They say New Jersey can only be appreciated by people from New Jersey, which seems stupid. Where else can you get your ass beat over a sub while meeting the love of your life in a Wawa parking lot? Where else can you say you’re from New York when you’re from New Jersey? Where else can you win loose Newports in a boardwalk claw machine? Is there anywhere else you can simply lower the window to hide the smell of a fart? I think not!  Similarly, maybe you have to own Eugenio Suarez (3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 43rd and 44th homer, hitting .269), to appreciate him, but I just dug in on him, and there’s some concerning stats for 2020. His HR/FB% is goofy high, even though he’s hitting the ball less hard and more in the air. That’s a recipe for a plummeting batting average, and the skyrocketing Ks won’t help. His exit velocity is that of Amed Rosario; his average feet per homer is Piscottish (totally a word) and not Soleresque. The ball dripping of juice could fix all of this, but Suarez looks a lot more like a 32-homer, .255 hitter vs. this new incarnation.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Anthony DeSclafani – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.06. The Streamonator loved this start, and I nearly streamed him, but, at the last minute, I dropped him, not confident enough to start him, while also hoping to drop him late enough so no one else could stream him. I’m a streamblock!

Alex Young – 8 IP, 2 hit, 1 walk, 12 Ks, ERA at 3.38. Alex Young woke up on Saturday morning, kissed his Labradoodle morning, made himself and his son French toast, taught the tyke how to ride a bicycle, then said, “I want Grey to write a sleeper post about me in 2020, so I’m going to throw goose eggs like Veruca Salt.” Or, I might’ve just mashed up Willy Wonka and Kramer vs. Kramer in my head. Young’s peripherals don’t jump off the page (7.8 K/9, 2.6 BB/9, 4.17 FIP), but not unusable either. Just not this good.

Michael Pineda – Banned for 60 games for PEDs. *MLB spinning around with a wooden stick, hits into Pineda, diuretics fall out* Kidding aside, most guys get 80 games, so whatever Pineda was taking, it was better than most PEDs and still twice as worse as domestic abuse, according to MLB.

Kyle Gibson – Will return from colitis on Wednesday to face the Nats, i.e., he’ll return from the runs to a different kind of runs.

Jake Odorizzi – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.60 vs. Aaron Civale – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.93. Am I imagining shizz or is pitching better in September? Just about all playoff spots are set — yay, parity! — and hitters seem checked out, right? Or am I having a fever dream?

Mitch Garver – 1-for-4 and his 29th homer. That’s in 82 games. Mr. Prorater, “Holy crap, Garver is on a near-60-homer pace.”

Francisco Lindor – 2-for-5 and a slam (29) and legs (21), hitting .298. Lindor has 29 homers in 524 ABs; Mitch Garver has 29 homers in 277 ABs. I will now cackle for 45 minutes alongside a deserted road.

Javier Baez – Diagnosed with a hairline fracture of his thumb and sounds done for the year. Damn, this sucks. *begins to sob quietly at first, then heaving sobs* Take my thumb, Javy, I don’t use it…Much! What, the occasion hitchhike when I want to tempt fate with a random encounter with a trucker. That’s all! Nothing significant like you!

Yu Darvish – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.12. If all forearms were sore like Darvish’s, Dr. James Andrews wouldn’t have a smaller hot tub inside his hot tub.

Jon Lester – 5 1/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 4.51. Yesterday, there should’ve been a restraining order from Maddon going mo’ Lester.

Addison Russell – Left yesterday’s game after being hit on the head. Karma usually disguises itself a little better.

Tyler Glasnow – 2 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 2.15, as he was activated from the IL. Guess I was wrong to tell you to drop him four months ago. Turns out he can give you another random 10 IP across three games in September.

Austin Meadows – 2-for-4, 3 runs, and his 28th homer, hitting .288, and his 5th homer in the last eleven games. If you would’ve told me in March that Meadows would get 30 homers, I would’ve been tooting my own horn so much I never would’ve left my house.

Avisail Garcia – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .276. Nearly streamed Avisail for the batty call yesterday but I went for Asdrubal Cabrera (4-for-5, 3 RBIs) instead, so I still won. Winning on a hitter pickup this year feels like winning an extra scratch-off ticket at 7-11. Four out of five chances here.

J.A. Happ – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.10. He has a 0.00 ERA in September. Serious question: if Happ has a huge playoff run tagged onto a great September, are you interested next year? Yeah, me neither. Eff this bum!

Gio Urshela – 0-for-1, pinch-hitting, as he returned from the IL. The Yankees’ lineup is packed like a freshman’s luggage with doorknobs and socks — hey, they heard they’d need them — so I’m doubtful Gio will play every day.

Mike Tauchman – 2-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, but left the game with a tight calf. Tauchman is tight, man, kapeesh?

Gleyber Torres – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 35th homer. Wonder if he’ll get to 40 homers *checks schedule for Yankees vs. Orioles* Hmm, he might not.

