Wish I could say Kevin Gausman‘s success this year will end forever, “(Pitcher’s name) is going to AL East, now you better be scared, right, Grey? Grey, tell me you’re supposed to be scared. Say that now. I beg of you! Tell me (pitcher’s name) going to the AL East is bad for him!” Grabs Aquanet hairspray and a Zippo lighter, threatening, “Tell me, Grey, or I will burn down your house.” Even with the NL getting the DH, something about a pitcher going to the AL East frightens guys more than hearing Amber Heard just ate Raisin Bran. Yesterday, Kevin Gausman went 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.27. That’s now 41 Ks and zero walks to start the year. That’s the third most Ks to start the year without a walk since 1900 (only behind 2021 Corbin Burnes and 2017 Kenley Jansen). It doesn’t matter if a pitcher has two pitches, if one is unhittable like Gausman’s splitter, and it doesn’t matter what division a pitcher is in if he’s unhittable. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Santiago Espinal – 1-for-3, 1 RBI, as he seems to be the Jays’ 2nd baseman. Hearing from sources Craig Biggio is changing his name to Craig Espinal.

Bo Bichette – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer. Player of the Month for May, incoming! (Please.)

Jose Berrios – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.13. Fun fact! Sometimes at the farmer’s market I ask if they have any Jose Berrios.

Framber Valdez – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.42. Tuned in just as Logan Gilbert lost his no-hitter, then turned the channel to watch just as Framber lost his no-hitter, i.e., my bad.

Michael Lorenzen – 8 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.04. Was thisclose to writing a lede for Lorenzen, but then Maddon sent him out for the 9th and he got the Sheets hit out of him. Lorenzen looks like a five-pitch pitcher, searching for one good pitch. If Streamonator liked him, I guess I could see it, but his peripherals look way worse than his numbers.

Mike Trout – 2-for-2, 3 runs and his 6th homer, hitting .344. Damn, this guy is almost as good as Taylor Ward, who’s almost as good as Shohei Ohtani.

Merrill Kelly – 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 hits, zero walks, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.27 vs. Miles Mikolas – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 1.52. What I said in Friday’s Buy column about Mikolas just being rostered in every league goes for Kelly too. You kinda have to wonder about any league where a guy with an under-2 ERA is available. If you have no room, poke your leaguemates. Make sure they’re still alive.

Tommy Edman – Left yesterday’s game with a hip flexor injury. Edman says he’s fine, and to “Please not call up Nolan Gorman because I’ll never play again.”

Taijuan Walker – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 0.00. as he was activated from the IL. He didn’t combine with four other teammates to no-hit the Phils, so snooze. Also, Taijuan has shoulder discomfort prior to the IL, so I don’t trust him.

Dominic Smith – 4-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs, hitting .250. Elias Sports Bureau said this was Dom Smith’s first good game in forever. Hmm, Elias Sports Bureau getting lazy with these factoids.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer, hitting .253. Sell! Seriously, I don’t trust his elbow at all. I said to sell him in this too:

Kyle Schwarber – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 6th and 7th homer. Saw someone say Schwarber hadn’t done much lately. He’s got seven homers! That’s like having 60 homers in the month of April with the way the ball is right now.

Mitch Haniger – Hit the IL with a high ankle sprain. Maybe Mitch’s ankle should stop smoking reefer!

Robbie Ray – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.15. His velocity was back up. *tears of joy streaming down face* But he got hit hard by the Marlins’ B lineup with no command. *tastes tears to make sure they really are happy tears*

J.P. Crawford – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 4th homer, hitting .372. Not exactly sustainable, but looking at his peripherals and was surprised to see how well he was doing under the hood. Just Peachy Crawford, indeed.

Julio Rodriguez – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .234. *watching his 1st major league homer go 450 feet, fanning one self* “Do you think you could open that Buy Low window again? It’s stuffy in here.”

Jesus Luzardo – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.10. He’s not quite Brash-a-DOH-cious with no command, but Luzardo’s command is still not all the way there, so I’d be careful.

Sandy Alcantara – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 2.90. Didn’t have his command, and walked four. *leans into the microphone, overpronounces* Lots of Sandy balls.

Jorge Soler – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and his 2nd homer in three games. If he were dropped in your league, he should be picked up in your league for the hot schmotato.

Shane McClanahan – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.00. 11 Ks in five innings is my “take me to bed or lose me forever” from Top Gun.

Josh Winder – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.20. Winder? I barely blew her! *door flies off the hinges, Cancel Police charge in, clipboards drawn* Cancel Citations incoming!

