*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 ZobristCubs 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.”

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HamPorter
HamPorter
3 years ago

Who do you like more in an NL only 10 team 5×5 roto league, Matt Beaty or Robel Garcia? Thanks!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
3 years ago

Grey,

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!

JC
JC
3 years ago

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?

Bonx
Bonx
3 years ago

My Matt Olson and Kris Bryant for his Carpenter and Nola? Which side?

Alex
Alex
3 years ago

How about trading Paxton, Wade Davis, and Benintendi for Eddie Rosario and Yu Darvish?

herschel
herschel
3 years ago

@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

thanks!

KrazyIvan
KrazyIvan
3 years ago

I just picked up Matt Chapmans dad from the WW.

KrazyIvan
KrazyIvan
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Haha

Primetime
Primetime
3 years ago

Grey, when does the 2nd half rankings come out?

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Primetime
3 years ago

from earlier comments it appears tomorrow.

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
3 years ago

Why do you call Juan Soto Sexy Dr. Pepper?

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Lolz. Would not have guessed that.

Jr
Jr
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

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?

Thanks!

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks! I have a trade for dozier offered so I’ll do that and then just pick up Sano.

TJ
TJ
3 years ago

Scooter, B McKay, Pollock, Verdugo ROS?
Thanks!

Bill
Bill
3 years ago

Gotta unload some bats. Who stays and who would you move between Dahl and Domingod in a H2H points league?

toneDEAF!
toneDEAF!
3 years ago

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.

Thanks

Hello Rockview
Hello Rockview
3 years ago

12 team 7×7 league (total bases, OBP)

Would you pickup Laureano over anyone ?
C chirinos
1B bell
2B albies
3b Riley
Ss lindor
Of Jd
Of springer
Of benintendi
Util Ohtani
Util Olson
Bench conforto , hiura, gennett

Thanks a lot

crimedog
crimedog
3 years ago

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!

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
3 years ago

Any chance Robinson Cano has a solid 2nd half, or move on?

Power Outage
Power Outage
3 years ago

10 team H2H points:

Please rank C ROS:
Molina, Garver, Sisco, Ramos, Perez (Cle), Alfaro

Charlie
Charlie
3 years ago

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
or
Price for Mondessi?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
3 years ago

Which two would you take? Lester, Syndegard or Stroman ROS?

Power Outage
Power Outage
3 years ago

Trade Buehler for Blackmon?
10 team H2H points
Have strong pitching , fair offense

Jr
Jr
3 years ago

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?

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Jr
3 years ago

Also, rest of season would you prefer H. Dozier or S. Gray?

Thanks!

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks gray. Sano is currently on waivers in this league. Would you prefer him over dozier?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
3 years ago

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.

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

I’m with you. Not many guys skip the regression stop on the journey from lucky to legit.

Brian
Brian
3 years ago

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.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Brian
3 years ago

Aaron Bummer is one.

Alex
Alex
3 years ago

Hey, Grey. Would you trade Paxton and Wade Davis for Blackmon?

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

How about Paxton, Davis, Benintendi for Blackmon and Jon Gray?

KrazyIvan
KrazyIvan
3 years ago

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%)
C: Jansen
3B: Santana
SS: Story
2B: Newman (or) Biggio
1B: Cooper (or) Pederson (or) Smoak
OF: Betts
OF: Dahl
OF: Conforto
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)?

Thanks

KrazyIvan
KrazyIvan
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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.

KrazyIvan
KrazyIvan
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Ok Grey,

I’m horrible at pitching. My SP are:
Buehler
Musgrove
Gallen
Gibson
Means
(Streaming position)

RPs (Saves and Holds)
Yates
Smith
Bummer

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.

KrazyIvan
KrazyIvan
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Smith for Vogelbach?

Bobby Styles
Bobby Styles
3 years ago

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
Shallow League Decisions
3 years ago

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.

