Did you hear about this Joc working overtime?  He was too uptight!  Take it, Highlights, it it yours!  One guy whose completely uptight in the forbidden Fruit of the Looms is Joc Pederson.  Yesterday, he went 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs with his 5th and 6th homer.  That gives him five homers this week.  Yabba dabba drool!  “So, I was hoping to buy a screw in this hardware store, but I’m having lustly feelings about a Joc.  Will you serve me?”  That’s me walking into a hardware store in Tennessee.  Some of my hotter buys — buys I make while wearing a thong — are owned in more than 50% of leagues — Rendon, Desmond, etc. — but Joc is pretty sexy if he’s going right and available in a multitude of leagues.  By the by, someone who changes attitudes frequently has a multitude.  The royal we are talking about a guy in my Joc who could sneak into a 30+ homer, 7-steal season, and he’s not even hitting for a bad average this season (.272).  Giddy up on this Joc!  And that’s not the first time I’ve said that!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Dennis Santana – Scratched with late lat (say that fast 117 times!) soreness, which forced the Dodgers to do a Rays game, and throw all middle relievers.  When your kid is your age, they’re gonna be like, “How weird is it that team threw a starting pitcher as a starter?  Ruining baseball, I tell ya.  Leave your starters for the 2nd through 6th inning!”

Cody Bellinger – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 11th homer, and homers in three straight games, and homering every game since Lance gave his Cody Bellinger breakdown.  Is it weird that Lance fixed Bellinger?  I wonder if he could fix Luis Castillo too.  Can he fix Byron Buxton?  Can he just rub his hands on Justin Turner’s wrist?  Yo, Lance, you shaman?  I got questions, y’all!

Max Muncy – 1-for-4 and his 1st steal.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but you do you, I’ll do me and may we forever hold our piece.  Misspelling FTW!

Elias Diaz – 1-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Also in this game, Francisco Cervelli hit his 9th homer.  Pirates may not be doing great in the majors, but they’d win themselves a deep, two-catcher league.

Jameson Taillon – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.08.  I wonder if they were to put a walnut in his underwear to balance him if he’d get back to where he was last year.

Scott Schebler – 3-for-6, 1 run, 1 RBI and now hitting leadoff, and has now appeared in every roundup this week and will appear in today’s Buy column and he owns the world.  Look out your window, there he is.  Don’t just stare!  Say hello!

Jesse Winker – 3-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, as he came in to replace the god-awful Adam Duvall (1-for-3, 1 run, hitting .185).  All respect to the Reds for trying to keep their scrubs in check, but what are they doing starting Duvall over Winker ever?  They’re 19 games under .500 through 63 games, they’re not playing for anything except to see what their youngsters can do.  That Billy Hamilton (0-for-4, 2 runs, hitting .195) ever plays is bewildering too.  Clean house like my maid Graciela!

Nick Pivetta – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 3.76.  Meh, it was a tough matchup and the final line is worse than he looked.  I’m still all-in on Pivetta like our hockey writer, Viz, at the final table of the World Series of Poker.  Our hockey guy is a pro poker player, do people know this?  They should.

Tyler Chatwood – 4 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners (7 BBs), 6 Ks, ERA at 3.86.  Speaking of final lines looking better for Pivetta, well, this line by Chatwood is garbage found under your Aunt Audrey’s sofa.  “Aunt Audrey, is this a bowl for the dog?”  “That’s my diaphragm.”

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, and 4th homer in the last ten games.  HR to the Rizzo!

Paul Blackburn – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks as he was activated from the DL.  He has a career 3.4 K/9.  I will now laugh hysterically, then stop abruptly and say, “Nah.”

Eddie Rosario – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .312.  Serious question, do you ever think to yourself, ‘Why didn’t I just listen to Grey on everything?’

Eduardo Escobar – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .286, as he bats third.  In my NFBC league where I’m in first, I put Escobar in my lineup the 1st week of the season (he was intended as a backup) and I haven’t removed him.  Not a bad 34th round pick.  (Joc Pederson wasn’t a bad 31st rounder either.)  Suddenly, screaming, “Give me my just desserts!”

Jose Berrios – 9 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.66.  Solid #2, yadda blabbity bloo.  Something just occurred to me, I wonder how many complete games there are now vs. any other decade where the pitcher gives up runs.  These seem especially rare.  A shutout is a clear case where the pitcher should be left in, but it seems that if the pitcher gives up a run, he has little chance of completing the game.

Miles Mikolas – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.27.  In that aforementioned NFBC league, I drafted Mikolas in the 25th round.  Hey, I told everyone to draft him; blame yourself.

