Can you name the top five in the AL for batting average?  I’m talking those qualified.  The person who said Erik Kratz for being 1-for-1 on the year is unqualified to answer.  By the way, if you’ve taken too many quaaludes to answer, does that mean you’re unquaaludified?   I pose this question to you while sprawled on a tiger-skin carpet like Burt Reynolds in a centerfold for Cosmopolitan.  “Loni, feed me grapes, would you doll face?”  Totally making current references right now.  The top 5:  Altuve, Avisail Garcia, Hosmer, Reddick and Jose Ramirez.  Yo, batting average leaders nowadays are weird.  There’s only ten guys in the league over .300, and two of them are Joe Mauer and Lorenzo Cain.  Yesterday, Avisail went 5-for-5, 2 runs, 7 RBIs and his 17th homer, as he hits .333.  Let me be the first to tell you, he has not really broken out like your teenaged face.  He’s hitting 52% ground balls, a .397 BABIP (!), not even top 70 for Hard Contact percentage, a high HR/FB% for him and still only has 17 homers.  There’s very little to point to that he’s breaking out, and not just getting crazy lucky.  Now watch him win the batting title and go full Terry Pendleton.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Yoan Moncada – 4-for-5, 5 runs and a slam (5) and legs (2), hitting .229, but had a huge series vs. the Tigers.  But, Part II, Back That But Up, the Tigers pitching is sad like how all the people look who were involved in the Scott Peterson case fifteen years later.  Are you watching this A&E docuseries?  It’s so good, who knew he used to date Janel Moloney from The West Wing?  Any hoo!  Maybe the Tigers pitching was the kickstart Yoan needed to reach his potential, or at least get hot for two weeks.

Jose Abreu – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .308.  Might have to start calling him El Grande Dolor again, and risk a Frank Thomas defamation suit.

Nicholas Castellanos – 2-for-4 and his 22nd homer, hitting near-.500 in the last week.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but you wait for that and the other guy who secretly reads Razzball might beat you to it.  Though, that other guy might be reading for the ads at the bottom of the post, “Which celebrities can no longer wear bikinis?”  Now I have to know!

Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-3 and his 16th homer, hitting .249.  Member we used to say Avisail looked like Mini Miggy?  This year that’s an insult to Avisail.  If you would’ve told me in March you’re a time traveler and Miggy’s going to hit .250 with 16 homers, I would’ve said, “That’s the bullcrap news you bring me from the future?!  You can’t tell me a stock to invest in or something?”

Jeimer Candelario – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer.  Looking at his minor league stats, I can’t wrap my head around why this guy was a top prospect.  Maybe the Cubs factor.  Legit, not sure.

David Price – Will return as a relief pitcher.  Sucks you drafted him high, but at least you didn’t pay $217 million over seven years!  For that price, the Red Sox could’ve had the African nation of Cameroon and renamed it Mike Cameroon.

Drew Pomeranz – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.28.  In the American League, apparently, ‘Ranz can dance.

Khris Davis – Out on paternity leave.  Maybe if it’s a boy, he’ll name him Chris Davis Jr. just to really confuse the shizz out of people.

Ryon Healy – 2-for-4 and his 25th homer, hitting .269.  I’m sure in/around May I said/wrote something about how Healy would be unowned in the majority of leagues all year and we’d get to September, and his stats will be saying he should’ve been owned.  And that’s me maybe/probably paraphrasing me!

Zack Godley – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.00.  Wow, Godley is not exaggerating, huh?  I’m gonna have to take a long look at him this offseason like a cyclops with a monocle.  For now, it’s just one start to the next, and, as the Stream-o-Nator rightfully points out, his next start is solid.  By the way, Poseidon’s fantasy team had a nice day, adverbially speaking.

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 39th homer.  I shudder erotically (totally a thing) to think what Just Dong could do with 600 ABs.

Ozzie Albies – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .292.   He was born in 1997!  Member when Cuba Gooding Jr. jumped around, winning an Oscar for Jerry Maguire?  That was 1997!

Koda Glover – Shut down for the season with shoulder issues.  Don’t worry, I’m sure Glover will once again be a closer sleeper next March.  Glover, Leonys and Lawrie are perennial sleepers.  Call them, Rip Van Winkles.

Tanner Roark – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.43.  Fun fact!  Before global warming, his name was Pale Roark.

Jorge Alfaro – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .308.  For some reason, Prospector Ralph doesn’t like Alfaro, but Alfaro smoked that home run last night and it made me drool a little.  He didn’t flash home run power, he flashed 450-foot power.

Freddy Galvis – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .256.  For those concerned, he still has his Ripken-esque streak going.  He even pinch hit in one game just to keep it going.  If any Phillie fans (Phans?) are reading (in Reading), I’d love to know why this is so important to keep going.

Rhys Hoskins – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Bob Hoskins has already lost his place at the top of the Google results for Hoskins.  Next up, Rhysus is going to be number one when you search Jesus.

Cesar Hernandez – 4-for-5, 2 runs, hitting .293.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but a four-hit night usually translates into a couple day schmotato.

Jake Junis – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 4.15.  This feels like an ESPN thing to say, but Junis against the Indians last night gave a gutsy performance.  Showed great intestinal fortitude.  Oh, snap, I just realized intestinal fortitude’s root origin is likely gutsy.  Unless it’s strictly a Gorilla Monsoon-ism.  As for Junis, the Stream-o-Nator doesn’t like his next start, but I’ll say this.  Right now, game time decisions on streams could change on whether a team is playing their A or B lineup.

Kelvin Herrera – 1 IP, 1 ER and the blown save.  Mike Minor, you’re up next!  Or Ryan Buchter.  Can’t believe they keep going back to Herrera.  And Scott Alexander or Brandon Maurer?  Well, let’s just say I have it on good authority that they suck.

