“The 1994 classic, Blank Check, is possibly the best film ever, better than those Godfather films. Did you know they aren’t even about the perils of being a Godfather? Like what gift do I give my godson for his fifth birthday? Or what happens when my god daughter’s mother is hitting on me? Anyway, Blank Check is a ten out of ten, better than Dunston Checks In. The only drawback I can see is I thought Blank Check was initially about what the Braves will be offering Freddie Freeman this offseason.” Sorry! I was just typing up my IMDB Blank Check review. Yesterday, Freddie Freeman acquired his 2nd career cycle, going 4-for-5, 4 runs, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer, as he hits .301. His Ks, walks, BABIP, HardHit%, HR/FB% and spread of balls to his pull side vs. opposite way are all in line with previous–Okay, is he a robot? Thought we were starting to see the beginning of the end when he was struggling with his average in the early months, but that was fraught for naught. I’m sure we’ll see more cycles in the future for Freeman if he ever gets that Braves’ blank check. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jesus Luzardo – 3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 7.76. Still like Jesus long-term. Not like next week long-term or 200 years from now long-term. Somewhere in-between.

Jesus Sanchez – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .245. Miami heard they’re gonna be underwater in 15 years so they got a bunch of guys that are supposed to walk on water.

Josiah Gray – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.90. Looked up his numbers to see how he was doing early on his career and couldn’t figure out a damn thing. Too small a sample. He’s got a .206 BABIP and a 6.71 FIP, just silly numbers that mean nothing. The eye test? Oh, that’s he’s passing with flying colors. Streamonator loves his next start, and I’m all-in until further notice.

Juan Soto – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, and his 20th homer, hitting .304. Sexy Dr. Pepper can have an off season, and still have an outside shot at 30 homers and .300.

Josh Bell – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .241. Wonder if I contact a voodoo priestess and ask her to body switch Josh Bell and David Bell if David Bell would notice.

Carter Kieboom – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 3rd homer. Get Carter. Dot dot dot. Was a terrible movie. Both iterations of it. Sorry, cokeheads — that’s what they call fans of Michael Caine. Kieboom, however, has three homers and is hitting .300 in August.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-5, and his 28th and 29th homer. Also, in this game, Dickerson went deep for his 4th. “…where Dickerson goes deep, Semien is sure to follow,” and I close a textbook much to the confusion of my sex ed students.

Teoscar Hernandez – 2-for-4 and his 22nd homer, and 4th straight game with a homer. A lot of people coming for Dale Long this year, and the Ghost of Dale Long, sitting in a red armchair, with a badass fire tattoo and a pitchfork–Wait a second! Devil Long? Is that you? “Who’s asking? Are you a telemarketer? Like a cop, you have to say when asked if you are a telemarketer.” “I don’t think that’s true.” “It is. I know. I am the devil and I invented telemarketers.”

Chris Bassitt – Sustained fractures to his cheekbone, and upper jawbone, and now they’ll wait three-to-five days for him to undergo surgery. Absolutely brutal news, and my guess is he’s done for the year. Hopefully, he’s fine for next year. My guess on that is he will be, because I’m an optimistic little bugger (after being pessimistic about him for this year).

Seth Brown – 1-for-2 and his 16th homer, and 2nd homer in five games. There’s some schmotatoness here, but also some ding-donginess from Billy Beane. He’s horsestringing Bob Melvin to a post, forcing him to platoon out Brown vs. any lefties, so they can get the you-thought-he-retired Piscotty in to face lefties. Why? Piscotty doesn’t know! Piscotty doesn’t know!

Lance Lynn – 4 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 2.26, and ejected from the game as he threw his belt at the umpire. I can’t believe he vacated his heavyweight belt that easily. So, Lynn went back to the dugout, placed his glove and hat on the dugout fence and went in. Then, he was presumably told his belt needs inspection too, and he tossed it out of the dugout onto the dirt. And, with that, the ump tossed him. Lance Lynn essentially said, “You wanna check my belt so bad? Here!” and chucked it at the ump. It’s possibly not the smartest move, but I respect it. Every night of watching MLB I’m wearing a monocle, replaying clips like it’s a Zapruder film, seeing things I’ve never seen before. Tonight it was “pitcher too far from umpire for a belt inspection.” Incredible. Feeling pain at the thought of him being suspended and missing a start, though.

