“He’s a Mormon like a wolf!” That’s me singing about Ezequiel Duran (2-for-4 and his 1st homer) as he was called up by the struggling-to-get-offense Rangers, who are only spending $500 million this year. Whatever the case, circle July 8th on your calendar as the first day we can get the long-awaited matchup of Duran/Duran. Her name is Edwin Rios and she is dancing on the sand! In the Itch’s top 25 2nd base prospects, Ezequiel got some shine, “Acquired from the Yankees in the Joey Gallo deal, Duran is a twitch factory who logged 19 HR and 19 SB in 105 games in High-A this year, slashing .267/.342/.486 between the two organizations. He also went to the fall league and slashed .278/.333/.611 with another three home runs in 16 games. I’ve been into this guy’s baseball actions since the first time I saw video of him way back in 2017. He’s a stout right handed hitter at 5’11” 185 lbs, who swings like he’s killing snakes. Grey better watch out, since he’s a snake.” Not cool! In deeper leagues, where you’re struggling for everything — wouldn’t be me! (Absolutely is me!) — I could see grabbing Duran. “Just like that river twisting through a Dusty land!” Me singing about Duran when he faces the Dusty-led Astros. Unlike the Phils’ defense, that shizz is catchy. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Steele Walker – 0-for-4 as he was also called up by the Rangers. The Rangers have some kind of rule in place that says they must have at least one player who sounds like a Chuck Norris character? Not sure how the Rangers spent more than the GDP of Cambodia this offseason and need so many bats called up, when they don’t have injuries, but here we are. Walker is a high contact, solid speed and nice power guy, who has been playing in Triple-A for years for reasons I can’t quite figure out. Very little has been written on him, and the Rangers’ park sucks, so prolly just monocle for now in mixed leagues. Maybe Walker can one day be as good as Willie Calhoun — fingers crossed.

Glenn Otto – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners (5 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 4.24. I looked at the Streamonator for what it thought of Otto, then I realized I would never start him.

Martin Perez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 1.56, and his first home run allowed to Eugenio Suarez (his 11th). Oh no! Perez has allowed a home run! I gotta cuff my Cavariccis higher, someone opened the floodgates!

Marcus Semien – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 3rd homer. Semien’s currently answering the question: Could he get worse? The answer was no. Thankfully.

Adolis Garcia – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer, hitting .229. Does anyone realize how high Adolis is on the Player Rater? Above Freddie Freeman? Oh yeah! Above Arenado? Yup! Above Kevin Gausman? Sigh, yes.

Luis Severino – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.95. The Yankees have five Whitey Fords in their rotation. They have a Ford dealership!

Jordan Montgomery – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.02. For all of youse who are like, “Well, JoMo is a lemon on the Ford lot,” if you would’ve told me I would get a 3.02 ERA from Montgomery, I would’ve made a mobile celebrating him, and hung it in my Alabama Room.

Joey Gallo – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer. This was his first extra base hit since May 15th. Emoji that is dabbing its sweaty forehead with a soaking wet sponge.

Taylor Ward – Hit the IL with “Shoot, this means we have to call up Jo Adell, huh?” Maddon said he hopes Ward is only out with “Unfortunately Adell is here” for the minimum ten days. Jokes aside (were they jokes?), Maddon said, “Adell wouldn’t be here if Ward didn’t get hurt.” Not exactly a confidence booster.

Raisel Iglesias – 1 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.91, and his 2nd blown save. Hang out in Philly all weekend and your bullpen will also turn to shizz.

Didi Gregorius – 1-for-1, 1 run, as he was activated from the IL. He reentered the clubhouse with his usual greeting, “I’m Didi, and he’s Girardi, and together we’re Girardidi!” And was met with awkward silence.

Bryson Stott – 1-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer in the last three games. Could it finally be BrySZN?! It might. I’d grab him since the Phils’ new manager and adult contemporary artist, Rob Thomson, said he wants to play youngsters.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .309. Imagine if he had two working elbows.

Travis Swaggerty – Called up by the Pirates. Meriam-Webster defines Swaggerty as “Being about that swag no cap.” Merriam-Webster (two R’s) doesn’t define Swaggerty because it’s the Man trying to shutout information to the masses. More like Davos Swaggerty, amiright?! Swaggerty had a 28% K% in Triple-A, which doesn’t bode well for a promotion, Neither does the fact that he doesn’t seem to be getting better at each level and he’s 24. NL-Only for now, unless desperate in a deep mixed.

Cal Mitchell – 2-for-3 and his 1st homer. He dropped down and powered it out with his quiet, beautiful swing. Expect no less from Calm Itchell.

Luis Castillo – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.55. When you’re outmatched by Patrick Corbin, you now have four Ls in your name, and you can choose where you want it. Lluis or Castilllo, up to you. (Am I just working around dropping butterscotch on my L key? You make the calllll!)

Zach Thompson – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.60 vs. Zac Gallen – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.40. This matchup was billed as, “The Marlins’ split squad game that never was.” The Marlins could give away another five starters, and still have an above-average rotation.

