Yesterday, Jose Berrios continued his 2nd half slide, going 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.78. His ERA in the 2nd half is 5.37. That’s…uh, what do I call this, thesaurus? Synonymous Rex? No, I’m asking for another word for bad, not for another word for thesaurus. Ooh..What’s this, an ad for a thesaurus film festival? Pulp Fabrication followed by Schindler’s Menu? Very provocative! Saw recently at another site an article dated late-June for how Berrios could be the AL Cy Young.  *makes Michael Scott grimace face* His BABIP in the 2nd half is .354 (up from .276) and his LOB% plummeted to 66% (from 78.3%), while his Ks skyrocketed to 10.2 K/9 (from 8), and his walks went the wrong way too, which is up from 1.8 to 3.3 BB/9. It’s simplistic to say he’s missing out of the zone. Which is why I’m going to say he’s also missing in the zone. He’s throwing everything either off the plate or dead center. This all feels fixable for 2020, but there’s no time left and you need to move on in shallower leagues. Now, excuse me, I’m going to take in The Shawshank Refunding and Batfellow in a twin picture show. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mookie Betts – 4-for-5, 5 RBIs and his 24th and 25th homer, hitting .289. Mookie Ballgame is coming close to what you wanted from him with preseason projections, but the juiced balls have fatigued us. Fatigue is Italian, pronounced fay-tee-gay.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.81. His line could’ve easily been 5 IP, 4 ER, so take your giant pants grapes you used to start him vs. the Twins, and be happy.

Michael Wacha – 2 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 4.98. Saw him going against the Giants, after his 7 IP gem the other day, and his 2nd half ERA is below 4, and I streamed the fudge out of Wacha! How’sever, he was suddenly the Opener. How ya gonna throw him for 7 IP then make him an Opener? I gotta count how many off days pitchers have now? Ain’t got time for bird sex and ain’t got time for that!

Paul DeJong – 2-for-5 and his 25th homer, hitting .246. Colonel Mustard in the dim sum place with chopsticks!

Madison Bumgarner – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.81, as he was terrorized by Au Shizz for like the 300th time in his career. Au Shizz looks like a shell of his former self, until he gets to see Bumgarner. If Bumgarner wasn’t such a blowhard, he’d just walk him.

Mike Yastrzemski – 2-for-5 and his 19th homer, hitting .271. Really coming into his own as a power hitter, which makes it even the more headscratching that Bochy is batting him leadoff. *crane pulls forward* Crane operator, “Where do you want it?” What’s this for? “You said Bochy needs a head scratcher.”

Kevin Pillar – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 21st homer, and another homer four games ago. Hadn’t done much in the last week, but this could be the start of another hot schmotato run.

Chris Paddack – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.54. I love this! I own him! Exclamation! But, c’mon, shut him down so I don’t have to worry about him next year.

Zac Gallen – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.50. The Marlins gave him up for what again? Oh, yeah, Chazz Jizzem, who they will trade away right when he gets to his prime. Any hoo!  Kinda want Gallen shut down too. Though, I don’t own him, so that feels selfish, and Gallen isn’t in as much danger of an IP cap.

Ketel Marte – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 30th homer, hitting .328. The ol’ 30+ homer, .330 season from Ketel Marte we were all expecting in the preseason.

Joc Pederson – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 31st and 32nd homer. Not sure if this is factual, but it feels like he’s hit 32 homers in ten games and nothing in the other 130 games. Holy crap, there’s like no season left!  Ugh. You know what this means? I have to start writing up the final top 20’s.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 2.45. Oh, stop playing with my heart and just concoct a fake injury for him to shut him down.

Tanner Roark – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.86. The best pitcher pick up at the trading deadline or am I crazy? Okay, maybe Greinke, but Roark’s been money. Of course, the Streamonator hates his next start, and I can understand why.

Marcus Semien – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .272. You know who Semien’s been this year? A poor man’s Ketel. Call him Popov.

Robinson Cano – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, as he was activated from the IL. Mets want Cano to be careful about his legs, so if he’s between not hustling and slowly jogging. Prolly want him opting for neither and going with the motorized scooter.

Zack Wheeler – 5 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.33. His pitch count ticked up early, but Mickey Callaway just loves the opportunity to go to their bullpen so en bee dee.

Pete Alonso – 1-for-5 and his 45th homer. Albombso!

