J.A. Happ might’ve realized he wasn’t staying with the Jays much longer when guys in the front office kept asking him if he liked the team’s new jersey and it was the same jersey he had been wearing but a small man with a goatee, who said he worked as Peter Dinklage’s stunt double for parts of season 2 and 3 of GOT, was standing with his hand over the ‘Ja’ of Jays. Happ tried to understand, “Do I like the Blue Ys?” The front office exec tried to lead him to the answer, “If there was no,” motioning to Dinklage’s stunt double’s hand covering the ‘Ja,’ “In the Jays, would that be okay with you?” Rather than the low-rent game of charades, they just traded him to the Yankees. Happ should be happy to be out of Canada, we have a burgeoning coal economy. No idea what Happ will do on the Yankees, but what he SHOULD (caps for emphasis, not due to a sticky keyboard) is be great. His 10.3 K/9, 2.8 BB/9 and 3.63 xFIP makes him easily the 2nd best pitcher on the Yankees and around that of a top 30 starter. Also, the AL East is like this: J.A. Happ mimes wiping dandruff off his shoulder. Nothing to it, kid! Of course, it’s been like this all year and he still has a 4.18 ERA, so ‘should’ and ‘would’ can have a baby and it will still be, ‘who knows?’ Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Aaron Judge – Left yesterday’s game after being hit on the wrist and went for an MRI. Doctor sees Judge, then a’la Jaws, “We’re gonna need a bigger MRI.” Turns out Judge has a chip fracture and will miss at least three weeks. Sounds like an optimistic prognosis, but have you seen the size of this guy? That’s a good thing, right? On the other side of the rather large coin, Justin Turner had a small non-displaced fracture on his wrist and we’re still waiting on him. Nothing to do except wait on Judge, but I could see this dragging into mid-September or back by the third week of August.
Sonny Gray – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.08. You know he’s rope-a-doping you, right? Stream-o-Nator loves his next start too, but, man, he is setting you up for a knockdown.
Brandon Drury – Went the other way in the Happ trade. That’s assuming he can pass the physical. “State your name.” “Drury.” “Are you drunk, son?” “No, my name’s Drury.” “You can’t even say your name without slurring!” Not sure where Drury can play on the Jays. He’s a 2nd and 3rd baseman, and the Jays have Donaldson and Devon Travis. *bursts out laughing* I’m sorry! I tried to keep a straight face while saying it. Drury’s okay for AL-Only leagues if he gets enough looks, which I’m not sure he will; this year, at least. Next year, he’s gonna see Vlad Jr., and nighty-night, Drury.
Noah Syndergaard – Expected back next week from hand, foot, mouth disease. Syndergaard said, “I’ve learned my lesson and will never again waft my own farts into my face again. No matter what I’ve eaten and how tempting it might be.”
Wilmer Flores – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer. Wilmer has been a real bright spot for the Mets. Not because he’s hitting all that great, but light is magnified by water, so the tears on his cheek make for a bright spot.
Asdrubal Cabrera – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 18th homer. Asdrubal dedicated that homer to “whatever team gets me the hell off the Mets.”
Nick Kingham – 3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.80. I’ve felt so welcomed in this underground, cave bar with my host, Jihadi Jim, but I need to go to the bathroom. Will someone watch my iced tea? *five hours later* Hey, that mirror is moving with my reflection. Wait, is that a person wearing my face? NOOOOOO!!!! Roofie!!!
Josh Harrison – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games. I cannot build enthusiasm for Harrison no matter how hard I try, and I’m on three Red Bulls and a Viagra, so I’m trying.
Anthony Rendon – Out on paternity leave. If the baby comes out chewing a toothpick, somewhere Dusty Baker is going to be smiling wickedly.
Stephen Strasburg – Returned to the DL with a pinched nerve in his neck. Does the entire Nats team feel like it’s playing with no sense urgency? That really should not be a sub-.500 team. Cougs’ family is friends with the owner of the Nats, Ted Lerner, and I’ve been trying to get him on the podcast for a while. I think we need to have a heart to heart with Ted, the Nats owner not my dog. But I guess I can ask him if they’re related, and if Madonna ever wanted his sperm. Okay, maybe this is why Cougs’ family has never put me in touch with the Lerners.
Juan Soto – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 12th homer, hitting .308. Sexy Dr. Pepper or Bryce Harper? Okay, Harper, but why did I even have to think for two seconds? You’re killing me, Bryce Harper! Mean’s while, Sexy Dr. Pepper is so refreshing.
Trea Turner – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer. Ain’t trying to fight back beautiful, but how about some bunt singles and mucho SAGNOF for hombre El Gris?
Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, and his 5th homer in the last week since the break. “I wanna try to parachute without a parachute.” That’s an ex-Schoop owner who dropped him during the break.
Jesse Winker – Hit the DL. This makes Riggleman’s job so much easier. Now he no longer has to make arbitrary reasons for double-switching out Winker. “After six years in the majors, maybe then Winker will have earned the right to finish a game.” That’s Riggleman with his old school bullshizz.
Eugenio Suarez – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, and his 4th straight game with a homer. Okay, seriously, next year, Eugenio Suarez or Kris Bryant? Is that a crazy question?
Tucker Barnhart – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games. And here I am shuffling around Manny Pina and John Hicks. *smacks head* Get it together, Grey!
