The story of German Marquez isn’t one they tell you in your parochial schools.  It’s an ugly story punctuated with cowardice and the worst atrocities in history.  You’d think if a family emigrated from 1940’s Germany they would’ve had the common decency to not name their child German.   Also, his father claiming to be an appliance repairman who specializes in ovens is disgusting.  The last straw was when his family tried to claim sauerkraut was good in tacos.  Shame on you!  What’s less shameful is how he’s pitched in the 2nd half.  He now has a 2.64 ERA in the 2nd half in 68 1/3 IP, and his peripherals on the year are gorgeous — 10.2 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 3.21 xFIP.  He’s doing it with newfound success in his slider, which he throws 15% of the time. That slider is top 15 in the majors, and is supported with a 95 MPH fastball.  In other words, this breakout appears real.  Last night, he went 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.94, and I see no reason to not start him in any matchup, even in Coors.  Or Löwenbräu as he calls it.  Disgraceful!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Trevor Story – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 32nd homer.  Story, can you please share your narrative with Arenado?  Please, I need him so badly.

David Dahl – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 10th homer.  This was at home, but he hasn’t been much when on the road.  Surprised, Road Dahl sounds like a fairy tale.

Brad BoxbergerDiamondbacks will be going to a closer by committee.  The only thing ever made better by committee is jerk seasoning.  Not sure why they couldn’t just say Yoshihisa Hirano is the closer.  Sadly, even though Archie Bradley has struggled almost as badly as Boxberger, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him get first look at closer.  At this point, whoever converts one might be the closer for the rest of the year.

Zack Godley – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.67.  He might want to consider a name change.  Zack Humanly?

Carlos Martinez – 1 IP, 1 ER, and his 3rd save, ERA at 3.25.  The Shildt Head announced that the Cards’ Opening Day starter is now their closer.  Wasn’t a bad Opening Day starter either.  If I would’ve projected C-Mart for saves in March, as I ranked him in the top 20 starters, people would’ve called for my head, and now they’d be burning me on a stake for being a witch — SALEMAGNOF?

Michael Wacha – Was moved to a 60-day DL with this strained oblique and his season is done.  Obliques are so devastatingly vague like the meaning of life.  Whoa, deep.

Adam Wainwright – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.70, as he returned from the DL.  If I’m being 100% honest, I thought he retired a few months back.  Now I will change that to I think he should’ve retired a few months ago.

Trevor Williams – 5 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.28.  Bleh.  He got rained out from pitching an easy matchup vs. the Marlins and got pushed to a much tougher matchup in St. Louis.  As my favorite group sang, “Blame it on the rain.”

Starling Marte – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Most people have checked out already, so this will be between us.  A lot of my overrated schmohawk posts rely on where others rank a guy, but Marte is almost assuredly going to be overrated next year.  Older guy who relies on his legs for fantasy value?  Who are you, McCuthen before he cut his hair, i.e., The Dread Pirate?

Colin Moran – 2-for-4 and his 9th homer.  Member when some people were calling Moran a sleeper this preseason?  They’re now researching fantasy basketball rankings.  (The Russian judge gives me a 9.7 on that segue to ruin my perfect score.)

Kyle Gibson – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.67.  He wasn’t particularly copathetic yesterday, or much of a borinnings eater.  He did have a bit of a Junis sais quoi going for him since he was facing the Yanks.  Okay, so I didn’t land on a glossary term for Gibson-types who give boring Quality Starts.

J.A. Happ – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.75.  Happ handcuffed the Twins like he was Aroldis Chapman on Spring Break.  “Turndown service will uncuff you in a few hours, I am late for my rehab game.”  That’s Aroldis keeping his priorities in order.

Gary Sanchez – 3-for-5, 2 runs, and his 16th homer.  He was totally worth that 3rd round draft pick!  Wait, he’s hitting .189.  And he has 42 runs and 46 RBIs.  Umm…Well, at least he’s not Greg Bird!  As Tyler Austin’s dad would say.

Aaron Judge – Took batting practice and said the pain is not gone.  Ha, and this is why they call it gambling.  Yesterday, I said My Bookie had a bet on whether or not Aaron Judge would get an at-bat this year, and I said it seemed like easy money.  Easy money gives you a wedgie in 5th grade gym class when you call it easy money.

Josh Donaldson – Will be activated today from the DL.  Indians said, he will serve as the 3rd baseman, then on the bench Wednesday and back in lineup on Friday.  I expect him to homer at least once, throw a four-hopper to first base, and be injured again by Saturday.

Corey Kluber – 1 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 2.91.  This game was against the Rays, so I guess he was auditioning for the role of The Opener.

Brad Hand – 2/3 IP, 2 ER and the blown save.  Francona moves the Lazy Susan just a hair and Cody Allen is the closer again.  Maybe.  Hard to say, but that was a pretty brutal blown game.

