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So, this is crazy, I was in the supermarket line yesterday reading about an illegitimate child that Betty White had with a Mexican man while she was protesting with Cesar Chavez, and they named him…You’re gonna wanna sit down. His name was…Ronel Blanco! WHAT?! Ronel Blanco threw a no-hitter? Shh…if you listen very closely, you can hear the one person who started Ronel Blanco on their fantasy team. Give it up for the Jays too, they made a middle reliever, who was making his 8th career start, Ronel Blanco (9 IP, 0 ER, 0 hits, 2 walks, 7 Ks) into a star. Gotta admit it’s kinda cool the way the Jays embraced April Fool’s. Well done, fellas. You totally got us! Blanco was helped by Kyle Tucker (2-for-3, 4 RBIs) and Yainer Diaz (2-for-4), who both hit their 1st and 2nd homers. So supremely nuts. 2024 MLB season, you so crazy, I want to have your baby. But not Betty White’s baby for fantasy. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jeremy Pena – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer. That was his first homer since July 5th of last year. That, over-the-internet friend, is hilarious.

Bowden Francis – 5 1/3 IP, 7 ER. This monkey’s gone to heaven and threw its shizz at the walls.

Shota Imanaga – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 hits, zero walks, 9 Ks. On this week’s podcast, I started to realize something halfway through: There’s only like five lineups worth being worried about. There are sooooooooooo many terrible teams. Yes, eleven O’s, though the O’s aren’t one. Teams that stink: White Sux, A’ss, Suckies, Mehlins, Gnats, the GERDians…Actually the entire AL Central. The NL Central isn’t much better, except for the Cubs and Reds, and even they strike out a lot. Some teams that are supposedly decent, but are you worried about the Mets? Rays? Jays? They were trying to lose in San Diego and Jake Cronenworth is their three-hole hitter. It’s easier to name the teams you should fear. So, Shota looked exceptional vs. the Suckies. It’s true, but I watched, and Shota looked…this can go one of two ways here…even better than the line! (Whew, Grey’s not dumb. At least not on this.) I think we might’ve underestimated Shota all draft season — well, not Coolwhip, here’s his Shota Imanaga sleeper.

Charlie Morton – 5 2/3 IP, 0 baserunners, 5 baserunners. Going off (like the Biz) what I was saying in Shota’s blurb about bad teams, I like Chazz Salt, but he was facing the White Sux, who might be the worst team. Yes, worse than the A’s.

Austin Riley – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer. He hit that off a White Sox pitcher, so it counts as three-quarters of a homer. Sorry, just relaying the new rules.

Mike Clevinger – Signed with the White Sox. Picture the scene: You’re standing, warming your hands over a trash can that is on fire. Then, you skewer a turd and warm it over the fire. That turd is Mike Clevinger. I kinda understand the A’s. They want to move. It sucks, but I get it. The White Sox? Reinsdorf wants to die with $2.1 billion while fielding the most garbage team possible vs. $1.8 billion and trying to win? It makes no sense. Any hoo! Clevinger will likely be a Streamonator call in most mixed leagues, when he’s ready in two to three weeks, and around a 4.30 ERA pitcher.

Adolis Garcia – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer. He has 11 homers in the last 19 games, if you count the postseason. But, yeah, skip him to draft someone else.

Josh Jung – Had a slam and legs, but a fastball hit his wrist and fractured it. Some guys are like injury magnets, man. Unbelievable. This will help my preseason love Ezequiel Duran to anew again.

Dane Dunning – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks. See my unabashed respect for Seth Lugo and Wacha, and add in Dunning as someone no one wanted all preseason, and he’s totally fine in a yawnstipating way.

Ryan Pepiot – 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER. It might be wrong of me to say all pitchers who I like are still good no matter how they look in their first start, but it’s one start! If you think one start is at all indicative of a six-month season, I don’t know what to tell you.

Spencer Steer – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer. Steer me to heaven and introduce me to Jesus! As my bumper sticker says.

Andrew Abbott – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks. Watched most of this game with Abbott and Cristopher Sanchez (5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks), and Sanchez looked better, but neither were that exciting. It’s one start though, so going to mostly ignore what I saw.

