Was thinking about this the other day.  Bear with me, it’s not fully formed (like the rest of this shizz).  Is there a higher upside move than becoming a magician?  David Blaine scored, Penn & Teller seemed to have done all right for themselves, Siegfried & Roy did fine until that white cat went ape…But how about all of the 18-year-old’s who are like, “Mom, Dad, I’m declining the full ride to Brown.  I want to do this…” *pulls sheet off table to reveal their daughter sawed in half*  “Oh, crap.  Marci?”  The world is littered with failed magicians!  You want upside?  There’s no greater upside call than deciding you want to be a magician for the rest of your life.  The Indians team?  They’re all freakin’ magicians!  Hey, Jose Ramirez (2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 26th and 27th homer), you’re David Blaine!  Francisco Lindor (1-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 25th homer)?  You’re David Blaine!   Michael Brantley (2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs)?  You’re David Blaine!  You’re all David Blaine!  We even have some David Blaine magic for Jason Kipnis (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games).  If you went Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez with your 1st two picks, you’re also a magician, according to the Fantasy Baseball Player Rater.  (The other way to look at this theory is only a handful of knuckleheads are actually stupid enough to want to be a magician, and the world is not littered with failed magicians and no one is turning down a free ride to an Ivy League school to become a magician, but we don’t talk about this part of the Upside Magician Theory.)  Thank you, Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor and all the Indians, I believe your magic is real.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Scooter Gennett – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 15th homer, hitting .325.  Okay, Scooter, you can be The Amazing Jonathan.

Jesse Winker – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting near-.450 in the last week, hitting near-.460 in July, hit .308 in June and still randomly benched by Riggleman.

Chad Kuhl – Shut down for another four weeks.  If this affects your fantasy team, then you’re telling me your league only uses Pirates players.  Can you own Pie Traynor in case he returns as a zombie?  Is your team name ZomPie?  Does it still upset you Kiner took his announcing talents to the Mets?  Is your best celebrity sighting of Jason Kendall?  Do you throw sandwiches without fries directly in the garbage?  I got questions, y’all!

Starling Marte – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .282.  Now on pace for 19 homers!  Can one Pirates hitter break 20 homers this year when other teams have multiple guys over 20 already?  Might come down to the wire in September, but if they’re relying on Polanco or Marte to cross the 20-homer threshold they got bigger fish to fry than Arthur Treacher.

Trevor Williams – 5 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.36.  Not sure what’s sadder, I was excited about owning this guy this year or that the Nats couldn’t hit him.

Bryce Harper – 0-for-2, but only one K.  Maybe the pretzel penis is working?!

Bruce Rondon – DFA’d by the White Sox.  My rap alias, B. Fire, would tell you, it just wasn’t Rondon’s times.  It’s plural because I’m inside Grey’s Anatomy, created by Shonda Rhimes.

Vince Velasquez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks, as he was activated from the DL.  Funny his initials are VV because he is anything but peaceful to own.  Yesterday, you got the good Velasquez; I cannot guarantee his next start will be as placid.

Yoenis Cespedes – Could begin playing rehab games during the All-Star break and has been working out at first base.  Why first base?  Because ta he Mets will do anything to get their most clutch hitter, Wilmer Flores, out of their lineup.  It’s almost like the Mets want to see Wilmer cry.  Sick f*cks.

Jacob deGrom – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 1.68.  He’s on pace for nine wins.  That’s gonna hurt his Murray Chass Cy Young vote.

Ken Giles – Optioned to the minors.  It gets worst; he was sent to Fresno.  Fresno is famous for its homeless people with diarrhea that Redfoo of LMFAO tried to eradicate.  Wait, I’m thinking of a short story I wrote in my (e)book, Pigeons on a Table!  Shameless plug!  Then, we have the shameless butt plug that is Ken Giles.  Ooh, Giles, things are gonna get easier…Because you will be facing minor leaguers!  Filling in for him for the last month-plus has been Hector Rondon, so ESPN said fantasy owners should look at Brad Peacock and Chris Devenski.  I’d laugh if it wasn’t so pathetic how bad they are at fantasy advice.

Lance McCullers – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.77.  Not to yell fire in the theater of Razzball, but look at McCullers’ max innings in a season and look at how many he has.

Shelby Miller – Left his start with tightness in his elbow.  Michael Lewis should stop going to Fantasy camps to sign copies of Moneyball and start working on his next book, “Dr. James Andrews Has An Exotic Car Problem And Is Causing Pitchers To Need Multiple Surgeries.”

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-2 and his 21st homer.  Au Shizz!