Ivan Nova – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.69. *opens cosmology book* A Nova stays super as long as you’re doing makeup and that car is running. Huh? *reads cover again* Hey, this is a cosmetology book! Streamonator likes Nova’s next start, obviously that’s at your own risk. Like that blue eye shadow! Okay, closing book for real now.

Daniel Palka – 0-for-4, hitting .019. He has 1 hit in 53 at-bats. You can say he wasn’t a great sleeper pick by me, but you’re being fooled by his awesome game of possum. Camouflage yourself in 0h-fers, Palka, then come out swinging, you beast!

Jose Abreu – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 29th homer, hitting .281. Podcaster Ralph and I went over some either/or’s for 2020 on this week’s podcast, and discussed Jose Abreu. Exciting!

Tim Anderson – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .331. Don’t own Anderson anywhere (though I wish I did), but I hope he wins the batting title. He just needs the ABs and to beat out DJ LeMahieu and *eyes bulge out* Hanser Alberto?!

Franmil Reyes – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 34th homer. Break me off a slice of that $54 vending machine steak!

Trevor Bauer – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.60. In the one league where I have Bauer, I benched him. I’m not sure I say this happily or sadly. Like Altuve, I’m likely on the latter.

Brad Hand – 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.42, and needed Nick Wittgren (2/3 IP, 0 ER) to come in and bail him out from a blown save. Wittgren entered the game to Lean on Me, “You just call on me brother, when you need a hand from Hand.”

Joey Votto – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer. Doesn’t count unless it’s Aquino. Sorry.

Michael Lorenzen – 2 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.04 and the win, and he played center field and he hit his 1st homer. A 6-tool player! Give Lorenzen the Ohtani eligibility and let me start him in my outfield slot right now, Fantrax!

Corey Dickerson – Left yesterday with a sore foot, and Jay Bruce came in and homered. You remember Jay Bruce, don’t ya? He was the old outfielder the Phils traded for before they traded for the other old outfielder, Corey Dickerson.

Aaron Nola – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.63. The good news is he’s likely going to be a bargain next year. The bad news is, well, do you own him and are you in a H2H league?

J.T. Realmuto – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  Jerry Tomato is stomping on all the other catchers, telling them to ketchup!

Jose Urena – 0 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.93, and the massive blown save. Wait, you thought he was going to be good as a closer? Why would anyone think that? Better yet, why would Mattingly think that? Let’s ask him! *Mattingly stares off in the distance and falls into a Gatorade container* Oh my God, Mattingly’s been 17 My Pillows inside a uniform this whole time!

Starlin Castro – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, three doubles and four homers in the last week. I just happened to pick him up yesterday to fill in for Luis Arraez, and now I don’t think I’m ever dropping him (I will, of course, once Castro cools off, but I have him now, my pretties).

Garrett Cooper – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Okay, another hot schmotato on the Marlins or the Pirates pitching is bad. Wait, can it be…both?

Robert Dugger – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.00 vs. Trevor Williams – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.16. If you ask me about either guy, I will slowly, very slowly, shake my head no, and give you a reprimanding look, so don’t.

Jorge Soler – 1-for-4 and his 40th homer. Our Commissioner Manfred, “The balls are made of butterfly wings, and I like how Soler makes them flutter.”

Aaron Judge – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer. Not bad. Dot dot dot. If Judge was on the Mariners and this was in March after their 1st game in Japan!

Gleyber Torres – 1-for-4 and his 34th homer. Somebody better inform him Gleyber Day was on Monday.

Giancarlo Stanton – Headed to the Yankees’ spring training complex to face live pitching. Wait until he finds only Gus, the 74-year-old Tampa resident and spring training janitor. Actually, Gus might be able to strike him out, while Giancarlo injures himself. “God damn it, Gus, go easy on him!”

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FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
2 years ago

Rojas didn’t play so dropped and picked up Reynolds!

J-Money
J-Money
2 years ago

Whatup G,

OPS league, who is the odd man out moving forward between Tucker, Kingery and Newman. Thanks man!

Hip hip jorge
Hip hip jorge
2 years ago

Who an more worthy of my IL spot: hiura (Berti filling in) or kimbrel (c-mart on wire)?

Hip Hip Jorge
Hip Hip Jorge
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Owned now. Thanks, Gray!

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
2 years ago

Have a solid lead in all pitching categories (ERA, WHIP, SV, K and QS) this week against a playoff opponent who doesn’t stream, would you still start all of these guys?

