The power-hitting catcher prospect, Keibert Ruiz (1-for-4), was recalled to step behind the plate, and yesterday his job was to catch another former Dodger, Josiah Gray. Call them the Nots. The Notionals? No, what’s that? Some kind of potion? Nots is short for the Not Dodgers. From the Freeway to the Beltway. Keibert Ruiz is gonna have a new way of life to learn. Los Angeles has a bunch of people who exaggerate everything and you can’t tell what to believe. Phonies, all of them! Luckily, he’s now in Washington, D.C. where there’s nothing but salt-of-the-earth brokers of honesty. So, I talked to Prospect Itch on the phone yesterday, and the conversation ended with him saying, “I’m outside your house with a sledgehammer,” but prior to that he said he thinks Ruiz has changed dramatically since his last big top 100 fantasy baseball prospects update and he likes Ruiz way more now. He’s found more power. Ruiz, not Itch. I hope. Could see grabbing him in a few places if you need power. Still Ruiz, not Itch. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Carter Kieboom – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 5th homer. As I said the other day, “The Nats are going to have Keibert and Kieboom, which sounds like my mom explaining what her computer did when she tried to download a new update.” And that’s me still complaining about a recent phone call with my mom!

Josiah Gray – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.73. Absolutely haven’t given up on him in the long-term, but woof he’s been a struggle this year.

Brad Miller – 3-for-3, 2 runs and his 14th homer. Because I like to torment myself, went to see if Brad Miller was above Cody Bellinger on the Player Rater. He wasn’t even close! He’s like 400 spots higher than Cody!

Bryce Harper – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .302. Is it me or do home runs feel down? Not literally, they’re still mostly hit in the air. I mean, it feels like even guys having solid years aren’t hitting that many homers. Yes, I know I could easily figure out if this is true.

Corey Kluber – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.61, as he was activated from the IL. He’s been out since May with a shoulder strain and he’s limited to 70-ish pitches. Kluber’s about as useful right now as a gift card to Blockbuster.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 25th homer. This home run went 457 feet or stayed in the air just long enough to say, “How does he not have 40 homers?”

Shohei Ohtani – 1-for-4 and his 42nd homer. He’ll be skipped in his start today. Told ya he’d tire! What a bust!

Jack Mayfield – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 9th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. Hot schmotato alert!

Chris Paddack – 4 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.98, as he was activated from the IL. Good to have him back, because I hadn’t talked to my friends at AppleCare in a while.
“My computer stopped working.”
“I see, did you smash it after a Paddack start?”
“Charles, is that you? I didn’t recognize your voice.”

Fernando Tatis Jr. – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 36th homer, hitting .284. Fun’s got those HRs in 370 ABs, i.e., he could hit 50 homers, I before E except in Keibert, I need to sit down before I faint.

Eric Hosmer – 1-for-4 and a homer. Guess how many homers he has. He’s struggled, and, no, I’m not trying to lead you to a wrong answer. He’s struggled, now guess. Nope, he has 11 homers. He’s really sucked!

Ketel Marte – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 9th homer, a grand slam, Diego. Gonna be hard to not be excited for Marte again next year. Ketel or Starling? Hard to justify that after a 50-steal season this year from Starling, but I do like Ketel a lot still.

George Springer – 1-for-2, 2 runs, and his 3rd steal, as he was activated from the IL. That’s Springer’s 2nd “This is very serious and it might force him out for the season” injury and Mike Trout’s day-to-day for five months!

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 37th and 38th homer. Who says Cake Batter can’t hit in non-minor league parks? Okay, those ugly thoughts were creeping into my head, but who said it? Okay, I might’ve thought it aloud too.

Robbie Ray – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.71. Don’t have Ray in any league, so I didn’t benefit from him, but remind me again about how you have to draft a starter in the first two rounds.

Ryan Mountcastle – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games. Carrying the BBC (Baltimore Baseball Club) to the number one 2022 draft pick!

Jack Flaherty – His 2nd opinion confirmed a strained shoulder and the Cards’ GM said, “Fingers still crossed he’ll be able to help us at some point this year.” Don’t you go to the doctor so you don’t have to cross your fingers?

Giovanny Gallegos – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his 3rd save, ERA at 3.02. Cards manager, The Shildthead, said Alex Reyes is no longer the full-time Cards’ closer. Guess that’s what happens when you suck up the big suck show. Giovanny Gallegos seems to be clearly in the lead for the new opening, and Genesis Cabrera sounds tailor-made as an Opener, but might see some saves too. Yesterday’s Gallegos save might’ve been all that was needed.

Jon Lester – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.05, and no steals allowed, which is my way of saying this was someone else wearing Jon Lester’s earth skin.

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer. Au Shizz!

