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The other day I talked about the dark underbelly of roster expansion and how, due to teams not DL’ing their players, it can actually hurt us in this thing we call life.  Well, some of us call it fantasy baseball instead of life.  Some of the less obsessed of us.  To those people, I ptooey in your direction.  If you’re not completely obsessed over your hobby, let me say this… Get a new hobby!  The national pastime’s pastime?  Maybe if you’re a stutterer!  This shizz is more like the national pastime’s full-time, 24/7 job like taking care of your uncle who has been lying on your sofa for a month because your aunt started dating a guy she met on Tinder!  “Uncle Frank, maybe you put on sweatpants so I can have company.”  No, Uncle Frank won’t put on sweatpants, just like you won’t have company until you find another first baseman to replace Anthony Rizzo.  Uncle Frank is comfortable in his gotchies!  Are you kapeeshing me?  So, Rizzo has a muscle strain, and the Cubs said they would DL him if the rosters hadn’t expanded, but instead they’re going to let Anthony Rizzo slice garlic really thin — so thin it melts when it hits the pan — while he whittles away the year on the bench.  Sadly, you have to move on to another first baseman in redraft leagues.  You can’t count on him the rest of the season.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Masahiro Tanaka – After throwing, he’s feeling fine.  Only he sung it like Jay Bennett.

Shane Greene – 2 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  The Regression Fairies bucket list includes having sex with Anderson Cooper, they can quote scenes from Kissing Jessica Stein and they will take your ratios and vomit down their neck.

Martin Prado – 2-for-3 and his 5th homer, but left with a hamstring injury.  If Prado’s shut down, they’re gonna have to move Guernica.

Joe Kelly – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA on Red Sox at 3.89, and 4.13 overall.  Kelly looks at home in Boston.  Must be comforting with 12,000 other Kellys.

Xander Bogaerts – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  I didn’t want Bogaerts on any team this year, and I knew he wasn’t doing great, but I wasn’t sure how awful.  He’s hitting .231 with two steals and hideous counting stats.  Yikes.  Sounds like I’m gonna have to like him next year!

Daniel Nava – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Not bad…If this were April 12th.

Mookie Betts – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 4th homer.  He’s also taken his rightful place towards the top of the Sawx lineup.  He reminds me a bit of Arismendy — so that’s an Arisreminder? — only Betts doesn’t strike out in the on-deck circle.

Coco Crisp – A’s hope Crisp returns by this weekend.  The A’s are simultaneously hoping his neck is better and Adam Dunn doesn’t hear his name is Coco Crisp and eats him.

Sonny Gray – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 3.25.  Right about now, I’d kinda like to see Sonny drive into a toll booth.

James Paxton – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA up to 1.91.  Yup, I’d own him in your league.  Yup, yours too.  And yours… Well, that’s NL-Only, so no.

Austin Jackson – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 15th steal, hitting near-.350 in the last week.  Austin’s doing a lot better recently than the food trucks did in Austin in The Great Food Truck Race.  Tyler Florence makes me want to Hulk smash my TV, but I can’t stop watching it.  Not to mention, I’m friends with one of the food truck operators.  I’m embarrassed to say which one.  Let’s just say, yee haw.

Jay Bruce – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 15th homer.  What do we owe this honor?  Was it good karma because I left 15.4% tip on a $12 bill?  Watch Bruce hit ten homers in the next three weeks and save your H2H season.  Or do nothing for the next three weeks.  Either are as likely.

Mat Latos – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 3.46.  Dallas Latos had her hands full on Twitter last night.  See, she was trying to get someone to leak some photos of her.

J.J. Hardy – Didn’t start yesterday due to lower back spasms.  He told the doctor, “What a spazz!”  And the doctor said, “Hardy har har.”  They’re really yukking it up!

Jonathan Schoop – 1-for-3 and his 13th homer.  Hush now, Schoop, I’ll talk all about you in December with my sleepers.

C.J. Wilson – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Flake free, my ass.  It’s the Astros.  The K-Solo’s of the major leagues.  Strikeout or solo homer.  You let them rally on you with four straight hits?  Woebegone and we be gone to another starter.

Jose Altuve – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (7) and legs (50).  If you only drafted 2nd basemen six feet and under, you had a 50/50 chance of scoring.  Those odds change if you tried drafting Rogers Hornsby and other dead 2nd basemen.

Robbie Grossman – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  You let Robbie effin’ Grossman beat you, C.J. Wilson.  The star of The Chosen!  Pitiful.

Kennys Vargas – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his– No, that’s not right.  His’s 5th homer.  That looks wrong.  Hisses?  Nah.  I know!  It’s their fifth homer.  That’s it.

Tyler Flowers – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 11th and 12th homers and batting behind him was Marcus Semien (1-for-5, 1 run).  That’s right, Flowers opened the door every time for Semien to get a shot.

Juan Lagares – 4-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 8th and 9th steals.  Now has five steals in the last five games.  Before the Mets game was over, I went to pick up Lagares.  Of course, he wasn’t there anymore, but I suggest you go check your waiver wire.  Hot schmotato alert!

David Wright – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs.  Can’t keep a good man down.  Wright isn’t that good man.  I was reading a fortune cookie.  Add ‘in bed’ at your own risk.

Travis d’Arnaud – 3-for-4.  Hmm, okay, so the entire Mets team is hot.  I’d be wary of Mayans for the next few days.

Jon Niese – 6 IP, 6 ER vs. Marlins.  Mets fans everywhere were holding their nose, and it wasn’t a crack on Niese.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 35th homer.  Only one more to go!

Brad Penny – 3 IP, 4 ER.  It would’ve been a visualization of the entire Marlins organization, if during the game a unicorn would’ve puked on Penny.

Christian Yelich – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Call that man an Uber, he’s too young to drive the ball like that!

Justin Upton – Left yesterday’s game with a left triceps contusion.  That’s medical bingo-bango for a Charley horse.

Kyle Kendrick – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA down to 4.77 vs. the Braves.  To paraphrase Del the Funkee Homosapien, “Maybe this was just my upbringing perhaps, but I was taught that your bats shouldn’t take seven day naps.”  Somebody please wave some smelling salts under the Braves bats.

Carlos Ruiz – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Braves took umbrage to his home run trot.  Ruiz stopped at each base, took a Social Studies test, failed and did the pee-pee dance to the next base.  Maybe he’s taking too much Adderall.

Ben Revere – 2-for-5, 1 run and two steals (41, 42), hitting .311.  On the fo’really, how did I own him for 120 ABs and only get 6 steals?  You owned him for the wrong 120 ABs.  It was rhetorical, Random Italicized Voice.  The Oracle from The Matrix?  Forget it.

Mike Minor – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Slightly yawnstipating start where he should’ve dominated.  Guess it’s better than him getting mollywhopped in good matchups as he was doing the first few months.

Kolten Wong – Didn’t start again due to his neck.  Wong, quit playing games with my heart.  My heart!  That’s not me quoting the Backstreet Boys, that’s me quoting Christian Slater in the movie where he had a baboon heart.

Michael Wacha – Returning to the rotation on Thursday.  Returning to the rotation on Thursday!  Hmm, not sure why the balloons didn’t fall from the ceiling.  Perhaps they know that Wacha’s not ready to throw anywhere near a full game.  Such smart balloons.  Wacha might throw 50+ pitches on Thursday, then get to 75 pitches the time after.  He’s essentially rehabbing in the majors, because the minor league season ended.

Adam Wainwright – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Looks more like an arm on life support than a dead arm.  Since I don’t own him, can we get Michael Jackson’s doctor to look at it?

Gregory Polanco – 0-for-1 as he was recalled from Triple-A and didn’t start.  Better to up your sleeper value for next year.  Stay on the bench for three weeks!

Starling Marte – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  That’s to go along with 25 steals.  He is batting 7th though.  I know what you’re thinking, his batting average must be awful.  Actually, it’s .273.  So, better still, what’s Clint Hurdle thinking?  He needs Andrew Lambo batting 2nd?  Or he thinks of the two-hole and he needs to fill it with crap?

Jordy Mercer – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer.  Not particularly flashy.  Not especially good.  The best Major League Jordy?  You bet your sweet ass!

