Gerrit Cole has an injured arm, possibly elbow spurs.  I love this scenario:  a pitcher throws like garbage for weeks then the team announces he’s hurt.  Love, love, love.  This is my favorite.  Five innings, five runs, but it’s likely nothing, just a bad start.  Cut to five weeks later of terrible starts.  “Oh, yeah, he’s got a torn tendon/elbow spur/missing forearm due to lost baggage.  Oops!  We should’ve sent him to a doctor six starts ago.  Our bad!”  Here’s what I said after his last start, “I don’t know what’s going on with Cole, but I’d guess injury or dead arm.”  And that’s me quoting me!  How is it that I can guess there’s a problem but a major league team can’t figure shizz out?  That should never be possible.  I couldn’t even pass Bio 101, and a MLB team has a staff of doctors.  Seriously, how does this happen?  I want answers!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Jameson Taillon – 3 IP, 5 ER.  ‘Cause I’ve seen better days, Taillon’s been the star of many plays.  This start, however, was not Citizen King or Sublime or any other 90s band.

Starling Marte – 3-for-4 and a slam (8) and legs (44), hitting .307.  Also, in this game Brocktune Gregory Polanco hit his 20th homer.  I kinda half expect this offseason to hear a legit conspiracy theory that Marte and Polanco both hit 15 homers — not 20 and 10, and they both stole 30 bases — not 15 and 45.

Ivan Nova – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.87 on the Pirates (4.41 combined).  Stream-o-Nator loved this start, and I could see why, because I’m part robot (father’s side).

Junior Guerra – Expected back next weekend.  War…what is he good for?!  We’ll find out next weekend.

Jonathan Villar – 1-for-4, and his 11th homer.  On our Player Rater, he’s top ten on the season, which is not surprising.  Boo!  That was meant to be surprising.  So, why mention Villar’s season ranking?  Because he’s only owned in 85% of ESPN leagues.  I’d laugh, but like Ann Coulter said, “That’s just standard retard.”

Zack Godley – 2 IP, 9 ER.  Unlike him to pitch that bad.  It sure was an un-Godley amount of runs to give up.

A.J. Pollock – 3-for-5, 2 runs and two steals, his first two of the season.  Damn, he’s already beating Machado.

Yasmany Tomas – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 27th homer.  No foolies, when a guy gets to 27 homers, he should just be on a fantasy team, shouldn’t be a situation where he can be picked up.

Archie Bradley – 6 IP, 2 ER,  5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.95.  This is a promising start for Bradley and he could be an ace next year (is what is currently going through Dave Stewart’s mind.  Also, why don’t people have feathers?  That’s also going through his mind.)

Anthony DeSclafani – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.96.  This is me saying I don’t trust DeSclafani.  This is DeSclafani saying go eff yourself.

Scott Schebler – 1-for-3 and his 7th homer, and three homers this weekend.  You can’t spell schmotato without Schebler, if you spell it Schemotatobler.

Brandon Phillips – 1-for-3 and his 9th homer, and had three hits on Saturday.  I grabbed BP for the Monday batty call. If you grab him too, we can have a dirty time together.

Carlos Carrasco – 4 IP, 3 ER (4 unearned runs), 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.23.  See what I said for Cole?  Yeah, give it a week and the Indians will be sending Carrasco for tests too.

Danny Salazar – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.88.  Me looking at this Salazar game:  shrugs.  I don’t know, man and five womans.  Maybe he needed to fix his mechanics.  It’s always hard to tell if it’s an injury vs. a mechanics thing.  That’s why you pay $175 for diagnostics.

Derek Holland – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.68.  It was one thing for Holland to pitch well vs. the Indians, but it was obnoxious for him to offer them in the pregame $24 in trinkets.

Carlos Rodon – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.91 vs. Taijuan Walker – 7 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.19.  Rodon and Walker could be a number one ace next year, or completely unusable.  If someone tells you they know, they are a witch and you should burn them on a stake.

Robinson Cano – 2-for-4 and his 30th homer, hitting .298.  Totally missed on Cano this year.  It’s all right, we all make mistakes.  One could say you listening to me on Cano was your mistake.  Snatch!

Aaron Blair – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 8.23.  A) He sucks.  B) Aaron Blair is a member of the Killer Bees.  C) There’s no C.

Ender Inciarte – 2-for-3, 2 runs, hitting over-.350 post-All-Star break, hitting over .360 in August, but was last week’s schmotato, so I’m not going to beat a dead horse, and potentially upset PETA.

Joe Panik – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 9th and 10th homer, and he hit a homer four games ago.  I don’t want to scream fire in the theater of Razzball, but PANIK IS A HOT SCHMOTATO!

Denard Span – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 9th homer.  If Denard was going to hit half as many homers as, say, Jose Abreu, you kinda hoped Span was going to hit 20 homers.

