As we always do about this time!  *beat drops, Grey does the worm, Grey’s iPhone alarm goes off, time to put more money in the meter*  Damn, how long was I worming for?  September 1st hits and teams expand their rosters to the Four-Oh.  Now pour some extra bullpen guys out for all the dead moments between pitcher changes.  So, what does this mean for all of us, fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!)?  It means call-ups and rookie nookie is aplenty.  Aplenty, I tell ya!  By the by, for big boned people, rather than an X-Large t-shirt, they should call them aplen-Tees.  Yeah, I just made the English language better.  High-five yourself for even knowing to read me.  *Grey worms, alarm goes off*  Damn, I need to get more coins.  At this point in the year, you need guys that are getting everyday playing time, so I’m pumped up the jam on rookie nookie, but if a guy isn’t playing every day, he’s as good as dirt in redraft leagues, and I don’t have a Soil category, do you?  It’s a most exciting time to be alive and be fantasy balling, but don’t lose sight of the real goal here:  to get quality at-bats from guys that are playing, not to pick up a guy that will be great in 2017.  (Unless you’re in a keeper league; then, by all means, knock yourself out!  Not literally!  Ouch.)  Which bring us to Yoan Mocada.  Red Sox manager, John Farrell, says Moncada’s promotion is eminent.  They have a bobblehead giveaway planned, a kid’s jersey giveaway, a ‘Yoan yawn coverer’ which is really just a foam hand, a–*intern whispers in my ear*  Seems I was misusing ‘promotion.’  I already gave you my Yoan Moncada fantasy.  He’ll be up on Friday.  He should be owned everywhere and will play 3rd base.  No Gas Face there.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  You know the interlude on the song, Mentirosa, when Mellow Man Ace says, “I bet you go to church and you’re scared to confess?”  (Just say you do.)  That’s how I feel with JBJ.  I’m scared to confess I’ve been thinking about dropping him for about a week straight, but every time I go to, I don’t find anyone more appealing or Bradley does something.

Hanley Ramirez – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .281.  Oh boy, someone’s heating up.  Beware the Han-Ram.

Xander Bogaerts – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer, hitting .306.  Was hitting .260 going into yesterday’s game in the 2nd half.  That’s the problem with Bogaerts.  If he slumps on average, most of his fantasy value plummets and he becomes Asdrubal.

Drew Smyly – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.94 vs. Steven Wright – 4 IP, 4 ER.  This matchup of Steven Wright/Smyly was billed as the opener at Nick’s Comedy Stop for Denis Leary, who is working on some material he stole from Louis C.K.

Logan Forsythe – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .273.  Logan has always been a thorn in Boston’s side.  Enough with the fahkin rotaries!

Logan Morrison – 1-for-3 and his 11th homer.  Again, with the fahkin’ Logan, what is this, Big Dig, Paht Two?

Jose De Leon – Can’t possibly stay in the minors for the entire month of September, because there is no minors any longer.  If there was, maybe the Dodgers would leave him there and continue to throw Ross Stripling, because the Dodgers are stupid and this is Exhibit A thru Z backing that up.

Rich Hill – Scratched with the recurring blister.  You know the blister, it was played by Tony Todd in Blister Finger, Blister Finger II: The Return of Blister Finger and Blister Finger III:  Shame On A Finger.

Andrew Toles – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Doing a pretty good Puig impersonation.  I will call him Oink.

Tyler Anderson – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.43.  As they say in Tennessee, well, they say it in Texas, so maybe they say it in Tennessee, fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, and why do you keep fooling me?!  The one time I got real jazzed about Anderson, he turned in a dud the following start.  That was about his only dud all year.  He doesn’t even do little doodies that could be confused with Milk Duds!

David Dahl – 4-for-9, 3 runs and two steals (4, 5) , hitting .333.  As Dahl would say, “If you want to view paradise, simply look at my stats and view them.”

Stephen Cardullo – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and a homer on both sides of the doubleheader for the Ernie Banks Special.  Cardullo is a real-life Movie of the Week for Spike only he’d be played by Dax Shepard.  He’s 29 and, before this year, he last played minor league baseball in 2011, at Rookie ball, then left the minors to play Independent Ball, where he was likely playing with Gary Hogeboom, John Rocker and other ex-contestants from Survivor.  In Triple-A, this year, he hit 17 homers and .308.  Might be a feel-good story for a few weeks, but the Rox look hesitant to hit him against righties.

Nolan Arenado – 3-for-7, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 36th homer.  *folds giant piece of paper into airplane, sits on paper airplane*  Okay, just wait for it…

Adam Ottavino – 1 IP, 5 ER, and his 4th blown save, ERA at 2.75.  That ‘vino is leaving his owners with whine.

Shelby Miller – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA down to 6.81.  He was so miserable the first half of the year, he’d have to be good through September and next April before I even considered him.

Matt Moore – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.16 on the Giants (3.88 overall).  Might’ve had a bit of a “I threw 133 pitches last time out” hangover in this game.  Either way, as the Stream-o-Nator says I wouldn’t touch him for his next one.

Joe Panik – 3-for-4, 1 run, hitting near-.400 in the last week.  I told you the other day he was a hot schmotato.  Today, I’m saying, y’all slow to pick up players.

Kendrys Morales – 1-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  You know what time it is.  Look at you, thinking on your own, you’re Grey 2.0.

Eric Hosmer – 1-for-6, 2 runs and his 19th homer.  The faintest of fog on the mirror under his nose.

