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Grab Luke Gregerson!  Ah, that’s how you start a post.  Some sweet, sweet SAGNOF.  It’s like when I walk into a room and it just lights up.  Guys and four girls be going, “Ooh, what’s his name, and can I get his number?”  My mustache is yours.  *eye wink*  There’s plenty of me to go around.  On the other hand (wasn’t that the first hand?), there hasn’t been that many closer jobs changing hands (there’s those hands again).  This weekend us save chasers caught a lucky break when Sean Doolittle came down with a strained intercostal.  Yes, he strained the highway that runs down the side of Florida.  What the H do I know?  Handsome, that’s the H I know.  Now, go grab Gregerson and come back for some straight fantasy flavor from the Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate it, thank you).  UPDATE: A’s said they might go to Eric O’Flaherty, the dad from Freaks and Geeks.  I’d grab both Gregerson and O’Flaherty until the situation worked itself out.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Geovany Soto – Acquired by the A’s.  This now gives them four catchers, unless you also count Donaldson, who used to catch.  Thus begins the newest installment by Michael Lewis, Catchball.  “While the majority of clubs had caught up to the inequality in perceived value for players with a high OBP and started platooning all of their positions, teams hadn’t yet realized that having five guys on the field all calling pitches was the new market inefficiency.”   Jon Lester said, “I remember one time I got a signal from (Derek) Norris behind home, went into my wind-up to get a new signal from (Stephen) Vogt in left field, then, right before I delivered the ball home, (John) Jaso, on the bench as our DH, gave me the final pitch call.  It was disconcerting at first, but Beane knows what he’s doing, when he’s not lifting weights.”

Scott Kazmir – 3 IP, 7 ER.  T-minus 8 hours until it’s revealed he’s injured.

Josh Hamilton – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 10th homer, and 2nd homer this weekend.  H2H owners of Hamilton rejoice!  Roto owners of Hamilton are playing fantasy football!

Michael Cuddyer – Hit the DL.  I thought he’d hit the DL next weekend after multiple setbacks.  I obviously underestimated him.  If MLB starts counting games missed due to the DL instead of Wins, the Rockies are going to be automatic contenders.

Michael McKenry – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Meanwhile, Rosario caught a catnap.

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Who says I won’t put Arenado in the 2nd round for 2015?  Who?  Well, I won’t.  But he’s going to be damn high.

Drew Stubbs – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 16th steal.  Every player should get one year where they get to play in Colorado.  Should be in the next players’ labor agreement.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs with his 7th homer.  When Harper wasn’t running into walls or teammates or barber’s shears, he was hitting.  That was never a problem.  Until this year.  Let’s be clear, he’s also not a potato chip in the shape of Matt Bush.  Since Harper adjusted his batting stance on July 18th (including yesterday’s gamer), he’s hitting .281 with 5 homers.  Like Goldilocks, he’s not out of the woods yet.  He’s striking out a lot in August (32%), but it’s not all Grimm either.  His homers per fly balls have stabilized and he’s making much better contact (28% line drive rate). If you have Harper, you gotta hope he’s out of whatever funk he was in earlier in the year with the batting stance adjustment.  I think in 2015 it might be the last time we get a bargain on him.

Stephen Strasburg – 4 IP, 5 ER.  Okay, only have so many apologies for young Nats wannabe-superstars.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  One day he’ll get his due…Then the next day he’ll tear his rotator cuff.  Stupid laws of karma.

Angel Pagan – Sat out yesterday with calf tightness and hopes to be back today.  SAT Question:  Pagan and Cuddyer get on a tandem bicycle.  They will fall and injury themselves within A) Five feet B) Ten feet C) There’s no C.

Gregor Blanco – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 2nd homer.  The Giants could probably just go with Gregor instead of Pagan, but Angel is three years older and on the Giants that means something.  Sabean misinterprets Wins Above Replacement and just likes to go with WAR vets.

Tim Lincecum – 2 2/3 IP, 4 ER and could be bumped from the rotation.  Oh, how the mighty have fallen.  And the stoned, rail-thin too.

Yan Gomes – Hit the concussion DL.  Indians decided to play it safe with Gomes after he went into the manager and pitched him a cooking show called Yan Concussed.

Danny Salazar – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks.  When he puts it all together, I will be his biggest fan.  We are not at that point with Salazar yet.  He’s still very risky.

Trevor Bauer – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Speaking of risky, Bauer is like naming your kid after your ATM password.  Unless you put asterisks in place of certain letters on their birth certificate, it’s just unnecessary risk.

Jose Ramirez – 3-for-4, 1 RBI, hitting near-.400 in the last week.  You say hot schmotato, I say hot schmotato.  Let’s call the whole thing on!

Danny Santana – 2-for-5, 1 runs, 2 RBIs in what was an insane weekend overall by the Twins.  The Twins scored more this weekend than they had in the previous two years combined*.  *Calculator watch broke, and I rounded, but I think that’s accurate.

Kennys Vargas – 3-for-5, 1 run.  When the Twins show up at a game, they have a separate bus for all the Kennys.  The only girl that can handle so many of the same man is Andie MacDowell.  Kennys collected more RBIs this weekend than Mauer has all year.  That’s a lot smaller exaggeration than it sounds like.

Max Scherzer – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Beware the Ys of August.

Miguel Cabrera – Sat out on Sunday with a sore ankle.  He could’ve probably played, but after unveiling his new style of play of only hitting singles, he thought it was best if he sat out.  At the offseason ceremony when Puig became Charley Luau, did Miggy become Singles Poi?

Justin Verlander – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER vs. the Twins.  Sadly, that was his best outing in 6 weeks.

Victor Martinez – 3-for-6, 4 RBIs and his 25th homer.  Really embarrassed for bloggers who pretend to be journalists everywhere that no one has alleged V-Mart is on PEDs.  You people call yourselves faux journalists?

Rajai Davis – 2-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  The King of SAGNOF said in a press conference where Jarrod Dyson was the translator, “When Your Majesty, me, pours an ice bucket over my head, it’s a bucket filled with diamonds.  Now stop nominating me.”

Ian Kinsler – 2-for-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI and his 14th steal.  Please come out of your last month of dreck.  I’m asking nicely and thanking you kindly.

Aroldis Chapman – Threw four K-heavy innings from Thursday through Saturday, so Jonathan Broxton got the save yesterday.  If you were handcuffed to Broxton, you can lose him.  If you lost the handcuff key, that sucks but at least you’re not handcuffed to Rosie O’Donnell.

Alfredo Simon – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 3.26.  Reds should look at filling their entire rotation with guys that have been prone to nefarious behavior:  Cueto (kicking LaRue in the head), Simon (accused of murder in his home country), Latos (subjecting the world to his wife).

Todd Frazier – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 22nd homer.  Sorry, Billy Butler, but Todd’s the only Double D I want.

Jay Bruce – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 12th steal.  Maybe Bruce, Evan Longoria and Miguel Cabrera went to Tadahito Iguchi’s Middle Infield Fantasy camp this past offseason.  “Today, we’re joined by Josh Barfield, who, as his last name implies, could spray it around.”

Evan Gattis – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 20th homer.  More amazing than all the power he’s showing is he’s hitting .276 this year.  All while wearing a cardboard box for a shirt.  Incredible!

Phil Gosselin – 2-for-4.  On the fo’really, how did Fredi Gonzalez fall so out of favor with La Stella in the matter of three weeks?  It’s like the Braves management goes in to see Fredi, “We have this guy, La Stella, that had a .400-something OBP in the minors.”  Fredi, “Cool, I’ll give him nine days to prove himself.”

Jerome Williams – 8 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 1.77 on the Phils.  Back in the day, Jerome wasn’t good.  Jerome!  Jerome!  Put on that Bobby Womack!   Nah, girl, I’m going way back, like four starts ago, when Jerome was terrible on the Rangers.  Or six starts ago when he was terrible on the Astros.

Jimmy Rollins – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer, after stealing his 25th and 26th base on Saturday.  Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you, Rollins has more fantasy value than that shortstop that’s on your team.  Yeah, and better than that other one too.  Geez, you have three shortstops on your team?  Well, Rollins is better than him too.

Ben Revere – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 38th steal.  After the game, Revere said, “Let’s see Denard Span do that!  Assuming I’m not Denard Span.  I’m not, right?”

Justin Masterson – 3 IP, 5 ER, ERA on the Cards up to 7.43.  I watched some of this game and Masterson was the victim of some bad luck.  It was totally bad luck that he had to face a major league team.  He should be facing a celebrity softball team or a minor league team.

Jhonny Peralta – 2-for-3, 1 run and his 18th homer on Saturday, that’s three homers in the last ten games.  Can’t spell homer without an H, and you can’t spell Jhonny without an H, assuming you’re spelling it with an H.  Does any of that seem coincidental?

Yunel Escobar – 2-for-4, and was claimed off waivers by the A’s, but now they have to work out a trade and see if Yunel can catch.

Evan Longoria – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 5th steal.  Sweet, only 20 more steals and his 16 homers won’t be so bad.  I am thrilled.

Chris Archer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.09.  Member how cacacuckoo I was for Cobb in the preseason?  Of course you do, unless you were struck on your head in the last five months.  Well, that’s how crazy I think I’m going to be for Archer.

Jacob deGrom – 6 IP, 5 ER.  As I said for the last seven years, pitchers returning from the DL are hella dangerous.  Well, technically, I’ve been saying ‘hella’ for the last 12 years.  I still wouldn’t go near deGrom until he throws a decent deGame.

Lucas Duda – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 25th and 26th homers.  He’s like the Pied Piper of hamsters, only he’s putting Visine in their drinking water and giving them the runs.  Wet Tail until you die!

Ruben Tejada – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  Paid off for the Mets to hold Tejada three years past the point where they wanted to.

Travis d’Arnaud – 2-for-5 and his 12th homer.  Hehe, I picked him up to replace Gomes.  My catcher scab wasn’t itchy, but it still feels good to run my nails over it.

David Wright – 1-for-2, 1 run, but left yesterday’s game with neck spasms.  The Mets should let him strengthen his neck by wearing the head of Mr. Met.

