Across the media landscape yesterday, people who vaguely know sports were giving hot takes like, “Cleveland lost their sports hero.”  “What do we hang on this LeBron sports banner now?”  “All Cleveland has left is the Browns, what will they ever do?”  I blame myself.  People don’t know baseball like they should.  That pains me.  What MLB was hoping for from Judge and Giancarlo is currently going on with Francisco Lindor (2-for-4, 3 runs, 7 RBIs and his 22nd and 23rd homer, hitting .298) and Jose Ramirez (2-for-4, 15th steal, hitting .298) and people outside of Cleveland have no idea.  Don’t worry, you’re not absolved of blame either.  I blame you, as well.  We need to shout from the rooftops at what these two are doing.  They are neck-and-neck in the top five on the Player Rater.  I can’t remember another time two teammates, who are hitters, were both in the top five.  (If you can think of an instance, hit me up in the comments.  I racked my brain, which is to say I placed my head on a video of a stripper’s rack.)  Together, they are worth nearly $90!  To swoop your pretty face back to the preseason, if your team added up to $260, you were at least working on even money.  Combined they’re worth more than a third of a total team!  Which one of them is going to end up worth more?  No idea, but this will be the greatest battle since Apollo-Rocky I.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Danny Salazar – Ruled out for the season after exploratory surgery.  Doctors didn’t reveal what they found with this Indian during the exploration, but, afterwards, they wrapped him in a smallpox-infested blanket, so he should be fine.

Jake Junis – 5 1/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 5.13.  So, what you’re saying is he’s not, uh, good?  Over and out!

Whit Merrifield – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer, hitting .288.  He’s the best pure Royals hitter.  I know, that’s like being the tallest midget.  However, explain how Merrifield has 42 at-bats hitting 5th or lower.  It’s a trick question, you can’t.

Shane Greene – Hit the DL with a sore shoulder.  That came out of nowhere (for us; Ron Gardenhire says he’s been dealing with it for a while.  Hey, if there’s one thing a Gardenhire should know it’s the Greene!  C’mon, high-five me!  That one was good.  No?  Okay.  Wait, how’d we get stuck inside this parenthetical?  Aw, man, I told you not to follow Waze.  Oh, I see, I have to make a right.).  Joe Jimenez is the closer fill-in for Greene.  That will certainly be without its lumps.  Psst, that was sarcasm; he blew his first save yesterday (1 IP, 1 ER).

Ryan Borucki – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.77.  Borucki is great for the Name Game — Borucki, Borucki, bo-orucki, banana-fana fo-forucki, fee-fi-mo-morucki, Borucki! — and he was also highlighted by Prospector Ralph as a sleeper prospect, “A deceptive delivery where Borucki hides the ball behind his left leg for an extended moment, allows his lower 90’s fastball, slider, and changeup to play-up.  In 2017, Borucki scrapped his curveball in favor of his slider, and started to use it on the outer-half of the plate to great results.  With the improvement in his breaking ball, Borucki has a third pitch, and two true secondaries he can throw in any count.  I also count to ten rather than punching Grey in his face.”  Hey!  Outside of AL-Only and dynasty leagues, he’s simply a matchups play for the Stream-o-Nator.

Mike Fiers – 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.79.  Sung a’la Alicia Keys, “This pitcher is on Fiers….He’s on Fiers….Does he still think he’s pitching for the Astros?  Cause he’s on Fiers…”  Actually, not “a’la,” she literally sings those exact words.  Don’t focus too much on how Fiers’ ERA is better than five-sixths of your staff.  It’ll only make you sad.

Arodys Vizcaino – Expected back today.  I’m forming a Praying Mantis with Cougs and my dog, Ted, that Vizcaino is actually healthy and not just returning.

Anibal Sanchez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.89.  Feels like such a throwback.  Not because he’s old, though he is, but because I can remember, and this is going to age me, when there were a number of pitchers who had inexplicably low ERAs.  Member that?  Way back in 2014.  MLB ERA in 2014 was 3.74, now it’s 4.08.  MLB, “Nothing to see here!”

Johan Camargo – 2-for-5 and his 8th homer.  And when I was your age, Johans were pitchers!  Humbug!  Also, Camargo is hitting near-.350 in the last week, so might be a little schmotato here.

Ronald Acuna – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .274.  Podcaster Ralph and I talk about Acuña on the podcast coming later today, okay, we spew love in free-form poems.

Aaron Judge – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer, and 2nd homer in–Oh, he hits home runs every game.  Not Seung-hwan.

Jonathan Loaisiga – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.00.  If you want to drop him, it’s better to not watch him, because, if you watch him, you will be overwhelmed with how sexy his pitches are.

Luis Castillo – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.53.  About what Anime Grey said in the video above?  Yeah, it still stands.  Castillo looked better, but it was the White Sox and Jose Abreu didn’t even play the whole game (sore ankle).  So, better sign than his last 17 games started, but I’d like to see more.

