Can one start change a guy’s perception for 2022 fantasy? Yesterday, Sandy Alcantara (9 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 14 Ks, ERA at 3.24) made that case. If that was it, against a subpar offensive team like the Mets, I’d say, “Yawn, my good chap, let’s see it vs. someone who we think is good.” How’sever, that wasn’t it. Dot dot dot. It was how it was done. It was done with overwhelming nast. Not nasty, but overwhelming nast. Nast: the act of saying “nasty” but unable to finish because the pitches are hitting the catcher’s mitt before there’s time. In the 8th inning and on pitch 99, it was a 101.5 MPH beebee. Not a BB as in a ball, but a ground out to short. 9th inning? Oh, yeah, back out and hitting triple digits on pitch number 102, touching 101.2. Pitch number 110 and he hit 100.3 MPH. Pitch 112? Still 100.3 — miles per hour, not Z100. Then a 93.5 MPH slider and goodbye Conforto, who homered earlier in the night. This was as dominant a start as I saw in April, forget September as Alcantara hits 180 2/3 IP on the year. Next year, we’re going to see a lot of pitchers still struggle with innings, due to how funky last year was. Sandy Alcantara in 2022 will be one of maybe five starters you can pencil for 200+ IP, and a 3.00 ERA with upside. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jesus Aguilar – Hit the IL with knee inflammation. Too bad, so sad. *places hand on chin and leans in* So, Lewin Diaz was called up, you say? Not yet grabbing Diaz in shallower leagues, but I’m going to quickly cyclops with a monocle, because there’s not a ton of time to waste.

Joe Ryan – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, zero walks, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.25. Gave you my Joe Ryan fantasy last week. It was written while calming saying, “My socks are on fire.” The biggest takeaway from that post, “This is potentially as good a prospect arm call-up as we’re getting the rest of the year.”

Miguel Sano – 1-for-4 and his 25th homer, hitting .219, and 2nd homer in four games. Sign me up for two more homers from Sano by Sunday, which is what I say to the confusion of the people with clipboards outside my supermarket.

Triston McKenzie – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.44. In the last month, I’ve started to love the Strong Bean. Guess you could say I’m *pinkie to mouth* Trustin’ McKenzie. What kind of hellish pun have I wrought?!

Hunter Renfroe – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer. He accounted for all the Sawx runs and threw out a runner with a terrific throw to end the game, as Renfroe would not let the Red Sox lose. Even with Cora doing everything to try to make them lose, like using Hansel Robles to close the game.

Shane McClanahan – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.59. You know how much I liked Nathan Eovaldi (7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.57) going into this year and McClanahanananananan went into Fenway, threw a gem, and has practically the same ERA as Eovaldi. Woo, baby, gonna like me some Shane next year.

Josh Lowe – 1-for-1 and his 1st steal, as he was recalled from Triple-A. *insert Michael and The Office scrambling out of, uh, the office in excitement* Wait, Lowe is only up for Randy Arozarena paternity leave? Oh. *head down, back into the office* We’ll get properly excited this offseason for Lowe, but he seems only up for a few days now. If you want more, Prospect Itch just gave you his Josh Lowe fantasy.

Adam Duvall – 1-for-4 and his 33rd homer, and now three straight games with a homer. Welp, he hits them in pairs, so now he has to go four games in a row. Rules is rules.

Eddie Rosario – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer. Pretty much a lost season from him, but he’s only 29 and I’m starting to hum Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Baby Got Bounce Back.

Juan Soto – 2-for-5 and a slam (25) and legs (9). Sexy Dr. Pepper is so good he didn’t show up until the end of July, and he’s a top 15 hitter on the Player Rater.

Luis Gil – 3 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 1.42, as he was recalled from the minors. This start was must watch TV with him going against fellow rookie, Alek Manoah (5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 3.71), and both starters looked much better than their lines. Doesn’t ease your pain at all, does it?

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 2-for-4 and his 41st homer. If Cake Batter wins the MVP at 22, what does he do for a follow-up? Please don’t take pointers from Cody Belanger!