Kyle Farmer – 2-for-4 and his 12th homer. Here’s my reaction to whenever I see Kyle Farmer do anything:  “Meh, whatever,” then I see he has catcher eligibility in some leagues, and I put my hand under my chin and say, “Tell me more.”

Bobby Dalbec – 1-for-3 and his 18th homer, and 2nd homer in last two games, and fourth homer in the last four games and holy sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetato! That’s hot schmotato in exclamatory!

Matt Barnes – Hit the Covid IL. When you getting Covid is the best part of your month, you’ve had a bad month. Now it’s for sure Adam Ottavino’s job, possibly for the rest of the season.

Brandon Lowe – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 31st homer. Well, at least he has 30+ homers. I’m farting in the general direction of Bryce Harper.

Luis Patino – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.24. Streamonator doesn’t love his next start, but we’re strapped in and going ahead, because of extreme bravery (and mostly weekly lineup locks).

Raimel Tapia – 1-for-3 as he was activated from the IL. It’s a little sad how happy his activation made me. When you have a team relying on Anthony Alford, you’ll know what I mean.

Trevor Story – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 17th and 18th homer, hitting .249. Almost sonavabench! I finally reached the point where I was thinking about benching my 1st round pick in multiple (!!!) leagues in road games, and just thinking about it caused him to do something.

Leody Taveras – 2-for-3 and his 1st homer. Told you he was a sleeper! *slowly walks out of room, and backpedals into a room with Leody Taveras drafters, dodges tomato* Sorry!

DJ Peters – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 8th homer, and his 2nd homer in the last two games. That’s DJ Hot Schmotato to you!

Nick Solak – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting near-.350 in the last week. So, are the Rangers all hot or have they been facing terrible pitchers? *shrugs* Why not both?

Joe Barlow – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his 3rd save, ERA at 1.02. Rangers seemed to make the smart move and went with the best arm (Barlow) rather than Patton, who coincidentally is why the bar was low.

A.J. Alexy – 5 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 3 walks, 4 Ks, as he made his first major league start. Alexy, put on an impressive MLB debut. “I’m sorry, Grey, but there’s no Em El Be debutantes in your area.” Damn, Alexa, sucks. Alexy, on the other hand, well…He’s okay. Here’s what Podcaster Geoff said to me over text yesterday, “Fastball sits around 93-94, gets nice hop with that Induced Vertical Break, so it’s a high quadrant fastball attack plan. Change is a plus pitch — misses bats, doesn’t get hit and lands it for strikes.The breaking balls are good but he doesn’t have great command, though I’m sure he throws that curveball out of the zone.” And that’s me quoting Geoff! Obviously, AL-Only and deep mixed leagues, but if I had to go with either Rangers’ rookie starter, I’d go Otto.

Alex Wood – Hit the Covid IL with Johnny Cueto. Don’t worry, follow me to the next blurb…

Jose Quintana – Claimed by the Giants. “Fine, for one full year I will turn every player into a stud.” The Giants’ genie in March. Now the Giants are seeing just how powerful this genie is.

Freddy Peralta – Will rejoin the Brewers on Friday. That’s the best news since just being told that Razzball was mentioned on SportsCenter. I’m not joking. Dr. Dan Pants sent me a notification, and I watched the replay, and what do you know? ESPN is talking about Razzball and obviously they don’t know how much crap I give them every chance I get.

Cody Bellinger – Dave Roberts said Bellinger will no longer start vs. lefties. Cody Bellinger becoming a platoon player was not on my 2021 bingo card. Also, “not on my bingo card” wasn’t on my bingo card either, which is too bad because everyone says it.

Mookie Betts – 1-for-4 and his 18th homer, and pulled late in a close game so Bellinger could come in as a defensive replacement. Oh my God, Cody Bellinger is now DeWayne Wise.

Corey Seager – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer. This home run was the most significant home run by a Seager this month, according to his mom.

Max Muncy – 2-for-4 and his 29th homer, hitting .261. Muncy or Kyle Tucker next year? Fine, Tucker, but the Player Rater disagrees for this year.

Jorge Soler – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer, and 3rd homer in the last four games, and even Mark Zuckerberg would say hot on the hot or not scale.

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-4 and his 28th homer. Braves are built a lot like an AL club, and one of the few NL teams that will have a DH if they reach the World Series. Will they reach the World Series? Well, can they win a bunch of 9-8 games?

Adam Duvall – 2-for-4 and his 29th homer. That’s either a late homer to follow up his homer from three games ago or he’s about to hit another homer today.

Wilson Ramos – Will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL and MCL sprain. That might add an extra minute until his home to first time.

Jose Marmolejos – 1-for-2 and his 4th homer. Marmolejos? Marmolejos! The Gypsy Kings are back on tour!

