I’m still not convinced Yermin Mercedes isn’t a LARP. Or a Transformer. His name really is Yermin Mercedes? Just out here with a name that sounds like a German saying German Mercedes? And he doesn’t wear a Mercedes emblem around his neck like Flavor Flav? Is this real life or a simulation? The White Sox lost Eloy and just randomly found a guy who can do exactly the same? Right, right, okay, so the story I heard about one fantasy baseballer hearing the news of Eloy’s injury while on the Mercedes-Benz factory tour and crying onto a C-Class, and that transforming into Yermin, was a lie? I don’t hear lies, I hear truths! So, Yermin Mercedes went 2-for-4 and hit another home run (2nd) yesterday, and has basically done what we would’ve hoped for from Andrew Vaughn in our wildest dreams. But can it continue? Ah, excellent leading question! Yes, Yermin can hit .550. No! Of course not! He does have a solid hit tool (can hit .280) and good power (20-ish homers). The moment he slumps and Vaughn hits (it’ll happen — hopefully for my teams) Yermin will be on the outside, while Vaughn moves in. There is a chance Mercedes could hit 25 homers/.280, which is essentially Trey Mancini-type projections, so he’s worth rostering for now. tl;dr: Mercedes goes vroom, vroom, make room. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Lance Lynn – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners (zero walks), 11 Ks, ERA at 0.00. Ask for a favor, can he have a zero ERA all year? Thanking you in advance! Out of pure spite for the haters, I’m not even going to talk about how I said he was a number one starter all preseason and everyone was like, “Yo, Grey is handsome, but maybe drunk.”

Yoan Moncada – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. More like Moan Yoncada, amiright? (I’m not right.)

Anibal Sanchez – Throwing for “select teams.” It’s pretty cool he’s throwing for the team of people at supermarkets that put “select” stickers on meat.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 5 IP, 3 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks as he was activated from the IL. Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “Sorry about cutting into Karen’s cake. The light is out in the refrigerator and I didn’t see the writing on it said, ‘Happy Birthday.'”

Enrique Hernandez – 1-for-5 and his 1st homer. *slowly opens lace curtains, sticks bare leg out* Enrisqué!

Rafael Devers – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Glad I didn’t drop him after six bad games. Whew.

Christian Vazquez – 3-for-5, 1 run and his 2nd steal, hitting .458. I still haven’t looked it up, so could someone else? I’m asking you of course to look if it’s me, or does Vazquez have the best first two weeks every year then fade?

Trevor Bauer – Being investigated for tampering with balls. Bad news is there was something sticky on his balls. Good news is they found Bauer’s balls.

Mitch Garver –  2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer. Our writer, Coolwhip, tried to put you up on the scoop with his Mitch Garver fantasy, did you listen? Uh, read?

Jose Berrios – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 1.54. His line is decent, and he looked even better. Call me Stanberry, because I love this guy.

Byron Buxton – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 4th homer, and a triple short of the cycle, hitting .421. Someone wrap Buxton in bubble wrap. And wrap the outfield fences in bubble wrap. And wrap his teammates in bubble wrap in case they run into him. We cannot be too precautious.

Luis Arraez – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 1st homer, hitting .381. The screen flashed, “Luis Arraez is the only Twins regular without a hit” just as he hit his homer. Could someone flash on the screen, “Grey is yet to win the lottery?”

James Paxton – Went for a 2nd opinion on his forearm — he gets more 2nd opinions than Bill Paxton got on Big Love. Bad but not entirely unexpected news on James Paxton, he needs Tommy John surgery.

Marco Gonzales – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 10.45. Marco…Call the Po-Po…Marco…Call the Po-Po…Marco…Call the Po-Po my team has been violated. As I said in the preseason, if Marco’s pinpoint control was less than, he was going to struggle. Last game, he had more walks than Ks, and this game he had a ~4.5 BB/9. It’s not gonna work for him. You can hold out hope in deeper leagues, but I’d bench until his command returns.

Jose Marmolejos – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. The Gypsy Kings are doing a comeback tour?! Aw sookie!

George Springer – Suffered a low-grade strain of his quad while recovering from his oblique injury. An offscreen voice whispers, “What Grey doesn’t know is we’re pranking him to see his reaction when his number one outfielder hurts himself again and again.”

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer. One week’s worth of games, and I’m already calling it: Vlad Jr. is gonna be a top 12 overall pick next year. We’re headed for a 32-homer, .315 season. Book it!

Cavan Biggio – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer. His father called after the game and said, “Nice homer, Buster Brown, but in this house we only recognize hits by pitch. Are you Lance Berkman’s kid?”

