The last time anything this exciting came from a Reds’ DD was Kevin Mitchell in 1994 when demonstrating his barehanded catch on Morganna. Yesterday, Derek Dietrich went 3-for-4, 6 RBIs with his 15th, 16th and 17th homers. To add insult to injury, it came against the Pirates, who earlier this year he homered off of, which sparked a benches-clearing brawl because of how he was lallygagging around the bases.  For yesterday’s home runs, Dietrich would not be outdone.  For his first home run, he tagged Ric Flair and had him WOOOOOOOO around the bases. A totally legal maneuver, says in the rulebook.  For his 2nd homer, he stood on the shoulders of a bear on roller skates and skated around the bases.  Then, not to be topped, for his third home run, the PA announcer played porn music and Dietrich stopped at every base and mimed sexual acts with the Pirates infielders. So disrespectful to the game!  Ex-Marlin Dietrich has 17 homers, the entire Marlins team has 36 homers.  *lays on the floor, rolls around, laughing* If only there was an acronym for that.  If you drafted Dietrich, Bellinger and Yelich (a totally reasonable possibility), please drop by the comments so I can bathe in your glow.  As for Dietrich, reminds me of Scooter’s breakout a few years ago. Not sure if Dietrich gets to 30+ homers–Excuse me, I should say I’m not sure if he gets to 30 homers by the All-Star break.  Speaking of which, vote Derek Dietrich for the All-Star Game so he can do a three-day home trot. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jose Peraza – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer.  It was a garbage time homer, but they all count, right?  *holds hand to earbud* Being told they don’t.  Damn.  On the reals, if Votto is playing, Dietrich has to go to 2nd base, which leaves Peraza fighting with the much-hotter-hitting Iglesias (2-for-3, 2 runs, hitting .313).

Lucas Sims – 7 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.91.  Sims was very workmanlike, almost like he was wearing a business suit, carrying a briefcase and made by AI.  His peripherals look decent, and his minor league numbers are chef’s kiss, but this was likely a spot start.

Jordan Lyles – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.09, but left with a sore hammy.  Where did he go with an angry Puig? *intern whispers in ear* Oh, I see. Mitch Keller, who was optioned down, might flip a U-ey.

Kevin Newman – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer, a grand slam. Was off a gassed Sims, but I do own Newman in one NL-Only league.  No, not for the Seinfeld jokes.  He’s more of a speed play.

Odubel Herrera – Arrested for domestic violence.  Sayonerrera. I dropped ODB in two leagues, and grabbed Scott Kingery (0-for-3, hitting .339) where I could. Not sure if Herrera will return in a random eight days like Urias or if he’ll actually be suspended, but Kingery’s been better anyway, and it’s worth it to see if he catches on.

Nick Pivetta – 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 7.71, as he was recalled.  Weird start for Pivetta. Usually he’s a dumpster fire or a dumpster inferno.  He was merely a burning garbage can with homeless people warming their hands.  Pivetta’s in the Never Again bin for me, or until he rattles off actually decent results in the majors.

Cesar Hernandez – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .303, and his 2nd homer in three games.  Between a cyclops and a schmotato with Cesar, so not sure yet if I want a piece-a-piece of Little Cesar.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-4 and his 11th homer, hitting .268. Au Shizz!

Marcell Ozuna – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs, and his 15th homer, hitting .231.  Had no idea how poorly he was doing, outside of power.  Average can still change in a hurry with a hot streak, but, damn, he’s usually around a .280 hitter. Good news is his BABIP is crazy low, his Ks are down, and walks are up, so he should come around. OZUNA like to hear this.

Lucas Giolito – 8 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.85.  Afraid once I take off the water wings and jump fully into Giolito a tidal wave is going to knock me under, but there’s nothing I’m seeing with Giolito to be unduly worried about.

Avisail Garcia – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 10th homer, hitting .284.  This was an inside-the-park home run that went about 260 feet. Grichuk misplayed it because he was distracted by how long it was taking Dietrich to run around the bases on his homers in a different game.  Shame.

Austin Meadows – 2-for-4 and his 12th homer, hitting .356.  This was only Meadows’s 2nd start batting third.  Which is an answer to, “Isn’t Kevin Cash a great manager?”

Michael Pineda – Hit the IL with “Damn, he looks like he’s in tip-top shape…Wait a second, I’m looking at a picture of him from four years ago. Holy crap, he’s gained a lot of weight. You’d think Pineda could lose some of that filling every time a team hits him hard.”

Devin Smeltzer – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks in his 1st major league start.  Sweet anecdote alert! Approximately 13 years ago, Smeltzer was a Make-A-Wish kid with cancer, and the Twins broadcast showed him as a child playing catch with Chase Utley.  Then, last year, Smeltzer was teammates with Utley in the Dodgers organization (I’m late to the party on this).  Not usually moved by stuff like that, but…Grey’s a big softie!  Any hoo!  Was impressed by his start, as in I can’t believe the Brewers didn’t rock him. He is the stereotypical Twins starter of yesteryear in the mold of Brad Radke. A whole lot of 90 MPH junk.

Blake Parker – 1 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 1.96, as he entered a 5-0 game in the 8th. Interesting use of their closer.  Twins are now bringing in Parker to make save opportunties.

Keston Hiura – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer. Ya know what’s almost as bad as the Rockies’ treatment of rookies?  Playing them, but hitting them 8th.  Brewers lineup isn’t bad, but there’s at least three guys Hiura could hit above.

