Yesterday, across a doubleheader, Mitch Haniger went 3-for-8, 3 RBIs and his 3rd and 4th homer. After the arduous eighteen months that Mitch Haniger went through, it’s great to see him get in touch with his inner dong. If only someone would smack him on the butt to get it to poke out again. Now, now, that must be refreshening for Haniger, like a swim in a cool pond on a warm day, something he embraces since he no longer has to worry about shrinkage. Yesterday, was the first time in 18 months Haniger’s had any luck with hangers. Haniger’s had less luck with hangers than Joan Crawford’s kids. Okay, okay, OKAY! Enough! You’re liable to get Haniger testy, in theory at least. As for fantasy, meh, who am I kidding, I just wanted an excuse to razz him. If he stays healthy, he’s a solid number three outfielder. Too bad to stay healthy, his front side needs to look like the M’s new closer. Ya know, a Kendall. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Kendall Graveman – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 0.00, and the save, as he replaces Montero as the M’s closer. For a while, Montero’s closer gig has had one foot in the grave, man. Now, it’s official. Graveman could be the closer for the next five months, or he could go sideways the next time out, and Montero gets the job back. Of course, you go for the current closer, so get out your knee-high waders, your barely-used shovel and start digging up loved ones to tell them the news, it’s Graveman time! Also, Keynan Middleton (1 IP, 0 ER) got the save in the 2nd half of the doubleheader, his 2nd, so Montero might not even be the back-up option.

Dylan Moore – 2-for-6, 2 runs and his 1st homer. “We should tie some kettlebells to his ankles and toss him overboard–Wait a minute! Dylan Moore just moved an arm! He’s alive!”

Justin Dunn – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.72. His career BB/9 is 7.58. Dunn is well named, because he’s about to murder your ratios and you’re gonna be Dunn.

Matt Harvey – 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 5.02. Heard some people talking about how he added horizontal break on his curve, and all I could think is there’s a lot of gluttons for punishment. I am glutton-free.

Trey Mancini – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer. Trey with a trey! His average is bad (.163), but that could change this early with two good games. Think you have to take a strong dubya that he already has three homers.

Travis Lakins Sr. – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 0.00. Nothing to say on him for fantasy, but just had to point out that he lists his name as Travis Lakins Sr. Is he worried about being confused with a toddler?

Tim Anderson – 2-for-5, 1 run, as he was activated from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “You can make anything a pizza by putting cheese and tomato sauce on it….No, I get it. I shouldn’t have made a photocopier pizza.”

Lance Lynn – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 0.92. Really wanted that win, but I can’t fault Lynn, because if I fault him, it really makes me giving all my other starters a bye that much more goofy.

Jose Ramirez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and slam (3) and legs (2). After the game, Jo-Ram had his home run and steal removed from his statline because Lindor was traded this offseason. Unfortunately–What? He didn’t lose his homer and steal? Oh, weird, I was led to believe this offseason that Lindor leaving Cleveland would kill Jo-Ram’s value. Hunh.

Eddie Rosario – 1-for-3 and two steals (2, 3). More like Ameddie Rosario, amiright?

Aaron Civale – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.18. “I am America and this is my Civale War!” Which is what I say as I’m setting my lineups. Normal, right? Civale gets the Pale Sox again next time out, and the Streamonator likes it, so go on Yonder Soldier.

Mitch Keller – 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 8.74. Can the Pirates trade Keller already so he gets good?

Colin Moran – 2-for-4, 1 run, hitting .311, and he will be in this afternoon’s Buy, which is already available on Patreon. How’s that for salesmanship? Selling you with the mention of a Pirates hitter!

Chris Paddack – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.15. This was a start I will take, but not at all definitive in any way. I didn’t want him to get trounced, because I very much have him on teams, but if he did, at least then I’d know what to do with him. Yesterday’s start has me shrugging my shoulders. Onto the next start, I guess.

Manny Machado – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer. Macha Macha Manny!

Jake Cronenworth – 2-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st steal, hitting .358. Also, in this game, Jurickson Profar (2-for-4, 2 runs) and his 3rd steal. When FTJ returns today, and for the next two-ish weeks when he’s healthy, it might be the swan-Seong for Kim (0-for-5, hitting .194).

Nomar Mazara – Hit the IL with an ab strain. That really, really stinks. *two seconds later* Can Baddoo move up in the order now?

Tarik Skubal – 4 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 6.08. Download Waze so you can locate the strike zone! Rim shot! Kazoo! Seriously, folx, that’s not good. Bit worried about Skubal, so the best case scenario (for this year) isn’t dramatically better than a streamer, if his command is atrocious.