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-5, 4 runs, 6 RBIs and his 9th and 10th homer, as the Rockies exploded for a bajillion runs.  Chazz Noir (3-for-3, 4 runs, 3 RBIs) hit his 18th homer; Ian Desmond (3-for-5, 5 RBIs) hit his 18th homer and German Marquez homered off Daniel Descalso, which I’m not even sure is a pitchslap, because Descalso is a utility infielder.  Daniel Descalso was already in the game for the Diamondbacks in the 4th inning!  A hitter pitching is fun like a monkey riding a bicycle.  They can do it, but they look ridiculous.

Luke Weaver – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.72 vs. Carlos Rodon – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.56.  This matchup was a double CWM for me.  I want to own both of these guys, if they’re going right.  Am already more inclined on Weaver, but if Rodon comes around, I could see grabbing him too in the 2nd half.  For now, still looking at the Stream-o-Nator.

Chris Sale – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 2.23.  Anyone who has a sub-2.50 ERA in today’s offensive-bent climate should get an automatic pass to Cooperstown.  Skip the five-year waiting period, just put in Sale, Snell, deGrom, etc.

Mike Foltynewicz – 6 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.66.  I was watching this game, and it was Cruise City — six scoreless, woohoo!  I was on one of those party trolleys where everyone’s pedaling and having a good time and then the guy steering started drinking and now we’re on a sidewalk and WE’RE HEADED FOR A POLICEMAN ON A HORSE!  Wow, that shizz went sideways quick.  Am excited to have Faultywirewitz have the break to rest, think he could use it (because we all know rest will fix an out-of-whack xFIP).  Hey, he’s a 3.50-3.75 pitcher and regressing; it’s gonna happen.

Ozzie Albies – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 19th and 20th homer.  *takes a deep breathe*  Smells like April powers (no, that’s not the name of a porn actress).

Justin Smoak – 1-for-3 and his 14th homer, and his 3rd homer this week.  I was half kidding yesterday when I said if Smoak keeps homering I might have to include him in my top 100 of the 2nd half, but, well, I might.

Elvis Andrus – 3-for-5, 1 run and a steal.  My call in the preseason that Andrus was overrated was so right on I haven’t even had a chance to point it out because he hasn’t done anything in months!  Yesterday, his steal was what number on the year?  Go ahead, guess.  Forget it, you’re never guess.  It was his first steal all year!  To go with his 2 homers!  People were drafting him in the top 50 overall!  Haha, oopsie.

Dan Straily – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.29.  I was thisclose to streaming him because the Stream-o-Nator liked the start, but I didn’t have big enough pants garbanzos.

Freddy Peralta – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA up to 2.65.  Just your usual rookie hiccups.  His peripherals are still highly attractive and I might start call him Freddy Purr-rawr-ta.

Jesus Aguilar – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs, hitting .307.  Something I don’t mention much because it hurts, but I dropped Aguilar in one league.  Don’t worry, I can displace the blame — stupid Counsell kept benching him for Braun!  Now Counsell’s like, “Oh, Aguilar is not only an All-Star, but he’s our MVP.”  W(here)TF was that when I owned him?!

Marco Gonzales – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.41.  I feel like I keep making excuses to not like Gonzales.  I mean, he’s ooooohkaaaay. *having arm twisted*

Garrett Richards – Has damage to his UCL elbow.

Brian Dozier – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer, and his 3rd homer in four games.  You are Gwyneth Paltrow standing on the subway platform in Sliding Doors and the subway comes, opens its door, then shuts its door and you’re still standing there as the train leaves.  On the back of the train, the destination:  Owning Brian Dozier.  The train left the station without you, Gwyn-ey.

Addison Reed – Hit the DL with right triceps tendinitis.  Now I need Rodney to go down to vulture me some saves with Trevor Hildenberger.  Yes, this is all about me.

Ian Kennedy – Hit the DL with an oblique strain.  Some have theorized Kennedy’s injury is due to the Magic Bullet Theory, which says he strained his oblique while making a smoothie.

Salvador Perez – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .217.  That’s American League All-Star Salvador Perez!  Eat that whole D, Blake Snell!

Mike Moustakas – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 18th and 19th homer.  Two homers?  That’s an open-mouthed Moistasskiss!

Sonny Gray – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.46.  That’s nice, do it for three more months and maybe I’ll allow you to spread your disease on my 2019 teams.

Giancarlo Stanton – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting .276.  Member when he was hitting .218 in April and people were like, “Giancarlo can’t hit in New York, it’s too much pressure, do you still want to hug his wienie, Grey?”  And now he could be hitting .280 by the All-Star break.

Greg Bird – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Austin Romine – 2-for-5 and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.  Did Kyle Higashioka sneeze on him?  Can he sneeze on Gary Sanchez?

