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Some rejected titles were, “It’s A Not-So-Wonderful Elbow, Andrew Bailey,” “Old Man Potter Gets The Last Laugh” and “Won’t You Come Home, Andrew Bailey?  Won’t You Come Home?” but when presented with a Party of Five reference, I turn to mush.  If you can wash Po5 out of your hair, you’re a better man than me.  Andrew Bailey is heading off to see Dr. Freeze, and there’s the reason why Craig Breslow was closing on Monday.  Here I thought he won a game of “Whoever’s Name Sounds Most Like A Character From Family Matters Is The Closer.”  I’d grab Breslow in all leagues.  If you can, I’d grab Wuertz too.  That’s what she said!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before I get into the roundup, fantasy basketball leagues are signing up over at our sister (brother?) site.  Head over there if that’s your thing.  Anyway II, here’s the roundup:

Trevor Cahill – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks and his 17th win to go along with a 2.81 ERA on the year.  I will now fall on my sword.

Joe Mauer – MRI showed he has tissue inflammation.  That’s what my jeans had in the 8th grade.  Sometimes they had socks inflammation.  Wait, what?  So Mauer’s not coming back for at least 5 days.  Then he’s not going to play every day the week before the playoffs.  I’d look elsewhere.

Joey Votto – Member when I said Dusty would start sitting Votto?  Well, Votto came down with a mysterious sinus infection and missed yesterday’s game.  At least it’s not a concussion, Canadians can’t handle those.

Jair Jurrjens – Has a tear in his right knee, but he might be able to make his next start.  That’s nice, but Jar-Jar’s not a great start anyway.

Gaby Sanchez – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs with his 19th homer.  Behind the scenes at Razzball HQ, October Grey has started to compile the recap of all the top 20 lists that he’ll post when the season ends.  I mention this because Gaby’s ending up much higher than I would’ve thought.  Listen (or read, which is probably easier), Gaby hasn’t been terrible, but, really, he’s just been a prime-of-his-career Lyle Overbay.  It’s a’ight.  Emphasis on ight.

Hanley Ramirez – Returned and went 1-for-4.  In a pregame press conference, he said, “I’m sick of people saying I don’t want to play.  Speaking of which, how many friggin’ games are left?”

Mike Pelfrey – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Solid game from Pelfrey but he gets the Phils next at Citizens Flank.  As they say in Italy, thatta no good.

Mike Aviles – 3-for-6, 3 RBIs.  Where have I heard his name before?  Oh, I know!  I wrote it yesterday.

Billy Butler – 3-for-4 and, because he loves to be overrated, he’s hitting near .400 this month.  He loves it almost as much as he loves going to 2nd base on himself.

Jarrod Dyson – 3-for-4, 3 Runs and his 3rd steal in a week.  SAGNOF!

Eric Young Jr. – Speaking of SAGNOF, Young is out for the D-Backs series with a sore shin.  Noooooooooo, which in a cave would sound even more ominous.

Jorge de la Rosa – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He gets the Giants and Cards in his final two starts in games that should mean something for the Rockies.

Justin Upton – There’s talk he’ll be shutdown.  I say do it and stop giving his fantasy owners hope, but these aren’t decisions where I’m usually included.

Kelly Johnson – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  Sure, he didn’t stay as crazy hot as he was in April, but what other site was even talking about this guy in January?

Paul Maholm – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He gets the Astros next, a team he has a 1.99 ERA against in 22 2/3 IP this year.  He’ll probably be in Thursday’s borderline starters post with some serious caveats.

Travis Snider – Hit his 10th homer yesterday.  Would it surprise anyone if I said I’m going to be excited about Snider again next year?  It shouldn’t.  Especially not now.

Marc Rzepczynski – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He gets the O’s next, which could be a sneaky streamer.  Or strmrzynski.

Hunter Pence – Left yesterday’s game with hip discomfort, or as they call them in old age homes a “What else is new.”

Chris Johnson – 3-for-4 with his 2nd homer in 3 games.  He’s also batting near-.400 in the last week.  Yup.