MacKenzie Gore – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 1.50 vs. Aaron Ashby – 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.13. The lines tell one story, but if you watched this game, you came away thinking both of these guys are aces in the making. The line doesn’t say it, but Ashby is so absolutely filthy. Oh, and MacKenzie Gore is the only pitcher to have 55+ strikeouts and an ERA of 1.50 or lower over his first nine career appearances since 1913 when ERA became an official stat in both leagues.

Mike Clevinger – 3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.18 as he was activated from the IL. Why does it feel like by the time he’s stretched out to go 6 IP he’ll have another phantom IL stint?

Kolten Wong – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 4th and 5th homer. Like a conjoined twin, that’s a double Wong dong.

Jarren Duran – 1-for-4, 1 run. There’s so many Durans currently in the majors, it’s like VH1 Classic up in here. I like Jarren a lot, but the Red Sox don’t have a place to play him. He was up because JBJ was out on paternity. He welcomed Jackie Bradley Jr. Jr. It is pretty telling though when Duran hits leadoff, and he makes the most sense at that spot in the order. He really should be playing over new daddy, JBJ.

Grayson Rodriguez – Diagnosed with a Grade 2 lat strain, and might not pitch again this year. Welp, rev up the 2023 hype train.

Ryan Mountcastle – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer. Can the O’s move the fences up now they know Grayson’s out until next year?

Andres Gimenez – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games. Hot schmotato alert!

Zach Plesac – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 hits, zero walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.72. Best Plesac’s looked since 2020. Streamonator loves his next start too, and I can see it. “What’s up, cats and dogs? Your man, Zach’s back…s!” That’s Plesac.

Jose Berrios – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 5.24. I am so pot-committed to Berrios that I may as well change my name to Jose Albright and walk around screaming, “¡Escúchame!” and motioning to fill up my sangria glass, so it’s with regret to say the Twins looked worse than Berrios looked great. Of course, I’m taking it, hoping this is the start of great things, but it didn’t feel like that watching it.

Alejandro Kirk – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 5th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. He’s about as hot as any catcher’s been this year. I just grabbed him in my RCL, after trying not to pick my catcher scab for two months.

George Springer – 2-for-5 and his 11th homer. Every time I mention this guy the Demanders of Me Mentioning My Wrong Calls come out of the woodwork. No one talking about Buxton hitting .216 with one steal; no one talking about Walker Buehler being barely a number two. Also, Springer’s been fine, but you’re telling me you feel confident about him staying on the field? C’mon.

Matt Chapman – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 7th homer. This guy feels overdue for an 8-homer-in-12-game stretch.

Santiago Espinal – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer. Was a big part of the Twins’ 9th inning meltdown that was worthy of the Chernobyl Prize.

Gary Sanchez – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer this week. After his first home run this week (Monday?), I put in a bid to pick him up in my weekly league, and I’ve watched all week, wishing Gary was on my team, which, in retrospect, seems like a real waste of energy.

Trevor Larnach – 1-for-5 and his 4th homer. Opened up Larnach’s player page to confirm he was hot, and, like a sea monster, it must’ve been a figment of my imagination.

Ryan Yarbrough – 1 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.65. He’s the guy out with Baz returning, right? Can’t be Jeffrey Springs with how Yarbrough is pitching.

Andrew Kittredge – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.84, as he was activated from the IL. You can stop playing musical chairs with the Rays’ pen for saves as the song, Ring Around the Poche, plays.

Kyle Tucker – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer. I’d like to see Tucker have a month not seen in Houston since Yuli Gurriel’s July 2019. The Juli, as they call it in H Town.

Yordan Alvarez – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 16th homer, hitting .295. There’s only a handful of guys I can imagine a Triple Crown season from, and Captain Woo Cubano is on the shortlist.

Framber Valdez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.61. He’s at 99% rostered on ESPN. Hearing the one league where he’s available it’s where Johnny Depp dropped Framber.

Salvador Perez – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games. “Hey, could you reopen the Buy Low Window so I can pull my arm back in?”

Matt Olson – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer. Can Olson stay in Coors briefly, say, for the next 80 games, and play there only? Asking for my fantasy teams.

Ronald Acuña Jr. – 4-for-5, 3 runs and a slam (3) and legs (10), hitting .313. Actually, room for one more staying in Coors?

Brendan Rodgers – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer. He has 1 RBI on the year in away games; 25 RBIs at home. In away games, Brendan Rodgers is basically the mannequin you use to drive in car pool lanes.

Brian Serven – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .303. I know the answer is Bud Black, but why exactly are the Rockies playing Diaz over Serven?

Walker Buehler – 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.84. Did you read Friday’s Sell in the Buy/Sell? No? Oh boy.

Starling Marte – 1-for-5 and his 7th homer. This was an oppo taco, which is like oppo research but with cheese and salsa.