Adam Wainwright – 8 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.98 as he did what needed to be done against the soon to be 100-win Dodgers. Wainwright vs. the best teams ever in baseball and Wainwright wins, right? Put him against the 1927 Yanks and it’s Wainwright shutting down Biscuit Pants Gehrig, right? Actually, did he ever face them? Can we look at his rookie year game log?

Yadier Molina – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer. Molina and Wainwright like peanut butter and jelly that you found in a time capsule from the 1950s.

Tyler O’Neill – 1-for-3 and his 24th homer, and third homer in the last week, hitting .279, and hitting third in the lineup. O’Neill feels like one of those guys that has a solid season, and is still underrated next year like he didn’t just do it already.

Ian Happ – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer, and 29th homer in the last two days. There is something especially frustrating about Septactular performances, because they were almost always dropped and are now helping a fantasy team that didn’t have to struggle with them for the first five months.

Joey Votto – 1-for-4 and his 29th homer, hitting .269. The problem always with the narrative, “Joey Votto can hit homers whenever he wants,” is when he has a miserable five weeks without hitting anything is he just not trying?

Vladimir Gutierrez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.05 vs. Alec Mills – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.09. This matchup was billed as the “Streamonator hates both of their next starts, so who cares.” A very to-the-point billing.

Jason Heyward – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games. Struggling to even say hot schmotato for Heyward Jablowme, but there ya go.

Zach Eflin – Underwent surgery by Patella Tendon, a lovely chap from Jersey City who I went to school–Strike that, misread it. He had surgery done on his patella, not by Patella. Eflin will miss at least a month of 2022, and remind not to draft him. Thanks!

Freddy Peralta – 3 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 2.69. Ugh, just shut him down. Please!

Andrew Benintendi – 3-for-5, 5 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .256. We should go back and highlight all the people in the comments arguing with me about how great Benintendi was in April. Though, most of them are likely with Donkey Teeth over with his Week 1 Fantasy Football rankings.

Salvador Perez – 1-for-4 and his 42nd homer. Now I’m rooting for him to get to 50 homers just so I can have one final cackle.

Mike Minor – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.05 Minor’s a straight Streamonator call, and one I could see doing his next time, even if it’s barely positive.

Jon Gray – 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.18, as he was activated from the IL. He only missed one start with forearm tightness, because the Rockies are chasing a worse draft pick. Prolly doesn’t matter anyway. The Rockies will only trade their #1 draft pick for the rights to talk to Brian Dozier.

Colton Welker – Called up by the Rockies. This guy sounds like a part played by Michael Shannon, except not that new Hulu show he’s in where Nicole Kidman is doing a Russian accent. She can’t do an English accent and someone thought she should do a Russian one? Ha, okay, I’m not Rex Reed, but that show sucks. Any hoo! Prospect Itch said of Welker, “Once a ballyhooed prospect who’d pull some semi-significant weight in dynasty trade negotiations, Welker’s perceived value has backed up a fair bit. As is typical of young Rockies, he’s posted impressive numbers every step of the way until reaching AA Hartford, the proving ground, where he slashed .252/.313/.408. On the plus side, he continues to minimize strikeouts (17.3 percent at AA) and walk at a decent clip (8.1 percent), so there’s reason for optimism, unlike with Grey who just stinks.” Okay, not cool!

Carlos Estevez – 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.59. If Saves Ain’t Got A Face, how do you explain my grimace?

Brandon Crawford – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .293. This was only his third homer since June, so saying he’s trailed off in the power department is like saying Lars Nootbaar has trail mixed in the Power Bar department. Actually, I don’t know what that means, but Crawford has hit for a solid average across the last three months, just nothing “floating bye-bye, souvenir ball for fans” lately.

Robbie Grossman – 4-for-5, 3 runs and his 22nd homer, hitting .244. Once the season is done, I will recap all positions, but I couldn’t help looking to see where Grossman was on the Player Rater for outfielders, and he’s about the same as Austin Meadows in value and I want to cry.

Yu Darvish – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.95. I’ll say it for you, sonavabench! But at least you still have him to start next time (when he will invariably be rocked).

Jo Adell – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, and third homer in the last four games, and two of those were in the same game, so it sounds a little more promising than maybe it should but hot schmotato alert!

