After Rafael Soriano once again looked like his apologetic alter ego, Sorry-yo, Matt Williams said the Nats won’t have a set closer.  Let’s backtrack to August 18th, it was a day after the fourth time Soriano had given up runs in the matter of two weeks.  At that point, I wrote there was a problem, and I grabbed Drew Storen.  That was three weeks ago, and things haven’t gotten better.  So, why was I able to spot there was a problem with Soriano three weeks prior to the Nationals manager, Matt Williams?  Terrific question.  There’s a few possible reasons A) Matt Williams’s Oakleys are worn to shield TV cameras from showing he’s actually asleep.  B) Matt Williams can’t find steroids that make him smarter. C) There’s no C.  D) In a secret meeting in Bud Selig’s wood-paneled basement in Milwaukee in 1999, Major League Baseball declared that every team must have at least one Mark McGwire.  Matt Williams was elected to be Arizona’s Mark McGwire.  (Sosa was elected to be the Cubs’ McGwire, which is why he bleached his skin.)  The experiment to have a McGwire on every team was a success at first, but soon the players that were elected to be McGwire began to say, “I’m not here to talk about the past,” every time any question was asked.  The biggest offender of this was Matt Williams, so, rather than risk being found out, MLB made him the Nats manager.  Any of these reasons could be right, but it’s probably D.  So, with Soriano in trouble, the Nats could go to Storen, Tyler Clippard or Matt Thornton.  My guess is it’ll go in that order, and yesterday Storen got the clean save, helping his case.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Adam LaRoche – 2-for-4 and two solo homers (22, 23). Papa LaRoche would be so proud.  Papa Roach wouldn’t care.  That’s okay, no one’s cared about Papa Roach in ten years either.

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, moving his ERA to 3.78 and his record to 8-9.  8/9 is August 9th, which is Jason Heyward’s birthday, but he was born in 1989, the same year Nathan’s Hot Dogs opened in Moscow.  Since Russians weren’t familiar with the concept of hot dogs, there was a steady stream of dogs running out of Moscow for fear of being eaten.  Those dogs were called streamers, which is what Gio Gonzalez is.  Coincidence?  Doubtful.

Josh Harrison – Missed Sunday after rolling his left ankle on Saturday.  He should be back in for the Pirates next game.  To paraphrase Redman, “Bluntly, that’s how he rolled an ankle.”

Pedro Alvarez – Went to be examined by a foot specialist.  His name is Dr. Scholl’s.

Neil Walker – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer.  I apologize profusely for everything bad I ever said about you, Walker.  Put down your bat, and let’s talk.  C’mon, you don’t have to keep hitting homers to prove me wrong.  We can be adults about this!

Jordy Mercer – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games and his 4th homer in the last eight games.  Not sure if there’s much here long term, but who cares about long term?  There’s three weeks left, just worry about now and grab Mercer!

Desmond Jennings – Likely out for the season.  He’ll have a hard time getting anyone excited about him next year, which, of course, will mean he’ll finally live up to his hype.

Evan Longoria – 1-for-6, 2 runs and his 19th homer.  Thank God for the occasional ground ball that he gets under.

James Loney – 4-for-6 and his 8th homer.  It’s a bad sign when I regret not dropping Longoria for Loney.  Like a street in New Orleans, I rue you, L0ngoria.  I rue you.

Kevin Kiermaier – 3-for-4 and his 10th homer.  With Loney and Kiermaier having big days, Tampa’s local sports news could’ve done a bologna tie-in.

Nelson Cruz – 4-for-5, 7 RBIs and his 38th and 39th homer.  Scott Boras heard on the radio that Cruz hit two homers and he started singing along with Juice Newton, “Just call me angel…” but didn’t like that, so he switched the station and landed on Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’, which he totally rocked out to.

Casey Janssen – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 22nd save, after blowing a save on Friday.  Jays have a funny way of moving on from Janssen.  This is like when your best friend is dating a girl that he always fights with, so when you go out with them there’s lots of awkwardness and afterwards he tells you they’re breaking up.  Then, next time you go out with him, there they are again fighting.  Jays need to just get laid by a different girl so they can make a clean break.  In fact, I have a new girl to fix them up with that is easy on putouts, Aaron Sanchez.

Jose Bautista – 2-fro-4, 3 RBIs and his 31st homer.  He’s like Brigham Young to Dwayne Murphy’s Joseph Smith and Adam Lind (3-for-4) just won’t wear the magic underwear.  I swear that made sense in my head before I wrote it down.

