What transpired this preseason: Coolwhip reached out to me to see if I was going to write a Nestor Cortes sleeper, because he liked him and wanted to write one. I said, “Nah, I don’t think I’m going to write one, but I like him too!” What Coolwhip didn’t know, what no one could’ve known, I hadn’t looked at Nestor Cortes at all. I said I liked him because Coolwhip said he liked him. Then I waited for Coolwhip to give us his Nestor Cortes sleeper, and, after he did, I said, “Yeah, exactly, that’s what I would’ve wrote too!” Stats and image provided by Coolwhip:

“(M)ain thing to note is in 2021 Nestor started 14 games. Before that, he had only started a grand total of… (carry the 1… multiply by square root…) 2 games. 2 games, that’s it. So this was a bit of a new foray for him. It’s not often that you go from the pen to starting and your numbers improve drastically. Not just a little mind you; but by every conceivable measure, he got better. His K-rate went up, BB-rate went down, and he cut home runs in half while suppressing hard contact and limiting runners.”

Nestor did this by scrapping the sinker and curve, and replacing them with a cutter. Also, he varies his release point a lot, like nearly every pitch. I half expect him to throw right-handed occasionally. Yesterday, Nestor Cortes (5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 0.00) threw an immaculate 4th inning, and changed his release on nearly every pitch. This is magic:

In 9 1/3 IP this year, Nestor Cortes has 17 Ks. That’s in two starts, or one Nolan Ryan start. Pardon me while I put my eyes back in my head. Nestor Cortes’s 16.4 K/9, 0.96 BB/9 and -0.26 FIP is pretty good, if you’re lacking for adjectives. You really have to be impressed with Nestor so far this year, he’s looking as brilliant as me blindly agreeing with Coolwhip. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Bruce Zimmermann – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 0.00. Fun fact! Bruce Zimmermann is on Jakob Dylan’s fantasy team that he named Daddy’s Love. As for Zimmermann, even if the Streamonator liked a matchup of his, I’m not sure I could start him.

Jorge Mateo – 3-for-4, 1 RBI and his 3rd steal, hitting .267. He was Friday’s Buy lede. I was a very Natty Boh!

Javier Baez – Hit the IL with thumb soreness. So, that’s where thumbkin is!

Matt Manning – Sounds headed to the IL with shoulder discomfort. Damn, it was because I picked him up to stream, wasn’t it? That leaves only me to blame, ’cause Ma-Ma tried, Ma-Ma tried.

Casey Mize – Diagnosed with a medial collateral ligament sprain in his elbow. It sounds not great, i.e. Sir Mize could be out a while.

Daz Cameron – Was called up, as predicted here three days ago. Just told you to grab him in Friday’s Buy, and today I’m telling you why. He is very similar to his daddy — 20/20/.220 incoming? Daz queen! Will he keep a job after Grossman returns? Naz queen. Yikes, Naz queen sounds like some Leni Riefenstahl garbage.

Thairo Estrada – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer. Giants have roughly 15 hitters for nine spots, and even if some of them received everyday playing time their stats wouldn’t get markedly better. Somehow they have 15 guys who would give you 15-18 HRs and .270 in 300 ABs or 600 ABs. Alas, for you, I will monocle Thairo.

Brandon Belt – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .345. That’s “SHE” on an upside down calculator, so Belt is for, like, a pantsuit?

Alex Wood – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 1.93. I’m a Giant idiot for not drafting all Giants starters in every league.

Patrick Corbin – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 7.50. This start was vs. the Pirates, who were benching their top bats, which is just an inherently funny thing to say. Streamonator thinks Corbin’s next start is equally funny but this time laughing at him.

Hyun-Jin Ryu – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 13.50, and hit the IL with forearm inflammation. Same, but my injury came from not being able to drop Ryu quick enough.

Michael Kopech – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 1.00. Might only get 75-100 IP from him as a starter, but *rubs hands together* sign me up!

Gavin Sheets – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. That’s to Sheets to the Windy City team.

Carlos Carrasco – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 0.84. Said this last week and on the podcast (I believe — hey, I say a lot of shizz here), but the Mets will have one ace this year. Who it will be might come down to who stays healthy. So far, Carrasco’s looked as good as any.

Pete Alonso – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer. Albombso!

Ian Anderson – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 6.48. Thankfully, he bounced back. Partially for Anderson, but more importantly for me. Now I don’t have to field a shizzton of “Should I drop Ian Anderson” questions.

Spencer Strider – 3 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 walks, zero hits, 3 Ks, ERA at 1.00. I’m about to only roster Jhoan Duran, Will Crowe and Spencer Strider and be done with all other pitching.

Marcell Ozuna – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer, hitting .318. Hopefully, if Ozuna leads the majors this year, it’s not a feel-good story, because, if it is, things have gotten really bad.

Yu Darvish – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 6.28. Solid bounce back start for Yu. Don’t turn to a mirror. I’m talking about Darvish.

