My brain whenever I see Brandon Lowe: “It’s Low, right? No, you idiot, it’s like Lau! LAU! LAU! Say LAU! Which is pronounced like Low, right? NO! It rhymes with chow! It’s Lau!” Then, I compose myself and pronounce it as “Low.” Literally, without fail. I hope you do this too, so I’m not alone. It would make me feel better. Thank you. Yesterday, Lowe–Lau! But spelled Lowe!–went double ding dong, as he led-off (3-for-4, 3 RBIs) with his 27th and 28th homer. Also, in the Hooters-adjacent Tampa Bay-adjacent St. Pete’s Basilica, Kevin Kiermaier (1-for-4) hit his 4th homer; Brett Phillips (2-for-4) boogied his way to his 10th homer and Mike Brosseau (1-for-4) hit his 5th homer. Now I see why Brosseau, “Whoa.” Lowe, though (doesn’t rhyme), is repeating his HR/FB% from last year’s breakout, along with FB%, and HardHit%, but not really his strikeouts. He’s way more aggressive at the plate (O-Swing% and Swing% up), and unfortunately for him, he’s making more contact on junk pitches. Wish the average was higher for Lowe (that’s not a pun, it’s Lau not Low), but he’s established himself as a 32-homer guy with upside for 2022. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ryan Mountcastle – Could be activated from the concussion IL in the next day or so. To test his cognitive functions, when the Baltimore Baseball Club asked Mountcastle where he was, he said, “The BBC.” And they shrugged, close enough.

Matt Harvey – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 6.25. He had a sub-2 ERA and a sub-1 WHIP since the break and then guess what happened? I grabbed him in an AL-Only league. The rest, as they say, is history best left for my therapy session.

Jake Arrieta – Signed with the Padres. Wanted to see him go to Cleveland so I can say they went back to the Jake, and then we’d all laugh and high-five me. Sadly, Arrieta going to the Padres doesn’t work for an old stadium reference. It wasn’t Jake Murphy Stadium! Guess we’ll have to call him Jake from Stale Arm. Any hoo! Arrieta sucks; not sure why the Padres signed him. Remember how Indiana Jones would grab a relic, but to avoid booby traps, he’d place down a sandbag? That’s the Padres, but with over-the-hill Cubs starters.

Connor Joe – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 7th homer, hitting .291. Also, in this game, Connor Joe Cron (2-for-3) hit his 20th homer. The Rockies are in Coors, because that team has zero homers on the road. Not 100% sure of this, but I am 100% sure of this, if you catch my drift.

Charlie Blackmon – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .270. Chazz Noir taking back the night by spritzing into the air, then slowly gallivanting through it. I’m reminded that the only month Noir hit in last year was August, but I don’t think he waited more than halfway through it.

Trevor Larnach – Sent down to Triple-A. Hey, the kid was floundering (I sound like I’m 80 years old), but what are the Twins playing for? They had to send him down? Brutal, brosef.

Griffin Jax – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.11. If you fall for Griffin Jax and pick him up, you can’t get off when it goes wrong by pleading entrapment, but you should.

Max Kepler – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting leadoff again. He also has two homers in the past three games. These are very bare minimum endorsements.

Ryan Jeffers – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer, and 2nd homer in his last two games, but not the club’s. I’d play him over Garver, but I’m not sure the Twins will. They have a special place for Garver after he went down screaming, “My twins!”

Bradley Zimmer – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (5) and legs (9). Hard to be super enthused when a guy takes 60+ games to do what is a good week from Fernando Tatis Jr., but Bradley ain’t Fun. He’s a side vegetable on a super deep team.

Carlos Rodon – Threw from 90 feet and Rodon said he felt “very good” adding “because I was never really injured.”

Luis Robert – 3-for-4, 3 runs and a slam (3) and legs (5). If he took much longer to come fully back, I wouldn’t have held it against him, but now I just want to hold myself against him.

Matt Chapman – 1-for-4 and his 18th homer, and 4th homer in the last three games, and Matt Chapman’s earning his middle name, because he’s a killer!

Frankie Montas – 5 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.04 vs. Dallas Keuchel – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.48. Frankie Montas and Dallas sounds like wildly poorly casting choices are being made for a new J.R. Ewing. Also, I’d use Streamonator for both of these guys.

