…And presenting our next award is Chance the Rapper and Grey the Napper.  *I lean into the mic*  “Thank you, it’s wonderful to be here.  Did you know the inventor of Ping Pong originally named it Fing Fong?  Yup, but he had terrible penmanship.”  *no one laughs*  “Oh, hey, there’s Jeff Daniels.  My dad loves you, but calls you Jack Daniels.  Then again, I’m not sure he’s talking about you.  Anyway, the nominees for our first Teoscar are… Teoscar Hernandez, from years in the minors of 17 homers, 33 steals.  Teoscar Hernandez, from the projections of 17/17 for this year.  Finally, Tesocar Hernandez, playing a fire emoji in The Emoji Movie, who yesterday went 4-for-6, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, hitting .421, with his 1st homer, while coming a double short of the cycle.  And the winner is…  *fumbles with envelope*  “Wow!  Tesocar Hernandez.”  “He was the only one nominated, and it’s called the Teoscars.”  “Shut up, Chance!  You’re ruining the ratings!  By the way, to cover the weed smell in your house, you should open a Subway sandwich shop in your living room.”  So, obviously Teoscar’s been all that and a swag bag of freebies, and I would grab him in all leagues.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Josh DonaldsonJays announced he’s out longer than ten days.  Ya think?  He was throwing about ten feet on a bounce.  The Jays got into a massive clubhouse food fight, and Donaldson threw mashed potatoes into his own lap.

Kendrys Morales – Expected back on Friday.  Morales just needs his folding chair, and he’s gonna get right back at ’em.

Yangervis Solarte – 2-for-4, 3 runs, and his 4th homer, and his 2nd homer in the last two days, and his exit velocity is PITUKI!  His name is pronounced SO-lahr-tay, but right now it’s SO-rawr-yay.  There might not be a hotter guy.

Curtis Granderson – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .318.  On the reals, how long do the Jays putz around with Grichuk on their team?  That’s not the same as signing J.J. Putz.

Whit Merrifield – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .250.  Anyone who has asked about Merrifield’s slow start in the comments, I’ve said more or less the same thing, “HA.”  Which is, of course, short for Home Alone, since I’m a big fan of early Culkin.  I’ve also said some variation of Merrifield did nothing last April and you still drafted him high this year, so chillax.

Ian Kennedy – 5 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.35.  The Regression Fairies got stuck in traffic in their PT Cruiser, but they nearly went full molly-whop on Kennedy.

Jorge Soler – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer, hitting .267.  Watch out for the post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-post-POST-post-hype sleeper!

Mark Canha – 1-for-5 and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Yesterday, I called him a hot schmotato.  Today, I ask not what your baseball players have done for you, but what have you done to get the best baseball players into your lineup?

Jed Lowrie – 2-for-7, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .346.  We should’ve seen this coming when he changed his name to Launchy Anglowrie.  Meh, he’s just your standard 34-year-old breakout.  Somehow he’s not owned in 100% of leagues, which means a bunch of you need to get your reaction times checked by a medical professional.

Yoan Moncada – 2-for-7, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and slam (3) and legs (3), and his third straight game with a steal.  Yo, yo, Yoan, you Billy Hamilton with power?  It’s kinda of amazing how many people are asking to drop Moncada.  Guys, and let’s face it, it’s all guys, we’re 15 games in.  If he had 17 homers and 22 steals, and a two-week cold spell in August, would you be dropping him?  Okay, maybe some of you would, but, yeah, no.

Leury Garcia – 1-for-6, 1 run, 1 RBI and two steals (3, 4).  For fantasy, you have to love the White Sox managerial style, the ol’ “Run if you want, we don’t care.”

Rich Hill – Hit the DL with an inflamed middle finger.  Sounds like an injury a truck driver would get.  “Hey, Gary, why didn’t you flip off that guy?”  “Inflamed middle finger.”  Glad to see the Dodgers were able to avoid Rich Hill’s blister issues (I’M JOKING, THEY’RE JUST CALLING IT SOMETHING ELSE).

Tyler O’Neill – With Tommy Pham going through tests on his groin (hey now!), the Cards called up their slugging prospect, O’Neill.  The Cards have so many bats, they could trade three outfielders and still have three solid outfielders (Bader, Jo-Ma and O’Neill — don’t make me show my math!).  Prospector Ralph loves Tyler O’Neill in his top 100 prospects for 2018 fantasy baseball.  He (O’Neill, not Ralph) looks like a low-ish average, 35-homer guy who doesn’t have playing time shored up.  I grabbed him in two leagues just in case he plays, but could see dropping him by this weekend.

Jeff Samardzija – Sounds like he will return on Friday.  For fantasy teams, this will be a blessing in disguise.  Sorry, meant to say, this will be depressing ‘n disgust.  I’m not activating him in the one league where I have him.

Taijuan Walker – Needs Tommy John surgery.  That’s a shame, now I have to change the dates on my Taijuan Walker sleeper post to 2020.

Robbie Ray – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.98.  You know what’s not a good feeling to have with your ace?  Feeling like you can’t watch him because of all-consuming dread.

Evan Longoria – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  He must’ve heard everyone talking about dropping him.  Hey, do me a favor and ask about dropping Giancarlo?

