The title comes from Rudyard Gamble’s novel about a young Astros prospect named Carlos Correa that is saved by a non-Portuguese man named Jeff. Jeff Luhnow is his full name, and he’s the only straight man named Jeff in the northern hemisphere. A point that Rudyard only alludes to in the 4th chapter, when he says, “As he read the Doppler radar outputs that track the ball in three dimensions, Jeff chewed corn from the cob, careful to not disturb his mustache that still had the fragrance of a dame.” The adventure novel is full of twists and turns. Correa is signed as a 17-year-old in 2012 and hits, then is called up to Single-A and hits, then is called up to High-A and hits, then is called up to Double-A–Now that I think about it, it’s pretty straightforward. Not too many twists. Correa hits everywhere he goes. According to the novel, Correa even succeeds when he comes upon a fellmonger on the Appalachian plain. Rudyard’s adventure novel first appeared in serialisation form in SABReader’s Digest underneath the horoscope. A fact that once disturbed Rudyard, but when his horoscope read, “The two-plus months of waiting are over, Correa’s being called up,” even he took pause. Any the hoo! I already went over my Carlos Correa fantasy about two weeks ago. I told everyone to grab him then, so the same holds true now. If you don’t think you have room, think of the trouble Jeff, Rudyard and Correa went through to make this possible. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:
Hector Rondon – What starts with M, ends in don, and wants to change their closer? If you guessed Mastadon, you are wrong! Rondon was pulled after walking the first batter of a save chance on Saturday and Pedro Strop stropped right in and closed the game. Then yesterday, Rondon was called on to pitch the 8th inning and Maddon went to Jason Motte for the save. Man, Maddon doesn’t mess around. Compare that to Lloyd Christmas McClendon with Fernando Rodney and diddling around for man muscles. So, I’d own Strop, Motte and Rondon until this is cleared up, but the Cubs might be in a dreaded committee, and they might have to cancel their planned Hectadon night, where kids under 12 get a hexagon-shaped Fathead of Hector Rondon. I think Maddon read that the Rays gave Jepsen two straight saves and said, “You think you are more out of the Box than me!”
Javier Baez – Suffered a broken finger on Sunday and is out for two months. The Sliding Doors version of Baez that was called up on Friday is going to carry my alternative universe fantasy team to a championship.
Jason Hammel – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 2.76. In March, you would’ve been better off drafting all the Cubs starters instead of all the Cubs hitters. Put that in your pipe and say DUDE!
Kyle Hendricks – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.96. I’m still a fan of Hendricks and his funky rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.
Chris Denorfia – 3-for-5, 1 run as he returned from the DL. Not good news for Junior Lake, since Maddon likes to play matchups. I guess that relegates Lake to a stream. Pun point!
Joe Ross – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks in his first major league start. The Nats promoted the younger Ross brother (Tyson’s his older Brosef Hawkins) to fill for Fister (Gross!) and Strasburg (Thanks for the ulcer!). Joe has some decent numbers in Double-A this year (9.5 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, 2.81 ERA). Scouts like his fastball and bloodlines (Leave Uncle Danny alone!), but wonder about secondary pitches, which is a roundabout way of saying he’s an add in NL-Only leagues, but not mixed ones.
Carson Smith – His man muscles must’ve dropped, because Lloyd Christmas called on him for the save on Saturday, saying that Rodney will need to clean up some stuff before saving another game. If Christmas is talking about Rodney cleaning up his locker, I agree. Right now, I’d own Smith in every league, and he could be the closer the rest of the year in Seattle. Assuming he passes whatever weird testes McClendon has for him.
Michael Montgomery – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. the Rays. I agree with the Stream-o-Nator about his next start, and would only use him if I had no choice. And if I had no choice, I’d complain about my fascist league.
Evan Longoria – Missed Saturday and Sunday with a sore wrist. The bad news is this could linger. The good news is it’s probably been lingering already and why he hasn’t had any power this year, so, in some ways, his status is unchanged.
Brad Boxberger – Has triceps tightness. That’s not a Happy Meal, Boxberger. Kevin Jepsen should fill-in for him, but, really, can anyone fill-in for Boxberger? The answer there is prolly yes, but let’s not hurt Boxberger’s feelings.
Jake Odorizzi – Likely headed to the DL with a strained oblique. Or if any diner waitresses are reading, I got an Odorizzi with applewood-strained oblique on the side.
Chris Archer – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 1.84. If I win the ‘pert RCL league, I’ll share the title with Archer and Gerrit Cole. I’m sure they’ll be so happy! That’s better than a Cy Young!
Devin Mesoraco – Will begin a rehab assignment today and could be back by the end of the week. What if he was never injured and this whole thing was like when the girl in Human Resources with the big nose said she had mono for six weeks and returned with a new nose? We talk a bit about Mesoraco on the podcast that’s coming later today. I grabbed him in one league where I had an empty DL slot, since the Reds plan on playing Mesoraco in the outfield, i.e., a guy playing outfield with catcher eligibility is nice value.
