Let’s see, if Tyler O’Neill is Kelly Leak, then Coach Walter Matheny is curmudgeonly happy.  “Lean into the pitch, Whomever is the Cards catcher while Molina and Kelly are out!”  If in this reboot T. O’Neill is playing Kelly, who’s playing the girl’s role on the Cards?  Hmm, only one it could be is Tommy Herr.  Come out of retirement!  By the by, this movie?  Doesn’t hold up at all.  Don’t ever watch it again.  Remember what you can and move on.  Any hoo!  Tyler O’Neill (2-for-4, 4 RBIs, hitting .368) hit yet another homer — his third in three games — and he’s capable of hitting 30 homers.  Not over the whole year, like if we’re backtracking, I mean from today forward.  Not sure if the Cards play him, sometimes Walter Matheny appears drunk, but I would grab O’Neill for power.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Carlos Martinez – Played long toss.  That’s nice.  Did he go for ice cream after?

Alex Reyes – Will return to the rotation next week.  He should be owned in 100% of leagues.  He could easily be a top 30 starter the rest of the way, and maybe more.

Matt Carpenter – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 4th homer.  Carpenter nailed it!  He’s hitting .210 on the year, but over .400 in the last week, for a little schmotato action.

Miles Mikolas – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.24.  I’m not saying I was the only one in the preseason saying to draft him, but was I?  Because when I drafted him in leagues around 275 overall it felt that way.  By the way, Mikolas is comfortably above Ohtani on the Player Rater.

Roberto Osuna – Leave was extended until May 28th.  I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating, because I don’t know if I just said it in my head or on the site.  Blogorheadwhatisitis is the clinical term for it.  MLB should just suspend Osuna for three months.  By prolonging his suspension, they have to keep reporting he’s on leave for another week, which just keeps the matter fresh in people’s minds.  Suspend him, wipe your hands on a dish towel and be done with it.

Khris Davis – Headed to the DL with a strained groin.  Khris said he can’t phiss straight.

Zach Britton – Will begin rehab on May 30th, which would put him on track to return around mid-June.  I hope he can hit cleanup.

Adam Jones – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer, hitting .268.  As he rounded the bases, he made the universal sign to “call me” while mouthing the words “waiving my trade clause.”

Manny Machado – 1-for-3 and his 15th homer, hitting .343.  He mouthed, “Adam can fit in my suitcase if you throw in a middle reliever.”

Adrian Beltre – Still weeks away from returning.  You in the preseason, “I don’t know with this Moncada guy.  Beltre has been rock solid for 27 years.  I’m taking him to go with my Miggy Cabrera.”  You now, “Well, poop.”

Rougned Odor – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .174.  Golly!  I had forgotten he was on my team.  Odor’s like, “Yo, I can limbo under last year!”

Joey Gallo – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 14th homer, hitting .201.  Wait right here, I have to go look at what the Rangers team average is…Yup, that’s horrid!  .226!  Ha!

Walker Buehler – 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 2.38.  He’s Alex Reyes in an easier division.

Max Muncy – 1-for-2 and his 5th homer, and 2nd homer in the last three games, as he bats 2nd.  Conspiracy Theory Alert!  Muncy told Dave Roberts that Puig slept with his daughter, which is why Muncy has garnered favor and Puig didn’t even start yesterday.

Greg Bird – Won’t return this week.  Shouldn’t even have a blurb.  Should not even be talking about him.  He’s garbage, brah and five sistahs.

Masahiro Tanaka – 5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 3 Ks, ERA at 4.95.  Remember that stone Indiana Jones had to move, but to move it and not trigger a booby trap Indy had to put a bag of sand down to offset the missing weight?  Okay, Michael Pineda was the stone and Tanaka was the bag of sand.  *mind blown*

Gleyber Torres – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and two homers (5, 6), hitting .321, as he continues to bat ninth.  A monkey could manage a major league team better than some current managers.  In fact, the Jays have been using a Gibbons for years!

Aaron Judge – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 12th homer, hitting .286.  For what it’s Jayson Werth, Judge was hitting .226 in the month of May before yesterday.

Jose Berrios – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.82.  Yup, gave up on him too soon in April.  He’s righted the ship like he’s Jack Dawson in his dreams!

Nicholas Castellanos – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .316.  The Greek God of Hard Contact uses lightning as a cotton swab!  (By the way, the people who say Castellanos isn’t Greek are the same people who call you on the phone — the horror! — and say, “Hey, I think you forgot to invite me to your party.”)

Jerad Eickhoff – Felt a twinge in his fingers and had a setback.  Now we just need VV to get hurt to get my guy Enyel De Los Santos into the rotation.  Sorry, The Secret says you have to put it out there.

Nick Pivetta – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.23.  There’s literally 25 comments a day that go like this, “Grey, handsome lipped man, do you take [scrub] or Pivetta?”  I’ve been saying Pivetta since literally the 2nd week of the season.

Nick Williams – 2-for-4 and his 3rd homer.  Also, in this game, Aaron Altherr (1-for-1, hitting .202) hit his 5th homer. For one brief day towards the end of May, a light shined on those random sleepers you were excited about 85 days ago who you dropped 80 days ago.

Hector Neris – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save.  Gabe Kapler is the worst changer upper of closers ever.

Mike Foltynewicz – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.72.  The most not accurate that feels accurate statement:  I’ve started Pivetta and Foltynewicz for almost two months, and they always face each other.

Dustin Pedroia – Could return on Friday.  If you’re hoping he returns to save your fantasy team, you’re no better than the Mets considering Jose Bautista.

Zach Davies – Expected to return on Thursday.  The start is vs. the Mets which is always fun for SPs, but Davies has kinks in his shoulder.

Freddy Peralta – Optioned to the minors.  I briefly mention Peralta on the podcast that’s coming later today, in a mostly derisive manner.  My Schadenfreddy is working overtime.

Chase Anderson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.86, as he was activated from the DL.  Starters who don’t strikeout a lot and give up a few runs while only going around six innings are the epitome of pitchers I don’t usually mention in my roundups.  Chase Anderson is the best example of that.

Travis Shaw – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .246.  Didn’t realize how close he was to the precipice of being droppable in shallower leagues.  He’s a cold streak away from being Matt Davidson and a hot streak away from being Christian Villanueva.

Domingo Santana – 1-for-3 and his 3rd homer and his 2nd in the week.  He hit .197 last April, and didn’t hit his first home run of May until the 24th.  Cust kayin’.

Corey Knebel – 1 IP, 0 ER, and his 2nd save, ERA at 4.70.  Just as you drew it up when you drafted him in the top 75.

Jake Lamb – 1-for-2 and his 1st homer in his 3rd game back from the DL.  Is he already out-slugging Goldy?

Jason Vargas – 5 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 9.87.  Sonavabench!  Don’t ask why I own him; it’s a deep league.  I should’ve trusted the Stream-o-Nator, but, this year, yowzers he’s thrown some howlers (almost rhyme!)

Elieser Hernandez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.08.  Why can’t he change his first name to something easy to remember like Meredith Baxter Birney.  He’s a soft-tossing command guy on the Marlins, not buying.  Sorry, Meredith.

Ryan Zimmerman – He’s due back ‘fairly soon,” said Nats manager, Dave Martinez.  He added, “Because Adams stopped hitting.”

Juan Soto – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer on the first pitch he saw, an absolute rocket to left, wait, now I’m describing my erection watching it.  Since Juan Soto sounds to me like “Want soda?”  Whenever I hear Juan Soto, I scream, “Dr. Pepper me!”

Bryce Harper – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .231.  MLB has a serious problem.  I was in a Whole Foods the other day, and this guy looked just like Bryce and I said to him, “Start hitting some homers, Bryce Harper!”  And he said, “Who’s Bryce Harper?”  That saddened me.  Then again, maybe he was some Birkenstock Seitan.

Mark Reynolds – 3-for-5, 3 runs and his 3rd and 4th homers in six games.  The Nats have a remarkable ability to start anyone at 1st base and get production.  It started last year with Adam Lind, and continued this year with Adams and now Reynolds.  Can the Nats please trade for Goldschmidt?

Gio Gonzalez – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 2.38.  Gio’s like, “Yo, Fangraphs Database take your xFIP and shove it in the Regression Fairies’ bum.”

Franmil Reyes – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer.  Unless you count the homers he hit as Kyle Blanks a few years back.

Freddy Galvis – 0-for-3, hitting .234, and has started every game this year, after doing the same last year with the Phils.  Galvis made a strange deal with the devil a few years back.  “Here’s my soul, now start me in every single game even if I’m not good.”

 
  1. Thomefan251 says:
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    Big fan of razzball but what’s with all the Ohtani hate from Grey himself? If I’m not mistaking you had him in the top 80 (maybe top 90) overall right before my draft. I hate what they’re doing with him as well but he’s still damn good.

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Thomefan251: What Ohtani hate? The only thing Grey said about Ohtani in this entire post was that Mikolas was higher than Ohtani on the Player Rater, which is true and was really more a point about Mikolas than Ohtani.

      And while you are right that Ohtani is damn good from a baseball perspective, he is not nearly as good from a *fantasy* baseball perspective. We are in week 9 of the season, and Ohtani has only 84 ABs as a hitter and 7 starts as a pitcher. So while he has been very productive both ways, he is 108th in hitting WAR and 66th in pitching WAR … even if you add them together, he is still not top 40 in overall WAR.

      I pointed out in the preseason that Ohtani could end up a league MVP candidate and yet not be a top 50 fantasy option, and that is kind of how it is playing out.

      • LenFuego4Eva says:
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        @LenFuego: It’s true. I keep a log of LenFuego’s comments and he did indeed point that out. Keep it up, LenFuego! Love you, man.

      • LenFuego4Eva says:
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        @LenFuego: It’s true. I keep a log of LenFuego’s comments and he did indeed point that out. Keep it up, LenFuego! Love you, [email protected]LenFuego:

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @LenFuego: All true statements, but you also need to factor in that Ohtani gives you two players for the roster slot of one allowing you to pick up an extra bat, stream a pitcher, etc. Ohtani and “Player X” would give you top 40 overall value.

        • William Holcomb says:
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          @Slimcompoop: not in my yahoo league. You can have his as a pitcher or as a hitter. There are two Ohtani’s.

        • Another Dan says:
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          @Slimcompoop: I

          Depends what provider you use. On yahoo Ohtani is two players, two roster spots.

          Ohtani’s value is pretty league dependent.

          Another Dan

          • LenFuego says:
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            @Another Dan: Very true. For instance, he will have a much higher value in daily lineup leagues that allow him to fully use both his pitching starts and his DH starts than say, weekly lineup leagues where he can only be used for one or the other for a given week.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @LenFuego: Grey is 100% busting my chops with Ohtani, it’s what we do!

        WAR good god! What is it good for? Not from a baseball perspective, but from fantasy. See what I did there?

        • LenFuego says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: Dang. And for a second there I thought I had a legit fan club!

    • Crime Dog says:
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      @Thomefan251: I think you proved Grey’s view on Ohtani. You just said you hate what they’re doing with him so where’s the confusion? He’s a sweet player and awesome for real life but a pitcher pitching every 10th day no matter how good they are is going to be less valuable than a lot of other pitchers with less skill in fantasy.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Crime Dog: 7th day. How’s Happ look?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: Happ is above Ohtani for pitchers on the Player Rater

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: BAHAHAHAHA thank god for that Red Sox start for Ohtani…

    • El Famous Burrito says:
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      @Thomefan251:

      Maybe you didn’t mean it to, but your post sounds like Thin-Skinned Braves Fan, finding anti-Braves bias where none exists.

      Don’t be that guy. Nobody likes that guy, especially Braves fans.

      • Thomefan251 says:
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        @El Famous Burrito: uh ok? Lol not at all just curious what has changed it all. This hasn’t been a 1 post thing it’s been something that’s been happening over a handful of posts now. But seems it’s more the amount of starts he’s receiving then anything else.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It is about the # of starts he is receiving… I don’t dislike him

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Thomefan251: what are they doing? It’s amazing he’s playing both ways. Grey’s value on Ohtani doesn’t include him as a hitter, which is of value in RCLs.

      • Grey

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Combine his values (which isn’t possible in some leagues) and he’s still only a $11.50 player… Mikolas is a $20.40 player right now

    • Grey

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      @Thomefan251: He’s been solid, about the value of a top 80 guy

      • Thomefan251 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: was never talking about the hitting side of him. They were ranked separately. @Grey: alright, honestly was curious if something changed but reading your responses to others explains it a bit. Wasn’t trying just chops or anything lol, trying to see if I should abandon ship and try n trade him or something.

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up.

    a. I was following the Rangers’ game on CBS’ game tracker (I know OSB, bestill my heart!) and saw that Odor had no number attached to the HR he hit, meaning it was his first! Shocking!

    b. After yesterday’s debacle over Mark Twain quotes, I got feisty and did a lot of research! None of the quotes that come up from here on in will be of a disputable source. Whether or not they are useful is, of course, disputable.

    c. Mark Twain quote of the day for May 22

    Everything has its limit–iron ore cannot be educated into gold.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ante!

      Since Odor busted his 2018 HR hymen, all we have to look forward to now is no number being attached to his next stolen base. (In fairness, he did miss a full month of the season … and his hitting coach is Anthony Iapoce.)

      Thumbs up on the Twain quote!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Totally shocking! B. Was yesterday’s not him? C. Nice!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        To the best of my knowledge, they were. But they could have also been as Len alluded to just “inspired by” Twain and not necessarily Twain Twain. Get it? I had the best intentions, but now I have removed the kiddie gloves and put on my big boy pants.

        Question? Starting VV tonight at home versus ATL? Last Friday you said that SON said he liked his next start (meaning this one tonight). Does that still hold?

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Inspired by/actual — tomato/tomahto! Think you have to start VV there

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            In a 5X5 RCL, dropped Adams for Happ. Okay?

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              Works for me

  3. Isabella says:
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    Heyy Grey, rest of season , how are you ranking the following guys? Can you rank all of then so I know how to set waivers? Thanks!

    O’Neill, Domingo Santana, Jesus Aguilar, mark Reynolds

    Thanks!

  4. Phil says:
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    Grey, my batting average stinks. Will these bums pick it up, or should I trade some peeps to shore it up?:

    Harper, OZUNA, Story, Acuna, Shaw, Schoop, Goldy, Hosmer?

    I seriously thought it would be a strength.

    Thanks! (unless it’s bad news)

    Second question: If you were to trade for a pure hitter type player that wouldn’t cost half your roster to acquire, who would be your top choices? I’m looking at Benintendi, Abreu, Votto, Rosario, Haniger.

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Phil: 6 of those 8 will rebound. Don’t ask me which 6.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil: Goldy and Hosmer should hit for better averages, they won’t carry those other guys to a great average tho –I like Abreu, Benintendi, Rosario

      • Phil says:
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        Thanks! I have Bryant, Segura, Cain, Suarez also. I don’t need to lead the league in hitting, but .200-.260 every week is super disappointing.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  5. Manley Ramirez says:
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    3B for overall production ROS?: Andujar, Gyorko, Franco, Candelerio

  6. Donny Simms says:
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    Hello
    Please rank avail 2B for ros; Harrison, odor,Hernandez, pedroia,happ

    Also best placeholder until my team basks in the presence of vlad; Bell, Olson, Bour

    Thanks!

  7. aardvark says:
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    Tyler o Neil or C.J. cron

  8. Donny Simms says:
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    Grey you handsome lipped man I need you.

    H2h points
    2b ROS. Harrison, Odor, Hernandez, Happ
    Also
    Best filler until vlad blesses my team with his presence; Bell, Bour, Olson
    Thanks!
    (Sorry if double comment phone being weird)

  9. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Grey!

    How many innings do you think the Dodgers are going to let Buehler pitch this year? When will it be a good idea to trade him before they shut him down?

    Thanks!

  10. Alex says:
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    Trying to replace power numbers after losing Dejong and Khris. Who are the top 2 here?

    O’Neill, Odor, Lamb, Gyorko, Villanueva, Meadows, Duvall

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: Odor, Lamb

  11. Bronx bombers says:
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    Would you trade my Alex Reyes for his Soto? I have a lot of pitching.. 6×6 h2h non keeper

    • Bronx bombers says:
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      @Bronx bombers: people extremely over value pitchers in this league. I feel like if he comes up and starts hot, I may be able to package him and get something real good.. I don’t really need a Bat or a pitcher so I guess it’s who has more upside for this year…

      Thanks for all you do..

  12. J-Hova says:
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    I’m big in early morning Jack Dawson references.
    10 team roto. Brantley is my util and I could use rbis. Drop him for O’Neal? My staff is maeda, Corbin, bAuer, newcomb, c-mart, Castillo and Pivetta. Drop Corbin for him?? I can see Brantley cooking off soon.

    Also, any interest in the new Asap Rocky coming out Fri? I liked his last. Thanks!