Chris Stratton – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners (0 BBs), 8 Ks, ERA at 2.22.  I’m going to write myself an iCal reminder for next March saying, “Remember how well your teams are doing in spite of your so-called aces.  Don’t draft any top starters.”  Seriously, across all of my teams, Trevor Williams, Stratton, Porcello, Corbin, Pivetta…These are the guys that are helping my teams.

Byron Buxton – Hit the DL with migraines.  His wife said, “Byron could’ve just said he wasn’t in the mood.”

Jose Berrios – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 1.63 vs. Carlos Carrasco – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.60.  This game reminded me of that old nugget, “Good pitching beats good hitting, every time, except when it doesn’t.”  Okay, focus more on the first part of that nugget, and less on the part that gets a little wishy-washy.  “You namby and/or pamby?!  Well, are you, son?!”  That’s me as a drill sergeant.

Miguel Sano – 1-for-7 and his 4th homer in a game that lasted about nine hours.  Leave it to the colonialists to fly into Puerto Rico and use up a month’s worth of electricity with the stadium lights in one night.  That’s not very woke.

Adam LindYankees re-signed him to a minors deal.  He will report to Triple-A Scranton/Jamaal Wilkes-Barre.  The Yankees are hoping Lind can replace Giancarlo.  Kidding, they don’t need another Giancarlo.

Ben Gamel – 0-for-2 and his 1st steal, as he was activated from the DL.  He was a sleeper of mine this preseason, and, literally, just mine.  No one else seemed to care.  Gamel can be a sneaky light speed/power combo guy for deeper leagues.

Gerrit Cole – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 0.96.  Cole is smoking! *cough, cough*  Damn, black lung.

Rafael Devers – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  He must’ve heard me when I said he was boring.  Nevers again, Devers!

J.D. Martinez – 4-for-5, 3 runs, and his 4th homer, hitting .313.  Just Dong because someone has to!

Rick Porcello – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.40.  Don’t wanna jinx myself, but owning Porcello for the first time has been a pleasure.  A pleasurcello, even.

Delino DeShields – Headed out for rehab games at Double-A Frisco, which is like San Francisco without the pretense and letters.

Shin-Soo Choo – 1-for-3 and his 5th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Fun fact!  Whenever Shin-Soo Choo says his name in Germany, someone says gesundheit.  Choo always seems to be a guy who I never want to own in the preseason, then wish I owned everywhere once the season starts.  I need to do better.  *sees I’m in first in three leagues*  But how much better can I really do?

Cole Hamels – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.76.  The Rays turned him inside out, showed why he stinks and called him, Hole Camels.

Jacob Faria – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.82.  I went cold on Faria pretty fast after his slow start, but this was a good matchup, as predicted by the Stream-o-Nator, and Faria obviously has some home matchups potential.

Alex Colome – 1 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, 2 walks and the save, ERA at 9.00. <sarcasm> Finally, a clean save for Colome!  </sarcasm>

C.J. Cron – 2-for-4, hitting .270, but hitting near-.400 in the last week.  His schmotatoness snuck up on me because he hadn’t been hitting for much power, but the homers should come if he’s hitting.

Vince Velasquez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners (1 BB), 7 Ks, ERA at 3.80.  Couple quick takeaways from this game, A) The Phils are fun to watch.  Yo, they rebuilt this team fast AF.  B) The Braves are fun to watch too.  Brandon McCarthy?  No, not especially him, but the rest of the crew.  C) Theres no C.  D) I recommended that you draft Velasquez, and now I’m starting to think we might finally be seeing the Velasquez he’s hinted at for years.  E) No, that’s it.

Freddie Freeman – Was hit on the wrist and immediately walked off the field and up the tunnel with the trainer.  We need to form a prayer hexagon right now and lower our heads.

Ryan Flaherty – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .365.  He’s been an early schmotato that I haven’t mentioned (much), because he’s kinda blah.  Call him Ryawn Blaherty.

Dansby Swanson – 2-for-3, 2 runs, and his 2nd homer, hitting .358.  Swanson could be hitting .600 with ten homers, and I’d still like Albies better.  Of course, I’d own Swanson, but he just doesn’t tick enough of those fantasy boxes.  He’s like a very poor man’s Corey Seager.  Call him Poorey Seagram’s.

Jose Bautista – Signed a minor league contract with the Braves.  The Braves will have him work out at 3rd base.  They should hire Prime Minister Pete Nice as the fielding coach, so he can give Bautista the Gas Face.

Chris Iannetta – 1-for-5 and his 2nd homer.  For those of you looking to constantly drop your catcher, Iannetta hasn’t even benefitted from Coors yet.  If he stays healthy, it’s going to be hard for him to not be a top 12 catcher.

Chad Kuhl – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.57.  Something I found interesting, Chad Kuhl signs off all communications with his name followed by “Collar up.”

Sean Rodriguez – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .174.  I like how the Pirates are going with 2nd basemen as their corner OFs today as if to say, “Stupid Rangers, you need to be four deep in 2B!”

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-4, 2 runs, hitting .348.  Can only have one Cabrera on your team, Asdrubal or Miggy?  Ouch.  Don’t even answer, just leave it at ouch.

Steven Matz – 4 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.42.  Dratz.  If it’s any consolation, his 11.3 K/9, 3.9 BB/9, 3.18 xFIP and 38.5% LOB says he’s been unlucky.  What’s that, you don’t have xFIP as a category in your league?  Yeah, me either.

