As soon as you’re finished with this post, I want you to close your laptop, step outside and look at a bird in flight. Pick up a flower, breathe in its fragrance, sneeze from your allergies, wave to a neighbor and close your robe because you’re not just waving with your hand. How does that feel? Exhilarating? Then your dedication sucks! It should be a total bore. You should be more interested in whether or not I’m going to have a top 100 for the 2nd half of fantasy baseball tomorrow than what your significant other has been doing for the last three and a half months. Luckily, I will have a top 100 tomorrow, and your significant other can keep being your fantasy team. Okay, enough hubbub on the tomfoolery! Chris Sale broke his pinkie yesterday. Well, Aaron Hicks broke it, technically. If not for bad luck, Chris Sale would have no luck. I was minding my own business yesterday, watching the Yankees/Red Sox game when I heard the worst thing I’ve ever heard in my life, a pubic hair commercial, then the 2nd thing worst thing was Sale’s pinkie going creeee-ack. Not sure how long this knocks him out, or how long I will be thinking about that pubic hair commercial, but they might be similar timeframes — the rest of the season. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Matt Carpenter – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his and 10 RBIs in the last two games.

Luis Severino – Expected to be shut down for two weeks. Oh, yeah, that’ll magically fix his shoulder.

Joey Gallo – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer. Very nice of Joey Gallo to provide one highlight for Cashman to use when shopping him.

Tim Locastro – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (2) and double legs (5, 6). This video in the tweet absolutely kills me. Awful baseball player acting should have its own Emmy category.

Gerrit Cole – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 3.02. His ERA feels lower than 3. That would be a good stat: What an ERA seems like it should be and not based on any sorta facts. Call it Q-ERA.

Trevor Story – Hit the IL, but is illegible to come off it on Saturday, at which time someone will yell at him, “Oh, come off it!”

Jeter Downs – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st MLB home run, which he got in Yankee Stadium, as a Red Sox player, named after Derek Jeter, which should be illegal. You don’t see the Yankees with a Ted Williams, do you?

Marcus Stroman – 4 1/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.69. There’s some pitchers this year where it’s like, “Is this guy’s entire career derailed or what?”

David Peterson – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.24. A Man Da. Peterson better than a night of cards, chips, dips and dorks.

Jose Urena – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.05, as he continued his dominance in Coors. This guy is just so great, and water is dry and the color blue is actually the color orange and Apple changes their charging cords every few years to help the consumer and not help themselves make more money.

Frankie MontasA’s manager and outfielder, Mark Kotsay, said — Kotsaid? — that Montas’s shoulder responded really well to rest. The best a shoulder has ever responded. Really, super great! Who wants to trade for him? Anyone?

Ramon Laureano – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, and 3rd homer this week. Been pretty inspiring to watch Laureano before each at-bat talk to his agent, telling him, “Press record so you can send this highlight to the Yankees.”

Jeremy Pena – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer. Kinda wild how Pena has been better than teammate Alex Bregman and the guy who he replaced, Carlos Correa.

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 1.89. Struggled with where to rank Verlander in the top 100 — coming out on Tuesday — not because Verlander’s not great, but will the Astros throttle his innings in the 2nd half to rest him for the playoffs? I would if I were them, but, while I am wearing a train conductor hat, and dream of riding that Astros train in their outfield, I am not them.

Max Meyer – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, as he was called up. If it’s any consolation (it won’t be), he looked better than the line. This is why we should all be wary (and weary) of rookie pitchers. As I’ve said many times, Kershaw’s rookie ERA was 4.26, and his career mark is 2.48.

Ranger Suarez – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.07, as he was activated from the IL. Sonavabench! The one time this schmohawk pitches decent. In most shallower mixed leagues, I’d use the Streamonator with Suarez. By the by, once teams release their 2nd half rotation schedule, SON will be updated.

Aaron Nola – 8 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.13. Oh, he’s definitely gonna be in the top 100 for the 2nd half that’s coming out tomorrow. It’s only how high do I rank him, because I am a huge fan.

Harold Ramirez – Left the game with a broken thumb. I went to look at who I could pick up from waivers out of guys who might now get more ABs for the Rays, and looked at Taylor Walls, Brett Phillips, Yu Chang, took a nap, and tried to forget what I was looking at prior to the nap. Rays really are beating the Red Sox and Jays in that division with a very sad lineup.

