Okay, let me get this straight so I can fully understand. Robbie Ray puts on some gotchies that are three sizes too small so you can see homeboy’s birth marks on his asscheeks and then he becomes elite? Fine, then I’m gonna try and write wearing jeans shorts, jorts if you will, that are too small. Ready? Here we go! Robbie…The button is digging into my FUPA! The pockets are chafing my upper thighs! Ugh, I can’t get them off! Oh my God, I’m calling 911! I can’t feel my knees! Help me! “Hello, can you spare Chris Sale? I need him to cut something off me. Hello?! Help!” So, Robbie Ray went 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 14 Ks, ERA at 2.72. On the Player Rater, he’s around a top ten starter. Can Robbie Ray do that in 2022 fantasy? In short, yes. In long, yeeeeeeeeeeees. He has a 11.3 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9. That’s an ace. Can he repeat the command? That’s the real trick, but as soon as someone shows a skill, I’m not going to take it from them. It’s not like this is a 20 IP sample. He’s done this for 150+ IP. Yes, Robbie Ray appears to be legit. As long as he never lets out his inseam. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Cavan Biggio – Diagnosed with a Grade 1 UCL sprain, and is considered week-to-week. This gives more at-bats to Santiago Espinal, which sounds like me asking someone named Santiago if they speak Spanish.

Alex Bregman – 2-for-5 as he was activated from the IL. About to put on a newsie hat with a pencil behind my ear, and go ask Bregman if he saw Mike Trout during his two month IL stint. Don’t all IL guys hang out together? Does it seem like I’m grasping at straws? Maybe it’s because I’ve been replacing Mike Trout in my lineup with Myles Straw!

Martin Maldonado – 1-for-3 and his 10th homer. He only has 30 RBIs on the year. Pretty sad stuff. Bregman has 35 RBIs! Oh, Bregman only has seven homers though. And Bregman was drafted about 400 spots before Maldonado. Hmm, this isn’t the own I thought it was.

Yordan Alvarez – 2-for-5 and his 26th homer, and, because I had the stupid RBIs page open, Yordan has 86 RBIs. That’s six more than Salvador Perez. I hear you screaming about how Perez is a catcher and gets less ABs. Bzzt, wrongo! Perez has about 70 more ABs than Captain Woo Cubano.

Salvador Perez – 1-for-4 and his 34th homer, hitting .272. Even though I threw some shade Perez’s way in the last blurb, he genuinely has had an insanely great year. Not sure I’ve ever seen such a big difference on the Player Rater between a top player at a position and the runner-up as Salvador Perez and the next best catcher. It’s a similar difference as Tatis and Jorge Polanco, only Polanco is the 5th best shortstop, not 2nd.

Whit Merrifield – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .280, and, since I had the Player Rater open. Whit is the top outfielder, but isn’t even the top 2nd baseman! Yes, outfield is stupid shallow this year.

Mike Minor – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.30. Solid start, considering it was in Houston, and they scare the bejesussanchez out of me. Streamonator likes Minor’s next start, and you got some large pants grapes if you can start him.

Jack Flaherty – Hit the IL with a shoulder strain. That sucks, but now they should feed his shoulder chicken soup and build him up so he’s good to go in 2022.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-4, 3 runs, and a double slam (20, 21) and legs (10). Au Pair Shizz!

Matthew Boyd – Could return this Sunday. He would be returning from elbow discomfort, so I predict a Sunday start of 1 1/3 IP, 4 ER and leaving with a trainer.

Tarik Skubal – 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.01. Mize has a better season-long ERA, but to say I’m 1000% gonna be in on Skubal over Mize next year is a gross(man) understatement.

Ian Anderson – Expected to return this Sunday. Never a Tull moment with this guy.

Zack Wheeler – 8 IP, 5 ER (2 more unearned), 10 hits, zero walks, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.90. Zack Wheeler even went into the 9th inning, and gave up a three-run homer to Francisco Mejia. I tell you all this to see if you can guess what impersonation Wheeler was doing. Oh, close! He was pretending to be a pitcher in the 1970s. Solid impersonation once you know what he was doing.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer. Was talking about him being in the MVP conversation only a few weeks ago, so don’t take this the wrong way, but what happened to this guy’s actual ceiling? He used to be a 40+ homer, .450 OBP threat.

Rhys Hoskins – 1-for-4 and his 27th homer, hitting .247. He only hits 1-for-4’s with a home run, but the math doesn’t check out. He should be hitting .250 with 126 homers.

Noah Syndergaard – Expected to begin a rehab assignment. If I even mention drafting a starter returning from Tommy John surgery next year, someone Venmo me a slap.

Taijuan Walker – 6 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.82. Mets are doing that thing now where they lose even when their starter out-pitches the other team’s pitcher. Good to see the Mets getting back to basics.

Kris Bryant – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 23rd homer. Member when I said when he was traded his production was going to fall off? Yeah, I was wrong as wrong gets.

Blake Snell – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.58. Someone asked yesterday if I’d start Snell @LAD, and I said no, then continued to think that the rest of the day. If I had known he was actually in San Diego, I would’ve said yes. He’s been great all year in San Diego. I wouldn’t have said he was going to throw 122 pitches though. Did something happen after the game started to Jayce Tingler?

Edward Cabrera – 61/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.26 as he debuted. Just gave you my Edward Cabrera fantasy. It had all the trimmings off the floor of a Supercuts. I watched his entire start yesterday, and my Blink thoughts are: He looked great, but it means nothing. Oh, I think he’ll be solid, but last night he wasn’t wild or missing bats, which is what his trademark will likely be for this year, at least.

Josiah Gray – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.75. If you would’ve just seen the score for most of the game, 2-0 Marlins, you’d think Gray was being out-pitched, and, you’d be right. Cabrera’s final line doesn’t seem as good as Gray, but Cabrera was much better looking.

Yadiel Hernandez – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer. He’s been hot for the entire month, and is why he’s already plugged into my Friday Buy column, which is already available on our Patreon.

Josh Bell – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer, and 2nd homer in the last four games. Lower your head I want to put some knowledge into your ear…Neutral luck and Bell is a 25-homer, .260 guy, which isn’t *that* bad.

Bryse Wilson – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.35. That’s his third of four starts that was decent for his new club. Do I trust him now? Uh…well…hmm…No.

Pavin Smith – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 10th homer. Yeah, okay, but he was hitting third, so you know the Dbags be crackers. Also, Ketel Marte (1-for-5) is hitting .350 still. I know he’s been out a lot, but damn.

Hansel Robles – 1 IP, 4 ER, 2 points to the sky, ERA at 5.47. Robles brought out his patented point-to-the-sky like he’s motioning for fielders to catch a fly ball, when the ball is actually leaving the yard. It’s both funny and maddening. He’s so munny!

Kyle Schwarber – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .266. Hey, it’s Mr. One Week In June.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, and his third homer in four games. As long as he’s nowhere near Gerrit Cole, he’s in a safe space.

Jorge Polanco – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .274. Not to freak anyone out with what they think they know vs. what they actually know, but Jorge Polanco is a top 20 player overall on the Player Rater.

Miguel Sano – 1-for-5 and his 22nd homer, a 495-foot homer that left Fenway in center field. An absolute moonshot, and I very much dispute 495 feet. You telling me a ball that goes out in center that is so deep that people in the Monster seats don’t even turn their head and it’s less than 500 feet? Please. They’re guessing. That ball went 600 feet easy and into the Gold’s Gym I used to go to in college where Peter Wolf would be on the treadmill with an unlit cigarette in his mouth.

Brandon Woodruff – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 hits, zero walks, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.38. Ya know what I’d like to know? Who has the most ten-strikeout, zero-walk games? That’s a mark of a great pitcher. That gets my jujubes bubbling!

C.J. Cron – 1-for-7 and his 22nd homer. A road homer is a nice surprise. “I felt very at home in Wrigley,” said Chicago Jazz Cron.

Brendan Rodgers – 4-for-9, 6 RBIs. Rodgers isn’t having a terrible season. Also, Rodgers isn’t having a great season. The broad expanse between great and terrible. It’s called The Rodgers.

Connor Joe – 2-for-7, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .292. Sometimes a guy comes along that is so special. So extraordinary. So Connor Joe-like. He can only be one guy. The one. The only. Dancing spotlights on a NBA court. Connor…Where’d he come from where’d he go, Joe!

Austin Gomber – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.38 vs. Zach Davies – 4 2/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 5.00. It is the year of the 4 2/3 inning start. Can’t anyone tell me different.

Daniel Bard – 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 5.19. “A pitcher by any other name would be much sweeter, because: Have you ever heard anyone talk about what a great pitcher Shakespeare was?” Famous quote by someone who rostered Bard in a league.

Patrick Wisdom – 1-for-7, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 21st homer, which came off of Gomber. You get the feeling the Cubs don’t care if they win or lose, but you get the idea their opponent, the Rockies, are trying to win while losing. Uplifting stuff right there.

Ian Happ – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and a slam (15) and legs (2), hitting .198. To give you an idea of what a mess the Cubs are, Happ hit third in the 2nd game, and didn’t even start in the 1st game, and it made more sense for him to not play than hit third.

Adam Morgan – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.50, and his 1st save since 2018. The Cubs are using their bullpen like this, “We’re not going to help any of you get more money in arbitration, so we’re just going to let whoever the bottle stops spinning on to close games.”

Austin Romine – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer. Austin Romine was in the lineup with his brother, Andrew. These Romine brothers are so gracious, all they keep saying is, “Lettuce entertain you.” The Romines are known for their crisp play, and no matter how late in the year it is, they always keep it fresh. Though, it is odd how they call the baseball season a “harvest” and, one other weird thing of note, Ortega was batting in front of the brothers, and usually the lettuce goes on top of the taco shell.

Franmil Reyes – 1-for-3 and his 23rd homer. Have this $54 Vending Machine Steak in only one league, and have too much offense in that league already, but would still love to see him get hot and finish the year with 35 homers. I *heart emoji that is covered in lucite so it doesn’t get broken* Franmil.

Oscar Mercado – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd homer. I was in the market for an Oscar about two years ago. No longer.

Zach Plesac – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.78. Wow, a pretty bleh start vs. an extremely terrible team. Cool story, brah.

Yu Chang – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, and 2nd homer in two games. Like to imagine he comes to the plate with the walk-up song blaring, “Yu Chang Clan Ain’t Nothing To F*ck Wit.”

Triston McKenzie – Hit the IL with shoulder fatigue. I heard he was doing a lot of weight training to strengthen himself, curling five dumbbells at once, but later found out he was curling a stack of five David Bell trading cards.

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rhodyballer
rhodyballer
11 months ago

Would you start Touki @ COL?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
11 months ago

Reynaldo Lopez over Cabrera, Kluber or Gomber? Or all matchups?

Jefe
Jefe
11 months ago

Need a weekend flier until Renfroe comes back. Choices are out of Jazz, Ty France or Chapman. Thanks!

Kelly Leak
Kelly Leak
11 months ago

Josh Rojas, Nicky Lopez, Yadiel Hernandez
bench bats–
Keep 2, Dump one

spanks!

Crazy J
Crazy J
11 months ago

Hyun Jin Ewww… in my only rotisserie league this season I have a 4.61 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.

Not from my starters I drafted, but from every disaster that graced my roster for a day or longer.

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Renfroe!. Duran is back.

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
11 months ago

How would you rank these starters in a deep points league for Sunday

Senzatela @LAD
Hearn v HOU
Crow v STL
Bettinger @ MIN

Thanks!

Life of Brian
Life of Brian
11 months ago

12 team redraft mixed h2h standard 5 x 5. LeMehiu (hitting better lately) or Mancini (struggling 2nd half) ROS?

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
11 months ago

I have to drop someone to activate Grandal and I’m really having a tough time deciding who. It will be a Pitcher.

I own almost the entire Florida Marlins Pitching Staff lol

T Rogers
P Lopez
E Hernandez
E Cabrera
J Means
H Ryu
L Lynn
S Gray
J Urias
Josiah Gray
McGee
Barnes
Floro
Bender
Colome

I’m not going to drop any closers. I’m not going to drop Barnes yet and Means yet. I don’t feel comfortable doing it lol. I know you suggest it but I feel they’re at least useful in good ma h ups, at least Means is.

I’m leaning towards Josiah or Cabrera (Cabrera based off of IP ROS)

Separate question.

I have 5 Adds left and I’m in the thick of the playoff race in my keeper league.

Would you use an add on Elieser in that league? It’s a QS, K:9 league.

Thanks!!

Martin Rostoker
Martin Rostoker
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

Sorry to trouble. – please see my early question. I saw two questions after mine that was answered and was afraid that my question got inadvertently lost.

