Matt Grace picked up his 2nd save in as many games on Saturday for the Nationals, and Ben Zobrist’s wife started to work on a song titled, “Saving Grace,” and requested Ben’s trade to Washington.  Then, first thing on Sunday, the Nats traded for Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle, and Saving Grace became a B-side for “Halleberrylujah, A Catwoman Licks Herself (Rated PG).”  When asked if the trade makes his team better, the Nats’ GM said, “That’s right,” and, “I’m Mike Rizzo.”  Picture this:  Dusty and Rizzo looking at a book called, “Baseball Strategy.”  Rizzo looks at Dusty, and Dusty says, “I got the baseball part,” and Rizzo nods his head.  Finally, Rizzo chimes in, “I don’t know the 2nd word and I don’t think it’s worth investigating.”  Dusty agrees, and that’s the Nationals.  So, who will close between Madson and Doolittle?  Your guess = my guess.  I’d want to say Madson, but it could be either, both or neither as they trade for David Robertson or someone else.  By the time the calendar turns to August, the Nationals might have five closers from teams not in the pennant chase.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Tanner Roark – 6 IP, 0 ER (3 unearned), 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.98.  Staked to a huge early lead, Mr. Roark cruised out to the Ivictory Coast for a stay at the W, waving to tourists arriving at Fantasy Baseball Island.

Daniel Murphy – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 15th and 16th homers, hitting .348.  ‘Member the people who didn’t believe in Murphy?  Bunch of jackasses!  Like a Pre-All-Star Break Grey.

Anthony Rendon – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, and his third homer in two games.  Rendon said he wasn’t angry when he finished third in the Final Vote for the All-Star Game.  Apparently, he hits well when he’s denying his anger.

Homer Bailey – 4 IP, 8 ER, ERA up to 10.13.  Bailey has a better chance of hypnotizing the entire league into thinking a high ERA is better than a low ERA than actually having a low ERA.

Michael Pineda – Seeking a second opinion on his torn UCL.  If he asks a doctor for the 2nd opinion, this will likely lead to Tommy John surgery.  If Pineda asks a major league hitter for the 2nd opinion, this could lead to Pineda pitching through it.

CC Sabathia – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners (5 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 3.54.  To put five walks to three strikeouts in terms you understand, “This party is a sausage fest, easy five guys to every three women.”  “That ratio doesn’t sound bad.”  “Yes, but the three women are lesbians.”  I.e., it’s not Si Si Sabathia.

David Price – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.39.  Damn, someone is rounding into form like a mid-21st century Sandoval.  That sounds like a negative, but a mid-21st century Sandoval was one of the most roundly formed specimens.  Not a pointy angle to be found.

Stephen Piscotty – Hit the DL with a groin strain.  Piscotty doesn’t—Oh, who cares?!  Where’s Harrison Bader?  Call him up, you godforsaken Cardinals organization!  Why do the Cards call up young pitching prospects so readily, but they drag their heels on hitting prospects?  Fo’reallies.

Magneuris Sierra – 4-for-4, 1 run and his 2nd steal.  But what about Bader?!  Sierra’s okay for steals, but will likely platoon, call him SAGNOFeuris.

Lance Lynn – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.40.  I think Kendrick said it best when he said, “I’m downin’ this D’USSÉ with my boo bae tastes like Kool-Aid for the analysts.”  According to Genius.com, that means cognac tastes the same as a 99-cent pack of Kool-Aid.  Just as Lynn, with his 3.40 ERA, tastes like an ace.

Brett Cecil – 2/3 IP, 2 ER and his 5th blown save, though his first one after the manager gave him a vote of confidence as his new closer.  Yo, Matheny, your vote of confidence is polluted!  If I were speculating here, I’d grab Trevor Rosenthal and Cecil, in that order.  Oh seems, well, Oh-ver.

Aaron Nola – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.54.  A) 3.54 would be leading some fantasy leagues this year with how bad pitching is, so he should be owned.  B)  In 28 1/3 IP, he has a 1.59 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with 32 Ks on my team  C) There’s no C.  D) Didn’t you just say CC wasn’t ownable with a 3.54 ERA?  E) Yo, D, eat a D.

Aaron Altherr – Headed to the DL and Cesar Hernandez will be activated to replace him.  Or as they say of Cesar’s return in Latin America, carpe diem.

Nick Williams – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in the last four games.  I wanna say schmotato, but he needs to get out of the eight hole.  He should too, since the middle of the Phils’ order is Nava damn thing.

Jimmy Nelson – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.27.  Swear to Giancarlo, I looked up the ERA league leaders to see if Nelson was in the top five.  He’s not, he’s eighth.

Johnny Cueto – Hit the 10-day DL with blisters, and goodbye.  I didn’t love putting him in the top 100 for the 2nd half, but he had an opening matchup vs. the Padres and he couldn’t be this bad and…goodbye.  I dropped him on Saturday, and I only wish I moved on from him about three months sooner.

Madison Bumgarner – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.18, as he was activated from the DL.  Let’s hope he leaves the dirt bikes to teenagers who look like they’ve never showered and child actors with nothing to do.  Frankie Muniz — dirt bikes; Bumgarner — no dirt bikes.  Clear?

Jeff Samardzija – 6 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.86.  Samard&*$#@! it was the Padres!  *lifts bowling ball, drops bowling ball on foot*  I still only feel the pain from Samard&*$#@!  The cleanup hitter was catcher, Hector Sanchez, who is hitting .191, and you let him hit a three-run homer off you?!  Samard&*$#@!