Tyler Mahle – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.78. This start was vs. the Cubs, who are voluntarily (as far as I know) starting Ian Happ as their three hole hitter and Matt Duffy as cleanup. Two guys who wouldn’t be in most other MLB lineups. Mahle got freakin’ beat by Hermosillo (1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer)! Hermsillo sounds like a beachside California town! Hey, I went to Hermosillo and it’s effin’ thick with seagulls! It sucks! The seagulls suck! Ugh, Mahle! I’m very mad right now.

Tyler Naquin – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer. Yay, but I’m not in much mood to be happy about a Tyler right now.

Ian Happ – 1-for-5 and his 14th homer and 2nd homer in the last two days. Hot schmotato, through no small part of Tyler Mahle and the Reds’ pitching and park!

Sergio Alcantara – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer. The lovable loser Cubs at least had Ryne Sandberg. Who are these guys?

Keegan Thompson – Will be called up by the Cubs to start on Saturday. Aw, here it goes! I hear he’s All That! Wonder if he’s got a Cannon. Wait, wrong Nick star who went on to do terrible sketch comedy. Keegan, not Kenan, Thompson has poor command in his Triple-A and major league career (4.9 BB/9 in majors; 3.1 BB/9 in Triple-A) and not enough else for me to get excited yet. Thompson looks like a surefire way to get roofied, but in NL-Only leagues, you do you, I’ll do me, and let’s hope we don’t go blind.

Ryan Yarbrough – 5 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, zero walks, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.57, as he was activated from the Covid IL. Ya think Kevin Cash is ever like, “YarBrosseau,” to save time? Any hoo! Yarbrough looked the best he had all season. Maybe you could get a decent five weeks from him.

Cedric Mullins – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer. Mullins’s Star Mitzvah this year — doing it for five months — vs. anyone’s Star Mitzvah from last year — *cough* Kyle Lewis *cough* — makes it clear how terribly I overestimated last year with Lewis.

Ryan Mountcastle – 1-for-4 and his 20th homer. You know how “the kids” say “to cape for someone” means to defend? I will cape for Mountcastle while he gets himself in capers.

Aroldis Chapman – 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.79, as he was activated from the IL. Aaron Boone’s Strawberry Hill he will die on is Aroldis is the closer. Very well then. For anyone who can remember all the way back to July would say Green and Lasagna are worth holding, and last night’s inability by Aroldis to close backs that up.

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs as he was activated from the Covid IL. C to the Ovid is over for R to the Izzo, in case Jay-Z is a Razzball reader.

Andrew Heaney – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.51. Pitching like that and he’s never going to be invited to pitch to Joey Gallo next year at the Home Run Derby.

Xander Bogaerts – 1-for-3 and his 19th homer. X-Bogs was playing like a Gameboy for July, hitting .234 with only three dingers, which was a huge dip after a big May/June. There’s still time for him to salvage his season, and I’d bet the over, whatever the over is.

Nick Pivetta – 1 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.43. Shocked that a pitching staff led by Pivetta isn’t marching towards the playoffs. Shocked, I tell ya.

Patrick Sandoval – Hit the IL with a lumbar spine stress reaction. Sounds season-ending for Sandoval, but not sure. A stress reaction of your back happens when your back hears it can’t make its rent. Your back then drinks hard for a week, and signs alimony checks with the wrong name so its ex can’t cash them.

Justin Upton – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games. Upton gets so hot, that he never homers for the first time in one game. It always starts at the 2nd straight game with a homer.

Shohei Ohtani – 1-for-4 and his 40th homer. As a pimp might say to his lady, ho-hum. Oh….tani, have I mentioned he also threw 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.79. An airplane banner flies past house reading, “Shohei Ohtani is good.” Me, a simpleton, “I wonder if they mean the Shohei Ohtani in the major leagues.”

Tarik Skubal – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.02. Thousand percent Streamonator pick, but also: I’m kinda intrigued for him in 2022.

Caleb Smith – Was ejected after an inspection by the umps, but he didn’t start disrobing and chucking his clothing at the umps. The umps *dramatic sting* found something. According to them. Imagine having your rep tarnished because a bunch of dopes thought you were varnishing the cue, which was a Christian Slater movie, I think.

Jake Arrieta – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 7.13. A.J. Preller is so good at this, just unfair.

Wil Myers – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 14th and 15th homer. Just thought of something that would work: Wil Myers traded to the Rockies. The Rockies are awful and love to play awful players, but him in Coors got me like Kombucha Girl.

Trevor Story – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .256. Man, as terrible as Wil Myers has been, Trevor Story is only one homer in front of him and plays half his games in Coors. Please never tell me anything about ‘contract years being a boost for a player’s value’ ever again.

