Clearly, there’s a major issue here.  The issue revolves around a few Buys this week.  They are Mark Trumbo, Tim Beckham, Jonathan Villar and Trey Mancini.  Any guesses their connection?  No, they don’t all wear a bear costume during the offseason for bachelorette parties.  I mean, they could, but no.  I don’t think so.  Their connection and the issue can be summed in this question, is the entire Orioles lineup really hot or have they just faced garbage pitching for the last week?  I’d give you the answer, but I’d have to kill you, and I don’t know your address.  I guess I have your IP, but is it roaming?  VPN?  Am I really traveling around to kill you when I could just not tell you the answer?  That is the other choice here, right?  Such a dilemma!  Let me sleep on it.  *pulls Murphy bed out of wall, lies down, Murphy bed flies up and traps me*  Muffled screams, “Mark Trumbo has been the hottest hitter in the league!  If you need power, I’d grab him in all leagues!  Also, can you pull down this freakin’ bed?!”  Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before we get into the Buy/Sell, just wanted to tell you our Fantasy Football Leagues are now doing their sign-up thang.  Or thing, if slang ain’t your thang.   Anyway II, the Buy/Sell:

BUY

Austin Hedges – He could hit more homers than any other catcher the rest of the way.  Or he could hit .185 and be replaced by Mejia.  It’s all about Hedges.

Steve Pearce – This guy Pearce is Aussie, which originally meant “awesome.”  As in, “We got a way to get rid of these Brits we don’t want, our very own penal colony.  Aussie!”

Jake Bauers – He might be approaching Ty Wigginton’s single season Buy Appearance Record that is housed in Cooperstown right next to the condom Fritz Peterson wore during the 1968 season.

Trey Mancini – His last name is still being pronounced like fettuccine as punishment for his horrendous 1st half, but if he continues his hot hitting in the 2nd half, and sprinkles in some magic, we’ll have a Mancini Carbonaro Effect.

Ryan Zimmerman – Did you know his nickname Ry-Zi stands for Ryanium Zilcharium?  It’s a hard to hold compound that might appear on your team if Matt Adams starts getting playing time again.

Jonathan Villar – *Me watching Orioles games*  No matter how many I own this is really difficult to watch.  Wait a second, I’m watching their pitching.  My bad.

Jeff McNeil – I keep comparing McNeil to Jeff Kent, and it is simply because their first names.  Or is it?!  Damn, Reversal Question, you’re like a cat jumping out of a closet.

Adalberto Mondesi – Two years ago, I was crazy for Mondesi because of his combo of some power and crazy speed.  My excitement could very well be there again next year if I get enough mimosas in me.  I call those, Mimosalbertos and they *burps* excuse me, make me Motipsi.

David Bote – You have to platoon him because Maddon will be doing that.  You ever wonder if someone off the street could manage a baseball team as well as a World Series-winning manager?  Okay, what if the person off the street were Dusty Baker?

Miguel Sano – I just gave you my Miguel Sano fantasy.  It was written while trying to get banned from Facebook for ‘posting too many cat pictures.’

Tim Beckham – There are a ton of waiver wire grabs this week that I really like.  Kinda crazy how we can get to August and still have pickups in shallower leagues of guys I would’ve owned all year in deeper leagues (this is really not crazy at all; it’s why league size matters).

Nick Ahmed – Who has more homers:  Ahmed or all but one player on the Tigers?  Damn, Detroit.

Aledmys Diaz – Aledmys or two players on the Tigers?  Okay, made my point about Detroit.

Eloy Jimenez – Only because people are going to say, “Gee, Grey, you’re super handsome with your natural physique, but surprised you didn’t include Eloy.”

Nick Williams – I can’t stop thinking about how I’m begging you to pick up Williams this year, but next March, after Williams has done nothing all offseason (because there’s no games), his stock is going to shoot up and everyone is going to want to own Williams.

Randal Grichuk – This morning I told you he’d be a Buy this afternoon.  I’m like a giant winged bat, I will never let you down.

Mallex Smith – They say capitalism is flawed because of inequality, but that’s a poor reason.  — Mallex B. Stealin’.

David Dahl – I own Dahl and Ian Desmond right now on a few teams because I don’t know how this is going to shake out like an elderly man at a urinal, but I want the one that is playing.

Steven Souza – Maybe it’s a holdover from when Chase Field played like the Space Force on steroids, but I love random Diamondbacks hitters:  Souza, Ahmed, Peralta…Chris Owings, where you at?

A.J. Minter – I don’t expect Vizcaino to return this year, and the Braves are good and Minter is the closer and, yo, why isn’t he owned everywhere?

Drew Steckenrider – Bearclaw has been more like possumanus, so Steckenrider would likely see saves, and could run with the job.

Addison ReedFernando Rodney shot his poisoned imaginary arrow across Big Sky country and landed in Oakland.  By the way, Rodney better be careful who he shoots an imaginary arrow at in Oakland; cops may not be as receptive to that there.  Reed is likely the replacement, but Trevor Hildenberger and maybe even Taylor Rogers could see action.

Scott Alexander – News broke Friday morning that Kenley Jansen has another occurrence of his irregular heartbeat.  All joking aside, that is scary.  Imagine a heartbeat is a metronome, and when it’s irregular, it’s a metrognome, and it’s a ghoulish Altuve-like figure living in your chest telling you to use Travelocity.  I’m seriously freaking myself out!  Filling in for Jansen will be Alexander, and a Dodgers beat writer said, maybe Kenta Maeda would see some saves, which seems doubtful.  I grabbed Dylan Floro, which was a pickup only because I missed Alexander everywhere.  Have you ever done this?  Grab a reliever just because you missed the actual replacement?  It’s akin to texting a girl who has repeatedly shown no interest in you.  “U up?”  “Bill, it’s 3 PM, I am up.”  “Cool, u get my message about maybe hanging out tonight?”  “Yes.”  “And?” Silence for another 24 hours.

Jose Leclerc – Yes, I would own Leclerc, but, in the bigger picture, as I said on this week’s podcast, I’m excited for Leclerc for next year.  He’s so SAGNOF, so clean.

Pedro Strop – After fantasy football projections drop (smooth segue), people seem to switch focus and more and more solid closers go ignored.  Well, don’t focus; f**k them!  Baseball is l’chaim!

Ryan Madson – Picking him up has the makings of a major regret but I would put aside my premonitions and do a trust twerk into someone’s arms.

Pat NeshekVictor Arano, Seranthony Dominguez, Tommy Hunter, The Phanatic, Greg Luzinski’s Handmaiden, Kabe Bapler who is Gabe Kapler with a glue-on mustache, and Cesar Hernandez.  Any of them could close Phils games.  This week’s guess is Dominguez or Neshek.

Joe Musgrove – This is a Stream-o-Nator call like the call it makes to its doctor for mood relaxers.

CC Sabathia – And your last Stream-o-Nator call of the weekend.  “I slept standing up in a tool shed and the rake made me think of starving children and…I just want something to take the edge off.”

SELL

Mike Trout – Nope, have nothing bad to say about Trout ever, so don’t think this is going to be that.  By saying I’d sell Trout, I’m saying I’d sell anyone in redrafts.  Trade deadlines are barreling towards us like we’re a gorilla and this is Donkey Kong.  You need to win this year.  Not next year (well, maybe next year too), not last year (hopefully last year, but nothing we can do about that now).  You need to win if it means trading away one of the top players of all-time.  If you need pitching, saves and a middle infielder, you know how much Trout’s doing for you?  I’m holding up a sign that reads, “Nothing,” like I’m in an INXS video.  Would I trade Trout for swimming lessons with Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken?  No, but I would explore options.

 
  1. Gotime says:
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    With my Knebel, left with only Minter. pick up Leclerc or Alexander or both, hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Leclerc

  2. Tinman95 says:
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    1 RoS

    Franmil
    Ahmed
    Mancini
    Villar
    Mondesi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini or Villar depending on needs

      • Tinman95 says:
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        @Grey: how do you think Framil will pan out for the rest of the year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He had 3 good games vs. terrible pitching… He could go 0 for his next 25

  3. Supah Hot Fiers says:
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    Would you rather have Tyler O’Neill (when he comes back next week) or Souza?

    Thanks for all the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Souza

  4. kDawg says:
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    Would you trade Correa/ Bellinger for Turner/Dozier?
    Dozier and Bellinger are have disappointing years. Turner more SB but no power and his AVG/OPS lower than Correa, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  5. KDawg says:
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    What if offer was Trea/Dozier for Correa/Bellinger/Pivetta?
    Is Pivetta too much to give away for the hitting upgrade however slight?
    Pivetta on innings limit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much for Trea side

  6. Schzechuan Sauce says:
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    Sad day that I have to ask this question but would you drop Muncy for Souza or Trumbo for a UTIL spot in a redraft league?