Sean Manaea – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.32. This feels like the first pitcher all year that looked gnarly in his first start, but has settled down to be closer to what I expected. To think we ever underestimated The Man A’s, after it made tuna fish decent.

Matt Olson – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 2nd homer. Please make me buckle up as he hits seven homers in a week. Please!

Stephen Piscotty – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer. Could be heating up, or not. Piscotty doesn’t know! Piscotty doesn’t know!

Miguel Sano – 1-for-2 and his 2nd homer. That’s nice, now hit 27 of them before the All-Star break and we good.

Michael Pineda – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.00. Ya know what’s funny that’s not funny at all? When I suggested you draft Pineda in the preseason, I was a little surprised I was recommending him, and I remember thinking, it’s kinda crazy to recommend Pineda. Looks like you have to be a little bit crazy. Told ya funny.

Adalberto MondesiRoyals are reporting he’s starting to do movements now. What is this, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly?

Jakob Junis – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.50. Last time it was a monocle and a Streamonator. This time it’s a Streamonator and loosening up to pick up in some leagues. Junis better not turn on me.

Anthony Kay – 3 1/3 IP, 4 ER as he was recalled. Went like this, “We need a starter…” “Um…I’m thinking of someone.” “Who?” “Give me a second, kay?” “Sure, he’s good as any.”

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting .413. Vlad’s not in the best shape of his life, he’s in the best shape of anyone’s life.

Jordan Romano – Hit the IL with right ulnar neuritis. To lose Yates and Merryweather to injuries, and then add Romano on top has to be grating. Grab Rafael Dolis everywhere you can.

Adolis Garcia – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 1st career homer, though, he kinda hit one the night before. He went the oppo taco route both nights, and I was impressed with his power, but wasn’t sure about him, so went to look at his minor league numbers and my eyes did a little bulge out of their sockets. In his (and everyone’s) last year of Triple-A in 2019, he went 32/14/.253. Obviously, there’s an issue with contact, and he projects around a 35% strikeout rate, but power/speed guy in a lineup that needs anything plays. Might have to change my team names to Much Adolis About a Dolis.

Charlie Culberson – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd homer in three games, and hot schmo–Okay, no one’s actually picking up Charlie Culberson.

Nick Solak – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .250. Maybe that will give Solak and me a small reprieve from people wanting to drop him, and focused more on Ian Happ.

Patrick Corbin – 2 IP, 9 ER, ERA at 21.32. Corbin Burnes > The Corbin burns. Don’t worry, they say it only burns when Patrick Corbin P’s. That Davey Martinez left him in so long means A) Davey Martinez was stricken with madness. B) Corbin is so behind, due to missing time, just needs to throw, and this is like Spring Training for him. C) There’s no C. Pretty sure it’s B, and Corbin needs the minor leagues to get up to speed, but who knows with that, so if your league is deep, bench Corbin until he shows any signs. Shallow leagues, you can move on, since this might take weeks or longer to correct itself. If at all. Yes, Corbin could be finished, kinda how I feel after having him on a team.

Eduardo Escobar – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 5th homer. Honestly, it’s hard to even continue writing after getting the Corbin burns. Escobar.Edu has gone from bleh to hot schmotato to not making this afternoon’s Buy, because he’s owned in too many leagues.

Carson Kelly – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer, as he hits 2nd. Any ideas what he’s hitting average-wise? Oh, yeah, you’re way too low. He’s hitting .440.

Andy Young – 1-for-2, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer. Also, in this game, Pavin Smith (1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) hit his first homer. It was Take Your Scrub to the Park Night, and Corbin was working the front gate, handing out homers.

Julio Urias – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.86. Way to make the Corbin start not sting as badly.

Justin Turner – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer. As mentioned on Thursday, Turner’s starting hotter than ever in his career, which could lead to a career year, or him getting hurt and missing 50 games, like every year. *emoji with hand on chin while waiting for an elevator with someone tapping their foot, driving it nuts*

Ryan McMahon – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 6th homer. Okay, now we’re getting serious when he starts hitting homers in road games. His Launch Angle is dramatically different this year, and he’s actually hitting fly balls, unlike every other year. The breakout very much might be here.

Garrett Hampson – 1-for-5 and his 1st homer. As the ball soared, Bud Black walked to the top of the steps, chuckling, “The bat boy homered? Is that allowed?” Then Tapia explained to him Hampson is on the team.

Trevor Rogers – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.40. Unlike Bieber, deGrom or any of those schmohawks, seeing Rogers do well and not being on every single one of my teams really churns my cream! It burns my bridges! It taps my tree and out comes no syrup! Ya know, gets me mad! Should’ve had Rogers on all teams, that’s unforgivable.

Starling Marte – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer, hitting .319. I’m sorry, he’s just so yawnstipating. Couldn’t generate excitement for him after a six-pack of White Claw Surge.

Ian Anderson – 5 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.70. Imagine looking at Ian Anderson and Trevor Rogers and thinking you had to draft Ian Anderson around 90 overall, and not just wait until 250th or later overall for Rogers. That’s what people told you about two weeks ago. I didn’t. I told you to draft Corbin. Haha, the pain is real.

Pablo Sandoval – 1-for-1, 3 RBIs and his 3rd pinch hit homer. Rusty Tub!

Ronald Acuna Jr. – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .442. On the Player Rater, it’s kinda hilarious how it’s basically Tildaddy, and everyone else. There’s someone out there who had the 1st pick and didn’t draft Acuña and I’m sorry, but I am laughing very loud. I’ve been there. Just know you are not alone. We are here for you. To laugh very loud at you! Could you laugh at yourself too please so we don’t feel guilty?

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jiggy nits
jiggy nits
1 year ago

still been going all day with this dude in my NL only
5*5 BB instead of runs
thanks again for help earlier

degrom & avisail garcia vs mookie betts

Hugman
Hugman
1 year ago

I just read on Deadline that Caleb Landry Jones (the redhead that was in every movie in 2017) is going to play Jake Cronenworth in the biopic. And David Cronenberg is going to direct.

(no, nothing productive to add to the conversation)

chris pAAAdack
chris pAAAdack
1 year ago

10 team roto 6X6 w/OPS

Vasquez
Cron
Moose
Devers
Story
Didi
Bohm
Mookie
Robert
Myers
Gallo
Yordan

Winker
Schwarber

Thinking of dropping any of Cron, Winker, Schwarber

For Escobar, Jazz…Moose can slide to 1B now so leaning towards Cron for Esco

Thanks Grey!

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
1 year ago

On another note, I am soooooo happy I drafted 2 Mets this year. Between JD Davis’ 3 ABs before getting plunked on the hand, and Lindor not having a lot more ABs due to all these f’in PPD games due to weather & COVID I think I’ve had like 30 ABs between them? I should have 100 ABs between them! Agh!

ok, that felt good. good rant. Better now. I guess I’ll like it when I get those 18 inning double headers later in the sea-sonofa!

The Harrow
The Harrow
1 year ago

aquino read about olson from a few years back and like soooo many hollywood people, both porn and otherwise figured why not get a job through surgery?

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
1 year ago

In some leagues (like mine) TWO people passed on Daddy Til.

I laughed maniacally at the draft (well at my computer screen), and then texted each of them (Tatis / DeGrom) and text laugh emoji’d at them, and then a week later I called each of them and laughed at them on the phone.

And now I have two fewer really good friends. Worth it.

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
1 year ago

Oh great Grey,

My pitching ain’t stacked, so to get back on track, I wanna take a crack at a Zac that won’t give me a heart attack. Ya got my back??

Gallen @CIN; @ATL or
Wheeler SF; @ COL

leon
leon
1 year ago

would you trade luis robert for kelenic. dynasty. 16 man

negatto
negatto
1 year ago

Hampson or Jazz for MI ?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
1 year ago

With IL frequnecy, toughest year ever to manage a roster. Today, I used a highg waiver on Smyly (Stream loved his start today) and he just went on IL. And impossible to know team needs since unsure when guys come off DL.

Big favor: Shoot me 1st if I ever decide to pick a closer before round 20+.

lwomack58
lwomack58
1 year ago

I feel the need for speed-

Tapia-dobule hitter tomorrow vs DeGrom and ?

Locastro @ Wash, Scherzer, Fedde and Strasburg

Madrigal @ Bos-possible rain out today

Who would you go with for steal and hits.

Thanks

VinWins
VinWins
1 year ago

Another PPD for Mets.

GC
GC
1 year ago

ESPN Points
Rest of season

Polanco or Lowrie?

Thanks

Jiggy Nits
Jiggy Nits
1 year ago

really hurting for hitting in my NL only roto 5*5 with BB instead of Runs.

my degrom and mcneil for his betts and corbin.

am i giving up too much with mcneil???

thanks!

jiggy nits
jiggy nits
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

patrick corbin

jiggy nits
jiggy nits
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

betts for degrom straight?

jiggy nits
jiggy nits
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

youre the fucking man grey thanks a lot. its great that you replied so fast because im at work LOL

Gorman
Gorman
1 year ago

MI Roto

Rank these if you would…
Madrigal
France
Jazz
Lowrie

happyharry
happyharry
1 year ago

Hey Grey, H2H, 12 team.
I tied to make a trade, but these managers don’t do much tradin’. Got to drop one of these P’s.
Yu, Bauer, Castillo, Berrios, Bundy, Musgrove, Gausman, Liam Hendriks , Freddy Peralta ??