Tyler Clippard – Recorded his 10th win, i.e. except in Teixeira, that’s the same amount of wins as Dan Haren.  God, wins are stupid.

Freddie Freeman – Hit his first major league homer yesterday.  He’s not worth going near in redraft leagues, but I’m still excited about him for next year and in keepers.

Clayton Richard – 9 IP, 0 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Sonavabench!  He had a 4.85 road ERA going into yesterday’s game.  He wasn’t supposed to pitch a complete game shutout.  Dodgers can’t even suck at the right times.

Scott Baker – 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Gets the Royals next, which seems like a good matchup on paper.  Too bad they’re not playing Strat-O-Matic.  Half of me wants to believe Baker wants to pitch well and beat the Royals so he secures his spot in the playoff rotation.  The top half of me thinks the Twins will be snoozing through the next week of games.

Fausto Carmona – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Has around a one and a half ERA in September and gets the Royals and White Sox to close out the year.  Nice and not bad, respectively.

Jonathan Papelbon – 1 IP, 4 ER.  Kazaam!

Adam Jones – 3-for-4, 2 Runs.  Hasn’t been a huge breakout season like some of us were expecting (me!), but he is hitting near-.400 in the month of September.

Edinson Volquez – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  In September, his ERA has been below 2.  Guess who has two thumbs and is going to be on every ‘perts sleeper list of starters next year.  This guy!

Ervin Santana – 9 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Somebody knew it was H2H playoff time.

Carlos Zambrano – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Should get the Cards and Astros in his final two starts.  Not to put too fine a point on it, but I’d put Big Z in my bonnet.

Jake Westbrook – 4 IP, 5 ER vs. the Pirates.  Madonna mia, the Cards are tanking.  Westbrook gets the Cubs and Rockies in his last two starts.  I wouldn’t trust him in most leagues unless you need to gamble on not being whammied.

Felipe Lopez – The Cards dropped him after he arrived late for Monday’s game.  As opposed to fellow MI Brendan Ryan who hustled to the ballpark 4 hours before the game for extra batting practice and to make Albert his plantain-flavored protein shake.

Josh Hamilton – Hamilton says he hopes to return next week (yeah, sure) even after the Rangers found two fractured ribs yesterday.  Okay, a few things come to mind.  Don’t you think right after Hamilton says he feels sore they’d send him for tests and find something like fractured ribs?  It’s not like this is the 1890’s and they’re using a cauterizing iron.  Is his doctor, Dr. Nick Riviera?  Or are there some arcane MLBPA rules that restricts doctors to 5 pokes a day?  And they didn’t find the fractured ribs until the 15th day of poking?

  1. Hi Grey — Three questions in one here, as I wait to board a flight.

    First, why do you suggest picking up Breslow over Wuertz? Isn’t it a good rule to go for the righty when the situation isn’t clear?

    Also, apropos to your post yesterday about ignoring pedigree in the final days of the season, would you rather have a hot hand like Casper Wells or Dyson over Franklin Gutierrez, who seems to be playing better?

    And lastly, will EY Jr. get enough at-bats over the final games to make him a better choice than Scott Sizemore, Rhymes, Ellis, or Herrera?

    I’ve been in a real battle for third in this 20-team roto league and am starting to pull away from the pack and threaten second thanks in part to Razzball advice. Razzvice?

  2. Tony says:
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    exactly what i was thinking on hamilton grey, thanks alot rangers, for an entire week i let hamilton sit there when i coulda dropped him and picked up someone else… AWESOME, that POSSIBLY coulda won my matchup and put me in the finals.

    HOW THE EFFF can they not know he’s got broken ribs!? Seriously!?!!? Get a damn xray!

  3. paulzone says:
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    any chance you have a short list of “likely available” ptichers and batters for the last couple weeks? The HOT guys to confound your frenemies…

  4. DisappointMets says:
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    Any thoughts on Latos for championship weeks (In yahoo league, MIGHT get 2 more starts out of him)?