Ranger Suarez – 5 IP, 4 ER as he was called up. Suarez had an under-7 K/9 in Triple-A with a 2.30 BB/9. That’s great. Dot dot dot. For a 42-year-old who is attempting a comeback and being played by Dennis Quaid in the movie of his life.
Carlos Santana – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer. Yesterday, I hinted that Santana is a 2nd half player. Now I’m screaming it. In lowercase letters. Don’t make me press the shift and letter keys together. I’m tired.
Rhys Hoskins – 3-for-5 and his 19th and 20th homer, and 76th homer since the break. I ate a cheesesteak yesterday, but, before consuming it, I bowed my head and mumbled to myself, “Body of Rhysus.” Mumbled, not due to a lack of enthusiasm, but because I’m half-Jewish and don’t really know the right thing to say.
Nick Williams – 4-for-5, and his 13th and 14th homer, and three homers this week since I dropped him. I have the magic touch. Come here, and I will abracadabra you into goodness. I am the David Blaine of reverse jinxes, snitches!
Maikel Franco – 2-for-5 and his 16th and 17th homer, and four homers in four games. Oh, you best believe he’s in this afternoon’s Buy column. Maikel is on fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiire. Seventeen eyes, dawg. One for each of his dreads. It’s Medusa Franco up in this piece!
Manny Machado – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer on the Dodgers, and his 25th homer. Time for my once a year rant. Why in the effin eff holes do stats not carry over in box scores? Teams no longer play only in one league! It’s dated nonsense from before interleague! You don’t subtract a player’s stats from against the opposite league on their statline, do you? Then why are stats in the box score incorrect for players switching leagues? It’s so stupid!
Rich Hill – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.82. The optimist sees seven great innings. The pessimist sees seven innings closer to the next blister.
Kyle Gibson – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.42. This start was in Fenway, so if you started him, I have to hand it to you, your pants grapes are quite impressive.
Matt Chapman – 3-for-3, 3 runs and his 12th homer, hitting .266. You do not want to meet the A’s in a dark alley right now, or a well-lit baseball diamond.
Brad Boxberger – 1/3 IP, 3 ER and his 5th blown save, ERA at 3.58. I wonder if before or after the Diamondbacks fade behind the Rockies in the NL West and into third place, if they’ll make a change at closer. Not sure who they’d use tho–Oh, wait, they have two capable guys behind him, Hirano and Bradley. If Torey Lovullo is truly afraid of change, he can just call his new closer Bradley Boxberger, and make a tidy little portmanteau of the new committee.
Alex Avila – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .152. Not great there, Avila, but at least we don’t have Diamondbacks fans protesting Herrmann anymore for their bathroom choices.
Nick Ahmed – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 13th homer. Nice batty call by yours truly! Now, if I can do that for two months straight, I might be back in this RCL hunt!
Kris Bryant – Headed back to the DL. So, let’s say Bryant is available in the 4th round of drafts next year, are you drafting him?
Tyler Chatwood – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners (6 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 4.98. Ready for a good laugh? He has a 7.85 K/9 and that’s lower than his walk rate of 8.14! That’s gotta be historic. He has 85 BBs and 82 Ks. This isn’t after a game or two. He’s thrown 94 IP! Can’t believe the Cubs haven’t made up an injury and just DL’d him. “Sorry to say Chatwood has pretendonitis on his right scapula.” Reporter raises hand, “You’re pointing to his left side.” “Well, he was in the mirror when we diagnosed him so shut the hell up!”
Cole Hamels – Traded to the Cubs. Recipe for a repeat championship: you make it to the mountaintop, win the World Series, then just try to hold the torso of the team together while adding faded vets, who haven’t been good in years. It’s like, “Hey, can you do that trick again where you won a World Series ten years ago?” “I can’t, son, but I can make your nose disappear.” “Worst trick ever!” Will Hamels be that much worse than Chatwood? Have you seen Chatwood’s numbers? He can’t be worse. He’ll be a passable number three to four for real baseball and a decent deeper league starter and a streamer in shallower leagues, as he’s been in Texas.
Anthony Rizzo – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer. HR to the Rizzo!
Martin Maldonado – Traded to the Astros. Great, sneaky get by the Astros for real baseball. Maldonado’s arm is stronger than a t-shirt cannon fired by the Philly Phanatic. For fantasy, this means nothing.
Joakim Soria – Traded to the Brewers. Damn, the Brewers are pulling Pirates type moves, where you’re not sure if they’re trying to make themselves better or trying to make moves to appear like they’re trying to make themselves better. Delicate line to walk. Here’s a Brewers’ exec, “I’m not sure what trading for Joakim gets us. I mean, we have the best middle reliever, a solid closer, Jeffress has been ridunk, I guess I could see Soria blowing some games in the 6th inning. Do we need blown games in the 6th inning?” Another galaxy-brained exec, “But if we get Soria it will appear like we’re making moves and the fans will be happy with us.” High fives all around, one exec sips on his boba. And…scene! I’m going to go over Jace Fry in his blurb so people skimming aren’t like, “Grey, who’s going to take over for Soria in Chicago, I’m dur dur dur dur dur and can’t dur dur dur.”
Orlando Arcia – 0-for-5, as he was recalled after proving he can hit Triple-A pitching in Colorado Springs to the tune of .341. Now Arcia will prove he’s fixed and the everyday shortstop again, or he’s a Quad-A player and don’t be so fast to toss Saladino aside.
