As soon as you’re finished with this post, I want you to close your laptop, step outside and look at a bird in flight.  Pick up a flower, breathe in its fragrance, sneeze from your allergies, wave to a neighbor and close your robe because you’re not just waving with your hand.  How does that feel?  Exhilarating?  Then your dedication sucks!  It should be a total bore.  You should be more interested in whether or not I’m going to have a top 100 for the 2nd half of fantasy baseball tomorrow than what your significant other has been doing for the last three and a half months.  Luckily, I will have a top 100 tomorrow, and your significant other can remain your fantasy team.  Okay, enough hubbub on the tomfoolery!  Yesterday, Rob Refsnyder went 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer as the Yankees called him up on Saturday to be their 2nd baseman.  My middle infielder slot on all of my teams feels like the old adage, “Ridden hard and put away wet.”  If a fantasy team slot could catch an STD, my MI slot would be it.  There might not be a starter on any team that I haven’t tried once, thanks, Rendon!   Refsnyder had seven homers and ten steals with a .290 average in Triple-A and looking at him, I’m immediately reminded of Pedroia.  In other words, goodbye, Jace Peterson, hello, Refsnyder!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Clay Buchholz – Hit the DL with elbow soreness.  Oddly enough, Dr. James Andrews’s office sits on the corner of Torn ACL and Elbow Soreness.  The Red Sox called up Brian Johnson, who was the top Sawx pitching prospect left in the minors, which is kinda like being the tallest person in the Altuve family.  I’ve seen Johnson compared to Mark Buehrle and I think that was used as a positive.  Call him Burly Johnson.  Actually, don’t.  He was a pitcher and first baseman in college, and he looks like he could hit for some power, if you catch my drift.  (Read:  Big guy.)  His fastball is 90-93 MPH and his curve is his 2nd best pitch, or so it says where I was lead by Googling “Brian Johnson Red Sox” after my autocorrect Googling of “Johnson in a sock.”  Shudders!  Johnson appears to me to be a innings-eater number four starter, which is whatevs in fantasy.

Shane Victorino – 1-for-5, 1 RBI and two steals (4, 5).  As I would tell a commenter if they had the Red Sox team, trade some bats for a starter!

Sonny Gray – 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.04.  He’s turning this mother to eleven!  He’s like the Private Stock of starters!  Those other terrible malt liquor beers give you 40 oz., we here at Private Stock give you 64 oz.  Trying to understand how Gray is doing this is like trying to figure out a puzzle on the underside of a Private Stock bottlecap.  Too bad Private Stock isn’t around anymore, there could be a good YouTube video in someone finishing a 64-ounce bottle, then trying to do the bottlecap puzzle.  At a certain point, there won’t be time for Gray to regress enough for it to matter.  At this point, he’d need, like, a 5 ERA to even get his ERA back to where his xFIP says it should be.  (The preceding was done by math in my head and could be totally wrong.)  I still say Gray regresses, but he’s also my boy and this is the tough love his mother refuses to give.

Scott Kazmir – The A’s said he can start next Saturday.  Then a reporter asked if this was so they could trade Kazmir in the next few weeks, and asked Beane why were his fingers crossed.  Beane didn’t elaborate.

Stephen Vogt – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  He’s Superman, with the wind at his back, Lucroy’s Lois Lane.

Corey Kluber – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Ugh, my emotions are so mixed.  Kluber’s Ks are down the last two games, but he’s pitched much better.  Actually, I don’t own him, so why am I so empathetic?  Next thing you know I’m going to be crying at long distance phone commercials.

Dee Gordon – Dislocated his thumb on Saturday.  Waze took him across three lanes of rush hour traffic with no streetlight, but still the thumb hasn’t turned up.  The Marlins are saying Gordon may not need a DL stint.  Just pinch his thigh so he forgets the thumb pain.  That’s what my grandmother always did!  Gordon just needs to slap balls into the ground and run, so it’s not that surprising that he may not need a DL stint.

Justin Bour – 3-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs, and had two hits on Saturday.  You won’t hear me say much about hot schmotatoing in this post because, with the break, it’s like we’re getting whole new guys on the flip side of the half.

Dan Haren – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.24.  I streamed him yesterday and dropped him before the game even ended.  You know why?  No, not because I’m a total baller, but that’s a good guess.  I did it because they were in Carola Canyon and it was vs. the Reds, who sizzuck.

Neftali Feliz – Signed by the Tigers for bullpen help.  Tigers are going with the old “beat them with quantity where you can’t beat them with quality.”  Since Soria’s been egregious, Feliz could work his way into the save picture at some point, but Feliz hasn’t been all good times either, no matter what his name might suggest.  In fact (Grey’s adding on!), Feliz has been awful too.

Alfredo Simon – 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 4.53.  Damn, a waiter should go by the mound with a pepper mill, because Alfredo’s getting creamed.

Torii Hunter – 0-for-3, 1 run and his 14th homer on Saturday.  He won’t appear in the top 100 for the 2nd half tomorrow (though, maybe, I’m still fiddling), but it goes to show you how fickle a top 100 is, because Hunter has been totally fine as a third outfielder and way better than, say, Puig.

Miguel Sano – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .378.  As frequent commenter, Clyde Prompto, said, “Since Sano restored my belief in true love, I think his nickname should be ‘The Sanotebook.'”

