Yesterday, Zack Wheeler went 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.45. Can you please be “2nd Half Wheeler?” Can you be anything but “1st Half Wheeler?” Who do I have to pay for that to happen? Because I made $1.67 from yesterday’s ads and I am willing to give a percentage of that to ensure Wheeler is right for another two months. It’s all I ask and I one day have to say, “Damn, I can’t believe I crashed my 1st yacht into my 2nd yacht. Stupid yacht problems!” Okay, now to go on a rant you never asked for, but I have some legitimate first world problems that need addressing: the Starbucks menu is too complicated. What is all this crap and no Unicorn Frappuchino?! Dubya tee eff! Oh and Netflix has a 15-second rewind but no 15-second fast forward? Are you people stupid?! Also, Amazon Prime two-day shipping begins when the seller ships your item but not when you order? Is this a joke? Seriously? Do I look like a chump to you! Any hoo! Wheeler was phenomenal last 2nd half, and I keep saying I was buying him for his 2nd half. All his peripherals point to him being much better: 9.9 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, 3.64 FIP, velocity up to 97 MPH on average. Drop the R from boring, because that’s BOING! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Dylan Cease – 7 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 6.11. From that stat line, it seems like he was able to–Intern, “Don’t say ‘Cease the day.'” “Why? I thought we were trying to appeal more to Latinos?” “It’s Latin, it’s not the same.” “Hmm…” Dylan Cease’d the day! *intern grumbles* I’d look at Cease as a straight Streamonator call, and his 6.11 ERA says me no trusty.
Danny Salazar – 4 IP, 2 ER, as he was activated. ‘Member that commercial where the jogger passes a slow motorist? Recreate that with Danny Salazar’s fastball. I’m concerned about Salazar’s career. He looked like a replicate of the old Salazar that was pieced together with Elmer’s Glue and scotch tape. Not even masking tape! Honestly, I hope he’s okay, don’t wish the end of his career, but I would not own him in any league as of right now. He was throwing 87 MPH meatballs.
Jake Bauers – Optioned to the minors. Maybe Bauers and Clint Frazier can start their own major league team. “That sounds fantastic!” That’s Brett Lawrie.
Yasiel Puig – 1-for-3 and his 15th steal. He was hit with a three-game appeal. One game for his part in the fight, and two games for making the league office do paperwork.
Gerrit Cole – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.87. Scherzer’s got a bad back. Those things don’t just heal. Instead, they linger as a pitcher gets older. So, serious question, is Cole the #1 SP next year?
Alex Bregman – 3-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer, hitting .265. Everyone has 27 homers, so it’s no great feat, but Bregma’s fall-off that some people (not me) were predicting in March? Didn’t happen.
George Springer – 1-for-2, 3 runs and his 25th homer, hitting .289. His running catch of a Jo-Ram line drive to the wall was Springer’s real highlight yesterday. Damn, yo, the Astros are fun. Hate to root for favorites, but all teams should be buyers. Eff this selling shizz.
Jack Flaherty – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 hit, 2 BBs, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.93. You know what’s a little crazy? No, not your aunt. I mean, yes, she is, but I’m talking about how Flaherty can have a good final two months and be essentially what we expected in March.
Robel Garcia – Sent to the minors. After the Castellanos trade, this seemed inevitable like finding out Stan Lee was a created in 1962 by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.
Adam Duvall – 1-for-3 and his 107th homer, hitting .480. Wait, that’s wrong. He only has five homers. In less than a week! Take a guess if he’s going to be in this afternoon’s Buy column.
Max Fried – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.07. Home against a team that was hitting Phillip Ervin cleanup, any doubts that the Streamonator loved this?
Aristides Aquino – 0-for-2 as he was called up, and could see at-bats with Puig gone. The Aristides power is high but I’m holdin’ on. I’m gonna be your number one. Aquino’s got big-time power (28 HRs in 78 Triple-A games), but looks like he has contact issues that were never fixed in his eight years of minor league play. Could be the 2nd coming of Wily Mo Pena. Call him Wily Wonky.
Andrew Cashner – 5 2/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 4.51. I had some questions as to what the Sawx were seeing that I wasn’t in Cashner, and it turns out I can be the Red Sox GM. Hire me!
Xander Bogaerts – 4-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 24th and 25th homer, hitting .317. Not sure if I can say quietly, but, ya know what, gosh darn it, I’m gonna say it! Bogaerts has quietly been a top 10 overall fantasy guy on the Player Rater.
Mookie Betts – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 19th homer. Mookie Best!
Austin Meadows – 1-for-5 and his 17th homer, hitting .287, and this was his 2nd homer in as many games. Someone likes hitting against Orioles’ pitching–Excuse me, Red Sox starting pitching.
Brendan McKay – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.38. He didn’t pitch successfully as much as he escaped with a win. Not an escape goat, though, different Razzball term. I still like McKay; this was a miserably difficult matchup.