Luis Garcia – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.23 vs. Chris Flexen – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.52. This matchup was billed as, “Grey’s looking to see what each of them look like on the Streamonator for their next starts, while secretly wondering if Luis Garcia gets bumped for Urquidy.”

Bailey Ober – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners (zero walks), 5 Ks, ERA at 3.98. Guess what time it is? Around 1:56 PM on a Monday! Oh, it’s time I dig in on Ober. He was born in Germany to a kindly couple who taught him always to put others in front of him, and thus began the Obermensch. Wait a second! This is Wickipedia. This is all fake entries! I’ve been duped! *2nd Grey breaks off into a third* I’ve been tripled! Okay, enough s’s and g’s, he has a 9.4 K/9 and 2 BB/9, which puts him inline for immediate fantasy relevance. The question is can the stuff play up even higher, and my gut says no, but he’s just up in the majors, so who knows. At worst, those are possible fantasy number two-type peripherals. Likely closer to number three, due to his age (26). If you jumped out and said you were from the future and only had Bailey Ober future news to tell me, I’d punch you. After the knockout punch, if you woke to say Bailey becomes as good as Aaron Nola in the next year or so, it wouldn’t be shocking. Great command can make great things happen. Could see some Plesac-coming-into-2021-type helium. Hopefully, the results are better.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer. Hey, got some extra lemons so here’s some Country Time: In the last ten days, Donaldson has five homers. Slurp up that Country Time!

Derek Hill – 2-for-3 and his 2nd homer, hitting .260. Power-schmower, he could steal 15 bags in the last month, so if you need that, then dive in because it took a whole lotta tryin’ just to look up D. Hill!

Casey Mize – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.59. He had a perfect game going through three innings, and I thought to myself, “Maybe I should wait to see if he gets the perfect game vs. going to lunch,” then I laughed for ten minutes, until I suddenly got serious, looked at the mirror and said to myself, “Go get some udon.”

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frankgrimes
frankgrimes
10 months ago

Does pulling snell really make a difference?
JFC guy has pitched his entire life and may never get another chance at history.
The pussification of baseball makes me wanna puke.

lwomack58
lwomack58
10 months ago

Any thoughts on Joe Ryan coming up with the Twins to pitch tomorrow vs CHC?

Worth a grab for the upside?

Thanks

lwomack58
lwomack58
10 months ago

Nimmo or Straw. Nimmo hitting pretty well and faces mostly RH pitching the rest of the week.

Straw gone cold. Could bounce back but have others for SB’s.

Looking for best hitter

Thanks

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
10 months ago

OK, so I saw this last night, so I’m going to ask again. Check out what Roberts said and how the Dodgers are handling Bellanger moving forward. Do you still think he’s a keeper next year?

https://twitter.com/billplunkettocr/status/1432479157015891968

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

And I shall read about it now! Thanks.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Based on what you wrote, I’m going to assume you are no longer in on Bellanger as a keeper in 2022. I’m not either. I can’t do another year like this when the Dodgers can’t either.

Aardvark
Aardvark
10 months ago

Lost Lynn. I have $47 of $100 faab dollars left. How much would you bid on Ryu for the playoff run?

William Hung
William Hung
10 months ago

Does Ryu think facial hair will help him pitch better?

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Looks like he should’ve shaved before the 6th inning

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
10 months ago

Earlier in thead, you downplayed Reynaldo Lopez since he “didn’t have a role”. Now with Lynn on IL, Reynoldo Lopez does have a role. Perhaps short term, but could envision him staying ieven if Lynn returns (in place of Keukel). Who would you think has comp value to Lopez?

Cohen
Cohen
10 months ago

Limited starts, which 2 of these 3 would u start?
Gausman home vs Brewers
Eavoldi home vs Indians
Montgomery home vs Orioles

Jeffe
Jeffe
10 months ago

Renfroe is going to be activated today. Who I do drop? Naquin, Polluck or Jazz?

Jeffe
Jeffe
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Solid. Thanks . Do you prefer jazz or Tapia? Lastly, McKenzie is coming back Thursday. Do you prefer him or Urquidy?

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

Hello again, Grey…

Per your advice, I’m still waiting to make any moves this week as it’s a Bye. However, Tapia and J Barlow came off the IL yesterday… so I am going to have to do something.

Bats:

Posey – C
Freeman – 1B
Albies – 2B
Vlad – 3B
Bichette – SS
Soto – OF
Judge – OF
Yordan – OF
Buxton – UTIL
Reynolds – UTIL
O’Neill – BN
Verdugo – BN
Castellanos – BN

Tapia – IL

Pitching:

Manoah – SP
Josiah Gray – SP
Will Smith – RP
Mychal Givens – RP
Ottavino – RP
Wheeler – SP
Ray – SP
Houck – SP
Suárez – BN
Yu Darvish – BN

Joe Barlow – IL

Who are you dropping in a shallow 5×5 cat league?
Do you recommend any other changes for the final stretch?

