Before Charlie Morton (4 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.11) threw one pitch yesterday, the Astros greeted him with a highlight reel of some of Morton’s greatest Astros moments. Like the clip of him burning his Pirates jersey. And the clip of him pitching relatively solid for about 150 IP, then hitting a wall and never getting through a whole season. There wasn’t a dry eye in the stadium, especially on the Rays’ bench. I told you to sell Morton last month because he can’t ever complete a season. Any hoo! Morton seems headed for a 3-minute bread beep as he becomes toast, but this is about how the Astros hit multiple balls into orbit, which is also the name of their mascot’s scooch hole. Yordan Alvarez (3-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs, hitting .329) hit his 20th and 21st homer in *hand-clapping emoji* 60 *hand-clapping emoji* games. Actually, stop and hand-clap emoji for a few minutes he’s such a thing of beauty. In total sincerity, if you haven’t seen him hit, go watch a clip. I see him hit homers and I’m puzzled, asking myself, “How does he not hit more homers?” And he hits a lot of homers!  That’s how gorgeous his swing and ease-to-pop appears. For 2020, I’m going to fight with myself to not put him in the top 20, and I might lose. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Tyler Glasnow – Will make a rehab start on Friday. Awesome news, he’s on track to throw five random innings of middle relief in September. Could win some championships, especially in the “If Glasnow Returns To Throw Some Meaningless Innings, I’ll Win A Championship” Bowl.

Blake Snell – Will throw a bullpen session on Friday. That’s gonna put him in line for one random start in the third week of September. If you’re not picking up on the theme, injured pitchers hoping to return in September are not a way to win leagues.

Sean Doolittle – Scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday, because that’s hump day and when most simulations happen.

Aaron Brooks – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.79. The irony of this is obviously Aaron Brooks couldn’t pitch wearing Aaron Brooks shoes because they’re not regulation. That sucks for AB.

Cole Hamels – Placed on paternity leave. Wow, maybe Krew Harper’s gonna have a My Two Dads scenario!

Yu Darvish – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (1 BB), 7 Ks, ERA at 4.25. That was Yu’s first walk in 142 batters. In a season that is more Topsy-Turvy than Mike Leigh screaming at you, “I need more feeling and less nose-breathing during my improv!” I’d say Yu Darvish only walking one batter the entire month of August ranks up there as one of the most head-scratching things. Not simply because he was regularly walking five or six guys a game earlier this year, but he’s never had amazing control in his career.

Addison Russell – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, and homers in two straight games for him, but he’s still not playing every day. If Maddon figures out Russell is hot, he’d be an Add(ison).

Javier Baez – 3-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 29th homer, hitting .285. He was picked off 2nd and caught stealing at 3rd, because apparently Mets’ Mazza’s move muy magnifico. Alliteration in lieu of wit!

J.D. Davis – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer, hitting .302. The homer was in a losing cause for the Mets, which is totally irrelevant, baby! This is fantasy!

Pete Alonso – 1-for-4 and his 42nd homer. Albombso! This was a new Mets franchise record for home runs. Any idea who previously held the record? I was thinking, “Had to be someone who did nose candy or who’s named after a hotel where you do nose candy,” but wasn’t Strawberry or Howard Johnson. It was Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley.

Andrew Heaney – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.95. You don’t have to flirt so much, Heaney. I’m going to like you next year, just as I like you every year.

Mike Trout – 1-for-4 and his 43rd homer, hitting .293. This was his first homer in six games so he’s a bum but no one wants to say it.

Mike Minor – 6 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.25. Here’s a guy who I will never like next year. Don’t care, don’t want none.

Danny Santana – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer. Was about to say he had a poor August, but then I just saw he hit 7 HRs in August, so Antana continues to roll.

Hunter Pence – Hit the IL with a lower back strain. He had 7 HRs and four in five games on May 13th. He now has 18 homers:

Bryan Reynolds – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, hitting .332. Not sure how many at-bats he’s missing to qualify for the batting title, but he has to be close and he’s absolutely going to win the least interesting batting title since Terry Pendleton rocked Carhartts and took Charlie Lau lessons from Carney Lansford.

Colin Moran – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .286. With Goodrum going down, I needed someone in a deep league and I went with Moran, and now that I have him, I’m not sure why I ever wanted Goodrum over him. I was drunk on all that positional eligibility.

Justin Smoak – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer. Imagine having the core of young players that the Jays have and giving Justin Smoak any at-bats.

Niko Goodrum – Will be sidelined for 10-14 days with an abductor strain. Turns out Niko is a mollusk.

Jose Ramirez – Will miss 5 to 7 weeks with his fractured hamate bone. Yu can Chang Yu, but you can’t Chang time.

Adam Plutko – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.34. Rather merely go off the Streamonator (though, it might agree), I’m just streaming every pitcher vs. the Tigers. Welcome to the club, Civale; I don’t care if your C’s hard or soft!

