Yesterday, Stephen Strasburg went 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks, 8 Ks. And, um. That’s roughly one-thousand percent surprising. Take every cat that’s every jumped out of a closet in a movie and put ’em together and you have a catomic bomb of shock and it’s less shocking than how well Strasburg pitched. Take the “I see dead people” twist and put it in The Crying Game “ding dong” twist and that’s nowhere nearly as surprising. Take a surprise party where the guest of honor has a heart attack and you have something, okay, about that surprising. Yet. Dot dot dot. Still don’t trust Strasburg. If you have him, then I wish you well, but it would not be me. Now I’m simply second-guessing whether or not my fears were for naught. By the way, try to say “naught” without sounding like you’re in a movie in South Boston with Ben Affleck. You simply cannot. “Where’s my munchkins?” “I went to Dunkies and they were out.” “Naught?” “Naught.” See what I mean? Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Trea Turner – 2-for-7, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games. Treat Urner kills dead balls dead.

Mike Soroka – Shut down with shoulder discomfort. Of course, I wasn’t drafting Soroka, but I’m about to make it a hard fast rule of mine that any time a pitcher has arm or shoulder issues, I’m not touching them until they have a full year back. I don’t have the desire to go through six months of news, but I bet I could find at least 20 articles from the offseason about how Soroka is feeling great, and aiming for a return around Opening Day.

Max Fried – 2 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 9.00. The WAS-ATL offenses enjoyed being Fedde Fried food. That just made Sandoval hungry for later.

Pablo Sandoval – 1-for-1, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, both pinch-hit homers. He’s a modern-day Rusty Staub. Call him Rusty Tub.

Huascar Ynoa – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks. Streamonator hates his next start. Ynoa? Y yes. And I’m not sure he’s in the rotation after this, but I’m definitely monocle’ing. By the way, when I see his name, I can’t not see this:

Keston Hiura – 0-for-4, hitting .000. Lest I remind you, but my bold prediction this year was Keston Hiura’s average bottoms out and he’s sent down to the minors. So, when you see ‘perts now talking about Hiura’s struggles, remind yourself that Grey was talking about it prior to the season, not after when the info is essentially useless.

Brandon Woodruff – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, zero walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.45. Fun fact! Bra-Wood is best expressed in charades with Semien doing a chest thump.

Lorenzo Cain – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer. If you want to hang out, you’ve gotta hit the ball out…Lo-Cain. If Cain’s hitting, what the hey, but I don’t trust him to Zombino for more than a week or two.

George Springer – Rehabbing from an oblique injury, he injured his quad and went for an MRI. None of this is good news, except he was carrying his MRI stamp card.

Marcus Semien – 2-for-3 and his 3rd homer. Fun fact! Semien doing a chest thump–Oh, see Woodruff.

Kyle Gibson – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 7.11. Yeah, haha, no. Never. Gibson can start serving cylindrical hamburgers with his 7.11 ERA and I ain’t touching him.

Nick Solak – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer, hitting .238. The question isn’t, do I like Solak? It’s: How did I miss you wrote a Nick Solak sleeper?

Ketel Marte – Running to first, he crumpled to the ground. And now here I am crumpling to the ground. *yelling from the floor* Damn, I just pressed the wrinkles out of these track pants! Gives me an idea. Start a dry cleaner for clothes just for people who have crumpled to the ground. Is there anything to this? So, Marte was helped off the field with what looked like a hamstring injury. Tweaked hams take ten days, crumpled to the ground hams usually take three to five weeks. Hopefully he tweaked it, and just crumpled because he heard there wasn’t yet a dry cleaner who specialized in crumpled people clothes and wanted to give me a brilliant idea.

Chris Devenski – Placed on restricted list for personal reasons that are not Covid related. Yikes, that sounds more ominous than hanging out with the main character on that new Netflix show, The Serpent. Once feeling better from the flu, Kevin Ginkel should close.

Garrett Hampson – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 1 RBI and three steals, his 1st three, as he led off and now Raimel Tapia is randomly in Bud Black’s doghouse. The Rockies starting outfield was Hampson, Yonathan Daza (not the boss) and Chris Owings (3-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs). Bud Black has a dart board with names on it, and that’s how he sets the lineup. “Batting 1st…Barn…Pottery.” “Uh, Bud, you missed the dart board and hit a decorative wall piece.”

Ryan Yarbrough – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 5.06. Welp, things can only get better, right? Right? Please?

