Liked Jake Odorizzi (5 IP, 0 ER, zero hits, 1 walk, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.75) going into this year, but lost enthusiasm for him. Of course, I totally saw this game coming:

The accuracy of my big-ass brain astounds even me. Yo, is anyone sure I’m not a time traveler? Are you? I’m going to go to the past right now and have sex with your mom nine months before you’re born. That’s right, I’m your daddy! Take out the trash, by the way. Right now, boy! I don’t care if garbage day isn’t until Thursday and you’re 52 years old, which is much, much, much older than me! I am your daddy! Okay, so I didn’t foresee Odorizzi’s start yesterday. Didn’t think he could go more than 3-4 innings, because the way the Astros have been using him. For now, I’d use the Streamonator on Odorizzi, and be careful, because of how wonky his usage has been. This is coming from prior experience, which is very extensive due to time travel. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Yordan Alvarez – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .308. Feels like we’re almost two months overdue for an insanely hot streak from Yordan, right? Felt that way to me, but looking at the Player Rater, and Yordan’s been valuable this year. Captain Woo Cubano’s streak was always there, and not just a red rubber band in his beard.

Maikel Franco – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .212. Donkey Teeth’s preseason AL MVP choice just keeps producing! If you want see more of Donkey Teeth’s incredible foresight and maybe foreskin, he started his 2021 fantasy football rankings. Wonder if he thinks Maikel Franco will be a two-sport star.

Bobby Bradley – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 5th homer, hitting .283. Deserves to play every day. Kinda curious what the Indians do once Franmil returns later this week. One constant that remains across any team, except the Rockies, if you hit, you stay in the lineup.

Aaron Civale – 4 2/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.32, but removed from the game with the lead, as he gave the middle finger as his reason for the exit and to his owners. He’s going to see a hand specialist now. Hopefully, not a prudish one when he walks in flipping off everyone.

Josh Naylor – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer. Hitting .300 in the last week and…Ugh, I was trying to fake enthusiasm for Naylor. Forget it.

Adbert Alzolay – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.19. Never got a chance to mention this when updating Adbert — !&*#T*&!*!& — but guys returning from blisters sometimes think they’re recovered way before they actually are, or at least I’ve had that burned into my brain by Rich Hill.

Javier Baez – 0-for-2, and was pulled from the game by David Ross after a base running blunder where he forgot the outs. But I thought it was Savvy Baez, no? He reinvented base running with Will Craig, right? Maybe he should’ve stopped tinkering.

Adalberto Mondesi – Hit the IL with a strained left oblique, after returning last week from his strained right oblique. The good news is there’s only two sides to his body. Though, if there’s a back or front oblique, Mondesi will find it. Mondesi is the Magellan of obliques.

Jesus Luzardo – Optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. Perfect place for him, surrounded by video game slots. Nothing could go wrong.

Frankie Montas – 5 2/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 4.79. Watched Twister the other night on Starz, because I was in the mood for a disaster film. Hey, Frankie Montas, that mood was satiated.

Sean Murphy – 1-for-3 and his 9th homer. He won’t get many hits but homers. It’s Murphy Law. Established originally by Dwayne Murphy. (No relation.)

Andy Ibanez – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer. Dating back to 2017, every mention of Andy Ibanez on Razzball was like, “Utility guy who should be traded for a middle reliever, because the Rangers have Odor.” Only guy who should be buried behind Odor is Pigpen. Ibanez was hitting a bit in the minors this year, but he’s old (28), so either Quad-A at this point, or, and this is just as likely with the Rangers, they didn’t know what they had like Adolis with no clue how to develop, and he’s got good pop for a 2nd baseman. Tune in next time for The Rangers Screw Up Prospects.

Kyle Gibson – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.17. With each decent start on the Rangers, the worse it’s going to be when he’s traded at the deadline. It’s the Suddenly Useless Pitchers Post-August and Negotiated-trades, otherwise known as The Suppan. Don’t ask why the key word ‘trade’ isn’t a part of the acronym.

Alex Dickerson – Him and Darin “Who Let The Dogs Out” Ruf both returned from the IL, sending LaMonte Wade Jr. and Jason Vosler to the minors. This has been an update from me, guy who has a bunch of NL-Only teams.

Aristides Aquino – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer. Props out to frequent commenter scoboticus who mentioned in yesterday’s comments the Reds were facing a lefty, and Aquino would be starting, and likely homering. Yes, I had a batty call with scoboticus!

Eugenio Suarez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer. He’s still hitting around .175. It’s gonna be July. He was a leadoff hitter! That will continue to amuse me.

Nelson Cruz – 1-for-5 and his 16th homer. The Twins should put a picture of Cruz up on the scoreboard that is aging in his place called Dorian Cruz.

