Lucas Giolito was the first White Sox pitcher to get a no hitter and rack up ten-plus Ks, going 9 IP, 0 ER, 1 walk, 13 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.09. And you didn’t think he was an ace that you should draft as your 1st starter! *screams at the heavens* REDEMPTION! Crap, I think I just hurt my back. Okay, the Pirates’ lineup was hilariously bad. They didn’t have one hitter with an OBP over .300. No need to bring in a defensive replacement for the White Sox outfield. Go ahead and put your glove away, DeWayne Wise. “Aw shucks.” That’s DeWayne. I turned the game on for the 9th, and I more just wanted to see a social distancing no-hitter celebration. Something akin to Don Larsen jumping into Yogi’s arms, and Yogi sidestepping him to put on a mask and Don skidding on his butt. But that wasn’t the case. We had our first good thing of 2020. Dot dot dot. Until Eloy Jimenez looked like he got hurt in the celebration. “You thought you’d get something nice?” That’s the year 2020 as it evilly cackles. You suck, 2020! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Ian Anderson – Will make his major league debut today. Lot of moving parts with this season, huh? Between teams missing games, rain, 7-inning doubleheaders, rookie call-ups and a pandemic. It’s a clusterfudge of activity. So, it might get lost on you how important some things are vs. others. In redraft leagues, go with good matchups vs. promising rookies. For keepers, I went over Ian Anderson in yesterday’s post.

Ronald Acuña Jr. – Will be activated today from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “I didn’t know I was going to offend people by wearing my underwear on my face, I had forgotten my mask.”

Aaron Judge – Will be activated today from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Goes without saying, but the underwear are clean.”

Johnny Cueto – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.40. *googles Johnny Cueto address, jots it down, anonymously sends it to Jason LaRue* Didn’t I just say Giants starters in San Fran couldn’t be that bad? Man, now I know how LaRue feels, Cueto just kicked me in the head too.

Brandon Belt – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 4th and 5th homer. If you leave ’em hanging, Bra-Belt will put ’em away. *picks up phone* Okay…I understand…Yes, a Bra-Belt was about boobs….There’s nothing you can do? Okay…*hangs up phone* Hearing that I just got cancelled. Welp, it was fun. I don’t regret anything, except for maybe the Bra-Belt crack. Doesn’t feel worth it in the end.

Julio Urias – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.67. Honestly, wasn’t much better than Cueto’s start. The NL-Only teams of mine where I started both of these guys? Well, let’s just say USPS better get their shizz together because my mom is sending me my woobie.

Max Muncy – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer. He’s doing this with one fractured finger, but why stop at one? Send Muncy up to the plate in a body cast and watch him hit 60 HRs in 60 games.

Corey Seager – 2-for-6, 2 runs and his 8th homer. As good as he’s been, his numbers say he should be better. He is breaking out.

Nate Pearson – Diagnosed with a flexor strain. Why do I feel like he’s going to miss this season, avoid surgery, start up next year, immediately go down and then have surgery? Maybe because that happens to almost all injured pitchers. Speaking of which, Ken Giles says his arm feels good. Riiiiiiiiiiight. Yes, eleven I’s.

Teoscar Hernandez – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 11th homer, hitting .292. Teoscar or Trout? Let me think on it and get back to you.

Trea Turner – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer, hitting .311. Now on a 36-homer pace in 162 games and a 5-steal pace. Treat Urner walks into an all-you-can-eat shrimp buffet and orders fish and chips. It’s steals, man! Steals! That’s why I drafted you!

Adam Eaton – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .250, and two homers in back-to-back games. Eaton up that hot schmotato, or picking up the Treat crumbs. Six of one, half-dozing through a cliche on the other.

J.T. Realmuto – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .289. Jerry Tomato wants some clams this offseason!

Andrew McCutchen – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd and 3rd steal, hitting .239. For one night, Anknee McClutchin looked transported back to a time–Wait, he was removed late. Did Anknee hurt his knee?

Roman Quinn – 2-for-4, 1 run, and stole two bags (4, 5). Get Roman for erectile dysfunction and steals.

Brandon Woodruff – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.19 vs. Luis Castillo – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.18. Is it me or is this the first start all year where two solid pitchers faced each other and both pitched solidly? I sound like a beat dog. Call me Brandon Woofruff.

Adam Wainwright – 7 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.88. Damn, even his mediocre starts are not that bad. Whatever Wainwright’s smoking hotbox some of that shizz with Johnny Cueto.

Caleb Smith – Expected to return next week at home vs. the Buffalo Bleu Jays. Hard to say where Smith will be at with innings, but he’s been doing build-up starts, so he might not be far off a four-inning start. Maybe more. Am I excited? Not really, but more so for him than the new Batman. If the guy from Twilight pulls off a good Batman, then it will be as surprising as anything related to Randy Dobnak.

Miguel Rojas – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs, hitting .423. It does take some extreme brain worms to bat a guy with a .400+ average 9th in the 1st game, then not at all in the 2nd game. “Admit, you’re a spy from the Reds!” “I’m not.” “Oh, really…Rojas?!” That’s Mattingly interrogating Rojas.

Jon Berti – 0-for-1, 2 runs and stole 2nd, 3rd and home in the 9th, I mean, 7th inning of the 2nd game (his 6th, 7th, 8th steals), as he hit leadoff and didn’t play in the 1st game, and is Mattingly using split squad lineups?

Trevor Rogers – 4 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners (5 BBs), 6 Ks in his 1st major league start. Went over my thoughts on him yesterday, too. I will say regarding this game, the command should be better. Might be nerves; I heard a cardboard cutout of his father was seated in the front row.

Andres Gimenez – Hit the IL for undisclosed reasons, and I really have no idea what it could be. Tomas Nido was also IL’d for undisclosed reasons, and I’d love to find out why, but who’s to say? Can’t figure that one out. Nope, no way to use deductive reasoning here.

Seth Lugo – 3 IP, 0 ER, 0 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.03. From a real baseball standpoint, Lugo becoming a starter should’ve happened roughly five years ago, but:  Mets. For fantasy? You can’t hold a guy getting stretched out, can you? I don’t know. Depends on the league, I guess.

Chris Paddack – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.15. This is one of the bigger bummers of 2020. And, in 2020, that’s saying a lot. Paddack’s had like one clean inning in the last four games, and nothing is jumping out why. He’s giving up more homers, but that shouldn’t be an issue with his stuff. Wonder if it’s mechanics. Honestly, not sure, but I’m ride or die with the Sheriff. Guess the good news is if it stays bad news, he’ll be a bargain next year.

Eric Hosmer – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer. So Padres can now hit home runs that aren’t grand slams? Isn’t there any respect for unwritten rules?

Austin Nola – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 5th homer, hitting .315. On our Player Rater, he’s been the 3rd best catcher in baseball. Yup, just totally normal stuff.

Marco Gonzales – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.63. Streamonator doesn’t love his next start, but it’s in Bobby Grich’s Big A and I could see it, if desperate.

Christian Walker – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. Hot schmotato alert!

Jon Jay – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. That’ll teach Lin-Manuel Miranda to not dedicate one song to The Federalist.

Garrett Hampson – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer. A man running through my house, screaming, “Wait! Wait! Hampson’s received a stay!” Whew, that was close, I nearly executed a drop of him.

Daniel Bard – 1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.50, as he got his 2nd save in a row. If only this save were clean, so it was clearcut that he was the closer, but clearcut closer’ing isn’t 2020.

Tyler Glasnow – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 5.14. He looks like “the best pitcher in baseball” to “unable to locate within a foot of the plate” in the span of two pitches. Think this game vs. his season ERA attests to that. Yesterday, there was obviously a lot more ‘best pitcher’s than ‘unable to locate’s.

Jalen Beeks – Left in the middle of going for a 2-inning save with something similar to Kittredge’s UCL tear, according to Kevin Cash. Apparently, Cash is better at being a doctor than manager. Ya know, 19 1/3 IP in 12 games for Beeks, and 104 1/3 IP last year in 33 games maybe wasn’t ideal.

Hunter Renfroe – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .171. Renfroe! Or as Scooby-Doo would say, “Renfroe!”

Manuel Margot – 2-for-3 and a slam (1) and legs (3), hitting .304. Ma-Ma is a platoon player, who might get platooned more after a good game vs. a poor one, ironically due to having Cash.

Renato Nunez – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer, hitting .291. Not much in the last week, but could be heating up, i.e., Re-nada to hot Rentato.

Tyler Chatwood – 1 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 6.06, as he was activated. I’m going back to only enjoying Chatwood when it’s on OnlyFans.

Willson Contreras – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .216. Well, he’s no Austin Nola.

Jonathan Schoop – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and a home run. He’s been one of the best middle infielders I own. Okay, before you have pity on me. He has seven homers and is hitting .286. Yeah, I know. Not bad. Francisco Lindor wishes he were doing that well.

Spencer Turnbull – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.97. Welp, I need to check his player page and see if this is real. *goes to his player page, gets distracted and four hours later is watching a tutorial to make a smoker out of a shoebox* Acksually, Turnbull’s not bad. Was expecting to be underwhelmed, but way closer to overwhelmed then whelmed. His fastball velocity is up, he’s abandoned his curve, and upped his change, which is helped by the velocity. His command is hideous, and his Ks are down, but I’d own him now in the right matchups.

Matt Olson – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer. Five of Olson‘s 10 homers have come in Manaea starts this season. Sounds like someone has a mancrush.

