Danny Valencia had himself a nice little weekend.  On Friday, he hit two homers, then yesterday he became only the third player to ever have a three-homer game (3-for-5, 5 RBIs) against the Rays (last one was Carlos Delgado in 2003), and only the 2nd player that also stood for the pregame National Anthem.   Valencia grew up Jewish, and, according to Wikipedia, “(Valencia’s) two key hitting coaches growing up were Bob Molinaro, a family friend who is a former major leaguer, and his mother Mindy.”  I didn’t have a Jewish mother, but have plenty of experience being half-Jewish, so I can imagine the guilt trips he got, “Why don’t you marry a nice Jewish girl and stop swinging at balls in the dirt?”  “You never call your mother, and you’re opening up too soon.”  “You can go take batting practice after you give your mother a kiss.”  Wikipedia doesn’t mention it, but one less guilt-inducing hitting coach he had was Jose Bautista.  Valencia learned how to hit for more power from Joey Bats.  Since Bautista imparted wisdom on Valencia, he’s hit 30 homers in the last 580 ABs.  So, can Valencia keep it going?  It appears so.  Now finish your latkes and keep your hands back!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Ryan Madson – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 10th save.  This weekend Bob Melvin announced Madson was the closer, which comes about six weeks after it appeared to be the case.  Here’s what I think happened.  On Opening Day, Beane left a message with Melvin to use Madson as the closer.  So, Melvin did just that, but then Melvin left six weeks of messages with Beane to find out why not Doolittle.  Finally, Beane called Melvin back this weekend and said, “Bob, just use Madson as the closer and stop calling me.”

Sonny Gray – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER (3 more unearned runs), 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.84.  This game was against the Rays.  The Rays are the league’s worst team with a .223 average.  Yes, worse than the Braves.  The Rays have scored the 2nd fewest runs, just missing the Braves.  They are the third worst team in RBIs, just in front of those same Braves and the Phils.  In other words, Gray could be better moving forward, but he’s far from right and I don’t mean he’s not voting for Trump.

Henderson Alvarez – Likely to be activated this week. Fun fact!  When he was younger, he’d put on the Ha! network and tell friends that it was his initials.  Whatever, right?  Yeah, well, he was only six months old!  Alvarez is around a 5-6 K/9, so streamer.

Matt Andriese – 9 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 0.56.  He sounds like a GQ model.  Though, then he’d likely only go by Andriese.  So far, hitter ABs have definitely been no contest for his washboard abs.  Sadly, his peripherals don’t scream that should continue.  His K-rate (4.50) is almost as equally as bad as his xFIP (4.49).  You can try him, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

Matt Moore – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.09.  Call him Dud-ley Moore.

Brandon Guyer – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 3rd and 4th homers, hitting .338 with a .448 OBP.  Hot schmotato alert!

Evan Longoria – 2-for-4 and his 7th homer.  Had it been almost a week since his last solo homer?  Damn, time flies, unlike balls off his bat.

Jose Reyes – Was suspended through May 31st, having the past six weeks backdated onto his suspension.  He won’t be able to play in minor league games until his suspension is over, so he’ll miss at least another two weeks.  More likely, he’ll stay in the minors until the Rockies can trade him.  Would serve him right if he ended up on the Padres or Braves, the purgatory of the majors.  The irony is all of this started because Reyes’s wife canceled his DVR season pass for The Good Wife.

Carlos Gonzalez – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 5th homer.  For what it’s Wuertz, CarGo had four homers through June 1st last year and finished with 40.

Will Smith – Encouraged by his bullpen session.  Now if Will Smith can only get rightly recognized by the Academy!

Ryan Braun – Missed two straight games with a sore wrist.  Though, yesterday he said, “It’s fine.”  When a reporter followed up with, “What’s fine?”  Braun looked back and forth like the shifty-eyed dog.

Wily Peralta – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER to the Padres, and now could lose his rotation spot.  The one thing stopping the Brewers from replacing Peralta is their options include Chris Crapuano and the Chorizo from the sausage races.  There’s an outside chance the Brewers call up Josh Hader, the star of Napoleon Dynamite, who has been great in Double-A (11.9 K/9, 1.04 ERA), but he’s super raw.

Jonathan Lucroy – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 5th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  I look forward to taping the podcast with JB later today.  Insert a squiggly-mouthed emoji with two eggplant emojis sticking in my ears.

Chris Carter – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  The truth is out there and so are the balls he hits.

Steve Cishek – 1 IP, 3 ER and the blown save on Saturday, after blowing the Friday game with 1 IP, 2 ER.  Goodbye, Donkeycorn, hello Brain Freeze.  You know how when a runner is done with a marathon they wrap them in those aluminum foil blankets?  When Cishek left the field the last time, they wrapped him in a Mystery Dum-Dum wrapper.  I attempted to stash Joel Peralta in every league, but Nick Vincent could also see save chances since Peralta hasn’t been very good either.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.38.  Member this offseason when the Dodgers cancelled their trade with Iwakuma due to his health and I said something like, “Well, now I’m not drafting him, something’s wrong here.  And, please, if you quote this back at a later time, make it sound better.”  And that’s me paraphrasing me!  Is Iwakuma proving to anyone that he’s healthy now?  Then why is he owned in 70% of leagues?