R.A. Dickey – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Rubby De La Rosa (4 IP, 3 ER).  Lots of arguments with parents in the stands at this game.  Mom, “You took our kid to a game of Rubby/Dickey?”  Dad, “Our boy is old enough to handle it.”  Mother, “You better not be trying to make a pun there.”

Mookie Betts – 2-for-4 and his 5th steal, hitting over .350 in the last week with a homer.  Still doing his schmotato thing, you Betts believe it.

Miguel Cabrera – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 22nd homer, after hitting two homers on Saturday.  Somebody’s redeeming themselves with all of their H2H owners.

Andrew Romine – 2-for-4, 2 runs and two steals (8, 9).  Doesn’t play every day and is known primarily for his defense, i.e., Romine knows how to paint the fence.

Kyle Lobstein – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA is at 2.78.  Oddly enough, my level of interest in him is at 2.78 too, but that’s out of 100.

Julio Teheran – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER as he was outdone by Brad Hand (6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks).  The punishment for Teheran losing that badly to Hand should be a hand.  The Hand shouldn’t be able to Ty, win or come close to competing with Teheran.  Ugh, so disgusted I’m close to dropping Teheran.  Be cool, Grey, be cool!  I can’t, Voice of Reason, there’s not that much time left and I just need good matchups.

Michael Cuddyer – Will be activated from the DL on Tuesday.  I can guarantee you he won’t go on the DL again.  Rosters expanded, so when he gets hurt in three games, he’ll just sit on the bench for three weeks.

Wilin Rosario – Activated from the DL, so naturally yesterday Jackson Williams (1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer) started.  Wilin, just apologize to Walt Weiss’s daughter and let’s move on!

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th jomer.  Damn, so close.  I was typing that with my drool and almost typed it out.

Masahiro Tanaka – Threw a bullpen session on Saturday and Joe Girardi said, “You have to get him in games to resolve the situation.  That’s the bottom line because you can’t wait until next spring to resolve it.  So it needs to resolve, and we’ll do everything we can to get him in games before we leave.”  Here I am making an incredulous face.  You have to get a guy with a wonky elbow into a game?  Is this medical advice as seen on The Knick?

Brett Gardner – Day-to-day with abdominal pains.  He’s hoping to return early this week.  He said, “Just like you can’t stop a crazy ho, you can’t keep a good Gardner down.”

Shane Greene – 5 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA down to 3.57.  Juicy gotcha krazy!

Danny Duffy – Threw one pitch, then left with an arm issue that’s requiring an MRI.  This is neither here nor there, since I don’t own him, but I would’ve been po’d, to the nth P degree if I had a starts limit and lost a start after one pitch because he couldn’t tell he was sore during warmup pitches.

Greg Holland – Had some triceps tightness this weekend, but he says he should be fine moving forward.  Sure, just sit on a conveyor belt.  Wade Davis got the save yesterday, and will continue to see chances while Holland’s tilting at windmills.  If you’re in a league where Davis is available, I’d grab him.  Feel free to get in a deeper league next year too, since Davis should’ve been owned in every league by around May 1st.

Yordano Ventura – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 2 Ks.  So, you’re saying I shouldn’t have dropped him?  Message received.  I just didn’t love this matchup on the Stream-o-Nator, but I don’t mind his next and could grab him again, in that non-sexual fantasy way.

Juan Lagares – 1-for-3 and three steals (10, 11, 12).  I just went over my Juan Lagares fantasy on Friday.  The essence of that post:  Terry Collins challenged Lagares like Lee Majors challenged Gabe Kaplan in the Battle of the Network Stars, and Lagares accept the challenge.

Curtis Granderson – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer, hitting .215.  I told you he didn’t retire in July.  *poorly covering the microphone to talk to my intern*  We’re sure he didn’t retire in July, then come out of retirement yesterday for one game?  Okay, I’m told he did not retire at any point this year.

Anthony Recker – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games…that’s he played.  The Mets had played a week of games since the last time Recker played.  Recker’s homered three times in his last five games, but that’s dating back almost a month.  Okay, you get the point, don’t want to be a broken Recker.

Zack Wheeler – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Has more Ks than innings in the 2nd half and a batting average against that’s around .210, and an ERA around 2.50.  Gonna be hard to not like him going into next year, as I liked him this past March.  If he disappoints in the beginning of the year again in 2015, might have to write him off as a 2nd half pitcher like I write off every meal with Cougs.  Here’s us at dinner, “Okay, we need to talk about business for 30 seconds so we can write this off…Ready…and…go!”

Mat Latos – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 3.25.  Member when Great American Ballpark was a hitter’s paradise?  Who knew Dusty Baker’s toothpick was like the Indonesian butterfly making everything click.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer.  Only twenty more in the next two weeks and we’ll be good.