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Drop one: Moran, DeJong, Votto, Aguilar?
Drop one: A. Dickerson, S. Hilliard, A. Frazier?
Thank you!

chris pierce
chris pierce
1 year ago

grey, Do we trust Andrew Heaney vs Texas next week?

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
1 year ago

Have a fun Friday hazaa for Razzball!

Hboys
Hboys
1 year ago

Nola or Narváez ROS? 1 catcher league

Hboys
Hboys
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thx Grey. I better go pick him back up

The Harrow
The Harrow
1 year ago

16 team near dynasty roto (keep max 19 non prospects + 10 max prospects, of the pitchers max 5 SP, 5 RP (yahoo elig, so gausman was kept as RP this year). QS, K/9 added and net saves + holds over saves. not large (for what i play in) innings max, 1425.
SP: m.keller (the likely drop), gausman, nazi, means, mahle, ryu, heaney
RP (max 5 starting): w.smith, the putting challenge, pagan, r-iggy, valdez
DL (10): framber, clevinger, puk, 2/3 of the TEX RP that might play this year (j-hernandez (not him anymore, finally stopped dicking around on his TJ), joely rod (missing evans here)
NA (max 10, i have 7 hitters): j.gray (LAD), kirby, b.marquez

options over m.keller right now in FA: brubaker, shoemaker, a.wood, arihara, houser, sheffield (SEA), fleming, jefferies (can probably just use a BN slot here for him for a bit, surprised he isn’t owned actually, probably dropped by somebody when he didn’t get job to start year

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  The Harrow
1 year ago

Are you just asking who to drop Keller for?

Betterplay
Betterplay
1 year ago

Who’s the better play today Eduardo Escobar (hes been hot lately) vs Scherzer or Nate Lowe vs some Baltimore pitcher not named Means?

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
1 year ago

Hey Grey!

Im running no catcher at the moment. Got two pick ups left this week but Im stuck contemplating whether to stream two pitchers.

Scoop Ramos for Riley? (Escobar.Edu and Hayes at 3B)
AND
Scoop Gibson ($5 v. BAL 4/18) for Dunning after his 4/17 start?

OR

Scoop Gibson ($5 v. BAL 4/18) for Riley
AND
Scoop Miley (-$4 v. CLE) for Dunning after his 4/17 start ($5 v. BAL)

Dunning > Miley ROS, or both equal streamers in 10 tm?

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
Reply to  Big Daddy Jeats
1 year ago

Or keep holding Riley, which I dont mind doing

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey this helps a lot. Ill keep holding.

aintlifegrand
aintlifegrand
1 year ago

Good afternoon Grey and happy (BUY) Friday!

One quick closer questions- what would be your top 2 closer options from:

Neris, Amir Garrett, Ian Kennedy, Yimi Garcia, Trevino, Graveman?

Thanks as always!

Curious George
Curious George
1 year ago

H2h cats: r, rbi, hr, XBH, net steals, K’s, avg, ops

Would you drop didi for jazz?

Curious George
Curious George
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ok that’s what I thought. Different “expert” said yes and I didn’t buy it

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Looks like Kyle Lewis back on Monday? Just in time to face the Dodgers! Still, I’ll take it.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Unfortunately looks like Bellinger won’t be.
And can Lindor wake the F up already!

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
1 year ago

Is it time to cut Austin Riley in a deep 12 team 6×6 OPS? Batters are thin on the wire but I feel like he’s just lost.

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
Reply to  Travis Hafner
1 year ago

He has like the third highest BA on his team. All the braves suck right now except Acuna. He’ll heat up at some point.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Overheard at Diamondbacks camp:

Ketel: Ok coach, what are we going to do today? Play a little catch or something?

Trainer: What are you crazy? Catch is a “baseball activity.” *makes air quotes and chuckles* I don’t think so.

Ketel: Ok then what are we up to?

Trainer: How about we try some “light movement.” *air quote*

Ketel: Why do you keep making that motion with your hands?

Trainer: Oh, sorry. That’s the light movement. Go ahead give it a try.

Ketel: *air quotes* Like this?

Trainer: I’d call that more of a light medium movement. Try again, but more, like gently. *gentle air quotes*

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
1 year ago

Got Suarez this morning for Haniger and Paddack….Yahtzee!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Crime Dog
1 year ago

That’s a crime, Dog.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

HA

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Crime Dog
1 year ago

That dog’ll hunt.

