Saw Blake Snell had a no-hitter through seven innings, but with 107 pitches thrown and I was like, “He can’t throw 90+ pitches so this will be quick,” then I remembered he threw 122 pitches in his last start and 100+ pitches in four of his last five starts, and I began to imagine the unimaginable. *wavy lines* Hey, is this imaging the unimaginable? Cool! Whoa, it’s a party in my honor with a very much alive Rowdy Roddy Piper? This is amazing. Wait, what are you doing? Don’t smash me over the head with a coconut! *wavy lines* Imaging the unimaginable stinks and the unimaginable never happens! They pulled Snell at 107 pitches. Why when he just threw 122 pitches last time? I don’t have the answer. I am the one asking the question. Blake Snell finished with 7 IP, 0 ER, zero hits, 2 walks, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.31. Snell ended the month of August with 1.72 ERA in six starts, and was his best month since 2018. If he did it last year, he would’ve won a Mickey Mouse Cy Young. But what about 2022, and why does it feel like Blake Snell is so unpredictable he’s become Robbie Ray pre-2021? He can be wildly lights-out or just wild. Maybe Blake Snell can be 2021 Robbie Ray in 2022 as long as it doesn’t mean Robbie Ray becomes pre-2021 in 2022. Why are they even connected? Again, I asked the question, that means I don’t know the answer. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Frank Schwindel – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, hitting .308. That’s Frank Schmotato to you.

Ian Happ – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer, and 3rd homer in five games. People are gonna come back next year after disappearing to fantasy football in August/September and be like, “Ian Happ ended with 25 HRs?!”

Joe Ryan – Will debut today for the Twins, and I grabbed him in one deeper league, because I have ice in my veins! Blood in my eyes! Sorry, now I’m just singing Lil’ Wayne. Ryan has great command, and strikeout stuff. Definitely worth a flyer in deeper leagues, or, well, maybe any leagues.

Hirokazu Sawamura – Hit the Covid IL. He’s the 5th Red Sox player to catch it since last week. Since Hunter Renfroe was away from the club, he’s gonna have to pitch and play eight positions, and, if he does, Shohei will shrug and do the same plus manage!

Xander Bogaerts – Also, hit the Covid IL for the Red Sox, and that makes it six. Bogaerts actually played part of the game, which is just so utterly confounding to me. How are we so far into this thing that we can’t get test results prior to first pitch?

Ryan Yarbrough – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.50. Due to the Streamonator, I grabbed him for this start, and I absolutely will drop him for someone else today. Like a four-year-old shuffling, it’s all hands on deck this time of year.

Randy Arozarena – 1-for-3, 2 runs, and his 18th homer. He’s just passed his 2020 home run total. Wow.

Adalberto Mondesi – Worked out with the Royals at their stadium, and the Royals were like, “Who are you?”

Amed Rosario – 5-for-5, 5 RBIs and his 9th and 10th homer, hitting .290, and one of his homers was an inside-the-parker that happened when Edward Olivares hit the wall and fell down, and I was just listening to the game, not watching, and I heard, “Olivares went down,” and I thought he was sent to the minors again. As for Amed, I grabbed him about six weeks ago in my shallowest league, and I’d take Trevor Story out my lineup before Rosario.

Zach Plesac – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.49. He literally turned his season around as soon as I dropped, which brings me to my question: Why is he watching my waiver wire moves?

Austin Gomber – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.53. I dropped Plesac for Gomber, which explains both of their changes in fortunes, and why I’m trying to climb into a trash compactor.

C.J. Cron – 2-for-4 and his 25th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games, and third homer in the last five games, and he’s not even in Coors. Look at Curtis Jackson Cron getting in good with da fantasy club.

Ryan McMahon – 1-for-4 and his 20th homer. And you said he retired after April! Liar!

Leody Taveras – 1-for-3 and a slam (2) and double legs (5, 6), and 2nd game in a row with a homer. So, can this hot schmotato Leody only play well in the last 30 games of a season?

Nate Lowe – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer. He has two homers in every month since May. Just making it under the wire in August.

Tarik Skubal – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.26. Well, the good news is he didn’t only go 4 2/3 IP, which seems how long every pitcher is going this year. The bad news? Everything else. Streamonator loves his next start, but I’m super gun shy now.

Derek Hill – 3-for-5 and his 3rd homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games. Deez nuts to think D. Hill can be a hot schmotato? No, not at all. I’ve already added Derek Hill to this week’s Buy column, which will be on the Patreon later today.

