Grey Albright threw two innings on opening day. Sweat, and other mysterious bodily fluids, dripped from Grey’s brow; he was gassed. Albright didn’t wait for Rudy to call to the pen, Grey signaled himself for the lefty, Donkey Teeth, to enter the fold. Fantasy Master Lothario is still knocking some of the spring rust off, just like Chis Sale, so you’re stuck with Donkey Teeth telling you tales of Paul Goldschmidt’s monster 4-for-5 night with 3 homers & 5 RBIs in only the second game of his Cardinals career. Truth be told, Dan Pants will be back to take over this column next Friday, since Friday is slinging night for Grey, Cougs, and Donkey Teeth. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Matt Shoemaker – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks. The cobbler was in mid-season cobbling form last night. He faced the Tigers in this one, so don’t get too excited. I think it was Confucius who asked: “If a pitcher no-hits the Tigers and nobody’s there to see it, did it really happen?”

German Marquez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks. I might be beating a dead German (that’s the saying, right?) by telling you I wrote about how much I like Marquez here, but I want everyone to know I liked him before it was cool to like him, and I ranked him as the #11 SP in my Top 100 SP. I was also eating pretzel buns before they were cool.

Trevor Richards – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks. I had him at #82 in my Top 100 SP and wouldn’t be surprised if the 25 year old enjoys a breakout season. Keep him on your radar.

Curtis Granderson – 1-for-2 with his first home run, as he hit lead off. Could it be an early Zombino sighting?

Yandy Diaz – 2-for-4 with his first home run, as he hit cleanup. Rest may be near for the #FreeYandy movement. From now on I shall call him Yandy Freeman.

Gerrit Cole – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, as he took the L. He had to face Yandy Unchained, so can’t blame him too much for the loss. Oh, and he also gave up 3 unearned runs.

Charlie Morton – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, as he defeated his former team. A lot of folks shied away from Ground Chuck this spring with him leaving the Houston pitching “magic”. Early results say that may have been a mistake.

Jack Flaherty -4 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks. There will be better plunders ahead for Captain Jack. Stay strong, crew.

Christian Yelich – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 2nd homer. Yelich was then reprimanded by his parents after the game for missing curfew.

Ryan Braun – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer. This guy can definitely Zombino until he gets hurt mid-April.

Khris Davis – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer. Khrush is currently batting .294, could this be the year he snaps the .247 streak?

Matt Harvey – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K. One strikeout? Grey usually has more strikeouts than that at slingers night!

Fernando Rodney – 1 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners. Rodney ordered 40 invisible arrows again this year. I can’t decide whether or not I want to see him put those arrows to use.

JD Martinez – 1-for-4 with his 1st homer. Just Dong is what they call me at slingers night. I can’t believe Grey made me miss slingers night for this post!

Xander Bogaerts – 1-for-3 with his 1st homer. How does Grey have the energy to write these roundups everyday? That’s why he’s Fantasy Master Lothario and I’m just the donkey who lives in his backyard and eats his week old leftovers. Oh, Xander? Sure, he’s pretty good.

Nathan Eovaldi – 5 IP, 6 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks. Evo wasn’t good and I wasn’t very high on him coming into the season (#58 in my SP rankings), but the Mariners team he faced is full of hot bats so reserve panic.

Matt Barnes – 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 Ks and his 1st save. Barnes>Brasier for the time being. Is Kimbrel ever going to sign somewhere?

Yusei Kikuchi – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks. #26 in my Top 100 SP, he’s very underrated in my opinion. I love The Kooch and there’s plenty of room left on this razzwagon. BYOHotDogs.

Domingo Santana – 2-for-3 with his 3rd homer. Determining who liked a hot player first among fantasy analysts is the equivalent of a penis measuring contest for laymen.

My text message exchange with Grey yesterday after DominGOAT’s 2nd homer of the season:

DT: Domingo Santana ::eggplant emoji::

Grey: My man!

DT: No way! I’ve been following him since he was a fetus!

Grey: Haha

See, he didn’t even dispute it!

Mallex Smith – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his first homer and his first steal for the slam and legs! Is that the first slam and legs of the year? I think it is, but it’s too late in the night for me to fact check. Mallex nearly took a 2nd homer out of the park, but JBJ made a great play chasing it down at the left center wall.

Hunter Strickland – 1/3 IP, 3 ER and his first blown save. I’m a little worried he’s only able to save games in Asian countries. Not exactly what you want to be known for as an MLB pitcher. Strickland earned himself some leash with his two saves over in Japan. Cory Gearrin might be the next man up with Anthony Swarzak and Shawn Armstrong on the shelf right now

Joey Lucchesi – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks. Joey bag o’ donuts was really twirling the spaghetti. Keep in mind this was against a weak Giants lineup. But still, it’s an encouraging start to the season.

Fernando Tatis Jr – 1-for-3, 1 run, with a double off the top of the wall as he narrowly missed his 1st career homer. Don’t let the projections crowd fool you, Tatis is a special player. Sure, there could be some growing pains, but there’s also win-your-league potential here.

Ian Kinsler – 1-for-3 with his 1st homer, as he bats leadoff. Zombino candidate!