Carlos Gomez – Shut down for a week due to his wrist.  See what I said about Rizzo.  Okay, take that and subtract two weeks and add a snarky comment about CarGo’s.  Unlike Rizzo, the Brewers are playing for something.  Yes, it seems like they’re playing their way out of the playoffs, but that’s something.  So, Gomez might only be sidelined for ten to twelve days.  It’s still not great and I could see moving on in some leagues.

Starlin Castro – Left yesterday’s game with a sprained ankle and will undergo an MRI.  He injured himself tripping over his droopy eyelid.

Jake Arrieta – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  It’s time for everyone’s favorite program that I enjoy more than everyone else:  What has Arrieta done on my team?  In 86 1/3 IP, he has a 2.40 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 92 Ks.  Prettttay, prettttay good.

Arismendy Alcantara – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.  Only 12 months away from glory, Cubs fans!  Uh-oh, I just jinxed them, didn’t I?

Jorge Soler – 1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI.  The real question at this point is can anyone get him out?  Short answer is no.  Long answer is noooooooooooooooo.

Yovani Gallardo – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 3.43.  As Rhett Miller would say, starting YoGa is like long division.

Derek Holland – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Really hard for me to recommend him right now.  The Stream-o-Nator doesn’t mind his next start, but let’s break it down with some common sense.  The Rangers are Danny Trejo ugly, Holland is bound to be rusty and he can’t grow a respectable mustache.  The pros:  maybe he’s well rested having missed the entire season.  Meh, it’s risky.

Alex Rios – 3-for-4 and his 17th steal.  That makes up for five months of hell.  Are you glad, Alex Rios?  You’ve made me feel like I’m dating Chris Brown and am scared to criticize you.

Jarrod Dyson – 0-for-1, 1 run and 3 steals.  I’m not even sure how one steals three bases with an 0-for-1, and I’d prefer if no one told me.  I want to think it was a Little League-type situation where he pointed and screamed, “Ice cream truck,” and then ran around the bases.

J.D. Martinez – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer, tying Miggy.  J.D.’s also hitting for a better average than Cabrera.  Are we witnessing a player coming of age, a star mitzvah?  I wouldn’t mail him a $36 check just yet.

Kyle Lobstein – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Wow, 10 Ks.  Good ol’ Lobstein was playing possum like one of those great Asian ping pong players from the 70’s that Nixon enjoyed.  In reality — no, not reality! — he throws 89 MPH and is not a great strikeout threat.  The Stream-o-Nator hates him and I agree.

Carlos Carrasco – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners, 10 Ks.  What was it, 10-K night in Cleveland?  I guess better than Drew Carey night.  Unlike The Stein of Lob, I do trust Carrasco, and would own him.

Carlos Santana – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .230.  Due to people who hate batting average drains, I bet Santana comes at a nice discount next year.  And, regarding nothing in particular, I just texted Cougs “ten minutes” and it autocorrected to “ten Mitres,” I can only imagine it meant multiple Sergio Mitres.  My autocorrect is a fantasy baller!

Cody Allen – 1/3 IP, 3 ER and his 2nd appearance in a row allowing runs.  Prolly means nothing, except many tears for his owners.  I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t pick up Bryan Shaw just in case Allen’s recent struggles mean something.

A.J. Pollock – 0-for-4 as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “How many Pollocks does it take to tell you to put him in your lineup?” and was immediately sent for sensitivity training for the 2nd time in a month.

Odrisamer Despaigne – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Wade Miley (7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks).  In a matchup of I Should’ve Streamed Him vs. I Should’ve Streamed Him, it ended just liked it started — with two no decisions.

Cory Spangenberg – Hit his first homer, a pinch-hit number to win the game.  Spangenberg is living up to his name, which is German for pleasuring yourself.

Adam LaRoche – Sat out yesterday due to his sore back and might miss a few games.  His dad called him to say, “I know an eephus, I don’t know no doofus, get on the field!”  Tough love, from Papa LaRoche.

Bryce Harper – 1-for-4 and his 11th homer and third in three games.  Don’t get too excited because at any moment he could run through a wall like the Kool-Aid Man.  Oh, yeah.

Clayton Kershaw – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Gonna be fun to watch Mattingly throw Kershaw and Greinke on two days rest for the entire month of October.

Yasiel Puig – Sat yesterday for Joc Pederson (1-for-3).  I don’t think this means the Puig’s up.  I think Joc’s going to bounce around to give everyone a breather.  Hopefully, he’s not like that office floater who stole your job.  *pats my heart, points to you*  I won’t forget.

Juan Uribe – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer, as he hits near-.450 in the last week.  Hot schmotato alert!

Michael Morse – Diagnosed with a strained oblique.  Well, actually the Giants said two days ago it was his hip, but when teams can’t figure out what’s wrong with someone they say it’s the oblique.  The injury catch-all.

Buster Posey – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Having himself a solid season, but the Giants were in Coors last night, so the more surprising thing was Pablo Sandoval going 0-for-5 as the Giants scored 12 runs.  Ticker tease!

Andrew Susac – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Susac seems to go 3-for-5 in every game he’s in.  In only 20 games, he has 3 homers and is batting .288.  Love to see Posey moved to 1st base full-time next year and Susac get the starting job.  Could be a huge deep league surprise next year.  Well, less a surprise after I just said it.

DJ LeMahieu – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  French DJs are by and large terrible and this one isn’t any different.

R.A. Dickey – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.92.  R.A. Dickey?  No.  R.A. That Useful?  Not really either.

Jose Reyes – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Big day for Mets and ex-Mets alike.  Yesterday, even Lenny Dykstra didn’t wake up sweating about having the nickname Nails in prison.

Jeremy Hellickson – 3 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  Looks like he’s finally got his stuff back.

Desmond Jennings – Still out due to his bum knee.  Evan Gattis said, “That’s not a bum knee, THIS IS A BUM KNEE!”  Then Gattis revealed moldy string cheese wrapped around his knee.

  1. J-FOH says:
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    Step away from the MI sleeper post!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Mac Dre dictates MI sleeper posts to me from a phone in prison… Can’t refuse that…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: He’s dead so you’ve been talking to a ghost writer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm…Maybe that’s where I’ve been going wrong

          • Carnac says:
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            The obit said cause of death was “brief illness” rather than “three months of Brad Miller”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Mac Dre was the one that was pushing Miller!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: all failed future sleepers will now be blamed on Mac Dre. More MI More problems

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s all his fault, what I’ve been sayin’.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: then let it be known that from here on out all failed MI sleeper posts are Mac Dre the ghost writers fault

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He’s ghost riding my MIs!

  2. gareth says:
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    2 games into this homestand at progressive field. 2 ugly losses for the Indians. Ugh.

    Highlight of my day was walking alongside the king of sagnof for about a minute and restraining the urge to shout Sagnof! at him, or genuflect in his presence.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: what was wrong with an all hail the King?

    • Lville Jim says:
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      @gareth: Being a fellow tribe fan, gotta love how they sucker you in with good play in KC then come home and kick you in the nuts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: That was your one chance for glory

  3. gordon shumway says:
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    With only a few more fantasy starts left, is it time to drop Sonny Gray?

    • gordon shumway says:
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      @gordon shumway: and… hahaha.. the K-Solos of the major leagues!

    • ashtray says:
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      @gordon shumway: I was thinking about it too. He has a two start week next week @ CWS @SEA and his numbers are better on the road. Then home vs PHI.

  4. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Nice write-up, man! With the plethora of all these oblique strains, don’t you think it’s high time that someone found the cure? Wait for it…..

    The Obtuse relief!!!

    By-the-by, sat Latos this week for his two-start because I didn’t like his matchups. How ’bout them apples?

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Ha, thanks! Nice on Latos… Don’t drag too loud, others prolly didn’t…

  5. The Animal says:
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    Who would you roll with (I can choose 6) until Sunday in a espn h2h standard league:
    H.Pence
    A.Gordon
    S.Marte
    W.Myers
    D.Stubbs
    J.Soler
    J.Lagares

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @The Animal: Lagares would be the odd man out for me.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @The Animal: Lagares would be the odd man out for me.

      • Toe Knee says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: It would be odd if you said it again

      • Shoe Gum Reynolds says:
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        @ivebeenupthreedaysstraight: Better tell that blonde knuckle dragger her Neanderthal roots are showing.