Mitch Garver – Doctors took the cast off his ding-dong and Garver’s been cleared to ramp up baseball activities. The first order of business, scratching his junk.

Byron Buxton – Left yesterday’s game after being hit on the hand. Well, there goes my idea that him and Mondesi shared a body.

Miguel Sano – 2-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .187. Yeah, and you don’t stop. Sano was only in the game after Buxton’s run-in with the Law of Physics, which say it’s physically impossible for him to stay on the field. This Miguel Sano jump-start another Sano hot streak, though.

Cody Bellinger – Will be activated from the IL on Wednesday, which puts him on pace for his next IL stint on Monday, right after lineups lock for next week.

Julio Urias – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.99. It was a bad day to quit sniffing glue.

Mookie Betts – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer. Mookie Best!

Jake Cronenworth – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .281, and his 2nd homer in three games, and third homer in six games. He’s also batting third for the Padres, between FTJ and Machado, so, yeah, I goofed up dropping him in April.

Manny Machado – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and a slam(11) and legs (8). Macho, Macho Manny Machado! Saw his eight steals in the box score, and that shocked me. A 30/20 season is well within reach for Machado. *slowly turns to mirror* And you drafted Cody Bellinger, you giant idiot.

Yu Darvish – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.50. The day the umps check pitchers for the wacky tacky, and this is the longest start by a starter in eight games. Hmm, that seems significant.

Merrill Kelly – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.06. Actually streamed Kelly yesterday, because I figured if the Diamondbacks can beat anyone, it’s the Brewers. Streamonator hates Kelly’s next start, so wheeeee because I started him in a weekly league. Have no choice now!

Ian Anderson – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.33. All work and no play makes Ian Anderson a Tull boy.

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 2-for-7, and his 20th homer. Tildaddy says the turkey is carved!

Joey Lucchesi – Significant tear of his UCL. Joey Lucchesi of the Cannoli Crime Family fought back the Rigatonis of North Bergen, the Burratas of Passaic and the Biscottis of the South Shore on Long Island, but in the end, his downfall was joining the Mets.

Jonathan Villar – Left the 2nd game of the doubleheader with calf tightness. The Mets are saying it’s his leg, foot, ribs, back, arm or a concussion.

Jerad Eickhoff – 4 IP, 0 ER, as he was called up. Goodbye de Blasio, there’s a new Jer-khoff in New York!

Jeff McNeil – 1-for-4, 1 run as he was activated from the IL. Nice, he only missed six weeks with a hamstring strain that the Mets thought was a day-to-day issue caused by dehydration. Speaking of which, whatever happened to J.D. Davis?

Jacob deGrom – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 0.50. Thus began the new era in baseball with the umps checking all pitchers entering the game; leaving the field; by the urinal and under their who’s-he-whatsies. Very thorough inspections that looked like hour ten of a nine-hour shift at the airport and TSA was checking their watch. Ya know, if the umps checking pitchers goes well, I could see Rob Manfred getting rid of the games and just keeping the umps patting down players. At one point, the umps patted down Kyle Muller but first asked, “Are you ticklish?” So, in deGrom’s last five starts, he has 27 IP, 0 ER, 7 hits, 3 BBs, 43 Ks; four ‘Please don’t let him be hurt’s; three ‘I get it, he can hit, but why bother’s; two Staten Island babies named after him, and one stank look from Mr. Met when Mrs. Met named deGrom as her freebie. Instead of checking deGrom for the wacky tacky, check to see if his arm is robotic.

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Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
1 year ago

1. Streamonator not high on Odorizzi’s next start. Would you drop Odorizzi to speculate on Alvarado holding on to the Philly closer role (notwithstanding his control issues)? I could wait until Canha is inevitably put on the IL but Oakland moving slow AF on that.

2. Wong or Schoop ROS?

The Harrow
The Harrow
1 year ago

rotoworld, commenting on how could somebody possibly be worse with injured pitchers/players than say the mess, methany’s all hold my beer boys: (on singer tonight):
“Singer has admitted to shoulder tightness, but the Royals are letting him pitch through it. In tonight’s start, that involved letting him throw 96 pitches and walk five batters in 3 2/3 innings.”

Corleone
Corleone
1 year ago

Hi Grey,
Once Plesac is activated, do i keep him or dump him in favor of tajuan walker?

For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
1 year ago

gallen (albeit, MIL, same MIL that m.kelly f’d up yesterday) looks back on this one, 2 singles, 1 HR, no BB’s, 5 innings, 8 K’s. i only played him in one deep league (20).

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
1 year ago

Kyle Wright worth a shot @ Mets tomorrow? 14 teams…

Andrew Mellars
Andrew Mellars
1 year ago

Which 3 guys would you add in a H2H category league? Cease, Alzolay, Odorizzi, Sandoval, Skubal, Rich Hill, Corbin or Wainwright? Thanks!

