*nervous finger tap* How many days without baseball? So, I can close my fantasy baseball team browser window without missing anything? Okay. *throws computer out window* What? Was there another way to close my fantasy team page? I hadn’t in so long I forgot. What do you mean I can go outside without worrying about missing anything in baseball? But there’s real people out there! I’m staying right here, thank you very much! So, we’re headed to the break, and it couldn’t have come at a worst time for Jack Flaherty (7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.64). Let him pitch again tomorrow, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or until his ERA is under 4! Also, can he pitch against the Giants for all of those? Even if Alex Dickerson is as strong a cleanup man as you can find (in any Division II school’s lineup). Flaherty’s peripherals (9.9 K/9, 3 BB/9, 4.07 xFIP) aren’t exactly whistling Dixie; they’re closer to ‘fixing dinner from stuff found on the floor of a Winn-Dixie.’ “Toomgis hate Winn-Dixie. Their bath salts are lame.” I know, Toomgis, I know. Flaherty won’t appear in the top 100 for the 2nd half that’s coming tomorrow, but at least he’s headed to the break looking better than he has all year, even if it was vs. the Aints. By the way, I hear the Orioles are going to pitch on Monday to stay in game shape. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:
Jeff Samardzija – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.01. Oh, by the way, as bad as the Aints are? Yeah, Cards are worse.
Jake Arrieta – Dealing with a bone spur in his elbow. Phils say he might be able to wait until after the season for surgery. His 6.50+ ERA over the last two months say he should’ve had the surgery two months ago.
Aaron Nola – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.74. As I went over the last time, Nola has turned his season around in his last four starts. Good for him and his fantasy owners, though, who are we kidding, mostly his owners.
Jay Bruce – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 23rd and 24th homer. Too bad the Phils had to give up Jarred Kelenic to get him! Oops, that was the Mets and Edwin Diaz and Cano.
Zack Wheeler – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.69. *buries head in the sand, muffled screams, spits some sand out of mouth so you can hear* He had a great 2nd half last year. *sand refills my pie hole*
Pete Alonso – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 30th homer. Albombso!
Andrew Cashner – 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.83. I mentioned this the other day, but since I’m a massive jerk I will say again, Cashner is ranked higher on the Player Rater than Blake Snell. How’s dem apples? Sour!
Chance Sisco – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer, that’s six homers in 19 games. To think the O’s called him up at first and didn’t play him. Amazing the Orioles ever win a game. *finger to ear bud* I’m being told they don’t.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (16) and legs (3). You have to wonder if he’ll ever cool off, and, if you were to wonder that, check out Coolwhip’s Lourdes Gurriel Jr. fantasy.
Michael Pineda – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.56. Streamonator loved this start for him, but you know what I love? Not starting Pineda so he doesn’t blow up my shizz.
Max Scherzer – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.30. He also stole a base, uncontested, while in the same game Treat Urner was caught stealing. I’m not bitter though. *urinates on pH test strip* See, I’m acidic, but not bitter.
Patrick Corbin – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.34. Ended up getting a no decision because Fernando Rodney is still in the major leagues. Are we at all concerned that Rodney might be 3,000 years old and made of toxic waste that never decomposes? “Hello, I am here from the year 2342. We believe Fernando Rodney is a time traveler because in the year 2342 the world has been overrun by imaginary monsters and everyone walks around shooting imaginary arrows.”
Victor Robles – 2-for-4 and his 13th homer, hitting .246. In my 2nd half top 100 that comes out tomorrow, there’s no Robles, but any guy that can give all five categories is a threat to be a top 100 guy.
Caleb Smith – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.50, as he returned from the IL. He was out much longer than I expected. The good news is he could pitch from now until the end of the season without being needlessly shut down. The bad news, I was wrong about how long he’d be out, so why would I be right now? Damn, the bad news was especially humbling.
Garrett Cooper – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .306. If he could get 550 ABs, he’d be as valuable as Jose Abreu. Seriously.
Max Fried – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.29. He had a 2.43 ERA in April, 4.11 ERA in May, 5.68 ERA in June, 9.00 ERA in July. Can’t wait for his 36.00 ERA in August!
Josh Donaldson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer. Sigh. My jinx didn’t work. Though, perhaps that is the jinx I need. We’re back on, jinxie! *assembles Fritos statue of Donaldson, bites into calf* Delicious, Fritos calf, you will be mine!
Blake Snell – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.70. Not bad, but he’s no Andrew Cashner. I’m such a massive jerk!
Emilio Pagan – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.75 and his 5th save. Pagan putting the Devil back in the Rays! Will he continue to get saves? I have no effin’ idea, but worth a shot.
Christian Vazquez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer. He had ten homers in his career entering this season. He’s on pace for 24 homers. Totally normal baseballs!
Heath Hembree – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.67, and his 2nd save. Eovaldi’s going to return like he’s coming nine minutes into a ten-minute session of Musical Chairs.