Marcus Semien – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .233. Fun fact! Marcus Semien is the answer song to WAP.

Kyle Gibson – 6 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.73. Oh, there’s been worse starts, but pound-for-pound from pounding-to-pounding, Gibson is the worst pitcher that I’ve ever convinced myself to own.

Tommy La Stella – 2-for-6, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and a home run (4) and steal (1) across two games for the Ernie Banks slam and legs! Flat-fastballploitation artist, Tommy Launch Angle Stella, starring in, “The Harder They Come With Weak Stuff, The Harder They Go.”

Brandon Bielak – 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 5.40. Glad I got out on this schmohawk. Brandon Blech.

Cristian Javier – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.77. This isn’t a profound statement but the Angels are terrible. With their luck, they seem like they could have nine Trouts and lose. Any hoo! Javier is best left to Streamonator, and its whims.

Rich Hill – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.55. I just realized it was there in plain sight the entire time! Just right there! What, you ask with coy eyes? Ill! Rich H-ill. Ill! It’s in his name! And if he’s German then, Ich Ill! No wonder he can’t stay on the field.

Shane Bieber – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 1.35. This guy is pretty good. Anyone talking about him? Everyone? Oh, okay, cool.

Mike Clevinger – Will return to the Indians today. Before each pitch, The Price is Right Showcase Showdown models will wave over him and a disembodied voice will say, “All this can be yours, Braves or Yankees.” Elsewhere, I’m sure Zach Plesac will take being passed over with graciousness and maturity not seen since he went out to Tequila Tom’s for $2 Shot Night.

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frankgrimes
frankgrimes
1 year ago

You’re finally coming around on Spencer lol

Trader
Trader
1 year ago

1. Couple weeks ago when we were excited about the Cards playing again and their double headers, I grabbed O’Neill instead of Grichuk. At the time, the move seemed wise and was applauded. I cringe each day as I watch the jays box scores. Ugh. Bizarro world!

2. My closer situation is not good. Rosenthal has been the best…so there is the proof. I hate to trade for closers but could get Hand or Kenley for Laureano. My replacement for Ramón would be Solak. I would drop Barlow to make room for Hand or Kenley (89 MPH last night).
Make the deal or hold?
Prefer Hand or Kenley if a green light

Thank you!

Trader
Trader
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

So this is crazy. Ramón is 0-2 tonight. Happ 2-3. Now he wants Happ. ROS, Ramon over Happ right? Or is Ramón gonna drain all year?

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

Someone dropped Mad Bum in one of my
League. I’m currently in 1st place at 31-5-4 BUT I have some hitters who are struggling although that’s not my worry.

I could use another SP and it seems like nobody wants to trade although I haven’t sent too many offers. Would you:

1) Buy low on a guy like Paddack or shoot for a guy of Woodruffs range?

2) MadBum was dropped and I put a claim in for him (I have 1 of 2 IL spots) would you snag him?! I mean, if he as injured and he’s healthy now from his IL stint and right a ship, seems logical.

3) would you pick up Caleb Smith?

Drafting Eduardo Rodríguez and Marcus Stroman sucked but it didn’t really hurt me TBH and I could stand pat and stream obviously.

As of now my pitching looks like this:

SP – Yu Darvish
SP Sonny Gray
SP – German Marquez
SP – Frankie Montas
SP – Ryan Yarborough
SP – Pablo Lopez
SP – Sixto Sanchez
SP – Adrian Houser
RP – Archie Bradley
RP – Brandon Kintzler
RP – Rafael Montero

Maybe try to move George Springer and Mondesi? I’m not going to drop Mondesi but he hasn’t been good and this is also an OBP league so I’ve been benching him.

Thanks all!!

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
1 year ago

Grichuk just jacked another one. Is he worth a pick up?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Josh Freeman
1 year ago

for a while now. but of course like all “should i add” the most important part would be who you’d be dropping.

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
Reply to  The Harrow
1 year ago

I’d drop the A’s Chapman for him.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Josh Freeman
1 year ago

chapman with his .849 OPS, 11 HR’s and .344 RBI + runs per at bat, no don’t drop him for grichuk. his OBP’ll probably be higher too than right now (a quite low .289) upping his OPS almost certainly. this is grichuk’s best stretch of his entire life right here we’re seeing. LOTS of other data showing what he usually is.

Saint
Saint
1 year ago

Hello Grey and DT,

Roto strategy question. 12 Team 6×6 OPS 3OF. So tired of another 0-2 start to a game by Just Dong. I also roster K.Marte, Grisham, Lowe, Teoscar and Peralta with OF eligibility. Do I finally bench him and wait for some resemblance of a hot streak to start or keep rolling him out there every day so I don’t miss his first real big game of the year?