Brandon Lowe – 4-for-4, 1 run, as he was activated from the IL on Saturday. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In The Lineup” Department said, “The IT guy put those video files on my computer! They’re not mine!”

Austin Hays – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 12th homer. One of the most underrated outfielders playing. I think it’s the Orioles. Their entire lineup is underrated, except Odor, who is simply rated, R, for reject.

Spencer Strider – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.03. Is he already on his Touki Toussaint downward slope of his Braves career? Usually their starters get a full season before turning into an Ian Anderson-sized pumpkin. I’m being a bit facetious, but Strider was a 4.71 ERA pitcher in Double-A last year.

Juan Soto – 1-for-4 and his 20th homer. Sexy Dr. Pepper already in Home Run Derby mode!

Kris Bubic – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.87. Bubic? Damn it, now I’m thinking of that public hair commercial again!

Nick Pratto – 2-for-3 and his 1st major league homer. Nick Pratto better than Nick Versace, confirmed! I like Pratto long-term, but I don’t know the Royals’ plan for him once they get back their other players.

Jose Berrios – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.22. One of the easiest matchups of the year is home vs. the poverty Royals with half their team back in KC, but I’m happy to see Berrios pitch well vs. the opposite. Will be looking forward to him making me sob uncontrollably in the 2nd half.

Alejandro Kirk – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .315. Randomly thinking about how people, not under duress, chose to draft Salvador Perez in the 2nd round.

Brandon Crawford – Hit the IL with knee inflammation. Such a lost season for Crawford. Amazing how the entire Giants team sold its soul for last year, and didn’t think of tacking on an extra year on their contract with the devil. Or did the devil have a buyout clause?

Alex Cobb – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.09. Sticking head out in the rain, only it’s not rain, and instead it’s just positive regression pelting me in the face, and I couldn’t be happier.

Aaron Ashby – 1 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 4.57. Interesting move to take a guy, who was pitching on three days rest, where he threw 101 pitches, and had an elbow injury last month, and use him as an opener. Yes, “interesting.”

Willy Adames – 2-for-4 and his 19th homer. Feels underrated no matter what he does. At some point, the fantasy community is gonna be like, “Wow, Adames hit 30 homers in 2022,” and move him up draft boards for 2023, but I don’t think we’re there yet. Well, clearly not. He’s still 11 homers short.

Rowdy Tellez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer. If our comments are any indication, no one wants Tellez, i.e., Tellez, your price, and you can have him.

Lance Lynn – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 7.50. This past offseason all seemed normal when Lance Lynn decided to sign up for Jose Berrios’s pitching seminar, “Being the Best You You Can Be.”

Dylan Cease – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.15. More like Dealin’ Cease. Give me a high five! No? Okay.

Josh Harrison – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, and 2nd homer this week. Trouble with calling a guy a hot schmotato over the break is they might get cold by their next game, but Harrison has been schmotato’ing.

Andrew Vaughn – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer. Don’t worry, we’re good. There’s no way La Russa will remember to bench Vaughn a few days later.

Ryan Jeffers – Out for six to eight weeks with a fractured thumb. Sucks for his fantasy value, and hitchhiking.

Dylan Bundy – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.71. In one league, desperate times call for desperate measures, and I’m starting Bundy every time out for the last month. Most of you should use the Streamonator.

Miles Mikolas – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.54. Cheap, trustworthy starters are my new kink. Would love more strikeouts, but rolling Mikolas out there and letting his solid ratios wash over me like salt water at a taffy factory.

Steven Matz – Rained out but activated. Speaking of taffy factories, you’re head is one if you think I’m going anywhere near Matz.

Nick Lodolo – 2 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.81. Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo are going to piggyback as starters in an All-Star Game. Might not be next year, or the year after, prolly will be the first year they’re both playing for another team.

Spencer Torkelson – Optioned to the minors. Damn, just missed being there for the Futures Game! This was one of my biggest misses in the preseason. I was convinced Torkelson was ready to takeoff like DB Cooper, instead he sucked like every doc about DB Cooper.

Marcus Semien –  2-for-4 and a slam (13) and legs (17), hitting .239. Semien homered in the same game as France, and that’s just the culture over there, with their loose mores.

Logan Gilbert – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.76. I keep refreshing my eyes by blinking, waiting to see the Mariners pull Gilbert from the rotation, due to innings, but nothing yet.

