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Andrew Cashner stole his second base of the season last night.  It was a fine effort.  Not a straight steal, but a solid jump that looked like a busted hit and run.  Whatever it takes to get the man over, I say.  Oh, and he also threw a one hitter, giving up one single to fellow Cougar hunter, Jose Tabata.  Sonavabench!  Coming into the game, he had a 4.41 road ERA and DAH!  Well, you know the rest.  Someone mentioned yesterday that Cashner could be someone to watch for 2014 fantasy, so that got me thinking.  I think, y’all!  His K-rate is way down this year (6.48 K/9) and his xFIP is about that of, say, Lance Lynn, Derek Holland and Dan Haren.  I love Cashner in Petco.  The thought of him in Petco is like listening to a CD of Bob Ross’s voice while on Demerol.  I’d say soothing but I have a hard time with my th- sounds.  Those comparable names for xFIP don’t scream someone who’s on the precipice of breaking out, assuming the word precipice is even close to being used correctly here.  In fact (Grey’s got another point to make!), Haren, Lynn and Holland are pitching better than him.  I’m sure I won’t be totally against Cashner next year, because he does have solid stuff, but his numbers don’t get me as excited as when a barista forgets to charge me for sugar syrup.  Seriously, Starbucks?  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

J.J. Putz – Was activated yesterday, and will act as a set-up man for Ziegler.  Surprised Putz and Ziegler escaped the pogroms that were part of the reign of Kevin Towers that took down Scherzer and Bauer.

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 33rd homer.  Guess who’s hot at just the right time?  AU SHIZZ!

Matt Kemp – Activated but did not start.  If your league has the category, “Lazy Cheers From The Bench While Talking To The Backup Catcher,” Kemp may win you your league.

Cliff Lee – 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 14 Ks.  The Adverb against the Marlins is unfair like a team owner who has residents of his team’s city pay for a new park then sells off the entire team.  Is that irony though?  I don’t know.  Ask a British person; they’ll know.

Chase Utley – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 17th home run.  I wonder if anyone ever thinks Cliff Lee and Utley are related.  Deep Thoughts with Grey Albright.

Darin Ruf – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Best thing that could happen to the Phils is Ryan Howard agrees to retire eight years early, and not collect the $220-something million coming to him from the team.

Cesar Hernandez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and hitting over .350 in the last week, getting a chance as the Phils starting center fielder.  Not much more than a solid batting average guy and SAGNOF (32 steals in Triple-A this year).  If you need that sorta thing, grab a little Cesar.  Pizza, pizza.

Sam Dyson – 2 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Dyson sure sucked.  Runs circles around J.J. Hoover.

Rick Porcello – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks.  *laughing hysterically like a mad man or Tom Cruise*  I don’t have any idea what to make of Porcello from start to start, so I still think he’s risky for his next start vs. the White Sox, though the Stream-o-Nator marginally likes it.

Justin Smoak – 2-for-4, 1 RBI.  I read early yesterday that Smoak was returning to the lineup, but I didn’t read why I should care.

Abraham Almonte – 2-for-4 and his 2nd homer in the last week as he bats close to .400.  Guess it’s time to explain him a bit further.  His friends call him SAGNOFraham, and we can too.  He’s spent about a decade in the minors, but he’s still only 24 years old.  Though, there’s always a chance he’s a Latin 24.  I don’t see a long term pick up here, but there’s only like 12 days left of the season, so who cares?  I’d grab him for speed and hope the power continues.

Matt Harvey – Went to see Dr. Freeze on Monday and the Mets will announce today what was discovered.  Dr. James Andrews was fine with announcing it yesterday, but the Mets needed to wait until a check cleared to pay him.

Felix Hernandez – Won’t start on Wednesday and then the Mariners will see on Thursday if their franchise player can start this weekend in a meaningless game.  Yeah, I’m sure he’ll be pitching this weekend.

Wilson Betemit – Designated for assignment.  Or as Fritz Lang would say to an actor that bungled their lines, “You are Bete-mit out job!”

Matt Adams – 2-for-4, 1 runs.  Our favorite Rubenesque model is in Coors for another three games.  Grab him before the hourglass expires and looks like him.

Carlos Gonzalez – He’s talking about having middle finger surgery that could limit him next year and he may never be 100% again.  Sweet!  He’s already injuring himself for next year and the rest of his career.  Does he really need to flip people off that bad?  Is he moving to New Jersey?

Wilin Rosario – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, but left the game with a hammy problem.  No, Matt Adams wasn’t bothering him.

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs, hitting near .350 in the last week.  He must be enjoying the benefits of affirmative action.

Caleb Gindl – 3-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer and 2nd in as many games.  Dah, I was so close to grabbing him for a batty call, and now I’m beginning to think he’s a real live hot schmotato.

