From Fozzie Bear’s Big Book Of Side-Splitting Jokes (Please Laugh), “Why couldn’t you hear the guy who didn’t draft Michael Wacha? He was Mike-less. Wacha Wacha Wacha.” “Did you see him pitch yesterday? He was reWachable, knocking down Pirates like he was playing Wacha-Mole. Wacha Wacha Wacha.” “What do you get when you don’t listen to Grey’s preseason advice to draft Michael Wacha? An unbearable fantasy baseball ‘pert giving I told you so’s. Wacha Wacha Wacha.” Yesterday, Michael Wacha took a no-hitter into the 8th inning, ending up with the line 8 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks, 8 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.41. At one point in the 8th inning, he hit 97 MPH on the radar gun, which was the point when I licked my finger and touched the screen to listen for a sizzle. Since I didn’t hear the sizzle, I tried the same with an electrical socket to make sure I was alive and not a ghost. Turns out I’m alive, but with smoke coming out my ears. Speaking of smoke coming out of one’s ears (taking that segue right off a cliff!), Blake Snell threw about as gemmy of a gem as you’re gonna find for someone gemming up the works — 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners (0 walks), 12 Ks, ERA at 2.36. Of course, Snell was yet another one of my preseason sleepers, but if only we had one more of my preseason sleepers that did well on Sunday to satisfy my Rule of Three craving. Someone who was on no one’s radar for a reason I couldn’t quite understand. Someone who hit three homers yesterday and has 13 homers on the year. Wait, that did happen! Eddie Rosario (3-for-5, 4 RBIs) went Bazooka Jack times three yesterday to seal one of the greatest days in the history of my life. Sorry, wedding day, you’re moving down the list! If you wanna bask in my glory: here’s the Michael Wacha sleeper you ignored, the Blake Snell sleeper you missed and the Eddie Rosario sleeper you didn’t believe. Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:
Marcell Ozuna – 1-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer, a grand slam, and his 2nd homer in as many games. Finally, we have an answer for when Ozuna set his alarm clock — June 2nd.
Brian Dozier – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .246. Until we see different, I am assuming however many homers Dozier hits in the 1st half will be his total homers on the year plus 25.
Edwin Encarnacion – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 15th and 16th homer, hitting .246. “Encarnacion was a popular fantasy baseball draft pick and he still is, I get more props and stunts than Dontrelle Willis.” That’s lyrics from Edwyck.
Michael Brantley – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer, hitting .323. Surprised he doesn’t go by Mi-Bra. “Wow, Mi-Bra just laced another one! Rounding 2nd, ooh, stay in your lane, Brantley…Yes, Mi-Bra is safely secured on 2nd! A beautiful two bagger!”
Felix Hernandez – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.33. For one day in early June 2018, F-Her turned back the clock like Cher in a mesh bodysuit. The Stream-o-Nator also liked this start.
Brandon Belt – Hit the DL after having his appendix removed. Sounds like there’s gonna be a new notch on Belt.
Andrew Suarez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.74. In away games, he has a 6.38 ERA. In home games, he has a 3.55 ERA. Suarez is a rice-ja-broni treat!
Dereck Rodriguez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.93, as he replaces Samardzija in the rotation. Dereck has the pedigree of major league baseball lineage. Or I should say pudgigree; he’s Ivan Rodriguez’s kid. He throws 93-95 MPH, and is finding more success in the majors than he ever did in Double-A, which is not a good sign. Maybe he visited Juan Gonzalez’s son, Balco.
Andrew McCutchen – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .248. The entire Giants offense looks like it needs a late afternoon nap.
Buster Posey – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .303. Whew, what would your 8th place team be doing without Posey?
Jake Arrieta – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 2.66. The Regression Fairies appreciate Lena Dunham, they call their guy friends “sistah,” and they will destroy your ratios.
Vince Velasquez – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.82. Now has six straight starts when he’s given up three runs or less. So, you just know if you pick him up, he’s going to randomly give up 5+ runs in his next start. Yet, if you don’t pick him up, he will continue to pitch well. What does he have against you? Not sure, maybe you try couples counseling.
Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 13 Ks, ERA at 1.49. Imagine how well he’d pitch if he could locate his elbow. Here’s the Mets trainers, “You’re getting warm…you’re getting warm…Oh, now you’re getting cold.” Mets pitcher, “Will you just put the Icy/Hot on and stop playing around!”
Todd Frazier – Expected back on Tuesday. This is great news for Mets fans. Not because Frazier is anything terrific, but it gets Guillorme out of their lineup, since he keeps causing Mets fans to have flashbacks to having a Benson on their roster.