Hector Santiago – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.42.  I’m gonna go out on a 150-year-old oak limb and say if I streamed him, he would’ve gave up five runs.

Cameron Maybin – Should be activated on Monday, which could mean when Ausmus looks around the clubhouse to cut someone, Gose better duck.

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer.  Tellin’ ya, you’re gonna wish you bought him low.  I mean, for Criss Angel’s sake, his name is Just Dong.

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and two homers on Saturday (6, 7), hitting .266.  He has twice as many RBIs as Freddie Freeman.  Maybe the questions about dropping Schoop should Schtoop.

Kevin Gausman – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 3.00.  P to the fft on that start, but I’d give him at least one more before moving on.

Jhoulys Chacin – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.81, but 2.57 ERA in the box scores because for some stupid reason players’ stats don’t carry over from one league to the other even though they’ve been playing interleague games for almost 20 years.  As for Chacin, he’s a streamer, so I’d use the Stream-o-Nator.

Luis Severino – Hit the Disgraceful List with “Yeah, he ain’t right, let’s say it’s his triceps.”

Ivan Nova – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.70.  Was filling for CC, but, with Severino out, Nova can pop the champagne, super, he’s staying in the rotation.  Is that a good thing for fantasy owners?  Not in mixed leagues since he has a career K/9 near 6.6 and a 4.31 ERA in 656 IP.  Fun fact!  If Nova were Korean, his name would be Ivan-ho.

Carlos Beltran – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer.  That’s his fourth homer this week.  One homer for every ten years he’s been alive.  Not to be a birther, but give or take ten years.

Clay Buchholz – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 6.11.  Somehow, on my team that I own Buchholz, his ERA is just north of eight.  Picking and choosing the best starts, that’s what the Fantasy Master Lothario do!

Luke Gregerson – 1 IP, 1 ER on Saturday with his 2nd blown save in his past three opportunities.  If the trainers wrapped Cishek in a Mystery Dum-Dum wrapper, they wrapped Gregerson in toilet paper, and gently pushed open the trash bin with their knuckles to try not to touch it then tried to push Gregerson in the trash.  Not sure if the Astros realized yet that “Luke, I am your waiver wire fodder” shouldn’t be the closer, but if they have, Will Harris or Ken Giles would replace him.  Harris has been much better, but Giles could be the guy.  Giles seems to suffer from the same syndrome as Drew Storen, a combination of apathy and spite that makes them only good as a closer and not worthwhile in any other inning.  We should have a glossary term for relievers like this, guys that seem to only do well in the ninth.  Please suggest in the comments.  They’re basically the opposite of a Cuddle Boy.

Carlos Correa – 1-for-5, 2 runs and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Correa needs a title like Kim Jong-un gives himself.  Top Dog Astro Batting Behind Reorge of Excellence?

Luis Valbuena – 2-for-5, 5 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .208.  Maybe this will get him on a hot schmotato run, but so far he’s been Malbuena.

Evan GattisAstros said he will return on Tuesday.  Catcher questions in 3, 2, 1…

Josh Rutledge – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 1st steal, hitting .407 in limited duty.  That’s not the first time Rutledge and duty have been used in the same sentence, though it’s usually spelled different.

Mike Foltynewicz – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.89.  This game came in Kansas City, which makes Faultywrittenargumenticz’s start even more implausible.  Want even more improbable?  His walk rate is under-1 after it was 5.7 in Triple-A.  In deep leagues, I’d give Fauklandislandsicz a chance, but I have no faith that he won’t go out and have a 2 1/3 IP, 7 ER next time out.

Matthew Wisler – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.14.  Happy Wisler’s Got Pi Day!

Wade Davis – 1 IP, 2 ER and the blown save vs. the Braves.  In related news, Puig just flew by my window.

Alcides Escobar – 4-for-6, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 8th steal.  Hitting under-.200 in the last week, but worth cyclops’ing to see if he’s heating up.  Or check the Hitter-Tron on him or just to see Tron making out with a muffler.

Corey Seager – 2-for-4 and two homers (5, 6) and his third in two games, now hitting .289.  Still plenty of time for Seager to be the top shortstop in fantasy baseball this year.  Cust kayin’.

Scott Kazmir – 8 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.89.  If this were last year, I’d be all about him, but we still don’t know if he’s 100% healthy, so there’s still risk here.

Alex Wood – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.17 vs. Mike Leake 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.66.  This matchup of Leake vs. Wood was billed as, “Love It or List It.  Somebody call the Property Brothers!”

Matt Carpenter – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer.  Carpenter nailed that one off Wood!

David Peralta – Hit the DL with an inflamed wrist.  This will mean full-time work for Brandon Drury, the drunk drawer!  Yesterday, Drury went 4-for-4 and should be owned everywhere.  Also, the D-Backs called up Michael Bourn.  He’s a bench bat for now, and, unless you’re Jason Bourne, you know what to expect from him.

Rubby de la Rosa – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners (1 Hit), 7 Ks, ERA at 3.53.  Damn, you gotta give Rubby a hand…if he weren’t giving himself one already.  He touches 95-96 on his fastball, and, unlike some of the other guys I’ve mentioned today, Rubby is a guy I’d take a flyer on.  Do I think he’s safe?  Not as safe as a Rubby should be.