Byron Buxton – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 7th homer, hitting .283. Anyone want to place a bet on where he ends up for homers? Less than one month of the season gone, so it’s a 40+ homer pace. Does he stay healthy to get 20 homers? Gonna say no.

Kyle Garlick – Homered twice on Saturday, and was ready to scream hot schmotato up in this vampire-free zone, but Garlick left Sunday’s game with calf tightness.

Aaron Judge – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 7th and 8th homer, hitting .300. “Doesn’t seem like the ball is that dead.” — Guy who only watches the 7′ 8″, 300-pound Aaron Judge.

MJ Melendez – Called up with Cam Gallagher going to the IL. Not to smash your hopes like Gallagher would smash a watermelon, but Melendez was hitting .153 in Triple-A. Could see the flyer in deeper leagues, because why not? But Melendez might be sent back down in two weeks after not playing at all. Dot dot dot. Or he might hit 20+ HRs and .280 and never get sent down again as Sal P. moves to DH. Like Mario in Donkey Kong, doubtful on the latter.

Daniel Lynch – 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.86. Welp, I watched him as promised, and he looked better than his line, but not that much better. Streamonator doesn’t like his next start, but I could see it in deeper leagues.

J.D. Martinez – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer, a grand slam. I wish this granny was a sonavabench for me, but I benched Taylor Wade, and the likely AL Player of the Week, to start Just Dong. Hahahahahahahaha…*straitjacket is placed on me as I’m led away*

Mitch Keller – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.32. Imagine what he’d be doing if the ball wasn’t dead. Keller would have the highest ERA in the history of man.

Sean Manaea – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.60. This start was against the Pirates, which is what I say when someone asks me why I’m reading The Bell Jar by oven light.

Mike Clevinger – Will start on Tuesday vs. the Guardians. Hopefully they don’t confuse him too much with their name change, because he looks easily confused.

Cole Irvin – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.93. Two-point-nine-three is the new 5+ ERA. You need to be pushing a 2.50 ERA or lower in today’s dead ball era. Streamonator hates his next start, and I agree.

Triston McKenzie – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.70. He was going against a team whose number three hitter was DH Jed Lowrie, and the disgrA’s lineup kinda made sense with their lack of options.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 hits, zero walks, 5Ks, ERA at 5.33. His velocity looks down; his command looks too good, meaning he’s missing over the plate vs. nowhere he can get hurt. I’m fine moving on from Ed-Rod in shallower leagues.

Jeimer Candelario – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .164. “If you prop his body against the door, will be easier to move his couch out–Wait! He moved! Jeimer’s alive!”

Harrison Bader – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .246. He leads NL in steals, because he likes to run fast so his helmet flies off.

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer. Just purchased a $1.1 mil Bored Ape NFT and all I have is this 18-digit code I wrote on this scrap of paper by this open window—NOOOOOOO!!! Torenado!

Ryan Helsley – 2 IP, 0 ER, 4 Ks, ERA at 0.00 and his 1st save, and Giovanny Gallegos hasn’t been seen since he was hurdling the outfield fence during the brawl. Not sure what’s going on here, but a new Jhoan Duran dropped and his name is Helsley, who should be rostered whether he’s getting saves or not.

Nick Ahmed – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, and third homer in four games, and hitting near-.500 in the last week. Hot schmotato alert!

Jordan Luplow – 2-for-4 and his 1st and 2nd homer. Fun fact! He’s got a sick jacket and on the back it reads, “Mr. Plow.”

Christian Walker – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer, hitting .152. Starting May like he did April — a homer and nothing else.

Logan Webb – 6 IP, 3 ER, 12 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.26. A three-point-two-six ERA?! Gross! Demote him already!

Alex Cobb – 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 5.40, and 4 unearned runs for the massive Ticker Shock! Cobb just returned from the IL, and has been placed…back…on…the…IL? Yet? No? How about now?

Josiah Gray – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 4 walks, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.12. He will be an ace at some point this year for a stretch of starts, but next year he’s going to be a number one. He looks so good, damn. A new Gray to love! For you. You’ll have your hands full.

Kyle Muller – 2 2/3 IP, 7 ER, as he was called up. Feels like the Braves just cycle through young starters until they get a decent one like they’re playing craps. *blows on Bryce Elder’s head, rolls him into the school playground wall* Snake eyes! Damn! Okay! Let’s try Kyle Muller! Momma needs a new pair of shoes!

