*throwing cards like in that INXS video* Queller, Stellar, Old Yeller, Bookseller, that kid on ESPN’s Spelling Bee whose name I can’t spell is a good speller, hey, wanna check out my wine cellar, Papa Smurf is a mushroom dweller, love to be a fart smeller, love to be a fart smeller, love to be a fart smeller, wasn’t Winnie Cooper’s real name Danica Something-Keller, if you’re on the east coast you’re riding in an upside down umbreller, Mitch Keller, Mitch Keller, Mitch Keller!

Damn, don’t mess with me when I’m doing an INXS freestyle. So, Mitch Keller went 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at *trying not to chuckle* 6.23. His peripherals: 8.8 K/9, 4.4 BB/9, 4.53 FIP. His .373 BABIP is insane, but when you’re in the bottom 2% in the league with exit velocity, and xBA, then you’re going to give up a ton of hits. How’d it go all wrong? Two years ago, he had a 2.76 xERA and now it’s 5.95. The slider and curve used to be a smoke show. Now they’re getting rocked. In 2019, his curve saw a 35.3% strikeout rate with 72.2% ground balls. This year, it’s 12.5% and 36.8%. Um, yikes. Yesterday, he was locating his breaking ball, and that’s the difference. For Mitch Keller to have a great 2022, it’s the same as real estate for the mafia: location, location, location and breaking balls. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Colin Moran – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer. Just spent 15 minutes looking at the last decade of the life of Erin Moran, Joanie from Joanie Loves Chachi, and I’m sad at what a time suck Google is. Um, Joanie’s sad too. And Colin’s season is sad too. Oh man, so much sadness!

Ian Happ – 2-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer. Of course, he’s going to be in the Buy column coming later today since he’s been mentioned like fifteen times in the last four days. Hot schmotato, fellas and five fell-for-fellas.

Rafael Ortega – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his and his 9th homer. In 90 August at-bats, he had a five homers and a .300 month. Told you at one point in the middle of it with a lede to grab him, and I wish he wasn’t 30 years old, because I might be thinking long-term.

Wander Franco – Left yesterday’s game with a headache. Okay, which one of you were trying to sleep with him?

Garrett Richards – 3 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.73, and his 2nd save. Garrett Richards aka Grr-Dicks aka Grumbling Dicks aka Grumble In The Down Under aka Dicks Go Grr got the save to rest the bullpen.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.88. Solid start, and 2nd one in a row and 3rd in four. Better than the opposite, but I don’t trust him. He gets the Rays again next time out and I’d only try it in the most dire of shituations.

Mike Minor – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.25. Streamed him in one league, and the Streamonator liked it, so let’s see what it predicted: 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks. One extra K! 2/3 IP more! 1 extra run! Well, wait, the last part would make it worse. Hmm, seems like a push.

Triston McKenzie – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.62. The Strong Bean is working on getting himself overrated for next year.

Aaron Nola – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.54. After the 1st month of a pitcher struggling it’s, “Are his mechanics out of whack? Is he being unlucky?” After the 2nd month of a pitcher struggling it’s, “Is this the Spider Tack thing?” After the 3rd month of a pitcher struggling it’s, “How long until after the season do we hear he needs Tommy John surgery?” Nola’s going on the fourth month struggling which is, “Is he using the wrong arm to pitch with?”

Lane Thomas – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st homer, hitting .212. First, Lane Thomas opens stores nationwide for plus-sized women, then he makes Victor Robles obsolete on the Nats, and now he’s hitting almost .215. What a week for Lane Thomas! He’s having one of those weeks that is solid in an NL-Only league, and not really worthwhile in any mixed leagues. Of course, this could be the start of him getting on those shallower league radars. I doubt it. But it could happen.

Juan Soto – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and a slam (23) and legs (8), hitting .302. It could kinda screw us for next year if Sexy Dr. Pepper has a huge September, but I kinda don’t mind. He’s not falling much later than 10th overall in 2022 drafts either way. At least he shouldn’t.

Brett Anderson – Hit the IL with a shoulder contusion. He’ll miss one turn in the rotation or longer when the Brewers realize they’re going to the playoffs.