Jake Bauers – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .196.  I hadn’t thought about Bauers much in the last month or so, then someone asked me about him yesterday, and I told that person to drop him.  Wash yourselves in tomato soup, we’re all skunked!

Ji-Man Choi – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, and his 3rd homer in the last week and hitting near-.300 in that time.  Hot schmotato alert!

Wade Miley – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 2.23.  I just gave you my Wade Miley fantasy–Wait, or was that Wade LeBlanc?  It was Wade someone who shouldn’t be pitching as well as he is, but is pitching as well as he is.  Good grammar points!

Jeremy Jeffress – 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 Ks and his 11th save, ERA at 1.41.  Lots of talk in the comments yesterday about Corey Knebel and what he’s doing recently.  Okay, great, terrific, adjective, but look at Jeffress’ ERA once more.

Jon Lester – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.57, and left with lower back tightness.  Such a baseball injury.  I’ve had lower back tightness since 2012!  Get out there, you wuss!

Albert Pujols – Will have elbow surgery this week after having knee surgery a few weeks back.  Pujols will be playing 1st in a body cast next year with Luis Valbuena DH’ing.  I know, Valbuena was DFA’d, but don’t you worry!

Jaime Barria – 3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.53.  That start makes me want to wander into traffic.  Not cars sitting in rush hour traffic, but wander into a group of drug mules in jail putting on a stage play of Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic.  By the by, I hope the finale of The Deuce is the camera slowly pulls back and reveals it’s a stage play in jail put on by The Wire characters.  Any hoo!  The Stream-o-Nator dislikes Barria’s next start, and I wouldn’t go near him.

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.72.  He received a hero’s welcome in Detroit from the 1,800 people in attendance, 600 of which were elderly ushers.  Why is every usher 87 years old?  First rule of Usher Club:  Don’t talk about Usher Club.  2nd Rule of Usher Club:  What was the 1st rule again?

Kenley Jansen – Rejoined the Dodgers in Cincy.  If you were the Reds, would you put a strategically placed cat in a bullpen closet to jump out right when Jansen opened it or no?  I.e., fair play or a move by Johnny Fairplay?

Julio Urias – Back after anterior capsule surgery last June.  He didn’t look great in the minors and, while I still like him longterm, there’s nothing here for 2018.  *looking at picture of him*  Am I right?  Yup, see, he blinked in confirmation.

Alex Wood – 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.65.  What’s the difference between Alex and Natalie Wood?  Alex is an anchor, Robert Wagner tied one to Natalie’s ankle.

Chris Taylor – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, and his 2nd homer in three games.  I saw Taylor went H.A.M. the other day and considered mentioning it, but I, and more importantly Dave Roberts, have no idea if Taylor’s going to play again today, tomorrow or whenever.

Eugenio Suarez – 1-for-4 and his 32nd homer, hitting .291.  Good or bad comparison:  Look at Eugenio in 2019 like you looked at Beltre for twelve years during his prime?

Scooter Gennett – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, hitting .320.  He had four singles for the Juan Pierre Cycle!  After the game, Juan called him, saying, “Congratulations!  You qualify for refinancing on your house!”

Jose Peraza – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 1 RBI and two steals (21, 22), hitting .292.  He’s nearly a top 50 hitter on the year on our Player Rater.  Seriously.

Jake Junis – 8 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.28.  He definitely has that Junis sais quoi.  He doesn’t leave home without it.  He is a popular two-start guy this week, and I see no reason this start would change that.

Whit Merrifield – 1-for-4 and his 12th homer, hitting .301.  For fantasy, he is a dream — double digit power, great steals (31) and average.  Plus, he plays on a terrible team so he will have a draft discount for no reason.  It’s amazing how many people every year discount a guy for his lack of runs or RBIs.  Like they know how many runs or RBIs he’s going to get!

Ryan O’Hearn – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer, and his 4th homer in the last ten games.  I’m done fighting it, hot schmotato alert!

Lucas Giolito – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.76.  Hey, 76 is a chain of gas stations and there’s Lucas oil.  What are you trying to tell me, universe?!  What?!  *listens closely*  Take out the garbage?  Weird, the universe sounds a lot like my cougar wife.  So, Giolito didn’t look great in his previous start, but then put together a Quality Start against a poor team, and he gets another one in his next start (O’s).  Stream-o-Nator‘s iffy on it because it’s in The ‘More.

Daniel Palka – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, and his 3rd homer in his last seven games, but that’s not in the White Sox last seven games, because he platoons.  OR DOES HE?!  I’m with you there, Reversal Question, I think the White Sox might have Matt Davidson just play half the time wearing a Palka uniform.

