The Magic Genie of Fantasy Baseball says that if I put a baseball card of a player I own in a Dreamcatcher and put the Dreamcatcher under my pillow while I’m sleeping then *gulps* then the Magic Genie of Fantasy Baseball will come in the middle of the night and give my player a Quality Start.  So…*bashfully looks down*..I put Chris Paddack‘s baseball card under my pillow and I’VE BEEN A GOOD BOY!  Holy Hayzeus Lazarus and Pontius, Inventor of Pilates, I had a good start! Yesterday, Chris Paddack went 7 2/3 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 ER and 8 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.70.  Please throw 170 more innings this year!  “Don’t be greedy,” interrupts Magic Genie of Fantasy Baseball.  “Hey, Magic Genie of Fantasy Baseball, you sound like a spot remover.”  “Just for that, I’m pushing Marquez back so he starts at Coors next!  Muahahaha!”  So, Paddack had a great start, which tacks onto his season of more-than-we-could’ve-hoped-for.  He currently ranks 25th for xFIP; 23rd for K/9 and 13th for walk rate.  And he’s in Petco for his home starts!  Happy to be the Mohel at his Star Mitzvah.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Tyler O’Neill – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, four of which have come in the last five games.  How many A.J. Pollocks does it take to find a hot schmotato at a Mercado–beep, beep….beep…Greybot shutting down, overheating on hot schmotatoes.

Daniel Ponce de Leon – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 2.80.  More like the Fountain of Yuck!

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .251.  Au Shizz!

Chris Archer – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.36.  Ha, pitching is so sad, that people are asking in the comments about how great Archer has been and can he continue it. A Quality Start should now be 5 IP, 4 ER. Who agrees?  Raise your hands! I can’t see your hands, you blasted fools, this is the internet! So, Archer does have two straight Quality Starts. His peripherals do say he should be much better (10.5 K/9, 4.58 xFIP), but he couldn’t be worse and his 4.5 BB/9 is egregious.

Nomar MazaraRangers have discussed demoting him.  Makes sense.  Call him up three years prior to him being ready, let him struggle for three years, then, just as his confidence is at its lowest, demote him.  Yup, perfectly logical.

Danny Santana – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 12th and 13th homer.  As much as I’d hate to see Nomar get ducked around, Dannys Antana stands to gain major value in the scenario where Mazara is demoted.

Jarrod Dyson – 3-for-5 and his 6th homer.  He left with a hamstring cramp, so his chase for the 1st player to weigh 145 lbs and hit ten home runs will have to wait.

Eduardo Escobar – 2-for-7, 5 RBIs and his 20th and 21st homer, hitting .290.  Can I start writing my Eduardo Escobar 2020 schmohawk post now or do I have to wait until next year?

Kevin Cron – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer, in, like, 10 at-bats (50-something, but still).  You know where Cron would be a 40-homer guy?  On the Orioles.  Why is it that all Crons hit homers and none can get playing time?

Jay Bruce – Hit the IL with oblique strain.  Apparently, Bruce is no Stone Pony.

Francisco Lindor – 1-for-3 and his 15th homer. More remarkable, Jose Ramirez went 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 20th steal.  Run Jo-Jo Ram, run!

Mike Clevinger – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 3.57.  I know he’s been sidelined this year, but I had no idea how few IP he’s thrown.  Any guesses? It’s just under 36 IP, if that helps.

Spencer Turnbull – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.65. They say a great movie ends exactly as you expect but in a way you never expected. At least that’s what they told me in film school. I’d contend baseball is similarly gratifying.  Turnbull should be a 4.50 ERA pitcher. He’s not now, he may not be tomorrow, but, at some point, he’ll get there.

Nicholas Castellanos – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 10th homer, hitting .283.  It is remarkable how committed Castellanos is to being a line drive hitter. You have to actively try to hit so few homers in 2019, and The Greek God of Hard Contact is pulling it off.  Kudos to him.  That’s not praise, I’m giving him a Kudos bar because no one wants it.

Jason Vargas – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.25.  Time Traveler in March, “Grey, muy-chico, my hombre, draft Jason Vargas instead of every other pitcher you want to draft.”  “What’s with the Spanglish? Is that a thing in the future?”  “You’re focusing on the wrong thing.”  “So, you won’t answer, interesting.”

Pete Alonso – 1-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 31st homer.  Albombso!

Amed Rosario – 4-for-4, 4 runs, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, and a double short of the cycle.  Also, in this game, Eddie Rosario went 0-for-4, 1 RBI. If they want to get married, I’m fine with calling them Ameddie Rosario. Please notify the thought police.

Nelson Cruz – 1-for-4 and his 18th homer.  If Cruz doesn’t get to 30 homers, I will eat all the plastic straws found in dolphins’ blowholes. Will discuss at later time about where to send them.