Robbie Grossman – 2-for-4 and his 20th homer. Between Zack Short playing short and Grossman being in the Tigers’ lineup, this is the most aptonyms the Tigers have had since Fielder was fielding, and Smyly after he heard about Avisail with Fielder’s wife.

Matt Chapman – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 22nd and 23rd homer. Hadn’t watched a lot of Tigers games this year, but I wanted to see Skubal so I watched yesterday (sorry about that), and the ball was really flying out of the park. Obviously from the two homers, but Chapman didn’t even seem like he hit them that hard.

Jared Walsh – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 25th homer, hitting .265. The last time I saw Walsh do anything The Peach Pit was up and running.

Shohei Ohtani – 0-for-2, 2 runs and two steals (21, 22), one of which was a steal of home. Because of course. Also, in this game, David Fletcher (1-for-4, 1 run) stole two bags (12, 13); Phil Gosselin (1-for-4, 2 RBIs) stole his 2nd and was Gary Sanchez (1-for-4 and his 18th homer) rolling the ball back to the mound. Maybe with how Jameson Taillon (4 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.44) was pitching it was smart. Less time Taillon spent with the ball, the better.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 18th homer. HR to the Izzo!

Michael Conforto – 1-for-1, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer. His home run was a blast to the upper deck as the Mets swept their “months apart” doubleheader. I don’t even know how that April suspended game played out, after looking for a box score (for 15 seconds) and not finding one. Something about Javy Baez losing an earring. Ha, baseball, never change.

Lance Lynn – Hit the IL with “Rodon’s back from the IL after faking an injury and now, as we gear up for the playoffs, we’re going to rest Lynn.” Hopefully it’s a ten-day injury, but it might be a “We really don’t need him to throw anymore regular season innings” injury. This is obviously great news for Reynaldo Lopez.

Lucas Giolito – 4 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 hits, 4 walks, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.69, but left early with hamstring tightness. He winced after a warm-up pitch, and he’ll likely be shut down for a few weeks. Welcome to “Trying To Field A Team During The H2H Playoffs” Season!

Yasmani Grandal – 1-for-2 and his 18th homer, and 4th homer in the last three games. You know this guy, so let me vent about an unrelated topic. The wins stat needs revamping. A starter leaves after 4 2/3 IP of scoreless baseball gets a no decision and the guy who comes in and gets one out gets the Win because he finished the 5th? How does this make any sense? It’s not hard to fix this. Simply give the win to the guy who throws the most innings in a game.

Brandon Belt – 1-for-5 and his 20th homer, and his 9th homer in August. This month was obviously the high-water mark for his season, but he’s been remarkably solid all year–Oh, wait, it’s the San Fran Genies and their stupid wishes!

Mookie Betts – 1-for-2, 2 runs, and his 19th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. Everyone has been able to come out of their funk except Cody Belanger.

Joc Pederson – 1-for-2 and his 16th homer, as he returned to Los Angeles. Wonder if Dave Roberts saw him batting 8th and was like, “Geez, he must be struggling,” when Joc is doing exactly what he does every year, he was just never a leadoff hitter.

Zack Greinke – Hit the Covid IL. Greinke said, “This is worse than when they raised the price of guac at Chipotle.”

Lance McCullers – 5 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.20 vs. Yusei Kikuchi – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.12. Think the Mariners are going to come up short with their playoff run, but it has been truly incredible seeing them even come this close. Both of these guys line up to face each other again in Houston, and Streamonator hates Kikuchi there, and I don’t blame the lonely robot.

Abraham Toro – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 10th homer. It was a grand slam off Graveman. I know it was off Graveman because it buried me. Why is it always when you think you’re having a great day it’s killed in the last possible moment?

Andrew McCutchen – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 22nd homer. Dude’s out there on one leg, 15 years older than Cody Belanger–Hahahahaha, I make everything about how much I hate Cody Belanger, don’t I? I’m working through the pain!

Matt Vierling – 4-for-5, 2 runs. Fun fact! Grey thought Matt Vierling was an ESPN broadcaster. So, Vierling is the Phils’ Hoskins replacement vs. lefties, sharing time with the red-hot Brad Miller (1-for-1, 2 RBIs), hitting his 15th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, and third homer in his last five games.

Victor Robles – Optioned to the minors. Thanks to this guy whenever someone says “victory” I can’t help think, “Are they saying it’s very Victor-y Robles? Because that’s bad.” Andrew Stevenson was recalled, but Lane Thomas prolly sees the biggest boost in playing time, so if your league has an at-bats category, lowercase yay. I kid, kinda. Thomas has been decent for deep leagues.