Gerrit Cole – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.05.  In Wrigley, G. Cole looked more like old school Diamond D, but he’s no Best Kept Secret.

Jung Ho Kang – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  King Kang!  Or maybe that’s Kang Kong!  Kang Kang?

Michael Brantley – Hit the DL.  As Sky texted me, “Well, whaddaya know, a guy with health issues coming into the season is having health issues in season.”  Yup.

Corey Kluber – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.30.  Besides Arrieta and Kershaw, has any top pitcher been consistently good every start this year?  Feels like a minefield everywhere you look.  Need the Ghost of Princess Di to navigate this.  Kluber’s 3.35 xFIP suggests better pitching ahead, but his velocity is down, his Ks are down and his walks are up.  At this point, I’d be very happy (and fortunate) to see a 3.50 ERA from Kluber this year.  I mean, he gave up a homer to Juan Centeno.  Juan Centeno had four homers in the minor leagues…. Since 2007!  Oh, and this year in Triple-A, Centeno was hitting .245.  Yeah, Twins minor league catching depth is deep like listening in on a Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna conversation.

Trevor Bauer – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.89.  Should call him Tre Bauer because he seems to give up three earned runs in every start.  Awesome, if he threw twelve innings every start.

Tyler Duffey – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.85.  His K/9 and BB/9 respectively are 8.5 and 1.9.  If those were coupled with a 95 MPH, I’d be telling everyone to grab him.  If it was coupled with more than two pitches, I’d be more intrigued.  Since he throws two pitches and tops out at 90 MPH, I’m consciously uncoupling from him.

Aaron Nola – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.89.  He has a 9.9 K/9 and a 1.5 BB/9 and a 2.38 xFIP.  I.e., top 20 starter-type numbers.  Do I think he’s quite that good?  Well, he might win less than ten games this year, and he’s young so there could be some flaky moments, but there’s no reason to not own him.

Ross Ohlendorf – 1 IP, 1 ER in the 8th, and I’m done with the Reds bullpen.  I’ve dropped Tony Cingrani and Gross Ohlendorf in every league.  Don’t let the door hit you where the good lord split you!

Eugenio Suarez – 3-for-6, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer.  He hasn’t kept up his big April numbers, but, at MI, you can prolly do worse.  That isn’t a challenge.

Dan Straily – 5 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.05.  This game was vs. the Phils, which is a backhanded way of saying Straily hasn’t been that good.  To emphasize the backhanded nature of the comment, I typed it with my knuckles.

Adam Duvall – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st steal, and multiple hits every day this weekend.  What does Duvall have to do to get on your team?  Get you tickets to Hamilton?  Well, then he’s never getting on your team.

Jose Fernandez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA down to 3.21.  Um, ‘member those early season struggles for Jo-Fer?  Yeah, they’re gone.  Go-fergure.

Tanner Roark – 5 IP, 7 ER.  Here’s me the last two weeks, “Well, Roark at the Royals is a terrible start so I’m benching him…Damn, he pitched well…Roark is now going to Wrigley, no way I’m starting him there…Damn, he pitched well…Finally, he goes home with a great matchup vs. the Marlins.  This is gonna be great…. Cougs, please call me a wambulance.”

Joe Ross – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER (2 unearned runs), 9 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA up to 2.63.  Okay, so every time JB mentions Lucroy, I’ll mention Ross.  Fair enough.

Ryan Zimmerman – 2-for-4 and his 4th homer, hitting .234.  I call this, Prorating Doesn’t Need To Be Fun!  Zimmerman’s on pace for 75/18/68/.240/0.  Lowercase yay.

Aaron Sanchez – 6 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 3.29.  His bullpen let him down when Jesse Chavez gave up a three-run homer to Ian Desmond (2-for-4, 4 RBIs, 5th homer) with two runs charged to Sanchez, and Sanchez shouldn’t have been in the game in the 7th inning and I’m making all kinds of excuses for Sanchez because I can’t string together any decent starts on my RCL team.  Please return, Yu, please.

Rougned Odor – More like Roughneck Odor.  Part of me is annoyed that Odor is going to be suspended for likely 10-20 games, but Odor Popinski dropping Glass Jose was classic.  You can almost see Baustita’s cologne flying off him, Eau de Throw-In-The-Towelette.  After Odor connected with Bautista, he should’ve flipped a bat.

Glass-Jose

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Jonathan
Jonathan
6 years ago

I am in the hunt in my dynasty league. Currently 2nd. I have a chance to get Roark but I have to give up Carson Fulmer…. My rotaiton of MadBum, Degrom, Severino, Iglesias, Porcello, S Wright, Teheran, Wacha and McCullers has suffered some injuries.

Is it worth it to give Fulmer for Roark?

My only real concern is that Giolito comes up and takes Roarks spot? I know I am overthinking this but Roark could be a nice addition to my rotation, or am I just giving away a good prospect. I am probably over valueing prospects again, thank

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
6 years ago

Pedro Baez WTF?

Tbone2917
Tbone2917
6 years ago

Which side?

Frazier, Keuchel or Just Dongs, Boxberger?

