I’m not a conspiracy theory guy. Sure, I think Big Onion made onion rings circular rather than like French fries because they want you to use more onions with each fried treat, but other than that, and maybe 1,500 other conspiracies, I am pretty grounded in reality. Okay, I also expect to see Kate Winslet jumping on a trampoline at a Sixers’ halftime dressed as Mare of Easttown, but reality. It’s where I am, except I truly believe Great American Ballpark is somehow stuck in 2019. Balls are still flying out there. Maybe it’s the one park where they didn’t secretly instill a humidor. Either way, yesterday was bomb-ass Philly over spaghetti in Cincy. Andrew McCutchen (2-for-3, 4 RBIs, hitting .209) hit his 8th and 9th homer, and finally moved out of the leadoff spot. Great Awakenings, literally with Joe Girardi. Next up, Odubel Herrera (3-for-6, 3 runs, 3 RBIs, 3rd and 4th homer) was moved to the top of the order, and should now move on even the shallowest league’s radar. Then, Rhys Hoskins (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) hit his 12th homer, and he’s filling in for Bryce quite nicely as the three-hole hitter — Rhys is Brycely? Hmm, not bad. Even Ronald Torreyes (2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 1st homer) got into the act. And I thought Torreyes were just in a sunken place. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Tyler Naquin – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer. Was recently trying to trade away Naquin, and I looked at his numbers and I was shocked. Shocked, I tell ya! He’s not playing that over his head. I mean, a bit, sure, but much less so than anyone might think.

Jack Flaherty – Hit the IL with a severe oblique strain, that could be classified as a tear, and he will be out a while. Hey, it sucks, but at least he was doing it during what he trained his life to do — hit a baseball. Brilliant stuff to have pitchers hit in the NL. That’s why all the fans go see the games, right? “Hey, Jimmy, today we’re gonna see some pitchers make automatic outs.” Great, great stuff!

John Gant – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.60. He’s going to give up 17 runs in a third of an inning one of these games, or nothing is fair in life or regression.

Michael Pineda – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.40. Just when you think you’re getting Pineda, the Piñata shows up and is hit around.

Mitch Garver – Took a ball into the grapes last night, and will miss some time. Someone check in on Coolwhip to make sure he’s okay.

Willians Astudillo – 2-for-4 and his 4th homer. Is there a bigger disconnect to the fun a player brings and how little fantasy value he has than Astudillo?

Kyle Garlick – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 4th homer, and 3rd homer in his last five games. Ya know what Garlick goes well on? A hot schmotato.

Maikel Franco – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer. Donkey Teeth’s preseason MVP looking good so far!

Max Fried – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.35. Told someone yesterday to drop Fried, and I think they were taken aback. Listen, I told everyone to avoid him in the preseason, and now I’m saying, you have a pitcher with a near-5.50 ERA. Did you and Fried exchange promise rings? At what point do you try to win vs. hold guys who suck?

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 3-for-4, 4 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (17) and double legs (7, 8). Tildaddy says you can shut off his classic rock station!

Stephen Strasburg – Left yesterday’s game after 1 1/3 IP with a trapezius muscle injury that showed itself after the first batter, but then he winced through about six more hitters. Yet, another guy that you are holding because of something he did some other year than this one.

Juan Soto – 3-for-4, 4 runs, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .284. Sexy Dr. Pepper just needed some needling! HE’S ALIVE *sobbing* HE’S ALIVE.

Patrick Wisdom – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, and 3rd homer in two games. Welp, hot schmotato alert!

Kyle Hendricks – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baseurnners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.62. Honestly, didn’t watch this game, but zero walks and two homers allowed tells me Hendricks was doing exactly what he has all year, which is not locating and over the plate.

Victor Caratini – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer. Grabbed him in one deeper league to replace Wilson Ramos, and I’m riding that Teeny Carrot, I mean, Caratini.