Sorry if he has been discussed here recently and I missed anything.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts

Thanks

The Harrow
The Harrow
1 year ago

holy f’ing shit, this is going from like .03 with kneeling to 11 on saying “F cops shooting unarmed pigmented people since they know they can get away with it” town. damn cool for real life, bad for us in fantasy. however, no sports being playing is stopping cops from getting away with shooting people. now if say these athletes took their money, and made damn sure the people that hire these cops and prosecute cop murderers (and of course judges and such) actually went away for these things or got voted out of office, well THAT might. they need anti-cop murdering pigmented people union (not JUST cops of course, but they are the ones that tend to just get away with these of course. if say me (a white guy) went outside and emptied a clip into some unarmed black guy i’d actually be prosecuted and almost certainly be in prison. the people in charge have this shit set up to protect cops murdering people, not any old random white dude (what do they call that one, progress? i guess; numerous people used to hang/torture blacks all the time and get nothing for it)

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Know the facts please. Things like outstanding arrest warrant,resisting arrest, failure to drop a knife, a history of gun crimes,etc. I say try being a cop in these neighborhoods for a while before expressing an opinion. But, baseball needs to be played.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  DonnieB
1 year ago

Are you a cop in these neighborhoods?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  DonnieB
1 year ago

in this exact instance for one an unarmed guy got shot 7 times in the back. you’re quite aware of what you are defending now. cops are str taught once they use their guns to empty clips no matter what situation and they’ll be protected on the back end (they make laws in most states exactly to do this). those teaching them know exactly what they’re about here. those signing up for the job and doing this stuff also know exactly what they’re about here. i’m not suggesting cops shouldn’t shoot somebody who can actually hurt them and is clearly trying to. that’s not what’s going on in almost all of these famous cases.

– people aren’t freaking out when cops shoot a guy who just shot at them and still has that gun.
– people aren’t freaking out when cops shoot a guy who’s trying to take their gun and might have his own weapon.

i’m only talking about literal murders made legal soley since cops did them. cops shooting it out with people clearly trying to kill/harm them i’m not including here. cops shooting clearly armed people who are refusing to put their gun down neither. this last stuff for the others reading this, anybody that chimes in with those comments above clearly knows which gang he actively supports. i’m claiming the civilians here against that gang.

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
Reply to  The Harrow
1 year ago

weird part here is that 3 games postponed tonight, BUT in none of those 3 is rotoworld mentioning if that goes into more days (don’t see why it wouldn’t, unless this is some sort of “one day no games from these 6 teams protest”)

– i can find braun intimating that it might only be today for MIL, but nowhere else is this mentioned for the other 5 teams.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
1 year ago

being a cop no matter where you work only reason you’d support shooting unarmed people 7 times in the back would be to rep your colors in your cop gang. not saying all cops do stuff like this, but the ones who don’t support it openly tend to have seriously problems in their jobs, since well, ya know, that’s the gang party line. think robert duvall in colors, he was the model of a good cop (in that movie), worked a horribly dangerous/violent beat, i guarantee he’d not support murdering unarmed people (usually chambers emptied), esp in the back, esp if they aren’t fighting you (the murdered); whatever pigment amount their skin had.

one’s job doesn’t preclude you from not being cool with people getting away with murdering pigmented people legally. having a gang mentality or a certain view to the value of pigmented persons (no matter your own pigment either) re: ability to murder them sure might though.

Rick Brown
Rick Brown
1 year ago

Just expanding on what William Hung said,the Brewers-Reds game has been postponed.Also I think Seattle is thinking about the same.
RICK

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
1 year ago

Such a classic Acuna to come back from IL with a slam and legs v Cole!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Totally in the same vein of him 100% focusing on doing everything he can to go 40/40 next year after just missing it.

Buckling up for a big final month from him…

Cram It
Cram It
1 year ago

Man, you really wussed out on Anderson against that weak Yankees lineup. Haha. *hugs*

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

HAHAHA. Wasn’t my intention. Now you’re gonna rage stream.

Ron Swanson
Ron Swanson
1 year ago

springer***

Ron Swanson
Ron Swanson
1 year ago

would you deal Spring and Dustin May for Kyle Tucker and Framber Valdez? I need wins and steals but not sure if im giving up too much. May hardly goes 5 innings

Russ
Russ
1 year ago

The southwest version of EE, you holding out hope he can turn it around or droppable?

Russ
Russ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Eduardo Escobar. Sorry I tired to be too cute with my phrasing lol

Russ
Russ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

So what do you think about him?

Big Dog
Big Dog
1 year ago

Are you starting Clevinger tonight versus the Twins? Twins are a good lineup and I have no idea what to expect after a 3-week layoff. Plus he walked 10 batters in his two starts before the incident.