Franmil Reyes – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 33rd homer, and has 63 RBIs.  Or as frquent commenter, Terrance Mann, said yesterday, “Everyone that thinks Eugenio Suarez should have more RBIs with 36 HRs, take one step forward. Not so fast, Franmil.”

Roberto Perez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer, hitting .223. Roberto Perez about to send a strongly-worded letter to Manfred complaining about his own home run totals it’s so absurd. “I am Roberto Perez. We are a modest people. This is insane!”

Brian Anderson – Won’t need surgery for his fractured pinkie, but will miss the rest of the year. Inky, Blinky and Clyde were sorry they couldn’t save pinkie.

Caleb Smith – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.05. Well, it was fun (at times) and not fun (at times) and now that’s clearly over. Put Caleb Smith and Paddack in the trash bin with pitchers who I’ll love next year but are clearly tiring.

Jorge Alfaro – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. Okay, get to 20 homers and I won’t feel like a stooge for holding you all year.  Alfar-Mo? Nah, I think he’s a host on Queer Eye.

Luis Castillo – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.21.  Michael Scott, “No no no NO NO NO NO!” Don’t regress now! I want people next year to be overexcited for you.

Eugenio Suarez – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 37th homer, and three homers in three games. Speaking of the devil. I was. Okay, Terrance Mann was. You nah’mean!

Curt Casali – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer. Psycho killer!  Curt Casali! Fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, fa, far better run run run run run run away!

Nick Senzel – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and a home run. Guess how many homers he has. I’ll give you some misleading clues. The ball is juiced. He has 348 ABs. Guess wrong yet? He has 11 homers. That is the new blech.

Joey Votto – 0-for-5 as he was activated from the IL. When Tony Danza heard of Joey’s return, he shouted,”That was my schtick first!”

Mike Montgomery – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.66. Streamonator isn’t feeling his next start, but it’s against the Tigers, and I’m ride or die against Detroit until the Tigers prove me wrong or Kid Rock personally asks for me to back off and/or bawitdaba.

Lucas Giolito – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.20. Truly believe Giolito is no worse than a top 15 starter, and we start top 15 starters everywhere, even against the Twins. Which is what I wanted to say to people asking if they should start Giolito yesterday, but telling everyone like this is more productive.

Byron Buxton – Had a setback with his shoulder and is said to “never be healthy,” so there ya go.

Michael Pineda – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.16. Don’t even want to look at his ERA since I dropped him after his 7.20 April. It’s too painful, even for someone whose emotions are calloused over without Giancarlo applying balm.

Nolan Arenado – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 34th homer. Whoa, so this is crazy, but I think I just found Colonel Sanders’ secret recipe in my attic. I’m going to haphazardly get the dust off it by leaving it by this open window–NOOOO!!! Torenado!

Sam Hilliard – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 1st homer, as he was called up. This is hilarious. His Triple-A stats: 109/35/101/22. Are we sure they’re not using a Superball with pinball flippers? He strikes out way too much, but Coors can erase some of those blemishes. The Rockies can also erase some rookies’ potential too by benching them. Since Tapia is out, I could see grabbing Hilliard in case he gets the at-bats, and surprises in September.

Xander Bogaerts – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 28th homer. His home run went 435 feet at an 18-degree launch angle, which is the third lowest angle for a home run of that distance (other two both by Albombso). Impressive that X-Bogs released some cheat codes this year.

Cal Quantrill – 4 1/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 3.99. I had a legit panic attack when I saw his line because I was sure I streamed him somewhere. Then I cycled through all my teams (that I check regularly, at least), and I couldn’t find Quantrill. Whew. Now I’m scared to check the (weekly) teams that I check less often.

Joc Pederson – 2-for-5 and his 27th homer, and his 2nd homer in three games. If you owned him earlier this year, you know that Pederson is the type to get smoking hot schmotato, so grab him if he’s out there.

A.J. Pollock – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 10th homer. I picked him up right before this game, but en bee dee you have a one in three chance of anyone homering 50% of the time. The math checks out don’t @ me.

Luis Severino – Could make his 1st rehab start on Sunday. This is great news for those of you that drafted him and were hoping for a solid three to seven innings across four games in middle relief.

Aaron Judge – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer. Not a bad home run total for Tommy La Stella in May!

Miles Mikolas – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.32. Saw this line and felt bad for a commenter yesterday who I told not to start Mikolas. Sorry, homey, whoever you are. This was not a good matchup in Miller. Baseball’s unpredictable; it’s what makes it great. Dot dot dot. For ulcers.

Yadier Molina – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th and 7th homer. Someone didn’t like me saying Molina was washed yesterday. I was talking about Bengie or Alfred. Chillax, Yadier.

Harrison Bader – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting near-.325 in the last week and hits in five straight games with a homer and steal.  Hot schmotato alert!

Adrian Houser – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.52. I’m all-in on Houser — got a Full Houser? — but, as the Streamonator rightfully points out, his next start is a no-go.