Alex Reyes – 4 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 0.64.  He filled in for Mike Leake, who has shingles.  I’m told this is some kind of painful skin rash, and shingles has nothing to do with an overaggressive carpenter.  If Reyes is out on waivers in your league, I wanna be in your league.  Send an invite, yo!  Also, grab Reyes before inviting me, because otherwise I will.

Matt Carpenter – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 17th homer, hitting .287.  Yeah, Carpenter wasn’t shingling.  He was shellacking.

Khris Davis – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and his 34th homer, hitting .254.  He can hit a home run anywhere, so I don’t think it would change that much, but if Davis were still in Miller Park for his home games, he’d have 67 homers.

Stephen Vogt – 1-for-3 4 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Snooze, Vogt, you are so 2015.  I may as well be dancing Gangnam Style.

Clayton Richard – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.51.  I’d cool my jets after seeing his 1.62 WHIP.  Even if I were a Shark.

Wil Myers – Scratched with stomach virus.  SAGNOF may not have a face, but those runs do, little oyster faces.

Luis Perdomo – 9 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.84.  Elias Sports Bureau said Perdomo is the first pitcher to throw a complete game while also being a resort destination on the Amalfi Coast.

Giancarlo StantonMarlins said Giancarlo could return the last week of the season.  Marlins also said that’s all they can say right now because, “We’re over our data plan for the month and this is costing us money.”

Andrew Cashner – Scratched from yesterday’s start with a blister.  Why did you shake Rich Hill’s hand?!

Noah Syndergaard – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.55.  Sure, now that the Mets are sharing one arm amongst four starters.

Robert Gsellman – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  After the game, Gsellman said, “I’m just happy to be able to help the team.”  Then he saw Matz, Syndergaard, deGrom and Harvey moving towards him, “Get your freakin’ elbow cooties away from me!”

Vince Velasquez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.21.  No joke, I have no idea why they’re not just shutting him down.  The Phils aren’t playing for anything until, maybe, 2019.  They really need Velasquez to pitch these games?  Rhetorical!

Jeremy Hellickson – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.80.  This was his most runs allowed since mid-April, and he had been battling back pain recently.  Five over-the-internet dollars says he’s still dealing with some pain.

Blake Snell – 3 IP, 4 ER, but left after taking a comebacker off his foot.  Earth to Rays, come in, Rays.  We are trying to tell you to shut down Snell.  Do you copy, Rays?  Rays, we can’t hear you unless you press the button on the side of the walkie talkie.

Alex Cobb – Will return on Friday or Saturday.  Will go 4 IP, give up 3 ER and look menza menza.  Or how about that Zack Wheeler?  Then, next year, people will be asking in March about stashing some other DL pitcher.  These always work out so well.  Ow, eye roll headache!

Corey Dickerson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting near-.320 in the last week, hitting leadoff yesterday.  Hot schmotato alert!

Matt Duffy – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Duffy hasn’t done much of anything all year, but he does tend to get hot at times, this might be a time to cyclops him.

Chris Archer – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.10 vs. Doug Fister – 4 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.60.  The ticket for the Archer/Fister game had a warning printed on it, “Could lead to rectal bleeding.”

Dallas Keuchel – 7 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.55.  He’s had a better 2nd half (still around a 4 ERA), but on a more broad note, I went to look at his game log from last year.  You know when his best month was last year?  April.  In September, he had a 3.78 ERA.  What I’m getting at is Keuchel hasn’t had five bleh months this year, his last six months were bleh.  Yes, suddenly I’m talking like The Count.  Bleh, bleh!

Lance McCullers – Resumed throwing.  Not throwing gang signs, as one might think from McCullers-Cullers-Cullers.

Alex Bregman – 1-for-4, 2 runs, but hit his 5th homer on Saturday, and has four homers in the last ten games.  Y’all crumby with crackers if Bregman is available in your league and you’re not grabbing him.

Michael Fulmer – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.69.  I’m not ready to say it’s time to move on, but that time may be right after his next start.  Fulmer, you’re on notice.

Tyler Skaggs – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.75.  This is the visual I see from this start.  I see Skaggs hitchhiking in the rain.  I pick him up, drive him for 3 starts–miles, while he defecates in my seat and eats a Shamrock Shake, without sharing it with me and spilling half of it on my Cadillac Eldorado’s upholstery, then I let him out on the side of the road and he starts handing out hundred dollar bills.

Danny Duffy – 5 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.01.  It’s like I had a Duffy, but then I went into a cold pool.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.35 vs. Yordano Ventura – 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.33.  Kinda appropriate that these guys were facing each other since they both hint at terrific then punch you in your stupid mouth.  Ventura a bit more literally.