Jose Ramirez – 4-for-4, 1 run, hitting .314.  Everyone wants to make the Indians’ insane winning streak about Lindor, and, of course, he’s a big part of it, but go look at when the Indians started winning and Jose Ramirez.  He got fire emoji just as the Indians picked up baseball at an orphanage, crocheted it some booties and had it move into Cleveland with them.

Jake Marisnick – Out six to eight weeks with a fractured thumb.  This guy is such an emMarisnick!

Mike Fiers – Suspended for five games for throwing at Valbuena.  Technically, they just told Fiers to stop, drop and roll for five days.

Brad Peacock – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.98.  You in March, “Right after I drafted David Price, someone drafted Brad Peacock.  Man, people are dumb.”  You now, “I have a time traveling magician in my league, who dresses like a pick-up artist.”

Luis Valbuena – 1-for-4 and his 21st  homer, and the third time I’ve mentioned this week.  Well, third time I’ve mentioned him for a homer, fourth if you count Fiers, but who counts Fiers?  You a pyro?

Kyle Seager -2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 25th homer.  He did it.  He reached his usual benchmarks for power.  Honestly, when he was sitting at 10 HRs at the break, I did not think he’d be getting there.

Yonder Alonso – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd steal.  Okay, imagine a wrestling ring is “home runs.”  Now imagine Alonso tagged Seager and Yonder went out for the whole 2nd half.  All the people who were saying Alonso became a new hitter this past offseason have to admit this 2nd half from Alonso (5 HRs) is right back to his usual blech.

Nelson Cruz – 4-for-4, 4 runs, 2 RBIs and his 33rd homer.  Anyone want to bet he now goes off for at least seven homers in the final two weeks?

Rougned Odor – 1-for-2, 4 RBIs and his 29th homer, hitting .213.  Literally, the least you can do is go 30/15 with that crapola average.

Jose Berrios – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners (4 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 3.84.  Ugh, just shut him down until the playoffs at least!  C’mon!

Byron Buxton – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer.  Seemed to be the only one on the Twins not hitting homers recently, but he took responsibility for winning yesterday’s game in extras, saying the Bux stops here.

Justin Smoak – 2-for-5 and his 38th homer.  With two outs in the ninth, he took away my save from Matt Belisle (1 IP, 1 ER, 4th blown save).  That’s just wrong, Smoak, like a sky writer who is doing an advertisement for a therapist and puts a space in the wrong spot.

Jen-Ho Tseng – 3 IP, 5 ER as he was called up.  So that’s where Jen-Ho from high school went!  *intern whispers in my ear*  Wait, it’s a guy?  His minor league numbers look fairly mediocre — 6.4 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 4.13 xFIP.  Maybe there’s some streamer value here in mixed leagues, but I’d leave the owning of him to dynasty and NL-Only leagues.

Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (32) and double legs (9, 10).  HR to the Rizzo!

Jason Heyward – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 10th homer.  For everyone that tuned out in April and tuned back in September, Heyward isn’t fixed.  Ten homers in baseball this year is equal to a negative three homers.

Dominic Smith – 2-for-3 and his 7th homer, and third homer in the last four games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Jonathan Schoop – 1-for-3 and his 32nd homer, hitting .302.  Hey, nice deductive reasoning!  Yup, Schoop is one of only ten guys mentioned in the lede who is hitting over .300 in the AL.

Trey Mancini – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 24th homer, hitting .292.  This guy is going to be tricky next year.  It’s not tricky, it’s illusiony!  Where he gets drafted is anyone’s guess.  My guess is around 175-200 overall and comes at a great discount.

Wade Miley – 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.32.  Damn, I hope Miley shakes the rust off by October.  If the O’s make it to the playoffs, he’s their 2nd starter.

Aaron Judge – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 6 RBIs and his 42nd and 43rd home run, hitting .277.  Also, in this game, Gary Sanchez (2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) hit his 31st homer.  The Yankees’ right fielder and catcher are carrying this team.  Hopefully, Judge doesn’t say anything about being the straw that stirs the drink, though, to be honest, I can’t imagine Judge using a straw.  And, if he does, it would have to be a boba straw.

Todd Frazier – 2-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 25th homer, hitting .214.  The Yankee game was a blowout (as just about every game in the major leagues this year).  I mention that because the Yankees removed their best players yesterday around the 6th.  Frazier?  Oh, he played the whole game.

Felix Hernandez – 3 2/3 IP, 1 ER as he was activated from the DL.  Was limited to around 50 pitches, and can’t imagine he really gets stretched out the rest of the year like Yoga Mom.  I wonder if we could convince Christian Yelich’s mom to play Yoga Mom in my dreams.  Oh em gee!  I got an idea!  We should have Yelich’s mom on the podcast.  How do we make this happen?  Can someone help, please.

Amir Garrett – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 7.49.  Aw, ‘member when Muslim Mrs. Garrett was a thing?  I think that was this year, but when I see a 7.49 ERA it makes me doubtful.  Not Mrs. Doubtfire, different naggy b*tch.  Just playin’, ladies!  I’m your Fantasy Master Lothario.

Luke Weaver – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.89.  *eyes spin like a slot machine, they all stop on avatars of the Ghost of Dave Duncan*

Tommy Pham – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (20) and double legs (20, 21).  A two-thirds of a season 20/20!  Uh-oh, I feel a return of my rap alter ego, B. Fire.  Dizzamn!  Phizzam!  We fizzam?  No?  Then I shouldn’t have screamed, “Daddy, stop tickling me,” when we was dancing to that jizzam.  Or pointed out how your mom is bougie.  Guy Frieri is Poochie and douchey.  Queen Elizabeth be like, “Coochie, coochie, corgie!”  Just watching Charmed, what happened to Doherty?  Yo, I wanna steal your Connie, talking to you, Maury.  Yeah, I’m special, call me, Corky.  Ah, call me Corky.  Ah, call me, Corky.  (This is the chorus.)  Think I might lay down this track.