Yoenis Cespedes – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and a grand slam (4), hitting .217.  Cespedes hit that home run off A.J. Cole, who felt the agony of de-hundred-feet.

Ryan Madson – 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 6.97.  Madson’s season just went sideways.  It was so bad Paul Giamatti’s dad rolled over in his grave.

Tanner Roark – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.24.  Hard to draw any serious conclusions from the first couple of weeks, but Roark’s walks are up, his ground balls are down (not literally) and his velocity is down.  In shallower leagues, I’d likely leave him to the advice of the Stream-o-Nator.

Ryan Zimmerman – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 2nd and 3rd homer.  What if I said my pet pigeon was on the ledge, would you open the Buy Low Window just little bit more for me to get him?  No, it’s not to get Zimmerman, it’s for my pet pigeon!

Kevin Gausman – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners (0 walks), 4 Ks, ERA at 5.57.  I watched pieces of this game and my big takeaway is the Tigers’ announcers are all kinds of terrible.  Rod Allen can “second deck.”  However, through all of that, I watched Gausman, and, woo boy, looking at Gausman’s peripherals on digital paper is one thing, watching him is another.  Bet he comes around at some point, but I’ve moved off pretty quickly.  He can “second deck” too.

Dixon Machado – 2-for-4 and his 1st homer, a game-winner.  This home run was likely for the best, since Orioles fans should get used to a Machado hitting a game-winner off them.

Jeimer Candelario – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer, hitting .238 and out-slugging Miggy.  The Tigers are GRRRRRRRoss.

Matthew Boyd – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.40.  Flavor Flav says, “Yeah, Boyd!”  You should say, “No thanks, Chef Boyd-eat-a-D.”

Scott Schebler – Expected to be activated on Friday.  Sure am glad I put him in my weekly lineup on Monday.  What a Schebler.

Eric Thames – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, and 12th homer vs. the Reds this year and 134th homer vs. the Reds in the last year plus.  The Reds play on a river, Thames is a river, are you people not seeing what is going on here?!  Put this shizz on Info Wars!  My conspiracy is merit-based!  By the way, “My conspiracy is merit-based,” is something I want to randomly scream when someone is standing too close to me in line.

Jacob Barnes – 2 IP, 0 ER and his 2nd save.  2nd two-inning save in a row for the Brewers’ pen, only thing is it was by two different pitchers.  Craig Counsell has really taken this new rule about mound visits seriously.  What I think is going on with the Brewers is they’ve committed to Matt Albers to be their fill-in closer, but they don’t trust him at all so they’re making excuses to use their setup men as their closer.  Can’t say I disagree with their hypothetical assessment of Matt Albers.  Only, when speaking of Matt Albers, I’d probably spell it hippo-thetical.

Ryan BraunBrewers said Braun’s calf is ‘acting up.’  It was doing a calf-Broadway show of Two and a Calf Men, playing the part of Calfie Sheen.

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Dan mansoor
Dan mansoor
4 years ago

Who would you rather have ROS in a H2h points league. Swanson or teoscar. Could drop Trevor Williams kela Jordan Montgomery jack flaherty cargo aswell. Thanks!

Chris B
Chris B
4 years ago

Lindor, C arlos Santana

for

Votto, Swanson, Filler

16 team ROTO, thoughts?

john
john
4 years ago

New question: Sano vs Villanueva going forward

(Sano is murdering me in Ks and OBP. Villanueva won’t sustain his pace but will Sano stop missing everything?)

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  john
4 years ago

@john: sano’s batting line suggests nothing weird about his average. his BB’s could go up, and that would help of course. we’re just lucky somebody got intimidated enough or paid off enough so he’s not suspended or in jail.

Regan
Regan
4 years ago

I heard Rich Hill hurt his finger while digging for gold in his own butthole. May be just a rumor, who can say..sounds plausable to me! All my starters are killing me except my boy Verlander. I have a serious man crush on that hunk of awesomeness! I wish i would have gone all in with on Bauer and Corbin. The worst part about this game is the second guessing! The only thing i got right this year was anchoring my teams with Verlander and drafting the tripple MR combo of Green, Hader, Edwards. But like you said, it’s just 3 weeks, or more like 2 with all the rainouts and off days, so stay the course and don’t do anything stupid, like drafting Giles, Parker and Melencon on most of your teams. Who’s rankings were i using anyways? Some really high guy? No wonder you leave that part to someone else. FCk closers! But to end this self therapy wahfest on a positive note, TEOESCAR is the shit! Whoever wrote that last article on the FAAB pickups that convinced me to go hard on him i am eternally grateful. Great call! Rotowire said to bid 0 on their FAAB report. I guess that’s why they suck and Razzball Rules!

Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey
Reply to  Regan
4 years ago

@Regan: giles hasn’t been bad nor had you any reason to know he was injured when you drafted him. melancon, yes you knew that, parker was cheap enough anyway such that you shouldn’t be worried about it.

john
john
4 years ago

Need to make room for Pomeranz off the DL tomorrow. In a 12 team, H2H league. Looking for suggestions on who to drop. Current closers are Giles, Hand, Green — relevant because I have two other bullpen guys but my league doesn’t count holds (only a save league). Anyways, who should I drop?

