Surprised Dylan Bundy is breaking out, said no one because literally everyone said exactly that when he was traded to the Angels. Okay, maybe the O’s are surprised, but I have a feeling even they knew it was coming. They just like losing, right? “We like to be owned by the good teams.” That’s the O’s front office. Even the Pirates are like, “Damn, for Bundy, we would’ve traded you Tyler Glasnow, Austin Meadows and…well, we don’t have anyone else. You want Colin Moran?” So, Dylan Bundy was masterful yesterday, going 9 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.08. He has changed his pitch mix in a dramatic way. Leaning way more on a slider and easing off his fastball, that has been become increasingly bleh in velocity. His command and Ks have been outstanding, but, I’ll be honest, I’m not 100% sold. Don’t get me wrong, I can be sold. I’m not saying it’s a mirage, go buy some more tigers, Steve Wynn. I’m just saying it’s 21 2/3 IP in three starts. Oh, I’d own him in 100% of leagues, but decreased velocity makes me want to see more. Promising vs. Promise Land. Me like vs. Me likey. Yummo vs. Gummo is a masterpiece. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jo Adell – Getting a routine day off, because he had played two whole games in a row. Sigh. Adell will be in this afternoon’s Buy column, which has already been released to our Patreon. It’s five bucks a month. Ya know, the price of–Actually, there’s nothing that cheap.

Max Stassi – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer. “Hey, Mitch Garver, why are you wearing that East German military outfit?” Deep German accent, “I am going undercover as the Stassi.”

Shohei Ohtani – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting .167, as he returned to the lineup. Ohstanis don’t want to hear from me, but this is best outcome for his owners. Just let him hit.

David Fletcher – 1-for-5, hitting .333. Maddon compared Fletcher to David Eckstein, calling him Fletchstein. If I may, D. Fleckster. Word up.

Taijuan Walker – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 5.79. Start was made for Taijuan? Well, send it back.

Tyler Chatwood – 2 1/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 5.40. He went from Tyler the Creator to Tyler the Destroyer. The only way to get that ugly start out of people’s minds is to bring in Blair Underwood’s son.

Maikel Franco – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer. This is gonna sound like a crazy person talking, but I grabbed Maikel in a 12-team mixed league, and I’m not dropping him, and he’s in this afternoon’s Buy column.

Whit Merrifield – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (4) and legs (2). WMs got it this year, folks. Check it: Wil Myers, Whit Merrifield, Wuis Mobert.

Nick Heath – 1-for-3 and his 2nd steal. Fun Fact! He’s been in a decades-long war against Nick Skor.

Brad Keller – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 0.00. A. Tyler Chatwood. Q: What people will be saying about Brad Keller next week?

Christian Yelich – 1-for-2, 3 runs, and his 2nd homer, hitting .111. Broke out of a slump with a can of corn that Eloy Jimenez played into an inside-the-parker. Eloy, similar to Elroy, takes a circuitous route to fly balls like he’s in a hovercraft.

Leury Garcia – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .326. Look at what Jean Segura’s doing, and look again at what Leury Garcia is doing. C’mon, short season! LG! Leury Garcia! Let’s go! Flip phone!

Will Smith – Activated from IL. Unlike Will Smith’s marriage, the Braves’ bullpen isn’t an open competition.

Nick Markakis – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer, a walk-off jobber. Sparkakis!

Touki Toussaint – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 6.08 vs. Nate Pearson – 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.70. This was a matchup of two guys who I’m uncomfortably excited about aside from results, and Streamonator projections.

Bo Bichette – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. I could really use Bo Biscuit to get hot and start melting butter.

Jonathan Villar – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and a slam (1) and legs (2), hitting .269. Yesterday, the Marlins’ pitching didn’t have it, but like every great club, the 1927 Marlins stepped up and found a way to win.

Renato Nunez – 2-for-4 and his 3rd and 4th homer, hitting .273. Got sick of telling you to pick him up, so I don’t think he’s in this afternoon’s Buy, but I would own him.

Chance Sisco – 2-for-3, and his 1st homer, hitting .455. Chance looking like a young Stassi, because in Communist Germany chance is one with predeterminism.

Zac Gallen – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.81. We need to start putting some respect on Gallen…*sees his next start is in Coors*…well, maybe after his next start.

Brandon Bielak – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K in his 1st major league start. Looks like a serviceable righty with decent everything, and nothing that really stands out. A lot of meh and not too much whoa. Sounds like the world’s saddest dating profile.

Ryan Pressly – 0 IP, 2 ER and the blown save, ERA at 40.50. After the game, Pressly donned his karate spandex suit and fielded Zoom reporter questions. He appeared all shook up. Ya’ll need to check out Andre Scrubb. Don’t let the name fool you! Dude’s kinda money. Blake Taylor might also be in the mix. Pressly should be out of the mix.

