Thankfully, I no longer do 4th of July like I used to, because when you have a holiday weekend that lasts five days, you will get alcohol poisoning if you go too hard, and the 4th is especially dangerous because:  day drinking.  At least with New Year’s Eve, it’s at night.  The Fourth is lying on a discarded sofa on the side of a highway at 3 PM and being like, “The hum of 75 MPH cars is so peaceful, I go to sleep now,” and waking up with a flashlight you mistake for a fleshlight and now you’re a registered sex offender.  Hopefully, none of that happened to any of you, well, maybe the fleshlight part, and you all had a safe holiday.  Any hoo!  Yesterday, Andrew McCutchen went 3-for-4 and his 15th and 16th homers as he hits .288.  He found the Fountain of Youth sometime in May and has been a Zombino eating brain custard ever since.  I’m still half expecting — cting? — McCutchen will resort to blah in the 2nd half, but it looks like I wrote off McCutchen before his sell-by date.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jameson Taillon – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.73.  As Taillon was pitching well, Rudy texted me, “Shame Tony Watson is going to come in and blow this win.”  Ah, but Hurdle had one Nicasio up his sleeve to get out of a jam of Watson’s own making in the seventh inning.  Thank God for Juan Nicasio, the number one keyboard salesman!

CC Sabathia – 2 2/3 IP, 4 ER as he was activated from the DL.  You can go ahead and BCC me on that.

Aaron Judge – 1-for-4 and his 28th homer.  Judge will be starring in the upcoming August ESPN special, “Why Judge shouldn’t have participated in the Home Run Derby?”  Co-starring Giancarlo, as the sexpot, and Gary Sanchez as the ingénue with a dark past.

J.A. Happ – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.47.  Damn, I dropped him last week when I saw his upcoming matchups were in Yankee Stadium and vs. Houston.  I’d still own Happ if it weren’t for the matchups, because his peripherals are sparkling.

Zach Britton – Will return from the DL on Wednesday.  Wait, that’s today!  Yikes, you snuck up on me!  Plus, snuck is totally a word.  Eat a D, autocorrect!  Britton will be worked slowly back into the closer role, so hold Brach for now.

Mark Trumbo – Day-to-day with a bruised calf.  Better not let PETA hear about that shizz!

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 17th homer, hitting .296.  Not only the best Orioles’ hitter this year, it’s not close.

Jimmy Nelson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.20.  I wrote a lede a few weeks ago about why you should pick up Jimmy Nelson; our writer, Lance, wrote a post dedicated to his Jimmy Nelson fantasy.  If you leave your fantasy team password in the comments, I’ll go and pick Nelson up for your team.

Eric Thames – 2-for-3 and his 22nd and 23rd homers, hitting .248.  Hmm, with these two homers coming off the Orioles, it’s gonna be harder to keep this “Thames only hits homers off pitchers with red jerseys” narrative, but I will try!  The red that Thames most associates with pleasure in his life is the red on his fingers from Flaming Hot Cheetos, and one time Momma Thames brought home regular Cheetos by accident, and now Thames associates orange with red too.

Stephen Vogt – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer on the Brewers, and 7th homer on the year.  It’s that time again!  Time for me to complain about box scores after a guy switches leagues.  I’m not a fan of interleague play, but I’ve come to ignore it.  It’s here, whatever.  Though, with interleague play, there is absolutely no reason why someone’s stats should go back to zero when they switch leagues.  It’s from a bygone era, fix this!

Travis Shaw – 2-for-4, and his 18th homer, hitting .297.  Good thing the Red Sox don’t need a 3rd baseman!

Trevor Cahill – 4 1/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.96, as he was activated from the DL.  Should give decent five-ish inning starts and Ks.  He’s like the Padres’ version of Peacock.  I will call him Untappedcock.

Corey Kluber – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.85, as he took the loss against the Padres.  And that’s why you’ll never get Murray Chass’ Cy Young vote!

Danny Duffy – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.51, as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “I don’t work on non-holidays, you really think I’m here on July 4th?”  Well, since we all don’t have it as easy as Kevin, I’m here and I had reservations with Duffy even prior to his injury, and I’m not talking about using my Open Table app.

Whit Merrifield – 1-for-5 and his 7th homer, and the 2nd time I’ve mentioned him this week, so the schmotato rising.  Mr. Schmotato rising!  Keep on rising!

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer, and his 3rd homer in the last four games.  Moistasskiss!

Felix Hernandez – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA 5.04 vs. the Royals.  No good was going to come out of a King going against the Royals on July 4th.  Keep your tea and get out of here!

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-4 as he returned from the DL and played 3B.  Halp and I go over thoughts on Freeman’s return on the latest fantasy baseball podcast (SEO, snitches!).

Yulieski Gurriel – 3-for-5, 1 run, 4 RBIs, hitting .297.  Yesterday, I said schmotato; today, I’m saying get some of that goodness!