Tommy Pham – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer. Must feel better only hitting homers, after too many singles got him stabbed.

Fernando Tatis Jr. – Left with oblique tightness. Having nice things…*takes a long pull off a vape pen, exhales enough vape clouds to fill the room, coughs through the haze, finally*…has left the building.

Kolten Wong – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 3rd and 4th homer. I grabbed him for a batty call, and got the double dong, like I was Jennifer Connelly. Gonna be hard to not grow an attachment. Guess it’s better than detachment with Wong.

Tyrone Taylor – 2-for-4, and his 4th homer and 5th homer. Always see him hit the ball hard when he’s in the lineup. “When” begins the key phrase there, because the Brewers have tried to make JBJ and Cain a thing all year. Maybe with Cain out, Tyrone gets a little run. Worth monocle’ing.

Eric Lauer – 2 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.88. Can’t believe I started this schmohawk, and Lauer didn’t even press a button on his desk to lock my lineup and force me into it.

Jonathan Schoop – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 6th and 7th homer, and 4 homers in the last week, and the ball is flying again, at least in some parks. If you need power *whips around in his chair* Johnny Schoop’s here.

Eric Haase – 2-for-3, 3 runs and his 3rd and 4th homer. Kept saying last week Haase ha(a)s(e) light tower power. He might hit .200, but that’s 85% of the league too.

Matthew Boyd – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.90. That was an easy bench in Miller for a guy prone to the dong-a-long-gones but Streamonator likes his next.

Dylan Cease – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.79. White Sox announcers mentioned something interesting yesterday. Giolito can pitch, and Cease can throw. It’s true. Cease’s stuff is dynamite, but when he loses the zone, it’s kaboom.

Shane Bieber – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.08. He absolutely can figure it out, but he is not the same pitcher we saw last year. Looks more like a top 15 starter vs. a top three.

Luis Garcia – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.72. Keep telling everyone to pick him up, and then you do, and you follow that with, “Should I bench him?” Um, fellas and five ellas, why you pick up SPs to not start?

Jose Altuve – 1-for-2 and his 8th homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games. Jokes aside, he looks great. Wonder what the buzzer is attached to now.

Miguel Andujar – 1-for-5 and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games. Hate that it’s a 1-for-5 night, because a hot hitter usually does more, but two homers in two games might be that reemergence of Miguel, which sounds like Lauryn Hill lyrics.

Clint Frazier – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer. Is it me or whenever you see Clint Frazier’s name do you picture him screaming at a pack of Big Red chewing gum, “I’m the Big Red now!” Meh, might be me.

Domingo German – 5 IP, 3 ER, 3 hits, zero walks, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.27. Streamonator likes German’s next start vs. the Red Sox, and that sounds like nein to me, but I don’t know German.

Austin Meadows – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and a slam (13) and legs (2). Austin, Jayne, Audrey, that’s me ranking Meadows.

Salvador Perez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 11th and 12th homer, hitting .280. On the Player Rater, it’s Salvador Perez comfortably as the top catcher.

Andrew Benintendi – 2-for-5, 5 RBIs and his 5th homer, a grand slam, hitting .291. Is Benintendi the first player ever to leave Fenway and get better? Seriously, I’m brain farting with my shirt over my head for a Dutch oven.

Alex Wood – 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.48. Regression Fairies saw Wood, and jumped Alex.

Mike Yastrzemski – Diagnosed with a thumb sprain which will either be an IL stint, or a day-to-day-miss-five-games-and-then-IL thing.

Andrew Heaney – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.76. Still not a fan, but since this start was in San Francisco, it’s fair to say, I’d be a fan if he was traded to the Giants. A San Fan.

Dominic Smith – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and a slam (3) and legs (1), hitting .252. Also, in this game, Pavin Smith (1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs) hit his 5th homer. Elias Sports Bureau said, “This was the first time in history two Smiths homered in the same game another Smith started.” Adding, “Maybe.”