Trevor Plouffe – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer.  As I said above, it’s hard to know hot schmotatoes at this point because of the break, but Plouffe is the type to get smoking hot for a few games at a time.

Kyle Gibson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.85.  Your peripherals look like A.C. Green, Gibson don’t call here anymore.  With an xFIP like Ben Vereen, Gibson don’t call here anymore.

Carlos Gonzalez – 1-for-3 and his 13th homer on Saturday.  Finally looking like the S in escargot is for super and not snail.

Troy Tulowitzki – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Hitting in Coors will be glorious in July and August.  Start stacking now!

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-5, 1 run, 4 RBIs.  So instead of drafting Dickerson, you should’ve drafted Charlie Big Dickerson.

Drew Stubbs – 2-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Every home game Stubbs is starting, you should be starting him on your team.

Jon Gray – Could debut this week for the Rockies.  I’m sure Prospect Mike has many things to say on Gray, but can he do it in iambic pentameter?  I don’t like Rockies pitchers; I don’t care what their pedigree is; I especially wouldn’t go near a wet-behind-the-ears Rockies pitcher.  Wet-behind-the-ears, Trump, you don’t have to deport him!

Jason Grilli – Out for the year with a ruptured Achilles.  Contrary to rumors, Archer had nothing to do with it.  Grab Johnson.  I mean…No, that’s what I mean.  Okay, Jim Johnson for completists.

Alex Wood – 5 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  You know what this means?  Now, for the rest of the season, I have to say his ERA would only be (insert number) if you remove his Coors start.

Matt Harvey – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (4 BBs), 9 Ks, ERA at 3.07.  The invisible rabbit in the room for Harvey has been the walks.  He’s about a half a walk above 2013’s walk rate, but guys returning from TJ usually lose a bit of control at first.  That’s Tommy John; guys returning from Tijuana lose control too, but I’m not talking pitching.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and three homers, his first three homers of the year.  Damn, I always thought Nieuwenhuis was just the name of a sofa in Ikea.  That screaming for joy that you hear is the one guy that owns him in a 20-team NL-Only league that only uses Mets players.

Daniel Murphy – 1-for-3 and his 5th homer.  Elias Sports Bureau said yesterday Nieuwenhuis and Murphy had the most homers for a pair of teammates whose names are pieces of furniture.

Patrick Corbin – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.40.  Here’s what a pitcher not as good as Harvey and J-Fer look like returning from similar surgery.

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer, hitting .340.  Au Shizz!

Rubby de la Rosa – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER.  I was gonna say his ERA most be close to 5 when I have him in my lineup, but then I saw his ERA is 5.06 on the year, so I was likely being generous.  Maybe I should drop Rubby and stop waiting for the reach around.

Chris Sale – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.72 vs. Jon Lester 7 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA up to 3.59.  Perfect illustration of what a top five starter looks like vs. a top 20 starter.  Maybe next time we can get Goofus and Gallant’s illustrator.

Adam Jones – 2-for-4 and two solo homers (13, 14).  Great, he’s getting hot right before he’s about to shut it down for four days and get cold again = My luck.

Max Scherzer – 8 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.11 vs. Wei-Yin Chen 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.78.  Chen went toe to toe, mano a mano, Alien vs. Predator against one of the best starters in the majors and came out looking terrific.  By the by, Alien vs. Predator isn’t a new Carl Monday show.

Jake Odorizzi – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 2.30 as he returned from the DL.  Since he had a strained oblique, I haven’t been too worried about him returning in similar form to how he left.  Yes, I’m partially deluding myself for the return of Strasburg.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Hit the DL with a strained hamstring.  Filling in for him will be Beckham and Elmore, which would make a great mystery about soccer.  Call it, Get Sporty.

Dallas Keuchel – 7 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.23.  He’ll be in the top 100 for the 2nd half that’s coming tomorrow.  Begrudgingly!

Jose Altuve – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Altuve will try to keep it up in the 2nd half, with the aid of tippy toes.

Lance McCullers – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks.  I’m gonna like McCullers so much next year, and will likely be in for a roller coaster, which should just be known as a roller-Carrasco.

Matt Moore – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 7.07.  Yesterday’s start is exactly what I’d expect from him as the best case scenario for this year.

Randal Grichuk – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs.  2nd game in a row with three hits.  What has your 5th outfielder done lately?  Well?!  Sorry, I lost it there for a second.

Jhonny Peralta – 3-for-4 and his 13th homer, hitting .298.  Over/under for the end of the season:  20 homers and .270.  I’d go under/under like I’m limboing at a bar mitzvah.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Hisashi my dashi, slurp SLURP!

Taijuan Walker – 5 IP, 6 ER.  Two baby steps forward, then you realize you were standing on the ledge of the Empire State Building.

Andrew Heaney – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.32.  As I said on Friday, I’d grab him until it’s announced that he’s being bumped from the rotation, because he’s proved he should stay in the rotation.  Then again:  The Sciosciapath.

Erick Aybar – 3-for-3, 2 runs, hitting .287.  Could it be possible that I want every middle infielder and no middle infielders?

C.J. Cron – 3-for-5, and two homers on Friday.  Cron is German for own.  Take a hint!