        • @Grey, @Shoe Gum Reynolds, @ashtray, @JeF With 1 F, @doesthisevenfuckingworktojustlistpeople?slashihateatsigns: bah! it’s like Dhalsim’s superslutty sister who stuck around the fam long enough to learn go-go-gadget arms instead of all the cool yoga fire stuff. probably doesn’t even visit for thanksgiving or anything.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            She’s like the Ganesha of trophy model girls

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, street sign spinners better watch out…

        • @Grey: also, did i miss the music pun lede or is it just not there? also, some baseball stuff: i benched bruce yesterday and he knocked a granny off o’day… and i started o’day. hey-zeus [expletive deleted] christ.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I don’t think there was a pun there…. Damn, that sucks about Bruce… Effin’ Bruce…

            • @Grey: typical. should have dropped him to avoid this altogether but i just… can’t… do… it…!!!! now he’ll hit enough to make me want to start him again but go 0-fer-whatever every day i do. and every jack he hits is when he’s on my bench and always against a pitcher i started… and the three-foot-arm-babe is holding some sharpie sign that says “my Bruce brings all the balls to the yard.”

              just because i’m bent on a glossary term: “catch-32!”

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Damned if you do and damned if Bruce do… Ain’t that the case? Not feeling catch-32, not strapped to my chair and can’t feel my computer screen, just not feelin’ it…

                • @Grey: one of these days you’ll really be needing a star-wars-theme glossary term… or something that otherwise speaks to the sleep deprived. until then i’m satisfied that any ideas i have are just about mediocre. at the end of the day yr all a fucking dojo of literary chops, so i’m not too beat up about my bad inventions… Pynchon!

                  • Grey

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                    Pynchon for life!

                    • @Grey: “…as if it were the rainbow, and they it’s children.” almost sounds like he was writing about a home run.

                      do you also recommend good books on this internet blog?

                    • Grey

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                      I’m currently reading The Making Of The Atomic Bomb, pretty solid, gotta wade through some physics stuff…

  6. tokyofantasy says:
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    Time to cut ties with Baez? He has been slumping bad as of late.

    Replace him with Jose Ramirez, Asdrubal Cabrera, Arismendy, or Alcides Escobar ? Appreaciate if you can rank them in order.

    Need SB more than anything else nowadays. OBP would help too. Thanks…

    • Eddie says:
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      @tokyofantasy: I’d go with Alcides. Quietly a very solid year.

      • tokyofantasy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Got him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  7. SteveNZ says:
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    You can accuse me of watching too many highlights and not enough actual baseball (and you’d be right) to have any kind of valid opinion, but if I’m a hitter facing Kershaw right now and I get a hit, I’m probably entitled to think I’ve had a pretty good day. It’s kind of a shock when anyone does *anything* against him.

    Re: the Sonny blurb, I was channel surfing the other night and happened upon The Godfather. and at what point did I tune in? Yup…

    • Hawk says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      You’re spot on despite your self-admitted lack of attention. It seems like Kershaw throws a 1 hit shutout every time out!

    • Cram It says:
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      @SteveNZ: Seriously, I would love to see a team try to bunt the shit out of him every at bat. Can’t go any worse!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SteveNZ: Every night he throws, I expect to see a 3-hit, shutout

  8. Matt says:
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    Deep league need some steals to replace CarGo, who ya recommend? (6×6 obp roto)

    Enciarte
    Dyson
    Lagares
    Gentry

    • Hawk says:
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      @Matt:

      Legares is the hot schmotato. Just don’t let him get too cold on your roster – be prepared to cut as soon as you see one or two 0-4’s

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @Matt: if you just need steals, it’s Dyson. Sorry Rajai, there’s a new king of sagnof in town. All this dude does is run

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Lagares

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey: Dyson or Lagaras rest of the season? Definitely need steals (as Gordon has been cold) and to a lesser extent, avg and obp

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lagares

  9. Just Make Pitch says:
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    Time to cut ties with Kazmir? In the midst of a two-week H2H playoff matchup and contemplating dumping Kazmir for Stroman. Stroman also has three starts (@TB, v. CHC, v. TB) during my two-week playoff matchup while Kazmir only has two (v. HOU, @ CWS).

    • Hawk says:
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      @Just Make Pitch:

      2 of Stroman’s last 4 starts were uuuuugly. He’s 10-15 innings past his previous high. His most recent start was very good but it was against the Red Sox who are drawing dead, ifyaknowhatimean.

      Before that Sox game, he looked like he was out of gas. I’d try to find another option.

  10. JP says:
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    I’ve got 2 playoff teams led by Rizzo and CarGomez. Both keeper leagues, so I can’t even drop them. It was a dominating year, all for naught. I’m resisting the urge to go all Nancy Kerrigan. I’ll just wallow in self-pity for a few days and then try to re-immerse myself back into real life. (But real life kinda sucks cos I’m a Padres fan.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JP: That sucks

  11. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    On average a strawberry has 200 seeds on it.

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: I pick mine off before I eat them

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Phil of the Future: REALLY? And here I was thinking you were a cherry picker. Huh!

        Cheers,
        Ante

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Phil of the Future: I push them all to the inside of the strawberry

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Strawberry Shortcake’s friends thought it was lice

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Ha ha..do you have any sisters? I have two and they both watched that show.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, only child… Never saw it, but was aware of it…

  12. Wilson says:
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    Gee … I put Bruce & Vargas on the bench and start Myers & Sandoval today…

    Hi Grey, with Rizzo’s injury and today’s performance, how do you rank them (Bruce, Vargas, Myers, Sandoval) for ROS? Thanks,

    • Wilson says:
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      for UTIL spot, Rizzo’s back up soltion, thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Vargas, Sandoval, Bruce

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, two more questions

        1. Trumbo or Vargas for ROS?
        2. No expectation on Myers for ROS?

        Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Vargas… 2. Not really, flyer at this point

          • Wilson says:
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            @Grey: Got it. Thanks.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: One more question

        Sandoval or Seager for ROS? thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seager

  13. Oppo Taco says:
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    Betts or bonafacio over Wong? I need steals to maintain first place.

    • Oppo Taco says:
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      Nvm, I keep forgetting betts doesn’t carry 2b eligibility. Fine to go bone face over Wong? Dyson is also on waivers as well

  14. kevinmac says:
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    MR. DOBALINA MR. BOB DOBALINA MR. DOBALINA MR. BOB DOBALINA

    • nick the dick says:
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      @kevinmac: you really make me sick with your fraudulent behavior

  15. Aaron says:
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    “…Or he thinks of the two-hole and he needs to fill it with crap?”

    roflmao… CLASSIC.. one of the best lines of the year!!! Thank you again for the awesome blog, sir.

    • Shoe Gum Reynolds says:
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      @Aaron: Agreed. That was a belly laugh. The subtle bitch slap of Helickson was a beauty too.

  16. CJ when is the car when Sonny drove them both into a toll booth..

    I cut CJ last week for some Soler power…Happy camper here…CJ who??

  17. papasmurf says:
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    Since the end of May, it’s been more gray than sunny. With the innings piling up, OAK terrible, and him putting up crooked numbers every outing, I literally was one click away from dropping him for Miguel Gonzalez last night. I ended up punting someone else, but the next cut is gonna be Gray: Basically the righthanded Kazmir.

    Top 3 teams separated by half a point… between him and Price’s effort vs. NYY, they really went diarrhea on my team’s chances.

    Had a choice between Duda and Fowler for one spot. Gut said Fowler (strong home and batting righty splits, and Duda more Dude Ugh! than Dude Ah! lately), but I could not bring myself to sit Duda vs. Penny… Boy so many chances for me to smurf things up now.

  18. DancinHomer says:
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    Damn expanded rosters. Now, Rizzo’s probably a lost cause, but at least I can slide Pujols into my 1B slot. However, I now could use a better bat in my IF/UTL slots. The problem is that we are only allowed 3 moves per week (used 1 already) and I could use some SP-streaming help as well. In a 12-team, redraft, 6×6 (OPS) league. My roster:

    C: Gomes
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Gordon
    SS: Segura
    3B: Longo
    IF: Singleton (yeah, I know..)
    OF: Trout, Bautista, Solier
    UTL: Pagan
    BN: Ozuna, Rizzo
    DL: Springer

    SP: Kluber, Gray, Cobb, Ventura, Wheeler, Odorizzi, Liriano, DeGromm, W. Peralta
    RP: Perkins, Allen, Feliz
    DL: Tanaka

    Best FA’s out there:
    Alcantara
    Betts
    Lagares
    G. Blanco
    Dunn
    Flores

    Few notable Streamers:
    Miguel Gonzales
    Collmenter
    Nuño

    So, if you had to pick 2, who would you grab?