Renato Nunez – 1-for-4 and his 29th homer, hitting .251. Serious question: in 2020, Renato’s a 200 overall pick? 175? 225? I think I’m buying wherever it is (assuming one of those three is close to accurate, which I think they will be). To compare him to a guy I was bagging on earlier, Renato at 200 overall or Eugenio at 30?

Ronald Guzman – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 9th homer. In the preseason, I said Guzman was my pick to hit 30+ homers after pick 500. Turns out I could’ve said literally any other player.

Rougned Odor – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 24th homer, hitting .204, and his 2nd homer in as many games. I wish Odor well (I don’t), but I can’t imagine ever owning him again coming out of a draft.

Nick Solak – 3-for-4, 1 run, 4 RBIs, hitting .328, and has been one of the hottest bats since his call-up. I recently grabbed him in a 15-team mixed league, and am opening myself up to him in a 12-team mixed league. So much growth from the Fantasy Master Lothario!

Mike Minor – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.08. Due to his price in the preseason, Minor seems like one of those guys who’s going to be on a lot of winning fantasy teams. That’s major, Minor.

Caleb Smith – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.11. I’ll admit to already writing Smith off for this year like you write off on your taxes change thrown into wishing wells. Now, if you wished for this Smith start, then way to take the metaphor to its conclusion. Streamonator loves his next start, and I would too if I wasn’t worried about innings catching up to him.

Starlin Castro – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .271, and five homers in the last ten games. You in March, “Was just checking Daniel Murphy’s September schedule and I’m moving him up a few rounds on my H2H draft boards.” You in September, “How can I get more Starlin Castros on my teams?”

Sandy Alcantara – 9 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.04. This was his 2nd complete game shutout of the season. You can cherrypick some pretty sweet stats from Alcantara, if you choose.  He has a 2.87 ERA in 119 IP, if you remove the month of April and July. Why am I removing those months? That’s how cherrypicking works! In April and July, he faced nine playoff-contending teams out of ten starts, so, even in hindsight, there was at least a halfway decent reason you shouldn’t have started him.

Robinson Cano – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer. Since he’s returned, Cano’s hitting .500 with two homers. Is he the sexiest pickup? No, that would be Ryan Klesko because of his sideburns, and will always be Ryan Klesko. How’sever, Cano is hot.

Wilson Ramos – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer. His MLB-long hitting streak died like Joe D. died clutching his coffee maker, his Monroe autographed pick and his hitting streak.

Scott Kingery – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (18) and legs (12), and about the 5th mention of him in my last six roundups. Yo, back of the room, Kingery’s hot as Fat Boy Fall, the season after Hot Girl Summer.

Jack Flaherty – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.99. If you’d like to orgasm, look at Flaherty’s 2nd half numbers. By the way, did you know Hittertron‘s orgasm sounds like dial-up internet connecting?

Julio Teheran – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.31. The motto of Burning Man is, “The best time to go is ten years ago.” The motto for Teheran, “The burning city of fantasy baseball, ignore the peripherals.” Admittedly, a bit clunky.

Mike Soroka – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA 2.67, and three homers allowed. Don’t you dare regress now, Soroka.

Matt Joyce – 2-for-3 and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. He has to contend with our June/July boo, Austin Riley, for playing time, but Joyce could be a short-term schmotato.

Adam Eaton – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .287. Also, homering was Sexy Dr. Pepper (1-for-4) hitting his 33rd and Yan Gomes (2-for-5) hitting his 8th and 9th homers. The Nats took deep Soroka and Sobotka, which sounds like someone drunk blurting out names at a bar trivia night focused on The Wire.

Danny Mendick – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st homer. Just reading his name is a microaggression. Please change it. Mend*ck went 17/19/.279 in Triple-A and has played the last three games, so there might be a hole for Mend*ck to play, and something here for AL-Only leagues.

Eric Lauer – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.41. If you scroll to the bottom of the Weekly Pitcher Planner, Lauer was a top 10 stream for the week.

Ramon Laureano – Returned from the IL and limped out of Saturday’s game with leg cramps. A’s are saying his cramps on Saturday were unrelated to his shin issue that had IL’d him, but they also said Laureano wouldn’t play every day as they rest him for the playoffs. Sounds like he’s going to be more limited than a McRib.

Sean Manaea – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 0.75. Can I draft Manaea for 2020 right now?

Jesus Luzardo – Being called up. Or in Jesus’s case, he rises. Already gave you my Jesus Luzardo fantasy. With so little time left, is Luzardo better than Eric Lauer, to grab one random starter from this post? Meh, I don’t know. I’m not even sure if Luzardo is a starter or a middle reliever for this year. None of this means I don’t love him long-term, but I didn’t grab him in redraft leagues.

Julio Urias – 2 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.48. Dodgers are having as much luck stretching him out as a yoga teacher would have stretching you out.

Corey Seager – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer. Seager imitating James Cagney, “Top of the world, ma!” His mother, “You’re not even above Kyle.”

Johnny Cueto – Will return on Tuesday. His rehab numbers (21/1 K/BB, 3.38 ERA in 21 1/3 IP) have me looking at Cueto hard like I’m Jason LaRue, but, outside of NL-Only leagues, I’m…having…a…hard…time…finishing…this…sentence…and…picking…up…Cueto.

