Yesterday, Jeff McNeil went 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs with a double slam (19, 20) and legs (5), hitting .326. It’s legitimately surprising when I see any player who has more than 400 ABs with less than 20 homers, so I’m glad McNeil stopped confounding me. Usually don’t do this before the end of the season recaps, but sneaked a peek at my preseason blurb for McNeil, and I will share it right after this awkward sentence, “Truth bomb alert!  I almost wrote a McNeil sleeper post, but A) Mets B) Mets C) There’s no C. D) The Mets are saying he might not have a set position and be more of a floater, and, ever since Meatballs, there’s never been a good use of a floater. E) Mets F) Mets G) I wasn’t as blown away by his projections that I came up with as I thought I would be.  H) That’s about it.  I) Whoa, there’s a HI in the middle of the alphabet?  Who’s trying to say hello?!” And that’s me quoting me! I projected him for 17 HRs and 8 SBs. Those numbers aren’t far off, but you know where I was way off? Yup and yup, his average. I projected him to hit .269, so what changed? He hits everything well. He is in the bottom seven in the league for soft contact — Just Dong, Bryce, Mookie, Bryce — are a few of the names there. He also leads the league in Swing% (59.5), but he doesn’t strikeout a lot. Translation:  He swings a lot and makes good contact. It’s a recipe that’s worked for Castellanos, Javy Baez and Devers, to name a few. The fear for 2020 is McNeil becomes Castellanos on the Tigers, and not the She-cah-go Greek God of Hard Contact. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Todd Frazier – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 19th and 20th homer, hitting .239. I nearly spelled his name “Toms River” and I laughed way harder than I should’ve.

Brandon Nimmo – 2-for-3 and his 5th homer, hitting .208. Where was that pitch? Nimmo found it!

Robbie Ray – 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.30. Sonofapitch!

Keston Hiura – Didn’t play but was activated from the IL. Whoa, that came out of nowhere, or, uh, ‘no-Hiura,’ which is what I thought we were going to be until the end of the year. How did homeboy go from being knocked out for the year to returning after ten games? Is Yelich’s fractured kneecap the butterfly and Hiura is the tsunami in Indonesia? Well, I guess you can grab Hiura, though I’m not sure how much he will play.

Mike Moustakas – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 32 and 33rd homer, hitting .264. Moistasskiss is hilarious. Doode’s gonna hit 35 homers with more hand injuries than the guy who factory tests electrical fans to see how fast they can go before you can’t put your hand into one.

Trent Grisham – 1-for-5 and his 5th homer, and 2nd huge game in his last three and has been great since Grisham wrote about taking on a case with Big Kneecap. Grisham may not be the hottest bat in the majors, but he’s close and he’s one I’m most excited about.

Garrett Cooper – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer, hitting near .380 in the last week. Super, Cooper’s puttin’ on the hitz.

Pablo Lopez – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.97. Streamonator loved this start, and that didn’t work out so well (I liked it too, tee bee aitch). It doesn’t like his next start, so we can move on.

Magneuris Sierra – 2-for-3, 1 RBI and his 1st and 2nd steal.  He’s nothing but a speed gamble, but he’s great for that. Remember, Magneuris is Latin for SAGNOF.

Jesus Luzardo – 3 IP, 1 ER in middle relief, as he made his MLB debut. Did I ever tell you what Kershaw did in his debut? Verlander? “Can of Soup” Matt Boyd? Debuts are fun, but they mean nothing. It took Gerrit Cole four years and getting the hell out of Pittsburgh to do something. Luzardo is still destined for greatness, but it might be six months, it might be four years.

Marcus Semien – 3-for-5, 2 runs and a slam (28) and legs (10), and his 45th homer in the last week. I’ll give you three guesses who’s at the top of the 7-day Player Rater. Stop guessing! It’s Semien, dur!

Sean Murphy – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer, and 3rd homer in two games. Point:  He has huge power. Counterpoint:  Why the eff not?

Martin Maldonado – 2-for-3 and his 12th homer, and three homers in the last two games. And he’s not even the hot Astros catcher!

Jose Urquidy – 5 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.78. Damn, damn, DAMN! Where was that in July when I was all-in on Urquidy? Not to answer, but to shake your fist at the heavens with me. The Streamonator loved this start too, but I didn’t trust it. Stupid human brain!

Max Muncy – Facing live pitching in Arizona and expects to return on Friday. That could mean Gavin’s in *pinkie to mouth* flux.

A.J. Pollock – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .260. How many Pollocks does it take to run the bases? One Pollock to stand still, 75 million to turn the stadium.

Jonathan Villar – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 21st homer, hitting .277. His home run was the MLB best 6,106th homer this year for a new record. All 6,106 balls will be displayed at Cooperstown followed by a Ted Talk from Manfred explaining how the balls are relatively the same to past years.

Pedro Severino – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6,107th homer. Wait, he only hit 12 of them.

John Means – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.47. He’s been better than 95% of pitchers this year, but I still think it took volleyballs in your shorts if you started him vs. the Dodgers.