D German @ BOS
Cole v SEA
Darvish @ MIL
Manaea v DET
Clevenger @ MIN

Thanks!

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
2 years ago

Kimbrell back to the DL. Wick or Strop for saves? I was thinking Strop, but checked and he’s been terrible the last month with his ERA up over 5. Wick has 2 saves in the last few weeks and 2.8 ERA for the year.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Well, this is not the advice that I’ve heard from the other mustached,Jewish-Italian fantasy writers in Southern California that I know.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

heehee

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  letsgobravos
2 years ago

Honestly, I hardly think it’s worth it to speculate on what the hell Maddon is going to do for saves. Maybe you get a save or two while Kimbrel is out, but you’re going to have to roster a meh middle reliever or two to do it.

Russ
Russ
2 years ago

A.J. Hinch is so pissed he has to start Kyle Tucker in RF today

Curious George
Curious George
2 years ago

Who do you guys like better as a stream? H2h qs and w

Lamet vs col
Bailey vs det

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Curious George
2 years ago

Or mckay vs tor

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

Cano or Canha?

DonnieB
DonnieB
2 years ago

I am leading an NFBC Auction League by a few points and I have $75 of FAAB left. How much would you bid on Lux? I may need to save a little for injury replacements. Thanks for all your help.

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
2 years ago

Brendan McKay TB 09/06/19 27.7 vs TOR

Dodger Blues said above:
“I think McKay is going to be following an opener since their Friday starter is listed as TBD (for what it’s worth to you).”

Should I really expect an opener in front of him? McKay is listed as the starter for the game. I was thinking I would throw him but it’s a QS league, so an opener would kill the chance there.

baby seal
baby seal
2 years ago

Greyyyyy, where were you on Starlin when I needed 2B help and Berti gets benched making the baby seals look silly?!?

For fun, here’s John Sterling’s previous HR call: “Star light, star bright, Starlin just hit that with all his might! Starlin is darlin’!”

But I’m up 7-3 on the match up so far this week… so far so good. Moose still out, so def had to make some insurance moves there.

PS (unplanned last comment): McMahon just got dropped yesterday! Guess I could try him if I’m still in it next week when he’s home right?

sealitooooooo

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks bro, and nice job on the pod! Need more Grey!

What do you do during football season? Footsie w/ Cougs?

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

:rofl:

great answer, but I was actually curious!

don’t hate because of my amaze looks. lothario feels threatened!

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

hahaha

btw, since you turned me on to dr. sexy pepper, had to tell u this

I sent trade offers months ago: Soto for either Bauer or Sale straight up, and both got rejected. BREATHE!

my friends were like, no way I’d do that (if they had the pitchers), and I was like, bro, you know Soto is sexy af

just funny. at the time, they also were like Cole isn’t doing so hot (not lookin at the periphs!), and I was like, Cole is legit!

but one of these guys picked up Sonny, Soroka, Giolito, Rogers; drafted Verlander, Buehler, Flaherty… imagine trying to talk sense into that guy!

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

he doesn’t have Aquinoooooooooo (I do!)

damn, Plesac just did a number on me. thank god for Gallen, Paddack, Roark yday

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

Grey,

Would you drop either Ivan Nova or Logan Webb for Homer Bailey? If so, which one? thanks as always

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

When Laureano returns from DL-land, Cory Dickerson or Laureano?

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
2 years ago

Start Max Fried today?

vs WSH SStrasburgh – 0.8

Thanks

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

It appears Strasburg has only lost once in the second half.

And yahoo matchup ratings gives the stat that left handed pitchers have an ERA of 5.88 against the nationals over the last 30 days.

You’d feel confident about starting him?

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Fried is pitching against Strasburgh

Ben
Ben
2 years ago

Stream Fried today home vs. Washington? Thanks!

Alps
Alps
2 years ago

Hey Grey
With Laureano coming back tomorrow
Someone has to go
This is a keeper league
Segura or Biggio
My guess is Segura
Thanks as always

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

Please rank: Newman; Cano; and Alberto.

crenshaw07
crenshaw07
2 years ago

I just got kicked in the Plesac. Ouch bad timing for a sucky start

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
2 years ago

Random question here …

If you were doing your rankings for next year, and the season ended today, what rank or in what general area would you rank Aquino? I honestly have no idea what kind of value this guy has. But, every underlying statistic suggests he’s for real. I’m still not sure I’m buying it though.

krazyivan
krazyivan
2 years ago

In H2H for tomorrow I have Lamet starting. Looking at 1-2 more.

