As they say in Anaheim, “If you can’t get to see the Cherry Blossoms in Japan, you should get to see the Gin Blossoms in concert at the Hard Rock or Shohei Ohtani.”  One Anaheim-born woman, Gina, was so excited about Ohtani that she got a tattoo of the Japanese symbol for strength, that she later found out was a tattoo of Calvin pissing on a Grateful Dead logo. Gina did it in honor of Ohtani, so it’s still close to her heart, though mostly because it’s covering a third nipple.  Yesterday, Ohtani became the first Japanese born player to hit for the cycle, going 4-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs with his 8th homer.  The closest previous Asian cycle was Kurt Suzuki.  When Ohtani becomes Hot-tani, there’s few players that can match him for sheer excitement, though Ian Kinsler wears sheer pantyhose under his uni, if that counts.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Albert Pujols – 1-for-3, 2 RBis and his 12th homer.  It is so disrespectful the way Pujols takes his good old time around the bases on a home run, calling an Uber to go from 2nd to home–Oh, I’m being told he gets a senior citizen exception.  All good then!

Ryan Yarbrough – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.59.  Apparently, I wasn’t supposed to stream him.  Loud and clear, Yarbrough. *makes hang loose hand gesture with pinkie and thumb*

Zack Greinke – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.65.  Conspiracy Theory Alert!  You know how every pitcher is humping the speed gun?  It’s true.  Everyone wants to throw the hardest.  It’s like every pitcher was raised on Nolan Ryan noogies.  Velocity is where’s at!  Dot dot dot.  Or is it?!  Damn you, Reversal Question!  You nearly gave me a heart attack.  If everyone’s throwing hard, then what it is it that hitters see a lot of?  No, not the inside of cages.  I mean, maybe, but not where I was headed.  Hitters see a lot of fast, um, fastballs.  What do they not see a lot of?  Zack Greinke’s 88 MPH sludge.  Of course, if it was meatballs, it would be another thing, but it’s not.  For many years, Greinke has pinpoint control.  So, his K/9 is barely 8 and his velocity is a throwback to another time, if it were in a DeLorean, but his command (1.3 BB/9) is impeccable and it’s all coupled with a 73.7% O-contact rate.  That means he’s close to leading the league with pitches thrown exactly where he wants them, outside the zone, and hitters are making contact.  As you can imagine, hitters don’t make good contact with balls out of the zone, even if the ball could be beaten to the plate by the Ghost of Bob Feller riding a moped.

Jarrod Dyson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  He has only one less home run than David Dahl.  I will now cry myself to sleep in a sleeping bag I’ve decorated to look like my mother’s womb.

Erick Fedde – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.68.  Might have to rethink changing my fantasy team’s avatar to party streamers and the name to “Con Fedde.”  Maybe I’ll put up an orange jumpsuit because he victimized me.

Nicky Lopez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st home run, hitting .216.  Before yesterday’s game, the scene played out like this in the Royals’ clubhouse.  “Hey, Nicky, you should start swinging the bat forward.”  *slam cut, close up, Lopez’s eyes slowly widen with recognition*

Matthew Boyd – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.35.  Well, we had about four straight starts when it was Matt Boyd, but yesterday it was back to Matthew, rhymes with snafu.

Cavan Biggio – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 2nd and 3rd homer, hitting .178.  Lil Biggio looks to be heating up into a schmotato.  Two homers will go a long way for that.  Also — and this means legitimately nothing — less than nothing — it’s like an empty Coke Zero can it’s so nothing — but Craig Biggio’s rookie year average was .211.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .280.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but he’s here now, if you wish to fall on one’s Lourdes.

Marcus Stroman – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.18.  He was facing the Orioles, which was a chef’s kiss on the Streamonator, but it doesn’t love his next one, and I don’t trust him.

Anthony Santander – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs, hitting .385.  Wish it was coming with anything other than just singles, but if singles are good enough for the world famous stripper, Crystal Meth, it’s good enough for us.

Chance Sisco – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .273.  Even more remarkably, the O’s have made him their number one catcher recently.  The O’s doing something smart; it is a special day!  And simply because it’s National Frank ‘n Beans Day.  Watch your zippers, fellas!

Manny Machado – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 11th and 12th homers.  The only reason why I believe these homers happened, even though I didn’t see them, is because they were in Coors. Not saying to do this, because it would be illegal and I would implicated as a co-conspirator, but, if someone wanted to flood Petco so the Padres had to play their home games in Coors, I wouldn’t hate that.

Matt Strahm – 3 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.66, as he returned from the IL.  Usually hitters work on their timing, but, when you return from the IL to start in Coors, Strahm needs to work on it too.

Charlie Blackmon – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 13th and 14th homer, and four homers in four games.  It’s almost like Chazz Noir likes to hit in Coors.

Jon Gray – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.39.  Honestly, in Coors with the juiced balls, that’s like a perfect game. Let Len Barker sign the game ball.

Kyle Schwarber – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer.  This is partially aided by the Coors series that’s in his rearview, but, on our 7-day Player Rater, Schwarber’s a top 5 hitter. Joe Buck’s biting his lip right now.