Eddy Alvarez – 2-for-4,1 RBI. Edwin Rios went down over the weekend with a serious hamstring strain, and the Dodgers called up another Ed to play 3rd. This one an Olympic speed skater. The last SoCal guy with any winter affiliation was JT Snow.

Trea Turner – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (6) and legs (11), hitting .299. Treat Urner is like opening an advent calendar every day of the season and getting some fantasy goodness.

Caleb Kilian – 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, as he was called up. He was in the last Prospect Stash List from Itch, and, elsewhere he said about Kilian, “Continues to add velocity and holds it deep into his starts as he climbs the ladder. Kilian is doing his best work limiting home runs (0.26 HR/9 in 34.1 innings).” No mention that Caleb’s name is pronounced by me as “Cal-E B,” because Grey is a total Barb, and likes to twerk. In Triple-A, Kilian had a 9.4 K/9, 3.4 BB/9 and 2.06 ERA, but the walk rate is a little misleading. Command, he has. Yoda, I talk like. I’m not going anywhere near him in mixed leagues yet, but that could change.

Garrett Cooper – 2-for-4 and his 4th homer. If Cooper gets hot, his hot streak looks something like: 3-for-10, 2 runs, 1 HR, 1 quad strain.

Jakob Junis – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.51. Can look at Streamonator for him, but, outside of Coors, Junis is a must-start everywhere until he’s not.

Donovan Walton – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer. Love to see the Giants’ Make-A-Player Factory go up against the Cardinals’ Make-A-Player Factory. They’ve both created a Donovan recently, that aren’t actual players. They’re figments of our imagination and, at some point soon, they’ll disappear like other guys before them. Think Edmundo Sosa and Luis Gonzalez. Can you remember them? They never existed either. “Do I exist?” That’s Jason Vosler pinching his arm. You don’t, Jason. I’m sorry.

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Yr Never Too Old For Balloons
Yr Never Too Old For Balloons
2 months ago

16 teamer roto with lots of added hitting stuff, OBP/OPS/total bases/hits/steals %
C OBP wolf
1B alonso
2B gleyber (SS)
SS falafel man
3B riley (1B)
MI odor (2B/3B)
CI wisdom (1B/3B/LF)
LF happ (all OF)
CF julio rod (RF)
RF soto
OF renfroe shaggy! (CF/RF)
util schwindel (1B)
util senzel (2B/CF)
util brujan (2B/RF)
BN miranda (1B/3B)
IR: o’neill, e.rios, suzuki, naquin (also have all 3 of o’neill/suzuki/naquin in an NL only)
stash slots (2): m.vargas, o.cruz

just dropped suwinski for renfroe, who’s my drop for o’neill.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
2 months ago

oh baby, kingery is back. i’m sure dejong loves to see this. kingery got the crazy money not even after a career year (like dejong did) and never really produced anything and is only still on PHI’s extended roster (AAA) due to that. all that describes dejong for the last 3ish years (of course he actually hit well before that once)

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
2 months ago

we now have a break from the maddoning. and i’m surprised actually, often once your name gets started being talked about as some sort of novel successful ideas man (back when he was on TB this was popular) you get a much longer leash than your results would indicate. i’d have thought year 4 or 5 before he got axed here. think searage, he for pitching coaches got whispers of this and was left to rot that team for another 4-5 years after whatever the “novel ideas” stopped being fruitful. it’s possible the LAA are being run smarter than other orgs (the upton contract cut). this also might be good for adell. new coach won’t be as worried about losing his job in the short term etc.

mookie
mookie
2 months ago

Thanks for great work as always. Love your work Itch. Al-only keeper, who do you prefer: Brujan or Bello? Both keepable for four years after this season. Also, is it close or do you have one way ahead? Wondering if you have thoughts on Brujan’s underperformance/possible rebound.

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
2 months ago

Sup G?

A few late roster questions for you today…

-Would you drop Strider or Whitlock or Neither to stash R Greene in a 12 team 5×5?

-Would you drop Javier or Sandoval or Neither for E. Cabrera in a 10 team 5×5?

-Jansen, Garver, or Ruiz?

Thank you as always!

-IANASM

Last edited 2 months ago by I Am Not A Smart Man
Cunning Linguist
Cunning Linguist
2 months ago

Luis Garcia,Stott, or Gorman? Thank you,handsome one!

lolmets
lolmets
2 months ago

haha blake snell. have you ever seen a more grueling inning? im cutting the shit out of blake snell. this guy is literally afraid to throw a strike. hes afraid to pitch.

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
2 months ago

Hi Grey,

sorry- did not get a chance to finish my question.

there is a lot of positive buzz around Graham Ashcraft and some cautionary comments. His next starts are at home against AZ and on the road against the Cards.

would you pick him up? is he a streamer, a meh or has some real potential?

thanks!! your hard work is always appreciated!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
2 months ago

Hi Grey,

a lot of positive buzz and some cautionary input on Graham Ashcraft.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
2 months ago

Springer doesn’t get hurt every year and a couple of his injuries were flukish or not even his fault. You owe George and everyone an apology for calling The Springer Man a Schmohawk! Worst call ever!