Andy
Andy
1 year ago

Would u please rank ROS
May need HR a little more then Sb

C Frazier
N Lowe
Josh bell
Bohm
Kelenic
Benditendi

Andy
Andy
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

How much FAAB for Bohm? 91/100$ left
Thank you

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
1 year ago

Not to be a pest, but which 2 would you start out of this lot:

Montas vs. Det (Urena) 22.5
Desclafani @ Mia (Castano) 8.9
Houser vs. Pit (Brubaker) 8.9
Urquidy @ Sea (Kikuchi) 3.7

Thanks in advance. Also, is it cool that I post the Streamonator values in questions like this?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Gotcha. Thanks.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Uno mas pregunta, I just noticed Kikuchi vs. Hou (Urquidy) is available. You like him over Disco or Houser?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

SON is on my shit list… for now

JP
JP
1 year ago

Trying to upgrade catcher, would trade Moncada/Navarez for Contreras, Grandal or Christian Vázquez?

I have Dansby, McMahon to backup Moncada

ctrengove
ctrengove
1 year ago

One last thing, regarding your “someone not drafting Acuna first overall” comment: I got him 4th(!!) overall.

It went:
1. Tatis
2. Trout
3. Mookie
4. Acuna

I can understand the logic on each of those first three, but still… I’m pretty damn lucky.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

That’s just bonkers

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  frankgrimes
1 year ago

Some supposed experts were warning he could hit .250. Only reason he fell some IMO. I had one shot at him at #2 and took him.

Tim Anderson Project
Tim Anderson Project
1 year ago

Yo G

OBP Dynasty H2H league

J.Lazardo/G Lux
4
Bregman

Which side you taking.

How close?

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
1 year ago

Happy Friday and National Eggs Benedict Day!!

couple notable pitchers were just dropped due to some rough outings:

– Luzardo
– Corbin

Are either worth grabbing in my 12-team H2H Redraft league? if so, who to drop (roster below):

C: Ramos
1B: Freeman
2B: Jazz Chisholm
3B: Arenado
SS: Story
IF: Bohm
OF: F. Reyes, Laureano, Baddoo
UTL: Mercedes
BN: Altuve (COVID) , Duvall
SP: Woodruff, Ryu, Gausman, May, Means, J. Montgomery, Cease, Heaney, Sonny Gray
RP: Chapman, RIchRod, Bard, Kennedy

IL: Valdez, Springer, K. Lewis

NA: W. Franco

2.) Also, Dolis is out there staring at me… already got 4x RP’s but is he worth adding over any of the above?

Thanks as always

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Dancin Homer
1 year ago

I watched Luzardo the other day. I mentioned this in relation to Skubal above with 4 pitch walks and not competitive ABs. I haven’t looked it up, but if I had to guess at who has the most 4 pitch walks in baseball it would be Luzardo. He absolutely cannot hit his spots. The raw stuff is great so if he suddenly locked it in, I wouldn’t be floored, but man until he shows some semblance of command it’s going to be super rocky with him.

ctrengove
ctrengove
1 year ago

Grey – I just want you to know that I highly appreciate The Diving Bell and the Butterfly reference.

Very good movie.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Grey I’m sure you know this being an A’s fan as a kid and an mustache enthusiast I’m sure you noted that yesterday was the anniversary of Reggie Jackson playing a game with as the A’s became the mustache gang. I knew that this was kind of a big deal because there was an unwritten rule across the league against facial hair to keep the sport supposedly family friendly. But what I didn’t actually know until yesterday is that from 1914 to the day Reggie trotted out the ‘stache, not one single player in recorded history of any MLB game sported any facial hair. A guy named Wally Schang for the Philly A’s was the last guy before Reggie did it in ’72.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Blew my mind. Not one player. Also, when Reggie showed up with the ‘stache, Finley told Dick Williams to shave it off and Reggie told dick to shove it up his ass. So Finely’s idea was if everybody had a mustache then Reggie would shave his off, so he offered a bunch of the guys $300 bucks to also grow mustaches. That’s how the Rollie Fingers ‘stache was born.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Right? They talked a little bit about it on the A’s broadcast last night and then I found this:

https://mlb.nbcsports.com/2020/04/15/today-in-baseball-history-oaklands-mustache-gang-is-born/

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

Riley benched again today. That makes 2 out of last 4 games. Je needs to get going or he will be benched or sent down. Fat panda may steal his lunch and job.

Will
Will
Reply to  toolshed
1 year ago

I dropped Riley this morning so now he’ll stage a furious rebound. You’re welcome.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

It was between him or Moore, decided to give Moore some more leash as signs of lfe yesterday as you said.

Will
Will
Reply to  Will
1 year ago

give Moore “more leash”, LOL

I crack myself up sometimes

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Want to activate Lewis is a weekly…

Drop Eaton or Baddoo?