Carlos Correa – Exited the game yesterday with a bruised thumb, but x-rays came back negative.  Finally, some good news in relation to a Correa.

Jose Altuve – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Altuve was playing mad last night because there was this group of guys standing in front of him when the fireworks went off and he couldn’t see anything.

George Springer – 4-for-5, 3 runs and his 25th homer, hitting .295.  Springer’s one of the harder guys to peg for the top 100 in the 2nd half that I’m working on for next week.  Zilch-oh on steals definitely lowers my excitement.

Josh Reddick – 3-for-6, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .313.  Astros’ offense is good, right?  (Hint:  yes.)  Okay, Reddick was hitting third yesterday.

Sean Newcomb – 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  I’m going to leave my RC Cola right here on the counter of this ISIS-run bar and go to the bathroom.  Can someone watch it for me?  Thanks!  *four hours later*  Why is that guy putting a human kidney on a shish?  Wait, that’s my kidney!  AHHHHH!!!  ROOFIE!!!

Yu Darvish – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.56.  That’s it, lower 2nd half expectations!

Mike Napoli – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Yes, I’ve told you he’s homered for the last three days, and he even had one homer game before that.

Andrew Benintendi – 5-for-5, 4 runs, 6 RBIs and his 11th and 12th homers.  Actual conversation yesterday between Prospector Ralph and a loved one, “Ralph, aren’t these fireworks amazing?”  *Ralph stares at Benintendi’s box score*  “They’re the best I’ve ever seen.”

Tzu-Wei Lin – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st steal, as the Red Sox called up this rookie, utlity man.  That’s right, the Red Sox found a Taiwanese Brock Holt!  They also have someone who sounds like a segment on The Biggest Loser.  “Coming after the break, it’s the Sue weigh in everyone has been anticipating…”

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 11th homer, hitting .284.  I also mentioned this on the podcast yesterday, Bradley is having a nearly identical year compared to last year, which caused you to draft him this year.

David Price – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.02.  Besides a hideous outing vs. the Yankees, Price’s starts haven’t been as bad as advertised.  Yet (oh, here we go), his peripherals are also not necessarily spectacular — 8.6 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 4.53 xFIP.  That’s the verge of a fantasy #3 for 12 team leagues.  *beep, beep, beep*  Breaking news!  He might have a blister.  Yeah, who doesn’t?!

Scott Schebler – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 21st homer.  Also, in this game, Scooter Gennett hit his 14th and Jose Peraza hit his 4th.  All of these guys appeared in comments in the last few days about owning them.  Seriously, if you ask me if you should drop a hitter that is in Coors for a series, I’m pretty sure you’ve never read anything I’ve written, so why ask?  Mustache has mesmerized you?  You’re mustacherized?

Yasmany Tomas – Diagnosed with a groin strain, which I could’ve sworn he already had.  Can we get a groin check on Salami Tom?

A.J. Pollock – 1-for-4 as he returned from the DL.  Legit, everyone returned from the DL yesterday.  Should’ve had Puffy lip-synch “Coming Home.”

Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.19.  Seems like this guy might be good.  He new?  I need a scouting report.  He new?

Justin Turner – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, and 3rd homer in the last four games, hitting .384.  With Turner’s red beard and blue and white uniform, whenever Rick Monday sees Turner on the field, he runs over and tries to save him from himself.

Brandon Kintzler – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his 22nd save, ERA at 2.41.  I don’t mention closers who are doing well, but I just wanted to drop some thank you thunder — thankder? — on Kintzler.  A thousand thankders for you.

Byron Buxton – 3-for-4, 2 runs and a slam (5) and legs (15), hitting .204.  This schmohawk reminded me that I drafted his sorry ass in my RCL and dropped him around mid to late-April.  Sucks I dropped Broxton too.  Do I have something against -xtons?  P to the erhaps.  But if it meant getting Buxton off my team, then it was worth the double drop.  I went to MattTruss’s active stats to see what he got from Buxton since he picked him up right after me.  Ready to shudder?  19/2/9/.198/9 in 167 ABs, and dropped him the morning before yesterday’s game.  That’s why I AM JEFE!

Kole Calhoun – 2-for-4 and his 11th homer.  Next to nothing recently, but he is the type to get hot for S-P-E-L-L-S.

Albert Pujols – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer, hitting .235.  He’s been so bad this year it’s proving you cannot spell Pujols without PU.

Miguel Cabrera – Left yesterday’s game with hip tightness.  Sigh.  So few players are at the peak of their game when they retire.  Koufax, Papi, Bonds, which sounds like the beginning of a guys in a boat joke.  All right, so you got a Dominican, a Jew and a guy with a giant head…

Victor Martinez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .252.  He’s not having a great year, though has it been better than Miggy’s?  It has not, but you had to think about it for a second.