Omar
Omar
1 year ago

6×5 OPS league -weekly cats:

Give Framber for Brantley?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
1 year ago

In a keeper league, would you move your $7 Pablo Lopez for any of $4 Riley $6 Kelenic or $0 Adell? Thanks!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks!

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Drop either Robles or Sims for Chris Stammen or Tanner Scott in Saves+Holds league.

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Eli Morgan has been impressing me so far.

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

It was unrealistic for Cleveland to expect him to go more than 5 innings at this point.

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
1 year ago

Belt or Sanchez ,Jesus?

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Amen.

primetime
primetime
1 year ago

Grey, 10 team keeper league

Is Drew Pearson worth claiming with my #1 waivers spot?

He was dropped.

primetime
primetime
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

HAHA meant nate pearson

VinWins
Vin Wins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Nice.

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
1 year ago

Anyone see what happened to Stroman?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks

Will
Will
1 year ago

I find I have too many light hitting 2B types on my offense (Biggio, Moore, McNeil). Among the following who have hit more homers than that trio which one or two would you add and who are the drops?

Duvall
Crawford
Av Garcia
Schoop
Dalbec
Votto
Renfroe

Thanks

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks

VinWins
Vin Wins
1 year ago

Amir G gives me a save on a Draft & Hold team!

aardvark
aardvark
1 year ago

Drop Eddie Rosario for Luke voit?

Big Dog
Big Dog
1 year ago

Activating Wander today…who in your opinion is the better prospect stash now?

Vidal Brujan or Jarren Duran (Boston)

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
1 year ago

Hey Grey – which side?

Franmil & Adam Frazier or Jazz & Cedric

thanks!

stevie
stevie
1 year ago

I need to drop one: Solak, L. Urias, Wong

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Who is Josh VanMeter and why is Arizona batting a .168 hitter 3rd!?!

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  scoboticus
1 year ago

Oh, and Robel Garcia, .200, batting second for the Cheatstros.

OddBall Herrera
OddBall Herrera
1 year ago

Harrison Bader reported to be doing ‘light baseball activities’ today, which is good progress.

Though I’m not sure what good it does to be practicing with anything but a normally weighted baseball.

VinWins
Vin Wins
1 year ago

MLB Suspends Blue Jays Alek Manoah Five Games For Hitting Maikel Franco With Pitch

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Vin Wins
1 year ago

What is it with these angry rookies?

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ynoa punches bench, Manoa throws at Francio.
Ok, small sample size.

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
Reply to  scoboticus
1 year ago

luzardo’s punching of table during video games, which has completely spiralled his season so far should count at least as much as these.

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
Reply to  Beware the Shit Rope
1 year ago

to be fair luzardo came into season not counting as prospect (over 50 innings before 2021)

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Beware the Shit Rope
1 year ago

Exactly!

VinWins
Vin Wins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Manoah does seem always ready to fight.

VinWins
Vin Wins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Manoah walked right in at Franco after he hit him, and when the benches cleared he tossed his glove aside. And in an earlier game he mixed it up (verbally) with an opponent I have forgotten

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
Reply to  Vin Wins
1 year ago

when you think you need to intimidate the BAL team you either have problems or have problems. either strategic or anger or psycho or whatever.

McZero
McZero
1 year ago

Andujar or Rodgers? I see that Andujar is not playing for the second time in three games.

VinWins
Vin Wins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

If you want to be picky and get somebody who plays.

Brett
Brett
1 year ago

Who you starting?
Wander vs e rod
Lindor vs Morton?

Brett
Brett
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

That’s the plan after I see wander for a few days. Keeper league so I’d hold wander but also have tatis and Baez. Machado is 3b alonso corner.

Brett
Brett
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

What kind of outfielder do you think Baez could fetch me?

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
1 year ago

If the Reds are going to continue to start Naquin over Aquino, they can at least give the GGOATOAT some reps from 1B. It makes no sense to only use him vs. LHPs if they’re only facing them once every 5 games.

Also, Naquin has been terrible for a month, but of course goes 4 for 4 with a bomb today *fist to my face, and kick my dog*.

Notice they both have “quin” in their last name, it would be so easy for someone in the dugout to change the name on the lineup card and give Tyler a little TurboLax. Aquino would be batting cleanup, and Naquin would need someone to clean up after him. AmirightT??!!

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
Reply to  pugs slugs
1 year ago

naquin clearly knows he’s playing for his job, which is good for us. he already easily beat akiyama so far.

