The sun rising at dawn as two towheaded surfers paddle out on their longboards.  One surfer, Rob, wears a business suit and sunglasses.  The other surfer looks like Tony Hawk’s wet brother.  Tony Hawk’s wet brother asks, “Why the business threads, my brosef?”  “I’m the commissioner of baseball and could be called into action at any time.”  “Whoa, right on.”  Rob points at the ocean, cascading out in front of them, “You see this Tony Hawk’s Wet Brother?  This water as far as the eye can see?”  “I do, my brosef.”  “This is juice that I will be stuffing into baseballs.”  “Whoa, right on.” And that’s Our Commissioner Manfred surfing in the morning sun.  Yesterday, was another day for the long ball bizzonkers led by the Diamondbacks.  Leading off literally and, well, literally, Jarrod Dyson went 2-for-4 and hit his 4th homer.  Inner monologue, “You know you want to compare how many home runs Dyson has to David Dahl.  You know you want to do it, so do it.  Come on.  Compare them.”  Dyson’s having a nice year.  “A nice year compared to who?  Say it!”  Hopefully, Dyson keeps it up.  “You are the lamest!” Next up literally and literally, Ketel Marte went 3-for-5, 2 runs and hit his 16th homer.  “I dare you to compare Marte to David Dahl!”  Shut up, Inner Monologue!  I hate you!  Next up literally and literally, David Peralta went 1-for-4 and hit his 9th homer, as they started the game Dback-to-back-to-back.  Four home runs is most home runs ever hit in a row. That record is in jeopardy this year in every inning. Then not literally, Ildemaro Vargas went 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and hit two homers (3, 4). I have a hard time suggesting him because names starting with Il confuse my pea brain.  You Il Duce? No? Then goodbye!  Finally and literally, Eduardo Escobar went 4-for-5, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and hit his 16th and 17th homer, hitting .299.  Gabe Kapler said to the opposing pitcher, Jer-khoff, “Don’t blow this,” and Escobar screamed, “Did someone say blow?!”  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jean Segura – 1-for-5, 2 runs and a slam (6) and legs (4). Has started a bit slow, but he’s hitting 3rd between Harper and Hoskins in a stacked lineup and the weather is just warming, i.e., you think you’ve seen a lot of home runs up until this point? Hold onto your hat.  Nice ten-gallon foam hat, by the way.

Scott Kingery – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 5th and 6th homers, hitting .324.  So, what you’re saying is the ball is flying out of Citizens Flank?  Cool, good to know.  Of course, I’d own Kingery as I’ve said about three dozen times in the last two weeks.

Masahiro Tanaka – Will return today from the paternity list.  The maternity ward is everyone player’s 1st hot stove and #hugwatch. You:  *mind blown*

Andrew Benintendi – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .265.  Benintendi’s been a bit bleh so far this year, but his track record is longer than Prefontaine’s and I’d still be buying low if the opportunity presented itself.  *Opportunity opens trench coat*  Hey now!  Opportunity, you dirty dog.

Chris Sale – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.52. And you were worried about Chris Sale in April.  Silly, silly, you.  You were supposed to be worried about him in August and September.  I’m not kidding.  His 2nd halves are not the things of unicorns, rainbows and healthy pitching arms.

Matt Barnes – 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.76.  Okay, the Ks are nice, but. At. What. *shakes fist at heavens* COST!  I think I’m done with Barnes, I can’t handle this shizzshow anymore, and he’s nailed down one save in like a month.  I liked your sister, Priscilla, but I’m not liking you, Matt.

Mike Minor – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.52.  Not only is Minor pitching the best he’s ever pitched as a starter in his career, but he’s arrived at the point where I could see starting him everywhere, even in a start like yesterday’s in Fenway.  Would I have said that prior to the start?  No, the cliche is not foresight is 20/20, it’s hindsight’s 20/20 and Tommy Pham is always projected for 20/17.  The more I see Mike Minor on other teams and German Marquez on my teams though…well…I might need a protective cup to avoid a Haniger-like injury.

Michael Wacha – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.63.  He’s alive!  Dot dot dot.  Maybe.  He was facing the Marlins, which is less murderers’ row and more murmurers’ row. The Streamonator hates his next start, and I don’t disagree, but I will now cyclops him vs. just disregarding like trash.