Chris Iannetta – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  As terrible as he is, at least he’s no Zunino.  Or metaphorically, at least he’s not as bad as Yahoo’s white background.  Change it back!  C’mon!  The Internet’s old enough now, you have to know better.  You have to!

Brandon MorrowPadres announced he’s ready for rehab.  Morrow is fine, dandy, adjective if he’s healthy, but he won’t be returning until at least mid-August and there’s still lots of time for a setback.  You ever think if his name was Brandon Today he would’ve returned by now?  Too much procrastination with Morrow.

Tyson Ross – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  For all of the agita he’s caused over the 1st half, look at his ERA.  Okay, you don’t want to open a new window, fair enough.  His ERA is 3.34.

Yovani Gallardo – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.62.  Okay, when you put it like that, a 3.34 ERA isn’t that good.

Mitch Moreland – 0-for-3 but two homers on Saturday (15, 16).  On the year, he’s only been a hair less valuable than Votto.  Speaking of hair:  I look good.

Brandon Beachy – 4 IP, 3 ER as he returned from the DL.  “Returned from the DL” and “hot damn, thank you, man!” don’t seem to be synonymous.  As I’ve said before, I’m not going anywhere near Beachy and it has nothing to do with melanoma.

Adrian Gonzalez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Fo’seriously, if he only got to 24 homers on the year, it wouldn’t surprise me.

Taylor Jungmann – 9 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.15.  I’m ready to take the training wheels off a little here and start adding him in mixed leagues.  I’d also keep an eye on the Stream-o-Nator for its thoughts.  How very Orwellian.

Khris Davis – 0-for-4 as he hit leadoff.  He doesn’t strike you as a leadoff hitter?  Yeah, me neither, but he was replacing Parra and that’s where he bats, so rather than start a whole new lineup card, Craig Counsell went with the Whiteout method of managing.

Ryan Braun – 2-for-4 and his 16th homer.  Okay, but what did Lind do?!  Kidding.  OR AM I?!  Ah, yes, caps really seals it.

Chris Heston – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  His home ERA on the year is 2.57.  Surprising, I figured a Heston would go for a 357.

Jake Arrieta – 9 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.66.  Great, now Maddon’s not using any closers!

Jose Quintana – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.69.  Since May 1st, his ERA is 3.01 in 92 2/3 IP.  Yup.

Mark Buehrle – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, moving his record to 10-5, which makes this his 15th consecutive season of ten wins.  Hey, advocates for Blyleven for the Hall, you’ll have something to do in a few years.

Jose Bautista – 1-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 4th steal.  Won’t take part in the All-Star Game, but will instead have his shoulder badged and massaged like it’s a lamb chop.  Yes, he’s going to have a little Victorian collar put on his shoulder.

Kevin Pillar – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  No, I don’t love the lineup placement either (Pillar usually bats seventh or eighth), but he is nearly a top 20 outfielder on the year, according to our Player Rater.  By the way, those that don’t trust the Player Rater are like those that don’t believe dinosaurs ever existed.

Devon Travis – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 3rd steal as he hit in the two hole.  Like sands through the hourglass, so are the middle infielders in our lives…

Paulo Orlando – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer as he steals time from my SAGNOF’er Dyson.  I will cut you, Paulo!

Kendrys Morales – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer.  This is by no means a novel thought, it’s barely a full sentence without this filler, let alone a novel, but, man, DHs are terrible across the entire league.  It’s upset Edgar Martinez so much he’s stealing tablecloths from a gay bar and wearing them as shirts.

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jonathan
jonathan
7 years ago

hey Grey – would you pick up Refsnyder for either Kang or Castellanos in a keeper league?

thanks much

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

Hiya Grey!
Pedroia coming off DL on Friday…who should I drop:
Pence, C Gomez, K Morales, E Hosmer? I also have Springer on DL.
Refsnyder also available in my league for now…
Other 2B/3B/SS I have is C Hernandez.
Thanks much!

handsome ed
handsome ed
7 years ago

Begrudging Dallas Keuchel, if the ump doesn’t miss strike 3 according to the RAYS announcers, he goes 8 scoreless….. helps my fantasy and that Dallas C-note I lost. I begrudge your begrudge.

Dommattingly
Dommattingly
7 years ago

Semien, Rollins, Jace, Flores, or Desmo ROS?!

mzyptlk
mzyptlk
7 years ago

Ref or Lamb?

Dommattingly
Dommattingly
7 years ago

Thanks man!

Dommattingly
Dommattingly
7 years ago

Souza or Byrd ROS?

Dommattingly
Dommattingly
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: drop fowler for Souza or deshields? Overall value

Skeezix
Skeezix
7 years ago

Yo Grey, in what order would you take these rookies for second half performance, considering upside and job security? The Sociapath has me all messed up yo!

Heaney
Robbie Ray
Mike Montgomery
Bolsinger
Cody Anderson
Jungmann

Skeezix
Skeezix
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thanks Grey! Only other questions is where you would add Brian Johnson into that list (if at all).

JoeG414
JoeG414
7 years ago

Please rate :Byrd, Colabello , Grichuk ( still might get enough playing time in CF when Holiday comes back ) .Dyson or Bour . 6×6 deep mixed daily roto.
Thanks.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  JoeG414
7 years ago

@JoeG414: byrd, colabello, dyson, grichuk, bour

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  JoeG414
7 years ago

@JoeG414: i’d lay money down that grichuk gets more at bats while gordon’s out than vacuuming chicken legs does, even if holiday is back in a couple of days.