Jason Hammel – 2 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.21.  So, the question I guess for the Cubs is, can they more or less shut everyone down from August 20th thru September 20th, then start them up again for the last week to prep them for the playoffs.

John Lackey – Will throw off a mound.  Since he’s a major league pitcher, this is prolly good news.

Julio Urias – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.71.  Okay, kinda whatever, but then you realize he’s only 20 years old.  Damn, that’s sexy.  And he’s winking at me!  Wait, maybe he’s not.

Marcus Stroman – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.58.  Stroman makes me constantly want to sigh.  He’s got great stuff.  He’s getting hit hard.  Sigh.  He’s putting it together with multiple solid outings.  He’s getting hit hard.  Sigh.  I’m going to call him The Inevitable Sigh.

Josh Donaldson – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and three homers (31, 32, 33), hitting .294.  I felt like being an ass, quoting some FanGraphs articles from right after the Donaldson/Lawrie trade two years ago, but instead I’m gonna be a lazy ass and just say there’s a ton of stuff written by them about how incredible Billy Beane is, and what a coup it is getting Lawrie for Donaldson.  Yeah, Donaldson was a great piece to lose.  Sure.  Let me just say if you filter for news articles from November 2014, you read a lot of “This is (Beane) buying low and selling high.”  It’s crazy how long the emperor’s been (pun, kinda) running around with no clothes and no one’s filing indecent exposure charges.

Troy Tulowitzki – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 22nd homer, hitting .253.  Has stayed relatively healthy this year, but — and it’s a serious Serena Williams-level but here — Tulo’s still barely been a top 200 player overall.

Lucas Giolito – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 5.63, as he was recalled.  I’m kinda caca-cuckoo for rookie pitchers in May, June and July, but, at this point, too much on the line in leagues to be starting guys that could roofie you and sell your liver on Craigslist.

Trea Turner – 2-for-4, and his 5th homer, hitting .345.  I’m gonna name my next dog, Treat Urner, and I’m gonna teach him how to sit, shake and play 2nd base, as a dedication.

Wilson Ramos – 2-for-4, and his 20th homer, hitting .314.  Should’ve known good things were ahead after Ramos got Lasik and then the next morning after the surgery said, “Someone needs to help that woman trapped in her car!”  Only ‘that woman’ was three towns over, and five days in the future.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer.  You know shizz is a little sideways when Harper has a good game and it’s a 1-for-4 game.

Nolan Arenado – 4-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 35th homer.  “Hey, look, the Cyclone from Coney Island must be touring the country.”  That’s not a Cyclone!  That’s a Torenado!

David Dahl – 1-for-4, and his 5th homer, hitting .325.  I hate to have Chazz Noir lose all of his fantasy value, but I kinda hope he’s moved this offseason, so there’s no chance Walt Weiss does anything stupid with Dahl’s playing time.

Adam Jones – Still out with a hamstring injury.  Or if this were fantasy football, Pacman Jones, ‘n jury’s still out.

Steve Pearce – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, as he hit leadoff, which is Ludacris, until you realize he’s got his OBP-knows in different area codes than Adam Jones.  In much better area codes, like a Bel Air OBP.

Mark Trumbo – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 40th homer.  C’mon, get to 50 homers, so some lunatics rank you in the top 20 next year.

Kevin Gausman – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.73.  Can I predict next April?  Beginning of April Grey, “I’m psyched that I drafted Gausman on multiple teams.”  Middle of April Grey, “Ugh, these matchups are terrible.”  End of April Grey, “Okay, I’m dropping Gausman, but I still have my health and handsomeness.”

Chad Green – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER while pitching with a huge lead that led to Green, breaking win’d.  Apparently, I could stream Green two straight solid starts, but on the third one I was caught with my hand in the cookie jar.  Who, me?  Yes, you!

Gary Sanchez – 2-for-4, hitting .405, and, on Saturday, became the fastest player in major league history to hit 11 homers.  When Billy Hamilton gets to 11 career homers, it’ll be his record.

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Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
5 years ago

here’s a very valid theory for why salazar was so shitty his first two starts back off DL, he finds out just as he’s exiting DL that some lady is pregnant with his kid (albeit more than 8 months into it), so he’s correctly as upset as i would for sure be (well, almost so), THEN, just before his most recent start he finds out it’s not his kid at all, but somebody else’s. but since he told everybody he was having a kid, why not get some vacay time, and is now on paternity leave.

also, and maybe this is just being middle/low middle class here, i’ve never heard of a man getting time off like these athletes do when they have offspring popping out. i’ve heard of like a guy getting a day off the DAY he has his kid(s), but not 4-5 days. women, sure, they get time off, they need it to actually HAVE the kid, but the guy, nope. so if the incubator of yr kid is having it on tuesday night, you might get off tuesday day (maybe), and then wednesday, but definitely not more than that.

Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
5 years ago

If they blow this win for Darvish I’m going to Fv(I<ing lose it.

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Chicken Dinner
5 years ago

@Chicken Dinner: nah, that’s one of dyson’s best innings all year.

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
5 years ago

20 team h2h with QS in which i’ve been in 1st pretty much all year. drop any of walker/pineda for musgrove (him looking good yet again).

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Mantis Toboggan MD
5 years ago

@Mantis Toboggan MD: man, LOTS of people getting porcello’d tonight (including porcello). pineda/porcello/boyd, just seems like a lot since i own those all in multiple somewheres.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Mantis Toboggan MD
5 years ago

@Mantis Toboggan MD: I’d drop Pineda for him, but I have a fair amount of bitterness towards him.

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Fred Garvin MP
5 years ago

@Fred Garvin MP: i’m with you, but i still have to have him in 2 dynasties (his upside is just so much better than guys i could obtain)

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: woah, even though pineda had 16 straight outs?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
5 years ago

It would be nice if the Nats could not make Jake Thompson look like an actual professional pitcher and tack some runs on.

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Fred Garvin MP
5 years ago

@Fred Garvin MP: every other team has complied with that request.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Mantis Toboggan MD
5 years ago
Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
5 years ago

NL-Only H2H
Dare I start Gray tonight vs LAD? I say no, but the guy I’m playing has T. Anderson vs. Hill tomorrow and T. Anderson vs. D-Backs this weekend. I’m guessing he’s going to have his guys make all their starts up front and decide whether or not to throw them the second time around. This is a balls-out week as I need to go at least 5-5. Ws and Ks at the risk of WHIP and ERA baby!

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks! I’ll sit him.

joe is a popular name
joe is a popular name
5 years ago

alright since turner is sitting, batty call

Duvall @ Shoe (never faced)
Frazier @ Boyd (0-4 career)

herschel
herschel
5 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto. need sbs, avg and hr in that order (sbs especially). who do you like better?

gyorko – 3 @ mil, 3 @ cin
owings – 2 @ sf, 3 @ col

also, same league and same needs who do you like between

j turner – 3 @ col (although hes sitting today), 3 vs sd
jankowski – 3 @ atl, 3 @ lad

thanks.

Greg
Greg
5 years ago

Grey. …a) the exception that proves the rule? Last year I DL-drafted Jose Fernandez got solid few months off of him. ..this year, Yu Darvish…

b) Thanks for your undying chirps on Tim Anderson. ..got him back, Turner at second…

c) Need one more sp for stretch run. …de Leon, Moore, Glasnow, Joe Ross, Tyson Ross, Gausman?

Peace out, I’m headed to playoffs. And I got JUp back after you said safe to drop. ..lol

Greg

jacks
jacks
5 years ago

Devon Travis or Jedd Gyorko this week in 4X4, no runs?

Herschel
Herschel
5 years ago

Why would roberts bench Justin Turner in coors? Is there any decent explanation?

Teddy Heater
Teddy Heater
5 years ago

How did you end up finishing in Scout? Rudy’s resurgent 8th place team knocked me down to 2nd place my 42/15/35/3 week just wasn’t enough to get me to #1. Hey, I feel pretty good about it considering it was my first year doing this type of draft/league. My ADD doesn’t pair well with it, but it panned out.

Teddy Heater
Teddy Heater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: 2nd place still gets $200 or $250 credit with Scout according to the rules or did I read that wrong?

Teddy Heater
Teddy Heater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

95% payback. Highest in the industry!
• 1st Place: Two (2) 2016 Online Championship Entry ($598 value) –OR- $400 cash + one (1) 2016 League Championship Pennant
• 2nd Place: $250 Game credit –OR- $200 cash
• 3rd Place: $150 Game credit –OR- $75 cash

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Teddy Heater
5 years ago

congrats man! i did two Scout teams…one just couldn’t get off the ground. taking Kershaw as my 1st pick (#5) didn’t kill my team but picks like Carlos Gomez and a lack of closers (Giles!) certainly did. my other team finished in 1st though :)

Where do butterflies go when it rains
Where do butterflies go when it rains
5 years ago

Oh yeah rest of season. Not just 1 start

Where do butterflies go when it rains
Where do butterflies go when it rains
5 years ago

Hi Grey. How are ya. In a league with Quality starts along with the other normal cats. I’m looking at Knechel. Smyly. Ventura. Kennedy. Urias and Moore on the waiver wire. I need to choose 2 from these. I’m leaning Kennedy and Ventura now that KC in in the hunt. Please give me your choices. Thanks

Dommattingly
Dommattingly
5 years ago

would you rather have Parra or L Martin for the POs? kinda punting SBs… thanks AGAIN!!