Mitch Garver – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 15th homer.  If you drafted Omar Narvaez, Mitch Garver and Christian Vazquez in a one catcher league, you’d be doing so much better than if you drafted Aaron Judge, Giancarlo and Paul Goldschmidt. *reenacts King Tommen falling out window*

Martin Perez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.10.  Would you say I’m M. Perez’d? Compared to the Nazi in Exile, I wanna have Perez’s babies, but he’s cooled off on my Scoville scale and I’m a Shishito pepper on him.  Sometimes hot, sometimes not, depends on the Streamonator.

Christian Yelich – 1-for-4 and his 34th homer, hitting .331.  It’s totally cool that the Brewers put their fences on Segways and move the fences in 20 feet every time Yelich bats, but at least cop to it!

Manny Pina – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Shouting, “If you like Manny Pinas, and making love in the rain!”

Kenta Maeda – 2 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.75, but rain came and Maeda got ShtuPPD. By the by, that’s our glossary winner from yesterday. Please pick up your prize at the nearest Carl’s Jr.

David Freese – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  If Freese homered, that game must’ve had a playoff atmosphere.

Kenley Jansen – Wasn’t available last night due to his ankle, but Dave Roberts said he should be available today, Roberts also said he stole a base so everyone can have a free taco. Whatever that means.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .255.  Wow, who would ever doubt this guy?

Chase Anderson – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 3 walks, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.96. Streamonator never likes him, due to the lack of Ks, but I’ve liked Anderson for the past two years as a cheap, no nonsense, blabbity bleh at the back of rotations in deeper leagues. By the way, if you don’t know if your league is deep, it’s not.

Dallas Keuchel – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.58.  I’ve seen better Dallas performances from Charlene Tilton!  Snap!

David Dahl – Left yesterday’s game after fouling a ball off his foot, and then his foot had juice on it but Manfred said, “Hey, look, a birdie!” and grabbed the ball and ran off the field. Rockies are saying Dahl’s day-to-day.

Trevor Story – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, and 2nd in as many games. If a guy hasn’t homered in two games in a row — do you even lift, bro?  By the way, Ryan McMahon went 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and hit his 9th homer, but only his 2nd homer in four games.  You don’t lift, bro.

Donovan Solano – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Donovan rounded the bases, singing, “It’s the Season of the Pitch…heading over the fence.”

Stephen Vogt – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, and 2nd homer in this Coors series.  How wretched is Buster Posey?  He’s being outhit by Stephen Vogt.

Mark Melancon – 1/3 IP, 0 ER and his 1st save.  If you don’t think Melancon has at least a 50% chance of saves when Smith is traded, you haven’t followed Bochy’s career.

Eloy Jimenez – Hit the IL with a contusion of the UCL. I once had confusion on the campus of UCLA.  Weird times!  Either way, I have no idea when Eloy’s returning, I’d guess two to three weeks.

Adalberto Mondesi – Hit the IL with a subluxation of his shoulder.  Sounds like when you don’t pay for the Happy Ending but get it anyway.  “Now, I give you…subluxation…”  “Ow, Nancy, please stop.”  Sounds like a season-ending injury to me, but I haven’t heard a timetable.

Danny Duffy – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.52.  I’ll be honest, it was hard for me to look at the Royals’ box score without Mondesi.  Duffy was a Streamonator pick yesterday and–why, Mondesi, why?!

Teoscar Hernandez – 2-for-2, 3 runs, and his 10th and 11th homer, and three homers in two games and hot schmotato alert!

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .297.  I wanna get invited to the Gurriel Family BBQ.  Just, ya know, to be near greatness.

Rafael Devers – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Devers is neither loose nor tight. Can’t fight the Devers! Can’t fight the Devers! Can’t fight the Devers!

Eduardo Rodriguez – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.34.  Been a while since I looked at him so…Velocity is down, not crazy though; K/9 is down, again not awful; walk rate is more manageable; ton more ground balls.  Meh, been a while, but he’s still pretty much a 3.85-4.15 ERA pitcher with neutral luck.

Erick Fedde – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.50.  Fedde wraps up like every guy is a 679 hitter, but mostly getting that ‘facing the O’s face’.

Trey Mancini – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 18th and 19th homer.  I want his name to rhyme with fettuccini. Is it just me? Prolly.

Gerrit Cole – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.12. Too bad for the Angels that Cole didn’t try to find Angel Stadium in Los Angeles and miss the game.

George Springer – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 21st homer, and third homer in three days.  Okay, that lifts, bro.