Anthony DeSclafani – 1 2/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.26, but left after injuring his ankle covering 1st base. Ugh, was a cushy matchup that he was flying through, and I just lost Bassitt and…*sings a heart-wrenching Celine Dion ballad in the mirror while crying, then* I’m good! Don’t worry about me!

Jacob deGromMets are leaning towards shutting him down for the year. Sounds like A) The Mets have finally done something smart. B) Were advised by another team’s training staff. C) There’s no C.

Tylor Megill – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.21. The Yankees have a Gil, and the Mets have a guy who says he’s Megill. So, who are we? Usgill? Ugill? Ustedgill? Ya know, if he’s Spanish. The Streamonator likes Megill’s next start, and I could see it.

Hunter Dozier – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, and 2nd homer in last three games. Grabbed him in one league three games ago, got a home run, and held onto him for a few more games and that is literally the only time that’s ever worked for me.

Nicky Lopez – 3-for-4, 1 run, and 2 more steals (14, 15), and five steals in three games. We love guys who have parasocially embodied Adalberto Mondesi.

Marco Gonzales – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.10. Could be silly that I’m constantly reminded how good Marco was in the August-September season last year, but I’m absolutely grabbing Marco if he’s available. His next matchup will be a test, but I welcome it, uh, for him.

Freddy Peralta – 2 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 2.45, and left with shoulder discomfort. Ugh, the hits keep coming wrap me in a blanket mommy the pain is too unbearable for commas. Oh, and Freddy injured himself swinging the bat! *me standing outside of MLB headquarters* DH to the NL yesterday! DH to the NL yesterday! Backdate the DH and make the pain go away! I lost DeSclafani, FreddyKBB and Bassitt in a 24-hour period. Is that why that guy became The Joker?

Willy Adames – 1-for-3 and his 22nd homer. The worst part about Willy Adames is I have to wait months to draft him for 2022.

Avisail Garcia – 2-for-4 and his 22nd and 23rd homer. Not sure if it’s impressive that Avisail has only one more homer than Adames or if it’s impressive Adames has only one less homer than Avisail.

Jack Flaherty – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.68. He’s gonna end this year with around 100 IP. Last year was around 50. 2020 is going to be felt even in 2022, because guys like this are so long removed from full seasons.

Max Muncy – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and two more homers (27, 28). Max the Munificent.

Mitch White – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.06. Wow, the creator of The White Lotus is having a great month, huh? This start (Bulk Guy following the Opener, same diff) from White is way more because how bad the Pirates are vs. how great White is, right? Sounds about White.

George Springer – Diagnosed with a Grade 1 knee sprain. That means he’ll be out for a few weeks and his knee will need a midday nap.

Rafael Dolis – Designated for assignment. That assignment is to develop into a better pitcher.

Franmil Reyes – 1-for-5 and his 21st homer. While the chase for fifty-four $54 steaks came to an end with his injury earlier this year, he still is going to get to 30 homers. Mark my words (with erasable ink).

Jose Ramirez – 2-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer. Bummer about Francisco Lindor. He was the true superstar, and Jo-Ram just Barbara Hershey’d in his shadow.

Zach Plesac – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.87. Wonder how long after the season ends that the Guardians are like, “Oh, Plesac? Yeah, he was pitching with an injury for the last three months.”

Miguel Sano – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer. His antibody is rich with getting-meatballs-at-a-platelet.

Byron Buxton – Taking live batting practice in St. Paul. Buxton’s health and training coach said, “He’s right where we want him.” His health and training coach is Adalberto Mondesi.

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Alex
Alex
10 months ago

Hey Grey, I’m trying to squeeze into the playoffs. Add Longoria or Jazz over Cesar?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Alex
10 months ago

longo if OBP or OPS league i’d think. def not jazz in those types and probably not in any types. this assumes redraft for any type. might be longo anyway

Ben
Ben
10 months ago

I was offered Freeman for my Starling and Muncy. It’s a keeper, this is a next year move. Apart from average, Muncy and Freeman don’t seem that far apart, and Marte’s steals are really valuable. For next year this doesn’t seem great to me. Am I way off here?

Relatedly, would you send Starling and Muncy for Albies? Trea Turner? Thanks! Feels like a large package to give up, but elite guys are hard to come by.

About where do you currently foresee Muncy ranked for next year? He’s been great.

Thanks!

