“Okay, guys, to start the song we’re going to count out to four, but we’re going to count 1, 2…Then go back to the beginning and finish with 1, 2, 3, 4…Questions?”
“Hey, Bruce Springsteen, uh, yeah, big fan, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to show you I belong as a background vocalist in the E Street Band — ESB? Do people use that? Anyhoo…Have you considered hiring someone else to count, because ‘1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4’ isn’t how people count?”
“Who are you?”
“I saw a flyer at The Stone Pony for an opening in your band.”
“That flyer was supposed to be taken down 48 years ago. Get out of here.”

And that’s how we got the title for this post: Al, Tu, Al, Tu, Ve, Four. It’s also how many homers Jose Altuve (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 16th homer, hitting .298) has in the last three games. He has eight homers in the last 10 games, but Bruce Springsteen never counted to eight. As another singer, Lady Sovereign, would sing, “Altuve is the biggest midget in the game!” That Lady Sovereign song is 15 years old, and now I feel 100 years old. Jose Altuve also has 16 homers in 57 games; his career high is 31. Maybe this time he can steal an MVP award from someone his own size (if he’s standing on top of a car, and you include the car’s weight). Imagine being Aaron Judge and saying Altuve stole an MVP from you. Bro, you stole the sun from anyone within 10 feet of you. It’s a form of cheating by just being big. At least that’s what I tell anyone who challenges me to any sporting event. So, drilling down on Altuve’s peripherals, he’s pulling everything, and his Launch Angle is a little goofy early on (as in high), which could lead to a lot of fly balls, and lower average, or more homers, if he’s connecting, as he has been. Now, if pitchers pound away, he might be in trouble. There’s a possibility here for him to come back to earth (small fall), but anyone would come back to earth after an eight-homer, ten-game stretch, but, in general, he seems back. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Alex Bregman – Hit the IL with a quad strain. That’s usually a three-to-four week injury, but there’s a chance it’s a four-to-five week injury, and maybe a two-to-three week injury. Unlikely a five-to-seven week injury. You just received more info than most teams’ training staffs can give you.

Abraham Toro – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and a slam (1) and legs (1). Fun fact! Abraham Toro was the eponymous character in the tale of the rabbi who became a sushi master. That climatic scene when he used the Torah to roll together rice, avocado and imitation crab, ugh, the drama.

Michael Brantley – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .342. He feels like the batting average version of Nelson Cruz, which is hilarious because Brantley’s only 34 years old.

Jose Urquidy – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.65. Not really someone you bench, but I did check Streamonator for Uracutie, and it had similar feelings for him as me, which is very meh.

Adam Eaton – Hit the IL with a hamstring strain. The White Sox outfield is shadows on Plato’s Cave.

Dylan Cease – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.99. When the Regression Fairies come for you, they don’t even care if your hair’s a mess.

Byron Buxton – Hasn’t resumed his rehab assignment. If he doesn’t start it up, it’s gonna be hard for him to have another setback. So…good?

Charlie Morton – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.03. Been a long time since I’ve looked at him, so: 10 K/9, 3.2 BB/9, pretty neutral on homers, BABIP and maybe a tad low on LOB%. For a 37-year-old, he is still pounding 95 MPH, and doing everything that made you draft him. Maybe he’s more a 3.80 ERA pitcher, and a #4 vs. #2 or #3, but the Ks are there, and could see positive regression.

Guillermo Heredia – 2-for-3, 2 runs, and his 3rd homer, hitting .275, while going 7 for his last 13 across four games. He won’t be in the Buy column later today, but he does seem schmotato-ish.

Eric Hosmer – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer. “Hey, we’re just going to leave him in the curb on trash day–Wait! He moved! Hosmer’s alive!”

Fernando Tatis Jr. – 1-for-3 and his 22nd homer. FTJ! Fun the Jewels! I will never doubt him again. Who needs two shoulders anyway?

Victor Caratini – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, as he homered off Mrs. Muslim Garrett, who is so terrible this year, like what even? Amir Garrett (0 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 9.31) is pitching himself out of the majors, and then who will be around to start benches clearing brawls?

Mark Melancon – 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 1.86, as Melancon went kablowie. Can we get the All-Star break right now? Let Melancon rest for a week. I don’t need him regressing back to a 5+ ERA pitcher right now.

Jonathan India – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer. It was a two-out shot in the 9th off Melancon and not quite a death throw, as it’s defined in Razzball glossary, but it felt like Mola Ram ripping my heart out. India, I made you a lead buy last week, and put my love in you, how could you do this to me?

Wade Miley – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.88. Nice little season Miley’s having. Do I trust him? Haha, get out of here! But a nice few months anyway.

