Julio Rodriguez (2-for-3, 2 runs) slammed (26) and leggsed (25) his way to history. Arod once went 40/40 for them, which begs the question, “Why don’t the Mariners sign more Rodriguezes?” Didn’t they learn from Baltimore when they stopped signing Robinsons? So, Julio Rodriguez becomes the fastest to 25/25 in just 125 games, beating Mike Trout (128 games), and Julio Rodriguez becomes the fastest to be the apple of my eye. The bounce in my step. The who in my ha. The cha-ching on my register. The Chachi on my Happy Days. The hill in my soap box derby. The wind beneath my Barbara Hersey wings. The TV without the motion smoothing. The cooler that holds a backup kidney if I need one. Belting at the top of my lungs, “You are my sunshine. My only sunshine!” BDon and I talk in the video at the top of the page about where do Aaron Judge and Shohei Ohtani fall in the 2023 fantasy baseball drafts, but Julio Rodriguez in 2023 fantasy? Is he any later than top 5? Before or after Judge? Ohtani? I’m not trying to commit just yet, but they’re all gonna be in that general vicinity. “General vicinity” is a fantasy baseball ‘pert’s greatest hedge. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Luis Castillo – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.68, as he recorded his fastest pitch of the season, a triple-digit yumster to Machado that made Manny go, “Wow, hold up, wait a minute,” but it was too late. Castillo in Seattle is just so enticing for next year, and I don’t think he’s going to be drafted anywhere near to how valuable he will be. Giddy *looks both ways, adds* Up.

Eugenio Suarez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 31st homer, hitting .236. He makes it seem easy. It’s not easy to hit out of Seattle. Just ask Green River and Screaming Trees. (I had to Google for this joke, so don’t hit me with a, “Grey, man, c’mon, Screaming Trees were more of a Tacoma band.”)

Carlos Santana – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer. Oye como yay!

Mike Clevinger – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.47. ‘Member when Clevinger was an ace? I don’t. I’m asking you if you do. Was he ever?

Rodolfo Castro – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and a slam (9) and legs (5), and third homer in the last five days, and what is more thrilling? Being called up to The Show, or being named a hot schmotato–Sorry, I was just writing a question to send to the Pirates’ clubhouse.

Oneil Cruz – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer. Not to scream fire in the theater of Razzball, but, since Cruz hired a hitting coach, he has six homers and is hitting .270 in roughly 100 at-bats.

Roansy Contreras – 4 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.24. You know how good Roansy is? He’s doing this while on the Pirates! A team that makes every pitching prospect roughly 70 to 80 percent worse.

Nick Lodolo – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners (zero walks), 11 Ks, ERA at 3.81. Can Lodolo be YOLO and LOL in the same game? Yesterday, he tried. Against the Pirates? Giving up three runs? LOL. Those strikeouts? YOLO.

Austin Romine – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer. Romine sounds like lettuce, slang for hair is lettuce, slang for money is cabbage, Austin is in Texas, where you can buy lettuce, cabbage and haircuts with money. I’m sorry, if you can’t see it then maybe you need to open your eyes!

Kyle Farmer – 2-for-4 and his 11th homer. He’s been hot for, let’s see, since July 25th, or at least that’s what it says in my Farmer’s Almanac.

Carlos Rodon – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.84. Rodon outpitched Chazz Morton (5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.17). Not just yesterday, but all year! Boom roasted! Me, I was roasted, because I liked Morton and not Rodon in the preseason. Damn, self-own.

Drew Rasmussen – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 2.77. Kevin Cash has ruined my brain so much I don’t know if he was injured, used as an opener, or removed just because he got hit hard.

Harold Ramirez – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer. Telemundo’s favorite Baseball Tonight announcer. Or maybe that’s Harold Reynoldez.

Ross Stripling – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.94. Can’t believe I dropped him after one start, and he’s got 120 IP now of sub-3 ERA. Not my finest moment. Though, if I’m being honest, I prolly wouldn’t have started him for half of his AL East matchups when he was decent.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 28th homer. Was talking about Cake Batter yesterday with a few of the Razzball writers. About how his ADP the last two years went from 50 (crazy) to 5 (equally crazy), and then next year it will be…where? Does he settle into the Freddie Freeman area of the 2nd round? Around 12-17? Seems likely.