Brandon Belt – Scratched yesterday with a sprained wrist.  He hurt his wrist on a check swing.  Not to be confused with a Czech Swing, which is dance that involves high kicks and cheekbones.

Trevor Cahill – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.14.  Want a good laugh?  Look at Cahill’s road/away splits.  Hodgepadre by any other name would not make my toots smell as sweet, or as the French say ‘toot sweet.’

Avisail Garcia – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 12th and 13th homers, hitting .313.  The White Sox said Avisail is off the trade market, and Avisail said, “Aw, c’mon!  Please!”

Kyle Seager – 2-for-5 and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  If Seager’s going to get to his usual 27 homers, and there’s nothing that says he won’t, he has a ton of homers still left in his bat.

Danny Valencia – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .271.  Has done nothing of recent — Malfrenquencia? — but this could be the start of something.

Alex Cobb – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.59.  *looking at league average for ERAs, looking at Cobb’s ERA*  So, Cobb is basically an ace this year too.  “But Sabathia wasn’t with a 3.54 ERA?!”  Please, leave me alone, Inner Monologue.

Logan Morrison – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  I wonder if Gary Sanchez knows Morrison is competing against him in a 2nd half Home Run Derby.

Chris Archer – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners (5 BBs), 9 Ks, ERA at 3.91 vs. Parker Bridwell – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.18.  This matchup of Archer vs. Bridwell sounds like it was penned by George R. R. Martin, but, if that were the case, it would never end.

Danny Espinosa – Designated for assignment.  His assignment is to try to board a plane with his beard.

Trevor Bauer – 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.59.  It’s a bad week to quit sniffing glue, but I must’ve been sniffing glue to start Bauer.  Hmm, I’ve painted myself into a logic corner.

Sean Manaea – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.68.  Feels like this guy is going to go this route next year:  in March, people will be like, “Do you think Manaea can break out?”  And I’ll be like, “He broke out already last year.”

Cole Hamels – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.05 vs. Danny Duffy – 8 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.51.  This was a matchup of two guys who are owned by the guy who’s winning your league with a bunch of schmohawks, which keeps making you scratch your head, saying, “But these pitchers aren’t that good.”

Alex Claudio – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.59, and his 3rd save on Saturday.  Who’s the closer in Texas?  Everyone, “Jose Leclerc.”  Who has the most saves in Texas in the last two weeks?  “Oh, yeah, Claudio, but he’s not the closer.”  A’la Jay Z in The Story of O.J., “Okay.”

Mike Napoli – 2-for-4 and his 20th homer, and 2nd homer this weekend.  Hot schmotato alert!

Kevin Gausman – *uck Showalter says demoting Gausman is a possibility.  Since Gausman has a 6.39 ERA, the Orioles would be setting a dangerous precedent by demoting someone due to a poor ERA.  They’d have to demote their entire starting staff.

Wade Miley – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER, and Gausman is the one performing badly.  Hahahahahaha.  Oh, Jesus Christ Ramirez.

Zach Britton – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.93.  Could resume closer duties any day now.  While Britton’s waiting to regain the role, he’s keeping a stiff upper lip.

Jake Arrieta – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (3 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 4.17.  On one hand, the start was in Camden, so that could be tough.  On the other hand, three walks and three Ks really isn’t that great.  On a third hand that is actually Hamburger Helper, this is Arrieta and you’re making excuses for him to have a 4.17 ERA.

Jose Quintana – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 4.20.  Speaking of 420, Quintana’s NL-Only FAAB price just got real high.  Could a trade to a team in the pennant race change Quintana’s mindset and performance?  P to the erhaps.  I also think there’s just as much a chance he goes out and has his usual 3.50-ish ERA.  My gut tells me people are overestimating his new value.  Though, I did just eat Mexican.

Kris Bryant – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .277.  This was his 2nd straight game with three hits, and suddenly all Cubs fans are now like, “We’re gonna repeat!”  Cubs fans do more 180’s than fidget spinners.

Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  HR to the Rizzo!

Willson Contreras – 4-for-5, 1 run, hitting .278.  Now seven for his last ten, and a home run on Friday.  Find someone who looks at you like major league hitters look at Orioles pitchers.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs as he was activated from the DL.  Soon, the Rockies will also get back David Dahl, and, at that point, they’ll have to decide if they want to play without a catcher and instead four outfielders.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-6, 3 RBIs, and his 18th homer, hitting .305.  It’s extremely susceptible to weather, but if you want to check out the Shroud of Turin I purchased on eBay, I left it by the window sill–NOOOOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!

DJ LeMahieu – 4-for-6, 3 runs and his 5th steal.  He’s hitting .315, which is 6th in the NL, so it feels silly to say this, but I bet you could buy low on LeMahieu.

Mark Reynolds – 4-for-6, 3 runs, 1 RBI, hitting .287.  The memo going around the Rockies’ clubhouse reads, “If you don’t get at least four hits in a game, you could be benched.  Or if you ever say anything bad about Todd Helton.”

Gerardo Parra – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .337.  Parra definitely received the memo.

Charlie Blackmon – 2-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer, hitting .320.  Chazz Noir likely didn’t need to read the memo, but he did spray some of his cologne on it, so others would think of him when they read it.