Nathan Eovaldi – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.51. He had a no-hitter into the 6th inning, but has an ERA north of 2.50, so is he even rosetrable? My column:

Chad Kuhl – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.90. What’s cooler than being Kuhl? Ice Kuhl! I looked at Chad Kuhl’s stats and his player page said to me, “The batters are trying to hit a medicine ball inside a humidor set to SUCK.”

C.J. Cron – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .282. Got my preseason prop bet that Cron would hit the most homers in majors, and now I know what it’s like to be HODLing Bitcoin. Daddy wants money!

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .338, and hitting 3rd. Please, just take a millisecond to think about the “FREAK OUT” people were having when Grichuk was hitting 7th the 1st week of the season.

Aristides Aquino – Designated for assignment. His assignment is to live up to his August of 2019 when I nicknamed him the GGOATOAT. Aquino said, “For real?” Yes, Aristides.

Jonathan India – Returned to the IL with hamstring tightness. Sounds Hindu, turns out to be a Himdon’t.

Patrick Wisdom – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer. Second homer this week, and I’m really struggling to find hot schmotatoes with this dumb dead ball.

Marcus Stroman – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.13. April showers bring May “better WHIP and ERA, otherwise I’m dropping him so no presh but presh is on, I wonder if they ever thought of calling rappers ‘Flow-ers.'”

Eric Lauer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 1.93. “Hey, I’m Harold Reynolds,” laughs at nothing for ten minutes then, “And we’re here with the Cy Young finalists as they await the voting. You have to think Eric Lauer with his 259 strikeouts and 1.50 ERA has a chance.”
John Kruk, “Yeah, I totally think you’re right. But I’m liking what Kyle Wright and his 225 strikeouts and 0.56 ERA did this year.”
Karl Ravech, “Not to be contrarian–” Kruk and Reynolds look at each, ‘Contrarian? Is that a real word?’ Ravech continues, “It’s the RockiesChad Kuhl and his 1.03 ERA and 320 Ks. It’s those Ks for me, especially when there were over 95 pitchers who had an under-2 ERA this year.”

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Tony C
Tony C
3 months ago

5×5, AL only Roto league please rank catchers Kirk, Melendez, Moreno and Heim. Thanks!

Mike
Mike
3 months ago

JP Crawford or Gleyber Torres in redraft?

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
3 months ago

I miss playing straight Roto. My team is no worse than 4th in any of my 6×6 categories, and 2-3 in all but 3.

And I’m in last place in the H2H league I’m in. Stupid arbitrary slices of time.
:shakes fist:

Ah well. It’s early.

Last edited 3 months ago by Lucky Dog
Dubjay
Dubjay
3 months ago

Would you drop Sims, J.Lopez or Bednar for J.Duran?

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
3 months ago

this isn’t really a spoiler at all, the byrds are “9, 9.5 (out of 10) evil” hahahah

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
3 months ago

Merrifield, Woodruff, Wisdom and B. Reynolds

Or

Rizzo. P Lopez and Trivino?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  rhodyballer
3 months ago

OPS league

scoboticus
scoboticus
3 months ago

Goldy’s alive!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
3 months ago

Hunter Greene got dropped in the ol’ H2H – worth a grab? What’s your ROS prognosis? Rotation is currently:

Nola
Freddy P
Morton
Jo Mo
Stroman

Crazy J
Crazy J
3 months ago

Minor groin injury… I mean, does such a thing even exist?

#stoptheadjectives

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
3 months ago

Hi Grey,

1. Would you drop Quantrill of Cleveland to get Chris Paddack of Minn?

2. Would you drop Chris Flexan or Peters of Pittsburgh to get Jalen Beeks of the Rays?

Thanks!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Thanks. Sorry missed your answer.

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
3 months ago

Sup Grey! Couple questions for you

1) RCL league….hold Adell or drop for Naylor, Neuse, P Smith, D Smith, Hicks or Grossman

2) Hold Durvall or drop for Drury, Pinder, Candelario, Odubel, D Smith, or Chavis or wait a week or so for the likes of Choi and Josh Lowe to be back?

Thanks!

Dubjay
Dubjay
3 months ago

Hey Grey,
Matt Brash was just dropped. Would you drop R.Suarez or T.Houck for him? His stuff is insanely good. Just needs to learn to control it.

Harper Better Than Trout
Harper Better Than Trout
3 months ago

Trying to improve my 2B, C. Seager for Brandon Lowe fair?