Adrian Gonzalez – 2-for-4, 6 RBIs and two homers (21, 22).  How is he only 32 years old?  He looks like he’s at least 37.  Definitely a Latin 32, and maybe his name is really Fausto Carmona too.

Leonys Martin – 3-for-4, 1 run and his 26th steal, and three steals in the last two days.  Maybe now that the Rangers told Ron Washington to go blow and he said, “YES, PLEASE,” they will play Leonys every single day as he should be.

Derek Holland – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Hmm, okay, I’m willing to put aside past reservations and gamble, which sounds like a commercial for Mohegan Sun.  Stream-o-Nator likes Holland’s next start, and I’d stream him in most leagues.

James Paxton – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 1.87, on an undercover cop.  His next start is vs. the A’s at home, and I get the feeling the Regression Fairies are going to be waiting for him there, but that’s based on my gut and I just ate chilaquiles.

Eric O’Flaherty – Didn’t pitch yesterday when the A’s finally actually adverbially had a save opportunity.  Turns out his back tightened up on Thursday.  Ugh, someone couldn’t mention this on, I don’t know, Thursday?!  Ryan Cook received the save opp, but promptly blew it.  Doolittle should be back any day now, so it might all be moot.  Love when I pick up a closer and he gets one save in 2 weeks.  Love it!

Dallas Keuchel – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. Jason Hammel (6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks).  The Stream-o-Nator hates both of their next starts, and since there’s very little time left, I could see dropping both of them in shallower mixed leagues.  You have to be that heartless, not as sung by Kris Allen.

Carlos Gomez – Could be ready to start on Monday.  Hey, that’s today.  You snuck up on me!

Matt Holliday – Sat out yesterday with back tightness.  He needs Jose Altuve to walk on his back.

Adam Wainwright – 9 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. division rival Brewers and Jimmy Nelson (5 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks).  Exhibit A, why the Brewers don’t have a chance in the playoffs.  Exhibit B-Z was Ryan Braun (1-for-3) leaving the club during a crucial series, then threatening to sit out all weekend because he had a sore thumb.  Aw, poor Braun, did you get a metaphorical grease stain on your Ed Hardy t-shirt?

Jhonny Peralta – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .268, and 2nd homer in the last three games.  Cardinals have your choice of unsung heroes, which isn’t the same as what David Bowie asked of The Wallflowers.  That’s to unsing Heroes.

Kolten Wong – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 20th steal.  Pardon the wording, but Wong’s been jerked around all year, and for him to still have 11 homers and 20 steals is pretty remarkable.  Yeah, I like him.

Oscar Taveras – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, and a homer on Saturday.  Hasn’t been playing every day and don’t think he’s anywhere near his potential yet, but looks like a slight hot schmotato.

Matt Adams – 0-for-3, 1 RBI after homering on Saturday.  Turned out he didn’t have an oblique problem, he accidentally swallowed a spare rib.  Once he passed it like a gay porn movie being rewound in slo-mo, he felt good as new.

Glen Perkins – An MRI showed no damage on his neck.  The MRI did show a lovely décolletage, which made Perkins blush.  Jared Burton was supposed to act as the closer in media res, but had quick owners that grabbed him cursing like Elizabeth Taylor at Burton after he gave up three earned on Saturday.  Perkins could miss a few games (or more), but it’s not readily apparent who will fill-in for him.  I grabbed Burton, since I am Desperado, but it could be Casey Fien, who has been more F-I-E-N than F-I-N-E.

Kennys Vargas – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer.  Kenny +1 is definitely getting a sleeper post this offseason.  He may get one for each one of him.

Howie Kendrick – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 6th homer, which comes after a huge Saturday (4-for-5, 1 run, 3 RBIs).  Maybe I shouldn’t have dropped him on Thursday.  *dresses up like a soggy pasta noodle and walks onto the set of MasterChef to be berated by Joe Bastianich*

C.J. Cron – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 10th homer.  Had a couple of hits on Saturday too, but he’s platooning with Efren Navarro (2-for-2, 1 run) and Albert Pujols (2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI).  Cron’s and Pujols should be messy and painful, but they’re not that bad.  Tests are still being conducted on Efrenylalanine.

Josh Hamilton – Was a late scratch from Sunday’s game due to his shoulder soreness.  Third game in a row he was scratched.  Unfortunately, the first two scratches revealed a cherry, but then there was a seven under the third scratch.  Damn.

