This weekend, I was kneeling in a garden, tending to my Monkey Face Orchid, when I heard some commotion outside my greenhouse. It was my much, much older wife, Cougs, screaming, “Grey! They’ve come for you.” It was the Rockies, and they were trying to send me to the minors. They trampled over my azaleas with their jackboots, dragging me through the soil, ruining my suspenders. I tried to tell them, “You have the wrong man!” Finally, they heard my pleas and checked my state ID card. Before they left, I asked, “Who are you looking to send to the minors?” They replied, “Jon Gray,” and I began to scream again, “Please! Take me instead!” So, Jon Gray was optioned to the minors. Can’t say I fully blame the Rockies, but, of course, I can try. Have the Rockies heard of underlying peripherals? Sure, the results have been miserable, but it’s Coors and everything says Gray should be much better. You really have a better replacement pitcher who is worth ruining your best pitcher’s confidence? He has the 6th best xFIP in the league with an 11.6 K/9. I honestly can’t even with the Rockies. They are the worst. Then, they brought up Raimel Tapia to fill the roster spot, so, of course, Tapia will sit on the bench. WHAT THE HOLY EFF ARE THE ROCKIES DOING?! Caps for emphasis and the hyperopic. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:
German Marquez – 8 IP, 1 ER, 2 hits, zero walks, 9 Ks, ERA at 5.14. Only blemish was a homer allowed to Enrique Hernandez, because a German can’t hold down a Kike. Damn right!
Nolan Arenado – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer. Our parrot, Mr. Broccoli, asked to be cremated, and we will honor him with a memorial service tomorrow, but until then we have carelessly placed his ashes by the window–NOOOO!!! Torenado!!!
Matt Kemp – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 14th homer. He came up a triple shy of a cycle. Hey, no talk of cycles with Matt Kemp when he’s claiming he’s in the best shape of his life at 33 years old.
Ryan Tepera – Hit the DL with elbow inflammation. Or as Ron Howard calls it, Backdraft II: Flaming Elbows. I can’t wait for the Universal City ride, Tepera’s Battered. I’d grab Tyler Clippard and you can drop Tepera if you don’t have room.
Sam Gaviglio – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA ar 3.97. Mentioned Gavi Gavi Gavi in Friday’s Buy as a Stream-o-Nator call, and it did not disappoint, except if you were hoping for a win, then it disappointed. You and your expectations!
J.A. Happ – 5 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.03. He cruised through four innings without allowing a run, and I went to brunch, then I came home and vomited up my Bennies. “Happy long hollandaise weekend…,” and spewing chunks.
Jordan Zimmermann – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.91. In his last five starts, he has a 1.24 ERA, striking out 23 and walking five, in 29 IP. He also threw more curves yesterday than in every other start this year, and has a 8.4 K/9, 1.9 BB/9 and 4.09 xFIP. Essentially, the best he’s looked since his great years in Washington. He’s not relying on the fastball at all, which is good, since it’s a garbage pitch. Also, his next start is a positive on the Stream-o-Nator, so, for the first time in a long time, I could see trying him out.
Nicholas Castellanos – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .310. The Greek God of Hard Contact is on baseball’s Mount Olympus with Kevin Youkilis and Adonis Garcia. A holy trinity of Greek players who aren’t really Greek, presided over from above by Zeus Aguilar.
Niko Goodrum – 4-for-4, 3 runs, hitting .236, and these were Goodrum’s first hits all week, but Goodrum is really always hitting .151 in our hearts, right?
Tyler Chatwood – 5 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.54. The name Chatwood sounds like a phone sex operator, and this start is what happens when you see an actual phone sex operator. “What are you wearing?” “Nothing, big boy.” “Mom, is that you?” “What the hell are you doing calling this number?!” “I won’t tell dad if you won’t.”
Jon Lester – 5 IP, 2 ER, 12 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.25, and he pitchslapped Lance Lynn (1 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.49). As mentioned in the video above, Lester is a Sell, depending on how much you believe in Saberhagenmetrics.
Ian Happ – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 10th homer, hitting .257, as he hit leadoff yesterday. No joke, I legitimately don’t think there was any reason Happ hit leadoff. If you told me Maddon was holding the lineup card upside down, I would believe you.
Brian Dozier – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .221. You have about ten days to still buy Dozier low.
Mitch Garver – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .262. I was looking at some of the top teams in NFBC overall standings, specifically Lindy Hinkelman’s team, because doode wins $125,000 just about every year. I was surprised to see Garver as his 2nd catcher, then I saw Garver was hitting .500 in the last week, and I shook my head, sighing, “Lindy.”
Justin Verlander – 5 IP, 5 ER vs. the Rays, ERA up to 2.12. Welcome to opposite world. I’ll be your host, Albrey Gright. You’ll like it here; you’re wealthy and handsome now. Go out for some rich man’s chowder with that hot dame of yours!
