First off, big congrats to Albert Pujols (1-for-4 and his 6th homer), as he passed 2,000 RBIs. That is amazing. Now would some archaeologist find old man Pujols’s Holy Grail Goblet Room and let him retire in peace? Second off, David Fletcher went 2-for-5, 2 runs, hitting .310, as he finally seems to be settling in at leadoff. Can we just pause for one second and try to comprehend how stupid I am?  Okay, you don’t have to rundown all my countless idiotic calls.  I get it.  Okay, with my stupidity in mind, it took a major league manager — Bad Assdunce, in this case — almost six weeks to realize Fletcher is the best guy to hit leadoff on the Angels.  Assdunce hit Kole Calhoun (2-for-4, 3 runs, and his 9th homer, hitting .223) for 78 ABs at leadoff — a .240 hitter on a good day!  Ya know, when they hire MLB managers, they’re not hiring their best and brightest.  Oh, and I have it at 50/50 odds Fletcher doesn’t stay at leadoff, just so ya know.  By the by, Fletcher is not in this afternoon’s Buy column, but if he’s available add him for average and hopefully counting stats.  Finally, Tommy La Stella.  What in the holy fudge?  Only, I didn’t say fudge.  I said the mother of all curse words.  Yesterday, he went 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 8th and 9th homer.  Did he even have nine homers in 1,000 at-bats prior to this in his career?  Not to answer, because I don’t care, but WUT. At this point, Travis Shaw would need to have the best month of his career to even tie La Stella in fantasy value.  I am laughing through tears.  Sad clown tears!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Felix Pena – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.21.  I need to get better at picking up favorable starters who are not technically starting but instead following an Opener.  By which I mean, can someone just pop in the comments and tell me when Beeks and Pena are about to pitch?  Thanking you in advance.

Ryan Carpenter – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 10.80.  Tigers, “Hey, Ryan, we respect you here, but you gotta take one for the team.”  “Sure, skip, but my name’s Bryan.”  “Um, that’s what I said, Bryan.”  “I was testing to see if you knew who I was, it is Ryan.”

Christin Stewart – Activated from the IL.  Fun fact! Christin Stewart is the only player that is always in the Twilight of his career.

Kris Bryant – 1-for-2, 2 runs, and his 7th homer and, like, 14th homer this week.  The Cubs said Bryant started using a smaller handled bat this week and that’s what’s made all the difference.  Putting aside how it could take someone a month to figure out their previous bat was better in a wood chipper, I’m just glad they figured it out.

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  HR to the Izzo!

Yu Darvish – 4 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, 6 BBs, 7 Ks, ERA at 5.40.  Wow, Yu’s a mess.  Not youse, though some of youse, maybe.  Getting a big Theo free agent contract is a fantasy kiss of death…Crawford, Darvish, Heyward. Yu Darvish looks like he can’t hit the broadside of the barn from three feet away with a cowboy hat while singing Old Town Road.  Hard to drop someone with Darvish’s upside in deeper leagues, but in shallow leagues, you can’t start him, let alone own him.

Mike Montgomery – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 5.87.  More of an NL-Only name for me, but I’m actively looking at adding Montegomery in those deep leagues, because Darvish feels headed for the Ineffective List.

Manny Banuelos – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 6.67.  Google translate “Manny Banuelos.” Google responds, “Rest-stop restrooms.”  Perfect, thank you, Google.

Jordan Luplow – 2-for-3, and his 1st and 2nd homer.  Yo, the Indians’ lineup is lit.  Like the garbage can that homeless people are warming their hands above.

Carlos Carrasco – 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 hits, 0 walks, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.91, as the rain shortened everything.  Well, not Altuve, but you catch my drift.

Derek Dietrich – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  I knew I should’ve drafted La Stella and Dietrich in the 1st two rounds instead of Trout and Giancarlo. Someone kill me!  Of course, Dietrich’s going to be in this afternoon’s Buy column.  I’ve been talking about him for a week straight (minus the three days this week he didn’t start).

Eugenio Suarez – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 11th homer.  Since you know Suarez, one last thing on Dietrich. He <blinkers>could</blinkers> be breaking out, but the Reds still platoon him out the lineup in a close game for Curt Casali.  MLB managers are the worst.

Tanner Roark – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.27 vs. Chris Bassitt – 7 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.55.  This is a matchup billed, “Both of these guys should just be owned, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t check the Streamonator before starting either of them.”  A rather niche billing title, as you can imagine.

Steven Matz – Hit the IL only about five days after he should’ve, so the Mets are getting better!

Gregory Polanco – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .308.  Brocktune is heating up.

Joe Musgrove – 3 IP, 8 ER, ERA up to 4.20.  He looked okay prior to this start but I always had musgrovings.