Thanks

Los
Los
1 year ago

random assortment of players but rank the following for 6×6 (OPS) ROS:

Yelich
Yordan Alvarez
J.D Martinez
Kyle Tucker
Lou Robert
Arozarena

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Really, you’d rather have KTucker over Yordan in an OPS? Are you suddenly that high on Tucker?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Got a chance to watch some baseball yesterday.

Junis: Good and bad. He’s got a new pitch. It’s a cutter and it’s pretty good. He’s got an unsustainable 56% whiff rate on it as he trots it around the league for the first time. The downside, his fastball is still very hittable. It’s 91-92 with not a lot of movement. The current batting average against his FB is .185, but the xBA is near .300 and the exit velo against suggests he’s getting a little lucky. He did locate the fastball pretty well yesterday. I’d say while the league is still seeing the cutter for the first time I could see him continuing to provide some long term value, it’s hard to think that a two pitch pitcher with a primary pitch that is among the more hittable in the league has a ton of upside.

Skubal: Better than the results. The stuff definitely plays. A couple of errors behind him led to longer, high stress innings. The umpire was not a helper. Also, Ramos is a poor pitch framer and may have cost him a couple key pitches with the way he received the ball. I think the Tigers walked 11 in the game and the A’s were grinding ABs all night.

The good thing with Skubal was that there wasn’t a bunch of 4 pitch walk and non-competitive ABs. A’s took tough pitches and fouled stuff off. In a lot of ways, he looked like a young, raw pitcher. He didn’t have enough trust in his stuff to challenge and a lot of those walks came from trying to be just a bit too fine. I think as guys age into the league, they improve their ability to use their stuff in the zone in difficult counts and find a way to get outs. They also find ways to put guys away when they’re ahead in counts.

The slider is really good and it’s going to be more effective probably against teams with more free swingers. The fastball is good enough to pitch off and there’s also a sweet 75 mph curve he used to steal a couple of strikes. I’d guess on the year he hovers around a low 4 ERA with good Ks and has some up and down starts. Match up streamer probably this year, but a guy to keep an eye on his progress.

Rich Hill: In the 2016 off season I went back and watched all Rich Hill’s 29 IP for the Red Sox when he came out of nowhere. I was pretty blown away. It was a Sandy Koufax breaker and a fastball clocked at 91 that was blowing guys away. I came in here and started talking him up and Albright you were like, “what are you, high?” And while the chances are that I was, Hill was fascinating. I didn’t know it then, but I was talking about spin rate. For me, that was kind of the beginning of the spin rate conversation with pitchers.

Sadly, it looks to me like time has finally caught up with Hill. You could see it in his start yesterday. Pitches lacked sharpness and that late life. Checked his statcast numbers and it looks like he’s down at least 10% spin rate on all his pitches. He’s still battling with funky arm slots and trying to think his way through. Could have been an off night and maybe he’ll get some of that spin back, but with what I saw him bring yesterday, he’s going to have a hard time getting guys out. Wouldn’t start him anywhere in pretty much any format.

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Skubal sideways bosom next year?

Mookie Wilson 1
Mookie Wilson 1
1 year ago

5×5 10 team NL only, bench CMartinez today or run him out there @ Phily?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
1 year ago

Pick 2 for today for my starts limit league:

Montas vs. Det (Urena) 22.5
Desclafani @ Mia (Castano) 8.9
Houser vs. Pit (Brubaker) 8.9
Urquidy @ Sea (Kikuchi) 3.7

The write ups have been as, Dy-Lan would say, “hot fire” recently.

Scandalous Bob
Scandalous Bob
1 year ago

Due to other life circumstances, I wasn’t able to prepare before drafting as much as I would’ve liked this year. So I relied HEAVILY on Razzball rankings.

I had the 2nd pick. First pick took Betts, so I got Acuna (score!). Then I got Bichette & Devers in the 2nd & 3rd rounds. At one point yahoo had these guys ranked 1-2-3 in offense over the past 7 days.

So… yes, I’m in first place. And yes it’s not even close. Hope it stays that way! All credit to Master Grey! THANK YOU and keep up the good work!

ROTO OVERLORD
ROTO OVERLORD
1 year ago

Agree with DT? Declan got shook the lights were shining too bright!! The balky knee

asdfasdf
asdfasdf
1 year ago

Hi Grey, need a replacement 2B.

Would you go with Profar or Cesar Hernandez? Are you worried about Profar’s playing time with some guys like Tatis, Myers rejoining the lineup? That’s my main concern with him

molina bros bbq
molina bros bbq
1 year ago

Why are Catchers such a pain even in 1 C leagues?