Charlie Morton – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.55 vs. Blake Snell – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.24. “I wanted both of these guys in March, so why in the effin’ eff don’t I own either of them anywhere? Not rhetorical, answer me!” I screamed at myself in the mirror.
Evan Gattis – 2-for-4 and his 16th and 17th homers, hitting .252. Fun fact! Evan was named because he used to live in a van that had an E Street Band poster covering a hole.
Edwin Jackson – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 2 hits, zero walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.13. As I always say, a player is not good until their 15th team.
Danny Salazar – Will have exploratory surgery. Somebody’s filming a sequel to Innerspace!
Carlos Carrasco – Will return on Friday, and Francona said he hit 97 MPH during his rehab start at Double-A. The radar gun they use in Double-A is a man, who looks like a walrus, counting Mississippis.
Francisco Lindor – 3-for-4, 4 runs, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer, hitting .296. Most shocking thing about his homer? That Jo-Ram didn’t follow him with one of his own. These two have been going back and forth in the 1st half of the season like it’s Rocky-Apollo I.
Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .233. Rough and tumble comparison alert! Edwin is Nelson Cruz minus thirty points on average.
James Paxton – 8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.39. Still believe Paxton is a sell based on his inability to stay healthy, but not on his pitching ability. So, if you wanna play with the house’s money, go for it. Though, Hugh Laurie might have a problem with that.
Brad Keller – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.09. If I could make a Faustian bargain that I could have Keller’s first 50+ IP, but it meant I had to take his next 50 IP too, I wouldn’t do it.
Tyler Mahle – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 3.83. Not quite that great on perfs (what the kids call them), but a 9.2 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 and 4.03 xFIP definitely plays. Of course, in tougher matchups, the walks go sideways, literally, and the Ks can’t hold down the fort. All of which is to say Mahle goes to Wrigley next, and you’re crazy if you think I’m starting him there.
Matt Harvey – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 2 hits, zero walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.91, as the Reds’ pitching shut down the Brewers Saturday and Sunday. Last time the Reds pitching shut anyone down was in 2012 with Mat Latos. By the way, Latos? Now pitching for the New Jersey Jackals. Before you feel bad for him, it’s not all bad for Mat — he divorced Dallas. As for the other Matt, he goes to Wrigley next, and no thanks, or if Rita Wilson is reading, no T. Hanks.
Jose Peraza – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .274, and has three homers this week. Yesterday’s homer was a grand salami, and the Reds have nine grand slams already this year. Elias Sports Bureau said that’s the most grand salamis since the San Gennaro Feast was held in Vegas during the AVN Awards.
Kevin Gausman – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.05. I sold out Gausman pretty quickly after being excited for him in the preseason, due to his 2nd half last year. Which brings me to my point (finally!), I’m cyclops’ing him hard to repeat his 2nd half.
Manny Machado – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer. Machado is such a team player he dedicated this home run to the Dodgers. Hey, I didn’t say which team.
Mark Trumbo – 2-for-4 and his 9th and 10th homer, hitting .261. He leads the major leagues for homers in July. Okay, seriously, he missed all of April, and has eight homers since June 7th.
Shohei Ohtani – Expected to return to DH this week, but not expected to pitch again this year. At least that’s what I’m saying, I haven’t read anything to that effect. Just can’t imagine he pitches again. Cust kayin’.
Kole Calhoun – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 4th homer, and 2-for-13 this weekend as The Sciosciapath unveiled him as the Angels’ new leadoff hitter. Sure, he’s only hitting .168, but his OBP is .221. I mean, c’mon, The Sciosciapath doesn’t need a straitjacket. That’s just ridiculous.
Asdrubal Cabrera – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 14th homer, hitting .280. His home run was an absolute bomb into the upper deck. It was almost like he was trying to hit that ball all the way to Cleveland to help his former and future (in about three weeks) team.
Steven Matz – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.46. Mets have already said if they trade anyone from their rotation it will be Syndergaard, because he’s their best pitcher. Okay, they might’ve had a different reason, but this is the underlying reason.
Noah Syndergaard – Will throw a simulated game on Tuesday. However, since yesterday was July 1st, let us not forget the Mets paid Bobby Bonilla over a million dollars yesterday.
Bobby Bonilla Day reminds me of the time in 1994 I didn’t pay $2.88 for a gallon of milk because I wanted to buy a Mike Hampton baseball card and now pay the grocer $4,750 per year for 27 years.
— Razzball (@Razzball) July 1, 2018
Luke Weaver – 4 2/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 5.16. Not to be the moist towelette that smells of urine, but you know Weaver’s likely been hurt since May and pitching through it, right? How do the Cards not know this? Great question, someone should send it to them: Cardinals P.O. Box Vatican.
