Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 with his 31st homer and, like, his 12th homer in the past week.  Doode’s straight combustible heat.  Like a fatty steak on the grilling heat.  Uh-oh, I feel my rap altar ego, B-Fire, coming on.  Cannot stop the blaze.  Like a Scottish sheep, I can’t stand here, I gotta graze.  Between Monday and Tuesday is a hidden day called Muesday, between Monday and Sunday is all Grey’s days.  I watch a Merchant-Ivory period flick with my piece, because I’m strapped and going through a phase.  Shh, it’s my Victorian secret.  Whomp, there’s another Yoenis hit.  Cepedes is so on-lock it’s like he’s got a hundred legs all stuck in tar pits.  For my Def Poetry Jam audition tape, this I will submits.  I liked About Schmidt, but why Kathy Bates gotta get out of the tub naked with her flabby– Nah, I need to quit.  So, on the year, Yoenis has a line of 93/31/92/.298/7 and is nearly top five for all players on our Player Rater, not just top five outfielders, and, for 2016, it’s going to be real hard to knock him down much past the 2nd round.  Unless, of course, the Padres get their grubby mitts on him.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jon Niese – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  If he were a racehorse, they’d say he lost yesterday by a nose.  Only when you’re speaking about his nose, it’s actually a very far distance.

Kelly Johnson – 1-for-2 and his 13th homer.  I must confess, I actually own Johnson in one deep league and I’ve been relatively happy with him.  Then again, in that league, I’m in eighth place out of ten teams and I have very little to be happy about.  It’s what happens when you draft in February and one of your top players at the time was Wilin Rosario.  Yay, early drafts.

Michael Conforto – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer.  It’s too bad he’s not playing every day, because he gives me a Billy Butler-sized chub.

Stephen Strasburg – Will start on Wednesday.  That news should be delivered by Dr. Huzienga, the doctor on The Biggest Loser that tells contestants that they have a 40% chance of a heart attack by Wednesday.

Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 5 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, which comes after an August where he had a 6.43 ERA.  I could sit here and say he’s been unlucky and this was a tough opponent, but I’m not sitting and you don’t care about luck with your ace, you care about results.  Damn, with authoritative sentences like that I could run for prez.

Wilson Ramos –  1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 13th homer, a grand salami.  Or as they call it in Italy, “super-sata.”

Jayson Werth – 2-for-5, 1 RBI.  Has a nine-game hitting streak with three homers, and hitting near-.350 in the last week.  For what it’s Werth, he’s Werth a lot right now.

Stephen Vogt – Didn’t play yesterday after a foul ball hit him in the groin on Sunday.  An ultrasound showed no groin ruptures.  *slowly crosses legs*  Ouch, sounds like a bad case of jockular sphincteritis.

Mark Canha – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, and third homer in the past week.  Hot schmotato alert!

Brett Lawrie – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Watch Lawrie finally break out next year at the age of 26.  I don’t really mean that.  Or do I?!  No, I don’t.

Billy Burns – 2-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 26th steal.  Okay, everyone on the A’s is currently hot.  Maybe cause on the top of them is Burns.  Pun points!

Sean Doolittle – 1 IP, 0 ER and 1st save.  Not bad for a 15th round draft pick!  Actually, awful!  So, I officially dropped Pomeranz, that dog, in every league, because Doolittle not only got the save yesterday, but was used after Pomeranz on Sunday too.

Mike Fiers – 5 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Some days he shows no Fiers and some days he lights Fiers to your ratios.  It’s da bomb or it’s in need of balm.

Carlos Correa – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .281.  Oh, and that’s 17 homers in only 275 at-bats.  Oh, Part II: Oh, There’s More, he’s only 20 years old.  *Homer sees donut-type drool*

Jake Marisnick – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and a slam (9) and legs (18), after hitting a pinch-hit home run on Sunday, so, obviously, we got ourselves a hot schmotato here.  I’d love to see what Jake 1961 could do with everyday playing time over the course of a season.  I think he could be as good as Souza, though I’m not sure if that’s a compliment.

Kolten Wong – Sat out yesterday with tightness in his calf, which stinks but is less awkward than just general tightness for Wong.

Lance Lynn – 2 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  Seems like Lynn always has these random blow ups, but NOW IS NOT THE TIME!  Caps not for emphasis or aesthetics but because I was slamming my fist onto the keyboard.

Dexter Fowler – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Guess how many steals he has.  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  *scratches chin, taps finger, prints out picture of Cara Delevingne, tapes picture to Cougs’ face while she’s napping, she wakes, I drag my pillow and a guest blanket to the couch for later*  He has 17 steals!  Yes, a 17/17 guy is a top 75 guy overall.  Member when I kept telling you to pick him up in April?  You should’ve listened.