David Peralta – Will have season-ending surgery on his shoulder. Diamondbacks’ manager, Torey, who married Brad from The Challenge, said, “I don’t know what the diagnosis is or what the procedure will be, but his 2019 season is over.” Seems dialed in to the comings and goings.

Ketel Marte – 2-for-3 and his 28th homer. He limped around the bases on the home run, and was diagnosed with a hamstring cramp. That’s from dehydration, happens from too much Ketel in the Arizona desert. Have a hard seltzer once in a while to rehydrate.

Scooter Gennett – Released by the Giants. Scooter, the Giants and Giants fans will always have the memories of Gennett’s three-plus week stay with the club. Like that 1-for-4 with a walk that led them to a 5-4 loss. Man, great times.

Mauricio Dubon – With Scooter out the door (driveway?), the Giants lifted their skirt, revealing a Duboner. Excuse me, “top prospect Dubon” who was barely a C-level prospect for the Brewers, a team that doesn’t have a good minor league system. The Brewers thought so highly of Dubon they chucked him in a deal for Pomeranz, but Dubon did have 20 HRs, 10 SBs and a .302 average in Triple-A this year, and should see everyday at-bats with the Giants. Prospect Mike said, “Eventually, (Dubon is) a utility infielder, but he’d be a decent boost to batting average and possibly runs scored in deeper formats, which is different than a decent boot that I’d like to stick up Grey’s ass.” Hey!  Not sure if you’ve been following along with all prospect posts, but Prospect Mike’s last post is coming later today. He’s headed off to become Dr. Prospect Mike, and apparently that will take his full attention. Dr. Pepper continued to quench thirsts while he was getting his degree, but what can you do? I’m gonna miss Prospect Mike a ton, as I’m sure a lot of you will too. On Sunday, our new prospect writer will start, assuming he doesn’t want to become a doctor too.

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William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

Why do injuries always come in bunches? Both Eaton and Sano get HBP and are now D2D – double prayer circle!

hondo
hondo
Reply to  William Hung
2 years ago

Eaton got hit on the side of his knee,nothing there but bone.He was on a hot streak but I’ve seen him before with banged up legs.
NEXT>>>>>>>>>>

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

Blah! Stupid Hendricks couldn’t go 5 against the Mets with a 9 run cushion… c’mon man!

Terrence Mann
Terrence Mann
Reply to  William Hung
2 years ago

Ahem, not to break up you fantasy baseballers but I believe I’m owed royalties along the lines of boba tea or some such shizz.

Corey
Corey
2 years ago

Is DJ LeMahieu for real? I can keep him for $1 next year, but we only get 5 keepers. Wondering if this is just a career year and he’ll plummet back down to earth next season. Don’t know enough about BAPIP and all that to look under the hood.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
2 years ago

Cookie pitching Sunday!

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I no be having Hulu.
How many seasons?

Sandman
Sandman
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

Can’t believe I’m asking this question… pillar or benitendi for the playoffs ? I have a bye next week in the first round.

Standard 5×5 h2h league. Thanks!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
2 years ago

Aquinoooooooooooo again!!!!!!!!

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

He’s the greatest!!!!

hondo
hondo
2 years ago

Yeah,the 3rd week of Sept with the @Coors and @ Cin looks pretty good.

Any thoughts on Tucker PT?

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks,I’ve got to make some room for Voit and Price but really don’t have a drop.I want to get my roster straight before my surgery next week,I’ve made some dubious alcohol inflienced decisions in the past.I’m afraid what I’d do on morphine.

hondo
hondo
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

He’s supposed to start Sunday vs the Angels.I’ll probably sit him and take a look.

hondo
hondo
2 years ago

What happens to PT for JD Davis when Cano,Nimmo and maybe Lowrie return?

Alps
Alps
2 years ago

Grey
Would you drop Quintana for Wade Miley
For rest of season
My league counts net wins

Silent Heat
Silent Heat
2 years ago

I was offered Puig for Stanton in dynasty league…take it?

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
2 years ago

so THAT’S why k.davis has sucked all year, not injuries, he found out he knocked somebody up. i know i’d be playing like shit if i was aware of that. i’d barely be alive (or not).

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
2 years ago

holy crap, r-zimm has only been playing at high A and AA (not triple, and is just now at single), AND only has a .720 OPS at those levels in total. and WAS wants to bring him back.

Jason Giambis Thong
Jason Giambis Thong
2 years ago

Yo.
I need results this week and next to make playoffs.
I havent picked my catcher scab all year. Is it time to move on from Ramos?
Top availiable are Meija, Murphy, Barnhard, Vazquez and Molina

Keep Edman at 2bag? Top availiable are Berti, Galvis, Newman.

Is Meadows stuck in this slump? Drop him? Top left are Pillar, Dickerson, Braun and Fowler.