Tommy Pham – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .247. Just when you think he’s done, he does something worthwhile. He’s a flim-Pham artist! By the by, I Googled “film-flam” by accident at first, and instead of “Did you mean flim-flam?” Google just gave me a Murder She Wrote episode titled “Film-Flam” and for a minute I thought that term was a Murder She Wrote invention.
Max Fried – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.55. The guy with the fantasy team named, Max Fried Chicken & Camargo Adams, is loving life right now, and is Wade Boggs. Fried is a 93-95 MPH fastball, plus curve and, well, he’s got two pitches and maybe a change that he throws rarely. When hitters get more familiar with him, he will need to adjust back, then they will adjust back, then…Well, this is the standard right-right-left slow dance pitchers and hitters do. He goes to Milwaukee next time out, and the Stream-o-Nator doesn’t love it, and I’d be scared in most leagues to try him, but I could see grabbing him for better matchups.
Mike Foltynewicz – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.02. See the comment I make for Lucchesi about four inches down. Or eight inches down if a girl’s reading.
Ronald Acuna – 1-for-4, 1 run with his 6th homer on Saturday, and activated on Friday. Tilde break of dawn!
Nick Kingham – As presupposed here while having a lovely Armenian woman file my nails, Kingham will start for Kuhl. I say Kuhl indeed, and grabbed Kingham in a few leagues, though I am desperate. Thanks, Grays!
Corey Dickerson – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 6th homer, hitting .296. Have absolutely nothing to go on for this other than my gut and I just ate Chipotle, but this feels like the beginning of a big schmotato run.
Colin Moran – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer. 15 homers feels aggressively low, but will anyone on the Pirates hit 20 homers? Gonna say no.
Jameson Taillon – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.05 vs. Tyson Ross – 5 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.78. You starting both guys, because, “Two light hitting teams in Petco? What could go wrong?” You after, “I look like that skull emoji.”
Joey Lucchesi – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners (1 hit), 5 Ks, ERA at 3.26. Not 100% sure why he can no longer throw more than 85 pitches in a game. Is he on a perennial pitch count? Or is it deciduous? I always confuse those two.
Chris Sale – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.41 vs. Sonny Gray – 2 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.44. Classic Sox/Yanks matchup like Pedro vs. Don Zimmer.
David Price – 3 1/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 4.28 vs. Luis Severino – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.98. Today, Don Zimmer won. You know what’s gonna be awesome? When the Sawx face the Yanks in the playoffs, and it’s Price vs. Gray, the game may never end due to runs being scored.
Kyle Higashioka – and his 1st career hit was a homer. “He’s going to be the best catcher ever! Besides Yogi and Munson, of course. RIP Legends.” That’s a Yankees homer.
Aaron Hicks – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 12th, 13th and 14th homers, hitting .258. From Higashioka to booyakasha! I did just tell you to buy Aaron Hicks, member? Open up and buy AH? Nothing? Poison songs? No? Okay, I did. The bare essentials of Aaron Hicks’ fantasy value, and not the Bare Essentials in the new mall, is: as long as Hicks is playing in that lineup, even if he weren’t doing well, he should likely be owned. And he is doing well.
Zack Godley – 4 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.07. I was thisclose to streaming him, but, whew, tragedy averted. Thank God, no Godley.
Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer. Au Shizz!
Will Smith – 1/3 IP, and his 2nd save in as many opportunities, ERA at 1.11. Ginormous headed manager + no closer = Zsa Zsa Gabor. Whoa, math’s off there. Was supposed to equal, SAGNOF galore. Do I think Smith is the closer? No. Do I think if the Giants get save opportunities when a lefty is coming up Smith will be used? Sí, señor y cinco señoritas.
Vince Velasquez – Placed on the DL after being hit with a come backer in his arm. Man, I really hope he’s–Bring up Enyel De Los Santos! (Literally screaming.)
Nick Pivetta – 1 IP, 0 ER and the vulture win in the 13th. Yup, that’s all he did this weekend. Good stuff. *whistles, slowly backpedaling out of the room, walks into another room that is filled with Pivetta’s owners from Friday, when he was shellacked, and on their bench on Sunday* Oh, hey, guys.
Rougned Odor – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 4th steal, hitting near-.300 since we renewed our vows like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Avisail Garcia – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI, and three homers this week. He went into the weekend as a schmotato, and is coming out samesies.
Carlos Rodon – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.55. Saddest thing ever? I now look at my starters like, “Hey, he gave up less runs than innings, good start!” The Grays have damaged Grey! Obviously Rodon’s not quite fire emoji on ERA, but his peripherals are even worse (6.7 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 5.53 xFIP). As my mother-in-law says, TTFN. That’s ta-ta for now.
Reynaldo Lopez – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.68. Subliminally, I nod my whenever this guy is mentioned. It’s a disease similar to Jimmy Legs; it’s called Lopez Head.