Apologize or you’re the Schmohawk!!!!

California Dreamer
California Dreamer
2 months ago

Lane Thomas,Gorman or Yepez?

Pick two: Springs,Whitlock and Strider?

Thanks!

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
2 months ago

Do you like Riley Greene,Alek Thomas, Kole Calhoun, Naylor over Nimmo or Winker? Or hold?

What to replace Wander short term – Stott, Farmer, Rojas, Thairo, Urias, L. Garcia?

Thanks!

Steve
Steve
2 months ago

Ray and Berríos trying to outdo each other in disappointing performances. Painful

Shopgurrrl
Shopgurrrl
2 months ago

Which two of the following 1B/OF eligibles would you rather roster ROS:

-Ryan Mountcastle
-Andrew Vaughn
-Jared Walsh

(ESPN, h2h, 6×6: HR, RBI, R, AVG, OPS, SB)

wwekoda2020
wwekoda2020
2 months ago

Do you like Miranda or yepez ros for obp leagues?

mattdips
mattdips
2 months ago

Hey Grey—

Single serve today, kinda like all of sotos hrs amirite
Cease or Ray?

mattdips
mattdips
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Thank you sir!

JJ Casuals
JJ Casuals
2 months ago

Hey man-
I need a 2B until India gets back…I’d like to grab Espinal but the only guy I can drop is Renfroe. Not worth it huh? Thx

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 months ago

Is Bryant worth rostering (I have all IL spots taken plus more) but if he is likely to be an asset in 1 moth (say), he’s worth a streaming RP or a bench (in a start limited leaque).

herschel
herschel
2 months ago

Steele Walker sounds like a character from a Dirk Diggler film.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  herschel
2 months ago

Classic! LOL

Jon
Jon
2 months ago

Drop one in a dynasty – Josh Naylor, Christian Walker, Gleybar Torres, Espinal, Matt Chapman, Nimmo, Happ, or Alek Thomas?

Jon
Jon
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Don’t like him long-term?

eballs
eballs
2 months ago

Is it time to drop Stro?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 months ago

With imminent IL activations/
StL. Does Donovan have a role?
Cin. With India, should I assume (assuming they keep hitting) both Farmer and Drury remain as starters.

I have all three during they’re absenses, but I’ll be glad to sacrifice them when appropriate.
TB, Does Yarbrough again become a bulk reliever (which I like).

My teams have been struggling, but I see good times coming.

mrs. featherbottom
mrs. featherbottom
2 months ago

Hey my man – in a points league if you need SS help (have both Tim A and Wander on IL) would you trade Luis Castillo for Willy A?

Been on a major MF Doom kick (thanks) and started listening to KMD today.

Michael B
Michael B
2 months ago

Someone dropped Charlie Morton. Is he an immediate must add?

John
John
2 months ago

Pick 1, Nelson Cruz, Wisdom, or Tellez

Thanks grey

go dubs
go dubs
2 months ago

drop elias diaz for serven?

Also, drop luis garcia for stott?

Thanks!

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 months ago

Lots of Tyler O’Neil activation questions *6-leagues, 6 O’Neil).
a. I’m not rostering Varsho and Stephenson. Drop a catcher or Pham, Austin Hayes (I assume Hays)?
b. I’m rostering Realmuto and Stephenson. Drop a catcher or Lourdes (I assume Lourdes)?
c. Drop Lourdes, Walker, or Torres?
d. (I’m planning to try getting Buxton for Vaughn). Drop Montcastle or cancel the waiver claim (and drop Vaughn).

BTW-1. I have two other leagues with O’Neil that now were easy choices (and which you previously convinced me to keep O’Neil). Thanks.

BTW-2. I have 4 India (should be easier) and 5 India coming soon. After these three, I may finally be participating in Fantasy leagues.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

ONeil is horrible, and you know it.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
2 months ago

Do NOT keep O’Neil. Dude is a strikeout machine. He had one month of real success against the worst teams in the NL Central last September against a bunch of minor league call-ups.

Look up O’Neil’s monthly splits from last year and for that matter his career. Otherwise, he’s pretty much been awful his whole career outside of one or two moths. I’m a Cardinals fan so I know. The guy is not the real deal. Grey was wrong on this one, just like he was wrong when he said George Springer was a Schmoehawk!!! WRONG!

eballs
eballs
2 months ago

Yepez or Suwinski?

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
2 months ago

Hello Grey! Hope you had a nice weekend.

A SP question for you in our Yahoo 10 Team H2H Points League.

I have Taillon on the bench, but he has 2 starts, and SPs can score high, so should I start him over any of my current starters. Here are the dets:

Taillon is at Minn and home against the ChC

Gausman is at Det, so he starts
Cease at home against LAD
Manaea against the Mets
Gore against CO
Tony Gonsolin at the CWS
Eric Lauer at Wash

I would guess Taillon over Cease (given his opponent) or maybe Manaea, but I would appreciate your thoughts as I will do the wrong thing – HA!