As an aside is there any evidence that the New York Yankees ever got rid of Giambis thong? Because i have Urshela on my team and he was playing like he was wearing it for a bit but Mike Fords got it on now right? Just havent seen any evidence that thats not whats happening, and it would make sence

toolshed
toolshed
2 years ago

Read your buy piece on Friday and I too have been waiting for tucker all year. Reddick has been horrible in 2nd half. Any other team or sport he is up and getting an opportunity. Reddick did have 3 hits yesterday and watch this jacka$$ get hot now right before tucker gets called up. It would be fitting for the way my season has gone. Tucker up for pinch running and an occasional spot start is what i am preparing myself for.

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yes agreed. I see reddick is out today, but they still have marisnack who is playing today. Just another potential player who may get in tucker’s way

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

Low pressure roster question: Do I look to snag Luke Voit? Here is my lineup currently and most likely what I’ll roll with for the playoffs in 2 weeks (injuries notwithstanding):

C- Contreras
1B- Bellinger
2B- Hiura
3B- Sano / JD Davis (still thinking about this move)
SS- Lindor
OF- Betts, Alvarez, Eaton
UTIL- Story
B- Castellanos, Mondesi Jr.

I was thinking of dropping Cast for Voit and putting Voit at 1B, which would let me play a wicked OF of Betts, Alvarez, and Bellinger. If Mondesi runs at the high rate he was pre-injury, I think my HRs/SBs will be rock solid. There is a bit of nostalgia with this move since I rode the Voit/Mondesi train last season to win the championship, but I think this might be a case of rosterbation and my roster as currently constructed is strong already.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

well it looks like the Fantasy Gods might have made this decision for me – Eaton HBP on the knee and he got pulled from the game. Prayer circle commence!

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

more like nail in the coffin – too bad it was a sonnavabench – i rolled out an OF of Betts, Yordan, and Eaton tonight :(

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  William Hung
2 years ago

Castellanos is looking for a big payday!!!!

Dave D
Dave D
2 years ago

Oh, great, now Yamamoto to DL/IL/LOL. This is challenging my SP depth on my Razzball DC team since I already have Marquez, Chirinos, Glasnow, Urine-ah shelved. Looks like I’ll be rolling out a six man rotation down the stretch that includes the illustrious Eric Lauer and Zachk Eflin. Wish me luck!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks, I’ll likely need it. I’m not sure I believe Urena will come back and close as reported. I’m not expecting help from him or Glasnow rising from the pine for late-inning heroics.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah, Im always skeptical about that kinda closer crap. Right up there with Eovaldi closing.

Looks like Warner has tied up Magoo for 1st while I’m battling Beastman for third. I hope I can put up a good fight this last month!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

There are a number of close categories so a lot is still in flux. Those two will surely be battling this last month. It should be an interesting finish.

bigbear
bigbear
2 years ago

Somehow Franmil is still an FA in one of my 12 team H2H leagues… Currently not carrying a bench bat.

Who’s the drop: Boba Chette (and still no bench bat), Marquez, or May? Thinking Marquez

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  bigbear
2 years ago

And lookout if Trea is stepping up his SB game… Any chance the Nats can play the O’s and Cubs for the next few weeks?

Earl
Earl
2 years ago

Any chance that either Tyler Glasnow or Sean Manaea provide any pitching help soon?

My pitching on a team is pretty bad and I rostered both few weeks ago in hopes they might.

Maybe time to cut one or both loose??

Thanks

Earl
Earl
Reply to  Earl
2 years ago

or perhaps Luzardo??

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Earl
2 years ago

Def Glasnow cause he’s confirmed to be a bullpen arm ROS

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

Lyles is straight dealing today, while Flaherty has been very much in the “meh” zone

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

yeah what a solid game at the end – 2 months ago, Flaherty would’ve gone sideways in that 1st inning with the error

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
2 years ago

AL only with OBP over AVG, total bases added. which 2 out of these, at least one of them have to be a 1B (lost pence). i already have dixon. if s.brown is one of them name a 3rd too as he’s not off WW’s yet.

demerritte, dixon (1B/OF), naquin, travis (1B, barely plays), dj stewart, tellez, fisher, lopes, s.brown (off WW’s in 2 days)

Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

that’ll work, i already had the FAAB ready for brown dropping dixon.

Batman
Batman
2 years ago

Edwin Diaz was dropped in my league, we use save and holds, 12 team.

Would you drop Michael Lorenzen for him?

