Reading from the Book of Revelations in the 2021 Razzball Draft Guide, “When the ocean’s water rises–”
Job, “Why ocean’s water? Isn’t just ‘water rises’ enough?”
“I’m reading, not writing, and, when I’m done, I will smite you so hard you’ll wish you never corrected God about His word.”
Job stops chewing gum for a moment to say, “Heard.”
Continuing, “…When the ocean’s water rises in Miami, there will be two guys able to walk to work, Jesus Aguilar and Jesus Sanchez.”

There’s been a few hitters flat-out raking in the minors, and Jesus Sanchez is one of the top ones. In 33 games in Triple-A, he hit nine homers and .349. He’s not just a power hitter, though he is that with 70-grade power, he’s begun to hit for contact this year. Going into this year, as Prospect Itch said, “Sanchez swings at everything and always has. A corner outfielder with ideal size and crazy bat speed from the left side, he’ll get a lot of chances and have a long time to figure out pitch selection. More chances than Grey if I ever bumped into him.” What the heck, man? Pitch selection can come at any time, and Sanchez only just turned 23. He might’ve found his swing, and when to, uh, swing. Grab him in all leagues. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Trevor Rogers – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.98. I should ask my Marlins’ connect if Rogers is going to throw more than 130 IP this year. Meh, what fun is that! We like speculation!

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (9) and legs (5), hitting .252. Au shizz!

Tyler Glasnow – Diagnosed with a partial tear of his UCL. Now he’ll have to decide if he wants to have Tommy John surgery this week or in six months after trying to not have the surgery for six months and being told by everyone, “Have the surgery.” Injury victory laps are the worst, so I won’t mention how I told you a month ago to sell him because he never stays healthy. Yesterday, Glasnow was blaming MLB for the crackdown on sticky substances, because he couldn’t grip the ball and it made him stress his UCL. It is a bit like MLB said you could use your book for an exam, then decided you couldn’t halfway through the test. On the other hand that is dripping with wacky tacky, he’s never stayed healthy before. Sticky or no sticky. More on this later in the roundup.

Shane McClanahan – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.42. If you started him, you have larger pants grapes than I, but I do still have McClanahanhanhanhanhan on a team or two, and am encouraged.

Nick Madrigal – Had season-ending surgery on his hamstring. The violinists play a thousand tiny hamstrings for your loss, Madrigal.

Max Scherzer – Hit the IL with groin inflammation. He inflammed his groin when he was watching a movie late at night, and still had some remnants of Spider Tack on his hand.

Stephen Strasburg – Saw a specialist for nerve irritation. The specialist was bald, and had two assistants, one with a bowl haircut and one with curly hair, and the specialist kept saying, “The noive!”

Patrick Corbin – 8 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.60. The only thing sticky with Corbin is his underwear from pitching well! I mean, from the humidity. What are you people thinking? Gross! Streamonator loved this start, and his next, and I’d start him.

Yan Gomes – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 6th homer, a grand slam. Gomes is as easy as remembering Guron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie and Superior.

Tucker Davidson – 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.60, and left with forearm tightness. Glad he was able to ruin all my fantasy teams prior to leaving for 12-14 months. Now I have jaw tightness from grinding my gnashers.

Hunter Renfroe – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .258. Not exactly a fantasy #1 outfielder, but hasn’t been much worse than a number three outfielder, and roughly around 175th overall on the Player Rater.

Rafael Devers – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .283. I have Devers on a few teams and here’s how it feels:  Devers is out, day-to-day with a leg injury, misses a game or two, then he comes back and picks up right where he left off.

Xander Bogaerts – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer, hitting .319. Another season, and XBogs is putting up video game numbers once again.

Alex Verdugo – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .291. Still annoyed I wasn’t fast enough to draft Verdugo in every league. Don’t worry, I just did two lines of coke to avoid that ever happening again.

Luis Severino – Suffered a Grade 2 groin strain, as he was working his way back from reconstructive elbow surgery. Doctors will now put his other elbow tendon in his groin so he can point at people in the bathroom. My guess is this delays him about four to six weeks.

Chris Gittens – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. The one poor sap whose fantasy team is named “Smitten Gittens” did a small Tiger Woods fist pump.

Gary Sanchez – 2-for-5 and his 9th homer, hitting .225. Not to imitate a Yankees fan too much by never being happy with Gary, but it would be nicer if he hit twenty points lower with seven more homers.