Dexter Fowler – 2-for-5, 1 run, 3 RBIs, hitting .302.  Boring story about one of my teams alert!  I randomly drafted in NL-Only Tout Melky Cabrera (0-for-4, hitting .337) and Dexter Fowler.  They’ve been more productive than I could’ve ever hoped, and now I’ve totally jinxed myself.  Thanks, self!

Yadier Molina – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .289.  That’s the same number of runs as the Molina Family at a Taco Bell.

Michael Wacha – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 5.35.  When is it okay to get a 5+ inning start with 10 baserunners and 4 ER and 2 Ks? When you get a win! Wacha Wacha Wacha!

Mike Soroka – 6 IP, 1 ER,, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 1.21.  Exhibit A thru Z why I don’t draft starters high.  I’m not saying I knew Soroka would have a 1.21 ERA by mid-May, but I’m saying no one knew.  It would be like someone saying I’m going to buy a lottery ticket and you saying, “I’m going to buy one too, but I’m going to spend 50 times as much with only a 5% chance of a better outcome.”  No one remembers this in March, but then it seems so obvious in May.  It’s not just this year.  Don’t buy into that narrative.  For people saying that, ask them how I was able to draft Corbin, Snell and countless others last year.

Luke Weaver – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.98.  See what I said about one blurb ago.

Dee Gordon – Left after being hit by a pitch on the wrist, and it didn’t look, as they say, good.  Mariners are speculating a call up of Shed Long, who you can find at any Tampa Bay-area Lowe’s, or J.P. Crawford.

Domingo Santana – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, and 2nd homer this week.  Somebody’s strapping on the hot dong again!  Hmm, that doesn’t sound right.

J.A. Happ – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners (3 BBs), 7 Ks, ERA at 4.36.  Thought about looking at J.A. Happ’s peripherals to see if he can be better than his ERA and if I have a good pitcher on my team, then the song Let the Mystery Be from The Leftovers’ credits plays in my head, and, well, I choose to let the mystery be.

George Springer – 3-for-5 and his 13th homer, tying Eddie Rosario for the AL lead.  Today on Georgey Springer:  Angry fantasy owners scream, “Where was that last year?” and then take paternity tests to see if they are the dads of whiny little babies on stage.

Wade Miley – 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.18 vs. Mike Minor – 5 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.68.  This Minor/Miley matchup was billed as, “One subreddit you don’t want to go into.”

Hunter Pence – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, 3rd homer in as many games and almost hit a fourth, but was robbed by Reddick, hitting .343.  *hand shoots out of the ground, then a bird’s wing, then one of those car lot inflatables* “What the hell kind of Zombino is that?!”  Pence won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but he’s obviously hot schmotato’ing.

Chris Martin – With Shawn Kelley going on the IL with an infection — Was it…*pinkie to mouth* a staff infection? — the Rangers said Coldplay would be the closer.  Also, Rangers manager, Steve Winwood, said Leclerc could become the closer again, vaguely saying, “When we want to lose games, he’s our man.”  Kidding, he did hint to returning to Leclerc soon, you’ve been served!…with info.

David Dahl – 0-for-1 as he didn’t start again.  Why isn’t he playing anymore?  Asking for a very good friend:  Me.

Nolan Arenado – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer.  With Mother’s Day this Sunday, I’m scrapbooking dried roses onto pictures of Mother through the years.  But first, while I take a two-hour break to watch a game, I’m going to put it by this open window–NOOOOO!!! Torenado!!!

Mark Reynolds – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Mini Donkey doesn’t let a little snow stop him from dinger-donging.  All brays!

Ian Desmond – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .204.  Reynolds and Desmond homering, and Tapia hitting .298 are all splendid developments for Dahl’s playing time.

Buster Posey – Hit the 7-day concussion IL.  Is this the first concussion stint of the year?  So fitting it’s Posey.  I hear MLB is instituting a new rule that you can’t forcefully blow in Posey’s direction.

Drew Pomeranz – Hit the IL. His replacement (whoever it is — Beede?) will be a solid pickup for streams at home in deeper leagues.  See, I give you actionable intel. As Beyonce would say, Grey with the good share!

Tyler Austin – 2-for-5, 6 RBIs and two homers (1, 2), hitting .325.  Fun fact #1! He is the best MLB player whose first and last name are cities in Texas since 19th century star Hardy Richardson.  Fun fact #2! The moon landing was faked. It was filmed in Denver.

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Herschel
Herschel
3 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto. Lost clevinger and now Glasnow. My Conforto for Charlie Morton?

RV
RV
3 years ago

I know you’ve prolly answered this a hundred times today. Who u like better? Fletcher or La Stella?

RV
RV
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I got quite a bit of pop on the team and roll odor out there in weekly h2h so I could use the nice boost in BA plate approach ?? what the heck is wrong w La Stella?? Launch angle darling??

Jedi
Jedi
3 years ago

Grey,

Looking for some post-consumer confidence…

I offered Harper for TreaT urner and they accepted. TreaT is due back in a week or two and I can make due in the mean time. Solid deal for the long run?

Thanks!

peacecoast
peacecoast
3 years ago

really drop Shaw for La Stella in an RCL?

Db
Db
3 years ago

Odorizzi and porcello or Paxton

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Db
3 years ago

Isn’t Paxton hurt?

Laguna BobbyI
Laguna BobbyI
3 years ago

Grey, we feel good about starting Ed Rod at home vs Seattle today? Thought I’d be all in, but SON only has him at $5.9 which is okay, but I figured he’d be closer to the $15 range. Very shallow mixed league where we are not chasing Wins, and don’t need to force spot starts, you starting or sitting him today? Thanks as always, and happy Friday!

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
3 years ago

10 team roto 5×5, need average

It’s a daily transaction league and I dont have a 2B

I feel like Fletcher is my best answer for now to fill in, but La Stella is leading off against Straily today (lefty on righty)

Should I add La Stella and risk someone else scooping Fletcher? Or just hold and start Fletcher (batting 9 today)

Todd25
Todd25
3 years ago

need to sit 2 bats today: tough call for me…
BLowe vs German
Meadows vs German
Gallo @ Verlander
Tapia vs Lauer
Dahl vs Lauer (recent sitting vs LHP could make 1 choice for me)

Kailuaboy
Kailuaboy
3 years ago

Pick up Canning, Colome, Beeks drop Freeland

Kailuaboy
Kailuaboy
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thank you GreySlayer!

William Hung
William Hung
3 years ago

Padres throwing 3 lefties against the Rockies this series – hopefully Dahl doesn’t get the Shaw treatment

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

In other hopeful player news, I’m running out Glasnow v. NYY, Marquez v. SD, and Odorizzi v. DET

My pitching is currently at 7.9 ERA and 1.6 WHIP… I’m hoping for 20+ Ks between those 3 and hopefully 2 Ws… and for the love of god, lower than a 7.9 ERA

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

It was at like 20+ ERA after McHugh, Strop, Brasier, Fried shat all over it Monday and Tuesday

Db
Db
3 years ago

Odorizzi and porcello or Darvish?

pinkman
pinkman
3 years ago

Trade Voit and Eickhoff away for Boyd and Strahm in a 5×5 OBP?

Db
Db
3 years ago

You messing with y. Chirinos vs Yankees?

Db
Db
3 years ago

Forrest whitley top NA add?

prestige
prestige
3 years ago

For Friday-Sunday lineup, would you start

Fletcher for 3 games (hitting 9th today) or
Candelario for 4 games (Double header tomorrow)

Db
Db
3 years ago

Trade moose for Luke weaver? If you need pitching?

Vincent Vega
Vincent Vega
3 years ago

12tm h2h I’ve got Shaw and DJL at 2nd would u drop either or both for Lastella and\or Kendrick?

ThE sHiT
ThE sHiT
3 years ago

Made two trades in the last couple days, how did i do? SP is still pretty stacked so far after the moves

Gave up Hoskins/Paddack for Baez

Gave up Bieber for Victor Robles

Matty
Matty
3 years ago

Do you like Fletcher of DannyS antana in an RCL?
Thanks.

peacecoast
peacecoast
3 years ago

sup G. not been as active commenting lately cuz I am addicted to a fucking video game.

hows things? my teams are doing ok. My RCL team is slowly climbing back up from a terrible start.

Not starting Maeda tonight right? he kinda sux so far.

Bryant is suddenly on pace for 32 HR and > 110 R/RBI…after that dismal start. bball is weird.

Lubes
Lubes
3 years ago

Who’s the add to replace Odor- dietrich or la stella? Limited pickup league- I’ve used 3 of 20.

Lubes
Lubes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Forgot to mention- i have an extra roster spot with Paxton on DL. Worth an add now? Or still hold

Lubes
Lubes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Which? Dietrich or La Stella?

abmsports23
abmsports23
3 years ago

Got an empty spot at the end of my bench right now. Looking for a backup 2b that may also have upside later on this season. Would you rather stash Cano, Odor, or Peraza?

Bronx Shambino
Bronx Shambino
3 years ago

We’re still rolling with Chavis right?

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
3 years ago

I don’t want to over react to two starts, but I’m in a deep 12 team league and… should I drop Musgrove?

Replacements arent pretty, but I can grab some streamer hitters and pitchers until I grab someone I like. Are we off the Musgrove wagon until further notice?

Wach out
Wach out
3 years ago

DSJ or Greg Polanco for runs

Pugs & Slugs
Pugs & Slugs
3 years ago

Happy Pink Baseball Everything Weekend Grey!!

NL-Only H2H (w/OBP)
Soto is due back tomorrow and T. Shaw is set to sit all weekend. Go ahead and drop M. Taylor for H.Perez, or wait to see if Sexy Dr. Pepper is activated?