Rest of bullpen:

Chapman
Yates
Taylor Rogers
Matt Barnes
Zack Britton
Michael Lorenzen

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
2 years ago

1. Pick two 2-SP weekly in a 5×5 roto for next week por favor:

Disco (vs PHI / vs AZ)

or

Roark (vs LAA / vs DET)
or

Civale (vs CWW / @ MIN)

2. Also – Workman, Melancon, LeClerc = correct SAGNOF order?

3. Dump Heyward for Berti or stash Tucker?

Thanks!

rhodyballer
rhodyballer
2 years ago

1. Pick two 2-SP weekly in a 5×5 roto for next week por favor:

Disco (vs PHI / vs AZ)

or

Roark (vs LAA / vs DET)

2. Also – Workman, Melancon, LeClerc = correct SAGNOF order?

3. Dump Heyward for Berti or stash Tucker?

Thanks!

or

Civale (vs CWW / @ MIN)

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
2 years ago

Yo Grey I got a start/sit question for you

one spot for
Caste v. Synder $-9 1 for 5 3 Ks
Edman v. Lyles $-4 0 for 1
Conforto v. Hendricks $3.7 1 for 2, Hendriks has given up one run against the mets in the last 3 YEARS nearly 20 IP

and remember…if you’re wrong I get to complain about it for 3 hours tomorrow! ;) pick wisely

American Troutfisher
American Troutfisher
2 years ago

12-team AL only, keep 13.

I’m out of playoff race and so am looking toward next year. My potential trade partner is in playoffs and is looking to shore up his lineup for the stretch.

I’m thinking of offering Heaney, Willie Calhoun, and a short reliever (wouldn’t be someone I’d keep anyway) for Jose Ramirez.

Fair deal?

Sandman
Sandman
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

I know I’ve asked a lot of questions today and I appreciate your help.

Is cueto going to be someone you trust in the fantasy playoffs when he returns?

Thanks !

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

Dynasty league question for you. Deep league, rosters are basically 40 man with 30 active players, 5 minor leaguers and 5 injury spots, and 14 teams — so 560 players are off the board at all times.

Trying to decide what to do with Wil Myers. If he starts one more game at 1B this season, he’ll get 1B eligibility next year, which would be very valuable for my team. However, he sucks and I don’t think his 39.9% strikeout rate is an indication that he’s going to bounce back.

So, do I cut bait now, and give his roster spot to a guy like Sam Hilliard. Or do I hold on to him, hoping he turns it around by the end of May next year? Obviously, if he struggled two months into 2020, I would cut his ass.

But, should I just rip the band-aid off and cut his ass now?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks. Yeah, he really needs to go. So sick of his sorry ass!

sportivetricks
sportivetricks
2 years ago

Yo yo Yo!

I’m already starting to lose my feelings for Willy Calhoun. I am so fickle and inconstant, like a filthy manwhore. Can you talk me out of dropping him? I think maybe I want to mostly just because it’s almost Add-drop-tember.

Also, can we talk about how underrated Eddie Rosario is? Dude has been 8th or 9th round gold for me, and I’m in an OBP league, which is his weak spot.

erad
erad
2 years ago

I’m with ya on 1 more and done with Paddack – my only hesitation is I have him as a possible 16th round keeper, in a keep forever league.

I’m also in first, trying for that regular season H2H payout – then playoffs – so holding either an ineffective/shutdown Paddack clogging up a roster spot is less than ideal.

Here’s where I stand with keepers – 5 total.
Bieber (9th)
Judge (23)
Vlad (25)
Ketel Marte (26)
all locks obviousy

And then a choice between:
Gallo (4th)
Altuve (7th)
Voit (12th)
Paddack (16th)

I’m leaning towards Voit as the last keeper – assuming he’s healthy down the stretch – but I love me some Paddack yanno?

erad
erad
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Surprised to see you go Altuve there – also surprised to see that Altuve is #66 overall in our Yahoo league, even missing 6 weeks. I guess AVG is extra valuable now that everyone is either striking out or hitting dongs?

Just wish he would use those lil legs to run more.

realquiz
realquiz
2 years ago

Should I continue to trust the Hittertron regarding Hoskins?
I’m in need of HR, and today it has him at #11 for HRs, against a pitcher (Keller, PIT) he’s never faced while he’s only sitting on 3 homeruns in 30 days.
The Hittertron doesn’t often let me down, but I can’t wrap my head around this one.

realquiz
realquiz
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I have what I consider better options considering the situation right now who won’t also kill my OBP (Harper, Ozuna, or Conforto, and Santana at 1B — although the Hittertron doesn’t like any of them better than Hoskins for a HR today).

I think I’d rather sit him until he turns it around and be wrong than play him and probably see more games this week where he’s 0 for 4 or 1 for 5, with 2 or 3 Ks.

Thanks as always!

erad
erad
2 years ago

Krew Harper!

Streaming Plutko – in a K/9 league no less – may go down as one of the best nights of my life

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
2 years ago

*ALERT* Miguel Sano faces a Lefty away from Target today *ALERT*

totals now up to 24 games, 37 AB, 6 homers, .350 avg, 1.279 OPS, .514 ISO

Prepare for blastoff

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Hoping to ride this lightning today!

Coolwhip
Reply to  Big Daddy Jeats
2 years ago

and a bad one at that

Eric
Eric
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

As we go into the playoffs – where almost everyone is droppable – I have some keeper questions for ya.

With my keeper rules in this league, I can only keep 4 players. And their draft position next year is impacted by where they were drafted this year, or if they were selected off of free agency.

I’m currently thinking my keepers will be the following:
YuGu (would be my 13th round pick next year)
Luis Castillo (would be my 7th round pick next year
Bieber (would be my 8th round pick next year)
Mikolas (would be my 20th round pick next year)

Some other possibilities:
Mondesi (would be my 4th round pick next year)
Suarez (would be my 12th round pick next year
Corbin (would be my 13th round pick next year; can only select one keeper per round though, so it’s either him or YuGu)
La Stella (would be my 25th round pick next year)
Andujar (would be my 24th round pick next year)

Do you think my current keepers are good, or would you change with some of the other possibilities? Thanks!

Eric
Eric
Reply to  Eric
2 years ago

btw, it’s a QS and OBP league

Eric
Eric
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks for the feedback! And I agree, Mikolas has been super frustrating this year. I own him in both my leagues, and previously selected him as a keeper in this same league I’m asking about now. I’m hoping with his start last night, the best of the season (albeit against a bad team in a pitcher-friendly ballpark), will help him finish up strong-ish.

But regardless, you still don’t think he’s great value at 20th pick? Especially in a QS league, of which he has 14…?

Eric
Eric
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Fair shake. Thanks again – much appreciated.

Btw, I’m surprised you’re not all over this Yelich body issue business…. slightly disappointed, even.

Sandman
Sandman
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

I hope you’re doing well. In a 10 team, h2h, standard 5×5 league:

C: Grandal
1B: Rizzo
2B: Baez
3B: K. Seager (Mondesi will be returning so I’ll be dropping Seager most likely and placing Baez at 3B and Mondesi at 2B)
SS: Story
CI: Olson
MI: Dannys Antana
OF: Acuna, Soto, Judge, Benitendi
UTIL: Ohtani, Pillar (Probably dropping Pillar when Laureano returns)
Bench: Mondesi (DL’d)
DL: Voit, Laureano

1) I have Mondesi, Voit and Laureano all returning. Would the two drops be Pillar and Kyle Seager when they return?

2) After you make those drops, do you make any additional moves for any of these following waiver wire bats? Or Hold?
-Franmil Reyes
-Mark Canha
-Yadier Molina (maybe over Grandal?)

3) Once Doolittle returns, is Daniel Hudson a drop?

4) It says Houser is hoping to make his next start… do you like him over Caleb Smith or Lucchesi?

Thanks!

Sandman
Sandman
Reply to  Sandman
2 years ago

Can also drop Daniel Hudson now for Houser.. the rest of my pitching is not droppable

Sandman
Sandman
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks Grey!

One last question – IF I stash Lux – would he be a worthy start over anyone in that lineup?

Thanks again!

Inspector gadget
Inspector gadget
2 years ago

How do you feel about tucker for darvish? Cushy schedule for darvish to finish the year. (Tucker can be kept in the 23rd next year but I’ve got better keepers)

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
2 years ago

Any one know the story on Soroka? In CBS his profile went dark and he has no projected scores for this week on next period? Is Alanta limitting his innnings?

Who would you start next week this is what I was thinking.
Clevinger, Flaherty, Beiber, Morton, Kimbrel, Iglesias

Bench Wheeler, Soroka, Maeda?

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yes Finally some first world problems with pitching this year in this H2h League

Here are the matchups i have alot of white sox

beiber home CHW
Clevinger home CHW
Flaherty home SF
Heaney @Oak and @CHW
Morton home Tor

Soroka is now showing TOR and WAS at home
Wheeler @Was

Not sure who Maeda is up agaist but he is elible for relief or start but he is killing latley as well but Kibrel and Iglesias have been doing well lately

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks Grey

Sean
Sean
2 years ago

I assumed Prospect Mike would have to resign in shame anyway after ranking Maitan in his top 100 this year.

Coolwhip
2 years ago

Heaney – My boy looked really good last night. Had 9 Ks through 5 then he lost command in the 6th, walked 2 straight batters then battled back to end inning with a K. Looked unhittable at times, couple ABs Rangers just shook their head cus they no idea what to do with it. One in particular to Choo froze him on like 3 straight pitches.

Cal Quantril – he got shelled in LA. And it wasnt just one bad late inning after he was getting tired. So i have no idea what to do with him now, hahaha. *shreds pre-written post* nothing to see here! he might be another hodgepadre afterall.

Yu Darvish – this goes back to what pointed out last month, he’s throwing his cutter more (which he commands well) and he corrected his release point up higher so its more over the top which also helps his command. And he’s challenging hitters more in the strikezone, less walks and sometimes more homeruns (i think he given up like 30 this year). i think he’s willing to take the solo shots with bases empty in order to avoid big innings.