Luis Cessa – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.17.  You wouldn’t even know who he was if he didn’t pitch for the Yankees.  Don’t lie.  Not a good look.

Starlin Castro – 3-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, hitting .269.  Has done pretty much exactly what I thought he’d be capable of in the preseason, though, I admittedly didn’t realize there would be about 27 great middle infielders.

Albert Pujols – Missed yesterday with plantar fasciitis.  Here’s hoping he can tough it out for the final month or end his season now to allow me to pick up C.J. Cron (2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs) and play Cron everyday without carrying both guys.  Yeah, this is mostly about me, deal with it.

Ricky Nolasco – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.95.  Nolasco’s hinted at this great start for a while now.  Since 2008, to be exact.

Andrelton Simmons – 2-for-3, 1 run and his 5th steal, hitting .281, as he leadoff with the Angels going with their D lineup.  Their first lineup is a C lineup.  Andrelton has one homer all year.  So, he’s out of this world, but not how you might think.

Brandon Finnegan – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.19.  If I had known before games started that the Angels would throw such a terrible lineup (no Trout, no Pujols), I would’ve started Finnegan.  That’s no endorsement of Finnegan.  This message was brought to you by the Committee to Not Pickup Finnegan.

Neil Walker – Diagnosed with a herniated disc that will require back surgery and force him to miss the rest of the season.  Seriously, how did it take two weeks for this diagnosis?  I could’ve diagnosed him and that’s just because my moms is a chiropractor!

Michael Conforto – Will be recalled when the rosters go from Foster’s Oil Can to Olde English 4-oh.  Stereotypical recall that I don’t like at all, unless he plays and starts hitting, then I’ll like him a lot.

Bartolo Colon – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.35.  You would’ve been better off drafting Colon instead of F-Her.  And sometimes Colon can lead to F-Her.  When Drakkar is applied liberally.

Wilmer Flores – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .267.  Hitting over .350 in the last week and has three homers in the last eight games.  Those, friends, are tears of joy.

David Phelps – Hit the DL with a strained oblique.  How does one get a strained oblique the day of his start?  No one thought of mentioning this shizz the day before so I could make different streaming plans?  Ya’ll a bunch of commies, said the Man with Dated Insults!

Marcell Ozuna – Left yesterday’s game with a sore wrist after a tumbling catch.  Boy George was highly impressed with his tumbling for it.

Christian Yelich – 2-for-4 and his 17th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Yelich is cramming all his power into the last few days before he needs to go back to school.

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.14.  This start was against the Phils, whose hottest hitter is Freddy Galvis (1-for-3 and his 15th homer, hitting .236).  The same Freddy Galvis who would get picked out of any major league lineup.

Jayson Werth – 2-for-4 and his 20th homer, and 4th homer in the last five games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Aaron Sanchez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 2.88 as he was recalled from the minors, where he went so the Jays could pretend to not be putting innings on his arm.  Jays are doing Sanchez dirty, need to put on the brakes, Screech!

Michael Saunders – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 23rd homer, hitting .270.  Now has three homers in the last five games, yesterday, he hit cleanup.  Too bad his steals went the way of the dodo with his knee (he stole 20+ one year), because if they were still around, he’d be in the top ten outfielder discussion, and if I had $500 million, I’d be Jessica Alba’s house husband, but you get the picture.

Russell Martin – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, hitting .247, three homers in the last ten games.  Russell John Coltrane Ella Fitzgerald Streisand has nine homers since the break (122 ABs).

Jose Bautista – 2-for-4 and his 17th homer, hitting .230.  Someone’s going to buy into a bounce back for Bautista (say that fast 117 times!) next year way before I’m drafting him.

Jonathan Schoop – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer, hitting .282.  The people dropping Schoop right now will be the same ones drafting him next year.  Y’all fickle!

Michael BournOrioles traded for him, hoping he forgets his new identity of a bad baseball player and remembers his old identity of a solid leadoff man.  Worked for Damon, doubt it does for Bourn.

Cameron Maybin – Remained out yesterday with his thumb issue.  Maybin could have an entire site dedicated to his various ailments.  That’s So Maybin dot com is available too.

JaCoby Jones – 2-for-4, 2 runs, hitting .500 in two games.  His name looks like you’d find it at the fantasy football side of things. (Yeah, clickbait, but he really does sound like a wide receiver.  Plus, he was suspended for smoking ganja.  That says NFL almost as much as domestic battery.)  JaCoby has some power, speed and can find a loophole to write off your pot smoking; he also might hit .180 with an egregious strikeout rate.

Justin Verlander – 7 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.30.  He’s been good, and you ask me, “How good, Unkie Grey?”  Glad you asked, Nephew.  On our Player Rater, Verlander is a top 35 player, with pitchers like Jo-Fer and Arrieta.  Fo’serious.

Chris Sale – 8 IP, 2 ER, 12 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.10.  He didn’t strikeout a guy in the first four innings for the first time in his career (142 starts).  Also, Elias Sports Bureau said, “Donuts are no longer spelled doughnut, because there’s nothing ugh about them.”

Jonathan Papelbon – Unlikely to sign with a new team.  Surprised, he seemed so open to working setup for the betterment of a team.

Jason Hammel – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.14.  Hey, that’s my Pi!

Kris Bryant – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 36th homer.  He jetted in the jet away from Rizzo in MVP voting like he was on a mission.