Joey Lucchesi – 4 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.34.  You know what’s coming?  I know what’s coming.  Want me to tell you?  The Padres are going to randomly announce Lucchesi has been having an arm/shoulder/elbow/forearm problem, and how he was trying to pitch through it.

C.J. Cron – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, and 2nd homer in the last four games.  Curtis Jackson is Cron-o-matic!  Get the strap!

Kevin Kiermaier – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 2nd homer.  This was his 2nd homer in the last however many games he’s played this year.  *winks*  Accuracy.

Shane Greene – Will return from the DL on Friday to closer duties.  I’m happy to hear it; I own him, but doesn’t it seem obvious an extra week of rest through the All-Star break would’ve made more sense?  Hopefully, for Greene’s sake, it wasn’t painfully obvious.

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.71.  Definitely tied his owners to the WHIPping post with all those baserunners, but until the C.J. Cron homer on his last batter, he wasn’t pitching that poorly.  Stream-o-Nator doesn’t have his next start yet, so I’d likely hold for now if you can.

James McCann – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  You just can’t bring any balls near McCann.

Mike Montgomery – 5 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 3.91 vs. Johnny Cueto – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.36.  What a snooze, which is not the same as Jon Niese, that’s ‘what a schnoz.’  If you’re wondering if Cueto made my top 100 for the 2nd half that’s coming next week, you’ve outed yourself as a Cueto owner.  Literally no one else cares.  He’s been fantastically bleh — fantablehous — since returning from injury, and his peripherals are equally fantablehous.

Jason Heyward – 3-for-6, 2 runs and his 6th homer, hitting .284.  It was way back in last Friday’s Buy I told you about Heyward, and you said, “Gee, golly,” and here we are.

Kris Bryant – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .280, as he returned from…Where the hell was he anyway?  A rehab assignment?  For the whole season?  Has he played this year yet?  I don’t remember seeing him do anything all year.  Am I wrong?  *Googles ‘when was last time Bryant played’*  Bryant played for the Lakers?  I don’t think Google is accurate and now my life is metaphorically a whirling dervish, which means if you were to call to me, I’d be ‘You Dervish.’  I need to sit down.  I’m Yu Darvish?  When did this happen?

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Matt G.
Matt G.
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

Couple of questions for you about my H2H 5×5 (OBP and QS) . My current team is as follows:

C: Buster Posey
1B: Rhys Hoskins
2B: Whit Merrifield
3B: Nolan Arenado
SS: Trea Turner
OF1: Eddie Rosario
OF2: Khris Davis
OF3: Michael Brantley
UTIL: Eugenio Suarez/Max Muncy/Mazara
SP’s: Kluber, Newcomb, Manaea, Alex Wood, and Buehler
RP’s: Cody Allen, Morrow, Blake Parker, Britton
Bench: Matt Olson, Paul DeJong, Muncy/Suarez/Mazara (2 of the 3).

A friend of mine in the league is trying to get Arenado and/or Kluber from me, and he has possibly the most powerful infield I’ve seen in a 12-team league. He’s got Goldy, JoRam, Lindor, Machado, and Dozier as his utility. What are your thoughts on Machado vs. Arenado ROS and same goes for Ramirez vs. Arenado ROS? Any trade ideas to land Machado and/or JoRam, or do you think Arenado will have better stats ROS? Trying to get an idea of how much value I should be getting back for Kluber and/or Arenado. Let me know what you think when you have a chance please. Thanks for your help.

-Matt G.

William Hung
William Hung
4 years ago

@Grey: My team heard my cry for more RBIs – last night Desmond with 5 and now Betts tonight with 5

Looking at Desmond – he’s actually been better on the road than at Coors so far this season. That fact shocked me

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: #ShallowLeagueProblems

Looking to free up a spot for an SP streamer/closer

Batting cats are: standard 5 plus OBP and Ks – which batter is my drop:
C- Posey
1B- Abreu
2B- Merrifield
3B- Rendon
SS- Lindor
OF- Desmond, Betts, Rosario
UTIL- Shaw
B- Gallo, Tucker, B-Ham

I was hoping that the combo of Gallo/B-Ham would lead to a 40/40 frankenstein player and I’d kill teams in HRs and SBs each week, but it hasn’t quite worked out that way

Gotime
Gotime
4 years ago

Annnnntonnnnioooooo Rrrrrrrrrennnndon! (2 HRs thanks) Sounds like it would have been a good name for WWF wrestler in the late 70s era..

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
4 years ago

I have a solid staff with Max, MadBum, Bauer, Morton, Wood, Hendricks and Peralta in tow in my 12 team H2H league. I stashed Ryu on DL slot as well. My RPs blow….Osuna, Parker, Bear Claw.
Way out in front so only fine tuning for Sept playoffs.