Bread N Mustard
Bread N Mustard
7 years ago

Rob Refsnyder or Cesar Hernandez?

Bread N Mustard
Bread N Mustard
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thank you!

John
John
7 years ago

Our league allows us to keep one player who has 25 or less appearances in the previous year. Would you keep Schwarber or Buxton (assuming he does not come back in time to have 25 appearances at the major league level).

Thanks in advance.

John
John
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thanks!

DBo
DBo
7 years ago

Dynasty league, was offered D Travis for W Flores + Wacha. I have Iglesias at SS and Wong at 2B. Also have ML JP Crawford. Lots of injuries but for dynasty I have C Martinez, Stroman, Wheeler, Wainwright, Urias. Take the deal for Travis even with Wong? Thanks!

Milarky
Milarky
7 years ago

Great stuff as usual! Can you rank these closers (for lack of a better phrase) based on who you think will perform the best (as a closer) in the second half?

Jim Johnson
Brad Ziegler
Jason Motte

Ron D.
Ron D.
7 years ago

BTW, a random musing.. i find myself glued to this homerun derby for some reason, which reminded me of the time a couple friends and i ate some shrooms and turned the derby on… WOW.. if anybody reading this is into psychedelics i highly recommend watching some kind of sport while tripping, it is fuckin great

thanks grey

good night

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Ron D.
7 years ago

@Ron D.: I have and it made everything take forever. I lost interest and instead fixated on the gnats around the lights

Ron D.
Ron D.
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: it was more about the sounds. buzz of the crowd, crack of the bat, ball hitting the mitt.. basketball was great too; i have never tried football though. i always felt that a football sunday was too valuable to waste trippin on mushrooms

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Ron D.
7 years ago

@Ron D.: wonder if heads find the reverse true (i.e. drugs shouldn’t be wasted on football game watching). we should get one of the commenters named after hunter thompson on here and ask him, as i’d guess in his case he’d rank gambling>alcohol>drugs in that order.

Ron D.
Ron D.
7 years ago

“Could it be possible that I want every middle infielder and no middle infielders?”

LOL

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Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Ron D.
7 years ago

@Ron D.: that one broke the logic receptors in the brain.

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

are we really advised to go refsynder over jace peterson in deep leagues, and/or dynasties, i.e. are we sure about refsynder’s playing time? i’ve dropped scooter for ref in some spots, scooter is str up platooner (full time job or not, like the shirt)

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Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: jace gets caught stealing so damn much (these are net steals leagues mostly), but he has speed, so that usually works itself out. Also, in the dynasties i’m nearly out of free agent budget, and since these are yahoo’s, ref just gets added tonight at 3AM.

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Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: jace for steals/runs i’m guessing, ref for homers (yikes i see NYY are giving him the addison russell treatment (not quite as bad since AL, but still), at 9th)

JoeG414
JoeG414
7 years ago

Need hitting bad , Or I should say I need my hitters to start hitting. And Rendon and Zimm (Yes I’m still a believer) to come back. I’ve been using a rotation of Byrd, Colabello , Grichuk (I still might get playing time in CF when Holiday comes back ) and now Dyson for 2.spots . I could also add Bour ( cut Hahn ), could he be a better upgrade ?
6×6 roto daily

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

don’t know if this was mentioned before my internet usage has been shitty since my charger blew up and i had to get a lesser one in the short term since exactly one store in STL sells the right one,
but..

YAHOO IS ALLOWING US TO VOTE DOWN THIS B.S. EYE RAPING WHITE SHITE! you appear to get up to 1000 votes per email account; so let’s pull a “i’m a Royals fan and have no life so i’ll vote on lesser players to be in the all start game but voting dozens of times” only this time it is for a good cause, and we should have this right. Yahoo claims they’ve had feedback claiming that others actually wanted this white shit, yet i scream BULLSHIT on that, as
1. it just “happened” to occur the same day they added there daily betting
and
2. i’ve never heard of ONE person who’s ok with this white eye raping shit.
It surely seems much more likely that they reset their software the day of the daily fantasy betting being added and simply find it cheaper and easier to only give us the white, simpler for them option. And unless and until they lose that free ad spreading customers they’d be fine F’ing us the A for eternity.
Here’s what to do:
go to the small square NOTES button next to your league(s) name on main league page, and in the bottom of it is a “feedback” link, in that you’ll find an option to vote on either one of existing messages (and ALL of them at the top are negatively concerning this crap), or type in your own. You get to use 1-3 votes at a time, and appear to have 1,000 total votes. it also appears you can do this on each of your yahoo email accounts.

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Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: interesting, it did happen the same day, but charger went out about 3-4 hours before. make sure you tell anybody else you see whine about it. I’m getting out the vote! idea to everybody i know in yahoo leagues.

Brett
Brett
7 years ago

Deshields or avisail?

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Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: interesting i’d have thought the opposite was the answer.

brett
brett
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Is it close? Would you rather Ryan Zimmerman, Odor, Weiters, Dyson, Deshields or Trumbo over Avisail? Thinking of Trading Avisail.

brett
brett
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Grey, How close is Avisail and Deshields? Thinking of moving Avisail in a trade and not sure how big of a fall is it to the replacement options. These would be the options instead of Avisail: DeShields, Weiters, Trumbo, Ryan Zimmerman, Dyson, Byrd or Odor.

