So, how’s everyone doing after four days of games? Still early, right? Actually, it’s not early. It’s never early this year. Early took the first train out of the station with your wife and dog. Say goodbye to your life, Early walked off with it. Four days this year is approximately three weeks into a regular season. Four days into the season this year is a cherry and whipped topping into this sundae, and one scoop in there might be chocolate chip mint, which you have to skip because it tastes like sugary toothpaste. One guy whose entire Sunday was chocolate chip mint is Justin Verlander. Sounds like he’s out for the season with a forearm strain, which is usually a precursor for much worse news. Won’t speculate what this means for his career, but if this is the last time he plays, it truly bums me out, even if I never wanted to own him. He was glorious to watch, in and out of the bathroom mirror with Kate. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Aledmys Diaz – Hit the IL with a groin strain. Fantasy baseballers suffered similar injuries thinking about Kyle Tucker now playing every day. Well, Dusty Baker’s ensuring blue balls, and started Taylor Jones at DH yesterday.

Lance McCullers – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks. In retrospect, McCullers would’ve been a great February/March draft pick. Shame I didn’t foresee a worldwide pandemic.

Kyle Lewis – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs, now hitting third and with two homers this weekend. *dips Kyle Lewis’s head into water, baptizing him* You are now Sweet Lew. May you remain forever blessed, and may we never hear from Lou’s niece who is an attorney, Sue Piniella. Hold on, Sweet Lew is calling my cell. “What’s that, Kyle? You’re better than who…? Babe Ruth? Great, I will pass on the message.” Sweet Lew, we love you!

Matt Magill – 1 IP, 0 ER, as he pitched in the 5th inning. Just like a normie closer. What a shizzshow bullpens are. I put in a FAAB bid on Taylor Williams (1 IP, 1 ER), who got yesterday’s save, but if I’m being honest, I didn’t want to win him.

Carlos Carrasco – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks. Carrasco nasty like Tabasco on toe jam! That’s a compliment. “Everyone knows you gotta go with Frank’s Hot Sauce on toe jam.” That’s Quentin Tarantino. Not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but in April I was growing out my hair into a jheri curl, because I misheard and accidentally thought we were all in Quarantino. Carrasco was even better than his line indicates. He looked back to the pitcher he was before the sidetracking of 2019, which was far from a guarantee at his age (33). Easily holding a velocity of 94 into the 6th inning, and the only real drawback was he was a bit up in the zone.

Jose Ramirez – 3-for-5, 4 runs, 4 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer. It’s death, taxes, and “drafters needing their arm twisted to take Jose Ramirez in the 2nd round.”

Brady Singer – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks. Because I’m your “every MLB team correspondent,” I figured you’d want me to watch Singer’s debut, and, have to admit, he looked good. Lots of hooks going “where’d that go” by the hitter, and he was locating with a chef’s kiss. I’ve already picked him up in one mixed league (15 team), and I’m looking to add him elsewhere. A pitcher that hitters aren’t familiar with might have a nice run in 60 games. Long term? Well, long term is a bit optimistic during a pandemic, but he wasn’t that impressive.

Greg Holland – Save on Saturday, as Ian Kennedy pitched in the 6th. With baseball this year, games could end in the 6th and random runners could start the inning on base, so maybe Matheny got confused, but this isn’t a great sign for Kennedy.

Garrett Cooper – Hit the IL with Covid with Harold Ramirez and Jose Urena. That’s after Jorge Alfaro went down with it the other day. Rob Manfred, “To keep the integrity of the season intact, we’re going with a 30-team playoff and whichever team gets to the park first wins the World Series.” So, for fantasy, Monte Harrison should be up on Wednesday and top prospect Jesus Sanchez might get called up too. Plus, Travis Snider was just signed, so I’d say it must be 2009, but I’m reporting on a pandemic, so that doesn’t track.

Jesus Aguilar – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 2nd homer. Hot schmotato alert!

Zack Wheeler – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks. Being a daddy is agreeing with Wheeler. His sons are the Marlins.

Vince Velasquez – 3 IP, 4 ER. You can throw VV out there, and pretend it’s a W, but it’s definitely not. In totally related news, Spencer Howard appears ready for his 1st major league start on Friday. Pick him up now!

Adam Haseley – 4-for-6, 2 runs, 1 RBI, as he hit leadoff. If that sticks, and he plays every day, and roses are red and violets are blue and if this rhymes, oh em gee:  Haseley.

Carson Fulmer – Claimed by the Tigers so they can pitch at least one Fulmer every day.  Tigers’ manager Ron Gardenhire on the mound, “You don’t seem yourself, Fulmer…” Ron notices something, then pulls masking tape off the back of the uniform, revealing, “Hey, you’re a Farmer! Buck…you!”

C.J. Cron – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. C.J. stands for Cheap Jacks.

Aristides Aquino – 1-for-2, 1 RBI as he pinch-hit, after being recalled on Saturday when Matt Davidson tested positive for Covid. It’s the return of the GGOATOAT! Dot dot dot. To pinch-hit? Why do the Reds refuse to play the GGOATOAT? Is David Bell from Kyrgyzstan? Because they have this weird game with goats I saw on Netflix.

Joey Votto – 1-for-5, 1 RBI and his 2nd homer on Saturday. Ridiculous prediction that I will forget about unless it comes true:  Votto’s winning the Triple Crown.

Curt Casali – 0-for-3, hit a homer on Saturday and has been starting because Tucker Barnhart is on paternity leave. Nine months ago, “Call me *ucker Bonehard.”