Raymond
Raymond
6 years ago

Alex Cobb or Garrett Richards ROS for DL stash?

Houston Closer Cuff
Houston Closer Cuff
6 years ago

Giles or Will Harris?

Matt
Matt
Reply to  Houston Closer Cuff
6 years ago

@Houston Closer Cuff: The million dollar question….I too need to make this decision, I have 0 closers (Except DL’d Glen Perkins)

Idontcare
Idontcare
6 years ago

Keep forever league, $10 minimum keeper price:

$10 goldy, $23 seager for $10 Cole, $28 arenado

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
6 years ago

Looks like Maeda is turning into a pumpkin. 4 runs through 2.1 innings thus far against the angels. 2 of his last 3 starts prior to this one have been bad.

Dan
Dan
6 years ago

Any advice on how to trade with people who quote fantasy pros and insist Travis Shaw is now better than Springer?

Thank you.

Kung Pao Panda
Kung Pao Panda
Reply to  Dan
6 years ago

@Dan:
Trade your Shaws for their Springers every chance you get

Dan
Dan
Reply to  Kung Pao Panda
6 years ago

I have Springer, he has Shaw. I’m saying every time you try to talk trade in my league, you have people who say Shaw is better than Springer, or go by some insane ranking system. Just make it up. Tough to negotiate with that.

Kung Pao Panda
Kung Pao Panda
Reply to  Dan
6 years ago

@Dan:
I know what you mean, it’s tough but it should provide opportunities when it’s the other way around. One thing I’ve done is offer multiple hot players for fewer “buy low” type guys to take advantage of their thinking in the moment. There are a few guys in my league that won’t trade at all because like you said they can come up with a way to turn down anything – I just quit trying with them.

Let us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Reply to  Kung Pao Panda
6 years ago

@Kung Pao Panda: if you send “offers” like your shaw for their springer i wouldn’t deal with you either.

ThE sHiT
ThE sHiT
6 years ago

Springer/Pujols for Rizzo/Cueto?

ThE sHiT
ThE sHiT
Reply to  ThE sHiT
6 years ago

@ThE sHiT: Or Miggy/Springer for Rizzo/Cueto? I will be getting Rizzo and he isn’t high on Pujols obviously

Knucks
Knucks
Reply to  ThE sHiT
6 years ago

@ThE sHiT: rizzo

ThE sHiT
ThE sHiT
Reply to  Knucks
6 years ago

@Knucks: he declined the on with Pujols, wants Miggy instead. Still Rizzo/Cueto over Miggy/Springer?

jal179
jal179
6 years ago

Gattis still going to DH almost everyday when not catching? White or Reed steal the spot once Reed called up?

ROS– Ramos or Gattis? So far, I trust the Lasik surgery

Brett
Brett
6 years ago

Grey,

Smyly or Carrasco going forward?

Zobrist guy at the bar
Zobrist guy at the bar
6 years ago

12 team 5×5 roto. I’m in 2nd place but ERA and WHIP holding me back. Finally made a trade flipping Justin Upton and Zobrist for DeGrom. Still have dozier at 2B. I know I gave a lot but hopefully it will be worth it. Relevant parts of team now look like:

OF- Marte, Belt, Khris Davis, UTIL- Pujols
SP- DeGrom, Kluber, Liriano, Joe Ross, Rodon, DL-E-Rod

My question is– who’s best ww pickup for my bench bat– I grabbed Calhoun already but also available is pillar, Souza, Saunders. Thanks… And now to think of a new team name again

Brett
Brett
6 years ago

Grey,

12 team daily league with a category for holds and one for saves. My staff J Fer, Salazar, Matz, McCullers, Rodon, Tolleson, Dyson, Colome, May, McGee, Neris, Will Haris. DL Street and Box.

Would you trade Holliday, McGee and Haris for Revere and Carrasco?

Pssssht
Pssssht
6 years ago

Ozuna, jack brad jr, Upton, Sano , what order would you want these guys position irrelevant?

Dan
Dan
6 years ago

Can I safely drop Berrios in a 12 team H2H standard league after todays performance?

Picking up Hellickson has never looked more appealing…

Let us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
6 years ago

at least psycho killer is going off again.

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Let us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
6 years ago

and THAT was depressing with berrios, esp when i nabbed him over the glasnows and taillon’s of the world back in the draft, and this can’t be rectified later, as i’m not in leagues where only 3 SP are owned, if i’m lucky taillon is around in 15% or so, maybe. till that garbage he had only like 2 bad innings (not 7 ER, just sort of bad), and some BB issues. K rate had been awesome though.

Let us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves

@Let us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: at least with manaea he was bad enough right off the bat to just drop him right quick (JB’s pitcher profile on manaea helped, his mechanics looked goofy in that)

Whirlaway
Whirlaway

@Let us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves: Grey’s been pretty adamant about not owning Berrios much less starting him. I hear you tho… only got two outs tonight

Let us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Reply to  Whirlaway
6 years ago

@Whirlaway: he didn’t say that till his start before this, check his comments, he said “looked unhittable” after the first one, chalked it up to nerves. and this isn’t in a league where he’s an easy drop, miley is best FA SP.

Slacks
Slacks
6 years ago

G Polanco in the 3 spot today and is 2-2 so far. 1) Finally! 2) mmmmmmmmyah

Primetime
Primetime
6 years ago

Grey drop berrios for talison?

Backintheday
Backintheday
6 years ago

Keeper league most value:

Taillion, Santiago, mcullers?

Ros value same?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

Garrett Richards isn’t having TJ, he’s being shutdown for 6 weeks…..guess it was dehydration after all.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

A rare case of dehydrated elbow, which is a real delicacy in cannibalist societies.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  OaktownSteve
6 years ago

@OaktownSteve: It’s the jerky of cannibalism!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: bow strips

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
6 years ago

Some ugly scoreboards in Cleveland and Detroit. Crooked numbers, oh my.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  OaktownSteve
6 years ago

@OaktownSteve:

Add Tampa to that list

Backintheday
Backintheday
6 years ago

Drop any for taillion and/or mcullers?

Current OF:
Trout/HARPER/ozuna/mazara/billy/parra
Current sp: Harvey/kluber/walker/Salazar/liriano/Roark/gausman

Ozuna
Parra
Billy Hamilton
Gausman
Roark
Cody Allen

It’s a weekly roto h2h league..

Idontcare
Idontcare
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: @Grey: no faith in hamiltons SB’s? So pick up both McCullers and trillion right?

Idontcare
Idontcare
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: true but it’s been an odd year so far.. His usual terrible hitting to start, thumb injury off and on. Seems like he’s actually starting to pick up the hitting but who knows… Just figured he didn’t belong on the wire but neither do McCullers or taillon at this point is the message I’m getting.

Non
Non
6 years ago

Odor vs manea
Segura vs green
Castro vs Ray

Top two

Starting Ray vs Yankees?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

Grey

Happ, Tomlin, Wright,

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

Or andriese

Sherm
6 years ago

I think we need a name for all of my ww pickups who are in line to get saves and then can’t get the job done, such as Hunter Strickland, Kevin Jepsen, J.J. Hoover, Trevor May, and Pedro Strop, all of whom I have owned this year. And that’s a big part of the reason I am last in ERA. And the name is Closetrophobic. You’re welcome and I hope there’s a big correction coming on these dudes I keep gambling on for SAGNOF.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
6 years ago

Man you have to be a pretty effing good young pitcher to come out and succeed right out the shoot. All these not quite top top tier guys like Walker, Gausman, Rodon, Bradley, Severino, etc. Just takes so long to figure it out. Hitting is so much more see ball hit ball.

Just reflecting on Berrios line today and Manaea’s the other day.

Kung Pao Panda
Kung Pao Panda
Reply to  OaktownSteve
6 years ago

@OaktownSteve:
I’d be better off having a no rookie pitcher rule on my teams. Rolled Berrios out there again and also had the first two Manaea starts.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Kung Pao Panda
6 years ago

@Kung Pao Panda:

Are you the artist formerly known as Pandas, Mauled By?

I’ve been horrendous up and down the line on pitching this year. I have an NFBC team with 58 out of 60 hitting points, though. Just a couple of BA points and 3 steals from perfect offense.

Navarro, Ramos, Trumbo, Altuve, Carpenter, Semien, C. Davis, Desmond, Beltran, Osuna, Hanley, Neil Walker, Kyle Seager, Ortiz and Heyward, MUpton and Revere on the bench.

Kung Pao Panda
Kung Pao Panda
Reply to  OaktownSteve
6 years ago

@OaktownSteve:
Nope, different degenerate panda. My hitting pretty solid so far. Pitching seems more unpredictable than usual this year. Even if I wasn’t getting roofied by Berrios and Rodon every other day. Yes I’m still counting Rodon even if he’s not technically a rookie.

Raoul Duke
Raoul Duke
6 years ago

How much do you like Steven Moya? Would you invest in him by dropping Khris Davis, Drury, Pederson, Villar, Schoop, or Starlin Castro?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
6 years ago

Kinsler’s 8 homers have come pretty quietly. Also hitting .305. Seems like he fell far enough this year to be a value pick.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
6 years ago

Smoak hitting 5th. Seems like he’ll get everday PAs. Probably worth a look where available and with a need.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  OaktownSteve
6 years ago

@OaktownSteve: As long as there’s no inter league games he’s a starter.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

Yeah that’s what I’m sayin’. Interesting how much his career seems arcing like the guy who replaced him in Moreland. You almost see it. Then it goes away. Some nagging injuries. If it’s ever going to be for Smoak, would seem like now.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  OaktownSteve
6 years ago

@OaktownSteve: He’s a player I really bought into 2012-13 when he was with Seattle. He’d always get going for a couple of weeks then follow it up by going 1/40 for 10 days

gangreen
gangreen
6 years ago

Im in a points league were its season long. Its a rotisserie league so stats add up season long and at the end of the season the best stats and the most points win.
I own pujols and cron. Should I drop cron. I want to drop him because I never start him. I have pujols and myers starting at first base depending on matchups. I have corey seager in my utility because boagarts is my shortstop. I dont want to trade a shortstop because its. Keeper league and I own them for 5$ and 9$. There is only 3 outfield positions and one utility. If I bench pujols which I have I start myers. That leaves drury , mookie, corey dickerson starting in my outfield. Avisail on my bench and delino on my bench. I dont want to drop delino. I feel he could be back soon and get alot of stats. Plus he will get picked up soon as I drop him because its 16 team managers. But I need a outfielder as you can tell. Pujols has slowly been producing so im starting him again. Myers is day to day and I dont feel comflortable with dickerson or avisail being my 3rd outfielder at the moment. Should I drop avisail anyway for duval. CRON isnt even playing on my team theres o room for it. But there are no 1st basemen available on the wire so I want to keep himstashed s backup in case myers is hurt and pujols stays healthy. If I drop cron and this happens id be screwed. Hes just backup in case of injureys I cant start him in the utility unless I bench a shortstop which there on fire. Duval is on fire should I drop avisail or cron for him. I dont want to drop delino but am I stupid not too. Steals are all tied with everyone having aroumd 22 on the season so delino will be priceless when he gets back. Remember avisail is batting very well. And is in a lineup that likes to score alot.

gangreen
gangreen
Reply to  gangreen
6 years ago

@gangreen: my team is
C:salty
1b:wil myers/pujols
2b:addison russel
3b:kyle seager
Ss:x boagarts
Of: mookie
Of:drury
Of:corey dickerson
Uti:corey seager
Bench: avisail, cron, delino.
I am in 2nd place right now and in first place in all pitching stats. Actually 2nd in saves and k”s. But first in the rest. Should I drop carson smith or karns for duval. My bench seems short but everyone else has one bench bat. So my bench isnt s bad s it looks. But I need another bat.

gangreen
gangreen
Reply to  gangreen
6 years ago

@gangreen: sorry to write so ut I am in 2nd place down by 4points. Pitching is limitid innings. Should I drop karns or carson smith for duval or am I being stupid about delino. I do have toomany pitchers im projected to go 170 innings over the limit. I think im dropping carson smith. Theres no holds in this league and kimbrel is on fire. Is smith wont get alot of inninhs pitched to get k”s and doesnt gets wins he isnt worth owning.

gangreen
gangreen
Reply to  gangreen
6 years ago

@gangreen: I could drop cron for steve pearce

gangreen
gangreen
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: @gangreen: after that im think in picking up mark reynolds, mini donkey himself. Ben was sent down and hes g .300.

Non
Non
6 years ago

Hicks vs Ray or drury vs green

B.o.B
B.o.B
6 years ago

10 team, H2H Roto league with OBP instead of Avg. Team is really struggling so looking for a change.

My OF consists of JD Martinez, Joey Bats, George Springer, Puig, Trumbo. SP is Price, Odorizzi, Liriano, Ventura, Velasquez, Aaron Sanchez and Glasnow. RP is Jansen, Casilla and Jeffress

Was just offered Danny Salazar and K Rod for Springer. What you think? Thanks pal!

Non
Non
6 years ago

Pederson vs shoemaker or drury vs green

DonnieB
DonnieB
6 years ago

Grey,my man. Last week you liked Lawrie over Schoop. Is it Schoop for ROS or Lawrie? I dropped Schoop for him last week. Also,would you drop Waino for Corbin for ROS? I know ROS is a guess but you are the best guesser out there.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
6 years ago

Nice Pearce call above.

Kung Pao Panda
Kung Pao Panda
Reply to  OaktownSteve
6 years ago

@OaktownSteve:
Feels good when the batty calls work out! May be worth a hold for a couple weeks with Forsythe out. Hot with every day playing time.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Kung Pao Panda
6 years ago

@Kung Pao Panda:

Always liked him. Definitely showed signs of being streaky over his career. That half or so season he put together in 2014 I think was very good.

Kung Pao Panda
Kung Pao Panda
Reply to  OaktownSteve
6 years ago

@OaktownSteve:
Yes, great memory. Went back and looked and Pearce was a key contributor in late ’14. Won my main league that year and he was one of the reasons.

Kung Pao Panda
Kung Pao Panda
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:
Thanks! Mondays and Thursdays my favorites for the no guilt batty calls. Just drop a holds guy for the batty and reclaim in two days. Love it. Castellanos!

Julio
Julio
6 years ago

Top four?
Salazar vs reds
Noah vs nationals
Sherzer @mets
Kershaw vs Angels
Hamels @oakland
Bumgarner @padres

Julio
Julio
6 years ago

top two
Velasquez vs Marlins
Chen @ Phillies
Stroman vs rays
Hendricks @brewers

Julio
Julio
6 years ago

Starting Rodon vs Astros tomorrow?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

**Random Prospect Comment**

Benintendi promoted to AA Portland, in the lineup, and batting 3rd o for 2 so far. Was going to post this earlier, but forgot. He’s got 5 category potential (6 in obp leagues), and he checks my homer box.

Josh
Josh
6 years ago

How about Valencia or Duvall. Geez these guys are smokin

Julio
Julio
6 years ago

Grandal vs shoemaker or realmuto vs eikoff

Josh-NYC
Josh-NYC
6 years ago

Hey Grey,

I was just offered Felix Hernandez and Albert Pujols for my Luis Severino, Jameson Taillon and Yu Darvish.

My team:
12 team mixed yahoo h2h standard 5×5 categories.
C: Yan Gomes
1B: E5
2B: Phillips
3B: Frazier
SS: Seager
OF: Jupton, Harper, Marte
Util: Khris Davis, Burns
Bench: Pillar
NA: Reed

SP: Harvey, Joe Ross, Devenski, Robbie Ray, Salazar, Liriano, Andriese, Rodon
RP: Britton, Mcgee, Rodney, Krod
NA: Taillon, Glasnow
DL: Severino, Tyson Ross, Darvish

Thanks!

Hankp101
Hankp101
6 years ago

Grey
Which side do you like in nl only, Harper and Soler or Marte and Heywatd? Thanks!

Chosen 1
Chosen 1
6 years ago

14 team H2H redraft:

Khris Davis or Danny Valencia?

Thanks!

WTF
WTF
6 years ago

In a h2h points league minus 1 for a strike out. Would you play longoria and 6 games or Danny Valencia and 7 games ?

Rusty
Rusty
6 years ago

Tanaka or Kenley, which side?

Polancodonk
Polancodonk
6 years ago

Relievers like Storen and Giles are known as Thin Mints — because they’re After Eights.

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
6 years ago

I’m in bachelor-status for 2 weeks – meaning dissertating, softball playing, loud farting, and cat petting. I watched most of the Mets/Rockies game yesterday and was pretty shocked to see DeGrom hit a max of about 93 mph. Supposedly he is working on a mechanical issue, but I’m starting to feel like it might be a good time to sell. His K-rate is yawnstipating.

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: and to throw my Glen Close inspired hat into the ring, a Pouty-niner.

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Cool – I’m still reeling from my Denver Donglette term not sticking.

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Hahaha

Jerry
Jerry
6 years ago

Hey, Grey! Wei-Yen Chen, Velasquez or Wood for ros? Thanks!

Jerry
Jerry
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Ok. Rodon was just dropped yesterday. Do you like him over Velasquez or hold?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

Grey

Until Starling Marte come back from paternity leave, Melky or Melvin Upton

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

Ok thanks that’s who I went with

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

Grey

I got an offer which I am strongly thinking about turning down.

I give Max bum and Machado
I get Thor Strasburg and either Miggy or Abreu

L-Boogie
L-Boogie
6 years ago

Niner-Shiner?

L-Boogie
L-Boogie
Reply to  L-Boogie
6 years ago

@L-Boogie: Eighter-Bater?

Sorry, its a slow day.

Julio
Julio
6 years ago

Conley @philly or happ vs rays
Rays 6th best team vs lefties

Rodger Dorn
Rodger Dorn
6 years ago

12 team head to head. It’s my first year doing head to head. I’m blown away by the number of starters I need weekly just to compete

Julio
Julio
6 years ago

Pederson vs shoemaker or pillar vs smyly

Rodger Dorn
Rodger Dorn
6 years ago

Yordano Ventura is available in my league. Is he someone I should definitely pick up regardless of format? Iwakuma as well?

Last C Question
Last C Question
6 years ago

Ok one last catcher question.

Vogt or Gomes in OBP lg?

Dhouse42
Dhouse42
6 years ago

Nine-or-whine-ers

Kung Pao Panda
Kung Pao Panda
6 years ago

Batty call. Steve Pearce 8 for 24 with 3 HRs lifetime against Happ, hitting 4th tonight.

Kung Pao Panda
Kung Pao Panda
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:
BOOM!

Sandlot Bully
Sandlot Bully
Reply to  Kung Pao Panda
6 years ago
Odor's Odorizzi Spray
Odor's Odorizzi Spray
6 years ago

Hey Grey, I’m at a turning point in my season here, got an absolutely massive trade offer sent my way. Got offered a slow starter for my early MVP candidate. Don’t worry, this isn’t another Jose Abreu for Trevor Story trade question (Snore!). That’s right, this is motherfucking Ben Revere up for grabs for the simple (albeit high) price of my stalwart, Denard Span.

Currently, the sheer magnitude of this trade offer has me frozen with my cursor exactly halfway between the accept and reject buttons. Help me move the damn arrow so I can get my mind off of the dilemma of the century: Denard Span or Ben Revere?!?! Please send help soon so I can get back to deciding between Casali, Grandal, Gomes, and Plawecki.

Dustyfingers
Dustyfingers
6 years ago

Mazara or Grichuk ROS?

web
web
6 years ago

Which side?
Votto / Grienke
Or
Belt/Degrom

John
John
6 years ago

wacky 10×10 yahoo lg too many OF. One note they have specific positions so RF CF LF. Have Upton LF, Springer LF CF, Upton Jr. LF CF, Zobrist LF, Valencia LF, Gordon LF, Revere ALL, we have 3 util spots so dont mind owning all them but any obvious drops?

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
6 years ago

Hi Grey,
I think Hahn is getting called up… is he worth picking up and dropping Andriese?
thanks again and again…

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: or drop Taillon?

John
John
6 years ago

Dump Mauer points lg was going to keep around for backup 1b for Valencia or Dickerson, Maybin(he going to play everyday?)

John
John
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Think go Hot Schmo right now and get Valencia, limited move lg so want to think out some. Top pick there?

MikeZ
MikeZ
6 years ago

I’ve been holding Tyson Ross on my DL since basicallly forever in my 12 team 5×5 roto league with no bench. As far as I can tell there has been no news on his timeline. We have 2 DL spots and the other is currently occupied by Iglesias. I have an injured Hundley now as well. Do I drop Ross so I can fill my 2nd C spot, drop hundley to fill that spot, or do nothing and keep an injured hundley as my 2nd catcher? Thanks.

crushbombs
crushbombs
6 years ago

plz rank these SP going forward

darvish, degrom, hamels, cmart, lackey, quintana, maeda

of those who would you realistically expect to get in exchange for parra

Cram It
Cram It
6 years ago

Conley @ PHI/vs WASH
or
Eickhoff vs MIA/vs ATL

Really want Conley’s K’s but the Nats matchup scares the hell out of me. Philly’s been better too I guess. I guess I should go Eickhoff. Technically, I could start both and roll with only 1 closer this week but I can’t do a 3-way coin flip.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Are 7th starters in a weekly league ever that great?!

Julio
Julio
6 years ago

Duvall or Khris Davis
Maybin or Ketel marte

Julio
Julio
6 years ago

Hicks vs Ray
Or pillar vs smyly

knucks
knucks
6 years ago

I still seem to be programmed to run to the Pirates lineup and panic about Polanco. Glad those days seem to be behind us.

Sandlot Bully
Sandlot Bully
6 years ago

Happy Monday Grey!
There will be no catcher question here because there is no catcher here

12 team H2H 6X6 (OBP/QS). Trades are hard to come by

C-
1B- Crush Davis
2B- Schoop
3B- Longo
SS- Seager
OF- Harper/ Marte / Drury
Util- Pujols/ Shaw
Bench- Santana/ Villar

SP- Carrasco (DL)/ Salazar/ Archer/ Matz / Pom / Velasquez/ Kennedy / Gausman / Bauer
RP- Allen / Ramos / Gomez / Neris

A) Which SP are streamers?

B) Duvall / Valencia / Pillar / Melvin / Krush available. Any add/ drops here?

C) Stash Taillon or hold?

D) Dyson over any rostered?

E) No E… I’ll save that for when I finally have a catcher question

Julio
Julio
6 years ago

Souza or pearce

ThE sHiT
ThE sHiT
6 years ago

Thoughts on Tony Kemp, Astros 2b just got called up to play OF?

John
John
6 years ago

Can’t stop watching that punch clip, now I have started to look at the crowd. Loks these guys it’s like they were at a UFC fight….lol. Good writeup as usual Grey.

Syllogism
Syllogism
6 years ago

Meanwhile, back at the ranch … a curiosity update and a question ….

First trade since I got back into FBB after bailing in 1998 … 12 team, redraft, hth w/daily transactions, 7×7 (+OBP, TB … + Holds, K/9)

Gave away … David Peralta, Vince Velasquez, Bartolo Colon …
received …… Danny Salazar, Hunter Pence, Clay Bucholz

and yeah, I made sure he knew that Peralta was sorely abruised. I offered him other options but this is what he wanted. I dropped Bucholz right away once the trade came through.

I’m guessing this would be an Ebert thumbs-up trade?

Question: OF now is Pence, Yelich, Ozuna, Revere, Cain, Piscotty … which feels like one too many. Drop/trade …?

********************
Punted Corbin (and it hurt hurt hurt), had Manaea and punted after 2 starts (that hurt a lot less – as in not at all).

SPs Sale, Arrieta, Salazar, Hammel, Hendricks, Aaron Sanchez, Conley, Berrios …. with Ryu on the DL and with Glasnow and Taillon stashed.

I’m feeling wobbly about Berrios … and maybe Conley too … swap either out for any of … ?
Jon Gray, Chatwood, Tropeano, Happ, Tilman, Eikoff

I think the Jays need to add a couple of hockey goons to their lineup. :P

Syllogism
Syllogism
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:

Yeah, I’m a huge Revere fan – I just flat out like the guy, but I’m reluctantly forced to agree about dropping him.

Maybe I can go troll for a trade. Need to wait until he finds his rythym tho. I can camp on him for about a week before I need to make a cut decision.

Re: Pitchers … not really about a *today* matchup, more along the lines of which to rosters. I’d probably play Gray carefully when at Coors.

:)

Syllogism
Syllogism
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:

merci :)

Fatt Matt
Fatt Matt
6 years ago

What do you think about Ortiz and Bum for Belt and Zimmerman? OBP and SLG league.

What is Belt’s ceiling?

Fatt Matt
Fatt Matt
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks. And what do you think Belt’s ceiling is?

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
6 years ago

14 team H2H weekly points league? W + QS

I need to start two of these

Should I start Tanaka @ OAK;
Taijuan Walker @ BAL or
Lamb @ CLE and Vs SEA?
Thanks again!

Jose
Jose
6 years ago

Grey who you like more as a hitter? Jung ho kang or ben revere?

Bye Felica
Bye Felica
6 years ago

Rendon or Schoop
Schoop or Rendon

Ugh I’m tired of the middle infidel faceswap game on my IPad