Caleb Smith – 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.32. Hmm, I’m actually interested here — 10 K/9, 4 BB/9, 3.86 FIP. Moving from bullpen to the rotation isn’t always seamless, so I’m not running out in every league, but deeper ones? Yeah, I’d grab him.

George Springer – Ran the bases for the first time in a month. Is Springer…okay? What on earth is going on? Kevin Pillar came back faster than him, and Pillar was literally dumping buckets of blood in the most disturbing plate appearance since The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover.

Robbie Ray – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.57. It’s two months in, I should not still be telling people to pick up Ray.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 4-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer. Acuna, Tatis, Vlad…Then draft whoever because no one else matters. That’s a sneak preview of my 2022 rankings.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 3-for-4, and his 5th homer. Look at the sun, Lou-Gu-Ju, and mimic that heat.

Sixto Sanchez – Shut down with discomfort in his shoulder, i.e., pulled over on the shoulder due to shoulder. Hey, I love Sixto, but you’re not getting anything this year.

Marco Gonzales – 4 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 5.01, as he was activated from the IL. At one point, I liked Gonzales, but now? I’m not even sure I’d use the Streamonator for him, due to a lack of trust.

Jarred Kelenic – 0-for-4, 3 Ks, hitting .111. Maybe he shouldn’t have worked so hard in the minors on his defense.

Kyle Lewis – This pic is essentially me after hearing the news:

The Mariners said the injury happened when Kyle Lewis was chasing down a ball in the outfield, and just happens to be the same knee where he had a bone bruise. Yo, do we look like we were born yesterday? Am I suckling on a nipple and saying wah wah wah? Do I wear diapers? Okay, the answers there are yes, maybe and sometimes, but, seriously, how do you expect us to believe he just happened to tear the same knee he bruised? Obviously, he had a tear already, and they let him try to rest it. Either that, or their doctors suck and he had a tear and they thought it was a bruise, which seems laughably inconceivable. Stop lying to me I see through it, you schmohawks! Any hoo! Lewis is likely done for the year, and, honestly, I hope he is, and doesn’t try to play through it in a month. The M’s recalled Taylor Trammell (1-for-3 and his 5th homer), who tears up the minors. Not the bad tears, it’s the good tears. He went 6/3/.384 in 17 games, but hit .157 in 27 games with the M’s. He’s too young to say Quad-A, so I could see trying him — Trylor? Grey’s still got it!

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Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
1 year ago

Trade Fried for Ian Happ?

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
1 year ago

I’ma call him Frambert & Ernie, because I wanna have a highly-charged, felt-heavy relationship with him.

DonnieB
DonnieB
1 year ago

Who is the drop among these closers: Neris, Romano, or Richard Rodriquez?

Need to drop Lewis…replace with Biggio,Odubel, Olivares or McCutchen?

Thank you and a great write up today—as always.

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Great to see the Belly salami.

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

My thoughts exactly. Love to see me some normal.

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
1 year ago

Anthony Rizzo and Dylan Cease for Austin Riley and Pete Alonso

Andy
Andy
1 year ago

Would u drop any of hampson, Torres, lux, k seager, j bell

For Dylan Carlson or olivares?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
1 year ago

Holy C-Mart – that’s as bad an outing in terms of ERA as I can remember

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Did you start/stream him? I didn’t!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Oh.

Still, Bellinger!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
1 year ago

Cmart a hold??

Lmfao

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Don’t you hate it when you pick up a guy because he’s hitting in Coors, and the other guy you benched for him gets the homerun?

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Don’t you hate it when you pick up a guy because he’s hitting in Coors, and the other guy you benched for him gets the homerun?

Herschel
Herschel
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

@Grey: ugh….had such high hopes going into the season. Think this expedites Jul Rod at all?

Herschel
Herschel
1 year ago

@Grey: you concerned Lewis is going to be out for a long time?

los locos
los locos
1 year ago

Grey, is Matt Chapman droppable in 10 team OBP?