  7. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey,

    Looking to 2019 qs league

    Bieber and Alex Wood or McCullers?

    Happy Friday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither? Wood

  8. Turd Fergusons says:
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    in SD, rumors of Wil Myers trying out 3B so that Renfroe and Reyes can keep starting. the Padres have gyorkoed around with Myers’s positions way too much. CF, Corner OFs, 1B, back to OF, now 3B?? And the local radio guys are like oh wow he’s such an athlete he can play anywhere. OK. well he gets hurt if he’s playing anything but 1B. But we really needed Hosmer’s sub 700 OPS uggghhh

    anyway i’m buying Franimal Reyes because Myers is made of glass (& not in the cool, Blondie heart of glass way)

    • GrassyKnollRedding says:
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      @Turd Fergusons: Ha! Mucho Mistrust Myers

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Mmm

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahaha… Local guys are the best…. Such homers… A Franmil mil mil mil

  9. GrassyKnollRedding says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Wow. This morning’s buy is a who’s who of guys I cut in the last two weeks. In my defense, we all have different needs.

    I will spare you cutting and pasting my last attempted post. Suffice it to say, do you think LeMahieu’s still hurt? Or still shaking off rust? Doesn’t seem quite right.

    Love what Aledmys has been doing. Once Vlad is up and Lourdes is healthy TOR has a great young core in that infield next year. Just picked up Aledmys, which means he’ll get hurt immediately.

    If you’ll indulge me a rather silly question about this point of the season… Can we go wrong churning the bottom half of our lineup for hot bats? This is the point where we can be a little more cutthroat with mid-tier guys who have been underperforming for months, correct?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DJ’s hurt still is my guess — can’t go wrong churning — could see dropping guys like Ozuna as said in video

  10. Smell The Glove says:
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    Dreaded catcher question: Zunino or Gomes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zunino

  11. Benson Dindy says:
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    ROS Mancini or Villar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mancini, apples/oranges

  12. primetime says:
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    Justin Bour to the Phlllies, is that a BUY?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No

  13. RICE says:
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    Hey Grey!

    So confused with the Desmond situation (the Rockies are the worst)! He was playing so well as summer started to creep in. I was juiced for a 7 game home stand… and here we are, he’s been benched for 2 of the first 4. I’m not sure what to do until we know how it plays out… Unfortunately, he’s my starting 1B.

    Pick the best option in your deity-like opinion:

    A)
    Bench Desmond
    1B: Whit Merryfield
    IF: Schoop

    B)
    Drop Desmond for Mancini
    1B: Mancini
    IF: Whit
    Bench: Schoop

    C)
    Drop Schoop for Mancini
    Bench Desmond until we figure this out
    1B: Mancini
    IF: Whit
    Bench: Desmond

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d ride A for a few more to see if Schoop can’t come around

      • RICE says:
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        @Grey: Fingers crossed! Thanks man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  14. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Grey great post…PICK 2 ROS for SAVES K’s and ERA/WHIP

    Alexander R Osuna Dominguez

  15. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Grey pick 2 for the final weeks and playoffs… ROS for saves ERA WHIP and KS

    Alexander Osuna Dominguez

    Drop Longoria to add Grichuk? whos been hitting like a beast ever since he was sent down

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Alexander Osuna Dominguez is who just won a Congress seat in the Bronx, right? Alexander, Dominguez, but hard call — Yes, Grichuk, forget Longo

      • RobPopp says:
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        @Grey: lol classic^! I had to look tbh didnt know, it’s alexandria ortiz cortez

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yeah

  16. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    LOL that be Ruben Diaz’s nephew, hes more of an OPS guy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • ROTO OVERLORD says:
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        @Grey: Rondon is one blowup from losing his job, but with 2 weeks left in my regular season, the saves are most important I think dropping Osuna for Alex is the move, also have Maeda on roster incase that happens

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes sense

  17. Man D says:
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    I won the Scott Alexander sweepstakes. I’m not sure what that means in the long run but I am happy now…at least I think this is happiness. I am pleasantly satisfied without having any sexual happening…definition of happiness…it’s in the Bible. Anywho…Gsellman or David Robertson (not the evanglist…but the Yankee) in a holds + saves league..or neither and get Carl Edwards Jr?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I remember that in the Bible, was Rosy Psalm

      Robertson

      • Man D says:
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        @Grey: Yes, the 69th chapter I believe.