Jose Martinez – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .311.  Racist!  You know what’s a bit odd?  I like Jo-Ma a lot.  I almost want to call him Jo-Momma and have you start calling me daddy because I loved Jo-Momma so long and sexy and incredibly sensually, but he really doesn’t hit for much power, huh?  If you’ve ever seen him, it’s even more surprising.  He looks, build and swing-wise, like he should be hitting 30+ homers.

Fernando Abad – Suspended 80 games for PEDs.   He’s Abad man.

Evan Gattis – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, and his 6th homer in the last ten games.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy because he’s owned in too many leagues, but if he’s out there, by all means.

Alex Bregman – 2-fo-4, 2 runs, and his 7th homer.  I’d say he’s overdue, but he really might only be a 17-homer hitter, i.e., Alex Blehman.

Jalen Beeks – 4 IP, 6 ER as he was called up.  Beeks looked better when he had his mouth taped shut in a gorilla suit.

Andrew Benintendi – 2-for-5 and his 11th homer, hitting .299.  Not trying to strum up a conspiracy theory here, but MLB is miscounting Benintendi’s homers.  He’s homered like 17 times in the last week, so how you figure eleven?  Exposing lies here!  I’m a fantasy baseball Carl Monday.

Leonys Martin – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs  and his 8th homer, and three homers in his last ten games.  Could be a little schmotato here, but he lost some shine when he was moved down the Tigers lineup.

Mitch Haniger – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer.  Grey prods a guy on Thursday morning in the roundup, guy hits a home run later that evening.  You’re welcome.  *blows on knuckles, wipes knuckles on shirt*  Crap, why did I have ketchup on my knuckles?  Cougs is gonna kill me.

Denard Span – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games.  Hot schmotato alert for Span, or is it really Ben Revere?  You’ll never know.  Seriously, don’t think about it too long.

Austin Pruitt – 7 IP, 5 ER, as he entered the game in the 2nd inning.  Maybe I’m being daft, but what is the difference between a reliever pitching the 1st inning, then a starter pitching 2nd thru 8th and a reliever again for the ninth vs. a starter pitching the 1st thru 7th inning, then a reliever in the 8th and 9th?

Daniel Robertson – 1-for-5 and his 7th homer, hitting .263.  He is so yawnstipating.  He should change his name to Yawniel.

Brad Miller – Designated for assignment.  His assignment is ‘you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.’

Mark Trumbo – 2-for-4 and a homer.  I was floored when I saw how many homers he had and his average.  Floored, I tell ya!  I know he was injured, but he has three homers and is hitting .292.  Yo, Joe Mauer, take off that Trumbo jersey!

Austin Wynns – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer to go with his fabulous Vegas casinos that I can no longer go to anymore because I’m too woke.

Josh Donaldson – Sounds like he won’t come off the DL today.  Donaldson said he’s “kinda iffy.”  Choosy fantasy baseballers don’t choose an iffy Donaldson.

David Hess – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.07.  Just looked at the Stream-o-Nator for Hess and it read, “Whatchu talkin’ about Willis?”  You don’t find that crack analysis anywhere.  Sorry, shouldn’t say that, don’t believe Willis is smoking crack anymore.

Zach Britton – Aiming to return on June 15th, as he finishes rehab at Triple-A Norfolk.  Fun fact!  People from there are called Norfolks.

 
  1. Crazy J says:
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    “do you ever think to yourself, ‘Why didn’t I just listen to Grey on everything?’” … everytime I have to decide whether to DL or drop Buxton, yes.

    My Mikola line: 12 IP, 1 W, 10 K, 6.00/1.25 … dazzling! Doesn’t come even close to my Faria line, but looks very similar to my Pomeranz line. I guess when you sleep with fleas you’re going to draft dogs?

    • Asking For A Friend says:
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      @Crazy J:

      I listed to Grey on a lot as well (Rosario/Pivetta/Vlad Jr, etc etc)

      Didn’t listen to him on donaldson. I’ve now dropped him because I couldn’t move his tight calf dead armed ass. What a bum!

      Grey- I now need you to handle my taxes and all investment strategies too please.

      All in.

        • Willy Mo says:
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          @Grey: step 2, buy razzball stock

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Great write-up, man! Awesome, top shelf!

    a. Short schedule yesterday! I saw four of my players weren’t starting. Fortunately the ones who did start did all right. In a word…Schebler!

    b. Mark Twain quote of the day for June 8

    The cow illustration is it not sufficient to show that a dumb animal’s mental machine is just the same as a man’s and its reasoning processes the same?