Jurickson Profar – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 12th and 13th homer.  You could say his two homers yesterday are a sign of good things to come, but Mark Canha (2-for-4) also hit two homers (14, 15), so good things for him too?  How about Chad Pinder (1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer)?  You just gonna leave Chad hanging?

Ramon Laureano – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 19th homer, hitting .274, hitting .375 in July, after seven homers in June, and I should’ve included him in my top 100 for the 2nd half.  My b.

Homer Bailey – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.69.  As I mentioned on the podcast the other day, Choo-Choo Meth Gators!  Also, Bailey is a MediaOAKer, who I’d use the Streamonator in home starts.

Mitch Haniger – Has been cleared to resume baseball activities.  He needs to go easy though, because one important baseball activity is standing in the field and adjusting one’s crotch.

Cole Hamels – Tossed a bullpen session and is on track to return in the beginning of August, which is not short for Augustus Gloop; I was told, at least.

Kris Bryant – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 20th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  “KB Toy…Story, giddy up, figurine played by Tim Allen!”  Worst home run call of all-time.

Addison Russell – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer.  “Russell hit that almost as hard as he hits–” Almost worst home run call of all-time.

Yu Darvish – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.46.  Well, he’s fixed!  Pack up the truck, we need to move on to German Marquez.  He’s in Argentina?  We’ll get there in time for dinner.  We can move fast because this is imaginary.  Just grabbing two former aces who have struggled, Darvish is pitching better than Chris Archer, by a decent amount. When accounting for juiced balls, Darvish is pitching about as well as I’d expect, maybe he can do a half run lower on the ERA.  Not bad, not the ace from six years ago.

Sonny Gray – 6 IP, 2 ER, 2 hits, zero walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.40.  It sure was a good year to not draft any of my namesakes!

Raisel Iglesias – Hit the paternity list. Hoping when his baby is delivered he says, “Here is the Church, here is the steeple *motioning to open legs*, here comes some little people.”

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Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

Grey,
Two questions.

1) In my league holds count. I have Yesmeiro Petit. I just picked up Jacob Webb and Giovanny Gallegos. Would you drop Petit, or hold all 3?
2) Also is Scherzer pitching this weekend?

krazyivan
krazyivan
2 years ago

Grey,

Pitching has been so-so this week, which is a tremendous improvement. I’m in a H2H league and I’m hunting for wins while trying to watch out for walks, HRs and whip ratio.
Starts I have available:
Means vs Boston (This one scares me)
Gallen @ Dodgers (maybe he’ll decide to walk everyone besides the pitcher and catcher again)
Anibal @ Atlanta (man, it’s actually worse as I type it)
Musgrove vs Phillies (maybe Searage calls in sick)
Buehler vs Marlins (too good to be true, I’m still waiting to here the Dodgers announce some crap that they are bumping him in the rotation again).

Of these 5 in H2H, who else besides Buehler would you start?

Db
Db
2 years ago

You staring Yarbrough vs cws or arrieta @pitt tomorrow?

Db
Db
Reply to  Db
2 years ago

And thanks for telling me to give up mondesi for sale 3 days ago trade processed this morning there was nothing he could do.

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
2 years ago

I’m pretty sure mike fires has 11 quality starts in a row. he’s been insanely useful. Picked him up right after his nono. Yuge

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Should be 13 in a row. After his nono (13 starts ago) the very next start he was on a pitch count becasue he threw so many pitches in the nono. That game (12 starts ago) he went 5 innings 1 run. Yeah mike fires is great this season. I’ll take it.

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
Reply to  Ivanmakebasket
2 years ago

I deserve to own him I remember I think it was in 2012 on the Brewers I was recommending everyone pick him up when he was 5% owned when he broke out

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
Reply to  Ivanmakebasket
2 years ago

Maybe 2013

Trader
Trader
2 years ago

Eloy to IL. Grabbed O’Neill. So far so good. But also have Reddick and Braun so that is a concern. Will ride Tyler until he cools off. Kingery, Kole or Franmil on the wire. Any of them a better bet to got regular at bats and production than Reddick or Braun?

Trader
Trader
Reply to  Trader
2 years ago

Add Riley to the list. He just got dropped

Jean Genie
Jean Genie
2 years ago

Grey! Whereabouts would you rank Franmil if you had to do your OF rankings today? Love the power and x-stats but I’m having trouble knowing where to place him.

Jean Genie
Jean Genie
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks Grey. He’d shoot up if he found himself traded out of Petco and into a full-time role, right?

Jean Genie
Jean Genie
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Many thanks!

Saint
Saint
2 years ago

Hello Grey,

Dumb question. Is SON the same as the Streamonator? If not, where do I see SON’s pitching info on the site?