Ty France – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .308. That’s American League All-Star to you. Funny thing about the All-Star Game is they announce the All-Stars last week, then spend three days talking about All-Star Game snubs, then the next three days talking about how all the snubs end up getting elected as replacements. Speaking of the All-Star Game, every other sport is like, “All-Star Weekend! No one is working, everyone’s watching us now!” Then MLB is like, “How’s your Tuesday look?”

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Fleeced
Fleeced
2 months ago

Hi Grey, thanks for everything.

Please pick one of MJ, Adley, Murphy, William Contreras, Grandal, Haase?

And Morel, Muncy, Paredes, Ramon Urias, Miranda?

The Harrow
The Harrow
2 months ago

the trout situation this past week gives a perfect example of why you can’t trust the reports from team(s) about their own players. here are basic updates and the hours apart for them:
(1): tues: report after the game that he was taken out from back spasms
(2): weds morning: coach says he won’t need IR stint (lie number 1)
(3): weds night: report he’ll miss wed’s game but reiterates the “won’t need IR”
(4): thurs night: report he’ll miss thurs’ game but “expected to return fri, per coach” (lie 2)
(5): post game thurs: it’s reported that he didn’t even get a pinch hit, and that the coach’s earlier line about him being back fri isn’t for sure now either (so coach is hedging a comment he made just a few hours earlier)
(6): fri night: he’s out of lineup again but is “expected to be available off the bench and a “strong likelihood he’s back over the weekend starting”
(7): sat morning (but based on fri night coach comment): “planning on having him back for today (sat)”
(8): sat night: is written into lineup report
(9): sat night (less than 30 minutes till game time): ruled out for sat. along with this interesting tidbit “The Angels have zero reason to push Trout in their final contest before next week’s All-Star break, so he’s been scratched”. that line would’ve been just as true back on tues, so seems curious (at best) that these writers waited till now to say it
(10): sun mid day: “will sit out all star game” (in case there was any doubt abou t that)
(11): mon mid day: IR’d for “ribcage inflammation” (not back spasms, so lie 3 would be the back spasms being the injury, or there was always both and the ribcage one was the one lied about till now). most hilarious that in this blurb they continue to stick to “he missed games since tues with back spasms” and there’s no mention of how the rib stuff happened, or why it wasn’t brought up earlier. they just stick to the LAA story of “back spasms” until the actually IR’d reason.

this is just one example. but don’t trust anything from the teams about injured players. last year with trout it was even worse of course (a DTD injury was repeatedly updated for literally weeks then the updates slowed down of course)

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
2 months ago

LAA of course in what as far as i can remember pulled the most egregious lied about injury ever (i’ve only been in fantasy for about 10-12 years though), g.richards exits a game in like the 3rd or 4th inning, they report it was “dehydration” for 2.5 days, then finally come back with “oh he’s got a torn elbow tendon and needs TJ”, so as far as i can tell we put that together with last year’s trout b.s. and LAA are the worst at this stuff (WAS probably a close 2nd, routinely pulled the 8-13 days “DTD” then finally IR guys a few years ago numerous times)

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
2 months ago

at the least though, you can probably just knock off a certain % and be pretty accurate. so when a coach (esp some of them like LAA here) says “extremely likely to play” that might objectively sound like 80%+ to a reasonable person that doesn’t expect he’s being lied to. we can probably knock off at least 50% or so from that number and get pretty accurate.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
2 months ago

also it’s pretty clear the coaches (2 from last year to now on LAA) are likely not the primary issue, it’s the org (also see the mess and their injuries, but they just seem completely inept, rather than intentionally lying)

Los Locos
Los Locos
2 months ago

10 team keeper league 5*5 OBP

Bichette or Cruz who has the better future?

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Los Locos
2 months ago

this one’s not easy, glad i don’t have to make this decision. it’s pretty early on cruz to just say his hit tool is weak, and thus it’s a slam dunk bichette answer.

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
2 months ago

Hi Grey,

Thanks for all your advice!

Would you waive Connor Joe and pick up Randy Yellez? I do already have Cron, Bryant, Bell and Flores at first.

Thoughts?

martin

Al KOHOLIC
Reply to  martinrostoker
2 months ago

Yes

uncle ernie
uncle ernie
2 months ago

Hi Grey. Thanks for the 1 half advice. Much appreciated. I have a straight up pitching question. These 4 are available please help me choose 1 for second half Wins. Era and Whip. Gray (Texas). Flexen. Cueto. Javier. Urquidy or Bassitt. Thanks again.

