In my preseason Randal Grichuk sleeper post (hey, they’re not all Delino DeShields sleepers, which is to say God awful vs. just merely bad), I said, “How much Grichuk can Grichuk chuck if Grichuk strikes out 30% of the time?  Now, I’m no gypsy; I’m just a boy, standing in front of a girl that was born in a manger in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  Let’s look at some comp hitters, shall we?  Not to answer, but to keep reading.  Last year, Grichuk struck out 31% of the time after striking out 23% of the time in Triple-A.  His minor league strike out rate makes me think he’ll be closer to a 27-28% strikeout guy.  Brandon Moss is also around a 27-28% strikeout guy, which Grichuk should be.  Grichuk won’t walk as much as Moss, but, okay, they’re close enough for me.  Grichuk is a young Moss.  I shall call him Pete Moss.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Maybe old fools die hard with a vengeance while Samuel Jackson screams at them, but Grichuk was just some bad luck with his BABIP away from being exactly what I thought he’d be.  His strikeout rate is 27.8% (vs. Moss’ 30%), and he’s only 25 years old.  I’m still jazzed on Grichuk like Coltrane with a needle in my vein.  Of course, none of this matters if he didn’t hit a bunch of homers this week, and was available in about 75% of leagues.  Plant Pete Moss on your team and watch the growth!  Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Jose Peraza – No one cares about my inner monologue that got us this week’s Buy — Yes, they do, Grey.  Don’t be hard on yourself. — but Peraza was nearly the lede, but he doesn’t have a clear job if Cozart returns.  For those thinking the Reds have to play him, they didn’t play him earlier in the year when they should’ve.  So, for now, Peraza’s a steals play.  Have a bald SAGNOF spot?  Grab your Jo-Pe!

Keon Broxton – I get the sense he’s going to be a sleeper next year in name only.  As in, everyone’s going to say he’s a sleeper, which will actually make him overrated.  I like him, so don’t take this the wrong way, but he has quite a few skeletons in his contact rate closet.

Denard Span – How does he have eight homers and only 12 steals?  No, seriously.  He’s about 155 pounds with Ben Revere sitting on his lap, until they morph into Benard Spevere.

Leonys Martin – Just think, if you own him and Broxton, you can just say “My 4th and 5th outfielder is Keonys Broxtin,” which will free up so much time you can final finish that Fuller House fanfiction story.

Ender Inciarte – He’s only gone hitless in four games since the All-Star break, hitting .350 in that time.  Is it any surprise that he’s doing better in the 2nd half?  His name’s Ender, not Beginnerer!

Lonnie Chisenhall – If you’re not impressed with his recent hitting, you have to at least appreciate how Chisenhall ‘crushes’ pitchers’ heads before every at bat.

Andrew Toles – And I’m just going to go ahead and leave Rob Segedin in this blurb too, because they’re both Dodgers rookies that are hitting.  Dodger fans also love how Dave Roberts has been batting them at the top of the order; great way to start the game.  Just don’t tell those Dodgers fans that’s actually the bottom of the 3rd inning and the pitcher isn’t batting in the three hole.

Adam Frazier – I don’t even know if he’s going to play, but, if he does, the Hitter-Tron is crazy for him, like it’s crazy for rubbing its lug nuts on any available metal.

Alex Bregman – Doesn’t he sound like a 90s game show host?  Network exec, “Should we go Mark DeCarlo or Alex Bregman for the Name That Tune remake?”  “Alex Bregman doesn’t demand we hire three hairdressers.”  “Decision made.”

Jedd Gyorko – Not only is he hitting–Actually, that’s the only reason he’s here.

Tim Anderson – Tim isn’t just a Replacement, he’s the guest of honor at the Swingin’ Party.

Dansby Swanson – I already gave you my Dansby Swanson fantasy.  It was written while placing bananas on Harambe’s grave.

Chris Owings – Guys and five girl readers, you can’t really go wrong with any Rockies hitter.  Subtract point-one percent from the previous sentence and it goes for Diamondbacks too.

Yoan Moncada – I already gave you my Yoan Moncada fantasy.  It was written while Gordon Ramsay yelled at me.

Adonis Garcia – Yes, this Buy is filled with Braves.  I’m not too red-faced to admit that.

Josh Bell – Member earlier this season when there was hundreds (maybe five) of corner infidels to grab off waivers?  The tide’s gone out on them and now it’s all about outfielders.

Justin Morneau – I’m not completely oblivious, I know a lot of people have moved onto fantasy football, and those that haven’t have a 1st baseman that is better than Morneau.  So, with this Morneau blurb, I’m addressing people who aren’t here.  That scratch on your IROC-Z?  That was me.  I thought I had more room on the driver’s side.  My bad!