Jacob deGrom – Saw two doctors who saw no problems with his shoulder. To examine deGrom’s shoulder, the doctors removed their Opti-Grab glasses. The Mets are saying the “three to four recent injuries are unrelated.” The Mets don’t even know how many recent injuries he’s had. You just gotta laugh or you’re gonna cry.

Kyle Hendricks – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners (2 BBs), 7 Ks, ERA at 4.13, and, most importantly, no homers allowed. We’ve been here before, but Hendfixed? Hend looks fixed.

Javier Baez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer. Javy Baez is the one true outcome player: 1-for-4 with a home run.

Brandon Woodruff – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 1.94. Sure, Woodwoof, but when the Regression Fairies come at you in Coors, and your ERA is still 1.94, you cannot complain.

German Marquez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 3 walks, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.26. I’m sure glad I started him but did not watch one single moment of this start. Three walks vs. two strikeouts is called with German a Danke no-shamë.

C.J. Cron – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer. You have him for three more days, then you have to promise to drop him. No matter what he does this weekend.

Matt Manning – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.60. Anyone have any eyes on him? I have blackout restrictions to deal with here, because he was vs. the Los Angeles Is Nowhere Near Anaheim Angels.

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 12th homer, hitting .275. “Hey, Grey, first of all, do you face model? Secondly, can I drop Schoop? I know he’s the best hitter of June, besides Altuve, but c’mon, say the word. I want to pick up Tyler Naquin, who hasn’t done anything in five weeks.”

Taylor Ward – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .240. Hey, Beaver, check out what Ward’s doing with the boomstick! Ward’s got some power (27 homers in Triple-A), but, uh, when does Trout return?

Shohei Ohtani – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.70. Shohei, Shohei, Shohei how you do that trick? Is it weird I have that in my head eight weeks later?

Mike Ford – Traded to the Rays for a player to be named later. The “Mike Ford becomes a 25-homer hitter who also throws lights-out middle relief” story begins now.

Randy Arozarena – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (10) and legs (11), hitting .271. The Rice Bowl in the 4th floor food court is open and the gettin’s getting good!

Luis Torrens – 2-for-4 and his 4th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games. Earlier this year, I used one of those Torrens to illegally download some homers, and all I got was weak grounders to 2nd base.

Ty France – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, and 2nd in three games. Whenever France seems to be cooling, someone with a beret and no deodorant comes along to remind you France is still hot.

Justin Dunn – Left the game with shoulder discomfort. Dunn? It appears so.

Franmil Reyes – Could begin a rehab assignment next week. Assuming no setbacks, that puts this $54 Vending Machine Steak back on track for a next weekend activation. Can’t happen soon enough for me, and, really, that’s what this is about.

Zach Plesac – Scheduled to pitch a bullpen session today. Hopefully prior to that no one plays Hulk Hogan’s Real American coming-to-the-ring music.

Eli Morgan – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 12.79. If you’re like me, you saw Eli Morgan starting and you thought, “Why is Cleveland starting my financial advisor today?” Eli Morgan sounds like a dystopian conglomerate of banks and pharmaceuticals. Unsolicited text comes through, “We see you used a credit card for fast food. May we suggest you ask your doctor about our diabetes drug?”

Jose Ramirez – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer. Jo-Ram has as many homers as Lindor has RBIs.

Yu Chang – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .179. Time may Chang, Yu, but Yu can’t Chang time.

Bobby Bradley – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer. Tee bee aitch, didn’t have eyes on Bobby Bradley until yesterday, and he had easy home run power to the opposite field, a 402-foot shot. Immediately tried to grab him in all leagues, but he was already rostered. He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, which is already on our Patreon.

Eddie Rosario – 1-for-5 and his 5th homer. Ya know, if I were in a deep league, Rosario’s the kind of guy I’d try to acquire low. In shallower leagues, you can prolly just pick him up, or get him for a throw-in.

Maikel Franco – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer. Donkey Teeth’s preseason MVP has got some bite!

Austin Hays – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer. So many homers in this Indians/Orioles game. Stupid Manfred and his ban on Spider Tack–*intern whispers in ear* I’m being told the pitchers just sucked.

Gio Urshela – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer. Gio is ___ times better than Gleyber. A) Five B) Infinite C) There’s no C.

Gleyber Torres – Left the game with lower back tightness. That’s weird, figured he’d be walking on air since everyone’s carrying his weight.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .265. That gives Giancarlo a baker’s dozen, or how many eggs I’ve painted with faces that I say are our children. I wish he’d get back to me, otherwise the irony will be selling omelettes to put them through college.

Bryce Harper – Expects to return today. Good to hear the back issue that’s been bothering him all season just vanished.

Edward Olivares – Optioned to the minors. Olivares has been back and forth from the majors to the minors more times this year than Jacob Nottingham has travelled between Seattle and Milwaukee. Could it be the Royals are paying Olivares in Frequent Flyer miles?