Jay Bruce – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and two homers (8, 9). A few years ago, I decided that in honor of Bruce I would change frankly to brucely. Brucely, I wish his name were Jay Frank and we can take back the entire dedication ceremony. Bruce once was good and, brucely, he’s still young (28). At 28, Bruce Springsteen just released Born to Run and was about to find a pair of jeans that he would wear for the next ten years, jeans that snugged his junk just right. At 28, Bruce Lee was about to star in his first film and Hollywood execs were about to start referring to him by his name and not Chinaman #1. At 28, Bruce Hornsby was still marinating and hadn’t even found the Range yet! Last year, Bruce’s strikeout rate was 27.3%, walk rate was 8.1% and he hit .217, and rightfully so. So far this year, he’s killing those numbers, but like T.J. Lavin would say ‘killing it’ and not like Charles Manson. His K% is 23.1%, walk is 14.4% and he’s hitting .223. Like Altuve compared to a regular-sized human, that ain’t half bad. That would be the best walk rate of his career and best strikeout rate since his rookie year. His BABIP is also its lowest since his rookie year and he should be hitting about forty points higher. His home runs are low, but his fly balls are up and unless he’s lost power, he should be good for another twenty homers after yesterday’s two-homer day. Brucely, I don’t think he’s as great as we once thought he could be, but I think he’s going to be much better than he’s shown in the last year-plus, and I’d acquire him on the cheap. It might not be too late for him to find his too-tight-junk jeans.
Johnny Cueto – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.64. Intern, I want to write a note to Strasburg. Take dictation! “Your lesson here is to emulate Cueto’s injury return.” *reads what the intern wrote* “You’re lessening here, Emily ate doe? What?!” That’s the last time I use Craigslist for anything but amateur models.
Andrew Cashner – 5 2/3 IP, 7 ER, 13 baserunners, 2 Ks. In his previous start, he set a modern-day record (that was matched the next day) when he surrendered double-digit hits and notched double-digit Ks in less than five innings. Then, on Saturday, he showed he’s just all over the shop, which might be my favorite British saying. Off your trolley and how’s your father are up there, too.
Melvin Upton – Will be activated today and should be in line for playing time if Bud Black forgets to put first names on his lineup card.
Drew Hutchison – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 4.91 and this start was against the Astros. His pitches look near-identical to last year, but he’s lost over a K per nine from his strikeout rate and, even in a game vs. the Astros, he only struck out five. Chris Carter alone strikes out twice per each at-bat. Oh, wait, Carter didn’t start on Saturday. Oh, Wait, Part II: Still Waiting, Carter did strike out twice even without starting.
Edwin Encarnacion – Received a cortisone shot. Did the Blue Jays organization decide to let go of the home run guru, Dwayne Murphy, and just shoot up the team with steroids instead? I thought you needed to do both in conjunction.
Jose Bautista – 3-for-4, 3 runs and a double slam (10, 11) and legs (3). The Hungry Man slam and legs!
Jose Reyes – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and 2 steals and five steals in the last two days. Only thing that makes sense is he had some weird stipulation that another year kicks in on his contract if he steals five bases in a weekend series vs. the Astros.
Luke Gregerson – 1/3 IP, 3 ER and his 2nd blown save. Shocked to see he only has two blown saves. As an owner of Gregerson, I see him on my team and I think, “Luke, you are my waiver wire fodder.” I think the one thing that’s stopped the Astros from making a move is they realize they’re trading one headache for another one with Chad Qualls.
Jake Marisnick – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 4th homer. I will be cyclops’ing him to see if he gets hot again like earlier in the year.
Collin McHugh – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.34. Six innings and three earned runs is the epitome of not sh*tting so you can’t get off the pot, leaving his owners constipated.
Carlos Gonzalez – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer, and his 2nd in as many games. It’s getting stuffy in here, someone must’ve shut the Buy window.
Matt Garza – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.09. It’s an extravaGarza! And Garza is a streamer at this point, and the Stream-o-Nator says his next one is an ill-formed BM.
Mike Fiers – 4 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.06 vs. Mike Pelfrey 8 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 2.28. If I had any Photoshop skills, I’d make a photo of Puig flying.
Danny Santana – Optioned to Triple-A Rochester. To teach him a metaphorical lesson, they should make him walk. As the Twins continue to bulk up their minor league team’s playoff roster, they have to be the favorites for the Triple-A championship. Eduardo Escobar (1-for-3, 1 RBI) will take over shortstop for the Twins. I wonder if the Twins bus driver ever accidentally drives the major league team to Rochester.
Wilmer Flores – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer. All joking aside, he’s on pace for 20+ homers. Fo’reallies.
Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.42. The nice thing about deGrom. Okay, there’s lots of nice things. But the one I’m thinking about right now is how he dominates teams that he’s suppose to dominate. Nothing flaky about him, though I could see him in a shampoo commercial.
Curtis Granderson – 2-for-5 and two solo homers (7, 8). This is a Curtisy blurb.
Eric Campbell – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (2) and double legs (3, 4). Also has three games in a row with a hit. Might not be anything, but could be a very light schmotato.
Jake Lamb – 0-for-4 as he was activated from the DL. Yasmany Tomas didn’t start yesterday. Unhappy with Lamb, Tomas might have to pick a new favorite type of roast.
Colby Lewis – 7 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. Jeremy Guthrie 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks. After the game, the video of Colby Lewis vs. Jeremy Guthrie was sent to Gitmo to use for torture purposes. “Why do you show me the most boring roundball throwers?! Can’t I see Alfredo Simon? My cousin from a Latin American terrorist cell knows him. Please! No more Guthrie!”
Salvador Perez – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, and 2nd in as many games. Thank God his paternal grandmother is in good health.
Clayton Kershaw – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA down to 3.36. I liked Kershaw better when he wasn’t pitching well. It made him more relatable.
Yasiel Puig – 2-for-4, 1 run as he was activated from the DL on Saturday. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Get a picture of a DeLorean, paste it onto a cardboard cutout of a car, say, “Vroom, vroom,” go back to Saturday and get him in your lineup!”
Zack Greinke – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 1.92 vs. Lance Lynn 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.07. In an ESPN Sunday Night Game that was billed as, “If we don’t show the Yanks and Red Sox, guess who we do show.”
Jhonny Peralta – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .321. While Jhonny’s on the phone with “Career year,” I wonder if he can pass the phone off to Jose Abreu. It’s real important he talks with it.
Joe Panik – 3-for-4, 1 run. If you don’t own him by now, I’d hate to see your reaction time if there was real reason to panic.
Maikel Franco – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 6th homer, and his 4th homer this week. Prospect Mike’s face tattoo to make him look like Maikel doesn’t seem half as silly now. Though, he could’ve just went to the tanning salon for a few days straight.
Carlos Carrasco – 4 IP, 5 ER. Sometimes I like to take a Sharpie and write Carrasco’s 2.86 xFIP on a transparency, then aim an overhead projector at my computer so I see 2.86 instead of his 4.35 ERA.
Jose Ramirez – Optioned to Triple-A. Zach Walters was called up to replace him, but, how do I say this, he’s not very good. I’d continue to stash Francisco Lindor. His arrival should side with the plaintiffs in the landmark case of sooner vs. later.
Adam Jones – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 9th homer, hitting .311. Snopes says that’s not racist.
Matt Wieters – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st homer. Catcher questions commence in 3, 2, 1…
Jeff Samardzija – 7 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.93. Owning Samardzija makes me wish all of my leagues had a category for innings pitched. He’s like the Souplantation of pitchers. Food’s not good, but there’s a lot of it!
Avisail Garcia – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer in three games, and sixth on the year, hitting .294. If he stays healthy (relatively) all year, I bet he’s one of those players that people didn’t want to own all year but still lands in the top 40 for outfielders at the end of the year.
Justin Verlander – Reports are that he looked sharp in his final rehab start. He wore a Brooks Brothers suit with custom black and white spats.
David Price – 9 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.70 vs. the White Sux. At one point, Price struck out seven consecutive hitters of the White Sux’s mutterer’s row.
Alfredo Simon – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.76. Hey, if I were the Regression Fairies, I wouldn’t mess with Simon either.
J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer. It seems to me that how J.D. goes so do the Tigers. Maybe because Swiggy’s their leader.
Yoenis Cespedes – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, a home run for every twelve and a half feet. Who says I’m not a statistician?
Tyler Collins – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI, and a home run in his last start, but that was back on Thursday. If a hot schmotato doesn’t play, does anyone own him? That’s my philosophy, KRS-One!
Gerrit Cole – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 1.73. I don’t want to say anything negative, because you put it out there and then it happens and “it” in this sentence is an abbreviation, but Cole was very lucky to get out of the first few innings without any runs scoring.
Cameron Maybin – 3-for-5, hitting near-.450 in the last week. Hot schmotato alert!
Tyler Clippard – 1/3 IP, 3 ER and his 2nd blown save as he entered the game in the 8th inning with one out. Not sure why he was in this shituation, but it strikes me like they’re setting Clippard up to fail. Maybe the A’s have an upcoming giveaway with double-handed scissors.
Kendall Graveman – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 4.83. I wonder if Graveman enjoys Tombstone pizza. Deep thoughts with Grey Albright.