Evan Longoria – 2-for-4, 1 run as he was activated from the DL and Brandon Belt was placed on the DL. Belt and Longoria can’t play at the same time because the world can only handle so many 18-homer power corner men.
Dereck Rodriguez – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.75. You know how they say to recruit kids that come from ex-ballplayers? Without the pedigree, I’m not sure Rodriguez is in the major leagues. I think a 7 K/9 guy in High-A would’ve quit without knowing he could make it. Maybe not, just a thought. Right now, he is making a lot out of not a whole lot. He is still a work in progress, but, because of his dad, he thinks he can do it, so that could take him places. Put that shizz on a Hallmark card!
Francisco Arcia – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer. Could take over for Maldonado or platoon with Jose Briceno. Both could combine for five homers on the year, and that’s including the three they have between them already.
Kole Calhoun – 2-for-5, 2 runs and a slam (11) and legs (5), hitting near-.300 in last week with two homers. Guess whether or not he’s going to be in this afternoon’s Buy column. It rhymes with yes. Actually, it is yes.
Ian Kinsler – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer. That’s his 2nd homer since the break. Kinsler is on a real low simmer, huh? Flip the switch or get off the People’s Republic of Razzball!
Justin Upton – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .255. Three singles and a double through the shift, which means Justin Upton got the Working Mom Cycle.
Blake Parker – 1 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.42 ERA. Literally all he does is give up runs in non-save situations. Don’t fact check me! I own him, it’s all he does. He has one save this month. What are we doing here, fellas and five ellas? This doode is a waste of time!
Nick Tropeano – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.82. He allowed five homers yesterday which is some kind of record for amount of winners at the Trop in one day.
Jose Abreu – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 15th and 16th homer, and three homers in the last four games, hitting .258. Hey, looky-loos look at this lollygagger doing less lolly’ing and/or gagging. About friggin’ time, you giant turdmaker!
Daniel Palka – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th and 14th homer, hitting .231. He was hitting .073 since the break with no homers, so this might be the start of something, but it ain’t the middle of shizz.
Avisail Garcia – 2-for-5 and his 11th homer, hitting .272. Avisail, buddy, you don’t have to try so hard, someone will still call you a sleeper next year. Don’t knock yourself out.
Jace Fry – Should be taking over for Soria as the White Sox closer, even though he pitched the 7th (!) yesterday. His stats look like he could immediately be better than Soria, i.e., no Joakim, give Fry a try. Now watch Charlie Manuel get hired to manage the Pale Sox and throw Jeanmar Gomez in the 9th. “I ain’t ever see a tractor pull event that I ain’t confuse for a mobile house scooting on its butt like it’s got dingles up its tailpipe than I see Jeanmar Gomez as the closer.” That’s Charlie Manuel managing again. I miss him.
I’m out of the running for this year. Keeper league 5 x 5 OBP. I’ve been offered Bryant for Suarez and i’m struggling with it. Should i take it and assume Bryant returns to form next year?
Oh wise one – dynasty no dough/years = Closer is a mess. Britt in NY hurts too. Have Rondy, Vaz, Viz and Brittnun. Drop Zach or Fry? Gsellman?
SP is bad too – hope Stras doesn’t kill me any more = grabbed Evoldi and Kingham. I know you’re not big on Evol but is he worth giving a few wk’s? Have Nola, Miko, j gray, Arrieta, Tallion & Wood.
Available are VV, Freeland, DRod, Suarez, Musg and a bunch of meh….
thoughts? Thanks as always – cheers!
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What are your thoughts on Conforto?
He’s my 5th OF in a 5 OF league, but I could use a hot stretch to end the season. Do you see it master Lothario?
Would also be nice since I traded Cesar for him.
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In a keeper league that I’m trying to win this season, I have Treinen, Norris, Knebel, and Rondon and can only start 3. What is a better trade for me, or neither…
Knebel + Muncy for Dozier
Knebel + McKenzie (Minors) for Moustakas
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have to drop one for Puig—what say you? Adam Jones, Maybin, Avisail, Mallex, Joc or Puig?
Do you drop one of the following for Jon Gray or pass?
Will the BUY column feature Judge consolation prizes? Or will you any least console me?
I will console you
12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 12) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. LIMIT of 35 moves – no streaming
Team 1 Gets: A. Rizzo, C. Yelich, C. Carrasco, W. Buehler,
Team 2 Gets: M. Olson, G. Springer, M. Franco, B. Snell, J. Berrios, P. Corbin
who would team A rather get (Yelich or Blackmon) for a Keeper league ?
Team 1, Blackmon
@Grey: alright, what about:
Team 1 Gets: A. Rizzo, C. Carrasco, W. Buehler,
Team 2 Gets: G. Springer, M. Franco, B. Snell, J. Berrios,
@Grey: Is it close ? I’m trading with team (1) and they are out of playoffs while I’m in first place. looking to improved my pitching with those two over Carrasco but long term is Rizzo way higher than Springer ?
Yeah, it’s close
On fire today! Who do you like rest of season (top 2): Franco, Chapman, Seager, Lowrie, Asdrubal?
Thanks – enjoy the weekend!
On fire today. Who do you like (top 2) rest of season: Seager, Asdrubal, Lowrie, Chapman, Franco?
Thanks – enjoy the weekend!
Good morning, Grey!