Michael Fulmer – 8 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.20.  I’ve gone over him so many times before, if you click his name you’ll be magically transported to past articles about him, his projections and yadda, blabba, poo.

Hunter Pence – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer, hitting .260.  Approximately, two hundred and forty years after the birth of this great nation and hundred plus years after that racist movie, Birth of a Nation, the Gangly Manbird opened his 12-foot wingspan and bid adieu to a ball.  Then people were pissed off because he bid adieu, a partial French phrase, and didn’t just say goodbye.  What, you’re too good for goodbye?

Brandon Crawford – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  I see he had six previous homers, but this feels like the first time he did something positive all year.

Jose Urena – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.43.  I’m about to go into the break with four 1st place teams out of six leagues, and I have Urena in three of them, and had him in a 4th until I dropped him to stream someone else.  YO SOY JEFE!

Christian Yelich – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs, hitting .276 and his 8th homer.  I’m sorry, but, without a huge 2nd half, I’m counting this as another schmohawk I called correctly.  GLUTEN-FREE SOY SAUCE HANDED TO YOU BY JEFE!

Tommy Pham – 0-for-4, 4 Ks.  We are celebrating breaking away from British monarchy, and Pham is pining for a Mexican monarchy with a Golden Sombrero.

Jon Lester – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.94.  Happy July 4th, Cubs fans!  Your team is under .500 and it looks like Wayne Huzienga could’ve sold off your team last year and you’d have similar results so far.  People can go off and watch their basketball and football, but baseball’s got real parity because playing an extra 25 games in October kills all your arms the next year.  Convinced of this.

Tim Beckham – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .277.  I have an overcrowded rotating elevator at MI like I’m Macy’s at Xmas, and I should likely just start Beckham and leave him there.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  Only another week of your pre-ASB shenanigans, Bruce!

Joe Ross – 7 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.86.  By miracles of all miracles, this start ended up looking good at the end of it, but, boy oh five girls, did this start not look good through about four innings.  Blech, I dropped Ross before the start was even over.  Good riddance (I didn’t have the time of my life).

Daniel Murphy – 4-for-5, 1 run, 5 RBIs, hitting .341. Murphy had some choice words for Razzball and me specifically:

Michael Taylor – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 10th steal.  Yes, Taylor H.A.M., and I love him, but I’ve also been pushing people towards grabbing him for another specific reason.  Since Turner went down, Taylor’s moved up a very potent lineup.

Wilmer Difo – 2-for-4, 3 runs, as he hit 2nd.  Wilmer Difo’s all right if you like guys in a Platoon.

Jose Abreu – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .293. B;iobda90`1kl–  Sorry, I had my fingers crossed that Abreu wouldn’t have a 2nd half collapse.

Melky Cabrera – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .291.  Now has two homers in the last three games, hitting near-.350 in the last week.  Melk doesn’t really go with any entree, but looks like we have a side piece hot schmotato here.

Franklin Barreto – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .211.  Sometimes you get Bellinger, sometimes you get Failinger.

Yonder Alonso – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and two homers (18, 19).  Fun thought experiment!  Try to think back to March.  You there?  Okay, now as your March self, think about having Yonder Alonso with 19 homers on your fantasy team.  Okay, what else do you think has happened in a world where Alonso has 19 homers?  An outfield wall apocalypse causing all outfield walls to crumble and now anything hit out of the infield is a homer?  All MLB teams donated their outfield walls to Trump’s wall?  The A’s played one 127,000 inning game which saw Alonso get 970 ABs and hit 19 homers in that game?

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Favio Vasquez
5 years ago

HELLO Grey,
1. K Davis/Cutch for Bryant/A Wood or
2. K Davis/Cutch for Bryant/Taillon
Both leave me with Machado,Judge,Bour,Schebler,Goldy for power losing KDavis. Im anticipating regression from Wood but Taillons’ ceiling is low. Bryant gives me good power/avg ROS. Thoughts?

Chris
Chris
5 years ago

Hey again Grey,

what side do you like?

Wood-Cody Allen for Cano-Conforto

Thanks!

Dommattingly
Dommattingly
5 years ago

Should i drop Pineda for Happ?
Thanks

Earl
Earl
5 years ago

Thanks for all your advice Sir Grey!

Managed to get Altuve, Duvall and Calhoun but gave up Dickerson, Robbie Ray and Scooter Gennett.

Think I made out pretty good.

Fungazi
Fungazi
5 years ago

Which side would you go in that trade, Bregman is a MI

I am the Walrus
I am the Walrus
5 years ago

ROS Gardner or Pham?

Fungazi
Fungazi
5 years ago

Time to drop Brach for Dyson?

Also which side would you take in an obp 12 team with MI and CI spots – Story/Adam Jones or Thames/Bregman

Thanks man

Vee
Vee
5 years ago

And there we have it… George Springer stolen base!