Kyle Schwarber – Took light swings in the batting cage yesterday, which was later described in a one-panel cartoon as a Schwingber.

Addison Russell – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer.  In the beginning of the year, Maddon said he was trying to alleviate pressure from Russell by batting him ninth.  In all seriousness, I can’t wait to hear his excuse next year when he bets him ninth.

Dan Haren – 7 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.73.  Not bad for a guy that wanted to retire back in February.  “Hey, that’s my schtick!”  I know, A.J. Burnett.

Ryan Raburn – 2-for-2 and two solo homers (6, 7).  If you streamed him, well played.  Now Raburn after using.

Trevor Bauer – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners (5 BBs), 6 Ks, ERA down to 4.47 as he outdueled Chris Sale (7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks).    Bauer got the best of that Labor Day Sale, now what the hell is he going to do with all of these 25% off mattresses?  For Bauer’s next start, he’s home vs. the Tigers and the Stream-o-Nator doesn’t hate it, but SON’s got Bauer goggles, because I wouldn’t go near it.

Adam LaRoche – Was a late scratch yesterday due to a sore knee.  Show of hands who thought this schmohawk retired.  Okay, hands down, I don’t need to see your yellow armpits.

J.J. Hardy – Will be activated from the DL on Tuesday.  He better, not much time left for him to get injured again.  I Hardy knew you!

Wei-Yin Chen – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.48.  Well, we had three good months and now it’s kaput.  Sorta like your marriage.

Manny Machado – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer.  You know this past preseason was the last time you’re gonna be able to draft Machado later than the 2nd round for the next eight years, right?

Adam Jones – 0-for-4, but left with shoulder soreness.  He was seen grimacing in the dugout.  Funny, cause I’ve been grimacing all year from owning him.

Jonathan Schoop – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Can I draft him for 2016 yet?  I don’t want anyone else Schoop’ing him.

Michael Pineda – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.15.  Out of three starts since his DL stint, he’s had one decent game.  I’m not telling you what to do…Actually, I am, that’s why you’re reading.  I like Pineda in the big picture, but the small picture says there’s about three weeks left and I’d look elsewhere.

Alex Rodriguez – 1-for-5 and his 29th homer.  Only 726 clean homers to tie Hank Aaron.

Greg Bird – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Now when you flip someone the bird in New York, you’re showing your support for the Yankees instead of just driving.

Mike Leake – 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  That’s not a Leake, that’s a full on flood.

Joe Panik – 1-for-1, 1 run as he returned from the DL, but didn’t start.  If you were waiting for Panik, now’s the time to.

A.J. Pollock – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  Did you hear that Pollock thought the Diamondbacks were trying to trade him?  He saw on his manager’s desk Polish remover.

Patrick Corbin – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Definitely going on the short list of players I’m going to be looking at owning next year.  That’s not the same list with Altuve, by the way.

C.J. Cron – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer.  When he homers, I feel like shielding The Sciosciapath’s eyes so he doesn’t remember about Cron and hence bench him.  Nothing to see here, Sciosciapath, just some guy hitting.  Go back to raging at a pitch in the dirt not being blocked properly.

Zack Greinke – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA up to 1.68.  Geez, what a bum!

Scott Van Slyke – 4-for-5, 1 run, 4 RBIs as he batted eighth and, batting ninth, Joc Pederson (3-for-4).  If only no one told Mattingly which way to hold the lineup card, they might’ve been batting at the top.

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 8th homer.  JB and I talk about JB Jr. on our podcast yesterday, and no, JB doesn’t have a kid already.  Specifically about how Bradley’s hitting close to .400 in the last month.  Somebody needs to start defrosting Ted Williams’s head.

Travis Shaw – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  He’s cooled off a lot since he first came up, like one hit every four games cold.  Don’t have time for those kind of slumps right now, i.e., Pshaw.

Mookie Betts – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  Right now, Betts is sitting around the top 50 in overall fantasy value.  Due to his speed and power combo, he’s going to be hard to not rank very high next year.  *wink, wink, nudge, nudge, kazoo*  Next year’s huge breakout.

Rick Porcello – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Blue Jays.  You have larger trouser oranges than I if you started him in that game.  The Stream-o-Nator likes his next start a tiny bit and I would start him there, which likely means he’s going to get bombed out like a tented house.

Josh Donaldson – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 37th homer.  F5!

Justin Smoak – 1-for-2 and his 14th homer.  Still not too late to get to 30 homers, JayWrong!  Speaking of Mr. Wrong, today is the last day to draft for our fantasy football leagues.  There’s a few spots open.  Get it!