Wil Myers – 2-for-4 with his 1st steal. Seriously, how does Grey write this post EVERYDAY!? Are we sure it’s not just one of Rudy’s bots writing these posts? Wil Myers could be in for a nice year batting in front of Machado Man.

Evan Longoria – 1-for-3 with his 1st homer. Another Zombino candidate and maybe he gets traded to a better hitter’s park at some point this year.

Robbie Ray – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks. It’s 3:12 AM here in Chicago and this Diamondbacks/Dodgers game is in the 13th inning. I don’t usually stay up this late even for slingers night, losing steam here. Former teammate AJ Pollock had Ray’s number in this one. With 5 walks, he was lucky to escape with only the 3 ERs.

AJ Pollock – 4-for-6, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer as a Dodger. People forget Pollock was putting up 1st round type numbers thru a month and a half last year until he sustained his requisite annual injury. There’s no reason to think he won’t rake until he gets hurt this season.

Christian Walker – 1-for-1, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer. It’s time to take notice of the White Walker. He hit 34 homers in 526 AAA (with a handful of MLB) at bats in 2017 and around a .300 average. I already own him in my 15 team, 20 team and 30 team leagues.

Kike Hernandez – 1-for-6 with 1 run. He narrowly missed another 3-run homer as a laser off his bat hooked foul by a pubic hair. Grey came on the Ditka Pod today and predicted 17 homers for Kike this year. I told him I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 30 dong outburst from Kike. Keep an eye out for that podcast to be released in the next couple days here on the site.

Ross Stripling – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks. Chicken Strip! Mmmmmm chicken. Did I mention I’m writing the Top 100 SP post this season? Strip’s ranked #51 in those rankings and if he holds his rotation spot he can far outperform that ranking. For what its Werth, I think he keeps the rotation spot.

Greg Holland – 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 Ks and his 1st save. Well, the game finally ended! I’ll be honest, I expected Holland to blow this save. It’s possible he puts together a sneaky Fernando Rodney type 35 save season, but I’m betting on him losing the job before May.

 

 

 

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All ADP data courtesy of NFBC and all statistics courtesy of FanGraphs & Baseball Savant.

  1. Jon says:
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    Start Pivetta at home vs Atlanta?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Ehh. That depends on situation for me. If it’s a deeper roto league, like at least 15 teams, or a H2H where you need the stats this week then I’d go for it. Otherwise I say pass…

  2. buster moon says:
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    Nice work Donkey!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Thanks, buster!

  3. Slimcompoop says:
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    Good stuff DT. Thank you!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Thanks, slimcompoop!

  4. LG Baseball says:
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    Great write up Donkey!

    Also appreciate your input on the daily comments too!

    LG

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Thanks, LG! No problem.

  5. Harley Earl says:
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    Grey blasts Wil Myers every year because of his injury issues. I never listen. Myers is a stud when healthy. Some years it’s worth the risk. This is one of those years.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Agree, the average is a slight negative but the power/speed combo is nice. Plus it’s a fun lineup and he was coming at a nice discount.

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Exactly. The discount really makes Myers worth even so much more. I always get Myers and Castellanos cheap because of people like Grey saying they are underachievers.

        Glad to see you agree. Myers is off to a great start. Now if he can just say healthy! LOL

        Fingers crossed!!!

  6. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Good stuff Donkey..nice to see guys on my team make the writeup..

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Always a good feeling!

  7. Crazy J says:
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    Thanks for the write-up!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      No problem!

    • MarvPesos

      Marv says:
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      DT,
      Nice write up.

      I’m in a 12tm H2H cat keeper league (keep 12) and we only get 40 moves per season.

      I usually only have 1 bench bat and the rest extra pitchers. Currently have J. Bauers and F. Reyes on my bench spots. Currently W. Smith and W. Davis are on the wire. I have 3 great RPs but can slot one of these guys in my forth P slot . I assume I’d drop Bauers, what do you think ?

      Marv

      • Donkey Teeth

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        Thanks, Marv. Yea I’d swap Bauers for Wade Davis. Franmil and Bauers are really close for me, same with Smith and Davis.

  8. Al KOHOLIC says:
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    Great stuff Grey. I mean Donkey

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Thanks, Al! That’s the highest compliment!

  9. Scooterboy says:
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    Grey, I drafted Mychal Givens as one of my closers. He struck out 3 today, but noticed the Orioles used Wright for the save. Should I drop Givens and look for another closer, or do you think he will eventually be the closer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think Wright could be the closer

      • LenFuego says:
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        What makes you say that, other than the obvious (i.e., that he saved the game today)?

  10. johnnyhobbes says:
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    DT (and Grey, if he feels like Workin) any thoughts on Aaron Sanchez? Just a blister away from Oblivion?

    Also, I am going g to gold on Ramon Laureano but 8th in the batting order is not helping me.

    Pablo Lopez isn’t doing what I hoped for but not going to drop.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yes, Sanchez is always a blister away from oblivion! He’s a deeper league guy for me at this point, 15 team fringe guy even. But there’s some upside there so I’ll monitor.

      Agree, give Laureano some leash for now.