Carter Kieboom – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games. Been saying he’s a schmotato for a while, so I went to look at his rostered percentages on ESPN, and in the last day he’s dropped to 5% rostered. Guessing that’s out of 100%, but out of 10% would make more sense.

Nate Pearson – Will be promoted today to join the Jays’ pen. Pearson of interest? You don’t have to Caviezel me on it!

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1-for-4 and his 39th homer, and third homer in two games. Cake Batter back to shakin’ and bakin’.

George Springer – Left with an injury, and I didn’t get to put my “under” bet in for a week until his next injury.

Gregory Polanco – Signed with the Jays. Polanco 2022 All-Star 25/20/.280 season incoming!

Brad Hand – Returned from the bereavement list to find out he was designated for assignment. That’s the worst “talking to the Hand” since Jerry Springer revealed a baby’s daddy was also the daddy’s daddy.

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Jeffe
Jeffe
11 months ago

Alex Reyes or Jordan Romano? I know Reyes lost his gig, but is he worth dumping right now?

Jeffe
Jeffe
Reply to  Jeffe
11 months ago

Or even pick up Gallegos?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
11 months ago

DL drop Lance Lynn for a 2-start Freeland vs SF and at PHL?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  rhodyballer
11 months ago

I could also lose Manaea

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Twins replaced Joe Rysn to keep him from facing Frank Scwindel a second time.

K.R.
K.R.
11 months ago

Do or die next week h2h points league

Drop M. Yaz, B Crawford, M Brantly, Yuli, C Taylor

to add Sewald for Saves

K.R.
K.R.
Reply to  K.R.
11 months ago

Sorry,
I dropped Kluber. My league has a child loose on the waiver wire. He has zero probability to make playoffs so he went and added all the 2 start pitchers for next week and key batters.
It’s hard to not leave a ill comment to him on league chat.

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  K.R.
11 months ago

No consolation playoffs?

Alex
Alex
11 months ago

Drop Straw to activate Mondesi? I think the Royals remember him now haha. I had no clue he was activated until seeing his stat line so far.

Or drop Ottavino or Bednar?

Pitching is sketchy as I try to limp into the playoffs with $5.

Giolito
Framber
McCullers
McClanahananan
Reynaldo
Suarez
Megill
Hader
Clippard
Bednar
Otto

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Yeah I’ve been happily rolling with Dansby since July.

Alex
Alex
11 months ago

Drop Straw to activate Mondesi? I think the Royals remember him now haha. I had no clue he was activated until seeing his stat line so far.

Or drop Ottavino or Bednar?

Pitching is sketchy as I try to limp into the playoffs with $5.

Giolito
Framber
McCullers
McClanahananan
Reynaldo
Suarez
Megill
Hader
Clippard
Bednar
Otto

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Edman wants to be Treat Urner. Maybe Tomed Man?

Alps
Alps
11 months ago

Grey
Drop Baddo for Taveras
Would you also do in a keeper league

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
11 months ago

Here’s an interesting offer, maybe?… $16 Xander or $9 Ketel and $9 Kelenic?

Keep forever $3 annual inflation

Thanks!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
11 months ago

I like that Xander side. I suppose if you’re a Kelenic believer that’s pretty good too. But I’m not a believer at all.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
11 months ago

Hey Grey,

Serious question here. I’m about to cut Cody Bellinger. At least I’m seriously considering it. It’s my Keeper (Keep 12 team) and I simply don’t see myself keeping him. I kinda need the roster spot for a holds guy. Cutting Bellinger for a Holds RP seems idiotic I know, but this is the covid world we live in. I don’t play Bellinger any more. I have better options (Not much better but still better) in Myers, Renfroe, Solak, Mancini and Austin Riley for the outfield. I also have Trout if he ever comes back.

Considering what Bellinger has devolved into, do you think it’s reasonable to drop him as a move to chase holds stats in a head-to-head league? It’s hard to comprehend I’m even considering this. But he’s dead weight on my roster and I don’t see how I can trust him enough to play him anyway moving forward when Dave Roberts doesn’t.

Drop him and move on?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Here’s the guys I’m considering ahead of him:

Trout
Ohtani
India
Riley
Machado
Story
Muncy
Semien
Bieber
Julio Urias
Adley Rutschman
Julio Rodriguez

I also have Jazz, Mancini, Grandal, Renfro and Stroman that I could keep instead.

