I have Michael Jackson’s autograph from his three distinct artistic periods — Jackson 5, breakout solo artist, fondler — and while they are priceless, I’m going to put them by this open window–NOOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!  I been pouring out some liquor for the fact that Arenado’s homers are gone, gone, gone.  And trying to help fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!) if their Correa is gone.  And since Arenado starting to bubble like a tub full of Calgon.  Guess it’s only right that I should help you with how much Nolan Arenado hits are gone.  Sorry, that song was on my iTunes, and felt appropriate.  If my baby boo bae, Giancarlo, wasn’t metaphorically already all over my bedsheets, Arenado would be right there.  Yesterday, he went 5-for-6, 4 runs, 7 RBIs with three homers (19, 20, 21), and the summer is here in Coors.  Yippee, you mothertruckers!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Gerardo Parra – 4-for-5, 2 runs, hitting .364.  You can’t stop him, you can only hope the Rockies decide to do something hella stupid and bench him for no good reason.

Trevor Story – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer.  The Trevorending Story has been in one super long intermission all season, but maybe the show’s finally back on.

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .329.  The Coors argument might take some of the gusto out of his sail-oh, but Chazz Noir is a legit MVP candidate.  I bet I know what cologne he’d wear to the MVP ceremony.  Chazz Darker Noir, of course.

Clayton Richard – 3 2/3 IP, 11 ER.  Clayton Kershaw meets Richard.  That’s any Richard who has never pitched a day in his life.  Richard Dawson — sure; Little Richard — yup; Richard Nixon — I can’t throw a hook.  Call him Poor Richard’s AllERmanac.

Kris Bryant – Left yesterday’s game after sliding head-first into third base, and was diagnosed with a sprained pinkie.  “When are players going to stop sliding head-first into bases,” said everyone who is trying for a hot take.  Listen, your hot take is cold diarrhea.  Baseball is already about as contact as Ultimate Frisbee.  If players can’t slide head-first, we may as well dress them up in an adult girl’s tutu and let them put one hand on their coach’s shoulder while they ronde de jambe.  Players get hurt, sliding head-first or not.

Mike Montgomery – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.83, and he pitchslapped Dickey, which makes him sound like a jerk off.  I’m pretty iffy on a bunch of the Cubs’ starters, but I do love me some Montgomery, maybe even a bit more than I should.  I’m a Gomer for Montgomery.  Totally a saying.

Javier Baez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Joe Maddon’s aight, and he gets plenty of credit, but how hard is it to, say, put The Federalist at the bottom of the lineup and Baez at the top of it?  Feels easy, actually.

Addison Russell – 4-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting .240.  Russell seems like the type who can fluidly go from a 4-for-4 game to an 0-for-5 game without skipping a beat.

Freddie Freeman – Left yesterday’s game due to an illness.  Uh-oh, feeling my rap alter ego, B. Fire, coming on.  Freddie’s feeling unsteady, that’s heavy, said Wile E. Coyote about an anvil…Neidhart.  Yo, check out the way I rep, Gephardt.  He’s a lobbyist for Boeing?  Well, when I see Giancarlo, I’m a lobbyist for Boing!  [Chorus]  Ding dong, ding dong, Grey’s a lobbyist for Boing.

Ender Inciarte – 2-for-4 and his 8th homer, hitting .306.  He’s been remarkably consistent across the season.  He hit .336 for two straight months, and near-.300 in July, and a couple of homers and steals in each of the past three months.  Sadly, a ‘couple’ means two.  Hopefully, he’ll start stealing more bags, because Grey Diggity could use some.  Naw’mean?

J.D. Martinez – Left yesterday’s game after being hit on the hand.  Oh, Dong, don’t get injured already.  Peoples’ hopes are up like the direction Sandy Duncan went in the down staircase.  Totally hip reference!

David Peralta – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .318 as he hit leadoff in the new-look Diamondbacks.  “What’s up?”  I said ‘new-look’ not ‘no-look,’ Magic.  “My b.”  Love Peralta as it is, hitting leadoff would be gorge.

Zack Cozart – 4-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  So happy to see pre-injury Cozart show back up, was beginning to think it derailed his season like injuries had derailed his previous ones.  Cozart is not waiting to derail, Ryan Adams.

Zach Davies – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.76.  Hmm, maybe Davies worked out The Kinks.  Or maybe he got lucky on baserunners, and has an ugly 6 K/9 and 3 BB/9.  Like Altuve, I’m going with the latter.

Domingo Santana – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 16th homer.  With the submergence (opposite of emergence?) of Villar, Sunday Santana has been moved to the leadoff spot, and, ya know what, I’m cool with it.  Like to see him get more ribbies like Billy Butler at an AYCE, but I’ll take the runs.

Gerrit Cole – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.18.  Gerrit should be in a red-tinted window in Amsterdam, because this guy is a serious tease.

Enrique Hernandez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 9th and 10th homers.  Kike really performed well in the Guaranteed Rate Field!  Hey, isn’t that lyrics from Jay-Z’s new album?

Corey Seager – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .301.  Between this guy and Kyle, 2nd half of the year is going to be the Summer of Seager.  Too bad Bob’s busy singing Against the Wind into an industrial fan and wasting all of this positive juju.

