Marcell Ozuna went 0-for-4 yesterday after being recalled on Saturday.  OZUNA glad to be back in Miami.  OZUNA miss friends, weather and vomiting unicorn statue in center field.  OZUNA promise to hit more powerful home runs.  OZUNA fix holes in swing.  If need be, OZUNA use cricket bat with flat barrel.  OZUNA not sure it called barrel.   OZUNA would call paddle.  OZUNA hit well in minors, .317 with five home runs in 33 games.  OZUNA thought gone longer than 33 games.  OZUNA mind like Plato’s cave.  OZUNA get confused about linear time.  OZUNA think Matrix is documentary.  OZUNA take red pill.  OZUNA was offered two red pills as his “eye-opener to alternate reality” was “out of blue pills.”  OZUNA see pitch in slow motion in 360 degrees.  OZUNA say whoa.  OZUNA thank you for your time.  So, Ozuna’s back and worth a pick up.  No, I have no idea what he’s capable of in the final six weeks, other than maybe some power.  It’s an upside flyer that’s worth taking in every league.  Like blue pill?  Yes, OZUNA.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Christian Yelich – Hit the DL with a knee contusion.  He just needs to take some Robitusion.

Adam Wainwright – Nearing mound work.  Don’t they have a grounds crew for that?

Jason Heyward – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and two homers.  Guess home runs he now has.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  *taps finger, sees toothpick-constructed Twin Towers in hamster cage, pokes hamster with spare toothpick to ‘Man on Wire’ its way across toothpick Twin Towers, hamster won’t budge*  He only has 11 homers!  Crazy, right?  I know he hasn’t shown much power, and I even own him in one league, but I thought he had at least 15 homers.  C’est le meh.

Stephen Piscotty – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st homer.  When will the next come?  Piscotty doesn’t know!

Carlos Martinez – 5 IP, 1 ER (4 unearned run for the box scare), 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.59.  Honestly, I own C-Mart in a league too deep to not start him, and I kinda hope the Cardinals shut him down before shizz goes too pear-shaped.

Masahiro Tanaka – 9 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA down to 3.56.  It feels like there’s two schools of thought out there for Tanaka.  One school is on the same page as me with Tanaka, they understand he has a torn elbow tendon and is not to be trusted.  Then there’s a school of Masahiro, which is similar to Montessori, where all warning signs are ignored and the kids can learn at their own pace.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer.  Everything you get from Ellsbury now is icing, because if you drafted Ellsbury, you’re likely drowning your sorrows with cake.

Luis Severino – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. the 1927 Blue Jays in Toronto.  Line vs. actual performance were pretty far apart for yesterday’s game.  He looked dirty, filthy, adjective.  Blue Jays manager said, “That’s as good an arm as I’ve seen all year,” regarding Severino.  He made one mistake to Bautista, when he should’ve been out of the inning if it wasn’t for Beltran trying to catch a fly ball while switching from his reading glasses to his regular ones.  Not convinced Severino won’t be without his iffy moments due to his inexperience, but on pure stuff, I was impressed.

Drew Hutchison – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 5.06, but has been a clear-cut homeschooler this year with an ERA in Toronto at 2.57.  You’re likely thinking to yourself how high is Cousin Fastpitch’s away ERA if his home ERA is that low?  It’s kinda comical it’s so bad.  In 51 away innings, he’s given up 51 earned runs.  Ouchison.

Felix Hernandez – 2 1/3 IP, 10 ER.  Wow.  I was planning on telling everyone to avoid F-Her next year, but I was kinda hoping he would’ve been overrated when I did it.  Hayzeus Cristo, the Red Sox scored all of their runs for the season on Saturday.  If the Red Sox would’ve scored 22 runs a game this year, they still would’ve lost sixty games.

Robinson Cano – 5-for-7, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .274.  Next year, Sano or Cano?  Who gets drafted first?  Real question.

Franklin Gutierrez – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 6th and 7th homers.  Happy Days are here again for The Big FraGu!  For a cameo appearance, at least.

Carson Smith – 2 IP, 2 ER and his 3rd blown save, ERA at 2.92.  There’s something about Smith failing that feels much worse than Fernando Rodney because by Smith failing it indirectly makes Lloyd Christmas McClendon look correct.

Hanley Ramirez – Will remain out of the lineup until at least Tuesday, which is awesome because he was supposed to return last Tuesday and now has sit in my weekly lineup for a week having done nothing, and seems poised to do the same again this week.  Lowercase yay!

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1-for-5, 1 run and two homers on Saturday, because, as previously mentioned on the aforementioned tip, the Red Sox scored boku runs on Saturday.  JBJ went 5-for-6, 5 runs, 7 RBIs on Saturday.  He didn’t even have time to walk!  He hit one homer off F-Her and then one off of a Mariners’ catcher, Sucre.  Sweet!  On Saturday, JBJ did everything but adequately fill-in for an assassinated JFK.

Xander Bogaerts – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  He passed Bumgarner for about two hours then Bum hit his 4th homer later on Sunday.  This is becoming a bigger deal than McGwire vs. Sosa vs. Maris.

Rusney Castillo – 2-for-6 and his 4th homer, and, of course, he homered on Saturday too, because everyone did on the Sawx, even The Bleb.  It’s hard to tell who is hot when everyone hits, but Rusney seems to be hot beyond the Saturday shellacking.

Sonny Gray – Cleared to start on Monday.  Hey, that’s today.  What a coinkadink!

Brett Lawrie – 2-for-4 and his 11th homer.  You know what he’s doing right?  He’s doing just enough so next year people are like, “Grey, your mustache is my Sistine Chapel, but what do you think about Lawrie to finally breakout?”  I wouldn’t count on Lawrie to breakout even after rubbing his face with greasy fingers and eating chocolate.

Kendall Graveman – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  Fair to say Graveman was buried.

Chris Bassitt – 8 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.60.  This was a tougher matchup than his previous ones, coming in Camden Yards where they measure homers in feet.  The Stream-o-Nator doesn’t like his next start, but I have to disagree, I’d start Bassitt in every league for his next one.

Chris Davis – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and two homers on Saturday (33, 34).  I traded Jeurys to Sky for Davis about two months ago.  In 231 ABs on my team, Davis has 22 homers and hitting .294.  *blows on knuckles, rubs knuckles on shirt, realizes I had ink on my knuckles*  Dammit, this was my good hypercolor shirt!

Gerardo Parra – 5-for-6, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, and his 2nd homer in two days.  Yesterday, the O’s exploded for massive runs like the entire team took in a Mexican buffet.  Parra looks like he’s coming out of his early funk after being traded to Baltimore and I’d look at owning him again if someone dropped him.

Adam Jones – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 21st and 22nd homer.  Eight more and I’d be over the moon like the gaffer on the soundstage where Neil Armstrong touched down.

Caleb Joseph – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .255.  I won’t point out how you would’ve been better off with Joseph than Wieters.  I’ll only point it out while saying I won’t point it out.

Matt Shoemaker – 1 2/3 IP, 6 ER and sent to Triple-A.  In case one of his owners fell into a coma from watching his continuous drubbings, please, do everyone a favor, and pull the plug for them and drop Shoemaker from their team.

Hector Santiago – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.86 vs. Yordano Ventura 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.82.  Two guys whose season ERAs should be exactly opposite.  But should is such a bossy word.  Then again, so is Yordano.

Aramis Ramirez – 4-for-5, 1 run, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer on Saturday.  Heyward has less homers than Aramis?  That stinks!  Every definition of Aramis applies.

Pedro Alvarez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, that was his third homer in the last week, and he’s only owned in 51% of ESPN leagues.  Technically, owned in too many leagues for a hot schmotato, but Technics are for Kool DJ Red Alert.

Travis d’Arnaud – 2-for-3 and his 6th homer, hitting .270.  He only has 31 games played this year. so he could’ve hit 25 homers if he stayed healthy.  Tell that to your fantasy league commissioner on why you insist on an asterisk on the league champion’s virtual trophy.

Chase Utley – Didn’t start yesterday, but had a home run on Saturday, after a four-hit night on Friday.  “So, you’re saying I have a chance of getting off of the Phils?  Just tell me what I have to do,” said Utley with the determination of Harrison Ford in Air Force One.

Taylor Jungmann – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.23.  J.B. got married this past weekend, and he had three groomsmen, a best man and a Jungmann.  I think we know how he’d rank them.  I would use the Stream-o-Nator for Jungmann, and it hates his next, so I wouldn’t be afraid of dropping him.

Ryan Braun – 1-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 21st homer, a grand salami, which in the shtetl is also called a Hebrew Hammer, which is also Braun’s nickname.  Coincidence?  I don’t know.

Patrick Corbin – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.43.  Don’t think it’s going to be completely clear sailing, but I do think he’s worth the occasional choppy ocean like Jackie Chan in a kayak.

Rubby de la Rosa – 7 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Wow, I can’t believe I got away with that Double Down without dying a slow death or diabetes.

Cameron Maybin – 2-for-5 and his 9th homer, and now looks to be hot schmotato’ing after getting two hits the last three days.  I mentioned this on Friday after saying to drop Maybin.  Sometimes guys get hot and dropping becomes picking upping (totally a phrase!).

Shelby Miller – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 10 Ks, ERA at 2.43.  I’m pretty sure The Regression Fairies would’ve did a ronde jambe all over my ratios if I had a starter give up four walks.  Sometimes you get Regression Fairies’ horns, sometimes you get this bull.

Drew Smyly – 4 IP, 5 ER as he returned from the DL.  Wipe that Smyly off your face!  I’d own Smyly in many deeper leagues, but I would not start him against anyone, until I saw a decent outing.  In shallow leagues, I’d use The Emoticon as a streamer.

Chris Archer – 5 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 2.93.  Okay, but you know what his ERA would be if you cherrypicked out this start?

Ryan Strausborger – 3-for-4 and his 1st homer.  Brilliant idea alert!  We should do a league next year where you draft names.  For instance, you draft Jordan Zimmermann and you get him and Ryan Zimmerman.  You draft Ryan Braun and you also get Ryan Braun, the middle reliever.  You draft Strasburg and you also get Strausborger.  Draft a Beltre?  Get both Engel and Adrian!  Someone make this happen.