    Do I start him tomorrow @ LAD in lieu of the junk he’s thrown the last few starts, or safely dump him for some cheap ________?

  5. Lob Ball says:
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    Grey,

    Would you go with Ian Stewart coming off DL or Aviles for the rest of the regular season?

    Thanks.

  6. Barry Heanbag says:
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    Grey,

    Is there anything you can do to make Teixeira stop playing like a girl?

    On a more serious note, I’m not sure that he’ll get a hit for the rest of the season. I’m in a tight race (1 point lead) for first in my league and production in HR, RBI and Runs in the last two weeks would lock me up for the win. However, losing a point in average could lose it for me. Should I bench this schmohawk?

  7. Wilsonian says:
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    Short day spot start for tomorrow:

    Weeks, Chone, Hill, Ellis?

  8. GopherDay says:
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    Grey,

    Should I drop EY2 for Aviles, Kelly Johnson, Derrek Lee, Danny Valencia, Gaby Sanchez, or Cuddyer? I’m trying to make my playoff run, and Infante makes it so I can pick up a CI or a MI.

  9. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Lob Ball: I would go with Aviles. Always go with the hot hand in playoffs. MMD might not hit right away. Just my opinion.

  10. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Please rank these stream guys:
    Kennedy vs. COL
    James McD vs. HOU
    Chacin vs. SF
    Norris @ PIT
    Blanton vs. NYM
    C. Lewis @ OAK
    Capuano vs. FLA
    Volquez vs. HOU

  11. Big Show says:
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    Sorry to post something thats really not entertaining at all to read, but the reason they are just finding Hamilton’s fractured ribs is because in a partial fracture like he has with no displacement the rib fracture lines are not visible on diagnostic imaging. Radiographs image the body’s reaction to the stress fracture (as increased metabolic activity) which may take several weeks to become visible.

    There’s a knowledge bomb.

    Thanks for winning me my league Grey, I’ll be paying my rent this with my league winnings.

  12. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    Hello Grey. Can you give some definition to your concept of a keeper, please? In the last few days, you’ve named Stanton and Freeman “keepers”. Is this for dynasty leagues?

    I’m 15 years into a NL 6×6 roto with weekly lineups of C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, 3 OFs, 5 SPs, 4 RPs, nine bench spots. We protect eight guys each year. Right now, I’m leaning HanRam, McCann, Uggla, Zimmerman, Werth (hopefully), Crispie, Billingsley and Cueto (yes, I have no pitching at all, which topped me out at third place this year). Should I consider keeping a Stanton and/or Freeman?

    Don’t feel pressure to do this today … but knowing your keeper rules/guidelines would be helpful. Thanks, my man.

  13. jimmyz says:
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    Which Johnson will give me the most bang?**

    In a dogfight over RBIs, HRs, and Runs, so every one counts. Average doesn’t matter at all.

    Both Chris Johnson and Dan Johnson are available. Thoughts on who is the better pickup for the next few days?

    Danny Valencia, Gaby Sanchez, and Jose Guillen are also available.
    No Johnson at all?

    **Just begging for a “that’s what she said”, eh

  14. Grey

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    @Enrique: Should be the righty, but the A’s have already gone to Breslow vs. righties for a save and Ziegler’s in the mix from the right side so it’s not as clear there. Wells over FraGu… Ellis over Young unless you need steals.

    @Tony: Ha, that’s what I’m saying, but I’m no doctor.

    @paulzone: Borderline starters is coming tomorrow.

    @DisappointMets: Nice username… I’d sit Latos in most leagues. His last two starts were shellings. If you need to take the risk, then you have to…

    @Lob Ball: Aviles

    @Barry Heanbag: He almost homered yesterday. Just missed the foul pole.

    @Wilsonian: Hill for power, Figgy for speed… I don’t have all their matchups in front of me though.

    @GopherDay: Valencia

    @ThE sHiT: Blanton, Volquez, Lewis, Kennedy, Norris, McDonald…

    @Big Show: I love knowledge bombs, much better than soy bombs. Thanks for the info, really had no idea, and would prefer to know. And no problem on helping you.