Jon Lester – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.08.  It was a bad week to quit barbiturates.

Cody Bellinger – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 21st and 22nd homer, hitting .358. Heading into last night’s game, he hit .182 with zero homers in June, i.e., Frio which is cold bye-linger.

Max Muncy – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .278.  Since he was back in Dodger Stadium, Muncy wasn’t able to hit that ball into any body of water, but attending the game was Turtle from Entourage.

David Freese – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .308, as he hit third.  The Dodgers are so good Dave Roberts can’t even mess them up.

Joe Musgrove – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.87.  Joe Musgrove got charged again yesterday…with six runs!  *dodges tomato*  Don’t tip your waitresses…they’re all cows! *dodges head of lettuce*

Julio Teheran – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.92, an ERA of 0.81 over his last eight starts.  For the first time in a while, I watched Teheran and I can see why his peripherals say he’s not supposed to be great. He doesn’t really overpower people as much as throw junk, off the plate, and hope they make weak contact.  And, more times than not, they have been.  Far from a flashy add, but the Streamonator doesn’t hate his next start.

Yusei Kikuchi – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.78. Well, it’s baby steps, Bob, but when this sorta of line equates to “finally a solid start from Kikuchi,” are our expectations this low? Do we sit around a Friday night and watch 29 and Pregnant or Car Key Hunters? Okay, yes, but we deserve better!

Nelson Cruz – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .285.  Mentioned Cruz yesterday on the Donkey Teeth & B-Don podcast as a guy who will hit 30+ homers every year until he doesn’t, and I expect no less from him.  (It was part of my diatribe about the differences between schmotatoes and Zombinos and after my lengthy story about visiting a sperm bank.  You should give it a listen so you get the willies about me giving myself the willy.)

C.J. Cron – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .275.  Curtis Jackson Cron should hit two-fiddy every year like Khris Davis hits .247.  For symmetry sake, at least.

Marwin Gonzalez – 2-for-5, hitting near.350 in the last week.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, mostly because I just love his position eligibility.  Don’t you?  He has everything! Talk about a great guy for your bench.  He’s saved me in so many pinches when a guy has a random off day.  I just love that!  No, I’m not trying to convince myself!  Screw you!  *turns to mirror* You handled that with great aplomb.

Michael Pineda – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.04.  Can an ERA be awful and also within a half run of the league average?  Rhetorical!  Pineda was hitting higher on the speed gun than he had been (93.3 vs. 91-92 prior to the IL stint), and he had a no-hitter thru 3 IP.  Okay, he’s not Johnny Vander Meer, but it’s something.

J.A. Happ – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.66.  I’d say yesterday was especially brutal day for streaming, but I feel like the last five days are all running together in my head.

Tim Anderson – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .317. He had six homers in April and two homers in May and June (obviously more days in June to go — good info, Grey). Also, hitting around .250 in the last six weeks.  I know, big surprise, he’s not a .380 hitter.  Don’t think he’s even a .300 hitter.

Aaron Bummer – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.37, and his 1st save.  More like A. Bummer for the other teams, amiright?!  Huh?  No?  Okay.  Colome was resting and is supposedly fine.  Would be A. Bummer, if not.  Right?!  Still no?  Okay.

David Price – 1 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.52.  Insert GIF of Adam Sandler fighting Bob Barker, only instead of Adam Sandler, it’s me, and instead of Bob Barker, it’s me.  So, to recap what you’re seeing, I’m screaming, “The Price is wrong, b*tch,” and punching myself repeatedly, then winding up and punching myself some more.  That’s the kind of nightmare performance from Price that makes me think something is wrong with him, which means an IL stint.  Or worse, something’s wrong with him and he pitches again next time with equally terrible results.

J.D. Martinez – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer, hitting .299.  Just Dong because home runs are meant to be celebrated!

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer.  About a month again, I mentioned that JBJ was coming out of his funk, and I grabbed him. He was hitting .148 at the time, and now he’s hitting .205.

Rafael Devers – 1-for-4 and his 10th homer, hitting .296.  For the hype of Boston, Devers feels like he’s very quietly moving into the conversation for a top 25 hitter. Lot of baseball still to be played, but I’ve liked everything I’ve seen from Devers this year.  And from a cynic that means something.

Josh Smith – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 5.84, and his 1st save.  Not only does Alex Cora not have a closer, but his closer is now, ‘whoever is left in the pen.’  “Hey, I need you to start warming up.”  “Um, skip, I was hired to make sure no one has sex on the special Ted Williams seat.”  “Don’t care, kid!  Get your mitt, you’re our closer!”

Adrian Sampson – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.21.  Had four of five outstanding starts entering this game.  Now:  *sound of a balloon animal loosing its air*

Paul DeJong – Hit his 11th homer.  Colonel Mustard in the back of a Chuck E. Cheese with concrete rat nose!

Jack Flaherty – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.28.  If flattery gets you everywhere, I’m not sure where Flaherty gets you.  He’s a bit like adding ‘considering’ to a compliment.  “Your band sounded awesome, considering you were playing on the deck of the Titanic.”