Jose Altuve – 3-for-4, 3 runs and a slam (3) and legs (2), hitting .192. Well, sure, he knew what pitches were coming before, now he knows what’s coming because it’s the opposite of what he’s not hearing is coming.

Alex Bregman – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .235. Bregman’s home run was off Crichton, and he just took a DNA test, turns out that was 100% a bad pitch, and .01% dinosaur DNA.

Miguel Andujar – Sent to the alternate training site. Why does it feel like Andujar accidentally agreed with Clint Frazier on something in front of management and is relegated to the same dog house, needing a trade to another club?

Jordan Montgomery – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.59. JoMo more like JoMama. Crazy that a 91 MPH fastball hurler with barely three pitches was getting so much hype, which is what I say sarcastically, because he’s a Yankee so of course.

Gary Sanchez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .097. Maybe Gary Sanchez stopped wearing a mask to the plate that was covering his eyes.

J.T. Realmuto – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer. Back-to-back days with a homer for Jerry Tomato, but not back-to-back games, because they snuck in a 7-inning participation game in-between.

JT Brubaker – 3 IP, 3 ER in his 1st major league start. Saw some people in my leagues pick up this guy, and “it’s fine GIF with fire all around” came to mind. Hey, he could be all right, but 1st start pitching vs. the Twins. Good luck with that.

Gregory Polanco – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer. Quick rant: The Pirates are punting. Of course, they are. They’ve been punting for years. Whatever. My bone to pick with them is that they’re not even punting in an interesting way. Jose Osuna, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Cole Tucker, ONeil Cruz–Anyone worth developing! Play them if you’re punting! What are you getting from J.T. Riddle is exactly that, a freakin’ riddle! Jarrod Dyson, Phillip Evans, even Adam Frazier — why play any of these guys? They’re placeholders!

Jorge Polanco – 3-for-5, 1 run and his 1st steal, hitting .294. MIN-PIT yesterday was coming up all Polanco. Show some Price is Right Plinko on the scoreboard to fire up the cardboard fans.

Jake Odorizzi – Will make his season debut this Saturday. His injury was deemed as minor but he ended up missing almost a quarter of the season. Wait, a quarter of the season is only two weeks.

Kenta Maeda – 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.65. He Maeda’d into the 6th! What? No good? Okay. His one blemish was Polanco’s homer. No amount of Proactiv is helping there.

Miguel Sano – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .147. I could watch Sano’s dongs all day. He has multiple dongs. Three, to be exact.

Eddie Rosario – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 3rd homer. Rosario averages a home run every 12 games for, like, five years and still gets no respect. He feels the type of player who gets to a World Series and the announcers sound like they’ve never heard of him and no one else has either. By the by, whenever an announcer says “Not too many people know this guy outside of (hometown city),” it means the announcer has never heard of that player.

Byron Buxton – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .174, but he has three straight games getting a hit, so he might be coming out of his early-season funk. Or he might get hurt. One of the two is gonna happen.

Taylor Rogers – 1/3 IP, 2 ER and the blown save, ERA at 4.15. He lost it to the Pirates, but, I don’t know, something fishy about Mr. Rogers blowing a game in his old neighborhood, Pittsburgh.

Jose Ramirez – 3-for-5, 4 runs, 4 RBIs and his 3rd and 4th homer, hitting .308. Turning into a 1st half hitter. 1st half of August.

Carlos Carrasco – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 4 walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.50. I don’t own Carrasco in any league. Had concerns about how he’d look this year after last. Obviously when he had an extra three months of rest, I had less concerns, but I will say it’s nice to see him doing well. Aw, Grey’s a big softie!

Yonny Chirinos – Hit the IL with triceps inflammation. Technical term is tricepsaurus.

Rougned Odor – Expected to avoid the IL. Um, good?

Anderson Tejeda – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and a slam (1) and legs (1) in his 1st career game and first game above High-A. I’m not saying there’s been upwards to fifteen-hundred Tejada infielders who have played MLB, but I’m not saying there hasn’t either. Tejada will likely return to the alternate camp. Does that stink? It will once Odor’s back.

Todd Frazier – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .289. “Check out this jerk!” That’s Adam Eaton. Frazier won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, because, bleh, but he has had a few two-hit games in a row, and might be a light schmotato.

Mike Minor – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 6.89. He just hasn’t looked good. The preceding was a Minor note.

Mike Fiers – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 5.63. This game of Fiers/Minor was what I’ve been saying to my wrongful termination lawyer since February!

Matt Olson – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer, and three in two games. And you people — yeah, you people! — were already losing faith (I was too). How dare you (and me)!