Sandy Alcantara – 5 IP, 1 ER (3 unearned runs), 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.67.  That ticker shock got me.  For doing that to me, Sandy, you don’t deserve Danny’s love or any more Summer Nights. Meh, I’m just playing hard to get, gimme more gimme more, did she put up a fight?  Whoa!  In the MeToo era, that sounds over the line.  We need to cancel Grease.

Tanner Anderson – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks after being called up by the A’s for a spot start.  Going against him: a 6 K/9 and 4+ BB/9 in the minors.  Going for him:  The Pirates gave up on him.

Charlie Morton – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.10.  Damn, Morton’s speaking from the butter pulpit over here!  Then he was relieved with more butter by Poche.  Though, I do miss Itchy and Scratchy.

Brandon Lowe – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, and 3rd homer in two games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Kevin Kiermaier – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, 2nd homer in four games, hitting near-.300 in the last week.  Am I saying this to try to jinx him into getting hurt?  *blurting out* Yes! Are you happy?

Trea Turner – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  I don’t want to kick a gift Treat Urner in the mouthpiece, but I’d take four steals over another homer.  I have homers, I need steals!

Anibal Sanchez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 3.92.  The one K says everything doesn’t it?  Or rather the absence of more Ks.  It’s the void.  The longing.  The unrequited–Okay, just reading Hallmark cards now.

Odrisamer Despaigne – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks in his first start, and his career ERA is near-5.  So, no, don’t trust Idriselba Despaigne outside of The Wire or Luther.

German Marquez – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.19.  Yay, home starts in Coors.  We decided it was YOLO to start German at home, but now I’m reading Many Lives, Many Masters and reevaluating.

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  I can’t believe I just won Powerball!  This is incredible!  Allow me to rest my winning ticket irresponsibly on this open window sill–NOOOO!!! Torenado!

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Surprised Chazz Blackmonteri took until getting back to Coors to start doing damage.  I’m being sarcastic.  Effin’ of Coors.

Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  HR to the Izzo!

David Bote – 2-for-4 and his 8th homer, and 2nd homer in the last six games and hitting near-.350 in that time.  Do I see a hot *pinkie to mouth* Bote-tato?

Kyle Schwarber – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer.  Start everyone in Coors always.  SEICA!

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.36.  He’s pitching like a throwback to a bygone era when balls weren’t juiced.  Like way back in 2017.

Kole Calhoun – 2-for-4 and his 14th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.  Kole shine bright on the diamond, song and lyrics by Rihanna.

Mike Trout – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Damn, this guy is almost as good as that La Stella fella.

Kevin Gausman – 2 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 6.21.  If there ever was a guy in need of an Ineffective List stint, it’s Gausman.  Luckily, he’s about to get draped over by a big, sweaty beard like he’s in the famous Castro bar, The Manhole.  On a serious note, you really have to wonder why all this time Gausman’s been in the rotation and Sean Newcomb (4 2/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.59) hasn’t.  Are managers just dumb?  Cause sometimes I feel like I lean on that too much as the answer to everything.

Ronald Acuña Jr. – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 15th homer, and his 4th homer in six games.  Tildaddy says you are excused!

Nick Markakis – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .276.  Sparkakis!

Ozzie Albies – 2-for-4 and his 8th and 9th homer, hitting .269.  Sports Contracts dot com reports Albies made $7.76 between homers!

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  As he proclaimed, “I am Freeman, and now you are free too, ball.”  Get a load of the self-righteousness with this guy!

Starling Marte – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homer, hitting .289.  It’s a Marte party!  Congrats to the three of you that get that reference.  You’re watching too much of the Cooking Channel for someone who has mastered undercooked and over-promised.