David Peterson – 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.91. Hey, Peterson, why don’t you just have sex with my mother while defecating on my computer while the screen is on my H2H team?

Pete Alonso – 1-for-4 and his 35th homer, and 2nd in as many games. Albombso!

Drew Smyly – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.48. Been more than adequate, might be okay using the Streamonator for him, but I don’t trust him at all. Then again, I trusted Peterson, so there’s that.

Sonny Gray – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.91. Next year I’m going to draft only Grays and Luis Garcias. Wish me and Garcias luck!

Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 1-for-3, 1 run, 19th and 20th steal. He’s been hot, but also in this game, check out this ridiculousness:

Nestor Cortes – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.70. Almost my entire September pitching experience is this: Tiger Woods fist pump when my guy does well with a small whisper into my hands, saying, “I hope he doesn’t throw too many innings this year and become Ian Anderson, Trevor Rogers, etcetera, next year.” And I spell out etcetera.

Patrick Corbin – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 6.11. For a moment, I thought Corbin had settled down recently, then I saw his ERA and I legit guffawed. Hey, Corbin, is your ERA Giannis Antetokounmpo’s height? By the way (smooth segue), Son has started dropping his top 50 for 2022-23 fantasy basketball.

Luke Voit – 1-for-4 and his 20th homer. Only two short of his career high from 2020. *emoji making rolly eyes while it slowly walks out of a room*

Jorge Mateo – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer. The big story from this game was Gunnar Henderson (2-for-4, 4 RBIs) getting an inside-the-park homer that counted as a triple, because when Cesar Hernandez fielded it, he threw it behind himself. Go Gnats!

Bryce Harper – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 17th homer, hitting .308. Was contemplating telling you to drop Bryce this Friday, worried that he might still be injured, but this does a little assuaging.

J.T. Realmuto – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 17th and 18th homer. Look at Jerry Tomato trying to ketchup!

Adam Wainwright – 5 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.29. Adam Wainwright and Yadi Molina teamed up as a battery for the 325th time, a new MLB record. When they started working together, milk was priced at thirty cents; the number one show in the country was Charlie’s Angels and the President was Gerald Ford, which was also a make of an automobile.

Lars Nootbaar – 1-for-3 and his 12th homer. It’s almost like every Cardinals hitter takes a turn being hot for three to five days. Dickerson was like, “Okay, Candy Bar man, you’re up again.”

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-4 and his 29th homer, hitting .298. At auction, I purchased the actual feather that the songwriter of Yankee Doodle Dandy put in his cap and called macaroni. I’ve placed it haphazardly over here by this open window–NOOOOO!!! Torenado!

Kyle Gibson – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.45 vs. Edward Cabrera – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.70. This matchup was a, “Red sky at night, Streamonator delight, red sky in the morning, I couldn’t sleep you were snoring.”

Mark Mathias – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and a slam (6) and legs (3), and his 3rd homer in two games, as he proves everyone gets their moment of hot schmotato.

Marcus Semien – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer. Semien parked that one off Sears, which makes it sound like Reese McGuire’s got new charges.

Jonah Heim – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer. Ya know who Heim is? The guy you ended up with when you plan on drafting Varsho next year and he goes too soon.

Jose Leclerc – 1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 3.16, as he blew the save. On the bright side, whether he was good or bad, the Rangers would’ve replaced him eventually.

Seth Brown – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer. How now Seth Brown has been in, like, four of the last Buy columns.

Dermis Garcia – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. You in March, “My team is unstoppable! I have Matt Olson and Juan Soto!” You now, “Should I drop everyone for Dermis Garcia?”

Tony Kemp – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, and two homers in as many games. Dermis Garcia, Tony Kemp or Juan Soto? Hmm…That order? Yikes!

Corbin Carroll – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, a 107-MPH bullet that barely got off the ground. Carroll might just homer in every game he plays the rest of the way. Which would mean he’d get, what, four more homers?

