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Charlie Morton‘s start yesterday of 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks wasn’t incredible in itself, but other than Lenny from Laverne and Shirley when he was wearing a Lone Wolf jacket and Burgess Meredith when he broke his glasses on The Twilight Zone, nothing in this world is to itself.  There’s befores and afters, causes and effects and chewy watermelon Now and Laters.  Morton has now strung together six straight starts and nine of his last ten, dropping his ERA to 3.00.  His K-rate isn’t particularly inspiring, but his walk rate is more than solid and his xFIP is 3.62, which tells us he’s not that far from a guy you start every time out.  With all of that said, I still don’t trust him for his next start vs. the Cardinals, but then he gets the Cubs and Padres, and for those two starts, I’d absolutely gamble that Morton is worth his salt.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Neil Walker – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Is it just me or does Neil Walker sound like what the nurse writes on a rehabbing person’s progress chart?

Jose Tabata – 3-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs, now hitting near .350 in the last week.  He’s hotter than the flashes his 63-year-old wife has.

Carlos Gomez – Sat out Monday with the prickly five-star general soreness, who’s still easier to talk to than Major Fatigue.

Norichika Aoki – 2-for-4, 1 run, hitting over .350 in the last week, but with no speed or power whatsoever.  Does he know people are trying to win fantasy championships here?  No, that’s not Aoki-doki!

Tyler Thornburg – 6 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  His ERA is at 2.08.  Oh.  Okay.  Wait, what?!?!  Interrobang interrobang interrobang.  Well, his xFIP is 4.84, so I wouldn’t touch Thornburg even if he were portrayed by Richard Chamberlain.

Daisuke Matsuzaka – 3 IP, 6 ER.  Dice-K, there’s way too much meat on your gyro ball.

Domonic Brown – Has mild tendinitis in his Achilles. You know what should fix this?  Putting a Trojan condom on your foot.  Has anyone tried that for Achilles problems?  I should’ve stuck with pre-med.

Cole Hamels – 7 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He’s on a lot of abandoned teams that are finishing out of the money that are making it inadvertently hard for the teams contending.  All the times you should’ve benched him in April, can’t you bench him now?

Stephen Strasburg – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks.  The Nationals limited his innings so he can pitch on the final game of the season if they’re within one game of .500.

Felix Hernandez – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. Kansas City.  King Felix didn’t have a gem in his crown with the Royals.  Bam!  Three almost puns in one sentence!  I am your ruler!  Okay, maybe I overstated that.  Rajai is your ruler, I’m merely his loyal custodian.  F-Her left with a lower back cramp, but says he’ll be fine for his next start.  Hopefully, because for the last two starts he’s been anything but fine.

Danny Duffy – 3 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners (4 BBs), 4 Ks.  Duffman must find control!  Duffman learned pitching economy from Edinson Volquez!  Duffman is a very risky start for Ks!

Alcides Escobar – 1-for-3, 1 run and 2 steals (17, 18).  For a few weeks now I’ve been saying he would get to 25 steals on the year and make his season seem better than it has been.  Yup.

Travis Wood – 7 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 3 Ks and pitchslapped by Henderson Alvarez (6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks).  In a game that sounds as riveting as the Game Show Network reruns they’re airing on Time Warner’s Showtime channels.  Divvy up your billions of dollars and give me back my Ray Donovan!

Christian Yelich – 3-for-4 and his 3rd homer.  With Wil Myers cooled off, Yelich is running with the rookie nookie freak flag.  He’s hitting near .400 in the last week with two steals and two homers in the last ten games.  Amazing how focused he can stay heading into his senior year of high school.

Coco Crisp – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer, but left yesterday’s game after fouling a ball off his shin.  I was gonna say in yesterday’s roundup that the only thing ever holding Coco back is his health.  Stupid premonitory thoughts!

Yoenis Cespedes – 2-for-4 and his 21st homer.  If he gets to 30 homers by the end of the year, there’s gonna be a lot of fantasy teams unknowingly moving from 8th to 7th place.

Derek Holland – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 1 K.  Hey, Holland, take that effort back to the…Thanks-for-nothing-lands!  Amiright?!  What?  No?  Oh.

Esmil Rogers – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Is he related to Josmil Pinto?  Yeah?  Cool.  Thought so.  This was obviously a terrific start, and I’d roll him out there in his next start vs. the Twins.  That’s more because of my confidence in the Twins being garbage than in Esmil being solid.

Brandon McCarthy – 9 IP, 4 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks.  People in leagues that count innings pitch, rejoice!

Yasiel Puig – This guy is a goof.  I’m just putting that out there.  There’s a new head case playing major league baseball and his name doesn’t rhyme with pig.  Every day there’s a new report of something with him.  Yesterday, he left the game after an awkward slide, injuring his knee.  Tomorrow, he’ll probably kidnap Dinger, the Rockies mascot.

Andre Ethier – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting near .375 in the last week with two homers and has a couple more games in Coors, then goes to Cincy.  Not two terrible parks to take a flyer on him if he’s available in your league.

Carlos Gonzalez – Sprained middle finger still bothering him and could be shut down for the year.  Grey’s big brain one, CarGo’s inability to stay healthy zero!

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-5, 1 run.  Hitter-Tron owns him because the Hitter-Tron owns every Rockie hitter and every Popular Mechanics from the last 20 years.

Josh Rutledge – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 9th steal.  How about that sleeper pick?!  So, Rutledge is back, and I’d grab him if he becomes a hot schmotato, I wouldn’t just grab him hoping he starts hitting.  Not enough time to be sitting on some hope, which sounds like a depressing fortune cookie.

Jason Castro – Out with a knee sprain; the same knee he had surgery on two years ago.  Guess who I grabbed to replace him?  Okay, try and guess after you imagine me laughing like a person who should be in an insane asylum.  Come on down, Salvador Perez!  Feel free to bring your ornate-framed pictures of your abuelita.

Chia-Jen Lo – 1 IP, 4 ER.  He entered in the ninth, but it was a tied game.  Whatever the case may be, I wouldn’t own anyone in the Astros bullpen unless I was George Bush and was trying to prove how you can’t get fooled again after getting fooled once.

Jose Altuve – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 31st steal.  Elias Sports Bureau reported that with Altuve’s steal and four hits he used as many steps as it would take to walk to the moon from the lowest point on earth.

Chris Carter – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs.  This was a Hitter-Tron call for me since last week, and we have one more day left of Carter being in a favorable matchup today as the Astros face a peg boy lefty.  Come, join me in my batty call.

Chris Colabello – 2-for-5, 5 RBIs and two homers (5, 6).  He’s showing why in Minnesota they call cola pop.

Paul Konerko – 1-for-3 and his 10th homer.  Someone should’ve stopped him when he plunged a knife into the painting of himself.

Derek Jeter – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs.  Aren’t you glad you drafted him?  Oh, wait, everyone that drafted him is playing fantasy football now.

Justin Masterson – Left his start with a sore rib cage.  He should go to Tony Roma’s, that’s a place for ribs.

Jason Kipnis – 1-for-4 and his 17th homer.  Four homers, three steals and hitting .240 since the break.  I wouldn’t say my call to sell him at the end of the 1st half looks that bad.