Brandon Dixon – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and third homer in the last ten games. Not going to say anyone’s a schmotato going into the break because it’s impossible to say how well people will be hitting on the other side of the break, but I’ve been owning Bra-Dix for the better part of two weeks.
David Price – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.24. As a proud owner of Price, I’d take a “5 IP, 1 ER and the win” start ten times in the 2nd half and be very happy.
Carlos Carrasco – Diagnosed with leukemia. Damn, hold your loved ones close, especially if they’re major league pitchers. Carrasco says he has the disease under control, and should return at some point. I’d guess 2019 is off the table, but he’s aiming for it. #CookieStrong
Shane Bieber – 8 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.45. In the top 100 for the 2nd half that’s coming tomorrow, Bieber is definitely going to make the list. Honestly, there’s a case to be made he’s above Bauer. Definitely above Bauers. How many Bauers do the Indians have anyway? They get a deal on Bauers?
Trevor Bauer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.61. Also, in this game, Jake Bauers (2-for-5, 2 RBIs) hit his 11th homer. Tauer Naquin (2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) hit his 7th homer. Trevorancisco Lindur went–Greybot 5000 short circuiting…having…Bauer…outage.
Greg Allen – 4-for-6, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .211. Allen won ‘The least likely guy to help you yesterday who ended up helping you yesterday’ award. He hasn’t picked up his award yet, but if anyone sees him, let him know there’s an award that doesn’t exist waiting for him.
Marco Gonzales – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.24. Occasionally, Marco pops up from the pool of pitchers with a great game, which makes me think someone on the M’s coaching staff should yell Polo more often.
Matt Olson – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .250. That’s in 51 games. Dude didn’t have his hamate bone removed, he had an aluminum bat inserted into his forearm. Prove me wrong.
Marcus Semien – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 14th homer, hitting .271. Semien blasted that off LeBlanc, which sounds like the purest definition of Friends with benefits.
Ramon Laureano – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 16th homer, hitting .265. Damn, he would’ve been a great buy low on May 1st.
Liam Hendriks – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.24 and his 5th save. Really hope the A’s do the right thing and continue to go to Hendriks. How’sever, Treinen pitched on Saturday, so he might not have been available.
Omar Narvaez – 4-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 13th and 14th homer, hitting .294. Omar’s comin’ yo!
Francisco Cervelli – On the concussion list again and said he will no longer catch, i.e., Cervelli’s been reading Razzball and is punting catcher.
Bryan Reynolds – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .342. Great, terrific, adjective, and this isn’t about him, but why the hell did C**nt Hurdle move Hello Newman (2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, 6th steal, hitting .327) to the bottom of the order and how do we reverse that?
Jesus Aguilar – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 7th and 8th homer. Comatose Aguilar Fantasy Owner, “Damn, I thought I was out cold for three months, but I see Aguilar only has eight homers, so what’s the most I could’ve been comatose? Two weeks? Three weeks? Guys? Why are you tiptoeing out of my hospital room?”
Keston Hiura – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, as he hit cleanup. Love for that to stick, but it’s because Yelich was out with back pain, which was contrived so he didn’t have to participate in the Home Run Derby. Yelich should’ve just linked his stereo up with a mannequin in his bed, and programmed it to snore whenever anyone entered his bedroom.
Madison Bumgarner – 2 IP, 1 ER, ERA ar 4.03, but left after taking a line drive back off his elbow. Giants said he’s fine and continued, “We will literally trade him or anyone for anything, but someone over the age of 35 is preferred. Can we trade for Evan Gattis? What’s that? He’s available? Holy crap!”
Jose Urquidy – 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 10.50. Back to the drawing board trying to find a safe number five starter. And by drawing board, I mean the Streamonator.
Yuli Gurriel – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 14th homer. “As I move to pick up people, I just want Gurriels under my thumb.” — A quote from Iceberg Slim’s book, but also a smart fantasy owner moving their mouse through waivers.
Shohei Ohtani – 1-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer. Something that I don’t think I’ve mentioned before — but maybe I did say it and don’t remember since I write about 17,000 words a day and I’ve been hit on the head a few times — I wonder if the Angels will send Ohtani to the minors in August to get him some starts, which would obviously hurt his value.
Mike Trout – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 27th and 28th homer, hitting .301. If only he boozed between innings like Mickey Mantle so he had personality. Shame really.
Jonathan Lucroy – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, but left after a nasty collision with Marisnick. Or as it was formerly known, “a pre-2016 collision.”
German Marquez – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.45. I don’t want to nitpick, but Marquez was outpitched by Alex Young (6 IP, 0 ER, 0 hits, 1 walk, 3 Ks, ERA at 0.68) who I believed played Einhorn/Finkle.
Lucas Giolito – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.15. Not a great way to go into the break, but he’s had two bad starts in the last three months and they were both against the Cubs, so less worried about Giolito and more worried about how he’s prepping when he hears he’s about to face Chicago. Giolito in mirror, “I see we’re facing each other once again.”
