Imagine the Cubs decided to use Lester, Hendricks, Hammel and Lackey in the playoffs, and not Jake Arrieta.  Not sure it would be the wrong move either.  Arrieta isn’t just out of gas, he’s on a late-70s gas station line, cursing Jimmy Carter.  He’s eaten six Chalupas and a Pintos ‘n Cheese from Taco Bell, washed it down with a 16-ounce Coke, and can’t produce any gas.  He’s staying at a Marriott in Saudi Arabia where OPEC is meeting and all hotel guests get a complimentary barrel of petroleum and Arrieta can’t produce any gas.  Yesterday, Arrieta went 5 IP, 7 ER and his ERA went up to 3.10.  About five months ago, I said Arrieta doesn’t look right.  I said it around the time of his no-hitter.  That took some pants grapes.  What’s funny (not funny) when you’re super early at calling something out, people write you off as cuckoo in the coconut.  On April 29th, I said, “It’s hard to find a positive when you take this year’s numbers vs. last year’s (of Arrieta).  Velocity is down, K-rate is down, walk rate is up, xFIP is up, luck is up, homers are up, ground balls are down and fly balls are up.  It’s like looking under a Maserati’s hood and seeing a Mercedes engine.  It’s not bad, but it’s not a Maserati.”  And that’s me quoting me!  On May 9th, I said, “Not to sound like a broken record, but his peripherals just haven’t been as good as last year thus far.”  And that’s me quoting me sounding like a broken record!  I continued to say more or less the same for a few months, then SUDDENLY everyone else started saying it.  For 2017, I picture Arrieta being drafted a lot like Felix Hernandez in the preseason this year.  People are concerned, but he’s so good, they’re still drafting Arrieta around 60th overall.  Yeah, and it won’t work out either.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-3 and his 32nd homer, hitting .292.  HR to the Rizzo!

Neftali Feliz – Won’t pitch again this season.  Hey, whatever makes Feliz happy.  C’mon, high five the crap out of me!  C’mon!  That was good!  No?  Okay.

John Jaso – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 7th homer as he hit for the cycle.  That’s the first white person with dreads to hit for a cycle since white reggae artist, Snow, played Wack-a-Mole at a local carnival for a bicycle.

Jameson Taillon – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.38.  Yup, he’ll be in the top 40 SPs in 2017 around where I put potential breakout guys every year.  Hopefully he has only that in common with Taijuan Walker.

Alex Bregman – 1-for-4 as he returned from the DL and hit 2nd.  It’s likely better for real baseball that Bregman came back than for fantasy.  You know real baseball vs. fantasy, there’s just as much scratching of the groin, but it’s done in public.

Doug Fister – 1 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Appropriately enough, Fister met the Mariners and looked like a peg boy.

George Springer – 1-for-5 and his 29th homer, hitting .262.  Right now, I’m busy looking at end of the season recaps that will start next week, and I was checking out my Springer preseason projections:  104/31/89/.269/22.  Not too off until you get to the steals, which went from glorious to just above Machado.

Evan Gattis – 2-for-4 and his 32nd homer, hitting .249.  After being homeless prior to his time in the majors, Gattis has continued to make a living on jumping on garbage pitches.

Seth Smith – Left after being hit in the foot.  Seth Smith said, “That thmarth!”  I think that’s “smarts” in Lisp-onics.

James Paxton – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.79, and moves his record to 6-7 to end his year.  It wasn’t all bad this year for Paxton.  In fact (Grey’s got more!), there’s a lot of positive takeaways:  8.7 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, 3.41 xFIP, bad luck that accounted for a lot of the offense against him, and a fastball velocity that averaged 97 MPH.  The negatives, well, everything else.  Biggest negative for me is he’s gonna be 28 years old and still hasn’t gotten through a full season.

Kyle Seager – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 30th homer, hitting .281.  If Seager were a barometer that we used to measure offense, and he is because I’m saying he is, every year he hit 25 or 26 homers and around .260.  This year those marks are way up, and Seager’s barometer is showing serious signs of global warming.  Thanks a lot, Al Gore, for pointing this shizz out!  Conspiracy Theory Alert!  If Tipper Gore would’ve put out more, Al wouldn’t have had time for global warming and the earth would currently be experiencing unheard of cold spells.  Tipper went cold, we went hot.  Then again, Al wouldn’t have had time to invent the Internet either.  Damn, O. Henry-like story!

