Times like this you wish Noah Syndergaard wasn’t complaining of a ligament strain and just had a bad lisp.   “Oh no! My finger is Thor, and it needs a Syndergaard.”  More like Noah Fingergaard!  Noah Syndergaard hit the DL with a finger ligament strain.  I’m fully aware that at least one person in every league ignored my advice to ignore Syndergaard and drafted him very early, so I will do something I’ve never done before, not gloat.  True story, my crazy aunt used to say I gloated all the time behind her back (I did) and I drove her into a mental asylum.  See, when I say my ‘crazy’ aunt, I’m being literal!  So, without gloating, let me just say when a pitcher proves himself to be injury prone, take his word for it.  His Synderwoord?  DeGrom’s already had a dislocated elbow, and my money’s on him getting injured at some point again soon too.  Same goes for Kershaw.  Not trying to be harsh, it’s just truth bombs.  If you own Syndergaard, hope he returns relatively soon, but this is the kind of injury that sidelines a pitcher for an entire season.  Sorry, another truth bomb.  Oh, and the Mets said Syndergaard can return in ten days.  What’s the opposite of a truth bomb?  That’s what that is.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Steven Matz – Left yesterday’s game, also dealing with a finger issue.  He’ll be fine:

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 9th and 10th homer, hitting .315.  Been a real bright spot for the Mets.  No sarcasm.  Ugh, I don’t even believe myself when I’m sincere.  Such a cynical bastard.

Brandon Nimmo – 2-for-3, 2 runs and two steals (4, 5), hitting .271.  First, you win me with hitting well at the top of the order, then you show power, now steals?  Swoon.

Mike Soroka – Will start a rehab game this Friday.  Doesn’t his last name sound like a movie Benicio Del Toro would mumble through?  No?  Maybe it’s just me.

Anibal Sanchez – 4 IP, 4 ER as he was activated from the DL.  The universe takes Syndergaard, but gives us Anibal.  Yo, universe, you’re about $50 short on your tab!

Johan Camargo – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 3rd homer, hitting .230.  Not doing a lot straight 5×5-wise, so your mileage may vary, but he has a .391 OBP, and is walking a bit more than your average senior at 8 AM in the mall.

Matt Carpenter – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, and 3rd homer in the last four games.  I’m not a huge fan of Carpenter, so the fact that I’ve mentioned him boku times this week tells you how hot he is.

Harrison Bader – 3-for-4 and his 4th homer, hitting .274.  Don’t challenge the Cards to randomly bench Jo-Ma, who is hitting .340 in the last two weeks, and make another hitter just as valuable, because the Cards will do it.

Michael Wacha – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 2.71.  You know what hushes that velocity fuss?  Throwing an under-3 ERA.

Brian McCann – Hit the DL with knee soreness.  That will give an opportunity to Max Stassi.  I wouldn’t worry about being the fascist to waivers to grab Stassi.

Evan Gattis – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .236.  As garbagey as Gattis was earlier this season — Garbattis? — he’s definitely worth owning recently, with three homers in the last three games.

Charlie Morton – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.26.  How good is 80/20 Filet Mignon/Ground Chuck?  The Stream-o-Nator loved him in yesterday’s game in the Bronx, which is never an easy matchup.  All about those Ks dancing like the Ying Yang Twins.  (I have not stopped listening to Pusha T’s newest in days.)

Chris Devenski – 1 IP, 2 ER and the blown save, ERA at 2.08.  Astros are like, “Alex Colome was on the trade market?  Why didn’t we get an iCal alert?”  Who’s next in line to save games for the AstrosBrad Ziegler?  Kidding, Astros!  Don’t trade for him!  Before you answer Brad Peacock (2/3 IP, 1 ER), he lost the game for them.  Back to Ken’t Giles!

Brett Gardner – 4-for-5 and his 3rd and 4th homer, 2nd and 3rd homer this week and hitting near-.375 in that time.  You know the drill!

Daniel Murphy – Sounds like he’s less than a week from returning to the Nats.  On the reals, no reason why he can’t perform at a level of, say, what you were getting from pre-PEDs Cano.  Asking Murphy to save your team is asking too much.

Bryce Harper – 3-for-5 and his 17th homer, hitting .238.  He’s been teasing with breaking out of this almost five-week slump, and, with his haircut, that makes him a cocktease.  Hopefully this game was the light in that tunnel.  Yes, a guy with 17 homers has slumped for more than a month.  Crazy.

Mark Reynolds – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 6th homer, hitting .417.  Doesn’t play every day, but Mini Donkey has had a hot schmotato tear going for a few now.

Juan Soto – 3-for-3, and his 1st steal, hitting .393.  Juan Soto is bubbling up like a case of Mentos in an ocean of Pepsi.

Dylan Bundy – 6 IP, 3 ERA, 11 baserunners (0 BBs), 6 Ks, ERA at 4.46.  Considering how bad O’s starters go when they go bad, let’s just be glad Bundy wasn’t out for a count of 5.

Austin Meadows – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 4th homer, hitting .439, as he plays over Polanco.  I give Hurdle a bunch of crap, but I’m feeling this move.  Nah’mean?

Elias Diaz – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer, as he wheeled his gurney out to home plate to catch yesterday’s game.  Kidding, but if you’re following all of these ‘Rizzo’s slide was dirty’ narratives, then you’d imagine that’s the only way Diaz could’ve played yesterday.  Diaz is not hurt, and there’s all of this talk about a slide?  Really?  Ya’ll ain’t got nothing better to narrative?

Nick Kingham – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.75.  This was a tough matchup, but I said yesterday I’d grab him in most mixed leagues.  Today, I’m saying samesies.