BitchesBeShoppach
BitchesBeShoppach
5 years ago

Start maeda in coors?

AJ
AJ
5 years ago

Hey Grey, who u like more moving forward from Urias, Gausman, Matz? And is it time to cut bait with Andrew Miller…thanks!

Dommattingly
Dommattingly
5 years ago

drop Judge for Alex Reyes?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
5 years ago

Sounding like Walt may be on way out in Colorado in a month. Hopefully whoever is coming in if Cargo or Blackmon doesnt get moved, realizes that Raburn and Parra only pinch hit or play for the month Cargo is hurt.

I love Dahl.

FilthyRich
FilthyRich
5 years ago

Points league – use Desmond or add David Dahl for full week at Coors?

Gregjeffries
Gregjeffries
5 years ago

Last one – you like Quintana (@Min) or Matz (vs Mia)? Streamonator loves Matz and doesn’t care for Quintana, but you know, bots will be bots

Gregjeffries
Gregjeffries
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

Thanks!

Larry G.
Larry G.
5 years ago

Would you trade Hernan Perez for Rich Hill? 6×6 categories league (R, HR, RBI, OBP, SLG, NSB, IP, W, SV/HD, ERA, K/9, WHIP)

POINS POINTS POINTS
POINS POINTS POINTS
5 years ago

would you have faith in starting arron sanchez [email protected] balt with yovani pitching in a weekly points league. Aaron is still in the minors NOW but it says he’s starting this week on 8-31-16 i’m a lil afraid I start him and he actually doesn’t start this week or isn’t brought up. Then I lose a start and a player for the week. If i bench him I could start estrada in his place or I also have Alex Reyes or Eduardo Rodriguez ? Thx for the help Grey !!

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

Super early 2017 sleeper question, but what sort of line would you expect to see out of Tim Anderson next year? Hard not to view him like a Lindor / Segura type based on what he’s done in half a season-ish…

herschel
herschel
5 years ago

@Grey: you trusting k-zar this week vs mia where you have him (or would you if you dont have him)?

jon
jon
5 years ago

Micheal A Taylor worth a look for steals or stick with Jank

Toddriffic (but really Mike)
5 years ago

Brah should I drop Kepler and/or Jankowski for Span, Broxton, A. Gordon, and/or Ozuna?

Paul
Paul
5 years ago

is puig worth a stash if he gets traded

Arod's Frost
Arod's Frost
5 years ago

Grey,

Urias or Alex Reyes?

Grassy Knoll Redding
Grassy Knoll Redding
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

That Killer B’s reference got me higher than Jumping’ Jim Brunzell! Great write up!

In a roto league Util slot, I’d rather have Bregman over Jake Lamb or Wilson Ramos the rest of the way, right?

Secondly, strategy wise, what do you advise for these remaining games in max-games-played roto league: Try and fill every position slot every day until maxed out? Or try to sit some of my heavy-split guys against tough pitchers to keep playing all the way till October 2?

Thanks in advance!

Robby
Robby
5 years ago

Starting a 2-week championship match today. I made some desperate moves last week to get here while my opponent had a bye and the luxury of setting up his team for this week. My roster is kind of a mess and it feels like I’m already playing from behind.

I get 5 moves each week (up to 3 pitchers each week). He has 4 closers on his roster, I have 1. He currently has 24 starts lined up, I have 20 (6 of which are Pineda/Odorizzi AL East Garbage).

Should I use my 3 pitcher pickups for this week to grab Diaz, Giles, and Watson? Stay competitive in SVs and boost ratios (incl. K/9), get to the weekend, and see where I stand in QS & W.

Or should I say screw SVs, grab some SPs, and go for QS/W? SPs available are Eickhoff, Colon, Boyd, Ray, Phelps, Finnegan, McHugh, Bundy, etc.

Have a feeling it won’t make a difference in the result, but appreciate your thoughts.

Paul
Paul
5 years ago

should i add Alex Gordon or Denard Span?

200 Proof
200 Proof
5 years ago

Grey,

Someone dropped JBJ in my (up to 3 year) keeper league.
Would you recommend I drop Franco for him?

Thanks!

Nitro
Nitro
5 years ago

Panik or Odor ROS?

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Broxton seems to be slowing down. Drop him for Schebler?

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Who do I drop out of this group?
Reyes
Rodon
Tanaka
Weaver

jon
jon
5 years ago

I’m in a roto league with position limits… I have currently over on OF , thoughts on benching Polanco vs Arrieta today? Don’t need power just SB

Gregjeffries
Gregjeffries
5 years ago

You rolling with Schebler (@LAA, vs Stl) or Kepler (vs. Chw, @CLE) this week?