1. When Ryu gets back which starter would you cut?
2. I have been aiming for Knebel but the owner keeps changing his mind. He also owns Norris. Hard to believe he is the closer for the Cards. Is he still there in Sept and would you trade one of my SPs for him?
3. On the hitting side, JoMa and Peralta getting benched a bunch lately. Would you package the two for Starling and Trumbo? I need steals. Batting average, low Ks and high walks carrying me so far. So Trumbo, while not a favorite, would be who he tries to send me I am sure and I could stomach him

DodgersWindowClosed
DodgersWindowClosed
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Perfect. Thanks.

Tucker is on the wire. You drop Peralta for him or hold?

Crazy J
Crazy J
4 years ago

Byron BustSon!

Crazy J
Crazy J
Reply to  Crazy J
4 years ago

Is it TRES turner? Like 3 (tres) for his last 28?

or, for the pessimist 0 for his last 20 … which would make him Zip Turner.

Crazy J
Crazy J
Reply to  Crazy J
4 years ago

Oh SNAP, he must read Razzball. Sorry Uno Turner!

Ty
Ty
4 years ago

Cargo, Cron, Franco…who you like best ROS?
As a last bat

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
4 years ago

I’m trying to improve my closer situation after dropping Allen for Rondon to use Rondon as a trade chip for Knebel since his ratios are more appealing to the eye than Allen’s unsightly ERA.

Who do you like for SV and ratios – Knebel or Rondon?

William Hung
William Hung
4 years ago

Severino not helping out the cause tonight

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
Reply to  William Hung
4 years ago

@William Hung:
I have both Kluber and Severino going tonight.

William Hung
William Hung
4 years ago

Am I reading the Red Sox lineup correctly – Blake Swihart at cleanup???

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I keep forgetting to refresh my browser before posting a comment. Saw GrassyKnoll’s comment right after mine was added

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
4 years ago

Steve Pearce was just taken out of the game after being hit on the shin in his first at bat. So much for my brilliant batty call today.

Bk
Bk
4 years ago

Trade Trea Turner for Jose Altuve?

I’m really strong in steals, for what it’s worth. Is it close?

Crazy J
Crazy J
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

No “you’ll come up short” joke? What’s on your mind, Grey?

Jon
Jon
4 years ago

Jeffress or Minter in 5×5 scoring?

Saves would be awesome but not mandatory.

Keeks
Keeks
4 years ago

Wanted to see how you handle a situation when the pitcher planner rating is pretty low for one of your aces?

I.e. Snell today @ minny. No reason at all I shouldn’t trust him at this point and the matchup doesn’t seem scary on paper but clearly something doesn’t jive within the tool.

Ron Swanson
Ron Swanson
4 years ago

Chase Anderson, Rodon, or Sonny Gray ROS?

Robert
Robert
4 years ago

Should I be looking to trade McCullers for fear of potential injury?He has almost reached his innings level from last year. If so, who are the hitters I could target?

Chris
4 years ago

Gattis or Schoop in a points league?

Jon
Jon
4 years ago

Looking to add a pitcher, 5×5 scoring:

Lucchesi
Musgrove
Kingham
Lynn
Harvey
Mike Montgomery
Montas
Giles
Trivino
Suter
Jeffress

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Jon
4 years ago

@Jon: Stream

Jon
Jon
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: League rules don’t allow it

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Jon
4 years ago

@Jon: Musgrove or Lynn.

gapboy
gapboy
4 years ago

Would you trade Pollock for Dozier?

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
4 years ago

What’s good Grey? Papa ‘Poop had knee replacement surgery and I spent the last week-and-a-half down at his riverside house in Oregon helping him out. Not a lot of personal free time, but have gone out every night at dusk to fly-fish. Can’t complain about that. Anythehoo, my point is I’ve spent a lot of time watching crappy television series with him. Papa ‘Poop is into Ray Donovan and to be truthful, albeit jumping into the series mid-way I think it’s not that bad. Have you ever seen it? Kind of reminds me of a Soprano’s light.

Got home a couple of days ago and my ‘Cougs’ is into “Love” written by Rust & Apatow. I think I like it as well. Just curious on your thoughts on both shows.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: “Showtimey” totally makes sense and the show definitely comes across over produced and predictable. I liked it a little, but when you’re in solitary confinement on a TV series, you get a little of Stockholm Syndrome:) I’ll probably follow up with it just to find out what happens with a couple of the characters. Fan of Jon Voight though…he must be loving playing that role in later acting career.

It’s just my gut feeling, but I think you’d like watching “Love”. The main female lede (Gillian Jacobs) is a great actress in her role, but her character is a total B. I could go on, but you’ll get it if you end up watching it. Snoogins

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I’ll check it out.