Hanley Ramirez – 0-for-4 as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department showed up at work on Monday with a phallus drawn on his face in permanent marker, so he had lunch in his office, but screamed from behind a closed door, “Get Hanley in your lineup!”

Andrew Cashner – 5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 1 K.  He didn’t look right at all, and wouldn’t be surprised if he’s back on the DL again in the next two weeks.  I would hold him for now because of his home park and track record being more Mary Decker than Zola Budd.

Kevin Quackenbush – 1 IP, 3 ER on Saturday.  Joaquin Benoit threw a clean inning yesterday so Quakenbush can duck off.

Yasmani Grandal – 1-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Rizzo who?!  The player the Padres traded, which led to Grandal playing first yesterday.  I know, Random Italicized Voice.  It was a figure of speech.  ‘Rizzo who’ is a figure of speech?  What’s that a, gerund?

Tsuyoshi Wada – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.56.  I’m beginning to think I should upgrade Wada from streamer to must own.  Doesn’t have enough innings under his belt for full confidence, but his K-rate (8.1) and walk rate (2.2) are solid-bordering-on-excellent, and he looks like a guy you need to take a flyer on in almost all mixed leagues.

Arismendy Alcantara – 2-for-3 and a slam (4) and legs (7), hitting .228.  Sure, the average has been less than, uh, average, but he’s on pace for a 15-homer, 28-steal season if prorated.  If you’ve been reading the site for a minute, and that’s an Urban Dictionary minute that is actually a long time, you know I throw out average and am gonna be crazy excited for Arismendy next year.

Yu Darvish – Still has not started throwing, but the Rangers originally said he’s going to return tomorrow.  Hmm, maybe my original timetable of March is more accurate.

Eric Hosmer – Could resume swinging a bat on Monday.  Hopefully I don’t get a notification that he’s updated his LinkedIn too.  Leave me alone, LinkedIn!

Billy Butler – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer, connecting off Scott Baker (5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 1 K).  Not the first time Butler’s hit up a Baker.

Mike Fiers – 7 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA’s at 1.54.  I dropped him about a week ago and Rudy picked him up.  After he did, he texted me, “Can’t believe you dropped Fiers.”  It was a fair comment.  I probably shouldn’t have, but I have Yordano, Teheran, Arrieta and Alex Wood, and can’t really afford to carry anymore starters because I’m chasing saves.  This brings me to my point in a very roundabout (Yes!) way.  You can ask me if you should drop so-and-so, but without knowing the full scope of your shituation, it’s not always clear cut.

Gerardo Parra – 2-for-4 as he played over Khris Davis.  If someone Gillooly’s Parra’s knees, I’m going to be a prime suspect.

Scooter Gennett – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and a homer on Saturday, his 9th.  Once Rickie Weeks is off the Brewers this offseason, my love for Scooter is gonna be on like Donkey Kong in Hong Kong while playing ping pong with Kolten Wong.

Pedro Alvarez – 0-for-3, 1 run and his 8th steal, and two homers (16, 17) and a steal on Saturday.  The Pirates seem content with a platoon of him and Gaby at first base, which is about as sad as if you were being platooned at 1st base in your office softball league with a girl named Gaby.  If Alvarez is getting hot, and the Pirates decide to let him go every day, I’d pick him up.  Too early to say yet, so for now you gotta be like a cyclops with a monocle.

Starling Marte – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, hitting near-.450 in the last week with a handful of homers (if you have tiny hands).

Masahiro Tanaka – Will throw a simulated game on Thursday.  If he can complete the simulated game, he will save the princess and possibly go on a rehab assignment.  He’s on pace to throw one inning in the last game of the season.  Definitely worth it to risk his career for that.

Brett Gardner – Missed Sunday’s game with a sore ankle.  Ellsbury didn’t start with general soreness after getting run down by Major Fatigue.  Not at all coincidentally, Chris Sale (6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks) pitched yesterday.

Chris Capuano – 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Stream-o-Nator liked yesterday’s start by Capuano, my, Capuano, but doesn’t want anything to do with his next start, and I agree.

Alexei Ramirez – 1-for-5 and his 12th homer.  I wonder if Ozzie Guillen is enjoying Alexei’s fine season.  Ozzie always took a special pride in Alexei, but he’d never say pride because he felt like that word was gay.

Conor Gillaspie – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  On my NFBC team that is doing horribly, the lone bright spot is Gillaspie, which tells you more about how horrible my team is doing than anything else I could say.

Avisail Garcia – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer.  I just gave you my Avisail Garcia fantasy on Friday.  I wrote it while coming up with an excuse to not take a couples cooking class at Sur La Table.

David Ortiz – 1-for-3, 1 run, but left the game after he fouled a ball off his foot.  Call him Charles Durning cause he got hurt by a Tootsie.

Xander Bogaerts – Hit the 7-day DL with a concussion.  Bogaerts owners this year are starring in The Malcontent Falcon.

Will Middlebrooks – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs.  I think that might’ve been the most fantasy value he’s given in any game this year, but I’m going off memory.

Yoenis Cespedes – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  Too bad he can’t catch games, right, Billy Beane?

Mookie Betts – 2-for-3 and his 3rd steal and 2nd in as many games.  That’s about all I’d expect of him this year, but if he’s doing it, he’s definitely worth a look if you’re hard up for SAGNOF.

Corey Hart – Started a rehab assignment.  He was disappointed with the donuts in the back of the room, but he had plenty of guys to go outside and smoke with.  Oh, wait, it wasn’t court-appointed rehab.

Robinson Cano – Left yesterday’s game with dizziness.  Maybe he got a look at the size of his contract.  “Can to the izz-O, I told you not to look at that.”  That’s his agent, Jay-Z, calling him.

Dustin Ackley – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI, and a homer on Saturday, while batting over .300 in the last week.  He has 4 homers and 5 steals in the month of August.  Prorated, that’s a 25/30 player.  Okay, that’s playing stupid with sample sizes — that’s what she said!  Huh? — but he has been good for about seven weeks now.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 2 1/3 IP, 5 ER in Fenway.  This was the shortest outing of his career, and his 2nd shortest outing of his career was also against the Sawx.  Hisashi’s dashing — Sawx usurp USURP!

  1. Spammer Jay says:
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    Is it safe to drop Bailey?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Spammer Jay: In a redraft it is

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Spammer Jay: if it’s a dead roster spot sure. I have him DL in one league though

    • Clint says:
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      @Spammer Jay:

      I took a chance and dropped him for Minor in both my 12 team roto and 8 team h2h pts leagues (both of which have keepers). The Reds are out of it so I view him like Greg does Darvish: why risk it when the guy admits he’s had multiple ailments all year? Even if he does come back at this point, you’re looking at a minimal number of starts for him. Only guy I’m hanging onto that’s on that schedule’s Wacha.

  2. The JoGarza says:
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    That Lester blurb was great, Grey. Good stuff as always.

    On the A’s shituation, beat writer Susan Slusser says Eric O’Flaherty has a strong chance of getting first crack to close. Melvin apparently wants to keep Gregerson in a set up role. I’d handcuff both if you have the roster space.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The JoGarza: Yeah, good call, I updated the post

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @The JoGarza: damn shame A. this was posted around 18 minutes earlier, and B. i read it at that time. good info though, as you beat the news sources to this by about 6 hours.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: wasn’t and didn’t should have been added to A and B.

  3. Harry says:
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    Grey, I believe Cook is the add even though it is a closer – by – committee with Cook / Otero / O’ Flaherty since Bob Melvin said that Gregerson is still the set – up man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harry: Sounds like it’s O’Flaherty

  4. TheMuppetManiac says:
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    Would you drop Wily Peralta or Ervin Santana for Wada?

  5. Aaron says:
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    The Cleveland Batter Time Outs would have taken one to the melon if I were McHugh on Saturday. I may have also told Castro to “accidentally” miss a high-heater, since that’s basically what Blue was calling strikes. He may not have had his best stuff, but it was a painful game to watch as a baseball fan. I think Carter needs some lasik, snort, Adderall, an ice-bucket challenge or some combination there of to wake the eff up when he’s hitting sometimes. Hanley Ramirez shouldn’t be your role model.

    ok… naptime.. :)

    ps. Sorry Wahoo fans. I don’t mean to be rude. As a good fantasy buddy of mine (who made the OBVIOUS and CLEARLY FORESEEN decision to pick up Brantley and Gomes this year) said to me… “hey… they can hit.”

  6. KillerB says:
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    So I grabbed Smyly as bottom of the rotation. Should I swap him for Wada? This coming from a guy who has benefitted from Hisashi for 2 years now…

    • Cram It says:
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      @KillerB: @KillerB: If those are your best options, I’d stream the spot.

      • KillerB says:
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        @grey — this is for start of next year $1 keeper

    • J-FOH says:
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      @KillerB: wada. When close I go NL

  7. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Gr8 stuff, man!

    Ended my misery with Wright and added Plouffe. Of course, there is no way that the Twinkies can continue hitting this much, or is it? I’ve also got Danny Santana and Joe Mauer (both off waivers) so have maybe too many hostess twinkies in my basket.

    On Doolittle, signed up Wada across the board. That’ll leave me with Street and Fiers on one team, Fiers, Chapman, Wood on another and Fiers, Chapman, and Jansen on my third team. Should be okay for RP for the stretch drive.

    Would you start Gray or Santana over a two-start Quintana?

    Thanks a million.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Ante GALIC: My magic 8 ball is telling me the Twinkies will continue their slaughter of potential playoff teams. So yes they’ll continue hitting. My magic 8 ball is actually cocaine, and I’m high so disregard everything I just told you…

  8. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Gregerson or Casilla to replace Doolittle?

  9. MooseOutFront says:
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    Particularly strong write-up today. I lol’d throughout, particularly at:
    Bus full of Kennys / Andie McDowell comment
    Kevin from ESPN yelling from behind a closed door
    leave me alone LinkedIn

    I appreciate what you do here.