Bry Rey – Homeboy is a magnificent unicorn, i think i gotta dig into him. Unhyped prospect with no standout skills but classic jack of all trades is killing it. 5 multi-hit games in the last 7. Really looking forward to his Coors series.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

True thaton Quantrill, to clarify, i mean the rest of this season he is a hodgepadre. I think he has the tools long term to be a Hendricks-type pitcher.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

did not know that on Yu… that’s legit, if he can master that, I may be more hyped for him next year than i should be.

fausto
fausto
2 years ago

need a batty call tomorrow…hilliard or c.moran? (both @ coors)

Steve
Steve
2 years ago

Anybody know who will be the bulk pitcher for Tex today?

Thanks

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Steve
2 years ago

Jurado – Per RW:
Emmanuel Clase will serve as the opener for the Rangers on Wednesday night against the Angels.
The hard-throwing 21-year-old will probably work only the first inning before giving way to Ariel Jurado. Clase was called up from Double-A Frisco on August 2 and has registered a 4.35 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 9/4 K/BB ratio over his first 10 1/3 major league frames.

Chucky
Chucky
2 years ago

Prefacing an earlier discussion about Luis Robert. Is it not only conceivable but reasonable to keep Robert over Stanton in a keep forever 12 teamer?

omar
omar
2 years ago

OPS league. Voit or Dahl for the stretch run?

Voit will be back sooner; Dahl has a lot of games at Coors in September.

waffles
waffles
2 years ago

appreciate the Mikolas apology! if i answered 400 questions a day I imagine i’d get some wrong as well

do you think Tommy Edman (off tomorrow) is too hot to drop in a 14 teamer for someone who plays tomorrow? really need to win this matchup. thx

William Hung
William Hung
2 years ago

I keep flip flopping between who to play at 3B between Sano and JD Davis – Sano gets dinged in my league cause of the Ks, but he’s killing it with those HRs… who would you rely on for the playoffs?

Chucky
Chucky
Reply to  William Hung
2 years ago

I’m in a semi similar situation with Sano, JDD and Chapman. Been rolling with Sano. Better lineup for counting stats. JDD also plays the OF which offers much needed and always under appreciated flexibility

jose
jose
2 years ago

I dropped Eduardo Rodriguez to clear room to stream pitchers for my H2H points league playoff matchup this week. He was subsequently picked up by my opponent and will therefor have an outstanding game @ Coors today. If anyone else would like to take advantage of my coming misfortune (or maybe you could pick him up for some reverse jinx my way!), you have been informed!

baseballbanter
baseballbanter
2 years ago

starting a deep dynasty draft for next year. 5 cats.

currently on my 2nd pick (23rd overall) and debating between Judge/Rendon/Trae Turner.

have already chosen Yordan as my first.

this league could go for years, so who do you think is my best bet?

The Perfect Game
The Perfect Game
2 years ago

Would you take Heaney or Morton ROS in a standard roto? Maintaining my lead in ratios without sacrificing QS is the goal.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
2 years ago

I think I said Yordan could be top 20 two months ago and you guys laughed at me.

Come to think of it, they may have been unrelated occurrences.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Hah! Well, you’re 100% right! When I FAAB’d him for $26 in my keeper league at his callup, I didn’t think there was any chance I would be thinking about keeping him for $29 ($260 budget, standard roto) . . . but I think I’m obligated to now! He certainly beats the $21 Rhys I was planning to keep for $24…

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

Almost a no-brainer

Clown
Clown
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

This is a clown question bro – Harper or Yordan keep forever ops league

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Clown
2 years ago

Yordan

synyster
synyster
2 years ago

Porcello had a great game @ COL on my bench of course. This means if I start Ed-Rod tonight @ COL hes going to get blown up, right? Am I crazy for starting Ed-Rod @ COL?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  synyster
2 years ago

Crazy

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

Fully agreed on Alvarez. Yord of the Rings has earned that Top 20 spot even in just that SSS of 60 games . . . his peripherals are insane! Obviously a .367 BABIP is high for a slow guy and an over-30% HR/FB rate won’t keep, but his batted ball is so nuts that he’s sort of already earned that above-average BABIP (maybe ~.330-.340 BABIP?) and should still have an elite HR/FB. 50.6% hard hit to 9.4% soft contact, with a Votto-esque 1.6% IFFB rate makes Yord look like the next Just Dong (I think I would already draft him a bit in front of wherever JDM is next year), but with less ground balls.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Ah, makes sense re: UTL. At least he’ll likely gain OF again at some point next season, at least in leagues where 5 GP will usually do the trick like CBS or Yahoo.

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yordan is a big reason to get excited, but won’t be eligible as an OF in 2020 – DH/UTL only. The good news it should lower his ADP somewhat. So after I snag Acuna (1st) & Tatis (2nd) hope to be looking at Alvarez (3rd) Think he’ll be there?

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Right, he is most likely gonzo, but goin young. Yordy UTL/DH only but will “sacrifice” that spot for him. I love his swing too, guided missles. Great talking 2020 brother man – insane!