Carlos Carrasco – 8 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Pretty simple what’s going on here.  He has a 95 MPH fastball and a pitch black slider.  Oops, shouldn’t have used a thesaurus on lights-out.  His slider is ridunk.  It’s on par with Kluber’s slider, that has been called “killer,” “deadly”and “damn, ninja, you ain’t jokin’.”  Your astute questions, “I mean, he’s had this slider for a while, no?  Why is Carrasco suddenly so bad-ass-mammie-jammie?”  Good questions.  Cause he’s throwing his lights-out slider more, and throwing everything for strikes.  You throw a pitch in the zone that induces a ton of swings and misses, and it’s a recipe for success.  I’ve been saying for about a month now you should own him, that obviously hasn’t changed.

Jake Petricka – Missed the weekend’s games due to his wife giving birth.  The obstetrician knew Petricka had roots in Russia, but was very impressed during labor with his wife’s glasnost.

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Mello Yello
Mello Yello
7 years ago

Drew Storen like a MoFo man! Wow…that is a one man closer by committee.

Springer is absolutely murderballing my hopes and dreams this year…and I really need an excuse to bench Puig, who has also done a fair share of murderballing to me lately.

Is Strasburg back to being in a 5-keeper discussion? It’s like every time I’m writing that off, he becomes brilliant, and then I get sucked back in, and there’s a very real possibility he struggles again next year like he did this year…I know, lots of Nationals talk here…

Hal Incandenza
Hal Incandenza
7 years ago

ROS: Mercer over Ackley?

Cuddyer over Howard?

Thanks for the great daily read, Grey!

PS – You make me wonder what Matt Adams has to pass to make him feel right as rain. An unopened sleeve of Chips Ahoy!?

Mello Yello
Mello Yello
Reply to  Hal Incandenza
7 years ago

@Hal Incandenza: Mercer…and despite Cuddyer’s advantageous home field, I’d go Howard. He hasn’t looked this good over an extended period of time in a minute

JoeG414
JoeG414
7 years ago

Buehrle home vs the Cubs Tuesday-Stream? I really need K’s but he’s the best option as a FA. Could also use some help with my era and whip. 6×6 roto.
Whata think: stream or no stream?
As always many thanks.

JoeG414
JoeG414
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:
Thanks.
Now who to cut for him W.Flores or J.Rutledge, only need one SS.

goodfold2
goodfold2
7 years ago

good call on MIG. best streamer day i’ve ever had this year in this league along with stroman, both have later in week matchups too.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
7 years ago

that Stroman shutout looked dominating
when I draft him next year hope he doesn’t go Cole on me

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:
I just dumped Nathan for Storen.
was that dumb? HA

Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho
Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho
7 years ago

damn, even for a catcher, this guy is streaky. after he first got those glasses (when he hit nearly .500 over around 24 at bats) i grabbed him over other low level underperforming (at the time) catchers. he proceded to go about 2/27 on my rosters with 2 singles. now he’s back again (so his glasses may be working again) 5 homers in last 6 games, and other hits too.

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
7 years ago

Are we cutting Dozier for Wong to try to get into, and win, the playoffs next week?

H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Wilsonian
7 years ago

@Wilsonian: that would’ve been my answer in april (would’ve very promptly looked stupid and been laughed at). not saying it’s dumb idea now.

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
7 years ago

NL only, worried dilson is gonna lose playing time with murphy coming back soon. Reaquire Hill for him?

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: noticing spangenberg better option.

Kid A
Kid A
7 years ago

O’Flaherty, where art thou?

I can’t feel my face.

Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho
Flowers misses his old glasses, but he's ok tho
7 years ago

oh my shit, would’ve loved that Gray win. F you O’Flaherty.

goodfold2
goodfold2
7 years ago

this week in playoffs i’m playing against schlub team that has these guys. if i don’t win steals against this it ain’t right.
lucroy/freeman/walker/prado (he starts prado in a 10 teamer, yeah)/ superfluous H/hunter/braun/bourn (9 out of 15 on steal chances this year)/desmond/fatt adams.
i’ve got (hopefully) enough guys like mookie/harrison (injured though)/jones/alcantara/gordon to get some steals.

Kid A
Kid A
7 years ago

Anything good right now Donkey. Please.

Kid A
Kid A
Reply to  Kid A
7 years ago

@Kid A: I live in an igloo. Frostbitten everywhere. bleh.

Kid A
Kid A
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I’ve no clue either. When he and the cat go skipping off on one of their dimwitted tangents, I tend to not follow.

J-FOH
Reply to  Kid A
7 years ago

@Kid A: you always follow

Scooterboy
Scooterboy
7 years ago

Looks like Rollins is out with a Hammy Strain. I’m in the Championship finals in our private league. Who should I replace him with? These are all on waiver wire.
Alcides Escobar
Javier Baez
Arismandy Acantrara
Jody Mercer.
Thanks for the input.

Scooterboy
Scooterboy
Reply to  Scooterboy
7 years ago

@Scooterboy: Sorry Grey , I just noticed above that you think Mercer is a good grab. Do you think he would be better than the others I listed?

Scooterboy
Scooterboy
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thanks again, and thanks to you and all the other posters on this site for all your hard work this year. You and the other posters, have gotten me into the finals for the second straight year in my private league, and 8 out of my 10 espn leagues i’m in the winners brackets. Now if I can just finish the job.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Scooterboy
7 years ago

@Scooterboy: good job. nice show.

goodfold2
goodfold2
7 years ago

just saw lucroy just after his team got beat 3-1 in games at home to likely seal their fate for season say that “MIL is better team than STL”. hmmm. interesting thing to say when your team just lost 14/17th’s of games. They were winning division by 5 games or more in early -mid august so all they had to do is play near .500 and win division easily. If i was a MIL fan i’d want to punch him in the face if i saw him in the street for saying things like that when his team has pretty much given up. It’s not exactly easy to lose 14 out of 17. Now it’s possible that his wife dropped some luggage on his head recently and if so i’m sorry for calling him a giant dumbass. I love owning Lucroy and his top 4 hitterishness. But dude needs to be kept away from microphones and other recording devices. People actually hear the things he says and it’s embarassing. Also prayer circle (Satanic Mass?) against the Superfluous H and Fatt Adams (i really didn’t like seeing that 3 run shot), as i’m playing them in my biggest league.

Kid A
Kid A
Reply to  goodfold2
7 years ago

@goodfold2:

A prayer pentagram, maybe?

Let’s do it.

Carlos
Carlos
7 years ago

Grey:

Who is my drop?

D. Storen
N. Feliz
A. Sanchez
J. Petricka

I have Doolittle coming off the DL and need to make room for a starter.

Thanks!

Nico
Nico
7 years ago

Would you drop Kazmir ($5.1 vs CHW), Archer (-2.5 vs NYY and -3.7 vs Tor), or Porcello (2.4 vs KC) to pick up Kennedy (10.8 vs LAD), or hold? Thanks!

Hondo
Hondo
7 years ago

Storen!

The reason my keyboard sticks.

Was that wrong?

Fungazi
Fungazi
7 years ago

Perfect! The Danny S-bomb on my opponent’s team.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
7 years ago

Stroman. Me. FCL.

J-FOH
Reply to  SteveNZ
7 years ago

@SteveNZ: I stayed away because I have an unreasonable fear of the Cubs lately. Well played to keep me off your ass

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: As much as I’d like to take all the credit, it was a SON call as much as anything – the $ value looked too good to ignore.

The margins are pretty fine in this league – have been all year…

J-FOH
Reply to  SteveNZ
7 years ago

@SteveNZ: I cant believe I’m actually in final discussion today and can be 10 points behind you by Wed. I seriously think that 3 SB performance by Hamilton I left on my bench when I went dong chasing could end up costing me.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: It may well do, though I have been chasing steals a bit lately if that makes you feel any better.

J-FOH
Reply to  SteveNZ
7 years ago

@SteveNZ: I passed cram today for the RBI lead. WTF, how do I have 6 points in HR’s and 12 in RBI?

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: luck. and/or what teams your RBI producing type guys play for.

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@Grey: @J-FOH: 2 weeks from now…

de nachos
de nachos
7 years ago

Anybody get a look at Salazar’s start today? Squeezed? Pitch tipping back? Or just suckatude? I have one transaction left in a H2H and have to choice to make.

Pick up Shields against DET on Wed or
hang on for Salazar’s next start Sat (also DET) and drop him for a Sunday stream.

de nachos
de nachos
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: thanks. Suckatude it is. Also 100 years of Suckatude is fitting with Sr. josé arcadio above.

TheMuppetManiac
TheMuppetManiac
7 years ago

Would you drop Bruce for Rios? Also Jose Ramirez or Josh Rutledge?

Jimmy
Jimmy
7 years ago

Made it to the finals in my rookie year (! thanks razz!), trying to plan pitchers for this 2 week stretch. Torn about Arrieta —- stream-o-nator says Arrieta only $0.3 @ TOR (Buerhle) but $15.8 vs Cueto. Do you have faith in these numbers? I would have thought it would be the opposite with the way the jays are playing (and melky now out) and Cueto being a good pitcher…thoughts? THanks.

Jimmy
Jimmy
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: I don’t trust him in either spot so I think he will stay benched. Also – McHugh in SEA tomorrow? He has been playing better of late, and his best K’s of the year were in SEA at start of season. SON not a fan but against Elias I’m thinking it’s worth a roll of the dice?