JP
JP
4 years ago

Need a hot hitter to boost short term stats, Kipnis, Cargo or Reynolds?

Paul
Paul
4 years ago

Haniger and Vazquez for Harper?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Paul
4 years ago

@Paul: Harper please and thank you.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Paul
4 years ago

@Paul: wow BABIP creates crazy magic, such as the haniger owner thinking this would get through.

Bob
Bob
4 years ago

Saw the earlier comment about cron. You like hosmer more than cron ros? Hosmer looks awful. Highest k rate if his career and 61% gb rate. Was this decision one of those that you were on the fence about or do you feel confident that hosmer will outproduce cron ros? Cron has about as many at bats now that he under scosciapath all season. Thanks

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Bob
4 years ago

@Bob: Hosmer’s a proven guy with a track record. Gotta play the odds he and Cron regress to the mean from opposite directions.

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
4 years ago

Apologies in advance but Kiner-Falefa or Stassi in an AL Dynasty League?

Worm Burner
Worm Burner
4 years ago

Grey,

Who do you like ROS, Acuna or Rizzo?

Thanks man

Don Majikowski
Don Majikowski
4 years ago

Better keeper for the next 2 years Blackmon or Wil Myers?

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

With Skaggs and Buehler both coming off the DL, who are the two drops?

Quintana, Hill, Purr-rawr-ta, Zimmerman, (Skaggs, Buehler)

m0se
m0se
4 years ago

6×6 OPS/QS who do you want ROS, Mccullers or Mazara? I have good pitching stats

Ty
Ty
4 years ago

Andrus or Franco ROS.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
4 years ago

Looking for some Devers replacement help (I need a 3b or MI). Who do you like for this short-term fill in, in a 12 team roto? Below are the top last-30-days options on the wire:

[Strong Last-30 Stats]
Camargo
Kipnis
L. Gurriel

[Other Options]
Matt Chapman (fav so far)
Davidson
Moran

Thanks!

The Shoe
The Shoe
4 years ago

Hi Grey,

How would you rank these guys: Gibson, D. Rodriguez, Eovaldi, VV, Musgrove, Cahill

Thanks as always!

Eric Hsu
Eric Hsu
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks. On another note… What the heck, Morton. I saw a sparkling line through 4 innings… went out for a spin around the block and come back to this mess. What happened?

The Shoe
The Shoe
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: A. Oy vey, now Pivetta is killing me (oh wait, just checked and it’s not super bad) after I dropped him – he was picked up by the 1st place team who I’m facing this week, so dumb. That’s the fantasy baseball life for ya.

B. Ok, enough complaning: The owner of Weaver is interested in dealing him. My pitching staff is Morton, Clevinger, Stripling, Quintana, Bieber, Gibson, Eflin, Eovaldi. I’ve been looking for a reliable SP1 or SP2 to help me when the playoffs – do you think Weaver could fit the bill? I’m guessing I should aim higher. Nonetheless, who would you offer up out of the following bats to get him: Posey, Haniger, Cain, C. Santana, Aguilar, Merrifield?

herschel
herschel
4 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto redraft – wheeler, gausman or rodon? best option to be more than a streamer in the second half?

Phil
Phil
4 years ago

Are you comfortable dropping Quintana in a 10-team H2H league? I have: Severino, Bauer, Carrasco, Cmart, Flaherty, Eflin, Marco, Eovaldi. Right now Quintana is the worst in just about every way.

Matty
Matty
4 years ago

I have the rights to Winker and Bader in a deep 5×5 dynasty- who do you like more for RoS?
Thanks.

joe
joe
4 years ago

SON loves jameson today vs MIL but i’m wary.. . would you start?

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

Hold N Williams or stash Calhoun, bench bat?

Roster Trivino or Jeffress, ratios and vulture W, SV – are they basically the same? Jeffress has been lights out!

Thanks

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
4 years ago

see these teams taking even more advantage of the “LAD DL slot”. devers and others that were just slumping are being given a free extra 6 days off, i’d love to hear just what % of these guys are actually injured vs “hey get yr head straight dingbat” “DL stints”. it isn’t just giles here.

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: AL only, already nabbed fletcher to replace correa, now need somebody for devers with this lineup (OBP over AVG, total bases added, net steals over steals)
C hicks (1B)
1B yonder
2B whit (1B/OF)
SS nunez (2B/3B/OF)
3B mostsuckass
MI lowrie (2B/3B)
CI fletcher (3B/SS)
OF (4) mancini (1B), tucker, grichuk, fowler
util (1) brantley
BN
DL correa/devers
options: r.herrera, yin (BOS, but maybe holt just plays every day and yin barely does), valencia (really bad lately, i used to have him, but he plays most of the time), naquin or allen (naquin doing pretty well lately), kemp (little playing time BUT he’s kinda tucker’s handcuff too), george boneface, cave, chirinos (could move hicks to CI spot or 1B when yonder plays a lefty)

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
Reply to  Mordacious Levator
4 years ago

@Mordacious Levator: put that in wrong spot.

