“Is this Men on the Move Moving Company?  Great.  I have a small problem.  Okay, it’s not small.  But it is a problem.  I have a ‘hype sleeper’ sitting here and I’m trying to move sixteen posts in front of it.  You can handle the job?  That’s great!  Can I get hyphens between each post too?  I can?  Wow, you guys are lifesavers.”  *comes in to see* Hype-hype-hype-hype-hype-hype-hype-post-sleep-hyper.  What the hell is this?!  I wanted sixteen posts in front of hype sleeper!  Not this gobbledygook!  So, Taijuan Walker flashed some of that post16-hype sleeper business last night — 9 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 11 Ks — to lower his ERA to 4.28.  It was an easy matchup (vs. Angels), but it still showed why year after year I keep going back to Walker.  He is talented.  Can anyone say seventeen posts for 2017?  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Nelson Cruz – 3-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 36th homer.  Member when he was Nelson Cruz Jr.?  I just Googled him and he’s now listed as Nelson Cruz Sr.  That’s so much weirder than Kendry to Kendrys.

Nori Aoki – 2-for-3, 3 runs and a homer, hitting near-.350 in the last week.  He has two-thirds of his homers on the season in the last week!  Okay, maybe easy on the exclamation since he only has three homers total.

Noah Syndergaard – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.43.  I say go ahead and give him the Cy Young.  Not because he’s been better than every other NL pitcher, but because he’s dodging injury landmines in the Mets’ rotation better than Princess Di.  This was a matchup of potential playoff contenders.  Of course, the Nats won’t be starting A.J. Cole (5 IP, 3 ER) in October, instead Scherzer and his mixed match, demon eyes.  They’re coming for you, Mets!  From the time I started this blurb to the end, I suddenly became a Nats fan.  In all seriousness, between the abuse the Mets put on their pitchers and Dusty, Syndergaard and Scherzer may start every game of the playoffs, no matter how many rounds they go or no matter what team is playing.  “That’s weird, Scherzer is pitching now for the Dodgers.”  Dusty does the John Cena “You can’t see me” thing with his hand, but he means it as in, “You can’t see me to ask me to take you out of the game.”

Jacob deGrom – Him and Steven Matz could both return on Sunday.  For those that have ‘between the lines’ blindness or are simply daft, the Mets aren’t playing a doubleheader on Sunday.

Danny Salazar – Done for the season, but could come back for the playoffs.  In the preseason, the Indians’ pitching staff appeared to be the most similar to the Mets’, and that comparison has held.  Unfortunately.

Jose Quintana – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.05.  Quintana put a stop to the backsliding of his ERA.  Kirk Cameron must’ve saved his pitching soul.

Adam Eaton – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  I’ve mentioned him five times in the past three days.  Don’t make me force feed you Eaton.

Danny Valencia – 0-for-4.  The A’s announced that Valencia is expected to finish the season with the team.  Not sure the point of this announcement by the A’s, but I can guess.  They didn’t think the point was heard loud enough when they released Billy Butler for getting beat up by Valencia.  Nope, they wanted to make sure they were not misunderstood and floated it out there to Butler that Valencia is still totally fine.

Jharel Cotton – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 1.50 thru two starts.  Jharel, Jharel!  Put on that Bobby Womack!  My main takeaway from watching Cotton:  he’s tiny, yo.  If you streamed him, which I wouldn’t have done, then it’s time to look elsewhere because his next matchup doesn’t get easier.

Khris Davis – 1-for-4 and his 37th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  He seems to be underappreciated like the word underappreciated because my spellcheck doesn’t know it.  You know under, you know appreciated, let me compound shizz!

Ryon Healy – 2-for-4 and his 9th homer, and his third homer this week.  Hot schmotato alert!

Danny Duffy – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.15.  Five baserunners, two homers allowed?  You gotta be FIP’ing kidding me!

Jarrod Dyson – 2-for-5 and his 27th steal.  Doesn’t it seem like no matter how many ABs Dyson gets in a season he always gets to just around 30 steals?  Said the guy who is going strictly on memory and not bothering to open Dyson’s player page to see his stats.

Robbie Ray – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.55.  Ray in theory is so much better than Ray in reality.  I will call him Sobbie Ray-ality.

Brandon Drury – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer.  If I told you to pick him up after he homered on Monday, what do you think I’m gonna say now?

Jean Segura – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 13th and 14th homers.  Hey, this got me thinking, whatever happened to Au Shizz’s power?

Wade LeBlancPirates acquired him from the Mariners.  This Pirates’ acquisition is just another in a series of parlor tricks for Ray Searage.  We get it, Searage, you can make mud float, get a new hobby!

Gerrit Cole – Done for the season with elbow inflammation.  He’s hurt?  No way!  Hard to tell from his 7,000+ ERA results.  This is going to be a tough call next year.  I’m sure the Pirates will say he’s 100% in March, whether he actually is will be another thing entirely.

Ivan Nova – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 2.41 on Pirates.  What you say about Searage, foo’?  I’d still look at Stream-o-Nator for Nova, which shows an okay next matchup.

Roman Quinn – 2-for-3, 2 runs, hitting .400.  If you need speed, don’t sleep on Quinn.  Not simply because he looks bony and uncomfortable.

