“Mr. Roboto,” is Rudy singing to his computer screen about his robots. I say, “Rudy, what is your favorite robot?” Rudy says, “Well, I have the Pigskinonator for fantasy football, the Streamonator for streaming pitchers, the Stocktononator for fantasy basketball and the Friendonator to find a replacement for you. I guess the Friendonator would have to be my favorite.” That’s pretty cool, Rudy, thanks. So, my favorite robot of his, since I don’t follow any of those other sports is, the Streamonator. Something about a sad, lonely robot sitting at a roadside diner unable to eat peach pie because it will rust itself. Its only solace is picking the best starters of the day over the din of Roy Orbison. Sad and metallic, “Pretty woman, working down the street.” Plus, the Streamonator had me loving Jordan Montgomery (5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 3.63) yesterday, and loves, loves, lurves his next one vs. the Rangers. Of course, I love Jordan outside of matchups — no JoMo! What’s odd (to me, at least); Jordan Montgomery’s peripherals — 9.3 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, 3.56 FIP, 1.25 WHIP — and his team should have everyone thinking of Jordan Montgomery for 2022 fantasy in a better light than he deserves, but I get the sense people think less of him. No idea why that is, maybe it’s his stuff — 92.5 MPH fastball, reliant on curve and change — maybe it’s something else. Perhaps Rudy has a robot to tell us why people think how they do, like a Brainonator. “Yes, but it doesn’t work on you.” That hurts, Rudy. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Joey Gallo – 1-for-4 and his 35th homer. I’m gonna put this out there right now. If the Yankees make the playoffs and they face the Orioles, they’re gonna be tough to beat.

Ryan Mountcastle – 1-for-5 and his 29th homer. “I’m a proper home run hitter, innit?” said the very British Mountcastle.

Salvador Perez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 45th homer, tying Johnny Bench’s catcher record.

Daniel Lynch – Removed from his start with calf tightness. Sounds like bull.

Josh Harrison – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .295, and batting leadoff. Searched on Fantrax waivers in my RCL league, and saw Josh Harrison and didn’t pick him up, because I’m a big dope. Also, he won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, because, as I just said, I’m dumb.

Paul Blackburn – 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.94. Too bad Fiers is out with an injury, he’d be a nice opener for Blackburn.

Louis Head – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.59. He’s just an opener, but I can see why the Rays wanted to get a Head start.

Dietrich Enns – 4 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.15, as he followed Head for the Rays. Also, a solid combo for a mom calling out supper. Ya know, it’s time to Head/Enns. Sorry, bad pun, but until he’s traded to the O’s, it’s what we have. Traded to the O’s for who? What, you don’t think D. Enns justify the Means?

Mike Zunino – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 31st homer. If Sal Perez wasn’t Mr. Electric, we might be talking about how Zunino is the greatest gift to catchers since Johnny Bench.

Yandy Diaz – 2-for-4 and his 11th homer. Yandy Diaz, who hits the ball at a negative seven launch angle, or directly into the dirt in front of the plate, is having a better season than Cody Bellinger. I’m going to put on some LuLaRoe leggings and crawl into the bottom of a Ponzi scheme until I’m dead broke.

Tyler Alexander – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.13. He was on the mound for the Tigers, and all I could think was that he should change his name to Toyle Alexander. *coughs* showing my age *cough* By the way, for this joke, I went to look at Doyle Alexander’s player page, and his career K/9 in 3367 2/3 IP was 4.1! HA! He had a 201-inning season with a 2.6 K/9. I’m dying.

Niko Goodrum – 2-for-3 and his 7th homer. At no point this year did Goodrum have a good run.

Matt Duffy – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer and 2nd homer in the last two days. He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, because he’s here right now. Hot schmotato alert!

Willson Contreras – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .228. Remember when people thought this guy was a top three catcher? By “remember,” I mean in March, and “by people” I mean me.

Kyle Hendricks – 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.81. He was cruising along for the first three-plus innings until the narrative of this year with him sucking caught up to him in the 4th, and things unraveled like an ugly Christmas sweater.

Bryce Harper – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 33rd homer, hitting .314. He missed a 2nd home run by about four inches, or how big the lifts are in my shoes.

Odubel Herrera – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, hitting .257. Went to look at where he was on the 30-day Player Rater, expecting to see a great ranking, and, meh, it’s okay.

Glenn Otto – 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 9.37. Otto, man, got walked over.

Framber Valdez – Scratched yesterday with a cut on his finger. Sounds like scratching’s what got ya in that mess. Dusty, through his toothpick, said that Framber can return on Monday, but there’ no reason to rush him back, so we’ll see. Or not. Your choice!