    Thanks I advance

    • papasmurf says:
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      @DancinHomer: Miguel Gonzalez and Collmenter, IF your league allows starting the same-day pickups. Both pitch today with favorable matchups.

      I like Miguel Gonzalez especially. He is on a winning team with a good offense and pen backing him.

      I am streaming him today. Fingers crossed. If he pitches well, I may keep him over Sonny Gray.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DancinHomer: Arismendy over Segura, or Betts if he has the eligibility… Agree with Papa Smurf

  19. Chris says:
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    Hey Grey,
    With Wilson sucking and Rizzo not on the DL, should I drop Wilson and go lighter on the SP, and add Kenny Vargas?

    Thanks

  20. Slowly Panik'ing says:
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    Deep keeper SS to pick up while waiting for Castro news: Panik, Jose Ramirez, Dilson

    could stand to make up some ground in RBI and OBP

  21. JeF With 1 F says:
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    If Betts is SS eligible in your league then i’d grab Betts over Segura. If hes not id move dee to short and pick up Arismendy for 2nd.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: This was for dancing homer

      • DancinHomer says:
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        @JeF With 1 F:

        thank you. He is ss eligible, so I’ll pick him up.

        As for the streamer; I was thinking Nuno tomorrow @ SD. woudl he be your choice as well?

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @DancinHomer: If you need to strem someone i would go with what S.O.N. says…none of them are great options

  22. The Strolg says:
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    The Regression Fairies also love movies with gladiators in them and Turkish prisons!

    p.s. as a former lifelong Cub fan, I know you can’t curse the Cubs unless you root for them, sorry.

  23. Grant says:
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    Am I crazy to want to keep Alcantara for next year over Adam Jones. We have a 14 team keep 2 hitters and a pitcher format. I will keep Goldy from this year as well. My MI just always is a super crap. This year I had Segura and Miller to start the year.

    • Five-On-One says:
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      @Grant: Yes, crazy. And not in a good way. Just buy / draft Alcantara in next year’s auction / draft. He will certainly be cheaper than Jones.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Grant: Put the pipe down…put your hands behind your back and step away from the computer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grant: Yup, crazy

    • Cosart Sucks says:
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      @Grant: this barely seems serious.

  24. J says:
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    Hey Grey,

    a) Currently have:
    Neil Walker as a 2B/MI/IF
    Jordan Schafer as my lone bench bat

    Options on the wire include:
    Valbuena, Gyorko, Arismendy
    Pearce, Lagares, Ajax

    Make any swaps?

    b) Best bet for holds down the stretch:
    Neshek, Andrew Miller, Kelvin Herrera, Jordan Walden

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J: Lagares over Schafer… Neshek

  25. HomerW.Bush says:
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    About to lose my damn mind. Just traded for Rizzo three weeks ago. Also have Little Los Gomez. Fighting for my life in H2H playoffs semifinal and have a MORAL CONNUNDRUM (bear with me):
    5/keepers.
    Trade deadline passed.
    Rizzo out for the year with all the roster considerations as seen above.
    Free agent auction setup with moves processing daily at 11:00am.
    Idea: collude with non-playoff owner to simultaneously drop Rizzo and Sandoval at 10:55. Pickup each in a “on the down low” trade.
    I feel dirty about this. I thougt about it. I feel less dirty.
    Opinions?

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @HomerW.Bush: Use Einstein’s theory on this subject. The only thing that is important is the goal. Everything in-between is irrelevant.

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Five-On-One says:
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      @HomerW.Bush: Strongly disagree with Ante. If the trade deadline has passed, teams should not trade, whether expressly or on the down low. If this were to occur in any of my leagues, I would throw a freakin’ tantrum.

    • Cram It says:
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      @HomerW.Bush: Yeah any collusion is not cool. If I was in your league and I knew you personally, I would kick your ass. If you were in my league, and I didn’t know you, I would find where you lived, then kick your ass. That said, you’re not, so you just have my opinion.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @HomerW.Bush: You Slut!!

    • DelgadoDelFingeredIt says:
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      @HomerW.Bush: damn baseball moralists always taking the cutthroat fun out of everything. well, i’m off to church…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HomerW.Bush: Who’s the non-playoff team? Yourself with a different email alias?

    • Adam Jonesin Jr says:
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      @HomerW.Bush: why would this other owner want to help you though (or is he just stupid and thinks Rizzo will be back in lineup tomorrow)? that rule should not be in place, and next season your comish should fix it. But if you can make these trades (AND BOTH TEAMS BENEFIT, unlike here) why not? and wow, who would’ve thought cram would be prone to wanting to fight someone? he’s usually so warm and cuddly following people around to rip on their trade dilemmas, rubbing people’s noses in his pile of stuff, like the inverse of a dog owner rubbing dog’s face in pile left on the floor.

  26. Random Dude says:
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    Khris Davis or Dexter Fowler?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Random Dude: Davis but youll need a platoon with him

  27. EnglishMetsFan says:
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    Drop Rizzo for…

    Oh, wait, Yahoo “Cannot Cut” list in effect.

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    Kennys, Moobs or Pearce, if/when Yahoo wakes up

    • MooseOutFront says:
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      @EnglishMetsFan: damn. just noticed that when I went for the Rizzo drop. effffffff. Hopefully somebody from the football department can spare a minute.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

        • O'Skimpy says:
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          @Grey: Rizzo now unlocked in yahoo.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Cool

  28. Pope says:
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    With Rizzo going down, I really need guys like Bruce to step up.
    In our 12 team H2H, we keep two guys. I was considering keeping Rizzo at $10, so I don’t want to drop him. Would you be ok dropping Myers ($15) who I’ve held all year to stream pitching? I’d have to play Bruce, Soler, Carter full time

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pope: Sure

  29. Dave says:
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    Good morning Grey
    Would you drop Calhoun? Fowler, Jackson, Betts and Arismendy available. Playoffs start next week. Thanks for a year of sound advise.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Dave: Id drop him for Betts right now

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave: Betts

  30. Five-On-One says:
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    SON hates Minor @WAS ($4.9) and Arrietta @TOR (-$0.3). Start or sit? Alternatives are Niese vCOL ($12.0), Odorizzi vTOR ($9.9) Fister vSTL ($11.3) and Liriano vCUBS ($14.8). SON is clear, and I have relied on it greatly this year (with fantastic results), but Minor and Arrietta have been pretty, pretty decent lately…

    Thoughts?

    • Pope says:
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      @Five-On-One: Not crazy about Minor, as the post said he’s really mediocre even when he should dominate a bad team. I’ve started Arrieta every time he throws unless he’s in Coors. Even with a Coors blowup he’s got an ERA of 2.81.

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Pope: Yeah – I am inclined to agree and start Arrietta anyway. But why is SON so down on Arrietta? Especially when compared with Odorizzi starting against the same team?

        • Pope says:
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          @Five-On-One: I don’t really understand that one either… Might be a question for Rudy. Maybe it’s because Arrieta is @Tor, while Odorizzi is at home vs Tor?

          • @Pope: Don’t forget that Arrieta has had the luxury of pitchers in the 9th spot. Pitching @TOR removes that luxury. TB is a pitcher’s park and pitchers throw better at home than on the road. I prefer the Odorizzi start but Arrieta has been so good that I couldn’t fault someone for rolling the dice.

            • Pope says:
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              @Rudy Gamble: Ah… Didn’t even think about the DH. I figured TOR was less pitcher friendly than TB, guess I’ll have to wait and see how much I need the potential stats from Arrieta that time around. Thanks Rudy

              • Five-On-One says:
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                @Pope: Thanks guys – I also forgot about the DH – Doh! Tougher choice now. Maybe Arrietta instead of Fister because strikeouts are a premium for me. And Fister’s last few starts haven’t been so great. But he gets the sleeping ATL batters. Jeez. I Dunno. I have another hour to decide. Thanks again.