Alec Asher – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners (3 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 1.46 thru two starts.  I was going to say that next year I would hold more starts to stream in September because offense is always down in September.  That’s confirmation bias.  I just quickly looked at runs scored per month and runs aren’t down in September.  I will say this about September streaming, there’s fewer surprises.  You have a solid grasp on which matchups are favorable and which are not.

Jonathan Villar – 1-for-3 and a slam (16) and legs (54).  He has a legit shot at being top five for all of fantasy on the Player Rater.  That’s no small feat like the bowling alley that doesn’t cater to dwarfs.

Keon Broxton – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, hitting .244.  That was his 2nd homer in four games.  If you got your Broxt off, I’d get my Broxt on again.

Chris Carter – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 34th homer, hitting .224.  No field can hold him.  Not even Sally Field.  He’s too big, she’d collapse under his weight.

Dan Straily – 8 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 3.81.  If you heard the podcast yesterday, you heard me briefly think Finnegan was a homeschooler, then I realized he was not.  It’s Straily, I confused the two.  Straily’s home ERA is near-2.75.

Joey Votto – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .318.  In the 2nd half, he’s hitting .421 in 190 ABs with 10 homers.  As the Canadians say, that maple syrup is Thicke’r than Alan.

Ken Giles – 1 IP, 2 ER, and his 4th blown save.  Since I don’t have Jon Niese’s face, I’m not cutting off my nose to spite my face, and I will hold Giles, but in 44 1/3 IP on my fantasy team, he has only 10 saves, and I’ve had him the entire time he’s had the job.

Jose Altuve – 3-for-4 and his 24th homer.  Do you know how improbable this season is?  Altuve is the size of a Travelocity gnome!

A.J. Griffin – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.78 vs. Brad Peacock – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.70.  Surprising to see Alfredo Jettucine not get creamed.  Peacock not getting creamed is more understandable, something to do with the vas deferens.

Albert Suarez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 4.20.  Yeah, a’ight, and it was against the Padres, so what’s it to you?  Nothing!  That’s what!

Angel Pagan – 2-for-5 and his 11th homer.  2nd homer this week for Pagan.  Or should I call him devil worshiper?!

Hunter Strickland – 2/3 IP, 4 ER.  I’m gonna go out on a 150-year-old oak limb and say someone else might get the next save for the Giants.  Right now, I have Cory Gearrin.  You could say I’m *pinkie to mouth* Gearrin up!  Sergio Romo might also see some saves.

Kevin Siegrist – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 2nd save, ERA at 2.91.  We (me) don’t know when Oh will be returning, but I (you too, hey!) would grab Siegrist.

Aledmys Diaz – 2-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .315, as he gets his first start since his return from the DL.  I get the sense that Matheny is going to split time between Diaz and Wong.  As long as he doesn’t simply split Wong *shudders*.

Brandon Moss – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer.  Hey, Moss, August called and said it wants your hot bat back!

Jason Hammel – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.60.  Hammel needs a Mean Joe Greene tunnel moment where Hendricks gives him his jersey and a Coke.  Hammel looks completely lost at the worst possible time, and I would not start him in any league again this year.  Not worth waiting for him to come around.

Dexter Fowler – 1-for-3 and his 12th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Fowler ain’t chicken.

Stephen Souza – 1-for-1, 3 runs and his 17th homer.  He’s been hot schmotato’ing for about a week, and I had him on my team, but I dropped him prior to yesterday’s game for Markakis.  I’m officially overmanaging.

Kevin Kiermaier – 1-for-3 and two steals (17, 18).  He’s going for September Player of the Month honors, which is almost as highly regarded as SAGNOF Man of the Year award that I give out after the season ends.

Julio Urias – 3 2/3 IP, 0 ER and moved to the bullpen following this start.  Why?  Cause he’s young and the Dodgers are trying to limit his innings.  Stop being so cUrias!

Aaron Judge – Strained his oblique and is likely done for the year.  I.e., Hear me, hear me, Judge will be on the bench.

Gary Sanchez – 1-for-4 and his 14th homer, hitting .331.  Don’t even look at Judge, Gary, you’re liable to get whatever funky funk is contaminating his wonderful!

Drew Pomeranz – 2 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.60 on the Sawx.  I keep saying I don’t trust Pomeranz on the Sawx.  Hopefully you’ve listened to me.  You didn’t?  Aw, shucks.  Come here and I’ll comfort you.  Figuratively!  Get out of here!

Jonathan Schoop – 3-for-5 and his 24th homer.  Schoop, there it is, which is what I say when I find my ice cream scooper.

Matt Wisler – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  So, what you’re saying is you’re still injured?  Okay, got it.  Loud and clear.

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 30th homer.  Not sure how Freeman got to 30 homers, but I have some ideas.  Wait, that’s a Freemason.  Carry on.

Matt Kemp – 1-for-4 and his 31st homer.  Someone mentioned the other day that for someone with 30+ homers, Kemp has one of the all-time worst WARs.  I will call him Vietnam.

Ichiro Suzuki – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting near.450 in the last week.  I know it’s ridiculous, but a hot schmotato knows nothing of ageism.