Thanks

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Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  brett
7 years ago

@brett: if avisail was healthy and hitting like he did earlier in year i’d have thought him though, but he hasn’t looked like that in a while.

Hugman
Hugman
7 years ago

1)would you trade Sano for Blackmon if you had Arenado already and needed someone who steals bases but isn’t just legs? (I’d be breaking my No Civil War Veterans On My Team policy to do so)

2)Iwakuma or Wood?

3)someone dropped Hammel in my league. Cross your fingers I can snag him after midnight tonight with my low waiver priority.

Hugman
Hugman
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I got Hammel. Good job!

John
John
7 years ago

I was offered Brantley and Sale for JD Martinez and Price. His trade would be purely for next year, I am destined for last place this year.

Thanks in advance.

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Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge
Reply to  John
7 years ago

@John: sale ain’t that much better than price (if he is) such that you take the dropoff of jew don to brantley.

Cohen
Cohen
7 years ago

Grey, Gyorko, Scooter or Cesar?

Ping pong
Ping pong
7 years ago

Grey

Great season of razzball so far????. Have find a way to make it through the next few days????

Couple of things. 5×5 12 team redraft

1. I give cole, longo, wade Davis

I get Donaldson, lirano, Robertson

2. Peterson for Zimmerman

3 Pederson for hammel or ordorizzi

Thanks as always

Ping pong
Ping pong
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks very helpful

Peterson is a tough one.

Degrom for pederson ?

Any other ideal targets?

Colton
Colton
7 years ago

Tomas or Sano ROS?

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

It seems someone dropped Lance Lynn in my league. I’ve had Hisashi and Latos stashed on my bench to see if anything comes of them but am mostly too nervous to start particularly Latos…drop either for Lynn you think?

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: That was my thinking as well, thanks Grey

Dave
Dave
7 years ago

Was offered Iwakuma for my Lucroy.
Replacements available on waivers: Jaso, A.J. Pierzynski, Wilin Rosario, Francisco Cervelli
Thought?

Scott
Scott
7 years ago

Upton or Pollock?
Upton or Revere?

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

J Upton? wow , Pollock over J Upton? (Start to trade for Pollock..)

stonepie
stonepie
7 years ago

would you trade my carrasco for his joc p? i dont use too many starters and love lefty platoon bats.

Jolly Roger
Jolly Roger
7 years ago

14 team, semi-deep 5×5 roto. 4 keepers per team, for up to 3 yrs each.

My team stinks and I’m looking forward to next year already. Would an offer of Gray + Robertson be fair to try to snag Adam Jones? This owner is in the hunt, and needs pitching.

Having a hard time gauging Gray’s value in this format. He’s been a top 10, maybe top 5, SP so far, but it doesn’t seem like he’s viewed nearly to that level.

Moistasskiss
Moistasskiss
7 years ago

In a keeper league, which side of this deal do you like better:
Side A: Tulowitzki
Side B: Samardzija & Holland

Phil
Phil
7 years ago

What are your expectations of Nola when he gets called up?

Sange76
Sange76
7 years ago

12 team h2h points keeper league.

C. S. Perez
1b pujols
2b d. Gordon (rd 8 k)
3b Seager
Ss Wilmer Flores
oF matte
Of Brantley (rd 9 keeper)
oF Adam jones
Ut c. Santana 1b/3b
Ut sano 3b rd (Rd 10 k)
Bench y. Tomas 3b/of (rd 11k)
Bench c. seager ss (rd 12 k)
P scherzer
P Arrieta
P Garrett Richards
P carrasco
P Teheran
P Ervin Santana
RP tolleson
RP Cody Allen

Updating trade talks. Trying to seal the deal on a his Tulo/Heaney for Flores/Richards deal.
He’s now saying he’d prefer carrasco instead in the deal. I’m hestitant on moving him. Would rather move Richards.

So…., take this new one, counter with Tyson Ross instead of Heaney, or play hardball and stick to the original deal?

Thank you kind sir!

Sange76
Sange76
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks. For Heaney or Ross or for “makes no difference dummy, , you’re getting Tulo to massively upgrade your ss position?”

KeeganBallz
KeeganBallz
7 years ago

One more question and then I am done I promise. Choose 3 to keep from this list please. Mookie is the only one that would be for 2 more years all the others are for 3.

Mookie
Carlos Correa
Corey Seager
Kyle Schwarber
McCullers
Devon Travis
Lorenzo Cain
Hector Olivera

22 minutes till lift off

KeeganBallz
KeeganBallz
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Sorry I forgot one more guy to choose from. Would you rather have Lorenzo Cain or Maikel Franco? And thank you for both responses, I appreciate it.

KeeganBallz
KeeganBallz
7 years ago

If you were number one on the waiver wire would you use it for Refsnyder or hold off for Hector Olivera. Everything else being in a vacuum when it comes to needs.

King Andrus
King Andrus
7 years ago

Great write up as usual Grey.

Been thinking about making a trade to get another arm since my pitching has been up and down all year. What do you think about trading Wong for Lester?