Addison Reed, Carl Edwards Jr, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Mikolas, Wacha

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  john
4 years ago

@john: green or edwards, or wait and see if/when giles gets his DL

john
john
Reply to  The Harrow
4 years ago

@The Harrow: Thought about that but the issue is I’m trying to match IP with my opponent. Letting Giles hit DL means I lose Pomeranz’s start.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  john
4 years ago

@john: then green

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  john
4 years ago

@john: Edwards and Wacha for me

john
john
Reply to  AL KOHOLIC
4 years ago

@AL KOHOLIC: Yea, I ended up dropping edwards. It hurt though, 18Ks in 9 innings…ugh…I’ll probably pick him back up if Wacha or Mikolas blow their next start

Dau Tranh
Dau Tranh
4 years ago

Hader or Ottavino?

Sinkhole Demayo
Sinkhole Demayo
Reply to  Dau Tranh
4 years ago

@Dau Tranh: hader

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  Sinkhole Demayo
4 years ago

@Sinkhole Demayo: if saves your after hader might get a few but even if knebels comeback gets derailed he probably will only get 6-10 saves rest of year,And if knebel comes back good Hader only gets 3-4 rest of year but if something happens to davis then you get a top 5-10 reliever in ottavio,,you want to gamble or not either way u get great numbers

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
4 years ago

1. Saves and holds league. H2H league so immediate impact not a concern. Long term focus. Would you drop any of these folks for Holland who surprisingly hit the wire:
Devenski, Treinen, Brach, Strickland, Melancon

2. Semien, Odor, Diaz, or Delino? My team hits for average, steals bases but lacks power. Ks are a category so a bit worried about Odor and Semien’s strikeout ratios. Who would you count on to contribute long term?

LeftCoastYankee
LeftCoastYankee
4 years ago

Vince Velasquez or Miles Mikolas?

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  LeftCoastYankee
4 years ago

@LeftCoastYankee: matchups unless Mikolas gets hot

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
4 years ago

I like them all but I need to drop one of the following: Zimmer, Choo, Teoscar, Villanueva, Gurriel, or Kepler.

Schmohawks Bob
Schmohawks Bob
Reply to  Schmohawks Bob
4 years ago

@Schmohawks Bob: also could drop Happ or Cozart.

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  Schmohawks Bob
4 years ago

@Schmohawks Bob: cozart or zimmer

Barker
Barker
4 years ago

12 team h2h

I give hamels and gyorko
I get ryan Zimmerman and grandal

My C – hedges
My 2b,3b,1b – gordon, abreu, chris taylor , rendon , maikel franco, baez, gallo,
My sp – bauer , c martinez, lucchesi, stroman , luis castillo

Would drop hedges for another starter or reliever?

Barker
Barker
Reply to  Barker
4 years ago

@Barker: would pick up melancon, wacha , ed rodriguez, domingo Santana or foltyniewicz

Leaning santana

Robert
Robert
4 years ago

Drop Alfaro for Cervelli?

Mobin Can't Hack It
Mobin Can't Hack It
4 years ago

it’s son of brin recollection time, and he’s been dropped in many many leagues by now (even i did in one, for andujar (a dynasty))

Lucky Dog
Lucky Dog
4 years ago

Brinson’s 1st two extra base hits of the season.

Gotta love baseball.

Bobbo
Bobbo
4 years ago

12 team 6×6 h2h with OPS and BAA
Scherzer for Bellinger and C-Mart (or Lester)?

Bobbo
Bobbo
Reply to  Bobbo
4 years ago

@Bobbo: basically I need power. I have Castillo, Ray, Manaea, Taillon, Gausman, E-Rod, Montgomery, and some streamers. I think I can spare scherzer for a keeper level power bat. Who should I target besides Bellinger if that’s not a decent option?

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  Bobbo
4 years ago

@Bobbo: Stanton

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  AL KOHOLIC
4 years ago

@AL KOHOLIC: i like C Mart and Bellinger

Brett
Brett
4 years ago

Grey

You think Torres comes up soon? Do you see the yanks that concerned about super 2 they always have $.

Thanks

Gotime
Gotime
4 years ago

Getting trade offers for my Albies in a H2H 5×5 weekly redraft (QS not wins).
Is Ablies and one of my: Carrasco, Bauer, Wood, Corbin too much to give away to get Bellinger? I own Freeman / Rizzo at 1 / 2B.. feels like I’d take a hit. What you say Grey…

Gotime
Gotime
Reply to  Gotime
4 years ago

@Gotime: Albies, thanks keyboard…..

Shin-Soo Choo Choo
Shin-Soo Choo Choo
4 years ago

Zimmerman or Matt Chapman?

Thanks in advance.

philip lutz
philip lutz
4 years ago

You have to be effing me man! Teoscar is going back to minors after the praising and recommending? Holy beejeezus!

Ben
Ben
4 years ago

Do you like Leonys, Cron, or Panik for a util spot? Thanks!

Ben
Ben
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: @Grey: thanks!

herschel
herschel
4 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto redraft. who do you like between schoop and dejong? thanks!

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
4 years ago

I gotta admit – it’s nice to see hot pitchers that you don’t own, like Weaver and Taillon, come back down to Earth a bit. Still waiting for Morton’s supply chain to get cut off though.

nick the smooth dick
nick the smooth dick
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: How dare you Magoo! Ground Chuck don’t serve no meatballs!