Sonny Gray – Left Saturday’s game with hamstring tightness. Welcome to my Ted Talk, where I address God and discuss why hamstrings should be looser. By the way, how embarrassing would it be if I did a Ted Talk for just God and he no-showed? Brutal L.

Tanner Houck – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.00. Why does it feel like everyone I told you to draft, and wrote sleeper posts about, are guys you want to abandon literally after one start?

Nick Senzel – Hit the IL without a designation. Ooh, so mysterious. I wonder what he’s got. Does it rhyme with Movid?

Hunter Greene – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 hits, zero walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.35. Greene threw 57 fastballs and they averaged 100.2 MPH. Grey goes boing.

Tyler Mahle – 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 5.68. “Benched Hunter Greene and started Tyler Mahle.” — Famous quote from a guy sobbing in a public bathroom stall.

Julio Urias – 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.86, and regained some of that lost velocity from his first start. If there’s no underlying injury, I imagine we’ll start to see a lot of velocity regained as weather heats up and pitchers are more up to speed, literally.

Andrew Heaney – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 0.00. Leave it to the Dodgers to fix this ess-oh-bee. Welp, I’ve seen enough. I grabbed him in one league where he was still available, and I’m fine with you doing the same.

Steven Matz – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 hits, zero walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 7.27. Stevenabench!

Aaron Ashby – 4 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 1.00. Super meh start that was helped by a Wong error (a Wrong?) that caused Ashby’s runs to be unearned. Still like Ashby, and would try him for another start.

Taylor Ward – 1-for-3, 1 run as he hit third. Half the time that Joe Maddon is managing I think he’s doing a bit. Yesterday’s bit? I don’t know, maybe he thinks it’s funny to  confuse people with Taylor Ward and Tyler Ward (2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 2nd steal). If the Angels promote two more guys named Waylor Tard and Wyler Tard, then we know it’s a bit.

Mike Trout – After getting hit on the hand, he left the game. X-rays were negative and he’s day-to-day. For Trout, that’s today to a day in 2023.

Adolis Garcia – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .152. Started slow–OR HAS HE?! Eff me, Mr. Reversal Question, you scared the crap out of me. Frequent commenter, BAC, mentioned the other day that Adolis has shown a new approach so far — walks way up, and Ks down. Those things haven’t stabilized yet, but it’s good to see it.

Seiya Suzuki – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer. Absolutely cackling at people who were saying in the preseason Suzuki didn’t have power. In fairness, I was ready to accept a 25/10 season from him. Now we might get that by the break.

Ryan McMahon – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Frequent fast starter, Ryan McMahon, is using the crockpot vs. the microwave so far this April.

Trevor Rogers – 1 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 12.15. Speaking of guys I told you to draft, well, I did reluctantly tell you to draft Trevor Rogers, but I kinda wish I had told you not to, and I ranked him much later than his ADP. His innings last year truly worried me, and I’m still worried. Hopefully, after his next start, Mr. Rogers doesn’t have me puKing Friday.

Elieser Hernandez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.22. What kind of faith do you have Trevor Rogers will be more valuable than Elieser this year? 50%? What happens if Rogers throws a bad start next time out? 30%? Yet, you drafted Rogers about 200 picks before Elieser.

Bryce Harper – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. Also, in this game, Kyle Schwarber (2-for-4) hit his 2nd homer. There wasn’t a lot of homers yesterday. You’d think we’d see more rise on Easter. At least from Jesus Sanchez or Jesus Aguilar.

Zack Wheeler – 3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 9.39. *looks up to the heavens* Thank you so much for not letting Wheeler fall far enough in drafts that I was even tempted.

Byron Buxton – Day-to-day with a “nothing serious” in his knee. Twins are in a tough spot. You don’t want to rush Buxton back out there, but he’s only going to get 90 games played this year, and you don’t want 90% of those games to be at 85%, because then you might only get 50% of Buxton. Still, that’s some Bux, not a ton, palindromically.

Bailey Ober – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.27. He was also a preseason sleeper. This B.O. doesn’t stink.

Michael Wacha – 5 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks, 5 Ks, ERA at 0.96. Streamonator hates Wacha’s next start, but it’s in Tampa, which doesn’t scare me much — oh, no, Ji-man Choi, please don’t hurt me! — and now I likely just jinxed Wacha and reverse-jinxed Choi. You’re welcome.

Mitch Haniger – Hit the IL with Covid-19. Everyone always said he had an infectious personality. Now I get it.

Matt Brash – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners (6 BBs), 5 Ks, ERA at 3.38. Spinning out like one of those onomatopoeias from the old Batman TV show is BRASH! Spinning out is another word that we don’t see because it goes far left. Then spinning out is NO COMMAND and that goes high. As I said when Brash was a hot pickup in the first week, he’s going to roofie us, because he has no command.

Ty France – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer. Freedom fly!

Jose Urquidy – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 7.00. 180 degrees from Brash is Urquidy, who could stand to waste a few more pitches. He stays on the plate more Daniel Vogelbach.