Joe Musgrove – Ejected after 2/3 of an inning for barely grazing Donaldson’s jersey, through no small part of Donaldson Hulk-smashing common sense and screaming for his teammates to hold him back. Then, the Ump Show went into effect and everyone got tossed.  Complained about this in the past, but it was a short schedule, so prepare your eyeballs to hear me b & m. Can’t hear with your eyeballs? Too bad!  This is such a crock of crap to eject players for little to no reason. Imagine you take a half day from work, round up the little sh*theads you call kids and head to the park.  After $300 for tickets, $30 for parking, $150 for food and $200 for souvenirs, your kid just wants to see his favorite player, Joe Musgrove.  Then, seven pitches into the game, he’s tossed. Sure, Josh Donaldson put Joe Musgrove’s ass in the jackpot, but all jackpotted asses need to be tossed? This is ridiculous. Okay, maybe no one’s favorite player is Musgrove, but people paid to see a bullpen game?  An ump show? This is stupid.  Bring on robot umps!  (Yes, I’m hoping to be spared from the coming robot apocalypse.)

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TJ
TJ
3 years ago

Reyes over Folty?
Thanks!

vee
vee
3 years ago

hey grey – victor robles or avisail ROS? H2H 5×5 thanks!

The Other JC
The Other JC
3 years ago

1. Trvino, May and Morgan on the wire. Holds is a category. Morgan hurt but can not find any word on the severity. All points to a June 14th return???? Or go Trvino in hopes that his recent collapse is temporary. He was good tonight. Or May who I guess is safer but could go even lower in the pecking order if the Twins grab a closer. Can only grab one

2. Gibson at home v KC
Framber at home v Tor
Richards at home v Pitts
Lopez at home v Pitts
Matz at home v StL
Pick your best two please

Thank you!

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

the putting challenge (trivino). without looking at SON i’d use as many of those in #2 as you could.

Peter Vermes
Peter Vermes
3 years ago

Kingery, Brandon Lowe, Eloy, Mazara,

Pick two

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
3 years ago

I’m toto in on Alvarez. “Meet you all the way, Yordana!” I sing every time he hits a homer, until they ask me to leave the airport bar.

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thank you. You look great in the picture on the wall!

William Hung
William Hung
3 years ago

wow so LeClerc is in during the 7th inning with the Rangers up 6… not really where you want someone who is supposed to take over as closer

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
3 years ago

Drop one of these guys in an OBP league…
C.Moran, DeShields, G.Cooper, and JaCoby Jones.

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

He’s always had speed and now he is starting to have some power….
Cyclopsing him at all?

Andre
Andre
3 years ago

What’s up Grey,

For a UTL spot in a 10tm OBP keeper league. Do you like Mancini or Kingery more ROS? Thanks a lot!

Gibletto
Gibletto
3 years ago

Quick question about bench bats, do you normally look for someone with Multi-position eligibility, or simply the best player to serve as your bench bat? I ask because the way my team is set up, I’m leaning towards looking to fill my bench spot with someone who can play anywhere.

Here’s my current lineup

C: Alfaro
1B: Bellinger
2B: Muncy
SS: Segura
IF: Mondesi
3B: Bryant
OF: Trout
OF: Dahl
OF: Domingod
OF: Eloy
UTIL: Victor Robles

Currently, Muncy is the only second basemen on my team which I’m fine with, but there might be instances where having a 2B eligible bench guy will help fill my roster better throughout the season. That being said, which of these 4 players would you choose as a bench bat? 12 team points league H2H

Soler
Marwin
Olson
McNeil
Goodrum

William Hung
William Hung
3 years ago

Do you think Kingery can outplay either Carpenter or Senzel ROS? Looking to see if I should make a swap

Eric The Waiter With Hands For Hands
Eric The Waiter With Hands For Hands
Reply to  William Hung
3 years ago

carpenter the way he is going sure. kingery remember WAS pretty much the last year version of senzel (except he was called up earlier), and he could outplay him too. probably a coin flip on senzel vs kingery.

Eric The Waiter With Hands For Hands
Eric The Waiter With Hands For Hands
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

there was some article written by i tihnk fangraphs in like late december or early january about how the last 2 years carpenter is almost as good as trout vs fastballs vs righties, HOWEVER he’s truly awful going back like 2 or 3 years vs offspeed stuff, and for some reason last year NOT one pitching coach knew this and pitched him almost all fastballs (i’d guess since he’s a leadoff guy known for his BB’s) anyway, which, as we all know, from about middle-late may till end of august carpenter destroyed the world and was a top 3 hitter for that time period. the article was very detailed and it was surprising that 29 pitching coaches didn’t notice this before last december-january. but it appears they may have noticed it in the offseason.