Charlie Blackmon – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .396. Blackmon brushes hair off shoulder, turns to camera and hisses, “I am Chazz Noir.”

Trevor Story – 2-for-4 and his 5th homer, hitting .295. You know what’s weird? Well, not yet, but you will know after I tell you. I drafted Story in a few leagues in the 1st round, as I ranked him, and it didn’t feel great. Was kinda regretting it. Then I love him once the season starts. That feels like a recurring thing. A *pinkie to mouth* never-ending Story.

Tyler Anderson – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.19 vs. Kyle Freeland – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.41. Just your standard 2020 pitching duel in Coors. Nothing to see here, everything’s totally normal with the ball, and Manfred isn’t putting lead in it to make the games go quicker. No siree Bob.

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Uncle Ernie
Uncle Ernie
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

There seems to be confusion the Marlins have him starting. Any word on that

Uncle Ernie
Uncle Ernie
1 year ago

Hi Grey. I’m looking to fill in for Lesters no start today. I’m looking at either Bassitt home vs the Astros or Alcantara at home vs the Mets. Thanks

Uncle Ernie
Uncle Ernie
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

The Marlins website has him starting. Any onsite on that. Thanks

aintlifegrand
aintlifegrand
1 year ago

Lightning round before the Buy column is posted:

Between Wick and Jairo Diaz, who ya got?

Lil Petey
Lil Petey
1 year ago

Here is a stinky, and admittedly auto-drafted team I have.
This one is from a 10-team, daily, head-to-head redraft.

League adds OPS and Saves+Holds

C – Grandal
1B – Goldschmidt
2B – Hiura
SS – Joan Baez
3B – Arenado
IF- JP Crawford
OF – K Lewis
OF – Meadows
OF – Castellanos
CF – Laureano

Bench bats: C. Walker, V. Robles, Rhysus-Monkey Hoskins

SP – Leif-Gerrit Cole
SP – Dylan “don’t call me Ted or Kelly” Bundy
SP – N. Pearson
SP – A. Civale
RPs – Colome, Pressly, N. Anderson, Britton

IL – Odorizzi

Need to cut 1 for Odorizzi. Thinking Pressly or one from my logjam at 1B.

What say you?

Thanks and great daily read as usual! Have a good weekend.

dmax04
dmax04
1 year ago

Points league – Garver or the Frenchman d’Arnaud?

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

Danny Jansen
Kiner-Falefa
Stassi

Who do you prefer ROS as of now? I like Isaiah because of 3B eligibility although I won’t use him for that… but he plays everyday.

What do you think?

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks!!

DLev45
DLev45
1 year ago

12 team 5×5 Roto:

Rank these bench multi-position bats.

Ian Happ
Howie Kendrick
Dylan Moore
Danny Santana
Luis Arraez
Chris Taylor

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
1 year ago

Thoughts on starting tonight:

Wacha in NY v Miami
Kyle Wright @ Philly

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Don’t have to, so I will pass. Thanks for your 2 cents and have a great weekend man!

Will
Will
1 year ago

Cubs – Cardinals canceled for tonight. Which prob means the entire series also gets postponed. At this point being able to field a full fantasy roster on a daily basis is going to win leagues. Also, time to shut down the Cardinals for the year.

Crazy J
Crazy J
1 year ago

I caught that Chatwood start… I’m second to last, not sure if that helps mitigate the pain… seemed to.

dontbichetteme
dontbichetteme
1 year ago

Hey Grey,
12 team H2H keeper league(keep 10)My bats are heating up so not too worried about them. But my pitching is another story. Been add/dropping daily. My weakest SP are Stripling and Kikuchi who I picked up to stream for his start today. My RP have been a revolving door of mediocrity. Didnt draft much. Just Iglesisas and Melancon/Smith. Figured id wait to see how the ATL played out. Looks like Melancon has the job to himself so I guess that I should just outright drop W.Smith now that hes off of the IL and taking up a spot on my bench. Right now im running with Iglesias, Melancon, Karinchak, Pressly, W.Smith.
Best available RP-Helsey, Sulser, Scrubb, Drake, Buttrey
SP-M.Kelly, D.Peterson, Turnbull, G.Richards
So who do I drop from my relievers? Im guessing Pressly and Smith are expendable. Is Karinchak droppable too now that Hand has saved 2 in a row? We dont count holds.
Do you like any of those SP over Stripling?
Sorry if this is a little convoluted. Just looking for a little guidance.
Thanks

dontbichetteme
dontbichetteme
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Already have Stripling. My fault. Post wasnt that clear.
I could grab Kelly and one of the RP options. Who do you like best of that hodgepodge?

dontbichetteme
dontbichetteme
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
1 year ago

12 team, 5×5 roto

Ugh, Chatwood got me good. Is he a drop in 12 teamers – I guess I would use as a second stream spot.