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

SP question (12-team weekly 5×5 roto league) – I don’t understand SON’s value for Nolasco (yes, THAT Nolasco). Please rank:

2-start Nolasco vCIN ($14.1), @OAK ($4.7)
1-start Fulmer @KC ($3.7)
1-start Hendricks vSF ($1.6)

Five-On-One
Five-On-One
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Fulmer over Nolasco too?

Five-On-One
Five-On-One
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks.

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Ironic that Wil Myers was out with a stomach virus. I feel sick to my stomach watching him on my team.

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Plouffe or Gurriel?

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
5 years ago

Given OPS-HR-RBI-R-SB as categories and this being championship week and trying to win all the coins… who would you roll with?

Desmond at home vs (SEA – Iwakuma, Paxton, Felix) and vs (HOU – Keuchel, Fister, Musgrove) <- notable all @TEX so good park, and he has kind of heated up the past 2 days.

or

Moss on road (@MIL – Davies, Peralta, Garza) and (@CIN – DeSclafani, Bailey, Straily) <- notable that they're all RHP and 23/25 have come against RHP. Great parks too.

Am I dropping Desmond here?

Anton C.
Anton C.
5 years ago

Sit 2 of: [email protected], Schoop vsEstrada, Braun vs Cmart, [email protected] Arrieta, [email protected], [email protected], J.Up vs Shields Thanks!

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
5 years ago

What up home boy…In a dynasty would you rather go into next year with Gary Sanchez or JBJ

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I’m trying to land Yelich with him, not sure it happens though

ScreechOwl
ScreechOwl
5 years ago

May I just take a moment to say what a joy it’s been to have Khris Davis on my team this year? No? Okay, fine, I guess it’s one of those things that everyone assumes without saying it out loud.

It’s also been a while since I’ve commented, so I wanted to say thanks for bringing the fun baseball columns every day!

Syn
Syn
5 years ago

Got me feeling all nostalgic with those bands for Taillon. So we have what a month left in fantasy baseball? I am in first play in rotisserie. See any glaring holes in my lineup? I could stand for some more K’s and W’s out of my pitchers. trade deadline is over and I have 17 moves left in the season.

Bats-Gattis, Rizzo, Altuve, Miller, Donaldson, Just Dong, Blackmon, Cespedes, Polanco, Pollock,
Pitch- Thor, Cueto, Duffy, Colome, Betances, Koehler, Greinke, Paxton, Taillon, Smyly, Archer, Gausman

Shoemaker, Nova are avail but not too much else I think.

Syn
Syn
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

Thanks. Worth looking at picking up Starlin for Miller?

Syn
Syn
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

Thanks for the guidance! In 1st by 2pts right now. I’ve only ever finished in the money never first though. Would be a first in the five years I’ve played fantasy baseball!

Syn
Syn
Reply to  Syn
5 years ago

@Syn:

Rizzo is also killing me with his lack of HR ever since I traded Toranedo for him! Hope he starts hitting some again soon.

William Hung
William Hung
5 years ago

@Grey: For my bench bat, I’ve been shuttling between Franco and Tomas between my team and waivers. Someone dropped Lorenzo Cain so now I am wondering if I should I roll with Franco, Tomas, Alex Gordon or Cain or drop my bench bat completely for another pitcher?

My UTIL bat right now is being held down by one of the following: Blackmon, Marte, Gregory Polanco, or Betts

The reason I’ve had the bench bat is because Toddfather was slumping a bit, but he looks like he’s coming out of it.

Slim
Slim
5 years ago

Any thoughts on Matt Strahm yet? Just continues to impress and the Royals now say they are definitely going to give him a shot to start next spring. AL-only sleeper potential?

If you dont mind, Please order these from most likely to be 12er worthy next year to least.

Matt Strahm, Dan Mengden, Adalberto Mejia, Dillon Overton.

Gracias.

YC
YC
5 years ago

Hey Grey- 12 team weekly.
Any faith in:
1) [email protected] and LAA
2) Bauer- MIN and Mia
3) Aaron Sanchez- @Bal

Thanks

Lunchbox
Lunchbox
5 years ago

Hey Grey, thanks for your write-up and all of your help this season. I’m in H2H playoffs! Time to pull my hair out for another 5 weeks of my life!

Also time for your favorite Monday game; pick 3 starters for this week. H2h 6×6 (QS league)

L Weaver @MIL (Garza)
Phelps @NYM (Bartolo)
Fulmer @KC (Danny Duffy)
Eickhoff vs WAS(Scherzer)
Musgrove vs OAK(Manaea) & @TEX (Darvish)

I’m thinking the first 3, but Fulmer looks like the innings might be getting to him, plus Danny Duffy. I have 8 starts vs my opponents 9 right now, so Musgrove would be an option for counting stats since my opponent has had horrible ratios anyway, but after the last couple starts, I don’t think I want to go near him.