A.J. Ramos – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 35th save.  If there was any question, Ramos is the Marlins’ closer again.  Hey, Rodney, don’t let the door hit you, where the good Lord split ya!

Matt Boyd – 3 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  The Regression Fairies don’t want you to win your H2H league, or wear flannel with plaid unless you’re a lesbian.

Kyle Gibson – 8 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.08.  Yeah, just the way the ‘no one’ drew it up in the ‘get the hell out of here.’

Jorge Polanco – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .298, as he bats 2nd.  Polanco hasn’t done much lately, nor has his more formal brother, Gregory, but Jorge’s worth cyclops’ing.

Trevor May – Shut down for the season.  He had a 5.27 ERA this year in relief, so he’s an early front-runner for offseason hardware for the Twins’ best pitcher of the year award.

Jose Berrios – Paul Molitor said he’s not sure if Berrios will remain in the rotation.  Sure, damage has been done to the kid’s psyche, why not add insult to injury by pulling him from the rotation with two weeks left when games don’t matter.  Also, the Twins announced they were looking to hire “a Theo Epstein type.”  Hilarious.  Sounds like they’re trying to pick up the nerdiest girl on Tinder.  “Enjoys lively debate about politics and looking for a Theo Epstein-type.”

Miguel Sano – Will miss a few games with back pain.  He said he’s felt this pain for a few days now.  So, back back pain.  One more and he’ll be Chris Berman describing pain to his chiropractor.

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Dave
Dave
5 years ago

Pick 2: Drury, Eaton, Justin Turner or Sano moving forward?

Steve
Steve
5 years ago

Wow, SON blew it on Perdomo…wish I’d started him over De La Rosa

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: 39 pitch first inning

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
5 years ago

3 Straight days on bench for Dahl. Rockies need to fire Weiss or trade some outfielders so Weiss doesn’t have options.

Josh-NYC
Josh-NYC
Reply to  The Great Knoche
5 years ago

@The Great Knoche:

Haha giving Weiss options is a scary thought.

Josh-NYC
Josh-NYC
5 years ago

David Dahl or Khris Davis ? Keep in mind Dahl is keeping that bench warm.

JJ
JJ
5 years ago

Ok so Jimenez was already grabbed before I could get in there.
Which of these arms do you like best? Maybe the top 3
L.Weaver @ SF
E.Santana @ NYM
D.Norris @ CLE
J.Urena @ PHI
J.Gray vs SD
J.Paxton vs HOU
C.Lewis vs OAK

Josh-NYC
Josh-NYC
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

How’s it going? It’s apparently not going well for David Dahl. Do you know why he’s been sitting for the last 3 games? Is it time to panic in the church of razz? Do you prefer Kevin kiermaer over him at this point?

Thanks!

muskysmell
muskysmell
5 years ago

It’s now 2 really good seasons in the last 3 for Tanner Roark…you buying Roark as a high-end #3 for 2017 Grey?

Todd25
Todd25
5 years ago

Gearrin called in to relieve madbum in 7th, guess they aren’t saving him for saves.

muskysmell
muskysmell
5 years ago

Nice to see Kershaw back…we need him in the postseason

Too bad rain will keep him from pitching his perfect game in the Bronx…

muskysmell
muskysmell
5 years ago

Grey,
Would you start Kang over Correa right now?

Todd25
Todd25
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@muskysmell: @Grey: Kang out of lineup tonight… and the police can’t find the woman he *allegedly* raped… hmmm

muskysmell
muskysmell
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

cool beans thanks

muskysmell
muskysmell
5 years ago

Alex Cobb and Jon Lester comin up HUGE for me!
*clap clap*

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Who’s the drop out of
Jose Peraza
Josh Reddick
Randal Grichuk
Stephen Piscotty
Byron Buxton

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Byron Buxton (R) vs. Anibal Sanchez (R) @Det
or
Jose Peraza (R) vs. Junior Guerra (R) at Home?

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
5 years ago

8 team keeper,supposed to add 2 more for next year ,roto with obp and k,s against hitters,only 3 outfield and 2 utility spots 1 catcher others the norm with M.I and C.I ,keep 6
sanchez-$5
moncada$5
bregman-$5 for sure
villar-$5 for sure
donaldson-$20 for sure
dahl-$5
darvish-$7
DeLeon-$5
springer-$20
arrieta-$15
correa-$10
LeMahieu-$5
who would you be trying to keep,reason is im in a tight race for 1st and might need the roster spot.
thanks ,any thought would be awesome

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thanks boss,i was seeing if i should drop dahl and moncada to win this year

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: No Springer there? Oh, crackle pop!

ashtray
ashtray
5 years ago

You starting Guerra @ CIN or Kuhl @ PHI in a 12 team?

Grassy Knoll Redding
Grassy Knoll Redding
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

Been sitting Correa for a while, getting good numbers out of Gurriel, Kendrys and other hot bats. Was thinking of starting him today against the Dutch Oven. He’s got good numbers against him, but his shoulder concerns me. Think he’ll be fine?

Thanks!

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Would you start Mike Montgomery (L) @Home tomorrow vs. the Brewers?

Mookie Wilson 1
Mookie Wilson 1
5 years ago

Good stuff Grey! ROS, Loney, Either, AFrazier, or Ichiro? Need a slight uptick in BA and Runs. Thanks!