Luis Garcia – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.37. I’m pretty excited to watch the playoffs and all of those bullpen games.

Carlos Correa – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .280. He reminded me of another soon-to-be free agent shortstop, and I was wondering who was higher on the Player Rater, Correa or Story. So, I looked, and they’re essentially the same. Boy, that’s anticlimactic!

Carlos Rodon – Expected to make only two more regular season starts as the White Sox start to line up their playoff rotation, and even those two final starts might be abbreviated. If you needs Wins, it’s a good time to start looking at who might be entering the game in the 4th inning of all games. Yes, this is the time of the year when Aaron Ashby can be more valuable than a guy who will garner Cy Young votes.

Reynaldo Lopez – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.00. Aaron Ashby is more of a state of mind. I mean for the White Sox guys like Aaron Bummer, Crochet and Kopech. As for Rey-Lo, Streamonator didn’t like this start, and doesn’t like his next one, and, after yesterday, I’d struggle to start him, but would prolly if my back was against the wall.

Luis Rengifo – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer. As he rounded the bases, he yelled, “You can’t spell Rengifo without G the F O!” to the confusion of the crowd in attendance.

Jose Rojas – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer. Thank God this guy never became a thing this year. Shuddering at the thought of getting comments like, “Do you like Rojas?” “Which Rojas?” “The outfielder.” “Which outfielder Rojas?” “J. Rojas.” “Which J. Rojas?” “Jo. Rojas.” “Which Jo. Rojas?” “Jos. Rojas.”

Alex Cobb – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.59, as he was activated from the IL. “You got Corn-Cobb’d!” That’s Rengifo still. Is he having a break from reality? So, Cobb’s had a decent season, but hasn’t seen any real action since July, so, I don’t know, maybe he’s fresh, but I wouldn’t want to be risking my season on a start from Alex Cobb. Streamonator agrees, for what it’s Cronenworth.

Kevin Gausman – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 2.78. So, what, is he, like, tired now? Because that’s not cool. Doesn’t he know my H2H playoffs are more important than the Giants’ playoffs? Does he know this? How do I get this information to him? Western Union?

Evan Longoria – 2-for-4 and his 13th homer. He’s been hot yadda3. Incredibly, he’s hitting .296 on the year. In a good year, he was a .265 hitter. Gene, the Giants’ genie, is working overtime. Really hope the Giants are paying Gene a livable wage. He could’ve wished for it, but he’s using those wishes all up on Longo, Ruf, Wilmer and the rest of that cast of characters.

Alex Wood – There’s “a good chance” he returns on Saturday. When Alex was asked if he’s ready to return, he Wood not say. I’m so sorry to drag you through that for that terrible play on words.

Fernando Tatis Jr. – 2-for-3, and his 39th homer. Just had an interesting thought, Fun the Jewels is better than Fernando Tatis Sr. by many, many levels of greatness, right? So what if each iteration of a Tatis was that amount better than the previous one? So, Fernando Tatis Jr. Jr. will be many, many times better than Tatis Jr. and Fernando Tatis Jr. Jr. Jr. will be many, many times better than Tatis Jr. Jr. Therefore, one day, Tatis Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. will hit 12 homers and steal 12 bags in each game.

Tyler Mahle – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.59. Since this was the only early morning game, I had the joy of watching the Reds/Pirates. Elias Sports Bureau said I was the only person on earth watching this game. Was pretty cool to be included in one of their factoids.

Connor Overton – 3 IP, 0 ER in his 1st start. The Pirates pitching is not good, but throwing Overton, who is really bad, makes the other starters appear better. Pirates: The masters of shifting the Overton window.

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aardvark
aardvark
10 months ago

Elieser against pit or Josiah gray vs col or neither?

I’m up 9 points currently but don’t feel good about it

David
David
10 months ago

Thanks for all of your help. Would you drop Yelich for Sanchez for these last couple of weeks?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
10 months ago

Thanks. I know your feelings about Barnes, and that is why I worded it like this. My main question was if I can drop Ryan (which you concur). At least now I can make other moves since I don’t have a healthy guy in my DL slot.

toolshed
toolshed
10 months ago

I was able to get a win by luis garcia although he only gave up 1 er, he really didn’t get any K and will likely never go beyond 5 innings. He was lucky he faced Texas.. He has the Angels next who he recently faced and didn’t fare as well. I can cut him now in a 12 teamer, right?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
10 months ago

Would you trust Joe Ryan this year? I’m planning to drop him for another closer since I don’t trust him after that line=drive injury. Do you agree?

