It’s never too early to turn the page towards 2020. Which is what Hugh Downs used to say while wearing a smoking jacket and flipping through a script. By the way, Hugh Downs missed his porn actor calling.  “Oh my God, that’s an Orca in your pants!” “Well, I ain’t Churchill Downs.”  Fun Fact! Hugh Downs only wore slippers. Okay, okay, OKAY, enough about freakin’ Hugh Downs. This is like when Seinfeld was telling Bania to ease up on the Ovaltine jokes.  Grey, you’ve got fifteen minutes of Hugh Downs! Let him go! I’d love to but he goes Downs so easy! So, Luis Castillo pitched another gem in a season of them (7 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 2.63). His peripherals are equally gorge like Barbara Walters fluffing Hugh–I’ll stop! Castillo’s has a 10.8 K/9, 3.9 BB/9, 3.71 FIP and his fastball velocity is up and he’s throwing his change a lot more (26% to 32%). He kinda reminds me of another Reds pitcher, Trevor Bauer. Castillo’s ERA could easily be near-4 vs. near 2.50. Still like him, not saying make a chump dump like when Hugh Downs used to spend 30 minutes in the bathroom and blame Mike Wallace, but Castillo looks a lot better than Bauer in ERA, but for 2020 I don’t see a ton of difference. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Derek Dietrich – Hit the IL with shoulder inflammation. He injured himself pimping a home run.

Andrew Heaney – On track to return this weekend in Boston. When you miss as many games as Heaney, you’d think you’d have your timing down better for when to return.

Mike Trout – 2-for-3 and a slam (37) and legs (9). He’s pretty good, but I want to see how good he is once all pitchers have seen him for ten seasons. Might attack him differently.

Masahiro Tanaka – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.93. Tanaka has a 10-something ERA in the 2nd half. This is obviously an unintended consequence of something that happened in March.  The Yankees, prior to the season, sent Tanaka to a hypnotist told to convince him it was July to start the year, because he was always a 2nd half pitcher. It was awkward at first when Tanaka would ask teammates in April, “Hey, wanna come by my place for a 4th of July shindig? If you can bring fireworks or any decorations, I’d appreciate it. Everywhere I go they tell me they don’t have any yet. Bunch of procrastinators!”  Unfortch, Tanaka hasn’t been a great in-his-mind November and December pitcher this year. He keeps saying, “Hey, is this one of those Venezuelan Winter Leagues?”  Okay, drop him; he’s been useless and you have to find someone better in most mixed leagues.

Mike Tauchman – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homer, hitting .294. On any other team, Tauchman is Daniel Palka. Right? Everything the Yankees throw at teams works (for hitting). Almost made Tauchman the lede today, but it was against the Orioles, so if you’re not hitting home runs, what’s da matta you?! Samesies for Mike Ford (1-for-4) who hit his 2nd homer. I grabbed Tauchman in one mixed league, and I would do the same with Ford. We’ll reevaluate after they leave Baltimore.

Jonathan Villar – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, and hit for the MLB’s 5th cycle. This is the year of the cycle.  Thanks to Leonardo da Vinci we even know what to call this. Otherwise what would we call a cycle?  An every-base-hit-possible thingamajig? A Steppenwolf? ‘Two-tired’ to come up with anything?

Isan Diaz – 1-for-7 as he hit 2nd. I just did a boing in my pants. I grabbed Diaz in all leagues, but it’s super contingent on him playing. With that said, you have to be half a dope to call up Diaz and not play him.  With That Said: Part 2, The Return Of That Which Was Said, Mattingly is kinda dopey. With That Said: Part 3, What More Could Be Said, Mattingly can’t be that dopey, can he? *insert white man slowly blinking GIF*

Lewis Brinson – 0-for-7 as he was recalled from the minors. He had 16 HRs and 16 SBs in his minor league stint since April. Am I picking up Brinson? Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on Tennessee.  Fool me three times, blame it on the rain….  *two hours later* …Fool me seventy-eight hundred times, apparently Brinson has nothing better to do than fool me. Outside of NL-Only leagues, I’m simply cyclops’ing.

Ryne StanekMarlins plan to use him in high leverage situations, which can only mean one thing:  When they’re going for win game number 45, there’s one man they want on the mound… Caleb Smith, then fingers crossed on the bullpen. I grabbed Stanek in one league for possible saves, but he’s the first guy off my team if I need room.

Amed Rosario – 3-for-9, 3 runs and a slam (12) and legs (14).  Also, in this game (and doubleheader), Jeff McNeil (2-for-5, 2 runs) hit his 14th. They were batting one and two in the order, because it took Mickey Callaway four months to figure out his batting order.  “Duh, George, which way do they go?” That’s Callaway trying to figure out how to put on his pants.

Pete Alonso – 3-for-7, 2 RBIs and his 35th homer.  Albombso!

Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.77. He’s allowed three runs or fewer in 51 of 55 starts since the beginning of 2018. Well, la di da!

Craig Kimbrel – Hit the IL with knee soreness. He says it’s less of a concern than when he needed knee surgery on his other knee. Well, that’s reassuring! He says it should only be a 10-day stint. I’m gonna take him at his word because he told us in February he’d sign in March. Wait, bad reason. Maddon says it’s a committee; I grabbed Steve Cishek (1/3 IP, 3 ER), which went over terrifically, so I dropped him already! It could be Brandon Kintzler (2/3 IP, 0 ER); Pedro Strop returns today and David Phelps (1/3 IP, 0 ER) got yesterday’s save. Fun times!

Willson Contreras – Out for a month with his hamstring injury. I’m kinda interested in the beta-carotene adult beverage, Caratini. Of course, you need a deep enough league for him to matter.

Javier Baez – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 27th and 28th homer, hitting .290. He could have the best final two months of anyone and become a 40 HR, 20 SB guy. Of course, I don’t think it happens (which is me reverse jinxing it so it happens. But is this a reverse jinx of my reverse jinx? Damn!).

Nicholas Castellanos – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer on the Cubs.  Any guess how many homers he has all year?  It looks a lot like a one standing next to a mirror.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 18th and 19th homer, hitting .276.  Also, in this game, Nick Martini homered, his 1st. A Semien/Martini is definitely better shaken than stirred.

Mookie Betts – Left yesterday’s game after fouling a ball off his foot. Feel better, you better, you Betts.

Brandon Workman – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.99 and his 6th save.  I wish a reporter would just ask Cora, “It took you how long to figure out Workman should be your closer?” Any answer under five months is a lie.

Cheslor Cuthbert – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer, hitting near-.300 in the last week and could be a very light schmotato.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Signed by the Nats to be the last of the Russian nesting dolls after Howie Kendrick. Hopefully, Jed Lowrie gets healthy soon so the Mets can release him and the Nats can grab him.

Zach Davies – Hit the IL with back spasms. Terrible blow for the Brewers.  I’m not joking, that’s their ace.  Terrible blow that the Brewers’ pitching sucks, in a vacuum.

Jordan Lyles – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 4.97 as he went against his former club, the Pirates. Surprised to see a pitcher pitch better off the Pirates. I’m effin’ kidding! You send Dario Agrazal, which sounds like an artificial sweetener, to another team and he throws like Gerrit Cole! Ray Sewage ruins careers!  Any hoo! Lyles is a Streamonator call, and it loves his next start.

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 27th homer, hitting .267.  Moistasskiss!

Christian Yelich – 4-for-5, and his 38th and 39th homer, hitting .336.  Moistasskiss is a play on Moustakas’s name, and is in no way an allusion to Yelich’s underground video roles.

Bryan Reynolds – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 10th homer, hitting .337. Prolly because of Confirmation Bias or some other Psych 101 term, I just realized Reynolds could win the NL batting title if he gets enough at-bats.  C**nt Hurdle is totally the type to bench Reynolds on the last day of the season, not to get him the title, but to make sure he doesn’t get enough at-bats, because he’s gotta earn it!

Scott Kingery – 2-for-5 and his 14th homer, hitting .276. Now was batting sixth. Kapler puts together a lineup like some people change their underwear. No Razzball readers, I hope.

Vince Velasquez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.23.  Streamonator is positive on his next start, but only barely so, which means its stripping naked and rubbing its metal parts–Wait, that’s not what ‘barely’ means, is it?

Tony Gonsolin – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.21. Can Ryu fake hurt himself some more?

Cody Bellinger – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 37th homer.  Win the Triple Crown or don’t get another hit!  No pressure.

Joc Pederson – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 24th homer.  Hey, it’s like May again when it seemed like Pederson was going to be a top 20 outfielder.

Carlos Carrasco – Continues a throwing program. Would be awesome if he returned, but you figure a few weeks for throwing off the mound (setbacks can happen), a few weeks for rehab games (setbacks can happen), and that puts him at best for a good two to three starts this year, and likely just getting him ready to come out of the bullpen in the playoffs.

Aaron Civale – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 0.75 in his 2nd start. Here’s what I said previously on him, “Civale looks like a 6.5 K/9, 2 BB/9, 4.25 ERA pitcher, which is whatever outside of AL-Only leagues. On the other hand (were we using hands?), Civale doesn’t throw with much velocity, which is my new ‘he throws with a lot of velocity,’ so I’m just gonna be a subtle cyclops.” And that’s me quoting me!  He kinds reminds me of an AL version of Yamamoto. I will call him, Mo’ Moto.

Jose Leclerc – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 7th save, ERA at 4.44.  Comatose Rangers Fan opens his eyes for the first time in four months, “Leclerc is so money.”

Mike Foltynewicz – Called up to return to the rotation as the Braves let Gausman go to waivers (and he was picked up by the Reds). Faultywhichwitz was great in the minors, like how great Nick Pivetta was in the minors after his demotion. I’m not desperate enough to go anywhere near Faultysandwitz.

Mike Soroka – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.45.  Soroka goes in to see the Twins like en bee dee. Does he get wet when it rains? Is he a man?!

Max Kepler – 1-for-4 and his 31st homer.  Max Kepler and Trey Mancini are going to hit 40 homers this year and my 2018 fantasy teams are shrieking in agony.

Jacob Waguespack – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.00.  The Waguespack wears a leather jacket that says, “Lone Wagues,” and tells scary stories by a campfire. This is undeniable.  His fantasy value is more deniable.

Bo Bichette – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting .417.  I’m not saying Dante Bichette had a child with Ted Williams at the 1999 All-Star Game during the All-Century Team ceremonies, but I’m not saying he didn’t either.

Derek Law – 1 1/3 IP, 0 ER and his 2nd save, ERA at 5.36.  I will now die cackling at me holding Justin Shafer — the Jays’ sudden, lights-out 7th inning man. I’m guessing it was Law, because Ken Giles worked Sunday, has an arm injury, and can’t work two days in a row.  That’s a helluva caveat for a closer!

Yonny Chirinos – Hit the IL with middle finger inflammation. Gonna especially suck if someone cuts in front of him while driving.  “Did that man just flip us a dog’s penis?” “No, honey, I think it was an inflammed middle finger.”

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Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
2 years ago

You might remember a trade I wanted to turn down and you confirmed it for me a few days ago…
Gleyber Torres, Corey Kluber, Giancarlo Stanton, Max Scherzer, Jose Ramirez, Charlie Blackmon and Aaron Judge (all of these guys would either not be eligible for keepers or very expensive keepers) for my stud cheap keepers Victor Robles, Eloy Jimenez, and Vladimir Guerrero.

Now it’s more pitcher heavy. I’m still turning this down. AmICrazy!?!?

Corey Kluber, Ryan Mountcastle, Noah Syndergaard, Jose Ramirez, Charlie Blackmon, Aaron Judge and Jacob deGrom for Victor Robles, Eloy Jimenez, Vladimir Guerrero, and Wander Franco.

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

Interesting that the Braves pitched Greene tonight in a blowout – more interesting is that he gave up another run and has yet to pitch a clean inning for the Braves

Chris
Chris
2 years ago

10 team h2h points

Pick a streamer for tomorrow

D. May vs Stl (Son 6.3) or

B. McKay vs Tor (Son 22.6)

Jimmy Jack James
Jimmy Jack James
2 years ago

Follow-up to a question I asked this morning – I need to dump one to make a pickup – 15 team roto w QS:

Stripling
Manaea
Schwarber
J.Aguilar
Encarnacion

Thanks!

Jimmy Jack James
Jimmy Jack James
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks – think he’s done for the year or just back late w/ rust and potential loss of power from the wrist?

Jimmy Jack James
Jimmy Jack James
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks

Test
Test
2 years ago

Sorry if this posts twice.

Send my Verlander for Bauer, Carlos Santana, Soler?

Do you think Carlos Santana is a keeper in a 12 team keep 10 mixed league?

Thanks.

Test
Test
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Would you rather keep Carlos Santana or Goldy for next year?

Alps
Alps
2 years ago

Grey
I am chasing saves
Every little bit helps
I am dropping Kintzler need to pick one up
Strop,
Baltimore relieves. Givens,Armstrong,Fry
Romo (I have Rogers)
Law ( I have Giles)
Nick Anderson
Sllim pickings I Know
If all else fails I would have to go after an SP
But prefer not to
Thanks pal

Jimmy Suitcase
Jimmy Suitcase
2 years ago

Are you at all interested in Jose Peraza now that it appears he has regular playing time with Scooter and Dietrich out of the way? 14 teams league so a bit deeper.

Drop Leury Garcia, Kingery or Dickerson for him? Need average and steals

Or wait and see how he does?

Mr. A Knife
Mr. A Knife
2 years ago

all the possible MIA arlins guys are around if it ain’t jarlin there, stanek, guerrero, quesadilla) but not cishek.

Brett
Brett
2 years ago

12 team league have categories for holds and another for saves.

Current relievers are pagan Bradley Jansen Chapman c mart Hendriks lugo il kimbrel and Pressly

Would you trade pagan for ottavino?

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
2 years ago

Drop Diego Castillo for Kolby Allard?

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
Reply to  Kingslayer
2 years ago

AL only league with 3 RP spots Allard is RP elgible

Mr. A Knife
Mr. A Knife
2 years ago

NL only 10 teamer h2h with OBP over AVG, total bases added.
C wieters
1B freeman
2B wong
SS newman (2B)
3B mcneil (2B/OF)
MI edman (2-3/SS)
CI fatt adams (1B/OF)
OF (4) grisham, conforto, harper, rhysus (1B)
util (1) dyson
BN camargo (2-3B/SS)
DL: bruce, molina, kike

1. drop camargo or edman for: berti, bote (back to playing mostly again with robel gone), osuna, solano,

2. same league, strop isn’t owned. holds added, QS over wins have:
SP: wainwrong, matz, V2 (first QS maybe ever or at least in a few years just yesterday in matchup SON didn’t love but i started him, didn’t hate him either for this deep), gallen, castillo, lester, stressbird, lucchesi
RP (4): urias, baez, jarlin, greene
DL: pab lop (so i’m probably dropping one of V2, wainwrong, matz for pab lop soonish anyway)

drop anybody here for strop?

Mr. A Knife
Mr. A Knife
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

all the possible MIA arlins guys are around if it ain’t jarlin there, stanek, guerrero, quesadilla) but not cishek.

toolshed
toolshed
2 years ago

Strategy question. I added urias when stripling went on the IL thinking he may get a spot. Would you keep him for ratio help in a 12 team league? Or would you rather use that spot for a bench hitter as guys start getting more days off later in the season? We have daily lineups. Thanks

Game Of Throws
Game Of Throws
2 years ago

Josh Bell is getting benched for the next two games in hopes that he will “recharge” and come out of his slump.

I took a look at his splits and it’s pretty obvious that May was the outlier. He had 12 Hrs and hit .390. He averaged 5 HRs and .238 per month in April, June and July.

Is it safe to say he isn’t the stud we thought he was?

Now obviously he has the potential for huge streaks but would I be crazy to drop him at this point?

Game Of Throws
Game Of Throws
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Wish I listened!

i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome
i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome
2 years ago

lugo too in case diaz gets removed.

i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome
i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome
2 years ago

you holding kelley till we actually SEE leclerc close successfully over him or go about dropping kelley for bass or c.martin (in case soylent greene forgets to remember it’s 2019 rather than remebering to forget that it’s 2019, rather than his last few years before?). i have kelley in active slot since i’m seeing he’ll be back soon and i had moved kimbrel down there (also mondesi in 2nd DL slot), saves only here and i now have
hansel and gretel
kelley
jarlin
pagan

also these are all out there: alvarado (back pretty soon i think), CUBS guys (strop too), bass, c.martin. only 6 moves a week i’ve gone through 2 for gonsolin (stream spot, but he’s back down again, and i have ryu wasting away in active slot too), so while i can probably act quickly on new news, i might not want to make any move on small amount of news on these.

i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome
i don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome
2 years ago

it did that a while back too, but not every time you refresh.

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
2 years ago

Hey Grey, hope all is well

Folty or aaron Civale? 12 teamer mixed points

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
2 years ago

Thoughts on Kolby Alllard? Just called up by Texas

knucks
knucks
2 years ago

Eloy about to go 0-11 today isn’t he… ughhh

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
2 years ago

Grey,

Just wanted to get your opinion on Aristide Aquino? Besides having the greatest first name since Socrates Brito, do you see some possibilities with this kid? His minor league numbers appear pretty good, especially this year after a stance/swing change. Worth a flier?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yikes. That doesn’t sound very promising! Better to hold Mike Brosseau?

What's A Drexl?
What's A Drexl?
2 years ago

schoop now getting seriously f’d around by a slap hitter who’s .36 points of AVG BABIP lucky, benched 4 out of last 5 days, 5 out of last 7. in 14 team h2h with OBP over AVG, total bases, hits added drop schoop time it appears.
team:
C DTD arnaud
1B goldy
2B schoop a doop about to be pooped de doop
SS treat urner
3B kingery (SS/LF/CF)
MI semien
CI jelly donut
LF brantley
CF kiermaier
RF puig
OF franmil
util (1) otani
BN mckay (espn, i have both), chavis (1-3B), van meter (3B/LF)

options: kipnis, arraez (2B/3B), al berti (MIA, 2B/3B, married with children joke), drury (3B/RF/2B)

What's A Drexl?
What's A Drexl?
Reply to  What's A Drexl?
2 years ago

also these in DL: molina, stanton, andujar (keep 5 hitters, 4 pitchers per year)

pinkman
pinkman
2 years ago

Drop Verdugo for Franmil if I have limited moves left in a 12-team 5×5?

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
2 years ago

In 2 different RCLs are either Stanek or Law worth rostering as spec closers??

1) replacing either Martin or else SP Lament or Plesac after today’s games.

2) replacing either Shafer or Diego Castillo

Also is Plesac a viable start today vs Tex? (only -4.7 on SON)

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
Reply to  Licketty Splits
2 years ago

BTW the website is still acting wonky

pinkman
pinkman
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I for one appreciate that! Pleasant surprise to see the site protected :)

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
2 years ago

Grey – new offer and please tell me what you think in my H2H keep 10 forever:

My Alonso, Benintendi, Yordan and V. Robles

For

His Yelich, Rizzo and Bauer

I could maybe try and squeeze Verlander instead of Bauer for my playoff run but let me know what you think of the trade.

Thanks,
LG

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks!

erad
erad
2 years ago

Ugh here we go again with Marquez

After YOLO’ing all year – I benched him for the first time all year home against LAD – now I’m back to YOLO, but gotta say – this YOLO business is stressful stuff

Trader
Trader
2 years ago

Playoffs start Sept 2. Which of these three would you stash? Laureano, Encarancion , Yonny

Drunk Mets PR Team
Drunk Mets PR Team
2 years ago

Afternoon! General thought: Wondering if anyone has any advice or even articles on how to think about trading keepers for present value when contending… I have a cheap keepable Tatis Jr. who I could sell for a haul in my H2H keeper league (Arenado, Greinke, Aroldis offered to me) and I’m agonizing over it.

I’m in first and I want my flag! But then again, I’m in first already, and the playoffs are fickle. Plus, I enjoy his steals. How do I think about this?

Blaster
Blaster
2 years ago

Brandon Workman or Joe Jimenez?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 years ago

I have Ender in a few leagues, and I fear a groin injuiry for someone like him who is speed-oriented (do you agree?). Please rank the following (different availability in different leagues) — positions don’t matter.

AJ Pollock
Bichette
Margot
Myers
Sano

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

And are both preferable to Ender?

dustyfingers
dustyfingers
2 years ago

Who’s the odd man out, Hiura, JD Davis, VanMeter, or Bichette?

Thanks

TBunz
TBunz
2 years ago

Drop Encarnacion or Dahl in redraft league?

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
2 years ago

Points keeper league. I’m probably gonna miss the playoffs.

Give: Altuve, Muncy, Charlie Morton (all non keepers)
Get: Soto, Mondesi (both keepers)

Is that enough of a return to set me up for 2020 or should I keep fishing for a better deal?

MarvPesos
Marv
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

first off, sorry so long but if anyone can help.

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), limited moves (35 per year), no streaming.

Trying to send off some trades, nobody is biting, can you help me complete/rank/comment on the trades below (all trading with teams out of the playoff race) Included in these trades are my first round pick (13th round) for their approx. 10th round (23rd):

TRADE #1: His – Kepler, MadBum & Flaherty for My – Dom. Santana, H. Dozier and…

TRADE #2: His – J.T. Realmuto, E. Rosario & Vazquez for My – W. Ramos, Dom. Santana, E. Suarez, Dustin May and …

TRADE #3: His – E. Escobar, M. Conforto, (One of: Domingo German or E. Rodriguez) for My – Dom. Santana, E. Suarez, Dustin May and…

My team:
C – W. Ramos
1B – A. Rizzo
2B – K. Marte
3B – C. Santana
SS – J. Polanco
CI – P. Goldschmidt
MI – T. Turner
LF – J.D. Martinez
CF – C. Yelich
RF – C. Blackmon
Util – E. Suarez
BN – D. Santana
BN – H. Dozier
BN – L. Urias

SP – J. Paxton
SP – J. Verlander
SP – W. Buehler
RP – K. Jansen (RP)
RP – J. Hader (RP)
P – K. Giles (RP)
P – Z. Gallen
BN – B. Mckay
BN – D. Lamet
BN – D. May
DL – C. Kluber (60-DL)
DL – A. Heaney (10-DL)

Thanks bud
Marv

MarvPesos
Marv
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

thanks for the above.
If I calculate it out, and don’t think I can win this year, would you do this deal:

MY: Goldy, Blackmon,E. Suarez, Verlander, Paxton
for His: P. Alonso, Soto, Bryant, Bieber, Paddack

is it close ?

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
2 years ago

It makes no sense that the Yankees don’t use the opener play with all of their starters. Yarbrough isn’t even good they Rays just put him in position to be successful. You use an opener, don’t let Tanaka or whoever face the top of the order in the first, the opener only has to face those guys once, then Tanaka or whoever is “bulking” starts with the middle to bottom of the order In the 2nd inning and would only have to face the meat of the order twice and u still get thru 6 or 7. The opener play is amazing. Why try to get your pitcher through 6 or 7 and face the best hitters max times when your going to need to use guys in the pen after anyways
May as well just use an opener with almost every pitcher besides the stud aces. It’s an insane play. The Ray’s went from like the worst era last year before using openers to one of the best era’s after they started doing it.
You have Brian cashmans cell? He needs to hear this!
Yankees can’t keep giving up 6 runs and winning, not in the playoffs anyway. The opener can save the rotation. Paxton Happ all of them would benefit a ton from following openers. Got to think outside the box if ur cashman (aka steal an amazing play that the rays use)

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Ivanmakebasket
2 years ago

is this name in reference to that Whoopi Goldberg bball movie?

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
Reply to  William Hung
2 years ago

Naturally… Pretty sick there’s no YouTube clip of it being said

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
Reply to  Ivanmakebasket
2 years ago

Eddie

G
G
2 years ago

Would you rather have Marte or Conforto ROS in H2H that counts Average and OBP?

JP
JP
2 years ago

How would you rank these 3:

W. Calhoun, Franmil, Tauchman?

baby seal
baby seal
2 years ago

Jacob Waguespack always makes me think of Lake Wobegone! Great stuff yesterday, didn’t get time to read until today!

So w/ Workman and Oberg somewhat-officially getting the closing roles, thinking I can kill Peralta and his shiz. Also have Hand and CMART!

Losing Cruz in that trade has been OUCH so far.

Rolling w/ Cease as the stream over Lamet. Maybe Lamet later in za week.

You like Diaz over Sano or Franmili-a-mili? Ender DTD and I’m leaning like I need powa.

Also, Deep Thoughts w/ Anime Grey is something I can get behind!

-sealitooo

Smitty
2 years ago

Yep, thought so. Too bad, had visions of Robles being a top of the order stud this year. Maybe a bargain next year? Thanks man!

Cram It
Cram It
2 years ago

How’s NFBC going for ya? I’ve been middling around 5th for a while. The talent is there but the execution is not.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I saw you reference that Cutline yesterday, or last week or something. I like the idea.

Hyun-Jin & Juice
Hyun-Jin & Juice
2 years ago

You starting Marquez @Hou today? (-$2.9)

Which start do you like best for tomorrow?
McKay v. Tor ($22.9)
Matz v. Mia ($17.7)
Lucchesi @Sea ($16.3)

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
2 years ago

Not fantasy related, but does anyone know how 2 mlb trades have happened after the deadline?

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

August 5: Minnesota Twins traded RHP Drew Hutchison to Los Angeles Angels for cash.

August 2: Cleveland Indians traded OF Brandon Barnes to Minnesota Twins for cash.

Smitty
2 years ago

Doing my morning scroll past Abbott & Costello (sorry Ante) wondering if that brain trust for the Nationals will EVER see the light and bat V. Robles 1 or 2? Doubt it, just not confident D. Martinez will give Victor (and his ballclub) a much needed boost. That said, with W. Myers seeing uptick – Myers or Robles ROS? Thanks Grey / DT

Cohen
Cohen
2 years ago

Grey, would u stream McKay vs Tor or
May vs Cards or neither
Both at home
SON likes both

Cohen
Cohen
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

U prefer one over the other?

Ton Capone
Ton Capone
2 years ago

Hey Gray,

12 team h2h keeper league. Would you trade Aldeberto Mondesi and Ramon Laureano for Bryce Harper? I’m in 1st place but am plagued w injuries and need a bat. Thanks!

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
2 years ago

Grey,

H2H keeper where we keep 10 forever. I have a very good core of keepers and was offered his Yelich for my Benintendi, Yordan and V. Robles. Would you take Yelich? Those three i would be giving up would be my bottom keepers and I’d have likely drop one of them next year.

Yelich is awesome but I also think all of those guys could be great for years to come so tough call.

Thanks,
LG

Tax
Tax
2 years ago

Choose one (H2h points)

Franmil
Tauchman
Isan
Reynolds

Dave D
Dave D
2 years ago

BTW, I thought tor sure you would comment on Ausmus’ genius strategy of running T. Cole out there as an opener three days after the experiment failed with the same guy. Nearly identical results. Brad’s a bad copycat. How long until he realizes Cole is no Stanek and he’s a better surfer than MLB manager…

Bax
Bax
2 years ago

Starting or sitting

Woj vs NYY
Marquez @ Hou

Bom
Bom
2 years ago

Which guy has the most value the rest of the way

Lyles
ReyLo
Woj

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

RE: LeClerc

Since I have him rostered, I forced myself to watch his inning – he promptly gave up a leadoff double to Jo-Ram. These were the following points I thought LeClerc would blow the game:

1. On the sac bunt to move Jo-Ram over to 3rd, I thought LeClerc would misplay the grounder and throw the ball away
2. First pitch to Kipnis was an inside slider that almost hit him – thought there would be a wild pitch at some point
3. Kipnis hits a hard grounder to 1st that held Jo-Ram at 3rd
4. Franmil hitting that high FB out of the park for a walkoff homer – but instead it’s a harmless fly ball to CF

Baby steps cause LeClerc would have gone nuclear in grand fashion 2 months ago – also, what is with the lack of Ks all of a sudden from this guy? Only 1 K in last 3 appearances

Twins Peaker
Twins Peaker
2 years ago

Would you trade Benintendi ($1×1) for Verdugo ($1×3)…..Benintendi can be retained at the draft at a discount….pts league, I have to do this, right?

Sam
Sam
2 years ago

How’s the Lux promotion looking? Think he’ll be up soon?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Sam
2 years ago

Maybe September

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
2 years ago

so….Treinen…. is this guy even worth holding at this point?

I’m in a 12-team, H2H, 6×6 (OPS & QS), redraft league.

My current RP’s are:
Giles, Hendricks, Leclerc, A. Bradley, Treinen

Should I flat out drop him as opposed to dealing with him getting lit up without the possibility of saves?

Thanks in advance

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

My daddy didn’t love me

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Love me!

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

HA

SlimJim13
SlimJim13
2 years ago

Hi Grey & D T

Quick keeper question roto league 6X6

Hoskins $13 or E5 $10 next year?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  SlimJim13
2 years ago

Hey SlimJim,

Hoskins…

C
C
2 years ago

Test

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  C
2 years ago

Test

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I hate tests

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

You have gonorrea

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Test…icle

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

when it rains it pours with injuries huh? there should be a term for this…

picked up kintzler yesterday, promptly leaves game with an injury – seems like the 105th injury in past 6 days

madden_curser
2 years ago

I have Mondesi in my only IL slot, and know Kimbrel went to IL status. Our playoffs start Sept. 2. Do you think I should continue to hold on Mondesi? I realize you don’t have a crystal ball, well maybe you do, but does it appear to be a waste of my only IL slot to hold him? If I dropped Mondesi I could move Kimbrel to IL and fill a pitching slot with someone who is active. Merci.

Dave
Dave
2 years ago

Good Morning Grey
Replacing Dahl
10 team hth with obp
Available: Conforto, H Dozier, Soler, Choo, Bichette
Please rank ROS
Thank you

starz31
starz31
Reply to  Dave
2 years ago

Replacing Dahl would be a good team name.

Dave
Dave
Reply to  Dave
2 years ago

Sorry for the repeat
Was having trouble posting

madden_curser
2 years ago

I have Adalberto Mondesi in my only IL slot and now Craig Kimbrel went to IL10 status. Thoughts on when / if Mondesi might return? Continue to hold him on IL or drop him and move Kimbrel to IL? Our playoffs begin Sept. 2.

starz31
starz31
Reply to  madden_curser
2 years ago

I’m in the same boat, but with 3 IL spots filled (Mondesi, Sanchez, Snell) and Kimbrel, Ryu on my bench. Luckily I have enough cushion to wait it out this month and see what happens.

My uninformed opinion is that Mondesi is missing August with possible return early Sept. Kimbrel sounds like could be back in a few weeks.

Maybe play it week by week? See where we’re at next week if you can afford to wait. They may have an updated timeline on Mondesi by then since he was light tossing recently. Luckily his hurt shoulder is his non-throwing arm, but still impacts the swing. At this point, just trying to keep my options open for playoffs.

ma
ma
2 years ago

I have Adalberto Mondesi in my only IL slot and now Craig Kimbrel went to IL10 status. Thoughts on when / if Mondesi might return? Continue to hold him on IL or drop him and move Kimbrel to IL? Our playoffs begin Sept. 2.

Wox
Wox
2 years ago

Might be a repost, but do you like Lyles vs Tex or ReyLo vs Oak this weekend?

Wox
Wox
Reply to  Wox
2 years ago

Ignore

Dave
Dave
2 years ago

Good Morning Grey
Replacing Dahl
Available- H Dozier, Conforto, Soler, Bichette, Choo
Please rank ROS
10 team hth with obp
Thank you

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Dave
2 years ago

Bichette for me

Wox
Wox
2 years ago

Lyles vs Tex or Rey-Lo vs Oak?

Wox
Wox
Reply to  Wox
2 years ago

Ignore

jose
jose
2 years ago

Trying to decide who sits so Correa comes off the bench after not having a game yesterday.

First instinct would be Jimenez, but Sox have a double header against Norris and VerHagen @ Detroit. Other options are Senzel @ Cin against Suarez and Hiura @ Pit against Brault. Could also sit Albies @ Min against Berrios. IT’s a util spot so there’s plenty of flexibility.

Would consult hittertron, but it keeps timing out and sending a connection error.

Thanks!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  jose
2 years ago

I’d sit Albies

Wox
Wox
2 years ago

ReyLo vs Oak or Lyles vs Tex

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Wox
2 years ago

ReyLo for me

starz31
starz31
2 years ago

How would you rank: JD Davis, Sano, Tauchman, W. Myers? ROS in H2H cat.
Davis has a .389 xwOBA (18th overall), while Sano has turned it on as well.

sgamby
sgamby
2 years ago

Do you think Wacha gets removed from the rotation? Is Helsely a good stash in a deep league?

Synyster
Synyster
2 years ago

Stanton droppable? Do we have any faith he will come back and be productive? Our 8 man league has a shortened season so two more regular season weeks then 3 weeks of playoffs. I also have Mondesi, Dahl, and Pineda in the DL spots.

Thanks

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Synyster
2 years ago

He’s droppable

Snacks Zillion
Snacks Zillion
2 years ago

Ha, when you said Mike Wallace I saw the old speed reciever for the Steelers that bounced around after that. Always keeping us on our toes!

Snacks Zillion
Snacks Zillion
2 years ago

Ha, when you said Mike Wallace I saw the old speed reciever for the Steelers. Took me awhile to get it..always keeping us on our toes!

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
2 years ago

Grey I always enjoy your writeups!

I’m in 16 team h2h keeper league. I’m 12-5, first place in my division.

I lost Voit, Encarnacion, Dahl, Snell, A. Simmons, Arrieta (I consider him useless).

I have Trout, Blackmon, Domingo Santana ,Tapia, G. Cooper, Bichette, Alfaro, Goodrum, B.Dozier, Carlos Santana.

Sp: Lester, Boyd, Maeda, C.Smith, Gallen, Luchessi, Quantrill, Snell (IR)

RP: D. Castillo, Matt Barnes, Swarak, S. Greene

Holds, saves, HLD+Saves are big points in my league along with QS, QS1, QS2.

Glaring weakness is my RP, then SP for ROS.
I have enough cash for 1 FA Rest of season.

Failed to make a trade with crap teams for a RP or SP.

Best available:

RP- N. Anderson, Chris Martin, T. May, Munoz,

SP- Bassitt, A. Sanchez, B. Anderson, Civale, Smyle, Chase Anderson.

Bats- A. Duvall, Tauchman, T. Grisham, A.Eaton, Soler, A. Santander, J. Davis

My RP is horrible, SP is meh, my Cooper and Domingo are not helping my batting.

Go for RP (not many great options), SP, or another bat for support?

5 players on IR in 2 days. I need to fill out a hurt feelings report.

Thankyou.

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I got issues.

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Bullpen issues.

So you like Grisham or Soler over Tauchman?

jose
jose
2 years ago

Kintzler left after his inning holding his right pec and wincing. Reports after the game said it was sore and he received treatment after the game. Will be re-evaluated today. Rowan Wick has been good in the Cubs pen and at AAA this year. Trust him more than Cishek, but that’s not saying much. Also, Maddon gunna Maddon.

Castellanos’s HR last night was a basket shot. I saw an overlay of his spray chart at Wrigley. It should be helpful for a few more HRs.

jose
jose
Reply to  jose
2 years ago

Sorry, double post. The computer and site weren’t getting along this morning I guess….

jose
jose
2 years ago

Kintzler, after completing his inning, left the mound holding his pec and wincing. Reported after the game he experienced discomfort and received treatment and will be re-evaluated today. Rowan Wick has probably been the best reliever in the Cubs pen that is still healthy. I’d trust him more than Cishek, but that’s not saying much and Maddon gunna Maddon.

Also, Castellanos’ HR was a basket shot. Saw his overlay of his spray chart overlayed at Wrigley Field. Looked promising.

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
2 years ago

Mancini!

Scuffy McGee
Scuffy McGee
2 years ago

Which 3 do you like the most for the rest of the way (playing matchups of course)? 11 tm. roto.

Smyly, Samardzija, Rey-Lo, D. Hudson, Matz, Roark or Vargas?

Scuffy McGee
Scuffy McGee
Reply to  Scuffy McGee
2 years ago

Sorry for the double-post. Kept getting an error message but of course it still posted…

Twins Peaker
Twins Peaker
2 years ago

Was offered Sonny Gray for Rhys. Rhys expires after this year but can be retained at draft with 25% discount to draft price. Gray is $1×3. Do you trust Gray as sp2-3 for my team next year. Right now best pitchers for 2020 for me are C. Smith, Gallen and Paddack.

Was thinking of countering with Altuve/Rhys and I get McNeil/Gray. Gray is $1×2 and Altuve has same contract as Rhys. Pts keeper. Thoughts?

Twins Peaker
Twins Peaker
Reply to  Twins Peaker
2 years ago

Should have mentioned my plan is to buy a top pitcher with a lot of money in next year’s draft.

One other question is….he’s contending and I’m not. Does this seem like a he wins now, I win later deal?

Twins Peaker
Twins Peaker
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Would you do Rhys OR Altuve straight up for McNeil then?

Twins Peaker
Twins Peaker
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

If team A bods and wins $40 on either one, I could get him for $30×3 but can’t drop him. With a $300 cap, they would probably each go for $80 before the discount. Hence me asking if McNeil would be worth it as he seems like a 2017 Jose Ramirez to me.

Twins Peaker
Twins Peaker