Eric The Waiter With Hands For Hands
Eric The Waiter With Hands For Hands
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

yeah, i would’ve thought so too. even against lefties last year against fastballs he was really good, but against anybody bad at offspeed, which they refused to throw him. even in the article this was described as like a video game cheat code the lack of offspeed stuff that was thrown to him. or like he had telekinesis and forced the pitchers to throw fastballs that he wanted.

Good Bob
Good Bob
3 years ago

With Molina off the IL, drop Vazquez or hold for a week or so to make sure Yadier is good?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
3 years ago

Tyler white is a such a fat tub of goo

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Haha

El Oso Gordo

crimedog
crimedog
3 years ago

Fire in the theater on Corbin yet?

crimedog
crimedog
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

3 terrible starts in a row. Hope he’s alright

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
3 years ago

there has been a lot of 3 to 4 HR innings lately but archer’s 4 HR’s in 5 batters has gotta be the worst right.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves

ok, WAS’s 4 consecutive HR’s 2 days ago was better, but i’m checking as i don’t think those all came off the same pitcher.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves

AND adam freakin eaton hit the 3rd of those 4 in a row, which is far crazier for him to be a part of this.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

no they WERE all off stammen, 4 for 4.

Frentz Happidy
Frentz Happidy
3 years ago

Kahnle or Workman

Drew
Drew
3 years ago

JRam for Ketel and Montas in a 16-team OPS keeper?

Swop
Swop
3 years ago

Choose one in a points league

Calhoun
Soler
Marwin
Grichuk
Kingery
Hamilton
Laureano
McNeil

Swop
Swop
Reply to  Swop
3 years ago

Or Olson

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
3 years ago

i’m guessing the MIA arlins just have a sign now “show up here and we’ll promote you ahead of gallen”

tigersharkz
tigersharkz
3 years ago

Should we Get Yamamoto?…

tigersharkz
tigersharkz
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

It was a joke LOL. Get Yamamoto is a famous WWII “thing”.

So I owe Razzball a serious post…Paxton back to IL -large, giant men should not try to pitch when they still “feel something” in their knee; it never ends well.

Funny how baseball is now full of crappy pitchers with fake injuries, and good pitchers pitching like crap while hiding real injuries.

tigersharkz
tigersharkz
Reply to  tigersharkz
3 years ago

To clarify: the IL thing is my prediction, has not happened yet.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
3 years ago

1. I’ve run Beeks out there a bunch of times this year, but this is the first time I’ve watched him. Kinda weird for me.

2. Watching Wheeler a fair amount this year, my view is it’s his secondary stuff that looks like flat and uninspiring. The fastball is still awesome, but everything is looks meh.

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

about the same

I’ve no little to no confidence in Wheeler’s next start in Atl.

Captain Commander
Captain Commander
3 years ago

Would you recommend owning multiple middle relievers from the same team? For example, I already own Britton, but would you pick up someone like Kahnle as if no other options were available? I’m considering someone like Kahnle since my league awards holds and both players get plenty of them. Thanks as always.

Captain Commander
Captain Commander
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Cool cool, for the record is Britton your favorite of the two?

Dave
Dave
3 years ago

Pick a bench bat

Marwin
Kike
Chris Taylor
Danny Santana
Goodrum
Bote

CloudTown
CloudTown
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

14 tm points league, pretty standard hitting with 2/-2 for steals/caught, pitching Win 5 Loss -5

Been offered JoRam and Musgrove for Pax and M Franco.

Good pitching is valuable with limited weekly pickups (3) but not sure if JoRam might balance with the injury issues that seem to happen with Pax.

Thanks!

CloudTown
CloudTown
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks sir!

Ru
Ru
3 years ago

Rank em

Holland
Romo
Jackson

Ru
Ru
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I own Romo and Jackson. Would you drop one or both of them for the following in a saves+holds h2h points league?

Buttrey
Robles
Baez
Workman
Martin (Tex)
Kelley
Kahnle
Watson
Garrett (Cin)
C-Mart

Wand
Wand
3 years ago

Two gotta go ROS

Strahm
Smith
Pivetta
Eflin
Luchessi
Valdez

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
3 years ago

Awesome write-up Grey!