Leonys Martin – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 22nd and 23rd steal, hitting .247.  This isn’t based on science (like you, Al Gore!), but I get the feeling Leonys could be a late-bloomer and have his best year yet in 2017.  He has 15 HRs, 23 SBs and this was his first year getting everyday starts vs. lefties.  Another year of lefties under his belt and I could see a 20+ HRs, 30+ SBs-type year.  Of course, I could forget I said this by tomorrow and, instead, think about all the TV I’m gonna watch in the offseason.  I just got done with Happy Valley, one of the best shows I’ve seen this year if you haven’t watched it yet.

Francisco Liriano – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners (1 BB), 10 Ks, ERA on the Jays at 2.92, after it was 5.46 on the Pirates.  “Mama, I am no lo se on how to confuse further fantasy baseballers, Gris’ madre’s term.”  “Franny, have you tried to pitch well in the toughest division after pitching awful in NL?”  “That’s a bueno idea, Mama!”  That’s Liriano talking with his mother.

Shelby Miller – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 6.15.  After Shelby threw the rain-shortened complete game shutout, Diamondbacks’ GM Dave Stewart announced the team is replacing the sprinklers at Chase Field with high-powered hoses.

Jose Peraza – 3-for-5, 1 run and his 18th steal, hitting .330.   Hamilton didn’t even have that bad of a year, but why do I think he still got Wally Pipp’d for next year by Peraza?

Anthony DeSclafani – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.28.  “Hey, fingers, guess what?  This is the last time you have to type DeSclafani this year.”  My fingers are doing a Moonwalk.

Seung Hwan Oh – Dealing with more groin discomfort.  Well, same groin, more discomfort, but you follow.  Hey, who said I was leading?!  Kevin Siegrist would be the pickup for some final weekend saves.

Miguel Gonzalez – 8 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.73.  Would’ve made a nice streamer, so if you have a souped-up DeLorean, go to it!

Todd Frazier – 1-for-3 and his 40th homer, hitting .228.  If only he could hit .250, he’d be so money Benjamin Franklin would be like, “Nah, homey, you can by on the hundy.”

Carlos Gomez – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer.  My apologies if this affects your fantasy league, but I’m forming a prayer hexagon that Gomez hits 15 HRs in the last four games, so some poor sap still drafts him next year.

Rougned Odor – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 32nd homer.  I see all you middle infidels with 20 homers, and I raise you 12 more homers!

Jonathan Villar – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .285.  Meh, whatever, 19 homers.  Yawn.  *sees he also has 60 steals, puts handkerchief to forehead and faints*

Eric Hosmer – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer, hitting .268.  Most years I would’ve been happy if Hosmer reached 25 homers, but, since Dozier hit 25 homers one week in August, I’m less enthused.

Jarrod Dyson – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 29th steal.  According to me, Dyson will steal 25-30 bases whether he has 120 ABs or 500 ABs.

Paulo Orlando – 2-for-3, hitting over .400 in the last week with one homer about eight games ago.  Okay, not about, exactly eight games ago.  Stop your quibbling, you quibbler!  Yeah, the schmotato is strong with Orlando.

Max Kepler – 1-for-3 and his 6th steal.  If I were being honest, I’d tell you about how I used to stuff my pants with socks.  If I were being honest about Kepler, I’d say I thought I’d be more excited about him going into the offseason.

Seth Lugo – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ending his season with a 2.67 ERA.  Not bad, but I’m gonna take the over on his ERA for the 50+ IP the Mets throw him in the playoffs and the over for next year.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 32nd homer.  If he hits a home run in the playoffs and I hear Joe Buck say something like, “This is exactly why the Mets traded for Bruce,” I’m going to remove the TV from my shower wall and flush it down my toilet.

Curtis Granderson – 4-for-4, 1 run, hitting .233.  That season long average is not a completely accurate representation of Grandy.  He hit .176 in August and .190 in May, but in the other months he hit near .250, and has been hitting for power recently (2 HRs in his last seven).  This has been your Curtisy reminder.

Jeff Samardzija – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.81 vs. Tyler Chatwood – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.87.  This was a matchup of a guy you want to start at home vs. a guy you want to start on the road, i.e., the moveable object vs. the Samardable obzija.

Mike Foltynewicz – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, and the win, ERA at 4.31.  I felt about as good streaming him as the hostess when he calls for a reservation and leaves his last name, but, alas, it worked.

Dansby Swanson – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd steal.  I was expecting to open his player page and see a hot hitter.  Not so much.  Still one big game is all I need at this point, and would consider picking him up.