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
10 months ago

Grey,

someone in my league dropped Trey Mancini. He comes offf the WW Friday night at midnight. Should I pick him up for $5 and drop Tyrone Taylor?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

MAKES NO SENSE WHY SOMEONE WOULD CUT HIM

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
10 months ago

i don’t think mancini will only cost 5, but might. is a slam dunk add over part timer who hasn’t even been good in weeks t.taylor though.

Ellis
Ellis
10 months ago

With Winker looking out longer than 10 days, I have a hole in my Outfield. Playing Bellinger, also have McCutcheon and Benintendi, available as pickups are Rojas Kepler Grossman Upton CJoe Renfroe Brinson JesusS Dozier Gosselin… what would you recommend, thank you!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Ellis
10 months ago

Not that my opinion matters much, but I like Grossman and Renfroe. I’d go with Renfroe if you’re looking for power stats. Curious what Grey thinks on this as I have similar situation in a league.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

You think Brinson has turned the corner? I’ve got him, but i still don’t believe in him lol.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
10 months ago

Hey Grey,

Just wondering, what kind of ranking do you see for Austin Riley heading into 2022? Top 75? Top 50? Top 100? I’m not sure where he would belong.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Oh wow. You’re high on him.

I wasn’t sure where to think of him. Glad to see you have that high of an opinion on him. I guess that’s fourth or fifth round depending on the number of teams in the league. Nice.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Yeah, obviously, things can change.

I think around 60 to 65 is where’d I’d figure him to be. But 50-60 works for me! lol

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
10 months ago

BTW, Springer was the other IL guy I’m replacing with these adds. Been a tough week.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
10 months ago

I lost Springer too. Hopefully he makes it back in time for my league’s playoffs.

Fingers crossed.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
10 months ago

I ran out of weekly moves a few days ago, but since then I suffered Bassit and Peralta -*and Dalbec not full-time) – so II’ll have three moves on Sunday PM. I need two bats and one SP (positions don’t matter). Here are the candidates.

Bats. Lamonte Wade;* Yyler Wade; Mark Canha; Jazz Chisholm*; Brandon Rodgers; Harrison Bader; Tyler Maquin; Yadiel Hernandez; Luke Voit. Leaning towards Lamote and Jazz. But open towards anything. Actually want powere but Dalbec is n/a and I fear Voit’s playing time.

SP. Kaprelian; Matz (too bad I’ll miss Sunday’s easy start); Eliesar; and Josiah. I think Kaprelian. Again, looking for your insight here.

Luckily I have a large lead (playoffs assured). Last week I had the same issue and that’s why I needed 5 (of legql 7) moves last Sunday.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

As mentioned yesterday, I fear Voit’s part-time status — otherwise I know he’s a no-brainer.

Streamers become a less effective plan when I’m continually running out of moves.

Great suggestions — I still have 3 days to finalize my decisions (and address more injuries).

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
10 months ago

Just my opinion, which isn’t worth a whole lot, but I like Jazz and Josiah here. I agree with Grey that Kaprelian is a great choice too. I don’t think you can go wrong with either of them.

VinWins
VinWins
10 months ago

It’s fine. Just hoped to gain points in the SB category. Wouldn’t really help me a lot though.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

I can stop anybody!

Freddy P designated IL on Fantrax.

VinWins
VinWins
10 months ago

Pick up Nicky Lopez for steals, and you get a HR.

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
10 months ago

I need 3 starters from this group. Who would your picks be?

Touki @ BAL
Eric Lauer vs. WAS
Triston McKenzie vs. LAA
Reynaldo Lopez @ TB
Mikolas vs. PIT

Thanks!

JC
JC
10 months ago

Just trying to hang in while the troops are on the mend…Winker, Tapia, Springer creating massive OF hole where we must play five including a RF, LF, and CF. 12 teamer, h2h, with ten hitting cats: singles, doubles etc so even banjo hitters can help. Saves and holds are separate categories as are WHIP and ERA. Here goes:

1. RP are Colome, Box and D Castillo. Need to add one or two of: Romano just dropped, N Anderson, Gallegos, Bummer, Clippard. Top two please.

2. Playing without a catcher due to filling OF holes. Need to fill next week. Gary, Yasmsni, Stassi, Garver, Nola, the best of the lot. Who?

3. Love Cease’s strikeouts but not home runs allowed which is a category. Hold or try ERod, Flexen, V Gutierrez, Touki or are they all streamers including Cease?

4. Cesar was a nice pickup for me at Utility but even batting second on the WSox, he has been cold. Hold or swap for one of Mateo, Longo, Villar, J D Davis?

Thank you. Please light a candle.

JC
JC
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thank you. Finnegan just dropped. Him or Clippard?