Kevin Gausman – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.40. “Oh, Gausman is just going to steamroll over the Mets” is what I thought before the game. “This is why I don’t bet on baseball,” is what I thought after the game. “You bet, like, your entire life on projecting baseball,” is what I think after that.

Kris Bryant – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 20th and 21st homer. Pretty fitting that a guy, who was available for the Mets at the trading deadline, puts the stake through their heart.

Jonathan Villar – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (14) and legs (10), hitting .249. Was a little bit surprised to see he only had 10 steals. Father Time can still hit for power, but he does not steal many bags.

Gio Urshela – Ran at 80% effort. I’m assuming someone asked him to ran at 100%, otherwise this is a weird injury update.

Gerrit Cole – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.04, as he was activated from the IL. He missed three weeks with Covid-19. They should change it to Covid-(number of days you miss). So, you can be like, “I had Covid-4,” and your friend can be like, “Wow, you got lucky. Susan had Covid-15, and I had Covid-26.”

Joey Gallo – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 29th homer, hitting .215. All my relatives in Staten Island are loving this Joey Gallo guy. They’re sending texts like, “Hey, this guy Joey is good,” and “Gabagool.”

Justin Upton – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer. I was thisclose to making Upton my batty call yesterday, but I ended up going with Brett Phillips who homered as well, so I don’t sweat Upton. Either way, Upton’s the type to get crazy hot, so might be a good time to grab him.

Max Muncy – 1-for-2 and his 26th homer, and his 3rd homer in two games. If you had to personify what a home run looked like, I’d choose Muncy. Like an angry barrel.

Steven Brault  – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.84 vs. Justin Bruihl – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.86. This pitching matchup was like Michael J. Fox at the prom with two dates and changing his tie to go see different girls, but it was one guy shaving and changing his name only slightly between the first half inning:

Cole Hamels – Hit the 60-day IL and the Dodgers grabbed Neftali Feliz in his place. Don’t check the date on your Casio watch. No reason to think you accidentally fell into a worm hole. You’re safe and sound, right back here in 1955.

Pablo Lopez – Threw a batting practice session on Monday. Cool, he should be up to “throwing in a Home Run Derby” by September.

Braxton Garrett – 3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 5.03. First time I really watched Garrett yesterday, and he’s the type of guy who any of us could face. This isn’t a Glory Days-type scenario either. He’s got the least intimidating stuff I’ve ever seen.

Jazz Chisholm – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. *plays a complex number on a French horn* Jazz!

Isan Diaz – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer, hitting .194. Sometimes I think about how I liked Diaz when he was first called up, then I turn to the mirror and call myself stupid.

Touki Toussaint – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.01. Streamonator liked this start, and doesn’t like his next, so goodbye. At this point in redrafts, I’d do that with 75% of starters in shallower leagues.

Freddie Freeman – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 26th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, hitting .294. He was hitting .260 as late as July, and, if I’m being honest, I almost considered bringing out his 31 years of age as a reason why the decline was starting.

Adam Duvall – 1-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and his 27th homer, and his 2nd homer in three games, but not 2nd homer in two games, so who is this guy and what have you done with Adam Duvall?

Carlos Correa – 2-for-4 and his 19th homer, hitting .270. Meh, you know him so let’s use this time to say our favorite kid’s show is Where In The World Is Alex Bregman?

Aledmys Diaz – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .305. Speaking of Bregman on milk cartons, Diaz is hitting .415+ in the last week. The schmotato continues.

Adalberto Mondesi – Dealing with scar tissue in his oblique. You know that form you have to fill out when you go to the doctor? “Do you or anyone in your family have (fill-in ailment)?” Everyone in Mondesi’s family says “Yes” and writes his name down.

Nicky Lopez – 1-for-3, 2 runs and 3 steals (11, 12, 13). Mah gawd, Mondesi is playing in Nicky Lopez’s earth skin!

Hunter Dozier – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 9th homer. Fun fact! Hunter Dozier in French means napping while on a big-game expedition.

Wade Miley – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.84. If the Reds get to the playoffs, not only should Wade Miley get Game 1, but it’s not even close.

Aristides Aquino – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .216. Don’t sleep on the GGOATOAT, you don’t want to get that kind of horny.