Harper Better Than Trout
Harper Better Than Trout
Reply to  Harper Better Than Trout
3 months ago

Also Julio Rod or Ward?

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Harper Better Than Trout
3 months ago

fair enough and good for you (lowe getter).

Guero5021
Guero5021
3 months ago

What up Grey!!
Did you finish ozarks part 2? A good show to watch is good girls if you haven’t watched it. I’m surprised how good it is.
Anyway, for fantasy – trade Ward for Gilbert or Lauer? Lauer division is easier. Gilbert I think has the higher upside.. do you think he’ll be on limited innings this season?
Who would you rather have for ward?
12 team H2H keeper league.

Thanks

Chris
Chris
3 months ago

Hello, hoping for some feedback regarding my team in a 10 team roto league. Any help appreciated. I am especially interested in who you think I should drop to pick up some relievers for saves/holds. Seems most folks carry 5-6 relievers, so starting to lose some ground there. Thanks in advance.

C Murphy, S
1B Alonso
2B Semien
SS Pena, J
3B Chapman
OF Acuna
OF Robert
OF Alvarez, Y
UT Reyes, F
UT Schwarber
UT Marte, S
BE Rodriguez, J
BE Cruz, N
BE Lux
BE Brantley, M
BE France, T

SP Peralta,
SP Montas
SP Musgrove
SP Manaea
SP Megill
SP Ryan, J
SP Luzardo
RP Barlow, S
RP Rogers, Tyler
RP Tepera

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
3 months ago

12 team, 5×5 roto (saves only)

Still exploring options for Wheeler. Would you make this move or not enough?

Wheeler & Stratton
For
Bassitt & Doval

SP- Wheeler, Manaea, Wright, Lauer, JoMo
RP- Kittredge, Staumont, Stratton, Sims, Duran

Keeks
Keeks
3 months ago

Howdy Grey, wanna run a trade offer by you real quick.
QS league (no wins) and Power really plays because SLG replaces Runs

Cron & Manoah
or
Abreu, Woodruff, Presley

Thanks homie you’re the best.

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Was not expecting that answer, I guess I might accept it. Is it close? Thanks

Cunning Linguist
Cunning Linguist
3 months ago

Austin Nola or Melendez? Thanks.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Cunning Linguist
3 months ago

nola i’d think, no idea on playing time for melendez unless it’s the sort of spot where nola’d be in FA if dropped

Ban the Shift
Ban the Shift
3 months ago

Was offered Freeman and Lauer for my Vladdy . Take or hold?

Carl
Carl
3 months ago

Speaking of loving “Greys”.. Shall I pick Sonny returning from IL for Carrasco? 5×5 plus QS league! Thanks

Steve
Steve
3 months ago

Buy low on Semien with Bohm? 14T keep forever OBP? Or think it’ll be a push?

Thanks

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
3 months ago

I assume you agree that Snell has value (as an IL slash). I have an available slash in this league.

  • I would drop Marsh (4th OF -> Util/bench) to claim Snell Current next day options are Nimmo, Pederson, and Pham
  • Alternate move is drop Kim (fto claim Snell) and pick up Giminez or Estrada)

Obviously only makes sense if Snell has value. Six moves per week.

Last edited 3 months ago by Norman Ginsberg
LG Baseball
LG Baseball
3 months ago

Great write up Grey!

Lauer is available on the wire. You like him
over Gallen, Luzardo or Javier?

Thanks!
LG

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
3 months ago

No walks for Cease today along with 11K’s. The final step needed for him is controlling the walks and he’d be Corbin Burnes. Hopefully a stud was just born today to the point we’ll never look at drafting him again.

toolshed
toolshed
3 months ago

I saw some questions about Kelenic. I know you’ve said to hold. He is striking out 41% of the time. He is actually doing worse this year. His contact%, swinging strike%, chase rate also are worse than last year.

It seems like if the M’s had a viable option, they would have sent kelenic packing; he needs to go down stat. Not sure what’s going on with Kyle Lewis. He may be in the witness protection program for all i know.

Last edited 3 months ago by toolshed
Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Mets are pretty bright. They traded low.

Owned him several times. No mas.

Last edited 3 months ago by Norman Ginsberg
toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

You’d think he would get better considering how bad he was for most of last year. I don’t know about being the next Trout. He looks more like the next Lewis Brinson and Brinson didn’t even strike out that much. I know it’s too early for me to say that but I need to see something positive before I change my outlook.

Last edited 3 months ago by toolshed
toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Yeah I know. I meant the most recent failed top prospect who raked in the minors. Brinson was the headliner prospect in the yelich deal. Btw, I see Lewis is now starting a minor league rehab assignment.

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
Reply to  toolshed
3 months ago

I have him in dynasty leagues and couldn’t be more disappointed. He had a great September last year, ended the spring on fire too. I’ve mentally written him off as a loss so not to further disappoint myself.

Play Ball
Play Ball
3 months ago

Interesting stats on Vlad and Devers –

Vlad’s not getting the ball in the air again. His GB rate is the same and LD rate up, but his FB rate is half of last year at 12.7% over 63 batted ball events. LA is 7.4 from 9.4 last year. K%% up 5 points to 20%.

Devers LA is down to 6.2 from 13.1 last year with 83 batted ball events. This is concerning. Looks like Soto last year. If he doesn’t correct that LA you’re looking at 25 or so HR.

Thoughts?

Play Ball
Play Ball
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Hope so.

Which side would you take in this trade:

Devers/T. O’Neil/France or

K. Tucker/Austin Riley/Tim Anderson

It’s a small 6-team roto redraft league.

Play Ball
Play Ball
Reply to  Play Ball
3 months ago

Also, Machado or Devers ROS?

Not the real Hubie Brooks
Not the real Hubie Brooks
3 months ago

Been offered Adames and Morton for Rizzo in a 14 team mixer. My other 1b options are Jared Walsh and Lourdes. Could use the help at SS but worrying morton is done. Thoughts?

Not the real Hubie Brooks
Not the real Hubie Brooks
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

What about Walsh for Adames straight up? Current SS options amed Rosario and gleyber. Renfroe steps in for Walsh in the OF in this scenario

Simsbad
Simsbad
3 months ago

Did the Braves expose Jesus Sanchez?

Simsbad
Simsbad
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

think they started pitching him stuff high. i dont remember exactly, but remember Chip Caray pointed it out and seems like Sanchez has been off ever since that series like other teams took note

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
3 months ago

We obviously in a lot of leagues… you look at em and be like why the F am I holding onto Someone?
Need a new glossary term haha

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  frankgrimes
3 months ago

I look at my teams and wonder why they haven’t axed the manager yet.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  VinWins
3 months ago

Haha vin!

lindorphins
lindorphins
3 months ago

Bench bats question, no real needs. Looking at Swanson, Gimenez, Adell, Gleyber, Mateo, Miranda, Grisham, Espinal, Bader, Kelenic, Gorman (if he gets the call). Hoping you could rank your top three or four guys.

mattdips
mattdips
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

I’m curious where Vaughn and Nimmo would go on the above list?

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Thanks!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
3 months ago

Hi Grey,

Some fantasy sites are talking up Chris Paddack of the Twins who is on the waiver wire. His next start is at Oakland when he could be in my line up. Would you take him? If I take him, then I would have either to cut Oakland’s Irvin, Cleveland’s Quantrill or the Pirates Dillon Peters?

You certainly have been amazing on pitching recommendations.

Thanks!

ray
ray
3 months ago

Last one…Keller @ CIN or Lynch @BAL?

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  ray
3 months ago

gotta be keller.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
3 months ago

i’m used to QS leagues though, where b.keller (not the other one) is way more likely to go 6 than lynch thus far. less K’s also likely.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
3 months ago

scratch this, it’s on me (i thought b.keller had better than @ BAL) i also assumed he couldn’t have meant m.keller if just saying keller. crazy what training camp does to people.

ashtray
ashtray
3 months ago

I have spent an unhealthy time going over Christian Walker’s fangraphs page trying to figure out what’s up with him. Everything about his profile indicates he should be performing great except his BABIP. There is nothing I can find that says he wouldn’t be killing it if not for the BABIP. Do you buy him as any sort of target or to keep any eye on should his luck turn the other way?

Cunning Linguist
Cunning Linguist
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Walker or Profar?

Whitlock, Paddack, or ERod ROS?

Thank you.

ray
ray
3 months ago

Grey, ROS..OPS and QS H2H ROTO league…pick a Michael; Chavis or Pineda ROS?

Brian
Brian
3 months ago

14 team league H+SV

Have Floro coming off the IL who to drop?

Staumont
Holmes
Sims
Rainey
Robles
Chafin

Thank you sir!

Liam McNair
Liam McNair
3 months ago

Hope you had a nice weekend Grey !

I want to buy low on Story but I feel like I’m overpaying.

Does J Polanco and Joe Ryan for Story sound reasonable?

15 team roto

My pitching is pretty deep for what it’s worth

Milarky
Milarky
3 months ago

Hey Grey, my pitching staff is struggling (I’m the guy!), and I’m looking for a possible bump in Ks. I heard the pod and see the comments related to Mahle so I know there’s concern, but would you target him as a possible buy low for either Ranger Suarez or Javier? I admit I do kinda hate the thought of buying a CIN pitcher.

And if not worth targeting Mahle, any other high-K pitchers you think are worth going after?

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
3 months ago

in my RCL I was offered Connor Joe and Kittredge for Yelich and am low on saves. take it?

ellis
ellis
3 months ago

I had high expectations for these three but now need to drop two, how would you rank them, do I have it right? : Winker, Jesus Sanchez, Votto

thank you!

ellis
ellis
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Different players but who would you drop between Wong and Votto, thanks again!

Chico Estrada
Chico Estrada
3 months ago

hey Grey -Jose Miranda question..
he can play 2B/3B/1B
Any idea what position(s) this dude will play in the upcoming week or two?

by the way, I miserably dropped Votto for Miranda. He has been abysmal, pretty much a zero, and the Reds are such a mess. I had such high hopes for Joey…

thank u

Matt
Matt
3 months ago

Hey Grey thanks for always doing this.

How would you rank these multi position players ROS, league is scoring Ks, OBP and SLG. Mateo, Wendle, Estrada.

Should I drop Urquidy for Paddock?

Jake from State Farm
Jake from State Farm
3 months ago

Top of the morning Grey, I need confirmation bias please. In a keep forever I trade Urquidy, Johan Duran and a 1st round pick for B Lowe
Or
I trade Urquidy, Duran, Bradish and 2 1’s for B Lowe and Nestor the molester.
Run and take one of these or keep my youngins? I really like Duran but I’m in win now mode.
Thank you as always

mattdips
mattdips
3 months ago

1) Mahle dropped in my 10 team h2h. Drop Javier, Gore, Ranger for him?
2) Own Pham and Kelenic, Laureano coming back this weekend. Dropping either for him?

Jeffrey Gilden
Jeffrey Gilden
3 months ago

Hey Grey –

Now that Josh Lowe has been sent down, is he droppable (keeper league, but probably too expensive to keep)? If I wanted to pick up and stash Max Meyer, is it worth it to drop Lowe or Kwan? The rest of my OF is Mullins, Grichuk, Nimmo, Robert, Happ, J-Rod.
Also, do you think Jose Abreu is going to be ok? I have Rizzo and Witt as 1B/ CI players as options. Abreu is usually a slow starter, right?

Thansk,
Jeff

Jeffrey Gilden
Jeffrey Gilden
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Thanks, much appreciated. Quick follow up. Should I hold or drop on Brash?

Don Santino
Don Santino
3 months ago

hola Grey- Is Santiago Espinal for real? Would you cut India for Espinal? I have no 2B depth, I need someone and I freakin hate the toxic Reds as much as I loved them last year. (Reds front office hang your dopey heads)
Thx…

Don Santino
Don Santino
Reply to  Don Santino
3 months ago

P.S. Urias is also available.

Hamporter
Hamporter
3 months ago

I’m in need of some waiver wire power while some of my hitters wake up. Who would be the add between Soler, Santander, or Miranda?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
3 months ago

Urias is back and allows me to replace his IL slot with India. So this removes all my questions about “who to cut” and “which 2B to add” are no longer necessary. Life is good!

Still have two questions in 12-team H2H leagues.
1) Brandon Lowe was dropped. I plan on dropping Myles (“can’t steal 1B”)Straw for Lowe. Agree?

2) Wainwright or Mahle? Close?

Phil
Phil
3 months ago

Hey Grey,

Do you prefer Jorge Polanco or Luis Urias? I have to drop one of them.

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
3 months ago

Hi Grey,

Because of you, I had a great weekend. I took your recommendations on Kelly of AZ and Mikolas of St Louis.Thanks for bring such joy into my life!

  1. Brandon Belt of SF has COV and will be out through the weekend. I was going to grin and bear it. Do you agree?

2.I was also going to grin and bear it with Kris Bryant who is IL10, Agree?
3.I was was going to start Paul Blackburn of Oakland who is home against the Rays. Agree?
4.Would you pick up Josh Winder of Minn or just hold. If you say to pick him up, then I would have to let Cole Irvin of Oakland or Quantril of Cleveland go. Winder next start is home against Oakland. What would you do?
5.When Jose Altuve is activated, I have to cut some one among this list Thairo Estrada of SF, Amed Rosario of Cleveland (who is currently DTD) or Wilmer Flores of SF. I was leaning to Rosario. Do you agree?

Have a great week!!

Martin

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Thanks for your challenging questions about Bryant and Belt. I thought that they were to good to let go (and I should just hold). Your comment made me take a second look at the waiver list. The following three players are available. Hunter Renfroe of the Brewers, Wisdom of the Cubs, Marsh of the LAA.

Looking forward to your response about my next move. Thanks again!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Sorry I am not making my question clearer.

I have both Belt and Bryant who will be out for one week. Do I just sit tight and keep both players on the bench? The other option is to pick off waivers one of the following Renfroe, Wisdom or Marsh and then cut either Belt or Bryant. What would you recommend?

Thanks.

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Thank you.

Doug
Doug
Reply to  martinrostoker
3 months ago

will you be mad if someone picks up your drops? If so then grin and bear it or bare it…or just grin. If you are going to need all those points and plan on working waiver wire each week, drop and go ham on picking up guys to start to have a full lineup. Depends on how active your league is and how many good players are not rostered. If its a ten team league and average activity, you probably can pick them back up…but if you have an active league they will get picked up to get value when they return. Good luck, look inward young jedi, the answers lie within

ray
ray
3 months ago

Tyler Anderson @ Cubs or Javier vs Sea?

herschel
herschel
3 months ago

@Grey: weekly roto. need to start one of these guys this week. who do you like?

mikolas @ sf
skubal vs pit
framber vs det
c javier vs sea

thanks!

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
3 months ago

Grey,

It appears that Altuve will be activated before tonights game. I have Betts, espinal, Nicky “Two Strikes” Madrigal and Profar. Should I cut Profar to activate him? He is the worst of the four.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Why him?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

i should have also told you that it is a dynasty/keeper league

Doug
Doug
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
3 months ago

Profar is doing it, Madrigal is not, he is a hitter with no power and little counting stats, hitting low on a subpar team. Out of who you listed, at this time, he is the cut… While profar makes sense before the season started on who would do what, you have to adjust and look at production…or hold and not cut anyone…the other thing is Altuve is more valuable than Madrigal and you will not need Madrigal at 2nd as long as Altuve is healthy. There will be another 2nd baseman with similar replacement value to madrigal, even if he does turn it around. In my opinion, but thats how I read the response from Grey and what I think if it was my team

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Doug
3 months ago

makes sense Doug.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Doug
3 months ago

but looking profar is 2-25 with 5 k’s since 4/25 (.080), 3-15 6 k’s (.200) in that same span.

aintlifegrand
aintlifegrand
3 months ago

Thanks for the earlier pitching help!

Lineup question for bats-

The robot loves Walsh this week (top 20!) and he is slated for righties 6 of the 7 games, but he has been so meh lately. My other options are Meadows or Franmil who are both down towards the 120s and neither have been scorching.

Take a leap of faith in Walsh or one of the other two?

Thanks again!

Ball for
Ball for
3 months ago

Kelly is available in my league. Would you drop Luzardo or Kittredge (2 saves a month) for him? Thanks!

BasementArtie
BasementArtie
3 months ago

Ketel Marte’s hitting has been so bad that the president called him to offer hitting advice. Unfortunately, Ketel wasn’t available at the time. However, in an ironic twist of fate, he did return the call later, making it the first recorded instance of The Ketel calling the POTUS back.

negatto
negatto
Reply to  BasementArtie
3 months ago

Well played….well played..

Mr. H
Mr. H
3 months ago

Thanks for another great write up.

Espaniel or Profar
Framber or Mikolas

chris pierce
chris pierce
3 months ago

10 team OBP keeper

Drop wisdom Kelenic whitlock for santandar (orioles)

thatdogwillhunt
thatdogwillhunt
3 months ago

pick up Soler – drop F. Reyes or H. Renfroe? Thanks!

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
3 months ago

Oh great Grey,

who would you start this week?

Kershaw @ Wrigley
Wright @ Citi Field

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
3 months ago

Kim or L Urias

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Sweatpants Nation
3 months ago

That’s for this week only

Steve
Steve
3 months ago

1. Who do you like more, Wisdom or Avisail?

Obp, Ks & HR

2. Like Jose Miranda in a deeper league over someone like McCormick?

Thanks

Eric
Eric
3 months ago

Hey Grey,

H2H with OBP, in need of SBs.

Would you rather pick up Mateo or Bader?

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
3 months ago

Hello Grey,
Well much to my wife’s chagrin, I ended up defeating (I was going to say beating, but that may have the Cancel Police on me as well) her last week on the back of Mr. Gausman. And that was despite that loser Yimmy gagging up his first W of the week. Thanks again for pushing him as hard as you did, because I am all in.

So, I have a “Who to start” question for you in our Yahoo 12 teamer with OPS and Holds. I have the following 5 players for 2 OF spots (I have Trout and Y. Alvarez and they will be starting obviously) and a Util. I won’t give matchups, so please simply respond as far as ability. Again, you got better things to do.

A. Garcia
Blackmon
Hosmer (currently Util as I have Olson at 1B)
L. Gurriel
Jesus S.

Thanks very much Grey.

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

HA! I may tell her that one (and then duck!).

Thanks very much Grey.

And I hate to be a pain in the arse, but how about a third player out of the remaining three – Blackmon, Gurriel and Jesus. I have Blackmon in since he has 3 games at home. I will do that unless I hear back.

Thanks again Grey. All really good stuff..

BAC
BAC
3 months ago

10 team 5×5 OBP
Merrill Kelly still on waivers, which seems crazy. Add over Gonsolin, Cortes or hold?

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
3 months ago

Weekly line-up
Hot hitting Kim or Witt Jr?

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Just saw L Urias is back
Kim or Urias

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Thanks

John
John
3 months ago

10 team league – currently stacked OF, need a 3B.

Trout, Acuna, Ward, Buxton, Robert, O’Neill (3 OF spots +DH)

Trade O’Neill for Justin Turner?

Thanks!

KarlJ
KarlJ
3 months ago

Ok to drop Torkelson and stream hot hand at 3B? ( shallow 10 team 5 x5 league)

Eric
Eric
3 months ago

Like Mario in Donkey Kong, doubtful on the latter
This is a GREAT line! A+

Which of the following streamers would you rather keep for the near-term, at least the next start?
Tyler Anderson @CHC
Michael Lorenzen vs. WAS

Also, are you starting Jordan Montgomery today @TOR?

Thanks!

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
3 months ago

hey Grey – hope you had a good weekend. A few questions:
Profar cooling off. Drop him for Andres Gimenez?
Starting JoMo today @TOR in 12 team league?
Add Soler of any of Vaughn, Nimmo, Brantley, Adolis?
Thanks!

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

thanks Grey. Just saw Urias was activated. Do you like him over Profar/Gimenez?

Bish
Bish
3 months ago

Grey, can you please rank these 2B ros pts league?

Altuve
Edmond
K.Marte
Merrifield

aintlifegrand
aintlifegrand
3 months ago

Good morning Grey!

10 tm QS redraft 6×6 with innings per start as the 6th cat.

Which would be your top 2 out of this group?

M. Kelly, Mikolas, C. Javier, Nestor Cortes, Blackburn, Josiah Gray, JoMo, Plesac

Thanks as always!

jack d
jack d
3 months ago

owen miller or espinal?

ellis
ellis
3 months ago

Grey, great write up!

1) Cobb v STL or Framber v DET, or a different question, who is the drop between them
2) Would you drop Votto for Wisdom

thank you!

ellis
ellis
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

I asked the question wrong, sorry:
Who would you start this week?
Who would you drop?

thanks for the clarification!

ellis
ellis
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

ok, thank you!

Jason
Jason
3 months ago

I have Cortes and Syndergaard in my shallow H2H points league. Right now, Merrill Kelly, R. Suarez, Clevinger and Gore are all available. Would you drop Cortes and/or Syndergaard for any of the SP available.

Jason
Jason
Reply to  Grey
3 months ago

Thanks!

daze
daze
3 months ago

Grey
Urias coming of IL
who is the drop
Kim or Flores

Will
Will
3 months ago

No mention of McGee melting down spectacularly last night with 3 ER given up. Looking at his periphs, all of his numbers are way down this season. Small sample size and all that but is he droppable? Gotta believe Doval gets most of the save chances from here on out.

Waldorf
Waldorf
3 months ago

Grey, I have a bunch of slow starters on offense. Polanco, Witt, Gallo, Franmil, and Cruz. Do you have any long term concerns on any or just chalk it up to a weird spring and “April?”

Brett
Brett
3 months ago

Save/holds league… Ryan Helsley or Camilo
Doval ?

Huge thanks!