Daulton Varsho – 2-for-4 and his 25th homer. I’m glad I got to experience Varsho’s season, so I can say without a doubt it doesn’t matter — still gonna finish in 2nd place in that league where I have him, and his homers didn’t do anything special for my team.

Javier Baez – 2-for-4 and his…what number homer? Go ahead, guess. I’ll give you two chances–Wrong! 13! Yikes, my man! The whole ‘swinging at everything’ thing ages so poorly. Baez at ADP 200 next year, are you in? Okay, those of you who said yes, follow up: Are you crazy?

Justin Verlander – Sounds like he could return on Friday. That’s tomorrow for those of you who ate their calendar thinking it had chocolate in it like an advent.

Yordan Alvarez – Held out of the game with hand soreness. Maybe if he has hand soreness he shouldn’t be held’ing out!

Kyle Tucker – 2-for-4 and his 27th homer, and he gets smoking hot during the H2H playoffs! How is this guy not Mr. H2H? He’s not not, because he is is!

Cristian Javier – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 hits, zero walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.87. Astros vs. the Tigers is a very fair matchup. Could’ve went either way. Tigers could’ve definitely beat them, if the rules of baseball were changed to have the team with the lowest score as the victor.

Cal Quantrill – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.51. Prolly doesn’t matter, since he’s rostered everywhere, but the Streamonator never loves him, and I can understand it when looking at his peripherals. They are pretty meh, if being a hundo honest aka hundest. Sorry, trying to delete that! Ugh, backspace isn’t working! Bad, portmanteau, bad!

Jose Ramirez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer, hitting .282. For roto, it doesn’t matter if a guy gets his stats in the 1st half or 2nd half, but I can’t say I’m not concerned about Jo-Jo-Ram’s 2nd half.

Oscar Gonzalez – 3-for-4 and his 9th homer. That’s back-to-back games with a home run for Gonzalez, and the last time he homered I told you he’d be in Friday’s Buy column, and today I’m saying you shouldn’t wait until tomorrow to grab him.

Mickey Moniak – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, with Mickey hitting leadoff for the Angels, as Arte tries to entice Disney to re-buy them.

Andrew Velazquez – Out for the season with a torn meniscus. I read that it will cost him 1150, but they’re writing it out as MCL, which is a little weird.

Dylan Cease – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.16. This matchup was vs. one of the worst road teams, the Rockies, but counteracting that was La Russa came by the clubhouse in the pregame to give a motivational speech. Thinking about Tony La Russa in a Do It For The Gipper-type movie, but instead of the team being rallied for their coach, who is sick, they’re all cheering him on to be just kinda okay, and not healthy enough to return.

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TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
13 days ago

Grey,

Oh my Bye week after that incredible home run by Suzuki…

I’m prepping for the Final Four.

I’m set, not much in the way of SP. it’s a 12 Teamer but deep rosters. Like 5 extra spots than a standard league because that’s just the way it was set in 2017. Lol. No biggie it’s helpful, but it hurts in regards to streaming and it’s a K:9 S+H QS league so streaming someone like Marco Gonzales isn’t intriguing unless necessary.

Anyhow, someone dropped Josh Bell. Would you pick him up for the playoffs or no? My roster for the Playoffs is as follows. If so, who would you drop for him?

C – Murphy
1B – Riley
2B – Gimenez
3B – Devers
SS – Edman
OF – Soto
OF – Harper
OF – Suzuki
UTIL – Grissom
UTIL – Jung
B – Estrada
B – Rowdy
IL – S Marte
IL – Jazz

Also, IF Marte comes back this weekend that kind of changes everything. Soto has been so bad as we know. Suzuki may be hurt too. I just need to sort this out before next week.

Thanks !

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Thanks!

scoboticus
scoboticus
13 days ago

And Te Oscar for underperformiing hitter goes to…

scoboticus
scoboticus
13 days ago

Meneses or Lane Thomas ROS?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
13 days ago

Jon Gray (#TB) or Josiah Gray (vs Mia). Who do you prefer? Do you trust either one?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Good answer. I’m desperate.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
13 days ago

Luzardo (@Was) and Ranger (@Atl) are also available. Are either (or both) preferable to Josiah?