Eloy Jimenez – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer. I talk about this more in the top 100 for the 2nd half, but what’s the worst you can imagine from Eloy? Pretty much what he did in the 1st half, and he still wasn’t that bad.
Ben Zobrist – Cubs said they expect Zobrist back some time this year. I’d be surprised to see him, I mean he’s going through a *making bunny ears* “divorce.” Has anyone ever returned to work during a divorce? Maybe if Zobrist can put down that box of Kleenex and pick up his big boy pants, he’ll be able to continue.
Robel Garcia – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer. And I began adding him in all of my deeper leagues. He had 15 HRs in 50 minor league games with an insane strikeout rate, but I’m going to own him during the break and dream of how he’s going to hit 20 HRs in the 2nd half and I’m going to win the Robel Prize for Fantasy.
Max Muncy – 1-for-4 and his 22nd homer. He didn’t dare tell the opposing pitcher, Lucchesi, that he hit that into the ocean, because that would mean the ball sleeps with the fishes.
Fernando Tatis Jr. – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 13th and 14th homer. FTJ! Fun the Jewels fast!
Joey Lucchesi – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.94. Joey ‘The Bull’ Lucchesi of the Cannoli Crime Syndicate was on my bench for this start, because I don’t fully trust him in away games, which makes my left brain say, “Which pitchers do you trust and where?” Touché, Left Brain!
Chris Paddack – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.84. They call Paddack the Sheriff. The Padres are also using kid gloves with him, which makes me think he’s the star of some bad Disney movie, where a 12-year-old becomes sheriff, so Paddack is star of Middle School Cop. “I saw you eating Lemonheads in 4th period, which just so happened to coincide with Jennie Ruskin losing her Lemonheads in 3rd period. What you got to say for yourself, Billy?” Billy starts to sweat as Paddack moseys around him. Just then, a frazzled 11-year-old enters with a briefcase exploding with paper, “I need to speak to my client.” Paddack spits chew into his Scooby thermos, “Your client’s stolen candy for the last time and–And…” Paddack tries to lift his boot, but he’s got gum stuck to it. “Aw, man. These are new boots.”
Who do you like more in an NL only 10 team 5×5 roto league, Matt Beaty or Robel Garcia? Thanks!
I added Robel Garcia the first day he came available in my league, which was Sunday. I know it’s a long shot but I love stories like his and occasionally, they do happen. It’s also just part of what makes the game fun for me as a fan. I don’t even like the Cubs but I want to root for this guy.
Great stash, hope he makes us look like geniuses!
1. Khris Davis owner is impatient. I can get him for any of these OF..Soler, Maz, Eloy, Laureno. Ten hitting category league so Eloy’s and Soler’s K rates are an issue. The robot says send Soler but i am leaning Maz just cuz I don’t see much upside. What say you?
2. I was offered Sale for one of Albies, Hoskins or Moose. I carry no bench bat so I would have to use the thin wire and grab Yandy. My pitching drop would be Yamamoto. Sale’s numbers don’t make a lot of sense. Bad record, mediocre ERA, but good WHIP and K rate. And injury prone. H2h league, in 6th place. My staff is Morton, Berrios, Bieber, Castillo, Paddack, Lucchesi, Yonny and Yamamoto/streamer spot. I am not convinced I need Sake but he has name allure. Thoughts?
My Matt Olson and Kris Bryant for his Carpenter and Nola? Which side?
How about trading Paxton, Wade Davis, and Benintendi for Eddie Rosario and Yu Darvish?
@Grey: weekly roto. need to pick one of these guys this week. who do you like?
hiura: 3 vs sf
riley: 3 @ sd
benintendi: 3 vs lad
Benintendi, but I’d look at matchups
I just picked up Matt Chapmans dad from the WW.
You have a sperm category?
Grey, when does the 2nd half rankings come out?
from earlier comments it appears tomorrow.
Why do you call Juan Soto Sexy Dr. Pepper?
Because Juan Soto sounds like “Want Soda?” and yes I do, a Sexy Dr. Pepper
Lolz. Would not have guessed that.
Follow up to a question from earlier about Hunter Dozier. 10 team dynasty league with obp instead of avg and bb as an added counting stat.
Sano is a free agent right now. Would you prefer him over dozier in this type of league?
I’d go Sano, but pretty close
Thanks! I have a trade for dozier offered so I’ll do that and then just pick up Sano.
Scooter, B McKay, Pollock, Verdugo ROS?
Gotta unload some bats. Who stays and who would you move between Dahl and Domingod in a H2H points league?
I’d move whoever got me a better piece… Prolly Dahl
Someone dropped Darvish in my 12-team H2H Pts league. I know he hasn’t been the greatest this season but he’s serviceable right? I would drop Plesac.
Drop Plesac for him
12 team 7×7 league (total bases, OBP)
Would you pickup Laureano over anyone ?
Bench conforto , hiura, gennett
Thanks a lot
Happy halfway point Grey. Thanks for all the great content this year so far.
I didn’t realize how truly incredible Yelich’s pace was. he’s currently on pace for 55 homers and 35 steals, that’s just prorating his current stats for ROS assuming he plays in 65 out of 71 remaining games. The most stolen bases by a 50 homer guy is 24 (Mays, Arod) and the most homers by a 30 steal guy is 49 by larry walker (33 & 49). This is stuff we haven’t seen in ages Grey, what a time to be alive and playing fantasy baseball!
It’s incredible… Ralph and I talk about this on the next podcast that’s coming tomorrow (I think)… Yelich has done already what you would’ve taken from Betts for the whole year
Yes exactly that’s a great full season for anyone, that’s insane! I don’t own him anywhere. I knew he had been killing it but I haven’t actually taken a step back to realize what he’s actually doing, and it’s nuts.
To think I took turner over him in a league, ugh, and that was a coin flip for me. Goes back to your point on the pod a week or two ago. There’s no way to predict that pre season. Pre-season him and turner are truly a coin flip, and then results end up being night and day.
Yeah, exactly… You own Yelich and are not doing well in your league, you have to have some big time anchors
Any chance Robinson Cano has a solid 2nd half, or move on?
10 team H2H points:
Please rank C ROS:
Molina, Garver, Sisco, Ramos, Perez (Cle), Alfaro
A team offered me two separate trades in a H2H league. Which one would you accept? Kingery is my SS right now. Should I hold?
Trade Soto and Price for Story
Price for Mondessi?
Which two would you take? Lester, Syndegard or Stroman ROS?
Trade Buehler for Blackmon?
10 team H2H points
Have strong pitching , fair offense
Thoughts on Jose Ramirez in a dynasty league? It’s an obp league with walks as an extra hitting stat so that helps him.
Is he a buy low option, or is he just not good?
Also, rest of season would you prefer H. Dozier or S. Gray?
Thanks gray. Sano is currently on waivers in this league. Would you prefer him over dozier?
Yeah, I could see if the price is low enough
I’ll be interested to see where you have Tatis Jr. ranked for the 2nd half. He’s due for a massive correction in his line, particularly in BA. Solid hard hit rate, crummy soft contact rate, near 30% HR/FB rate, and a .419 babip with the K rate sniffing 30%.
Don’t get me wrong; he’s immensely talented for our game, but the odds are against him skipping regression.
Yeah, agreed, which makes me wonder if I’m going to be the only one out on him next year (if he doesn’t regress this year)
I’m with you. Not many guys skip the regression stop on the journey from lucky to legit.
Who are some relievers that could inherit closer jobs after deadline deals? I am holding Reyes Moronta and Michael Lorenzen, but those feel like total shots in the dark.
Aaron Bummer is one.
Hey, Grey. Would you trade Paxton and Wade Davis for Blackmon?
How about Paxton, Davis, Benintendi for Blackmon and Jon Gray?
Blackmon, but fair could go either way
What’s good Gray,
My team is in last place still but I’m not throwing in the towel yet. The past three weeks in H2H have been good offensively-pretty solid in all categories (runs, hits, 2B,3B, Ks, BBs,SBs, avg. and OBP.-the only categories that suck are HRs and slugging%)
2B: Newman (or) Biggio
1B: Cooper (or) Pederson (or) Smoak
Utility: Choo (or any bench IF)
Utility: Calhoun (or any bench IF)
What roster advice would you lend to me? Should I keep this roster and play match ups (what I’ve been doing)?
Would you try and make a trade?
Would you trim down the roster and use some open slots for pitching (my pitching is awful but that requires a post more painful this one)?
How many teams?
12 team. There are so many counting categories that you are really never out of it going into the weekend. It is limited keeper, 1 hitter, 1 pitcher, that has to go back into the redraft after two years.
Top six play for the prize money and the bottom six play for #1 draft pick next year.
Trade if you can upgrade 1B or 3B
I’m horrible at pitching. My SP are:
RPs (Saves and Holds)
I could try selling Smith and/or Yates for a plug and play 3B/1B. That would make me SAGNOF the rest of the way but could really boost the offense.
Trade Smith right now for bat or SP if you can
Smith for Vogelbach?
Do better than that
Sorry for the following Catcher question:
Can you rank Garver, Christian Vazquez, Danny Jansen, and Roberto Perez in the 2nd half? Points league with -0.5 for strikeouts. I’m have Garver but he seems to be sitting every other game now.
Shallow League Decisions are tough. I’m in a 10-team standard roto (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, K, QS, ERA, WHIP). Currently in 1st place by a decent margin, but the AVG, QS, ERA, SV categories are tight among the top four teams.
I have some choices to make prior to E. Rosario coming off the IL.
2B Beaz (2B, 3B, SS)
OF Hoskins (1B/OF)
UTIL Mondesi (SS)
UTIL Lourdes (2B, SS, OF)
IL E. Rosario
I was thinking of doing the following and wanted your opinion:
1. Since Lourdes and Yordan are performing so well and depending on your 2nd half outlook for them both I can leave them in the lineup and NOT activate Rosario until one gets hotter than the other and drop the least productive at a later date.
