Sometimes, on almost-every-occasion, a rookie pitcher isn’t great when he is first promoted. Then, almost by the magic of the silent one from Penn & Teller, the rookie pitcher gets better. It’s called, bear with me here, not shizzing a brick like during your first start. Also, a pitcher may shizz a brick from the moment he’s called up for a few years. Or just not be dialed in. Or just be off. There’s a reason why scouts and their ilk liked — ilk liked? What’s this, Dr Seuss? — Logan Gilbert so much before he did a brown brick on the mound for a month-plus. At any point a rookie pitcher can figure it out, and, yesterday might’ve been that day. Gilbert went 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, zero walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.51, ending his start by retiring 18-straight Yankees. That sure has the makings of an ace, even if those Yankees look like your great uncle’s Yankees, when he used to tell you things like, “Don’t count out that Roy Smalley. He makes things happen with his bat!” Gilbert’s slider was getting a 58% whiff rate, up from 32% and he was touching 99 MPH on his 4-seamer, with a higher spin rate than his yearly average. If Gilbert was abandoned early on in your league, I could see getting back in on him. Yesterday, might be the start of Logan’s run, until at least age 30. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

PSYCHE! Before we get into today’s roundup, just wanted to announce I’ve released the top 100 for the 2nd half already on our Patreon. If you so desire, click it to put duckets in Grey’s pockets! They said they’d pay me in Dogecoin, that’s good, right? Anyway II, the roundup:

Dylan Moore – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and a slam (8) and legs (14). That’s in less than 200 at-bats. Uh-oh, here comes. Dot dot dot. Mr. Prorater! “If Moore were to play a full season, he’d have a 20/40 season. And if there was no such thing as Claritin, people would be saying ‘God bless you’ so many times from others sneezing, the world’s manpower would decrease by 66%.” Hmm, Mr. Prorater, your math is always so interesting.

Kyle Seager – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer, hitting .216. “Stop telling me about how Corey’s rehab assignment is going! I homered today!” That’s Kyle Seager talking to his mother.

Mitch Haniger – 2-for-4 and his 19th homer, hitting .253. His power this year is surprising. You’d think he’d be against hitting balls hard.

Brad Miller – 3-for-5, 5 RBIs and his 7th, 8th and 9th homers, hitting .262. It’s absolutely me, but I have to ask: Is it me or does Brad Miller have a random three-homer game every year? It’s me, right? Yeah, maybe it’s just a random guy gets three homers every year. More like Brandom Miller! Hey, Cubs, you call him Dad Miller! Those three homers were a Braddy Bunch. …and now it’s nap time! *shuts eyes for five seconds, claps hands* I’m back!

Didi Gregorius – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and a slam (7) and legs (2), and his 3rd homer in the last six games. He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, because he’s here now, and I think he’s likely rostered in too many leagues to qualify.

Zach Eflin – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.88. Eflin? Eff yeah!

Adbert Alzolay – 5 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.66. Ugh, he was so predictable before the blister. Stupid effin’ blisters! By the by, how does some blister company not advertise all over baseball commercials? That synergy is ointment TV.

Tyler Mahle – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 6 Ks, ERA at 3.68. Fantastic effort after his evil twin, T. Mahle, started the game with a mess of ducks on the pond, and, with one swing of the bat, it could’ve been 6-0 with one out. Thankfully, the Brewers are still starting a bunch of .160-ish hitters. Serious question, are the Brewers missing Rowdy Tellez in their dugout? They must see him.

Sonny Gray – Hit the IL with a club-needed-to-make-a-transaction-to-expand-the-roster. There’s no real cure, but he can also pitch through it, and return right after the break.

Avisail Garcia – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 16th homer, which came off Bad Bad Brad Brach. That “bad,” by the way, is in the traditional sense. I’m crying from how funny it is I have Brach on teams. At least I’m pretending it’s tears of laughter.

Eloy Jimenez – Will begin a rehab assignment today in Winston-Salem — maw-maw’s favorite cigarettes! Was surprised to find Eloy on waivers in one of my deeper leagues. Better make sure you check your waivers.

Zach Plesac – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.31 as he returned from the IL. Surprised to not see him take the mound shirtless, out of fear of re-injuring himself. Grabbed him in a few leagues off of waivers when he was injured, because, while the price was high in the preseason, well, free is free. Watched him yesterday not look great, but first game back and he hung a few. Holding on for now.

Bobby Bradley – 2-for-2, 2 runs and his 9th homer. Dude has so much swag he might be lowkey my favorite player. Bobby Bradley’s going to be a big star. Don’t believe me? Watch him hit balls a mile with no effort.

Franmil Reyes – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer. If there’s some way for this $54 Vending Machine Steak to get to 40 homers in only 110 games, he’ll get there.

Hunter Dozier – 2-for-4 and his 8th homer. There were some Royals fans who seemed to think Dozier had turned a corner on his home run and looked better than he had in some time. No idea, don’t watch many Royals games, but he did hit a banger off a hanger.