Adrian Beltre – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Ha, he has the same amount of homers as Heyward!  Oofa!  More like Adrain.  Amiright?

Derek Holland – Expects to start on Wednesday for the Rangers.  Here’s a real short breakdown of my feelings on this:  I wouldn’t own him if he were healthy all year.  Shorter:  don’t own.  Shortest:  Altuve.

Chris Rusin – 9 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  The game came in Coors.  Wow!  It came against the Padres.  Lowercase wow.  I sure is glad I streamed me some Padres hitters this weekend!  I have no idea why I’m talking like Morgan Freeman in Driving Miss Daisy, I blame the Padres for that too.

Carlos Gonzalez – 1-for-4 and his 27th homer.  That was all the offense Rusin needed.  Seriously, way to show up Padres hitters!

Denard Span – Will begin a rehab assignment.  If he can ward off his back pain, he could be back on the field for the Nats within a week, which would cause issues for Michael Taylor.  Jay subbed for JB on today’s podcast, that’s coming later today, and we discuss Taylor at length (and width, when we’re in that area).

Madison Bumgarner – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 14 Ks, ERA at 2.98 and pitchslapped Casey Janssen for his 4th homer, as previously mentioned above.  This was a matchup the Giants are hoping for in the playoffs.  Unfortch, the Nats don’t even look like they’re gonna make it that far.  Don’t worry, the 3rd year after they rushed to shutdown Strasburg, which ended up doing no good, is totally their year!

Joe Ross – 4 IP, 4 ER, and 2nd poor start in a row.  “Hey, Fister, clean off from your knuckles to your elbow, we’re gonna need you.”

Zack Greinke – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks and pitchslapped Anthony DeSclafani (6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.72) for his 2nd homer.  You have a long way to go to catch Bumgarner and Bogaerts!  Greinke’s ERA is down to 1.58.  Somewhere, Bob Gibson’s telling someone they should lower the mounds.

Joc Pederson – 1-for-3 and his 23rd homer.  Ya know, his minor league numbers don’t read like he’s gonna be Chris Carter, but he sure is acting like it.

Jason Kipnis – Should return on Tuesday, which I believe will mean Jose Ramirez (0-for-4) is going to be wearing Reaperpants shortly.  Not short Reaperpants, which are actually Reaperculottes.

Carlos Carrasco – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Twins.  Before this game, I was like, “Damn, will he strike out 17 or 18 with a 9-inning complete game shutout or a ten-inning CG, due to a lack of offense from the Indians?”  This is why I don’t bet on baseball, except for my Reds bet to win the World Series in January, which now sounds like it’s so crazy it was made by Bernie Sanders’s hair.  The Reds have a better shot of winning a World Series of Poker.

Trevor Plouffe – 2-for-4 and his 17th homer.  Plouffe goes the dynamite!  After he homered on Thursday, I told you he always hits another home run soon thereafter.  Sure, soon thereafter is about as vague as when you write a Facebook status update like, “Damn, I can’t believe that just happened.”  Stop with the cries for attention, just say what happened!

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 4.11.  Big Magoo wrote a post the other day about his Verlander fantasy and why he should be given another chance.  It was persuasive enough for me to think he should be owned in deeper mixed leagues, and even gambled on in shallower leagues.

Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, after returning on Friday without a rehab assignment.  That’s like when you aced your calculus exam after sleeping through the entire semester.  Of course, you downloaded the exam off yourteacherusesthesameexameveryyear.com and studied off that.

Tyler Collins – 3-for-4, 1 RBI.  Looks to be a light schmotato, but also is a platoon guy, so you need to move him in and out of your fantasy lineup.  What a chore!

Lance McCullers – Could rejoin the rotation next weekend after being demoted a few weeks ago.  Since he was demoted, he hasn’t started in any games, has just thrown on the side.  Yeah, that sounds like a guy I want on my teams.  Hmm, where’s the sarcastic font when I need it?

George Springer – Expected to resume swinging a bat soon.  Bats are one creature that freak me out.  With their beady eyes and webbed– *intern whispers in my ear*  Oh.  Yeah, sounds good for Springer.

Colby Rasmus – 2-for-4 and two solo homers (16, 17), hitting .239.  I swear, I yawned while writing this blurb.  Enough said.  Or nuff as they say in texting.

Mike Fiers – 5 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.87.  The Stream-o-Nator has a big ol’ crush on Fiers (maybe it’s a pyromaniac), but I’m not feeling him anymore.  He’s been way too flaky all year like C.J. Wilson’s scalp.

Chris Sale – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks, 15 Ks, ERA at 3.32, emerging from the worst stretch of his career (July ERA was 4.19 — even had a 6.39 ERA in August prior to yesterday).  It might be confirmation bias but Sale seems to have more huge games than any other pitcher.  More than Kershaw or Scherzer.  He also seems to get hit more than them, but when he’s locked in, there’s no one quite as nasty.  Maybe that guy sitting next to you on the subway.  He’s pretty nasty.