Turd Wendell
Turd Wendell
4 years ago

Odor Polanco Bird pick 2

Tucker? No Tuck Yu
Tucker? No Tuck Yu
4 years ago

With Kyle Tucker being called up, just wondering if there are any other prospects out there that you are really paying attention that if called up could be solid fantasy contributors during the second half/playoffs.

Hepcat13
Hepcat13
4 years ago

Pivetta or Odorizzi ROS?

H2H 5×5

Thanks!

ellis
ellis
4 years ago

Corbin or Maeda ROS
thank you

Mike
Mike
4 years ago

Keeper league where I’m sitting in 1st and need a SS.

R.Devers, K.Tucker, R. Ray
for
Trevor Story (owner is sitting in last with no chance to make the playoffs)

Phil
Phil
4 years ago

Bullpen question, Grey. I need to drop one:

Boxberger, Norris, Romo, Barraclough, W. Smith, Hader.

Categories affected by bullpen pitchers: relief wins, relief appearances, saves, K’s, era, whip.

SF has lots of save opps, so I’m bullish on Smith. Barraclough plays for a crappy team, and he’s been lousy lately, so I’m leaning him. Then, I look at Hader and wonder if we’ve seen his best for the year. He doesn’t get saves (which have lower value in my league), and he makes less appearances. The K’s are nice, tho.

Thanks in advance!

Phil
Phil
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Why Romo, if you don’t mind? He’s killing it right now. Do you think he’ll be traded in the next two weeks? Is he due to flop?

Phil
Phil
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Yes, agreed. Its a good problem to have. Just spitballing.

Chris
4 years ago

10 team h2h points league

Pick two moving forward. Position doesnt matter:

Gattis, Kyle Tucker or Schoop?

Chris
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Which of the other two to keep? Thanks.

ERad
ERad
4 years ago

DeGrom has a 1.68 ERA – that’s insane

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
4 years ago

would you add Kingham or VV over any of the following? 2 roster moves a week so streaming is tough…

Eovaldi, Gausman, Taillon, Pivetta, Peralta, E-Rod

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thanks grey!!

crenshaw07
crenshaw07
4 years ago

Pivetta or Suarez (SF) Ros?

Crenshaw07
Crenshaw07
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: @MALARKY: would you start him today at Bal? Son is in the negatives but it’s a head to head on All Star week so I need the starts unless they are poo

Crenshaw07
Crenshaw07
Reply to  Crenshaw07
4 years ago

@Crenshaw07: not sure how I got malarkey in on this. Phone

MALARKY
MALARKY
4 years ago

Would you start Bieber home against the Yankees tomorrow?

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
4 years ago

14 team h2h with OPS, holds, QS, total bases added. max 12 starts a week
C cervelli
1B goldy
2B schoop
SS anderson
3B is the door ajar?
MI gone varnish (2B/SS)
CI muncy (1B/3B will get 2B soon, this is espn()
LF brantley
CF mallex (LF)
RF stanton (LF)
OF rhysus (1B/LF)
util (1) otani (have both for price of one)
BN harrison (2B/3B), mcclutchin'(CF/RF)
DL puig (RF)
SP: heaney, morton, pivetta, V2, cueto, suarez, wood, bieber, eovaldi
RP (room for 5): kimbrel, hand, bradley, kelly, alexander
DL darvish

somebody just dropped trumbo, hold these pitchers or nab him over one (and which) of them?

Brian
4 years ago

David Peralta out of the lineup in Coors – his third time being benched in seven games. My hope is that over the All-Star break, Lovullo will look up the Diamondbacks stats on Baseball Reference.

OldMIlwaukeePounders
OldMIlwaukeePounders
4 years ago

Hey Grey!

It would require beach-ball sized cojones to start Shane Bieber against the Yankees, right? Stream-o-Nator seems to like the start but I am kind of scared just thinking about it.

Thanks, Homie!

HM
HM
4 years ago

14 tm H2H, is a rotation of Kluber, Severino, Carrasco, Corbin, Mikolas, Archer. Castillo, Rodriguez enough to get it done or do I try and consolidate two like Carrasco and Archer/Castillo + Adell into Verlander?

ERad
ERad
4 years ago

Any concerns with Bauer for next year? Dude throws 200 pitches a game but he’s a robot soooo

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
4 years ago

Hey Grey.

You commented on one of my posts yesterday that you would take Hector Rondon over Cody Allen ROS.