1. Jed Lowie or Kolten Wong?

2. I have Jack Flaterty from St Louis who is in IL again. Should I waive him and pick up brian Keller or Tanner Houck? The other option is to wait for a different pitcher to choose.
Thoughts?

Thanks

Martin

from Martin on Jed Lowie or Kolten Wong.

Martin Rostoker
Martin Rostoker
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks Grey

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
11 months ago

Peter wolf got young Faye Dunaway or decrepit plastic surgery version?

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Your Wolf reference got me thinking…
A) recalled maybe incorrectly he was married to her
B) you’ve never been in a Golds Gym
C)

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Haha

Martin Rostoker
Martin Rostoker
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

I always value your thoughts!

1. Would you waive Jed Lowie and take Kilten Wong?

2. Jack Flaterty of St Louis is on iL again. Would you waive him and take Brad Keller or Tanner Houck or just wait for another pitcher?

Thanks

Martin

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
11 months ago

How would you rank these starters in a deep points league

Senzatela @LAD
Hearn v HOU
Crow v STL
Bettinger @ MIN

Thanks!

Will
Will
11 months ago

The FTJ move to the outfield has really F***ed up playing time for Myers, Grisham and Pham. You never know who is going to be in the lineup and since they’re on the west coast and usually playing in the late time slot you just have to guess since in our league lineups are due at the start of the first game of the day.

Anyway, question – does Urquidy go back in HOU’s rotation when he comes back? Thanks.

speill
speill
11 months ago

Another Grandal question. Grandal or Haase ros once there both back. Thanks

Ellis
Ellis
11 months ago

Should I pickup Amed Rosario and drop Bellinger as a bench bat

thank you!

dubjay
dubjay
11 months ago

Hey Grey,
2 quick questions-loved the Sano blurb BTW. Amazing

Which 2 hot bats would you pick up?
M.Chapman
Naquin
Wong
Renfroe
Santander

Which streamer would you pick up for Sunday
HOUCK @ CLE
MEGILL vs WSH
R.SUAREZ vs ARI

lindorphins
lindorphins
11 months ago

Once Grandal is back (sounds soon), do you like him or Varsho ROS?

speill
speill
11 months ago

Drop Gallo or Lourdes Gurriel to make room for Betts. Thanks

Russ
Russ
11 months ago

Just wondering, besides Mish with the Marlins do you have any other close insider contacts with any other teams?

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Still wondering where we can listen to your chats with Mish on Fridays.

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Ah gotcha. When it is happening, is it on a podcast or like an actual radio station?

Also do you do any other spots that are still going on? Just can’t get enough fantasy baseball thoughts.

Thanks!

lindorphins
lindorphins
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Werd. Thanks!

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Wait,what?You are on Roku TV?I’d be willing to send a Taylor Pork Roll to hear that.Seriously.

Bish
Bish
11 months ago

Grey,

trying to finish strong in my points league. Thanks to you, I’m doing pretty well. Thanks!

Three questions:
1) Wander or Polanco at SS ros?
2) Teoscar or Lowe in the OF?
3) Kenley Jansen was dropped. I assume I should drop Ryan Pressly for him?

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
11 months ago

Happy National Dog Day, Grey!

got 2 quick ones for ya:

1.) do you trust starting Sonny Gray today @ MIL?

2.) Brandon Rodgers paid dividends for me the past week at home & then at Wrigley. is he a “hold” with upcoming games @ LAD & @ TEX or would you drop him for a Batty-call today/ Hot Schmotato?

Thanks as always!

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

And preferably in a bun with mustard, tomato, pickle, & sport peppers!

1.) I’ll take your advice in not trusting him and keep him on my bench today. I’m cool with you taking the risk

2.) (thumbs up)

Thanks again!

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Sonovabench!!

Also, I started Ryu who’s getting LIT UP!!

Gweed
Gweed
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Good choice on Gray!

Gweed
Gweed
Reply to  Gweed
11 months ago

By that, I meant good choice to go ahead and start him.

Cohen
Cohen
11 months ago

Start or sit Rodon at Jays today?

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

Who are your top 3 from this group for ROS?:

Schwarber, O’Neill, Amed, Renfroe, Grisham, Straw

Thanks!
LG

PDXExpress
PDXExpress
11 months ago

Good morning! Any smoke where you are? Fires are going bananas.

I need three from this grab bag of… not sure what, for the rest of the season, 5×5 12 team league – which ones would you take ROS? Lindor, Donaldson, Mancini, Yadiel, Naquin.

Also, Eovaldi goes to Tampa Bay next week – TB is hot (not the Doc Holliday disease, the Manta inspired team,) and Eovaldi has been lit up by them twice. When he’s on, it’s glorious – but my instincts say bench. Thoughts?

Thanks, and have a fantastic day.

PDXExpress
PDXExpress
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thank you sir!

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

With Haase coming back tomorrow, drop Gary Sanchez? Or use Haase as an OF and drop Bryan Reynolds?

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  scoboticus
11 months ago

Reynolds gets no respect. #38 on the Player Rater. Another guy like Jorge Polanco who will win some leagues this year.

McZero
McZero
11 months ago

Elieser Hernandez or Reynaldo Lopez?

toolshed
toolshed
11 months ago

Does Ian happ qualify as a hit schmotato? He’s hitting. .315, 4 hr, 10 rbi over last 14 games. Would you take a chance on him as a bench bat in a roto obp league. Daily lineups and he is eligible at 2b,3b,of.

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  toolshed
11 months ago

Hit Schmotato. I like it!

daro
daro
11 months ago

who to drop once Mookie is activated: Santander, Josh Rojas, Avisail, Mancini, Aledmys?

daro
daro
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

would you drop any of them for marsh?

Thanks for your help!

ichirosan
ichirosan
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

16 man dynasty H2H league, we keep 22 at years end. Playoffs and trade deadline are both two weeks away, currently in win now mode.

Had Flaherty go down again, and uncertainty with DeGrom. Trade Kris Bryant for Lance McCullers and Michael Brantley?

Thanks!!

The Original Whatever
The Original Whatever
11 months ago

Hey Grey,

Have to drop someone for Rodon coming off the IL (12 team mixed redraft using Saves).

Who would you pick?

SP: Berrios,Wheeler,Wood,L Garcia,Quantrill,Trevor Rogers,Ynoa,Edward Cabrera
RP: Givens,Hendriks,Robles,Tyler Rogers,Graveman

The Original Whatever
The Original Whatever
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks Grey.

aintlifegrand
aintlifegrand
11 months ago

Good morning Grey!

Which two get the axe out of this group, 10 tm, redraft 6×6 h2h with OBP and XBHs:

Andrew Vaughn, Santander, Connor Joe, Amed Rosario, Nicky Lopez.

And of course Nicky Lopez stops running as soon as I picked him up on Monday this week!

Still holding on Tylor Megill after that bout with the Roofies? Skubal, Ed Cabrera or Elieser Hernandez available (or would drop one less bat above).

Thanks for the insight!

Glizzy
Glizzy
11 months ago

Aloha Grey. Ik you gave up on LGj already but for the final push, you taking him, brandan rodgers, or, dare i say, ian happ to plug at 2b??

Also for the push at catcher – a nola, yadier, or farmer?

Thanks!

Trishul Jotangia
Trishul Jotangia
11 months ago

Hey Grey!

Great write up!

What are your thoughts on Jazz ROS. I need steals to stay afloat in my ROTO league and have been reliant of Straw but saw jazz on the wire and saw he had 5 steals last 4 games! Should i drop straw for Jazz?

Shagalicious
Shagalicious
11 months ago

Carrasco or Houck ROS?

jah
jah
11 months ago

Grey,
Miami is one of the worst offenses vs lefties, and I picked up Patrick Corbin to stream after seeing his velocity back up in his last start. But I don’t know if I need him.

Corbin +10.9 @ MIA/Hernandez +6.7
Darvish +9.1 vs LAD/Scherzer +16.8
Wood +4.8 @NYM/Carrasco +8.2
McClanahan +7.5 @ BAL/Harvey -19.9
Odorizzi -0.2 @ TEX/Yang -31.4
Stroman +11.2 v WSH/Nolin -7.6
Framber +9.7 @ TEX/Allard -21.6
Greinke +6.8 @TEX/Hearn -24.6

I will sometimes roll the dice with my Astros because of big point bonus for W’s in my 10-team h2h points league. Which of these 4 starts would you pick?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
11 months ago

Who’s my cut – Vaughn; Pham; Rojas?

