Yesterday, Daniel Norris went 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.81.  Deserved better than a no decision, but he’s 23 years old, making $500,000, so who cares what he deserves?  I deserve equal pay for cracking jokes about fantasy baseball for six months!  *marching with a picket sign*  Sign reads:  BLOGGER = Better Living-wage Or Gainful Gifts, Earnings, Reimbursements *pull back to reveal I’m marching in my underwear with my dog humping my leg*  Stop, Ted!  I’m trying to make a point!  So, Norris looked terrific, but he’s had a vexing season.  Vexing, I tell ya!  He was put in middle relief after a back problem that sidelined in the spring, then he returned and was almost immediately sidelined with an oblique problem.  Why do we care?  Well, I wrote a sleeper post about him last year, saying, “He’s a sleeper, because he’ll likely be drafted late since he appears to be a year away, and, sadly, he might not just appear to be a year away, but he might actually be a year away, though he might appear to be a year away and not be a year away.  I’m the Grand Champion of putting “year away” in one sentence, by the way.  Norris is a pure upside play.  He could be a 4+ ERA guy that bounces between the rotation, the bullpen and the minors or a 2.75 ERA guy with truckloads of Ks.”  And that’s me quoting me!  I quote that, because I was exactly right (I couldn’t have been wrong since I hedged more than Sonic) and for 2017 I’m going to like Norris for the exact same reasons while being a year closer.  Dot dot dot.  To getting a living wage!  I’m Norma Rae!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Justin Upton – Day-to-day with a left calf strain.  Who sells their soul, let alone their calf, for three random decent weeks in a season?

Nick Castellanos – Took batting practice.  He said he hopes to return in about a week.  I.e., Castellsemana.

Ian Kinsler – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .279.  You know offense is back in a big way when Kinsler hits 26 homers and it’s like whatevs.  Our Commissioner Manfred is sticking Capri Sun straws in baseballs and juicing them.

Miguel Sano – Left yesterday’s game with a tight lower back.  That’s more painful, but less embarrassing than leaving with a tight lower front.

Brian Dozier – 1-for-4 and his 40th homer.  Insane.  That’s right, I brought out the douchey one word sentence just for Dozier.  Deal with it!

Joey Wendle – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs, hitting near-.350 in the last week and batting leadoff now.  Hey, Mr. Wendle, he’s no bum!

Khris Davis – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 36th homer, hitting .246.  Seemed to reach critical mass yesterday that people wanted to drop Davis, so, of course, he homered.  You did it to yourself.

Stephen Vogt – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, and had two hits in his previous game.  Could be a light schmotato, or could be a guy that capitalized on one of the worst pitchers in the majors (Gee, you think?), as the rest of the A’s did.

Josh Harrison – Done for the season with his groin.  I mean, even if he were to still playing, he’d be with his groin.  I’d hope so, at least.

Gerrit Cole – 2 IP, 5 ER as he was activated from the DL.  Yeah, he looks healthy.  Is this sarcasm font showing up on all browsers?

Roman Quinn – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st steal as he hit 2nd.  He’s a new spark on the top of the Phillies’ lineup.  I will call him Roman Candle.  In the minors, he had a 9.2 on the Speed Scale.  To give you an idea, Billy Hamilton had a 8.3 this year, which was the highest in the majors for qualified hitters.  (Non-qualified:  Raul Mondesi 9.1; Trea Turner 8.9; Jarrod Dyson 8.7.)  So, if you desire SAGNOF, grab Quinn immediately.

Freddy Galvis – 1-for-4 and his 18th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Jeremy Hellickson – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, 3.76.  For what it’s Werth, I’ve owned Hellickson in a 12 team league for about two months.  It’s fair to point out that my team ERA isn’t that great in that league and I lost deGrom, but let’s not dwell on the negative, hmm?

Steven Matz – Will throw a bullpen session today, but there’s no timetable for his return.  I have a timetable for him:  tries to throw in the playoffs, gets hit hard, shuts it down, has surgery on his elbow this offseason, is announced to be ready for Spring Training, misses his timetable but not this timetable and doesn’t come back until May.  Give or take a few days.

Jacob deGrom – Threw 35 pitches in a bullpen session.  Sounds like he should be good to go for a relief appearance on September 21st.  Again, give or take a few days.

Joe Ross – Could start this weekend.  I wonder if JB and I talk at all about this on the podcast coming later today.  What’s your best guess?  You’re smart, but we didn’t.  Fooled ya!  (I’m guessing JB hadn’t yet heard the Ross news.)

Mat Latos – 4 1/3 IP, 1 ER, but left with a leg injury.  Before he left, Latos pitchslapped Rafael Montero (1 2/3 IP, 6 ER).  Last time Latos hit anything that hard, it was a branch on the ugly tree.

Anthony Rendon -1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .275.  You know the girl you dated for three years that you’re now friends with?  Everything’s totally pleasant, and you’re going to her wedding.  You know what you’re doing?  You’re adulting.  That’s Rendon.  He’s adulting.

Trea Turner – 2-for-5, 1 run and his 24th steal, hitting .345.  Damn, doode’s like a young F5.  Every day stuffing the fantasy stat line.  Why don’t I own him?!  Throw me a bone, Treat Urner!