Ryan Pressly – Hit the IL with knee inflammation. Send a sympathy card for the people who have rostered Hector Neris in the past and went back and grabbed him again for vulture saves. They’ve lost their mind, and you should send your condolences. Dusty said he’d use a committee, and I grabbed Ryan Stanek in a few leagues, but it was less that I wanted Stanek, or think he’ll get saves, and more because I didn’t want Hector Neris. Bullpen chart is updated.

Justin Verlander – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 0.69. That ERA is the 2nd best thing Verlander is 69’ing.

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Surfer Dude
Surfer Dude
2 months ago

Hi Grey,
10 tm h2h weekly pts for ROS
Cobb just hit the IR, drop him for Verlander?

THANKS!

Surfer Dude
Surfer Dude
Reply to  Surfer Dude
2 months ago

or grab Clevinger?

Ban the Shift
Ban the Shift
2 months ago

Got a trade offer. I get Machado and give up Goldschmidt. Goldschmidt off to a slow start, but put up better numbers than Machado last year. Cards lineup probably better too. Who do you like in this deal?

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
2 months ago

Had no idea “rol” was Spanish for “my nuts,” but that’s just what Brusdar is grating.

Lucky Dog
2 months ago

Down goes Altuve. Infieldpocalpse continues.

William Hung
William Hung
2 months ago

@Grey – wasn’t there used to be a column for SAGNOF that analyzed catchers that give up the most SBs for upcoming steals goodness? Wondering if I missed it or if it doesn’t exist anymore

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  William Hung
2 months ago

previous (possibly current) sagnof guy alternated posts between that and bullpen updates.

buddens126
buddens126
2 months ago

Drop Voit for schwindel or nate lowe or keep voit and Drop wong for kike, madrigal, mateo or hoerner or keep wong? Thanks!

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
2 months ago

ahahaha, NOW nola gets the regression on strand rates, while allowing lead off or near lead off hits in 4/5 of the innings, 2 of them doubles. funny to almost be rooting against him as i benched him first time this year.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
2 months ago

and stassi seems to be turning into OBP wolf lite. lots of BB’s, which is better than most catchers.

Lucky Dog
2 months ago

Ugh. First India, now Franco? Make it stop!

Also India out until “at least” Friday. I tolja – hammies are a bitch.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Lucky Dog
2 months ago

i love that CIN is finally figuring out what the rest of us thought was likely back on thurs. and probably by this thurs will back date DL him, finally. at least they aren’t pulling the old WAS idea of giving him a pinch hit appearance on like wed (technically this still could happen though), so they just end up wasting 7+ days. WAS used to do this on harper/rendon/others all the damn time.

ATG6
ATG6
2 months ago

Trevor Rogers is going to be fine. Isn’t he?

Hunter Greene is going to be more than fine. Everyone who can throw 100 mph without really straining is always overrated anyhow. But that slider though….

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
2 months ago

Asking for a friend. Suppose said friend foolishly grabbed all three non-Trout Angels outfielders — Adell, Marsh, Ward — and needed to drop one of them. Which Angel outfielder is, well, out? Thanks!

Last edited 2 months ago by razzkai
ATG6
ATG6
Reply to  Uncle Razzkai
2 months ago

Insert “Angels in the outfield” joke here.
Especially on Easter.

Daze
Daze
2 months ago

Grey
earlier I asked if you would drop Gleyber for any of the following
what I neglected to mention is that Gleyber is not used as my SS or 2nd Base
basically Utilty
would you drop him now for
taylor ward
Thairo Estrada
joc pederson
soler
McCutchen

thanks

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
2 months ago

Wander late scratch. Sticks head in oven….

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  frankgrimes
2 months ago

at least it’s TB, i doubt we’ll be here by sat still wondering if he’ll be playing monday like say india/CIN. TB is ran smart and likes it’s extra RP depth (and extra platoon bats) it can obtain if say w.franco is set to miss at least 6ish games. CIN of course continues to play k.farmer daily (now almost going on a year or so)

Cohen
Cohen
2 months ago

Start or sit Nola at Rockies?

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Cohen
2 months ago

Do it… LFG!!

toolshed
toolshed
2 months ago

In classic Reds fashion, India remains dtd and is missing his 4th straight game. They said he may be able to play after missing only one game. FYI, they said the same thing about Moustakas last year. How many games did he miss?

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

They’ll wait until he misses 10 days before deciding if he needs an IL stint

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  toolshed
2 months ago

yeah CIN in the bottom 3rd of teams doing this stupid stuff. nothing beats LAA though on trout last year (or that time they called g.richards’ torn elbow tendon “dehydration” for 2.5 days or so before saying what that really was). and it’s hard to beat how awful WAS has been on these in the last 5ish years.

Steve
Steve
2 months ago

Which one to lose? Soto, Rainey, or bard

Ed Spinelli
Ed Spinelli
2 months ago

Hello My old Friend,
So nice to back in the Baseball world again& Ihope you and yours are well.
A little advice if you would my outfield consisted of
Haniger, Arozarena & Adolis Garcia & Ohtani in my Utility Spot
Varsho-C, Freeman-1B, Escobar/Schoop-2B Boegarts @SS & Manny M.-3rdB
I picked up Owen Miller for Rookie Nookie and he looks good & Mercado off the wire once Hanger went down.
Pitching is strong- but who should I grab here- Taylor Ward, Brandon Marsh or Mateo? was going to drop Schoop for oneofthem ( never been a fan of him even though he usually gives you something but I went after 2B late…

Who would you grab and or/ grab 2 to drop who?

Appreciate you as always and hope you enjoy a dacqurie on me! :)
Ed

herschel
herschel
2 months ago

@Grey: weekly roto. who do you like this week between:

josiah gray – vs ari, vs sf
framber – vs laa

thanks!

VinWins
VinWins
2 months ago

So, I went to add Puk because Trivino is on the Covid List, only to find Puk is too.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Yeah, I picked up a hitter instead.

Bish
Bish
2 months ago

The “Big 4” on the Reds (Votto, Pham, Moustakas, and Aquino) are batting a combined .093! They are an unbelievable 11 for 118 with 52K’s.

No question here, just commiserating. Thanks for all you do.

aardvark
aardvark
2 months ago

Need a fill in for India until Baez comes back later this week. Profar or Eduardo Escobar? Thank you

jblum125
jblum125
2 months ago

10 team league, 6X6 with OPS … whats your order of these three catchers:

Kirk, Murphy, Bart, Elias Diaz

moses mashers
moses mashers
2 months ago

Drop Bo Bichette for Dante Bichette?

fausto
fausto
2 months ago

One more Grey…super deep league
Brian anderson or the anaemic j.candelario?(trying to give candelario the benefit of doubt hitting in det and kic where it’s still 30degrees.

Earl
Earl
2 months ago

Would you say that perhaps Steven Kwan’s run has come to an end? Was thinking of dropping him for someone like Jorge Mateo as I could use the speed factor for my team.

I have Eloy JImenez, Kyle Tucker and Taylor Ward as other outfielders soon to be joined by Randy Dandy Arozerena when a trade processes. So far my team is underperforming big time but trying to change that.

It is a 5×5 12 team Yahoo roto league.

Thoughts?? Thanks.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Barely a week later…. Cold blooded

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

it’s 3 WHOLE games with no hits. 2/3 of those with a BB though. turns out you aren’t gifted top OBP in the league after 5 games since one guy set records in his first 5 games for OBP. anchoring is real.

Eddie
Eddie
2 months ago

Lothario do you think o Neil Cruz gets called up this week?

Eddie
Eddie
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

When do you think he gets called up? I thought 15 games he has to sit to get the extra year of service time. Would you stash him in a ten team league

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Cruz is making it easy for the Pirates to keep him down in AAA. He’s batting only .219/.344/.650 with no home runs, 4 RBI and 3 steals. Does have 2 doubles and a triple though. SSS alert (32 at bats).

Will
Will
Reply to  Will
2 months ago

Oh, and Cruz only has one start in the outfield in AAA (out of 9 games) so the Pirates are full of s*it.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Will
2 months ago

that last part really sucks as that actually made sense to let him learn OF a bit first. but if that’s not even happening 8/9th of the time, yuck.

Earl
Earl
Reply to  Eddie
2 months ago

Sure hope so as I have him in reserve on majority of my teams.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Eddie
2 months ago

had hope when NEWMAN was ruled injured, but he’s back already now.

scoboticus
scoboticus
2 months ago

Would you stream Eric Lauer vs Pit today or Merrill Kelly @ Wash tomorrow or both?

Primetime
Primetime
2 months ago

Marsh (angels) Estrada (giants) Mateo (orioles) over kiki ? who I picked up today for the week hittertron.

Upside

wheezy13
wheezy13
2 months ago

16 team H2H Categories

Need a first baseman.

Here is the team (auction, first year keeper – can keep up to 11 for 3 years)

C – Narvaez $1
1B – Rowdy $1, Hiura $1
2B – Albies $40
3B – Bobby Witt Jr. $29
SS – Boba Chette $42
OF – Lou Bob $45
OF – Seiya $6
OF – Jesus Sanchez $1
UT – Franmil $9

Bench

G Lux $1
Candelario $1
Abrams $2
Winker $5
Kwan $10

Kiriloff $1 (IR)

SP – Freddy Peralty $33, Cease $18, Bassit $14, Houck $5, Greene $3, Luzardo $2, DeSclafani $2, Joe Ryan $1, Ashby $1, Kaprielian $1 (IR), Spencer Howard $10 (IR)

RP (SV + HD) – Loaisiga $1, Munoz $1, Feyereisen $1, Graterol $1, Lamet $10

Would like to trade Winker or Franmil for a 1B. I offered Winker for Hoskins and was turned down. Who would you rather trade and what should I be looking for?

Thanks in advance!

wheezy13
wheezy13
Reply to  wheezy13
2 months ago

Also, does David Ross know how to fill out a lineup card? How is Seiya not batting 2nd or 3rd for the cubs?

DonnieB
DonnieB
2 months ago

Kwan over Happ,Bellinger or Kelenic?

Any thoughts on Trevor Rogers going forward? Looks so hittable.

Thanks!

KailuaBoy
KailuaBoy
2 months ago

Aloha Grey!
Sonny Grey or Kneble ROS?
mahalo!

Will
Will
2 months ago

Man, third base is an absolute wasteland. My 3B (Moncada) is out for weeks so I had to plug in Moosetacos as a stopgap but he stinks so far. I’d add Mateo but he doesn’t qualify at 3B with only 9 games there last season. Who would you add from this list of available 3B eligibles: Dozier, Candelario, Urshela, Wendle, Burger, Anderson (told you it was a wasteland). Thanks.

Wendell T. Montgomery
Wendell T. Montgomery
2 months ago

Gre(y)at post!

I have Trea Turner as one of my keepers but am playing him at 2B so I punted a bit on SS this year thinking it was deep enough to grab a guy late. I ended up with Adames and Swanson. They have both been kind of meh so far. Mateo, Pena, and McNeil out there on waivers. Should I drop either of those guys for any listed?

Problem 2: I skipped top SP like a good soldier and went with Ray, Peralta, T. Rogers (I actually have all 3 T. Rogers’ haha), Bassitt, and have already dropped Ober for H. Greene. I streamed Cortes yesterday and dropped him right after the start and picked up M. Kelly. I’m going to try to re-add Cortes but I really doubt he clears waivers. I missed Luzardo, Megill and Wright due to my league’s 5 transaction per week limit. After Kelly’s start, should I hold where I am or look at adding one of Cortez, Skubal, Cobb, Gibson, or Blackburn?

Philly Phanatic
Philly Phanatic
2 months ago

Picking 5th in a re-entry draft. Need saves for ROS. Rank order of preference please….D. Bard, D. Robertson, T. Rainey, J. Duran, J. Staumont, J. Lopez, J. Diekman, H. Robles.

Thanks!!!

RotoJedi
RotoJedi
2 months ago

Also, gonna drop Gleyber at 2B

Add Mateo or McNeil?

RotoJedi
RotoJedi
2 months ago

Happy Easter man, thanks for your work!

12 man 5×5. Trade Kopech or Luzardo for Edwin Diaz or ride it out for now?

I only own Taylor Rogers, Kittredge and Diekman

Besides Loisiga all “possible” save specs are owned

dubjay
dubjay
2 months ago

Good day fine sir. Trying to decide who to drop in my 12 team H2H keeper league(keep 10). I started the year stacked. Now my stack is starting to tip over rather quickly. Acuna, Means, Trout, Kiriloff. I dont like to carry a lot of bench bats. 1 or 2 max. Right now I am alternating in VOIT, J.RODRIGUEZ, J.PENA, M.STRAW. Would like to drop one of these to grab a streamer. Or I could drop one of my RPs. Namely J.DURAN or RAINEY.
Who is the drop here? I am leaning Voit. Partly because of his production, and partly because he just seems like a dick. Am I wrong?

dubjay
dubjay
Reply to  dubjay
2 months ago

I should also mention that I am alternating those bats into 2 UTIL slots.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
2 months ago

We need a new Darth Grey vid!

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Small nitpick but possible to have the newest comments as default? Or the choice to do so…

Be easier to skip Ante’s comments that way too hahaha I kid I kid.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Thanks… look at you figuring things out!

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
2 months ago

Are we grabbing Dylan Bundy in 10 team mixed? Who do you like more, Bundy or Heaney?

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Justin Ralph
2 months ago

You know bundy is serial killer right. Never.

scoboticus
scoboticus
2 months ago

Hi Grey! How’s my pitching staff? Anyone I can drop for streaming?
Eovaldi
Manaea
Marquez
Ober
Kyle Wright
Nestor Cortes

Ben B.
Ben B.
2 months ago

Was Yelich only good for 2 seasons due to PED’s, in-game video or both?

What are we supposed to do with this guy? He seems awful and mostly hits everything straight into the ground.

The temptation is strong to drop him for Connor Joe or Jesus Sanchez before the waiver wire dries up (10 team league, 6×6 ops)

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Ben B.
2 months ago

He’s a head case. Just drop him. I had a drop problem in his. It’s not about skills but something gets in your head. I came out of it but it’s definitely real.

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  captain obvious
2 months ago

I all of a sudden couldn’t catch the ball. This was football. I don’t know what was going on. It’s something that happens though. I’ve been through it. I don’t know what was going on myself.

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Ben B.
2 months ago

back injuries are no joke. neither are shoulders. ask bellinger about the latter. or k.bryant (but bryant’s bad period from waiting too long to get his shoulder fixed wasn’t close to as bad as bellinger’s)

ellis
ellis
2 months ago

Variation on my earlier question

A. Pena over Schoop and Wong?

B. Pena over Adames? Is it close?

thank you!