Jose Urquidy – 3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.51. Kept saying all preseason that all pitchers would be shut down by August and there would be one starter and four Weekend at Bernie’ses in each rotation by September, but, honestly, I didn’t even think it would be this bad. Everyone’s an effin’ Weekend at Bernie’s’er.

Alex Bregman – 1-for-1 and his 9th homer, a pinch-hit homer, and 2nd homer in two games. I originally had him in my Sell (drop!) column for this week that is available now on Patreon, but I removed him because I can’t tell you to drop a guy who has homered two games in a row. God knows he’s way overdue. By the by, weird how different Bregman became after 2019. Wonder what changed.

Jose Altuve – 1-for-5 and his 27th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, hitting .272. His numbers have markedly changed since 2019, too — Huh, weird — but seriously, he’s a totally different hitter. Highest FB%, lowest GB%, crazy number of infield flies, huge uptick in Launch Angle and pulling everything. Not sure what it means. My guess is he’s embraced being a .270 hitter and decided hitting homers is a good way to distract from the lower average. He’s become like the anti-Jeter. Speaking of which, big congrats to a guy I always ignored in fantasy, because he was overrated.

Luke Weaver – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.24. Streamonator hates his next start, and I tend to agree. By the way, it feels like there should be a German word for the Diamondbacks taking on the Rangers in September. Ubermeh? Volksondabottomrung? Die Schlowly?

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jason batteiger
jason batteiger
11 months ago

wouldn’t ralph have been one of the ones on the podcast saying “tendi is back, here look at this video of him lifting chains (or something else heavy looking)”

or did he get off tendi years ago. he was certainly biggest supporter years ago.

herschel
herschel
11 months ago

@Grey: is there a razzball term for when one of your closers blows a win for one of your starters? thanks ian kennedy….

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
11 months ago

Alexy worth a grab ?

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Ok thanks. Over Gilbert, L. Gil, Nestor Cortez, D Lynch, Senzatela and C Hernandez? Top 2 I guess??

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  rhodyballer
11 months ago

Confusing…I have Gilbert and Gil – any two I should pick up over them? Thanks

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  rhodyballer
11 months ago

Gonsolin and Kosar out there too

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks. Those questions annoyed myself. Yes – Logan Gilbert

Cohen
Cohen
11 months ago

Can only start one?
S.Gray at Cards or
Montas at KC

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

My superpower has manifested again! Nicky Lopez with his first Homer, two days after I picked him up.

Steve
Steve
11 months ago

Voit, Hosmer or Peralta? 14T obp & Ks

Voit’s been disappeared in New York, would you replace him with Hosmer or Peralta at UTIL if you need power?

Think Voit returns to form or need an inj for that to happen?

Thanks

VinWins
VinWins
11 months ago

Jays giving Kirk DH ABs today.

I Am Not A Smart Man
I Am Not A Smart Man
11 months ago

Hey Grey!

I enjoyed the write up as per ushe… How are you feeling about ReyLo today? I’m in the playoffs and care more about WHIP, K, and ERA than anything else right now.

Thanks!

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

Would you pick up Tariq Skubal of the Tigers? His next two starts are vs both against Tampa: first at Detriot and then on the road at Tampa?

Thanks!!!

Martin

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

thank you. Thanks Grey. Great insight!

martin

birrrdy!
birrrdy!
11 months ago

“Ubermeh? Volksondabottomrung? Die Schlowly?”

Oh man, I am DYING here laughing so hard. Grey, you are a gift.

Everyone needs to take a moment to reread those words outloud to honor your verbal artistry!

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
11 months ago

I just did a cursory check on Kike’s stats to see how relevant they are for the BoSox leadoff,
– In past 30 days, his stats are 283 (BA); 393 (OBP); and 424 (Slug %)
– In past 15 days, his stats are 297; 420; amd 455.
– 2021. 255; 341; and 458

I checked MLB leaders OBP stats from start of season (couldn’t see the list for 15, 30 days)
– 393 (30 day stat) is quite good. The 10th rated for 2021 season is India (380).

So just looking atthe past month, batting lead-off is quite justifiable. Good job, Cora.

But his relief pitching usage would probably be a lot tougher to explain.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Yes. I was unable to find the 30-day OBP leaders — only the season total.

But I think the Boston Globe was addressing results since 1-June. May not be a lot of data, but it is enough to show their reporting is credible and Kike is not the ridiculous choice I had assumed.

Pops
Pops
11 months ago

Jake Meyers or Odubel – who gets booted from the House of Meh?

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

1. I was slightly leaning to start Nestor Cortezof the Yanks against Torento Berrios. Thoughts?

2. I also leaning to starting Cleveland’s Quantrill against Minn’s Dobnak. Do you agree?

Thank you for working so hard!

Martin

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thank you Grey.

Have a great day!!

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
11 months ago

In H2H playoffs in a SV/HD league . . . do you think Mets stick with Diaz or should I be looking to drop him for a Lugo / May type / streamer slot?

Gary C
11 months ago

ESPN Points, ROS

Need to drop one:

Mahle
Ynoa
Ranger Suarez
Sonny Gray
Civale
Gonsolin (activated today)

Thanks!

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

It almost seems like some managers don’t want their pitchers to get Quality Starts, maybe to reduce their payability?

NJW
NJW
11 months ago

Grey,

As a Red Sox fan – please continue to rag on Cora’s decision making as you have been. It makes me feel a little bit better when you type out the things I yell at my television screen the night prior.

Their bullpen in particular gives me heart palpitations on a nightly basis. I may need to cancel my television service to preserve my health. And on a related note, the other major mismangement recently has been with Tanner Houck…not sure if you’ve noticed this too, but they basically refuse to allow him to go past 5 innings regardless of pitch count despite having a dreadful bullpen, and him pitching to a 3.26 ERA.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Haven’t confirmed, but the Boston media keeps saying that Kike’s OBP is by far highest on team since June-1. Admittedly it doesn’t seem that way to me, but that would obviously explain Cora’s reasoning.

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Grey, how would you rate Brady Singer, Daniel Lynch, Adbert Alzolay and Huascar Ynoa ROS?

scoboticus
scoboticus
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Singer and Lynch both have Minnesota and Seattle. Is Singer the better pitcher in Kansas City?

Slouch
Slouch
11 months ago

Mornin’ to ya, Mr. Grey Almighty!

My League is 6×6 w/OPS. I could really use Runs and AVG. But curious who you would favor ROS for these guys by ranking them:

OF
J. Adell
A. Santander
L. Taveras
Lane Thomas
R. Ortega

3B/SS/2B
M. Duffy
B.Miller
A. Escobar
Edmundo Sosa

Hamporter
Hamporter
11 months ago

Good Morning,

Game planning for next week’s semifinals in a H2H points league that gas weekly lineups.

Which 2 of these hitters would you recommend:

Solak, 4 HOU and 3CWS
Moncada, 3LAA and 3 @TEX
Toro, 3 BOS and 3 @KC
Wade Jr., 4SD and 3ATL with 6 righties going in those games.

thanks for the advice!

jah
jah
11 months ago

Didn’t like Beni and I’m not moving over to DT’s week 1 FFB rankings just yet! Last week I just completed a big comeback (3 games back +hundreds of points) to tie for first place (split prize) and win outright the points prize in a big money home keeper league. I’m now massively ahead after 3 days into the first round of the playoffs. Appreciate all your help this year!

OddBall Herrera
OddBall Herrera
11 months ago

I am secretly hoping that Jose Miranda is really Joe Randa, incognito as a Puetro Rican 23 year old and attempting to resurrect his career.

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Nope, hope springs eternal

Umpy70
Umpy70
11 months ago

1. Grey, i skipped right down to the comments to tell you that you are in fact….CURSED! (mclanhahahan start last night)

You must be the guy at the blackjack table showing an ace and ending up with 16 somehow :P

Serious question, h2h (got the bye this week) but heading into next week i need 3 closers

I got hendricks (obviously not doing anything here)
Chapman….urg
Trevino…even worse

waiver options:
Finnegan
Givens
Wick
Otta
Chafin
Estevez
Floro
(you get the point at this rate)

who do you got and how many moves am i making…..am i seriously considering dropping chapman (i kinda dont want to as im itching closer to my move max)

what do you got for me….cursed or not!