Clay Buchholz – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 2 Walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.78 vs. Bryan Mitchell – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 5 Walks, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.24.  Stream-o-Nator said of these matchup, and I quote, “You gots to be kidding me?”  Then after the game said of the results, “Just gotta tip your hat to these two pitchers.  And by ‘tip your hat’ I mean ‘tip off my hat, open my head up and see if my wires are crossed.'”

Hunter Renfroe – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 4th homer in his last three starts.  The Padres legit have no idea what to do.  They’re currently like, “Do we trade him for Kyle Blanks?  He was predictably bad, and this guy, Renfroe…What do we do?!”  Obviously you should own Renfroe in your league.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – Underwent an elbow debridement.  I thought a debridement was some kind of sick ritual they do to female genitalia.  Apparently, I am proven wrong.

Chase Utley – 1-for-4 and his 14th homer, hitting .254.  In one league where I own Utley, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by him.  Then again, it’s a 12-team NL-Only league and I started Carlos Ruiz for 5 months.

Joc Pederson – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer, hitting .246.  If he keeps jumping 35 points in average every year, he’s going to be on fleek next year.  My manager says I have to say ‘on fleek’ more to sound hip.  Not hundred that I’m supposed to explain it.  Also, supposed to say hundred a lot with no article.

Sonny Gray – 1 IP, 0 ER as he was activated from the DL.  Since I may not get another chance to blow my own horn, and I wouldn’t want to waste 18 months of stretching, my overrated guys coming into the year:  Sano, Tulo, Sonny, Pollock and Schwarber.  Tulo’s the only one even close to returning value, and even he is ranked around 200th overall on the Player Rater, a far, far cry from Yahoo and ESPN, who both in the preseason ranked him 60th overall.  ESPN ranked Sano 33rd overall, he’s around 250th now.  Sonny was 73rd and 65th on Yahoo and ESPN; he’s around 550th now; Schwarber was 57th, he’s around 1137th, and Pollock was ranked 15th and 16th by those two, he’s at 1153rd.  There were a lot more guys I wanted to avoid:  McCutchen, Gordon, Gomez, Keuchel, Reyes, Revere, F-Her, Greinke and Bautista.  There’s some misses too.  Okay, I need to save some stuff for the offseason.

Khris Davis – 1-for-4 and his 41st homer.  He’s singlehandedly making people say, “Who’s Chris Davis?!”  Only it’s super confusing until they spell it out.

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JJ
JJ
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

Which start do you like best
A.Bradley vs SD
K.Gausman @NYY
[email protected]
I like Gausman best AND he has great numbers against the Yankees but worried that the wildcard will be wrapped up by then and that they will cut his start short. I need ratios but mainly the win.

VinWins
VinWins
5 years ago

Bad defense from Grichuk just stole a win from Reyes.

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  VinWins
5 years ago

@VinWins: that moron

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  VinWins
5 years ago

@VinWins: I saw that and the weird finish to the Cardinal game. That seems like the league doing the Cards a solid….which I know you dont mind

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  The Hack
5 years ago

@The Hack: We need all the help we can get. But I’m not sure if that should have been a ground rule double or not. So many stupid places where it is not obvious.

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  VinWins
5 years ago

@VinWins: tough spot but it looks like a GRD if anything above the fence is a GRD.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  The Hack
5 years ago

@The Hack: Yeah, definitely, if that’s the rule. I watch all the games, but I still couldn’t tell you if that’s part of the fence or not. I think it was the right call, but I could be wrong.

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  VinWins
5 years ago

@VinWins: hey, you’re a cardinal fan so it must of been the right call

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Yes, that’s the most important thing. But, for my fantasy teams, a Reyes win would have been nice, too.

Russell
Russell
5 years ago

Hey Grey!

Would you go with Moore vs. LAD at home or Eduardo Rodriguez vs. TOR at home for my final streamer spot of the year?

Thanks!

VinWins
VinWins
5 years ago

The game was called due to rain in the top of the sixth inning and declared a tie because it is the final scheduled game between the teams this season.

I didn’t know they did that.

hondo
hondo
5 years ago

I need some help here.If you are in the championship round and you have Trout and Votto now DTD,what brand and how much beer do you purchase?

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I dunno much myself.I have trouble trying to spell daiquiri twice a year when I raise my hands and go “Grey Grey I’m you’re BFF” and realize that,well,this is not only just the internet,but it’s fantasy baseball.
Geez,how old are we?
Anyway,then I want those daiquiris back!All of them(stomping feet)

muskysmell
muskysmell
5 years ago

damn, everyone getting rested…half my lineup is chillin’

VinWins
VinWins
5 years ago

Shoot, I picked up James McCann on several teams this morning since he was in the lineup. Also added Pedro Alvarez a few times because of good BVP, but he’s not playing.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I’m going to have a lot of empty slots today. I only have 1 team where I have a bench bat that I don’t need. Unless Blackmon sits, then I’ll need that one too.