Thanks again for your feedback

Saint
Saint
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks. I feel better. Lol

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
2 years ago

Traded Yuli and Hendriks for Hiura!! Don’t know how i swindled it…Last two weeks overall:

Sent Dozier, Buehler, Yuli, Hendriks

Got Lindor, Hiura

Now if I can get German to stop being a little scheisse things would come together!

Cohen
Cohen
2 years ago

Grey, i picked up Naquin and Canha while Dahl/Yordan banged up a little. Drop either of those stiffs for Incarte or hold?

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
2 years ago

NL-Only, 10-TM, H2H, 5×5 (OBP) – $280 Auction (Keep 5)

Who’s the odd man out to platoon with Ender, Slater or Hampson? Neither start very often, but Hampson has a series coming up @NYY, and could see starts, especially if Dahl is out for a few.

CA Wolters
1B Rizzo
2B Hernandez
3B Rendon
SS Escobar
IF Robel Garcia
OF Acuña Juña
OF Harper
OF Hoskins
OF Enciarte
UT T. Edman
B Hampson
B Slater

SP Ryu, Corbin, Musrove, Eflin, Mikolas, Richards, Stripling
RP Yates, Kimbrel, Jackson
IL Wood

Thanks!

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
Reply to  pugs slugs
2 years ago

Let me rephrase the above question. Who should I drop between Slater and Hampson now that Ender is back? I want to stream a Pitcher and need to lose one of them.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  pugs slugs
2 years ago

Hampson, but I don’t think there’s a wrong answer.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
2 years ago

I wonder if Neris ever thinks the league has figured out his 75% splitter usage tactic. His splitter is good, but it ain’t Bruce Sutter good.

On a lighter note, will you be incorporating Skippy Handelman in your videos on a daily basis now? I would not object if that were the case. However, Skippy’s is a story that pulls at my heartstrings. His unrequited love and life of romantic torment at the hands of the cruel, vapid eldest Keaton daughter are as tragic as a Greek play.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I feel ya. How could Mallory choose Nick over him? Skippy was bright, charming, and let’s face it, likely a generous lover.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Hahaha. I know. Think of the reception Dan Fielding or Sam Malone would get nowadays.

RobW
RobW
2 years ago

Grey,

What do you think of sending Laureano + Eloy + 16th draft pick for Sale + 25th draft pick in a keeper league?

Who wins?

ellis
ellis
2 years ago

Got your advice for Rosario for Mondesi above, just saw that Kike has been on a good run, so Rosario or Kike, thank you!

Ellis
Ellis
2 years ago

or is Kike a better choice than Rosario for a Mondesi replacement, thank you!

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Ellis
2 years ago

rosario at least should/could (since he has speed) give you closer to mondesi as you lost mondesi. i’m in similar pickle, only good news is i was leading the (h2h) league in steals by 16 before the mondesi injury, this of course will go down now. 2B with tons of speed aren’t easy to just find, even in a 12 team shallow league. not like OF where you could just slot say dyson chicken legs in there.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

or stay with Voit (‘tho I’m afraid of playing time uncertainty).

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

Voit is my bench bat. Drop him for O’Neill or Mallex (I’ve got decent speed but did lose Mondesi)?

chris pierce
chris pierce
2 years ago

Grey,

If Will Smith and Brad Hand are traded. I own both. Are they still closers and now would they move to another job. What is you gut? These guys have been great for me this year, now I may lose saves.

WheelhouseWreck
WheelhouseWreck
2 years ago

HeyGrey. What do you think of Tyler Naquin? Got the pedigree and is taking advantage of the PT this year. Maybe turned a corner?

Shallow League Decisions
Shallow League Decisions
2 years ago

Like many, I’m looking to add a bat in place of Mondesi to provide across the board production and could use a bump in AVG if not at the expense of the other categories, including steals to offset some from the loss of Mondesi. Current lineup:

C Sanchez
1B Bell
2B Baez
3B Rendon
SS Story
OF Yelich, Acuna, Soto
UTIL E. Rosario, 1B/OF Hoskins

IL Mondesi

My 3 bench spots are pitchers.

Looking at my roster for a standard 5×5 roto redraft league:

1. Would you trade either Edwin Diaz or Liam Hendriks for either Laureano, Jose Ramirez, Moncada or DJ LaMaheiu.

2. Would you trade either Bell, Hoskins or E. Rosario for Pete Alonso?

Shallow League Decisions
Shallow League Decisions
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks Grey.

1. Who would you prefer to move between E. Diaz and Liam (I lean Diaz)? And who would you want in order of Laureano (leaning); Moncada; DJ and JRam?

2. Who would you prefer to move between Bell; Hoskins; E. Rosario for Pete Alonso?

Shallow League Decisions
Shallow League Decisions
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I was just looking at JoRam.