So glad I traded for Judge four days ago. Kinda sums up the kind of luck my team’s been having lately. Bieber, Kingham, Judge. It’s been an all-star week. Anywho I picked up Pederson to pick up a small fraction of the power slack. Do you like him for a fill in? Yonder and Josh “Mr Excitement” Harrison are also available. Should I just keep riding hot hands?
Also, since I’ve been destroyed lately, I thought I’d double check: anything scaring you off starting Heaney today at home vs Seattle? SON’s got him as an 11.8.
Thanks a lot!
Morning! That sucks on the trade… Just shizzy luck… I’d try Yonder, and ride hot hands — I’d start Heaney
@Grey: BTW, would you drop DJ LeMahieu? Judge would put me over my allotted DL slots, and wanna make sure I’m not wasting a slot. Think DJ comes back to make enough of an impact down the stretch?
Yeah, can lose DJ
Saw this on one of those deal of the day websites-
” Chipotle Restaurant: Free guacamole from Chipotle on National Avocado Day 7/31 with promo code.”
Unlike some years where I’ve missed out on last minute WW scoops due to decadence as opposed to due diligence,this year I know exactly where I’ll be on trade deadline night and what I’ll be doing.Thank God for tablets(and Charmin Ultra Soft).
Haha, nice! Mets are trading Bautista to Chipotle for avocado….
12 Team 5×5 OBP keeper league. I’m in third and buying to make a run at the title. Sorry in advance for posting entire roster…
My place in standings:
OBP: 5th, RBI: 6th, R: 6th, HR: 3rd, SB: 4th
S: 7th, W: 2nd, K: 9th, WHIP: 1st, ERA: 2nd
Just traded a collective Mikolas, J. Gray, Bieber, G. Hampson, A. Rendon for Freeman, S. Marte, W. Smith and S. Greene.
Most of my 1st half steals came from Deshizz and Michael Taylor who are no longer on my roster. Hence, I acquired Marte. I’ve been slowing climbing in R, RBI and HR after an abysmal start to the year. Hoping that trend continues.
Would you make either of these deals to win this year?
1. Give Seranthony and Puig to get Kimbrel?
2. Give Justin Upton to acquire JA Happ and Dee Gordon?
C E.Gattis ($13, x, x)
C R.Martin ($5, $10, $13)
1B F. Freeman ($37, $44, $51)
2B B. Dozier ($22, $27, $33)
3B M. Carpenter ($13, $16, $20)
SS T. Story ($10, x, x)
MI R. Odor ($9, $13, $16)
CI E. Escobar ($5, $10, $13)
OF G. Stanton ($29, $35, x)
OF J. Upton ($22, $27, $33)
OF C.Bellinger ($31, $38, $45)
OF A. Eaton ($13, $16, $20)
OF S. Marte ($25, $31, $38)
DH N. Cruz ($13, $16, $20)
BN W. Calhoun ($5, $10, $13)
BN Y. Puig ($10, $13, x)
P J. Verlander ($16, x, x)
P M. Foltynewicz ($5, $10, $13)
P N. Pivetta ($5, $10, $13)
P A. Heaney ($5, $10, $13)
P W. Smith ($5, $10, $13)
P J. Jimenez ($5, $10, $13)
P S. Greene ($5, $10, $13)
P K. Yates ($5, $10, $13)
P S. Dominguez ($5, $10, $13)
BN N. Kingham ($5, $10, $13)
DL S. Doolittle ($10, $15, x)
DL H. Strickland ($5, $10, $13)
DL J. Nelson ($1, $6, $9)
I’d do both to win this year
@Grey: Thank you Grey. Always appreciate the insight. Made the deal for Kimbrel. Hoping the other one goes through too.
Would love a consensus keeper update from your site? Any chance something like that is put together? Thanks!
Let me see if Kerry can do something
Should I start c.c today @kc.. and pivetta?
In some leagues
Hey Grey, rotation question in my 10 team redraft ML universe:
I have: Severino, Bauer, Carrasco, Flaherty, Eflin, little Marco, Eovaldi, Cmart (dl).
One the wire are: Wheeler, Hill, Anibal, Cahill, Buchholz
I’m considering dropping OZUN…uhh? to add an extra starter. Are any of these guys more than streamers?
would you hold Bradley over BracH ?
What do you make, btw? In your factory?
Think you might be mislabeled
@Grey: i had to hear this all throughout highschool and was finally starting to get over it
Damn, I’m sorry, didn’t mean to open old wounds
Manaea @ COL (Freeland)
Fried vs. LAD (Wood)
Peralta @ LAD (Buehler)
Flaherty vs. COL (Gray)
Thanks in advance,
@Citizen5: Black Jack and Manaea. I like Fried but worry first start back against one of the top offenses in NL.
pls rank for saves?
will smith, strop, swarzak, clippard, tepera
pls rank ros?
@fudgemybudge: Smith, Strop
Is Kingham worth holding onto? 12-team mixed. Not many better options available unless I take a flier on Fry or any of the young Cards pitchers.
@Starz: Nah, drop him
12 team H2H -1 for SO Calhoun or Conforto ROS?
@portbigcity: add profar and tucker to that group as well
My Cubbies are obviously betting on Hamels maintaining his away splits so far – 2.93 ERA, 61:22 K:BB, .222 BA against. He’s only given up 18 earned runs in 10 starts away from Arlington vs 42 earned runs in 10 starts at home (6.41 ERA). Completely different pitcher away from the Rangers’ home field.