JC
JC
Reply to  JC
10 months ago

My relievers blow so bad it likely doesn’t matter. Castillo kills me and takes a win away from Flexen. He has been cut. Just a bad year for SAGNOF

Alps
Alps
10 months ago

Hey Grey
Who looses more playing time
Tyler Wade when Torres and Urshela come back
or
Nicky Lopez when Mondesi comes back
I need SB’s
I could also go after Yonny Hernandez

Keeks
Keeks
10 months ago

Just got this update on Freddy:

“Peralta (shoulder) said after Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals that he expects to make his next start, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Spin: Peralta said his shoulder issue has nothing to do with his swinging strike in the third inning, after which he exited the game. The righty’s next scheduled start is Wednesday against the Reds.”

Uhhh.. the fact his shoulder doesn’t have anything to do with his swing makes it worse..

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Yeah, fingers crossed. Starters are dropping like flies right now!

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Aaaaand now he’s going on the IL haha

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Keeks
10 months ago

i saw that play and it sure looked like he did something in his oblique no matter what he says, or shoulder, but it was def on that swing. he winced exactly like everybody does when they do something to their obliques when swinging.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

he might’ve already been playing on bum shoulder, which made him swing weird, causing the oblique, that would make sense too. maybe if you are say a pitcher, playing on a bum shoulder, you might be better off i don’t know, NOT swinging as hard as you can. i don’t play professional baseball and aren’t in a playoff run like f.peralta used to be. of course now he isn’t either.

Ellis
Ellis
10 months ago

Get Carter is an amazing movie with a great Roy Budd soundtrack

Ellis
Ellis
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Haha

RogerDat
RogerDat
10 months ago

Hi Grey,

I’m trying to trade one of my infielders Freddie Freeman or Rafael Devers for a team need of speed in my Outfield. I’ve been offered Cedric Mullins for either and wondering if you think that’s a good trade? They’re ranked back to back on the player rater but still I am not sure.

RogerDat
RogerDat
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

You’re the man!

Saint
Saint
10 months ago

J. Gray or Megill for the stretch run?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
10 months ago

Apologies in advance – 2 catcher league for ROS: Torrens, Nunez, Diaz, McCann, Varsho – need 2. Thx

Cohen
Cohen
10 months ago

Erod home vs Tex or
S.Gray home vs Mia

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
10 months ago

What’s good Grey? I wouldn’t beat yourself up about projecting Kyle Lewis so high this season. Started the season on the IL with a bone bruise on his knee. Started off slow once he did come back and was rounding into shape (amidst everyone asking if they should drop him) when he partially tore his meniscus. A projections can’t be a “bust” due to injury is all I’m saying. Good value pick in 2022.

FYI, The White Lotus has been renewed for a second installment! “The second season will follow a different group of vacationers as they jet to another White Lotus property.”

Have a good one!

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
10 months ago

Clinging to sixth place. Oof.

1. Would you trade Gausman and Bellinger (or Gausman and Bell) if it got you Votto?

2. I need to make one or two adds. Which two entice you most out of Chisolm, C.Joe, Dalbec, K.Seager, Naquin, Rojas, Sano, and Villar?

Mackey Sasser Bobblehead
Mackey Sasser Bobblehead
10 months ago

Renfroe or Kepler ROS?

Mackey Sasser Bobblehead
Mackey Sasser Bobblehead
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thanks!

handy afterall
handy afterall
10 months ago

Greytings!

I’ve got Romano and Barnes, and haven’t had a save in weeks. I’ve got Bassitt (aroooooo…) and likely l. severino to ummm severino ties with; would you pick up antone or n Anderson to stash to possibly replace either burnes or Romano? I know Romano’s performance isn’t an issue, the jays just haven’t been winning (or, in save-able ways, when they do). The sox have the same issue, but barnes had also been scuffling until he got his recent bit o’ rest.
Thanks

handy afterall
handy afterall
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Appreciation!
Which is the more certain drop in redraft, Bassitt or severino? Any chance we get Bassitt back in a Lecter mask? I love watching that guy pitch. Him and Alex wood. They both have anachronistic motions, feels like I’m watching pitchers from the ‘40s. Like watching Tyson fury box. Maybe just me (it usually is)

handy afterall
handy afterall
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thanks, Grey

Pops
Pops
10 months ago

Mahle is a Bizarro Giant – he’s fantastic on the road (1.86 ERA) and pretty much unstartable at home (5.74). Which isn’t, you know, ideal.

