Matt Olson, affectionately known as Allahson by people in Middle East Bay, hit his 22nd homer yesterday.  An inconsequential home run to the game, but it’s a part of a larger tapestry.  Khris Davis hit his 31st homer, his 4th homer of the week, but, again, pull back, view the larger picture.  That home run didn’t matter!  Speaking of a matter, Matt Chapman hit his 15th homer, as he hit out of the two-hole, because the A’s can.  Sure, the A’s can and two-hole are synonymous.  But, of course, all of this happened.  Look at the larger picture!  Trevor Cahill went 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.12, which is exactly what was always meant to happen.  Don’t you see it yet?  On Saturday, Edwin Jackson went 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.87.  No one on the A’s will have a bad game this year.  Know why?  Are you pulled back far enough to see the larger picture?  No one will have a bad game because no one sells their soul and doesn’t specify they want to be good until the end of the season.  “Hey, cool horns and pitchfork.  So, yeah, here’s my soul, and can you make me pitch well until the first week of August?”  That would never happen!  The A’s aren’t the best team in baseball without serious voodoo, soul-selling!  I have it on good authority someone was seen in the A’s clubhouse with a 1970’s-style mustache hiding horns on top of their head!  That’s the devil, unless Rollie Fingers remodeled his face.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Wil Myers – Hit the DL because he is made of 2,000-year-old parchment paper.  “In the region then known as Mesopotamia is where Hammurabi’s laws were first jotted down on a napkin that is now known as Wil Myers.”  That’s a docent at the Museum of Natural History.

Franmil Reyes – 2-for-3 and his 7th homer, as he was called up to replace Myers.  A person in a Padres uniform (fan?) was also seen removing signs from around San Diego that read ‘Missing’ with a picture of Kyle Blanks.  Guess they found him.

Hunter Renfroe – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .238.  It is so hilarious to me that he’s hitting third.  Renfroe shouldn’t be hitting third in a lineup with seven other Renfroes and one Hosmer.

Kyle Hendricks – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.07, and this game was vs. the Padres, for perhaps the limpest start vs. the Padres from a guy who is supposed to be better.  I saddled up to the Stream-o-Nator and gave Hendricks a roll, then we played bones, and I’m yelling, “Whatever happened to Domingo?”  Santana.  Side note, seriously, is Domingo still playing ball?  As for Hendricks, I’m so done with him.

Jon Lester – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.44.  His owners prolly preferred when he was allowing steals vs. runs.

Javier Baez – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .300.  Just give him the MVP.  Not saying he does or doesn’t deserve it, but it’ll make Cubs fans more bearable (pun!).

Delino DeShields – Hit the 7-day concussion DL.  DeShields bumped his head on his extremely low ceiling.

Mark Trumbo – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 14th and 15th homer.  I said last week that Trumbo could be one of the few to hit 15 homers from August 1st to the end of the year, and now I’m saying I said it.

Jonathan Villar – 3-for-3, 3 runs and a slam (7) and legs (15), hitting .471 for the O’s, and hitting third.  If I was anymore vocal about how I think Villar now has fantasy value, people would be confusing my O’s talk with my O face.

Austin Wynns – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting near .430 in the last week with two homers.  Yes, hot schmotato alert, but it’s worth noting that the O’s opponent (Rangers) don’t have five little Nolan Ryans.

Mychal Givens – 1 1/3 IP, 0 ER and his 2nd save, as he plants himself at the tail end of the O’s bullpen like he’s between two ferns.

Tyler O’Neill – With Dexter Fowler’s fractured foot — too bad, so sad! — O’Neill and Harrison Bader should be getting regular playing time.  In a vacuum, I like Tyler O’Neill (though he is nursing an injury).  By the way, I know the video on today’s post got dated super fast with the Pham injury.  Considering I have to do these videos a few days ahead of time to complete them, I’m surprised this is the first one that got dated.  Still feel free to view it with ads and earn me .0000000000067th of a penny.

Jose Martinez – 2-for-4, hitting .298.  Can I just briefly mention how absolutely apeshizz bizzonkers it is to have a guy hit third, then double switch him out in a close game?  You’re basically saying Jo-Ma is one of your best hitters (which he is), then remove him from the lineup when you could still use offense.

Jack Flaherty – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.27.  Was a fairly easy matchup (which is in itself crazy, because the Pirates went out and traded for pieces and their hitting is goofy sad — anyhoo!), but Flaherty’s next matchup will be even easier (Royals).

Tyson RossCardinals claimed him off waivers.  Which is like signing a Gremlin to only pitch in games that start after midnight.

Nathan Eovaldi –  8 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.38.  “…And weeks ago Aaron Judge went down and the Yankees became a lifeless team.”  *closes storybook*  “The end.  Now go get daddy a beer,” the Red Sox.