Zach Davies – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.19.  Mean’s while, I’m over here ghost-riding the WHIP with Wheeler.

Zach Plesac – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks as he was called up while Josh Smith was sent down.  Captain Josh Smith had no business being with the Indians.  Podcaster Ralph and I talked about Plesac on this week’s podcast and how Dan Plesac held his baby batter longer than most.  Ralph opened my eyes a little to Plesac’s solid command, but I fear the reaper, besides contrary advice.

Jose Ramirez – 2-for-3 and two steals (13, 14), hitting .204. Didn’t see the hits, so they don’t count.  Kidding, nah, it’s actually a good sign he hit two singles, rather than trying to knock everything out of the park.  For him to turn around his season, this is what you want to see.  Massive amounts of singles like he’s at The Cheetah’s lunch buffet.

David Price – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.83.  Totally jinxing myself right now, but in a league where I own Price, I have a 3.31 ERA, powered by him, Corbin, Paddack, Wheeler and Caleb Smith.

Ryan Brasier – 0 IP, 3 ER, and the blown save, ERA at 3.97.  Beaten this horse before but it so hilarious to me that Alex Cora kept saying all winter he knew who his closer would be. We’re almost to June and it doesn’t seem like he has a fudgin’ clue.

Addison Russell – 1-for-2 and his 4th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, hitting .298.  Yes, he’s a POS, but could also be a hot schmotato.

David Bote – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 5th and 6th homer.  As someone who owns Bote in one league — I’m on a Bote! — he hasn’t done much, but a two-homer game goes a long way to the start of a schmotato run.  Only issue is Bryant was taking grounders at third yesterday, presumably to get Jason Heyward (2-for-5, 8th homer) and Kyle Schwarber (1-for-4, 9th homer) into the lineup.

Ben Zobrist – May not return this season, due to ongoing divorce proceedings.  Yo, dude, get a divorce attorney. They’ll handle it for you. Can’t find one? They’re listed on every park bench. As someone who has mentally divorced his wife dozens of times, this is crazy.  Nobody gonna steal my happiness!  Watch some Oprah reruns and get back with your team!

Jon Lester – 5 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.59, and his third straight gnarly start.  He was on my bench yesterday, because it was a hideous matchup, but he’s getting one more shot in his next start, which the Streamonator is a little meh on.

Alex Bregman – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 16th and 17th homer.  We were worried about him in the preseason, but that was before we knew baseballs would be pumped with helium, causing a worldwide shortage and closing Party City locations.

Cody Bellinger – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs, and his 20th homer, hitting .382.  I saw two runs were scored off of Matz, and, without looking, I thought to myself, well, at least I own Bellinger in a few leagues.

Steven Matz – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.55.  I could’ve been confused for Dodgers fan yesterday, because I turned blue from holding my breath. I will now exhale.

Amed Rosario – 2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 5th steal, hitting .262, as he hit leadoff.  I’ve been saying for two years that Amed should steal 30 bags and hit leadoff. Maybe it will now materialize for Amed on a prayer, he’ll take us there.

Eduardo Escobar – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .290.  This Escobar doesn’t blow!

Mallex Smith – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs as he hit leadoff.  Take the R out of boring for boing!  As the inventor of flypaper said, huge if it sticks.

Ronald Guzman – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Guzman was my “crazy deep sleeper who no one is drafting” pick to hit 30 homers.  Could’ve named nearly everyone else and had a better shot, but Guzman does appear to be getting hotter.

Nomar Mazara – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Fun fact!  His dad loved Razor Ramon so much Nomar’s name is a tribute.

Ramon Laureano – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer, hitting .250.  Fun fact!  Ramon’s dad was a Nomar Garciaparra fan and Ramon’s name is a tribute.

Marcus Semien – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer, hitting .265.  Semien saw his opponent, the Angels, and thought, “An Angel on the streets, Semien on the sheets!”

Trea Turner – 3-for-4 and his 7th steal as he was activated from the IL–Wait, I’m being told it only feels that way.

Austin Riley – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .365. Could someone play Riley highlights for Eloy? Call ’em something cutesy like Rile-lights. Pretty please.

Howie Kendrick – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 9th homer, hitting .320. Between La Stella, Dietrich and Kendrick, it was a good year to punt 2nd base. You did punt 2B and grabbed Joey Wendle? *insert Michael Scott grimace GIF*

Jorge Alfaro – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .259.  I have the ability to search and tabulate all the comments asking about dropping Alfaro. I won’t, because that’s almost as crazy as asking me to drop Alfaro, who I stan like most stan Posey.

Harold Ramirez – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .413 and hitting, like, .999 in the last week.  Hot schmotato alert!

Garrett Cooper – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and 3rd homer this week.  All aboard the Marlins’ train!  Next stop:  Explaining to people who these guys are that you own on your fantasy team.

Trevor Richards – 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.82.  Taking a page out of J.D. Davis’s book, he should call himself T.R. Richards.  Streamonator loved this start, and is less enthused about his next, but I could see starting him.

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .298.  Inner monologue, “Don’t focus on the fact that he has five more homers than David Dahl.”  Shut up, Inner Monologue!  Let’s go Dahl!

Eric Lauer – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.45.  They are so unrelated, so why does my brain worry more about Paddack’s start now that Strahm and Lauer pitched well in Yankees Stadium?

Gary Sanchez – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer. Having such a great year.  Dot dot dot. That is only barely surpassed by Derek Dietrich.