2. Trade Diaz AND either Lourdes or Yordan for Will Smith to make room to activate Rosario. Some concern about Diaz losing his closer job and/or the Mets go by committee makes this option appealing.
3. Drop either Lourdes or Yordan to make room to activate Rosario and keep Diaz.
4. I was offered Soto for both Lourdes and Yordan. I thought about this one to improve AVG in place of Hoskins without losing HR/RBI production. But , I could always activate Rosario and bench Hoskins for better AVG. Don’t know if Soto moves the needle and Lourdes and Yordan seems like an overpay for him.
What would you do counselor? Or is there another option I haven’t considered?
1. Ok 2. Sounds terrible 3. No 4. Seems fine
It’s tough…love Lourdes and Yordan.
So out of the #1 and #4 you like which would you do? It’s you name that will go on my championship trophy too. :)
Option 1 – Keep Rosario on IL and continue riding Lourdes and Yordan to see who does better seems the best to me.
Option 4 – If I make a trade giving up Lourdes and Yordan for Soto I need to do it before ESPN makes Rosario eligible to come of IL or the platform will make me drop someone first.
Ha… I’d do 4, since you need Rosario in your lineup
Maybe I found secret option 5 –
I think the P. Alonso owner would be willing to move him.
Would you give both Lourdes and Yordan for him instead of taking Soto?
I’d go Alonso
Owner countered and wants Hoskins and Yordan or Lourdes for his Alonso. Keep in mind I need to trade 2 for 1 to be able to activate Rosario when he comes off IL.
Yordan/Lourdes for Alonso works for me
So walk away if he wants Hoskins and Yordan or Lourdes?
Seems a bit much
Rank ROS OBP 5×5.
Puig, Cain, L Gurrel, Kingery, S Marte, Pham
Marte, Pham, Puig
Hold 2 trade 1
Trade all 3 for Trout and stream pitching.
Already have Trout. I need better pitching
Go to every team and offer 1 for 1s for the bat you like most on everyone else’s roster. You gotta ask your leaguemates to find out.
It looks like Wheeler will face the Marlins coming out of the break. Maybe wait and see if he shuts them out and then package him up with a lesser bat for a big bat.
Trade whoever gets you the most
Please rank – Lucchsi; Strippling; Cease; Galling.
Joey Luc, Gallen, Strippling I think for me
You make up some of these names?
I can give up any combination of
I guess Laureano
In my deep leagues, liking my Austin Slater shares after grabbing him per your advice on Friday. At least for the immediate future, as the G-aints are heading to Milwaukee and Colorado coming out of the break. Looks like a double header on Monday the 15th.
And had grabbed Barretto in similar leagues when Susan Slushie mentioned he was gonna start over Profar, so I was ecstatic to seem him headline the buy column.
Ha, very nice!
And what a fall from grace for AJ Reed, latching on with a minors deal in Chicago.
I remember holding him a few years ago like we’ve been holding Kyle Tucker and Luis Urias all summer this year. My guess is that the Sox are thinking about moving Abreu in a few weeks and will see what AJ Reed has to offer later in the summer if he can hit a bit in the minors in the next few weeks. Though I wouldn’t be shocked if the Sox turn around and try to re-sign Abreu (and maybe his nephew and best friends) in the offseason after moving on from him for prospects. Also, if my amateur reading of the tea leaves is correct, then those Aaron Bummer shares I’ve been snatching up could pay off pretty soon too.
Its speculation season baby! Looking forward to tomorrow’s ranks.
Surprised no one else took a flyer on Reed… He never had a chance in Houston… Not sure he will in Chicago either tho, but if Abreau goes then of course Reed gets looks…
I gotta know, my Acuna for his Bellinger? Thanks!
Someone dropped Vlad Jr. in my league last week so I used my (#1) waiver status to pick him up but now I have a bench bat (whereas before I didn’t). Am I crazy for doing that? I had to, right? His 2nd half will be worth it, right? I have Rendon @ 3rd and my Utility spot is used up by Josh Bell (Rizzo is @ 1st) so I don’t have an active daily roster spot available for him..
I’m in a keeper league as well, but too early to hold onto a keeper for keepers’ sake when I’m still actively trying to win the league..
Worth holding onto him (and having 7 SPs instead of 8 (or 7 +a streamer))?
Insane that he was dropped, great grab, hold him
Which catcher ros, obp lesgue: Perez (cle), sisco, Carson Kelly, Mejia? Thanks
Which 2 pitchers do I cut out of stripling, gallen and anibal Sanchez? Qs league. Sanchez is on a nice run. Gallen looks pretty good but hasnt gone 6 yet. Dont know what to make of stripling. Stretch out process should be over after 3 starts since replacing hill. He hasnt gone past 5 ip yet. LAD probably trades for a pitcher, but ryu & Kershaw arent exactly bastions of health.