BTW, the closer I refered to is Matt Barnes, who I assume has an immediate closer role (BoSox desperate) and he was probably helped by his 2-week (albeit Covid) rest.

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
10 months ago

Okay to drop Chris Taylor? He hasn’t been producing lately, and that was before missing time with what I believe has been a neck issue. I need to activate Winker and I’m eyeing Taylor or McMahon as the drop. They are my only bench bats ATM. Taylor is my only CF option behind Ketel, though, and Ketel does tend to sit sometimes.

Or I drop Finnegan or Kennedy. I am on a bit of an island in Saves standings, 9 ahead and behind the surrounding teams in the standings.

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
10 months ago

Hi Grey! Great write-up!

Next weekly is our Yahoo H2H semi finals and need some lineup advice. I’ve provided my team and some questions below including number of weekly games and Hitteron value

C – varsho or IKF
1B – Alonso
2B – Trea
3B – Devers
SS – Bo
OF – Robert
OF – O’Neill
OF –
Util-

1) for catcher would you play Varsho (7 games $14.7) or IKF (7 games $8.7)

2) need top 2 out of the following options:
Edman – 8 games $19.0
Soler – 7 games $18.7
Benitendi- 7 games $14.6
Lane Thomas – 7 games $14.1
Straw – 9 games $14.2
Schwarber – 5 games $8.4
Renfroe – 5 games $3.7

3) please let me know your top 3 arms out of the following. I’ve included matchups and the robot’s value;

Luzardo – 2 starts WSH, @TB $12.5
Sonny Gray – WSH $7.1
Gausman – @SD $6.2
Webb – @SD $3.4
J-Mo TEX $9.5
Framber @LAA $9.8
Elisener WSH $6.5
Cease @CLE $5.6

Thanks for all your help all season. Time to win a championship!

LG

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thanks Grey! Forgot to include Shane McClanahan too as he is off the IL and looks to potentially match up against the Marlins. Does he bump any if Sonny, JoMo or Elisener?

scoboticus
scoboticus
10 months ago

Slim Pickens for Positive SON Streamers this weekend.
Ryan Yarbrough vs DET
Rich Hill vs Phi
Paolo Espino vs COL (in Washington)

Who do you like?

Keeks
Keeks
10 months ago

Morning Grey!!

H2H Playoff Matchup

Currently winning: HR, SB, SLG, ERA and WHIP
Currently Losing: RBI, OBP, and Ks
Currently Tied: QS, Solds

SB, SLG, Ks, QS, and WHIP are all super close.
My opponent still has 4 starters left to go (all with good SON scores) and some adds left to stream if he wants to.

Should I give up on Ks and QS and hope his WHIP cant get low enough to pass mine by going with only RP? Or keep throwing all my starts?

My Starts Remaining + Streamers available:
Fri – Elieser v PIT($13.9), Houser v CHC($7.6), Sale v BAL ($??), Josiah Gray v COL($15.9)
Sat- Lynn ($15), EdRod v BAL ($11.2), Patino vs DET($10.3)
Sun- Manoah ($7)

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Keeks
10 months ago

Looks like EdRod pushed to sunday. The big thing is that all the good streamers are today, so I cant wait and see how his pitchers do before making a decision whether or not to go for the Ks and QS

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thank you sir! Happy just to still be alive in this league!

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Just noticed that Elieser and Sale pitch at 6 and Houser pitches at 7. So if they start off poorly would you throw Houser in there? or would that be asking for pain?

scoboticus
scoboticus
10 months ago

Talk about mixed emotions. Shane McClanahan is coming off the IL, which always scares me, but is facing the Tigers this Sunday, which delights me.

Alps
Alps
10 months ago

Grey
Can you pick 2 SP’s you would want the final 2 weeks. I need K’s
Eric Laurer
Logan Gilbert
Urquidy
Jose Suarez
Matz

OddBall Herrera
OddBall Herrera
10 months ago

Oh my goodness, “Framber Valdez can’t be trusted with sharp objects” was not on my Things That Will Sink My Playoff Run bingo card.

Coolwhip
10 months ago

So as the Razzball Angels beat writer (LOL) …

I watched Cobb pitch yesterday. He looked fresh AF. The fastball was crisp with good location, the Thing (split-change) had good bite on it. He looked like early season Cobb. Matchup play is probably best for anyone at this point other than the top 10, but Cobb sharp and fresh.

He could have gone deeper (that’s what she said) but he was pulled due to pitch cap since this was a psuedo-rehab start. So will be interesting to see if the same applies next start or if the limit is raised/released.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Coolwhip
10 months ago

CW, gonna need you back here on Monday, so we can go over the Jose Suarez start tonight in this same way :)

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

i’m intrigued!