Bud Norris – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Have we started getting excited about playoffs yet?  Think the O’s have a chance?  Rays?  Not the Yankees again, right?  Text us your thoughts and maybe they’ll be read live after the break.  *shuffles papers*  Okay, coming up next, a blurb for Matt Wieters.

Matt Wieters – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Had it already been nine days since his last multi-hit game?  Yes, yes it had.

Chase Headley – Missed his fifth straight game with a sore lower back.  If your season is riding on Headley’s return, I’m guessing you’re playing in a 2012 throwback league.  Grab B.J. Upton too, he was great last September.

Ian Kennedy – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks in Petco.  I didn’t even look at the Stream-o-Nator for this.  Just started him because if it walks like a Hodgepadre, it’s a Hodgepadre.

Chris Archer – 3 2/3 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Archer shooting bows through your H2H hopes and dreams.  Not cool, Archer, not cool at all.

Matt Cain – Threw a 90-pitch session and is expected to start on Saturday.  Prepare to get your hopes up to have them crushed once again.  Again, that would just be a terrible fortune cookie.

Julio Teheran – Will be skipped due to the Braves having a huge division lead and Teheran’s innings mounting like your girlfriend on a mechanical bull at that place with sawdust on the floor.

Jordan Schafer – 4-for-5 and 3 steals.  That’s now 7 steals in the last week and five in the last three days.  Cheez Whiz and Ritz crackers, there’s some serious SAGNOF going on these last few weeks.  You don’t even need Zimmermania to get excited about Jordan Schafer.  Though, he did leave with lower back soreness.  Though, Part II:  Why Do They Keep Making Thoughs; it’s considered minor.

Paul Maholm – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Mess.  Pretty yawnstipating start as the Braves jumped out to a huge lead and he cruised to the Ivictory Coast and got the free room at the W.

Freddie Freeman – 2-for-5, 5 RBIs and his 18th homer.  You could abbreviate his name Fr-Fr, which the periodic table tells us is Francium-Francium, which reminds me of Corrina, Corrina, which starred Whoopi, and every game I don’t own Freeman, where he does well, makes me want to say whoopee-doo.  Coincidence?

B.J. Upton – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  Member what I said about 700 words ago about Upton having a great September last year?  Well, stranger things have happened.  Like him being unownable for the last five months.

Trevor Plouffe – 3-for-3 and his 13th homer.  Plouffe goes the dynamite!  Another one of those guys that I think can have a huge September to make his overall numbers seem a lot better.

Brian Dozier – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 16th homer.  That’s his 4th home run in the last ten games.  Yeah, I have no idea where it’s coming from, but I’d own him until it ended.

Carlos Beltran – Sat out yesterday’s game with Wainwright on the mound.  Beltran didn’t want his knees buckling in the outfield after every curve.

Yadier Molina – Left the game with wrist soreness.  His brother, Bengie, put butter on it because everything’s better with butter, but that failed to show any results.  Now Bengie’s going around saying everything’s better with butter except wrist soreness.  It’s far from pithy.

Adam Wainwright – 6 IP, 6 ER, 12 baserunners, 3 Ks.  How reassuring is it for Wainwright owners that next year I’ll be able to say he was terrific in 2013 if you throw out two starts vs. the Reds?  Not reassuring at all?  I didn’t think so.  As if you need me to say this, but it’s a really lousy time for Wainwright to be going way wrong.  I would hold, and pray for better results in his next start vs. the Pirates.

Mat Latos – 9 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks, 2.98 ERA and a 14-5 record.  This will be his fourth straight extremely solid season, or so I read between hashtags on his wife’s Twitter page.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, and 2nd in as many games.  My preseason projections of 108/23/79/.296/20 don’t look that off, but I was counting on him getting at least hundred at-bats in the two hole, and that’s not gonna happen.

Joey Votto – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer.  But only one walk?  C’mon, Joey!

Zack Cozart – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting near .400 in the last week, as he continues to hot schmotato around the field like his feces smells like Reese’s Pieces.

Tyler Flowers – Will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.  He hopes to be able to throw a curve again by next March to fantasy baseballers who think he’s going to breakout.

Marcus Semien – White Sox called him up.  Weird, usually White Sox cover up Semien.  He reminds me of a young Big FraGu.  Not a good average (.250), but 17-ish homer power and similar speed.  For now, he’s nothing but a AL-Only flyer due to playing time concerns.

Doug Fister – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. John Lackey (7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks).  Imagine there’s a crocodile hazard up ahead and two crocodiles in the hazard are labeled “Sonavabench!”  Did you maneuver Pitfall Harry over the hazard?

Miguel Cabrera – Didn’t play yesterday but supposedly put on a show in batting practice.   He’s a regular Max Patkin!

From Around The Web

  1. anchovies says:
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    oh boy…

    i’m thinking of grabbing me some sonny gray….wheeler can be dropped? somehow i still have garza hanging around, too.

    i’ve also got a shot at b. miller or eaton.

    playoffs for my h2h league start next week…so i’m looking ahead.

    drop wheeler/garza for Gray?
    would you suggest Eaton or Miller all-around ROS?

    i’m a lil’ concerned about Coco’s “bruise”.

    other possible drops for the above guys i listed: Nolasco, Nova, Peavy, Ruf…though i’m not happy to lose any of them.

    thanks! i gotta be up in 3 hours! whats wrong with me??

    • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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      @anchovies: Garza, Eaton

      • anchovies says:
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        @Jack Full O’ Hate:

        you saying drop garza for eaton?

        wheeler > gray??

        thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @anchovies: Drop Wheeler for Gray… Eaton…

  2. future11 says:
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    thoughts on the following SP (general ROS outlook, schedule, etc).. maybe can I get a rank’em?

    Sonny Grey
    Niese
    Gallardo
    Haren
    Vargas
    Miley

    Great work by everyone here!

  3. fausto says:
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    Jose Fernandez has 2 starts left. looking for a replacement esp the K’s for playoffs. Thoughts on Yusmerio Petit.. looked good in 2 starts. Not sure if he’s gonna stick when cain comes off dl but K/9 ratio looks great. Thoughts?

    • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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      @fausto: Good luck with that!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fausto: I just went over him yesterday, I wouldn’t trust Petit, you must have other options

  4. bossmanjunior says:
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    Much like you, I ran into Castro’s arms when Perez went down with an injury. Changed my Facebook status to “In a relationship” and began a torrid love affair. Well now its complicated. Im in the middle of a bye week, so should I hold Castro until we hear how long he’ll be out or beg Perez to take me back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Yeah, you have the room to hold for a few days

  5. YoHoHo says:
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    Kudos. Stating Jimenez tonight at home against Balt.? Stream-O assigns it @10 bucks. Seems mighty dubious. A solid stat would be quite helpful, but not critical.
    Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @YoHoHo: I would for Ks, could be a bad blow up…

  6. Matt Pascale says:
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    Ahh, the white sox comment made me literally lol!!

    Question, I am in second place in my league and have Mike Leake who has been terrible. Would you stick with him or look elsewhere at this point for a #4/5?

    Thanks in advance, you guys rock!

    Matt

  7. Chris says:
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    Start Nolasco @ Coors today? Would you drop any of the following for Andre Ethier or Christian Yelich:

    Avisail Garcia, Will Venable, Adam Eaton?