    I will illustrate further.

    If you should hand Mr. Edison a box which you caused to fly open by some concealed device he would infer a spring, and would hunt for it and find it. Now an uncle of mine had an old horse who used to get into the closed lot where the corn-crib was and dishonestly take the corn. I got the punishment myself, as it was supposed that I had heedlessly failed to insert the wooden pin which kept the gate closed.These persistent punishments fatigued me; they also caused me to infer the existence of a culprit, somewhere; so I hid myself and watched the
    gate. Presently the horse came and pulled the pin out with his teeth and went in. Nobody taught him that; he had observed–then thought it out for himself. His process did not differ from Edison’s; he put this and that together and drew an inference–and the peg, too; but I made him sweat for it.

    c. Have a Grey(t) weekend!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Schebler! B. So great C. You too!

  3. Lipson says:
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    I sure wish these would come out before Yahoo rosters lock at 3am. That’s all…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lipson: Life is a struggle of want and get

  4. Savoy Special says:
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    14 team H2H auction redraft league. 6×6: Runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS and Ks, QS, ERA, WHIP, Saves+Holds, K/9

    1. Can I cut Yonder Alonso despite only having Ian Desmond as my 1B?
    2. Drop Yonder Alonso for Michael Taylor, Jurickson Profar, or Joc Pederson? Or hold.
    3. Drop Ryan Madison for Justin Miller, Joakim Soria, or Hector Rondon? Rondon wasn’t used last night in the 9th. Or hold.
    4. This team hasn’t been out of first place a single week and is about to crush another week. Knock on wood. All thanks to you! Thanks Grey. Though you said to hold Grandal over Gattis. Had to override last week and take the DH eligible at catcher

    C: Evan Gattis
    1B: Ian Desmond
    2B: Cesar Hernandez
    3B: Jeimer Candelario
    SS: Francisco Lindor
    OF: Mike Trout
    OF: Mitch Haniger
    OF: Eddie Rosario
    UTL: Jake Lamb
    Bench: Yonder Alonso

    P: Daniel Winkler
    P: Ryan Madson
    P: Matt Barnes
    P: Keon Kela
    P: Steve Cishek
    SP: Mike Foltynewicz
    SP: Miles Mikolas
    Bench: Max Scherzer
    Bench: Blake Snell
    Bench: Michael Wacha

    DL: Clayton Kershaw
    DL: Joey Lucchesi
    DL: Tony Cingrani

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Savoy Special: 1./2. Sure, Joc 3. It wasn’t a save opp, Rondon 4. Nice!

  5. Scott says:
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    Semien or Anderson ros? Obp league. I realize neither is a good obp source, but this is for my MI spot. Where is semien’s power? I’ll take a 20/20 season from Anderson. Do you think he can keep this pace while having a .300 boo? Thanks

  6. Scott says:
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    .300 obp

  7. muskysmell says:
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    Two questions:

    1) Is Benintendi a Top 10 Overall Fantasy player right now at this very moment if you re-did the rankings today?

    2) Is Mikolas a Top 25 Pitcher? I’m seeing some fantasy gurus saying he’s on that cusp

    • Hawk says:
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      @muskysmell:

      According to CBS (I know hahahaah) Benintendi is 12th. The top 10 are:
      1) Max Scherzer
      2) Justin Verlander
      3) Mookie Betts
      4) Mike Trout
      5) Corey Kluber
      6) Gerrit Cole
      7) Luis Severino
      8) Jose Ramirez
      9) JD Martinez
      10) Jean Segura (I did a double take too but he’s hitting .340)
      11) Manny Machado

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, nah, there’s a new post for followups

  8. Murph says:
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    Happy Friday Grey!
    Great stuff today…. Norfolks sounds like a dad joke right?

    1 Which 2b do you like rest of season – Cesar Hernandez, Villar or Peraza?
    2 Would you trade Charlie Morton + Moreland for Benitendi? That’s a yes right? (still would have Severino, Quintana, McCullers, Snell, Stripling and Buehler)

    Thanks buddy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Murph: Big time dad joke! 1. Peraza 2. Benintendi side

  9. Donny Simms says:
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    H2H Points league

    Drop Nimmo or Kinsler or both

    For

    Joc, Gattis, Peralta, Muncy, Leonys

    Thanking

  10. Aardvark says:
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    Can you rank Jo-ma, Schebler , joc ROS please?

      • Aardvark says:
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        @Grey: last roster spot. Would you rather have carpenter or jo ma?