Framber ValdezAstros are going to a 4-man rotation the rest of the way, but they’re going with a bullpen game on Wednesday. So, Framber’s in the bullpen and there’s a bullpen game on Wednesday…Hey, I don’t want to be Mr. Logic & Reasoning, but why not just start Framber on Wednesday?

Gerrit Cole – 8 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, zero walks, 15 Ks, ERA at 2.73. 14 Ks or more in three straight starts in history: Cole and Pedro Martinez in 1999. “Shame he’s forgotten everything I taught him about pitching to contact,” commented Ray Searage. Gerrit Cole’s making a strong case to be the #1 starter off the board next year. Honestly, I’m not sure anyone else is even in the conversation.

Yordan Alvarez – 4-for-6, 1 run, 6 RBIs as the Astros scored 21 runs, which is more than my beloved Dolphins. To read about non-Dolphins news and actual fantasy football relevant material, click that linkamawhosie.

Mitch Haniger – Unlikely to return this season from a ruptured testicle. With adjusting one’s crotch a major part of baseball, it’s understandable. Haniger said, “I just hope to watch the ball drop in Times Square without a PTSD service animal by my side.”

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William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

Castellanos is such a stud – trapper keeper status is close

Alex
Alex
2 years ago

Limited moves here in week 2 of playoffs.

1. Add Voit over Benintendi, Hoskins, or Sano?

2. Add any of the following?

Pablo Lopez vs. MIL
Cease @ SEA
Kikuchi vs. CHW
Musgrove @ SF (then would keep for start week vs. SEA)

3. Instead of SPs, I could do ratio guys because my opponent has some crappy pitching scheduled this week

Josh James
Tyler Duffey
Chad Green
Will Harris

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
2 years ago

Oh great Grey,

in a H2H pts league, should I trust Anibal’s 2 starts (@MIN; ATL) over Sonny Gray’s one start (@SEA)?

Thanks

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
2 years ago

Grey!

Need some help in the semis (my pitching is good thanks to lots of trades approved by you!). Need top 5:

Cole @KC
Scherzer ATL
Buehler @BAL, maybe @NYM
Flaherty MIL
Gallen @NYM, CIN
Quintana @SD, PIT
R. Hill @BAL

My opponent is throwing out a lot of 2-start pitchers. Gallen has been awesome and I may trust him more than Quintana but Quintana has nice matchups.

Thanks,
LG

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thank you!

JP
JP
2 years ago

Which 2 going ROS?

W. Calhoun, Andrew Benitendi or Franmil?

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

Rolling out both Paxton and Hendricks to kick of the semifinals. YOLO on Paxton and his -1.1 value while Hendricks with the strong +12.9

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Ok I’m benching him

Hopefully it doesn’t turn into the LA start

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

FML – Paxton coming through big time

Now watch Hendricks blow chunks @ SD

Tones
Tones
2 years ago

Starlin Castro (MIL 4 games, @SF ), Tommy Edman (@COL, MIL), Kolten Wong (@COL, MIL), or Willie Calhoun (TB, OAK)? Pick two.

Tones
Tones
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks! I actually need 3, Would you play Castro over Calhoun?

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
2 years ago

10 team OBP H2H…11 moves left for next 2 weeks

Current line up:

C W Smith
1B Votto
2B Danny Santana
SS Lindor
3B Chapman
CI Olson
MI Polanco
OF JD Martinez
OF K Davis
OF Puig
UTL Encarnacion
UTL Laureano
BN Lux
BN Franmil

Hold or drop anyone for available bats:

Newman, Santander, Canha, J Upton, Eloy, Eaton, Kingery, Senzel, Rojas, Castro, Solak, Edman

183414
183414
2 years ago

I just noticed that I have Civale on the bench. He gets the Twins at home whereas Corbin gets them at Minn. You’d stay w/ Corbin ?

183414
183414
Reply to  183414
2 years ago

Actually, Corbin’s home v. Atl.

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
2 years ago

Looking for a batty call today and need to drop a SP;

Is Lucchesi worth holding in a 12-team league since he’s up next @ COL or should I drop him?

thanks again

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Appreciate it;

For tonight only; who you like best (all fairly close on Hittertron):
Grisham @ MIA
Thames @ MIA
Cain @ MIA
A. Diaz vs. OAK

Thanks again

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Haha; noted.

Regardless, thanks again

Bton
Bton
2 years ago

Pick two for this week: Robbie Ray @NYM, Chris Paddack VS CHC, Sean Manaea @TEX, Jose Berrios VS WSH/@CLE, Reynaldo Lopez VS KC.

Brenton
Brenton
2 years ago

Pick two for this week: Robbie Ray @NYM, Chris Paddack VS CHC, Sean Manaea @TEX, Jose Berrios VS WSH/@CLE, Reynaldo Lopez VS KC.