J C
J C
2 months ago

Hating that I dropped catcher Tyler. I did not mention h2h league in my question so understandably recommendations were to move on from him. I am learning!
I tried MJ and then Vaz did ok for a few weeks but not so much lately….. I have him now…hold or try Raleigh, Diaz or Ruiz?

Rasmussen or Clevinger? Close?

Will
Will
2 months ago

And now Trout goes on the IL. Supposed to miss just one game after the break (Friday) and be back Saturday. But I’m fully expecting this to morph into broken ribs, out for the season. That’s the way my fantasy season has gone so far, my bench is stuffed with IL (Story, Jazz, and now Trout).

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

He missed four games before going on the IL so my guess is it’s backdated just like Story’s was. Story is also supposed to miss just Friday’s game.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Will
2 months ago

he missed wed-sat as far as games. last played tues. they weren’t going to play sun anyway. so could backdate to wed or tues depending on how that rule works.

Saint
Saint
2 months ago

12 Team H2H 6×6 OPS Daily Redraft

Which of the following backstops am I rolling with for my last 6 weekly matchups and playoffs:

MJ, Raleigh, Murphy, d’Arnaud, Haase

Please pick top two,

Thank you

mookie
mookie
2 months ago

OBP league do you prefer Acuna or Soto?

kari.rice
kari.rice
2 months ago

Is Freddy Peralta worth an IL spot? Have an open parking spot.

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
2 months ago

Trade offer in a 12-team H2H keeper. My Wander Franco and a 1st rounder next year for Ray and Bogaerts. I had planned to build around Wander, but with him injured and me in a great spot to make the playoffs, Xander and especially Ray could really help. I also have the room to keep both Ray and Xander next season. Would you make the move? Thanks!

Jon
Jon
2 months ago

Which hitter would you want in an NL only? League counts BBs instead of SBs.

Jesus Sanchez, India, Avisail Garcia, Joc Pederson, Votto, Alek Thomas, Bohm, Connor Joe, Trent Grisham

3B helps me the most positionally, but whatever. AVG is my worst category, currently.

Jerome Bishop
Jerome Bishop
2 months ago

Eloy Jimenez was dropped in my 12 team h2h (6x6ops) Would you perhaps drop senzel for him as a speculative pickup? Thank you.

JaysforDays
JaysforDays
2 months ago

Hey Grey!

What kind of of realistic return would you expect for Gonsolin? Keep in mind Im looking for a keeper pitcher for next year! Its a 12 man H2H QS 5X5 keeper league.

Thanks my guy, hope you had a great weekend!

JaysforDays
JaysforDays
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

I have, and I do, just hoping maybe theres a buy low, or someone who you think will be great next year! Because I dont have faith that Gonsolin will keep it up and be a keeper lol, just looking to unload him for someone I can keep is all.

JaysforDays
JaysforDays
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

I shall try!

Scrapski
Scrapski
2 months ago

Grey!
D Peterson or G Kirby?
Thank you

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
2 months ago

Trade question – Trea Turner for Wander Franco and CJ Abrams?

14-team 5×5 OBP roto…I’m doing well and not sure if Trea Turner will put me over the top or not; however, I would get Trea Turner for the rest of this year and could keep him at $47 next year but would give up $5 Wander Franco and $5 C.J. Abrams for the rest of this year and next year…not sure I could catch 2nd and 3rd overall but steals is a category that they are both right ahead of me so it would help to get SBs.

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
2 months ago

You know Grey, I just looked at Blair’s Pitching Ranks and if I am reading correctly, my core SP staff in our Yahoo 10 Teamer H2H Points is not bad:

Gausman
Cease
Javier
Gonsolin
Manaea
Gray
Cobb

And I am in third place, but as I have mentioned, I am extremely lucky given my overall points. Playing the right team at the right time kinda thing. That will not last.

Perhaps it’s time to look at my offense – HA!

No question Grey, simply thinking out loud.

Thanks very much.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
2 months ago

Where is Darth Grey?
did you cease and desist his shit?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  frankgrimes
2 months ago

trolls often get bored and move onto next target. unless of course you continue to engage them and normalize their behavior. the easiest way to kill them (practically speaking not actually murder them) is to leave them where they belong, in the dark by themselves.