I have Pineda rostered. He starts home vs Cleveland.

Or I can pick up,
Bailey home vs Detroit
Valdez home vs Seattle

I could do Lamet, Pineda and one other, or Lamet and one of the two not named Pineda. Which call would you make?

Coolwhip
2 years ago

suarez bomb! man, he’s hot AF still even after taking it on the hand. at this rate he just might get to 50.

happyharry
happyharry
2 years ago

Hey Grey and DT!! H2H, 12 team, 6X6..I need a WW pickup at DH: Lux, Santander or Adam Frazier??

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
2 years ago

Good ol’ Dakota Hudson showing questionable control and finding gloves again. If ever there was a pitcher that was deserving of getting rinsed by a crummy Giants lineup, it would be him.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Jinx X ad infinitum, Sorry mustache man, this is where we are at cross purposes. Personal fantasy fortunes aside, justice demands that devil magic Tyler Chatwood get his comeuppance.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Don’t take it so hard, you know you’re the only mustached fantasy baseball writer of Jewish-Italian heritage, living in Southern California for me Albrite.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Haha, take it as high praise, I may know a lot of mustached, Jewish-Italian fantasy baseball writers in Southern California.

eballs
eballs
2 years ago

Cut 3 for next week

Eloy – vs KC, @ SEA
Sano – vs WSH (facing Stras & Corbin), @ CLE
Didi – @ DET, @ TOR
Newman & Reynolds – @ SF, @ CHC
McMahon – vs STL, vs SD
Santander – vs LAD, @ DET
Antana – vs TB, vs OAK
Lux – @ BAL, vs NYM

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

Your son, Sonny is dealin today. Should not have dropped him when he was winless early on, oh well.

Thoughts on Aaron Civale for 2020. Does he stay in the rotation or you think he is not as good as his numbers. Don’t want no stinikin faires showing up for regression.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Solid assessment. Thanks. Plus Cleveland is very good at developing pitchers.

How’s the house remodeling going?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Shoulder surgery for the oft injuries Aaron Sanchez.

That sucks. I built and remodled homes for almost 20 years in San Diego. I knew I should have rented your guest house, I could have helped you out..

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Do they not have one? Is this a reputable licensed contractor, with solid references?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Best of luck with it, Would love to see before and after photos, to give you my 2 euros..

Coolwhip
2 years ago

Regarding Ryu: From what I saw, looks like he’s having a bit of a command problem, some of his cutters and 2seamers were drifting into the launch angle wind-tunnel when he usually does a good job of avoiding it. Then sprinkle in that hitters have had a .419 BABIP last 4 starts vs .285 over the season. It could also be a touch of “relaxing” into a routine prior to the playoffs and becoming a bit more predictable than he’s been before.

Liam BAve
Liam BAve
2 years ago

Would you feel comfortable starting Allard in a H2H matchup?

The Fifth Girl
The Fifth Girl
2 years ago

I checked out HitterTron for the first time and picked up Cano for last night’s game. Wow. I’m a fan!

I’m a lock for a playoff spot and in a battle to win my division, and I’ve only had a catcher on the roster for about three weeks of the season. Our league (this is my first year playing in it) has a low cap on acquisitions for the year, so I decided to keep guys with lots of positional eligibility like Kike and Marwin over a guy who would only play 3/4 of the games and hit .250 with a dozen homers and then get hurt. The goal was to use the multi-guys to keep every non-Catcher spot filled every day. It worked pretty well. Maybe I won’t even draft a catcher next year

Batman
Batman
2 years ago

Crushed by the injury bug, was holding on to Joey Gallo in hopes of a return, is he safe to drop now? Need to make room in my DL. 12 team h2h, our playoffs don’t start until next week.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
2 years ago

Two move lefts (12 teams)
Gimme two batty calls to pick up
to put me over the top in H2H cats this weekend?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Avi is taken haha

Have you heard about zerozerozero?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Think later this year… looks promising.

Watts
Watts
2 years ago

Business as usual with starting McMahon at home right? The Rockies host STL and SD next week.

Chris
Chris
2 years ago

Whats up with Buxton, he’s activated but not game ready. In the meantime hes taking up a roster spot I could use to pick up Brendan McKay. Can Buxton come back to contribute with upside for playoffs? My other bench guys are Berti and Nimmo right now.