Jose Barrero – 0-for-1, 1 run, as he came in as a pinch-hitter. With Jesse Winker hitting the IL due to the interstate running up the side of Florida–I’m being told an intercostal is not an interstate. Either way, Winker is out for a few weeks and the Reds called up Jose Barrero, formerly known as Jose Garcia, formerly known as Jose Garces, former Iron Chef–Okay, being told he is not a former Iron Chef. Jose Barrero is a shortstop so trying to figure out how or why the Reds would promote him and not, say, Nick Senzel. My only guess is Senzel’s people claimed the Reds were manipulating his service time in 2019, which they were, and now they seem to like to eff with Senzel. Free Nick Senzel! He’s Senzelational! Any hoo! Jose Barrero looks great: 11/7/.305/.389/.584 in 40 games of Triple-A, and he’s a five-tool guy who I looked to grab in every league, but had no need in the leagues where he was available, and was gone in the deeper ones. Would watch to see how the Reds play him, he could platoon, which takes a little air out of this Cuban raftee.

Jonathan India – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 16th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. And that ball by India got out in a curry.

Joey Votto – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .284, and a milestone hit. With Joey Votto’s 2,000th hit, it was weird seeing official MLB accounts recognize that Pete Rose existed. Of course, those mentions were in between sponsored posts about MLB and Barstool potentially teaming up to create a new type of broadcast with a focus on in-game gambling.

192 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
11 months ago

I don’t usually do this but I had Manoah. Stroman, Eovaldi and Marquez pitch today. I thought Manoah was the only guy I’d get a good game from and it was opposite.

But that’s not what I’m complaining about.

I KNEW when Bud sent Marquez out for the 7th he was gonna get torched and I’d lose his QS but not giving up 3 HR in 4 batters. Dude, every pitcher gets pulled at 70 pitches, not German. He goes in to ruing a gem in the 7th, THEN gets pulled. He gave up 3 but if Chacin doesn’t give up the inherited run from 1st that would be a surprise.

Love you Grey !!

PS: I really needed John Means and I really don’t want to drop him. Oh wel.

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
Reply to  TarmanGotHim
11 months ago

Godspeed Trevor Story !!

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
11 months ago

Last one – thanks for your help today…L. Gilbert over Touki or SON?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  rhodyballer
11 months ago

Gomber is available too for ROS

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks

Dude
Dude
11 months ago

SVHLD-Please rank

Bender, McHugh, Wick, Littell

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
11 months ago

Badoo or Santander?

Jeffe
Jeffe
11 months ago

When Grandal returns, do you prefer him over Haase? If so, would it be wise to pick up Grandal now? Third question, with Mountcastle back, do you like him more than Renfroe? Looks like Red Sox OF is going to be a cluster with JD playing RF when Schwarber is DH. Thanks! Always appreciate your advice and good work!

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
11 months ago

Who would you add? Renfroe, Mountcastle, Adolis Garcia, Adam Frazier, Margot, Kepler, Santander, Schwindel, or either of the Wade’s?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks. Thats where I was leaning. The SBs from Wade are enticing though.

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Justin Ralph
11 months ago

But I hate him batting 8th or 9th when he plays.

aardvark
aardvark
11 months ago

Drop carrasco for touki or gomber? Do you think carrasco can figure it out? I’m locked into the playoffs already

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
11 months ago

Grey,

Post trade deadline and my team is stacked. There is one problem with that though. Who do you drop when you have injuries? We have two DL spots and I have Rodon and DeGrom using them. Now Springer and Tucker are out. I replaced Tucker with Rojas but I have no idea what to do for Springers spot.

My SP’s are Gausman, Logan Webb, Framber Valdez, Manaea, Scherzer, Nola and Luis Garcia.

My RPs are Pressly, Melancon, McGee and Givens.

Theres a part of me that wants to just wait for Tucker or Springer to return, or wait for one of my SPs to have a bad outing and then drop him. I have a feeling you will say Givens, but its the first time all season that I have been loaded at closer. What would you do Grey?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

No its a keeper and you keep five. Springer would be borderline, but probably not kept. Curious why you think Givens is droppable? He’s been dong great for the Reds.

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Ok thanks. I say it all the time, but Grey doesn’t need closer’s like the rest of us. I don’t know how you do it :-)

Thanks Grey!!!

Cohen
Cohen
11 months ago

Start or sit Bassitt at White Sox tonight?