Curt Casali – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer, as he came within a double of the cycle. Or…is that…Psycho?! Fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, far better run run run run run run away! Psycho killer! Curt Casali!

Steven Duggar – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .324. Came within a home run of the cycle. Or…is that…Psycho?! No, it’s not. It’s cycle. Stop that. Steven Duggar will be in this afternoon’s Buy column, which is already available on the Patreon.

Kevin Gausman – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.51. “What do you mean you didn’t draft a starter in the 2nd round? Wasn’t Giolito there? Snell? Castillo? Bauer? Was Bauer there? They were all there? And you didn’t draft one?” That’s every other fantasy baseball ‘pert. Please, don’t tell them about Razzball. There’s too much to explain.

Zac Gallen – 2 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.99 as he was activated from the IL. Think about this, Vladdy, the Mini Impala has 18 homers since the Diamondbacks last won a road game. They’ve lost 23 straight road games, a major league record. They have no chance this year, and this is a team that is trying to rehab their top pitcher’s torn UCL rather than sending him for Tommy John surgery. You could label one piece of cheese “Tommy John surgery” and another piece of cheese, “No Tommy John surgery,” then let the deciding factor for Gallen by whichever one a rat nibbles on first, and it would be as informed as any club decision.

298 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
The Harrow
The Harrow
1 year ago

otani’s going into the HR derby!!!!! NOOOOOO!!!! this might ruin BOTH his hitting AND pitching ROS after. that’ll be neat right.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
1 year ago

to be fair, his super hero status will only go up of course if he’s fine afterward.

Gary C
1 year ago

ESPN points this week only

Castillo @ SD or Gonsolin @Az

Thanks

herschel
herschel
1 year ago

@Grey: weekly roto, pham and luis castillo for teoscar or meadows?

ray
ray
1 year ago

Sorry for not being clearer…the question was:

Aguilar or Vogelback next week?

Grossman or Lourdes Gurriel?

Kyle Seager or Toro?
Trying to decide on some waiver moves…Thnkx.

ray
ray
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks again.

Philip
Philip
1 year ago

Grey, what do you think is wrong with French DJ? He turns 33 in July. He looks pretty bad right now. Is this just a prolonged slump, or are we witnessing him age overnight?

Philip
Philip
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Is this DJ’s new normal? It would be great if he could hold down third base for my team next year. And I’m pretty sure the Yankees hope he can do it too, since they signed him for six years.

I guess I’m just looking for hope that he can rebound some. At least score 100 runs in that lineup.

Dubjay
Dubjay
1 year ago

Hey Grey,
I’ve been trying to upgrade at 1b all season in my 12 team H2H keeper league. There is no way that I want to trade Soto. But I know that a guy in my league really wants him. Keeps offering Freeman+ for him. Would Freeman/Bichette be enough for you to part with him in a keeper?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

I saw a couple of innings from Manning. Meh. The fastball tops mid-90s. It’s got some darting action to the arm side. It did seem to play a bit faster than the gun would suggest, but when he didn’t locate it guys seemed to be on it. Some hard hit outs, results seemed like they could have been even worse. Really hard to see where any swing and miss is going to come from. There’s a knuckle curve that does have a really hard downward break, but guys didn’t seem to have much trouble recognizing it and laying off when I was watching. And he barely threw anything but fastballs. There was a little bit of nerves early and he held on to a few four seamers and missed pretty badly. Got a bit better with location and it did look particularly tough when he got it up around the letters. I dunno. Expected more stuff from a highly rated prospect. Looked more like a contact manager/pitchablility guy.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah, take it for what it’s worth. First start so who knows. There’s chance the FB plays like a Freddy Fastball. Be interesting to look at the spin rate, but I wasn’t like “oh man gotta get this guy.”

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

His fastball has a low spin rate, even lower than Manaea i think. so that might be a thing to watch against deep lineups.

ray
ray
1 year ago

Aguilar or Vogelback next week?

Grossman or Gurriel?

Seager or Toro?
Thnkx.

ray
ray
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Lourdes and Kyle

james d
james d
1 year ago

5×5 12man keeper league (keep 6 players max) and was offered:
– his Giolio (round 10; 1 year of keeper left); for
– my Wander Franco (round 12; 2 years of keeper) and DJ LeMahieu (round 10; 1year of keeper but doubt would be used).

As great as Wander is likely to be, figure I have to take this right? Unclear when we get a Wander callup or how long will take Wander to be good.

prognation
prognation
1 year ago

Hey Grey,
Someone just dropped “Hakuna” Moncada in our 10 team yahoo league. I’m 3rd on waivers, drop India for Moncada right?

prognation
prognation
Reply to  prognation
1 year ago

Actually, could drop Renfroe for Moncada instead of India, since Indy is hot.

eballs
eballs
1 year ago

Would you move on from Santander for anyone of these options? (Points league)

Lourdes
Kirilloff
France

Ciwa
Ciwa
1 year ago

Hi grey!
Would you drop santander (or wisdom, or both) for one of these?