Dakota Hudson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (5 BBs), 7 Ks, ERA at 3.38. Think I might’ve figured how he got the name Hudson. He fell in the Hudson River and didn’t get syphilis or even wet. He walked that many guys in Coors and he came away with a Quality Start? Ya gotta be kidding me.

Ji-Man Choi – 2-for-2, 4 RBIs and his 14th and 15th homer. That ties him in homers with David Dahl. Kill me now.

Chris Paddack – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.38. I love, love, lurve it, but, please, for all that’s holy under your monk mascot’s robe, shut him down. We won’t hold it against you, unless you hold what’s under that robe against us.

Manuel Margot – 3-for-4, 2 runs and a slam (12) and legs (20). The bad news is I’m not writing a Margot sleeper post for a fourth year in a row in 2020. The good news is I can copy and paste one of the old ones and just change the years.

Sonny Gray – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.80. With each great start now, it’s going to make his April starts, when we all own him, that much worse. It shouldn’t work like that, but it 100% does. Don’t question my logic. I see the future and it’s imperfect.

Justin Dunn – One of the M’s best prospects will start on Thursday, but only go a few innings. The Mariners said, “We’re only starting him to show the Mets what they gave us for Diaz and Cano.”

Kyle Lewis – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games since he was called up. Kyle Tucker and Gavin Lux are called up and they barely play. Some guy like Kyle Lewis is called up from Double-A with terrible numbers and he homers in every game because:  baseball.

Felipe Vazquez – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 27th save, ERA at 1.68. I guess Vazquez can Marie Antoinette Crick’s finger with a mini-guiliotine and the Pirates will keep using him. Let them eat saves! By the way, the 30 for 30 in 15 years on the 2019 Pirates’ pitching staff is going to be all of those fire emojis.

Dallas Keuchel – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.35. Okay, I’ll take the L on how good I thought Keuchel would be, as in not this good, but the entire Braves pitching staff sacrificed a very lucky chicken prior to this season that turned FIPs into green energy and low ERAs.

Teoscar Hernandez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer. He hit that many in 371 ABs. Vlad Jr. has 15 homers in 406 ABs. Cust kayin’.

Rowdy Tellez – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. That’s 19 homers in 327 ABs.  *sipping tea while chatting with an old timer on a porch in Georgia emoji* I’m worried about Smoak stealing playing time, but Tellez does appear to be schmotatoing around town.

Joey Gallo – Hopes to return on September 20th. If his broken hamate is anything like Matt Olson’s, Gallo will hit 45 homers in the final week. Book it, Gallo!

Francisco Lindor – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 31st homer and what I think is a home run every day this week, but I might be thinking of the entire major leagues and every player.

Adam Plutko – 4 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 4.42 vs. Dillon Peters – 3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.83. Streamonator hated both of these starts, but somehow I convinced myself to ignore the Bot like it was panhandling for oil.

Shohei Ohtani – 1-for-5 and his 18th homer, hitting .286. I don’t want to be the resident curmudgeon drinking Haterade on Ohtani, but this was the year he was supposed to have when he did nothing but hit? I got a bad case of the Mehs.

Kole Calhoun – 1-for-3 and his 29th homer, hitting .231. Now here’s a hitter to emulate, Ohtani. I’m kidding. Kinda.

Adalberto Mondesi – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (9) and double legs (38, 39). *Cougs walks in on me with a chisel* “What are you doing?” Changing our dog’s name tag to Adalberto Albright.

Jorge Soler – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 42nd and 43rd homer. At this point, I hope Soler just leads the majors in homers. We need to teach Manfred and Maddon a lesson, and two birds, one Soler.

Ryan O’Hearn – 2-for-2 and his 13th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. I’m over here with the entire Cardinals team, trying to get a freakin’ Coors boost, and O’Hearn’s in beastmode.

Eloy Jimenez – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 26th homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games. End the season smoldering, you overpriced hyped sexpot!

Trea Turner – 1-for-5 and his 14th homer. When he returned from his injury, I wish someone would’ve told him that he said he wanted to steal 70 bags this year. Guarantee he’s playing with some sort of injury, or just afraid to slide with his hand. No way he went from a guy who stole three bases on Opening Day to only having one multi-steal game in the last five months.

Ryan Zimmerman – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer. Elias Sports Bureau said Zimmerman’s the only player in the major leagues with less than 10 homers. Think they’re wrong, but who am I to argue?

Jorge Polanco – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer. Fun fact!  Jorge Polanco goes by the nickname, Jo-Pol, which is the same as Jo Polniaczek.

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Curious George
Curious George
2 years ago

In a keep 2 h2h league. The team with the best regular season record is about to be eliminated from the playoffs by Joe Schmo who had his best two weeks of the season. Current payouts are as follows: 3rd – money back; 2nd – double money; 1st – remainder of the money and either an extra keeper or pick of draft slot (instead of last draft slot).

Any ideas or things you have heard of before that compensate the regular season winner for having a great season? (It isn’t me so by all means bring on the 2008 patriots references haha)

Is giving him an 3rd keeper too large of a compensation?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Curious George
2 years ago

That creates a very unfair advantage IMO. I hate that stuff.

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
2 years ago

Is there any chance Glasnow goes five innings on Saturday?