Dansby Swanson – Left the game after an errant throw from Flowers hit Dansby in his snozzberries.  He’s day-to-day with jockular sphincteritis.  Shame, Flowers are supposed to lead to good outcomes, not getting testes’d.

Andrew Cashner – 2 IP, 7 ER vs. Mike Foltynewicz – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  “Okay, I’m gonna cross streams with Faulty-whateverwitz and Cashner.  What’s the worst that can happen?!”  Twenty minutes later, “MOM!!!  I NEED CUDDLES!!!”

Ichiro Suzuki – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .301.  I nearly picked him up for yesterday’s game because I sorted by the hottest hitters of the last week, and there was Ichiro.  I even double-checked to make sure I wasn’t standing in a time capsule that was sealed ten years ago.

Fernando Rodney – 0 IP, 3 ER.  It was a non-save situation, but this won’t go a long way to getting him back into the 9th.  You want respect, Rodney, you have to earn it.

Nick Markakis – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Sparkakis!

Didi Gregorius – Out of the lineup with what Joe Girardi described as “really beat up.”  Beat up doesn’t work for The Gregorius D.I.D.  Dropping a beat down would.

Jose De Leon – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.09.  Was a tough matchup in Yankee Stadium.  I mean, the team he was facing is nothing great, but I have to think a rookie pitcher going into The House They Built Across The Street From The House Ruth Built has to get in a youngster’s head.  I’m an oldster using words like youngster!

Yasiel Puig – 1-for-1 and a pinch hit homer (his 10th).  For full disclosure purposes — or porpoises if the dolphins have taken over the earth by the time you read this — I dropped Puig in one league, because he’s just not playing vs. righties.

Starlin Castro – 2-for-4 and his 21st homer, hitting .265.  I opened up his player page expecting to see how hot he’s been.  Meh, he homered one other time this week, but hot?  Like a hatch chile with the seeds removed.  By the way, are hatch chiles all over the country like they are here?  It must be the season, because these things are in everything everywhere I go.  They’re only 99 cents at Whole Paycheck.  You can’t buy a 99 cent gift certificate for 99 cents in Whole Paycheck so I know these hatch chiles most be in abundance.  These hatch chiles come here, and they take other peppers’ jobs in recipes, and some, I assume, might be good.

Aaron Judge – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer, hitting .181.  You could’ve been Gary Sanchez, instead you’re Jonathan Singleton.

Keyvius Sampson – 4 2/3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.41.  Stream-o-Nator was crazy about him for this game, and will likely be again, because he has good stuff, but he was throwing middle relief earlier this month, and likely won’t be able to go very deep.

Evan Gattis – 1-for-4 and his 26th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Like Marty Feldman’s eye, Gattis went sideways, but now is starting to float up again.

Rougned Odor – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 31st homer, hitting .282.  If Correa were having this Odor season, you’d not only be happy you drafted him in the 1st round, but would draft him in the same spot again next year.

Shelby Miller – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 7.12.  That wasn’t enough.  No!  He had to bring down Tyler Anderson too  — 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Escuchame, Shelby Miller, you disgust me, you puta!  Sorry, watching new season of Narcos and I’m kinda jacked up.

Yasmany Tomas – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 29th homer.  Having just your run-of-the-mill 30-homer, .270 season.  You know, what you wished all of your outfielders would give you who you drafted after the third round.

Brandon Drury – 4-for-5, 3 runs,  and his 12th homer, hitting around .400 in the last week, and hit 2nd yesterday.  Anyone that owned Drury during that one hot stretch earlier this year knows, owning Drury means owning a hot hitter that makes you sound drunk when you say his name.

Carlos Gonzalez – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs, hitting .303.  As the Rockies and Diamondbacks attempted to even up Chase Field with Coors on ESPN’s Park Factors page.

Jeff Samardzija – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.07.  This start came against the Padres as Samardzija disapproved the notion that he’s safe in certain matchups.

Leonys Martin – 4-for-4, 3 runs, hitting .250, hitting near-.350 in the last week.  My favorite Martin!

Dan Vogelbach – Called up from Triple-A.  Vogelbach was acquired in the midseason trade for Mike Montgomery.  Vogelbach you might remember from such overheard phrases as, “Is that Kyle Schwarber?” and “He looks like he could eat.”  He won’t likely get enough playing time to make a difference in most mixed leagues.

Andrew Benintendi – Could return on Wednesday.  John Farrell said Benintendi will be available for as many as 18 games.  Hey, John Farrell can read an MLB schedule!

Krispie Young – 4-for-4, 3 runs and his 9th homer.  I grabbed him for the batty call, was all set to start him, but for some reason I saw Brock Holt in the Sawx lineup and dropped Krispie for Cesar Hernandez.  Fantasy Baseball Overlord, you don’t want me to win, do you?

Hanley Ramirez – 2-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Okay, Hanley, I get it, I was wrong to say to sell you.  Why not make your point for the first four months of the season before I say something?