Coco Crisp – Was traded to the Indians.  The Indians needed an outfield bat since last November, trying at one point Marlon Byrd, who appropriately enough flew the coup.  This trade also signifies how badly the Indians just don’t want to play The King of SAGNOF.  Rajai has done no wrong, but Terry Francona’s brain does little right, so there’s that.  Coco Crisp isn’t a top shelf outfielder, unless you’re speaking metaphorically about where you keep your cereal.  He should platoon with Naquin, Rajai, Guyer, Almonte and Chisenhall.

Corey Kluber – 8 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.09.  He’s a good September away from having a sub-3 ERA on the year.  That’s nothing to sneeze at, unless you’re allergic to aces.

Carlos Santana – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 28th homer, hitting .245.  “For one brief moment on the last day of August, the Indians looked like they did in June.  They were also facing failed presidential hopeful, Pat Dean, and the Minnesota Twins.”  That’s the epilogue for the Moneyball sequel about the Indians that doesn’t mention any of their pitchers.

Byron Buxton – Was recalled.  Not quite as in, “I recalled him being good at one point,” but close.

Brian Dozier – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 32nd homer, and fourth in ten games.  If I didn’t know any better, I’d guess Dozier was in a contract year and just padding stats, which is awesome for fantasy.

Max Kepler – 1-for-3 and his 16th homer, hitting .243.  Hasn’t been great in the month of August, but this could be the Life Alert Kepler needs.

Luke Weaver – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.86.  I didn’t trust Weaver in this start; Miller Park scares me; Brewers can hit home runs; semi-colons are fun.  I should’ve just went with the narrative “Brewers strikeout a lot” and been done with it.  Live and learn.  Or is it lurn?  Meh, whatever.

Matthew Wisler – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.76.  I streamed him because the Stream-o-Nator was like, “Yeah, a’ight, try it,” and I dropped him before the game even ended because you need to be brutal this time of year.

Ender Inciarte – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and 2 steals (12, 13), hitting .360 since the break.  I’ve mentioned him about ten times in the last nine roundups.  Not sure what else I have to do.  You want me to dance?  *Does the Macarena, mumbles the lyrics in Spanish*  That’s it!  That’s all I got!

Adonis Garcia – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .267.  Mentioned Cust because.

Oswaldo Arcia – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer, and 2nd homer in two days.  Don’t worry, I’ll cool him off, because I just picked him up for the batty call today.

Mike Fiers – 5 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.31.  If you streamed him, you just avoided disaster , which is usually not the case with a Fiers ‘n the A’s shituation.

Dallas Keuchel – Pushed back due to fatigue.  Sounds like he owns himself in fantasy.

Carlos Gomez – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and a slam (7) and legs (14), hitting .206.  It’s not a good sign that I forgot I picked up Gomez in one league.  Not as in, I should take more Omegas for my memory, as in, Gomez hasn’t done much of anything.

Rougned Odor – 3-for-5, 5 RBIs and two homers (26, 27), hitting .276.  I’m between a rock and stank place with Odor.  I want him to finish strong, but I also want a bargain next year.  Red emergency lights!  Conflicted Grey!

Jeremy Jeffress – Entered rehab after getting a DWI last week.  There were past signs, like during his time in Milwaukee, when he’d badger Bernie Brewer for deets on his Friday night plans.

Adrian Beltre – 1-for-2, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 25th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  If you drafted Longoria and Beltre, you did no draft prep-slash-are old AF, but it worked out.  Kudos, which is something you can’t eat with your diabetes.

Martin Perez – 6 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.30.  I nearly streamed him, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger on a guy with a 4.5 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9.  Nolan Ryan could do better, at 69 years old.

Nelson Cruz – Should return on Friday, has been out with a nerve issue.  Or as the M’s trainer, Shemp Howard, said, “The noive!”

Felix Hernandez – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.48.  Surprised by how few articles I was able to find when I Googled Felix Hernandez is done, but maybe I shouldn’t have Googled, “F-Her done.”  That just lead to Larry the Cable Guy “Get ‘er done” sex tapes.

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Crock
Crock
5 years ago

Rupp or Leon at catcher?

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
5 years ago

Holy crap….my bad, man. Really crappy hotel WiFi signal.

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
5 years ago

Best couple starts (limited moves h2h)

Guerra @PIT, CHC
Walker LAA, TEX
Reyes @CIN, @PIT
Nova MIL, CIN
Finnigan NYM, PIT
Zimmerman (should return next week)

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
5 years ago

Best couple starts (limited moves h2h)

Guerra @PIT, CHC
Walker LAA, TEX
Reyes @CIN, @PIT
Nova MIL, CIN
Finnigan NYM, PIT
Zimmerman (should return next week)

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
5 years ago

Best couple starts (limited moves h2h)

Guerra @PIT, CHC
Walker LAA, TEX
Reyes @CIN, @PIT
Nova MIL, CIN
Finnigan NYM, PIT
Zimmerman (should return next week)

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
5 years ago

Best couple starts (limited moves h2h)

Guerra @PIT, CHC
Walker LAA, TEX
Reyes @CIN, @PIT
Nova MIL, CIN
Finnigan NYM, PIT
Zimmerman (should return next week)

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

Last minute keeper trade deadline help!

Segura ($7) or Schoop ($5) for 2017 on?

Thanks!

the tone ranger
the tone ranger
5 years ago

grey, for sunday, would you start any of these guys?