Nate Lowe – Sent down to the minors to open room for Jesus Aguilar. Yo, Rays, who are you, the Yankees and you think you have Clint Frazier? What the what the what the what-what? I could see sending down Aguilar before Lowe. Man, just when you think the Rays only make smart decisions they go and write on the chalkboard some advanced math problem and it equals Jesus Aguilar. So, Aguilar will be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but I’m not a huge fan for shallower leagues unless he’s hitting.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 3-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 12th and 13th homer. Wish I would’ve told Podcaster Ralph to record our conversation we had before the podcast, but we were talking about exactly this. How it can’t be said Vladito had a bad rookie year with two months to go, even though that is exactly what I was seeing from other ‘perts. Would it be shocking to see him hit 10+ more homers this year in two months? Nope, and a 25-homer season as a rookie who missed almost a month is far from a bust.
Randal Grichuk – 2-for-4 and his 18th homer. Is there anywhere to make a prop bet that Grichuk will hit at least three homers in his series vs. the Orioles? Because I like those odds.
Danny Jansen – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer. Tired: Stream hitters in Coors. Wired: Stream hitters vs. the O’s.
Asher Wojciechowski – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.15. The bad news is Asher Wojdnow982ski is not good as we briefly flirted with. The good news is we no longer have to try to spell his name.
Jameson Taillon – Having season-ending surgery on his elbow. The Pirates should fire themselves for not having Taillon have this surgery when he first went down. I told you he needed it, and I never saw his elbow or passed a Bio class in college!
Will Smith – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 6th homer, hitting .349. He has six homers. Dot dot dot. In 14 games. The Dodgers lose Yasmani, putz around with Martin for a few months, then promote a future All-Star catcher. Ridiculous.
Cody Bellinger – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 35th homer. And we still have two more months! Ha, Bellinger is going to hit 45-50 homers this year. Unreal.
Hunter Renfroe – 1-for-4 and his 30th homer. Sorry, I meant to say everyone is going to hit 45-50 homers this year.
Trent Grisham – 0-for-3, 1 RBI as he was called up. I went over Grisham yesterday, but more importantly, Prospect Mike just gave you his Trent Grisham fantasy. Of course, since that post, we know he’s up and, of course, Counsell batted him 9th. Also, I worry this call-up is just for a series in Oakland where there’s a DH for Thames.
Josh Hader – 1/3 IP, 2 ER, ERA at 2.58, as he entered the 8th for, I suppose, a two-inning save. Here’s an idea. Revolutionary? Nah. They won’t sing hymns about this one day. My idea: Bring Hader into the goddamn 9th inning!
Chase Anderson – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.73. I kid about how awful the Brewers’ rotation is. Okay, it’s not jokes, they are terrible. How’sever, I have liked Anderson for the last two years more than most. He’s not going to win you titles or be, say, an ace, but he’s usually a competent enough back-end starter.
Matt Chapman – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer, as he hit the killer dong against the Brewers. Speaking of killer dongs, Matt David Chapman would love to show his to Jodie Foster.
Mark Canha – 3-for-3, 1 run and two steals (1, 2), hitting .254. Wanted to say hot schmotato, but Canhaz cheeseburgers, but Canhasn’t had a ton of hitting recently. Yesterday and Laureano’s injury help. Canha won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but he’s here now, if you’re so inclined. Stop pushing back on your Barcalounger, I said inclined, not reclined.
Liam Hendriks – 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 1.67 and the save, as Treinen worked the 8th. That was a welcome sight for this Hendriks owner. Sorry, Treinen owners, it’s a gig economy, and it’s still Liam’s gig.
Max Kepler – 2-for-6 and his 30th homer, hitting .265. “On August 1st, Kepler hit his 30th homer.” That’s the first line of a petition to have MLB remove all of this year’s stats from the record book.
Michael Pineda – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.15. His ERA on my team this year was 7.20 and his ERA off my team was 3.00. Or at least it felt that way. I can’t believe I dropped him after his April 7.20 ERA. His ERAs in June and July: 3.58 and 2.59. Seriously, eff me.
Jarlin Garcia – 1 IP, 0 ER, 2.43 and Jose Quijada 1 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 2.95, and we still don’t know who the Marlins’ closer is, but, if usage means anything, I’d go 55/45 odds on Jarlin the Marlin.
Harold Ramirez – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer. He hit four homers in July and *covers mouth so you can’t hear* .192. That doesn’t work in the written word quite as well. By the way, don’t ever say the word ‘quite’ in everyday conversation, you’ll be popped in the lip and noogied. Nope, keep your thank yous, this advice is free!
Alex Dickerson – Hit the IL with an oblique strain. Oh, no, Dickerson’s got a case of Gamelitis. The only known cure is to go to the minor leagues for seven years then become a house painter. “Do you want the east wall painted salmon?” Leave us alone, Brett Lawrie!