Mczero
Mczero
2 months ago

Is it too early to give up on Urquidy? Options to take his place are Blackburn or Ashby.

toolshed
toolshed
2 months ago

I guess duran isn’t the closer but may work his way into it. He gave up a hr to c Vazquez of all people. He’ll need to stop giving up hr before being annointed the closer. Small sample but could be an issue unless he just K’s everyone

Mike
Mike
2 months ago

Need to pick up Belt. Who to drop? (Jo Adell, Julio Rodrigues, or Andrew Vaughn)?

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Mike
2 months ago

Why would you have to pick up belt? Don’t have to do anything.

ellis
ellis
2 months ago

Remember Hall and Oates song Baby Come Back? Was at Fenway yesterday and found myself singing Bobby Dalbec’s name to it everytime he was up, it is very catchy!

Thanks for a great post and Happy Passover, which I said to Chaim Bloom who I saw yesterday in passing, his reply: Chag Sameach!

Bish
Bish
Reply to  ellis
2 months ago

Player sang Baby Come Back, not H&O. Just some additional useless information I possess.

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
2 months ago

Hi Grey,

Always appreciate your advice!

1. I have Corey Seager of Texas as my main ss and Amed Rosario of Cleveland as backup. Does this seem like two solid players? thoughts?

2. At 3B, I have Kris Bryant as my main 3B and Yoan Moncada as backup although he is on IL. I was not planning on making any move. Do you agree?

3. The following three players are available on waivers: Thairo Estrada of SF, Santiago Espinal of Toronto and Hunter Dozier of KC. Would you draft any of them or just stand pat? I also have Oscar Mercado who I could waive besides Rosario and Moncada?

Thanks again!!

Martin

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Thank you!

Coconut Willie
Coconut Willie
2 months ago

My only option at 3rd is Donaldson… suck it up or dump and chase guys like:

Franco
Wade
Espinal
Flores
Culberson
Burger
Dozier
Arraez
Farmer
Ibáñez

Coconut Willie
Coconut Willie
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Unfortunately it’s the Maikel version…

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Ever the optimistic sob. Lmfao.

Michael B
Michael B
2 months ago

Im curious what you think about a move i did and my take on steven kwan. I dropped Steven Kwan for Eduardo Rodriguez who I felt doesn’t belong on the Waivers, I feel like he’s having a bit of a rough start but hes pretty much an ace and Im not very convinced steven kwan is much more than a hot streak, his .600 average dropped down to the .300s (as expected) and i wouldn’t be surprised if he turns out to be barely if at all worth rostering. seems like his power is essentially minimal to nonexistent and his speed is semi decent (which my team has no need for)

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Michael B
2 months ago

Neither are that great so whatever.

Will
Will
2 months ago

Had high hopes for Adell this season but right now he looks like the 2nd coming of Lewis Brinson. Quad A type, can’t hit MLB pitching. He’s rocking a 53% contact rate and 45% strikeout rate so far this season. Both of which look a lot like his awful first season in 2020 (56% contact rate and 42% k rate over 124 ab).

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Will
2 months ago

Sometimes you are what you are. It’s just the way it is.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
2 months ago

Grey,

One last question.

1) Would you keep Lorenzen?
2) Would you drop P. Johnson for one of these relievers:

Shreve
Mayza
Clay Holmes

Thanks again.

Phillip
Phillip
2 months ago

Grey, don’t we all envy Justin Verlander?

Pitching was supposed to be my strongest area: Woodruff, Ray, Peralta, Urias, Rogers, Flaherty… killing me, all of them. Gilbert is the only good one so far. Clase is even struggling to find a save.

So my question is… would you tell me this is going to be alright? I’ve ignored the pitching waiver wire all spring since my rotation was so stout (18-team league btw), and there is nothing to give assistance at this time. I did grab Keller for a little moral support, but I digress.

Grin and bear it, right?

VinWins
VinWins
2 months ago

Come on. Short schedule day and now 2 postponements too? That’s just bad planning.

Uncle Razzkai
Uncle Razzkai
Reply to  VinWins
2 months ago

This is what happens when Mother Nature is not invited to participate in collective bargaining

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Uncle Razzkai
2 months ago

that, or just that nobody figured out having retractable roofs (some did, MIL did) was probably the easiest good investment (esp when they have the people OF the city paying like 70%+ of these things not the billionaires) to do in the first place.

Gary C
2 months ago

Please rank ROS

Gore
Brash
Cortes
Elieser

Thanks!

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

I so hope you are right on Gore and he stays in the majors. I waited for him for 2 years and grabbed him in a high dollar keeper league.

Dunphy
Dunphy
2 months ago

RazzSlam Question
Is there a document or reference to see what winning bids for FA have been in the past? 1st deadline tomorrow.
Thanks!

Dunphy
Dunphy
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Thanks, Grey. I was thinking more along the lines of how much (generally) the top few available FAs go for ($50, $100, $500, etc).

