Didja you know The Captain from Captain & Tennille’s real name is Daryl Dragon?  Why would this guy have a nickname?  Your name’s awesome, you don’t get a nickname.  Daryl Dragon has bedtime slippers that are cooler than you.  Daryl Dragon washes his hands, then breathes a not-very-intense fire on his hands to dry them.  Daryl Dragon can’t get a speeding ticket.  “Okay, Mr. Dragon, I’ll let you go this time with a warning because your name is Daryl Dragon.” Raul Mondesi?  Now that name sucks as bad as Thanksgiving dinners with the Mondesis (Mondesii?).  “Please pass the potatoes and change your name back to Junior.”  “NO!” and chucks mashed potatoes at his father’s head.  “You throw like your mom!”  “I hate you”  And so on.  I don’t hate Adalberto Mondesi though.  Yesterday, he went 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and had a slam (9) and legs (25).  He has nine homers and 25 steals in only 219 ABs.  Mr. Prorater says, “In a full season, he’d have 20 homers and 55 steals.  And if I ate an orange a day for a year, I’d have enough Vitamin C for a Mars colony.”  You could consider this your first 2019 sleeper, assuming I don’t get too crazy with myself and rank Mondesi in the top 25 next year.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Jakob Junis – 3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.42.  Son just gave you his Jakob Junis fantasy.  He called him trash.  Damn, son, don’t provoke Son.  Speaking of provoking Son (WUT), go join a fantasy basketball league and win prizes!

Jorge Polanco – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  The Twins have had one of the worst offenses in the 2nd half, but yesterday they were like a 40-year-old virgin right after sex.  They broke their Ji-Man Choi and the flood gates opened with a homer to:  Max Kepler (1-for-4, 2 runs) hit his 19th; Tyler “I’m Better Than Greg Bird” Austin (1-for-4) hit his 16th and MLB’s own John Doe, Johnny Field (4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) hit his 7th.

Daniel Palka – 2-for-4 and his 23rd and 24th homer, but left with an injury.  His first homer was the 2nd 110+ MPH, 40+ degree homer of the season for Palka; he’s the only one since Statcast’s inception to have two such homers.  Palka leads White Sox in homers and Abreu hasn’t homered since August 17th.  Appropriately, Chicago sang, “If you see Abreu on my team, look away, baby, look away.”

Reynaldo Lopez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.05.  When they go Lopez, we go, “Hi, ‘pez.”

Lucas Giolito – 6 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 5.77.  He had to get about 15 outs thru the first nine, due to balls lost in the sun, errors and bloops.  Does that ease your pain if you started him?  Unlikely, but there ya go (lito).

Jonathan Villar – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  The moment when I draft Villar on all my 2019 teams can’t come soon enough.  The moment in the 1st week of April when I regret drafting Villar in every league, that can hold off for a bit.

Adam Jones – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (15) and legs (7), hitting .285.  Having a solid season (for a middle infielder).  If you have parenthetical blindness, you missed a big part of that sentence (get your eyes fixed).

Cedric Mullins – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 1st steal.  He had three singles and a double, which is what Pablo Sandoval calls an amuse bouche.

Edwin Encarnacion – Diagnosed with a mild ankle sprain, which is likely accurate, but the Indians also clinched so welcome to your H2H playoffs where none of your Indians stars are playing.  There’s lots of reasons to scoff at people who say H2H leagues mimic real baseball more than roto and to them, I scoff a lot.  The best is when they say the playoffs are like real-life playoffs.  Nah, see, in real baseball playoffs, Edwin would DH and stay in games with a mild ankle injury, but, with H2H playoffs, Edwin doesn’t know you’re in H2H playoffs.

Mike Clevinger – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.06.  Continuing my H2H playoffs thought, the best you can do is go with guys who are on teams who are still in the hunt for the playoffs.  Am I saying Clevinger might only throw a few innings as he braces for the playoffs?  Yes, that is what I’m saying.

Shane Bieber – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.50.  I got cold feet from streaming him, because the Indians clinched the day before.  I’m glad I didn’t misread the signs and just don socks.

Michael Fulmer – Gave up back-to-back homers on Saturday and then was lifted with knee inflammation.  No one would’ve faulted him if he just took a knee.  Now he’s headed for an MRI and likely done for the year.

Mikie Mahtook – 2-for-4 and a slam (8) and legs (4), has three homers in the last nine games.  Do I expect you to pick him up?  Please, it’s Mahtook, you schnook.

CC Sabathia – 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.80.  This is his third straight mediocre start, raising his ERA from 3.36.  It’s too bad that his season-long numbers are going to look so yawnstipating, because he wasn’t bad until about two weeks ago.  As for fantasy, no matter what the Stream-o-Nator says I’d have a hard time starting him since he’s a Septumbler.

Justus Sheffield – Being called up by the Yankees.  *places handkerchief to head, faints, moments later, awakens*  A young boy whispers in my ear, “It’s just for him to pitch out of the bullpen, you cracker.”  Thank you, boy.  His Triple-A numbers are, well, okay.  He throws 98 MPH with a slide piece, and he had merely a 8.6 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in Triple-A.  I might wag my bat towards Sheffield this offseason when I dig in on some prospects, but I’m not excited for him in 2018.  For what it’s Werth, he’s in the top 100 fantasy baseball prospects.

Aaron Judge – Could return for the Red Sox series.  I don’t own him in any leagues, and told everyone to avoid him, but, to show you this is not at all personal, I really hope he doesn’t mess his wrist up by returning too soon.

Andrew McCutchen – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer (4th on the Yanks).  Your standard goldplatement player, if a goldplatement player was a standard anywhere but for maybe three teams.