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  nick the smooth dick
4 years ago

@nick the smooth dick: Something stinks. Morton’s has substituted rat meat for cow and nobody’s caught on yet.

nick the smooth dick
nick the smooth dick
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: *sniffs, checks for color oxidation* Eh, looks prime choice to me.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  nick the smooth dick
4 years ago

@nick the smooth dick: Averaging 91-92 throughout his 20s to averaging 95+ well into his 30s. It’s like combining some McDonald’s patties and transforming it into a prime filet. I’d like USADA to do some sniffing…

nick the smooth dick
nick the smooth dick
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: Ha yeah always had that curve and sink, now with 95-97 and limiting walks dude looks grass fed….or hormone injected

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Lil bit

VinWins
VinWins
4 years ago

With Ohtani DHing, Pujols should gain 1B eligibility on ESPN tonight! Hanley got it a couple days ago and Dee now has 2B and OF. Very useful.

Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit
4 years ago

Trade Matt Chapman for clevinger? I have rendon, Bregman , Villanueva and lamb as other 3b already on my team .

Good Bob
Good Bob
4 years ago

Think Manaea is a sell high? Thinking of trying to bundle him with a decent bat to get more power. Just curious if you think he’s destined for a major correction or not. Obviously can see him coming down to earth a bit but I guess the question is how much. Thoughts?

Good Bob
Good Bob
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: fair enough. You think he’s a top 40 SP rest of the way? Top 20?

Syllogism
Syllogism
4 years ago

@Grey:

thanks muchly for all da responses amigo!!

Jubaka
Jubaka
4 years ago

Can you pick 2 for possible saves.. Gregerson,fields,nishek,leone, Arano, romo.

Mr. Peabody
Mr. Peabody
4 years ago

Jupton for Aroldis. Who ya got?

Nathan
Nathan
4 years ago

First year playing fantasy baseball, and thanks to this site I feel like I have an excellent chance at winning. Recently, some questionable trades were accepted and I was wondering what the etiquette was for vetoing ones that are too one-sided. I don’t want to make it into a big deal, but I don’t think its fair to dump all the good players a team has to someone else with little in return.

The Fifth Girl
The Fifth Girl
4 years ago

@Grey:

Damming. Again posting too early and accidentally using my name. Gah!

Pb&J
Pb&J
4 years ago

I’m still hunting for a 2b. What do you think of my Tanaka for his Schoop? This league is OPS with Ks as a negative category.

Thanks, Grey.

herschel
herschel
4 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto redraft. goldie/taylor for springer/smoak?

thanks!

Syllogism
Syllogism
4 years ago

Hey Grey one …

I’m late to the comment party – par for the course though. Liking your twisted take on things, once again.

Dynasty league … H2H …. 6×6 (OBP, SLG, HR, R, RBI, SB) (W, SV, K, WHIP, ERA, K/BB). 12 hitters, 11 pitchers, 7 bench. Keep 26, draft 4.

I’m 1B-choked … miggy, morales, gurriel (stifling of groans, appreciated) for 2 slots (1B, CI … lots of options which keep UTIL crowded).

My MI … Asdrubal, Dixon “Beast” Machado, Merrifield, Asuaje to fill 2B, SS, MI.

My only 2 3B options … Longoria, Asdrubal. (ok .. and panda … but .. panda).

2 possible trades I’m pursuing …

1) my gurriel for his zach cozart (essentially straight up)
2) my gurriel + danny duffy + 3rd … for … his cozart + alex wood + 4th

Both offers seem pretty fair. In my position would you prefer the 1:1 or the 2:2?

Advice gratefully appreciated. :)

Syllogism
Syllogism
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: lolz … we all like wood more. :P

He’s asking for gurriel + ?? for cozart.

I like cozart, the trade would unblock 1B for me, but cozart’s 2017 sticks out from the rest of a pretty well established MLB career like … well … a wooden thumb.

I see regression from 2017 in my opaque crystal ball. ‘m pretty sure give the grandfather corps I have at 1B, one will like be out/resting/DL/napping for stretches over the course of the season.

Do you see cozart really worth a gurriel plus more stuff? I

Syllogism
Syllogism
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Syllogism: @Grey: @Grey:

My other SS-chasing option might be my Adam Eaton for Eduardo Nunez.

Good? Bad? Indifferent?

merci

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
4 years ago

Kershaw Smershaw

Charlie Morton….SP1

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  Nightpandas
4 years ago

@Nightpandas: agree,love him,have him in 2 keeper leagues

Robpopp
Robpopp
Reply to  Nightpandas
4 years ago

@Nightpandas: note though that he’s faced, in runs scored so far, the #18 padres, #20 mariners, #21 rangers, and #22 orioles

Play Ball
Play Ball
4 years ago

Standard 5×5 season-long roto. Possible trade in play where I give up Ozuna and Weaver for Judge. I think Weaver is replaceable. Also, there’s a 200 games started max in my league and having seven starters has me above the pace. Do you like this deal?

Current roster

C B. McCann
1B Freeman / Abreu
2B Schoop / Merrifield
3B Moustakes
OF Trout / Ozuna / Springer / Pollock / Buxton / Acuna
SP Klubot / Severino / Bauer / Quintana / Corbin / Godley / Weaver

Play Ball
Play Ball
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Good…does it improve my roster/stats?