Emerson Hancock – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 1 K. Everyone, and this is not exaggeration, is good in Safeco. Not saying this for purely masturbatory reasons with Hancock. He’s in the rotation until Woo returns, which might be a month, and he could be worthwhile in that time at least at home like previous Marginers.

Dominic Canzone – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer. I’m cyclops with a monocle on Canzone. He’s got a solid bat, but terrible park and likely platooning. Still prolly AL-Only or 15-team mixed and deeper.

Josh Naylor – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. That’s preseason sleeper, Josh Naylor. LFG!

Triston McKenzie – 3 1/3 IP, 4 ER. How ya gonna hang that many runs on a hat stand?

Jackson Merrill – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer. He was my lede Buy last week, and it didn’t seem like anyone was picking him up, so screw y’all!

Fernando Tatis Jr. – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer. Fun The Jewels fast!

Brendan Donovan – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, as he hits leadoff. I don’t know about this BDon guy. Uh, my podcast co-host. Brendan Donovan is fine.

Kyle Gibson – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks. This was the day of the boring 5th starters who aren’t that bad, huh?

James Paxton – 5 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners (5 BBs), 5 Ks. Five walks to five Ks from Paxton is abbreviated as K-Pax, after the truly awful Spacey movie.

Teoscar Hernandez – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer. Teoscar goes to Hollywood, and you didn’t see how this would play out?

Michael Conforto – 1-for-4 and his 3rd homer. He could finally be healthy, and I tried to grab him in every league this past weekend. Not exciting, if “not exciting” is winning your league.

Luis Gil – 4 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, at 84 pitches. Pulling Luis Gil with no one on at 4 2/3 IP and an easy win on the horizon is gonna turn me into a boomer. They need to change the Win rule. No way does a middle reliever getting one out to get them to 5 IP make him more valuable. It’s stupid and needs changing. Normalize the official scorer giving the starter who goes 4+ IP the win. Please!

Alek Thomas – Hit the IL with a strained hammy, which opens a slot for Jake McCarthy. Sadly, I’ve blacklisted him.

Mike Trout – 2-for-4, and his 2nd and 3rd homer. He hit his 2nd homer to the batter’s eye, if the batter was the Jolly Green Giant and he was standing in Cuba.

Nolan Schanuel – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer. Rendon (oh-for-the-season) still hitting leadoff, but Schanuel was up to the two-hole. Just need Schanuel at leadoff and Rengifo or Neto at two and we would be so good. Someone tell Ron Washington that Rengifo wants to legalize cocaine.

Max Meyer – 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks. Didn’t watch this start, but it looks to me like Meyer is exactly like “random starter from the Streamonator” only with a flashier name.

Sean Manaea – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks, 8 Ks. Yes, it was vs. Tigers, but I also was kicking myself all draft season I didn’t grab Manaea in any deeper leagues. It was only a year ago that I loved him.

Reese Olson – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks. Welcome to bizarro season where all Tigers starters are great, except Maeda. Maeda is Baeda, very, very Baeda.

MacKenzie Gore – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks. Uncle Charlie vs. righties? Unhittable. Everything vs. lefties? Not very hittable either. Gore had some trouble early with hanging curves, but he’s so close to a precipice of taking command. That sentence could’ve played in 2000, but change ‘curves’ to ‘chads.’

Marco Gonzales – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks. Fun fact! Gonzales is Spanish for He went to Jared. Streamonator hates Marco, and I don’t disagree.

Dean Kremer – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks. [Kremer crashes through the door] Jerry! You’re not gonna believe this! You know the product that turns oil into a solid? I patented it for bathroom uses.

Ryan Mountcastle – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer. We were likely out way too early on Mountcastle. Like the great BBC drama he’s named after, he’s getting better in his 5th season.

Jordan Westburg – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Mountcastle and Westburg? Am I playing fantasy baseball or BritBox?

Bobby Witt Jr. – 2-for-5 and a slam (2) and legs (1). Witt is like Kyle Tucker, if Kyle Tucker were actually fast.