      Lopez also depends on league size…not sure I’d own him in less than a 15 teamer.

  11. Robby says:
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    DT what are your thoughts on soler?

    you think he’s a real break out candidate?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yea I definitely think he is, but I don’t trust him to stay healthy. He’s a guy that you own while he’s hot and keep expectations in check.

  12. Ronald says:
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    Would you swap laureano for trevor richards straight up? What if I can chp in Holland and get Brinson back? This is a 12 team keeper 40 roster dynasty league.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      It’s fair and needs based. If you need the arm then take Richards, otherwise Laureano. Even in a 12 teamer with that deep of rosters Brinson is a fringe guy to me. But if that’s Derek Holland then he’s fringey too and Brinson does have big upside so I’d make that swap. If that’s Greg Holland then I’d hold Greg for now…

  13. Lucky Dog says:
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    Lookin for a back of the rotation arm to replace Teheran who I just don’t trust, I saw a lot of comments section chatter about Glasnow, so I scooped him up. Looked really good from what I saw today.

    Tip of the cap to the Razzies once again. Y’all good people, I do t care what anybody says. ;)

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Nice! Glasnow is a huge upgrade from Teheran…

  14. The Great Knoche says:
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    Glad Danpants is back next week. Although your commentary for more interesting as you got more tired and drunk.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      Got more interesting

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        Ha! I was sober, just really tired.

  15. Play Ball says:
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    10-team shallow roto league using QS instead of W. We have 1 P slot; 4 SP slots and 2 RP slots

    SP Buehler, Clevinger, Flaherty, Marquez, Freeland and Strahm

    Would you give Marquez and Strahm for Carrasco and pick up a SP in FA pool to replace Strahm? Does this deal move the needle much in counting stats and ratios?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      It’s fair but no I don’t think it moves the needle much. Might just wait and see if you strike gold with strahm…

  16. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Hampson gonna be getting regular ABs in Colorado with Murphy on IL?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      He better! Must own imo…

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        Okay now with Murphy ANd McMahon on IL can Hampson please get regular ABs.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          No kidding. GD Rockies!

  17. jasen james says:
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    Hey Donkey,
    I was just offered P.Corbin for my K.Yates. Is this a no brainer? I would still have Alvarado and Iglesias.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yep, do it

  18. Tom says:
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    Should I start weaver against LA ??????

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Nah, the Dodgers just put up 18 runs…

  19. David Niven says:
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    Nice piece g.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Thanks!

  20. Leon says:
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    Mcneil or matz(my player)

    Pitching that i have – glasnow, luchessi, julio urias, matz. peralta, desclafani

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Depends on league depth. I prefer McNiel but your pitching isn’t great. If it’s a shallow league (12 team or less) then I’d do it since there should be plenty of decent arms on the wire. If it’s deeper than that then I’d hold matz…

  21. Jj says:
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    Laureano for Mullins and Gibson?

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      Mullins and Gibson for me

  22. wwekoda2020 says:
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    Would you pick up Yandy Diaz over Tyler white? Diaz good start and playing everyday so far, White has been benched twice so far. OBP league

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yes, I’ve been a big Yandy supporter for awhile…I think this is what we’ve been waiting for.

      • wwekoda2020 says:
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        Thanks just added him! Just saw that Duffy is out till mid May so hopefully Diaz can lock up a starting spot by then. He’s at leadoff today so rays must really like him so far as well

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Yep and he might get 1B eligibility too. Good luck!

  23. Lucky Dog says:
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    Drafted Meadows on a lark. He’s not a lemon!

    ….I’ll show myself out.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      You could say he’s a real globetrotter

      • Lucky Dog says:
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        Don’t show @grey these posts. He’ll ban us both.

        I have no idea what Pittsburgh was thinking sending him to TB.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          The Rays are running circles around the league right now

          • Lucky Dog says:
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            So glad I took a chance on Glasnow, and drafted Morton. I had a feeling the TB guys were going a little later than they should have. Early returns look good.

  24. Leon says:
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    18 man deep league. 7×7
    Correa or walker buehler? Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Buehler for me if your offense can handle the hit

      • Leon says:
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        Offense is: hoskins albies fletcher correa judge meadows conforto hampson laureano .

        What do u think.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          It’s fair but I think I’d hold for now

  25. Play Ball says:
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    The more I watch Alonso the more I’m liking him over Voit for 5 x 5 standard roto. The pre-season projection on him was a poor AVG. Spring and first few games of season he’s raking. But Voit has a premier spot in a potent Yankee lineup.

    Eventually, I’ll be moving Hoskins to 1B when he get eligibility. So Voit will be in the UTIL slot or bench for me.

    What do you say Donkey – Voit or Alonso ROS.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      They’re neck and neck for me. I think theyre both gonna be great. I’ll give Alonso a slight edge right now if I have to choose one.

  26. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Not sure what post is the best to reach out to you….. But would you be low bidding a Zach Wheeler owner right now?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Yep I think low bidding is a good idea but I’m not running out to pay draft day value on him. I actually traded Wheeler for Jose Abreu on Saturday in a league where I was loaded with arms.

      A new top 100 SP post with be up tomorrow for comments.

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