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

HR to the Rizzo!

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

Bryant and Rizzo are like the twin children who mimic one another’s emotions . . . Bryant goes 0-2 with 2K; Rizzo goes 0-2 with 2Ks. Let’s hear it for some regression to the mean from them (and Trout while we’re at it) so they can keep my H2H playoff championship hopes alive!

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

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: *posted 3 minutes before Rizzo went yard. Well played, Grey, well played indeed…

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

@Grey: Since original post, HR (to the Rizzo), 3B (to the Bryant), HR #2 (to the Rizzo). NOW LET’S ALL SAY AND DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO CHANGE THIS.

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

@Grey: conceal, don’t feel / don’t let them knowwwww (or is that too on the nose with my username?)

Moscowitz
Moscowitz
5 years ago

Drop J. Upton for Drury or Kang?

Cram It
Cram It
5 years ago

Hey did you get your Scout winnings? You have to email their support requesting to cash out. And it’s like a month long process. Ridiculous.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Ha. No, and I sent them 2 already, still no response.

No, I don’t use the address linked to these comments. You can get me at [email protected] if you’re so inclined. LGM!

JoeG414
JoeG414
5 years ago

Also, Do you Love , Like or Hate these :
Friday -U.Jimenez Home vs TB
Saturday -J.Urena @ Philly
Sunday – Miranda Home vs Hou
Thinking about picking up all three. Need Wins and K, without killing my ERA.
6×6 Roto.
Thanks Again.

JoeG414
JoeG414
5 years ago

Batty Call for tomorrow , Only need one , but pick the best two . 6×6 Roto
Eddie Rosario @ Det Fulmer – Early Game
Kennys Vargas @ Det Fulmer – Early Game
DiDi G. @ Bos Rodriguez – L
Cesar Hernandez Home vs Pit Kuhl
Paulo Orlando Home Oak Mengden
Orlando Arcia @ ChC Montgomery
JJ Hardy Home TB Snell
Chris Young Home NYY Tanaka
Freddy Galvis Home Pit Kuhl
Nick Franklin @Bal Gallardo
Thanks.

knucks
knucks
5 years ago

No Janky for the third straight game? Glad I moved off of him. The Federalist appears to be a factor in PT for Janky the rest of the way.

When I added him back in early August, I thought he’d eventually lose some PT in Sept to Renfroe or Margot. The fact that its Amarista and Oswaldo Arcia taking ABs right meow is such a Padres move.

Bad Ash
Bad Ash
5 years ago

12 team mixed keeper. Drop Starling Marte? 2nd round keeper value. I’ll have an early pick in 2nd round.

Stupid nebulous back spasms injury. Coincidentally (or not?), I hurt my back yesterday in a nebulous way. Is the stress of the last month of roto causing me to assume the injuries of my players? Is that a thing?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Bad Ash
5 years ago

@Bad Ash: Yes. You are suffering from Marte-related sympathy pains. This is more common among men and their pregnant significant others, but can extend to others that men feel close to, i.e. members of their fantasy team(s).

The information I have given you is gospel, as I found it in the New England Journal of Medicine article “Why Carlos Gomez’s Futility Gave Me Erectile Dysfunction”.

Bad Ash
Bad Ash
Reply to  Fred Garvin MP
5 years ago

Altuve Donaldson Arenado (early rounds), Correa (10th round) and Story (2oth round). Or Bregman (25th round) or Buxton (25th round). 5 keepers allowed. Would be between Story and Marte I think. Marte is a fringe top 20 guy next year, ya?

In related news, a guy in an AL only league just got arrested for assaulting a large moobish man in a bar. “What? I own Valencia. Fat man had it comin.”

zombie
5 years ago

In 1971, Freddie Patek was not an MVP candidate, only finishing 6th in voting. Tipped the scales at 148 LBS & 5’5″ in his spikes. 49 SBs came in handy for those checking the box scores for their Fantasy Team. He also hit a career high in homeruns, with 6. In all, 14 Hall of Famers are listed at 5-7 or shorter. Of the 54 players 5-7 or shorter who played at least 1,000 games in the majors, 25 of those started their careers in the 1800s. Fantasy baseball was very different then. They didn’t have to be called Little People, & a half dozen of them were allowed to wrestle Stanton and Judge size people. So, keep telling it like it is Grey. History seems to show that Altuve is not necessarily a throwback, but a feakish oddity. If his homerun production decreases, at least he will not have that far to fall back to earth. Cust kayin’.

FANTHEAD
5 years ago

“I’m also convinced every five-seven and under baseball player is a HOFer.”

–Ha + typical Grey brilliance. Thanks!

PROOF for your THEORY: Even Eddie Gaedel deserves the Hall of Fame based on his historic, unbreakable OBP

FANTHEAD
5 years ago

P.S. I’m quibbling over “improbable”because that word conveys a sense of doubt that “rare” does not (at least, not always). Also, “improbable” continues a streak of faint mistrust in your analysis of Altuve over the years. That mistrust is honest and doesn’t offend me…I’ve just noticed it…I’m just arguing that Altuve is less the fluke (even in the power dept.) than you & some others seem to realize. (You all count his pounds! I count his counting stats!) Despite my passion for the “Lil MVP,” none of your fair criticism upsets me. Also, I don’t even expect someone of your uncanny prowess to be 100% precise on every single (700+) major league player. After all, your ratio of precision (& insight) exceeds anybody else I know (and I scan the airwaves mightily). It just gives me a laugh to find a rare (vs. improbable) weakness in the master’s analysis. PEACE.