Jose Abreu – 3-for-4, 1 run as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “We’ve shifted our focus to fantasy football.  Good luck in your (fill-in other sport) league!”

Maikel Franco – Was ready to go before the rainout.  He missed a week, due to bone bruise in his wrist, but I guess he’s fine.  Unlike the Phils’ field early yesterday.  Did you hear about what was going on in Philly yesterday?  They brought in wheelbarrows of blowtorches and propane tanks to burn the water out of the grass.  I am not joking.  They should’ve got noted mouth-breather and sufferer of halitosis, Gabe Kapler, to close-talk to the field.

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Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh
4 years ago

Grey: As the original contributor of “copathetic”, I offer you instead “Quantity Shart” as an alternative to describe Gibson’s pitching performance. Keep up the great work.

Tee Not Air Jags
Tee Not Air Jags
4 years ago

NL only, have a bye this week. holds and saves sold separately. have sera anthony, minter, boxy, hand. after having TOO many saves too few holds for a while now it’s going the other way with boxy demoted, the viz back saving shortly probably. hand gets both. sera anthony gets both. drop anybody (clearly boxy at least) for: steck, neshek, venters (TONS of holds), p.baez, lugo, j.miller (but doolittle back so he’s 7th inning now, holland sticks the 8th).

The Shoe
The Shoe
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

A. So I wasn’t able to nab Matz. Thus, I have to start one of the following: Stripling at CIN or J. Gray vs ARI. Who should it be?

B. I guess the alternative is picking up one of the following:
VV vs MIA
Eflin vs MIA
Barria vs SEA
Gibson vs @KC

Like any of those starts better than Stripling or Gray?

D. Pitching question continued: if Stripling pitches well tomorrow, could you see him getting a start next week and going deeper into the game?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
4 years ago

First the good news, thanks to a fortunate confluence of circumstances I finished top i the regular season standings in the ol’ H2H and thus have a bye in the first round of the playoffs.

Now the bad news. The “permanent” starters on my pitching staff are Eovaldi and Montgomery (traded Keuchel away in a deal to get Machado and Bauer is on the DL).

I’ve grabbed Fulmer who appears to be the highest non-owned guy on the ROS rater but I’m hardly turning cartwheels over that.

I’d love for there to be a solution other than SON-ing it and hoping like hell, but there really isn’t is there?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: 14 teams and only 10 adds per week so have to be a little careful…

Ozzie Smith
Ozzie Smith
4 years ago

H2h 5×5 semifinal round…
Would you start Stripling @ Cincy tomorrow if you were looking to lower Whip and ERA?
Reports say he will only pitch 3 innings or around 45 pitches.
Wood wrecked my ratios pretty bad last night so I’ve got some catching up to do buddy.
Also just about to drop Bellinger, Chapman, or Andujar to pick up Conforto who just hit another homer.
Thanks!

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

1. Avísail or Puig? ROS

2. Best keeper for 2019: Aguilar on 21st, White in 21st, Puig in 11th (14T OBP keep forever)

Thanks

Gotime
Gotime
4 years ago

H2H semi finals next week (weekly league) pick up 2 start Bieber vs White Sox and vs Bos?

Gotime
Gotime
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks Grey, not sure if too soon but what about 2 start Musgrove at home vs KC and Mil and Newcomb at home to Stl and Phi? I’d be dropping Pivetta Eflin etc. (random garbage)

Db
Db
4 years ago

Starting pivetta @atlanta next week or drop him to make some room

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

Hey Grey – curious what your thoughts are on Matt Chapman compared to Rhysus in standard leagues (not obp)…

Love both, and Rhys has insane upside, but seems like they’re pretty similar with power / counting stats (at least in second half where Chapman has been in the 2 hole and tapping into power). Chapman has been better on the BA front, Rhys gets a few more SB.

Still Rhys over Chapman for me, but if you could get Rhys for $20-$30 next year or Chapman for $6-12, I feel like better value might be Chapman, no?

Thanks!

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

@Grey: v true – Chapman is firing on all cylinders meanwhile Rhysus has “sophomore slumped” to 30+ and likely 100/100 or thereabouts…

Dnut Eastwood
4 years ago

Felix Lopez or Derrick Holland. Need era whip and padding KS wouldnt hurt. Am I asking to much of your fortune

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
4 years ago

Grey,
I’m in a standard 5×5 roto – this season only redraft league (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). I have a sizeable lead overall and can’t lose the league. I’m just trying to win as many categories as I can. In the HR category I’m behind by 1. In the SB category I’m only ahead by 8 and the team behind me has Turner and Marte. In the RBI category I’m ahead by 20.