Umpy70
Umpy70
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

i then i have to drop trevino as well (unless you see him getting saves, which seems unlikely)

whos your next option to pick up then?

thanks again!

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Hang on. Daniel Lynch was dropped to waivers after his cut finger Saturday. Would you pick him up in a keeper league?

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Grey, I need a batty call for today and a bench bat for rest of week
Sano vs Quantrill in Cleveland
Bell vs Ynoa in Atlanta
Pederson vs Fedde in Atlanta
Olivares vs Means in Baltimore

Roll Tribe
Roll Tribe
11 months ago

Schiessdreck!

McZero
McZero
11 months ago

Drop Santander to pick up Eddie Rosario?

ray
ray
Reply to  McZero
11 months ago

Rosario isn’t really playing every day…

Hesh
Hesh
11 months ago

Of course I over thought it and started Chapman over Melancon. I figured 7 games to 5, Padres not playing great, in LA this weekend. That’s called self sabotage. As I watched Vlad hit one 150 MPH I was thinking if he stays in here long enough, he could wreck 6 months of this stuff in 15 minutes. Maybe Boone heard me whimpering. They might not use him in the 9th again this week, and I’d probably be better of if they didn’t. BTW, nice to see Edwin Diaz has taken the mantle from Robles, pointing to the sky as balls go over or off the wall.

Kas
Kas
11 months ago

Good Morning Grey,

Need some pitching advice. My league allows for only a maximum of 8 starts per week and performances from my staff haven’t been great so far after three of them. Counting on you! It’s the playoffs! So I need to sit one of the following guys. If it were up to me and there wasn’t a limit, I’d start all of them. Please select one to SIT:

-Means (home) tonight against KC
-Trevor Rogers @ Atlanta
-Robbie Ray @ Baltimore
-Sonny Gray @ STL
-Cole @ NYM (currently DTD so he isn’t officially starting as of yet according to ESPN.)

*The only ones I’m super confident about are obviously Ray and Cole (if he starts), so I guess that just leaves the rest of the bunch to choose from, unless you say otherwise. It would be an easy decision if Cole gets skipped this weekend due to the hamstring thing, but I haven’t heard anything yet on his status and whether Boone plans n starting him. What do you think? Thanks man!

Donslaughtonslaught
Donslaughtonslaught
11 months ago

Chef’s kiss on the Jeter tweet. I know these sports superstars usually end up being weird one way or another, but Jeter is super weird in his own special way.

Muscles Marinara
Muscles Marinara
11 months ago

Alex Bregman- yeah 2019 Breg is nowhere to be found, but if we’re looking to blame TrashcanGate it doesn’t compute as he raked on the road…

Bregman 2019
HOME
.278 16 HRs 50 rbis .923 OPS

ROAD
.315 25 HRs 62 rbis 1.109 OPS

As for Jeter being overrated.. I hate the freakin Yankees, but Jeter has the 6th most hits in MLB history, had a lifetime .310 BA, scored 100 runs, 15 dongs and double digit steals like clockwork, and never got hurt. Count me in.
(Not to mention postseason as it is not fantasy relevant, but there’s a reason Torre always batted him leadoff as soon as the playoffs started.- he was the best player on the field and was a wrecking machine at the plate)

Michael b
Michael b
11 months ago

Should I add julian merryweather? he was looking very ppromising with a highly alluring K rate, lack of hits and walks, and he seemed to be the closer even though he was a rookie, but now I’m unsure if he will get the closer job back soon enough for it to be worth it, I need saves, wins too

Michael B
Michael B
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

If he isnt the ccloser you think he either will be later this season or will he provide enough other benefits to my team? If he isnt a closer I’d need strikeouts or something otherwise I wont add him. My league doesnt count holds if that’s something he’d provide.

Hepcat13
Hepcat13
11 months ago

Greyt write up!

Staring Berrios vs Yankees?
Starting Quantrill vs Twins?

Yahoo 5×5 12 team H2H

In a pitching battle in second week of playoffs and I need K’s but am so close in ERA.

Thanks!

RoarOf84
RoarOf84
11 months ago

Who would you rather have ROS – McClanahan or Carrasco? Looking to make room for a bench bat.