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
2 years ago

Re: Stanton. Some peeps will be back in on him next year because he had a full offseason to recover, but damn he’s had some sustaining lower body injuries. It’s at the point where it feels like he’ll come back next year only to end up having surgery because something hasn’t fully healed correctly. He’s going to fall a couple rounds maybe, but I think he’s an avoid for me next year.

Smitty
Reply to  Huffin Gas
2 years ago

Stanton is on my bargain radar for 2020

Canha Borrow A Feeling?
Canha Borrow A Feeling?
2 years ago

Grey,

My man! I must give you your “propers” as MC Hammer would say before asking for spare change. I almost dropped Pillar yesterday, but your recent words of wisdom prevailed. “September baseball is mostly won with guys like Kevin Pillar.” And that’s me quoting you!

jose
jose
2 years ago

What a sad thing that Berrios lead is. He wasn’t the only reason I lost in my H2H (H2H is so random) keeper league, but he didn’t help. Luckily he still bombed this week in my non-keeper H2H league for the team I was playing. haha

Looking at his late season ERA for the last few years, he hasn’t been particularly good in any of them. Doesn’t turn 26 until early next year. Should still continue to get better, but he’s been a tough own in H2H.

Also, didn’t realize he was only 6′ tall.

Anyway, here’s hoping I can run into some dumb luck and actually win a H2H title this year!

Thanks for the great year, Grey! I always enjoy the daily rundown as part of my morning routine. Also, shout out to Rudy for running Streamonator! It’s an amazing robot.

eballs
eballs
2 years ago

Folty is @ PHI & @ WSH next week. The Philly start looks like it’ll be against Nola. Would you start him?

eballs
eballs
Reply to  eballs
2 years ago

For his second start @ WSH, both Stras and Corbin pitch in the middle of the week, so he won’t be facing them next weekend.

LaRockakis
2 years ago

I traded Muncy and Chaz Morton (both non keeper eligible) for Mondesi (keeper) per your recommendation. Then, I beat the team I traded them to in the last week of the regular season to get into the playoffs and knock them out of the final spot. Ha-HAH! (Grey cackle)

I owe it all to Razz!

Coolwhip
Reply to  LaRockakis
2 years ago

nice.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
2 years ago

6 K’s out of Bauer last night, I’ll take it. Next start in against Seattle so hopefully that one will be even better.

Drop Daniel Murphy for Wong? I usually don’t like using one of my precious waiver wire moves (10 moves for 2 weeks h2h playoff) on switching up bats, but I think that move may be worth it?

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Kolten Wong-ton soup. I’ll just roll with Murphy, thanks fantasy lothario!

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

Quintana’s next start is @ SD – would you roll the dice on that matchup in the semifinals?

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  William Hung
2 years ago

Streamonator likes it decently, I’m starting him

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  William Hung
2 years ago

I would

Rafi
Rafi
2 years ago

Is it finally time to drop Danny Santana?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Rafi
2 years ago

For who?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Always my favorite question. Being a bench bat would make it even better.

rafi
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thank you for the punitive and context-free answer I was seeking! Sometimes a prolonged 40% k-rate means someone’s just gotta get cut, regardless of what else is on the wire. Especially in playoff weeks, with hardly any bench spots to speak of. I might give Dannys one last chance bc he’s up against Baltimore. If he can’t show something there, there’s really no hope.

Trader
Trader
2 years ago

Appreciate the prayer circle a few days back. We will see how it worked with Moose, Bryant and Laureano on my squad. Fingers crossed.

Soler was your best “be patient” advice. He was hitting .235 and striking out nearly 40% of the time. Not only bombs but walks are a category for us and he contributes there. Gracias.

Need Stras to blow up! My trading him for Bryant seemed smart on every sites’ ranking. But this one has been horrible so far. The irony of him being healthy and Bryant being hurt all 2nd half seems ironic.

Facing Dakota today, trusted the bot and bypassed him for Lucchesi v Rockies Saturday.