Matt Boyd – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.85.  Here’s one for you Elliot Smith fans out there with an Either/Or:  Boyd or Frankie Montas?  Trick question.  Answer is both, and they’ve been remarkably similar. Push comes to shove in a melee, going with Boyd, and not just because Montas had his first rough outing last night. I mean, he was up against La Stelllllllllla!

Niko Goodrum – 1-for-5 and his 4th homer.  Goodrum led to a sweet batty call for me, just as it was intended. Know how I decided on him yesterday when I had to fill in for Kris Bryant? I went to look at who was available that was facing Orioles pitching.  Strategy!

D.J. Stewart – 3-for-4 and his 1st steal, as he was called up.  Yo, D.J., pump this party! Yo, D.J., pump this party! Yo, D.J., pump this party! Yo, D.J., pump this party! Yo, D.J., pump this party! Why waste your time when you know you’re gonna be mine why waste your time when you know you’re gonna be mine why waste your time when you know you’re gonna be mine if you’re able to live up to the projections set out in the Prospectonator oh man they’re tasty! I’m gonna get you yes I am! I’m gonna get you baby! I’m gonna get you yes I am! He has power and speed. Da da da a doo da da da! Da da da a doo da da da! Da da da a doo da da da! Be crazy for the Orioles not to play him. I’m gonna get you yes I am! I’m gonna get you baby! I’m gonna get you yes I am! Yo, D.J., pump this party!

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bugs4000
bugs4000
3 years ago

Werner Herzog approves of roaming!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
3 years ago

Grey,

Your close on Kimbrel in the video but not quite right. I have a friend who is an Atlanta Braves scout. He says the Braves and no other team will sign Kimbrel until after the MLB draft next week, June 3-5, because of the draft pick attached to Kimbrel. After the draft, he says the Braves will sign him no question. So you’re right about the Braves, but it’s going to be at least after June 5. Just wanted to throw that out there for you and your readers. I thought it was good information.

Crazy J
Crazy J
3 years ago

Drop Diaz?

i've got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
i've got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
3 years ago

16 teamer with holds added. i have barnes, brasier, rasiel, parker, wittgren, buttrey. drop brasier for one of: harper (MIN it’s probably him and he protects parker), sera anthony (moving up with morgan/neshek both out, but he’s been far worse than last year so far), diekman, j.guerra (been much better than bearclaw, might bump him eventually),

surfer dude
surfer dude
3 years ago

Hi Grey, 10 tm h2h pts for ROS: who are the first 2 guys to drop from this list –
Montas, Miley, Canning, G.Marquez, S.Grey, Bieber, Thor
Thanks!

Stupid Sexy Glanders
Stupid Sexy Glanders
3 years ago

good god kapler’s out of his mind. up by 10, sure why not leave nola out there, it’s not like he threw a billion last year, or they might want him to have sept/oct innings in him this year, right

The Perfect Game
The Perfect Game
3 years ago

I need to consolidate my roster. Was thinking of making an offer that includes Marquez and Montas for for Strasburg . Stras has been awesome, but I’m hesitant due to his annual DL trips. Is it worth the risk giving Marquez and Montas for him?

Lucky Dog
3 years ago

Also considering Hansel (he’s so hot right now…) who’s oh so not hot right now. yuck.

The Other JC
The Other JC
Reply to  Lucky Dog
3 years ago

Do it. You will feel better. Allen, Buttrey there and the team is bad. I dropped him today, Kelley Sunday and Parker may go next LOL. Cheap saves guys kill ratios. I took a few holds guys (Ottavino, Britton, Baez) and it has been awesome.

Lucky Dog
3 years ago

I hate when I ask a question, but do it in reply to something else by mistake. Doh!

——————————————————————
Riley Grand slam…ho-hum, is this kid ever gonna break out?

On another note, have Lourdis, kinda want Oscar Mercado for SBs. Is Albies a drop at this point? God
I hate to drop him, but he’s been so meh, and batting 8th.

Talk me off the ledge or don’t…what say you Grey?

Stupid Sexy Glanders
Stupid Sexy Glanders
Reply to  Lucky Dog
3 years ago

i seriously doubt he’ll say drop albies for mercado.

Lucky Dog
Reply to  Stupid Sexy Glanders
3 years ago

I know. I typed this mostly to give myself time to cool off from my rash decision. I have 6 scrubby closers & it’s tempting to drop Hansel Robles though.

Dietrich & The 2 Minute HR Trot
Dietrich & The 2 Minute HR Trot
3 years ago

Ryu or Montas ROS?

Stupid Sexy Glanders
Stupid Sexy Glanders
Reply to  Dietrich & The 2 Minute HR Trot
3 years ago

ha DO ken!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
3 years ago

Alvarado! What the eff was that?

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

He was soooo good early – i wonder if he’s pitching at less than 100%. It’s like the space jam aliens came and took his talent

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  SteveNZ
3 years ago

at least one pitch in each of the BB’s was a strike called a ball.

Db
Db
3 years ago

Move on from Corbin Martin in homer alllowed league or hold?

Ryu serious
Ryu serious
3 years ago

Which trade and side do you prefer?

Ryu/colome for Biggio/bogaerts/Donaldson

Or Ryu/colome for bogaerts/Chavis

Thanks!

Scuffy McGee
Scuffy McGee
3 years ago

Peacock or Musgrove in 11 tm roto keeper?

mex
mex
3 years ago

I’m pretty much done with C. Walker…worth dropping him for either Cooper or DJ Stewart?