JashFath
JashFath
5 years ago

This is just my opinion on Strickland, but I don’t think he is done as the closer in SF. Sure, four earned runs could do that, but I watched the game and that stat line is deceiving. He gave up two broken bat bloopers to Derek Norris and Jon Jay and followed by an infield single to load the bases. His big mistake was walking a batter to bring in a run. Then a grounder drove in another run. Then Bochy lifted him with 2-outs despite not giving up one hard-hit ball because he wanted the lefty-lefty matchup of Okert vs. Schimpf. For some reason Bochy seems to forget that Okert is complete garbage. He served a meatball over the plate that Schimpf smashed for a three-run shot, charging two more runs to Strickland’s line.

Again, a four-run night is inexcusable, but that was the weakest four runs I’ve ever seen. If Bochy has any smarts and (despite his move to Okert) I believe he does, he will know that this blown save was extremely fluky. He probably goes with someone else if there is a save opp in the next couple games, but goes back to Strickland.

JashFath
JashFath
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I’m glad he said that because that was really weak. Strickland has the best closing stuff of any of their guys. Other than maybe Law, who just returned from the DL today and could see save ops down the stretch. Man, maybe this is just a situation to avoid altogether lol.

Burt
Burt
5 years ago

Behind in ratios this week. Start Rodon against CLE? I do have JoFer going against ATL today.

ChrisL
ChrisL
5 years ago

5×5 12 team last push for the ‘ship…2 adds left: Any starters to target for the rest of the season that might be on the waiver wire? Thank you

FANTHEAD
5 years ago

Despite being a horrible announcer, Joe Morgan was one of the great players of his time. Was above average-to-excellent in almost all categories. Morgan outstrips Altuve in walks (Morgan averaged 90+) but other than that, they are very comparable (on paper).

Altuve (5 feet/6 inches, 160 lbs.). Morgan (5 feet/7 inches, 160 lbs.).

One difference: Morgan was a late bloomer.

At age 28 (his first year in Cincy, 1972), Morgan hinted at the excellence to come (and from such a lightweight!) by hitting 16 HRS and smacking 23 doubles.

The next year, Morgan found his zone and hit 26 HRs and smacked 35 doubles and this began a streak of 5 years in which in 4 of those years he hit 22+ HRS.

Rather than “improbable” to describe Altuve’s (statistical not physical) growth, Grey, I’d suggest the word “rare.”

Shill Team 6
Shill Team 6
Reply to  FANTHEAD
5 years ago

@FANTHEAD: Altuve is probably closer to 5’3″. So the 160 might be a stretch also. Plus I think Grey had Altuve in the preseason top 10.

Shill Team 6
Shill Team 6
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

Does he really look 5’6″ to you? I saw him once (from a distance). He looked super small.

FANTHEAD
5 years ago

P.S. Joe Morgan listed right at 160 lbs. Topped out, in HRS, at 26 & 27. Gonna think about other lightweights with homer power. Looked up the Waner Bros.–Little Poison & Big Poison–but they were BA hitters, not smashers, as I misremembered. And tiny Hack Wilson (5 feet/6 inches) hit homers galore but was a ball of a man (190 lbs.).

FANTHEAD
5 years ago

Last Altuve point, I promise–and I hope I’m not being annoying–I am, after all, trying to use reasoning here (as are you). At age 25, Altuve hit 15 HRs last year and smacked 40 doubles. That to me conveyed some intriguing potential for power. For him to hit 24 HRs in one of the fabled peak years of age 26/27 is a surprise, granted, but not necessarily an improbable fluke–esp. for somebody who seems as obsessed on improving himself as Jose “Lil MVP” Altuve. Also: last year “Lil MVP” had 35 BBs. This year so far: 55. That’s proof not of a natural increase in power of course but, arguably, of Altuve’s (arguable) insatiable desire to improve. Sorry if I’m being a nuisance; not my intent. But somebody needs to stand tall for Jose Altuve!

FANTHEAD
5 years ago

I’m just glad Altuve’s on MY team and that other owners were frightened to draft him before me because he only weighed 160 pounds. He’s been my 160-pound anchor. I stand up for Altuve because when he stands up it looks like he’s sitting!

FANTHEAD
5 years ago

But beating expectations since year one has been his norm. That’s my point.

FANTHEAD
5 years ago

Grey, thanks for all the valuable baseball insights you’ve given lo these many years. Just wanna say that. Your my no. 1 source (and your many of your readers are sharp too). That said, you clearly don’t believe in Altuve much, calling this season “improbable.” Can’t quote you from memory from previous years but I’ve been sensitive to your consistent lack of…BELIEF over the years (cuz Altuve’s been on my keeper team since he hit the majors). Your position doesn’t inflame me, but mine is that when a guy has proven himself over & over to be VERY good at the highest level of competition–when, even more, he keeps IMPROVING every year–you…gotta believe. (By “you,” I mean you, Grey.) Maybe he’s one of those tiny guys with a chip on his shoulder who is NEVER going to do anything but accomplish things that we taller people consider “improbable” for shorter people. So I ask: when will Altuve’s achievements (which, unlike him, grow with each year) stop being “improbable”? No disrespect meant! Just an honest disagreement. PEACE!