Vee
Vee
Reply to  Vee
5 years ago

@Vee: I’ll.. have… ANOTHERR!!!!!

herschel
herschel
5 years ago

Odor!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand he’s hurt!

herschel
herschel
Reply to  FrankGrimes
5 years ago

@FrankGrimes: amazing….

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  herschel
5 years ago

@herschel:
X ray negative!

GL3
GL3
5 years ago

So he countered w D Bundy for Gardner. I kind of want to tell him to go f himself…
What do you think??

GL3
GL3
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:
My thoughts exactly! Serious b.s. move man. He asked me if I’d take Taillon for Gardner then i put it in and he declines. Messed up everything I set up today!

Thanks for the help regardless Grey!

Bob
Bob
5 years ago

Started tuning into the podcasts, good stuff! Took over for an owner in a 12-team, 10-keeper, ROS league at the start of the year. For someone inheriting: D. Murphy (YAY!), T. Story (uhhhh), A. Jones (who?), S. Marte (SSPD), J. Upton (whatever), H. Ramirez (WW), J. Teheran (lol), D. Price (puke), C. Kimbrel (yay, but… “one of my keepers is a closer?”), and M. Melancon (wait, “two of my keepers are closers?”), I’m not upset turning that shit-show into G. Sanchez, L. Morrison, Y. Cespedes, and L. Severino to go along with D. Murphy and C. Kimbrel. That said, with 3 mo. or so to go, if one were so inclined to look way-too far ahead, I am substantially lacking in players who’s value/talent you would consider a “keeper.”

Anyway, went ahead and picked up J. Familia last night. There are no guarentee’s in life but it sounds like it is expected that he will be back Aug. 1. Whether he is the same 45+ SV closer this year or not is not my concern, but my thought is 1) really sounds like the NYM expect he’s gonna pitch; 2) I’m not rostering much else in terms of value that could exceed his going into 2018 (Familia & Kimbrel does sound nice); and 3) people seem to bite at “name-brands” and they sell and they sell high. That aside, would you say that, in general, its about that time to ahead and start rostering J. Familia?

Bob
Bob
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Fits perrrrfectly! 100% healthy, M. Melancon occupying the DL. I can easily just sit him on the bench or I could just drop him (not hurting for closers, actually its suffocating: C. Kimbrel, E. Diaz, D. Robertson, B. Norris, and 1/2 A. Miller; but if Melancon also “should be back” I’m enjoying this little monopoly on RP and regulating the SVs market). Thanks again, you have a talent and admire your work.

herschel
herschel
5 years ago

@Grey: second half sagnof spec – rosey, kahnle, box or soria? gracias.

mrbaseball
mrbaseball
5 years ago

Aaron Nola for Manuel Margot in keeper league which side

I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
5 years ago

20 team h2h redraft with QS/holds/OPS/slugging/total bases

C flowers
1B freeman
2B jose ram
SS villar
3B franco
OF (3) stanton/gardner/morales
util (1) pirela
BN mauer/goodwin

eventually i’m probably better off with an 8th SP than 2 bench bats.

1. due to villar not necessarily playing every day who’s a drop for a SS elig guy in lin (BOS) or could go back to sogard?

2. to get the 8th SP who’s the other drop, probably pirela or goodwin or franco (freeman will get 3B soon)?

Andy Dwyer
Andy Dwyer
5 years ago

Hopefully final q for the day, Polanco or Mazara ROS?

tony
tony
5 years ago

would you drop colome for boxberger and wait if he gets the role?

colome is hurting my ratios so bad, so far.

thanks in advance.

Nightmare!
Nightmare!
5 years ago

Mark trumbo over who?

Melky Cabrera
Conforto
Michael A Taylor
Desmond

Once I was Matt Carpenter
Once I was Matt Carpenter
5 years ago

I’m in a 10 team, 10 player dynasty league

Do I make any swaps ?
C – posey
1b – votto
2b – schoop
3b – rendon
ss – boegarts
OF – JD, Braun, Tapia
Util – Encarcion, Odor
Bench – Arcia, Bour, Haniger, Bregman
DL – conforto, ian desmond, hicks

SP – sale, Pineda, lynn, nola, c-mart, rich hil, samardzija, montgomery
RP – reed, norris, j. wilson, knebel, giles, brach

Free agents – Trevor Story (on waivers – could use my #2 pick), peraza, mancini, broxton, mike fiers, gurriel

Thanks a lot

herschel
herschel
5 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto redraft. for avg and sbs, who do you like between margot and merrifield? thanks!

tony
tony
5 years ago

Nolan arenado for rizzo, meadows and hoskins, in a dynasty league, we can keep em all, wich side?
Also have goldy as my 1b

demribbies
demribbies
5 years ago

you like JBJ in a keeper or is he better on and off the wire to be used when hot?