Michael b
Michael b
1 year ago

Pick two to play: justin turner @sd (snell) kebryan hays vs cws (giolito) josh bell @Phi (wheeler)

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

Conforto came off the IL tonight and Bellinger is scheduled to come off it tomorrow. If Villar doesn’t need an IL stint, then I have a free spot opening up. Which of these are the best IL stash:

-Moose, JD Davis, Garver, Plesac, Kluber, Pineda, Carrasco, or Thor

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

9th / 12th place – scoring is standard 5 cats + OPS, Ks, and ABs – I am under .500 in the following categories: Rs, HRs, and Ks

So usually, I can rely on winning most if not all offensive categories every week and then pick off a few pitching categories to snag the overall W. So here’s my roster and let me know if all I need to do is wait for my guys to turn things around and those 3 categories SHOULD end up in my favor:

C- Vazquez
1B- Olson
2B- Lourdes
3B- Chapman
SS- Story
OF- Betts, Conforto, Alvarez
UTIL- Tim Anderson
B- Villar, Brujan
IL- Bellinger

SP- Flexen, Eflin, Ryu, Valdez, Cease
RP- Castillo, Lugo, Rich-Rod, Green, Rogers Twins
IL- Means

I also have the lowest K/9 in my league too – I’m trying to fix that with my RPs, but not really too effective. The high K/9 guys available are pretty terrible in everything else so I’d be giving up other categories to try to up my K/9

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

unless you have very low innings caps 5 SP/5 RP is not good idea. won’t get enough innings. if it’s h2h this is also true. at the least turn flexen into streamer slot unless it already is. then at least one more of the 5 RP slots into SP streamer if not owned spot. get into like 7/3 or 6/4. when bellinger’s up you probably gotta cut brujan too (or villar).

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I thought we were picking Chapman back up after he got kinda hot after last weekend… I stream out of Flexen’s spot and I need RPs – I play in a SV+HLDs league and though I win it most weeks, I actually lost it last week.

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
Reply to  William Hung
1 year ago

ok, so this is h2h. unless all your opp’s also only run 5 SP (unless none of them stream) you’ll be short in K’s, QS’s, wins, all those SP counting stats. if all your opp’s also only have 5 SP this might not be an issue, since you have 4 SP and are streaming 1 SP spot, flexen today. when means comes back though that’ll still be just a str up 5 SP team. you could also of course only have 1 BN bat and 6 SP/5 RP, that’s a thing too.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Beware the Shit Rope
1 year ago

I’m actually near .500 in most SP categories with the exception of K/9. Also, I do stream a bit using SON. We are restricted to 6 moves per week.

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
Reply to  William Hung
1 year ago

i’m in a league similar to this (shallow yahoo starting rosters 12’er). difference is with mine:
1. saves only (my ONLY saves only 5×5 type league, out of like 20)
2. bigger benches, so i have less than 2 BN bats but far more SP’s. only 1 less RP do i have (karinchak rogers (MIN) barnes (BOS) kimbrel). if it was saves and holds (separate stats) i’d have one less closer/one more holds only type, here karinchak/rogers get holds and saves.

sometimes in this league i’ll use a BN spot for a prospect bat precallup, this year the better ones (except brujan, for some reason he wasn’t drafted highly, not close to franco/kelenic etc) were drafted far too high for me to have any of them (they were when i’m drafting only SP range of ADP or later closer types). keeper leagues (even like keep 6) i’d have a guy like that though, albeit most of my yahoo leagues have at least 1 NA slot (or 2, dynasties far more, usually maxed). i basically have brujan in ALL the non dynasty keep some amount with 1-2 NA slots though, as he was a top guy that didn’t cost top guy this year prices at all.

– when looking at your standings in h2h don’t look at past win/loss record, it doesn’t mean anything. look at the stats totals and ratios rankings only. sample isn’t close enough to mean anything, even at end of year. the stats meanwhile, could very easily be right. i’m a top 3 team by stats in some leagues where i’m far worse than that in h2h record, the one is luck based.

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
Reply to  Beware the Shit Rope
1 year ago

this even more so true in football since the sample is ALWAYS small. i’ve been a top 3 team in a 20 teamer (most recently this occured last year) in points, just bad scheduling luck. ended up barely making playoffs (8th), got 3rd in playoffs, which is certainly within normal range of outcomes, but so could’ve been missing playoffs entirely. the samples aren’t close to enough such that a top 3 team couldn’t get 9th or worse in only 14 matchup weeks. i’ve seen it go the other way too, 2nd worst team in the league ends regular season with best record (in a 12, not a 20, in a 20 that gets harder of course).