Pujols or Avisail? That is all

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Trader
2 years ago

Avisail fo rme

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Trader
2 years ago

Avisail for me

Will
Will
2 years ago

No kidding on Ketel Marte. How does a former slap hitter who had never even hit 10 home runs in MLB before 2018 and who batted .260 each of the past 3 seasons suddendly turn into .330/.591/.978 and 30 home runs? Holy juiced ball, Batman.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Will
2 years ago

juiced balls, launch angle, plus he changed his plate approach

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
2 years ago

HeyHey,

First off, help me pick a streamer: Plesac vs. CHW ($9.9) or Allard @ BAL ($2.9). Bot obviously says ZP, but I like that Allard dude against Baltimore, too. Try to get them both?

Second, theory/strategy question for you (and others): In September, I usually clear up my rosters a bit, stream SP like mad, and try to play hot bats. But I have the hardest time figuring out when a guy has genuinely cooled off. Is there any formula you go by? Like three games with 0-fers? A week of back to earth numbers? Or do we just say we’ll know it when we see it?

The guy that’s bugging me right now is Pederson, so this is relevant to today’s post. He IS going to drop off a cliff after this hot streak? But when? I almost tossed him aside after his wall collision, but last night made me really glad I did not.

That’s all for me today. Nothing big.

Luuuuuuuuuuuurveydooooooooo!!!!!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  sportivetricks
2 years ago

Sure try to get both, Plesac if you can only get one.

The amount of leash I give guys as they cool is usually correlated to how hot they’ve been.

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Thank you, Mr. Teeth!

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thank you, Mr. Albright!

I figured you didn’t have a specific date, but thought I’d ask. I screwed up hard cutting Kyle Seager too early a few weeks back, and don’t want to whiff again.

Crazy J
Crazy J
2 years ago

I think I’m less upset about Palka then Peraza… somehow! Good thing smarter people than me were taking Shaw over Muncy, or I could’ve stepped in that pile more often than i did. But nothing stings more this season than taking Hoskins before Bellinger!

If only a guy from the future can bring the 2020 Baseball Almanac to the present! I am sure working hard this season to stay at the top, but at least it’s all made easier by the reality that the Dodgers are playing well.

All jokes aside, I really appreciate your efforts, guidance, and commentary Grey.

Crazy J
Crazy J
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I got him at auction. This was my first time trying an auction league and I really liked it the most.

Right place like in KMarte?

Aaron
Aaron
2 years ago

Grey. Guy who had Hendricks and Thor get lit last week here. Had Paddack and Gallen last night with a Bradley cherry on top! I’m back baby! It’s not all doom and gloom in the comments! NL only title here we come! (I did trade albombso back in July for Josh bell. Dahl. And Woodruff…keeper league. Albombso owned for $5. All those guys much more :( )

Cram It
Cram It
2 years ago

Thank God Palka is back…I’ve been looking for a hero to replace Billy McKinney in my NFBC lineup. :/

Continuation from yesterday… it seems that at least most of those cases of respiratory illness from vaping occurred using THC oil/cannaboids. So probably some shady sh*t at the root of it all.

Also, Marlboro is the parent company of the owner of JUUL. So I don’t see why they would sabotage the industry that they’re making money off of with a false flag.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Cram It
2 years ago

you know Cram, one way to avoid respiratory illness, is by… you know… not uh… inhaling things other than maybe… air? ;-)

unrelated sidenote: i’m a proponent of CBD oil, and more yummy beer ;-)

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

Coolwhip, I like to party.

It is related if you’re inhaling it through a vaporizer!

Coolwhip
Reply to  Cram It
2 years ago

LOL carry on my wayward son.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah, the vaping companies issued a statement at the carelessness of the CDC and feds using the term “e-cigarettes” as a blanket term regarding the illnesses. I heard about popcorn lung, which is supposed to be related to the ingredient diacetyl, which JUUL doesn’t use.

I don’t know, seems odd, vaping has been around for a decade or two and all of the sudden this pandemic. It’s gotta be unapproved street stuff.

Sean
Sean
2 years ago

Would you trust/start any of these guys tomorrow in a 12 H2H QS League? The numbers look almost too good to be true.

Framber Valdez vs SEA $33.3
Brendan McKay vs TOR $27.4
Pablo Lopez vs KC $20.8

Dodger Blues
Dodger Blues
Reply to  Sean
2 years ago

I think McKay is going to be following an opener since their Friday starter is listed as TBD (for what it’s worth to you). And yes start all of these guys in these matchups.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Sean
2 years ago

Agree with Dodger

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  Sean
2 years ago

I’m streaming Valdez and Lopez (Lopez’s start after this one looks good too)

Canha Borrow A Feeling?
Canha Borrow A Feeling?
Reply to  Old School Brother
2 years ago

That Pablo Lopez $21 start surprised me too. Sounds like everyone is believing it. Is anyone buying any of the following?