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

Kapler bringing in Neris with men on 2nd and 3rd 2 out here in the 8th with a 1 run lead.. gonna try for the 4 out save

To say I’m scared for Neris is an understatement

Wax
Wax
2 years ago

Who gets the boot in order to activate Muncy tomorrow

Lux
Santander
Newman
McMahon
Franmil

Al KOHOLIC
Al KOHOLIC
2 years ago

Acuna with two more steals wanting to join the 40-40 gang

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
2 years ago

Grey!

Would you stream Jordan Zimmerman @ BAL or Kikuchi @ CHW?

Slim pickings bud.

Thanks!

I didn’t even see Musgrove pitching today or else I would of streamed him darn it!

krazyivan
krazyivan
2 years ago

Man, I was so excited to stream McMahon and DeJong at Coors this week. Now I’m left wondering if they can have a re-do and this time hit off tee’s instead. Oh, well.

baby seal
baby seal
2 years ago

I knew of some ppl from Tom’s River in college! You ever play golf and Hudson National? Great spot!

Tight match up for the seals so far this week! At least not getting blown out, as expected. Moose hitting that HR was such a middle finger. F that guy.

My hitting is so mehhh right now. Berti w/ 2 steals this week, LFG!!

Hand needing time off is brutal af. Started Boyd for the Ks and got 3 … ERA not bad though! Going against Giolito was annoying. He really gotta get 12 Ks on me like that? But between him and Miley, paving a nice road to win ERA this week.

Remember, 4/4 moves and I’m done for the week. So not much to do here but watch! And nice job on the pod again.

Wax
Wax
2 years ago

Beede vs the Mehlins (Alcantara) or Kikuchi vs the pale hose (Covey) tomorrow?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I’m going both!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

SON is the emoji with hearts for eyes for both of them.

200 Proof
200 Proof
2 years ago

Grey,

I have Baez on my team but am on a bye week as the 1 seed.
Are the Cubs going to DL him or is it too late in the season for that? If no DL, should I drop him?

Which 2B should I pick up for the ROS?
-Jim McNeil
-Kevin Newman
-Kolten Wong
-Keston Hiura
-Some other random guy that is most likely not on a team in my 8 team league

Thanks!

200 Proof
200 Proof
Reply to  200 Proof
2 years ago

-Robinson Cano is also available

200 Proof
200 Proof
Reply to  200 Proof
2 years ago

Also, meant Jeff McNeil, not Jim McNeil. D’oh!

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

Thanks for prior answer (took care of 3 orf 4 leagues).

In the other one (Points league), I expect to cut Bassit (KC; LAA) and Lopez (Sea; Det), and I ee several good options. Note:
– Less interest in starts this week since I have a decent lead
– Unsure if I should care about last weekend (innings limit; playoff rest; hot-shot rookie; etc)
– Gallen is on waivers (I own #1 claim; but a minor concern at this late date).

Zac Gallen (this week 9/15 Cin). 9/21 @SD; Last weekend (High RISK): 9/28 SD.
Zac Plesac. 9/17 Det; 9/22 Phil. Last weekend (High RISK): 9/28 @Was (ouch).
Trevor Bauer (this week 9/15 @Ari). 9/21 NYM. Last weekend: 9/28 @ Pit.
Mike Minor (this week 9/14 Oak). 9/21 @Oak; Last weekend: 9/28 NYY.

I assume the change is reasonable and that this is the recommended order and that I should use my waiver advantage.
– Or does Bauer replace someone (no last weekend risks)?

Gallen would require me to use my #1 waiver claim.
I would likely be replacing Plesac (Wash) even if it occurred.

Enough info — done for now.

Coolwhip
2 years ago

Ohtani done for year… knee surgery.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

because… baseball.

Anchovies
Anchovies
2 years ago

Hey G!
Havent posted all year, but am in the playoffs and need a bit of advice. Need some hitting and power as I’ve lost Yelich.
It’s a h2h 8 teamer that counts h,r,hr, ribs, bags stolen, avg and ops.

Thinking of losing Segura for Semien or G Cooper. No brainer?

Also…is Price droppable seeing I have, at most, 2 weeks or so to go.

Thanks for another great year of ::razzball chant::

PS Jesus Lizard? I think David Yow would make a decent short stop.

Anchovies
Anchovies
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks my man!

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

i just need to vent a little bit – .226 BA & .280 OBP so far this week… c’mon man! It’s the semi finals! I’m gonna get sunk if my boys forget how to hit and draw walks. I guess silver lining is that it’s the 2nd worse time for a slump – next week, if I make it there, would be even worse…

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Cast 0-3 with 3 Ks, had Urshela earlier today 0-5 with 2 Ks…. Dropsville, population Urshela

Coolwhip
2 years ago

WONG WITH THE DING DONG! better late then never

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

The only constants are Death, Taxes, and Coors Field.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

DeJong with a SB… now the universe is just laughing at us. Teasing us after holding out for 2 games.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

BryRey with SB too! holy crap, today IS an early Xmas miracle!

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

This STL game just keeps on giving. 4 steals between Wong and Dejong.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

Actually prefer you rank these five (I’m in playoffs in 4 teams — all with similar rosters and varying issues).
Reynaldo Lopez. Sea; Det
Ivan Nova. Sea; Det
Mike Soroka. Phil; KC
Chris Bassitt. KC; @LAA
Homer Bailey KC; @LAA

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

Three pitchers with great upcoming matches. Will roster one – who?

Reynaldo Lopez. Sea; Det (current on roster)
Ivan Nova. Sea; Det (FA)
Mike Soroka. Phil; KC (FA).

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

Washington is apparently not interested in Doolittle as their near full-time closer (pitched to one batter in 7th yesterday). Cut him for Jimenez?

toolshed
toolshed
2 years ago

Is hand droppbable now? I hate putting a closer in FA, but I am ok in saves.

toolshed
toolshed
2 years ago

Would you cut narvarez for sean murphy? Not sure how much murphy is going to play. He has been hitting though, but the A’s initially said he would be on the short end of a platoon. Maybe he will force the issue

normgi
normgi
2 years ago

Muncy will be activated tomorrow (I have him 2x), but I don’t think I will be able to keep him (will be my bench bat).

League-1. Cano or Muncy?
League-2. Newman/Erdman or Muncy?

Big Dog
Big Dog
2 years ago

Just saw Goldschmidt on the bench today in Colorado. Don’t these managers know it is fantasy playoff time?

Not to mention aren’t the Cardinals in a dogfight two win the division with the Brewers and Cubs?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
2 years ago

I looked at Mike Moustakas’ line from last night, and immediately had the sickening feeling I forgot to put him in the lineup of one of my teams.

I looked at Reynalo Lopez’s line from last night, and immediately had the sickening feeling I had put him into the lineup of one of my teams.

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

Honestly, I chuckled when I saw Lopez’s line, and said, quietly, “Yup, he’s still awful.”

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

As for the Moustakas omission, the rigors of playing in 6 daily leagues might be wearing on me a bit.

bigbear
bigbear
2 years ago

Ohtani – Reluctantly agree… I was on the Ohtani train for a while saying buy low. He started slow even though underlying stats showed promised. Then turned it on. An injury in there. Then completely AWOL.

What’s more impressive: the McNeil double slam and legs? Or the Mondesi slam and double legs? I’m more a leg guy myself. Especially this year. I miss the 2 am college Denny’s table with the crew.

I’ve got Hiura coming back from IL. And Wong is my starting 2B. If I knew the Hiura playing time sitch I’d be fine with him. But alas… Moistasskiss is on waivers. I’d have to drop both Hiura and Wong for Moistasskiss? Or go with the same scenario for Dannys Antana?

Are we finding a spot for Eloy now? Like dropping Hunter Dozier?

Big Dog
Big Dog
Reply to  bigbear
2 years ago

Someone made mention of it in an earlier post but Ohtani coincidentally went into this terrible slump once he started throwing again. I won’t touch him next year as I remember him having to miss the game before he started last year and then two after he started. Doesn’t leave much time during the week to play the field.

Quit Yo Pitchin
Quit Yo Pitchin
2 years ago

Grey,

Would you start Rich Hill today @ Baltimore?

Coolwhip
Reply to  Quit Yo Pitchin
2 years ago

word is he’s only going like 2-3 innings today, so there’s likely better options out there.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

That Villar and not a guy like Pete Alonso was the one who hit the record breaking HR is such a perfect metaphor for this whole season.

PS – re my Yelich 9-10 months worry yesterday (JK!), that was what “medical perts” were saying the recovery time would be IF surgery was required. Since it’s not required, we’re all golden for Yelich next year!

Coolwhip
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

haha so true. Villar summed it up nicely in a nutshell.

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

meh, I’ll be letting somebody else have him in 2020.

MarvPesos
marv
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

H2H 12-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS),

I typically crush the competition in hitting stats, this week: 18/104 I currently have 3 HR versus opponent who has 14, 14! F#@! Me

I think I’m toast but I’m currently winning the pitching stats, IF I can steal away some batting stats would be my only hope. I have 3 moves I can make this week, based on the team below and the wire, you see any moves ?

Or do I just hold and Go down with the ship if that’s what is meant to be (hope my starters turn things around)

Waiver wire

HIT – N. Solak, J. Heyword, A. Garcia, T. Frasier, J. Reddick, W./ Calhound, C. Hernandez, B. Gardner, G. Cooper, R. Chirinos, D. Gregorius, J. Berti, L. Arraez, R. Cano, T. Grisham

PIT- M. Fiers(@TEX), A. Wainwright (MIL), C. Bassit (@TEX), R. Stripling (@BAL), L. Webb (PIT)

RP – B. Workman, I. Kennedy, S. Lugo, H. Robles, J. Leclerc

My team:
C – W. Ramos
1B – A. Rizzo
2B – K. Marte
3B – E. Suarez
SS –T. Turner
CI –P. Goldschmidt
MI – S. Castro
LF – J.D. Martinez
CF – C. Blackmon
RF – H. Dozier
Util – C. Santana
BN – G. Urshela
BN – C. Yelich DTD

SP – J. Paxton
SP – J. Verlander
SP – W. Buehler
RP – K. Jansen (RP)
RP – J. Hader (RP)
P – F. Vazquez (RP)
P – K. Giles (RP)
BN – Z. Gallen
BN – D. Lamet
BN – A. Heaney
BN – I. Nova
DL – C. Kluber (60-DL)

Thanks bud
Marv

Smitty
2 years ago

DT’s WayTooEarly draft board very interesting. Yordy going 28th (as an OF) puts him in the 3rd round in our 12 teamer, where I’d happily grab him. Does the anticipated hype push him higher or do you think he drops as a DH only (need 20 games in our league – currently has only 10 in OF) Know it’s a long ways off, but never too early to speculate

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Agree, cat is out of the bag. I’ll “sacrifice” and take him as my DH. Stay young my friend

Tom
Tom
2 years ago

Those two homers Choi hit also put him at one more than Mr. Votto. In the preseason I said on this board that I see little difference between Choi in the 30th round and Votto in the 4th, If I remember correctly you were in agreement.

Coolwhip
2 years ago

For the weekend… Do you like McNeil vs top of Dodger Rotation, or Muncy coming off DL against top of Mets Rotation… or option C Solak vs Oakland?

Tad Striker
Tad Striker
2 years ago

Drop Urshela after his DET double-header for any of the guys below? H2H w/ OPS but I’m behind on SBs. Thanks dudes!

Manny Margot (3 games @COL this weekend)
AJ Pollock
Garrett Cooper
Brett Gardner
Joey Wendle

Russ
Russ
2 years ago

Hey Grey 12 Team H2H Categories Ws as well as QS
Have one move left for the week and am thinking of just using it now on a streamer rather than a hitter, at least I know I’m going to get something be it bad or good, also all my hitters are healthy. Looking ahead for the rest of the week there isn’t much so think I should make the move now rather than wait. I currently have 5 starters left to go this week and he currently has 3 but he has 4 moves left. What do you think? And top two if you would please

Lamet vs. Cubs (Darvish)
Mahle @ SEA (Dunn)
Desclafani @ ARI (Kelly)
Cease @ SEA (Felix)

Russ
Russ
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Ok great thank you! And thank you for the Paddack call yesterday

Laguna BobbyI
Laguna BobbyI
2 years ago

Hey Grey, shallow 5×5 roto league questions for ya…

1) Can you please rank top 3 of these guys as you’d own them moving forward? No specific category needed, just looking for hot bats that will help across the board. W Calhoun, Solak, Hoskins, Eaton, Biggio, Edmann

2) In a vaccum, is Hand a drop in a redraft league at this point? I could use saves, but not desperate for them and could also use the roster spot for batty calls/streamers.

Philip
Philip
2 years ago

Keeper league question: Is this a fair trade? Preference?

Team 1: Bryant, Cruz, Brantley
Team 2: Kingery, Kieboom, Whitley

Thanks, Grey (or anyone else)!

Philip
Philip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Right. Do you see improvements from Kingery over the next five or so years?

Philip
Philip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks!

Here’s another one:

Team 1 : Bryant, T. Trammell
Team 2: Robles, Brujan

Team 2 needs steals and is rebuilding for a couple of years.

Kas
Kas
2 years ago

Drop Brad Hand? If so who would you pick up?

Wittgren or Yoan Diaz of ARI?

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

The Indians used 3 relievers in the 9th last night – wittgren came in to start but was pulled for Ollie Perez and then Cimber got the last out

Will
Will
2 years ago

also – Lewis Brinson is this generation’s Brandon Wood. Dude just cannot figure out major league pitching. 617 MLB at bats of sub-.200 hitting.

Will
Will
2 years ago

Soler, Eloy, Gleybar Torres. Oh what might have been for my Cubs. Good thing we kept Russell and Schwarber instead.

Freddy
Freddy
2 years ago

DFS question – Trust Lamet for a QS vs Cubs? It’s a day game and the Cubs fly home after so maybe they rest a lot of regulars.

Metric Man
Metric Man
2 years ago

Please rank these closers for both saves / ratios ROS.

C-Mart
Wittgren (Hand down)
Melancon
Bradley

Metric Man
Metric Man
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

sorry, where would you put Lugo in that list for saves?

Wes P
Wes P
2 years ago

Sweet. 2 consecutive 2-1 games in Coors Field featuring some average to below average starting pitchers. Just more reasons to hate the Cardinals (and Coors Field). That park is normally a joke but when I try to take advantage in the season finals by starting multiple hitters on both teams, it plays like Pac Bell/At&T/Oracle Park.

End rant.

Steve
Steve
2 years ago

In a redraft 5×5, prefer Sean Murphy or Will Smith?

Thanks

mcmi11ions
mcmi11ions
2 years ago

Urquidding me? Trust in SON! I did and reapped the benefits… of course I also picked up Reynaldo Lopez… stupid SON!

Coolwhip
2 years ago

A) Okay, universe, very funny. 2 pitcher duels in a row in Coors where the visiting team scores a total of 2 freaking runs during a fantasy playoff week?! What in the name Cthulhu is going on here? Have we entered the mouth of madness? Down is up, left is right. 40 years of darkness, earthquakes, volcanoes, the dead rising from the grave… human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!

B) Pollock finally came through… sign… not a wasted pickup now.

C) Hopefully Darvish @SD and Corbin @MIN do me right today, might actually pull off a miracle despite the Coors Paradox we’re stuck in.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Haha New Coors. Coors Lite?
One might say, the right place *sunglasses on* Wong time. *yeahhhhhhhhhh*

thanks, i’ll be here all week.

Twins Peaker
Twins Peaker
2 years ago

Do you think Ryan O’Hearn can ever take the next step into relevancy? The power seems relevant, but the average is a killer. Is he doing anything differently on this hot streak, or is this just O’Hearn being O’Hearn?

Dude at Dudes
Dude at Dudes
2 years ago

STart Mahle today? Are you starting Anibal Sanchez vs ATL Sunday?

schloofy
schloofy
2 years ago

Great write-up, as always. Thank you!

With Starling Marte day-to-day, and Yelich… I can’t even… and not being able to IL anyone, my OF has taken a hit. I’m thinking of dropping a starter (I’m on pace for 5 starts over our limit anyway) to pick up someone like Trent Grisham, but I’m not sure which one.

I was thinking I’d give Tanaka one last chance at Toronto tomorrow. It’s a 12-team roto 6×6 keeper. I can drop Tanaka, Lamet, or Bassitt. I’m not keeping Tanaka. Lamet and Bassitt would each be $8 next season (free agents start at $3).

Or I could give up on Austin Riley, since he’s stuck on my bench for obvious reasons, and I’m no longer sure he’s worth holding onto for $8 next season. At this point, I’m not even sure he’d be drafted. Sad face.

Other guys I could pick up include Nimmo, Asdrubal, Wendle, Matt Joyce, Kyle Lewis, Luplow, someone named Todd Frazier…

What do you think?

Tony C
Tony C
2 years ago

In middle of 12 team H2H 10×10 playoff match this week and I’m down to one remaining pickup for the week. I’m currently ahead 9-5 tied in SBs and a 4 HR lead. I still have 8 starts left on my pitching staff while my opponent has only 4 and only one remaining pickup. I currently have Adam Frazier 2b, Schwarber and Laureano in OF . Should I pickup a hitter today such as Moustakas for 2b at St Louis this weekend or Will Myers 3b/OF going to Colorado or do nothing until I have to?

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

SON is at 50% for me so far this week – so I was wondering if I should try to stream Just Ass Happ (heard on the podcast you are kind of YOLOing it and rolling Happ @ DET)

Successes: Lynn, Hendricks
Fails: Quintana, Paxton

My semi-final is super tight so I need to be surgical with who I roll out there – I still have Flaherty v. MIL, Hendricks v. PITT, Quintana v. PITT, Paxton @ TOR, DeScalfani @ ARI as options rest of the week if i don’t decide to stream. I’m behind in Ws, WHIP, and K/9. Rest of the categories are the rest of the standard 5 plus Losses

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Peters was kinda trashy yesterday

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Vintage Just Ass today

I need lightning to strike on my batters – past 2 days been sleepwalking through a .200ish average and Urshela not helping the cause today with an 0/3 with a K – extra important with so many players getting the day off

moldyforgoldy
moldyforgoldy
2 years ago

do i drop ohtani or vanmeter for moose?

h2h league

Edgar Gonzalez
Edgar Gonzalez
2 years ago

With Brad Hand goign down on my league there are only 2 options left, either Jose Leclerc or Jairo Diaz. Which one to pick up ?

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Edgar Gonzalez
2 years ago

LeClerc

Mike
Mike
2 years ago

Picking up Wong for the Rockies series hasn’t worked out so well. Jump ship and grab Solak, Didi, Odor, Heyward, Danny Santana or Newman? Or stash Muncy who is coming over the DL on Friday?

Thanks guys!

Lightblack
Lightblack
2 years ago

I’m pretty sure the man formaly known as Robbie Ray To me and now enternally going forward as Robbie Gay, is just got me eliminated from the playoffs and a chance at 500 bones. I could skullfuck him right now if the opportunity presented itself.

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
2 years ago

I need SBs and HRs this week badly. I’m thinking of dropping Hoskins for Matgot. Is that crazy?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Justin Ralph
2 years ago

Sorry that should be Margot.

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Justin Ralph
2 years ago

Odor, Kingery, and Dyson are also available.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Justin Ralph
2 years ago

Nah anything goes this time of year, if Hoskins isn’t helping your team then move on. But I definitely prefer Hoskins over Margot for HRs. Any other drop options?

Edgar Gonzalez
Edgar Gonzalez
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Jairo Diaz or Jose Leclerc for saves the rest of the week? Brad Hand is getting an MRI on who knows what.
Leclerc has TB and Oakland the rest of the week while Jairo Diaz has St. Louis and San Diego this week.

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Do you like Margot over those other SB options? I have a pitcher I can drop.

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
2 years ago

HEytotHeHey, G-rey,

Got a lot for you today. So lurrrrves in advance!

Carefully reading your advice helped me to draft well and make good pickups in March and April, but now the bruised fruits of that labor––Yelich, Baez, and Tatis––have left me juggling hot pieces of crap. Err, I mean, hot bats . . . for the last two and a half weeks to try to keep my hold on first place.

I’m down with rostering Grisham ROS (I loved The Innocent Man on Netflix, too) and cyclopsing Hoerner as the beneficiaries of my bad luck.

1) Other than that I need some ranks independent of position for the short term:

Fowler(only while) @Coors, [email protected], Eloy, Margot, Solak

2) Both W and L columns are very much fluid in my rotiss league, so I’m also chewing the inside of my mouth thinking about my streaming options today:

Lamet v. CHC (19.9) or Musgrove @SF (10.2). I think SoN will recalculate this morning, though, right?

Oh, and 3: since MIN looks real cold at the plate right now, I’m definitely starting Corbin there (9.0) but need your blessing.

Tough times.

Lurrururuururururruruurururuuruve ya, bro!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  sportivetricks
2 years ago

1) Fowler, Carpenter, Eloy
2) I’d go with Lamet and start Corbin

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Thanks, Teeth!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  sportivetricks
2 years ago

No problem!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Over the guys in Coors?

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Works for me no matter what. I’ll try Fowler and Carpenter for tonight, and then move to what Grey gave me.

Wait. Actually, Margot has been hot and will be in Coors the rest of the weekend, so . . .

Big Dog
Big Dog
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I have had my eye on Margot as well but just be careful if you are in a weekly league as it appears that he is only playing against lefties. If you look at the last week he played against Lester and Hamels but is on the bench today against Darvish and was on the bench 4 straight days before the Lester start.

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
2 years ago

12 team 5×5 h2h. on bye now.
C vaz
1B au rizz
2B mondesi (also known as fastest man back to producing in history of shoulder separations)
SS story
3B chapman
OF (3) rosario, conforto, meadows
util (2) alonso, otani
BN acuna
this team in hitting has been first nearly all year, almost untouched (i dropped somebody for meadows when he was dropped at his lowest value all year).
hold conforto or flip over to: antana, big willie, polack, tendi

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Better Call Limehouse
2 years ago

I’d look at hittertron for next week. Without looking…Willie

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Better Call Limehouse
2 years ago

joc was who i dropped for meadows, joc had been quite cold at that point.

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

well that got cleared up quick, otani getting some sort of knee surgery from an injury that has the word knee (patella) in it. big willie time.

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

and more LAA lying about injured players, we have no clue when that happened, could’ve been months ago, could’ve been this morning. at least this time they didn’t call it “dehydration” for 2 or more days before saying it’s a knee injury that needs surgery.

Twins Peaker
Twins Peaker
2 years ago

Awhile ago I asked you to grade my pitching staff for 2020 and you liked it. Since then I’ve kept a few streamers to see how they would continue doing. As of now, how does. This look for 2020?

SP – Greinke, Paddack, C. Smith, Ohtani, Heaney, Gallen, Price
RP – Smith, Neris, J. James, Stripling

I also have Pablo Lopez and Alcantara on my team now. Would you keep those two as well? Part of me thinks they’ll get better next year after some rest. Would you drop anyone listed above?

It’s a pts league and wins mean nothing. All about individual pitching performances.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Twins Peaker
2 years ago

Looks like a solid group. How deep is this league? What’s the downside to keeping those other two?

Twins Peaker
Twins Peaker
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

11 team, 30 deep. The negatives I can think of would be HR allowed means a ton of negative points, but I see all of them progressing in 2020 tbh. The other negative would be 1450 innings pitched cap, but, assuming Stripling and James pitch 3-5 innings a week, I should be okay.

Twins Peaker
Twins Peaker
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

If I drop those two I could pick up prospects who will play next season, like Dalbec, K. Ruiz, R. Lewis, Kelenic etc. Or guys playing now that could get better like Hosmer, Belt, Cron, Alberto…..nothing major.

wwekoda2020
wwekoda2020
2 years ago

Drop Justin upton for Grisham in a h2h obp league? Need production the rest of this week to advance to next round of playoffs

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  wwekoda2020
2 years ago

I’d want Grisham aka The Reckoning

here comes the pizza
here comes the pizza
2 years ago

What’s up Grey?

Sonny had a no hitter through 6 and then let up that 3 run homerun. Didn’t expect him to be bar far my best pitcher in the 2nd half but here we are.

2 moves left in my matchup and looking at streaming options. Which 2 do you like out of these? SoN was highest on the first 3.

Kikuchi (v. CHW)
Beede (v. MIA)
Cease (@ SEA)
Wojciechowski (@ DET)
D. Rodriguez (v. MIA)
Sheffield (v. CHW)

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  here comes the pizza
2 years ago

Don’t love any of them but I guess the first two

here comes the pizza
here comes the pizza
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Desperate times, DT!

Still have my Corbin, C. Smith, Lamet, Mahle, Odorizzi, and Lynn to go.

He has Kershaw, Alacantra, Clevinger, Minor, Glasnow, Lyles, Gallen, Wheeler, Quintana still with starts this week.

At this point it’s all hands on deck!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  here comes the pizza
2 years ago

Haha understood, good luck!

Dave D
Dave D
2 years ago

I’m totally with you on Ohtani. He hit .302 with 14HRs in 53 first half games and .271 with 4 HRs in his first 52 second half games. He’s incredibly streaky. He’s been throwing a lot on the side so maybe that’s distracting him. In either event, Id stream him right now because he’s finally gotten hot now, but will unlikely draft him ever again as a hitter. As a pitcher he will be overrated but probably a good fourth or fifth starter if healthy in 2020. He still wasn’t a bad value for me this year at 18/12 but unless he tears sh*t up the last three weeks then not all that great either. McNeil was a way better pick as you note.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

Yeah the Ohtani dropoff has certainly been strange given the pace prior. I guess since he’s been a near-everyday fixture of the lineup teams have been preparing more for him, and exposed some gaps in the power stroke. You could say this his version of a sophomore slump… for sure on next year, will just be a batty call time to time. I’m still optimistic that we’ll get a good #3 or better out of him as a pitcher, but then again, juiced balls. The stuff is certainly there though, so if he keeps missing bats could get great value for the price.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

I dunno if its the league adjusting, I believe its just him being streaky. His talent definitely exceeds his performance. His downturn coincided with starting a throwing program. He’s hitting for better AVG vs LHP but still weak power (3HR in 100+ AB). I think he’d be better off picking pitching or hitting and sticking with one. Unless the pitcher is 200+ ADP next year I’m not buying.

In other news, why did Moreno reward Eppler’s incompetence with player acquisitions by exercising his option? Insane.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

I view streakiness in terms of adjustments; players that take longer to adjust to pitcher/scouting adjustments are “streaky”… players like Trout that almost immediately adjust are “consistent”. Ohtani’s weakness with bat has always been his long stroke, he needs to shorten it with hands more to get more out of it consistently. Absolutely with you on pick one. Yeah 180+ i feel is all dice rolls anyway.

For sure bro, Eppler’s acquisitions have been booty. I’d like to see them go out there and get 1 of Cole, Stras and 1 of Roark, Odorizzi (i think those will all be available) this offseason and take pitching serious for once. The last few years have digging rubbish out of the clearance rack at the 2nd hand store.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

Yeah, its been a nightmare since they/we let Grienke walk after giving up Segura. In nearly a decade they, must really be Moreno since its been 3 or 4 GM’s, have not brought in an ace nor grown one. The absolute priority has to be Cole. They can lure him here given his roots. I’m not confident since the Greinke karma is still in effect. But, honestly, we need to get Cole away from HOU and sign a legit #2 as well to have any chance. I’m not holding my expectations high.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

Yeah, Eppler hasn’t really given me any confidence he’s any better than Dipoto at wrangling free agents. Plus I remember the ticket holder meeting he held a couple of years ago and when asked about pitching, he basically said we have confidence in the internal growth of our young pitchers… i.e. we won’t pursue an ace. so there’s that. At least we can look forward to Adell in RF. *cheers*

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Count me out on Ohtani the pitcher unless he falls to about 225ADP. Otherwise I’d rather have Lucchesi or the like there in 2020.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

BTW, I liked the podcast other than the reflexive visualization I had of you dangling-flopping on the diving board with your junk. Too funny!

Looking ahead to 2020 is already very interesting. You mentioned Mondesi here. Definitely seems like a super desirable player for 2020. The injury may help the ADP. I think no doubt Acuña is consensus #1. Can you imagine having the first pick next year in a 15 teamer and getting say Acuña, Mondesi, Alvarez as your top 3? Sounds pretty sick to me!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Since I only play 15 team NFBC nowadays 30/31. Should be interesting with ADP next year. I mean there are a whole bunch of guys tearing it up right now so who goes ahead of Mondesi/Alvarez? Surely Acuña, Trout, Yelich, Arenado, Bellinger et al. If you’re in the league I know Trea will be the top SS again even above Story ;-) So, who knows?

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Well according to NFBC rankings on a per game value the SS’s are in order this year:

1.Tatis
2. K-Mart
3. Mondesi
4. Story
5. Turner
6. Bergman
7. Bogarts

Interesting. Id take Mondesi over Turner for steals next year and overall. Both ate injury risks tho, but obviously Tatis and Story too

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

Yeah, crazy deep SS pool these days!!!

Mantis Toboggan
Mantis Toboggan
2 years ago

rotoworld forgot that hays already played in MLB back in 2017, referenced him “getting his first cup of coffee” just now, nope.

Big Dog
Big Dog
Reply to  Mantis Toboggan
2 years ago

Love the screen name. He’s a doctor and a pilot!

toolshed
toolshed
2 years ago

I’ve posted a couple times about brad hand this year and his overuse. Hand wasnt available b/ce he went back to cle to get an mri. Tito may have finally broke another RP by working him to death. Hand in the 2nd half has a 5.68 era and 1.79 whip. 12 earned in 19 innings. He was lights out in the 1st half.

Mike
Mike