All the projections (Fangraphs, FantasyPros, Razzball) I looked at show Allen getting a lot more saves ROS and he seems to get into games a little more frequently than Rondon too (appearances over the last month).

I think Rondon probably has better ratios ROS, but who do you see getting more saves ROS?

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

I’m new to Razzball this year and glad I found this site…what does SAGNOF mean?

Gotime
Gotime
4 years ago

So I have an $8 Bauer in a redraft on the recommendation of a mustache sportin’ BTTF lovin’ son of a gun (whoooooo). That being said, would you do any of these trades in a weekly league:
1. My Bauer for Manny
2. My Bauer for Springer

My SS is Asdrubal and my OF are Trout, Benintendi, ERosario and Ozuna at Util (Tucker on bench). Have 1B Rizzo 2B Albies 3B Freeman.

My pitching would look like Carrasco, Wood, Maeda, Eflin, Flaherty, Folty, Newcomb, and maybe PIvetta depending on tongiht.

I’m in 2nd, do any of these trades or stay put. Thanks Grey

Gotime
Gotime
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: For sure, Bauer for Manny was nixed.
Which 1 bat would you take for my Bauer… Springer, Bellinger, KDavis, Soto

Gotime
Gotime
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Accepted, how we do.. Springer now my number 3 OF behind Trout and Benny had to take the bat right?

jose
jose
4 years ago

I had Weaver, Valasquez, and deGrom throwing last night between two different teams. Their combined line was 20 IP, 20 baserunners, 17 Ks and 1 ER and 1 Loss. Not to complain, but would it be too much to ask for 1 Win out of that night? Haha

With the short schedule day, I should probably drop a couple of guys to collect some counting stats for my hitting.

Current RCL staff (upcoming matchups): Morton, Quintana (Post ASB), Wheeler (vs. Nat – $5.8 on 7/14), Velasquez (Post ASB, probably SD), Weaver (Post ASB (probably CHC)), D. German (@CLE, -3.4, 7/13)

Have been trying to hold German, but feels like a true streamer until at least 2019, Have had Wheeler 3 starts now, Streamed VV and Weaver last night. I’m thinking hold VV and drop the rest. Having a harder time letting go of Weaver though, even if I wouldn’t start him against CHC?

Thanks Grey!

jose
jose
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Ha, yeah that’s the question. Dropped those three and picked up two bats and Musgrove against MIL $14.3!

Thanks again!

henncoop
henncoop
4 years ago

1)Better pickup for CI Franco or C Santana the drop would be Flores but he is facing Scherzer today & ROS I assume one of the other 2 guys are the better bet ROS. Funny thing is I traded Santana away & I guess I might take him back after being ice cold for a couple of weeks he was dropped. Plus I assume Wimer won’t be seeing the ball as well thru the tears.

2)Same RCL team where I recently picked up Kepler who seemed to be heating up but facing Snell today …drop him for Kiermaier (while healthy) for today? ROS??
As always …thanks. Great to be on the Razzball

Bk
Bk
4 years ago

1.)Im treading into the sad “sell low” territory with Hosmer.
Any of these guys you’d trade straight up for him?
Smoak, Gurriel, Belt

2.) How do you see Madbum ROS? (I know rankings will soon unveil) is he a top 10 guy? Top 20?(pitchers)

3.) Would you start Matz today? (Wsh, +3)
10-12 Team roto, pretty deep at P

Bk
Bk
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: What are some SP in his tier you’d trade him for? Bauer, Noah, Berrios, Snell? Prefer any of those?

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
4 years ago

Good morning, Grey!

So glad you outed yourself as an Aguilar dropper. I did the same thing back when Counsell was refusing to give him everyday at bats. He was promptly scooped up by the biggest jerk in my league. (His whole team actually looks like a hand-me-down version of mine [is there a name for that kind of manager?], but at least Aguilar is the only one who’s beasting.) I feel sacrilegious actively rooting against Jesus to succeed.

Can you guys make walks a thing in the RCL next year, so some dumb schmuck like me who’s rostering both Harper and C Santana can feel like a genius? Or how about making Right Kind Of Contact a category? Most Barrels Per Out? All jokes aside, Harper/Santana are a couple of guys you’re buying in the second half, correct…? Please…

Looks like Kyle Tucker’s starting to heat up. Let me just check the lineup. Ah, Astros are giving Kyle a breather and starting Tony Kemp. That makes sense. If there’s one thing I remember about being 21 years old, it was how much rest I needed.