Musgrove @ tex
d.norris @kc
lugo vs Was
graveman vs bos
dickey @ tb

I’m dying to get some of these guys going b/c I feel like Ill need the points to win but all of them are so damn risky

The tone ranger
The tone ranger
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: yeah he’s my top choice if I can snag him off waivers tonight. Whose your 2nd guy? Musgrove? Graveman? Phelps going down abs straily being moved up to sat really f’d me

JJ
JJ
5 years ago

GURRIEL is also available

JJ
JJ
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

Looking for some advice on my outfield/bench in my 12 team H2H 5X5 keeper league(we keep 10). I have a few guys that haven’t been really producing much lately. Mainly A.JUDGE and B. BELT. I also have Mazara but think that he has the highest ceiling of the 3 and I might end up keeping him next year.
Available bats are
J.GYORKO
B.MILLER(was just dropped)
J.HEYWARD
L.FORSYTHE
D.SPAN(where did this power come from)
B.BUXTON(is he worth giving another shot)
SCHIMPF

JJ
JJ
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:
Realistically Belt and Judge won’t be kept. I also have Pollock, Cain, Bautista and Sano to play the OF/UTIL.

Grassy Knoll Redding
Grassy Knoll Redding
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

Think Michael Saunders might be heating up again? Or could this just be the death rattle?

Thanks!

B the Esq.
B the Esq.
5 years ago

RoS Kinsler or Moncada?

jon
jon
5 years ago

Ervin Santana a good stream tonight?

jon
jon
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:

I have Quintana also.. hoping for a 2-1 game get a nice two QS out of it.. seems likely

Greg
Greg
5 years ago

Why’d I drop Yadi for McCann? He finally homers….

Tom Murphy. I had been “cyclopsing” Sanchez (as in Gary) all year and was caught off guard by his relatively early promotion….didn’t get him. 1st place team did. Fu**. But Tom Murphy could be deadly in Coors….he coming up? Playing?

I have heard nada…..sigh. Catcher question in 1, 2, 3….

Dan
Dan
5 years ago

Hey Grey,

Do you like Janikowski or Inciarte ROS?

Thanks!

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Phils say TJ gonna get more play. Drop Segedin for him?

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Kepler or Schebler? er, er, er

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

You watching The Get Down?

muskysmell
muskysmell
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

Speaking of great baseball analysis, how goes it Ralphy…

Btw, I haven’t watch The Get Down, but I got started on Stranger Things last night and damn, it’s so good.
I partially grew up in the 80’s so it’s extra fun…

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  muskysmell
5 years ago

@muskysmell: I need to check that out. I started Night Of and The Get Down. Now where’s the guy with great baseball analysis? Is Magoo or Oaktown behind me?

muskysmell
muskysmell
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

*oh you~*

how is Night Of? That’s on my watch list

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  muskysmell
5 years ago

@muskysmell: Okay, I don’t love it. I’m only two episodes in and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t watching baseball on my phone the whole time.

Wake Up
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Nice call with Dahl!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Wake Up
5 years ago

@Wake Up: Tanks! he’s been good and the speed is coming on.

Now can I get you into a 2016 Benintendi?

Wake Up
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Haha…you mean 2017?

I’m really liking Brinson for next year.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Wake Up
5 years ago

@Wake Up: he’s coming back it was only a sprain. I didn’t believe it, but that’s what came back. Sounds like he’ll be back mid-month.

I like Brinson and he’s been amazing at Colorado Springs. He has some worries though. The power and speed makes him very intriguing for sure, but he could walk more, and K less. He doesn’t make as much hard contact as I’d like to see. Mostly pull power and a 16% LD rate isn’t great.

Those tools though…

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I love the setting and concept. It’s inaccurate to what really happened, and can be campy at times. I think it’s worth checking as a hip hop head though.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: I haven’t watched any of his other stuff. Flash is involved and is one of the main characters and there’s certain things they get right. Plus Nas does all of the flash forward raps.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Okay, no I have watched it and I don’t love.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: actually it’s all overly done crap.

muskysmell
muskysmell
5 years ago

Not a fantasy question today, but tis equally important:
Chik-fil-A or In-N-Out for lunch today?

muskysmell
muskysmell
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

nah brosef, I love Chik-Fil-A too

Today I will have a spicy chicken sandwich and 3-piece chicken strips in honor of the Mustachio’d Fantasy Baseball Whisperer….

Bravesfanintheuk
Bravesfanintheuk
5 years ago

Grey,

Thanks as always..!

14 team standard roto.

I’m in need of two back end rotation options. Who are best 2 or 3 of these for the final push…

Bundy, Gselleman, Lugo, Fiers, Triggs, Cessa

So few options it’s almost impossible to stream!

Bravesfanintheuk
Bravesfanintheuk
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Gracias!

Gregjeffries
Gregjeffries
5 years ago

Yo Grey! Who’s the better steals play ROS?
Peraza, Dyson, T. Anderson?

jon
jon
5 years ago

Man, Jank is poo…. I need steals… Jank, Rajai, Dyson or Andrus

jb
jb
5 years ago

I’m looking for muthafu*kang rookies to help win it all starting in two weeks. Think I got a chance in five out of eight leagues while the other three I sit 5th or 6th. Thanks for the good advice to make all playoffs! For now, Panik or Scott Shebler for HR, RBIs. Leaning towards Shebler, but have no idea if he can stay hawt.

jb
jb
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks, Grey! Have a good one.

jb
jb
Reply to  jb
5 years ago

@jb: BTW I held on to JBJ, too, when I was frustrated by him days ago. Couldn’t find a replacement.

Garbage Day
Garbage Day
5 years ago

Can you rank?

Bell, Cron, Moncada

Thanks Grey!

Garbage Day
Garbage Day
Reply to  Garbage Day
5 years ago

@Grey: And damn you would take Moncada over Duvall and Schoop? You pretty high on him eh?

Los Putos
Los Putos
5 years ago

Salazar sitting on wires. Dump Bundy for him and roll with him at home vs MIA on Sat?

Also 50 Cent making an appearance at Emilios Beverage Warehouse this Sat in Bellflower CA promoting his Effen vodka brand.

Ya gots to be there!

Los Putos
Los Putos
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Am familiar with the neighborhood and will not be attending. Havent listened to Fiddy in quite some time also. Recent hiphop/rap is garbage nowadays (my 0.02 cents).

The store itself is cool, tons of booze on stock. Have gotten a couple of kegs from them in the past.

Thanks. Grabbed Salazar.

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Los Putos: @Grey: My local place just did a blind taste test with Effen vs Majorska 100…Majorska won…which is to say that more than 50 per cent didn’t…

ebudz
ebudz
5 years ago

10 team H2H Points (weekly 12 start pitcher limit)

Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), HOLD (+1), ER (-2), HIT (-1), SO (+3), NH (+10), PG (+15)

Ay Grey back again because Phelps’ scratched start burned me like everyone else and I ended up only getting Nova on waivers instead of him and Gausman so I’m trying to plan out my starts this weekend in order to win this matchup and lock up 1st! Up by 21 now…

Of the 8 starts I could use before Sunday, only the 6 asterisked marked ones are left so I need help deciding if it’s worth using 2 more starts:

1) There’s only 4 SP slots but I’m thinking I should bench one or two of my closers (Osuna @TB, Roberston @MIN, or Giles @TEX) on Friday to start Reyes and/or Duffy since they have RP eligibility?

Carrasco vs. MIA (25.6)*
Taillon vs. MIL (24.8)*
Urias vs. SD (23.3)*
Price @OAK (15.0)*
Reyes @CIN (10.9)
Walker vs. LAA (4.5)
Duffy vs. DET (1.9)

2) Or if I don’t use one or two starts above then should I start anyone else on Sat?

Salazar vs. MIA (14.1)*
Ventura vs. DET (-3.0)
Triggs vs. BOS (-5.6)

3) Looking ahead to Sunday are there any guys here I should definitely be starting?

Bauer vs. MIA (10.4)
Lugo vs. WAS (-2.8)
Manaea vs. BOS (-3.)
Musgrove @TEX (-8.2)

ebudz
ebudz
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Thanks man! I did mess up that post a little bit by not including the fact I’m also starting Nova on Saturday but it didn’t affect your answer anyway it seems!

jon
jon
5 years ago

Anyone You are streaming Friday or Saturday?

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

Baez or Peraza?

hondo
hondo
5 years ago

Today-40 man rosters
Friday–Season 2 of Narcos comes out
Saturday-Hurricane Hermine
Sunday-Pineda @ Baltimore

A good ending to the work week overshadowed by a couple natural disasters over the weekend.

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

You know SS is deep when you have SS/3B players and you use them as 3B all the time.

ScreechOwl
ScreechOwl
5 years ago

This is where I thank you again for recommending Odor over Schoop a few months ago.

Great column, as usual!

Steve
Steve
5 years ago

Looks like Davis will be activated on Friday…. My bullpen’s been holding it down in his absence, who’s the drop to activate him? Rodney, Giles or Dyson?

Thank

johnny be good
johnny be good
5 years ago

Grey,
12-team H2H cat Keeper (keep 12) with limited moves (I’ve used 20 of 30), CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS

Last week before playoffs, currently battling for the second spot (top 2 get week one byes). My team is below and I’ve included some available waiver wire guys. There has been a lot of guys getting picked up as the other owners prepare for playoffs. Any guys you would swap out ? I’ve never been burnered by Upton (never owned him) so his current numbers look great. Was also looking at Gattis (for Realmuto) or also Gyorko as a spare bench. **I also have Guerra coming back this week which I will need to drop someone (who should I drop ->Bundy?)
Waiver
HIT – K. Davis, L. Cain, J. Upton, Gattis, Schimpf, Panik, J.Reyes, J.Gyorko, Cron
SP- I.Nova, Graveman, C. Tillman, F. Liriano, D. Phelps (DL), M. Fiers

My Team:
C-Realmuto
1B- Goldy
2B-Dozier
3B-Torenado
SS-Villar
CI-K.Seager
MI-Bregman
LF-Braun
CF-McCutch
RF-Trumbo
Util-Blackmon
BN-Schoop
BN-HanRam
SP-Arrieta
SP-Sale
SP-MadBum
RP-Britton
RP-Diaz
P-Hwan Oh
P-Salazar
BN-Carrasco
BN-Roark
BN-Tanaka
BN-Bundy
DL-Guerra

The Biz
The Biz
5 years ago

In 1st but don’t want to coast. Big add drop last night, dropped JBJ, Ozuna, Wieters, Grandal, Walker for Moncada, Cron, Panik, Contreras, and the Drubal. I think that was a win. Concerns? Thanks!

200 Proof
200 Proof
5 years ago

Grey,

I’ve been holding on to Yoan for a while and now that the time has come don’t know what to do.. I’m a playoff contender and don’t want to hurt my chances.. also I don’t like to carry more than once bench bat to maximize pitching advantage.

Who should I drop to keep Moncada around?:
-Frazier
-Duvall
-K Davis
-JD

Thanks for l’assistance!

200 Proof
200 Proof
Reply to  200 Proof
5 years ago

@200 Proof:

Amendment to previous question:
……wait a tick, Moncada has 2B eligibility on yahoo fantasy…
Drop Schoop instead?