Chance Adams – 5 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 2 Ks in his major league debut.  If you only listened to Yankee fans, you’d think the Yanks promoted Whitey Ford.  Adams has been getting absolutely worked in the ribs, up against the ropes, as he moved up the minor league food chain.  In Single-A, he had a 12.3 K/9.  That decreased at each additional stop until it was at 8 K/9 in Triple-A last year.  It bounced back a little this year (9.4 K/9) with a 4.50 ERA (3.99 xFIP).  Oh (not the Rockies pitcher), the walks have not been pretty either (4.4 BB/9 in 2018).  This all sounds like a potential number three if things break right.  Or Whitey Peugeot.

Justin Bour – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games and three homers in the last four games.  Yes, he’s a Bour, but hot schmotato too.

Tommy Hunter – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 2nd save, ERA at 4.17, as Seranthony Dominguez (1 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 2.03) worked the 7th inning.  Maybe Gabe Kapler is a socialist and he wants everyone to get saves.  Seranthony does sound like he’s part of the ruling class.

Tyler Skaggs – Hit the DL with an abductor strain.  Apparently, Skaggs is a scallop.

Luis Valbuena – Designated for assignment by the Angels.  This is one of the most interesting DFA’ings in the history of baseball.  The Angels floated a report Saturday night that The Sciosciapath was stepping down, then their next move was DFA’ing Valbuena, Scioscia’s favorite player.  Then, The Sciosciapath was asked about stepping down and he said that report was nonsense.  So, when The Sciosciapath asks about Valbuena being DFA’d, you know what he’s going to hear?  Sorry, Mike, I thought we were on a break!

Corey Kluber – 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.63.  The reports of his demise are sorely mistaken.  Or are they?!  Damn you, Reversal Question, you nearly gave me a heart attack.  Kluber’s Ks and velocity are still down, and his xFIP is up.  Obviously, he’s not a bad pitcher, but not sure he’s the Cy Young guy he was.

Jose Ramirez – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 33rd homer, hitting .300.  The guy who you worried in March couldn’t hit 20 homers is going to hit 40+ homers.  Now cackle yourself into heaving sobs.

Brad Hand – 1 IP, 1 ER and the save, as he seems to have simultaneously supplanted Cody Allen while also trying to keep the competition alive by giving up runs.  It’s a fine tightrope to walk, just ask Cody Allen.

Danny Duffy – 6 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.70 vs. Ervin Santana – 4 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 6.14.  This matchup was billed as, “You don’t believe in Magic?  Then how do you explain these guys still starting for major league teams?”

Whit Merrifield – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, hitting .307.  Completely respectable season from Merrifield, and more in line with what I’d expect from him vs. what he did last year power-wise.  That might be the worst fight card since Brigitte Nielsen’s ovaries vs. Father Time.

Lucas Duda – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (10) and legs (1), hitting .235.  Most unbelievable slam and legs since *looks up whether Adrian Gonzalez ever stole a base*  Well, that, if it happened.

Lance McCullers – 4 IP, 0 ER, but left with elbow discomfort, which obviously sucks and was totally predictable, but he couldn’t pitch one more inning so I could get the gee-dee win?!  Obviously McCullers is done-zo for a while, if not the rest of the season.  I own Collin McHugh in one league, so I’m rooting for him to get McCullers’ spot, but it’s not yet clear.

Luis Castillo – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.91.  On one hand, decent start in a tough matchup.  On the other hand, it’s still under six innings and two earned runs.  On a third hand that is actually a proctologist’s glove on the end of a mop, Castillo is yet to impress me for longer than two starts in a row all year.

Matt Harvey – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.37.  Once the trading deadline passed, Harvey ripped up all his scratch-off (of this team’s logo).

Tanner Roark – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.21.  Well, we had a good run.  Or at least I had a good run with him, as he rattled off three straight Quality Starts, but the Stream-o-Nator doesn’t like his next start, and I agree.

Jon Gray – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.73.  One great start after another since his return from the minors is going to step over the top rope for this week’s matchup vs. the Dodgers in Coors.  Hope he doesn’t come away bloody like Abdullah the Butcher.

Trevor Story – 1-for-6, 4 RBIs and a slam (24) and legs (14), and three homers in the last two days.  Hopefully, Matt Holliday doesn’t want to return as a shortstop, because then Story will have to be benched.  Sorry, no choice.

Nolan Arenado – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 29th homer, hitting .306.  I won Prince’s last worn merkin on eBay, and it’s in the shape of the symbol he went by for a few years.  Unfortunately, it’s a little damp.  I think I’m going to let it air dry by this open window–NOOOO!!!  Torenado!!!

Adam Ottavino – 1 IP, 2 ER and his 3rd blown save.  Ottavino’s owners on Saturday, “How many times can Wade Davis blow a game before Ottavino gets a chance?”  Ottavino’s owners on Sunday, “Why do I feel like the world is laughing at me?”  I tried to pick up Seung-hwan Oh (who did get the save on Sunday) in one NL-Only league, and could see the Rockies going with Oh, due to his experience.  Everyone knows the Rockies appreciate experience more than just about anything.  Of course, I don’t think Davis is just out of the mix completely either.