        Also is Clayton Richard worth a hold? Or grab a keon kela

  11. JC says:
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    Plse rank Pederson, Schebler, Conforto, Sano ROS.
    2 different leagues trying to see who to pick up & who to drop with one question
    Thank you!
    Have a great weekend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JC: Sano, Joc, Schebler

  12. Joel says:
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    While we’re at it, let’s scoop Schoop over to Lance for general maintenance.

    He’s my only bench bat and is pretty much useless at this point…Is it nutty to consider Joc over him at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: Lance is a shaman, yes or no?

      Yeah, little nutty

  13. Christopher Coriell says:
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    Buchholz in a two start week at home vs Pit and NYM in H2H points league? I like it, do you Grey? Thanks for a great column every day! Let’s Go Clay!

  14. papasmurf says:
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    Pederson has 5 homers in the last 4 games he started. I streamed him once. Guess which game I started him?

    Costanza Smurf. The anti-Gray.

  15. Cram It says:
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    I didn’t understand the reliever/opener thing myself, until I heard the reasoning behind it. The opener is supposed to get through the toughest part of the lineup so that the actual starter, among other intangible effects, only sees that part of the lineup maybe 3 times. I don’t know. It makes sense if the opener is actually capable and doesn’t allow any runs. Instead of Jonny Venters, which feels more like a sacrifice to the fantasy baseball owners of Nationals.

    • Willy Mo says:
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      @Cram It: yeah eventually teams will just be full of guys who pitch 1 to 3 innings every 3 or 4 days.

      Starting pitching is a dying art

      • Cram It says:
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        @Willy Mo: The Rockies kinda sorta tried that a few years back. Brian Kenny likes to still discuss the possibility. Hasn’t taken yet.

        • Willy Mo says:
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          @Cram It: I mean you look at these prospects coming up now lile alex reyes and to me i dont see that kinda player ever taking the ball every 5 days and going 6 and 7 innings.

          It’s going to be a slow evolution but it’s coming

          • Willy Mo says:
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            @Willy Mo: like* alex reyes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Plus, the ‘starter’ still has to face good hitters at some point, no?

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Well yeah, but ideally not the first time through the order. So there’s that advantage, plus that whole “hitters averages increase severely the third time seeing the same pitcher” thing.

        • Arty Montoya says:
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          @Cram It: Instead of the save…it will be a “shave”…relievers shaving off innings for starters on the front end…saving it on the back.

    • cyler8 says:
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      @Cram It: I can see it now:

      6 X 6 OPS plus Opens league…WTF “opens”?

  16. Ozzie Smith says:
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    Bellinger turning it on!

    10 team h2h 5×5 redraft league and a guy just got impatient and dropped him on Tuesday, I’ve been holding #1 waiver priority and I think it’s time to cash it in.
    In this league we are allowed 4 moves per week which I usually use to stream 4 pitchers since my hitting is pretty well set. I could put him in that spot and lose my streaming opportunity or drop someone else, whatcha think?
    C Molina
    1 freeman
    2 Albies
    3 Rendon
    SS turner
    MI Gleyber Torres
    OF Mazara, Brantley, Soto
    U Shaw
    DL Acuna

    SP Bauer, Quintana
    RP Jansen, Vasquez, Boxberger
    P Archer, Wood, Newcomb, Pivetta, Flaherty, Buehler,
    streamer (currently Wright)
    DL Robbie Ray

  17. Jason says:
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    I’m in a 10 team mixed Yahoo H2H redraft league.

    Please rank the following for ROS:
    Soto, Hererra, Bell, Alonso, CarGo.

    I own Soto and am considering making a switch.

  18. jon says:
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    At this point would you rather Escobar over: Nimmo, Teoscar, Beltre, Bird, or O. Herrera? thx!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jon: Teoscar

  19. Loverocket says:
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    Would u drop Mancini for Pederson?

  20. jose H. says:
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    I like me some Muncy, especially since he is eligible at 1B, 2B and 3B for this year and has locked eligibility at 1B and 3B for next year already and the Dodgers are working him at 2B and plan to use him there some later. We need 20 games for him to qualify in 2019.

    I will probably platoon him at 1B with Gyorko. Love his lefty bat and plate discipline.

  21. Willy Mo says:
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    I’m surprised you didn’t mention in your lead about Joc Pederson that he is a strict platoon player only, for any of your readers who may not know.

    He hardly ever plays vs leftes, and you wouldn’t want him to face lefties anyways as he does literally zero vs them.

    So yeah Joc is good if you can platoon him. He has some of the most drastic lefty-righty matchup splits I’ve ever seen for a career.

    OK, time to read the rest of the post now.