Jose Arcadio Buendia
Jose Arcadio Buendia
7 years ago

Semis for H2H standard league and only have 2 moves left. Need some strategy advice.

Bats are hurting due to Pearce and DesJ boo boos. Possible adds:

Wright, d’Arnaud, Rutledge, Wong, Martin, Parra, Schoop, Dunn, Valbuena, Khris, Dayan Dayan Dayan… ???

Pick one of these guys up or save the moves for a stream late in the week?

Jose Arcadio Buendia
Jose Arcadio Buendia
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Gracias por todo. Salud!

Johnny Podres
Johnny Podres
7 years ago

Cut J Hamilton or Puig for Cuddyer?

tals23
tals23
7 years ago

Keeper league….should I drop Brandon Crawford for Dilson Herrera?

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
7 years ago

If you had to keep 2 of the following at the same price who would it be?

Brantley, Avisail, Myers

tals23
tals23
Reply to  dem ribbies
7 years ago

@dem ribbies: Brantley and myers

gareth
gareth
7 years ago

G3!

I apologise if the one i did earlier was a “premature G aculation.”

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  gareth
7 years ago

@gareth: are you seriously apologetic for screwing up a self-imposed, self-celebratory, numerically induced notice, since the number was in error? this is great.

Jimmy
Jimmy
7 years ago

Start Locke tonight?

gareth
gareth
7 years ago

Hey Grey,

Safe to lose Uehara?

Or hold as Farrell stated he should be closing again by the end of the season.

I’d be using the spot for streaming.

This whold situation is giving me an Upside down emoji :-(

gareth
gareth
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: what percentage do you give on him getting his job back in a week ish? And ultimately pitches how many innings?

Ive noticed koji really doesn’t pitch many innings each year.

gareth
gareth
7 years ago

The entire Indians pitching staff were peg boys today.

At least the weather was nice!

J-FOH
J-FOH
7 years ago

I just want to say I take absolutely no credit in starting Kole, Howdy, and Alberto today but sometimes you just luck out with you plays. I am really only writing this to annoy Kid A, you know Kid, kinda smart…kinda sassy…kinda kind when the stars align.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: exactly, just a little sprinkle of sarcasm and trying to annoy the Kid Eh

gareth
gareth
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: its quite apt that KID A backwards is A DIK.

Just KIDding around! He’s ok really, and it’s actually fun being in an rcl league with him. Never boring.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  gareth
7 years ago

@gareth: best gareth comment ever

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: it’s quite possible he only named himself that due to that Red Rum reminiscent thing.

BootsyBaby
BootsyBaby
7 years ago

Rest of this season – Dexter Fowler or Avisail? Could use SBs and HRs, barely clinging onto 1st place in BA.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  BootsyBaby
7 years ago

@BootsyBaby: avisail

Henry
Henry
7 years ago

Drop JJ Hardy or Baez for Lagares?

Henry
Henry
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:

Need to drop either Hardy or Baez for him. It’s redraft.

ERad
ERad
7 years ago

H2H strategy question:

It’s the semi-finals and my opponent already has a strong pitching staff and has 4 pitchers with 2 starts this week (Jered Weaver, Felix Hernandez, Yovani Gallardo, and Jon Lester) and also has Chris Sale, Ervin Santana, and we have a 4 player max pickup per week so he can also stream a few pitchers if needed.

Here’s my staff with matchups:
Sonny Gray @ CWS
Mike Fiers @ MIA
Francisco Liriano @ Phi
Lance Lynn @ Cin
Gio Gonzalez @ NYM
Yordano Ventura – BOS
Jason Hammel @ SEA (stream)
And then I can also stream 4 pitchers if needed.

Here’s my question – we only have a 15 min innings pitched per week – so I can stream and throw my entire staff and hope for the best, or just pick the top two starts (Fiers $21.3 and either Liriano or Gio both $16) and try to lock down ERA, WHIP, K/9 with two really quality starts. I’d be sacrificing W’s and K’s obviously by doing this, which is the risk…. any thoughts here?

Thanks again for all the help this year, best site out there.

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
Reply to  ERad
7 years ago

@ERad: I had a loaded SP staff and this exact strategy sunk me this season. If you have saves as a scoring category you can also load up on dual eligible SP/RP like Britton, Mejia, CHC Ramirez, KC Davis and TOR Sanchez and start them in your SP spot. b/c they only see 1 inning unless they get blown up, your ratios should be safe and you can chase saves too (if saves count in your league that is).

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
7 years ago

Frazier or Machado at 3rd for 2015?