He’s 44/8/40/20 in 341 at-bats

Mondesi was 48/7/52/31/.268 in 336 at-bats

JoRam is 18/4/16/4/.321 last 30 days. Might be a steal if he’s turned the corner and can provide similar production to Mondesi.

Ben W
Ben W
2 years ago

In a keeper league; 12 team. I’m in first place with a good team.

Should I trade Luis Urias for Whit Merrifeld.

Urias can be kept for 3 more years and Merrifield for 1 more after the season. Basically future of Urias vs 2 years of Merrifield who can help me win now.

herschel
herschel
2 years ago

@Grey: 12 team weekly roto. my 3b tandem of vlad/riley has gone the way of the weasel. do you like any of sano, profar, mcmahon or fletcher as a temp fill in?

Ellis
Ellis
2 years ago

Need a replacement for Mondesi, UGH, I’m leaning A Rosario, other options include Cano Goodrum Sograd Schoop and A FRazier, thank you!

Rugglez
2 years ago

In a Standard 12-team H2H 7×7 (W SV, H, K, ERA, WHIP, QS) and looking to improve starting pitching.

I’d appreciate your thoughts on trading Correa and Soroka to get G. Cole?

Thanks!

Drew
Drew
2 years ago

I received two trade proposals recently in my 16-team OPS keeper.
1. I give JD and get Greinke
2. I give JRam and get Hand

Here is my roster: J. McCann, Muncy, McNeill (filling in for Mondesi), Tatis, JRam, Yelich, JD, Marte, and Abreu are bats. K. Newman on the bench too.
Pitchers are Verlander, Sale, Flaherty, Stripling, Lamet, Wheeler (IL), Salazar (IL), Buttrey, Vazquez, and E. Diaz.
My pitching has not been consistent this year–so I’m wondering if I need a SP or RP upgrade.
My initial thought is to hold, but curious what you might say.

As always, thanks much!

Drew
Drew
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

The trade proposals?

Drew
Drew
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Lol. Ok thanks.

endershadow
endershadow
2 years ago

Dynasty – Send Quintana and Jordan Hicks for Mikolas?

GregJeffries
GregJeffries
2 years ago

Which Side – Altuve for Mondesi.

Thanks!

GregJeffries
GregJeffries
Reply to  GregJeffries
2 years ago

And is it close?

Should add – 15 team keeper league (keep 5)

MIke L.
2 years ago

My three extra outfielders are

Bader
Almonte
Bote

Should I drop one of them and get Tyler O’Neil?
In an NL 4×4

JP
JP
2 years ago

Trade Muncy/Soroka for Judge (or Soto)?

Box
Box
2 years ago

Danny Santana or Upton in points leagues

cable
cable
2 years ago

h/h points 12 team redarft..need two ROS..Gurriel jr….Tatis..Hiura

jose
jose
2 years ago

Late to the Party today (like most days), but wanted to throw in a couple of nuggets…

Archer told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette (paraphrasing) that he is scrapping his 2-seam fastball since it was getting destroyed when he threw it….Maybe there is something there.

Darvish told the Athletic that his better command has to do with his renewed confidence in the health of his elbow. His pain was the worst when he threw his fastball and mentally getting over that took some time. Evidently he’s over it and can command his fastball more effectively.

I own neither of these guys and don’t think I’ll be able to get a hold of either, but if someone is willing to “sell high” maybe someone here can benefit.

Thanks for all the work!

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
2 years ago

If Mancini goes .290/35 will I also get a prize from my local Carl’s Jr.?

Worm Burner
Worm Burner
2 years ago

You’ve probably done this multiple times, but I’m having to call in reserves due to all the injuries. Could you rank the top few guys for hopefully the short-term?

T. O’Neill, Mancini (awful lately), G. Cooper, A. Hicks, D. Gregorious, Mercado, M. Olson

I hate asking for this and I appreciate your help

Thanks G

zombie
zombie
2 years ago

Howdy & great recap! Was 4 player DTD’d yesterday! But need an IL’d Elloy fill in that just might stick if the DTD’ers prove terminal. Grab a dropped CJ Cron, jump on the O’Neil schomatoing, or seems to be your favorite “you can drop’em” Yandy Diaz? Thanks. + did you catch “What We Do In The Shadows” yet? Properly twisted. Funny funny shizz.

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
2 years ago

Luke Voit dropped to 7th in the order as I predicted a couple of days ago

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
2 years ago

D Cease
L Jackson
S Greene
W Davis
J Paxton
G Cole
S Bieber
R Iglesias
C Sale
T Rogers (R)
B McKay (R)

Here’s my pitching staff. Add Heaney over any of these guys? J. Urias, S. Turnbull, T. Roark, M. Perez & H. Robles also on the ww.

Thanks!