    @Chuckles Tiddlesworth: NL-Only leagues, dynasty, deep mixed… Depends on the league. In some leagues it’s 10 keepers and 14 teams, in others it’s 3 keepers in 10 teams…

    @jimmyz: Hehe… Valencia…

  15. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: Hill v. Sea (F.Her); Figgy @ Tor (Shawn Hill); Weeks v. Fla (Annabelle); Ellis v. Tex (C. Lee)

  16. papasmurf says:
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    Chris Johnson has a generic name and is like a generic drug. Just as much potency at a fraction of the price!

    I wonder how he’ll be valued in next year’s drafts.

  17. slam says:
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    So have you heard anything about Ian Stewart? He’s no longer listed as being on the DL and it just so happens my current 2b EYoungJr just got hurt. Can I play Stewart? Is that crazier than leaving eyj in for the next few days to wait and see?

  18. struggler says:
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    Stewart is still on the DL in ESPN. He’s supposed to play on Friday.

  19. slam says:
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    ahhh

  20. struggler says:
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    Grey do you think Baker stays in the rotation and pitches on the 27th? I hear conflicting reports:

    CBS “His next start is scheduled for Monday at Kansas City, making him a two-start pitcher in Fantasy Week 26″

    NBC “If he gets another start this year, he’ll be a good spot start against most competition.”

    If he’s not pitching again, I gotta ditch him for some Thursday Offensive fill-ins. Hold or Ditch?

  21. Grey

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    @Wilsonian: Figgy, Weeks…

    @papasmurf: So true. I do think sometimes a generic name has a psychological effect on where people draft a player.

    @slam: See struggler’s comment. Neither are good if they’re not playing.

  22. Grey

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    @struggler: I think he will, but I’d ditch him and get someone else if you can. Too far off to worry about it right now.

  23. Back to Minors says:
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    Oh Pence, don’t go out like this!!

  24. struggler says:
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    Man, I wish I had Carrasco for today’s start vs. the Twinks.

    I’m losing Baker for Fowler. His OPS is .931 @ Home vs. .554 Away. BIG home stand coming up and hitting leadoff with EY JR out of the lineup.

  25. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: word…after I saw those matchups I was pretty sure Hill and Ellis were out.

  26. Back to Minors says:
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    anyone know about Slowey? is his next start being skipped or something?

  27. BSA says:
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    Pants on fire, running toward the dunking tank, hope to not get hit with a Carrasco Cream Pie today…..

  28. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: I know you don’t like Cahill very much, but for some reason he was dropped in my keeper league. He’ll cost a 22nd round pick in a 12 team league. I don’t have many pitching keepers. Should I scoop him up? He’s got to be a better keeper than Yunesky Maya right?

  29. royce! says:
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    Morning Grey,

    Start Haren v. TEX today? I had him benched, but if Ervin can shut em out, I’m thinking that Haren’s a good play.

    I went to Metco for the first time on Sunday. I had a nasty cold, so my opinion of it may have been influenced by my general bad mood, but that place looks like a cross between a bank and a newer, SoCal outdoor mall. Food was outstanding, though. Didn’t hit up Shake Shack (can’t eat dairy), but Blue Smoke was top notch BBQ for a baseball stadium. Also, having been used to Petco, Metco actually appeared small. One last observation- more people attended than I have seen at Petco lately, which is just disturbing.

  30. Masher Potatoes says:
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    I’m in the finals against a Razzball reader who picked up Valencia yesterday. I’m thinking of countering with Betemit, but it’s my final move, and I’ve been stubbornly hoping Aramis Ramirez would wake up from the dead for the final two weeks for some much needed 3B power. Do I make the move? (I could also drop Tabata, but could use the steals)

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: Hehe

    @GopherDay: Yeah, grab him.

    @royce!: Go for it with Haren. Cool re: Metco. Haven’t been there yet, but looks without personality on TV. Food in all stadiums has come so far since I was a kid. What were you doing in NY? Business? Pleasure?