Dellin Betances – 1 IP, 2 ER and his 3rd blown save, ERA up to 2.77.  Betances is a Cuddle Boy extraordinaire.

Sean Reid-Foley – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 10 Ks, ERA at 5.54.  True story, I searched for a picture of Reid-Foley just because he sounds like a ginger and I wanted to see if he was.  He’s not, and apparently doesn’t become invisible when he goes outside in the sun.  The Stream-o-Nator loves his next start, and I could see starting him.  Another H2H playoffs point, guys who are battling to prove to their clubs that they should have a place in their plans next year are also good bets.

C.J. Cron – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer.  One of these years Curtis Jackson is going to get 550 ABs, hit 40 homers and people are going to be like, “Damn, where’d that come from?”  And that will be the moment when my head explodes.

Willy Adames – 2-for-3 and his 9th homer, hitting .267.  He hit .318 in August, and is hitting near-.325 in September.  If there was more time, I’d say cyclops him, but there ain’t no time for bird sex and there ain’t no time for monocles!

Sergio Romo – 2/3 IP, 1 ER, and his 3rd appearance this weekend and 2nd save in two days after being gone for about four weeks without any mention of him.  We’re not going to hear where Romo has been for the last month any time soon, but a few years after he retires, a documentary will appear on Netflix, directed by Errol Morris, which will explain everything.  Romo will sit in profile, in an empty room, as he talks about what happened in a film called, The Fog of WAR.

Willson Contreras – Benched four of six games for Victor Caratini, due to Contreras’ abysmal bat.  Uh-oh, flashback alert!  *wavy lines*  “Hey, it’s March!  What a time to be alive!  I’m only 42 pounds overweight and feeling fine!  I’ve got this crazy idea to draft Gary Sanchez and Willson Contreras.  Position scarcity, baby!”  *wavy lines*  “Great news!  Because of my drafted catchers, I haven’t felt like eating all year and am now only 41 pounds overweight!”

Steve Cishek – 1/3 IP, 0 ER, and recorded his 4th save on Saturday, ERA at 2.32.  He’s my favorite for Cubs saves, but a third of an inning save is Maddon saying, “We don’t have a closer, but I guess this guy could get some saves.  What does Razzball call that?  SNOTOFF?”  It’s SAGNOF, Maddon!

Scott Schebler – 1-for-5 and his 17th homer, and 4th homer in nine games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Vince Velasquez – 2 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.50, and, on Sunday, Nick Pivetta – 5 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.67, as both faced the Marlins.  I’d like to put Pivetta and Velasquez in touch with Darlene from Ozark.  She’d take care of them.

Cesar Hernandez – 1-for-5 and his 13th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Peter O’Brien – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  O’Brien’s prospect status is TBD — To Be Dug out from a 2009 time capsule.

Willie Calhoun – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer.  Just in time for a post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-POST-post-POOOOOOOST-hype sleeper!

Jurickson Profar – 2-for-4 and his 18th homer.  If you had Profar over Calhoun in the preseason, you are a witch and I will burn you on a stake.

Mike Minor – 6 Ip, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.14.  Was an easy Stream-o-Nator call yesterday, and it dislikes his next start, saying Minor will B-flat.

Hunter Renfroe – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer.  Yes, he should be owned, but let’s remember about his season-long numbers, he missed almost six weeks with an elbow injury this year.

Francisco Mejia – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  …and with pick 225 in his 2019 draft, Grey takes Francisco Mejia.

Dereck Rodriguez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.30.  If this were earlier in the year, I’d be talking about how Smudge should be owned in all leagues yadda3, but, at this point, it’s all about their next matchups and his isn’t very good.

Charlie Culberson – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and now out-homering Kris Bryant.   HAHAHAHAHAHA–Breathe, Grey, breathe!  We’re losing him!–HAHAHAHAHA–*medics strap Grey into chair, fitting him for a strait jacket*  “Hey, this is Grey’s intern here, we’re going to heavily sedate him and see if we can’t revive him for the next blurb.”  HAHAHAHA–“Shh…Sleep, Grey, sleep.”

Sean Newcomb – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.04.  1st half Newcomb became a 2nd half Flowbee.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 34th homer.  If he hits six more homers this year, it will be so fitting.  Turning it on just as the Nats are officially out of it.  Bryce is the player equivalent to empty calories.  I will call him, Bryce Toaster Strudel.

Anthony Rendon – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  His homers this year are failing the SATs.  Last two years homer totals: 20, 25.  The next number in that series is more than 25, Rendon!  More!

Daniel Vogelbach – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Alexa, show me a bowling ball with arms.

Justin Upton – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 30th homer, and 4th homer in four games.  Upton and Bryce Toaster Strudel on the same team would be the best 81-win team in history.

Ty Buttrey – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 3rd save, ERA at 0.66.  Buttrey…ly is he the closer when he entered the game before in the 7th inning?  I have no idea, Buttrey…ly is the guy I’d own for Angels saves.

Mookie Betts – Left yesterday’s game with side soreness.  If the Red Sox lost Mookie Betts for the playoffs on sac fly in a meaningless game…  *places pillow over face, laughs hysterically*  I’m good now.  Betts, on the other hand, may not be as good.

Chris Sale – 3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.92, as he continues to be the best Opener in baseball.  Eat your heart out, Diego Castillo!  On a serious note, I get the Red Sox are wearing child-sized mittens with Sale, but is he going to throw 50 pitches a start in the regular season, then be asked to throw 100 pitches in the playoffs?

Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 1.78.  This Sale-deGrom matchup was the first game where two starters had 100+ IP and ERAs under 2, since 1985 when Dwight Gooden faced John Tudor.  Gooden threw a 9-inning shutout and the Mets lost in ten innings.  As much as things change, they stay the same.  Gooden did win the Cy Young that year.  Tudor came in 2nd with a 1.93 ERA in 275 IP.  Yup, baseball’s changed a bit.

Trevor Williams – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.16.  His 2nd half ERA is 1.19 in 60 2/3 IP, easily the best 2nd half ERA of any pitcher with at least 40 IP.  On the year, he’s been more valuable than Noah Syndergaard.

Domingo Santana – 1-for-1 and his 4th homer.  Nice 6th round pick!

Zack Godley – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.84.  Gonna be looking real close at Godley next year to see if he could bounce back from this season, let’s call it ‘my come to Mary’s baby daddy’ moment.

David Peralta – 2-for-3 and his 28th homer, hitting .298.  You know who Peralta feels like?  A guy I talk all offseason about how he hit 4th or higher all year and produced, so there’s no reason for him not to hit in the same lineup spot again, then he hits fifth or lower next year.

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.67.  Topps should do a novelty card with Verlander and Sarah Jessica Parker, titled, “Work-Horse.”  On our Player Rater, guess which pitcher Verlander is ranked on the year.  I don’t think you will ever guess, because I was about ten pitchers off.  Scherzer is number one, and Verlander is number two.  Shows you how fantasy differs from reality.  Wins matter.  Wait, they matter in reality too.  Well, you get my drift.

Josh Reddick – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games.  Reddick’s on the rise!  Which sounds like a dog in heat, and he does appear hot.

Lance McCullers – Hit 94 MPH during his bullpen session.  Might return for an inning or two this year, but seems unlikely to contribute, which seems rather uncharitable of him, unless…again with some stank, UNLESS!  He’s being asked to contribute to a charity by a Whole Foods cashier.  This drives me nuts, and I scream at the cashier something along these lines, “I don’t have a dollar for your charity, but you’re more than welcome to take a dollar out of the price you charged me for bell peppers and send it along.”

John Gant – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.53.  As if Gomber didn’t deliver a death blow to my Tout Wars championship, Gant walked by and peed on a fallen Grey.  I’ve fallen and my Life Alert isn’t working.

Adam Wainwright – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.72.  Gomber and Gant get absolutely bombed out and Wainwright throws his best game since he buckled Carlos Beltran’s knees.  Baseball, you fickle mistress!

Ross Stripling – 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 2.77.  The good news, he was able to throw 70 pitches.  The bad news, throw a dart and you’ll hit something.  Last night, Stripling was throwing a lot of darts and the Cards hit something.

Yasiel Puig – 0-for-3 and three homers on Saturday (19, 20, 21).  He’s such a bat-licker, and it’s so like him to get close to preseason projections in the final weeks of September when only 10% of fantasy baseballers (<– my mom’s term!) are paying attention, a real Septacular performance.  Only thing worse would be Puig hits massive number of homers in the playoffs when more people are paying attention and it drives his price up again with casual fans next spring.  That is the epitome of a bat-licker.  He should lick balls while he’s at it too, and before you say, “Oh, gross,” or, “Oh, sexy,” think about balls vs. bats.  Balls are switched out nearly every pitch by the umpire, whereas a bat you keep every day until you break it, sometimes for entire seasons.  What’s cleaner?  Bats or balls?  Exactly!  So, I say this from the bottom of my heart, Yasiel Puig should lick balls!

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john
john
4 years ago

Grey, help!

H2H Championship round. Had to drop Rosario tonight. Who do I pick up to fill a LF or CF slot?

– Villar
– Nimmo
– Schebler
– A Jones
– Renfroe
– A. Gordon
– B. Lowe

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
4 years ago

Grey,

Buy, sell or hold on Dee Gordon? I know injuries got him this year. But he’s getting older and the speed gift may be expiring. Dump him with a slow start next year, dump him now, or ride it out and see what happens?

The Harrow
The Harrow
4 years ago

ok this is just batshit, all year romo would get a day off after 3 straight. then he disappears twice over like a 4 week window with 1 inning in between the 2 and plays the 4th in row today. i had to bench one closer today, and went with him due to the 3 days in a row before today, as even with relievonator saying he was more likely to get a save than some of my others he hadn’t gone 3 in a row all year, in addition to disappearing for a long time twice

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
4 years ago

Kind of annoying when Yahoo marks a guy (Colome) day to day, and you sub him out of your lineup, only for him then to appear in the game!

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  SteveNZ
4 years ago

@Stephen Lyon: yeah esp when they didn’t even give you any news as to WHY a guy was DTD. i’m not saying that was the case with colome today but i’ve seen it with other guys before.

dubjay
dubjay
4 years ago

are Hildenberger and D.Robertson a drop now? Options are Buttrey, Allen, Hirano or Cishek

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
4 years ago

I went for Bauers instead of JOC. Of course I did.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: The TRON was pretty limp on him. Oh well.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: JOC encore.

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
4 years ago

10 team OBP h2h limited moves (only 4 moves left)

1) Between Giolito (CHC), Junis (@DET), Minor (SEA) and Gibson (OAK), is Giolito the only one you definitely wouldn’t start? Need to figure who I drop first to pick up another starter/closer.

2) Which of these closers would you pick up:

Greene (2 vMIN, 4 vKC)
Buttrey (3 @OAK, 3 @HOU)
Peralta (2 @PIT, 4 @DET)
Hunter (2 vNYM, 4 @ATL)
Hirano (2 vCHC, 2 vCOL)

3) Top 4 options from this group:

Mikolas SF
Archer KC
Lucchesi SF
Roark NYM
Odorizzi @DET
Miley @PIT
M Gonzalez @TEX
Boyd KC
Efflin NYM
Gant SF
Valdez LAA
Stratton @SD

Thanks!