Bo Bichette – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .284. Whoa, Bo, bro.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners (4 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 3.43. Any time a pitcher throws a walk, here’s me: Pulls out magnifying glass, runs it along spin rates, unknowingly picks up sun with magnifier and burns hole in computer screen.

Lance McCullers – 4 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.89, as he was activated from the IL, as Jake Odorizzi piggy-backed him (4 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 5.68). Dusty Baker says he has given some consideration to a six-man rotation now. Dusty also is considering mint-flavored toothpicks, so bated breath for both announcements.

Carlos Correa – 2-for-3 and his 12th homer. Guess when he hit it? Yup, the 9th inning. It’s uncanny.

Jose Altuve – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 13th homer, a walk-off grand slam. “Officially the biggest midget in the game!” That’s Lady Sovereign about Jose Altuve.

Kyle Gibson – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.09. You can hear Podcaster Geoff and I discuss Gibson on this week’s podcast, as we talk about his invariable trade deadline move, and 5+ ERA on his team, when he Suppans them, and famous Suppans in history, including Andrew Cashner.

Bobby Bradley – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer in like five games. Hot schmotato alert!

Steven Duggar – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer. Duggar hit that one for his 20 kids.

Mike Yastrzemski – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer, as the Giants made a huge comeback, because they never lose and the Diamondbacks never win, though if you look at both teams, you’re like, “Meh, they look equally good/bad.”

Frankie Montas – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.21. Was about to say I wouldn’t start a lot of the A’s pitchers in away games, but would start them all at home, and I just looked at their splits, and they’re much better in road games. Meh, doesn’t change my mind, but is “not haha” funny.

Sean Murphy – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 8th homer, and 2nd homer in two games, and 2nd time I’m telling you Murphy’s been hitting the ball hard for a few games.

Jared Walsh – 1-for-4 and his 15th homer, hitting .291. And each of my fantasy teams is like a milk carton with this Walsh kid missing.

J.P. Crawford – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 4th homer, as he hits leadoff. Jake Fraley (1-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI) hitting 2nd; Ty France (3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer) hitting third, and suddenly the M’s lineup doesn’t look that bad.

Chris Flexen – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.12. Quite brucely, if the Streamonator recommended Flexen, I prolly still wouldn’t start him.

Yu Darvish – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 2.57. Is there anything more brutal than a guy giving up the tying or lead-losing run on his final pitch of the game? We should have a glossary term for that. Please suggest in the comments.

Fernando Tatis Jr. – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer. I’m told the Hittertron loved FTJ in Coors last night. It likes rubbing its metallic junk on magnets almost as much as hitters in Coors.

Ryan McMahon – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .261. Mean’s while, Trevor Story got a double. *arranges tacks on desk, slams head down*

Luis Castillo – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.83. Every pitcher is breaking bad, and Castillo’s like it’s all good, man. All right, I’m tentatively taking the child-proof seal off Castillo and will be starting him again.

Cody Bellinger – Hit the IL with 2021’s Cody Bellinger sucks. There’s no cure.

Mookie Betts – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer. Not bad for a world-class bowler.

Didi Gregorius – Diagnosed with pseudogout. Such an underrated song from the great Phil Collins, “Pseu, pseu, pseudogout.” No idea if this is serious or psuedoserious.

Andrew McCutchen – 1-for-3 and his 11th homer. Not a great season, but about 11 times better than Cody Bellinger!

Bryce Harper – Left the game with lower back tightness. Bryce Harper is having a clown season, bro!

Adalberto Mondesi – Activated from the IL. Ron Burgundy, “I don’t believe you.”

Matt Manning – Expected to make his MLB debut on Thursday. On the Prospectonator, Manning is ranked 499th for rookie pitchers, and that made me guffaw. Here’s what Prospect Itch said previously, “I’d put (Manning) above Mize if I knew he was beyond the forearm scare that ended his 2020 at the training site (Grey note: seems like he is). I’ve always had some trepidation about Manning because he steps toward third with his lead leg then has to kind of launch his body over his front side. A fantastic athlete whose father was a professional basketball player (Grey note: Was his father Dr. J?), Manning actually repeats this delivery quite well, which has made Detroit reluctant to change it in part because it creates incredible deception. At six foot six with a unique release point and excellent extension (Grey note: He’s the same height as me, when standing on a desk), he might be the most deceptive right handed SP in the majors if he sticks as a starter.” Didn’t even look for Manning in my shallow leagues. Grabbed him in one 15-team mixer, because I have a problem, and that problem is I need starters.