  32. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Masher Potatoes: I wouldn’t use my last move on that. If an injury happens from now until the end, you’ll be screwed.

  33. Scott says:
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    Jimmy Rollins is available in my 10 team keeper league (5 players kept)..

    I’m keeping CarGo, Braun, Fielder

    Also have Rios, Stanton, Kinsler, Andrus, Cruz, and Ellsbury to choose from. We have until next March to finalize keepers.

    So is Rollins someone worth speculating on and adding for next year? Or do you see 2 guys on my roster that you think I should keep instead?

    I’m leaning towards Stanton and Cruz/Ellsbury.

    Thanks

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Scott: Kinsler, Ellsbury and Cruz would all be over him.

  35. Wilsonian says:
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    Options for tonight:

    Wright, Victorino, Stubbs, Bruce…play 3. I’ve got Wright, Hawaiian and Stubbs in. Could also sub Wright in for Longoria, and play all 4, but there’s little to no shot of me benching Longoria, ever.

  36. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Go with the 3 you have.

  37. royce! says:
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    @Grey: A couple (that I introduced!) got married. And to experience the bronado (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCE_qiy-sOQ ). And to discover that I am incapable of successive nights of heavy drinking!

    In all seriousness, it was a great time to be in NY. The weather was perfect (save for the bronado) and there are so many awesome restaurants. I lived there for a little bit a few years ago so I’ve done all the tourist shizz so I mostly just walked around and drank. Woulda been a perfect vacation had my wife and I not caught a cold.

  38. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Look at you, you matchmaker! Wow, I hadn’t heard about that tornado. That’s insane. Like a bad Bruckheimer film.

  39. Jason says:
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    Kuroda vs SD (Latos), Bumgarner @ CHC (Dempster), neither?

    On an IP limit.

  40. Churchill Schwartz says:
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    Hey Grey! Thanks for the help all year – I’m in the finals of my 12 team leauge now and I’m going for the win. I’m eyeing Kennedy v. COL / MadBum @ Cubs for a spot start Thursday. Do you perfer one over the other?

    Thanks!

  41. Moonlight's Grahams says:
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    No matter how hard you plug Maholm, i can never own him on moral principle. I can never pick up a guy that threw a slider to Billy Crystal.

  42. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks dood. Seriously wish I could go ahead and win this thing so I’ll quit stalking you for a day or two. My offense has been anemic…no HRs (left Wright on the bench – thanks Dusty), hitting .191 and have 4 ribbies through two days. Hopefully someone figures out that the wooden club in their hand is supposed to hit that little white ball coming at them at 90+…

    Luckily my opponent hasn’t done much better…besides snagging Aviles before me…he’s a damn Razzball reader, just not a commenter.

  43. royce! says:
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    @Grey: We watched the storm from an apt that with a courtyard that was closed in on all sides, so, looking out the back windows toward the courtyard, all we could see was that it rained a lot and was pretty windy for about 20 minutes, which is common in the NE. So we had no idea how insane it was until the next day when it was all over the local news and I found that video. Later we saw some trees where they shouldn’t have been, such as on top of a car.

  44. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Moonlight’s Grahams: Ha!

    @Wilsonian: No worries, stalk away.

    @royce!: At first I thought it was a goof YouTube video like the plane landing on the car. I called my family to see if they heard about it and they had and they were down in Florida this past weekend.

  45. Steve says:
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    @Grey: I see that Carrasco and raise (?) you a Blackburn (emoticon).

  46. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Funny that they were in Florida and NY had Florida weather. Not like ha ha funny, but, y’know, “funny.”

    I’m surprised that I haven’t seen more “it’s proof that God hates hipsters” jokes, since the tornado seemed to hit Williamsburg hardest. Did find a blog post claiming that ironic rock t-shirts were scattered everywhere. Sorta funny.

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Don’t you love Blackburn? Man, he’s been clutch.

    @royce!: That 2nd one is haha funny. Yeah, and Florida had Florida weather from what I heard. I’m going there next month. Hopefully it’s less humid/rainy/mosquitoy.

  48. BSA says:
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    @Grey: @Steve:
    Carrasco did not perform to his ability (neither a + or a -) just a few more Ks.
    That’s good, I think.
    Nice pick on Blackburn Steve.

  49. royce! says:
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    @Grey: I’ve always wanted to check out Florida. Once had a southern road trip all planned out but something prevented it, I can’t remember what. So at this point I’ve only flown into Florida and immediately drove to Georgia, so I don’t know anything about it. You gonna be close enough in time and geography that you could catch a potential TB playoff game? I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that tickets will be easy to come by, at least for the first round when they’ll not be playing NY.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: Yeah, should’ve been a better start, but he’s young, hard to gauge.

    @royce!: I don’t think I’m going to be anywhere near Tampa and won’t have a car anyway. Just flying in for a music benefit for the Gulf then flying out.

  51. Elijah says:
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    My HtH opponent is running out AJ Burnett tonite…

  52. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Helicoptering in to backstage, doing your set and helicoptering out again?

    Not to mention getting the Concord to London to do the equivalent gig that’s going on at Wembley.

  53. Chris says:
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    @Grey:

    How do you feel about Chris Young v. Cin on Fri?

  54. reaver says:
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    Carrasco was rolling til 2 outs in the 6th…4 hits and 3 ER later, he’s made himself a crappy outing. Starts like this really annoy me during the playoffs.

    That MIN lineup today was just brutal.

  55. Steve says:
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    Votto notto in the lineup again tonight.

  56. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Elijah: Hmm…

    @Steve: Pretty much. Time I gave back to the people.

    @Chris: In Petco? I likey.

    @reaver: Yeah, very frustrating.

    @Steve: Hehe

  57. Wilsonian says:
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    So I was just watching Fantasy 411 on MLB TV (they actually weren’t too ridiculous in their advice). There were a couple of questions on there that I loved, though.

    1) Who is the better keeper: Tulo or Kinsler?

    2) Who is the better keeper: Konerko or Zimmerman?

    Does anyone honestly think that Kinsler should be kept over Tulo, in any league? Also, who the hell really thinks that Konerko is a better keeper than Zimmerman, who is 11 years his junior and plays a more shallow position?

    I really wish I played in leagues where people thought this way.

  58. Wilsonian says:
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    Hanley appears to be slacking again tonight, as well…

  59. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You’re James Taylor, aren’t you?

    I feel like I’ve just pulled the mask off Mr Wrestling II.

  60. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Those are some silly questions. Ready? Okay, Pujols or Bautista?

    @Steve: I wrote this next song for you, “I’ve Got A Friend In Auckland.”

  61. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Awww. Thanks man. Impossible to grow up in the 70s and not know him – and my Dad liked him so he’s pretty familiar to me.

    BTW – just started reading Bourdain’s latest, Medium Raw. Looks pretty entertaining. ONly read the first chapter, in which he describes eating an Ortolan. Google it…

  62. Chris says:
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    @Grey:

    Thanks as always.

    Any chance you’re going to put up a streamable SP post or if not, could you suggest a few options for Saturday?

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: More food should be force fed. I enjoyed Kitchen Confidential, wasn’t thrilled by No Reservations, the book and will probably read Medium Raw at some point, but am in no rush. Reading Crime & Punishment right now, nice pick me up before bedtime.

    @Chris: That post comes tomorrow afternoon.

  64. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Wow. Of all the things you could be accused of, covering the cultural spectrum is not one of them.

  65. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: It slipped through when I was younger so I thought I’d give it a go.

  66. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: I never watch that show, but I just so happened to get home a little early. I thank god they said Tulo and Zimm.

    Oh, and gotta go Bautista…he’s obviously shown he can do it year in and year out now.

  67. Steve says:
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    Why does Carlos Gomez never start? He’s been hitting AND stealing.

  68. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Of course!

    @Steve: Brewers are a bunch of Mr. Bungles.