Yoenis Cespedes – Expected back Monday from a sore hip.  When a guy has hundred legs, there’s bound to be a lot of problems with his lower half.

Steven Matz – 1 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.58.  This start was so bad the Blind Boys Of Alabama winced, and they sung “Way Down In The Hole,” so they know depressing, and THEY’RE BLIND!

Asdrubal Cabrera – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Which Cabrera has been more valuable this year:  Asdrubal or Miggy?  Okay, but you had to think about it, and, on our Player Rater, they’re closer than they should ever be.

Lucas Duda – 1-for-4 and his 15th homer, hitting .243.  Usually when he hits one home run, he follows it up with another soon after.  I understand ‘soon after’ is super subjective here.

Jose Urena – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.93.  The Regression Fairies usually have dotted their eyes by this point in the season.  That’s the Urban Dictionary ‘dotting of the eyes’ I’m referring to, by the by.

Adrian Gonzalez – Took 40 swings off a tee on Friday.  Since he should be retired, it’s good to see him practicing his golf game.

Alex Wood – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.56, moving his record to 11-0.  Okay, serious question, he starts seven more times, gets seven more wins, ends the season 18-0 with a sub-2 ERA, and can he not win the Cy Young?  Is there a way he does not win it?

Rich Hill – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.55.  It’s not exactly like he can’t go deeper in games, but, when you throw 94 pitches through five innings, you have no chance of that.

Justin Turner – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .374.  He doesn’t quite qualify for the batting title yet, but he will get there if he can avoid injuries, i.e., You can’t catch him, he’s the Gingerbeard Man!

Cody Bellinger – 0-for-3 but hit for the cycle on Saturday.

Francisco Liriano – 2 IP, 5 ER, but left the game with neck soreness.  That’ll happen watching each pitch you throw get knocked back the other way.

Jose Bautista – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .233.  Hard to imagine you can find anyone else that gives power and absolutely nothing else.  Wait, that’s exactly what you can find.  My b.

Justin Smoak – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .290.  The most remarkable part of Smoak’s season:  none of his peripherals are saying he should regress.

Michael Fulmer – 8 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.06.  His Ks aren’t great, his xFIP is over 4 and his BABIP shows luck.  Basically, he’s having a year that is giving the Fangraphs Database the middle finger.

J.D. Martinez – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and a slam (16) and legs (2).  I heard a rumor that Just Dong might get traded to the Rockies, and I fainted with a handkerchief to my forehead.  Toxicology reports showed a high level of dong.

Zack Godley – 6 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.09.  That’s fairly terrestrial.

Jaime Garcia – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.33.  I streamed him without the blessing of the Stream-o-Nator, but I’d go back to SON’s outlook for his next start.

Matt Adams – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 15th homer, hitting .291.  That was his 2nd home run in the past four games, one from before the break.  Adams does have admittedly more impressive before and after’s of late.

Ervin Santana – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners (5 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 2.99.   I get it, this start was vs. the Astros and they’re, how do I say this, good.  Also, Ervin’s peripherals are saying there’s a bit more than Magic happening here.  But…again with some stank…BUT Ervin is available in my 12-team mixed league.  Okay, that’s slightly insane.

Bartolo Colon – After being cut by the Braves, he will make his Twins’ debut on Tuesday.  I think someone in the Twins’ front office confused “looks ready for the Twins” with “looks ready to give birth to twins.”

Byron Buxton – Hit the DL with a strained groin.  Perfect for this jerk-off.

Mike Fiers – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.75.  Another guy I streamed due to the Stream-o-Nator, and would throw back to the waiver wire.  Shorty, let me tell you about my only vice.  It has to do with not a lot of starters who I’m loving and they ain’t nothing nice.

Dallas Keuchel – Will begin a rehab assignment today.  In my ‘pert RCL league, Malamoney offered me a trade of Keuchel for Sam Dyson, and I nearly drove my car off a cliff on the PCH into a ravine of cacti and hippies to accept the trade, but he traded Keuchel away in a different deal prior to me accepting.  Stupid Cougs and her All-Star break road trips!

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FreePeteRose
FreePeteRose
5 years ago

would you trade McCutchen and Gerrit Cole for Everine Santans and Micheal Fulmer?

Every29Years
Every29Years
5 years ago

Quintana advice 5 weeks ago: drop him and don’t look back.

goodfold2
goodfold2
5 years ago

good lord, added cecil in 3 spots yesterday just watched this save, really wanted to see the dude who had 25 or so out of last 26 appearances be a dominant dude, with low in the zone offspeed shit that either resulted in bad groundout contact or K’s. he threw about 5 balls high and outside to right handers that would never be swung at, 2 meat balls to assdribble at about 92 high over heart of plate (1 single from that, conforto would’ve HR’d those 2 pitches), conforto (1st batter) on 2nd pitch hit a line drive hard right at right fielder (lucky out). then his ONLY good pitch of all three batters was low in the zone and got a double play out of cespedes. i have no idea if molina was actually calling those 7 or 8 garbage pitches but it looked bad as F.

meanwhile SOUZAMAPHONE heating up big time.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  goodfold2
5 years ago

@goodfold2: meanwhile’s odor 1 for his last 23, no hits since break, nor BB’s, yuck.