I Drink Beer
I Drink Beer
2 months ago

Please rank:
1) Ramon Urias, Miranda, Brendan Rodgers (Ramon has been pretty dominant the last 2 weeks but can it continue?

2) Ramon Laureano, Andrew Vaughn, Tyler O’Neil (O’Neil can’t stay healthy can he?)

Thank you

Last edited 2 months ago by anthrovisual
I Drink Beer
I Drink Beer
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Thanks. Hope Laureano gets traded to the Yankees

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
2 months ago

Hi Grey,

i would appreciate your insight on my pitchers and my strategy. i have also used a lot of innings. i have about 88 starts lefts.

The following pitchers i plan to use all the time:

Corbin Burnes
Mike mikolas
Jon Gray
Tyler Anderson
Cristian Javier
Pablo Lopez

Stream the following/who to move/use them in right start.
Eric Lauer
Nick Pivetta
Alex Wood

Look to move/stream selectively
Aaron Ashby
Dean Kramer

Alex Cobb is available on waivers.

1. please review my decision strategy and make any suggestions.

2. would you pick up Cobb. if yes, who should you waive and how would you use him?

thanks!!

martin

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
2 months ago

Wanted to separate my different league questions into different posts so it wasn’t a novel.

Team 2:
12-team, 6×6 (OPS/QS), H2H, Redraft league – Roster below:
 
C: W. Smith
1B: J. Bell
2B: Ketel Marte
3B: Chapman
SS: Bichette
IF: India
OF: Acuna, Judge, Julio Rodriguez
UTL: R. Greene
BN: Miranda, C. Walker
 
SP: Gausman, Musgrove, Ohtani, Pablo Lopez, Joe Ryan, Sonny Gray, Kirby (NA), Singer, Alex Wood, Rasmussen
 
RP: Hendriks, T. Rogers (SD), Trivino, Will Smith
 
IL: Heaney, Barlow, German
 
NA (minor league stash spot): C. Carroll
 
Roster Questions:

Hold onto both Miranda & Carroll or drop 1/both for a hot schmotato like:
Moncada
Austin Hays (OF is a bit full though)
R. McMahon
 
Hold either/ both of Will Smith (RP) & Drew Rasmussen or cut for any available arms listed below:
Kyle Hendricks
Braxton Garrett
Mitch Keller
Dakota Hudson
Edward Cabrera
AJ Minter

Always appreciate the advice!

toolshed
toolshed
2 months ago

It’s a shame the Mariners did not activate Lewis already. I feel like they are wasting their window of opportunity with him while he is healthy. That home run barrage and production doesn’t count in the minors. I know concussions are tricky but he’s been hitting in AAA for a while now since July 3.

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
2 months ago

Thanks Grey!

i followed your advice and picked up Cal Raleigh and played him since the Dodgers Will Smith were not playing. Cal gave me 7 points. Thank you!

martin

Thomas Petrone
Thomas Petrone
2 months ago

Domingo German or Brady Singer, ROS?

Pine Tar Incident
Pine Tar Incident
2 months ago

Lance Lynn… woof.

You holding in 12 team mixed leagues? Is he just working back up? I (thankfully) benched him for both starts this week… but what good is a pitcher you can’t pitch?

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
2 months ago

Happy HR Derby Day, All-Star week, & National Get Out of the Doghouse Day!

Looking ahead and could use some of your advice:

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

The following bats are available. Please rank them in the short-term/ ROS:

Matt Carpenter
Nolan Jones
Ramon Urias
Leody Taveras
Ke’Bryan Hayes
Moncada

Also,following pitchers are out there. How would you rank them?

Domingo German
Braxton Garrett
George Kirby
Max Meyer
Lou Trivino & Brett Martin (only halfway decent RP’s out there for saves)

Thanks in advance!

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Awesome, Thank you as always!!

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp
2 months ago

Could you rank these starters for me Grey,

Montas, Eovaldi, Javier, and Gallen

Looking to trade Montas for one of them while their is an ounce of optimism

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp
Reply to  Jurgen Klopp
2 months ago

I’ll also add Strider to the list but he may be tougher to pry away

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Awesome, thank you sir !