David Ortiz – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 33rd homer, hitting .318.  I’m not saying he did, but, if Ortiz took PEDs at any point in his career, is it unlikely that he’d bother to take PEDs the final month of his career?  Or even more likely because no one’s testing a guy about to retire?

David Price – 8 IP, 2 ER, 2 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.81.  The hypnotherapist that had Price believing April was October and that now we’re in April has worked like a charm.

Chris Davis – 1-for-3 and his– What?  How many homers does he have?  No one’s happy with him.  Gotta be bad, right?  Well, you tell me, he has 37 homers.

Manny Machado – 1-for-4 and his 35th homer, hitting .306.  Media has made too much of no steals from Machado (I don’t think I’ve heard one person mention it besides me).  They need to let it go!  (I am the only one mentioning it.  I repeat, just me.)

Jose Bautista – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .228.  Weird, he homered and it was more than a solo homer?  Oh!  He was finally moved back to the cleanup spot!  Wow!  Only took three months to realize that experiment wasn’t working.

Evan Longoria – 1-for-4 and his 32nd homer, hitting .275.  Also, in this game, Brad Miller went 1-for-4 with his 28th homer, hitting .249.  Two Rays that have exceeded expectations like The Beastie Boys.  I.e., when they dropped Fight For Your Right To Party, you thought they were a one-hit wonder.

Jake Odorizzi – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.81, vs. Francisco Liriano – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.16.  This game was billed as “This should be Odorizzi” and turned into “Jesus, Rays, you can’t finish off Liriano?”

Carlos Carrasco – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 3.32.  The Mets and Indians’ starters both need a seminar with Tony Robbins.  Or Dr. James Andrews.

Avisail Garcia – 4-for-5, 3 runs and his 11th homer, hitting near-.375 in the last week.  I’ll excuse you if you don’t want to pick up this schmohawk, but I wouldn’t either.  We have our dignity!  Which doesn’t run counter to playing fantasy baseball.  Don’t be smart.

Adam Eaton – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, and hitting near-.400 in the last week.  What’s Adam Eaton?  A hot schmotato!

Kyle Hendricks – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners (1 Hit), 6 Ks, ERA at 2.03, with his no-hitter broken up in the 9th inning.  “Hello, is this Domino’s?  Yes, when you bring the Meat Lover’s, could you also bring me some extra superlatives for Hendricks?  You’re already downstairs?  Um, can you leave the pizza at the front door and go back to the store real quick?”

Dexter Fowler – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Also, in this game, Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with his 15th homer.  Because the Cubs’ hopes aren’t high enough they will now have every hitter doing well in September (except, of course, Heyward).

Seung Hwan Oh – Dealing with groin soreness.  My 13-year-old self just appeared next to me.  Whaddup, 13-year-old Self!  “Chillin’ yo, just wanted you to know you are telling grown men about other grown men’s groins.  You whack, son!  A’ight, peace.”  I grabbed Kevin Siegrist for potential saves.

Michael Wacha – Threw a 26-pitch bullpen session.  I guarantee you he was supposed to throw 25 pitches and someone lost count.  “Is that 25?”  Man with the counter, “Um…Well…I have to go to the bathroom!”

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Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Think Dahl has cooled off for the year? And Bxton too? Would you take Souza over either? Chasing runs and OBP.

And do you like Norris vs. Cle, Urena vs. Phil, Morgan vs. Mia, or Hellickson vs. Mia?

VinWins
VinWins
5 years ago

Hey, Reyes got me a win! And he only walked 6 batters in 4 and a third. And Familia chipped in a win. This doesn’t seem so difficult.

muskysmell
muskysmell
5 years ago

Jason Hammel sucks donkey balls!

Gdamn why do all my guys have to simultaneously take a heaping sh*t at this time of the year
My giant lead is dwindling! This would be the biggest collapse ever even by my standards

J-FOH
J-FOH
5 years ago

I know I told sky about this but in the off season you need to watch friday night tikes. They added it to netflix. Great look into how fucked up adult parents are and the crazy bastards coaching their kids,

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: its a weird show for those of us that are sane. After experiencing some nut jobs and win at all cost coaches in my daughters leagues I get fascinated by this. I was competitive growing up but I don’t get it…damn I think most these fools have never been winners in life

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: This is definitely not the everyone gets a trophy crowd. This is watching my kid get the crap beat out of him and some guy berate him.

ebudz
ebudz
5 years ago

10 team H2H Points

Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), HOLD (+1), ER (-2), HIT (-1), SO (+3), NH (+10), PG (+15)

Hey Grey so after tonight l’l have 5 more starts I can use before Sunday 9/18 so the plan was to start 4 of the asterisk marked guys below and check back for the 5th starts but it looks Duffy (he was number 4) is starting next on Sunday instead of Sat?

1) So which other start should I use before Sunday?
2) Still check back for that 5th start or see one you really like now?
3) Stick with those already marked or replace someone? (Carrasco has me worried)
3) What guys should I pick up (if possible) to only block my opponent from starting them over the next few days?

9/14
Skaggs vs. SEA (18.1)
Musgrove vs. TEX (6.3)
Pineda vs. LAN (5.2)
Ventura vs. OAK (3.3)
Gausman @BOS (-7.1)

9/15
Eickhoff vs. PIT (8.0)
Volquez vs. OAK (-1.7)
Bradley vs. LAN (-13.3)

9/16
Colon vs. MIN (12.6)*
McHugh @SEA (-0.5)
L. Weaver @SF (-2.3)

9/17
Carrasco vs. DET (26.2)*
De Leon @ARI (18.1)*
Taillon @CIN (16.8)
Price vs. NYA (12.7)
Lugo vs. MIN (10.7)
Paxton vs. HOU (8.2)
J. Gray vs. SD (5.1)
McHugh @SEA (0.7)
Urena @PHI (-4.8)
Leake @SF (-7.6)
Finnegan vs. PIT (-21.3)

ebudz
ebudz
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Word thanks, appreciate the help as always brotha!

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
5 years ago

hey Grey ole buddy,is Moncada a keeper for 5 bucks in a shallow keep 6 league for next year,thanks for another awesome season of the best baseball site period

SpecialFNK
SpecialFNK
5 years ago

Carlos Carrasco has 3 starts left. home to Detroit on the 17th, home to White Sox on the 23rd, and at Detroit on the 28th.
this season at home he has 4.29 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, while on the road he has 2.40 ERA, 0.93 WHIP. he also has 3.93 ERA, 1.42 WHIP in September.
in a 16 team league (not much left on waivers) is he really a must start in these upcoming games, or is it better to bench him/drop him for someone else?

740
740
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

10team h2h cats

please pick one. Brault @Phi, Musgrove vs Tex, Skaggs vs Sea….or neither?

thanks!!

Pete
Pete
5 years ago

Who do you like to pick up to replace Marte in a h2H points league for playoffs/championship this week and next. I only have 5 moves left. K’s are -1. Tomas, Benintendi, Drury, B. Miller, Markakis, Chris Young?

Also might have to swap out Puig if he doesn’t start playing more but I’m hesitant to burn the move: hang on and see or burn another? He’s batting cleanup tonight against CC but he’s a lefty.

Pete
Pete
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thanks

AJ
AJ
5 years ago

Hey Grey, would you start Richard’s @SF and Asher vsPit? Also drop Ellsbury, J Upton, Stanton, Stanton Marte for Drury? Redraft thanks!

AJ
AJ
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks! You like any of these?
Ray vs CO
Garza @Cinci
Wisner vs MIA
Need Ks/Wins

Huddy
Huddy
5 years ago

Too many bats for next week with Binentendi being activated..Grichuk, HPerez, Gurriel, Buxton, Binentendi, Kiermeyer need to drop 2 thanks

JJ
JJ
5 years ago

Hey Grey,
Need to drop Gausman for some streamers. Who do you like best of the following

WED
Iwakuma @LAA
A.Sanchez vs MIN
musgrove vs TEX

THURS
Eickoff vs PIT
Kuhl vs PHI
Jimenez vs TAM
Montgomery vs MLW

FRI
L.Weaver @ SF
McHugh @ SEA

JJ
JJ
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:
You do know that this is annabelle and not aaron that were talking about right? I kind of thought you’d lean Iwakuma over Annabelle.

JJ
JJ
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:
apparently eickhoff was already taken as well. So Sanchez is the feminine version and Jimenez is still available. Can you pick 3 that you would feel comfortable going with? Or am i going to be reaching for the rolaids

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Ubaldo still scares me.Do you like him better than ERod Thursday?(SON has him going Friday)

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Sorry,Yankees at Boston.SON hates it(-14.4).Ubaldo gets Tampa Bay at Camden whichever day he goes.SON hates that less(-4.8).

Montgomery vs MIL is at 5.7,but you took ERod over him yesterday.

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Good point about Monty,I’m getting enough of that with AJ and DeLeon.

Steve
Steve
5 years ago

Judge facing a lefty at home…bombs away!

daze
daze
5 years ago

Hey Grey
I was hoping Salazar would be put on the DL. Doesn’t look like that’s happening
In a keeper league so i was hoping to keep him for $16 next year. Right now he is taking a valuable bench spot.
Here are my options . Can you pick 2
Junior Guerra @ Cin
Ventura at home vs Oak
Montgomery at home vs Mil
Ubaldo at home vs Tampa
McHugh at Sea
Holland at home vs Oak
Liriano at LAA

Thanks

daze
daze
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:
wow thanks
I cant believe I am even considering these 2 bums
But I guess you have to do what you have to do
Thanks

Hanklongball
Hanklongball
5 years ago

Grey,

Would you start Quintana tonight against CLE? Innings are getting tight and I’m trying to get the most out of Kluber, Quintana, Lackey and Hamels.

Hanklongball
Hanklongball
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: that’s all I needed to hear! Thanks for the help, as always!

ERad
ERad
5 years ago

Got booted in the first round of playoffs – wish I could take that Seager trade back :(

Anyways – thanks for the top notch content and jokes all year -now off to Italy and Morocco for the honeymoon. Your boarding pass is waiting at the gate!

ERad
ERad
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Haha lowercase yay for sure – thanks man.

Five-On-One
Five-On-One
5 years ago

I asked earlier today for your advice on whether to replace any of Puig (limited playing time, but hitting well when he plays), Justin Upton (potential injury), Saunders or Adonis Garcia (both meh) in my line-up. (12-team, 5×5 league with weekly lineups) with guys like Drury, Avisail Garcia, A. Dickerson (in Coors this week), Ryon Healy, J. Marte, Kiermier, Asdrubal and Domingo Santana are available.

You advised to replace Adonis with Drury and Saunders with Kiermaier.

However, I forgot to caveat my request with the fact that Steals are irrelevant. Same answer or is Kiermaier no longer worth the add? Anyone else in his place?

Thanks and sorry for the earlier mix-up.

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Who do I drop for Drury?

Dyson
Granderson
Jankowski

Don Majikowski
Don Majikowski
5 years ago

Stream Albert Suarez tonight vs. pads @ home??

Kratos
Kratos
5 years ago

Starting Pomernaz home vs. Bal?

Count de Monetball
Count de Monetball
5 years ago

Hey fantasy master lathario! Are you starting Danny Duffy at Oakland today? What about Urias at NYY? Thinking yes on Duffy and no on Urias..

Jason
Jason
5 years ago

2nd day of H2H semi-final matchup.

Pitching cats are:
IP K/9 K/BB ERA WHIP QS W HRA

Would you stream either Matt Boyd (vs. Twins) or AJ Cole (vs. Mets)? Both? Neither?

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Please pick three OFs

Buxton (R) vs. Boyd (L) @Det
Dyson (L) vs. Cotton (R) at Home
Kiermaier (L) vs. Stroman (R) @Tor
Pederson (R) vs. Sabathia (L) @NYY

Scott
Scott
Reply to  Scott
5 years ago

@Scott: Drop any for Drury?

G
G
5 years ago

If you had to pick between Kiermaier and Drury for rest of the week who would you go with? would you go with either over Peraza?

omar
omar
5 years ago

Smyly @ Toronto
Bundy @ Fenway

Gotta sit both of them, right?

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
5 years ago

6×6 (hitter K and pitcher L), I can’t catch my opponent in W or K, he can’t catch me in SV, and I’m looking for the best path to taking 4 of 6 pitching cats. I currently lead by 1 L, 1.25 ERA and 0.10 WHIP (in 47.1 IP).

Should I:
A) bench all my P unless I need ratio help later in the week;
B) bench only my SP and hope my RP widen my WHIP lead without taking a L;
C) cherry-pick SP and hope for ratio help, which would include throwing Nova @Phi today?

Dave
Dave
5 years ago

Nice write up.

What do you see for Judge in 2017? Any improvement or is he stuck in Singleton territory? Is Gallo the same?

Sportive Tricks
Sportive Tricks
5 years ago

I am so confused. SoN is absolutely ga-ga over Robbie Ray vs Colorado at home ($20), but nobody is really commenting much on the start here.

I have lots of innings to use up still. Should I go for it?

Love yas!

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

@Sportive Tricks: I’m starting him too.

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

Tim Anderson . . . so hot right now . . . think he’s a “good Segura”-type for 2017-on? (.285/12 HR/30+ SB)?

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

@Grey: Cool. Got him as a throw in at trade deadline in my keeper league ($8 next year) – didn’t know much about him but now looking like an interesting option, particularly with my Ozuna waning and SB being increasingly scarce in general (though most of the leaders had been SAGNOFs).

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Please pick 2 MIs: (my 3rd is Xander)
Dee Gordon
Cesar Hernandez
Tim Anderson

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Today do you like

JoRam vs Quintana @CWS
Cesar vs Nova at Home

Basement Artie
Basement Artie
5 years ago

Speaking of streamers, are you pickin’ Cotton today?

DoubleDroppingDueces
DoubleDroppingDueces
5 years ago

Should I be starting Chris Davis over Nelson Cruz? It seems the one I bench goes bananas.
10 team dynasty lineup is:

C Sal Perez
1b Rizzo
2b Altuve
3b Bryant
SS Bogaerts
OF Harper
OF Betts
OF Cruz
UTIL Big Papi
UTIL Daniel Murphy

bench:
Davis
Benintendi
S. Marte
Matt Carpenter

KeeblerMN
KeeblerMN
5 years ago

When Castellanos comes back will it be *pinkie to mouth* Castellmania to pick him up?

200 Proof
200 Proof
5 years ago

Grey,

W Ramos or G (Dirty) Sanchez for ROS at C?

Thanks!

200 Proof
200 Proof
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks Grey!
I wish you rocked a FFB site as well. I really appreciate all you’ve done for me this FBB year, thanks!
In general, great advice all around (except for the Schoop over Dozier tidbit, but you can’t win em’ all)! =D

Here’s to a successful post-season for the both of us!

Phil of the Future
Phil of the Future
5 years ago

BB! ,
Dude I been dropping and picking up Norris for months in my deep league. Guess what I did a few days before this start….

Phil of the Future
Phil of the Future
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: You know me so well

Eric
Eric
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

Need all the help I can get this week in terms of QS and W. How would you rank these streams for later in the week?

Leake @ SF
Urena @ Phi
Miranda vs. Hou

Thanks!

Five-On-One
Five-On-One
5 years ago

Weekly line-ups set Wed. Please pick top two options for the last two spots on my staff:

2-start Skaggs vSEA ($18.1) and @TEX (-$1.3) – I don’t understand the SON values here. Two good teams and while Skaggs has put together a couple of decent starts, he is no ace (and not even a number 2).

1-start Gio @ATL ($10.8)

1-start Ray vLAD ($8.7) – Ray has put together a string of good starts, but the Dodgers have been hot as well.

2-start Ed-Rod vNYY (-$14.4) and @BAL (-$14.7) – I know these are not great match-ups, but Eduardo has been really good the second half of the year.

I listed them in SON’s order, but I am tempted to ignore the SON and go with Ed-Rod and Gio. Any advice would be appreciated. WHIP, K’s and Wins are most important.

Ralphy
Ralphy
5 years ago

Roman Quinn or Jose Pedraza for Sbs the rest of the way?

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Ralphy
5 years ago

@Ralphy: Same question from me but can we add Janky to the mix?

Pick 2 of these 3 for SBs only…. Quinn/Peraza/Janky. Which one can I lose?

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thank you Grey

otisNixonLovesRainesRocks
otisNixonLovesRainesRocks
5 years ago

Wasssssup @grey
Going to start this with a recommendation for a tv show. I HATE TV since Coach left the bar in Boston but Angie Tribeca is GOLD….I vibe you are a Leslie Nielsen slapstick lover….after I heard the producers of the show did NAked Gun and Airplane….SOLD.
WATCH that show while cuddling your stuffed animal in the shape of Stanton’s thigh and it will make you feel whole again.

That said.

Morality/advice question.

In a keeper that you can keep 6 players for 3 years(you have lauded over my potential keepers this year so these guys I can’t keep) but where morality kicks in is IF I drop a guy that is “keepable” we need a word for that ….then the league erupts. SO you end up forced to hold onto shitboxes even in the playoffs. I have Salazar AND Gerrit Cole. FUN. now that they won’t be DL’d
they are killing my flexibility….like as if flowers hit me in the kosher balzac.

Your opinion in a 12 team keep 6 format is there ANY chance in hell anyone picks these guys back up and keeps them? Also is there ANY chance either one pitches and doesn’t pitch slap me in the playoffs?

I am WAY more confused as to what to do than even Clinton’s Dr….drop her? Let her fall herself?

otisNixonLovesRainesRocks
otisNixonLovesRainesRocks
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:
Ya that would be the Spock (logic) way of looking at things I guess…that said…it’s the most trash talking type league ever….going on 12 years of a strictly bragging rights league with random dudes I met in Yahoo standard leagues back in the day….ya I guess you’re right. Can’t see either of those guys being a top 100 guy in drafts next season.

I hate asking questions about ROS opinions when I use the SON and Hittertron religiously but it seems at the end of the season both systems have trouble (as they should) gauging injured guys and if/when they might return

Your humble opinion. DO you think Salazar or Gerrit Cole can give me more during the playoffs?

I am thinking Salazar is donezo like funzo till playoffs….Cole might lose his spot….but then I go check Taillon and Glasnow and see they have no starts coming up…the Pirates rotation is messier than american politics.

Drop Cole or Salazar first?
Mercy Buckets (frenchy deplorable me saying thanks in advance)

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  otisNixonLovesRainesRocks
5 years ago

@otisNixonLovesRainesRocks: Sal and Cole would be keepers for me..cust kayin..

Chris
Chris
5 years ago

I know it may sounds silly at first hand, but do you think that Rich Hill can be a keeper in some leagues next year?

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

It doesn’t look like HitterTron has forgiven Buxton for sucking the first half.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Scott
5 years ago

@Scott: Tis okay SoN talked me into streaming Folty yesterday.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

Roman Quinn is one of those prospects I ignore, so it’s 100% possible he’ll come up and be a star. Or he’ll do exactly what I expect him to do, be good for two weeks and tear his hamstring.

Scott
Scott
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: I’ll take him for those two weeks. :)

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Scott
5 years ago

@Scott: For sure, he’s $AGNOF down the stretch. I wish Nick Williams would get a cup of coffee with the Phils or Cozens.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: He’s been in the minors for 4 years and has never player 90 games in a season. He’s like a sports car that’s super fast, but breaks every time you drive it. Prospector Mike loved him.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: You’re 100% correct though, he’s worth rolling out there if you chasing steals.

Don’t want to be misunderstood. There’s been a lot of that lately….

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: (kidding)… what am I Jay?

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: romantic quinn is the saab of fantasy.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  The Hack
5 years ago

@The Hack: He’s a car for women and feminine men?

johnny be good
johnny be good
5 years ago

Grey,
12-team H2H cat Keeper (keep 12), CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS
With the recent news of Hwan Oh I’m wondering if I should replace him with a waiver RP (below)? I currently have Britton and Diaz so the question is whether I drop him for another RP or pick up an extra SP streamer this week ? Max 3 moves per week (and I do plan on using them on pitching), who else do you see as a good streamer this week out of:

Waiver guys
Pitchers – Pineda NYY @ BOS , Liriano TOR @ LAA, Lugo NYM Vs MIN, Robbie Ray ARI Vs NYM, Cashner MIA @ PHI (bounce back from last start?)