C Sanchez
1B Bell
2B Beaz (2B, 3B, SS)
SS Story
OF Yelich
OF Acuna
OF Hoskins (1B/OF)
UTIL Mondesi (SS)
UTIL Lourdes (2B, SS, OF)
BENCH Yordan
IL E. Rosario

SP Cole
SP Buehler
SP Corbin
SP DeGrom
RP Jansen
RP Diaz
RP Hand
BENCH Clevinger
BENCH Morton

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?

Shallow League Decisions
Shallow League Decisions
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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.

Shallow League Decisions
Shallow League Decisions
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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?

Shallow League Decisions
Shallow League Decisions
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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.

Shallow League Decisions
Shallow League Decisions
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

So walk away if he wants Hoskins and Yordan or Lourdes?

chris pierce
chris pierce
3 years ago

Rank ROS OBP 5×5.

Puig, Cain, L Gurrel, Kingery, S Marte, Pham

Bilt
Bilt
3 years ago

Hold 2 trade 1

Wheeler
Marquez
Flaherty

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Bilt
3 years ago

Trade all 3 for Trout and stream pitching.

Bilt
Bilt
Reply to  NUX
3 years ago

Already have Trout. I need better pitching

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Bilt
3 years ago

Nice!

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.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
3 years ago

Please rank – Lucchsi; Strippling; Cease; Galling.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
3 years ago

Joey Luc, Gallen, Strippling I think for me

Quite
Quite
3 years ago

Trade for

Domingo German,
Odorizzi,
or Stroman

I can give up any combination of

Dahl
Domingod
Olson
Cruz
Laureano
Eloy

NUX
NUX
3 years ago

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.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  NUX
3 years ago

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.

Moonraker
Moonraker
3 years ago

I gotta know, my Acuna for his Bellinger? Thanks!

Jedi
Jedi
3 years ago

Grey,

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))?

Thanks!

toolshed
toolshed
3 years ago

Which catcher ros, obp lesgue: Perez (cle), sisco, Carson Kelly, Mejia? Thanks

toolshed
toolshed
3 years ago

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.

BintZ
BintZ
3 years ago

Dahl or Domingo Santana ROS

Racehorse
Racehorse
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Yeah !!!

Drew
Drew
3 years ago

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?

pizza5788
3 years ago

Your thoughts on Gallen and Canning the rest of the season?

Cohen
Cohen
3 years ago

Grey, another streamer question
Yu vs Pirates or
Lucchessi vs Braves
Both at home
SON likes both

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
3 years ago

Apples and eggs, but yould you take Khrush Davis for Shane Bieber?

Here Comes the Pizza
Here Comes the Pizza
3 years ago

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.

Here Comes the Pizza
Here Comes the Pizza
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks! This new album is the follow up to Pinata, also very good. Something about Madlib production and Gibbs raps just sounds perfect

Danny Almonte
Danny Almonte
3 years ago

Trout expiring end of 2020 season
or
Machado 2020, Buxton 2021?

Let's Play Two
Let's Play Two
3 years ago

How many saves does C-Mart get for the Cards ROS?

red
red
3 years ago

morning grey,
1. drop stripping for c.smith?
2. IL stash, plz rank, kluber, carrasco, salazer, Glasgow

thx

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
3 years ago

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.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Big Daddy Jeats
3 years ago

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.

Racehorse
Racehorse
Reply to  Big Daddy Jeats
3 years ago

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.

Kyle
Kyle
3 years ago

10 team 5×5 H2H redraft

C- Ramos
1B- Alonso
2B- Mondesi
3B- Machado
SS- Didi
MI- Andrus
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?

Capt
Capt
3 years ago

I’m looking to acquire Giolito. He’s willing to offer any of these bats in addition for my Bellinger.

McNeil
Kingery
Chavis
Ohtani
Corey Seager

He also has these other pitchers

Odorizzi
Domingo German
Stroman
Scherzer

I’m also willing to offer any of these bats

Laureano
Olson
Eloy
Dahl
Domingod
Cruz

Should I even consider trading Belly for Giolito and some parts? What moves should I try to make out of this?