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

1) Did you mean “lose” Giolito?

2) Would you still pick up Buttrey with those match ups? Just worried he might not get many/any save opps

Jt
Jt
4 years ago

He had wheeler with a bad start and has no one going tomorrow
I have gray tonight and Nola tomorrow do I sit gray now that I got a nice jump in hitting cats against him since he builds around pitching I’m 10-1 early

Hmmm start gray or no?

I have Ross vs Mets, Boyd vs royals and Gonsalves @det as my next starters up

He has Thor, carrasco, sherzer, Bumgarner, Cole coming up to bad he has no hitting

William Hung
William Hung
4 years ago

It’s finally playoff time for me – do I stick with Trey Mancini (I like his matchups this week but he’s kind of been blah lately) or go with Matt Olson, or Franmil Reyes

Also – I hope Betts really is “OK” and can play some this week to help my team, and finally, prayer hexagon for Eddie Rosario! Went yard tonight then got hurt later

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I started Corbin @ home v. Cubs… i don’t feel good about that

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Rosario is 99% out for the year after aggravating his quad injury – I debated dropping him for Conforto last night but held off cause I trusted Rosario up to this point. My opponent picked up Conforto prior to tonight’s game so he benefited greatly.

The Mets do face some tough pitching from the Phillies and Nats this week so hopefully it won’t sting. Anyway, do I go Olson, Franmil, Schebler as a Rosario replacement? I could also try to catch lightning in a bottle with AJ Pollock – I really need Betts to be OK now or else that’ll be my top 2 OFs for the year gone for the playoffs

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
4 years ago

I think we need to discuss the fact that I’ve been reading your write ups and comment responses so long now that I can anticipate your batty calls.

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

@Grey: Ouch. It did not help that by the 3rd or 4th his velocity was down 3 or 4 ticks. Rough stuff. What league do you have him in?

Russ
Russ
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

12 Team H2H Categories

Ws and QS , how would you rank these streamers?

Aaron Sanchez @ BAL
Lucchesi vs. SF
Odorizzi @ DET

Thanks!

Russ
Russ
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks! Looking ahead to Wednesday, which one would you rather have? and is it close?

Pena @ OAK

Stratton (coming off that CG) @ SD

dubjay
dubjay
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
Pena has been replaced by Skaggs

greggpatenaude
greggpatenaude
4 years ago

better two start stream for finals week?

suarez at san diego and at st louis
anibal home vs. stl and phl

greggpatenaude
greggpatenaude
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

thank you sir

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
4 years ago

I need some batty cal help:

Pick 3:
Adalaberto @ Pit (Musgrove)

Lowe (TB) @ Tex (Sampson)

Muncy vs Col (Gray, hey that’s you!)

Puig vs. Col Gray

Renfroe vs. SF Suarez

Rosario vs. Det Zimmerman

Grichuk @ Bal (Phillips)

Need Avg. and RBI. Your thoughts/

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

@Grey: Thanks. Who are the next 2 after them?

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

@Grey: My batty calls have been atrocious for weeks. The mini stack against Waino yielded sub optimal results last night.

I thought you’d been into some hot Brandon Lowe action in Arlington tonight.

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

@Grey: Great, now you’ve used my desperation to lure me into your maze of circular logic. Though I suppose at least one of us is going to be happy.

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

@Grey: Eh, I wouldn’t be so sure. I’ve spent a bunch of time in the 2nd half watching far worse pitchers than Gray retire my hitters with ease.

That Wainwright start against my hitters was emblematic of the past 2 or so months.

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
4 years ago

I got Mondesi at 2B, Manny at SS, and Rendon/Suarez at 3B/Util. Which brings me to Abreu (1B) and Carpenter (1B, 2B, 3B). Both have been stone cold for the past two weeks. I’m in the semis. Are both/either a hold? Or have they reached a point where their spot is more valuable as a streamer slot?

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Wooooow! How the mighty have fallen! Srsly drop Abreu? This is wild and I love it. Carpenter would become my 1B. Also, I have Kiermaier and Piscotty for my third OF slot. Piscotty has had the better overall season but plays all of this week at home, while the K man probably has the better matchups. Any reason to keep both and alternate or should I drop one? Dropping one of them plus Abreu would allow me to stream Odorizzi (@det) and/or D.Holland (@sd) tomorrow if I want to listen to SON.

Polish neighbor
Polish neighbor
4 years ago

Herrro handsome,
Keepers league semifinals. Do I lose W.Calhoun for Candelario to win this matchup? Tough!!
WHAT CAN DOOO??!!

maccer64
maccer64
4 years ago

Grey,

Last minute lineup advice. Hitteron has moved and now has Betts back up to $23.1 for the week playing 6 games. Do we go Mookie and assume he is fine or roll with Albies (7 games at $21.5)?

Thanks!
LG

maccer64
maccer64
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: ok thanks!

DonnieB
DonnieB
4 years ago

Think Schebler and Kepler over Bader and Dahl? Thanks for a great season of fun and great information. A few Bobas just sent your way.

DonnieB
DonnieB
4 years ago

How about Kepler? Seems to play every day.

Polish neighbor
Polish neighbor
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: 10 but same roster format as razzball leagues.

Polish neighbor
Polish neighbor
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thank you. Sending a box of dicks I mean kielbasa :***

DonnieB
DonnieB
4 years ago

Schebler,Souza or Myers ROS?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
4 years ago

Giles has pitched last two days – doesn’t look to have gone three in a row at any time during season. What’s your gut feel on whether he goes today if needed?

clnbailey
clnbailey
4 years ago

Grey,

Smoak’s timeshare hurts and I’m in the finals this week. 10 team 6×6 H2H add OBP. Drop him for one of Bauers, Yonder, Mancini, or Yuli? Could also just add Tellez but that seems meh.