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
5 years ago

Shallow 10×10 H2H w/ limited moves. I have 16/20 moves left on the year and am in 1st place, but have some clear holes: my Villar/Story MI is poo, injuries are piling up which leaves me with a slumping Haniger and underperforming Polanco at Util, I only have 4 healthy SP and I’m going to be short on SV soon (Brach and Bush losing their closer gigs).

So any moves I make need to be long-term, and multiple eligibility for bats is nice. I’m thinking wait on RP until closer to the trade deadline, but here are some potential adds elsewhere:

2B – Odor (just dropped), Happ (2B/CF/RF), Owings (2B/SS/CF/RF), Marwin (1B/2B/3B/SS/LF), Scooter (2B/3B)
SS – Owings, Marwin
Util – the above + Reddick (LF/RF), Gurriel (1B/3B), Marte (LF/CF)
SP – Nelson, J. Gray

ROS Player Rater says to add Odor, Marte and maaaybe Gray and not bother with the rest, and I am still in 1st and like to have moves to burn come playoff time. What say you, JEFE–make some moves or hold?

lwomack58
lwomack58
5 years ago

Looks like I might need a short term SS with Elvis on leave. Would you drop Peratla to add Arica or just ride out the paternity leave and hold Peratla? Thanks

M
M
5 years ago

Would you take a chance on Brad Miller in a 15 team league for the 2nd half?

Joe Quadres
Joe Quadres
5 years ago

SV+HLD league. Drop Betances? Been good for so long, but gotta be on the Disgraceful List soon right? I’d grab a streamer or MR flavor of the week.

Brian
Brian
5 years ago

Got offered an interesting Dynasty league (16 teams, H2H; both OBP and BA are hitting categories) trade and would like your take on it.

I give: Daniel Murphy
I get: Carlos Carrasco, Victor Robles, and Dustin Pedroia

For context, I’m in first place right now, so am definitely competing for this year, but that seems like a lot for Daniel Murphy, even speaking as someone who believes in him.

In terms of my roster, I have Howie Kendrick on the DL and Willie Calhoun in the minors to back up Pedroia.

We can carry 7 SPs and I currently have Kluber, Darvish, Mananea, Samardzija, Foltynewicz, Brandon McCarthy, Bud Norris (who would move to RP… OR I could trade Mananea for Rafael Devers), and a droppable Luke Weaver.

In OF, where we only start three, I’m stocked (Betts, Pollack, Thames, Mallex Smith, Tommy Pham, Schebler, Kepler, Kole Calhoun, Grichuk… AND Lewis Brinson in the minors!) as all get out, but I find Victor Robles hard to resist, either as a dynasty hold or trade bait down the line…

Thoughts? Thanks in advance for any help.

Andy Dwyer
Andy Dwyer
5 years ago

Grey,

Hope you had a happy 4th. Who should I target in a deal for Cueto (hopefully the response isn’t mccullers lol) I need a bat. Khris Davis is a possibility. Cespedes too. Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!

Andy Dwyer
Andy Dwyer
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I was offered JD and Mazara for Cueto and Odor….worth it?

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
5 years ago

who ya got ROS, verlander or pineda?

Jon
Jon
5 years ago

Help me pick a bottom two of this staff? Depth is about 100-SP owned bc of deep benches and daily moves. 12-tm 5xt Likely gonna need to lose two off the bottom as we head to H2h playoffs.

Darvish, Carrasco, McCullers, Wood, Estrada, Walker, Bundy, Rodon, Morton

Thx!

ebudz
ebudz
5 years ago

10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

(3) SP: Carrasco, Severino, McCullers
(2) RP: Wilson, Knebel
(4) P: Betances, Nova, Walker, M. Montgomery
(6) Bench: Lynn, J. Gray, Bauer, J. Ross

(2) DL: A. Sanchez, Shoemaker

1) Which of the following starts should I be streaming the rest of this week? Got 4 adds left for the week so don’t necessarily need to use them all so at the same time should I use some adds to maybe stash away a SP or two?

7/6
Folty @WSH (-16.7)
Lamet @CLE (-25.5)

7/7
Pivetta vs. SD (4.8)
M. Moore vs. MIA (3.2)
Morton @TOR (1.8)
Hammel @LAD (-3.1)
Gausman @MIN (-3.5)

7/8
A. Moore vs. OAK (3.0)
Clevinger vs. DET (-1.0)
Cotton @SEA (-1.9)
Chacin @PHI (-3.6)
Montero @STL (-5.3)
Hoffman vs. CHW (-6.3)
T. Ross vs. LAA (-8.7)
Fiers @TOR (-14.0)

7/9
Snell vs. BOS (-0.6)
Rodon @COL (-3.1)
Newcomb @WSH (-8.0)

ebudz
ebudz
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Ha this is me trying to figure out pitching off waivers… sad part is those are best I could find! I thought it’d be easy to fix my staff in this 10 team league!