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

Thank you! Yes for sure. I just meant who you’d be dropping when the time comes. Any other changes you’d be looking to make? I know Gray’s start was gross yesterday… I think he has one more this week to redeem himself.

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

Great. Thank you!

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
10 months ago

Thoughts on starting Carrasco vs. MIA at home tomorrow? Bot loves the start but guessing history weighs heavily in its consideration …

And it’s not hard to make your own udon, especially if you live in SoCal … get ingredients at a Mitsuwa or H-mart … :-)

Thanks!

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

For the most part, no need to go to Mitsuwa if you have H-mart nearby; Koreans buy/cook/consume a lot of Japanese food — in fact, decent chance your local Japanese restaurant in SoCal is run/owned by Koreans.

As you probably know, there are kits you can buy with fresh or frozen udon noodles bundled with flavor packets for the broth. About same quality as food court udon. But you can recreate or even surpass local Japanese restaurant (e.g. one on strip mall) udon by buying the fresh noodles and making your own broth (ingredients you can get at H-mart). Doesn’t take that much more time than making pasta with meat sauce …

Thanks for Carrasco advice!

eballs
eballs
10 months ago

Would you start Happ tomorrow @ CIN (Points league)

scoboticus
scoboticus
10 months ago

It looks like Minor’s start is pushed back til tomorrow. This is a major blow to my streaming plan this week.

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  scoboticus
10 months ago

My opponent has 4 relievers to my 3, and 13 starts to my 11, so probably not going to win Ks this week. Doesn’t give me a lot of incentive to keep Gallen. Drop him for Matz so I can roll out Minor and Matz tomorrow? Looking for ERAs less than 4.0 and WHIPs less than 1.25

Gallen vs SD
Minor vs CLE
Matz vs BAL

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thanks!

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  scoboticus
10 months ago

Other streams are
Rich Hill vs MIA on Thursday
Nestor Cortes vs BAL on Friday
Jose Suarez vs TEX on Sunday

Only have 3 moves left this week.

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Still Cleveland, just the 2nd game of the series

VinWins
VinWins
10 months ago

I guess that’s a wasted decent outing by Elieser since it is the completion of an April game.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Looks like it is being ignored. I have him on several Draft & Hold teams. MLB adds the stats to April stats, but Fantasy sites don’t add on after a week, I believe.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

I went to my team page for April 11, and Fantrax did add on today’s stats. Of course I get Conforto’s 1 for 5, but Hernandez was on my bench so I miss out on those 5 innings. At least Miami blew the game, so I didn’t miss out on a win!

toolshed
toolshed
10 months ago

Trevor Rogers is going to be back soon. Is he a full go for you? He’s had an extended layoff. Do you expect him to have the green light the rest of the way or do you think they baby him? Extended layoffs are generally not great for pitchers, but his absence was not health related. Thanks

Glenn
Glenn
10 months ago

Not looking for advise on this…only sympathy.

New keeper league, my first three picks were Trout…Mondesi…..Ozuna…trying to catch up on offense back in July I traded Haniger, F.Peralta and Woodruff for… Acuna…that is all.

Glenn

MarvPesos
Marv
10 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 3 moves per week (2 moves left).

I grabbed Minor for his double start this week but my opponent will have 13 starts by weeks end versus my current 9. Since he’s facing CHW on Sunday, wondering if I should focus on batting and try to sub in some Schmotatoes into my line up

Would you pick up one of (I would drop Minor after his start tonight): Dalbec, Happ, Wendle, Lopez or Soler ? I could also drop Straw and grab one of these guys.

My team:

C – G. Sanchez
1B – J. Votto
2B –K. Marte
3B – J. India
SS – C. Seager
CI – P. Goldschmidt
MI – M. Straw
LF – E. Jimenez
CF – T. Hernandez
RF – C. Yelich
Util – S. Marte
BN – T. Mancini
IL – G. Torres (IL)

SP – W. Buehler
SP – Aaron Nola
SP – S. Ohtani *DTD
RP – J. Hader (RP)
RP – E. Diaz (RP)
P – J. Romano (RP)
P – M. Fried
BN – M. Minor
BN – J. Means
BN – T. Mahle
BN – R. Suarez (@MIA)
BN – C. Hernandez (CLE)
IL – T. Glasnow (IL)
IL – A. Civale (IL)
Thanks, Marv

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

Hey grey! Would you trade a $22 Story or $9 Marte keeper for any of the below returns? Keep forever. Solely concerned about 2022 outlooks.

1. $33 trout
2. $14 mondesi
3. $4 Winker
4. $15 Bellinger

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Sorry, Ketel Marte

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thanks! Would you try shopping Story or Ketel first?

Stl Squat Cobblers
Stl Squat Cobblers
10 months ago

Hi Grizzle,

U starting Ed Cab in an RCL AT NYMets?…SON no like

Thanks Grey-stache!

Stl Squat Cobblers
Stl Squat Cobblers
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thanks Grey! Can’t wait for the sleepers and the rankings…Can Patreon members get rankings in Nov instead of December?? asking for a handsome friend!

Stl Squat Cobblers
Stl Squat Cobblers
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

No worries Lothario! I’m still ALL IN

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
10 months ago

I dropped both of my shares of Bellinger in my 12 team redrafts. Feels great. Bellinger arm-fives a teammate and messed up his shoulder last season. He comes back the next season and hits like a blind folded, 84-year old. Meanwhile, Tatis has his shoulder knocked out of place once a month and still hits like a mad man.

Gotta be honest though, as much as I love owning Tatis this year, I don’t know how I’ll feel about him next year. I feel like I’ve dodged six bullets already. And then there’s Trout. As you get older, those kinds of injuries don’t tend to completely go away and he’s going to miss 4.5 months this year! Talk about question marks.

Ben W
Ben W
10 months ago

I need to drop someone to make room from the IL. 12 team league with 5×5 stats for head to head.

Options:
Jon Schoop
Sean Manaea (doing terrible, but he does have the Tigers this week)
Josiah Gray
Edward Cabrera

Mitt Face is Handy Afterall
Mitt Face is Handy Afterall
10 months ago

i’ve been wondering (you could probably smell the burning metal);

at this point of the season, as people start posting fewer and fewer questions, do you find yourself feeling relieved with the (hopefully) extra free time you have for your brain to entertain thoughts unrelated to the fantasy teams of strangers? or – after months of answering hundreds of questions for hours, each day – do you find yourself staring blankly at the screen, mind filled with with emptiness, hands perched over the keyboard, just waiting for someone to ask if they should drop W. Banfield for L. O’Hoppe in redraft?

thanks again for all the time and effort you put into this

Leon
Leon
10 months ago

Have bellinger in dynasty. Pretty expensive too. My best hope is to hold and hope he turns it around. Dont think hes tradable. Would u hold for next year?

Jimmy Jack James
Jimmy Jack James
10 months ago

ROS in roto at 2B – Schoop or B.Rodgers? Was going to stream B-Rod at home but he actually has more bombs on the road. Schoop has been cold schmotato for quite some time.

The Original Whatever
The Original Whatever
10 months ago

I picked up Ober when Wood hit the IL. He has a pretty good schedule coming up.

Jimmy Jack James
Jimmy Jack James
10 months ago

Need to take Joe Barlow off IL – any issue with dumping Bender for him? Floro seems to be the guy – other closers are Pressly, Romano and other Barlow.

Thanks!

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
10 months ago

Hey to the Hey!

Wanted to check on a couple of iffy looking bot calls: M. Minor @CLE and T. Williams v. MIA. Both earning a 10.7 from the machine.

I need to use innings so leaning and a certain person whose name rhymes with Body Cellinger had ruined my season, so I’m in what-the-heck desperation mode.

Lurrrrrve!

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Who needs robots!!!!???? You rule!!!

200 Proof
200 Proof
10 months ago

Grey,

For once I have my batters healthy and don’t know what to do.

I have 5 players to fill 3 spots. I usually don’t like having bench bats but will if need to.

Is there one of these guys I shouldn’t keep (so I can get down to 1 bench bat)?

B Reynolds
Avisail Garcia
C Mullins
G Springer
R Tapia

Thanks!

200 Proof
200 Proof
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Similar story in a different league:

Drop 1:
Aguilar
Avisail Garcia
A Duvall

Thanks!

Sandman
Sandman
10 months ago

Hey Grey,

I hope you are doing well!

I need to drop one of Bryan Reynolds, Joey Gallo, Joe Barlow for the first round of the playoffs. My current opponent has no closers, and is SP and batting heavy. The next round, if I advance is closer heavy. Reynolds is playing Thursday, Gallo is not. Who do you drop?

My team:
C: Varsho
1B: Olson
2B: Cronenworth
3B: JRam
SS: Tim Anderson
CI: Votto
MI: Baez
OF: Betts, Eloy, Soler, Walsh
UTIL: Reynolds, Tapia
Bench: Gallo

SP: Fried, Shane McClanahan, Carrasco, Carlos Hernandez, Lynn, Ynoa, Hendricks, JMont, Skubal
RP: J. Barlow (TEX), Hader, Romano, Givens
IL: Peralta, Nick Anderson

Thank you!

Kcc26
Kcc26
10 months ago

Lots of Gallegos questions. Would you lose any of the following for him?:

Will smith, Bednar, J. Barlow

Thanks!

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
10 months ago

What are your thoughts on Maeda? Will he get TJ? My gut says yes, but I’m holding out hope. I had an empty roster spot and stashed him in case it’s decided no TJ, but I’ll be dropping him the minute it’s announced TJ.

That being said, what’s a better IL stash for next year? I’ll have an IL slot open if Maeda is TJ-bound. I put them in my order of preference. It’s an Otteneu its league where HR allowed suuuuuuck.

Danny Duffy
Michael Pineda
Domingo German
Dylan Bundy
Adbert Alzolay
Trevor Rosenthal
Jordan Hicks
Justs Sheffield

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Awesome….are any of them worth it? league is about 350+ deep…..I’m thinking Duffy for his efficiency…..

Matty
Matty
10 months ago

You’re going to tease us with the sportscenter mention but not post a link?
Was this all a long-con to get us to watch today’s sportscenter?

stevie
stevie
10 months ago

Joe Barlow worth a pickup? Other options are Chad Green, Andrew Kittredge and David Bednar.

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
10 months ago

Hi Grey,

Thanks for all your help this season.

I have tricky pitchers’ question:

1. Would you start Corbin of Nets at Phil?

2. Do you start Colorado’s Gomber at Tex?

3. Do you start the Yanks’ Taillon at LAA?

Thanks!!!

Martin

Tom
Tom
10 months ago

Grey, to think there was a time back in June when you wondered aloud and were willing to wager that Ray’s era would be 4+ by the All-Star break, boy am I glad you were wrong.

toolshed
toolshed
10 months ago

Luis garcia taken out after 78 pitches. Not sure how much longer they will let him go as a starter. They haven’t let him hit go over 90 since June 30. He’s at 128 ip. Maybe two more starts to get around 150 and then what? They are going to the playoffs and probably will need him to pitch at some point. They really can’t shut him down if he is going to be used in some kind of capacity for the playoffs.

Jeffe
Jeffe
10 months ago

Marquez is trending downwards. Gray start wasn’t terrible but not good. If you had to choose two, who would you choose out of Marquez, J Gray, Urquidy or Paddock? Thanks again for all your work! Playoffs are getting close!

Jeffe
Jeffe
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Josiah. My bad!

Jeffe
Jeffe
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Didn’t watch his start, I was looking at his overall numbers up to that start. However he’s been giving up HRs and no run support. I appreciate it!

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
10 months ago

Could use a solid closer over the next two week also a K/9 league, could you rank them below:

Gregory Soto – 12 games (vs OAK, @ Cincy, @PIT , vs TB)
C. Estevez – 11 games (@ TEX, vs ATL, vs SF, @ Phi)
D. Steckenrider – 11 games (vs Hou, @ARZ, @HOU, vs ARZ)
other…

Thanks

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thanks

William Hung
William Hung
10 months ago

Cody Bellinger 2022 sleeper post or schmohawk post?

Muscles Marinara
Muscles Marinara
10 months ago

would u drop Reynaldo Lopez to grab Trevor Rogers?
Lopez seems to not have a defined role…

spanks

Bbboston
Bbboston
10 months ago

Grey,

Thanks for all the advice!

Christian Javier? What’s your thought on remainder of ‘21? Stuck in bullpen without a mwaningful role?

Love this game
Love this game
10 months ago

Game stats for this SP over his last 10 starts. Only 3 QS and terrible ratios.

6 IP – 4 K – 6.00 ERA – 1.50 WHIP

8 – 10 – 5.63 – 1.25

6.2 – 7 – 8.10 – 1.20

6 – 6 – 6.00 – 0.83

9 – 11 – 0.00 – 0.33

7.1 – 5 – 4.91 – 1.23

7 – 5 – 3.86 – 1.29

7 – 8 – 1.29 – 1.29

6 – 7 – 6.00 – 1.50

5.2 – 6 – 6.35 – 1.59

This is Wheeler.

Would you hesitate to take Logan Webb over him with only a month left?

Go with the player who’s doing great over the one who hasn’t been for 2 months at this point of the season?

Love this game
Love this game
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Or Wainwright over Wheeler?

Love this game
Love this game
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

I was going to reach out to the Wainwright and Webb owners and offer Wheeler.

Would you rather have Wainwright or Webb over Wheeler for all categories?

Steve
Steve
10 months ago

Is the order:
Ortega, Duran, Marmorejos?

14T obp, Ks

It’s my 4th OF spot. Thanks

Ryan N Wheeler
Ryan N Wheeler
10 months ago

Ryu against the O’s tonight? Hes been so unpredictable. He destroyed me last week. What say you?

Pitch starved
Pitch starved
10 months ago

Ranger or Ober ROS? Thx in advance FML

First Time Caller
First Time Caller
10 months ago

Cuz you could have had Cole and Buehler instead of Cody and Story.

Jeremy
Jeremy
10 months ago

Stanton doesnt have 40 hrs because he goes for weeks looking like hes got no chance at the plate. Never seen anything like it and ive been watching games for 40 years. Misses breaking balls by 2 feet. Then you cant get him out for a week or 2.
Worst part is that when the Yanks traded for him i told my wife about how great he was, now she breaks my balls every single time he strikes out. Shes literally never around when he actually hits one either.

Alps
Alps
10 months ago

Grey
A) would you drop Ottavino for Gallegos
B) Is Touki a keeper for next year for$6

Alps
Alps
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Thanks.
Much appreciated

Hesh
Hesh
10 months ago

Well it looks like Cody B is going to do it. Go the whole season without ever doing a thing. I can’t start him in the playoffs next week. A whole season waiting for him to adjust that golf swing. I’ll keep him for next year, but if he is this version again by late August, I draw the line! I grossly over paid for Carlos Hernandez, hoping he gets those two decent matchups, but you cant’ take the FAAB money with you! Thanks for the great content.

aintlifegrand
aintlifegrand
10 months ago

Good morning Grey!

Closer movement right before the playoffs.

Trivino now appears to be at best sharing the closer role with at least Chafin. Would you swap him out for any of these options (who are your top 2 from this group?)

Alex Colome
Ottavino
Gregory Soto
Gallegos
Steckenrider

Thanks!

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

Here’s a very painful question…I’ve got Bellinger as a keeper for $17 in a league where I’m in H2H playoffs. He’s not my “first drop” guy (I have one rotating spot for needs), but he’s probably my second drop objectively if I needed one. I basically only play him if one of my starters is out for the day.

I don’t see keeping him, but would you go so far as to drop him (and lose him as trade bait if he has a big spring with some story about going back to his old approach)?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

If I drop him he stays at the same keeper price of $17.

steve stevenson
steve stevenson
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
10 months ago

I’m in the same boat and it makes me so mad. Have him for $15 in my NL-only keeper with no bench, and honestly I’m probably better off keeping Edman for $1, which looks like where my cutoff decision will be as they’re #s 10 and 11 as of now. But I’ll be damned if I drop Bellinger now and let someone else keep him for less, so he’s gonna continue being my worst hitter as I cruise into a pointless #3 finish and then I’ll drop him in the offseason, and then probably bid him up in the draft next year but secretly hope I don’t get him, and then I’ll get him, rinse and repeat.

Umpy70
Umpy70
Reply to  steve stevenson
10 months ago

urg i feel you bud. im h2h, fighting for a bye week, but this dead weight of conforto, mondesi (at least hes ir) and bellinger is going to cost me.

easy keep at 21$ i was assuming, one of my core pieces, but cant drop him and let someone keep him for 1$. so i guess hes just my bench bat now :(

there are no answers…just sad faces.

steve stevenson
steve stevenson
10 months ago

Arraez or Urshela? R/RBI are my biggest needs

eballs
eballs
10 months ago

Would you start Luzardo vs Phi this week? (Points league)

zombie
zombie
10 months ago

Pham riding the pine again last night. But, this time against a lefty starter. After a fairly productive season. Go phigure. Looking like a bench bat with a chance to outright replace him, may be necessary during a 2 Week/Round 1 of the playoffs (snuck in!). Whom might you recommend as a RestOfTheRemainingSeason OF from Derek “Movin’ On Up” Hill, Happ, or Solak? & do you feel strong enough in the “replacement” to outright drop Pham given that it is playoff time? Thanks for the advice, and for still bringing it after many have done the all to typical abandonment this time of year.

stevie
stevie
10 months ago

Thanks Grey. For my last lineup spot this week, H2H points, would you rather start Ian Happ- 2 @ Min, 4 vs Pit, or Nicky Lopez- 3 vs Cle, 3 vs CWS?

Synyster
Synyster
10 months ago

Morning Grey! Got my 1st playoff round bye so trying to make some moves this week while I’m not playing. We have 6 move a week cap. Are Votto and Olson droppable? Any huge moves you think I need to make heading into the semi finals? Thanks!

Here is my team, def a razzball team!

C. Vazquez
1. Cron
2. Semien
3. JoRam
SS. Story
OF. A. Rosario
OF. B. Lowe
OF. Soler
OF. Blackmon
UTIL. Donaldson
BN. Olson
BN. Votto

SP. Ryu
SP. Eovaldi
P. Webb
P. Wood
P. Gray
P. Fried
P. Skubal
BN. Cortes
BN. Suarez
BN. Archer
BN. Singer
BN. Matz
BN. Means
IL. Duffy
IL. Lopez

synyster
synyster
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

thx<3

bigbear
bigbear
10 months ago

12 team H2H redraft…

C – IKF
1B – Alonso
2B – TreaT
3B – Devers
SS – Timmay
OF – Eloy, Trent, LouBob
UTIL – India
UTIL/Bench – Voit, Cruz, Soler

WW – Donaldson

I’d like to thin down and only have one bench bat. So who’s the top 2 of Voit, Cruz, Soler, Donaldson?

eballs
eballs
10 months ago

Top 2 here (Points league)

Wisdom
Nicky Lopez
Naquin
Pham

Gator
Gator
10 months ago

Trying to think of another fall so dramatic as Bellinger. An MVP in his prime years with no significant injuries turning into trash. This isn’t one bad year either, he blew last year as well. Where do you see him ranked next year?

PDXExpress
PDXExpress
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

I’m as irritated as anyone that Bellinger has had a terrible year – but he did have off season shoulder surgery, fractured his fibula, and got a hamstring strain, all right at the beginning of the season. Not everyone is Bryce Harper when they get a bunch of injuries all at once and somehow still perform.

If I had all three of those things, I wouldn’t be at my best, and all I have to do is play beer softball every once in a while.

He’s had a huge fall in performance, but maybe these injuries affected him more than we know.

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Let’s not forget the Dodger hitting coach and Roberts went along with him “tinkering” with his swing and stance two years in a row. His swing is basically drop your back shoulder, uppercut your swing as hard as possible, and then hope the ball is where you are swinging with no real ability to adjust. Pisses me off they do that with an MVP hitter. Thanks for listening. Why are their coaches and managers?

NUX
NUX
10 months ago

Not from the future, so please don’t hit me. Rather, I’m back from the past, where I was pretending to be from the future. *insert goofy Bellinger meme*

https://razzball.com/lewis-brinson-fantasy-2021/#comment-3053369

So you’re saying there’s a chance, aren’t ya G? :)

American Troutfisher
American Troutfisher
10 months ago

“Oh my God, Cody Bellinger is now DeWayne Wise.”

“Oh my God, Bellinger is now Belanger” was RIGHT THERE and you missed it!

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

Grey!

It didn’t go unnoticed, I thought you had taken 1 too many Nyquils so I didn’t want to disturb the dust in the dust bowl like TS Eliot saying hi to J Alfred Prufrock.

Alford was pretty hot for 2 games, for what it’s Werth.

Cheers,
Ante

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
10 months ago

I haven’t seen Catcher questions in a while — pick one.
Varsho, (mine), Alfaro, Carson Kelly, Zunino

galica123
galica123
10 months ago

Grey!!!

[Awesomeness]*3

a. Saw Leody’s OPS AFTER the HR…..0.298!! He’s due or he’s due to go back and help Round Rock win the final stretch prize – awarded in each of AAA East and West to the teams that have the best record over the last 10 games.

b. Marx Brothers quote of the day for August 31, 2021

Tony: ‘Hey doc, can you see us?’

Dr. Hackenbush: ‘If I can’t there’s something wrong with my glasses.’

Tony=Chico; Dr. Hackenbush=Groucho

A Day at the Races

c. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for August 31, 2021

When Reggie signed his first contract, he flew into Chicago with his father to stay in a hotel with two bedrooms in it, which he described as a big deal for the two.

‘My dad had coffee brought to our room!’ he exclaimed. ‘And someone brought breakfast to us in the morning.’

The breakfast had every kind of farm animal present that Reggie could imagine — bacon, eggs, ham and more. His father had steak and eggs — a first — while Reggie had cantaloupe with a scoop of ice cream.

‘And boy, I just thought that was the cat’s meow,’ Reggie said.

Cheers,
Ante

Will
Will
10 months ago

With you on Story, was going to bench him for Adames but got busy with something else and left him active. Lucky!

Also, to the surprise of absolutely no one the Angels announced they are considering shutting Mike Trout down for the year. Next up – three more months of delay then offseason surgery so he can miss half of next season.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

For all the complaining we’ve seen about Story this year, if you combine his 2020 and 2021 seasons he’s put up a .263 / 29 / 89 / 32 line in 174 games (657 at bats). Even if you prorate that down to 155 games it’s still .263 / 26 / 79 / 29 in 585 at bats. Very useable at the SS position for fantasy. And not at all Bellinger-esque.

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
10 months ago

Are you streaming Matz V BAL?
Odorizzi @ SEA?
Thompson @ NYM?

Thank you!!

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
10 months ago

I’m streaming Matz, for what its Cronenworth.