Giving up Ozuna & Newcomb for Harper, Pivetta and Efflin. Should I take that?
Hi Grey, 10 tm h2h pts for ROS: any add/drops worth doing from the lists below?
could also drop 1 of these 2 SP:
Big THANKS for taking the time.
So after getting clobbered in the first inning, Ray’s first fastball of the 2nd is 89 mph. Then he gives up a ringing double to the pitcher. You can go get him now.
Who was that douche that railed me about starting
Mr Rob Ray tonight vs StL??
@FrankGrimes: right here. you couldn’t come up with any reasons BEFORE the game why not to play him, i had tons TO play him, but I’M the douche, okey dokey. easy to say “i told ya so” after the fact when you had no reason for worry in the first place. at least now you can find somebody to shove the blame to right, at least i’m good for that one.
and no, not CUBS fan.
@The Harrow: and i gave you REASONS to play ray that were perfectly legitimate, you said you were “worried” and gave not one reason, that’s me “railing” you? i thought it was quite silly to bench a pretty highly drafted pitcher, who was fine in his 1st start back from injury, against a 21st ranked hitting team, against whom he did quite well when he last played them (april 5th @ STL, 9 K’s, 6 in, 7 baserunners 1 ER), in his home stadium.
haha ok boss
10 team OBP h2h limited season moves (budget)
Greene just hit the DL, already have Correa, Cervelli, and Archer on the DL, but all should be back relatively soon.
starters: Nola, Snell, Cmart, Archer (DL), Mikolas, Price, Pivetta,
closers: Trienen, Iglesias, Britton
So would you:
1) Hold Greene, knowing that two of my DL eligible players might be activated in the next week and a DL spot would open up
2) Hold Greene until more information is given on the severity of the shoulder injury, then make a decision
2) Drop Greene immediately for Jimenez, Romo, Winkler, or W Peralta
3) Drop Green for a starter such as: Kingham, Stroman, Gausman, C. Anderson, Matz, Gibson, Lucchesi, Eovaldi
2 2) Romo
@Grey: lol…I didn’t realize until afterwards I put “2” twice
Amir Garrett couldn’t get just one f’n out. Smh.
Aaaannndddd… Gorkys answers the batty call!
@Stephen Lyon: Thanks Hittertron!
@Stephen Lyon: Just wait for Slater!
Damn, I wanted to grab him, but he was gone already
Odorizi or Nova tomorrow or both
Odorizi or Nova better long term hold?
No idea of their matchups… Odorizzi is better long term
Should I drop wacha or junis for eflin?
In a H2H holds and saves league, I have to create an opening for DeJong coming off the DL so thinking of dropping a RP.
I have Herrera and Hirano for holds. Britton, Bear Claw and Parker for saves (So I blow in that category). Would you trade Herrera and Hirano for
3. Would you drop one of Herrera, Hirano, or Britton to activate DeJong?
Sure, either… 2, 1, that order… 3. Britton
(That got you another .000007865 cents, right?)
Follow up thanks doubled it!
First time seeing Loisiga. Live arm. The slider he looks like he has good feel. The curve looks like it’s got tight spin. He’s bounced every one I’ve seen him throw. Still blows me away that so many pitchers are touching 98 99 these days.
Judge homer was like a Lee Trevino cut fade hold tee shot. Ton of back spin carry.
Speaking of 97, Eovaldi looks good. I think he found a little movement in the four seamer since last I saw him.
Yeah, watched Lasagna thru the first three and saw Judge’s homer (a popup)… Lasagna’s got me very excited, if he hits with the breaking stuff, it’s going to be tough to catch up with him… Which has been Eovaldi’s issue too, always, can’t let anyone sit dead red
And Camargo, ha…
Luis Castillo through 3. Chi Sawks are a pretty lifeless group.
Do you ever mix up the Rays and Marlins in your head?
Nah, the Marlins are just sad; Rays seem to try
Montgomery Inn or Bieber Fever?
MOntgomery is safer, but I’d take either
Hey Grey would you drop
Camargo for Jorge Polanco
I need RBI’s and SB’s
Camargo has been useful
who’s the drop to activate Pollock:
Dustin Fowler, Michael Taylor, Joe Jiminez, Kyle Barraclough, R Healy
keeper but these guys are borderline/not keepers
@bananafactory: or Alex Wood, Zach Godley, Archie Bradley
Wanted an informed opinion on a possible trade situation. 14 team redraft league. 13th place team traded away Kris Bryant, Stephen Strasburg and Edwin Encarnacion to the team in first place for Teoscar Hernandez, Jose Martinez, Miguel Andujar, Zack Godley and Tyler Skaggs.