Salvador Perez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. Sal P. with his 2nd, and 2nd time I’ve pointed out that Vinnie P. is playing like rotten ricotta.

Michael Wacha – 5 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks. You’d get a serious case of the yawns if you rostered Wacha and Lugo on the same team, but you’d prolly do better than rostering two high upside starters.

Jarren Duran – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 3rd, 4th and 5th steal. Oh, Duran wants me to name my firstborn after him? Okay, I’m down with that!

Tanner Houck – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 hits, zero walks, 10 Ks. Streamonator loved this one, because it was vs. the A’ss. Start everyone vs. them.

Esteury Ruiz – Optioned to Triple-A, because he wasn’t getting on base enough, according to the A’s. He was hitting.429! Wearing a crown of thorns, Rajai Davis said, “I didn’t die for this.”

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knucklez
knucklez
10 days ago

Better stream for this week

Reese Olson vs OAK or Brady Singer vs CHW

Lucky Dog
10 days ago

Bello looking nasty early. It’s the A’s, but still.

Lucky Dog
Reply to  Lucky Dog
10 days ago

Bello hates the Oakland coliseum .

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
10 days ago

Singer or Crochet? Now that we’ve seen him do it against ATL, is it time to pick him up over Singer?

The talented Mr dope man
The talented Mr dope man
10 days ago

Drop Luis Urias for Foscue?

frankgrimes
10 days ago

Nolan Jones experience is over!

Lucky Dog
Reply to  frankgrimes
10 days ago

Oven mitt

Daze
Daze
10 days ago

Would you drop Parker meadows for Turang

akowale2
akowale2
10 days ago

14 teamer 5×5 league but with OPS rather than AVG. Working the trade lines right now after Jung’s injury but if I can’t find any one willing to trade right now I get to choose one of JD Davis, Lipscomb, Baty, or Tyler Freeman. My heart says Baty but it’s tough to actually be excited for it. What would you recommend Grey?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
10 days ago

Think I may need to blow a bunch of faab on Turang with this new SB rate of his…

Drafted him one year early!

Cohen
Cohen
10 days ago

Drop Frelick for Schanuel or hold?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
10 days ago

Drop Pepiot for Reid Detmers, Andrew Abbott, Brady Singer, Ranger Suarez, Zach Littel or Lugo?

The Strait Man
The Strait Man
10 days ago

Lipscomb or Baty for next 6 weeks? Thanks.

frankgrimes
Reply to  The Strait Man
10 days ago

Look at this guy keeping a guy for six weeks! I vaguely remember those days.

The Strait Man
The Strait Man
Reply to  frankgrimes
10 days ago

Jung out for 6 weeks—smile.

Russowl
Russowl
10 days ago

Drop Rafaela or Julien?

fausto
10 days ago

Rangers calling up top prospect Justin Foscue with Jung out…he has 1b 2b 3b elig and I need a 3b elig guy in a 16tm keeper…how much faab of $100 would you spend?

frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

.01?

herschel
herschel
10 days ago

@Grey: weekly roto. you buying into revival of flaherty? kenley too much to give for him?

herschel
herschel
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

yeah, thats what i was thinking. which tier should i be looking at it. is kenley plus stone or bryce miller for sale asking too much?

herschel
herschel
Reply to  herschel
10 days ago

or kenley for bello?

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
10 days ago

Hello Grey! Love the Ron Washington/Rengifo thingy. Classic!

So I have some SPs that I consider questionable and some on Waivers that I may want to add (Yahoo 10 Team Points). What do you think as far as dropping and adding any?

Have: Pepiot, Meyer, M. Gore, B. Pfaadt

Available: Singer, Houck, Varland, Hicks, Gil, Lugo

I am kinda mad at Pepiot, but I am sure I can be patient. Really I can.

Thanks much Grey.

The Strait Man
The Strait Man
10 days ago

Who would you grab to replace Jung? Busch, Triolo,Moncada, Baty or E Duran?

