DJ LeMahieu hit the DL with an oblique injury, and is out for months.  It happened when DJ was carrying a crate of records.  “Aunt Audrey is requesting the Electric–Side!  My side!”  As DJ collapsed into a heap of bar mitzvah party favors he’d collected.  Garrett Hampson (0-for-3) was called up to fill in for him, and I tried to add him everywhere.  Prospector Ralph had him in his top 100 fantasy baseball prospects, and said, “Hampson brings a nice mix of plus contact and plus-plus base running ability. With his combination of contact, speed, and plate approach he has a shot to carve out a niche as a top of the order run producer, which is different than Grey who is a ‘runs producer,’ as in he produces crap.”  Hey!  Hampson could have a 6 HR, 15 steal 2nd half, or, knowing the Rockies, Hampson will sit on the bench four out of five games while Pat Valaika plays.  I wish these were laughter tears.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Ian Desmond – 1-for-3 and his 19th homer.  He’s almost as sexy as Selma Diamond.  *makes heart shape with hands on chest*

Zack Greinke – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 3.05.  Greinke reminds me of every Kings of Leon song off the Aha Shake Heartbreak album.  Just neurotic moaning with some enthusiastic whee’ing.  Wish I could get some of that ooooooh….whee’ing on my teams.  (If you’re having a hard time picturing what I mean in your head, listen to Milk.  It was Kings of Leon before they just rhymed ‘somebody’ with ‘somebody.’)

Nick Kingham – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.11.  I streamed Kingham in this Saturday start (Starturday?), so I can say from firsthand knowledge, I didn’t feel great about it.  Not sure if I’d ever feel completely confident about starting him, but here goes nothing because C-Mart and Robbie Ray have destroyed my teams.  Lowercase yay!

Corey Dickerson – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, and about a zillion* homers since the break.  Co-Dick isn’t just a cute name for Siamese Twins attached at the genitals, he could be Player 101 on the top 100 for the 2nd half.  You nah’mean’ing?  *Five homers in the last four games.

Gregory Polanco – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .237.  The Reds made my bet that no one on the Pirates would get to 20 homers this year fairly ridiculous.  Unless someone on the Reds was who bet me.  Hmm, has Pete Rose been reinstated?

Starling Marte – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer.  Pete Rose in a paste-on mustache, “I am Rete Pose and would like to take the over on 20 homers against Grey Albright.”

Matt Harvey – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 5.21.  Sticking with the gambling theme, the Reds were like the guy at the casino who is up early, so he extends his trip for three more days and ends up losing so badly that he asks if he can refund his seafood buffet by barfing into a bucket.  The Reds might’ve been able to sell Harvey for 75 cents on the dollar before yesterday’s game, now they might have to barf their lunch into a bucket.

Jeurys Familia – Traded to the A’s.  The Jeurys with the verdict:  your fantasy value is kaput.  Taking over in Messland, it would appear to be Gsellman on most occasions, and Swarzak on some.  The Mess seem like they’re going this route:  we don’t want to commit to Gsellman as our closer, so we’re going to bring him into games in the 8th inning and keep him partially stretched out.  Or they’re just trying to ruin his arm, and one inning just won’t cut it.  Whereas Swarzak can only pitch one inning.  Honestly, not sure on the Mess’ pen, even though some seem to definitely think it’s Gsellman.

Yoenis Cespedes – Returned on Friday, underwent MRIs on Saturday, and, on Sunday, he rested.  Sounds like a Metssiah.

Noah Syndergaard – Hit the DL with hand, foot and mouth disease.  It’s a disease common amongst toddlers.  Can only assume Syndergaard got it because the Mets replaced sunflower seeds with used pacifiers in the clubhouse to save a couple bucks.  Or the Mets patch up their uniforms with old baby blankets.

Dylan Covey – 8 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.95.  The Covey is known for the most delightful dolphin meat and a solid start every dozen or so starts.

Tim Anderson – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  My promise to you, no matter how much I’ll want to rank Tim Anderson inside the top 50 next year, I won’t.

Mike Zunino – 0-for-4 as he was activated from the DL, hitting .185.  He missed a month with an ankle injury, but, if you owned him and left him in a catcher slot, you might not have noticed he was gone, instead just happy to be avoiding 0-for-4’s.

Ryon Healy – 3-for-4, 6 RBIs and his 19th and 20th homer, hitting .244.  Hadn’t done much in July until yesterday, but had eight homers in June, and is on pace for 32 homers.  On my team I call that, “Better than Jose Abreu.”

Carlos Martinez – Hit the DL with a strained oblique.  Is there a chance he’s been dealing with an injury for the last few months and subjecting his owners to subpar pitching all this time?  I don’t doubt it.  It has been a glorious time to own C-Mart.  Reminds me of the time I was pantsed in middle school.  I was wearing brown underwear!