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Well, the worst thing that can happen to us Kyle Tucker owners is happening: Tony Kemp is having a big day.

fudgemybudge
fudgemybudge
4 years ago

hold these guys or stream the spot(s) in a 10T H2H:

weaver
musgrove
bundy
suarez
eovaldi
minor

also, in the same format is hosmer droppable for any of these (starting gurriel at 1B, would be for a util spot):
profar
piscotty
peraza
seager
winkler

thx

Synyster
Synyster
4 years ago

Where do you think Machado ends up? People are saying I am crazy for wanting him to go the Yanks. They say he will burn out there real quick. Fake news.

hanklongball
hanklongball
4 years ago

Grey,

Who would you take ROS in a UTIL spot; Encarnacion or Dozier?

hanklongball
hanklongball
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thanks Grey! I should have asked this before, but it Dozier a better bet than Acuna in the second half?

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
4 years ago

Great write-up Grey!

Who do you like better in a keep forever?

C.Seager or Tucker?

Thanks,
LG

gapboy
gapboy
4 years ago

H2H Points League. This is my starting roster:
C: realmumota
1: Rizzo
2: Lemaheiu
3: J. Turner
ss: T Turner
2b/ss: Daniel Murphy
1b/3b: Votto
OF: yelich
OF: Acuna
OF: Marte
OF: Polllock
OF: Pham
UTIL: Aguilar\
BE: Upton, Hicks, Pham

SP: Strasburg, Porcello, Quintana, Wood, E-Rod, Knebel, Eflin Maeda, Hill (Only allowed to fill the 9 pitching slots) no bench.

Available off Waivers:
Andrus, Myers, Schoop, Tucker, Piscotty, Odor, Mccutch, Devers, Hosmer, Crawford, Eaton, T Anderson

Available SP: Weaver, Darvish, Buehler, Jon gray, Msugrove, Rodon, Iglesias, Vazquez, Cueto, Manaea

Would you drop anyone for any of these players for one listed on waivers?

Thanks Grey!

gapboy
gapboy
Reply to  gapboy
4 years ago

Ozuna is starting OF not Pham. My bad. @gapboy:

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
4 years ago

So, is Garrett Richards worth holding onto until the “official” word comes in on what they intend to do with him or is he done for 2018?

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  Dancin Homer
4 years ago

@Dancin Homer: If you have the option, and you have been relying on him, wait for the official announcement, but its probably coming.

Dnut Eastwood
4 years ago

I most of been sauced or salty, eff it I’m a passionate person Grey and Sterling Marte was sucking a week and a half back. That said thanks for convincing me not to send him packing when I had 5 DL stints hit me. Now who is more ownnable in a 5×5 league Dylan Bundy who has pitched like Ted in two starts off the DL or Gio Gon… Dylan plays in the beast in the east but I believe has more upside and do you think we seen Gio’s floor?

Dr Y
Dr Y
4 years ago

I was offered tommy pham for wil myers? What is going on with pham?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Dr Y
4 years ago

@Dr Y: Myers

Mookie Cookie
Mookie Cookie
4 years ago

Rather have benintendi or neslon cruz ROS?

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
4 years ago

Morning FML,

Out walking my dog but no DeLorean yet…

Got a couple of moves left in a 15 team keep 11…looking for a 2019 run

Would you drop Margot for Winker or to stash Adell, Trammell, Alonso or McMahon?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Nightpandas
4 years ago

@Nightpandas: I’m a Winker fan.

Ralphy
Ralphy
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: Would you drop Forrest Whitley for Trammell on a minor league roster?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Ralphy
4 years ago

@Ralphy: Deep minor leagues isn’t my bag. Sorry.

Will
Will
4 years ago

If you put Marte’s first half this year together with his 2nd half last year, you get a .280 / 18 / 71 / 44 season over 157 games (610 AB). That will play in most leagues. Particularly the 44 steals.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Agreed, HRs are crazy again this year as you point out w/ Lindor and Ramirez

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
4 years ago

Drop Hosmer for Smoak?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Justin Ralph
4 years ago

@Justin Ralph: In a dynasty league (keep 5) would you trade Strasburg for Jesus Aguilar?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Justin Ralph
4 years ago

@Justin Ralph: Jesus would be a replacement for Hosmer.

Thomas Petrone
Thomas Petrone
4 years ago

is Andrew Miller worth a pickup and D/L stash?

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  Thomas Petrone
4 years ago

@Thomas Petrone: In what league context? Holds? yes. Saves only, probably not unless its deeper and his potential ratios and Ks will help, but he wasnt great before the DL.

Johnnyhobbes
Johnnyhobbes
4 years ago

after giving up weaver and scooter for Dozier, I am jumping back in on Rodon; Head first / shallow end, baby!

Good Bob
Good Bob
4 years ago

12 team 6×6 h2h OPS
Who’s the drop?
Teoscar Hernandez
Steven Souza
Niko Goodrum
Brian Anderson