Bobbo
Bobbo
5 years ago

12 team 6×6 h2h (QS/OPS)
Donaldson for Strasburg?

Fred
Fred
5 years ago

Dee Gordon or DJ LaMahieu ros and beyond, points league. Both $1.

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Choose 1 of the below to drop in a dynasty league:

Joe Musgrove, Nick Pivetta, Junior Guerra, Matt Moore, John Lackey

Andrew Mellars
Andrew Mellars
5 years ago

Would you add Nola and drop Pineda, Danny Duffy or Jordan Montgomery? This is a ROS kind of question

dtbran
dtbran
5 years ago

What you say Grey,
AJones @ MIL (Garza)
MYaylor vs NYM (DeGrom)
Pollock @ LAD (Wood)
Need to start 2 today

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Happy belated 4th and Canada Day Grey!

Question 1: Would you prefer Kenta Maeda or JA Happ in a dynasty league?

Question 2: Would you trade Brian Goodwin and Ryan McMahon for either?

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
5 years ago

I started Darvish last night :(. I need to make 6 more starts over this week and next. The below are all slated to pitch this week. I figured I should probably start 4 of them and bank on getting scherzer and darvish again after AS break to make it the required 7 starts. Good stretagy or should I throw more than 7 starts to try and bring down yesterday’s disaster? If you’d go minimum 7 starts, which 4 below would you start?

McCullers @TOR
Scherzer vs. ATL
Manea @ SEA
Straily @ SF
Archer vs. Bos
J Gray vs. Cin (in Coors)

Your Mom
Your Mom
5 years ago

Is Joe Ross going to turn it around? I can pick him up, but I would have to drop Eduardo Rodriguez. I really don’t know what to think about EROD ( are we calling him that yet, or is he not that good) It seems all the Rodriguez’s get a “Rod” nickname.

Los locos
Los locos
5 years ago

Grey, Pineda or sonny gray ROS?

Matz or tailon in keeper league and ROS? Looking to trade for tailon.

GL3
GL3
5 years ago

Hey Grey!

My team

C – Martin
CI- Smoak, Shaw, Lamb
MI- Lindor, Odor, Owings
OF- Harper, Dickerson, Mccutchen, Avi Garcia, Gardner, JBJ

SP- Kluber, Vargas, Shark, Ed Rod, Cobb, M Montgomery
RP- Kintzler, Oh, Rivera

1. Would you trade Gardner for Taillon?

2. What do you think about CC, Folty and Nolasco ROS?

3. Which 2 of my SPs would you drop?

Thank you in advance, you are a gentleman and a scholar!
Cheers

Jimbo
Jimbo
5 years ago

McCullers for Judge – which side you like?

Hanklongball
Hanklongball
5 years ago

Grey,

Thanks for the help, as always! Got a question for you on my pitching staff in a 5×5, 12 team. SP is Yu, McCullers, Duffy, Samardjzia, Peacock and the brothers Montgomery (Mike and Jordan); RP is Giles, Iglesias, Rivero, Betances. Should I:

1. Drop an SP for Boxberger or Doolittle (speculating on next man up)
2. Drop an SP and stream (Maeda, Nova, Odorizzi, Nola are available)
3. Drop an SP for Margot (cheap steals until Stashing Marte returns)
4. Do nothing

Currently, I am 3rd in all categories except saves (5th). Ks are the next closest category and I’m currently -20 IP on the pace.
3.

John
John
5 years ago

Feel like holding Story at this point is just wow, meh. What would I really be missing? I have xander at SS Story in Util…hold?

Current OF, Conforto, Marte, Myers, Bradley Taylor Gardner Bellinger Sano(my 3b)

just deal with Story until Marte back or grab
Reddick(he still platoon?) Happ Gurriel there too

John
John
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: the story upside? so just hold think longer term?

John
John
Reply to  John
5 years ago

@John: Any other swaps there? K thanks

John
John
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I know been killing me!! In 10 tm more inclined to move on?

vee
vee
5 years ago

Splendid write-up as usual Guru!

would you drop any of these jokers for Raimel Tapia (Rainbow Tilapia)? i just lost Trea turner so my SBs are hit as well

T Frazier
Jones
Matt Adams
Souza Jr

Thanks in advance
**didn’t realize Lackey had such an early game today….. sigh** is he worth dropping?

Mike
Mike
5 years ago

Hi Grey,

This is my pitching staff in a CBS league, the only requirement is starting nine:

Starters:
Carlos Carrasco
Carlos Martinez
Gerrit Cole
Ivan Nova
Johnny Cueto

Relievers:
AJ Ramos
Corey Knebel
Justin Wilson
Kelvin Herrera
Zach Britton

I have been starting all five SPs and four RPs.

The staff as a whole has been providing saves and little else.