Jose Martinez – 0-for-3, hitting .295.  Last week TMZ caught Jo-Ma with Mike Shildt’s wife and he has only played sporadically since.  I’m guessing, because Jo-Ma ‘can’t play defense’ goes only so far when he’s one of your best hitters.  What is a Mike Shildt anyway?  Sounds like an off-brand Mike Schmidt.  Yo, Mike Shildt, you a Costco Mike Schmidt?  Between LeMahieu, C-Mart and Jo-Ma, the top 100 for the 2nd half took a bunch of hits in less than a week.

Jose Quintana – 7 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.87.  He’s been dealing with shoulder fatigue, which would explain why he’s been terrible, if, ya know, this shoulder problem dated back about 18 months.  If you think this is a good sign for Quintana moving forward, I have a bridge game with four elderly women to sell you.  Oh, and the Cubs said Yu Darvish is nearing mound work, so maybe they can share an arm.

Pablo Lopez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.09.  He was acquired as part of the David Phelps deal from the Mariners.  Phelps?!  What are you thinking trading away Buhner?!  Pabs throws 92, has three pitches, serviceable 4th or 5th starter for the Marlins, not for you, unless the Stream-o-Nator has somehow lost its mind.

Kyle Barraclough – 2/3 IP, 5 ER and his 4th blown save, ERA up to 2.45.  On Friday of last week, I sent a text to Podcaster Ralph (same guy as Prospector Ralph, different hat), saying, “We should talk about Adam Conley on the next podcast.”  PR responded, “Yup, picked him up in my leagues last week.”  Until then, check out Conley’s peripherals:  10.6 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 2.73 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, fastball up from 89 MPH last year to 95 this year (!!!).

Chris Archer – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners (0 BBs), 13 Ks, ERA at 4.30.  I liked Archer Season 7 a lot more than Chris Archer Season 7, but 13 Ks a start can win me over still.

J.A. Happ – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.18.  In case this is his last start with the Jays, he signed the game ball, “Please let this be my last game on the Jays,” then placed it at the gravestone of the seagull Dave Winfield killed.

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, and 2nd homer this weekend.  Hot schmotato alert!

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 12th homer, hitting .231, as he hits third now with the Machado’s departure.  I don’t mean to laugh, and I don’t hate Schoop, but the Orioles are some sad tea.

Mike Fiers – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.49.   *looks at Fiers’ ERA, then looks at C-Mart and Robbie Ray’s combined ERA on my team, ties cement block to ankle, drops cement block into pool, cement cracks bottom of pool causing water to pour out*  Cougs, I broke the pool!

Walker Buehler – Will return on Wednesday.  Yup, I picked him up.  We’ve gone over him so much, if you’re not picking him up at this point, not sure what else I can say.  Is this like the dentist?  Do I need to promise you a lollipop?

Matt Kemp – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 16th and 17th homers, hitting .316.  Serious question, if Dave Roberts were to mistake an electrical outlet for a pencil sharpener and the electrical current were to subtract 15 IQ points for every zap, how many times can he ‘sharpen’ his pencil and still win with the lineup he has?  Let’s say he’s starting at an IQ of 125 so we’re all on the same page.  I think four zaps and he’s still fine.

Sean Doolittle – Turns out his ‘ouchie’ on his toe is a stress reaction on the bridge of his foot and will sideline him for weeks.  You know what’s hilarious to me?  Sacha Baron Cohen.  You know what’s infuriatingly hilarious?  There is millions of dollars riding on a player’s health and teams can’t just get a simply x-ray of someone’s foot.  How does a stubbed toe become a stress reaction of the bridge of someone’s foot?  I am incredulous.  Kelvin Herrera (save yesterday) should be the first replacement option, but Martinez has already shown he might go occasionally with Ryan Madson.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (24) and legs (8), hitting .218.  Aw, his daddy would be so proud, as he lifts a Camaro in a strongman competition.

Mike Foltynewicz – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 2.85.  I don’t know what’s worse, he gives up 8 ER in 2/3 IP to get his ERA closer to 3.50, as it should be, or just a month’s worth of yawnstipating starts.

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.19.  Once a pitcher is over 2.00 ERA there’s no way to get back below it.  Mathematically, it’s impossible.  People reading this like, “Um, I think it is mathematically possible.”  It’s not possible, stop thinking about it.  But — again with some stank — BUT! if it were possible Verlander would pull off that ridiculousness.

Lance McCullers – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.01.  I hate when I’m right about guys who should be sells, especially when I own them.  Actually, only when I own them I hate it.

Andrew Heaney – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.66.  Heaney seems like the ideal candidate to stream, but I went to look at the Stream-o-Nator, not for his next matchup, but to see his ownership number, and he’s not exactly a streamer.  He’s owned in too many leagues for that, which does make sense.

Mike Trout – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (26) and legs (16), hitting .307.  It’s still surprising to me that The Sciosciapath plays Trout every day.

Kole Calhoun – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .190 and his first hits in the 2nd half, as he hits leadoff.  Hey, he’s a redhead so he at least looks like he’s on fire.

Ian Kinsler – 3-for-4, 3 runs 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting near-.300 in the last week, and homered off a position player.  Hey, they all count, right?  By the by, more position players pitching this year or is it me?  Hint:  it’s not me.