Brenton
Brenton
2 years ago

Pick two for this week: Anthony Santander (LAD, @DET), Willie Calhoun (TB, OAK), Yasiel Puig (@LAA, MINN), Tommy Edman (@COL, MIL).

here comes the pizza
here comes the pizza
2 years ago

We trusting Pablo Lopez this week v. MIL? SoN has it at 12.9. Trying to grab at least one streamer now as my opponent was quick to grab some of the better options.

here comes the pizza
here comes the pizza
Reply to  here comes the pizza
2 years ago

And caleb smith v. MIL the following day? Surprised to see SoN so high on both of them.

here comes the pizza
here comes the pizza
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Makes sense. Thanks as always!

Gary C
2 years ago

10 Team H2H points
Final week of playoffs, have a lead so do not need to take risks, just want solid performance

1) 3B
Castro vs Milw (4), @SF (3) Can hot streak continue?
Kingery vs Atl (4), vs Bos (2) (faces 3 LHP)

2) Util and OF (please rank top 3)

Kingery if not used at 3B above vs Atl (4), vs Bos (2) (faces 3 LHP)
Eloy vs KC (3), @Sea (3)
Daniel Murphy vs Stl (3), vs SD (3) All at home!
Corey Dickerson vs Atl (4), vs Bos (2) (faces 3 LHP)
Senzel @Sea (3), @ Ariz (3)

3) Using Bauer and Wheeler (both 2 starts this week), please pray for me

Thanks

Gary C
Reply to  Gary C
2 years ago

Add to #1 for 3B…Wil Myers is also available vs ChiC (4), @Colo (3)

So choose between Castro, Kingery or Myers

Also want to thank you for all the advice this season!!!

Gary C
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Just saw that Kingery not starting tonight, that gives him only 5 games this week…

toolshed
toolshed
2 years ago

Bob melvin said that luzardo is going to work in relief. He feels his starters are doing well now and they have a 6 man rotation. I’ve stashed this guy all year for this. Some of those guys in the rotation are pitching way above what they should be doing (Roark and bassit).Fip is 1 -1.50 above their era. Brett Andersen isn’t doing that great btw and he is sticking in the rotation. He has a 4.5 era and stuck out 14 guys over his last 28 innings.

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  toolshed
2 years ago

Fiers fip is 1.75 above is era

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Based on my pitching, luzardo’s upside was worth the stash. I hope at least one of those journeymen gets shelled soon. Luzardo is stretched out and ready to go.

jaybo903
jaybo903
2 years ago

H2H Standard 5×5 League.

In a tight battle with ERA but winning (2.8 – 3.4), losing whip (1.24 – 0.95), up 5 in K’s, and losing by 1 in W’s; bottom line tight. Offense not playing well, so eventually need to stream some guys this week to win K’s and W’s and hopefully maintain lead in ERA in the process. He has two more pitchers left than I do. This is obviously a tall order and can wait till later in the week to stream a bunch of guys at once (Max 9 left), but any you see in the next few days to go after? Just don’t wanna give up my ERA lead prematurely and hand it to him.

Available in my league according to streamonator:

Today (stretches probably a no-go)

Quantrill (CHC) (looks like he could end my season)
Sandoval (CLE) (same here)

Tomorrow

Ivan Nova (v. KC)
Mitch Keller (@SF)
Jose Suarez (CLE)
Chase Anderson (@MIA)
Elieser Hernandez (MIL)

Assuming, these are slim to none, will go with Reynaldo and Framber on Wednesday (over Pablo).

Thanks and sorry for the longer message.

DLev45
DLev45
2 years ago

5×5 H2H playoffs – W/SV/K/ERA/WHIP

I assume Ed-Rod has to be a sit today v. NYY?

DLev45
DLev45
Reply to  DLev45
2 years ago

Also, would you go with Polanco or Didi as the fill-in at SS for Baez over the next week?

183414
183414
2 years ago

Grey,
I’m actually in a fight for the NFBC OLC.
3 weeks is a long time. My ratios and k’s are pretty awesome. Though wins have moved up considerably, I’m hovering around 1900 pts. Corbin, who has been consistent, if not great,
visits Minn., not a favorable start. My option is Mitch Keller, who apparently is lined up for
a tough 2 step, @Wrigley and @S.F. (hello Cueto). Tough call, and thought I was leaning to Keller, but having 2nd thought.
Would like your take. Thanks

183414
183414
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks.

Sam
Sam
2 years ago

this week for a bench bat: garver, Myers, or laureano?
I have will Smith as my primary catcher (1 catcher league). Head to head

zombie
zombie
2 years ago

Kyle Tucker (4vs.Oak, [email protected]) & JD Davis (4vs.ARI, 3vs.LAD – then @ COL!) playing time has me quite vexed. Both BIG contributes when allowed to swing the bat; and have helped me to the Finals (2 weeks) of a 12 team H2H league (due in no small part to your guidance). Limited move league and have about 5 more moves than my competition. Thinking of swapping either or both for a dropped Khris Davis ([email protected], [email protected]) and/or I was surprised to see Matt Carp turning things around lately (with [email protected], 3vs.MIL). & if a chosen gamble does not pay off, would likely replace either with Muncy off of the IL this weekend. Do any combo of those swaps seem worthwhile? Thanks again and again.