Scott Schebler – 2-for-3 and his 11th homer, hitting .283.   No one wants him, not even the Reds.  He’s their leadoff hitter, homers and doubles, then is swapped out of the lineup.  Incredible.  Jim Riggleman thinks they’re in the 7th game of the World Series.

James Shields – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 4.12.  I Googled “Big Game James” and Google suggested every athlete whose name is James:  James Worthy, James Shields, LeBron James.  Someone needs to start going by Important Athletic Event Gent.

Avisail Garcia – 2-for-4 and his 5th homer.  He’s now hitting near-.400 in the last week with four homers.  Just drop your password in the comments, and I’ll pick him up for you.  If you’re password is Grey’shairisnotthatgreat, then don’t bother.

Matt Adams – Expects to be activated on Wednesday.  He hit in a sim game with no issues.  How did he even play the CD-Rom?

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer, hitting .217.  You know what it was a weird genie request?  When Bryce Harper asked to become Adam Dunn.

Anthony Rendon – 1-for-5 and his 12th homer, hitting .291.  Feels like just last week he only had seven homers.  Oh, look at that, it was.

Daniel Murphy – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .203.  If you still own Murphy, I bet you could get something in a trade for him.  Find the guy in your league who still talks about how he lettered in high school.  Unless you are that guy, then, uh, yeah, nice calves, I don’t need to see them.

Rick Porcello – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.57.  I’ve said this a few times in the past, but, really, what the hell are we gonna talk about with Porcello?  He is exactly a 3.55-3.80 pitcher with neutral luck.

Mookie Betts – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer.  Mookie Best!

Nathan Eovaldi – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.92 vs. Wei-Yin Chen – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.55.  This matchup was billed as, “The Rays vs. The Marlins, just be glad it wasn’t a suspended zero-zero tie.”  I keed, about Eovaldi, at least.  He has a 7.6 K/9, a K-rate that plays because his walk rate is only 1.3.  K-rate is strikeout rate, by the way, not a Wheel of Fortune clue for karate.

A.J. Pollock – 0-for-4, 1 run as he was activated.  Pollock said he felt as good as new, but then the camera pulled back and revealed he was looking at a gnu with a sore hamstring.

Robbie Ray – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.89.  Bad week to quit barbiturates.

Carlos Martinez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.20.  I started both C-Mart and Ray in one league, because I am totally loco.  I am wearing a chicken suit screaming, “El Pollo Loco,” that’s how loco I am.  Thankfully, only Ray gave me the royal screwjob, and I’m trusting C-Mart again, which I’m sure won’t backfire.

Jedd Gyorko – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  As someone who owns Gyorko in one deep league, let me tell you that he never plays.  Matheny just has too many weapons.  Not a weapon, according to Cards President Mozeliak, is definitely Dexter Fowler.

Yadier Molina – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .272.  He’s on pace for 23 homers and a .270 average, i.e., what you would’ve taken from Gary Sanchez in the worst case scenario.  By the way, you need to rethink your worst case scenarios.

Gorkys Hernandez – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer.  There’s no truth to the rumor the Hitter-Tron loved Gorkys yesterday because it thought Gorkys was a sex comedy about gigabytes.

Nick Kingham – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.70, as he was recalled.  I told you yesterday I grabbed Kingham, and today I say, well, I hate myself.  Here’s to his next start vs. WASH.  Oy.  Now I subliminally want to scrub myself.  Obviously, if you’re not locked into starting Kingham again, you can lose him in most mixed leagues.

Elias Diaz – 1-for-2 and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Elias Sports Bureau said, “No relation.”

Matt Kemp – 5-for-5, 4 runs, 4 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .323.  11th best OPS in the majors, 8th best batting average, 9th best SLG, and number one for DMs with Rihanna.  Actually, all of that might be for the DMs.

Cody Bellinger – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .241.  Also, in this game, Joc Pederson (1-for-6) hit his 12th homer and Max Muncy (1-for-5, 3 runs) and his 18th homer, as the Dodgers scored 17 runs and pregunta’d, “Who was eliminated due to a poor record in April?”

Nate Orf – 0-for-4 as he starts over Villar, because Craig Counsell approaches common sense similarly to how he approached holding a bat.  “Oh, well, that’s, uh…different.”

Robbie Grossman – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 4th homer, a grand slam because Rosario beat out an infield single to keep the inning going and I own Brent Suter (5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.53) and hold me please.  These are not tears of joy.

Willians Astudillo – 2-for-4, hitting .455 he was called up over the weekend, and played 3rd base yesterday for the Twins, because the Twinkies just don’t feel right without a guy who looks like he enjoys Twinkies playing 3rd.  Astudillo is as tall as he is wide, and swings, and hits everything.  His walk rate in Triple-A?  2.7%.  His strikeout rate?  4.8%.  That’s hilarious in a very nerdy way.  He has little power, and looks like a weeble wobble for speed, but he could hit for average.  Dot dot dot.  Or get sent down in a few days.