Obviously, keeping Adley and Julio Rodriguez are based on their projection to hit the ground running next season, which I believe will happen. I’ve lost all faith in Bellinger.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

yeah, someone else will clearly grab him and hope he gets it back. That’s the risk I take if I drop him. I guess the question is, do you believe he’s gunna bounce back? Tough question to answer but I don’t really believe he’s gunna be what he was a couple years ago. Still can be a decent player but an MVP caliber player? I don’t buy it. He looks completely lost.

If I keep Bellinger and let Julio or Adley go, they would be the first guys off the board since we start our draft in round 13. So that’s where I’m at. No matter who I let go, they’re getting picked up by someone else. The question is who is going to hurt less to let go. I think Bellinger hurts less long term.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Harley Earl
11 months ago

And, to your point, someone else who picks Bellinger up pretty much gets stuck using a keeper on him without any guarantee the guy is any better next year. Could be a completely wasted keeper spot.

So strategy does come into play with the move. So, all that said, does letting him go even seem reasonable to you?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

yeah, that’s kinda my thought process too.

Martin Rostoker
Martin Rostoker
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

Once again Yu Darvish is having a terrible outing. He didn’t even last three innings. I was thinking of benching him until he has one good outing. Am I overreacting?

Thoughts?

Martin

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
11 months ago

Hey Grey! Which side do you like in the below keeper trades?

$6 Ketel or $5 Mullins

Mullins or Walsh

Thanks!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks!

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
11 months ago

Happy National Burnt Ends Day; its smoked meats for dinner!!

Got 2 quick onee for ya today.

1.) I need to drop someone to activate Urquidy, who goes?

2.) I’m really hurting for saves, is anyone listed below worth adding? If so, who would you drop
– Clippard
– Bednar
– K. Finnegan
– Steckenrider
– Wick

Roster
12-team, 6×6 (OPS/QS), H2H, Redraft league

C: Stassi
1B: Freeman
2B: Altuve
3B: Arenado
SS: Story
IF: W. Franco
OF: Franmil Reyes, Adolis, Springer
UTL: Jazz
BN: Wisdom, Nicky Lopez, Benintendi, Rodgers
SP: Woodruff, Gausman, Ryu, Framber, Means, Sonny Gray, McClanahan, Z. Thompson
RP: Chapman, Kennedy, C. Green

IL: Urquidy,

NA: Edward Cabrera

thanks as always!

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thank you as always.

And I actually dropped Thompson already, so he’s no longer on my squad.

Thanks again

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

All good. I think I should be ok just adding Clippard unless you think:
Chapman
Kennedy
Green
Clippard

Aren’t enough

hot corner
hot corner
11 months ago

Man, the Mets really are a mess. One GM fired for sending naked selfies and another gets a DUI after a party at the owners house. You can’t make this stuff up.

Will
Will
11 months ago

Frickin’ Darvish got shelled today by one of the worst teams in baseball. 76 pitches, 9 baserunners, 5 earned runs, and couldn’t even get out of the third inning. His July and August ERA were over 7.00 and 6.00, now this. I’m wondering more and more if he was a sticky stuff user and can’t pitch effectively without it.

/rant over

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
11 months ago

Like I’ve said for three years now. Arozarena and Adolis Garcia are the same players. Probably twins separated at birth. Except I may be wrong, Garcia may actually be better than Arozarena instead of his equal.

All that talk of Arozarena being a superstar and blah, blah, blah was horseshit. He’s a nice player but he ain’t ever gunna be a superstar. I had him for around 18 HR and 18 SBs this year. I’ll be wrong by a few but not nearly as wrong as the idiots that drafted him in the second and third rounds.

Let’s call him Randy for now on. Because he hasn’t earned last name star status.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Adolis has hit pretty well over the last couple of weeks – .286 with an .851 OPS, 3 HRs, 7 RBI and a steal. He’s going to end up with mid-30s home runs, double digit steals and perhaps a .250 average and close to an .800 OPS for the season. That will play. Plus I like that he’s in the lineup usually batting third every single day.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

I noticed you called him Randy. Smooth. Real smooth brother.

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
11 months ago

Which of these 3 would you start in a points league: McKenzie @KC, Houck CLE, Archer MIN, Means @NYY, Montas @TOR

thanks!

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
11 months ago

Oh my… Just saw Yu’s stat line. He’s broken.

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

2 weeks left in the league. I’m thinking drop? His matchups aren’t getting better than the D-backs (LAA and SFG).