Wily Peralta – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I streamed him here vs.the Cubs, but he gets the Cards next and now Wily is no longer on my team.  Thank you, come again!

Jarrod Parker – 4 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  So, his stomach flu and vomiting on Sunday turned out to be contagious for his owners.

Mike Trout – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer as he hit a garbage time homer when the Angels were already up by seven, bringing out his altar ego, Mike T. Rout.

Mark Trumbo – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 34th homer, raising his RBIs to 98.  Comatose Angels Fan, “Wow, with Trumbo having that monster of a season and Hamilton and Pujols, I bet Arte Moreno’s glad he spent one-point-two billion on the club!”

Kole Calhoun – 3-for-5, 1 run, 3 RBIs.  Yes, you should absolutely pick him up.  Yes, right now.

Alexi Ogando – Will start for the Rangers on Tuesday but be limited to 3-4 innings so Ctrl-Alt-Ignore.

Alexei Ramirez – 4-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Sticking with the vodka-Kahlua theme, Alexei didn’t do what was expected of him this year, but did more in different ways.  Will be interesting to see if he finds his power again next year and holds his newfound speed.  I didn’t say very interesting.

Jordan Danks – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  He’s been incredibly boring over the last week, so I’d take this as a one game thing unless he does it again today.

Dayan Viciedo – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  Hitter-Tron loves him over the next two days like it loves Motörhead, and especially on Wednesday.  Hard not to like anyone against what the Twins are calling pitching.  Somewhere, Radke splits the bull’s eye with his third straight dart and shakes his head.

Scott Kazmir – 5 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Soooo…that stream sucked furry balls.  Thanks, Kazmir, you insanely inconsistent SOB!  He makes YoGa seem like a calming influence.

Lonnie Chisenhall – 1-for-3 and his 11th homer, and his 2nd homer in as many games for him, but not as many games for the Indians because they platoon him.  Unfortch, the Tribe gets like five straight lefties so Lonnie is gonnie. <–alliteration in lieu of wit!

Yordano Ventura – Was called up by the Royals to start on Tuesday.  He was number 26 on Scott’s top 50 fantasy baseball prospects list, and he did a whole Yordano Ventura fantasy, complete with rainbows, unicorns and dried apple chips.  Definitely worth stashing in deep keeper leagues, but for this year, I wouldn’t mess with him unless you need the high risk of a roofie and the possibility of waking up in a bathtub of ice with a missing kidney.

James Shields – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks.  With the Wild Card still in play, the Royals gave the ball to Big Game James and he came through as Ervin covered his eyes, saying, “No look.”  Hmm, maybe I’ll leave our fantasy basketball stuff to JB.

Alcides Escobar – 2-for-4, 1 RBI.  The Royals refuse to move him up in the order to leadoff, but Alcides is hitting near .400 in the last week and I’ve been rocking him in the RCL where I’m leading the league, way above Rudy.  Have I mentioned that yet today?

Salvador Perez – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, hitting near .350 over the last week.  Hey, if he wants to say before every at-bat, “By the power of mi abuelita!” I’m cool with it if he’s hitting.

Sean Marshall – Activated from the DL after going on it on May 24th.  That was the worst Marshall injury since Penny Marshall was cat-clawed by Cindy Williams after being caught making out with Squiggy.

Johnny Cueto – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks as he activated.  Tad better than I expected, but I still can’t imagine he’s going to go much deeper than six innings in any start he gets this year.  Nothing but a risky streamer at this point, even if he gets the Mets next.

Zack Cozart – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 11th homer.  Back to his old tricks of going from hot to cold back to hot.  Your guess is as good as mine what he is now, but it shouldn’t hurt any Reds hitter to face the Astros for two more days.  Over/under for runs scored over the next two days is 15.

Wil Myers – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer.  I gave him the projections of 30/14/35/.280/4.  Like Harrison Ford’s quarter Jewish ancestry, not too shabby.  Oh, and Myers is a top 100 player now for next year.

Alex Cobb – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Since we opened this blurb-fest with Cashner, let me tie this thing together by saying Cobb is waaaaaaaaay better.  Yes, eight A’s.  The same number that can hide behind Coco Crisp’s afro.

  1. inertiatic says:
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    Keeper H2H Finals and I’m over thinking my roster. Is there a term for that? It’s torturing me! Every five damn minutes I’m looking up hitter-tron projections and moving my line up around. Gah!

    Anywhoo- I need to drop one and play one at 2B for the week; its between Lawrie and Bonifacio. Who would you play? I could use the steals but better overall, AVG and runs are more what I need.

      • inertiatic says:
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        @Grey: LOL yeah that’s me. So keep Bonifacio this week? Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, no problem

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who’s that?