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morningsunshine
morningsunshine
5 years ago

Hey Grey, which 3B should I add? Semi starting next week. H2H R RBI HR SB AVG OBP.
Beltre, Yolmer, Asdrubal Cabrera, Healy or Headley?
Wanted to add Casty but he was gone and I have no more moves til Monday..
Is Beltre my best bet? I’m not even sure if he’ll play every game since he seems to have rushed back from injury.

Brian
Brian
5 years ago

in playoffs, 16 team h2h. 6×6 with k/bb and qs. have large leads in ratios (ERA – 1.19 to 5.88, WHIP – .92 to 1.52, K/BB – 4.31 to 2.07) and leads in K (56-31) and QS (7-3). Should i start alex wood @ was tonight?

my remaining SPs for the week are verlander v sea, quintana v stl, teheran v nym, gibson v tor, and duffy @ cle (doubt i’ll start him). my opponent has kyle hendricks v stl, bridwell v tex, romano v pit, lively v oak, peters v mil, and biagini @ min. He’s been picking up at least 1 guy to stream each day so he may have 2 additional SPs.

Right now we’re deadlocked 6-6 so i can’t completey protect my ratios by benching all my SPs. even though his P are weak, i need to try to keep him at bay in K and QS. so again, would you start wood @ was? I’m leaning no as he just hasn’t been very good lately.

Thanks for your help!

DonnieB
DonnieB
5 years ago

Anderson or Semien Next two weeks?
2 of Williams,Haniger, Margot, or Schwarber last two weeks?
Thanks. Buy you unlimited Daiquiris at Mastro’s Ocean Club next time I am in OC?

ryanoger
ryanoger
5 years ago

Util Spot you like Castellanos or K Seager better?

Laguna BobbyI
Laguna BobbyI
5 years ago

Yo Grey, I hate to follow suit here and ask you the incredibly tedious favor of ranking streamers for me, but I need the opinion and thoughts of Lord Grey, so hoping you can help. In H2H playoffs (H2H is so stupid, I digress), and I am getting just annihilated in ERA, WHIP and Losses (6×6 league, normal 5×5 plus Losses as the 6th pitch category) thanks to my Bum, Darvish, Wood and other trash, while my opponent has Klub, Sale, Bauer, Severino, Bundy etc just balling out. Simply put, i have to at least tie or win either Wins or Ks to win my match up. I am currently 1 win ahead, and 12 Ks ahead, but I only have 2 more starters going this week (Wood and Bum) and opponent still has 6 more starts (Sale, Severino, Paxton, Severino, Kluber and Degromm). We do have a max limit on transactions per week, and I have 4 moves left. In an effort to get as many Wins and Ks as possible, which 4 streamers would you be roll with? Again, I know this is a very tedious exercise, so my apologies, but many thanks!

Bud Norris, vs TEX, SON 9.5 (I like this matchup, my concern is does Norris pitch 5+ innings?)
Porcello, @TB, SON 8.3
Lively, vs OAK, SON 0.7
Tyler Anderson, vs SD, SON -7 (I think i like this one quite a bit more than SON, but hate to fight the SON)
G Richards, vs TEX, SON 13.4 (guessing he is a no brainer to start)
Ed Rodriguez, @TB, SON 9.9
Manaea, @PHI, SON 9.4
M Boyd, vs CHW, 8.9

Laguna BobbyI
Laguna BobbyI
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thanks almighty Grey! i absolutely hate asking these types of questions. i appreciate you!

waffles
waffles
5 years ago

good stuff thanks for working hard all season!

whom do I bench tonight between Josh Bell (@H Bailey), Mancini (@ Severino), Haniger (@Morton)?

Anchovies
Anchovies
5 years ago

hey hey

lose souza or scooter (or story..haha) for moncada/tim anderson?

also, do like lively or gibson for qs and/or k’s?

thanks, as always, for your sage advice!

–dave

Anchovies
Anchovies
Reply to  Anchovies
5 years ago

thanks, maaaan

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
5 years ago

dynasty league with OBP over AVG, sluggging over HR’s. 14 teams roto
C chirinos
1B goldy
2B cesar H
SS semien
3B frazier (1B)
OF (3) stanton/ozuna/margot
util (1) gattis
BN villar (2B/SS/3B/OF)/happ (2B/OF)/c.davis/cespedes
NA (1) brinson
SP (max 1500 innings, 3 RP slots) carmart/darvish/flaherty/salazar/wood/carrasco
woodruff/gohara
DL mccarthy/faria/pineda
one of those silly ass leagues where players don’t show up in system till called up, drop anybody for big willie C? except 3B this team is already strong.

also
2. drop c.davis for any of mini donkey, duda, parra, carpenter (my OBP is cleary weaker than my slugging)? carpenter has played all year with a bum shoulder but still is more valuable than c.davis.

lwomack58
lwomack58
5 years ago

Looking to add Albies with Nunez out(going to hold Nunez). Need to drop one-
Buxton, S. Marte or DeShields. Who is the drop?

Thanks and have a nice weekend.

Big Dog
Big Dog
5 years ago

Do you prefer Teheran on Sunday vs the Mets or Hill tomorrow at Washington?

Very close in wins, strikeouts and quality starts. I assume that Hill will K more guys but Teheran has a better chance for the W/QS facing Lugo while Hill faces Strasburg.

Big Dog
Big Dog
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

Now the hard part…who to drop? Sadly my only three options are Ian Happ, Nick Williams and Justin Turner. Happ and Turner seem to have the toughest pitching matchups this weekend vs St. Louis (Martinez, Wacha, Lynn) and Washington (EJax, Strasburg, Gio). Williams faces Oakland.