Hector Olivera – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Is it too late to get on the hype train for next year?  No, of course, it’s not.  We have 5 months, 24 days, 17 hours and 34 minutes until I can draft a team again without Sandoval.  But who’s counting!

Freddie Freeman – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  I was beginning to think he didn’t see I said to drop him last week.  *nervous laughter, faceplam*

Shawn Tolleson – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save.  I don’t mentioned closers usually when they’re in no jeopardy of losing their job, but I just wanted to say Tolleson has 30 saves.  Aroldis only has 29 saves!

Aaron Hicks – 1-for-5 and his 10th homer.  I was wondering why people were asking me about picking him up yesterday.  I see, said the blind man as he walked into the door.  Yeah, and Hicks doesn’t have a multi-hit game since August 12th, so you can grab him, but I wouldn’t say he’s hot yet.  Definitely worth cyclops’ing.

Eduardo Escobar – 3-for-3, 1 run, 3 RBIs as he batted ninth.  You can try and stall the schmotato, but you can’t stall the Eduardo. (Though, in all seriousness, what the eff in the effhole is he doing batting ninth?)

Yordano Ventura – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 13 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He should be starring in the Head & Shoulders commercials with C.J. Wilson, because dude is flaky as all get out.  He was coming off two insanely good starts vs. tough opponents, then he looks Cousin Dumbass against the Twins.

Billy Hamilton – Expected back today from Double-A Pensacola, which should just go ahead and sell its naming rights to Pepsi Cola.

Anthony DeSclafani – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.75.  Anthony Mundane keeps rolling, but I have nothing but reservations about him.

Victor Martinez – Sat out yesterday with an illness.  WebMD says he’s suffering from suckitude.

Rajai Davis – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and two homers (5, 6).  After the game, the King of SAGNOF was fed grapes by Gose that were recently stepped on by Miggy.

Evan Longoria – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Yesterday was obviously a holiday.  Oh, and it was Labor Day.

J.P. Arencibia – 1-for-3 and his 3rd homer, and 3rd homer in the past week.  He was in last Friday’s Buy column because he’s hot and, with Arencibia, hot can also be considered spicy.

Drew Smyly – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.15 since he’s returned from the DL about a month ago.  Fun fact!  If Smyly texts Domino’s his name, he gets a large cheese pizza.

Kyle Kendrick –  5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks as he pitchslapped Ian Kennedy (5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks).  The chances of Ian Kennedy hitting a homer off of Kendrick or vice versa this year had to be close to 100%.

Matt Kemp – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  In celebrity gossip news, Kemp is dating Charlene Tilton, the Rihanna of San Diego.

Zach Davies – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Davies is totally underrated.  I loved him as Daniel Faraday.  Oh, that’s Jeremy Davies.  Zach Davies has one great start and one terrible start since he was traded from the O’s for Parra.  Davies throws around 89 MPH, which means he needs to have pinpoint control and, even then, he won’t strikeout a ton of guys.

Khris Davis – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  That’s in only 307 ABs.  For those bad at math, that prorates to 84 homers in a season.  (Shh, don’t tell the people that are bad at math it doesn’t.)

Jose Fernandez – Hopes to return for Saturday’s game.  Please, someone stop him before it’s too late.  The Marlins don’t need him, he doesn’t need the start and the one Marlin fan can deal.

Justin Nicolino – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  I almost streamed him yesterday.  Thank God for small miracles, which sounds like every show on TLC.

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SteveNZ
SteveNZ
7 years ago

So, assuming I tag along with my wife to NY next year, the Dodgers are at home during the time I expect to be passing through LA on my way home…

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
7 years ago

i guess that answers my worries about grichuk taking an unknown time to come back and hit, and also whether or not he’s hitting well. bye bye bruce in a 20 teamer and beltran in a 14.

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: but yesterday they said he could only pinch run, and said it’s likely a week from when he could hit at all. At least i know when he plays he’s able to hit already. in the 14 teamer i’m probably keeping him (upton/arenado/goldy/sano and 1 pitcher from thor/carmart/keuchel), and then either grichuk or d.travis. In the 20 teamer i could drop Grichuk, but i can wait for sure till monday to worry about it, in first by far, esp if schwarber is hitting again. In the 14 i need to grab another catcher over OBP wolf and ray over ross.

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And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
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7 years ago

@And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: oh no, in the 14 i miss counted. my 6 keepers gotta be sano/upton/goldy/arenado/1 SP/pollock over grichuk/d.travis, unless grichuk has moved over upton, but i doubt that. Maybe i can drop him if he’s not playing by monday there.

Alps88
Alps88
7 years ago

In 3rd place closing in on 2nd place.
Who gives me more offense In the last 3 weeks
I was planning on dropping alcides Escobar especially since he has dropped to bottom of order
My options are
Gyorko,lawrie,Eduardo Escobar, Domingo Santana ,Logan Morrison or gregorious
What would you do
Thanks.

DIHG
DIHG
7 years ago

Medlen @home vs minnesota or happ on road at cinncy or neither?

br
br
7 years ago

Pick one
hendricks @pirates (currently on team)
ray @home vs sd
matt moore @home vs yankees

or stay away from all

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
7 years ago

Rob effing Brantly! Horrible from Carrasco.

Scooterboy
Scooterboy
7 years ago

Grey, I’m in a first year keeper league. We are only allowed to keep 2. These are my potential keepers. Who would you suggest? I’m leaning toward Harper/Correa. Hate to not hold onto Arenado though.

Rizzo
Arenado
Correa
Adam Jones
Harper
Desmond
Hosmer

Doc
Doc
7 years ago

Happ a safe start @cinncy?

MAshers
MAshers
7 years ago

drop machi or ziegler for doolittle.
machi came in the 6th inning today..

Pugs&Slugs
Pugs&Slugs
7 years ago

Hi Grey,
I’m in a bit of a shituation. Last week of my NL H2H season. Need to go at least 6-4. Playing the 9th place team. Seems like a FLB dream, right? Not so after the first 1.5 days. His headliners are Bryant, Ozuna, Suarez, Olivera, and Seager since he traded me half his team for Bryant earlier.
I have the big hitters, but his guys have come out producing runs and his pitching has already made a statement (Corbin and Nola). He still has C Mart, Nelson, Koehler, Ray, Hand, and Rubby. It’s a total of 10 starts. I have Arrieta, Cole(being skipped), Shields, Hendricks, and Gray. My RP is Kenley, Aroldis, Melancon, and Zieglar. Streamers suck in our league and that would be a last ditch effort.

Option #1 – Play small ball and go for WHIP, ERA, and S. Hopefully get 2 of them and 4 hitting categories. (He already has 10 more RBI than me and 11 hitters to my 8). I would only pitch Arrieta on Th and throw Hendricks if the other guy gives up some runs.

Option #2 – Pitch Gray tonight and reevaluate. If Gray gets lit, I’m screwed. The other guy will play smart as he’s trying to play spoiler. He will sit guys if he has to in order to be the guy that eliminates me from the money ($400 for 2nd).

Option #3 – Stream every PS and try to get Ws, Ks, and S.

I lean toward #2, but Gray scares me.

I appreciate your help as I keep doing what seems logical, but backfires.

Pugs&Slugs
Pugs&Slugs
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: yup. Thanks for reading my sob story. Gonna go for it. I’ll pick every last SP if Gray goes bad. I have Shields tomorrow too.

greg
greg
7 years ago

C: Gomes, 1b: Miggy, 2b Betts, ss desmond 3b Sano of Bradley, Springer, Gordon, Piscotty, Eaton,

SP Carasco, Kluber, DeGrom, Archer, Holland, Iglesias, McCullers
CL: Tolleson, Vizcaino, Giles…

H2H playoffs start next week, 14 team 5×5….I think I gotta chance…what do you think?

Greg

Cohen
Cohen
7 years ago

Grey, who should i start? Marisnick at Grey or Seager at Heaney

BrewerFan
BrewerFan
7 years ago

Didi Gregorius or Wong ROS?

Tom
Tom
7 years ago

Who would you keep for the last twol keeper spots 12 team mixed. Can keep 10 forever. Other OFs are Cuth and Betts:

1. Joc Pederson
2. Xander Boegarts (have Correa at SS already)
3. Byron Buxton
4. Javier Baez (on the wire) (Have Rendon at 2B right now)

Trying to see if I should grab Baez before someone else does.

Tom
Tom
Reply to  Tom
7 years ago

Looking to fill OF and Util spot

maximumxpower
maximumxpower
7 years ago

with Wong hurting do i drop him for Eduardo Escobar?

maximumxpower
maximumxpower
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: cool, thanks for all the great insight and help this year!

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I’ve got Wong and Baez. Do I hang onto Wong there? Or cut him for someone like Escobar or a streamer?

J-FOH
J-FOH
7 years ago

The way Harvey is opening this game he is either making a statement to the Mets to not throw him or he’s done. Either way, better luck next year Mets, you guys did the dog with the pitcher planning

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

@Grey: I was watching the Collins interview and I just realized my neighbor who drinks beer all day in his front yard looks like he could be Collins brother

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

@Grey: can we get one of those Howard Stern guys to ask Collins to yell “Get off my lawn”

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
7 years ago

Who you dumping for Dickerson? Belt or Byrd?