Thanks!

clnbailey
clnbailey
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thanks!

henncoop
henncoop
4 years ago

I just got a trade offer in a dynasty league. I was offered Stanton & Kluber for my Correa & Cole. I come up short on the age factor with Kluber 33 & Stanton 29 vs Cole 29 & a very young Correa 24. I do have several other options at 2B, SS, & MI with Peraza, Segura, J Polanco, & Marte. Pretty loaded with SPs as well with Bauer, Greinke, Thor, Folty, Morton Buehler, F Peralta & Eflin plus some decent prospects.
Interesting enough, I am neck & neck with the guy for the championship this year. Unless I am totally missing something, I take the deal??

fausto
fausto
4 years ago

wobbled into the finals in my h2h with a save Sunday from W.Davis at the buzzer and A.Mondesi doing everything else.
Totally going to overdraft A-Mon everywhere in 2019 and I’m a’ite wit it.
My oppo in the finals has a rotation that I can’t hang with even if I stream, but has no RP so the plan is to get a save, hope B.Snell is perfect in 2 starts, hit the minimum of 20ip/week and shut it down. I’ll take 3 pitching and hope my offense does work.
You like any of these joker’s starts in case I need a plan B?
C.Rodon (CHC)
T.Glasnow (@TOR)
S.Alcantara (CIN)
A.Desclafani(@MIA)
F.Pena(@OAK)

Prospector Joe
Prospector Joe
4 years ago

I am looking for some upcoming 2b prospect names to work with for next year and possibly the years to come.

Have any in mind?

DonnieB
DonnieB
4 years ago

Framber or Keller?

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

1. Have a max starts but IP is a category, who do you like best of:
Chirinos @TOR (likely finish a game for 5+ IP with no start, which means I can plug in another starter next week)
Shoemaker @ OAK (8.1)
Junis @ DET (15.5)

2. Neshek or Hunter better bet for saves in Philly?

3. time to bench Grandal for championship? He’s killing my ratios whenever he plays.

Thanks

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
4 years ago

From Fangraphs Sunday Night FAAB chat

“Jeff Zimmerman: It’s a little late in the season to possibly pay the full price, but I live off the Razzball.com weekly/daily projections. Ruby Gamble runs it and he knows his shit. For many of the best out there, it’s one-stop shopping.”

That’s pretty high praise advertising this site at the ‘Perts’ choice.

It would have been nice if he had included “and Grey’s pretty awesome, too.”

DonnieB
DonnieB
4 years ago

One more big decision….Framber,Keller or Pivetta this week. Pivetta one start @ ATL. Other two starts with good matchups. Maybe really the question is Framber or Keller? Thanks

DonnieB
DonnieB
4 years ago

Also, start Shaw over Edwin in a weekly league?

DonnieB
DonnieB
4 years ago

Need a couple OFs for the last two weeks. I have Dahl and Bader. Would you replace either with Kiermaier or Souza or Tucker? Thanks For all you do in providing us the best information in the business. I already look forward to your 2019 Rankings.

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  DonnieB
4 years ago

Add Wil Myers to the list of outfielders available?

Fogimon
Fogimon
4 years ago

Odor has been absolutely killing me the last 2 weeks. Bench him for Shaw, who was killing me the 2 weeks prior?

They both can’t be trusted, although MIL faces all righties this week. Not that it means anything with the way they sub players in and out.

Think I’ll bench both and play McNeil.

Game Of Throws
Game Of Throws
4 years ago

Grey – Thanks for another season of entertainment and information. Infotainment if you will.

Thanks in large part to you, I have made my H2H keeper league’s championship matchup.

In order to maximize streaming I have to drop SPs who aren’t getting two starts. That includes possibly dropping Severino who I could keep as my 3rd or 4th round keeper.

Would you keep Severino over Blackmon or Snell?

Thanks!

Game of Throws
Game of Throws
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Good point… Also thinking about post season / off-season injuries that could possibly occur to my other keepers. Don’t have to make a decision until next years draft so it’s better off to keep him in case. Thanks again!

dau
dau
4 years ago

Weather will factor huge in KC vs Pitt 2 night–anyone know if this rain will be a factor tomorrow? Hoping for a doubleheader.

Gotime
Gotime
4 years ago

H2H weekly league:
1. Start Stripling vs SD? 2. Start Flaverty @ Atl or bench to put in a closer (Leclerc) 3. Start Puig 3 vs Col 3 vs SD or ERosario 3 @ Det 3 @ Oak

Gotime
Gotime
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: True on Stripling, would you start Flaherty instead?

NUX
NUX
4 years ago

I scrolled the comments quickly, so maybe someone already mentioned this and i missed it. It looks like HT has Hess starting for the O’s today. Looks like he pitched yesterday though.

Unsure if the Toronto bats get adjusted when that gets changed to whatever shmuck the O’s do go with today, but I thought I would throw it out there so that its on Razz nation’s radar.

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
4 years ago

Start Miles Mikolas tonight? @ ATL MFolty – -0.1

Thanks as always! And thanks for another amazing year of fantasy advice.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Steamin Beamen
4 years ago

@Steamin Beamen: I don’t see why not. Is there context that I’m not understanding? A better option on the wire? Is there a Starts limit? Is this H2H?

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks Grey!

@knucks I don’t like messing with starts the Streamonator has negative. Also don’t love going against Atlanta.

Jt
Jt
4 years ago

He has wheeler @philly and gerrit Cole vs Seattle tomorrow

I have Jon gray @lad and Nola vs Mets tomorrow

W/L/homer given up/cg/era/whip/qs

You starting gray tonight?

Cable
Cable
4 years ago

h/h points…had to go look at who’s left with 2 starts this week..need One

1 start Severino Home Boston
2 Start LeBlanc @Hous @ Tex
2 start De Sciafani @Mil @ Mia
2 start Odorizzi @Det @ Oak
2 start J Zimmerman home Minn Home KC
2 start Fromer Valdez Home Sea H LAA

GabeFrappe
GabeFrappe
4 years ago

Drop one of the following for D. Holland? I have 2 bench bats so I could spare someone.

Mancini
Odor
Cano
Schebler

herschel
herschel
4 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto, need to start two of the following. who do you like?

glasnow (24.2) – @ tex, @ tor
keller (-12.2) – @ pit, @ det
anibal (17.9) – vs stl, vs phi
rodon (-3.7) – @ cle, vs chc

thanks!

HapticHerminger
HapticHerminger
4 years ago

Do you like Holland tomorrow in San Diego? Also I’m going to bench Paxton his week. He gets the Astros and Rangers this week.

Cohen
Cohen
4 years ago

Grey, follow up streamer question
Which streamer do u trust the most for lower era and whip?
Suarez at SD
Fredde at Mia
Valdez at home vs Sea
Glasnow at Tex

AllThePrettyStantons
AllThePrettyStantons
4 years ago

HI Gray. This week re: Clevinger in H2H points league : does the fact that CLE has clinched, plus his opponent (v BOS), concern you enough to start Holland (@ SD) in his stead? Thank you.

TheSnells
TheSnells
Reply to  AllThePrettyStantons
4 years ago
Funny Name
Funny Name
4 years ago

Couldn’t agree more with you view on H2H but my league is stuck in the 1980’s and won’t change anything. Not even changing the finals week because it we will have a “unbalanced schedule”.

About your Harper blurb, I have no way of backing this up but I believe ARod was the same. Feel like he would hit a HR in the 8th inning when the yanks were up 7-1, the strike out in a big situation down 3-2 late.

Hold Stripling for his SD start Sat or drop to steam/ pick up a bat for Thursday? SON has him around $31 but not liking his chances of going deep to get a W.

Thanks.

Tinman95
Tinman95
4 years ago

Buttrey or Hirano for saves

AllThePrettyStantons
AllThePrettyStantons
Reply to  Tinman95
4 years ago

@Tinman95:

Buttrey

Fogimon
Fogimon
4 years ago

Oh by the by, your worldy advice helped me win my 12 team Yahoo winners league. Thanks Grey!

My CBS league is too close to call;

E5 or Aguilar this week?

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: E5 or Franmil? Batting Average is most important.

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Agreed. I see no reason CLE would risk E5 this week at all. Thinking he gets 2 starts.

Putting my hope in Franmil for the ‘Chip. Not what I envisioned this season.

Fogimon
Fogimon
4 years ago

2nd place in Roto here, 1 pt back from 1st.

Franmil 3vSF, [email protected]
or
Mancini 3vTOR, [email protected]

cg
cg
4 years ago

Regarding Mondesi ~~~ I’m a bit scared how much helium he gets next year. I personally intended on drafting him everywhere after owning him everywhere this year, as his power actually projects UP *shutters. But I am a bit worried that he is going to be drafted in the 3rd round with an adp of 40 or less. I don’t see any reason he shouldn’t be drafted over Marte. None.

Weird Fishes
Weird Fishes
4 years ago

NL-only h2h championship, only get 5 moves this week.3 questions:

1. Pick up Fedde for 2 starts @MIA, vs NYM?
2. Best bet for saves … Cishek, Hirano?

3. Or should I save my moves for Wed/Thurs batty calls and weekend streaming?

Cohen
Cohen
4 years ago

Grey, which one of these streamers would u start. Can only start one
Luccessi at home vs SF
Odorizzi at Det
Anib.Sanchez at home vs Stl
Holland at SD
SON likes them all

Murph
Murph
4 years ago

Hey Grey!!
Cut Tommy Hunter and/or Stripling for Ty Buttrey and/or James Paxton or Luis Castillo?
(will Stripling ever get enough innings in a start for a win again?)
Thanks man!

waffles
waffles
4 years ago

solid grind all year Grey thanks

are you trusting all 3 of Brad Keller (@PIT) Joe Musgrove (KC) and Tyler Glasnow (@TEX) tonight? i feel like Wins are becoming harder to come by as teams yank starters earlier with the season winding down. I may go with a volume approach for h2h matchup. your thoughts? Any of those guys you don’t like for tonight?

Citizen5
Citizen5
4 years ago

Need to drop one.
Junis, Pivetta, or Gomber.
Thanks,

Cable
Cable
4 years ago

H/H points championshi week……..got 3 start /sit

O’Hearn or Voit
2 start ..LeBlanc or 1 start Severino
Mallex Smith or N Mazara

Cable
Cable
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
@Houston @Tex

Cable
Cable
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

LeBlanc @ Houston @ Texas or Severino home Boston

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
4 years ago

Pearls of Swine is my bible. Today’s strip seemed eerily on point:

Rat: I am the most successful guy in the world.
Goat: Why do you say stuff like that when you know it is not true?
Rat: Because self-delusion is the same as success. Only you do not have to work as hard.
Goat: (yelling) Truth still matters!
Rat: Sorry. Can’t hear you in my ego bubble.

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Ha ha! Glad you did and recognized the intended target. I will stop now before I start cutting and pasting in your advice to:

1. Trade Goldy for Albies. In May but still, C’mon.
2. Dump Carp (been saying he looks old and lost for two years-May was a tough month for you).
3. Bregman has not taken that step up. Trade him.