Doug Out
Doug Out
11 months ago

Little Nicky Lopez or Brendan Rodgers?

trace
trace
11 months ago

Barnes still just a clear drop even after the Robles meltdown?

Robbie Ray
Robbie Ray
11 months ago

Hey, i just really like cutoffs. There are dozens of us!

Suicide Squeeze
Suicide Squeeze
11 months ago

I don’t see any more reports on Hernandez’s excellent year. Are you sore that he Kike your butt? I always wondered how well he would do in a full-time role that he could never get with the Dodgers. Pretty well, it seems.

Lincecuminmypants
Lincecuminmypants
11 months ago

“That ball went 600 feet easy and into the Gold’s Gym I used to go to in college where Peter Wolf would be on the treadmill with an unlit cigarette in his mouth.”

This is everything I need from Razzball and more. Please tell me you had the Gold’s Gym tanktop. Actually, don’t. I need to believe in a world where you did.

I also want to believe Peter Wolf yelled “let me iiiiiinnnnnnnnnn!” whenever he got locked out of the sauna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW0hxbrmFhM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW0hxbrmFhM

Lincecuminmypants
Lincecuminmypants
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

I used to work at the Souvenir Store at Fenway (fun fact: the same family owns all the stores around the park) and always wondered how anyone could work out on a gameday with the smell of 4 sausage and hot dog stands wafting in their face. It’d either make me vomit or just go stuff my face….or both in reverse order.

Cunning Linguist
Cunning Linguist
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Geez. How old are you?

Cunning Linguist
Cunning Linguist
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

I hear you.

Yaz Mantle
Yaz Mantle
11 months ago

Connor Joe or Akil Baddoo, ROS? (h2h, 12-team). Thx!

Hesh
Hesh
11 months ago

Last night Luis Rojas managed like he was in the Delta Lounge at Citifield binging Ted Lasso, until he was told two men were on and a lefty was up, so he ran and took out T.Walker who was carving up the Giants. Error, pop single that was in the air five minutes, and that’s a wrap for Walker. 74 pitches, 1 hit, but can’t let him pitch to Brandon Crawford. Loup’s been great this year, but who besides Rojas, couldn’t have predicted what happened next. I’m not the old guy yelling on the lawn btw. One question. Am I better off picking up a guy like Yikuchi for the playoffs, or just hope Pablo Lopez is ready by then. Gibson was available and I passed, can only keep 8 SP’s on the roster. Thanks in advance.

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

And the Mets are terrible defensively. Taijuan was great Villar booted a grounder and McNeil lost a pop up that was called a hit. Then two runs was the result. Only watching because of Taijuan but it is the same every game I watch. I thought was going to fix everything?

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

I got Donaldson off the Waiver Wire, so I’d say I got a pretty good return on my investment!

Vegans
Vegans
11 months ago

Ron Burgundy approved that Ian Anderson note. Haha.

ERad
ERad
11 months ago

I low key love Ketel Marte

Two long IL stints this year and dude just rakes, almost unheard of – like there’s always some rust to be expected if you haven’t seen live MLB pitching in a while, and especially playing on a team like the D Backs – I’d give him a pass if this was a down year.

I have him as a keep forever – but I feel like he’ll come at a nice little discount next year in redrafts

Aardvark
Aardvark
11 months ago

Santander, Schwarber, kelenic conforto how would you rank them?

Aardvark
Aardvark
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks!!

Jose
Jose
11 months ago

Rank these guys for 2022. I want to keep 3 or 4 and they al cost 3 bucks or less.

Ynoa
Skubal
Houck
Edward Cabrera
Elieser Hernandez
Gomber
Lynch
Lucas Gil

Eddie
Eddie
11 months ago

Master lothario that was my bonehead move I thought Blake was pitching at the dodgers. And what do u know I pitched him in one league and he pitched a gem lol.

Would you spot start mikolas at Pittsburgh or

Eflin at home vs Arizona or neither?

Gary C
11 months ago

ESPN Points, ROS

Elieser Hernandez or Josiah Gray?