Pool is largely consisting of friends and it has caused a lot of backlash. The 13th place team has gone extended periods of time without setting lineups etc and while I have ruled out collusion since he isn’t being paid off I know this is a product of giving up. Any thoughts on how I should go about ruling on this trade? Thanks
It’s a terrible trade, but I don’t believe in vetoes… Gotta let people manage their teams, whether good or bad
@Oppo Taco: how do you know he isn’t being paid off? teams that don’t set lineups for long periods of time that suddenly show up to dump off their star players in a league of people that know each other reeks of collusion exactly. either that or the guy is just an idiot whom the other guy easily talked into it.
how that douche bag who runs MIL has found time to keep playing his favorite indoor sport, find ANY warm human body to steal more of villar’s at bats, the new one named orf. you can’t even make this shit up
Ha, I know… Orf! WTF
Trading for Clevinger and another pitcher, but I will need to drop pitchers. DROP in order.
@Grey: weekly roto, chasing wins and k’s. who do you like better this week?
bieber – @ kc
kingham – @ lad, vs phi
Hey Grey, Thanks for making me laugh to start my Mondays per usual!
I could use your wisdom in thinking about a trade I’m considering protesting in my league. The 1st place team is trading J. Martinez, Solarte, and E. Diaz for the 3rd place team’s Lindor and Encarnacion. I’m the 2nd place team and not feeling good about this one. I’m in a 12 team H2H points league.
Do you think the trade is unfair and/or worthy or protesting? Even pondering this makes me think, “come on, it’s just fantasy baseball with a bunch of your buddies!”?
My inner two-year old, however, is yelling noooooo. The razzball trade analyzer has the deal at $52 vs. $18. Two of 2017’s top 20 hitters in my league for 2 hitters who were meh at best plus, sure, a very good reliever. Admittedly this year, the points stack up in a way that makes this deal not appear so heinous: Lindor 298, Encarnacion 189, Martinez 210, Solarte 205, and Diaz 259.
If I were to protest, how do you recommend going about that? It’s not something I have much experience with…. If I should just chill out, lemme know too haha.
Thanks! Man, that is a terrible trade, but I don’t believe in vetoes, so you gotta live with it… Make your own trade to help you…
@Grey: Thanks for the perspective, Grey. I agree with your approach. Pressing through will make a victory that much sweeter.
Drop Moncada for Jorge Polanco?
AJ Pollock was just activated (earlier than I expected). Gotta find a way to make room for him.
Should I cut Muncy, Rendon, Desmond, Haniger or am I forced to cut my worst SP and rock a bench bat since I don’t really wanna lose any of them? First world FBB team problems…
Cut a SP
I have the same question about Pollock and wondering who I should cut/trade and where for him. I also have to make room for two SP coming off the DL. Was thinking of trading Gordon for Pollock (the other owner likes Gordon and needs his SB) and cut one of my SP or RP. Unless Pollock can be one of my starters (who would he replace in the lineup) I don’t know if I need him. Thoughts?
OF Trout, Betts, Judge, Springer
UTIL Story, Benintendi
SP Severino, Kluber, Bauer, Pax, Berrios, Thor (DL), Stras (DL)
RP Kimbrel, Jansen, Doolittle, Allen
If you can trade Gordon for Pollock I’d do it
Would you put Pollock in the starting lineup over Springer, Judge or Benintendi though?
Ha, prolly not, fair point
Then again, I wouldn’t put Gordon in the starting lineup over any of those OF or Baez either. :)
I own Pollock now. Maybe use as a trade chip to consolidate where I need to when my SP Thor and Stras come off the DL.
Yeah, could work
Without boring you about my whole crappy team. 15 team keeper league. I’m towards the bottom. I can probably get Foltynewicz or Bundy for Tim Anderson. Should I and which pitcher do you prefer.
Thank you in advance.
I’d take Folty
My SP in a standard roto – QS – K – ERA – WHIP
I’m interested in doing a deal for Nola and would need to consolidate.
I order between these – Berrios, Nola, Thor, Stras
What’s the question
In what order do you like those SP – Berriors, Nola, Thor or Stras for my league and based on my rotation?
Thor, Nola, Berrios
Stras after Berrios – that I’m surprised
Just set my NFBC lineup an realized I drafted Jorge Bonafacio. It’s almost like winning the lottery when you are in 8th place.
Haha, and I just realized I have Eduardo Escobar on the bench now, great
@Grey: yup that’s the way it goes.
think Jimenez get another shot at a close in Detroit or grab Hardy?
Jimenez will get another chance or three
Last one. Moose vs. Kluber or Devers vs. Scherzer ? Leaning moose
@Grey: thank you my friend
Hi Grey, I picked up Dickerson and Trumbo, i have judge and stanton, does that make ozuna tradable? And if it does, what value does he carry? Roto league
Maybe a top 15 SP? Top 7 MI? Top 5 3B?