Michael Conforto – Hit his 13th homer.  Conforto perception:  Top 25 outfielder.  Conforto reality:  Same value as Ramon Laureano.

Jacob deGrom – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.38.  As good as deGrom was and as bad as Price was, their ERAs are still nearly the same.  Pitching is quite the wonderful thing this year!

Jed LowrieMets said Lowrie is not close to seeing game action.  Since he signed for $20 million, I’d watch my back if I was him.  The Mets love to collect insurance money on their contracts.  For fun, Fred Wilpon watches a double feature of, “Zero Dark $30 Copay and PPOltergeist.”

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Kevin Streine
Kevin Streine
3 years ago

Great post again Grey, thanks.
Question- I have Jose Ramirez as my 2B in a dynasty league.
Assuming he continues to suck it for the rest of the year I think
I will need to drop him in favor of either Keston Hiura
or Scooter Gennett. Leaning towards Hiura.
Any thoughts?
Thanks

Coolwhip
3 years ago

Haha what a day for me to roll into the message board late. All this Dahl and Ohtani talk, where have i been?!

A) If Angels had anything close to respectable pitching staff, I’d really be enjoying this season now. Ohtani is just now coming out of his extended spring training from the TJ recovery. Get ready for an Ohtani that doesn’t have spend time thinking about pitching, just focusing on hitting, going to be fun. May – .250/.333/.363, June – .341/.391/.805 … I’ll save the rest for next week’s article :)

B) nice that Dahl is trying to steal, also his exit velo is climbing and wOBA is climbing since i wrote post on him, so we likely haven’t seen him peak out yet.

C) Nola is the subject for this week’s dive

toolshed
toolshed
3 years ago

Would you rather own Kelly or A Barnes in an obp format? Kelly was splitting time but Avila now has a calf injury. Unclear status at the moment.

Chris
Chris
3 years ago

H2H points league

Pick one to start:

Pivetta @ Atlanta (Fried)

or

G. Marquez vs. SD (Lauer)

thurman
thurman
3 years ago

snell or buehler ROS?

and how close is it?

Moonraker
Moonraker
3 years ago

My Soto and Pham for his Verlander. Thanks in advance and have a great weekend.

Perplexus Maximus
Perplexus Maximus
3 years ago

This league is usually an afterthought as it’s one of just a few non-keeper leagues I’m in and it’s standard 5×5. I’m happy with the team I have but yesterday noticed Abreu, NCruz and DeJong were available and checking the wire noticed a few other possibles too.

These include Abreu, NCruz, (DeJong was picked up today) GCooper, Hiura, Eloy, Chavis, MChapman, VRobles.

Avail P are PLopez, FValdez, TRichards, Wheeler, Matz, Pivetta

Current team sits at:
C-Alfaro,
1b PAlonso,
2b DMurphy,
3b Baez,
SS Mondesi,
OF Acuna, Benni, Conforto
Bench/ Util Dahl, Domingo, Yordan, MOlson, ARiley

SP Corbin, Bauer, Berrios, Soroka, Ryu, Buehler, (Clevinger,Carrasco)
Rp Osuna, LJackson,Neris, Kimbrel

Not sure if any changes need to be made but Cruz and/or Abreu are intriguing. I will likely drop DMurphy for Hiura once he’s called up again. Thoughts guys?

Perplexus Maximus
Perplexus Maximus
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Ty Grey, just wanted an outside opinion. It’s actually a 12 team league the vast majority built on waiver adds. My only Pitchers left from draft day are Corbin Bauer and Osuna and aside from trading for Mondesi I’ve added Alfaro, Murphy, Olson, Dahl and then the rookies Riley and Yordan all thru waivers. Seems no one has heard of a DL spot they just drop them (Ryu, Olson, DMurphy, Dahl, Alfaro, Carrasco, Clevinger all drops while on DL) I know a 12 teamer isn’t the deepest of Leagues but in this case I would readily agree with you if you were referring to the quality of league managers as shallow…

Thanks again

Fogimon
Fogimon
3 years ago

Roster crunch, need to drop 3 guys once my IL gets emptied of Altuve, Springer, Dozier. Who do you rank as dropping 1st, 2nd, 3rd?

1B – Hoskins (1B, CI OF)
2B – McNeil (2B, 3B, OF)
3B – Donaldson
SS – Story
MI – Machado (SS, 3B, CI)
CI – Encarnacion
OF – Conforto
OF – Franmil
OF – Tapia
OF – Mallex
OF – AdJones
UT – AlGordon
Bench – Gregorious
Bench – DGordon
Bench – KCron

IL – Altuve
IL – Springer
IL – HDozier

Thanks

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Would you keep starting Donaldson? I am 9th out of 10 in AVG, R, and SB, 7th in HR and RBI.

I had thoughts of moving Machado (not doing much better) to 3B, DiDi to SS and benching The Donald.
My OF is also hurting every time Tapia sits. Would you go JBJ over any of my OF?

JP
JP
3 years ago

HXH league

How would you rank these guys going forward?