Thanks very much Grey.

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

Thanks you kind sir.

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

Or “thank” you in English – hehe.

frenchie
frenchie
2 months ago

drop 2: profar, wisdom, gimenez, tellez

frenchie
frenchie
2 months ago

drop one to pick up tellez? wisdom, profar, soler

thanks grey

frenchie
frenchie
Reply to  frenchie
2 months ago

leaning wisdom as they’re similar and he K’s more

Skeezix
Skeezix
2 months ago

Great stuff as usual Grey. I’ve got a lot of injury risk this week with players possibly/likely coming back from injury at some point. Having said that, a healthy Kwan is a whole lot of meh. Would you start Kwan above any of the following:

Franmil Reyes
Brandon Belt
Eloy

Skeezix
Skeezix
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Well it looks like all three should be back this week, but agreed that it’s not 100%. OK, so which one would you sit for Kwan? Unfortunately I can only sit one of them.

stevie
stevie
2 months ago

Hey Grey, would you pick up Renfroe from the IL to replace Santander? 12-team redraft league.
Also, with Adames coming back would you rather drop Profar or Kike?

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
2 months ago

One more question for today, if I may (12-team, 5×5 league, weekly lineups)…

I’ve been running Moncada out there and am ready to give up. I can pick up a 3B or MI to replace him (moving my MI, Witt, to 3B).

Many options (some re-treads, some young studs) – Please pick top two.

Jose Miranda, Jace, RUrias, LaStella, Didi, Luis Garcia (WSH), Stott, Ezequiel, Odor, Chavis, ElvisA, Hampson…

Thank you again.

CentralCoastCali
CentralCoastCali
2 months ago

OMGrey,

Happy Monday and thanks for the unbiased knowledge:):):)!!! Hope you had a good weekend.

A) I’m still dreaming of Marisa Tomei, thanks alot……..

B) What in the H, E, double hockey sticks is wrong with Trout? After three days, family and fish start to stink!!! Please fix him, thank you.

C) Let’s change it up and have a C……..Behzinga:):):)!!!

D) Last year, someone dropped Ray, picked him up and rode him like I stole him. This year, someone picked him up in the fourth round, dropped him and now hopefully you and I are off to the races!!!

E) Do you believe Edman will keep his OBP above .350, it’s at 0361 now?

Hope you had a good nutritious lunch. Thank you for the LOL quips. Going bold, tomorrow’s headline will be about Ray and his plethora of K’s:).

CCC

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
2 months ago

Pick 2 please: Profar, Walker, Tellez, Tork

ashtray
ashtray
2 months ago

Who to ride-or-die with at 2B ROS in a league using OBP and SLG instead of AVG:

Rodgers
Gorman
Merrifeld
Ezequiel Durran

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
2 months ago

Has Mikolas come back to earth enough that Dakota Hudson, Plesac, or Pilkington is an upgrade? Thank you.

chris pierce
chris pierce
2 months ago

Grey.

10 team keeper league 5*5 OBP 5*5 K/9 QS

Drop B Rodgers k Lewis, A Gimenez or anyone below for Pham or laureno and need closer. Helsey Soto Sewald or Rainey or hold.

Only have 2 IL spots

Starters
Stephenson
Freeman
Torres
Story
Toscar
Hayes (orioles)
Marte K
Gimenez U

Bench
Gorman
Rodgers
O’Neill IR
Suzuki IR
India IR
Ward IR
Lewis IR

Pitching
Bieber
Nola
Skubul
Gilbert
Cortes
Kopech
Holmes RP

Bench

Ray
Lauer
Wright k
Baz IR

david
david
2 months ago

Taking your advice and starting Quantrill v Texas $-6. I’ve also got Gray $-3 in the same League. Would you start Gray in that league and/or in other Leagues where i only have Gray.
Thanks as always.

Umpy70
Umpy70
2 months ago

walker buehler for gorman and ashby
keeper league
walker is $26 next year gorman and ashby will be 5 each

what you think grey…im really hating walker these days, and i think that even ROS im losing, but the future gains?

Umpy70
Umpy70
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

for this season, is it too lopsided?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
2 months ago

Luis Urias or Nolan Gorman

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Thanks

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  rhodyballer
2 months ago

Would you do Luis Garcia over Urias?

Game Of Throws
Game Of Throws
2 months ago

With Hunter Renfroe and Willy Adams coming off the IL tomorrow.. who would you drop?