Soler
Schwarber
Tapia
Upton
Bobby bradley

Thanks!

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

Not sure what to do with luis garcia today. He pitched well against Boston and some other tough matchups like LAD and TOR but didn’t have it against MIN. Are you using him today vs the white sox, roto format? This spider tac thing has me concerned about some guys especially after the most recent MIN start. Thanks

ray
ray
Reply to  toolshed
1 year ago

The machine was all over that MN start.

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
1 year ago

Grey I pulled off the trade in my points league. I gave up Means and Gausman and got Acuna and Ketel. I now have a ton of hitting and need an SP. Im being offered Alzoly for either Moncada or Adolis. I. can’t find anything better than that. Hold off or accept. He also has Gomber. Thoughts?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks for the quick response! I was thinking the same thing.

stevie
stevie
1 year ago

Two quick questions
Hoskins is on waivers, pickup over Wisdom? Carson Kelly or Christian Vazquez ROS?
Thanks and enjoy your weekend!

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

Are you interested in Lucchesi in any level?

Bill
Bill
1 year ago

Grey.

Riley or Adolis?

Thanks man

gargamel04
gargamel04
1 year ago

Could negative regression be called progression?

gargamel04
gargamel04
Reply to  gargamel04
1 year ago

Sorry, “positive regression”

gargamel04
gargamel04
Reply to  gargamel04
1 year ago

Sorry, “positive regression”

Tyler
Tyler
1 year ago

Just poppin in to ask what time the prayer octagon is taking place so Bellinger can stay healthy for longer than a day. When do you think Kelenic gets called back up? I’m in a limited moves league anf can’t drop him. ALSO, did you try Flatbush Zombies / Vacation from Hell? CANT STOP PLAYING IT!!!!

Tyler
Tyler
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ya dogg! Ooof on Kelenic. Hopefully good news if you have any Franimal on your teams. Have a good weekend man!

Dave D
Dave D
1 year ago

I looked at one of my DC team bench players stats lines and saw: 1HR, 4RBI, 1SB and thought “I must have really fucked up setting my lineup this week!” And saw ii was from Abraham Toro. For realzies? Do I really have to find a way to start him this weekend? Damn…

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

You just made me sick reading about altuve who has as many HR’s over last 10 games as soto has over the entire year. Looking at wade miley’s stats isn’t helping. Thanks

pizza5788
pizza5788
1 year ago

Please rank Paddack Eflin Montas

Scott Dvorkin
Scott Dvorkin
1 year ago

Rest of the way – Matt Manning, Johan Oviedo, Jackson Kowar, Vladimir Gutierrez?
Haase or Raleigh??

TY!!!

Scott Dvorkin
Scott Dvorkin
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Raleigh wasn’t called up yet but they are saying very soon. Thanks!

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
1 year ago

What’s good Grey? David Bowie and Talking Heads references! I also read Allegory of the Cave again over a cup of coffee. Thanks for the write-up and have a good weekend!

pizza5788
pizza5788
1 year ago

Would you start Paddack tonight

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Looking ahead to Sunday, I have
Casey Mize @LAA
Shane McClanahan @Sea
Sammy Long vs Phi (in SF)

which one sits?

Jarred
Jarred
1 year ago

Ian Happ or Dylan Moore ROS? Thanks!

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Best bet for Saves and ratios (moving forward) among:

Robles, Treinan, Pagan

I have Robles but he’s not ideal. Thinking maybe the occasional vulture save from Treinan or even Pagan (if Melancon continues melting down) might be better than the Robles-coaster

Thanks

eballs
eballs
1 year ago

Rank the top 3 (points league)

Bradley
France
Lourdes
Kirilloff
Wisdom
Jesus Sanchez

Phil
Phil
1 year ago

What do you think of this offer I’m thinking of making:

My deGrom, Yelich and Fulmer for Machado, Nola and Clase.

6×6 roto league (OPS and holds), and I have garbage 3B (using a mix of Happ because it’s Yahoo and Donaldson and Wisdom until he falls off). My other pitchers are Gausman, Peralta, Pab-Lo, Castillo and Gomber, with Kimbrel, Sims, Romano and Antone as my RPs.

cable
cable
1 year ago

h/h points 12 team redraft…weekly lineup set

ROS….healthy C Seager or healthy Tim Anderson

Keeks
Keeks
1 year ago

Stayed up late watching Padres/Reds. Looked like the reds hitters were picking something up about Melancon’s release and discussing in the dugout, then stephenson and india got him good.