1. Drop Sean Murphy in a 12 team roto OBP for one of the following guys?

Narvaez (on waivers)
C. Kelly (FA)
Garver (FA)

2. I’ve got Yarbrough in a 14 team 7×7 dynasty. It’s standard but the extra 2 categories are Holds and W+QS. He is probably a hold and bench for now right? I’d probably just stream with his roster spot if I dropped him. The “top” guys available are JA Happ, Wainwright, Bumgarner, Adam Frazier, Gregory Polanco… some decent set up guys. Thoughts?

Thanks Grey.

molina bros bbq
molina bros bbq
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

1. Helloooooooo Mitch Garver. More importantly… Goodbyyeeeeee Sean Murphy.

2. Yeah I know it. It’s a daily league and there’s a lot of value in streaming counting stats every day (both hitting and pitching). So if I dropped Yarbrough, it’d be to stream rather than just grabbing one of those guys. If it wasn’t dynasty I think I’d drop him but I think there’s a good chance he gets nabbed based on what is out there.

Thanks Grey have a great weekend!

Ben
Ben
1 year ago

Are you taking Pineda over any of:

Means, Eflin, Ynoa? Over all of them?

And would you prefer Sean Murphy or Yermin ROS?

Thanks!

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

Hey Grey! Would you drop Cease and/or Odorizzi for Ynoa, Miley, and/or Luke Weaver?

Thanks!

Chris
Chris
1 year ago

H2H points league

Dreaded catcher question:

Gary Sanchez or Y. Mercedes ROS?

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

Shaw, Riley or Evans at 3B – 13T OPS Roto

Riley’s killin me smalls

Thanks

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
1 year ago

Oh hey hey, Grey!

Between early season injuries to position players and the buttload of crappy maybe-closers I’m holding my roster is completely jammed up, so I have no fantasy baseballer questions for you.

Instead, I thought I’d take this time to point out that Eddie Rabbit’s “I Love a Rainy Night” (1980) holds up way way way better than you’d think. Give it a spin or two.

Looking forward to today’s Buys….. and lurrrrrves ya!

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I knew I liked you.

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
1 year ago

Still selling Huira?

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yes, I am getting a little interest. Players like Eduardo Escobar, Yimi Garcia, Mancini, Corey Knebel types. Wondering if its worth it?

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yea that is what I am thinking. Thanks for replies

Coolwhip
1 year ago

Your boi told people to get Haniger!

Ditto on Corbin, he doesn’t seem right and velo down. Could be like you said the missed time with covid, could side effects of covid, either way his velo has regressed from spring training. That said, last couple years he’s started slowly, but like you said, I wouldn’t start until his velo is back etc. Dbacks were not biting at his slider too, just waiting to strike.

Final thoughts… Trevor Rogers is the truth, Civale’s switch to the split change is giving him the out pitch he needed, I guess Escobar’s really in the best shape of his life, Machado on a good team is the best Machado, Graveman velo up a few ticks everywhere i.e. 96-97 sinker hello there (next wade davis?), and McMahon is going to win the NL MVP isn’t he?

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
1 year ago

My: Jordan Montgomery
His: Eduardo Escbar & Knebel?

6×6 H2H (QS, K/9, OPS)

Bobbo
Bobbo
1 year ago

I held onto Patrick Corbin after his first bad start, thinking that he would get it going against the D-Hacks. Boy, was I wrong. DROPPED.

As for Paddack, I owned him in 2019 and was ecstatic. I owned him again in 2020 and was a hot mess. The guy has two pitches. I think he was able to fool the league once and now people just sit on his heater and jack it outta the yahd.

jay riemenschneider
jay riemenschneider
1 year ago

Work is a lot better when I can kill 15 minutes with your posts in the morning, great stuff.

Asked earlier in the week about a trade where I would give Bundy and Hiura for Baez — you thought it was too much. What about Bundy for Baez, straight up? 12-team points league, roster below:

SPs: Ryu, Berrios, Bundy, Gallen, Kikuchi, Montas, Lopez, Lamet (IL), Framber (IL)
Hitters: Kelly, Alonso, Hiura, Escobar, Lindor, Hosmer, Hampson, Yelich, Hicks, Blackmon, Ozuna, Santander, Franmil

Aubrey Plaza's PIllow
Aubrey Plaza's PIllow
1 year ago

before yesterday’s m.keller travesty (his 2nd out of 3 now) the drop in NL only (QS over wins) 10 team h2h was miley to make space for a.wood (back i believe sat). i already dropped carmart to make space for s.gray (back sat). drop keller right now for k.wright, later drop either of wright or miley for a.wood?