My lineup:
1B Goldy
2B Baez (only 2 SB since 8/1)
3B Bregman
SS Lindor
OF Trout
OF Betts
OF Piscotty
OF Benintendi (only 1 SB and 2 attempts in over a month)
UTIL White (been one of my best RBI producers the last month)
UTIL Mallex Smith (just added)
BENCH Arenado (only 3HR and 17 RBI since 7/31)
BENCH Freeman (only 6 HR since 7/1)

I need to keep close in the HR category, while maintaining my lead in RBI and SB. Villar is available in my league. Based on the above roster and their recent performances, would you drop anyone to add Villar and “runaway” with with the SB category w/o sacrificing HR and RBI categories?

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

White’s been killing it (HR and 2 more RBI today) and I don’t see him falling off the last 2 1/2 weeks of the season. Hits in a great spot in a great lineup too. He’s a guy I want to hold onto. What about swapping Mallex for Villar for the power/speed??? Villar hit a HR today and has same power and speed as Merrifield with a lower average.

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Don’t flip out on this one, but take a pick at my roster above in the original post again. What about dropping Freeman for Villar? I don’t need his AVG and I have others I can put in the UTIL slot that can provide RBI’s and I don’t think this is his year in the HR department – only 6 since 7/1 and there are less than 20 games remaining in the season.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
4 years ago

Think I’m done with Springer.
He never had that big HOT streak this year either.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Haha

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Dammit I should have grabbed White!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Pimpin’

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

#metoo

Per usual my playoff teams go Ice Cold.

Tinman95
Tinman95
4 years ago

Best outfielder for the rest of the week for homers

Renfroe/Reyes: 4 games ([email protected], 3 Vs. TEX)
Grichuk: 5 games (2 @BOS, 3 @NYY)

trigger cut
trigger cut
4 years ago

Hey Grey, thanks for everything you do.

Got a quick keeper question and an embarassment of riches. I have to choose four of the following, keep for three years (except for Bregman), no salaries or other complicating factors:

Acuna Jr.
Albies
Bregman (only keep two years)
Juan Soto
Vlad Jr.

Your picks? “Thanks in advance,” as they say.

trigger cut
trigger cut
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: That has been my inclination, but I’d recently been second-guessing myself. Thanks Grey.

IV
IV
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

Looking for Wins and QS in my 12 team H2H/Roto league.
Following pitchers are available to stream today, can only start 1:

Jose Urena @ NYM
Shane Bieber @ TB
Andrew Suarez vs ATL

Based on your comments above, should I assume Suarez is the call?

IV
IV
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks Grey, it seems like the best move may be not to play at all.

Russ
Russ
4 years ago

Hey Grey!

12 Team H2H Categories

Best best for holds? I have Andrew Miller in the DL slot right now but he was activated Monday and I have Ryan Pressly on the active roster. Need to drop one so I can start making streaming choices.

So who would you rather have for holds Miller or Pressly?

Thanks!

Russ
Russ
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:How about Miller or Bradley?

Russ
Russ
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I’m looking for Holds/the better ratios, who do you think?

Cohen
Cohen
4 years ago

Diaz,Zimm,Goodrum,Morales,Healy , Candelario for c/i spot. Needs rbi, avg, hr

Keeks
Keeks
4 years ago

In your opinion how should a H2H league handle a worst case scenario where all the East Coast games get postponed during semi finals? It doesnt look like ESPN allows you to push back the matchup at this point.

I’ve got Rhys, Mookie, Benintendi, Khris Davis, Freeman, Gary Sanchez, Rendon, Villar, Voit, Nola, Strasburg, Dominguez and Britton all with games over that way this weekend.

Dante
Dante
4 years ago

Ryu just dropped in my league.

Would you add him to replace any of these?

Rodon
Gausman
Felix Pena
D-Rod

thanks

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

Think Nate Jones gets plugged back into the 9th? Fry hasn’t been dominant, worth a speculative add over say, Seranthony?

Thanks

Old man river
Old man river
4 years ago

Would you start Beltre over Aguilar, moustakas, Jmart or JDonaldson at this point?

Cohen
Cohen
4 years ago

Grey, can only start 2 of these streamers. Which 2?
Leblanc at home vs SD
Suarez at home vs Atl
Holland at home vs Atl

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
4 years ago

Romo has 0.2 IP in the last 16 days. Is he on an IP limit so he can come out fresh next year? Seriously, why are they not blowing this sucker’s arm off? He’s UFA.

Norm Ginsberg
Norm Ginsberg
4 years ago

Hand or Strop for Saves ROS?

Norm Ginsberg
Norm Ginsberg
Reply to  Norm Ginsberg
4 years ago

@Norm Ginsberg: Another question (never expected to contemplate this). Should I drop Correa for either Mondesi or Yuli?

Drew
Drew
4 years ago

Who’s the drop to activate Sale (NSVH counted): Knebel, CJ Edwards, Familia, or Fiers?