8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

Also, Jeremy Davies was awesome in Justified. If you never watched that show, I HIGHLY recommend it. It’s done now after 6 seasons.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Wilsonian
7 years ago

@Wilsonian: no Byrd, his remaining schedule is not favorable

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

@Grey: Bingo, but with Belt the average should be bette, Byrd is there for the dongs, Belt can at least hit for some average and maybe swipe a bag

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

@Grey: just wanted you to know where I was coming from, BTW did you read my trash treasure, it was my first stab at it

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

@Grey: I blame my editor

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: it’s well worth the commitment. I watched from the beginning. Walton Goggins is a friggin genius. He’s incredible from start to finish.

Now who to listen to – you or Jack? Ha!

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: true. See ya Belt.

Seriously though, you’ll thank me later for Justified…

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Cougs is right. I highly recommend Justified. An excellent show.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: True, but you can do it. I believe in you man!

Ppr
Ppr
7 years ago

I have Baez @ 2nd , Eduardo Escobar rotating with him. Have boagerts at ss and Seager on bench. Drop Seager I need to add another pitcher?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
7 years ago

Subject : Arenado Prayer Hexagon

Status: Successful

Action Required : Rejoicing

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
7 years ago

joe ross demoted officially. other than dynasties time to drop if i didn’t already.
best replacements
1. 14 team roto with 4 moves per week and QS. i just cut porcello to add happ, porcello waivered by somebody else.
miley @ TB (-1), @ BAL after
lamb vs STL (7.5)
ray vs LAD (6.4), next up vs SD after
j.nelson @PIT, vs STL. SON hates both, i used to own this dude in this league, missed all of his good starts in last 2 months
gibson @ KC, vs DET, SON hates both esp KC.
No matter which one i grab i’ll likely go elias vs COL the day after most of those above starts.

2. 20 teamer with QS and only 3 moves left on year. I had to drop Ross to activate Grichuk (he’s worth keeping to see if he comes back soonish, as i can drop bruce if he’s back to good again). Problem is right now Grichuk/Schwarber are 2/3 of bench bats and i only want 2 bench bats. keep hendricks or go with one of gio/elias, this looks like an easy gio.

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And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
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7 years ago

@And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: 2 is a redraft H2H that playoffs start next week. i’m in first by about 15 or so games, and that’s without stanton being healthy for a while.

And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: in case Gio is that much of an upgrade to Hendricks, who’s my weakest starter.

Dommattingly
Dommattingly
7 years ago

Drop Yelich, Ozuna, Byrd, or Belt for JFern?!

Alcibiades Escobar
Alcibiades Escobar
7 years ago

Manny Machado’s start at shortstop last night gives him shortstop eligibility in Yahoo leagues for next year. That is so awesome.

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

Hey Grey. Hope you had a nice labor day weekend.

Had Stroman last year in my AL-only league, and he was a beast until he got shut down. With reports saying that he’s coming back this weekend, how much would you bid out of a $25 remaining FAAB (minimum $5) to grab him for next year? My team’s out of it this season.

If I remember correctly, he’s an early early 2016 grey sleeper pick

Harrison Ford in Air Force One
Harrison Ford in Air Force One
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

Roger that–thanks!

I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
7 years ago

drop shoemaker or porcello in roto dynasty with QS? damn yahoo daily tomorrow, i won’t get carrasco’s today start.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
7 years ago

Drop Rodon or Fiers for Smyly?

I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
7 years ago

best bat add in total bases, OBP over average and hits added?
domingo/canha/marisnick (playing time fear here)/jed/solarte party/bird/moss

i got opp beat 16-10 with starts remaining for the week, but that includes burnett, which is the same roster spot that would be used for this 3rd bench hitter. I only thought to get this 3rd bench hitter since all of rusney/beef welington/sano are all off at the same time. 3 more moves left for week, so it looks like i won’t be needing them for streaming pitchers. This mean’s it’s possible this is a 1 or at most 2 day hitter streaming move.

ebudz
ebudz
7 years ago

Okay pick the best starts for tomorrow please and thank you mister Grey!