FantasyLand
FantasyLand
2 years ago

Couple of questions.

A. Who’s a better speculative stash: Strickland or Melancon?

B. In a keeper roto league, which side do you pick: Eloy + Víctor Robles or Snell?

Mike
Mike
2 years ago

Tyler O’Neill just a hot schmotato, or someone worth picking up for ROS and next?

DLev45
DLev45
2 years ago

5×5, need all hitting cats. Who you do start?

Benintendi v. TOR (LHP Pannone) – batting 7th
Conforto @ SF (LHP Bumgarner)

DLev45
DLev45
2 years ago

5×5 H2H – Pitching question

Lead in all 5 pitching cats by the following:

1W
4 SV
54 K
1.4 ERA
0.22 WHIP

IP = 70 for me, 27.1 for opponent.

He has the following starts left this week to try to catch me in wins & ratios.

Porcello @ BAL
Castillo v. STL
Lynn @ HOU

My starts left this week:

Gibson v. OAK
Fiers @ MIN
Gallen @ LAD
Sanchez @ ATL
Buehler v. MIA

Which of my guys would you start and which would you sit trying hold wins and ratios?

DLev45
DLev45
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I think if I do nothing but start Buehler, the only thing he could catch me in would be wins and I go 4-1.

Agreed as to Gallen/Sanchez/Buehler with those opponents.

Gibson & Fiers are the toss ups, but I wanted to give you the complete picture since its more complicated than “sit Gibson and/or Fiers?”

Kitastrophe
Kitastrophe
2 years ago

Need 1 OF, Choo, Conforto, or Pence.

Mike
2 years ago

Jack of All Trades on Netflix was decent, about the baseball card bubble burst in the late 80s/early 90s. I have crates of those cards in my closet…all worth nothing.

Mike
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Nice! I fell off Stranger Things after season 1. I have to get back to it. Looking forward to Glow starting back up again and Pen15 over on Hulu. Two of my favorites.

Mike
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah that is a bit weird.

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
2 years ago

You buying as in adding Kevin gausman and gio Gonzalez anywhere?

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I feel like gausman has been really unlucky. He’s stats don’t seem that bad. Like 1.1 hr/9 decent k to bb and k per 9. He had 10ks in his last rehab start. Yeah it’s a deep league but I think gausman could surprise down the stretch and have value. Pitching is awful overall.

I also would keep an eye on Tyler Beede in deep leagues.

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah I agree, former first-round pick too just needs to stop walking guys, the strikeouts are there. He’s got no walks in his last 2 starts… If he has a good start vs the Mets tomo he will start getting added.

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
Reply to  Ivanmakebasket
2 years ago

Btw I checked park factor because I was arguing with my buddy about who’s been better this year yelich or trout and he kept saying how if trout played in Miller Park he would hit 50 home runs… So I check park factor… Angel stadium is ranked the 10th best stadium for hitters this season and Miller Park is ranked 15th. So that ended that arguement…

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Ivanmakebasket
2 years ago

one season park factors have been proven to be worth very very little. need a 3 year sample for it to mean anything. i guarantee you 3 year cycle shows MIL to be FAR better hitter park than LAA.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
2 years ago

that’s at least, not exactly 3. more than 3 years would be even better sample of course (assuming park didn’t change over those years)

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

oh, forgot or didn’t know about that one. might be real then (still need a year or 2 more to be sure). still .5 of a year of MIL doesn’t mean anything when we know how much of a hitter park that place is (and i’m pretty sure they didn’t raise their fences, or put in any humidors). half season showing it’s 15th is just variance. pretty sure that place hasn’t been any lower than like 6th over any decent sample. that pitching coach to moved on to CIN (WAY better ERA’s this year than probably any CIN team of the last 20 or something) got them overperforming last year (that’s done now though, MIL back to a very lower pitching ranked team now)

HappyJax
HappyJax
2 years ago

Believe in Junis?

bigbear
bigbear
2 years ago

I completely understand Dave Roberts. Taking that extra base is all about getting a taco!

Newman was 3 for 5 hitting leadoff!

The last two days have been rough for one of my teams: Eloy, Mondesi, Dahl, and even Yordan may miss a few! I’ve already got Peacock and Strickland on the DL. Plus I just traded away Hoskins for Boyd (a little overpay, but was trading from depth)…

Pimp Bot 3000
Pimp Bot 3000
2 years ago

Grey thanks for all that you do. For the past several years, first thing in the morning during baseball season I open up Razzball to read your posts. You’re the best…from witty paragraphs, to helpful insight…and you answer every question. That is awesome and I’m pretty sure you can’t get that anywhere else.

Keeks
Keeks
2 years ago

Great stuff today, multiple actual lol’s (not the fake kind where you just blow some air out your nose)

10 team, Save+Holds and K/9 league.