Last edited 13 days ago by Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Similar expectation. If he can go 6 innings, then he’d likely get me 5K and not destroy WHIP — that’ll meet my expectation.

Last edited 13 days ago by Norman Ginsberg
Skeezix
Skeezix
13 days ago

Hey Grey, please help me pick two of these guys to SIT next week:

Carroll 8 (3 SF, 5 @LAD)
Ketel 8 (3 SF, 5 @LAD)
Candelario 6 (@BAL, @CHW)
Franmil 7 (@MIA, @PITT)
Kwan 7 (1 MIN, 6 @CHW, @TEX)
Paredes 7 (HOU, TOR)
Gurriel 6 (@PHI, @TB) – assuming he’s healthy

Skeezix
Skeezix
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Sorry Grey, forgot I’m getting an Oscar Gonzalez claim in tonight – who would be your third sit from that list?

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
13 days ago

1. Teoscar can go off at any moment, but after his scorching June and July he’s been more like Zeroscar. Are we keeping the faith? Would you drop him for Oscar Gonzalez or find someone else to drop for Oscar (I could drop Leclerc, Floro, or Hughes).

2. I have Josh Rojas at 2B and I want to drop him. Albies may be coming off the DL tomorrow? Just ride Albies? Or should I add Rodolfo or Kemp as a hedge/backup?

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Naively anticipated that he’d replace Scott as closer, and that the Marlins would actually yield saves.

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Floro who? My team knows him not (anymore).

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

What do you expect from Albies ROS?

Milarky
Milarky
13 days ago

Fun stuff Grey! A few questions for you. We only get one waiver claim per week, and I’m trying to stay out of the bottom which is a penalty zone (don’t ask).

1) Highest expected impact for rest of year: Fraley or Oscar Gonzalez?

2) We’re in a 2-C league, and I’ve had my second spot empty due to injury and I hate catchers. Bigger impact – picking up Fraley or Gonzalez to bench someone like Candelario, Paredes, Marte, or picking up Bethancourt to slide into my 2C?

Thanks in advance!

Milarky
Milarky
Reply to  Milarky
13 days ago

Or Diaz instead of Bethancourt, but probably same shizz there…

Milarky
Milarky
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Thanks Grey!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
13 days ago

J-Rod is top five for sure. The injury risk is lower than Judge but he doesn’t have the value of Ohtani if your league allows Ohtani to be both an SP and Hitter.

I’d rank Ohtani 1, J-Rod 2, Betts 3, Judge 4, Ramirez 5 and Turner 6.

Jeffe
Jeffe
13 days ago

Great stuff! With playoffs next week, which two do you like most out of Christian Walker, Josh Jung, Oneil Cruz, J Pena or Gleyber? Thanks!

Last edited 13 days ago by Jeffe
Jeffe
Jeffe
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Thanks. Pirates @NYY and @Pit against Cubs. Yanks then have 4 game set at home against Boston after Pirates. Rangers at home against Angels and Guardians. DBacks @LAD and home against Giants.

Jeffe
Jeffe
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Thank you, sir! Hoping for the best.

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
13 days ago

Happy National Pawpaw Day!

Quick one for ya today:

Nico Hoerner – you holding or cutting bait for someone who’s playing today?

he’s been “DTD” since sunday and the Cubs seem intent on not playing him while also not moving him to the IL.

thank you

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

gotta respect the Pawpaw!

and thanks for the confirmation!

quick follow up/ similar question in another league Keep/ Cut:

Arraez (DTD – Hammy tightness)
Mateo (HR last night..but that’s about all we’ve seen him do lately)

Thanks again!

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

thanks again (again).

Looks like Berti is somehow available in my league and fills essentially the same skillset as Hoerner…and sorta Mateo, but as you mentioned above I’ll hold onto Mateo for a little longer.

Good luck on all your teams too!

