Dodgers announced their top pitching prospect Josiah Gray will make his major league debut today. There’s gonna be so many Grays/Greys in the majors, it’s gonna be like 50 Shades of Grey, and you’re gonna be pouring candle wax on your nips while drafting your fantasy teams. “Ow, Grey, please let me just type up this memo to HR without you tweaking my areolae!” That’s gonna be you wishing you could get all these Gray/Greys out of your head. But. You. Can’t. *Cue evil laugh that turns into a coughing fit* So, here’s Prospect Itch with the sitch, “(Josiah Gray) played 72 games at shortstop across his two college seasons but shifted to the mound full-time as a pro and has been incredibly effective in his brief career. At 6’1” with excellent ride on his his four-seamer and two benders he can bury, Gray’s traits are ideal for succeeding in the pitching paradigm that dominates our game now. His athleticism enables plus command that might be elite when all is said and done and has been good enough already to limit batters to just four home runs across four levels of minor league baseball–three of those coming in the hitter friendly California League. The Dodgers didn’t need his assistance in 2020, but I suspect he was ready to succeed if called upon and will be eager to answer the bell early in 2021. He’s a redraft target for me in deep leagues and someone I’ll be adding in shallow leagues when it seems his time is nigh. Gray is the man Grey is not.” Okay, not cool. His numbers are awesome this year — 12.6 K/9, 1.2 BB/9, 2.87 ERA, but he doesn’t seem able to rack up innings (15 2/3 IP). Never the hoo! I added JoJo Gray in two NL-Only leagues, and would grab him in the shallowest of mixed leagues too, if I needed to chase the upside dragon JoJo Pitcher, Your Career Is Calling. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Gavin Lux – Hit the IL with a hamstring strain. Boy, that’s just his Lux! Corey Seager is due back on Wednesday, so tamp down your McKinstry pin flare.

Justin Turner – 1-for-3 and his 17th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games. Turner is red-hot, and he’s hitting well too.

Max Muncy – 1-for-2 and his 22nd homer. A guy named Max shouldn’t have another gear, but he keeps going.

Brandon Crawford – Hit the IL with a strained oblique. Oh well, you got two seasons’ worth of Crawford for the price you paid on draft day.

Buster Posey – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, as he was activated from the IL. Uncle Luke’s fantasy team “Pop that Posey, Pop-Pop that Posey” must be doing well.

Wilmer Flores – 1-for-5 and his 10th homer. Everyone on the Giants is playing over their head, including Wilmer for crying out loud.

Kevin Gausman – 3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 1.84, as he returned to the club, after a family emergency. Well, now I have a fantasy emergency, so I need you to bear down, Gausman!

Jarren Duran – 1-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Duran out there saying no No Mas. He could’ve just said Un Mas, or Mas Mas, or XMas, where X stands for the integer he chooses on how many Mas’s he’s going to be Mas’ing. I would’ve said, “Mas and I’ll let you know at a later time when No Mas.” Because it’s impossible to know how many Mas’s it’s going to be. Any hoo! Duran looks good! He took yesterday’s home run out the opposite way, and he has 70-grade speed, i.e., can steal 40+ bags. Also, in yesterday’s game, Rafael Devers (1-for-4, 2 runs) added in his 23rd homer, as he gave an Un Mas; Hunter Renfroe (1-for-5, 4 RBIs) Mas’d it up with his 14th; Enrique Hernandez (3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs) hit his 12th and 13th homer, or you might know him as Enrisqué Mas. Finally, Dannys Antana (2-for-5, 3 RBIs) hit his 4th homer. Dannys is a Mas-been.

Nick Pivetta – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 13 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.37. He got a huge early lead, then Pivetta let the tide take him out to the Ivictory Coast for a free night at the W.

Alek Manoah – Hit the IL because he fell down the dugout stairs. Only excusable if you’re filming a Life Alert commercial.

Ross Stripling – 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.04. I’ll fondly recall what my seat feels like but I won’t ever be able to sit again.

Jazz Chisholm – Hit the IL, and my guess is he’s done for the season, but maybe a month or so, wait, that’s the season, I’m just riffing. Get it, you cool cats, it’s Jazz.

Miguel Rojas – 3-for-4 and his 5th homer, as he hit leadoff and played shortstop. Might see a little schmotato in a bottle with Chisholm out.

Garrett Cooper – Hit the IL. He’s been stricken by Gamelitis for the last few years. As soon as Cooper hits a home run, he gets injured for a month.

Juan Soto – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 15th and 16th homer, hitting .301. *screaming unintelligible* Thank you, Sexy Dr. Pepper!

Josh Bell – 1-for-5 and his 13th homer. I’m not going to dwell on how he only has three less homers than Sexy Dr. Pepper, because I’ve started a new positive way of thinking. Though, I keep thinking about how Seth Brown has 11 homers, but I’m not letting it drag me down!

Tres Barrera – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st homer. If Tres Barrera doesn’t sound like a luchador, then I’m not currently wearing a shiny mask, doing a dropkick off the top rope.

Trea Turner – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .319. The Nats have a Trea and a Tres. They need a Treb-Trer.

Jon Lester – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.99, and he pitchslapped David Hess. Next year, Jon Lester in the Home Run Derby! Streamonator hates his next start, and I don’t disagree.

Tyler Glasnow – Feels good playing catch. Yeah, him and every 9-year-old with their dad.

Ryan Yarbrough – 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.59. Hey, um, did someone smuggle 2019 baseballs into the games yesterday?

Shane Bieber – Played catch for the first time since his injury. Should fix him up with Glasnow and they can qualify for the Olympics of playing catch.

Franmil Reyes – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer. Also, in this game, Yordan Alvarez (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) hit his 17th homer. Yordan and Franmil is the Spiderman pointing at himself meme.

Kyle Crick – Designated for assignment. Yo, the Pirates are nuts, bros and five lady-bros. They could’ve traded Crick before putting a giant DFA flag on him that he’s useless.

Caleb Smith – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.38. Ya know what’s gonna be cool? When Caleb shows up in camp next spring and needs Tommy John surgery because he didn’t go this year.

Pavin Smith – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer. Elias Sports Bureau said this is the first game a player with the very rare last name Smith homered in a start by a player named Smith. Then they burped. Should someone check on Elias?

Eduardo Escobar – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. Edu-Escobar is literally the School of Rock.

Jake Woodford – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.06. Cards manufacture pitchers who out-perform their peripherals. Is there a little lucky pitcher factory in John Gant’s hair?

Dylan Carlson – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer. ‘Member when I thought Carlson was breaking out in April? Yeah, well, I was talking about acne, so I’m still right.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer. Au Shizz!

Patrick Wisdom – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 14th homer. Ya know how everyone’s talking about what a great piece Kris Bryant would be for a contender? On our 30-day Player Rater, Wisdom’s been better than Bryant, and it’s not that close.

Pete Alonso – 2-for-6, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer. Albombso!

Dominic Smith – 1-for-5 and his 10th homer, and eight homers in the last two months. April and May were so bust-worthy that he put himself in too big of a hole to dig out for season-long stats, but he was kind of a 2nd half guy last year.

Michael Conforto – 3-for-6, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th and 6th homer, and four homers in the last week-ish (the break hurts my brain counting days), and Conforto is the type to be the hottest hitter in all of baseball for a month. Absolutely should get back in.

Jeff McNeil – 2-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .260. Crazy how terrible all the Mets hitters have been, but the glass-half-full way of looking at that is they’re due.

Edwin Diaz – 1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.30, and yet another blown save. Trevor May (2/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.31, and his 3rd save) would be the guy who I’d grab, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Mets trade for Dick-Rod or Kimbrel in the coming days.

Shohei Ohtani – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.21. The Angels’ trademark of having a player who is the greatest to ever play baseball continues as they stick the landing in 4th place in their division. It truly is incredible.

Ramon Laureano – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .235. Getting people asking about dropping Laureano. Hey, I didn’t accidentally put Laureano in the top 100 for the 2nd half.

Cole Irvin – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.42. Streamonator is barely positive for Irvin’s next start, and, honestly, I wouldn’t mess with him in away games. Even if it’s the M’s, one of the worst hitting teams in history.

Kyle Gibson – 5 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 2.86. That’s what the Rangers get for not trading him during the break. Y’all ding dongs and Gibson’s trade value got dinged and donged.

Akil Baddoo – 2-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .278. Picked up Yabba Dabba Baddoo about a month ago and never considered dropping him.

Casey Mize – 4 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.44 in 54 pitches, and he refused to shake Hinch’s hand as he came off the mound. Gonna see a lot more of pitchers either getting scratched or scratching their head at being pulled for no reason, as innings are throttled.

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .285. Said he could be heating the schmotato back up yesterday, and today I’m reaffirming.

Luis Robert – Will begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday. Hey, did the the White Sox trade for Wilford Brimley and the Cocoon pool pod?

Yoan Moncada – 2-for-7, 7th homer, 2nd homer in two days, and I keep saying he could be one of those guys who has a huge 2nd half, think: 20/10/.300.

Lance Lynn – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.94, and out on 89 pitches. Not sure why Tony Lol Russa keeps pulling Lynn so quickly. Let my man Lance Lynn loose!

Tim Anderson – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 9th homer. Gotta provide more run support for Lynn than just a solo homer, which is what I whispered into my dreamcatcher as I floated it out to sea. Chance Sisco is a lot like my dream catcher, because they’re both useless!

Gavin Sheets – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer. The White Sox could roll out a rake dressed in Freddy Krueger’s flannel and it would have a productive month.

Nelson Cruz – 1-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer. The year is 2087. The climate scientists are saying it’s not safe to go outside. Nelson Cruz, wrapped in aluminum foil, is leading the league in homers at the age of 107.

Mitch Garver – 2-for-3 and his 9th and 10th homer, as he was activated from the IL. He returns after having surgery on his testicle. *slowly crosses legs* Props to Mitch Garver. If I were him, I wouldn’t be able to watch the ball drop in Times Square without getting the shakes.

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Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
11 months ago

Grey I was just offered his Aaron Nola for my Bryan Reynolds. I have an OF of Castellanos, Adolis Garcia, Walsh, Laureano and Reynolds. Accept right?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Justin Ralph
11 months ago

Or do you think there is something off with Nola. Thats a few bad outings in a row. Not sure if its a time to but with his stock down or not.

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Aquino homered off a righty again. Cust kayin’

Fister Furbush
Fister Furbush
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

H2H Dynasty Cats on ESPN.

Receive Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole
Send Shohei Ohtani.

Should I pull the trigger?

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
11 months ago

Grey one more hoping I catch you:

Please rank the order you would trade Bellinger for:

Story
Eloy
Wander

Thanks!
LG

Dude
Dude
11 months ago

ROS/Keeper
Bradley or Wisom or Sheets(I like him)?
Gonsolin or Price?

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Weather sux. First, Joc yesterday and now Jarren today.

HarperBetterThanTrout
HarperBetterThanTrout
11 months ago

Conforto or Marsh? Redraft 6X6 OPS roto

bobsnyder4210
bobsnyder4210
11 months ago

Hey, Grey…a little pitching help, please?

Lg#1: Activating Means if he gets through tonight ok…drop Framber, Cobb or McClanahan?

Lg#2: Pls rank your top 3 choices to try to replace Stripling (I can’t stand it anymore):
Cobb, Taillon, Lauer, T Anderson, Z Thompson, Mills

Thanks!

bobsnyder4210
bobsnyder4210
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Yes, I’m painfully aware my options in #2 are horrid. But thanks…taking a flyer on Zach does feel more appealing than anything else at this point. Luckily, I don’t have to rush, so I’ll see if something else better shows up in the meantime…

Jeffe
Jeffe
11 months ago

Excellent work as usual. Alcantara is unfortunately on the NA due to death in the family. I’m sure he’ll back soon. In the meantime would you consider picking up either Houck or taking a chance for an IL stash of Luis Robert or Ynoa? Or sit tight and do nothing lol Thanks!

eballs
eballs
11 months ago

Are you starting Wood today in LA?

Paul
Paul
11 months ago

Please help with trade offer.
I was offered Nola, Snell, and Biggio for my Lindor and K Marte
I currently have Baez and Urais at 2B and SS. I posted to the league to ask for Pitching help.
Both Lindor and Marte on the IL but am I giving up too much.

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
11 months ago

Ok…so he just sent a new offer that I think is better.

My Glasnow ($11), P Lopez ($13) and Biggio ($24) for his Bellinger ($27), Trout ($53), Lynn ($23) and S Gray ($5)

I already have McNeil at 2B and Biggio has been a utility guy for me. Thoughts?

Sandman
Sandman
11 months ago

Hey Grey,

How do you rank Bohm, N. Lowe and Joc Pederson? Mostly looking for short term UTIL upside. Thanks!

JC
JC
11 months ago

Eovaldi has been more reliable than Mahle who has been awful lately. Big time command issues. Yet most rank Tyler ahead of Nathan ROS. I get regressing to the mean but hard to stomach Mahle last 30 days when fighting for a playoff spot.
Who would you rather keep?

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
11 months ago

10 team 6×6 with OPS and Holds. Here’s my roster:

Position/Player/Eligibility
C Willson Contreras
1B Max Muncy (1B,2B)
2B Ryan McMahon (2B,3B)
3B Rafael Devers
SS Fernando Tatis Jr.
INF Jesus Aguilar (1B)
LF Jesse Winker (LF)
CF Akil Baddoo (LF,CF,RF)
RF Jared Walsh (1B,RF)
OF Cody Bellinger (CF)
UT Yordan Alvarez (LF)

Bench
2B,SS,LF,CF Chris Taylor
LF,CF Mark Canha (giving him time to knock the rust; might displace Bellinger)
SS Wander Franco
RF Charlie Blackmon
LF Raimel Tapia (has been a mystery absence lately)

IL Eloy Jimenez
IL Ketel Marte

Pitching
RPs
P Ryan Pressly
P Jose Cisnero
P Ian Kennedy
P Michael Kopech
P Emilio Pagan
P Jordan Romano
P Ranger Suarez

SPs
P Brandon Woodruff
P Kevin Gausman
P Sonny Gray
P Hyun Jin Ryu
P Kyle Hendricks

I think I need to shed either a bat or K. Hendricks for an RP. A bat would likely leave me in better balance. I’m near the top at 0.5 behind first, but I could lose some points in Ks if/when other teams approach my IP level. Hendricks seems a drop option bc of his lack of Ks (which I’m sure if why I was to get him as a FA). If I drop an RP, that would likely be a separate move and I’d need to replace with another RP just for holds chances.

Having added Baddoo, I’m thinking I could drop Tapia (or try to trade him). I just added Aguilar as another option at 1B should I rotate Muncy from 1B to 2B given a day’s matchups.

Who would your drop be here? Tapia? Aguilar? Hendricks? Blackmon? Wander?

DonnieB
DonnieB
11 months ago

Need a 2B. Brujan, Biggio,J Rojas, or Villar?

Would you trade my Trea Turner at $56 for Xander Bogaerts at $38 and Argos Rodon at $10? It is a 12 team keeper with a $300 cap. Is it close?

Thanks. Glad you are here everyday!

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
11 months ago

14 team 6×6 h2h keep 6 with OBP, TB, QS and K/BB

Guy in my league is selling off assets and trying to pull off a big trade. I am currently in 8th and only top 4 make the playoffs but I feel pretty good about my team with 7 weeks left to play. Keeper prices are the average of previous price paid and auction calculator projected price with % discounts first two years kept and penalties 4th and 5th year.

The offer he just sent me was for my $11 Glasnow (kept twice), $13 P Lopez, and $15 Alcantara for his $27 Bellinger (kept thrice), $23 Lynn, and $5 S Gray.

Not super thrilled about Bellinger or giving up Alcantara. He has a few other assets that maybe I could swap out including $53 Trout (kept once), $1 Mullins, or $12 W Myers.

I do already have a solid core of young cheap keepers in Tatis, Grisham, Kiriloff, Vaughn, Duran, Mclanahan, Manoah, Carrasco and Josiah Gray.

Maybe I can sell high on Duran and swap him out for Alcantara and then see if I can get Trout instead of Bellinger?

Thoughts? Thanks!

William Hung
William Hung
11 months ago

Looks like Matt Chapman is back to being a bum – is it time for me to finish out the final 2 months with Jeff McNeil @ 3B?

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
11 months ago

Great write-up Grey!

1)As a fellow Bellinger owner I know you feel my pain. What would you do with him in a keep forever based on the options below?

a)wait because you think he can figure it out
b) sell for an equally valuable dynasty player
c)sell at any cost and get rid of him

2) Where do you think he ranks next year?

Thanks,
LG

Muscles Marinara
Muscles Marinara
11 months ago

both Conforto & Lou Bob on wire..
I have Zac Gallen & Trevor Bauer..
You think Bauer pitches again?
Maybe it’s just me but I don’t really like owning Conforto
What’s my move?
thx Grey

Bigdadyb58
Bigdadyb58
11 months ago

Grey, 10T 5×5 Category Keeper League

Often dreaded Catcher question.

ROS Garver or Murphy (whom I own)

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
11 months ago

Which 2 OFs do you like from this group: Kirilloff, Duran, Nimmo, Bader, and Josh Rojas? Thanks!

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

I currently have Kirilloff, but he’s been cold and his games missed vs. lefties hurt me in H2H. I’m hoping to replace him with someone who’ll play nearly everyday in a league where strikeouts are -1 apiece. I do like Duran batting 2nd in Boston, but Rojas’ versatility is nice. I’m guessing Duran has the higher ceiling but also the lower floor?

Blarp
Blarp
11 months ago

I’m in second, Yahoo roto 12 team. Keep 3 for up to 3 years. Was offered their Soto for my 7th round pick (Ie 4th round after keepers) and Soto cannot be kept next year. I already traded my 8th round pick. Soto might make the difference to me finishing second vs third, but I suspect the player in 1st is too far ahead, but who knows. Is it worth it, or just hold the pick? I’m terrible at valuing draft pick trades…

Blarp
Blarp
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

OK thanks, that’s what I was leaning toward. An alternative would be to counter with a keeper eligible player of mine for him to keep, as he doesn’t have much to keep this year. Of my players I’m guessing he will want Wander, so if I wouldn’t keep Wander then it’s a good deal for me, though I’d have to find a SS on the wire (RIP Lindor’s season).

I can keep 3, and have otherwise available to keep (among scrubs I’m not listing): Wander, Devers, Cruz, Duran, Garcia, Verdugo, Gausmann, Berrios, Peralta (all could be kept 2 more years) and Grisham and Lynn (can be kept 1 more year).

Stick with the offered pick, or counter?

BtheEsq.
BtheEsq.
11 months ago

Relatively shallow Yahoo H2H categories league

Runs (R), Hits (H), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Total Bases (TB), On-base Percentage (OBP)

Wins (W), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Holds (HLD), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Quality Starts (QS)

Must keep 3 keepers (anyone) as the first 3 rounds of the draft. Can keep up to 3 rookies from this year in round drafted or last rounds if FA pickups.

Current Roster is:
Navarez
Abreu
Altuve
Franco
Bichette
Meadows
Sexy Dr. Pepper
Tucker
Util – Baez
Util – India
BN – Yordan
NA – Duran, Rutschman

SP – Luis garcia, Mcclanahan, Kopech
RP – Reyes, A. Chapman
P – Iglesias, Kimbrel, Pressly, Sewald

BN – L. Castillo, Buehler, Cole, Urias, Ray, F. Peralta, Plesac
IL – Biebs, Kluber
NA – Sixto

Havent activated Duran yet because I have no idea who to drop to do so! Been trying to deal to open a roster spot, but as of yet have been unsuccessful. Can’t make any moves until Duran is out of the NA spot…..

What’s the play?!

Thanks!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

1. Looking forward to back up Trevor Story. The following are available:

Donovan Solano
Wilmer Difo
Ehire Adrianza
Danny Santana

Thoughts?

2. Just waived Adrian Houser to try and get Logan Webb. Is it worth getting Houser back as well as Webb? I have also Darvish, Woodruff, Ray, Flexan, Hendricks, Gomber, Sandoval and Alzolay..

Thanks again for all your help

Bigdadyb58
Bigdadyb58
Reply to  martinrostoker
11 months ago

Grey, 10T 5×5 Category Keeper League

Often dreaded Catcher question.

ROS Garver or Murphy (whom I own)

Bigdadyb58
Bigdadyb58
Reply to  Bigdadyb58
11 months ago

Computer Glitch
Wrong spot

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
11 months ago

Pretty stoked to see Ohtani up close last night. From the pitching side, kind of looked like a high end SP2 edging towards ace side. He threw a lot of early fastballs in the 93-94 range with good location and got sneaky strikes to get ahead. Slider is the secondary he went to most often. Mixed in a change. Kept everybody off balance. With guys in scoring position he dialed up 99. Maybe threw just a handful of spitters which surprised me but I haven’t seem him pitch lately so maybe that’s how he’s gone. Delivery is smooth. Uber athlete. Just everything as advertised and the double was so loud. He’s an Acuna, Trout, Soto level bat. Not telling anybody anything they don’t know, but translated live. Could just see him playing at that stratospheric level.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

I think that’s a bit harsh on yourself. He’d been up and down prior to this year. There was talent in there, sure, but he’s hitting like his 200 percentile projection.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
11 months ago

Baddoo or Duran?

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
11 months ago

Good afternoon!

Trade question…AL Only keeper league

Adolis Garcia –> Can keep him for 4 years: Years 1&2 $7; Year 3 $12, Year 4 $17

or

John Means –> Can keep him for 3 years: Year 1 $9; Year 2 $14; Year 3 $19

Basically I have no idea how to value Adolis Garcia.

Who would you rather?

Thanks so much!

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Genius, of course.

Thanks!

200 Proof
200 Proof
11 months ago

Grey,

Please help with the following 2 scenarios:

1. Now that Means is back I need to drop either :
-Clase (seems to no longer be front-runner for saves)
-Barlow (not a great pitcher but a front-runner for saves)
-Rich Hill

2. In a different league, who to keep as a closer (who has best chance at # of saves):
-Bard
-Clase
-H Robles
-Taylor Rogers
-G Soto

Thanks!

toolshed
toolshed
11 months ago

I own lugo in a s+h roto league. He qualifies at sp. Would you cut him to activate nola. I have 2 extra Of now with duran up. L gurriel and blackmon. Not sure who to cut. Gurriel also qual at 2b which is helpful. Lugo was doing OK until his recent t blowup after the break vs pit; it was ugly. Just wondering if he may get some saves if diaz continues to struggle.

Alan2112
Alan2112
11 months ago

What’s up Grey,

2 questions.

12 Team CBS Weekly H2H Points Custom League re-draft (no penalty for k’s in hitting)
-Only 2 IL Spots
-Only 3 transactions allowed per
week

My current lineup:
C – J. Realmuto
1B – Y. Gurriel
2B – B. Lowe
3B – A. Riley
SS – M. Semien
OF – J. Duran
OF – D. Smith
OF – J. Walsh
U – F. Reyes
U – J.D. Davis

Reserves:
T. Story
A. Garcia
G. Sheets
H. Bader
B. Bradley
B. Rodgers
J. Sanchez injured

IL: Kyle Schwarber

Pitching:
SP – Tony Gonsolin
SP – Kenta Maeda
SP – Shane McClanahams
SP – Freddy Peralta
SP – Lance McCullers
RP – Chad Green
RP – James Karinchak

Pitching Reserves:
SP – Alek Menoah
SP – Tarik Skubal
SP – Framber Valdez

IL – Chris Sale

Question 1: thinking of dropping Valdez and Gonsolin. Who would you pick up?

Pitchers available On the Wire:
Triston Mckenzie
Patrick Sandoval
James Kaprielian
Josiah Gray
Adbert Azolay
Caleb Smith
Logan Webb
>>>Tanner Houck

Question 2: I’m thinking of grabbing Kiké. Who do I drop?

The following guys are also available:
Akil Badoo
Brandon Marsh
Michael Taylor
Patrick Wisdom
Gleybar Torres
Jake Burger

Thanks in advance!

Alan2112
Alan2112
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Isn’t Burger competing with Sheets and Moncada for playing time?

Alan2112
Alan2112
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Sorry, a bit confused on this. I had said I wanted to pickup Kiké Hernandez and was wondering who I should drop. Burger is another guy I could pickup instead of Kiké.

Alan2112
Alan2112
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Wow. I thought you would have kicked H. Bader to the curb over Bradley.

Thanks Grey

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
11 months ago

12 team, 5×5 roto

Are you starting Means today in his first game back @TB?

gargamel04
gargamel04
11 months ago

During a Twins broadcast this week, they showed that Nelly was 46th all time in HRs. Doesn’t that sound insanely low?

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
11 months ago

12 team, 5×5 roto

Do you like McClanahan v. Bal as a streamer today? ($10.3)

Matt
Matt
11 months ago

Trade question in a 5×5 roto with obp in place of average and QS, svhd in place of wins, saves. Salary cap league. Trade offer of my Olson at $10 for kershaw ($29) and graveman. I’m way ahead in all offensive categories except steals and pitching categories are competitive. I have a cheap vlad, otanhi so keepable power is fine. Seems solid enough once we get some info on kershaw elbow but I’m giving up a really good keeper to sure up my pitching for this season. Thoughts?

Jim
Jim
11 months ago

Pitch alex wood in LA today?

Vegans
Vegans
11 months ago

Your Ohtani/Angels comment is so on point. My wife is a huge Ohtani fan, so we watch many of his starts. For me it’s great because now I can watch a live game with my wife… instead of a recorded Chunichi Dragons game from a week ago… that she already knows the final score of because she saw the highlights on NHK.

Ryan Horner
Ryan Horner
11 months ago

Grey, need a trade opinion in a H2H points keeper league. I’m in a close race for a top 2 seed in our playoffs, but a couple of teams above and below me made huge moves trading away their keepers like Woodruff and Bellinger who have huge round values for a huge haul of guys. I lost Acuna, and currently have some injured SP in Flaherty and Bieber who have great keep value. Would you trade Acuna who is a 11th round keep for next year and Flaherty (12th) for Bichette, Yordan and Rodon? Bichette and Yordan also have double digit keeper round value. Thanks!

Ryan Horner
Ryan Horner
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Bichette and Yordan would both be 14th round picks next year, so I’d have to keep one in the 13th and one in the 14th

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
11 months ago

Eduardo Escobar, Ryan McMahon, David Fletcher or Luis Urias ROS?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks Grey!

Keeks
Keeks
11 months ago

Grey, have you seen anything on underlying stats that would explain Yordan’s lower walk rate this season so far?

From browsing baseball savant, my amateur eyes are telling me he is seeing more offspeed pitches and less fastballs, but his xOBA and xSLG still look solid. Also looks like he is not pulling the ball as often. THoughts?

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Keeks
11 months ago

xOBA and xSLG specifically for offspeed, to be precise

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Ahh okay that makes sense. It’s easy to forget how young he is and how this is really just the beginning of his second season’s worth of games.

JC
JC
11 months ago

Two offers on the table.
His LouBob for my Mahle.
His Avisail for one of D Castillo, Hembree, Ranger, or Fairbanks.
I would like an OF but don’t want two. Thoughts on both offers with this for context:
12 team, H2h league. In tie for last playoff spot. Team:
C Torrens
CI. Freeman, Abreu, Donaldson
MI. Trea, Albies, Polanco
OF. (Must play five). Springer, Yordan, Winker, Benny, Lowe
Util: Tapia
IL Bregman
SP. Burnes, Gausman, Disco, Eovaldi, Mahle, Irvin, Flexen
RP listed above

What would you do?

JC
JC
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Any idea why Fairbanks got the last two save chances and Castillo was used in a blowout?

MJP
MJP
11 months ago

Thanks Grey!
Also Desc or Morton ROS?

FireRobManfred
FireRobManfred
11 months ago

Sending all my flailing hitters to the Home Run Derby to fix their swings.

MJP
MJP
11 months ago

I need pitching but someone just offered me Altuve for my Bassitt and Wander… Is this such a one-sided offer that I take it and don’t look back, or do I keep my pitching and upside?

Turd Wendell
Turd Wendell
11 months ago

Sup G

Soto, Duffy, Alozay

Mookie, Berrios, and Julio Urias

I have the Mookie side. Would leave me with Marquez, Gray, Maeada, Dunning on the SP side… What ya think?

Alex
Alex
11 months ago

With Rendon and Mondesi on my IL, I didn’t feel I could keep Pablo. Sucks. I don’t have much time to waste as my team is flailing. I picked up Gilbert. Hope he keeps it up!

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Hatch looks like he’s going to be a tougher test for Duran than Stripling.

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
11 months ago

Happy National Fortune Cookie Day!

Need to drop someone to activate Means. I just added M. Rojas yesterday fully intending to drop him today, but dude went 3-4 with a HR.

Is he still the drop or would you cut someone else? Roster below:

12-team, 6×6 (OPS & QS), H2H, redraft league

C: Stassi
1B: Freeman
2B: Altuve
3B: Arenado
SS: Story
IF: W. Franco
OF: Laureano, Springer, Adolis
UTL: Franmil
Bn: Grichuk, M. Rojas

SP: Woodruff, Gausman, Ryu, Framber, Sonny Gray, Yarbrough, McClanahan, Pivetta

RP: Chapman, DickRod, Kennedy, Graveman, C. Green

IL (3 total spots): Means, E. Rosario, Chisholm

Thanks as always!

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Lol!

Thanks for the advice (as always). Just dropped Yarbrough to activate Means.

On a side note; Megill is still out there and SON likes his start on Sunday (as is Minor @ MIL today).

Would you drop anyone previously mentioned on my roster for either of those guys?

Thanks again!!

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks again!

Do you trust Minor today @ MIL?

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Easy enough decision then.

Appreciate the continued advise.

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
11 months ago

Great write up, OG Grey!

Have you seen this recent article saying the Phillies are only 50% vaccinated? Disaster waiting to happen.

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Won’t let me post it here, but that’s the gist. It essentially says the owners / management are terrified if they make a playoff run.

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

The antibodies are coming! The antibodies are coming!

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
11 months ago

Almost sent this to you on the twitter machine, but this place is as good as any:

https://www.inquirer.com/phillies/philadelphia-phillies-covid-vaccinated-20210720.html

Apparently half of the Phillies aren’t vaccinated. Disaster waiting to happen with obvious fantasy implications.

Ian from the Heights
Ian from the Heights
11 months ago

Do you believe Cease is a good trade target for a team seeking k/9 or are you too concerned ab innings limit ?

stevie
stevie
11 months ago

In a weekly points league, please bench one, all have 5 games this week.
Story- 2 vs Sea, 3 @ LAD
Urias- 2 vs KC, 3 vs CHW
Wong- 2 vs KC, 3 vs CHW

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

I’m surprised the Detroit manager hasn’t put bubble wrap around Mize whenever he goes out on the field.

ashtray
ashtray
11 months ago

Cut Trevor Bauer in a 10 team, keep 10?

It’s a 7×7 league that counts Losses and Total Batters Faced against pitchers.

Other available pitchers are Wainwright, Montas, Joe Ross, Framber Valdez, Maeda, Sandoval, Eflin, Skubal, Paddack, Alzolay, Heaney…

ashtray
ashtray
Reply to  ashtray
11 months ago

My other SPs are Nola, Rogers, Castillo, McClanahan, Kikuchi, and Gallen

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Need a MI replacement for Crawford. Looking at these guys playing in Colo today and tomorrow:
Garrett Hampson vs. Marco Gonzales and Erik Swanson
JP Crawford vs. German Marquez and Antonio Santos

Who do you like in Colo and ROS? Whoever I choose I’ll be stuck with until next Monday.

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks, Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate it)

MarvPesos
Marv
11 months ago

Hey Grey,

12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 10) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. LIMIT of 40 moves (used 6) – no streaming

Team has been struggling with injuries all season and hopefully can rally to get into playoffs. With Carrasco nearing a return I’ll move Chisholm to the IL but will now be down a batter which I’ll need to fill one of: 2B/3B/SS/MI spots. Who would you cut loose from my team and who would you be grabbing from the wire. I can also pick up/drop multiple guys if you see anyone else worth grabbing on the wire (J. Gray, T. Mckenzie, Melancon?).

WIRE
HIT – J. Harrison, J. Pederson, R. Grossman, A. Baddoo, K. Hernandez, P. Wisdom, S. Castro, R. Odor, J. Peterson, L. Garcia, M. Taylor, H. Dozier, W. Flores, A. rosario, I. Happ
SP – J. Gray, T. Mckenzie, D. Price, W. Peralta, Z. Davies, B. Singer, M. Kelly, S. Watkins, J.A. Happ, C. Kuhl, K. Freeland, A. Mills
RP – M. Melancon, R. Rodriguez, L. Trivino, H. Hembree, H. Neris

My team:
C – M. Stassi
1B – E. Hosmer
2B – J. Chisholm Jr. (IL)
3B – Eugenio Suarez
SS – T. Turner
CI – P. Goldschmidt
MI – J. India
LF – C. Yelich
CF – M. Conforto
RF – A. Kirilloff
Util – T. Mancini
BN – R. Laureano
IL – L. Voit (IL)
IL – K. Marte (IL)

SP – W. Buehler
SP – S. Gray
SP – T. Mahle
RP – J. Hader (RP)
RP – E. Diaz (RP)
P – M. Barnes (RP)
P – T. Gonsolin
BN – J. Means
BN – M. Pineda
BN – J. Odorizzi
BN – L. Gilbert
BN – J. Montgomery
IL – A. Civale (IL)
IL – C. Carrasco (IL)
Thanks, Marv

MarvPesos
Marv
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

should’ve specified that J. Gray was referring to Josiah Gray, is he worth grabbing for the possible upside compared to my staff?

MarvPesos
Marv
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

thanks bud, last question, what are your thoughts on Pineda, he even worth holding onto or easy drop there as well ?

luvdarooks
11 months ago

Who better next year in a 4×4 no R OR K’s using BA. ? will there be a DH then things look up for these guys I would think.

Jared Oliva or Aristides Aquino or Brinson all at $7 in a 260 NL league. I need to pick one

Webb (SF) or K Muller ( Atl)

Dude
Dude
11 months ago

Varsho, Hasse, Zunino, or Torrens ROS?

Bostero111
Bostero111
11 months ago

Hey Grey!

12 team H2h keeper league with OBP. Looking to pick up Conforto.

Who should I drop between Gurriel Jr. or Luis Urias? Or hold off?

Thanks!

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
11 months ago

Josiah over Manoah?

BtheEsq.
BtheEsq.
Reply to  Five-on-One
11 months ago

Manoah is on IL……but he is probably the better starter rest of season.

thekid2004
thekid2004
11 months ago

6×6 QS/OBP League — Trade Moncada for either Berrios or Castillo or neither?

thekid2004
thekid2004
Reply to  thekid2004
11 months ago

Scratch that — Cole (Non-Keeper) for Gallen ($2)/Moncada ($23)

thekid2004
thekid2004
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Values are for next season. Going for it this season & need some SP help after losing Pablo. I’m betting big that Gallen isn’t himself for another season or so.

Gary C
11 months ago

ESPN points, ROS

Need to drop 2 of these 3:

Hembree
Ranger Saurez
Collin McHugh

Thanks

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
11 months ago

Hey Grey thanks for the great write-up,

Drop Jazz or Ian Anderson for a spot to grab Conforto off waivers? Do you think Anderson may be shut down too? Thanks.

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
11 months ago

If I need a 2nd Catcher to replace Zunino, go with Z. Collins, R Perez, S, Voigt, or Cassali?

Harper Better Than Trout
Harper Better Than Trout
11 months ago

Grey, Mancini or MarsH redraft ROTO 6 X 6 OPS?

KevinB
KevinB
11 months ago

Moving forward (ROS), do you feel Patrick Wisdom is a better option or has a good chance of putting better stats than Anthony Santander, Dylan Moore, or Charlie Blackmon?

Someone Pissed in my APbhabet soup
Someone Pissed in my APbhabet soup
11 months ago

Plz rank ros wong, urias, wisdom OPS league

3mango
3mango
11 months ago

Hi Grey!
awesome writeup, Thanks!
Couple of IL questions:
1) Moustakas: Are we going going to get anything relevant out of him yet this season?
2) Pablo Lopez: Stick a fork in him right? Rotator cuff problem=fantasy problem. Drop to waiver and move on?
Are both just taking up space on my roster and not worth holding?

BtheEsq.
BtheEsq.
Reply to  3mango
11 months ago

1) No.
2) Fork.

Not worth holding.

Jack
Jack
11 months ago

Garver comes off I.L. hits 2 bombs. Yes, catcher Q’s galore. Haase or Garver? Thx.

William Hung
William Hung
11 months ago

Alvarez finally breaks out of his slump and then promptly hurts his hamstring… gotta love it. Prayer hexagon for Alvarez – also mini prayer hexagon for Betts that he’s able to deal with that hip injury. He pinched hit last night, but hopefully this isn’t something that’ll force him to only play 3-4 times a week or something

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
11 months ago

Hey Grey! While doing well in one league, dreaming on 2022 in my other league. It’s a keep 8 forever, roto weekly league, $260 budget. As things currently stand, who would be your 8 keepers from the list below? These are 2022 prices:

HITTERS:
Acuna ($35), Devers ($22), Story ($22), Eloy ($13), Duran ($14), Yordan ($18), Brujan ($3), Ketel ($9), Adolis ($4), Cronenworth ($4).

PITCHERS (all $4 each) – Sale, Clevinger, Bassitt, Luis Garcia.

I don’t usually keep big name pitchers, but sneaking Sale and Clevinger for effectively the min salary could be really interesting, even if just for March 2022 trading.

Thanks!

SheaSeraSera
SheaSeraSera
11 months ago

Pitching is in shambles but thankfully lots of innings under the cap to make a run in the second half and will be getting Sale back hopefully soon. Complete games is an extra pitch category, would you drop Rich Hill for David Price, Josiah Gray, Jon Gray, Flexan, Suarez, Cease or players of that level? Could also just drop him and play best daily matchups or grab Bauer in the hopes he is reinstated. Thoughts?

toolshed
toolshed
11 months ago

I added rowdy tellez in a dynasty league when he was traded to mil. He was cut earlier in the season. I have no idea why he isn’t playing. Would you cut him in a dynasty format if not competing? He obviously doesn’t look like he is going to provide any production this year. Thanks

BtheEsq.
BtheEsq.
Reply to  toolshed
11 months ago

For who (or whom?)?

IF you can find a prospect or young potentially legit starter to keep, why not?

Paul
Paul
11 months ago

Which Catcher should I go with for the second half

Naverez, Garver, Sanchez, Varsho, McCann

Thanks

BtheEsq.
BtheEsq.
Reply to  Paul
11 months ago

I would rank them Sanchez, Garver, Navarez for ros, but that many guys are on waivers, just ride the hot hand as needed.

Right now its probably Garver just to see how he does off the IL.

molina bros bbq
molina bros bbq
11 months ago

Grey,

Thanks for the run down as always. So helpful! Few Questions for this lovely Tuesday morning.

1. Who’s the drop to activate Nola? I could also hold him on my IL until his next start and reassess. He is @NYY today and then vATL for his next start. It’s a 12 team 5×5 roto league and I’m in 1st overall and 2nd-4th in each pitching cat, but I need saves. It’s super close. Thinking Odorizzi even though I do like him for the 2nd half…?

My staff:
Darvish
Luis Castillo
Ryu
Bassitt
F. Peralta
John Gray
Odorizzi

Diego Castillo
Fairbanks
Hembree
Tyler Rogers
Clase

2. In OBP league, drop Sean Murphy for Tyler Stephenson?

3. I know you don’t have a crystal ball, but what does your gut say about Kiner-Falefa coming out of this slump? He hasn’t stolen a base since June 13 either. Options on the wire are bad… V. Robles, Mercado, HIliard, Austin Hays, Larnach. Would you make a move?

Thanks Grey.

Molina Bros BBQ
Molina Bros BBQ
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks Grey!

Mrs. Roger. Dorn.
Mrs. Roger. Dorn.
11 months ago

In search of QS, which two do you like?

Kim (vs. CHC)
Flexen (vs. OAK)
Odorizzi (vs. TEX)

Thank you, sir.

daniel cabrera fan 40
daniel cabrera fan 40
11 months ago

Someone dropped Tapia in my league. Are you dropping Renfroe for him?