Jorge Polanco – 0-for-4 as he returned from his suspension, and Eduardo Escobar hit the bench.  I saw Escobar benched for Polanco, and all I could think of was Escobar was being abused like Mary J. Blige in Not Gon’ Cry.  “I was your shortstop and your secretary, working every day of the week.  Was at the job when Polanco was suspended, helping this team get on its feet.  Eighty games of sacrifice and you can bench me at the drop of a dime?  I shoulda made you DFA Polanco’s ass a thousand times!  Well, I’m not gon cry, I’m not gon cry, I’ll be here if Polanco’s hamstring tears.”

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SteveNZ
SteveNZ
3 years ago

Are the Rays saving Alvarado for the save?

Los Putos
Los Putos
3 years ago

Ive lost herrera as a closer and soon could lose Iglesias and britton to possible deals if what they’re saying on the interwebs is true

I’ve Sir Anthony and Wily E Peralta as my other closers

My Mazara for his Chapman?

Can then try and send Iglesias and britton for a 3rd established closer

I’ve souza to replace mazara

Thanks

Steve
Steve
3 years ago

What happened to Heaney?! He’s totally unreliable. He droppable? Showed so much promise. Like Mahle better?

Thanks

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Steve
3 years ago

@Steve: whatever the new term for LAA home only pitcher, that’s the ticket. i liked one of the words not chosen for that.

Steve
Steve
Reply to  The Harrow
3 years ago

@The Harrow: wrote that when Heaney gave up 3 in the top of the first, he settled down impressively afterwards. 1.11 Fip 1.58 xFip 10K in 7IP, I’ll take it!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
3 years ago

Sonavajoc’d.

Sinkhole Demayo
Sinkhole Demayo
3 years ago

solarte party!

Hepcat13
Hepcat13
3 years ago

J.A. Happ and Soria for Carassco, ROS?

H2H 5×5 12 team

Thanks!

Hepcat13
Hepcat13
Reply to  Hepcat13
3 years ago

@Hepcat13: How about Quintana for Happ and Soria? Thanks!

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
3 years ago

Eddie Rosario of Springer in a standard 5×5 roto ROS?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
3 years ago

Reds bullpen sucks balls, but it was really de Scalfani that got the whole sorry business started.

Kevinb
Kevinb
3 years ago

Love the write up.
Can we trust Harvey’s last 3 starts as a sign he may be coming around. His fastball cloaked 95-97 again.

Please give me a good 5 year heads up before you retire. I need to to adjust to quitting the sport. Lol

NH
NH
3 years ago

Grey,
Would you do any of these trades.

I give Greinke
I get Springer

I give Kimbrel
I get Bumgarner

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
3 years ago

Wow. Was expecting/needing a good outing from Bieber tonight. Yeah, not getting it. Crazy, but against KC’s offense (and with Moose sitting to boot!) he was my “safe” play since I was expecting a shutout. I’m sitting Flaherty, given that he’s going against Grienke and that offense with Pollock back. Now that I’m getting shellacked should I say screw it and throw Flaherty out there anyway? Or would that compound my problem?

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Hehe I thought about it, I can’t handle it. Guess I’m just a fraidy cat.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  GrassyKnollRedding
3 years ago

@GrassyKnollRedding: this should be very innings dependent. if you’re in a 1800 cap he’s the easiest start there is, if like 1200 maybe not. a h2h league i’d start him nearly everywhere.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
3 years ago

Of course Shane Bieber has saved up his worst outing when I start him against the worst offense against right handed pitching in baseball. Never fails.

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
Reply to  Fred Garvin MP
3 years ago

@Fred Garvin MP: Haha, glad it’s not just me. On paper, we looked like geniuses. Baseball’s crazy.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  GrassyKnollRedding
3 years ago

@GrassyKnollRedding: good starts don’t always go well, see ray yesterday

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  The Harrow
3 years ago

@The Harrow: Oh, don’t worry, I also started Ray.

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

@GrassyKnollRedding: Hey, we might get something good out of this yet. Love some tack on runs about now.

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
Reply to  Fred Garvin MP
3 years ago

@Fred Garvin MP: You’re so right. I will happily run to the bank with that win. That’s a gift.

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
3 years ago

Knebel is looking like he did last year this past month. He’s getting 2-3 K’s an inning. Save opps haven’t been as plentiful lately, but he’s up to 9 after today and they can come in bunches. He seems to have more upside in K’s and ratios than Cody Allen. Was wondering about trying to trade Cody Allen for Knebel. Yes or no?

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
Reply to  Perfect Game
3 years ago

Knebel – 34:9 K/BB ratio in 20.2 IP / 3.05 / 0.92 / 9 SV

Allen – 39:12 K/BB ratio in 32.1 IP / 3.62 / 1.05 / 16 SV

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Saves wasn’t on my mind. Was thinking of getting more K’s and better ratios from Knebel.

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Gonna give it a try. Knebel’s 28.6% k-bb% is niiiiiice…8% better than Allen.

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
3 years ago

thanks for several solid pieces of advice today….this trade allergic league keeps dithering with their own ideas. so moving on to the following scenarios. thanks in advance for the help and humor!