Please rank for a keeper league:

Josh Bell, Alonso, JD Martinez

Thanks,
LG

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks! Who do you prefer out of Bell and JRam?

P
P
3 years ago

Thanks for the great write up! I’m in a 12 team standard H2H league, hit hard with injuries…

Should I drop one of these amigos:

Michael Chavis
Lordy lordy lordy Gurriel Jr

For any of these guys:

Kyle Schwarber
Matt Olson
The Kingery
Ohtani

Also are people starting to drop Matt Barnes?

Thanks all!!

P

P
P
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks Grey!!

lwomack58
lwomack58
3 years ago

Pham for my T. Bauer. Is Pham enough for Bauer.

Thank you and have a nice day

Russ
Russ
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

12 Team H2H Categories

Could use help in average and SBs.
Looking to add Urias when he gets the call,
who of these would you drop for him, if any?

Dietrich
Sano
Olson

Thanks!

Russ
Russ
Reply to  Russ
3 years ago

Also one quick one. Tucker or Urias assuming both are up.

Shallow League Decisions
Shallow League Decisions
3 years ago

In a shallow 10-team standard roto league that uses QS instead of wins for SP.

C Garver
1B Bell
2B Baez
3B Rendon
SS Story
OF Yelich
OF Rosario
OF Acuna
UTIL Mondesi
UTIL Hoksins
BENCH N. Cruz
BENCH Didi
SP Cole
SP Buehler
SP Marquez
SP Corbin
SP deGrom
SP Clevinger (IL)
3 closers

I need to trade 2 players or drop one in order to make room for Clevinger when he comes of IL.
I will keep one bench bat – Nelson Cruz over Didi. So Didi would be the one to package in a trade or drop.

I have an offer of Morton for both Didi and Marquez.

Marquez K/9 is lower than last year. His projected ERA is near 4. The value of his slider has eluded him this year with a negative value. Baseball Savant metrics are below average except for his velo. Getting hit hard and BAA is high. QS% is only 40% of starts. Not effective at home and is looking like a road start only for the foreseeable future.

I’m in first place overall, but the QS category is tight from top to bottom and ERA is tight among the top 3 or 4 teams. Morton has been a QS machine and his ERA will only regress to the low 3’s which is fine by me. It’s the QS and ratios that I’mi n favor of.

Looking at my roster and circumstances do I take Morton over Marquez?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Shallow League Decisions
3 years ago

Sure.

Re: Clevinger, you don’t have to make a decision based on his status yet.

Shallow League Decisions
Shallow League Decisions
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

True, but I like the idea of improving the rotation with Morton’s QS and ratios over Marquez regardless.

You like the deal on that basis Cram It?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Shallow League Decisions
3 years ago

Yes, hence the “sure”. I prefer Morton.

Shallow League Decisions
Shallow League Decisions
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

Sorry, didn’t see that.

Willing
Willing
3 years ago

Eflin is a must start tomorrow at Home vs Ari right?

Buffalo Soldier
Buffalo Soldier
3 years ago

Abreu and Didi for Benitendi and Castellanos?

Dill
Dill
3 years ago

I’ll be streaming Pablo Lopez who has the Pirates on Saturday (at home). Would you then drop him to stream one of the following in Sunday? Points league H2H

Sandy Alcantara vs Pit
Thornton @Hou
Leake @Oak
Hudson @NYM
Junis @Min
Eickhoff @Atl

Dill
Dill
Reply to  Dill
3 years ago

Or Jurado @Cin

CP
CP
3 years ago

please rank these SP ROS with QS instead of wins: eickhoff, peralta, duplantier, keller (assuming he is back in rotation tomorrow), kelly

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
3 years ago

ROS – Moran or Kingery at 3B? (6×6 – OPS league)?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Dancin Homer
3 years ago

Kingery

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

Just a thought on Moran:
Preface, I went to high school with him, so I’m a little biased.

Moran was once considered an immediate .300 bat in the MLB out of college. He hit like .600+ in HS, which got him into UNC, and he was drafted 4th overall. That’s an ELITE level prospect; people forget that.