Mike Trout – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 3rd homer. Gonna check out this site called Wikipedia dot com and find out about this guy.

Jose Altuve – 1-for-4 and his 1st homer. He homered to loud cheers from the home crowd of close to 11,000. Otherwise known as 22,000 eyes watching the catcher’s signs.

Yordan Alvarez – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 2nd homer. Captain Woo Cubano taking ’em to the Matt! Olson and Chapman. See, they were playing the A’s.

Carlos Correa – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .321. Could it finally be happening? The season everyone’s been expecting since Correa was promoted? Could be. Not sure I’d believe until it actually happened. Consider myself burnt for about five seasons.

Cristian Javier – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.08. Streamonator liked this start, but loves his next one. Color me intrigued.

Cole Irvin – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 7.45. Cool story, bro, can we please call up Daulton Jefferies now?

Nolan Arenado – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer. My team and I have spent five years restoring the letters Ted Williams sent his favorite bait and tackle store during World War II. I’m just going to carelessly put them by this open window–NOOOOO!!! Torenado!!!

Dee Gordon – Signed with the Brewers. The Brewers making a lot of strange moves lately, first trading Arcia away, then getting Strange-Gordon.

Corbin Burnes – 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, zero walks, 9 Ks, ERA at 0.73. I stand by what I’ve been saying on Burnes. I wish I had him in every league. I am a huge fan. Yet, I still have an iCal reminder for trading him away around the All-Star Break, because he won’t be able to throw anywhere near a full season.

Trevor Rosenthal – Underwent thoracic outlet surgery. Thoracic outlet surgery is performed by cockroaches near a power outlet. I think, I skimmed the Quora. Jake Diekman is the current closer replacement; Sergio Romo would be my next guess.

Ryan Mountcastle – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer. Mountcastle, Thursdays at 10 on the BBC — Catch the fever! Then watch as Mountcastle figures out the fever was planted by a Russian spy.

Matt Harvey – 5 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 5.59. David Wright’s wife ruined two players’ careers.

Dom Nunez – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer. He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell column, because he’s here now. By the way, the Buy/Sell column is already available on Patreon.

Garrett Hampson – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 4th steal. It would be legitimately funny to me if Bud Black plays Hampson for 150 games this year, and says something like, “He came this year ready to play,” like he wasn’t exactly this good for the last four years when Black didn’t play him.

Zac Gallen – Tossed 67 pitches in camp. What’s he a prude? Throw two more!

Ketel Marte – Hit the IL with a hamstring strain. That’s a weird way to spell cramp.

Kevin Ginkel – 1 IP, 0 ER, as he pitched the 7th. *looks up if this was a doubleheader* It was not a doubleheader, i.e., the 7th inning wasn’t the 9th inning, said Mr. Exposition. This was likely him getting work and Ginkel would still be my guess for closer, but the Diamondbacks had to Ginkel. Also, Stefan Crichton is there, and the Diamondbacks might not win any games. Have you seen their lineup? It was pretty bad with Crampel Marte.

Eduardo Escobar – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and a slam (1) and legs (1). What if someone slammed and legged, and no one cared?

Anthony Rizzo – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 1st homer. HR to the Izzo!

Javier Baez – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and a slam (2) and legs (3). Wish I would’ve drafted him in every league. Baez gonna have a huge year for that huge contract.

Kris Bryant – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer. Apparently, the stories of Bryant’s demise were greatly exaggerated. Since it was Bryant spreading those rumors, he lied to us! Kris Bryant: Noted Fabulist.

Jake Arrieta – 6 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.25. Solid first two outings against the Pirates, who don’t have to look very hard to find booty. I’d use the Streamonator for Arrieta, and his next start is a big woof.

Nick Neidert – 4 1/3 IP, 1 ER, as he enters the Marlins’ rotation for one of the injured guys. Not much here for fantasy, but you can get a pretty good backing track going just repeating Nick Neidert.

Jorge Alfaro – Out with hamstring tightness. I had a Hormel with a tight hamstring, you just gotta chew it off.

Anthony Bass – 1/3 IP, 2 ER and his 2nd blown save. From the Razzball writers’ group DM: “Anthony Bass is toast.” “Call him Anthony Avocado.” “If you roster him, you’ll never own a house.” Any hoo! Marlins have no other options, so, yeah, prolly not Anthony Avocado just yet, and I wouldn’t speculate on anyone else.

Dellin Betances – Hit the IL with a shoulder impingement. You’d think if you paid $2.4 billion for a MLB team, you’d hire new trainers.