1. Do we trust Davis in Coors down the stretch? I have an offer of his Davis for my Hendricks. My SPs are Max, MadBum, Morton, Bauer, Wood and Hendricks so I think I could do this and then backfill my last SP with Peralta. Do you think that Peralta will be solid in September? Innings restrictions concerns?

2. The other avenue to shore up saves is to just SAGNOF guys like Clippard or Romo by dropping a holds guy (Hirano or Herrera)…and keep Hendricks hoping he finds himself.

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Nice! Thanks. So to backfill Hendricks’ spot,
I can drop Herrera for Freeland, Peralta, Matz, Nova, Buchholdz, Cahill, Teheran, Guerra. Any favorites here?

Maverick
Maverick
3 years ago

Hey Grey
Thanks for great writes ups!!!

What do you think of this trade?

Harper/Sean Newcomb for Eddie Rosario / Robbie Ray

Thanks

dubjay
dubjay
3 years ago

Hey Grey,
a couple of quick questions.
1. would you start Heaney tonight @ Seattle in a H2H league?
2. I need to activate Pollock. Yesterday I asked you who was the drop to activate him. I was basically trying to decide which of Olson/Smoak would be the drop. Was surprised that you said Olson considering he has much better numbers so far. Just curious of your reasons why you think Olson should be the drop?
Thanks

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
3 years ago

Which pitcher to stash for September playoff run?

Ryu, Buchholdz, A Sanchez, E Santana, V Velasquez

Thank you.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
3 years ago

I’m as happy to set-and-forget my catcher as the next guy, but it’s probably safe to move on from Tom Murphy, right?

Aufan
Aufan
3 years ago

Hey, I have a trade question for you. I am in a 12 team 6×6 (normal cats + OPS) dynasty league. I got offered Shwarber for my Teoscar Hernandez. Which side do you like here?

Dnut Eastwood
3 years ago

Lindor and Ramierez, This was before I was a fantasy bb participant, but Jeff Kent and Barry Bonds in 2001. I will check it out

Timothy Washburn
Reply to  Dnut Eastwood
3 years ago

@Dnut Eastwood: Or Will Clark and Kevin Mitchell in 1989 lol. Stay with the bay Mcguire and Canseco in 1988

Dnut Eastwood
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Her Va JJ probaly looked like Johnny Benchs catchers mit ugh. George Foster and Joe Morgan?

Dnut Eastwood
Reply to  Dnut Eastwood
3 years ago

@Dnut Eastwood: 2000 but who wasn’t banging back then great question

The Shoe
The Shoe
3 years ago

Heyo Grey,

I’m trying to upgrade my pitching staff by acquiring a top 15-ish starter. I’m looking at Carrasco, McCullers, C-Mart, and Snell.

What’s your ranking of these guys? Who do you have a thing for? Which one has the best change to be the difference maker for me in a H2H playoff matchup?

Thanks as always!

The Shoe
The Shoe
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Interesting, didn’t expect you to put Carrasco last. I haven’t been tracking closely with your position on Carrasco recently – what’s not to like (relatively speaking)?

big league choo
big league choo
3 years ago

10 team dynasty 5×5 OBP

last trade question. thanks grey.

carp/newcomb for hoskins

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
3 years ago

Pick up Ohtani?

Ralphy
Ralphy
Reply to  Justin Ralph
3 years ago

@Justin Ralph: Or Gausman?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
3 years ago

Grey,

Two questions

1) I get Ohtani back. should I drop Joc Pederson, eric Thames, Billy Hamilton or all of them to activate Ohtani and i can pick up 2 others?
2) i get Hellickson back. Is it time to cut Pivetta loose or drop CC to activate him

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

i heard gattis was placed on the dl for knee surgery and be out 4-6 weeks, yet Houston has him in the starting lineup. What is the true story?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
3 years ago

Rotoworld reported this at 3:30 this afternoon:

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Brian McCann will require surgery on his right knee which will sideline him for 4-6 weeks.

McCann was placed on the disabled list Tuesday due to more troubles with his right knee. The surgery will take him out of the mix until somewhere around mid-August. Max Stassi will slide into the primary catcher role during his absence and is worth a pickup in two-catcher mixed fantasy leagues. Tim Federowicz was called up Tuesday to serve as the backup. It will be interesting to see if the Astros end up in the market for a catcher leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

big league choo
big league choo
3 years ago

10 team dynasty 5×5 OBP

1) matt carp/pollock for giancarlo

2)carp/newcomb for nola

Charlie
Charlie
3 years ago

Grey,

6×5 including ops, 10 team, h2h, standard one c, 1b, 2b, ss, 3b, three of, two util, two sp, two rp, four p, and six bench. Would you trade my Castellanos for his Robbie Ray? Below is my team.

c – Yadier Molina
1b – Goldscshmidt, Abreu
2b – Albies, Peraza
3b – Arenado, Castellanos
ss – Bregman
of – Trout, Judge, Pollock, Hicks, Braun, Inciarte, Puig
sp – Scherzer, Luis Castillo, Pivetta, Keuchel, Price, Weaver
p – Kela, Barraclough, Rondon
dl – Archer, Wacha

Charlie
Charlie
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

I’ve been trying to roll with it week to week. Castillo was a stream yesterday, Pivetta has kinda gone down hill the last few starts, Keuchel I picked up off waivers a few weeks ago , and Weaver Archer and Wacha were drafted and just not done well. So yes, I’m def having to deal with a mess.