Chris Sale – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.13.  Okay, okay, Sale could pull off that Verlander feat too.

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs, hitting .211.  I saw JBJ made it on some ‘perts list of guys who can be better in the 2nd half.  As Fantasy Baseball Tupac says, “All respect to those that try to keep their sleepers’ expectations in check,” but can JBJ be worse in the 2nd half?  What’s the expectations on JBJ?  7 HRs, .270?  Um, okay, cool.  Corey Dickerson did that shizz in the opening weekend after the break.

Nick Pivetta – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER at home vs. the Padres, raising his ERA to 4.78.  There is literally no one worst than Pivetta.  When you’re bad and you pitch bad, that’s fine, but when you have incredibly sexy peripherals and you go out and throw terrible games, you are literally the worst.

Vince Velasquez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.09.  You mean the Padres that rocked Pivetta aren’t really that good?  What a complete shock.  Reevaluating everything.

Rhys Hoskins – 3-for-9, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 15th and 16th homers.  Rhysus has rhysen!

Madison Bumgarner – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.19.  His ERA is still more than respectable; his name still should attract interest.  But if you own Bumgarner, I’d be looking to sell him everywhere.

Matt Olson – 2-for-4 and his 20th and 21st homer.  Like how the Palestinians and Israelis keep each other on their toes, let’s hope Allahson and Rhysus keep pushing each other to be better!

Khris Davis – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 22nd and 23rd homer, hitting .249.  Be cool to see Davis be this year’s home run champ.  Don’t think it happens necessarily, but would be cool so the average baseball fan can think it’s Chris Davis from the Orioles.

Sean Manaea – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.38.  Sure glad I dropped Manaea and kept C-Mart, McCullers and Robbie Ray.  So, so glad.  *lies on train tracks, train skids to halt, just short of me*  Conductor, “Hey, aren’t you the guy who told me to drop Manaea?”  *starts up train again*

Willie Calhoun – 0-for-3.  He was called up on Friday, and Dan Pants gave you a rundown, and I told you to Buy him on Friday and I’ve been saying to grab him for the last two years, so, yeah, I’m not the reason why you don’t own him.  I do love how the Rangers have started him batting 8th, and by ‘love’ I mean, seriously, dubya tee eff?  You want to hide Calhoun’s glove, his bat is not the issue.  Why would you bat him at the bottom of the order?  Is it because you’re trying to protect him from pressure?  Well, here’s the thing, you effin’ numbskulls, there’s more pressure when hitting around you is Uh-oh Chirinos and a platoon of DeShizz and Stanley Tucci, or whoever the hell the Rangers are batting ninth!  Being protected in the middle of the order is easier.  Major league managers are legit giving me an ulcer.

Rougned Odor – 3-for-3, 3 RBIs and a slam (7) and legs (8), hitting .259, and near-.500 in the last week.  I can’t believe Odor and I ever broke up, which is exactly what everyone says right before they return home to find their loved one screwing someone else in their beanbag they’ve dressed to look like Jonathan Gold.  RIP.

Jake Odorizzi – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.37.  I wrote approximately 217 words (who’s counting?) about how good Odorizzi is looking, then I saw he’s in Fenway next time out and almost deleted Odorizzi’s blurb completely, but I figured people would be looking for him, so here ya go.

Ervin Santana – Will make season debut on Wednesday  If you’re hoping for some magic, you’re thinking of the wrong Ervin.  He’s an okay bet for a fantasy number four to five.  That’s magic if you’ve ever read Wikihow’s “Separating Finger Trick” page.

Drew Butera – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, which was an inside-the-park homer for a guy who has a negative 15 speed score.  Butera once got down the line in 12.9 seconds, but it was only because his Uber arrived at the plate right as he was swinging.  So, how did he hit an inside-the-park homer?  I don’t know, let’s assume the 2nd baseman got a grounder and decided to do the hidden ball trick for ten minutes.

Brian GoodwinRoyals acquired him from the Nats.  The Royals GM, Dayton Moore, in China, “No, we need it even smaller.  C’mon, you are known for your craftsmanship.”  An older Chinese woman looks up.  Dayton corrects himself, “Craftspersonship.”  The older Chinese woman nods, that’s better.  An older Chinese man approaches.  He could be anywhere from 55 years old to 98 years old.  He speaks slowly to the GM, “We will have it ready for your Brian Goodwin trade, can we interest you in a back scratcher too?”  Dayton smiles, “I’m fine, just the mic.”  And that’s how the Royals bought the world’s smallest mic to drop after acquiring Brian Goodwin.

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Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
4 years ago

Grey,

I tried asking Ralph about the trade offer, but hasn’t responded as of yet

uncle ernie
uncle ernie
4 years ago

Need a fifth starter. Maeda. Duffy. Tanaka or Wood. Thank you sir

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
4 years ago

Chris Taylor was dropped in my league. I have a very good IF except that Hosmer has been killing me. I could drop him for Taylor. Or I could drop Rodon or Seranthony Dominguez?