Lunchbox
Lunchbox
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Ha yeah I know…14-team with 8 bench slots is deeper than it sounds. My opponent has J Gray, McHugh, Velasquez, Santiago, & his ‘aces’ are Matz, Cole, & Hammel. At least I’ve got Lester, Carrasco, Shoe, Gausman too. Anyway… Thanks man!

Chris
Chris
5 years ago

Thanks grey!

Who you like this week? (Please pick 1)

Matz vs Nats-Eickhoff vs Nats or Ray @ SF.

14 team league Roto Head to head.

birrrdy
birrrdy
5 years ago

Yay, a “breaking win’d” reference. I’m immortal! ;)

Eric
Eric
5 years ago

Great write-up. PIck 3 this week:

Ventura vs Det
Fister at Tex
Hill at Col
Santiago at Cle, vs. CWS
Wright vs TB

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
5 years ago

Just for some laughs:
According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, Tim Tebow’s baseball workout Tuesday in Los Angeles will be attended by scouts from “roughly half” of the 30 major league teams.

Tebow is a serious guy and has been training in Arizona and Southern California for nearly a year, but the fact remains that he’s a 29-year-old who hasn’t played competitive baseball since high school. The former NFL quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner faces incredibly long odds of even lasting with a low-level minor league club. One scout told ESPN.com last week that Tebow’s swing is so long it might “take out the front row.” That’s not a good thing.

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
5 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: I have a feeling cameras are following him around so this can turn into some lame reality show.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  swaggerjackers
5 years ago

@swaggerjackers: Dude needs to get laid!

Jon
Jon
5 years ago

Stream Boyd or Davies today.

Jon
Jon
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Boyd at home vs Whitesox Davies at home vs Cardsm

POINS POINTS POINTS
POINS POINTS POINTS
5 years ago

I’m in a AL/NL weekly points league 12 team. For the playoff run who would you rather have on your roster. Rosters are locked in my league for the playoffs unless a guy is on the DL so I could drop Matz for someone like luis cessa or urias I do have kershaw on the DL… alex reyes, folty, buckholtz… or keep matz? thx for the help !!!

Bostero111
Bostero111
5 years ago

Hey Grey.

Hope you had a good weekend.

JBJ was just dropped in my 12 team H2h redraft league with OBP. Yasmany Tomas is also available.

Here’s my team:

C: Sanchez
1b: Piscotty
2b: Schoop
3b: Frazier
SS: Seager
OF: Polanco
OF: Marte
OF: Trout
UTIL: Lamb
UTIL: JD Martinez
BN: Belt

Should I drop anybody to pick up either JBJ or Yasmany or hold?

Thanks!

Nick
Nick
5 years ago

I already know the answer to this, but definitely bench Jon Gray at Coors vs Dodgers today?

Swaggerjackers
Swaggerjackers
5 years ago

Grey: Who would you say is a better cheap keeper in an OBP league: Keon or Jankowski?

Milarky
Milarky
5 years ago

Travis Shaw has been in free fall for awhile. Would you start Cron over him at this point? Yes my team is awful.

Skeezix
Skeezix
5 years ago

Great stuff Grey! Can you help me pick two of these guys to start this week?

Gausman (NYY)
E-Rod (@OAK)
Paxton (@TEX)
Wright (TB)

Gregjeffries
Gregjeffries
5 years ago

Hey Grey! Hope yourveeekebdvwas a great one!
Which side ROS? Darvish, Hanley, Tomas for Wil Myers

gregjeffries
gregjeffries
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

Awesome, thanks! Just made the deal. Now I need to drop 2. Who are the drops?
– Nova
– Gurriel
– Schebler
– Hammel
– Kepler

jacks
jacks
5 years ago

This week in my 4X4 I would start Lamb despite his slumpy ways because of the 3 games in Coors. But one is against a lefty as is one of his other games. So he may only start 3 games total next week and one of those is v Cueto. Don’t love him, but Danny Valencia looks like he’s getting hot. Start Valencia or Lamb next week?

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

Please rank for ROS – Eaton, Saunders, Schebler.

Nightmare
Nightmare
5 years ago

Good morning Greylord. Hope u had a good weekend. I saw Don’t breathe. It was good, not great. I thought the night of finale was downright terrible. Awful. Few questions for ya bc Piscotty doesn’t know!

1) who is the Grey on the football side of Razzball?
2) pick up Skaggs and drop gerrit Cole?
3) Ervin Santana vs CHW or nova vs MIL assuming nova makes that start due to his hammy

Nightmare
Nightmare
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: both r home

Cram It
Cram It
5 years ago

Did you watch The Night Of finale?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Gotcha. Same feelings here. Everything resolved, but I feel unsatisfied. Next!