What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas
What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas
5 years ago

Good Morning Grey,

As always, great work. Want to look ahead to next year if I could. Where do you see Treat Urner, Villar, Polanco and Lo Cain ranked preseason?

Thanks!

What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas
What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:
Thamks much, all are possible keepers and I see now that I should keep Villar over Turner.

Art Vandelay
Art Vandelay
5 years ago

Start Ventura today?

Dan
Dan
5 years ago

Do you like Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera, or Kang the rest of the way?

Thanks.

Shopgurrrl
Shopgurrrl
5 years ago

Losing Salazar right before the first round of the playoffs is a really kick in the nuts. The wire is mighty thin. Who would you look to as a replacement down the stretch in a deep league (14 teams)?

Shopgurrrl
Shopgurrrl
Reply to  Shopgurrrl
5 years ago

@Shopgurrrl:
*really a

(Go drunk, me, I’m home!)

Shopgurrrl
Shopgurrrl
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:
Wouldn’t make sense to type out my whole waiver wire. Was just wondering who you’d be targeting in deep leagues, so I can look if they’re available.

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Looks like Superfluous H is the odd man out of the Cardinal’s infield.

Huddy
Huddy
5 years ago

Nice Cena reference, ha! Who would you prefer next couple of weeks, Grichuk or Eaton

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Drury vs. Hoffman at Home
or
Kendrick vs Pineda @NYY

knucks
knucks
5 years ago

Trying to decide on a batty call at 3B for tomorrow

Franco vs. Pitt (Kuhl)
Headley @Bos (E-Rod)
Drury vs LAD (Rich Hill)

I know what HT thinks, but what do you think Grey?

Don Majikowski
Don Majikowski
5 years ago

Would you cut loose J-Upton (who knows how long he will be out) for a hot Drury?

Like these pitchers or not?

Urena @ Phi Sat
Asher vs. Mia Sun

Nick
Nick
5 years ago

now i feel OK with my early season trade:
i gave Corey Seager for Abreu! in dynasty
because i have Villar AND Lindor :)
and José is paying his money for the playoffs…

SAGNOF:
would you pick
Kiermaier or Broxton
over Enciarte or HernanPerez in dynasty ?

Nick

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Reddick (L) vs. Pineda (R) @NYY
or
Piscotty (R) vs. Lester (L) at Home

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Scott
5 years ago

@Scott: I’d go with Reddick

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Tim Anderson vs. Tomlin at Home
or
Jean Segura vs. Hoffman at Home

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Scott
5 years ago

@Scott: Id go Anderson against Tomlin…really a toss up though

Steve
Steve
5 years ago

Lost Keuchel, Shoemaker, Skaggs & maybe Taillon this week. Need 6 starts through Sunday.

4 I’m thinking:
De La Rosa vs COL
Carrasco v DET
Lugo v MIN
Hellickson v MIA

OTHER OPTIONS (2 more from this group or replace any of the above)
Brault @ PHI
Thompson v PIT
Montgomery v MIL
Berrios @ NYN
Sanchez @ LAA
Nolasco v TOR
Urena @ PHI
Gibson @ NYN
Miranda v HOU
Asher v MIA
Friedrich @ COL

Thanks, scrapping to win…

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Steve
5 years ago

@Steve: [email protected] also avail

Shill Team 6
Shill Team 6
5 years ago

Forget the Cy Young.
For braving said minefield and following orders without question, I present PFC Syndergaard with The Silver Star for gallantry.

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Let’s start talking about dropping Polanco. He needs the boost.

JoeG414
JoeG414
5 years ago

Lost Skaggs stream tonight , any of these worth the replacement :
Sean Manaea @ KC
Jake Thompson Home vs Pit
Robert Gsellman @ Wash
Steven Brault @ Phil
Josh Tomlin @ CHW
Perdomo @ SanFran
Or maybe pickup a long man (only for today , then would cut for a batty call tomorrow ) like Phelps , Severino , A.Miller , Ziegler , Uehara , Siegrist . And get a Lucky Win.
6×6 Roto

Five-On-One
Five-On-One
5 years ago

Ray v LAD ($9.8) or Walker vTOR ($7.5)?

Gus Pike
Gus Pike
5 years ago

Yahoo/Rotoworld need to get with the times.

From Jonathan Villar’s player page today: “Like a Gordie Howe hat trick in hockey, there needs to be a name for flexing both power and speed in the same game like Villar has been apt to do this year. Tuesday’s game was the sixth time this year he’s homered and swiped a bag in the same contest, giving him 16 home runs and 54 stolen bases with a .292/.373/.458 line.”

If only someone had come up with a term for that…

Shill Team 6
Shill Team 6
Reply to  Gus Pike
5 years ago

@Gus Pike: Good pull!

papasmurf
papasmurf
5 years ago

In the preseason, on my list for LF were Dickerson and Khrush. And I chose CDick.