Current SP: Corbin, S. Gray, Houser, Kelly, Chatwood
Stream 1: Kikuchi

Notable streamers available:
Musgrove v. Det
Gibson v. Sea

Earl
Earl
1 year ago

I hate to ask this the way my pitching has been going lately but would you start Blake Snell at home against Yankees?

Almost ever piece of advice I have taken has gone south this past week but keep on trying.

Thanks

Maaattttt
Maaattttt
1 year ago

Mike Minor has been killing me, what I get for panicking in my draft and being seduced by 200ks from last year.
He was my 6th starter until Price opted out and now Soroka is done for the year, so Minor is basically my 4th starter behind Lynn, Gallen, and Luzardo now. Losing starting pitchers has made me hesitant to drop Minor. I feel like he has no value in the trade market. I picked up Merrill Kelly, Javier, Kikuchi and Turnbull over the last few weeks.

Are there any struggling SP’s with upside that you could recommend I trade Minor for?

If I cannot trade, I just missed out on Dobnak, should I drop Minor for Bubic, Gibson, or Desclafani?

Maaattttt
Maaattttt
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah, Bielak is available, so is Cease. Do you like Cease’s start against the Indians today?

Maaattttt
Maaattttt
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Hahaha alright! Thanks!

Gary Z
Gary Z
1 year ago

Hey Grey!

1) Appreciated the read today, nice work! Always liked Bundy cuz of his fastball, I don’t see him out in LA, but it sounds like much of what Hader is doing to adjust to hitters sitting on his heater. He’s been throwing sliders and change ups for strikes…great to see power pitchers adjusting!

2)Quick question for you, im in a league w/ saves & holds, out of these guys, I need to lose one or two to pick up Scrubb and possibly another Starter.

Romo, Duffey, T.May, Karinchak, D. Castillo, E. Pagan, Familia, Bass, Sulser, Graterol…i seem to be fine on holds, need saves

Thanks for the help as always and have a great weekend!

Gary Z
Gary Z
Reply to  Gary Z
1 year ago

side note, I do have Melancon and Hudson for saves as well.

Gary Z
Gary Z
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey! Forgot to ask one more, Teoscar, Kyle Lewis, or Howie Kendrick in an OPS league?

THANKS AGAIN!!!

-gz

Gary Z
Gary Z
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks!

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

The pirates should be fined from the leqgue and not get any revenue sharing for what they are doing. It is a disgrace. The prospects are technically also placeholders. They will go somewhere else to get a paycheck as soon as they are able to. You know pit won’t pay them.

Jaco
Jaco
1 year ago

Happy Friday Grey and Donkey-boi fresh (donkey teeth)

6×5 12 team roto

Contreras
Olson
Kingery
Baez
Suarez
Ozuna
Grisham
Myers
Machado
Renato
Berti
(IL) Madrigal

Giolito, Paddack, Castillo, Lamet, House, Gallen, streamer
Jansen, Hand, Karinchak, Pomeranz, Sulser

A). Can’t keep holding Kingery can we?? Batting 7/8 hole anyways….sickening!!! 1-5 hitters only for Jaco. Would you drop him for Johnny Schoop?

B). Currently have berti as my Lone bench bat, do you like any of these guys more? I don’t have a ton of base stealers and love bertis position eligibility, but would love ur input:
Berti, Canha, Peralta, Aguilar, Monte Harrison

W). Would you roster one of these guys or just keep streaming the last rotation spot:

Merrill Kelly, Pablo Lopez, Bassitt

P). If ur answer is to stream, do u like Pablo @mets on Sunday?

Thank you very mucho grande Grey (and D-teeth if ur around)

Mike L
Mike L
1 year ago

Which side and is it fair? I give Albies, Kelenic, S.Howard
I get Lux, Carlson, Glasnow….dynasty full keeper

Phil
Phil
1 year ago

Hey Grey! OBP league, have too many 3B (Moncada, Suarez, Yoshi, Doizer, Moose) and Ohtani guy looking to sell.

would you do Suarez for Ohtani? or Dozier + piece for Ohtani?

Thanks!

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 year ago

If you had to pick 2 ROS

Biggio, JaCoby Jones, Leury Garcia

Thanks

Yaz Mantle
Yaz Mantle
1 year ago

1. 12 teamer. Start Wacha @home v. marlins? SON has at $3.5.

2. open utility spot. Maikel or alex verdugo (who SON adores through august 11th)?