1) Pick one to drop:
Kennedy, Neris, Lugo, Muslim Ms Garrett

2) which side in this trade:
Gleyber/Kershaw for Muncy/Flaherty

Thanks Grey, you rock.

dau
dau
2 years ago

Vogelbach or Mancini?

Dave D
Dave D
2 years ago

Well, for the first (and probably last?) time this year I had McMahon and Teoscar starting lineup in our at the same time and was pleased with the results. And you laugh? Why would I be starting them both? Ask Guzman, Moreland, ODB, Brinson that question, not me.

Btw, I looked at this weeks standings and fully expecting my team, led by the evil Deutsch-bag Marquez, to be last in ERA. To my shock and disbelief my 8.775 ERA for week 17 was good for 12th, there were three teams below me!!! WTF???!! What a strange year….

Coolwhip
2 years ago

Worth noting that Darvish was attacking batters with velocity up in the zone, and all his pitches especially his 2-seemer had more life/movement, command looked pretty solid too. He looked a lot like the Yu you (stutterer) remember from the Rangers; no idea though if he can keep it up the rest of way, lol.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

Also, for what its Werth, took a peek at Castellanos under the hood… I think we can drop that nickname now: hardhit 39.4%, barrel 8%, EV 88.7%… meh, meh, and meh. That’s all like a slightly better than the MLB average, HA! I will now laugh like a hyena.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

yeah was considering Yu for this week after watching his start yesterday *thinking emoji*

Jesse Librot
Jesse Librot
2 years ago

Mercado or Robles ROS?

Thanks!

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

I need help with deciding which SPs to keep and which ones to drop. Who should I drop and pickup?

I own:
Kyle Gibson
Tommy Milone
Trevor Richards
Glenn Sparkman
Zac Gallen

Under waivers:
Chase Anderson
Spencer Turnbull
Steven Matz
Martin Perez
Yusei Kikuchi
Jake Arrieta

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Tom
2 years ago

Forgot to mention Jason Vargas is in waivers as well.

chris pierce
chris pierce
2 years ago

Grey, where would you add Ramon Laureano on your list for 2nd half? Just curious. 25-100?

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
2 years ago

Eduardo escobar is 2 starts at 2nd away from gaining eligibility there. He may be overrated for next year but this year weeeeeee

Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
2 years ago

SON decided over night it suddenly hates Brad Keller home vs. CWS.

Had him ready to go as a streamer today, but negative $ is risky and SONs right more often than not.

The robot is loving Tanner Roark at home today vs. STL. Cardinals = not good road team, and the bats that have hit him hardest are all on IL (Carp, Ozuna). Roll Roark out today, stick with Keller, or pass on both?

For An Armenianless Vacation Come To Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come To Akron
Reply to  Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
2 years ago

it was 14.9 literally 3 hours ago. probably less time ago too. now i’ll go check and see how much it moved.

For An Armenianless Vacation Come To Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come To Akron

yep, now at -3.1. this is before lineups are set too, so that has nothing to do with it when this happens somewhere around 6 am eastern or near that. i think -18 is the biggest movement i’ve seen too.

For An Armenianless Vacation Come To Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come To Akron
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

shit, yeah roark easily though, STL one of worst hitting teams in NL. where i got keller i could ONLY get keller (or worse guys). wonder what it is about 5-6 AM (is SON a vampire and it’s optimism gives away to fear right when the sun is all the way up) that turns SON off of some SP for 13-18 points of value.

For An Armenianless Vacation Come To Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come To Akron
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

keller did fine anyway for where i streamed him. but it could affect other decisions. i would’ve went roark anyway had i that choice.

Chad Bowling
Chad Bowling
2 years ago

Would you deal
Ohtani and either Odorizzi or Boyd
for
Kershaw?

Coolwhip
Reply to  Chad Bowling
2 years ago

That would be paying too much

Chad Bowling
Chad Bowling
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

What about for Corbin?

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
2 years ago

…….. Bruce at the Stone Pony……Nicely done

Dillon
Dillon
2 years ago

I just want to take a moment to thank you for touting Mondesi this year (no seriously). I was skeptical on him, but you sold me and he’s been a fun ride, AND I’m in an OBP league too. No regrets at all drafting him. Hopefully he comes back before fantasy playoffs.

Anywho, Mondesi replacement (dot dot dot).

Danny Santana or Hunter Dozier?

And should I trade my Dallas Keuchel for his Brandon McKay?

6×6 weekly redraft with OBP and QS.

I’m taking a shot for our fallen soldier Mondesi as we speak

Dillon
Dillon
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Keuchel for McKay?

