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.

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Harley Earl
Harley Earl
3 years ago

Ryu just got put on the DL. Thanks Dodgers. Way to screw my whole season up!

Licketty Splits
Licketty Splits
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Things like that really suck for weekly lineups. Pretty tough to anticipate though. No concern for our fantasy teams.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
3 years ago

Whar are you thoughts on this trade:

I give up Luis Urias
I get: Zac Gellen

Would you offer it or hold

Dougie
Dougie
3 years ago

The streamonator isn’t a fan, but how do you feel about Matz @ pit today?

Dougie
Dougie
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Ooofff!

Kingslayer
Kingslayer
3 years ago

Why NOT put Canha in the buy? WHAT’S A MAN GOTTA DO!

Quit Yo Pitchin
Quit Yo Pitchin
3 years ago

Grey,

Please rank.

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.

Bitter Beerface
Bitter Beerface
3 years ago

Grey,

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!

Cheers

Bitter Beerface
Bitter Beerface
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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…

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
3 years ago

Grey,

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.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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…

Bitter Beerface
Bitter Beerface
3 years ago

First!

Bitter Beerface
Bitter Beerface
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

So close!

Warren Shapiro
3 years ago

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

dau
dau
3 years ago

Albombso for Greinke?

Thomas Petrone
Thomas Petrone
3 years ago

Teoscar worth a flier or Austin Nola instead?

Ivan Make Basket
Ivan Make Basket
3 years ago

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!

Lindorphins
Lindorphins
3 years ago

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

Lindorphins
Lindorphins
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

I love Eloy and drafted him early this year but that’s where I was leaning too. Thanks and have a good weekend!

Jimmy Jack James
Jimmy Jack James
3 years ago

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.

Thanks

Dan Miller
Dan Miller
3 years ago

Yordan or Kepler? Was offered one of the two for Will Smith. 5×5 12 team.

Matty
Matty
3 years ago

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?

erad
erad
3 years ago

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.

Andy Duphrane
Andy Duphrane
3 years ago

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

Sale
Bumgarner
Caleb Smith
Berrios
Mikey
Lester
Ryu

Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
3 years ago

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.

Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
Marty Jannetty_Was Set Up
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

‘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!

Laguna BobbyI
Laguna BobbyI
3 years ago

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

Laguna BobbyI
Laguna BobbyI
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

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?

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
3 years ago

Too many good catchers – please rank for ROS: D’arnauld; Vazquez; Garver; Will Smith.

RICE
RICE
3 years ago

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.

Obvious:

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)

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
3 years ago

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.

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
Reply to  Big Daddy Jeats
3 years ago

*One pickup left this week*

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
3 years ago

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?
Too Much?
Not enough?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

yes but is it fair or do i need to pony up more?

Gregg Schroeder
Gregg Schroeder
3 years ago

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.?

Gregg Schroeder
Gregg Schroeder
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Interesting on the adrenaline thought. My take is disappointment mentally, prolly both add up to the same.

chicitysox23
chicitysox23
3 years ago

Stream Matz vs Pit tonight?

CP
CP
3 years ago

drop cooper for gresham as a bench bat or hold? Also, drop bradley or jarlin?

chicitysox23
chicitysox23
3 years ago

Stream Matz tonights vs Pit?

Big Daddy Jeats
Big Daddy Jeats
Reply to  chicitysox23
3 years ago

AW yee

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
3 years ago

How much more leash You giving Eduardo Escobar?
He has been a baus but my trigger finger be itchy.

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Flavor of the week!

Keeks
Keeks
3 years ago

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?

armcurls
armcurls
3 years ago

Oberg or Archie Bradley?

Bas Hoedemakers
Bas Hoedemakers
3 years ago

Sir Grey!

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!

Best,

Bas from Holland (but now on Curacao)

Bas Hoedemakers
Bas Hoedemakers
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Sir Grey!

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)

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
3 years ago

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?

c: Realmuto
1b: Alonso
2b: Hiura
3b: Machado
ss: Bogaerts
if: Rizzo
of: Trout, Y. Alvarez, Mercado
utl: Ohtani
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
DL: Woodruff*

*max of 3 players on DL

As always, I appreciate the help!

Dancin Homer
Dancin Homer
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks Grey.

I figured he’d be the easy choice.

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

Hey Grey!

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?

$15 Voit
$36 Blackmon
$29 Yordan Alvarez
$22 Bauer
$24 Rhys
$8 Villar

Have a great wknd!

Basement Artie
Basement Artie
3 years ago

I thought Cole Hamels had the best spoonerism in all of baseball. Then along came Jazz Chisholm.

uncle ernie
uncle ernie
3 years ago

Buxton or McNeil ros and possible keeper. Thanks

WhiteRabbit
WhiteRabbit
Reply to  uncle ernie
3 years ago

I’d take Buxton but i could see taking McNeil, – Buxton in a keeper

knucks
knucks
3 years ago

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.

T Cole Anderson
T Cole Anderson
3 years ago

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.

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
3 years ago

Inciarte, Duvall, Teoscar, Thaiss, Aguilar, B-Anderson, Canha, Cooper, Winker, Tauchman, Austin Nola, Calhoun, or HaroldRam?

Pick the top three please.

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks, Grey. How about in a 14-team OBP weekly 5×5 roto, for the period starting Tuesday?

Same order?

Bryce
Bryce
3 years ago

Will Smith or Garver?

Just gotta keep pulling at the scab…

Donkey Teeth
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Reply to  Bryce
3 years ago

Smith

Twins Peaker
Twins Peaker
3 years ago

Morning.

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.

Keeper pts.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Twins Peaker
3 years ago

I’d wanna get more for the $1 Benintendi. I do trust Lowe and Lux to be plus MLB bats.

toolshed
toolshed
3 years ago

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.

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
3 years ago

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.

Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

So says USA Today. They were under contract w/ MLB to investigate.

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Huffin Gas
3 years ago

GO COUGS!

Keeks
Keeks
3 years ago

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!

Keeks
Keeks
Reply to  Keeks
3 years ago

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!

Mex
Mex
3 years ago

Good Morning,

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)

Thanks.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Mex
3 years ago

They’re realtively close but I’d have Escobar at top of my list. Trade Laureano…

Mex
Mex
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Thanks guys….Grey, no Laureano?

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
3 years ago

Dynasty OBP league – have to pick between Adell and Kieboom. Who do you like more for 2020?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Big Ticket
3 years ago

I’ll take Adell but all depends when they’re up

Arod’s Frost
Arod’s Frost
3 years ago

Pineda or Mike Minor for the rest of the year? Dustin May over either? Thanks!

Donkey Teeth
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Reply to  Arod’s Frost
3 years ago

Pineda for me. May works if you want the home run play but much riskier…

LaRockakis
3 years ago

Another Trey Mancini dong! That’s 25! Put some respek on his name, Grey!

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

2018 Trey Mancini…sigh.

LaRockakis
LaRockakis
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

Same! And then I was totally out on him this year until early April when I bought back in.

Quit Yo Pitchin
Quit Yo Pitchin
3 years ago

Grey,

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!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Quit Yo Pitchin
3 years ago

Lux, Tucker, Montas, Luzardo, Manning

Johnny Be Good
Johnny Be Good
3 years ago

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?

#1
I trade away: Jeff McNeil (21st round keeper next year)
I get back: deGrom (non keeper)

#2
I trade away: Giolito (10th rd keeper) & Glasnow (11th rd keeper)
I get back: DJ LeMahieu (non keeper) & Neris (could use some extra saves)

Thanks Boys

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Johnny Be Good
3 years ago

Definitely #1

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Johnny Be Good
3 years ago

Agree with Cram

Johnny Be Good
Johnny Be Good
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

Thanks! Would you do trade #2 too?!

Cram It
Cram It
3 years ago

But did you see Jeff McNeil’s catch, diving into the netting? Fun!

Mr Baseball
Mr Baseball
3 years ago

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

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Mr Baseball
3 years ago

Without more info about keeper system I’d want JD in both

Pousse-Pousse
Pousse-Pousse
3 years ago

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!

uncle ernie
uncle ernie
3 years ago

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

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  uncle ernie
3 years ago

Decent stream but wouldn’t do it in shallower roto leagues (RCL)

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

Would you trade Wheeler and Raisel Inglesias for Paxton and Meada?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

I’d want wheeler side

LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

Thanks DT that is what i was thinking

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  LennyDykstraIsJustMisunderstood
3 years ago

No problem Lenny

Scuffy McGee
Scuffy McGee
3 years ago

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?

WhiteRabbit
WhiteRabbit
Reply to  Scuffy McGee
3 years ago

run – go pick up Smith

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Scuffy McGee
3 years ago

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.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Scuffy McGee
3 years ago

Starting Matz in H2H and deeper roto.

Grab the fresh prince.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
3 years ago

I’m sensing some Clint Frazier hostility.

bigbear
bigbear
3 years ago

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

Thundergunn
Thundergunn
3 years ago

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.

thoughts?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Thundergunn
3 years ago

I’d say you have plenty of solid closers for a 14 team league. Fair though.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Thundergunn
3 years ago

Hold

Chud
Chud
3 years ago

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.

Thanks!

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Chud
3 years ago

Keep Marquez

Tony C
Tony C
3 years ago

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.

Scott
Scott
3 years ago

Dynasty league, which DL stash should I drop? Heaney, Taillon or Polanco. Don’t have room for all 3.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Scott
3 years ago

Heaney

Sam
Sam
3 years ago

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?

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
Reply to  Sam
3 years ago

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?

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
Reply to  Ivanmakebasket
3 years ago

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.

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
Reply to  Ivanmakebasket
3 years ago

I know Grey will answer no to this. Save those moves.

Sam
Sam
Reply to  Justin Ralph
3 years ago

Thanks guys, matz and fried also available

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Sam
3 years ago

Urquidy for Fried

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Sam
3 years ago

Agree with others but you should move on from Urquidy. I’d want someone other than Urias.

Ivanmakebasket
Ivanmakebasket
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

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.

Bax
Bax
3 years ago

Drop Eloy for Duvall? Also would you drop Luchessi?

WhiteRabbit
WhiteRabbit
Reply to  Bax
3 years ago

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.

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Bax
3 years ago

Hold Eloy, who would you pick up for lucchesi?

Manley Ramirez
Manley Ramirez
3 years ago

Disappointed the Zobrist news wasn’t covered (as only you can). Weekend edition?

Rankbot
Rankbot
Reply to  Grey
3 years ago

He found a babysitter

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
3 years ago

1. Please rate: Hendriks; Shafer; Jimenez; Doolittle; CMart.

2. Why is Gallegos being added so much in Yahoo – news about replqacing CMart?

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  Norman Ginsberg
3 years ago

1. Doolittle, Hendriks, cmart, Jimenez, Shafer
2. Speculation? He’s been great…

galica
galica
3 years ago

Grey!!!

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?

Costello: Contact!

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.

Cheers,
Ante

Donkey Teeth
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Reply to  galica
3 years ago

I think starting May depends on how many innings you have left. If you’re over max pace then I’d pass.

galica
galica
Reply to  Donkey Teeth
3 years ago

DT!!

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.

Cheers,
Ante

Donkey Teeth
Admin
Reply to  galica
3 years ago

Donkey Breath says, “hee haw”.

Definitely would start May then…

dontbichetteme
dontbichetteme
3 years ago

First!

Fungazi 2.0
Fungazi 2.0