Would you trade Ozuna/Weaver for Judge if you were me? I seek Grey Matter’s wisdom.

cyler8
cyler8
4 years ago

I have up to 2 spots open to stream tomorrow. Here is who is available. Thoughts?

Sonny Gray vs Toronto
Jake Junis vs Detroit
Wacha vs Cincinnati
Lance Lynn vs Tampa Bay

cyler8
cyler8
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Gray and Wacha are home. Other 2 are away.

cyler8
cyler8
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Ok sounds good. For my knowledge. I have a subscription to stream o nator. Normally I would pick the highest dollar value. Thus Gray and Lynn. Is there something I am missing in stream o nator to not pick Gray? Or is it more of a gut thing for you?

nick the smooth dick
nick the smooth dick
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Sonny Gray, son. No Coors….but still fuck Sonny

nick the smooth dick
nick the smooth dick
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Going up to Yankee tomorrow to watch him ruin my night. Calling a Giancarlo dong for us tho!!

nick the smooth dick
nick the smooth dick
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: double penetrate the stands

cyler8
cyler8
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: So still a no for Sonny

dubjay
dubjay
4 years ago

Hey Grey et al,
Still looking to upgrade 1B. Couple of potential deal. Which one do you like better for me? Pretty sure I can land Smoak for Jose Martinez. Guy is a huge cardinals fan. Other one would be Thames/Devenski for Myers.

dubjay
dubjay
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
Not good for me or the other guy.

Dubjay
Dubjay
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
Sorry. I meant if be dealing Thames/devenski for myers

Corey
Corey
4 years ago

Blake Treinen or Bud Norris?

Yankee My Wanky!
Yankee My Wanky!
4 years ago

Hey, Greg Holland made it into a game in a Save situation! Yeah, for the Cubbies. When does this guy turn things around?

Alfred E. Naujocks
Alfred E. Naujocks
Reply to  Yankee My Wanky!
4 years ago

@Yankee My Wanky!: looked fine today, if he keeps doing that it’ll probably be like grey said due to matheny, but he’ll actually be fine if he gets another 2 good innings in a row.

nick the smooth dick
nick the smooth dick
4 years ago

Hmmm what should I make for dinner tonight. Thinking meatloaf cuz I’m sure in the mood for some Ground Chuck!!!!

Mr. Peabody
Mr. Peabody
4 years ago

Donaldson and Solarte for Aroldis. Which side ya got?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
4 years ago

Ohtani is in the lineup and hitting 6th today. Against a fairly tough lefty in E-Rod. With a pretty significant blister on his pitching hand. The Sciosciapath strikes again.

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: ha,go figure

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  AL KOHOLIC
4 years ago

@AL KOHOLIC: Scioscia is such a boob

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: The Angels might make the wild card game, and even the ALDS in spite of their manager. Feel bad for their fans. Wasting Trout’s prime away.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Upton, Simmons, Kinsler, Richards, Ohtani, Calhoun, Skaggs, Cozart. Even Maldonado is one of the better defensive catchers in the league. Pretty strong roster outside of the bullpen, even when excluding Trout. They’re spinning their wheels with Scioscia though.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Kinsler’s a borderline hall of famer who was still pretty good in a down year. Richards has some of the best stuff in baseball. Legit top of the rotation arm. Calhoun would be the 2nd best outfielder on a lot of teams. Think you’re selling some of these guys short. As a fan of the game, I’d just like to see Trout on the big stage in October.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: some LAA “writer” inferred that otani’s “blister” was just them trying to save face for him being shitty in most recent start. not saying this is true, but there’s some LA press at least going that way.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  The Harrow
4 years ago

@The Harrow: It’s possible. I believe that something was bothering him though. Watched his start against the Sox, and his velo was perfectly fine, but couldn’t throw any of his secondaries for strikes. Splitter was especially off.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: yeah heard the splitter was completely off AND his high heat was all over the damn place (near heads in some instances). the blister actually makes objective sense (or some other injury)

Jubaka
Jubaka
4 years ago

#1 do you think offering Mazara, and adsrubel for Chapman is too much to offer or not enough..
#2do you think Mazara and Tim Anderson is too much for chapman..
Keeper league.. and my guys can be kept for whatever the Yahoo or ESPN auction prices were at this season’s start. I think $5 For each maybe $10 for mazara. Which is cheap if he doubles his runs scored and ups his average compared to his last seasons.

Jubaka
Jubaka
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@<a yeah I didn't think so it's really dumb how hard he's holding on to doolittle.. with the situation at hand… if you could see the league and our rosters it would give you ulsers.. He's on pace to lose after the first 30 days. He could turn it all around by getting some players at least a player to fill in and then as a quality utility player.. his pitching is awesome but sell one Kelvin, Chapman, Doolittle. Especially when you will lose all because you think Stanton and whoever else I saw Ramirez , santana.. if you keep starting them with no waiver options and no bench options… you have to sell doo doo, or one of them for Mazara, Anderson, vil, adsrubel, teoscer, Lamb a combo of them something.. it's insane.. I'm good I just need a closer and I'd be set until I lose a closer.. But I'm so well off I'm not scared of being 5th in saves.

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

Just offered Hanley and Polanco for Starling Marte. Needing runs, OBP, and steals.

Thoughts on fairness?