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
11 months ago

DeSclafani’s last few starts have been very forgettable, maybe the 100 more innings this year vs. last? He’s only pitched 5 innings once in his last 5 starts. Heading into my H2H playoffs, I’m thinking of dropping him for Houck who should at least have a fresher arm. Is it crazy? Maybe stream that spot for the last few weeks? Thanks.

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Ugh, Rich Hill got pushed back and is now pitching @WAS.

SON likes these streams better:
Nestor Cortes vs BAL
Tyler Anderson @ARI
Wacha vs MIN

Do you like any of these starts over Rich?

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Minor got pushed back to next week @ BAL so I dropped him like a hot potato and picked up Joe Ryan for tonight. Wish us luck!

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Good luck to us! (clinks Bobas)

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Noooooooo

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Noooooooo

bigbear
bigbear
11 months ago

Regarding the Ws: But the stats and history! Frowny face shruggy emoji… I like your solution.

No interest in Pearson in relief. But Reynaldo’s got me piqued!

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

What are your thoughts on Nicky Lopez playing time when Mondesi gets back in the field? Whit to the OF? Thinking of dropping Lopez to pull Mondesi off the IL instead of temporarily using my streamer spot. Need the Sagnof though…

In one league I only have Triston McKenzie on the IL! And he’ll be back in a couple of days.
Not sure what to think of that stroke of luck heading into H2H playoffs!

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  bigbear
11 months ago

Or dropping Mancini instead? Have Walsh and Belt too.

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  bigbear
11 months ago

Mondesi will either DH or play 3B, so shouldn’t impact Nicky.

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
11 months ago

Urquidy or R. Lopez?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  rhodyballer
11 months ago

Also leave Kluber alone or scoop him?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
11 months ago

Dakota Hudson, we like him for 2022 and beyond or does he walk too many, without a lot of K’s

The Original Whatever
The Original Whatever
11 months ago

12 team keeper league using OBP and SVH:

My Renfroe (8) and Stroman (1) for Tim Anderson (22). I need a SS for 2022 badly.

The Original Whatever
The Original Whatever
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Yeah he countered and I accepted.

Final deal: Turner (17) and Stroman (1) for Tim Anderson (22)

The Original Whatever
The Original Whatever
Reply to  The Original Whatever
11 months ago

Justin Turner

eballs
eballs
11 months ago

Start two (points league)

Means @ NYY
Paddack vs HOU
Luzardo vs PHI
Carlos Hernandez vs CWS
Houck vs CLE
Houser vs STL

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

1. “Don’t cry for Argentina”; I have Jameson Taillon, Austin Gomber and Patrick Corbin on my staff. I realize that I just have to be selective on any starts. The following three on available on the waiver: JA Happ, Drew Rasmussion and Paolo Espino. Do I stay the course or waive any or all of these three and take any of those on the waiver list? Thoughts?

2. Chris Taylor is available. Do I take him and then have to waive one of the following: Kolten Wong or Luis Urias?

3. I have played all season with one catcher (JT Realmutto). Do I stay the course or take either one of the following: Daulton Varsho or Tyler Stephenson. Do I take one of these two players, then I would have to cut one of the following:

LaMonte Wade Jr.
Robbie Grossman
Kris Bryant
Andrew McCutchen
Kolen Wong
Luis Urias.

As always, your help is appreciated!
Martin

Derek Dust
Derek Dust
11 months ago

The last time I saw Walsh do anything The Peach Pit was up and running.
????
So good…

lwomack58
lwomack58
11 months ago

Would you stream Odorizzi @ SEA today?

Or pickup McHugh and hope for a win or hold?

Thanks

lwomack58
lwomack58
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thank you

Dude
Dude
11 months ago

Need QS-Have to be smart with GS limit
Will Gausman get one tonight vs Brewers?

PDXExpress
PDXExpress
11 months ago

Morning Grey!

Tapia or Leodys ROS? Thanks, and have a boba filled day!

Steve
Steve
11 months ago

Taveras or Duran, 14T obp

Thanks

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
11 months ago

Starting Wade Miley today vs STL

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Dang we should not have

Cohen
Cohen
11 months ago

Need to drop one?
Kitteridge
Barlow
Chafin
Gallegos
McGee
Colome

Jack
Jack
11 months ago

Bell or Schwindel?

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
11 months ago

Would you drop Verdugo for Renfroe?

RazzyBaby99
RazzyBaby99
11 months ago

Razzy baby, I’ve got Urquidy coming back from the IL and I don’t know who I should drop (if not Urquidy)?

-John Means
-Luis Garcia
-Shane McClanahan
-Sean Manea

Thanks!