Jon Lester – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.71.  Seemed like John Lackey invaded Lester’s spirit.  No, not because it looked like he could eat a whole bale of hay, but his body language was just miserable.  Who stole your lollipop?

Kyle Schwarber – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 10th home run, hitting .257.  “Mom, can you stop knocking?!”  That’s Joe Buck in the bathroom after Brett Gardner and Kyle Schwarber homered in the same day.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-3 and his 8th homer.  HR to the Rizzo!

Kyle Gibson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.57 vs. Danny Duffy – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 5.71.  This matchup was billed as, “The two pitchers who are in the early lead for being dropped and picked up 20 times this season.”  You should likely stop hitting on twenty for the ace, and just hold Gibson.

Daniel Descalso – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Finally, the Diamondbacks get some production from their 1st baseman!  *sees Goldy’s owner weeping*  I’m sorry, come here.  Metaphorically!  Don’t actually come here, I’m a germaphobe!

Robbie Ray – Threw a bullpen session, which means he could be about two weeks away from aggravating us at the major league level again.  Lowercase joy.

A.J. Pollock – Thumb fracture not fully healed.  That’s what they call in the biz, a setback.  Adam Eaton and A.J. Pollock get on a ferris wheel, does the AMC (Association of Mindful Carnies) immediately shut it down?

Luis Castillo – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.49.  I’ve been low key telling people to drop Castillo in the comments.  I think we’ve seen enough in shallower leagues; he just doesn’t look right.

Sergio Romo – 1 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 6.33, as he got the save.  But how do you get the save in the 1st inning, you’re thinking.  You’re too woke for your own good!  This Rays’ bullpen is such a mess of Biblical proportions, God’s like, “I’m going to take one more rib and make a McRib.”  If I had to guess, I’d say Chaz Roe and Romo are the co-closers-slash-1st inning men.

C.J. Cron – 2-for-4 and his 12th homer, hitting .268.  We’ve finally found a Curtis Jackson who can play baseball!

Daniel Robertson – 2-for-3 and his 6th homer, hitting .268.  The Rays don’t have the worst offense; they’re top three for batting average, but Robertson hitting towards the bottom of the order does take some of the shine off him.  Maybe Kevin Cash will move Joey Wendle (1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .283) out of the 3-hole, or Brad Miller (1-for-4, hitting .243) out of leadoff.  Worth a cyclops, to be sure.

Franmil Reyes – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and 2nd in as many games.  All he does is homer!  No, literally, he’s hitting .189.

J.T. Riddle – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer.  He was just called up the other day to replace Prado.  Yes, the Marlins have more Jerry Tomato’s on their team than All-Stars, but I did grab Riddle in an NL-Only league, because he should play.

Matt Shoemaker – Done for the season after something happened to his arm.  I’m too lazy to figure out what happened this time.  I’m also too lazy to go back to preseason comments and find everyone who said something to me like, “Grey, you are very handsome, this can not be denied, but why are you so low on Shoemaker?  He says he’s healthy.”

Nick Tropeano – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.80.  Stream-o-Nator didn’t have any kind words for Tropeano yesterday, so let’s see if we can figure out why.  *looks at his player page*  Woof.  No thanks.  By the by, the line that SON didn’t like that it predicted:  5 1/3, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, which is exactly what he did.  You know you’re able to ask me anything on start and sit matchups, but I defer to SON for my own starts.

Ian Kinsler – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .195.  Damn, this guy bottomed out, huh?  Remember, he said last year that he didn’t like how Hispanic players celebrated on home runs?  Could he be so against it that he doesn’t want to do anything worth celebrating?  With all that said (Grey’s turning the ship!), Kinsler does seem like he’s finally heating up.

Luis Valbuena – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th and 6th homer.  Valbuena is the kind of guy who can take a home run into a hot schmotato run in a blink, so much so, he started his hot schmotato run by the 8th inning and his 2nd homer.

Miguel Cabrera – Doing running drills to get into game shape.  This marks the first time Miggy’s run in 12 years.

Jeimer Candelario – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer, hitting .274, as he hits third.  That really shouldn’t change, no matter what Miggy’s doing with his barely ambulatory gams.

JaCoby Jones – 1-for-3 and his 4th homer, hitting .237.  Elias Sports Bureau says he’s the fist MLB player to sound like a three-person law firm.

Michael Brantley – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .343.  Since this was the only game on for about an hour, I watched Brantely’s home run.  Doode launched it, no doubt, Stefani.  Still waiting on the other, non-healthy, foot to drop with Brantley, but he’s doing work so far.

Mike Clevinger – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.14.  Pi!  Yeah, I pretty much put lipstick on Lassie and screwed the pooch by dropping Clevinger earlier in the year.  Oh well, they’re not all gems, as LDC said in Blood Diamond.

Jose Ramirez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .296.  Super early, but was thinking of this today.  Next year, Jo-Ram way above Goldy in the preseason rankings, right?

Jason Kipnis – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer, hitting .197.  “Okay, I just woke from an 80-day coma, but I see my Spring Training favorite, Kipnis, is still paying dividends!  Amiright or what?!  What?”

Lucas Giolito – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 7.53.  He can’t fool a hitter with 100 MPH fastball and a wool blindfold.

Madison Bumgarner – Due back next Tuesday.  BMX riders everywhere are pouring out their 40 for losing another ride or die.  Podcast Ralph and I go over Bumgarner’s return on this week’s podcast.

Evan Longoria – 2-for-4 and his 9th and 10th homer, hitting .263.  Longoria as a Rockies player is a 35-homer hitter, true or false?  I’m leaning true.

Jeff Samardzija – Left after one inning with shoulder tightness in Coors after allowing two earned runs.  You don’t give up walks.  Now you give up walks all the time.  Are you hurt or do you lie?  We live in a wheel where ratios are real, but when you pitch the ball goes out to all fields.  Don’t let the runs come in, Samardzijarine.

Kyle Freeland – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.43.  Some guys you just will never get me to recommend wholeheartedly.  Freeland’s in that category.  Much love, but I just can’t.

David Dahl – 1-for-1 and his 4th homer.  Sonavabench!  The epitome of not cool is sitting Dahl in home games only for him to come in late and homer on my bench.  And you thought the epitome of not cool was your brother’s sweatpants.

Kenta Maeda – Left in the 2nd inning with a right hip strain.  Or the Dodgers are copying the Rays’ “opener” strategy.

Max Muncy – 2-for-4, 1 run, hitting .256, and now leading off.  Brucely, I keep looking at Muncy’s recent stats expecting more, and I’m always left a bit yawnstipated.  He does seem to be the apple of Dave Roberts’ eye.  Well, Muncy and 2nd base for a steal attempt.

Tyler Saladino – Was helped off the field after doing a nasty rond de jambe into the 2nd base bag.  Since no one ever seems to want to start Villar, we should be seeing Orlando Arcia again soon, who I’m sure has solved his early season woes with a 36-hour demotion.

Josh Donaldson – Couldn’t play yesterday, but, don’t worry, the Jays have Russell Martin to cover for 3rd base.  Whew.  Not sure who else they could start at 3rd.

Justin Smoak – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer.  I have dreams of Smoak rising and Vlad Jr. playing 3rd base.  Though, it’s smoke and it’s this weird recurring magician dream I keep having.  Should’ve never ate something called unicorn poop.

Sandy Leon – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, hitting .254.  Hitting over .300 in the last week, and, well, wouldn’t say he’s Hurricane Sandy.  Rainforest Cafe Sandy?

Mookie Betts – Aiming to return on Thursday.  Oh, please, Hayzeus Cristo, may your reindeers bring us extra frankincense and Betts.

Rick Porcello – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.65.  Think I’ve said this before, but I can’t even remember, so here goes again for maybe the 2nd time.  Porcello is pretty much a 3.55-3.75 ERA pitcher with neutral luck.  And that’s me maybe paraphrasing me!

Adam Lind – Signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox.  The Red Sox are the ultimate PUA, if they’re trying to f**k a Mitch.

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Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
4 years ago

14 teamer keep 9. OPS, total bases, hits, holds, QS added. have to keep 2 RP, 2 SP, 5 hitters from differing positions (max 2 OF, but can use qualifying slots)
C uncle fester
1B goldy (K)
2B schoop (K)
3B sano (K)
SS anderson
MI harrison (2B/3B)
CI gyorko (3B)
LF brantley
CF delino (CF/RF maybe mallex if the waiver works)
RF stanton (LF, K)
OF puig (RF)
util otani (have both it’s espn)
BN r-zimm, andujar, gone varnish (2B/SS), mcclutchin CF/RF

DL (only 3 slots though) rhysus (1B/LF, K, needs some o dat jebus powers when he SHOWS US HIS FACE!)

SP (max 12 starts per week): otani (K), pivetta, V2, romero, morton (K, or darvish), heaney, wood, trop (streamer)
RP (max 5 slots): kimbrel (K), hand (K), bradley, kelly, kintzler
DL darvish, cueto

1. hold gyorko/andujar over all of: muncy (1B/3B), candelman (DET)

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
4 years ago

12 team dynasty with OPS, holds.
C kraken
1B E5
2B scooter (3B/LF)
SS taylor (2B/CF/LF)
3B muncy (was gyorko earlier, but needed a backup RF as well, 1B/RF)
LF upton
CF cain sugar
RF brocktune (LF)
util fatt adams (1B/LF)
BN gattis (while hot but now with k.davis back i probably drop)
BN kingery (2B/SS/3B will have RF and LF at some point, only 2-3 starts left at both)
BN chavis (highest ranked by ralph 3B, but suspended and it’s yahoo so i can’t NA stash)
DL k.davis (LF, back today)
DL thames (1B/LF), acuna (CF/LF)
NA (7) y.alvarez 1B/LF, big willie LF, javier SS, r.lewis SS, bradley 1B

SP kluber, richards, gibson, hendricks, pivetta, reyes, carrasco, arrieta, b.norris (in SP slot)
RP (5 slots): fields, kelly, knebel, morrow, hand
DL ryu, carmart, raise the church roof

who’s my drop out of norris, knebel, hand, morrow? gonna add cahill. thinking norris even with the SP eligility due to long term value. could also keep norris and just drop chavis or gattis. both probably gotta leave later anyway though when acuna/thames get back.

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves

@Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: also NA: keller, osuna. osuna wouldn’t count against NA max 7, that only applies to prospects, if a guy is NA’d for pregnancies, sickness, suspensions etc that player could be on BN and not count against the max.

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
4 years ago

Damn, Ohtani doesn’t pitch for a week to keep his innings down and a half and they pull him tonight after 83 pitches and 5 inningts?! Serves the sociopath right that they got rocked in the 6th.

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
4 years ago

Are we holding onto Manaea any longer? Currently have Acuna and now Hoskins heading to the DL and could use a bench bat (currently have none). Thanks!

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

You like Nimmo or Meadows? Looking for a solid bench bat. Steals seem to be a nice plus with both of them.

