Yesterday, Vince Velasquez went 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 5.05.  Ironic his initials are VV, because owning him is anything but peaceful.  Maybe Richard Nixon was prophetic when he threw up the V’s.  Did Nixon say, “I am not a…conservative streamer?”  VV is so volatile, he’s like Nixon in a Pepsi full of Mentos!  “Vince, why are you taping us?”  Velasquez shakes his jowls.  “Why are you always hating Ian Kennedy?”  Velasquez diverts his eyes.  “Vince, why do you keep asking for advice from that WAR monger, Henry Kissingfangrapher?”  Velasquez’s peripherals are much prettier than his ERA — 11 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 3.83 xFIP — but there is no way to recommend him without saying you know he can screw you at any moment.  So be careful listening to Henry Kissingfangrapher.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Carlos Santana – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Crazy the way he turned his whole season around this week.  Maybe he’d be so kind to sneeze on Hoskins.  Don’t Dracula it either.

Madison Bumgarner – Nearing mound work.  Hopefully, he’s not taking a dirt bike to his rehab.

Alen Hanson – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .268, and hitting near-.300 in the last week with two homers.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, and you can likely wait for that because who’s really picking up Alen Hanson?

Ty Blach – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 4.20.  Glad to see him get hit around, because I was worried when Bumgarner returned there might be a chance Stratton was the odd man out.  Then again, they have Holland too, but I’m worried Holland wouldn’t know how to work middle relief.   Though, maybe he could be the tunnel between the starter and the 8th inning guy.

Carlos Martinez – Hit the DL with a right lat strain.  This guy has a whirling dervish of unforeseen problems around him.  Must just be Car-Ma’s way.

Miles Mikolas – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.51.  Because it was a while ago but still applies, here’s what I said this offseason, “Ohtani is super overrated, Mikolas might actually be a bargain.  If only he could also hit 30 HRs!  Riiiiiiiight.  Yes, seven I’s.  The verdict, as they say, is still out on Mikolas, but I’ve seen him compared favorably to starters like Maeda, Hendricks and teammate, Wacha.  Plus, it’s the Cardinals, they make mountains out of anything that takes the hill.  For safety’s sake, I’ll put him around a 7.2 K/9 and a 2.4 BB/9 which is 2013 Jose Quintana, a 3.51 ERA/3.86 xFIP guy.  I see now why Mikolas is Greek for ‘Me likey.'”  And that’s me quoting me!

Marcell Ozuna – 2-for-4 and his 2nd steal, hitting .254.  He now has as many steals as homers.  Yup, totally normal.  Nothing to see here.  Emphasis on nothing.

Tommy Pham – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 6th homer, hitting .330.  Pham has three times as many homers as Ozuna.  *arranges tacks on desk, slams head into tacks*  I’m good!

Raffy Lopez – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in four games, as he fills in for Austin Hedges.  He’s more or less power for NL-Only leagues, but there’s worse *pinkie to mouth* Raffy tickets.

Dee Gordon – Out with a bruised toe.  M’s doctor had a tough time telling which toe was bothering him, because Gordon can’t differentiate between eeny and meeny.

Kyle Seager – 2-for-5, 5 RBIs and his 5th and 6th homer, a grand slam.  This was the M’s first grand slam of the season, unless you count Ichiro asking, “Who the f**k is Tom Brady?”  That was the best slam of the year.

Ryon Healy – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 6th homer.  Of course, he’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column.  I’ve mentioned him just about every day this week.  Get your Healy now*!  *Not the sneakers with the wheels on the bottom unless you want to seriously injure yourself.

Mike Zunino – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer.  I wish my catcher was hitting .194 with six homers.  Shoot (not you deranged white man), I’d take three homers and a .194 average.

Jean Segura – 4-for-6, 2 runs, hitting .305.  I touch on this more below with Inciarte, but Segura has only five steals, and that’s not bad considering steals across the league.

J.A. Happ – 3 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA up to 4.80.  Anyone out there know how to hack into a scorer’s computer and change a couple of home runs into four-base errors?  Asking for a friend.  Obviously, not a great start, but his peripherals — 11.2 K/9, 2.6 BB/9 and 3.21 xFIP — give me hope, assuming he’s still healthy.

Adam Eaton – Had arthroscopic surgery to remove a flap of cartilage from his ankle.  Wow, he had a literal vagina on his ankle.