MarvPesos
Marv
11 months ago

Hey Grey,

12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 10) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. LIMIT of 3 moves per week.

So I guess Minor was skipped all together so that was a great use of one of my moves FML. Along with all the postponed games, it’s only Weds and I’m already in a deep hole. The guy I’m playing this week is basically tied with me and the winner this week makes playoffs (it’s currently 11-3 for him, ouch).

So my thinking is focus on Hitting stats and try to get some points back. I’m basically behind on each category so I figure drop Straw and Minor today and grab the hottest guys I can (with best schedules, which 2 bats you grabbing?

N. Lopez (CLE, CHW, CHW, CHW)
J. Soler (@COL, @COL, @COL, @COL)
I. Happ (PIT, PIT, PIT, PIT)
B. Dalbec ( @TB, CLE, CLE, CLE)
B. Miller ( @WAS, @MIA, @MIA, @MIA)
N. Solak ( @LAA, @LAA, @LAA)
J. Wendle ( BOS, MIN, MIN, MIN)
F. Schwindel (PIT, PIT, PIT, PIT)
D. Hill (OAK, @CIN, @CIN, @CIN)
M. Conforto (MIA, @WSH, @WSH, @WSH)
A. Duvall (@COL, @COL, @COL, @COL)
R. Grossman (OAK, @CIN, @CIN, @CIN)

My team:
C – G. Sanchez
1B – J. Votto
2B –K. Marte
3B – J. India
SS – C. Seager
CI – P. Goldschmidt
MI – M. Straw
LF – E. Jimenez
CF – T. Hernandez
RF – C. Yelich
Util – S. Marte
BN – T. Mancini
IL – G. Torres (IL)

SP – W. Buehler
SP – Aaron Nola
SP – S. Ohtani *DTD
RP – J. Hader (RP)
RP – E. Diaz (RP)
P – J. Romano (RP)
P – M. Fried
BN – M. Minor
BN – J. Means
BN – T. Mahle
BN – R. Suarez (@MIA)
BN – C. Hernandez (CLE)
IL – T. Glasnow (IL)
IL – A. Civale (IL)
Thanks, Marv

MarvPesos
Marv
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

I should’ve mentioned, if I drop Straw to get one of them, at least one of them needs 2B/3B, basically cant pick up 2 OF’s so pick up Soler and who ?

MarvPesos
Marv
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

I think Luzardo would be the only lefty (so he’d most likely sit that game). he’d lose 1 of the 4 possible games

MarvPesos
Marv
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Well I currently have zero SB’s but so does the competition. Typically I get about 6-8 per week with the competition usually getting 3-5. So I would say I should be good (but yes, at this moment, we are both tied at 4)
R – my12 his 16
H- my 15 his 23
HR- my 4 his 8
RBI – tied 12
SB – tied 0
BB – tied
his AVG, OPS & XBH are higher than mine

might end up being one of those frustrating H2H weeks where my team takes the week off, but i’ll at least go down swinging and being active manager.

thanks, Marv

The Big Yabu
The Big Yabu
11 months ago

Fried’s last month: 5 GS, 4 W, 1.36 ERA, 0.82 WHIP
starting today @LAD (against Scherzer)
SON says -$2.0
start or sit for you? thanks!

Hesh
Hesh
11 months ago

Rosario’s a terrible SS, but he can hit. That trade may end up being one to remember for Mets fans. Rosario was going to be our version of a Lindor, now we gave him up for the real Lindor, and might end up paying for his wonderful career in Cleveland. Conforto is starting to show some signs, he has to have one good month, do I pick him up and start him over Pollacck or Renfro? Mets have the Nats and Marlins next week. Dodgers have SD, and STL, Boston gets TB and White Sox. Thanks in advance.

Whatever
Whatever
11 months ago

Finally got the balls to drop Trout yesterday and Fantrax wouldn’t let me do it since he’s still on the can’t cut list. That pick is the gift that keeps on giving.

Ellis
Ellis
11 months ago

Three way race for First, Xander is down, Villar or Amed to replace him, thank you!

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
11 months ago

Think we get anyone good for September callups today? I am thinking mostly bullpen dreck but an outside shot at Baz

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Are you starting him tonight vs. the Cubs? Or wait and see?

Billy Loverocket
Billy Loverocket
11 months ago

Grey you said, “Why is it always when you think you’re having a great day it’s killed in the last possible moment?”

I tell you what, I had that same feeling and found a solution – I dropped all my RPs. I’d have great days – Batters doing their job, SPs putting up good #s, then BAM! RPs messing up my ratios.