    Thanks Grey. You’re the man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: No way… Venable, Eaton for both

  8. Wake Up says:
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    “F-Her… with a lower back cramp”

    someone’s a Detroit hockey fan…

  9. Mazer says:
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    Is it time to drop Domonic(sad feeling)?
    redraft roto league
    Thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mazer: Yeah, it is

  10. matt says:
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    It’s all falling away from me..teams going to shit at the worst time. I haven’t posted a W in over a month. I’m falling faster than humpty fell from the wall.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @matt:

      you’ve come to the right place to take a dumpty .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @matt: That sucks

  11. Zachary G says:
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    Should I hold on to Scooter Gennet? Dude has been unreal the past month but I’ve been waiting for him to cool off. Replace him with Dozier?

  12. chunk says:
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    Sit Wacha @ CIN?

    Start Perez @OAK? SON is not liking it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chunk: I’d sit Wacha and start Perez

  13. stynyr says:
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    Gee v ATL tomorrow or Chen v DET on Sunday?

  14. The Strolg says:
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    A. ESPN’s blurb for Tulo missing yesterdays game: ‘The Rockies won’t be taking any chances with Tulowitzki over the final month, as the team doesn’t want to compromise his availability for the start of next season.’ Does this mean they plan to embalm him?
    B. Nice call on the Veras vulture save yesterday. You should have a Vulture Of The Day as your last blurb next year and see how many saves that comes up with.
    C. Ninguno
    D. Bourn is suspect!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Strolg: A HAHAHA B. Yeah, I tell people to mention it in the comments… Sometimes Prezzi does D. Agreed

      • Prezi says:
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        I was doing it until football started and my teams slowly started bleeding from the rear… Ill see what i can do over the next few days for you Strolg.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, Prezi!

          • Prezi says:
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            @Grey: no problem grey!

  15. Brett says:
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    Thanks for all your help this year. Grey & SoN = Championship!
    I have a couple of questions.
    1) Cingrani is due back (get it?) Thursday vs the Cards. Normally I wouldn’t start a guy his 1rst time off the DL but I need wins & there is a limited amount of time left in the season. Should I start him?
    2) I need every HR & SB I can get. Right now I am rolling with Matt Joyce, Dyson & Schafer mixing & matching in my two Util spots. I have Pagan, Aoki & Fowler on my bench. My problem with these guys is that their main attribute is speed but all have leg injuries. I’m about to dump one or two because I need the roster spot. I think Aoki is the 1rst to go and the other two can go if they don’t show some legs soon. Does that sound right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: No problem… 1) Ha…It’s very risky, I wouldn’t, but can’t fault you if you do 2) Yup, sounds right

  16. Slim

    Buddah Lovaz says:
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    I really didn’t need to lose Jason Castro.
    Please pick 1.
    Perez, Salty, Arencibia, M.Montero, Ruiz.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buddah Lovaz: Sorry, realize that’s confusing with Salty…I’d go Perez

      • Slim

        Buddah Lovaz says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Not to be confused with Salvia. Although similarly I’m probably hallucinating if I think Perez is gonna help. I’m holding Castro till I know something. I’m in no hurry.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, exactly

  17. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    Stick with Scooter at 2B or snatch the recently-dropped-but-not-adding-much-more-than-average-assistance-for-roto Michael Young instead?

  18. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    I’m in one of those meaningless weeks before the playoffs, so I’m just trying to get the roster right without blowing things up. Worried about CarGom. Seems like Avisail would be the right replacement for a dude like that should Carlos decide to run into a giant beer can to catch a ball, right?

    Also, I was thinking about whipping out Dickey for the playoffs, but since I’ve also got Wood, I’m not sure whether I need to get Semien going as well. Thoughts?

    (Sorry. Had to be done!)

  19. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Howdy, Grey. 12 team AL Only and the top 5 spots are all constantly in flux. We have limited roster moves and barring a DL trip or demotion I only have one left. Which 2 of Erasmo, Duffy, Straily, and Hellickson would you roll with ROS ? It’s pretty much like asking if you want to be kicked in the nuts face to face or from the back, I realize.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clyde Prompto: Straily, Erasmo… They’re not really ROS options

  20. Arevus says:
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    You starting homer tonight vs cards?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Arevus: In some leagues, I would

  21. Bernie Brewer says:
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    With Castro down, should I go with Ruiz, Napoli, or Wieters?

    Thanks!

  22. Boy Wonder says:
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    Brad Miller or Jed Lowrie for this week and ROS. Also, what to do about Jason Castro? Carlos Ruiz is available. But I’m down to $5 FA dollars. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Boy Wonder: Lowrie…I’d wait a day to see Castro’s injury report

      • Boy Wonder says:
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        @Grey: I dropped Danny Duffy for Ruiz instead of Castro. Yea, I’m going to wait and see on Castro. That boy is good.. I hope he can still help me with my playoff push.

        Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes sense, no problem

  23. Frank White says:
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    Sup Grey… Hey I just picked up brad miller for Altuve and now Altuve starts hitting. mistake or no??

  24. kyle says:
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    Worth dropping Khris Davis or Adam Eaton for Yelich?

    • kyle says:
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      @kyle: or possible J. Schafer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kyle: Davis…

  25. Frank White says:
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    I start my playoff game next week, Is Venable still a guy to hold onto for the next 2 weeks??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Frank White: Possibly not, depends who’s available

  26. chillmodious says:
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    Good morning Grey…

    I’m locked in some tight H2H playoff battles and the likes of Chris Archer/Danny Duffy did me no favors yesterday.

    1. For today, would you throw Jason Vargas (vs. TB, SON $10.7); or Edwin Jackson (vs. MIA, SON $13.4); or Bruce Chen (vs. SEA, SON $9.7); or none of the above?

    2. For tomorrow, would you throw Halladay (vs. Wash, SON $11.2)?

    Thanks, dude.

  27. Brooklyn Bomber says:
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    I was rosterbating last night and got Semien all over my team. Do you have a tissue or something?

      • Sixto Lezcano says:
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        @Grey: @Brooklyn Bomber: Sensational! I propose an end-of-season column tying all of these names together. It feels like there’s been an unusual amount of them this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… It can be written by Gosh Johnson

  28. Jay says:
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    ok so i’ve reached the point where i have 150 IP left to the limit. I have three SPs slated to go today

    Gio @ PHI
    HOmer vs STL
    Erasmo @ KC

    SON has all but Erasmo as a decent start but I’m thinking aboput benching all three. Any a must start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: I’d start Gio

  29. GR says:
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    Hi Grey
    In a 20 Team League Rd one of Play-offs. Opponent has 10 starts to my 6. I have Porcello but don’t want to start him against the RedSox Wednesday Night…Would you take a chance on starting Redmond in Arizona? I read you Startapalozza post and Redmond in the ‘on the fence’ Teir 3…Just looking for a little extra advice…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GR: I’d take the chance with Redmond

      • GR says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey…he’s in!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  30. Chris. says:
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    Short: Start Matt Moore?

    Long: The SoN has some hot circuits for him, but do you go right back to Matt Moore – on the road – in the first week of fantasy playoffs?

    • Chris. says:
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      @Chris.:

      PS – Some ESPN goodness: lists Matt Moore as being on the DL, as being the Probable Starter, and elaborates with “No recent news available.” On it!