Eric Lauer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.43. For his price in drafts, he’s been absolutely brill. He’s the kinda of guy that wins super deep leagues, or, as in my case, gets them around the middle of the pack, due to all 12’s in pitching and 1’s in hitting because you can only do so much with freakin’ Cody Belanger. I do a beeyatch sesh on this literally every day, so thanks for listening to me, but it truly is incredible I spend no money on pitching, have a great pitching staff, and am anchored by Trevor Story and Cody Belanger everywhere.

Wilmer Flores – Hit the IL with a hamstring strain. Wilmer hurt it driving Fred’s car with no floor.

Logan Webb – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.56. The Giants have faltered a bit recently. Still headed for 100 wins, bee tee dubs, and, speaking of which, Dub E. Bees has not missed one beat. Just fire emoji drinking everclear and spitting more fire.

Austin Slater – 2-for-4 and his 10th homer. The Giants lead the majors with ten, uh, ten-homer hitters. Pirates have one. They had two, but they released Polanco. Pirates forever chasing booty.

Brad Hand – Claimed off waivers by the Mets. The Mets figured it was easier going this route then trying to get a hand from their fans.

Carlos Carrasco – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 6.59. Well, he looked better after the two-run 1st inning, retiring I believe 12 in a row at one point, but have you seen that Marlins’ lineup? I mean, retire 18 in a row every game against those guys. Streamonator says Carrasco gets the same team again in five days, so hopefully he takes my “18 in row” challenge. Much better than a Milk Crate Challenge.

Jonathan Villar – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer, hitting .257. If you put Villar in the leadoff slot of any lineup for the ten years prior and ten years after this point, he will be better than league average. It’s a completely unknowable truth, and I know it’s true.

Miguel Rojas – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 8th homer, hitting .269. In the dictionary, it says “well read” means to have extensive knowledge of books. Informally, “well read” is also what Rojas’s family says to him when he’s taking too long to order.

Jorge Soler – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 22nd homer, hitting .213. Braves are like the Fabulous Freebirds. One doesn’t get going and they just tag out to another one and Michael Hayes comes in and rakes the pitcher’s eyes.

Charlie Blackmon – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and a slam (11) and legs (3), hitting .267. Kinda hope Chazz Noir steps off the romance novel cover, pushes back the hair of his beard and has a huge September just to lure some people in for next year, because I can’t be more out on this guy in every way. Eff him and the white stallion Chazz Noir is riding on that Harlequin cover.

Adam Duvall – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 30th homer, and will homer again today. What? He will.

Matt Manning – 3 2/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 6.29. The Tigers are like the anti-Marlins. They have a ton of supposedly great young pitching, and did I mention it’s “supposedly?”

Akil Baddoo – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in two games, and a very late addition to my Buy column coming later today, and now I can change my fantasy team name to, A View To Akil.

Harold Castro – 1-for-3 and his 3rd homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games. He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, because he’s here now, but obviously he’s become a hot schmotato in the last day.

Jed Lowrie – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .254. Recently, dropped Lowrie from my one team where I had him, because I just didn’t need the offense, so no offense meant…uh-oh, feeling my rap alter ego come on, B. Fire here to spit bars!

Lowrie, you done the Mets wrongs,
You’d be third on the team in dongs,
With those balls going longs,
Am I still singing about home runs, is this why there’s a parental advisory sticker on my kiddie songs?

Mark Canha – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 14th homer, hitting .236. Funny thing about perception; I think everyone would say Canha is having a much better season than Lowrie, and he is on the Player Rater, but much better? Same number of homers, and hitting for a worse average than Lowrie by almost twenty points. (Steals are bolstering Canha.)

Sergio Romo – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.12, as he got the 2nd save. My guess is the A’s will go with Chafin (1 1/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.73) first for saves, but yesterday they needed him in the 7th and 8th. By the way, all this is different than if you’re trying to save an A’s Chafin. In that case, use a eucalyptus balm.

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Josh
Josh
11 months ago

Grey,

am I crazy for thinking about dropping Realmuto for Grandal in a points league to play out the season?

MarvPesos
Marv
11 months ago

Grey,

Which 4 you starting tonight:
T. Hernandez – OAK (S. Manaea)
S. Marte – @ TOR (A. Manoah)
C. Yelich – STL (A. Wainwright)
J. Soler – @COL (A. Senzatela)
E. Jimenez – @KC (C. Hernandez)
T. Mancini – @NYY (N. Cortes Jr.)

thanks bud, Marv

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

Thanks for all your help through out the season! You were right about starting Webb yesterday well done!