Mark Canha – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, and he homered on Saturday. Keep in mind that, while he might be a hot schmotato, it also could’ve been because he was facing the Red Sox pitching.
Clay Buchholz – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 4.07. Sigh. The reappearance of Butthurtz. Should’ve known when he was facing Reddick (3-for-4, 1 run, 3rd steal). The matchups don’t get easier next time out, but I’d try to hold Buchholz.
Rusney Castillo – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer as he bats ninth. Since the entire Red Sox lineup minus Pedroia — or the entire Red Sox lineup that doesn’t need a stepladder to get down a box of cereal — is struggling, so Rusney could quickly move up in the order. No, you’re out of order! Hooha!
Brock Holt – 2-for-3, 1 run. Has been playing every day and hitting. I grabbed him in one Yahoo league where he’s eligible everywhere, except at catcher. He’s like a Swiss Army knife when you have a player sitting. Wilmer Flores is out? Weave in Holt! Junior Lake’s sitting? Weave in Holt! Cain…Sugar!’s a no-go? Steve Holt!
Brett Gardner – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .278. On a somewhat related note, you know how they send old horses out to stud? Where do you send a guy like Gardner that came of age at the glue factory? He’s like a kid whose parents own a retirement home.
Albert Pujols – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer, hitting .258. I think Arte Moreno would eat gold-leafed caviar one less day a year for another handful of Pujolses.
Garrett Richards – 2/3 IP, 6 ER. A Richards hasn’t bombed that bad in LA without dropping the N-word.
“As he read the Doppler radar outputs that track the ball in three dimensions, Jeff chewed corn from the cob, careful to not disturb his mustache that still had the fragrance of a dame”
Hahahaha – just so damn great!
grabbed pence for my souza soler and now have open spot,
thinking add a solid 2 starter, in folty or wait out try get velasquez
could also grab another OF dont really need but ozuna rusny moss avail.
Or i could grab carson smith but I have 4 closers?
Panik or Jace ROS?
@KR Express: that’s gonna be a jace answer.
Hendricks or Yordano rest of season?
Also needing to aquire saves in a league (only have axford and storen), would you trade tomas or choo for Aj Ramos (or possibly cody allen if owner will do it)
In a hth points leaque, have B.Crawford & I.Desmond for ss. Correa is still there. Stay pat or drop which one ros.
Gomes or Grandal?
if lake’s time keeps getting screwed with grab hicks? i already have maybin at CF with ellsbury out, also have tucker though, so maybe rasmus would be better grab, assuming one of them plays most days. Lake i know would be answer if we knew he’d play of course.
Yo, Mr Lothario, grand puhbah of baseball, i could use your advice on a couple trades if u would be so kind.
1. Would Wong and Machado be a fair offer (or wise) for Bryant and Rendon. Who would u rather have?
2. I turned down an offer for Wong and Longo to get Cano and Cargo and countered Longo for Gonzalez, I’m in the ballpark, aren’t I?
@Irish in 1 hand: longo for cargo is probably not bad, i wouldn’t do the wong/longo for cargo/cano though.
@goodfold2: thanks for response. He accepted my offer. Feels fair, i had depth at 3B he had it at OF. What do you think of #1
@Irish in 1 hand: 1# is pretty good too, and esp if keeper/dynasty.
I have Reyes, Harrison and Correa for 2 MI spots.
Do I drop Harrison/Correa for LeMahieu, Russell or Kang?
smh..missed out on Correa. sup Grey….10team h2h 5×5.
pick up V. Martinez. drop Avisail, Franco, Yelich, Ozuna, or hold?
@740: the avisail with the 800 OPS who’s hit 3 homers lately, or the franco who’s hit 4 homers in a week and 3 hits today? really? that’s gotta be a hold.
Sorry…drop Ozuna or Heyward for Avi?
Drop one for Garcia?
Got Correa, Semien and Zobrist. Want to drop one (obviously one of the last two) for Avisail in a H2H OBP league, assuming Avisail is better than Semien and Zobrist. What say you?
Grey, in NL-only 10 team H2H, do you drop Bour, Paulsen or Middlebrooks to pick up Alonso?
OF overkill in my 10 tm trade souza n soler 4 pence. Might give more consistency in h2h format. Have ton power elsewhere.
Guys like rusney moss n ozuna are on the wire!!
encarnacion and samardzjia for Gardner and greinke, who wins?
20 team dynasty with putouts BB’s and OPS, which makes zunino more valuable than he seems, since he plays most of the time and is a good catcher defensively. Same league as mentioned above. If i’m already pretty much needing to drop rios would zunino and rios for g.holland be an ok deal? this would allow me to trade melancon for kela + caminero. SEA owner did really want zunino preseason and has g.holland. other available catchers are chirinos/bethancourt/conger/flowers/suzuki/phegley, enough that i could stream one that plays every day looks like. if zunino still has a decent chance to eventually hit decently this clearly isn’t a good idea though.