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Chris.: After today’s games lock, and not a moment before, the blurb will change to note his ERA and WHIP and tell you to “Get him back in your lineups.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris.: I’d bench him

  31. playoffs says:
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    in the first round of my league’s playoffs (2 2-week rounds), leading as of now in most offensive categories with a week to go.
    Drop brandon belt to pick up BJ Upton? Drop Mark Reynolds for Upton?
    I’ve picked him up and dropped him several times this year thinking he was turning the corner and it’s usually a stressful experience

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @playoffs: I’d go with Upton over Reynolds

  32. Splendid Sphincter says:
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    Miggy Cabrera. What do I do? Help, it’s the semi finals of our league. Right now I’ve got Kendrys Morales in there for him.

      • Splendid Sphincter says:
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        @Grey: what about dropping Middlebrooks for Belt?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would

  33. mhfella says:
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    Hey there. Start Buehrle at AZ on 9/4.? His away record not so hot ERA-wise and I’m locked in a really tight battle there. Would hate to give back hard-earned ERA points. Don’t need Ks or Ws. Same question Ryu at CIN on 9/6. Or do I just relax, stop overmanaging, and start both. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mhfella: I’d start Ryu not Buehrle

  34. Harris says:
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    From the NY Post….”Howie Rose (Mets radio voice) calls of recently added slower-than-the-DMV-line Daisuke Matsuzaka. Once the catcher calls for the gyroball, one has time to find a gyro stand, purchase a gyro,eat it, then return to one’s seat before Matsuzaka throws it.”

  35. Chris says:
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    I’ve got Jon Niese starting Saturday @ Cle (Salazar). Should I try to get Marco Estrado off waivers for his start @ Chi. Cubs (Rusin). I’d drop Niese to get him. Which of the two is the better option for the next two weeks (playoffs)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: I’d go with Estrada

  36. ryan says:
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    Got to drop one: Niese, Holland, Kuroda, Estrada. Niese and Estrada have better matchups throughout the fantasy playoffs.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryan: I don’t know the matchups, but I’ll say Niese

  37. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    I do have a real question though. Sonny Gray is out there, and I’m wondering whether it’s worth it to drop one of Leonys, Moss, Avisail or De Aza to get him. Thoughts?

      • Sixto Lezcano says:
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        @Grey: Nice! Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  38. Hondo says:
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    Eff.Cakewalk this week,bye next week.

    I wish I did drugs,this would be the perfect time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  39. Jay says:
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    A little early but where do you foresee Liriano on your pitcher rankings for next year. Is he a better keeper than Wainwright , Matt Moore, or Hamels?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see him being better than Moore… Probably bottom of the top 20…

  40. To Punt or not to punt says:
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    Grey,
    I’m in first place and have the bye week. The guy who is 2nd also has a bye and dropped his releivers and is punting saves for playoffs. We are in a H2H 10-team keeper (keep 12) and the stats are: 9 hitting stats and 8 pitching stats :W/CG/SV/K/GIDP/ERA/WHIP/QS
    I currently have Kimbrel/Chapman/Rivera.
    My question is should I drop Rivera to grab a starter, and rock just the 2 RP’s (as their good enough)
    Also, please rank these available SP’s : Lohse, Estrada, Niese, Ross, Salazar, E.Ramirez, Duffy, Masterson, Vogelsong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure… I’d go with the starters that have the best matchups, which I don’t know… Strictly on merit, I’d go Masterson if he’s not badly injured…

      • To Punt or not to punt says:
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        Ok, I should have mentioned we have a limited number of moves (I have 6 left)and if Masterson is hurt, …. would you say Estrada ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is it possible to wait for a Masterson injury report? Might be until tomorrow…

          • To Punt or not to punt says:
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            For sure I can wait, truth is I already have Lohse, so I have the potential for droping Lohse and Rivera and picking up Materson(if not hurt) and a second guy if need be

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Okay, I’d sit tight for a day

              • To Punt or not to punt says:
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                Thanks Grey

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  41. jro says:
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    Got a problem brewing, got playoff matchup next week looks like I know who I will be playing in a h2h 10 5×5

    Ive got cingrani and kluber coming back so I need to drop 2 players. The guy im playing has 4 closers so im thinking go with 4 closers as well but here is the list of arms i can cut. I have no bat bench so no one to cut there.

    SP latos teheran homer, niese, archer, parker shark e santana kluber cingrani
    RP farquhar papelbon jansen Frieri(he has had great turnaround)

    Who gives me best shot to win next week and beyond?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should be in the above guy’s league… I’d lose Ervin and Archer as of right now, but I’d wait until the last possible moment this weekend to see injury reports for some of these guys…

  42. Jim Holzgen says:
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    I was in first place most of the year in my league but have been slipping lately and want to get ready for the playoffs. Last week to add someone. Any suggestions in pitching? The rookies seem to be fading Here’s my staff: Scherzer, S. Miller, Corbin, T. Wood, Salazar, Zimmerman, Ryu, Romo, Melancon, Mujica.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can lose Wood…No idea who to add…

  43. fausto says:
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    thx for talking me out of petit…you guys rule…another quick question. need to replace J. Castro, W. Ramos or Sal Perez? cant really afford to wait, im in 2nd and 1st place team is choking. Not concerned about avg. just r,hr,rbi. Whats my move at C?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez

  44. Black & White says:
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    This would be a slightly huge pain, but a column with some under-the-radar pitchers who will have favorable matchups for fantasy playoffs would be HUGE.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      With rotations always shifting in September, with guys getting called up and shut down, I think it would be impossible further than a day or two in advance….

  45. AJ says:
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    Drop Scootet for Alcides or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold unless I needed steals, then I’d make the move

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: only steal guys i have are Bourn, Leonys and i guess Pence lol…would you add him with that crew?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I would if I needed steals to catch the next guy in the standings…

  46. Red Barons says:
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    standard 5×5 roto:
    Bonifacio hit waivers. Should I pick him up for B. Miller, Gardner, Trumbo, or hold?
    I am way ahead in R (by 64) and RBI (by 82) with a comfortable lead in HR (by 17) and need to hold a .279 AVG, but I am competing in SB (down by 5 with two people 4 behind me).
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Miller for him

  47. Al Bundy says:
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    Nolasco’s last start – 8 IP/11 K’s. So tempted to start him. Freaking stupid Coors.

    Better move to drop him and stream for an injured batter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stream for a batter, I wouldn’t start him in Coors

      • Al Bundy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Apricot Juice in STL. Is he a start or sit?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d start him in some leagues…It’s very risky though

  48. anchovies says:
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    when i dropped Gee a month ago, i kicked myself. is he a good pickup going forward for the next few weeks?

    if not:
    Nolasco
    Wacha
    Perez
    ——–
    Dyson
    Yelich
    Eric Young
    Arenado
    Ackley
    Belt
    Miller

    alright…i swear, i’m done.

    for the day.

    thanks again, your advice is always appreciated.

    dave

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dyson or Gee is apples and oranges (or any pitcher or hitter), depends on needs… I’d go Gee over those starters, but I’d also go by matchup now…

      • anchovies says:
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        @Grey:

        yeah, i need to downsize my questions. its a h2h league and gearing up for the playoffs…i guess cut out the batters and the need is on QS, ERA, WHIP and K’s.

        pitching has been the weak spot with injuries, though Kluber and Moore are coming back i dont think i’ll start either this week and don’t know what to expect from them next week. i’d hate to lose a pitcher who could help out thats hanging on the wire.

        i could just be overthinking things, too. at least it’s not a catcher question, eh? eh?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Gee then for right now, but I’d be looking at matchups for pitchers..

