Yesterday, Zack Greinke went 2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 2nd steal, hitting .300–Oops, sorry! The only pitcher whose hitting stats matter are Shohei Ohtani, because he can’t pitch anymore. That tracks logically. Has any site that made Ohtani a hitter and pitcher clarified why? Because there was public pressure to make him both? Because he was going to do both? Doesn’t every pitcher do both? Ohtani’s not going to throw more than 50 IP this year, which is, what, a quarter of a full season for a starter? That’s doing both? I know, I’m just being a hater, but it does feel like there was a double standard given to Ohtani without him actually doing anything, and he had 25 IP thrown dating back to 2016. Any hoo! Greinke! Yes, he was awesome again — 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.41. His peripherals are also one of the few pitchers who is doing well that could do better — 9.4 K/9, 1.7 BB/9, 3.35 xFIP. His velocity is down two miles per hour and I’d be lying if I said I was going after him hard, unless, of course, he’s eligible as a hitter. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Walker Buehler – 1 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.44, as he returned from the DL, and Dave Roberts was like, “Yeah, it’s a great idea to use the Cubs as a rehab game. What could go wrong?!” In other words, Dave Roberts was holding Gabe Kapler’s beer. Buehler pitched in relief yesterday, but will be in the rotation next week and is a grab in all leagues where he was dropped, hopefully better results await him next time out.
Clayton Kershaw – 5 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 2.84, and out after 68 pitches. How many non-rehab rehab starts does he need? Yo, someone tell Dave Roberts about the minor leagues and how you can rehab there, just in case he’s forgotten.
Max Muncy – 2-for-3 and his 17th homer. I can’t wait to see who is the breakout star next year for the Dodgers, because it definitely won’t be Muncy. Bellinger and Taylor learned the hard way that in Los Angeles, you’re only young once and every other year you are post-Mean Girls Lohan.
Justin Turner – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .256. The Gingerbeard Man has been more productive than I thought he would be in his return. He’s still hitting .256, but his BABIP is low, and I could see that boosting a bit too. Still not a fan fan, but he’s more of a meh than a bleh. Resounding positivity!
Yu Darvish – His bullpen session, according to Maddon, “Did not go well.” Sorry, but I’m laughing. Why would it have gone well? He’s likely been injured since last year when his numbers Wily Coyote’d off a cliff. This is legitimately not hard to notice, right? I can’t be the only one seeing this.
Albert Almora Jr. – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .318. Maddon loves him some slap hitter at the top of the lineup, huh? Should’ve been apparent after Jon Jay got 200+ ABs last year hitting leadoff for him. Wasn’t because he was a fan of a strong government. Maddon’s going to go to a statue unveiling of Austin Jackson and start screaming, “Hey man! Hey man! Listen here: since Bochy ain’t got no heart maybe you’d like to see how a real man manages. I bet you stay up late every night dreaming you had a real manager, don’t ya?”
Addison Russell – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .283. Is he taking the career path of Andrelton Simmons? Suddenly, he’s hitting for a good average and junky power? Yo, Addison, you’re cancelled. Addison Cancel, in fact.
Anthony Rizzo – 4-for-5, 1 run, 3 RBIs, hitting .243. There is no reason why he should be able to be bought low — what, his last four seasons were anomalies? — but if you can, have at it.
Christian Yelich – Left with back tightness. How does a 15-year-old have back problems? C’mon, this is more unbelievable than season 2 of Marcella.
Jesus Aguilar – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, and 3rd homer in the last three games. Aguilar is the best Jesus in the history of–Okay, I don’t want hate mail. He’s a top 3 Jesus. Alou and Ivan DeJesus are obviously above him. In the history of baseball, I was going to say. Please, you heathens!
Junior Guerra – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 3.05. He gave up four runs in the 1st three innings and it was, “Guerra! Huh! Good God! What’s he good for?! Absolutely nothing! Say it again.” Then Guerra settled down and the military-industrial complex won again.
Jose Peraza – 2-for-4 and his 4th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. He won’t appear in this afternoon’s Buy column, because I think he’s owned in too many leagues. I could be wrong about this, and you should own him if he’s available.
Jesse Winker – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .270. Since I can’t mention Winker without bagging on the Reds for their treatment of him, he’s batting sixth with a .380+ OBP. Meanwhile, Tucker Barnhart is batting 2nd. If I made that up, you wouldn’t believe me.
Anthony DeSclafani – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.45. He’s making it easy to not rush into grabbing him in mixed leagues.
Jorge Bonifacio – Reinstated from his suspension. I went over George Sunkenplace yesterday, use your scrolly finger and get at it.
Aaron Nola – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.48 vs. Tanner Roark – 6 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.10. This matchup was billed as, “Where do people wear white suits? Nola vs. Who wears white suits? Mr. Roark.”