Marcell Ozuna was also dropped. My OF is stacked but I hate to see a guy like Ozuna sitting there. What do you think Grey?

Worm Burner
Worm Burner
4 years ago

Is a currently healthy Madbum worth more than hand/foot/mouth Syndergaard ROS?

Do you like Trea turner & Madbum OR
Lindor & syndergaard ROS?
OR why bother?

Thanks Grey

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
4 years ago

It’s nuts what your boy Trevor Williams is doing to the Indians. There’s not a glossary term for a pitcher killing it against a team you would never in a million years start him against is there? Even if I owned him I would’ve benched him for that matchup.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
4 years ago

@Grey: 7 no hit innings deceptive looking guy hard, to pick up the high heat.. added him before the start was oh soo close to starting him!

Robert
Robert
4 years ago

ROS in a 10 team h2h league: Ray or Gray?

William Hung
William Hung
4 years ago

So Severino doesn’t like July huh?

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: My pitching has been absolute trash from the get go after the ASB – Seranthony tonight, Barraclough over the weekend, Bauer and Severino… Also have Archer so I enjoyed the 13 Ks but everything else was meh

My batters have officially combined to hit below the mendoza line for the week, so this is a full team effort in futility right now.

Taking14DaTeam
Taking14DaTeam
4 years ago

1. Sounds like you believe in Heaney. More so than a Hendricks return to form? One of them needs to go into a trade so trying to decide who helps me more so in September playoffs.

2. Of these closers, who would you cut? Osuna, Bear Claw, Parker
Thank you

Taking14DaTeam
Taking14DaTeam
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

1. 12 teamer, 24 spots.

2. I know – ugh. Hence the trade. I have 7 starters so trying to get a Wade Davis or Knebel for a SP. Maybe both for a SP and a bench bat. SAGNOF has not been kind to me.

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
4 years ago

Awesome write up Grey!

Do you like Baez or Bregman in a keeper?

Thanks!
LG

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thanks!

Gotime
Gotime
4 years ago

Evening Grey! So my pitching is a hot mess, it’s a redraft H2H cats weekly league and I’m comfortably in 2nd for now.
15 moves left, my hitting near tops every week. What’s the strategy here hold the moves and stay afloat and use for September (obviously as long as bats stay healthy) or start streaming a move a week for 2 starters? pitchers to drop and make spots for streamers are Eflin Pivetta Newcomb for now..
Guess I can ask this on Sunday since it’s weekly haha.. ugh… Watching Eflins box score made me want to be Bill Murray and Eflin be Ned Ryerson for the KO

Crapshoot Kershaw
Crapshoot Kershaw
4 years ago

smokey’s been showing how bad the mess are at catching stealers. only proof you’d ever need hedges and christ new town/house just did in same inning.

John
John
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

Previous comment disappeared so forgive me if this becomes a double post. My team is pretty much out of it. I have Jose Ramirez and Stanton for next year (3 keepers) and seems like I can get Harper straight up for Sale. Thoughts?

Think Bryce can have a big year next year? Seems like this is a fluke year.

Best,

John

Allan
Allan
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

My team has fallen so far out I think it’s over for me. I have Jose Ramirez and Stanton in a 3 keeper league for next year. Have Sale as well and it seems like I can get Bryce Harper for Sale in a one on one swap. Thoughts on that? Think Harper can recover and have a good year next year? Seems like this might be a fluke, thanks man…

Allan

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
4 years ago

AL only with holds and saves sold separately. have romo/j.anderson/k.herrera (we don’t lose guys midseason unless we drop them when they move to NL, albeit if they start next year in NL we can’t KEEP them, we only keep 3 anyway so RP not really keepers)/brach.
familia is in FAAB bidding. 10/100 is winning. worth nabbing here or not really an upgrade over j.anderson/brach and what romo would turn into if moved in trade (holds guy).

Arnold
Arnold
4 years ago

Hey Grey!

I’ve got a huge deal for you to grade…
I get Harper, Osuna, Moustakas, and Lowrie for Muncy, Ray, Deshields, Pivetta, Donaldson

Which end do you like better, team needs notwithstanding?

Denver
Denver
4 years ago

Grey, got a trade question. H2H, Dynasty league: Springer for Mountcastle, Jason Groome, Roman Quinn, Jaleen Beeks, and Miles Mikolas. What do you think about this trade? Is this too much or not enough for Springer? One team is in non contention while the other is in the mix.

Ty
Ty
4 years ago

Andrus, Free willy, or Healy overall value bench bat?

Molina Bros BBQ
Molina Bros BBQ
4 years ago

Would you drop Michael taylor for Hampson? Taylor is hardly playing but I can’t help the feeling that Eaton (who I also own) is never long for the active roster.

Top three you would you grab speculating on save chances from this list?
Jimenez, Jace Fry, Mychal Givens, Hildenberger, LeClerc, Steckenrider, Swarzak

Thanks Grey.