Mike Yastrzemski
Jeremy Pena
Nolan Gorman
Josh Bell

Thanks!

herschel
herschel
2 months ago

@Grey: 12 team weekly roto leagues. you starting ray @ hou, vs bos? was thinking of benching him for an extra closer (bard) to make up some ground in saves?

kari.rice
kari.rice
2 months ago

Good Day Grey,
h2h points league.
Start Carrasco @SD Snell & Syndergaard @LAA OR Skubal @Pit Quintana?
I have Skubal in my lineup and have Bueler @ ST, L. Gilbert @ Houston and L.Webb @ Dodger all benched.
(Dave Roberts ? ding dong, even I knew that a position player can’t pitch with score within 6 runs down. Umpires needed to call NY to find out, unbelievable. I am not a big fan of Roberts anyway. He whines too much.) Roberts pulled some crap again yesterday. Buck was calm considering he probably wanted to do a Pham and slap Roberts across the face. I wanted to but couldn’t reach Roberts through my tv.) I think Roberts knew the rule all along, he was just stalling or testing the Umpires lack of knowledge.)

Ohtani, Running or Pitching this week? I originally had him in U spot but with Trout playing bb with his 2 year old with zero points hard don’t see Ohtani being better the LeMahieu who I swapped as my U.
Being annoyed with R. Iglesias I dropped him for Bednar this week. Can’t afford to have negative points. I can probably pick him back up as I am 7th on waiver order. Stay with Bednar or try and pick R Iglesias back up?

Enjoy you busy day. Appreciate your advice.

kari.rice
kari.rice
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Thank you.
Still waiting on Ohtani to hit. Maddon might be standing next to Girardi in the un-enjoyment line.

Jeffrey Gilden
Jeffrey Gilden
2 months ago

Hey Grey –

Drop Trevor Rogers or Noah Syndergaard for Edward Cabrera? It’s a K/9, QS league. I have both of them slated for my bench this week. Either of them startable?

I’m riding Spencer Strider for another week (v PIT). Does that seem ok? Or is he a drop for Cabrera?

Starters this week are: Robbie Ray, Jon Gray, Manoah, Tyler Anderson, Pivetta, Pilkington with Syndergaard and Rogers on the Bench.
RPs are Bard and Helsley (SV+HLD)

Thanks,
Jeff

Jeffrey Gilden
Jeffrey Gilden
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Great. Thanks again!

Jeffe
Jeffe
2 months ago

It’s great time to be a baseball fan. The start of the CWS and MLB weekends simultaneously. Thanks again for all your efforts. I have quick doozy of a question for you. With O’Neil set to return tomorrow, I will need to drop someone. Who would you drop out of Torres, Morel, Soler or Yaz. Thanks!

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
2 months ago

Happy Monday Grey!

I wish there were more games today.

When both O’Neill and Carlson come back, Sosa and Yepez seem to be the ones that will lose most PT. I have Yepez at 3B, and nobody else on my NL-Only roster that has eligibility since Rios went down.

The league is H2H 5×5 (OBP). Who would you be looking at if Yepez gets his PT cut significantly? Kim, Vosler, Matt Reynolds. I will probably stash B. Anderson on the IL, but ultimately may need to make a trade.

Week #9 of H2H, and then we begin the next round of matches. I’m 6 games out, and face the last place team this week. I’m feeling good going forward with my current roster. Major bummer is that I felt it best to drop J. Rojas right away because of early injuries, and didn’t get to him before another team once his rehab assignment started (back earlier than anticipated). He would have been solid as my 3B in this league.

CA   Ruiz 
1B   Walker
2B   Edman
3B   Yepez
SS   Cronenworth 
INF  India
OF   Acuña
OF   Soto 
OF   Harris II
OF   A. Thomas
UT   Cooper

IL    O’Neill

SP  Alcantara, Webb, Lauer, Stroman, Gray, Cobb, Mahle, Junis, Greene
RP  Ta. Rogers, Rainey, Kennedy

Last edited 2 months ago by pugs slugs
pugs slugs
pugs slugs
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Thanks! I am actually on the lower end of all stats (except SBs, Ws and Ks). However, my notorious big bats have been either injured or quiet.

I expect big numbers from my hitting “should” they remain healthy. Pitching is pitching, and it varies from week to week, but I feel my squad will always be able to compete.

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Don’t forget T. O’Neill for slam and legs sandwiches also.

LenFuego
LenFuego
2 months ago

In a standard 12 team weekly roto, my pitching is 3rd overall but lagging in Ws and SVs.

With my 9th pitching spot, should I chase SVs with Paul Sewald (series @HOU and home v BOS) or chase Ws with Ranger Suarez (@MIL Tues and home v ARI Sun)?

LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

OK, thanks. Streamanator not so hot on Ranger Suarez this week I guess, right?

lindorphins
lindorphins
2 months ago

How would you rank these 3B options ROS in an OPS league?

Espinal, Bohm, Drury, Dozier, Rojas

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  lindorphins
2 months ago

Sorry, also throw Longoria into that mix.

chris pierce
chris pierce
2 months ago

10 team keeper league 5*5 OBP 5*5 K/9 QS

Drop B Rodgers k Lewis, A Gimenez or anyone below for Pham or laureno and need closer. Helsey Soto Sewald or Rainey or hold.