Dahl or Domingo Santana ROS
Close, rankings come out tomorrow
I’ve got J. McCann at C in my 16-team OPS league, but R. Perez and Vazquez are on the wire. Should I make a switch or hold?
Also wondering if I should try and sell high on Newman and/or McNeill. I picked up both to cover for guys on the IL, who are all back now. If so, would you sell Newman or McNeil?
Meh, I guess Vazquez… if you can sell them, sure… I’d sell Newman 1st
Your thoughts on Gallen and Canning the rest of the season?
I like Gallen better
Grey, another streamer question
Yu vs Pirates or
Lucchessi vs Braves
Both at home
SON likes both
Apples and eggs, but yould you take Khrush Davis for Shane Bieber?
What’s up Grey?
Using tonight’s HR derby to decide our fantasy football draft order. I’m the reigning champ so got to actually pick my first hitter and selected Yelich. Doesn’t feel quite as fun now that I have Matt Chapman but what can ya do.
So considering Robles won’t be a top 100 guy, are him and Eloy at least close? Thinking I made the wrong decision deciding to keep Robles over him in a trade.
I know I mentioned this already but Freddie Gibbs’ new album Bandana is phenomenal.
Robles just missed top 100 and Eloy just made it…. I need to listen to Gibbs, been meaning to
Thanks! This new album is the follow up to Pinata, also very good. Something about Madlib production and Gibbs raps just sounds perfect
I need to get up on all of these albums… I need them in my ears now….
Trout expiring end of 2020 season
Machado 2020, Buxton 2021?
How many saves does C-Mart get for the Cards ROS?
Maybe 10, if you’re lucky
1. drop stripping for c.smith?
2. IL stash, plz rank, kluber, carrasco, salazer, Glasgow
1. Yes 2. None of these guys are worth anything maybe Salazar
Thoughts on that Lucroy/Marisnick shizz? People calling Marisnick dirty obivously haven’t, like you said, been watching baseball prior to 2016. Not really sure what happened just looked like bad luck. I’m not even sure what the rule is for a catcher blocking the plate anymore…I thought runners were now always supposed to avoid the catcher and it didn’t look like Lucroy was blocking it that badly, really at all.
Seemed like an unfortunate accident with them… I don’t see how anyone can fault Marisnick but it was bizarre he thought it was a good idea to veer inside…but was a spur of moment mistake…
agree with Grey… To me, it looked like both players rolled dice, and both came up snake eyes. Marisnik thought going inside (where the ball was coming from) was a good idea. And Lucroy took an awkward position and the ball coming in led him into where Marisnik was going at the same time. Just an unfortunate turn of events.
It was a dirty play by Marisnick.
He clearly had a lane to slide and would’ve been safe rather easily … but instead went straight for Lucroy and delivered a shoulder shiver that made Hal McRea weep with envy.
Dirty is dirty … and I’ve been watching baseball since Babe Ruth was a sperm.
If I was Lucroy, I’d tell Marisnick to go to hell.
10 team 5×5 H2H redraft
OF- Harper, Upton, Gallo, Cain
UTL- Olson, Hosmer
Bench- Dozier, Riley, D. Gordon,
DL- B.Lowe, Ozuna
SP- Scherzer, Buehler, Bauer, Soroka, Minor, Darvish, Cease
RP- Hader, Greene, Neris, Kimbrel
Obviously too many Bench guys; trying to land SP in a 2 for 1
Targeting Wheeler or Flaherty
Which two can get it done?
Riley and Hosmer?
I’m looking to acquire Giolito. He’s willing to offer any of these bats in addition for my Bellinger.
He also has these other pitchers
I’m also willing to offer any of these bats
Should I even consider trading Belly for Giolito and some parts? What moves should I try to make out of this?
I’d trade Bellinger for Scherzer, that’s it
He’s also has Cole
I want Scherzer
John Means is available in my league, would you pick him up in a 10 man league?
Yo Grey, love you.
Anyways.. who do you prefer for the future for fantasy purposes. Gavin Lux or Kieboom?
Follow up question..
Which side in 12team H2H redraft. A) Nola & 25th RD B) Lux or Kieboom & 8th rounder
Don’t get mushy on me now, TJ!
I want Nola
Grey, please pick best streamer out of these?
Waino vs Ariz
Fiers vs White Sox
Lucckessi vs Atl
All at home
Oh Great Grey,
I need an OF rest of season pts league. Please pick one:
A Jones, Pollack, Pillar, Bry Reynolds, Bri Anderson, Dickerson, G Cooper
B. Reynolds over D Gordon, Pederson, or M Smith?
J Martinez over Joc Pederson
I’ve got some IF depth, and I could use another SP in my OBP/QS league. I was offered my Hiura for his Robbie Ray. I’m gunshy because I love Keston. Hiura is my UTIL guy right now with Newman, Hicks, and Robles on the bench. Fair?
Thanks for all the awesome content!
It’s fair enough, but I want Hiura
A) PCorbin has been on tear. last 4 starts he’s gone 7inn and allowed 1 run or less, those extra 2 days off seemed to have cleared his mind etc.