3. in a 6 x 6 (holds league) should i pick up giovani gallegos and if so, who to drop from these?: ottavino, justin wilson, wittgren, blake taylor, diekman, daniel hudson, rown wick, raisel iglesias.

thx!

herrlibomber
herrlibomber
1 year ago

Saves suck this year

Jonathon Hernandez or Scrubb

Brett
Brett
1 year ago

Drop Pollock for…?

Ohtani, Will Myers, Fran Reyes

Thanks!

Rafael Kam
Rafael Kam
1 year ago

Hey Grey! hope you’re well in these troubling times…

Do we start Alcantara vs the Mets today or just stash him? Streamonator doesnt like it but ah what do he know

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
1 year ago

Grey!
I know how you love a good Catcher debate.
I have been auditioning Varsho. Meh.
Free Agents (5×5 OBP roto)
Stassi, Tromp, J.McCann, A.Nola, Suzuki, Chirinos, and Narvaez.

Anything jump out at ya?

Dave D
Dave D
1 year ago

Dearest Grey,

I curse Hansel Robles. Things were going well for my P’s until he started a dumpster fire that has spread to others on my staff, and Jack Flaherty, my fire captain, has been sleeping through the ringing of alarms. Its a mess. Taijuan added to it a day after Bumgarner. Now I’m hoping Davies, Canning, Merrill K. can uplift me. Woodward goes on Sunday.

The FA for SP’s in the 15 teamers is brutal. Mulling between your 2018 darling Trevor Williams, Porcello, P. Lopez, Alcantra, Yamamoto for next week. Sh*t show. I really need K’s and W’s.

My offense is doing well with 64 points but my P is pathetic now with 15. I need to get up to 40 plus so I may just load up on SPs and punt RPs for awhile.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah, that seems like a good move. Shallow as F player pool!

50 Shades of Sonny Gray
50 Shades of Sonny Gray
1 year ago

Two slow starting pitchers and have ground to make up with my ratios – start or sit Weaver @SD and start or sit [email protected]?

erad
erad
1 year ago

Chatwood, more like ChatWOOF

thehombre
thehombre
1 year ago

Alec Mill’s hype train tickets!!! One seat left. Kerry Klug just got the second to last seat. All aboard!!!!

-TheHombre

thehombre
thehombre
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Will you ride the Alec Mills’ Pony Express?

waffles
waffles
1 year ago

you would trade Britton for E Suarez if you needed power right?

prestige
prestige
1 year ago

Would you stream any of these in 12 teamer? SON not a fan..

Smeltzer @Royals
Sensatela @Mariners
Cease home vs Indians
Junis home vs Twins
Milone @Nationals

Boomer19
Boomer19
1 year ago

Avisail Garcia or Tyler O’Neil in my 5×5 14 team roto league? Ended up with a bench bat I don’t want. Thanks.

The Wild Card
The Wild Card
1 year ago

Grey,

Scraping the bottom of the barrel for saves. Which would you rather have Sulser or A. Scrubb?

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

so he’s scrubbing the bottom of the barrel then ;-)

Coolwhip
1 year ago

its being under-reported that Zac Gallen tied the record for most consecutive starts to begin career as a rookie with 3 ER or less. MAJOR STORY.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

“Right-hander Zac Gallen gave up two runs in six innings to tie Montreal Expos right-hander Steve Rogers’ National League record by beginning his career with 18 consecutive starts in which he allowed than three earned runs or less.”

Ostyle15
Ostyle15
1 year ago

Grey,

Amazing write up as always.

We all know bullpens have been a chaotic dumpster fire this year, so to-wit, can you rank these SAGNOF’s (12 team ROTO standard 6×6):

T. Gott (SF)
J. Diaz (COL)
B. Kintzler
K. Kela (PIT – upon return anyway)

Gracias hermano!

in
in
1 year ago

Don’t know if this is one you’ll have an opinion on, but do you like Forrest Whitley or Michael Kopech in a dynasty?

Smitty
1 year ago

Not sure if it’ll hold up but hangin onto 2nd in our early November draft, and snuck into 1st in our March draft. I’ll take the glimpse of glory as it will almost surely fade. I know you prolly drafted over 20 teams, don’t know how you do it. Both leagues being 50 rounders, been lucky to have enough reserves to band-aid lineups together. Still in 1st in my home league as well, thanks in part to my new law firm, Lewis and Grisham – HA! Thanks and keep the advice comin brother-man!

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Stack City!

HypnoAce
HypnoAce
1 year ago

Drop Carson Kelly for Stassi? Kelly is playing a lot and doing nothing. Literally reverse Stassi. I shall call him Issats.

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
1 year ago

Thoughts on Castillo after 3 starts? Where would you rank him today?