@Will: Home/away splits have lots of noise, but NL is better than AL and he could be great for 6 weeks
in a dynasty where i have the chance to win it all this year, was offered goldy, kluber, and kenly jansen for my betts and strasburg. Almost certainly puts me over the top, although I could potentially win without and would like to hold onto mookie. what say you?
@Eric: That’s a tough one. Clearly better for you ROS to make the trade, especially with Stras up in the air. Is it a full-roster dynasty b/c maybe it depends on what other stars you’ll have to build around if you gave up Betts.
Those three would still make you strong next season.
@Eric: I’d hold, especially with Kluber dealing with some health issues.
Starting Folty today at home against LAD?
@Drew: I am in an NL-Only, wouldn’t in mixed
IM in first but my team is scuffling a little.
In a keeper, a team is prepared to sell out to get Jose Ramirez from me..
Give : JRam
Get: Hoskins, Trienen, Carrasco, and either Odor or Schoop (whichever you think)
Worth it? I have decent depth but these players are pretty solid additions. Thanks.
looking for some ideas for a fair return on trading robbie ray, hard for me to gauge his value right now
@jack florida: Maybe 3rd OF? Buy low on Ozuna (if you believe, which I’m not sure I do)…. Muncy from someone who doesn’t believe but I do… Donkeycornish RP like Knebel? Depends on needs… Prolly around 60-75 overall on top 100 of 2nd half
How much chance that Hand becomes Cleveland closer (Cody Allan not good past few months)?
If I drop him, should I pick Fry (who not officially closer, is he?) or Brach (Baltimore not that much worse than CWS)?
@Norm Ginsberg: Do you need saves badly? I would hold Hand – especially over Fry or Brach. If you really need the saves, then maybe but Hand is a better pitcher than those two and they still may not end up with more than Hand.
I expect him to get 50% of save opp (for now). Which is comparable to two crappy teams.
@Norm Ginsberg: Agree with Starz
@Grey: Thanks. Another related question — Hand or Allen?
I was curious why the Yankees put Drury in the lineup this week, obviously to build his value, he gone!
ROS: Nick Williams or pour me a Piscotty? (need bench bat account Yoenis’s cankle heel bunyons calificationssss)
@Hebrew Hammer: Haha, yup… Piscotty
6×5, including ops, keep 7, h2h, 10 team league. You keep a player in the round he was drafted. Going into next year I’m more than likely going to keep the below 7. However, I have the option for keeping Vlad Jr. in round 19. If I keep Vlad I’d have to throw one of the below back.
Trout (round 1), Judge (round 24), Goldschmidt (round 5), Albies (round 11), Bregman (round 2), Arenado (round 13), Scherzer (round 4)
Since Judge got hurt I’d like to get another outfielder and tossed the idea out to the league that I’d be open to moving Vlad Jr. and his round 19 value.
Someone has offered me their Yelich for my Vlad Jr. + Carlos Rodon. Would you do the deal for Yelich?
Here is my team below. It’s one player at every position, 2 util, 2 sp, 2 rp, 4 p, and 6 bench.
C – Yadier
1B – Goldschmidt, Abreu
2B – Albies, Odor
SS – Bregman,Peraza
3B – Arenado,
OF – Trout, Judge, Pollock, Inciarte, Hicks, Puig
SP – Scherzer, Morton, Price, Archer, Keuchel, Carlos Rodon, Andrew Suarez, Andrew Heaney, Michael Wacha, Luke Weaver
RP – Kela, Barraclough, Hector Rondon
NA – Senzel, Vlad Jr.
@Charles Varon: Don’t love it, can’t you work around Judge’s injury w/out a trade… Not like Yelich is going to do what Judge does
What type of hitter would you look to obtain for Vlad? My thing is I’m not going to keep him going into next year. While I can always throw him back and try and re-draft him, he’s not helping me at all this season. You always say do whatever it takes to win. I’m in first, and have a nasty offense. Why not go for the kill shot and add another top 30 bat?
My outfield will essentially be Trout, Pollock and one of Inciarte, Hicks and Puig. Outside of Trout and Pollock it’s a whole lot of meh. And if Pollock gets hurt again I’m in trouble. And I don’t really feel comfortable with rotating Inciarte, Hicks and Puig in my final outfield spot, and then having to fill in two utility spots as well.
Okay, news to me you’re not keeping Vlad, you said you had the option of keeping him… If you can get a top 30 bat, then absolutely do it
I could keep Vlad, BUT I can only keep 7 players and have 8 to choose from (below). You forfeit the round you keep the player. Of those 8 I think Vlad is the odd man out. Do you agree? If so, then I’m thinking flip him for a bat. Yelich is my only offer so far and he’s been a top 30 bat.
With all that, flip Vlad for Yelich? Hold out for a stronger offer? Or hang tight?
Trout (round 1)
Bregman (round 2)
Scherzer (round 4)
Goldschmidt (round 5)
Albies (round 11)
Arenado (round 13)
Vlad (round 19)
Judge (round 24)
Sure, take Yelich if he helps you win — I see six keepers there without Vlad… Bregman in round 2 isn’t anything great
Those are my 8 best players so 7 of them will be kept.
I guess it boils down to my final/7th keeper and its between Bregman and Vlad. Given the option of Bregman at 2 or Vlad at 19 who would you keep?