A. Hicks, Domingo Santana, Pence, Kingery, H. Dozier?

Thank you

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
3 years ago

Drop Hicks for Schwarber?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks Grey. You’re on fire this morning. One more question. Would you drop Strop for Ian Kennedy?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks for all of your help. Have a great weekend.

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
3 years ago

10 team, 5×5, really deep at OF- somewhat shallow league
My only 2B and 1B are Marte and Voit; there’s also a CI and MI spot. So not many bench bats to switch into those positions

I was offered this deal
Conforto, Glasnow
For
La stella, DMurphy, Peacock

La Stella and Murphy would help with flexibility for hitting depth, peacock is a decent arm.

I think Conforto is meh, and Glasnow could be solid upon return or be useless. Thoughts?

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

Thanks for the above! Different Domingo offer, same keeper league where I’m trying to win:

His $31 Scherzer and $1 Caleb Smith for my $3 Ryu + $1 Domingo + Dyson

I have 4-5 points to gain in Ks – Max would get me 2-3 alone in a week or two of innings.

Rugglez
3 years ago

G’day Grey,

H. Dozier or T. Shaw going forward.

Your thoughts, please.

Rugglez
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks and have a great weekend!

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Dozier over Kingery & Senzel?

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
3 years ago

I go to work everyday, try to do a good job, yada yada…come home where I have responsible parental duties to attend do. Yet trying to determine which pitchers won’t completely wreck my ratios is the single hardest thing about my day. I’m talking aces all the way down to fringy streamers. It’s never been as big of a headache as it has this year. I don’t even won’t to scroll down to my pitching section. I just stop at the hitters.

Scuffy McGee
Scuffy McGee
3 years ago

Happy Friyay!!

Diego Castillo or Ian Kennedy at this point for saves rest of the way? Both have SP,RP designations so I can sneak an extra closer in my lineup as we only have two RP slots.

Secondly, in an 11 tm keeper roto, do you like Ramon L more than Reynolds or Bruce or hold on those two?

Lastly, Ramon L over Eloy or Conforto or Kendrick in 12 tm h2h or hold on those three?

Thanks!

Scuffy McGee
Scuffy McGee
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Salute!

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
3 years ago

Drop Senzel or Dietrich for Ohtani?

Robdo
Robdo
3 years ago

Luke Jackson

A. Will continue to close for the Braves at seasons end, and should be owned if no other closing options are available

B. Is shaky at best and will be replaced as the Braves closer eventually, but should be owned until then

C. Will turn things around and become a viable closer

D. Is a headache and should be dropped in all leagues

BigToeCrusher
BigToeCrusher
3 years ago

Brian Dozier was dropped. Add him over Lourdes?

BigToeCrusher
BigToeCrusher
Reply to  BigToeCrusher
3 years ago

Schoop. Wong. Bote. Moran also avail

Token
Token
3 years ago

A) would you trade wade Davis for Price in RCL?
B) would you trade Altuve for Cole?

Middle of the pack in all categories. Thanks!

Cable
Cable
3 years ago

In a points league that scores innings pitched along with your normal pitching stats, would you start Pivetta today?

FantasyLand
FantasyLand
3 years ago

Pick 3 for today please

Didi @ CWS versus Giolito
Renfroe @ Coors
Hoskins @ ATl
Ohtani @ TB vs Smell
Harper @ Atl
Eloy vs NYY Sabathia

TC
TC
3 years ago

H2H redraft. Benintendi for Cole fair if I need some pitching help? Never know how to value bats vs arms in H2H.

Phil
Phil
3 years ago

Grey and DT and others, please help…

Roto league (hitter K’s are included…ewww, I know): I give Ed Escobar and Juan Soto in exchange for Anthony Rendon and Byron Buxton. What do you think?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Phil
3 years ago

Escobar side for me.

NJW
NJW
3 years ago

In another episode of ESPN sucks, they have already awarded Paul DeJong a line of 1/4 with a solo HR for tonight’s 7 pm game. I’m sure this is a glitch that carried over the same stats from last night but still.

Also, their site had changed for fantasy purposes before draft time this year and they just sent out a memo yesterday saying that they changed the look of the website. They react to changes about as quickly as Pablo Sandoval reacts to a head of lettuce as a potential snack.

omar
omar
3 years ago

OPS league. Have both Ohtani and Cruz, neither with a position. Who should I keep and who should I shop? Feel like Cruz has more value/bargaining power but Ohtani may be more productive. You?

Matty
Matty
3 years ago

Cavan must have read in your comments that he was about to get dropped from my team.

Jim
Jim
3 years ago

QS league: who are the bottom three (to drop)?

Lucchesi
Matz
Gibson
Chirinos
Paxton
Wheeler
Marquez
Woodruff

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

Hey Grey – 12 team keeper (weekly leagues), I’m in second in a tight battle with the 1st place guy (we’re separating from the rest of the pack). Keep 7 forever at $3 inflation/yr.

Would you ship your $4 Matt Chapman + $1 Domingod for a $57 Yelich and Robles (who would be my 3rd closer to Jansen/Neris)?

Filling in for Chapman’s spot would be paul dejong (shifting la stella to 3b).

Easy Yelich side?