Thanks

CTFDU
CTFDU
11 months ago

Hi Grey, thanks for your amazing report. Question: Josiah Gray, stream or keep? 14 teams win%, k/9, ERA, QS league.

hot corner
hot corner
11 months ago

I’ve been watching the Little League WS (it is way more wxciting than watching the Cubs) and I want to pick up Gavin Weir but apparently, platforms have rules against picking up 12yos. On the season…

8GS / 43.2IP / 8W / 0R / 1H / 6BB / 114K

He has faced 132 batters and struck out 114 with ONE hit allowed.

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

I am trying but apparently I am not allowed to pick up 6th graders from random parks. Who knew?

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

HAHA

PC
PC
11 months ago

I am curious if these pants would improve my playing ability in the adult softball league I am in? On second thought…just pass me another brew. Beer is the only performance enhancer that I need.

Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood
Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood
Reply to  PC
11 months ago

forget the pants get a hot bat and shave the barrel everyone can hit a rocket these days

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
11 months ago

Grey,

I need your advice (as per usual.). I have a surplus of OF’s and would like to drop at least 1 possibly more.

These are all my OF’s

Y. Alvarez
Bellinger (can play 1B as well)
M. Brantley
M. Conforto
A. Frazier
T. Mancini (can play 1B as well)
C. Mullins
S. Ohtani (pitches for me as well)
L Robert
R. Ortega
T. Wade (can play 2B/3B/SS/OF)
Trout (on IL)
K. Tucker

Who can I drop?

BtheEsq.
BtheEsq.
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
11 months ago

You can drop Ortega with the list you have there….if its redraft, Im probably moving on from Bellinger at this point, because, meh. Same for Conforto, unless I missed a hot streak recently…..

How many OFs you start per day/week?
You are rolling Yordan, Tucker, Lou bob, every day, and filling in the days off with what you have left.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  BtheEsq.
11 months ago

Dynasty/keeper league

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

grey,

should I drop them now or wait until someone else comes off the IL

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

ok thanks fortheadvice

Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood
Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood
11 months ago

Hey Grey,

H2h i’m getting killed at catcher i have Garver would you pick up any of these guys?
Mike Zunino C
FA Riley Adams C
FA Tucker Barnhart C
FA Jacob Stallings C
FA Yohel Pozo C
FA Christian Vazquez C
FA Sean Murphy C
FA Travis d’Arnaud C
FA Max Stassi C
FA Austin Nola C
FA Francisco Mejia C
FA Alejandro Kirk C
FA Dom Nunez C
FA Wilson Ramos C
FA Cal Raleigh C
FA Yan Gomes C

BtheEsq.
BtheEsq.
Reply to  Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood
11 months ago

That’s a whole lot of meh…..I’ve been using Barnhart for the past week or 2, but Im waiting for Grandal to get back………Try to play the hot hand for a week at a time, if you can…..or, if avg is not a huge concern, pick whoever is getting the most at bats to accumulate as many counting stats as possible.

Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood
Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood
Reply to  BtheEsq.
11 months ago

Thank BE! yeah not much out there ………i change catcher more often than i change my
underwear with worse results.

Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood
Lennydykstraisjustmisunderstood
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks Grey!

Will The Thrill
Will The Thrill
11 months ago

5 x 5 ten team head to head category league- I can keep three. Can keep the player forever with a two round yearly escalation.

I am keeping in Acuna in round 1.

Which other two of:
1. Bellinger in round 14
2. Robbie Ray in round 19
3. Semien in round 22
4. Austin Riley in round 22

Thanks!

BtheEsq.
BtheEsq.
Reply to  Will The Thrill
11 months ago

Ray and Semien

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
11 months ago

Excellent work Grey!

Points league…. ROS. Yadier Hernandez or Connor Joe?

Thanks

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
11 months ago

Glad to see your discussion on OF depth this year. Until then, I thought my OF problems were just my ineptitude.

Who’s the pickup for ROS – Josh Donaldson or Connor Joe?

A guy in a league full of dumb-dumbs
A guy in a league full of dumb-dumbs
11 months ago

I have Robbie Ray in a h2h categories league, where my team has the MOST Quality Starts and the LEAST Wins. UUUUGh, why is baseball this way?

Ben W
Ben W
11 months ago

Should I be keeping Sean Manaea on my roster? 12 team 5×5 league. I’m constantly wanting to bench him for his tough matchups as it is!

Manley Ramirez
Manley Ramirez
11 months ago

So, not gonna mention how Story went O-8 in the DH and is getting outplayed by the likes of Connor Joe on a continuous basis?