VinWins
VinWins
2 months ago

From the 100 Best Starts at the break:

317 GP in April: 21 ( 6.62% )
420 GP in May: 25 ( 5.95% )
404 GP in June: 34 ( 8.42% )
243 GP in July: 20 ( 8.23% )

Home 48 Road 52 CG 8

Most Top Starts by TEAM:

HOU, LAD 8
NYY 7
LAA , PHI 6

Fewest Top Starts by TEAM: BAL, OAK, PIT 0

Most Against:

LAA 9
DET 7
ARI, PIT, SD 6

Fewest Against: COL, TEX 0

Individual:

Shohei Ohtani has 4 gems on the list. 8 others are listed 3 times:

Aaron Nola
Carlos Rodon
Clayton Kershaw
Dylan Cease
Gerrit Cole
Justin Verlander
Sandy Alcantara
Shane McClanahan

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
2 months ago

Grey, this is met current pitching staff in a 10 team H2H. One of the last place teams is getting ready to sell. Which of these pitchers do you have the least confidence in for the second half? Can you please list 3-4?

Clevinger
Joe Ryan
Montas
Scherzer
Nola
Cobb
C. Javier
McClanahan

Liam Hendricks
Kenley Jansen
Ryen Helsley
Tanner Houck

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Ok I was not expecting Montas. If he’s healthy and gets traded to a contender, I would think his value improves. Is it his health or that you doubt he will be traded?

Do you think Helsley closes for the Cards? Houck for the Sox?

jcindaville
jcindaville
2 months ago

Razz,

What are your thoughts on Mike Clevinger second half? I need another starter and can offer up Ty France for him. Am i underselling or is this a good deal?
Thanks for your input.

aardvark
aardvark
2 months ago

Pivetta was dropped. Worth grabbing him assuming he’ll get back on track? Or does it not look good

aardvark
aardvark
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Could try him in my streaming spot. Would drop Braxton Garrett

VinWins
VinWins
2 months ago

I started 3 rookie SPs on 1 team Saturday, and Meyer gave me the best ratios at 8.44/1.50.

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
2 months ago

Morning and Happy ASB Grey! Really good stuff as usual.

So I dropped T. Rogers and added the German on our Yahoo 10 Team H2H Points League. No really need to start him this week, but figured I would ask what you thought. Pretty low impact move I know. T. Rogers blows!

My team is in third but only by sheer luck for what it’s werth (‘member that guy?).

Thanks very much Grey and keep doing what you do!

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Cool. Thanks Grey.

One more if I may in the same league. I have J. Walsh as my 4th OF, but he has not been good lately. Would you add Laureano or Hays over him. I am going to say you would, and maybe Hays first, but wanted to ask.

Like I had mentioned, I am in third but only be sheer luck, so none of these moves will move the needle on my sinking team all that much.

Thanks again Grey.

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
2 months ago

R. Urias, Amed, kolton Wong or L. Urias?

Last edited 2 months ago by rhodyballer
Tony C
Tony C
2 months ago

Please rank SP Wood, Cobb, Detmers, Lodolo and Brubaker.

Is Brubaker a prime trade candidate?

jah
jah
2 months ago

Folks, this isn’t some pseudoscience that Grey is spitting here. Several years ago I measured win/loss records of NFL head coaches with vs. without mustaches and you would not be surprised to find out the “with” group had a substantially better percentage.

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
Reply to  jah
2 months ago

So, Mattingly should not have shaved his ‘stache?

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

And, instead of a mohawk, Maddon should have trimmed his beard into a ‘stache …

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
Reply to  jah
2 months ago

I bet you if you accounted for manly artful mustaches rather than creepy ones it would come out even better, because you’d be throwing out the Ben McAdoos of the world

Last edited 2 months ago by Oddball Herrera
Ban the Shift
Ban the Shift
2 months ago

I have a trade offers in the queue for a SP.

This league is a small, shallow friends league using QS in a roto redraft.

In order of preference who would you take for the stretch run with ratios having a little more priority than the other categories.

– Ray
– Webb
– Cease
– Verlander
– Nola

Like you I’m a fan of Nola, but he has a bad defense behind him and does have the occasional blow up game and pitches in a tough division. Ray has his blow up starts too. Cease has a WHIP issue and low QS per start ratio. Verlander could serve my purpose even if limited 2nd half – depending on if they limit his innings per start (bad for QS) or the number of his starts. Webb seems consistent, keeps the ball on the ground, but not dominant and can be singled to death at times.

aardvark
aardvark
2 months ago

Do you like Grandal over Melendez for the second half?

MarkyMike
MarkyMike
2 months ago

Thanks man! First half of MLB couple with your blog, best time ever for me in fantasy!