NUX
NUX
2 years ago

Was a bit surprised to hear that DJ Mish entered the Wu as a young man. Always enjoy your Wednesday segments. I love that he lets you do your thing, while somehow also squeezing in a 1-800-GAMBLER ad.

scott
scott
2 years ago

Hey, folks. Looking for a quasi-replacement for Mondesi and this is the group I get to choose from. Any of them head-and-shoulders (too soon?) above the others? Weekly H-2-H, standard 5×5 hitting, plus BB & 2B. Assume I can use help in SB’s above the other cats, but its not too dramatic. Thanks!

– A.Rosario, A.Simmons, M.Semien, J.Schoop, N.Lopez (guaranteed PT now?), N.Goodrum, Mar.Gonzalez, W.Adames

Tim Anderson Project
Tim Anderson Project
Reply to  scott
2 years ago

Rosario

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Interesting here. I’d think Semien would be the best pick up.

Is the choice to go with Rosario more about the hot bat in a H2H?

scott
scott
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

The only limit is a max of four pickups per week, so in a sense ‘no’. I’m assuming that Mondesi is gonna be out for the rest of the year (or be extremely limited — re: almost useless — if he returns at some point). So it sounds like its between Semien and Rosario. Maybe I’ll grab both…just for fun. Thanks, guys!

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Are you suggesting cutting Mondesi for Rosario?

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
2 years ago

Mitch Garver – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 15th homer. If you drafted Omar Narvaez, Mitch Garver and Christian Vazquez in a one catcher league, you’d be doing so much better than if you drafted Aaron Judge, Giancarlo and Paul Goldschmidt. *reenacts King Tommen falling out window*————jesus, that floored me

Sandman
Sandman
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

Great write up!

I’m in a 10 team, H2H, redraft, standard 5×5 category league. I’m in first most of the season and mostly planning for the playoffs. I just lost Mondesi which is devastating. I was wondering if I should make a move or multiple?

-My batters. Nate Lowe and Scott Kingery
-Batters available: Danny Santana, Amed Rosario, Hunter Dozier

-My pitchers: Canning, Eflin, Pineda
-Pitchers Available: Julio Urias (solid ratios), Adam Wainwright, Jeff Samardzija, Yarbrough

Thanks!

Alex
Alex
2 years ago

Kingery or Dannys Antana ROS? Just read that the Rangers are working Santana in at 3B too.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Alex
2 years ago

Kingery

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Alex
2 years ago

Agree with Knucks

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

1. Points league (if that matters): Fletcher or Kingery?

2. How long until Mondesi’s time table is known (league has only 1 — occupied — DL slot)?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

Kingery. Dunno on Mondesi.

Worm Burner
Worm Burner
2 years ago

Now that the major storm is passing, German Marquez is surely a buy now, right?
All it will cost is a waiver pickup and he has to have way more potential than other wire gems like arrieta, eflin, Dakota Hudson, etc.

Maybe I just like trouble for my fantasy team!

Have a good one

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Worm Burner
2 years ago

Yea I’m buying Marquez, especially if he’s free. Just don’t start him in Coors…

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Worm Burner
2 years ago

In the leagues where I drafted and have been begrudginly using him, I dropped Marquez. In the leagues where he was dropped, I added him… Hedgies, baby!! This comes less than a few days after swearing off drafting all Colorado SPs for the rest of my fantasy days.

Still debating how to use him, I looked at the upccoming schedule for the Rox and the next 5 away series are @NYY, @WASH, @CIN, @HOU, @SD. Its gonna take some stones for me to start him in New York the weekend. But I guess I’ll do it and see how it goes. I can’t imagine I use him in Houston if he gets that start.

Worm Burner
Worm Burner
Reply to  NUX
2 years ago

Yeah, I know everybody is swearing him off, but having not owned him yet, it’s hard to see him on waivers without kicking the tires a little bit……….i guess I’ll get to cuss him soon too

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  NUX
2 years ago

Marquez already roofied our pitching ratios for the week with his stats from Monday, why not throw him out again in a head-to-head?

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
2 years ago

Morning Grey

Would you move Bauer for Mondesi in a 12 team keep 7…I’m looking to 2020

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Nightpandas
2 years ago

Definitely want Mondesi there

Kailuaboy
Kailuaboy
2 years ago

Lost Mondesi!

H.Dozier, Lareuano, Pollack, or Olson? Pt league

Aloha

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Kailuaboy
2 years ago

Laureano, Pollock for me

Josh
Josh
2 years ago

Don’t be so hard on yourself on Laureano re the 2nd half 100. You mentioned him in that write-up, which caused me to add him., so thanks!

JRock
JRock
2 years ago

1. Daniel Volgebach or Nate Lowe ROS?
2. Is Brian Reynolds a must-keep (great avg, little HR/SB)