Travis Shaw – 2-for-5 and his 22nd homer, and 2nd homer this weekend.  Hey, it helps me, because I own Shaw, but now Craig Counsell is benching Jesus Aguilar?  You remember Jesus, right?  The guy who Counsell called three weeks ago, ‘the Brewers MVP.’  Unless that was simply so he’d win the final write-in All-Star vote.  Damn, trying to affect the vote, who are you, Craig Comey Counsell?

Mike Moustakas – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer.  Moistasskiss!

Alex Wood – Placed on the DL with either “we want Walker Buehler to get another start” or “Hyun-Jin Ryu is back soon.”  The doctors aren’t yet sure.

Yasiel Puig – Sounds headed to the DL with an oblique injury.  Sue me if I read this as good news for all the guys I want the Dodgers to play over Puig.  Actually, in regards to Puig, ‘sue me’ would be sooooie!

George Springer – Hit a leadoff homer (19th), then walked in his next at-bat, which led to a steal attempt and bye-bye.  He grimaced like his season was over after his slide, but the Astros are saying he has thumb discomfort.  If you own him, I’d form a prayer trapezoid with a few of my closet friends and hope it is just discomfort.  I don’t know.  Discomfort is what Ted Knight dealt with from Jim J. Bullock, this seemed like more.

Zack Wheeler – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.89.  After the game, Wheeler said, “I can still clear waivers, right?  Please explain the rules of waivers to me.  Someone!”  According to the Stream-o-Nator, Wheeler gets yet another great matchup his next time out, and I’d go with him.

Kevin Gausman – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 4.47.  Way to come into the NL and take on the worst offensive team.  Apizzarently, Jeff McNeil was too much for Gausman.  I still like Gausman in his new home, but if my confidence was a Jenga tower, shizz is now wobbly.

Ender Inciarte – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Ender belted one out yesterday and I belted one out in the above video about Ender.

Nick Markakis – 4-for-5 and his 13th homer.  Sparkakis!

Blake Snell – 4 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 2.27.  The Marla Gibbs line!  Snell isn’t on an innings restriction.  However, Snell only threw 59 pitches, so maybe he’s on a pitch count restriction.

Joey Wendle – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Go ahead, Mr. Wendle!

Carlos Rodon – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners (5 BBs), 4 Ks, ERA at 2.94.  The Regression Fairies are over here rocking a unicorn t-shirt that says, “One of a kind,” and just ignoring Rodon.  Can’t be forever though.

Avisail Garcia – 2-for-4, 3 runs and a double slam (12, 13) and legs (1).  He was hitting .130 in the previous week with zero power (or RBIs and one run), so maybe it’s the start of a schmotato run, but it’s far from the middle of one.

Daniel Palka – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Has five homers in the last ten games, though a few of them have been pinch-hit jobbers, because the White Sox have so many options.  Ow!  Eye roll headache!

Kyle Seager – 2-for-4 and his 17th and 18th homer, hitting .231.  Of course, he’s on pace for 26 homers.  He could have 19 homers the last week of the season, then hit seven homers the final week, because he’s always within a plus or minus of three homers of 27 homers.  What you Seager is what you get.

Marco Estrada – 7 IP, 1 ER, 1 hit, 2 BBs, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.65.  You know when you’re feeling particularly lazy and you just line your underwear with fabric softener?  That’s still not as sweet as streaming Estrada on Saturday.

Aledmys Diaz – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games, and third homer in the last four games and fifth homer in the last week.  There’s hot schmotatoes, then there’s what Aledmys is currently on.

Clay Buchholz – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.68.  Saturday’s matchup was relatively easy, but Buchholz’s peripherals are where they were when he was good.  Yes, he was good at one point.  Why ya gotta be such a playa hater?  The beach is nice this time of year.

Steven Souza – 1-for-3 and his 3rd homer, which is one more home run than Nick Ahmed hit on Saturday.  Cust kayin’.

Robbie Ray – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 11 baserunners (4 BBs), 8 Ks, ERA at 4.92.  Walks:  Good for senior citizens in the AM at malls.  Not good when going against a team that is starting Nick Hundley as the cleanup hitter.

Chris Stratton – Sent to Triple-A.  That’s the last time I listen to 50 Cent when he says #GetTheStrat.

Evan Longoria – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  “From the area of St. Pete to St. Fran seamlessly.  Because these New Era caps are without seams!”  That’s Evan Longoria practicing in the mirror in case a national commercial campaign comes back his way.

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mrbaseball
mrbaseball
4 years ago

Offered P. DeJong for   B. Boxberger  – do you think its just a bad year or last year was a fluke

Nobody ever wants Boxberger but he still has the closing job

Keeper League but at moment looks like I would not keep either one of these players 16 tea, leep 10 players

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  mrbaseball
4 years ago

@mrbaseball: his hand is still hurt (see desmond last year, gurriel this year, the old HOU gurriel). his power will come back whenever his hand is better. this might be next year.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  The Harrow
4 years ago

@The Harrow: broken hand/fingers often take longer than 6 or so weeks in which to actually hit to a guy’s capabilities. teams for some reason don’t follow this, but it’s usually true.

For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron
4 years ago

finally actually watched bearclaw, a lot of the time he’s just missing, but other times he’s really far off. not locating at all. you can tell that IF he WAS locating he’s really good. i did think he threw harder though. lots of movement.

buster moon
buster moon
4 years ago

Healy or Trumbo?

goodfold2
goodfold2
4 years ago

MF’ing mess manager/bullpen. thor was awesome for 6 innings.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: eh, at least gsell … man might get a 2.33 innings save.

Yr Never Too Old For Balloons
Yr Never Too Old For Balloons
4 years ago

new saul right now.

Trepy
Trepy
4 years ago

Jean Segura and Chris Archer for Freddie Freeman and Jordan Hicks in a dynasty points league?

lubey
lubey
4 years ago

Does glasnow go 6 tomorrow? Im afraid he wont be able to get the QS even though SON is in love with that start.

I saw LeMahieu has shot up to 32 on the ROS player rater for non 5×5 (I’m in a points league). Would you keep him over Herrera or Murphy?

Thanks!

I’m Jose Canseco!
I’m Jose Canseco!
4 years ago

12 team 5×5

A) Muncy for C Hernandez
B) Muncy for 2 tickets to Zoso (The ultimate Led Zeppelin experience) concert
C) There is no C

I’m Jose Canseco
I’m Jose Canseco
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Zoso it is then

Taking14DaTeam
Taking14DaTeam
4 years ago

Bullpens changing daily for sure. But I have to make a decision on acquiring either Hicks or Edwards by tomorrow night. My idea is to drop DeJong for one of them in hopes of getting holds (or maybe even saves if Norris ever implodes as he should).

My pen is Allen, Leclerc, and Osuna. My MI is Villar, Bregman and Dee. I also have Cano coming aboard but unsure on his playing time. So I guess my bet is that Villar will be as good/bad as DeJong will be. Is this a reasonable bet to upgrade holds/saves with either Edwards or Hicks? (Morrow muddies the Cubs issue but they do win more games hence the need for expert advice!)

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
Reply to  Taking14DaTeam
4 years ago

@Taking14DaTeam: jedong’s hand brake is still clearly effecting his HR’s, that will eventually stop, but might be next year (see desmond last year, gurriel this year)

Jon
Jon
4 years ago

Any of these SP better than just a streamer?

Lynn, Cahill, Estrada, Musgrove, Anibal Sanchez, Lucchesi, Vargas, Faria, Leake, EJax, Tropeano, Trevor Richards

Mr. A Knife
Mr. A Knife
4 years ago

watch this completely possible tale. about 10 days ago o’neill and bader say to each other:
” hey we gotta get serious about this playing time issue”. both then go buy voodoo dolls for fowler and pham from a voodoo doll connection and start putting needles into their feet. they do this for a few days. but it doesn’t seem to work so they give up. then pham gets traded so they no longer need the pham doll. right around this time bader (unbeknownst to o’neill) goes back to the dealer and gets an o’neill doll, to which he starts jamming needles into it’s leg. eventually the dolls DID work, they didn’t read the fine print that clearly indicates the effects take at least a few more days than they had expected.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Mr. A Knife
4 years ago

@Mr. A Knife: Having a tough time believing the “voodoo doll connection” part.

Mr. A Knife
Mr. A Knife
Reply to  VinWins
4 years ago

@VinWins: that’s a guy who sells voodoo dolls. i don’t personally deal in that world myself, other nomenclature might be more appropriate.

Dan
Dan
4 years ago

Grey,

Would you drop Zunino for Austin Hedges or hold?

Also

Would you drop Luke Weaver for Lance Lynn, Boyd, Minor, Bailey, Borucki, Brett Anderson or hold?

Thanks

Mr. A Knife
Mr. A Knife
Reply to  Dan
4 years ago

@Dan: borucki till the luck falls out maybe. he keeps overperforming a whole bunch of stuff, but his FIP IS awesome. hedges over zunino easily. esp as it’s likely you can just reverse course if Z starts doing better than hedges.

AdamH
AdamH
4 years ago

Got offered Cole for Carpenter and Mikolas. Do I make that trade if I have Altuve, Rhys, Rendon at carpenter’s positions?

Staff consists of Nola, Flaherty, Ray, Tanaka, Eovaldi, Wood, Roark

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
4 years ago

The Soto owner is debating whether or not to part with him for my Springer. He’s willing to move Gallo though.

Would you give up Springer to receive Gallo in a this season only 5×5 standard roto?

I’m in first place overall, but I do need to keep pace in the HR/RBI categories (currently 2nd)…especially with Trout sitting out and possibly heading for DL.

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Should I use some skillful persuasion to get Soto for Springer or take Gallo instead? :)

prestige
prestige
4 years ago

SON loves Vargas tomorrow at home vs Reds. Would you stream him in 12 teamer.

Mr. A Knife
Mr. A Knife
Reply to  prestige
4 years ago

@prestige: it’s liked vargas a few times this year, go take a look at vargas’ results. even in 20 teamers i’d wait for him to look at least decent before trusting SON on him.

DonnieB
DonnieB
4 years ago

I traded my Ken Giles and Grett Gardner for Matt Chapman and Harrison Bader. Did I do well? I’d is win? From Bader for Nick Williams? Thanks

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

Drop Bader for Williams? Or hold?

Jubaka
Jubaka
4 years ago

Should I start arietta at Arizona tonite. I’m not desperate but if you think he will do fine I’ll start him..

mrbaseball
mrbaseball
4 years ago

Aledmys Díaz Tor – SS or Derrick Fisher

Bobby
Bobby
4 years ago

How do you think Cano is going to do? Would you trade away Cano & Osuna for Khris Davis?

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
4 years ago

I own Springer and will be without him for a couple weeks.

I need a replacement in the OF that can provide HR and RBI (tight race in these categories).

I picked up Nick Williams as you suggested and think I could convince the Gallo owner to part with him for Williams. Would this be a good move on my part?

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Would you trade Springer to receive Soto straight up with Springer being out at least 2 weeks? Also, it could take a while for him to get going from a thumb sprain when he returns.

Last 30 days their HR/RBI numbers are nearly identical with the R and AVG edge going to Soto. Plus, the Nats lineup is starting to heat up.

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Sorry, new to fantasy baseball…when you say “redraft” are you referring to a season-long standard roto league (one draft before season starts and redraft / start over next season)?

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Thanks, so giving up Springer to get Soto then.

Launch Angle
Launch Angle
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:

Would you take Acuna over Nick Williams in a this year only league too ROS?

nitro
nitro
4 years ago

ROS?
Ender I
C Taylor
Conforto

Thanks

nitro
nitro
Reply to  nitro
4 years ago

@nitro: Or M. Muncy? Which 2?

nitro
nitro
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks!

Sano Chance in Hell
Sano Chance in Hell
4 years ago

Grey –

With Dee Gordon’s injury, I’m scrambling for a 2b replacement. I can get Asdrubal cheaply or pick up Villar – who do you like better the rest of the way? Higher ceiling with Villar, but higher floor with Asdrubal? Thanks!

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
4 years ago

L Castillo on the rebound as of late- give up a bat like Eddie Rosario for him? My hitting is stacked. .

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: yes sir

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
4 years ago

What’s good Grey? Been playing the hot hand at 2B/SS and picked up Jose Peraza about a month ago in my 12-team, OBP, SLG% league. He is no longer that “hot”. There are a lot of options on the waiver wire and I have two weeks to play around with things with a bye in the 1st round of the playoffs. Is Matt Duffy, Ketel Marte, Joey Wendle, or Jeff McNeil a better option than Peraza ROS? If so, how would you rank them.

Along the same lines, kind of sick of Brett Gardner as my Utility Player/6th OF. Seems like he goes off for three days and then does JACK SQUAT for the next three weeks. Here is a list of some names that are out there to pick up: Mallex Smith, Nick Williams, Trey Mancini, Adrian Beltre, Josh Reddick, and Justin Bour. Any of those options look more enticing than Gardner?

Thanks!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Slimcompoop
4 years ago

@Slimcompoop: Yes, all of them over Gardner

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Slimcompoop
4 years ago

@Slimcompoop: Well, not Beltre. I’m assuming you were just joking with that.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks Cram and Grey!

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
4 years ago

I really do not understand The Cards. Jo Ma can’t play 1B but can play RF? I dropped him after weeks of patiently waiting for him to be traded. Picked up O’Neill dropping him after Fowler injury. Felt proud of myself. now Jo Ma was picked up by another team and O’Neill to the DL. I also own DeJong which has been a challenge.

I am in first by 26 games just positioning for Sept 10th playoff week.

1. I could park O’Neill with my others guys who don’t play….Cano, Ryu, Mazara, Trout, Dee pointing to him being helpful next month or I could drop him for Williams, Trumbo, Souza or Bader. Or go pitching with Hicks (Saves and hold league) , Viz, Edwards or Swarzak.

2. Is DeJong droppable as well for any of those above? Guess I could drop both O’Neill and DeJong? Weird scenario with these injuries.

CrazyJ
CrazyJ
4 years ago

Freddie Zzzzzman

Robert
Robert
4 years ago

Do you think Eloy Jimenez is going to get called up, as is being reported and will he be better than Tucker was?

Fogimon
Fogimon
4 years ago

Don’t know what the F to do with Aguilar at this point. I want to plug and play for the week, but he might only get 3 games.
Meanwhile, I don’t want to miss out on hot stretches of Conforto, Polanco, or Calhoun.

Have to bench Aguilar and it hurts so much.

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: at 1B I have Rizzo. at CI I have E5. at UT I have Polanco.

My OF is Pollock, CainSugar, Conforto, Calhoun, & Rhysus.

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I could justify benching Conforto, but the Mess actually have good matchups this week so I expect him to hit. And actually play in all their games too, go figure.

Bk
Bk
4 years ago

Kinda following up on a question from some days ago-

I have a monster lead in steals (133, others in 80s/90s)

This is due to Turner, JRam, Tim Anderson, Cain

NOBODY wants Tim, I’m not trading JRam, and Cain helps a lot in Average and runs…

SO; I need to get an ace because my biggest issues really are Wins and Ks (per 9 that is, 1600 cap). The only real ace I could probably get straight up is Kershaw. Others are either owned by top guys or owners won’t budge. Is Kershaw for Turner sketchy?

I feel like it’s the best pitcher I could get, and the most quality pitcher is the move considering the innings cap.

Maybe I should hold and look for a package? Not sure. Thanks

Herschel
Herschel
4 years ago

@Grey: in a weekly league would you stream Gibson (@cle and @det) or VV (@ari). I know neither are great options….

Thanks!

peacecoast
peacecoast
4 years ago

not a bad time to stash cano huh?

Negatto
Negatto
4 years ago

Hey Grey,

Need to drop 1 of the following. Who gets the axe?

Muncy, Piscotty, Souza, A Garcia, or Jose Martinez

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
4 years ago

one more q for the master. Kole Calhoun on my bench – Would you give him a shot over any of these bats this week: Rhysus, Giancarlo, Eddie Rosario, Au Shizz, AJ Pollock, Ian Desmond ( all at Coors!!)

Chris
Chris
4 years ago

Hi Grey,

Trying to get my team better with the trade deadline.

would you trade in a package for:

Get: Votto, Kimbrel, Meada, rd. 14 and rd 15
Give: Rd 4 and rd 7, Glasnow, Justin Turner and Bud Norris

League h2h, mix, 12 teams with OBP:

C Hedged
1b Edwin
2b Murphy
3b Arenado
SS Story
OF (3) Odubel Herrera, Rosario, Acuña, Marte
UTL/Bn – Marte/Justin Turner

SP -Robbie Ray, Jon Gray, Mikolas, Tyson Ross, Musgrove, Tropeano, Glasnow, Holland
DL – Strasburg, Fulmer, Wacha
RP – Felipe Vasquez, Bud Norris (only saves)

Thanks for the comments!

chris
chris
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey:
HI Grey,

Instead of Votto, Kimbrel, Meada, as above comments, would you prefer the below with same price:

Get: Abreu, Edwin Diaz and Godley, rd. 14 and rd 15
Give: Rd 4 and rd 7, Glasnow, Justin Turner and Bud Norris

Which player’s group?

Thanks!

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
4 years ago

Scenario for you…. You have on roster Cahill and Roark. Starting Cahill this week against LAA because you dont like Roark at CHC. Tropeano is FA and you are thinking more and more about running him out there. Do you a. drop cahill, or B Drop Roark or C Drop bench bat K Calhoun. If B- do you think there is not too much risk in Roark being picked up? same for C?

thejacks
thejacks
4 years ago

Hittertron has Dahl at $15 for the week. Rox at home for 7 game slate and only one lefty. Think he’s worth a pickup? And would likely sit Choo for him this week (Choo has 4 leftys).

C
C
4 years ago

Yo Grey – great stuff per usual.

At the start of the season in my 6×6 12-team roto league, I flipped T. Bauer and A. Miller for C. Sale and E. Hosmer. Obviously Hosmer hasn’t been much of a factor, but after my bats starting really hot after the break I’ve surged into first place and decided to try to keep some of those points by flipping Sale for Arenado.

I know it depends a lot on needs, but how’d I do?

NH
NH
4 years ago

Hi Grey,

I am trying to get a top 15 pitcher added to my rotation.
Which position player and which pitcher would you package together to try to accomplish this goal?

S. Marte, O. Herrera, Votto
Severino, Morton, Kershaw, Sale, DeGrom, Bauer, Happ, Kimbrel, Corbin,

I just use Lynn as a steamer and do you think I should drop C-Mart?

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  NH
4 years ago

@NH: what do your hitters look like?

Tom
Tom
4 years ago

dynasty league 5×5

My Severino for Yelich

My pitching is is solid should I count with Berrios?

I need hitting

Ted Williams' Frozen Head
Ted Williams' Frozen Head
4 years ago

Afternoon Grey! In a 12T H2H mixed Non-keeper, how do you value Vlad Jr rest of the way? Unsurprisingly guys in the league dont want to pay much for a gamble so the best I can probably do is get a low end arm that I hope keeps pitching well (i.e. Trevor Williams) – is a small return like this worth it or better to just hold a few weeks and see if lightning strikes?