12T ROTO Redraft, leading league in HR/RBI and RUNS…..but next to last in ERA (4.07) and 9th in WHIP and WINS

Trade NY Petey for a guy like Scherzer, Verlander OR trade Schwarber and get Webb, Framber, someone ranked like 15-20?

Can I make ground in ERA? I have Peralta, Morton and Manaea on my team……

goodoldubs
goodoldubs
2 months ago

Morning, Grey. In a holds league, which do you prefer of Melancon, Munoz and Alexis Diaz? Danke!

goodoldubs
goodoldubs
Reply to  goodoldubs
2 months ago

Oh and ok for me to trade castellanos for Jordan Montgomery and d’arnaud? I would drop Joseph Bart. Trade machine says yes but I wonder if castellanos really is this broken. I’ll stop typing words now.

Earle The Pearl
Earle The Pearl
2 months ago

Trevor Story’s wrist issue worry you at all ? Or just think Red Sox being extra careful with him

Vash
Vash
2 months ago

Who ends up taking Chris Sale’s rotation spot? I own both Kutter and Winckowski and I prefer Kutter’s K’s, but it’s all about opportunity.

Josh seems to be better in the minors so I am at a loss. Maybe both aren’t choices?

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Vash
2 months ago

it would appear both are keeping jobs with sale out (one of them was clearly out of rotation if sale stayed healthy), unless/until they stick either houck or whitlock back in there.

Vash
Vash
2 months ago

I too have been starting Bundy out of desperation.

Who do you think would be better for the 2nd Half, Mitch Keller of King Bundy?

Vash
Vash
2 months ago

Domingo German seems not to be throwing that well. The Yankees have so many options in the minors, bu I think they’ll trade for a #3 starter, who comes to the Bronx and implodes. Just their pattern.

Vash
Vash
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

If it’s Corbin, somehow, someway, Corbin will pitch well in NY.

It just feels as if it will be destined to work out that way.

pinkman
pinkman
Reply to  Vash
2 months ago

“A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday, pitching six scoreless innings and allowing three hits and one walk while striking out one. He threw 65 pitches in the outing”

Where did you read he’s not throwing that well?

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  pinkman
2 months ago

some of the earlier updates weren’t great pitching lines, the most recent ones were pretty good. none of them matter much if healthy and if they let him go a good amount of innings.

Cubby
Cubby
2 months ago

Now that the draft compensation has been taken away, do you see Michael Conforto signing anywhere anytime soon? If so, would you stash him on your bench and then the IL now in order to use him next year? Or is the shoulder injury worrisome?

Freedminds
Freedminds
2 months ago

Hey Grey,

Looking to take the ASB to upgrade my roster.

My Doval, Justin Turner and Spencer Strider for his Arenado, Verlander and Gallen?

If he doesn’t want to move JV, I’ll counter with Doval and Turner for Arenado and Gallen, the other team is desperate for saves.

Do you have a side preference ?

Freedminds
Freedminds
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Thanks Grey. Enjoy your small holiday and the derby tonight

Freedminds
Freedminds
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

You were correct, he countered with Arenado and Gallen for Strider, Doval and Justin Turner.

Still worthwhile or just hold out for now?

Freedminds
Freedminds
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Unreal, thanks so much

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
Reply to  Freedminds
2 months ago

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say Grey will prefer the Arenado side. I can’t imagine anyone accepting that offer, but what the hell do I know. Both my teams suck this year. More power to you Freed if you can pull that off.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
2 months ago

Rollies and Pashas done drove me crazy
I can’t even pronounce nothin’, pass that Nick Ver-say-see
Then I spent four hundred FAAB on this
Just to be like, “Nigga, you ain’t up on this”

kingslayer
kingslayer
2 months ago

I care so very little – BUT – pretty amazing Dylan Cease can lead the league in strikeouts with a 2.15 ERA and not be an all star.

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
Reply to  kingslayer
2 months ago

More importantly, his ‘stache deserves national exposure …

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  kingslayer
2 months ago

and there’s people in here literally asking to bench him or not, and guess who votes on players, str up guarantee a high correlation.

Martin
Martin
2 months ago

Nice 1st half from Just Doubles Martinez. Do you see him getting to 20 homers by the end of the season?