  10. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    Giraffe’s have no neck.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Ha…I knew he was a closet football junkie

      • @Grey: I watched McGloin (you??) on tv the other day and he really looked like you, this pic was the best I could find, but on tv he was a dead ringer, for Jersey’s infamous, Grey Albright..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s like I’m looking in a mirror…

  11. Tony Mags says:
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    I have Shields and Pineda going against each other today. Throw both and hope for a win and a ND or sit Pineda?

  12. KK says:
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    Keeper league, have 7 keepers, but if it comes down to picking between Machado at $11 and Arenado at $1, it’s gotta be arenado, right?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @KK: Yea id go with Arenado

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @KK: In a vaccum for me. Even if Manny was healthy. Coors makes the decision pretty easy. Now let’s imagine Giancarlo playing 80+ gms at Coors! * Drool*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KK: Arenado

  13. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Do you think Doolittle maintains his closer job upon his return?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Greys #1 Fan: you never know with the A’s. If you have the DL space then hold on

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Greys #1 Fan: He should, but he could also be out for a month

  14. Johan Barleycorn says:
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    Great post Grey.

    I need help deciding what to do with Manny Machado. I’d hate to drop him but I’m in first place and with the playoffs starting next week I need to lose all dead weight. I can keep five guys, and three are no doubters:

    Carlos Gomez (CF)
    Adam Jones (CF)
    E5 (1B)

    Here are my other keeper-worthy guys:

    J.Upton (LF)
    Manny (3B)
    Baez (2B, SS)
    Springer (CF, RF)
    Altuve (2B)
    Taveras (RF)
    Kluber

    I have two UTIL spots, so keeping multiple guys at one position isn’t a huge issue, and my league does use RF, CF, LF designations instead of OF. Would you keep Manny on board for the remainder of the season? He’d probably get cut for some playoff SP streaming if it came down to it. Thanks Grey!

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Johan Barleycorn: The break up plan is Drop em like he’s hot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Johan Barleycorn: Win this year, if that means cutting Machado go for it

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    Drop Cishek for Gregerson? Sure hes got tons of saves on the season, but his other stats are killing me lately…

    Second, drop odorizzi and/or Ryu for Smyly and/or Fiers?

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    Any of Razz nation gambling on Ryan Cook over Gregorson?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Yescheese: Only if Gregerson is taken already

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Yescheese: nah I took Greg I a league. Other ones he was gone I just moved on.

  17. Yescheese says:
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    RCL FOOTBALL OPENING

    Only serious members of Razz Nation need apply.

    http://y.ahoo.it/HlSzCK1B

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Yescheese: draft is TONIGHT @8p central

  18. JeF With 1 F says:
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    So much Wet Tail this weekend, capped off with a double Duda drop yesterday…iv’e lost 5 Lbs.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: HA! I OWN WET TAIL ACROSS THE BOARD!

      It’s like I never even missed Goldy going down in 3 leagues! The timing was perfect really…

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Bye Felicia: Yea same here i lost goldy and between Duda and Kennys i havent skipped a beat

        • Yescheese says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: do not jinx it!

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Yescheese: I dont think i can at this point

  19. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Another fine, fine writeup Grey. Well done.

    Do you think Chris Carter has finished his Babe Ruth impression and can be dropped in shallower leagues? He’d be replaced on the roster by the likes of a suddenly-hitting Oscar Taveras, Avisail Garcia, and hopefully a returning George Springer. He’d be dropped for some underwhelming SPs like Niese, Hector Santiago, Vargas, men of that ilk. It’s playoff time, no time for sentimentality. Thanks Grey!

  20. Big Money Matt says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I am in a 6×6 dynasty and need to drop 2 to get under roster limit.

    Here are my options:

    Alcántara
    Longo
    Dickerson
    Khris Davis
    Chris Davis
    Sandoval
    Fiers
    Fister
    Cashner
    Salazar

    Thanks

    • Big Money Matt says:
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      @Big Money Matt:

      Also, Rymer Liriano is an option.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Big Money Matt: in dynasty depends. Long term I drop panda and liriano. What are your other 3B options?

      • Big Money Matt says:
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        @J-FOH:

        I have Encarnacion, Longo, Sandoval, and Chris Davis with 3B eligibility.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Money Matt: Pretty hard to say without more information… Rymer, Salazar are fine I guess

  21. Bye Felicia says:
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    Grab some WET TAIL!!! It’s catching on

  22. Bye Felicia says:
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    I will gladly take Arenado in the 2nd rd. I took Harper there this year why not? Also noticed when you posted your pitchers that we have the exact same rotation. Only difference my league is H2H. Good luck in the playoffs guys & 4 girl readers.

  23. Corey says:
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    Need an OF. Options are: Charlie Blackmon, Avisail Garcia, Josh Hamilton (on waivers).

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Corey: Any of those options are sufficient. I’d want Hamilton right now personally. Better team, better line up = more scoring opportunities

      • Bye Felicia says:
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        @Bye Felicia: I suppose needs come into play as well? Speed Blackmon Power Garcia (Hamilton) supposedly? He hit for pwr vs my team this past week! I barely pulled out the 6-4 win

        • Corey says:
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          @Bye Felicia: I need powerrrrr! Preferably AVG and OPS too.

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Corey: I like Avisail out of that group

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Corey: Avisail

        • @Bye Felicia: I like Hamilton, poised for a huge September as the Angels will be in a dogfight with the A’s for the division title..

  24. Wake Up says:
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    Jack of all trades (J-OAT), Master of Lothario…(fantasy) Lothario!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Wake Up: HEY! Go Back To Sleep!!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: don’t be dissing Wake, he’s a made man

  25. papasmurf says:
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    Yikes I made an offer of Rondon and Boxberger for Dolittle last month. Luckily a third team happen to make a waiver pickup of a player that threw off my strategy and I canceled the offer. (Dunno if the other guy would have accepted or not) Got lucky there for once.

    Fiers actually was kinda shaky early on. Deep counts and then 2 run homer but he settled down very nicely. Baby baby light my fiers!

    The Twins put up some nice numbers over the weekend. When you get to face Robbie Ray and Buck Farmer,

  26. Corey says:
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    Oh, I also need a closer. Benoit or Castilla?

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Corey: Casilla for same reason I stated above

      • Corey says:
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        @Bye Felicia: Thanks for both, BF.

        • Corey says:
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          @Corey: Ooops, nevermind, Eric O’Flaherty apparently to be named A’s closer. Scooped him up.

          • papasmurf says:
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            @Corey: I imagine O’Flaherty is just a part of a committee. He is a LOOGY. Big split difference. It would be shocking if he were the FT closer given the A’s other, superior, options.

            • Cram It says:
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              @papasmurf: Then prepare to be shocked, because that’s what every resource I’ve read is saying.

          • Cram It says:
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            @Corey: Great, now everyone above can re-post the same question replacing Gregerson with O’Flaherty.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Corey: I like Benoit but it’s close. O’Flaherty is not above these two.

      • papasmurf says:
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        Casilla is hard to hit but he is pretty wild around the strike zone. He rarely hits the catcher’s glove. Sometimes he misses by a foot or more. Luckily for him, the movement is enough to keep him from trouble most times.

        He’s kinda like Rondon in that way. Rondon also misses the glove by a whole lot.
        (They are relievers for a reason I suppose)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed…

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @papasmurf: doesn’t have a bad walk rate though

    • nick the dick says:
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      @ralph lifshitz: the ol rippin out your cunt song, i knew you’d mention it…”Alchemist you still my little buddy, even though you stole that Royce da 5’9″ The King beat from me”

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @nick the dick: Exactly, and the split between the two songs was like a year and a half

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ralph lifshitz: Nice, I’ll come back and listen later today…

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: G the second song he put there is from Soundbombing 2, have you heard his before? I’m assuming you must know the Eminem song off of it ‘Any Man’ cuz you should

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          ralph lifshitz says:
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          @nick the dick: The other song was on the OG Soundbombing

          • nick the dick says:
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            @ralph lifshitz: yup good stuff. Wish they still did albums like that with all different artists

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              ralph lifshitz says:
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              @nick the dick: Check the new Statik album. I typically like producer albums better nowadays

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… Yeah, I hadn’t even clicked the links yet…

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: we aren’t top priority over here blabbering about music, you gotta help lead the people to fantasy glory right now, it’s crunch time!! You get to this stuff later, we know the deal.

            • Grey

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              Haha… Yup

    • J-FOH says:
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      @ralph lifshitz: I’m inspiring change and I love it

      • nick the dick says:
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        @J-FOH: i believe we started a Wet-Tail-like hip hop revolution here.

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @nick the dick: Its sounding like it..now you have to make it stick.

          • nick the dick says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: teach me how, oh wise F. A catchy animal disease nickname is probably a good start. Mad Cow Hip Hop Sundays? Foot Rot Hip Hop Fridays?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @nick the dick: I’m not a Wet Tail guy. I want keep understandable for everyone. Hip Hop Sunday is all inclusive.

              • nick the dick says:
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                @J-FOH: ha just bantering, i feel you Foh. All duda has done is fuck me all year anyway, i hate wet tail. Im amped about these hip hop sunday though, i have a couple tracks in mind to send you.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @nick the dick: my name speaks to Hip Hop Sunday. I have described it this way. I was an underground sensation in the comments known as Jack Full of Hate. But when I signed my major label deal I had to change it up to make it flow with the simpletons of the mainstream and turned it into an acronym, hence, J-FOH!

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: Oh I know the history of J-FOH, you are well documented, my friend. Underground legend you are.

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @nick the dick: I never know who was paying attention. I’m such a primma donna

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @J-FOH: I’m the all seeing eye

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            ralph lifshitz says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: I’m going to keep it going. Hell my DraftKings blog from two Saturday’s ago was my homage to 3rd base.

            • nick the dick says:
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              @ralph lifshitz: Ralph if you want to hear some awesome verses fro RA then listen to the Demigodz stuff he did.’Caveman’ is fantastic and his song with Celph Titled ‘Mad Ammo’ his verse is hot. Alot of good features hes done recently

              • J-FOH says:
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                @nick the dick: I listened to legends never die twice tomorrow. Lots of good tracks. I like that he did tracks with Talib and Brother Ali

                • nick the dick says:
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                  @J-FOH: yeah great stuff. The Talib track is amazing i love how he put down the crazy for a sec and got all political and real

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @nick the dick: I just put on the you tube videos and plug it in to my car stereo to hear him.

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @nick the dick: Yeah I’ve heard that stuff, it’s great. I’m a big Celph and Ap fan. In a past life I was in a hiphop group that toured the East Coast. We did a few dates with DG in CT.

                My old group mates have been doing their thing in Providence the last few years (video below) and our old DJ is actually J-Lo’s tour DJ now.

                Here’s one of their videos
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyx3b2b9UCI

                • nick the dick says:
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                  @ralph lifshitz: no shit, thats dope! Yeah love Ap and Celph, their whole catalog is fantastic. You prob been down around my way, Ap lives right down the street from me in NLCT. Going to Providence Friday to see Rugged

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

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                    @nick the dick: Hahaha nice for sure have. We did Toad’s a couple of times.

                    Great show! Locksmith and Sean PPPPPPPPPPPP!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ralph lifshitz: Some thoughts: I’m pretty sure that if Biggie were to have put out another five albums he would’ve used the same lines he used over and over again… I like Kubrick a lot… I need to go back to Legends album so I can memorize that first…

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Ha everyone else uses his lines so why not! When you can memorize his verse on Holla Loo Ya you’re ready for ‘Die rugged man die’…If youre going to stray from legends to hear a rugged verse tho, go youtube ‘Caveman’ by the Demigodz feat him, you will love it.

        • Grey

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          Nah, I’m not ready to stray yet… I need another few weeks getting this shizz down…

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: im sure youve memorized ‘its like cunt, pussy, slut, lick twat, lick dick’ easy enough ha!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Find me in the basement fighting pit bulls with Michael Vick

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Bill O’Reilly, he would hate your guts. So what?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m more shameless than Hammer dancing for popcorn chicken…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: you lookin like Cool J when he lickin his lips….ha we gotta stop or we will quote this shizz all night!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s a jungle out there, you know you gotta have hits hits hits

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: pull my d*ck out and pee on ya property

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Take this track and play it back so you know everything you say is f**** wack

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: well I am a poverty pirate, a poor, penny pinching pitiful person

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: always at the dinner table cursing, wiping cum on your curtain

                    • Grey

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                      I’m just a white boy born into what blacks invented…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: i realized i didnt do a hip hop line of the day but i think all this will suffice

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: i think he says ruining what blacks invented

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh yeah, ha…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: and that his breath stinks like hes gargling with battery acid

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      The Albee Square Mall joint is phenomenal…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: I agree about Biggie, I actually think to an extent he’s a bit overrated. I wanted you to hear this song because it’s like 20 years old. It gives you some perspective to how completely insane RA’s career has been. Kubrick was the song that put me into RA. He’s also got a great song with Sadat X from Brand Nubian and another classic called Every Record Label Sucks Dick.

        Little known fact he’s also a boxing aficionado and a former Golden Gloves fighter as well . There’s a great YouTube of him calling out Mayweather in a radio interview for ducking Manny Pacquio. Floyd and he go at it for a few minutes.

  27. Los locos says:
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    Championship time!

    Lost Dolittle, pick up gregerson, reed or McGee?

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Los locos: I’d want Jake (Mcgee) from state farm

  28. Bye Felicia says:
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    Will throw a simulated game on Thursday. If he can complete the simulated game, he will save the princess and possibly go on a rehab assignment. He’s on pace to throw one inning in the last game of the season. Definitely worth it to risk his career for that.

    Just a shameful excuse for an organization. Big George is kicking the Babe up in Heaven. NYY delusional organization with deluded fanbase

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      • Toe Knee says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: Funny we all knew who the nameless person was.

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @Toe Knee: what other player even similarly matches those traits for the NYY.

        • Bye Felicia says:
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          @Toe Knee: If you bothered to read Grey’s write up you’d know who I was referring to. I copied & pasted the paragraph from his round-up

  29. Bye Felicia says:
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    Quackenbush can duck off. HAHA
    Grade A stuff this morning!
    I laughed so much I almost ended up with wet tail

  30. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    I, for one, am officially concerned about Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” department. Dude’s on a major downward spiral. Wonder if it has something to do with Chris Berman. If anyone needs a prayer octagon, it’s Kevin.

  31. Jammer McSlam says:
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    Thinking about trying to shore up my H2H keeper league for the playoffs.

    Player I have and am thinking about dropping:
    Arcia
    Alcedies Escobar (Have Baez at SS now)
    Rios potentially?

    Player to pick up:
    Billy Butler
    Carlos Beltran

    Make any of these drops? I’m not looking for one category over the other, just looking for the best players to go through the rest of the season.

  32. Five-On-One says:
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    MI question – I’ve got Hanley, JJ Hardy, Wong, Brock Holt (eligible at MI) and Betts. Gotta start Hanley (I think), but which two of the other four? They’ve all been ice-cold lately.

    OF question – I’ve got Khris Davis, Reddick, Myers, Garcia and Harper for three spots. Already starting Bautista and Gordon. Thinking Harper, Myers and Garcia – thoughts?

    Any of the MI not starting over any of the OF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: Wong, Holt… Harper, Myers, Garcia… Nope

  33. Robert says:
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    fine tuning my roster before h2h playoffs, ROS: Butler or Vargas, Fowler or Span, Cashner or Niese/Anibal?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Robert: Vargas…Span..Cashner

  34. doubledongwon says:
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    in a keeper, all the same price to keep, 2b eligiility is all i care about

    wong
    alcantara
    scooter

  35. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    I’ve got a nasty logjam in my utility spot and need to drop two bats:

    1) Kennys Vargas
    2) Josh Reddick
    3) Allen Craig
    4) Wil Myers
    5) FATT Adams

    Wisdom of the crowd?

  36. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Streamonator is high on Liriano today… anyone streaming him?

  37. Lopes says:
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    Two questions. In H2H 10 team keeper league I have already made the playoffs, just fighting in the last week for seeding. Do y ou trust Lohse vs SD and SF or should I replace him with Wheeler (ATL) Cole (STL) or Wada (STL). And who do you start Calhoun or Marte? SoN says Calhoun by a long shot but it hates on Marte.

    • Grey

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      @Lopes: Wada…Marte

  38. Jammer McSlam says:
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    Also, in the same 14 team H2H keeper league where I am playing for the win this year, but obviously would like to find a way to strengthen next year.

    Should I:
    Drop either Ryan Zimmerman or Homer Bailey for Xander Bogearts (keepable for a 6th next year)?
    Drop Kevin Gausman (keepable for an 18th next year) for Wada?

  39. Phil of the Future says:
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    Oh, guys…..
    Excruciating week in H2H for me. I played the only team in my 16 teamer that would/could have beaten me in the week and went from 1st to 3rd place in the process. I’m not coping well. I’ve stopped wearing what one would consider “traditional” clothing, mostly going with loincloths and togas. I’ve tattooed “FMFBL” on my chest, and my wife wants to know what it means. Oh and she’s since taken the kids to her mother’s until I “get a hold of myself” or whatever. I don’t know exactly what she said as I wasn’t really listening. Or more likely literally didn’t know what she was saying as I think I might have drank an entire 5 liter box of wine last night.

    I suppose I still have a chance to grab a share of the best regular season record pot, though, so might as well get it done. Looking to fill the last spot in my rotation this week, choosing one of three guys:
    Hughes @ KC (SON is not liking this, but Hughes is really going well)
    Cashner vs. LAD (SON is okay with this, but as you said Grey he certainly didn’t look right)
    Gausman vs. TB (Son says no, not sure what to think)

    Thanks again, Grey! I hope you guys don’t mind my bitching about my bad luck. I know no one wants to hear it but I can’t afford a therapist and not many people in the real world(matrix) understand both the exquisite pain and unbridled joy that is fantasy baseball.

    • @Phil of the Future: Sorry for your lose, man. bye the bye, there is no such thing as luck, it has to do with choices and you must have made some bad ones along the way to cost your team the victory.

      Same thing happened to me this week, I had a chance to clinch the division tile, for the first time since 2006, in my 14 year league and my team blew it, as I made some stupid choices on my starting SP’s..

      Be strong man we both will bounce back this week..cheers

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        @Malicious Phenoms: I hope we do, man. And yes, I made one bad decision which cost me the week. Starting Richards at Fenway/Benching Ross at the Dodgers(against Grey’s advice). Cost me Ks, ERA and Whip.
        So some luck factored in, if Richards doesn’t get hurt I might still win. Coupled with the fact that out of 16 teams this week I had the second best overall week, second only to the guy I played. But it’s cool. Sometimes you have the luck, sometimes you don’t.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: if you read his story above he was beat by only team that would’ve beaten him last week, that is bad luck. It’s the worst part of H2H.

  40. elipitt says:
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    Drop Polanco?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @elipitt: In a redraft yes if theres better options

  41. El Famous Burrito says:
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    And it turns out that Manny Machado is not part Gumby. No surprise there after seeing that still pic.

  42. Dave says:
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    Do you think Josh Harrison starts for the Pirates next year?

  43. sniff test says:
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    If you could only roster one of Mejia or Familia, whom would you roster?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @sniff test: If you need saves its still Mejia’s job

  44. ryanoger says:
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    Clinched a playoff spot in my league. I was able to add Fiers last week after he was dropped. Do I add Wada or hold?
    SPs
    ZImmermann, Weaver, Wily, Y Ventura, Keuchel, Liriano, and Fiers
    RPs
    Kimbrel, Holland, Reed, W Davis

    SON likes Liriano today should I start him?

    AND with Meso in a sluuump do I stick with him or add Gattis (or is that just crazy talk)?

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @ryanoger: Id lose Liriano..and grab Gattis

      • ryanoger says:
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        @JeF With 1 F:

        Gattis was JUST added missed out, however, D Span was just dropped. Worth the add? Gonna need to find a fill in for Meso though if he keeps going like this…

        • Grey

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          @ryanoger: Forget Liriano…. Go with Wada… I’d just stick with Mesoraco

          • ryanoger says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks Grey!

            • Grey

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              No problem

  45. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Per Rotoworld, SF Chron is saying it’s O’Flaherty in OAK. In 12-tm 6×6 (OPS & QS) H2H, would you drop any of the following for him?

    Moss (slumping badly, so lately my bench OF behind Bruce)
    Kipnis (bench bat; have Cano at 2B and Arenado at Util)
    Nathan (my 3rd closer. Terrible, but sagnof)
    Betances (have him for Ks/ratios. Havent’t lost since I picked him up)
    deGrom (my SP6. Lot of streaming/hoarding SP in this league)

    Would you drop a second of those guys to stream? Wada’s the best arm available, but after that it’s Hellickson/Vogelsong territory.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d add that 3 closers has been enough against most opponents, and Rondon is also available.

    • Grey

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      @Steve Stevenson: deGrom for Wada, Moss for O’Flaherty if you needs saves

  46. sniff test says:
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    I’m reading some reports that they want to keep Gregorson in the set up role and O’flaherty might get the first crack…

  47. Amicrazy says:
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    I have had McHugh and Smyly as my last 2 starters. I have used Fiers in the RP Spot but he loses eligibility there and i have to make a change before his next start.

    so.. pick two… Smyly, McHugh or Fiers?

  48. MooseOutFront says:
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    Yeah. O’Flaherty rotoworld player blurb claiming like it’s a done deal to keep everyone else in their roles. I just dropped Cook for him, but still don’t feel like it’s a done deal.

  49. Clint says:
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    I have Seager at 3B but someone just dropped Machado in my 8 team h2h pts, 10 keeper league AND I have a spare DL slot I could throw him into. Is this knee injury something he’ll be over by April or so and back in Grey’s 2015 star potential circle of trust for or should I leave him on the street?

    • Grey

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      @Clint: Just DL him

  50. Steve Stevenson says:
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    14-tm weekly H2H, W, L and QS count. Week runs Tue.-Mon., so 2-starters are a little different. Currently my last starting SP slot this week is Keuchel vOak (SON 7.3), vTex (11.0). Would you start either of the following over him?

    Gio @Phi (14.1), @LAD (?)
    Paxton vTex (10.3), @Oak (?)

    And would you drop Keuchel or QS-machine Alvarez first?

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Grey: He’s @LAA. I wouldn’t be starting him this week regardless (we start 4SP), that question was more, is the value of Gio or Paxton over Keuchel this week (if there is any value) worth possibly losing Alvarez ROS.

  51. Birdis says:
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    Yahoo H2H 1yr League (10 teams)
    Bat Stats: R, H, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG

    Which OF would you want rest of the way into the H2H playoffs: Crawford or Myers?

  52. Jon says:
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    Think Mookie gets to 130 ABs this year? He’s at 63 right now… (matters for my keeper rules if players do/don’t have rookie eligibility)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: I think he does

  53. Jon says:
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    How long do you think Doolittle’s out, and does he come back as the same guy? I’d out of DL slots so I’m trying to decide if I stash him for the playoffs (fortunately my playoff spot is locked up or else he’d be cut).

    • John says:
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      @Jon: Im hearing minimum because he was close to not even going on DL, but these are tricky so I am thinking 2 weeks best 3 weeks possible. I would stash him personally.

    • Grey

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      @Jon: 3 weeks seems about right

  54. Harris says:
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    Played a team with no shot at the playoffs, while I still had a shot. He still picked up Jerome Williams and Wada, while I watched The Shark do the impossible, get lit up by MY NY Mets.

  55. Baron Von Vulturewins

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    I don’t think there’s any way I don’t reach for Arenado and Corey Dickerson both next year. In fact, I will just draft the entire 2015 Rockies starting lineup now, to get a headstart on putting Tulo on the DL.

    • Grey

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      @Baron Von Vulturewins: I haven’t mentioned it, but Dickerson was crazy high in Steamer/Rudy’s rankings this past preseason… Was like in the top 75, I think

  56. Five-On-One says:
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    Who’s more valuable (saves) ROS – Familia (Mehia and his hernia still the Closer) or Broxton (is Chapman healthy)? Or neither?

  57. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey, Thanks for the article.
    I thought last night of dropping him in favor of Gregerson, but just read Gregerson will remain set up.

    Anywho, would you drop Austin Jackson and add Stubbs as my 3rd OF/UTL.? Thanks.

    • Grey

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      @Chris: No problem… Stubbs is good if you can platoon him, he doesn’t play every day

  58. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    In a keep up to 6 players keeper league I currently have Homer Bailey on my bench with Tulo and Darvish taking up my two allotted DL slots. I’m in first place and set to have a bye-week next week as playoffs start, the rest of the playoffs will run for the 2 weeks following that so all told the end of the season is basically one month away. I’m not considering keeping Bailey at all, but is he worth hanging onto in case he comes back for what could be championship week, or with pitchers coming off of injury already scaring you and arm injuries and pitchers tend to go longer than you would think, should I cut bait and grab another quality arm like a Quintana, Pomeranz, Salazar etc?

    I am in need of saves also with my bullpen in total flux (Rosenthal, Casey Janssen, Neshek, and just grabbed O’Flaherty). Is Soria a good speculative add with Nathan crapping the bed and Soria due off the DL any day? Janssen all of a sudden can’t get anybody out, are you worried about him losing his job? If so, who is the favorite to fill his shoes – Loup, Cecil?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Drexel Hill Dragons: Grab Quintana… I’m not worried about Janssen… Can grab Soria over Neshek

  59. Scooterboy says:
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    My middle infielder not playing today. Was thinking about streaming a position player to take his spot. Erick Aybar and Neil Walker available. Aybar has been hot lately. Any preference on who I should take? Thanks.

  60. L-Boogie says:
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    Strategery question. 12 team weekly league. I’m in contention. Been chasing saves all year after drafting Grilli and Nate Jones. I’ve torn through dozens of closer options. Left with Cody Allen and Petricka and $4 in FAAB. Just as an example, gregerson went for $20 last night. I’m 11th is saves, 10 behind 10th, 13 behind 8th, and no chance of slipping into 12th. I am however in a fierce 4-way battle for wins. With 5 weeks left, time to just punt saves? The wire is depleted and my 4 bucks couldn’t get me more than a spec pickup anyway. Those 4 points would be nice if I could move into 8th but what are the odds of netting 13 saves with my current crew? Or even if I could pick up a SAGNOF spec that does pay off, that’s a lot of catchup in 5 weeks.

    Thanks to any and all.

    • @L-Boogie: Dpending on the teams closers that you are trying to catch, 13 in 5 weeks is asking a lot, I’d punt saves and stream that spot with an SP to try and get wins..

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: yeah I have plenty of quality SP. Teheran, Kluber, Cobb, iwakuma, arrieta, A Wood, McCarthy, Fiers…so I’m good with streaming, even with my budget.

  61. puigleague choo says:
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    Does Rajai only speak Sagnofese? I wonder if there’s a rosetta stone course…

  62. eric the red says:
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    Grey and all the Razzball peeps,

    You guys have definitely helped me reach the playoffs. For that I thank you.

    Lineup question in points league:

    Start which two:

    Hanley (5 games)
    Pearce (7 games all home)
    Kennys (6 games all road)

    I am leaning toward sitting hanley only because of lesser games and pearce has been better at home.

    Thanks fellas!

    • @eric the red: I think I go with the hot hand Kennys and the hope to be hot this week, Hanley..Not a fan of Pearce

      • Eric the Red says:
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        @Grey:

        My thoughts too.

        But then I realized it’s probably smarter to bench Blackmon and his road-weary ass for Pearce, and keep Hanley in the lineup. He actually plays better outside of LA.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  63. KevinK says:
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    Wong or Ackley rest of season—

  64. The Big Yabu says:
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    2 DL spots, 4 options: Zimmerman, Cuddyer, Lawrie, Hosmer — who would you hold, and who would you drop?

      • The Big Yabu says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: Right. And those will be…who?
        I’ve seen reports about the “progress” of each of those players, but none of them (as far as I’ve read) has a specific time-table yet. So, I’m hoping for some Razzball ‘pertise about who’s actually most likely to be most helpful this season.
        Thanks!

  65. John says:
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    Have Kennedy n degrom on cut bubble and gregerson carrasco Tillman(missed his Monday start) FA who goes who stays?

    One other idea is pick up warming Taveras. He can fill off days in my OF and frankly maybe take over PUIG spot, I am learning until he gets hot he is a better points lg option just dont showing power/speed. I would pencil him in for 1 sb for next few weeks that be one those odd freebies.

    Or just hold dont want waste transactions but also dont want miss on good arm upgrade or bat as well.

    • John says:
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      @John: Trying to hold 2nd place with 5 game lead and 2 weeks left. H2h 10 team lg. 25 transactions left.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Waste transactions? Do you have a limit?

      • John says:
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        @Grey: 25 left 70 total for year. Ill be neededing them in playoffs to stream? Any moves you make above grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: These aren’t moves you need to make right now

  66. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    2 weeks left and I have to win out to get in the playoffs…if I go 1-1 and this other guy wins out he gets in on total points even tho we have the same record and I beat him twice this year..sucks balls! And he plays to shitty teams and I play one shitty team this week and the first place team next week lol ok sorry for the unnecessary drama build up…which 2 do u want outta the three…Frazier Carpenter Dozier…points league..all three have been good to me but someone gotta go so I can pick up a arm.

  67. Carnac says:
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    *****Carnac’s Believe It Or Not*****

    The Minnesota Twins have scored more runs this season than the Milwaukee Brewers. In fact, they rank #6 (all MLB) in Runs, just 4 runs fewer than #5 Toronto.

    • Carnac says:
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      *scoring ~40 runs Friday thru Sunday probably helped

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Someone asked me if they should play Robbie Ray against ‘the pathetic Twins offense’ on Friday. Was a bit confused by that statement. Wondered if he stopped paying attention to stats since May.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Sky: its like people didn’t notice the Padres were scoring runs for a bit there.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Yeah, always weird to see people zone out. Despite their recent cold stretch, Padres own the 12th best wOBA in August. Yankees 22nd. But people will still try and stream on Pads and not on Yanks. Silly rabbits.

      • Carnac says:
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        It’s funny how long (incorrect) conventional wisdom sticks around in the fantasy baseball community. Was that you who talked a while back about how Arlington isn’t a hitters park anymore?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Carnac: it was back in Apray. I think weather is the best indicator. Dry and hot is dong season. Royce told us about how well Padres hit in August when the weather gets dry and hot in the Dego

          • Sky

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            @J-FOH: I do see the validity to that. Also do think Gyorko getting healthy and figuring out how to hit it the other way (again), was a big help. But yeah, extra 5 to 10 feet on those deep fly outs turning into dongs in August does help immensely.

        • Sky

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          @Carnac: It wasn’t me but overall, there’s a crossing point in the season where ‘season’ data doesn’t hold without at least 2 or 3 years of data to back it up. The Rockies have been poor on the road since forever. But the Twins retooling with young guys and getting healthy should force people to re-evaluate how they stream. That makes or breaks a fantasy baseball season. It’s not a fantasy sport you can study for a couple of months and then rest on your laurels.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac: It all starts with Kurt Suzuki

  68. Green monster says:
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    Hey grey great post!

    It’s a weekly lock league/h2h pts, start keuchel who has 2 starts or one start out of Fiers (at SF vs peavy)

    Next , drop polanco for any of these; oswaldo Arica, avisaill Garcia, Matt Holliday or put in a waiver claim for yoenis cespedes who was just dropped today

    Lastly would you consider benching Strasberg to start someone with 2 starts I was looking into odorozzi or lackey

    Thanks grey have a great one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Green monster: Thanks! Yoenis… I wouldn’t bench Strasburg, but I don’t know their matchups

      • Green monster says:
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        @Grey:

        Odorozzi tonight in Baltimore vs Chris Tillman , start 2 is in TB vs Red Sox & vs Allen Webster on sat

        Lackey tonight in Pittsburgh vs Francisco Liriano; start 2 is in STL vs cubs vs Travis wood

        Then of course w/ Strasberg; in Seattle vs iwakuma on Saturday

  69. Schoolboy P says:
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    Drop Khris Davis for Avisail Garcia?

  70. Bipolaroids says:
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    I’m going Grey! Die job!

    I’m in a 10 team, H2H. Made the playoffs. I have Jose Quintana and Adam Wainwright and I’m concerned about both.
    Available on the waiver wire: Mike Fiers, Brandon McCarthy, Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Dallas Keuchel.
    Do I make a move for the playoffs?

  71. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, need to bench one of the following. Who sits?

    Keuchel (18.3)- vs oak, vs tex
    Teheran (14.1- @nym
    Fiers (12.7) – @sf

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herschel: Is $18 cumulative for two starts? Keuchel

      • Herschel says:
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        @Grey: 18.3 is his number for the week (but it is a weekly league). Still Keuchel?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, none are safe

  72. Carnac says:
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    So help me, Grey… I will fill Nick’s van with razzballers and show up at your place for an intervention. You must stop. The urge will always be there, I get it. Together we can drink crappy coffee and the dark places we’ve been and how to control it. But the self-destructive behavior must end. No more MI sleepers.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Carnac: hello, my name is Grey and I’m a MI sleepaholic. I haven’t wrote a MI sleeper post in 8 months. The problem is I keep talking about doing it. Over and over again. I stroll by a box score and I want to run in and slam a few posts down just so I remember to feel again. Every day I wake up to “It’s Miller time” in my head. The champagne of MI rots my brain. Hey, can anyone spare a light?

      • Carnac says:
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        “Lord, grant me the strength not to write 500 words about the possibility of Nick Franklin getting everyday at bats…”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          “First, I need to make amends to Daniel Murphy…”

          • Carnac says:
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            “I’ve spent more late nights than I care to admit, sitting alone in my basement, staring at the glowing screen; ‘FA – Josh Rutledge'”

            *audience quietly nods*

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              “I keep telling myself only one middle infielder after 200 ADP. But I can’t only take one.” *pat on my shoulder from my neighbor*

              • Carnac says:
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                lol’d irl at that.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I think you are ready for the Hollywood midnight NA meeting

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carnac: “And when I said Gyorko, I was talking about Jedd, but it turned out it was me, I was the Gyorko.” *Group hug*

      • Carnac says:
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        Hahaha

  73. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great writeup! Losing Yan + Doolittle hurts but I’m hanging on in my playoffs! 2 quick ones for you:

    1. Would you sit Brantley v. moderate (~quintana and up) to good lefties until he gets hot again? His splits are surprisingly pronounced…

    2. Need a boost in Runs, OBP, and OPS this week. I have a narrow lead in SB (+1) + HR(+2). Which OF do you roll with: (A) Calhoun [current fav]; (B) Wet Tail; or (C) Revere? I have bench guys to sit any of these when the matchups are bad.

    Thanks!

  74. stumanji says:
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    10 tm h2h,keep 5. Got 4 keepers on lock, trying to figure out who is #5.
    Rizzo $4
    Puig $3
    Goldy $16
    Harvey $1

    Hanley $13 or Arenado $6?

    For reference, the top guys go in the high $30s.

  75. JJ says:
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    I dropped Mejia last week for Petricka as I was worried about his injuries.. Now Petricka is blowing it.
    Would you grab O’flaherty for Petricka or hold?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JJ: Hold

  76. Tucker says:
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    Safe to finally drop David Wright and end this nightmare?

  77. ERad says:
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    Sonny Gray no longer starting Wednesday @HOU, pushed back to Thursday @LAA – damn – but Drew Pomeranz with the spot start now on Wednesday, for y’all streamers out there

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ERad: Thanks for the heads up!

  78. RicoSuave says:
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    Great as always Grey! Thanks for making Fantasy Baseball even more fun…

    I’m in a bit of a dilemma right now… I hope you can help!

    14 team H2H weekly points league (re-draft) SP 7points for a W and 3 pts. for QS
    I need to drop 2 players (Cole and Myers came back from the Disgraceful List).
    I’m going into the playoffs right now and don’t know who are going to be my best options for the next few weeks. Please let me know what would you do…

    C McCann
    1B Trumbo (1B/OF)(since I lost Goldy)
    2B Wong
    3B Arenado
    SS Hardy
    OF Calhoun
    OF Cespedes
    OF A. Jones
    U Frazier (1B/3B)

    Bench OF Myers
    Bench 1B/U K. Vargas

    SP Cobb
    SP Fiers
    SP Fister
    SP Greinke
    SP A. Wood

    RP Britton
    RP Reed

    Bench SP Cole
    Bench SP Gray
    Bench SP Haren
    Bench SP Minor
    Bench SP Stroman

    DL Tanaka

    1.Should I replace Kolten Wong for Betts, Gennett, Alcantara or Mercer

    2. Which 2 players should I drop

    Thanks again Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RicoSuave: No problem… 1. Hold 2. Myers, Cole

      • RicoSuave says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey! Do you think I should keep all SPs in my bench? (Playoff time 2-starts might be the difference) if so, who should I drop from my bats?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @RicoSuave: I don’t know their matchups, I’d research them though

  79. frank says:
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    Grey need help picking two of these starters out of 4

    Paxton vs tex
    cole vs st L
    Ventura vs minn
    Nelson vs SD

    My gut says to roll with Pax/Vent bc of matchups what do you think? Weekly lineup lock

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @frank: Ventura, Paxton

  80. Jerry says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Do you like Mike Minor or Wada for the rest of the season?

    Thanks!

  81. jared says:
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    Playoffs started today. Is it safe to drop Rosario for travis darnuad, Martin, saltamachia or should I hold. Leaning towards d’arnuad. Thanks for help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jared: d’Arnaud

  82. jared says:
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    Playoffs started today. Is it safe to drop Rosario for travis darnuad, Martin, saltamachia or should I hold. Leaning towards d’arnuad. Thanks for help.

  83. Jay_0321 says:
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    Castle Greyskull!

    Dickerson high on your list of kepers for next year?

    Also, if I could acquire Duda and Dickerson in a deal for Stras and Melancon. Am I pulling the trigger?

    I would have Brantley, AJones, Cutch, E5, Dickerson, Duda, Mesoraco, Frazier, Tulo going into next season. I would just draft pitching like I always do.

  84. Jay_0321 says:
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    Castle Greyskull!

    Dickerson high on your list of kepers for next year?

    Also, if I could acquire Duda and Dickerson in a deal for Stras and Melancon. Am I pulling the trigger?

    I would have Brantley, AJones, Cutch, E5, Dickerson, Duda, Mesoraco, Frazier, Tulo going into next season. I would just draft pitching like I always do.

      • Jay_0321 says:
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        Sorry for the double post. Thoughts on the keeper situation for Dickerson and Duda going forward? Are you bullish on Dickerson?@Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d prefer Dickerson

  85. Andrew says:
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    Better option?

    Odrisamer home vs Brewers ($7.7)
    Locke home vs Cards ($5.3)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither… Odrisamer

  86. BrewFreeOrDie says:
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    Top o’ the Mornin’ Grey,

    I know the Twins have been absolutely been teeing off lately, but how about some love for my Mariners? It’s been surreal turning on the TV and seeing numbers like 5 and 8 in the box score compared to the expected 1 or 2. Think we’ll be able to hold onto a wild card spot?

    Also, I swear that lately ESPN is checking your blog before putting out their headlines, because they have been eerily similiar as of late. Kevin must have stumbled on to your site in a drunken stupor and told Jeremy from their “Get Him Out of Your Lineup” department that Doolittle going down is important to save chasers like us.

    Couple quick hitters for you:

    1. You rolling out Odorizzi today @ BAL? I’m on pace to be a couple of starts over the allowed limit and have Peavy pitching based on the strong nod from SON.
    2. Since I needed a SS and I have faith in Hitter-Tron, can you use the Power of the Grey to will Ryan Flaherty to a day of batting excellence?

    Much obliged, ’twas a great write up as always.

    Cheers,
    Brew

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morning! I hope so on the M’s, I have money on them to win the World Series… 1. Eh, don’t like Odorizzi there… 2. Done and done!

  87. Charles says:
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    12 Team Points league. I have Han Ram back at SS and holding onto Ayabar to backup as he’s injury prone. I play Howie Kendrick at 2B. Danny Santanna is on the waivers and he has 2B, SS eligibility in Yahoo leagues. Should I pick him up and drop Ayabar or Kendrick (if Kendrick then he would be my starting 2B RoS).

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, over Kendrick

  88. Eddie says:
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    Drop Polanco for Castillo??

    • Eddie says:
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      @Eddie: FYI it’s a keeper league

      • The Thumb says:
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        @Eddie: Hold

        • Flunkie says:
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          @The Thumb: yeah, don’t do anything silly… drop a fringe guy like Moustakas or Willingham before Polanco

          • Eddie says:
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            @Flunkie: I just dont have any fringe guys :(

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  89. SMLV1 says:
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    1. Who do you like best ROS? No certain needs just looking for overall stats….

    Duda, LaRoche, J.D. Martinez, D. Santana or Josh Hamilton?

    2. We starting ($12.7) Shields @Home vs. NYY and ($6.8) Odorizzi @BAL?

    • SMLV1 says:
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      @SMLV1: Currently own LaRoche, Also is Moss droppable for any of those 5? or Hold?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Can lose Moss for Hamilton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duda 2. I’d start Shields

  90. Boy Wonder says:
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    Billy Butler, Steve Pearce, Erick Aybar, Jordan Schafer, Arismendy Alcantara, Kris Davis, Martin Prado? Pick 2 for UTL. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pearce, Khris

      • Boy Wonder says:
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        @Grey: went with Butler and Aybar. Butler seems to have turned a corner over a month ago and is hitting in the middle of a hot Royals lineup. My OF are Joey Bats, Brantley, Corey Dickerson, Duda so I thought maybe go with Aybar instead of Khris. I also have N Walker and Baez for 2nd base and SS, with Baez eligible at both positions. N Walker seems to be getting days off cuz of his back. Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  91. A(j) says:
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    Sup Grey, just noticed Kyle Lohse is available, haven’t followed him at all this year but guess he’s pitching today, streamer option or must own for the stretch run? Also best Catcher option, McCann, Vogt, D’Arnaud, Gomes? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Streamer… d’Arnaud

  92. SMLV1 says:
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    Current Closers – Rosenthal, Papelbon, Rondon and Feliz. Drop any for O’Flaherty? Will O’Flaherty be the closer ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  93. Phil Rizzuto Is Alive!!! says:
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    Shopping at the 5 & 10 for an arm to round out my staff. Really deap league (14 teams with a 50 move cap). Currently have:
    Stras
    J. Zimm
    Roark
    Kluber
    Weaver
    Peralta
    Paxton
    Rosenthal
    Neshek
    McGee

    Thoughts on Kyle Hendricks ROS? I’m stalking Archie Bradley too. Thanks.

    • Grey

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      You have no one to drop… Hendricks has a terrible K-rate, Bradley may only make a few starts

  94. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    Playoff strategy question… We have a 16-team H2H league, and I’m in the second round of the playoffs (playoff matchups are two weeks). By way of background, we are limited to 20 starts over the two weeks, so 10 starts a week.

    According to SON, Roenis Elias has two good starts this week. Do I drop Rick Porcello and his two crappy starts this week to pick up Elias? Seems ok in the short term, but I would definitely lose Porcello on waivers and his rest-of-season player rater is much higher than Elias.

    Or, do I drop Lincecum for Elias, even though Lincecum’s next start is tasty cakes and the SON loves it, since Linny make not even get the honor?

    Or do I keep Porcello and Lincecum and stop listening to the advice of machines?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Lincecum for Elias

      • TysonFrozenChicken says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  95. Milby says:
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    Keeper league where I own them for the next 3 years, which one do you choose:

    Rusney Castillo
    Jorge Soler
    Rymer Liriano
    Lucas Duda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castillo

  96. Cutch's Dreads says:
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    Afternoon Razzball Nation!

    Chris Davis was just dropped to waivers in my league (I have 5th/12 waiver priority). We are starting first week of playoffs and only have 5 pickups per matchup (already used one on O’Flaherty as Doolittle hit the DL). Are you dropping any of these players to pickup Davis:

    H. Kendrick
    C. Crawford
    B. Holt

    Just want to be sure I am using one of my very limited acquisitions properly (especially if Grey is right about Kazmir showing he has an injury) and if it’s worth it to give up 5th in waiver priority.

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

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      I’m just guessing at a Kazmir injury…. You can lose Kendrick for Davis

  97. SMLV1 says:
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    Last question. Which Week matchups do you like best? Been streaming catchers for a while now.

    Norris – @Hou,@LAA
    d’Arnaud – Vs. ATL, Vs. PHI
    Zunino – Vs. TEX, Vs. WAS
    Salty – @LAA, @ATL
    Arencibia – @SEA, @HOU
    Suzuki – @KC, @BAL

    Currently using Norris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      d’Arnaud

  98. sniff test says:
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    I am in a league that was rotisserie for the regular season and switches to head to head for playoffs. This is the first week of the playoffs and I am noticing that my opponent has more batters due to off days over the next two weeks. I added it up and he has 157 vs. 150. Is this something that I should address and start streaming hitters…or dropping pitchers just to try to bridge the gap. If so, I have batters like Vargas, Alcantara, JD Martinez, Avisail that who have off days during this stretch that I could stream Reddick, Francisco, Rasmus, Jay in place of. Or I could drop a pitcher like Odorizzi, who I am not crazy about his start vs. Baltimore to pick up an additional stick which I could drop for a more appealing start. One other option is dropping Mejia who is my 4th closer (in an SP slot) to carry a bat. I out number him in closers currently but I just lost Dolittle and picked up the dad from Freaks and Geeks. Sorry for the long question, but I am not as experienced in head to head and am not sure how this is going to play out. From the looks of it I could be in trouble if I don’t add sticks…but it would suck if I drop someone good for zilch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Odorizzi for a bat…Rasmus

  99. Andrew says:
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    Peavy home vs Rockies or Elias home vs Rangers today?
    Trying to make up ground in W’s and ERA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peavy

  100. ERad says:
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    Are you starting Odorizzi in any of your leagues Mustachio? I’m playing for Wins and K’s this week, hoping for something decent…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not

      • ERad says:
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        @Grey:

        I guess I’ll zig when everyone else zags – I’ll be on an island by myself if anyone needs me!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Send a postcard!

          • Eric says:
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            @Grey:

            Welp, remind me never to think independently again!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  101. Jacks says:
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    Wong has 3 lefties to face this week (out of 6 games). I think he’s still getting benched for most of those starts? So I’m assuming I should play Hanley and Danny Santana over him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Janssen with the Stars says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks for info Jacks. Wong is my starter in a daily league. Grab Alcantara, Scooter, or Hill to fill in when he sits?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Arismendy

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @Janssen with the Stars: he’s benched for each and every lefty game.

  102. Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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    Erick Aybar or Jordan Schafer? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aybar

  103. Milarky says:
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    Pick one for this week – one-start Minor (@NYM), one-start Henderson Alvarez (@LAA), two-start Dillon Gee (ATL, PHI).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minor

  104. Hodgepadre says:
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    In my deep keeper league that counts OPS, which player do you like better, Ender Inciarte or Justin Turner? Basically at this point I’m playing for next season and beyond…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender

  105. Lee says:
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    Assuming you will cover it tomorrow, but Polanco is being demoted today. Will he be put into regular at bats when/if he comes back after Sept 1? For a keeper league, is he still worth keeping over other choices like Rendon, Tyson Ross or Yelich?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s worth keeping, but not over all of those guys… He should get everyday at-bats when he returns, or close to it

  106. HighHeat17 says:
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    I am in a shallow h2h league. I am in second place 2 points back of first. My starters include Kazmir, Samardzija and Ryu that are worrying me a little heading into the playoffs. Wada, Smyly, B McCarthy and Hellickson are available. My era, whip and wins are starting to dip. Would you make a move on any of these?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for right now, but could change soon

  107. John says:
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    Do I start Ortiz this week in weekly league?

    Thanks

    • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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      @John: I have him too and I think hes gonna be fine..might miss one game

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Or…?

  108. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    6 starts from Arcia against Duffy Ventura Tillman and Chen (toughest pitchers) or 7 starts from Crisp against Keuchel Weaver and Shoemaker.. standard points league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crisp

      • my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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        @Grey: thanks brotha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, my sisters friend boyfriend

  109. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Rank ROS, O’Flaherty, Rondon, Nathan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rondon, Nathan

  110. blindnuts says:
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    Weekly H2H 10 team

    Chase Headley or Chris Davis at 3b this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  111. dem ribbies says:
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    Regarding Darvish, GM Daniels said today that Yu is unlikely to pitch again. I guess they’re just slow playing this thing to keep team/fan morale up.

    • dem ribbies says:
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      @dem ribbies: well, maybe I should say, to not do further damage to team/fan morale. the stock is low already. lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, no surprise there…

  112. Jack says:
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    I think I can get to my H2H championship playoff so I am trying to tweak my roster for that week. Janssen has looked rough over the last month. Should I drop him for any of these guys (championship week opponents in parens):

    Janssen 3@BAL, 4@NYY
    Familia 3vMIA, 3@ATL – is he still sharing with Mejia?
    Feliz 3@OAK, 3@LAA – will they even get a win?
    O’Flaherty 3vTEX, 3vPHI – Melvin at first said it was a committee (Gregorson not available in my league)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Janssen

  113. beyonders says:
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    Grey,

    whaddya think?

    Drop Moss for Avasail ROS in 12 team weekly Head to Head league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, go for it

  114. Nightpandas says:
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    Where do you see the wet tail poking out next year? (Draft round wise)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      120ish

  115. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Just googled wet tail. why the eff is a rodent’s rotting intestines linked to fantasy baseball?!?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a shame you don’t know, that makes me sad

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Is it like having a case of the Renterias?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Better… It’s the kind of intestinal disorder you want, unless you’re a hamster…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Still sounds messy! BUt I’ll try it on your suggestion. It says I should get handled excessively to get it. Where’s JFOH?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Handling, uh, something else excessively…

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Well he is a chronic rosterbator…great, now I’m scared. I don’t want chafed skin anywhere, let alone ‘there’.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s psoriasis!

                  • jef with 1 f says:
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                    @Grey: WET TAIL!!!…YOU’LL LOVE IT SKY

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He’ll catch the bug, literally…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      alright, you’ve all made me want wet tail. are you happy now?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You’re misunderstanding, don’t have it for dinner!

                • jef with 1 f says:
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                  @Sky: you’ve already had it but just don’t know it

                  • Sky

                    Sky says:
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                    Alright, who roofied me?

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Sky: that was me over handling you…what do you think of the trim I gave you?

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      It’s quite shorn!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      My bad!

  116. jaw says:
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    drop aaron hill for brandon phillips? 10 team 5×5 h2h

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  117. Chris says:
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    12-team league; I’ve made the 4 team playoffs.

    Do I use my 1 playoff spot for Doolittle or Springer (my closers are weak (only Holland now), while my OFers are strong (Stanton, Braun, Dickerson, Bruce, Harper, Blackmon))?

    Thanks!

    • Chris says:
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      @Chris:

      CORRECTION. Oi, I’m tired this afternoon…

      Do I used my 1 DL spot for either Doolittle or Springer?

      Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Springer

        • Chris says:
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          @Grey:

          Thanks, Grey!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  118. AJ says:
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    Need a fill in catcher today, McCann, Vogt, Norris? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Norris

  119. goodfold2 says:
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    for some reason the news about o’flaherty being the closer came out yesterday but wasn’t reported to around 8 am today. wasted a damn pickup on gregerson. i’m sure that won’t bite me in the ass later in the week. they couldn’t have released that before 3AM eastern today, really ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: in fact, it makes no sense that OAK’s manager actually said that yesterday and it wasn’t reported till today. so i’m guessing he either told the media to hold the info till around 8 AM, or actually didn’t say it till 8 AM but told some source to claim it was stated last night. either way, somebody is dissembling or was pulling a braun’s urine guy thing (where you leave the memo on your desk due to “laziness” or some other motive). damn fishy situation.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  120. Pete says:
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    H2H points league. Can make 4 moves this week. Need to win to lock up playoffs: Drop any of the following to pick up Garcia or save to stream if I need later in the week?:
    Bruce, Rios, LaRoche

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Save it

  121. Fungazi says:
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    Would you drop J Castro for Yad Molina right now or wait until he’s back and risk someone else getting him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a week away, you’re going to play without a catcher for a week?

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Grey: That’s the idea. With Castro I would have lost 2 R, 1 RBI 1 SB and a .150 avg in last week’s matchup. Wouldn’t have factored into the result. Bad plan?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds fine, I guess

  122. Pope says:
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    Grey, I feel like I have too many bench hitters. Two of these guys are on the bench depending on the matchup, who would you drop?
    12 Team H2H
    Carter, Heyward, Myers, Kemp, Bruce, Longo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carter

      • Pope says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  123. Tony says:
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    Grey/ALL-

    need immediate responses, H2H fantasy pts league

    Start KLUBER for one start @ CWS

    or Nick Martinez vs SEA & HOU….. 2 starts!?

    • Pope says:
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      @Tony: Kluber

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber

  124. Kevin says:
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    Drop Mejia for O’Flaherty?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  125. Confucius says:
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    hey grey, currently have 3 guys sitting on my bench in 12 team head to head category league. the bench warmers are chris davis, george springer, and joc pederson. would you drop any of them or all for kennys vargas, arismendy alcantara or trevor plouffe?

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joc for Kennys

  126. goodfold2 says:
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    if qualls is traded, who’s the pickup, sipp or veras?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Veras, prolly committee

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: in a dynasty i stuck with qualls over short term others (familia/o’flaherty).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Makes sense

  127. Tom says:
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    My playoff championship is 9/15-9/21. Is Wacha or Bailey a better stash?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey

  128. goodfold2 says:
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    crap now odorizzi is getting lit up. great start of the week for the team with the worst pitching (that’s me). gotta get this league back to 16 teams next year. i hate 10 teamers, i have no idea how to adjust for drafting pitching in these leagues. my pitching is at least average in every league 12 and up. other than teams that don’t pickup players almost at all, every other team has better pitching than me. at least i grabbed pearce for today with vargas off in one league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, didn’t love that start for him…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i sent that way before the last “inning”. good old era of 14.4 after only having o’flaherty and odorizzi go.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn

  129. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    at least we finally get to find out why choo couldn’t steal nor homer/double. elbow and ankle injuries whole season. one more DL’d player in 20 man league with no space for. now i gotta hope ozuna/leonys don’t have off days anymore.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  130. John E. Depth says:
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    Welp, Shin Soo Choo out for the season… What an awesome season for the Rangers.

    He will cost me 25$ next year to keep and I am in an OBP league, which until this year, was Choo’s specialty. Do you expect a rebound? That lineup next season is awesome for counting stats on paper, but I am starting to worry about the age of that TEX roster..,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They were awesome for this year too… He’s not worth $25

  131. nick the dick says:
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    Hendricks of j vargas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hendricks

  132. bossmanjunior says:
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    This is the last week of my H2H league regular season before playoffs start. I will have a bye week before my first playoff match up. Starting to look at which available players could contribute in the playoffs in a couple weeks.

    If you could, give me the top 3 OF and top 3 SP to stash for the playoffs. Thanks.

    My weakest OF: Werth and Calhoun

    Available OF: Springer, Polanco, Duda, Beltran, Ozuna, Martin, JD Martinez

    My weakest starters: Liriano, McHughs, Fiers

    Available starters: Verlander, Stroman, DeGrom, CJ Wilson, Wada, Garza

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Werth, Duda… Wada over Liriano

  133. alcohol abuser says:
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    Hey Grey…great stuff, per usual.

    ROS…Carrasco or Wada over K.Hendricks?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Wada

  134. nick the dick says:
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    Aw shucks i came this close to streaminh burnett tonight

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Guarantee it wouldn’t have been this pretty if you had…

  135. Flunkie says:
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    hahaha picked up Betts last night and he gets a slam and legs tonight. BALLER

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  136. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Do you think carter is finished ? Would you drop him for Springer or Avisail? I would store springer until he returns sept. 2-3

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail

  137. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Do you think carter is finished ? Would you drop him for Springer or Avisail? I would store springer until he returns sept. 2-3

    • Greys #1 Fan says:
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      @Greys #1 Fan:

      Sorry for double post .. Stupid phone

  138. Josh says:
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    You think when yadier returns this week he’ll put up better numbers than McCann ROS ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  139. Tony says:
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    Making that playoff push. Carter seems to be back to being Carter so I’m thinking of dropping him. I have 3 OF spots open, plus the UTIL and this is who I have: Calhoun, Bautista, Bruce, Carter. Vargras. I get 45 moves a year and I’m at 34. Should I drop any of those 4 players for: Arcia, Akley, Pearce, Taveras, Avisail, ?? Thanks in Advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carter for Avisail

  140. Chris says:
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    So…I picked up F. Liriano last week for my annual Liriano spot start and he promptly dropped his annual (-14) on me. I dropped him before the end of the game. Tonight he looked unhittable. I may need a spot starter on Sunday in my H2H playoffs and was thinking about Liriano again. SON loves him for some reason. I’d have to drop K. Hendricks to do it. Hendricks faces St. Louis this week and finishing out my season against Milwaukee and Toronto. Is Hendricks worth holding on to with those starts remaining or is he just a streamer? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hendricks is a streamer

  141. jef with 1 f says:
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    slooooow night

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Better than the Emmys!

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: that’s the truth..my wife put it on ..thank god she fell asleep

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

  142. jef with 1 f says:
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    Cutch Dong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah

  143. The Fifth Girl says:
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    After a long day and a longer glass of wine, I chuckled all the way through this column. “Gillooly’s” was just the tip of the comedic iceberg. Heh. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

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

    I’m contemplating dropping Machado. I drafted him in the 13th round and he’ll cost me a 13th + 2015 ADP / 2 to keep. The issue is he’s dead weight on my bench and I’ve got 2 weeks to the playoffs (1st place, 1st week bye). Bailey is currently in my DL slot. So.. should I:

    1) Keep Machado

    2) Pick up a Catcher to spell Yan Gomes (Playoff matchup is in 2 weeks and I could punt this week) .. d’Arnaud, Navarro, Arencibia, McCann, Zunino

    3) Pick up a Closer – Rondon, Reed, O’Flaherty all available (My potential semifinal matchup will be vs. 2 strong closers.. I have Robertson, Perkins, Allen)

    4) Pick up an SP (I have 8 SP + Bailey.. all 3 serious contenders have 10-11 SP) .. Cahill, Oberholtzer, Nuno, Stults, Koehler, T. Wood, Capuano, Happ, Peavy..

    Thanks!

    • FillyP says:
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      @FillyP:

      Burnett also available

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can lose Machado… Grab Peavy

  145. BreakOut says:
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    Mr. Car-terrr.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  146. The JoGarza says:
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    Keith Law reporting that Jorge Soler is being promoted to the majors. He was pulled after hitting a 3-run HR.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  147. Jerry says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Should I roll with Calhoun or pick up Soler for the rest of the season?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d try Soler

  148. goodfold2 says:
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    i’m pretty sure the other 20 times i’ve seen this asked it was vargas, but vargas or arcia? i’m dropping rymer who’s losing playing time like polanco, but in his case it makes no sense for the woebegone SD team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kennys

  149. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    oh thank God, holland is finally back, some room for one of soria/choo on DL in dynasty. will probably still have to drop hammel to make innings (i ain’t putting holland out there right away)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d be careful about how excited I got for Holland

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: probably right, but if he sucks i’ll know not to keep him next year. deep league where we can keep up to 25 (but 5 of those are NA guys)

  150. Kid A says:
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    Soler Eclipse of The Heart.

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: nice grab, I was writing tomorrows RCL Update and went to take a vape break when I saw he got called up on my phone. It was too late. And the drama gets thicker in the FCL

  151. Yaomiiiing says:
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    If you had one player to own the rest of the way who would it be: Ozuna Matata or Steve Pearce?

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