Chris Taylor – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .307.  Yesterday, I pointed out how Taylor should just be owned, and, today, well, yup.

Tyler ClippardWhite Sox announced Clippard will serve as the closer, unless the White Sox Clippard gets Joe D. Moralized, and Swarzak needs to replace him.  If I may be frank, this is some bullshizz.  It would be a nice confidence boost to go with the guy who has done great for you this year (Swarzak) vs. the new guy who hasn’t even been good this year (4.95 ERA on the year).  I mean, isn’t that just common decency?

Carlos Rodon – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.75.  On the bright side, he’s making it so easy to ignore him next year, too.

Melky Cabrera – 1-for-3 and his 12th homer.  On our Player Rater, who’s higher Melky or Miggy?  Nope, and it’s not close.  Melky has been more than twice as valuable.

Alex Meyer – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 1 walk, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.74.  He throws 96 MPH — zoinks!  His K-rate is over 10 — big time zoinks!  His walk rate is over 5 — bad zoinks.  I’d continue to use the Stream-o-Nator for him.

C.J. Cron – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games, but he’s only started one of those, and I don’t trust The Sciosciapath to start Cron ever.

Steven Souza – Left yesterday’s game after attempting a steal with a hip strain.  I mean, he strained his hip from the attempt, he wasn’t attempting it with the strain.  He also wasn’t shooting elephants in his pajamas.  Sounds like Souza’s headed to the DL.

Jacob Faria – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.52.  Oh boy, the long, slow march to a 3.75 ERA.  His BABIP is .261, and walk rate in the majors has been better than where it was in the minors, so I do think Faria could be meeting with the Regression Fairies in the near future.

Joey Gallo – 1-for-4 and his 22nd homer, hitting .191.  His season RBI total is now up to 23.  Kidding, but you wouldn’t have been totally surprised, would you have?

Kevin Gausman – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 6.11.  Let’s make a deal–Why are you dressing up like a farmer’s daughter?  No, no, not Let’s Make A Deal like that.  Let’s promise each other (better?), we don’t pick up Gausman until his ERA is under five.  I mean, he’s coming off a 3 IP, 8 ER game after all.

Adam Jones – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  His career offensive output seems to have taken the same route as Cal Ripken, but Cal had that whole consecutive game streak thing going, so 20 homers and .270 seasons were more understandable.

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.54.  Early on, Verlander’s only blow was Moss.  Hey, how many model Kates is this guy hooking up with?!

Kelvin Herrera – Left yesterday’s game with the trainer, but he had a 102 fever prior to the game, so that might be all it was.  That’s Fahrenheit, by the way.  I realize with Kelvin that might be confusing.  Joakim Soria would be the handcuff if there’s anything else here.

Chris Carter – Signed with the A’s.  *Beane smacks his hands together to indicate all done*  And fixed!  If a .220 DH is what the A’s needed, color me purple and call me Oprah.

Sonny Gray – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.66.  Don’t mistake my honesty for modesty (is that a Sarah McLaughlin lyric?), but Gray doesn’t elicit much enthusiasm in me.  He’s been better than any previous year for peripherals — 8.4 K/9, 2.8 BB/9, 3.39 xFIP, velocity’s right back where it should be — but he’s just not exciting me as much as I think he should.

Rajai Davis – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting near-.400 in the last week, and you know the King of SAGNOF could steal many bags if the spirit moves him in that direction.  Since I’m hurting for steals in one league, I grabbed The King on Tuesday.

Corey Kluber – Won’t start on Friday due to a neck issue.  His neck issue appears minor, which reminds me, all my pitchers except Kluber should be in the minors, so hurry back!

Carlos Carrasco – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.62.  See, here’s the thing.  Carrasco does excite me, but hasn’t really pitched better than Sonny Gray, and I realize that.  As Helen Keller once said, acknowledging blind spots are the first step.

Denard Span – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 7th homer.  Oddly enough, as Span was rounding the bases, Ben Revere held a seashell up to his ear and heard cheers.

Pablo Sandoval – Released by the Red Sox.  Let’s see, he has $40 million still coming to him and he’s not playing.  Yeah, he’ll definitely maintain his weight loss!

Drew Pomeranz – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.51 vs. Aaron Sanchez – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.25.  This was a matchup billed as, “Grey doesn’t like either of these guys.”  As you can imagine, not a ton of people call it this.  Oh, and Aaron Sanchez has a blister again, because of course he does.

Jose Reyes – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting near-.430 in the last week.  Schmotato, indeed, but I’ll admit it takes some shine off him that he’s hitting towards the bottom of the Mets’ lineup.

James Paxton – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.05.  Excellent start vs. the 1927 Astros’ offense, though I guess they are missing the Correan missile now.  By the way, they hit Yulieski Gurriel in the three hole?  I get that you like Springer in the leadoff slot, but you’re not as smart as you think you are.  Move Springer down, move Altuve up and…Damn, who can hit third in that lineup now?  That lineup looks so much weaker now.  Oh, and, no, I have no idea why I’m talking about all of this in Paxton’s blurb.  With stream of consciousness, sometimes you get the Yangtze, sometimes you get the “Y’all don’t see.”