Yoenis Cespedes – Will get live at-bats on Tuesday. Bummer for all you Dead fans.
Steven Matz – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.42. Not a terrible first two months, but there’s some regression lurking behind the scenes. Interestingly enough (depending on your definition of interesting), he’s throwing his change a lot more and cut down on his curve. This has caused him to lose some command (2.6 career BB/9 vs. 3.9), and his xFIP is high for him (4.34). What does all this mean in the big picture? He’s ownable, but not startable for all matchups. Or Matzups, if you enjoy portmanteaus.
Mike Montgomery – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.89. Real question: why would the Cubs put Darvish back in the rotation when they have Montgomery pitching this well?
Jon Lester – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.44. If you were to have asked any Saberhagenmetrician prior to this season, they would’ve told you a great season was coming. Having a hard time finding a Saberhagenmetrician? They’re the ones with a diploma from the Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston and, instead of Duck, Duck Goose, they play Duck, Goose, Duck, Goose.
Cody Bellinger – Dave Roberts said they’re not yet thinking about demoting Bellinger. For fear of painting myself in a logic corner, you can’t say you’re not thinking about something without thinking about it. Roberts also said, “You can see it’s been tough sledding for him for the first two months of the season.” Assuming he means it’s been a tough go at it, and not Urban Dictionary’s ‘tough sledding’ definition which means the inappropriate use of a toboggan.
Max Muncy – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homer, hitting .243. What’s that, Muncy’s hitting more homers in the majors than the minors? *shrugs* Yup, no idea! Maybe he’s a Baha Man, and Muncy’s letting the dogs out.
Dylan Covey – 5 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.82. Don’t usually look at sabermetrics when it comes to teams, but Covey’s ERA got my curious about the White Sox’s xFIP. Whoa! Stop hitting on Jack McDowell, you’ve already busted! They have a 5.12 xFIP. Holy Castle Woofenstein that’s awful. Covey himself isn’t quite that terrible, but he gets Fenway next, so, you can keep the Ks, and thans but no thans.
Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.24. Some day Verlander’s gotta teach Jon and Sonny Gray, The Gray Bros., how to allow runs and not have your ERA go up.
Charlie Morton – 5 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 2.84. If you were in a close H2H matchup last week and that was your last start, Morton was rubbing salt in your wound.
Dustin Pedroia – Returned to the DL with knee inflammation. While not great for a guy who had his knee surgically repaired, the doctors who operated said, “It’s good news he doesn’t have ankle or hip problems, because there’s only about three inches between each part of his leg and our tiny scalpel can only be so precise.”
Andrew Benintendi – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 9th homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games, and hitting near-.400 since taking over the lead-off slot for a DL’d Betts, and are we sure the Red Sox lead-off slot isn’t somehow infected with some sort of magic pixie dust, and infected is prolly not the right word, and this is a run-on, bye-bye.
Mitch Moreland – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .305. In one league, I didn’t want to drop Moreland, but I did to hold onto Eugenio, who also homered yesterday. Thank you for allowing me to vent about real tough decisions happening in my life. Cougs doesn’t understand. I tell her about Moreland and she thinks I’m talking about the real estate search she’s doing for both of us. “I’d love for you to see this house I saw today, but you have to do your ‘blog.'” Don’t put finger quotes around Razzball, woman!
David Price – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.08. If the Price were right and neutral on luck and playing Cliffhangers, the yodeling man would hear a 4.08 ERA and get right to the edge of the cliff before falling off.
Marco Gonzales – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.38. He was in Friday’s Buy, and I believe that was two Buys in a row he’s appeared in. Only seven more Buys in a row to equal the record held by Ty Wigginton. A record many say will never be matched like Joe DiMaggio’s hit streak or the number of trips taken to the supermarket in one day by the world’s fattest man’s nurse — both 56.
Chris Archer – Questionable for next start, after his groin tightened. At least someone is finding excitement from his pitching this year.
Randal Grichuk – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, in his third game back, hitting .120. Maybe he got his terrible two months out of the way and now it’s onto better things. You’ll have to excuse me for not going to a 24-hour fireworks store in Indiana and lighting an aisle on fire in excitement, but the Jays just refuse to call up Vlad Jr. and now their whole organization is annoying me.
Leonys Martin – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 7th homer, hitting .257, two homers in the last five games, and a hit in each of those games. My favorite Martin could be a risin’ schmotato.