Jose Abreu – 2-for-3 and his 22nd homer.  You know what other first round draft pick has 22 homers that I’ve been waiting to get hot all year?  His name rhymes with Madam Mjones.  Love for Abreu to turn these final weeks inside out and rip off the tag.

Melky Cabrera – 2-for-4 and his 8th homer.  I still agree with July Grey that Melky should be owned, but eight homers on the year?  You can’t be cereal, Melky?

Alexei Ramirez – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer.  You see the White Sox lineup now and you’re like, “How did I ever think they’d be good in March?  Hmm, I should likely answer that question myself since I’m talking to my Ken Griffey Starting Lineup figure.  I hope that girl didn’t just see me talking to myself.  And, yes, she did.  Great.”

Emilio Bonifacio – Designated for assignment.  Emily Goodface’s assignment will be to write a strongly-worded letter to the editor of Woman’s World about the social repercussions of releasing Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, which finds Atticus Finch twenty years after To Kill A Mockingbird and he has become racist and dislikes birds of any type, especially black ones and Latino ones and Asian birds.

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Jack
Jack
6 years ago

Ender or Rusney ROS?

abdoozy
abdoozy
6 years ago

Is VMart droppable by now in a 12 tm H2H? Trade deadline is past, nobody wanted him anyway and I have my eye on a certain Kike.

nick the dick
nick the dick
6 years ago

Nunez boots it, Yankees win haha how fitting!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
6 years ago

Good grief, Perkins has been awful of late.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  SteveNZ
6 years ago

@SteveNZ: Not to say I didn’t enjoy all those saves previously, but he’s regressed to the mean with a vengeance.

Kid A
Kid A
Reply to  SteveNZ
6 years ago

@SteveNZ: I fucking LOVED Bruce Willis in that movie!

Bull in a Chinese Restaurant
Bull in a Chinese Restaurant
Reply to  SteveNZ
6 years ago

@SteveNZ: you don’t talk bad about perkins Golf Ball! i’m neil diamond, i paint my dick with clown makeup!

Andy
Andy
6 years ago

Heston or Estrada?
Holds
Soria or will smith?

hanklongball
hanklongball
6 years ago

Grey, who do you like ROS? Ozuna or Piscotty?

Johnny
Johnny
6 years ago

Let’s say you had one closer to pick for the following schedule of games. Before you say, no brainer – Robertson – take a closer look at the schedule. Even though Robertson has 15 games, don’t you think the Nats have more chances to win (Saves)?

Robertson (4vOAK, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected])
Papelbon ([email protected], 4vMIA, 3vBAL, 3vPHI)

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
6 years ago

Thanks!

Pugs&Slugs
Pugs&Slugs
6 years ago

Any chance we see Myers in the next 3 weeks? I highly doubt it as he is only swinging a light bat now and taking soft toss. I will risk losing him for playoffs in 4 weeks for a batter today. Or is that a hamburger?

NL-Only H2H.
I was thinking Ramos in COL for my UTIL. Reynolds and Alonso also available.

Thank you!

the swinging
the swinging
6 years ago

Tough decision in deep mixed league. When kipnis comes back on Wednesday who would u rather keep at middle infield eddie rosario who qualifies at second or eugenio suarez reds?

I don’t hate either of them at mi.

Joey Biggs Bosco
Joey Biggs Bosco
6 years ago

I would like to open up a streamer spot on this team, but can’t decide which spot to give up. Suggestions or stand pat? Thanks!

Yahoo 12 team, daily, unlimited transactions, 6×5 (OPS), 1300 IP Limit, 157 starts at positions

C Perez
1 Rizzo
SS Reyes/Desmond
2 Kinsler
3 Machado
OF Trout, Braun, JD Martinez
Ut VMart/Beltre
Bench J. Pederson
SP Kershaw, Zimmerman, Carrasco, Martinez, Ross
RP Tolleson, Familia, Ramos, Osuna, H Rondon

Cohen
Cohen
6 years ago

Grey, should I drop Alex Wilson for Olivera?

Great White North
Great White North
6 years ago

ROS in a RCL: S. Perez or B. McCann

J-FOH
J-FOH
6 years ago

Mazara getting called up, not 100% sure if thats good or bad yet

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: never mind, the note said he is getting called up and then under referenced Martin going on AAA DL. Stupid phone alerts

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

@Grey: doesnt matter, I texted Mike and he said he had to do a double take because the headline was mis-leading

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

@Grey: “Mazara was called up from Double-A Frisco on Monday, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports”

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

@Grey: they said called up, not called up to AAA, sheesh man

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

@Grey: you’re a boo

Mike
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH @Grey

boo bae

*giggles*

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

GOOOOOOOOOOOOLAY

Great White North
Great White North
6 years ago

Ben Revere. I just dumped him in an RCL for a batty call. How aggressive should I be in picking him back up? I do need some SB, but seems better to SAGNOF then Reverb.

John
John
6 years ago

Need an OF for next four days…saw your ozuna bit and wondered if you like him more than Valencia, Jennings and Avisail? Just need one! Tx

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
6 years ago

1) You starting Salazar in a shallow league tonight? Feels like I’m walking into an ambush.