Eric
Eric
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

Would you start any of these guys tonight? (H2H with QS)

Sonny Gray @MIN
Andrew Suarez vs. ATL
Jose Urena @NYM

Thanks in advance!

Jake
Jake
4 years ago

I could use a few saves. Should I drop Seranthony for one of W. Peralta, J. Alvarado, or R. Gsellman?

Thanks

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

Hey Grey – SON loves M-Gonz coming off DL against Padres today ($19.3) + also doesn’t hate Sunday’s @LAA matchup ($6). In H2H semi finals, would you roll with him for QS/W if your opponent has 2 more starts than you?

Thanks!

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

@Grey: thanks – will steer clear

NH
NH
4 years ago

Grey,

Next week is the last week in my league. Would you drop Judge?

Thanks.

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
4 years ago

With G. Polanco down for the year, I need a replacement – any position. Can you rank the following:

Kiermaier, Candelario, Avisail, J. Polanco, LourdesG, Tyler Austin, Alex Gordon, Moran, Choi, Goodrum, Grichuk, Kipnis, Wendel … There are others, but if you could give me your top 3 from the list… I think I like Goodrum and Kiermaier the best, but I really dunno.

Thank you.

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
Reply to  Five-on-One
4 years ago

@Five-on-One: Or Puig (playing time unpredictable)

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thanks – These three guys over Chris Taylor too (also getting killed by Roberts, but on a bit of a roll)?

200 Proof
200 Proof
4 years ago

Grey,

I have a bye week but I’m trying to prepare my bullpen before my playoff starts. Thinking of picking up Peralta for saves and dropping either Boxberger or Romo. Boxberger’s no longer the closer and Romo has only pitched in 1 game since 8/25 (what did he do wrong?).

Anyway, drop Boxberger or Romo (for Peralta) (or drop both and pick up Buttrey (mmmmm) for holds too)?

Thanks!

dubjay
dubjay
4 years ago

Morning grey,
So I am looking to drop Boxberger for another RP.
Who do you like best of this group?
Y.Hirano, A.Bradley, Hildenberger, Knebel, T.Hunter, C.Allen, R.Gsellman, Streckenrider
I already lost Chapman and have D.Robertson to replace him for the occasional save and help with ratios. Could drop him as well. But only have 5 moves for the week and have already used one

dubjay
dubjay
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
Berger for Berger

dubjay
dubjay
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
Are we sure about Hildenberger over Allen? He just got another save.

Fantasy Freak
Fantasy Freak
4 years ago

Is Taylor Ward a good option ROS considering he plays every single day?

Fantasy Freak
Fantasy Freak
4 years ago

Any recomendations on relief pitchers on a hold league for ROS?

Fantasy Freak
Fantasy Freak
4 years ago

Hi, Bellinger is batting 8 when playing. Do you consider him better than White, Morrow or Ohearns. Can you rank the 4?

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
4 years ago

Good morning, Grey!

I love any post that manages to seamlessly blend Milli Vanilli with Robert Wagner murder accusations. When someone asks me if Wagner killed Natalie? I always reply: Girl, you know it’s true. Someone’s gotta grill Christopher Walken on what he heard on the yacht that night. That guy knows something. But I digress…

BTW, “borinnings eater” is such a great term. I don’t know if anything describes a Gibson/Lynn/Junis-type player so well.

So I’ve been cycling guys in and out based on matchups, and other than being exhausting, it’s kinda liberating. You and Ralph talked on a previous podcast about how annoying it is to not be able to drop name players because of where you drafted them (a Strasburg type) whereas you don’t mind dropping a lesser player (a Fiers type) for a hotter player. This time of year is all about that shizz and I’m loving it. Speaking of which…

I’m giving Sal Perez today (against Covey, whom Salvy has hit well) to sink or swim. After that I’m thinking of playing hot hands at catcher ros. I think his thumb is still an issue. Sound like a plan? Or just leave him in there cause all catchers suck anyway?

Thanks a lot!

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I LOVE Lana Wood! She’s one of the hottest (lesser) Bond girls. And like many a gorgeous lady who’s known tragedy, she says some bonkers things. But I SO want to believe that theory–and it would explain so much about that night, as well as the hush-hush nature of the murder investigation/findings. Where can I find that podcast?

And keep Wagner away from Sal Perez!!! “Swim, Sal! Swim!”

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I’m knee deep in Fatal Voyage and loving it! Thanks for the heads up. And yeah, only a few episodes in and already Wagner is shady AF!

PS: Which start do you like better: Reynaldo Lopez @ Baltimore or Lucchesi @ Seattle? SON has Reynaldo by a hair. Thanks!

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
Reply to  GrassyKnollRedding
4 years ago

@GrassyKnollRedding: Oh, can you please add Fiers start @ Baltimore today to the above mix? Like one? All of them? Do tell. Thanks again!