Anthony DeSclafani – Will start Tuesday. He had a 22/3 K/BB in his rehab games and wasn’t awful the last time he was in the majors (3.26 ERA in 2016). Not a terrible gamble, if injuries are truly ass him. Oops, I shouldn’t have used the thesaurus for ‘behind.’
Matt Harvey – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.79. This start came in Petco, which means Harvey is a hare better than Bailey. Misspelling for the pun!
Luis Castillo – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.64. So, all the sleepers weren’t great. Guys and five girls, there’s a big blinking sign above Castillo’s head now for six weeks. It reads, “Drop him.”
Scooter Gennett – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .342. He’s not hitting over .340 thru, like, five games. We’re nine weeks in and Scooter is rolling!
Nomar Mazara – 1-for-4 and his 14th homer, hitting .274. Aw, how cute, he felt left out with all my sleepers having a huge Sunday.
Justin Anderson – 1 IP, 0 ER, 3 BBs and the save, ERA at 2.89, after Blake Parker blew a save on Saturday, but Parker had worked the previous two days and–Oh, who are we kidding, I have no idea what The Sciosciapath is doing. He doesn’t know!
Daniel Murphy – Still a long way from returning, as he has looked gimpy in rehab. Sounds like he’s taken the hidden ball gag too far.
Gio Gonzalez – 7 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.27. The Marla Gibbs line! Gio’s the anti-sexy, but so reliable. Gio’s like a Gio! Only reliable. By the by, I Googled ‘Gio cars’ and there was a Gio mechanic in my neighbor that had one out of five stars. Maybe, I don’t know, the mechanic isn’t the problem when you have a Gio.
Jeremy Hellickson – Left after four pitches with an injury. Or Brian Kenny started managing the Nats.
Anibal Sanchez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.16. Don’t fall for it. It’s a booby trap, pronounced like the little kid in The Goonies.
Dansby Swanson – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 5th homer, and 2nd homer in three games. Sticking with the newly established little kids in movies theme, Dansby? Whoever heard of a Dansby? Of course, Dansby has been less of a snozzberry of late.
Masahiro Tanaka – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners 7 Ks, ERA at 4.79 vs. Kevin Gausman – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.63. This matchup was billed as the, “Anti-Gio’s, which is not related to Papa John’s, but they could also give you indigestion.”
Trevor Cahill – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 2.77. The A’s pitchers are causing a lot of consternation this year, right? (I don’t know what consternation means either, so just agree with me.) Cahill’s peripherals are still too good to drop, and the Stream-o-Nator loves his next start.
Dustin Fowler – 3-for-4, 1 run and a steal. He also homered twice on Friday. And they said The Dusty Chicken Dance is only for bar mitzvahs where the DJ had to cancel after accidentally swallowing a glowstick.
Matt Olson – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, and four homers in the last four games. To mix religious metaphors, Rhysus crossed us, sacrificing himself, but, holy cow, Allahson is feasting on some Meccaburgers! Good thing he brought his Muhammitt to the park. I think I just brought a fatwa on myself.
Would you trade Morton for Bauer?
Sorry for the follow up question-to pick up Pereza I need to drop a pitcher-
Which to drop
T. Ross or Cahill
Which side do you like here?
Bellinger/Cody Allen/Felipe Vazquez/Berrios
SON likes Vargas to the tune of $9 at home vs the O’s tomorrow. What does non-mechanical Grey think? It’d be in a 14-teamer…
I’m starting him in an NL-Only, but wouldn’t touch him in a mixed league
The deal evolved to Kluber/Yelich/Story for Arenado/Kershaw. What side? ESPN 14 team 5×5 league
Would you drop Pivetta, Gibson, or Wood for Carlos Martinez?
@Scuffy McGee: Or Bundy or S Gray. Thanks!
@Grey: Thanks, bud.
Tepera, Blake Parker or Justin Anderson?
12 team 6×6 h2h OPS/BAA
Trade Christ Taylor for Folty?
He’s essentially a bench bat for me right now.
Do you expect a significant regress for albies ROS? still a big win to get him for Bogaerts?
I think big win but only about $2 upgrade per trade analyzer.
Yes, I’d take him over Bogaerts
@Grey: thanks man, sorry for the late question. I appreciate it
Can you rank in a qs league ja Happ Clevinger Newcomb
Can you rank Newcomb ja Happ Clevinger qs instead of wins
11 team 6×6 h2h OPS
Need four, who sits?
Ozuna vs MIA (Urena)
Puig @ PIT (Musgrove)
Desmond @ CIN (DeSclafani)
Teoscar vs NYY (Sabathia)
McCutchen bs ARI (Corbin)
Need someone for stolen bases who wouldn’t kill my avg.
Jankowski, Pereza, D. Fowler(OAK) or Zimmer.
Grey Thank you for shaking me free from my nonsensical Turner/Stanton offers the other day. Ever since marijuana became leagal out here I’ve had trouble concentrating. I dunno. Gonna let that one go. Please raank these four starters now and moving forward. K’s. SO’s. Wins and QS’s. Price. Archer. Scaggs and Quintana Thank you sir.
Haha, no problem…. Archer, Quintana, Skaggs
Love this page and especially ur writeups Grey. Crazy perspective I can relate to.
So something I been struggling with… I picked up R Braun a few weeks back and I been going back and forth if he’s worth holding. I just traded Cron (along w O Herrera and Alvarado for Sale lol) so I picked up Alonzo as my erryday 1B but Braun has 1B eligibility and OF obv. I just don’t know if the production/playing time is consistent enough to warrant the roster spot.
Here is lineup
DJ L/C Hernandez
Gallo (1B eligible also)/ Vlad Jr (one day)
I just always like to have a couple spots to stream and w Betts due back and Vlad hogging a spot there isn’t much wiggle room. Braun ROS, yay or nay? Thx in advance my dude.
Thanks! I’d try to hold Braun, prolly play him over Yonder at some point soon, if not now
@Grey: Thanks homie. I kinda felt like it was way too high round talent to throw away. Yonder has been heating up tho in a lineup that’s heating up. Having both works with Braun having the 1B/OF option. Needed to hear it from an expert. Much appreciated Broseph Gordon Levitt.
With a rotation that includes Snell, McCullers, Buehler, Pivetta, Folty, and two streaming spots, can i afford to deal Kluber for Arenado?
3B has been a shuffle of Andujar, Villanueva all season, which has been ok. Still waiting on Vlad too.
@Grey: is Kluber/Yelich/Story enough or too much for Trout?
That’s a lot, I can see it if the league is shallow
Drop Mancini or Villanueva for Muncy? 6×6 H2H w/ OPS
@Grey 12 team, 5×5 roto
Ian Desmond or Max Muncy for bench bat?
@ Grey which stream you like best?
Ed-Rod v. Det ($16.3)
Jon Gray @Cin ($12.1)
Sonny Gray @Tor ($8.0)
Odorizzi v. CWS ($11.5)
Who do you like for the next 3-5 years, Altuve or Jose Ramirez?
Keeper league (5×5 scoring), rough ranking of Asdrubal Cabrera, Eugenio Suarez, Matt Champan, and Bregman?
Bregman, Eugenio, Chapman
In a 12T mixed redraft with no holds, would you drop Green to activate Bum? 3 other closers Kela, Seranthony, Strickland. Still tanks high in player rater but he doesn’t seem to be used the same way he was last year (less 2 and 3 inning outings and more sporadic 1-inning outings)
So has anyone seen Niko Goodrum and Julio Borbon in the same room?
Yeah, a bar
@Grey: Highlights for Lowlives, it’s yours!
Domingo or Bader also Yuli Gurriel or Healy?
@Grey: thank u
5×5, 12-team, redraft. My roster below.
I was offered Bellinger and J.Upton for Abreu and Simmons. Do I accept? Is the stability of Abreu, and the potential he’s dealt to a contender, worth sacrificing for the potential upside of a Bellinger or J-Upton this season? Do I seek a counter instead for one of those two guys?
C – Ramos, 1B – Abreu, 2B – LeMahieu, 3B – Suarez, SS – Machado, OF – Stanton/Cain/EMPTY, Util – Sano, Bench – Simmons, Carpenter DL (2 spots)- Murphy, Cespedes
SP – Darvish, Berrios, Corbin, Richards, Roark, Ross, Cahill; RP – Davis, Morrow, Strickland, Barraclough
Is that your way of saying “accept the damn trade, you fool, and get you some Bellinger/Upton love?”
With C-Mart coming off the DL, have to drop 1 player (we have 2 DL spots), preferably pitcher, as have only 2 offensive bench players, not counting Vlad. So,
3) Reyes who is my 2nd DL for now – who knows when he will return
4) Also holds/saves leagues, so could possibly drop Will Harris, or Joe Kelly.
Offensive drop potential:
Want to hold Vlad a little longer – we’re not praying hard enough.
Kinsler — Let’s pray harder!
Rendon or Hoskins ROS?
Rank Pusha T, Kendrick, post Malone latest albums… OR DID I?
Nah, gotta go Kendrick, Pusha
Do you like Bellinger or Rosario ROS? Thanks!
Just got this offer in an 8 team H2H re-draft league:
Give: Trea, Carlos Martinez, Vlad. Jr.
Get: Bryce, Quintana, Harrison
I don’t think it’s good for me since I’m in need of better pitching (SV/HD included). My offense has been rolling except for runs scored. What do you think?
What if I countered with this:
Give: Trea, Carlos Martinez, Vlad Jr.
Get: Bryce, Snell, Hader
I like the counter
I’m in a 10 team mixed H2H redraft Yahoo league. I’m holding on to Vlad Jr for now and also holding onto Devers (only plays when others have off-days for now until he improves).
Should I make any obvious moves to improve my team?
Manaea, Desmond, Herrera, Soler, Nimmo, Healy, Muncy, Alonso, Bell, Valasquez, Guerra, Barria, Leake, Peralta are all available.
Also, with Carlos Martinez and Molina coming back from DL I would need to drop at least one unless someone actually trades for one of my catchers. For some reason my league rarely makes trades. Thanks.
C – J. Realmuto (C,1B)
1B – F. Freeman (1B, 3B)
2B – J. Altuve (2B)
3B – A Rendon (3B)
SS – M. Machado (3B, SS))
OF – S. Marte – (OF)
OF – Mitch Haniger (OF)
OF – Juan Soto (OF)
UTIL – Nomar Mazara (OF)
BENCH: R. Devers – (3B), Vlad Guerrero Jr (3B)
DL: Yadier Molina
C. Carrasco (SP)
W. Buehler (SP, RP)
L. McCullers Jr. (SP)
A. Heaney (SP)
N. Pivetta (SP)
J. Flaherty (SP)
R. Stripling (SP,RP)
J. Paxton (SP)
C. Martinez (SP) [on DL, but my DL spots are full]
CLOSERS (only can start 3 at a time)
B. Morrow (RP)
S. Greene (RP)
Keone Kela (RP)
DL – Zach Britton (RP), Alex Reyes (SP),
Drop Molina and Heaney for C-Mart
Oh, and don’t think you have room for a waiver wire grab
C-Mart isn’t in a DL spot — so I can drop Molina and still pick up someone else (if you think they are worthy) and drop. Thoughts?
Grab Desmond then
If you must
Hey Grey just fyi its Geo not Gio.
Interstate traffickings aliiiiive, PUSH.
That’s why Google results were so weird! Pricing the quote, the dope dealers won — PUSH
5×5 10 team league.
SP- Sale, Severino, Bumgarner, Caleb Smith, Bundy, Gray, Weaver, Mikolas, Buehler, Soroka (DL) and Montas.
Other team is desperate for SP. I offfered Mikolas for Scooter. Too much/Too little?
Sounds good for you, and fair enough
Thanks Grey. He accepted pretty quickly so I wasn’t sure if I was giving up too much. Pleased to get your stamp of approval.
Replacement SP options on the wire.
Fulmer, Matz, Rodon, Musgrove, Yarbrough, Evoladi, Shelby Miller or Nelson?
Prioritize in that order or DL stash either of the last 2.
Thanks Grey. He accepted so quickly I wasn’t sure If he knew something I didn’t. Relieved to have your stamp of approval.
As far as replacing Mikolas with a pitcher from the wire, in which order should I prioritize? Or SP strong enough to go with DL/Prospect stash?
Fulmer, Matz, Rodon, Yarbrough, Musgrove, Gonzales
DL/Prospect- Nelson, Miller, Ryu, Bieber, Beeks
SON doesn’t like Mengden’s next two starts. Would your recommend dropping him for:
Rodon @Bos on possibly Fri night,
Heaney @KC, @sea (SON loves both of his starts)
Or Hold on Medgden and just bench him this week.
I’d go Heaney
One for five with a run scored v AAA pitching v Det in the first game. About what I’ve come to expect from Giancarlo. This guy is the most over rated, under the radar player in all Fantasy. Amazing how many people are still buying into him. You’ll get a handful of HRs but not much more. In todays HR society, there’s plenty of those guys around, i.e. Chapman, Olson, Davidson , et al. Certainly not the elite type production I was expecting from a first round pick. I’m guessing it’s the league change , really don’t know. Looks like he’s over matched against better pitching.
Meh, he’s a legit 55-homer guy, you don’t find that anywhere else
Question for Rudy, is Sal Perez’s Trade Analyzer value taking into account his position scarcity? It currently has him sandwiches between Correa and Céspedes. Does that mean he’s going to produce like them? Need to drop a player b/c no one will trade with my first place team.
Trying to figure out if he’ll out produce: Moncada ($8.2), Vlad (-$1.2), Gallo ($11.2) as a bench bat in a standard 5-cat hitting h2h league.
I’ll ping Rudy
@Grey: thanks, need to make a decision before midnight to activate a DL stash.
@Steve: there is a mild position eligibility boost for catchers. You can see it in player rater by comparing a catcher vs non-catcher based on Point Shares. I want to say something like $2-$4
@Rudy Gamble: thanks
@Grey: looking for a sp to target in exchange for scooter g. what do you think of berrios?
Sounds fair, he’s about a top 30 SP
Gyorko or Camargo at 2nd until Murphy rises from the dead?
Camargo — Ozuna!
I have Devers in a 14 team OBP/SLG league where you can keep 6 forever. I have both Bryant and Gallo who can cover third.
My plan was to hold until around week 20 given the hype but is it time to cut? He’s shown some pop but nothing else.
Also, he’s fat.
Would you trade severino for correa or stanton in an rcl league? Assuming your outfielder or infielder that would be replaced is sinilar statistically. Thanks!
Looking to get some Folty shares.
Give: Travis shaw, 10th round pick
Get: Folty, 17th round pick
Need pitchers and have decent CI depth. Thoughts?
Keeper league where salaries go up $5 each season for players kept ($260 cap),
I was offered Machado ($18) for my Vlad Jr ($0)
Very tempting, I am in 2nd place and have Tim Anderson at SS. Would you pull the trigger?
Can you rank Taillon, Pivetta, Junis, Gibson?
@Grey: Are you starting Pivetta @ CHC this week?
I am, but it’s NL-Only, not going to in a mixed, I don’t think, might be game time decision
12 team league
avg, obp, tb, sb, runs, rbis, hr
would you drop Gregory Polanco for Jorge Soler?
How are the eyes?
pick 2 ROS: castillo, fulmer, soroka, rodon
I’m all good now… I stopped using eyeglass cleaner for my contacts! Rodon, Fulmer
@Grey: Ya I remember when you revealed that in that podcast I had to stop the ‘cast immediately to come post about it. And you blamed your housekeeper!
Graciela switched the bottle’s location!
Last year you did a Zimmerman DL stint guessing game….. and it lasted way longer than I ever anticipated.
Why not start one this year for Vlad Jr’s call up? I see you predicted June 12th. Closest to the date gets some Razz points?
Ha, I should… June 12th — please!
@Grey: put me down for June 18th
Hopefully sooner! (Like six days)
@Grey: June 12, 2019…right?
God I hope not. Do the right thing for baseball, Toronto!
10 team 5×5 h2h, drop desmond for one of muncy, peralta, or carlos santana?
OBP league: My Wacha for his Merrifield. Yay or nay?
Sounds fair if you need SBs
@American Trout Fisher: @Grey: And if you need OFers…Merrifield is one OF start away from earning OF eligib. in ESPN. He may already have it depending on league.
10 team 5×5 h2h. drop ian desmond for any of peralta, muncy, carlos santana?
Do you have many times where you regret making a trade?
Few weeks ago, I traded Altuve and Benentidi to get Segura and Stanton. Trade Analyzer had trade slightly in my favour and few people seemed to indicate it would be good trade.
Well, shortly thereafter, Altuve and Benentidi (especially Andew) decided to start hitting the ball and well Stanton has not quite remembered that he is supposed to hit ball out of the park.
Such is life in the trading game I guess. Have great week!
Meh, it’s still early, trade is likely fair
It’s not that early anymore. Week 11, half way point in my Fantasy league, not including playoffs. Stanton’s been a bust , no way to say it any other way. We all bought into the Yankee lineup and the hitters bandbox in the Bronx. What we didn’t calculate was the league change. Giancarlo’s having trouble with the seemingly better pitching in the AL. JDM isn’t having a problem, Stanton is. hey, it happens. Not sure we can put the genie back in the bottle, and get Jeter to take him back. Not that the Yankees would admit it….but if they have any pictures of Jeter, nows the time to use ’em. Probably looking to sell my Stanton shares at a considerable discount. Getting offers like Grandal, Bellinger. No ones paying top dollar. That’s for sure. In the meantime deal with the o fers.