2) My batty calls have been leaving a lot to be desired, so I’m outsourcing. Please pick 3 from the following: Realmuto, Dietrich, Bour @ Garza, Lowrie, Tucker vs. Erasmo, Ajax @ Hamels, Gyorko vs. Williams Perez, Rosario @ NYY Mitchell.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: 1) cool. I hope his command and control are on tonight.
2) yeah those are about as yawnstipating as they come.

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

@Grey: hour is a creeper and due

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: Sold! I’m putting the big lad in my lineup tonight.

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

@Grey: more than Tupac has posthumous albums

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

@Grey: I liked my multi creeper approach, at this stage committing to one seems ridiculous when we should be churning those spots at least twice a week

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

exactly my thinking. Im also prepping them for september when the call ups can bite into time of the regulars on non playoff bound teams and we need to start paying attention even more on the daily. I have a love hate for the month of september and thats my birthday month

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

I’m not posting that here, I can text you that info

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

ahhhh, come on, can I at least lick the frosting?

Mr. Glass
Mr. Glass
6 years ago

getting annoyed with Bauer would you lose him for any of Corbin, Matz, or Nola its a h2h points league

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Mr. Glass
6 years ago

@Mr. Glass: probably corbin over nola, matz still no timetable.

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
6 years ago

gotta bench one of these today
tucker and rasmus vs erasmo
beltran vs gibson
choo vs walker
hicks @ mitchell (don’t know why NYY are going 6 man, this was a sabathia day just hours ago)
Hitter T says bench hicks.
This is the team that’s had bad luck (stanton,darvish,profar, last year darvish/fielder/choo/profar/stanton), and what look like bad decisions now (keeping ozuna and leonys over cain sugar preseason, later having to drop both). have added hicks and yes…many, so that’s good.

Crapshoot Kershaw
Crapshoot Kershaw
6 years ago

the great grichuk replacement time.
1. with OPS and hits beltran/ozuna/blanco/valencia (don’t need steals as much in this one with pollock/goldy. 14 team roto.
2. NL only, if i can’t waiver alonso dropping bour do i grab pham or bourjos over bour? position not that important on this one, i have enough other OF’ers with piscotty/marte/bruce/schwarber/cespedes
in other leagues options were more obvious.

Crapshoot Kershaw
Crapshoot Kershaw
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: in NL only already have him, i’m attempting to waiver alonso dropping him tonight (playing time, bour splits time with mcgehee), or are you saying DON’T drop Bour for Alonso.

Crapshoot Kershaw
Crapshoot Kershaw
Reply to  Crapshoot Kershaw
6 years ago

@Crapshoot Kershaw: in #1, forget ozuna, we have 1 NA slot and somebody used it on ozuna (i have peraza), who’s 2nd best out of that group?

TheBravesWearPrado
TheBravesWearPrado
6 years ago

Hanley supposed to be back today. Someone dropped him in my 12 team mixed league. Is he worth an aggressive waiver wire $ bid? I’ve got Crawford in my SS spot. Would probably drop Odor (also have Betts at 2B) for him and keep Crawford as insurance. Thanks!

mr.west
mr.west
6 years ago

Wary of starting VMart for what may be only 4 games this week in H2H league – would you sub in R Howard or pickup Paulsen at Col , Valencia, Travis Shaw or some other waiver wire fodder? Also, need to pick three of these OF for week – Marte, C. Gomez, Brantley, Hicks or Betts . Thanks!

mr. west
mr. west
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Thanks, again

JD
JD
6 years ago

dare i start Erasmo Ramírez @HOU tonight?

Bro Jackson
Bro Jackson
6 years ago

Would you rather forever:

Trout, Stanton, Rizzo, Springer and Joc

or

Trout, Stanton, Harper, Xander and Joc

Will
Will
6 years ago

Drop Fiers for Smyly or hold? Thank you

jacks
jacks
6 years ago

Weekly lineups, start Duda or Freeman this week? Keep in mind that the last and only time I benched Duda was for his 7 home run week. Yup, likely cost me the crown.

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
6 years ago

Grey:

Nola now has 2 starts: at home against the BJ’s and @Miami. Worth a try?

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I’ve got one start J.Garcia at home against SF instead if that’s preferable.

Dommattingly
Dommattingly
6 years ago

Drop the recently DL’d Grichuk for Jackie Bradley Jr or Ozuna?

JoeG414
JoeG414
6 years ago

One Batty Call for tonight :
J.Hamilton – Home – vs T.Walker
D.Jennings @Hou. Kazmir
J.Bour @ Mil. Garza

6×6 roto

JoeG414
JoeG414
Reply to  JoeG414
6 years ago

@JoeG414:
Hamilton not playing

JoeG414
JoeG414
6 years ago

Cardinals placed OF Randal Grichuk on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain.

Steve
Steve
6 years ago

I drafted Revere to compliment Dee and dominate SB for me. Since he’s joined the BJs his SB production has fallen off a cliff.

Do you see him as a viable SB machine down the stretch? If he’s not, is Dyson a better choice on a playoff team? When is A. Gordon expected back?

Thanks

F.K.A. Ralph
F.K.A. Ralph
6 years ago

Not for nothing, but Rendon’s batted ball profile is pretty promising.

He’s hitting basically the same ratios of the three types of batted balls as last year:

2014:
GB — 40%
LD — 20%
FB — 40%
IFFB — 7%

2015:
GB — 39%
LD — 23%
FB — 38%
IFFB — 4%

A slight tick down in FBs, but more than made up for by the reduction in IFFBs. That said, his HF/FB rate this year is 2.25!! vs. a league average 10% last year.

It doesn’t appear to be related to anything he might’ve done with his approach:

2014:
Pull: 39%
Center: 34%
Oppo: 27%

2015:
Pull: 39%
Center: 34%
Oppo: 29%

All that said, his hard hit rate has been lower this year (in limited ABs, obviously) compared to last year.
2014:
Soft: 15%
Medium: 48%
Hard: 38%

2015:
Soft: 13%
Medium: 59%
Hard: 28%

I suspect that the injury, missed time, and constant interruptions to his season have played into this somewhat. Hopefully for those of us who own him this year he can get some consistency over the last 6 weeks and find that HR stroke. Either way, I think he will be significantly undervalued next year in drafts.

F.K.A. Ralph
F.K.A. Ralph
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: OK, so here’s a bit more to pleasure Giancarlo.

Rendon’s average batted ball distance is 187.49 feet. Care to guess at Carlos Correa’s?

187.50 feet — less than an inch more than Rendon…

With that in mind, let’s look at Correa’s batted ball profile:

GB: 46%
LD: 22%
FB: 33%
IFFB: 9%

Rendon is hitting more line drives AND more fly balls, but Correa has 14 HRs in 256 PAs while Rendon has 1 in 167 PAs.

Correa has done this with a 24% HR/FB ratio.

Correa’s spray charts are about the same as Rendon (slightly more balanced 36% pull, 33% center, 31% oppo), and his hard hit rates are better than Rendon’s, (34% hard hit, 44% medium, 22% soft), but overall they’re pretty similar. I think the difference in results is largely related to quite a bit of luck for Correa and bad luck added to injury for Rendon.

F.K.A. Ralph
F.K.A. Ralph
Reply to  F.K.A. Ralph
6 years ago

@F.K.A. Ralph: and Correa strikes out more — 19% vs 17% for Rendon. OK, I’m done.

smegma
smegma
6 years ago

Drop CSantana for Olivera?

joe
joe
6 years ago

hutch demoted following three straight wins (but at home). what are the bj’s thinking.

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
6 years ago

1. I was eyeing the Happ start vs. AZ (someone above mentioned it too), but would you plug in him over the likes of:
Fiers Vs. LAD
Hendricks Vs. ATL
Ubaldo Vs. NYM
Wily P Vs. MIA
2. D. Peralta’s facing a bunch of LHPs (4) and he’s been benched in the past when this happens, would you rather start him, or plug in Piscotty or Blanco?
3. Thanks for the repeated mention of Cuban Linx 2 , a new constant ebay search!

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Mrs.Featherbottom
6 years ago

@Mrs.Featherbottom: 3) No prob

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  nick the dick
6 years ago

@nick the dick: Yeah man!

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Mrs.Featherbottom
6 years ago

@Mrs.Featherbottom: You should listen to the Czarface pt 2 Inspectah Deck and Esoteric, so good.

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  nick the dick
6 years ago

@nick the dick: I checked it out after you recommended it. Pretty tight, I’ve added it to my vinyl wish list.
This week I picked up Dialated People’s Neighborhood Watch – different from Czar and Wu, but a nice addition.

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Mrs.Featherbottom
6 years ago

@Mrs.Featherbottom: Ah, nice. Good album, although havent heard that in a long time

J-FOH
Reply to  Mrs.Featherbottom
6 years ago

@Mrs.Featherbottom: expansion team was dialated’s best album, IMHO

Did you catch Hip Hop Sunday in my post yesterday, there is a song with Evidence and Raka Irascience

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: Read it – didn’t click the link til now – thanks! I mentioned to Grey that it would be nice if those hyperlinks opened in a new window, rather than how they operate now. The current format make me not want to click them…

J-FOH
Reply to  Mrs.Featherbottom
6 years ago

@Mrs.Featherbottom: links in a post should open in a new window, thats how it is set up on my end. links that anyone post in the comments do not open in a new window.

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: They all open in the same window. I’m using Safari, though, so it might be a mac-daddy thing. I doodoo the right click thing already, but it gets my panties in a bundle.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Mrs.Featherbottom
6 years ago

@Mrs.Featherbottom: I know nothing of this mac voodoo

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: you said Foh likes lady rap tunes hehe

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: He does, everyone has to have a soft side. Funny to me that you called it that

J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I don’t like lady rappers…not that there is anything wrong with that. I like more mellow hip hop that samples soul singers regardless if they are male or female

J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: like eazy e?

I like classic soul music? you got a problem with that

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

@Grey:1. All at home. SON hates em all, a little less hate towards Happ. 2. Thanks – might just dump Happ for him. 3. I might have to download, though the vinyl bug is strong with this one. I’m currently the only bid on The Art of Storytelling, hoping that this makes it my way next week.

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

@Grey: I Scrooge McDuck them in my never nudes. The wife likes it, not sure of the neighbor’s.

Slimbo
Slimbo
6 years ago

In a keeper league If I could get Sano for fielder and Travis would you do it?

Jerry
Jerry
6 years ago

Thanks for the previous help, Grey! Two more things:

1. Utley or Rendon ros?

2. Which two for ros: Quintana, Nelson and Hammel?

Thanks!

Bro Jackson
Bro Jackson
6 years ago

Grey,

Can we talk about Xander? I know he currently has no power. He hit 12 homers last year. He is 22. If you add 10 homers to his current numbers, don’t you want to date him if Stanton breaks up with you? I do. We may be a year or 2 away from the power, but the boy can play. Is he a Hanley clone? In a keeper, does he have sneaky value? Am I the only one who realizes what value he has? Did I really get him for Devon Travis week 4 in a trade?

Thanks,

Bro

Dangerfield51
Dangerfield51
6 years ago

Drop R Martin for Y Gomes or JT Realmuto, or hold???
Thanks.

Dan
Dan
6 years ago

Hey Grey, dynasty question for you..

Which 15 keepers? Thanks!!

Schwarber
Freeman
Wong
Sano
Bogaerts
Heyward
Buxton
Dickerson
Puig
Joc
Judge
Yelich
Gallo
Myers
Mookie
Maikel

Severino
Stroman
Walker
Rodon
Gausman

Lucky Dog
6 years ago

I have this sinking feeling that MIller will continue to shine until the 1st week of the fantasy playoffs and then the regression fairies will strike him down with great vengeance.

The fantasy gods hate when players dodge the natural order of things….it’s kinda like those Final Destination movies. Miller will flirt with another no-no, throwing a 3 hit CGSO, then after the game he’ll be walking down the street on the way to dinner and *BLAM!*, 8 ER out of nowhere.

I may even have to knock on wood. Not Travis Wood, he hates that shit.

Sausage
Sausage
6 years ago

Out of curiosity what round do you project Chris Davis to go next year? In my keeper league I didn’t imagine him being an option for my final keeper spot but he looks just beastly. I could have him in the 5th round next year and a round earlier for three more years if I want. My only other options for my last keeper is marte in the 2nd round, price in the 2nd, or Carrasco in the 4th. My other three keepers are all batters. I know it’s early but was wondering where you see Davis next year. Thanks.

JB Gonzo
JB Gonzo
6 years ago

Grey – great write-up as always… 10 team re-draft OBP & QS

Two questions: #1: Kang or Asdrubal to replace Hanley this week (and beyond if he’s DL’d) – slightly worried about Kang PT once Mercer and Harrison return, plus he has cooled off…

#2: Offered Grandal/Archer/Hamels for my Sal Perez/Votto/Keuchel
Rest of my staff is Kluber/Thor/Hammel/Pineda/Verlander/Wood; I also have Duda and Belt to plug in at 1B/CI.

Thanks in advance!

henncoop
henncoop
6 years ago

I think I should/will likely activate & start Kipnis in my 5X5 roto with weekly lineups.Currently in 1st with SBs being my only real shortcoming in hitting. I currently have Brock @ 2B (12.9 hittertron score for the week).
Likely drops would be Segura (9.7 & SB asset); Brock; Tucker (8.1) or J Ross who just laid 2 turds on last 2 starts but has the Brewers & Marlins @ home on deck. rest of the staff looks pretty solid though & we only start 7 pitchers per week including closers. SPs are Arrieta, Carrasco, Stras, Liriano, Hammel, Gausman, Corbin & Ross.
Or just leave Kipnis on the DL this week to see if all is well as he shakes the rust off.
Thanks for the help.

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
6 years ago

Who contributes more in September, Yelich or Devon Travis? In a shallow limited moves H2H league (12 moves left this yr), thinking of dropping one for Schwarber, who could start in LF (currently have Holt subbing for Yelich there) and spell Santana at C. I’m in 1st and looking mainly toward a) having a dominant playoff roster, and b) having as many moves as possible to use in the playoffs. Make the move or hold?

Not as urgent, but I may also need more HLD for the playoff run as I’m mid-pack among the playoff teams in that cat. Aaron Sanchez can slot in at SP (my RP slots are full) and should give me a boost there. Would you use another move to drop one of those bats for him, or hold and wait until the playoffs start?

bigbear
bigbear
6 years ago

A – In that name league: I’ll take Jose and Carlos in round 1 and 2.

B – Sano or Cano? Cano is the 12th ranked 2B in Yahoo on the season. I can’t imagine he’ll be ranked in the top 5 heading into next season. I bet Sano will be ranked higher.

C – Rodon or J. Ross ROS?

D – Don’t mess with Bernie Sanders’ hair! What are you? Some type of shallow media member? ;)

Josh A
Josh A
6 years ago

Russell Martin or Travis d’Arnaud ROS? Who ya got?

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
6 years ago

Oh Great Grey:

I need 2 NL OF’s H2H pts league ros. Who?

