It’s Vidal Brujan SZN! BruSZN?! Tell me oh great Fantasy Baseball Overlord, it is not a dream I have awoken from–“Shut up and grab Vidal Brujan.” That’s the Fantasy Baseball Overlord speaking only to me. Sorry, you ain’t got the cred! The Rays’ beat writers said with Manuel Margot hitting the IL with a hamstring injury, which is truly too bad–DID SOMEONE SAY VIDAL BRUJAN?!–The beat writers also said Brujan wouldn’t just be up for a doubleheader on Wednesday. He would remain with the Rays. So, I grabbed him in one league, and tried in all my leagues, including a 12-team mixed league. Here’s my Vidal Brujan fantasy. Bit old, still applies, which is different than my least favorite fruit, that’s “still apples.” The big takeaway from my fantasy take on Brujan is what Prospect Itch said about him, “It’s rare enough for a 40-steal player to enter our game. Even rarer to find one who hits enough to earn himself regular playing time. Rarer still to find one who speaks five languages. I mention this last piece because language learning requires the same determination needed for the grind of baseball. You’re going to make mistakes. Might look like an idiot. Might often feel dumb. But you have to keep putting yourself out there. And as long as you stay positive and focus on the long term, you can improve a little bit every day. In 2014, Tampa signed Brujan out of the Dominican Republic for $15,000. He was illiterate at the time. Now: five languages. Grey can’t speak one.” Tough but fair, tee bee aitch. Go and grab him! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

PSYCHE! Before we get into today’s roundup, just wanted to announce I’ve released the top 100 for the 2nd half already on our Patreon. If you so desire, click it to put duckets in Grey’s pockets! They said they’d pay me in Dogecoin, that’s good, right? Anyway II, the roundup:

Rowdy Tellez – Traded to the Brewers for middle reliever, Trevor Richards. This is amazingly great news for Tellez in every conceivable way. Will get an everyday job at 1st base. Will be their best hitter, so he’ll be a middle-of-the-order bat, and, because he’s Jewish, he has the automatic nickname of The He’Brewer. There’s no bad here! You might remember (unlikely) that I wrote a Rowdy Tellez sleeper. The general gist there still makes sense. Tellez more Tellez more! Does he light the menorah?! Tellez more Tellez more! Can he be a top 10 1st baseman in the 2nd half? Yes. I even grabbed him in a 12 team mixed league.

Keston Hiura – He will likely move back to 2nd base with the addition of Rowdy, but Hiura could also platoon or get benched or just get traded for a ham sandwich, as he starts to look a mess again. I had Hiura in my top 100 for the 2nd half (barely), but I’ve removed him as I continue to update and come to my senses.

Pablo Lopez – 4 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.94. What did I say the other day? Because he only threw one pitch on Friday, he was going to overthrow in his next start. Then he goes out and throws 91 pitches, gets 8 Ks and can’t get through five.

Tony Gonsolin – 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 hits, 1 walk, 3 Ks, ERA at 2.11. His peripherals through 21 1/3 IP are goofy:  10.6 K.9 (nice!), and 5.9 BB/9 (um, dubya tee eff). Those command numbers might just be out of whack, due to sample size, so, yeah, I’m intrigued, y’all!

Andrew McCutchen – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .233. He’s not having a great year. Looks old. Slowing down. It happens, only “it” is spelled with two more letters in front of it, right? Yeah, he also has four more homers than Juan Soto.

Jean Segura – 4-for-6, 4 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .330. He’s only got 210-ish at-bats on the season, but .330 is nothing to sneeze at unless you’re allergic to productive hitters. And if you are, you should trade for Cody Bellinger.

Rhys Hoskins – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 20th homer. I like to think the Phils ran up the score to try to get a position player in the game for Alec Bohm (0-for-5, 1 run).

Bryce Harper – 5-for-6, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .282. This is like when you’re in Little League, and everyone gets their hits, then the coach throws the ball into the outfield, pretends Alec Bohm got a hit and tells him to run.

Aaron Nola – 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.53. He sailed out to the Ivictory Coast for a free night at the W, but Nola also got into some trouble and can’t pitch a clean game all of a sudden.

Javier Baez – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 20th and 21st homer, and his 2nd and 3rd in the last two games. Hey, I love it, but maybe I’m Baez.

Spenser Watkins – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks in his first major league start. Fun fact! His full name is Spenser Sgifts Watkins. It’s Mallcourtian. Any hoo! These results aside he’s not very good.