Only have 2 IL spots

Starters
Stephenson
Freeman
Torres
Story
Toscar
Hayes (orioles)
Marte K
Gimenez U

Bench
Gorman
Rodgers
O’Neill IR
Suzuki IR
India IR
Ward IR
Lewis IR

Pitching
Bieber
Nola
Skubul
Gilbert
Cortes
Kopech
Holmes RP

Bench

Ray
Lauer
Wright k
Baz IR

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 months ago

Grey,

As always I need your advice. I have Brandon Donovan, Nick Madrigal, and Guillorme to back up Altuve at 2nd. I hate to drop one of them but one has to go, which one? I am afraid if i drop one, someone will snatch them up.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

ok but should I worry if someone scoops him up?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

ok thanks as always

scoboticus
scoboticus
2 months ago

Should I try Stripling @KC today?

Pops
Pops
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

I’m starting Greene against the Dbacks, think I’d rather be risking Stripling. We need a prayer circle

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
2 months ago

Injuries stacking up in a 10 team h2h league and don’t have a 3B.

C – Varsho
1B – Olson
2B – Rodgers
3B –
SS – Bo
OF – Acuna, JRod, Joc
Util – Alonso, Seager
IL – Wander, Ward, O’Neill, Eloy, India
SP – McClanahan, Musgrove, Cease, Gore, Kopech, Whitlock, Ashby
RP – Bednar, Helsley, Duran
IL – DeGrom

I only have 2 IL spots. Who’s my drop – a position player on IL or a pitcher?

Slim pickings of available 3B – Farmer, Espinal, DJ, Dozier, Berti

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

painful…. thanks Grey

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

I was able to trade away Joc, Seager & Kopech for Witt & Luis Castillo. Win?

Bigdadyb58
Bigdadyb58
2 months ago

Good afternoon Grey! 10T 5X5 Category Keeper League

Looking for keeper value for next year and ROS.

Currently roster N. Gorman, A. Vaughn, J. Baez and M. Yas.

Would you replace any with these available WW guys? K. Farmer, G. Urshela, T. Pham, J. Naylor, J. Yepz or J. Miranda.

Thanks in advance.

Bigdadyb58
Bigdadyb58
Reply to  Bigdadyb58
2 months ago

Despearately need best of the best, I am in 7th place….FML!

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
2 months ago

Howdy Grey – OPS league, how do you rank: Bell, Mountcastle, Mancini, Nimmo, Tellez, Vaughn and Naylor?

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

thanks!

VinWins
VinWins
2 months ago

I was wishing Sosa didn’t exist Saturday. He was about to score the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th when he missed 3rd base and had to go back.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Haha. I do. I think he he could still be good with regular playing time.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Ha. Obviously, management agrees with you.

eddie
eddie
2 months ago

yoo master lotharioo

in a runs home runs rbi stolen bases strikeouts AVG OPS league

which 4 are you holding and in what order?

nolan gorman jpsh naylor randal grihuk anthony santander

max kepler adolis garcia jake cronenworth , alex verdugoo riley greene jesus sanchez

and the catcher questioonnnn kirk or melendez

thanks albright

foul balls
foul balls
2 months ago

Hey grey, would you start syndegaard at home vs Boston today, and Robbie ray on the road at Houston today, thanks kindly

John Donnell
John Donnell
2 months ago

Had my eye on Kirk going into the season but held off and went Tyler Stephenson, who’s not doing bad, but isn’t hot either… Shallow league, 10 team 5×5, drop Stephenson for Kirk?

david
david
2 months ago

Start or sit.
Quantrill $-6.5 v Texas (Gray).
Thanks in advance as always.

thekid2004
thekid2004
2 months ago

Are you dropping Stroman or R.Contreras for Kittredge in a 12 team QS league?

RoPS:
SPs: Lopez, Manoah, Cortes, Ashby, Pivetta, McKenzie, Cobb, Peralta (IL), Luzardo (IL)
RPs: Iglesias, Bard, Sewald

Sandman
Sandman
2 months ago

Hey Grey,

The season is cruising along. I hope you are doing well. For a utility spot in a 10-team, h2h redraft, standard 5×5 league

Naylor or Jesus Sanchez?

Thank you!

Sandman
Sandman
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Good to see you also! Been an avid follower and commenter for the last 10(?) years now?

BobEvans
BobEvans
2 months ago

Jose Miranda or Ezequiel Duran?

Ben
Ben
2 months ago

Syndergaard is home vs Boston. Feels a bit scary even at home, are you starting or sitting? Thanks!

Game Of Throws
Game Of Throws
2 months ago

Hey Grey, I was offered Kevin Gausman and Edwin Diaz for my Pete Alonso.

What do you think?

buddens126
buddens126
2 months ago

Nelson cruz for robbie ray would you make that deal? I have nelson cruz.

