOH
J-FOH
4 years ago

Magnificent Kinks title today by Rudy. Took me back to when my dad would play albums every Sunday morning.

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  J-FOH
4 years ago

thanks. i had an okay Lola referencing title that Grey upgraded.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
4 years ago

@Rudy Gamble: wait, Grey actually knew the song and made it better. Shocking when its not hip hop

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  J-FOH
4 years ago

@J-FOH:

Or 13 year old girl music

JP
JP
4 years ago

Been offered Scherzed/McCuthchen for my JD Martinez

12 Team HxH league, thoughts?

Could counter with Scherzer/Polanco instead

Screwballs
Screwballs
4 years ago

Grey-another great write-up!

8 team H2H keeper league [keep 15] 5×5 using OBP and QS. I have both Cain and Tanaka coming off the DL. Currently in 2nd place [30 games behind].

With an eye to the play-offs and 2019, who are the drops?

Batters:
• Ramos
• Rizzo
• LeMahieu
• Aranado
• Bogaerts
• Bregman
• Turner
• Benitendi
• Hoskins
• Soto
• Encarncion
• Springer
• Acuna
• Desmond
• Torres-DL

Pitchers:
• Cole
• Snell
• Morton
• Mikolas
• Porcello
• Happ
• Lester
• Eovaldi
• Treinen
• Hand
• Dominquez
• Vasquez

Thanks for the advice!

b the esq.
b the esq.
4 years ago

Rank ’em RoS…. Rendon, Myers, Andrus, Tim Anderson

Also, closer/potential closer rank ’em in a Holds and Saves (separate categories)…Giles, Yates, Will Smith, Romo

Thanks!

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks Grey. So, you think Giles is pretty much done, or just not going to see meaningful innings?

Im having trouble understanding why Rendon continues to be ranked so well when he just seems to be playing so poorly….

Josh C.
Josh C.
4 years ago

Do you think Andrus is going to pick it up 2nd half? Guy has not been the same since hand exploded. Thinking of dropping for Chris Taylor.

What do you think? Hold Andrus or not?

Josh C
Josh C
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

thanks!

Johnnyhobbes
Johnnyhobbes
4 years ago

Grey, I asked above but I got lost in all my many questions …but Avisail – is he stash or drop now?

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
4 years ago

Hey to the Hey, Grey,

Today’s closer question is . . .

. . . when does it make more sense to roster Osuna, who will definitely get saves in August and September, over guys like Hughes and Yates who might get saves if the guys ahead of them are traded.

1. So to make that into a question that’s easier to answer quickly: please rank ROS for spec SV: Hughes, Yates, Osuna

2. And Greene is supposedly coming back this week. Would you rather have Jimenez or Greene right now?

hiphoppanda
hiphoppanda
4 years ago

Keeper trade offer. I give up Blackmon (rd 1 cost for 2019) for Matt Olson (rd 25 cost for 2019) and Andrew Heaney (rd 18 cost for 2019/2020)? Thoughts? Thanks!

Ty
Ty
4 years ago

Kyle Gibson, Gausman, Pivetta….keep two ROS.
Thanks!

Jimmy Jack James
Jimmy Jack James
4 years ago

I’m looking for ratio help and possible save speculation guys – please rank the following:

Diego Castillo
Hildenberger
Hughes
Trivino

Also, in one sentence, how much would you value holding onto Brendan Rodgers with a very late round ref as a keeper starting in 2019?

Thanks Grey – bless your mustachio

NH
NH
4 years ago

Which starter pitcher would you try to trade for out of these 7. I would like to trade S. Marte
Gio, Stripling, Peralta, Arrieta, Tanaka, Eovaldi, Buehler

Which two would you go after or would you just hold?

Tyree
Tyree
4 years ago

Dynasty 7×7 (QS,K/9,HLDS…)

Trade offered: Gerrit Cole

I trade away: Moncada, Flahrety

Would you make that deal for Cole?

Blah
Blah
4 years ago

Your Velasquez blurb is the most accurate thing that’s ever been written in the history of history. I’ll never have the balls to own that dude again, I’m forever jaded.

Robert
Robert
4 years ago

Vlad Jr is going to AAA. Do you think he gets called up to the Jays before September?