Thanks!

200 Proof
200 Proof
Reply to  200 Proof
5 years ago

@Grey:

Amendment to previous question:
……wait a tick, Moncada has 2B eligibility on yahoo fantasy…
Drop Schoop instead?

Thanks!

GrassyNoelRedding
GrassyNoelRedding
5 years ago

Uh oh, Grey, your beloved Curt Casali is back from Triple A. Run run run run run run far away…

In roto Utility slot this week would you rather have Werth, schebler, Cron, O Arcia, W Ramos or W Castillo (about to hit at Coors)? Who are top 2 out of those?

Thanks!

ashtray
ashtray
5 years ago

You can tell it’s playoffs/football season, eh?

Where do you contribute for football?

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

Another keeper deadline trade for you . . . to get a $20 Springer, would you give a $33 Rizzo or $30 Kershaw?

It’s a keep 7 forever league ($3 inflation), so I’m leaning towards “HOLD” with the logic that it’s better to have the 7 best players possible, then figure out salaries during the draft since there’s usually so much turnover during the season among drafted and FAAB non-keepers…make sense? Kershaw is, well Kershaw, and all top tier 1Bs are locked up long term other than Miggy, so the good but not “a steal” salaries of Rizzo/Kershaw become more attractive knowing that they would go for $50-65 at the draft.

Thanks!

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

@Grey: Thanks!

Gigorilla
Gigorilla
5 years ago

Cardullo, Colabello….what’s with these old mob guys?

GrassyNoelRedding
GrassyNoelRedding
Reply to  Gigorilla
5 years ago

@Gigorilla: I like this kid Giovatella too. He’s a good earner.

Alcibiades Escobar
Alcibiades Escobar
5 years ago

Hiya Grey,

Drop Pujols in a 10-teamer for flavor of the week batters? Right now I could pick up Tomas for his series in Coors.

JoeG414
JoeG414
5 years ago

Do we give Bundy one more chance vs the Yanks tomorrow at home ?
I could use the win and K’s /IP
6X6 Roto

JoeG414
JoeG414
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:
I hear ya .
Lets go Oswaldo Batty Call Du Jour

JoeG414
JoeG414
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey:
Oh Well

CMUTimmah
CMUTimmah
5 years ago

Oops – left out Bregman in my SS/2B slot.

CMUTimmah
CMUTimmah
5 years ago

Based on the type of player Moncada is, I don’t think he fits on my team in a points league…

Segura, Arenado, Correa, Freeman, Votto make up my infield… so I don’t know where I would even put him. Would you carry him on the bench in points or would you carry an extra reliever keeping in mind we can only start 12 SPs per week (unlimited RP innings)?

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
5 years ago

Assuming that Chris Davis doesn’t get 17 more appearances in the OF (or 7 if you’re in a 10 appearance system), do you think he loses a descent chunk of value b/c he’d be 1B eligible only?

I love him as an OF2/3 but not so sure vs the 1B pool.

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
5 years ago

You like Bundy at $4 in a keeper for next year? Salary grows 10% per year with no cap on years.

I normally don’t like keeping arms but considering keeping him along w/ Salazar $4 and Urias $5 b/c the price to value is interesting. (Salazar would probably go for close to $30 in my batshit crazy league)

Speedo Reid-o
Speedo Reid-o
5 years ago

Toles just a flash in the pan or worthy of a pickup over Grichuk?

JK
JK
5 years ago

While it wouldn’t surprise me to see Jose De Leon promoted for this weekend, especially if Rich Hill still can’t go, it’s also worthy to note that the Minor League season is NOT over.

Earlier this week, coincidentally a game started by De Leon, the OKC Dodgers (AAA) clinched a spot in the PCL playoffs, which begin on September 7.

De Leon would be on normal rest if he were called up to start in the Majors this weekend in a favorable spot at home vs. the Padres. But even in that event, he could be optioned back to AAA after that to pitch in game 2 or 3 of the PCL playoffs in the first round — and then stick around AAA even longer to try and bring home that championship if his team advances (because at that time, the Dodgers need for rotation help may not be as severe with Scott Kazmir, Clayton Kershaw, Brandon McCarthy, and Brett Anderson on the comeback trail).

And there are also procedural moves to consider when/if promoting De Leon, as he is not even on the Dodgers 40-man roster.

With guys like Kershaw, Andre Ethier, and Alex Wood on the 60-day DL currently, the Dodgers have to clear room on the 40-man roster for them when they are activated. Kershaw and Ethier will likely be back this month, while Wood is more questionable. But that’s already 2-3 spots on the 40-man roster that the Dodgers have to anticipate clearing. To promote De Leon would be one more spot they would have to clear and that has likely played a meaningful role to why De Leon hasn’t already been promoted.

With all that said, World Series championships are obviously more important than AAA championships, and De Leon is clearly deserving of a spot and could give the Dodgers pitching a huge boost right away, whether as a SP or possibly as a high leverage RP.

I would love to see him help the big league club down the stretch, but if we don’t see him at all or not until the 4th week of September, then the above will be the reasons why.

Marc G.
Marc G.
5 years ago

Pollock, Moncada or Bregman ’til the finish line ?
(primary need: AVG)

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Marc G.
5 years ago

@Marc G.: I’d say of these three, AVG the main goal… Pollock is the most proven and seems to be healthy. I’d go with him. Good luck!

Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
Reply to  Marc G.
5 years ago

@Marc G.: Bregman

knucks
knucks
5 years ago

Yahoo says 5 GS for Moncada to gain 3B elig. That means get your shizz together by next week Mr. Maikel Franco, you’re on notice. Be good or be gone!

Will
Will
5 years ago

as far as a bench bat and when playing good or I need them they will be at UTIL. who should I have ROS. It is a keeper league, but I don’t have a lot of space for either of them.

Ozuna vs Mocada?

Current keeper options are Arenado, Encarnacion, Cain, Cutch, Polanco, Correa, Bregman, and Gary Sanchez. I will be able to keep 6 or 7 players. so some will have to be dropped.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Will
5 years ago

@Will: Forgo the guy hitting .194 since the all-star break and now dealing with an injury, for a guy that could inject a boost and potentially be a keeper.

Will
Will
Reply to  Cram It
5 years ago

@Cram It: my thoughts too, thanks for the opinion!

Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
Reply to  Will
5 years ago

@Will: Can’t believe Moncada is available in a keeper league.

You can lose Ozuna, now, and Cain later.

Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
Reply to  Chicken Dinner
5 years ago

@Chicken Dinner: Not one of those knocks on your league kinda things. Just expressing my surprise is all. Perhaps there are rules I’m unaware of?

Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
5 years ago

In a points league. do you want Moncada or Cron ROS?

Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
Reply to  Chicken Dinner
5 years ago

@Chicken Dinner: Actually, throw Grichuck in there.

Who’s the odd man out?

Baron Von Vulturewins
Baron Von Vulturewins
5 years ago

Assuming Moncada isn’t a complete bust in Sept, is he a legit keeper for 2017? Like, a keep-him-over-cough-Giancarlo-cough style keeper?

ashtray
ashtray
Reply to  Baron Von Vulturewins
5 years ago

@Baron Von Vulturewins: Maybe not over a healthy Giancarlo but yeah he’s a keeper. He’s got a pretty terrible contact rate, though. He’s also batting .285 with a .384 BABIP in AA.

dude
dude
5 years ago

Tyler Anderson or Luke Weaver ROS? Both have a lot to like.

Papa Jean Seugra
Papa Jean Seugra
5 years ago

Who is the Angels closer?

Claude
Claude
5 years ago

Shout out to Streamonator yesterday!
Started nolasco, weaver, colon, fiers, Moore.
Gained back 2nd place from 4th

jay
jay
5 years ago

Safe to drop Pujols from utility spot for hot hitter du jour?

Scott
Scott
5 years ago

The word on Phelps is he strained it during batting practice. Batting Practice!

Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
Reply to  Scott
5 years ago

@Scott: He does play in the NL. Why not improve all facets of your game?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Chicken Dinner
5 years ago

@Chicken Dinner: He should be taking bunting practice.

dude
dude
5 years ago

Biggest names I’ve seen for call ups are Moncoda and Conforto. After them, what are the top 5 position player call ups that could make the biggest impact?

ashtray
ashtray
5 years ago

Are you starting Junior Guerra fresh off the DL @ PIT tomorrow?

How about AJ Cole @ NYM?

El Famous Burrito
El Famous Burrito
5 years ago

Six weeks on an F’n blister!?!? You can heal from a broken arm in that time.

*jimcarreyliarliar.jpg*

STOP THROWING A BASEBALL, ASSHOLE!

Beacon of Bliss
Beacon of Bliss
Reply to  El Famous Burrito
5 years ago

@El Famous Burrito: Eat asparagus and call an Alou…

Fish
Fish
5 years ago

If Abreu gets to 25hr, I can forgive most of the angst he caused the first 3.5 months of the season. His RBI total will still be surpressed compared to last year or his rookie year, but that has more to do with his team context being akin to a overflowing dumpster fire filled with tires and soiled diapers.

And that doesn’t even get into the idea of bolstering the team with the James shields trade.

Papasmurf
Papasmurf
5 years ago

Picked up Toles to stream at Coors but he didnt start the daygame and I wasnt sure about the night game. My only other cf option Eaton had a day game so I either had to go with Eaton, which I didnt want to against Verlander, or start Toles and risk him not even playing.

Of course classic Smurf went with…

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
5 years ago

Grey!

Excellent write-up if you use the metric system, but only very good if you use the International System of Units (SI). Get it? ‘Cause 1 pound = 2.2 kg! Nah, just kidding. Even better than yesterday’s write-up, for reals!

Otherwise all tuckered out from multiple SNAFU so………

Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (September 1)

Commanding Officer: All units quadrant search in progress for five escaped convicts currently at large. Units at MacArthur Causeway, stand by for immediate East and West shutdown.
Air Fleet: Air fleet reporting to base command on channel 11. Suspicious activity reported at Lexington Center.
Tripp: Escaped convicts from Miami-West Prison running loose in our very own neighborhood.
Horatio: All looking for the fastest ticket out of town.
Wolfe: So these are the bad boys, huh?
Tripp: Yeah, and then some. We got bikes, boots, air units from the prison to Broward County. Hey, Marino, I need copies of these photos ASAP, thanks.
Ground Units B and C: Ground units Bravo and Charlie en route from Bay Point. Please confirm.
Horatio: Gentlemen.
Commanding Officer: Lieutenant.
Horatio: Ladies and gentlemen, I am very sorry for the delay. We will have you on your way in just a few minutes. Thank you.
Tripp: Sorry, folks.
Horatio: Morning.
Wolfe: Morning.
Tripp: Okay, my friend, there are two ways off this bus slowly and quietly or feet first. You decide.
Wolfe: Tex Gilroy, serial rapist, in custody. One down.
Horatio: Has he contacted the Mala Noche yet, Frank?
Tripp: No contact with the current leaders; we’re trying to…..
Wolfe: Wait a minute. That’s Memmo Fierro, right?
Tripp: Yeah.
Wolfe: He murdered Marisol – Horatio’s wife, Delko’s sister.
Tripp: I checked with Prison Gangs, Organized Crime, ATF. All negative for planned activity.
Wolfe: We’ll get him, H.
Horatio: If it’s the last thing we do (cue the queue of sunglasses).