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Grey: Ruxin, from the tv show the league, which is a comedy that FX attempts to handcuff to Sunny in philadelphia’s audience. the show is about 6 friends who are in a fantasy football league together. You don’t need to know anything about football for this show to be understood. Good show. first 2 seasons were the best (par for the course). semi-unscripted from scene to scene, sort of like curb in that aspect.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah… Never saw the show…

              • frankgrimes says:
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                @Grey:
                You ain’t missing much but if you really want to torture yourself or repeatly jab knives into your eyes try to watch Sullivan n Son

                I’m staring gray but sitting shark agree?
                I got sonofabenched last night by Cobb n Cash so bummed.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Doesn’t sound that appealing… Agree with Gray/Shark… Grimey!

    • Aaron says:
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      Gotta say, I found this site this year after playing fantasy baseball for probably the last ten or so; wish I’d found y’all sooner. I live in Indonesia so I have to set my lineups the day before and generally can’t get online at the time needed to see who starts or sits. Despite having the fewest games played this year, I’m still tied for 1st going down to the last two weeks. So I might send a few of these roster questions, hopefully y’all will have the time to answer ‘em.

      Today: Kemp, Bonifacio, Beltran or Reddick? Pick two for Utility. Yes, my team’s that good that two of those guys will fill my Util. spots.

      CHeers:

      Aaron

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Welcome! Bonifacio, Beltran…

        • Aaron says:
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          Thanks mate. Will do, and give ya a bit of credit as I cha cha into the championship.

          A

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  2. bossmanjunior says:
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    Im probably one of the few people who ignored your advise on sitting Cashner and it paid off. But as you say, sometimes you just need to trust your gut.

    I’ve been.doing some research on Cashner and actually like what I see. Empirically speaking, he has above average stuff across the board, including a fastball that rates well above average according to pitch values. Secondly, his groundball ways will serve him well going forward. Cashner has maintained a GB rate above 50% every year in the bigs and cut his HR/FB rate in half from last year, currently sitting at 8.8%. Surprisingly, he actually has a lower HR/FB rate away from PETCO and a solid xFIP under 4. My guess is that Cashner could take a huge step forward next year with improved command, sequencing, and two strike approach. As long as the price isn’t too high, I will probably be very interested in Cashner next season.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @bossmanjunior: couple days back i didn’t listen to nobody and grabbed Burch for the K’s. yeah that worked out.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @bossmanjunior:

      That’s a good write up Bossman. From a fantasy standpoint folk are going to want to talk K rate. At 6.48/9. That translates to 121 Ks in 160+ innings this year. Where he would routinely flash 98 out of the pen he’s been a comfortable 94 with his fastball as a starter and he’s introduced the two seam this year, which probably accounts for the spiking ground ball rate. His swinging strike percentage is only 8.8%. I think I would want to see some signs that the K rate will come up before I’d move him up my draftboard. And I don’t see anything in the numbers to see that more Ks are coming.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @OaktownSteve: and I’ll add that his 4 seamer is incredibly straight…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Agree with Oaktown, I hear what you’re saying, but if he’s around 120-130 Ks on the year, he’s interesting to me as a back end starter on my staff that I know I can start at home and less a guy that I could see becoming like a Matt Harvey, or simply an ace…

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey:

        Fangraphs did write up on Cashner today too. It focuses on post July 10th change to Slider. I looked to his 2nd half splits to proxy this and he has a FIP of 3.11 and xFIP of 3.37. Also, K/9 is 7 (not great but better) but k% is 20%. I think this change in approach could translate well to next year and he really is worth a sleeper in drafts.

        http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-new-old-andrew-cashner/

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he’s a sleeper, doesn’t show anything to say he could easily be a number one…

  3. goodfold2 says:
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    good stuff with the reverse pogrom of germans being liquified instead of jews. Being of 80% or so german ancestry the thought of this scares me badly. I’d be caught looking for an attic in a jew’s house. Related note: do Jews have attics? After that anne frank debacle i’m thinking they probably got the idea to add them to their homes even if they traditionally didn’t have them before.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @goodfold2: Haha… I can see real estate agent showing a Jewish family a home and them asking about an attic…

  4. goodfold2 says:
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    with this cargo news, is he still in the top 4 out of him/upton/machado/king F/ellsbury/braun? I can keep any 4 of those. last night you said he was top 4 but that could’ve been before this news of intentionally injuring himself worse. If he’s so messed up, Why TF is he playing?!