ESPN 10 Team H2H Points:
Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

Teheran @PHI (14.3)
Happ @ CIN (6.1)
Samardzija vs. CLE (1.7)

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
7 years ago

Happy Tuesday Grey, happy funky-funky Tuesday man! Work starts tomorrow, so I’ve been in a spiritual and existential funk for the past couple of days. Maybe I’ll go buy a suit. Anythehoo…I’m in the second week of the 1st round of our leagues H2H playoffs. I’m up 8-4 so the other owner is beginning to stream the hell out of his roster, which forces me to stream to hold serve. My league’s of the keeper variety and we get to hold onto two starting pitchers. Sale is one of them, but it’s a toss-up between Carrasco, Salazar, Lester and Zimmerman (listed in my order of preference). I don’t really care who it ends up being, but can any of those go the way of Samardzija, and be cut of my roster at this point for a streamer? I probably would lose them in waivers to a non-playoff team.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: No…just an Anchorman reference. I think I own two suits and try to avoid wearing them at all costs (i.e., don’t like ties and tucked-in shirts). I typically will just go buy some beer and chicken teriyaki to get me out of my funk. Maybe go fly-fishing. I know you wrote yesterday, but did you enjoy your extended weekend at all?

I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: it’s ok, worth watching, not as good as first one obv.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: The sequel was terrible. I’d watch the first the first 20 minutes, but it goes downhill fast from there. Fish waffles? I’m intrigued…like a fish taco?

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I’ll go check it out. I’m behind the curve the past couple of days.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Slimcompoop
7 years ago

@Slimcompoop: By-the-by, do you trust C.C. Sabathia tomorrow against BAL. The robot is giving him a $15 spot.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Burnett coming of the DL is getting a $11.9 spot as well. Trust?

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: One last question…I’m in need of a little power of the rest of the week. Currently have Castellanos in my UTIL. Is Olivera, Trumbo or Lawrie a better option. Appreciate it and have a funky Tuesday!

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I lied, and I apologize for that, but I got one more question. I need to pick up two out of the following pitchers over the next two days (in order of SON ranking). Which two do you trust the most, granted I know you don’t like the two dudes coming off the DL?

Sabathia vs. BAL
Burnett vs. MIL
Medlen vs. MIN
Perez @ SEA
Happ @ CIN
Samardzija vs. CLE
Tomlin @ CHW

I owe you a fish waffle.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I’ll pay up on the fish waffle. I don’t like any of them either, but my opponent is heavy streaming and I have to keep pace given my lead in IP and K’s. I was leaning Happ and Medlen as my favorites (we think alike!) and then just put the rest out there. All I’m really looking for is a SP to not get blown up.

ashtray
ashtray
7 years ago

Who would you drop from this threesome:

Corbin
Richards
Quintana

Cohen
Cohen
7 years ago

Grey, Panik or Hicks?

ashtray
ashtray
7 years ago

Fretting over a bunch of mediocre Closers.

Please pick 3:

AJ Ramos
Bruce Rondon
Sean Doolittle
Tom Wilhelmsen
Kevin Jepsen

Thanks

Carnac
Carnac
7 years ago

Ok, just finished the ‘cast. Since you asked, my thoughts on the Harvey hullabaloo:

Harvey’s getting tired but he can’t say so. The world of sports is obvs very chest thumpy. An athlete is criticized for missing a couple games to attend the birth of his child. This is not a culture where athletes are encouraged to be honest about their bodies. (Greinke is, but I wouldn’t say he’s encouraged or uncriticized.)

So Harvey had Boras make some (inelegant) comments on his behalf.

Carnac
Carnac
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

And make no mistake, the Mets do suck. I saw they just re-negotiated Cespedes’ contract so they could potentially re-sign him from free agency. Fans can dream! They won’t sign him, though, bc the Wilpons have heavily leveraged the team to protect themselves from pending Madoff-related lawsuits.

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

@Grey: I the Mets would gone to a 6 man rotation following the break all this could of been avoided

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

@Grey: I think Rudy could invent a bot to run the Mets better than the Mets

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Carnac
7 years ago

@Carnac: did you see I linked to your mattingly comments last week?

Carnac
Carnac
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

Haha! “classic comedic takes” that’s hilarious. Usually Mrs. Carnac refers to my takes as “hot” out of derision.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Carnac
7 years ago

@Carnac: I mock mine too

Gray's Sports Almanac
Gray's Sports Almanac
7 years ago

Funny shizz as always Grey! So, what are you thinking with Liriano for ROS, hes been a POS for the last few starts… Sit him @ Cin tonight ($8.2 says SON), next start is vs. MIL ($26.0/SON).

Tim
Tim
7 years ago

What are the chances that Corbin’s next start will be on Monday 9/14 instead of Sunday 9/13? I was hoping the DBacks bring Hellickson back and push everyone back a day.

Scott
Scott
7 years ago

It really sucks that they’re not starting Dyson.