Juubaka
Juubaka
3 years ago

About Tim Anderson, when your wrong your wrong. He might be a above .300 hitter for a couple seasons..

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Juubaka
3 years ago

I would bet you he’s not.

Ellis
Ellis
3 years ago

Pick up Biggio or Lourdes?

Jubakka
Jubakka
3 years ago

SHOULD i start max fried today at philly. I dont need the strikeouts

Ron P
Ron P
3 years ago

Points League – All offense stats are 1 point and SO are -.5

1) Ohtani, Avisail, Domingo, Pence, Soler – Top 3?

2) LaStella, Dejong, H. Kendrick – Which 1 do I DROP?

3) Garver or Molina ROS?

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
3 years ago

Thoughts on streaming Plutko [email protected] DET?

SON has him at -2.8, but it IS DET, right?

Thank you as always

Aaron
Aaron
3 years ago

Hey Guys,

10 5×5 H2H Currently I am 2-8 and trying to see what I can do to improve.

1.) Eloy or Avaisil

2.) What side would you rather have Juan Soto, TreaT urner, and Strasburg for Yelich and Severino

Any thoughts on where to improve this lineup:

C: Mitch Garver
1B: Edwin Encarnarcion
2b: Muncy
3b: Devers
ss: Mondesi
of: Benintendi
of: Domingo Santana
of: Soto
of: Merrifield
Util: Trea Turner

SP: Strasburg
SP: Ryu
SP: Marquez
SP: Montas
SP: Canning
RP: Kimbrel
RP: Greene

Bench: Voit, Villar, Eloy….Keuchel, P Lopez, IL -Glasnow and Trevor Williams

Any and all help is appreciated! Thanks again!

Aaron
Aaron
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thank you! Appreciate the help!

The Terminator
The Terminator
3 years ago

16 team keeper league, keep 12 $260 budget. Salaries rise $5 per year except AAA

My
JD Martinez ($34)
Khris Davis ($35)
Corbin ($27)
Doolittle ($23)

His
Alonso ($20)
Eflin ($23)
Reynolds ($15)
Gallen ($15)
L. Gurriel ($12)
Y Diaz (AAA) ($15)

The Terminator
The Terminator
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks for the response, thats what I kind of figured.

Reese
Reese
3 years ago

12 team mixed keeper 5×5 Roto would you give up muncy to get Matt boyd? I need the pitching help…

DonnieB
DonnieB
3 years ago

Would you pick up Laureano or Odor for Franmil or Domingo or Bruce? Thanks!

galica
galica
Reply to  DonnieB
3 years ago

DonnieB!!

Franmil is in Coors, so no way do you drop or sit him!

Cheers,
Ante

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Sorry. ROS starting next week. Do you like Laureano or Odor over any of the following:
Domingo
Franmil
Or Jay Bruce

Thanks. It’s a weekly league.

Tony
Tony
3 years ago

Buehler or giolito in a dynasty

Tim Anderson Project
Tim Anderson Project
Reply to  Tony
3 years ago

Beuhler and I dont think its close

RotoSlayer
RotoSlayer
3 years ago

Drop Lorenzo Cain for Ohtani? Crain has been atrocious so far. Thanks!

William Hung
William Hung
3 years ago

Prayers for Jose Alvarado and whatever issue he’s dealing with back home – apparently it’s pretty serious as the Rays team haven’t said anything and keep saying he’ll be back “soon”. Last I heard he was supposed to be back today, but that’s after two other times the Rays have said he would be back (originally last weekend, then at some point in the last series)

Coppo
Coppo
3 years ago

Looking for some closer help. Which of these trades would you make? I own the starters in all the scenarios

Paddack for Will Smith
Fried for Will Smith
Luchessi for Will Smith

Coppo
Coppo
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Which of the two would you want to sell first?

Saint
Saint
3 years ago

Hello Grey, DT and others

12 Team 6×6 H2H QS Daily Redraft

Verlander, Heaney, Wheeler, Woodruff, Flaherty, Musgrove, T. Richards, Strahm and Pablo.

Someone grabbed Luzardo yesterday, so time to stash Gallen. I have 5 two start pitchers going next week. Who is the drop here so I don’t lose out?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts

baby seal
baby seal
3 years ago

Grey! and DT!

I am one of the 300 listeners on the Ditka Sausage pod. Good one yesterday haha. DT, can I trust you for FF this year??

Sorry, another essay coming your way. Hopefully less complicated this time lol. *ducks*

G, as discussed, got what I expected from Strahm last night — some Ks and a wrecking of my ratios. Going for Ks this week in H2H, since my ratios are so far gone, it’s hilarious. I’m normally a ratios guy, so feels a bit strange for the seal.

My opponent had Verlander’s 15 Ks, so this got a lot harder than I expected…

1. Would you drop Strahm at this point in a 12-team H2H? Think he gets picked up, but I have Paddack too, and not sure I want to carry 2 limited IPs guys (from the same team…)
2. Would you pick up Perez vs KC for his second start this week? Had him on the first one. Think you were cool w/ that
3. Can also drop Gant to get more starters in this week — and can flip that spot again — who you like?
– Ponce de Leon at NYM today (could drop right after for one of the following meatballers)
– Suarez at TB (u said he sucks)
– Alcantara at Pitt (think this sounds good)
– Dakota Hudson at NYM (no idea if this is a good idea)
– Canibal Sanchez at Ari (god help me)

Since you didn’t give me your Venmo y-day, I’m going to buy a season-long sub right now. You’ve earned it!

Cheers,
Baby Seal

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I just did! DUH SEAL. Duh.

Should’ve thought of that earlier — I’ve never been a big streamer. Historically, I’d punt Ks and Ws to stack a bunch of closers and high leverage guys that keep my ratios best in the league, and top in saves. =)

Last year, my Ws were actually middle of the pack because those high leverage guys would vulture so many.

I’ll get back to u later w/ whatever terrible decision I’ve made.

You can check — purchase made. Checking Streamonator now that my meetings are finally over.

I owe u a funny story. Will get back on that another time.

The Other JC
The Other JC
3 years ago

Best on the wire: Vogelbach, Laureno, Framber, P Lopez, Matz, Eflin. Suggested changes please for my 12 teamer h2h, ten hitting cats espn standard league.

Ramos
C Santana, Moose, J Turner
Trea, Segura, Albies
Bryant, Hoskins, Acuña, Soler, Maz
Util: Myers or Kendrick
IL: Carrasco
Berrios, Castillo, Bieber, Hill, Yonny, Lucchesi, Gibson/streamer (traded Stras for Bryant then Carrasco goes down. Ugh)
Strop, Neris, Baez,

The Other JC
The Other JC
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Perfect. Valdez is already in my queue for first pitch swap once Gibson starts his game v Royals. Probably go Vogel given Braves have been running a lot more lately (Acuna, Albies) and Trea has to help SBs (right? Oh please be right)

Papa Jean Segura
Papa Jean Segura
3 years ago

Is Victor Robles a drop in 12-ers? He’s basically just a bench bat for me at this point was gonna add either Anibal Sanchez or Jalen Beeks. Also, could drop Mikolas, but for some reason I think he’ll turn a corner eventually.

PB&J
PB&J
3 years ago

Hi Grey and DT,

Do you think my Clevinger is too much to pay for his Ozzie Albies? If so, what tier pitcher do you think is fair to trade for Ozzie straight up?

Thanks and happy Friday.

Shirley
Shirley
3 years ago

Hey studs,

Posey or garver rest of season? OPS league, thx xoxoxo

zombie
zombie
3 years ago

Thanks for a great week, all! Please select a ROS 2nd Baseman: Urias or Hiura. & would both/either be a wiser investment then the meh production of Senzel? Thanks again. Happy weekend!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  zombie
3 years ago

Senzel, Urias

zombie
zombie
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

Thanks DT. Appreciate your east coast pre-Gray zone replies!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  zombie
3 years ago

No problem!

Gonzo_The_Great
Gonzo_The_Great
3 years ago

Just leaving this here … Joe Musgrove’s best start in the past month was the game where he got ejected in the first inning. Ugh. So much for this all being a blip.

here comes the pizza
here comes the pizza
3 years ago

What’s up Grey?

With that Chuck E. Cheese reference, thought I’d share this tidbit from his wikipedia page:

Chuck’s official backstory is that he is an orphaned mouse who does not know his own birthday. His orphanage was called St. Marinara’s orphanage. To make up for never having a birthday party of his own, he hosts parties for children. After winning a Pong tournament, Chuck moved to New York and started working as a singer at an Italian restaurant, where he also met and befriended a musically-inclined chef named Pasqually as the drummer. Eventually, he moved to California and created his own restaurant franchise, with Pasqually becoming his star chef and later joining his band. The two would go on to find others to join the band, eventually recruiting a talented vocalist chicken named Helen Henny, a purple keyboardist monster named Mr. Munch (who absolutely loves pizza), and a country music-loving guitarist bloodhound named Jasper T. Jowls.

Who knew Chuck E. Cheese was so dark!

My streaming options are pretty meh today. You like Pomeranz (v. MIL), Plutko (@DET), or Brault (@MIA). I listed them in the order SoN has them but really none of them look like great options. My ERA/Whip for the week is already tanked so really just gunning for Ws and QS. Thanks!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  here comes the pizza
3 years ago

Not good…Brault

here comes the pizza
here comes the pizza
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

Thanks DT!