RP’s – Cody Allen, Jeanmar Gomez, A.J. Ramos, Tyler Thornburg, Andrew Bailey

Thanks bud

johnny be good
johnny be good
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks Grey, after Boyd pitches today, I do believe he lost his 2 start so out of the guys listed below, who would you then pick up? Pineda NYY @ BOS , Liriano TOR @ LAA, Robbie Ray ARI Vs NYM, Cashner MIA @ PHI (bounce back from last start?)

Dave H
Dave H
5 years ago

I streamed Cashner and Folty yesterday as well to start out my league championship. At least I didn’t take a loss from either : (

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

Hey Grey! A couple H2H semifinal playoff questions for you . . .

1. I happened into owning Urias last week (ie it wouldn’t cost a waiver grab to start him today). Although SON is not thrilled about starting him today, what do you think about the idea of starting him anyway under the logic that any potential damage would be limited because the Dodgers will only let him pitch if he’s doing well (and will pull him very early if he shows any struggle due to IP cap/ending his season on a good note/etc…)?

2. In the same matchup, my first day was VERY rough on offense…OBP and OPS could not be further apart after one day (opponent started the week with .4857/1.1754 to my .1750/0.4058 OBP/OPS) – however, our counting stats are still close to one another. Based on my below lineup and available waiver guys, would you make any changes in order to capture RBI/HR/R? I have 4 waiver moves left, and hopefully won’t need to use any of them on pitching.

C – Grandal
1B – Rizzo
2B – Segura (tough matchups v. LAD Friday-Sunday)
3B – Bryant
SS – Bregman (faces Darvish tomorrow, no game Thurs, and FHer Friday)
OF – Trout
OF – Springer (see Bregman)
OF – Bautista
UTL – Votto
Bench spot – 1 available

Waiver Options:
KANG -schmotatoing and great matchups all week, hitting 4th/5th @PHI and @CIN, including a double header @CIN on Saturday (against Descla +Finn). Could slot into 3rd (Bryant to OF) when Spring and his power outage has bad matchups or no game.

FRAZIER – after today, faces Tomlin Wed and Clevinger Thursday, before going to KC where he has a couple tough matchups (Kennedy + Duffy, with Gee in the middle saturday). Could slot in like Kang.

SCHMIPF – Fri-Sun @COL v. bad RHPs. On those same days, Segura has bad matchups v. Maeda/Hill/De Leon, and I probably can’t use his SB.

NAPOLI – Would be a Thursday-only batty call play, v Shields.

BRAD MILLER – Wed-Sun: Estrada, Ubaldo, Gallardo, Tillman, Miley.

DUVALL – after today, faces Vogel/Taillon+Cole/Nova. Hard to see where he fits in over my starting OF though.

Thanks, Gray Kanobi, you’re my only hope!

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?: Whoops, I left off Solarte as another option in line with Schimpf.

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

@Grey: Thanks! Would you bench Springer for Kang on those tough days (moving Bryant to OF), or also hold there?

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

@Grey: That makes sense, thanks.

Tweak
Tweak
5 years ago

Come all without
Come all within
You’ll not see nothing like The SAGNOF Quinn.

Five-On-One
Five-On-One
5 years ago

As always, enjoyed the write-up. Coming down to the wire. I have Puig (limited playing time, but hitting well when he plays), Justin Upton (potential injury), Saunders and Adonis Garcia (both meh) in my line-up. (12-team, 5×5 league with weekly lineups). Guys like Drury, Avisail Garcia, A. Dickerson (in Coors this week), Ryon Healy, J. Marte, Kiermier, Asdrubal and Domingo Santana are available. Make any changes or hold?

Five-On-One
Five-On-One
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Sorry – Forgot one teensy weensy detail. Steals are irrelevant for me. Same answer or is Kiermaier no longer worth the add? Anyone else in his place?

VinWins
VinWins
5 years ago

Second basemen have hit 511 home runs this season (last 4 seasons never over 400).

And the experiment did work.

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Full disclosure, I picked up Young for the batty call and put him in place of Tomas because Tomas’ game was later. Sonuvabench!

dom
dom
5 years ago

play Dahl (@ R Ray, no hits in last 4 games) or Panik (C Richard) tonight?

chris
chris
5 years ago

exhibit number one why points leagues stink. in a keeper (can only keep four and i was trying to make a playoff push) traded Trea Turner for Kyle Hendricks, Daniel Murphy and Roberto Osuna. Put up the most points in the weeks leading to the end of the season, but kept losing because i would be facing the best scoring team each week. Ended up missing playoffs by a game. Now I have no Turner and not in playoffs, even though the trade technically worked and made my team much better.