Christian Vazquez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .421. If I’m remembering correctly (I am), Vazquez is the best hitter every year for the first fifteen games.

Nathan Eovaldi – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 1.46. The best, and I mean best, and by “the best, and I mean best,” I mean worst is gonna be around mid-May when someone comments, “Hey, Grey, handsome face and all, but Eovaldi has a 2.50 ERA, do you trust him?” And I’m gonna become The Joker, because I wrote a sleeper post about him in January, so of course I trust him.

John Means – 4 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 0.77. Yes, sleeper here too. I get your hesitation, but you have to just start Means every time and watch what happens, like Andy Cohen of Bravo would want.

Cedric Mullins – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. Hey, beautiful, I have you for speed, but you want to hit homers too? Fine! Let’s get married!

Anthony Santander – 1-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st homer. I won’t say it, but, yes! All right! He was a sleeper too!

Cesar Valdez – 2 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 Ks, ERA at 0.00 and the win as the game went into extras. Cesar Ain’t Got No Face, huh? His 85 MPH junk kinda reminds me of what I keep saying:  Every pitcher throws fast; hitters think 95 MPH is normal. Get a guy that throws 85 MPH, and no one has any idea what to do.

Aaron Judge – Out with general soreness. Judge, Giancarlo and General Soreness do a tour of duty every two weeks.

Alec Bohm – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and a slam (1) and legs (2). That’s a BOHM-DA-BOHM-BOHM bomb.

Aaron Nola – 4 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 2.53. His owners better help some elderly people across a street to pay their good luck forward to get out of this game with only one earned run. Oh, and only if the elderly people want to cross the street. Ask them first.

Rhys Hoskins – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 1st home run. Was thinking since the first game of the season when he nearly homered, and was caught trying to take third, how I kinda wish I was in on Hoskins this year. Seems like he’s about as locked in as I’ve seen him.

J.T. Realmuto – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer. He saw Omar Narvaez had twice as many homers, and Jerry Tomato stomped his foot and yelled, “Ketchup!”

J.D. Davis – X-rays came back negative on his hand, and he’s day-to-day. The x-rays were examined after this exchange, “Is your name really Jonathan Davis Davis? Really? Okay.”

David Peterson – 4 IP, 6 ER. He should go by D.P. Peterson for David Peterson Peterson. Okay, I’m done now.

Ramon Laureano – 0-for-4. 1 run, and his 3rd and 4th steal, he’s also hitting third, and, yes, I wrote a sleeper post for him this offseason too. *latches foot into chandelier, swings self in circle* I am a fan.

Jesus Luzardo – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (4 BBs), 6 Ks, ERA at 6.10. Betts and Belly were out of the lineup, and the Dodgers’ lineup is still better than 75% of teams. Luzardo seems to be having mechanical issues, which you can tell from my bumper sticker, “Jesus is my co-pilot and I’ve been lost for three hours.”

Matt Chapman – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st homer. Now just need that other A’s Matt suit up and stop being toxic to my fantasy teams.

Trevor Bauer – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.15. I made one bet this year, and it was with someone that Stroman would have a lower ERA than Bauer. Wasn’t about fantasy value, I think Bauer’s Ks do put him over the top.

Pablo Lopez – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.54 vs. Jack Flaherty – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 4 walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.23. Not to be a homer, and by ‘homer’ I mean someone who only cares about the players they have on their team, but Lopez pitched better than Flaherty, but that Marlins’ offense is just so sad. Chisholm’s about to hit .170 in 300 ABs until he’s sent down, isn’t he?

Yadier Molina – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Yadi hit that home run with the respect he has for the game.

Dylan Carlson – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer, a grand slam. Why didn’t any of you tell me to look at Carlson again? I’m rueing the days here big time for not drafting him anywhere! Big time rue!

Justin Dunn – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER and eight walks. I believe eight walks is a Ventillion in Seattlese

Darin Ruf – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (2) and legs (1). Think someone took it to heart when I said the other day that Babe Ruth would be about as good in the modern game as Darin Ruf. Your 2021 San Francisco Giants featuring Babe Ruf.

Kevin Gausman – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 1.32. Yes, wrote a sleeper post for him too. Gausman, however, was a guy who was more like a top 20 starter disguised as a sleeper. Oh, and ESPN had him ranked around 250th overall until the final week of the preseason.

Blake Snell – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 8 Ks, ERA at 1.86. Frequent commenter, Oaktown Steve wrote yesterday, “Is there a glossary term for when your pitcher goes well except for getting burned by on a homer by a scrub? Asking for Blake Snell.” We should have a term. Please suggest in the comments.

Wilson Ramos – 1-for-2 and his 2nd homer, hitting .250. Ended up with a bunch of Ramos shares this year in deep leagues, to which I say, “Ramos? Vamos!”

Matthew Boyd – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.13. Boyd is fixed! Dot dot dot. Or is he? I suppose it’s possible, but I’m so far from trusting him. Like “trusting Boyd” is down that alley, and I’m Robert De Niro telling Karen to go down it.

Shane Bieber – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 12 Ks, ERA at 3.65. Honestly, didn’t watch a second of this game, so I’m wondering if he was wild, squeezed or wildly squeezed and we need to contact someone’s employer.

Nick Wittgren – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his 1st save. It’s decided! Cleveland’s got their closer! Woohoo! *intern whispers in my ear* It was a tie game and they had used their two other potential closers previously? Oh. It’s not decided, y’all.

Jose Ramirez – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 1st and 2nd homer, hitting .350. Those two home runs don’t count because Lindor was traded–Wait, I’m hearing they still count. Hmm, weird, I thought Jose Ramirez would have no value without Lindor.

Jakob Junis – 5 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks, 6 Ks. Junis has had moments where he’s solid, so this will bring out my cyclops with a monocle, but for now I’m looking at the Streamonator.

Luis Castillo – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 6.97, as Eugenio Suarez conveniently had the day off. As frequent commenter, toolshed, said yesterday, “Some pitchers request a personal catcher, Luis Castillo is requesting a personal shortstop.”

Amir Garrett – 1 IP, 4 ER as he entered a 11-0 game. Kazaam!

Tyler Naquin – 1-for-5 and his 4th homer. Naquin, perfectly still, rises from flames to proclaim, “I am the hottest schmotato in the land. Now, call me Aristides Tyler Naquino.”

Aristides Aquino – 1-for-1 with his 2nd homer. *reenacting Spartacus* I am Aristides. Tyler Naquin, “No, I am Aristides.” Aristides, “No, I promise you, I am Aristides.”

Nick Castellanos – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 4th homer. “No, I am Aristides.”  Aristides, “Okay, I don’t know what shizz you white boys are playing at, but I am Aristides.”

Chad Kuhl – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 6.43. Kuhl just proved that (Marlboro) Reds do more damage than menthol cigarettes.

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Milarky
Milarky
1 year ago

Grey, we start 3 RPs, and I’ve got Iglesias, Neris, Pagan with Soria on my bench while injured. That’s a fair bit of question marks – would you drop any of those guys, or Hunter Renfroe or Franchy Cordero, for a speculative pick- up of any of the following? For context, we can only make one waiver claim a week.

Diekman
Sims
Wittgren
Sims
Clase

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Milarky
1 year ago

Add diekman maybe clase too

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Milarky
1 year ago

if this is saves only can drop pagan for diekman easily. i’d not chuck r-iggy or neris for these if saves only though.

The Harrow
The Harrow
1 year ago

utterly hilarious that out of the dozens of pitchers in the league having pitched so far t.bauer’s balls are getting searched. all you gotta do is be a media presence ripping on stupid shit the league does and you’ll get hunted, while probably nobody else is.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
1 year ago

i’m not suggesting he doesn’t do this (obv), but that literally dozens of others do too, since the dawn of time.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
1 year ago

i mean dozens right now since april 1st. it’s thousands since MLB started.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
1 year ago

Yordong!

Russowl
Russowl
1 year ago

Smyly or Javier ?

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
1 year ago

Lance Lynn, ladies and gentlemen.

Regan
Regan
Reply to  SteveNZ
1 year ago

Bow, drop ball, exit stage left.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Regan
1 year ago

oh shit they let him go the whole game, i knew he hadn’t allowed many baserunners into like the 7th and the lead was so big they probably didn’t need to waste the good bullpen (or possibly any bullpen). but a lot of good WSOX bullpen (bummer/hendriks) hadn’t been used much yet anyway.

Crazy J
Crazy J
Reply to  SteveNZ
1 year ago

WINNING!

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Crazy J
1 year ago

He’s alright I’ve always liked him but he’s only decent. Just cause Grey likes someone doesn’t mean you do the same.