Tigres
Tigres
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Castillo’s FIP is 1.80, the ERA should come down…

Whatever
Whatever
1 year ago

Lance Lynn’s next start is at Coors, is he matchup proof now because of how terrific he’s been or still bench if possible? Also, Houser gets two starts next week against the Twins and Cubs, close my eyes and pray or bench? Thanks a ton.

Whatever
Whatever
Reply to  Whatever
1 year ago

Apologies, meant that Lynn’s start next week is @ Coors not his next start.

prestige
prestige
1 year ago

Would you stream any of these in 12 teamer? SON not a fan..

Anibal home vs Orioles
K Wright @Phillies
Velasquez home vs Braves

Thanks!

Ghost of Grady Little
Ghost of Grady Little
1 year ago

Weekly 5×5 league – Start 2 –

Edman, Alberto, Swanson

I think Swanson gets the nod. Not sure about the other slot.

kelly leak
kelly leak
1 year ago

Buttrey/Pena (LAA)
Taylor/Scrubb (HOU)

How would you rank these dudes?
Closers are pissing me off this year!

Thanks!

kelly leak
kelly leak
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thank you, sir!

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
Reply to  kelly leak
1 year ago

great question btw

J-Hova
J-Hova
1 year ago

Great write up, thank you AND lineup optomizer has been killing it!

Bundy’s fastball was the most hittable pitch in baseball last year, i just can’t buy in.

Slug and Murs released FELT 4 today. It’s incredible, best work from Slug, Murs and especially ANT who kills it in a very long time. Well worth a listen

J-Hova
J-Hova
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I’ll give Amine a shot, though I’m trapped in the mid 90’s.

Play Ball
Play Ball
1 year ago

Maeda or Montas for ratios and QS? Maeda has such an easy schedule.

I watched Maeda yesterday. Super boring, but he gets it done.

Montas high walk rate of 5% is reminiscent of a couple years ago and concerning. He also has the Dodgers, Rox and Astros lineups to navigate.

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
1 year ago

ReNu got it figured it out? i still have eyes on him in a points league– Drop Christian Walker for him?

Also in a 12 teamer should i hold on to Lance McCullers for a few more starts?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  johnnyhobbes
1 year ago

Walker for me.

Who can you pick up to replace McCullers?

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
1 year ago

thanks for your answer …..the only folks jumping out at me right now are Griffin Canning, Merrill Kelly….. or I could simply keep Kyle Lewis instead of dropping him when I activate Austin Meadows for next week. Its a points league so im trying have all pitcher bench to best stream for the week.
Other outfielders I have are all pretty much set and forget – JD martinez, Starling Marte, Pham, eddie Rosario at utility. OR i just drop catcher… i hate catcher

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
1 year ago

14 Team h2h league (now each day counts as a game instead of a week)

-2 SP allowed.

I have Snell vs Yanks and or Bassitt vs HOU

Team im facing has no SP today but decent pen. I have Snell/Bassitt.

1.) Bassitt I’d say bench? (unless HOU isn’t a horrible matchup?)

2.) Snell 3-4 innings, so sure i guess?

Start both, none or one?

Mazel Tov!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Hebrew Hammer
1 year ago

I’d bench Bassitt and start Snell

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
1 year ago

Thanks DT.

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

He is at home…

He’s also on my roster bc of your motivational sleeper articles waay back when

wass
wass
1 year ago

11 team 5×5 QS not W

1) If all I’m trying to get is a QS any of these guys you wouldn’t start tonight?
Boyd ($22 on SON) @ PIT
Civale (-$5.2) @ CWS
Canning ($5.4) @ TEX

2) pick up Kikuchi for ROS (or even just today haha) over any of the above 3 guys?

Thanks for all the excellent write ups and advice Grey!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  wass
1 year ago

1) Start em all
2) Kikuchi over Civale for me

wass
wass
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey and DT!

As a follow up, would you prefer Turnbull (likely this weekend against PIT) or Civale’s start tonight?

wass
wass
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

That’s what I was thinking but forgot I had him in the first question. Thanks Grey! Have a great weekend watching baseball

fausto
fausto
1 year ago

Chance “Let me see that dong, That dong, da-dong, dong,dong ” SisQo streamed him yesterday @C in a deep lg…might just have to hold on to him now!

Start odorizzi first game back @nym or nah?
Threw a 52pitch sim game I’m guessing he’s on a pitch count and my ratios got dunked on yesterday by pressly and rodgers, clownsers.
Thanks.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  fausto
1 year ago

If you have unlimited innings then sure

jnienow
jnienow
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Odorizzi is at KC not NYM, would you still not start him?

fausto
fausto
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Sorry I’m in quarantine because someone my wife works with has The Cov so I waked ‘n baked this morning… Odorizzi is @KC not @NYM. Not that it makes much difference. keeping odorizzi IL’d and stashng Scrubb in case that shakes out before Odorizzis 2nd start. Thanks

TC
TC
1 year ago

Fried and Castellanos for Austin Meadows and Kelenic in a keeper league. Standard roto. Would you take that deal if you were getting the Meadows side?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  TC
1 year ago

Meadows side by a lot IMO

Jr
Jr
1 year ago

Great write up!