Earl
Earl
3 years ago

Oh master of the Grey universe, can thou tell me why pitching sucks so much this year??

I was led to believe that that a pitching staff fronted by Walker Buehler, Shane Bieber, Max Fried and Chris Paddack was a good thing. Not this week for sure!!

Earl
Earl
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Yeah cannot believe Paddack serving up 2 homers to start game today!!

Is this just some sort of anamoly or are inflated ERA’s and WHIPS here to stay this year??

U think the 4 starters I mentioned are good base for staff??

Thanks

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

i can’t even remember a rookie pitcher who didn’t have his FIRST bad game till about the 7th-8th week of the season, like ever.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

was he starting since week 1 though? i think a bit later, and like you said, luckier than paddack. their FIPS are nearly identical though (paddack’s probably a bit worse than what i’m seeing from today): 2.77 and 2.86. going into today their innings were nearly identical just over 50 each.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
3 years ago

soroka’s 1st start april 18th, so he hasn’t played as long, BUT he still wins this as he STILL hasn’t had his 1st bad game. paddack now with 2 (albeit he was coming off supposedly minor injury when he missed the sunday game this time). i tied K’s in one h2h league since he missed that sunday start is how i remember exactly which day he missed.

The Other JC
The Other JC
3 years ago

Bieber was an easy sit today but I tempted fate. Oh, I have Parker and Robles so they helped my ratios too. What a week!

The Other JC
The Other JC
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Ouch but I almost streamed Gausman! So let’s call it a winning day LOL.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
3 years ago

Looks like Kevin Gausman failed his audition to be an opener for the Braves..

Ivan Make Basket
Ivan Make Basket
3 years ago

2 months in mike trout 2019 stats:
.276 avg – 61st best
12 hr – tied for 35th best
30 rbi – tied for 60th best
38 runs – tied for 19th best
6 steals – tied for 25th best

Dont worry tho, hes got tons of walks and WAR really likes that, so he will prolly win the MVP carrying the awful Angels to 4th place in their division and a sub 500 record.

Is it too hot of a take to call this guy trout overrated?

you wont make him your sell this friday… YOU WONT!

Ivan Make Basket
Ivan Make Basket
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

the problem with trout for 5×5 is and this sounds crazy but he walks too much. in obp or ops leagues he holds his value as number 1, but honestly in a 5×5 hes very overrated. the problem with walking is he gets way less opportunities to do good things. while walking is good in real baseball, for 5×5 fantasy its bleh, especially on a bad team. even when hes hitting for a 300 avg its coming in barely 400 at bats so it holds less weight because he literally will walk 150 times this season or more.

Ivan Make Basket
Ivan Make Basket
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

hes going to age so fast, big body, plays kinda reckless diving and shit, and hes already been the best player in the league for like 6 years. id fade him hard going forward.

Ivan Make Basket
Ivan Make Basket
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

not saying the talent level is the same, but look at a player like evan longoria. id say trout was peaking early. his 30s and that contract are going to be ugly. HOT TAKE!

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  Ivan Make Basket
3 years ago

yeah, lots of guys like this 5×5 vs OBP/OPS (rizzo, hoskins this year, harper EVEN more so than trout). join those leagues, they are better representations of a player’s real life value.

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
3 years ago

correa is out for a while (4-6 weeks) with a cracked rib. i had that before (new years eve falling down stairs landing directly on upper part of right rib(s)); and his must be pretty bad as mine recovered far faster than that. i was similar age to him now at the time and i am not a professional athlete.

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
3 years ago

nevermind, it’s being reported as both “cracked rib” and “fractured rib”. these are NOT the same thing, not even close. he clearly has the fractured rib if out 4-6 weeks. cracked ribs, while they hurt (esp when breathing deeply) get better much faster than that. cracked to me actually sounds worse, but it’s much closer to a bad bone bruise than a break. i didn’t even get an x-ray with mine, doctor was sure there wasn’t a break and said it’d get better gradually over the next few weeks and he was right.

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
3 years ago

lesson for everybody, do NOT get the type of massages where they use hammers.

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

my story is actually quite funnier, me and a friend of mine were having a trailer park boys style wrestling match near top of stairs in a split level home. i lunged at him and he (not being as drunk as me at the time) moved out of the way and i went flying in midair down the stairs, landing first on the upper ribs, then rolling down stairs rest of the way (good thing i was drunk, might’ve had back/neck injury otherwise); meanwhile somebody else was just then coming in the door, right as my rolling carcass fell into it, almost bashing that guy in the head as my body slammed the door shut. good times. i woke up later with a stiff neck, sore back, and REALLY sore/swelled up upper right rib. still had insurance for about a month though (at age when yr about to run out of being on parents insurance), last time i went to a doctor (not counting dentists/eye doctors)

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

it actually cost nearly nothing as all the doc did was check to see if it was broken. i was like 90% or more sure it wasn’t since the only possibly bad pain i had was when i’d inhale very deeply, so the rib’s swelling was putting pressure on the lung (but not damaging the lung, nice to have ribs) only on very deep inhalations. i didn’t cough up (or shit out) any blood or anything. would’ve cost the price of a regular check up. i went to the only doctor i knew to go to, my pediatritician that i hadn’t seen in probably 9-10 years at the time. it was funny to sit in his office with all those little chairs made for children (and a bunch of nasty looks from mothers sitting with their kids nearby).

if i didn’t have insurance i simply wouldn’t have gone to any doctors (unless it failed to get better or got worse of course, or if i started emitting blood or started up something serious like breathing issues); i wasn’t paying a few hundo to be told what i pretty much already knew: it’ll get better in a few weeks and no permanent damage. hell these days i’d have just looked all this stuff up in probably 30 minutes from google. this was back in 2003 or so.