SpecialFNK
SpecialFNK
5 years ago

who is a better offensive match up tonight.

Maikel Franco vs Josh Collmenter (at Atlanta)
OR
Manuel Margot vs Julio Urias (in San Diego)

not necessarily looking for any specific stats, more AVG than anything else and any R or RBI that come with that.

The Hack
The Hack
5 years ago

I can’t believe I forgot to thank Rudy for one of the most inappropriate titles ever

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I bet those snobby fantasy perts would scoff at such a play with words

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I like saying scoff. scoffity scoff scoff scoff

Harrison Ford in Air Force One
Harrison Ford in Air Force One
5 years ago

Tigers-Indians have been in rain delay for 3+ hours now. Hearing the game may get moved to Monday. Anyone have experience with how ESPN Fantasy Baseball handles this?

I’m in a tight H2H championship and have 3 bats in that game going. Basically wondering if the stats from a potential Monday game would count or not.

Harrison Ford in Air Force One
Harrison Ford in Air Force One
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Damn, thats what I feared/figured. Appreciate the response

M
M
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: same applies to Yahoo roto?

Beasts Blasts
Beasts Blasts
5 years ago

Hi Grey. I’d like your advice on the following. I have 2 starts remaining in my league and need to win them both. Please rank/select the following starters and their venue. Colon at Phily. Moore home for LA. Porcello Home for Toronto. Roark home for Miami. I just need wins not worried about era or whip. Colon looks good because of his record against phily this year. Porcello may be up against a blue jay team tomorrow that needs to win for wildcard. Moore listed to start Sunday but you never know what will happen with wild card playoff if needed. Roark prob safest bet for one of my picks. What do you think big guy? Thanks

Beasts Blasts
Beasts Blasts
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: there all I have to choose from. I’m out of waiver wire picks in league. That’s it!

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Porcello is starting tomorrow; probably go 5 innings anyway.

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
5 years ago

What do you think Pomeranz is going to be next year? I’ve got about a 15% chance to win an AL Dynasty league, where I’ve got a Threepeat and I’m looking for four in a row. I’ve got him for $1 (salaries go up four dollars on all keepers). Nobody else to drop. What will I be giving up?

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: So I wasn’t clear, but it will be $5 to hold him next year. I assume if he will be something in between the San Diego guy and the Boston guy.

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
Reply to  Schmohawks Bob
5 years ago

@Schmohawks Bob: I assume he will be something in between the San Diego guy and the Boston guy.

Fungazi
Fungazi
5 years ago

Are you rolling out Straily tonight @ St Louey??

Mel
Mel
5 years ago

I have to choose a rookie keeper, and the rookie has to be on my roster from Sept 1 through the end of the year – so I can’t go outside of my current options. And my options are not good.

Edwin Diaz
Aaron Judge

Which should I pick? My league has both AVG and OBP as cats, and I’m worried about the holes in Judge’s swing. So maybe locking down a high K/9 closer would be the way to go. But SAGNOF! Maybe Judge’s raw power with that short porch is too appealing, ratios be damned?

PLEASE HELP!

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

It looks like Chacin has been replaced by Daniel Wright. Take him vs. Houston now, or go with Peacock instead on the other side?

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Scott
5 years ago

@Scott: Hmmm this makes sense then as to why I had added Tomlin and Wisler instead of Chacin and Finnegan. It doesn’t look like Finnegan has actually been announced as tomorrow night’ starter either. Frustrating.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

Funny, I’ve seen at least 3 dreadlocked Phish fans on Unicycles in the lots….I’ve thought about hitting all of them, but their best friends were making my grilled cheese.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Split open and melt

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  knucks
5 years ago

@knucks: This sounds like a fetish

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Somebody sniped me on your previous 2 suggestions. Can you pick 2 of these?

Wisler vs Det
Andriese @ Texas
Peacock @ Angels
Asher vs Mets
Duffey @CWS
Shipley vs SD
Cashner @ Nats

knucks
knucks
5 years ago

Above, someone had asked about SP for tomorrow. You mentioned he should go w/ Chacin and Finnegan. Can I add Tomlin into that mix and ask you to pick 2 of these 3?

No wins in my league, only care about the QS and K categories at this point and ratios no longer matter to me either.