The Strait Man
The Strait Man
10 days ago

Are we over the Louie Varland love? Drop for Jordan Hicks or Max Meyer or hold? Thanks

The Strait Man
The Strait Man
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

How about Hicks or Lugo?

nova bear
nova bear
10 days ago

I have 3 pitchers to pick up because I drafted Buehler, Sewald, and Romano with my last 3 picks and are now on the IL. Who should I pick up and in what order among…?
Reid Detmers
Jared Jones
Jordan Hicks
Garrett Crochet
Lance Lynn
Ronel Blanco

Last edited 10 days ago by nova bear
nova bear
nova bear
10 days ago

I had to drop Duran in order to pick up a SS as I was afraid to go too long without someone in that slot (Bichette). Now I’ll probably lose Duran to another team in my league. Of course, he has a great day after I release him!

Last edited 10 days ago by nova bear
Michael b
Michael b
10 days ago

Hey grey can you help me make a lineup decision?

Start two:
Anthony Volpe vs Zac gallen
Evan Carter vs Zach efflin
Jazz Chisholm jr vs Tyler Anderson
Wyatt Langford vs Zach efflin

Freedminds
Freedminds
10 days ago

Grey, do you have a favorite Wolfgang Petersen movie, think mine is Perfect Storm !

FMFU
FMFU
10 days ago

Manager in my league lost Jung last night and needs a 3B. I have Hayes in one of my util spot, would you move him for Berrios ? Or do I let the guy sweat it a little

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
11 days ago

the red sawks were the 3rd staff in mlb history to record at least 45ks with 6 bb or fewer…and that was before houck went 10k no bb last night. historically good.

Gary C
11 days ago

Trade:

Gray Rod for Eflin

Which side?

Thanks

ashtray
ashtray
11 days ago

12 team OBP/SLG Head to head.

What 2 would you want out of:

Rengifo
Foscue
Bohm
Rizzo
Polanco
Oswaldo
Cronenworth
Kelenic
Donovan

Freedminds
Freedminds
11 days ago

Hoskins and Bibee to much for Naylor ? Looking for a 1B who can steal

Sam
Sam
11 days ago

Ahhh Jung! Justin foscue getting called to replace him… also Donovan available. Which for hopefully short term?
Thanks, Grey!
Always enjoy reading your stuff!

Stumanji!
Stumanji!
11 days ago

Trade Cease for Buehler or is WB too risky coming back from injury? 10 tm H2H: QS (no wins) and Total Ks categories

Staff:
Strider
Peralta
Cease
Lugo
Crochet
J. Jones
G. Stone
Kikuchi
Mize

Stumanji!
Stumanji!
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Cease $24, Buehler $3

I guess I’m sour on Cease and there’s potential keeper value if Buehler bounces back?

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
11 days ago

Hi Grey,

Tanner Houck, Sean Manaea, and Garrett Grocket are available How would you prioritize them? Could any of them be more than a streamer?

Would you waive AJ Puk or Hunter Harvay or look for another way to get any or just hold?

Thanks!!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

Thanks for your common sense!!

If Crocket pitched well, would you waive Chas Mccormick to pick him up?

thanks

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Great question

My outfield is:

LF: Gurriel
CF: Durran
RF: Soler
Bench: Mullins

Therefore would pick up Crocket and waive Mccormick if crocket pitchers well. Do you agree with the above outfielders?

thanks again!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Thanks!

wudaben
wudaben
11 days ago

Someone in my 12 team H2H points league dropped Ober. Would you drop any of these guys to grab him? Yamamoto, Kirby, Luzardo, Ryan, Paxton, Gore, ERod, Keller, JJones, Bello, Garrett, KCrawford and Gavin Stone.

Scott
Scott
11 days ago

grey woiuld you drop alex wood for either Marco Gonzalez, Carlos Carrasco, Spencer Turnbull, Bryan Hoeing (not sure if he is starting is a RP) or Dakotah Hudson? Pickings are slim.

Scott
Scott
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

what about Jakob Junis?

Scott
Scott
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Drop Alex Wood for Jakob Junis?

aintlifegrand
aintlifegrand
11 days ago

Thanks again for a great write up!