– with a fractured rib he probably can’t do anything close to swinging for a few weeks at least. but how in the hell did he get that from a message i have no idea. this reeks of a tulo-type injury. far more likely is something like he got into it with his girlfriend and she hit him swinging a chair. or a fight with somebody else and this story is far better from a PR standpoint.

herschel
herschel
3 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto. with springer on the shelf, could use an extra OF bat. who do you like between pence, choo and cole calhoun?

thanks!

Token
Token
3 years ago

It seems weird not to accept giving up hand for syndergard and ray but I’m worried about my ratios.
Rcl format worth doing or should i stream guys on our waiver wire like gray, miley, happ, eickoff?
I’m top 3 in pitching categories except saves where I’m number one by a couple saves

My staff is nola, kershaw, woodruff, pressley, hand, hicks, davis, parker, and diego castillo.

Thanks! Sorry for the long winded question

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
3 years ago

AL only with OBP/total bases. rengifo or shed long (appears back to good side platooning at worst with just peachy crawford down)

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
3 years ago

Yo – are you as lukewarm as the SON on Alcantara (v SF) and Junis (@TEX) tomorrow?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks. Suddenly real glad I forgot to add Gausman for his start today.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Just as well my opponent did though – boom!

Wish I’d just held my nose and grabbed Means, however…

Joey
Joey
3 years ago

Traded $1 senzel for 2 more years after this for $35 Harper in NL only can commish veto

I love me some sexy senzel but Bryce is too sexy to pass up

Does Bryce pick it the f u?

Stephanie Rowen
Stephanie Rowen
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Is it vetoable

Crazy J
Crazy J
3 years ago

When Garver is off IL do I play him over Alfaro?

Stephanie Rowen
Stephanie Rowen
Reply to  Crazy J
3 years ago

Is it vetoable

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
3 years ago

10 team h2h OBP and QS with limited season moves

1) Drop any of these guys for Canning: M Perez, Maeda, Darvish, Nelson

2) Guy in my league is trying to trade me Meadows for my Cole (which I obviously do not want to do)…so which of these starters would you trade for Meadows: Cole, Clevinger, German, Montas, Bieber

thanks!

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
3 years ago

I admit I’ve kind of reached the end of my patience with Leclerc. Absent Kelley blowing it in the near future, I don’t see how using Leclerc as an opener, or in the 7th inning, squares up with the team saying they want him back at closer.  Also, I have four other closers. Would you drop Leclerc for one of:

Kieboom (in case he comes up at 2B and you don’t trust LaStella, my current SB)
Duffy (that whip, tho)
Matz
Mahle (those gopherballs, tho)
Nelson (stash)
Pivetta (can we ever trust him)

tigersharkz
tigersharkz
3 years ago

The Houston lineup right now is built on a house of cards. When these replacement level guys realize they actually suck, the bottom is going to fall out. IBB Bregman, pitch carefully to Brantley, win game. The fact Houston scored 9 runs yesterday is a testament to Jon Lester.

Al KOHOLIC
Al KOHOLIC
3 years ago

Fun fact of the day. Hampsaon and Cole Tucker have 1 sb between them in over 200 plate appearances this year.

CARLOS
CARLOS
3 years ago

GREY!

I am in a weirdo shallow league and its honestly difficult because of all the options.

I currently have E. Escobar and M. Semen at SS/MI.

My outfield is stacked. Just Dong, Acuna, Marte, Springer (DL), D. Santana, Marte, Cain, Hicks, Schwarber.

Didi Grigorious is on waivers. I am thinking of dropping Schwarber for him. I can platoon Didi only against righties (it is a daily league), and Didi’s value per AB against righties is almost the same as Schwarber ($20.2 versus $23.9) PLUS I get MI/SS depth.

Thoughts?

Immaculate Inning
Immaculate Inning
3 years ago

Got an offer I think I’m going to pull the trigger on.

I get Wheeler and give up G. Marquez. It looks like a coin flip, but taking a closer look at the peripherals on Fangraphs and at Baseball Savant, Wheeler is above average in all categories where Marquez is below below average in some. It’s one of those deals I don’t think either party can lose, but in a shallow league every advantage helps.

I need Grey confirmation.

Steve
Steve
3 years ago

10T 5×5 redraft

Would you try and sell high on Meadows for Acuna or JoRam or hold?

Thanks

Racehorse
Racehorse
3 years ago

Dynasty League type trade question …

Nomar Mazara for Ozzie Albies, who wins?

Racehorse
Racehorse
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks, Grey !

Dr Y
Dr Y
3 years ago

profar or dietrich at 2b. had dietrich and made the switch to profar last week. timing is everything in life

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
3 years ago

Odor is so bad, I don’t know why I continue to believe in this Schmohawk. I guess projections systems like him each year too. Here’s to hoping he comes alive second half.

Andrew Mellars
Andrew Mellars
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Grey-

I’m looking to trade Albies. I can replace him at 2B with either Baez or Senzel. I could stand to bolster my starting pitchers since I lost Glasnow and Clevinger. Would you trade him for Giolito or Odorizzi? If not, who are some SPs you’d target in a trade? Thanks

Andrew Mellars
Andrew Mellars
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Would you prefer Strasburg or maybe Kluber? Not sure if he’d do either of those

Racehorse
Racehorse
Reply to  Crime Dog
3 years ago

I finally dropped Odor in my dynasty league … as the Brits would say, “bollocks, Odor”.