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  captain obvious
1 year ago

Well do what you do.

aardvark
aardvark
1 year ago

Is this Christian Javier guy legit?

bossmanunior333
bossmanunior333
1 year ago

any interest at Kim at SS while Tatis is on the IL? ehh alternatives available are Adames, Iglesias, Wendle, Newman, Rosario, Crawford (both), Galvis

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  bossmanunior333
1 year ago

for the upside yep. wendle if not him or if his playing time gets lessened. i’m doing similar in a spot where i’ve been playing hampson at CF while grisham is out (that is almost over) and la stella semi injured and/or too many lefties TO be playing at MI lately (plus he’ll have to slide over to CI or 1B depending on how long goldy’s shortish sounding soreness lasts), in a 14 teamer. got lucky kim was dropped even when most of who you listed is owned.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
1 year ago

I’m assuming you’d prefer Hampson to Kike if you were looking for a bit more speed for your team?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  SteveNZ
1 year ago

easily yes. hampson’s only issue thusly (career) is playing time, and lately that’s been good. now we need hilliard to get more and we’ll be somewhat set (my guess is it takes hilliard another year or more, like hampson took). unless somebody can get b.black fired quicker (he himself should’ve done this before now).

VinWins
VinWins
1 year ago

The umpire admitted he blew the call on Conforto and should have called him out. Not something that can be overturned by replay, though.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  VinWins
1 year ago

yeah if you are leaning into strike zone that doesn’t sound legal. seems like they should’ve known that IN game though, assuming they ya know, know the rules and whatnot. bad part is robot umps still won’t be able to fix this level of stupidity later (will fix the stupid human framing hack codes for an actual objective strike zone though, which is far bigger issue)

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
1 year ago

dropped fairbanks for wittgren yesterday. barnes was dropped (ottavino also not owned, no save chances at BOS yet). now have wittgren, karinchak, kimbrel, t.rogers (MIN). drop wittgren for barnes or yimi G?

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
1 year ago

saves only, i forgot, which is odd since this is like 1 of 3 total saves only leagues i’m in out of nearly 2 dozen.

Al KOHOLIC
Al KOHOLIC
Reply to  Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
1 year ago

Grab Barnes

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

I will keep rojas in a deeper league. I had him as a reserve mi/of in 10 team format for upside. Woukd you still hold or add J Polanco. Thx

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

Alex Reyes having a nice 1st week

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  William Hung
1 year ago

he gonna have a nice everything assuming he:
1. stops getting caught with weed related stuff
2. stops punching phones or otherwise breaking his hand with non baseball injuries
3 (here’s the big one): stops getting injured entirely.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
1 year ago

Vlad!

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
1 year ago

Now that Ketel is injured, do you prefer LaCastro or Naquin in an NL only?

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
1 year ago

Way late on this and hard to beat bumbarded, but for glossary I was thinking zerocked.

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
Reply to  Long Bawls
1 year ago

i like this one (albeit i haven’t checked the others).

Long Bawls
Long Bawls
Reply to  Eli Man Penguin Boy
1 year ago

Thanks, man (thanks, boy! Thanks, penguin!)!

Lucky Dog
1 year ago

2021 Burnes starting to feel like the year I had Cy DeGrom with single digit wins.

Lucky Dog
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

He’s just so filthy with everything he throws.

I needed the win. Ah well – at least Reyes is my closer. That worked out.

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
1 year ago

16 team near dynasty (keep max 19 active guys and max 10 prospect guys per year): lost hays and ketel one lately. need 2 more BN guys (have enough SP already for our max innings). OBP and slugging added roto.
C w.smith
1B hosmer
2B mostsuckass (1B/3B)
SS story
3B suarez (SS)
IF wendle (2B/SS/3B)
LF mcneil (2B/3B/RF)
CF laureano (RF)
RF harper
OF leody (CF)
util (1) otani (hitter only)
DL: hays, ketel
NA (10): kelenic, o.cruz, matos, brujan, larnach, n.jones

options: moreland, tsutsugo, dubon, locastro, c.dick, franchy, s.castro

Eli Man Penguin Boy
Eli Man Penguin Boy
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

i just had tsutsugo too, dropped to try to make space for j.rojas but missed when somebody went pretty high. had obtained tsutugo when hays went out, but then puk had to come out of NA slot (now on DL himself just today).

cable
cable
1 year ago

h/h points 12 team league

my pitchers start 5 per week
L. Giolito
J. deGrom
R. Yarbrough
K. Maeda
F. Peralta
C. Morton
D. Bundy
T. Mahle
C. Burnes
R. Ray(I)
F. Valdez(I)

was offered trade

get….. Scherzer & Machado
give…deGrom& Moncada

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
1 year ago

Tommy John for Paxton.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
1 year ago

Id make that trade

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  VinWins
1 year ago

I see what you did there. Nice

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
1 year ago

This guy is pretty much worthless all of the time. Girly boy.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
1 year ago

Start Griffin Canning v the ’27 Bluejays on the road tonight?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Cheers

Tim Anderson Project
Tim Anderson Project
1 year ago

Yo G

What’s your take on Gallen in a 14 team Dynasty H2H league? This year and long term value?

Sp1?
Sp2?
SP3?

Thanks Homie

VinWins
VinWins
1 year ago

Sano has 38 points, but Ozuna is 2 for 20 with 9 Ks and 0 HRs for 52 points.

VinWins
VinWins
1 year ago

Hiura no longer the highest-scoring Razz league player with that double and run scored. Any guess which hitter is now on top?

Regan
Regan
1 year ago

Stupid Os cant keep the game within 3 so no save for Barnes…sigh, will he ever get a save? He’s my only closer in one of my leagues, so pathetic!! Stupid closers keep getting injured. On the sunny side, Devers finally breaks out and Vasquez is giving me a Catcher Chub.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Rich-Rod hasn’t even gotten a SV Oppo since opening day cause the Pirates have lost every game since…

VinWins
VinWins
1 year ago

Olson back in the lineup!!

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

woooooo!

Play Ball
Play Ball
1 year ago

With Trea Turner and Lindor both hitting in the two hole, who do you think will have more RBI this year?

Play Ball
Play Ball
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I think so too.

HR edge to Lindor?

Between last year and so far this year, Trea looks like he could hit 25-30.

Play Ball
Play Ball
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I need more HR and RBI in my lineup. I’m good on speed. With that in mind, would you swap Turner for Lindor? Your projections for Lindor showed more promising power and RBI stats than Turner, but I think that was before Turner was set to hit 2’d in the order.

Regan
Regan
1 year ago

Can i interest anyone in a slightly used Marco Gonzales? Will trade for bag of rocks or best offer!

Paul
Paul
1 year ago

Robert for Urias and Bundy

Would guy my pitching but I’d get Robert?

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Paul
1 year ago

Would gut* my pitching
I’d be left with Burns, Carrasco IL, Severino IL, T Walker, Javier, Smyly, German, Alzolay, C Martinez and then the waiver wire

Crazy J
Crazy J
1 year ago

Yes, YES! More trash-talk on Hiura… I think it’s working!

Sa’wing batter!

JP
JP
1 year ago

Need to move a bat for pitching, who would you rather have ROS: McMahon or Sano?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
1 year ago

Thoracic outlet surgery is brutal for pitchers. Kelly doesn’t look quite right. I believe that Harvey and Archer had it as well. Has any pitcher returned to form afterwards? Seems like a career killer.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Big Magoo
1 year ago

That’s what they’re looking at for Rosenthal.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Oof

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Big Magoo
1 year ago

Oh yeah forgot about that…. Doesn’t seem good.

Rhodyballer
Rhodyballer
Reply to  Big Magoo
1 year ago

I had the surgery in college – removed my first rib (wrong one to do that) and my days of playing 3B were over. I DHed for 2 years and moved over to 2nd. My arm wasn’t the same for 5 years.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Rhodyballer
1 year ago

Wow, if it had that kind of effect on you as a position player, it makes sense that all of these pitchers have taken awhile to find their form. Thanks for the input.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
1 year ago

1. (No obvious need — bench bat). NcCutcheon; Canha; or (pro-active) Kelinic. Note that the last time I speculated on a call-up was Vladimir Guerrero (wasted roster spot for 2 months).

2. BTW, both of these choices are for replacing Ketel Marte. How long do you anticipate he’ll be out?

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
1 year ago

McCutchen.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
1 year ago

Please order Frazier; J Polanco; and Tapia.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Bomb Nunez, baby! 3 HRs already. He looks like the power is pretty legit. Big dude, sweet lefty upper cut swing.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

I added him to 1 RCL team this morning; then I ruined it by adding the DBack catcher to 3 others.

Lucky Dog
1 year ago

If you have Conforto in an OBL league, congrats – he’s gonna get drilled every time he faces the Marlins.

That was some cheap shit right there.

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

*OBP

Oxy is a hell of a drug

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Lucky Dog
1 year ago

Why? What happened?

Lucky Dog
Reply to  captain obvious
1 year ago

Leaned into a strike with his gigantic elbow pad for a RBI walk-off HBP.

Cheap move

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Lucky Dog
1 year ago

Should get drilled by every real ballplayer out there.Spoiled little rich cunt.Mommy was a synchronized swimmer.Daddy was a linebacker at Penn State.Baby needs to win in any way possible or he will be ignored by the big people.

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
1 year ago

I have Mitch Garver at catcher, and Chisolm as a surplus IF now that Trea is back (I have Biggio at 2B). I’m thinking of dropping Chisolm to activate Grisham, and dropping Garver to add Narvaez. But that would also be my last add of the week. Any objection to me doing this? I could also drop Frazier instead of Chisolm, add India instead of Narvaez, or save the add for whoever may be about to replace Bass as closer after he blew the save today…

JKJ
JKJ
Reply to  Joe Beisbol
1 year ago

think your first plan is just fine.

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Alright. I’ll do the Braveheart thing with Garver.

But will drop Chisolm to activate Trentalicious.

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Yimi Garcia looking tempting.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
1 year ago

How long will it take for Bass to get the hook?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Big Magoo
1 year ago

I sea what you did.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Who’s up next on the line?

Garcia? Curtiss?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  The Great Knoche
1 year ago

Garcia

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

It’s a pity he wasn’t pitching to Trout and that Tim Salmon and Sid Bream are no longer in the league.

LadyScorpio
LadyScorpio
1 year ago

“Is there a glossary term for when your pitcher goes well except for getting burned by on a homer by a scrub? Asking for Blake Snell.” We should have a term. Please suggest in the comments….

How ’bout these…Snelled, Snellsocked, Blakebombed, Blakeblasted and Snellslammed?!?

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
1 year ago

My rockies stack for DFS today has managed to only score 10 points on DK thus far. I managed to talk myself into not using Story or Hampson which is looking pretty bad. Kicking myself for using Blackmon instead of story. I did use Hampson on another team where I stacked the Red Sox so at least he’s helping me there.

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Haha, yeah, that was bad luck. He did get 2 RBIs out of that though so it helped me, but not enough to offset the points I should have had with Hampson and Story on that team. I went with 2-4 in Diamondbacks order and Blackmon, McMahon, Hilliard and Nunez from the Rockies. Hopefully the rest of those guys will deliver something in the second half of the game.

Lucky Dog
1 year ago

Cano got hit with a 162 game suspension? Lordy. How’d I miss that?

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Lucky Dog
1 year ago

Big cheater.

Lucky Dog
1 year ago

MOUNTCASTLE!

Rising Son
Rising Son
1 year ago

12 team H2H category with OPS, drop Ian Happ for Naquin? Seems like he may regularly sit vs lefties

LG Baseball
LG Baseball
1 year ago

Dreaded Catcher question:

IKF or Vazquez?

Thanks,
LG

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  LG Baseball
1 year ago

Vazquez. He’s a top 5-6 catcher. IKF should be a useful source of runs and steals if you have an open MI slot though.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Here’s my 7 man bench in a 12 team NFBC: Mondesi, Marte, Voit, Ke’Bryan, Lewis, Gray, Ray.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Just look at it as stashing tons of upside for later on. Blackmon just missed a homer by about two inches.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Big Magoo
1 year ago

the day I fell in love with Charlie Blackmon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OnlqcM1Q4M

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

That’s awesome. Multi sport skills right there.

ashtray
ashtray
1 year ago

452 feet on that dong

ashtray
ashtray
Reply to  ashtray
1 year ago

oops

Lucky Dog
1 year ago

THE CURSE IS LIFTED! Welcome back, Devers. <3

ashtray
ashtray
Reply to  Lucky Dog
1 year ago

452 feet on that dong

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Lucky Dog
1 year ago

Turns out the cure was Matt Harvey.

Lucky Dog
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

The cure is always Matt Harvey.

Imagine going from Nickname, to too crappy for a nickname. That’s a tough career arc.

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Lucky Dog
1 year ago

Yeah was weird. Went from best get the fuck away from me. Sounds like some girls I’ve been with. I really don’t understand what happened to him. Guess TJ got him but he came back and was throwing 99. Maybe he’s just stupid.

ashtray
ashtray
1 year ago

Per Rotoballer:

Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa addressed the media on Thursday and said that first baseman/outfielder Andrew Vaughn is not part of the “core” of everyday players.

Cool, cool

tigres
tigres
Reply to  ashtray
1 year ago

but Tony, its an OBP league!