Matt Wieters – Left with a knee injury.  You got a solid, mediocre 65 ABs from him, and, for that, you have to be happy.   Remember, Keith Law once compared Wieters to Yogi Berra.  Little did you know, he meant as they were in 2008.  Don’t worry, Blake Swihart is can’t miss, Law says it’s so!

Paul Goldschmidt – 0-for-5, 2 Ks, hitting .218.  There’s a bottom here, right?  Okay, are we near it?

Zack Greinke – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.70 vs. Tanner Roark – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.33.  This matchup was billed as, “If Greinke Was Tanner Then He’d At Least Have A Shade Of Color.”  As you can imagine, not a ton of people called it by that name.

Byron Buxton – 0-for-2 as he was activated.  Wow, that felt kinda out of nowhere.  He went from a fractured toe to unable to run to singing the chorus of that Fogerty song.

Jose Berrios – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.50.  Good news, he should be better.  Bad news, there is bad news.  Okay, specifically, he looks a helluva a lot like a 3.80-ish ERA pitcher.

Max Kepler – 1-for-3 and his 5th homer.  Has done nothing in the past week or so, but he has been hitting third (more like turd!), so maybe this is the beginning of a schmotato run.

Brian Dozier – 4-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .246.  Look at Dozier this way, whatever he does before July is icing, cause he’s hitting 25+ homers in the 2nd half.

Ian Kinsler – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer, hitting .214.  You see his home run celebration?  He mimed writing a Thank You note to the pitcher.

Justin Upton – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, and his 5th homer in the last eight games.  Appizzarently, May is the month Upton is going to be hot in.

Jim Johnson – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save as Keynan Middleton worked the 8th.  *shakes fist at the sky*  Sciosciapath!!!  It could be a matter of wanting Middleton to get some work first before diving into the ninth, but it could also just be The Sciosciapath, so I tried to pick up Johnson in all my leagues.

David Price – Expects to start on Saturday.  That’s good news for his owners; he was expected to be out for a Fortnite.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 5 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 3 BBs, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.58.  I’ll say it for you, sonavabench!  You couldn’t have started him, there was just no way.  I’d check the Stream-o-Nator on whether to start him next time too, i.e., I don’t trust my own judgment on him, i.e., ROBOT RULEZ!!!  Though, that doesn’t explain Elon Musk dating Grimes.  Nothing does.

Hanley Ramirez – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Hold on for another ten-day stretch until Hanley sees a butterfly flapping its wings and a tsunami of disinterest rises in him.

J.D. Martinez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting .348.  Just Dong, though, Just Dong’ing more than that when hitting near-.350.

Salvador Perez – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 4th homer, a grand slam, hitting .288.  Perez jumped all over Tillman early because the Orioles’ pitching only has half the rope-a-dope equation down pat.

Jon Jay – 2-for-4, 1 run, hitting .283.  I hadn’t mentioned The Federalist prior to this, because I was hoping him leading off was a nightmare I’d wake from and Whit Merrifield (2-for-3, 9th steal, hitting .270) would be returned.  Stupid Ned Yost and his powerful centralized government-loving Federalist!  Hopefully, Ned just lost his pen and hasn’t changed the lineup since.  Ask The Federalist for his quill, you dope!

Ian Kennedy – 4 IP, 9 ER, ERA at 4.61 vs. Chris Tillman – 1 1/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 10.46.  Whatever you can do, I can do worse!  No, you can’t!  Yes, I can!  No, you can’t!  Yes, I can!  By the by, the lyrics to this real quick read to me like a Diary of Anne Frank musical where Hollywood has given her multiple personalities:

Trey Mancini – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .268.  I will now laugh hysterically until I sob.  *three seconds later*  That was a good cry.  Okay, so Mancini apparently didn’t like me saying you can move on in shallower leagues.  Or he’s passive aggressive AF.  Hey, Trey, until you get your shizz together, I will pronounce your last name like it rhymes with fettuccini.

Manny Machado – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer, hitting .350.  Macho, macho Machado!

Adam Jones – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting near-.400 in the last week, but he’s owned in 90% of leagues, because fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!) change lanes about as quickly as a tractor trailer.

Mike Foltynewicz – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.21.  Mentioned this in the comments yesterday, Foltysandwich is the kind of pitcher I would happily own, but watching him pitch is IBS inducing.

Ender Inciarte – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 16th steal, hitting .265.  It’s worth pointing out that what he’s doing is not the new normal.  Steals are not in vogue.  Strike a pose!  Ender is leading the majors in steals.