How long til the Yankees put Chapman back on the IL with “hasn’t been right since Grey trash talked his trade with Donkey Teeth”?

Please rank ROS: Bader, Fletcher, Nico. Assume similar needs for Rs, HRs, and SBs (okay, maybe a little more need for speed)

Pops
Pops
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thanks Grey!

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
10 months ago

Tyler Wade has been a valued multi-position bench bat, but I fear that returnees Urshala/Torres will cause his playing time to dry up. Do you agree?

Trishul Jotangia
Trishul Jotangia
10 months ago

Great write up as always!!!

Would you start Cease today?

I’m in second in a 10 team 5×5 ROTO league and my best path to victory would be to improve WHIP and ERA as I am currently mid pack. I have Sale, Scherzer, Flaherty, Buehler, McLanahan who should improve those stats each start and then figured I would matchup play: Cease, wood, framber and Mahle (he hurt me yesterday). I am only up 40K’s to the first place team to still need the innings and strikeouts!

ERad
ERad
10 months ago

Freddy :(

Pochucker
Pochucker
10 months ago

They laughed at me when I drafted Freddy F 6th in 1st round. They chuckled when I took Vlad Jr in 4th and hooted when I took Castellano in 5th rd and thought I was daft when I took F Peralta in last round. I get the last laugh. Currently leading the champion division of a nice h2h money league by 14 games lol.

scoboticus
scoboticus
10 months ago

Juan Soto’s statcast page shows him in 100 percentile for Chase Rate and BB%. Maybe he’s being too selective?

MarvPesos
Marv
10 months ago

Hey Grey,

12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 10) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. LIMIT of 3 moves per week (1 move left this week)

So G. Sanchez has been back and want to move him to my C spot, but who would be the drop? Also have 1 more pick up I can make this week, anybody you’d drop to pick anything up off the wire?

WIRE
HIT – F. Schwindel, T. Naquin, I. Happ, M. Straw, A. Dickerson, A. Duvall, R. Grossman, T. Wade, S. Hilliard, E. Hosmer, R. Ortega, C. Kieboom, M. Taylor, J. Soler, B. Dalbec, N. Lopez

PIT – K. Freeland (ARI), J.A. Happ (PIT), L. Patino (CWS), C. Hernandez (@ChC), A. Mills (KC), E. Lauer (WAS), N. Cortes (MIN), Z. Davies (KC), L. Patino (CWS), R. Detmers (@CLE), G. Jax (@NYY), L. Gil

RP – D. Willaims, A. Colome, G. Soto, C. Green, J. Romano

My team:
C –
1B – J. Votto
2B –K. Marte
3B – J. India
SS – C. Seager
CI – P. Goldschmidt
MI – A. Toro
LF – E. Jimenez
CF – T. Hernandez
RF – L. Brinson
Util – S. Marte
BN – C. Yelich
BN – T. Mancini DTD
BN – M. Conforto
IL – G. Sanchez
IL – G. Torres (IL)

SP – W. Buehler
SP – Aaron Nola
SP – S. Ohtani
RP – J. Hader (RP)
RP – E. Diaz (RP)
P – M. Barnes (RP)
P – M. Givens (RP)
BN – M. Fried
BN – J. Means
BN – T. Mahle
BN – J. Odorizzi
IL – T. Glasnow (IL)
IL – A. Civale (IL)
Thanks, Marv

scoboticus
scoboticus
10 months ago

Lost Haase. Who’s my next power hitting catcher?
Sanchez
Torrens
Garver
Stassi

daniel cabrera fan 40
daniel cabrera fan 40
10 months ago

I’m in a keeper league where Bassitt wouldn’t be good enough to keep. Would you trade him for Marco Gonzales in that case? Or look for someone better?

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
10 months ago

Starting Cease vs Oak today (at home)

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
10 months ago

Last night, when I learned Chapman was activated, I was preparing to drop Chad Green for an SP (team has/had Bassitt, Peralta, AND Disco). Luckily I waited — Chapman is no where near ready yet)!

My last move for the week. Team has 4 closers — who’s my drop? Barnes; Iglesius; Romano; and Green. Must make move even if Peralta/Disco go IL since I ‘ll still need more SPs.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
10 months ago

Last night, when I learned Chapman was activated, I was preparing to drop Chad Green for an SP (team has/had Bassitt, Peralta, AND Disco). Luckily I waited — Chapman is no where near ready yet)!

My last move for the week. Team has 4 closers — who’s my drop? Barnes; Iglesius; Romano; and Green. Must make move even if Peralta/Disco go IL since I ‘ll still need more SPs.

