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.

2020 Draft Kit
 
  1. Not the real Hubie Brooks says:
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    Per Wikipedia, Staci Keanan from My Two Dads (who I had the biggest crush on in middle school) now practices law in SoCal under her birth name). Paul Reiser (not Pete Reiser) is still Paul Reiser. No one has seen Greg Evigan in years. I don’t have a fantasy baseball question today, but if you could make the real life mets start winning again, that’d be awesome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just did some deep-dive googling on Staci Keanan and I think I need a personal injury attorney

  2. toolshed says:
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    I asked about caleb smith about a week ago. Seems like you changed your tune after two straight lousy starts. So would you use him again this year at ho ome or has he lost your trust? Ratios are important where I own him. I figured I could use him at home at least. Now I dont think so.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      I’d still stream him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I dropped him in one league

  3. toolshed says:
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    Now getting to paddack, would you use him vs sf in his next start? I am not sure how much gas he has left in the tank. I also know he doesn’t have many starts left. As good as he was earlier, I still have doubts about him and his lack of a 3rd pitch or having one really dominant one. Control is elite though.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I’d start him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m going to start him for one more, then likely drop him

  4. galica says:
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    Grey!!

    Another great report, grand slam over the Green Monster bleacher seats and onto Landsdowne Street. (For future reference, Toronto’s Little Italy has a Landsdowne Avenue, hence the difference between Canada and America – y’all call street for what we call avenue!.

    a. How about JBJ’s 478 foot HR, the longest one hit since Statcast started recording in 2015!!! Mighty for like his 9th (yawn!) HR.

    b. On Yu, I agreed even during his Texas heydays, if his splitter wasn’t getting over then there will be plenty of BBs.

    c. Don’t get too excited or complacent owning Moran! He has 13 HRs in the year of the HR so he’s pretty much the Moran-line for HRs, if you’re dumpster searching for HRs.

    d. Don’t forget the correct spelling of his name. Yu-Cheng Chang, as in Yu-Cheng, I Chang we all Chang for ice cream.

    e. Started Quantrill in 1 weekly lock for the 2-starts where I was desperate. I thought he’d be golden because he took all of daddy’s advice on how to pitch, then I realized his daddy wasn’t so successful so that’s that for Quantrill for this year.

    f. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for August 28

    The Noose Hangs High, 1948

    Costello: It’s no use crying over spilled milk. It’s the nickel back for the bottle that I care about.

    (Sorry to all Nickleback fans out there. That’s the source of the band’s name uncovered. Geraldo made me do it.)

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      Here in Ireland we have a Landsdowne Road.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In Little Italy, it’s pronounced Lansdowny

      A. Yeah, I saw that, actually meant to mention it but there was a lot yesterday

      B. Yup

      C. Yeah, he’s a bit of a bore, but Goodrum wasn’t exactly lighting the world on fire

      D. Ha

      E. Yeah, ouch

      F. Haha

  5. Dr Easy says:
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    Mike Leigh clearly needs to go back to his Happy-Go-Lucky days!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s an obvious Dogma 95 poseur

  6. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Man, I’m down on Aquino! He hasn’t homered but once in the last 9 games! So you know what I did? I went out and picked up Sam Hilliard! That’s right! I’m a fool chasing a lottery ticket and one of these days I’m going to find me another Max Muncy bitches!

    By the way, I like this Berti guy. He reminds me a little of Whit Merrifield with less pop. :o)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aquino stopped homered, but he did start stealing bases – good analogy on Berti, very astute

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Oh yeah, I’m digging Aquino’s speed!! I’m keeping him in the lineup!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s a nice surprise

          • Harley Earl says:
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            Astute! I like the sound of that! Haha!

            • CMUTIMMAH says:
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              i used the word “astute” in a meeting back when I started my job out of college. I referred to someone being astute for correcting my work. My 27 year old boss pulled me aside and seriously asked me why I thought it would be ok to say someone was being an “ass toot” in a meeting. I thought she was kidding. She was not.