  49. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I don’t know what’s more exhausting coming into the home stretch, managing my teams or following the daily postings. I feel I have put this much time into it that I should see it to the end, but damn grey, I can barely formulate a fantasy relevant thought, it goes…..blink, blink, blink, drool, scratch head, shake head, punch keyboard, then repeat

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s about matchups and time is now mentality… Two solid starts is better from a non-ace than one terrible start from an ace… Follow the light… Insert other new agey sentiment…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Every sunrise is priceless and you can experience the richness that life holds only when you live life to the fullest instead of just being an onlooker…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Henry Thoreau couldn’t have said it better to a frog in his pond…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and say fuck you life and call it a dumb muthafucker and other hard names; do not say what the fuck are you looking at frog, I will fucking kill you you fucking toad fucker…~Thoreau, On Walden Pond

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Is that from the Cliff Notes?

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: You know that’s all we read…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s the first question on our tests…Is this quote from the Cliff Notes?

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Wake Up: Cliff is a great author, he really should try to mix up the covers of his books. Wasn’t the guy from Cheers based on him?

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Jack Full of Hate: I thought Cliff’s Notes was Jimmy Cliff’s recap of books the he “read”

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Wake Up:

              There’s something so quaint and gentile about the language of old American letters…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @OaktownSteve: hahaha…I guess they call them Massholes for a reason…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey: I was expecting some hard core Jersey straight talk from you

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          This is a kindler, gentler Grey, who has rallied from way back to be within breathing distance of winning my RCL… Honestly, the guys who are in the top ten overall should all get their own column on the site…Damn, they’re really lucky or really good…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: did you check out the first place team yet? I have to say he is good…not lucky…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, he’s putting on a show… Very on top of things…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey: Those articles may open with only listen to Grey 33% of the time and all the Razzball tools are only usable 25% of the time

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha…I imagine they do, but it’s what 33% and 25% of the time?

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: exactly, My article would start something like this: Don’t draft a guy who gets injured, slumps or has a mother die this season. Be sure to draft breakout starts that make no sense in the huge jump and if you can’t be following MLB 24/7 grab two really really good closers that will blow less than 3 saves. Now go dig out a crystal ball because obviously we all have one, put it in your hand and bash your skull in because this is all a dream and you better start investing in four leaf clover and three legged rabbits.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HAHA… It’s a good start!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: Does that mean I get to do a January Jack?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: *hump thrusts at computer monitor*

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Is that how you pickup Marcus Seimen?

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate: Run to daylight!

          Smash the first colour you see that isn’t ours.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate: I hear you…it’s grind time…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Wake Up: can’t stop swearing at BJ

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate:

      I drafted so poorly on offense I’m now streaming 10 players a day in my RCL league. In a total dog fight in that league.

      By the way, does ESPN have a tie breaker for RCL. I didn’t see one in the rules section. Or if it’s 102 to 102 that’s just a tie.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Me too, I hate my offense like Prezzi hates bathing

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate:

          I’m enjoying the streaming but it’s tricky finding time to get it done and days with one or two early games scheduled are particularly dodgy.

          Somehow yesterday I went .409 (20/49)/10/2/15/4

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @OaktownSteve: I hate you for doing it because I can’t, it’s not your fault, I have issues

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Prezi: HAHAHA, you ready for football buddy?

            • Prezi says:
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              @Jack Full of Hate: yep doing my final draft tonight! Did the RCL last night.. got dougie fresh 3rd overall and pretty much blew the rest… Of course yahoo grades me a B in my worst draft! Haha

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Prezi: we should hav3e a good time in mine, draft day was a blast, wish we had more frequent commentors in there

                • Prezi says:
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                  @Jack Full of Hate: no doubt! Me and Shake N Bacon were bs’n the whole draft pretty much in the rcl. Cool cat.. should pencil him in for next years draft.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Prezi: damn, i never talk to him. He did hit me up for the frequent commentor league next year and he passed the test

                    • Prezi says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: yeah i seen that! Now if we could just get Grey and SteveNZ to join…

    • anchovies says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate:

      if thats in regards to my post…it was 4 am and i’ve seen much worse. granted, it was garbled…but gaaahdamn. tough crowd, doo. you the new security guard?

      i can get intranet-ugly, too. (thanks for your reply, though)

      • Prezi says:
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        @anchovies: i dont think that was anything related to you. Your question was not that bad… See: Gareth.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @anchovies: I don’t even know who you are, but none of this has to do with you are any commenter to be truthful, this was a rant of the grind of being addicted to fantasy baseball and Razzball, it’s like having a heroin and shopping addiction

  50. AJ says:
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    Drop Taijuan for Gray For ROS or are they both streamers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      More or less streamers… I’d prefer Gray…

  51. Todd25 says:
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    Yo Grey
    my Shorty hasn’t been putting out (hey-o) and i’m looking to move on, pick up some hot schmotato filly at the waiver…
    who you like out these that are available:
    Dosier, Cozart, Gennett

    maybe there’s a glossary term in there, a “Prude” – SS that doesnt put out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scooter… I’m all ears on a term…

  52. Wake Up says:
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    My actual fortune cookie from a couple of weeks ago…”People who believe in hell deserve it”

    to be fair…I did order the ex-istential lo mein…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Wake Up:

      I got one once that said: “You will be respected by your pears.” No mention of other fruits.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @OaktownSteve: et tu fruitist…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Wake Up:

          Is it my fault the peaches are mouthy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA… You should’ve went with the Peking into your soul duck…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: HA! Next time…

  53. dsg says:
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    Play any of these SP today:

    Colon vs TEX
    Lester vs DET
    Bailey vs STL

    thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In some leagues, I’d play all of them… None are good…Colon is the safest…

  54. frankgrimes says:
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    any word how long Castro out. only two moves left in that league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There will be word in a few hours…

  55. Anyone starting Nolasco in COL?

    Normally would never think of it, but under in innings (by 30) and his last two starts were lights out….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t go near him in that start, not worth it…

  56. Prezi says:
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    PacRod looking at a save opp tonight because kenley has gone 3 straight. Same with doolittle… Cook and balfour have pitched in 3 of 4. Casey Jansen has gone 3 of 4 as well, but the save guy is up to you… Delebar? Cecil? Santos? I dunno…

    Visit next week on Shituational Saves, where we feed madams skittles through a straw!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Hope you’re right on Paco since I have him…

      • Prezi says:
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        @Grey: yeah figured alot of razzers already have him.. no trust for doolittle? I dont blame you… Definite appearance if a save pops up tho. Cook and balfour are worked..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Doolittle’s not a bad gamble, I just don’t have the room for him right now…

          • Prezi says:
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            @Grey: i gotcha!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Doolittle’s velocity came back up all of a sudden from 92-93 to 95-96 and he started getting guys out again.

            I think Balfour is available tonight.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks for the heads up! Yeah, I’d imagine Balfour would be their first go-to guy…

            • Prezi says:
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              @OaktownSteve: hes pitched four of the last 5. We will see… Im sure he’ll just pump his chest and scream… Should get him going enough.