Just something to monitor if melancon continues to struggle

Phil
Phil
Reply to  Keeks
1 year ago

Nice, thanks Keeks.

Grey (and Keeks)…who do you think would take over the closer’s role if Melancon keeps struggling? Pagan, Kela, Pomeranz, Stammen? Or committee garbage?

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago
Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Hopefully someone in their front office browses r/padres haha

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

My father actually works with Melancon on occasion for something real estate related and has his cell number… debating whether sending him the reddit link is overstepping or helpful lol

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I mean if I was a pitcher Id want to know right? I will keep you posted haha

Oh boy I’m twitter famous now!

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Reddit will be months ahead until Eli Morgan uses their connections to set things right and stop the unwashed infidels.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
1 year ago

Nice shout out for the Opti-Grabs!

Michael b
Michael b
1 year ago

I’m wondering if I should swap anyone into my lineup assuming they’re all playing, if some arent I’ll obviously swap them out first, but anyway heres my lineup and bench
C: yermin Mercedes (disappointment)
1b: josh bell
2b: cavan Biggio
3b: justin turner
Ss: trevor story
2b/ss: jonathan schoop (a pleasant surprise)
1b/3b: kebryan hayes
Of: yastrzemski, adolis, grossman, amed Rosario, jesus sanchez
Utility: freddie freeman
Bench: Canha, wil myers

Michael b
Michael b
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I ended up adding bobby Bradley and dropping wil myers, was that a mistake? Do you think there are probably better hitters on the waivers? When I mentioned adding wil myers 2 or 3 people on here practically jumped me for it saying will myers isnt that good. I was under the impression he was, but decided to get Bradley for him due to his power surge.

Some other people available: hunter renfroe, dylan moore (I dont need speed that much) odubel herrera, miguel rojas (whose now off the IL) austin hays, hunter dozier, willy adames, luis urias, Brendan Rogers, Duggar, vogelbach, McKinney, naylor.

Are any of these a better pickup than bobby bradley?

Michael b
Michael b
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Max kepler off the il, should I drop anyone in my lineup (that I listed above) for him including bradley, or should I just drop him, i held on to him but I’m not sure if hes better, he went 0/5 his first game back

Michael b
Michael b
1 year ago

Is jesus sanchez worth keeping in a 12 team h2h non keeper league? I mean how good could he realistically get this season, and how valuable is he if it isnt a keeper league, cause I feel like he’ll eventually be really good keyword eventually like with most prospects

Umpy70
Umpy70
1 year ago

Grey, my favourite part of your wrap up is always the last blurb.

Gallen threw almost 40 pitches in that 2nd inning! And they still let him come out for the 3rd even though hes definitely not 100% and pitching for a last place team. S-M-R-T.

What is the requirements for a mlb manager job? A few years at McDonalds? I’m applying. And this isnt an isolated scenario. What is going on here? Is this just a case of upper management running the circus and having pawns do their bidding? Cause they are obviously not that smart either..

Anyways, what a joke, keep up the great work!

ray
ray
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Instead of a HR derby, we should have a dumbathon between the Mets and Dbacks…draftking would make a killing

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
1 year ago

Hi Grey,

Always enjoy your feedback.

Would you take Ty France off waivers and cut Eric Hosner or hold?

Have a great weekend!

Mitt Face
Mitt Face
1 year ago

Happy friday!

General strategy question:

in H2H – particularly with locked lineups, standard cats, and 5 SPs/week – how important is starting 2-start pitchers? With the unpredictable nature of wins, and more innings generally leading to more k’s (and versa vice), are 2-start pitchers a must?

Specific to my situation, without a true ace, and no 2-start pitcher this week (and 20/50 moves left for the season), would you be picking up either:
Stripling @MIA vs BAL
Adbert vs CLE @ LAD (depending if he’s off the IL in time)

If so, what order would you drop these guys:
Manoah
McClanahan
Fried
Wood
Gomber

thanks for everything, o most fantastical of fantasists

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Mitt Face
1 year ago

I think it depends on your team build and if you are hot right now. If you think you can win 3-4 hitting cats that week, then go heavy on volume with 2 start guys in order to maximize your ability to win Ks and Ws and lock up a Win for the week with 6 categories. If you have elite starters and lots of quality relievers then you can go lower volume and try to win Era, whip, and saves, with a chance at the others as well.

Mitt Face
Mitt Face
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thank you both for the feedback. Sorry ’bout the delay in responding; the people who pay my bills actually expected me to do some work today.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

morning Grey,

Would you drop Caleb Smith for Bailey Ober(and Out)? I just dont trust Arizona vs Dodgers or against anyone at the moment.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

ok. why dont you trust Ober?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

wow that slow?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

and still managing 11+ k/9

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
1 year ago

Happy National Splurge Day Grey!