Packers
Packers
5 years ago

JD Martinez left game in the middle of an inning. Trade coming.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Packers
5 years ago

@Packers: THIS IS WHY I HOLD MY 3# waiver in NL only (if that’s where he’s going). i doubt a #3 even does it though.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Packers
5 years ago

@Packers: it might also just be a guy getting time off (with POSSIBLE trade in mind maybe) with an 8 run 7th inning lead.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
5 years ago

@Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: or maybe it’s an even more traditional reason
“J.D. Martinez was lifted from Monday’s game against the Royals with lower back tightness.
The Tigers are saying he was pulled as a precaution, so it’s probably safe to consider him day-to-day. Martinez drew a walk in one of his three plate appearances before exiting.”

from rotoworld.

lwomack58
lwomack58
5 years ago

Interesting O’s didn’t bring Britton on in the 9th.

A. Britton’s been traded
B. He’s not the closer anymore
C. Showcasing Brach
D. or easing Britton back into closer role

What do you think. I have Britton on a couple of teams and just curious of your thoughts.
Thanks

Jon
Jon
5 years ago

Bogaerts for Polanco and Russell in a dynasty – which side?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
5 years ago

McCullers wasn’t sharp, but deserved a far better fate than his line.

goodfold2
goodfold2
5 years ago

barnes or cecil in NL only for holds. i just traded away ramos for schebler, now have a bullpen of knebel/neris/cecil/phelps. 2.5 closers probably too many when compared to holds guys. (neris counts as half of a closer due to few and far between save opps).

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: maybe neris should count as 2.66 of a closer, except the risk of neshek taking some, then maybe 2.5.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
5 years ago

@goodfold2: i mean my TOTAL closers of course, so neris .5-.66 himself.

lwomack58
lwomack58
5 years ago

Do you think it’s time to move on from Mancini.
Available are Parra, Castellanos, Simmons, Margot, Chisenhall(on DL), Haniger, Puig, O. Herrera and Bregman

lwomack58
lwomack58
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

It’s funny I was thinking the same. Every where I read Cast. is going to have this big 2nd half.

Thanks

Dommattingly
Dommattingly
5 years ago

Drop Dex Fowler for Peraza?!
Thanks!

Daze
Daze
5 years ago

Hey Grey
Cozart has been awful as of late. Plus he isn’t playing as much.
That being said. Reyes is hot in July.
Would you drop cozart for Reyes or hold
Thanks

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
5 years ago

Oh Jason Vargas, it’s finally happening. Now if only Brandon Kintzler could get shithoused, the two pitchers I’m most actively rooting against will have fallen.

Cohen
Cohen
5 years ago

Moreland, Hernan Perz or Caeser Hernandez?

wokeupinanew
wokeupinanew
5 years ago

also felix hernandez just dropped.

do I drop any of the following for him? peacock, duffy, Manea, bud Norris, david Robertson, Andrew miller (we only need two RPs but I carry3)

thanks

wokeupinanew
wokeupinanew
5 years ago

trade Rosario in a keeper league for samardzija for rotation help this year?

wokeupinanew
wokeupinanew
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

10 team mixed league

Gregg Jeffries, Future Star
Gregg Jeffries, Future Star
5 years ago

Which RP to snag?

Kahnle
Archie Bradley
Doolittle
Kela

Gregg Jeffries, Future Star
Gregg Jeffries, Future Star
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks!!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
5 years ago

Parra…clean up…Coors…July

Oh goodie good

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Spongebob in the asexual 5 whole.

By the way, I had never listened to the podcast before but I decided to take a listen when I heard you lost it on the last one. You were swearing like Pesci, dude. I feel you though. You answer a crap ton of questions. It’s what differentiates you though. The success of the site is as much attributable to that as anything. It’s something I do in my grocery store. Try to give a little attention to every person that comes in here. Goes a long way.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: it’s just complete b.s. that some twat would go in to a thing like that to give a negative review, watch it be the fangraphs odor douchebag too.

Every29Years
Every29Years
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Softy

Los Putos
Los Putos
5 years ago

Wood/mccullers for madbum/cueto?

herschel
herschel
5 years ago

@Grey: wasnt really looking to trade wood, but got an offer of segura and bruce for wood and conforto? thoughts?

how was hearst castle??

herschel
herschel
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: i own story, so trying to decide if its worth the upgrade or see if story can turn things around in the second half…..

herschel
herschel
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: bite your tongue. 2-2 with 3 rbi so far today!

I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
5 years ago

14 team h2h with OBP over AVG and total bases/hits added
C zunino
1B myers
2B villar
SS reyes (hot for a while now, best SS over last 30 days in this league)
3B longo
OF (3) trout/stanton/souza
util (2) desmond (1B)/avisail
BN maybin/b.miller (1B/2B/SS)
NA hoskins

my weakest area in this league is OBP/hits. drop miller or reyes for pedroia or phillips, recently dropped? i do only have one move left on week, which isn’t great as we have 7 days left on that, in case of some new closer change or call up (most of the call up likely guys owned, devers/amed/

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
5 years ago

Hello Grey,
What do you think of the following trade:

I give C. Seager, A. Wood and J. Wilson and I get Harper. He needs a SS. Am I being a dum ass to offer this or would he be a dum ass to accept?

This is a 10 Team H2H Points League.

Thanks much Grey.

Jarrod
Jarrod
5 years ago

Hiya Grey!

Quickie for ya ;)

AL Roto 8 team league.

Melky for Odorizzi

Who wins that? Pitching is kind of a need for me..

Jarrod
Jarrod
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Yeah set ya up with that one lol

You trying to sell high on Sano anywhere? I’ve considered aiming for a higher arm with him in hopes I get a playable bat in return.