    • Fungazi says:
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      @goodfold2: To screw his keeper fantasy owners out of a DL spot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @goodfold2: It’s too early to say on your keepers, you have to decide before the season ends?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: not for certain and binding as to today as the dated, but this comish was toying around with one of my orphan teams’ leagues being a keeper. yesterday night I get the email saying “and it will be so” so I asked you about the hierarchy or 4 guys I already have and 2 more (cargo/ellsbury) that were on waivers. I grabbed cargo last night (ellsbury had been dropped by me not long ago)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kinda silly to make a league a keeper at this point in the year…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: yep, but it’s happening. This is a good comish in other ways though, he makes sure defunct teams get new owners quick (I took this one over on like aug 2nd). eventually one would think by weeding out the bums everybody left would be good owners. I’m the best team in the consolation bracket in that one. Weeding out the bums was the original plan for the orgins of Rome, had it been founded not by those 2 twit brothers who were raised by wolves, but if the wolves themselves had their say about it.

            • Grey

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              Haha… I hear ya, but people should know the whole year that something’s a keeper, maybe that’s why there were abandoned teams to begin with…

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Grey: i agree with that completely. By helping this commish fill out his leagues with defunct owners I can have my choice if i want to join some amount of his 6 leagues. In one league you simply draft 3 real life entire rosters (10 man league); you can trade from that point on. In another each round will alternate between NL and AL, so 1st round only NL players, 2nd only AL, and so on. In a third you have to pick one real life team, from which your next 4 picks have to come from that team. Multiple people could pick the same team (for the same 4 rounds). It’s gonna be gross picking ARI just to get Goldy and have to take Corbin or Eaton or Skaggs or Prado or Montero in the next 3 rounds. Very indepth draft planning it sounds like. Unless you get the Tigers first. Or maybe BOS, or STL. As these leagues are free, it seems to be worth it for the kitsch value alone. I do REALLY want to find at least one decent h2h-roto hybrid league though, if ANYONE knows of any.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, seems like some teams would just have a hugely unfair advantage…

  5. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Hey Grey nice read, would you go with Uehara vs. Baltimore or Kenley Jansen @ Arizona tonight? Streaming Quintana vs. Twins and Kluber @ KC. Thanks.

    • Moose Out Front says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: A which closer do I start question. Stressing over your roster much? :)

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Moose Out Front: it’s the playoffs in h2h, so i’m guessing yes.

  6. Headdowngolf says:
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    I’ve got 5 team in the playoffs. 4 were byes last week. Two have been in first place everyday of the season, one won by 20 games. These two teams faced Cashner yesterday, the one that ran away from the league also face Trumbo, pierzinski, freese, b lawrie, andrus, trout, swisher, bj Upton, hardy, and Castro (not even playing).

    So I’m down 0-9 to start the week to 4 2 8 0 .350, 1 0 7 0.00 0.11

    I have Napoli, Goldie, Cano, Zimmerman, Zobrist, Choo, j Upton, pence, span, and will probably lose. If I lose, FB is pure fncking luck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Headdowngolf: FB isn’t, H2H is… That does suck though, sorry it happened to you…

  7. Clyde Prompto says:
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    I’d like to point out that Matt Garza has been absolutely horrendous since coming to Texas, and has probably cost himself millions in free agency. To which I say “SERVES YOU RIGHT FOR TORPEDOING MY RATIOS AND COSTING ME MILLIONS* IN PRIZE MONEY!”

    *dozens

  8. Gregorius Chant says:
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    How do you like Sonny Gray Vs LAA today? He’s been lights out at home, but I’m worried as the LLA’s have been crushing the ball lately? I need W’s and K’s. Thank oh mastachio’d one!

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      @Gregorius Chant:

      meaningless comment: I was at the game last night and I’m not sure I’ve seen more balls just absolutely ripped at any game this year than last night. As Mrs. Oaktown said, the Angels are playing loose. I do like Gray still as the Angels haven’t seen him before I don’t think and that could help. It’s also going to be cooler and foggier tonight which cuts down the carry at the Oh dot Co. But I would still put the caution flag out there and say start if you must.

      And I have to say, once more, damn Trout is good. Duh. His swing is so compact to the ball it’s unreal, man.

      • Gregorius Chant says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Thanks Steve, that is great insight!

      • mraccoe says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        Was at the game last night as well, and that HR he hit to center was the first time I’ve seen anyone hit the luxury boxes. That was a shot.

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          @mraccoe:

          On a Cold night as well. Don’t know if that ball has landed yet if it was a day game.

  9. Frank White says:
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    Hey Grey… Do you think I should drop mujica for Thornburg pitching against the cubs tomorrow?? It’s my finals and like I said I already have Uehara but I don’t know if I should chance it

  10. Scottie O. says:
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    In the 1st week of my playoffs (bye 1st rd) and I get a total of 3 adds for the whole week. I already added Adams (thank you), but now my 3B (Arenado) goes down with a jammed finger.

    I now have 2 adds left and need to decide if I should grab one of the 2B/3B (can slide Gyorko from 2b to 3b if need b) listed below:

    Ryan Raburn
    Cesar Hernandez
    Freddy Galvis

    If so, who to drop?