Need to splurge on some SP help,

Current Roster:
12-team, 6×6 (OPS/QS), H2H, Redraft league

C: Stassi
1B: Freeman
2B: Altuve
3B: Arenado
SS: Story
IF: Jazz Chisholm
OF: Laureano, Eddie Rosario, Amed Rosario
UTL: Adolis
BN: Mercedes, Wisdom, Bohm, Jesus Sanchez

SP: Woodruff, Gausman, Ryu, Framber, Heaney
RP: Chapman, DickRod, Kennedy, Graveman

IL: Springer, Franmil Reyes, Means, Sonny Gray, Boyd

NA: W. Franco

Question 1.) Which of the following bench bats do you drop (1, 2, 3, or all 4) to add some SP help?:
– Wisdom
– Bohm
– Jesus
– Mercedes

Question 2.) do you trust any of today’s available streamers (SON doesn’t like any):
– Carlos Martinez @ ATL
– Wacha @ SEA
– Kuhl v. CLE
– Z. Thompson @ CHC

Question 3.) Lamet was just dropped (again)… still hasn’t pitched into the 6th since returning, but SON LOVES his start tomorrow… he worth claiming off waivers?

Thanks as always!!

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

thanks Grey

Just dropped Wisdom for McClanahan’s start on Sunday @ SEA.

would you also drop any of the other 3 (Jesus/ Bohm/ Mercedes) to get Stripling and his 2-starts next week (could also drop Boyd who’s currently on the IL)?

thanks again

Sport
Sport
1 year ago

I drafted Story and Bellinger on one of my yahoo teams and I have still managed to lead or be in second in all hitting categories. Drafting Olson, Devers, Albies, Castellanos, Winker, and Semien helps! Guasman, Mahle, Eovaldi are my aces. Thanks for your predraft rankings that helped me be in first place despite little production from my top two picks.

I have Hoz and Santander filling two of my hitting spots but would consider upgrading. Would you consider India, Vaughn, Kirillof Brendan Rodgers, or Jesus Sanchez as upgrades and just roll with the hot bats or just stick with Hoz and Santander?

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
1 year ago

Hello Friday.

I’m looking through his savant page for a clue on what’s been working better and I can’t find it. Maybe you can help me…..what is Kyle Hendricks doing better now that he wasn’t doing earlier this year?

Velo up slightly, getting people to chase a bit more, slightly higher chase and miss…..just nothing standing out other than a better sinker and changeup now than before…is that it? Just really can’t understand what he’s doing and how things have changed.

Thanks:)

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
1 year ago

“Psycho?! Fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, far better run run run run run run away! Psycho killer! Curt Casali!” – ahahaha! Awesome! Well done. 3-run home run level on this one.

Jolt

Ontilt1377
Ontilt1377
1 year ago

Bregman replacement. 5×5 root

Sano or Toro?

Chud
Chud
1 year ago

5 x 5 ROTO which C do u want:

1. McMann
2. G.Sanchez
3. Kelly
4. Murphy
5. Stassi
6. Haase

Love the FTJ (Run the Jewels) reference and enjoy the weekend!

ashtray
ashtray
1 year ago

Who to cut out of Josh Rojas, Ian Happ or Ty France in a 10 team league that includes Hits and Walks with the usual 5 cats.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  ashtray
1 year ago

Happ can eat a bag of D’s.

ray
ray
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

I deal him for Votto just before Votto came off of the IL a couple of weeks ago…so liberating and a great move.

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
1 year ago

What a journey it was getting to that Altuve tie in… I’m sweating!

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I saw that! I am honored to be a part of the Razzball annals (heheh). Thank you. Also, I am a man of my word and finally subbed.

I didn’t know that about the titles / tie-ins. That’s awesome and fairly impressive.

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I have to stay on brand.

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

Time to conclude that Lourdes won’t be a thing this year? I’m real tempted to drop him for India

If this “hot streak” he was just on before his most recent o-fer million then it might be time to write a 2022 Lourdes sleeper post cause he’s gonna be going late in my league’s draft next year

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  William Hung
1 year ago

I wouldn’t drop him.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  William Hung
1 year ago

My dood. You should try a 12 team league instead of a 10 teamer next year. All your q’s are always like this… two guys that should be rostered. I feel like you would have a better time in a less shallow league.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  NUX
1 year ago

I am in a 12 teamer – but I think my format skews certain things cause for bats it’s standard 5 cats + OPS, Ks, and ABs

I got Lourdes “for free” cause he was dropped multiple times by other teams before I finally snagged him up in early May.

For perspective, Brandon Lowe & Gallo are FAs right now

NUX
NUX
Reply to  William Hung
1 year ago

Yea, that sounds like a strange format then if there are 12 teams, but players that are like 90% ownership sit on the wire. I feel like I’m missing something else. Is there no UTIL slots? No CI/MI slots?