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Ha! Thanks on all fronts. I tend to agree with you. Was leaning Reynaldo, but might pass on all of them. Something about Baltimore in Baltimore doesn’t sound like a cakewalk to me. These teams with nothing but pride to play for scare me more than more competitive teams, if that makes any sense. Always feel they’re just lying in wait, daring me to stream against them.

And it seems like Wagner was jealous in every way you could be jealous. He clearly was furious that Natalie to be with Warren or Walken–but now I’m wondering if it was because he’d have wanted to be with Warren and Walken himself? This whole podcast has my kind of “In Search Of” level conjecture.

jose
jose
4 years ago

Monday Jose checks his sets his lineup during lunch: “Hey I’ve got Kluber going today against TB. Maybe I can get a W!”

Monday Jose checks his stat line before going to bed: “6.2 IP, cool…No win, dang…12 Ks, sweet…5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP, whatever…Wait… Kluber went 1 2/3! What the heck…Oh Thanks Hader 2 IP 6 Ks, Chavez, Cishek, and Presley.”

A haiku for your morning (I think…I don’t think I’ve ever written a Haiku since I was forced to in High School)

Wins are stupid, Grey
Why can’t my team win a game
Fantasy Baseball (read with head hung in frustration)

jose
jose
Reply to  jose
4 years ago

@jose: And my grammar in that post speaks for how little I learned in High School. Oof

jose
jose
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Haha! Do people still write on bathroom stalls? Aren’t they too busy on their phones?

In all seriousness. Thanks for helping all of us who are still grinding finish strong!

jose
jose
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey@Grey: Haha! Do people still write on bathroom stalls? Aren’t they too busy on their phones?

In all seriousness. Thanks for helping all of us who are still grinding finish strong!

the shit
the shit
4 years ago

I see above you said to not start Pivetta vs WAS. Streamonator is high on him at ($16.1). Still stay away even though the bot likes him?

I also have Cobb at home vs OAK, seems like a decent start but the bot has it at (-$2.9). Start him?

I dont technically need these two starts but will need to use my last two moves of the week on SPs if i dont. In the championship, ESPN 14 teamer, trying to defend the title against the guy i beat last year (he was pretty pissed i whooped on him bad lol).

agl2018
agl2018
4 years ago

Voit or Aledmys Diaz next year \o/

Bucktail30
Bucktail30
4 years ago

Rest of season for a bench bat/fill in…….Max Muncy, Niko Goodrum or Joey Wendle?

Bucktail30
Bucktail30
4 years ago

Rest of season for a bench bat/fill in…….Max Muncy, Niko Goodrum or Joey Wendle?

Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
4 years ago

Brother Grey!

Start Pivetta at home vs. WAS or nah?

I’ve got Mikolas and Musgrove going against each other. Do I start both, one, or none?

B
B
4 years ago

Would you drop Profar for Dejong in redraft? Both have been kinda cool, but Dejong is getting counting stats and seems to be putting good wood on the ball. ESPN doesn’t let me drop correa ugh, so I’m stuck contemplating other drops. Thanks to you and the whole Razzball crew for the best fantasy site on the web!

lwomack58
lwomack58
4 years ago

Streamer for tomorrow

Pena vs Tex-Son +14.9-Home ERA is 6.17 with a whip of 1.46
[email protected] +5.1-Away ERA is 2.98 with a whip of 1.04
Vargas vs Mia-Son +14.6-Home ERA is 5.19 with a whip of 1.42

Not great chooses-but need to keep pace with other manager for Wins, Ratios and K’s

Thank you

CaptainKnauer
CaptainKnauer
4 years ago

Sit one tonight

Odor @LAA (Johnson)
Mancini Vs. OAK (Fiers)
Frazier @STL (Mikolas)
Cano Vs. SD (Mitchell)

bigbear
bigbear
4 years ago

It’s confirmed, you’re going to burn. More from the Natalie Wood anchor reference than from being a witch. Doesn’t matter though.

Suarez/Beltre comparison = spot on! I’ll probably draft him next year during an autodraft and be pissed. Then by mid-season I’ll have forgotten he’s on my team, yet he’ll be a top 30ish type guy with no excuse to drop him. Rinse/repeat for 2020.

You’ve probably answered this while I was playing the part of Jedediah Smith. But where do you think Tildaddy will rank heading into next year? Top 5 is a stretch. Top 20 easily. Top 10? He’s a legit 30/30+ type guy (maybe 40/40+). Trout, Betts, Ramirez, and Lindor are no brainers. Beyond that, I’m sure an ‘upside’ argument can be made compared to some of the risks/warts that Harper, Judge, JD, and the like have etc…

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Oh Captain my Captain! I’m a Razzballian cleric, Order of Grey! Promised land or bust.