Ted Williams' Frozen Head
Ted Williams' Frozen Head
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Nope – so basically no value from that answer haha

Thoughts on Villar vs. Souza in a vacuum rest of the way? May just drop em for one of the two

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
4 years ago

Worth taking a look gamble on Bryant in redraft? Need hr and rbi in a 15 teamer

I give up Greinke and Haniger for Bryant, Colome and M Franco

James Bolger
James Bolger
4 years ago

If Forest Whitley was activated for a start this week, would you jump on him?

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
4 years ago

grey, who’s the drop to stream Wheeler this week?

C – none
1b – Desmond
2b – Odor
3b – Franco
Ss – Segura
Of – Trout, Giancarlo, Ozuna
Util – Acuna, C. Taylor
Bn – Hosmer
DL – Ramos
Sp – Ray, Archer, Taillon, VV, Pivetta, Peralta, Rodon, Eovaldi
Ro – Rodney, Norris, Osuna, Seranthony

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: thanks!

Mex
Mex
4 years ago

Profar or Cron?

I would think this is pretty much what Cron is gonna be(28Hr, 80 Rbi, 80 R, .250 ish avg). Which I like.

Does Profar take the next step and turn into a 20/20 guy that many expected of him back when he was a top prospect before the injures and such.

What say you, who would you rather have in 2019?

Mex
Mex
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Thanks. yeah, that’s how i was leaning also. I find his upside intriguing.

mex
mex
Reply to  Mex
4 years ago

@Mex: just one more quickie, (If you have to wait a little while I understand, that’s me quoting my wife)

For next year: Cron or Yonder?

Keith
Keith
4 years ago

H2H redraft league. My pitching isn’t great. QS instead of wins. Would you give Bregman to get Snell and Andujar? Thanks

Keith
Keith
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: maybe I said it wrong, but I would be getting the Snell side. Or did you mean the Snell side isn’t worth Bregman?

steve stevenson
steve stevenson
4 years ago

Need an OF, probably for just this week: Pearce, Bader, Reddick, Grichuk or Palka? ‘Tron says Pearce but it’d require Cora to continue playing him over Moreland against righties.

Toph
Toph
4 years ago

Happiest of Mondays to you Grey,

Just sold Archer for Khris Davis in a dynasty league. Seems pretty fair and with how Davis is mashing right now. You like this trade long term?

Thanks for your imput and have a great rest of the day!

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

buying Schoop ROS ops league? worried about at bats?

herschel
herschel
4 years ago

@Grey: weekly roto. need to start two of the following this week. who do you like?

bauers – 3 vs bal, 3 @ tor
calhoun – 3 vs det, 3 vs oak
tim anderson – 3 vs nyy, 3 vs cle

thanks!

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
4 years ago

Good morning, Grey!

Please pick 2 of Souza, Aledmys, Ohtani, Pearce or Mallex as a short-term bench bat? Need average and/or power equally. Thanks a lot!

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: PS: Tyler O’Neill on DL now, can’t stash both him and Cano. Which should I drop? Thanks again!

GrassyKnollRedding
GrassyKnollRedding
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Cool, thanks. One last one: Keep Eloy stashed in redraft or dump him?

PS: When I read the following update on Tyler, I kept hearing Eddie Murphy in my head going, “You could just graze nuts…”

((O’Neill’s groin injury is reportedly not a baseball injury and not a muscular injury, but instead a condition of a “sensitive nature.” The outfielder underwent treatment Monday and is not expected to be out long.))

Norm Ginsberg
Norm Ginsberg
4 years ago

ROS: 3B – Drop Moustakis for Chapman? CSS – drop Chris Taylor for Diaz?

Norm Ginsberg
Norm Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I’m surprised; I expected the opposite responses.

norm Ginsberg
norm Ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Yes, I should do better than 4 HR/10 RBI (and 203 BA) for past 30 days.

norm ginsberg
norm ginsberg
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: 9 games (1 HR; 3 RBI; and 242 BA). Admittedly small sample size but Meh.

MB
MB
4 years ago

Drop DeJong for Aldemys?
Drop Kemp for Mallex or Trumbo?

or hold.
thanks.

Wan
Wan
4 years ago

Grey,
Trade Gattis for Escobar (Arizona)? I still have Molina to play C.
Also, this is a yahoo league.
My 2nd baseman is D.gordon (2nd/OF) and Moncada.
Thoughts? I see Escobar as an asdrubal Cabrera type player.. same position very similar numbers
Thanks!

slimbo
slimbo
4 years ago

safe to to cut Willie Calhoun in a dynasty? need to activate syndergaard

trying to win this year currently in 1st, also could cut Asdrúbal Cabrera or Tim Anderson

thanks

Prince Paul
Prince Paul
4 years ago

I need to drop a bat to stream a pitcher… Leonys, Bauers, Calhoun (LAA) or Parra?

Prince Paul
Prince Paul
Reply to  Prince Paul
4 years ago

@Prince Paul: I’m glad I was patient with the entire Taylor and Muncy situation…I knew an injury was inevitable.

Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
4 years ago

In a league where I need everything but steals for two utility slots which two are you liking ROS:

Ryan Zimmerman
Trumbo
Braun
Aledmys Diaz
Nick Ahmed
Reddick
Grichuk
Bour

Tim Anderson is in waivers too, should I burn my #2 waiver spot to add him? I have Boegarts at SS, Dozier at 2B, Dan Murphy at MI, and Chris Taylor available to fill off day slots.

Thanks as always my dude!

Yancy_Carlos
Yancy_Carlos
4 years ago

ROS Jo-Ma or Bauers

Cram It
Cram It
4 years ago

@Grey: You didn’t think you’d run away with it, did you? I don’t think I’ve seen anyway do that, at least in the leagues I’ve done.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: Oh damn, that is a lot in one weekend.

The Great Knoche
4 years ago

Reached the point in NFBC I have just enough starters to fill out roster. Check out the DL/Minors/now in bullpen list

Bettis
Gohara
Blach
Stratton
Hammel
Davies
Perdomo
Ed Rod
Richards
Skaggs
Erasmo

Hanging around but need Skaggs and Ed Rod back healthy.

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: 18 starters and needed every single one. I think Erasmo is only one who hasn’t seen the lineup.

Cram It
Cram It
4 years ago

Hey, remember last week when I said I was in 3rd and 8.5 points out of first? No? Cool. Well, I had a YUGE week on both sides of the ball and I’m now 1 single, solitary point out of first. It’s a 3 way race down the stretch, with Rudy just 3 points out. Good times!

Rudy Gamble
Reply to  Cram It
4 years ago

fun race for sure. hopefully we’ve got enough healthy bodies come september!

The Skrimmer
The Skrimmer
4 years ago

Start Folty @ WAS or Eovaldi @BAL this week?

Jack
Jack
4 years ago

Please rank Trumbo, Braun, Conforto, K. Calhoun, and Tyler O’Neill. Thanks.

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
4 years ago

Any take on Houston rolling out Forrest Whitley this week? His first name alone should have you hoping for a good performance. Puns and allusions for days. I’m paying close attention to that game for sure.

CaptainKnauer
CaptainKnauer
4 years ago

Which 2 ROS

Gausman
Heaney
Roark
Wheeler

Bk
Bk
4 years ago

Looking to scoop Longoria in a few leagues while he’s hot.

One league I don’t really wanna drop any of my hitters (Pederson, Pearce maybe but I love playing matchups)

I can drop a starter but starters are really shallow. My worst are
Bieber
Cahill
Pivetta
Gausman

Bieber kinda stinks but his next start @CHW is decent. I’m kinda going start to start. Let me know. Thanks.

Cable
Cable
4 years ago

Guru hat on……who’s next man up with McCullers on the mend

Jacks
Jacks
4 years ago

Guru hat on if McCullers is out long term term who’s next up

Stewie
Stewie
4 years ago

MLB Survivor Advice? Down to the final few teams – started with 100+. My options are slim…

Can only use each team once and have to win at least 50% of games during the week to advance (if playing 7 games, must go 4-3). Unfortunately, I think the below are my best options. Think I’m leaning SF (yikes) with 6 at home and catching a banged up Houston team…what say you?

TB (6 games) – 3 vs BAL, 3 @ TOR – Glasnow goes 2x
SEA (7 games) – 4 @ TEX, 3 @ HOU – LeBlanc & Felix go 2x
LAA (6 games) – 3 vs DET, 3 vs OAK – Tropeano goes 2x
SF (6 games) – 2 vs HOU, 4 vs PIT – D-Rod goes 2x
CIN (6 games) – 3 @NYM (face deGrom & Thor), 3 vs AZ – Bailey goes 2x
COL (7 games) – 3 vs PIT, 4 vs LAD – Freeland & Sentazela go 2x

The Shoe
The Shoe
4 years ago

Morning, Grey. Sweet write-up as always!

A. I just dropped Chapman for Odor, but with Chapman hitting well, I’m wondering if I should get back in on him. Am I crazy to consider dropping Cain for Chapman? Who would you rather have come September for fantasy playoffs? Cain has been pretty underwhelming over the last month or two. Alternatively, I guess I could try to explore trade opportunities for Cain.

B. Which two would you start out of the following:
Stripling @Col
Gibson @Cle
Gray vs LAD
Buchholz @Cin

Thanks!

The Shoe
The Shoe
Reply to  Grey
4 years ago

@Grey: I could try to snag Cahill @LAA and/or Musgrove @SF – I would be most likely dropping Buchholz and a RP. That sound better?

lwomack58
lwomack58
4 years ago

Kemp’s and Castellanos’s slumps are dragging down a couple of my teams. Do you see either of them turing their slumps around or time to cut bait for such bats as Trumbo, Sano, O’Neill, Braun, Heyward or Longoria?

Thank you

Murph
Murph
4 years ago

One more question
You said I could cut Quintana for Gray in a QS league… I also have Robbie Ray. Would you rather cut Quintana or Ray?
Thanks