Ended up with a team of Eaton Longo CDick Semien…

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

Anyone know if Taillon starting Saturday? The ESPN news about having 1 start skipped hasn’t changed, but his “PP” status has disappeared for this week…

Thanks!

Phil of the Future
Phil of the Future
5 years ago

BB,
On nights when Khris and Chris homer I don’t even know what to do with myself. It’s like all eight days of Hannukah at the same time…

Phil of the Future
Phil of the Future
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I’ll give him Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. That’s about it.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Phil of the Future
5 years ago

@Phil of the Future: you are talking to a man who has never seen half baked

Phil of the Future
Phil of the Future
Reply to  J-FOH
5 years ago

@J-FOH: Seriously??

Grassy Knoll Redding
Grassy Knoll Redding
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

Rudy’s headlines are just getting better and better! Would you simply handcuff Siegrist if you’re an Oh owner, or can we just drop Oh at this point?

Thanks!

knuks
knuks
5 years ago

Wow…. Puig for Braun just happened?

Shill Team 6
Shill Team 6
Reply to  knuks
5 years ago

@knuks: I thought Puig had a shoulder issue.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  knuks
5 years ago

@knuks: Yea I fell for a Dan Patrick show lede into the commercial break. All just speculations about the offseason.

Shill Team 6
Shill Team 6
Reply to  knucks
5 years ago

@knucks: Ha! Would you have “stayed tune” with out that nugget? I can’t stand Patrick.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Shill Team 6
5 years ago

@Shill Team 6: Yea i hear ya, its better than Philly sports talk though, which is my other option.

Steve
Steve
5 years ago

1. Would you drop Dahl for Kiermaier

2. Stephen Vogt worth owning on bench?

3. Which SP would you stream/please rank:
Luke Weaver
Seth lugo
Brandon finnegan

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thats not too helpful

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Weaver vs san fran
Lugo vs minn
Finnegan vs pitt

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Steve
5 years ago

@Steve:

Weaver @ san fran
Lugo vs minn – home
Finnegan vs pitt- home

Can you pick 2

Thanks!

Steve
Steve
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

Yes

malamoney
5 years ago

Great title!

MarvPesos
John
5 years ago

Grey,
Which 2 streamers would you pick to end the week?
F Liriano @ LAA
J Taillon @ CIN
D Fister @ SEA
R Ray vs LAD
J Sheilds vs CLE
A Cashner @ PHI
J Urena & PHI

Thanks bud

Harrison Ford in Air Force One
Harrison Ford in Air Force One
5 years ago

It’s been said here before but I hate relief pitchers.

I’m in an extremely close H2H matchup where every W counts. Both Syndergaard and Duffy exited in line for the W, only to have their respective bullpens totally crap the bed. The Mets blow up was particularly infuriating thanks to an error by Jose Reyes and a poorly played groundball by Familia.

Don’t even get me started my closers trio of Giles. Dyson, and Casilla…

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Harrison Ford in Air Force One
5 years ago

@Harrison Ford in Air Force One: Just stopping by to fully support your username + “get off my plane” -spirited comment.

Abe Froman
Abe Froman
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago
Harrison Ford in Air Force One
Harrison Ford in Air Force One
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?:

Thanks brotha! Back at ya

knuk
knuk
5 years ago

Nice write-up, loved that ‘Back in the Day’ reference in the Cotton blurb.

Had to drop Janky last night for Quinn (as my single bench bat) against your blessings yesterday afternoon. Partly because on Thursday, Quinn plays and Janky does not. With this much time left, it doesn’t make sense to carry a bat that isn’t going to get in your lineup. Janky has gone as cold as the rest of my bats the past few days or so (Pujols, Rizzo, Polanco). Not a good time for that! Good luck with your leagues the rest of the way Grey.

G
G
5 years ago

Hey Grey. How would you rank these streams this week. Would you not start any of these guys at all?

Tillman vs Rays
Koehler @ philly
Norris @ Cleavland

Thanks as always

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

Hey there again!

Tron really loves Kang’s game today @PHI (Thompson and his 6 era). To start him, would you bench any of the following? (Looking for HR RBI R)

Either Bregman or Springer v. Holland
Either Bryant or Rizzo v CMart (Bryant is only $9 today, Rizzo is still a nice $25 or so)

Thanks!

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Nah i wouldn’t start him over any of them

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  JeF WiTh 1 F
5 years ago

@JeF WiTh 1 F: Thanks, F. I could stomach starting over Bregman, but I probably couldn’t live with fantasy-team self if I lost semis because I benched Bryant on a big day…

jon
jon
5 years ago

Start Rodon @ CLE today?

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  jon
5 years ago

@jon: I am

Tom
Tom
5 years ago

Benintendi or Buxton ROS?

JeF WiTh 1 F
JeF WiTh 1 F
Reply to  Tom
5 years ago

@Tom: Buxton

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

Great write up!

In a very tight H2H matchup ending Sunday, I’m tied in SV 1-1 and my opponent has 3 active closers (Chap, Jansen, Familia) and I have 4 including Oh (betances, thornburg, Diaz). With 4 out of 5 waiver moves left for the week, 2 or 3 of which I will probably use on bats, would you spend 1 of those to drop Oh and grab AJ Ramos (Fern is pitching for Miami tonight, which then has 3 games @phi), or will that surely result in Oh returning for a SV today?