Jeff McNeil – 1-for-3 and his 1st homer, as he hit 7th. The Mets’ lineup isn’t bad, so McNeil 7th behind Villar? Then again, it paid off because McNeil was there to take Bass deep in the 9th. Luis Rojas managing the Mets and playing 4D chess.

Taijuan Walker – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks. Solid first start for his new team, the Mets. Now, he will hurt his arm and the Mets’ trainers will say it’s his knee. Streamonator loved this start, and is pretty meh on his next.

Michael Conforto – 0-for-2, 1 RBI, and a game-winning HBP as he leaned over the plate, getting nicked by a strike on his elbow. I don’t blame him, take what you can to get on base, but how was it the umpire was about to call a strikeout, then changed it to a HBP? How do you get to the major leagues as an umpire, and think if you’re about to call something a strike, you can just switch it to a HBP? Even in Little League, they shout STAY RIGHT HERE if a kid is hit by a strike. The kid can be crying on the ground in pain, and screaming, “I was state checkers champion last year, if I can’t move my hand when I try to repeat, you’re gonna hear from my attorney!” Not saying that was me. I’m just saying a thing a kid might say. Though, I was the New Jersey State Checkers Champion.

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Herschel
Herschel
1 year ago

@Grey: sagnof, Holland or one the oak guys (Diekman, Trevino or Romo)?

The Harrow
The Harrow
1 year ago

kenley went 2 days in a row and i think 3 out of 4 (or 5). it’s the same as last time that happened.

Rick Brown
Rick Brown
1 year ago

Knebel just got the save.
Might be something.

Kelly Denzik
Kelly Denzik
1 year ago

Molten wing tenets in his eyes from the St Louis ovation and Arenado saying that was his first ever curtain call were awesome

Kelly Denzik
Kelly Denzik
Reply to  Kelly Denzik
1 year ago

Kolten Wong tears in eyes

Kelly Denzik
Kelly Denzik
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Hello Boss. Starting out ok except one league injury bug had me down doing good in my others. Thanks again for what u all do here.

Kelly Denzik
Kelly Denzik
1 year ago

Molten wing tenets in his eyes from the St Louis ovation and Arenado saying that was his first ever curtain call were awesome

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
1 year ago

Please explain your site. Now that drafts are over, should I continue looking at 2021 ratings for your current opinion — or should I be using the Player Ratings?

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
1 year ago

Hold on Happy and Vaughn?…… Looking at Mullins…. Pts league 12 teamer

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Sorry to do this but that answer means drop happ? For mullins? Keep Happ?

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Got you

Chris
1 year ago

10 team H2H points league
Saves are 10pts
Holds are 4pts

I need to drop a RP to stream. Who do i drop?
Devin Williams
Pagan
Neris
Merryweather

I am the Walrus
I am the Walrus
1 year ago

Better late KC SP flier — Junis or Duffy?

Random Collmenter
Random Collmenter
1 year ago

12 teamer, keep 10 guys, 6×6 roto with OPS and QS. I might already be selling this year since I own Eloy, Mondesi, Gallen, Springer, and Ke’Bryan. Rough start.

I was offered his $27 Bellinger for my $3 Giolito. Thoughts? Here’s the rest of my team:

C: Murphy
1: Freeman
2: Muncy
3: JoRam
SS: Dylan Moore
OFs: Rosario, Solak, Dickerson
U: Sano, Dalbec, Canha, Moran, etc.

BN: Witt, Jr.

SPs: deGrom, Castillo, Giolito, Wheeler, Taijuan
RPs: Chapman, Holland, Will Smith, Kopech, Montero

IL: Springer, Mondesi, Eloy, Ke’Bryan, Gallen

Thanks as always!

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
1 year ago

which streamer tomorrow? Agree with SON?

Logan Webb vs COL – $21.8
Trevor Rogers @NYM $5.5
Tarik Skubal @CLE $5.2
Domingo German @TB

Shin-Soo Choo Choo
Shin-Soo Choo Choo
1 year ago

12 team 5×5 redraft.

Trying to vulture saves.

Got Pagan, Ginkel, Knebel.

Drop any for Treinen?

Thanks in advance.

Shin-Soo Choo Choo
Shin-Soo Choo Choo
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Nothing announced except Kenley is bad and Knebel get the save seemingly ahead of Treinen on Sunday. Also during Dodgers’ radio broadcast it was said Dodgers really like Knebel.

Regarding Pagan, Kerry Klug’s 4/7 SAGNOF post indicated Melancon’s got closer on lock. If so I’d rather hold the two Dodger guys in anticipation of Kenley losing the job.

Except Roberts’ leash on him is so long it wraps around the globe twice over, so ugh.

captain obvious
captain obvious
1 year ago

Hey guys I’m trying watch baseball today but on my cable ESPN is the only one. They’re fucking doing golf though. Where should I go on my phone?

captain obvious
captain obvious
Reply to  captain obvious
1 year ago

For the Rockies.

bossmanjunior333
bossmanjunior333
1 year ago

need a 2b in a points league, who you got here: owings, arraez, solano, chisholm, castro

thanks!

RodeeRo
RodeeRo
1 year ago

Your Torenado blurbs get me every time! Too funny!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 year ago

Love your take on Yermin, and I know you’re right but I’m hoping your wrong.

Just curious, though. Let’s say that slump for Yermin doesn’t come until deep into the season past the time he’s pretty much established himself. Do you think he can maintain some ABs then? Or does he get pushed out of the way and forgotten because of the $$$ invested in Vaughn?

I think upper management may want Vaughn or Eloy or whoever to play. But LaRussa is running the show. He knew before anyone else did that Yermin could hit. Would LaRussa go with his instincts and still play him if he’d proven himself long enough?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

This makes me sad. But I know you’re right.

:o(

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

This is why I come here. To get some unbiased opinion about guys on my team. I know you’ll give it to me straight even if I don’t like it or disagree.

But I’d be lying if I didn’t say you hurt me today. :o(

LOL

Lucky Dog
1 year ago

Well, you nailed it… Down goes Aaron judge. RIP, we hardly knew ye.

Lucky Dog
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Who could’ve ever predicted?

packers2018
packers2018
1 year ago

In a 12 team keep forever dynasty which I drafted to win now how close is my Tatis for his Correa and Bobby Whit Jr for starters? He has all the good outfield prospects, Kelenic, Robinson, Carroll, Duran, Rodriquez plus Abrams and on and on.

I’ve tried other combinations with his Lou Bob, Trout, and Correa but got rejected. It doesn’t seem like Tatis all of a sudden will become just an average player. Not sure what is fair at this point including draft picks.

Any ideas that would be fair and not feeling like I sold low in a one week old keep forever dynasty?

Thank you

Saint
Saint
1 year ago

Whose the drop when I activate Bell? Saves only

Bass, Kennedy, Amir, Diekman

Thanks

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
Reply to  Saint
1 year ago

Bass

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ugh
I have Bass and Garrett on two teams

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
1 year ago

which side: Alcantara & Kopech or Means & Pagan ?

MediOAKer Matt
MediOAKer Matt
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

thanks Grey!

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Please rank overall?
Mullins, Oneil, C.Frazier

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
1 year ago

RP question, Points league so hold and saves…. Current RPs are Merryweather and E Pagan ( Rudy’s robot loves Pagan) but available on the wire are Melancon and Alex Reyes…. which two do you want?….. Merryweather and…………………..

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

TY

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

I got Solak and Croneworth
Drop Wong for a free agent to fill line up or hold ?

Sam
Sam
1 year ago

I’ve got Azulay… would you swap him out for Heaney or erod or Trevor Rogers of Miami or hold?

Corey
Corey
1 year ago

Grey, question for you that’s about something even nerdier than fantasy baseball – your writing process! I’ve always been impressed by the sheer number of words you generate daily. Writing is my day job as well, but it includes far more procrastination and perfectionism to ever hit your word count. Do you do a kind of vomit draft/stream of consciousness just to get through it? Anything you’ve discovered about your process that has helped you keep things moving?

Thanks from someone who’s on a deadline and using this comment to procrastinate.

Eduardo
Eduardo
1 year ago

Would you bench Heaney @Tor and Mahle @Ari tonight and Paddack @Tex and Montas @ tomorrow in an Otteneu pts league? HR allowed are punished hard.

I feel like they might all be droppable at some point too since I’m never confident in them (yet) and they will keep getting benched. But I know it’s early and hope they can improve.

Stl Squat Cobblers
Stl Squat Cobblers
1 year ago

Uh oh… Here comes the stubborn Greys in our Nov DC! Nice week Lothario! Per to the haps, The Cobblers shouldn’t have talked smacked on Day Two!

mweltzer
mweltzer
1 year ago

I actually had the Marlins Monyline yesterday in that game and Draftkings refunded me unexpectedly. Anthony Bass is on my shit list and Ron Kulpa.

Who do you like the most out of these three: Cedric Mullins, Akil Baddoo, Michael Taylor?

Should I drop Sean Murphy? Really nobody on the wire except Carson Kelly, Omar Narvaez. Eff that position.