I have Rizzo at first, and Blackmon, Davis, Benitendi as 3 starting OF. Hanley and Polanco were FA pickups who have been rotating in and out of my lineup.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Alex
4 years ago

@Alex: It’s fair, but if you need runs and steals, why would you deal Marte?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Big Magoo
4 years ago

@Big Magoo: Sorry, misread. If you’re looking to acquire Marte there, that’s a good move.

Jubaka
Jubaka
Reply to  Alex
4 years ago

@Alex: I got Drafted matte for $20 and it looks like he is on pace to repeat history. Twas the best $20 I ever spent in a 12 team… 20 homer 40 steals is a bit of a stretch to hope for, but not really it just might happen… long term affect marte side has better value.

Alex
Alex
Reply to  Jubaka
4 years ago

@Jubaka: Thanks everybody. We’ll see. I really think I’m dangling a nice carrot.

VinWins
VinWins
4 years ago

The Cards have scored on a wild pitch, an error, a fielder’s choice, a bases-loaded HBP, and a bases-loaded walk.

Terrence Mann
Terrence Mann
Reply to  VinWins
4 years ago

@VinWins: Sounds like the answer to a shizz trivia question.

Terrence Mann
Terrence Mann
4 years ago

Steamer seems to like Matz quite a bit more than you do. I thought Steamer went off Razzball projections. You just not like him as much as Rudy? What gives?

Terrence Mann
Terrence Mann
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Gotcha, thanks. Real world question, then. 2 start stream @STL and @ SD next week?

Terrence Mann
Terrence Mann
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Matz

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Terrence Mann
4 years ago

steamer is the skill foundation of the razzball ros projections. i like matz’s talent. if he’s healthy and can throw all his pitches, he could be great. got super burned by him last year (both his IP and how he pitched) so no shares this year but can see him as the high-upside last SP on my roster.

Keystone Blues
Keystone Blues
4 years ago

Desperate for a second baseman in OBP LG with not much to choose from. Harrison gone for 6 weeks and need to fill that spot with one of the below. Better sit down bc this is baaaaad

Hernan (lefty’s only), Walker ( Torres on horizon and a log jam), Robertson ( does he have a job)

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  Keystone Blues
4 years ago

@Keystone Blues: tthey get Sauerez back get Senzel up and Schebler coming back today might change things quite a bit,either way thats not a good move especialy in aveage and obp leagues

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  AL KOHOLIC
4 years ago

@AL KOHOLIC: THIS IS FOR QUESTION ABOVE ABOUT VOTTO DUMP

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
4 years ago

Got Votto as part of a monster trade, so wouldn’t feel too bad selling low on him. Really worried though, as don;t see him getting anything to hit to allow him to come around in that train wreck lineup.

Flip for E5? Any lower, Myers?

Jubaka
Jubaka
Reply to  Swfcdan
4 years ago

@Swfcdan: are you insane?

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
4 years ago

Leonys with another homer today. Scored three runs and knocked in four. Still trying to hit everything out of the park, but he has enough pop to make it work. 15-20 homers, 20-25 steals, .260ish average seems like a possibility. At least one of my late round targets looks like it’s working out.

Really dodged one with Freddie, didn’t we?

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
4 years ago

Gray,

The Franch man or Bader?

Heaney or Stratton?

Thanks boss

BigMoonThugPanda
BigMoonThugPanda
4 years ago

Drop Yonny Chirinos for…

Matz, Newcomb, Triggs or Hold.

Thank you

Ben
Ben
4 years ago

Move limit, keeper, Roto 5×5 OBP league.

I have Owings filling in at OF. Would you drop Owings to grab JBJ or L. Martin?

Too early to pick up W.Calhoun in a keeper league and stash him? He may not come up until June, eh? Crazy considering the state of their OF I’m surprised he isn’t owned in my league I kind of want to jump on him before he’s gone.

Also, drop either Ketel Marte or Eduardo Escobar for Almedys Diaz or hold? Also have Senzel who I could drop for any of the above mentioned players… ?

Ben
Ben
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Yeah… all pretty marginal moves. Offense is doing nothing and they’re probably not going to help much haha. Itchy trigger finger. Thanks!

Happyharry
Happyharry
4 years ago

Hey Grey, 12 team, H2h, 6×6. Who you got ROS between Odor when he comes off DL or Teoscer?

Happyharry
Happyharry
Reply to  Happyharry
4 years ago

Also, Your expert opinion on ROS Odor or Cesar Hernandez?

Jubaka
Jubaka
4 years ago

I screwed up my comments up there.. I’m just not sure how the reply works..
So can you list 3 guys you like best from this list best to worst..
Villanueva, adsrubel, Mazara, Lamb, Tim anderson, Teoscer.
I may offer the better for doo little, or the worst and Giles for Doo. Or the two worst for doo, it is a keeper league

Worm Burner
Worm Burner
4 years ago

Hey Grey and Razzballers,
I’m not smart enough to stay on top of all the fancy hitting analytics, so I’m glad you are!
There’s nothing to be scared of with Bellinger, right?

The avg and runs look great. a safe buy, right?

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  Worm Burner
4 years ago

@Worm Burner: i would,obviously the power is there

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
4 years ago

Just checked lineup. Freddie Freeman is starting today. The thought of possible months missed to the relief of a few games missed… to him only missing a couple of at bats. What a difference 14 hours makes.