ESPN redraft H2H 6×6 w/ QS & OPS

My Staff: Carrasco, Harvey, Salazar, Odorizzi, Syndergaard, Walker, Hendricks, Familia, Ramos, Uehara, Osuna

I have Altuve, Wong and Reyes as my 2b, SS, MI but I could pick up Aybar, DeShields, ect

I’m currently in first by 20+ games so I’m a little hesitant to mess with something that’s working but I know my rotation needs some help… Thoughts?

thomas
thomas
7 years ago

Granderson or Khris Davis?

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
7 years ago

I somehow read the title as being Ram Das inspired – am I way off?
Anywho, got a question for you – I’ve consulted the ROS ESPN 12 team before analyzing trades and it seems like there are some flukey things going on, like these guys seemingly ranked way higher than I’d expect:
8: Joey Bats
24: Ortiz
30. Adrian Beltre
40: Brucely
202: Cliff Lee
While these guys are much lower:
63: JUpton
99: Hanley
114: Joc
140: Altuve
Is this an algorithm mess-up, or really the way youse feel about it?

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Cool – I knew Ruddy probably does both, just wondering about it.
Got a pregunta for you too, though you’ve been answering lots of ROS questions today…you like Jones or Upton more? I’m on the fence as Jones is starting to show signs of early season form, and Upton has been slumping something fierce.
I was offered Upton and Liriano for my Jones and Sano.
I’m pretty staked at CI with Arenado, Rizzo, Freeman and Tomas, as at OF with CarGon, Puig, Betts, Melky,and Jones. I’m always up for adding an extra stud SP, although I already have Scherzer, MadBum, and Carrasco.

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thanks – kind of what I was thinking too. I’m in Cincinnati right now and it is storming crazy, I heard that the Home Run Derby might be called off if it keeps up.

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Mrs.Featherbottom
7 years ago

@Mrs.Featherbottom: The title was written with no knowledge of Ram Dass. Cliff Lee should’ve been zeroed out (fixed). I agree that Ortiz and Beltre are too high (Steamer likes them). I’ve been bearish on J-Upton all year. Hanley is discounted for likely injuries. Joc’s RBI and AVG are depressing his value. Altuve’s value is deflated b/c it is factoring in his recent missed time.

I’d suggest resorting by $/Game which takes out any playing time impact. That moves Hanley and Altuve into the top 25.

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
7 years ago

@Rudy Gamble: Thx!

Enrique
7 years ago

Is Paulo Orlando the reason why almost twice as many team (on Yahoo! Sports) are dropping Dyson as are picking him up? Is there something else going on? Or are these managers just being stooopid?

Dangerfield51
Dangerfield51
7 years ago

Drop Lind for Cron:
H2H points 10 team keeper, daily lock.
Picked up Lind a while back while I was waiting for C Santana to heat up. Also play him and Beltre at utility, Bryant is my 3B. Also have Belt who I can plug in at 1B or OF. We vDON’T have CI or MIs.
Thanks for your help.

ashtray
ashtray
7 years ago

What are a couple of SPs that you would trade Joc Pederson for?

dom
dom
7 years ago

was sent a proposal that caught my eye… 12 team h2h OPS league…

I get Votto & Keuchel for Freeman & Cueto

pitching cats are W, L, QS, IP, K, ERA, WHIP

If I recall you don’t like Freeman

Dommattingly
Dommattingly
7 years ago

I drop Byrd for Belt right?

Dommattingly
Dommattingly
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: belt or Dexter Fowler?

tals23
tals23
7 years ago

In a 16 team weekly head to head points league, Jesse Chavez and Alfredo simon have been dropped…. Are either worth an add….I would only consider dropping SP…taijuan walker or RP… Joe Smith…. Assuming that street will only be out a few days

tals23
tals23
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:
thanks

mzyptlk
mzyptlk
7 years ago

Fowler or Rios? Also have an IF position to fill…..Gyorko, Gennet, Lamb, Suarez, Colabello are my choices from waivers….who’s best?

Scott
Scott
7 years ago

Do you think D’Arnaud will be back after the break? Um, All-Star, that is.

greg
greg
7 years ago

On a side note….man…..Franco is THIS close to 1b eligibility in Yahoo….two games….he was playing there a fair amount…..guess he’ll get it next interleague series? Would really help give me options with Miggy out, though I picked up Cron….

E
E
7 years ago

I’ve got Chapman, Papelbon, and picked up Boxberger. Chapman fell far enough in the draft for me to grab him, but SAGNOF and all that, I want to move him now to help my outfield. What would you aim to get back for him in a 12-team, H2H league?

Beastman
Beastman
7 years ago

Top of the week to all! Trade question:

Deep H2H keeper league with OBP and quality starts, no streaming SPs

I give Trumbo, $10 Pollock, $2 Salazar, Chris Carter

I get Pujols, Donaldson, Liriano

Pollock and Salazar obviously fantastic keepers but more focused on winning this year.

Make the deal?

slimbo
slimbo
7 years ago

Who is more droppable

Khris Davis or grandal? Have Martin as my catcher

Zach
Zach
7 years ago

Hey Grey. Who’s better ROS in a 10 team H2H? Melky, Khris or Granderson? Thanks

greg
greg
7 years ago

Can I bitch? Miggy, Springer, Rendon (after I picked him up), Matz, Bucholz, and Grilli all in this month or close to it. And yet, I still hover in 5th in 14 team h2h. Get well soon guys….the ones I can afford to keep.