Tomilin @KC
Finnegan vs the Cubs
Chacin vs HOU

Scott
Scott
Reply to  knucks
5 years ago

FYI. Chacin has been moved to Saturday and Daniel Wright is pitching tomorrow for LAA.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Scott
5 years ago

@Scott: Thanks for the heads up bud, best of luck the rest of the way.

John C.
John C.
5 years ago

Grey, already thinking about 2017 keepers. 14 team league, keep 4. Miggy, Marte and Stanton feel like locks in rounds 1-3 but my fourth keeper will probably change 100 times this winter. I feel like my best options are C. Davis (4th), Danny Salazar (4th), J. Upton (4th), Rendon (5th), Grandal (10th), Nola (14th) or L. Martin (19th). What’s your hot take?

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  John C.
5 years ago

@John C.: I’d go with Davis as the 4th

John C.
John C.
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Agreed I don’t love the options, thankfully I was still able to get to the finals this year with that bunch. I’ll probably sniff around to try and trade for my 4th keeper but wanted to see what you thought as a Plan B.

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
5 years ago

Tomas a late scratch with a stiff neck, now DTD. Above you advised I hold my 3 remaining moves in case I need a stream. If Tomas is done that means my bench bat (Sean Rodriguez) is starting through the weekend and I have nobody to plug in for rest days, while needing to make up 2HR and 5RBI. Still hold, or add Renfroe, Grandy or D. Santana (going to Coors tomorrow)?

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I like Domingo on the cheap going into next year

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Yeah that would be nice

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
5 years ago

Renfroe vs. Urias or Jhonny vs. Straily?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Fred Garvin MP
5 years ago

@Fred Garvin MP: or Kang vs Zastryzny?

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

@Grey: Right on. Had to drop Lindor. Hated doing it but he’s 2/34 and hasn’t homered since August 10th.

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

@Grey: Oh, what have we become?

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

@Grey: Indeed

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Why do i say Renfroe in a Scooby Doo voice in my head

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Ha i didn’t even know that…glad its not just me.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  JeF WiTh 1 F
5 years ago

@JeF WiTh 1 F: Haha. Damn it, now you got me doing it too.

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Fred Garvin MP
5 years ago
William Hung
William Hung
5 years ago

@Grey: Odds that the following players play tonight – Bogaerts, Betts, Gregory Polanco

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Drop Polanco for Maikel or Renfroe?

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Ok – going with Renfroe to finish off the season – hopefully this pick up is the difference… I am in a bit of a hole with Diaz and Thornburg shitting the bed

Jj
Jj
5 years ago

Hey grey,

I am getting destroyed on offense in my 12
Team H2H keeper league. I may be able to sweep pitching though if I can get enough saves. I have 5 max moves per week and am up to 3 already. I grabbed Hudson in haste last night before reading about Oh’s groin issue. Apparently oh said he is good to go tonight but I don’t buy it. I already have Chapman, Giles, Dyson and Hudson in my 2 RP and 2 P slots so there is nowhere to play anyone else
So question is do I waste one of my moves to grab Siegrist or stick with D.Hudson with a juicy 3 games at home vs SD.
Also available
K.Siegrist vs PIT
R.Dull/[email protected]

Thanks

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

“Samardable obzija”. Haha, so awesome.

So I have an interview tomorrow for a position to be working with the self driving Uber cars.

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: are you going to be managing robots?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Haha. I would be operating one of the driverless cars (terrifying). Taking notes, reporting back to engineers, making sure it doesn’t kill anyone. First interview is tomorrow, all of the exact details aren’t exactly clear yet.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I can play matchmaker. And I could still be on Razz….I mean, not like I’d be driving or anything. Yeah right, the second I would look away that car would mow down a dozen blind school children.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Ha, I’ll put it in my wallet alongside my fortune that reads “You will be invited to a karaoke party soon”…….still waiting.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Just myself……as usual.

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: if crying is considered music then I sing myself to sleep every night

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Insider tip: Hitter Tron loves the big booty buicks so if you cn make that happen he’ll be your friend and by friend I mean bang on your window at threee AM looking for a quart of motor oil or a place to hide out until the heat cools down

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  The Hack
5 years ago

He is out of luck, believe they are all Ford Fusion Hybrids. Damn hipsters, hitter tron ain’t gonna get down with that.

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Next thing you know he’ll be dropping acid and following Phish around the country

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater:
Only a dozen?

knucks
knucks
5 years ago

There are 3 of us tied in the Saves category and the same 3 owners tied in QS and close to tied in K’s. Going to be a very interesting weekend seeing everyone’s strategy… I’m currently in 3rd place and the other two owners I mentioned are in 1st and 2nd. The top 3 spots get payed out in this league. And there is only one other owner (in 4th place) that could even have a chance of jumping into the top 3 positions (not likely).