Finally, if say I were to drop one of the three for Teheran would you drop one of the other two for Tim Anderson or Cargo (Home)?

Sorry only two moves left and I want 5 guys. LOL

Big Dog
Big Dog
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

Probably the last time I will talk to you this season if I lose. Thanks for all of the help this year. This was my first year with Razzball and it was great.

Some other sites have cut way back in general on their fantasy baseball content and ability to interact with the readers. (i.e.,Matthew Berry cutting back to just fantasy football because writing a weekly column for baseball was just too much for him to handle.)

Razzball was everything I had been looking for.

Sinkhole Demayo
Sinkhole Demayo
5 years ago

pretty clear souzamaphone is playing hurt like so many other times. h2h playoffs. already getting murdered in ratios and losses, need to win wins and K’s.
C hedges
1B hoskins (OF)
2B rizzo (1B)
SS treat urner (2B/OF)
3B castellanos (OF)
OF (3) c-sant (1B)/odubel/olson (1B)
util (2) braun/story
BN c.vazquez (he’s way better than hedges, except hedges in COL now, still gotta have at bats every day)/souza/d.peralta/lamb (@SF, and not good for a while)
SP glasnow (SON still loves the next one)/woodruff (SON hates him but except one start he’s been awesome)/davies (SON ALWAYS hates him, but he’s outperformed it all year)/folty
j.garcia (back with at least 2 good ones in a row)/quintana/carrasco/carmart/straily (been horrible but SON likes him more than a lot of guys i have)
DL paxton/faria
gotta drop something for paxton back today. either souza or one of the pitchers: glasnow/woodruff/straily. FA doesn’t have better. trying to clear out of my head to stream annabelle today (SON loves it at 7.5)

Sinkhole Demayo
Sinkhole Demayo
Reply to  Sinkhole Demayo
5 years ago

@Sinkhole Demayo: OBP over AVG, hits and total bases added so this is why c.vazquez is that much better than hedges.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

It’s so dark and gloomy in Pittsburgh!

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

@Grey: I’m going to apply. I may have returned to some poor family health news though so I may have to see first.

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

@Grey: Nah, my pops. Think he has Parkinson’s. He’s going to a specialist next week.

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

@Grey: Thanks. Yeah I’ll know more, but I’m trying for the NFL. I mean, I worked for the Steelers already! Have to add it back to my resume.

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

@Grey: Haha! Close.

b the esq.
b the esq.
5 years ago

Start 1 tomorrow…. Porcello at TB, Montgomery at BAL, Lively v. Oakland.

QS instead of Wins.

Thx!

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  b the esq.
5 years ago

@b the esq.: Or Cobb v. Boston

Stumanji!
Stumanji!
5 years ago

H2H semifinals coming down to the wire in pretty much all pitching categories. I’m going to need a QS with good Ks, low ERA, and low WHIP from one of these streamers on Sunday:
Odorizzi vs Boston
Manaea @ Philly
Gibson vs Toronto
Gsellman @ Atlanta
Boyd vs CWS
Biagini @ Min
Andrew Moore @ Hou

I can’t believe my entire season is gonna come down to one of these schmoes. Is there a prayer octagon I can join?? Gut tells me Gibson.

dubjay
dubjay
Reply to  Stumanji!
5 years ago

@Stumanji!:
Id go Gibson there.

dubjay
dubjay
5 years ago

Hey grey,
Looking for a little advice. I have 3 moves left in my h2h playoffs. I’d like to keep at least 1 to grab a 2 starter for next week.I picked up Haniger and M.taylor to boost my offense for the week. They’ve both been ok so far. Trying to decide if I should drop one
Haniger has been red hot but has a 3 game set in houston(Morton, keuchel, verlander)
M.taylor has been hot too and faces the nationals in WSH(wood, hill, Ryu). Home cooking and he loves the LHPs
N.castellanos has been en fuego as well and has the next 9 games at home against some brutal pitching(chw, oak, min)
The other option is to drop 1 and grab Lively vs OAK, Lopez @ DET, Estrada @ MIN or Gibson vs TOR
Im winning easily in ERA/WHIP but behind by one win and barely ahead on K’s. He’s loading up on starting pitching going for quantity trying to lock up Ws and Ks
What do you think?

dubjay
dubjay
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:
Thanks Grey. Hoping with the help of your infinite wisdom, I will make it to the next round.

Art Vandelay
Art Vandelay
5 years ago

Starting Lackey this afternoon home vs. Cards? Thanks!

Art Vandelay
Art Vandelay
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: It’s a 10 team H2H, and I’m in the midst of a playoff battle. Trying to maintain my lead in Ks and wins.

Art Vandelay
Art Vandelay
Reply to  Art Vandelay
5 years ago

@Art Vandelay: Also, I’m thinking of dropping Cueto for him, if that gives you an idea.

Art Vandelay
Art Vandelay
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Art Vandelay: Also, I’m thinking of dropping Cueto for him, if that gives you an [email protected]Grey: I’ve got a sizeable lead in ERA and a decent lead in WHIP that I want/need to maintain.

Art Vandelay
Art Vandelay
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks! Here’s hoping someone reminds Springer that it’s not entirely fantasy football season yet and that he needs to get a f’ing hit once in a while so I can hold on to my lead and make the finals.

Lubes
Lubes
5 years ago

Limited pickup league, I got 2 left (Taillon is the drop)
Who are the top 2 adds for ROS?
Weaver
Roark
Gray
Clevinger
Corbin
Bauer
Castillo
Walker

ERA, Whip, and Ks all really close

Chet
Chet
5 years ago

Jose Bautista: Crap to crappier in 2018? I have him in an OBP keeper league and just can’t bring myself to drop him.