Anthony Santander – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer. Loved Santander coming into the year, but an injury derailed him and yadda3, but there’s a chance he could have a big 2nd half, and do what I thought capable in the preseason.

Cedric Mullins – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer. This year Cedric the HRtainer has avoided the D.L. hugely, being the Mac, and not just when Harvey pitches.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 28th homer. Cake Batter pounded that homer like Paula Deen doing a shot of butter.

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-4 , 2 runs and his 16th homer, and his 2nd homer in two games. Grichuk could challenge Adam Duvall to the most random hot streaks that disappear as quick as they come around. Not sure how they would judge that challenge. Bleh, I come up with the ideas, you guys implement.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer. More like Lourdes Gurriel Hr.! Amiright?!

Framber Valdez – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 2.86. The Regression Fairies love all the dating shows on Netflix, and absolutely never miss an over-producing pitcher.

Yordan Alvarez – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 15th and 16th homer, hitting .308. Holy crizzap, I just realized Yordan only has two more homers than McCutchen. Of course, Yordan’s been better in every other way, but still.

Chris Bassitt – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.41. That matchup in Houston was one of Chris’s I should’ve went right *pinkie to mouth* Pass-it. The puns don’t make the pain go away.

Orlando Arcia – 2-for-3 and his 1st homer, in only his third game with the Braves, as he now mans left field for the most-underperforming team or nah? I think yeah, but maybe you say nah. Doesn’t matter. Arcia was tearing up Triple-A, as he should be since he’s a six-year major league vet. Don’t have a ton of faith in Arcia being suddenly great, but in deeper leagues you could do worse.

John Hicks – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer, and third homer in two games and 4th homer in four games, and Joey Gallo has decided hitting home runs with his own arms is too easy, so now he’s made John Hicks his marionette.

Adolis Garcia – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 21st homer, hitting .276. Adolis amigo!

Dane Dunning – 5 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.22. Really liked Dunning coming into this year, but it didn’t work out. With that said (Grey coming through with a reversal!), Dunning’s not nearly as bad at 4.22 ERA as I thought. Streamonator doesn’t have him down for another start, but watch for the 2nd half.

Jake Rogers – 2-for-4 and his 5th homer. Hey, Joey Gallo, stop puppeteering catchers! In all seriousness, Hicks or Rogers are fine if they’re hot, which they seem.

Eric Haase – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer. Okay, as hot as Rogers or Hicks might be, Haase haas been smoking for his last 100 at-bats.

Robbie Grossman – 1-for-3 and his 11th homer. It truly makes me laugh that the Tigers went with Grossman at leadoff for nearly the whole season, now they’re putting him as the three-hole hitter. Like he got better!

Michael A. Taylor – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 8th homer. Ya wanna blow your mind? His real name is Michael Anthony Taylor. He could be going by Michael An. Taylor this whole time, while selling women’s pantsuits. But no!

Andrew Benintendi – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .278. Did you hear An. Taylor and Benintendi are joining forces to cover women’s business and casual? Business in the front, Benintendi in the back.

Luis Castillo – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.81. Glad he’s no longer giving up 450-foot homers to guys like Nicky Lopez, but how about some more Ks? Thanks, homey!

Brad Brach – 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 3.10 as he started the implosion, and Heath Hembree (1/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 5.33) blew the game. Thinking I need to stop chasing Reds closers. The Reds’ bullpen looks at the Philly pen and thinks, “Man, if only we had some of those guys.”

Wil Myers – 2-for-3, 5 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .252. What a terrible season Myers is having, which is what I say to set you up for the next blurb.

Juan Soto – 2-for-4 and his 10th homer. Juan Soto is now tied with Wil Myers for the home run lead in Two Guys, One Miserable Season, and Soto has only four more RBIs than Myers on the season. Guess I should be happy Juan Soto’s figured out how to hit home runs by hitting the ball straight down, and caroming it off the plate.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer. My sweet, sweet Ginacarlo, which is what I call my Giancarlo fathead that I’ve put a hula skirt onto.

Rougned Odor – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer. Some Seattle fans in attendance said that was the strongest Odor they’ve seen since the days of grunge.

Luke Voit – 5-for-6, 1 run, 3 RBIs and 1 Buy Low Window closing.

Jameson Taillon – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 5.05. Taillon was a slight positive for this start on the Streamonator, and, unsurprisingly, it hates his next.

Nolan Arenado – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (17) and legs (1). The blinking light on my car’s dashboard must have an obvious explanation. So, let me check out this user’s manual, right after I place it haphazardly by this open window–NOOO!!! Torenado!!!

Brandon Crawford – 4-for-5, 3 RBIs. Wanna cry? Of course you do! On the Player Rater, Brandon Crawford’s been better than Freddie Freeman and about the same as Brandon Woodruff.

Yasmani Grandal – Will miss upwards to six weeks with a torn tendon in his knee. Someone plant Zack Collins (2-for-3, 1 run, 2 RBIs) or the Mercedes behind home plate and vroom vroom goes the value.

Carlos Rodon – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.31. Rodon has become a top five, at worse, top ten ace.

Jose Berrios – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.36. And, continuing my thoughts from Rodon, Berrios always seems to be a top 25-30 starter. No matter what.

Nathan Eovaldi – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.66. I’m pretty sure I’ve sat Eovaldi for all his good starts, and started him for all his bad ones, so I have an ERA north of 5 from Eovaldi on my teams.

Anthony Rendon – Hit the IL with a hamstring strain. Ya know what’s going on here right? You know right? Anthony Rendon is making sure the last of his believers abandons him, so he’s drafted around 250th overall next year, and has a huge bounce back in 2022. You know this, right?

Max Stassi – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer. Thought it was the year of the ox, but I’m finding out it’s the year of the random catcher.

Shohei Ohtani – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.49, and 1-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI. The Angels replaced Mike Trout with another best hitter in baseball who can also be a top 20 starter, all without moving out of 4th place in their division. That’s commitment to a bit.

Stuart Fairchild – 0-for-0, 1 run. Was called up by the Diamondbacks for his MLB debut. If you can say Fairchild without sounding like Dixie Carter, you’re a better person than me (or worse, jury’s still out). Prospect Itch said of Fairchild, “Though he may not be an elite in any one area, Fairchild is a balanced prospect with average or better tools across the board. He’s good enough with the glove to stay in center and has demonstrated an ability to draw his walks while limiting his strikeouts. His 10.6/12.8 K/BB percentage in AA as a 23-year-old is surely among the reasons Diamondback brass targeted him in the Archie Bradley trade, and I’d love to put a target on Grey’s back.” What? Cmon! Not sure how the Dbacks are going to use Fairchild, but they should leave “playing Reddick” to Vin Diesel.

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martinrostoker
martinrostoker
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

I am sorry. Patrick Sandoval is pitching against Chris Flexan. I have both. Their dollars are both about plus 5. Would you pitch both or sit one?

Thanks for your patience!

Martin

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

You were right about Corbin; he only lasted 4 innings against the Dodgers.

On Thursday, Chris Flexan is at home against the Angels with a dollar value of plus 3.0. Andrian Houser of the Angels is pitching against him. Houser’s dollar value is plus 5.0. Would you believe that I have both pitchers. Would you start both? If not, who would you pitch and who would you sit? Does it make sense to start both?

Thanks!

Martin

HarperBetterThanTrout
HarperBetterThanTrout
11 months ago

Eduardo Escobar or Gurriel Jr? Roto OPS

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
11 months ago

I think I knew this Kikuchi start wouldn’t go well.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
11 months ago

It’s almost as if the Astros should have left Garcia in there…

Hamporter
Hamporter
11 months ago

Good Evening,

With Garrett Cooper looking like he is getting hot (double dogs tonight) would you add him over Amed Rosario, Nico Hoerner, or Max Kepler in a 16 team H2H weekly lineup points league? Kepler and Rosario run hot and cold and are decent streamers when hot, Hoerner is buried at the bottom of the explosive Cubs offense… Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

Have a good Evening!

Hamporter
Hamporter
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks! I was leaning towards that move. Hanging with Mr. Cooper lede tomorrow??

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
11 months ago

oh emmm geeee I played fantasy manager like nobodies business today. I picked up brujan and looked at my roster a yelich stikeing out here a blowing bellinger there a chubby eugenio in my SS position… gross nobody wants a chubby eugenio right now. On my IL a seager you told me was meager. I picked him anyway and his presence on my team reminded me of my fantasy disobedience… Bad shitwolf bad!

But i thought at least these slumping meager men had something in common! Name brand!!!! So a trading i went with my stockpile of false promises and dressed them up all pretty and made some multi men offers.

Ended up trading Yelich Corey Seager Musgrove (scared af of him with no stick he has been ick!) and Grey for FTJ and Nola.

a weight feels lifted I finally have a first round player… i am just a jolly lil shit

thanks for reading and writing and talking. I listened to ur podcast and i lole ur voice in not a weird way :)

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

awh shucks thanks man

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

lole was supposed to be like, but i fucked up the ik with the next keys over ol…haha what a slip I’m accidentally hilarious. keep singing ur sweet siren song my dude :)

Shitwolf
Shitwolf
Reply to  Shitwolf
11 months ago

or uhhh maybe don’t cuz u attract weirdos like me

eballs
eballs
11 months ago

Urias or Donaldson? (Points league)

Perfect Game
Perfect Game
11 months ago

Which side in this trade? Standard 5×5 roto.

Winker or Altuve?

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
11 months ago

Happy National Dive Bar Day… seems appropriate for me/ my teams.

Anyway, looking for a streamer tomorrow and Alzolay is available…you trusting him vs. Philly tomorrow or you not touching any Cubs the way they’ve been playing?

Son sorta likes his matchup…

thanks as always!

Weird Fishes
Weird Fishes
11 months ago

Tellez or Arcia?

Weird Fishes
Weird Fishes
Reply to  Weird Fishes
11 months ago

Actually … to pick up Tellez, do you drop Arcia or The Jesus (Sanchez)? Thanks!

Weird Fishes
Weird Fishes
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks, Grey. Btw … sonofabench on Sanchez today!

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
11 months ago

tellez in bidding in NL only OBP over AVG, total bases added 10 teamer. drop wisdom for him and if so bid how much out of 100 budget.

JC
JC
11 months ago

Seeking quality start. Strikeouts, win or loss does not matter. Please rank top two:

Flexen home vs Angels
Irvin at Rangers
McClanagan home vs Jays
Miley at Brewers
Lauer home vs Reds
Eflin at Cubs
Adbert home vs Phils

JC
JC
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thank you. I would have guessed Irvin at home but like your choices figuring both Shane and Blister are on the rise. Have a good one.

Jc
Jc
Reply to  JC
11 months ago

My bad. Irvin on the road. Ugh

JC
JC
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Yep. I meant Flexen. Been a long day working and doing fantasy lol

The Harrow
The Harrow
11 months ago

rotoworld came up with a great way to write about fake DL stints on shitty players, here’s some on arrieta and his “hamstring DL”
“It is unclear when Arrieta may have suffered the injury, but it’s likely his hamstring did not want to hang around for the right-hander’s next outing and tried to escape. Cubs manager David Ross claims that the right-hander’s hamstring has been bothering him since late May, at least that is what is going on the paperwork”

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
11 months ago

Hey there Grey,

Would you drop Jose Suarez to activate Zach Plesac?

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
11 months ago

yeah, easily. he has plesac over guys actually ownable right now from other comments.

Russowl
Russowl
11 months ago

1. Which 2 for second half Pineda, Alzolay , Gonsolin ?

2. Brujan over Gallen or Fried or hold ?

Russowl
Russowl
Reply to  Russowl
11 months ago

Brujan optioned back to Triple A but expected to be recalled on Friday

jdred5
jdred5
11 months ago

Hello Grey –
12 team 5×5 roto. My team needs offensive help due to numerous underperformers and injuries. I have received countless offers from another team. They have been:
My Abreu and Soler for his Cole
My Lindor and Soler for his Will Smith, Hosmer, and Swanson
My Soler for Will Smith
My Abreu and Sonny Grey for his Freeman
My Ryu and Soler for Swanson and Santander
My Soler for his Santander
None of these have seemed appealing to me. Soler for Will Smith is fair, but I have Vazquez and Smith isn’t much of an upgrade. I like Swanson, but have Lindor, Baez, and India as middle infielders. Soler for Santander is ok, but meh. At least he has some interest in Soler!
Question 1 : Are there any of these that seem appealing to you?
Question 2: Can you please help me craft a good offer? Below I will list my pitching staff that I would like to trade from, and the bats he has that I have some interest in.
My staff: Musgrove, Peralta, Ryu, Cease, DeScliafani, Ohtani, Sonny Grey, Ed. Rodriguez
His bats of interest: Freeman, K Hayes, Bogaerts, JD Martinez, Teo Hernandez, L Gurriel, Grisham, Santander.
I am near the top of the league in steals, but need in help in the other 4 offensive categories. I would appreciate a few possible offers I could throw out there that are relatively fair but would help my team. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this long post and for everything you do!

jdred5
jdred5
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Is there a reasonable offer you think I could make for Freeman without giving up Abreu? I think Abreu could have a big second half too – he usually does! How would Lindor and Soler for Freeman and Swanson sound? Maybe that’s too low – what if I also included a pitcher? Any other ideas? Again, I greatly appreciate it!

herschel
herschel
11 months ago

@Grey: sagnof, how do you rank soria, hembree and bender? thanks!