Sounds like a decent deal, yeah
Here comes your Holliday injury. He just went darn hard. Looked like someone shot him in the calf while he was running.
There ya go!
@Grey: Also, how good is Arenado on defense? He is intentionally bouncing the ball to first to keep it out of the sun on his throws. Perfect waist high one hoppers.
He’s a beautiful specimen
@Grey: He was just waiting for me to admire his defense before he went yard.
He’s just too sexy
@The Great Knoche: yep, good for us grichuk or heyward, or worse, both, owners.
12 Team 5×5 OBP keeper league. can keep 6.
I trade: Abreu(6th round keeper), Jansen, Maikel Franko (23rd Round)
I get: Rizzo (7th Round), AJ Ramos, Keuchel (15th)
I’d take Rizzo
If you had to replace Jansen with Miller, would you still do it?
ah phil hughes, who’s on a quest to have people in bars bet on whether or not he’ll get more K’s or allow more homers on a per game basis. after 4 innings K’s are winning, 2-1. The guy taking the K side should probably lay 3-2. this seriously is a good betting game. I’m thinking K side wins 60ish percent or slightly more (maybe K side lays 8-5?) of the time.
@Crapshoot Kershaw: no actually it’s tied. i misread.
we’re still holding alonso over vargas i would guess, both because of playing time concerns with vargas and hitting concerns (this is for deep leagues here)
This Correa guy is terrible. I want my money back.
Would you deal Adam Jones for Greinke? Heavy on OF, light on pitching.
Great round up as always Grey. I’m thinking of shaking up my team a bit and getting some pitching. What are your thoughts on the following?
I give:Dickerson ($17), Franco ($2), and Heston/Peralta.
I get CarGomez ($34), Lester, and Burnett.
I already plan to keep GOLDY, Bryant, Pollock, and would then go with Chapman and Myers/CarGomez. The other owner is totally out of it for this year. Do you think it’s well worth the loss of keeper value for me to these three? My hitting is already doing well, and with Dickerson/Myers possibly coming back, it will only get stronger. I
I’m not even sure what the other owner will do. He has some very high priced keepers and his hitting is terrible with the exception of Stanton, Pederson, and CarGomez. He’s in 9th place and really has no shot at getting out of the last 2-3 spots.
1B Goldschmidt (41)
2B Flores (5)
3B Bryant (30)
SS Kang (5)
INF Franco (2)
OF Pollock (12)
OF Myers (20)
OF Guerrero (2)
Bench Dickerson (17)
Bench K. Johnson
CL Chapman (20)
CL Melancon (11)
RP Ziegler (1)
RP Romo (1)
SP Shields (30)
SP Arrieta (27)
SP Garza (9)
SP Hendricks (2)
B W.Peralta (9)
@Pugs&Slugs: Or would it be safer to do Dickerson for Lester and be able to keep Franco for $2. Will CarGomez and Burnett be able to stay healthy for the rest of the season?
Thanks! I’d take Gomez
@Grey: Thanks! I will try the first deal. If he doesn’t like it, do you still like the Dickerson for Lester deal? He has J-Zimm also, but I’m not sold on him this year.
@Pugs&Slugs: Or do think J-Zimm is still legit?
I’d take Lester
H2H QS Lg
Samardzija or Cashner
Samardzija, neither really
15-team non-keeper 6×6 (OBP, QS), monthly lineups
I was offered Syndergaard, Rodon, or McCullers for Dickerson. Would you make the trade? If so,ho would be your 1st and 2nd choice. I can afford to loose a bat and would be moving Colome to the bench
@Worlds First Analrapist: we have a lot of “first analrapist’s” around here. similar to when you see “2nd 3rd Bank” or “7th to the Nth Presbyterian Church” it’s fairly confusing. Some of you guys aren’t the first, but that would be one hell of a scary union if youse guys got together.
@Crapshoot Kershaw:if the analrapist union was a drink it would make peter sotos look like ginger beer.
I’d take it, in the order you’ve listed them
@Grey: thanks Grey
1) You may have noticed Weiters DH’d this week. I’ll wait until it becomes a regular occurrence to say told ya so.
2) Dumb question but B. Burns, Maybin, or Rajai A) For now and B) ROS?
1) Ok 2) Burns
@Grey: Hmmm. Was expecting you to say Maybin. I’ll keep Burnsy around. Thanks!
Here we go… Mattingly is gonna start sitting Puig every other day. :facepalm:
Now HOU is screwing with Tucker, even though his OPS is around 800. they’re playing F’ing villar over him, that’s nuts. unless they are hiding a tucker injury of course. either way.
1. 14 team dynasty with OPS. best tucker replacement i have this lineup
d’arnaud (active slot so i could stash werth and byrd)
1. i just won souza today by bidding 50 out of my remaining 93 (original budget of 100), so now that i have a decent RF which of byrd/werth should i drop to make room for an active catcher?