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
2 years ago

Last question for the day (or at least for now):

Currently using CTaylor (pretty cold), VanMeter, Margot and Dyson. All 5 categories still close.

Replace any of them with any of the following: Longoria, Profar, Hampson, Flores, Fowler, Ford, Cave, Bader, Nicky Lopez…

Thank you.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Five-on-One
2 years ago

I just dropped Margot for Bader FWIW.

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
2 years ago

WARNING – Catcher question coming…

2-Catcher league (5×5 roto), but using Jansen, but he seems to be losing time and not hitting well… replace him with any of these other not-good catchers?

Chirinos, Zunino, Kiner-Falefa, Vog, Hicks, Casro, Castillo, Caratini, Casalli…

Thanks again

JB
JB
2 years ago

We’re starting Flaherty at Milwaukee today, right?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  JB
2 years ago

Yes

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  JB
2 years ago

Yes

Five-on-One
Five-on-One
2 years ago

Looking for some advice prior to today’s weekly deadline (12-team 5×5 roto):

Please rank the following SPs:
Plesac @TB (-$1.2) – but he has been so good lately
Lucchesi @SF ($6.5) – he has not been good away from home
Houser vHOU (-$17.0) – yes, SON hates this one, but it also hated his last two starts against STL, and he pitched well in both.
HEANEY vBOS ($24.8) – SON screams ‘start him’ but isn’t Boston’s lineup kind of good?
E Hernandez @WSH (-$13.1) – whatever

Please give top four. I will start either three or four of these schmos. Thanks.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Five-on-One
2 years ago

Heaney, Lucchesi, Elieser, Plesac

Jeff
Reply to  Five-on-One
2 years ago

It does not look like Heaney is starting vs Bos this weekend

Cable
Cable
2 years ago

H/H points 12 team redraft …..Getting near the season end, playoffs start next week and I’m involved again this year thanks to the people at Razzball for pointing me towards these great young players….W Smith,Tatis,Hiura,Gurriel jr,Alvarez,Aquino,Reynolds to mix in with the vets on my team….

Eric
Eric
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

You starting Waguespack at home vs. ATL today? How about EdRod in Coors? QS league.

Thanks!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Eric
2 years ago

I wouldn’t start either

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Eric
2 years ago

Who? And no.

Cable
Cable
2 years ago

12 team h/h points league ..Matthew Boyd is a FA in league is he even worth a pickup

Cable
Cable
Reply to  Cable
2 years ago

Would probably have to drop Plesac to pickup up Boyd

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Cable
2 years ago

I’d grab Boyd over Plesac

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
2 years ago

I read that line by Prospect Mike in his last post and was hoping he just meant last post of the season. Damn such a bummer.

Prospect Mike netted me Acuna and Soto before anyone, and I will be forever grateful. I read his posts as religiously as I read yours, and I refuse to start working before I’ve read your morning post.

Boss: “Can I see you?”
Me: “In a minute!! Can’t you see I’m cackling quietly to myself.”

Good like Mike! We’ll miss you.

I hope the standard hazing initiation rituals were followed for our new writer.

New prospect writer you have big shoes to fill, unlike Grey’s which are tiny and smell.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Steamin Beamen
2 years ago

No disrespect to Mike, but you’re gonna love new prospect writer, The Itch.

He has the rarely used Donkey seal of approval.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Yeah Dude had the Grisham foresight. He’s ok in my book.

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

Strong start out of the box with the name The Itch.

And I’d be a jackass not to trust the Donkey seal, so really glad to hear that endorsement.

Tim Anderson Project
Tim Anderson Project
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
2 years ago

DT

Is Mike gone? Did I miss something?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Tim Anderson Project
2 years ago

I think Grey said Mike is in grad school and no longer has the time.

The Itch is taking the prospect reigns in September.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

You know what they said about people with tiny feet….thick mustaches

I Miss Steve Sax
I Miss Steve Sax
2 years ago

ROS – Addison Russell or Seth Brown

and

ROS – Miles Mikolas or Tony Gonsolin

Last week of FAAB – can’t pick up any players for the rest of the year after this week.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  I Miss Steve Sax
2 years ago

Brown and Mikolas for me

Sandman
Sandman
2 years ago

Hey Grey!

Great write up. ROS redraft league , do you like Houser or Caleb Smith? Justice noticed that Houser as a hip issue. Thanks!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Sandman
2 years ago

Caleb for me

Will
Will
2 years ago

Buxton is the ultimate tease, he finally hits the ball great this season but just cannot seem to stay healthy. A .262/.513/.827 line with 10 HRs, 46 RBI and 14 steals in only 82 games makes one think that 20/90/25 season will finally happen some day. Worth noting too is he set a career high for extra base hits with 44 in only 271 at bats. Alas, in 5 years in the majors Byron “I’m made of glass” Buxton still has not made it to 500 at bats. Oh, and he’s still only 25 years old. Tease!