Chet
Chet
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Yeah, I know it…just didn’t want to admit it. Thanks.

Fungazi
Fungazi
5 years ago

Who won the Batter3 contest?

Fungazi
Fungazi
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Nice, thanks

Steve
Steve
5 years ago

Better option for saves down the stretch in KC, Alexander or Soria?

Thanks

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thanks. Whole30 idea of the day: Spiralized zucchini and squash are ok, but for a tasty alternative (and what I prefer), use a vegetable peeler to peel sides of a squash, rotating after every peel, until you hit the seeds. Then add the “noodles” to the finished tomato sauce recipe in the Whole30 book, punched up with ground turkey or beef and you’ve got a faux-tagliatelle pasta dish that’s delicious.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I’ve never tried hemp seeds, are they like sunflower seeds? I had sushi last night as a reward for finishing the Whole30 and my stomach was not happy with me.

Thomas Jackson
Thomas Jackson
5 years ago

Hi Grey!

Sorry if you touched on this before, but having Rizzo get 2B eligiblity this year and getting it for all of next year (at least in Yahoo), does that raise his value at all for you in next year’s drafts? At first thought, it makes me want him everywhere. Or does the plethora of quality middle infidels, specifically 2B, mean that it shouldn’t matter much?

Great work as always! Thanks!

Thomas Jackson
Thomas Jackson
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks, Grey!

Also, one more quick question…I can only keep 3 guys (for a max of 3 years) in a 7×7 OBP and TB league. My options are:

– Arenado
– Machado
– Betts
– Bellinger
– Hoskins

Thanks again!

DonnieB
DonnieB
5 years ago

For ROS, Pham or Olson? All my Faab goes for one of those two. Look into your crystal balls and give me your best. Thank you as always.

Spyre
Spyre
5 years ago

Hey Gray thanks for all the help this year. I’m heading into the playoffs for the 3rd year in a row in my keeper points league, and I’m optimistic for the next two weeks since my team is SCORCHING HOT ??? right now.

Keeper question:

Who are the 6 to keep from this list?
Am I crazy to want Hoskins? Does he have top 10 potential? His plate discipline & power plays very well in my points leagues scoring compared to trea turners speed

Trout
Arenado
Rizzo

Severino

Lindor
T.Turner
Hoskins
JD Martinez

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
5 years ago

Hey hey hey Grey!

Still struggling with streamers this year. SoN likes Newcomb at home against the Mess ($9), but it’s Sean Newcomb. Last time you and SoN disagreed on Glasnow, I went with the robot . . . and boy do I regret that. Go humans!

Love yas!

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Go humans!

Det. John Kimble
Det. John Kimble
5 years ago

I’m in a dogfight in the pitching dept. for my semi-final match-up this week. Am I crazy for not trusting Alex Wood vs. Washington today?

knucks
knucks
5 years ago

I grabbed and stashed Soria on the DL in a deeper roto league that I’m fighting for saves in. Thoughts?

Marty Jannetty Was Set Up
Marty Jannetty Was Set Up
5 years ago

Morning Grey!

I’m down to the wire in my biggest $ h2h points league and I’m needing 5 good starts for the weekend to have any hope of winning (and major 3 day tears from my bats).

I have Severino and EdRod who I’m definitely starting (SON loves EdRod away at TB). These are must starts/safe…right?

Out of these guys which 3 would you start this weekend?

1. Anibal Sanchez home vs. CWS (Fulmer) SON likes, but I dont trust ($7.8)
2. Matthew Boyd home vs CWS (Covey), SON loves ($8.9), but I know nothing about this guy
3. RA Dickey home vs METS (deGrom)…SON not thrilled, but…Mets
4. Bud Norris home vs TEX…why does SON love this guy ($9.5)?!
5. Jordan Montgomery home vs BAL ($6.8)
6. Rich Hill away vs WAS ($3.5), SON doesn’t love him…but I kinda have to start him, right?
7. Sean Manea away at PHI, Son loves him ($9.4)
8. Mark Leiter home vs OAK ($5.1)

Lawd…looking at my options this is going to be a tough weekend. Win/lose/draw thanks for an amazing season. I’m pretty sure I’m going to win my other 3 leagues, but this one with the big $ has me sweating. My opponent picked up Rhys Hoskins 10 minutes before I was about to, added Olson mid playoffs, added Avasail Garcia when he lost Harper, and owns Jose Ramirez. Fingers crossed.

jlfc42
jlfc42
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: If I want to win I have to get all 5 of my next starts and pray for the best.

I have Kyle Gibson rostered at home vs TOR, but SON really hates him. Hes been on fire recently. Do I trust the robot, or go with the hot hand?

If I go with Gibson, who of Hill, Manea, Leiter do I sit?

jlfc42
jlfc42
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: If I want to win I have to get all 5 of my next starts and pray for the best.

I have Kyle Gibson rostered at home vs TOR, but SON really hates him. Hes been on fire recently. Do I trust the robot, or go with the hot hand?

If I go with Gibson, who of Hill, Manea, Leiter do I [email protected]Grey: Thanks my man, you’re truly the best in fantasy baseball!

Geoff
5 years ago

31.3% K rate, 2.4% Bb rate, 57% Gb rate, 19% hard (nestled between Dee Gordon and Jose Peraza), .429 BABIP…. enjoy Alfaro :)

Geoff
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: OMG! IT”S HIS WHOLE CAREER!!!! HE WAS DOING THIS FOR YEARS.

Yeah I saw the homer. Wily Mo Pena hit a lot of impressive homers too.

Geoff
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Sure I’ll quit and you can just link to Baseball Prospectus. They love Alfaro.

(I’M JOKING…about the quitting thing, BP loves Alfaro).