Double H
Double H
7 years ago

Is it crazy to dump Ellsbury in a deep roto for someone like Hicks, Crawford, Olivera? Guy has stunk since he came back from injury and I’m in the heat of the race – no keeper implications.

Thanks Grey!

PD
PD
7 years ago

Would you drop Perkins at this point? I’m in a Saves+Holds league and in a heated battle for them. Axford (gulp) and guys like Shaw, Geltz, Logan and others are available.

I’m thinking I have to drop him as it looks like the earliest he’d be back is next week. Am I over-anxious or is it time? If it’s time, which of the listed guys would you grab?

Scott
Scott
7 years ago

Duda’s back, but Greg Bird is hot! Who do I keep?!?

Twice on Muesday
Twice on Muesday
7 years ago

Keeper League

Drop Wilhemsen (or Peralta, Benoit, Segura) for Domingo! Santana?

traded Yoenis for Dickerson before the season started – not such a good trade now…

Slimbo
Slimbo
7 years ago

Who do I drop to activate Carrasco in my points league? Belt Baez or Khris Davis

JoeG414
JoeG414
7 years ago

Thinking I could use a Catcher today ( W.Beef might be sitting )
Arencibia @ Det. Boyd
J.Stearns
M.Montero @ StL. Wacha
J.McCann home TB. Ramirez
Jerry Grote
J.T. Realmuto home Mil. Jungman
Choo Choo Coleman
Jr. Ortiz

Charles
Charles
7 years ago

Espn standard points league (I.e. Total bases, runs, RBIs GOOD, Strikeouts BAD). With Panik back, who should I drop?

Panik
Olivera
Plouffe
Andrus
Lindor

Hugman
Hugman
7 years ago

1) I swear Pineda has naked pictures of The Streamonator somewhere. Why else would Streamy keep misleading me and convincing me to stream him week after week?!

2) I would like to respectfully propose a post sometime this month that rounds up who the best slam and leggers were this year. One thing I could definitely improve on next year is a more balanced draft. I tend to go too power heavy with not enough speed. Which leads me to…

3) I finally pulled off a deal for Billy Hamilton (right before he hit the DL. Dropped him. Then grabbed him again). I’m thinking of mostly starting him when he’s NOT in the lineup, hoping for enough steals to overtake the guy just ahead of me (by 3) without damaging my OPS. What happens with a guy’s OPS if he only pinch runs in a game?

Hugman
Hugman
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: That’s what I’d figure, but Harper’s O for O with 4 runs scored (and whatever his OPS was) got me wondering. Should’ve specified that it was Yahoo, but props doesn’t matter.

Hugman
Hugman
Reply to  Hugman
7 years ago

@Hugman: AHHH, Streamy loves Pineda’s next start, too! Sure, if you love em all you’re bound to be right eventually.

SheriffMcRawDawg
SheriffMcRawDawg
7 years ago

grizzle albrizzle – should I drop Maybin for Carl Crawford? need steals and it looks like Maybin’s pretty banged up.

other OFs are rusney, Inciarte, Adam Jones, & Marte (but it is a keep-10 forever…)

also, drop Wieters for Swihart in same league?

Thanks mang!

SheriffMcRawDawg
SheriffMcRawDawg
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: done. crawfords’ been leading off right? I’ve had a mancrush on wieters for years but it’s time to move on – Swiggity Swooty, to Swihart booty

SheriffMcRawDawg
SheriffMcRawDawg
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: this is true. I can always flip to Domingo, piscotty, marisnick if he falls off

SheriffMcRawDawg
SheriffMcRawDawg
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: last thing man – I appreciate the time as always – Kennedy @ SF on Sat or Corbin v. LAD on Sun?

ashtray
ashtray
7 years ago

Looks like Corbin’s remaining starts are:

vLAD, @SF, @LAD, vCOL

You ok with rostering him for that in a 12 team H2H?

King Andrus
King Andrus
7 years ago

Great column as always,

Which 3 do you like best over the next 2 weeks or ROS if that’s a little too specific?

Piscotty, Yelich, Beltran, David Peralta, Dickerson, Werth, Pedroia, Choo, Khris Davis, Schwarber, D’Arnaud

Any help is greatly appreciated!

They call me the wonderer
They call me the wonderer
7 years ago

Start a suddenly defrosting Billy Butler next week or slit my wrists to stop myself from doing it? 7 games in great hitter parks (CHW, HOU) with no real scary SPs plus 4 lefties on the docket. He used to be such a lefty crusher when he was right.

What say ye?

James McCann
James McCann
7 years ago

must win week for h2h
drop wong (ice cold) for odubel?

Scott
Scott
Reply to  James McCann
7 years ago

@James McCann: Shrinkage Jerry!