Quit Yo Pitchin
Quit Yo Pitchin
2 years ago

Grey,

10 Team 5×5 Category

Need to replace Moose for this week (Championship week). Options on wire are:

K. Wong, R. Cano, N. Solak, H. Alberto and A Frazier?

Thanks in advance.

Drew
Drew
2 years ago

Is Hoerner a must add in a 16-team OPS keeper?

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
2 years ago

Is Lourdes Gurriel coming back this week? It’s unfortunate the Jays don’t play until Tuesday because his would-be replacements in my fantasy roster will lock on Monday…

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Would you be confident enough starting him over Abraham Toro…. It’s the world series week.

ty
ty
2 years ago

Good early afternoon good sir. Can you let me know if you would make any changes. This is a 5×5 roto league. Just need to maintain to stay in 1st

C. Realmuto ATL BOS

1B Freeman @PH [email protected]

2B McMahaon STL SD

SS Edman @COL MIL

OF Alvarez OAK @KC

OF Jimenez KC @SEA

OF Reynolds @SF @CHC

DH Pham @TEX @LAA

Bench Polanco, Cruz WAS @CLE, Calhoun TB OAK
Cruz is banged up a little

P Cole @KC
K Hendricks @SD PIT
Wheeler ARI LAD
Rogers WAS @CLE
L. Hendricks @[email protected]

Bench Civale MIN, Minor OAK, Soroka @WAS

Ty Inez
Ty Inez
Reply to  ty
2 years ago

Crap, I also have K.Seager CIN CHW, JDD ARI,LAD on my bench

Ty
Ty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks man. Yeah, any 5 pitchers. Doesn’t have to be a starter. We have innings requirements tho. The only guy on my bench that has 7 days is JDD but like you said he’s on a strong side of a platoon facing 3 righties and 4 lefty’s

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

Please rank – Pollock; Tucker; Eaton

ebola24
ebola24
2 years ago

Are you streaming Keller @ SF (Cueto) tomorrow?

Smitty
2 years ago

Trying to dope out a couple of roster moves since Hiura’s injury and Hoskins’ tank job.
#1 – Need a 2B: Odor, I. Diaz, Dubon, Berti or France?
#2 – Need an OF: R. Tapia, K. Tucker, Rojas, Mercado or Bader?
Tapia 6 @ home, Rojas in 2 hole, Tuck faces 3 LHP, Berti part-timer?
Looking for solid production, no specific needs except your ‘pert opinion
Thanks brotha

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks brother-man – love our league, started in 1984

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

League winner gets to hang “the Plaque” on his wall (with fresh engraving) for a year. OG’s Rule!

lwomack58
lwomack58
2 years ago

Looks like Kepler might be out for the next few days. Might need to pickup a bat-choices
Fowler @ Colo & Mil
Dickerson vs Atl & Bos
Pillar vs Pit & Mia
A. Garcia @ Tex & @ LAA

Thank you

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
2 years ago

Streamonator has an absolute rager for Renaldo Lopez vs. KC (Sparkman).

Am I rightly a bit skeptical?

Fogimon
Fogimon
2 years ago

Now to look at pitching. I have been dominating all pitching categories all season. Recently, I was passed by 1 team in Saves due to him starting 4 closers (schmuck). I need that point back, I’m down by 4 saves to him and he starts 3 closers now.

I’m being chased by 2 teams in Wins, they are 4 wins back each, and 1 team in K’s, he is 42 ks back and has 10 starts for the week.

This is standard roto 5×5, start 9 pitchers. The 4 below I’m starting nomatter what;
Paddack (vChC)
Castillo (@Az)
Bieber (@LAA, vMin)
Max (vAtl)

Now, the only other starters on my roster are Pineda (suspended), the 2 Germans Marquez (hurt), and Domingo (bullpen), and Cueto (vPit, vMia).
My closers are;
Yates ([email protected], 4vChC)
Giles (3vBos, 3vNyY)
Leclerc (3vTB, 3vOak)
Kennedy ([email protected], 3vHou)
Jimenez (3vNyY, 3vBal)
Magill (3vChW, 3vCin)

Would you go with 5 closers for the week (which 5), or plug in a risky Cueto with 4 closers?

Lightblack
Lightblack
2 years ago

2nd rd. Playoffs.

I benched Bauer 2 weeks ago. Do I roll the dice with him? Start him over Luchessi?

Giolito
Ray
Matz
Luchessi

T.Rogers
N.Anderson
W.Harris

Mikolas
Kimbrel
Igelsias.

Amazing I made it this far considering my “Ace” Bauer is now a dumpster fire and my Ace Rp Diaz was jettisoned weeks ago. Gallo,Verdugo,Hirua,Dahl all nowhere to be found… And the biggest bum of them all…..Stanton…has been of service to me for all but what?? 9 games this year. Fuck…even didn’t have Mondesi and Turner for a big stretch.

If I win this year it will be by a stroke of luck.