Ben Gamel – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Since no one reads the USA Today’s top five MLB stat leaders anymore, people may not know this, but Gamel?  He’s top 5 for batting average in the AL.  Um, WUT.

Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-4 and his 30th homer.  See how many nice things happen for you when you’re eliminated in the 1st round of the Home Run Derby?

Dan Straily – 5 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.49.  Terrible Phils’ offense meets pitcher having breakout season, and *make kaboom noise while hands mime an explosion*  Neither Stream-o-Nator nor I expect Straily to bounce back in his next start.  By the way, if you ever say ‘nor’ in everyday conversation, the person you’re talking to has the right to punch you in the nose.

Nick Williams – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and continues to hit third and make dinner like a latch-key kid’s supposed to.  I’d definitely grab him for some schmotatoness.

Daniel Nava – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs, hitting .300.  Everyone on the Phils had multiple hits yesterday except for ODB (1-for-5, 1 RBI), but ODB is hitting .261 with not much power or speed, so it’s been one of those kinda years.

Maikel Franco – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs, hitting .233, hitting near-.430 in the last week.  Ya know what he’s doing, right?  He’s making himself attractive again for next preseason.  Hey, since I own him this year, I’ll take it.

Rob Refsnyder – Was DFA’d by the Yankees.  Well, they did give him almost ninety-five games to prove himself at the major league level.  Real talk:  Refsnyder is likely better than at least one infielder on 15 other major league teams.

Ji-Man Choi – Also DFA’d by the Yanks.  Ji-Man should be playing for New York’s football team anyway.  Speaking of football (not awkward!), Jay’s started up his fantasy football rankings.

Jose Berrios – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.50.  Solid start vs. the Yankees, but they were resting a bunch of their regulars, and started C. Frazier instead of T. Frazier.  Why does all this talk of Frazier have me singing, Chains of Love?  Come to me, cover me, hold me, together we’ll break these chains of love!  Don’t give up, don’t give up now…

Miguel Sano – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  I mentioned this a few months (weeks) ago.  Sano’s average has come way down since I told you to sell him in May, but, if you’re waiting for people to stop hitting homers to regress, you need to write a strongly worded letter to the Guatemalan baseball factory to get them to change their sewing techniques.  Oh my god!  Great idea!  We need to write a letter as if it’s coming from Manfred.

Dear Guatemalan baseball sewers,

That’s people who sew, by the way.  I’m not addressing the sewers of Guatemala.  This is Commissioner Rob Manfred.  I’m not going to make it down to Guatemala again to address you in person, so this letter will act as a substitute.  Also, don’t try to call me.  The calling cards I bought everyone can be used to call relatives.  You’re welcome.  Any hoo!  I need you to stop juicing the balls.  I know I said I wanted “Mucho Super Balls that come with airplane wings,” but pitchers are complaining of blisters and home runs are through the roof — literally, in some instances.  Please loosen your stitches, snitches!

Yours Manfredly,

Rob

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Mike
5 years ago

…and when you couldn’t find one (AYCE) Mrs. Butler?

“We went fishing” *tears*

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  Mike
5 years ago

@Mike: hey mike. i’m sure YOU own n.williams in more % of leagues than me, and i’ve been adding (or already had such as NL only day he came up) him all over.

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
5 years ago

in a league where i own all of WAS/DET/KC’s pitching staffs as of late march i got screwed when madson/doolittle came in. but i lucked out that treinen appears to be the 8th inning guy at OAK now
soria/treinen/kelvin/rondon/j.wilson/albers. albers i want to replace with somebody that actually gets saves or holds. we have saves and holds and net saves and holds in this h2h 10 team redraft. i also have COL/SD/BAL hitting. got 2 deal ideas

1. trade c.davis for k-rob
2. trade parra for one of madson/doolittle

but also
3. should i wait till trade deadline to see if WAS trades for anybody else before doing either of these?

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
5 years ago

@And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: oh here’s my starting lineup now
C beef welington
C h.sanchez
1B myers (RF)
1B mini donkey
2B schoop
2B dj
SS machado
SS story
3B spangenberg (solarte when healthy)
3B arenado
LF desmond (1B/LF/CF)
CF blackmon
RF trumbo
OF mancini (1B/LF)
OF b.hamilton (traded cargo for him, THAT was a good trade)
BN pirela (2B/LF), wolters, jones (CF)
DL hedges

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: i’m assuming k-rob is safely getting holds too, so c.davis this much better than parra i guess. i suppose if mini donkey falls off a cliff i can actually start davis, but at current time i’ve been putting mancini at 1B when mini donkey is on road. myers has been pretty bad would you play c.davis over him, could drop myers for davis (we own these players nobody else can add them)

and
and
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: yeah another reason i’m trying to sling him or adam freaking jones for a holds or saves guy too.

Test Kitchen
Test Kitchen
5 years ago

Grey,

Crazy to trade Donaldson for Rendon? OBP keeper league

Surfer dude
Surfer dude
5 years ago

Hi, h2h pts, Faria, Maeda, Berrios – how do you rank for ROS? Thanks!

Nightmare!
Nightmare!
5 years ago

Who do you prefer for SAGNOF….

Knebel or Edwin Diaz

mthom42
mthom42
Reply to  Nightmare!
5 years ago

@Nightmare!: Diaz looks like last year again. I’d roll with him.