Serious props to you, Rudy, and crew here at Razzball nation. These daily write ups are gold. Your rankings/draft philosophy are legit. You may have nailed Tildaddy, but I think your real knack is projecting pitchers (a la Bauer).

Chazzball
Chazzball
4 years ago

Dear Grey,

Donaldson is coming back, and my league requires that I either drop him or Correa to waivers. What makes it worse is my biggest threat in the playoffs has the top waiver priority. Who is going to hurt me less when I play this team in the finals next week, Donaldson or Correa?

Bob
Bob
Reply to  Chazzball
4 years ago

If somebody adds them, it will benefit you. Correa won’t be right until next year. He’s complaining that his back still bothers him. He has 2 extra base hits since he came back (see Miguel cabrera) last year. Donaldson may play a few games and then aggravate his calf (last time I checked you have to run if you are a hitter) or be a bench bat with a few starts.

Chazzball
Chazzball
Reply to  Bob
4 years ago

@Bob: The advantage to dropping Correa is that it gives me enough salary room to pick up a replacement for the injured Molina. Right now I’m playing without a catcher. If I drop Donaldson I would also have to drop Brad Hand to get enough cap for waivers. Luckily I have 5 other closers. What is a worse loss, Correa + no catcher (lol) or Donaldson + Hand?

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
4 years ago

Dear Mr. Albright,

Thanks, as always, for a lovely column that I enjoyed with my morning coffee while I sat on the . . . ummm TMI.

Anyway, just wondering if you could give a human, Grady-Little-gut-feeling rank to these streaming options for tonight:

-Gonzales v. SD ($19.3)
-Fiers @BAL ($6.3)
-Musgrove @STL ($10.2)

I’m thinking Gonzales and Fiers, but open to Musgrove. Oh, and the Grady Little thing was just a joke . . . I’m looking for you to give a serious, educated opinion, not to throw grass up in the air and see which way the wind takes it.

Lurrrrrrrve yas!

VinWins
VinWins
4 years ago

Obviously it would have been stupid to draft Gary in the 3rd round. But I got him in the 4th!

TrickRey
TrickRey
4 years ago

Are we starting Zack Greinke in Colorado?

NJ
NJ
4 years ago

Anyone starting Suarez vs ATL?

Jays for Days
Jays for Days
4 years ago

Do I pick up Piscotty and drop any of these three? If so which one? Or hold.

Asdrubal Cabreara
Desmond
Mallex Smith
Tyler White

Jays for days
Jays for days
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: okay thanks man! I’ll hold.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
4 years ago

Rain Sux!…………7 players in postponed games on first day of playoffs! Same thing happened last day of championship a few years back and i got eliminated.

Hopefully the Carolinas don’t sustain too much damage.

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
4 years ago

@LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood:

Forgot to mention the Phillies trying to dry the field with blow torches last night it sums up their season. And Kaplar out there running the bases to test the field a complete embarassment.

Lennydykstraisjust misunderstood
Lennydykstraisjust misunderstood
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

They need to buy some of those flamethrowers from Elon musk

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Yes the boring company .he is selling the flame throwers for $2k……….
But Based on his interview with Jon Rogan the other i think he is using all his flame throwers to light up his spliffs

VinWins
VinWins
4 years ago

Not totally sure. but I think that should be “well grammar points.”

Savoy Special
Savoy Special
4 years ago

14 Team H2H auction redraft league. 6×6: Runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS and K’s, QS, ERA, WHIP, Saves+Holds, K/9.

I have $6 FAAB left and now have a bye week as the 1 seed. I’ve decided that my roster is essentially set, but still have a couple tricks left up the sleeve.

1) Ian Desmond is away from Colorado next week and is @Dodgers (Ryu, Kershaw, Buehler), @Arizona (Godley, Greinke, Corbin).
Drop Desmond for the following? Please rank pickup order: Niko Goodrum who is vs MIN (Odorizzi, Gonsaves, Berrios), vs KC (Kennedy, Junis, Keller, Fillmyer) or Trey Mancini (vs Blue Jays, @NYY), Ryan O’Hearn (@Pirates, @Tigers), Hunter Dozier (@Pirates, @Tigers), Max Muncy (vs Rockies, vs Padres).

2) Desmond is back at home in Colorado for the final week vs Philly, vs Nationals. If he’s still on the wire, pick him back up here?

3) Mitch Haniger is @Houston (Valdez, Cole, Morton), @Texas (Jurado, Minor, TBD). Dance with the girl I brought or drop him for a hitter with easier matchups for first half of the week? Options to pickup are: Brandon Nimmo (@Philly, @Nationals), Randal Grichuk (@Orioles, vs Rays), Hunter Dozier (@Pirates, @Tigers), Scott Schebler (@Brewers, @Marlins).