Fogimon
Fogimon
2 years ago

Only 3 weeks left to make my miraculous comeback and shock the world!! Ok, maybe just shock 9 other owners who happen to also be a group of very close lifetime friends. I want nothing more than to bury them in the sand.

Here’s the deal, its a 5×5 roto. The leader is up on me by 7 pts, he has dominated all season, this is the closest I’ve been all year. A collapse of his pitching and nudging a few spots up for me is all I need.

I’m currently tied with someone for SB’s (his best thieves are Wong & Bryce). Chasing 2 teams in HR’s, and obviously need to keep pace in other counting stats.
Decision;
E5 ([email protected], [email protected], [email protected])
McNeil (3vLaD, 4vAz)
HDoze ([email protected], 3vHou)
Conforto (3vLaD, 4vAz)
Franmil ([email protected], 3vMin)
McMahon (3vSD, 3vStl)

swap for any of;
Didi ([email protected], [email protected], [email protected])
Rhys (2vBos, 4vAtl)
Pillar (3vPit, 3vMia)
Dee (3vChW, 3vCin)

I may have to use Dee Gordon at some point (1 of the next 3 weeks) if this other guy passes me in SB. Is this the week to do it, or ride it out? My other starters are Story, Goldy, Machado, Donaldson, Altuve.

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I hear ya. I can’t do either of those moves, however…. I have McNeil in an OF spot. The only people I can swap Didi with are Goldy, Machado, Story, Donaldson, E5, or McMahon.

To swap either of McNeil or Franmil, I’d have to use an OF eligible guy.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
2 years ago

1. Your Suarez blurb is right on. I was just joking with a friend the other day that I was going to start a website called “terrible pitchers who have struck Eugenio Suarez out dot com.”

2. You talked about Soroka above. Anthopolous said recently he wasn’t going to limit Fried because when he’d done that in the past, the pitchers still got injured. Different players, but the logic may be similar.

3. On Flaherty: in early July, there was no peripheral data to support his doing anything close to what he has done, and frankly, his current run has a lot of luck to it with a 96% strand rate and a .203 babip.

This isn’t to say that he hasn’t made some changes in usage and sequencing, whilst improving his command, that have led to some earnest, significant improvement.

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

I was referencing his data from the 1st half, and to a lesser extent, last season.

I was lucky, I got out on Marquez early.

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

The truth always lies in between. I just want a pitcher that I draft in the top 100 to go out and give up 2-3 runs every outing. Not these violent swings in performance.

southside dom
southside dom
2 years ago

H2H semi-finals. Need some help finalizing my bats.

-Pick 2 for the corner:
Ty France (CHC, @COL, $-1.9)
Beaty (@BAL, @NYM, $2.7)
JD Davis (ARI, LAD, $5.5)
Sano (WSH, @CLE, $2.4) — is he gonna play?
Profar (@HOU, @TEX, $0.3)
Belt (PIT, MIA, $8.9)

Pick 2 for the OF
-Benintendi (NYY, @TOR, @PHI, $6.1)
-Fowler (@COL, MIL, $15.1)
-Bader (@COL, MIL, $11.6)
-Franmil (@LAA, MIN, $8.2)

Thanks G!

southside dom
southside dom
Reply to  southside dom
2 years ago

Scratch Profar from that first list, he gone

negatto
negatto
2 years ago

Could use some advice for this week.

Pick 1 OF for this week:
Aquino – Away: 6 (@SEA,@ARI)
Tucker – Home: 4 (OAK) Away: 3 (@KC)

Pick 2 Relievers for this week:
Hader – Away: 7 (@MIA,@STL)
Melancon – Away: 7 (@PHI,@WAS)
Neris – Home: 6 (ATL,BOS)
Bradley – Home: 3 (CIN) Away: 4 (@NYM)

Thanks!

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
2 years ago

Drop Laureano, Braun or Tucker?

Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
2 years ago

Would you roll Junis out on the road vs CHW tomorrow? SON Loves him, but that last start almost went sideways in a hurry. He was lucky to get the W, but its H2H playoffs and I’ll take a W anyway I can get it.

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
2 years ago

1.Drop Civale @ MIN (odorizzi) or Heaney TB (Morton)

2. Sit the keeper for Matz vs ARI (Ray)?

3. Pick up Archie Bradley or Doolittle?

Russ
Russ
2 years ago

Sorry Grey one more.
12 Team H2H Categories
7 transaction limit, I have already used 4 for the week. Would you use one of my 3 remaining moves to
swap a one start Desclafani: @ARI for a two start Nova: vs KC, @ SEA or hold?

Thanks!

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

Various threads today indicate JD is now part-time. Is this true? I assume Lowrie/Cano have impacted his Infield days, but he seems to be starting LF almost every day (vs Righties and Lefties).

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Would you drop him for any of the following bats for JD: A.J. Pollock; Franmil; Santander; or Canha?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Would you drop him for any of the following bats for JD: A.J. Pollock; Franmil; Santander; or Canha?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Would you drop him for any of the following bats for JD: A.J. Pollock; Franmil; Santander; or Canha?

slimbo
slimbo
2 years ago

Hey buddy

Thoughts on Trent Grisham in a dynasty? I’m ready to cut him..good idea?