Stl Squat Cobblers
Stl Squat Cobblers
10 months ago

“…who says he’s Megill. So, who are we?…”

I think it means we are a bunch of Massengills?

Leon
Leon
10 months ago

Why hasnt luis urias earned a fulltime role yet. Do you see him with a ft role in 2022?

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
10 months ago

Schwarber back for a full four games and has yet to homer six times

Dropping….

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

Grey,

What’s your take on what Ranger Suarez did (didn’t do) yesterday? I had high hopes, but he just didn’t have it for whatever reason. I don’t like his next start against the Rays, but the following two are a rematch against the D-backs and then Miami. Hold or drop?

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
10 months ago

Need a multi-positional player for rest of this week and next week, 6×6 OPS league, pick one:
Seth Brown (home vs SF, home vs. Seattle, home vs NYY)
Hunter Dozier (@CHC, @ Hou, @Sea)
Connor Joe (home vs ARZ, @ CHC, @ LAD)
Luis Torrens (@ Hou, @ OAK, home vs KC)

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
10 months ago

Need to pick a replacement for Sandoval.

Reynaldo Lopez, Triston McKenzie, Skubal, Gil, Ed Rodriguez, Josiah Gray, or Megill.

I could also use another closer and Clippard and Bender are both available.

I’m leaning Clippard or Reynaldo but I would love to know which of these guys you feel the best about.

Saint
Saint
10 months ago

Speaking of Adames, where do you see him and Riley ranked next year?

Thanks for your thoughts

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
10 months ago

So glad to hear you’re intrigued by Skubal for 2022. You seemed to be in on him at the start of the year, but it felt like you weren’t fully sold on him yet. This is much better news.

Itch ranked him higher than most a while back, which is why I got in on him early. Hoping to see this guy fly.

You and Itch are awesome! Thanks for the write up.

Jolt

Kelly Leak
Kelly Leak
10 months ago

Hullo grey…

Rank these chumps ROS plz…
Josiah Gray
Sonny Gray
Erin Gray
Triston McKenzie

Spanks for the mammaries

Sport
Sport
10 months ago

“Where Dickerson goes, Semien will follow”….but Semien will follow twice? That’s a gift not many have!

Is there another statistical season better than in MLB history than Shohei Ohtani? Looking at both his hitting and pitching stats, it’s the best of all time correct?

Who is Aldaberto Mondesi? I’m from the Kansas City area so I’m not familiar with big names I guess.

Who do you like ROS for 2B. I’m chasing runs and AVG for a couple of points, and possibly a SB. I have Rodgers and not taking his days off well. Wong, Josh Rojas, Cesar Hernandez, Jazz, and Josh Harrison are on WW.

Thank you as always.

Tom
Tom
10 months ago

Myers may be awful but he’s having a better fantasy season than Hosmer.

stevie
stevie
10 months ago

Grey, who do you think is a better streaming option for tomorrow? Cortes vs Min, Mikolas vs Pit, B.Anderson vs Was, Patino vs CWS, or Barria @ Cle. There’s also a none of the above option.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  stevie
10 months ago

I’m rolling Cortes out there.

Curious George
Curious George
10 months ago

Morning Grey!

Thinking about dropping soler (thought he was gonna get hot) for one of the following: brinson, Santander, amed Rosario, or Rafael Ortega. Who do you like?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Curious George
10 months ago

Probably Soler still, but could try Brinson.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
10 months ago

Josiah or Matz?

Tom
Tom
10 months ago

JoRam needs Lindor like Ohtani needs Trout.

Mrs. Roger. Dorn.
Mrs. Roger. Dorn.
10 months ago

Scrounging for Quality Starts in a 12-teamer roto… how many out of this crew would you start?

Reid Detmers (@ CLE)
Jake Odorizzi (vs SEA)
Jordan Montgomery (vs MIN)
Eric Lauer (vs WAS)
Nate Eovaldi (vs TEX)
David Price (vs NYM)

SON is slightly positive on the first four, high on Eovaldi and Price. Thank u sir!

Richard
Richard
10 months ago

In deep NL only league would you prefer Yadiel Hernandez over Garrett Hampson for ROS only. SB are moot, can’t move up or down in that Category

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
10 months ago

Everyday French with Pierre Escargot!!

Tony C
Tony C
10 months ago

A dreaded catcher question, please rank for next 2-3 weeks Farmer, Stephenson, Garver, Zunino and Grandal. This is a 10×10 league. Strikeouts for hitters is a thing, OPS, BA etc.