Rhys Hoskins – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, and 2nd homer in the past two games. Member how I said about 18 hours ago he could get smoking hot? Bring on the heat!
Andrelton Simmons – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer. It doesn’t count extra, but Simmons crushed that homer over the Green Monster; it looked headed to outer space. Maybe Andrelton was aiming for his mean neighbor’s house. By the way, if you don’t have a mean neighbor, you are the mean neighbor.
Jaime Barria – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.40. If you started him in Fenway, you have bigger pants turnips than I. I wouldn’t even start him in Safeco (where he is next).
Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting over-.400 in the last week, two homers in the past three days. Finally, hot schmotato alert for JBJ!
Brandon McCarthy – Hit the DL so the Braves could make room for the returning Acuña. Hope they don’t expect Acuña to pitch.
Logan Morrison – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 9th homer. Podcaster Ralph and I go over Logan Morrison in the last podcast. Like that is enticing! Ha!
Tim Anderson – 2-for-4 and his 16th and 17th steal, hitting .251. I know it hasn’t been all peaches and cream for this sleeper of mine, but he’s on pace for a 25/35 season. What do you have that’s better at MI? Please expound for me.
Chris Davis – 1-for-3 and his 7th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games. Okay, fine, for power, you can grab him. He used to hit 15 homers in 25 games. Now you might get five in 12.
Manny Machado – 1-for-3 and his 20th homer, hitting .303. Machado unveiled his new home run trot yesterday. It was his usual home run trot but wearing a Dodgers uniform under his Orioles one.
Nelson Cruz – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 21st homer, hitting .277. There is no way to stop him from hitting *looks up his career numbers* 39+ homers if he plays in 140 games.
Mike Leake – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.01 vs. Jimmy Yacabonis – 4 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 8.53. This matchup of Leake vs. Yacabonis was blacked out in Poland because to ‘Leake/Yacabonis’ gets you 15-18 months in jail.
Sean Manaea – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners (1 BB), 2 Ks, ERA at 3.38. The Stream-o-Nator didn’t like this start, so let’s see what it projected for him: 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners (1 BB), 5 Ks. I’d contest (as I’m about to do), Stream-o-Nator actually projected a line a tad better, depending on whether you think 3 extra Ks > giving up one less run.
Stephen Piscotty – 2-for-4, 1 run, hitting .253, hitting over .300 in the last week. Did he make the Buy column coming later today? Piscotty wants to know! Piscotty wants to know! The answer rhymes with ‘know.’
Michael Fulmer – 8 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.20. There’s likely a way to figure this out, but it feels as if there are next-to-no games when a pitcher throws 7+ IP and gives up 4 or more runs, because coaches pull guys so quickly now. Could just be hearsay evidence, which is me just going off what I remember. Is that hearsay? Yes, because I’m here saying it!
Nicholas Castellanos – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer:
Because he hits everything 145 MPH at a 7 degree angle. pic.twitter.com/sPwOKCtRUm
— Razzball (@Razzball) June 28, 2018
Brandon Belt – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .295. He will either now hit five homers in the next seven games or not hit another home run until August. There is literally no other option for him.
Chris Stratton – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.45 vs. Jon Gray – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 5.77. I had to start both of these guys in one league and now I’ve got the sadness shakes. Please hold me. Metaphorically! Why are you touching me? Gross! Not a bad start for both guys for a game in Coors. Too bad this was in one of the best pitchers’ parks in the major leagues. What in the holy eff is going on? Are you literally a poop emoji? Answer me true. I hate the both of you.
Sam Dyson – 1 IP, 2 ER, and his 4th blown save in two chances. Kidding, but not far off. Amazing Bochy keeps going back to him. Maybe amazing isn’t the right word…. Predictable, that’s the word.
DJ LeMahieu – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .280. So, he wasn’t exactly the 45-homer hitter his April pace suggested. Got it.
Nolan Arenado – 1-for-5 and his 19th homer, hitting .308. I’ve collected a feather from every endangered bird of the last 200 years. Let me show you them by this open window–NOOOO!!! Torenado!!!
Jake Marisnick – 2-for-2 and his 7th homer. Before the game, I looked at the Hitter-Tron, and it wanted me to grab Marisnick and make out with a toaster. One out of two ain’t bad!
Lance McCullers – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.55. Please go on a three-month streak where you’re melted butter on a lobster. Please.
Carlos Correa – Hit the DL. Quick recap: guys I told you unequivocally to avoid this preseason: (Whoa, dude, double colon!!!) Josh Donaldson, Elvis Andrus, Carlos Correa, Tommy Pham and Aaron Judge. If you’re feeling good about Pham and Judge, I’ll just say we’re only 82 games into the season.
Yuli Gurriel – Placed on paternity leave. How awesome would it be if his baby is Asian? “OOPS!” Yu Darvish smiles wickedly.
THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME*************
SON was on the fence about Berrios @ Cubs yesterday, but just jumped up to a 7.3 today. Was scared of that offense, but now should I start him?
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We believe in Dream Weaver again in a 12T h2h mixed or nah? Steamed em last start and debating the hold for tomorrow even though it’s ATL. Have a great weekend Grey!
Would you rather own Story or Baez?
6×6 with OPS
Baez is safer, Story more upside
Who should I drop: DeJong; Muncy; or Escobar?
I guess DeJong if you have to
McCullers for LaMahieu, redraft, fair?
McCullers, it’s fairish
Traded E. Rosario and Kershaw for Betts, since I have a stable of quality arms. I’ll miss Rosario. though. You like the deal?
In order of preference for a standard, season-long roto (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG) – Correa, Baez, Story?
I also have an offer of Beaz for MY Scooter. Take it?
I’d take Betts, sure… Baez, Story — take it
I think I could get them both by trading Correa for Story and Scooter for Baez. Or would you just do one of them?
For this year? Works for me
Yeah, it’s a season-long roto.
Correa or belli in a dynasty?
@Grey: interesting. i guess this makes sense though, unless correa starts to actually do steals again. dude is way too young to quit those.
I need pitching, would you trade Odubel Herrera for Tyson Ross? Feels like I’m giving up too much.
@Grey: Thanks, that’s what I thought. I countered with Moreland.
Really trying to get Paxton from same owner.
My ronald acuña for bellinger and rendon in a.dynasty
Bellinger, it’s fair
What up Grey.
Starting either Pivetta vs WAS or Stromnan VS DET tonight?
Both in some leagues, I’m starting Pivetta in all
One more gray. Seranthony or Shane Greene ROS
1. Tough drop to activate DeJong……..which of these three would you part with?
Herrera, Hirano, or Britton (holds and saves league )?
2. Robertson just hit the wire and seems like a solid holds guy even if Betances continues his upward streak. Is he an upgrade over Herrara or Hirano?
1. Herrera 2. Hold
Happy Friday Grey!
Would you trade Severino for Bellinger in a 10 team 10 player keeper? I would also get Newcomb back in this trade for this year but he wouldn’t be a keeper.
Tough call, but I wouldn’t
Unless strictly for next year, then sure
@Grey: thanks! I usually have way more confidence in keeper bats over arms but Severino seems to be special. Just worry about his workload. Have a great weekend!
Great work my man. Just made a big trade in my 12 team h2h 6×6 category league where I’m tied for first place. I traded abreu and 11 dollars of next years auction money for the biebs, pivetta and skaggs. This is my lineup:
Castillo (2 year contract, so basically can’t drop)
My questions are: do you like the trade? (My pitching needs work and my offense is stacked, pitching is severely overpriced in this league) also, who do I drop? I need to drop two. Thanks and keep up the good work.
Thanks! I’d want the Abreu side…
@Grey: What two pitchers do I drop to make room for my new pitchers?
@TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Damn, dude, you been hitting the waiver wire haaaard for pitchers … after that trade you have, like, every single fresh pitcher on the midseason market this season.
Kike or Devers ROS.
Godley vs. San Fran or Montgomery vs.minesota
Devers — Montgomery (I hope)
@Grey: I have godley right now. Is it worth using a move to make the swap or would you just go with godley
Yo Grey, happy Friday to you! Shallow mixed league questions:
1) Can you please rank for me, A Wood, Pivetta, Eflin
2) We starting Pivetta today at home vs Nationals (SON $3.7) in a league where we do not need the starts or innings, but looking for Wins with good ratios?
Thanks Grey, and have a great weekend!
1. Pivetta, Wood 2. I am
For sure Pivetta since i dropped him and he then proceeded to K 13 Cards in a masterpiece. Of course then I pick him up for a start v Nats…when he was soft and rain supposedly impacted his curve ball grip. Bob Gibson would not blame the rain LOL.
So I dropped him for Hirano for holds which has been great.
But a shutout is most likely.
Hi Grey, 10 tm h2h pts:
Drop Mazara for one of these guys – Peraza, Acuna, or Tucker?
Good stuff as always. Ok, please hold your nose and let me know who of these éclairs may be in the cylinder but still above the rim (I had to watch the Seinfeld scene again – Classic) to fill my 4th OF spot in our Yahoo 10 Team H2H Points League while Sugar Cain rights himself:
I would suggest Kike, but I already have Grandal, Puig and Pederson, so too many Dodgers. Yeah, my OF is pretty bad.
Thanks very much Grey.
I appreciate it that there was no blurb about Quintana – because that’s exactly how it feels owning him this year.
Haha, such a yawnstipating start, not much to say
Good morning, Grey!
Loved the latest podcast you did with Ralph, especially the unluckiest hitters part.
My batty call on JBJ went well yesterday. But before I drop him I wanted to ask if there’s any chance JBJ goes on one of his month-long heaters? Or should I drop him for Trumbo or Bauers?
Thanks a lot!
Morning! Thanks! I’d hold JBJ until he cooled off, could be tomorrow, might be next week
@Grey: Haha, yeah, hopefully he didn’t cool off around midnight last night. Thanks again!
Ha, no problem
Drop Sonny Gray to start Profar at SS over Marwin? 10 team roto
Sorry 12 team roto with LOTS of injuries – Yu, AJ, Donaldson, etc…
Yup, can lose Gray
I’m ten back in the nfbc and now here’s a giant butt…but over 20% of my roster has the dread Swiss looking medical suitcase.
Did you know the A’s at the halfway point have as many wins as the Indians and the Cubs and one more than the Dodgers AND they have used 12 SPs this year DOUBLE AND one of the is Edwin Jackson?
You were asking about 2b guys the other day. Did you find one? Here’s a likely stupid idea: buy low on Kingery. I think you said this earlier in the year and I’ve felt the same way: he really looks like he can play. I could see him getting hot.
The Swiss medi-vac alert is so scary, right? Can we please use DTD or DL?
A’s are doing great stuff so far, hope they keep it up, do I think they can? Well…hmm… I bought low on Marwin, but I’m not sure he’s the answer… I’m watching Kingery, but he doesn’t feel like he needs to be picked up yet…This is RCL, btw, so there’s options
Kinsler is going to regress forward, he said weirdly. Pinder has had a good month. Decent match up RCL stream. One 2b I’d love to get some whizz going is Schoop. He’s a much better player than this. I think he’s stuck in tar pit miasma that is the Orioles.
I streamed Pinder a few times, doesn’t play often enough for me to just grab him and leave him there — yes, O’s this year are the one team that has killed all their hitters, sucks for Mancini too
@OaktownSteve: I’ve been adding and dropping Kingery multiple times on multiple teams for the past two months….and nothing. is. happening.
Would you rather:
Mikolas or Maeda ROS
10T 5×5 roto
would you drop Travis Shaw for Tim Anderson? That 25/35 pace looks sexy as hell
Need a bench bat
Please pick two:
Thank you and have a cool weekend
I’m in a bit of a tight spot for my last roster spot in a 10 team, roto, 6×6 (OPS & Holds). Do you like Thames or Joc for the last OF spot? Hittertron seems to love Thames against RHP.
It is no sure t hing that Joc gets claimed even if I drop him, but he has been a pretty dang solid. What do you think?
I’ve been stashing Sano, but would that spot be better served for a E. Jimenez or K. Tucker?
Who to lose when Cain….sugar, comes back from the DL? 6×6 w/ OPS & OBP.
C- Romaine Lettuce, 1. Hosmer, 2. JoRa, 3. Machado, SS. Didi, OF. Trout, OF. Whit, OF. Brantley, Util. Bellinger, DL- Cervelli, DL- Cain
deGrom, Berrios, Chapman, Britton, Ed-Rod, Norris, Bauer, Newcomb, Stripling, Manaea, Peralta, Snell, DL-Wacha.
Peralta maybe? Manaea possibly?
Thx. Good wknd!
Judge apologist here w/ a mid-season Schmohawk comp update. : P
Judge – 53/20/52/.277/4 on pace for 109/44/106/.275/8
Gallo – 39/18/42/.191/3 on pace for 80/37/86/.205/6
14R/2HR/10RBI/+.86/1 – in a vacuum, not sure if that’s worth 80 spots in ADP. However, if you passed on Judge, the odds of you doing better w/ the pick weren’t great unless you took Scherzer, Kluber or Sale. At the halfway point, it looks like picks 15-30 were a minefield this year (Springer, Bellinger, Votto, Correa, Abreu, Ozuna…)
86 points in average is a big difference, but I get your point… Judge has been solid, he could coast through rest of the year and be worth his pick….
First time back in awhile- trying to ship off Juan soto and corbin for an upgrade at SP, who are good targets? Morton, Stras?
@Raider: 10 tm 6×6 keep 4 hitters 3 pitchers
What’s this pertaining to?
I’d prefer Corbin to Strasburg — Morton is fair, but not sure Soto/Corbin nets you a win
Odor and keuchel too much for cespedes? 12 team 6×6 OBP and QS. Pitching is stacked but would hate to lose out on odor turning it around. Having a healthy cespedes could be huge
I’d take Yoenis
Whos the drop?
Morning, am ditching Yu. (not you, but the frag-ee-lee japersian).
Kingham, VV are pick up options. Am seeking Ws and Ks
We hanging onto Britton? Jimenez, Watson are avail.
And lastly, what’e we doing with Souza who began a rehab assgnment
@Los Putos: Haha — I’d hold Britton for now — stash Souza? Ignore in shallow leagues? VV
Sorry 12 team league. ill be looking to create space for Souza.
Have a good weekend.
Create space for Souza if you can, but no big deal if you can’t
Hi. 20 team h2h keeper. Which side? Is it close?
Nola/cain or albies/mikolas?
Albies, it’s fair
Great morning read before work as always!
Outfield overload – Acuna coming back, 5 OF/UTIL spots for 8 hitters: Betts, Springer, Soto, Acuna, Myers, Mazara, Desmond, D. Peralta.
Who would you drop to make room for Acuna coming back? Weaver is also a possibility for the chopping block
@SPAPS: Thanks! Maz or Peralta, can’t see you ever playing them
@SPAPS: Why don’t you let the market decide … put the word out you are looking to trade an outfielder and see what offers you get. If you get one that blows you away, well, there’s your answer.
Trade on the table. I give Rendon, I get Carlos Martinez, and Lucchessi. I need pitching and have Beltre to take over 3rd.
Does anyone trust Martinez now, after one good start? Lucchesi have value? Thanks!
I’d prefer Rendon, it’s fair
correa or harper? thanks 18 man 7×7
Who would you rather stream this week:
Rich Hill v COL
Kenta Maeda v COL
Zack Godley v SF
Brother Grey, happy Friday!
In a league where I need pitching I was offered my Bellinger for his Lester. Deal or no deal? I have Harper, Springer, Mazara, Braun, Chris Taylor, and Avasail Garcia available in the OF. Have Goldy, Moustakas, Muncy, Lamb at the CI’s.
My staff is currently: Bauer, McCullers, Maeda, C-Mart, Archer, Bundy, Musgrove, and 3 streamer slots.
Bellinger’s been getting his shizz in gear, but in this h2h points league W’s and K’s are huge.
I’m in a 3 way tie for first, but cant rest on my laurels. Last place in this league is only 3 games out and I’d lose a few tie breakers if we’re all tied come playoffs.
@Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up: Cousin Marty, happy Friday! — I’d want better than Lester
@Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up: Or at least different
Should I try Bellinger for DeGrom? Is it worth it if DeGroms Win bonus is at the mercy of the Mets offense?
Mazara for Newcomb worth a shot?
*Some day I will figure out how to edit my user name when I log into premium subscription. Thanks as always!
I’d take deGrom for this year,I’d take Newcomb, but just fair, prefer Pivetta or someone else
Top 3 SP from this bunch ROS?
Gio, Freddy P, Eflin, Quintana, Mikolas
@Ron Pridgen: Mikolas, Quintana, Eflin
Hey Grey, 10 team h2h 5×5 with QS instead of wins
Just got offered:
Luke Weaver (would drop)
Clayton Richard (was dropping him anyway)
My pitching sucks (ray, Foltynewicz, buehler, Rich hill, pivetta, Rodon, Quintana, Peralta, and Wacha on the DL would be my remaining SP). But I’m sure I can stream.
Goldy is my 1B and I have Betts, Marte, Ozuna, Dee Gordon still in the OF.
Do I take this?
@Scen: Trea side
@Grey: by how much? Is it worth it to see if I can keep Bellinger and send Tim Anderson instead?
Trea side by a decent amount… Send Anderson instead of Bellinger
Hey Grey, been looking at Joc…. Tian Moncada doesn’t seem to shake the strike outs. Makes him almost zero sum in points leagues. Joc over Moncada ROS? Peterson is on the li eup card more often now… makes sense? Just an example last thirty days Moncada =28 points Pederson =82 points
@Johnnyhobbes: “Tian” should be “Yoan” .
@Johnnyhobbes: “Tian” should be “Yoan” [email protected]Johnnyhobbes: also available is Karel martens, kike hernandez, and yolmer Sanchez ( these are folks that have 2b eligibility but I am rolling scooter ROS in that slot. ). Appreciate your thoughts
@Johnnyhobbes: my last addendum – time tomorrow on from nimmo? Scott Schebler is available
@Johnnyhobbes: If this is for a bench bat, sure — Schebler most boring, safest, Joc balance of upside and safe, Moncada most upside
Jesse Winker, an under the radar kind of player? More BBs than Ks. Nice ballpark, decent lineup with Votto, Suarez, Schebler, et al. No speed but could mature into a #3 OF 280s, high OBP maybe 25+ HRs . Thoughts?
@Chucky: Maybe if he grows into more power, no one’s going to be excited about a 15-homer, 2-steal, .280 hitter in 5×5
a. Ga! Late to the party! Long story short…my wife hadn’t been shopping for more than 2 weeks then she chose today the day to make up for it! If I knew I would have brought a good book to read! To wit, waited outside of Women’s Secret for almost 1 hour, then a neighbor showed up and they spent ANOTHER 30 minutes in the same store chit-chatting!
b. Mark Twain quote of the day for June 29
Young Man: One’s every act proceeds from exterior influences, you think?
Old Man: Yes.
Young Man: If I conclude to rob a person, I am not the originator of the idea, but it comes in from the outside? I see him handling money–for instance–and that moves me to the crime?
Old Man: That, by itself? Oh, certainly not. It is merely the latest outside influence of a procession of preparatory influences stretching back over a period of years. No single outside influence can make a man do a thing which is at war with his training. The most it can do is
to start his mind on a new tract and open it to the reception of new influences–as in the case of Ignatius Loyola. In time these influences can train him to a point where it will be consonant with his new character to yield to the final influence and do that thing. I will
put the case in a form which will make my theory clear to you, I think. Here are two ingots of virgin gold. They shall represent a couple of characters which have been refined and perfected in the virtues by years of diligent right training. Suppose you wanted to break down these
strong and well-compacted characters–what influence would you bring to bear upon the ingots?
Young Man: Work it out yourself. Proceed.
Old Man: Suppose I turn upon one of them a steam-jet during a long succession of hours. Will there be a result?
Young Man: None that I know of.
Old Man: Why?
Young Man: A steam-jet cannot break down such a substance.
Old Man: Very well. The steam is an outside influence, but it is ineffective because the gold takes no interest in it. The ingot remains as it was. Suppose we add to the steam some quicksilver in a vaporized condition, and turn the jet upon the ingot, will there be an
Young Man: No.
Old Man: The quicksilver is an outside influence which gold (by its peculiar nature–say temperament, disposition) cannot be indifferent to. It stirs up the interest of the gold, although we do not perceive it; but a single application of the influence works no damage. Let
us continue the application in a steady stream, and call each minute a year. By the end of ten or twenty minutes–ten or twenty years–the little ingot is sodden with quicksilver, its virtues are gone, its character is degraded. At last it is ready to yield to a temptation
which it would have taken no notice of, ten or twenty years ago. We will apply that temptation in the form of a pressure of my finger. You note the result?
Young Man: Yes; the ingot has crumbled to sand. I understand, now. It is not the single outside influence that does the work, but only the last one of a long and disintegrating accumulation of them. I see, now, how my single impulse to rob the man is not the one that makes me do it, but only the last one of a preparatory series. You might illustrate
with a parable.
Old Man: There was once a pair of New England boys–twins. They were alike in good dispositions, feckless morals, and personal appearance. They were the models of the Sunday–school. At fifteen George had the opportunity to go as cabin-boy in a whale-ship, and sailed away for the Pacific. Henry remained at home in the village. At eighteen George was a sailor before the mast, and Henry was teacher of the advanced Bible class. At twenty-two George, through fighting-habits and drinking-habits acquired at sea and in the sailor boarding-houses of the European and Oriental ports, was a common rough in Hong-Kong,
and out of a job; and Henry was superintendent of the Sunday-school. At twenty-six George was a wanderer, a tramp, and Henry was pastor of the village church. Then George came home, and was Henry’s guest. One evening a man passed by and turned down the lane, and Henry said, with a pathetic smile, “Without intending me a discomfort, that man is always
keeping me reminded of my pinching poverty, for he carries heaps of money about him, and goes by here every evening of his life.” That outside influence –that remark–was enough for George, but it was not the one that made him ambush the man and rob him, it merely represented the eleven years’ accumulation of such influences, and gave birth to the act for which their long gestation had made preparation. It had never entered the head of Henry to rob the man–his ingot had been subjected to clean steam only; but George’s had been subjected to vaporized quicksilver.
Sorry, a little long today.
c. Have a nice weekend.
@Ante Galic: Was wondering where you were… B. Nice! C. You too!
Hey Grey —
Yesterday you gave me good advice to pick up Eflin and drop Manaea. The problem though is that I couldn’t get back online to take Manaea out of my lineup so I couldn’t drop him. Now, Buehler is off the DL so in order to pick up Eflin I would need to drop TWO players.
I currently have a 3 BAT bench.
I rotate 5 players for 2 spots in the lineup:
Should I drop one of these bats in addition to Manaea to pick up Eflin? .. or just hold…
@Jason: Lose Maz and Manaea
Is Profar worth keeping as strictly as a bench guy in a 5×5 roto league? I have the space and he does qualify at multiple positions. I would be happy with 8 hrs/8 steals in the second half.
@Doc Samson: I guess, don’t know your options
Roster Arrieta in a 10 team league or stream?
Anybody out there starting EdRod tonight in New York?
I have to drop one..