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
2 months ago

Hi Grey,

Hope you had a very Easter!!

Your advice was amazing on Sunday. Thanks to you I picked up Heaney, Crowe and David Bednar. I got an amazing almost 50 points. Still can’t believe it. Well done! You have been amazing about when to pick up players and when to
pass.

1. I may have a chance to pick up David Peterson of the Mets and Cole Irvin of Oakland. Would you pick up either or both of them or just pass? To get them, I would have to cut one or two of the following; Chris Flexan, Justin Green, Lopez of Miami, Mike Clevinger, or Merrill Kelly of Arizona, or Miles Mikolas (I followed your advice on picking up Mike). If Peterson or Irvin are valuable and you advise against cutting any of my pitchers, I could cut hitter. Based on your advice, I am staying put on Crowe and Bednar.

Thanks!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Sorry for the confusion.

I have Justin Steele, Chris Flexan. Pablo Lopez, Mike Clevinger (IL) and Kelly of AZ as potential players to be waived.

Is this group better than the Mets David Peterson or Cole Irvin of Oakland. I could stand pat or go for one or both and cut one or two of my current staff. I also have Oscar Mercado to waive and take either Paterson or Irvin. Recommendations?

Thanks for your patience!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Thanks. Your advice is always appreciated!

aardvark
aardvark
2 months ago

Got offered Verdugo, France and hunter Greene for my wander Franco and Aaron Nola.
Franco side right?

I am the Walrus
I am the Walrus
2 months ago

Please rank….Carrasco, B.Keller, A.Wood, Cortes, M.Kelly

Michael McMorrow
Michael McMorrow
2 months ago

My Liege,

Two things.

One, Jordan Hicks was throwing 102 yesterday, and nobody has yet hit the ball solidly off him (small sample size, but nice). I know he doesn’t have any real set role, but he doesn’t leave my roster under any circumstances, right?

Two, the Rice Bowl. Arozarena looks lost or indifferent at the plate sometimes, and his batting average last year was about 50 points higher than his xBA. He’s got that shiny 45 ranking on Yahoo, and I’m looking to unload him as quickly as possible, because I could see his end of May line looking like 2 hr, 2 sb, and a .190 avg. How low do I sell? I need a CI, so I’ve offered him straight up for Rizzo (Yahoo rank 128), and I don’t know that it will take. With Trout (CF), Tucker (RF), Alvarez (LF), Suzuki (OF) and Nimmo (UT) already on my roster, I’ve simply got no room for him in my lineup.

Chris H
Chris H
2 months ago

10 team dynasty. which of the following would you drop for Heaney?

N. Lodolo
H. Greene
J. Gray
R. Detmers
N. Syndergaard

Chris H
Chris H
Reply to  Chris H
2 months ago

JoMo is also available.

fausto
fausto
2 months ago

Ouch I dropped Heaney in a 16tm league before his 1st start SO this mf’er is REALLY going to kill me even when I dont own him?. Same team yesterday i benched Eleiser and started Wheeler, woke up down 9 places …[pulls out eyelashes and eyebrows] … At least I’m still in 1st in my RCL i guess…

?Luis Urias stash or trash over J.Candelario?

?Dylan Floro stash or trash?

A.Rosario or W.Adames?
( Dont REALLY need sb but it cant hurt as this question pertains to a h2h league).
Cheers.

Kill the wave
Kill the wave
2 months ago

Power rankings made up of 30 writers and updated weekly has the giants as the fourth best team. That feels high but they could be right. It’s early and again, I don’t know what’s going on other than what eno Sarris points to- The giants are better prepared going into every ballgame than any other team.

Drew
Drew
2 months ago

Got Manaea/Bassitt/McClanahan/Syndergaard/Stroman as my rotation. Do you drop Stroman for any of these guys on waivers, or start streaming the spot?
Nestor, K.Wright, Heaney, Luzardo, Carrasco, Taillon, Bundy

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
2 months ago

why does it take so long for managers to do such obvious things like not having Seiya batting 6th and ur catcher batting 3rd… or Duran Duran not being the closer as you said!

Well thanks to razzballs and drafting no early pitching I have quickly stockpiled slightly too many as I dropped mr Zunino for Heaney as soon as I saw the 11k thing. I have a rule early season of if I see pitchers throw 10+ strikeout games to just autograb. Mr Zunino is unimportant so I dropped him faster then a fat kid on a smarty! I am now in debateworld in my brain if I even want a catcher cuz my offense is stacked even without Acuna back. is the OBP cost worth it? Sometimes yes sometimes no maybe yes maybe no why am I talking to myself in rhyme?

So I guess there is a question in here somewhere. I had to go off on a tangent for some reason even though you have a couple hundred questions to read today here I am selfishly wasting ur time with my blathering. What a blatherbot I am!

Oh ya question I has pitchers Cease, Eovaldi, Luzardo, Severino, Kopech, Syndergaard, Brash, Ed Rod, Heaney, Ranger Suarez, and Bauer…

do I drop any for a catcher?