I just checked my 12 Team league format, which I like alot. Its a daily league. We have 13 starting batting slots. And 10 Pitching slots.

Holds are a cat, so random relievers are also owned that you wouldn’t see owned in leagues with Saves only as a cat.

We do have 10 bench slots, which doesn’t feel like a ton to me, but maybe that’s just because I been playing in this league for a while. And the other leagues I play in are similar. Maybe you guys only have like three or so bench slots?

Being genuine here. As someone who follows Razz on a daily basis, I think playing in a deeper league or format would be more fun for you. You wouldn’t have to make these impossible decisions as often. Which is what they often seem like. Its insane that Gallo is on the wire. The guy runs when he isn’t hitting dingers. How is there no room for him on 12 rosters in the league?

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  NUX
1 year ago

yeah – I also recognize i have a strong bias against players I get “for free” off the wire versus guys I drafted. My roster format is Y! Default – but in context, my roster is:

C- Vazquez
1B- Olson
2B- Villar
3B- Chapman
SS- Story
OF- Betts, Alvarez, Biggio
UTIL- Anderson
B- Blackmon and Lourdes
IL- Bellinger

It’s a keeper league where we can keep up to 3 – which I’ve used for Betts, Bellinger and Story.

As much as I’d like to roster Gallo, he’d sink me in AVG and Ks. I’m typically successful in this league cause the rest of the owners fall in love with hot schmotatoes and will drop someone of value which I can snag later.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  William Hung
1 year ago

I’d want Gallo over Biggio I think

bobsnyder4210
bobsnyder4210
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I have a theory…I think Lourdes is trying to win a bet this year by color-coordinating his Statcast profile with his uniform.

I drafted him, dropped him, picked him up, dropped him again…then did a quick analysis and found out that having or not having him on my teams this season had basically zero effect on my weekly category results. I’m moving on to greener pastures, and if it turns out I’m wrong and he goes bonkers in a week or two, I’m ok with that.

I do agree with NUX…if my 12/5×5/H2H leagues added CI/MI it would improve the level of competitiveness and player values. Altho I’d like to keep the bench spots at 6 at the most. I want people sweating every move, not hoarding resources like they do now.

ray
ray
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

Which is the sit for next week out of:
Tyler Anderson vs CHW and @STL
Castillo vs ATL,
Sandoval @TB,
[email protected] CHW,
Desclafani @LAA and vs OAK,
[email protected]
Please rank…thanks.

ray
ray
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Castillo over Tony Disco?

ray
ray
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Tough to pass on two starts from a SP that has been so good, but the machine hates him next week, too.

mookie
mookie
1 year ago

11-team AL-only keeper league. Is it worth trading four more years (after this year) of Triston Casas for one year of Bo Bichette? It’s a $260 auction budget and Casas salaries would be a free reserve next year then $10, $15, $20. Bichette’s salary next season would be $20. FWIW I have good other keepers so adding Bichette would make me the prohibitive favorite next season. Also, ignore the benefit of adding Bichette for this season bc in the remainder of the deal I’d be taking a net loss this season (I have a sizeable first place lead and trying to see if I can flip some expiring surplus talent into a top keeper next season)

Homers got the Runs
Homers got the Runs
1 year ago

Hello Grey, who wins?

Soto and Swanson or Solak for Devers and Story? 12 team keeper where 14 are kept h2h OBP league.

GeorgeHWBush
GeorgeHWBush
1 year ago

Should I trade Flaherty for Story? I’m super concerned about his production when and if he gets traded out of Coors.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  GeorgeHWBush
1 year ago

Story all day. Who cares if he gets traded…Flaherty is out for at least another month.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  GeorgeHWBush
1 year ago

Take this trade and run with it

Seven Minute Abs
Seven Minute Abs
1 year ago

Offered his Rodgers for my Urshela… 12 team dynasty roto .. Thank you!

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Seven Minute Abs
1 year ago

Rodgers Rabbit?

Hepcats13
Hepcats13
1 year ago

Greyt write up!

I have to point out that, currently, Ohtani’s ERA is 2.70 and his avg is .270-that MUST be a statistical first?!

Uno Mas Cerveza
Uno Mas Cerveza
1 year ago

Just when I thought Melancon was heading to $12 salad territory. He turns back into a side of shity cole slaw. Who is the potential next in line for the Hogpadres? And you have to pay $15 bucks around here for a decent salad these days.

Coriell
Coriell
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Agree with Grey! Melancon, though his Ks are kind of blah, has been one of the more stable closers in the game so far. He’s not getting removed soon!

Keeks
Keeks
1 year ago

Happy Friday!

Bohm has a small little hit streak going, could he be turning it around finally?

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Me too, buddy

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Keeks
1 year ago

Me three.