Ozzie Albies – 2-for-6, 5 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .285.  I’m just happy I drafted him in one league.  I was legit way too low on him in the preseason.  Mea culpa, my friends in Latin America.

Freddie Freeman – 5-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .326.  Hasn’t been bad, but wrap your noodle around this one.  Freeman hasn’t been outstanding and the Braves are one of the most dangerous lineups in baseball.  I can also turn this into getting my ulcer in a tizzy if I think about how their entire lineup changed after Acuña was promoted, and how so many clubs artificially suppress their rookies.

Caleb Smith – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.63.  I’ve folded Smith into a few of my teams.  His numbers are way too sexy to overlook.  Not surface numbers, mind you, but those underlying Mama Jamas.  By the by, pajamas is so sexist.  There should be majamas, said Woke Grey.

Trevor Story – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer, hitting .222.  The average has really bottomed out, but not quite as bad as Desmond.  I still believe Coors and its artificially inducing BABIP chamber will correct all of this, and, even if it doesn’t, they’re worth falling on your sword.  For unstints, Alex Gordon or Desmond?  Okay, Gordon’s currently hotter, but his season peak is Desmond’s good weekend.

Lorenzo Cain – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer, hitting .283.  Cain…Sugar!’s been terrific, but the Brewers’ bump on Yelich hasn’t exactly appeared yet, huh?  Not to answer but to ruminate.

Corey Knebel – 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 Ks in the 8th inning, while Jeremy Jeffress got the save.  Craig Counsell said he’d ease Knebel back into the 9th inning, but he said it while holding the microphone oddly, so I guess we should forgive him.  Like there’s any difference if you’re facing the best hitters in a lineup in the 8th inning of a tight game or the 9th inning.  Managers are stupid.

Walker Buehler – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 1.64.  Glad I have him in one league, but I want him in every league!  Daddy, I want the Golden-Armed Goose now!

Tyler Mahle – 5 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 2 Ks, ERA at 3.86.  His peripherals still look sweet.  He is one hot T. Mahle!  However, the Reds starters and their park do scare me.  Yes, I’m Joe McCarthy, due to the Reds scare.

Scooter Gennett – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  I’m not going to say what I said the three other times this week he homered, but you know what I’m thinking.  Simpatico!

Matt Harvey – Will make his Reds debut today.  That gives Reds fans about twelve hours to pretend this is all going to work out for the best.  I suggest praying that Harvey doesn’t sleep with Votto’s wife and screw up your Hall of Fame 1st baseman’s head.

Kyle Lohse – Retired from baseball.  He was never an All-Star, had a 5-ish K/9, 4.40 career ERA and tossed the ol’ sand-rock about 87 MPH.  Feel free to make fun of him, because he still made close to $85 million in his career.  Seriously, if any of you dads are out there reading this and you let your kid stop playing baseball, donate your kids to me, I will scream at them for 18 years.  Then we can split their earnings 60/30/10.  You get the 10!  Wow, I just became Scott Boras for a second.

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Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
3 years ago

Kyle Lohse 85 mil averages out to what 750 mil per win!?!?

I will be coming back as a left handed SP in my next life, you can bank on that! LOL

Hal_Incandenza
Hal_Incandenza
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
3 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: Bundy says being a LHP can be a mixed bag.

Hal_Incandenza
Hal_Incandenza
Reply to  Hal_Incandenza
3 years ago

@Hal_Incandenza: Oh, he’s a RHP. MB

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Hal_Incandenza
3 years ago

@Hal_Incandenza: So was Lohse….but who’s countin’. Lol.

Manley Ramirez
Manley Ramirez
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
3 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: “Kyle Lohse made $85m” is the new “the Mets are still paying Bobby Bonilla”, or at least it should be.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
3 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: You’ve taken Grey’s math class!

c
c
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
3 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: how does 85 million average out to 750 million anything?

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
3 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: I just came to read the first comment, I was not disappointed

HypnoAce
HypnoAce
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
3 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: Lets see $85 million divided by career wins of 147 comes out to $578,231.29 per win OR $185,995.62 per game OR $33,583.56 per inning OR $52,631.57 per strike out. Not bad.

Dr Easy
Dr Easy
3 years ago

Should I dro… Wait a minute, Musk is dating Grimes???

Shark
Shark
3 years ago

A. How many readers do you think thought to themselves: “Isn’t the tunnel from the starter to the 8th inning guy middle relief?” Nice one.