10 team redraft OBP league:

Mountcastle is looking strong to open the season. Really want to pick him up for my CI slot, which is currently filled by Bohm.

I have Colt Keith on my bench as an upside stash. Most projections out there have Keith as a poor man’s Bohm this year.

It’s early but cut Colt Keith for Mountcastle?

And one more for you: for SP, Manaea or Lugo, QS league?

Thanks!

toolshed
11 days ago

Jung hasn’t played very long but he has had a litany of injuries: calf, thumb, wrist, shoulder, etc. Not saying he is injury prone, but injuries and/or bad luck seem to follow him. Did I just indirectly say that he is injury prone? It is almost enough for me to avoid him or at least take someone else who is closely ranked. Did I just indirectly cross him off of my draft list?

Last edited 11 days ago by toolshed
Ben
Ben
11 days ago

Hi Grey,

Who gets dropped of Siri, Happ, or DL Hall? I have Cowser’s rights and lose him if I don’t bring him up by tomorrow.

And are you buying Flaherty as more than a streamer in a 12 team mixed league?

Are you holding, and can you please rank, C. Sanchez, Singer, Flaherty ROS in a 12 team mixed league?

Thank you!

Ben
Ben
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

Thanks! Are you holding Singer and Sanchez as more than streamers?

Ben
Ben
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

Thanks, 12 team mixed?

Daze
Daze
11 days ago

If Puk looks awful again tomorrow would you drop him for Flaherty, Lugo, Gil or Houck
Its a 10 team league.
Thanks

Daze
Daze
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

I assume Flaherty would be your first choice
But I have learned not to assume anymore :)
Who would be your 2nd choice?

Daze
Daze
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

Gotcha Thanks

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
11 days ago

It’s only been a couple of games, so should we revisit outfielder predictions? OF course! (See what I did there?!) Which two do you like most out of Conforto, Frelick, Haniger, J.Walker, Lee?

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
11 days ago

Hi Grey,

I have Nolan Gorman at 3B. Would you stay the course who pick up Matt Chapman or Tyler Freeman?

Thanks!!

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
11 days ago

A. Bohm or Jake Burger? I think Bohm is better, but Burger is hot so far.

B. I need to cut either Chris Martin or Yanier Cano? I’m trying to balance several considerations:
Martin likely to get save opportunities (Kenley back issues). Although Saves and Holds are separate categories, I would prioritize Saves at this point in season. Baltimore will provide more opportunities. But Cano is showing control problems.

Last edited 11 days ago by Norman Ginsberg
Trickrey
Trickrey
11 days ago

12 team H2H 6×6 OPS. Who is the better bench piece: Ezequiel Duran, Foscue, or Turang?

Trickrey
Trickrey
11 days ago

12 tm 6×6 with OPS. Who is the preferred bench piece between Turang, Ezequiel Duran, and Foscue?

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
11 days ago

Good Morning Grey,

I have Jackson Merrill or Thairo Estrada at SS. Do you look at matchups to decide who to start? Who would would you start? Any criteria would be appreciated

My OF today is Gurriel, Duran and Soler. My bench is Mullins and McCormick. Does that make sense?

FYI: Mike Conforto is available on waivers.

Thanks so much!!!!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

Thanks!!

james dickson
james dickson
11 days ago

Jung replacement options. Could you please give a top three from the following:
– E. Duran;
– T. Lipscomb;
– W. Castro
– R. McMahon
– J. Polanco
– JD Davis

Thank you!

matt
matt
11 days ago

hi grey!

hunting for a W and or QS

Assad vs. COL (cruddy out here in Chicago today) or
Abbot @NYM?

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
11 days ago

Hey to the Hey, Grey!

You think Houck is worth holding? I was just going to move him out of my streaming spot, but Oaktown’s writeup here got me excited for him. I’ve got other roster options.

Also, what’s more frustrating that being stuck starting established bats having quiet starts (looking at you Judge) and therefore keeping super exciting guys like Jackson Chorizo on the bench (I want to make that sausage moniker stick).

Lurrrrrrrrrrrvessssssssss!!!!