Jake Arrieta – 4 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.44 as he was pulled from the game after 71 pitches and a nine-run lead. Gabe Kapler said, “We really needed this–Ooh, tree sap!” Then dove onto a tree and began hitting his nose against it.
J.T. Realmuto -3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs hit his 15th homer, hitting .274. Jerry Tomato crushed that ball and yelled, “Ketchup!”
Cesar Hernandez – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .285. Also, in this game, Roman Quinn (1-for-1) hit his 2nd homer. Elias Sport Bureau said Cesar and Roman were 1st teammates to wear togas under their jerseys and try to build aqueducts as they rounded the bases. “For the 1st of Augustus, we will call you, Scott Caligulery,” That’s Cesar and Roman to their teammates’ bewilderment.
Ryu just got put on the DL. Thanks Dodgers. Way to screw my whole season up!
Yup, they’re gonna be skipping Buehler soon too
Things like that really suck for weekly lineups. Pretty tough to anticipate though. No concern for our fantasy teams.
Whar are you thoughts on this trade:
I give up Luis Urias
I get: Zac Gellen
Would you offer it or hold
I’d take Gallen
The streamonator isn’t a fan, but how do you feel about Matz @ pit today?
I’m starting him
Why NOT put Canha in the buy? WHAT’S A MAN GOTTA DO!
Went over him this morning
THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME**********
2020…R. Laureano, D. Swanson, M. Chavis or G. Lux?
Trying to determine possible keeper
Thanks in advance and sorry about the second question of the day.
Lux, Swanson, but I don’t know PT, too far out
Howdy! Thanks for keeping us energized through the dog dayzzzzz of summer!
First of all, I nailed my JoRam would not be a top 20 player this season. For that, I slap my own behind and say “Nice call Beerface!” I avoided him everywhere.
I also lauded Acuña as a top 5 pick. Which echoed your sentiments and rankings. I’m pleased with his fantasy performance (do players look in the mirror and say such things?). He’s probably not top 5 but he’s been money.
My big disappointment has been Flaherty. He stunk up the first half. But oh my, has he turned things around! Cutting a full run off his ERA! How does he stack up for a top-20 SP next year?
Au Schizz is coming around too. I feared he caught the old man virus and couldn’t knock the ball out anymore. Now I just think it was the new digs giving him fits in St Louis. He could be a sneaky play next year.
I was hoping for the poor man’s Evan Gattis to be a super sleeper this season, but it was not to be for Tyler White. He’s officially on my Avoid list next year even after pick 300. I just have a soft spot for those types of players who could only excel at hitting a baseball or chopping down a tree!
Keep up the great work! Just wanted to chime in!
Good stuff! Agree on all except Au Shizz, kinda out on him, but will see where he’s ranked next year, I fear ESPN and Yahoo will still have him too high
Agreed. He will be a golden riddle wrapped in a warm tortilla and smothered in Cardinal red chile…a Goldy enigma enchilada. Damn, now I’m hungry!
He’s on the wrong side of 30 so it’s tough to say it’s a Bellinger blip type of year. 32 is right in that age range where the bat speed slows down (Pujols first year with Anaheim, for example, but that’s a Latino 32 wink wink wink). He could finish with 35 HR, but he has ZERO SB! Wow! I’m trying to think when I would take him. 6th round at the earliest? I’m dumbfounded!!! Or hungry, I’m gonna go with hungry, but you’re right. You stumped me…
Yeah, he’s slowed down… He’s now a 27-32 HR, .260 hitter, it’s kinda passable, but maybe Abreu comp
Good stuff as usual. In Ante Galic fashion, here’s some observations!
1, Your Jack Flaherty assessment is dead-on correct. It’s so correct, that I think you may be repeating this line before the two months are up. If you recall, Flaherty dominated last year during the month of August before running out of steam in September. Yesterday was August 1st. There’s about five or six more of those starts to come!
2, Kid Benintendi. On July 21, Kid B was batting .261. Eleven days later, Kid B is batting .286. He raised his average 25 points over the final 10 days of July! That’s hard to do this late in the year! During this hot streak, Kid B is 21 for 44 (.477) with 4 HR and 12 RBIs. Last night Kid B goes 3/4 with three doubles. He’s Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!
3, Finally, I hate to see the Robel Garcia story end this way. It had such a feel good warmth to it. Now it feels like a burst herpes wart on the inside of your butthole.
1. Ha, yup 2. Agreed 3. Ha
I felt my team was dog doo doo 2-3 weeks ago with Benintendi and
Flaherty struggling all year, but I was still hanging on by a thread to first place… now I feel like if both these guys are getting hot at the right time, my team will be a force through the end of the season – I’m praying both these guys carry on ROS instead of some short hot streak…
Need to fix salary and get a cheap corner so I can fit one of my large FAB pitcher bids this week. In an AL 5×5 league where I am not worried too much other than OBP because of my depth – is there much difference in the production I would get from Canha or Moreland?
THe owner has both and thinks his one dollar canha is manna from heaven and a great hold for next year
I prefer Canha, but much better? Meh
Albombso for Greinke?
Meh, I want Pete
Teoscar worth a flier or Austin Nola instead?
if i were a braves fan i would be like why did you keep this stud duvall in the minors for so long this year? duvall has 34 homers in 397 at bats across both leagues. added him everywhere yesterday morning. lead buy for sure. esketit!
Duvall all day, e’eryday
Looking at my roster (12 team H2H keeper league) who would be a fair addition to Ryu in order to acquire Cole? Just looking at the standings I’m doing fine in WHIP and ERA but really lacking in K/9. Thanks!
C Danny Jansen C
1B Hunter Dozier 3B, 1B, DH
2B Max Muncy 3B, 1B, 2B
3B Javier Baez SS, 2B, 3B
SS Francisco Lindor SS
LF Oscar Mercado CF, LF
CF Mike Trout CF, DH
RF Kris Bryant 3B, LF, RF
UTIL Eloy Jimenez LF
UTIL Scott Kingery SS, 3B, LF, CF
Bench Jorge Soler RF, DH
IL Adalberto Mondesi SS
IL Giancarlo Stanton RF, LF, DH
P Archie Bradley RP
SP Carlos Martinez SP, RP
SP Eduardo Rodriguez SP
SP Steven Matz SP
RP Craig Kimbrel RP
RP Taylor Rogers RP
Bench Joey Lucchesi SP
Bench Hyun-Jin Ryu SP
Bench Yu Darvish SP
Bench German Marquez SP
I love Eloy and drafted him early this year but that’s where I was leaning too. Thanks and have a good weekend!
As a Hendricks owner in roto w QS, do you see more value in Treinen or Lamet ROS?
Love Lamet but think he’s going to be maddeningly inconsistent.
Lamet in home starts, then Treinen, but apples/oranges
Yordan or Kepler? Was offered one of the two for Will Smith. 5×5 12 team.
With Scherzer back to the DL I’m trying to sort out my dynasty league IL slots ahead of the playoff waiver lock.
Would you guys cut loose McCullers ($1), Gregory Polanco ($1), or Manaea ($3) who seems to be close to a return?
Just dropped LeClerc and now latest reports are that he’ll get the next save opp – honestly F him anyways.
Vlad has 47 RBIs – 9 less than Mancini – and Trey has been a top 75 player all year. Speaks more to how terrible the O’s are.
BTW, where do you see Leclerc is getting next save opp?
Should I deal ryu for Springer? Its a 6×6 with OPS and K/9 so ryu doesnt help k/9. The rest of my staff is below
Looking for 2 stream options out of these SON calls:
1. Jason Vargas home vs. CHW ($4.6)
2. Drew Smyly home vs ChW ($9)
3. Dustin May home vs. SD ($7)
4. Adrian Sampson home vs. DET ($5.6)
Any of these streamers looking good? I can also start both Jon Gray home vs. SF and/or Domingo German home vs. BOS.
I’d trust SON
‘Preciate ya bruh! Gonna roll Vargas today, add Smyly now by dropping Salazar (only added him to see if he’s worth owning. Unfortunately, he’s not looking good. Real shame about Salazar/Carrasco. It looks like the end of the Cleveland ace era is coming to a close).
Eagerly awaiting this afternoon’s buy column, cheers!
Hey Grey, 10 team 5×5 mixed redraft league, hoping you can rank some SPs moving forward for me. The league setup is a bit unique, it is a weekly lineup league as opposed to daily lineups, and free agent pickups are done on a weekly basis (FAAB bids that all go thru on Sunday night for the upcomming week) as opposed to picking guys up whenever you want. We also have only 1 bench spot. This is all to say that you can’t just stream guys in this league, you can try and stream on a week to week basis, but with the setup of weekly faab bids, its not easy or a sure thing you’ll get the guy/s you bid on. I like to use my 1 bench spot to rotate Pitchers with bad matchups in and out when guys are in Coors Fenway etc. So, with that all being said, are there 1 or 2 guys from the following list that stand out that you’d for sure rather own moving forward than the others? K Gibson, D May, Fried, Matz, Smyly, Al Wood. Thanks for any thoughts and happy Friday
Matz, Fried, May
Thanks Grey. Just realized Tanaka is also a FA, and wow just also realized how awful he has been over the last month! Anywho, would you rank Tanaka over any of the guys you listed, Matz, Fried or May?
No reason to go in on a guy who’s been that bad, but I do think Tanaka’s fine outside of Red Sox matchups
Too many good catchers – please rank for ROS: D’arnauld; Vazquez; Garver; Will Smith.
Garver, Smith, d’Arnaud
Hey Guys! Great stuff as usual!