Billson
Billson
3 years ago

One gotta go

Olson
Greg Polanco
Soler

Billson
Billson
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

How about Kepler over Soler or Olson?

Uncle Ernie
Uncle Ernie
3 years ago

I’m growing impatient with Ramos. Now he’s in this weak Mets offense frankly he sucks. I realize catching isn’t a major position slot so it seems I shouldn’t be afraid to take a chance on someone else. My choices are Narvaez Phegley Or Garver. Not much to choose from so maybe just stick it out until he comes around or better replacement shows up on waivers. Thanks

Uncle Ernie
Uncle Ernie
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

He was my first choose also. Decent bat in good offense sounds better than Da Mets situation. Thanks Grey

Dontbichetteme
Dontbichetteme
3 years ago

Morning Grey and DT,
Trying to decide how to piece together my RPs. Seems like more flux than normal this year. Have Iglesias, Alvarado, Castillo and Neris, would you swap any of my guys out for any of these? I also have a free streaming slot available to take a chance on one of these guys keeping the job
Available
M Barnes
L Jackson
R. Elias
H.robles
J.guerra
A.bradley
T.buttrey

dontbichetteme
dontbichetteme
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks Grey.
On a sidenote, Soto is coming off of the DL tomorrow and I picked up Tapia for the week as a temp replacement. He has hit well but unfortunately my other bats Aguilar and Shaw are still struggling. Is Aguilar the drop of the 3? Shaw? Or lost the replacement bat in Tapia?

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
3 years ago

Christian Walker or Josh Bell??? Or will I be going back and forth on them all season??

MIGDOG
MIGDOG
3 years ago

Chavis has cooled off these last few days (0 for 10) and because i have no patience, thinking of dropping him for G Polanco in standard scoring league?

Thanks!

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
3 years ago

14-team OBP roto
I need an OF. Duggar, Gamel, Almora, Luplow, Nimmo, Martini, Broxton, Naquin, H.Perez, Maybin, D.Fowler, Pinder, CarGo, Grossman, Margot, Marwin G, Parra, and Camargo are out there…

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

No kidding!
I’m at a loss. I will try Nimmo.

Thanks. Somehow I didn’t figure any of these dudes were gonna be in this afternoon’s BUY column…

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I also have a bench spot and a MI spot. I see Shed Long and JP Crawford might be coming up. Is either worth a flier at MI or bench?

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

You’re full of bad news!
Pissimist.
Any of these diamonds in the rough?
W.Flores, Iglesias, Drury, Forsythe, Farmer, B.Crawford, Panik, D.Robertson, Marwin G, Bote, Arcia, Pinder, Descalso, Walker, Gyorko, and Kipnis/Kinsler (who have turned into the same person?)

PK
PK
3 years ago

Mariners promoting a prospect named Shed Long. No word yet on fellow prospect Garage Short.

Coriell
Coriell
Reply to  PK
3 years ago

Ha

jose
jose
3 years ago

Curious to see how E-Rod does today. Here’s to hoping he can at least live up to what SON has him projected for. I think I’m going to take the over on 1.9 BB in 5 2/3…

As someone who has never owned Springer until this year, I’m really enjoying the draft price….no jinx!

Thanks for all the work you and Rudy do! Enjoy the weekend!

Synyster
Synyster
3 years ago

Hey Grey!

I have Meadows coming off the DL. Do I drop anyone to re-insert him, even on a bench spot? Its a weird league with the following: 8 managers, 6×6 standard categories with QS/OBP, H2H redraft. I don’t know what to do here. I’m thinking Peraza or Vogel? Or do I just keep those guys and lose Meadows?

C. Alfaro
1. Hoskins
2. Mondesi
3. Rendon
SS. Machado
OF. Yelich
OF. Domingo
OF. Gallo
Util. Vogel
Util. Peraza
Util. Dahl
BN. Conforto
BN. Tatis JR (DL)
BN. Giancarlo
DL. Meadows

SP. Marquez
SP. German
RP. Hicks
RP. Givens
P. Corbin
P. Eickhoff
P. Montas
P. Ed-Rod
P. Lucchesi
BN. Bassit
BN. Anderson
BN. Martin Perez
DL. Clevinger

Thanks!

Jr
Jr
3 years ago

In a 10 team h2h dynasty league with obp and bb as stats, now that we’ve seen tatis play who would you rather have: Baez or tatis?

Tatis is on an extremely team friendly tag and Baez is on a decent tag.

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
3 years ago

Hey Gray,

Awesome write-up…per usual. Greg Polanco is staring at me on the waivers and he seems like he could be heating up/hot schmotato’ing. Could use a streamer hitter for the weekend and I like the 3 righties he’s matched up against (Wainwright, Mikolas, Hudson). Thinking I need a streamer due to my bench: Dahl’s weird playing time now with lefties, Conforto cooling off, and Gleyber being so very meh.

My pitching stats are off the chain this week but we are close in hitting so I can drop Miley (my stream from last night) for big Greg. Other options are Franmil and Renfroe, but I’m hot schmotato’ing Hosmer and I own Machado.

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Don’t need Miley too much.

Montas, Marquez, Peacock, M. Perez, Weaver, Ray, Buehler, Quintana, Gray, Nola, C. Smith.

I guess I was wondering between Gregory (v STL pitchers above), Franmil (@COL v. Marquez, Gray, Senz), or Renfroe who you like most for this weekend. Just hesitant to have 3 Padres in starting lineup, but Franmil is highest on hittertron.

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks Grey

DrEasy
DrEasy
3 years ago

Is it time to move on from Rich Hill, and say, pick up Kikuchi or some streamonator recommendation of the day instead?

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
Reply to  DrEasy
3 years ago

Hold and scoop Kikuchi anyway? When Rich is healthy he’s a top 30 pitch.

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
Reply to  Big Daddy Jeats
3 years ago

Gotta be another pitcher you can drop unless its an 8 team. I’d hold both in 10 team or more

DrEasy
DrEasy
Reply to  Big Daddy Jeats
3 years ago

OK, maybe I’ll hold for now. It’s just that after three bad outings to start the season I wonder if he’s reached his expiry date.

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
Reply to  DrEasy
3 years ago

Def wait to see what Gray says, but Hill gave up 3 in the first and then cruised through the next 4. I’m assuming there’s some rust to knock off. Def go get Kikuchi though even in a 8 or 10 I’d probably own him

stream weaver
stream weaver
3 years ago

12 team league. I got number 1 waiver. Use it on Shaw or Olson or hold? Thanks

RePete
RePete
3 years ago

14-Team H2H OBP League

1B – Voit
2B – Lowe
SS – Mondesi
3B – Rendon
MI – Wong
CI – Franco
OF – Hoskins, Ozuna, McCutchen, Puig, Braun
BE – Tapia, Schwarber
IL – Judge, Trea
NA – Alvarez

SP – Ray, Wheeler, Ryu, Stroman, M. Gonzales, Eflin, Woodruff, Loaisiga
RP – Iglesias, Neris, Cishek
IL – Price

Besides injuries, my pitching is really holding me back. Who would you shop for an SP with this team?

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  RePete
3 years ago

Sell high on Lowe or Voit?

Todd25
Todd25
3 years ago

So being an Angels fan, La Stella’s start has been fascinating. So let me take you on a wacky deep dive behind the numbers. For what its Werth, prior to this season he had 10 HR in 947 PAs… HAHAHA… any-the-F-who…

Statline #1
BB 10%, K 5.7%, ISO .311, BABIP .187, .256/.350/.567
Go ahead, I’ll wait for you to stop laughing. Thats right, a 5% strikeout rate, an ISO 50 pts higher than Trout currently, HA!, and a BABIP south of .200, which is around .100 pts lower than it should be. Also has 10 XBH which 9 of them have been HRs.

Statline #2
LD 20.2 %, GB 40.5 %, FB 39.3 %, HR/FB 27.3 %, Barrel 8.3%, EV 88.1, LA 15.6, Hard 31.3%
So that HR/FB rate is easily double his best line prior to this year. His exit velocity is barely north of the league average (87.4), launch angle is not a big dif than career numbers when you throw out the outlier last year of 8.1 HA! and hardhit rate is currently below league avg (34.2%). HA!

Statline #3
ChaseSw 14.8%, ZoneSw 58.4%, FirstSw 13.3%, SwStrike 10.1%
So here is seemingly where all the magic is coming from so far. Each of these categories he has made clear improvements in (hat tip to the new hitting coaches the Angels hired this year, did Ausmus make that decision? or GM? lol). He’s chased balls 9% less outside the zone, been 8% more selective in the zone, swinging at the first pitch 10% less, and missing contact 7% less. Huge improvement in his plate discipline.

Conclusion: he is not suddenly a power hitter, and it seems like he’ll turn back into a pumpkin eventually, but does look like he’s a become a better hitter in general, likely around avg for an MLB starter.

Todd25
Todd25
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

LOL go ahead. Happy Friday.

Kluber Lang
Kluber Lang
3 years ago

Adding to the shattered dream of a Shaw”shank”redemption. His slow start is killing me and will now call him “Shawty”

Shotty (def.) – A gauzeless pipe for smoking cannabis, more like a Vietnamese Duc Lau than a bong.

Anyway, drop him for any of these guys?

Howie Kendrick
David Fletcher
Gio Urshela
Tommy La Stella

Thanks!

Kluber Lang
Kluber Lang
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Sweet, will do! Don’t want your head to get bigger than your mustache, however, your advice the past 2 years has been spot on and I’ve finished no less than 3rd place in the 6 leagues I play in each year. You’re the man!

-Kluber Lang

brian
brian
3 years ago

Is E Andrus > K Marte

Also, 12 team mixed, am I giving up to much in trade below:

my E Andrus and N Cruz for F Tatis

Problem is Cruz rides the bench for me because he is behind Alonso and Edwin.

Thanks as always!

Big Timmy
Big Timmy
3 years ago

Deep league Roto 5th OF- Reddick or Tapia?

Big Al
Big Al
3 years ago

Do I keep hanging onto Peraza or do I drop him for Fletcher or La Stella? Regardless which of those two Angels will be better in the long run.

Big Al
Big Al
3 years ago

Do I keep hanging on to Peraza or do I finally drop him for Fletcher or La Stella? Regardless which one of the two Angles is going to be better in the long run this year?

jiggy nits
jiggy nits
3 years ago

this is a copy pasta from your previous article. i think i got there just after closing time

NL ONLY ROTO

wheeler owner denied my yates offer (good suggestion the other day) but said it gave it serious thought

yates vs luke weaver ROS

gracias

aardvark
aardvark
3 years ago

Who do you guys like more Kyle Gibson or brad peacock?

aardvark
aardvark
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Kyle Hendricks over both?

Slowmez
Slowmez
3 years ago

Musgrove just hit the wire. (10 team H2H 5×5 Categories, keeper) Worth grabbing and stashing to see if he figures things out? I’ve got so many young arms already!

Current rotation: Scherzer, Strasburg, Castillo, C Smith, Boyd, Hamels, Fried, Soroka, Canning

Jaone
Jaone
3 years ago

Got offered J Ram and Seager for Bregman is that a good offer, or hold?

Will Jram ever come back to life this year?

I currently have moncada at 2nd/3rd and andujar at 3rd , bregman at ss and muncy at 1/2/3rd.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Jaone
3 years ago

I’d want Bregman.

Ignatius
Ignatius
3 years ago

Need to cut one to make room for Meadows coming off IL: Odor or Piscotty?

Reasonably flush on OF. If I cut Odor, my 2B would be B. Lowe.

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
3 years ago

I read somewhere that La Stella’s launch angle went from about 9% to 13% this year so aybe it’s for real. The next coming of Scooter Gennett?

William Hung
William Hung
3 years ago

Commenting on 2 things I’ve read so far through these comments:
1. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could @[player name] and that player name comes up, so if I @martin or @robles – I would get all possible martins/robles’s and I can select the one I am referring to – this is a pretty common feature across comment forms these days

2. Poking Cram with a fork now – cut bait on Travis Shaw for [insert player name]?

Happy Friday!

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

nothing would happen – unless you tag “closer” as part of the player profile behind the scenes – then you could set it up that the person is referring to “Chris Martin”, but typical functionality would be when I go @chris, it’ll show me results of “Chris Martin”, “Chris Taylor”, etc. and I’d pick “Chris Martin” if that’s who I’m asking about

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Not sure about wordpress – which is what I believe you guys use

Mookiewilson
Mookiewilson
3 years ago

Which of these OF should I drop to activate Meadows? 16 team roto 6×6 roto with OPS.
Renfroe
Heyward
Adam Jones
Tapia

Thanks!

What?
What?
3 years ago

I took a look at LaStella’s numbers and they look like a man who has finally found a better approach to hitting. His peripherals point to a breakout in my opinion. Hard Contact way up, Pull percentage the same and driving the ball to the center of the field, not swinging at junk outside the zone. Being patient, making good hard contact through the middle of the field. I picked him up for 3 bucks in my keeper league and I am excited about what he is doing.

Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades
3 years ago

Grey

Thanks for the hilarity as always. ‘ Bad Ass Dunce ‘ has to be the funniest manager name I have ever seen. I now can never call him anything else. I hope I don’t meet him in public one day. He wont take kindly to me asking for him to sign that name as an autograph.

This morning you ear wormed me with the ‘ Let the mystery be ‘ song. Made me realize how much I miss the Leftovers. Which then got me thinking about Westworld. How the hell long is their offseasons going to be? Which then got me to thinking about Giancarlo. How the hell long is he going to be in an offseason? Must we always wait for the best things?

As for David Dahl, who I also own shares of everywhere, I have a couple of theories.
1. Dahl heats up in the warmer weather. Are the Rockies management doing some kind of saberweathermetric thing and keeping him out of the snowy weather?

2. It is no secret that the Rockies management is a heavily faith based right wingish Christian ownership. Perhaps Dahl was seen not saying his ‘ a-men ‘ s at the prayer meetings? Perhaps they found a couple of old ‘ Black Sabbath ‘ CD’s in his music collection. Maybe found some porn on his laptop or even worse than all of them things, they found a ‘ Vote Ilhand Omar ‘ bumper sticker hidden away in his locker.
Either way its a mystery that I don’t want to just let be.

I own the no ads thing and I think its great. However, this morning I forgot to log in and out of morning laziness, just said the hell with it and read your blurbs with the ad’s. when I got to the end their was this ad titled ‘ Pole vaulter Allison Stokke is now talking about ……..” I didn’t click on it, but just seeing the picture of Allison Stokke made me very happy and increased my knowledge of poll vaulting by 100%. I will have to , at least once a month, leave the ad’s on just for the hell of it.

Nothing more to ramble on about today. Just thanks to you , Rudy, Ralph, Donkey Teeth, Cram it and countless others who contribute to the most entertaining and educational site on the internet. Keep up the great work.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Am I missing something with Dahl? He’s hitting .280 versus lefties this year

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

.270 AVG

Weslo
Weslo
3 years ago

10 man H2H redraft
Have to drop one:
Senzel, Donaldson, or Ohtani.

I’m thinking the obvious answer is Senzel but I have serious FOMO.

Please help me decide.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Weslo
3 years ago

I’d lose Donaldson

Weslo
Weslo
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

It was mainly a split between him and Senzel. Thanks for the advice!

Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
3 years ago

Ugh, owning Darvish is terrible. Cant start him, cant drop him, and no one wants him.

Is he even a sell low? If so, would you bless us mortals with a player you think would be worth the effort to try to flip him for?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
3 years ago

Pitcher: Tanaka, Strahm, Weaver
Hitter: Eloy, Peraza, Shaw

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Wow

kelly leak
kelly leak
3 years ago

Which side? Juan Soto For Javy Baez

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  kelly leak
3 years ago

Baez

kelly leak
kelly leak
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

Thank you

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  kelly leak
3 years ago

Agree with Cram

Jerry Maguire
Jerry Maguire
3 years ago

Grey tells us every year to wait on pitching, but some people prefer paying top dollar just to have that brand name.

Drafting SP’s early = Drafting QB’s early in fantasy football

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I thought you got into some fantasy football this past year

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
3 years ago

Just wanted to make a point:

This mostly has to do with Dahl/Tapia-

I’ve seen many people (including you) turned off when guys like them are platooning. Dahl notoriously can’t hit lefties well (like many other lefties) but is great against righties.

To me, this is only an issue in two places- 14+ team leagues, or weekly roster lock leagues.
In 8-12 team leagues (most common) where you can swap your roster around daily, you are usually inclined to bench guys like Dahl against lefties anyway, and plug in someone like Gregory Polanco facing a righty.

This is even more so in leagues where Games Started is capped, which is also a common setting. To me, Dahl makes his money when he faces righties at home. Even if COL started him vs lefties, I’d probably bench him on my team anyway (either for a better match up bench hitter, or just leave the OF spot empty to save the “games started”).

Just my opinion, and I understand this is different with different formats, rules, and settings. I’m just making the point that the “uh oh, he’s platooning” is not a concern universally.

Quick Question!

Braun or Shaw? 12 team, 6×6, daily moves league
I know you’ve been holding hope on Shaw but he looks awful and Braun has been pretty good. Just not sure if there’s some underlying % suggesting there’s better days for Shaw. Thanks!

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Travis Hafner
3 years ago

It’s annoying when a player doesn’t play every day because it forces you to keep a bench bat partner for him.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Travis Hafner
3 years ago

People are turned off because it DOES affect their format. Regardless of league size, not everyone has the roster space to carry an extra platooning OF.

And Shaw has been talked about every day for at least the last two weeks. If I see one more “What’s wrong/what do I do with Shaw?” reference I’m going to jab a fork through their avatar eyes.

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

What about Aguilar? Inciarte? Can I drop Peraza yet?

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram Every day that goes by in which he looks bad deflates his value further. And he continues to look bad. He’s droppable in 10 team leagues, but how long before he is in 12? Is this just a horrible slump? Is he hurt? I don’t think it’s unreasonable to be perplexed by Shaw.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Travis Hafner
3 years ago

It’s not unreasonable to want to know what his deal is/should you drop him? But you’re like the 147th comment asking that in the last 2 weeks.

Is he droppable in 12 teamers? It depends! It always depends…who do you have in his place? Who are you dropping him for? How deep is your bench? What’s the format? yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada yada

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

It’s impossible to appropriately give proper context as to my league format/who to drop. I’m in 7 leagues and all of them vary in depth, settings, and roster construction.

I was heavily invested in Peraza, and in varying situations, was getting really intriguing prices on Shaw. I am, to this moment, having a very difficult time pin pointing the value of Shaw. Not as a droppable player, but even as a player to buy low on via trade.