Cool, Thanks Grey. Appreciate your time!!
I have to activate Pollock and not sure who to drop. The candidates are Smoak, Olson, Bieber, Merrifield. I have a pretty deep OF with Ozuna, Acuna, Mazara esq. Also have Soto, olson, merrifield. have Desmond starting at 1b.
2nd half rank
Clevinger Manaea, Berrios, Happ JA, Skaggs, Porcello. These guys are in last place and like to see if I can land 1 or 2 before they start looking at football.
Want to add
Berrios, Clevinger, Happ
Hola Grey – would like some relatively inconsequential trade advice! 13 team standard 5×5 roto. I’m sitting in 6th, and am pretty much average in everything. Only 4 points in HR and RBI, and was just offered Jake Lamb for my Nick Pivetta. I’ve got Bauer, Ray, Tanaka, Heaney, plus streamer quality guys like Eflin, Taillon, Montgomery, and Pivetta. Pulling the trigger on the hope that Jake Lamb can have a quality second half in one of my UTIL spots?
Which side wins this trade – Correa or Baez? It’s a standard, season long roto league using R, HR, RBI, SB and AVG.
The other owner rejected my offer Correa for his Baez.
Who wins if I give him MY Scooter for Baez?
Standard roto – R, RBI, HR, SB, AVG.
That son of a bit– I’d take Baez for Scooter
Done deal…I traded in my Scooter for a Baez. Thanks for the advice!
Hi Grey, would you start Luis Castillo 2-starts
vs White Sox and @ Cubs, or Mikolas @ AZ, or Pivetta @ PIT? It’s H2H points by the way. Thanks
2 straight weeks without top 100 hitter rankings. Are those going away?
I gotta email Kerry, I think he was on vacation
M Gonzales, Gausman, FPeralta
Minter or Hirano?
@Grey: Kingham or Peralta?
What’s good Grey? I loathe the questions you get where the commenter lists his entire roster and asks you for advice, but I got 1st place problems yall so indulge me. I’m in a 12-team keeper, OBP/SLG%, QS league and here’s my squad…
C – Realmuto
1B – Hosmer
2B – Ramirez
3B – Arenado
SS – Turner
2B/SS – Peraza
1B/3B – Beltre
OF – Puig
OF – ODB
OF – Nimmo
OF – Peralta
OF – Kiermaier
UTIL – Rendon
SP – Sale, Kluber, Bauer (thank you), Berrios, Pivetta, Musgrove, Rodon, and DeSclafani (streamer).
CL – Hand, Treinen (thank you Smokey), Allen, and Rondon.
DL – Pollock, Sanchez, and Wacha
All that being said, and being completely content with where my squad is at in our super-competitive keeper league, do you see any glaring weaknesses or areas of improvement?
Yeah, your OF looks like it could use help and your pitching is insane… Trade Sale or Kluber for a top 5 OF
@Grey: I was thinking along the same lines…Pollock is coming back which will help my OF (replaces Kiermaier), but I think I need one other bat, probably in the OF or at 2B/SS. I think I could win the league title with my current roster, so not looking to do too much, but in a keeper league I’m thinking Bauer can take the place of a Kluber due to age. Package Kluber and Gary Sanchez for an OF bat?
You need to send Sanchez too? Kluber is a top 4 SP, that should get you any bat you want
@Grey: You’re right…as always. Appreciate you.
Hey Grey, great stuff as usual! I laughed out loud when I read the German post…
The Trade Analyzer has Machado and Trea Turner roughly equal in value. Do you agree ROS? Worth offering a one-for-one if my team has excess power and need for speed?
@RobMac: For sure…fair deal especially if you need speed.
Thanks! I think they are a toss up, depending on needs
You like Castillo tonight as much as SON does?
Hey to the Motherf#%ing Hey, Home Grey,
Argh. So this closer crisis commenter missed Jimenez today. Not too upset about it, because I think he’s going to get smacked around from time to time, but I need help identifying best bets for closers-in-waiting.
I’m holding Yates and J. Hicks, and planning to stash Hirano per your response to Bk’s comment, just above. I don’t know how to quit Ken Giles, like I’m living in Brokeback Fantasy Baseball, so I’ve got him, too.
So, I guess I’m asking for your top RP speculative stashes ROS.
Maybe if one or two of them pans out for me, I will shut up and leave you alone about this.
Haha… Yates, Hicks and Hirano are great ones… Maybe Steckenrider in case Barraclough is traded
Picked up Kingham in a 12 team long roster league; pitchers hard to come by.
I mostly grabbed to hold him, and PHI start looks like a good matchup; would you roll him out there today? (1.)
2.) Is Gausman a stash in 10-12 team leagues? He’s been decent but his K rate is low. How deep are you interested?