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
Reply to  William Hung
1 year ago

i’d have repicked up chapman here too after his hip finally seemed to start working about 10 days ago. i only have him in a 16’er dynasty where obv there i couldn’t do anything about his hip, he still played everyday.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

between India, Chapman, Biggio, and France – would you still like Chapman over those options? France will probably have the best avg. but not sure if he has that HR/RBI upside with Chapman

Sinkhole Demayo
Sinkhole Demayo
Reply to  William Hung
1 year ago

conforto not playing today (similar to mcneil’s first day off DL), don’t need to drop anybody for him yet. always smart to wait to see on these, even one day of stats might be worth something from whoever you are dropping

Sinkhole Demayo
Sinkhole Demayo
Reply to  Sinkhole Demayo
1 year ago

never mind, the NYM mess coach str up lied earlier today about conforto even coming off DL today. mcneil was taken off and didn’t play in his first game, is why it was the same. it’s worse.

raylansdad
raylansdad
1 year ago

With McNeil being activated, who is the drop –
Eugenio Suarez, B. Crawford, Dom Smith, McNeil?
Thanks!

VinWins
Vin Wins
1 year ago

IL slots emptying out this week! Scherzer, Voit, Springer, Conforto, Bellinger(hopefully)

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
1 year ago

12 teamer 5×5 h2h. cut upton or l.gurriel for conforto back today?

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
Reply to  Mordacious Levator
1 year ago

gurriel also works as backup 2B, so probably upton i’d think.

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
1 year ago

Happy National Chocolate Éclair Day….oh and Franco call-up day!

Speaking of the latter, I just moved Wander out of my “NA” spot & activated Springer from my IL. Now I need to make a corresponding drop. My roster is listed below, who gets the boot?

12-team, 6×6 (OPS/QS), H2H, Redraft league

C: Stassi
1B: Freeman
2B: Altuve
3B: Arenado
SS: Story
IF: Jazz Chisholm
OF: Laureano, Eddie Rosario, Springer
UTL: Amed Rosario
BN: W. Franco, Adolis , Bohm, Jesus Sanchez
SP: Woodruff, Gausman, Ryu, Framber, Heaney, McClanahan
RP: Chapman, DickRod, Kennedy, Graveman

IL: Franmil Reyes, Means, Sonny Gray

Question 2:
Who would you add to fill my now open “NA” spot:
– Brujan
– Pearson
– M. Gore
– another prospect I’m forgetting

Question 3:
have Conforto in another league where I’ll need to drop someone to make room for him coming off the IL.

Would you drop: Hampson, Sano, or A. Rosario?

Thanks as always!!!

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
1 year ago

Voit or Mountcastle?

Wow. I am never this late in the day with questions! I still lurrrrrrves ya!

EG
EG
1 year ago

Drop Blackmon and/or Dylan Moore for Brantley and/or Tapia? 10 team H2H

Thanks

otisP
otisP
1 year ago

Dynasty roto league, was offered Matt Olson and Kenta Maeda for DJ LeMathieu and Zach Wheeler. Thinking I stand pat on this one. Thoughts?

Thank you!

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Ugh, huge blowup by Lucas Sims

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Sweet Christmas! I have both!!!

200 Proof
200 Proof
1 year ago

Grey,

How much is it worth it to keep waiting for Brujan to be called up? I’ve been keeping him in an active roster spot for about a month and am missing having a players stats to add to my totals. I need to drop someone to activate Springer band am not sure at what cost it’s worth for much longer.

Thanks!

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
1 year ago

Hello Grey. Hope you are well Sell Winker for Juan Soto? Points league. this is a yes , obviously do it , right?

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  johnnyhobbes
1 year ago

winker is a keeper for next year but im still in the fight, dude with soto is self proclaimed out of it. Play for today, right?

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

id be lying if I said i wasn’t confused…. so ill just stay put

gumball
gumball
1 year ago

Great comment re Eicoff and the country’s worst mayor and Ny’ city’s worst ever !He and his wife have destroyed that wonderful city 1

Scott
Scott
1 year ago

Three parter! Thanks for all you do

1. Dynasty league, do you prefer mountcastle or schoop?

2. Which trade side do you prefer (dynasty league)
A: Mountcaslte (or Schoop), Brennen Davis
B: Blake Snell, Zach Greinke

3. Which trade side do you prefer (dynasty league)
A: Wander Franco, Mountcastle, Brennen Davis , another top 50 prospect to be name later
B: Trout

Blarp
Blarp
1 year ago

Hi there. Apologies for the long post-
tl;dr Who to drop to move Wander off NA; do I sacrifice Wander in trade to streamline team and improve QS?

Yahoo 12-team roto league, 6×6 (added OPS, added QS and using SV+H), and keeper 3 for up to 3 years. I’m in second, and am top 5 in all categories, but am 7th in AVG, 9th in OPS, and tied 10th in QS (5th in HR and RBI). Perhaps of note is that 1st place is solidly in lead 18 points ahead of me, and 3rd is 6.5 points back, 4th 14.5.