The pitchers of note on the wire are:

Dylan Bundy
Trevor Cahill
Mike Clevinger
Alex Cobb
Ian Kennedy
Dinelson Lamet
Charlie Morton
Jake Odorizzi
Eduardo Rodriguez
Matt Shoemaker
Jose Urena
Taiwan Walker

Is there any hope for my pitching staff or am I waiting for callups?

Thanks!

Mike.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
5 years ago

#29 for Aaron Judge, ties Joe D’s Yankees rookie record.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:
Crazy for sure, took Dimaggio a full season to hit 29! Mark McGwire has the rookie record with 33 BEFORE the break..

Judge has a shot at a triple crown, he is first in everything.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

He has great plate discipline..They may have to Barry Bonds him.

knucks
knucks
5 years ago

Villar/Berrios or Inciarte/Clevinger in a 10 team h2h?

Jake
Jake
5 years ago

J. Gray is available. Time to drop Pineda?

Thanks

Steve
Steve
5 years ago

Get Pineda more pine tar, he’s awful!

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Looks like Pineda saw his home/road spits and decided to even them out

prescriptionnugs
prescriptionnugs
5 years ago

Does it bother you if people mispell your name Gray?

Also, a guy in my league requested a “top tier” closer because he is stacked w sp. is offering Greg holland for Alex wood reasonable?

herschel
herschel
5 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto redraft. last in saves and my league is full of hoarders. peacock too much to give for maurer?

Bobby Bailor
5 years ago

With Britton returning, not sure if I should drop J. Johnson or Colome ?

Armchair QB
Armchair QB
5 years ago

Very shallow league – are you still starting DeGrom tonight vs red hot WAS?

Jim
Jim
5 years ago

ROS
Reddick or Pham?

Chris
Chris
5 years ago

Thanks Grey!

So does Alex Wood keep this up? What side of this trade do you like?

Wood/Cody Allen for McCuthcen/Cano?

Thanks!

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

Thanks grey.

What about wood and allen for Mccutchen and Pedroia?

The Biz
The Biz
5 years ago

Grey Happy 5th! Should it be another drinking holiday?

Anyhoo, 12 team 5×5 roto redraft, my Longo straight up for Donaldson? Think I like.

Thanks!

The Biz
The Biz
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: He wants me to take Porcello too..

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  The Biz
5 years ago

@The Biz: What’s the problem? Just drop him if you don’t want him.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
5 years ago

I am streaming Bauer today because Padres. I am nervous because Bauer.

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

@Grey: I’ll meet you back here to commiserate if need be.

Howie
Howie
5 years ago

Brantley, Margot or Maybin ROS? Thanks!

MJP
MJP
5 years ago

Happy 4th Grey!

With M.Taylor at the top of the lineup, does he vault past guys like Souza & Story for ROS?

hankp
hankp
5 years ago

Grey
Rank these three ROS for a UTIL slot in a 5×5: Bregman, Franco, Semien. Thanks!

Det. John Kimble
Det. John Kimble
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

Drop Oh for Bud Norris?

*Makes OOOOOOOOO face awaiting response

Whodat
Whodat
5 years ago

Shebler or Michael Taylor for the rest of the season?

Whodat
Whodat
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thank you sir. Good day.

Joe Quadres
Joe Quadres
5 years ago

Red Sox 11 runs.

Betts & Bogaerts combined 0 for 11.

Twin Ticker Tease!!!

Rosterbating
Rosterbating
5 years ago

Grey – fantastic writeup as always…your postings are always a part of my day…I have a couple of questions –

Struggling for reliable production for players lost to injury (Turner, Castro)in a H2H points league (keeper)…no real positional need…just have a couple of positions to play with. Currently own Michael A Taylor, Trey Mancini, and Tommy Pham. Would you lose any of them for Tapia, Whit Merrifeild, Orlando Acaia or Logan Forsythe? Joc Pederson and Lonnie Chisenhall are available as well.

Second question – with my SS position being vacated by the Turner injury…I currently have Simmons – am I still holding there, or do you like Acaia better? I’m thinking hold for now unless they move Acaia up in the lineup.

Thanks as always!

lwomack58
lwomack58
5 years ago

Harper and Brantley for Darvish n Cueto?

Fabsy
Fabsy
5 years ago

Verlander Jones vs Cueto Gio Gonzalez

Which side?

Abe
Abe
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

What’s your ranking of these pitchers ROS?

Manaea, Nelson, Nola, Paxton, Walker

Thanks!

Abe
Abe
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks!

So if I’m going to grab Nelson, which of the other three should I be letting go?

Abe
Abe
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Manaea, Nola, and Walker

lwomack58
lwomack58
5 years ago

Do you think Faria will be put on innings limit in 2nd half?