              That was the day I lost all respect for my boss.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                HA

  7. Jay says:
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    Would you drop Matthew Boyd for Kenta Maeda, Mitch Keller or Jeff SSamardzija? Also do you think Gavin Lux gets called up?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      I’d want Shark right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes on Lux

      I’d stream, I just grabbed Maeda, Shark’s been fine too

  8. Dong Show says:
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    Dynasty league trade question (our deadline is Aug 31)

    Guy who is a spot ahead of me by 2 games (we are both making playoffs) has offered me Luis Robert and Andrew Vaughn for my Nola. He could use another pitcher, I’m very deep at the spot.

    Feels fair, but prob not good timing with playoffs starting next week. I’m bound to lose Paddack to innings shut down too meaning I’d be down two pitchers ( I have 12 SP)

    Would you hold or is this too juicy or an offer that would be dumb to turn down.

    Thanks Grey!

    • Tim Anderson Project says:
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      Not sure I am selling a proven SP right before playoffs for two minor leaguers. One of them wont help until next year and the other is 2 plus years away? Alot can change on those guys before they are actually paying dividends in the MLB.

      Hold and try for off season and hope his Staff is the reason for his early exit.

      • Dong Show says:
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        Sound sound reasoning and I tend to agree with you. I’ve been leaning no. Sometimes I just need some additional reassurance.

        Thanks TAP!

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          Do not make that trade this close to playoffs.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Agree with others. I wouldn’t be opposed to countering for just Robert though if you have other arms you can afford to lose. I want Robert badly for next year…really badly.

      • Dong Show says:
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        I tried with Bauer for Robert but he’s just not into Bauer unfortunately. I feel like that’s pretty fair for a 1-1

        • Donkey Teeth

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          Definitely fair

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  9. Ivanmakebasket says:
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    Wow revisionist history by you on Heaney. Yeah u had a sleeper post on him for 2019 but preseason 2018 I remember commenting he could breakout and you had no interest in him at all like zero. Yeah I’ve used a few different user names over the years becasue every once in awhile I read something’s that I have to make a comment like this on.

    Also just to keep being a dick, u said u thought the braves were dumb for bringing in Donaldson and that Johan camargo should be their everyday third basemen. Be fair sir, be very fair.

    • Ivanmakebasket says:
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      Just went back to check, unless I’m wrong which I’m not, you didn’t even have Heaney ranked in 2018. You ranked 137 starting pitchers and Heaney didn’t get a single mention (except for when you pretty much said he’s an injured loser in the garrett Richards blurb in the top 100 SP post 2018).

      Yep, you really loved Heaney every year haha. Great job making up that you predicted his solid 2018 season and that you liked him, you didn’t even have him ranked!!!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      History is always written by the winners, Ivan.

      • Ivanmakebasket says:
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        Grey liked Heaney every year HAHAhaha…. Aka he completely missed the boat on Heaneys 2018 breakout. Yep, either way.

    • Cram It says:
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      Cool, going back to 2018.

      • Ivanmakebasket says:
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        Huh? Grey said he liked Heaney EVERY year in his post today.

        2018 counts as a year right? The year Heaney broke into fantasy relevance in 2018 Grey literally wanted ZERO to do with him, but now today is making it seem like he was in on Heaney all along.

        I went through every starter post by Grey in 2018 and searched for Heaneys name and he was absolutely unranked out of 137 starters, and Grey ranks everyone with a pulse.

        If he’s going to gloat about fake correct past predictions I’m going to call him out for it.

        Also, I checked the top 500 post from 2018 but the link to 2018 takes you to the 2019 rankings. But if he didn’t have Heaney in his top 137 starters for 2018 I doubt Heaney was in his top 500 overall.

        Ur such a loser fan boy cram and always have been.

        Good luck !!!

        • Cram It says:
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          If a 4.15/1.20 with 9 wins is a breakout, you win. You’re the man.

          • Ivanmakebasket says:
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            I knew that would be the reply.

            Ur missing the point. Besides that, Heaney had 180ks also, so yes, it was a breakout and he was a great value in 2018, again tho that’s not the point.

            Point is grey acting like he’s been in on Heaney before his brrakout with his comment today when that’s fake news.
            Grey wanted 0 to do with Heaney in 2018 unranked out of 137players. So how has grey been “liking him every year” like he says in this post.

            It’s funny heaney is going off now and grey acts like he’s been the Heaney guy from the begining. Its fake news that’s all.

            • Cram It says:
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              All he said is that he like him every year. You’re blowing that up to more than that.

              • Ivanmakebasket says:
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                I get what he said and its fake news. He wasn’t on him every year. He hated him in 2018 actually. Unranked out of 137pitchers- When he literally ranks every pitcher, even ones he thinks are bad. That’s how little he thought of Heaney in 2018.

                For him to say I’m gonna like heaney again next year like I do every year he’s implying he was reccomending Heaney in 2018 becasue he’s smart, when in reality he completely missed Heaney in 2018. its just misleading the followers.

                • Cram It says:
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                  Ok, you can go back to the FOX new comments section.

                  • Yes says:
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                    Don’t politicize disagreements pls

                • Cram It says:
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                  He didn’t say he was championing Heaney for his whole career and that everyone else is an idiot for not listening to him. All he said was that he like him. Please don’t stop taking your meds.

                  • Ivanmakebasket says:
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                    He said he liked heaney Every year. in 2018 when he diliberalty did not rank him out for 137 starters, in fact Grey mentioned Heaneys name in his 2018 pitcher rankings literallynjust to say that he’s an injured loser.

                    So what grey said today about Heaney was false and a lie.

                    Today he’s commenting he liked Heaney every year. In 2018 HATED heaney

                    Ur brain doesn’t follow becasue your head is too far up Grey’s ass.

                    • Cram It says:
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                      Yeah man, you’ve repeated this information like 12 times in the same post. I get it. I just don’t give a sh*t because I’m not a pedantic troll.

                    • Tom says:
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                      Grey definitely liked him going into this seasom, then mid-way not so much, now I guess he like him again.

                    • Tom says:
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                      Grey on July 1st. this year talking about Heaney:
                      “6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.40. Been saying for a week-plus that he looks broke, and I wouldn’t own him. You filling up your pity-bank for good karma? Go pick plastic straws out of dolphins’ nostrils and leave Heaney alone.
                      He’s pitching like sh*t, he’s broken, he’s pitching well, I always liked him.

                    • Grey

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                      I like Heaney when he’s not injured… I like Rhys Hoskins too, but he looks off and is droppable for this year… Liking someone when they’re injured and not pitching well is not a thing

                    • Slappy Jack says:
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                      you realize that you might be a crazy person , right? going to war over Andrew Heaney
                      A guy that has been on a steady rotation of being good, being hurt, and sucking for as long as I can remember

          • Big Daddy Jeats says:
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            That’s what I was thinking…how is 2018 a breakout year for him? XD

            • Ivanmakebasket says:
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              Lol yes 2018 was a huge breakout for Andrew Heaney. Look at his career stats. He needs a 3 era to be considered a breakout? He was good in 2018.

    • Dave D says:
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      What point are you trying to make here? It’s not really clear to me.

      • Ivanmakebasket says:
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        Grey loves to talk about his correct past predictions like in the Hunter pence blurb today. And I’m fine with that.

        What I’m not fine with is Grey bragging about being in on Heaneys breakout. He made it seem like he’s been reccomending Heaney every year when in 2018-Heaneys breakout- he didn’t even even have Heaney ranked.

        • Cram It says:
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          You know he talks about the thing he got wrong too, right?

          • Ivanmakebasket says:
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            Not often. Not that I blame him he’s running a business that depends on him being right.

            • Cram It says:
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              Actually he does. But there’s a difference between liking/not liking a guy and being right/wrong about a guy.

        • Scrapski says:
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          Don’t think anybody here cares if you’re not fine with it. Not trying to be rude but that just seems to be the case .

          • Ivanmakebasket says:
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            So u like being mislead I get it that’s fine. I can’t decide that for you. Be well!

            • Scrapski says:
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              I don’t remember asking you to decide anything for me.
              The reason no one cares is because you’re always Joe Bitterman. Be well yourself!

              • Ivanmakebasket says:
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                Baah baaah baaaaahhh

                That’s all I hear when I read your reply you sheep

                • Dave D says:
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                  Well, you may be right on Heaney. If so then it seems totally fair to point out. It seems like you’re going further though and questioning his integrity and then name calling some others. I disagree with that. One of the things I really like about Grey is that he is very forthright and owns his comments. What other expert is as accessible and as open to his readers as Grey?

                  Sure he makes mistakes and perhaps can occasionally see history as a revisionist to make himself look better. Everybody I know does that. If you’re right on this issues then you making your point is warranted. But I don’t think making it bigger than Heaney is helpful or all that warranted.

            • Cram It says:
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              Mislead? Who gives a F if he says he liked a guy 2 years ago but didn’t have any documentation of it? Seriously, who gives a F? Only you.

              • knucks says:
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                What was the username/nick that loved talking about the Yanks and was always giving everyone hell earlier this year. Was always being as contrarian on here as possible. I think he disappeared? And I think its possible that this is that guy…

                • Cram It says:
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                  Yeah, I forgot his name, but it probably is the same guy. Calling Grey an idiot about Mondesi and….oh Wally Pipp! Probably is the same guy because he disappeared.

                  • knucks says:
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                    It def is the same guy. I had a feeling you would remember his username haha

                    If you google “Wally Pipp Razzball” and “Ivanmakebasket Razzball” the one starts appearing when the other seems to drop off. Maybe I wrong, but I doubt it.

                    • Ivanmakebasket says:
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                      There’s been more before that, dont forget Willy Mo!

                      You cracked the case knucks!!!

                • The Great Knoche says:
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                  Willy Mo and how very Pipp.

                  • Ivanmakebasket says:
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                    If only you guys would accept me for the heel that I am I wouldn’t have to change my identity so often!!

                    I can’t help myself. I’m a jerk from North Jersey. If you think I’m an asshole in here, you should see me drive!!

                    I doubt many ppl who are unaffiliated with razzball have visited the site more than I have cumalitively over the last 5 years.

                    • NJ says:
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                      Water off your back man, don’t be afraid to let the jersey out hahaha

          • Yes says:
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            Just for the record I care if he’s not fine with it. He hasn’t done anything to me personally so I have no reason to dispose of his opinion just because it’s unpopular

  10. Thundergunn says:
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    Colin Moran about to play a series in Coors..yes please!

    would you grab mike ford or Harrison bader for schmotatoness this week?

    Houser left with hip discomfort..is he worth holding? I’d only be dropping him for steams or schmotatoes

    Lastly..Zach wheeler had been pretty blah over the last month, would you drop him in a 14 team H2H if you were fighting for a playoff spot?

    Tanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I just looked up schmotato in the dictionary. There was a picture of Mike Ford.

      I’d lose Houser and hold Wheeler.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks on Houser, I hadn’t heard… Can lose him…

      Agree with DT

  11. Jay says:
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    Would you drop Matthew Boyd for Kenta Maeda, Mitch Keller or Jeff Samardzija? Also do you think Gavin Lux gets called up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  12. Will says:
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    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!

    • Grey

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      Yeah, big time tease, I’m prolly out on him next year unless price is super cheap

      • Will says:
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        I’m torn on whether to keep him next year or not. We keep 8 players and since I’m going to keep 2 pitchers I need to keep 6 from the following list:

        J Soto
        B Harper
        S Marte
        Y Puig
        T Story
        J Villar
        K Marte
        E Escobar
        J Abreu
        D Dahl
        B Buxton

        Yeah, I’m dominating offense in my league but can’t keep all of those guys :(

        Which 6 would you keep? Or would you toss the 2 pitchers (Syndergaard and Ray) back and keep 8 of those batters? Standard 5×5 roto league categories.

        • Grey

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          He’s not close to a keeper there

  13. Sandman says:
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    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

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      Caleb for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Someone above mentioned Houser’s hurt, so Caleb

  14. I Miss Steve Sax says:
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    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

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      Brown and Mikolas for me

    • Grey

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      Agree with DT

  15. Steamin Beamen says:
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    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

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

      • Steamin Beamen says:
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        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 says:
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        DT

        Is Mike gone? Did I miss something?

        • Donkey Teeth

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

          The Itch is taking the prospect reigns in September.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA, it’s true, I have tiny feet

      • Donkey Teeth

        Donkey Teeth says:
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        You know what they said about people with tiny feet….thick mustaches