In this league, players can only be added overnight through waivers (fastest finger adds were eliminated this year, all players not owned by a team are on continual rolling waivers).

I’m loading up on SP’s for Saturday (the day that I anticipate going over IP) and will then try to drop all of them for Sunday SP’s (even though I won’t be able to use them) in an attempt to block the others from adding Sunday startes and also trying to run up their K’s and QS.

My gamble is that starting 9 SPs on Saturday and going over IP on Saturday means that I’ll have to go both two days (SAT and SUN) without closers and potential saves. My closers are Edwin Diaz, Betances, Britton and Andrew Bailey. Somewhat risky business if I lose that category… But my thought is that starting the SPs will give me a better chance at 2 categories (QS and K’s).

Curious to what others think here… Let me know if any of this gets confusing as opinions would be greatly appreciated.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  knucks
5 years ago

@knucks:
Just to add some more detail…

The 1st place team has Watson/Giles/Familia/Kintzler for saves.

The 2nd place squad has Kenley Jansen/Thornburg/Ottavino/Sergio Romo.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Cool thanks Grey. Feeling a little better about my approach here. Fingers crossed.

Racehorse
Racehorse
5 years ago

Trying to make the remaining 21.1 innings count … which starting pitchers should I roll with ?

Hellickson @ ATL tonight
Estrada @ BOS tomorrow night
Peacock @ LAA tomorrow night
Cotton @ SEA on Saturday night
Kennedy @ CLE on Sunday
Sale vs MIN on Sunday

I’m thinking that I want to leave some innings for Sale’s Cy Young effort on Sunday … but who else?

Thanks!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Racehorse
5 years ago

@Racehorse: Hellickson, Peacock, Cotton, Sale

Brian
Brian
5 years ago

need to stream. league with K/BB and QS plus whip/era/Ks. CC v BOS, Friedrich v LAD, or Collmenter v PHI?

MattTruss
Editor
Reply to  Brian
5 years ago

Sawx should be rolling out their “hangover lineup” tonight. Plus Henry Owens is starting…

M
M
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Yanks are honoring Ortiz pregame so Ortiz probably plays. Sox also have incentive to eliminate the Yanks so we’ll probably see both Betts & Papi

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  Brian
5 years ago

@Brian: I believe Freidrich is a lefty and the dodgers suck vs lefties

SF
SF
5 years ago

Need another start. Would you rather Norris, Hellickson, or Graveman?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  SF
5 years ago

@SF: Depends who the opponent is. Have we not learned that this is a factor yet? Smooches

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: Im going with Norris against Cleveland …Hellickson gets ATL which appears the safest but Norris has been pitching better of late compared to Hellickson,

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Graveman gets Seattle who hit him hard a couple weeks ago.

SF
SF
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Norris it is. Smooches everyone!

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  SF
5 years ago

@SF: Muah

Brian
Brian
5 years ago

I’m up 4.5 points in my NL Only Keeper league, but it’s one of those fragile final week leads where I’m guaranteed to lose a point in saves in the next couple days (I traded all my closers for Cespedes, Bumgarner, and Hellickson a month ago) and I’m up by small amounts in HR and OPS. While my focus is on winning this year, I’m curious if you anticipate any of the players as being keepers at their price listed next year. If not, I’ll probably drop them for streamers to preserve my slim leads in wins and Ks.

Once again, NL Only Keeper League where OPS replaces BA:

Jankowski: $5
Solarte: $8
Roman Quinn: $5
Lester: $24 (really interested in your thoughts here — price seems right, but I typically stream and keeping Gerritt Cole for $24 didn’t work this year)
Desclafani: $11
Derek Law: $5
Sergio Romo: $6
Luke Weaver: $5
Jon Gray: $5

Are any of them no-doubt-about-it, sure fire keepers I shouldn’t drop? I was thinking about all of them and wanted your input as to who among them is droppable. Thanks!

jb
jb
5 years ago

Arrieta isn’t outta gas. Some chick has his juice. smh that’s what my baseball coach would always joke. Anyway, one more piece of what a loss on the Jose Fernandez story. JF made $2.8 M in salary this year. Next year, he was arb eligible which I think will be over $16 M. Then in 2019 free agency. Will there be a tv show on his life? I mean his preggie gf must know what or who they argued over.

Grassy Knoll Redding
Grassy Knoll Redding
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

Love that your write-ups aren’t losing any gusto down the stretch. You’re running through the tape!