B. Is “WAR monger” an official Razzball term? It should be.

C. Back in the days when I thought BBHQ was worth ponying cash for, they had a rating system whereby 10A was for players who had a 90% chance of becoming Hall of Famers. My Total Recall tells me that Justin Upton, Jay Bruce, and yes Matt Wieters all had this rating. A bit of fantasy baseballer (your Mom’s term!) trivia for you.

Slappy Jack
Slappy Jack
Reply to  Shark
3 years ago

@Shark: C: that’s awesome, I love going back in time on the internet and seeing how stupid we all were…. Brandon Wood is going to be a star I tell ya!

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Slappy Jack
3 years ago

@Slappy Jack: add Lastings Milledge there as well

Travis Hafner
Travis Hafner
Reply to  Slappy Jack
3 years ago

@Slappy Jack: Jeremy Hermida baby

Papa Jean Segura
Papa Jean Segura
3 years ago

Who am I dropping to activate Puig? Teoscar, Alen Hanson, Cron, Soler 6×5 H2H hits and avg. count

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b the esq.
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3 years ago
LenFuego
LenFuego
3 years ago

So you’re splitting Lohse’s earnings 70/30/10? I think I see where the math went wrong on your 2017 Rougned Odor recommendation. Hey-o!

VinWins
VinWins
3 years ago

Hanson is over 60% owned in my 12-team ESPN leagues.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: No, sorry, just my 45 12-team leagues. Still down under 20 overall on ESPN. Part of that is 10-team league ESPN default. And, many abandoned teams.

I was just pointing out that he is a viable player in certain leagues.

Mike
Mike
3 years ago

Chris Taylor isn’t doing it for me. Scooter is a FA. Make the switch?

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

@Mike: Hold. Taylor will come around

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

@Mike: Taylor’s counting stats are still pretty good. Unless it’s a super shallow league, I’d hold

Sam
Sam
3 years ago

Is Puig worth rostering over theoscar or Matt Adams?

prescriptionnugs
prescriptionnugs
3 years ago

Can you please rank teoscar, Mancini, Healy, matt Adams ros?

Thanks

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  prescriptionnugs
3 years ago

@Andrew Ball: Teoscar, Adams, Mancini, Healy.

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  b the esq.
3 years ago

@b the esq.: got a feeling grey will go in reverse order..or maybe Mancini, Healy, Teoscar, Adams

hodor
hodor
3 years ago

You like Maeda vs. cinci or gray vs. A’s as much as SON does today?

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  hodor
3 years ago

@hodor: Listen to [email protected]hodor: Listen to SoN

hodor
hodor
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: which would you choose

TylerDurdan
TylerDurdan
3 years ago

The funny thing, as in funny sad not like funny HAHA, is has anyone looked at the Top 10 of active MLB wins leaders??? Until this afternoon when Scherzer who is tied with Lohse passes him Lohse is Top 10. Also nice to see Colon’s name on the top of something and Freddy Garcia somehow still active somewhere…

Nick
Nick
3 years ago

Hi Grey,

Dynsaty team , need to activate Puig and your Schoop “choop” song !
my 2B/3B is Merrifield / Rendon right now !
and i’m stacked at OF : Krush D, JDong, ACUñA, Cespedes
only droppable at bats are Andujar and Mancini
Note : Justin turner 3B will be the next activated !!

else i have (too?) many RPs :
Knebel / Kela / S.Greene / C.Green / KMiddleton for a good sv/hld mix and helps the Era ratio !
or Trevor Williams PIT SP ,,, is the expendable?

your 2 cents dude?

Nick

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  Nick
3 years ago

@Nick: Williams is expendable for sure. Mancini can go too.

batflix
batflix
Reply to  Nick
3 years ago

@Nick: williams, andujar

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  Nick
3 years ago

@Nick: I think you keep Andujar over Mancini since its dynasty…..

poop
poop
3 years ago

Someone offering CarMo for hanram and gkeybar….do it? Don’t need either batter but don’t want to overpay for pitching. 10 team h2h w very shallow bench…
Starters: Sal Perez
Votto
Scoop/ e escobar
Aranedo
T turner
Betts
N Cruz
Castellanos
Han Ram/ J Mart
Bench: gkeybar
5sp & 2 rap:
Degrom
Severino
Bauer
Walk bheuler
Bud Norris (sp eligible)
Knebel
Boxberger

Can pick up Eugenic Suarez or Mike Clevimger w extra spot

Ty!!!

Wallpaper Paterson
Wallpaper Paterson
3 years ago

My team is 12-24-4 but if this was a roto league it would be in the top half of the league. This week I am losing 1-8-1. My opponent has Carlos Santana who has more RBIs than some of the other teams. My team has 22 RBIs which would be better than any other team to this point in the week except for the team I am facing (36 RBIs).

Is there any type of fantasy baseball schedule luck god upon whom I can make an offering?

Wallpaper Paterson
Wallpaper Paterson
Reply to  Wallpaper Paterson
3 years ago

@Wallpaper Paterson: My team does stink in OBP but does fine in the other nine categories. The most ridiculous thing is my combined record in R, HR, and RBI. To this point, I have the 2nd most accumulated runs, the 2nd most HR, and the 3rd most RBIs. My record in those three categories? A sensational 1-9-2.

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Wallpaper Paterson
3 years ago

@Wallpaper Paterson: Craptastic!

MattM
MattM
3 years ago

In a standard points league, would you want L. Castillo or L. Weaver for ROS? Is it close?

Thanks!

Tigres
Tigres
3 years ago

Morning Grey! OZUNA sorry about slow start. OZUNA steal base to make up for it.

Ooh, that Hanson is so hot right now! Drop him or Carpenter to make room for some good Odor in my life?

Mickey Maloney
Mickey Maloney
3 years ago

Vincent Velazquez or Vincent Price? Either way he scares the shizz out of you.

On another note, I’m moving on from Ianetta. Benched three out of the past four games and losing playing time to Wolters. I’ve got James McCann, Wellington Castillo or Tucker Barnhart as options [sad face].

b the esq.
b the esq.
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3 years ago
Chucky
Chucky
Reply to  Mickey Maloney
3 years ago

Barnhardt is gonna play…..usually the case for Gold Glove catchers. He’s not adverse to taking a walk if you play in a OBP or OPS league. Good ballpark, not so good lineup. Switch hits too. You could do worse.

Brett
Brett
3 years ago

12 team daily league with QS instead of wins and we have a category for saves and another for holds.

My staff is:
SP Snell
SP Tailon
SP Jon Gray
SP Buehler
SP Luke Weaver
P Hader
P Minter
RP Kela
RP Box
RP Osuna
B Rich Hill
B Darvish
DL Alex Reyes
DL Britton

Trying to move Chris Taylor. Would you target a starter or a closer.

Thanks

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  Brett
3 years ago

@Brett: Your SP look pretty good. No idea what is happening with Osuna, so I would probably target a closer if you can get a good one. If someone is offering a top 15ish SP, wouldnt turn it down.

Brett
Brett
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Would you target any of these closers in a trade for Chris Taylor? If so what order? Knebel, Wade Davis, Hand

Thanks

Fred
Fred
3 years ago

Someone offered me Nola for Hoskins and Bregman. Fair? Or Nola for Hoskins? My pitching is

Strasburg
McCullers
Quintana
Happ
Castillo
Cahill
Weaver
Soroka
Trevor Williams

ctrengove
ctrengove
Reply to  Fred
3 years ago

@Fred:

IMO, that trade would fleece you.

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  Fred
3 years ago

@Fred: Dont do either of those. Both are just terrible for you.

I wouldnt give up Hoskins for Nola, let alone both Nola and Bregman.

I would consider Bregman straight up for Nola.

Fo’ Shizzo My Rizzo
Fo’ Shizzo My Rizzo
3 years ago

My offense is completely offensive. I have Runs, but need everything else. I mustache you some questions, Yo!
1.) Ryon Healy or Matt Chapman ROS?
2.) Is Strasburg a fair offer for Just Dong Martinez?
3.) How close is Eloy Jimenez? Time to roster in redraft formats?
4.) Is there power coming from David Dahl? He feels booooorriiiiing and he plays at Coors.

cliffyw
cliffyw
3 years ago

My pitching is suddenly looking very deep (Verlander, Carrasco, Corbin, Quintana, Mikolas, Maeda, Castillo). I’m hoping to trade one away, preferably Corbin in case his velocity drop turns out to be injury related.

Would Corbin for either Benintendi or S Marte be reasonable or should I lower my targets? This is a 12-team league where each team can keep 4 players year to year

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  cliffyw
3 years ago

@cliffyw: Why lower your target? Try those, and if they don’t work, THEN lower your target.

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  cliffyw
3 years ago

@cliffyw: Aim higher first, maybe for a struggling Goldy or Rizzo, or a top 10 OF. If that is rejected lower your target a tier.

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
3 years ago

Hansen or Scooter ROS?

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  Big Ticket
3 years ago

@Big Ticket: Scooter

Dave D, Licensed Sciosciapathologist
Dave D, Licensed Sciosciapathologist
3 years ago

Yes, good take on the Angels’ closer situation: Scioscia pathology. I have “Kenyan” Middleton (regular NFBC) on one team and Jim Johnson (DC) on another. That’s the only solution for full-time Sciosciapathologist: bet both for and against your team or your own fantasy roster. Does that makes sense? Sounds kinda Sciosciaphrenic…

And as an Angel fan I am a proud owner of ZERO Angels SP’s. Analyze that.

knucks
knucks

@Dave D, Licensed Sciosciapathologist: In theory, yes that hedge is making some sense here. But let me know your thoughts when you see Anderson or Bedrosian get a save tonight. That’s the glory of the Sciosciapath.

I was feeling the same way you are here when I scooped Tepara, Oh and Axford everywhere. Had Osuna in a few places. The moment I realized I had zero shares of Clipp was the moment I knew he would get the first save.

Scott Steelers
Scott Steelers
3 years ago

Was offered Machado for Jose Ramirez and Charlie Morton. My SP are still solid and i have Escobar and moncada to play 2nd in jose place. Thoughts?

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3 years ago
LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  Scott Steelers
3 years ago

@Scott Steelers: It is hard not to like Machado, but a top 20 hitter and a top 20 level starter is a heavy price to pay for him. Do you have a top 40 to 50 starter you could counter with as a substitute for Morton … say, a Taillon, Gio Gonzalez or Samardzija?

LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: According to Rudy’s Trade Analyzer, here are the values for these three players:

Team A:
Machado — $32.30

Team B:
Ramirez — $31.60
Morton — $10.50

The Trade Analyzer’s comment: “Looking good for Team B, ahead by $9.80.”

I agree with that and still think Morton is too big a kicker to give up in this trade. No kicker at all would be a perfectly fair deal.

VinWins
VinWins
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: I just got offered Semien and Grandal for Machado. And Grandal isn’t even his best catcher!

papasmurf
papasmurf
3 years ago

Picked up Pederson to stream against Harvey. Hope it works out. Smurf fingers crossed

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b the esq.
Reply to  papasmurf
3 years ago

@papasmurf: How they are starting Harvey is beyond me. Sounds like a legit batty call.

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
3 years ago

Who has the better ROS Piscotty or Jackie Bradley?

Cram It
Cram It
3 years ago

I’m going to Camden Yards tonight, so I decided to stream Faria. As good a reason as any, right?

I cannot believe the Reds are throwing Harvey out there.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: Oh, and F Drew Steckenrider.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: Guessing daily fantasy lineups will be stacked full of Dodgers

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: I just want to catch a friggin’ baseball. Maybe with my sandwich!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Nope! It’s #1 on my bucket list. I’ve been close a handful of times.

Nice! Who hit it? You seem like the type of guy that used a glove. Haha.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Bounce is okay! And it wasn’t a no-name. That’s a win in my book.

WhiteFlagTime
WhiteFlagTime
3 years ago

Sell Hanley high now for slumping Goldschmidt? Or do you think after 1/5 of a season…the slump could be real? Possibly injury related, or a mechanics issue that’s gonna need an offseason reset? My gut says I should make the move before Hanley falls off the face of the earth, but Goldschmidt hasn’t just slumped. He’s been straight horrible (with lots of K’s).

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  WhiteFlagTime
3 years ago

@WhiteFlagTime: Def Goldy there.

Mr. Rickey
Mr. Rickey
3 years ago

Great write up – 12 Team Roto – someone dropped Gallo and I’m going to make a waiver claim. Which of these would you drop:

Teoscar
Soler
Mancini
Michael Taylor (SAGNOF but he’s been awful)

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  Mr. Rickey
3 years ago

@Mr. Rickey: Taylor.

Slappy Jack
Slappy Jack
Reply to  Mr. Rickey
3 years ago

@Mr. Rickey: yeah drop Taylor

ctrengove
ctrengove
3 years ago

Middleton in the 8th yesterday…

Just getting his feet wet back from the DL or the return of the Sciosciapath?

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  ctrengove
3 years ago

@ctrengove: Probably just feet wetting.

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
3 years ago

I will never draft another Dodger bat
I will never draft another Dodger bat
I will never draft another Dodger bat
I will never draft another Dodger bat
I will never draft another Dodger bat

PD
PD
3 years ago

Dead last in HR & RBI.. Goldy is killing me. Didn’t Votto have a start like this a few seasons back… Edwin does in annually.. first timers club for Goldy had me worried..

Hopefully bought low on OZUNA.. got him for Chase Anderson & Mark Canha and awaiting Jake Lamb to return for DL.

JD, Yonder & Escobar are barely keeping me within stringing distance..

Am I fooling myself thinking this ship will turn around ?

Cram It
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Reply to  PD
3 years ago

@PD: Goldy shouldn’t be the reason you’re dead last in HRs/RBIs. If he had 3 more HRs and 8 more RBI, would he be killing you? Would you still be in dead last?

The Ozuna grab was a steal.

PD
PD
Reply to  Cram It
3 years ago

@Cram It: thanks. Drafting better would’ve helped.. lol. Using your numbers, no.. I’d move from 9th to 5th overall. But the fact he’s on pace for 50% of last year has me worried & no way I’d get fair value in a deal.

Patience is key.. but running out

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  PD
3 years ago

@PD: I’m not worried about Goldy. Unless you have a willing trade partner to take him in a buy low situation where you’re getting close to full value back, there’s nothing you can do but ride it out.

John Schwind
John Schwind
3 years ago

I thought the brass in Milwaukee who know analytics know that you save your best pitcher for matchups and/or the heart of the order?

HADERS GONNA HADE!

tama1310707
tama1310707
3 years ago

What are we expecting from Hoskins here on out? I feel like he’s been the biggest ticker tease of the season. Fangraphs has him 23/59/73 the rest of the way. His HR/FB is low even compared to his minor league track history. His BABIP is way up and his K% is way up.

Is this a case of a young guy adjusting in year two or was last years run just inflated. Here on out if you need every category for hitting on the 5×5 side (as I do, pray 4 me) are you taking Gallo or Hoskins?

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  tama1310707
3 years ago

@tama1310707: Hoskins

LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  tama1310707
3 years ago

@tama1310707: Whenever I start to worry about a guy, I stop and think “what would he look like if he just had one great game for him?” Add a four for five with 2 HRs game to Hoskins, and he would be right on track for his preseason projections. When a guy is just one good game away from normal, you have to just chill.

Also, as you saw last year, Hoskins’ ups and downs tend to last for a while. When he gets going, he is going to hit for a month or two.

Joel
Joel
3 years ago

Sup bruv?

Buxton and Cain are both available in my leagues FA. Which do I pick?

Will be dropping Peraza for one of them. Steals is the need but they will also be a bench bat, so…

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  Joel
3 years ago

@Joel: Sugar Cain

Joel
Joel
Reply to  b the esq.
3 years ago

@b the esq.: was thinking the same

Joel
Joel
Reply to  Joel
3 years ago

@Joel: Cainye MidWest

LeftCoastYankee
LeftCoastYankee
3 years ago

I need to drop one of the following backups:
Wil Myers
Cron
Teoscar Hernandez
Free Willie Calhoun

Which one?

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  LeftCoastYankee
3 years ago

@LeftCoastYankee: Let Willie be free

Crime Dog
Crime Dog
3 years ago

I will never draft another Dodger bat again
I will never draft another Dodger bat again
I will never draft another Dodger bat again
I will never draft another Dodger bat again

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
3 years ago

Grey!!!

Great write-up!

a. Sorry been a little later to the game than usual. Got woken up today (this AM) at 02h30AM!!! A refugee called me and said that he felt insecure (quick segue! I also felt insecure because it was so fging early in the morning!!! and asked if someone could hold me, but there was no there!). Anyway, I resolved his problem. He came with 6 other individuals who were basically just making problems. Am so beat now, if I went to bed I’d be like Rip van Winkle in the Catskills, part deux! Then, I’d have to get into your DeLorean to go back in time.

b. Great job by Scoots! He’s gonna top all of his stats from last year hands down.

c. Start Sonny Gray tonight at home versus OAK in a 5X5 RCL where you need W, K and don’t want to screw the pooch on ERA and WHIP?

d. Mark Twain quote of the day for May 11

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.

e. Have a nice weekend!

Cheers,
Ante

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
3 years ago

I dropped Mancini yesterday to hold onto Franchy. When I read your write-up this morning I vurped up my coffee a little bit.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: Franchy’s gotta go get it, he’s gotta go get it, he’s gotta go get it, he’s gotta go get it!