Side note

I also run Duran and Sewald as my RP (league is 5v5 with quality starts and net svs hlds) and am not afraid to run just 1 RP… man there are tons of RP always avail in a weekly net sv/hld league!

I’m also running only 1 bench bat of Jul rod right now I think it is too early to call him a fail and cut right? (using mr connor joe in the meantime)

thank you for reading my essay have a good day I miss you… I miss you too
~Shiz

VinWins
VinWins
2 months ago

Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading I denied.

Coolwhip
2 months ago

I love him, I have him on like 80% rosters and wish it was more

LenFuego
LenFuego
2 months ago

The Bullpen Chart linked in Pressly’s blurb is really useful – it really needs to have its own menu link in one of the top-of-the-page drop-down menus for fast access. The link at News->Other Posts->Bullpen links to a blog roll of bullpen posts and you can get to the Bullpen Chart indirectly there, but the Bullpen Chart is so useful on a daily basis that there really should be a link directly to the Bullpen Chart.

aardvark
aardvark
2 months ago

Would you drop Swanson for profar or Eduardo Escobar? Or give Swanson another week

Surfer Dude
Surfer Dude
2 months ago

Hi Grey

10 tm h2h weekly pts

I saw that Clevinger had a nice rehab game and that he should be returning sometime around the end of April.
What do you think happens to Gore?
Drop Gore for Clevinger?

As always THANKS!!

urban squirrel
urban squirrel
2 months ago

I’m winning the pitching categories in my 5×5 12-team roto league but am dead last in the offensive categories.

Unlike JB, I did not go all-pitching in my draft. My lineup includes Bichette, Teoscar, India, O’Neill, Abreu, Framber, Jesus Sanchez, Bellinger, Garver and Kelenic. I also have Acuna and Moncada in waiting and grabbed Owen Miller from waivers to ride while he schmotatoes.

I’d appreciate it if someone could advise me not to panic because it’s a long season and I won’t always be bottom-three in all four counting stats.

urban squirrel
urban squirrel
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Hooray! Thanks, Grey.

Vash
Vash
2 months ago

Would Conforto please sign!

I need a RF and my team needs help soon.

Trevor Larnach any good? All I see is a strikeout machine….

My options for Right Field are

Larnach
Daza
Pavin Smith
Lane Thomas
Tsutsugo
Clint Frazier

Please Rank top 3 for a H2H w/OBP as a category..please

Last edited 2 months ago by Vash
Gotime
Gotime
2 months ago

Own Walsh in keeper pts league, would you try Taylor Ward for $1 or Daz? Would drop Ortega.

Last edited 2 months ago by Gotime
RICE
RICE
2 months ago

Hey Grey!

Kittrage or J. McGee

Thanks in advnace!

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
2 months ago

a. In one league, I catch Varsho (6 moves/week league). Replace him with Joey Bart?

b. Is Eric Hosmer’s early season success real? Or is there risk that SD will start replacing his PT with Luke Voit (and use a different DH)? Would be a bench bat with minimal talent in FA.

Last edited 2 months ago by Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
2 months ago

Obviously shorft-term until someone else comes available.

Note; Roto league, and in 1st place but far in last in BA.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

Maybe didn’t understand. I mentioned Voit only as potential risk for Hosmer. Choice is Varsho or Hosmer?

I am the Walrus
I am the Walrus
2 months ago

Cortes, Carrasco or Lodolo in a redraft?

Dickie Tee
Dickie Tee
2 months ago

Added Kyle Wright with Pressly on dl. Other P are Webb, Gausman, Manaea, Cease, Montas, Morton, Rogers (SD). No bench pts league, era is a big portion of scoring. Who should be the odd man out whenever Pressly returns? Thanks FML

wwekoda2020
wwekoda2020
2 months ago

Kirk or Murphy at C in an obp league?

ChiTown689
ChiTown689
2 months ago

Grey,

Whom should i pick up this week from this Free Agent list –

Mercado, Brandon Marsh, and Margot?

As far as RPs go –

Rainey and Staumont are available.

I am just looking to see who will have the most value here..

thanks!

toolshed
toolshed
2 months ago

Which one of these guys would you cut first in a 12 team: Santander or Grichuk?

And what is the story with Taylor Ward? I added him in a 16 team format just because maddon seems to like him and said he was his RF. He batted 4th and 3rd over the weekend. Thanks

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 months ago

I got your back…

Taylor Ward was originally drafted by the Rays in 2012 back when Maddon was managing there, so he’s familiar with him/his skillset. He went on to college instead and then was drafted in the first round by the Angels in 2015, Maddon likes his versatility (he’s the emergency catcher, 1B/3B too) so big Zobrist vibes, and his plate approach/profile does feel very similar as well with a bit less speed.

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 months ago

Thanks for the info Cool Whip.

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  toolshed
2 months ago

His minor league stats have my attention. 317/31/14 steals over last 122 games.