    Here’s my roster (scoring: 6×6 with OPS & QS added to standard scoring):
    C: Perez
    1b: votto
    2b: Gyorko
    ss: Castro
    3b: Arenado
    If: Goldy
    of: Stanton, puig, Adam jones
    Utl: Adams
    Bn: Lucroy, Billy Hamilton, Desmond Jennings

    Last question:

    Regardless if I use my 2nd add above, do I use my 2nd/3rd add on Kluber’s 2-start week today as well?

    Thanks in advance

    • Scottie O. says:
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      @Scottie O.:

      Also, Jeff Locke is available too

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Scottie O.:

        Fun facts:

        Jeff Locke has the worst BB/9 rate among qualified starters, 4.43/9
        He has not had a start without a walk this season
        He’s walked 3 or more in a start 14 times
        He has gone as many as 7 innings only twice since July 8

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Scottie O.: Yes you need to grab somebody. Those are your best options?

      • Scottie O. says:
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        @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

        as far as 2B/3B go…yeah. only other option is DJ LeMahieu.

        and the guy I’m playing just added Locke, to stream as well

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @Scottie O.: I’d take DJ. Those other 3 don’t get regular playing time. You need a body in there.

          • Scottie O. says:
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            @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

            appreciate the comment. Considering I only get 3 adds total though, are any of these guys worth using my last add (plan to stream Kluber) on?

            Also, not that it matters too terribly much, but Anthony Rendon is also available and plays the double header today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scottie O.: No use in adding a hitter there… Can add Kluber if you need the starts…

      • Scottie O. says:
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        @Grey:

        thanks for the help. would you drop Lucroy or Billy Hamilton to stream Kluber then?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lucroy

  11. Wake Up says:
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    That was the worst Marshall injury since Stalin in ’48…

  12. Wake Up says:
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    That was the worst Marshall injury since……Mr. Gray asked Marshall Tucker, the blind piano tuner, can’t you see?

  13. sparky8 says:
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    What is your guess on Tanner Roarks line tonight vs. ATL?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @sparky8: 4IP, 5ER

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @sparky8: Wake’s probably close…Maybe 6 IP, 4 ER

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @sparky8: Roark has given up 5 ER all year in 34.2 IP, including 1ER at home in 12.1 IP. Here’s his line against Atlanta this year: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. Atlanta has a .665 OPS with a K% of 23.2 in September.

      Everything looks good under the hood. Something like 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K is doable.

      • CheapTrout says:
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        @Big Magoo: 7 I,P 2 H, 0ER, 1 BB, 6K. Good call, Magoo!

  14. Wake Up says:
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    That was the worst Marshall injury since………..the writ of Habeus Corpus was suspended *slaps knee, breaks blood vessels in the inner thigh region, laughs maniacally at the new found pain and also at the fact that the Martial Plan is not even spelled the same as Marshall, that is so funny, does not just think this to himself, does scream it out at the top of his lungs, everyone in the office now wonders “what” is so funny?…(noone wonders that)…(there is no office)…(he hasn’t been in an office in 12 years)…(there is only a dog that wonders, with its head cocked to the side…”2 things…first, I haven’t eaten in over one hours…and two, why you always be telling the bitches that it was me who farted?!!?!!)

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: *should’ve been Martial Law, damnit!

        Also the dog in this scenario is an African-American Lab…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I figured…Nice PC term, HA!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: PC? His mom is from Liberia and his dad Livermore…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, my bad!

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: hahaha…but he is black as a negative of a polar bear in a snowstorm in Vail at Powder’s family reunion…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He doesn’t go to Vail, he doesn’t ski…

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: You saying my hypothetical dog can’t ski cuz he’s African American?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nah, dawg!

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: Ai’ight cuz…cuz I gotta deal with that question all the time and it’s getting old…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: btw…I decided to knock the #1 team down a few pegs…too chirpy…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Good work!

  15. nathan says:
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    Are you starting Halladay today against the lowly Marlins? Obviously championship week.

  16. John Axford's Meat Stache says:
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    There’s nothing that gets me going in the morning like the thought of Penny Marshall…yum-yum….

    Quick ones for you:
    Lawrie or Utley tonight at 2nd base? Hitter tron loves Lawrie and he’s been hot but Utley’s coming off a HR and 4 RBI day…

    Rizzo or the Fat Man Adams today? Hitter-tron loves ‘em both….What I can do, being the sneaky bastard I am, is slot Adams at the Util.

    Worth sitting A-Gon in favor for Hunter (Torii)? Hitter-Tron seems to like him a little bit more and he is facing Maurer who might be the worst pitcher in the MLB right now….