Other current SPs are Buehler, Alcantara, S. Gray, Manoah, Ohtani, Marquez, Gausman, Gallen. I. Anderson, and Flaherty (IL).

Aardvark
Aardvark
11 months ago

Is Luis Garcia, Trevor Rogers, Joe Ryan the right order for ROS?

eballs
eballs
11 months ago

Start two (points league)

Gonsolin @ STL
Senzatela @ PHI
Wacha @ DET
Jose Suarez @ HOU
Houser @ CLE

galica123
galica123
11 months ago

Grey!!!

Top shelf!

a. More like ‘Alle Leute spielen jetzt Fantasy-Fußball sind.’

b. Started Lowe when I saw he was starting!! Hopefully he sticks beyond this weekend when Randy gets back. Otherwise, see you in ’22, JLowe!

c. Marx Brothers quote of the day for September 9, 2021

Mrs. Gloria Teasdale: ‘The eyes of the world are upon you. Notables from every country are gathered here in your honor. This is a gala day for you.’

Rufus T. Firefly: ‘A gal a day is enough for me.’

Mrs. Gloria Teasdale=Margaret Dumont; Rufus T. Firefly=Groucho

Duck Soup

d. Random Reggie Jackson quote of the day for September 9, 2021

Sorry, I have no more Reggie Jackson quotes. Surprised I made it this far.

Cheers,
Ante

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Grey!!!

Sorry! What a rally killer I am, just like Alfredo Griffin when he was with the Blue Jays. It was a one-time thing, then you really liked it and I couldn’t say no. Everyone has really gone off the deep end for fantasy baseball though. Still believe and will fight to the end!

Cheers,
Ante

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Grey!

Thanks, I appreciate you 1M times more!

We’ll get ’em next year and this year wasn’t a wash but it could have been better. A mixture of weird health, injury timetables, rain outs, under achievers, over achievers and other. Under other, Maeda has forearm tightness in March, he just lied (well he faked he didn’t understand what they were asking him) and pitched through it until he couldn’t. There were others for sure, like my entire roster.

Cheers,
Ante

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Grey!

On Belli, it was/is known the shoulder, the swing, still not right. But Maeda, going all ‘The Last Samurai’ on us, taking the pain of the forearm ‘tightness’ and turning it into a loss and bloated WHIPs for us.

To wit, I was following a game in April. Maeda pitched to someone scary with the bases loaded and walked him to avoid greater damage. I go then, he was smart to limit the damage. Now? Yeah I get it there was no way he could challenge him with the crap forearm he had. Isn’t there a standard test to prove or disprove your forearm strength? All conditional trainers should have been fired with a Yoga master replacing them.

Cheers,
Ante

galica123
galica123
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Grey!!

He’s an example of a stupid trend of players/owners/Doctors/others lying!

Cheers,
Ante

teddybb
teddybb
Reply to  galica123
11 months ago

Loved reading the Reggie quotes this year, Ante.
Thanks for taking the time to look them up !

PDXExpress
PDXExpress
Reply to  teddybb
11 months ago

The quotes have been fantastic! Thanks!!

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
11 months ago

Glad I read the blurb on Joe Ryan. I had him on one team but was able to grab him on 3 of the 4 other leagues I am in dropping Touki in one & Kaprielian in another & biting the bullet on Winker in another since I have no IL & he’s not due back till 9/17 in a weekly league. Hope it works out but desperate times call for desperate measures. Thinking you are right & people moved on to football …which I have as well but still need to win a few of these leagues in baseball first.
” If Saves Ain’t Got A Face, how do you explain my grimace?” All year long …what a hot mess looking for Saves. On that note, is it time to move on from Ottavino??
Burning question for you IF you happen to know what team name Laura Holt uses in fantasy leagues? I have a Ms Purrfect in a league …she’s not winning but she is good & ALWAYS beats everyone to the hot free agents. But yeah she is doing better then I am…sadly

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Well I will say this, I think if it’s not her then it’s one of your 5 female readers. She drafted like a razzballer & is always snagging your gems off the waiver wire or as free agents. So it’s either someone without a real job (no offense) or a “fantasy baseballer” on crack. I really want to keep you all to myself as far as my leagues go.