Lance McCullers‘s middle name is Inconsistent. It’s Irish. It was O’Inconsistent, but assimilation through Doc Ellis Island softened the edges. There’s some pitchers I love. That’s it. Just love them. Trevor Bauer, you seem like a total douche, but welcome to my teams! There’s a few pitchers I hate. Good luck getting on any of my teams aging pitcher who doesn’t throw strikeouts. Yo, have fun, Jon Lester, but not here, homey. Finally, there’s pitchers I go back and forth on. Do I love, hate or something else…indifference? This year was indifference for Lance McCullers (6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.24), due to coming off Tommy John surgery. For 2021, it’s going to be hard to figure out what to expect from him. Will I love, hate or…indifference? McCullers-Cullers-Cullers’s velocity returned, but his Ks have been kinda flat. He’s not getting a ton of guys to chase outside the zone, and hitters are making contact. The zone numbers are pretty average, but he’s also battled back from major surgery, and may not yet be at 100%. Do you really hold against a guy a goofy six weeks of stats with his stuff? Maybe, but if you’re holding anything against a guy to love to hate, then that sounds more just like love and you don’t know how to show it. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Evan White – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer. This guy is such a bore to own I’m about to start calling him Evanescence White Bread.

Marco Gonzales – 8 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.06.  Streamonator hates his next start, but his opponent, the A’s, will be in playoff mode and I could see streaming Marco.

Sonny Gray – Will have no limitations when he returns to the rotation today. The Brewers might have something to say about that. Wow, such a cocky attitude on this Gray guy. Can you imagine how dumb-confident he’d be if he had a full, luxurious head of hair?

Luis Castillo – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.86. Do people realize how good Castillo’s been this season? Actually, are we calling this a season? Okay, if we are, Castillo’s been great, and underappreciated, methinks, I say like a leprechaun.

Mike Moustakas – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .218. Moistasskiss!

Curt Casali – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer. Psycho Killer, Curt Casali! (I want to get to the point where I just have one exclamatory statement to make for every hitter.)

Eugenio Suarez – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .203. Okay, not saying it’s gonna happen, but Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray and Bauer in the playoffs? The Reds could surprise people.

Jedd Gyorko – 1-for-3 and his 9th homer, hitting .274. Having a great Gyorko season. Not a great season by non-Gyorkos, or even young Gyorkos. But for present-day Gyorko on a “Good for Gyorko or not good for Gyorko” scale, he’s been a good Gyorko. Qualifying Gyorkos is very important.

Ken Giles – Will have Tommy John surgery. If the Jays had me as their Common Sense Specialist, Giles would’ve had Tommy John surgery last June when he first had forearm issues. Every major league team is you in college when you would put water in your shampoo bottle to get one last drop out of it, only the shampoo bottles are pitchers, and the owners of the shampoo bottles are billionaires.

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer. Hot schmotato alert! Yes, immediately! Grab him!

Alejandro Kirk – 4-for-4, 3 runs and his 1st homer. Congrats to his owners! All .000000001% of them! Now you can lose him by doing The Alejandrop before Kirk Shatners on your team.

Dexter Fowler – 1-for-4 as he was activated from the IL. On one hand, Fowler only has one week left in the season. On the other hand, the Cards still have 25 games left. On a third hand that is a mitten on an elk’s antler, I’d grab every Cardinals player, due to all their games left.

Giovanny Gallegos – 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.50 as he was activated from the IL. You can’t spell SAGNOF without Giovanny Gallefos!

Jorge Soler – 1-for-3, 1 RBI as he was activated from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Who wants to see my Challenger explosion Zoom background?”

Miguel Rojas – 1-for-2, 1 run, 2 steals (4, 5), hitting .343. Why isn’t he leading off!? Seriously! It’s driving me crazy! The treatment of Rojas is making me red.

Eloy Jimenez – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .297. Next year Eloy is a top ____ overall player? 15? 20? Do I hear 25? 30?

Dane Dunning – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.19 vs. Aaron Civale – 6 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.99. Both guys have one more start on the Streamonator, but if I’m being honest, why would either throw more than maybe an inning or two. I’d skip ’em like any rock at any lake. By the by, everyone skips rocks at a lake, right? Always, right? So how are there still rocks left? Who’s refilling the rocks? Who! I demand answers!