B) Trout the last 30 days: 24/12/26/1/.317/.431/.723
Gurriel Jr. last 30 days: 24/12/24/1/.343/.387/.741
how about them apples!?
A. Agreed, been great for two of my teams
B. That’s crazy!
Moncada/Chavis/Domingo German for JoRam/Domingo Santana, what side?
Which one? Lol
Ha, sorry.. Domingo Santana side
10 team cats league – Should I trade machado to make room for mondesi every day? Trade ideas?
C – none
1b – Rizzo
2b – Hiura (could keep in the 24th instead of others?)
3b – Vlad (keeping in 22nd round)
Ss – machado
Mi – Tatis (keeping in the 24th)
Ci – Bregman
Of – acuna
Of – Soto (keeping in 21st)
Of – Marte
Of – Dahl
Of – Domingo Santana
Utl – arenado
Bench – mondesi
IL – Haniger
SP – Verlander, Bauer, buehler, Marquez, flaherty, McKay, syndergaard, gray
RP – Giles, Doolittle, Vazquez, Hendricks
IL – Glasnow
Sure, Machado for deGrom?
What about Domingo Santana and machado for scherzer and lauerano?
Works for me, but you’re paying
Would I be better off trying to deal mondesi to someone instead?
Depends what you need
Or would you prefer just holding? Thanks for the help!
Ahh, the midsummer classic week….or, the most boring week of the season.
I hope you at least had a great Independence Day and weekend!
I got a DL question for ya:
12-team, 6×6, H2H, redraft league.
Had a few guys come off the DL, so I need to figure out who to drop (need to drop 1 player).
of: Trout, Gallo, Y. Alvarez
bn: H. Dozier, Pederson, Kingery
sp: Clevinger, Nola, Kershaw, Lucchesi, Woodruff, Caleb Smith, Paddack, Heaney, Gallen
rp: Giles, Hendricks, L. Jackson, Treinen
I’ve narrowed it down to the below (notes in parentheses):
– Kingery (backup SS, 3B, OF, IF – only hitting ~.200 over the last 2 weeks)
– Dozier (backup 1b, 3b, IF – hitting .173 the last 2 weeks & .190 the last month)
– Pederson (backup 1b, IF, OF – sits vs. Lefties, but still has 20HR on the season)
– Gallen (too soon to give up on him, right?)
– Heaney (would be my 1st drop, but SON LOVES his next start)
– Treinen (Is he even still the closer in OAK???)
Thanks, as always, and apologies for the lengthy post.
Thanks, Dancin Homer! You too!
Lose Pederson, Heaney
Great first half. Thank you Grey and all the razz ballers.
Wanted to get judgement on a trade I completed over the weekend. I didn’t have time to present it at the time.
10 team 6 X 6 OPS league. 10 Keepers per year and keep forever.
My Luis Castillo and Eddie Rosario for his Juan Soto and Thor.
I felt like it was a really good deal so I jumped on it.
Great to get Soto, but prolly just fair
12-team 5×5 roto. Mercado slumped hard to end the first half and the 1st place guy dropped him. I have Billy Hamilton who stinks and is losing PT.
Drop BHam for Mercado with limited moves remaining (~15)?
I’d prefer Mercado
Saves plus holds league: drop Alvarado for Dyson. DL spots are full and Alvarado out 2-6 weeks. Dyson scares me but has great numbers. Thanks
Had a rough week – but still clinging to first place in H2H by .5 and 1.5 respectively… it’s a crowded top 3
Love that both Flaherty and Benintendi made the RW blog about bad first halves and they are shading them in the 2nd half… RW tends to be wrong, so I have some sliver of hope they are here.
Still in 1st is good!
Here is my ragtag bunch heading into the 2nd half – pitching will continue to be musical chairs, but my bats are pretty much cemented, though 2 bench bats is no bueno…
OF- Benintendi, Dahl, Betts
B- Alvarez, Gurriel Jr.
SP- Hendricks, Marquez, Flaherty, McKay, Gallen, Lynn, Teheran (streaming spot)
RP- Hendriks, Neris, Holland, Givens
Nobody in my league likes to trade since they don’t want to help me win 4 in a row, so it’s just using WW for me. When the trade deadline closepocolypse shows up, I’ll be ready.
In terms of my one bat to drop for pitching needs, I’m guessing Benintendi gets the boot, as much as that pains me to say
Ugh, can’t drop Benintendi
AJ Pollock is expected back right after the All-Star Break —
Any guesses how playing time will shake out? Do you think anyone’s value will take a significant hit?
Imagine 4 days on, 2 days off
Everyone but Cody will take a small hit
AL-only keeper, I’m in position to go for it this year. Give $7 Eloy for $37 Cole? Would leave my OF risky (Bra-Dix, M. Smith, Mancini, Fletcher & JBJ) unless Giancarlo comes back and does something, but the 1st place team is directly above me in ERA, WHIP and W and reachable in K, so Cole would be a good get.