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  los locos
1 year ago

Matt Chapman is droppable in ALL leagues

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  los locos
1 year ago

He’s got three games in Coors starting Thursday.

Phil from Queens
Phil from Queens
1 year ago

Would you accept cease for kiriloff? Offense has been stronger than pitching so far. In second place of 10. currently 5X5 h2h with playoffs

My team:

Ikf, Olson, Gleyber, Baez, Walsh, Tim Anderson, Mookie, Myers, kiriloff Kelenic Dom smith cronenworth

Fried Hendricks Hader Romano Robles feyersien Holland lamet paddack Cobb ryu peralta gonsolin

IL story Flaherty Kyle Lewis plesac

Thanks

Phil Queens
Phil Queens
Reply to  Phil from Queens
1 year ago

Forgot have Jram at 3

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Grey , please pick top 2 streamers?
Canning home vs Seattle
Webb home vs Cubs
Kikuchi at Angels
Cobb home vs Seattle

SF
SF
1 year ago

Hi Grey. Devin Williams hasn’t looked right all year. Is he a drop? It’s a holds league but he’s not getting many.

Also sit or start Pivetta against Houston today? SON doesn’t love the start.

Thanks!

SF
SF
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks!

Russowl
Russowl
1 year ago

Any of these worth holding in a 10 team l redraft league with two extra bench spots and an extra utility?

Chapman, Happ, Bohm, E. Rosario

I don’t mind playing the long game and holding if you think they can turn it around

Russowl
Russowl
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Who would be your top two cuts?

Russowl
Russowl
Reply to  Russowl
1 year ago

Ahh c’mon just picked up Villar yesterday and he leaves the game with the tight hamstring. Drop happ for wong?

Russowl
Russowl
Reply to  Russowl
1 year ago

N/m on Wong somebody just got him

Dude
Dude
1 year ago

Looking for a CF. Currently have Laureano, Pollock and Bader on IL with Duran not up.
Options:
Trammel
Slater
Olivares
Hamilton
Michael Taylor
Hampson is on waivers. Doubt he makes it to me at 5.

Who you going with?

Jeffe
Jeffe
1 year ago

Need to pick one out of McClanahan, Urquidy, Elieser (possibly off IL tomorrow?), or Alzolay. Need to pick one up because of Flaherty’s IL designation. Thanks again!

Jefe
Jefe
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks! Debating on dropping Snell for Urquidy or Elieser at this point, too. Too early to jump ship?

Jeffe
Jeffe
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Out of all previous names pitchers, would you consider dropping Snell for any of them?

Brett
Brett
1 year ago

Dom smith over schwarber or kiriloff? 6×6 ops the extra category

Brett
Brett
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Is it bad if I already have Lindor alonso and conforto?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
1 year ago

Big Red is so delicious. Only problem is, chew too much of it and it strips the lining from the inside of your mouth!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

The gum, silly!

For the longest time you couldn’t get it here, and even now it’s only in specialty US-import stores.

Was always something you wanted your parents to bring back from a trip to the USA haha

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

There’s a couple of specialty food stores here that stock US snacks, candy, cereals, BBQ rubs and sauces etc – they have it. But you can’t just walk in to a supermarket or gas station and buy it.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

There’s much more in the store itself, but this is what you can buy online:

https://www.marthasbackyard.co.nz/

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  SteveNZ
1 year ago
SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Nah, not really. An occasional BBQ rub or something like though it’s just as easy to make your own.

My daughter is pretty keen on Cheetos and some candy bits and pieces though!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

What’s weird is that she will inhale the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos but will not touch any other type of spicy food – Thai, Indian etc.