Thanks again for all that you do sir!

hankp
hankp
5 years ago

Grey
Carlos Gonzalez or Odubel ROS in a deep 5×5? Thanks!

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Alright, I’m starting to think about selling Wood. I want to get an ace and a well-rounded bat back. Here’s my pitching staff:

SP – Wood, McCullers, Severino, Manaea, Faria, Nola, J. Gray, Berrios, Clevinger
RP – Jansen, Giles, Reed, Rosenthal

Which option would you pursue first?

Option A) Give: Wood, McCullers Get: Scherzer and M. Betts
Option B) Give: Wood, McCullers Get: Kluber, Machado

If I should keep McCullers, who else should I throw into these deals?

Thanks!

Fogimon
Fogimon
5 years ago

Marte for this week’s lineup locks, or wait for him to shake the rust off?

Available replacements;
Mancini
Morales
Adams (5 lefties on tap)

Chris
Chris
5 years ago

Hi Grey,

Would you trade MAchado to get Judge in a Keeper league?

Thanks,

maccer64
maccer64
5 years ago

Jose Ramirez for Correa?

What rank is Jose Ramirez next season? Top 30?

maccer64
maccer64
Reply to  maccer64
5 years ago

@Matthew Macdonald: 5×5 keeper league

Toughdrops
Toughdrops
5 years ago

Who would u rather have ros and beyond? Nick Williams or bader? Thx Grey

FeverDog
FeverDog
5 years ago

12-team, h2h, 5×5

of-Springer, Desmond, Trout
util-smoak, ???

Who would you keep as a second UTIL guy going forward for the rest of the season out of these three:

Marte
Melky
Peralta

Thank you!

los locos
los locos
5 years ago

Do I need Kris Davis?

Thinking about giving up a 7th & 8th rd pick next season for Ender & Kris Davis.. Thoughts.

Grandal
Freeman
Schoop
Areando
Seager
Bellinger
Cruz
A Jones
Marte

Hosmer
LeMiehu
Moncada
Arcia
Conforto
Brandley JR

Brian
Brian
5 years ago

H2H league with QS. you starting teheran v CHC or marquez v SD?

Josh-NYC
Josh-NYC
5 years ago

Hey Grey

Do you like Gennet, Gardner or Bour over my Maybin or Broxton ? Thanks!

Secretary Not Sure
Secretary Not Sure
5 years ago

Maikel Franco was just dropped in my 6×6 Roto Dynasty league. Drop Kyle Lewis, Josh Harrison or Jeff Hoffman? Or none of the above? Also, thinking about picking up Scott Kingery as well. Thoughts?

Secretary Not Sure
Secretary Not Sure
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thank you…It’s quite awesome of you to answer as many questions as you do…

Xhibit
Xhibit
5 years ago

Quick follow up to my earlier question – which side?

F. Freeman, I Nova and Z. Cozart / C. Correa and R. Ray

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

Hamburger Helper is so good. Homer Bailey is not. Vegas had him as a -113 favorite yesterday over the Nats. lol.

Dave
Dave
5 years ago

Playing for next year, thinking of offering:

$47 deGrom and $1 Chapman

for

$22 C. Mart and $1 Rivero

All are 2 year contracts as of the draft, except Chapman, whose contract expires. Keeper points league where HR allowed loses points.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
5 years ago

Finally (and can you tell I’m procrastinating stocking the grocery shelves today?) I would like to take a second to defend Billy Beane in light of his comments yesterday to Susan Slusser. Beane for the first time publicly expressed frustration at the A’s unwillingness to sign talent long term.

I want to go back to what many consider Beane’s low point, which was the A. Russell trade. If you are Beane and your mindset is, well yes Russell will be a star but he cannot help me win the WS THIS YEAR, a year in which the A’s had been just about the best team in baseball (regular season) for a several year run, then what does it matter if I “lose” the trade when the best I’m going to get out of Russell is a few years of control before I’m forced to trade him anyway.

Yes you can lament the guys the A’s has let go, but if you do that you have to laud them for the ability to develop the talent in the first place. The A’s have had more competitive seasons and more playoff seasons in the last decade plus than pretty much all of the low payroll franchises. It’s hard to complain in the context of what they have to work with.

And let’s not forget, he did get Baretto in the JD trade. He got Khris Davis for less than nothing.

I think he’s one of the game’s best GMs and the haters are off base. Now that said, it should be really interesting to see what happens with Sonny Gray. I think he’s pretty much gone if the market is right as I have to figure the A’s are looking to peak this rebuild in about 3 years even though a lot of the position pieces are MLB or MLB ready right now. If Gray goes I think it’ll almost certainly be for arm. Apparently the minor league arm they got in the Doolittle trade is a nice player.

I also think they are going to try to fix Treinen and make him a closer. If you have a deep league stash available might not be a terrible play.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

With the Russell trade, he went out and got the most successful post season SP of all time (to that point) in Lester. That it didn’t work out doesn’t change the fact that it might not be a bad trade to “lose” it on paper long term if a. there was really no long term there and b. you actually have a chance to win the WS that year.

As far as the other player dumps, like Donaldson, for instance, I think Beane has managed to get good talent in return, especially considering everybody knows he has to trade the players. Other than the Russell trade, it’s really hard to point to any trades where the A’s haven’t at least gotten FMV.

mraccoe
mraccoe
Reply to  OaktownSteve
5 years ago

@OaktownSteve:

Life long A’s fan and Beane supporter here. Russell was in the Samardzija trade , Lester was in the Cespedes trade the same year. But yeah, he went for it all and unfortunately the team folded in the 2nd half of the season. Lester looked like he just didn’t care and even in the wild card game, he had a lifeless expression on his face on the way to blowing that big lead.

It’s never going to be the same until the A’s get a new park, and I really wish that Beane had decided on the re-build years ago as opposed to trudging along, hoping for mediocrity.

los locos
los locos
5 years ago

ROS Pham or Ender?

Xhibit
Xhibit
5 years ago

Yo Grey – you killed it today. Which side you like in a 12 team 6×6 Yahoo league:

F. Freeman and I. Nova / K. Seager and R. Ray

Thanks!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
5 years ago

Talking about Robbie Ray’s season got me thinking about something.

Here are the number of qualified starters since 2010 who have finished the year with a K rate above 10/9:

2010: 0
2011: 2
2012: 2
2013: 2
2014: 5
2015: 5
2016: 7

So far in 2017 it’s 12.

I also looked at BB rates among the most successful pitchers over that time span. BB rate among the top 20 finishers in Fangraph War among starters is up roughly 10% in 16-17 versus 2010-2015.

Additionally there were 3 pitchers who finished in the top 20 last year with BB rates above 3/9 and there are 4 on pace to do it this year. That 7 is the same number as in seasons 2010-2015 combined.

Also, the percentage of pitchers who finish top 20 war with K rates below 8.5 has been steadily diminishing.

I think it’s been pretty well established that Ks are up. I think it’s interesting though that not only are they up, but pitchers who K a lot of batters are becoming even more successful relative to their pitch to contact counterparts and that increase walk rate may not be such a bad thing.

It may not be a huge difference but I also know that my own personal pitcher evaluation has always leaned heavily on BB/K ratio. I wonder if that calculus is starting to change in an age where the rabbit ball demands limiting contact rather than trying to prevent hard contact.

Also, Michael Fulmer has the best command of a four pitch arsenal I’ve seen since vintage Matt Cain. He works all the quadrants in/out up/down with different pitches. Cain was the poster child for outpitching FiP of course.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  OaktownSteve
5 years ago

@OaktownSteve:

I guess maybe a better way to say it is that K/BB is just as important as ever and that you have to look at it rather than looking at BB rate as it’s own, independent variable. If you saw a guy with Ray’s BB rate in the past it seems like you could pretty much assume he was going to struggle but his K rate is so high that the K/BB is still reasonable.

Really you’d need some Rudy level data digging to see if there’s any way to correlate the different variables but I put it on the table as a hypothesis that the importance of Ks for pitcher success is growing while the importance of low BB rate is diminishing.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Obviously King more and BBing fewer is optimal. Also more Ks are of course more valuable in standard fantasy. But I think it would be interesting to see if the high K guys are posting better rates even if the BB/K rate is comparable or even worse than low K low BB guys.

RADickeyJokes
RADickeyJokes
5 years ago

12-team 5 OF 5×5 weekly league where you need to start 4 relievers each week and where I am dying in saves and middle of the road in both HRs and Steals.

Current OFs: Stanton, Marte; Rotation between Reddick, Gardner, Margot, Mancini
Current Relievers: Miller, Betances, Doolittle, Claudio

Was offered Bud Norris for either Reddick or Gardner. Pull the trigger on either to get at least a semblance of guaranteed saves?

John Hagar
John Hagar
5 years ago

Grey, thanks for what you wrote in the Johnny Cueto blurb. I was surprised he was in your top 100 for the 2nd half and was going to ask you if we should keep starting him. Instead, now I can drop him and feel good about moving on.

Bye Bye Cueto… Hello streamer!

ChiCitySox
ChiCitySox
5 years ago

Drop Holliday for Schebler? Hold tight?

Also, league I’m in switched from ESPN to CBS this past year. Dudes be complaining about CBS. Curious on where people host leagues. Dynasty league where we want to have an minor league roster and ability to trade draft picks.

Dancing in the sheets
Dancing in the sheets
5 years ago

Orlando Arcia or Josh Bell for that IN slot? THX

Dancing in the sheets
Dancing in the sheets
Reply to  Dancing in the sheets
5 years ago

@Dancing in the sheets:

Brian Goodwin looks better than them both!

dhouse42
dhouse42
5 years ago

Pitching is so crazy. My pitching staff is really rolling, led by Jake Faria, Jimmy Nelson, Brad Peacock, and the resurgent David “weird elbow” Price. And streaming Jeff Hoffman. Ha!

Dancing in the sheets
Dancing in the sheets
5 years ago

In a 12-team roto…

Is Matz, Jon Gray and Jose Berriors all drops?

They hurt me so bad last week.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

Booking this week. You going to be around the end of August into early September, or will you be out galavanting around?

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

@Grey: That’s about when I was looking to come, or right around when you would be returning.

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

@Grey: Nah, remember I found that Spirit Airlines is dirt cheap to fly. Think I’m just scoping this trip to see if I could live there.

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

@Grey: Ha, I love how easy you make it sound.

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
5 years ago

Healy or Bregman ROS?

Kyke
Kyke
5 years ago

Made a offer for Machado, was countered with this deal…
– GIVE : Stanton, Bellinger, Happ
– GET: Machado, LeMahieu, Smoak

Thoughts?