I apologize if you find my comparable questions as “spammy”, but these are the players that myself (and obviously many others) are having trouble with. No need to be disrespectful, I’ve enjoyed the debates that take place in these threads; even if redundant.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Travis Hafner
3 years ago

I’m not being disrespectful. I call it tough love. I liken it to the way a child keeps nagging you for ice cream and you have to keep saying no and explaining why 10 different ways.

Just because you can’t give context because you’re in so many leagues, doesn’t mean that such a broad question is easily answerable. Is “x” droppable? Unless the guy is patently terrible, it’s impossible to give the most accurate advice.

I haven’t heard anyone say to drop Shaw across the board. Have you? And I don’t think you will unless this poor play continues through the month.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Travis Hafner
3 years ago

“Dahl notoriously can’t hit lefties” –

[goes to fangraphs, pulls up Dahl’s career statline]…

Season Handedness G AB PA H 1B 2B 3B HR R RBI BB IBB SO HBP SF SH GDP SB CS AVG
Total vs L as L 90 137 145 37 26 5 2 4 9 14 8 0 45 0 0 0 4 0 0 .270

I hope this pasted correctly… if not, then let me summarize: .270 AVG / 4 HRs / 9 R / 14 RBIs in 137 ABs

Sure it’s not as good as versus righties, but hardly “notoriously bad”, I mean he’s no Travis Shaw or even Trot Nixon (for fans of old player references)

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
Reply to  William Hung
3 years ago

Lol Trot Nixon

That’s better than I expected, but factoring in Coors, it’s not all that impressive either.

I think I misused the word “notoriously” though. My one confusion is, being that Tapia is a lefty too, why hasn’t tapia been benched? Playing the hot hand? Load management?

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Travis Hafner
3 years ago

In his career, Dahl has only started 25 games when there was a lefty starter. 111 games against righty starters. Hence why the stats above show 90 games and only 145 PA’s. Seems like the Rockies have always platooned him.

This year, Dahl has started 5 games against a lefty starter and he is hitting .067. Tapia has started 4 games this season against a lefty starter and he is hitting .391.

Coriell
Coriell
Reply to  Travis Hafner
3 years ago

I wish Grey would ban that asshole Cram from any further advice. The guys annasshole

hot corner
hot corner
Reply to  Coriell
3 years ago

Nah. I don’t know Cram personally, but he seems like a good dude to me. He has a different style, which I like, but his advice is good and he is a tough competitor when you are in a league with him. Nothing wrong with a little “tough love” every once in a while and he keeps things from getting boring.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

Can I help with the forking!!

et
et
Reply to  Travis Hafner
3 years ago

NL West isn’t a great division for a platooning lefty. The Dodgers rotation is nearly all lefties, Giants and Padres have several. Hard to roster a guy in that situation.

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
Reply to  et
3 years ago

This is true.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Travis Hafner
3 years ago

I’d keep Shaw

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
3 years ago

Matz: I’m here to see Dr. Met.

Miss Tessmacher: I’m sorry but Dr. Met is trekking in Nepal. He did leave me some instructions though. What seems to be the problem?

Matz: It hurts when I do this. *makes pitching motion*

Miss Tessmacher: I see. One moment. *checks notes*. Yes, here it is. It says here “Don’t do that for anywhere from 10–500 days.”

Monjardín Gran Reserva 98…siesta time!

Stumanji!
Stumanji!
Reply to  OaktownSteve
3 years ago

I cracked up at *makes pitching motion*

Brew HaHa
Brew HaHa
3 years ago

So La Stella over McMahon, N.Walker, W.Flores, Odor? He seems like the kind of guy that as soon as he’s in your lineup, he flat lines…

NUX
NUX
Reply to  Brew HaHa
3 years ago

Def over Neil Walker right now. If Las Stella is still available atm, I’m sure you could get Walker back if there were a reason to roster him at any point.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Brew HaHa
3 years ago

Agree with Knucks…over Flores too

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Brew HaHa
3 years ago

Agree with DT

Ones
Ones
3 years ago

Choose one

Luke Jackson
Robles
Martin

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Ones
3 years ago

Martin for me

Luke
Luke
3 years ago

Great write up and here is the big question. Drop Shaw for La Stella? Keeps getting harder to hold onto Shaw. Only 4 bench spots in 12 Team OBP

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Luke
3 years ago

Nah

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
3 years ago

It’s Friday, we made it!

Need to drop one (or 2) of the below bats; who’s hits the FA pool?

– Tapia
– Kepler
– G. Polanco
– Buxton
– Jose Martinez
– Tim Beckham

Current Bats:
c. Vazquez
1b: Hoskins
2b: Baez
3b: Chavis
ss: J. Polanco
of: Acuna, Castellanos, Buxton
utl: Vlad, J. Martinez
bn: Kepler, Tim Beckham, G. Polanco, Tapia

Thanks, as always.