Mike Moustakas – Hit the IL when he woke up not feeling well. This sounds like nothing, but not nothing like an undisclosed nothing. Though, you never know if a disclosed nothing is an undisclosed nothing or if a disclosed nothing is nothing nothing. Even more alarming is Matt Davidson had a similar undisclosed nothing that wasn’t nothing. This might be something.

Nick Senzel – Scratched because he wasn’t feeling well. Maybe the Reds and Marlins can go play 60 games and the winner faces the last team to make the playoffs.

Trevor Bauer – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 13 Ks as he threw 105 pitches, which is like 300 pitches in a normal year. I’m sure I’m not the first to say this, but Bauer gives some Nolan Ryan vibes, right?

Yu Darvish – 4 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners (zero walks), 5 Ks. The command is good, and gives me hope for his next start, but was really hoping his pitching was up to his Twitter game.

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer. HR to the Izzo!

Ian Happ – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer. Might be the one guy on all my teams that actually came out of the gate hot. Well, besides my baby boos, Lou Bob and Sweet Lew. Big year for Lous. Gonna rename my dog, Lou Lew. He’ll understand.

Corbin Burnes – 3 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 Ks. Hoping Major League star, Corbin Burnes, was K-Put vs. him just not being able to throw more pitches (yanked at 75). By the by, that just made me have a thought (uh-oh). This year will be funky, but I wonder if there’s an NL DH next year, it will mean NL starters go deeper because no double switches.

Freddy Peralta – 3 IP, 4 ER. If your fantasy league has an Upside With No Results category, these Brewers starters are excelling.

Steven Matz – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks. Matz, usual 2nd half beast, going beast mode in the 1st half that’s happening in the 2nd half!

Edwin Diaz – 1 IP, 1 ER and his 1st blown save on Saturday. Good to see him in midseason form. Since this led to extra innings, allow the quick rant. “Ya know, this free runner on 2nd base in extras isn’t such a bad idea.” SAID LITERALLY NO ONE! If Rob Manfred likes this batshizz stupid shizz, then he is an alien. Yo, Rob Manfred, you a lizard?

Rick Porcello – 2 IP, 7 ER. How’s the saying go, wherever Porcello goes, there he is?

Mark Melancon – Dealing with back issues. Ugh, I learned your C isn’t hard for what, Melancon? For what, I ask you! Will Smith is set to return to the Braves, so Melancon might be on outside looking in by this time next week. Or he’s the closer. Honestly, all pens are a mess. SAGNOF like you’ve never SAGNOF’d before.

Marcell Ozuna – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. OZUNA feeling good. OZUNA feeling well. OZUNA always confuse which one to use.

Austin Riley – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. Also, in this game, Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies hit their 1st. Now someone unplug Tildaddy, blow in his ear and plug him back in.

Sean Manaea – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER. I didn’t watch this game, but I heard he was cruising until the end. That’s nice. I was out on Manaea this year, so I see he threw 55 pitches, look askew at his earned runs, and confirm my bias.

Dylan Bundy – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks. He’s breaking out! Finally! Or not. It’s one start. Streamonator does like his next start though.

Shohei Ohtani – 0 IP, 5 ER. Not going to rub in an “I told you so,” but *looks both ways, whispers* I did tell you not to draft him. Now he’s out for what, two days? Then he returns for a couple games to hit, then pitches again next Sunday? Don’t see the value at all. Sorry, I know he’s “fun” for real baseball.

David Fletcher – 4-for-4, 1 run and his 1st steal, as he hit leadoff. Sonavabench! I don’t know why I had him on my bench. Too many drafts during the shutdown and now I’m scrambling to set my lineups. Also, I was watching the Nats’ game yesterday and saw “DC” in the outfield grass and thought it was abbreviating Dairy Cween, so I am also very stupid.

Mike Trout – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer.

Chris Herrmann – Signed with the Giants. He/him/herr/mann will prolly take over catching duties, because the Giants tossed the towel in for this season in November, 2019.

A.J. Pollock – 1-for-4 as he returned from paternity leave. The Pollocks welcomed a girl after some early confusion. A family friend told the Pollocks that spitting out a baby is no problem, then Mrs. Pollock tried for a few hours to vomit a baby out of her mouth.

Trevor Gott – 1 IP, 1 ER, and his 2nd save. I got Gott, and worry if I hold him, I’ll really get Gott, but get out now while the Gott’ings good? Gott out of here.

Didi Gregorius – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer on Saturday. Even if we get a vaccine in time for next season, Didi should wear the mask. Don’t mess with success!

Robbie Ray – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER. Maybe because the preseason was lengthened by about five months, or maybe because I don’t own him, but Ray’s like the pitching version of Garrett Hampson. Everyone loves these guys in the preseason, then, after a few games, no one can remember why they loved them. If you’re old, you’ll remember Ricky Nolasco had similar vibes every year. We should have a glossary term for this type of player. Please suggest in the comments.

Dinelson Lamet – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks. It’s one start, but we only need ten more just like it, and I’m gonna be so glad I own Lamet in so many leagues.

Garrett Richards – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks. Please, just give me 50 IP from this schmohawk.

Tommy Pham – 0-for-4 but four steals in the 1st two games. I will call him 60-Game Rickey. On the reals, everyone was stealing off the Diamondbacks, they might be a good target to run on.

James Paxton – 1 IP, 3 ER. His mechanics were off, and the Nats played like a garage band. (That makes sense if you don’t think about it.) Paxton’s velocity was way off, and he couldn’t get comfortable. I’m expecting Paxton to hit the IL with a back or arm issue any day now. Hopefully I’m wrong (I’m never wrong).

Gleyber Torres – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. I’d say he could prove me wrong this year by hitting homers against teams other than the Orioles, but the Yanks have 57 more gams, and half are against the O’s, Marlins and Red Sox teams, so how bad could he be?

Luke Voit – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. Voit put a charge into that ball! Voit/Volt, get it? No? Okay.

Stephen Strasburg – Scratched from his Saturday start with a nerve issue in his hand. The nerve was pinched, but straight. If it had been curly, it would’ve been a noive. Nats are saying it’s day-to-day, which is fine-dandy for his handy-hand, but we only have 60 of dem days in the season, so make it snappy, fingers. More ominously, Strasburg said this season was a mess and he wants to think about big picture. If I owned him, I’d be concerned.

Patrick Corbin – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 2 hits, zero walks, 8 Ks. Corbin making them look like Yankee Noodle Dandies.

Trea Turner – 2-for-4, and his 1st homer. Who’s the good boy? Treat Urner!

Sean Doolittle – 2/3 IP, 1 ER as he worked the 7th. I said something this preseason like you might win the saves category in your league with 20 total saves. I might’ve been overestimating what a mess pens would be.

Matt Shoemaker – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks. He was in Friday’s Buy, but he’s really just an own until further notice, because he’s the type of guy (oh, wee, oh) who could have a Cy Young 50-ish IP.

Ken Giles – Out with elbow soreness, and that’s one less person in Buffalo whenever the Jays can actually go to Buffalo. If you’re fishing for saves, grab Bass.

Ryan Yarbrough – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K. One strikeout doesn’t exactly inflate the pants tent, but Yarbrough was a sleeper for me back in December (hilarious), and I like him a lot.

Blake Snell – 2 IP, 0 ER, 5 Ks. Blake Snell = high-priced Robbie Ray. Throwing shade like an umbrella!

Ji-Man Choi – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs, as he hit leadoff, and his 1st homer, and 1st career MLB homer from the right side. Ji-Man popped his cherry! Prior, he hit righty just 17 times right-handed in 3,397 career plate appearances, including international play. That deserves a hot schmotato alert! You can get with this or you can get with that, the Choi’s is yours.

Oliver Drake – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save on Saturday. Remind me not to trust Ray’s supposed closers next preseason. Wait, that’s in like eight weeks. I can remember.

Nelson Cruz – 4-for-5, 4 runs, 7 RBIs and his 2nd and 3rd homer. Cruz is first person to lead the majors in homers the same month he was featured on the cover of the AARP magazine.

Jake Cave – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and 1st homer. Sorry, Clint Frazier, Cave is the best 4th outfielder

Dallas Keuchel – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 1 K. Apparently, it’s not impossible to pitch vs. the Twins. I’m farting in your general direction, Lucas Giolito.

Reynaldo Lopez – 2/3 IP, 4 ER. He was grimacing with each pitch, and his velocity was off five to six MPH all game. Someone flag down Dr. James Andrews’s Lamborghini.

Luis Robert – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Trying to suppress “what could’ve been,” but I struggle not to think about Lou Bob having a huge April and having one of the best rookie seasons ever.

Eloy Jimenez – Left the game with light-headedness. Maybe he owns Luis Robert. It’s doing that to me too.

Corey Kluber – Lifted with shoulder tightness. Lifting sounds like exact opposite of what you want to do. I told everyone to avoid Kluber this year. He was not right last year, even after returning from the broken forearm.

Joey Gallo – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer. I fully expect to eat the road skating past Gallo this year.

Trevor Story – 2-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer. I just went over a Brady Singer, but here’s a Story.

Randy Dobnak – 4 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks. Fun fact! Dobnak is a word Mork from Ork says.

Adam Wainwright – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks. Can I stream everyone against the Pirates? Please, Streamonator, I’m asking politely. They’re starting Adam Frazier as their three-hole hitter, and I don’t think it’s sarcastic!

Dakota Hudson – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER. Okay, stream everyone but Dakota Hudson.

Kyle Crick – 2/3 IP, 0 ER but 4 unearned runs for the early ticker shock. Maybe the official scorer of the game owns Crick in one league. Thankfully, because those Crick runs might’ve eliminated me in all leagues after two games (and Giolito). Related: I’d own Nick Burdi (1 IP, 0 ER) now.

Jose Osuna – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Not much time this year to cyclops with a monocle, but I still am with Osuna. Have been a fan of his bat, and, if he’s hot, then schmotato will carry.

Colin Moran – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. “Eat it, Chachi,” screamed Moran.

Alex Cobb – 5 1/3 IP, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks. He made the Red Sox look like a bunch of chumps. Get you love drunk from the pitcher’s hump. Red Sox are little chumps. They chumps. Okay, song is catchy though. Streamonator hates Cobb’s next start vs. the Marlins, but I’m streaming everyone this year, and would try that in a few leagues.

Jose Iglesias – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI. Baltimore’s offense meeting the Red Sox’s pitching — the movable object crashes into the easily moved. A study in movements.

Anthony Santander – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Another movement.

Rio Ruiz – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. That’s two movements! Speaking of which, thinking the move is to stream hitters against all Red Sox and Orioles’ pitching.

Hanser Alberto – 2-for-4, 1 run. Bill Cosby’s alias when getting illegal Spanish Fly was Handsier Alberto.

Kevin Pillar – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer. Red Sox’s offense meeting the Orioles’ pitching — Humpty Dumpty meets an egg cracker.

Ryan Weber – 3 2/3 IP, 6 ER. Boston’s pitching staff this year is pitching in the state of Notworthatwoshits.

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Tom McGrath
2 years ago

Grey – I’m sure a lot of these get overlooked by the sheer amount of content you’re putting out there, but that little “Brady Singer/Story” joke – *perfection*. That is all.

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
2 years ago

10 team redraft h2h where we draft 3 real life hitting and pitching teams in march, and from that date nobody moves for our purposes, except first signings (so if puig signs he’s property of that hitting team rest of the year). we can make our own trades. this year we’re roto from the shortened season (max 625 innings). usually if h2h there are 8 moves per week and you stream your own rosters, with roto and games/innings limits no moves maxes, and never waivers anyway as nobody else can obtain your own players.
i got: hitting: MIN, SD, KC
pitching: NYM, SD, PIT
so optimally it looks like this:
C (2): garver, salvy
1B (2): hosmer (or myers), sano
2B (2): whit, arraez
SS (2): mondesi, tatis
3B (2): machado, son of donald
LF (1): pham
CF (1): kepler (RF)
RF (1): rosario (LF)
OF (3): soler (RF), grisham (all OF), myers (1B/LF/CF)
util (1): cruz
SP (best of NYM/PIT/SD but i stream them all): musgrove, keller, matz, degrom, richards, paddack, lamet

so i got j.polanco who can’t ever play. trying to trade him for SP or 1B upgrades. i can get one of darvish/l.castillo/s.gray/bauer for j.polanco + one of matz/keller/musgrove.

1. do this, and if so which of mine for which of his, he seems amenable to any on both sides. if mondesi or tatis got hurt i’d have to go with one of marwin (when he plays), nicky lopez, franco (and h.dozier when he’s back at 3B would work fine).

Sandman
Sandman
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

Are we dropping any of these guys Christian Walker, willie Calhoun, Austin Riley, Trent Grisham

for dansby or renfrow?

Thanks !

Russ
Russ
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

Saves and Holds separate categories

Diego Castillo or Gallegos?

Russ
Russ
Reply to  Russ
2 years ago

Diego came back today from paternity leave and worked a clean inning

Sandman
Sandman
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

Drop Luke Weaver for Matz?

Mostly streaming that spot.. figure Matz has a nice matchup against the Red Sox on Thursday

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

@Grey: In the event Villar is part of the contingent of positives with the Marlins, who is a better 2B replacement: Ian Happ, Brandon Lowe, Scott Kingery, La Stella

Lowe appears to be batting 2nd consistently, and La Stella is anywhere from 3-6. Happ and Kingery were sleepers but batting 8/9

Scoring for me is standard 5×5 with Ks, OPS, and Errors (yes, errors…)

Brett
Brett
2 years ago

Teoscar or yoenis Cesp.?

Thanks

Cohen
Cohen
2 years ago

Grey, thank you for the Teoscar grab!!
2 bombs!!

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

From the lead-off slot and both opposite field.

Teoscar for MVP!!!

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

Grey,

would you pick up JBJ for Profar?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

is JBJ worth picking up at all

Smitty
2 years ago

Got beat on Yo but picked up Sweet Lew and Grish – mashing and healthy

Cohen
Cohen
2 years ago

Grey, please pick 3 best streamers?
Framber at home vs Dodgers
Musgrove at home vs Mil
Singer at Det
Nova at home vs KC
Caleb at home vs Wash
Burnes at home vs Stl
Newcomb at home vs Mets
Chatwood at home vs Pitt
Shoemaker at home vs Philly

Brett
Brett
Reply to  Cohen
2 years ago

Teoscar or yoenis Cesp.?

Thanks

Dan
Dan
2 years ago

Im offered eloy jiminez for hiura . Ya or na ???

Son
Son
2 years ago

It’s mint chocolate chip and it’s f’ing delicious!!!

herschel
herschel
2 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto, who do you like for this week?

cease – @ cle, @ kc (assuming his second start doesnt get bumped with todays rain out)
madbum – @ tex
sheffield – @ laa, vs oak
keller – @ chc

thanks!

Tigres
Tigres
Reply to  herschel
2 years ago

Indians vs White Sox now postponed too…

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Tigres
2 years ago

Fuggggg

stevie
stevie
2 years ago

Giles being hurt, wondering if you think A. Bass is a better pickup than either Kwang Hyun Kim or Daniel Hudson, or stay put.

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
2 years ago

Oh Great Grey,

need to replace Verlander. Mind picking one or two for me? Thanks!

Glasnow, Ryu, Bumgarner, Soroka, Manaea, Marquez

Coolwhip
2 years ago

Kluber grade 2 tear of shoulder muscle, shut down for 4 weeks (i.e. basically the whole season)

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I think the same guys who were rescued from themselves after drafting Sale, Syndergaard, Severino were compelled to step in it again with Verlander and Kluber. For me, I’m just going straight COVID, no-injury type SP’s…

Dave D
Dave D
2 years ago

Fletcher led off the game today with a double before Bassitt struck out Trout, Ohtani, Upton in order.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

Bleh… Fletcher is so hawt right now. bat to ball skill TURNT UP.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

Thats twice now, Fletch on with no payoff -_-

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

He was aggressive on basepaths in 5th yesterday. I saw 1st inning today but not after. I hope that continues. He’s helping me so far with AVG and SB. They were do much more fun to watch yesterday with Maddon. Doing hit and runs, being aggressive. UnScioscia-like.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

haha unSciosciable you might say. Canning has been cruising until this last inning when Maddon fell in love with super-shift, Canning limited the dmg eventually… Pujols is so effing slow on basepaths, geez.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

facepalm… simmons ended our bases-loaded rally with a double play -_-

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
2 years ago

Love the LL drop in the Shoemaker blurb. Well done sir, well done.

Joe Beísbol
Joe Beísbol
2 years ago

Are we holding a Verlander for “a couple of weeks” until he’s re-evaluated or moving on? I have Dozier and Tanaka currently on my IL so I either drop Verlander or drop one of Dozier or a Tanaka and stash Verlander in that slot.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Joe Beísbol
2 years ago

I’d be looking to move him for something useful, forearm strains don;t just go away. Glasnow had forearm strain and missed nearly half a season – half a season this season is the whole season. Verlander won’t even throw for 2 weeks, so after 2 weeks he’ll need time to ramp up again in a best-case scenario.

Coolwhip
2 years ago

I summarized what I saw from Ohtani so i’ll just link it here ;-)
https://twitter.com/CoolwhipRB/status/1287549642318774273
i.e. he’s still not mentally over it so I wouldn’t start him pitching anywhere until i see 97 poppin the mit. Castro was moving his glove around like he was Mr Miyagi. not good.

Fletcher is in midseason form… that 91% contact rate was on full display, his bat-hands control is something to watch. and a tasty SB to boot. They say Arraez, I say Fletcher.

I’ll add a shoutout for Tyle Chatwood. Dude dominated the Brewers and K’d Yeli 3 times. hawt.

hitzone
hitzone
2 years ago

16 team pts dynasty

Auto correct got me above post. One more offer

1)My Darvish/walker/alek Thomas for Jose abreu/kelenic

2) my Olson/gausman/piscotty for Pearson/Cron/Simeon woods Richardson

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
2 years ago

whoa, what an opening weekend!

Who would you peg as the rotation replacement for Verlander? I added Valdez in a few leagues, but not sure if there’s a better name.

Also, I currently have Cease benched tonight @ CLE, but would you plug him, keep him on the bench, or drop him to snag Spencer Howard?

Lastly, any thoughts on when MacKenzie Gore might get the call? worth stashing now or wait?

Thanks in advance and hope you have a great Monday/ week!

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks as always Grey!

I figure adding Gore now before he gets the call is a smart move. Current roster listed below, who would you drop (if anyone) for Gore? We have 1x “NA” spot which is currently occupied by Adell.

12-team, 6×6, Roto redraft league

c: Contreras
1b: Bellinger
2b: K. Marte
3b: Sano
ss: Villar
if: Correa
of: Judge, Kyle Lewis, Pederson
utl: Akiyama
bn: Kyle Tucker, Hilliard
Na: Adell

sp: Bieber, Berrios, IUias, Carlos Martinez, G. Marquez, Burnes, Canning, Valdez, Howard
rp: Hader, Workman, Doolittle, Wade Davis

Thanks again!!

Jason
Jason
2 years ago

Cespedes or Peralta in OPS league?

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
2 years ago

4th OF this week, JBJ or Peraza vs. NYM or Tsutsugo vs. ATL? Thanks.

JP
JP
2 years ago

Pick 2 of 3 OFs: Domingo Santana, Austin Hays, Aquino?

5X5 Roto

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Just for that he’s gonna hit two dingers tonight. They are actually starting him. Batting 5th. He must have apologized to Dick Wlliams about his daughter.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Haha. Now I know why you like BestBall do much!!!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Youre probably right on that one… what a mess!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Well, I hope it doesnt backfire on you if he gets hot. Hes free now and probably no one else available in many formats with his kind of upside if he gets hot.

Ghost of Grady Little
Ghost of Grady Little
2 years ago

Well.. it was great to have baseball back for a little while.

3 months in the Arizona bubble (like NBA/NHL) was clearly the way to go.

happyharry
happyharry
2 years ago

Grey, 12 team, H2H, 6×6. Benintendi was dropped..Do I drop either Lourdes Gurriel or Mercado ….or hold? Thanks Man!

Tyler
Tyler
2 years ago

Someone in my league dropped Riley. Would you drop Urshela for him or hold? Also who do you think gets more saves between Bass, Gott, Holland?

Tyler
Tyler
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Riley over Urshela because of playing time ( Yankees filtering in other guys in the lineup) or just higher ceiling for Riley? Just curious. Been trying to prioritize guys hitting 1-4 ( grabbed Nuñez as well) I know you were high on Riley. Thanks man.

Tyler
Tyler
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Gotcha. Thanks again.

The Great Knoche
2 years ago

Guess my one thought as I read all the news this morning other than hope everyone is ok.

I wish someone had the foresight to change all weekly leagues to daily formats or best ball.

hitzone
hitzone
2 years ago

16 team dynasty pts 3 OF, 2 Util

A) my Matt Olson, Daniel Espino for Verdugo, Whitley

B) My Darvish, Christian Walker, Alex Thomas for Jose Barry, jarred kelenic

Which side? Have a feeling this season is going sideways, trying to build for next year.

hitzone
hitzone
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Abreu

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
2 years ago

Recommended term for the Robbie Ray / Hampson example:

Premature Infatuation.

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Damn. Mine is punny and needs no explanation.

SHET is an acronym. I like it, but it doesn’t have the same high school locker room humor that this site thrives on. If we’re going with abbreviations, can it at least be SHIT?

Spring Hopes, Inevitably Tank

swaggerjackers
swaggerjackers
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I hear ya. More of an all-ages demographic.

Cohen
Cohen
2 years ago

Needs not an issue
Drop Teoscar, Kingery or Akiyama for Hays or hold?

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
2 years ago

Hey hey!!!

So, should we be dropping Watson for Gott? Or is that premature?

I think Kapler actually has access to my fantasy roster and will send out whichever one I don’t own. Argh.

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Gotcha.

Judge Stanton
Judge Stanton
2 years ago

Want to bolster my outfield by picking up Madrigal and moving Ketel from 2b to OF. Without any other consideration of team needs, who is the best drop of the following to make this move?

1B: L. Voit/C. Walker
OF: W. Calhoun/J. Upton/D. Carlson/A. Riley
RP: R. Pressly/B. Kintzler

dontbichetteme
dontbichetteme
2 years ago

Hey Grey,
Happy to see some baseball again but man its weird.
Need to drop a SP to activate Soto when he comes off the IL. Trying to decide between Canning or C.Smith? Or would you just drop both and get Gott. I also will have to activate the fresh prince when he comes off of the IL later this week. So that is an option as well.

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
2 years ago

I have Anderson and Bradley as my current closers. Who should be the third, Hudson or Gallegos? Thanks!

baby seal
baby seal
2 years ago

Also, the Mike Trout-Astros tweet and blurb was great. Happy to be back!

baby seal
baby seal
2 years ago

yo yo Grey,

It’s been too long! Sorry man, I have many excuses for my absence, but I’ll spare ya. I did get very sick that last full week before the season started (not COVID!), so that was difficult. Anyways…

I never bought back in after I lost my 2 OC teams. Already had plenty of teams, and the 60-game season (yuck) / Covid situation in the US is pretty bad. Agreed w/ NFBC decision, but was still salty. Fair or not–I do not care!!

Last I checked, was 1st in two DCs, 2nd in another, and 10th in the last. We’re basically 2 months in, right? lol

It’s pretty clear the delay always had more to do w/ the labor dispute than health concerns, and the whole thing was fairly disgusting to watch, IMO. Big turn off.

Too bad about my OC teams, those players are doing well so far. Let’s go Bieber!! lol

Hope you’re doing well man! Will be sure to check in more now :)

Later!
sealy seal

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

hahahaha, “my sweet baby seal”

It’s always the same shiz. NBA PA had something similar with revenue sharing and the cap not that long ago. It’s just amplified now for MLB thanks to the timing of it all…

NFL PA wants better contracts, and you can’t blame them.

AKA… dolla, dolla bills, y’all

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  baby seal
2 years ago

go figure… my cable / wifi just went down for the last 4 hours lol… just in case I forgot it’s still 2020 — I was reminded, once again

Cohen
Cohen
2 years ago

Grey, looking to add a 4 th and 5 th starter
Which 2 do u like ?
Canning
Shoe
Bassitt
Singer
Howard
Houser

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
2 years ago

Just wondering how dumb you think I am for doing this LOL, so call me dumb and I’ll be cool with it LOL.

So my normal catcher Travis D’Arnaud came down with the ‘Rona and I needed a replacement. Originally, I replaced him with Wilson Ramson and I thought this was a pretty smooth move and quite possibly the better of the two catchers. So I waited and watched. Two games in and Ramos does nothing. I think he was 1 for 8 with no counting stats.

Ramos is 34 and I’m thinking, yeah it’s way too early to say he’s in decline. But I also thought, I don’t really care about winning this season and I really don’t want an aging catcher that might be in decline.

For this season, I’m more into finding good young players, dart throws, hidden gems, etc. because I play in a dynasty league and winning a 60-game flukey title is meaningless in a dynasty league.

So I dropped Ramos. And I picked up William Contreras against all better judgment. I had read some very nice stories about Contreras from Spring/Summer Training that said he had made some adjustments and was looking MUCH better and had even passed Shangraleers or whatever his name is that the Braves drafted. So Contreras gets an RBI double Saturday night in a pinch hit appearance, then goes 3 for 5 Sunday night. Yeah, I know, it’s way too early to crown him the next Realmuto.

But I do like the move even more now. I can hold him for eternity or drop him whenever. If he keeps hitting, I might just keep him and let D’Arnaud go back into the player pool. Again, this season is more about prospecting for me than winning a flukey title.

So, what do you think? Dumb? I ask because I’m curious what your opinion on Contreras is. Do you think there might be something there? Seems to me he’s showing signs.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks! I thought you might say I was an idiot lol

zombie
zombie
2 years ago

Always a sucker for a solid grappling reference with the elbow drop. But, to interject Erin Moran? I have got to ramp up to speed. I thought that you would ease into that type of content. But in a 60 game season, on the first Monday and 4th game of the season, you may be right on schedule. GREAT extensive recap! Personally, not too optimistic after this Marlin shizz. But if we continue, after the 3 1/3 innings performance out of K-Putter Corbin Burnes, might you swap him for Spencer Howard? Or does he offer much of the same, along with the rookie blow-up which would be particularly damaging this year? Speaking of blowups and your glossary term request; everyone grew up loving a piece of Dubble Bubble gum in that twisty wrapper. Especially from a little league bucket. But, not unlike the juicy tastiness of preseason Robby Ray-like optimism, after a few games or rounds of chewing, you completely forget why it is that you chose to become so enamored with something that just becomes bland and an exercise in futility. A Dubble Bubble pitcher renders itself useless.

Ozzie Smith
Ozzie Smith
2 years ago

David Fletcher has my attention now, great average, decent speed, and should score a shit load of runs in front of trout and Rendon. Little to Zero pop but the multi position eligibility is sweet for a two category producer.
Thinking of adding him over Rosario or Kingery, whatcha think?

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Ozzie Smith
2 years ago

Not sure that it matters, but Eddie or Amed?

Mike
Mike
2 years ago

Should I take a flier on Canning or Spencer Howard?

Mike L
Mike L
Reply to  Mike
2 years ago

Not sure I like Jays for his first start but I’d take the chance on Howard

Mike
Mike
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Would you drop chirinos for Howard? If so, I could pick up both

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
2 years ago

Also what about Gott? New closer in SF? Thought it woulda been Watson

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Travis Hafner
2 years ago

never trust any bullpen run by Gabe Kapler – and his process is only gonna get crazier since it worked in splitting the series against the Dodgers

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Travis Hafner
2 years ago

Agree with Hung. I had already decided the Kapler thing makes it not worth it for me unless i’m crazy desperate. Gabe is such a weirdo

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
2 years ago

Streamonator has like everyone as a raging fade (-10 and more) for whatever reason this year. Do I just use it as a sliding scale?

I’m asking because I have Folty (@TB -17) Weaver (@SD -10) and Houser (@ PIT -16 somehow). Normally I’d expect them to have a bit better $. Start them anyway? 10 team 5×5

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Travis Hafner
2 years ago

if you got them rostered then you got the confidence in them in a 10 teamer so roll ’em out. This is the season of YOLO.

If you plan to stream, then just stream off SON values

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
Reply to  William Hung
2 years ago

I’m just wondering, it seems different. Usually perceived iffy starts are around 0.0, and good starts around 10+. Now everyone is in the -10 range.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Travis Hafner
2 years ago

Its gonna be hard to keep SON as reliable as usual in such a weird year. I wouldn’t lean on it this early as much as I would in a regular baseball season.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Nah no waivers in those Bestball 10s at all, those are just straight draft and hold. I only have to worry about FAAB in the Razzslam.

I bet that’s the answer you were hoping for on those Bestball 10s? Keeping lineups straight is already a headache for me, 5 days in lol

Marv
Marv
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

H2H 12-team cat. keeper (keep12) balanced stats (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG, OPS,XBH / W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS), limit of 20 moves/year

Well, that was an interesting weekend. Both Verlander and Kluber out for me. Currently can pick 1 person up but I assume I’ll be moving Kluber to the IL as well. So, looking at my team and the wire, who would be the 2 you’d add ? I was originally thinking one would be a closer but is it even worth it this year or maybe I just punt save ?

WIRE
HIT- D. Fletcher, M. Rojas, C.J. Cron, J. Aguilar, J. McCann (c), A. Haseley, C. Moran, C. Kelly (c), R. Odor, O. Narvaez (c), C. Dickerson, J. Peraza

PIT- S. Turnbull, T. Chatwood, K. Freeland, A. Cobb, J. Urquidy (IL), D. Cease, C. Bassit, S. Newcomb,

RP- K.H. Kim, J. Jimenez, I. Kennedy, W. Smith, K. Kela, B. Kintzler,

My team:
C – EMPTY
1B – A. Rizzo
2B – K. Marte
3B – E. Suarez
SS –T. Turner
CI –P. Goldschmidt
MI – D. Santana
LF – J.D. Martinez
CF – I. Happ
RF – C. Yelich
Util – C. Blackmon
BN – M. Smith
BN – D. Carlson (N/A)

SP – C. Burnes
SP – W. Buehler
SP – S. Gray
RP – J. Hader (RP)
RP – J. James
P – C. Smith
P – C. Martinez
BN – J. Lindblom
BN – A. Voth
BN – S. Howard (N/A)
BN – C. Kluber (Day to Day)
IL – J. Verlander (10-day)

Thanks bud
Marv

jose
jose
2 years ago

Is SON just not sure of what to think of pitching after the delay of the start of the season or are SP just terrible now? These choices look pretty meh at best.

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
2 years ago

Hey Gray and Razzball – Its great to have baseball back!!!!

1) Closers – I own Kintzler, Davis, Melancon, Pressley and Watson and plan to start 2, 3 or 4 in any given week. Gott, T. Williams are available. Make any changes?

2) SS – I own Baez, Anderson, Gregorius and Swanson, but can start only 3 (SS, MI, U). Trades are very difficult in my league. Advice on who to choose to start any given week? I left out Swanson this week – in hindsight, not a good choice.

3) OF – In addition to Acuna and Laureano (must-starts, I think), I started Conforto, Benintendi and Mercado and have Riley and Berti on my bench. Cron, Happ and Lewis are available. Advice on who to grab and who to start?

Thanks all.

Play Ball
Play Ball
2 years ago

Trust Civale against White Sox today!

Green monstah
Green monstah
2 years ago

Hey Jam Master Grey!

I’m in a H2h pts weekly league. I want to make some adds for week 2 & beyond

Here are some bats I’m targeting:
Kyle “Sweet Lew” Lewis, Cespedes, Jesus Aguilar, Keston hiura

Some pitchers I’m looking at:
Sandy Alcantara, matz, Matt shoemaker

On the batty side here is who I’d drop: Travis Shaw, carter kieboom, Freddy galvis

On the flip for pitchers I’d like to add one or two pitchers I own Strasberg & now I’m worried about his numbness. Rest of my SP’s are Nola, soroka, Trevor Bauer, kechel, folty,. At RP slots I have houser & also striplingbotg are SP/RP so I could add one of them to SP & Kim the closer for Cardinals to RP

Thanks man lol I don’t move like I used to my son just turned 3 yesterday & we had a little get together & rented a bounce house my back is toast lol , have a good one!

ellis
ellis
2 years ago

So much for following protocols, read the Rosenthal article, Mattingly and the Marlins blew it. Maybe not playing this year is inevitable but making a stupid decision doesn’t help

Homer's got the Runs
Homer's got the Runs
2 years ago

Hey Grey, loving the posts. What is your advice on stacking? I presently own Freeman, Ozuna and Swanson. I also was thinking of offering a guy in my league Yelich, Devers, Kela and Keller for Acuna, Albies and Lamet. That would give me 5 Braves bats.
With teams playing almost everyday there wont be many days where those 5 bats wouldn’t Play. Just love that offense.

Mike L
Mike L
Reply to  Homer's got the Runs
2 years ago

But on a bad day that would hurt.

Homer's got the Runs
Homer's got the Runs
Reply to  Mike L
2 years ago

Its roto…so shouldn’t hurt too much.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
2 years ago

Rangers go hitless through 6.1 against German Marquez on opening day to christen their new barn ballpark. So fitting that it makes me cry a little bit

Jason Lieberman
Jason Lieberman
2 years ago

Canning or james?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Jason Lieberman
2 years ago

Canning for me

Tomtom
Tomtom
2 years ago

Receive Joe Musgrove, Pit SP
Receive Ian Kennedy, KC RP
Receive Francisco Lindor, Cle SS

Send Alex Colome, ChW RP
Send Jose Ramirez, Cle 3B
Send Luis Castillo, Cin SP

Should I accept or decline? Thank you.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Tomtom
2 years ago

I’d decline

TomTom
TomTom
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Thanks!!

Mike L
Mike L
Reply to  Tomtom
2 years ago

Take it and run!

Mike L
Mike L
Reply to  Tomtom
2 years ago

I tend to forget when I comment I’m always thinking dynasty format because that’s what I’m used to…its really a push in redrafts

Will
Will
2 years ago

Marlins home opener against Baltimore tonight has been canceled. Team is still in Philly. Either 8 (or 14 depending on which source you read) players and coaches have tested positive.

Does this cancel the season? Let’s hope not…

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Will
2 years ago

Won’t be surprised if a couple teams have to drop out along the way, but I expect the show goes on. Just my guess…

Will
Will
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Surely they gamed this scenario out ahead of time? Otherwise what would be the point of 60 man player pools and separate training facilities with backup players there?

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I think you are a capitalist,aren’t you?

Play Ball
Play Ball
2 years ago

Votto or Yuli Gurriel ? Was leaning Votto until the Reds around him in the lineup became “ill”.

McCullers or Maeda? Twins have the better matchups for pitchers in the central and Maeda handled the White Sox.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Play Ball
2 years ago

Votto and McCullers for me

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
2 years ago

I dropped C.Hernandez for Nick Madrigal to start at 2B. Tell me they are gonna bring him up. (checks box score and starting 2B Leury Garcia goes yard TWICE Saturday…)

Talk me off the Madrigal Ledge.

Keep him, right?

David Fletcher and his 4-4 with a swipe is hard to resist…along with FAs like Galvis, Goodrum, A.Cabrera, Flores, and guys that might have 20 SBs like Shed Long and Profar.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
2 years ago

Guessing Madrigal is up later this week

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
2 years ago

Colin Moran – Eat it Chachi! …took a second to get the reference – and I used to watch Happy Days. Then I had to Google Joanie/Erin Moran. Talk about a depressing Wikipedia read…terrible sad story ending in her death from cancer.

I’ll take a flier on Spencer Howard. Who would you drop?

5×5 roto INN, ERA, WHIP, K, Sv+Holds

Bassitt, Buehler, Carrasco, Glasnow, Heaney, D.Duffy, and Lynn.
M.Barnes, D.Castillo, C.Green, and Kwang Hyun Kim.
(start 9 – bench 2)

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
2 years ago

Eh, could try Howard over Duffy. More upside with Howard for sure.

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

No problem, thanks DT and Grey!

Chris
Chris
2 years ago

10 team H2H points league

Alex Wood or Dylan Bundy moving forward?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Chris
2 years ago

Bundy for me

erad
erad
2 years ago

I own and start 5 shortstops – I might have a problem

Schewnami
Schewnami
2 years ago

SHET =Spring Hopes, Eternally Tank

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

This is the winner.

Sam
Sam
2 years ago

Need a Covid replacement… Aguilar, Aquino, Grisham, or kike?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Sam
2 years ago

Aguilar for me. Assuming he isn’t one of the 20 Marlins with COVID. Also assuming the Marlins season isn’t cancelled.

Darren
Darren
2 years ago

A few “Steaminatir hates his next start” comments there. Well Streaminator hates everyone’s next start! I know there’s a note that Rudy dropped everyone’s IP 10% that might explain it, but tough to find streamers right now.

Dong Show
Dong Show
2 years ago

Grey! Man is it good to have these recaps back. What is your take on Hosmer’s hot start and do you think he’s truly changed his swing to join the revolution of flys?

The aside to that question is should I be overreacting and cutting Evan White for Hosmer in my Dynasty league (10 teams) if I’m a top 3 contending team and 1b is by far my weakest backup position (I have Bell as primary).

Hope you have a great one Grey and thanks in advance!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Dong Show
2 years ago

I’d keep White for a week and see if he gets anything going

Dong Show
Dong Show
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks Gents! Appreciate it and that’s logical. Hell I hope we have baseball in a week after today’s news. This just sucks