3.) I dropped Margot in all my leagues for Avisail. Riding the streak, hope it doesn’t bite me. You like Garcia outside of his hot streak? Top 50 OF?
4.) Is Hirano still a hold in 10 team? Box doesn’t seem to be on shaky ground.
Thanks as always
I’m starting him, 2. Sure 3. Not especially 4. I’m holding him
AL-only keeper league.
Would you trade Chris Archer, Devon Travis, Frankie Montas & Triston McKenzie for Brian Dozier and Cody Allen?
2B/MI is bleak for me right now – Travis, Wendle, Valbuena, J. Polanco (MI), Xander (MI). My pitching is Severino, Archer (DL), McCullers, Liriano, B. Parker, Mengden (DL), Kimbrel, Kelly, Rodney, Gibson, Montas, A. Miller (DL).
Joe Jimenez does not have a closers mentality, I guess.
Haha, is that what it is?
If I am falling out of contention this year is it time to grab Tatis? When do you envision him being up for good?
Sure, grab him
Pick to click tonight…Charlie Culberson
Do you have any preference of John Hicks or Tom Murphy? Seemed in your Buy/Sell that you view them about the same.
Just need a catcher until Sanchez comes back.
Hicks by a smidge
I thinking of grabbing Yarbrough for tomorrow’s game @Mia. Is his usage pattern holds, he’ll be brought in the 2nd or 3rd and pitch upwards of 6 innings. Shallow mixed starts limit league. Is this idea crazy like a fox (good), or crazy like a Sciosciapath (bad)?
I like it!
@Fred Garvin MP: I’m doing same
@Fred Garvin MP: i just required in AL only, and some 16 teamers will use as of tomorrow. i didn’t know he was listed as the “starter” however, which is neat, since it makes it MUCH easier to stream/add him in ALL leagues, as you’d have to actually look/guess from the last time he started to know when he’s starting, he wouldn’t just show up in the “probable” list in fantasy leagues.
Jays with three hits against Mike Fiers? Oooooohkay
Would you drop either hamels or godley for Gausman?
@Grey: is Jason heyward a buy? Or just a hot schmotato
@aardvark: Probably league specific but in a vacuum he’s a strong maybe. The winning narrative is that in Chili Davis he’s got the right guy for the job. Under David s the A’s had good offensive teams in that brief Donaldson led 3-4 year run. It’s not impossible to think he’s found something. Has always seemed like the yolks were there obviously
@aardvark: he’s been doing well for like 5 or so weeks now (for deeper leagues though, he’s not a buy over somebody you could get in some 12’ers like trumbone)
Re: Shane Greene…dude I just dropped Jimenez yesterday in ‘Perts and if he starts getting saves it’ll be like the 57th reliever I dropped in that league to get saves within a day or 2 of dropping him.
Ha, I saw that
Just lost Shane Greene to the DL – would you rather have Romo or Clippard?
Cut Arrieta for Kyle Hendricks? Both having real rough years, but Kyle is younger and Jake just isn’t really getting me anything right now.
Could also cut a guy like Lucchesi for Hendricks but I think he has was more upside.
Hope you have a great rest the day Grey!
Sounds like shuffling deck chairs on Titanic… I’d prefer Hendricks, but neither really
@Grey: hahah thanks Grey. I think Hendricks is better bounce back guy at this point with the better offense.
Trade Robbie Ray for Dozier?
I have Grandal but he’s been sitting a lot lately for a righty/lefty platoon with Barnes- not to mention he’s ice cold. Is Grandal a drop candidate? Just a slump? Or should I start streaming catchers? Chirinos, Zunino, or Gomes are available this week.
Those guys aren’t much better
@Dino: those 3 at least play most days. if no moves limits just stream the hottest one or whichever TRON likes most, chirinos been hottest. OBP wolf been pretty turrible for a bit (might be a long bit actually)
8 team AL Only 5×5 Standard Roto. Which side?
A: Cruz, Avisail, Leclerc
B: Khrush, Domingo German, Romo
Giving up too much to offer Correa and Story for Lindor?
Two top 40 players for a top 10 one
So make the offer?
If you need 2 guys vs. one — it’s fair
No, I would be giving up MY Correa and Story for Lindor.
Sounds fair still, if it’s a shallow league and you can consolidate, go for it
It is…10-team standard, roto.
Thanks Grey Matter.
I’d want Lindor in a 10-teamer
Anibal in The House That Jeter Built. Your thoughts?
Nfbc I rolled the Castillo double start week with supreme confidence.
Supreme delusion? Kidding, hopefully it works out… Anibal? Whatcha mean?
You think Sanchez gives a good effort or the yanks eat him up today.
Oh! Eat him up
Trade Darvish, Buehler, and Moreland for JA Happ and Desmond?
Still do it if have to swap Bieber in for Buehler?