    Now if you would excuse me, me and Penny need some alone time…..

  17. chillmodious says:
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    Sup, Grey?

    1. For tomorrow, is Charlie Morton worth a stream (vs. SD, SON $11.2)?

    2. On Thursday, who would you throw?:

    Ian Kennedy (@ Pit, SON $15.0)
    Jon Niese (vs. SF, SON $8.8)
    Dan Straily (vs. Min, SON $9.1)
    Kyle Lohse (vs. Cubs, SON $8.7)

    Thanks!

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @chillmodious: 1. Charlie Morton is a saint!

      2. Straily, Niese. Ian Kennedy can go fly a kite.

  18. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    I know I should pick up Kole Calhoun, but would you ever start him over any of Wil Myers, Hunter Pence, Justin Upton or Alfonso Soriano?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @TysonFrozenChicken: Depends on the matchups maybe. But Upton has like 3 RBI in the last month, so there’s that….

  19. wishing i was golden says:
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    Should I start longoria, fielder, or encanarcion? Need 1b and 3b.

  20. Jack says:
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    Right rank for these starters over next couple of days need W’s w/o killing rates (SON’s ERA/WHIP prediction)?
    Petit vNYM (Wheeler) (3.18/1.12)
    Gray vLAA(Richards) (3.91/1.30)
    Estrada vCHC (Samardja) (3.30/1.14)
    Kluber vKC (Duffy) (3.85/1.33)
    Nolasco @ARI (Miley) (4.61/1.36)

    • Jack says:
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      @Jack: Oh and where does Porcello vVHW (3.54/1.21) fit in there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack: Gray, Petit, Porcello

  21. Slam says:
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    David wright coming back, going to have to drop one of three guys, should probably drop two, Brandon moss, Cody asche or a rod?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slam: Should probably drop Wright… Asche, A-Rod

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: but we’ve waited all this time for wright to get his 3 doubles, and 4 or so rbi’s. His injury I would think would not affect his hitting so much as it very much so could affect his steals for the ROS. I’m personally going to drop one out of villar/andrus/boneface to activate. (boneface is steals only sub, villar is backup to andrus, and/or steals only sub).
        1.Not just rhetorical here, drop 1 of
        boneface/villar/andrus? for wright. machado slides to 1 of 2 utils.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Villar

  22. anthony says:
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    @grey day: h2h points league playoffs

    pitch or ditch for wed

    Bruce Chen vs cle
    thornburg vs chc
    alex wood @ was
    Kendrick vs Mia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @anthony: I wouldn’t start any of them

  23. future11 says:
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    worth streaming Locke today against SD? looked solid last game

    Thanks alot Grey

    • future11 says:
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      @future11:

      Sorry Locke and Kluber, forgot I had Kluber going too… how those two sitting with you? thumbs up or down my friend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @future11: I’d start Kluber, not Locke outside of a deep league

      • future11 says:
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        @Grey:

        is this a reasonable projection on locke? 6IP, 6hits, 3ER, 3BB, 5K’s, Win? In my points league that would give me 15 points and I would be golden with that but if it can be much worst Ill definitely sit him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s possible… If you can afford the risk, go for it… Locke’s not good, but neither are the Padres

          • future11 says:
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            @Grey:

            awesome grey I took your earlier post to heart and also grabbed halladay so i now have slated to go

            locke (SD)
            halladay (MIA)
            kluber (KC)

            my opponent is rolling out that rookie from KC Ventura and also Haren so I think he is gambling also.. just not looking to make any mistakes here on my part but SoN seems to like halladay and locke

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Good luck!

  24. Jim says:
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    Fuck Cashner, hope his arm falls off during his next start. Prick I’m trying to run down for first streamed him yesterday. Pitch to your road numbers asshat. Now I feel better after venting, who am I kidding I really don’t.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Ha

  25. Bobby says:
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    In championship this week – Calhoun or Jennings? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bobby: Calhoun

  26. Brick says:
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    Activated but did not start. If your league has the category, “Lazy Cheers From The Bench While Talking To The Backup Catcher,” Kemp may win you your league.

    Haha, nice burn!

    Sorry for the catcher q, but playoffs has me tinkering like none other, bench wieters for avila tonight/tomorrow?

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brick: Thanks! Wieters

      • Brick says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  27. Eric says:
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    Hi Grey,
    I’d like your input on some starting pitchers I have going today. Who would you start out of these Tuesday probables:

    Sonny Gray vs LAA (Richards)
    Marco Estrada vs CHC (Samardzija)
    Jeff Samardzija @ MIL (Estrada)
    Scott Feldman @ BOS (Dempster)

    I was planning on just starting Gray and Estrada – your thoughts? By the way, I’m in a 9×8 H2H league with losses, WHIP and QS. Also, my ERA is already sky high because of Jarrod Parker. Thanks in advance!