Thomas Petrone
Thomas Petrone
1 year ago

Keep Andrew Vaughn, or cut in favor of Adam Eaton or Tyler Naquin?

Hold Sean Murphy, or pickup Omar Narvaez?

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Grey, SON doesnt like Wideners home start vs Cincy today
Would u stream him in a 12 team roto?

Dan Rydell
Dan Rydell
1 year ago

Trevor Story and Luis Castillo
for
Mookie Betts and Marcus Stroman

thoughts?

406mtechdigger
406mtechdigger
1 year ago

Thanks Grey! Your writing makes my morning!

H2H Points Keeper League
$20 cost bump for players each year

My $100 Machado and $1 Merryweather for his $60 Ozuna for $20 P Lopez. Also of note, I also have J Ram at 3B and need OF help. Thoughts? This is too good to be true huh?

Thanks Grey

406mtechdigger
406mtechdigger
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks!

406mtechdigger
406mtechdigger
Reply to  406mtechdigger
1 year ago

That should be “for his $60 Ozuna AND $20 P Lopez”

uncle wighty
uncle wighty
1 year ago

tyler duffey or richard rodriguez in SVHD?

thanks grey

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Dick-Rod…HA!

uncle wighty
uncle wighty
1 year ago

minor or cease?

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

In my format that counts 5 standard batting cats + OPS, K’s and ABs – do you still think Kelenic’s potential will be a lot better than Jon India’s? I’m debating on whether to stash Kelenic now or continue to ride India’s hot-ish start…

MarvPesos
Marv
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 10) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS. LIMIT of 40 moves (used 2 moves) – no streaming

With Marte hitting the IL, I have a free pick up to make (1 empty spot- don’t need to drop anyone). Who would you grabbing from the wire (available guys below) ? Before Goldy got hurt I was going to lean pitcher/a 4th RP but I guess I should focus on hitting ?

WIRE

HIT – T. Nyquin, G. Hampson, N. Senzel, A. Baddoo, C. Moran, E. Longoria, R. Grichuk, M. Taylor, C. Dickerson, J. Chisholm Jr., C. Owings, M. Straw, J. Aguilar, A. Aquino, S. Hilliard, J. Marmolejos

SP – J. Gray, T. Houck, J. Teheran, W. Miley, M. Minor, M. Shoemaker, G. Canning, L. Gilbert N/A, M. Manning N/A, N. Pivetta, J. Odorizzi N/A

RP – I. Kennedy, C. Valdez, C. Knebel, C. Green, J. Hicks, E. Pagan, M. Barnes, G. Gallegos

My team:
C – Mitch Garver
1B – E. Hosmer
2B – J. India
3B –Eugenio Suarez
SS – T. Turner
CI – P. Goldschmidt *DTD
MI – I. Happ
LF – C. Yelich
CF – M. Conforto
RF – T. Mancini
Util – R. Laureano
BN – A. Kirilloff (N/A)
IL – K. Marte (IL)
IL – L. Voit (IL)

SP – W. Buehler
SP – B. Singer
SP – A. Civale
RP – J. Hader (RP)
RP – E. Diaz (RP)
P – A. Reyes (RP)
P – J. Means
BN – T. Mahle
BN – D. Dunning
BN – J. Montgomery
BN – M. Pineda
IL – S. Gray (IL)
IL – T. Gonsolin (IL)
Thanks bud
Marv

Yount MB
Yount MB
1 year ago

Buying M Taylor is or is Senzio a better roto option?

Means or Kikuchi?

Whar to do with Vaughn? I have him everywhere but the latest news is discouraging at best.

tigres
tigres
Reply to  Yount MB
1 year ago

Other LF options are Nick Williams and Adam Engel…. hold Vaughn. The hits will come!

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
1 year ago

IKF, E Escobar and C Walker all available for my CI spot. Who to pick?

Chet
Chet
1 year ago

Hey, Grey! Who do you like better for today: Widner vs CIN or Cueto vs COL? Thanks!

Matt
Matt
1 year ago

Hey Grey

Who’s the odd man out in a saves league:

Pagan
Rainey
Trivino

Thanks!

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
1 year ago

In a WEEKLY AL-Only 5×5 League would you consider benching Ramon Laureano for Yermin Mercedes? I’d only be considering this because my outfield is Buxton/Trout/Merrifield

Ramon Laureano (6 Games) versus
R M. Bumgarner (L)
M. Kelly (R)
T. Skubal (L)
J. Urena (R)
C. Mize (R)
M. Boyd (L)

Yermin Mercedes (7 games) versus
S. Bieber (R)
TBA
Z. Plesac (R)
A. Civale (R)
N. Pivetta (R)
M. Perez (L)
N. Eovaldi (R)

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Damn I come here for you to shut me down. Now I have an actual decision to make!

Cohen
Cohen
1 year ago

Grey, i got Story, Blackmon, Tapia and Hampson on one team
Need to drop one
Whos the drop?

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
1 year ago

12 team, ESPN, 5X5 Roto … we have the 11 day Week one. Honestly never seen injuries like this to any of my teams.
C – Murphy missed time (and he sucks!)
1b – Olson (missed time also sucks!)
2B – Marte (IL)
SS – Tatis (IL)
3B – Hayes (IL)
OF – Bellinger, Betts (both day to day, both missing games)
SP – Paxton (lasted a cool 1+ innings before his elbow blew up)
Navigating injuries and setting a lineup for Week 2 is challenging. Was able to pick up India (cover 3b). Lux (bench bat) to cover 2nd. Also Mullins to help in the OF. Dropped Murphy for Mccaan. Couple questions;
1. Traded Vaughn for Cronenworth (looks like every day player) to cover for Tatis. Thoughts?
2. This is a keep any 6 forever league (no limits, no inflation etc). Currently my keepers are Acuna, Betts, Tatis, Bellinger, Tucker and Flaherty. Given the keepers (and keeper rules) would you trade Tatis and Bobby Witt for Bo Bichette and Luis Robert? The guy who has Bichette and Robert has had some rough luck and is thinking about next year. His goal is to get a top tier talent. Thanks as always.

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thank you! Read your write up in the rankings of Bichette and Robert. Obviously they have lots of upside. If all healthy next year, how close are Tatis, Bichette and Robert? If Tatis were not injured would you make the deal? Trying to determine if it’s a good deal because Tatis is hurt or if Bichette and Robert actually have more value than a healthy Tatis. Sorry convoluted post, but having a difficult time parting with Fun the Jewels Fast!!

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

My apologies, I’m not being clear.
Simply put, If all were healthy and you received an offer of Bichette and Robert for Tatis would you pull the trigger? Thanks

Matty
Matty
1 year ago

Razzball: Come for the pitching predictions, stay for the Kevin (from the Get Him in Your Lineup Department) story arc.
I think I’ll spend next offseason compiling his exploits and writing Kevin fan fic.

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
1 year ago

I’ve sold all of my Razzball stock shares in “catcher questions.” I’m buying all the shares I can get this year in “closer questions.”

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
1 year ago

Triston McKenzie or Bassitt

Prettay, Prettay, Prettaaaay... Prettay Good
Prettay, Prettay, Prettaaaay... Prettay Good
1 year ago

Grey,

I know we are only a week in, but I’m desperate for some offense. In a 15-team mixed 5×5 league, someone offered me Dylan Moore for Jordan Montgomory. If I go by your rankings, that is an easy deal. This is a keeper league and both guys are cheap and 28 years old, but 28 year old pitcher vs. hitter relying on legs? I’m a fantasy ageist!

The other offer made was Hiura for Moore straight up, which seems like a steep price, even though I don’t love Hiura and he has been awful.

Do you like either of these deals?

I am the Walrus
I am the Walrus
1 year ago

CLoser,…..Alvarado or Clase?

Phil
Phil
1 year ago

I look to have Grisham coming off the IL this weekend. In a mixed 10-team h2h, should I drop Kiner-Falefa (have Bichette, J-Ram, Bohm, Swanson at 3b/ss), or maybe Baddoo, Cronenworth, J McCann or vroom-vroom-Mercedes?

happyharry
happyharry
1 year ago

Nice Update Grey! 12 team, H2H, auction redraft league. I got Dylan Moore, OF, $3. What is your advice on this guy the ROY? I’m strong offensively including SB, we do not have a bench. I picked up Solak-WW for Grisham. When Grisham returns next week do I keep Solak or Moore? thanks

happyharry
happyharry
Reply to  happyharry
1 year ago

Other available FA’s are: Robles, McCutchen, Hicks?

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
1 year ago

My hitters are getting hurt at 5 5imes the rate of my pitchers…I mean, go figure??? Tatis, Belli, Ketel, Tim Anderson, Kyle Lewis, Olson for a bit, and on and on and on. What the hell is going on? It’s bizzaro world. My SPs on the other hand…they’re ‘The Untouchable’s.’

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

Hey Grey,

Which OF do you roster? Brantley, Naquin, or Hampson? I’m leaning Brantley, am I right?

Thanks!

Chud
Chud
1 year ago

ROS RP in SV/HLD league:

Merriweather or Reyes?

Thanks

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Chud
1 year ago

both? who are your other RPs… I’m interested in this question because its close to my situation.

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  johnnyhobbes
1 year ago

or ‘closer’ to your situation. bwahahahaa. I kid I kid.

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
Reply to  Fogimon
1 year ago

has the time has come for razzball to get the “thumbs up” capability? I feel like we are special for keeping it real with no emoji capabilities. Either way…. good one

Chud
Chud
Reply to  johnnyhobbes
1 year ago

I currently have Merryweather and Devin Williams….can only roster 7 pitchers at a time so going 5 SP and 2 Rp…..

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
1 year ago

Grey Grey Grey; you called it last year and again this Spring. It made sense to me. Full sense. So I listened. And now I’m reaping the rewards. Lance Lynn is the man!

Personally, my favorite call of yours, on a guy who I thought was washed up 2 years ago.

Jolt

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  Jolt In Flow
1 year ago

I don’t get it either. Lynn was wildly underappreciated even before his “resergance”. I had him earlier in his career when he was a WHIP master on the Cards and could draft him late in rounds cheaply on the regular. Sometimes that media bias just never shakes off for whatever reason.

pugs slugs
pugs slugs
1 year ago

Wish I had kept Hampson over Escobar in my NL-Only league. However, at the time he wasn’t slated to be a starter, and I wanted Escobar’s lineup spot for a cheaper price.

Smell The Glove
Smell The Glove
1 year ago

Desperate for closer help.

Is Yimi Garcia really not worth a flier if Bass continues to be toast?

Which of the following bargain bin back up closers if worth taking a flier on? Tanner Rainey vs Daniel Hudson, the other Tanner (Scott), Bryan Garcia, Ginkel/Lopez/Crichton?

JakeTPE
JakeTPE
1 year ago

Hi Grey,

How’s it going? Quick Q. I picked up Austin Riley after Donaldson went down.

Hampson is available for the moment. I could move Muncy to 3B and add Hampson to be my primary 2B. I’m intrigued by his start and always like a hitter in Coors despite all the Bud Black nonsense… Drop Riley for Hampson?

Thanks as always and have a great weekend.

Jake

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  JakeTPE
1 year ago

Keep in mind Coors just saw its first 70 degree day in 7 months. The bats don’t really show up there for another 6-8 weeks.

JakeTPE
JakeTPE
Reply to  Fogimon
1 year ago

Thanks. Good point…. I just have an itchy trigger finger with the last man in I guess. Can keep cycling through guys until one sticks?

JakeTPE
JakeTPE
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey. Will hold steady!

jose
jose
1 year ago

Good morning Grey and happy Friday!

SON loved Logan Webb for his start @Sea (pretty meh results) and loves him again against COL at home. Am I missing something or is it just a terrible lineup at a pitchers park?

Thanks!

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Good morning Grey! Are you excited about Widener’s second start of the regular season today?

Phil
Phil
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

So should I not start Winker (if he finally is able to play again), Senzel and/or India if Widener is starting?

Phil
Phil
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

You said you’re excited for Widener’s start above…not sure if that also means I shouldn’t start Winker, Senzel and/or India.

Phil
Phil
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Because the slate of games are not extensive today for some odd reason, I wouldn’t start them over anyone else. It’s mostly whether this is a good matchup for them to give me some much needed production. My last week has been horrid (Soto, Olson, Yelich, Lindor, Franmil, Happ, etc.)

Bob
Bob
1 year ago

Feel like I have to many 1st basemen and want to trade one. Who would you trade away: Jarred Walsh or Nate Lowe? (I have Olson as my first tier 1B)

Also, would the trade pick for Garrett Hampson be a good trade? Need help at SS and only Jorge Polanco and Andres Gimenez are on the waivers.

Larrygiver
Larrygiver
1 year ago

Bass is beating me with a sack of doorknobs.

You say there are no other options but I grabbed Yimi Garcia as a quick handcuff in case they give him the next shot.

Am I crazy?

I am dying for saves as I guessed 100% wrong on every closer by committee option thus far so any ideas appreciated.

Take a flier with Tanner Scott, Tanner Rainer, Daniel Hudson or Bryan Garcia? I had never heard of the name Tanner before this closer crapousel I am going through.

To be honest I already had Garcia but dropped him after he gave me 2 ER and a Loss in his 1 outing for me, same as Rainey who gave me the 2ER Loss too.

Also worth taking a flier on Ginkel? Will he even get a chance for a save?