Ban the Shift
Ban the Shift
1 year ago

Ryu or Maeda ROS (K, QS, ERA, WHIP)

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Grey, please pick 2 starts?
Dunning home vs Baltimore
B.Anderson home vs Pitt
Ynoa at Cubs
Mize at Oakland
Weaver at Wash

mweltzer
mweltzer
1 year ago

ESPN 10 Team Roto Standard Scoring

No idea what to do at Catcher Grey.

Majority of my leagues I have Garver/McCann. Would you drop either for Garver for Ramos, Kelly.

Richard Rodriguez isn’t getting as many saves as I’d like. Is he droppable for Graveman/Trivino?

mweltzer
mweltzer
Reply to  mweltzer
1 year ago

Multiple leagues

Would you drop Mitch Garver/James McCann for Wilson Ramos or Carson Kelly.

Gern Blanston
Gern Blanston
1 year ago

Do you prefer Rodon or Mize for ROS?

Al Gore
Al Gore
1 year ago

ROS, do you prefer Rodon or Mize?

Al Gore
Al Gore
Reply to  Al Gore
1 year ago

sorry for the multiples!

Al Gore
Al Gore
1 year ago

Mize or Rodon?

Aubrey Plaza's PIllow
Aubrey Plaza's PIllow
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

woah, is this a redraft question/answer, as it appears to be, and since mize had like his first not bad start in MLB ever just last time out this surprises me. dynasty i get it easily.

Keeks
Keeks
1 year ago

Happy Friday numnuts

8 team points league that prioritizes Total Bases, how would you rank:

McMahon
Cronenworth
Sano
Kepler

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
1 year ago

Do you trust Rodon for good ratios?

Wake Up
Reply to  Perfect Game
1 year ago

I think he is going to have a very short start next time out…

Hangiers left one
Hangiers left one
1 year ago

Free agents Im looking at in a normal ESPN league.

Ditch Grandal for Narvaez?

Ditch Montgomery for Stroman?

Would you make these moves??

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

Rowdy tellez may be warming up finally. He had a homer on Tuesday and 2 hits in each of his last 2 games. He also has been hitting some balls hard. I’ve been waiting for him to get going. It may be finally happening.

Turd Wendell
Turd Wendell
1 year ago

Mi dispiace on hijacking the other commentors comment with my question

Any semblance of hope that Rodgers comes of the DL and plays well or Bum Black actually plays him? Considering stashing him, since I have Lewis coming off the DL hopefully Monday

Let’s Play Two
Let’s Play Two
1 year ago

Ozuna is the only one of the big 4 Braves hitters that is still in a funk. He looks awful right now. Frustrating to see him blow so many RBI opportunities in that lineup. Peripherals are bad too. Is it time to adjust those preseason projections and expectations?

Wake Up
Reply to  Let’s Play Two
1 year ago

Nope

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
Reply to  Let’s Play Two
1 year ago

Freeman’s sub .200, D’Arnaud at .225, Albies .150, Dansby .204. No one in that lineup is hitting besides Acuna.

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
1 year ago

Hey, philosophical/strategy question:

In my 10-12 team daily moves and lineup changes, I often will maneuver my lineup according to their matchups. This often leads me to bench good hitters that are facing good pitchers. For example, Eric Hosmer against Walker Buehler today- I would lean to start a cold hitter in a better matchup, like AVaughn vs Pivetta or Riley vs Davies.
1. Do you agree with sometimes benching a better hitter in a bad matchup? Or stick to your good hitters?
2. Crazy example, but how about the COL hitters today? They’re in coors (I have many shares of Story, Blackmon and McMahon) but face the dreaded Degrom. Normally an easy bench, but does Coors make you overrule that idea?

Curios your thoughts, thanks!

Wake Up
Reply to  Travis Hafner
1 year ago

Great point… that is exactly the line you have to find…who are the every day starters and who are the matchup players

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Snowing is… bad for hitters?

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Didn’t bother Miggy on opening day. haha. I think “snow” is worse for pitchers because it means its colder. so their grip might not be as good. See Shane Bieber on that same opening day.

Kas
Kas
1 year ago

Dylan Carlson or Ian Happ ROS?

Thanks!

Ban the Shift
Ban the Shift
1 year ago

Arenado and JDM stat cast look like years prior to their miserable 2020. For Arenado, he looks a little better than his career stat cast. Must be the adrenaline from playing for a better run organization.

1. In a standard 5×5 roto redraft who would you rather have for those counting stats?

Fangraphs ROS projects are similar. I’m leaning towards JDM, because he has better hitters around him.

2. The owner is pitching starved. If I offered him Maeda for either would it be a fair offer? Sorry, you may have answered this for me before.

Thanks Grey.

Wake Up
Reply to  Ban the Shift
1 year ago

Yes maeda is fair

Ban the Shift
Ban the Shift
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey. Do you prefer Arenado or JDM?

Saint
Saint