Might have to give the crunchy Cheetos a try. Takis might be a little much for me haha

Nuke Laloush
Logan
1 year ago

would you deal Grisham for Starling Marte/Civale. I know no one is high on Civale but I need the near-automatic QS, because I have Mahle and Mclanahan and I need someone to balance their low-innings, high ratio innings. As for Grisham/Marte, my offense is loaded everywhere but average and projections have Grisham dipping to more of a .250, so I’d prolly take a hit in counting stats but bump up my average.

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

The Padres manager said the team needed to put their heads together. Pham and Kim took him literally.

Assuming Pham goes on the IL for a concussion, who’s the pickup?
David Peralta
Bryan REynolds
Pavin Smith
Ian Happ
Joc Pederson
Jurickson Profar

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I need Runs. I guess that’s Reynolds?

aardvark
aardvark
1 year ago

I’m not sure NL pitchers are worth owning in a QS league. They get taken out for offensive situations too much

aardvark
aardvark
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah true. Works out for the studs. Guys like adbert seem to get taken out every game after 5

PDX Express
PDX Express
1 year ago

Grey – good stuff as always.

I was offered Acuna and Pavin Smith for Ketel Marte, Yordan, and Freddy Peralta in a 5×5, 12 team league. My worst categories are BA and K’s, naturally.

Pavin wouldn’t last long on my team as I have Laureano and Harper coming back eventually in 5 man OF. My only other 2B beyond Marte is Villar. I thought this was not a strategic deal for me, despite Acuna. Am I crazy?

I countered w/ Adolis, Tapia, and Peralta, and took out Pavin – but I’m worried that won’t be enough. Would you put back in Yordan or Marte? Thanks for the advice.

PDX Express
PDX Express
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey – love me some Acuna.

PDX Express
PDX Express
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Did it. Marte immediately hit a bomb. Yordan, Marte, and Peralta are great – but Acuna is the man. Here’s hoping it works out! Acuna matata!

PDX Express
PDX Express
Reply to  PDX Express
1 year ago

And of course Villar just left the game with a hamstring issue. He is a Met, after all. Doh!

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

I was joking during 2020 that Villar is a closet Mets fan cause he absolutely bombed against them; though he did end up with a down season when it was all said and done, but looking at him now since he was given a clear path to everyday ABs, and he looks pretty good. Could do without all the CS’s but at least he’s trying!

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Jesus, and now Villar got taken out of the game today with hamstring tightness – can I get a prayer octagon???

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
1 year ago

Howdy Grey –

Appreciate all your help this season! My pitching has been great (except for saves) but my hitting is slump city… Need all counting stats except SB.

Any advice for this squad:

J. McCann
C. Kelly
J. Abreu
B. Lowe
M. Machado
F. Lindor
T. Anderson
A. Riley
K. Hayes(R)
P. Alonso(R)
R. Tapia
K. Schwarber
I. Happ
T. Grisham
E. Rosario
T. Story(R)
L. Lynn
S. Gray
M. Stroman
S. Manaea
C. Bassitt
R. Rodriguez
J. Romano
J. Means
Y. Kikuchi
D. Bundy(R)

I’m thinking that I need to swap out some OF help as I have a surplus of SS and CI but trades are tough to come by in this 5×5 12 teamer where all lineup moves cost $3…

Available on the wire are:

AJ Pollock
Ed Olivares
Mountcastle
Calhoun
Jeff McNeil
Dom Smith
C. Frazier
Duvall
Dickerson
Hays

It’s also a 2-C league (love those) and Mejia, Stassi & Haase are available.

Thanks in advance!

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

Grey,

The guy who has Kris Bryant, wants not only bohm but one of my top prospects as well. I told him to take a hike. Am i right?

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

DIlemma time. In a Keep forever league, Pache is coming off IL but getting sent back to TripleA. I have Jarren Duran stashed already, so one will have to go. Who is the drop?

steve stevenson
steve stevenson
1 year ago

ODB, Amed Rosario or Lourdes ROS?

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

Avasail Garcia or Tyler O’Neil in a 10 team redraft league?

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Mike
1 year ago

Actually, let’s add Santander.

Pick 2 of 3: Avasail Garcia, Tyler O’Neil, and Santander.

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Mountcastle vs Dobnak
Kiriloff vs Matt Harvey
Bell vs Smyly

Which 2 do you prefer?

Matty
Matty
1 year ago

I keep pitching Garcia every time out and each time it goes well it makes it feel like the roofie will be so much worse when it happens.
Is it because he pitches for the Astros and they’re trash? Do I just not think I can have nice things? If I’d actually watched one of his games would I feel more comfortable about all of this?
Nevertheless, I’ll keep throwing him and Alzolay every time they’re up.

Matty
Matty
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Start but don’t watch.
That’s not a sparkling endorsement.

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Matty
1 year ago

The Astros are not trash

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

I feel sorry for Dylan Bundy. He labored with the Orioles through all those years when they had no clue how to develop pitchers. Now that he’s gone and his arm is all used up, the O’s are shooting up the rankings of pitching development savvy teams. I think I noticed a prospect guy, possible the newly minted Pontes, on Twitter talking about huge improvement in an O’s SP prospect. Meanwhile Bundy runs out the clock on a team that thought Mickey Calloway and Joe Maddon were a good idea.

molina bros bbq
molina bros bbq
1 year ago

Matt chapman, sano, grossman, tyler rogers

For

Rizzo, rendon, pressly

I vetoed in a league i commish and one of the managers is bullshit. Would you veto or no? 12 team roto OBP.

molina bros bbq
molina bros bbq
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

That is what I said. Not close. 2nd place team getting rizzo, rendon, last place team getting chapman et all.

As a commish, do you veto trades like that or do you just hold your nose and approve?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

By the way, I did yell “4020 is my legacy!” at my little oaklings. My 13 year old rolled her eyes and said, “you’re weird, daddy.”

Brett
Brett
1 year ago

Would you trade Diego Castillo and Cease for Iglesias

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

Assuming good health, better 2B/3B eligible player: Ty France or Moistasskiss? in a league that counts standard 5 batting cats + OPS, Ks, and ABs

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Until Moist is back from the IL, who should I have holding down 3B? France, Seager, Wisdom, Candelario, or “anyone just not Matt Chapman”?

Brett
Brett
1 year ago

In a league with categories for saves and another for holds. Who do you prefer: Diego Castillo or Clase?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a grimmer waiver wire in a shallowish league than the one I’m staring at trying to pick up an OF in my RCL right now. Yuck mouth.

Cole Sulser for the save. Can’t believe this important news eluded the round up.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

I have been on hold trying to reach the garbage company for 30 minutes. Let me tell you, commercial garbage removal is the vilest racket going. These guys have a straight monopoly. Then they do shit like this. They don’t pick up my garbage on a Monday, then when they come for Wednesday’s pick up, they take a picture of the dumpster overflowing and they send me a bill for $150 bucks because my dumpster was too full. Let’s not even get into the fact that I already pay $1300 bucks a month just to have garbage/recycling/compost picked up.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

It’s not that bad. Although it should be illegal to have business messages that continually interrupt/repeat spliced with hideous elevator music. If I’m going to be on hold for 40 minutes, at least give me some Yacht Rock or something.

A lot of running a business is like this. Just petty annoyances, paperwork. I’m being audited by the CA Dept. of Tax and Fee, the Alameda Co. comptroller (great word comptroller). I got letter in the mail this morning from an atty in Mizzu saying that I’m being sued by an alleged former employee who never worked here and whom I’ve never heard of for an accident that pre-dates the opening of the store.

A lot of time I call the whole thing “playing grocery store” these days. I don’t really get to do the fun stuff working on the floor and chatting with customers any more. I pretty much just log into a bunch of business software and websites and play whack a mole all day.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Good news is not injured. Bad news is didn’t get the O’s first save op since April.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Love me some Run Like The Wind. I’ve now spoken to someone in PA who said I needed to talk to someone in CA who said I needed to talk to Northern California who was in residential and said I need to talk to someone in commercial. So Ima just keep hanging around in here for awhile longer.

Very lucky to have been in this business in 2020 for sure.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I haven’t gotten into podcasts. Seem too new fangled for me. I listed to old episodes of Gunsmoke radio show in the internet archives. Maybe I’ll take your recommendation.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

It wasn’t exactly a Kimbrel save either. But I could see them putting the two in a jar and going match ups with the R/L thing.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ha! I went to twitter to check and landed exactly where you did. Saw your comment. Sounds like an injury.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Beat writer Roch Kubatko reported that Nevin was assigned and they called up Lowther as depth as they’ll be bullpenning tonight.

Which I think puts Sulser and Fry in a jar.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I picked up Sulser in the RCL yesterday morning. Is there a glossary term for the save pick up a la batty call? I know vulture, but that isn’t Razz original content.

Jeffe
Jeffe
1 year ago

Who do you prefer ROS outlook, Solak or Wendle? Thanks!

Brett
Brett
1 year ago

Luzardo threw almost 50 pitches last night. Do you think he comes back to the rotation next week as I’d figure he could go 70-75 pitches.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Brett
1 year ago

Be interesting to see what they do. He looked really good out of the pen and they definitely need more quality innings in like that 5th-7th inning range. As a fan, it kind of feels like the pen is the right place for him for now. I think a lot depends on which way Irvin and Kaprelian trend. My sense is that the A’s would like to give each of them a little more leash and let Luzardo continue to work out of the pen.

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

I had both Pineda and Cease going yesterday – should I start Alzolay for ratio help? He’s home v. SD

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  William Hung
1 year ago

Actually if I’m looking purely for ratio help – McClanahan is an option as well

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
1 year ago

Hi Grey, great write up today. My team seems always injured!

I’m in a H2H keeper league and wanted to know:

Jazz or Adolis
Jazz or Arozarena

Thanks!
LG

Acuña Machado Means No Worries
Acuña Machado Means No Worries
1 year ago

In the debate between ew and yuck, who’s the better IL stash- Lewis or Syndergaard?

10 team 5×5, I’m trying for a 2 for 1 trade with the guy who just lost Ozuna (and a bunch of other injuries). I was gonna offer Blackmon and a pitcher (Civale, Means, Ryu) for Muncy or Bryant. Thoughts?

Andrew Mellars
Andrew Mellars
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

Would you add Gonsolin over any of these guys?

Cease
Mahle
Pablo Lopez
Alzolay
Framber

Thanks

Bruno Samartino
Bruno Samartino
1 year ago

I have Tyler O’Neil and Im diggin him in a very Adolis kind of way. And he’s hot.
But now Lourdes is heating up and on wire… I’d have noone else to drop.
You think its worth it, or just hold Oneil?

Also- would u dump Morton for Hendricks?

thx…..

Bruno Samartino
Bruno Samartino
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

would u dump Charlie for Alzolay?

Cable
Cable
1 year ago

h/h points 12 team redraft weekly lineup

Gallo/Kukichi might bring me back what SPer

Jim
Jim
1 year ago

Plse rank
Marquez, Alzolay & Robbie Ray

Tom
Tom
1 year ago

I’m guessing you now believe Robbie Ray will have an era below 4.5 by the All Star break?

Cable
Cable
1 year ago

h/h points 12 team redraft.. weekly lineup

J Gallo or T O’NEIL

Contender
Contender
1 year ago

Time to replace Garver. Who do you like here going forward?

Haase
McCann
Zunino
Astudillo
William Contreras

Thundershoe
Thundershoe
1 year ago

Happy Wednesday, Grey!

Appreciate the Luis Garcia recommendations over the past several weeks. I would peek over at his peripherals and typically leave unconvinced but finally stopped resisting and even rolled him against BOS, yay! It was also a lot of fun watching Garcia pitch – can’t remember another pitcher who does a little dance/shuffle before each pitch. Deserves a name methinks, especially if he keeps pitching well – anyone ideas?

brett
brett
1 year ago

Drop for Cease for…. ?

Skubal, Framber Valdez, Webb, McClanahan

Thanks!

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
1 year ago

You told me to bench 2 starters yesterday, and you were right. Insert Daniel Bryan “YES!” gif here.

So now, I ask again….in an Otteneu points league:

Bench Framber vs Boston and Pablo @ Toronto?

HR allowed, Hits and BB destroy one’s out put. I feel like they both won’t be efficient, and conserving innings is a plus for me.

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thank you sir. I’ll start Framber and bench Pablo, unless the Jays bench a lot of starters.

Eric
Eric
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

Are you starting Yarbrough @NYY tomorrow? Luis Castillo @STL? QS league

Thanks!

Gregg Jeffries, Future Star
Gregg Jeffries, Future Star
1 year ago

Which side?

Adolis/Eugenio/Sonny Gray/Kikuchi

deGrom/Kelenic

Gregg Jeffries, Future Star
Gregg Jeffries, Future Star
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

deThanks!

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
1 year ago

Start two of IKF, Dannys, Rodgers for the week.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Five-on-One
1 year ago

Never bench IKF – the guy is like Top 100 on the player rater

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Bundy has seemingly regressed to his 2018 form, too many long balls and walks… though you have to imagine missing an All-Star CF is hurting him defensively.

In a 10T redraft are you moving on? Streamer or Luzardo more attractive until Trout returns to bolster Bundy’s defense?

Thanks

ERad
ERad
1 year ago

Mare!

slimjim13
slimjim13
1 year ago

looking for some help this year is out for me
10 team auction keeper league which one ya think
trading Scherzer and looking at
Baez $15
JDM $13
Jazz $3
or look for more?

Coolwhip
1 year ago

I am straight up not having a good time bruh.

but slightly better than Garver is right now.

Pray for Sauce Nation. (which is right next to Flavortown)

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

*sobbing loudly*

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Coolwhip
1 year ago

Don’t these guys wear a cup? Seems like being a catcher that would be priority numero uno.

mcstarrs
mcstarrs
Reply to  Coolwhip
1 year ago

I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers. I have a bad back myself, hope you will feel better soon.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 year ago

Remember when you said Benintendi wasn’t “a thing” to me about a month ago when I told you he was heating up? And then you ran out and grabbed Keston Hiura (1-for-23 since return) on several teams because he was cheap power? Me liking Benny Baseball. Me about ready to cut Keston Hiwhiffa.

Meanwhile, I grabbed Patrick Wisdom last night. I doubt he’s for real but there’s some power in his history. I also cut Yermin for Wisdom. Yermin is awful and if you look at his April/May splits you’ll see who he really is.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Harley Earl
1 year ago

You waited until he hit his 2nd homer in the last 30 days and 5 RBI day to drop this gotcha moment. Prior to yesterday he had 1 HR and 8 RBI over the last month.

How’s Wil Myers doing?

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

Haha…exactly Cram!

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

I have a feeling the RW Benintendi blurb is going to make the Blurbstomp column next week. They said something about Benintendi being hot since the end of April…

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

Myers has two home runs and 7 RBIs in the last 6 games. I hadn’t said a word about him. Benentendi is batting .300 over the last month. I didn’t wait for anything other than whenever Grey finally wrote something about Benintendi again. Fuck off.

Coriell
Coriell
Reply to  Harley Earl
1 year ago

Harley Earl is an angry dude with stupid comments

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Harley Earl
1 year ago

Hey maaaaan, it’s all just jokes and good fun, broooooo. Why so serious maaaaaaan?

Yeah, everyone has a good week. A good week doesn’t make a top 100 player.

William Hung
William Hung