Terrence Mann
Terrence Mann
4 years ago

If you look up today’s profile on Maikel Franco on Fantrax, he’s “batting .200 over his last nine starts, so he’ll stick to the bench for the second straight game in order to clear his head”. First, he’s 8 for 31 in his last nine starts. And 8 for 24 (.333) in his last seven starts. How bout they just called up the rookie and faced righties on back to back nights, ya dipshizzes? Jeebus, can’t trust anybody.

John
John
4 years ago

Ok, so….

My league: 3 keeper 10 team h2h R,HR,RBI,SB,AVG,OPS K,QS,ERA,WHIP,K-9,SVHLD.

My pitching is a fucking disaster of biblical proportions. I am in last place. But I am foolishly thinking I could still turn it around. I have been offered Sale for Freeman. Should I grab Cron and do the deal like an optimist?

Or become dark and concede this early and deal what non keepers I have for potential keepers…because what difference can one pitcher make really?

My team (excluding RP because who cares, also, a lot of these SP I know could be dropped but our rosters expanded like crazy this year and everyone is holding starters so even though the league is shallow it isnt exactly ):

Zunin
Freeman
Scooter
Jose Ramirez
Tim Anderson
Eddie Rosario
Buxton (kill me)
Giancarlo
Travis Shaw
Yoan Moncada

Bench:
Michael Taylor
Juan Soto
Puig
VLAD
DL: Daniel Murphy

Trashfire Pitching Staff:

Corbin
Ray
Darvish
Castillo
Weaver
Tyson Ross
Soroka
Velasquez
Ross Stripling
Sonny Gray

Terrence Mann
Terrence Mann
4 years ago

How do you expect Tigers starting pitching to perform vs. Toronto Friday and Saturday?

It’s a Hardy Boyd mystery.

(Yes, that one’s mostly for Rudy).

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Terrence Mann
4 years ago

ha ha

tradepix
tradepix
4 years ago

Got a guy in a keeper league who is not doing well, and he is offering trades for draft picks. I’m sitting in first but the top has been unstable. I could use RBI/SB help the most, and I have surplus R, SV+H, and K. The league is Yahoo roto 6×6 OPS, QS and SV+H, positions below.

Is it worth trading my draft picks at this point for any of the following, or should I just hold: J Martinez, Baez, Yelich, Scherzer, Snell, Nola

My team currently:
C: Cervelli
1B: Goldy
2B: C Hernandez
3B: Rendon
SS: Story
OF: Mookie, Soto, Benintendi
UT: Schoop, Gallo
Bn: Guzman, Tucker (DL: Acuna)

SP: Corbin, Paxton, Romero, Clevinger, Wacha, Bauer, Smith, Flaherty (DL: Darvish)
RP: Chapman, Vazquez, Bradley, Boxberger, Green

tradepix
tradepix
Reply to  tradepix
4 years ago

@tradepix: Sorry meant to say I could use RBI/AVG help the most. I am OK on SB.

tradepix
tradepix
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: yeah I’ve been top 3 in almost all pitching cats most of the season, but I agree they’re all good gets. I was considering Baez for the rbis

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
4 years ago

uh oh, i only have romero in like 4 or so spots, some rotos. i knew he was related to that other famous romero with this kind of horror. so i stole yr title for tomorrow there.

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: romero got lit up badly, the reference is to george romero (the horror)

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
4 years ago

My three are all maybe keepers…would definitely keep Pollock if I did this

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
4 years ago

Pollock + Ohtani (bat only)

Or

Odubel Lemahieu Newcomb

Keep 11

Thanks Grey

lwomack58
lwomack58
4 years ago

K. Hendricks for Beltre. Which side

Thanks

dau
dau
4 years ago

starling marte for T Bauer—?

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
4 years ago

Alcides Escobar. Two-hole hitter.

The Royals must have no farm system at all.

CP
CP
4 years ago

NL-only league, I want to deal Nimmo for an arm. How do you feel about Soroka ROS when he comes back? Is that a good trade target or who would you look to get?

He’ll flip you. Flip ya for real!

KevinB
KevinB
4 years ago

Thanks for your humor!!

Nimmo or Mac Williamson rest of season?

Ty
Ty
4 years ago

Would you trade a fractured jaw having Hoskins for a soon to return Elvis Andrus?

DonnieB
DonnieB
4 years ago

What’s up with Corbin in your opinion? Ten Ks but 6 ERs. Seems inconsistent for a guy with velocity porblems. I didn’t see game but stats ok early in the game. Would you trade my Hader and Corbin for Marcell Ozuna or is Hader too valuable?

Scott
Scott
4 years ago

Boring OF question!

Duvall or Trumbo ROS?

Db
Db
4 years ago

Harper and Junis
Or Goldy and Paxton

The Dude
The Dude
4 years ago

I’m in desperate need for saves, am I ovepaying for Familia?

Familia + Aaron Hicks
for
Schwarber

Thanks!

SpecialFNK
SpecialFNK
4 years ago

yahoo, 5×5, roto, 16 team keeper league. (keep 5)

give- Jay Bruce, Teoscar Hernandez.
get- Adrian Beltre, Gerardo Parra.

I’m looking for an upgrade in AVG.

MY TEAM
C- Gattis. 1B- Cron. 2B- Harrison. 3B- Healy. SS- Machado. IN- Bruce.
OF- Cruz. OF- LCain. OF- Nimmo. OF- Soto. UT- THernandez.
BN- DPerlta, ARosario, MWilliamson, Jankowski, Hicks, Senzel.
DL- DeJong.
SP- Nola. SP- LCastillo. RP- Morrow. RP- SDominguez.
P- Winkler. P- SDominguez. AGarrett.
BN- Junis, Maeda, Tepera, RRodriguez.
DL- Bumgarner. DL- Britton. DL- Lucchesi.

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
4 years ago

Yet again Grey,
Are we adding either Meadows or Gardner over Dahl in a Yahoo 10 Team H2H Points League? I’m anticipating the “meh”, but I figured I would ask. Dahl kinda pisses me off with his playing time, but a pinch hit HR is quite lovely.

And somewhat related, there is probably no need to hang onto Carpenter in same league with Gordon coming back, so perhaps he is the drop for one of the 2 OFs mentioned above.

Thanks much Grey.

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
4 years ago

Hello Again Grey,
Would you add Cahill over any of the following in a Yahoo 12 Team H2H League with OPS and Holds and 2 Keepers:

SPs: Tanaka, Bauer, Snell, Pivetta, Heaney, Flaherty, Corbin, Bundy

RPs: W. Davis, A. Viz, Nate Jones and Robertson

I won’t bore you with my crummy offense, although I probably have too many bench bats.

Thanks very much Grey.

Kyzr5
Kyzr5
4 years ago

Grey,

Alex Reyes says he was “gassed” ;)

From CBS article:

“”Reyes said he wasn’t sure why his velocity dipped during his 2018 big-league debut Wednesday, but the 23-year-old didn’t seem overly concerned about the issue. “I felt fine, a little fatigued but anything beside that, I wasn’t really worried about,” the right-hander said. “I’m not really worried about it now.””

fishfanuk
fishfanuk
4 years ago

You’ve said before in a comment you’d want mokolas Over keuchal ROS. How would you rank them as keepers?
More specifically how big a gap would you put on them?

Crazy J
Crazy J
4 years ago

Maybe next year the notes should read “look to pick Buxton up in July, but don’t waste a draft pick on him”?

henncoop
henncoop
Reply to  Crazy J
4 years ago

@Crazy J: seriously???

Ty
Ty
4 years ago

F MI L! I could use a little 2B/SS help. Would you drop…Conforto, Desmond, or Moreland for Swanson? I have Cabrera and Guerrero stashed as well. Really don’t want to drop any of these guys and it’s nothing urgent, but I feel I’m always shorted starts with My Odor, Semien, and Baez MI.
Hope that makes sense & Thanks!

Mr Basebgall
Mr Basebgall
4 years ago

I have Alex Reyes in keeper league – what type of player would you want in return for him

henncoop
henncoop
4 years ago

in a 12 team roto with weekly lineups with deep rosters of 30 players
Pickup Nimmo by dropping either Polanco or Moreland??

Let's Play Two
Let's Play Two
4 years ago

Who would you rather have ROS in a standard roto league (QS, K, WHIP, ERA) – Verlander or Kershaw?

MikeZ
MikeZ
4 years ago

Do you think Albies + Tanaka would be enough to pick up jose ramirez? He needs pitching, and I’ve got a surplus. Would you make this trade?

Brent
Brent
4 years ago

I was offered my Ozzie Albies ($1 for 15 yrs) for his Nolan Arenado ($13) and Marcus Stroman ($9) and he’s paying the difference between both contracts for 2 years. Is this a deal I should do? I have Moustakas currently at 3b and Ozzie is my starting 2b but I can slide Gleyber Torres into 2b.

Brent
Brent
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

This League is a 14 team head to head points league with $150 salary cap.
My team consists of
C) Buster Posey
1b) Freddie Freeman
2b) Ozzie Albies
3b) Mike Moustakas
Ss) Xander Bogaerts
Of) Lorenzo Cain
Of) Mookie Betts
Of) Michael Conforto
DH) Gleyber Torres

Bench
Brandon Nimmo, Devin Mesoraco, Ronald Acunà, Yonder Alonso, Marcus Semien, David Peralta

Minors
Peter Alonso, Josh Naylor, Bo Bichette, Freudis Nova, Keibert Ruiz, Lewis Brinson, DJ Peters

Current trade offer is my previous post would you still do the trade?

jon
jon
4 years ago

ewwwwww Corbin… wtw!!!!

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
Reply to  jon
4 years ago

@jon: @Grey: Anyone watching? doesn’t seem like he’s pitching bad, gave up a couple GB singles, his only walk, and an untimely homer

jon
jon
Reply to  Crime Dog
4 years ago

@Crime Dog:

Two homers.. urgghh

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
4 years ago

What is your term for the batty call gone completely wrong? Dee out, grabbed Kipnis…he blows but good matchup today. Check scores this morning to see Cleveland up 9-0 in the 4th. Kipnis only guy without a hit or RBI. Goes 0-4 with 2 Ks which count. Batty Call Denied? Lost Batty Call? Batty Call Disconnected? Whatever it is, hating it right now.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

When ERod comes x-fire and gets the fastball above the letters he is really tough. Lots of late hop.

The Shoe
The Shoe
4 years ago

Hi Grey, What percent chance do you give Meadows to stay up through the ROS? Thanks as always!

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
4 years ago

MRI says no structural damage in elbow for Darvish. Maybe check him for vaginitis?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  The Great Knoche
4 years ago

@The Great Knoche:

I know we’re not supposed to put any stock in post season but it sure seemed like there was something terribly wrong with him at the end last year.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

Back when I had a tv I used to see ads for ambien. Never once did I hear “side effects may include racist tweeting.”

The keyboard player for Guns and Roses is hanging out in the store cafe and Sweet Child just came on the radio.