Geoff
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: It’s their fantasy list by Bret Sayre.

I then tried to trade Alfaro in a league we’re in together for his worst player and he wouldn’t do it.

BTW cause I know you’ll ask, I own Alfaro because it’s a team I took over from Mike.

Geoff
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Yeah I guess so. I’d rather have Danny Jansen, but really there are only three catchers I’d own in dynasty Mejia, Collins, and Jackson.

Geoff
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: 84 games in AAA 32.3% K%, 4.6% Bb%, .241 BA, .345 BABIP, 52.2% GB%.

Do you want his 2016 stats in READING! Hahahaha Damn it if I have one player that everyone should stay away from in dynasty it’s Alfaro.

Geoff
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: He’s ranked top 50 on the BP fantasy Top 50 prospects list. So, yeah I kind of have a reason for saying that.

Geoff
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: The Reading year?

Geoff
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: He was but he was also playing in Reading. That park does a lot to boost production. Look at Cozens. It was also technically his third taste of AA, but the first go round with the Rangers was short.

Don’t get me wrong I understand why a real life team likes him. There’s some offensive ability in there.

Curious George Springer
Curious George Springer
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago
ryanoger
ryanoger
5 years ago

Or I could Lose Duvall as well…

ryanoger
ryanoger
Reply to  ryanoger
5 years ago

@ryanoger:

*My bad, meant this to be a reply on my post above*

ryanoger
ryanoger
5 years ago

redraft

Drop Choo and DeShields for Castellanos and Kyle Seager?

I have Timmy Anderson, Reyes, and Pham for SBs…so could lose DeShields, thoughts?

Marti
Marti
5 years ago

2 comments first of all who would have thought Tommy Pham be the first player to go 20/20 this year and secondly I won my national league auction for the fifth time in 11 years razzball continues to be the best website for fantasy baseball

Stumanji!
Stumanji!
Reply to  Marti
5 years ago

@Marti: Buy this man some daquaries!

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
5 years ago

h2h OBP 10 team limited moves (4 moves left for season)

My current team:

C Realmuto
1B Votto
2B Merrifield
3B Rendon
SS Story
OF Bellinger
OF Hoskins
OF Marte
UTL Olson
BN Beckham
DL Harper

SP Strasburg, Carrasco, Hill, Nola, Corbin, E-Rod, Teheran, Woodruff
RP Treinen, Diaz, Holland, Rivero
DL Paxton

In the semifinals right now and things are very tight, especially close will be strike outs and wins. Currently tied in wins and down 4 strike outs with a decent lead in ERA/WHIP and up 1 SV. I obviously have 4 closers and he only has Neris and Belisle, so not happy I don’t have a bigger lead there. My opponent has already started picking up streamers to ensure he wins in K and Wins.

Anyways, two questions:

1) Would you risk your ERA/WHIP to activate Paxton tonight, knowing he is on a 50 pitch limit and likely won’t factor in the decision, pretty much just to get a few extra Ks.

2) To activate Paxton, I would have to drop someone. Nola is the only starter with no remaining starts this week, however he has a 2 start week in the potential finals, so not sure I’d want to drop him.

The best two options would likely be one of Beckham/Story or one of my closers, likely Treinen. Beckham is at Yankee stadium this weekend facing 2 lefties (neutral splits however) and Story is home against the Padres (vRichards, vLyles, vChacin). Story has been slightly hotter this past week but was also pulled last night with a hamstring cramp, however he expects to be back in the line up tonight.

Even if I don’t drop someone to activate Paxton, I’ll still have to drop someone if I want to pick up another starter this week, likely Gibson vTOR.

So would you rather drop one of Beckham/Story and play with no bench hitters or drop one of my closers (Diaz, Rivero, Holland, Treinen)?

Thanks!

Dr Y
Dr Y
5 years ago

starting Paxton off dl @ Houston?

My Seven Rizzos
My Seven Rizzos
Reply to  Dr Y
5 years ago

@Dr Y: He’s on a pitch count of 50. I’m not starting him

PrinceRudynasim
PrinceRudynasim
5 years ago

“Avisail Blasts By Detroit Like He’s The Late 20th Century Economy”

LOL it literally laugh out loud

bruuuuuce
bruuuuuce
5 years ago

I just want to say that I love Rhysus to pieces.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  bruuuuuce
5 years ago

@bruuuuuce: He is Rhys “The Alien” Hoskins. Cue the X-Files theme.

Ted Williams’ Frozen Head
Ted Williams’ Frozen Head
5 years ago

We rollin Paxton out there tonight @ HOU? Winning ERA, WHIP, and W’s by a good margin in H2H semis but hes got Sale/Ray/CMart going tonight (CRIPES) so trying to pad the stats maybe wouldn’t hurt.

Also Rudy fixed my profile problem yesterday in about 34 seconds, you guys rock! Not just a beautiful mustache eh?

Buxton Turner Overdrive
Buxton Turner Overdrive
5 years ago

With news that Price has been activated and will be used out of the bullpen for the rest of the year, would you drop Devenski or Nicasio for him? My other RPs are Colome and Ramos. My last two opponents are loaded at SP so I’m more interested in ratios than Wins and Ks.

Chris
Chris
5 years ago

I’m in a 10 team H2H points league that allows 6 keepers. 5 of my keepers are set in stone but I’m wondering about the 6th. All 5 I’ve set are offensive players. My other keepers are Stanton, Arenado, Bryant, Correa and Bellinger. For my last keeper, should I keep:

Rhys Hoskins
Rendon
Encarnacion
Benintendi

or should I keep a pitcher such as:

Bumgarner
Robbie Ray
Severino

Which of the above should be my final keeper for next year?