Um
Um
Reply to  here comes the pizza
3 years ago

Why is it dark to be an orphan? I’d rather be an orphan than have crap parents.

here comes the pizza
here comes the pizza
Reply to  Um
3 years ago

It’s not that deep. He’s an animatronic mouse at a children’s restaurant and arcade.

here comes the pizza
here comes the pizza
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

That’s crazy. What’s the name of that pod?

greyworm
greyworm
3 years ago

ay yo big dawg,

whose the better stash: Keston Huira or Luis Urias?

need to pump up that 2 hole and need a young boy to come in fill it nicely.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  greyworm
3 years ago

Urias, fill it up

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

in my h2h league

i have clevinger coming of IR monday who would you drop?

i know i can trade machado and stanton easily i hate to trade for a pitcher but what would you have to get for those guys? I would try to bundel them with either flaherty or soroka just to get rid of them.

narvaez, freeman , albies, suarez, trea turner, acuna, bellinger, dahl, mondesi

reserves machado, yordan alvarez, giancario stanton
IR correa

pitching bieber, flaherty, montas, price, soroka, iglesias, treinen,
reserve kimbrel

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

Make a trade

Dave D
Dave D
3 years ago

Ohtani’s last at-bat when he got the single was amazing. They played the shift. I was hoping he’d lay down a bunt up the third base line. He worked a 1-2 count full and then fouled off a couple of good pitches until he got the one he wanted. Great piece of hitting. He’s so fun to watch, and he was a great value on draft day even with the empty first month. If he keeps up his current pace he could acheive 30/100/10 even after all the time he missed. This might be his only year of fantasy greatness if he returns to the rotation next year. Id prefer he take over in RF next year when Calhoun leaves, and stop pitching, but that’s a longshot…

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Dave D
3 years ago

Just let him close

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

That’d maybe work. Honestly, his bat is so valuable and his arm is so fragile I don’t know why they would just sign an ace and do something like that. Think of all they are already saving on his contract alone, and put that toward a legit FA.

Eric
Eric
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

Please select one of the following to NOT start for this week. (H2H with QS)

Mahle at home vs. TEX
Plutko away at DET
Eduardo Rodriguez away at BAL
Bieber away at DET
Fiers at home vs. SEA

Thanks!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Eric
3 years ago

Plutko

Mankind
Mankind
3 years ago

How close are Mookie and Vlad Jr in no cost keep forever dynasty?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Mankind
3 years ago

Neck and neck for me

luvdarooks
3 years ago

Looking to next couple of years in Dynasty.
NEXT YEAR in a $260 NL 11 team with large rosters , really deep…. 5×5 using BA.
I will add on my own inflation.
What do you see the salary of Kingery – Swanson- F Reyes – Senzel ‘s value being?
thanks dude!!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  luvdarooks
3 years ago

Is the question what with the be worth at auction next year in your league?
Blind guesses…
Kingery $18
Swanson $16
Reyes $19
Senzel $19

Thom
Thom
3 years ago

Please rank ROS:

Caleb Smith, Pivetta, Ray

Thanks…

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Thom
3 years ago

Ray, Pivetta for me

Matt
Matt
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

Is not ranking Smith an oversight or you don’t consider him restorable for the remainder of the season?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Matt
3 years ago

He’s #3, just saving time…

NUX
NUX
3 years ago

I’m 2 chapters into “reading” this new Travis Sawchik/Ben Lindbergh book through my headphones during my commute.

Grey, I know you’ve said before that you get enough baseball through other means, so maybe you wouldn’t be terribly interested, but I highly recommend it to anyone who might be looking for a good baseball read this summer.

So far, the entire thing has been about Trevor Bauer. Growing up, Bauer insisted on wearing his baseball pants to school… mmmkay. Anyways, knowing what I already know about the guy, not entirely surprised to hear that he was an outcast. But the best part… he would carry around his shoulder tube (which no one would have been familiar with at the time) and the other kids would call it “Trevor’s Penis Pole”.

Hahahahaaha

I don’t miss high school at all.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  NUX
3 years ago

I googled shoulder tube (didn’t know what that was) and Trevor Bauer’s shoulder tube routine came up (from 6 years ago). He answers tons of questions in the Youtube comments about it. Pretty interesting. Just as interesting was this one stalker Annie Linkous:

Annie Linkous: Um…Just Wanted To Say~YouLookedAmazingOnTheBumpToday! And Your Drone Vids As Always…I love The Song”NoManOfViolence”

Annie Linkous: Heart emoji

Annie Linkous:: Well Of Course You Block Me…But I’ll Wish You A Happy Belated Birthday Anyway!

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

Hahaha!

You would dig this read Cram, its super interesting.

LGM!!!!! :/

Yikes
Yikes
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

…interesting…stalker…heart emoji

NJ
NJ
3 years ago

Morning!! Great article…should I cut Bait on Greg Polanco? In a 5 OF league and have JD, Marte, Conforto, Y. Alvarez and Stanton coming back “soon.” Plus Laureano…thanks.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  NJ
3 years ago

Sure depending on your options

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
3 years ago

1.) Are you starting Pivetta today @ATL?
Son doesn’t totally hate it (-0.4) and he’s been great since call up.

2.) I like Strahm, and I know you do too. Even tho his start was in Coors, it was pretty bad. Should I wait and see to add him/treat him like a streamer? Or should I grab and hold him in 10-12 team leagues? Next start is MIL (8.0)

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Travis Hafner
3 years ago

I don’t like Strahm. Most innings he’s every thrown was 100, 3 years ago. I think he’s pretty toast already and would treat him like a streamer.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Travis Hafner
3 years ago

1. Depends on the league
2. Wait

Earl
Earl
3 years ago

I am in 1st place and doing reasonably well in 5×5 weekly roto league.