Dubjay
Dubjay
13 days ago

Hey Grey,
wondering who I should drop when ALBIES comes off of the IL. I’ve had Peña filling in at SS while I slid SEMIEN OVER to 2B. I also have G.Henderson who looks great so far.
it is a H2H keeper league(keep 10). I only like to keep one bat max on the bench. But tempted to drop a pitcher in this case.
C-KIRK
1b-RILEY
2B-SEMIEN
3B-BREGMAN
SS-HENDERSON
OF-JROD, ACUNA, TUCKER
UTIL-SOTO, TROUT
BENCH-PEÑA
my offense is deeeeep. Will be hard for some manager to top this as long as they’re all firing. Another reason why I don’t think that I need much of a bench

SP-BIEBER, STRIPLING, LODOLO, LYNN, HEANEY, COBB, GILBERT, KIRBY
RP-J.LOPEZ, LECLERC, E.DIAZ, SCHREIBER
A lot more question marks here. Hopefully they can hold it together.
what do you think?

Dubjay
Dubjay
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

That’s what I thought. It just hurts to drop a talented young hitter in a keeper league. Will be snapped up instantly.

Dubjay
Dubjay
Reply to  Dubjay
13 days ago

On a side note, as it stands right now, which 10 would you keep?

P K
P K
13 days ago

Can’t wait for the Pirates to trade away Oneil Cruz, Roansy Contreras, and Ke’Bryan Hayes in exchange for Patrick Corbin and two dozen Hot Pockets. The deal will nearly fall apart at the last minute when Pittsburgh demands all of the microwavable paper sleeves be included, but Washington will relent.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp
13 days ago

you starting McRib at Progressive today ? The pesky Guardians always scare me

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Lance Lynn aha

NJW
NJW
13 days ago

Grey,

Shane McLanahan is fresh off the IL starting today – what level of trust do you have in him in a fantasy playoff matchup?

I’m struggling to trust the return from the IL + Kevin Cash personally.

Ban the Shift
Ban the Shift
13 days ago

If I need to catch up in SB for the stretch run, would you rather have Grissom or Kiner-Falefa?

Wake Up
13 days ago

Eugenio was produced by Mudhoney which is exactly what I produce after sweet bbq…

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Obviously we don’t eat at the same bbq joint… the tp gets Torn like an Old Dollar Bill…

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Hahaha!

Sometimes a jam band is the only thing to stop the flow of Mudhoney!

Wake Up
Reply to  Wake Up
13 days ago

Quick somebody grab me a jam band !!!

3mango
3mango
13 days ago

Morning Grey! (lol @ Screaming Trees)
Thanks for the confidence in starting Lodolo last night! (I would preferred a W, but a QS and 11k’s helped!)
Looking for a stream tomorrow. Would you pick (10tm Roto,ESPN):
Snell @ ARI (21.1)
Marquez @CHC (6.3)
or other side Stroman vs COL (15.3)

Also, Do you think they will limit his pitch count on his first game back? The reason I ask is that I need a QS from him…
Thanks!

3mango
3mango
Reply to  3mango
13 days ago

*referring to Verlander: Limit pitch count

3mango
3mango
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

yeah, but I just cant pick against Corbin (who prolly wont start cause Snell is a lefty) or McCarthy. Both of which are on my team and need production from them..sighing emoji

3mango
3mango
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Gothcha. I am just gonna plan on Verlander carrying the day.
Thank you!

jose
jose
13 days ago

If you had to start one: Kluber vs. Tex, Keller @ NYM, G Marquez @ChC w/ wind blowing out to LCF 10-15 mph?

jose
jose
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Thanks Grey!

Cohen
Cohen
13 days ago

Please pick 2
Webb home vs Dodgers
Springs home vs Tex
Kluber home vs Tex
Miley home vs Rockies

MarmosDad
13 days ago

That Dermis blurb scorches the soul. The Razzslam team looked much better in March. Oof.

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MarmosDad
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Ya bad luck with a bunch of them but I should’ve taken Devers instead of a second OF and Albombso instead of Olson. 3B was horrendous too so it was feast or famine with Mondesi. The rest just fell apart. McClanahan in the 10th was great. The rest…not so much. Haha.

The Wild Card
The Wild Card
13 days ago

SON seems to like Brubaker @Mets $5.4. Would you stream him today in an NL only league? Only chance i have to catch my opponent in a H2H league is WHIP and K’s.

B the Esq.
B the Esq.
13 days ago

Still have Sexy Dr. Pepper and Woo Cubano on my roster.