1. I was going to start the Yankees’Cortes Jr against the Baltimore. Do you agree?

2. I was going to sit Cleveland’s Quantrill against Boston at Fenway? Do you agree?

3 . Quantrill next start after Boston is at home against Minn? Would you start?

4. I was thinking of waiving either Luis Urias or Kolten Wong to grab either Chris Taylor of LAD or Odubel Herrera of the Phils. Would you stay put or make a move?

Thanks!!!

Martin

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
11 months ago

Haha oh man I lit this forum up

sorry homie and thank you for allowing my quizmastering

I gotta figure my last hitter also for OBP I can choose Oneal, Rosario, Naquin or Happ (waivers)

thanks :D

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

oh sorry next week
Amed Rosario is 7 games 4 Min and 3 Mil
Naquin is 6 games 3 @ chi 3 @stl
Oneal 7 games is 4LAD 3 Cin
Happ 6 games Cin, SFG

Boomer19
Boomer19
11 months ago

Need two catchers in a standard 5×5 roto league. Choosing between Gary, Contreras and Zunino as I got one as a throw in on a trade. Who is the drop?

Boomer19
Boomer19
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

So drop is Contreras? Just clarifying. Thanks.

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
11 months ago

I don’t even know how to set my lineup next week… weekly league net svs/hlds I find Rps been having better results and getting more wins half the time then my SP!

anyway for my next week I got 8 pitching spots to use

Sandy vs Mets feels like an auto start, Mclannaman at Bos feels like an auto sit, but then I need to decide 7 more out of:

Rodon at Oak (IP limit, velo was down)
Castillo at Stl
Stroman at Miami
2 Start Nola at Mil, Col (Trust in him is hard, is like amazing or dogee doo)
Luzardo vs Mets
Manoah at Yankees
Freddy P at CLev

for RP I have Williams Kettridge Loassiga Sewald with Gallagos on waivers.

plz help

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

ahh grap sorry man I am on crappy internets

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
11 months ago

hmmm my posts not working? test

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Shitwolf
11 months ago

Trust for pitching… I has none!

I don’t even know how to set my lineup next week… weekly league net svs/hlds I find Rps been having better results and getting more wins half the time then my SP!

anyway for my next week I got 8 pitching spots to use

Sandy vs Mets feels like an auto start, Mclannaman @ Bos feels like an auto sit, but then I need to decide 7 more out of:

Rodon @Oak (IP limit, velo was down)
Castillo @ Stl
Stroman @ Miami
2 Start Nola @ Mil, Col (Trust in him is hard, is like amazing or dogee doo)
Luzardo vs Mets
Manoah @ Yankees
Freddy P @ CLev

for RP I have Williams Kettridge Loassiga Sewald with Gallagos on waivers.

plz helps :)

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Shitwolf
11 months ago

I try again

have to set my pitching line next week and choose 8 from

Sandy vs Mets
Luzardo vs Mets
Manoah at Yankees
Maclanahan at Boston
2 Start Nola at Mil and vs Col
Stroman at Miami
Freddy P at Cleveland
Rodon at Oakland
Luzardo vs Mets

and I could choose from these rps – Williams, Sewald, Kittredge, Loaisiga with Gallegos on WW

Thx!

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
11 months ago

Oh great Grey,

a Labor Day Weekend riddle for you. Which Twins pitcher do my kids yell out when I tell them to turn off the show they’re watching and go to bed?

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Answer: It’s Bailey Ober!!

Have a great weekend, Grey.

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

What would you say his Ober/Under will be for wins next year?

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Nah.. I bet he Bailey reaches 10 wins.

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
11 months ago

Trust for pitching… I has none!

I don’t even know how to set my lineup next week… weekly league net svs/hlds I find Rps been having better results and getting more wins half the time then my SP!

anyway for my next week I got 8 pitching spots to use

Sandy vs Mets feels like an auto start, Mclannaman @ Bos feels like an auto sit, but then I need to decide 7 more out of:

Rodon @Oak (IP limit, velo was down)
Castillo @ Stl
Stroman @ Miami
2 Start Nola @ Mil, Col (Trust in him is hard, is like amazing or dogee doo)
Luzardo vs Mets
Manoah @ Yankees
Freddy P @ CLev

for RP I have Williams Kettridge Loassiga Sewald with Gallagos on waivers.

plz help I am a lost piece of S weird this says duplicate, but won’t post I hope I’m not breaking anything!

Bish
Bish
11 months ago

Grey,

do you have any confidence in any of these two-starters for next week in a points league? If so, could you rank them? Thanks.

Manoah @NYY; @Balt
Kaprielian CHW; TX
C.Hernandez @Bal; @Minn
McKenzie MIN; MIL

Will
Will
11 months ago

Start Myers or Grisham against Urquidy tonight? Never know which one of them is going to be in the lineup and late west coast game…

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks. In daily transactions leagues I am thinking it might be a competitive advantage to limit players on west coast teams since (at least in our league) the transaction cutoff is the start of the earliest game of the day (11:20am PST today w/ Cubs-Pitt). Never really know who will be in the Padres, Giants, LAD, LAA lineups unless they’re on the East Coast swing.

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

A manager in our league is pushing for that – transactions available until the start of the last game. How have you found that in practice? Seems like one would pretty much have to be glued to your phone or PC hitting ‘refresh’ on lineup pages all day long to see if someone on your team gets benched. Not sure I want to pay that much attention to this fantasy stuff…

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
11 months ago

Trust for pitching… I has none!

I don’t even know how to set my lineup next week… weekly league net svs/hlds I find Rps been having better results and getting more wins half the time then my SP!

anyway for my next week I got 8 pitching spots to use

Sandy vs Mets feels like an auto start, Mclannaman @ Bos feels like an auto sit, but then I need to decide 7 more out of:

Rodon @Oak (IP limit, velo was down)
Castillo @ Stl
Stroman @ Miami
2 Start Nola @ Mil, Col (Trust in him is hard, is like amazing or dogee doo)
Luzardo vs Mets
Manoah @ Yankees
Freddy P @ CLev

for RP I have Williams Kettridge Loassiga Sewald with Gallagos on waivers.

plz help I am a lost piece of S

Curt C
Curt C
11 months ago

Schwindel, Happ or Dalbec ros, 6×6 ops……ty

lindorphins
lindorphins
11 months ago

How would you rank these as streamers today?

Ranger Suarez @ Mia
Tanner Houck vs Cle
Reynaldo Lopez @ KC

ray
ray
11 months ago

Do you like Mateo or Yonny Hernandez this week?

ray
ray
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Agree. Thanks.

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
11 months ago

Bellinger or Gerardo Parra next year?

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
Reply to  Huffin Gas
11 months ago

Parra…but it’s close.

ray
ray
11 months ago

Grey, tell the truth….
1) Suarez vs COL, YNOA vs Wash, Castillo @STL, Kikuchi, @HOU (UGH), vs AZ?

I wanna sit Kikuchi.

2) Drop Edward Cabrera or Reyes (I got Gellegos)

I need SB…

3) Yonny Hernandez (@AZ, @OAK) or Mateo (vs KC, vs TOR)

4) Leodys Taveras (@LAA,@AZ, @OAK, or Brantley (vs SEA, vs LAA)

ray
ray
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Sorry, 1) which of the four is the sit

ray
ray
Reply to  ray
11 months ago

Also could sit Tyler O’Neil, but not inclined to (speed and power)

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
11 months ago

I have a roster crunch and need to activate Freddy K/9.

I could go without a catcher (Haase) or drop McHugh who I use for ratios

6×6 K/9, QS

Dude at Dude's
Dude at Dude's
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks!

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
11 months ago

SON loves 2-start Corbin this week vs NYM/@PIT… Grab him over Manaea?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  rhodyballer
11 months ago

Or is Lynn droppable at this point?

MarvPesos
Marv
11 months ago

Hey Grey,

12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 10) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. LIMIT of 3 moves per week (used 2)

So I’ve got 1 move left to make this week. It’s a close battle but the matchup has swung in my favor. I guess the question is should I drop Straw for N.Lopez/I.Happ/Wendle OR at this point wait and pick up a double start pitcher for next week (hoping I win this week).

Matchup: R– me26 him18, H- tied, HR– tied, RBI- me 20 him 12, SB – tied, BB- me18 him11 with AVG, OPS and XBH I’m winning but it’s close. Pitching cats are pretty much split (and should stay similar). Also, if I tie him I still would make playoffs.

I believe B. Ober is going to be a 2-start next week (and pitches Monday) so I’d need to grab him Sunday (hence saving this last weekly move).

With the team below, If I wait and pick up Ober, do you think it be bad to drop Mancini for him (I wouldn’t be able to drop Straw without a replacement at the position). My OF is packed and he’s really sitting on the bench the past 2 weeks with the seldom sub in when spot opens.

My team:
C – G. Sanchez
1B – J. Votto
2B –K. Marte
3B – J. India
SS – C. Seager
CI – P. Goldschmidt
MI – M. Straw
LF – E. Jimenez
CF – T. Hernandez
RF – J. Soler
Util – S. Marte
BN – C. Yelich
BN – T. Mancini
IL – G. Torres (IL)

SP – W. Buehler
SP – Aaron Nola
SP – S. Ohtani
RP – J. Hader (RP)
RP – E. Diaz (RP)
P – J. Romano (RP)
P – M. Fried
BN – J. Means
BN – T. Mahle
BN – R. Suarez
BN – C. Hernandez (CLE)
IL – T. Glasnow (IL)
IL – A. Civale (IL)
Thanks, Marv

MarvPesos
Marv
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

and Mancini is the drop I would assume

thekid2004
thekid2004
11 months ago

Who are you starting/sitting in a QS league?
– Mills @ Pit
– Freddy P @ STL
– Cal Q @ BOS
– Ynoa @ COL
– Manoah & his mom @ OAK

Thanks, Lord Grey!

Hamporter
Hamporter
11 months ago

Good Morning,

H2H points league first round playoffs start next week and I have been indecisive about my last 2 pitching spots. Which 2 would you roll with out of the following?

Mikolas, H- LAD and H-CIN
Manoah, @NYY
Mcclanahan, @BOS
Joe Ryan, @CLE
Elieser, @ ATL
Ottavino, 3-H TB and 3 @CWS

Thanks for the input!

Hamporter
Hamporter
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks, that was what I was planning

Brendan
Brendan
11 months ago

I’m in a tight home run race 12 team AL only Roto.
HR and RBI will decide the race.

I’m trading Amed Rosario.
Have been offered Bobby Dalbec.
Have been offered Randall Grichuk.

Can’t figure out who to go with.
Dalbec is hot, but roster crunch PT Q’s. Did I already miss the hot streak?
Grichuk has been cold for a while. But he seems like the type to get super hot for short stretches out of no where.

Who would you go with?

Brendan
Brendan
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Buxton or Dalbec for HR/RBI down the stretch?

tim na
tim na
11 months ago

I’ve got an IL spot to fill to hold on to a player for next year. Would you suggest using it for Chris Bassitt or Mike Clevinger?

pinkman
pinkman
11 months ago

Thanks for the great advice all season!

Need speed and a touch of power. Who’s the best bet for September: Happ, Taveras or Tapia?

Gary C
11 months ago

ESPN Points, ROS

Please rank top 3

Mancini
Santander
Soler
Tyler O’Niell
Rosario
Brendan Rodgers
Nimmo

Thanks so much!

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
11 months ago

Man, I want to believe in Happ but his hot streak has coincided with him striking out 35+ percent of the time and not walking anymore. Hot schmotato indeed.

toolshed
toolshed
11 months ago

Agree about being out on erod. The one bad start he had out of the last four is when I streamed him and it was against Texas in Boston. If he can’t do well in that gift of a start, how can you trust him? Texas on the road and vs lhp has been brutal especially in 2nd half. Their numbers look a little better now. I suspect most of it was helped by that start against erod where they banged out 17 hits in that game.

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
11 months ago

Forgot the obvious Tapia joke… Say it ain’t toe!

Zeus
Zeus
11 months ago

If I can get Soto at 10 there’s going to be a liquid explosion

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
11 months ago

You got me good with the INXS freestyle and W. Franco lines. Well done!

In the home stretch… coming off this bye week for the last 2 in playoffs. Still thinking Darvish is a drop (unless you’ve had a change of heart). Also have T. Walker and Josiah Gray on the hot seat, but both have decent matchups next week (Walker v WSH and NYY, Gray v PIT… Yu v LAA).

On the WW in my shallow 5×5 cat league:
Carrasco (v MIA and NYY)
Ryu (v NYY and BAL)
Ober (v CLE and KCR)
Patino (?)
Skubal (v PIT)
Otto (v OAK)
Luzardo (v NYM)
Kowar (v BAL)
Flexin (v ARZ)
ReyLo (?)
Kluber (v NYM)
Odorizzi (v SEA)

1 . What moves you making here?

2. Also… what’s going on with Tapia? He worth dropping for Leody or Nicky Lopez for these final two weeks? Or are you giving him a longer leash?

Thanks as always!

Sport
Sport
11 months ago

Me again!

Would you start Manaea today at Toronto? His next start is WhiteSox at home. Is he droppable at this point to stream some others or hold?

Hesh
Hesh
11 months ago

Carrasco has now given up 12 of his 21 earned runs in the first inning, otherwise he has looked decent. Last night both leadoff men hit the first pitch of the game out , I was going to ask a real long question, with different scenarios, but I decided why not wait til Monday when I actually know who I’m playing and what the matchups are. Have a nice weekend.

Sport
Sport
11 months ago

Hey Grey. Thank you for all the advice all year. Your preseason rankings always help me be in position to win a league every year! And these daily blurbs are a must to pick up the in season sleepers.

I have a strategy question for you and others wanting to weigh in. Getting saves has been big problem as every body knows. I’m in a really close fight for first place and currently sit 7th place in the saves column. I’m 8 saves behind 6th and 9 saves behind 5th. I have an 11 save cushion over the guy behind me. With just 30 games left on the MLB schedule is that enough time to catch guys ahead of me with Clase, Finnegan, Floro, and Ottavino? Or should I save the innings (Yahoo Public) and shoot for some more K’s and possibly catch someone in Wins? I just wasn’t confident in how much ground a guy could make with just 30 games left.

The guys ahead of me have Pressly on one team, and Jansen on the other but nothing much after that.

Thank you very much!

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
Reply to  Sport
11 months ago

Saves and wins are so hard to predict. I like the guys you have though to get some.

Dave Funnell
Dave Funnell
11 months ago

I own the following in an Otteneu points league, where efficient innings are gold. They’ve had their ups and downs, but overall have done a good job in their respective timeframe. What are your thoughts on the following pitchers heading into next year as potential starters?

Reynaldo Lopez – I think he’s better as a long reliever due to his pitch mix and that he only needs to see the lineup once (or up to twice). Amazing what good eye sight can do.

Garrett Whitlock – he’s being transitioned into a starter for next year, but I’m not sure what to think. I feel that they lucked into him based on how they got him, but don’t know how much I trust Boston to develop him.

Garrett Crochet – I remember earlier in the calendar year hearing that the plan was to have him start next year, but i feel dur to their depth and that Kopech is evolving, Crochet might remain in the pen.

Garrett Whitlock – I don’t own him but am intrigued to know if you feel he’s better off in the role he’s in now going forward. The stats since he’s relieving have been dominant and I think it would help him stay healthy. Not sure of the plans of the Sox.

JC
JC
11 months ago

Playoffs start Monday. My team and questions below.

C- Yasmani
CI – Freeman, Abreu, Donaldson
MI – Albies, Polanco, Trea
OF – must play 5: Springer, Lowe, Yordan, Kepler, Walsh
Util: Tapia
Bench- Happ, Taveras
(Bench has been playing since they are hot and Tapia and now Albies missing time, Kepler sits vs lefties etc)
IL. – Winker ugh

SP – Burnes, Urias, Gaus, Eovaldi, Cease
RP – Gallegos, Colome, Romano, Box
(Saves and hold are separate cats)

1. I had been carrying another holds guy like Petit or Chafin but had to get a bat with injuries. Would you drop a bat for one of those guys or stay the course? If drop, who?
2. Pitching matchups are not ideal next week so I may need to stream some for quantity categories. Would you stream Miley at Cubs, or Lauer home vs Phil’s, or Freeland home Giants or should I hold? If stream, who is my drop?
3. Lastly, why does ERod hate me? I streamed him twice and both times he blew up – vs Texas no less lol

Kcc26
Kcc26
11 months ago

Better 2022 outlook (keeper purposes):

$1 Verlander or $1 clevinger ?

Thanks!

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
Reply to  Kcc26
11 months ago

Verlander should be ahead of Clevinger in recovery but he is also the Methuselah of MLB pitchers. I would bet on Clevinger.

The Wild Card
The Wild Card
11 months ago

Need to stream one of the following.

chris archer vs MIN ($0.6)
or
Adrian Houser vs STL (-$1.7)

Which would you rather stream?

thanks as always!!