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Derby finalized with Gallo. While I do like the addition, wondering why there is no Acuna, Vlad, or FTJ.

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

could’ve sworn vlad (or somebody earlier) reported he was in. i’m glad he’s not though, those things are big time negative freerolls on ROS player’s outlooks. hope it doesn’t injure or short term ruin otani (story, all of them really, glad acuna isn’t in it)

Beware the Shit Rope
Beware the Shit Rope
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

good for him (and us)

Russowl
Russowl
11 months ago

Jazz or brujan 12 team redraft

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

Was thinking of waiving Yoan Moncada to get Jameson. Tillison or Patrick Corbin?’

Would you do it? If yes, which pitcher would you take?

Thanks!!

Martin

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
11 months ago

Need to drop 1 – India; Shppp; Hoerner. I think Shoop’s the drop — but I assume you’ll suggest India. Is your opinion unchanged?

DonnieB
DonnieB
11 months ago

SAGNOF…saves only league. Give me top three please?
Tyler Rogers
Daniel Bard
Amir Garrett
Scott Barlow
Greg Holland
Heath Hembree
Anthony Bender
Joakim Soria
Thank you!

Mike
Mike
11 months ago

Is Gallen worth holding on shallow leagues? Got a crowded IL

hankg
hankg
11 months ago

Starting Manaea tonight @ HOU?

ROS, how would you rank Manaea, Odorizzi, Ryu, Eovaldi and Kikuchi?

Thanks!

Bish
Bish
11 months ago

Grey,

can you rank these SP for pts league ros?

Greinke, Bassitt, Sonny Gray

Bish
Bish
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks, Grey! Also just noticed Mars Rootbeer back up with the Cards!!!!

Whatever
Whatever
11 months ago

Mr. Grey,

I need a big second half with my offense. 12 tm mixed keeper OBP. Guy in last place has a 39 dollar Baez which is not very keepable in our league and he loves him some Riley Green. My main question is obviously Baez is an upgrade over Willi but do you think he is legit to keep up his production in the second half?

Currently have:

Molina
Vlad
A Frazier
W Castro
Machado
Escobar
J. Turner
JD
Winker
Pham
Renfroe
Fraley
Nelly
Flores
Cooper

IL: Ozuna,Longoria,Canha

Whatever
Whatever
Reply to  Whatever
11 months ago

And given my team can I afford the OBP hit that comes with Baez? I guess if I am rocking Willi its the same OBP hit.

Whatever
Whatever
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

I could feel the virtual rap on the knuckles for asking such a stupid question. Lol.

herschel
herschel
11 months ago

@Grey: weekly roto redraft. story/kennedy for reynolds (or tapia)/franmil/kenley?

herschel
herschel
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

@Grey: i have bichette and story and have been using story at DH (we start all 9 offensive positions, no middle infielders). i have franmil on my bench and havent been able to use him, so technically hes not a part of the trade, but would be an addition to my starting lineup. i need hr, rbi and saves so adding kenley and getting franmil into my lineup would be a boost and then if i could get reynolds, would just be an overall boost (if he can keep it up).

herschel
herschel
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

@Grey: same league, would you swap story for soto straight up (would then be able to get franmil into my lineup).

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
11 months ago

I know this isn’t necessarily the place for this, but I hope you’ll indulge me as I go on a little rant for a second.

My son likes to play a game he made up with me called “who do you like better?” It’s simple; you say, “who do you like better?” Then you name to players and the other person has to say which one they prefer. It’s used to kill time in the car a lot.

The other day I was in the car with him (he’s 9), and my daughter (13) and my son asks, “who do you like better (so and so) or Trevor Bauer.” To slightly shorten the story I’ll just say that I gave my kids some context to my answer and included a statement about Bauer “not being very nice to women.”

There’s some context with this. We’d talked about the reality of violence against women in the past in regards to Domingo German, Marcell Ozuna and I think Aroldis Chapman as well. I’m pretty honest and straight forward with my kids and I try in particular not to shelter them any more than they sort of already are through our socio-economic status.

Anyway, later on I got to reflecting on my own fandom. Why have I led the kids down the path of making them baseball fans when there’s actually quite a bit about it that’s unsavory. The obvious answer is that baseball is still a pretty good reflection of American culture in its way. There are assholes and abusers in all walks of life out there. But we don’t necessarily hand them our dollars and cheer for them when they’re in the laundry. The truth is, a lot of these player are probably people I wouldn’t want to know in my regular life, but I’m ok letting myself and my kids put the blinders on an root away.

It was with this on my mind that I finally dug deeply into the A’s stadium proposal this morning. Again to try and slightly shorten the story, the proposal is complex and also everything you would expect it to be. The A’s reap the financial benefits but through the financial complexity and a good amount of public gaslighting by their faceman, Dave Kaval, they are attempting to spin it as a “privately financed” deal coming with no expense to the city of Oakland.

All the while they push this incredibly nauseating “Rooted In Oakland” campaign attempting to bully a city bearing the scars of the Warriors and the Raiders into an emotional wave of support born of the fear of losing our last team. All while attempting to further enrich a small group of already obscenely wealthy people at the expense of a city that can ill afford it.

For the time being, I’m continuing to allow my 9 year old to just be a kid, because I see in his eyes and remember from when I was his age how magical the game is and how larger than life the players. But man, some days it doesn’t necessarily feel like the easiest or the best thing to do.

VinWins
VinWins
11 months ago

Jace not done yet!

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
11 months ago

Hi Grey,

Your help has been much appreciated!

What are your thoughts on picking up Jameson Tillison of the NYY.

have a great day!!

martinrostoker
martinrostoker
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks!

Streamer: I take this means inconsistent; yet May win on on certain opponents and ball parks?

Am I correct?

martin rostoker
martin rostoker
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks for taking your time with the followup response. It helps me,

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Denmark even scored on themselves!

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
11 months ago

Soto to the HR derby

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Speaking of spin rates, check out Denmark’s goal

eballs
eballs
11 months ago

SAGNOF but

Top 3 in a points saves/holds league

Tyler Rogers
Yimi
Robles
Bard
Kittredge
Boxberger

Brett
Brett
11 months ago

11 team roto daily moves. 6×6 with ops and holds the extra categories and we keep 5 260 budget.

Current team:
C Stassi
1b Vlad
2b Schoop
SS Tatis
3b Machado
CI Alonso
MI Lindor
OF Acuna
OF Bellinger
OF Conforto
OF Kiriloff
OF A. Vaughn
Util. Baez
B Wander
IL Schwarber

SP Lynn
SP T Rogers
SP L Castillo
SP Mahle
SP Lugo
RP A Reyes
RP Romano
RP D Castillo
P Clase
P Pomeranz
B Hendricks
B Cease
IL Means
IL Beiber

I asked earlier about cutting Cease for Plesac. However, with Means back I will need to cut a top holds guy to keep Plesac. Would you cut Cease for Plesac or would you rather cut Cease for Brujan to replace Vaughn with him once he gets OF eligibility (10 games) and then I can cut Vaughn to activate Means after the all star break.

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
11 months ago

97 career plate appearances against the A’s

9 HRs
22 RBIs
.361 obp
.638 slug
1.043 ops

Yordan Alvarez just crushes the green and gold

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Been a big part of the Astros beating up on the A’s this year.

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  OaktownSteve
11 months ago

And he’s under team control through 2025 :)

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

They’re probably still cheating

OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Cheating aside for a second, with Alvarez’ ability to go the other way, the Crawford Boxes are just unfair. I feel like he’s going to learn to just flick balls out of their like he was playing on a little league field.

Will
Will
11 months ago

No blurb on Awful Arrieta? I watched this game so you didn’ t have to. 7 runs in 1 2/3rds. Arrieta is toast and the Cubs lost their 11th straight game in a row. The Cubs went from 42-33 and leading the division to 42-44 and in free fall. Time for the fire sale, Jed !!!

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Well yeah, it started with Darvish to SD but when they started winning there was talk they would be buyers not sellers. I think that ship has sailed now though. It will be sad for us Cubs fans to see guys like Rizzo and Bryant leave town. My bet is Kimbrel will be the first to get traded away as he has the most value right now. Baez probably stays. At least we have some talent in the pipeline coming up, Brennen Davis looks like the real deal so does Reggie Precaido and Cristian Hernandez. But they’re years away, sigh.