  31. DJ says:
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    Hold Baez or drop him for Mookie?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @DJ: Redraft?…MOOKIE

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DJ: Betts

  32. Jim says:
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    I had Morse as my first baseman and with our league playoffs starting next week any recommendations of who to pick up? Justin Turner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: If that’s your only option

  33. JAL says:
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    Close race. Am I throwing Stroman out there today, wise one? Thnx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JAL: Don’t know his matchup

      • JAL says:
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        @Grey: Sorry. @ TB.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s risky, wouldn’t mess with it in most leagues

  34. royce! says:
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    From the Padres website, Bud Black on Spangenberg: “This guy comes as a hitter,” said Padres manager Bud Black. “The last month and a half [in San Antonio] he’s been hitterish.”

    Finally the Padres have more than pitchers being pitcherish.

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @royce!: oh shit, i’m using “hitterish” from now on if managers are doing it.

  35. Boy Wonder says:
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    Brett Gardner or Jordan Schafer? redraft. Thanks!

    • Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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      @Boy Wonder: also include: Hosmer and Pollock. Can only choose 1

  36. Moscowitz says:
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    Minor, Gray, Paxton or Shoemaker ROS?

    Thanks

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @Moscowitz: Shoemaker, Paxton

  37. Frank White says:
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    Hey Grey… I’m in one of those have to win and someone else loss situations to make the playoffs. I’m so mad cause All my ace’s, F-Her, Cueto and Fister have been garbage down the stretch which put me in this horrible situation!! Couldn’t come through when it really counts, Ya know

  38. Mark Davis's Haircut says:
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    FWIW Guernica is in the Reina Sofia

  39. ryanoger says:
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    Keep riding with Puig during this nasty slump? I can’t afford the spot with no UTL guys to roll with off my bench…AND it’s playoff time this week AND a redraft league?

    Guys available:
    Valbuena, K Vargas, Pagan, Blanco, Eaton, D Wright, A Jackson

    Or should I chill the heck out and keep rolling with Puig?

    • ryanoger says:
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      @ryanoger:

      also SPs available:
      Verlander, DeGrom, and Odorizzi

      My team again:
      Devin
      A Gone
      Cano
      T Fraz
      Rollins
      Puig
      Pence
      Melky
      Jones
      Heyward

      SPs
      Zimmermann, Weaver, Wily, Wada, Fiers, Y Ventura, and Keuchel

      RPs
      Kimbrel, Holland, Reed, W Davis, and Clippard

      THANKS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryanoger: Go with Kennys, hold the SPs

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • ryanoger says:
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            @Grey:

            Larages is available as well forgot to add him in the mix does that change things or no, thoughts?

            thanks man

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Doesn’t change things

  40. Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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    which 1 gets benched today?

    Duda @ Miami vs Koehler
    Neil Walker @ STL vs Shelby Miller
    Brett Gardner @ home vs Ranaudo
    Luis Valbuena @ home vs Matt Garza

    thanks!

  41. CheddarBob says:
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    Drop Jay Bruce for Lagares?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CheddarBob: Yes, if you need SBs and runs

  42. 740 says:
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    wat it do Grey! i asked Mike this question. who would u rather own Kipnis or Alcantara?

    Thank u!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: Kipnis

  43. Fooch says:
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    Jay Bennett and Rhett Miller references in the same post? Grey’s gone alt-country!

    Also, Rizzo is probably my fault. Sorry bout that. I traded for him after losing Fielder and Votto. My 1B slot has the lifespan of a Spinal Tap drummer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fooch: Back to my hillbilly roots! Not cool on Rizzo

  44. Art Vandelay says:
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    Start Archer today at home against TOR? S-O-N is kind of “meh.” Thanks!

  45. MooseOutFront says:
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    Please rank for the next few weeks:
    Betts Polanco Myers

    Can’t use Betts at SS. 12 team HTH with Kennys starting in front of them all.

  46. Snacks13 says:
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    Looking for a playoff batty call tomorrow.. Who is my pick?

    Ackley 27.3 @ TEX (Baker)
    Plouffe 16.8 vs ANA (Santiago)
    Markakis 13.1 vs CIN (Leake)
    Vargas 12.9 vs ANA (Santiago)
    JD Martinez 6 @ CLE (Bauer)

    I’m leaning Vargas but I know the others have been hot

  47. Five-On-One says:
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    Myers still hurt or just forget how to hit this year? Considering playing guys like Hardy, Wong, Betts, Garcia, Schafer, AJax and Brock Holt all ahead of him. Mistake or don’t play Myers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: I’d play Betts, Jackson over him

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey: But Myers over Wong, Hardy, Garcia and the rest? As cold as he is?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wong, Avisail, Myers, Hardy, in that order

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sky: I’m on auction?

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grey: no one is buying. Late $1 flier at best

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Did you play up my puns? Pop culture references? MUSTACHE?! How are you selling me?!

    • Carnac says:
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      Ok what am I looking at here.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Carnac: Stromboli?

        • Carnac says:
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          Ahhh yes, could be.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        A comment? A birdie? I need more…

        • Carnac says:
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          The pic of the thing that Sky presumably consumed? What foodstuff is this?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Garlic bread wrapped salmon

            • Carnac says:
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              Oh, wow.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                They call it Wisconsin sushi

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Carnac: So i was wrong…figured i was…stromboli wouldn’t be post worthy

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I want garlic bread wrapped everything. Garlic bread wrapped fruit leather? Yes, please

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @Grey: What deplorable, unholy, disgusting and nonetheless true rumors are you leaking about me, Sir Lothario Albright?

  48. MooseOutFront says:
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    Regarding Rizzo,
    I’m on Bye this week for the playoffs, then play each of the next 2 weeks and that’s it. Wait until Sunday to drop? Safe to do so now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Arrabers Greg: Waiver wire…I’m down in steals… SAGNOF!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Arrabers Greg: Wednesday night…I’m down in steals… NO FACE…STEALS!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Arrabers Greg: Thats awesome…Grey that has to be your new ringtone

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        It’s my entrance music when I’m coming in to fight

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Grey: I thought you were a lover not a fighter…if so you should make it your entrance music when you enter the bedroom.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Well I would be wearing a velvet robe

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @Grey: true…and there would be a cougar in the room so things could get rough

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                You see the shirt in JFOH’s post? It’s pretty amazing…

                • JeF With 1 F says:
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                  @Grey: That shirt is great

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I bought it, had to

                    • jef with 1 f says:
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                      @Grey: Ha ha.nice

        • Arrabers Greg says:
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          @Grey:
          Thanks y’all!!!! We love Grey in a totally non-sexual way!!!!!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HA

  49. Snacks13 says:
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    I’m not as handy with SON as some of you other Razzballers… Can someone tell me if Paxton has two starts next week and who they are against??

  50. Steve Stevenson says:
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    6×6 (OPS & QS) H2H, who’s your first drop out of Pollock and Bruce? Would you drop both even though Soler is my last OF and he may get days off? Other potential drop is Kipnis.

    I have 4 moves left this week. Win and I get a 1st round bye. All pitching cats are close. I’m also down 3SB but lose that most weeks anyway. Will use one of those bench bat slots above to stream. Would you go for Danks @MIN (May) today (SON 5.0) or use for Santiago @MIN (7.9) tomorrow or Wada vPIT (4.8) Friday? My weekend options will be some combination of Eovaldi vATL (7.4), Gee @CIN (4.7), Quintana @CLE (9.1) and Holland vSEA (9.8), depending on who my leaguemates scoop up.

    Would you use a second of those bench bat slots on a RP (Betances, W. Davis, Quackenbush, Boxberger, Neshek, Giles), SAGNOF (Schafer, Cain, Dyson or Lagares), a second streaming slot, or hold?

    Same league, drop Baez for Betts or Aybar, or hold? Or drop one of the above bench bats for SS/OF eligible Betts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both, go with Soler, hold Kipnis… Santiago…Hold for right now 2nd move…Hold Baez, save your moves

  51. GB says:
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    Neil Walker, Jordan Schafer, AJ Pollock. Which 1 gets cut? thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pollock

  52. STL says:
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    I’m in a bind because of the lovely Can’t Cut List in Yahoo.

    I’ve got Gomez in the OF with no backup hitters at all. I need to drop someone, but all of my pitchers are useful. I was thinking about dropping Gray for Stroman because of his two starts next week when the playoffs begin.