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

Here’s a fun Clevinger stat:

March/April: 6.25 k/9

May: 8.78

June: 9.19

July: 11.31

Trea
Trea
4 years ago

Who do you like better ROS, Robbie Ray or Mike Moustakas? I’m a bit lighter on pitching, two aces in Nola and Bauer, but the only depth behind is Taillon and Kingham.

Ben Marrow's Killa Pants
Ben Marrow's Killa Pants
4 years ago

What’s up Grey? Trade offer in a Dynasty, H2H league: Springer for Ryan Mountcastle, Jason Groome, Miles Mikolas, Jalen Beeks, and Roman Quinn. One team is in contention and the other is not. Is this a fair trade or not?

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

Hey Grey! Who would you bench from the below options? Need Ws + ratios primarily.

Kingham v. Mets ($6.6 son – against Matz)

Dereck Rodriguez v MIL ($6 – against Miley)

Hendricks v ARZ (Bucholz, $6.7) and @STL (-$2, Mikolas).

RobMac
RobMac
4 years ago

Hey Grey, trying to take your advice and sell MadBum.

Got an offer for MadBum + Eugenio Suarez for Justin Turner (now on DL) + Castellanos + Betances

11 team 6×6 OBP and 6×6 Sv+Hd

Which side?

Thanks! Awesome stuff as usual.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  RobMac
4 years ago

@RobMac: FWIW, I’d hold for sure + ask for a lot more. Bum isn’t too great anymore, but Turner will barely play this year, and the other pieces are very meh . . . your Eugenio is really the centerpiece there, he’s a stud!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

I’m streaming Barria today against the Light Sox. That is all. Actually, post script, I might back that with a DFS play. Anybody got a pick to click?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: nice he looked pretty good.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: 7 no hit innings deceptive looking guy hard, to pick up the high heat.. added him before the start was oh soo close to starting him!

Repa
Repa
4 years ago

Starting Corbin tonight in Chicago?

Josh C
Josh C
4 years ago

Drop Andrus for Hampson?

Thanks

Josh C
Josh C
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks man

Bobby
Bobby
4 years ago

In a 12-team standard mixed Yahoo keeper league. Here is my roster:
C – Gattis
1B – Rizzo
2B – Merrifield
3B – Bryant
SS – Gregorius
OF – Betts, Blackmon, Brantley, Soto, Ozuna
SP – Bauer, Snell, C-Mart, McCullers, Taillon, Flaherty
RP – Osuna, Rondon, Soria, Yates, Hicks, Strickland

With both C-Mart and Snell on the DL, I need pitching help. I could also improve my hitting. Would you make this trade?: I give up Bryant, Brantley, & Snell for Freddie Freeman & Luis Severino.

Bobby
Bobby
Reply to  Bobby
4 years ago

I should note that the other team is already playing for next year and Freeman can’t be kept for next year (Bryant & Snell could be kept for 2019 & 2020; Severino for 2019 only). He also has Edwin Diaz (who can’t be kept), but that would probably require me giving up a 2nd round pick next year for that whole package.

Toph
Toph
4 years ago

Hope you had a great weekend Grey. Dynasty trade:

My MadBum and Scooter for his Freddie Freeman.

Thoughts?

aardvark
aardvark
4 years ago

In need of pitching help. I’m thinking of moving cmart for Taillon and Jon gray. What do you think? Seems like a lost season for cmart

Clive
Clive
4 years ago

Keeper league and I’m in contention (2nd place). Would you trade your Rd 14 K Bryant for Rd 1 Machado and Rd 20 R Ray? Thanks!

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
4 years ago

Slim pickings at SS after I traded off my only guy eligible at SS.

Camargo, Iglesias, Gyorko, Miller, Beckham, and Swanson.

I’m leaning toward Beckham.

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

@Grey: Yes, you are right. It’s an OBP league. I probably don’t want Beckham if Gyorko is out there. Thanks.

Which RP goes? Robertson or Yates?

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

@Grey: Thanks. One more time….I mustache you a question…I have Ian Happ at MI but he’s eligible at 1B. I can pick up your lede and drop CJ Cron.

Do you love Hampson that much? To drop CJ Cron or Ian Happ for him? I do have Villar coming back off the DL. Rank ROS: Cron, Happ, Hampson, Villar.

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
4 years ago

Good afternoon, Grey! Great update as usual.

As further proof of how clueless the Texas Rangers are, they’re sitting Willie today–ostensibly so they can see what they have in Ryan Rua. God knows he’s their future. WTF?

I already own both Tucker and Willie. For Util slot, should I drop Willie for Yonder, Ketel 1, Mallex or Bauers? Any of those upgrades over what Willie can do? Or do I hold and hope Texas goes full Willie post trade deadline?

Thanks a lot!

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Yeah, crazy. If they’re extremely lucky what do they win the rest of the way? 20 games? 25 if they go beast mode? For what? Play the kids!

Incidentally Ryan Rua is a fun name to say while doing a Sly Stallone impression.