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Prezi:

                He has pitched a lot but his day off was on Sunday and this is the Rangers so they are likely going to go to him.

                • Prezi says:
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                  @OaktownSteve: yeah,this is crunch time, i sure wouldnt be surprised if he goes. But hopefully it wont even come down to that and we win by more than 3! Give the man some rest..

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Prezi:

                    word

  57. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Grey, you didn’t start a Football RCL. I’m disappointed. I even asked Yahoo to add players back from when mustaches were cool so you could feel comfortable. You know, the Tom Selleck days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Regular fantasy football is too cool, I need nerdier, so I drafted Mark Duper and Mark Clayton in my classic fantasy football league…

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grey: Not a bad start. I assume this league only starts Marks. Is Rypien still available?

  58. Mariner Mike says:
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    Playing this week for fun,already locked up first place, next week a bye. My question is my offense is streaky many 260 hitting home run hitters, I have moves I can make to pick up some reasonable streamers Morton, Alex Wood, and Niese. Do you think it’s a good idea to have a stable of pitchers to stream the hell of in my playoff week. My starters are Kershaw,Sherzer, Corbin, and Sonny Parker (lost Harvey shit). I hope this question makes some sense,sometimes I don’t. Thank you for your thoughts this year been invaluable. Offense just unreliable.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s a good idea to have a bunch of streamers available if you need them…

      • Mariner Mike says:
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        @Grey: Thanks a lot for the reply Grey and your help this year almost time for spring training(ha,ha) football bleh at best.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Mariner Mike says:
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      @Mariner Mike: Also have Nova,Miley, and Nolasco. To many pitchers? NO offensive help on waivers!!

  59. Mariner Mike says:
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    One more question do you like A. Wood,Morton, Niese, Duffy, Cole ,or Ross as streamers maybe pick two. Once again thank you Grey!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Niese, Ross at home, Morton

  60. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Gah! Monitoring the lineups and almost my whole IF–Bonifacio, Hanley (in Coors!) and Alvarez–are on the bench. Looks like my shiny new Yelich is going back to waivers for another batty call (already dumped an RP for Rutledge). Provided they’re both starting, you like Arenado in Coors v Nolasco, or Chavez in ARI v Redmond? Hitter-Tron prefers Chavez, and given its stiffy for Coors hitters that’s saying something.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Chavez there

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Grey: Sumbitch! Rutledge and Chavez both on the bench too. Step right up, Arenado and Cozart!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There ya go!

  61. zombie says:
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    Can’t believe that Yelich is making me look bad for dropping him in favor of Wil Myers. Waitresses have got to still be bringing him a coloring book and crayons. I thought that I needed an OF with some hair on his chest for a deep playoff run. When Kemp is ready would you recommend dropping Myers, Rizzo, or Aramis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Myers

  62. jro says:
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    Last SP pickup im able to make this week in cbs points semi final playoff matchu(pressure lol)
    Win pretty darn important , pick top 2 thanks

    Haren v Mia v Jfer
    Chen v CWS
    Kluber v Mets
    Gray V Hou

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haren, Gray

      • JRO says:
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        @Grey: Straily now available, him over gray or haren?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t

  63. OaktownSteve says:
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    Here’s an odd comment: I like Ryan Sweeney and Brian Bogusevic tonight.

    There’s a lot of quality pitching going tonight. Not a lot of push over match ups. Kind of expecting low scoring all over.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was looking at Bogusevic… Want an odder comment? I might drop Domonic Brown for him…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        7 for 31 with no homers in his last 15 and nursing a gimpy giddy up. No time to wait on a guy like that.

        Hope the wind is blowing out in Chicago. Might short stack with Sweeny, Bogusevic and Valbuena.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I know, up until today I’ve been able to bench him but today I think I need to lose him…

    • Big Magoo

      Big Magoo says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Here’s another head-scratcher: I’m starting Todd Helton in multiple leagues tonight.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Big Magoo:

        I had Helton ready to roll before his two homer game and I went with Moreland I think instead. I’ve used him a few times.

        He’s had 8 homers and 32 RBIs in 160 home ABs this year. Pretty good production rate.

        • Big Magoo

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          @OaktownSteve: Yeah, the streamer pickins are pretty meager tonight. When in doubt, anyone starting in Coors is worth looking into.

  64. MB says:
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    Given he has been terrible against lefties, would you start coco over schierholtz, rajai or de aza today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Rajai

  65. Teddy Heater says:
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    Grey,
    I’m locked into the 1 seed so they next 2 weeks mean nothing, but because Grilli is back today I’m in a bit of quandary. Hold Melancon in case Grilli isn’t given the job immediately or Drop Melancon and add Cingrani for the DL spot??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for a few days to see how things shake out…

  66. SteveNZ says:
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    Anyone interested in a support circle for Jason Vargas?

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Me and the SON are here already.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’m with Martin Perez who the SON doesn’t like at all…

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: I don’t feel real goods about Vargas, but the Rays have been execrable on this trip so figure he’s worth a shot.

          And you have to feel good about a pitcher that has Trout on his team.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, agreed, I don’t think it’s a terrible stream… Rays either have a huge game or look like the worst offense in the majors…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @SteveNZ: torn…I have him going in the RCL and vs me in H2H…

  67. Burt Macklin says:
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    Are any of Alex Wood, Dillon Gee or A.J. Griffin worth a drop for Kluber or Cingrani (or both)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood for Kluber

      • JRO says:
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        @Grey: Kluber going to start next week correct this week maybe 3-4 inn? Why over Cingrani because he ay end up out of rotation in week or 2?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Neither are good right now… I didn’t know Kluber was only going 3-4 IP when I said him over Cingrani, or at least don’t think I did… I’d go whichever one will start first… I have no hopes for either…

  68. Oz says:
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    WTF! Are my pitchers all menstruating women cuz they’re all lined up on 2 days. I have 9 starters going today (I can start 5 SP and 3 RP)… So today I’m starting Lester, Bailey, Tillman, Colon, Miley, Medlan, Wacha, Erasmo with Cosart on the bench. Just me luck… I’m getting that sinking feeling I’m gonna lose, I wish I could brush Grey’s mustaché for good luck. Right decision to sit Cosart over Bailey/till/colon/miley? Since Wacha/medlan/erasmo have SP/RP eligibility I can put them in RP and start them anyway.
    H2h, points, 10 team league, rd 1 of playoffs (2 weeks long).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can, brush away… Yeah, sit Cosart

  69. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend that involved far less traveling than mine did. Time to get serious and knuckle down for the home stretch here.

    Good luck against Rudy in the Experts League, Grey. Looks like that one is going to come down to the wire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, I’m fighting with all I got for every one of you…

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: You guys have a side bet going? Loser has to entertain the other’s in-laws? Wash and wax your car?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, bragging rights…Ain’t that enough?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I would be surprised if the producers of the show didn’t give all of them coke… You should Google: Krissi from Masterchef and twitter… She’s a real prize…

              • frankgrimes says:
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                @Grey: it was pretty obvious that krissy broad would be like that. I always assume these TV wannabes are all whack jobs in some way.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I didn’t expect her to be out and out racist though…

              • frankgrimes says:
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                @Grey: Berry was on Stern promoting that piece of crap he calls a book. He said he co wrote Crocodile Dundee 3 but that actor dude wanted all the credit. Were you his co-writer? You guys had falling out that’s why you dislike him.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I dislike him because he’s a tool…

                  • frankgrimes says:
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                    @Grey: haha so true Ive listened to stern forever he can make anyone interesting but struggled with him.
                    I wanted to read your book but couldn’t find it on pirate bay.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Grimey!

  70. Wake Up says:
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    Any idea why Viciendo hasn’t been playing?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      White Sox wanted some Semien?

      • Prezi says:
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        @Grey: thats prolly gonna leave a stain…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Prezi: no stain…that’s what the white sox are for but it does leave a refreshing aroma…at least that’s what my friend told me…he lives in Canada…uh…with my girlfriend…go Paco!

          • Prezi says:
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            @Wake Up: just sern your girlfriend when i was passing by the store the other day… She said hellOOOOOOOOOO.

            • Wake Up says:
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              @Prezi: That’s right…chunks blew her!

              • Prezi says:
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                @Wake Up: nooo, she blew chunks!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: I’m practicing for my slow pitch softball league…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Slow pitch is for girls…I like girls fast pitch softball…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: girls fast pitch is for more girls…try your dish-soft hands at some field hockey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Too butchy for me, pal!

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: try football? they’re always hugging…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I prefer a good booty pat…

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: timing is too good….from my sister…you gotta try jacko traveler bicurious…realized that she meant jacko traveler by curious…looked it up and they have a mustache haiku contest…http://travelerbeer.com/

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, man, they have a mustache with a bi-monocle…That’s still a monocle, right?

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: hahahahhahahaha!!!!

        • Prezi says:
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          @Wake Up: you toss it up, ill hit it out the park!

  71. danny almonte says:
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    Man, Cargo is playing with my emotions! Ive been mentally preparing myself for not having him ROS, and now he’s activated mainly for defense and pinch running?? What the hell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, it’s bonkers

  72. bossmanjunior says:
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    Heads up, Kluber isn’t starting against the Mets, just coming in long relief during Kazmir’s start Friday, then rejoining the rotation.should either get Royals at home or White Sox away. Read a few comments asking about his start against the Mets.

    Grey, hold A. Wood for his start @MIA or drop for Morton vCHC? Or just hold and see how their next starts go before my playoffs? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up! Hold for now

  73. SteveNZ says:
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    Still no sign of Billy Hamilton. Reckon they will wait until this STL series is out of the way before giving him a shot??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could be… He might only see pinch running opps…Plus, the guys in front of him are hitting right now…

  74. Alex says:
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    Morton over arroyo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  75. goodfold2 says:
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    bench 2 today, but can’t be both the SS’s. Miller/aybar/gyorko/parra/chavez. Hitter T loves chavez and hates aybar.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko and Chavez

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: probably due to both being bad lately, as Tron has those 2 as the highest. plus aybar/miller had big days yesterday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, isn’t Chavez sitting today?

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: probably, but good news is, parra plays at same time, so util’s set, I meant Tron loved Chavez’s situation, and gyorko.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @goodfold2: chavez is sitting

  76. OaktownSteve says:
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    The six 7 EDT start games have produced all of 6 runs in about 23 innings. Could be a pretty brutal day for fantasy offenses.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, watching the Mets game and listening to Darling talk about travel days…

  77. goodfold2 says:
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    complete game watch, scherzer only threw 43 pitches through 4 innings. they’re making a lot of early contact. 1 infield single so far.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s definitely cruising so far

  78. goodfold2 says:
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    thus far medlen/scherzer/bailey has brought my era/whip back from Lo town.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  79. goodfold2 says:
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    i’m guessing if yelich stays at the 3 hole and keeps hitting/stealing like lately, he’s more useful than parra and I can get yelich back. I had him from time he came up till last week, his counting stats/steals/homers weren’t much, and then even his average fell a lot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  80. SteveNZ says:
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    1-13 in the RCL *sobs*

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: 2-14. Chris ‘Clarence’ Carter be strokin’

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You came along with me on the ride, huh? Yup, nice!

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: Yeah. My h2h opponent has him too which isn’t so nice, but not a lot riding on the week – I’m confirmed in the playoffs, just a matter of whether I finish 3rd of 4th.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Sounds like a positive for Carter’s homer…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I’m briefly in 1st place in the RCL, woohoo!

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Grey: cool

  81. goodfold2 says:
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    who’s the drop if
    cole @TEX and ROS is vs and @ CUBS and CIN and possibly vsSD
    torres vsMIA,vsSF,@CIN,vsMIL
    erasmo vsTB, @STL,@DET,vsKC
    i’ll be picking up torres in a half second, need to know which of these others to drop.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: harder to project Cole’s ROS, he could get that vsSD, but probably won’t and will likely get either 1 or against CUBS and/or CIN. Erasmo’s ROS is terrible after the vs TB start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Erasmo

  82. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Hamilton pinch running

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @VinWins: Stole second. Poor throw by Yadi.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Damn, gotta turn that on…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice! Just watched the replay…

  83. goodfold2 says:
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    HAMILTON!. on my bench, however he might get my bailey a win.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome

    • frankgrimes says:
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      @goodfold2: nice he is on my bench too tho grrr

  84. SteveNZ says:
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    Christ, nothing going right. Benched Boni in H2H cos he wasn’t starting. Of course he comes in and steals a base. Same with Hamilton in the RCL.

    Terrible hitting days in both leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Here comes a Siegrist vulture win…Pray with me…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Not my thing, but I’m hoping like fuck, I’ll say that much.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ll hope with you… Not really my thing either

  85. Red Barons says:
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    Sonavabench on Bailey twice in a row!

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Red Barons: you didn’t notice him mess up the cardinals last time, and he’s better at home.

      • Red Barons says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: After April every time he was totally dominant his next outing was questionable at best. And this time it was against the Cards so I figured the pattern would continue. Oh well, I need to be diligent with my innings anyway so I’m being picky.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn…

  86. SteveNZ says:
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    Bogusevic! Did you start him, Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I went with a MR since I had a full roster…

  87. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    here’s phil coke to blast up another 2 scherzer runs. damn, should’ve just yanked him after 7.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  88. AJ says:
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    Looks like EYJ is turning it on!! Drop Leonys for EY, specially since Leonys is getting days off..also just seen Chris Ownings is getting called up.. And Gibson is saying ” He’s going to fit in there somewhere, sometime, some way, somehow.”..sounds like playing time to me!! Worth a pick up? Would drop scooter for him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold Scooter, you can go to Young over Martin…

  89. SteveNZ says:
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    1/16 in H2H, 3/26 in RCL.

    Not to mention Chris fucking Perez. There’s about 10 days’ worth of great pitching down the toilet right there.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, you need those 3 points back for RBIs

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Tell me about it, though I’ve been stick on a 5 for weeks.

            Effing Prince needs to get his giant arse into gear…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that’s gonna be where you need to mosey…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Gah, just been caught in Saves too.

                It’s all going wrong! *screams into pillow*

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Dah!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Arrrgggghhhh – Cuddyer caught stealing!

                    My team has been visited by the regression fairies!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha… I hate that, bad time for that too

  90. AJ says:
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    Yelich heating up…good pick up to bench Rizzo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: coo thanks ..would you say Rizzo and say Myers droppable at this point?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

          • AJ says:
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            @Grey: coo cuz their stats are looking Ugly..specially Myers…super bummer

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, just in a slump, better now than next year

              • AJ says:
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                @Grey: yea that’s for true…but with so many hot bats available now is the time that’s for sure ….looks like Dozier must be giving Plouffe some of that good stuff that Coco shipped to them cuz hes starting to hit some bombs too!!!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

  91. SteveNZ says:
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    Rajai!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA…What a goof!

  92. SteveNZ says:
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    Look at Sal Perez set up the save opp for Holland!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe… Yup!

  93. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    either ARI is just bad lately (esmil looked good yesterday) or todd redmond is having 2 legitimately good starts in a row. I AM NOT USING him again, however.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Redmond looks solid right now, ARI is struggling too though…

  94. SteveNZ says:
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    Fuck you too Jennings. You do nothing for weeks, and then have to do something against my streamer.

    Wanker.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Oh FFS. All turning to shit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vargas, huh? Yup…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, he got out of it pretty sweet though.

        This is one of those days, that even when your guys get on base, they do so as the result of an error.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Honestly, not sure how I have four homers on my RCL, not much offense today… #notsohumblebrag

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Neil Walker – been great recently. Not on the day when I pick him up, though.

  95. ashtray says:
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    Travis Wood yesterday and Miley today. Looks like it’s going to be a good week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • ashtray says:
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        @Grey: Henderson chipping in with some solid work as well. So angry.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ugh

  96. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    grey, you were right to dodge vargas, no matter how good he had been lately.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I didn’t trust him

  97. royce! says:
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    Only two days into the h2h week and I’m stressed out about next week — when the playoffs start — because my team is doing too well this week and I don’t want them to burn out. So ridiculous. Owning Jay Bruce for the playoffs has messed up my brain.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Everything’s coming up roses right now for me in the RCL, hoping I can carry it for 3 weeks… Might be tough…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Nice! I’d love to be in your position, but this year the roto league tanked, so I’m stuck with the nail-biting aggravation of h2h.

        Something just moved you back into first by 1.5 points as I was typing the above. Tight race!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I got a Melancon save… We’re jammed up in about five categories…

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: Whoa, this is just like the Super Bowl…which is the only occasion on which I permit myself free reign over the onion dip…so I guess I’ll be eating onion dip all month! Go Razzball Grey!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Let them eat onion dip!

  98. SteveNZ says:
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    Here’s Paco – though he might get a shot at closing…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, here comes Paco….Hopefully, he stays in the game

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No save there, dah

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: This is one of those days when you get the feeling that maybe it’s not meant to be.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Luckily, there’s another 3 weeks to tantalize you into maybe it can be…

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: Lost .03 in ERA today. Perez and Paco.

          (And Vargas, but at least he gets to clean up after himself).

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, the Paco thing makes me want to drop him… Nothing worse than a MR coming in and doing nothing but earned runs

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: That’s .05 down in ERA today.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Damn

  99. SteveNZ says:
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    There’s not a scale been invented that can measure how fucked off I am with Rutledge right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He did that as some kind of karmic retribution at me, sorry you got in the way

  100. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    RUTLEDGE, use yr crook eyes while following.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: oh SHIT! It was off paco, who let 2 on with no outs. damn.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, exactly

  101. SteveNZ says:
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    And now Glen Perkins in H2H. And with two outs. Fuck this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: thank god for bailey/scherzer/medlen/m.perez saving my stats from my Lo/Perkins bullpen.

  102. SteveNZ says:
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    Worst day ever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds it… Have a beer with lunch, it’ll all be better…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Brothers trying to make it worse.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I know, why is he freakin’ in this game?

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: Ticker shock!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Holy crap! Serious case of it there… I was went from bawling about my ERA to, “Oh, well, some WHIP nonsense.”

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: And 2 Ks. Need every one of those.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, wasn’t awful, but I hope he come back from that tomorrow…Was so unnecessary…

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @Grey: And there’s a steal from Arenado on my bench. To go with the one from Hamilton.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Damn, why didn’t you have a Coors field hitting Arenado in there?

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @Grey: Tough to fit him in. Can’t really start him ahead of Zimm at 3B or Goldy at CI.

                      And I have Pagan at Util who has two hits and a steal anyway – and the rest of my OF (where I could put Pagan instead) is J-Up, Venable, Choo, Carter and Cuddyer…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Gotcha

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      a) have a snickers , Steve
      or ,
      b) go on vacation\and try not to swear in front of the kids .

  103. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    dammit perkins!

  104. AJ says:
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    Mitch Moreland hit another HR today…him or Yelich?? Both looking good..also thoughts on Pagan..good pick up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich… Forget Pagan

  105. SteveNZ says:
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    Might as well put it on a fucking tee, Vargas. You idiot.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: And there’s a WHIP point lost. 2.74 WHIP today.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: grey warned us streamers. thank god my opp has miley in that league.

  106. chisox22 says:
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    10 team espn h2h. Cain is on waiver wire, should I drop haren for cain or not?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  107. SteveNZ says:
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    Would like Perez to get the hook here and for Scheppers to take over…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m fine with that…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Eh, the Hold opp’s gone now, thanks to Rios.

        I imagine he’ll come in and get blasted now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          As long as Perez doesn’t… I’m in first!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: I’m trying to share your joy, I really am…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn, that Vargas start really hurt…Sorry about that… I think I tried to warn you away…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Yeah, but I need to keep my starts ticking over, and the Rays had been so shitty lately…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, they’re a tough team to gauge…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: In the interests of full disclosure, I should probably point out that I’m in first in the Hippo keeper…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, nice! You never mentioned that… Awesome…

  108. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    All Perkins had to do was not hit Brett Wallace and it was game over. Two outs, none on, and a dude with a .469 OPS and 1.8% BB rate and 49.1% K rate versus lefties. Literally all he had to do was not hit him and it was an out.

    I don’t know what’s more aggravating. Watching Perkins shit the bed or dealing with that shit while my fiance is watching the fucking Bad Girls Club. Would I be in the right if I decided to throw our TV out the window?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA… Sounds bloody awful…

  109. goodfold2 says:
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    is posey hurt, he was yanked in tie game, but no word yet that i can find? I’m playing against him this week, so that could be good. Opp would have to play Buck, HA. FACT!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t heard anything either…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        ring finger

  110. Swat290 says:
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    Need a SS for this week and the playoffs. Gennet or Lowrie?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowrie

  111. Reno 911 says:
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    H2H playoff game next week. No matter who my opponent is, I’ll be at a disadvantage for starts. I have four slots to fill, and can’t afford any start to be too crappy, or I’m dead. Which four?

    Hamels@WAS, F-Her@StL, Iwakuma@StL, Lackey vs NYY, Gray@MIN, Niese vs WAS, Shields@CLE, Mujica w/ six home games (Kimbrel is my closer, but we can go w/ two).

    I know you should dance w/ who brung you, but both F-Her and Iwakuma @ StL scare me. I’m thinking Hamels, Shields, Lackey and ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those three and Mujica

      • Reno 911 says:
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        Thanks. That’s how I had it set, but had a lot of decent options I wanted to run by you.

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