In general, I feel I have too many hitters, especially OF, and would like to offload some. However I have had a very difficult time in this league trading OF for P, as most like to trade draft picks, most of my hitters feel not super droppable right now, but I’m low on QS potential and QS options on wire are poor, and have Wander who needs to come off an NA slot. So I’m struggling to make choices on moves. So…

Current lineup today (1C infield, 3OF, 2 Util, 4 SP, 2 RP, 4P, bunch of bench):
Infield: Isaiah KF, Schoop, Albies, Devers, Lindor
OF: Yelich (current keeper), Verdugo, Tapia,
Util: Cruz, Upton
Bn: Grisham (current keeper), Adolis Garcia, Laureano, Rizzo, Wander needs to come off NA
SP : Lynn (current keeper), Eovaldi, Peralta, Gausman, Berrios
RP: Barnes, Castillo, Green, Robles, Tepera, Fry

1) I have to move Wander off NA so I need to drop someone, probably drop Fry? Holds-based RP are replaceable, but my P pool is getting sparse.

2) I could potentially trade a hitter who keeper-worthy player instead of a draft pick to the last place team for some SP, but he has suggested he wants Wander. I tried to sell Adolis or Grisham or even Yelich but they didn’t show much interest. I am loathe to sell him before I even get an AB, but my keeper options for next year are already pretty good ( Albies, Devers, Verdugo, Cruz, Lynn, Gausman all feel strong) so I could let him go in a bid to win this year, but a Devers/Albies/Wander keeper start next year sounds attractive. Is it worth it to let Wander go, and if so what might I target out of the following in a trade: Gilbert, Wood, Gibson, Morton, Skubal, Lopez, Luis Garcia, Gallen.

Your opinions are always appreciated.

Keeks
Keeks
1 year ago

Wander gonna be at 3b it looks like, and batting second

MLBeastmode
MLBeastmode
1 year ago

Now that McNeil and Scherzer are coming off the IL I need to drop someone..

Do I drop Haniger, Riley, or McNeil. Position eligibility isn’t a major concern.

Thanks!

Laguna BobbyI
Laguna BobbyI
1 year ago

Hey Grey, shallow roto 5×5 keeper league, I am looking to upgrade my pitching by trading a $1 Means or $1 Logan Gilbert for an upgrade. The trade that would make most sense (based on team rosters and needs) would be one of those guys for Aaron Nola (cant be kept). My questions…
1) Means vs Gilbert ROS….which one you got?
2) Means vs Gilbert as a keeper….which one you got?
3) Nola’s numbers are pretty unimpressive…we still viewing him as a top 15ish type pitcher?

Thanks Grey!

JC
JC
1 year ago

I am at the point where I may only stream old guys! Waino, Miley, Cobb, Odor geez.

Hamporter
Hamporter
1 year ago

16 team H2H mixed weekly lineup redraft league. Hosmer has 1 good game every few weeks. He is usually positioned on my bench. Would I be crazy to drop him for a guy like Tony Kemp, who has been putting up solid points in June and then stream that spot, when he cools down?

Keeks
Keeks
1 year ago

New strategy: Stream a starter and bet $1 on the other team, then let the Fantasy Baseball gods and the Betting gods battle it out for my disappointment

Juan GOATo is my religion
Juan GOATo is my religion
1 year ago

Grey, when Franmil gets activated I need to drop someone. Redraft league, 10 teams ROTO 6×6 OPS.

Who would you drop out of Gurriel Jr, Biggio, Matt Chapman and Riley?

Thanks

speill
speill
1 year ago

Would you prefer Blackmon over Uptown moving forward? Coors advantage vs Batting in Trouts lineup. Thanks Grey

speill
speill
Reply to  speill
1 year ago

Upton it is then. He seems to have found new life top of the order

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
1 year ago

So my penalty for streaming Odorizzi last night, was losing Alberto Buxton. Ffs.

By the by, mom’s curlers are wound to tight lol

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
1 year ago

Would you trade (Canha or Laureano) plus Gibson for Springer? Is that a fair offer for Springer?

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I assume the same applies for making an offer on Yordano.

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I think Yordano is a hip new crypto, right?

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I just cackled aloud. No I meant making an offer on Yordano in place of Springer, since my league is trade averse and Springer owner may turn me down.

I will listen to Grey and….stache….Laureano away.

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
Reply to  Joe Beisbol
1 year ago

Yordan*. Darn it.

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
1 year ago

Excellent work Grey!

16 H2H weekly points league…

I was offered Bundy for my Gallen… what do you think? should I aim a bit higher?

thanks

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  RicoSuave
1 year ago

Bundy is not good at throwing a baseball right now and that is a troubling trait for a pitcher. Just my amateur opinion.

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
Reply to  hot corner
1 year ago

thanks for the input. I guess I can wait and see what Gallen does today. hopefully, he does well and then his price might go up… and try to trade him before he gets shut down.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

ERA+ is a pretty cool statistic. For those not familiar, it’s a measure of a pitcher’s ERA versus league average calibrated to a scale where 100 is league average, above 100 is better than league average and below 100 is worse.