Conforto, Healy or Moncada
15 team 6×6 (OPS and QS)
Smoak/Yu/Hader or Bellinger
@knucks: This is pretty silly. I am at the point where I expect nothing from Yu this year. So if I can get Bellinger for these 3 I’m psyched. Feel free to skip.
@knucks: It’s a chump dump
@Grey: Agreed. Hope I can squeeze it out.
@knucks: I’d take Bellinger
So I hesitated in dropping Melancon for Dyson because I thought it would be dysontopic and turns out Bruce botchyed it again. So I once again find myself with one add left for the week. I could use it on on Eflin, or I could wait and see if Bochy names someone other than Melancon closer, like Morontas.
So, do I add Eflin, wait on Bochy, and who is my drop ( Would you give up on Melancon becoming closer? Or do you see Velasquez or Suter as just a streamer at this point?)
5×5 12-team h2h
C – Ramos, 1B – Abreu, 2B – LeMahieu, 3B – Suarez, SS – Machado, OF – Stanton, Teoscar, Conforto, Util – Carpenter, Bench – Rendon (rotated based on matchups), Cain
SP – Berrios, Corbin, Newcomb, Ross, Velasquez, Suter
RP – Davis, Morrow, Seranthony, Barraclough, Melancon
DL – Darvish, Yoenis
@Joe Beisbol: I’d go Eflin, Giants closer situation won’t suddenly resolve by Monday
@Grey: Who’s my drop? Thanks!
What are you doing with Suter on your team?
@Grey: Trying tp appease our WHIP and Win overlords? :-/
We must always!
Thanks for the write up!
Eflin or Bieber as the SP pickup?
Also looking to add a bat, just to stash, 5×5 OBP league, only 8 pickups left for the season. Gonna drop either Mancini or Bell.
Currently sitting on the waiver wire are-
– Gregory Polanco
– David Peralta
– Brian Anderson
I have plenty of position flexibility, so that doesnt matter much. I know Beltre has been down, but worth the bet on the comeback?
@Lubes: Eflin is a bit safer — I’d hold my pickups
Devers or Escobar ros
H2H ROS Escobar or Devers. Thanks Grey
Better weekend start: Rodon (@ TEX), Matz (@ MIA) or both?
@Mrs. Roger. Dorn.: Probably Rodon, but Matz should be solid at least.
@Mrs. Roger. Dorn.: Agree with Cram
Buxton (when he comes back) or Mondesi?
@Grey: parra over Mondesi?
Offered Abreu for Morton is 12 team H2H QS/OPS league. Usually I’d take Abreu in a heartbeat but don’t necessarily need hitting or 1B (have Edwin) and good pitching is so hard to come by. That said, also have Morton’s health and possibly innings limit on the mind. Thoughts? I will award you one hug.
@Blergball: Don;t see why Morton would be on an IP limit, isn’t he in his 30s? With that said, Abreu and bats are safer… Trade a lesser bat for a lesser SP
@Grey: phrased that wrong. Meant that they would take it easy on him late in the season and maybe move to a 6 man rotation to save their starters for the playoffs
Yeah, maybe, depends where they’re at
Great stuff as usual, Grey!
If we assumed Kingham spent the rest of the season in the bigs, who would you like ROS?
Kingham or Eflin
@RobMac: I’ll take the guy currently getting it done, Eflin.
@RobMac: Agree with Cram.
@RobMac: Thanks! Agree with Cram
Because he DHs and the other pitchers don’t.
@Bavier Jaez: So no NL pitcher ever can?
@Grey: There have been days I wanted to put Bumgarner in my lineup when I owned him.
Me too, but don’t own him
@Grey: Current Ohtani or past Zambrano for hitting?
Jake Bauers or Teoscar Hernandez? BA is a priority.
Way too early to ask, but if Timmy does go .250 25/35 ish, does that dare I say make him a top 20-30 bat?
Seems like the average will only improve as he matures…and as BABIP picks up
@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Have those numbers equated to a top 30 bat in past years?
@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Maybe top 50, but his average doesn’t scream that it’s going to get much better, he could get lucky tho
Is Gausman droppable in a 12-team mixed league? SON has either hated or been bleh about his starts for what seems like the last six weeks. Damn AL West.
For context, top arms on the wire are Gray, Bieber, Anderson, Castillo (lol), Montas, Velasquez, Duffy, Loaisiga….
As always thanks for all your great work with the write-ups, podcast, and convincing Rudy to make cool tools.
@Pine Tar Incident: *AL east, damn the AL east.
@Pine Tar Incident: Bieber
@Pine Tar Incident: Thanks! Yeah, drop him
12 team H2H, I’m nearly last in pitching stats and first in offense. Aguilar and Benintendi for Sale and Hosmer, I’m on the Aguilar side and feel like this is a hard pass. Would Olson and Benintendi be more equal in your eyes for the other 2? I just got Robbie Ray back and still have Syndergaard on the DL
@TraderJoel: It would be better for you with Olson
@Grey: I countered with Benintendi and Olson for Sale and David Peralta. Am I getting greedy?
Sounds fair, there’s a new post for followups
1. Robbie Ray or Zack Grienke ( 12 team roto, 6 pitching cats are IP-W-SV-ERA-WHIP-K/9 )
2. Marwin Gonzalez or Kike Hernandez ( 6 hitting stats are the 5 standards plus OBP )
3. same cats as above, if you must kick one of these guys to the free agency curb, which would you lose…..Marwin, Kike, Dietrich, Leonys, Joc, Teoscar
As always thanks in advance and have a great weekend.
@Ace of Spades: 1. Greinke 2. Kike 3. Marwin — you too!
Ryu, Darvish, E Santana …..best DL stash?
This is definitely a “28 games in front” problem but am struggling with my drop once DeJong is activated. Saves and holds league, 12 teamer, H2H with Sept playoff focus. No two for one trades accepted so who is my drop?
Gattis – Freeman, C Santana, Eugenio – Bregman, Dee, DeJong. – Trout, Mazara, Peralta, Rosario, JoMa – Util Cruz. Bench: Seager.
SP- Max, MadBum, Morton, Bauer, Hendricks, Wood. BearClaw, Parker, Britton, Herrera, Hirano.
Are you saying Jesus Christ can’t hit a curveball?
Drop Nimmo or Gurriel for Timmay Anderson? Actually my team could use a little more power, but waivers are a little dry.
@bigbear: He probably can, now that I think about it…
Who would you drop to activate Acuna? 12 tm mixed H2H league with OBP instead of AVG
Kike Hernandez or Scott Schebler?
@Succos Baseball: Kike
@Succos Baseball: Agree with Cram
Grey – Would you rate the following in a redraft league:
I have Hosmer and Puig and wondering if I should drop either or both for the other two.
@Josh: Keep the guys you have
Morning Grey! Tim Anderson or Brandon Crawford, ROS? Have a great weekend and thanks for the daily advice and entertainment!
@Christopher Coriell: You too! Anderson
Whoa, is Billy Hamilton finally playing baseball? Last 14 days – over .300 BA and a whopping 6 steals!!!!
@William Hung: Ha, nice
Nola or Judge? H2H points league.
@mthom42: Judge. But fairly close.
@mthom42: Agree with bigbear
Thanks! Judge was the best bat I could get for Nola. Even though I’m not big on Judge
Judge seems like a fair enough get for Nola
Morning, Grey. I’m in 1st place and I’ve gotten complacent, stopped sending trade offers. Let me know if I need to upgrade anything, would ya? 10 team, ML universe, 10×10 league with big rosters.
Lineup: Grandal, Goldy, Lowrie, Segura, E. Suarez, Story, Hosmer, Harper, OZUNA, Upton, Belt, Acuna, Shaw, Bryant DL, Cain DL.
Rotation: Severino, Bauer, CMart, Carrasco DL, Quintana, Gio, Flaherty, Keuchel, Stream, Stream, Stream
Bullpen: Boxberger, Norris, Barraclough, Soria, Hader.
1. Do I pick up Vizcaino or Rondon over any of my guys? Saves are only one of ten categories, (also RW and RA).
2. I know you would advise me to dump Keuchel. Are my other starters worth holding onto, namely Quintana and Gio? On the wire: Tanaka, Eflin, Gibson, Nova, Minor, Lynn, Estrada, Little Marco G.
3. Who would you be shopping for an upgrade?
@Phil: I’d grab Vizcaino. But I guess it depends on the custom settings. I’d imagine Vizcaino is still a top 10-15 closer for a competing team. Unless the Braves trade for a top 5 closer, he’s the man when he returns. I’d rather have him than Hosmer if that’s an option (but again, depends on league).
Eflin over Keuchel.
Depends. Quintana? Grandal? Upton? Any CL? Belt?
@Phil: Agree with bigbear — RW/RA?
Relief Appeaances and Relief Wins (yahoo categories at a guess).
Somebody is feeling good about Pham (besides his mother and that fantasybaseballer that went into a coma in May)?
@Manley Ramirez: I traded Manaea for him after his no-hitter and was thrilled that first couple weeks. Now he looks like shit though.
@Manley Ramirez: He hasn’t been a complete bust, but you’re prolly right, he hasn’t been great
@Manley Ramirez: likely his eye condition acting up again, he doesn’t appear to see the ball well at all for a while now. i see most STL games. worst part about this is it isn’t like a groin injury that one can be comfortable about it getting better at some point. see: kershaw’s back for further insights into nasty injuries that likely could crop up numerous times for the rest of somebody’s life.
Happ or peraza Ross? Obp league. Thanks