    Here’s my lineup:

    C: Navarro
    1B: Pujols
    2B: Valbuena
    3B: Longoria
    SS: Betts
    OF: Gomez, Rajai Davis, Adam Jones
    Util: Chris Davis
    Util: Plouffe

    SP: Kluber, Fiers, Arrieta, Shoemaker, Gray, McHugh, Carrasco, Cobb
    RP: Robertson, Hawkins, O’Flaherty, Allen, Feliz

    Somehow this patchwork lineup has a great shot of sneaking into the last spot in the playoffs. Who would you drop here to make room for another OF? And do you like the move of dropping Gray for Stroman at this point in the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stroman is more risky than Gray… I’d drop Plouffe for another OF, if you just want a bench bat, then why?

      • STL says:
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        @Grey:

        This is a two Util league.

    • Mello Yello says:
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      @STL: I like the lineup…good blend of proven commodities and hot schomatoes…I would probably chill on Grey for Stroman…that’s a little too bold

  53. Mello Yello says:
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    Man I had to drop Zunino…I know that first Zunino bomb off my team will be a sad day, and then I’ll slap myself back into the reality of his sub-.200 average. I went with d’Arnaud…I’ve only been hearing about his potential for like ten years, so…you know…what the hell right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      But that was your boy!

      • Mello Yello says:
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        @Grey: I know!…but he’s killing my soul man!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I understand, but he was your boy… You gotta stand by him, thick and thin, brah

  54. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey , thanks for your updates and quick response as always.

    Am still holding K Bryant on hand with hope.
    But with Rizzo, Abreu, J Upton got DTD, it seems I need to move a space for backups.

    Won’t K Bryant be called up eventually? Any thoughts are appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s not being called up this year

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @Wilson: CUBS brass went out of their way to say he ain’t coming up like 3 weeks or more ago.

  55. frankgrimes says:
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    A) Bruuuuce couldn’t save my season if he hit 40 dongs rest of the way
    B) Are people realizing my Puig over rated comments are correct now?
    D) One rookie keeper Springer over Baez Ventura Soler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A) Damn B) Poor Puig D) Over Ventura

      Grimey!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @frankgrimes: he looked great for a while and then took a dump with the rest of his team. I will enjoy his bargain pricing next season while you go draft hunter “stuck at the light switch” pence

  56. Bob Loblaw says:
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    Redraft ROS: G.Polanco, Pederson (2nd straight start!), Inciarte, Reddick, Venable? Room for two on the roster, with one usually playing and the other starting maybe a third to a half of the time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pederson, Reddick

  57. Start Salazar v Detroit today? roto league, I need wins

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

      • @Grey: no worries, lineups locked before I asked the question..so it is easy to agree with you now..hehe

      • RapCity says:
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        @Grey: no means yes, no?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oy

    • Toe Knee says:
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      @gareth: That link should have come with a warning label

  58. Tim Whatley says:
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    did you just drop an Untamed Heart reference?

    Laughing my damn ass off….

    and it’s sadder that I went and wikipedia’d it to jog my memory.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  59. CRice says:
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    If you had to choose…. Is James Paxton looking like a better keeper next year than Sonny Gray???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tomato-tomahto prolly… I’d go Gray

      • CRice says:
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        @Grey: It’s always Sonny. Thanks.

        On that same subject… what about Marte vs. Polanco?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Marte

  60. ashtray says:
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    I dropped Pederson yesterday. Now he’s starting two games in a row. This game drives me nuts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t mean he’ll be starting tomorrow

      • Janssen with the Stars says:
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        @Grey:

        Well yeah, cause the Dodgers are off tomorrow haha. If I can make room, you think Joc is a good plug and play in a daily format? I’d be plugging him in over guys like Melky, Marte, Vargas, Schafer

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, I see what you did there…. Over Schafer if you can bench when he’s benched…

    • Mr. Tibbs says:
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      @ashtray: No, a steering wheel on your crotch drives your nuts.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  61. Big Al says:
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    What if Giancarlo was traded to Colorado… Just think about that. Oh yeah I have a big smile on my face too, and some lower joint stiffness….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      *drool*

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @Big Al: 55 minimum per year.

  62. J-FOH says:
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    I know you don’t read our draftkings stuff but I found an E-Encar shirt last night, and linked it in my piece, that I want. You probably would too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah? Okay, will check it out…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Best shirt ever…Easily…Top 5? No, best.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I made another good call…en fuego

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          For sure!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: that site has some interesting shirts, i saw some area code seattle baseball one that is probably right up Tehols taste. I didn’t see a Portland area code one with their baseball team for sky

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, yeah? I’ll have to check those out…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: down side is you have to go through like a thousand “don’t tell me to keep Calm I’m a baseball mom” shirts

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Should be a counter shirt, “I don’t care if you’re a baseball mom, stay clam, woman.”

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: i would rock the “Your son can’t hit and throws like a girl and you know it”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Not bad, I like “Your husband is impotent and I’m your child’s father.”

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: what about ” you know what has two thumbs and is fucking your wife” “EVERYONE”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Pretty good. How about “I’m the un-dressing for tossing salads.”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      A t-shirt of the Flickr home page?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh! I see it now… Nice! Does Snapple still do facts of the day? Is there still Snapple? I haven’t drank that shizz in years…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: *CHILLS* My buddy who is a 6’6″ white guy used to roll around in a Kill Whitey T-shirt in the 90’s.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Whitey Herzog? That’s just wrong…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: he had a weird sense of humor and hated the cardinals

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I can appreciate that in the abstract

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Gimme a Portland Mavericks jersey and I’ll be right as rain

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                How’s that garlic bread wrapped salmon treating you?

  63. SMLV1 says:
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    Is Rizzo for sure droppable? I have a bye next week to begin the playoffs. Hanging onto first as of now by 2.5 Games (Wont finish worse than 2nd). Want to hold onto 1st of course, Would like to lose Rizzo to add more offense for the short day tomorrow but don’t want to lose Rizzo if theres a chance he comes back by the 15th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No reason for you to drop him right now if you have a bye…

  64. Wake Up says:
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    KJS premiered on Sept. 10th on the East coast…I think we remember what happened the next day…never forget, Jessica Stein, never forget…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cause and Jessica Stein effect…

  65. Hodgepadre says:
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    In a deep keeper league, if you had to drop two of these players, which two would you drop? I’m thinking of next year and beyond–not too concerned about this year.

    Chase Anderson
    Jason Hammel
    Dilson Herrera
    Ender Inciarte
    Brandon McCarthy
    Mike Moustakas
    Dalton Pompey
    Travis Snider
    Kohl Stewart

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snider, McCarthy

      • Hodgepadre says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  66. SteveNZ says:
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    No Walden in the 8th. Anyone know know why?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: to piss you off?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: not cool if carpenter supplants walden there, for me in many leagues.

  67. Dan The Silly Met Fan says:
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    Which side do you like in a 14 Team Dynasty H2H

    Andrew McCutchen
    For
    Yasiel Puig
    Arismendy Alcantara
    Mike Fiers

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCutchen

  68. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    worley @ CUBS or
    house vs WSOX? i just realized in 16 teamer playoffs already started. forgot to set lineups (near game time anyway), and so far have accidentally benched 8 bases. yikes. dropping petit (likely can require if i survive till next week). left arenado in yesterday instead of rajai.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re on here every day and you didn’t know when your playoffs started? Worley

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: i know, i wasn’t on here yesterday, and was mostly out of it monday as well. monday it was completely due to it being a holliday (i never see those monday holliday coming), with nearly every game starting before i got to a computer. ozuna not put in when he should’ve been. helping people in different parts of city with football drafts messes up normal functioning. did see Sky and Nick yesterday, that was cool.

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: also, that’s my one and only espn league. when in hurry very easy to forget about it, plus i’m tied for best team nearly all year, so tend to be out of mind, compared to bigger money leagues where i’m not the best team and am fighting for playoff seeding.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You were at the St. Louis tour stop? Sweet… Place you’ve been before?

          • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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            @Grey: i’ve never been to that exact bar before, but many other stores/bars in that area. It was actually right up the street from as far as i know the only place in STL to get antique typewriters fixed. Nick is filled with interesting stories, some of which (one) was eerily similar to what i guessed happened to you know who.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, Guru? Yeah, get a sip of beer in Nick and he starts spilling that story…

            • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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              @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: in that espn league, it appears arendo/dickerson knew i needed some help with getting back those 8 bases i benched. so they took care of it in a matter of about 4 minutes.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Nice

  69. J-FOH says:
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    There is quite the support going around for Mac Dre love in todays DK and last night on RCL Update….cust kayin’.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No love for Mac Dre here, even if he is on an island right now with Tupac

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: be careful, if you get to cult icon status you might end up on that island too

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can’t, passport expired

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: you don’t need no passport the aliens have collected our most useful people and holding them captive on that island

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That sounds like an awesome show on Adult Swim

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: patent pending, do we have any animators in the house?