Damien
Damien
5 years ago

nice write up Grey! what do you think ROS?
clint frazier vs. ian happ
chiris owings vs. andrelton simmons
bud Norris vs. Edwin Diaz

thanks!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
5 years ago

By the way, did I see that you are winning a whole bunch of leagues against the industry dolts? Nice job, Albright. Did you notice during drafting season that the “experts” hadn’t notice that the “don’t draft any pitching” model is preferable once again in the new juice era. Felt like most of the punditry was holding on to the draft SP model. You think it helped you that you punted pitching more than most?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Scooter has been unreal. I wish I owned Rivero. Robbie Ray was a nice call. Between the ballpark issue and his control he looked dodgy to me.

Fogimon
Fogimon
5 years ago

At this point in the season, it just depends on what you need. I need K’s to gain points, and can give ERA as I am way ahead there…

So I start Bauer week in and week out because he can’t hurt me unless he only throws 2/3 of an inning.

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Fogimon
5 years ago

@Fogimon: that was meant as a response to Alcesto

Alcesto
Alcesto
Reply to  Fogimon
5 years ago

I need all things pitching and Odorizzi doesn’t really give you anything in particular. I’m 50 innings under pace, so I’ll probably just run him out there and hope he doesn’t give up 4 dongs.

Alcesto
Alcesto
5 years ago

Yo Grey,

If you think Odorizzi stinks, you should smell my finger! Anyway, the rest of my staff sucks too, are you running this schmuck out there at the A’s in a 12 team 5×5 mixer?

Thanks!

Cory Iler
Cory Iler
5 years ago

Do you think if Yelich gets dealt to Philly he is more valuable than Lindor? I can acquire Lindor now for Yelich and Austin Meadows but I have this feeling that if Yelich does move he could be much more valuable considering Citizens Bank park is a much better place to hit.

Hold or pull the trigger?

Cory Iler
Cory Iler
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Is Yelich and a 1st rd pick worth Lindor?

Wild Thing
Wild Thing
5 years ago

Hi Grey –

Who should I cut? Pick one in a dynasty league where this year I’m out of it.

Folty, Snell, Newcomb

Thanks!

Also – I was listening to your podcast about how someone gave you guys a bad rating on iTunes. I want you to KNOW that I think that is INSANE. You are the best. I can’t believe how much you do and how ungrateful some people can be. Maybe it’s only one person? I listen to your podcasts every chance I get and it not only is informative but has me laughing out loud at the gym pretty much every time. Will give you the highest rating possible as many times as I can.

Best,
WT

Wild Thing
Wild Thing
Reply to  Wild Thing
5 years ago

@Wild Thing:

Ha – someone else posted under Wild Thing. That was NOT me. I just reviewed you on iTunes (my first one ever) as The True Wild Thing. Hope it helps!

Random Collmenter
Random Collmenter
5 years ago

Was offered Dee Gordon for Schoop + Aaron Sanchez in a 12-team 5×5 roto redraft with QS. I need steals (but also QS), and am dominating HR category at the moment so can afford to give up Schoop. Thoughts? Here’s the rest of my team:

C- Zunino
1- Rizzo
2- Schoop
3- Rendon
SS- Peraza/Semien
OFs: Judge, Bellinger, Khris, Marte, Broxton
U: Zimmerman

SPs: Kershaw, Carrasco, Hamels, Vargas, Sanchez, Rodon, Castillo
RPs: Aroldis, Rivero, Knebel

Thanks Grey!

Random Collmenter
Random Collmenter
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Made the trade, thanks!

In the same league, was just offered Darvish for Ryan Zimmerman plus Hamels. Thoughts?

stu
stu
5 years ago

Points league ROS-

Pham or LoMo

thanks

msh2404
msh2404
5 years ago

How much are u worried about McCullers? IWhich side on offerring McCullers + Trumbo for Just Dongs?

My staff right now is:
Carrasco, Archer, McCullers, Strailly, Peacock,D uffy, Walker
So my staff would start to be think without McCullers

Also I received Todd Frazier in a trade and I’m debating dropping him. I have 1B Goldy, 3B Arenado and UTIL Morrison so the only way he plays is if he overtakes Morrison for UTIL. Am I correct to drop Frazier to stream? Or does a trade to BOS help his value?

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
5 years ago

Carlos Santana or Matt Adams ROS in a 6-cat with OPS?

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thanks, do you like JBJ or Carlos more?

Don Majikowski
Don Majikowski
5 years ago

Also, do you believe in Smoak, or is this season just smaok n mirrors?

Don Majikowski
Don Majikowski
5 years ago

Thames or Marwin ROS??

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
5 years ago

I’ve found myself in a predicament three weeks running where I have a pitcher in a weekly league with a two start schedule. One of the starts is dodgy (@COL, @ARI, @ATL like so) and the other is a reasonably friendly match up. Murphy’s Law is in full effect in this scenario, ain’t it? You sit him, he gets a couple of wins, you start him and you get Jeff Hoffman 9 run Coors fiasco. It’s even worse when you grab a marginal guy for the the two start stream (now known to me as the two shart steamer).

Also, is it just me or does Jose Urena seem an awful lot like the second coming of Henderson Alvarez? High velocity power sinker Marlin who can’t miss a bat to save his life.

Geoff
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: 6.16 ERA in his last four starts.