Albono I think we’ve talked about this before..,when employing the wait on starting pitching strategy, I would say when those teams have flopped it was because the offense was crappy twice as often as the pitching being bad. Why do you think it is that you can spend your first 9 picks on hitters and wind up with poor results?

demRibbies
demRibbies
4 years ago

in a 10 team QS league would you drop Cahill or Stripling for Seranthony (SP eligible in my league). Word is that Seranthony was warming up last night when it was a save op, but when PHI opened the score up they sat him. I think it’s happening soon. Leaning Stripling b/c LA will get some guys back soon and tend to screw QS leaguers by yanking starters not named Kershaw at the 5IP mark.

ThatManIsSickSickSick
ThatManIsSickSickSick
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

Amazing work per ush (usual abbreviated). I’m thinking of sending Duppy to the waiver wire in favor of Story of Adidon. This seems like a no brainer right?

PUSH

ThatManIsSickSickSick
ThatManIsSickSickSick
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Sorry for the double!! PUSH (whats your fave song on the album and why is it hard piano?)

Daytona
Daytona
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

Amazing work per ush (usual abbreviated). I’m thinking of sending Duppy to waivers in favor of Story of Adidon. This seems like a no brainer right?

PUSH

Gotime
Gotime
4 years ago

Grey, would you drop Castillo in a 12tm redraft to roster Flaherty? Or drop and hold that spot for later. Not sure if Flaherty will stay up. About 20 moves left thanks!

Gotime
Gotime
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Musgrove available as well, still Flaherty at this point?

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
4 years ago

Jose Ramirez is fo’ sho ahead of Goldy next year. Thinking top-8 for Ramirez, maybe 30-to-40 for Goldschmidt.

P.S. I traded Dansby Swanson last year for Jose Ramirez and $10 auction dollars. Might be my best trade of all time:)

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: It was last year and Ramirez was off to a cold start and the other dude was a prospect whore in our keeper-league, but still pretty nice.

William Hung
William Hung
4 years ago

Someone get Abreu a blanket, cause he’s ICE cold right now…

Since that sweet 4/4 game, he’s 0/13 with 6 Ks and with probably 2 more ABs left to go today. Nobody wants to get on the plane outta Cleveland more than him.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  William Hung
4 years ago

@William Hung: 13 AB’s? The sky is falling! And before that he raised his avg 30 points in 9 games. Go pick on someone else. He will end up where he always does.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: Lol, not picking on him. Just saying he had a rough series against the Indians.

William Hung
William Hung
4 years ago

Alex Reyes… NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Per RW:
Alex Reyes was removed from Wednesday’s game against the Brewers with an apparent injury.

Reyes was making his season debut after a long recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He looked dominant in the first inning but struggled with his control in the second and his velocity dipped to a concerning degree in the ensuing frames. The 23-year-old right-hander was lifted after throwing 73 pitches over four scoreless innings. There should be an update soon from Miller Park in Milwaukee.

Lucky Dog
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: they’re saying he’s not talking to trainers on the bench which is probably good.

Also his velo dipped noticeably, but the last few pitches were 94-95

Fingers crossef

Count de Monetballl
Count de Monetballl
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Thanks for the update G’man, that roto update gave me a minor heart palpitation, and not the kind I got when I first saw Alana Blanchard circa 2012, i might add…

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
Reply to  Lucky Dog
4 years ago

@Lucky Dog: exactly, his last 4 pitches were all four seamers at exact same velo as 1st inning (95-96). this really screams somebody on rotoworld going rogue on it for clicks. not quite as bad as the twat who invented that rosenthal was signed by MIA (which was completely fabricated according to his agent, himself, and all later data) but still not cool. could actually be the same twat, it’s not named indexed.

Mike
4 years ago

Honestly stumped here…is it better to put somebody like Michael Taylor on my bench and see if he figures out the power and average or just jettison him for an extra arm – I don’t really need the pitching but I also don’t really need his steals. Regular old 12-teamer and I’m in position to win now. My gut says keep him around. What do you think? Thanks!

Mike
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Brilliant thank you sir…Go Phils!

Creeping on the site every day…love the new tools and writeups! :)

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Is that old school prospect Mike?

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Slimcompoop
4 years ago

@Slimcompoop: If it is the former “Prospect Mike”, I miss you man. Always appreciated your intel and candor. Prospector Ralph, albeit really smart, only responds to people that agree with him.

herschel
herschel
4 years ago

is it time to form some kind of prayer rhombus for reyes or was it just the cards being careful with him?

herschel
herschel
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: yeah, saw yahoo reported something, but seemed like he was fine in the dugout. not talking to the trainer or anything….

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
Reply to  herschel
4 years ago

@herschel: yahoo got that from rotoworld. there’s no quote on just which twit on rotoworld invented this though. not that i’m defending yahoo, just accuracy.

Willy Mo
Willy Mo
4 years ago

Since you said to sell JD Martinez hes been the best fantasy player and i don’t think its close really.

Good call on Didi doe…

Willy Mo
Willy Mo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: oh right I forgot, you meant only to sell him if he got injured (moonface)

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Willy Mo
4 years ago

@Willy Mo: Since you said the Mets had the best pitching staff in baseball, they…well, ya know. Good call on Mookie Betts though.

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
4 years ago

I take neither pride nor joy in making a 100% accurate prediction about Reyes. As a share holder I’m feeling ill about it, TBH.

I knew it was all jusy too good to be true. :cryemoji:

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
4 years ago

Man, ERod being efficient, throwing strikes and generally looking great. I can’t wait until I stream him against the Royals and he gets shithoused.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Fred Garvin MP
4 years ago

@Fred Garvin MP: Within minutes of posting this, Giovani Urshela worked an 8 pitch walk, and Teoscar hit a 2 run homer off him, and ended up throwing around 20 pitches to the final 3 batters of the inning. Service as usual has resumed.