Alps
Alps
2 months ago

Good Morning Grey

  1. I am concerned that Peterson will be the odd man out with the Mets rotation once deGrom comes back. I like him but not if he isn’t starting

Can you tell me which 2 SP’s you would pick up from the following
Lauer
Ian Anderson
Detmers
Flexen
Strippling
Ranger Suarez
Max Meyer

Also
2.Would you hold on to Gore in a 12 team keeper league.
I could drop him for any of the above as well. Was thinking Meyer
Thanks

Alps
Alps
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Thanks you were crystal clear
Would you take a flyer at Meyer because its a keeper league

sandukes
sandukes
2 months ago

1) Who’s the better Urias for the 2nd half.. Ramon or Luis?
2) Josh Rojas over either of them?

LEt’s go ALONSO! LFGM!

sandukes
sandukes
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Thanks!! ok 1 more for u

Need to cut 1… Who gets the axe?

Riley greene
Kiriloff
Duran
Laureano

Bob
Bob
2 months ago

Hey Grey!

Who Would you prefer at 3B:
Wilmer
Moncada
Nolan Jones
Miranda

jcindaville
jcindaville
2 months ago

Good morning Razz,

Is Pablo Sandavol a drop or a hold. 3 straight losses and hasn’t had a win since May. Max Meyer is available.

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
Reply to  jcindaville
2 months ago

Pardon the intrusion, but you must be talking Patrick? The only thing Pablo is holding or dropping are his pants after he explodes his belt.

jcindaville
jcindaville
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

It is Patrick, my bad. lol

Gee
Gee
2 months ago

Would you be adding Cobb over Ashby or Pivetta or hold?

Wplee28
Wplee28
2 months ago

Morning!

Need a big 2nd half this year – in danger of last

Max meyer looked great – for four innings. Is he a hole in a 12 team league?

Also would you trade india and Morton for Jazz?

Wplee28
Wplee28
Reply to  Wplee28
2 months ago

Hold*

Bish
Bish
2 months ago

Grey,

1) Swanson or Seager?
2) Urias or Framber?
3) Wright or PLopez?
4) Mullins or Arozarena?
5) Varsho or Stephenson?

Thanks!

Homer's got the Runs
Homer's got the Runs
Reply to  Bish
2 months ago

Going to take a shot, hope I do Grey proud…..
1. Swanson
2. Urias
3. Lopez
4. Mullins
5. Stephenson

Homer's got the Runs
Homer's got the Runs
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

4 out of 5 ain’t bad.

League One
League One
2 months ago

Hicks or Kirioff?

League One
League One
Reply to  League One
2 months ago

Kirilloff

Crusso
Crusso
2 months ago

Mornin’ Grey

Drop Houck and pick up Cobb?

galica1234
galica1234
2 months ago

Grey!!!

Awesome!

a. Great report on a short night. Damn schedule with PPD games being made up as doubleheaders only my player won’t play both ends. Worse than a Charles Barkley ‘terrible’.

b. Love the Cobb positive regression. Any other pitchers you see as having positive regression for a boon in the second half? Of course, I shall wait for tomorrow with bated breath.

c. Do you see Moncada as someone who could be positive in the second half? They’re paying him and I bet they want a return on their investment and he’s playing better. Maybe he’s played through the injury and now he’s ok? Any details on Moncada are appreciated.

d. George Carlin quote of the day for July 18, 2022

Live every day like it’s your last… and eventually it will be. You’ll be fully prepared.’

Cheers,
Ante

gargamel04
gargamel04
2 months ago

“Not under duress” Ha! That would be a good fantasy team name change for an Allstar weekend cellar dweller.

Dickie Tee
Dickie Tee
2 months ago

FM Lothario
F Montas have any shot at a good 2nd half? Right in there for first. No bench to stash him.

183414
183414
Reply to  Dickie Tee
2 months ago

Yankees need to trade for Montas and Castillo before the Astros and Dodgers do. Have you watched how very, very good Montas has been so far. Don’t look at the won/loss. Oakland sucks with Laureano, who they didn’t have for 2 months.

Dickie Tee
Dickie Tee
Reply to  183414
2 months ago

Montas is a hell of a pitcher. But the shoulder issue worries me. Era is a big factor in my league so I am fine missing on the Ws. I just want to see his future for the season.

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Mets may not even have Peterson in their starting 5 after deGrom returns.

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

I’m a big fan, and hoping it’s nothing structural. He’d be 9-2 on any of those teams instead of 2-9.