1)First question is on Schwarber….is he truly a difference maker? Indians are so careful with Yan Gomes, I hardly know he’s in my lineup, though he shows signs of life. But Schwarber has OF elig. too…he seems special….wonder if he’s worth speculative grab.

2) Grichuk: what happens when Holliday gets back? Jay starts and he is util? Hard to imagine they’d do that, but as much as I like him, don’t want to get burned.

3) Rank these three for RUNS, SBS, and AVG, assuming healthy: Aoki, Inciarte, Eaton….

Thanks…happy monday.

greg
greg
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I’d play him in OF and at C when Gomes is taking his frequent rests…..Just need a spark, obviously, and on Yahoo, that “adds” have gone nutso on Schwarber..he’s gone from 2 percent to 13 percent owned in hours….

greg
greg
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Guess you are right. Talk is if Montero is doing extended stay on DL…..but his defense as a catcher might offset the offense he brings….but if I were the cubs I’d go Coughlin/Soler/Schwarber and bench Fowler.

I think your questions talked me out of the fervor. I’m intrigued you like Eaton so much better than Inciarte or Aoki….he’s gone back to whiffing lately….

greg
greg
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: LOL, my whole TEAM is on the DL, but those two are expected back right after ASB, Inciarte will start Friday, Aoki back as early as next Monday….

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  greg
7 years ago

@greg: was Jay playing when not getting disgraceful listed? Not too much. Grichuk will play at least 75% of the time in CF when holiday and Jay are back probably. no matter how much Matheny likes Jay he’s now seen Grichuk hit well and play better CF D than Jay is capable of for over a month.

Scott
Scott
7 years ago

So you don’t have to look above, Stubbs’ Home and Away ABs are even at 34.

Scott
Scott
7 years ago

Refsnyder or Schoop? Is Schoop still a thing?

John
John
7 years ago

Got that trade done, Richards and Pence to get Hamels and Holliday. My team terrible in SB category so those few Pence adds not going to help and prob get similar useful production from Holliday elsewhere…. now Ill just be waiting as most everyone else is to see if and where Hamels is traded so he can clear his head.

John
John
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: If Strasburg can be of any value ill have carrasco pineda keuchel hamels strasburg as my core arms. Seeing that I didnt draft an arm before pick 100 ill take it!!

Scott
Scott
7 years ago

Saw starting all-star lineups for first time. DJ starting?!?

Captian Bobblehead
Captian Bobblehead
7 years ago

Who do you like rest of season Bryant or Donaldson? Also, which of the two do you like as the better keeper next year?

Captian Bobblehead
Captian Bobblehead
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks! Would you trade Donaldson and Scherzer for Bryant in a keep forever league? My guess is that I shouldn’t make the deal…

Jon
Jon
7 years ago

Sorry for all the closer Qs. Mind to rank these three for me? Clippard, Ziegler and Johnson

Thanks, Grey!

jacque jones
jacque jones
7 years ago

Refsnyder, or Delino?(own Odor but Deshields keeps getting the nod at leadoff)
Leonys..pulse…?

Pick 2 of these beauties for 2nd half, .
Aoki, D.Peralta or De Aza.

Jonny Doey
Jonny Doey
7 years ago

What’s up grey, can you rank these closers for the rest of the season please:
Miller, Britton, Holland, Street, Allen, Papelbon, Boxberger, Gregerson

Thanks!

Jon
Jon
7 years ago

How do you rank Betances, Boxberger, Tolleson, Giles and Capps?

Jon
Jon
7 years ago

Which closer do you like the least from Motte, Clippard, Ziegler and Johnson?

mickey d
mickey d
7 years ago

alright here’s a good one for ya, a real head scratcher

eddie rosario or rob refsnyder?

any difference or flip a coin

craps
craps
7 years ago

10 team mixed non keeper. Have Desmond and lindor. Pick up refsnyder and drop which MI??

bigbear
bigbear
7 years ago

1. Who to drop for CJ Cron (if anyone)? 16 team keep 3…
2. What do you expect from Colabello in the 2nd half? Regression? Legit?

Santana – C
Morales – 1B
Odor – 2B
Sano – 3B/SS
Tulo – SS
Joey Bats? – CF/1B
Colabello – OF/1B
Dyson – CF
Bogaerts – 3B/SS
C. Davis – 1B/3B/OF
Moistasskiss – 3B (bench lately)

SP – JoFer, Carrasco, Ross, Pineda, Salazar, Richards, Ventura
RP – Papelbon, Boxberger, McGee, Tolleson, Giles

DL – Buxton and Cingrani

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: You like Colabello better than Cron? Didn’t see that coming… I’m looking a 420+ BABIP primed for a regression. And there’s no significant changes in BB/K ratios (to my novice eye). I’m trying to shop Cola for a 2B (not that Cron fills that need) to no avail at this point…

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  bigbear
7 years ago

@bigbear: Dah! Forgot about the Scociopath scenario…

Eric
Eric
7 years ago

Belt, Keuchel or J Upton, J Johnson, ROS. Thx.

nick the dick
nick the dick
7 years ago

For reals, what happened to Hitman? Ackrite was one of my favorite joints. And he had the best verse on B word N word!