Danny Duffy – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.53. Deserved the win but…

Scott Barlow – 1 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 2.95, and his 3rd blown save, and five runs allowed in the last two games, and Scott went to City Hall earlier this week and changed his name to Scott Blow. Doubtful he gets the next save in KC. I’d guess Josh Staumont next, but I didn’t run out to grab him, because, you bright-eyed saves-seeker, is it worth it?

Carlos Santana – 2-for-3 and his 14th and 15th homer, hitting .252. You think Carlos Santana hasn’t had a good year since 2000, but, on the Player Rater charts, Smooth’s doing a lot better than you think.

Tarik Skubal – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.36. Decided to give Skubal’s peripherals a looksie, and he’s the best Tigers’ starter (10.7 K/9, 3.9 BB/9, neutral-ish luck). He’s what others thought Mize or Boyd would be. He’s still pretty borderline for shallower leagues.

Eric Haase – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .252. You, a loyal man, holding Christian Vazquez in your catcher slot. Me, a heathen, howling at the moon with Haase in my catcher slot.

Miguel Sano – 1-for-4 and his 15th homer. Like the idea of him finishing the half with 18 homers as he marches to 35 homers on the year, and, when we get to September, we can talk about how Sano was a guy who got 35 homers and I still wish I never drafted him.

Ryan Jeffers – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer. Guess his average. I mean, he’s been okay, right? Right? Yes, I’m trying to bait you. He’s hitting .193.

J.A. Happ – 7 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 5.90. “Hello, Mr. Cashman, do you know J.A. Happ had a Quality Start in his final start before the break? ‘What did he do before?’ Haha, why? Do you plan on going back in time when you trade for him?” That’s J.A. Happ disguising his voice, talking to the Yankees’ front office.

Blake Snell – May not be able to start today. Sorry, Madison Bumgarner, we need your nickname. Blake Snell is the biggest bum.

Yu Darvish – 3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.09. Ugh, brutal way to go into the break. Just hope he — er, um, Yu — is healthy.

Fernando Tatis Jr. – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 28th homer. FTJ! The tipsy top of the Player Rater, heading into the break, is super close, and jammed pack with hitters. Three $50+ hitters, and Tildaddy right behind.

Joe Ross – Hit the IL with elbow inflammation. That’s a shame, if it’s a real injury and not a made-up one for the Nats to just expand their roster in the waning days before the break. If it’s a real injury, it’s undoubtedly due to a curse put on him by his brother, Tyson.

Trea Turner – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and a double slam (16, 17) and legs (19). Was pretty easy for me to rank Treat Urner in the top 100 for the 2nd half, which will be out Monday, but I wonder if I should’ve pushed him even higher. Obviously, there’s very few guys better than him. Thinking there might be even fewer than I initially thought. Treat Urner: Fantasy League Winner.

Max Scherzer – 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 2.66, and was pitchslapped by Camarena with a grand slam. Haha, there’s one great pitcher in the majors and his name is deGrom. Everyone else just has their moments.

John Means – Will throw three-to-four innings in Double-A today. That Means. Literally.

Trevor Bauer – His administrative leave was extended. Also, the Dodgers cancelled his bobblehead night and all his teammates unfollowed him on social media, which sounds like a silly update, but I’m being 100% serious, and I wouldn’t put it past the Dodgers and his teammates knowing something we don’t yet know. Wouldn’t be shocked at all if he doesn’t play again this year.

Julio Urias – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.64. Real question: Urias or Ryu? Thinking Urias, but it’s a tough call, right? No, it’s not tough!

Sandy Alcantara – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.09. You could tell Alcantara just didn’t have his best stuff because *BLEEP* Sorry, this comment is blacked out in your area just like the Dodgers’ game is blacked out in Grey’s area. We now return to The View. *BLEEP*

Jazz Chisholm – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer, hitting .254. His 2022 value is so up in the air that I think with each game he changes his 2022 ADP. After a home run? Prolly moves him up a few spots for next year. Think he’s sitting around 95-105 overall right now.

Frankie Montas – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.41. If you started him in Houston, then congrats on the two cantaloupes in your pants — do you call them pant-a-loupes? — I have pant-a-nopes, because I wouldn’t have started Montas in Houston. Any hoo! Streamonator loves his next, and I agree. One quick note about Streamonator over the break, rotations change, and when guys are announced, SON will change.

Lance McCullers Jr. – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.94. I did a google to see Lance McCullers Sr. because I knew he played in the majors, but I honestly couldn’t remember him at all. He was a Padres closer in the late-80s. Damn, if Al Gore invented the internet earlier, I could’ve dropped all kinds of Ice T McCullers-Cullers-Cullers references back then.

Josh VanMeter – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. Rockies vs. Diamondbacks game had the urgency of a game they would’ve happily decided with a paper, rock, scissors. Not even a best of three.

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Michael b
Michael b
11 months ago

1. Is garret cooper better than amed Rosario offensively? Coopers average has been out of this world as of late (as in like the last 2 weeks or so.
2. Is David price a smart pickup or did I make a mistake? I picked up price dropping amed (assuming cooper could successfully take over his spot in my outfield (till canha Is back) price will apparently be filling in for the rotation gap that kershaw and Baur used to occupy, baur like you said could be out for the season so price may earn a long term spot and I think he was a good starter before, (too good for waivers at least)
3. Is odorizzi better than rich hill? Someone dropped rich hill, but hill only pitched 3 innings his last start, he has more strikeouts but odorizzi was a reliever so he has less wins and Ks, although odorizzi has an excellent whip and solid era
4. Rank Schoop, brujan, gregorius, and story. One cant be played unless one of the others isnt (or utility over josh bell)

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
11 months ago

Grey,

Would you rather have Patrick “wise and” Wisdom or Jake “Bacon CHeese” Burger?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

ok im dropping Burger for Wisdom, THanks.

Beastman
Beastman
11 months ago

Hey Grey, how big of a ROS gap do you see between De Jong and Adames?

In a deep 16 team OBP+QS league, contemplating giving Kaprelian + De Jong for Adames + Velazquez.

Wondering if Adames is enough of an SS upgrade to give up the better SP in Kaprelian (who may face an innings limit during the playoff push, but is so clearly better than Velasquez).

Thanks as always for your vision, humor, and humanity.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
11 months ago

In tqo leagues, my catcher is Vazquez, who is doing nothing.
1. Should I drop him for Torrens, Elias Diaz, Barnhardt, or Stephenson?

2. Should I drop him for Elias Diaz, Barnhardt, Stephenson., or Garver (DL but no slots — but projected to return shortly after ASB)?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
11 months ago

Is Trea Turner the most underrated player in baseball? On pace for nearly 30/40 with a .320 average an no one mentions him with the top tier of players.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
11 months ago
Steve
Steve
11 months ago

Crazy thought, try and trade Bauer for Gilbert?
13T roto keeper (Bauer Rd1, LG 15th)

Thanks

VinWins
VinWins
11 months ago

Come on. A fan can interfere , and the home team is allowed to benefit? And the fan doesn’t get kicked out?

Can’t be sure Heyward would have caught it. Fan had a much easier play.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

If you’re going to miss a game, Cards – Cubs not a bad choice.

toolshed
toolshed
11 months ago

Brujan up now. Hoping it is for good. Ok to cut blackmon to activate him or are you holding out hope for 2nd half rebound? Other cut option is LG who qual at 2b,of. Thx. This is an obp league. I’ve waited for blackmon all year and missed out on guys who could have helped me.

gargamel04
gargamel04
11 months ago

Is it my imagination, or was Eloy initially supposed to be on the DL for five months?

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  gargamel04
11 months ago

Pretty sure they said 4-to-5 months, so he’d be getting back on the short-end of that estimate.

gargamel04
gargamel04
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

He’s going to end up tearing his pec again

WhyDoIDoThis
WhyDoIDoThis
11 months ago

Which side ROS

Larnach
Conforto

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
11 months ago

What’s good Grey? Thanks for the write-up and have a good extended weekend!

Steve
Steve
11 months ago

Are Haase and Torrens about the same for you?

Thanks

Steve
Steve
11 months ago

If Position wasnt a consideration, would you rather have McNeil or Swanson ROS in 10T 5×5 redraft?

Thanks

Bigdadyb58
Bigdadyb58
11 months ago

Grey, 10T 5×5 Category Keeper League

Looking for some potential pitching help. Not necessary just bench fill-ins.

Would you drop any of N. Hoerner or B. Bradley for any of these waiver wire SP’S?
R. Stripling or J. Odorizzi?

Thanks

Garbage Day
Garbage Day
11 months ago

Hey hey Grey!

Did the N/A shuffle with Brujan and now need to drop someone.

Who hits the skids between:
Vaughn, Benitendi and Baddoo?

Thanks!

Worm Burner
Worm Burner
11 months ago

Hey Grey,

All the tools say Betts > Devers ROS.

Just wanted to get your opinion.

Thanks man, enjoy the weekend!

stevie
stevie
11 months ago

Sounds like I should drop Vazquez and pick up Haase at catcher?

Relax
Relax
11 months ago

Molina or Haase?

Roto league

P_Swayze_OnAHorse
P_Swayze_OnAHorse
11 months ago

My team is a total dumpster fire. It’s a long story as to how I got to this point, but started with my first 10 picks being: Betts, Jimenez, Springer, Moncada, Swanson, Ryu, Paddack, Urias, Colome, Rosenthal (This is a 12 team H2H keeper league that has been running for about 5 years with pretty deep rosters).

CATS: R/H/HR/RBI/AVG/OPS & W/SV/K/HLD/ERA/WHIP/QS

C: McCann
1B: Aguilar
2B: Semien
3B: Y. Gurriel
SS: B. Crawford
OF: Castellanos
OF: Haniger
OF: Match ups
Util: Match ups
Util: Match ups

Bench: Kirilloff, Didi G, Baddoo, E. Suarez, N. Hoerner, Nimmo, D. Moore, D. Swanson, B. B. Lowe, Benintendi

IL: M. Ozuna, E. Jimenez, A. Nola
NA: J. Adell, J. Duran, Nolan Jones

SP: T. Walker, K. Maeda, B. Snell, J. Urias, C. Paddack, T. Gonsolin, C. Bassitt, Z. Davies
RP: B. Brach, I. Kennedy, D. Bard, Ranger Suarez, Ryan Tepera
NA: Tanner Houck, Daulton Jefferies, Shane Baz

I’m in 11th place. 35.5 games out of 1st, and 13.5 games out of the final playoff spot. However, the gap between the person current just outside the final playoff spot and myself is 6.5 games.

Is it time to start planning for next year? I have lots of interest for Castellanos and SP. Do I hold, and then just sell once it gets closer to the deadline. Are there trades I could make to help my team? Is there anybody I should absolutely drop to at least give myself some roster flexibility? Ugh … I’m generally fighting for a top 3 spot, and I’m not used to this. Hasta luego!

TeddyBallgame
TeddyBallgame
11 months ago

I agree, yesterday Logan Gilbert became the Mariners Ace.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  TeddyBallgame
11 months ago

Not very hard to become the M’s “ace” when you’re battling the likes of Marco Gonzalez, Yusei Kikuchi, Chris Flexen, and Justus Sheffield:( Your point is well taken though.

MJP
MJP
11 months ago

Hi Grey! Thanks for the continuous tips. I need some macro help with my roster. Yahoo Pro $1,000 league. I am punting saves and have a stacked offense, but my pitching is gross. I stream a ton, but I have Cole and I am not sure whether to flip him for a couple lesser pitchers to try and help my overall staff. Im currently in first place. I’m hesitant to break up my offense at all because I win all 5 categories more than 50% of the time and have never lost more than 1 offense category through the entire season. BTW I’m up to 31 trades this year haha

C: Christian Vázquez
1B: F. Freeman
2B: V. Bruján
3B: : V. Guerrero
SS: F. Tatís Jr.
OF: R. Acuña Jr.
OF: C. Bellinger
OF: A. Kirilloff (M. Trout on IL)
UTIL: T. Story
UTIL: B. Bichette
BN: W. Franco , J. Duran

I only have 3 pitchers I don’t stream

G. Cole, C. Bassitt, A. DeSclafani. (and C. Sale on IL)

ryanoger
ryanoger
11 months ago

Start Odorizzi @ home against the yanks tonight?

MJP
MJP
11 months ago

Wander & Cole or Whit & Morton

Flagpole Sittah
Flagpole Sittah
11 months ago

Dynasty league question – we get to keep as many as we want

Would you grab Logan Gilbert over any of my bench guys?

C realmuto
1B abreu
2B DJ
3b rendon, bregman
Of Soto
Of JD
Of winker
Bench – Edman, jazz chisholm, Verdugo, Grisham, Riley , Franco, Franmil Reyes
Sp – flaherty, berrios, Nola, manoah, Lynn, Trevor Rogers, Mahle, Valdez

Thanks

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

I would tell you that Aquino is facing a lefty today, but he laid an egg his last start…

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Word

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

The constant waiting will end too tho haha

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Odds that it’s on HBO max right away and I won’t have to search the interwebs for it and subs and ugh the horror….

Thundershoe
Thundershoe
11 months ago

Hi Grey, Happy Friday!

Who would you sit over the next few days without knowing who the opposing pitchers are?

Bell @SF
Brujan vs TOR
McNeil vs PIT
Schoop @WSH

Don Majikowski
Don Majikowski
11 months ago

You like Lindor or Correa better in a keeper ?

Also, do you ever do a mid season update in keeper rankings? Near trade deadlines of leagues it would be a helpful tool. Thanks

Don Majikowski
Don Majikowski
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Is it close? Or am i just blinded by recency bias?

Big James
Big James
11 months ago

Madea and Wander Franco for Bauer a good deal I have Bauer, it’s a yahoo H2H points league

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

I am betting Bauer does not play again this season, maybe ever. This could be the Ray Rice baseball version.

Big James
Big James
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Yeah that’s the only reason I even contemplated accepting, could be wrong because apparently this isn’t her first rodeo will ball players(Tatis, Clevinger) plus her texts but i cant see the MLB letting him back this year. Letting him back before a trial would be a bad look for the league especially with how she looked in those pictures, guy took it to far.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
11 months ago

Not much news on Moustakis– is he worth a move to pick him up for a DL slot?
I’m carrying Marte — any idea when he might return?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
11 months ago

So now you don’t even think the Brewers will play Tellez? I’m thinking you’re probably right. So has Hiura re-emerged from the grave?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

yeah, i tend to not be real patient at times. hiura is still striking out too much, but his walk rate has improved. I agree he’s not fixed but I think he’s figured out he needs to be more patient, which is the moral of this question and answer.

I’ll be more patient and see if i can figure out their plans with Tellez. Thanks, your answer helped!

Bostero111
Bostero111
11 months ago

Hey Grey!

Need to drop a bench hitter since I’m currently carrying 2. In a 12 team H2H league with OBP, who is the drop out of the following:

Josh Bell
Gurriel Jr.
Luis Urias
Akil Baddoo

Thanks!

pizza5788
pizza5788
11 months ago

Castillo or Yimi for saves ROS

Matty
Matty
11 months ago

Josh Rojas has been boring but doing what he should.
Do you like him or Dylan Moore long term in a 5×5 + OPS dynasty?
Thanks a bunch.

Russowl
Russowl
11 months ago

Add Gilbert over Fried or hold ?

Add Gilbert over Mahle, L. Garcia or hold?

Phil
Phil
11 months ago

Hey Grey, love your Logan’s Run comment. You must be as old as I am if you remember that flick. Or have refined taste in cinematic gems.

What do I do with friggin’ Yelich. Probably not much. But what a waste. I have Dr. Pepper, $54 Vending Machine Steak and Rice Bowl in my OF slots and used to have Schwarber in my Util (now it’s Tapia at home, maybe Brujan or a streamer or just stick with Yelich there). I really can’t do much with Yuckich in a trade but he’s really been pissing me off. I can’t even trade him for a mediocre closer in my league.

Nick Wright
Nick Wright
11 months ago

Can you rank the infirmary for me for the rest of this season?

Sale
Carrasco
Severino
Strasburg
Glasnow

KevinB
KevinB
11 months ago

Hi Grey!

What is your take on Cody Bellinger for the ROS? He hasn’t done much due to an injury and his offensive stats are … lacking. The “Rest of Season Fantasy Baseball Projections For Hitters” tool has him at 47/15/46/.258 the ROS, which is very good production, but I am just not seeing that.
since that would be Top 10 production.

Raider baller
Raider baller
11 months ago

Grey,
Is it possible to just bench T.Mahle for the first inning and then start the real Tyler Mahle for the rest of the game? Lol I’m kidding, but he’s so bad in the first inning sometimes and then he turns into a borderline ace from then on.

Keeks
Keeks
11 months ago

Got an interesting trade offer in my 8 team points league

I give: Jared Walsh

I get: Falafel (C eligible) and Albombso

Currently have Vazquez at C and Abreu at 1B, with plenty of OF options. Seems fair just for the points boost I get at the C position but Walsh is ranked 15 overall so far and Alonso is 89th in this league. Falafel is 79th overall so far and the number 2 catcher behind Sal Perez.

Thoughts?

Seth
Seth
11 months ago

Hi! A strategy question for you: In my 3-bench-spot league (shallow 5×5 NL-only) I’m carrying 2 bench bats and 1 bench P. When I had injuries, this was working OK but now I’m healthy (only exception Moustakas) and this has meant frustration as I basically never play Jesus Sanchez and have missed nearly all his HRs.

Would you drop/ try to trade anyone from my roster to better balance it? I keep thinking to drop Jesus but you and Cram told me to keep him instead of Adames last week, and he’s outhitting Conforto, for example. I just think with this roster I should really be doing better than I am, so I come to you pleading for advice:

C: Narvaez
1B: Bellinger
2B: B Rodgers
3B: Arenado
SS: Turner
OF: Castellanos
OF: Grisham
OF: Tapia
UTIL: A Riley
UTIL: Hosmer
Bench: Conforto
Bench: Jesus Sanchez
IL: Moustakas

P: Castillo
P: Darvish
P: F Peralta
P: T Rogers
P: [weekly streamer]
P: B Hand
P: G Gallegos
Bench: S Alcantara

I’m in a SVHDs league, and there’s a bunch of RPs I could pick up (Lugo, T May, J Nelson, Megill, AJ Minter). Each would help me more than a guy who never plays obviously — but do I really drop, like, Eric Hosmer for AJ Minter?? Or if there’s a guy you think I should trade, who do you think I should target? THANK YOU.

Donna G. Ellaby
Donna G. Ellaby
11 months ago

Day after day, if a player appears in a box score, he gets mentioned: Drop him, add him, what should i do, oh-Grey Wonder ? Here’s someone whose name is avoided like the plague … and questions abound: Christian Yelich. Does he need glasses ? Is his quirky back bothering him ? …again ? What’s happened to his hit tool ? He’s an All-Star ( sic ) player and he remains the lone Brewer not actually contributing to the team’s playoff run. Very strange. Add End: Grey, you lost a heap of respect for your comment on Scherzer following his outlier performance.. Kind of a dickweed comment. It makes you seem as smart as last nite’s box score … and not one whit brighter than that.

Papa Jean Segura
Papa Jean Segura
Reply to  Donna G. Ellaby
11 months ago

Someone has a crush on Scherzer….

AJ
AJ
11 months ago

Drop Rizzo for Booby Bradley?

Homefree Bogaerts
Homefree Bogaerts
11 months ago

If you had to drop a pitcher or two in a 10 team roto which one of these:

Odorizzi
Snell
Manoah
Gilbert
Valdez

Funny thing you mentioned holding Vazquez over Haase. After several years targeting Vazquez and rostering him I pulled the plug to pick up Haase over V. You must have that crystal ball. I figured why not? The only thing I might miss is an occasional steal V gets.

Does Yelich show any promise of picking things up? Having him as my 1/3 keepers last year and this year has been hard to watch.

Thanks as always.

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Homefree Bogaerts
11 months ago

Wait and see how odorizzi does vs yanks tonight

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
11 months ago

the something we don’t know yet that the LAD might is he may have copped to at least some of that stuff she’s accusing him of, which sounds like somebody showed him the deniro cape fear and he’s psycho enough to say “hey that looks like fun”. “i got ya now bitch”

– the way the news is showing it altuve and correa took themselves out of the all star game. why hasn’t anybody made the point that would make the most sense here, that MLB doesn’t want to have an all star game with players getting booed, even if it would only be these 2.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

yeah it’s entirely possible some of the players told the league they didn’t want to have to sit/play with HOU players (this would likely be other AL players)

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
11 months ago

gattis with the easy truth, and ugly “yeah we knew it was bad but f it it was fun”

Omar
Omar
11 months ago

OPS weekly cats league. Who would you rather roster, now through the end of 2022:

Ohtani (hitter only, Util – yahoo) or Trea Turner?

Mrs. Featherbottom
Mrs. Featherbottom
11 months ago

Just dropping by to gloat about the trade that I just made in a 14-team points league, as my toddler and wife aren’t excited about it.
Sent McMahon, Ryu, Wood, and Mize for Freeman and Gallen (was a throw in).
Makes my team as follows:
C: Omar
1B: Freddie
2B: Brujan
3B: Riley
SS: Anderson
OF (x3): Yelich, Meadows, Adolis
UTIl (X2): Yordong, Brantley
SP: Woodruff, Framber, Pablo, McClan, Skubal, Adbert, Gallen
RP: McGee
B: Eloy, Dom. Smith
IL: Mondesi, Severino

Mrs. Featherbottom
Mrs. Featherbottom
Reply to  Mrs. Featherbottom
11 months ago

Welp Mrs. Featherbottom didn’t show up there. Any idea why the site isn’t leaving me signed in anymore?

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
Reply to  Mrs. Featherbottom
11 months ago

did you clean your cookies maybe since last post or log off? if logged on only your log in email name shows up, which is what looks like what happened.

Mrs. Featherbottom
Mrs. Featherbottom
Reply to  Mordacious Levator
11 months ago

Thanks for the tip! Mine is making me log-in each time I comment, which didn’t used to be the case in past years. I’m on safari, so perhaps there is an issue with that.

Mrs. Featherbottom
Mrs. Featherbottom
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thx!

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Mrs. Featherbottom
11 months ago

So you aren’t actually a sweet old lady? dammit there goes 20% of razzball’s female readers

Felida Featherbottom from Blackstool
Felida Featherbottom from Blackstool
Reply to  Keeks
11 months ago

My name is Felida Featherbottom, and I can cook, and I can clean, and I can take care of the little ones. I can also sing a song or two, if it comes in handy.

“When you put a squirt of frosting down your throat
before you take the medication…”

Mrs Featherbottom's internet challenges
Mrs Featherbottom's internet challenges
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

That’d be stellar – lo siento hombre

Steve
Steve
11 months ago

Haase or J Hicks at C? Both their metrics are unsustainable. Hicks has a better home park, Haase more playing time. Neither’s done this before.

Thanks

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Steve
11 months ago

Haase’s minor league numbers are pretty on par with what he’s doing. HR or bust.

HarperBetterThanTrout
HarperBetterThanTrout
11 months ago

Continue to hold Plesac for a few more outings or drop him for Maeda?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  HarperBetterThanTrout
11 months ago

i’d consider them both streamers if it’s likely plesac is out there upon dropping, which he likely will be if you just recently obtained him yesterday. so add maeda today over him if so.

Pujols should be Home
Pujols should be Home
11 months ago

Dylan Moore or Akil Badoo ROS?

Pujols should be Home
Pujols should be Home
11 months ago

Hi Grey, Chisholm or Escobar OBP league ROS?

BigEasy
BigEasy
11 months ago

14-team Dynasty League trade

Which side wins?

Luzardo for Brujan

Vintz
Vintz
11 months ago

Would you trade Hoskins for Brujan in redraft. Hate to lose the power, but looking for boost in steals.
Also how many steals to you think Mondesi will have ROS

eballs
eballs
11 months ago

Bobby Bradley over any of the following? (points league)

Renfroe
Lourdes
Donaldson
Brujan
Bell
Urias

Also do you still think Stripling will be rosterable ROS?

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
11 months ago

What’s been the biggest difference in Bryan Reynolds in 2021 as opposed to 2020? I don’t see much difference in the Chase%, Chase Contact% to see that he’s showing more patience. It feels like 2020 was just a case of bad luck for him, as I remember thinking that a lot of his under the hood stats and peripherals were quite similar to his 2019. I think he’s just a good hitter and think he could continue to be one. Do you think this is who he is for the rest of 2021 and beyond?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Dave Funnell
11 months ago

Reynolds is solid. 2020 was off for a lot of guys.

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
Reply to  Cram It
11 months ago

It makes trying to figure out 2021 so damn hard.

2021 a new ball and ban on sticky substances
2020 a write off
2019 a juiced ball
2018 was 3 years ago

It may take until 2022 to really get a grip on what’s happening….and we may have a work stoppage!

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Dave Funnell
11 months ago

I agree with Cram. Reynolds is just a solid hitter. Outside of 2020, he has never hit below .300 at any level and I think he is growing into power as he matures. Interesting thing is that he has 85th percentile sprint speed, so he should be good for 7-8 SB’s. He is probably more of a 27-28 HR guy, but with a .300, 7-8 SB’s and 180 R+RBI, he is an OF2/OF3 at the price of an OF5.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  hot corner
11 months ago

he wasn’t drafted that low last year it seemed like if memory serves at all. cheap this year since his 2020 was bad. next year probably back up to his 2020 ADP if not higher as it’ll look like 2020 was the outlier.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
11 months ago

his 2020 ADP was around 176th or so (all the way down to 308 this year). that might still be 5th OF land, not sure. my guess is he’s higher than 176th next year but probably not by a ton assuming he ends this year similar to current stats. did some other math here, mountcastle was the 50th ADP OF elig guy at 156th this year so yep, reynolds was lower than that even in 2020’s drafts coming off his 2019. more like 6th OF cost for who’s giving so far this year on razzball player rater the 12th best OF elig (used the yahoo rater since more guys get in), which is far higher than i’d have thought. if he ends year even in the top 30 OF’ers he’d almost certainly have to be going higher than 150th or so next year i’d think.

Uno Mas Cerveza
Uno Mas Cerveza
11 months ago

Fellow pant-a-nope here. Did not start Montas or Manaea in Houston…firing my whole damn analytics department and bringing back the monkey and his dartboard. Sonofabench!

Hamporter
Hamporter
11 months ago

Would you drop Molina for Haase in a 16 team H2H points league?

Martin Ellinger
Martin Ellinger
11 months ago

Trade Blackmon for Gonsolin? OPS and QS league 6×6 H2H 16 teams

bigbear
bigbear
11 months ago

Speaking of blackouts, I was in a Hartford CT hotel Wednesday night and ESPN (with some stank ESPN!!) had a game on blackout. Why couldn’t they just show another game if the Yanks, Sox, or Mess were blacked out? Which I don’t get either. These are among the highest revenue producers and they feel the need to blackout games to boost attendance. Not sure what’s worse: ESPN for not showing something (anything!) or those teams for squeezing every last dime they can out of fans?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  bigbear
11 months ago

i’m surprised the advertisers (those guys that if they stopped existing none of the games would be on TV at all) put up with this, they get screwed over when fans can’t watch a game assuming more in fact would’ve watched than the amount of people watching when the game is turned off. and they actually control or could certainly the outcome here. fans obviously don’t affect what MLB does since they’ve been doing this shit for years.

Yes
Yes
11 months ago

Yesterday “smooth” got played on 104.3 for what i believe was the first time (the “classic”rock station locally.) When did smooth become considered acceptable classic rock, and not like, “light” fm santized rock? For smooth to shoot up in sentiment and crossover is an amazing feat, smooths having a great year somehow

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Yes
11 months ago

I just go with the idea that any rock music over 20 years old gets classified as “classic” rock. That’s my reasoning to help me cope with the first time I heard Pearl Jam on a classic rock station.

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
Reply to  Cram It
11 months ago

The problem is that rock died it’s final death about 20 years ago, so if everything older than 20 years is ‘classic’, then classic isn’t a meaningful distinction anymore, because it all is!

MD
MD
Reply to  Yes
11 months ago

“For smooth to shoot up in sentiment and crossover is an amazing feat, smooths having a great year somehow”

This cracked me up. Hilarious. Have a nice day.

William Hung
William Hung
11 months ago

Plesac looked so meh – like he was before he was hurt when you called him a sell. I’ll prob give him one more start but he’s looking like a cut for me when Means comes off the IL.

Moore is so frustrating – I want to roster him but he’ll go 0-20 with like 10 Ks before a slam and legs type game. His BA is still below the mendoza line at .180

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  William Hung
11 months ago

First game back for any SP missing extended time rarely goes well.

Anon
Anon
11 months ago

Charlie Blackmon or Tyler O’Niel?

cable
cable
11 months ago

h/h points 12 team weekly lineup set …start 5SPers & 2RPer per week
regular lineup with a DH…

going into 2nd half where should I look to improve team …sitting at 9-5 right now

roster
C. O. Narvaez

1B. C. Santana

2nd. J. Schoop
V. Brujan(R)

3rd. R. Devers

SS. T. Anderson
C. Seager(I)

OF, J. Gallo
OF. C. Taylor
OF. K. Tucker
DH. Y. Alvarez

SPers
C. Morton
L. Giolito
J. deGrom
L. Castillo
F. Valdez
M. Minor
K. Maeda
C. Burnes
T. Gonsolin
Y. Kikuchi

RPers
J. Karinchak
F. Peralta

fletch f. fletch
fletch f. fletch
11 months ago

Good morning Grey. Should I drop Tellez for Bobby Bradley?

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
11 months ago

Pretty wild Tatis has missed 2 weeks and could be a 30/20 guy at the break. That’s what you hope for in a full season from guys like story and lindor. Unreal.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
11 months ago

Tatis has 28 bombs now!

And to think, you recommended selling Tatis just like Ohtani! Ooops!

Now, seriously, how much to you like Tellez in Milwaukee? I thought I liked him a lot but then I noticed what Hiura is doing. Have you seen Hiura’s on-base percentage? Dude may be striking out like The Roxbury Guys but he’s getting on base, and when he hits it, he’s hammering it. Hiura is 12/45 with 3 doubles, 3 HR , 13 RBIs, 7 runs and has a .358 on-base percentage over the last two weeks.

Has Hiura found his stroke again? In the meantime, enjoy …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwVh8pmOot4

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Harley Earl
11 months ago

Idk if getting 2 hits since you last asked about him means he’s found his stroke.

https://razzball.com/vidal-brujan-2021-fantasy-baseball/#comment-3043149

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Cram It
11 months ago

Nobody asked you. Fuck off.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Harley Earl
11 months ago

*sad face*

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Harley Earl
11 months ago

Mommy… why is cat in the hat saying mean words?? Im scared

Umpy70
Umpy70
Reply to  Harley Earl
11 months ago

oh, just Cram It.

(see what i did there…)

Major Bag Alert!
Major Bag Alert!
Reply to  Cram It
11 months ago

Everyday I bitch slap myself for Keeping Kelenic over Ohtani….I figured Ohtani would be hurt again by memorial day. Had him last 2 year’s. To make matters worse he was drafted in round 21….i drafted Gallegos and Presley two rounds before….great picks in there own right….but fudge….instead of 5th place right now id be in first….(approaches a bridge)

Crimedog
Crimedog
Reply to  Major Bag Alert!
11 months ago

I’m with you. I kept Hiura over Ohtani in a league

Jeremy Burke
Jeremy Burke
Reply to  Harley Earl
11 months ago

Grey knows who he recommended to sell. He mentions it when he gets them wrong so there is no need to come here and make it the highlight of your comment.
This is the best fantasy site by about ten miles where unlike other places the writers are upfront about their whiffs—no reason to come here and remind them.

Phil
Phil
Reply to  Jeremy Burke
11 months ago

Agreed, Jeremy. I’ve noticed this Harley Earl character likes to do this regularly to Grey and others. Meanwhile, I don’t see him/her writing for a fantasy site (and if he/she is, then it must be garbage).

galica123
galica123
11 months ago

Grey!!!

Perfection!

a. ROS question in a 12-team, mixed RCL where I’m right at 50% for IP.

1. Cease
2. Eflin (I have him, someone dropped Dylan)

b. Have a nice weekend!

c. Marx Brothers quote of the day for July 9, 2021

Corbaccio: ‘What you need is a good bodyguard.’

Ronald Kornblow: ‘What I need is a good body. The one I’ve got isn’t worth guarding.’

Corbaccio=Chico; Kornblow=Groucho

d. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for July 9, 2021

‘There’s always a man in scoring position when I’m at bat.’

Cheers,
Ante

William Uriniuk
William Uriniuk
11 months ago

Manage to trade Bauer a few hours before all the newest updates. Had to settle for lil ol Chris Bassitt. Never heard of the guy, but his numbers look good enough! Hopefully he pitchers a no-hitter and then you tell me more about him.

Will
Will
11 months ago

FTJ also stole base number 20 in last night’s game giving him a .299 / 28 / 60 / 20 line on the year.

Before the All Star break.

The kid just might be good.

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

Grey!

For a 5×5 cat league…

Pick one of these Dee-boys, please:
Didi, Donaldson, Dansby

Rank these S-Pee’s, please:
Manoah, Kaprielian, Gilbert, McClanahan

Just so you know… I unfollowed Bauer on twitter too, but this happened before we found out he abused women (allegedly). I just thought he was an ass.

Happy Friday!

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
Reply to  I Am Not A Smart Man
11 months ago

Secondary question…you taking a flyer on the Duran call-up? Any of the above batters worth dropping to add in a shallow 10 team non keeper? Thanks!

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

Just to confirm… you’re saying you’d drop Donaldson to grab Duran?

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

Sorry for the confusion. Yes I meant pick one of the 3 hitters and then I had a separate question if you would drop them for Duran. That’s my bad! Thanks, G!