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      Yes on Estrada, definitely. Stay away from Smadj. I am on the fence for Gray but leaning yes, as that’s the decision I have to make.

      @Eric:

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eric: First two

  28. Wilsonian says:
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    Pick 2 of these guys:

    Headley, Calhoun, Villar

    C – Ramos
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Altuve
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Tulo
    OF – Jones
    OF – Davis
    OF – Werth
    UTIL – Soriano
    UTIL – Crisp
    BN – Hanley
    BN – Villar

    H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian: that should just be “Pick 1″ of those guys. If not Villar, then I would be dropping him for one of those others.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Wilsonian:

      Is it a daily change league? If so, I’d hold Villar. You’re a little light on speed and that might be the place you need to catch up later in the week.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @OaktownSteve: yup, daily changes on Yahoo. Would you plug him in for Tulo right now? Tulo hasn’t done much lately, and Villar’s wheels might be nice to pick up a couple bags.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Wilsonian:

          I would start with Tulo as long as he’s on the field and plug Villar into ss or util only when you feel like you can get an sb advantage without falling back in other cats. I think you probably still want a coldish Tulo over him for now.

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: you dropping Villar, Crisp, or Soriano for either of those guys?

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Wilsonian: oh, and Headley is gone now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Villar

  29. Moose Out Front says:
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    Morning Grey. Please rank the below streamers.

    Straily vs MIN (15.7, Thur)
    McAllister vs HOU (13.7 Fri)
    Ryu @ SD (16.1 Sat)

  30. 2000 Brain Cells ago says:
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    Lonnie is Gonnie is not alliteration, by the way. But maybe that was the joke?

  31. Geoff says:
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    Cesar Hernandez or JB Shuck? I need a little boost in R and SB.

  32. Jon says:
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    Play 2: Kemp, Fowler, Jennings, Eaton

    Also, Kendrick or ARam at DH this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Jennings, Eaton… Kendrick

  33. 85true says:
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    Sup Grey,
    Start Wheeler vs San Fran? Kluber @ KC?

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @85true: I’d start both

  34. 85true says:
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    Sorry, and Corbin vs Dodgers?

  35. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    sounds like pretty soon everybody’s gonna be singing the hit tune, “Caaan’t find a Betemit!” they remake movies all the time, why not slightly alter Pearl Jam singles 17 or so years later. Holy crap that was a large chunk of my life ago.

  36. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Daily lineup league. Would you drop any of these guys to activate Kemp, or cut him?

    A-Rod, Middlebrooks, Gattis. (Position irrelevant)

  37. Brad Childress says:
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    Hey Grey Meboy,

    Petit @NYM, and Gray vs. LAA, start or sit?

    Also add Cole Kalhoun and drop Martin Prado, Tanner Roark, Starling Castro, Domonic Brown, Christian Yelich.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start both… Kole…Brown

  38. Jon says:
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    Better chance of saves this week or at least won’t hurt my ratios? Putz, Doolittle, Veras

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None… Veras

  39. DrEasy says:
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    And I thought Chase Headley and Chase (B)ut(t)ley were related?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  40. xtremehulk says:
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    Straily vs MIN or Cashner vs. LAD

    • xtremehulk says:
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      @xtremehulk:

      kazmir vs Hou also available.

      Stream-o-nator prefers Kaz then Straily

  41. matt says:
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    Only numbers that excited me last night was his 1 hitter CG for 38 points lastnight. He’s going back into the stream bucket.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  42. P Swayz on a Horse says:
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    “The thought of him in Petco is like listening to a CD of Bob Ross’s voice while on Demerol.” – Ya kill me brah! However, I’m having flashbacks of my Chris Perez drop while doped up on Oxy & Valium.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very nice!

  43. matt says:
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    Mike T”ROUT” LMFAO! Sweetest swing in baseball playing for a stupid organization.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

      • matt says:
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        @Grey: I have MLB the show 2013 and he’s the most dominate player on my team.. and you can imagine my team on there. Just played a guy in england earlier and the final was 24-3 Trouts #’s 5 for5 6 sb 1 Hr 5r 8rbi. Lol madness

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  44. matt says:
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    Would you put myers in the 50-70 range? Or even higher than 50

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @matt: it seems grey’s thinking much closer to 100th overall, but just under.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      80-100

      • matt says:
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        @Grey: yea that’s about the range I thought 70-85 range. Will had a very sweet swing too

  45. xtremehulk says:
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    Straily vs MIN, Cashner vs LAD, Kaz vs HOU

    all on waivers so guarantees to get any. please rank them.

    • xtremehulk says:
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      @xtremehulk:

      I just saw the comment in the 2 Start Pitcher blog. Thanks.