After Kimbrel blew up last night I lost a couple of points. Trying to right my ratio ship today. I have Chris Archer at the White Sox and Alex Reyes home vs Cincinnati. You okay with starting both?

Thanks!

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Grassy Knoll Redding
5 years ago

@Grassy Knoll Redding: Id start em

daze
daze
5 years ago

Hey Grey
The rumor is that Musgrove might be shut down for the year. He was supposed to pitch on Saturday
Not sure if you heard anything about that? If he is shut down would you pick up Bradley who starts at home vs SD.

Melissa Anderson
Melissa Anderson
5 years ago

Arrieta’s horrible performance aside, please help me with my keepers! Pick 4.

Bryant (obviously)
Blackmon
Correa
Segura
Polanco
JD Martinez
Arrieta

It’s a shallow league, leaning toward Bryant, Blackmon, Correa, and Arrieta.
Suggestions?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Melissa Anderson
5 years ago

@Melissa Anderson: I’d keep JD over Arrieta.

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Melissa Anderson
5 years ago

@Melissa Anderson: Bryant, Correa, JD, Polanco for me.

The Hack
The Hack
5 years ago

Did you steal my paxton comment from August? You blew it off then and now here it is..for the most part.

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: HAHAHA…hey let it go, its like you’re blaming me for kicking someones ass in a fight they started

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: that’s right laugh it off til you bring it up again. Guys like that (pompous and thin skinned) aren’t worth a squirt of piss…holy shit, Carnac is Trump

The Hack
The Hack
5 years ago

Feliz Navidone!

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Please pick 2 from tomorrow pitching.

Chacin vs Hou
Wisler vs Det
Andriese @ Texas
Peacock @ Angels
Asher vs Mets
Duffey @CWS
Finnegan vs. Cubs
Shipley vs SD
Cashner @ Nats

Racehorse
Racehorse
5 years ago

Grey –

I’m in the championship of the world’s mightiest dynasty league (16 team, 6×6, h2h, 27 man rosters-keep 24)…

My offense is raining counting stats like coconuts falling in a super-typhoon, (up 6-0) so I’m good there.

Pitching wise, I’m…
W = 4-0 up
K = 22-27 down
ERA = 3.00-4.23 up
WHIP = 1.15-1.48 up
SV = 2-2 tied
HLD = 0-3 down – punting

Here’s my starting pitching …

Straily @ STL tonight
Gsellman @ PHI tomorrow night
Peacock @ LAA tomorrow night
Ordorizzi @ Tex on Saturday

My opponent (at the moment) has 2 starting pitchers going … Rich Hill @ SF on Saturday and Tim Adleman vs Cubs Saturday.

What do you think? Do I roll with Straily? Do I try and protect my leads in ERA & WHIP or do I keep the pedal-to-the-metal and keep running out my starting pitchers? And anything else? (I’m trying not to hyperventilate as I type this).

As always, thank you!

Racehorse
Racehorse
Reply to  Racehorse
5 years ago

@Racehorse: correction on Rich Hill, he’s pitching tomorrow night ~

Sportive Tricks
Sportive Tricks
5 years ago

Hey hey!

Urias @SD $21.6 ????

Hellickson @ATL $7.8 ????

Joe Ross ARI $17.9 ????

What is with this SoN lately? Thoughts on these?

Love yas!!!!

Cheese
Cheese
Reply to  Sportive Tricks
5 years ago

@Sportive Tricks:
Take it with a grain of salt. De Leon was $32 against the Friars. Look how that turned out.

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Sportive Tricks
5 years ago

@Sportive Tricks: I’d go with Hellickson

Adam P.
Adam P.
5 years ago

I gambled last night and started everyone I could (Taillon, DeSclafani, Leak, Folty, etc) and it worked out. I’m at my max for roster moves, and need all the pitching I can get. I feel like I’m on house money from last night, so with all that said someone please talk me out of starting Nova today. Thanks.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Adam P.
5 years ago

@Adam P.: Check the lineup for the Cubs before the game, if they send their ‘B’ team out there than start him..SON has him at 11.3.

Adam P.
Adam P.
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
5 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: Yeah, that’s my thought, and it looks like the Cubs are going Johnny Wholestaff today anyway. I think I’m gonna give it a shot.

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Toot away, Grey! Whatever toots your horn benefits us Razzballers…

I’m not sure where I was going with this.