  69. Steve says:
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    Figgins! Reaches on an error. Then safe at second on an error in a fielder’s choice.

    How I hate him.

  70. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: He’s a bad person.

  71. Steve says:
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    @Grey: And Niese is nearly as bad.

  72. Steve says:
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    Rasmus, on the other hand, is a good person. Was THIS close to dropping him last night.

  73. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Nice restraint. I’m just hoping for a solid Oswalt start. That is all.

  74. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Shhh! I deliberately hadn’t mentioned Oswalt!

    Have Niese on a less important team, so I’m pretty sanguine about that.

  75. big o says:
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    @Steve:

    it was reported , last night , that gomez is having hammy issues .

    not unusual for someone who , all of a sudden , has begun to play every day .

  76. Steve says:
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    @big o: Ah, thanks. The Brewers clearly have a handle on effectively managing their playing staff.

  77. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Oops. You’re right. Oswalt who?

  78. Steve says:
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    Could have done with some of this last week, David Wright.

  79. royce! says:
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    @Grey: You’re giving time back to the people? Where do I place my claim? I can’t even begin to calculate how much time I’ve spent reading this site.

    Jk, all that time was well spent.

  80. Steve says:
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    @royce!: Just checking out the SD Zoo pandacam. Does the sun ever NOT shine there?

  81. royce! says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, at night, duh. Actually, we just had a very cool summer. It was overcast at the beach more often than not.

    But I don’t think the sun ever sets on the pandas, though. They bring their own sunshine! So adorable!

  82. royce! says:
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    Just read that Wuertz is unavailable due to a lingering thumb injury, which explains the A’s using Breslow to close.

  83. Grey

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    @royce!: I saw that, but Wuertz pitched in games where Breslow closed.

  84. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Confound your logic! Well, anyhow, Wuertz being hertz at least makes it more likely that they will continue to use Breslow for a bit.

  85. Grey

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    @royce!: Yeah, and the fact Ziegler blew the save today.

  86. Joe B says:
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    @Grey: Hanley is done… who do you like better for the rest of my championship series at SS? Furcal or Desmond

  87. big o says:
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    cueto is the biggest poopie-head in the whole world .

  88. peter says:
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    @big o: Yup. I can’t believe Dusty left him in that long. No, yes I can. $5 says Dusty tries to get him back in the game as a reliever in the 8th, wearing Volquez’s jersey.

    Carpenter, Westbrook, Billingsley and now Cueto. I can’t believe I now have to start streaming this early in a h2h final. Thanks, you guys.

  89. peter says:
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    @Joe B: I prefer Furcal. Even just based on where they’ll be playing the rest of the season (@Ari and @Col for Furcal, whereas Desmond is at home with a .259 avg).

  90. Steve says:
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    Come on Phillies. One would probably be enough…

  91. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Aarrrgghhh!!! Needed a win for Roy there. Nice ratios, though.

  92. Steve says:
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    Not a great day to own Lopez and Alvarez in Fantasy Razzball…

  93. Steve says:
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    @Steve: Or to own Coke and Veras. Expensive Hold for Veras.

    Good illustration of what’s wrong with the Hold as a stat – but I’m takin’ it.

  94. Steve says:
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    Thanks, Phillies. Now you score.

  95. royce! says:
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    Can someone tell me what happens in ESPN roto when you max out your starts? I see that the “P”s turn red, but it seems that the teams who have maxed out at least are getting stats from their RP. Can you no longer add or drop any pitchers, RP included? If so, and if you still get the stats of your RPs, is it best to start all RP except the one or two SP that will put you over the limit?

  96. @Grey: Nasty Bits is fun too if you like Bourdain. I’m a big fan of his – in and out of the kitchen. Best Mussels & Fries in town IMO. He’s one of those guys that just feels like a kindred spirit.

    Hey anyone know why the Big Donkey was pinch hit (Kevin Mench?!) for in the 7th inning of a close game? Doesn’t he know I’ve got a championship on the line here?

  97. VinWins

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    @royce!: No pitching stats count after you reach the limit, except on the day the limit is reached. It does show the stats, but they are not counted, even for relievers.

  98. VinWins

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    @royce!: If it is a 200 start limit, and you are at 199, you can put in 9 starting pitchers if you like, and all will be counted.

  99. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Ha! I also have Espinosa and Adam LaRoche! -83.00 today!

  100. Steve says:
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    Jesus. Bald Jim has been all over the shop his last few starts.

  101. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Can’t believe Oswalt couldn’t get a win in Citizens with only one hit. Incredible.

    @royce!: What others said.

    @3FingersBrown: Not sure on Donkey. Yeah, never read that one. Probably will one day.

    @Steve: Wow, tough day.

    @Steve: Agreed on Ubaldo.

  102. Wilsonian says:
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    Drew, Betancourt, or Tejada? I’m worried that KC magic will wear off shortly (Drew and Tejada homered tonight).

  103. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Wins! Maybe it’s payback for the Blackburn pick-up.

    At the start of the Phillies game I trailed BSA by ONE WIN in the RCL standings. You can guess who owns Madson…

  104. Grey

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    @Wilsonian: Drew

    @Steve: Sanchez and Oswalt on multiple teams here.

  105. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Ow. That hurts.

  106. Steve says:
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    @Steve: And Montero is not far behind. Brutal for the last week or so.

  107. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: thanks brah… Also, AJ, Suzuki, Yadier, Montero, Avila…man these options are bad. I’ve got Montero now, but as Steve said, he’s been brutal for awhile.

  108. Grey

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    @Steve: My ERA in one league is below 3 and I’m near the bottom in wins.

    @Wilsonian: Go with AJ.

  109. Steve says:
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    @Grey: That’s outrageous.

    BTW, you know it’s the end of the season if you’re recommending AJ.

  110. Grey

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    @Steve: Ha, I know. Don’t tell anyone.

  111. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: yeah, that’s painful to hear. I didn’t want to buy into it, but he’s obviously the hottest of the bunch. Now is definitely the time to pick the scab…

  112. DrEasy says:
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    By the end of this post I will probably have answered my own question, but please indulge me anyway:

    I only have 9 IP left before I max out. I am one save behind one guy (the fool dropped most of his closers a while ago because he thought he was safe! However he is far from maxed out), while the next guy behind me is far away.

    I am also in a dead heat situation with two other guys in WHIP and ERA. In Wins, I am 2 behind one guy, and 1 ahead of another. Others might also pass me because they’re not close to maxing out. I am way ahead of everyone in Ks.

    Now tomorrow I have the Adverb starting against the A’s, a virtual guarantee for good WHIP/ERA and maybe a W. BUT, that would probably mean that’s the end of it for pitchers, so no hope of passing guys in the S and W categories.

    I could instead bench Adverb, hopefully collect a few saves for a couple more days and get really close to the limit in IP, at which point I can stream a bunch of starters (or at least just start Kershaw and Dan Hudson on the 25th) to try to get a few more wins, but I’d be risking my excellent ratios.

    Soooo… start Adverb now to help my ERA and WHIP but give up on S and W, or sit him and use a bunch of closers + Kershaw, Dan Hudson and maybe a couple more on the 25th but risk damage to my ERA and WHIP?

    I’m tempted to just start Adverb and be done with it…

    Sorry for the length of this post, and thanks for reading this!

  113. royce! says:
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    @VinWins: Thanks for the info. Been confused about that for a while… there’s no such thing as a dumb question, right?

  114. Grey

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    @Wilsonian Painful to say.

    @3FingersBrown: Thanks for the heads up!

    @DrEasy: You can’t afford a 9 inning shutout as weird as that is. I’d go with closers, Kershaw and Hudson.

  115. Steve says:
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    @Grey: How do you like Anibal and/or Mad-Bum tomorrow? Looking for good ratios, not too concerned about Wins.

    I mean it’s not as if I can get any, anyway…

  116. Grey

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    @Steve: I like them both. Bum slightly more.

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