Just looking for some advice if you would tinker with this team and if so how to make it better?

Hitting:
Catcher – Roberto Perez, Elias Diaz
1B – Pete Alonso, 2B – Mondesi, ss – Trevor Story, 3B – Rendon, CI – Machado, MI – Jean Segura
OF – Trout, Nelson Cruz, Domingo Santana, Conforto, Yordan Alvarez
Bench – Garrett Cooper, Christian Walker, Colin Moran

Pitching:
SP: Buehler, Odorizzi, Zach Plesac, Anibal Sanchez, Max Fried, Robbie Ray, Chris Paddack
RP: Edwin Diaz, Roberto Osuna, Brandon Workman
Bench: Framber Valdez, Zac Gallen, Jesus Luzardo, Alex Reyes

Thus far my hitting has been near top of heap but could you some pitching improvements especially saves and ERA. Hoping the pitching turns around with some perhaps couple of rookies coming up but might have to pick up some pitching improvements.

My initial thoughts are to maybe move and/or drop Moran, Christian Walker and maybe Max Fried to try and make some improvements. Maybe even Zac Gallen as it seems Marlins do not want to bring him up.

Thanks for input

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Earl
3 years ago

Don’t know who’s available or league depth but I would be too attached to the guys you mentioned. Don’t think you need to make any huge moves, if it ain’t broke…

Earl
Earl
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

Thanks man! Not sure I understand which players you would be too attached to?

Is it that the overall team I have you like and would keep as is or are you saying that you would not be looking to part with Moran, Walker, Max Fried and/or Zac Gallen?

Thanks again! Appreciate it!

Earl
Earl
Reply to  Earl
3 years ago

Also, it is 12 team league for depth and there really is not alot of great options on waiver wire so would likely have to pursue trades.

As I mentioned in previous post, I am thinking of pursuing Dallas Keuchel but not sure what that will wind up costing me.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Earl
3 years ago

Sorry, *wouldn’t. I’m the one who can’t spell!!

Earl
Earl
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Does it appear that Marlins have no real intention to bring up Gallen or are they just playing some time game??

I know it is kind of crystal ball but do you see Alex Reyes doing well when he gets up in next week or so and also Luzardo when he gets up in perhaps few weeks or so??

Thanks

asdfasdf
asdfasdf
3 years ago

Hi, Aguilar has been killing me in NL-only points all year long. Would you cut him for McMahon, Dom Smith, Sandoval, or Freese? Pickings are slim at 1B… Thanks!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  asdfasdf
3 years ago

I’d try mcmahon, he at least plays at Coors every once in awhile

Cram It
Cram It
3 years ago

Dahl also has 2 steals and 4 caught stealing! He’s basically a more expensive Jeff McNeil.

Anyone know why Bummer came in and closed out the game for the Sox, when Colome had only pitched once in the last 5 days?

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

Best guess is that Colome threw 39-40 pitches on Tuesday. Closer Monkey says that they were just giving him an extra day of rest. Regardless, Colome is going to be gone from the Sox over the couple of weeks.

Moscowitz
Moscowitz
Reply to  hot corner
3 years ago

Fried or Paddack ROS?
Thanks

Moscowitz
Moscowitz
Reply to  Moscowitz
3 years ago

Sorry

Moscowitz
Moscowitz
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I know but Paddack is coming back, let’s say he is already there. Him or fried?

Moscowitz
Moscowitz
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Lol, I love it… You already know the format of my leagues… You are right. I always play in limited moves leagues, it’s more interesting in my opinion, without that constant buying and dumping players

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I’ve never watched Dahl much until I snagged him a couple weeks ago,but I can’t help but wonder about a grown man who chews gum with his mouth open.Maybe he’s a 10 cent head.Of course being in Colorado maybe he’s just a head.Not that I am one to talk about such deficiencies.
Need to make a spot for Clevenger,drop Dahl or Senzel(Yahoo,no 2b)?Got loaded up at OF when Ohtani heated up and Scwarber moved to leadoff.Just grabbed Garrett Cooper also,any of these guys stand out as the drop to you?

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks.He could be doing that with the gum to clear his ears if he doesn’t handle the altitude well.Maybe he has a balance problem that nobody knows about.He goes to Arizona next,but next time he’s at sea level I sure hope I remember this brilliant theory and don’t forget to check him out.

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I wish him or Senzel would.Also between them they have like 9 SBs.I’m only in one league this year because I’ve got to get the old spine DeLeon’ed(hope that spelling and punctuation are right,well not really) and am going to be out of it during the trade deadline madness.I’ll probably be on morphine and will rage drop half my team,just because it seem’s like the right thing to do at that time.
Then again I might chicken out and leave awful enough alone.
Looking forward to the Buy column, have a good weekend,etc.

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

The thing with how you spell his name.

Some say tomato,some say tomatoh and some know how to spell his name.It isn’t like the fountain of youth guy.De Leon
vs Deleon.

Me,having an effed up spine would like to return to my youth.

hondo
hondo
Reply to  hondo
3 years ago

Geez ,hope that made sense.Did to me,but holy fuck my back is killing me and that is how my life is.

William Hung