10 team 5×5 Roto. Sitting in 3rd place, can gain ground in Runs, RBIs and AVG maybe. The gap on SBs and HR is probably too much to make up any ground. Currently 1st in all pitching cats.

Raleigh
Walker
Cronenworth
Machado
Andrus
IF – Bichette
OF – Reynolds, Seth Brown, Soto, Oscar Gonzalez
UTIL – Swanson
BN – Woo Cubano, Josh Jung
IL – Rendon

SP – Lodolo, Shane Mc
RP – Bautista, Clase
P – Hendricks, Helsley, Pressly
BN – JoMo, Wright, Degrom, Perez, Fried, May
IL – Freddy P
NA – Soroka

Waiver wire available: R. Castro, Kwan, McMahon, T. Kemp, L. Thomas, Pollock, Urshella, IKF, Friedl, Fraley, Aquino.

Thoughts on drops for the the last 3 weeks of the season….and FOMO to drop Soto, Yordan, or anyone else on this list? No limit on transactions, so if there are 7 transactions, so be it!

Thanks!

Seth
Seth
13 days ago

Hi Grey, for an NL-only catcher question, this is a long one, sorry.

I had Ruiz and dropped him. I picked up Stephenson for $0 as a keeper play, but with my playoffs now starting, I’m feeling wary of wasting the spot given that teams can be separated by just an R or RBI or two. (I’ve never punted before!)

With no real context, would you drop Stephenson and pick up Austin Barnes just for nice average help and the occasional run? (If you need more context, let me know what that might be?)

Here are my potential keepers (if this list feels familiar, it’s because you’ve helped me narrow it down). I only get five — so Stephenson is a fringe candidate, but Barnes would only offer fringe value anyway.

Turner, T $26
Riley, A $7
Peralta, F $3
Alcantara, S $4
Lux, G $1
Lodolo, N $1
Stephenson, T $0
Ashby, A $1

One wrinkle: if I dropped Ashby, I could move Stephenson into an IL slot. Ashby’s only coming back in middle relief, which makes him just a keeper play too. Given my list, would you keep one over the other? Or keep both?

Thank you! Sorry for the complex question…

Seth
Seth
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Got it! Yeah, fair— Ashby is probably a drop now anyway because he’s going to be clogging a P spot with middle relief when he’s off the IL. (That’s what you meant by “easier,” I assume…) Thanks as always!

Seth
Seth
Reply to  Seth
13 days ago

So, follow-up question: without knowing the rest of my roster — when I drop Ashby and move Stephenson to the open IL spot (why not), would you put Barnes in my C spot or leave it empty and I guess pick up another streamer SP?

ashtray
ashtray
13 days ago

Who’s the best schmotato to get me through the weekend? 14 team OBP/SLG league.

Mathias
Kemp
David Villar
Tyrone Taylor
Alejo Lopez
Rodolfo
Farmer

Ban the Shift
Ban the Shift
13 days ago

Have you seen anything about where the Braves will put Grissom when Albies returns? Will he be Put in the OF or platoon with Albies at 2B as Albies gets reps with occasional off days for the playoff run?

scoboticus
scoboticus
14 days ago

Finally jumped on the Rodolfo bandwagon for the slam and legs yesterday.
Viva la Revolucion!

Freedminds
Freedminds
14 days ago

Couple questions for you Grey,

Who do you like more ROS, Lane Thomas to Amed Rosario?

Also, you starting McClanahan today? Haven’t read anything about a pitch count

jcindaville
jcindaville
14 days ago

Mary Kate Olson still sucks!

MapleCanuck
MapleCanuck
14 days ago

Pitcher to pick up for tomorrow. Rank in order please: Keller, Wacha, Gray

Cheers!

iKon
Sam
14 days ago

Hunter Greene worth a look for the K/9 or too likely to bust ERA/WHIP? 12 team H2H playoffs

VinWins
VinWins
14 days ago

Javier’s start was good enough to make the LIST at #93, knocking out one of Aaron Nola’s efforts. Both now have 3 places in the top 100.

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Garbage Day
Garbage Day
14 days ago

Hey Grey! Finished first in the standings but fending off a pesky 8th seed who has a slew of great starters lined up. Two questions if you would be so kind …

Would you stream Lorenzen vs Seattle (deep league)?

If so, would have to dump a position player. Would have to be one of:

Just Don’t Martinez
Red hot Aquino
Rut ro Renfroe

Thanks as always kind sir!

P.s. – show alert: did you check “Black Bird” on Apple? Phenomenal.

Cubby
Cubby
14 days ago

In a dynasty points league, Tyler Mahle was just dropped, so I picked him up. He’s $1 for the next two seasons. No-brainer for me. Problem is that I’m still competing for this year and my IL is jammed. I have Mondesi, Houck, Bryant, Jazz and B. Lowe already there. Everyone but Bryant is $1 for next season so I need to stash. I’d love to drop Bryant but if he clears waivers he’s $1. I also have Tatis taking up a roster spot with SUS and Ashby sitting there but he might be back soon. Efficient relievers are valuable.

I can field an entire offense with three backups, but I feel like I’ll need to drop 1-2 of them to have more stability and flexibility for joy and cold streaks. Rank these in order for this and next season in a points league. I’ll do it my way first.

M. Vargas – I think he’ll be a points league stud given this format. Not a lot of K’s.

N. Burleson – same hitting style as above, but OF is more plentiful.

O. Peraza – Volpe, Torres and Yankees bankroll blocking him, though the talent is there I think.

Thanks.

Cubby
Cubby
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

It’s so frustrating balancing rosters for now vs future in dynasty. I have a daily headache. Do you have any tips to help or are they all Malbec and Jim Beam related?

sandukes
sandukes
14 days ago

Morning Grey,

H2H league, got the bye, need to get the team prepped for next week…

C: Kirk
1b/3b/CI: Alonso, Jose Ramirez, Freeman
2b/SS/MI: Josh Rojas, Vaughn Grissom, Wander Franco
OF: Lou Bob, Giancarlo, Bryan Reynolds, Jake McCarthy
Util: Gunnar
Bench: Corbin Carroll
IL: Vinnie P

P: Cease, Sandoval, Gray (Sonny), May, Strider, Singer, Flaherty, Kimbrel, Holmes, Scott, Sewald, Bautista

Q1: Do I cut Vinnie P or someone else to bring him off the IL?
Q2: Any other roster moves you’d make with the below avail players?

Avail hitters: Oscar G, Bubba T, Rodolfo Castro, Mathias, Kemp, Pujols, Lane Thomas, Freidl, Greene, Nootbar, Hays, Hiura

Avail P: Trevor Rogers, Roansy, Karinchak, Hughes, E Phillips, A Munoz, J Hergot, J Hernandez,

Thinking I need to get Oscar and Bubba in there somehow, but not really sure.

Thank you!!!!

sandukes
sandukes
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

not a keeper. so not too many changes really. agreed on Rogers, been solid lately. Gonna give lou bob a few more days before he gets booted. thanks!

ashtray
ashtray
14 days ago

Of course Nootbar homered. I cut him just before game time. That’s ok, I’m sure one of Stanton, Schwarber, Trout, Alvarez, Hoskins, or Devers got me a homer to make up for it.

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
14 days ago

Grey would you rather have Michael Harris II or Luis Robert in a keeper?

Thanks,
LG

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
Reply to  LG Baseball
13 days ago

Looks like Robert is out again with wrist issues. He and Wander absolutely crushed my teams this year. What do we even do with Robert and Franco next year? Avoid?

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
14 days ago

Grey!!

Awesome!!!

a. Going for broke with Gaddis tonight. Pray for me (not literally, figuratively, whatever you can do to help).

b. George Carlin quote of the day for September 15, 2022

‘We’re all fucked. It helps to remember that.’

From Brain Droppings, 1997

Cheers,
Ante

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Grey
13 days ago

Grey!!

a. Thanks, man. As my fallback plan, I am starting Elvis Andrus. It’s QS, K/9, WHIP and SVH league so hopefully he only gives up runs but otherwise does well enabling a win-win get rich quick scenario!!!

b. Trip is going well, we are jetlagged. But improving.

Cheers,
Ante