Curious George Springer
Curious George Springer
Reply to  Chris
5 years ago

@Chris: Think you could package three of these guys and get Trout or Harper? I know people clutch players like that in keeper leagues, but I was able to get Trout that way a couple years ago.

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Curious George Springer
5 years ago

@Curious George Springer: Will probably try this before next year gets here.

G
G
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

Best SP stream for tomorrow of these guys? Looking for best opportunity for Ks and the Win since those are the two tight categories right now. Could you actually tell me your #1 and #2 options in case one gets scooped up before I am able to add them. Thanks as always.

Nova @Cinci
[email protected]
Montgomery vs Baltimore
Reynaldo Lopez @ Detroit
Tyler Anderson vs San Diego
Graveman @ Philly

Not very confident in Nova in what would previously seem like great matchup. Erasmo has tough matchup but has been pitching very well, including against Houston. Yankees have been hot so can see a win there. And Anderson has SD which is always a nice matchup. Thanks as always. Good luck in the rest of your leagues.

G
G
Reply to  G
5 years ago

@G:

To give you some more info, Erasmo faces Keuchel who hasn’t been himself. Nova faces Sal Romano who has had some solid starts himself lately. Anderson will be on a pitch count. And didn’t realize Montgomery hasn’t hit 5 innngs in a while.

G
G
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

My league has 5 moves max per week and I have one more move left over my opponent. We are close on strikeouts where’s he’s up about 15 Ks now but I have one extra starter than him and one more move left to catch up. Based on how my starters go today, I may need to snag one of these. Is there one who you would take if forced to? Thanks man.

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
5 years ago

Happy Friday!!

GOAL
GOAL
5 years ago

Say I have a 4.91 era and a 1.50 whip so far in the h2h playoffs this week, should I just stream everyone to try and win Ks and QS?

Buxton Turner Overdrive
Buxton Turner Overdrive
5 years ago

14-Team H2H OBP League;

1) Pick one to roll with for the next two weeks:

Tim Anderson – 2 @ DET, 3 @ HOU, 3 vs KC
Jose Reyes – 2 @ ATL, 3 @ MIA, 3 vs WAS

2) Also, drop Hanley for Olsen or A. Garcia?

Buxton Turner Overdrive
Buxton Turner Overdrive
Reply to  Buxton Turner Overdrive
5 years ago

@Buxton Turner Overdrive: Actually, I’m a little embarrassed I asked that 2nd question; obviously you go with Olson. I’m just having flashbacks when Hanley carried me to a championship last year.

Sean
Sean
Reply to  Buxton Turner Overdrive
5 years ago

@Buxton Turner Overdrive:

I chose reyes with same dilemma. Better player and playing atlanta.

Would you drop carpenter or moustakas?

Sean
Sean
5 years ago

Are sabathia vs balt and/or reynaldo lopez vs detroit worth a stream?

Please rank for droppable purposes:
Moustakas series vs CLE
Cain series vs CLE
Olson series vs PHIL
Carpenter series vs CUBS

Matt
Matt
5 years ago

Grey-
Drop Carpenter and/or CarGo, to pick up Castellanos and/or Avisail Garcia?
Thoughts??

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

@Matt: Cast over Carpenter / I’d hold Cargo over Avisail unless i needed a bump in AVG. Cargos been better as of late

Murph
Murph
5 years ago

Morning Grey –
Im in a dogfight for first place with wins, saves, WHIP and ERA and K’s all still up for grabs.

I have Wood, Ray, Darvish, Godley, Hill, McCullers, Jon Gray and Corbin as my starters.

Giles, Knebel, Dyson, Treinen, are my closers and I have Chad Green and Bryan Shaw helping my ratios.
I want to pick up Swarzak for ratio help as well (literally I’m tied in ERA at 3.709 and trail in WHIP 1.241 to 1.240.)

Who do I drop? I thought McCullers cause of arm fatigue, but your top 100 starters for week 24 has him #13 which made me hesitate. I know some of closers kind of suck, but I have an 8 save lead and need every one i can get.

Help me Grey! What do i do?

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
Reply to  Murph
5 years ago

@Murph:

I dropped McCullers yesterday. He’s scheduled to throw a bullpen session this weekend some time and the Astros haven’t announced his next scheduled start, just that they’re going to be careful to make sure he is ready for the playoffs.

Wu Tanguay Clan
Wu Tanguay Clan
5 years ago

referring to Ryon Healy ending up looking like he should be owned, you 100% said this in the first couple weeks of the season. Said he could end up looking like Seager at the end of the year…

Seager: 67/25/82/2/0.257, rank 201 in standard Y! leagues (89% owned)
Healy: 62/25/75/0/0.269, rank 230 (54% owned)

yeah…. think you were pretty dead on there!

Aj
Aj
Reply to  Wu Tanguay Clan
5 years ago

@Wu Tanguay Clan: I’m just wondering how Seager will raise his batting average to 270

Sean
Sean
5 years ago

Great read as always Grey, enjoyed the Pale Roark line as well. Looking to make some moves for next week’s finals since I’ve had the bye this week. I’ve narrowed it down to dropping Reynolds (cold and away from coors), I. Desmond (horrible since return), and Choo (cooled down a bit).

1. Who’s the top 3 adds out of Reyes, T. Anderson, Nick Williams, Jose Martinez, Dom Smith, and Albies? Positions don’t really matter as I have decent flexibility.
2. Would you drop J. Polanco for any of the SS eligible players above (Reyes, Anderson, and Albies)?
3. Should I hold Nunez as a bench bat in hopes he returns in the beginning of next week?