Los locos
Los locos
5 years ago

Grey, you like benetini or ender ROS?

jon
jon
5 years ago

Neris or Bush or Claudio/Kela whatever lol ROS… will Bush get closer role back?

ERad
ERad
5 years ago

Write ups are always on point – just stopping in to pay my respect!

Someone pissed in my alphabet soup
Someone pissed in my alphabet soup
5 years ago

Rizzo and smoak or goldy ros

TOGMAN
TOGMAN
5 years ago

12 team H2H 6X6 OPS QS

Drop Jackie Bradley Jr. for Parra?

Madson or Clippard?

Hanklongball
Hanklongball
5 years ago

Grey,

I have Carpenter and Peralta on the bench with a staff of Yu, Lester, Duffy, McHugh, Chase Anderson, Giles, Rivero, Iglesias, Miller, Betances, Bradley. The following are on the table:

1. Carpenter/Betances for Taillon/Kintzler
2. Rivero/Peralta for Hill/Clippard/H. Perez

Would you take either? Both? None?

demribbies
demribbies
5 years ago

Gonna need to drop one of Desmond or Smoak to activate a player coming off the DL.

Smoak today just jacked #25 and his 60 & 61st RBI. Desmond has 10 SB but just hasn’t been able to sustain any kind of run so far.

Who are you rolling with trying to win this year?

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prescriptionnugs
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: dear fantasy gods have mercy on his soul

JakeTheSnake
JakeTheSnake
5 years ago

Hey Grey!

W Vargas likely to regress 2nd half and Klubers neck a bit of a concern. Looking for SP strength.

Got offered 2 trades.

1) Cole for Lindor
2) Taillon and Severino for Travis shaw
Do you take both? Either? I’m inclined to both.

Team as of this post

1)Smoak/Shaw
2)Odor/Owings
3)Lamb
Ss)Lindor
OF)Harper, Dickerson, Mccutchen, Gardner, Avi Garcia, JBJ

SP
Kluber, Vargas, Cobb, Shark, Mike/Jordan Montgomery, C.c, Ed Rod

RP
Kintzler, Rivero, Doolittle.

Picking up a Catcher tn
either Cervelli or Avila?

What say you oh wise one?
Drop 2 from whole squad.

Cheers guru

JakeTheSnake
JakeTheSnake
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Sorry No, just 3 OF 2 Util.

Garcia, Gardner and JBJ are my bench rn.
Shaw Owings in the util.

JakeTheSnake
JakeTheSnake
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Sounds good! Thanks Grey.

As for the catchers (i know, catcher question) I was leaning cervelli for this week as he’s been getting piece a lot and they’re in Colorado this weekend. Then drop and grab Avila Monday?

200 Proof
200 Proof
5 years ago

Grey,

So from the above comments looks like your confidence in Thames is dropping?
1. Get rid of him for G Parra, L Cain, D Peralta, Melky, Broxton, JBJ or Souza?
2. Should I try to trade Thames for Moncada first or are the aforementioned options better?

3. Please pick one to drop: T Walker, E Santana, I Nova, or Ed Rod?

Thanks!

200 Proof
200 Proof
Reply to  200 Proof
5 years ago

@200 Proof:
Never mind question 2, I’d be short an OF.
Please still answer #1 and #3.

Thanks!

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
5 years ago

What’s good Grey? Talked yesterday about me trading either Wood, McCullers, or Carrasco for a closer and a middle infielder in my H2H, 6×6 (OBP and K/9), keeper league. Just traded McCullers for Murphy and Knebel. Initial thoughts?

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks for the affirmation. You the poop!

MARK IT ZERO
MARK IT ZERO
5 years ago

H2H 10 team 8×8 league
R, HR, RBI, SB, K, AVG, OBP, SLG

With Rizzo only needing 1 more appearance at 2B to gain eligibility, I’m trying to trade for a good 1B to slide Rizzo over to 2B.

My Conforto & Alonso for his Jose Abreu
Fair? Too much? Should I try to get more than Abreu? Conforto & Alonso are buried on my bench

MARK IT ZERO
MARK IT ZERO
Reply to  MARK IT ZERO
5 years ago

@MARK IT ZERO: Or should I stick with Alonso?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  MARK IT ZERO
5 years ago

@MARK IT ZERO: For what it’s worth, Rizzo’s been stuck at 9 appearances at 2B for months. I’d assume he gets at least one more by season’s end, but there’s the possibility that they’re just not doing that shift anymore.

Wild Thing
Wild Thing
5 years ago

Hi Grey –

I made a deal for Trout. Thoughts?

Trout can be kept 3 years

for

Each kept for 5 years:
Bellinger
Eloy Jimenez
D Santana
Alex Reyes

I feel like I gave up a lot but I have a ton of prospects leftover and Mike Trout should help me win over the next 3 years. Win now, right???

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Wild Thing
5 years ago

@Wild Thing: Not sure of your league format, but love it for Trout. Trout’s only 3 yrs older than Bell! Win now + in the future.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

Give Nola + Kela/Neris to get Pham and Peralta? A small AVG boost is worth a ton of roto points…

Thanks!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: AVG boost meaning a guy who will hit above .270 rest of way

Blender
Blender
5 years ago

galvis, reyes, escobar, difo, tim anderson, kike, cesar hernandez, hernan perez

SBs and ops

Pick which one?

Blender
Blender
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Just say “That’s a good question!” It’s just this is the second time I asked, is this the Japanese three?

Blender
Blender
Reply to  Blender
5 years ago

@Blender: I will continue to shuffle.

Blender
Blender
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I was being a dick and I am sorry.

Los Putos
Los Putos
5 years ago

Appears to be a lot of music lovers here.

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park found dead of apparent suicide.

Some shit news for you if you were a fan.

MLBeastmode
MLBeastmode
5 years ago

Hi all,

ROS bench bats (pick 2)

Eugenio Suarez
Joey Gallo
Scott Schebler
Mitch Haniger

Thanks!

MLBeastmode
MLBeastmode
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks – it’s a 16 team weekly h2h league and waivers only run on weekends.

Jimmy Jack James
Jimmy Jack James
5 years ago

15 team roto keeper w/ QS instead of W:

Cespedes (5th round, can be kept for 1 year) for Nelson (can’t be kept), Salazar (20th round, can be kept for 2 years)

Which side do you like?

Thanks!

vrugg03
5 years ago

Grey,

In need of a replacement for Correa in a 12 team H2h with hitting categories of R, H, HR, RBI, AVG, OPS, SB and pitching categories of W, S, H, K, ERA, WHIP and QS.

Received this trade offer:

Give McCullers. Get Tulo and Odorizzi

Your thoughts? Thanks!

vrugg03
Reply to  vrugg03
5 years ago

I should have added that might be able to get Gio or Straily instead of Odorizzi, if that makes a difference.

Thanks, again.

Chris
Chris
5 years ago

10 team H2H points league

Another for Correa replacement help! Which should I pick up moving forward.

A. Simmons or T. Story

Would say Story but K’s are (-1) so wondering if Simmons would be better. Which for ROS?

Good Wood
Good Wood
5 years ago

Hello. I need to find a replacement for Correra.
via trade I can get:
Story, Cozart or Bregman (he’ll eventually be SS eligible)

Thanks for the advice.

Jordan
Jordan
5 years ago

Grey, is JBJ worth dropping for someone like Tommy Pham?

Jordan
Jordan
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks!

Burt Macklin, FBI
Burt Macklin, FBI
5 years ago

Any obvious moves jump out?

C – Sal Perez
1B – Rizzo
2B – Odor
SS – Segura
3B – Donaldson
IF – Encarnacion
LF – Inciarte
CF – Marte
RF – Stanton
OF – Domingo
Util – Trumbo
BN – Pedroia, Parra, Dickerson, Reynolds

SP – Wood, McCullers, Carlos Martinez, Verlander, Clevinger, Salazar
RP – Herrera, Knebel, Brach, Wilson, Kela, Bradley
DL – Melancon

Top FA Batters: Pham, Andrelton, Peralta, Bour, Yonder, Merrifield, Happ, Castellanos, Belt, Arcia
Top FA Starters: Vargas, Davies, Sabathia, Straily, Godley, Fiers, Jon Gray, Folty
Top FA Relievers: Doolittle, Rosenthal, Kahnle, Swarzak, Boxberger, Will Harris, Barraclough

Thanks!

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
5 years ago

Dearest Grey

As I watch Pirates drop their third bloop rbi single of the afternoon in over my lunch, a result of Chris Stewart’s 2nd! hit of the day and another Brewers defensive miscue, I am reminded of simpler, fairer times where a pitcher would strike out 5, walk 1 over 5 innings, and not give up 4 earned runs.

In summation: this is bullsh*t, f**k pitching.

Your Comrade In Fantasy,

Fred

asdfasdf
asdfasdf
5 years ago

Hi Grey, I’m having a bit of a dilemma about my #1 waiver pick. I’m in an NL-only league, so I could use it on JD Martinez since he just joined the NL, but my hitting is already pretty stacked (if I start him, he would push Pham to the bench, so my bench would have Matt Adams, Duda, Carlos Santana, and Pham). My pitching is a bit weaker so I don’t know whether I should just wait to see if someone else gets traded to the NL (Darvish would be awesome, for example). Would you claim JD or wait?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

Flight booked. September 6th-14th. Bring in da Noise, bring in da funk!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Haha, you just ruined it. Staying in Elysian Park. Hosts seem cool (made a point of stating 420 friendly), and easier for FOH to come get me if he so chooses.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Yeah, cheap place too. My buddy from home is in the valley I believe, but I’ll be able to link up with him too.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: And oh…what’s “an” Elysian Park….the place right by Dodger Stadium? No, am I saying the wrong neighborhood?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: The area seems pretty legit. It’s on the east side of the park, closer to Silver Lake. Who knows, maybe I’ll get mugged my first hour there.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Either way, I don’t plan on spending much time wherever I stay.

Most def, we’ll have to work something out. I know that game is Sept 8th, but if FOH hates you now that could be awkward, ha.

Righty
Righty
5 years ago

AWood/JNelson for Machado – go for it? Rolling Baez at SS and rent a waiver at MI after Correa down.