Andrew Powell
Andrew Powell
5 years ago

Grey
Sitting on the #2 waiver priority in my NL only. Should I burn it on Madson or hold out in hopes of someone better getting traded into the league? Thanks!

omar
omar
5 years ago

Thoughts on Smoak ROS? Peripherals suggest he’s not due for too much regression. I’m doing well in pitching and need to somehow get Gallo out of my IF slot (AL Only 5×5 Standard Roto). Thinking about offering McCullers for Smoak. Thoughts?

Rob
Rob
5 years ago

Start Story or Carpenter? Pick one between Hamilton, Conforto, Kemp or JBJ? Thanks!

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

Got one waiver grab this week in my 12 team H2H OBP league – can spend it on either Madson (other RPs are only Rodney and Knebel) or a randomly-dropped Elvis Andrus (no spot to play him though . . . my 3B/SS are Villar and Story, with Moncada my only bench bat right now. Andrus would spell / be Story or Villar insurance).

You taking Andrus in this situation even though you have more of a need in saves? Certainly a very real possibility that I would need Villar/Story insurance . . . could easily see dropping Story if he doesn’t go HAM with these 7 games in COL…

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

@Grey: I like it – thanks!

I only use Grey Poupon because of Razzball
I only use Grey Poupon because of Razzball
5 years ago

Odor and Rosenthal were both just dropped in my 12T h2h league. Putting a claim in on both, more for value than actual need, so in a vacuum who do you think deserves the #1 claim spot? Odor becomes my bench bat and Rosenthal a 4th closer, in which case I’d probably trade another closer away to upgrade if he takes the job. Thanks!

Chucky
Chucky
5 years ago

Week 16: Vargas at home but two solid LHP killer lineups in ChW and Det, Wacha @ NYM @ChC, or one starts Nola v Milw, Manea @ NYM, Cahill @SF, Godley v Wash, Castillo v Az or Hoffman v Pitt. Need the best three, thanks.

Joe
Joe
5 years ago

Currently have Claudio on my roster. Both Doolittle and Madson are available still. Would you rather either over Claudio? Just chasing some SAGNOF.

Don Majikowski
Don Majikowski
5 years ago

OBP H2H league…
Please rank these 4 for overall production ROS…

Thames, Marwin G, Dickerson, Trumbo. Thanks

dustyfingers
dustyfingers
5 years ago

When is it time to cut loose Story or Kinsler on a 12 team H2H for someone on waivers that is doing something, anything? I have a more faith in Kinsler but both have been dead weight on my team.

ebudz
ebudz
5 years ago

10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

(3) SP: Carrasco, Severino, McCullers
(2) RP: Wilson, Knebel
(4) P: Betances, Nova, Lynn J. Gray
(6) Bench: Walker, McCarthy, Aaron Sanchez, Pivetta, Eickhoff

(2) DL: Shoemaker

Yay for terrible pitching! I apologize in advance if these starts make you sick but these are the only streaming options I have for the rest of the week and I’ve got 4 adds left sooo are any of these starts worth using? I think I see maybe 3 decent options according to SON in Matt Moore, Wheeler and Blach but even those scare the bejesus out of me!

7/18
Newcomb vs. CHC (-3.0)

7/19
Nolasco vs. WSH (-2.1)
Gausman vs. TEX (-2.5)
M. Montgomery @ATL (-7.7)
Hammel vs. DET (-8.3)
Rodon vs. LAD (-9.5)

7/20
Lugo vs. STL (-1.1)
Chacin @SF (-8.2)
Folty @LAD (-12.7)

7/21
A Moore vs. NYY (-2.1)
Corbin vs. WSH (-3.0)
Sabathia @SEA (-5.8)
Cahill @SF (-7.8)
JC Ramirez vs. BOS (-10.7)

7/22
M Moore vs. SD (16.0)
Wheeler vs. OAK (10.3)
Bauer vs. TOR (-1.6)
Miranda vs. NYY (-4.7)
Hellickson vs. MIL (-7.4)
Feldman vs. MIA (-11.0)
Roark @ARI (-11.4)

7/23
Blach vs. SD (0.3)
Tomlin vs. TOR (-8.6)
Newcomb @LAD (-13.3)

ebudz
ebudz
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Yeah my bad man, Lugo is postive vs. STL(0.7)! Should I stream him too in that case?

joeg414
joeg414
5 years ago

Need to cut one Piscotty or Altherr ? 6×6 mixed roto

Sam
Sam
5 years ago

I have King Felix and Gregory Polanco rostered in a 10 team. Are Aaron Sanchez or Colin McHugh worth an add over those two?

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Sam
5 years ago

@Sam: King Felix is done. Rather have Aaron Sanchez

eric
eric
5 years ago

Pick up Pham and drop either C Taylor or Reddick?

200 Proof
200 Proof
5 years ago

Grey,

Pham or C Santana ROS?

Thanks!

MikeZ
MikeZ
5 years ago

12 team 5×5 roto league, no bench: I was able to pickup both Madson and Doolittle, but I can only keep one, and I’d have to drop Matz to do that. So — who do I hold on to: Matz, Doolittle or Madson? If I was sure who was going to get the saves, I think I’d go with the closer here, but govem the uncertainty, I’m not sure what to do…

Rbglade
Rbglade
5 years ago

6×6 14 team mixed ( obp added to the traditional 5 cats )

Ros Heyward or Tapia???

Throw Mancini into the mix and what order would you rank the 3 of them.

As always, thanks in advance