I am in a 10 Team Roto league. I’m 5th in saves. The person in front of me has 20 more than me, the person behind me is 15 back. I was stuck in 4th/5th place overall. The beginning of August I started toying with the idea of dropping my RPs and going all starters. A few days after that 2 of my 3 RPs got lit up. I cut them. 2 days later, the other got rocked – so, I cut him.

My SPs have not betrayed me (I use Streamanator + my hunches). In the last month I’ve only had 3 bad games from my SPs (and they were of the 4 or 5 run variety – not disasters). I was stuck in 7th/8th in ERA, 8th/9th in WHIP. Today, I’m in 3rd in ERA, 5th in WHIP. And the cherry on top, I went from 4th/5th to 1st place with a 6.5 point lead!

Sometimes you have to be bold! If I feel like I need saves near the end to keep the lead, I’ll weigh if I can lose that point or add someone.

I love your site. Typically, I ask a few questions a year. This year, I’ve been good. Lastly, if I win this year – I will be the first person to win the title 3 years in a row. This is my 6th year in a league that’s been around for 25 years. I have won it 3X, 2nd once, and 4th once. This site and your blog are my secret weapon (as are your rankings – I use them for the draft & kill it every year).

Thanks Dude!

ryanoger
ryanoger
11 months ago

Kieboom or Donaldson ROS?

Thanks man

englishmetsfan
englishmetsfan
11 months ago

The ‘wins’ issue is the thing I hate most about baseball. It makes no sense.

A starter throws 6 shut out innings, and leaves with the lead.
His moronic bullpen blows the lead.
His team still wins.
The SP, or pitcher who threw the most innings, should absolutely get the win.
Not the pitcher that blew the save/hold, or whatever.

Can we start a petition?

Not I am angry again (but at least I am not alone…)

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
11 months ago

Who do you like better ROS: D. Hill (Det) or L. Taveras (Tex) H2H, 6×6 OPS. Would you drop any bats below to make room for either? I only have 4 moves left ROS

I am in the semi’s this week and next, my current lineup:
C: Haase & C. Kelly
1B: Muncy
2B: J. Rojas
3B: Wisdom
SS: Boba
OF: C. Mullins
OF. J. Soto
OF. G. Springer
Util: F. Reyes
Bench: C. Kelly
Bench: ConnorJoe

Thanks

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks!

Troy
Troy
11 months ago

Eliser Hernandez throws 5 innings of one run ball but no gets any credit for it. Per both cbs and yahoo in order to get the stats he has to be in your starting line up on 4/11 when the game was initially suspended. Too bad at that time he was on the 60 day IL. I feel so stupid for Nat activating him and putting him in my line up while he had a torn bicep…if I only been paying attention

zombie
zombie
Reply to  Troy
11 months ago

Seriously?! Was patiently allowing ESPN to catch-up. But, I guess not. That is absurd. Need that W!

Hesh
Hesh
Reply to  zombie
11 months ago

He didnt get a W Mets scored 5 in the 9th and won

Nordberg
Nordberg
11 months ago

I woke up to an inflated ERA from Graveman also. I also woke up to mixed emotions of the grand slam for my offense. I hope this means Toro is heating up again.

Tom
Tom
11 months ago

If Mondesi is back tonight, who’s the drop: Amed, Avisail or Rodgers?
Drop Trivino for Chafin or hold?

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  Tom
11 months ago

I’ll let Grey answer your questions, but Mondesi is indeed playing tonight in the DH spot.

Phil
Phil
11 months ago

Grey, where do you see Amed Rosario ranked next year? Overall and among shortstops?

Alps
Alps
11 months ago

Grey
I am sure your tired of Bellinger questions but…
He is just awful
5 weeks left is he worth keeping
Options are Dalbec, Austin (Willie Mays) Hays or Bradley Zimmer
Thoughts??

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
Reply to  Alps
11 months ago

Bellinger. Is. The Worst.

CTFDU
CTFDU
11 months ago

Hi Grey, Jorge Soler or Pollock ROS

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
Reply to  CTFDU
11 months ago

Pollock for avg. and a few SBs, Soler for dongs.

Phil
Phil
11 months ago

Graveman killed me too at the last second. Also, sonavabench! Schwarber and Rosario on my bench and I needed those homers and ribbies. Ugh. My first place lead is dwindling, Grey. I might hurt myself if I end up losing after being in first for the last four months.

Who would you start moving forward for ROS?

Lindor or Rosario at SS?