Jeremy H
Jeremy H
11 months ago

I was trying to sleep with Wander the wonderful. Sorry not sorry

T Buns
T Buns
11 months ago

Drop Alex Reyes or Gallegos to make room for Peralta returning?

Dr Y
Dr Y
11 months ago

I’m dropping Corey seager for Nicky lopez. Lopez was just dropped by another fringe h2h playoff team.

Before you say something about not draft seager and what not, he was a throw in to a trade while he was on IL

cable
cable
11 months ago

“Fans don’t boo nobodies.” – Mr. October, Reggie Jackson

12 team h/h points redraft league weekly lineup set……

I can add a hitter or 2 below to replace C Santana & Schoop

Happ
Ortaga
Duvall
Schwindel
Naquin
Renfroe
Belt

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
11 months ago

Grey!!

Caliente!

a. On Nola, 2 things.

1. Road ERA no bueno
2. He gave up two 3-run HRs.

b. What is it with HRs coming on 2 outs? Must be a record. Vin?

c. Have a nice weekend.

d. Marx Brothers quote of the day for September 3, 2021

‘I worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.’

Groucho, Monkey Business

e. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for September 3, 2021

Mr. October continued to tell stories about his siblings, who were involved in the creation of a documentary. His brother recounted how he heard Reggie slam home runs from a coworker in a radio tower at the airport, or how his sister saved letters from him from years ago.

‘It was really cool to look at my handwriting and see where I had sent those letters to her from,’ Reggie said.

The Mr. October Foundation, formed by Reggie and intended to be continued by his daughter after he has passed away, is a charity to bring STEM education to underserved communities in America, Reggie said. According to him, the foundation is exploring trying to bring the “Reggie bar” candy bar back with plans of donating the proceeds to charity.

Cheers,
Ante

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Haven’t found complete stats, but I can say there have been 1504 home runs with 2 outs. In 2019 there were 2063, so it does not look like this is an exceptionally high year.

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
11 months ago

This Webb youngster is something else. Dude is like throwing bullets every week. Might be my most consistent if not best pitcher on my team in reality.

I’ve seen you say Webb is a solid three and possible two. Are you sticking with that projection for next year? Honestly, he feels like a two already with some ace upside. I don’t know if he can continue to get 10 Ks in a game but even if he doesn’t, he feels like a two or at least he has been for me. If he can do that consistently he’d be a #1 for me. I just don’t want him to be a three for some reason, probably because that means regression is on the way. What do you see for this cat next year?

American Troutfisher
American Troutfisher
Reply to  Harley Earl
11 months ago

Serious question.

There are 30 teams, yeah? Each team has to have a #1 starter. Even given that top pitchers aren’t distributed evenly among the 30 teams (Brewers have 3, Pirates have 0), doesn’t it mean that every pitcher in the top 30 should be considered a #1?

Webb is well within the top 30 at this point; therefore he’s a #1. It’s guys like Berrios, Eovaldi, Stroman, and Cease who are the borderline #1/#2s.

It sounds ridiculous to say Cease is a #1 starter, but if he’s in the top 30, isn’t that what he is?

Splitfinger
Splitfinger
Reply to  American Troutfisher
11 months ago

It makes sense, but that’s not the convention, because evaluators care more about talent than rank, and talent is not linear.

Which is to say there isn’t 30 #1’s, 30 #2’s, etc. Instead I’d guess there’s usually about 5-10 #1’s, 15 #2’s, 30 #3’s, another 50-60 established #4’s and then a whole bunch of spot starter types outside the top 100 arms who all rotate through. I wouldn’t take those numbers too precisely but it should give an idea.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  American Troutfisher
11 months ago

I believe that they are talking about an SP1 or SP2 for fantasy baseball. If you are in a 12-team league, then there are a lot less than 30 SP1’s.

American Troutfisher
American Troutfisher
Reply to  hot corner
11 months ago

Ah, gotcha, makes sense, thanks!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Yeah, I’m not banking on him being an SP1. Would definitely be nice. But I am hoping for that SP2 production, which seems to be a reasonable expectation at this point. Glad to see you like him so much, too. I just wanted to see where you stood now as him being a 2 or a 3. Fingers crossed he keeps the good times rolling!

Al KOHOLIC
Al KOHOLIC
11 months ago

I no that the rosters don’t increase much but when will the September call ups be starting.

Crazy J
Crazy J
11 months ago

Triston the night away!