Happ side, not close… Sure
Moncada or DeJong?
rossell H or fletcher, TRON surprisingly for the 7 day rater prefers rosell H, possibly from lineup placement. it prefers him surprisingly both from a total and a per game perspective. i need a SS in AL only with OBP/total bases due to correa being out. i had nabbed rosell H since i wasn’t sure fletcher would play everyday, but he has played 4 in a row.
I thought some were getting to aggressive with their Taillon ROS rankings when he added his slider. I thought, “Oh great, another pitch that he can command sparingly.” Honestly, he got squeezed yesterday and it directly lead to several runs, but it’s not like he pitched well. And yes, of course I started him.
Also, big shot out to C*nt Hurdle for yanking him at 88 pitches and one out away from qualifying for a win with Freddy Galvis at the plate. What a D.
I didn’t watch yesterday’s start, figured it was a throwaway game from him and he could be okay still…. Hurdle is such a Clint
I have Xander locked into my Util spot (Story at SS) and I’m looking to move him for a bat that gives me some flexibility – what level of bat/player would you be looking for from a team in need of a SS? 15 team roto
Top 50 bat
@Grey: Would you do Pham?
@Grey: Thanks and thanks for the daily content/entertainment
@Grey: weekly roto. need to start two of the following. who do you like?
kingham – @ lad, vs phi
stroman – vs nym
wheeler – @ tor, vs tb
Any thoughts on Pollock and what you expect him to do stat-wise when he comes back?
Should I trade Springer for deGrom?
@Grey: which ace type would he fair for him?
None, trade a lesser bat for a lesser SP
Rank ROS: Odor, DeJong, Lawrie, Tim Anderson, Escobar, Moncada, Solarte, Kike
Also…Cespedes is a free agent. Will he ever play again?
Yoenis should, possibly, before Lawrie — Anderson, Odor
Love the They Live animation in the video.
Ha, thanks! The video guys were very happy to use it too
@Grey: That movie was the perfect storm of awesome when I was in middle school. Wouldn’t hate to see a re-make though
Ooh, great idea, as long as it’s not Chris Pratt or Pine or Klein or any Chris
@Grey: like getting Rowdy in there we need someone who isn’t some a list actor…ooh Giancarlo in his first movie role?
WOW! Why are you not in charge of a studio?
@Grey: Id spend half my budget on re-making movies that didn’t work out so well. Like Dreamscape and Darkman
Ebert always said instead of remaking good movies, remake terrible movies and fix them…
@Grey: Im really feeling this, I’m deciding on my studio head name. Jack Fohberg or Jack Fohstein?
Jack Fohlburg — try it out
Skipped pitching for the most part after drafting Kershaw in the first round, and now people are throwing struggling arms overboard faster than you can shake a stick at. Luis Castillo, Kyle Hendricks and Jon Gray landed on waivers free and clear this week. I’m ways a believer in regression to the mean and track record. Is it worth picking up either of these guys? 12 team 5×5 redraft.
I’d grab Hendricks
in a 10 team al/nl H2H weekly points league Ceaser Hernandez 2B only or Enrique Hernandez 2B, SS, OF ( makes him a lil more enticing to me ) which one ROS and do you think Enrique is just been hot the last month and/or do you think the Dodgers will keep getting him AB’s because they are much less over that same time span and i’m sure he can’t keep up his 1-10 ab’s HR pace he’s on now…..
Pick 2 please;
Berrios @ MIL
German vs ATL
Pivetta @ Pit
Hendricks vs Det
Zunino or Astudillo?
in a 10 team al/nl H2H weekly points league just wondering what I am missing. Ceaser hernandez 2b is and has been available for a couple weeks now and no one will pick him up. Whats going on….I have Dee Gordon at 2b now but C.H. in my league is #6 overall 2b. I’d have to drop NIMO but my OF now is KH davis, trout, j upton, nick cast I could play out there or even Dee if needed. Your thoughts? thx Grey !!
Andrus, Asdrubal or Peraza ROS?
I have Andrus right now- would you drop for either of the other two?
Kike or Odor?
I may never be more proud of a trade. 12 tm ,h2h 5×5
I sent : Yelich, Morton, Flaherty, Edwin, A. Hicks, and Eflin
I receive : Arenado, Hoskins, W. Myers, J. Gray, F. Peralta, K. Mart
My new and sexy lineup
2b- Jo Ram
SS – Turner
OF- Ozuna Hoskins Puig
UTIL Myers, Murphy
Bench- Taylor, G. Polanco
SP- Bum, Pivetta, Newcomb, Johnny Lasanga, Peralta
RP- Rondon Jimenez
Bench Wacha, Buheler,
DL – Tanaka Archer
I’m now focused on trading for an arm. McCaullers was someone I’m interested in. Trying to consolidate bench bats. Any suggestions my man?
Puig and Polanco for McCullers? Myers?