Tony C
Tony C
5 years ago

Limited to 3 pickups per week in playoffs. In a close battle this week in several hitting cats I Need in order of importance SB, R, BA, HR and someone who does not strikeout so much since that is also a hitting cat in my league. I have one pickup left for this week. Because of Khris Davis’ inopportune time to have a baby should I drop him or Blake Parker, Knebel is my only other RP, for

Michael Taylor Vs. Rich Hill and Ryu
Mitch Haniger vs. Keuchel and Verlander
Tim Anderson vs. Porcello and E-Rod
Tommy Pham vs.Hendricks and Quintana
Ed Rosario vs. Estrada and Biagini
Jose Reyes vs. Dickey and Teheran

Although Anderson is stealing more lately he strikes out way too much. I am leaning towards Taylor, Pham or Reyes. Thanks as always!

Curious George Springer
Curious George Springer
Reply to  Tony C
5 years ago

@Tony C: FWIW, the Twins have seven games next week. Washington, STL, SEA, and CWS are all off on Monday.

MIN, DET, BAL, PHI, and MIL have 7 games next week. Given your low move limit, you might try to find someone on those teams (I.e., Rosario from your list)

Brad
Brad
5 years ago

Hi Grey,

I’m in my h2h semi finals and wondering if I should start Alex Wood today in Washington? He has been sketchy lately and I have a feeling he will be lit up. I’m currently leading pitching cats by a pretty wide margin but don’t want to let my opponent potentially back into the match up. Cats are W, ERA, WHIP, K’s and K:BB.

Thanks,

Brad

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

@Brad: I could see benching him in that situation, but I’m starting him.

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
5 years ago

Grey!!!!

Great write-up!

a. Nice Pham rap, though it’s about Pham right? so Call me corky as the chorus is a misnomer, right? Still nice rap, can totally hear it blaring at the strip mall in Schenectady, NY ten years from now.

b. Fiers in the hole! I think the Astros were saddened that the suspension wasn’t for 10 games or more, guy’s been totally unreliable as a pitcher of late. But I’m sure taking one for the team always wins you brownie points with your fellow teammates and management so it’s a win-win for all concerned.

c. No rest for the wicked. All of my subordinates have either gone on leave or on mission leaving me to do their dirty work for them (i.e., sending reports dur!). The sign of a good manager is knowing how to do everything that your subordinates do, making me a mediocre manager at best.

d. Rambo quote of the day for September 15 – last one from Rambo I (First Blood) from the week of June 19

Colonel Trautman: ‘Think about what you’re doin’. The building’s perimeter’s covered. No exits. There’s nearly 200 men out there and a lot of M16s! You did everything to make this private war happen. You’ve done enough damage! This mission is over, Rambo. Do you understand me? This mission is over! Look at ’em out there. Look at ’em! If you won’t end this happen, they’ll kill you! Is that what you want? lt’s over, Johnny. lt’s OVER!’

Rambo: ‘Nothing is over! Nothing! You just don’t turn it off! lt wasn’t my war. You asked me, I didn’t ask you!’

Rambo: ‘And I did what I had to do to win, but someone wouldn’t let us win. And I come back to the world, and I see all those maggots at the airport, protestin’ me, spittin’. Callin’ me baby killer and all kinds of vile crap!Who are they to protest me, huh? Who are they? Unless they’ve been me and been there, and know what the hell they’re yellin’ about?’

Colonel Trautman: ‘It was a bad time for everyone, Rambo. It’s all in the past now.’

Rambo: ‘FOR YOU! For me, civilian life is nothing. In the field, we had a code of honor. You watch my back, I watch yours. Back here, there’s nothing!

Colonel Trautman: ‘You’re the last of an elite group…don’t end it like this.’

Rambo: ‘Back there I could fly a gunship, I could drive a tank, I was in charge of a million dollar equipment! Back here, I can’t even hold a job parking cars!’

[Rambo breaks down, throws his gun away and starts to cry.]

Rambo: ‘Where is everybody? I had a friend, who was in the Air Force. There were all these guys, man. Back there were all these fuckin guys! Who were my friends! Back here, there’s nothing! Remember Dan Forest? Wore this black headband. I took one of his magic markers, and I said: “If found, you mail this to Las Vegas”, ’cause we were always talkin’ about Vegas, and this fuckin’ car. This so great ’58 Chevy convertible! He was talkin’ about his car, he said we’d get cruised till the tires fell off!’

Rambo: ‘We were in this bar in Saigon, and this kid comes up, this kid carrying a shoe shine box. And there, he says: ”Shine please, shine!” I said no, and he kept askin’, yeah, and Joe would say ‘yeah’. And…I went to get a couple of beers. And the box was wired. He opened up the box… Fucking blew his body all over the place. He’s laying there and he’s fucking screaming, there’s pieces of him all over me! And I’m trying to pull them off, you know…my friend! It’s all over me! I got blood and everything and…I’m trying to hold him together, I put him together the fucking entrails keep coming out! And nobody would help! He’s saying, sayin’, ”I want to go home!” just calling my name. ”I wanna go home, Johnny, I wanna drive my Chevy!” I said: “Why I can’t find your fuckin’ legs.” ”I can’t find your legs!” I can’t get it out of my head. lt was seven years. Every day it hurts. Sometimes I wake up and don’t know where I am. I don’t talk to anybody. Sometimes a day. Sometimes a week. I can’t put it outta my mind…’

[The movie ends with Rambo crying into Colonel Trautman’s shoulder. After he surrenders with Captain Dave accompanying him in handcuffs. Rambo looks in scorn at Sheriff Teasle who’s lying on a stretcher bed just before being carted off into an ambulance and continues to walk with Colonel Trautman and Captain Dave and freeze the frame (a la most movies at that time). Cue the queue for the credits!! ].

Cheers,
Ante

Herr Drumpf
Herr Drumpf
5 years ago

I spat out the beverage I was drinking when I read the Pale Roark line. Awesome!

How high does JD go next year?? How about Benintendi??