Need 4 OFs…Juan Soto is obvious, so really just three of the following for ROS (I do need both pop and speed and even average and OPS, so it’s tough):

Franmil, Yelich, Schwarber, Arozarena (one odd man needs to be benched).

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
11 months ago

Serious with Polanco, stash him for 2022?
Taveras, worth a stash for 2022?
Robles, Victor, stash for 2022?

I also have questions and you always have the answers, me over the internet webs amigo

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks
Im doing OK, good days and bad. Back to Cardiologist this month for follow up on my 8 day stay in the hospital back in June,

Thanks for asking

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thank you and I will

zombie
zombie
11 months ago

Grab a bat (the flying kind) and assemble the Ozzie Prayer Circle, please.

zombie
zombie
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

In somewhat related news, our Staten Island friends return tomorrow night! “Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.” Bela Lugosi

Kelley Hayes
Kelley Hayes
11 months ago

Please rank. [email protected], Musgrove vs Hous, [email protected], Webb vs. Milw

Matty
Matty
11 months ago

I was expecting Robbie Ray to get the lede for his new record- most K’s through 1000 IP. (Thanks Elias Sports Bureau). At least he was somewhere in the lede.

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Oh em gee, your Tigers aptonyms blurb had me rollin’ like a cat playing with catnip!

jogon
jogon
11 months ago

Hey,

ROS : L.Taveras or Baddoo ?

Thanks

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  jogon
11 months ago

Leody

hot corner
hot corner
11 months ago

You actually hit the nail on the head with Snell. He changed his pitch selection. Basically got rid of his change-up, lowered his curve usage and is working heavily off fastball/slider. Guy on another site actually said that he is going the “Robbie Ray route.”

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Yeah. It was Nathan Dokken…

“In August, Snell has dropped his curveball in favor of more fastballs and sliders. He has essentially scrapped his changeup, as well. He has also been taking a page out of the 2021 Robbie Ray School of Pitching and has done his best to pound the zone. “

Curtis Jones
Curtis Jones
11 months ago

Amed Rosario has been so awesome. Has absolutely carried me between the SBs and HRs at times. All for waiver wire fodder.

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
11 months ago

Great write up Grey!

No needs just best production. Votto or Amed for my H2H playoff run?

Thanks,
LG

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  LG Baseball
11 months ago

Votto

A guy in a league full of dumb-dumbs
A guy in a league full of dumb-dumbs
11 months ago

My hare-brained idea to replace wins and/or quality starts:
Quality Innings! One for each complete inning pitched where the pitcher did not allow an earned run, and allowed no more than 1 hit/BB.

Ante Galic
Ante Galic

Guy!

Not a hair-brained idea.

Cheers,
Ante

Peter guigli
11 months ago

Your Edward Olivares comment reminded me listen to the Padres game years ago in the car. The announcer said “ Winfield going back he hits his head against the wall it’s rolling back towards second. I almost drove off the highway thinking David was decapitated.

Dave D
Dave D
11 months ago

I like the subtle “Cody” Mark Belanger reference. Good one!

galica123
galica123
11 months ago

Grey!!!

Beaute (I’m using the French form ’cause my pitching was tres grave, man!)

a. Thanks for the Ryan heads up.

b. Benched Schwindel over Wisdom and now I’m dizzy (get it? Schwindel in English means dizziness).

c. Marx Brothers quote of the day for September 1, 2021

Bob Roland: ‘General Smith reports a gas attack. He wants to know what to do.’

Rufus T. Firefly: ‘Tell him to take a teaspoonful of bicarbonate baking soda and a half a glass of water.’

Bob Roland=Zeppo; Rufus T. Firefly=Groucho

Duck Soup

d. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for September 1, 2021

Reggie also divulged the story behind his iconic mustache — one that started a team trend in 1972 — while he played for the Oakland Athletics.

He said his teammates thought he wanted to draw attention to himself with the look, and thought if they grew mustaches, Reggie would be forced to shave it off because he would not be unique.

Instead, the Athletics’ owner, Charlie Finley, paid every member of the team $300 to grow a mustache, and held a mustache game to attract more fans.

‘I was making about $30,000 a year and $300 was a lot to me,’ Reggie said.

Cheers,
Ante

lindorphins
lindorphins
11 months ago

Any idea/guess how they’ll use Pearson? I would think low leverage situations at first but I’m a sucker for relievers with SP-eligibility that can chip in some holds or even an occasional save. I’ve been monitoring Merryweather’s comeback for the same reason. Thanks!