What can do?
What can do?
3 years ago

Herrro!
Do we still hold on Conforto? Scooter or Cesar Hernandez rest of the way?

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  What can do?
3 years ago

@What can do?: Hold Conforto. Cesar.

What can do?
What can do?
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

@Grey: xoxo :p

Milarky
Milarky
3 years ago

Yo Grey, I’m on the Rosario bandwagon with you. We’re a 5 OF, 3 RP roto league with SLG% added and I need some oomph in the offense. Would you trade Mikolas and Miller for Rosario? I’ve already got Kimbrel, Herrera, Knebel and Brach at RP.

The JoGarza
The JoGarza
3 years ago

Hey Grey,

Have to drop one of Teoscar, Puig, Soler, Jose Martinez in a 12-team H2H OBP league.

Which one?

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  The JoGarza
3 years ago

@The JoGarza: Jo Ma

Bk
Bk
3 years ago

Which side would you prefer? Roto 5×5

Jd Martinez, L Severino, B Boxberger

Or

Mad Max, A Judge

Thanks

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  Bk
3 years ago

@Bk: Depends on team needs. Box is a top 12 closer if not higher at this point. Max is better that Severino but the gap is not that large. Same for the JD v. Judge. More power in Judge, but JD may better other peripherals. Also, what the extra roster spot could be filled with.

Bk
Bk
Reply to  b the esq.
3 years ago

@b the esq.: 10 teamer, pretty deep but lots of decent players on the wire.. just curious if losing the good closer is worth the upgrade at pitching and maybe hitting?

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
3 years ago

H2H league requiring 40 innings from pitchers. I need innings as I am well ahead in all ratios. Which of these home starts feels safest to get 5- 6 innings without blowing up? (SON has them even).
German v Oak
Trop v Twins ( off DL)

2. Puig or Mancini?

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  DodgerWindowClosed
3 years ago

@DodgerWindowClosed: German. Puig.

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
3 years ago

The Reds Scare and Joe MacCarthy allusion was probably my favorite pun for today. I hope everyone got it. Great post. Very much emotionally stuck in a move. I get Trea Turner and Jacob Faria, they get JD Martinez / Pat Corbin. I have been eyeing up some one to unload JD on since you’ve made the sell recommendation and his BAPIP / average is still over the top. Trea turner is due for a regression back upward. The rub lies in Corbin and Faria- I think Corbin has lost something on his fast ball- about 3 mph in his last two starts. Want to pull the trigger on this before Corbin falters truly and the trade partner pulls out. I’m just needing some divine sign to say – yes, dumb ass, do this, or no, hold you crazy mother effer…….

Slappy Jack
Slappy Jack
Reply to  johnnyhobbes
3 years ago

@johnnyhobbes: I’d probably take Turner just for the steals without knowing much else

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Slappy Jack
3 years ago

@Slappy Jack: points league

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
3 years ago

Dang, forgot my closer question…

Cut one: Middleton, Britton, Treinen, Melancon

b the esq.
b the esq.
Reply to  DodgerWindowClosed
3 years ago

@DodgerWindowClosed: Trade one. Britton is still DL. Melancon too, as of now I think.

If you have to cut one, I think its Melancon unless there is more evidence Middleton isnt getting the gig back. Britton will close pretty much as soon as he is back.

Murph
Murph
3 years ago

Happy Friday Grey

1 Cut Dahl for Kyle Seagar for UTIL?
2 Cut Rich Hill or Sean Newcomb for Jon Gray?
3 Miles Mikolas for David Peralta straight up – which side you want?
4 Please form a prayer hexagon for C-Mart
5 Have a good weekend!

chris
chris
3 years ago

Thanks Grey!
what side do you like is it fair?
carrasco and odorizzi
for
Rizzo and scooter

Slappy Jack
Slappy Jack
Reply to  chris
3 years ago

@chris: pitchers vs batters is a tough thing to call fair or not

I would take Rizzo tho

chris
chris
Reply to  Slappy Jack
3 years ago

i agree with everything you said and the analyzer says + 10 for rizzo side i think it might time to push the accept button

thanks!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  chris
3 years ago

@chris: Def Rizzo

Synyster
Synyster
3 years ago

Kicking myself in the…..every time I want to bench Eduardo he does good, and every time I want to play him he gets blown up. Fantasy Gods are not kind.

Bigly Leagues
Bigly Leagues
3 years ago

Healy or Matt Davidson