Friday – Bundy ($16) vs. Tex, Bailey ($11.5) vs. Det
Saturday – Stroman ($17) vs. Phi , Duffy ($14) vs. Mia

Canha Borrow A Feeling?
Canha Borrow A Feeling?
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks. Homer and Duff(y) always go well together.

Sean
Sean
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

thanks everyone for the advice. scooped up Framber and hoping he does well. SON likes his next 2 starts. He potentially has some good matchups for the playoffs if my math is correct (vsTEX, @SEA, @LAA)

Dave D
Dave D
2 years ago

Yeah, Berrios and Marquez have not destroyed me yet but they’re trying their best. Castro has indeed been remarkable lately and Pillar is Pillar. But how about Rendon? 114 RBI, now that is impressive. Gotta love the Joey Urine implosion. I love the announcing a closer before he’s ever closed thing. It worked so well for the Bosox and Eovaldi that Mattingly figured he must be a copycat. Seriously though, what can that announcement possibly acheive? Baffling.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah, like in competitive sports don’t you maximize performance by having internal competition for positions. Shouldn’t opportunities be offered to several players and pick a winner who had EARNED the job?

Novel thought apparently

Mike
Mike
2 years ago

You like Boyd at KC today?

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Mike
2 years ago

Also, do you like Means at home against the rangers?

Dodger Blues
Dodger Blues
Reply to  Mike
2 years ago

Start Boyd, bench Means

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Mike
2 years ago

Agree with Dodger

toolshed
toolshed
2 years ago

Berrios pitched a gem vs Miami in the 2nd half. 7 ip, 0 er, 11k. Take that one out of his #’s and they are much worse. I’ll give him a pass at boston but he’s had the white sox twice, texas and detroit in the 2nd half too. Just to further your point about how bad he has been.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
2 years ago

Not that it’s going to matter for me next week, but I’ve been riding Lance Lynn and Hyun-Jin Ryu all season and now they’ve fallen apart the last 3-4 starts.

Just in case I do advance in my playoffs, what would you do with these two next week? Lynn gets TB and OAK next week. Ryu gets BAL. Honestly, at this point, I don’t think I can start either one with a clear conscience. Would you start them or sit them?

Also, dynasty league question here, would you hold onto Lynn for next season? I feel like he’s getting figured out again and relying on the fastball too much. I’m about to drop him. Would you drop Lynn after 2019?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Harley Earl
2 years ago

I’d start them both.

Dynasty depends on how the league works. What do you gain by dropping him?

jose
jose
Reply to  Harley Earl
2 years ago

I’m considering the same thing for Lynn. I’m probably holding going into next season. I don’t have any better options to replace him with other than rookie flyers. We’re also allowed to make off-season trades, I don’t think I’ll find any takers, but worth holding onto just in case.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

It probably would open spots for either Sam Hilliard and Brent Honeywell, maybe Alex Reyes or other fliers, or I could use the spot on adding a minor leaguer. I just don’t believe in Lynn long term. He’s been a great find this year but I think he’ll fizzle out again.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I’ll find someone else to drop! Thanks.

galica
galica
2 years ago

Grey!!!

Loved the report, excellent, really insightful!

a. How about tortoise sex? That is the slowest I have ever witnessed in person. The foreplay (i.e., the male slamming as hard as possible into the female with his shell until she gives in) could last as long as 3-4 hours. Then the actual sex act which is 2 minutes in human time but like 2 hours in tortoise time ’cause they live 800 years etc. Fun times when I was in northern Lebanon with nothing to do.

b. Yeah! Iglesias and Dead Kennedy both with saves last night – clean innings with 3Ks between them. Shaved 0.010 from my WHIP (with Gallen, Iglesias and Kennedy) so am a happy camper today!

c. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for September 5

Ride ’em Cowboy, 1942. Two salesmen get jobs as cowboys at a dude ranch! Dude, that’s awesome!

Costello (Willoughby): It’s all our fault. Duke and I went running to hide from the boss and I let the cow’s husband out.

Abbott (Duke): He means the bull.

Costello (Willoughby): Bull nothin’ it’s a fact.

Cheers,
Ante