Jackie Treehorn
Jackie Treehorn
7 years ago

Drop Krush or Eaton today?

Jackie Treehorn
Jackie Treehorn
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

Thanks Grey. I can’t decide.

It’s just a bench bat so I could flip a coin, but I’m leaning Khrush just because I’m ok on Power and he’s not facing any lefties this week. Eaton is facing some tough matchups vs. OAK though.. damn.

Tim Whatley
Tim Whatley
7 years ago

Any of these guys worth a keep in Keeper leagues for next year based on their (relatively) cheap salaries?
($260 budget, 12-team, mixed, roto)

Alex Gordon: $14
Paxton: $9
Gausman: $8
Derek Holland: $9
Kazmir: $5
Billy Hamilton: $11

Magic Mike
Magic Mike
7 years ago

start/bench Jason Vargas tomorrow @Detroit? thanks!

Hondo
Hondo
7 years ago

Dammit Grey! Due to your excellent advice I have to sit,unable to make any roster moves due to your excellent advice while my 2 teams sit during bye weeks.
As payback,I’m going to drink your daiquiri.

Hondo
Hondo
Reply to  Hondo
7 years ago

@Hondo: PS=Can I get the Cougs cellphone #?

Hey,I kid because I love you more than any man except Giancarlo.

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
7 years ago

is Josh Harrison for real? would you keep him into 2015 as your 10th keeper? love the eligibility and kind of seems like he’s earned PT.

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: gotcha. would you keep Harrison over Wil Myers, Charlie Blackmon or Alex Wood?

Don Majkowski
Don Majkowski
7 years ago

Mujica Quackenboush or Storen?

Billy Beane Is Not My Lover
Billy Beane Is Not My Lover
7 years ago

should i pick up gregor blanco and drop dustin ackley in his stead??

Don Majkowski
Don Majkowski
7 years ago

Mujica or Quackenbush for saves ROS?

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
7 years ago

is Ozuna a keeper in a 10 team shallow roster league?

dem ribbies
dem ribbies
7 years ago

is Ben Revere a keeper in a 10 team shallow roster league?

Tim Whatley
Tim Whatley
7 years ago

Grey…what team do you actually root for (other than your fantasy team)?

Malicious Phenom
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: everybody has a favorite team, never heard nobody not having a favorite team..Growing up in Jersey we all rooted for the Yankees, did you? Living in LA, you have many to chose from in Cali alone..Did you ever have a favorite team?

Tim Whatley
Tim Whatley
7 years ago

D’Arnaud has been 11/20 in the month of September….
sleeper alert for next year!

Toe Knee
Toe Knee
7 years ago

I guess you missed my Question earlier What do you think of streaming Miller in Cinci today?

John
John
7 years ago

Im guessing Ill mention this again friday or so but I am thinking of replacing PUIG, I have a bye and will be in the Semis next week and need every bat I can get. I will see how he does but at worst case by next Mon Tues I will have to move on if things dont change…. any must owns?

1. Laroche Walker Kendrick Pollock Rusney KDavis if when comes up…..which 2?

2. Rusney going to steal lot time from Betts or maybe just day here there?

3. Swap out Sal Perez pick up Arnaud?

john
john
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: drop puig for rizzo reports he’s trying come back??

Also have mookie and maybe add rizzo Aldo drop Kennedy??

mike
mike
7 years ago

Hey grey, in a h2h playoff round, are you comfortable starting Fister today vs Atl?

MooseOutFront
MooseOutFront
7 years ago

Not only did I almost stream Danny today, but my opponent picked him up while I was mulling it over. Bwahaha!

Tim Whatley
Tim Whatley
7 years ago

Thank you Grey!!

I was sooo tempted to pick up Salazar and his 2-starts up off waivers but you talked me off the ledge…..dodged a bullet there….
he just got spanked by the Halos…whew

gareth
gareth
7 years ago

Salazar’s homer prone-ness rears its ugly head again.

As I stated earlier, Salazar was way too risky a start against a strong Angels offense today.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  gareth
7 years ago

@gareth:
don’t go out on a limb or anything! ¯\_(?)_/¯

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  frankgrimes
7 years ago

@frankgrimes: GRIMEY!

Malicious Phenom
7 years ago

Salazar, why Salazar, why??

yellowman
yellowman
Reply to  Malicious Phenom
7 years ago

@Malicious Phenom: Ditto….ugh….