Also, should I drop Haniger, Brinson or Cron to pickup Megill? I have Rizzo at 1b, and my OF is Meadows, Harper, Robert, Haniger, Brinson and Buxton-IL.. There are two Utility spots in my starting lineup so I can definitely still start Cron.

Thanks!

Tony C
Tony C
10 months ago

A dreaded catcher question, please rank for next 2-3 weeks Farmer, Stephenson, Garver, Zunino and Grandal. This is a 10×10 league. Strikeouts for hitters is a thing, OPS, BA etc.

Also, should I drop Haniger, Brinson or Cron to pickup Megill? I have Rizzo at 1b, and my OF is Meadows, Harper, Robert, Haniger, Brinson and Buxton-IL.. There are two Utility spots in my starting lineup so I can definitely still start Cron.

Thanks!

Tony C
Tony C
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

I think I’ll need to drop at least one hitter and probably two since I have Buxton and Lindor on IL and already two hitters on my bench. I just lost Sandoval from my pitching staff and thought Megill would be a nice replacement. I activated Rizzo yesterday and IL’d Sandoval. Cron and Brinson I thought might be my drops when needed.

A guy in a league full of dumb-dumbs
A guy in a league full of dumb-dumbs
10 months ago

Dearest Grey,

Going into this season, my 2 Keepers were FTJ and Sexy Dr Pepper.

Because my league is full of dumb-dumbs, I also got Rafael Devers with my first pick.

for 2022, is Devers a better keeper than Juan Soto? I don’t want that to be the case.

Crapfully yours,
A guy in a league full of dumb-dumbs

aardvark
aardvark
10 months ago

Josiah gray or Jordan Montgomery ?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
10 months ago

You make a very interesting point about Wil Myers.

His numbers in Coors Field are incredible. Batting about .360 with 13 HRs now there. He’s better there than almost any other park in baseball. It’s one reason I always make sure he’s in my lineup when the Padres are in Colorado. He never disappoints there.

Good observation.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Harley Earl
10 months ago

Wil Myers isn’t the only guy whose numbers are better in Coors.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Haha. I stand corrected! Wil Myers for Coors MVP!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Cram It
10 months ago

I know.

What's a Drexl?
What's a Drexl?
Reply to  Harley Earl
10 months ago

shouldn’t everybody be surprised that anybody’s numbers aren’t their best in COL? more surprised his are better anywhere else (if that’s true).

– what other reasons would somebody remember to put wil myers (assuming you own him) in lineup at COL, this one i’d love to hear about though.

– might as well call his MVP before he gets traded there, can claim yr first to it. i’m gonna call it on somebody else though or is that too presumptuous.

bill
bill
Reply to  Harley Earl
10 months ago

Yet his genius managers over the years have sat him for at least one game of the series in Colorado.

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
10 months ago

brown isn’t out this much lately from piscotty (who is the lefty playing only guy), it’s that harrison is playing everyday in LF mostly. brown’s a str up BN guy since aug 15th, which is when harrison got healthy enough to play again after missing 3 games, back since the 16th. for some reason OAK’s depth chart rather than show moreland at DH (which he is) it’s showing 2 RF’ers everyday, which of course ain’t right. fangraphs not known for this tomfoolery.

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
Reply to  Eli Man Penguin Boy
10 months ago

yeah that “contract year” trope is only marginally true. here’s the worse news, the “once they get paid huge contract they suck” is more true, and it’s coming up quickly.

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

it was like 10% average better on the contract year’s players being better and 15% worse after getting paid big contract on average, but the data was taken a while ago. and even that obv doesn’t apply to every hitter but both were across all contract year guys and all large multi year guys.

– some of the 2nd group of course would just be normal regression (i.e. IF a guy gets paid huge it’s mostly since he JUST got done doing very well, so obv that guy regresses in general the next year anyway as he likely had an outlier year in his contract year, whether or not it was “because” it was his contract year. also just general aging trends obv play a role (at some point everybody gets worse))

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
10 months ago

Josiah is a savage and I really need another SP or could at least use one in my non keeper where I’m in 1st. Josiah is on waivers but his HR ratio scares me. Like Luzardo, I love long term but Josiah seems more safe right now because his control is better. Jesus is walking like 3-4 guys a game.

A) My question is should he be owned or just streamed?

Also,

B) Would you stream Nestor Cortez @ MIN?

C) Do you like Logan Gilbert to own ROS?

D) Miles Mikolas against PIT Stream?

Thanks!!