4) Please rank all of Willy Adames, Goodrum, Jason Kipnis, Robinson Cano, Adam Frazier. (Adames actually has nice matchups next week @Tex, @Tor)

5) It’s my bye week and I still feel like I need a Xanax.

C: Kurt Suzuki
1B: Ian Desmond
2B: Willy Adames
3B: Matt Chapman
SS: Francisco Lindor
OF: Mike Trout
OF: Mitch Haniger
OF: Aaron Hicks
UTL: Ramon Laureano

P: Max Scherzer
P: Keon Kela
P: Jesse Biddle
P: Craig Stammen
P: Jose Castillo
SP: Wei-Yin Chen
SP: Matthew Boyd
BH: Clayton Kershaw
BH: Mike Foltynewicz
BH: Miles Mikolas
BH: Blake Snell

DL: Michael Wacha

Thanks as always!!!

J-Hova
J-Hova
4 years ago

Great write up Grey!

You were a year early on Story. This should have been last year but i really think that early injury threw him off. I feel like Bellinger will be that guy next year, hopefully with Roberts gone. It seems like that early benching really impacted his flow and season. I’m in first by a hair thanks to your rankings of Ramirez, Bauer and the power of the tools. I’ve been able to get by with Bauer gone thanks to Streamonator and i feel like hittertron is huge late in season when guys get benched etc. THanks for everything you guys do. The tools pay for themself in league payouts, DFS payouts etc.

Did you ever get into Mac Miller. I guess he was in that new school that i never really got into but did check his last album when it dropped a few months ago and liked it. Really sad. Have you heard the new Atmosphere song? It’s really good, hoping for a rebound from Fishing Blues.

Thanks again!

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Grey!!

Saw Mac Miller on Colbert (Nikki Minaj episode). So good.

Cheers,
Ante

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
4 years ago

Start Bellinger @ Castillo or Haniger v Mitchell?

Fanciful Basesball
Fanciful Basesball
4 years ago

3rd rules of Usher Club: make love in this club.

Slappy Jack
Slappy Jack
4 years ago

Since June 23rd Rizzo has hit .322 35 14 44
not too shabby… wonder how far he’ll drop in drafts?

here’s another guy who everyone knows started cold but got hot faster
Since May 23rd AuShizz has hit .346 63 28 70
holy shizz! I feel like no one even talks about poor Goldy anymore

let compare that to say…hmm.. JUST DONGS
since May 23rd JD has hit .326 73 25 80
is there a huge difference between JD and AuShizz? Slappy doesn’t know!

But I am going to assume everyone is taking JD before they even consider Goldy in drafts next year. The first 6 rounds are going to be very interesting to navigate in 2019.

That’s all. Random stats from arbitrary time points.

Thanks for the write up Grey ,
Do you every get a little depressed when most of the blurbs are about players being awful?
Have a good day my dude!

Cersy
Cersy
4 years ago

Hi Grey,
Are you starting Pivetta today?
Thanks,
Cersy

Succos Baseball
Succos Baseball
4 years ago

Grey,

What are you doing with Sale today? Activating him for the start? I know he’s just being an Opener, didn’t know if you would take the 2-ish innings for ratios and Ks.

Succos Baseball
Succos Baseball
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks! What are your thoughts on Stripling getting a start tomorrow? No games start limit.

Scott
Scott
4 years ago

I need an INF in a 10 team league since I have albies who isnt hitting despite a decent game last night. Who do I add out of peraza or beltre. Both have been hot. Obp league with total bases. I really don’t need steals but I need r,rbi,tb,hr and obp (no particular order).

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
4 years ago

Grey!

Beautiful write-up, like morning dew on a hot summer day.

a. Riding that O’Hearn guy. Basically now I’m just trying to match up righty hitters versus LHP and lefty hitters versus RHP. Seems to be working, only took me 5+ months to figure it out.

b. Signed up Heaney dropping Knebel. Proof of the pudding was yesterday’s save by Jeffress. There’s always next year for Knebel.

c. In a 5X5 RCL where I need wins and Ks, start Glasnow at home versus CLE (Bieber)?

1. Yes
2. No

d In a 5X5 RCL where I need wins and Ks, start Ryu at CIN (Castillo)?

1. Yes
2. No

e. Mark Twain quote of the day for September 11

There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it, and when he can.

Cheers,
Ante

Cersy
Cersy
4 years ago

Hi Grey,
Awesome write up! No one does it better!
Would you start Pivetta at home against the Nats? The Nats have lit him up twice this year badly and he’s very inconsistent in general so for me it’s a coin flip. My opponent suffered through Barria’s start and Hand’s blown save last night so I do have a bit of leeway.
Thanks,
Cersy