Icing on the cake is without even setting my lineup ive scored more than all teams in playoffs…

Toddriffic (but really Mike)
5 years ago

Hi Team, it’s me Mike, and we’re in the H2H playoffs

1. Are we starting Cotton @KC tonight?
2. Are we starting Brault @PHI tomorrow?
3. Are we dropping Gordon or Marte for Kiermaier or Eaton or Kang (can only add one to keep my transactions open for later in week)?

Danke Shooooen!

S'All Goooood, Man
S'All Goooood, Man
5 years ago

Day 1 of the semis: 1/37 with a single and an 11 ERA. Have to love H2H.

dom
dom
5 years ago

ha this ceaseless media coverage of Machado’s lack of steals smh

10 team h2h 2 week playoffs, I picked up a couple SP’s to match his projected starts, but am considering punting the pitching counting cats to play it safe. I’m winning all the hitting cats, winning pitching 5-2 (losing QS and W). If I don’t match him in volume I’ll losse QS, W, and K, but hold on to win ERA, WHIP, K/9, all of which are close.

does playing it safe like this make sense since i’m winning all the hitting cats?

which of these guys would you bench? the pitching line I’m trying to improve/protect is 3.67 ERA 1.21 WHIP 8.9 K/9

Bauer (@CWS) Cotton (@KC) DeScalfini (MIL) Nova (@PHI)

Thanks!

Paul
Paul
5 years ago

Adonis Garcia(MIA WAS), Scott Schebler(MIL PIT), Brandon Drury(COL LAD), Brandon Belt(SD STL), Yasmani Tomas (COL LAD), or Josh Reddick (@NYY @ARI)
(Everyone is home but reddick)

All look like hot bats right now, which would you predict would have the best outcome rest of this week

BreadnButter
BreadnButter
5 years ago

How would you rank these guys for the playoffs?

Brandon Drury, Jung Ho Kang, Jose Reyes, Yangervis Solarte, Ryan Healy

BreadnButter
BreadnButter
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thank you!

Josh-NYC
Josh-NYC
5 years ago

The Fantasy Baseball Overlord must hate me. I drop Khris Davis and Yasmany Tomas Sunday night to ride the hot bat with kiermaer and grichuk.

Meh.

I think you know who I’ll be pursuing Wednesday lol.

M
M
5 years ago

The Pirates should shut Cole down for the season

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
5 years ago

Grey!

Great write-up! Hope all is well.

a. Sry to burst your bubble, but Vogelbach did pinch hit yesterday. I know because I saw his name and wondered how many interleague games or in-season trades would be necessary for Vogelbach to face Vogelsong!! Prolly one million years.

b. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (September 13)

Tripp: It’s him, isn’t it
Horatio: – Clarkson? It appears to be his M.O., Frank. He was part of the prison break last October.
Tripp: I thought everybody that escaped had Miami in their rearview.
Horatio: This is on us, Frank.
Tripp: This is on all of us.
Horatio: Good morning. I’m here today at the dean’s request to talk to you about the off-campus murder that happened last night. We believe that the assailant is this man. The Barter Killer. Exactly, yes, good, you’re watching the news. His name is Patrick Clarkson, and for those of you who weren’t here four years ago on campus, Clarkson used the Internet to stalk and kill a female student here named Helen Sherman.
Student: Then why is he out?
Horatio: Unfortunately, Clarkson is one of a few inmates that escaped from Miami-West Prison last October. I- I know many of you are really scared, and quite honestly I would be, too, but that’s why I’m here today- to help you take precautions to keep yourself safe. First and foremost, and I know that this is going to sound cliché, but you absolutely have to be careful on the Internet. I know it seems like a safe place, but it’s anonymity that gives someone like Patrick Clarkson his power.
Mr. Wolfe: H, it seems our victim Cara Landry left an online classified open on her desktop.
Horatio: Be right back, Eric. He uses the Internet as a hunting ground. It’s where he targets his female victims. He uses the guise of being an Internet shopper to gain access into their home. He will ask to meet at your place and before you even realize who he is, you would be dead.
Mr. Wolfe: H, jamb’s intact, no forced entry. She let him right in. Just give me a minute, Walter.
Horatio: So to me it’s very simple. Don’t meet people online. If you’re using Barter Party to sell something online, don’t invite a stranger to your home, especially if you’re alone. If you do have to meet somebody, meet them in a public place. Bring a friend with you even. There’s just no such thing as being too safe.
Student: Excuse me.
Horatio: We’re talking about life and death here. We’re talking about a man who is clearly capable of taking advantage of somebody’s trust. It’s up to you to protect yourselves, so please be vigilant, be smart and stay safe.
Student: Thank you.
Horatio: So if you see or hear anything that you think might be suspicious, just call the number on that card. (Cue the queue of sunglasses)

Cheers,
Ante

BreadnButter
BreadnButter
Reply to  Ante GALIC
5 years ago

@Ante GALIC: I wanted to read this but it’s too freakin long.

Rufus T. Firefly
Rufus T. Firefly
Reply to  BreadnButter
5 years ago

@BreadnButter: Maybe someone could provide a summary.

Scott
Scott
Reply to  Ante GALIC
5 years ago

@Ante GALIC: @BreadnButter: Good PSA, Ante.