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
4 years ago

Start Eflin tonight against Dodgers?

Thanks your write ups are great!

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Hebrew Hammer
4 years ago

@Hebrew Hammer: Nope. Maybe in a superdeep league.

mookie
mookie
4 years ago

11 team AL-only keeper auction ($260) league. Going for 1st this year. Any hesitation for this one:

I give: Welington Castillo ($7, can be kept 3 more years); Jeimer Candelario ($1, 4 more); Forrest Whitley (‘free’ next year, 4 more); Yordan Alvarez (free, 4 more); Blake Treinen ($8, 3 more)
I get: Xander Bogaerts, Nelson Cruz, Blake Swihart, Fernando Rodney, Jefry Marte

It’s a 2 catcher league and my other catcher is Zunino. My SS/MI situation is pretty dire – Joey Wendle (2B/SS), Dixon Machado (2B/SS), Luis Valbuena (2B), & Brad Miller (2B) with Jorge Polanco (SS) suspended. My OF is fine – Betts, JD Martinez, Buxton, Mancini, Bradley, Field, Palka – but obviously Cruz would be an upgrade (in our league I can use him as a OF). None of the guys I’m being offered are good keeper value (unless Swihart suddenly becomes awesome).

Willy mo
Willy mo
4 years ago

Thank god i held e-rod through the FUD (praying emoji)

coacher
coacher
4 years ago

Jose Peraza, Pedroia, Villar, Addison Russell, Yolmer Sanchez, Descalso, Ahmed, Difo, Gyorko, Hernan Perez, Camargo, N.Walker

I need a 2B, MI, SS for ROS from this list. Can you help a brotha out?…

coacher
coacher
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: OK, thanks. Peraza can be any of the 3. For the other spots I’m thinking Villar and Russell. Is there anything better on the list? Pedroia? Descalso?

knucks
knucks
4 years ago

I mess around with the Trade Analyzer often. The past few weeks, I noticed that something strange happens when you add multiple players and switch around the league types. Where do we ping Rudy about this? I’d like to give him specifics to maybe help diagnose.

Sano is worth $15 in a 15 team league. But when I had added Franco, Candelerio, then Sano. They are all showing as worth about $5.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  knucks
4 years ago

@knucks: I didn’t make it clear in my Sano example. But it happens when the players are already added, but I flip around through league types. It fixes itself when you empty the players and re-add. But I just thought I would mention it.

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  knucks
4 years ago

yes, seen the same. you need to remove/re-add all but the top player when switching league formats. Glitch that should be repaired sooner vs later.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
4 years ago

@Rudy Gamble: Coolio, yea its easy enough to re-add. Just wanted to make sure you fellers were aware of it.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
4 years ago

@Rudy Gamble: is it really a glitch though when a guy doesn’t reset it when changing parameters. this is like not clearing a calculator before doing different problems on it (or it sounds that way), of course the previous stuff will be left in for the 2nd problem. just hit reset first.

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  The Harrow
4 years ago

it’d be better if it handled this use case by recalculating. if not, it could lead to incorrect results.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Rudy Gamble
4 years ago

@Rudy Gamble: incorrect results even if you aren’t changing league parameters midcalculation, that is bad (if possible).

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
4 years ago

Do you prefer Carlos Rodon over Roark, Folty, Musgrove, or Pivetta ROS? Also, Meadows over O. Herrera, Markakis, Schoop, or Devers? 12-team H2H keeper. Thank you!

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
4 years ago

reyes looking fairly wild 2nd inning. seems normal for guys just back from TJ.

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
Reply to  jason batteiger
4 years ago

@jason batteiger: and the pitcher just lined out off of him. that ain’t good.

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
Reply to  jason batteiger
4 years ago

@jason batteiger: surprisingly he’s ahead in counts too most of the time, then at bat goes on much longer than you’d think.

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: well it turns out they are at least pretending he’s injured already. velo lossage and no coincidence they’re claiming something happened right after the 1st inning (the only one he looked good in). yeah, any leagues without at least 5 DL’s are F’d.

jason batteiger
jason batteiger
Reply to  jason batteiger
4 years ago

@jason batteiger: rotoworld claiming “velo declined to a “alarming degree””, well his last 4 pitches thrown were all fastballs at 95-96 (same as 1st inning). however the 2nd and 3rd to last batters he was only throwing 92’s on those (3 four seamers thrown in those 2 at bats), so maybe he realized this and blew something out trying to overexert on the last at bat with villar.

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
4 years ago

Hello Grey,
Yeah, I too dropped Clevenger early on, and now regret it. I also added Maeda last week, so I was sitting back ready to enjoy 2 Starts this week, and then…why Kenta have my Eda? Yeah, that was pathetic. I will leave the pithy writing to you my friend.

Anyway, I am ratcheting back my Darvish prediction following the inflammation news from out all season to out until the ASB. We ain’t gonna see that mannequin until July.

Great work as usual. Thanks much Grey.

Stumanji!
Stumanji!
4 years ago

Tomorrow’s headline if he throws another gem today:
EVERYTHING MUS-GROVE!

alps
alps
4 years ago

Hey Grey
my patience with Polanco are wearing thin
11 team
If he goes another 0-fer would you drop him for
either Guzman, Muncy, Gyorko or Kepler.
I can use RBI’s and average
Thanks Grey

Matty Ice
Matty Ice
4 years ago

Grey! Long time reader, 1st time poster. OBP league, need advice:

Trade Donaldson and Lowrie for Buehler?

I already have Gallo at the corner, and also have Schoop/Merrifield/Taylor for MI spots.