I got sick and tired of seeing him swing out of his shoes on every single pitch, all the while creating such a hellishly low OBP that it can only reside in the 666 area code.

Odor’s batting stats = Satan’s barf.

Racehorse
Racehorse
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Ha!

Bon Scott see’s Odor’s stenchy OBP next to Satan’ barf and says “there goes the neighborhood!”

DLev45
DLev45
3 years ago

Looking for some general advice. Currently sitting in the cellar of a 12 team H2H keeper league with a roster that I don’t think belongs there on paper.

C- Garver
1B – Voit
2B – LeMahieu
3B – Muncy
SS – Baez (K)
OF – J.D. Martinez (K), Benintendi (K), Hoskins (K)
Util – Conforto, Domingo Santana
BN – Encarnacion, Smoak, Profar, Rodgers
DL – Didi
NA – Tucker

SP – Cole (K), Buehler (K), Strahm, Kikuchi, Mikolas, Glasnow (DL), Miley (streamer spot)
RP – Chapman, Barnes, Robles, Leclerc

Do you see any glaring weaknesses to address? I won the league last year and I’m currently DFL at 12.5 games back and trying to figure out what moves I can make to get back in this thing.

DLev45
DLev45
Reply to  DLev45
3 years ago

Here are my league ranks:

R – 3rd
HR – 2nd
RBI – 2nd
SB – 11th
Avg. – 10th

W – 4th
SV – 7th
Ks – 4th
ERA – 10th
WHIP – 4th

Despite being Top 4 overall in 6 of the 10 categories, I am 12th of 12 in the standings.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
3 years ago

Any reason to hang on to Stripling?

Toole
Toole
3 years ago

Would you drop any of the following for Strop?

Parker
Romo
Holland
Jackson
Doolittle

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
3 years ago

remember when i said i bit back about straw might even likely beat both of tucker (back to MLB, people talk as if he’d “get the call” when it wouldn’t be his first call) and y.alvarez since HOU since competitive jerk around their prospects (reed, that other 1B weed guy, some others, tucker’s at bats last year, fisher’s at bats every call up till now, and he’s finally doing WELL too, i actually bid about 2 mil in a 30 team league for a 2 year deal on fisher, NOT ONE OTHER owner bid more than near minimum). well, on straw, let the “The Last Straw: HOU finally breaks the hearts of fantasy owners” type pun titles come now.

anything to mayfield? today he isn’t starting but did yesterday and i have rengifo (with altuve and a.diaz in DL slots) in AL only 10 team h2h with OBP over AVG, net steals over steals and total bases added. i’m guessing straw is the higher upside guy (for steals anyway, but mayfield’s minor numbers lately aren’t bad either). also i’m surprised to see straw is white (he was just added by somebody in this league. i’d have to go with no MI (or drop one of bauers/mercado) to have added him right away. mayfield still out there).

2. smeltzer and mayfield literally were just added to yahoo (but of course), if bassitt hound is my worst starter (QS over wins) bid how much (if anything) on smeltzer? odor, when dropped, the 2nd highest bid was 12 (i went overboard and went 22/100, MI is SOOOO shallow in this league)

E-han
E-han
3 years ago

Where’s Kimbrel signing?

The Other JC
The Other JC
3 years ago

1. Would you trade Albies and G Polanco for Bentiendi?

2. Albies and Catcher Ramos for Bentiendi and Moose?

Yr Never Too Old For Balloons
Yr Never Too Old For Balloons
Reply to  The Other JC
3 years ago

i’d do the 2nd one for sure

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
3 years ago

oh question number 2 Alfaro or narvaez ugh catchers

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

thank you for being cool

Quill
Quill
3 years ago

Rodgers over any of the following? I’m thinking no

Dahl
Domingod
Olson
Eloy

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
3 years ago

hey friend. who would have thought I would regret not picking up Dietrich? wtf! Anyway what are your thoughts on hicks / Domingo worth grabbing avasail Garcia over either?

krazyivan
krazyivan
3 years ago

I’m not crazy about any of these streamers:
Skaggs vs Sea
Mahle vs Was
Gibson vs TB
Quantrill vs Miami
Chirinos vs Minn

If you had to choose one in league with QS, ERA, WHIP, who would it be?

NYC
NYC
3 years ago

Corbin for Goldschmidt.

6×6 (SLG, OBP, and QS)

Who wins?

The Talented Mr. Dope Man
The Talented Mr. Dope Man
3 years ago

Question 2 of the day for my 12tm al only dynasty

Here’s my current pitching staff
DL: Glasnow and Clevinger

Active:
SP:
Griffin Canning
Danny Duffy
Andrew Heaney
Felix Pena
Eduardo Rodriguez
Devin Smeltzer

RP: (poop emoji’s)
Mychal Givens
Roenis Elias
Ian Kennedy

Question 1: would you drop Ian Kennedy for Corbin Martin?

Question 2: Would you trade Smeltzer for Taylor Rogers?

The Talented Mr. Dope Man
The Talented Mr. Dope Man
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Other arms on waivers:
David Hess
Zach Plesac
Daniel Norris
Glenn Sparkman
Trevor Cahill
Gabriel Ynoa
Drew Smyly

2 – Do you think Rogers gets the bulk of save chances there?

Fogimon
Fogimon
3 years ago

It feels like a lost season for my offense, and now my untouchable pitching is showing cracks. I know May 29th is too early to throw in the towel, but …. FMFBBL!

1st Luis Castillo and Domingo German had their only real hiccups to the season, and I predict more coming. Marquez realllllly can’t be trusted at home, so that sucks. And now Paddack today gives up 4 in 5. To make matters worse, I also have Machado & Franmil going 0-6 so far. I can’t have anything nice, can I?

How can my offense be so offensive? I am sitting in the cellar with Ramoz, Vazquez, Dozier, Altuve (IL), McNeil (IL), Machado, Donaldson, Story, Hoskins, Springer (IL), Conforto, AJones, Franmil, Tapia, Gordon (IL), DiDi (IL), Profar, Adames.
Lots of IL’s, but we was struggling even before guys got hurt.

I’ve already dropped this season, Peraza, Aguilar, Odor.
Best on waviers is VogelB, Renfroe,Nnuez, KCalhoun.

I know this is a rant more than anything, but damn. Hitting 6 for 47 every day isn’t fun anymore.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Fogimon
3 years ago

Paddack wasn’t going to have a sub 2.00/.75 all year, but I hear ya. Long season!

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

He was a lone bright spot on my dismal season. If I don’t have the magic of Paddack, what do I have?

Are you saying my team won’t hit .250 all season? Seriously how is the group I listed hitting only .250?

Trey
Trey
3 years ago

How much longer do I hold LeClerc? Today he’s the opener and has been used in every possible situation except closing games. Drop him for Kelley?

avogt555
avogt555
3 years ago

Leclerc or L Jackson ROS?

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  avogt555
3 years ago

Flip a coin – doesn’t look like LeClerc is gonna close any time soon, despite what Woodward says – his actions are conflicting with his claims that LeClerc is close. Plus, who gets dehydrated while sitting in the bullpen all game? DRINK SOME WATER!!!!

Jackson is probably gonna get replaced by Kimbrel whenever the Braves decide to sign him

toneDEAF!
toneDEAF!
3 years ago

What is everyone doing with Jordan Hicks? He’s been brutal For the last month! Think it’s time to get him off my team!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  toneDEAF!
3 years ago

Depends on your league. I see some guys asking which one out of 5 closers to add off of the wire, so if saves aren’t precious…

toneDEAF!
toneDEAF!
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

Innings, ER’s, K’s, hits, BB’s, saves and holds all count as points in my custom Pts league. It’s a 12-team H2H.

MikeZ
MikeZ
3 years ago

What kind of player do I need to pair with Shane Greene to trade up for Yates? Is Hiura enough?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
3 years ago

12 team H2H: Hamels been bad for several starts — is he really better than a streamer (e.g., Skaggs).

Steve
Steve
3 years ago

14T obp daily

If Daza doesn’t get into the game today, drop for:

A Russell, Cooper or B Reynolds?

Thanks

sal
sal
3 years ago

I dont know if this sounds crazy to do this, but would you trade machado, bogarts, and flahrety for lindor.. i was looking to upgrade machado.. for losing bogarts ketel marte is available and has put up similar numbers to bogarts.. i also have tatis on the dl… and i can afford to lose flahrety.. I have degrom,buehler,ryu,hill,flahrety,,giolito,strahm,and i added foltynewicz feeling like he is back

Thundershoe
Thundershoe
3 years ago

Yo Grey, Thanks for the stellar column per usual!

In a 12-team points league, my batters are Astudillo, H. Dozier, Chavis, Muncy, Bregman, Trout, Brantley, Meadows, Segura, Ohtani.

Would you take any of the following over any of my batters? I have quite a bit of positional flexibility on my roster, so mainly looking for best production regardless of position.

Vogelbach, Merado, Tucker (when called up), Dietrich, Biggio, Hosmer

Thanks!

Thundershoe
Thundershoe
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I’m a bit concerned Ks could hamper Dietrich’s stats, but I guess that would also be the case with several of the other guys I mentioned. Who would you identify as a “safer” choice among the others, if there is one, with respect to Ks (excluding Tucker)?

JP
JP
3 years ago

Drop Aaron Hicks for L. Guriel (hot and Coors trip coming up) or M. Smith?

Mike
Mike
3 years ago

I’m in a 10 team mixed yahoo H2H redraft league. I was just messaged asking me if I would consider giving up Paxton for Goldschmidt. Paxton is my top pitcher and w/o him my pitching is light. With that said, it’s tough to give up an opportunity to get Goldschmidt. My team is below. FWIW, the other manager also has the following starters: Verlander, Happ, Carrasco, Freeland, Roark, Chacin, and Strasburg.

Another option for me is to consider trading multiple players as he has both Navarez (don’t really want him) and Ramos (I’d consider that) for catchers and I currently don’t have anybody.

Please advise. Thanks.

My team:

C :
1B: Pete Alonso (1B)
2B: Jonathan Villar (2B, SS)?
3B: Nolan Aren?ado? (3B)
SS: Javier Baez(2B, 3B, SS)
OF: Franmil Reyes (OF)
OF: Rhys Hoskins (1B, OF)
OF: Austin Meadows (OF)
UTIL: Austin Riley (3B)
Bench: Domingo Santana (?OF)
Bench: Matt Carpenter (1B, 2B, 3B)
Bench: Hunter Dozier (1B, 3B)

DL: Giancarlo Stanton (OF)

STARTING PITCHERS:

James Paxton
Martin Perez
Franie Montas
Rich Hill
Matt Strahm
Mike Foltynewicz
Mike Soroka
Chris Paddack
Caleb Smith

DL: Like Weaver
DL: Tyler Glasnow

CLOSERS:
Felipe Vazquez?
Wade Davis?? (on DL, but on my bench now b/c I only have 3 DL spots)
Ken Giles?