If not Ray what type of pitcher would you be looking to acquire for Castellanos or another one of my bats?

Charlie
Charlie
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

How do you rank the following? I’ll move my way from the best to the worst when trying to move a bat. Do you think Castellanos can land one of them or will I have to offer up a bigger bat?

Bauer
Morton
Snell
Lester
Eduardo Rodriguez
C-Mart
McCullers

Charlie
Charlie
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks!

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

Between Soto, Acuna and Pollock – who provides the betters stats, including SB for the ROS?

Let's Play Two
Let's Play Two
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

What line do you see Acuna putting up ROS?

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
3 years ago

man all those years of outperforming his numbers have come home to roost on hendricks.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
3 years ago

As a Carl Edwards Jr owner, I’m pleased to hear his rehab is going so well.

“Edwards issued two walks, hit a batter, and threw a wild pitch to force in a run.”

There’s a rumour going round that Marmol locked him in a cupboard and took his place on the mound.

JP
JP
3 years ago

12 team, HxH league, any reason to keep Adam Eaton on my bench, could drop for Puig, Parra, or Pivetta or Wheeler?

ERad
ERad
3 years ago

Can we go back to simpler times when Robbie Ray was on the DL?

Jack
Jack
3 years ago

Stassi becomes full-time catcher for at least 4-6 weeks. Him or Zunino?

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Jack
3 years ago

@Jack: he already had that job for almost a month a while ago, it didn’t go well then.

herschel
herschel
3 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto. need SP help. would you swap Tim Anderson straight up for any of Manaea, Price, Ray or Mikolas? which two first? thanks….

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
3 years ago

Hendricks has been ragged last several starts. I have a big lead in a H2H league so I can be patient with him but i also have a superb SP staff of Max, MadBum, Bauer, Morton, Wood and Hendricks.

I have Britton, Parker and Bear Claw as closers (yes, you have seen this sad sack lineup in posts before but I can’t seem to improve upon them via wire or trade). Would you send Hendricks for Knebel? Or wait until the dust settles and SAGNOF?

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

He countered with Wood. What say you?

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks! Funny how Wood was complete garbage four starts ago. Now I think I prefer him over Kendricks…close I guess. Who do you prefer longer term between the two?

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
3 years ago

Great write-up Grey!

Should I be considering sending Trea to acquire Lindor in a keeper league? Trea’s been underwhelming and caught stealing more than usual lately. Is Trea a top 10 guy next year?

Enjoy the 4th tomorrow!

LG

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
3 years ago

drop hosmer for hicks in a 12 team league?

Mike
3 years ago

For real…watching these guys every night here in Ohio is a treat. Even my seven-year-old stops what he’s doing to watch JoRam bat. Good stuff as always sir.

Mike
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

lol…you’d be surprised! His Grossery Gang collection isn’t going to sort itself! it’s the new Garbage Pail Kids

Mike
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

haha having little kids can be a good excuse to do silly crap..like I genuinely enjoy Teen Titans Go and I am 37 years old. My wife thinks I’m DVRing it for the kids!

Mike
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

ha!

Jimmy Jack James
Jimmy Jack James
3 years ago

Stick with Kingham for another turn or roll the dice on Fried against Mil on Thu – thanks!

15 team roto with QS instead of W.

Jubaka
Jubaka
3 years ago

Should I drop Junis and or wacha? For any or 2 of these guys. Eflin, f iers, sabathia, Stroman, bassist.

Fogimon
Fogimon
3 years ago

Against all odds I have kept Castillo…. and he’s been withering away on my bench in wait.

So now that he has ONE good start, what would he have to do in CHI on Sunday to enter back into Grey’s good graces? 6 inn 2 ER 7 k’s?

TBT, all it took was a 3 game hitting streak from Odor.

Ozzie Albies' Helmet
Ozzie Albies' Helmet
3 years ago

Jabari Blash is hitting .335/.438/.773 with 23 home runs in AAA this year. What the hell. .773 Slugging?!?!?! He’s also cut his K rate to the lowest it’s been in 5 years.

Is he worth a speculative pick up? What do you think of him?

He’s been hot garbage at every cup of coffee he’s had in the majors though, so I don’t know what to make of him.

Connor
Connor
3 years ago

Drop Moncada for Odor?

Dnut Eastwood
3 years ago

I know this may sound absurd but Because of other injuries to my team I was thinking is Starling Marte rosterable in a 5×5 league that you play h2h. I have Brantley Trout Ozuna in OF and two Utilitie spots being used by Kemp and Marte. I should get some relief when and If Thor comes off the DL. Marte is helping only in steals, Which i have won by a few steals a week. I’m holding for now but he has stunk since coming off the DL stint last when ever.