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
4 years ago

Freeman starting today

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  AL KOHOLIC
4 years ago

@AL KOHOLIC: Hear comes Matt Harvey, up and in!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  AL KOHOLIC
4 years ago

@AL KOHOLIC: *Here comes Matt Harvey, up and in!

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

@Cram It: honestly with the velocity increase from 85-90 to 93-100 over the years batters number one set up with thier elbows in the strike zone,and number two they start thier swing way earlier to compensate for the velocity ,today people love offense,thats why we all turned our heads during the steroid era and now days if a pitcher does what Bob gibson did,by drilling a guy crowding the plate or cheating on his swing they kick the pitcher out

H
H
4 years ago

I’m thinking of cutting bait on Albers. I’m wanting to take a chance on a RP that will possibly take over closing duties. Who do you think will take over sooner? Thank you!

Romo, Minter, Reed, or Fields? Or other???

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
4 years ago

Double dipping today. I need a short-term fill-in for Murphy at 2B. Thinking I should try and sell high on Roark, given what you said above (and I agree, his BABIP is way low). Which of these do you think I should offer Roark for as a fair trade: Cesar Hernandez, LeMaheiu, Kinsler, Merrifield, C.Taylor?

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Just in case Merrifield owner says no, any others you’d trade Roark for?

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Yay! An excuse to bug Grey! (Again). I’ll even make it rhyme next time. Hey!

VinWins
VinWins
4 years ago

I own Acuna on (mumble) teams. Decided to lose 1 share. Offered him to 1 team for Baez and another for Mikolas. Both rejected. My offers are never accepted unless I overpay (like Cano and Cespedes for EE).

The one did counter with Mikolas and Wacha for Bryant, but I managed to resist.

Earlier someone did offer me Cruz, Rendon, and Godley for a couple of closers. I felt bad about this, so I threw in Moustakas, who has hit .436 with 4 homeruns in the 9 games with his new team. My guys, not so much.

I might have to stick to no-trade leagues in the future.

MattTruss
Editor
Reply to  VinWins
4 years ago

Damn, someone rejected Mikolas for Acuna? That’s crazy talk!

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  MattTruss
4 years ago

@MattTruss: Yeah, some people don’t play the prospect game.

MattTruss
Editor
4 years ago

Candelario giving me the batty call of my dreams in many leagues today…Pedro Alvarez, not so much.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  MattTruss
4 years ago

@MattTruss: Nice. I thought about Candy in the FCL, but left him for you because I liked Moreland’s BVP. Also picked up Chris Davis on a couple teams.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  MattTruss
4 years ago

@MattTruss: How about Candelario AND Martin. Boom. Oh but Luke Weaver :/

MattTruss
Editor
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

Amazeballs…I played Luke in a league too, wind blowing in, figured I was safe, oh well, just a H2H league.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  MattTruss
4 years ago

@MattTruss: Yup, had him on the bench until I saw a 13-15 MPH wind blowing in. He got singled to death.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
4 years ago

There is a very strong possible that peak Happ occurred on the very first pitch of the MLB season.

Great to see Baez in the coveted two hole. Good to see Rizzo in any hole.

crimedog
crimedog
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve: Good to see Rizzo playing and not sitting on a bench in a park feeding pigeons talking to the air about how he use to be able to hit a ball over dem mountains.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  OaktownSteve
4 years ago

@OaktownSteve: we need to get that kid a copy of max dugan returns and Charlie Lau’s Art of Hitting

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

A couple interesting trade offers in my keep-5 12-team H2H (obp/ops) league that I’m looking to repeat my championship in . . .

1. His non-keeper Thor for my non-keeper Marte or $13 Upton
2. His Thor for my Acuna ($15) and Deshizz.

Given my team roster (below), I have a surplus of legit bats that I won’t be able to all start, so I’m leaning towards finding a way to get Thor if it makes sense. I love my current staff, but it’s a huge benefit to have more SP starts in any given week than your opponent, so I usually only try to hold 1 bench bat.

C – Grandal
1B – Rhys ($5 keeper)
2B – Albies ($8 keeper)
3B – Machado
SS – Tim Anderson
OF – Trout
OF – Upton ($13 keeper)
OF – Marte
UTL – Gallo ($5 keeper, should be great in OBP format)

Bench: Acuna ($15), Hanley ($5), JoMart ($5), Deshields ($5)

Pitching – Severino ($4), Nola ($5), Morton, Godley, J Gray, Lopez, Junis, Streamer, 3 closers.

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
4 years ago

I only have one add left this week. Who is my add and who do I drop to make it happen? I can add (and thanks!):
A) A blah 2B like Villar, Peraza, or Flaherty to replace Zobrist
B) Teoscar
C) Tim Anderson for steals (despite being meh overall)
D) Velazquez

12-Team, Yahoo, H2H, 5×5 Redraft League
C – Ramos
1B – Abreu
2B – Zobrist
3B – Sano
SS – Machado
OF – Stanton/Dickerson/Cespedes
Util – Cain
Bench – Gurriel, Murphy (DL)
SP – Darvish, Berrios, Corbin,Richards, Roark, R.Lopez, Samardzija
RP – Davis, Morrow, Soria, Strickland, Hader

vee
vee
4 years ago

patiently waiting for STL to pinch hit Tyler O’Neill.. expecting a dinger

dude is hyoooooge

jon
jon