Righty
Righty
Reply to  Righty
5 years ago

@Righty: Actually will be Baez SS, Story MI after another trade goes through. My Ps will be Lynn, Shark, Walker, Nova, Nola, Manaea, Folty, stream… after deal.

Shujun
Shujun
5 years ago

Who do you like better ROS in an OBP/SLG league: Castellanos or Franco?

Shujun
Shujun
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks a lot, man!

omar
omar
5 years ago

Got a doozie here. 8-team AL Only 5×5 Standard roto. 1 year keeper – 3 players max.

**I fully realize in advance this is an overpay in a vacuum, but I think it may help my team. Understand that this is an AL Only, so the player pool is not as vast as a full MLB league.

Give:
Lindor
McCullers
Healy

Get:
Smoak
Castellanos
Andrelton Simmons

Rationale: The goal here is to improve my IF. I’ve had a black hole in my IF slot pretty much all year, subbing a combo of Gallo and Avila, both of whom I got tired of and recently dropped.

Current bats:
c – W. Ramos
1b – Healy
2b – Altuve
ss – Lindor
3b – Machado
if – S. Pearce
of – Betts
of – Springer
of – C. Frazier
of – B. Zimmer
util – Kepler
bn – C. Moran
dl – Chisenhall
**just lost JD due to the trade to the NL

Smoak would replace Healy at 1b, Machado to ss, Casty to 3rd, Simmons to IF, and eventually drop one of Pearce, Moran.

Hate to lose McCullers, but losing trust in him quickly, and I think I can absorb the pitching hit.

Current arms:
sp – Kluber
sp – McCullers
sp – Berrios
sp – Devenski
rp – Chapman
rp – J. Wilson
p – Kela
p – Claudio
p – Clippard
bn – Faria
bn – Ed-Rod
bn – LeClerq
bn – Bedrosian
dl – Salazar

Hoping Kela grabs the TX closer gig on his return, will drop the other 2 Rangers if so to free up roster space (when I need it).

**The biggest drawback for me is not being able to keep Lindor thru 2018. But I’m starting to wonder if 2016 was an anomaly for him, and 2017 is the real Frankie. He was never hyped as an elite bat as a prospect. I typically don’t keep pitchers, but if I do this, I could keep Altuve, Springer, and Kluber (or Smoak if his production doesn’t fall off ROS).

Thoughts??

jon
jon
5 years ago

Might be a tough question but I am looking for a relief pitcher with SP status in a yahoo league.

We have inning limits and I want to manage the innings I have left

Devenski not available but Phelps and Martes are… should I grab one and drop Morton? anyone else come to mind?

Current staff: Madbum, Carrasco, Cole, Stroman, Paxton, Ray, Maeda, Salazar

I really don’t think I need Morton with that excellent staff.

Dhouse42
Dhouse42
5 years ago

Thanks! Ill put in a claim

Rob
Rob
5 years ago

My outfield is overloaded…Good problem to have for sure…Stanton and Springer obviously start…Start 3 between J Upton, Conforto, D. Santana, Cespedes, Hamilton, JBJ and Kemp…

Rob
Rob
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Makes sense…Thanks

Dhouse42
Dhouse42
5 years ago

Dreaded catcher question:

12 tm roto cats. I have Avila now. Ramos coming off waivers tomorrow.

Someone also just offered me his schwarber for my peacock. Other sp are verlander, price, Gerrit cole, nelson, faria.

Wire is bleak to replace peacock. Could pick up kennedy, dickey, and/or stream.

What would you do?

Gordon $humway
Gordon $humway
5 years ago

Hey there Grey- pop up had disappeared last night but unfortunately appears to be back today. Have a great day!

Foul balls
Foul balls
5 years ago

Thanks for all your insights and great humor, what stats are the most important to you when drafting, trading or picking up a pitcher?

Foul balls
Foul balls
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thank you

lwomack58
lwomack58
5 years ago

Tallion on wire-drop Erod or I. Happ for him? Thanks

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  lwomack58
5 years ago

@lwomack58: You asked this yesterday. And he said over E-Rod. Do you go in such a circle with variations of the same question every day that you end up at the beginning?

lwomack58
lwomack58
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It:

I asked about Ian Happ-today. I. Happ is a bench bat for me. Yesterday I asked about JA Happ.

Boom
Boom
Reply to  lwomack58
5 years ago

@lwomack58: hahaha. You got him!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Boom
5 years ago

@Boom: Sort of. He still asked Taillon or ERod already. He can have this one. I’d rather be gotten than incapable of making a fantasy baseball decision every day. Must be rough.

lwomack58
lwomack58
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It:

Not sure why you feel the need to throw insults. I was under the impression this blog was to reaffirm possible fantasy moves. I’m very capable of making decision. So please leave your personal comments to yourself and only discuss baseball related items. Thank you

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  lwomack58
5 years ago

@lwomack58: I feel the need because I come from a broken home with an abusive stepfather who would always take take take and couldn’t get off the couch himself to get a beer. I see a lot of him in you. I hope you’re buying Grey a case of daquiris.

lwomack58
lwomack58
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It:

I guess you didn’t read what I had to say. There are plenty of other people who post a lot of questions and I don’t see you attacking them. Just lay off man.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
5 years ago

Let’s go Greg Garcia….said only me and probably also Cardinals uber homer Mike Shannon. Short day slim pickin’s streamer.

Bad News Sugarbear
Bad News Sugarbear
5 years ago

in an attempt to land a couple closers i currently have Rosenthal, Claudio, and Kela (coming off DL today) – with the Phelps trade, would Barraclough be better than any of those options? obv i’m planning to drop one of the two TEX guys at some point but i’m still not sure who it’ll be with Kela back

Bad News Sugarbear
Bad News Sugarbear
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: ok, thanks much!

Chucky
Chucky
5 years ago

Villar a drop? Even Counsell has benched the K King the past two games? Is Counsell beginning to pay attention to what everybody else already knows?

Bill Brasky
Bill Brasky
5 years ago

Cahill’s home/road splits are ridiculous this season:

Home: 4-0, 25.0 IP, 28 K, 0.72 ERA, 0.88 WHIP
Road: 0-3, 32.1 IP, 43 K, 5.01 ERA, 1.52 WHIP

However, tomorrow he gets the Giants’ weak offense. SON says “meep beep beep -7.4”

Do I dare go against the machine?

Tom ki
Tom ki
5 years ago

Would you drop schebler for parra? Thanks

Jake
Jake
5 years ago

Drop Thames for Desmond?

Thanks

Robert
Robert
5 years ago

A. Benitendi and Severino for Keuchel
B. Benitendi and Severino for Greinke
I am trying to upgrade my pitching. Fair or not enough?

mthom42
mthom42
5 years ago

Grey & Comment Section, I have Trout and Betts in a 2 Keeper pts league. Goldy’s owner is interested in Betts. Make the swap?

mthom42
mthom42
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thanks!

lwomack58
lwomack58
5 years ago

Steaming pitchers
Blach vs SD-SON rates him at 0.8-going against Lamet

Lackey vs CHW-no SON rating-showing Hendricks as pitcher-but he’s doing rehab start on Sat.

Thanks as always for your advice

knucks
knucks
5 years ago

I like the odds of the Kela monster, coming off the DL today, grabbing the closer role and watching the Rangers slide out of the WC picture (they’ve lost the last 4). So I don’t expect them to buy a closer next weekend.

BAC
BAC
5 years ago

L. Castillo home vs. Ari
McCarthy home vs. Atl.

Streaming either one today?

primetime
primetime
5 years ago

Grey, looking at my team below.. Would my team benefit from K Davis or Ender? Was going to try to trade for both and put them in via match up.

Drop JBJ and either Hosmer or Jones.

We can only start 1 Utlity and 3 OF.

Starters
Grandal
Freeman
Schoop
Arenado
Seager C
Marte
Cruz
Bellinger
Jones A

Bench
Hosmer
LeMiehu
Moncada
Arcia
Bradley JR
Conforto

Brian
Brian
5 years ago

16 team 6×6 h2h dynasty league with OPS. need a SS to fill in for correa. WW is rough. best options are mercer, aybar, kike hernandez or iglesias. which crap option should I take a shot at?

John Hagar
John Hagar
5 years ago

cbssports.com shocker!

I play in a cbssports.com fantasy baseball league. At the beginning of the All-Star break, another owner and I agreed to the following trade. It processed and the players switched teams. I was happy and he was happy. We have them on our roster this week.

However, last night, cbssports.com accused us of collusion and reversed the trade. The other owner and I don’t know each other and we’ve never communicated with each other outside of the fantasy league trade system they have for their fantasy leagues. There was no collusion.

Here’s the trade: He received Corey Dickerson, Steven Souza, Trevor Story and Mike Foltynewicz and I received Manny Machado, Johnny Cueto and Cole Hamels.

Here is his reaction posted on our league homepage: Machado is batting .238 and the 119th rated player not the 10th best when i drafted. Cueto and Hammels have 10 win combined. I’m in last place because these guys haven’t lived up to expectations. I don’t know anyone in this league so how could it be collusion. I was ready to try some different players.

Here is my reaction posted on our league homepage: This was simply me offering MT2B an all-star in Dickerson, a player having a career year in Souza, a player who should have a much better 2nd half in Colorado in Story, and a pitcher having a good season in Foltynewicz (especially with the way pitching has been this season) for 3 players who have all either been injured or underperformed all season. I was hoping they’d rebound, and MT2B just wanted some new players who had been performing better. There was no collusion whatsoever, and this trade was not unreasonable at all. For it to be overturned and then us to be accused of collusion is unreasonable.

Is this BS and what can I do about it? Again, there was no collusion and we were both just trying to make our teams better.

John Hagar
John Hagar
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Gotcha. I wanted Machado with the hopes of a big 2nd half, and I have a surplus of OF’s.

I think more than anything, being accused of collusion is what stings the most. I don’t know any of the owners in that league and definitely am not a cheater. Is the trade even unfair? Obviously it would be based on preseason projections, but the players involved haven’t performed like their preseason projections…

lwomack58
lwomack58
5 years ago

Two questions

M. Reynolds or Reddick as a bench bat?

J. Gray, Faria or Morton-which one is a drop?

thanks

Brett
Brett
5 years ago

only can stash one for saves: Vizcaino or Barraclaugh with Phelps now traded.

Thanks

Johnny
Johnny
5 years ago

Judge for Jram and Schoop. Which side do you like?