Trade question in a 10 team h2h keeper league. Each team keeps any 5 with no penalty each year. Which side you like in the trade?

Trout/Gray
Bellinger/Devers

I’m guessing Bellinger, but would you trade trout in an unrestricted keeper league?

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Jr
1 year ago

For reference, my other options for keepers are Acuna, Bregman, Cole and Flaherty. If i took the belli get side I’d have 6 of these so one gets sent back. Could always upgrade something like move Bregman and a piece for tatis or some other upgrade.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Jr
1 year ago

Bregman and a piece for Tatis would be great. Tatis could be #1 overall next year…

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Jr
1 year ago

Bellinger side

BAC
BAC
1 year ago

5×5 OBP 12 team. Need power with Stanton and Reyes slow starts. How would you order R Nunez Franco and Happ?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  BAC
1 year ago

Franco, Nunez, Happ right now but all streamers

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

I’m feeling a big weekend for Bellinger and Suarez. Those are my last 2 guys who are slumping out of the gate

Sandman
Sandman
1 year ago

Hey Grey!

Great write up.

1) Mitch Garver or Max Stassi?

2) hanser alberto or Brandon Lowe? This is mostly for a bench spot… only have 1x 3B who is hurt (Donaldson) so I’m thinking I make the change. If Donaldson wasn’t hurt, would you still make this move?

Thanks!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Sandman
1 year ago

Garver and Lower for me

Jimmy Suitcase
Jimmy Suitcase
1 year ago

Should I drop Kingery for Maikel Franco? Not sure I can take much more of Kingery’s o-fers

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Jimmy Suitcase
1 year ago

Sure

Thundergunn
Thundergunn
1 year ago

Colin Moran or Maikel Franco?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Thundergunn
1 year ago

Moran for me

zombie
zombie
1 year ago

Tough to make someone laugh on a Friday morning after his Twins closer defecates on his ERA in a short season. Butt, the Mr. Rogers shizz? Too damn funny, Grey. Too damn funny. 2020 closers are the worst.

CTFDU
CTFDU
Reply to  zombie
1 year ago

Hi Gray, Kyle Tucker ir Jo Adell ROS?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  CTFDU
1 year ago

Adell for me

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  zombie
1 year ago

No closer’s defecation this year compares to that of Hansel Robles. Kimbrel was totally foreseeable, Rodgers and Robles not so much… not enough time to normalize the ERA either with a good run…

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Dave D
1 year ago

and rogers had 1 baserunner in the 4 previous innings total, if that guy doesn’t get a pass for one inning with 3 hits (no HR’s, no BB’s) i don’t know who should. kimbrel is about as bad as we’ve seen robles be for a while up till last year or worse.

Simps
Simps
1 year ago

Grey,

As always, I enjoy the daily breakdown. Yesterday I was interested to read your blurb about Bubic’s start. He had a decent line but then I read the part about his 92 MPH FB and was turned off.

A buddy of mine scooped him in our league and I asked him if he watched the start. He did and he told me he his FB was up to 96.7 MPH and his final pitch was at 94.9 MPH.

Makes him a little more interesting.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

My source agrees and has his fastball at 92.1mph.

Simsbad
Simsbad
1 year ago

IFK, Jansen, Stassi, d’Arnaud

Choose one for short term, choose one ROS

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Simsbad
1 year ago

I’ll take D’Arnaud for both

Cookiecutter
Cookiecutter
1 year ago

VIllar got dropped in my league for whatever reason.

My worst hitters are Moran, Teoscar, Donaldson, JD Davis, and Moustakas (sadly Alonso is not droppable)

Who would you drop for him?

12 team H2H 5×5

Cookiecutter
Cookiecutter
1 year ago

VIllar got dropped in my league for whatever reason.

My worst hitters are Moran, Teoscar, Donaldson, JD Davis, and Moustakas (sadly Alonso is not droppable)

Who would you drop for him?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Cookiecutter
1 year ago

Moran if you. need steals

galica
galica
1 year ago

Grey!!

Sorry had one more name change I forgot…

Nat Gio Gonzalez (2019)…Not Gio Gonzalez (2020)

Also did you see that the Moran won for MIA after Morin won the night before? Who’s next? Who?

Cheers,
Ante

galica
galica
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Grey!!

Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yup, yup. Moron it is!