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
7 years ago

phew almost streamed Danny today

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  frankgrimes
7 years ago

@frankgrimes: I stayed away from him like you stayed away from Bruce

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: I dropped Bruce from all three of four teams long ago two made the playoffs
He is now on my enemy list right below Ben Maller

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  frankgrimes
7 years ago

@frankgrimes: I was being a smart ass because you owned him most of the year….I still own him

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH:
you have been quite snippy lately ha
don’t forget me for the FCL next year yo

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  frankgrimes
7 years ago

@frankgrimes: you’re a Giant and thanks for noticing.

I’m holding Carnacs spot and waiting on others who had life get in the way this year. I’m trying to set up a deep leaguer with the crew. It will be a non RCL with FAAB and innings limit.

Wake Up
7 years ago

According to footballs, some ravens released me and rice…not sure why? I usually have more release from beans and rice, than I do from rice and me…

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey:
ha

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Ha! You should try to get T Hole to interview him!

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: would it open with him calling him Ray Pierce?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: you don’t know football. Pierce was his backup

B
B
7 years ago

@ Grey — Arcia or Dom Brown to start next season?

Wake Up
7 years ago

Ended up going with Avisail in the ole Glasnost 2 Glasnost…

Expect a good week from him, just do it!

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thanks! I thought you would approve…
Our formerly H2H league has now been renamed Glasnost 2 Glasnost…some may ask why…others, others still remain, or remaned…

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: You are Smirnoff the hook!

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: You Van Gogh Girl!

dizzystpizzy
dizzystpizzy
7 years ago

Hey Grey, thanks for the great analysis. Don’t think I can ever safely roster Matt Adams after today’s piece. Got another SS question: drop Alexei Ramirez for Mookie B? Last week I was holding Alexei but want to revisit.

dizzystpizzy
dizzystpizzy
Reply to  dizzystpizzy
7 years ago

@dizzystpizzy: Sorry, this is in a vacuum.

dizzystpizzy
dizzystpizzy
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thanks hombre

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: In a vacuum, I would look to Dyson…Never. Gets. Old…

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

@Wake Up: hehe

Wake Up
Reply to  J-FOH
7 years ago

@J-FOH: Never!

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

@Wake Up: sorry, i know you prefer the HA!

SteveNZ
SteveNZ
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Wake Up: @J-FOH: @Grey: In a vacuum, I always take Hoover.

dizzystpizzy
dizzystpizzy
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

@Grey: @Wake Up: I’m a woomba fan, for hygiene

Jacks
Jacks
7 years ago

You’ve heard of dump to win, but has it ever really worked? Had half my squad on LT DL by halfway point and wound up doing 3 major dumps as well as some minor ones. All of a sudden I’m in second, just 4 points behind 1st. Unfortunately used my last FA pick a month ago and we have a 7/31 trade deadline …

But, how do you feel about Kennedy at LA on Tues? I’m very safe in WHIP but could lose a point in ERA if he sux. No Ks. Wins are fairly important to me. But do you ever play a Padre to get a win? Replacement would be a DL guy like Harvey. Thx

Razzball junkie
Razzball junkie
7 years ago

Drop any of Carl Crawford, Ozuna, Duda, or Gardner for Lagares? Drop Yadi for d’Arnaud? 12 team H2H, OPS instead of ave. Thanks!!

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Razzball junkie
7 years ago

@Razzball junkie: crawford

Razzball junkie
Razzball junkie
Reply to  Grey
7 years ago

@Grey: Thanks guys! Do you think that I should with Yadier?

Wake Up
7 years ago

So I’m on my nine and a halffth beer last night, this chick walks over to me and she says, she says, hey there beautiful modelly stud, I says to her, I says, names ain’t nothing but a number babe, she says to me, you mind if I become lucky 2,703 tonight, I says to her, I says, I’ll give you the best three to five minutes of your life darling, but after that, I got my 22 fantasy baseball championship to win!

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Wake Up
7 years ago

@Wake Up: the classics never die

Furious
Furious
7 years ago

Appreciate the daily info and now have the week off in H2H playoffs and was wondering about my OF in my 10-team league.

Have Duda and Soler but was wondering if I should drop Duda and Soler for Betts and Lagares.

Rest of team: Gattis, Pujols, Rendon, Longoria, Desmond, Giancarlo, Dozier, and Kennys.

Thanks.

TobiasFunkeAnalRapist
TobiasFunkeAnalRapist
7 years ago

Great read my man, first week of playoffs for me because of a bye week and im rolling out Stroman, Salazar and Sonny today. Followed by Bauer and Cashner tomorrow. There’s some word of Smyly possibly being shut down, what do you think? If not, i wanna try to grab him and drop Stroman then try and grab Stroman for his next start. The teams out of contention have stopped paying attention so it’s easier to dominate the wire right now. Thanks and keep up the good work.