Pipa
Pipa
5 years ago

Morning!~ Do you think Faria and Fulmer for Bummy is fair, too much, or too little?!

W, L, ERA, WHIP, K/9, QS, SV, HLD CG

Thanks.

Lubes
Lubes
5 years ago

Who’s the OF add out of these guys (dropping Calhoun)-
Reddick
Hicks
Bell
Melky
Parra
Peralta

I’m punting avg, doing fine in steals, focused on the others.

thanks!

The JoGarza
The JoGarza
5 years ago

Follow up, who would you drop for Bruce Rondon — Swarzak or Madson?

The JoGarza
The JoGarza
5 years ago

12-tm OBP

Taylor or Notorious D.I.D

Mr Glass
Mr Glass
5 years ago

Is Benny baseball and carrasco too much to give up for Kershaw in a Standard H2H yahoo points league?

BSA70
BSA70
5 years ago

Lost Correa – sent a trade asking to get Machado for Benini and Marte. Denied – very annoying way to start my day.
Seeing Parra excitement with him sitting in FA and I have Polanco on my team. Thoughts on making the move to drop Polanco for Parra in a keeper. Outfielders include Betts, Benini, Cruz, Marte, Polanco with Brinson on hold

Nightmare!
Nightmare!
5 years ago

Hey Bro Montana. Snowfall was good last night, feels like I’m watching it on HBO with the cursing and blood.

Would you drop Conforto or Desmond for Domingo Santana? Chris Taylor, melky, and D peralta also free agents.

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Nightmare!
5 years ago

@Nightmare!: Any one else you can drop?

Kendrick Llama
Kendrick Llama
5 years ago

Lost correa:

Dejong, Reyes (ugh), Ad Russ, or Brad Miller ?

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Kendrick Llama
5 years ago

@Kendrick Llama: I’d take a chance on Russell with those options

mcgaffer
mcgaffer
5 years ago

Would you do either of these deals?

Moncada/Schoop
for
Segura
(currently starting Schoop and Simmons with Correa going down)
Or
Moncada and Hamilton
for
Segura

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  mcgaffer
5 years ago

@mcgaffer: If you don’t need the steals I’d do the second one

mcgaffer
mcgaffer
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

Needs are pretty evenly distributed. They will only do Schoop and Moncada for Segura, so the other idea is off the table.
I would have to go with Whit Merrifield and Segura until Correa comes back

Or I hold and go Andrelton and Schoop (and hang onto Moncada) until Correa comes back.
Segura is pretty darn good….im torn

Robert
Robert
5 years ago

In a 10 team h2h league, Wacha or Taillon ROS?

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Robert
5 years ago

@Robert: Wacha but close and match ups will matter

CMUTimmah
CMUTimmah
5 years ago

Ed Nunez – to hold or not to hold. I like his versatility, but that only matters if he’s not sitting on the bench because of his balky hammy…

Other options:

Thames
Puig
Peralta

Points, 10 teams (start 5 OFs, so OF isn’t as shallow as 10 teams makes it sound…)

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  CMUTimmah
5 years ago

@CMUTimmah: I’d go with Peralta right now, he’s been hitting

MeatBall
MeatBall
5 years ago

Drop Thames and/or Conforto? Can pick up Reddick, Joc, Castellanos, Parra

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  MeatBall
5 years ago

@MeatBall: Thames for Parra…Grey may say to lose both but I think Conforto is coming back around so I’d keep him.

Peter guigli
5 years ago

Bogaerts not bogarts

Shits&Giggles
Shits&Giggles
5 years ago

Machado for Schoop and Marte? I get the paiir. Good deal ?

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Shits&Giggles
5 years ago

@Shits&Giggles: Fair but I’d want Machado

CMUTimmah
CMUTimmah
Reply to  JeF WiTh 1 F
5 years ago

@JeF WiTh 1 F: Only if you’re hurting for SBs from Marte. It’s fair, but Machado and Schoop play different positions (unless this is a middle infidel situation) so I don’t know how it would impact your lineup on the whole.

In a vacuum, Machado is the best player.

Peter guigli
5 years ago

Is it time to cut ties with Ryan Braun need the abats. And same with bogarts thanks

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Peter guigli
5 years ago

@Peter guigli: Depends on options but most likely a hold on both.

Mike
Mike
5 years ago

Hi Grey,

Is there any life left in Thames?

I am considering dropping him for:

Yoan Moncada
Jose Bautista
Noah Syndergaard (hoping for a return)

My 1Bs are:

Anthony Rizzo
Jose Abreu
Wil Myers

My OFs (start 5) are:

A.J. Pollock
Billy Hamilton
Christian Yelich
Justin Upton
Matt Kemp
Ryan Braun

So I think I have a little flexibility and I picked him up for HRs – which has grinded to a halt in the 20s.

Thanks…

Mike.

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Mike
5 years ago

@Mike: I’d take the lottery ticket in Moncada over Thames on your team.

Chris
Chris
5 years ago

Hi Grey,

Morning!

Would you do the below trade:

Give: Miguel Cabrera + Brantley (I can give Dickerson or Thames instead)

Get: Rendon + Kris Davis

Thanks for your help!

Chris
Chris