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Yea he about to get bombed tonight (or tomorrow) and NUX gonna look like a goomba fo sho. It has been written in stone.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Its possible… i might do an end of the season write up on him, lots to disect under the hood. Seems to have made good adjustments, just gotta see if its smoke and mirrors

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Coolwhip
10 months ago

Or tomorrow, I dunno, Fantrax saying he’s starting both days. Even Fantrax be packing it in already

Coolwhip
Reply to  NUX
10 months ago

He’s set to start Saturday last i heard

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
10 months ago

Happy Friday.

Early this season, I had Montas and Montgomery on my team and they killed me. Walks, hits and control issues plagued me. I thought coming into the season that they would both take a step forward. They didn’t….until I dropped them both for Kyle Hendricks.

Montas is long gone from the ww, but Montgomery is there. Will he take that step or at least keep that step forward in 2022? Or do you think Hendricks comes back after the winter and gets back to his old ways?

Points league where efficiency and keeping the ball in the yard are key. Wins don’t matter.

I feel like I’m being roped back in, but I’m not against eliminating by own bias.

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

That’s kind of where I was leaning. The k rate will be better and I think he can at least keep this level if not a tick better to be a competent Top 50 pitcher.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

I watch almost every Cubs game and I have very little hope for Hendricks. They should have traded him with everyone else while he had a bit of value. When your fastball sits at 87 MPH, there is just no room for error. For fantasy, 6.5 K/9 doesn’t play.

Tom
Tom
10 months ago

What do you think of lyles starting Sunday against whitesox? Thanks as always

Alan
Alan
10 months ago

Sit or start Castillo tonight v LAD in Cindy? In close races for As and ratios…

Alan
Alan
Reply to  Alan
10 months ago

Meant QS in last post

ryanoer
ryanoer
10 months ago

Sit or start?

Ryu home against Min today?

thanks as always

Daze
Daze
10 months ago

Hey Grey
Is Badoo worth $6 next year and Meadows worth $21 in a 12 team mixed league
I have my doubts on both especially Meadows
Was actually thinking of dropping Baddoo to pick up Lauer.
Baddo has not done much in the last 21 days

ray
ray
10 months ago

Hey Grey,
Sit one next week…Gausman @SD, Patino vs MIA, or Lauer vs NYM

I am tempted to sit Gausman…

Chief Wahoo
Chief Wahoo
10 months ago

Do I drop Eloy Jimenez or Josh Bell for Jesus Sanchez?

H2H league…in the quarterfinals of playoffs this week.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
10 months ago

Megill F’d me, rolling the dice on Josiah Gray today for h2h playoffs. With a last name like that… he cant lose!

Rabbit
Rabbit
10 months ago

So the Wins standings in my 5×5 money league are really tight going into the last two weeks, and I need to make a jump in that cat to have a chance of ending in first (it’s an outside chance, but it’s a chance). I only have $4 of FAAB money left, and we do weekly transactions. Who would you say are the top guys to pick up at this point who are most likely to get a couple enter-in-the-fourth-inning vulture wins? I have to confess I don’t pay that close attention to teams’ bullpens so I could definitely use some help here. Thanks.

MagicOriole
MagicOriole
10 months ago

I started Rodon and he’s locked in and I could’ve started Joe Ryan and…. Ugh. No question. Have a good day.

scoboticus
scoboticus
10 months ago

Wow. The Ottobot went from Optimus Prime to Bumblebee in a hurry.

Peter guigli
10 months ago

Redact league: need to drop one Giolito, Cease, or Kershaw. Thanks

CTFDU
CTFDU
10 months ago

Thanks Grey for another great report. Please rank ROS OBP league: Escobar, Segura, Rengifo, Cronenworth, McMahon. Thanks.

Kcc26
Kcc26
10 months ago

Gearing up for my H2H semifinals matchup next week (no idea how someone let our regular season go so far…). Anyway, I have a bit of an offensive logjam. I picked up a few guys (belt and Ian happ) about a month ago as band-aids, but now they might just be too hot to drop! Winker coming off IL. I really should cut two here for pitching. If you had to lose two, who goes? (Figure one is either j. Turner or Longoria, other is one of happ, belt, avi)

C Realmuto
1B Alonso
2b Albies
SS T. Turner
3B J. Turner
INF Semien
Of tucker
OF t. Hernandez
OF Winker
OF A. Garcia
Util: Votto

Bench: happ, belt, Longoria (one variable to consider—belt and Longoria get a series at Coors next week)

Thankssss!!

R
R
10 months ago

Around where do you see Mountcastle being ranked next year?