Vlad at 19
Gotcha. So it boils down to Bregman at 2 or Vlad at 19.
It’s tough bc Bregman is only 24 and is exceeding his output from last year. But that 19 round value is pretty sick.
I’m not sure what to do.
Thank you so much and I think I may just sleep on it a bit. Lol maybe I’ll have a dream about it tonight and gain some more clarity.
Reddick or Nick Williams ROS? Benching Tucker for now. Is it time to drop Happ for Lourdes yet even if Happ is now 3rd Baseman for Cubs? Thanks
@DonnieB: Williams — Lourdes, yeah
H2H, 5×5, yahoo 12 team, non-keeper.
I was offered Ozuna and Luchessi for my J.A. Happ.
I would have to drop Tucker to make room.
Which side ROS?
@Hepcat13: Never mind! I could get rid of J. Soria too, a trade giving him away for C. Taylor was vetoed today haha If I drop Soria (going to anyway) does the trade stand on its own?
PS. I STILL LOVE the smell of mustache wax in the morning!
@Hepcat13: Pretty terrible trade, but I don’t believe in vetoes
@Grey: So would you trade my J.A. Happ for his Ozuna and Lucchesi? I would drop Tucker to make room?
How many teams is A.J. Hinch managing?
@jdf21: What, I had a brain fart or something? What did I say?
@jdf21: I see what I did, my bad
@jdf21: You shouldn’t point these things out to Grey.He always fixes them and then we can’t mock him anymore.
Please pick 3 for ROS: Kole Calhoun, Franco, Avisail, Josh Bell, Eloy Jimenez and Mullins. Thanks and have a great weekend!
Please add Kyle Tucker too above list
@Tony C: Kole Calhoun, Franco, Avisail
Thanks! Which 2 pitchers would you drop for 2 of the above hitters: L. Weaver, C. Anderson, Buehler, Cueto or Pivetta?
Hey grey if you had to pick two out of – hedges, hicks, Alfaro and Maldonado who are you going with in 10tm? Thanks!
@WinterIsComing: Hicks, Hedges
@Grey: thanks Grey! I have belt on dl now when he’s back who’s the drop trumbo or conforto?
@Grey: thanks Grey! I have belt on dl now when he’s back who’s the drop trumbo or conforto?
Morning Grey, H2H weekly cats league. In 2nd and overall 1st in hitting. My 3 and SS are Manny and Semien. 15 moves left for season. Would you use one to pick up Franco for 3B spot, move Manny to SS, bench Semien.. or hold the move
@Grey: Hold it is… with Judge’s injury, would you trade away Stanton to the Judge owner for Sale or hold and find free pitching on the wire when needed. Thanks
You’re trading Stanton for Sale? Prefer not to, but depends on needs and league, I suppose
@Grey: I hear ya, think I’ll hold Stanton. Being a cats league, and where I’m at in standings even 5-5 weeks will be fine until playoffs. Oh, and can the Jays management just go on a bender somewhere, Vegas, wherever, come back blasted and just call up Vlad Jr already and figure the rest out in the winter?
Wonder if we even see him in Sept
@Grey: Right?! Ugh… last one we holding Kyle Tucker for this weekend then drop if nothing?
Yeah, by Monday I’m done with Tucker
I think Treat has been killing me more than most… For whatever reason, I joined a league with Net SBs. Will never do that again. Treat has a -4 NSB in the last 30 days. Negative SAGNOF Grey! NEGATIVE!
Fast and Furious villain, Roman Quinn, is up. Do we care in mixed leagues?
@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Yeah, I just grabbed him in one
@Grey: Make that I tried to, he was gone
@Grey: Too slow, Grey!
@Grey: Roman Quinn or Garrett Hampson ? both have speed – i need speed
Dropped Parker for Fry last night. Angels bullpen just a mess. On a first place team, my bullpen stands out as a league worst. Guys I have now: Fry, Bear Claw, Osuna. Ugh
Guys I have owned: Melancon, Alexander, Herrera, Giles, DRob, Parker, Britton, Jones, Hirano, Treinen(traded in Trout deal). I now wish I just punted saves and went holds since I lose both categories every week. Onward!
@DodgersWindowClosed: Haha, it’s been a rough go of it for me too
Would you add one of the following for Kyle Tucker or hold?
@Dan, man: Calhoun
Manaea @ COL tonight, gotta start him with the way hes been pitching, but not with confidence, right?
@Synyster: You have to ask the question… that should answer that part about confidence. Its Currz. How can you be confident?
@Synyster: I’d bench him
Need a Judge replacement: Duvall, Baurs or Nick Williams?
It’s a race to the ww for prospects in my Pts keeper league. 5 teams are in it and the remaining 6 are picking prospects because they’re out of it. I’m in 3rd and have Vlad, Tatis and Rodgers. I just lost Judge last night.
Here are some players I could use on teams out of it:
$6 E. Rosario
$20 L. Cain
$1 J. Martinez
$13 S. Marte
Would you trade any of these prospects for any of those OF listed above? I’m thinking Rodgers for any of them tbh. I also have Stripling who these rebuilding teams like too. Thanks.
@Dave Funnell: Sure, Rodgers and/or Stripling for Rosario, Marte, Cain.
@Dave Funnell: Agree with Cram
Fun anecdote: I (briefly) worked with Nick Tropeano’s mother (yes, I’m from Lawnguyland). I had no idea because who follows Angels pitchers (this was pre-Ohtani), but then one day she comes in with his rookie card and says “this is my son.”