His minors career was all over the place. He fouled a ball off his face, which broke it and caused some concussive and jaw problems. He also sustained another injury, I forget the details.

Marlins traded him to the Astros, Astros traded him to the pirates. He never truly had a path to playing time, even in his stint in PIT.

Moran has been hitting well of late, and we COULD be looking at a .300+ 25 HR bat with good discipline going forward. He hits 5th in a much improved lineup.

Just saying, I think we need to take this kid seriously.

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
3 years ago

Ridiculous, I have all these Marquez, Wheeler, Corbin, and Carrasco shares and they all have been negatives. I’m better off streaming and riding hot arms like Pivetta.

Should I sell these guys and upgrade bats? I think I can manage in these 10 and 12 team leagues.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Travis Hafner
3 years ago

Slight overstatement on Marquez and Corbin. But if you can upgrade and manage, you answered your own question.

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

All 3 have been good. Recency bias tells me they suck. I get that.

But with these high level pitchers, it feels like good starts get totally wiped out by a few bad ones. At least hitters value generally accrues.

Just frustration, but man, I find myself picking up guys like Heaney, Yonny, Pivetta, LLynn lately and having so much more success.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Travis Hafner
3 years ago

It’s easy to say that about your streamers/short term plays when you hit on all them at the same time. It doesn’t always work out like that. I mean, Pivetta’s #s on the year are terrible. So you’re just catching him on a run.

RobW
RobW
3 years ago

A. Side A, Moncada + Eloy. Side B Chris Sale.

B. Side A. Max Fried, Side B. Nelson Cruz

Without considering the positions and different stats, who gets the best value in those deals? Trade A is in a keeper league

toolshed
toolshed
3 years ago

Do you expect Pollock to resume a starting role once he returns and be productive? He has already had his annual dl stint.

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  toolshed
3 years ago

And by productive I mean starter worthy in a 5 OF 10 team league

Stumanji!
Stumanji!
3 years ago

Strahm just dropped. Pick him up and drop one of Framber, EdRod, Miley, J. Nelson, or K. GIbson?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
3 years ago

Grey,

Thanks for all your help. I am looking for holds. Which one should I pick up:

Chris Martin – TEX (10 holds)
Hector Rondon – HOU (9 holds)
Brandon Kintzler – CHC (8 holds)

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
3 years ago

Also have you heard if Hunter Dozier is coming off the IL today.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
3 years ago

The internet, nor the fantasy updates attached to your player don’t know….only Grey knows.

Neighborhood Narcissist
Neighborhood Narcissist
3 years ago

Mr. Albright,

My league has Quality Starts over Wins –

I currently own (and getting impatient with):

Spencer Turnbull
Martin Perez

Wondering if you think these available guys have better upside for ROS? And, who would you swap?

Eric Lauer
Pablo Lopez
Anibal Sanchez
Adrian Sampson
Freddy Peralta
Michael Wacha
Sandy Alcantara
Mike Leake
Tommy Milone
Dylan Cease (rumored to be called up within this week or next)

Neighborhood Narcissist
Neighborhood Narcissist
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Alright, will take a stab at that!

Thank you for all you do…fantastic writing, comedy, and kick ass advice! You’re always my go-to!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

It didn’t work. Sorry!

Shallow League Decisions
Shallow League Decisions
3 years ago

The problem with shallow leagues and stacked teams is deciding who to play and not play.

Josh Bell is slumping in the HR department. Bell faces Folty in ATL tonight.

Hoskins may be waking from a slump after going long last night and faces Duplainter at Citizens, but he hasn’t given up many long balls.

Nelson Cruz is on fire and at home against Leake.

Which 2 do I start tonight?

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

Thanks…I couldn’t get out of my own head.

Herschel
Herschel
3 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto redraft. Conforto for Wheeler? Can Wheeler get right?

Db
Db
3 years ago

Do you like Yarborough vs angels?

Db
Db
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Would you drop fried vs Phillies and get the ball rolling with streamers. Had Marquez last night. Paddack, Freddy peralta, and Trent t tonight. I’m facing a guy with sherzer and verlander so my 3 homers given up already high era and whip limits me in chasing wins/k’s/k per 9/quality starts.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
3 years ago

Mallex or Dee Gordon?