Ian from the Shore
Ian from the Shore
1 year ago

Would you trade Story and Romano for Bryce and Alex Reyes? 10 team 5×5 H2H playoff league

My team:

C- IKF
1st – Olson
2nd – Cronenworth
SS – Tim Anderson
3b – Jram
MI – Baez
CI – walsh
OF – Mookie, reynolds, gallo, myers
UTIL – Story, Bobby Bradley
Bn – Gleyber, Andujar

SP – F Peralta, Ryu, Paddack, Lamet, Hendricks, Alzolay, Gonsolin, Fried
RP – Hader, Romano, Fry, Robles

IL – J Flaherty, Plesac, K Lewis

Bruce the Shark
Bruce the Shark
1 year ago

What do all these guys have in common?
C. Kelly
Jazz
Gleybor
A Riley
Yelich
T Oneil
Adolis

You are correct. They are all on my team and are DOING NOTHING.
That’s NOTHING with a capital NOTHING.
And NOTHING from NOTHING leaves piling up in the driveway, soggy and growing mold, making me sneeze.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Bruce the Shark
1 year ago

I don’t understand….everyone was in love with Chisholm, Riley and O’neill like a week ago. You mean their stats have to be evenly spaced out with no cold and hot streaks?

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

Cram, you always say what I am thinkin but don’t have the guts to anonymously post lol

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Keeks
1 year ago

Haha. I try be playfully sarcastic in giving perspective. It’s a fine balance.

Umpy70
Umpy70
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

the truth hurts, but still needs to be said!

Coriell
Coriell
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

Cram,

Playfully sarcastic! I love it! You’ve softened over the years. It’s a nice change!

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Coriell
1 year ago

You won’t find a bigger Cram fan than me. But I’m just curious, why did Cram get the kuddos today and I got the slap on the wrist?

My feelings are hurt, over the internet friend, that you would say that no one comes here for my advice. I’m considering retiring from commenting back to others with how I see things.

JC
JC
Reply to  NUX
1 year ago

Good to retire a bit early than too late. Congrats on a fine commenting career.

Harper Better Than Trout
Harper Better Than Trout
1 year ago

Redraft roto league. 6 x 6 holds + OPS.

1. Got myself Mookie + Ottavino + Cease for my Nola + Castillo.
2. I’m leading in saves but struggling in Holds and SB. For SB I only have Edman and Bichette but Mondesi is back and hopefully will run. I sent a few offers to try to improve those categories and got a counter offer Realmuto for my Clase? I should take it, right? My C is McCann or anyone I can stream every couple of weeks. No need in SB or Hlds but one of the best catchers I think.

Whatever
Whatever
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

Mixed 12 team keeper (OBP,SVH). Just acquired Stroman for Vaughn (MINOR),Brennen Davis

Need to drop someone from my active roster.

Molina
Vladdy
A. Frazier
Machado
W Castro
Wisdom
Escobar
Fraley
Pham
Renfroe
JD Martinez
Brantley
Canha
N Cruz
Moran
J Turner

DL: Longoria,C Seager, M Rojas,Ozuna,Cooper

G Cole
Alcantara
Rodon
Wood
Gonsolin
Bummer
D Castillo
Chafin
Fairbanks
Iglesias
Karinchak
Tepera
D Williams

DL: D Duffy

Whatever
Whatever
Reply to  Whatever
1 year ago

I was thinking Moran since I have decent corners.

M Rojas is due off the DL this weekend so I was thinking saving Frazier as the drop for Rojas. I like what Willi has been doing lately vs the OBP one trick pony that is Adam Frazier.

whatever
whatever
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thx Grey-Meister!

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Adolis Garcia for Eddie Rosario. Too much?

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
Reply to  scoboticus
1 year ago

too much if you’re getting Eddie

relaxntakeitez
relaxntakeitez
1 year ago

My bench bats are currently:
Kiriloff
France
Dylan Moore
Solak
*(Also have your boy Naquin starting)

Are any of them drops for Bradley /Arroyo/ Belt or McKinney?

chris
chris
1 year ago

HI Grey,

Good morning.

h2h, 12 team, mix
I dropped Eddie Rosario after his brutal start for Austin Riley.

With the hot weather Rosario seems to be heating up.

Should I drop Riley and add Rosario?

Thanks,
Chris

fausto
fausto
Reply to  chris
1 year ago

I’d try to find another player to drop unless you’re in an 8team both should be rostered just my opinion.

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
1 year ago

Is Rich Hill a drop? He’d been pitching so well, but last two starts been burned by HR in last inning of work. His K rate isn’t great though. Not sure how to handle the old geezer.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Travis Hafner
1 year ago

Drop for what? Everyone is droppable without any context.

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
Reply to  NUX
1 year ago

Ronald Acuna is not droppable