Thanks for everything you do at razzball your a true beauty

Cheers

Cohen
Cohen
2 years ago

Grey, which outfielder is the pick up in the upcoming Cards/Rock series?
Tapia,Bader,Fowler

mcgaffer12
mcgaffer12
2 years ago

In the semis, need to pick two of the following:

Tanaka @ tor ($19.3)
Cueto Pit ($2.8) Mia (14)
Junis, @CWS (23.6), Hou (1.4)
Nova, KC, 10.8, @SEA $7.3

Do we trust Cueto? which two?

MUCH appreciated!!

Mike
Mike
2 years ago

Is Tyler Glasnow worth holding onto as a $16 dollar keeper for next year, or should I make better use of the roster spot for the last three weeks? (5×5 unlimited keepers with $5 elevators year over year).

Herschel
Herschel
2 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto. Need to start two of the following. Who do you like?

Manaea – @ Tex
Matz – vs Ari
Cueto – vs pit, vs mia
Caleb – vs mil

Thanks!

Philip
Philip
2 years ago

Grey, I don’t know what to think about seth Brown. 20 team keeper league with OPS, would you drop Eaton or J. J. Rojas for him? Or a minor leaguer Ike Nolan Jones? Brown just hit the wire.

Thanks! Always appreciate it!

philip
philip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Perfect. Thanks!

183414
183414
2 years ago

Do you think Josh Rojas will showcase his speed over the last 3 weeks ? Would love to see it.

Warren Shapiro
Warren Shapiro
2 years ago

Limped to the finals in my head to head. Start Voit or Calhoon in U for a head to head finals this week?

Rich
Rich
2 years ago

Weekly lineup
I need 5 starters in a head to head matchup. Strikeouts and quality starts get the most love.

Opponents starters:
Buehler @BAL @NYM
Fiers @HOU @TEX
Greinke OAK @KC
Nova KC @SEA
Verlander OAK

My potential starters
Castillo @ARI
Corbin @MIN
Flaherty MIL
Gallen @NYM CIN
Nola ATL BOS
Reynaldo Lopez KC
Manaea @TEX
Eduardo Rodriquez NYY @PHI

I’m thinking I have to roll with Eduardo’s two starts but not sure who to bench.

Thank you.

Rich
Rich
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thank you.

Coolwhip
2 years ago

You know Grey, the funny (not quite funny) about Odor is his stats are going to be right where we expected them to be, minus the whole batting ratio thing lol. 25+ HR 10+ SB etc etc.
Was writing my Suarez post too, but didnt get done on time for weekend :( headstart for this week though!

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

A) I’m on the verge of rosterbating Beaty(@BAL seems like he’s getting starts with Muncy out) for a cold Hoskins (at home) about to face top of Atlanta rotation starting tomorrow? feels like a smart move yes?

How we feeling about Baez going into next year since he’s likely done until NLDS. he stole less bases and took a slight step back this year. top 20-30ish? going to be hard to gauge with all these “30 HR hitters”. #TheJuiceIsLoose

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

sheesh, Beaty(LHB) is only .125 vs LHP and BAL is throwing 2 of 3, Pollock looks to be better buy .358/.404/.543 vs LHP

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah, I didn’t realize how bad he was vs LHP, something for us to be aware of rest of the way ;-)

Skip Mcgillicuddy
Skip Mcgillicuddy
2 years ago

Looks like Flaherty has upped his slider usage. Makes sense, who would’ve thought throwing your best pitch more would equal more success.

Early 2020 thoughts on Fried? Do you think he’s got room for improvement in k/9?

Trey
2 years ago

OF help: Is Conforto a sit this week? He’s at home but scheduled to face Gallen, Robbie Ray, Kershaw, Ryu, Buehler. Conforto has been cold plus 4 lefties this week.

Some options include:
Yastrzemski or Pillar, home vs Pirates and Cubs
Edman @ COL, home vs MIL
Dexter Fowler @COL, home vs MIL

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

Great writeup! The funniest thing is that Mitch Garver will still be a relatively cheap catcher to draft next year + nowhere near the cost of Sanchez or Realmuto.

Some quick championship run questions for ya!

1. Please pick 1 to start this week, for AVG + RBI purposes (TRON likes Hoskins):
-Voit (7 games hitting ~7th probably, all good matchups, 1 @BOS, [email protected], [email protected])
-Urshela (same)
-Hoskins (6 games – 3 v ATL 3 v BOS, but man has he been bad lately for AVG)

2. For ratios and Ks only, please pick one to start this week:
-Maeda in his uber-reliever role (BAL and NYM – at the very least, he’ll be the main pitcher on Saturday against the Mets with Urias as opener)
– Kenley Jansen (6 games)
– LeClerc (6 games)
– Rich Hill, 1st start back @BAL ($22 on SON but not sure if that’s factoring in whatever innings limit he’ll have)

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

For sure. People are also snoozing on the low GP with him. Even with a ton of regression, that’ll be tasty.