Cheers,
Ante

Giacomo
Giacomo
1 year ago

Hi Grey,
do You prefer Trent Grisham or Ian Happ in Dynasty Keeper?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Giacomo
1 year ago

Grisham for me

galica
galica
1 year ago

Grey!!!

What a report, what a mensch!

a. A lot of pitchers have changed their names from last year. To wit….

1. Tyler Chatwood – 2019…..Tyler Chitwood – 2020.

2. Mike Minor – 2019…Mike the miner – 2020

b. Should have drafted a core of good guys early and then all Os bats for filling in from pick 200+ onwards, amiright? Damn, I want to own every Oriole. I have Handsome Hanser and Nunez and had had Santander earlier and look at Cisco go but I left him for my Falefa. No one be touching my Falefa this year!

c. How bad is Kimbrel? His ERA actually IMPROVED after giving up yet another run in 1 IP last night!! Seriously, his ERA has gone 54.00, 27.00, 32.40 and 23.8 in his 4 appearances this year. Anyone who can predict what his ERA will be after his next appearance should get the Nobel prize for mathematics. [Psyche, there is no Nobel prize for mathematics I said should!]

d. On Andujar, I drafted and dropped him like early on in the season maybe even before the start. Why? Where’s he gonna play? 3B, un-uh, guess again (Urshela and company hitting and playing GREAT defense). DH, Giancarlo is there, so that’s a no. 1B? I guess that experiment is over. LF? Don’t make me laugh. Yanks are full of good players with no spare roster spots.

e. Thanks a bunch for never mentioning Oscar Mercado this year. He’s gone 3/60 or something this year so God knows he hasn’t done anything in any game to warrant even a sniff of a mention. You could have mentioned how bad he’s been, so for this thanks a bunch. I thought Alonso was bad, but Mercado has been disastrous. Close to dropping but still in 1st in one league and 2nd in another so might as well hang on. He might catch fire batting 8th with guys hitting into GIDP’s in front of him.

f. Haha!!! I noticed that Anderson Tejeda’s name didn’t have the hyperlink in his blurb. And then I finally realized!!! Grey Albright, knower of all, mastermind that ALL other masterminds use as their model, Fantasy Master Lothario, made a typo! You typed Tejada, thinking he was Miguel’s bastard son, meanwhile….his name is spelled Tejeda! Haha, fooled ya! Miguel Tejada+Bobby Ojeda’s sister=Anderson Tejeda! Frank voila!

g. Have a nice weekend.

h. MLB quote of the day for August 7, 2020

‘If you are used to going five innings and then go six or seven, you won’t have your good stuff. They need to start that from the minor leagues and give pitchers strong arms.’

Juan Antonio Marichal Sanchez, aka The Dominican Dandy. His debut (July 19, 1960) was a dandy indeed…He took a no-hitter into the eighth and ended up getting the complete game one-hit shutout, walking one and striking out 12! He appeared in every ASG in the 60s after 1962. Also, Marichal and Warren Spahn pitched in the greatest game pitched ever. It involved each pitcher going 15 scoreless innings at Candelstick park until Willie Mays hit a solo HR off Spahn in the 16th, winning it for Marichal 1-0.

His 162-game average.

18-10 (W-L), 2.89 ERA 33 GS, 18 CG, 257 IP, 231 H, 97 R, 83 ER, 52 BB, 169 K, 123 ERA+, K/BB 3.25.

His best year was probably his 1966 season, though he had plenty of very good seasons from 1962 to 1971, excluding 1970 which was not as good.

25-6 (W-L), 2.23 ERA 36 GS, 25 CG, 307.1 IP, 228 H, 88 R, 76 ER, 36 BB, 222 K, 167 ERA+, K/BB 6.17.

Cheers,
Ante

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
1 year ago

You had me thinking there must be two Kyle Freelands and they pitched against each other. (Gentle correction: One is Tyler Anderson.)

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

No, they are the same guy.

Charlie
Charlie
1 year ago

Grey,

Yahoo, 10 team, h2h, 6×5 including OPS. Several names that have been tossed around, mainly by you, that have me intrigued. Drop Buttrey for either a SP (Christian Javier, Adrian Houser or Chris Bassitt) or another bat (Monte Harrison)?

My team:

C – Christian Vazquez
1st – Matt Olson
2nd – Hiura, Villar
3rd – Arenado, Moncada, Chapman
SS – Mondesi
OF – Trout, Yelich, Acuña, Grisham, Schwarber
SP – Scherzer, Giolito, Lamet, Gallen, Plesac, Kelly, Marquez
RP – Daniel Hudson, Colome, Bass, Buttrey

Thanks!!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Charlie
1 year ago

I’d try Houser

Charlie
Charlie
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thank you both!!