Michael
Michael
11 months ago

If you guys were betting men, what are the odds 2022 baseball is heading towards a lockout?

Keeks
Keeks
11 months ago

Points league ROS

Stanton or Grisham?

Jram it up your Yaz
Jram it up your Yaz
11 months ago

Would you drop any of the following for Voit?

Trey Mancini, Tim Anderson, Ramon Laureno?

Umpy70
Umpy70
11 months ago

Idk Grey, say what you want about McCutch, but in obp leagues (.352) hes been a more valuable player than arozerna… (McCutch yahoo rank 46)

not saying hes the old him, but for a guy you probably got on FA, you could do alot worse. Like Soto or Bellinger :P

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
11 months ago

Hey to the Heyhey!

Starting Manean tonight @HOU. Bot doesn’t really lurve it ($0.2), but I lurrrve you, brah!!!

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks. (And thanks for ignoring my monster of a typo!)

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
11 months ago

Great work Grey!

16 team H2H weekly points league

Brujan or Hoerner?

Thanks

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

Brujan is up I can drop a 2B for an extra 3b.
Drop Hiura or Cronenworth for
Urshela, Donaldson or Urias?

KevinB
KevinB
11 months ago

Hi Grey!

What are your expectations for Mike Trout when he comes back off the DL/IR?

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
11 months ago

Look into your medical Crystal Ball. Which, if any, of Buster Posey or Tyler O’neill plays today? Posey’s had a thumb bruise and Captain and T’Oneill had an allergic reaction to food yesterday.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

You’re not a doctor, but you do play one on a fantasy baseball website.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

That particular team I was asking about has lost roughly 100 at bats in the past 2 weeks or so due to last minute scratches and rainouts.

Fred Garvin MP
Fred Garvin MP
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Yup. This new 7 inning doubleheader bs sucks as well. Even if your guy plays both games, you’re still losing 2+ at bats.

Don Majikowski
Don Majikowski
11 months ago

Bregman or Bellinger as a keeper? We’re dealing mad max as we’re out of it and these are our offers.

Alex
Alex
11 months ago

It’s not my year fellas and 5 ladies. I rostered Brujan on two separate occasions this season. Had to cut him lose as my team has been sinking fast. This morning somebody outbid me—no Brujan bases for me.

stevie
stevie
11 months ago

Need some SS help, would you deal Blackmon for Gleyber, or Polanco?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
11 months ago

Honestly couldn’t have drawn up a more promising debut AB for Vidal than to see him go 0-2 with two swinging strikes, buckle down, line a RBI single to RF, then steal second.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
11 months ago

LFG!

Chris
Chris
11 months ago

Piggy backin’ off the comment above:

In a 10 team H2H points league Brujan over India at 2b?

Matthew E Knetsch
Matthew E Knetsch
11 months ago

Drop India for Brujan? 10 team 6×6 OPS 5 keepers

happyharry
happyharry
11 months ago

Grey, 12 team, H2H.
1) Top three out of this bunch for 2nd half, ranked? Brujan, Franmil, Bell, Votto, Adames, India
2) Would you drop either IKF, Pham or Canha for any of 1st group…thanks man.

happyharry
happyharry
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thank You Grey….another please, would you drop Biggio for Brujan?

ERad
ERad
11 months ago

Reds relievers I’ve owned this year: Garrett, Sims, Doolittle, Hembree

Royals relievers I’ve owned this year: Holland, Staumont, Barlow

I need help

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
11 months ago

Would you drop Swanson for Votto (obp and batter k’s count)

Only got 11 moves left for the year

Thanks FML

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
11 months ago

Which of these OFs would you offer up for Jose Ramirez? I would be including Yoan Moncada in addition to the OF. Springer, Walsh, Adiolis Garcia. I also have Castellanos and Laureano at OF but I know Laureano can’t bring much right now.

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Justin Ralph
11 months ago

In your opinion is that too much to give up?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
11 months ago

Moncado (who’s done nothing all year,) is sitting out again today; and I am covered since my bench bat is Austin Riley. And Ke’Bryan is available on waivers for tomorrow.
– Is it reasonable to cut Moncado? And use Moncado as the drop for Ke’Bryan.

Assuming you agree but I’m unsuccessful in getting Ke’Bryan, should I still cut Moncado for?–a. Taylor Rogers (team is weakest in RP)
b. Patrick Sandoval (SPs are OK, but never too many)
If either, which order is most sensible?

Assuming yes,

crock
crock
11 months ago

Who’s the drop to activate Brujan: Bradley, Vaughn or Kirillof?

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
11 months ago

Shohei: you’re absolutely right about the Angels. It’s incredible how one organization can get these once in a generation talents…at the same time (!)…and have no idea how to run an organization on any competitive scale. What a tragedy for mlb.

eballs
eballs
11 months ago

Top 3 in a points saves/holds league

Tyler Rogers
Yimi
Robles
Bard
Kittredge
Boxberger

jiggy nits
jiggy nits
11 months ago

3rd last in saves in NL only keeper league

thinking about sending my 1$ daza for 1$ anthony bender

pick a side

or tell me this is a nothing deal!

mostly wondering if you think im giving up any future in daza

Mike
Mike
11 months ago

Grey,

Which two should I keep of the following four in a 10 team H2H redraft?

Fraley, Brujan, Grichuk, Lourdes Jr

Brett
Brett
11 months ago

Grey 6×6 with holds. We use QS instead of wins. We have daily roster moves

Here is my staff:
SP Lynn
SP Castillo
SP K Hendricks
SP T Rogers
SP Lugo
RP Romano
RP Reyes
RP D Castillo
P Pomeranz
P Clase
B Mahle
B Cease
IL Beiber
IL Means

Prize for all star leader so I can’t cut my relievers. I have Means coming back. Would you cut Cease for plesac and then find a move when Means is back after the break or would you cut cease for Carrasco to swap with means to stash on my IL until I can make a trade?

Jack
Jack
11 months ago

France, N. Lowe, or Tellez? Thx.

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
11 months ago

1. Kirk or Haase as a Grandal replacement at C? My thought is Haase, in which case, is Kirk worth holding onto as trade bait, or can I cut him and use his IL slot for Grandal?

2. I have Rodgers at 2B. Is it worth trading Gausman or L.Castillo to upgrade to LeMahieu at 2B?

Joe Beisbol
Joe Beisbol
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Thanks! Do you foresee Kirk having any trade value or is he someone I can drop onto the wire to free up an IL slot?

Denver90
Denver90
11 months ago

Bader over any of
Dugger
Nimmo
Pavin
Jesus S

TIA

stevie
stevie
11 months ago

Some trade advice please, which side do you like?
A- Gerrit Cole, Nelson Cruz, Randal Grichuk
B- Javier Baez, Kenley Jansen, Nathan Eovaldi

stevie
stevie
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Good! That’s the side that was offered to me, Thanks for the quick advice, happy Brujan day!

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
11 months ago

If you could pick one for the 2nd half, do you prefer Brujan or Duran? Thanks!

Gary C
11 months ago

ESPN Points, ROS only-Utility slot Please rank top s

1-Swanson
2-Gregorius
3-Wil Myers
4-Josh Bell
5-Brandon Lowe
6- Nimmo
7-Nate Lowe

Thanks for all of your help

Steve
Steve
11 months ago

If position eligibility isn’t an issue, do you like Tellez over Hiura ROS? OPS, HR, Ks

Thanks

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
11 months ago

McCutchen has actually been pretty good over the past couple of months.

Denver90
Denver90
11 months ago

Quick lineup q for today: play 2 of the following
Muncy
Cesar x2
Wendle X2
Fletcher
Also
Tellez x2 or Votto.

Denver90
Denver90
Reply to  Grey
11 months ago

Muchas Garcias

Someone pissed in my Alphabet soup
Someone pissed in my Alphabet soup
11 months ago

Grey HAPPY BRUJAN DAY!!!!!! stashed him for months! woohoo! now…. WTF is up with Gleyber Torres… 10 team league he’s hurt now, if he doesn’t go IL would you drop him?

John Oldrods
John Oldrods
11 months ago

Thank you so much Mr. Grey, for sayin’ what needed to be said! I’ve got too many SS and could use a pitcher. Thoughts on trading Story for Cole? I’m too emotionally attached to my other shortstops, haha.

scoboticus
scoboticus
11 months ago

All those Cubs runs and Rizzo got nothing. So sad!

John Oldrods
John Oldrods
Reply to  scoboticus
11 months ago

Dude’s been killing me.

Earl
Earl
11 months ago

Should be interesting to see how Brujan does in the show?

So far rookies have not fared that well really (Kelenic, Sanchez, Walls and even Franco for most part).