Dtrain
Dtrain
Reply to  Manley Ramirez
11 months ago

Story is Killin me. He hasn’t stolen a base in a month and his average is going to end up in the 230s at this pace

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
Reply to  Dtrain
11 months ago

Watch, after all the gnashing of teeth about trading Story or keeping him, he’ll stink his way into accepting a Qualifying offer

galica123
galica123
11 months ago

Grey!!

Great report!

a. Missed yesterday (well I was stalking!). Had some stuff SNAFU. In short,

1. Aug 3, 2021 bought two bags of top dog food for Simba. One was horse-based monoprotein, the other pork-based monoprotein for intestinal problems.
2. Aug 3, 2021 my wife immediately opens the pork bag and gives Simba just one kibble and he goes nuts for them.
3. Aug 3, 2021 I try feeding him the horse-based kibbles (same price as the pork-based, a little more compact so they’re harder to digest). Fish ain’t bitin’, not gonna happen, what else ya got and he runs straight to the pork-based bag.
4. Every day since pork in the AM, pork in the PM.
5. Aug 24, 2021 our daughter says she’s going to town and she’ll exchange the unopened horse-based kibbles for more pork as I was at the bottom of my 4.4 pound bag my wife opened in ‘2’ above.
6. Aug 24, 2021 our ‘air-headed’ daughter forgot to take the horse-based kibbles so she bought pork-based out of pocket with the idea that I go to the same place and bring the horse-based kibbles leaving Simba alone for 2-3 hours, the longest he’s been alone in his 2+ years.
7. Aug 25, 2021 I went to town brought the horse-base kibbles, then the Vet says what would you like for the cost of the returned horse-based kibbles. I thought about it. She’s a saleswoman, this is not a charitable organization so I took another bag of the pork ’cause duh he’ll finish the ones our daughter bought in ‘6’ above in 3 weeks or so.
8. Don’t tell my wife, my daughter and I spent 12$ uselessly in going to the same place to do the SAME THING!! She’d be annoyed and would say we’re both idiots!

b. LE-O-DY!!! His return from Round Rock to go 0/9 more than justifies his 8th round draft pick!! He went 17/13 in 87 games in Round Rock, I’ll leave him in there for a week or so.

c. As you say, OF is SUPER shallow (to wit, I signed up Marsh who hit his first HR and you know what comes after your 1st HR…your 2nd and 3rd!!).

d. Saw Skubal’s start and retiring Goldie (who took him yard twice) on an infield pop-up to end the 5th was a big thing.

e. Josiah Gray….another HR allowed…..ANOTHER SOLO SHOT….12 HRA, ALL of the solo variety. Next year he will get torched for many non-solo HRs.

f. Saw a documentary of Gorbachev, glasnost, how HE was the one who tore down the Berlin wall, etc….All I can say is time has not been kind to Gorbachev’s head.

g. Marx Brothers quote of the day for August 26, 2021

Captain Jeffrey Spaulding: ‘What do you say, girls? What do you say? Are we all going to get married?’

Mrs. Whitehead: ‘All of us? But, that’s bigamy!’

Captain Jeffrey Spaulding: ‘Yes, and it’s big of me too.’

[talking to Mrs. Rittenhouse and Mrs. Whitehead]

Captain Jeffrey Spaulding=Groucho; Mrs. Whitehead=Margaret Irving

Animal Crackers

h. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for August 26, 2021

‘It’s really nice, the people are nice,’ Reggie said of the city. ‘Baseball is important — and Williamsport is important to continue what it is.’

Cheers,
Ante

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Grey!!!

a. Look at Gorbachev’s head in 1986 v. Gorbachev 2021. It’s incredible how fat he’s become. That’s what 33 years of independence from the Soviet Union will get you.

b. Yeah, the quote about how when he was getting old on some days he’s still Reggie. Found this gem of an article that I’d never seen before. A gem I tell ya. Will be sharing from that article in the days and weeks to come. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh and you’ll be awed. Great story the Jackson family and how Reggie getting drafted was the glue that kept it all together.

Cheers,
Ante

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Grey!

He looks like he went 12 rounds with Iron Mike Tyson 1986 and there was no standing 8 count and no saving by the bell and as many knock downs per round as you want! I’d watch that fight!

Cheers,
Ante