                Cartoon Tupac and Mac Dre and Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Hoffa

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  What? No Sherman Hemsley? For shame

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: its in beta right now but I think we have a winner

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sweet!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: be careful, if you get to cult icon status you might end up on that island too

  70. John says:
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    Might be able to wait out Rizzo a week still puts me in bit of a jam but? Wait him out or its over? Who my top 2 replacements? He was my Util one piece good news.
    Betts Alcantara Lagares Ackley Sandoval

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait a week

  71. can't fight fate says:
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    Who would you pick up for next week 2 starts. Collmenter, Minor or Petit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d look at their matchups

  72. Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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    Of course the ice cold Neil Walker goes 3/3 with a walk on my bench today. Luis Valbuena better knock 1 out tonight or I’m going to need a drink

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, saw that and thought of you…Sorry!

  73. RazzbALL or nothing says:
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    10-team points league – ROS – Betts for Andrus? Who has the higher ceiling next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts

  74. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Watching Dodgers v Nats, and these wanna be ZZ Top feckin baseball beards are freakin me out…

    So glad to be a life-long Yankees fan, No wanna be ZZ Top beards in the Bronx, EVER..Bless you George..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  75. dem ribbies says:
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    Word on Starlin is that he’s got a high ankle sprain and will need 4 weeks. Bright side is that Baez should now get enough starts to be SS eligible in all systems (has 7 as of today, needs 13 more for CBS/ESPN). Bummer on Starlin but if Baez can adjust and be a SS that’d be real nice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

      • dem ribbies says:
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        @Grey: Actually has 7 already, today makes 8. needs 12 more to get to 20. You think he gets them or do they call up Addison?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He gets them

  76. Toe Knee says:
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    Beane is looking crazy like a fox with the Dunn trade

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  77. dem ribbies says:
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    In playoffs, needing runs and a hot bat.. Have Goldy stashed in a keeper. Deal him for Hunter Pence straight up, or are you trying to get more?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want more

  78. SteveNZ says:
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    Good grief Lestah. What the hell happened there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not that bad a game

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Every win counts in the FCL!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You see how close Rudy and me are? I need runs, got any of those for me?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Well, I do have a Pujols

              • If only Renteria was still around

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: I need all of mine to keep Magoo at bay. JFOH is the run-meister in the FCL – he has tons to spare.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @SteveNZ: I couldn’t get anyone to trade for my runs and steals guys

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’ll bid on the world’s smallest violin on eBay for you

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Grey: sweet, I can train my Praying Mantis to play it for me when I’m fantasy sad

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha

  79. FillyP says:
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    12t 7×7 H2H keeper (OBP/XBH + QS/IP)

    Quintana or Salazar ROS? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana

      • FillyP says:
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        @Grey:

        Does tonight’s shutout change your mind? Strongly considering dropping Quintana for Salazar..

        The rest of my staff: Scherzer, Kluber, Carrasco, Roark, Odorizzi, Peavy, Wada, Cole, Quintana

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t trust Salazar as much as Quintana but his upside is greater

  80. Wild Thang says:
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    start/bench Jason Vargas at home vs the Rangers? thanks!

  81. Wild Thang says:
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    actually, start 2 of the following: Jason Vargas at home vs Rangers, Quintana @ Cleveland, Gausman @ Tampa Bay. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana, Vargas

  82. Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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    jose R or wilmer on the mess to replace castro?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramirez

  83. jef with 1 f says:
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    Arenado dong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love that guy

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Grey: oooooh baby, so nice to have both dickerson/arenado when at home in that 16 teamer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lovely having anyone in Coors

  84. SteveNZ says:
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    Holy shit, Jansen. If I didn’t already have a playoff spot (and almost certain 1st round bye) there’d be some despair up in here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not pretty, nice that Soriano (not nice) just gave it back…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Not ideal. I have Soriano in the FCL. Not great after Lestah gave it away and Erv-San got a bit of a conshellation prize. I have Rosenthal though, so there’s that…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          2 wins ain’t terrible

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Oh, I’m taking it for sure. I’m 5 points clear as we speak, but in this league it feels more like half a point.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, five points could still swing pretty quickly even at this point in the year… Who’s in second?

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Mauledbypandas.

                At least I think it is – that’s not what the team name is, if you know what I mean. JFOH should be able to confirm. Kid A is 3rd, with Jack 4th.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Wow, real tight… Al still walking away with Original Recipe?

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: No! He’s currently 3 points adrift of the p0rk burn/Iowa Cubs joint venture!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wow! p0rk and Iowa Cubs taking it back to the old school!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: I’m not sure who’s at the controls but their team (Miami Corn Machine) has been there or thereabouts for most of the season.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice… Good to see old school repping…

  85. Magic Mike says:
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    H2H 14 team mixed league. Need a Vogt replacement…

    Dioner Navarro, Carlos Ruiz, Travis D’arnaud, Rene Rivera, Yasmani Grandal, Tyler Flowers, or Kurt Suzuki?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      d’Arnaud

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Grey: Grandal plays in COL this weekend. Would that change your mind?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, go Yasmani

  86. J-FOH says:
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    New show idea, five razzball writers living in a house while being filmed by Nick and shown on the fantasy sports network. The Razz World. The conversations would go something like this

    “You stole my projections!”
    “I did not, I made those myself”
    “What are you nuts, you don’t even do projections”
    “Are you calling me stupid”
    “Whoa bro, slow down, I didn’t call you anything, I’m just saying that why would you have projections just like mine when you don’t even do projections”
    “Maybe I started doing it”
    “Go fuck your mother”

    Along those lines

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So it’s the Real World with dirtier dishes…

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: and all older men

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And gayer, or maybe that’s what you meant

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          BTW, F, I’m streaming deGrom… Um, yay?

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: Nice..he’s not a streamer though ha ha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Shizz is precarious

              • jef with 1 f says:
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                @Grey: I’m telling you he’s fo real son

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sure wish he’d start looking like it, he’s WHIPping me bad…

                  • jef with 1 f says:
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                    @Grey: I hear that but 5 inn 6ks and one run so far still works

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hopefully it holds up

                    • jef with 1 f says:
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                      @jef with 1 f: through 6

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Didn’t end up being terrible, still stuck with the no decision

                    • jef with 1 f says:
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                      @jef with 1 f: yea that blows..Wilson up with the bases loaded

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, some rookie schmohawk is going to get the win, and not my rookie schmohawk

                    • jef with 1 f says:
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                      @jef with 1 f: I’m going to guess the DeGrom or sonny ROS questions will be flowing tomorrow

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: think real world with less interesting people….visually

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Precisely

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: me and somebody else arguing everyday til one night I get the bar soap in the sock treatment like Pyle in Full Metal Jacket

            • jef with 1 f says:
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              @J-FOH: I think SteveNZ needs to be in this house and walk around the whole time with his hand over his face

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @jef with 1 f: There would be some shit I wouldn’t want to see, that’s for damn sure.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @SteveNZ: what could be that bad?

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @J-FOH: The nudity, mainly.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @SteveNZ: so tehol then

                • jef with 1 f says:
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                  @SteveNZ: Ha ha

  87. SteveNZ says:
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    This Nats-Dodgers game is getting ridiculous.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fister’s pinch hitting, ha!

  88. AJ says:
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    H2h redraft drop Sonny for Carrasco? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  89. Fungazi says:
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    Draft Soler within top 70 next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around there

  90. boredoutofmymind says:
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    12 Team H2H Dynasty (First week playoffs)

    ROS who to own @ SS? J. Peralta, JJ Hardy, A. Cabrera, Holt, Lowrie. Jose Ramirez?

    Also Prado is hurt and if he is out for a while do you add Valbuena, Plouffe, Chisenhall, Holt, A. Cab?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jhonny…Asdrubal

      • boredoutofmymind says:
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        @Grey:
        So keep Prado if back in time or drop now for A. Cab?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Drop now

  91. Project Merkin says:
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    Grey!

    How’s your merkin?