Wilson Ramos – Activated from the IL and DFA’d which is hilarious. Not that I think Ramos is great, but why did the Tigers sign him when they had Jake Rogers and Eric Haase? Teams are so dumb.

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, and about the 20th time I’ve mentioned him in the last two weeks and still the 1st thing everyone asks about him, “Hey, Grey, beautiful face, should I drop Schoop?”

Casey Mize – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.49. He’s the kinda sell that is impossible. No one is giving you anything for him, so just ride him out until he’s not good anymore, which could be by next week or September.

Kris Bryant – Left the game after being hit by a pitch on his hand. Thanks a lot, Trevor Bauer!

Javier Baez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer. See what I said for Rafael Devers, and subtract forty points of average.

Taijuan Walker – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 2.12. Nice to get one last game in with the sticky stuff! Kidding. I think, I have no idea. Have you heard the latest from Rob Manfraud? Pitchers caught with any foreign substance on the ball, including sunscreen, will be suspended for 10 days. With the umps patting down pitchers every half inning, it turns out The Naked Gun was a documentary. To combat any potential rule-breakers, MLB will be employing drug-sniffing dogs that have been trained to sniff out the coconut smell of sunscreen. From the the dog trainer’s website, “We put the cop in Coppertone.”

From a future game, “Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa heading out to the mound to change the pitcher–What’s this, the umpire and Tony are having a talk…It appears it’s about sunscreen…Oh, Tony had a pina colada in his pocket. We’re all good. Back after this break.” Oh, and another point I’m sure no one thought of, what about the hand bath NL pitchers will have to do after taking swings as a batter, where they have to use pine tar, then going back to the mound?

The coup de grace, as the hoity-toity say, if a foreign substance is found on the ball, the pitcher is held responsible, no matter who applied the substance. If you’re an opposing player facing deGrom, your one job is to sneak some suntan lotion on the ball so the umps think it’s him. Umps aren’t that dumb? HAHAHAHA, okay.

The Ump Show, starring Joe West! Watch as he checks pitchers’ tanlines for wet suntan lotion between innings and the cracks of dried skin. “…Welcome back to the game. During the break, Joe West has been checking Jake Arrieta’s elbow, and it looks like Arrieta is saying, ‘I have eczema.'”

Then, in the World Series, Joe Buck takes us through the action, “Home plate umpire Joe West is smelling Lance Lynn’s elbow for the coconut notes of suntan lotion.” Explaining further, Smoltz says, “You see a lot of umpires check the ph-balance to see if it registers as suntan lotion, but Joe West is one of the best, and sniffing it for coconut speeds the game up.”

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Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Musgrove didn’t look great. Good PC. But, I thought his command was off. Only 2 Ks. Think a lot of pitchers we thought were good are going to start stinkin. Spider Tack glues concrete together.

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
1 year ago

Term: No dicesion

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
1 year ago

12 team, 5×5 roto

Would you trade?

Woodruff & Bogaerts for FTJ & Nola

Woodruff & Bogaerts for FTJ & Luis Garcia

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
Reply to  Hyun-Jin & Juice
1 year ago

You starting Cease @Hou tomorrow? SON no likey

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Hyun-Jin & Juice
1 year ago

Start him.

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Hyun-Jin & Juice
1 year ago

Start him.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Hyun-Jin & Juice
1 year ago

yes to the first one, possibly no to the 2nd one. if dynasty i’d be very surprised somebody is trading away FTJ here so i’m guessing redraft. gap between nola and l.garcia probably bigger than you think (or whoever sent you these 2).

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
1 year ago

i’m assuming you own woodruff in these.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
1 year ago

leaving arroyo in over mcmahon worked out in one deep spot where BOS’s lineup wasn’t out hours before when mcmahon was off and BOS played a righty so arroyo should’ve been playing anyway, have no idea why some dude named marwin (his first name used here years ago) starts still sometimes (kike too).

Mex
Mex
1 year ago

Where do you see Gausman next year? Is he in the top 5? top 10? top 15?

Mex
Mex
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

What about Giolito and Bieber?

Unfortunately, my ship is heading in the wrong direction(and picking up steam) and I’m thinking of next year?

Harry Beanebag
Harry Beanebag
1 year ago

Grey,

Went with Story. He finally had a breakout game. So, how much blood do you offer the the Fantasy Baseball God for your gift?