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
4 years ago

remember what i said about piscotty “will in somewhere in the 4-6 weeks directly after his mother finally died from lou gehrig’s all of a sudden get really good”. clearly he hasn’t sustained yet what i claimed, i said something like “near all star levels”. it’s the segura syndrome at play.

alps
alps
4 years ago

Hey Grey
I need SP
1) You think any one of these guys would get me
Lance McCullers – owner will trade him
Keeper league
Mazara (next year $6)
Hoskins (next year $16)
Bellinger (next year $16)
My first choice is Mazara of course
2) What other SP could I target for Mazara if not McCullers
Thanks Grey

alps
alps
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
awesome
thanks
would you do Haniger for McCullers
I forgot about him

ty
ty
4 years ago

hosmer or Reddick ROS

Brian
Brian
4 years ago

16 team dynasty. h2h 6×6 with hits and OPS, and k/bb and QS. wasn’t expecting to contend this year but currently in 5th 7.5 games back. top 6 make playoffs.

roster is C-flowers, 1b-encarnacion, 2b – eduardo escobar, ss-xander, 3b-machado, of-mazara, and generally polanco and thames but i’ll also rotate in span, brinson, and para), util-aguilar, then i rotate between the aforementioned OFs and my BN for the 2nd UTIL spot, BN-brad miller, culberson, wilmer flores,
SP-sale, pivetta, domingo german, morton, bassitt, gant, buehler, tropeano, cahill, alcantara RP-peacock, hector rondon, greene, seranthony, kela, chad green, will smith, arano, strickland.
My minors roster is pretty loaded-tatis, adell, trammell, yordan, will benson, rodgers, corey ray, wander javier, kyle lewis, lutz, loaisiga, jojo romero, graterol, allard, kaprelian.
another owner put nellie cruz and stras up for bid. he loves buehler, tatis, and adell. I’m debating including tatis in the deal and will probably start with buehler, adell, and some other prospects/picks. Most likely he’ll want at least all 3 at minimum.

would you pull the trigger if it meant including tatis, adell, and buehler? would you go higher if the other owner tried to push? i’m in more need of an arm than a bat but even at 38 or whatever in a dynasty league, cruz would instantly become my 2nd best hitter. my team’s been all over the map in this league so far. finished 4th my 1st year, then sold off some prospects to make a run only to finish 10th last year. that’s why i’m somewhat hesitant to go all in.

thanks grey!

Brian
Brian
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: it’s a dynasty league so I’ll have them for more than just this season. That change your thought process?

Zest-Mania
Zest-Mania
4 years ago

Do you add Marwin Gonzo to drop one of the following:

Kyle Tucker
Yuli Gurriel
Odor

Stickball Al
Stickball Al
4 years ago

Down goes Garcia !!! Hit’s the DL with the same bad hammy… 8 HR’s in the last 13 games !!! Avisail Garcia on all my teams picking up fantasy points left and right. And now he’s gone… Again like the last 20 times. Can’t have anything nice…………

Johnnyhobbes
Johnnyhobbes
4 years ago

Thanks for the write up as always, Guys like Snell, Nola, and Bauers were on my -pitchers to draft late list and it didn’t work out… ahh oh well. been reading the comments and replies. Where are you on Piscoty ROS- Higher than Avisail?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Johnnyhobbes
4 years ago

@Johnnyhobbes: Avisail is done

Johnnyhobbes
Johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: dude is glass, its almost tragic given his hitting ability. he needs a new doc, something.

Johnnyhobbes
Johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: not worth the DL stash?,probably out the next two months? what do you think?

Johnnyhobbes
Johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Hey Grey, A Garcia – drop or stash?

dau
dau
4 years ago

Avisail to DL….replace with Franco (NYM,Bal,Mia away), Piscotty (Verlander today, Hou for 2 then 3 @ SF) or [email protected] Coors later in the week?

Rodelo Maglente
Rodelo Maglente
4 years ago

which side

Meadows and Yordan Alvarez (1B HOU prospect) for Carrasco

I will have Margot in CF if I do trade

Appreciate all you do

Ted Williams’ Frozen Head
Ted Williams’ Frozen Head
4 years ago

Give Cole/Soto for Stanton/Montgomery? Feels like a no brainer but that 19 year old can mash when he gets around on it…

12T mixed h2h – thanks Grey!

Chris D
Chris D
4 years ago

Dynasty League trade question. I’m in 4th pushing for playoffs and he’s in last looking for a rebuild.

My Marcell Ozuna and Joey Lucchesi

For Rick Porcello

And if so grab a FA (Billy Hamilton or Shin Soo Choo) to offset the Ozuna loss ( I am deep at OF which is why I’m okay making this move, but just lost Puig so need a backup/fill in to offset Ozuna)

Your thoughts Grey?

Chris D
Chris D
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: the man has spoken. Thanks and have a great rest of the day Grey!

NH
NH
4 years ago

I was offered this trade.

I give Judge and Morton
I get Nola

Thoughts

NH
NH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

How about Judge and Corbin for Nola
or
Hoskins and Corbin for Nola

NH
NH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Would you trade for Blake Snell? I have Hoskins, Votto, Marte, Springer, Corbin, Morton all available to trade.

Bk
Bk
4 years ago

1.)Best to own right now (daily moves)
Pick 4
Trumbo, Reddick, Avisail, NWilliams, Ohtani

2.)Also, worth adding VV in 10 team? Mets can’t hit so maybe worth a try.

Bk
Bk
Reply to  Bk
4 years ago

@Bk: @Bk: Actually, Rank them if possible. Thanks.