From 1988 to 2006, Greg Maddux posted an ERA+ above 100 and had a minimum of 13 wins every year. Damn.

Trevor Bauer’s ERA+ last year of 292 was the highest since 1947, one better than Pedro’s 291 in 2000 (arguably the best season by a pitcher in modern baseball history). IMaddux put up 271 and 260 in back to back years 94-95.

JC
JC
1 year ago

So odd how some teams communicate on injury status and expected return dates while others go dark. Anyway, my question is on Benny. We have only 1 IL slot and mine has Bregman in it. Is it worth holding Benny taking up one of 24 roster spots in a competitive h2h league where it is all about the best lineups in September? My lineup below for context.
If I dropped him I likely would use the spot to stream or possibly add a holds guy like Gallegos.

McCann
Abreu, Freeman, Donaldson (must play 3)
Trea, Polanco, Albies (play 3)
Springer, Winker, Kepler, B Lowe, Tapia (play 5)
Yordan DH
Bench: Daza (has value in our league with 10 hitting cats)
and Benny
Gausman, Burnes, Heaney, DeSclafani, Urquidy, Eovaldi
D Castillo, McGee, Neris
IL- Bregman

lindorphins
lindorphins
1 year ago

Do you prefer Riley or Hayes ROS and as keepers?

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks. Same question for Wander vs. Story?

I was offered Story for Muncy and Hayes, and I’m thinking of countering to try to get Wander for Muncy and Hayes. Am I crazy for thinking that? It’s a 12-team H2H OPS keeper league (each team can keep up to four players).

I have Olson and Riley as well so pretty ok at the corners, but I will really miss Muncy’s versatility at 1B, 2B and 3B. I’d love to just do Hayes or Muncy for Wander or Story but that seems unlikely.

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks. Sorry last one – Wander, Lindor and Conforto ROS and as keepers? It’s a 12-team H2H OPS keeper league (each team can keep up to four players). Wander top 20, Lindor top 30, Conforto top 60 feel about right?

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Coo. Thanks again!

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

I’m streaming Flexen today cause SON had him at $17. So in DFS feel free to stack COL hitters cause they’ll buck the trend tonight and do well on the road

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

yeah but i’ve been very few good choices this year, so just giving a heads up that Flexen’s start is prob gonna go sideways

RICE
RICE
1 year ago

Hey Grey!

I have a massive log jam in the IF to the point where I have Arenado on the bench and Bregman on the IL (Olson, Vlad, Schoop, T Anderson, Story, Wander, Arenado, Bregman, Brujan)

Current OF: Acuna, Riley, Mountcastle, Jesus Sanchez, Duran)

Utl: Shohei

1) Would you give Arenado + Schoop for Arozarena?
2) Would you give Arenado + Schoop for Stanton?
3) Can you give me one more OF target please?

Thanks in advance!!!

DonnieB
DonnieB
1 year ago

Drop Lux,Schoop,Gallen or Means to stash Kelenic and Brujan? Which two in order? It is a keeper league

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  DonnieB
1 year ago

I’m surprised those two are available in a keeper league. I think the consensus on Razzball is Kelenic despite his early struggles.

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Justin Ralph
1 year ago

Who are the guys to drop? Thanks.

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
1 year ago

Buxton was all out of baseball injuries so now he has a boxers fracture of his hand.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Justin Ralph
1 year ago

I think it’s also fitting that he ends up with an injury with a goofy name like “boxer’s fracture.’ Just adds to the absurdity of the whole thing.

Nordberg
Nordberg
1 year ago

I got Buxton by trade 2 days before the hip and now this after just 2 more games. I have been stashing Duran for months hoping for the call up and not so dependent on Bruxton (Daza is my stop gap for now DEEP league). Any idea when this might happen?

Nordberg
Nordberg
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks as always. I just found you this year and i was always wondering where my sarcastic brethren hung out for Fantasy!

Still waiting for a full week of my fantasy outfield of Soto, Bruxton, and Tucker.

slimjim13
slimjim13
1 year ago

Out of it for this season dam injuries trade question looking for a solid keeper for next year 5X5 league with OBP instead of average. Players can be kept another year for $5 per year

JDM 13-18
Baez 15-20
Tucker 7-12
Thanks Grey for all your hard work an advise love and read your articles daily

slimjim13
slimjim13
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

My bad what is the order you would target??

slimjim13
slimjim13
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey greatly appreciated

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

AFLAC! Who was the last pitcher to top 300 innings in a season?