In an 11 team league
would you drop G.Polanco for Dustin Fowler or Zobrist
I could also drop Peraza instead of Polanco for either one of the 2
Drop Peraza instead of Polanco
Sup Grey- nice write up as always
I picked up Kemp cus he is hot right now. Which 2 to bench vs the top team in our league this week? These guys are on cold streaks
Abreu (cold streak)
Also Caleb Ferguson dodgers pitching prospect just got the call up. Worth a pickup? Thanks
Ender, Soto — I’d try Ferguson
@Grey: Who the Eff are all these goofs that espn DOES have in this player pool if they aren’t including guys that are getting called up until the day they pitch?
Ha, they still have David Ortiz in the player pool prolly
2 questions uddy.
1)I am getting Bumgarner back tomorrow, Syndergaard on Sunday. I am looking to drop two pitchers
My choices to drop are:
Which two should I drop? I am thinking CC and Ross? What are your thoughts on this?
Which pitcher first? CC or Ross? Whomever you tell me first, the other will be cut before Sunday
Ok so I’ll cut Ross first and then Saturday cut CC to make room for Thor
I used your list the whole way and got lotta dudes 2 or 2+times. It was as uncanny as a pouch of StarKist. Sorry Charlie,er Grey. I only play 3 leagues. All ESPN – H2H -10 TM– 5X5- redraft. Here’s my Grey Top 500 All-Star Team 2018 (so far!) Jose Ramirez-Grey #13(on all 3 tms) drafted #24,#24,#25. Lindor-Grey#11(2 teams) drafted #17,#17. Acuna-Grey#67 (on all 3 tms)drafted #84,#105,#137. Rosario-Grey#76(2tms)#104,#145. Hosmer-Grey#34(2tms)#64,#65. Rendon-Grey#28(2tms)#37,#37. Realmuto-Grey#123(2tms)#164,#165. Best of all I got Bryce Harper-Grey#3(2tms)#4,#5. Of the 15 offensive cats, I lead in 12 of 15, and am close in the other 3. I think you just might be onto this drafting thing. Oh, the pitching. Ohtani-Grey#81(2tms)#96,#124. Morton#131(2tms)#184,#185 And Buehlerand Hader on all 3 teams helps the pitching. Thanks o’ wise one!
Glad it’s worked out so far!
Have one NA spot in keeper league. Freddy Peralta or Austin Hays?
@Grey: weekly roto. who do you like better this week?
Tropeano – vs kc (possible 2nd start @ min if they use 5 man rotation).
VV – vs mil.
SON gives VV a slight edge.
Just looked at SON, not sure where you’re seeing VV has edge
@Grey: i looked at the 10 day weekly pitcher planner which has VV at 12.2 and Trop at 11.2 (assuming he only starts one game this week, which i think is the plan). even given a 2nd start though, trop actually drops to 9.5. am i missing something?
Oh I was looking at just this week, not 10 day… Trop is better for just his next start
@Grey: yeah, even just for this week, i have VV with a 12.2 to 11.2 edge. assuming thats somewhat negligible….
Yeah, I see Trop at $16 tho
@Grey: is it weird that im seeing him at 11.2? am i looking in the right place?
Nope, you’re right, just realized I hadn’t refreshed the page in 2 days, my bad!
@Grey: got it….thanks! so still trop though over VV, right?
Trop is safer
Would you drop Desmond, CarGo, Duvall, or Dexter for Dustin Fowler or Palka?
14 team roto mixer.
Duvall – Fowler
So I offered Wacha to try and trade for Dozier. The other team countered and asked for Carrasco instead. (My rotation is DeGrom, Carrasco, Wacha, Pivetta, Buehler, Musgrove, Reyes (DL)). Still a good move for me to swap Carrasco for Dozier if I’m needing a HR/RBI upgrade?
Is Carrasco safe to start this week at home vs MIL? I have Folty at SD or Mikolas at Miami as alternatives. Or start both Folty and Mikolas and bench Carlos at least for this week? Carrasco has been bad at home so far.
Start both Folty and Mikolas
Held onto Castillo all year in my 12 team H2H keeper league(keep 10). Still keep hoping he will turn it around. Running out of rope though. Would you drop him and/or Bundy for Rodon/Gibson?
Castillo for Gibson
Weekly H2H points League. Must start 2:
Matt Kemp (at PIT, vs ATL)
Justin Upton (vs KC, at MIN)
Juan Soto (vs TB, vs SF – only 5 games)
Thanks. Love the site.
Thanks! Not Soto
Is Brock holt worth an add in a 12 teamer with pedroia out for who knows how long as a bench bat? He has a lot of positional flexibiltiy and has been swinging the bat well with the playing time. Will he play enough? No h-ram and Bradley has pretty much sucked. Hes been playing every day for the last 5 games. Thanks
Hell play, but not worth owning in a 12 teamer outside of streams, or if very hot
John Ryan Murphy or Molina?