She was in her 50s so unless she just likes telling tales, I worked with the original Ms. Tropeano. For two weeks before she decided she couldn’t handle 7-10 year olds (I work in a school)
Anyway, great work as always, Grey!
@branta: Haha, awesome… Where on Lawnguyland?
@Grey: Just swung back to this: Deer Park
@Runtzmania: *Updated Question*
I currently own both DeJong and Odor. Would you drop one for Matt Chapman, and if so who?
Gary Sanchez was just dropped in my league. Now I already have Contreras, but was thinking about stashing Gary for the playoffs. With Muncy gaining second base eligibility, I now have room to drop one of my middle infielders to open up space for Sanchez. Also, I currently have Kyle Tucker as my bench spot but would most likely start him if Jo-Ma looses his value. So my question is, who would you drop to stash Sanchez?
Jo-Ma (If not traded and benched)
@Spitzmam conondrum: DeJong
Kike or Franco ROS?
@Mr. Rickey: Franco
@Mr. Rickey: Agree with Cram
Winker down and so will my OBP go :(
-I’m in 8 th in SB and 4sb from 6th place. But I need a guy that starts 5 -6 days a week.
SB OBP RBI Hr are in order of importance
Who to pick up ROS in 5×5 deep league from:— once I get the guy I can’t drop him unless he is DL or gets sent down.—
Need top 3 please ?
M Gonzalez (hou)
H Perez ( maybe I wait till deadline to see if he gets traded for a SP and starts and kills my OBP lol)
Add Roman Quinn to the mix. He just got called up
@Luvdarooks: First 3
@Luvdarooks: Agree with Cram
1) Drop Matz for Stroman and keep playing the stream game?
2) Drop J.Jimenez for M.Franco to help w/ my 3b?? (GALLO…)
3) Hold Hand (haha) for now? nothing really avail except Peralta (uggh)
@Jack Handy: 1. I guess, but I don’t know his matchup and Stroman isn’t good 2. Sure 3. Ha, sure
Hey Grey – in a 12 team keep forever league where you’re competing this year, would you trade a $33 Kershaw that you just acquired by trade for any of the below guys, in a 1:1:?
My $33 Kershaw for his . . . .
@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Definitely Benny and Bregs, probably the other two as well. Unless you need the pitching to win this year, I guess.
@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Agree with Cram
Happy Friday Buyday-
10tm OBP league-
Maikel or Chapman? Maikel not walking much so as hot as he’s been, that’s gotta hurt his floor, right?
6×6 roto Wins, ERA, WHIP, IP, Saves, Holds. ROS please rank Chase Anderson, J Chacin, or Kyle Hendricks. Thank you
@JP: Hendricks, Chacin
Ros, wheeler or Gibson?
H/H points..ROS…..Odor or Schoop
With Aaron Judge gone, the only thing I have to look forward to on my roster is Ian Desmond’s movie star face.
You don’t have to respond to this, I just needed to leave a record of my sadness.
@Fanciful Basesball: Someone needs a #HugWatch
Hi Grey, 10 TM h2h pts for ROS – who’s the drop?
Thanks as always!
@Surfer dude: If that was me, I’d drop Buehler if it’s not a keeper
@Surfer dude: Buehler
12 team H2h paxton is coming back they have him projecting two start and 33 pts next week against houston and toronto. i get the feeling he will be on a short leash coming back. everyone else has decent matchups. Sit him?
the rest of my staff Nola , Bumgarner, wood, heaney archer
@LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Sit him, but dont’ know matchups, so taking your word
Suarez over Bryant would be crazy IMO.
Unless you view Bryant a perennial injury risk?
@fudgemybudge: Think Suarez was even to Bryant last year and killed him this year, so you going back 2 years to find Bryant exceeding him?
11 team roto:
Drop Seager or Hosmer for Schoop?
Have them both on the bench most nights with Bregman and Abreu starting. Odor starting at 2b currently.
Hi Grey, thanks for all your great insights this year. I have 2 questions;
In a points league who would you rather have ros: Soto 4.37 ppg or Muncy 4.05 ppg?
In a points league how would you order these 3:
Gardner 3.74 ppg 322 points
Smoak 3.4 ppg 320 points
J Martinez 3.33 ppg 316 points
Personally, if it’s not a keeper league, I might try to sell high on both Muncy and Soto.
@Dave Funnell: not a keeper league.
I might try to sell both then, especially Muncy. Get whatever you need and aim for the moon.
@Eric: @Dave Funnell: Who’s selling? You guys selling?
@Eric: Muncy — Jo-Ma, Smoak
All it took was Kingham to give a Winker and my fantasy team was sent up the Hill to Fry…. anyhoo, need some help to pick one of these three trusty options to start this weekend:
Castillo vs PHI
Quintana @ STL
Pivetta @ CIN
Thanks in advance!
@Detroit Kozak: Haha — Quintana, none really
Is Goldy a top 10 guy anymore in a keeper league that uses OBP and SLG instead of average and HRs?
Or would you rather have Trea?
@Pyne Tree: 15-ish, Trea over him
Awesome! I was thinking Goldy around 15 too. So you’re still super high on Trea despite his terrible year?
Hasn’t been that bad a year
334/411/748 with 58R, 43RBIs, 22SBs doesn’t exactly get me excited.