Thanks for the feedback! Re: #2, I need Ks and WHIP safety primarily, I need to keep my 0.01 lead and ideally get my 1.19 whip lower. I’m already starting 4 closers (Neris, Colome, Robles, Lugo (7 games, the rest have 6)), so banking some extra K would be good, which Maeda usually supplies.

Do you like Robles (vCLE, vTB) for saves over LeClerc (v TB v OAK)? Seems like a wash to me, with Robles being MUCH safer from WHIPPING post blow up.

Danny
Danny
2 years ago

Sup Grey

In my dynasty league I own Newman and G. Cooper for one year contracts. I can add 3 years to their contracts in any combination, ie. 2 yrs to Newman, 1 year to Cooper. Or 3 to Newman, no more to cooper. What’s the move?

Danny
Danny
Reply to  Danny
2 years ago

Clarifying I own them both for 2020. Can add years beyond that.

Danny
Danny
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

It’s pretty deep rosters 14 teamer
Those are the only guys I can add years to, I can use 3 to distribute to them however I choose. I was thinking add 2 to Newman, add 1 to cooper.

Game Of Throws
Game Of Throws
2 years ago

Is it insane to drop Machado for Starlin Castro? Its a keeper league but not keeping Machado anyway.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Game Of Throws
2 years ago

Depends, can your leaguemates pick him off the wire on the cheap as a better-priced keeper via FAAB? Or does he stay at his current status/cost?

Game Of Throws
Game Of Throws
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

Option 1. We get to keep 3 players for our first three picks for 3 years. I have 3 better players so wont’ be keeping him anyway. Someone will get him as their keeper next year anyway.

I’m in the semi finals so unless he turns it on for the final two weeks hes basically useless / hurting me this season.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Game Of Throws
2 years ago

I can see why it’d be tempting, but if you look at three years ago Machado went on a rampage the final two weeks and almost single handedly propelled one of my teams to prize money.

The Wild Card
The Wild Card
2 years ago

would you consider streaming any of these guys? if so which would be your favorite.

Kikuchi vs CHW – SON-$18.9
D-rod vs MIA – SON-$5.3
Tyler Mahle at SEA – SON-$14
Elieser Hernandez vs MIL – SON-$4.5

thanks in advance Grey/donkey teeth!!

Dave D
Dave D
2 years ago

Well, I had George Springer on the bench everywhere for the weekend. Ouch.

In other news, our Razzball DC is getting pretty wild in the standings. Beastman gained 8.5 points yesterday and Warner dropped 9.0 and they flip-flopped first and fourth place. Magoo and I stayed consistent, maintaining our respective 2nd and 3rd places. The Burrito guy in 5th even seems to be inching up so it looks to be a five team race. Good luck, guys, over the last three weeks. Great competition! Exciting stuff.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Can’t keep a sleeping giant down for long. You hearing that Giancarlo.

I’m a little weary of larger players in general like 6’5 or bigger. I don’t know of any stats linking size to poor health but looking at this year: Giancarlo, Judge, Glasnow, Skaggs (painkiller addiction probably started with previous injuries ), Kyle Blanks still on my mind. I know there are plenty of taller players that have had great careers (Unit, Thome, A.Dunn), but for every one of those there seems to be a JR Richard or Chris Young. Just sayin’….

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Prince Fielder? Mo Vaughn?

Big bellies no doubt…

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I always wondered what Tony Gwynn would have accomplished if he stayed thin late in his career. He was hitting over .320 at 40-41 years when healthy. His hitting was as good as ever, his knees just didn’t hold up with all the weight he gained. He maybe could have approached 4,000 hits

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah. Id say that Gwynn was a way better hitter than Pete Rose or Ichiro from age 37+. His hand-eye, bat-speed and all were still supreme, unlike those two who diminished a lot but stuck around with majorly declining skills and padded numbers. Gwynn lost his legs but his eyes and hands did not fade.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

Will Myers or Gio?

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
2 years ago

AL Only World Series:

Domingo German just lost his rotation spot.

In his place, start Stroman (ARI), Gibson (@WAS) or McKay (@LAA)

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
Reply to  Kingslayer
2 years ago

Or Dylan Cease @SEA

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
Reply to  Kingslayer
2 years ago

I suppose sticking with Domingo German as a bulk guy is also an option @DET

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Ugh was afraid youd say that. His worst start of the year (6ER) is against Arizona and hes been a dreadful Met. But shit… I guess I asked for a reason :(

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I never understood this expression but I’ll use it anyway.

You speak truth to power.

FMFBL
FMFBL
2 years ago

Hey Grey,
Made playoffs man! Thanks! I have Hendricks (@SD), Paxton (@BOS), and E-Rod (home against the yanks) on the roster for today….would you start them all?
Thank you

Game Of Throws
Game Of Throws
2 years ago

In the semi finals… Lucchesi is @COL this week. Is he a must start or do I sit him. If it is a sit, do i just drop him and stream at this point?

Thanks!

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
2 years ago

AL only World Series Week

Drop Sean Murphy for Josh Phegley? Who is more productive this week?