Jose Ramirez – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer. You could split Jo-Jo-Ram’s fantasy value in half and still have more than Lindor. Math!

Carlos Santana – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .194. Carlos needs LoJack.

Michael Conforto – Out with a hammy. That reminds me, whatever happened to Puig?

Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 14 Ks, ERA at 2.14. Oh em gee, so fun! He’s playing charades! Okay, wait, wait! I can guess it! A 14-K strikeout game at the end of September…A playoff-clincher 20th win?! No? Okay, okay, oh, the Mets in a 60-game season, right! A playoff-eliminating loss? I got it? Yes!

Nate Lowe – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 4th homer, hitting .260, hitting .315 in the last week and hasn’t homered in a handful of games, and I’m trying to find hot schmotatoes here!

Kyle Gibson – 4 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.87. HAHAHAHAHAHA–Breathe, Grey, breathe! Goddamn it, we’re losing Grey! I’m him, and I’m talking in third person! Kyle Gibson hates me so much! Last start, a complete game shutout in Houston on my bench; this start an absolute drubbing against one of two teams not making the playoffs.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .295. Israel Diner-Falafel could be a light schmotato, but he hasn’t really strung together many great games in a row all year.

Dylan Bundy – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.29. I’ll be honest with you, unlike the decade of lies, I’m not a huge fan of Bundy. I’ll dig in this offseason, and maybe convince myself otherwise, but I’m presupposed to hate.

Mike Mayers – 2 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.67, and got his 1st save. Mike Mayers with the save, and, coincidentally, trying to get saves on the Angels has been a horror show.

Jared Walsh – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .312. Crazy to think the Angels had Walsh in Triple-A for two seasons. What’s that, he must not have been good in Triple-A? Contraire mon frere! He hit 36 homers and .325 last year in Triple-A. You forgot the Angels invested hundreds of millions of dollars in a motorized scooter to get the 87-year-old Pujols around the bases, and he was blocking Walsh.

JT Brubaker – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.46. Unlike his opponent, Jon Lester, who pitched well but likely won’t go again due to the playoffs, Brubaker could throw again, and gets the Indians. The Streamonator hates it, but it doesn’t yet know the lineup, which will likely be all filler.

Cole Hamels – Hit the IL with “Why didn’t I just opt out?”

Kris Bryant – Left yesterday’s game tweaking his oblique. Funny, I tweaked my scrolly finger trying to find Kris Bryant on the Player Rater.

Jose Quintana – Will be activated for today’s start vs. the Pirates. Should be interesting to see the movable object meets the stoppable force.

Nolan Arenado – Hit the IL with an injured shoulder, and is done for the year. This year Torenado just passed wind. He is going to be one of the hardest guys to rank next year. Podcaster Ralph and I did a way-too-early top 25 for 2021 on today’s pod, and I wouldn’t say it’s by any means a set-in-stone top 25 for 2021, but Arenado? Well, let’s just say there were guys taken before him.

German Marquez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.10. Like he can’t go back to his home country, I don’t think I can ever go back in on Nazi in Exile. Coors can play like Crayola Canyon for five years straight and I may never go back in on a Rockies starter.

Kevin Pillar – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 6th homer, hitting .410 in the last week. Hot schmotato alert!

Alex Dickerson – 3-for-4 and his 9th homer, hitting .290, as he hit leadoff. The new father hit a dong in his first game back from paternity leave, because the alternative means another baby, eventual college tuition and Gerber’s pitching for the Mariners, and how much does that cost? So much adulting, I can’t even.

Johnny Cueto – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.53. Here’s the metaphor for how this start felt:  Cueto was Cueto and my fantasy teams were Jason LaRue.

Justin Smoak – Designated for assignment after getting six at-bats with the Giants. Was an insensitive move to begin with for San Francisco to go out and get a guy named Smoak. Who are they signing next, Tommy Housingcrisis?

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frankgrimes
frankgrimes
1 year ago

Jo Ram en fuego!

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Hicks just needs a HR to be lede material tonight

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

Aquino batting leadoff? I feel like this is gonna pay off

Jaco
Jaco
1 year ago

If anyone is still around…..

I have to start Olson or Eugenio tonight. Who do I roll out there to go 1/4 with a 3 run bomb

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Jaco
1 year ago

History and Park factors suggest Eugenio is the stronger play.

Eugenio has two bombs and is batting 250 against Anderson. Olson has never faced May and batted .167 last week and is batting .196 for the season.

Plus, the Reds are at home so their park factors in as much more power friendly compared to the pitcher-friendly Chavez Ravine.

Jaco
Jaco
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I’ll be damned Harley thank you for the insight there (you too, Grey)

As a follow up—I am striving to catch up in SB this week, and as the LAA lead the league in steals allowed to opp. I am trotting out your aforementioned Cronenworth for the chance at a bag.

Is that even worth the steal chance and should I bench him for mr. Olson?

Thanks again

Jaco
Jaco
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thank u thank u.

I’d also like to retroactively identify a pun from an earlier post today where I said “steal a hefty amount of bags”. Should’ve capitalized Hefty, swung and missed there.

Also, earlier this week when you said “also, I’m a power seller” when talking about ebay in some blurb that was hilarious I laughed out loud

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 year ago

I heard Cronenworth has a legit shot to win Rookie of the Year this season. You agree? I didn’t realize he was that highly thought of to even be in the conversation, but he does play in the NL.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I don’t know lol. That’s why I was asking you!

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Gotta say I’m impressed with how the white Sox are easing Madrigal into the game. Sitting him at 9th, working on his contact.

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Hicks vs Roark in Buffalo
Rosario vs Skubal in Target Field
K Calhoun vs Lyles in Chase Field
Castellanos vs Anderson in CIN

Replace any of these with Verdugo vs Akin in Fenway?

Russ
Russ
1 year ago

Hey they Grey!
14 Team categories looking to preserve ratios and get decent Ks as well, could you rank the top 4 here please

Means @ TOR
Urquidy @ TEX
Singer vs. DET
Gausman vs. COL
Marco Gonzalez @ OAK
Alec Mills @ PIT

TC
TC
1 year ago

Lindor and Muncy for Xander and Kelenic
10 team keep 15 standard roto scoring.
Which side you want?

Also, which 2 would you keep Castellanos, Conforto, Walsh?

Thanks!

TC
TC
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks.
How about Hiura and Sixto for Albies?

Jr
Jr
1 year ago

Odorizzi was someone you were really liking preseason. He had a rough year with injuries, but how do you value him for next year? Still potential top 40 arm or are we done with him? He’s a free agent in my league right now.

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Grey, can only START 1?
Carlson at Singer
Fuentes at Smyly
Ruf home vs Freeland

JKJ
JKJ
Reply to  Cohen
1 year ago

I like Ruf. Swinging a good bat lately and Freeland is meh. Ruf’s taps into that power vLHP

JKJ
JKJ
Reply to  JKJ
1 year ago

Ruf*

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
1 year ago

Howdy Grey,

Looking to stream some SP’s and SON seems to love both Logan Webb (v. COL) and Matz (v. TB) tomorrow.

generally I trust SON implicitly, but neither of those 2 has looked good lately.

do you trust either/ both?

thanks in advance

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Dancin Homer
1 year ago

oh, and while SON is less high on him, Danny Duffy is also an option.

Thanks as always.

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I guess you have the same apprehension in Webb & Matz as I do.

Appreciate the response

Funny Name
Funny Name
1 year ago

My league has a 3 player minor league system (under 150 ABs or 50 IPs). We need to decide the the minor league guys by the end of the week. Currently have Adell, Andrew Vaughn and Kristian Robinson. Would you drop one of them for Mountcastle (currently on my roster but would qualify)? Also Bohm might fit that criteria if he fails to get 15 more ABs this week, so would you drop 2 of those 3 if he pulls a hammy or something this week and doesn’t get 15 ABs? Robinson seems more like a 2022 guy, Vaughn next Jun/Jul and Adell right away but obviously struggled pretty bad this year but

Only 8 keepers so adding them to the would kind of give me a 9 or even 10th keeper, so I’m also wondering if you see them as top 150, 100 or even 75 player next year. I also wouldn’t be keeping a 1B and they both might qualify on yahoo there next yr.

Sorry for the lengthy post, thanks in advance.

Game of Throws
Game of Throws
1 year ago

Would you drop any of the following to re-activate Jorge Soler?

Wil ‘MVP’ Myers. Cody ‘defnitely not MVP’ Bellinger, Lou-Gu Ju, Eddie Rosario, Matt Olson, or Adam Duvall?

Thanks!

JKJ
JKJ
Reply to  Game of Throws
1 year ago

Maybe Rosario bc MIN has a light week

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
1 year ago

Please pick 5 starts with wins and ratios the main concern:

Framber @ Sea (Newsome) 18.6
Davies vs. LAA (Canning) -7.1
Burnes @ Stl (Kim) 1.6
Gausman vs. Col (Chi Chi Gonzalez) 29.5
Gallen vs. Col (Senzatela) 31.5
Deivi Garcia vs. Mia (Alcantara) 13.4
Bassitt vs. Sea (Kikuchi) 11
Urquidy @ Tex (Cody) 11.1
Lamet @ SF (Cueto) 17.4

JKJ
JKJ
Reply to  Fred Garvin MP
1 year ago

I’d go Framber, Burnes, Gausman, Gallen, Lamet.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  JKJ
1 year ago

Thanks for the input

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks.

Jaco
Jaco
1 year ago

Sounds good!!

And I am swell thanks for asking! Getting married on Sat then off to Napa on Sun. Hell of a week for ya boi!!!!

Jaco
Jaco
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks man! Much appreciated!!

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Grey, which 2 would u START?
Chavis home vs Akin
Carlson at Singer
Alonso home vs Snell
Yaz home vs Freeland
Ruf home Freeland
Fuentes at Smyly

Jaco
Jaco
1 year ago

Hello Grey, how are ya??

12 team 5×5 root

Lineup down the stretch here wanna know ur thoughts. My logic is that there are 4 guys within 2 swiped bags of each other, and I am right behind them by 1. I picked up all the worthy SB guys in the wire and I’m gonna bench some of my power to try and grab hold of 2nd place (1st place is like 12 points ahead) by stealing a hefty amount of bags this week.

Is a lineup like this a bad idea or screw it go for it?

C – Contreras
1 – Myers
2 – Berti
3 – Gimenez
SS – Machado
OF – Ozuna, Teoscar, Grisham
UT – Margot, Roman Quinn
B – Olson, Eugenio, Cronenworth, Wong

Any swaps you’d make?

Thanks!
– Jaco

Chris
1 year ago

10 h2h points league

Which SP to start:

Corbin v NYM (Peterson) SON 17.5

or

Singer v STL (Gomber) SON (-0.1)

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Rizzo vs Brault at PNC Park
White vs Valdez in SafeCo
Longoria vs Freeland in SF
Cronenworth vs Canning in SD

Who sits?

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
1 year ago

F Jim!

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
1 year ago

Play at C: Smith vs Montas or Realmuto vs Voth? Realmuto is coming back at 90% but Smith hasn’t exactly lit it up in the past few days.

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

He is. Allegedly. [eye roll]

Why do we even bother having fantasy go through the last week, lol.

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

He is. Allegedly. [eye roll]

Why do we even bother having fantasy go through the last week, lol.

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Hicks vs Roark in Buffalo
Schwarber vs Brault at PNC Park
Rosario vs Skubal in Target Field
K Calhoun vs Lyles in Chase Field
Castellanos vs Anderson in CIN

Who sits?

birrrdy!
birrrdy!
1 year ago

Grey, I hear you on Cardinal players this week, but 7 inning doubleheader games always seem to be a let down, and so has Brad Miller lately. Dropped him for a Hail Mary with Aquino in an NL only. I need a player who can hit 5 HRs in the last week, and he’s one of a few that can maybe get that hot (off of waivers).

Any idea why the Padres haven’t announced their pitchers for this week yet? Any chance Paddack doesn’t have any more starts? I need to take your advice and drop anyone that won’t play (since we paused our keeper rules this COVID year), and I’ve got a chance to activate Quintana from IL today and maybe get two starts out of him. I need help in every category, and quantity matters. Don’t need to worry about ratios.

I will also check Streamonater to see how you guys are calculating, but some official word from the Padres would be nice, with a schedule….

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 year ago

Grey,

Since Jack Flaherty tanked my 2020 season with his 9 runs in three innings, I have Another question for 2021. BTW, thanks for screwing me Jack-F. Get it? Jack-F is short for Jackoff.

Anyway, do you have an opinion on Jaime Barria for 2021. He seems like a sneaky good sleeper pick. I don’t know much about him, him being on the West coast. I was hoping you had seen him and had some insight. I’d like to add him. But don’t want to waste a roster spot if he’s not worth investing in for next year.

As always, thanks for your input and sarcasm.

JKJ
JKJ
Reply to  Harley Earl
1 year ago

Just a quick look-see through his FanGraphs page, he seems like a solid enough ratios guy, doesn’t walk much, but doesn’t rack up the Ks. Prone to give up the longball, too, though. I’m meh on him just based on what I’m seeing. Never watched the guy pitch.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  JKJ
1 year ago

Well not exactly the glowing endorsements I would have hoped for.

Probably just best to let him fall to the next guy. Thanks guys!

Let’s Play Two
Let’s Play Two
1 year ago

Aaron Nola a safe start @WAS for ratios after his last start? I’m slipping in ERA/WHIP

JKJ
JKJ
Reply to  Let’s Play Two
1 year ago

Always safe to start him IMO

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
1 year ago

What round would we be looking at drafting Tommy Housingcrisis in next season…I am laughing so hard, I can barely type…lol

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I took the advice of 86Metsfan last night and started McCullers. Taking advice from a Mets fan, now that’s some serious stones.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Lol. I think so. But as weird as this year is, after a horrible start, I am 10 points up in first now, with an amazing September! I had to take a lot of chances to get back in the race, easier when you have nothing to lose…

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 year ago

Any guesses on next season’s Corbin Burnes/Danelson Lamet breakouts? And what’s your criteria for figuring that out? K/9? Whiff% ? Second and third effective to elite pitches?

JKJ
JKJ
Reply to  Jimmy
1 year ago

I go to the /9 stats first. Usually if you see an H/9 under 8 and double-digit K/9, you’ve got a very good pitcher on your hands, and if the BB/9 isn’t great, that can at least improve. Look at Lamet, he’s elite now largely because he’s walking much less. Gotten better every year in that regard. But I like H/9 too because someone averaging close to a hit per inning is going to run into trouble sooner or later.

SwStr% and O-Swing% are good stats to look at, too. Sixto Sanchez is going to be a force. And I’m really liking Elieser Hernandez. Marlins are getting good in a hurry!

MarvPesos
Marv
1 year 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) 3 moves left this week.

I’ve got Grandal and Conforto that went down last night, do I drop Smyly (or someone else?) after his start and pick up a replacement CF for now out of:
R. Grichuck, A. McCutchen, B. Nimmo, A. Hicks, L. Brinson, JBJ, M. Kepler, S. Akiyama,

My team:
C – Y. Grandal (DTD)
1B – A. Rizzo
2B – D. Fletcher
3B – E. Suarez
SS –T. Turner
CI –P. Goldschmidt
MI – I. Happ
LF – A. Duvall
CF – M. Conforto (DTD)
RF – C. Yelich
Util – L. Voit
BN – J.D. Martinez
IL – K. Marte (10-day)

SP – C. Burnes [@ STL]
SP – G. Marquez [2 start – @SF, @ARI]
SP – A. Civale [2 start – CWS, PIT]
RP – J. Hader (RP)
RP – A. Colome (RP)
P – B. Hand (RP)
P – S. Gray [2 start – MIL, @MIN]
BN -C. Paddack [LAA]
BN – D. Keuchel [@CLE]
BN – C. Bassit [SEA]
BN – J. Urquidy [@TEX]
BN – D. Smyly [2 start – COL, @SD]
IL – W. Buehler

Thanks bud
Marv

Coolwhip
1 year ago

I don’t know Grey, Tommy Housingcrisis’ got a helluva arm for LF and caught fire at the end of last season in the PCL… *ring ring* brb, I’m getting a call…

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

It’s tough to keep up with the cancel culture!!

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

LMAO

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I just leanred Tommy Housingcrisis is Ryan Mountcastle’s cousin. Not surprising then that he’s a hot prospect. Apparently they haven’t talked to each other for months as they got into a heated debate over politics, for shame.

*ring ring* damnit, this phone keeps ringing… “No, sorry, wrong number. I think you are looking for Readywhip”

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

and Housingcrisis is a Marxist revolutionary…

I smell a sitcom

“I say tomato, you say tomawto
I say potato, you say potawto
tomato, tomawto, potato, potawto
lets call the whole thing off…”

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

…becuase you price gauged the F out of hamburgers capitalist pig!

*narator: haha, they can’t agree on anything, derp derp derpity derp*

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Wagyu? F*** you! Bring back the dollar menu!

Coolwhip
Reply to  Coolwhip
1 year ago

*end scene*

aintlifegrand
aintlifegrand
1 year ago

Along the lines of the fear that starters will get pulled early, because IP/start is a category for me, and I would only be starting pitchers to improve innings above 6, k/9 above 10.5, and ratios, would you roll the dice and start any of the following this week? Or skip rocks on them all?

Giolito
Lance Lynn
Framber Valdez
Urquidy
Ian Anderson
Max Fried

The Top 2 might be safest, but even Giolito gives me pause after Dunning only went 4 yesterday.

Thanks!

prawnlord
prawnlord
1 year ago

Should Alonso be benched at this point? Have La Stella on the bench or can pick up Vogelbach. Thanks!

Liam BAve
Liam BAve
1 year ago

Hey Grey!

Would you drop Dozier, dunning, or Matt Olson for grichuck?

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
1 year ago

If you need K’s who do you like better tonight Smyly vs COL or Akins vs BOS?

Nitro
Nitro
1 year ago

A few random observations from your write up today:

I would love to see a deep dive of M. Gonzalez by one of the great Razz writers. I have owned him in my points league over the past 3 years and he has been rock solid. Maybe I am inflating his worth, but I feel he is a start in all matchups.

I streamed K. Gibson. I think I wrote your blurb in my head when I saw his stats and sent it to you telepathically. Man he sucks. I of course did not stream him for Astro game, and did yesterday.

For whatever reason I was watching the game K. Giles had to leave the mound after walking about 10 guys and holding his elbow. I dropped his as- before he even made it to the dugout!

galica
galica
1 year ago

Grey!!!

Great report!!

a. Start these two tonight?

1. Smyly tonight at home versus the Rockies (versus Freeland). I need W, Ks, could take a small hit in ERA and I need IP more than anything else (I need 54 1/3 IP to get to the 370 IP needed). SON likes $ 18.1. I’m a little frightened because the Rox hit last night and the Giants did not.
2. Sonny Gray tonight at home versus Milwaukee (versus Brett Anderson). I need W, Ks, could take a small hit in ERA and I need IP more than anything else (I need 54 1/3 IP to get to the 370 IP needed). SON likes $ 9.7.

b. MLB quote of the day for September 22, 2020.

‘I could ask the Phillies to keep me on to add to my statistics, but my love for the game won’t let me do that.’

‘Any time you think you have the game conquered, the game will turn around and punch you right in the nose.’

‘If you could equate the amount of time and effort put in mentally and physically into succeeding on the baseball field and measured it by the dirt on your uniform, mine would have been black.’

‘If you’re associated with the Philadelphia media or town, you look for negatives. I don’t know if there’s something about their upbringing or they have too many hoagies, or too much cream cheese.’

‘Pete Rose is the most likable arrogant person I’ve ever met.’

Michael ‘Mike’ Jack Schmidt. Schmidt is my choice for the best player in Phillies’ franchise history, Carlton was a close second. Schmidt led the league 8 times in HR and 4 times in RBIs.

His 162-game average.

678 PA, 563 AB, 101 R, 151 H, 27 2B, 4 3B, 37 HR, 107 RBI, 102 BB, 127 K, .267/.380/.527 slash line, 148 OPS+, 297 TB

His best seasons were 1980, 1981 and 1986 winning the MVP each time. 1982 and 1983 were really great too as well as 1974 – 1979.

1980

652 PA, 548 AB, 104 R, 157 H, 25 2B, 8 3B, 48 HR, 121 RBI, 89 BB, 119 K, .286/.380/.624 slash line, 171 OPS+, 342 TB [He won the WS MVP for his WS-winning Phillies.]

1981

434 PA, 354 AB, 78 R, 112 H, 19 2B, 2 3B, 31 HR, 91 RBI, 73 BB, 71 K, .316/.435/.644 slash line, 198 OPS+, 228 TB [In a 102 games of the strike-shortened season]

1986

657 PA, 552 AB, 97 R, 160 H, 29 2B, 1 3B, 37 HR, 119 RBI, 89 BB, 84 K, .290/.390/.547 slash line, 153 OPS+, 302 TB

He’s still alive, so tweet him today to tell him just how great his seasons were.

Cheers,
Ante

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  galica
1 year ago

I just need wins and I’m wavering on starting Freeland.

galica
galica
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Grey!!

a. Thanks, man. I’m taking a shot with Smyly, my call. I’ll drop him after this start. Hopefully they’ll both be good. I’ll dream positively about their success and they will succeed!

b. No news yet about the job in TJ. Took the Spanish test last Friday. The written part was ok but the oral/comprehension test…It was 23 questions in Spanish and you have to answer in Spanish. Comprehension was good it’s just communicating in Spanish which is/was the most difficult part. We’ll see. I’m imagining working in TJ and commuting every day to Chula Vista with colleagues who were just waiting for me to join the operation so they can travel in an official car every day! Dreaming only at this stage.

c. Had a topic for you all and DT on the pod. Koala poop smells good because the only thing they eat is eucalyptus leaves. Discuss.

Cheers,
Ante

galica
galica
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Grey!!

I can speak Spanish.

Yeah, hope I can get the missing 54 1/3 IP in the remaining 6 days. I think it’ll work out, will wait for Friday before really going apeSH*T, ’cause I still need ERA and WHIP to stay in the hunt.

Cheers,
Ante

packers2018
packers2018
1 year ago

I get the line of thought on some teams resting players and limiting innings for SP’s, however it makes sense for some teams to try and control there seeding position for the post season.

I think Cincy and Clev are similar type teams with pitching and bats. Not the perfect team to oppose in a best of 3 format.

Minnesota at home vs the NYY or NYY at home big difference.

Feel like Miami, Toronto are teams you want to play if they make it in.

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
1 year ago

Final week push!

QS instead of Wins. Would you drop
Berrios 09/27/20 $4 CIN
or
Tanaka 09/23/20 $1.1 @TOR

to activate Sonny Gray? (09/22/20 9.7 MIL)

Tanaka is coming off a QS (only 2 all year?!) vs the Jays (7 IP 3 ER).

Or stand pat? (Rest of my starters are Bieber, Lynn, Gallen, Plesac, and Urquidy.)

Thanks man

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
Reply to  hal_incandenza
1 year ago

Sorry for double post.

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
1 year ago

Final week push!

QS instead of Wins. Would you drop
Berrios 09/27/20 $4 CIN
or
Tanaka 09/23/20 $1.1 @TOR

to activate Sonny Gray? (09/22/20 9.7 MIL)

Tanaka is coming off a QS (only 2 all year?!) vs the Jays (7 IP 3 ER).

Or stand pat? (Rest of my starters are Bieber, Lynn, Gallen, Plesac, and Urquidy.)

Thanks man

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 year ago

Odd question here but here goes.

With Ken Giles out for next year due to Tommy John, do you believe Jordan Romano will slide into the closer role for the Blue Jays next season? He was essentially the fill-in closer when he hurt his finger a couple of weeks ago. I know Dolis has filled in since, but Romano has been more effective by a large margin and he’s healthy again. Just curious of your impression. I really like Romano personally. Seems like a closer in the making to me.

Slappy Jack
Slappy Jack
Reply to  Harley Earl
1 year ago

he throw ball good

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

In Buffalo, I might want to look elsewhere for a closer.

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Reason I’m asking, he could be a keeper for me.