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Ha! That’s why you get the big bucks

ROTO OVERLORD
ROTO OVERLORD
4 years ago

Long time no talk Grey how u been? With Wong going on DL im hoping this JMart Stupidity ends…..they have the same record as the Rays and arent in the AL east!!! ROS and Beyond add verdugo to drop chapman, longo, or Sano who I just stashed for the AAA callup?

southside dom
southside dom
4 years ago

In a dynasty keep forever, would you trade Haniger for Dozier?

It’s a 10 team weekly league with OBP, deep benches, and we only start 9 position players plus a utility bat.

I’ve been running out Moncada at 2B. New starting OF would be Springer, Rosario, and Khris Davis, with Desmond, Polanco, and Willie Calhoun on the bench.

Thanks G

Mex
Mex
4 years ago

currently have Kike Hernandez as my 2B, Guys at the end of my roster are(I start 2 of these on a week to week basis): J. Polanco, M. Taylor, N. Williams, Teoscar, B. Hamilton.

Swap out any of those guys for Hamson, Wong, Gyorko, Kingery, Villar, Dan Robertson?

Mex
Mex
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thank you.

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
4 years ago

I’m in a 12-team, H2H, 6×6 (OPS & QS) redraft league.

I have 2 moves left this week (we get 5 per week and with All-Star, this was an extended week).

Would you add Hampson to play 2b/IF/UTL over the following players (currently have Albies hurt):
Ian Happ
Olson
Lamb
Y. Gurriel

Also, same scenario as above with # of moves; would add Gsellman this week or hold to stream a SP?

As always, thanks in advance

ryanoger
ryanoger
4 years ago

10 team redraft

In need of pitching….Rendon for Nola? I have Devers I can slot at 3B if I made this trade?

thejacks
thejacks
4 years ago

Drop Trumbo or Smoak?

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

Rosario moved to top of the order, like him or Swanson more for MI upside? Will be cyclopsing is Rosario’s given the green light to start running….

Thanks

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
4 years ago

Thoughts on this STL SP

Daniel Poncedeleon is slated to make his major league debut in a start Monday against the Reds. The 26-year-old has posted a a 2.15 ERA and 103/48 K/BB ratio over 92 innings this season in Triple-A.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
4 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: Worth watching, but that walk rate is pretty bad, and his periphs are nothing great. One of the prospects guys could probably give you a much better idea than me.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
4 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: I was checking him out too. But I’m not going near him with a BB rate like that .

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Fred Garvin MP: @Cram It: @Grey:

He has survived being hit in the head with a line drive that caused a fractured skull. I sure am rooting for him to succeed. Could be a nice feel good story..

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
CTE?

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
4 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: It’s an actual thing, not a made-up Grey thing, so probably caused you confusion. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  VinWins
4 years ago

@VinWins: never heard of grey “made up” injury. clearly MP doesn’t follow any contact sport if he didn’t know what that is. CTE almost never comes from one head injury though, even one that requires your skull to be drilled to relieve the pressure.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
4 years ago

I dropped Teoscar Hernandez and spent $9 to pick up Willie Calhoun in my 12-team keeper league team. I think it’s a decent trade-off/gamble, but the interesting thing is that nobody else even put in a single bid on Calhoun. Which makes you start wondering…Am I high? I don’t think I’m high (slapping yourself). Damn, maybe I am high.

Is there a glossary term for when you bid on a player and nobody else in your league does?

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Winner winner solo dinner

Norm Ginsberg
Norm Ginsberg
4 years ago

I just noticed Schoop is a FA. Would you drop Merrifield for Schoop?

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
4 years ago

Braun, Haniger, Peralta….who gets cut?

DonnieB
DonnieB
4 years ago

Do you like Hampson,Tucker or Reddick for ROS? Thank you.

JP
JP
4 years ago

ROS: Hosmer or Abreu? Also, Aaron Hicks or Dickerson?

Fogimon
Fogimon
4 years ago

We have to do it, 1 to pick;

Odor 4vOAK [email protected] only 2 lefties + Verlander
Cesar 3vLAD [email protected]
Tim A 3vTOR [email protected]

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: We just can’t proclaim our devout love again, can we? It just makes me sad, because, well, it was such a beautiful relationship. Once that trust is gone though, I understand. Sniff Sniff. Hope we can catch a movie sometime soon.
signed, yours always,
Rougned

Wright
Wright
4 years ago

Need saves and pretty much everything.
Going to liquify Arenado.

I was offered two great offers

A. Nelson Cruz, Degrom, and F Vazquez

B. Carrasco, Moustakas, Acuna, and KJansen

Which side? Thanks.

JP
JP
4 years ago

Grey-absolutely love the Goodwin comment. I read everyday, donate annually and ask questions often I do not however thank you enough. Thanks Grey for making my sense of humor look normal and for your tireless efforts.

RazzCommenter
RazzCommenter
4 years ago

Gotta drop 1 in a 12-team, 6×6 OPS league: Andrelton Simmons, Yuli Gurriel (has 3B eligibility), Hampson (I’d prefer to hold to see what he does), and Tim Anderson.

I’ve got Machado at 3B/SS

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
4 years ago

Winkler or Arano, long term?