Win it this year, grab Cole if he does it
Caleb Smith + Garret Cooper
Or Victor Robles
12 Team Roto
Smith/Cooper — it’s fair tho
10-team h2h NL-only. I carry one bench bat. Daily changes so it pays to have a stable of SPs.
Need to drop one of the following: L Urias, Stripling, Wainwright, Eflin. Instinctively I would say Waino but he’s been a lot better than Stripling and Eflin the last 30 days. Who’s the drop?
Thanks, Grey! We agree. Only hesitation is Rudy’s ROS NL-only projections has Waino at #151 ($5.20 in value) and Stripling at #225 ($0). I’m not sure why there such a Do you such a large spread between the two? Am I overthinking this one or is it a coin-flip?
Coin flip I guess, but the ROS projections are likely considering Stripling as a good bet to go back to middle relief, which might happen, but I don’t like Waino at all
Would you recommend dropping Gallen to pick up McKay ROS?
2 part question.. Who is Austin Meadows? Started the season on a tear, hit the IL, and hasn’t been the same since he came back. Is he somewhere between who he was in the first month and who he is now? Is he a 5 tool stud? Realistic expectations if he were to stay healthy and put a full season together? Will he do it in the 2nd half?
Have him as a 19th rd. in flair league. Each year he moves up a round. Have a chance to grab Rizzo (2nd) or Olson (8th) and shore up RP with Yates and W Smith. I’m leaning towards Olson simply for value. OF is currently JD, Yordan and Meadows, but I would shift Bellinger to cover Meadows.
Would you make this deal when Meadows, Olson and Rizzo would be the 7th keeper at this point? If so, Rizzo or Olson? Thanks!
Edit for info- LEAGUE 5x 5 OPS, keep 6.
Meadows is prolly somewhere in the middle….
I’d take Olson/Yates/Smith
Haniger was dropped in my league. Is he worth adding at this point?
Yea, especially if you can DL him and pick up someone else. Or… who are you dropping for him?
Dropped Liam Hendricks in a save and holds league. Hoping to pick him back up (if not I’ll fall back to b Workman, e pagan, or t buttrey)
I’d own Haniger
Do you like him better than Dahl or d Santana ros?
José Urquidy…no chance he sticks?
Robel Garcia….super strike prone and the Cubs seem to be loaded. I assume this is a blind faith buy? I see the power but so is every guy in the league.
Also, any info about the league switching the baseball again? I read the MLB was in the process of adjusting the manufacturing of the balls after they did so in 2017, but do you have any insight of when it will come into play? This season?
Blind faith buy on Robel — don’t drop anyone good
Urquidy hasn’t been great, but I guess he might stick, not sure I care
I heard they were testing balls and might switch, but I don’t know if they will in-season, that would be crazy
12 Team, 5×5 Roto
Victor Robles, Hunter Dozier, Vogelbach
Is this fair?
DeGrom side, not that fair
Also what minor league players are worth a stash at this point? 14 team obp redraft with minimal bench spots. Should I be finding a way to roster Bichette for the sb upside?
Don’t think Bichette is a difference maker this year… Still think Luis Urias comes up and can make a difference
Good morning Grey!
Please rank for second half: Sonny Gray, Darvish, Canning, K Gibson. Feel free to mention if gaps between are small or large.
If you had to pick one of the below for the rest of this year? Need HR and BA.
c.moran, e.sogard, c.Biggio, g.cooper, r.nunez, d. smith, d. freese
So, in my two main 5×5 10 team leagues, I find myself with amazing hitting, but horrific pitching (specifically ratios) to this point. My ERA is in the 4.15 area and my whip around 1.26. Guys like Wheeler, Marquez, Trienen, plus many others are to thank.
I’m doing well but I need to improve my pitching to climb to the top. And streaming is JUST not working out (Strahm, Allen, Bassit, Pomeranz recently)
I made one trade (tell me what you think) in one league-
1.) Traded my Gallo and KMarte away, got Degrom and Caleb. Did I over pay? Degrom felt like the best pitcher I could get.
2.) I have an offer sitting in the other one (context, I have Bellinger, Trout, Gallo, Rendon, Freeman, to name a few of the many awesome bats I have)
I’d trade my Bellinger away to get Verlander and Eloy.
Verlander may not be the best pitcher on the market (although the Max owner won’t budge) but the combo of Eloy is interesting.
Maybe I should fish Bellinger around some more? Or should I take this offer and move forward before he pulls back?
Hate over paying for pitching, but needs are needs. Thanks.
1. Nice trade
2. I wouldn’t do that, but it’s close to fair
Could you put these 4 pitchers in order ROS?
Sonny Gray, Yamamoto, Lucchesi, Cease
Thanks a lot Grey and Donkey!
Gray, Lucchesi, Cease
With Mondesi back i have to drop someone who would you lose Shoop or Jay Bruce
Schoop. Bruce is too hot to drop.
Agree with knucks
Its probably time to move on from Marquez in 12 team leagues right? He has basically been unstartable most of the last mon