Immaculate Inning
Immaculate Inning
3 years ago

Please rank in order of preference for solid ratios and quality starts ROS. I have them in order of my preference, but want yours.

Wheeler
Ryu
Price
German Marquez

Let's Play Two
Let's Play Two
3 years ago

After that really good write up on Josh Bell by one of your contributors, would you trade him for Rizzo or hold?

herschel
herschel
3 years ago

@Grey: who do you think gets more starts this season, alex reyes or julio urias?

thanks!

Josh-NYC
Josh-NYC
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

Which side?

A) -Bauer and Woodruff

B) Gerrit Cole and Leake

Is it close? Thanks!

Jaone
Jaone
3 years ago

Rodgers, and Mercado was dropped in my league.

Would you drop Swanson for one of them – which one if so?

Alcesto
Alcesto
3 years ago

Yo Grey, I’m in a 5×5 12-team mixer. I’m doing pretty well in hitting (Grandal, Bellinger, Odor, Eduardo Escobar, Dozier, Vogelbach, Javy Baez, Albies, Ozuna, Dahl, Soto, Ohtani, Mazara….) and I could stand to gain in my pitching ratios and saves (Snell, Marquez, Castillo, Hill, Lucchesi, Odorizzi, Kukuchi, Iglesias, Will Smith). Are you dealing Javy Baez and another bat (Dahl, Dozier type guy) for Sherzer and Aroldis Chapman?

Thanks!

Alcesto
Alcesto
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks for the help. Would you deal Bellinger (with maybe a little change) for Sherzer and Aroldis?

Jaca
Jaca
3 years ago

Good afternoon Grey,

two Q’s for ya:

Yahoo redraft auction 5×5 roto

1). my starters are: Marquez, Wheeler, Paddack, Bieber, Weaver with Glasnow and Clevinger on IL. Do I drop Weaver for Lucchesi? Gibson and Heaney other notable FAs

2). I was sad and regretful that i dropped Domingo Santana for Wheeler, Domingo was my squadrons Identity ya know…. and of course the guy gets somewhat hot again the few games after I drop him. But then some dunce just dropped Tim Anderson, so i can semi redeem myself….he wont replace the RBIs, but would you drop Hiura or Villar out of the below for Anderson? (i know, shouldve dropped Hiura for Wheeler..idk why i didnt tbh)

my team: Lucroy, Voit, Mondesi, Villar, Baez, Ed. Rosario, Franny, Puig, Eloy, Senzel, Hiura, Tatis Jr., Riley

Thanks Grey

Jaca
Jaca
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thank u thank u

on a scale of 1 to Brad Ausmus how bad did I miss-manage dropping Domingod, i just need to know the answer to that hahah

Jaca
Jaca
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I can live with that

who you like ROS, Anderson or Domingo?

last follow up Q i swear

Tradeblock
Tradeblock
3 years ago

Getting Z Wheeler in a trade for a draft pick, so I need to drop one pitcher. 12-team roto with W, QS, K, ERA, WHIP, SV+H. My W and SV+H are in good shape, K and WHIP are middling, and ERA and QS are poor, though I’m further behind other teams in QS than in ERA. Who should I drop of below? I’d lean toward Porcello and E-Rod, but they have been getting QS, so then probably Stephenson?

SP: Marquez, E-Rod, Gonzales, Perez, Porcello, Gibson
RP: Holland, Iglesias, Buttrey, Pressly, Walden, Kelly, Gant, R Stephenson

Matty
Matty
3 years ago

Dietrich may just be next in my ever-evolving cast of 2B this year. It is indeed a great year to punt, but my punts this year have felt more like Charlie Brown trying to kick a football.
In a weekly moves league (because that’s always where this would happen) my 2B slot has been variously occupied by Odor, Peraza, Cole Tucker, Profar, Chad Pinder, Kendrick (for a week, should have waited him out) and presently Biggio and Nicky Lopez.
We’ll see how this latest iteration works out between now and the next waiver deadline.

gargamel04
gargamel04
3 years ago

Are you starting Bieber in 12 team Mixed leagues tonight?

Chucky
Chucky
3 years ago

At the end of my rope with Archer. Safely drop for bottom feeders like Waino, Thornton, Bundy, Mahle or Disco? They’d all be back end streamers #4/5 types with the right matchups. My top 1-2-3 are JV, Nola and Bieber.

Chucky
Chucky
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Whatcha think about stashing McKay? Seems like everything the Rays have touched has turned to gold, including ridding themselves of Archer?

Pyrrhic Victory
Pyrrhic Victory
3 years ago

Which Oriole ROS, D. Smith Jr. or the junior D.J. Stewart?

Smitty
3 years ago

Alex Reyes getting stretched out in minors – velo up and thinking he could be a dude. Are you, DT, or Cram in on him?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Smitty
3 years ago

Worth a shot. Might not be more than a middle reliever dude.

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

Riley Grand slam…ho-hum, is this kid ever gonna break out?

On another note, have Lourdis, kinda want Oscar Mercado for SBs. Is Albies a drop at this point? God
I hate to drop him, but he’s been so meh, and batting 8th.

Talk me off the ledge or don’t…what say you Grey?

Hodor
Hodor