Cohen
Cohen
4 years ago

Heaney or Buehler?
Also would u trust starting Lucchessi at Mets tomorrow?

Cubjet
Cubjet
4 years ago

Drop Sabathia or Pivetta?

Thanks in advance

SquareCircle99
SquareCircle99
4 years ago

Drop 3

Eovaldi
Buehler
Musgrove
Heaney
Suarez
Eflin
Pivetta

hankp
hankp
4 years ago

Grey
2 groups, Rank ROS: Hosmer, Yuli, Gallo
and Pivetta, Eduardo, Wacha

Thanks!

Jason Morgan
Jason Morgan
4 years ago

Why doesn’t it show Strasburg as scheduled for a start yet this week? WTF, I’ve got weekly lineups to set in a few hours!!!

JESSE LIBROT
JESSE LIBROT
4 years ago

Grey, thanks for the help already today. Question – –

Is it worth holding on to Buxton, Gio Gonzalez, Sano at this point? Drafted all 3 sadly. H2H league, looking forward to playoffs as my spot is mostly locked up.

Thanks

Jason
Jason
4 years ago

Best bet for saves in the short term…Strop, Edwards, Tepera, Clippard, or Arano? Thanks!

Fogimon
Fogimon
4 years ago

I’m all in, Grey. Made 3 deals to hopefully improve my chances, but I traded future for now so hopefully it pans out.

10 x 10 Roto – Keeper league

My Verdugo for his Cain (expiring)
My Yelich & Bichette for his Scherzer
My Vlad & Bauers for his Machado

Grade them? I am sitting in 3rd, chances to gain in every category.

Cable
Cable
4 years ago

H/H points….Gallo and Tucker are on my short bench Jon Gray ,T Ross and Cahill are FA you drop either hitter for one of these SPers

Canle
Canle
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Waiting till NLB trade deadline ?

waffles
waffles
4 years ago

i like the Greinke blurb

would you rather own Odor or Schoop?
would you rather pitch Hamels (OAK) or Eflin (LAD) today?

thanks

Bob
Bob
4 years ago

I’ve been offered rendon for archer. Do I take that offer? 13k yesterday / looking healthy and the fact that he may be pitching for a new team has me on the fence. Thanks

B.Loblaw
B.Loblaw
4 years ago

Would you grab K.Herrera for Hand with a 20 save lead over second place?

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
4 years ago

One more Grey,
I dropped Godley to add a 4th OF in our 10 Team H2H Points League, which is a position I have been rotating through all season. I have done ok with my adds. I probably should have dropped Pivetta instead? I really couldn’t see where I would start Godley, but he has been doing kinda ok lately. So Pivetta or Godley?

Thanks Grey.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
4 years ago

Double dipped in streamers with the Padres yesterday. That Velasquez start took away all my Pivetta rage.

It was nice to see an official scorer get it right in the first game. When a player misplays a routine fly ball, and it falls in, it’s absolutely an error. Saved Pivetta a couple earned runs.

I was about to give up on Snowfall and not watch this season, but I gave the first episode a shot. I thought it was pretty good. The CIA guy’s role is enmeshed with the more interesting plot lines, and it has been lessened. It’s a hold for now.

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

@Grey: Yikes on your pitching. I would put Snowfall in a similar situation as 3 of the pitchers you mentioned: ready to cut bait at a moment’s notice.

NH
NH
4 years ago

Grey,

There is a GM trying to make a trade with me.

Here are the list of pitchers he is willing to talk about
Tanaka, Stripling, Greinke, Buehler, Eovaldi, Allen, Berrios

Here is the list of players I am willing to part ways with.
Votto, Winker, S. Marte, Pollock, Morton, Corbin, C-Mart

Who would you trade and who would you trade for? Any package deal you think?

OldMilwaukeePounders
OldMilwaukeePounders
4 years ago

Grey!

I’ve got a 12 team, 5×5, h2h, keeper league question for you…My team, while being pretty talent loaded, is scuffling lately.

I’m likely going to make the playoffs, but I’m really lacking in lots of hitting categories right now. There is a team who is out of it looking to add a keeper for several players. I’m thinking of offering one of my keepers to add some help. Would you consider moving any of these players;

Rizzo, Springer, Bellinger, Acuna

for a return of; Aguilar, Moustakas, Carrasco

I was considering offering Andujar + Rizzo, but I’m hesitant to give him up still.

Thanks, Homie!

Diego
Diego
4 years ago

Is my Muncy and Donaldson for Kershaw a good trade?

Diego
Diego
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

I also am working on a deal that trades my Ray and Deshields for Rendon and Osuna. I can only accept one of these two deals. Which do you like more? I have a lead in first place so I can afford Osuna not playing for a few weeks.

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
4 years ago

Hello Grey,
Good stuff as usual. Would you add Hampson over Kike to play either 2B or SS in a Yahoo 12 Team H2H League with OPS and Holds? I should really insert him over Daniel Murphy, but something is holding me back.