Went to watch Vlad Jr in Hartford last night.
He hit two absolute lasers. One for a homerun down the left field line and another off the center field wall. The kid should be up soon if not now.
I guess his .400 average isn’t enough to make that all star lineup north of the border.
Nice, but who is he hitting this off? How fast are these pitches and is there any movement on these pitches?
He’s great, yes, but I’d like to see how he does against Triple A pitching.
Riiiight, but he’s hitting freakin .400! There’s no one else in double A doing what he’s doing. Double A pitchers have speed and movement too, it isn’t a slow pitch softball league. Plenty of guys make the jump from AA to the majors. Mookie Betts was only in Double A for 54 games (hit .355) and spent 45 games at AAA (hitting .335) before he made the majors (where he hit .291 in 52 games for the Sawx). I could see a similar time table for Vlad, but there’s little question he belongs in the bigs. The only reason he isn’t is because of the Jays delaying his arbitration time. It’s worth putting some eyeballs on this kid, it’s pretty clear his talent level when you see him.
@MattTruss: Can we get an ETA, my entire season is riding on him
@MattTruss: all very good points and I like the comps. Count me as a glass half empty when it comes to some prospects but I get that he is mashing. I just know that a lot of prospects take time to adjust from one level to another and think two levels could be tough too. But you’re right, guys do go from AA to the bigs more frequently.
Lmao rofl seriously!!
@Rudboy: hahaha okay maybe not the most popular of takes….I’d just like to see it before the promotion.
@Dave: Did you ask him when he’s coming up? Scream it at him? What kind of actionable advice did you get?
Have you seen a recent pic of Dennis Quaid? Dude is jacked!
He could play the lead in “Let Me Do My Thing: The Gabe Kapler Story”
@El Famous Burrito: He’s Quaid-A at best
He is going to be playing Ronald Reagan in the upcoming movie “Reagan”. His TRUE life story. He was just at Reagan Ranch doing interview with Megyn Kelly. Should be the real deal.
Ronald Reagan’s steroid period is a story that needs to be told.
You youngsters may not remember, but Ronald Reagan once pushed Tip O’Neill through the drywall of the Lincoln Bedroom during a bout of roid rage. Then he tore a phone book in half and said “your move, Gorbechev.” He was totally out of his mind.
True story. It was the inspiration for Nancy’s “Just Say No” campaign.
a. Had everything prepared for this morning to reply with the quote, witty things to say (I know mostly twitty and twatty). Then the Internet collapsed (no idea why) and then I had to embark on a journey where my nuts won’t be needed.
1. Go with my wife to look at a gift for Wolfgang (Uschi’s son). The gift is a lifesaver for Wolfgang’s boat (Das Boot, in German).
2. Then drop the car off at the shopping mall for a inside/outside car wash. Minimum 1 HR to complete so more happy and slow shopping.
3. Take the clean car for our annual technical checkup plus pay for car insurance
All said, I get a pretty good deal. Three square meals, someone who genuinely loves me and free Internet. What’s not to love!!
b. Mark Twain quote of the day for July 27
It’s a classic… something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
c. Have a nice weekend.
@Ante Galic: B. is the literary/geek’s equivalent of Ronnie Coleman’s “everybody wants to be big but nobody wants to lift no heavy-ass weights”
@Ante Galic: Thanks! A. That sucks 1. Haha 2. Nice 3. Well done! B. Awesome! C. You too!
Being a Cardinals fan I would have to say this is the most frusterated I’ve been since the Joe Torre Days. The should of fired the hitting coach 4 years ago even though this was his first year on the job. And why isn’t Hicks the closer. I picked him up but was quickly frusterated he wasn’t used when he could of would of should of been in a save opportunity this past week
@Dnut Eastwood: Need to figure out what’s wrong with Ozuna, play Jo-Ma and sell Carpenter to get prospects
@Dnut Eastwood: The JFOH could of trifecta
Did you know Charlie Manuel was a huge star in Japan in the late seventies? I didn’t.
@Not the real Hubie Brooks: Porn Star?
@Dnut Eastwood: But take my word for it I didn’t know the other Hubie Brooks was an Imposter until recently… But thank you for setting me right
@Not the real Hubie Brooks: woah, he was a folksy, christian, real-life version of Selleck’s Mr. Baseball, and over a decade earlier.
Learned something new every day i didn’t know uncle charllie was a japanese porn start! Who’d of thunk?
Charlie was great in Philly…….one of his great moments was when he told weasely sports caster howard eskin he was going to kick his ass.
@LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood: Dood. Eff Eskin. 97.5 all day.
@knucks: He wanted Eskin twice it was amazing. There was a HBO Real Sports on Charlie. Dude managed the Indians with a colostomy bag.
@Not the real Hubie Brooks: He was Steven Segal’s inspiration to try karate
Grey how much longer are you willing to give Marcel Ozuna before you sell him to the lowest bidder at the local 4-H manimal sell. I’ve been wanting to get rid of the kid for a month, but I also asked 3 weeks ago if Starling Marte was droppble when he slumped coming off the DL. If Ozuna starts hitting maybe I will ask you about a few other players and see if they gain Schamotoship
@Dnut Eastwood: I’m ready to sell him now for pennies on the dollar, so done with him
Screw trading him, are you dropping him in a 10-teamer when he’s the last guy on the bench? Thanks!