Scott
Scott
7 years ago

Hey JFOH, would you start Guyer over Werth today? Werth is facing Harvey.

Eric
Eric
7 years ago

Hi Grey,

I’ve been benching Freeman since he came off the DL – no reason not to. If it wasn’t a keeper league, I would’ve already dropped him. But looks like he’s starting to hit (and walk) lately.

Who’d you play this week? Freeman or Brandon Belt? (6×6 H2H, OBP)

Opponents:
Freeman: 1 game @ Phi, 4 games vs NYM
Belt: 1 game @ Ari, 3 games vs SD

Thanks

ERad
ERad
7 years ago

Hope you had a good weekend G! I’m still reading every day, don’t you worry.

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
7 years ago

Got the 1st round bye in a 10 teamer. However, my team has been kind of plateau-ing. You wouldn’t think it given the names below but other than C.Davis nobody has been close to hot lately.
C-Posey
1-Goldy
2-Altuve
3-Frazier/C.Davis/Kang
SS-Kang/Baez
OF-Cutch, Brantley, Blackmon, Cain (C.Davis)
DH-Abreu

Trying to win now and SS/3B has been giving me grief. Didi is on the wire, as is Eduardo Escobar. It’s a 10 keeper and I’ve got at least 10 keepers, so considering dropping Baez and/or Frazier to get a hot bat in the lineup. Would hate to hold onto keepers for next year and have them turn into playoff anchors. what do you think?

Atlas
Atlas
7 years ago

Thoughts on starting Carrasco tonight ? My playoffs are this week so its win or go home.

Charlie
Charlie
7 years ago

Grey,

6×5 (including obp) keep 7 league.

I’m not making the playoffs so looking to upgrade keepers for next year.

Currently going to keep Goldschmidt, Rendon, Arenado, Trout, Stanton, Buxton, Scherzer.

Should I try and trade Scherzer for Seager and then draft pitching heavy next season?

Charlie
Charlie
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

10

Charlie
Charlie
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks

Drexel Hill Dragons
Drexel Hill Dragons
7 years ago

Sorry, that was just under 3 weeks to go.

Drexel Hill Dragons
Drexel Hill Dragons
7 years ago

Is Glen Perkins droppable at this point with just under 2 weeks to go in my league. He’s not on the DL, but the back issue appears to be really affecting him as I’ve heard scary things like “he can barely walk”. I sort of feel like he might pitch again this season, but he’ll be out this week, then rehab next week (maybe) and make a few appearances a few weeks from now (maybe), and after all of that, he hasn’t been pitching well for a while.

I hate to drop potential saves, but I sort of feel like he’s dead weight for the playoffs. What do you think?

zombie
7 years ago

Why have you not summond an Arenado prayer circle? Why Albright? WHY?!

zombie
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Amen.

Scott
Scott
7 years ago

With Schwarbs hurt, is Swihart a better play ROS?

luvdarooks
luvdarooks
7 years ago

i need hr and average BAD !!! will grishuk hit this week or should i just leave uribe in in his place?? our week starts today

DR Young
DR Young
7 years ago

need to drop 1, trumbo or morales

Jack
Jack
7 years ago

Khris Davis or Jay Bruce?

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Jack
7 years ago

@Jack: Davis

BitchesBeShoppach
BitchesBeShoppach
7 years ago

Now that Myers is off the DL I need to drop him or Carlos Gomez. Who would you give the axe to?

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
7 years ago

1) Would you dump Ramos and/or Ziegler for Wilhelmsen and/or Doolittle?

2) Would you dump Byrd and/or Belt for Pillar, Werth, Ender, Lawrie, E. Escobar, Gyorko, Jake 1961, K.Davis?

*Playoffs start next week. I’m trying to hang on to 1st place.

8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS, W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: so you’d hang on to Ziegler for right now?

Dave
Dave
7 years ago

Good Morning Grey,
Starting playoffs next week
Standard 5×5. Ten teams h2h
Keep Adam Jones or replace?
Available: Kyle Seager, Ozuna, Alex Gordon, D Peralta, Eaton
Your advice is appreciated

someone pissed in my alphabet soup
someone pissed in my alphabet soup
7 years ago

do you like mitch moreland going forward? him cola or PLooof

Scott
Scott
7 years ago

When I dropped Cespedes earlier in the year, I should have dropped Adam Jones instead.

Scott
Scott
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Yep, newb mistake.

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
7 years ago

head to head roto fantasy. I have Tolleson and Ramos closing, he has Familia and Rondon. You think its worth picking up Doolittle or Axford over using that roster spot to stream more starters for K’s/Wins/Quality Starts? I get 10 roster moves for the 2