Thanks!

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

@Grey: Thanks! Of course, now they’re saying Oh could be back today. UGH.

VinWins
VinWins
5 years ago

Maybe you have a solid grasp on which matchups are favorable and which are not. I obviously haven’t learned anything.

The Hack
The Hack
Reply to  VinWins
5 years ago

@VinWins: you can’t reverse jinx yourself vin

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  The Hack
5 years ago

@The Hack: Ha. I wish. In 22 IP yesterday I had a 6.23 ERA and 2.03 WHIP on 1 team.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  VinWins
5 years ago

@VinWins: sounds like my last month. The Cleveland handling of Carrasco is driving me nuts. And to think if I would of just held Porcello and stopped streaming him for every start. Now that we have got it out in the open you will turn it around and I will take a self dump on my stats chest

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: thats a rare statement by you

Alex
Alex
5 years ago

Think Dahl has cooled off for the year? And Bxton too? Would you take Souza, Avisail, or Drury over either? Chasing runs and OBP.

And do you like Norris vs. Cle, Urena vs. Phil, Morgan vs. Mia, or Hellickson vs. Mia?

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Alex
5 years ago

@Alex: for those SP matchups, could you add De Leon vs. ARI and Ray for LAD, and give me a top 3?

Thanks!

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
5 years ago

Grey!

Loved the write-up, better than a Phoenix Marie reverse cowgirl finale!

a. I love the Brits! A man (sentenced to life) ‘absconded’ from prison in Derbyshire. Absconded? Really? There was no news whatsoever as to how in the world he was able to escape!! He has a tribal tattoo on his left wrist, that’ll nail his identification.

Grey, in a 12-team ESPN RCL, where I need HRs, SBs Runs and BA

b. Start 1 at 2B

Kipnis @CWS (Rodon)
Drury at home vs. COL (Hoffmann)
Owings at home vs. COL (Hoffmann)

c. Start 1 at MI

Nunez at home vs. SD (Perdomo)
Kipnis @CWS (Rodon)
Drury at home vs. COL (Hoffmann)
Owings at home vs. COL (Hoffmann)

d. Start 1 at 3B

Healy @KC (Ventura
Drury at home vs. COL (Hoffmann)
Donaldson at home vs. TB (Cobb)
Beltre @HOU (Musgrove)
Sano @DET (Sanchez)

e. Start 1 at 1B/3B

Healy @KC (Ventura
Drury at home vs. COL (Hoffmann)
Donaldson at home vs. TB (Cobb)
Beltre @HOU (Musgrove)
Sano @DET (Sanchez)

f. Start 5 OF

Fowler @ATL (C-Mart)
JBJ at home (Gausman)
Dyson at home vs. OAK (Manaea)
Broxton at CIN (Adelman)
Schebler at home (Guerra)
Grandy at WAS (Roark)
Sano @DET (Sanchez)
Duvall at home (Guerra)
Starkakis at home (JoFer)

g. Seriously, who is in the U?

h. Start any of these SP? Have maximum 17 starts left, just over pace (+2)

Bum at home (SD vs. Perdomo)
Lester @STL (vs. C-Mart)
Porcello at home (BAL vs. Gausman)

i. Owner of Giles, in 10th in saves and a billion miles behind 9th. Should I bench Giles and Miller? All I get is heart ache in the hopes for ratios and K/9.

j. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (September 14)

Monica Dow: Where does Jared think you are?
Corinne: Uh, I told him he was free for the night; that I had to help a friend.
Monica Dow: Okay, but really, how’s sitting in a spa going to help me get a date?
Corinne: Relax you, for once. Guys like a relaxed, confident girl.
Monica Dow: I’m confident when I’m painting.
Corinne: Less painting more dating.
Monica Dow: I don’t trust people. Never have.
Corinne: Roomie, you trust me; that’s a start.
Monica Dow: Do you get the feeling someone’s watching us?
Corinne: Well, now I do. I’m going to get my cell.
Monica Dow: So, what you can take a picture of the sky? Call campus security.
Corinne: Don’t you think you’re being a little paranoid?
Monica Dow: Corinne. Did you hear me? My name is Monica Dow. I think my friend is dead.
Police Broadcast: All units. All units. Suspect in the campus stabbing’s on foot, heading northbound.
Jared: Move! Move! Stop!
Tripp: Hey! Don’t move. Keep your hands where I can see them.
Jared: Corinne’s my girlfriend. I was just watching her.
Tripp: Got him?
Mr. Wolfe: Yeah. Well, now your girlfriend’s dead. Let’s go, Jared.
Horatio: So you were Corinne’s roommate.
Monica Dow: And best friend.
Horatio: Monica, what were you doing up here that late?
Monica Dow: I’ve been so stressed, working on a piece for my final show.
Horatio: I understand you called campus security. The second call you made.
Monica Dow: Right. Right.
Horatio: Are you okay? You seem cold to me.
Monica Dow: Can I grab my sweater?
Horatio: Sure. Hey, Monica? Is this your bag over here?