Ok, enuf. I won’t stoop to that level.
Doing so would be somewhat unfair given the amount of advice you give – which often contradicts itself with three days LOL.

Ok, will close now before being banned from the site.

Seth Swirsky
Seth Swirsky
Reply to  DodgerWindowClosed
4 years ago

@DodgerWindowClosed: Dodger, that is about the weakest post i have ever seen on this site: 1) nothing comes close to the tools Grey developed for fantasy. nothing close 2) every single day of the season he does an incredibly literate, funny and insightful column on the day before’s games. every day he comes on here to answer, sometimes, 600-700 questions. you should be thankful. not obnoxious. i suggest you “go it alone” next year–without grey–and let’s see if you can climb above your likely (based on your bitterness) 11th place finish.

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
Reply to  Seth Swirsky
4 years ago

@Seth Swirsky:

Well, most of your post is correct. This is a tremendous site full of fun and wit. I usually don’t take anyone’s fantasy advice verbatim because, like Bush, I like being The Decider. I do like getting the information for sure that helps inform my decisions. Experts like Grey know a ton more than I do but they do not know the composition of the league owners, whether it is a H2H league, Roto etc. So many of the commentator’s questions come without enough detail in my opinion. I do like the banter. And the insights on minor leaguers etc. And I like to challenge folks obviously.

But what you don’t know, you don’t know. You have come into the middle of a back-n-forth without proper context. Grey knows full well what he did in calling me out with a special double post over Morton…In his daily column no less! (I kinda liked him doing that….he had to go back and cut n paste LOL).

He took a side, I took a side. He ripped me when Morton hit the DL but then Morton actually came back per my “side” of the argument. All Grey had to do was correct the record. It was on the record front and center when he thought he was right so a simple correction comment would have sufficed. But he couldn’t/wouldn’t do it. So much better to admit it than duck it. So, yup, I am rattling his cage a bit here.

I do respect your coming to his defense. And it is reasonable to suggest that I should have just let it go. But it is good for the emperor to stay real with his subjects as well.

Thanks for weighing in Seth. You seem like a good guy.
Always feels good to express yourself, right?

Seth Swirsky
Seth Swirsky
Reply to  DodgerWindowClosed
4 years ago

@DodgerWindowClosed: i respect your response, DWC. Thanks for it. All good. Sorry if I was over-the-top, but I really can’t believe the amount of work Grey does. I watch a ton of baseball everynight –each at bat of “my” players, etc. Scouting constantly for the next great “Holds” guy. In a SUPER serious league. Very competitive. When the games are over each night, I’m not writing a piece about it and then listing what else I “saw”. Grey does –Kind of amazing, the time and effort. There have been times he made some calls that I got burned on, but he’s not a soothsayer and I ultimately am the one ‘making the calls’. i’m just very impressed by his insights, the incredible tools (trade analyzer/hittertron/SON) and the write ups–all of it. anyway, all good DWC–thx for responding.

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
Reply to  Seth Swirsky
4 years ago

@Seth Swirsky:

Agree with all your points. Good luck to you.

Sano Chance in Hell
Sano Chance in Hell
4 years ago

Grey –

It’s championship week! Two quick questions:

1. Who do you like better for combination of saves and ratios: Hand or Hirano?
2. Pick 1 SP for this week, as they’re all fairly close on the projections: Glasnow @ Tex, @Tor; Arrieta v NYM, @ Atl; Marquez @ Ari?

Thanks as always for the help!

maccer64
maccer64
4 years ago

Awesome write-up Grey! Hope you had a good weekend.

Championship week in my H2H and worried about Mookie. Reports say he should be back for Tuesday’s game and Boston has 6 games this week.

Would you roll with Mookie ($12.4 on Hitteron) or sub in Albies (7 games and Hitteron likes him
at $21.3) or Carpenter (6 games $12.9 Hitteron value)?

Thanks!
LG

Succos Baseball
Succos Baseball
4 years ago

Grey,

12 tm, H2H league with QS instead of W, this week is the finals.

Do you go

Glasnow @ Texas – Ks upside
Suarez @ SD – QS upside

Picked up Glasnow last night as my last pickup for last week. Like the K upside against Texas, but I’m having bad Glasnow flashbacks as a Pirates fan.

Balke
Balke
4 years ago

How do you rank these streams this week: Wainwright @ SF, Glasnow @ TOR, Keller @ DET, Reid-Foley @TB?

Fantasy Freak
Fantasy Freak
4 years ago

I left my catcher position empty for a month since they play half of the time. Should I go with Mejia?

synyster
synyster
4 years ago

Grey! Now that my first round bye is gone anyone worth dropping to stream Stratton @ SD tonight? He’s kind of been on fire this past month with 2 wins, 25 k’s, 2.10/0.73, and 4 QS. This is a 6×6 h2h QS/OBP league.

My pitchers….Berrios, deGrom, Stripling, Bieber, Lynn, Davis, Ed-Rod, Rodon, Snell, Odorizzi, Castillo, RP-Gsellman, RP-Givens, DL-Bauer, DL-Aroldis.

Thank you!

synyster
synyster
Reply to  synyster
4 years ago

@synyster:

Davies*, not Davis.

Fantasy Freak
Fantasy Freak
4 years ago

Aaron Hicks or Michael Brantley ROS?

Fantasy Freak
Fantasy Freak
Reply to  Fantasy Freak
4 years ago

@Fantasy Freak: Or Piscotti?