JoeG414
JoeG414
5 years ago

Johnny Peralta looks like a Hot Schmotato . Hitting : 11/21 for his last 7 games.
A better pickup than:
M. Adams, Y.Solarte ?
6×6 roto

Packers
Packers
5 years ago

12 team dynasty, keep all. We play 2 players at each position, and 10 pitchers.
I need a 1b. Best available is Duda or Moreland. I have Goldy as my other 1b.
I was proposed a trade of his Carter and Russell who I could use, for my Trumbo and Duvall.
I would still have Kris, and JUP for outfield power. Good trade or not?

JoeG414
JoeG414
5 years ago

Need a Catcher , now that Cervelli is out . Any preference between these :
T.Flowers – hitting the best right now
J.McCann
C.Rupp – might only play 2 games out of the 4 left
6×6 roto

Cheese
Cheese
5 years ago

Good sir,

Better SB option, Dyson or Margot?

Also, is Puig worth holding on to in an unlimited keeper league?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Cheese
5 years ago

@Cheese: Isn’t anyone worth holding onto in an unlimited keeper?

Cheese
Cheese
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It:
Concerned with how the Dodgers are utilizing him in a platoon. Dude has unlimited potential if he gets it right between the ears but Benintendi, Buxton, et al. are available.

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  Cheese
5 years ago

@Cheese: dodgers have been going straight lefty righy matchups when they can. That being said he shoukd be getting some abs to ready for the playoffs

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Cheese
5 years ago

@Cheese: Hold Puig

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  Cheese
5 years ago

@Cheese: Dyson will sit vs lefties and margot will play everyday. I would use the stolen base vs starting pitcher tool on the site and Google catcher thrown out success rates.

papasmurf
papasmurf
5 years ago

Streamed Mig Gonzalez, yay! His start is more the amazing given the long rain delay. I was very surprised he came back out and maintained his command.

Streamed Adam Morgan, oh… No idea why I didn’t go with Folty instead. I still think ATL sucks as badly as it used to, not the case. Hitting real well in Sep.

Arrieta poops the bed but on my main competitor’s bench. He’s nearly out of innings so he didn’t start him… so he got Arrieta’s last start (a gem) but not the stinker. Would have cost him 2 points…

JB Gilpin
5 years ago

Was the title a reference to Michigan’s awesome TE Jake Butt?!?!?!? GO BLUE

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  JB Gilpin
5 years ago

@JB Gilpin: Big game this week for the Wolverines v Wisconsin..

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
5 years ago

Need to take 2 of these 3 cats while maintaining my leads in W (2) and K (13):

HR (down 2)
RBI (down 5)
SV (tied)

I have 5 closers, 5 SP starts and 3 moves left. Opponent has 3 closers, 3 starts and 6 moves.

Do I a) pick up a bat (Renfroe probably, maybe Grandy); b) pick up a low-end closer (Maurer, Bailey or Ottavino); or c) hold in case my opponent goes stream-heavy and I need SP this weekend?

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Steve Stevenson
5 years ago

@Steve Stevenson: Depends who Renfroe or Grandy would be replacing …I’d most likely save the moves to stream if needed though.

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
Reply to  JeF WiTh 1 F
5 years ago

@JeF WiTh 1 F: Their roster spots would be SP who have taken their final turn. As to whose lineup spots they’d take, given the increase in rest days this week and the fact I only have one bench bat, they’d probably replace whoever’s sitting on a given day. If everyone’s active, they’d probably replace Kiermaier, Kang or Sean Rodriguez.

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Steve Stevenson
5 years ago

@Steve Stevenson: Your best bet is to stream IMO

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
5 years ago

Jonathan Villar is just one homer shy of becoming the 4th player ever to hit 20 homers and steal 60 bases in the same season.

Ricky Henderson 1990
Erid Davis 1986
Joe Morgan 1973, 1976

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

He is prolly the best free agent I have ever added in 23 years of playing fantasy…

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Yes he does..

William Hung
William Hung
5 years ago

My all RP lineup has betrayed me this week. Thornburg and Diaz blowing up has ruined my ERA / WHIP and now I need to repair it. I have Reyes and Duffy going today, and I was thinking of picking up Urias v. Padres today. Do you think he goes more than 5 IP or is this a 3-4 IP type event? Or do I hold for now and stream tomorrow – SUN? I only have 5 more moves.

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
5 years ago

If the Mets make the playoffs (at this point they should) it’s a miracle with all the injuries they have had and i hope i get to hear those words spew from Joe Bucks mouth. That will mean all is well.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  JeF WiTh 1 F
5 years ago

@JeF WiTh 1 F: It would be a miracle. I basically wrote us off in like the middle of August. Another fun ride coming out of the woodwork this year. LGM!

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: Yeah man i’ll take it