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

Mattingly is wise to Villar’s Mets fandom – has him batting 8th again

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Couple of Q’s:
1. Who reaches .200 BA first – Olson or Suarez?
2. Are you still playing Laureano or are you benching him for a schmotato until he shows signs of life? I was tempted to bench him but he has another “juicy” matchup against Allard.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Not sure if you caught the news coming out of the NBA – but every team boycotted today in protest of the police shooting in Wisconsin. The Brewers were talking about doing something similar yesterday… I wonder if some MLB teams might follow suit – what a shizzshow if they do considering the scheduling constraints they are playing under. Manfred is probably praying to every god in existence teams don’t sit out in protest.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Don’t think this will be the only game impacted – the NBA had all day to talk about what to do – MLB is probably gonna have more discussions tomorrow and I’d expect dominoes to fall. Brewers/Reds are iffy tomorrow as well.

Passan is saying Seattle/San Diego might PPD tonight

Play Ball
Play Ball
1 year ago

If I don’t need to start Clevinger, should I bench him and see how he does first game back from exile? He has the Twins tonight.

crimedog
crimedog
1 year ago

Hi Grey

Would you trust Berrios today @CLE (-10.6 SON)?

Nick
Nick
1 year ago

Maybe huge offer ? Keepers league

i get Eloy + Yu+ Kenta
for my Ronald Acuña Matata

thing is i can only keep 10 players at the end
1B Abreu + Alonso
3B Y.Gurriel + Sano
SS Trea T + Swanson
OF K.Lewis Springer
SP Bauer Giolito Fried
RP KJ
+those 3 makes 15!! if i pull the trigger

without talking about your MVP Will Myers / your LVP Altuve
+ Corbin and maybe others depending of the 2nd half..

However, i evaluate the trade as “realGOOD” ,,, Eloy would be as valuable as Acuna in homers but not in steals…
and i could have already a top notch pitching staff for next year

wanna know more? … yes i’m already leading my league… hard to have such problems with too many good keepers…

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

i know ,, loosing acuña would be tragic …

mouh

Nick
Nick
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

and BOOM Acuña 1HR 1SB … tonite show

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
1 year ago

Hey to the HEY!

I am getting killed in BA, so I’m eager to play someone hot at 1B other than Olson for now. You think D. Smith or C. Walker is the better play right now?

Luuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

Quiz time Grey: Joey Bart or Will Smith?

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I just realized… Joey Bart plays in SF where the metro is BART… it’s Kismet!

If Laureano does another 0/4 with 2 Ks with Allard on the mound tonight, when do you think he wakes up? In time for H2H playoffs?

Joe Beísbol
Joe Beísbol
1 year ago

Would you trade Voit for Framber in a redraft? I have a glut at 1B/3B/Util (Abreu, Voit, Chapman, Suarez, Ohtani) and I’m looking for a way to clear it, but obviously without giving away too much value to another team.

Joe Beísbol
Joe Beísbol
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Patrick Corbin, or is that aiming too high? I see what Voit is doing, hitting HRs because he hits the ball really hard. I certainly don’t want to kick him off my team, glut notwithstanding. I just wonder if with all those Ks it’s sustainable or whether he’ll regress some 2nd half.

Chucky
Chucky
1 year ago

Last seat on the edge of the bench, Grossman or Berti?

Sandman
Sandman
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

Wilmer Flores or Christian Walker? Thank you!

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
1 year ago

Oh great Grey,

I need to add one hitter from this list in points league ROS. Can you help?

Chapman, Devers, Semien, Franmil, Soler.

herschel
herschel
1 year ago

@Grey: talk of lux getting called up. i know he was the lede in last weeks buy/sell. in weekly roto redraft, how much faab you throwing at him ($175 of $250 remaining)?

thanks!

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

Grey,

Would you trade Brad Keller ($6), for Justus Sheffield ($5) where I get Sheffield.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

ok i’m trading Brad Keller for Sheffield, Thanks.

Bri Guy
Bri Guy
1 year ago

10 team mixed, H2H, 6(OBP)x6(QS), weekly lineups (1 catcher). Am contemplating making a trade offer to get Maeda. Want to offer 1 catcher and one other hitter.
A. Catcher: Severino or d’Arnaud.
B. Other hitter: Laureano, Escobar, Sano, Hampson, Teoscar, K. Seager, Cano, Grossman, D. Peralta, Santander, DeJong.
1) Are there any of these guys that I shouldn’t offer at all?
2) Or, should not include in my initial offer?

Phil
Phil
1 year ago

How long should I still be patient on Urias? The guy just can’t seem to pitch deep into games, and I know it’s a weird year, but that’s kind of been his thing since he entered the majors. Is it still considered a thing that SP take around 60 starts to start peaking, and so sometime next year he could turn into a star?

My league has just 6 keepers year-to-year, and it’s a situation where he’d be the equivalent of a 17th/18th-rounder next year (3rd tier), but then if I keep him again for 2022 he moves up to 9th/10th equivalent (2nd tier), and in 2023 I wouldn’t keep him as 1st tier (1st/2nd round) with 2 of Bellinger, J Ramirez, Bregman, and Torres already. But for next year I could just keep two of Yaz, H Alberto, Grisham, Bohm, P Lopez, or Carlson in those 3rd-tier slots instead.

Kinda wondering if I should jump on McKenzie before his next start and throw Urias back to free agency in my 10-team mixed?

fausto
fausto
1 year ago

Any thoughts on this Haggerty kid in SEA?
I grabbed him for sagnof purposes in a deep lg and in yahoo has 2b/of elig and seems like he could be the AL version of berti.

I dropped d’Arnaud AND Nola in a deep league earlier in the season. I’m good at this.

Tyler
Tyler
1 year ago

Grey! It was the best and worst of times with Giolito and Bielak starting for me last night with Urias’ start being kaka as well. Did you try “Bears Like Us?”

Tyler
Tyler
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I run the first album through all 6 songs. Pretty seamless, like a long mix tape. Cold Couch is a fav on Bears Like Us.

Tyler
Tyler
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ya man!

Tyler
Tyler
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Hahahah. Awesome. Btw, saw Ted’s photo shoot on Twitter. Top notch and first class. Ted is setting the standard for elegance.

jnienow
jnienow
1 year ago

Good morning all, great work again. Michael Pineda is supposed to be coming back maybe Monday, is he worth a pick up for the rest of the year or hold? Thanks

Big Dog
Big Dog
1 year ago

Another issue with Lugo getting stretched out is that he was supposed two throw 65 pitches yesterday but the Mets took him out after only 39 pitches despite the fact that he hadn’t allowed a base runner through 3 innings. I would assume that the process will take even longer now.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

that was so strange – Luis Rojas clear as day said he had 60 pitches during the post/pre game between the games and said hopefully Lugo can go a bit… c’mon man! It’s like there’s something in the water at Citi Field

Big Dog
Big Dog
1 year ago

This is me quoting you…”Cash ruins everything around me! Castillo is the obvious fill-in for saves in Tampa, which means Jalen Beeks, Fairbanks, Thompson…Literally anyone else will get saves.”

Sure enough Beeks gets the first shot at a save, gets hurt and then Cash pulls a cardboard cutout out of the stands named Edgar Garcia to get the save. Some teams you just cannot mess with.

Luke
Luke
1 year ago

Would you drop Jeff McNeil for Berti or hold?

Thanks

Big Dog
Big Dog
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Not sure if you saw the Berti steal of home but he actually fell down half way down the line and still scored. Mets!

Balke
Balke
1 year ago

Hey Grey, Drop Dejong for Berti in a 10 teamer where I’m last in SB and have 2 other SS?
Also is Santander(my most droppable OF) droppable for Mccutchen?

Balke
Balke
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks!

birrrdy!
birrrdy!
1 year ago

Grey, I’m surprised you did a write-up of a player named Beeks and didn’t make one Trading Places reference…

birrrdy!
birrrdy!
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Nice! And I heard Ian Anderson was playing Locomotive Breath on the flute in between innings today in the dugout. What a talent! ;)

toneDEAF!
toneDEAF!
1 year ago

Someone in my league dropped Rizzo… WTF? I know he’s not lighting the world on fire… yes please and thankyou, I’ll use Rizzo as my UTIL bat haha!

Chucky
Chucky
Reply to  toneDEAF!
1 year ago

Not lighting the world on fire is the nicest thing anyone can say about Rizzo at this point. That’s probably too generous. He’s been passed by a whole host of other 1B including Voit, Smoak, et. al. Forget about the standard bearers, Olson, Abreau, Goldy. They’ve left Rizzo in the dust.

toneDEAF!
toneDEAF!
Reply to  Chucky
1 year ago

He’s ranked 156 right now, he plays everyday and bats 2nd on the cubs. I’ll GLADLY take him for free as a utility bat/bench bat. I would be just as angry as you if I drafted him though. Sorry about your luck, friend. I drafted Abreu like grey said to do! :)

John
John
1 year ago

Laureano or Kyle Lewis in a Dynasty OBP keep forever

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
1 year ago

How do you feel about streaming Robbie Ray v. Col in a 12 teamer? SON loves it 21.4

Charlie Chapman
Charlie Chapman
1 year ago

I kept Yordan last year and am still holding. I will want to keep one of the below players next year:

Yordan (9th round)
Yas (10)
Kyle Lewis(10)

10 tm league, H2H with OPS.
Have we seen enough from either Yas or Lewis to justify dropping Yordan right now, or would you hold onto Yordan all season and hope to keep him again? He is taking up a bench spot right now, as my IL is jam packed. Thanks!

Jason
Jason
1 year ago

Right now in a head to head points league where QS count for pitchers, should I drop either Odorizzi (is there time for him to come back injury and prove himself?), Kelly (Same questions as Odorizzi), or Sheffield (young with potential and performing) for Walker (who might find himself on a great team with wins), Kim (Potential), or Hernandez (bad for qs). Dakota Hudson is also a choice for me to pick up.

I have no IL room since I have Bregman and Donaldson. Right now I’m 4-0, so I can afford to wait if you think Odorizzi or Kelly can come back. So if you wouldn’t mind suggesting who I should pick up and who to drop I would greatly appreciate it!

Jason
Jason
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Rabbi Eliez(s)er Hernandez

hot corner
hot corner
1 year ago

On one DC team, I had both Giolito and Cueto. Just can’t have nice things in 2020

Worm Burner
Worm Burner
1 year ago

In this sprint of a season, would you rather have Sano or Vlad Jr the rest of the way?
Thanks!

Chucky
Chucky
1 year ago

Is Anthony, nothing left in the tank except the occasional Base on Balls, Rizzo a drop for Bohm as my CI?

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

hopefully Rizzo goes on one of his patented heaters and make you regret thinking about doing this – is this your first year having Rizzo?

I remember my first time owning him and wanting to drop/trade him when he was hitting like .220 for 3 months and then finished the year at like .290 something with 30+ HRs

Will
Will
1 year ago

M Kelly out for the season after surgery yesterday for blood clot in pitching shoulder? Not good

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Will
1 year ago

Terrrible, terrible news.

Sandman
Sandman
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

Great write-up. i was watching Giolito last night and he was filthy.

In a standard 5×5 cat, 10 team roto league

C: Sean Murphy
1B: Olson
2B: Villar
3B: Bohm
SS: Bogaerts
CI: Moreland
MI: B. Lowe
OF: Acuna, Harper, Blackmon, Kyle Lewis
UTIL: Yastrzemski, Grisham
Bench: Grichuk
IL: Garver, Austin Slater

SP: Giolito, Lamet, Darvish, Wheeler, Weaver, Houser, Sixto
RP: Jansen, Melancon, Wick, Buttrey, Pressly
NA: Plesac

1) I’m trying to fine-tune my team being in 1st place, but I only have 17-moves left. Do you make any add/drops, or hold? Here are some available waiver wire bats:
-Christian Walker
-Brandon Belt
-Paul DeJong
-Schoop
-Tapia

2) Should I replace Sean Murphy with any of these guys:
-Chance Sisco
-Yadier Molina
-James McCann
-Wilson Ramos
-Trevino
-Flowers

3) Dropping any RP for Castillo in a saves only league? I see Anderson is going to be returning soon.

Thank you!

Sandman
Sandman
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yes Diego Castillo

Thank you for the responses!

Would you say Walker is a must add over Moreland? Given the limited moves.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
1 year ago

Last nights high? lights from the diary of a mad Phenom

Start – Cueto
Bench – Arrieta
Traded – Giolito

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
1 year ago

Would you start In 12team needing innings

Taijuan Walker -5.7 @SD
Adrian Houser – 6.6 CIN

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

With Kelly missing his start, I have to rely on one of these less savory options:

Bassitt @ TEX
Minor vs LAD

Mike Honcho
Mike Honcho
1 year ago

Rank these SPs ROS in a 14 team roto mix
Tanaka
Hill
Luzardo
Pablo L.

JKJ
JKJ
Reply to  Mike Honcho
1 year ago

Hill is tops if he’s healthy. I’ll realistically say Luzardo, Pablo, Hill, Tanaka if you weigh in the risk factor on Hill. I”m over Tanaka.

hitzone
hitzone
1 year ago

16 team dynasty pts

Trade my Ian Happ/Alek Thomas for Biggio/Jeter Downs

Solo Hrs=6Pts
SB = 3Pts
CS= -1pt

Chucky
Chucky
Reply to  hitzone
1 year ago

Most people seem to forget Biggio was a 300 hitter in AAA before his recall in 2019

Gary
Gary
1 year ago

Sure that you didn’t mean Johnny LaRue?

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
1 year ago

Oh great Grey,

would you drop underachievers Castellanos or S. Marte for Teoscar?

The Great Knoche
1 year ago

You’ve been waiting since Hamilton came out on Disney plus for Jon Jay to hit a HR haven’t you?

Got my top two targets in Razzslam FAAB in Cronenworth and Valdez along with some replacement level guys for a few bucks like Gamel and Kemp. Only 4 of the other experts even bid so the guy at the top of standings who had the least FAAB dollars going in got

Flores
Gonsolin
Dobnak
Mckenzie
Ruiz
Severino

Competitive Bummer

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ha, Yup.

On good side Jimenez batting 5th today.

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I could tell you that. Most perts won’t even play high stakes NFBC leagues.

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
1 year ago

Couple of further Q’s for today’s line-up deadline (11 team, 5×5, weekly line-ups):

1) Have four quality SS. ROS values seem to indicate sitting Swanson, but think Didi is the choice to sit. Thoughts? (Baez ($24), Anderson ($25), Swanson ($4) Didi ($10)).

2) Need to sit someone to activate Acuna. Options are Laureano, Conforto, Teoscar, Myers, K.Lewis or the third SS from the list above (Swanson?). Who sits? Leaning Laureano, he has been the worst to-date so far.

3) Another manager has Clevinger, Lamet and Greinke and is looking for a SS and a closer. Do you rank them as I listed them? Is Baez + Pagan too much for Clevinger? What if he were to ‘throw-in’ Nola (C)?

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
1 year ago

Catcher scab. Please pick one for the next week (if not longer):

Perez
Chirinos
Flowers
Gomes
Hedges (6 games, 4 @Coors)
Jansen (7 games, 6 in Buffalo against BOS and BAL)
Pina
Sisco (7 games, 4 @Buffalo)
Wolters (7 games, 5 at home in Coors)
Zunino

I know its a long list and probably doesn’t matter anyway (they all suck), but your advice would be appreciated nonetheless.

sturock578
sturock578
1 year ago

Are you trusting what Streamonator is spitting on Matt Boyd for tomorrow?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  sturock578
1 year ago

Idk what it says, but I wouldn’t touch him.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  sturock578
1 year ago

I dunno what it say either or who he’s facing but I think he may have turned a corner. Would probably run him out there if it’s a decent matchup.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
1 year ago

I never understood the appeal with this guy, but I guess he has to improve upon his +8.00 ERA/1.7 WHIP.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

He and Robbie Ray should have lockers next to each other.

Smitty
Reply to  Dave D
1 year ago

Ha!

sturock578
sturock578
Reply to  Dave D
1 year ago

Streamo has Ray at $21 today

sturock578
sturock578
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
1 year ago

$17. I figured it was a mistake

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Was gonna ask the same. SON has him at $17 against the Twins!

Phil
Phil
1 year ago

Start Houser at home against the Reds?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Phil
1 year ago

Sure

Homers got the runs
Homers got the runs
1 year ago

Was just offered Jose Ramirez and Gregorius for Devers and Eugenio Suarez. Obvious turndown. But what if I asked for Sano instead of Gregorius? Is that still bad for me? Not confident that Suarez is gonna turn the ship around.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Homers got the runs
1 year ago

I’d hold

Cram It
Cram It
1 year ago

Well, I certainly wasn’t expecting to blow past you with a double digit lead in one night, but, it was coming one way or the other. ;)

Is there something not to like about Dakota Hudson going at home vs. KC in a points league?

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Cram It
1 year ago

Only that its Dakota Hudson

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  The Great Knoche
1 year ago

He’s found his stride! Maybe.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  The Great Knoche
1 year ago

Well, it looks like you are starting him in our DC. Hopefully he can lower your 6.079 ERA.

Smitty
Reply to  The Great Knoche
1 year ago

agree with Knoche

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yeah, it’s still only a month of baseball, so the stats are so close, big fluctuations will continue. But that was a fun night of watching!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Just start “Jethro.” Do it!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I wouldnt start him either if I had a respectable ERA or better options. Maybe I’m feeling self-destructive after losing Merrill Kelly for game-match-season.,,

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Well, Ive got three healthy starters I trust then the rest. You know you’re desperate rolling out Ian Anderson, Darwinzon Hernandez, and Rich Rodriguez. Its all about filling roster slots. Catcher is even worse. Sal Perez down and I’m still waiting for Tom Murphy to debut in 2020. Rolling out a 3rd string catcher and a pinch runner there now,

Warm bodies I guess. 13 of 50 guys injured.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ok, we’re back to earth, because I think we were in bizarro world that no one likes Hudson at home against the Pooyals, but entertaining going with a rookie’s debut against the Yankees.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Don’t go on tilt yet!

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
1 year ago

Who would you drop to make room for acuna? i was thinking workman or giving up on alonso

Austin Nola Christian Walker Jonathan Villar Mike Moustakas Marcus Semien Yuli Gurriel Didi Gregorius Hunter Dozier Kyle Lewis Starling Marte Victor Robles Jorge Soler Pete Alonso Ronald Acuna Jr. Player Johnny Cueto Jack Flaherty Jon Gray Sonny Gray Brandon Bielak Diego Castillo Randy Dobnak Daniel Hudson Brandon Workman Spencer Howard Triston McKenzie Sixto Sanchez

Cram It
Cram It

Robles, or any of those back SPs….Bielak, Jon Gray, Dobnak, etc.

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood </