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Jose Bautista left yesterday’s game as Jose hip got amiss and he hit the DL.  In his place will be Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar, who’s good friends with Jason Paritek and Kevin Poukilis, but even Pillar can’t stand Jonathan Ppappelbon.  Pillar said, “He’s a pancing fool!”  In the minors this year, Pillar had nine homers and 23 steals while maintaining a .300+ average.  He profiles as a fourth outfielder, but you never know when someone gets hot.  He hasn’t yet though.  Meanwhile, Gose is good if you have the need…the need for speed!  Or so says Maverick.  Gose stole 70+ bases some years in the minors.  No, that’s not a misprint.  Unfortch, he never heard that anonymous credo, you can’t steal first.  Together, they’re interesting from a Jays’ perspective.  Together, not so much from a fantasy one, unless one steals the job (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, duck, duck, Gose!).  In AL-Only leagues, I’d grab the Pillar and wait until someone says, “Hey, you making sure the Parthenon doesn’t fall?”  In deep mixed leagues, I’d grab Gose if you’re desperate for steals.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Rajai Davis – 3-for-8, 1 run, 3 RBIs and his 37th steal.  The King of SAGNOF was handed a dead pheasant after the game until he loudly pronounced, “No, Lawrie, I do it for the peasants, you imbecile!”

Robinson Cano – 6-for-8, 5 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  For soon-to-be free agent Cano, Arte Moreno just wrote a check with seventeen zeroes and said Cano can fill in the first number.

Jayson Nix – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs as he had a slam in the 2nd game of the doubleheader and a legs in the first game for the always genteel Ernie Banks slam and legs.

Joe Mauer – To the DL with a concussion.  Oh, no, Morneau — The Concusstador — is contagious!  Clear the clubhouse, Gardy, you don’t want it infecting…Um…Who else plays for the Twins?  Dozier?  He already sounds dizzy.  Plouffe?  He sounds like the sound a turd makes when it hits toilet water.  Who else?  Hrbek?  He still play for them?

Justin Morneau – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 15th homer as he hits .267 on the year.  After the game, Morneau appeared on the news saying, “He was happy that all the fans have stood by him through tough times.”  Only it wasn’t your average news program, it was Morneau wearing on his head a cut-out cardboard box and rabbit ears.

Rick Porcello – 4 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Twins.  I still have love for Porcello.  Much more than when the season started.  Yes, here comes the but.  But you can’t start a guy who can’t put away the Twins, after barely getting through the White Sox and Yankees.  I’m gonna like Porcello next year for the first time in his career, but, for now, I wouldn’t go near him unless you were desperately chasing wins.

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-3 with a grand slam.  Au Shizz!

Patrick Corbin – 9 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.45.  Here’s what I said about him three months ago, “On a scale of one to ten for most surprising starters, Corbin is a one.  One being the best.  When you beat your high score in Mario Kart you never scream out, “I’m number ten,” do you?  Okay, so don’t question my numbering.  On a scale of one to ten for how likely it is Corbin keeps this up, it’s around a 5, the number made famous by Short Circuit.  Didja know before Short Circuit people would count 1, 2, 3, 4, 6?  Corbin’s not a 1.44 ERA pitcher, but he’s not what he seemed like coming into the year either.  His fastball has jumped in velocity, which has helped all of his pitches.  I don’t own him, which butters my grr’s.  Luckily, you own him and he looks like he can be a mid-3 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 7 K-rate guy, i.e., a fantasy two to three.”  And that’s me quoting me!  All of that still applies (hence the reason I quoted it).  In reality, he’s not this good, but, even luckier for you, this is fantasy.  Will be interesting to see how overdrafted he is next year, so, for that sake, keep your ERA down to an absurd sub-2.50.

Martin Prado – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 12th homer.  Since the All-Star break, he’s hitting .370 with 4 homers and 25 RBIs in 119 ABs.  Prorate that over a full season and he’s the new Tommy Herr, the middle infielder who did so much with so little.  But I wouldn’t anoint him the Herr apparent yet.

Tony Cingrani – Left yesterday’s game with a lower back strain.  Never a good sign when a pitcher leaves mid-start with an injury, and even worst sign when a Reds pitcher does because Dusty usually just has them rub some calamine lotion on what ails them and sends them back out there.

Johnny Cueto – Will have an MRI on Wednesday.  If his lat is healed, he’ll throw again.  Put into layman’s terms, he’s nowhere near returning.

Yasiel Puig – 1-for-2 with his 12th homer.  Didn’t start the game, and was fined for being late to Crayola Canyon.  When asked why he was late, Puig said, “I’m Cuban.  I’m in Miami.  Do the math.”

Juan Uribe – 2-for-5 and a steal, while hitting over .550 in the last week.  Felt I should’ve mentioned yesterday after the 3-for-4 day, but I didn’t.  Mea culpa.  Well, he’s here now and he’s a hot schmotato that usually can go on a two-week tear.

Cameron Maybin – Shut down for two weeks as he seeks out a second opinion on his knee.  Where’s he seeking it out from, Kuala Lumpur?  I’d think a major league baseball team could find a doctor to come by a little quicker.

Tyson Ross – 6 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Two of the earned runs were given up by Thayer, which ironically gave me a headache, if I can use ironically incorrectly, but Ross’s start was still about as bleh as you can find.  I streamed him here and didn’t even wait until the game was over to drop him.  As Jay-Z would say, on to the next one.

Jedd Gyorko – 1-for-4 and his fourth homer in the last ten days.  Rudy IM’d me, “Gyorko hit another homer.  How you like dem dumplings?!”

Starling Marte – Sat out his second straight game because his right finger was sore.  He only has one right finger?  Does he have nine on the left hand?

Neil Walker – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 8th homer.  *claps hands*  I dozed off.  What happened?  Okay, where are my pants?  Seriously, not cool!

Brandon Belt – 3-for-4.  None of those juicy counting stats that we all desire, but at least he’s hitting again after taking a siesta since Friday’s Buy like he just heard Neil Walker’s name read out.

Donnie Murphy – 2-for-4 and his third homer in the last two games.  Nope, have no idea where it’s coming from.  Nope, don’t think it continues very long.  Yup, would grab him to see if it continues for just a few more days.

Wilson Ramos – 2-for-5, hitting near-.350 in the last week.  If I were stranded on a deserted island for five weeks and wasn’t getting anything from my catcher, I’d play with Wilson.

Dan Haren – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  As I’ve been saying for a few weeks now, his schedule is easy and he looks like he’s found a groove.  I didn’t like him for a while this year, but if he’s going well, then I ain’t hatin’, I’m liberatin’ you to own him.

Sonny Gray – 7 IP, 2 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, 1.44 ERA.  To misquote Woody Allen, watching Gray is like having sex with someone I really love…me.

Nick Franklin – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer, but left the game with a laceration on his left knee that required stitches.  The Mariners equipment man quickly jumped to and stitched Farquhar on there.

Matt Dominguez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer and his 3rd homer this week.  The average ain’t pretty and you’d probably rather watch Say Yes To The Dress than the Astros, but Dominguez is swinging a hot bat.

Xander Bogaerts – 0-for-3 and lifted late in the game so Drew could get in.  Not great, admittedly, but you bought the cow, at least see if it has any milk.  Assuming that was a cow and not a bull.

Danny Salazar – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Looks around what we can expect from him now that the Indians have put him on a very short leash.  Still has nasty stuff that can get swings and misses, but seems prone to the long ball and wouldn’t be surprised if we see very few games where he goes deeper than the sixth inning.

Justin Upton – Day-to-day with back spasms.  At least now his hot and cold streaks aren’t the only things that are spastic.

David Wright – Said he would return this year, after Terry Collins said he had some doubts.  On a for serious, Wright’s always the gamer and I wouldn’t be surprised if he does return, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be any great shakes like Sonic, the burger place, not the hedgehog.

Zack Wheeler – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Braves.  Totally commendable start with a win that made it all go down a little smoother.  I feel like I’m jacked on Red Bull and vodka thinking about what he can do next year.

Marlon Byrd – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  DING DING DING!!!  Wait, balloons are falling from my ceiling.  What’s going on?  There was an unknown contest started in March that I wouldn’t be able to mention Byrd in 25 roundups?  Wow, what have I won?  The privilege to tell hundreds of people next year not to draft him?  Sweet!

Ike Davis – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Supposedly, it wasn’t any ordinary homer either.  The pitch would’ve been behind most hitters.  I keed.  He’s been hitting better since he returned (with two homers this week), but he has been sitting vs. lefties, as he should be.

Eric Young – 1-for-4, 2 runs and 2 steals.  SAGNOF!

John Danks – 8 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks with a 4.22 ERA as he went against Ervin Santana (6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks) with a 3.13 ERA.  These two guys are essentially the same pitcher.  You know the difference?  Ervin’s got magic.

Gordon Beckham – 1-for-4 with his 4th homer.  I nearly picked him up the other day because I needed runs, but since he returned from his slight injury, he hadn’t done much.  Now I will consider him again, though probably won’t grab him because he’s Gordon Beckham.  Let’s see him lift that stigma!

Avisail Garcia – 3-for-4 with a hit in nine of his last ten games as he hits near .375 in the last week.  If he were playing on the Yankees or Red Sox, he’d be 97% owned and everyone would be talking about him.  He’s at 1.9% owned and no one cares but me.  Well, phooey to you!

Kolten Wong – 3-for-5 and his 3rd steal in five games and is now batting 2nd.  I get it; he was a whole lot more exciting before he came up.  Yay, unknown.  Lowercase yay, known.  But, c’mon, where’s the excitement?  What’s Wong with Wong?

Lance Lynn – 6 IP, 4 ER, 12 baserunners, 2 Ks, 3.97 ERA.  I’d hold him if I really needed Ks, but I think the time has come when he’s finally hit streamer territory in shallower leagues where ratios are more your priority.  Or a priori, for our Latin American readers.

Mike Trout – Sat out again with soreness in his hamstring, but he’s hoping to return today.  He said he just needs to see how he feels when he wakes up, which is a double-edged sword since then his hamstring will be sleeping with the fishes.

Jorge de la Rosa – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. the Phils.  This was the kinda of start where I immediately went to see what the Stream-o-Nator had to say.  Turned out, not much, but it does like dlR’s next start vs. the Marlins.  Go figure!

Troy Tulowitzki – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  The good news for all you Witzki-heads is when he gets hot, he gets smoldering.  Wouldn’t be surprised to see him hit ten homers in the next two weeks.  Wouldn’t be happy about it since I don’t own him.  The good news for his non-owners is there’s always a 30% chance of it straining obliques.

Wilin Rosario – 1-for-4 with his 18th homer.  Continues to amaze me how underappreciated he is.  Also amazes me how underappreciated isn’t in my spellchecker.  Totally underappreciated word!

Rafael Betancourt – Got the save yesterday.  This was his first since he returned from the DL, but the Rox have been saying all along he would take back the closer job.  This was one time I was hoping they were lying.  Am I my Brothers keeper?  No, now I am not.

Ryan Howard – Will begin baseball activities.  Well, since he’s a baseball player, that’s a positive step.

Alex Cobb – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks as he held the Orioles in check.  Or dzet with a funny squiggly line over the E, if it’s in Czech.  Looks like Cobb is a must-start in all leagues and can be trusted.  Sorry, that was a blatant attempt by me to jinx him.

Yunel Escobar – 3-for-5, 1 RBI, hitting near .400 in the last week.  Ugh, I know it’s hard to build up enthusiasm for him, but he’s hitting, what do you want from me?

Jim Johnson – 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, but looked far worse as he gave up two inherited runs and barely got out of the inning.  Not that long ago I went over how Johnson should be replaced, so search the site if you wanna read that.  I’ll just give it to you plain and simple like that Forest Whitaker eye you have, Tommy Hunter and K-Rod should be owned.  Hunter seems to have the inside track, but I’d grab both if you really need saves.

Matt Wieters – 1-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer and his 4th homer this week.  He’s had perhaps his best week ever with Paul F. Tompkins.  He’s had good months before, so I’m not sure if this is anything yet, after all, he is hitting .218 in August.

Jeff Francoeur – Designated for assignment.  Frenchy will latch on somewhere, or, worst case scenario, there’s always the next WBC and playing for Team France.  I hear they’re gonna be great with returning players, Pepe LeCordon Bleu and Juan Pierre.

Chad Gaudin – Hit the DL with carpal tunnel.  The live video chat on GurneyGirl.com can be addicting.

495 Responses

  1. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    The end of the Angels game tonight is great, 14th inning, mostly empty stadium, fans yelling obsenities a Joe Blanton and Coach S, it felt like watching a youtube clip someone posted live on TV….gotta love that dedicated Santa Ana crowd.

    • @Jack Full O’ Hate: Mr Full O Hate, lol, I lived in San Diego from 1979 to 2005. I know I am a lucky man, anyway, So Cal sports fan don’t care, too much too do besides watching games, Dodger fans always come late and leave early..

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @Grey: I’ve been waiting on a Tommy Herr reference for a while, when are we going to get some Greg Luzinski Love

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m home right now, and on my childhood bedroom wall is a autographed picture of Greg Luzinski, I kid you not

          • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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            @Grey: I’m kinda jealous right now, wanna trade my sweet vape pipe for your autographed pic?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s a deal!

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: bring it back with you, does it have a frame?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, an old 80′s faux wood frame… It’s awesome… I feel like there’s probably a hidden treasure Goonies-style behind it… Or the house will collapse if I move it…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: it’s your call on that, I just hope i don’t get it and there are peep pics of your neighbor changing behind the pic

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I also have a Reggie 500th home run ball bobble head… My childhood room is the bomb!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: to be a fly on that wall. My parents have changed everything, all I have to show for it are my Star Wars lunchbox from 1977,my Fisher Price turntable and old playboys

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Damn, that’s some cold shizz, throwing out a man’s mementos!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: Oh they didn’t toss them, they are all boxed up somewhere. My daughter actually found my Hot Wheels, Lego’s and Action Figures that belonged to me and my brother. When you go there it’s like i never lived there. I think my dad was happiest cause that dude never sleeps in the same bed with my mom anymore, dude has his own room and bathroom.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      See, my room was kept exactly how I left it like it’s a time capsule… Last time I was home, I found a condom that expired in 1997…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: like that scene in I’m gonna git you sucka when he comes home from the military to find his room untouched since he left?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yes! Totally

  2. You Should Sue Shin-Soo Choo, Shouldn't You? says:
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    gurneygirl.com…..goddamn me and my curiosity.

  3. The 12th Man says:
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    Lol @ GurneyGirl.com
    Made me chuckle.

    Marlon Byrd or Gyorko? In a points league where the games are made up and the points don’t matter.

  4. MasterofGrond says:
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    How are we feeling about Masterswag @LAA tomorrow? Don’t really need a repeat of his last attempt to earn his wings.

    • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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      @MasterofGrond: If Trout is out might be worth it. They just got done playing a 14 inner…..I would

  5. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    I got my money on Frenchy turning up in Japan, can we call him Snail Sushi….

    and to Prezzi thats my G3

    • Prezi says:
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      @Jack Full O’ Hate: haha!! Nicee.. G3 should be in the glossary…

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @Prezi: of the underrazz

  6. future11 says:
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    Paul Maholm? Is he worth an add ROS?

    How do you see the ATL rotation shaking out?

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @future11: Was just reading about that issue on the braves blog I follow, talking chop. Sounds like they will either go to a 6 man rotation or just let Minor and Teheran skip a start or two during september while Beachy, Wood and Maholm try and sort out who the 3rd and 4th starters are for the playoffs. I’m not optimistic about Maholm. If Wood’s available in your league, his starts look pretty favorable coming up so I’d take him first.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @future11: I wouldn’t mess with Maholm

  7. letsgobravos says:
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    One thing that I (thanks to Grey) have done well in drafts the last 3 years is picking a breakout pitcher. Doing this off memory, but in 2011, drafted Verlander in the 70-80 range and he ended up winning the cy young and MVP. Last year I took Gio in the 70-90 overall range and he ended up being elite. This year, I took Scherzer 92nd overall and he’s currently 6th overall in our league.

    Who’s our lottery ticket pitcher next year?

    Grey’s mentioned Porcello, but I doubt he has that kind of upside. (although I never would have thought scherzer would put it all together like this when I owned him last year and he was pretty inconsistent)

    Zack Wheeler? Alex Wood? Beachy? Jarrod Parker? Sonny Grey? Seems like all of these guys will probably go at an ADP of 80 or a lot further back. Any have the upside to be an ace next year?

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Longbeachyo: Beachy may be a good bet, as people may forget a little about him since he has little for stats this year. I like all of those names, plus the Kluber.

      • JFK says:
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        @Longbeachyo:

        I like Wheeler, Salazar and Gray in that conversation…

  8. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Hahah I’m still laughing from the Gaudin part. I’m tied for first going into this week in a 12 team mixed h2h league, just picked up Belt but Mauer just hit the dl. Would you drop Venable or Alex Gordon for Salty or Pierzynski? Both Venable and Gordon are probably getting dropped once Trout is fine as my OF will be Trout, Cutch and Dom Brown with Belt at Util. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  9. Ryan DeLeo says:
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    Thoughts on Beachy for next year? He’s on waivers and he’d be $5 to keep. Other choices for my last 2 keeper spots are Gyorko at $6, Yelich at $5, Rizzo at $10, Rosario at $10, Cingrani at $5, and Brad Miler at $5. Everth Cabrera is also available at $6.

    • Andrew "Swisher Sweets" Danielson says:
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      @Ryan DeLeo: I’d take Everth or Rizzo and it isn’t close…

      • Ryan says:
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        You mean Rizzo and Everth would be your 2 keepers from that group?

        • JFK says:
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          @Ryan:

          Depends on who your other keepers are, but EverCab should be a lock as one of your remaining two.
          I like Beachy at half the cost, but I’ve never been high on Rizzo (or H-to-the-Rizzo, for that matter).

          • Ryan says:
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            @JFK:

            Other keepers are Jose Fernandez ($5), Edwin Encarnacion ($11), Starling Marte ($5), and Domonic Brown ($7).

            I almost agree about Rizzo, but his BABIP is low (.251) and his xBABIP is much higher (.300 on July 15 is the most recent one I could find easily), so I don’t want to not keep him and then get screwed when he become a .280 hitter with 35 HRs… however, I’m not sure what others will value him at next year since his traditional stats aren’t very pretty (primarily AVG).

  10. TheNewGuy says:
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    Are Erasmo, Ubaldo, Redmond or Quintana ownable in a 10 teamer if you need a starter?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @TheNewGuy: redmond against Lastros is solid stream, check his last appearance vs them.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Stream!

  11. kajisan says:
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    12 team competitive money league, need to keep 9 (3 has to be pitchers)

    My hitters are no brainer, but my pitching I got Sales and Madbum as my 1 and 2, but for my third I am stuck between Kuroda (super underrated, but old, has a chance to sign to a team in the NL if Yankee doesn’t pay up), Wheeler (looking better after each start), Peavy (decent so far), and CC Sabathia (lol jk I hate this fat bum)

    • JFK says:
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      @kajisan:

      Wheeler, far and away.

  12. TheNewGuy says:
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    Villar or Wong if you need speed.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @TheNewGuy: he’s answered this yesterday, wong for sure.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @goodfold2: Wong is so wight!

  13. TheNewGuy says:
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    I cant believe the Os would go to some journeyman starter turned middle reliever, over one of the best closers in the past decade. Plus K Rod has still been extremely effective this year and Ks more than Hunter.

    Are you really saying pick up Hunter over K Rod? Or is it just because K Rod beat up his father/wife in the past (I forget).

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @TheNewGuy: you did notice K-Rod’s last season stats, right?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @TheNewGuy: It was his wife’s father. Or was it his father’s wife? That would be his mom.

    • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Hunter has been more solid and K-Rod looks like he might be battling an injury and has been so so in B-more. Hunter can really dial it up.

    • brick says:
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      @TheNewGuy: They’ve been going to hunter a ton in hold situations, and he often gets saves when Johnson is unavailable. Righties are hitting something like .120 against him too this year. I’d say Hunter has a better chance than K-Rod, but don’t count O’Day out either, hes had a few saves this year too. It might honestly end up being a clusterfuck situation with all 4 guys.

  14. Benny says:
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    Who’d you rather have rest of season in a redraft league: Rizzo or Kendrys Morales?

    • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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      @Benny: I just had this discussion with someone the other day, they have near identical counting stats with batting average being the major difference, Morales like 50 points higher. I know this won’t be the popular answer but i say Morales.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Benny: Rizzo, but could understand either

  15. Alex says:
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    Is Asdrubal Cabrera officially dropable for Nick Franklin? Also have Y. Escobar out there as FA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: Sure, Franklin

    • JoeG says:
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      @Alex:
      But wait a week. Franklin will be out about that long with a cut

  16. goodfold2 says:
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    nice to playing against opp who purposely both owns and benches y.escobar to play castro everyday. 16 teamer.
    2. in 12 teamer which are best 3 ROW streams
    redmond @HOU
    Miley vs PHI
    Shark @SD
    Cashner vsCUBS
    Vargas @SEA

  17. AJ says:
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    Thinking about benching Rizzo or just flat out dropping him…better option Middlebrooks or Morneau?…also eyeing Wong so i can platoon with Bogaerts…who would you suggest dropping from this bunch? Rizzo, Garza, Salazar, Perez, Alex Wood, Bourn, Leonys or hold? Redraft Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AJ: I’d hold Rizzo…MIddlebrooks if you really have to… I’d hold there

  18. Commish Cauda says:
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    Drop Sal Perez for Wilson Ramos in a deep H2H-Points league?

  19. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    If the Rox don’t deal Betancourt by the deadline (when IS it, anyway?) as rumored in this obvious showcase of him for trade value, is Brothers worth ditching for LaTroy Hawkins or Dane De La Rosa? Between him and Melancon being potentially bumped for Grilli soon, I could lose a pair of closers.

    • JFK says:
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      @Clint (aka Pablo Death):

      Waiver deadline is coming up on 8/31.
      Doesn’t look like Parnell’s coming back this year, and DDLR’s splitting opps w/Frieri.
      I dropped Brothers last Thursday and slotted in Hawkins, and he’s been solid since; he’ll have his occasional bad outing, but no worse than Brothers’ last few save opps – I’d drop Brothers now and pick up Hawkins, rather than waiting to see how things play out w/Betancourt.

      • JFK says:
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        @JFK:

        To clarify, MLB waiver trade deadline is 8/31.

  20. Spike Owen says:
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    So that was fun. I’ve been very cautious with my streaming/starters trying to bring my ratios down. Monday night I eagerly anticipated the returns from Zimmerman against the Cubs and Ryu against the Marlins. Two losses and 11 ER later, I looked to save my season with four starts last night: Cingrani (pulled with an injury), Beachy (3ER and a L), Porcello (crapped the bed) and Salazar (HR to the first batter, but settled down after that).

    I did not enjoy that.

  21. Hawk says:
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    Underappreciated is a perfectly cromulent word!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Hawk: i love’d that line.

  22. nathan says:
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    who would you rather have on your bench pablo or wong?

    • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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      @nathan: Pablo

  23. JFK says:
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    Erv Santana just hit the wire – d’ya like him better than Gee or Perez ROS?
    I know, it’s like going to House of Prime Rib and having them say, “Sorry, we’re out of steak, but here are our fine vegetarian options.”
    But a man’s gotta eat…or in this case, make playoffs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JFK: Hold

  24. brick says:
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    Nice Ryan Howard burn, haha.

    Benching WY Chen against TB today? What about Ryu v Boston on Saturday?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @brick: Thanks! I’d start both

  25. Ron says:
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    This is crunch time! I’m in need of steals, Rajai is available on the wire, trade deadline has past and ANY player I drop will be immediately scooped up by my enemies.

    Who do I drop to grab Rajai? Garza, Peavy or Iwakuma?

    My other SP are: Sherzer, Lee, A. Sanchez, Bailey, Gio
    My RP are: Chapman, Holland, Perkins, Henderson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ron: Garza…

  26. EK says:
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    Pls rank for H2H pts:

    Kazmir vs MIN 14.5
    Vargas @ SEA 11.0
    Zimmerman @ CHC 6.5
    Gee vs DET 6.5
    DLR @ MIA 5.3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: Vargas, DLR

  27. Wake Up says:
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    …..and DOWN goes the Hand of Gaudin!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Stricken down by the hand of Gaudin, too

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Let us form a pentagon that it was not grope-related…

        • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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          @Wake Up: why be disappointed, I strangely want it to be grope related

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Jack Full O’ Hate: because, if it was, and he needs surgery, the groping may cease!

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Wake Up: he’ll be using elbows and feet to get his fetish fix

  28. Spencer says:
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    Who you like better for tomorrow? League counts QS, IP, WHIP, ERA, K/9

    Ubaldo vs Min
    E Jax at SD
    Chacin vs Mia

    • Spencer says:
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      @Spencer: Sorry, I meant Friday!

      • Spencer says:
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        @Spencer: Last one, promise! Could also throw Redmond vs Hou

  29. Fungazi says:
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    Jays prospects are usually not much to get worked up about. Gose is like a Rajai with an even worse average.

  30. Theodore Marvin DiBiase, Sr says:
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    so i offer ellsbury for bautista the other day, and of course the other guy accepts minutes after bautista hits the DL.

    league commish refuses to veto unless there is clear collusion and says i get a taste of my own medicine because i previously tried to shop braun before suspension news really broke.

    do you guys believe there is a difference between OFFERING a guy you know is hurt/suspended and seeing if an idiot bites, as compared to ACCEPTING a trade after your own piece gets hurt?

      • poop says:
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        @Grey: Agree with Grey – I watch the player news like a damn hawk anytime I have a pending offer on the table to make sure the guy I’m targeting doesn’t get banged up. Sucks for you, but it is what it is at this point.

  31. Moscowitz says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Porcello, Kennedy or Gray ROS?
    I own Kennedy and tend to drop him for Gray. Porcello is not striking out anyone and i need Ks.

  32. Wake Up says:
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    “If woving Wong is wong, I don’t want to be wight,” as sung by Elmer Fudd and Bronson Arroyo…(the last part used to be Vanilla Ice’s mantra until he started driving in LA)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Are they back together?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Wake Up:

      Nuanced.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Grazie. I have a harp related question for you. What key harp would you use for the prechorus? Song is in Bb. Progression is mostly Bb, D#, Bb, F at that time. Can’t find anything that I really like.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Wake Up:

          What style song is it?

          • Wake Up says:
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            @OaktownSteve: I knew you were going to ask that…I know it is an impossible question to answer without hearing it…it’s not that bluesy, tried cross harp, didn’t like how it sounded…basically just running up against the wall right now…and wanted to hear if you had a gut feeling? I guess it would be neoreggaedeathmetalfunkjazz…kidding…kinda soulish…kinda neo-folky

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Wake Up:

              Do you know how to play slant? It creates that kind of minor key feel even if the song itself is not in a minor key. You’d have to slant an Ab. It’s particular effective when you play chords if you know how to tongue block them. Kind has a keys or electric organ kind of sound.

              • Wake Up says:
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                @OaktownSteve: Great idea. Sounds like it might have the darkness that I was looking for. Thanks!

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @Wake Up:

                  Nice. Sounds like a winner.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @OaktownSteve: what a great conversation, the darkness of soul

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate:

                      Music and baseball. I could talk all day.

                  • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                    @OaktownSteve: does Fogerty’s centerfield make your head explode?

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @Jack Full O’ Hate:

                      Funny. I hate most baseball movies and dislike a lot of songs about baseball. The Boss “Glory Days” drives me round the bend.

                      Me: “NOBODY SAYS SPEEDBALL unless they are talking about Belushi. FASTBALL!”

                  • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                    @OaktownSteve: really, i love Bull Durham and the Natural

  33. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    bench which 3 out of dom/a-jax/choo/a-gon/rajai/victorino/myers. I’m up a ton of RBI’s, barely winning runs, winning steals by 1, tied in homers. Hitter T loves Myers/Choo/Dom/ over A-Gon today. Victorino is hot last 2 days after being bad for a bit. Raj has been good lately.

  34. WhiteRabbit says:
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    10 Team redraft — Trade Miggy for Longoria and King Felix?

  35. Harris says:
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    I need an opinion. My league has a strange rule that if a player gets hurt before he has 5 ab’s you can replace him with someone from the bench as long as he plays the same position. J.Upton is scratched again today. The reports says he is feeling better, and is likely to play the next series against St. Louis. My alternatives are to roll with Upton or I can go with Carlos Gomez who may be ready for the weekend, Micheal Branley, or Ryan Ludwick. Stick with Upton or go with one of those three?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harris: I’d hold on Upton…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Harris:

      you’re right .
      that is a strange rule .

  36. Jay says:
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    Hey Grey would you drop Castro for d’Aroud in a 12 team keeper. Also would you drop Hardy for Bogarts. Its gonna be 10 bucks each to keep those guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: I’d go to d’Arnaud… I’d hold Hardy

  37. Oz says:
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    I love when my platoon of catchers (Evan Gattis and Travis D) are both on the bench on the same day… Lucky me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oz: That sucks, I hate that

  38. chisox22 says:
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    10 team h2h.. who would you rather have in playoffs at ss? A. Cabrera, aybar or drew? Thanks gray!

  39. nathan says:
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    What side of this trade would you want? Mccutchen & schrerzer
    for Chris Davis & Shields?
    Thanks!

  40. Hondo says:
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    Xander not starting against LHP Zito,WTF?

      • hankp says:
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        @Grey: Safe to cut bait?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  41. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’m testing the stack today. Stacking some real crappy nobody Brewers against Westbrook who has been awful. We’ll see.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: That sounds promising… I wish I had room on my RCL team

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Aramis. He could be a fragrance. Aramis for men. It smells like Icy Hot and bad attitude. Scooter, Schafer and Halton. It’s a pure stack. Dredging the bottom.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I just tried to get Scooter into my lineup, but I’d have to drop Rollins, which I’m not ready to do… I could’ve fit Logan and Halton but they felt like I’d be forcing the stack when it’s not really there for me…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            I think you’re right to hold where you are. We’re in a different boat. I had a pretty lousy draft on offense in the RCL and I have Cargo DL’d so I am really working with like six stream spots a day. My streaming has actually been pretty good. It’s the ice coldness of Bruce, Craig, Harper, relatively quiet Utley and no Cargo that’s killing me.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking… I am trying to not stream anything but one good starter a day when Price or Greinke aren’t going, unfortch, my streaming has been atrocious…

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                I’m sorry about the Ross start yesterday. I’m going with Guthrie today. Not with supreme confidence.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, Ross didn’t do well, would’ve been an easier pill to swallow if he gave up the runs and not Thayer

        • Wake Up says:
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          @OaktownSteve: and there are always Turkey Vultures circling overhead…

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @OaktownSteve: due to upton and bogaerts and likely wong not playing i’ll have to play aramis so hoping westbroke can unfunk him.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Why is Wong not playing?

  42. Alex says:
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    Go Ike over Schierholtz right? In 2nd, looking for bigger splash. But still do not want knock on avg

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Alex: Schierholtz over Ike

  43. Jay says:
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    How much do we trust Sonny Gray in his next start vs DET?

    the funny thing is, I’m not even sure some people in my league even know who this guy is. Think I’m safe dropping him for now and determining whether or not to pick him for the DET start.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Jay:

      At Detroit is a dodgy start for anybody. Gio’s start there might end up costing me a league. That being said. Sonny is legit. Stuff, command, poise. The A’s season is basically going to be decided in the next 13 games. After Seattle today they are at Baltimore, @Det and then home for Tampa and Texas. And they aren’t playing real good. But of course you were asking about Gray. If you can afford not to start him, might be worth it to sit. If you’re in a deep or only league where you need the innings, I think you can expect that it won’t be a massacre. It’s possible he even pitches pretty well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can drop him if your league doesn’t know him… Tigers start isn’t great, but if it’s at home I’d start him

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        @Det

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha, didn’t feel like looking it up… Yeah, that’s not good… Wouldn’t start him there

  44. harrypooper says:
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    stanton a buy or ignore

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d buy for the right price

  45. Jay says:
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    better SAGNOF

    Bonfacio or Dyson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bonifacio

  46. EK says:
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    Byrd or Schierholtz?
    Pts league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Byrd

  47. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    I dropped Miller for the Moped, I really need some BA love and he has been hitting in every game. Do you know whats up with Panda? I saw he hurt his back after losing a bunch of weight and I need every slot filled on regular days, going with my pre season boy Matty D, but also saw that Donny M was there too. I really don’t like when guys get a lot of homers in the last two weeks where half come from multi homer games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Panda’s just a mess, something’s up with him, I wouldn’t be surprised if he needs to get out of San Fran

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @Grey: I wonder if jenny Craig has a team

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Richard Simmons!

  48. EK says:
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    Rank for H2H pts based on projected matchups:

    Gee vs @ WAS, @ ATL, vs WAS, vs MIA, @ PHI, @ CIN

    Vargas @ MIL, vs TB, @ MIN, @ HOU, vs SEA, vs OAK

    Griffin vs TB, vs HOU, @ MIN, vs LAA, vs MIN, @ SEA

    Kazmir @ DET, vs BAL, vs KC, @ CWS, vs HOU, @ MIN

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee, Griffin, Vargas

  49. btd says:
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    Has JayWrong done a bio on Wong? I’d love to see a little Wrong on Wong.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Not yet…

  50. SteveV says:
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    I need a streamer for Friday. Options include:
    Redmond vs Peacock @ Hou
    Nolasco vs Lackey @ LAD
    M.Perez vs Sales @CHW
    Volquez vs EJackson @CHC

    Sort of leaning toward Redmond for the match-ups but Nolasco and Perez are better pitchers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Redmond, Perez

  51. Mark says:
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    I plan on keeping the following 5 players: Segura (16th round), Jo-Fer (12th round), Marte (17th round), Bogaerts (15th round) and Taveras (20th round). Per my league’s rules, I’m allowed to give 2 of them 5-year contracts, 2 of them 4-year contracts, and 1 of them a 3-year contract. Knowing that, how would you allocate the contracts?

    By the way, love how the quality of this site never dips throughout the season. As funny and informative as ever! Thanks for everything you do.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the kind words! Segura and Martethe longest contracts, followed by Jo-Fer, Xander and Tavares, in that order

  52. ashtray says:
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    Still trying to survive the loss of Wright. I h ave Prado so I can pick up either a 3B or SS. Who do you like from this list (7×7 includes OBP & K)

    Donnie Murphy
    Scooter Gennett
    Yunel Escobar
    Xander Bogaerts
    Nolan Arenado
    Todd Frazier
    Jonathan Villar
    Grant Green

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs… Arenado

      • ashtray says:
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        @Grey: My team is pretty balanced and I have a pretty good lead in 1st place. So my need is a guy who won’t trash my team. If possible. That means you, Juan Francisco.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, gotcha

  53. Heisenberg says:
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    I need a hot bat to replace Calhoun, thoughts?

    Avisail
    Kolten Wong
    Oswaldo Archia
    Hoes
    Scooter
    Khris Davis

    help a Heisen out!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Wong

  54. Dani says:
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    Would you pick up Eovaldi for a start at home vs. Dodgers?

    Hellickson at Orioles?

    McCarthy at Cin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eovaldi

  55. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    we have commenters asking commenters about musical assistance with ruts and what not, I f**king love this site.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  56. Dani says:
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    Oh and do you like both pitchers squaring off in SD? Kennedy and Cole? Both have been struggling..trust either?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trust both in some leagues

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong

      • JFK says:
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        @Grey:

        Cool – thx!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  57. goodfold2 says:
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    i’m gonna look like a damn fool for letting Niese go a week ago,he’s beating up ATL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Still early

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: yeah, but i hoped i could get him back. currently keeping ohlendork on DL, won’t play him today (in fact will drop if he’s bad today), but will find a spot if he does well again like before injury.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Drop Ohlendorf

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: at least i did get milone back and grabbed redmond. 16 teamer, is why i’m worried about niese being gone, and even dicking around with ohlenfork.

  58. Kevin says:
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    Hey Grey, awesome stuff as usual, thanks for keeping it interesting.

    Have a quick question on Donnie Murphy, I realize it is not going to last but right now I wanna grab him for Ruf (I know, who cares right?) but am wondering what you think of the other options available right now. I don’t need any specific position as I’ve got Rizzo to cover 1B and hopefully CarGo gets back end of next week. I don’t keep a bench spot for my hitters and it has served me fairly well (currently in 3rd/4th in highly competitive a H2H 10 team 3 player keeper league). Do you think Murphy is the guy for the next 10 or so days (longer if CarGo sits any more..)?

    Also avialable: Nate Schierholtz, Robbie Grossman (I like the wheels), Reddick (meh)

    Thanks in advance,

    Kevin

    C Yadier Molina
    1B Darin Ruf
    2B Kyle Seager
    3B Mark Trumbo
    SS J.J. Hardy
    OF Starling Marte
    OF Adam Jones
    OF Shane Victorino
    OF Alejandro De Aza
    OF Brett Gardner
    UTIL Giancarlo Stanton
    UTIL Anthony Rizzo
    DL Carlos González
    SP Cliff Lee
    SP Anibal Sánchez
    RP Jim Johnson
    RP Brad Ziegler
    RP Jim Henderson
    RP Grant Balfour
    SP Sonny Gray
    SP Danny Salazar
    SP Hyun-Jin Ryu
    SP Francisco Liriano
    SP James Shields
    SP Kris Medlen
    SP Chris Archer
    SP Ricky Nolasco

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I’d hold Ruf

  59. In a keeper league where I could use an extra RP arm.

    Was thinking of picking up Rondon as more of a keeper option for next year. You think he will be the closer for Det next year?

    Just looking for someone who could give me some Ks and not kill my rate stats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he’ll be in the mix to close but far from a sure thing

      • @Grey: who would you rather have ROS/Keeper:

        Rondon, Rienzo, or Veras?

        thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rienzo

  60. goodfold2 says:
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    wow, aramis oughta figure out what these pitchers are scared of him for. westbroke just pretty much intentionally walked him for the hot hitting other chris davis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, they’re as bad as ESPN announcers

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: westbroke appeared to find out on the next at bat what he was worried about. in related note, i’m actually glad i was forced to play aramis today.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There ya go!

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @goodfold2:

          Stream stack!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ended up Nava is sitting and I could’ve grabbed Schafer or Halton but doesn’t look like it would’ve mattered…

  61. costaricanchata says:
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    heyward just took a pitch off the side of his face .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, did he leave the game, helped off?

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        fastball to the jaw (?)
        hit him on the flap .

        walked off and headed for x-rays .

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @costaricanchata:

          announcers are saying jaw ,
          but he pointed to his ear after he took his helmet off .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yikes

  62. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Everyone knows the absurb promotions minor league teams run during certain games. Was just listening to the local sports station, and the Bowie Baysox (Orioles AA affiliate) are promoting “Meet Carlton Banks” day this thursday. “Alfonso Ribeiro, better known as Carlton Banks from the hit TV show Fresh Prince of Bel Air, will be at the stadium this Thursday, and he WILL be doing the Carlton Banks dance.” I swear to you, these were the words that were uttered.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha

  63. Eric S. says:
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    After realizing Goldy hit a grand slam while checking my fantasy team on my phone last night at dinner I yelled “Au Shizz”

    Everyone looked at me funny….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome!

  64. letsgobravos says:
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    Heyward just took a pitch to his face. Missed his helmet and got him on the cheek/chin. Spitting out blood and laying on the ground, but eventually got up and walked off with the trainer. I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t have broken bones in his face. Really ugly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh man… That sucks…

  65. Jason Katnip says:
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    Add Gose, EYJR, or Wong for for Nate Mclouth or Coco Crispies. It would be for a utility position?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Young over McLouth

  66. Juice_0321 says:
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    Papi or Rizzo today? SON loves Rizz, but Rizz has been Shizz!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Papi

  67. Gareth says:
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    I’ve just lost Joe Mauer and Jose Bautista to the DL in the space of a day. Oh, and Jason Heyward just let the game after getting hit in the head!

    In regards to the DL’ed guys, should I just drop them with weeks to go in my CBS weekly ROTO and go for guys on the wire who fit category needs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d drop guys who were DL’d if I didn’t have DL room

      • Prezi says:
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        Expert analysis^^^^^^

  68. Paul says:
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    In a H2H 12-team mixed league that does K/9 and QS, would you take Haren or Samardzija ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haren

  69. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Rizzo batting 2nd tonight…WTF. Getting the Justin Upton treatment. Maybe it will get him out of his 1/16 funk.

    Speaking of that funk, I’m planning on starting the red hot concustador Morneau tonight over Rizzo. Am I crazy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy…like a concussed fox! Nah, it makes sense…

  70. L-Boogie says:
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    Commence my suicide watch: Miggy hurtin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh boy

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey: Just traded for him yesterday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seriously? Oh man

        • Prezi says:
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          Someone traded swiggy? For who? Why?

  71. anchovies says:
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    desperately need a streamer or two for the rest of the week…who do you like out of this pack (2…3)

    nolasco vs. BOS
    redmond @ Hou
    DLP @ Mia
    peavy @ LAD
    Kendrick vs Col

    if any of these fellas are worth hanging on to ROS, should i part ways with Salazar, Porcello, Garza…

    could also lose a bat
    desmond jennings
    victorino
    gyorko

    thanks a lot. your opinion counts as i’m melting down and not thinking straight. phew…

    -anchovies

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      redmond, dlr… Lose Porcello and Garza

  72. Splendid Sphincter says:
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    Salazar or Cole ROS need to drop one to pick up a hitter with Heyward/Cabrera possibly out. Replace with Middlebrooks or Venable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Salazar, grab Middlebrooks

  73. Prezi says:
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    Alright oaktown… Im gonna need you to shout out a homer guy everyday now… You have been money lately! And i need homers big time.. we will call it Homeless Homers… In tribute to oaklands streets..

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Prezi:

      I’ve been good with my streamers. My regulars are garbage.

      • Prezi says:
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        @OaktownSteve: who needs regulars when you can stream beastly?

  74. Carnac says:
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    I can’t believe Boston would call up Bogaerts and not give him regular playing time. I’m taking off my monocle and putting on my sunglass: http://tinypic.com/r/bhj3id/5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Totally useful invention by someone… Sell great under a bridge in 17th century Romania…

  75. OaktownSteve says:
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    Stack results from Miller Park:

    6/16 3 runs 2 HRs 5 RBI from 4 starters. Stack attack!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, very impressive… I had one DNP from Nava instead… Yay

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Nice. You seem to be killing it with this strategy.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Big Magoo:

        Small sample. Worth keeping an eye on it though.

  76. SteveNZ says:
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    Siegrist FTW! You still have him, Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh hell yeah! SteveNZ, we’re coming back, baby!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Nice! I’m still a 12 in Wins, and have an 8 GS advantage over the next guy, but every win is precious at this stage. It’s ratio help I need now…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, you’re gonna need others to steal some of Bob’s points too… He won the inaugural season didn’t he?

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Yeah, I think so – or it may have been a tie between him and Chet.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Chet, wow, haven’t heard that name in a while…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: I’m in fairly regular touch with him…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            That’s looking like a swing category between you and Rudy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I hope it doesn’t come down to those two wins I missed from Cook last week… I need to back into a few cheap middle relief wins…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: I feel like I’m at the stage where every earned run is a killer.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup, been there for about a week now…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I know, saw that in Vin’s recap… I haven’t been able to get decent starts from any of my streamers… Went against the Marlins for cheap wins an end up getting trounced…

                • OaktownSteve says:
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                  @Rudy Gamble:

                  Been enjoying watching you and Albright jockey in the RCL, Rudy

              • Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: I lucked into an Avilan vulture win today. Was thinking about adding Cotts for yesterday and Siegrist for today, but chose otherwise. My luck with wins this year has been terrible.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yup, me too

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Grey: @Grey:

                    I did same. Short day bad match ups and a lot of aces on the other side of the stream

                    • OaktownSteve says:
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                      @OaktownSteve:

                      Meant for below

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @Grey:

            i went with kendrick and kelly for tomorrow .
            cust .

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hope they work for you… I skipped all of tomorrow’s starters, didn’t like my options…

  77. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    grey, working on a new name for writing, what do you think of Ron Mexico?

  78. Hondo says:
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    Middlebrooks and Drew both homered.Xander replaced Drew and reached 1st on an error.This doesn’t look so great.

    I’m leaving Xander-doh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not good at all.. I’d start to look elsewhere…

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey: @Grey:

        I picked up Jeter yesterday and stashed him,he’s getting his 1st rehab game tonight.Tomorrow I’m short (only 6 guys,so I’m dumping Xander for Rajai for a day,then tomorrow grabbing Miller(who I dropped for Xander,off waivers tomorrow),Yunel or maybe Edmundo(if his cut is better.)
        I grabbed Scooter yesterday,but he’s off tomorrow and kinda sucks.I’m going to drop him late and grab Ramos to fill in for Weiters tomorrow and leave SS open(Suzuki is starting tonight).
        Would you go for Miller,Franklin or Yunel?They all play Monday,so that’s not a factor,but I’ll be stuck roster wise for awhile the first couple games Jeter is back and sitting on my DL,so the guy I pick might be around for a week(or longer if Jeter looks like he’s a 39 y.o. SS coming of the DL)

        Alcides is available also,but is having a bad stretch.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Miller

  79. OaktownSteve says:
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    Funky Farquhar struck out every A he faced the last two days.

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @OaktownSteve: What’s your take on him? I’ve only seen him once this year. Blanco’s advice to pound the hard stuff inside seems to have turned his season around.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Big Magoo:

        He looks like a real real uncomfortable at bat. He looks likes throwing at least four pitches: fastball, lot of cutters, curve, change. The pitch mix and pattern are unusual for a closer and I think that’s helping him now. Looks like he hides the ball real well and that three quarter delivery is tough. Guys are late late on 92 so you know they aren’t picking him up. I think RoS he looks safe. Kind of guy that you want to see how the league starts to adjust. But I think that’ll be next year.

  80. Rihse says:
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    starlin castro moved to leadoff. im giving him a couple more days

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cool

  81. costaricanchata says:
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    nice to see the sawx put up a dozen
    and napoli and papi not figure .

  82. letsgobravos says:
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    New station in Atlanta is reporting Heyward is out for the rest of the regular season. Sucks for his owners as he was finally starting to get rolling…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks for the heads up! (Bad choice of a phrase?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that totally sucks

      • @Grey:

        Hola G -

        Thought I would check in to see what you are thinking on this one… Heyward owner here and up till now, 1st place all year and cruise controlling in my 14 team redraft. Cut to me violently punching things in my office with this news. I got $5k on the line here, Niese – you fuggly stupid big nosed maricon!

        H2H Playoffs for me start in 3 weeks, I will have a bye, so 4 weeks of JHey rest for this REALLY pissed off guy. Better to be pissed off, then pissed on… says my wise father.

        6×6 (ops/holds) redraft with deep rosters and shallow benches.
        Questions:
        1. Cut bait on Heyward or hold? I really don’t want to cut him if I can use him in Semis or Finals.
        2. Guessing Jordan Schaefer gets a longer look, but maybe its Gattis or a combo? That’s assuming BJ and Justin occupy other 2 slots. BJ is a turd. Justin has back issues. What a mess.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cut Heyward… Probably a combo of both in the Braves OF

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

            • @EL BURRO:

              Quick ranking for these turds (6×6; ops) to replace Heyward:
              Dayan Viciedo
              Cody Asche
              John Mayberry
              Michael Saunders
              Coco Crisp

              Thanks

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Crisp

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    No problem…

  83. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    (And here come the Heyward replacement questions…)

    Hey Grey, 5×5 standard, who should I replace Heyward with? Middlebrooks, Donnie Murphy, Khrys Davis, Schierholtz, Byrd, Rizzo, Freese?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Byrd

  84. SteveNZ says:
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    Bleurgh. Off to a terrible start everywhere.

  85. royce! says:
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    I need to pick up K. Davis to replace Heyward. Do you think Heyward will have any value in late Sept? I don’t know if it’s worth waiting for Yahoo to DL him (I do have a DL spot available). My playoffs end Sept. 29, so Heyward will have to return at the early part of the time table, which is not really his bag.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think it’s worth holding onto Heyward

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: How about this- which player do you think is more likely to contribute this year- Revere or Howard?

        I’m becoming a huge Indians fan, if only because the closer they get to DET, the less likely Miggy is to sit. Either that or I need DET to put Miggy on the DL now so that he’ll come back right when my playoffs start. I despise h2h.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yikes… Some options… Hold Heyward for a few for now…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Never mind about my last comment. I went with Howard bc I have Rizzo and he’s been blech.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay… Ignore my comment too then… Ha…I doubt it matters, honestly

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @royce!: Rizzo must have been reading Razzball in the clubhouse.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            See that?

  86. Prezi says:
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    Last couple weeks ive lost… Pujols, cruz, heyward,cargo.. when it rains, it pours. Bye bye 1st place team…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  87. SteveNZ says:
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    Open your fucking eyes, Greinke – look at who you’re up against.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jesus

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: And Greinke has the lead…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sweet!

  88. Big Magoo says:
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    Cliff Lee looks like someone to be downgraded for ’14 and beyond. He’s giving up homers in bunches, turns 35 next week, and has logged over 2000 career IP. Just whispering in December Grey’s ear…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heard and heard

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Big Magoo:

      I think he is worth keeping an eye on. Not sure I’m ready to pronounce him cooked. Hr% has a luck factor sometimes.

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I don’t think he’s cooked. Just more of a #2 than a 1 going forward.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Big Magoo:

          Yeah

  89. SteveNZ says:
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    And I’ll be totally pissed off if this Kennedy start turns into a good one.

  90. bossmanjunior says:
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    @Grey

    1) Bogaerts is my only bench bat in a 10 team h2h league. If Heyward misses some time with an injury, would you drop Bogaerts for one of these OF to play every day and which one. Needs are steals or best overall production.

    Raja 1 @NYY, 3@HOU
    EY 3 vDET
    Byrd 3 vDET
    Joyce 3 vNYY
    K. Davis 3 @CIN
    Schierholtz 1 @NAT, 3 @SD
    Vebable 3 vCHC

    2) Would you drop Bogaerts for aforementioned outfielder even if Heyward doesn’t miss any time due to Bogaerts’ playing time concerns? I can afford to carry him on my bench as long as everyone is playing.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rajai… Heyward’s out for the year

  91. Triple D says:
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    Fifth out of 12 in a 7×7 H2H league and want to make sure I secure a spot in the playoffs (week 22). What thinkest thou about keeping Brian Dozier or dropping him for a 2B off the waiver wire? (No, I don’t participate in LARP shizz, just thought I’d tickle your medieval bone with my quill pen.) Slim pickins on the waiver wire, though. Omar Infante? Kelly Johnson? Or do I stick with Doz? I remain your most humble squire, DDD.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yikes… Guess hold Dozier

      • Triple D says:
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        Thx!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  92. Mitch says:
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    Grey-
    Last week I told you that I traded Stanton so you and all othe Stanton owners can rejoice in the HR Barage he was about to hit. A few days and 3 HR later… You’re f’n welcome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  93. poop says:
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    Stanton with a HR today – he’s heating up at the plate with 3 in the last 5!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  94. Big Magoo says:
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    How the hell does someone with Bourjos’ speed have only 39 career SBs? Guys like Austin Jackson and Dexter Fowler are like this too. You’d think they’d learn how to read pitchers by now.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Big Magoo:

      Part of it might be green light. Shuck is real real fast too and he doesn’t get many attempts.

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Yeah, green light, injuries, and playing time all factor in. But 39 for a 26 year old with plus-plus speed? Seems very low to me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, big mystery there

  95. AJ says:
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    So with Bogaerts not playing everday looking for a MI for his off days… Villar or Wong Ros?…and who would you drop? I have Garza who has been blowin of late, Leonys or Salazar? Also have Melancon which I’m hearing Grilli may be back early Sept..so not sure if its worth keeping him around or I could just dop Xander..also better DL stash David Wright or Parnell? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wong, Perez, Wright

  96. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    Why the hell did I drop Miller yesterday

  97. bossmanjunior says:
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    Crap….

    So aside from dropping Heyward for Raja, would you continue to hold Bogaerts for a little longer or cut ties in a 10 team league? He’s my only bench bat right now and I have Hill at 2B and Zobrist at SS. Would you pick up another one of the aforementioned outfielders (if so which one from my previous post) to platoon with Raja , hold Bogaerts, or pick up a different middle infielder such as Aybar or Franklin. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grab Franklin or Aybar depending on needs

  98. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    Kids say the funniest things, ” If I was lying then I would be telling the truth” I think she is ready for adulthood with knowledge drops like that

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! you’re gonna have a handful…

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @Grey: in the fake plastic two faced no accountability world we live in today, she’s on the right path

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          She’s definitely making more sense than a lot of people on Twitter, for instance…

          • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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            @Grey: I was like damn, I could of wrote whole papers in college with that one statement

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, I think I might’ve…

              • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                @Grey: where is our resident philosopher oaktown steve to chime in

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Preparing tomorrow’s stack?

                  • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                    @Grey: me too, Anthony gose to pair with lind or go Yankees vs. Happ

  99. Bryan says:
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    I am in need of a SS…considering making an offer for JJ Hardy….would you offer Zimmerman, Donaldson, or Sandoval for him? If so, which one should I try and pawn off to get him?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pablo

  100. Eddy says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Villar has been losing some playing time recently. I have him for speed, but there comes a point where I value playing time over SAGNOF.

    Stick with him or go with Brad Miller, Nick Franklin or Scooter Gennett? 12-team OBP H2H.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

  101. MB says:
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    I need to pick up two in deep league out of Seth Smith, Mark Reynolds and Chris Heisey.

    i see Heisey is in coors next week

    reg 5 cat by 5 cat league

    Gracias

  102. SteveNZ says:
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    Castro!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Big day!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Rajai!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, it’s awesome… Team has shot up 5 points today…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Lost a point in the RCL today – an 11 in steals now. Don’t have Rajai. Sad trombone.

            Just dumped Bogaerts for Eduardo Nunez…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Smart move

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: I need Marte back too. He’s got me to 11-12 in steals almost on his own.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, in one league we have Segura and Marte and have about 40 steals more than the next closest team

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Rajai picked off!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Dah!

  103. Hondo says:
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    Davey Johnson did his weekly appearance with the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan today, and it produced yet another best-ever quote from the Nats manager.

    “I’ve got scouts out there that you guys have been really raunchy today,” Johnson scolded the Junkies shortly into their interview.

    Jason Bishop then explained that they had been discussing the news that Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli apparently is dating a porn star who goes by the name Rachel Starr.

    Johnson’s reply: “Well none of my guys could, ’cause we can’t score.”
    (Rimshot) – from the Washington Post

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awesome… HA!

  104. The Thumb says:
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    Yesterday’s podcast was awesome…. FACT.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, I’ll pass along to Nick, seemed like people liked it…

  105. SteveNZ says:
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    That Shuck pickup was an effing waste of time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw, Shuck

  106. Pope says:
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    Hey guys, off topic, but I have a question. I would like to get an e-cig, but despite trying to do research I cannot seem to find anything I feel good about buying. Any suggestions for a good starter?

    • Pope says:
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      @Pope: Also, Alcides or Miller for SS? Got rid of Castro finally

    • frankgrimes says:
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      I’d start with a couple vision spinner batteries a couple of clearomizers and juice. There vape stores everywhere these days. Jack knows a bunch.

      • Pope says:
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        @frankgrimes: Thanks, I was hoping Jack would give me some insight. I’ll look into those and see what stores are around

        • frankgrimes says:
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          @Pope: you could right to something like an MVP but depends o. what/where you be using. I started with something like this and bought bunch of sample juices til I got the hang of it. Now a few months later I’ve stopped smoking cigs and looking to upgrade from the spinners it will still use em.

          http://www.myvaporstore.com/Vision_Spinner_Joye_Ego_C_Twist_Combo_p/vvs-c.htm

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            The Ego-Twist is the way to go… I’ve been vaping for over a year and have gone through a bunch of gizmos… Twist is the best, my mom uses it too, so there’s that…

            • Pope says:
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              @Grey: Haha thanks! That one looks great, thanks for the link @frankgrimes. Which cartomizers would you choose, or does it really matter?

              • frankgrimes says:
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                @Pope: I like the kanger evod but you can’t see the juice so well if that matters to you. There is a difference between cartomizer and clearomizers haha. But don’t stress that starter kit is pretty cool if you don’t have a shop near by and don’t forget the juice!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Jack Full of Hate would know better, I’d ask him… Just make sure they vape at a 4.8, whatever that means…

                • Pope says:
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                  @Grey: Ha ok thanks

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    No problem

            • frankgrimes says:
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              @Grey: yes the spinner is basically a twist but I like it better because 1) you can see the damn numbers on the bottom 2) it’s a little bigger 3) it lasts a little longer before needing a charge

  107. SteveNZ says:
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    O’Day in for the 8th for Baltimore. Hunter maybe being held back to close?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be… Can we get Kenley out for the 9th?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I hope so. Yeah, I need Kenley in the H2H…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t know, Greinke doesn’t have that many pitches, I wouldn’t be surprised if Mattingly sends him out…I hope not, obviously

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: He was pinch-hit for. no more runs, Dodgers!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          YES!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: According to the Twitter, Hunter and Matusz warming up. No sign of JJ.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes sense, JJ’s been an effin mess

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: WTF? O’Day still in there…

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @SteveNZ: And now Matusz?

              Free Tommy!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ugh, I can’t pick up Matusz…

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @Grey: I grabbed him in the RCL. Mulling it in the H2H – I have 4 closers already there, though his SP eligibility is nice.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, it feels like a matchup situation since Matusz is a lefty…

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @Grey: They must be playing matchups? Might see Hunter yet.

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @Grey: Now we’re talking. Tough situation though…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I guess I could drop Siegrist for Matusz… Nah!

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @Grey: I dropped Carpenter.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I dropped him for a batty call for tomorrow (Andrelton)

                    • Hondo says:
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                      @Grey:
                      Think Andrelton will leadoff now that Heyward has been defaced?
                      I might reconsider my Ramos for a day move since I dumped both my crappy SS’s today.

                      He was 3-4 tonight and had a 3 run double last night.Better than Miller short term?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, didn’t make it easy for Hunter

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @Grey: Clean as a whistle.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup

                    • JFK says:
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                      @Grey:

                      Ack…what’s the call here for Johnson owners? Grab Hunter?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, grab him immediately

                    • JFK says:
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                      @Grey:

                      Ouch, that hurts…Betancourt also blew the save and took a loss today, w/Brothers available on my wire along w/Hunter.
                      Would you drop Johnson for Hunter or Brothers?

                      Thoughts on whether this is just to give JJ a few days off regardless of how Hunter performs, and that he’ll get the role back within a week?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      JJ could get the role back by next week, I wouldn’t drop him… You have no one else to drop?

                    • JFK says:
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                      @Grey:

                      Can’t drop any bats as I’m already one slot empty w/Gomez and JUp hurting.

                      SPs: Felix, Iwa, Masterson, Beachy, Lackey, Fister, Perez
                      RPs: Johnson, Reed, Farquhar, Hawkins

                      I’ve been hating Fister lately, but probably not enough to drop him to hold an RP on the bench…hold Johnson, I guess?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hold, yeah

                    • JFK says:
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                      @Grey:

                      Thanks, almost made a panic move there.
                      Freakin’ JJ.

                      Whiskey-time!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, yup

  108. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey do you like Farquar more than Perkins or Chishek?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Chisek

  109. frankgrimes says:
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    been to AT&T last two days posey .226 1 HR since break more proof you’re right again sir grey
    shame they bring up Xander for platoon (even double switched him out last night in 6th) also shame giants suck so bad this year. Sabean should trade for Stanton.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Would make sense for the Giants, but I’d hate to see him end up there, though more road games in Coors…

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: we watched him take BP one day and it was majestic brought a tear to my eye

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hey, he’s mine, get your own slugger!

          • frankgrimes says:
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            @Grey: your right ill stick with Au shizz the only bright spot in my money keeper league Hehe

  110. SteveNZ says:
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    Ziegler in. Let’s have a vulture win!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: LOL. Chapman hitting. Must be a sight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh… I’m all for the vulture, but why is he in this game?

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey: to shit in my hand and say it’s a sandwich apparently…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Just don’t understand why they’d send him into that game… So freakin’ stupid

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Ugh. This is not helping. Whatever force it is that governs fantasy baseball doesn’t want me to have an ERA of under 3.40.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Effin’ up all of Greinke’s work, incredible

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: *cries on Grey’s shoulder*

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            There, there

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: Uh oh. I have Stammen active in the RCL too…

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: No lie, when he got the second out, I was back at 3.39. 3.414 now.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, I just lost two points overall from that nonsense

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: Not over yet…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I had an ERA and WHIP that started with a zero before that… Dah!

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @Grey: 2.38/1.32 with two wins, a save and 15 Ks from 11.1P, so could be worse I suppose.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yup, sounds about the same as mine… Minus the save… Unless the Royals can rally

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: Stammen has been nails lately. You should take a look…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Will keep it in mind after I dump my batty calls tomorrow

      • Kid A says:
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        @SteveNZ: please make the hurt stop.

  111. SteveNZ says:
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    Goldy to make us feel better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wish

  112. Nick says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Long time – no post, hope everything is going well with you & your fantasy team(s)!

    I had a rough first half of a fantasy season finishing 12 of 12 at the all-star break but since then. stormed back to 6 of 12 (26.5 points back). Categories for improvement in this roto league… I’m near last in WHIP followed by ERA. On offense I could use Avg (near last) follwed by HR and RBIs…obviously I’m making a push for saves with 5 closers;

    C- Wieters
    1B- Hosmer
    2B- Aaron Hill
    3B- Donnie Murphy
    SS- Scooter Gennett
    OF-Holiday, Venable, Werth
    Flex- Austin Jackson & Freddie Freeman
    Bench- Will Myers
    DL- D Wright

    SP-Jose Fernandez, Verlander, Shelby Miller, Burnett, Liriano, Teheran & Hamels
    RP- Ziegler, Janssen, Henderson, Farquhar, Hawkins

    I just noticed that the D-backs brought Ziegler in the bottom 8th when they were up 8-7, I thought he was the closer!? Maybe a roster spot has opened? Waivers for 2B, 3B, SS (to replace A Hill or Scooter) are Uribe, A-Rod, Nunez, Dozier, Ackley, Flores, Brad Miller, Nick Franklin, Aramis Ramirez and A. Cabrera…

    Not looking to make moves on starting pitching (could I possibly consider dumping Shelby?!) Waivers include Gee, Wheeler, Cobb, Estrada and DeLaRosa. What are your suggestions Mr. Gray! Thanks as always!!

    • Grey

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      Hey, man, good to hear from you… The Diamondbacks were losing, he was just getting work… I’d probably go Miller over Scooter, but hold elsewhere

  113. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Soooo….Ziegler put in for the 8th down by a run to get lit up while they try and blow my precious Corbin’s arm out last night for 120 pitches? Do I drop Ziegler for someone like Hunter with tonights shenanigans or do I hold him? Odd they put him on for the 8th when they were the away team and down by 1????

    • Grey

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      He was getting work, he’s hasn’t really done anything to lose the job other than tonight which wasn’t even a save… If you want to gamble on Hunter, go for it, I’d hold

  114. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    hey Oaktown Steve, got any stachs for tomorrow, I’m throwing Lind out there, but I like the Yanks vs. Happ

    • Prezi says:
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      @Jack Full O’ Hate: philly cheese stack… That bettis guy is terrible..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s hilarious, where’s that from? Cartoon Network?

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @Grey: It’s Adventure Time, same place my avatar comes from.

  115. Grey's Goatee says:
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    Our boy Jason Castro has been the lone bright spot of my offense today. A diamond amidst a pile of steaming turds.

    Well he and Christ Davis, but that’s just what I expect from him now.

    I do have a season best 5 saves today in the ol’ RCL. *blows on fingernails, lights a Cuban* SAGNOFin’ ain’t easy, but someone has to do it.

    Thank you based god.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nicely done on the SAGNOF!… My offense has been okay today, Castro and Adam Jones… Can’t believe I was was messing with Perez for so long…

      • Grey's Goatee says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah, Castro goes back home against a pathetic Blue Jays staff and then heads off to hitter-friendly Cellular Field.

        My offense couldn’t even hit the wide side of a barn these days. Or so it seems. Days like these are when fake baseball is about as fun and uplifting as watching Requiem for a Dream in a room full of heroin addicts.

        At least my Dodgers are playing well.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  116. SteveNZ says:
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    Anyone know if Panda and/or J-Up are supposed to be back tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: a blurb claimed upton was, but i would trust that at most 60%

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @SteveNZ: On the broadcast today, the braves announcers said they expected JUP back for the start of the cards series…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @letsgobravos: Thanks. I’ve grabbed Viciedo (a slam today and has hit Shields well in the past) as insurance.

  117. SteveNZ says:
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    And do we like Reynolds against Happ tomorrow?

    • Grey

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      I’d stream him there, yup

  118. Prezi says:
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    If tommy hunter runs away with this, it will be the first time hes done that in years!

    • Grey

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      Haha…Nice…

  119. gareth says:
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    So I need some replacements due to an insane injury bug that has decimated my team. Mauer, bautista and heyward. All out in one fell swoop. Bye average, power and a sudden resurgence.

    Waiver options for replacing mauer: saltalamacchia, sal perez, gattis.

    I can cover the lost outfielders with gardner and puig / cespedes..

    However my only ss (I streamed villar) has not even played this week. Sagnof mia!!!

    The following guys are available on the wire for sagnof: alcides, wong, aybar.

    Asdrubal and miller are there too but my team needs steals badly.

    So which catcher and ss would you say are the 2 best options?

  120. gareth says:
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    It says mauer is on a 7 day dl thing, but with concussions, you never know. The irritating thing is there are NO dl spots in my league, so the guys sit there taking up a spot until they are reactivated.

    I’m obviously dropping heyward. Bautista is listed as 15 day dl so he’s going to be dropped too. Feels wrong dropping joey bats though.

    Catching replacements are all shitty so thats why I’m considering holding mauer. Its a 2 starting catcher league and my other guy is santana, who’s having a poor year.

    Beware the concusstador!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: those 3 really aren’t that shitty of catcher replacements at all. especially if this is 2 catcher league. i don’t know how many teams are in this league, but it should be smaller than 10 or maybe even 8, as those 3 all rate higher than 16 overall at C spot. take salty. Wong for steals, however he won’t play everyday, aybar for that. I’m in a 16 team league with only 1 catcher spot, and none of those have been available pretty much all year. Ruiz/Avila/Mesoraco (occasionally a.j. ellis is out there for 2 days at a time), nothing as good as those 3 you have to choose from.

      • gareth says:
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        @goodfold2: its a 10 team cbs roto league that over time has degenerated into a battle between 3 guys for top spot. 5 people have given up through various stages of the season. So those are all ghost teams. And the other 2 barely give a shit and make horrible roster decisions.

        So there are more good players to cherry pick from the wire than there normally would be.

        The two reasons I am sticking with it:

        1) I am not a quitter.

        2) one of the guys I’m duking it out with for first place is a real douche. He made some trades that bordered on collusion early in the season then turned around and blamed me and some other guy for the same thing! all of a sudden things started to not go his way and he goes and whines sporadically on the forum section and makes wild accusations. The dude is hated in that league so I’m determined to beat his sorry ass.

        I sometimes get made fun of on razzball because my team is stacked and my league is kind of a joke. You gotta see it through to the end though, right?

  121. gareth says:
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    Gattis has been awful lately but does he see an upstick in playing time due to heywards face breakage?

    His catcher eligibility plus outfield eligibility makes him appealing. Would he play 5 days a week now ( at least 2 catcher, 3 outfield)?

    I’m all about the counting stats, average and playing time at the catcher position. Obviously none of these guys are any help with my greatest need (steals).

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: perez definitely plays the most out of any catcher not named Y.Molina. He’ll also beat Gattis in avg, but likely worse in counting stats, unless Mr. Manager in K.C. town gets him back up in order and maybe not even then.

      • gareth says:
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        @goodfold2: yeah, i agree. Grey has a running gag about perez and now appears very happy to have ditched the guy for castro.

        Option number 4 is d’arnaud btw, but I’m wary of rookies. Especially in that cavernous ballpark.

    • Prezi says:
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      @gareth: classic G3… 2 1/2 of the 3, catcher questions… Vintage G3! Hahahaha

      • gareth says:
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        @Prezi: i’m just like classic coke. You sir are are value time store’s own brand that tastes like your grandmothers yeast infection.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @gareth:

      do you like pena a lot (?) ha

      • gareth says:
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        @costaricanchata: I like getting caught in the rain.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @gareth: of course try to win as much as possible, even if near half of your league quit. in my 16 around 4-5 have either quit or only pay any attention like every 3 weeks for a day or so. And this league i mention is for $150 each. I’m assuming G3 is Gareth? If not i have no idea who this is referencing.

          • gareth says:
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            @goodfold2: he’s making fun of the fact I sometimes have bursts of like 3 comments in a row on razzball. He just made that name up.

          • gareth says:
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            @goodfold2: where are you in your league? Still competitive? What’s the prize money breakdown?

  122. gareth says:
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    So its boring:

    Perez, aybar

    Rookie upside:

    D’arnaud, wong

    Or

    Betting on a Hit or miss, hot/cold streak:

    Salty / gattis, escobar

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: you won’t need to grab d’arnaud until he’s actually hitting in that league you mentioned. grab salty for C now.

  123. ThE sHiT says:
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    Anyone,
    Middlebrooks or Viciedo ROS?

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