Ted Williams' Frozen Head
Ted Williams' Frozen Head
4 years ago

Welp, went 1 for 2 in H2H semifinals. My longest standing league where I continue my run as the Buffalo Bills (5 finals in 11 years without a ship) brought excruciating fantasy pain as I needed a Kirby Yates win yesterday to move ahead – improbably get it – and then have my opponent need a Wade Davis save to retake the lead, which happened about 5 minutes later. CRIPES!

Anywho, still have one ship to worry about. 10T H2H mixed, 12 cats (OPS and QS added) with 7 moves per week. I have a few extra starts this week with Corbin, Hendricks, Happ all going twice. I’ve used one move on snagging Adalberto. Couple questions:

1) Would you waste a move on switching out Betances for Yates? I have Osuna, Velasquez, Betances and my opponent has Iglesias, CMart, Giles.

2) Hicks has been pretty rough recently, is it worth using a move to drop him for Kiermaier? No particular need of extra speed just looking at the hot bat

Thanks as always Grey for helping our push to take the virtual crowns!

Mike Bickham
Mike Bickham
4 years ago

Championship week, in a weekly lineup league. Debating if Sale should be put in the lineup for Gausman, Rodon, Ray, or Keuchel. And Ohtani, who’s been hot but dinged up his ankle yesterday, for Cain, Puig, Blackmon or Acuna.

Richie Suess
Richie Suess
4 years ago

how are you feeling about Ohtani this week? he “tweaked” his ankle on Sunday, rosters lock for the week tonight, its a one week finals match up. Angels match ups look dismal this week but he has been hot….

I use him in my UTIL spot…head to head points league. would you consider benching him for a hot waiver add w/ good match ups

Considering
Robinson Cano
Marwin Gonzalez
Adrian Beltre
Kevin Kiermaier
Alex Gordon
Jay Bruce

Thanks in advance! I use yoru draft prep every year and i’m always in contention. This is my second straight finals. took an L last year, hoping for the W this week.

nitro
nitro
4 years ago

Started J Barria, J Quintana, M Fiers, and R Stripling yesterday in last day of HTH semi final match up yesterday. Needless to say, my season is over…

Thanks for the daily great reads Grey!!

Drunk Mets PR Team
Drunk Mets PR Team
4 years ago

Grey and Rudy and Ralph and everyone at Razzball: THANK YOU for your work this season. I read the site every day. I’m sure it’s a grind. I got some laughs over my morning coffee and tons of great info. Didn’t comment much this year but it was a pleasure reading.

Just lost an absolute heartbreaker in my playoffs, with my opponent getting an Upton homer and Buttrey save at the end, and LeClerc failing to appear — the only sequence of events, at that point, that could have sunk me. So I’ll be checking out. Cheers and good luck to all still fighting!

jdred5
jdred5
4 years ago

Down to the wire – trying to cling to 1st for 2 more weeks! Tonight’s starting options are:
Corbin vs. ChC
Ryu vs. COL
Musgrove vs. KC
J Gray @ LAD
I can start all, none, or something in-between. Wins don’t matter, but K’s, ERA, and WHIP do.
Thanks!

Gonzo_The_Great
Gonzo_The_Great
4 years ago

So I need to add a bat for the last few days here and I hate all of my options:

– Bruce
-Kiermaier
-Schleber
-Pisctotty

Piscotty doesn’t know who to take here…

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
4 years ago

I won both my AL-Only and NL-Only leagues this year…. #ChampChamp

Just commenting to say thanks for the help. It’s been fun reading your article every week day and look forward to doing it all over again next year. You’re the best at what you do, Grey!

Here Comes the Pizza
Here Comes the Pizza
4 years ago

What’s up Grey?

Made it to the finals in both my leagues!! Pitching staff completely fell apart and I’ve just been riding the hot hands that SoN spits out. I’m rolling with Musgrove (vs. KC) and Suarez (@SD) tonight. Likely cant trust either one but when your remaining rotation is Morton, Happ, Bieber, Newcomb, Junis….well trust has left town and uncertainty has moved in. Just gotta get hot for 7 days and who knows!

The Shoe
The Shoe
4 years ago

Happy Monday, Grey, It’s championship week, hope you’re still contending in those six leagues!

A. Could you help me figure out my starts for the week. I need 8 of these, so one of them needs to sit. Which one? I’m really not sure about it. Feel like there are arguments for Clevinger, Junis, Ryu vs COL, even Holland @SD to sit…

Clevinger vs BOS
Morton vs LAA
Ryu vs COL and vs SD
Stripling vs SD
Marquez @ARI
Musgrove vs KC
Junis @DET
Holland @SD

B. I could try to pick up Stratton @SD but over who? I’m wary of Stratton though…

The Shoe
The Shoe
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: A. Ryu has 2, so there’s 9 there. B. Wasn’t expecting that… is your reasoning mostly about how deep he’ll be able to pitch into the game or something else?

The Shoe
The Shoe
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Yah, my bad on not being clear, I need 8 starts.

D. So you’re suggesting drop Junis for Stratton? Musgrove will also be going against MIL later in the week, but I don’t think it’s a great start.

E. There’s also Eflin going @NYM – do you like that start better than any of those I listed?

F. As for benching Stripling, since this is my last matchup, it’d probably be better to drop him for a RP who’s eligible at SP like Chavez. How does that sound?

The Shoe
The Shoe
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

F. Other than Chavez, there’s Venters and Yarbrough (@Tex and @Tor this week – last pitched on Friday, so not sure which series he’d pitch in).

G. Ahh, it’s hard warming up to quitting Stripling. Ima do my best to stay calm and collected as I make my decision. If I do stick with Stripling vs SD, and assuming I’m able to drop Junis for Stratton, which other start do you like the least from the original list?