Norm Ginsberg
Norm Ginsberg
4 years ago

Questions in 3 leagues.
1. League with no remaining DL slot: Drop Pollack for Vlad? (I wonder who will be available first)
2. League with 1 remaining DL slot: Soroka or Nelson?
3. Who do you want Schwarber or Dickerson? How close.

Norm Ginsberg
Norm Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Is that “drop Pollack” or “keep Pollack”?

Sandlot Bully
Sandlot Bully
4 years ago

Happy Wednesday!

Desmond and Nimmo are available

Drop Ozuna or Curtis Jackson Cron for either (Util spots)? or Hold?

12 team 6X6 (OBP)

Sandlot Bully
Sandlot Bully
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks! Maybe I’ll use a streaming spot and add Desmond for a bit

AC010202
AC010202
4 years ago

Grey,

I’m looking to move a bat off my team to gain pitching. Should I move Haniger, Puig, or Meadows? i.e. who will be the worst ROS?

Thanks!

knucks
knucks
4 years ago

I’m here to ask about Felipe Rivero 7 times this week :)

In my 15 team 6×6 (OPS and QS) that I mentioned today and yesterday…

I rejected his Mancini for Felipe based off your earlier reply about this league. He just sent an offer of his Sano for my Felipe. I’ve kind of been ignoring him and the rest of the Twins. Haven’t watched any ABs since he got back from the DL. I’m not super psyched about him. He hasn’t come out of the gate hot, not that I’d expect it. I could even flip him to some other team maybe (if he starts hitting in the next week or so, I’ll prob do that).

Here are the bats from this roster fwiw…

C- Your mom
1B- Smoak
2B- Peraza
3B- Bryant
SS- Story
MI- Odor
CI- Franco
OF-Yelich
OF- Puig
OF- Rosario
OF- Brantley
DH- Mazara
UT- Candelario (or a batty call)

The DH slot is so dumb and has already been voted out of the league for next year. Sano is eligible and could slot there if I wanted to move Mazara around I guess.

Here is a look at the wire, just for reference: Hanley, Dexter Fowler, Piscotty, Guzman, Franmil, Preston Tucker, Aaron Altherr, etc

I’m in first in this league. Don’t need the Saves (still have Raisel and Treinen). Don’t need the Power really either.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Done! Thank you.

What's a Drexl?
What's a Drexl?
4 years ago

20 team redraft with hits, OPS, total bases, slugging added. h2h. with jedong on DL i’m scrounging for 2B guys. had flores but he’s hurt. now got the falafel man at TEX but he’s gross. somebody dropped the quite cold EE. best option out of EE/falafel man/difo/camargo?

2. panik seems back soon, him when he’s back over above? don’t have DL stash room but could stay on top of it (hopefully)

What's a Drexl?
What's a Drexl?
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: sorry, meant E2 (MIN) or E squared. E5 is what i thought edwin encarnacion was known as.

Roger Anderson
Roger Anderson
4 years ago

Have K Davis is coming off the DL( 6X6 H2H)
Who do I drop?

Matt Adams – my only 1B backup to Votto, while I wait for Myers
Villar – I need SBs so bad it hurts
Y Moncada – My hoped for SB leader
Mallex Smith – another SB bust.

Roger Anderson
Roger Anderson
Reply to  Roger Anderson
4 years ago

@Roger Anderson:
Rest of the squad:
Gary Sanchez
Joey Votto
Travis Shaw
Justin Turner
Mike Trout
Aaron Judge
Chris Taylor
Juan Soto
Austin Meadows
Eugenio Suarez
Gleyber Torres

Roger Anderson
Roger Anderson
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
Thanks.

Mallex was my thinking since I have OF covered and he has a whole 1 SB in the past week.

Bob's Your Uncle
Bob's Your Uncle
4 years ago

I’m not winning many games in my H2H and I’m wondering if Sano is worth holding over these guys:

Nimmo, Jankowski (steals), Matt Adams, Ian Happ (2B, OF eligibility to help me at 2B where I have Lowrie and Dee Gordon)?

I have Abreu or Jesus Aguilar for 1B and Manny Machado for 3B so I would use Sano at UT any given week whereas OF eligibility is more helpful to me (Acuna on DL so I’m putting Gordon out there next week).

I know Sano can provide power but I also feel like he might be a bust ROS given his batting profile.

Bob's Your Uncle
Bob's Your Uncle
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks, Grey. I’ll get out the leash from the closet.

Jimmy Jack James
Jimmy Jack James
4 years ago

15 team roto, need to dump one:

Teoscar Hernandez
Josh Harrison
Eduardo Escobar

They’re all part of a revolving door I use at Util/bench

Thanks Grey!

Jimmy Jack James
Jimmy Jack James
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks – would you slot in Candelario ahead of any of those dudes?

Willy Mo
Willy Mo
4 years ago

just listened to the podcast, you guys were going trough scooter the top 2b and got to 7 or 8 without mentioning Gleyber Torres? im a yankee homer but hes top 5 for sure for sure.

Righty
Righty
4 years ago

Rodon and Soroka coming back shortly. Are we holding them over…

Cron
RZimm

Boyd
SGray
Kingham
TWilliams

Basically, drop 2, including Rodon and Soroka as possible drops. Deeper league, little pitching on the wire.

asdf
asdf
4 years ago

Hey Grey

Walker Buehler or Gleyber Torres ROS in a vacuum?

Thanks

Willy mo
Willy mo
Reply to  asdf
4 years ago

@asdf: idk how you could possibly even consider dropping Torres in any league.

asdf
asdf
Reply to  Willy mo