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
11 months ago

Thanks to your advise, I am vying for a playoff spot in this final week of the regular season. A notable accomplishment given that I took over a terrible keeper team and finished dead last my first year (largely due to inactivity and a very bad start). So this week I need to finish strong if I have any chance of making it into the playoffs. So my question is whether I should hold onto two specific starters despite the poor match up they have this week. Right now I have Kikuchi @ HOU and Carrasco @ LAD lined up this week. Kikuchi has a much more favorable match up next week (KC) but Carrasco has another tough match up (SF) on the schedule. Both would be cheap keepers but I doubt either would make it into my top 6, so I think keeper price is irrelevant. Possible streamers include Kaprielian (@CHW), Flexen (@TEX), Madbum (PHI), Price (PIT), Suarez (@ARI), Smyly (@BAL), Dunning (SEA), Cortez (MIN) and Rassmusen (CHW). Also have the option of picking up another reliever (SV + HLD) including Boxberger, Britton, Lorenzen, Bard, Fulmer and G Cabrera. I appreciate your thoughts and insight! Thanks!

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
11 months ago

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

A: Because George Springer was on the IL. Again.

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Nah, he said he was “no Springer chicken anymore.”

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Short sample size, but comparing Jarren Duran with Jorge Mateo on Statcast.

Duran has max Exit Velocity of 55% and Sprint Speed of 96%

Mateo has max Exit Velocity of 65% and Sprint Speed of 100%

Does Jorge represent Jarren’s future?

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  scoboticus
11 months ago

Hang on. Jarren has him by 2 inches and 30 pounds. Probably lose some weight and that sprint speed will go up.

RogerDat
RogerDat
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Don’t you that evil on me Ricky Bobby. Duran will be a fine, he just needs regular ABs

stevie
stevie
11 months ago

Grey, would you please rank the following closers?
Green
Kittredge
Bender
Bednar

JP
JP
11 months ago

Which catcher: d’Arnaud, Grandal or Narváez?

Jeffe
Jeffe
11 months ago

Who do you prefer outta Schoop, Cron, K Seager, or Chapman? Currently have Schoop but with Trea gaining 2B eligibility, not sure if he’s worth rostering at CI position now.

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
11 months ago

Means, Logan Gilbert, Gomber, Corbin or Kershaw ROS – or all SON streams?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Think he’s worth grabbing for a couple starts?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Nah – Roberts said today that best case scenario he makes a couple starts at the end of September

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
11 months ago

Gotta sit two of Soler, Schwarber, Santander, Grisham or Tapia (when healthy?)

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks dude

Bbboston
Bbboston
11 months ago

Grey.

ROS for HR and RBI, who would you rather have:
Yuli Gurriel
Or
Anthony Santander

Ralph
Ralph
11 months ago

What’s up Grey should I drop Carlos Santana for Villar, Candelario, Kike, Kepler, Lourdes Gurriel, Naquin or Aledmys thanks man!

Ralph
Ralph
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Roto league 11 team Obp instead of Avg. Whoever can stay hot till the end of the year lol

snarky anklebiter
snarky anklebiter
11 months ago

Cut one, saves only: Bender, Bednar, S. Barlow?

Phil
Phil
11 months ago

Hey Grey, just wanted your early opinion as to potential keepers for next year. It’s a 6×6 roto league (OPS and holds), 12 teams. You keep players in exchange for round value (each year you keep the round value is halved). These are my options, and I need 4. The first five to six are who I’m contemplating, but included other possibilities:

Matt Olson (4th round)
Juan Soto (6th round)
Max Muncy (7th round)
Franmil Reyes (8th round)
Kevin Gausman (5th round)
Ozzie Albies (2nd round)
Randy Arozarena (3rd round)
Kyle Schwarber (17th round)
Jacob deGrom (1st round…yeah he’s dope, but his injury propensity is frustrating, this doesn’t provide much value, and well, the NY Mess).
Yelich (1st round…no thanks)
Lindor (2nd round…also no thanks)
Pablo Lopez (11th round)
Amed Rosario (24th round)
Abraham Toro (24th round)
Shane McLanahan (24th round)
I have Nola and Castillo but they are both 2nd rounders so value is not great and I have some closers like Kimbrel in the 10th round, but I don’t like keeping closers.

Corey
Corey
11 months ago

Need some steals but I’m not a fan of the Billy Hamilton types who literally only contribute to the one category. Between Myles Straw and Tyler Wade, who would make a better overall contribution to my lineup ROS?

toolshed
toolshed
11 months ago

Would you start houck today at nyy in a 12 team roto format?

Will
Will
11 months ago

Need to add a bat and it’s slim pickings on the wire. Choose one from H Renfroe, J Polanco, W Adames, C Hernandez, L Urias. I am lagging in HR and RBI, standard 10 team 5×5 league. Thanks.

Will
Will
Reply to  Will
11 months ago

E Rosario also out there on the wire. But I wonder about playing time with him in that crowded Braves outfield?

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

ok, thanks

aardvark
aardvark
11 months ago

Do you like Belt or mt castle more?

Vmemm
Vmemm
11 months ago

I have Schwarber lingering on the IL still. My OF is Duvall, Mullins, Eloy, L. Robert, and Adolis. Who is the drop?

englishmetsfan
englishmetsfan
11 months ago

On your Rox theory.
I grabbed Cron as he has home games all this week in my weekly league.
His splits on 20 HRs (16/4).
Case closed, FML

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
11 months ago

Happy National Thrift Shop Day, Grey!

Looking to pick up some damaged goods; which “IL’d” player listed below has the best chance to help me out this season:

– Ryan Yarbrough (COVID)
– Danny Duffy LAD
– Tony Gonsolin
– Nick Anderson
– Cavan Biggio
– Eddie Rosario

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

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

IL: A. Chapman, Urquidy,

Thank you

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

cool, thanks as always!

Texas Y’all
Texas Y’all
11 months ago

My CI spot in a points league:

Schwindel or Schoop

Thanks

BAC
BAC
11 months ago

Streamers for the week.

Touki is highly negative but its @Bal. That still doesn’t feel that bad.

Pushing towards first but needs wins without killing ERA./WHIP

Rank the streams please
Touki (-9) @BAL
Rasmussen +6.5 BAL
Bundy -1.2 @DET
M. Gonzales -0.8 @TEX
Cal Quantrill (-11.6) LAA
Ranger Suarez -10.7 @ARI (don’t think streamanator likes him yet)

BAC
BAC
11 months ago

Streamers for the week.

Touki is highly negative but its @Bal. That still doesn’t feel that bad.

Pushing towards first but needs wins without killing ERA./WHIP

Rank the streams please
Touki (-9) @BAL
Rasmussen +6.5 BAL
Bundy -1.2 @DET
M. Gonzales -0.8 @TEX
Cal Quantrill (-11.6) LAA
Ranger Suarez -10.7 @ARI (don’t think streamanator likes him yet)

BAC
BAC
Reply to  BAC
11 months ago

sorry for the double

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  BAC
11 months ago

Practically a triple when you consider that we both asked exact same question on Ranger!!!!

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
11 months ago

Hey to the Hey!

Bunch of SP questions for you today as we approach the part of the season when my focus changes from asking you about closers to asking you about streamers.

First off, I haven’t listened to this glowing (ironically, it turns out) podcast talk on him yet but are we considering Manaea a streamer or a hold at this point? When I look at his most recent starts, I want to barf. But then he has NYY at home coming up . . . and I think I might stream him anyway.

Likewise with Miley. I’m holding him for his next start against MIA at home, but I’m not sure if I should just keep him rostered after that or give him the Touki treatment.

Bot hates Ranger Suarez @ARI this week (-10.7), but I’m thinking that might just be because there’s not enough data on him as a starter yet?

Lurrrrrrrrrve!

Saint
Saint
11 months ago

I picked up Gil last week with the expectation he would start yesterday vs. LAA, but he got bumped to today vs. BOS. Based on previous comments we are still rolling him out today correct?

Thanks

zombie
zombie
11 months ago

Hey there. Who would your preference be as a Tucker replacement for this week, and most productive ABs as a 5th OF for the rest of this baffling season, from these dregs: Cain, Dozier, Upton, & Happ. Sigh. But, thanks.

Willie Mickey and the Duke
Willie Mickey and the Duke
11 months ago

Hey Grey
Adam and I are moving on in a 12 team roto keeper. We can keep 10 guys. We have
1. Olson
2. Fran Reyes
3. Lindor
4. T Anderson
5. S Marte
6. Bieber
7. deGrom
8Synderguard
9. Verlander
10. Betts
11. Kyle Lewis
12. Mountcastle
13 Clevenger

We plan on cutting Thor,Mountcastle and Clevenger
We’ve been offered Bregman and Lou Bob for Mookie
This means we’d also have to cut Verlander or Lewis
a) would you do the deal?
b) Who would you cut?

Thanks in advance

Ralph
Ralph
11 months ago

What’s up Grey should I drop Santana for Villar, Candelario, Kike, Kepler, Gurriel, Naquin or Aledmys thanks man!

Ralph
Ralph
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Carlos and Lourdes

OddBall Herrera
OddBall Herrera
11 months ago

Buying low on Conforto a smart move in dynasty? I am thinking he would be easy to acquire, but not sure he’s worth the effort.

frank rizzo
frank rizzo
11 months ago

Is it bad to have 3 white sox on my offense? Anderson/Abreu/Robert all on my team. Our trade deadline is August 26. Should I try to move one of them?

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  frank rizzo
11 months ago

Not enough. You need to add Cesar Hernandez too.

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
11 months ago

Would you start any of the following today? Wins don’t matter but home runs allowed take off a lot of points. Basically looking for efficient and/or lots of innings…

David Price vs Pit
Kyle Hendricks @Cin
R. Lopez vs Oak
Framber @ KC
Alcantara vs Atl

I could start them all if they’re good. I’m skeptical about Hendricks.

Sandman
Sandman
11 months ago

Hey Grey,

Great write up!

ROS: Soler or Yaz?

Thank you

Seth
Seth
11 months ago

Realized I need to drop someone thanks to a trade in NL-only 5×5 roto. Can you rank these guys ROS, with any obvious tiers you see? Thanks!

Harrison Bader
Mike Moustakas
Brendan Rodgers
Lewis Brinson

Seth
Seth
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks Grey. Goodbye Moustakas I guess!

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
11 months ago

The Robot is not high on Framber vs KC. Hard to believe. Who would you start between these two?

Framber vs KC

DeSclafani vs NYM

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

I can only start one. The Robot isn’t high on either of them. So you are leaning DeSclafani?

Sal
Sal
11 months ago

Start with confidence? Ynoa vs Miami. Webb vs Mets. Wainwright vs brewers

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

What’s this “confidence?”

Michael B
Michael B
11 months ago

1. Stream tanner houck @yankees or luis gil vs redsocks
2. Is huascar ynoa a good pickup? He’s pitching today in Miami and was pretty good before he was out for a while after losing a fight with the dugout bench
3. Should I play kyle Hendricks today? hes normally pretty decent but his last outing he gave up 9 earned runs and 11 hits in 4 innings against the brewers, today hes playing against Cincinnati in in Cincinnati, last time he played against Cincinnati at cubs stadium he had 5 earned runs over 4.1 innings, should I expect another poor performance and bench him? I can afford to be cautious i want to be careful with era and whip damage
4. Is Luis brinson actually good? I know he was supposed to be good, and he seems pretty promising lately
5. Is travis d’arnaud better than omar narvaez? I have both and I’m not sure which should be my backup, i remember d’Arnaud being one of the top catchers in baseball, but he was hurt and narvaez is pretty good this year

JakeTPE
JakeTPE
11 months ago

Hiya Grey,

How’s it going? Quick Q if I may. I’ve got to get Schwarber active in my 16-team, 416 rostered (not including IL) league.

I think I’ve narrowed down the drop to my extra MI slot guy: Wendle or Moustakas? They both seem like platoon guys at this point? Who gets the cut?

Thank you!

Jake

Good Bob
Good Bob
11 months ago

12 team 5×5 Roto
Need to make room for Jordan Montgomery.
Drop one of these guys to make room? Or drop Monty?
Patrick Sandoval
Cal Quantrill

Thanks as always in advance!

Dong Show
Dong Show
11 months ago

Grey, what is your take in dynasty of Mondesi vs Adames? Just pure frustration owning Mondesi but his talent is undeniable and Adames seems legit but doesn’t have the ceiling of a Mondesi. I own both along with Bo and Chris Taylor and I’m looking to ideally move on from one of Adames or Mondesi (CT has 4 position eligibility and I don’t really know any to lose that)

Thanks in advance Grey!

Dong Show
Dong Show
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Ideally yes, that’s my plan. We have a R5 draft (have to put up 9 players) and just based on sheer volume Adames is of my harder guys to judge on what to do with given my SS depth (he’s one of the last ones I’m trying to work trades around to get to keep). The hard part is gonna be selling Mondesi just because of the depth of the position and lost year, but I’m hoping someone is still intrigued enough to buy in.

Thanks as always Grey!

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
11 months ago

Grey! Great write up….I think Nicky Lopez is sneaky good (for BA and SB only though). That said….

This team in a keeper/Otteneu points league has been slumping as of late….I’m in first by a lot, but not as much after other teams have surged. Thoughts on this:

C – W. Smith, K. Ruiz
1B – Olson
2B – Jazz
3B – Riley
SS – Xander
MI – Tatis Jr.
OF – Harper, Franmil, Fletcher, Arraez, Edman
Util – Voit
BN – J. Rodriguez, Larnach
IL – Mondesi, Kirilloff, Betts

SP – Woodruff, Castillo, Alcantara, Framber, Hendricks, C. Hernandez, Price
RP – R. Lopez, Whitlock, Iglesias, Karinchak, Clase, Crochet
IL – N. Anderson, Pablo

Note – Price was added just for today

Which pieces would you say are expendable going forward for schmotaos? I’d say Edman, R. Lopez, C. Hernandez, Price….Mondesi is an expiring contract, so maybe him too…..our trade deadline is over, so I don’t necessarily want to drop any good 2022 assets for now if I really don’t have to, hence Rodriguez, Larnach and Ruiz….thoughts on this going forward? I feel like they all just slumped all at once while other teams have not.

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

The thing with Ruiz was I had him all year, anticipating a call up…with 162 gane slots, I was hoping to maximize the games played by having Smith and his backup….that never happened but with the deadline gone, I can’t just drop him as he’s a pretty valuable commodity I feel. Plus his contract will be full blown when Snith’s expires.

For me Price is a no brainer. If Lopez struggles or Hernandez, they’re easy drops too.

I feel that I’m just in a slump but the team should be able to turn things around. Fingers crossed.

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks for the help. Here’s to a solid end of the season.

Hesh
Hesh
11 months ago

Shockingly Villar is only 31. I had him penciled in for 35. As a consumer of Mets garbage, he seemed to stop running when he got picked off for the 4th time, also has had some leg issues, and gets thrown out a lot. Still the Mets leader in homers after Alonso. One other fun fact, Mets had their first sac fly in 6 weeks. Nice to watch a good team peaking. My question, 2nd base has been a problem for me, I play Cesar Hernandez, he’s been bad since the trade. Josh Harrison, Flores, Villar, available. Any of those an upgrade, or just ride it out? Thx in advance.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Hesh
11 months ago

The interesting thing about Villar is that he is not really that fast. He never has been, but he is deteriorating quickly. He has had like 57th or 58th percentile sprint speed the past two year and he never been mich higher than 75th.

RogerDat
RogerDat
Reply to  hot corner
11 months ago

Mindblown. Always figured he was one of the fastest players in the league.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Villar turned 30 in May this year

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

lol never to late to wish someone a HBD!

Steve D.
Steve D.
11 months ago

I’m in first in my 12 team, 5×5 redraft, but my lead has been dwindling. Looking at my team, there’s some potential fat to be trimmed. I’m tempted to cut bait with Nelson Cruz – he’s been hot garbage since the trade. I’m first in runs, homers and RBI, but need help in average and steals. Time to move on?

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
11 months ago

12-team 5×5 league with weekly lineups:

Currently using Yonny Hernandez (just picked up yesterday), Adolis, Santander (another new addition), Soler and Bader.

Bunch of guys on the wire like Villar, J-Up, Zimmer, Barrero, Aledmuys, NickyL., Margot, D.Peralta, Fraley, MAT, Mateo, Kiermaier, Brown… and lots more!

1) Can you rank the top three available guys?

2) Would you make any moves (I have some flexibility with the U slot, so positions don’t have to exactly match up).

All categories still tight. Thanks.

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

So you suggest dropping Yonny for Barrero?

Use Villar or Diaz over any of Bader, Soler, or others?

steve stevenson
steve stevenson
11 months ago

SON hates Gil today, but it’s a goofy 7-inning doubleheader and I could see it being a good start. To call him up I’d have to drop Minor, who looks to be getting the Astros in his next 2 turns.

steve stevenson
steve stevenson
Reply to  steve stevenson
11 months ago

…so my question is, Gil or Minor?

galica123
galica123
Reply to  steve stevenson
11 months ago

Steve!

Sorry for late message. Gil is starting the night shift aka night shaft as JoMo goes for the easier assignment and Gil the tougher one. The night air is less humid and therefore the ball will fly easier. Better add is White from LAD for tomorrow’s start. He’s got Pittsburgh at home versus Crowe. Way easier than Gil facing Boston in Fenway.

Cheers,
Ante

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  galica123
11 months ago

Hi Ante, Gil is throwin in the Bronx as is Monty

eballs
eballs
11 months ago

Are you starting Means today @ TB? (Points league)

dude
dude
11 months ago

With Larnach down, could that open door for Mirada? He’s been playing OF recently in addition to 1B,2B, and3B.

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Cesar Hernandez with his first stolen base of the season last night!

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Where did you come from, where did you go?
I should have batty called Connor Joe!

Big Dog
Big Dog
11 months ago

Keeper league question…would you trade Mookie Betts for Bo Bichette? I know you have mentioned Bichette as a Top 5 player next year. I love Mookie but this has been one frustrating season.

Also, are you dropping Sonny Gray at this point?

2ndCitySox
2ndCitySox
11 months ago

Thanks for making me look up Matt Chapman’s “killer middle name”. I was thinking Hannibal, Manson, or maybe Unibomber.

Spoiler alert: it’s James.

I’m going to pretend it was Zodiac.

steve stevenson
steve stevenson
Reply to  2ndCitySox
11 months ago

Pretend it’s David

Kelley Hayes
Kelley Hayes
11 months ago

Please pick 2 [email protected] Musgrove vs. Phil. Castillo vs. Mia. Sale vs. Tex. Thanks

Ben W
Ben W
11 months ago

Is Max Muncy top 10 ranking next year for you? Top 20?

Dave D
Dave D
11 months ago

Pete Rose should be in the hall. Period.

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Dave D
11 months ago

He’s in the local VFW hall watching Keno and playing slots with a double of brandy.

Smitty
Reply to  Dave D
11 months ago

Agree with DD

RogerDat
RogerDat
Reply to  Smitty
11 months ago

100%

galica123
galica123
11 months ago

Grey!!!!

Stupendous!!

a. Was following the curious case of the two Matt’s (Moore and Harvey) and Matz and their pitching days’ synchronicity. Imagine all three had pitched on the same day August 4!! The universe’s caveat? All three could not win on the same day. Their synchronicity ended and the universe is punishing anyone going near them until they get in synch again.

1. Harvey pitched as such.
August: 16, 11, 4
Result: L, L, ND
July: 30, 24, 18
Result: W, W, W

2. Moore pitched as such.
August: 14, 10, 4
W, ND (relief, ugly, 3 runs earned on 3 hits in 1/3 of an IP), W (relief, vulture win)
July: 27, 22, 16
L, L (6 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER…4 6s which cancels out the number of the beast until another 2 6s appear, which they did not, saving humanity forever), ND (struck out 9 in 4.1 IP, but his team won, that’s most important right?)

3. Matz pitched as such.
August: 15, 10, 4
Result: W, L, W
July: 28, 23, 18
Result: L, L, W

Now the important analysis. When all three were in synch (August 4), Matz and Moore won while Harvey took a ND. When Moore and Matz ONLY pitched (August 10), Matz lost and Moore got blown up relieving Hammer who got hammered. When Matz and Harvey ONLY were in synch (18 July), they both won. In conclusion, for a Harvey win start him only when Matz is starting.

b. Figured out why people in my RCLs were so high on Jax. They remind them of the Mortal Kombat character (Jax Briggs) and his signature fatality move. To wit…

Shorthand: Forward, Down, Forward, 3 (Close) PS4: Forward, Down, Forward, X (Close) Xbox: Forward, Down, Forward, A (Close) Switch: Forward, Down, Forward, B (Close)

c. Marx Brothers quote of the day for August 17, 2021

Otis B. Driftwood: ‘Go fast. I can see a man with a rope out there.’

Fiorello: ‘How we happen to come to America is a great story, but I no tell that.’

[Fiorello’s beginning a speech, disguised as one of the aviators]

Driftwood=Groucho; Fiorello=Chico

A Night at the Opera

d. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for August 17, 2021

‘It was nothing for me to hit two home runs and punch out three times. That was a ‘Reggie’ day – a hat trick and a couple of bombs.’

Cheers,
Ante

galica123
galica123
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Grey!!!

a. Reginald himself!

b. Shaking things up in RCLs #6 and #8. Streaming from here on out, gonna die trying!

Cheers,
Ante