I was thinking about pitchers innings last night. It’s kind of a weird phenomenon when you think about it. Where else in sports do you see this kind of performance decline. The 100 yard dash time goes down, the basketball players jump higher, the world’s strong men throw big rocks further, golfers hit longer drives. Everything gets more, better faster.

But not pitchers innings. Effing Mickey Lolich, threw 371 innings in a season in 1971. What in the world happened? Is any one really maxing out the effort in their delivery more than Nolan Ryan who you could hear grunt all over the stadium on every pitch? From 72-77 Ryan averaged 287 innings a season.

Or is it that guys threw more fastballs and fewer breaking pitches? Maybe. The guy who is the answer to the trivia question threw a shit ton of sliders.

I do think that there used to be a lot of guys who developed what they used to just call “sore arms” and vanished off the scene. May guys like Jim Kaat, who threw 200 innings 14x including at age 38, are just outliers.

I’m sure there’s a ton of research I’m not aware of out there explaining all this, but it seems like if there were a real good explanation, it would be more widely available. It’s just seems weird and mysterious to me.

VinWins
Vin Wins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

You need to go back a little further. 1980.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Verlander topped out at 251 in 2011.

The throwing 300+ innings was also as much about going on 3 days rest as it was about the volume of innings. I do fully buy into the 3rd time through the line up performance drop off, but if we’re only going to have guys go 5 or 6, it really seems like you might be able to have guys go on three days rest. Seems like it would be a huge competitive advantage to remove the 150 ore so innings most teams are trying to squeeze out of their 5th starter spot.

VinWins
Vin Wins
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

My guess was Randy Johnson. But that wasn’t far enough back, either.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Vin Wins
1 year ago

I guessed The Unit when I posed the question to myself. 271.2 in 1999

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ding ding ding

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

There are multiple reasons. Teams paying tens of millions of dollars per year for a pitcher and not wanting them to get blow out their arms. Increased data showing performance decline after the second time through the order. Bullpen are just better than they used to be with slate of guys that can throw 95+. Etc. Etc.

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

I didn’t read any of the comments but those who drafted Buxton knew the risk. He has performed very well and honestly can anyone complain about the production he gave them? It’s kind of like they are playing with house money now.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  toolshed
1 year ago

The thing about injury prone guys is, can you really think of a talented guy (non-pitcher) who went a whole career and could never stay healthy? Not necessarily a guy who had a degenerative thing where there was just a straight line down hill (think maybe Grady Sizemore). But a guy who just went out and got injured every single year with various things?

Giancarlo is probably the closest guy. But it seems like at some point in every career a guy with talent just kind of figures out how to stay on the field. I still feel like guys like Buxton and Stanton are a pretty good risk in the years where you get them at reasonable prices. So many 10th round picks flame out every year anyway.

Like you said, Buxton plus replacement value is possibly still value above what you got from the guy you picked instead of Buxton.

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
1 year ago

First, and stop me if you’ve heard this before, Buxton is going back on the IL

At this point it would be newsworthy if he wasn’t going on the IL. Dude is snakebit.

Now my airing of the grievances: 7 inning double headers are BS, man. I faced DeGrom yesterday. He goes 5. The Bravos start to rally. But ohnoooooo, they only have 2 innings to get back into it? I hate cheap wins. Give the bullpen time to choke FFS. They’re gonna screw degrom’s psyche all up if he starts getting W’s!

Thankfully I had Yu, who’s been mostly a delight to own this year. First time I’ve spent a 3rd on a SP in a decade and I’m still not regretting it.

Also, how about those Giants! Scrappy AF. I’m starting to think it’s for real. I wish I’d been able to pick Gausman.

bobsnyder4210
bobsnyder4210
1 year ago

Hey Grey…fun and informative read as always.

Still trying to rebuild this last place dud. 2 ties in the last 2 weeks, so…progress. Anyway, 12/5×5/H2H and the “hitters” look like this…

INF/C: Devers, Semien, Wong, Cron, Stassi
INF/OF: A Rosario, Andujar, Canha
OF: Schwarber, Renfroe, E Rosario, McCormick
IL: Bellinger, Trout, Eloy
Pitching is a mess, not worth your time at this point.

1. Pick 1 to drop when Bellinger makes another temporary appearance in the Dodgers lineup starting tomorrow? Plan was drop Cron after the homestand.

2. Drop Andujar (or somebody else) for any of the following to upgrade while keeping 3B depth (which is kinda scarce in this league)? M Franco, K Seager, Sano, L Urias, Solano, Berti

Thanks, as always!

bobsnyder4210
bobsnyder4210
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yea…”Meh” is the official name of the waiver wire in this league…

Thanks!

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
1 year ago

Hi Grey,

Ouch: Broken hand for Buxton post x-rays. The following are my choices:

Dylan Carson
Tyler Naquin
Brandon Belt
Taylor Ward

Appreciate your thought