H2h categories runs, 2b, hits, hrs, rbi, avg, sb, ip, wins, saves, bb, era, whip, ks

Current roster

C. melendez
1B. Tellez
2B. Altuve
3B. Jram
Ss. Polanco
Of. Yordan
Of. Ozuna
Of. Nimmo
Util. Cruz
Util. Pena
Bench rodgers, gorman, naylor
IL oneill
Pitchers

Cease, mclanahan, cobb, kirby, plesac, marco gonzalez, rasmussen, ashby, blackburn
IL peralta heaney disco

And one more question drop naylor or nimmo for vaughn?

Last edited 2 months ago by buddens126
ray
ray
2 months ago

Hey Grey,

Start Enrique Hernandez 4 @ LAA 3 @ Sea or Brujan 3 vs STL [email protected] MIN this week?

ray
ray
Reply to  ray
2 months ago

Could also sit Polanco, too…

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
2 months ago

Could you rank Morel, Nolan Gorman, and Donaldson?

Pcolaprime
Pcolaprime
2 months ago

Grey,

Second question of the day lol. Doing some roster shuffling to get things headed in the right direction. Would you go with Kirk or Sanchez at catcher?

toolshed
toolshed
2 months ago

So do you think lane thomas is back to maybe being that guy who was your sleeper call? Or maybe I should ask, is he an everyday player now? Dusty isn’t even there anymore and he was in a platoon / didn’t really get much of a leash.

mcgaffer12
mcgaffer12
2 months ago

Hey, starter advice, pick one:
Kluber vs Stl
Pivetta @ LAA
Kikuchi @ KC
Konner pilkington Tex, Oak

Streamonator likes konner. Do I roll the dice?

Muchos!!

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
2 months ago

I’m 1st in SBs and 9th in HRs. Here is squad:

C – Stephenson
1B – Walsh
2B – Luis Garcia
3B – Drury
SS – Baez
OF – Acuna
OF – Jul-Rod
OF – Renfroe
UTIL – Ohtani
BN – Luis Urias
IL – India, O’Neill, Wander

Talking trades with several teams, would you do any of these? Curious as to how you rank Judge with the start he’s has. Lots of injuries so my other thought is to sit tight and let team get healthy.

1) Julio for Stanton
2) Julio for Just Dong + Bard (also need saves)
3) Acuna for Vlad
4) Acuna for Judge
5) Ohtani for Vlad
6) Ohtani for Judge

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Thanks I got Stanton.

cable
cable
2 months ago

h/h points 12 team redraft…start 5 sSPers per week …

was just offered ( get ) S Ohtani ….for ( give ) Bieber & Javier

SPers roster

Burnes
McClanahan
Alcantara
Manoah
Wright
Rasmussen
Severino
Snell

Bieber
Javier

cable
cable
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

locked in each week as a SPer or Hitter

cable
cable
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

got him for DH maybe unless hes a double start

Danny
Danny
2 months ago

Morning Grey can you rank these players ROS please, Gallo, Donaldson, Meadows, J Sanchez, Baez, N Lowe, Grisham, Cronesworth, McMahon, Haniger, Moncada, Nimmo, Wong, Naylor, Belt, Cooper, Longoria, T Estrada, Flores, McNeil and Miranda. Thanks man!

Pcolaprime
Pcolaprime
2 months ago

Grey,

Goodmorning brother! I’m trying to fill my utility spot in h/h points until O’Neill comes back soon. Who do you like best; Christian Walker or Brendan Rodgers? Also, do you think Walker is better than Hoskins as a corner infielder? Thank you!

Surfer Dude
Surfer Dude
2 months ago

Hi Grey,

10 tm h2h pts

Please rank top 2

1) 2nd – Gorman, C.Morel, Donovan, A.Gimendez

2) 3rd – Miranda, Dozier, Urshela

Please rank top 3

3) Utlity – Happ, Mountcastle, Mancini, Schwindel, Morel, Donovan, Urshela

Always big THANKS!

Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson
2 months ago

Hey Grey

You streaming Jon Gray @ CLE and Stripling @ KC ?

Feel good about Grey but worried chicken strip will give me salmonella

Thanks

Liam McNair
Liam McNair
2 months ago

Hope you had a good weekend Grey, the Raisel Iglesias blow up already ruined my week !

Was offered Tyler O’Neill for my Joe Ryan.

Low in the points for Runs, RBI, and HRs.

Worth it ?

Thanks

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
2 months ago

Please rank (12-team, 5×5 league):
Voit, Cronenworth, Bregman, Ke’Bryan, Yepez

Thanks.

jason
jason
2 months ago

Hey Grey,
In a Yahoo categories league with limited moves and consistent ABs are important when Riley Greene gets the call would you drop Kike Hernandez to get Greene?

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
2 months ago

Great work Grey!

16 team H2H weekly points league

I’m in need of an OF for this week…

Senzel 4x Vs ARI & 3x @ STL,
Tyrone Taylor 3x Vs PHI & 3 @ WAS;
Franchy Cordero 4x @ LAA & 3x @ SEA;
Brendan Donovan 3x vs CIN & 3x @TB.

Thanks again

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

I know… pretty bad options ?

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
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