William Hung
William Hung
3 years ago

@Grey: Need more good vibes after last night’s pitching mini-disaster with Marquez and Holland giving up a bunch of runs

I guess it’s better to have a slump now than later in the year when we get close to playoff time

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Eduardo Escobar’s game hurts extra for me – i was so close to dropping Shaw for him back in early May, and my team has been slumping in HRs and RBIs lately

Someone pissed in my Alphabet soup
Someone pissed in my Alphabet soup
3 years ago

Is Altuve a sell?

I have LaStella, Kingery, DeJong at MI, 10 team OPS and holds so most good RP are gone. Currently great in hitting, last in ERA, Whip, wins, middle of road Saves, holds, Ks
just traded for Pax and Paddack

C Alfaro
1b Bellinger
2b LaStella
3b Arenado
ss DeJong
Mi Kingery
CI Kendrick
OF Conforto
OF Dyson
OF Pence
OF Blackmon
OF Domingo

IL Altuve, Dozier

SP Snell, Paxton, Paddack, Corbin, Kendricks, Minor

IL Glasnow

CL
Diaz, Treinen, Robles, Elias
RP Britton, Gant, Harper (Minn), Brennan, C mart

what would you do here?

Someone pissed in my Alphabet soup
Someone pissed in my Alphabet soup
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Supposed to be close to returning, “leg fatigue” last i heard

Someone pissed in my Alphabet soup
Someone pissed in my Alphabet soup
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Diminutive Altuve standing tall! :D

winteriscoming
winteriscoming
3 years ago

Hey grey! There’s a few decent options for outfield available right now – I currently have avisail, Bruce and mazara as my bottom 3 outfielders would you drop any of those three for : Eaton piscotty laureano franmil or k seager? Thanks grey!!

The Art of Bat Flipping
The Art of Bat Flipping
3 years ago

If you had to re-rank these SP right now for ROS run, in what order would you take them?

Bauer
Marquez
Wheeler
Stras

Russowl
Russowl
3 years ago

Helping My son out with a 8 team re draft league he was offered Tim Anderson and Pete Alonso for Mike Moustakas?

Tim Anderson Project
Tim Anderson Project
Reply to  Russowl
3 years ago

Take that and runnnnnnn!

Robert
Robert
3 years ago

Odorizzi enough to to offer for Senzel?

Huh
Huh
3 years ago

When Caleb Smith comes back, which two pitchers would you consider dropping for him?

Heaney
Valdez
Pivetta
Luchessi

Lindorphins
Lindorphins
3 years ago

Drop anybody to prospectively add and hold Gallen? 12 team H2H keeper league. Thanks!

C Willians Astudillo
1B Daniel Vogelbach
2B Max Muncy
3B Javier Baez
SS Francisco Lindor
LF Kris Bryant
CF Mike Trout
RF David Dahl
UTIL Adalberto Mondesi
UTIL Scott Kingery
Bench Eloy Jimenez
Bench Shohei Ohtani
IL Hunter Dozier

P Rich Hill
SP German Marquez
SP Hyun-Jin Ryu
SP Andrew Heaney
RP Jose Alvarado
RP Craig Kimbrel
Bench Joey Lucchesi
Bench Shohei Ohtani
Bench Framber Valdez

sal
sal
3 years ago

Is there someone i should get rid of in my lineup through a trade.. im in last place in home runs and rbis.. i have phegley ..josh bell.. recently acquired mondesi machado bogaerts k davis dahl f reyes bryant tatis .. its 2 utility and brantley on the bench.. i look at the line up and think im solid and dont get with those players how im last in hr and rbis

ellis
ellis
3 years ago

Who are the top two MIs, thank you!

Rodgers Schoop Howie Odor Asdrubel Galvis Fletcher RosarioMets Dozier Goodrum Shaw Tucker Bote Lourdes

Rbid for her pleasure
Rbid for her pleasure
3 years ago

Dynasty roto league which side do you like better josh bell and Dansby Swanson or Francisco lindor

Kam
Kam
3 years ago

Heres the pitching staff for my roto league

Starters

Flaherty
Marquez
Fried
Paddack
Luchessi
Valdez
Pivetta

IL: Glasnow

Relievers

Rogers
Romo
Giles
Jackson

Would you add any of the following relievers over any of the above? They would be helping me with Ratios, Ks, and Wins more than anything else

Britton
Workman
Pressley
Gant
Beeks

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
3 years ago

Which start do you like better?