Capt
Capt
Reply to  Capt
3 years ago

He’s also has Cole

pizza5788
3 years ago

John Means is available in my league, would you pick him up in a 10 man league?

TJ
TJ
3 years ago

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

Thanks!

Cohen
Cohen
3 years ago

Grey, please pick best streamer out of these?
Waino vs Ariz
Fiers vs White Sox
Lucckessi vs Atl
All at home

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
3 years ago

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

lwomack58
lwomack58
3 years ago

B. Reynolds over D Gordon, Pederson, or M Smith?

J Martinez over Joc Pederson

Thanks

Stuey
Stuey
3 years ago

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!

Coolwhip
3 years ago

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!?

ThE sHiT
ThE sHiT
3 years ago

Moncada/Chavis/Domingo German for JoRam/Domingo Santana, what side?

ThE sHiT
ThE sHiT
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Which one? Lol

Curious George
Curious George
3 years ago

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

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

What about Domingo Santana and machado for scherzer and lauerano?

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Would I be better off trying to deal mondesi to someone instead?

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Or would you prefer just holding? Thanks for the help!

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
3 years ago

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).

Current Roster:
c: Realmuto
1b: Alonso
2b: Muncy
3b: Machado
ss: Bogaerts
if: Hiura
of: Trout, Gallo, Y. Alvarez
utl: Ohtani
bn: H. Dozier, Pederson, Kingery

sp: Clevinger, Nola, Kershaw, Lucchesi, Woodruff, Caleb Smith, Paddack, Heaney, Gallen
rp: Giles, Hendricks, L. Jackson, Treinen
DL: Taillon*

I’ve narrowed it down to the below (notes in parentheses):

Bats:
– 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)

Arms:
– 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.

Cyler
Cyler
3 years ago

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.

pinkman
pinkman
3 years ago

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)?

Stream Weaver
Stream Weaver
3 years ago

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

William Hung
William Hung
3 years ago

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.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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…

C- Contreras
1B- Bellinger
2B- Mondesi
3B- Kingery
SS- Lindor
OF- Benintendi, Dahl, Betts
UTIL- Story
B- Alvarez, Gurriel Jr.

SP- Hendricks, Marquez, Flaherty, McKay, Gallen, Lynn, Teheran (streaming spot)
RP- Hendriks, Neris, Holland, Givens
DL- Eovaldi

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

The Big Yabu
The Big Yabu
3 years ago

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?

steve stevenson
steve stevenson
3 years ago

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.

NUX
NUX
3 years ago

Caleb Smith + Garret Cooper

Or Victor Robles

12 Team Roto

Weird Fishes
Weird Fishes
3 years ago

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?

Weird Fishes
Weird Fishes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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?

Weird Fishes
Weird Fishes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks!

James Bolger
James Bolger
3 years ago

Would you recommend dropping Gallen to pick up McKay ROS?

Matt
Matt
3 years ago

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!

Matt
Matt
Reply to  Matt
3 years ago

Edit for info- LEAGUE 5x 5 OPS, keep 6.

Matt
Matt
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks Grey!

Hip hip jorge
Hip hip jorge
3 years ago

Haniger was dropped in my league. Is he worth adding at this point?

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Hip hip jorge
3 years ago

Yea, especially if you can DL him and pick up someone else. Or… who are you dropping for him?

Hip hip jirge
Hip hip jirge
Reply to  NUX
3 years ago

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)

Hip hip jorge
Hip hip jorge
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Do you like him better than Dahl or d Santana ros?

Vash
Vash
3 years ago

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?

NUX
NUX
3 years ago

12 Team, 5×5 Roto

Victor Robles, Hunter Dozier, Vogelbach

For DeGrom

Is this fair?

Rafi
Rafi
3 years ago

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?

Rafi
Rafi
3 years ago

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.

Thanks

phil
phil
3 years ago

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

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
3 years ago

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.