Cesar Hernandez – Has three homers in the past eight games, and wears a toga to the ballpark.  What’s not to love?

Sandy Leon – Or as I like to call him, “Sadly Leon because I didn’t grab Gary Sanchez fast enough.”

Mike Leake – This is a straight Stream-o-Nator call like the call it makes to Wal-Mart to ask, “What does it all mean?”  Stream-o-Nator is sad!

Ivan Nova – This is also a Stream-o-Nator call, and I just gave you my Ivan Nova fantasy.  It was the first title that Stephen Hawking and Liam Gallagher both agreed on.

Daniel Hudson – I just went over him this morning, so use your scrolly finger that can’t find the man in the boat.

Tyler Thornburg – SAGNOF in its most pure, uncut form, before mixing it with baking soda and save opportunities, means not looking at stats, and just grabbing saves, but, if you’ll indulge me.  Thornburg has a 0.87 WHIP and 70 Ks in only 51 2/3 IP.  What?  Again, with some stank — WHAT?!

Jim Johnson – Going from Thornburg to Johnson is like going from Richard Chamberlain in The Thorn Birds to Richard Chamberlain coming out.

SELL

Steven Matz – The Mets say he’ll be back next week from his sore shoulder.  The Mets also said Matt Harvey is Totes McGotes fine until he needed surgery on his thoracic outlet syndrome, which is something that usually only affects cockroaches.  By the way, I also call my umbrella, Totes McGotes.

Michael Saunders – On our 30-day Player Rater, Saunders has been one of the worst hitters in the last month.  Then again, for the last few weeks, whenever I say that, the player immediately hits a home run or three, so maybe we should be picking him up now.  Or maybe I just reversed my reverse jinx.  Though, the mention of it might’ve been a reverse reverse reverse jinx.  Then again, maybe this is a reverse reverse reverse reverse jinx.  Or maybe–Okay, I could do this all day.

Aaron Judge – I think Judge is going to be a glorious beast with power that makes you stand up and say, “Dayum, now we’re talking,” to yourself while combing your hair over.  But you also don’t have time this year to be waiting on guys.

Brett Gardner – Okay, drop every Yankee, except Gary Sanchez. *claps hands together to indicate finished, accidentally hits a lady bug, knows this is bad luck, attempts to resuscitate the lady bug, but it’s too late*  Well, hope that’s not bad luck. *realizes while looking down to type up this post, I was walking up scaffolding, falls from ten floors up*  Ahhhhh!!!

 
  1. knucks says:
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    Weird Al impersonating Dolores O’Riordan:

    Harambeeee
    Harambeeeeee
    Harambe Harambe Harambe ehh ehh ehh?

    That’s inevitable right? Or too easy, even for Al?

    In all seriousness… Peraza :)
    Finally!!!

    Wondering if the Dodgers finally call up de Leon… just asked Ralph on his post, though I know he’s been waiting for a while on that one.

    Enjoy your visit back east. Be glad you missed out on that mid-August heat wave. Shizz was disgusting.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You know, it’s kind hot and humid today too

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Is it? Been inside all day trying to meet a deadline. Gotta be better than the last few weekends.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nothing to compare it to but it’s humid as shizz here

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Forgot to mention, batty-called the Gyorko last night. Clutch. Dropped him to stream Bart tonight against the Phildos.

        Cram, you around? Did you say you were hitting a game this weekend? Is it tonight? If so, could use some good vibes sent our buddy Bartolo’s way. Whether that’s on the bump or in the box…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  2. griff says:
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    Is khris davis a better grab than Judge in a dynasty or should I hold judge? A guy just dropped davis in my league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds shallow, so Davis

      • griff says:
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        @Grey: no, it is a 12 team dynasty. Totally have no idea why he droppped Davis

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s a schmohawk apparently

          • griff says:
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            @Grey: ha! My thoughts exactly. I did a double and triple take.

  3. 200 Proof says:
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    Hey Grey,

    For ROS:
    1. Frazier or Jose Ramirez?
    2. K Davis or W Myers?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier… Davis…

  4. Lunchbox says:
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    Thanks for the buys. I had already picked up Grichuk, then dropped him for Peraza, & now I went back for some more ‘Chuck. So much rosterbating.
    Should I pick up Peraza again,& drop Belt, Kepler, or Jankowski, or hold? I don’t necessarily have a need for speed; I’ve got Villar, then a few guys with 8-10 so far(Polanco, DJ, Fowler) & Janks there.
    14-team H2H 6×6 (OPS) league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peraza over Jank

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: You think Janky falls off/loses PT to Renfroe/Margot? Or just believe in Peraza more?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I enjoy Peraza more, in reality prolly the same

  5. dem ribbies says:
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    Blackmon vs Gio
    or
    Desmond vs Kluber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blackmon

  6. Odor's Odor-izzi spray says:
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    Might be more of a Smokey question, but who would you grab for KC holds right now? Soria has been the 8th inning guy but Matt Strahm just got called up and has been pretty good so far after flashing high k/9 in the minors working as a starter and out of the pen.

    Also, is CJ Cron worth much attention after the wrist injury? And if it comes down to it at some point in the next two weeks, who is more droppable, Schoop or Odor? Team is flush with steals, and OBP, SLG, and K’s count

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strahm, but Herrera will be the 8th inning guy next week

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schoop

  7. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great buy column.

    a. Of the 25 players listed, I have 5 on my team. It shows the level of my desperation, right? Also have several others this week, but dropped them for others in the same list.

    b. Start 1 1B

    1. Gyorko at home vs. OAK (Detwiler)
    2. Flores at home vs. PHI (Captain Morgan)

    c. Start 1 at MI

    1. Gyorko at home vs. OAK (Detwiler)
    2. Cesar Hernandez @NYM (Colon)

    d. Start 5 of the following OF

    1. Cutch @MIL (Garza)
    2. Sano @ TOR (Liriano)
    3. Span at home vs. ATL (De la Cruz)
    4. Duvall @AZ (Shipley)
    5. Gordon @BOS (Wright)
    6. Broxton at home vs. PIT (Vogelsong)
    7. JBJ at home vs. KC (Kennedy)
    8. Fowler @LAD (Norris)

    e. Start any of the rejected choices above in the U.

    For the weekend, only starting Bum at home vs. ATL.

    f. Would you start any of these SPs over the weekend? ESPN RCL, 12-team. I’m slightly ahead of pace for the 180 GP max (78.8% of season vs. 81.1% used, on pace for 185 (+5))

    Aug. 27
    1. Duffy @BOS
    2. [email protected]

    Aug. 28
    3. Lester @LAD

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. That’s not desperation, homey, that’s commitment…Flores…Gyorko…not JBJ, Duvall or Sano… Lester

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        Thanks as always, man. I will check lineups for any last minute changes.

        Btw, I heard something fluttering in my behind me. I’m using my laptop on my bed. I look over to my right minutes later and I see what had made the fluttering sound. It’s a gigantic cock roach, at least 4 inches long. I killed it (sorry if there are any Jains amongst our gentle Razzball community).

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yikes!

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            Had one more question. Would you start Anderson (just picked him up off waivers) over any of the following for tonight?

            a. Flores who is at 1B (can move Gyorko to 1B, then slide Anderson into MI).
            b. Gyorko who is at MI
            c. Cesar Hernandez who is at U

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah

  8. Sportive Tricks says:
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    Thanks, as usual, Grey!

    Nova or Bundy ROS?

    See how I tried to make it all quick for yas?

    Love ya!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bundy

  9. knucks says:
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    You see Jeffress was booked on DWI last night?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nope, hadn’t seen it…

  10. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    FYI, Mitch Haniger was sent to AAA..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh well

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: They needed to make room for AJ Pollock.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes sense

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey: The Dbacks never make sense…I would think they would make sure his elbow is 100% so he does not have a setback in meaningless September games..

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Exactly

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                @Grey: Always good chatting with you..Have a great weekend..

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You too!

              • The Hack says:
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                @Grey: I think the thinking is they want to make sure they have something for next year. Would hate to get to spring and have a guy you think you can count on not able to play and miss out on free agency.

                • Grey

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                  I’d guess if he’s healthy, they’re fine… Can judge that without MLB games, but he might want to return so he’s mentally ready for next year

                  • The Hack says:
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                    @Grey: thats a good point. One of my dad’s buddies who played ball and who BTW, was roomies with eckersly coming up in the Indians organization always tells me stuff about what can throw players off and the mental stuff.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah

                    • The Hack says:
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                      Yeah? you might as well give me my patented Yuptcha! (hats to be coming out soon)

  11. Huddy says:
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    Thanks for the article Grey! Good stuff..contending for 1st H2H weekly need 2 Util spots Eaton TAnderson Grichuk Broxton Franco
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grichuk, Franco

  12. Jankee says:
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    In a 12 team Roto 5×5 drop Gurriel and/or Dyson for Grichuck, Peraza or Incriate?

    I have E. Diaz, Kimbrel & Britton

    Thank Yo!