It’s Day 327 of the Quarantine and I wrote my wife a letter from my isolation. It read as follows, “I ordered sour cream and onion Funyuns, not bunions cream! Send this f**king garbage sh*t back, my dearest love!” A mere five quarantine days later, she replied, “Eat a D, you swamp-ass motherf**ker!” So, things are good here. We’re building a bridge of communication during our time trapped together in a 1,200-square-foot hellhole. We took the Buzzfeed quiz, “Will Your Marriage Last Through The Quarantine,” and our grade was “Ross-Rachel on a break, if their break meant they could only stay separated by about 50 feet.” So, with this series, I will take a look around the 2020 fantasy baseball rankings to see if there’s any differences now that we might only play a 100-game season. Projections have been updated on all my positional rankings to assume a 100-game season. This is using the top 20 outfielders for 2020 fantasy baseball as our guide. Anyway, here’s thoughts on the top 20 outfielders for 2020 fantasy baseball with the new Corona timeline:

9. George Springer – My new projections for him are 66/18/51/.281/3 in 340 ABs. That makes me scrunch my nose like Larry David. I mean… *still scrunching my nose*…I guess that’s good. For another POV, Steamer hitter projections for him:  72/22/57/.274/5 in 359 ABs. That’s actually better. Okay, not actually actually, it’s obviously better in every conceivable way except average, and that’s fickle. So, because of Steamer’s optimism, I didn’t change my rankings on Springer, but I strongly considered it, which kinda sucks because I do own him already. I know, four homers, a few runs, etc. doesn’t seem like a big difference, but if you take a gander through the projections, everyone is crazy close, jammed together. Those few extra stats could matter. Also, anecdotally, Springer is the type who could come out, get blazing hot for a month and hit 12 homers, which in this season would carry him to a home run title. Speaking of which, without further interruption and no more interjections, I bring you, the two Yankees outfielders.

18. Giancarlo Stanton – Every time I’m out, Giancarlo (in my dreams) pulls me back in, then we do a game I call, Hide The Massage Oils The Ladies Are Returning From Brunch. Ah, ‘member brunch? Every wife loves to make brunch plans for their husband. Man is that one thing I’m not missing. I wake up every weekend with absolutely no plans and it’s an absolute joy! But I also wake up every weekday with no plans and that gets to be tricky. Just today I woke and thought what a beautiful weekday or maybe weekend. Any hoo! Stanton, my novio. Giancarlo, the father of my imaginary daughter Giancarla. Michael Stanton and Giancarlo Stanton, both have IL in their names. Sigh, but, and this is a J. Lo-sized but, in 100 games, Giancarlo can do absolute work. He’s currently the number one guy on the Steamer Hitter Projections for homers in a shortened season and I don’t doubt that it’s possible. There are, maybe, ten guys who could hit 30 homers in only 100 games. Let’s see, Trout, Alonso, Yordan, Giancarlo, Judge, okay, you can think on the other five. And of those ten guys who can hit 30 homers, there might only be two realistic chances. Trout will invariably miss 15 games and fall short; Yordan will be rested in NL parks–Okay, I’m just trying to get Alonso to be the only real 30-homer threat in 100 games, but Giancarlo is too and I moved him up in the top 20 outfielders for 2020 fantasy baseball along with…

19. Aaron Judge – Before you start talking about how my love for Giancarlo has blinded me, and I’m only moving him up because I own him and I’m using 2020 hindsight in 2020 and yadda-blabbity-bloo! I get it. But I don’t own Judge anywhere, but could now see it. Still think he might take all the way until July 1st to be healthy and, if that’s the first game of the season, then all the better. Judge could also hit 10 homers per month in a three-month season and get 30 homers (I do math good). With all of the players’ stats scrunched together like Larry David’s face when he sees something very meh as illustrated in the Springer blurb, Judge or anyone who could win a category like homers in a shortened season should be coveted like seeing any positive baseball content during a freakin’ pandemic!

 
  1. Snacks Zillion says:
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    The opening had me spitting cheerios, you swamp ass mofo, Lmao, nice!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks, Snacks!

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      Wearing a wife beater t-shirt and yelling fix me a chicken pot pie woman

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        And none of that Swanson’s crap!

  2. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Great OF report on the corona timeline; on an MLB timeline, it’s like the kids say a’ight, you gonna eat that cupcake!

    a. Going squirrly on the corona timeline. Just puttin’ it out there. Don’t kill me Dr Exotic, I know you know how!

    b. I’m gonna love Giancarlo this year. But if he turns out flaky again like a calf strain here and a muscle pull there, will call him Ginacarlo for ever.

    c. Hey, what happened to y’all yesterday? I swear that was the most asked question yesterday on Rudy’s 5-year historical trend post which even Rudy said was the least favorite of his 6 children (ergo not a ringing endorsement). So, in brief, Rudy posts and people ask where is Grey and where is his report. Not sure what people wanted to have more – your report or information about your whereabouts. We could put it to a poll.

    d. MLB quote of the day for August 12, 1965

    ‘If the game of life ended tonight, would you be a winner.’

    Robert ‘Bobby’ Clinton Richardson, the only WS MVP to be selected from the losing team.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • baby seal says:
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      He took a break!! Cut the man some slack! :-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. “Squirrly’s fine, don’t turn rat.” — should be a Joe Pesci quote

      B. Don’t jinx him, thanks!

      C. I’m right here, Rudy had some fun stuff to put out

      D. That sounds harsh…geez, Bobby

      • galica says:
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        Grey!!!

        a. Phew, glad that’s been answered. Did you see all the concerned voices yesterday peppering Rudy’s report?

        b. Trying not to jinx.

        c. Yeah, Bobby! It’s important on the corona timeline to carpe diem every day, so Bobby was right on. I thought you’d appreciate him more given that you shared something with him – a good glove, weak bat, Middle Infidel!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. I didn’t tbh

          B. Better not!

          C. Hey! Haha

  3. William Hung says:
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    1200 square foot hellhole??? In some parts of NYC, 1200 square feet is heaven!!!

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      Yeah many NYC are tiny arpartments with just a hot plate……………And i wonder how all those folks who jumped on the “TIna House Nation” bandwagon feel right now?

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        Thats “Tiny House Nation” ……typing sux

        • baby seal says:
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          Some colleagues of mine are literally losing their minds — alone in a NYC studio — sounds like one step removed from solitary confinement!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Who is Tina House, friend of yours?

        • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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          that was supposed to be TINY ……….There is a tv show and trend toward extreme downsizing people are dumping 4000sq house for 300 sq ft to spend less time and money on house more on activities………..i’ll bet many are regretting that decicion

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I just Facebook friended someone named Tina House, you’re saying I should unfriend them?

        • baby seal says:
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          Tina is slang for meth, Grey.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Smoking Tina and listening to Moody Blues, call me back in 70 mins

            • baby seal says:
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              Now you’re doing quarantine RIGHT

              Next step: link up w/ Mr. Exotic and get married.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’m going by the name Grey Erotic, just call me that, thank you

                • baby seal says:
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                  lolol

                  Better be careful with that name … Cougs may not be able to keep it in her pants and will break all the quarantine RULES

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    She knows the rules, no crossing the masking tape room divider

                • Coolwhip

                  Coolwhip says:
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                  LOL don’t lie… you already DID go by that on a few films shot in San Fernando Valley ;-)

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    HAHA, fair enough!

          • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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            Never knew that LOL

            • baby seal says:
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              Right, like “tina house” is something people just casually say… ;-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, true….all about perspective

    • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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      some picture of some classics from the borrouhs of NYC

  4. lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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    what do you guys think of the baseball possitble plan? I like anything but having that short quick games no umpires could be a lot of fun.

    I would love to see old little league style weekend round round robin may throw 5 teams in a stadium and play 3 innning bracket tournaments just something different.

    a side note watch boxing on ESPN Ali vs leon spinx , then Tyson vs Berbeck, Micheal Spinx and buster douglas………Tyson was a wrecking crew he was fun to watch back in the day

    • Snacks Zillion says:
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      I like it, at least they are trying to get going in some kind of way. I will be thankful for whatever they can do. Dying without baseball, feels draconian.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think baseball happens — I’m guessing 100 game season, starts in July, runs thru October, playoffs in Nov.

      • William Hung says:
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        Imagine if they go the doubleheader plan to try to squeeze a few more games in!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          7-inning doubleheaders? That’s beyond goofy, but I guess anything’s possible

          • AL KOHOLIC says:
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            10 RUN RULE haha maybe

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Anything’s on the table!

              • baby seal says:
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                I would MUCH rather 10 run rule than 7 inning games. PLEASE, NO!

                My best personal baseball moment was when I was 15 and hit a walk off grand slam… because we 10 run ruled them, hahahaha

                Funny story. Was my *only* HR that year.

                The half inning before, I was playing 1B, and the ump said to me, “Why don’t you hit one out next inning so we can all go home?” I said, “I’ll see what I can do,” and chuckled, thinking that was nice but ain’t happening. I was a good power hitter, but most of those parks were huge because they were on soccer fields.

                This park was at Dorthy Hamill rink in Greenwich, CT. RF is only around 300 ft (or maybe less) down the line.

                Hit a fuckin’ BOMB, bro!

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                  I should clarify — my only HR over the fences (on top of the ice rink in this case) — had a few inside the parkers, obviously

                • Grey

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                  I could actually see some teams seeing themselves down by 7-9 runs and just being like, eff it, you can have this game in the 5th

                  Wow, Dorothy Hamill was known as a pitchers’ park because of really difficult sightlines with a bedsheet company advertising in center

                  • baby seal says:
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                    Wouldn’t be the worst thing! Bring in baby seal to hit the walk off slammer!

                    Wait, where is that?? Not sure if the joke just went over my head or something…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, you were the one that said Dorothy Hamil park

      • What about World Series in Puerto Rico?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m in! Let’s go!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and I miss watching Tyson

      • lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood says:
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        has a cartoon called mike tyson mysteris in which he partners up with a pidgeon and a ghost to solve crime ……bazaar but entertaining

        • Grey

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          Ain’t got time for bird sex!

  5. Hi Grey,
    We all missed you yesterday.
    I’m using Rudy’s raw stats, an SGP formula and a 67/33 split. My $ values come out about 20 cents difference to Rudy’s.
    With the continuing boredom, I ran Springers 2 projections through my formula and ran Baez with his 9v4 stolen bases you reported on Friday.
    Baez drops 23 places in the player pool and loses $5 of value and Springer 33 places and $6.50 of value.
    Am I correct or have I got something badly wrong.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Missed you guys too!

      Doesn’t sound wrong — in a shortened season, everything is going to be magnified

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  6. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Grey-

    I’ve been appreciating this coronatime article series. You don’t know what you got until it’s gone…

    In that vein, in a keep forever 12 team 5X5 H2H league, does our CoronaTimeLine impact your choice of :

    Ohtani vs. Huira

    You’re a noted Ohtani skeptic… but it seems like he will be pitching for a greater proportion of the season than we thought two months ago (prayer circle for the season). OTOH, you seem to kind of like the speed guys in the compressed timeline.

    On the third hand (which is a foot covered in a mitten :)), Huira doesn’t seem like a “put em up in bunches” speedster ala Trea… more of a 2.5 a month guy.

    Thanks again

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Assuming you can use him as pitcher and hitter then Ohtani for me since it’s keep forever.

      • baby seal says:
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        Mostly agree w/ DT … but what’s the price on them?

      • Pine Tar Incident says:
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        Yes, it’s ESPN so you get both sides of him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hiura — but I guess price could matter

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        And, honestly, not sure how anyone’s taking Ohtani over Hiura if they’re same price

        • baby seal says:
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          Agreed

        • Pine Tar Incident says:
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          Thanks – there are no prices. You have to keep 4 every year, non auction.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Curious why anyone would go Ohtani over Hiura

            • Pine Tar Incident says:
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              I mean in a daily move league aren’t you ensuring you get a Top-20 hitter (Ohtani plus the best SON can provide when he throws) every day AND the potential for a good pitcher? Plus he’s only 25?

              Plus Huira is a stud but that strikeout rate could be a problem

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I guess, but I don’t have any faith in Ohtani actually doing both of those things ever…I like him more as a straight hitter or pitcher

                • baby seal says:
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                  Let’s not get into people’s sexual orientation now, Grey.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Hey now!

              • baby seal says:
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                He won’t be top-20 because he won’t have the volume…

                Difficult w/ the injury risk and managing his PT each day

                Knowing how I play, would prob go w/ Hiura to avoid the hassle, then try and trade Ohtani — it’s a good time to see what u can get — also gives u something to do until games start again, lol

            • Donkey Teeth

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              Ohtani has easy first round upside. He’s the only 9 category contributor and you get his entire career.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                You sound like Scott Boras

                • baby seal says:
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                  ROFL, hahahahahahahahahahah

                • Donkey Teeth

                  Donkey Teeth says:
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                  Have you ever seen Donkey Teeth an Scott Boras at the same orgy?