Powdered Toast Man
Powdered Toast Man
1 year ago

Hey Grey- 2 questions. As a Patreon member wondering if my coin also buys daiquiris for Itch, Laura and the gang?

Second- I watched the Angels and Jays in the A league stadium. I started Canning and loved the Ks but not the hard hit balls. (Ha). Anyhow- should I even bother to start a pitcher all season in that stadium? Seemed like Coolios hitters paradise? What say you?

Powdered Toast Man
Powdered Toast Man
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Thanks Grey! Keep it real and have a good weekend!

William Hung
William Hung
1 year ago

Whoa – Cueto with a +$20 value for today’s start @ home v. COL… now that’s coloring me intrigued

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  William Hung
1 year ago

Giants fan here…. I’m not too excited for any Cueto starts this year. Yeah he’s fun to watch for his antics, but we aren’t expecting much out of him and he has been irrelevant for fantasy for several years now.
He’s a 5 inning guy nowadays.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Ride the robot – YOLO!

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

So I’ve held off on dropping one of my surplus SV+HLDs guys but I need to drop 1 now to stream Cueto. Originally I was planning to drop Alex Reyes, but he’s gotten the job done so far, though I haven’t watched his games – is it a mirage or legit? My other options are: Castillo, Merryweather, Montero, Taylor Rogers, Rich Rodriguez, and Diekman.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

gotcha – yeah, I also think it’s better to not stream just for streaming sake

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Streaming options for tomorrow: Civale, Logan Webb, Kikuchi and Chris Archer?!?!? The Robot has Archer really high…

I have a feeling some combo of Civale, Webb, and Kikuchi may be in your Buy column today cause of SON’s $ value

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

Civale v. DET (5.9) & Kikuchi @MIN (3.6)

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
1 year ago

For Shitz & giggles – Logan Webb v. COL is at 21.7

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 year ago

Trade question! I need help in CF…I was offered Nick Senzel and McCutch for Biggio…now my CF is Happ and and Adam Haseley… I have Edman and McMahon to handle the keystone….18 team keeper 5×5 ….love your stuff as always

Coriell
Coriell
1 year ago

Come on Grey. I thought for sure you were gonna lead off with our boy Lance Lynn. What a GEM he threw yesterday! I took him as my number one starter. Thanks for the advice!

BSA70
BSA70
1 year ago

Catcher’s being discussed in the morning updates AND then getting mentioned as part of a buy/sell? Who is writing things these days? I’m still abiding by the days of ‘catchers are like scabs, just leave them alone.”

JakeTPE
JakeTPE
Reply to  BSA70
1 year ago

Hang on. I thought we were supposed to pick the catcher scabs!!??

Fogimon
Fogimon
Reply to  JakeTPE
1 year ago

Its like the cocaine bugs, Charlie Murphy don’t have no control.

bigbear
bigbear
1 year ago

Who’s streaming Hoffman @ Arizona?

Bauer’s dirty balls get a thorough inspection, but hitters can wear armor and crowd the plate with no consequences? Hmm… Chicks and our Man Fred still dig the long ball!

Cram It
Cram It
1 year ago

It’s Friday, why is there little more than half the teams playing today? 9 games today. 9 games yesterday. Making multiple adds/drops every day is getting annoying. Get the Nats out there for a triple header already!

H
H
1 year ago

Between Mancini, Schwarber, Joc, and Austin Hays who gets the boot? I can only keep3. Thank you!

Racehorse
Racehorse
1 year ago

“Anthony Bass – 1/3 IP, 2 ER and his 2nd blown save …

Marlins have no other options … and I wouldn’t speculate on anyone else.”
____________

Every time Don Mattingly calls on Bass, it’s starting to feel like being severely snagged by a treble-hook.

C’mon Bass, need ya buddy!

Russowl
Russowl
1 year ago

Smyly or Javier ?

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
1 year ago

Mancini! In the lede!! Dios mio! I am about to faint. Grey knows Trey Mancini exists. Wild times we’re living in.

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
1 year ago

Looking at E. Escobar, J. Polanco and IKF for my U spot. Rank? Thoughts?

Matthew Blaine
Matthew Blaine
1 year ago

Isnt Yermin today at 28 pretty similar to Nelson Cruz when he was a quad A at 28? The body of work in the minors is there. I understand the skepticism bc he’s a quad A and due to a potential logjam of solid yewts and catchers, but Im picking up on some excessive skepticism here….

johnnyhobbes
johnnyhobbes
1 year ago

Damn, your name is Grey. Autocorrect feels like it’s the typographic “sonofabench”