Dnut Eastwood
Reply to  Dnut Eastwood
3 years ago

@Dnut Eastwood: Sterling Starling cmon at least I didn’t call him Don Sterling that would of been ugly

Dnut Eastwood
Reply to  Dnut Eastwood
3 years ago

@Dnut Eastwood: Sterling Starling cmon at least I didn’t call him Don Sterling that would of been [email protected]Dnut Eastwood: 10 team league so Marte might have more upside but he has been anemic at best the last month

Dnut Eastwood
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: basically lost faith in Marte. But your saying hold on to him like they sang all on to the night back in the 80’s gottcha. But I tell ya Grey he is on short lease. But if I let him off the chain he probably be like a wild fire in a drought stricken prarie

Dnut Eastwood
Reply to  Dnut Eastwood
3 years ago

@Dnut Eastwood: hold on to the night damn it auto incorrect hold onto the effing memories of Marte being good Grey. Thier getting smaller and smaller as i look in the rearview as I pull away in my 64 Implala

Dnut Eastwood
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: little reassurance for a struggler on your squad don’t hurt. I’ll let him know you haven’t lost faith

herschel
herschel
3 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto. looking to swap box for a SP. clevinger a decent return or keep looking?

re: palm springs, assuming youve been to melvyns?

Fogimon
Fogimon
3 years ago

going further back, in 1989 Mitchell/Clark also finished #1-2 for MVP;

Mitchell – 100/47/125/3 0.291
Clark – 104/23/111/8 0.333

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: 1989 wasn’t exactly hitters paradise, some of the others;

Yount – 101/21/103/19 .318
Sierra – 101/29/119/8 .306
Ripken – 80/21/93/3 .257
Guerrero (Pedro) – 60/17/117/2 .311
Sandberg – 101/30/76/15 .290
HoJo – 104/36/101/41 .287
McGriff – 98/36/92/7 .269

Howard Johnson probably was #1 in fantasy that year with the 36HR and 41 SBs, but I think Mitch and Clark were both top 5

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: he got a motel franchise out of it, but not much else.

I think I have 10-20 of those Topps Future Prospect HoJo cards, worth all of $0.03 each now.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
3 years ago

What’s good Grey? Posted it up above, but I’m thinking Helton and Walker might have been Top-5 in 2001 although hitting #’s were goofy back then.

Todd Helton 132/49/146/7/.336
Larry Walker 107/38/123/14/.350

Anythehoo…I currently have Realmuto playing catcher and Sanchez on my DL. Thinking of offering Sanchez for Garrett Richards or a starting pitcher of that caliber/rank. Do you think that’s about right, or, am I aiming too low?

Fogimon
Fogimon
3 years ago

In 2000 Kent/Bonds finished #1-2 in MVP voting;

Kent – 114/33/125/12 0.334
Bonds – 129/49/106/11 0.306

surfer dude
surfer dude
3 years ago

Hi Grey, 10 tm h2h pts for ROS: any add/drops worth doing from the lists below?
possible drops:
Olsen
Mazara
Desmond
Moustakas
possible adds:
A. Garcia
R. Acuna
J. Peraza
S.Souza
K. Tucker
could also drop 1 of these 2 SP:
Bieber
Mikolas
Big THANKS for taking the time.

Rachel
Rachel
3 years ago

Would you drop J. Kipnis or J. Harrison for K. Marte? 12T Mixed H2H

brian
brian
3 years ago

better save spec ROS….seung or greg holland?

thanks.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
3 years ago

Ugh. Started Ray last night, and benched C Mart. If I could ever get out of my own way, I’d be dominating pitching.

Please rank;

Eflin vs. Bal (Cobb) 8.2
Biebs @ KC (Duffy) 7.1
Hill vs. Pit (Musgrove 23.3

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

@Grey: C Mart was decent enough and got a win. Man, my delicious Yarbrough plans were ruined because he is actually starting the game against the Marlins.

Brett
Brett
3 years ago

12 team daily categories for saves and another for holds. I need to cut a reliever. Which would you cut? Hader, Yates, Cody Allen, kela, Boxberger. I also have seranthony but his sp makes him not an option to release. Thanks

Brett
Brett
Reply to  Brett
3 years ago

@Brett: totally forgot Britton. My relievers are hader, Yates, Britton, Boxberger,kela, Allen, seranthony who would you cut? Sorry and thanks

Big Dog
Big Dog
3 years ago

I know you have been saying to sell Lester for a while now. Who would you prefer to pair with Lester in an offer for Bauer…Flaherty, Newcomb or Skaggs?

Please rank which guys you would offer first with Lester in case I have a back and forth with the owner. Thank you very much!

Big Dog
Big Dog
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Just to confirm…You would offer Skaggs first and then Flaherty and the Newcomb?

Thanks and have a Happy 4th!