Markakis
Pederson
Ozuna
K.Davis
Byrd
Inciarte
Blanco
O.Herrera

J-FOH
J-FOH
6 years ago

I don’t get it with ozuna, I wont even capitalize his name anymore. He’s more like Schmozuna

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

@Grey: BTW, the perfect gift for JB would have been Jungman doing Henny Youngman marriage jokes at the reception

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

@Grey: they had sausage races with the wedding party

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

@Grey: you know there was a whole table empty for the Brewers ring of honor

J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: even at JB’s wedding Ueker got no respect and was placed at the kids table.

J-FOH
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

he must of used Braun’s guy

Spammer Jay
Spammer Jay
6 years ago

Me love OZUNA opener! Me nearly spit out coffee!

I know I’m not the only one who started singing the Piscotty song after he hit his 1st HR! Thanks (no thanks) for getting that song in my head Gray! As revenge, I’ll grace you with the voice I hear for Ozuna which is Cookie Monster. “yumyumyumyumyum….me love hit round circle with long stick!”

marky
marky
6 years ago

Favorite two
Gausman @ home vs mets
Anibal sanchez @cubs
Iglesias @home vs royals
Ja happ @home vs pirates

12 team h2h

ERad
ERad
6 years ago

You ever try/do stand-up G?

ERad
ERad
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: As you should! I saw Aziz Ansari work out some new material in a small club over the weekend – and I thought, I wonder if G ever tries out his material on smaller websites

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Haha, do you post on Yahoo and ESPN to mock their posts?

Jackie Treehorn
Jackie Treehorn
6 years ago

Corbin or Nola?

JoeG414
JoeG414
Reply to  Jackie Treehorn
6 years ago

@Jackie Treehorn:
Nola vs Tor ? No.

McNulty
McNulty
6 years ago

Soler, Gomez, or grichuk this week?

joe
joe
6 years ago

Stream which of these guys for this week
Corbin @ Cin
Bassit vs TB
Nelson @ WAS
??McCullers vs LAD??

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
6 years ago

drop Storen for Ozuna? I feel like Storen is purposefully giving up runs on purpose like ” F U Mike to the Rizzo!” It’s a weekly head to head roto league and I only have Tolleson/Ramos/Tazawa so its not like the occasional random Storen save is gonna push that category over the edge

Peter Nincompoop
Peter Nincompoop
Reply to  Old School Brother
6 years ago

@Peter Nincompoop: McCutchen is one of the best dudes in @Old School Brother: Yes and he is giving up runs on purpose. Been watching any bullpen bathrooms lately?

Peter Nincompoop
Peter Nincompoop
Reply to  Peter Nincompoop
6 years ago

@Peter Nincompoop: I don’t know what’s up with my responses, but it’s adding random crap. Anythehoo, what I mean is that I still laugh when remembering your story about Benoit.

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

Worth dropping Aaron Hicks for Jackie Bradley Jr.?

Thanks.

Sky
Sky
6 years ago

Effing Chris Davis. Decided to be the .260 power hitter I thought he was going to be after I trade him. Go figs!

Sky
Sky
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Grey: the last legal provider of PEDs in the MLB

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Sky
6 years ago

@Sky: worst trade ever, I would of given you more

Sky
Sky
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

Worst trade if Chris Davis didn’t turn his season around. He was rumored to be on his way out via trade. He can hit them out anywhere but we both know Camden is nice for lefties.

Knucks
Knucks
6 years ago

Has been mentioned about a week and half ago or so by someone round these parts… I’ve got a little extra roster space I’m using to stream an arm and a bat. Making sure that R. Davis and Gose are in my lineup on weds when Lester is on the bump… Thanks to whoever brought this up!

Alex
Alex
6 years ago

Grey, need one more start for the week. Should I play Russian roulette and pick up Rodon for the 2 start week at Anaheim and Safeco? Or play it safe and start Dickey at Philadelphia Wed? Thoughts?

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I concur, thanks.

Jacob
Jacob
6 years ago

I’m still waiting for the Sale injury that was predicted three years ago. If he misses 2018, is it still right?

Timmah R
Timmah R
6 years ago

great write up as always and I was so happy to read the magical words of OZUNA once again :-) just a couple questions for my H2H points league.. big week for me against the other top team in the league!!!:

1- can either start Kipnis or play either Cesar Hernandez or Odor this week?
2- need to pick 2 to start this week – Upton, Ellsbury, CarGomez
3- I am trying to make myself drop JoFer but I can’t make myself do it… think I should for either Tanaka, Nelson, Corbin?
4- ROS choice of Osuna, H Rondon, or Tolleson?

you da man!!! :-)

Timmah R
Timmah R
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: you are a magician as always sir! here are the match ups to help:

Upton – 3vATL, 3vSTL includes Cmart + Wacha
Ellsbury – 3vMin, 4vCle includes Carrasco + Salazar
CarGomez – 4vTB, 3vLAD includes Archer, Greinke

Timmah R
Timmah R
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: roger that, thank you kindly!

Paul
Paul
6 years ago

For AVG and counting stats at SS, do you like Iglesias, Holt, Kike, Lowrie, or Didi? Thanks, Grey.