    I drafted Rizzo in the 9th last year, so could potentially keep him in the 9th next year. Where are YOU going to rank him?

    I only get 3 keepers.

    Other potential keepers:
    Polanco, Baez, Singleton, and Soler are guys I picked up and could keep in the last few rounds
    Justin Upton in the 5th
    And, of course, Arenado in the 17th, which you’ll probably love, but more than those guys?

    Can you pick 3 out of those?

    The reason I ask is I kind of want to drop Frank Rizzo. Open yah fawkin ears!

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well-coiffed, as usual… Rizzo won’t be far outside of the top 25, if outside of it… Soler, Arenado, Rizzo

      • Project Merkin says:
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        @Grey: Haha!

        OK here’s my REAL question. You’ll probably have Rizzo ranked higher than other perts, correct? So I could reach for him. But you don’t think Baez and Polanco in the last 2 rounds are better values than RIzz in the 9th? Conundrum!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think you’ll be able to get Polanco and Baez at decent values next year…

      • Pope says:
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        @Grey: Can I ask why he might not be in the top 25 next year?

        • Project Merkin says:
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          @Pope: Pope who would be your three? I mean obviously I have to go with Grey, but I’m curious.

          • Pope says:
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            @Project Merkin: In my league we keep 2, and I’m considering keeping Rizzo ($10) and Soler ($1) or D. Gordon ($1). Thinking about keeping Puig, but at $24 he’s not exactly cheap. I’ve been trying to trade for Arenado with no luck all year. I think Grey is spot on

            • Project Merkin says:
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              @Pope: Sucks that I can’t drop Polanco and Baez because some other jerks would pick them up and keep them in the last round though.

              Grey where do you think you’ll rank Polanco and Baez next year?!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Too early for me to commit, but he prolly will

          • Pope says:
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            @Grey: For sure

  92. Jay says:
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    So I have Ben Zobrist and josh Hamilton.

    Lugares and betts are available.

    I have 18 moves left. What’s the right move here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Switch Zobrist for Betts

  93. goodfold2 says:
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    in main league, 4 game lead for 5th place (6 make playoffs), and 7.5 game lead on last playoff spot can’t do anything right this week. bench alcantara till today, bench baez and longo today, play mookie. nearly impossible that i miss playoffs here, but….

  94. Carlos says:
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    Okay Grey, this question is either complicated or I am making it complicated.

    Yahoo H2h, 10 team. Standard + OPS and QS.

    My team is currently in first place. I have Rizzo at IF, and he is obviously done for the playoffs, which start next week. The league is a 4 team, 4 year keeper. I can keep Rizzo for 3 more years because I drafted him this year.

    My question is whether I drop him, or bench him and drop a pitcher instead. The other issue is my pitching is light and I’ve gotten by on streaming all year.

    Here is my team:

    C- S. Perez, W. Ramos
    1b- F. Freeman
    2b- Cano
    3b- Frazier
    If- Rizzo
    OF- Trout, Gordon, Heyward, Dickerson
    Util- Revere
    Bench- J. Upton
    SP- Carrasco, Arrieta, Fister, S. Gray, Teheran, Cobb, Gray, (streamer)
    RP- Rodney
    P- Britton, Street

    What do you think I should do? Drop a pitcher? Drop Rizzo because I have a lot of other keeper candidates?

    I should add that the waiver wire for IF is filled with crap.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold Rizzo, drop a SP

      • Carlos says:
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        @Grey:

        Thoughts on which one?

        Im thinking your homie. S. Gray.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s fine

  95. goodfold2 says:
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    cecil or sanchez? looks like sanchez.

  96. gareth says:
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    Verlander – mileage finally caught up to him?

    He’s only had two starts all season where hes given up 2 runs or fewer.

    I don’t know about you guys, but I find it kind of sad when former aces degrade to the point where they are waiver wire fodder.

    A reminder that time creeps up on us all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s less sad if you see the girl he goes home to

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        @Grey:

        by now we’ve all seen the inside of the girl he goes home too….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  97. gareth says:
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    Sabathia, lincecum, verlander.

    Who’s next?

  98. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    do not bring the infield in Bud

  99. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    in 20 man dynasty with 5 NA slots and 5 DL slots this is my team. i’m wondering if i have a drop for super riser dalton pompey? maybe pierce/norris/mercer/willy P? i need to make 35 innings per week, but i still have a full bullpen and 4 starters without Willy. i can only keep 25 guys per year, and i’m keeping all of my NA guys, but only 1 catcher. not keeping pierce for next year.
    C -zunino/norris (i’m keeping zunino for next year)
    1B Vargas/Pierce
    2B Gyorko/Mercer
    SS Andrus/Mercer
    3B Beltre/Gyorko
    LF Pierce/Leonys/Ozuna
    CF Leonys/Ozuna
    RF Stanton/Rios
    1 util usually Rios
    DL: Profar/Fielder/Choo/Darvish/Beckett
    NA: N.Williams/Frazier/Gallo/Urias/Bradley
    SP: holland/hahn/Hammel/Quintana/Wily P/Worley
    RP: Soria/Melancon/Qualls/Walden/K-Rob/Giles/Cotts

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re playing for next year? Sure, drop Wily…If not, drop Mercer

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: really, unless gyorko or andrus gets hurt (in which case mercer is better than waiver types, except maybe panik) i’m trying to balance both this year and next. mercer only started before gyorko came back.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: nevermind, only waiver 2b/ss types are carlos sanchez and cozart/dilson/sogard.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can’t have everyone, you don’t need to back them up

  100. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Grey,

    Getting killed right now in the first round of our h2h playoffs, down 0-9 ooof. His team went out and hit 5 homers today and already has 20+ runs/rbi through the first three days with 8 homers and 6 sb. It is really going to be an uphill battle if I were to come back this week. With that in mind, I need your help with two batty calls for tomorrow. I only have 11 moves left on the year, but if I don’t win this week, my season is done anyways.

    So here are some potential batty calls to choose from with notes to help me choose.

    Pick 2

    Betts @ Capuano – hitting well this week, facing a lefty in yankee stadium…seems like a no brainer
    Napoli @ Capuano – only 1-5 career against Capuano and has had a rough week (1-17). I originally thought this might be a no brainer as well.
    Beltran v Workman – 0-3 career and hitting just ok this week but does hit rhp and home better.
    Vargas v Santiago – Doesn’t hit for any power versus LHP (.075 ISO) but does hit better at home.
    JD Martinez @ Bauer – 2-6 career versus Bauer, having a pretty decent week.
    Wong @ Peralta – Not great numbers versus Peralta career but Peralta has been knocked around past couple times.

    I think Mookie is definitely one of the guys to choose. Then Im torn between the rest. Which two would you roll with?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: i’d go betts and JD.

    • bossmanjunior333 says:
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      @bossmanjunior333:

      I think I’ve narrowed it down to JD Martinez or Beltran. Looking under the hood, it looks like Bauer is worse against RHP, especially at home. His FB% versus RHP is also much higher. Congruently, Martinez is better versus RHP, especially on the road. The best argument for Beltran is that he just hits RHP at home really well (.256 ISO).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts, JD

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: main thing is JD is simply a lot better hitter than beltran.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: also, maybe his ISO is so high because his average could be terrible against righties for some reason. always wondered about that (using ISO as a good thing). it also could mean his average is so terrible SINCE he’s only trying to destroy the ball at home against righties, so when he makes contact it’s in the air and harder, but also simply less likely to make that contact. plus, just sample sizing could be a problem here, since beltran was hurt for so long, really how many home at bats vs righties does he really have this year (and since he’s been hurt so many times and is playing hurt now who’s to say what most of those at bats indicate). also, when you came up with that list of those hitters beltran wouldn’t have entered into it, at least on the level of those other 5. also, using wong’s career numbers against anyone don’t really make sense either (dude’s a rookie). actually as any staty guy would tell you, career matchups of batter vs pitcher are very low value strategically, even the (oh my) Guy X went 11-25 lifetime vs Guy Z. What Guy X does lifetime (or last few years) against the type of pitcher Guy Z is might be useful (not Guy Z exactly though, way too small sample)

  101. DiRo says:
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    Update on that Soler trade I asked you about. He is also now my choice of Lester or Kluber and Soler for Puig. Which pitcher do you like more moving forward? I feel Kluber is over performing a little this year, not sure if he keeps up the dominance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Kluber better

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