Peacecoast
Peacecoast
3 years ago

I picked up Odor. Crazy that I drafted him in the 7th round and dropped him awhile ago. If he goes back to shit I might for real quit this game. My hitters are sucking and I only have like 28 hitting points whereas I went late in pitching and have 50ish. Good enough to hover in 3/4th.
How are your teams doing this year?

Peacecoast
Peacecoast
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: I picked up Kingham too but only after lineups locked haha. I am holding onto him though. Sit Fulmer today right (CHC)?
Any plans for the 4th?

Peacecoast
Peacecoast
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Having a neighborhood party at our house. We put a pool in so now we have to entertain everyone.

Does anyone/everyone in LA have pools? You live in a single family house or condo? I keep imagining a condo type place with dog shit in every room and misplaced eye glass cleaner on the counters.

We went to Palm Springs last year. That is some real desert shit there son. We stayed at some big hotel/resort with a great pool. There was not much else to do there. It must be hotter than my anus there right now.

Link me to your favorite boba treat. I am curious.

Peacecoast
Peacecoast
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: wow you are buying a house? Where are you moving? Coming back to me on the East Coast? Ya, fuck Hollywood. But Cougs works for CBS or some shit right? Damn. Where will you move? Is LA crazy expensive? You must be Jewish right (based on all the jokes). Like, I am brown. Canadian born Pakistani roots. And I can make fun of fucking anyone from any race. Cuz I am allowed to. It’s like reverse racial privilege son. You can really only make Jewish jokes. Womp Womp.

P.S. fuk u willy mo

Peacecoast
Peacecoast
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Renaissance Indian Wells is where we stayed.

Same in Boston, you just keep using your equity to make 20% down on a new mortgage and keep moving up!

Ted Williams' Frozen Head
Ted Williams' Frozen Head
3 years ago

Soto/Morrow for Marte? 12TMixed H2H, Could use some swipes, would have Kela/Barraclough/Familia left for closers. Thanks Grey!

Jacks
Jacks
3 years ago

Would you drop Choo for Avisail? Choo is gimpy again.

stefan
stefan
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Avisail has not taken a single walk this year so far. WTF? 122 PAs. .287 OBP. T

Sinkhole Demayo
Sinkhole Demayo
3 years ago

12 team dynasty with OPS, K’s against the batters added, QS, K/9 for pitchers. h2h. auction prices on 3 year cycles, anybody added from FA is 10 in year 1. budget goes up like 10% a year and is around 335 now. predraft you can keep up to 18 players and up to 75% or so (251)
C uh oh
1B freeman (3B, traded an extremely expensive kershaw for freeman/hand/kopech, 31 year 3, but i absolutely match his increased bid)
2B moncada (1, year 2)
SS solarte party (2B/3B FA)
3B rendon (26, year 2)
RF stanton (LF 35 year 2, and i was going to go to like 51 last year)
LF brantley (FA)
CF heyward (RF, FA)
util k.davis (LF 1 year 3)
util schwarber (LF 1, year 1)
BN kingery (2B/SS/3B soon to be LF/RF, 10, year 1)
BN taylor (CF FA, about to be dropped, he’s been benched 4 days in a row
BN kraken (1, year 3)
DL ceager (1, year 3, probably won’t pay his next year bid up price)
DL buxton (CF, 1, year 3)
NA (up to 10, prospects don’t start year 1 till they get a decent amount of at bats in a given year): o’neill (FA), willie (LF, 10), robles (10), florial (6), j.sanchez (10), riley (FA), y.alvarez (FA), mountcastle (FA)

SP morton (5, year 1), nola (22, year 1), weaver (10, year 2), wood (10, year 2), hendricks (1, 3), f.peralta (FA), musgrove (FA), maeda (FA)
RP (room for 5) treinen (7, year 1), chapman (29, year 3, i WON’T be paying his bid up price), hand (10 year 2), norris (FA),

DL (5 max), otani (pitcher only, 26, year 1), wacha (5, year 1), reyes (10, year 1),
NA: kopech (1), allard (FA)

i’ll assume buxton goes in taylor’s slot when he comes back, but pham just got dropped. his price is 10 year 2, BUT IF somebody is FAAB’d for more than 10 that’s his new price going forward. i have 74/100 left and here’s some other this year bids:
mazouza (21)
happ SP (4, 2nd place 3)
musgove (3, me)
sunday santana (10, in early april)
morrow (25, i was 2nd with 12)
j.montgomery (NYY media bias, 20)
mikolas (6)
brantley (5, me)
kela (7)
strickland (5)
parker (5)
greene (8)

worth dropping heyward for pham to play CF here (his eye condition might be acting up again for the last 5 or so weeks, i watch a lot of his at bats, he hasn’t seen the ball well from the looks of it for a while) and how much?

Sinkhole Demayo
Sinkhole Demayo
Reply to  Sinkhole Demayo
3 years ago

@Sinkhole Demayo: no penalty for dropping a player at any time, so even if say pham went for 42 i wouldn’t have to keep him at all, certainly not at that crazy price.