Wesley
Wesley
5 years ago

Love the write up.
So, W. Ramos or R. Martin ROS?
Danke.

Speedo Reid-o
Speedo Reid-o
5 years ago

The way Fulmer is on notice, are there any concerns with Bundy?

Herschel
Herschel
5 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto. need to start two of the following (terrible choices, i know):

duffy (-1.6) vs det
gray (-6.6) vs lad, vs ari
bundy (-0.4) vs nyy
gausman (13.4) vs nyy
weaver (11.1) @ mil

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

So my spayed cat is in heat. This is simply a public service announcement. This shit happens, and this shit happens to me.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Me-ow!

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: GRRRRRR!

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: maybe she is just mimicking your cat calls to the other ladies at the docks

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  The Hack
5 years ago

@The Hack: Better than mimicking my call to the ladies of the night, which involves a sly cat call while holding a $20 bill and a bump.

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: bumps for booty! Barter away

jb
jb
5 years ago

Morning, Grey. I found a new manager to pick on — Joe Maddon. What kind of weakling intentionally walks Bryce Harper and sets off a trend? I hope there is a price to pay in October for Maddon. Is Kevin Gausman or Matt Moore finally worth picking up? BTW can Trea Turner be another Mike Trout? Just think if he keeps it going. Thanks, Grey!

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
5 years ago

Awesome work Grey!

14 team H2H weekly points league… first week of playoffs, please help!

I need to start 5 SP and 3 RP (I have a few SP/RP eligible)

Which ones do you recommend I start?

Shoemaker (SP) vs CIN & @ SEA;
Maeda (SP) @COL & vs SD;
Carrasco (SP) vs MIA;
Salazar (SP) vs MIA;
Taillon (SP) vs MIL;
Rodon (SP) @ MIN;
T. Walker (SP) vs LAA;
Bundy (SP/RP) vs NYY;
Duffy (SP/RP) vs DET;
K. Giles (RP) 3x vs OAK & 3x @ TEX;
Dyson (RP) 3x vs SEA & 3x vs HOU;

Thanks for helping me making it to the playoffs!

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks a lot Grey… for my Util spot should I go with Napoli(cold lately) or Bregman?

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks again!

Jankee
Jankee
5 years ago

Drop Dyson or Bundy for A. Reyes? 12 team H2H roto

ERad
ERad
5 years ago

You watch ‘the night of’ finale?

Can we talk Turturro winning an emmy?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  ERad
5 years ago

@ERad: No finale talk! Actually, I was so terrible at watching this I deserve to know everything about it.

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: shamewater….I haven’t watched any of it but have them all recorded

ERad
ERad
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Yeah unfortunately I had a feeling the ending would be rushed – the arch was just too wide to end it succinctly.

It was still an entertaining season of TV – the casting of the yellow king as the judge was a nice nod – and now I have a thing for Sri Lankan women.

True and Correct
True and Correct
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: If you buy the deadlock (though i agree it was a bit rushed), the prosecutor knew that they’d have a better chance of a conviction with the financial advisor. Still, it was awesome. Great character “development” of Naz. Thank god the cat was saved. haha

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

Has anyone heard any updates on Castellanos? Will he come back and be any good in time to have any sort of impact? Currently have Josh Bell manning CI. Drop for something that might be useful?

Hugman
Hugman
5 years ago

STASHING YU WHILE HE WAS ON THE DL (STRAIGHT OUT OF THE MIDDLE ROUNDS OF THE DRAFT BTW) WORKED OUT PRETTY DANG GOOD YOU BIG STUPID IDIOT FROM JERSEY! (so please stop busting our balls about Wheeler, please)

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
5 years ago

What’s good Grey? Lost out on the final seed to the playoffs in a three-way tie (lost divisional record) in my H2H, 6×6, 10-team keeper league. The cupboard looks like mom just got home from Trader Joe’s though. Here are the “keepable players”: Sanchez, Turner, Arenado, Donaldson, Springer, Polanco, Mazara, Naquin, Castellanos, Moncada, Sale, Carrasco, Snell, and Richards.

Six keepers total and the league has a rule that you AT LEAST need to keep two positional players and two pitchers. Conventional wisdom says you go with Arenado, Donaldson, Springer, Polanco, Sale, and Carrasco. Can always trade guys for picks and/or auction $, so there’s that. What say you?

Hope you had a good weekend and thanks for another great year of write-ups. Over the Internet high-five:)

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: In three years…do you think a 24 year-old Mazara has better overall numbers than a 27 year-old Polanco?

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
5 years ago

NICE! An Ann Coulter reference and a shamrock shake: the best worst of both worlds.

Any idea why Yulieski Gurriel isn’t showing up in the Hittertron – Rudy?

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop