Marcus Stroman went from calf tightness to a tear. That’s what the cow said! Huh? Sorry, I’m a little freakin’ delirious because I own Stroman in not one, not two–I can’t even count how many leagues I own him in because I don’t have enough fingers and toes, and this is a PG show and we can’t count with anything else, you absolute pervs! Hey, serious question, has anything ever good happened to the Mets? Not to get all metaphysical rolling magnets around my shakras, but The Curse of The Bambino became The Curse of 1986. I won’t hear different. Bill Buckner allie-kazoo’d some voodoo on Mookie Wilson and the Mets have never been the same. Alas, I would drop Stroman in every league, aside from maybe NL-Only, but even there it’s pretty meh. He’s week-to-week, so maybe he returns by the end of August. What are you holding that for? The S’s and G’s train left the station a long time ago. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Brian Dozier – Signed with the Mets. If you’re a Wilpon, the only thing better than Jed Lowrie is signing a poor man’s Lowrie.

Juan Lagares – Signed with the Mets. The Mets heard what a great ratings draw an Old Timers’ Game can be and are not above a stunt.

Gordon Beckham – Released by the Mets. They have Dozier for the poor man’s Lowrie role. No room for two, Gordon. You were a role player, and that role has been filled.

Hyun-Jin RyuJays still don’t have a home. Pittsburgh fell through. That’s too bad, because, with traffic, Pittsburgh is closer to Toronto than Anaheim is to Los Angeles, so in a lot of ways the Pittsburgh Blue Jays of Toronto makes more sense than the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I still think a last second deal will be made for Buffalo, but right now the Jays are gonna be a traveling circus, moving around the country, carrying all their shizz like Steve Martin in The Jerk. Vlad Jr., “All I need is this chair…and this stapler…and this glove…” All the projections in the Streamonator and Hittertron are up-to-date with Jays as neutral, but they will get updated based on wherever they play, so I imagine you might see some changes when things solidify.

Nate Pearson – Will be called up on July 29th. At exactly midnight on July 29th, Pearson will emerge from his cocoon, a fully realized butterfly, capable of being a star MLB pitcher. Or, ya know, usual BS service time manipulation.

Hunter Dozier – Hit the IL with Covid. We lasted all the way from when I wrote my Hunter Dozier sleeper post in November to Re-Opening Day in July and now I lose Dozier. *cry-snorts* I would’ve removed Dozier from my rankings, but they’re finally locked in. I’m no longer reranking guys, roughly 7 months after I began. Praise you, Jesus Christ-Aguilar-Montero!

Brady SingerRoyals’ 1st round pick in 2019 will start on Saturday. Up until today I thought Brady Singer was the annoying person who, after hearing about someone’s remarriage, would sing, “Here’s the story of a lovely lady…” Prospect Itch said of Singer, “Once in the conversation with Casey Mize for top overall pick, Singer fell to pick 18 after an up-and-down college stretch but came out strong as a pro and remains a low-floor, decent-topside arm with a ground ball profile. If only I could floor Grey.” What the hell, my dude! So, I grabbed Singer in one 15-team mixed league where I might’ve lost Marcus Stroman forever, and Singer was owned in an AL-Only league. Shallower, I didn’t bother looking.

Mike Trout – Plans to play the whole year, impressed with how MLB is handling the pandemic. He said, “Everything’s been great, but how come no one is answering when I call the Blue Jays’ clubhouse?” I would move Trout back up to 3rd or 4th overall, coin flipping him and Bellinger, if I were still changing my rankings, or if you have a very late draft.

Anthony Rendon – Could miss a couple of games of the regular season. Or as I’m calling it, “Really? We’re playing real baseball games that count? It must be a dream!”

Zack Wheeler – His child came early and I couldn’t even tell he was pregnant! Wheeler’s owners will be happy to know they will be dining out on placenta, and fantasy value this year. He’s not opting out.

Framber Valdez – Will start the Astros’ 5th game of the season, while Jose Urquidy is on mend. With this toothpick, Dusty poked a hole in his mask and said, “We’ll see how long Framber stays in the rotation.” Yes, we will!

Jake Odorizzi – Will begin the season on the IL with upper back soreness. Sounds like I’m down to one starter in some leagues just in time for Re-Opening Day. Bring on the madness!

Jordan Montgomery – Will start the 6th game of the season. Or after one-tenth of the season is played. I don’t hate JoMo for the stream in certain circumstances — Certances? Cercumstances? Oh, definitely not that. — but you need to play the Streamonator more than you need to get tied to a guy who might be in and out of the rotation, or as the 5th starter.

DJ LeMahieu – Still trying to figure out when he’ll be ready for Re-Opening Day. Not to, ya know, pressure anyone, but he kinda needs to be ready today.

Tom Murphy – Will begin season on IL with a broken bone in his foot. Welp, I’ve already dropped my catcher. Bring on the Frankencatchers, long live the Frankencatchers.

Freddy Peralta – Will start the third game of the season. Feels like for every terrible thing we get five more terrible things and then, maybe, if we’re lucky, we get one good thing. Well, I don’t know what terrible things Peralta-into-the-rotation is offsetting, but it’s a good thing.

Alec Mills – Named Cubs’ 5th starter. You might remember Alec Mills as the mom on The Wonder Years. More relevantly, he relies on offspeed stuff, and you would too if you had an 89 MPH fastball. Not surprisingly, he had 104 IP in Triple-A last year with a 5.11 ERA and turns 29 in November. Jose Quintana will be back shortly to take the rotation spot. Can tell Mills is not good without being smart, Alec.

Mookie Betts – Signed a deal with the Dodgers through 2032. Ha. We are barely getting through 2020, and y’all out here signing deals through 2032. Mookie Betts in 2032 is gonna be I Am Legend playing baseball with a German Shepherd, and an automated Al Gore head with an electronically altered voice talking like Max Headroom.

Ke’Bryan Hayes – Optioned to Pirates alternative training site at Altoona. More like Altoon-up! Right?! C’mon, high-five the crap out of me! Not literally! We can’t touch!

Keone Kela – Says he’s tested positive for Covid since June 30th with no symptoms. Good news is he has to return a negative test soon. Bad news is why hasn’t he already and can others remain sidelined for that long? Related news, Kyle Crick should get saves in his stead. Unrelated news, I just burped.

Austin Riley – Announced as the starter at 3rd base on Re-Opening Day and I am floating on air. Don’t pull me down! Let me float! Oh, crap, Austin Riley wires!

Austin Dean – Made the Cards’ team as a backup outfielder. He’s a Quad-A player, or in his case, the Dean of students.

Nomar Mazara – Hit the IL with undisclosed reasons. Mazara was called up originally in 2016 at the age of 21, was told the average age for player breakouts is 27, and is a strong proponent of confirmation bias.

Jake Bauers – Optioned to alternate training site. He’s had one of the longer leashes to prove himself, but I guess for Jake Bauers his time is up. *dramatic sting, commercial break* Next up, baseball! Finally!

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BriPhx
BriPhx
2 years ago

HI Grey!
I’m in a 5×5 10 team yahoo league that autodrafted for all the teams. just wondering your thoughts on my team and also one of the mgrs is interested in trading for my Zac Gallen and Mallex Smith. Not sure if I should ask for his Ross Stripling and Adrian Houser? Should I stick with what I have? I feel he would get the better end of the deal if I were to ask for those guys in return. Thank you sir!

C) JT Realmuto
1B) Yasmani Grandal
2B)K Hiura
3B)M. Moustakas
SS) J. Baez
IF)Corey Seager
OF)Mallex Smith
OF)V Robles
OF)R Laureano
Utl) K Schwarber

SP) G Cole
SP)M. Clevinger
SP)Z. Gallen
SP)M. Fried
SP) K Maeda
SP) K Maeda
RP) K. Yates
RP)R. Pressley
P) J. Musgrove

BN)D. Peralta // Carlos Martinez Stl (RP), have 3 more open spots on my bench.

IL) J. Soto (OF), Will Smith (RP), Jose Urquidy (SP)

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
2 years ago

In an NL only keeper could you rank Cespedes, Alex Dickerson and Olivares?

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

So Grey, there’s no bench in this league. We’ve got to play the guy every day. Does that change your opinion?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Schmohawks Bob
2 years ago

Make sure you emphasize that it’s a keeper league when you ask the third time. *Burn*

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
Reply to  Cram It
2 years ago

I did say it was a keeper in the original question. It was actually two questions, not three.

Mantis Tobaggan MD
Mantis Tobaggan MD
Reply to  Schmohawks Bob
2 years ago

cespedes unless don’t care about competing, from the at bats. but let’s get those keeper details, if it’s like a keep 6 none of this matters and just go cespedes.

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

within the first game of the season, we had a player a test positive for the rona and a rain delay… i wonder how they’ll deal with rain outs during this 60 game sprint… if it’s the last day of the series, do they just skip the game? there’s no time to reschedule

Curious George
Curious George
2 years ago

Ugh. IL hit me hard today. Hanser Alberto or Cano for just this first 10 days?

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Curious George
2 years ago

Or peraza

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Curious George
2 years ago

Peraza

Cram It
Cram It
2 years ago

I can’t tell if the pumped in crowd noise is just for the broadcast or actually in the stadium over the PA. I’m also a few scotches deep so I could be hearing things. Yeah baseball!

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Cram It
2 years ago

Starlin Castro and Howie Kendrick as your 3 and 4 hitters would make me want to down some scotch too

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  William Hung
2 years ago

Bodes well for the Mets and I don’t own any Nats hitters so this is all good.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Cram It
2 years ago

I’m a little scared as my team is heavy on California players (LAD, SD, OAK)

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

oh not referring to rain, but the rona

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
2 years ago

Stanton takes a little of the sting off losing Soto with the first homer of the year.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
2 years ago

Gee, so glad that I lost all three of my Stanton shares…

It’s so weird watching them play in an empty stadium

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
2 years ago

Wittgren or Buttrey in an AL only keeper?

The Harrow
The Harrow
2 years ago

soto’s already testing negative (from a testing place that doesn’t count as “official” MLB ones). so this might not be long at all.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  The Harrow
2 years ago

The rapid tests are reportedly pretty unreliable. Abbott’s and the antigen test have been proven to be inaccurate. It’s all a crapshoot, basically.

Chin Music and Astros
Chin Music and Astros
2 years ago

Streaming a hitter today after Soto went down.

Do I go with Howie against Cole or Justin Turner against SF?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Chin Music and Astros
2 years ago

oh baby i wish i had those choices, i have kike/pence. and i don’t even know if pence is playing yet. in another soto spot i ONLY have pence.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
2 years ago

well that kike over pence decision went well. only existed since wong had a flag in fantrax. would’ve went suzuki over him (did already nab him with moving soto to DL slot too)

Cohen
Cohen
2 years ago

Grey, while i wait for Madrigal whos the pick up among these 2B?
I assume Peraza
Peraza
Profar
Alberto
Cabrera
A.Frazier
Long

Rick Brown
Rick Brown
2 years ago

Just heard Kershaw to DL with back stiffness.Dustin May starts tonite.
RICK

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I was gonna run to pick May up as well, but i don’t even know if he’ll even get to 5 innings

Steverino
Steverino
2 years ago

At least we can chuckle at anyone who drafted Kershaw in defiance of Razzball policy.

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
2 years ago

wow, LAD never had ANY indication kershaw had any issue at all, pretty sure, albeit i don’t own him anywhere, so this is good for may, stripling and later probably gonsolin too (do have HIM in one deep dynasty stashed). maybe even graterol too eventually. or m.white. is everybody turning into the mess here with these medical teams? or did kershaw just hide this for the entire summer camp? obv could be both, or kershaw underplayed it massively (so much that he never even had a DTD)

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
Reply to  jason batteiger
2 years ago

sorry, yeah once a back issue always a back issue for rest of his life, could always just flare up.

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

of course, pulled the old wainwrong (who pretended he was healthy for 3-4 str training camps when he wasn’t back when his contract was still huge, and as “team captain” one spring training about 6 other STL players did it) on it. this ain’t working at UPS to feed your 7 kids, “pushing through it” ain’t a good thing. it makes you a worse player results-wise, and screws over your team. the guys playing for their contracts/jobs i get why they might do it, but he’s not in that boat (neither was wainwrong for those 3-4 years)

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
2 years ago

Kershaw to IL with back stif…..er covid!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Giancarlo!

slew
slew
2 years ago

Appreciate the Razz.
Wise man once said, you put the men in mensch.

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
2 years ago

Completed my last draft of the year last night & maybe my best (IMHO). It was a Fantrax 12 team best ball points league with 40 picks …but every player is assigned a position so no multi-positional players …which would be so handy in these Covid times.
I feel really good about the team overall …some real values fell to me (I think).
Anyhoo here’s what I ended up with:
C Vasquez (242), Suzuki (386)
1B Olson (47), Walker (218)
2B Lowe (170), Odor (287), Cano (314), Madigral (383) just missed my target a couple of time but then saw
value at the end
3B Chapman(98), Shaw (311), Bote (455)
SS Tatis (26), Didi (167), Camargo (479)
OF Acuna (2), Jimenez (50), Robert (95), Laureano (119), Mercado( 146) Love this starting 5 if they stay healthy
Carlson (266), Adell (335), Keirmaier (362) Puig(407), Jose Martinez (431) went mostly upside with backups
SP Clevinger (23), Woodruff(74), Pearson (122), Wood (194), Houser(239), Burnes(263), Howard(338),
Kikichi(359), F Peralta(410), Lyles(434), Urena(458)
RP Yates(71), Chapman(143), Anderson(191), Robles(215), Melancon (311) seemed Chapman was way devalued
over Covid
I think I should’ve taken at least one less OF & one less 2B & maybe added a C, 1B or some MRs. But i’d very much would like your evaluation of this team or anyone else wanting to chime in. Thanks

hal_incandenza
hal_incandenza
2 years ago

Hello Grey and fellow Razzballers!

I’m sure you’ve been wondering how Hal’s teams look this year, and when he drafted them. Fortunately, I am Hal and therefore able to provide answers to exactly these things!

I started this league in 2002, and a couple of long-term owners opted out this year. Those were even pre-pandemic decisions! So we’re scraping by with just 10 teams in a 6×6 Roto with OPS and Holds. We drafted early March to mid-March. Looking at the team feels a bit like opening a time capsule.

C: Y Grandal
1B: Pete Alonso
2B: Brandon Lowe or Ryan McMahon
3B: Jose Ramirez
SS: Mondesi
IF: Matt Olson
LF: E. Rosario
CF: Tilldaddy
RF: McCutchen
OF: Choo
Util: Bichette

Bench
Brandon Lowe or Ryan McMahon
David Peralta
Kingery
Buxton

Pitching
Corbin
Giolito
Lynn
Ryu
Gallen

A. Chapman (IL)
Edwin Diaz
Neris
Doolittle
D. Castillo
Daniel Hudson
Blake Treinen
Andrew Miller

I currently have an open roster spot with Aroldis to the IL. Suggestions on who to add? Obvious drops? I realize you have no idea who is available in my league unless I state more. More: Rich Hill, Crick, Givens, Stripling, Kyle Lewis. Top %ROST bats that are FAs: Lux, Gregorius, Hicks, Hosmer, Odor, Renfroe, Cespedes. Obviously not the deepest league so there may be others that are “hot” at Razz that could be looked over in a 10-teamer.

Thanks in advance.

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

Will Smith is only gonna play 3 out of 5 games to start the season… sigh…

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

yeeeeeeep – was the last bat drafted until I went with my pitchers – didn’t want to deal with everyone else. At least there’s upside!

For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
Reply to  William Hung
2 years ago

good thing only spot i own him is a deep dynasty with small innings cap such that you should/could use a BN spot for a backup, i got suzuki last night in that one. and in that i got him off WW’s last year didn’t have to pay his this year draft price.

RoarOf84
RoarOf84
2 years ago

Who you picking up as a Soto replacement? Brian Anderson, Grisham, Pollock, or Riley?

The Harrow
The Harrow
2 years ago

yikes, WAS waits till today to say soto even has corona. that or he just like yesterday flunked a test after negativing the others. got freeman in one spot soto is in too, that could’ve turned out badly. a 16 teamer too.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

he must’ve flunked a last night or this morning test, pretty sure week or more ago he had it too (or complications of getting answer to a test). but then played just fine for a while after that.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

yeah, when they were playing together most of those days. my guess is once you get this you can always just test positive again later, it would explain a whole lot. and you likely never had any reason to even know you had this. this probably is just how this disease works. so it’s really not good for jobs that require negative tests AND test you again later, often.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
2 years ago

that in fact would jibe with how common flus work too, they are always “in” basically everybody; and almost always there’s no symptoms.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
2 years ago

remember they’ve only even HAD a test for this thing for 6-7 months max, so not much time to quality control it. would also explain how people are:
1. testing postive
2. 2 days later testing negative
3. 2-5 days later testing positive again
4. some days later negative again, maybe 1 day later

all 3 with no symptoms. the actually cool thing us non experts is we’d probably never learn these things EXCEPT for seeing the sports players go through this stuff. WYSIATI (unless you can find accurate data elsewhere, which i don’t know where to do)

hondo
hondo
Reply to  The Harrow
2 years ago

It was from Tuesday,

Steverino
Steverino
2 years ago

My H2H opponent has Soto. Not sure how to feel.

Sanguine is probably best. Could easily be one of my guys next…

Play Ball
Play Ball
2 years ago

I have a spot open now that Soto is on COVID-IL.

I was going to fill his position with Luis Robert or move Belli to OF and trade Robert for Vlad who will have 1B eligibility in 5 games (Yahoo). Good move or no?

For FA which of these would you grab while Soto is out?

J.D. Davis (3B/OF)
Lourdes (2B/OF)
Yuli (1B/3B)
Howie Kendrick (1B, 2B, 3B)

Play Ball
Play Ball
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Sano or Vlad?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

Thoughts on 16 team playoffs

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Agreed. Smart minds think alike..

Jr
Jr
2 years ago

It’s here! It’s here! Finally get some baseball!

10 team h2h dynasty league. Know you don’t like Goldy and blackmon and they’re two of my older players. I’m not in it this year, but what would you be looking for in a trade for them? The sale/syndergaard owner is running Vogelbach at 1B so might be able to get some future pitching from him. My top 3 arms are Ray, Edrod, and Lamet.

I know my roster is a lot of guys you don’t like, but things went south fast.

C – Jansen
1b- goldy
2b – Altuve
3b – machado
Ss – Baez
Of – blackmon, franmil, Tucker
Util – Hoskins
BN/IL/prospects- Sano, Riley, Kendrick, h. Dozier, Franco, bohm, rutschman, brujan

So- edrod; ray, lamet, Weaver, Marquez, Wright, lucchesi, manaea,
IL/prospects – tailllon, mize, Hunter green, honeywell, DeSclafani, rodon

So my pitching is a disaster, hitting not much better.

Jr
Jr
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

It’s a dynasty league. So I’ve had altuve, blackmon, Goldy etc. for years now. Typically 20-25 guys, including minor leaguers, are kept every year, so not a ton of turnover.

Thoughts on trading them for prospects or those injured starters?

Hot cakes
Hot cakes
2 years ago

Is Juan soto worth drafting after pick 100 in a standard league? Thanks Grey

Whirlaway
Whirlaway
2 years ago

Grey! hope all is well.

10 Team h2h with OBP and SLG league. Can you rank top three of these for UTIL:

Grisham, Riely, Hays, Happ, Calhoun, Biggio, C. Walker, D. Peralta, C Taylor

Thanks

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
2 years ago

Grey what’s up man….

With the puk injury , my life got easy on which arm to drop for a Catcher to finally pick up. Now the I only have the odious task of picking up a catcher …. In points league who do suggest..
Sean Murphy
Francisco Mejia
I. Kinser-Falefa
Danny Jansen

Thank you!!!

YC
YC
2 years ago

Hey Grey-I hope this finds you well. I need to choose 2 OF out of the following 4 for the week 1 ESPN lock which is 11 days long:
K Lewis
I Happ
Akiyama
Sam Hilliard

Thanks!

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

Grey,

I need your help. I put in a bid for Buster Posey, and awaiting for him to comer off the WW. Also, I have 4 guys on the IL because of the Covid-19 (Freeman, Gallego, Will Smith, and I think Yordan Alvarez). I just brought up the kid from SD Olivares, currently i have 42 active players. If I get Posey i will have 43. If I activate the 4 it will put 2 over the roster limit so I need to make room for them by dropping 2 players and not sure who to drop these are my choices on my team:

Fulmer
Wacha
Profar

I am leaning towards the 2 SP. What are your thoughts? please advise

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

Grey what’s up man….

With the puk injury , my life got easy on which arm to drop for a Catcher to finally pick up. Now the I only have the odious task of picking up a catcher …. In points league who do suggest..
Sean Murphy
Francisco Mejia
I. Kinser-Falefa
Danny Jansen

Thank you!!!

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

i know. I can protect him for next year. So what do you think?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

which two of the three?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
2 years ago

in fact let me re do the list. Pick two of the 4 to throw back

Fullmer
Wacha
Profar
Kahnle

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

i can withdraw the bid on Posey ($6)

Omar
Omar
2 years ago

Weekly Standard + OPS: pick one to replace Soto (essentially bench bat):

Austin Hays
Kyle Lewis
Riley
Hilliard
Canha

Cohen
Cohen
2 years ago

Grey, please pick two best streamers?
SON like them all
VV at home vs Mia
P.Lopez at home vs Balt
Houser at Pitt
E.Hernandez at home vs Balt

PK
PK
2 years ago

Happy Re-Opening Day, Grey!

Just wanted to drop a note of appreciation for you. With everything so unpredictable right now, it’s reassuring to know that your witty analysis is waiting for me every weekday when I wake up. Keep up the fantastic work!

Sandman
Sandman
Reply to  PK
2 years ago

I fully second this. Your writing is important to a lot of people. Keep up the good fight.

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I third this!

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
2 years ago

FMFBL…drafted Soto 9th overall in a roto draft. Odds of winning this league just went down by about 75%.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Ouch! And here I was feeling sorry for myself regarding Tom Murphy… maybe EdRod can add to my woes.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I don’t think I’m brave enough to replace EdRod with [email protected] I think he’s -$22 on streamonator. Kinda confirms my fears for him.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

It actually increased to -$33!!! I’m not sure what to think since he’s 18 months post TJS and they’re making him their #2.

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Brutal. This is the 4th year in a row my 1st round pick will be a complete bust and this time, it happened before the first pitch of the year. Unreal bad luck.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

It Eflin sucks

Russ
Russ
2 years ago

Whats up Grey,
12 Team Roto 6×6 OBP, sv and holds separate cats
What do you think?

C – O. Navarez
1B – P. Alonzo
2B – E. Escobar
3B – J. Ramirez
SS – A. Mondesi
MI – T. Anderson
CI – J. Donaldson
OF – C. Bellinger
OF – J.D. Davis
OF – A. Hicks
OF – A. Verdugo
OF – M. Cahna
UTL – N. Cruz
BN – Shogo

SP – Darvish
SP – S. Gray
SP – Lynn
SP – Gallen
SP – Musgrove
SP – R. Hill
CL -Melancon
CL – Kintzler
HD – D. Castillo
HD – S. Lugo

Russ
Russ
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Typo on my part, I meant OPS, does that change your outlook on the team?

Smitty
2 years ago

We made it! Dodgers vs Giants tonight! I’ll take whatever we get, let’s play ball!
What a long, strange trip it’s been.

erad
erad
2 years ago

For real baseball (and real life) COVID is terrible – but for fantasy purposes, I almost welcome this newfound chaos.

Embrace it bb

stevie
stevie
2 years ago

Arrgh! The covid got Sexy Dr. Pepper! This year is gonna be funky

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

What’s the correct most PC way to handle news like this?

Step 1 – Hope he’s ok
Step 2- Check all my rosters for shares of Less Sexy Dr. Pepper
Step 3 – No Shares
Step 4 – Do a Jig
Step 5 – Remind self that most important thing is it isn’t serious for him
Step 6 – Jump in air and click heels together

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Was that the Matz is my ace team?

whitt23
whitt23
2 years ago

Opening day trade offer. My Laureano, L Hendricks, H Alberto for his Castellanos, Plesac. I have Rogers, Kimbrel, Pressly (for a couple weeks at least) as closers as well.

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
2 years ago

Watson or Kitzler for SAGNOF?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  rhodyballer
2 years ago

Or Helsey?

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  rhodyballer
2 years ago

helsley ain’t closer now, for sure (at least to start)

detroit696969
detroit696969
2 years ago

JUAN SOTO GETS COVID

JUAN COV-OTO

NOOOOOOOOO :'( that one hurts me bad

NUX
NUX
2 years ago

Ugh Juan soto just tested positive :/

herschel
herschel
2 years ago

@Grey: sagnof week 1, who do you like better? britton (3 @ was) or pressly (3 vs sea)? happy opening day (finally)!

Gigorilla
Gigorilla
2 years ago

Grey — please ask Donkey Teeth if his name is from a Supernatural episode 9/16 from 2014.

Then you could call him the ‘First Blade’

Gigorilla
Gigorilla
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks, just looked it up. Scary funny.

Skufer
2 years ago

Got offered Jorge Polanco for my Jeff McNeil. I don’t have a SS so I kind of have to take this deal, right ?

bbmedic3195
bbmedic3195
2 years ago

Marcus’s calf blowing like a Stroman Candle made me laugh and cry at the same time as I was hoping he would anchor the back of my rotation. Now Im stuck with making the tough call as to the likes of Framber Valdez, Elieser Hernandez or Yusiel Kikuchi. Any advice for this less than ideal situation would be great. Thanks

Trader
Trader
2 years ago

Burnes starting Saturday vs Cubs and Darvish. That was fast!

Best stash (short term): Stroman, Uquidy, Odorizzi

Bonk
Bonk
2 years ago

Hill vs. Keuchel @CHW
or
Velasquez vs. Urena @PHI?

Bonk
Bonk
2 years ago

Hill (MIN) vs. Keuchel (@CHW)
or
Velasquez (@PHI) vs. Urena (MIA)

detroit696969
detroit696969
2 years ago

Hey Grey! Great write up as usual.

I am in the same boat – we only have two IL spots in this league and I just watched Dozier get COVID, Stroman and Odorizzi go down and I already had Kela on the IL. I’m assuming I hold on to Stro for the time being but it’s difficult with only two IL spots.

For a last-roster-spot-dart-throw do I go with Cespedes or Riley? Cain and Shogo are there too but I have a lot of speed.
Team: Sano, Muncy, Bregs, Lindo, Springer, Ozuna, Franmil, Mondesi, Bichette
BN: Mcneil, Mercado, Cespedes IL: Dozier

Thanks!!!

detroit696969
detroit696969
Reply to  detroit696969
2 years ago

I have another league where I have Khris Davis as my last roster spot. Davis over Riley? Or drop a guy like Pressly for riley in a SV + Hld league where I have 5 relievers including Pressly. Thanks again!

detroit696969
detroit696969
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Time to grab a blanket and throw on some Sarah Mclachlan for one of my favorite pitchers

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
2 years ago

I’m curious as to what your ‘Perts league team looks like. Got a link?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

First start or bench question of the new season.

Would you start Johnny Cueto in LA tonight. I am thinking NO..

Curious George
Curious George
2 years ago

Thoughts on Andres Giménez for 2020? Mets gave promoted him.

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Hadn’t seen specifics. If he were in an everyday role?

The Harrow
The Harrow
2 years ago

mahle time bitches! desclafani has a “mild right teres major strain” bye bye wacha in NL only

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
2 years ago

so desclafani is the “very model of a mild/major general” here. sounds oxymoronic here.

DLev45
DLev45
2 years ago

12 team 5×5 Roto (6 keepers)

C – Vazquez
1B – Olson
2B – Biggio
SS – Baez
3B – Chapman
OF – JD Martinez
OF – Laureano
OF – Conforto
UT – Ohtani
UT – Mallex
BN – Happ
BN – Willie Calhoun
IL – Dozier
NA – Madrigal

SP – Cole
SP – Buehler
SP – Clevinger
SP – Stripling
SP – Ray
SP – Urias
SP – May
SP – Gore
SP – Pearson

RP – Jansen
RP – Kintzler
RP – Wade Davis

Would you make a move to add Pressly, Watson, or Crick to chase some Saves?

RP is my weakest spot, and having a hard time deciding if I want to ditch one of the SPs. Would think May based on the roster news, but he seems too good to drop for a rent-a-closer.

Sandman
Sandman
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

Thanks for answering my question above! I have Andujar as a UTIL, and Lucchesi at the end of my rotation. I was thinking of replacing one or both of them to bolster my bats, or hold?

C: Garver
1B: Olson
2B: Villar
3B: Donaldson
SS: Bogaerts
CI: Austin Riley
MI: Brandon Lowe
OF: Acuna
OF: Harper
OF: JD Martinez
OF: Kyle Lewis
UTIL: Willie Calhoun,
UTIL: Miguel Andujar
BENCH: Christian Walker
IL: Hunter Dozier, Yordan Alvarez
NA: Madrigal

SP: Giolito, Darvish, Lamet, Wheeler, Houser, Heaney, L. Weaver, Lucchesi
RP: Jansen, Kimbrel, Kennedy, Melancon
IL: Odorizzi

Available Bats:
-Arraez
-Gardner
-Renato Nunez
-Tapia
-Brian Anderson
-Trent Grisham
-Jon Berti
-Michael Chavis
-Nick Solak

Thank you!

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
2 years ago

Flier on Burnes, Lucchessi or Civale?

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
2 years ago

Sal Perez or Kiner-Falefa?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Schmohawks Bob
2 years ago

this isn’t close, salvy. all those “but but falafel man hit all those spring training HR’s” (after minor and major league career of nearly none), salvy pretty sure just HR’d in back to back summer camp games within the last 3 days or so. not that i care about those, but every damn one of these falafel man guys love to use that stuff (as they have nothing else TO use). the ONLY true and positive thing about falafel man is you’d have a starting 3B with catcher elig, so less off days. however, if yr in a more ratio based situation like say OPS, falafel man will bring those down even more FROM that those extra at bats. plus salvy (along with molina) basically never gets any off days anyway, he’s like the safest floor catcher there is from those.

steve stevenson
steve stevenson
2 years ago

Mixed 5×5, 17 bats, 11 arms, 0 bench, I can add a bat and an arm to replace IL guys, pick one of each:

bats: Braun, Eaton, K. Lewis, Madrigal
arms: Yarbrough, SAGNOF (W. Davis or one of the SF guys) or a MR for ratios (D. Castillo, Karinchak, Buttrey to cuff my Robles, or Pagan)

FWIW I should be about middle of the pack in SV with my current roster and my SP are Rico Suave.

3mango
3mango
2 years ago

Quick Moment, as I wish your thoughts please:
12 Team Roto (R, HR, TB, RBI, BB, SB, AVE, OPS // K, QS, W, SV, ERA, WHIP, PTW, K-BB
C Willson Contreras
1B Danny Santana OF, 1B
2B Mike Moustakas 3B, 2B
3B Jose Ramirez 3B
SS Carter Kieboom SS
2B/SS Garrett Hampson 2B, OF
1B/3B Hanser Alberto 2B, 3B
OF Giancarlo Stanton OF
OF Luis Robert OF
OF Lorenzo Cain OF
UTIL Kyle Lewis OF
Bench Ryan Braun OF
Bench Tommy Edman 3B, 2B
Bench Sam Hilliard OF

PITCHERS
P Josh Hader RP
P Kirby Yates RP
P Edwin Diaz RP
P Carlos Carrasco SP, RP
P James Paxton SP
P Lance Lynn SP
Bench Andrew Heaney SP
Bench Corbin Burnes SP

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  3mango
2 years ago

It looks like you had 2 picks in the first 4 rounds.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  3mango
2 years ago

cram’s right, you went well over (i mean under in number) ADP in probably quite a few spots to have those hitters, and those pitchers in a 12’er. it looks like stanton was yr 2nd round pick (i love stanton, and he’s going like 72nd overall or some silly b.s.). went closer/closer probably at around pick 45-60 (and diaz ain’t that cheap either for the 3rd one). unless you have an unusually small innings cap i’d dump some BN hitters for SP (keep edman over beef jerky man alberto).

Smell The Glove
Smell The Glove
2 years ago

Starting the season without both of my closers (Chapman and Gallegos). It ain’t pretty out there but Wade Davis or Kyle Crick? (I know, don’t judge)

Wake Up
Wake Up
2 years ago

Hot dogs at the ready. Check.

Plenty of beer on ice. Check

The usual card board cut out friends waiting on the couch. Check.

The neighbors already pumping in unusually high levels of crowd noise. Check.

Just finished an hour of 100 yard long toss. Check.

Getting some pepper going in an hour. Check.

Got my good spikes on inside on the hardwood. Check.

Cup check. Ouch.

Man opening day is feeling good!

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yes you are a parrot apparently…I didn’t realize I was doing Razzball social media…

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

The process of being mentally stimulated to do something creative.

This means copy word for word?

Trader
Trader
2 years ago

The danger of too many mock drafts reared its ugly head last night in my real Friends League draft. It appears they are smarter than the average Joe- maybe even Razzball readers! I may have reached a few times for short positions which I hate to do. Ended up with 7 guys I never acquired in any mock draft. Ugh. I will need to make some moves! Here is the team – 12 teamer Roto with ten hitting and nine pitching cats so it rewards guys that have a high average, walk and don’t strike out much.

C- Perez
CI- Abreau, Suarez, Dannys
MI- Tatis, Newman, C Hernandez
OF- Yelich, Brantley, Mercado, Laureano, C Dick (!)
Util: Ohtani
SP: Stras, Morton, Hendricks, CMart (Ohtani)
RP: Hand, Iglesias, Betances, Pagan, Treinen (S&H)
Bench: D Murphy, Dyson

I can move Dannys to OF and pickup a CI if that helps.

Best on wire:
H Dozier, Thames, Piscotty, Fletcher, Fletcher, Chavis, Puig, Hays, Hays, Hilliard, Taylor, Puljos, Smoak, Berti

Trader
Trader
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Cuz I panicked! Cesar and Murphy 50% owned and clock was ticking down (30 seconds per pick)

Hopefully I can fix! Thank you

3mango
3mango
2 years ago

Loved Max Headroom reference.
Thought Title of post should’ve been:
‘Stromanm my pain with his calf string….’
HA! NOW try and gettin that out of your head!

Bqw
Bqw
2 years ago

12 team NL only Aristedes Aquino. Drop or hold?

Bqw
Bqw
2 years ago

12 team NL only Aristedes Aquino. Drop or hold?

galica
galica
2 years ago

Grey!!

Thanks, man.

a. Have since dropped Burnes ’cause I can’t start him for any of his first two starts (per SON) so I’m using it for streamers. First up, Eovaldi for his first start.

b. Question about SON and the $ score. Obvi, JV at home versus the Mariners should be a lock hence his good score for Ks, Ws and probably everything else. What score is the absolute lowest you’d take to start a pitcher that you believed in? Eovaldi is going at 9.9$ at home versus the Os, so he should be good for something. Obviously most pitchers in Colorado are going to have a negative score and should be avoided if possible, even if they are around ‘0’, right? Do you have a range of confidence? Like…

1. 20 and above, got to start him, like JV at home vs the Ms
2. 5 – 20, fairly confident. Start him if the other pitcher is gonna get bombed at least for a W.
3. 0-5, tread with caution.
4. less than 0, try to avoid if possible.

Cheers,
Ante

galica
galica
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Grey!!!

a. Don’t know what happened, automatic update and low I was down there. Took too long to make my comment.

b. Yeah, on Eo I was also stunned by 9.9$. Must be a mirage and by gameday SON will slap himself in the face for such terrible job. Gonna drop Eo for Hudson, maybe he latches on as closer? Haven’t seen anything good from the Nats’ camp on Doolittle.

c. Signed up Britton by some luck! Dropped Dustin May for the second time.

d. Not happy about Madrigal to the farm news. Hopefully he gets back in 7 days! If not back in 7, then I’ll have to drop if something hot is afoot!

e. Happy OD. May all your dreams come true today.

Cheers,
Ante

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

Oh god, Quintana – persona non grata to me for costing me my spot in the finals last year