2. drop tucker for any of mesoraco/alex guerrero/butler/paulsen. If it’s alex guerrero how much should i spend in free agent bid money, he was just dropped?
1. Byrd 2. Meh, hold for a day or two to see what the Astros do now with Correa
@Grey: damn yahoo doesn’t have velazquez so my superior early knowledge doesn’t help me obtain him. Guessing hold tucker over canha (getting at bats again) in different league too.
@Beware the Shit Rope: it’s looking like unless marisnick gets some days off instead of tucker or rasmus those latter 2 (esp rasmus) are getting screwed. Rasmus just got done with 5 out of 6 days off, and now tucker has been off three straight days. Villar doesn’t seem like he should be getting any at bats now.
Funny how the Hand got spanked @Tor.
so, RE: melancon trade idea above, i’m guessing you do think it’s possible his K rate comes back next year or later? (he did get 2 K’s in an inning recently). what about heaney for kela, as opp is LAA and heaney is one of their top prospects.
Works for me
You buying low on Kemp or pass?
Deshields is starting to look more and more like the Rule 5 guy that he is everyday…..are you higher on him or Leon-wise Martin for the rest of the year?
Being as I’m against him this week, this Reyes re-awakening is pretty bloody annoying.
At least you missed last week
With the callup of Correa I’ve got too many MI in my keeper league. I’ve got D.Gordon, Bogaerts, Correa, Flores, and Andrus. I’m torn between dropping Flores and Andrus. Since steals are pretty locked up for me and Flores is my only 2B eligible guy besides Gordon, do I drop Andrus?
Gah. Puig not starting today (tonight). Understandable I guess.
Don’t be so understanding!
Couple of non-baseball things – you ever watched Wayward Pines?
And – any more plans for NZ in November?
No plans on NZ YET… Neither seen Wayward Pines, any good? BTW, I’m only four episodes into Serial so don’t say anything, but it’s amazing, never thought a podcast could be so engrossing
@Grey: re: Wayward Pines, watched ep 1 last night. Not sure yet – that genre is normally not my thing, but I do like Matt Dillon so will probably persevere. (reminds me a little of the Jack reacher novel Nothing To Lose).
re: Serial – I know, right? You just can’t wait to listen to the next episode. Apparently there are two more series coming (on different subjects).
The world’s most expensive hammock is ready and waiting in the shed!
Oh – there’s a possibility I may be in NY end April/early May next year…
New York’s not that close to me, you Kiwis! (Kidding)… I promised Cougs I’d wait to listen to Serial, but I kinda want to listen and then just listen again and pretend it’s my first time… Ugh, it’s so good!
@Grey: Was looking forward to a tour of your old neighbourhood. What’s a 3-hour flight between friends?
More like 4 1/2 hours one way and five and a half the other… I’ve done it a few times… As you can imagine
@Grey: Oops – you’re quite right. I was thinking of the time difference.
Yeah, I’m not *that* good a guy.
Well, you are! But, yeah, it’s a bit of a knob and push (insert Kiwi expression)
@Grey: Knob and push? Is an autocorrect?
I’d just say it’s a pain in the arse ;-)
I’m trying to make up a Kiwi saying, c’mon, you have to admit that sounds like it might be one
@Grey: Oh, I see now. Hmmm, the fact that ‘knob’ is a euphemism in these parts could be problematic…
That’s why it works (maybe it doesn’t)!
Would you dish minimum keepers correa/rusney/Chavez for fowler/scherzer?
What about pence/McCullers for Carlos Gonzalez?
I’d take Scherzer
14-tm weekly OPS and NetSB league, I’ve been using band-aids at 2B since Schoop went down–currently Valbuena. Would you grab the relatively hot Tejada, or just stick with Valbuena? Schoop worth a DL stash?
Valbuena, sure if you have an open DL slot
obp with walks
Cutch/Adam Jones/Puig/c gomez
Thanks man your best
Gomez, Puig, Cutch
Couple of questions.
Drop Norris now that Lucroy is back or try to trade him?
Fowler, yelich, or marisnick ROS?
Trade him if you can… If not, drop Norris… Yelich
@ grey, Tomas or Souza ROS, K’s count as a negative stat.
5×5 obp H2H category league
i give j. upton and jansen
i get tulo and duda.
OF is Stanton, Myers, Yelich, Heyward and Upton.
SS is segura.
we use 2 utils
I can slot duda in util and hold onto yelich untll myers comes back. I have segura at SS right now and want to upgrade. he wanted either frazier or upton included in the deal but I prefer to give up an OF over frazier.
oh and I have jansen, ramos, axford and soria so i can afford to give up a closer
OBP Keeper League: Chris Davis/Aaron Judge for Carpenter/Chapman?
Which Minor you think has better long term future? Ryan McMahon or Aaron Judge?
You should ask our prospect writer Mike… I’d take Carpenter/Aroldis
In a league that uses XBH instead of Runs, would you give Carrasco for any of these guys straight up (yay or nay on each please & thanks):?
Hey, Grey! Folty or Velasquez? Thanks!
Start rubby today
Who you dropping to get correa on your team
Boagerts, shark, fiers, McHugh not worried about losing a pitcher it’s 8 team h2h
Other pitchers are Strasburg, felix hernandez, Salazar, Richards, liriano
Other MI are Wong, Rendon
I don’t know his matchup… Shark
@Grey: Vs Dodgers in LA
I wouldn’t start Rubby there
As mentioned above, my excitement at having Correa start for the ol’ H2H team is tempered somewhat with the realisation that he has Sale to deal with.
How concerned are you about E5 this week with him sitting again today? Is he a bench for Tomas or A-rod in weekly leagues?
I’d start him, bet he’s back by Tuesday
@Grey: Cool, thanks for the reassurance!
@Grey: hopefully we’re in for the 100 or so days of cortisone.
Drop Bryan Shaw for pedro strop net saves/saves
Who is the drop out of these guys
Rubby, folty, McHugh, Hendricks add trevor may for one of those guys
Howdy señor grey! Hope u had a relaxing weekend!
In a h2h points with a weekly roster lock , at 2b roll with my Addison Russell or look to add & start one of these 2b options currently up for the taking:
DJ LeMahieu, Brandon Philips, or Brett lawrie (2b/3b).
Next- I have Edwin Encarncion, & he’s out today I know it’s hard to bench someone of his caliber but would you bench EE for this week or keep him starting at first?
I have options i can move around/
Mark trumbo is eligible at 1b & OF , move trumbo from OF to 1b then sit EE ,move Josh reddick from bench to OF.
Option B: sit EE & move Napoli from bench to 1b
Option C: add Chris Carter who has eligibility both at 1b & DH, sit EE move Chris Carter to 1b
Option D: leave it as is , keep EE & 1b & trumbo @ OF
** my DH has 1b eligibility & that’s Carlos Santana. But i don’t have an extra DH on my bench**
Start Russell… Start Edwin
Grey, do we trust Pence and Brantley for the week? Got to get the lineup in.
I’d start them
Duda was dropped. Is he a must add in a 12 teamer?
@Derrick: uh ya
I was offered kimbrell for Gallo and Axford. Pull the trigger?
@Mitchell Freedman: I’d like to counter with Clippard or is that too greedy. Don’t wanna scare him off
Take it, forget offering Clippard
yo grey– 5×5 14 team keeper league. 10 man bench. i have jimmy nelson keepable for 3 years. round 20 next year then 13 then 6 in the final year. my team is in first. i have a good amount of keepers that are better than nelson who i can trade for some good stuff if i have to. my question— i trade nelson i get strasburg. i have other options for my sps and i was thinking about rolling the dice on stras. good gamble????
Yup, take Stras
@Grey: thanks for the quicky grey “my guy!!!!”
Which would you speculate on Bolsinger or May?
Miggy, Price, and Cashner for Harper, Frazier, Arrietta and Syndergaard?
Which side you like?
@Carter: Actually its Price and Miggy for Harper, Frazier, and Arrieta
Odelay to Mike Fiers
I got you on my squad
Spent a little dinero
Was hoping to take Ks
Though a QS would be a go
You pitch like you don’t like me
And it seems you’re not a liar
‘Cause when you throw your gas
I saw someone ask on your last ‘Buy–Sell’ column about Gomes or Wieters. You still thinking go with Wieters over Gomes? Or just hold a tad longer and see if Gomes can come through?
thanks as always man
I’d go Wieters
Thank…Travis is a FA too so I’ll add him to my DL and see how he fairs once he becomes active
happy monday man!
Thanks, you too!
I currently don’t have a LF. I was offered Kemp and Price for Pujols/Reddick.
I would replace pujols with either Grandal or Kendrys. What do you think?
I’d take it, Kendrys
@Grey: Thanks boss. SWISH coming any day no. Prepare yourself
I feel compelled to point out that Ben Paulsen has 1 more homer now than he was projected for the whole season.
Betts was dropped in my 12team, H2H, 6X6 league. Any of these droppable for Betts: Sandoval, Polanco, Span, Gallo? Thanks Man.
That’s your best pun of the year. Score!
That, was an epic lede beyotch.
Eff yeah, David Niven!
McCullers a no doubt start vs. the WhiteSux today right? SON no likey….
I wish I could pick him up and start him there
Cashner Vs Teheran or Rodon Vs. Keuchel?
OPS/OBP League 12 teams
A-gon, Pederson, Desmond, Hamels or Trout & Rizzo? I have all positions covered if i move these guys. Yes right?
@Grey: Thanks.. if he accepts this my team is going to be stacked. Jones/Harper/Trout OF
Pujlos/Rizzo/Donaldson/Reyes/Corerra/Rendon/ With Burns & Cargo at utility matchup dependant. Ugh. ..that’s nasty
12 team non keeper league. Someone dropped Trumbo. Would you drop Addison Russell for him as a UTL?
H2H: Trout/Correa or Harper/Desmond?
Would you drop A. Gordon for Souza – 12 team H2H 5×5 3 OF – Current OF on roster: Pollock, Gardner, CarGo
Folty, Hutch, Taijuan, McCullers. Which one ROS?
@Grey: and if you dont mind, please tell me who you would prefer ROS between Hutch, Buchholz and Velasquez
hosmer, bogaerts, samardzjia for gardner and street or perkins?
Drop Starlin Castro to put in a claim on Correa? Or drop Bucholz or Samardzija instead? Thanks!
@Razzball Junkie: I’d lose Samarjzzzdaaa
Astros called up Vince Velasquez and he is better than McCullers . I have seen this guy pitch for corpus christi twice and he was really dominating. His FB reaches 98 and sometimes 99 and he has a change and curve to offer too and his K per 9 is around 11. Worth giving a shot if you ask me.
Better SP pickup:
Hahn, Wada or Roark?
You rolling out Lackey tonight in Coors? SON isn’t liking it
Pick 2, standard league with IP instead of WHIP:
Fiers vs WAS
Yordano @ STL
Teheran vs SD
Eovaldi vs WAS, @MIA
SON says Fiers, Teheran
ROS Fiers, Sanchez Chi Chi or Foly?
@Prime_Time_Players: and that anibal sanchez
Great stuff as always; obviously interested in Grey’s perspective but would love some others to chime in as well. Trade offer: my Bryant and a 6th round pick (next year’s draft) for his Kershaw and David Robertson. It is a 6 man keep forever league … I have Arenado to replace Bryant. I am currently in 1st place; but the 2 guys who are chasing me have ‘unreal’ pitching staffs. In fact, just played the guy in 2nd … check these numbers out in a weekly lock league (5 sp’s and 4 rp’s); 80+ k’s, 8 wins, 9 saves, 2 era, less than 1 WHIP. I won all 5 hitting cats and he won all 5 pitching cats. In other words, I think my pitching is good but not at the level of my two main competitors. Given Bryant is currently on my bench is this a no brainer … I am fighting this one pretty hard because I don’t want to deal Bryant, but is the offer to good to pass …. any and all opinions welcome.
Thanks! I’d take Kershaw
Thanks Grey; I think deep down I knew it. Anyone else want to chime in??
@Dr. Sauce: It’ll really sting if Bryant picks up OF eligibility anytime soon. But if you’ve got a chance to win this year, I’m always in favor of pulling out all the stops.
Appreciate that perspective; really been hoping he can pick up OF eligibility soon!
@Dr. Sauce: isn’t he worth more at 3B?
In a 14 team keeper with QS instead of wins…
So factoring in keeper values, would you rather have Yordano or Taijuan Walker?
Rest of season:
Rizzo + Marte
Upton + Carlos Gonzalez?
In an OBP league, would you drop Martin for Devin (assuming Devin is officially a full time OF)?
9 Team Al-Only Roto 5×5 (23 man rosters)
Saves needy team trying to get Soria from me and I’m floundering in 8th place in need of pitching (last in W and close to last in ERA & WHIP) and hitting (last in avg and close to last in HRs and R).
c – Joseph
1b – Ortiz
2b – Forsythe
3b – Castellanos
ss – Reyes
if – morales
of – trout
of – calhoun
of – carter
util – aybar
util – betts
bn – flaherty
bn – giovatella
p – kluber
p – rodon
p – mccullers
p – soria
p – mcallister
p- a. miller
bn – chen
bn – karns
dl – smyly
dl – iwakuma
Was offered Pineda/Marisnick for Soria/Betts but he also has Eaton. What are your thoughts on a Pineda/Eaton for Betts/Soria trade? Not sure if that even makes my team any better but Betts has been pretty meh…
9 team redraft 5×5 roto. I’m weakest in ERA and WHIP.
I got offered Carrasco/Betts for my Correa/Myers. I’m not into Betts, and I love Myers but his wrists are a concern.
My other SS are Crawford and Bogaerts. His other OF that I could ask for are Springer and Gardner. Offensively I’m weakest at 3B with Longo and Bogaerts. He has Donaldson, Arenado, Guerrero. His only other SP I’d entertain are Shields and Greinke.
Do any of the following make sense/sound fair, or hold on Correa?
A) Carrasco/Arenado for Correa/Longoria
B) Carrasco/Springer for Correa/My