Happ @CHW ($14)
Stroman @BAL ($11)

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
3 years ago

Interesting how H2H works. I feel like there’s only 1-2 degrees of separation between you and your opponent’s roster and what’s happening on the field. I have Musgrove vs. his Gausman. He has Josh Donaldson. He has Toussaint and I have Newcomb, and each can both go in for long relief. I’m actually shocked Snitker didn’t go with Toussaint. Seems like he’s gone in these situations more than not. Newcomb for the W!!!

Here’s what sucks about the situation. Musgrove had a great match up coming over the weekend against MIA. Now he has to face ATL on Thursday and all the drama that goes with it.

Schoolboy P
Schoolboy P
3 years ago

Any insight into the Red Sox closer shituation?

They are all on my leagues waiver wire now and I’ll love to get it right.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Schoolboy P
3 years ago

Cora has stated several times that he prefers to committee based on matchups. Barnes is the one most often though.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I’d suspect Workman gets more looks in the 9th – he’s been the one shitting the bed less

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
3 years ago

Looks up Pricilla Barnes… yikes!

ellis
ellis
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I always think of her in Mallrats as the Scaramanga-influenced fortune teller

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  ellis
3 years ago

Haha

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
3 years ago

So, last night leading 3-1 with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th and a runner on first and Mike Trout, who is A) Mike Trout and B) on a super heater, at the plate Dave Roberts says I am going to bring in a ground ball pitcher (Floro) to pitch to the low ball hitter. Pujols is on deck.

I am sitting there mumbling “Walk Trout” as if it’s almost a meditative mantra. Trout hits a game tying homer blowing Ryu’s win. Ugh.

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

I totally agree. Also, Joe Kelly has got to go!! He destroyed us in the WS, and continues to do so as a Dodger.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Fred Garvin MP
3 years ago

Yeah, LOL. I was okay with that. But yes, that was a very Ausmus-like managerial decision.

Bill
Bill
3 years ago

Choose one for holds

Britton
Ottavino
Baez
Claudio

Bill
Bill
Reply to  Bill
3 years ago

Or Workman

Coolwhip
Reply to  Bill
3 years ago

Ottavino, Workman, take your pick. both have been very solid.

wwekoda2020
wwekoda2020
3 years ago

Trade yandy and plesac for canning in OBP league or hold?

Cohen
Cohen
3 years ago

Grey, another pitching question
Getting frustrated with this staff
Who would be first to go?
Corbin
Marquez
Giolito
Paddock
Bieber
Flaherty

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Cohen
3 years ago

I would not drop any of those guys.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Cohen
3 years ago

What would you be dropping for? Context like that matters. Like Cram said, theres no reason to be dropping these guys unless your in like an 8 team league.

Cohen
Cohen
Reply to  knucks
3 years ago

Thank u both, just frustrated with a few of them, was thinking of streaming out one spot with guys like Framber, Pivetta

Gary
Gary
3 years ago

Means Vs Toronto at home as streamer. Crazy? Thanks

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

I sat Wheeler in both leagues today so y’all who started him should be good. You’re welcome in advance.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  OaktownSteve
3 years ago

Wheeler wasn’t scheduled for two starts on Sunday was he?

Cohen
Cohen
3 years ago

Grey, 12 team
Which streamer would u start tonight or neither?
Junis home vs Det or
Turnbull at KC

Brill
Brill
3 years ago

Lose three (ROS)

Heaney
Pivetta
Plesac
Smith
Severino
Strahm
Valdez
Luchessi

Coolwhip
3 years ago

Last 2 weeks: 14/6/14/1/.349/.525/.860, thats avg a run and rbi per day, lol.
This Michael Nelson Trout guy is pretty good. Seems he’s finally figuring out this MLB thing.

CMUTIMMAH
CMUTIMMAH
3 years ago

Is the lede an ode to Operaman (Adam Sandler SNL character?)

Because when I read it, I sang it in the Operaman voice in my head…

CMUTIMMAH
CMUTIMMAH