MarvPesos
Avril told me to "Keep holding onnnn" (Desmond, Polanco....)
7 years ago

Grey,
10-tm h2h keeper (keep 12), balanced stats
C- C. Santana
1B – Goldy
2B – Dozier
3B – Arenado
SS – Desmond
CI – K Seager
MI – B Phillips
LF- Revere
CF – McCuth
RF – Braun
Util – Polanco
BN – Granderson
DL – Gordon

SP – Sale
SP – MadBum
SP – Arrieta
RP Perkins
RP Papelbon
P – Uehera
P – Miller
BN- Wood
BN – Carrasco
BN – Odorizzi
BN – Syndergaard
BN – Latos
DL: Matz

I figure I’m weak at SS (Desmond), MI (Phillips) and Util (Polanco).
1)Would you suggest swapping out Phillips for : R. Odor, N. Walker, E. Aybar, L. Forsythe, B. Milller
2)Would you suggest dropping Granderson for: Moreland, Grichuk, T. Hunter, Cron, Bour, B.Belt
3) Drop Papelbon and grab: Quintana, M. Estrada, C. Anderson, J. Hahn

Sorry so long, thanks for all the help in the first half
J.

Jimmy Two Times
Jimmy Two Times
7 years ago

Two questions for you sir-
Box Mcgee Ramos or Giles in a Sv’s+Hlds league with k’s and k/9?
and
Would you trade Heyward Lind Chavez for Cargon and Wacha?
Thanks!

Shin-Soo Choo Choo
Shin-Soo Choo Choo
7 years ago

Cron or Moreland?

Thanks in advance.

Shin-Soo Choo Choo
Shin-Soo Choo Choo
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: How ’bout Moss or Cron?

Whack Daniels
awlagder
7 years ago

Hey man… I never did find your email for that Kyle Lohse guess… I can just make a new email account and post it on here? I’ll keep that email open just long enough to give you my address?

Cool Hunk
Cool Hunk
7 years ago

Was offered Scherzer for Rizzo STR8 UP – am I crazy not to accept? Standard league besides OBP and QS. My pitching staff could definitely use the upgrade (Cole, Salazar, Samardjiza, E. Rodriguez, Bucholz, Hahn, B. Anderson, Cashner), but I’m always hesitant to part with a power bat. Other 1B are Encarnacion and Duda. 12 teamer

Thanks!

ScreechOwl
ScreechOwl
7 years ago

I got 99 problems, and my minor leagues getting called up to the Majors… well, that covers most of my problems. Plus the fog that turns people inside out, but the man who always wears the Greek tragi-comedy mask told me I’m not supposed to talk about that, and the horse kinda threatened me. It’s weird. I lead a weird life.

Anyway, I need another NA player, and the best guys are all taken, since this is an Athena-forsaken dynasty league, and everyone else has Hermes hand-delivering prospect recommendations along with a dozen daily pomegranate flowers and something called ambrosia. And here I am just looking at myself in the mirror and swooning.

Uh, so I need to pick between Taylor Glasnow and Luis Severino.

Thanks for your suggestions and for the bright spot of so many people’s mornings.

ScreechOwl
ScreechOwl
Reply to  ScreechOwl
7 years ago

@ScreechOwl:

Yeah, so that’s obviously Tyler Glasnow, in this universe anyway.

In the universe with the frog hats, it’s Taylor Glasnow, and he plays for the Fighting Grasshoppers in the post-apocalyptic landscape of New Amsterdam. That’s nobody’s business but the Dutch, man, and if there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s undercooked chocolate.

John
John
7 years ago

Least favorite closer. Boxberger or ramos.

Sandlot Bully
Sandlot Bully
7 years ago

Please help w/ a mid season tune up.

12 Team H2H (OBP/QS). Trades hard to come by.

C- McCann
1B- Abreu
2B- Altuve
3B- Seager
SS- Tulo
OF- Harper/ Marte / Pillar
Util- Dozier/ Burns

SP- Archer/ Gray / Ross / Shark / Buc / Chavez / Heston / Matz
RP- Chapman / Familia / KRod / Tolleson / Ramos

Questions:

1) Only have 1 DL Spot. Buc and Matz both on DL. Drop Matz and or Buc? or Hold? (Not a keeper league). Leaning toward dropping Matz but it hurts.

2) Available pitching: SP: Erasmo/ Gibson /Jungmann
RP: Johnson/ Motte

Any changes?

3) Melky, Cron, Cesar Hernandez, and Duda available. Any of these better options than Burns or Pillar?

Sandlot Bully
Sandlot Bully
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thanks Grey!

You prefer Burns > Pillar? Was really close to going Hernandez > Burns. Seems to be hitting hitting for better avg. lately w/ same stolen base potential.

Gonzo_The_Great
Gonzo_The_Great
7 years ago

Halfway through the season and my team is trending downwards at a rapid rate. 12 team – Dynasty H2H, I’m in the dead center of the standings with three other teams that are essentially at .500. Team has been destroyed by injuries (Even with extremely liberal pruning of injured players, I’ve got 7 players on the DL including Stanton, Souza, and Dickerson).

Real talk time, is it too early to start selling off pieces to build next year’s team if I think I’ve got horrifically bad odds of getting into the money?