Sport
Sport
5 years ago

I may have read this last week sometime so sorry if if you have to repeat. What Tampa reliever would you target if Colome finally loses his job?

Thank you

slimbo
slimbo
5 years ago

owings or story ros?

thanks

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones
5 years ago

Is trumbo worth a waiver claim?

Five-On-One
Five-On-One
5 years ago

So, Settled on Springer and Smoak for Kershaw and Inciarte. I get Kershaw. How badly did I overpay?

Laguna BobbyI
Laguna BobbyI
5 years ago

What up Grey. Shallow mixed league. I have had a black hole at my OF4 and OF5 positions all year, and am doing a horrible job filling in with hot bats. I pick em up, they get cold. I am crushing it in power categories, but am in desperate need for steals. I am pretty covered at CI – Edwin, Lamb, Beltre, Zimm and Hanley both occupying my 2 UTIL spots. In a vacuum, trade my Edwin for AJ Pollock? Or, dont mess with Pollock due to injury concerns? Thank you as always!

Dave
Dave
5 years ago

Drop Castellanos for Tapia? Have Bregman at 3B with Devers awaiting. Yahoo keeper points. Good enough for ros?

Over Manager
Over Manager
5 years ago

Been offered Dee for my K Seager. Seems like player rater Season to Date and ROS likes this deal for me. I think it fits my needs too. What say you oh wise one? My team in a 12 teamer, H2H…..

CI – Freeman, Lamb, LoMo
MI – Rizzo, Harrison, Simmons
OF- Melky, Maybin, Dyson, Schebler, Marwin, Owings (must play 5…I play Owings at SS some too
Util – K Seager
DL – Conforto

Every29Years
Every29Years
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Not sure I can trust Maybin and Dyson’s playing time…injuries, Trout back etc
Thanks

Ronald
Ronald
5 years ago

I get Trout/Story. I give up Alex Wood, Adam Duvall and Corey Dickerson? 12 team keeper league. Im in 4th. Trout can’t be kept, but can be bid on next year. Should I do the trade?

Milarky
Milarky
5 years ago

Yo Grey, no question this time – I’m a loyal reader/listener, so just a big thank you to you and all the other writers for all the great advice to what must sometimes be excruciating questions (mine definitely included). And a specific thanks for saving me from putting Newcomb in my lineup this week!

KarlJ
KarlJ
5 years ago

In a vacuum would you rather have Judge or Correa for ROS (non-keeper)?

Riles
Riles
5 years ago

Terrific Write-up as per usual. With Conforto and Desmond on the DL, I’m in need of OF help in a 10 team H2H league with limited transactions. Available bats of interest include:

JBJ, Broxton, Reddick, Taylor, Pham, Adams, Morales, Santana. Thoughts on who to snag going forward?

Thanks and keep up the solid work.

Five-On-One
Five-On-One
5 years ago

Joc or Tapia?

Scuffy McGee
Scuffy McGee
5 years ago

Greetings El Jefe!

Should I be rolling out Todd Frazier, Chris Taylor or Gurriel? 11 tm roto (keeper). Have Sal Perez, LogMo, Segura, Correa, Judge, Taylor H.A.M., JBJ, Duvall, and Bellinger.

Happy July 5th!! *I’m out of fireworks* oops

hustla
hustla
5 years ago

looking to fill a void in the MI

his Gyorko for my Verlander?

Adam P.
Adam P.
5 years ago

More likely to turn around 2nd half? Story or Villar?

Nitro
Nitro
5 years ago

L Cain or Odor Ros?

HTH points league.

Thanks

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

Birth of a Nation’s racism was pretty subtle.

Test Kitchen
Test Kitchen
5 years ago

Grey,

Should we be done with Colombe? 10 ER in like his past 5 appearances. I can replace him with Knebel pretty cheaply, or pickup Boxberger?

Thanks

I Am The Liquor
I Am The Liquor
5 years ago

Is Villar a buy low candidate at this time? Hard to tell if he is slumping or just plain stanks? 31.5% k %??? What’s wrong with him?

Citizen5
Citizen5
5 years ago

I’m dropping SP Meyer since he was sent down to AAA.

Add one below for Quality Starts and Ks?
Urena, Feldman, Dickey, Clevinger, Pivetta, Gausman, Nolasco, Williams

mthom42
mthom42
5 years ago

CIN @ Coors

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

Souza or Alonso ROS in OBP/OPS leagues? They have eerily similar stats so far. Alonso seems more sustainable based on babip, but souza has more history of power.

Souza – .372 / .872 OBP / OPS (12.9% bb rate, .350 babip) 16 HR 4 SB 100 R+RBI

Alonso – .377 / .952 (12.7 % bb, .312) 19 HR 1 SB 83 R+RBI

KCC26
KCC26
5 years ago

Segura/Rodon or Lindor?

mthom42
mthom42
5 years ago

Starting Gray today? Jon not Sonny