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

Meh, I could drop Rodon, and was thinking of streaming Smyly tomorrow.

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

He’s got the Rockies at home and the robot lurves it (22.1), but that’s not as much as I lurrve you!!! (197598480134929.2).

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

hahahaaaaa

Murph
Murph
11 days ago

Hey Grey
10 teamer 5×5
1. Campusano or willson contreras for catcher?
2. Will benson or Jose Siri for OF?
3. Pick 2 – king, singer, Wacha, detmers, blanco
Thanks buddy!

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
11 days ago

Need to drop 2 in a 11-team 5×5 redraft league to make room for Jung replacement and Wacha:

Colt Keith, Frelick, Henry Davis, Stone, Finnegan, Steele

Hate to drop Keith and Frelick back into the FA pool so soon, but not sure what else to do.

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
11 days ago

Wow…look at the career averages of the Dodgers lineup when facing Webb…they own him. Start or sit Webb?

LittleJerrySeinfeld
LittleJerrySeinfeld
11 days ago

In a limited moves points league, Polanco or Donovan?

Lucky Dog
11 days ago

Just heard Estuary Ruiz was wearing an anti-ownership t-shirt, which is the real reason he was sent down.

Lucky Dog
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

Nothing the A’s do makes sense, so yeah, probably some other dumb reason. Like the owners watched Major League & decided to make Rachel Phelps dastardly plan their actual business model.

MarvPesos
Marv
11 days ago

Hey Grey,

10-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 10) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. LIMIT of 3 moves per week (no streaming). We also get (4) IL spots

Sorry in advance but could really use your input. Drafting Late this year and I have 2X picks in the first round, then I don’t pick again until the 4th round so I need to make these 2 picks count. I’ve got pick #5 and pick #7

These are the top guys available to me (below) and my team (so far) with my keeper selections. The guys in the draft typically go hard on pitching (most teams will have10-11 pitchers) and young hyped talent.

Who are your top 5-6 guys from the list below/ any you’d reach for ? Worth reaching for Kutter for my 7th pick?

Available players:

HIT – William. Contreras ©, N. Jones, C. Yelich, T. Casas, T. Hernandez, G. Springer, L. Thomas, L. Arraez, MJ, Melendez ©, S. Suzuki, B. Nimmo, Y. Diaz, V. Pasquantino, R. Greene, N. Lowe, S. Torkelson, S. Kwan, I. Happ, W. Adames, S. Steer, CES, E. Tovar, Y. Diaz ©, E. Carter, L. Gurriel, A. Santander

PIT – Z. Eflin, J. Ryan, C. Ragans, Ryce Miller, Y. Yamamoto, J. Musgrove, J. Luzardo, C. Sale, S. Imanaga, T. Bibee, C. Rodon, S. Gray, M. King, Y. Darvish, J. Montgomery, A.J. Puk. J. Verlander, H. Brown, Nester Cortes, G. Williams, K. Crawford, C. Javier, N. Pivetta, B, Pfaadt, C. Morton, R. Pepiot

RP – P. Fairbanks, A. Munoz, R. Iglesias, R. Helsley, C. Doval, D. Bednar, E. Phillips

My team:
C –
1B – P. Goldschmidt
2B – M. Betts
3B – N. Arenado
SS – C. Seager
CI –
MI – G. Torres
LF –
CF – J. Chisholm
RF – A. Garcia
Util –
BN –

SP – G. Kirby
SP – M. Fried
SP – M. Steele (IL15)
RP –
RP –
P –
P –
BN –
BN –
BN –
BN –
BN –

Thanks, Marv

Milarky
Milarky
11 days ago

Grey, we finally did our draft on Friday so curious as to your thoughts. Deep 11-team 6×5 league (add SLG%). Some of these guys are prospects/keepers which is why they’re still on my roster.

C: K. Ruiz, L. Campusano
1B: Olson, Casas
2B: Torres, Stott
SS: T. Turner, T. Estrada (also SS)
3B: Bregman, Rengifo (also 2B, OF, SS)
OF: Carroll, Tucker, Suzuki, Gurriel, Frelick
DH: Kepler (OF), L. Tavares
Rook Hitter: J. Ortiz
Bench: W. Flores (1B/3B), N. Velazquez (OF), Manzardo (1B, Rook), Kjerstead (OF, Rook), Crews (OF, Rook), McLain (2B, SS)

SP: Gausman, Glasnow, Morton, Bibee, Sanchez, Civale
Rook P: G. Stone
RP: Doval, Jansen, Ginkel
Bench: B. Garrett, Eury Perez, R. Olson, Lugo, J. Leasure (RP, Rook), M. Meyer (Rook)

Milarky
Milarky
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

Thanks Grey, I kinda suspected I was a bit weak on power but didn’t want to lead the witness. Will try and target a bit of that on waivers and through trades. Now get ready for a ton of “who should I pickup” and “would you do this trade” questions! First one – I’m assuming trading Stott for Burger, Paredes or Bohm is an over-reaction? Would mean sliding Rengifo to 2B.

Milarky
Milarky
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

Thanks! OK, now here are some names that are available. Would you drop anyone on my roster to claim any of these guys? Some context – we get 5 free waiver claims, and then they’re $5 each, so streaming is very expensive – looking for long term value. Also, Kjerstead, Eury and Crews are prospects so can’t drop.

Oswaldo Cabrera (OF)
Jared Walsh (1B)
Tanner Houck (SP)
Ronel Blanco (SP/RP)
Sean Manaea (SP)
Garrett Whitlock (SP)
Zack Littell (RP/SP)
Brock Stewart (RP)
David Robertson (RP)
Hector Neris (RP)

Milarky
Milarky
Reply to  Grey
10 days ago

Sorry, last one for the day on this thread. Given that I’m currently starting Rengifo as my second 3B starter, would you think about claiming Triolo, Lipscomb or Paulie? Given our format, rookies are a bit more valuable, but really it’s power potential that I need more than anything.

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
11 days ago

I picked up Julien for 2B when McClain went down. Since it looks like he might be out there only against RHP, would you still roll with him or would you either replace, or reinforce, with one of: Cronenworth, Donovan, or Turang?

I only have two adds left this week but I do also have one empty slot.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Joe Beisbol
11 days ago

If you need speed and can afford the power shortage, Turang looks like he’s a very good base stealer

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
Reply to  OaktownSteve
11 days ago

He does, but if that plate discipline doesn’t turn around, he’ll be the next guy in a long line of great fantasy base stealers who went from regulars, to super subs, to bench guys, to pinch runners. I want to believe the minor league numbers that suggest he should be better than what we’re seeing but, boy, he makes it hard to keep that faith.

Phil
Phil
11 days ago

12-team roto 6×5 (+OPS) league…I’m already very behind in RBIs. Currently rostering Andrew Vaughn in my Util spot. Drop him for Schanuel, E. Duran, Frelick or Donovan?

The sportsguy
The sportsguy
11 days ago

10:team AL 5×5..need a SP…clevinger or Blackburn?

Powdered Toast Man
Powdered Toast Man
11 days ago

Started Blanco in my AL only, but also started Bowden Francis…so yeah….
It H2H 10 day week so I got that going.
Grabbed Joc… will he give me a boost?
Free Rengifo!

Powdered Toast Man
Powdered Toast Man
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

Thanks Grey.
I’m giving Puk another start or two on my bench. Want to believe in Marlins pitching machine.

Flying High
Flying High
11 days ago

Question: I have Senga,Woo,Grissom, Steele,McLain and MCClanahan on all my IL and all my reserves. It is a keeper league. With Jung going on IL I need to drop one. Who is the drop?

Question: Jared Jones, Jordan Hicks and Max Meyer? Who do you like?

THANK YOU!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
11 days ago

Looks like a disappointing number of rain outs possible today.

steeldeal211
steeldeal211
11 days ago

Please rank
Whitlock,Jared Jones,Houck,Gore

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  steeldeal211
11 days ago

Houck and Whitlock toss up
Jones highest upside but innings cap may hurt. remains to be seen.
i have a gore share but he makes me nervous. bad reverse split, iffy make up, iffy fastball comnand.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

you talked me in to gore. i’m on the bandwagon but I’m like the nervous guy keeping to himself on the corner of the band wagon.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

I’m a straddler. A hedger from way back.