Also looks like Steven Wright will be auditioning for possibly taking over for Pom tomorrow, thoughts on him? Numbers look good so far but not very many innings.
1. Bellinger has the second worst contact among qualified hitters on pitches in the zone. Not surprising. His bat looks super slow.
2. I, strangely, enjoy watching Marco Gonzales pitch. Complete kitchen sink guy, or as Raekwon would say, “flavors for neighbors”.
3. Spoiled for choice with potential streamers in the coming days. I am hoping you and others could help me. Pick 3:
Heaney vs. KC (keller) 23.8
Ed Rod vs. Det (Hardy) 16.2
Flahert vs. Mia (Chen) 14.4
Folty @ SD (undecided) 11.8
1. Yeah, really struggling 2. HA, awesome 3. Not Ed-Rod
Cool write up as usual.Heeded your advice and made this trade in a H2H league:
Thoughts on Devers? Really struggling but in a keeper league. Know he’s a great talent in a great lineup. Doesn’t seem to have much trade value in my league. Do you hold or drop?
With Molina coming back tomorrow, do you prefer him or Zunino ROS? (I prefer the set it and forget it way of handling the catcher position.) 5×5 scoring
Luis Castillo or Folty rest of season only? Thanks, I took Castillo in a wager.
Pick one – Betts DL for this week only: Puig, Soto or Polanco?
Am I crazy to have faith in Musgrove this week? Is my only 2sp this week also. Opp has Hendricks so that battle Sunday could be the deciding factor & for 1st… Or stick with Nola/Stras?
Thanks as always Grey! Cheers~
Soto — no idea who Musgrove is facing
@Grey: Thanks! Musg has Stripper’ling and Hendricks…
Haha, No problem
Gurriel, Moreland, or Cron (my current guy)?
Can you rank
JA Happ, Pivetta, Godley.
@Grey: Where would Caleb Smith fall in that group?
I just inherited a 20tm dynasty league. Eflin, Suarez and Muncy are available in it (all on waivers, $1000 budget).
I was thinking of grabbing Eflin and Muncy for around $80 each and dropping Hundley and Duensing. Cats are all pretty standard except for K/9 and BB/9. Make sense to you?
Alt catchers on my roster are JR Murphy and Austin Barnes. Alt drops could be Span, Owings has been a gong show, Kendrys Morales has been a bigger gong on a bigger show.
Redraft with OBP instead of AVG. ROS, Odor or Cozart?
I picked up Molina to try to deal him trying to determine who to send offers too. Would you rather Molina over Cervelli, Zunino or Suzuki?
I’d just go Molina
great read on this monday morning!
Scoot Gennet, Felipe Vazquez and Nate Jones for my Kelvin Herrera and Jon Gray.
hit me with it- how did i do?
Is kipnis quietly starting to right the ship or is he cooked? .286 with a couple of hr and steals over last 2 weeks. Thx
Pretty cooked, but might have a hot week or 2
How would you rank these players in terms of “should be owned” in redraft 5×5 10 teamer?
Rodon, J Anderson, A Reyes, Ryu, Gibson? Looking to fill a few roster spots. Thanks.
Gibson, Rodon, Anderson
@Bk: Gibson, since he’s the only healthy starting pitcher actually performing well.
my OF is just crap – looking to pick up Renfroe/Happ/Zimmer/Jankowksi – what order would you rank ROS?
Piecing together an OF without Mookie and Pollock. Not easy in a 12 teamer with deep benches. Aside from Stanton (ugh) Cargo(6 games v RHP, 3 at Coors and 3 at GAB), Kepler and Nimmo. Max’s numbers v RHP are in the garbage and he faces 5 this week + 2 LHPs. While Nimmo only plays 5 games, all v RHP including the desirable matchups v Cobb/Bundy. Nimmo also faces Sevi. Conversely the best Max faces is Richards. Im going Cargo, so who’s my other, Max or Nimmo?
Was offered Manny Machado for Dee Gordon, Bradley Zimmer, Yasmani Grandal and Familia. Do it?
In a heartbeat. Hit accept before he gets back from rehab.
Hey Grey! Good stuff man! Thank you!
16 team h2h points league… redraft
Desmond or Healy ROS?
H2h 12 teamer, looking to sell Morton. What kind of return do you think I could get for him?
Would you drop Soto to pick up
10 team h2h redraft?
Folty also on waivers, I would like to pick him up, anyone here you would drop for him
No on Soto, Pivetta for Folty