Harry Beanebag
Harry Beanebag
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Just like ice cream!

Will
Will
1 year ago

And the Buxton saga takes a new twist:

https://twitter.com/AaronGleeman/status/1404957612748197890

https://twitter.com/AaronGleeman/status/1404956352477290497

At this rate they’d better just bench him for the rest of the season, don’t want to get him hurt now would you Rocco…

The Harrow
The Harrow
1 year ago

how did dolis just only face 1 hitter, did MLB forget it’s fairly recent stupid ass 3 hitter rule in light of trying to figure out how to not make games take at least 4 hours when literally every pitcher will now have to be searched before EVERY inning he pitches (which they should by what they claim they are trying to do). no injury blurb on him yet.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
1 year ago

there it is.

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

That day off sure did Mountcastle a world of good.

Brett
Brett
1 year ago

I’m down an outfielder until either Conforto (starting Rehab tomorrow) or Bellinger return (eligible to be back Tuesday). We have category for holds. Current Relievers are D. Castillo, Clase, Romano and A. Reyes. Would you grab Eddie Rosario or would you wait for Conforto and Bellinger to return and get a player to help me in holds and save some faab from making 2 moves? all bids are $1 I have $63 left.

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

Another day, another hexagon… this time for DeGrom

At this point, we should put Cole in bubble wrap

Life of Brian
Life of Brian
1 year ago

A. Watching the start of Cubs-Mets game, it looks like the Cubs figure their best chance to beat Degrom tonight is by taking out his teammates; the leader off man, Villar, was hit in head by catcher’s throw to 2nd base; the #2 hitter, Dom Smith, was plunked by pitcher.

B. Foreign substances: I think they should grandfather in the older stuff, like rosin & sunscreen, and only ban the newer stuff like Spider-tack. And I don’t really blame the pitchers that have been ‘cheating’, I blame their managers, coaches, GMs etc. that encourage it or at least tolerate it.

C. On to my questions. 12 team mixed, H2H redraft: only 1 IL spot. Hold on to Means (who could be back in about 3 weeks), and drop Glasnow?

D. Another league: 12 team mixed, H2H redraft, standard 5 X 5. Please rank these SPs R.O.S.: Ohtani(P), Maeda, Desclafani, R. Hill, L. Garcia (assuming he stays in rotation), Manoah.

tbone1
tbone1
1 year ago

Here’s my daily Yelich question.

I was offered Robbie Ray, Jose Urquidy, Riley Greene, and a ‘22 1st round pick for Yelich.

I’m currently in 1st, and that’s basically without Yelich. I don’t really need him in this league. Offensively I’m loaded ( Vlad, Tatis, Betts, Ramirez, etc). It’s a h2h dynasty. I need the pitching this year, and I really think Riley Greene is going to be a star.

What do you think? Am I stupid to consider it?

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
Reply to  tbone1
1 year ago

What level of talent would you be able to get with that first round pick?

tbone1
tbone1
Reply to  Long Bawls
1 year ago

It would be a top 75 prospect.

tbone1
tbone1
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey! Appreciate all the time you put in to help out.

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
Reply to  tbone1
1 year ago

i get my greene OF prospects names confused but if that is the best one, yes (i’m half kidding, but he’s the DET one yeah). esp if that 1st round pick will be good (have no idea how many teams here, but esp if like a top 4 one). not stupid to consider it, esp if you are benching yelich anyway.

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
1 year ago

Glossary term suggestions:

Lame Over

Finale Oops

Toss-Eff

This has been brought to you by procrastination, and that weird German “s” that doesn’t exist any more.

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Oh, I missed death throw! Yeah, that’s better. The Razzbrain trust is wise. All hail!

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

hahaha got the pronunciation just right!

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
1 year ago

14 teamer with saves and holds sold separately. tucker out, gotta activate kennedy already, meaning i need to drop one of these guys, have:
t.rogers (MIN), barlow, staumont, kennedy, trivino, pagan. want at least 2 holds guys. staumont was the one added when kennedy went out, he was likely dropped right when he went on DL.

Hank
Hank
1 year ago

Grey,

I need to boost my UTIL spot and I’m debating if I should drop Brujan (I’m already stashing Franco and Kelenic). Who gets cut to pick up Votto (and Eloy as a DL stash)?

Dylan Moore, Villar, Brujan, or pass?

herschel
herschel
1 year ago

@Grey: my pham/clase for lourdes/castillo (tb) if i need an upgrade for saves?

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
Reply to  herschel
1 year ago

i’d not assume that’s an upgrade for sure on saves. only sure thing is you’re losing steals and likely injury stints.

speill
speill
1 year ago

Thinking of rest of season for this trade. My Conforto and Villar for his McMahon and Upton. Looks like the McMahon side has more hr potential and Conforto side sb. thanks Grey.

speill
speill
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

So getting McMahon for Villar straight up is a steal.

eballs
eballs
1 year ago

Stream one

Gutierrez @ SD
Sandoval vs DET
Joe Ross vs NYM

Around the Horn
Around the Horn
1 year ago

Soto or Castellanos?

5×5 standard roto redraft.

Oppo Taco
Oppo Taco
1 year ago

Adolis or Riley for Bauer? Thanks.

Oppo Taco
Oppo Taco
Reply to  Oppo Taco
1 year ago

Trade^

CP
CP
1 year ago

Oviedo or Long for the next month or so?

Thanks!

VinWins
VinWins
1 year ago

That was perfect. Alcantara pitches 8 and a third without giving up an ER, and the Cards won!

JC
JC
1 year ago

General value. Brandon Lowe vs Heaney. Close or do you prefer a side?

DonnieB
DonnieB
1 year ago

Would you trade my unkeepable Giolito for his Kyle Tucker $7 for one more year and Blake Snell at $42? I am likely out of it thanks to uncountable injuries but don’t want to cash it all in yet?

leon
leon
1 year ago

luzardo or alec bohm moving forward. 2022. 16 man dynasty. thanks

Will
Will
1 year ago

Need another SP due to injuries. Add one from the following list:

J Montgomery
C Irvin
A Houser
Ju Dunn
J Ross
K Gibson
R Hill
V Gutierrez

Thanks!

Will
Will
Reply to  Will
1 year ago

Ten team standard 5 x 5 league

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah it’s hard since there are two or three other managers below me in the standings who literally grab every single available non-DL starting pitcher off the waiver wire and stream them. Since I’m still in first place I have the last waiver claim priority in our league so it’s difficult to stream a starter. Maybe I’ll take a flyer on Hill, thanks.

happyharry
happyharry
1 year ago

Grey Man, Who is the drop of IKF, KB Hayes or Eddie Rosario? thanks,

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Not IKF – never IKF

herschel
herschel
1 year ago

@Grey: weekly roto redraft, which two do you like from india, rosario, fraley and andujar.

thanks!

Weird Fishes
Weird Fishes
1 year ago

Grey, I was looking at the NL-only ROS player rater and was shocked to see how high Sammy Long is ranked — he’s ahead of undroppable SPs like Pablo, Sonny Gray, Freddy P, Mahle, Urias.

Any explanation for this high of a ranking? Drop Long, Vogelbach, Cron or Myers?

Lothario, thanks for all you do!

Weird Fishes
Weird Fishes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks, I asked Rudy. How do you rank Jesus Sanchez, Vogel, Cron, Myers?

ellis
ellis
1 year ago

Alcantara is pitching so well today v STL but Mattingly put out a AAA lineup including Devin Marrero, Lewin Diaz and Lewis Brinson, no Marte or Aguilar… Oviedo is an ace against these guys

Ray
Ray
1 year ago

12-team mixed H2H redraft league. Was offered Wander Franco for Kikuchi? I don’t really need a SS with Story and Semien, but too much talent to pass up?

ellis
ellis
1 year ago

fuggedaboutthelastout

Mitt face
Mitt face
1 year ago

My uninspired contribution:
parting gift

12-team H2H standard cats
I’m looking to package Lindor and Fried (triple-wrapping that gift box, to hide the smell) for an SP, but SS is such a stacked position it’s hard to find a team that might have interest in Lindor in a 12-teamer.

the team with
D. Moore
D. Swanson
D. Gregorius
has:
Z. Greinke (love to watch him in “real” life, not so exciting for these porpoises)
T. Mahle
T. Walker
is lindor/fried a fair offer for Walker? Is Mahle worth an offer of Lindor? of course, the whole thing might be moot, because Lindor’s first name doesn’t begin with a D, and this guy seems to collect D-named SSs.

the team with
T Story (Lindor would be an upgrade in the UTIL spot)
J. Segura
N. Hoerner
has
C. Rodon
M. Stroman
C. burnes
assuming Rodon and Burnes are out of reach, take a stab at Stroman?

gratitude!

Mitt face
Mitt face
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Death throw is nice. Can’t read it without hearing a mortal kombat’ian voice, or thinking of old ninja flics.

Sadly, after recently acquiring Semien and Albies, Lindor is my lesser SS. Having also recently traded away Miami’s T Rogers, i’m looking for someone with ace-like upside.
My ace-free staff is:
C. bassitt
PabLo
Y Kikuchi
D. Cease
A wood
A Manoah
S. McClanahan
A Gomber
Fried

Alzolay is on the wire, but i have no room for him, with Springer teasing a return….unless i can swing a 2fer

Mitt Face
Mitt Face
Reply to  Mitt face
1 year ago

should have mentioned:
the large pitching staff is due to having blown through 30/50 movies, as a result of injuries, and the fact i don’t have anyone i would start in any/every matchup (outside PabLo)

Mitt Face
Mitt Face
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I’m taking up way too much of your time. you do the work of a whole team of people on here, every day. it’s bonkers.
hard to just leave Lindor benched (i have cruz at UTIL, which is the only other place i could play him), and – despite his struggles – he seems too valuable to drop, outright. Considering the frequency of injuries this year, i could hold and wait to see if another SS goes down. just hard watching my 2nd round pick sit on a bench, rather than being sent for a decent return.
once Springer is back, I’ll have Pham to consider moving (but would prefer to keep him in case springer gets hit by a brisk breeze, and his leg falls off or some such).

thanks again.

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
1 year ago

Instead of wasting time coming up for a name for it, just play the sound byte “Oh no. Oh no. Oh no no no.” from TikTok

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
Reply to  LaRockakis
1 year ago

An “ohnononoment”?

Stat Man
Stat Man
1 year ago

Fun fact, depending on if you own Soto or not…he hasn’t homered at home yet.

The Skrimmer
The Skrimmer
1 year ago

In a 5×5 dynasty league with contracts and keepers and my pitching is struggling this year:
I can trade for Cole, who is $38, for K. Lewis -$5 with a 2-year contract and J. Means -$0 and a 3rd or 4th round pick in the next draft. Total salary cap is 250. My other pitchers:
Ryu -14
McCullers-10
Corbin -7
Gausman -8
Heaney-6
Kaprielian -0
L. Gilbert -0
Gallen -12
Severino -5

League is 5×5 keeper/contract league. Should I make this trade? Take on the salary for an ace and give up on Lewis and Means coming back as they were? Thanks.

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

Are you using mahle today in a 10 team roto? I ask the question because his spin rates were down in his last start. He was doing fine vs col in cin until a 3 run jack by mcmahaon in the 6th inning. Thanks

Crimedog
Crimedog
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Spin down again today about 500 convenient RPMs but 6 IP 12Ks on the road (although brewers)…sideways peering eye emoji

Crimedog
Crimedog
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I’m encouraged by this….although it’s the Brewers so probably have to still wait and see if Mahle is actually good or just benefited from Spider tack

Shin-Soo Choo Choo
Shin-Soo Choo Choo
1 year ago

In redraft, been holding Duran mostly for speed, but Fraley’s up now with 3 SBs in two weeks.

1) Drop Duran for Fraley?

2) Since I know you generally say to go with whoever’s playing now, I guess the question is what’s Duran’s upside compared to Fraley, i.e. how much would I regret dropping Duran for Fraley if Duran is called up next week?

Thanks in advance.

PK
PK
1 year ago

Darvish glossary term: Crushendo

Keeks
Keeks
1 year ago

Did I detect a low key prediction in the write up that the White Sox will be in the World Series?

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Is La Russa gonna be there as the manager or did he just get lost and wander his way onto the field?

Kelly Leak
Kelly Leak
1 year ago

A pitch too far.
(like- A bridge too far)

BLUESPHD
BLUESPHD
1 year ago

He answered the “Last Call before closing!”

Russowl
Russowl
1 year ago

10 team redraft I own Vasquez and Mcann . Which one is the drop?

8 team redraft drop biggio for schoop?

Russowl
Russowl
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks what about 2nd question drop biggio for schoop?

Corey
Corey
1 year ago

Schoop or Wisdom?

StickyWicket
StickyWicket
1 year ago

Pitcher giving up a tying/losing run on last pitch = chokeavich

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
1 year ago

holy god, in a league that let HOU do what it did for 2 years and they even when caught got away with it, somebody might think yr only joking about “when playing against degrom just put some shit on the ball etc” but that’ll be a real thing. i get they want this stuff out and by next year will have to have a special cop team to check pitchers at all times but if the ball itself is what penalizes the pitchers they can’t even prove WHO is putting stuff on the balls that the pitchers get suspended for? that’s crazy town. better not still somehow be good pitchers, somebody’ll just wipe something on the ball to get you thrown out, what are the chances this doesn’t happen when some manager finds it this easy to just get his opposing pitchers thrown out? esp cora. we’ll start seeing 2-3 pitchers a week that play against BOS getting suspended and a bunch of players will start complaining about how they did nothing wrong, that’s if he wants to make it seem like it’s even believable it’s not like every hitter doesn’t already have legal/easy access to it. the catchers can basically determine every pitcher they want out. this surely won’t be a bigger shit show than what they’ve been doing for over 120 or so years.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

this would open an opportunity to say get manfraud fired though by the owners. easy peasy. ALL pitchers put stuff on the balls. everybody gets suspended. in that brand new ruling is that the teams won’t get to call up anybody else for the suspended pitcher. the sport becomes a complete joke when position backups are pitching all the time. (i.e. loses money immediately, which is all owners care about at all, otherwise this crap wouldn’t happen anyway). or if the players were serious (re: their social media yellings about HOU and letting MLBPA protect them anyway) about getting back at HOU/cora: have ONLY pitchers playing against cora use stuff, then everybody would notice how crazy it seems that ONLY players playing against BOS are using stuff. would make the obv assumption that cora is sending out his catchers and doctoring up the balls to get his opposing pitchers thrown out.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Lost Pitch. After all, what had a worse ending than Lost?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

A word that ends in “th” followed by another word starting with “th”? It’s your website I guess!

Coriell
Coriell
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Ha ha

IAmNotASmartMan
IAmNotASmartMan
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Holy shit I actually snuck in there for the winner? I guess I have to subscribe now

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
1 year ago

What’s good Grey? I agree with your “open book test” analogy with MLB cracking down on sticky substances, but was wondering what you thought about Glasnow blaming his torn UCL on not being able to use them?

I was watching the Darvish game last night and scared my dog shouting “Peeotch” as McMahon homered in the bottom of the sixth. Don’t know if that’s a good glossary term or not, but it made me laugh.

Make it a good one!

ray
ray
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

What is Glasnow’s excuse for every other season that he failed to hit 150IP?

IAmNotASmartMan
IAmNotASmartMan
1 year ago

Random new prospect strategy question… do you usually run these noobs out there immediately (like Jesus), or do you wait to see some signs of life before starting? Setting my lineup for today and see he’s batting 3rd(!) today.

Thanks as always

IAmNotASmartMan
IAmNotASmartMan
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

“The balls on this guy.” Thanks!

Love this game
Love this game
1 year ago

Do you like Rodon or Gausman ROS in a roto redraft league? Is it close?

Our categories are QS, K, ERA, WHIP. Small / shallow league and tight race in these categories.

Love this game
Love this game
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

How close? Splitting hairs close or a little wider than that? :-)

I’m evaluating a trade.

HarperBetterThanTrout
HarperBetterThanTrout
1 year ago

Who would you drop first? Hosmer or Kirilloff? ROTO 6 X 6 OPS, redraft.

The devil in Ray
The devil in Ray
1 year ago

12 team h2h. Is German Marquez worth a stash in hopes that he is traded out of coors? Thanks!

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

Another league, another Chaz question. Chaz or kiriloff rest of season. Obp format. Thanks

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Hmm i’m seeing a bunch of Charlie Blackmon questions today – is this cause his hit streak ended last night? Is the call to sell? I have him cause last we talked he was a OF2 level @ home and a bench on the road… but guys I’d be interested in picking up would be: Biggio, Gallo, McNeil, Dylan Moore

People in my league don’t like Gallo cause we count Ks… and I’m iffy on him since I picked Chapman back up and if I play both regularly i’m pretty much punting that category.

I could also decide to pick up a streaming pitcher using that roster spot.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

damn – i was thinking of snagging Brandon Lowe for Chazz a few days ago but held off with this week @ Coors but Lowe got snagged this morning… I’ll probably wait till Friday’s buy then.

Would you go India over Chazz?

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

wowza ok

lindorphins
lindorphins
1 year ago

Defarture

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

the problem i see is that “death throw” implies something truly awful happened… but they just lost the lead, which the team could in theory get back in the next set of ABs so the pitcher could still escape with the win or just ruin your ratios

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

if they gave up a grand slam, yeah but it if was like what Yu did last night, i don’t know if a 2 run homer that tied the game 4-4 would be a death throw

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

Moustakas pulled from his rehab assignment with renewed soreness. He had a bruised heel. He’s been on the IL for a month and missed a over a week of action before being placed in the IL. So frustrating. He was supposed to be my 2b this year. He was dinged up with something all year prior to this injury. Guys apparently can’t heal this year since there are so many who have been on the IL forever

McZero
McZero
1 year ago

Should I drop branden Rodgers to get Bobby Bradley?

Nuke Laloush
Logan
1 year ago

Ryu*

Nuke Laloush
Logan
1 year ago

Which side

Bregman/Greinke

Try/Stanton

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
1 year ago

Hi Grey,

I always appreciate your directness and rationale. I am in a point league.

I have a chance to pick up Andrew McCutchen, Ty France and Ryan Tepera from waivers. These are potential players to cut:

Tyler Naquin
Manuel Margot
Yoan Moncando
Eric Hosner

Of course, i could also just hold. Thanks again for all your help!!

Thank you!!

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
1 year ago

SonavaPitch! Similar to SonavaBench…

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Truth be known, we’re usually confused.

Jimmy Jack James
Jimmy Jack James
1 year ago

Been offered Winker/Suarez for Story in a roto keeper league. Any hope for Suarez or has he been transformed into a bad Adam Dunn permanently?

I love Winker but not sure dealing Story at a low point is the best move – other option coul dbe Machado/Bryant or Bryant/Walsh – thoughts?

Thanks

Shin-Soo Choo Choo
Shin-Soo Choo Choo
1 year ago

In redraft, been holding Duran mostly for speed, but Fraley’s up now with 3 SBs in two weeks.

Drop Duran for Fraley?

Thanks in advance.

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
1 year ago

Mayo clinic says Pseudogout (SOO-doe-gout) is a form of arthritis characterized by sudden, painful swelling in one or more of your joints. These episodes can last for days or weeks. So there’s that. But Harper’s back is the story here (he’s not back).

Beat reporters are writing about his year over year recurrence of back issues, and potential long-term concerns. That’s a bummer. I like the player, but I think I’m out on him going forward, indefinitely. Plus the guy is always missing games here and there with the classic baseball term of “nagging injuries.” Might have to put Harper in the same bin as Stanton, Judge, etc…..maybe Bellinger joins him. That damn guy.

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Would you trade away Arenado for Moncada? 14T keeper

Thanks

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Villar or Croneworth ros?

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Villar is gonna see this and have another good game today

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Villar with a BB and SB to start off the game – and got beaned in the head on that throw to 2B. Keep throwing shade at him to keep this train going!

Earl
Earl
1 year ago

what u think of following trades I did recently:

1) Give Jazz Chisholm for Tim Anderson
2) Give James Kapriellan for Eddie Rosario

Little concerned about Eddie but hoping he is maybe at bottom and will get better ROS.

Thanks

Alan2112
Alan2112
1 year ago

What’s up Grey,

12 Team CBS Weekly H2H Points Custom League re-draft (no penalty for k’s in hitting)

I have T. Story, P. DeJong, and G. Torres on my roster.

I also have B. Lowe at 2B (my only 2B)

Would you drop any for JP Crawford(SS), or Brendan Rogers (2B,SS)?

If so, who and who?

Alan2112
Alan2112
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Sorry, just noticed that Ahmed Rosario (SS, OF) is available as well.

Thanks.

Alan2112
Alan2112
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Sorry, just noticed that Ahmed Rosario (SS, OF) is available as well.

Thanks.

Alan2112
Alan2112
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks!

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

Laureano expected to be activated soon. Who would you cut out of lourdes or Chaz. 27/4/34/0./.378. Those are Chaz’s numbers a little more than 40% through the season. Outside of the obp, they are catcher-like. 83 total bases. LG jas been bad too, but has hit a little bit better and has a much better offense and also 2b eligibility. The question there is what happens when springer returns, if he returns. Thx

Weee
Weee
1 year ago

Drop Mountcastle for Jesus?

toneDEAF!
toneDEAF!