Pops
Pops
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

I’m out. How many years has it been? Feels like Waiting for Guffman, that guy ain’t ever gonna show and you’re left hanging with Corky St. Clair in the stool capital of the United States. If it happens for Gore, I’ll give props to the owners who kept the faith

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Pops
11 days ago

Corky! He sings, he dances, he directs. The only other person who can do that is Barbara Streisand…

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
11 days ago

Gil start is frustrating for his owners but 83 pitches in 4 2/3 is high which is on him. Same thing happened to Hunter Brown the other day. Can’t average 20 pitches an inning this early and the season an expect to stick around. Still, most managers try to get their guy the win

Lucky Dog
11 days ago

I grabbed Blanco in the 6th inning. I watched in awe as he spun the gem. This morning I dropped him for Ezequiel Duran, because I just cannot bring myself to believe that a 30 y/o journeyman will ever do anything like that again.

Duran seems to have legit power & speed, and his SS/3B/OF is very handy if he gets every day PT with Jung likely out for months.

Maybe I’ll regret the drop. I’m betting I won’t. I guess we’ll know after he faces the Rangers.

Lucky Dog
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

Oh definitely – but I don’t get to put his no no in my stats, and the most likely outcome here is the Rangers take him behind the woodshed.

Unfortunately the Astros just called up an infielder, so now I’m wondering if Duran Duran will still be platooning. Will he be Hungry Like the Wolf, or will I be dropping him with the Reflex?

2nd Duran Duran joke in as many days! What is this, 1983? Heyo! Tip your webmaster, try the veal. I’ll be here all week!

Lucky Dog
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

Well, imma have to drop someone when Lodolo comes off IL, so I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

Duran is Bochy’s favorite player on the team. Doesn’t seem to translate, but his love for him is on the record.

Lucky Dog
Reply to  OaktownSteve
11 days ago

I miss Bochy’s post game sling blade impersonation – Bob Melvin lacks his grunting charisma.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
11 days ago

How many more games before we decide Jordan Walker was overrated. Only half kidding. Because of hype was meh last year. Didn’t have a good spring and so far seems whatever. I know, too soon. But as Joe would Come on, man.

englishmetsfan
englishmetsfan
11 days ago

“ They need to change the Win rule. No way does a middle reliever getting one out to get them to 5 IP make him more valuable. It’s stupid and needs changing. Normalize the official scorer giving the starter who goes 4+ IP the win. Please!”

We had this EXACT discussion last night on the way to the Sillies Reds game. My brother in law wanted to know everything about baseball, and about an hour in we got to the ‘elephant’.

It’s absurd. If you are winning. And you have pitched more than everyone else, why should you not be given the win by the “official scorer”.

I don’t know if it is 4 innings as a barometer, but if you pitch 4 2/3 then you are above 50%.

And yes, I have Gil and I hate the Yankees.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

I don’t think that is true. The official scorer can award the win to any Reliever he chooses. But a SP has to pitch 5.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

Yeah, the rule does state this.

Cable
Cable
11 days ago

h/h points 12 team … tell me again why I drafted B Ober …

Jonathan Miller
Jonathan Miller
11 days ago

Grey, would you drop Thairo Estrada for Ezequiel Duran? Roto 5×5 OBP league

cneace
cneace
11 days ago

Hey Grey, struggling at 1B and I could use some upside. Would you hold with France, Cronenworth, and Vaughn or drop one for E. Duran assuming he eventually gets playing eligibility? worry about playing time when/if everyone is healthy.

Dirt McGirt
Dirt McGirt
11 days ago

20 team H2H, 5×5 Keep forever. Thoughts on these offers:

A. Jordan Walker
B. Hunter Brown

or

C. Morel
D. Hunter Brown

*Sorry if this was double posted

Dirt McGirt
Dirt McGirt
Reply to  Grey
11 days ago

Thanks!