Lucky Dog
1 year ago

I actually don’t hate this Marlins lineup. Scrappy. They could be a sneaky good team if their pitching salary’s healthy.

Lucky Dog
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Oh, they’re not “good” good. I just think they’re scrappy enough to maybe win a surprising number of games.

Alfaro with a bum hammy won’t help them. Jazz looks like he can hit though.

packers2018
packers2018
1 year ago

Grey, I usually read all the comments but haven’t so far today. So is this has been covered I apologize.
In a 12 team keep all I just offered Tatis and pieces for Correa , Trout and pieces.
My trade partner drafted for the future, I drafted for this year. So he has all the big name prospects, Abrams, Kelenick, Robinson, Whitt ect.
Should I be happy if he accepts?
At SS I do have Swanson, Edmonds and Dejong already.

Lucky Dog
Reply to  packers2018
1 year ago

I wouldn’t sell low on one of the young players in the game.

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  packers2018
1 year ago

That’s only happening if he’s stupid as hell. You’re not getting Trout back.

Lucky Dog
Reply to  captain obvious
1 year ago

Oh I missed the Trout part.

Wow that’s a lot going on. Blockbuster deal! lol

packers2018
packers2018
Reply to  captain obvious
1 year ago

I offered a 6×5, so if he tweaks anything I can adjust or just back out.
The only players up now that he has is BobRob, Correa, and Trout.
Doesn’t hurt to try.

letsgobravos
letsgobravos
1 year ago

Word earlier was Ketel only had a hamstring cramp, but now he’s on the DL and diagnosed with a strain. That’s what I get for celebrating having him on all of my teams with his white hot start.

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  letsgobravos
1 year ago

Yeah sucks, I thought I had him more but only 2 teams. Now I remember getting sniped a bunch of times. Semien just got 2nd base so I’m lucky for now I guess. Seems like the teams are too cautious now or we have a bunch of pussies playing. I don’t know this is getting ridiculous.

Lucky Dog
1 year ago

These lefties are killing Lindor on the basepaths. Dude’s never gonna steal.

Lucky Dog
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Oh he will eventually, but the last couple games every time he’s been on, they’ve brought in a lefty. Not helpful!

KevinB
KevinB
1 year ago

Hi Grey,

Hunter Renfroe seems to be on the short end of the platoon with Alex Verdugo. He has batted only against left handed pitchers and benched for Verdugo against right pitchers. If Verdugo stays healthy, is this a troubling situation for Renfroe and a sever decrease in his projected stats?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  KevinB
1 year ago

Renfroe was never going to platoon with Verdugo I don’t think. He’s fighting for time with Franchy and Enrique and Marwin. Verdugo it their every day guy and their two hole hitter.

Cognoscere
Cognoscere
1 year ago

Glossary Term: “Fluffed”…made it hard for Snell but he didn’t blow it…

Once again Blake Snell got fluffed.

Wake Up
1 year ago

https://twitter.com/Razzball/status/1379828468859379714?s=20

No Toolshed credit here. Sure looks like you are passing it off as your own. You’ve done it to me as well. I would appreciate it if you did not do it again.

ashtray
ashtray
Reply to  Wake Up
1 year ago

It looks like credit is given up above in the blurbs.

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  Wake Up
1 year ago

Suck it up buttercup.

ashtray
ashtray
1 year ago

So nick Williams is starting in LF for the white Sox today. What’s the point in calling up vaughn and losing team control if he’s sitting on the bench?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
1 year ago

Work keeps getting in the way of fantasy baseball.

So, I don’t know what Cesar Valdez was doing the last 12 years in the minors, but his 85 was straight filth last night. Watched most of game cause I had O’s on the Moneyline (Santander has a cannon!!!).

Anyhoo. I think they are calling the pitch that dives down and slightly away to lefties a change up, but it was straight nasty. He’d setup the righties with the fast ball and then bust that pitch back low and inside and get them. And the lefties just looked silly. Jay Bruce swung at it 3 straight pitches. Not one of them was a strike.

Maybe the scouts have the hitters start making adjustments, but my first viewing I’m a believer.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  The Great Knoche
1 year ago

Calls it a dead fish change up. Basically like and old fashioned palm ball. All five fingers wrapped around the ball and has it pushed way back in his hand.

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Isn’t this a knuckle ball?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  OaktownSteve
1 year ago

Palm Filth.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
1 year ago

Grey,

Have 2 questions for you.