Cheers,
Ante

Mrs.Featherbottom
Mrs.Featherbottom
5 years ago

Those finger movies sound delicious!

DickeyT
DickeyT
5 years ago

Didnt look to see if mentioned in comments already so apologize ir repeating, but did you read fangraphs from 30th on arrieta? Proves what you said earlier on him.

DickeyT
DickeyT
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: talked about his problems with lefties, and how his delivery on slider is off, more of back to hitter, arm angle different and front foot is higher.

DickeyT
DickeyT
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: hear you, that level of kershaw from last year was his peak. Now that tier 2 spot, overvalued based on where will be taken

M
M
5 years ago

Need some September steals-Nick Franklin or Byron Buxton?

Also, what is going on with D.Gordon? Just a regular slump?

M
M
Reply to  M
5 years ago

@M: or would you take Jacoby Jones over Franklin/Bux

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
5 years ago

NEWS REPORT:
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was involved in an accident that injured another motorist on the 55 Freeway on Wednesday night, the California Highway Patrol said.

The Angels star was not injured, police said.

A young woman was trapped in her car, and firefighters had to use the jaws of life to free her. Trout was not charged in the crash.

The accident happened around 9 p.m. on the southbound 55 at McFadden Avenue in Tustin, when traffic was slowing for a crash ahead. Trout’s car and two others collided while trying to stop for the original crash, the CHP said.

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
5 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: MP

Many thanks for the update. The only important message contained herein….

Mike Trout is SSSSSSSSAAAAAAAAAAAAAAFE!!!!!

Cheers,
Ante

the swinging
the swinging
5 years ago

Ahhh saunders… I held him for so long while he sucked last month then as soon as I drop him he gets loose.

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

My house is yoan house!

With mid-season keeper trade deadline approaching, I was offered a $19 toddfather or $7 Jake Lamb for one of my $11 Franco, $4 Ozuna, or $5 Schoop (2017 salaries).

Would you trade any of those guys for Frazier or Lamb?

Thanks!

Duntroon68
Duntroon68
5 years ago

In the one league I own him, I sat Rich Hill yesterday because curveball/Coors and so when I saw 10-8 I patted my own back until I realized he didn’t pitch. “What’s up there?” I thought. Bud Norris pitched instead. Who cares? Well, Norris was scheduled for San Diego on Saturday which is why he was in my NFBC line up this week. Who says you can’t move ratio stats this late in the year. Between Bud and F-Her I dropped two points in ERA overnight. Holding a half point lead today. FFS.

Mike
Mike
5 years ago

Would you drop sandy Leon for cj cron in your UTL slot? I’ve got Gary Sanchez in my C slot.

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

@Mike: Yeah, i wouldn’t have a catcher in my Util spot.

Ashtray
Ashtray
5 years ago

Any idea who picks up saves in LAA with Salas gone?

ashtray
ashtray
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Not with those numbers… gross

PhilOssieB
PhilOssieB
5 years ago

‘A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.’

Beacon of Bliss
Beacon of Bliss
Reply to  PhilOssieB
5 years ago

@PhilOssieB: That’s a twofer with Gene Wilder…

Seth
Seth
5 years ago

“I’m a man, I’m 40!”

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
Reply to  Seth
5 years ago

@Seth:

Do you dive a Dodge Stratus?

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Seth
5 years ago

@Seth: Hah! Not sure how many (I would think more than just me?) get this, but that was solid material Seth.

Flowers misses his old glasses... but he's ok tho
Flowers misses his old glasses... but he's ok tho
5 years ago

that’s what i thought, except COL did hit him in the 2nd game in the same day, against a righty (early game was lefty)

anyhoo, 16 teamer with holds and saves, keep maurer or grab jc ram (somebody just added deolis even though i’m reading jc ram is the likelier saves guy)

Noam
Noam
5 years ago

After Dahl and Story, I’m only investing in Rockies prospects from now on!

Lord Grey, I’m nearing the championship and am thinking about grabbing another starter. This means dropping AJ Reed in a keeper. It’s 12 team, cbs points. Keep 3-5, would you keep Reed @ RD 17 for 3 years over any 5 of these guys?

Arrieta – 4th Rd – 1 year
Marie – Rd. 7 – 1 year
Dylan Bundy – Rd. 10 – 2 years
Gary Sanchez – Rd. 10 – 2 years
David Dahl – Rd. 10 – 2 years
Jake Lamb – Rd. 10 – 2 years
Kole Calhoun – Rd. 11 – 3 years
Mark Trumbo – Rd. 14 – 3 years
Jason Hammel Rd. 15 – 3 years
AJ Pollock – Rd. 17 – 2 years
Kevin Gausman – Rd. 21 – 3 years
Roberto Osuna – Rd. 25 – 3 years

Thanks!

FKA Ralph
FKA Ralph
Reply to  Noam
5 years ago

@Noam:

Arrieta
Marte
Lamb
Pollock
Sanchez

Not Reed