10-Team / H2H / Keep 4 players
Just trying to figure out who is tradable and who is a legit keeper option to hold onto for next year. My first three keepers are no brainers. The fourth spot is wide open.
Bregman (round 20)
Acuna (round 22)
Vladito (round 24)
Options for last spot (please give me your top two):
Meadows (round 24)
Laureano (round 24)
Hiura (round 24)
Gallen (round 24)
Could change between now and next year, but prolly Meadows
One pickup left. Only two or three guys – mayybe – worth streaming this weekend in my league:
Quintana ($4) v. Mil – last time at home he went 6 1/3 6 K 3 earned and has a solid history pitching against Mil
Smyly ($9) v. CWS – Just don’t trust him at all.
Aaron Sanchez ($5) v. SEA
Gausman ($10) v. Cincy
Or I could bolster my bullpen with Bradley. I think he’s the best reliever out there. Lugo, Pagan, Leclerc are there too.
*One pickup left this week*
I’d try Smyly
Happy Friday Grey!!!!!
I am thinking about making a trade offer and wanted your thoughts on the offer.
I give up James Paxton ($31), Mitch Garver ($5), Luis Urias ($5), and Yusmeiro Petit ($5)
I get Charlie Morton ($27) and Will (Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, MIB, I Am Legend) Smith ($5)
Is it fair?
Sounds good for you
yes but is it fair or do i need to pony up more?
Seems fair enough, try it
Grey — Thanks for the Hader blurb — agree 100%.
Seems that many closers – even the best – struggle w/ being used in non closing situations. Any thoughts from you or the Razzball team as to why.?
Yeah, it’s maddening… I’d guess bc they need to get at 100 from 0 quickly, and best way to elicit that adrenaline is a 9th inning close game
Interesting on the adrenaline thought. My take is disappointment mentally, prolly both add up to the same.
Stream Matz vs Pit tonight?
drop cooper for gresham as a bench bat or hold? Also, drop bradley or jarlin?
Drop Cooper, Jarlin
Stream Matz tonights vs Pit?
How much more leash You giving Eduardo Escobar?
He has been a baus but my trigger finger be itchy.
I’m holding still in all leagues, because what’s the option? Cycle thru Anderson, Sano types?
Flavor of the week!
Ha, yeah… But I’d hold
Happy Friday brothers,
My starting rotation is Walker Buehler, Beiber, Flaherty, Paddack, Sonny Gray, Miley with Kluber on the way.
Which of these guys should I be concerned about not pitching through fantasy playoffs? Would you feel comfortable with the core 4 of young guys or looking to add better vets?
Walker, Paddack, Kluber
Oberg or Archie Bradley?
I hope you are doing well!
I’m overlooking the Caribbean right now and that sure looks nice. I’m trying to find the next Didi or Schoop and start a new career as an agent.;-)
I have a question: My Mr. Reliable (Scherzer), is not so reliable anymore with his back. So is it time in my 12 team 5×5 keeper league to trade him. I’m in first place with a small lead and having a problem with avg and steals and i could need another starter to replace Scherzer (sort of).
This other owner has Altuve, Realmuto, and Brantley, as his main avg guys, Mallex Smith for steals and a staff with Thor, Teheran, Stroman, Castillo and Kershaw.
My 2b/mi is a combo of McMahon, Didi and Schoop .
What would you do, hold or trade and what combo would you do?
My other starters are German, Maeda, Bauer, Lucchesi, the other German and Hill and Scherzer on IR. I’m doing well in the pitching cats (obviously;-)) .
Sorry for the long post, but I’ guess stuff like that happens when you overlooking the Caribbean and the girlfriend is bringing another espresso.;-)
Thanks Sir Grey!
Bas from Holland (but now on Curacao)
Jealous! My folks have a place in Aruba, used to go all the time… Good stuff!
Unless you’re getting Altuve plus a piece I’m not trading Scherzer
I decided I need to have place here (or Aruba for that matter). Girlfriend not so sure yet..;-)
Yeah I recon Altuve, Brantley and Smith would do right? or should I ask for a pitcher as the 3rd piece?
Thanks Sir Grey!
Bas from Holland (but still on Curacao)
You gotta get one! Those islands are beautiful….
That would do
It’s Friday; let’s all pat ourselves on the back that we made it this far!
Grey, I need to drop someone to activate D. May for his start today. Below is my roster; who do I drop?
of: Trout, Y. Alvarez, Mercado
bn: H. Dozier, Kingery, K.Calhoun
DL: Gallo, D. Gordon
sp: Clevinger, Nola, Kershaw, Lucchesi, Caleb Smith, Paddack, Gallen, Dustin May (NA)
rp: Giles, Hendricks, Treinen, Leclerc, A. Bradley
*max of 3 players on DL
As always, I appreciate the help!
I figured he’d be the easy choice.
Relevant for a trade in working on, if you had to only keep 2 guys next year from the below, which 2 are you keeping?
$29 Yordan Alvarez
Have a great wknd!
I thought Cole Hamels had the best spoonerism in all of baseball. Then along came Jazz Chisholm.
Buxton or McNeil ros and possible keeper. Thanks
I’d take Buxton but i could see taking McNeil, – Buxton in a keeper
Really enjoyed the RW pod, well done sir. Love to hear you and Rudy recently on all the other pods that I listen to. Also, I’ve mentioned this in the past, but don’t remember if it was here or somewhere else… Jeff E from RW always sounds like Andy from the Office to me… and noone ever agrees with me about that.
Anywho, great article today, as always.
Ha, thanks! I’m not the biggest Office guy, I watched it once, liked it, but yeah not sure…
great write up as always Grey.
Any word on where Gallen will slot into the rotation next week for Arizona? He was a 2 start that is now showing no starts.
Thanks! I have no idea if the DBacks have made it known yet
Inciarte, Duvall, Teoscar, Thaiss, Aguilar, B-Anderson, Canha, Cooper, Winker, Tauchman, Austin Nola, Calhoun, or HaroldRam?
Pick the top three please.
For how long? A few days? Duvall, Ender, Anderson
Thanks, Grey. How about in a 14-team OBP weekly 5×5 roto, for the period starting Tuesday?
Will Smith or Garver?
Just gotta keep pulling at the scab…
Meh, I’d prolly hold Garver, but could go either way
How much do you believe in the following for 2020:
L. Arraez, G. Lux, N. Lowe
Here’s the offer as I’m rebuilding:
I trade Upton $32×3, Benintendi $1×1, Kluber $35×1 for those three above all $1×3.
Benintendi and Kluber can be retained for 25% off upcoming auction price but can’t then be dropped.
I’d wanna get more for the $1 Benintendi. I do trust Lowe and Lux to be plus MLB bats.
Agree with DT
Agreed on hader and even taylor Rogers. Multiple inning saves over the course of a season are extremely taxing and difficult to pull off. Probably not sustainable for too long either. These guys just dont get enough rest when they have to do that $hit over and over again. Do that in the playoffs if needed. These guys arent going to have anything in the tank by then. It seems like every time they are asked to go multiple innings they arent effective in the next outing unless they get 3 or 4 days rest.
Especially in some of these games they’re using them in… If there’s a multiple run lead, in the 8th, use someone else, this seems so obvious
So, some scientists at Washington State University have apparently figured out how baseballs were juiced. MLB won’t let them explain their findings. At least not yet. They said new baseballs won’t be available until 2021 at the earliest.
So says USA Today. They were under contract w/ MLB to investigate.
Steve Gardner Investigates!
Just got tickets to Greinke’s debut in Minute Maid Park, looks like he’s scheduled to face Marquez and the Rockies. Can’t wait! Free T-shirt’s!
Also didn’t see you mention this yet, but Biagini has a great spin rate on his breaking balls and hasn’t been throwing them too often. I’d expect that to change with the Stros and I’m grabbing him in all my leagues where we get holds, hoping he breaks out!
Gotcha on Biagini
Wow! Jealous… Have fun!
Just peeking at next year…14 team, mixed roto, 1 year keepers(keep 4)
How do you see these guys ranking next year compared to each other? Escobar(i believe you called him a schmohawk already for next year), Domingo, Laureano, Muncy. Do any of them stand out above the others?
I’m engaged in a 3 team battle for 1st and want to trade 1 or 2 of them. I’d just assume not trade the guys that might be better keepers for next year. Laureano is the most likely candidate to go just because of his injury(which could keep him out for 6 weeks according to what I’ve read)
They’re realtively close but I’d have Escobar at top of my list. Trade Laureano…
Meh, I’m not sure yet… I’d guess Domingo, Muncy, Escobar, but could change
Thanks guys….Grey, no Laureano?
He’s at end
Dynasty OBP league – have to pick between Adell and Kieboom. Who do you like more for 2020?
I’ll take Adell but all depends when they’re up
Agree with DT
Pineda or Mike Minor for the rest of the year? Dustin May over either? Thanks!
Pineda for me. May works if you want the home run play but much riskier…
Agree with DT
Another Trey Mancini dong! That’s 25! Put some respek on his name, Grey!
Only wish he did this last year when I owned him everywhere
2018 Trey Mancini…sigh.
Haha, I know!
Same! And then I was totally out on him this year until early April when I bought back in.
5×5 Category 10 Team Keeper League
Please rank these potential stashes for keepers for next year.
Hitters: W. Franco, G. Lux, K. Tucker, A. Riley
Pitchers: J. Luzardo, M. Manning, D. Cease, F. Montas
Thank you and have a great weekend!
Lux, Tucker, Montas, Luzardo, Manning
Agree with DT, you too!
Hey Guys, TGIF!
in 1st place in my 12 team H2H keeper league. I have excess of keepers i cant keep for next year (see below). And I could use another stud arm for the playoffs (H2H in baseball is soooo dumb, right?!?! ughh)…anyways, would you do these 2 separate deals?
I trade away: Jeff McNeil (21st round keeper next year)
I get back: deGrom (non keeper)
I trade away: Giolito (10th rd keeper) & Glasnow (11th rd keeper)
I get back: DJ LeMahieu (non keeper) & Neris (could use some extra saves)
Agree with Cram
Thanks! Would you do trade #2 too?!
Agree with others
2. is not good
But did you see Jeff McNeil’s catch, diving into the netting? Fun!
I was about to email you making sure you were still alive…
Yeah, the net catch was awesome, Put nets everywhere!
Was offered in Keeper League
M. Kepler O. Mercado Cle – for J D Martinez
M. Kepler – Austin Meadows for J D Martines
what would you do
Without more info about keeper system I’d want JD in both
Agree with DT
Vladito’s “disappointing” 20-year-old, first-half stats prorated over 162 games: 82 R, 27 HR, 96 RBI, .267 AVG.
What a fat bust!
Yeah, exactly — not a 3rd round pick in fantasy drafts this year, but far from a bust
Thanks Grey. As many times that I’ve mentioned Wheeler in a trade you’ve always taken the Wheeler side. Let’s hope he’s turned the corner. I’m thinking I can trust Vargas vs weaker teams. Would you have confidence in streaming him at home against the Chisox today. Thanks
Decent stream but wouldn’t do it in shallower roto leagues (RCL)
Agree with DT
Would you trade Wheeler and Raisel Inglesias for Paxton and Meada?
I’d want wheeler side
Thanks DT that is what i was thinking
No problem Lenny
Agree with DT
Happy Friyay! Always hate starting a pitcher after they go a complete game against a team, previously (see Bauer against DET earlier in the season) but are you starting Matz at PIT?
Stick with d’Arnaud in 11 tm roto keeper at C or pick up Mr. Smith from the Dodgers?
run – go pick up Smith
I’d go Smith in a keeper.
But I wouldn’t be shocked if the real d’Arnaud finally stood up… He’s never really had consistent ABs (other than 14 and 17), but the numbers look sustainable.
Starting Matz in H2H and deeper roto.
Grab the fresh prince.
I’m starting Matz
Agree with DT on Smith
I’m sensing some Clint Frazier hostility.
Ha, nah…Just goofin’, have no real feelings on him except the Yanks are the worst place him to ever get PT and he’s languishing in the minors
Aristides Aquino – Great name! Reminds me of a mash-up with the ancient Greek playwright/philosophe Euripides and the Age of Aquarius. There’s something there for more creative types…
Vlad – hype >> perspective >< how it feels to own him. He's been pretty much bench fodder until this week. Me thinks he's starting to click. But I've thought that before too…
This morning a local (Baltimore) sport talk show said the O's have only been favored to win by gambling houses 6 times this year. O's record in those games: 2-4. Vegas is as bad as the O's.
Jack Flaherty – #blessed
Agree on Vlad — wasn’t a great 3rd round pick
O’s — hahaha
Guy in my league trying to sell me Hader, but i’m worried he may have a poor last 2 months with the way he’s being used and all the recent blow ups. Am I overreacting?
He wants Mercado and a 2nd round pick in a 4 player keeper league with 14 teams H2H.
I have Chapman, Jansen, Diaz for closers and just grabbed shafer.
I have marte, Conforto, buxton, Eloy for OF.
I’d say you have plenty of solid closers for a 14 team league. Fair though.
Agree with others
Finalizing my play-off roster but have to move 1 pitcher to make room to receive Doolittle in a trade.
Do u trust Marquez or Neris more for ROS? I’ll cut the other 1.
Agree with DT
I’d hold. It’s hard to say what Urias’ role will be right now. He doesn’t appear to be an option to start down the stretch and I doubt that he closes games. If you’re in a holds league maybe he’s worth a shot but I’d stay put for now with your limited moves. I’d want more of a sure thing with my a #1 waiver spot.
Dynasty league, which DL stash should I drop? Heaney, Taillon or Polanco. Don’t have room for all 3.
Agree with DT
Someone just dropped julio urias. Ten team head to head. I have 11 moves left for the season. The lower end of my pitching are Yarbrough, lamet, urquidy. If I should make the move…Do I use my #1 waiver spot for him or wait it out?
Sam I’m confused. Why do you want to pick up urias? He just got crushed in a spot start giving up 6 hits in 2 innings and has no start scheduled in the near future. In a 10 team league every guy you listed there is a streamer (if and when they start).
FYI, Urquidy is likely out of a starting job for now. Astros traded for grienke and Aaron Sanchez and announced Sanchez will start for them Saturday.
There has to be better guys to own for a season long league available. How about Steven Matz or Drew Smyly?
Unless it’s an insanely deep 10 team league… Even still the only guy I like about of the 4 you posted is yarbrough, but even he isnt starting games (although he does somehow have 10 wins, think he’s had some wins awarded to him by the scorekeeper) anyway, no, you don’t need to go and pick up Urias, he’s got no value to you unless you are looking for holds.
I know Grey will answer no to this. Save those moves.
Thanks guys, matz and fried also available
Urquidy for Fried
Agree with others but you should move on from Urquidy. I’d want someone other than Urias.
Lol obv go get Fried, not even mentioned in his first comment. And Urquidy was demoted. You don’t hold demoted players in 10 team leagues in August. After adding Fried I would add Matz for Lamet.
Save your moves
Drop Eloy for Duvall? Also would you drop Luchessi?
i can see riding the hot bat in redraft but i’d probably hold. in a keeper league – no way jose. Duvall did this a few years back and then fizzles.
Hold Eloy, who would you pick up for lucchesi?
Agree with DT
Disappointed the Zobrist news wasn’t covered (as only you can). Weekend edition?
Honestly, I didn’t hear any news on him… what happened?
He found a babysitter
Ha, great news!
1. Please rate: Hendriks; Shafer; Jimenez; Doolittle; CMart.
2. Why is Gallegos being added so much in Yahoo – news about replqacing CMart?
1. Doolittle, Hendriks, cmart, Jimenez, Shafer
2. Speculation? He’s been great…
1. Agree with DT
2. He’s been great MR
Great report, the day I don’t lead with that you’re going to wonder what happened to me, right?
a. Will Smith, WUT!!! Dude is incredible. Can’t believe they didn’t immediately DFA Martin, though maybe they’ll want to abuse Martin as much as possible (three games in a row, especially a day game after playing in both ends of a double header in SF) so that Smith will be fresh for the playoffs and eventual World Series loss to Houston. Right? Smith looking like Posey 2010!
b. SON consultations aside, would you start May tonight (at home, versus SD, Eric Lauer) in a 5X5 RCL?
c. Abbot and Costello quote of the day for August 2
Keep ’em Flying, 1941
Pilot: So you guys wanted to get in the air service, huh? Well, brother, you’re in it. Get busy and taxi that plane off the field!
Abbott: You heard what he said. Taxi the plane off the field.
Costello: Taxi, taxi!
[Lou at the airport tries to hail a cab.]
Abbott: What are you doing?
Costello: Gotta get a cab to get the plane off.
Abbott: Nothing of the kind. We’ve gotta get it off.
Costello: Huh? Which way are we going?
Abbott: That way. What’s the matter?
[Lou tries to move the plane by pulling middle of the plane.]
Costello: I can’t budge it.
Abbott: Get on that wheel.
Costello: Wait a minute.
Abbott: What’s the matter?
Abbott: What are you talking about?
Costello: Ain’t you ever heard of”contact”? That means, b-r-r-r!
[Lou imitates the sound made by a propeller engine.]
Abbott: Get ahold of it. Come on.
[Lou gets behind the other wheel of the airplane but unfortunately rolls it over his foot.]
Costello: Ooh, hoo, hoo!
Abbott: What’s wrong now? What is the mat…What’s the matter? What’s the matter?
What? Oh, all right.
[Abbott finally sees the problem and rolls the plane off Lou’s foot.]
Abbott: All right, all right, all right, all right. Keep your feet from under the wheel!
End scene, poor Lou!
d. Have a nice weekend.
I think starting May depends on how many innings you have left. If you’re over max pace then I’d pass.
Best to Donkey Breath.
Yeah, I have 702 IP of the 1400 IP left. I’m going to go into full blown starting 5 pitchers a night mode soon, just as soon as the dust settles for closers ’cause I can catch 2nd even in saves.
SP – Noah, paxton, Gallen, sonny gray, giolito, may
RP – Iglesias, Kennedy, Rogers, munoz, Shafer
IL – Glasnow
Am holding onto Munoz in case they trade Yates, though that’s prolly not happening in 2019. Looks like he’ s Yates’ shadow in 2019 so he can take over in 2020.
Donkey Breath says, “hee haw”.
Definitely would start May then…
A. Dodgers didn’t/don’t need Smith — he’s just a bonus to an already stacked lineup, so they prolly just wanted to putz around with Martin for a bit
B. I am
D. You too!
Great write up as always. Where do you rate Bieber for next year against pitchers, seeing how Cole could be one, is Bieber a top 15 pitcher? Too 10? His k rate and whip are elite. We keep six total in a points league, have Bieber and buehler as keepers
I’ve been working on a top 50 SP for 2020 post and have Bieber slotted in at 12 right now.
Thanks! 12 sounds good off top of my head — I’d say anywhere from 8-15