1) If I were to trade Michael Conforto, What OF would be fair to ask for in return for him?
2) Caleb Smith was sent to the bullpen, and am thinking about dropping him and picking up one of these SP:

Trevor Williams
Johnny Cueto
Chris Flexen
Kohei Arihara
Jakob Junis

any of them worth picking up?

ThePoonTycoon
ThePoonTycoon
1 year ago

so tatis…

what are we thinking the rest of the season looks like? a complete lost season where he’s eventually shut down for surgery? worth gambling your season on him coming back in the next month and staying healthy?

12 team keeper league
team A gets tatis, willi castro, and another player tbd
team B gets swanson, robles, india, and bobby witt jr

seems obvious, but watching a shoulder pop out on a swing doesn’t give me the warm and fuzzies thinking about the short or long term future rostering tatis.

do i gamble on health or do i gamble on talent upside?

ThePoonTycoon
ThePoonTycoon
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

lol yeah that’s pretty much exactly what i see happening. thanks for confirmation.

maybe i’ll revisit if i’m out of the running and he’s shut down for good.

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  ThePoonTycoon
1 year ago

I’m listening to a podcast that says this first started in field. So it’s already been a problem. I wouldn’t touch him this year and he’ll probably not be great for next either after having surgery kinda like Mondesi. Just avoid the irritation of it all would be my advice.

Freddy
Freddy
1 year ago

Also, how worried are you about David Price and Andrew Heaney. Price has been rocked twice and Heaney is unsteady. Droppable in a points league if they continue to struggle over their next 2-3 games?

Freddy
Freddy
1 year ago

How long until you take a slow start and translate that into lowering one’s projections?

Santander Hard Hit and EV are up, so I’m not too worried even though K% and GB% are up, and Launch Angle is down.

I wasn’t high on Dylan Moore, but I could have been wrong. He’s been slow to start.

Good buy lows in a points league?

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

I think the Dodgers are at the forefront of shift beating. They had a bunch of shift beaters plus a two out bunt against the shift with a guy on things. I’ve always said that the way for teams to beat the shift is to use expected runs analytics. Basically when a man on first creates more expected runs than a swing for the fences, give it a shot. The Dodgers have so many guys with excellent batted ball skills. They’re really effing hard to pitch to in general. I do perceive that they’ve got a plan for attacking defensive positioning situationally and it seems really smart to me.

JDB
JDB
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Hey – I resemble that remark. I’m a life-long Yanks fan and it is very clear to me that the Dodgers are a better club. That said, I’m not complaining – the Yanks are always in the playoff mix.

KailuaBoy
KailuaBoy
1 year ago

Master Grey,
Jake Magee or Dunning?
Exchanged for Soroka don’t want to hear 6 months of how good he can be? lol
Aloha!

KailuaBoy
KailuaBoy
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thank you Master!

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
1 year ago

I’ve got a Marte sympathy hammy. And it hurts I tell you. Injuries always suck but it’s extra sucky when a guy is red hot. Always feel like it’s not just the injury it’s that it seems they never pick right back up where they left off. Feel fortunate not to have Tatis, but Marte is my most owned I think, lot of Ke’Bryan, lot of Voit, lot of Lewis.

MarvPesos
Marv
1 year ago

Hey Grey,
12-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 40 moves (used 2) – no streaming

Been offered the follwing:
My: E. Suarez
for His: K. Hiura

I my head, Suarez has more appeal now that he has SS eligibility but also hasn’t start the best (but yes, obviously better than Hiura). With Hiura, I’m assuming he has more long term keeper value, but will most likely get sent back down to Minors. what are your thoughts ?

My team:
C – Mitch Garver
1B – E. Hosmer
2B – I. Happ
3B – Eugenio Suarez
SS – K. Marte DTD
CI – P. Goldschmidt
MI – T. Turner
LF – C. Yelich
CF – M. Conforto
RF – T. Mancini
Util – J. India
BN – R. Laureano
BN – A. Kiriloff N/A
IL – L. Voit (IL)

SP – W. Buehler
SP – B. Singer
SP – A. Civale
RP – J. Hader (RP)
RP – E. Diaz (RP)
P – A. Reyes (RP)
P – J. Means
BN – M. Pineda
BN – T. Mahle
BN – D. Dunning
BN – J. Montgomery
IL – S. Gray (IL)
IL – T. Gonsolin (IL)
Thanks bud
Marv

Daze
Daze
1 year ago

Hey Grey
Do you see Taylor Rogers ever becoming the closer?
Would you drop him for
Wade Davis
Crichton
Treinen
Hudson