                  • Donkey Teeth

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                    *other than the one Canseco invited us to

                    • baby seal says:
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                      hahaha

  7. Madbum’s baby rabbit says:
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    Acting on a report that Hamels is throwing pain free I offered a trade. A guy in my 20 team league rejected my offer of Hilliard for his Cole Hamels. That’s fine because I may have been giving up too much in Hilliard (though Rudy said he liked my side of the offer). So anyway, the guy rejected Hilliard but countered wanting my Colin Moran. I jumped on that of course but I can’t believe he rejected my 10th round pick and countered for my 26th round pick. And the guy in question is a wise veteran player. What Gives?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Probably needs based and doesn’t fully appreciate the Hilliard upside. Good for you…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The other guy likes the Moran flyer on upside better, but he’s not right…Hayes is about to make Moran irrelevant

  8. Murph says:
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    Grey!
    You brought back memories of me buying Funyuns and Jolt cola on the way home from high school.
    Since I have nothing to do but rosterbate, tell me who you like for my last pitching spot(s).
    Have Josh James, Jake Odirizzi and Scott Oberg (to back up Colome Robles Jimenez and melancon)
    Worth dropping one or more for: Puk, Houser, Kopech, Pearson?
    Thanks man – take care
    Murph

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d go with Houser over Oberg

      • baby seal says:
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        Agree w/ DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT — you too!

  9. Tigres says:
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    Grey! Thanks to you and RB crew for keeping the content flowing! Very much looking forward to your thoughts on SP corona-timelines. I just picked up German Marquez on the possibility that neutral sites are used. (Who knows what will happen, of course, but it cost pretty much nothing to speculate.) I’m guessing he’d be in top 40 range, with Coors out of the equation…

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Good idea. Higher than that with no Coors…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he changes dramatically in a neutral park — becomes a top 30 SP and must own

  10. Coolwhip

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    Trout, Alonso, Yordan, Giancarlo, Judge… Beli, Yelich, Sano, Cruz, Garver(lol)… there i finished it.
    Throw in Olson, Franmil, Soler, mayyyybe Acuna for honorable mention ;-)

    • baby seal says:
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      Garver is the best home run hitter in the league!!

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        damn straight! lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think Acuna, Soler, Yelich, or Garver (sad face) — was thinking Beli, Sano, Cruz, Olson, Franmil — but anyone gets hot for 2 months (Springer for instance) and who knows

      • Coolwhip

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        Not being a D, you just baited me into a morning discussion! (i miss baseball) ;-)

        1) why not Yelich? he had 31 in 1st half last year. Beli had 30.

        2) Yeah i put Soler in HM cus he basically did 25 twice, but avg is what holds back his potential. Also agree with Acuna.

        3) Olson basically did it last year. Same with Sano.

        4) lol Suarez had 29 in 2nd half, i forgot him.

        5) Garver 4 life! (until he proves himself wrong, lol)

        6) if Gallo is fully healed thanks to delay, he could be a darkhorse

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Yeah, I know on both, but they just don’t ‘feel’ like 30 HR in 100 game guys — as stupid as that sounds since they’ve done it — They just feel more well-rounded

          2. Meh, maybe on Soler, but he’s one that feels like he could slump, hit .250 and 5 HRs in a month and miss the chance — these are very anecdotal if you can’t tell

          3. Yes, I do like Olson, that’s a good one…I forgot to list him (even after seeing you list him)

          4. Right, but shoulder — but he should be healed

          5. No! Haha, I do like him tho

          6. Meh, I still don’t trust him, will cover him tomorrow

          • baby seal says:
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            This is fun!

            1) Agree on Yeli — def in there for me

            2) I say yes on Soler; Acuna prob not but wouldn’t be surprising, either

            3) Olson, yes

            4) Yes, but depends on park… if we’re gonna be all anecdotal and what not!

            5) GARVER CAN’T BE STOPPED

            6) Was on my list too — but not taking him in Roto — nooooo way

            BONUS) Dark horse is my boi Schwarbs

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Schwarbs is a no way like 1% chance

              • baby seal says:
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                So you’re saying there’s a chance?

                Dark horse, baby! Def not betting on it.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, nope!

  11. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Thanks fro keeping us entertained, Grey. Great job giving us readable material in these corona days

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

  12. Chucky says:
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    Any chance Franimal Reyes gets to hang with the Stantons and Judges of the world? He may not be cut like Giancarlo or as pretty as Judge, but he his one big dude. After all, Big Popi never won any Beauty Pageants.