And really glad the CMART for Marte trade that I made early on paid off (I sent CMART away, so I am being serious). Then again, I thought I had enough pitching with Stras, Ray, Darvish Godley and Bauer, but alas… Yeah, I ain’t doing well.

Thanks much Grey.

lwomack58
lwomack58
4 years ago

Which two pitchers do you like best for ROS:
D. Duffy, Eovaldi, Kingman, Freeland, Dereck Rodriguez, VV, Cahill, S. Gray, or Lucchesi.

Thanks and have a great day

Sansbae89
Sansbae89
4 years ago

My current middle infielders include Crawford and Dejong. With Crawford slumping, would you hold both players or explore other options such as the following:

Happ
Odor
Kingery
Ketel Marte
Cano

Sansbae89
Sansbae89
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Which guy would you drop for him?

Molina Bros BBQ
Molina Bros BBQ
4 years ago

E Escobar, M Tayor, Folty, Jon Gray (all keepable cheap) for Starling Marte

Do the deal for Starling if I need steals for the stretch run?

My offense is solid, but my other pitchers are Verlander, Mikolas, Pivetta, Kingham, Bieber, Heaney, Yates, Seranthony, Doolittle (DL)

Hoping to nab another closer or two as trades occur and jobs change.

Thanks Grey.

Steve Jaguar
Steve Jaguar
4 years ago

Trade Proposed to me:

His:
Lester, Wacha, Kyle Tucker, Justin Bour

My:
Madbum Willie Calhoun

Dynasty league. 10 teams. H2H.

My concern is Lester and Wacha having down second-half production and breaking down.
But also thinking I need to sell MadBum while I can because of his velocity dip and struggles.

Thoughts on this?

DeRose
DeRose
4 years ago

Ian Happ or Piscotty ROS? Thanks!

Jesse Librot
Jesse Librot
4 years ago

Hi Grey —

Drop Moncada for Hampson, or hold?

Thanks!

NH
NH
4 years ago

Hi Grey,

I need your help this week for two lineup positions.

For Outfield, which three would you start?

Judge – @TB, KC
Stanton – @TB, KC
Springer – @COL, TEX – Only plays 5 games this week.
Pollock – @CHC, @SD
S. Marte – @CLE, NYM

For 1B which one would you start?

Votto – STL, PHI
Hoskins – LAD, @CIN

Your help is greatly appreciated.

NH
NH
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Who would be your third outfielder
Pollock, Springer or Marte

ACR
ACR
4 years ago

End of the roster for a spot that isn’t starting yet, big HR lead already but close in SB. Speculate on Tucker, WCalhoun, or Hampson, or just hold Healy just because?

LenFuego
LenFuego
4 years ago

It is nice to get an early start on your 2019 rankings … so we have Tim Anderson firmly slotted in at number 51. Good to know.

aardvark
aardvark
4 years ago

Who’s the better pickup for ROS. Dereck Rodrigues, Buehler, Ervin Santana or Teheran,

aardvark
aardvark
Reply to  aardvark
4 years ago

@aardvark: or odorizzi

J-Hova
J-Hova
4 years ago

Great write up!

I was just offered Votto & Greinke for Goldy
I’m battling a few on power but pitchers are Pivetta, Maeda, BAuer, Corbin & C-Mart

I’m thinking do it?

Thanks!

Scuffy McGee
Scuffy McGee
4 years ago

Good morning!

12 tm h2h, would you add Eaton over any of K Seager, Winker, K Tucker?

11 tm keeper – Activating Eflin for today. Who is the drop?

Gurriel, Abreu, or Hicks? My other 1B/OF are Bellinger, Rhysus, Rosario, Blackmon and K Tucker.

Thanks

LenFuego
LenFuego
4 years ago

Between Ray, Paxton, McCullers, Pivetta, and even Bauer and Morton, I am about ready to slit my throat. Three weeks ago, when I was firmly dominating my league in pitching, I never dreamt that Jeremy Hellickson would look like my most reliable starter in short order.

LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  LenFuego
4 years ago

@LenFuego: There is no question, by the way, just had to vent.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
4 years ago

Couldn’t agree more about Kings of Leon. Everything went down hill following Aha Shake Heartbreak. Great road trip album. The song “Four Kicks” still gets me fired up.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Before I met my wife I basically listened to old school rap (e.g., Wu-Tang, Outkast, Del, Hieroglyphics, etc.). She gave me a copy of that album in 2009 and I basically listened to it for two years straight then went immediately back to rap.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: When I lived down in San Diego my wife and I went to a music festival where Kings of Leon were playing. I’m thinking it was like 2011 or 2012, which at that point I think KOL had a couple of albums since Aha Shake Heartbreak. They played like a 12-song set and the crowd (including myself and my wife) only cared about the 5 songs they played from Aha Shake.

Anythehoo…do you listen to the likes of Tame Impala, Grizzly Bear, Temples, King Krule, Mac DeMarco, Toro y Moi, or Beach House?

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Macy Gray was so unnecessary NC-17. Wilco played too. Don’t remember any other acts.