Acuna is a HOF'er
Acuna is a HOF'er
3 years ago

currently rolling with escobar, muncy & scooter in the infield. since polanco is back from his suspension, you think escobar loses enough PT to support moving on in my SS slot? options are polanco, peraza, camargo, russell.

thanks as always!

Acuna is a HOF'er
Acuna is a HOF'er
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

thanks Grey! appears I’ll be rolling with three reds in my lineup for now – votto, scooter & peraza.

TualatinTwoStep
TualatinTwoStep
3 years ago

Hey Grey!

There are rumors that the Nats are trying to acquire Raisel Iglesias and they want to make him a starter. Should I try to move him now in a deep dynasty league? He’s under team control til 2020, so if this happens I’d think his value goes into the crapper, yeah? Or hold and pray he gets sent somewhere that he can close? Thanks man!

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
3 years ago

Can you rank the following for ROS: Polanco, Grichuk, Kiermaier.?

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
3 years ago

Which group would you prefer in a 10 team H2H keeper…Bryant/Baez/Bellinger/Verlander or Machado/Bregman/Nola? Thanks!

Benintendo64
Benintendo64
3 years ago

Sup Grey! Hope you enjoy your 4th of July!

Need some help here fellow razzballers..

So I’m currently in 3rd place (H2H 12 teams) despite building what feels like an amazing team
Hitting (HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG)
C- Murphy
1- Freeman
2- C Taylor
3- Rendon
SS- Lindor
OF- Betts, K Davis, Benintendi
UTL- Aguilar
UTL- Hoskins
Bench- Acuna, kike, Conforto

Pitching (QS, ERA, WHIP, K/9, S+H)
SP- Bauer, Nola, Snell, Corbin, Clevinger
RP- Hader, Peacock, Rondon, Yates, J Hicks
DL- Archer, A Miller

So a few questions for y’all:
1) We have daily lineups so having to decide to bench one of Aguilar, acuna or Hoskins each night is frustrating as hell, should I be looking to trade one of them? Our deadline is at the end of July

2) If so, what caliber of 2B or RP do you think I should target? The categories I’m lagging in are S+H and RBI

3) I liked the B side of Drake’s new album better than the A side, your thoughts?

Benintendo64
Benintendo64
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: thanks I’ll try out some of those offers.

Was it better than Ye or Kids see Ghosts for you?

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: #3 – you nailed it Grey, don’t even bother. The guy made two sides of moaning and moping that sounds worse than barnyard animals being put down.

bananafactory
bananafactory
3 years ago

rank ROS:

Candelario
Michael A Taylor
Dustin Fowler
Andujar

cyler8
cyler8
3 years ago

Can’t wait for that mid-season top prospect list. Woooo.

In a 6 X 6 OPS dynasty league, 10 team, would you rather have Trea or Harper?

Brian
Brian
3 years ago

16 team dynasty. h2h 6×6 with hits and OPS, and k/bb and QS. wasn’t expecting to contend this year but currently in 5th 6.5 games back. top 6 make playoffs.

roster is C-flowers, 1b-encarnacion, 2b – eduardo escobar, ss-xander, 3b-machado, of-mazara, then I rotate the following for the other 2 OF spots (span, brinson, polanco, thames, para), util-aguilar, then i rotate between the aforementioned OFs for my other UTIL spot, BN-culberson, wilmer flores, munoz
SP-sale, pivetta, loaisiga, domingo german, morton, alcantara, bassitt, covey, caleb smith, buehler, tropeano, cahill. RP-peacock, hector rondon, greene, seranthony, kela, chad green, dyson, strickland, will smith.
My minors roster is pretty loaded-tatis, adell, trammell, yordan, will benson, rodgers, corey ray, wander javier, kyle lewis, lutz, jojo romero, graterol, allard, kaprelian.
was offered bryant and heaney for my buehler, tatis, adell, and trammell but i talked him down to bryant for tatis, trammell, and one of buehler or adell. adell is shooting up prospect lists but my pitching obv ain’t great. buehler probably going to get shut down for IPs before playoffs however. if you’d do the deal at all, would you rather include buehler or adell?

thanks grey

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

Sage Grey,

I’m in a 10-team 5×5 standard roto using R/HR/RBI/SB/AVG K/QS/SV/ERA/WHIP. Only 2 DL slots.

I need advice on consolidating my roster – who would you consider expendable to try and package in a trade to make room on my roster when Thor and Stras come off the DL.

I’m in 1st place overall, but the HR (2nd), RBI (2nd), AVG (2nd), K (2nd), QS (1st), SV (2nd) categories are tight between 2-3 teams.

My roster:

C Molina
1B Freeman
2B Baez
3B Arenado
SS Correa (DL)
OF Trout, Judge, Springer, Betts
UTIL Benintendi, Goldy
BENCH Pollock, Story

SP Severino, Bauer, Kluber, Pax, Berrios, Thor (DL), Stras (DL)
RP Kimbrel, Jansen, Doolittle, Allen

Let's Play Two
Let's Play Two
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

With 3 bench spots I would need to move 3 for 1. Who would be the 3rd player on my roster you would move?