  46. Jason says:
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    Longest Goldschmidt write-up of the season. Now in your best Arnold voice lets all do it together…. AU SHIZZ!!!!

    • P Swayz on a Horse says:
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      @Jason:

      Don’t fail me know Shizz!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and Au Shizz!

  47. P Swayz on a Horse says:
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    Why the hell is Haren pitching right now? Thought Roark was scheduled. Plus, I have Minor going …sonuvanotbench.

    • P Swayz on a Horse says:
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      @P Swayz on a Horse:
      Was planning on Dickey riding the pine today. Now I’m thinking about rolling him out. What are your thoughts?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Go for it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a doubleheader…

      • P Swayz on a Horse says:
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        @Grey:
        Right, guess I just thought that he was the opener….better that way I suppose, tire those upton boys out even more!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup

  48. Nation says:
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    In defense of Cashner:

    Via fangraphs, it seems that Cash for w/e reason ditched the hard slider in favor of throwing other pitches, but has since brought it back.

    The line they used was 7/10, which was when his slider speed spiked at 84-5mph and has stayed there since that date. His pre 7/10 peripherals were a low 3’s ERA and mid to high 6’s k/9, and post 7/10 peripherals show a high 2’s ERA and low to mid 7’s k/9.

    So it appears that getting back to his slider w/ solid velo is the key to that k/9 rate. I’m not sure if its sustainable over the long term bc of lingering health issues with Cash, but for w/e reason his shoulder feels good and he’s able to throw that pitch now.

    As a San Diego native and fan of the hodgepadres, I’m probably a bit more Bullish on Cash, but obviously getting half of your starts at home in PetCo is a plus. He’s probably a solid #3 guy in the rotation for fantasy purposes with back end #2 potential. I think back end fantasy starter is a bit of a stretch just bc of the locale, ground ball rate, etc. But again, Padres fan here, so, yeah.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t disagree… Number two might be a stretch for mixed leagues…

  49. Mike says:
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    Sorry in advance for an annoying long question. I’m in a H2H match in the finals and have a lead in pitching stats. I’m trying to guess whether my lead in Ks/QS is safe enough to start benching dangerous starters, or if my lead in ratios is such that I should just keep rolling everyone out there. (Rosters are set for the week but I can make a gametime decision whether or not to bench).

    My leads:
    Ks: 107-84
    QS: 13-8
    ERA: 2.568 – 4.13 (around 120 IP for both teams so far)
    WHIP: 1.019 – 1.351

    My potential starts (15):
    Locke vs SD; Wheeler vs SF; Kluber @KC; Lyles vs Cin; Griffin vs LAA; Wei-Yin @Bos;
    Bum @NYM; Cole vs SD; Santiago @Det; Burnett vs Cin; Koehler @Wsh;
    Cashner vs LAD; Arroyo @Pit; Kluber vs Hou; Locke vs Cin

    His potential starts (13):
    Petit vs NYM; Sabathia vs SF; Kuroda @Tor; Lohse vs ChC; Ross @Pit; Wacha @Col;
    JZimmer vs Mia; EdJax vs Atl; Ryu @SD; Miller @Mil; Erasmo @LAA;
    Perez @KC; Turner @Wsh

    And he has 3 closers (Holland, Zieger, Hawkins) vs my 1 (Romo).

    How many can I safely afford to bench, and who should be benched?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go by the day… I’d sit Locke today

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: Locke against the Padres? Aren’t the Padres terrible? I was thinking of benching Lyles.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Locke’s equally terrible, Lyles should be benched too

  50. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    For a dude who won’t get drafted until late in drafts, he looks like a good bargain, much like Cobb this year. For a quick comparison:

    Cobb, second half 2012: 20.3% K, 7.4% BB, 56.4% GB, 62% first strike, 7.7% swinging strike
    Cashner, second half 2013: 20.1% K, 7.1% BB, 50% GB, 66.2% first strike, 9.9% swinging strike

    Cashner’s been excellent in the second half, and his first strike and swinging strike rates suggest he could be better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice comparison…

      • matt says:
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        @Grey: I pitched both last night. Lucky me :-)

    • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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      @Shoop Da Whoop: And I was beaten to the punch. Repeatedly. Oh well, now we all just look super annoying. Especially me, since I’m getting sloppy elevenths at the end of the train.

  51. the hungarian hippo says:
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    Ha yes. I’ve been jonesing for a Radke joke.

    Cespedes just became available (has to clear waiver period… the 19th).

    I have Jones, Stanton, Victorino, Hosmer, Rios, and Adams for 3 OFs and 2 Util.

    Should I drop someone or hold?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  52. T says:
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    @Grey: I’m trying to understand and use hittertron more, but it really confuses me sometimes. For example, Anthony Rizzo is worth $31.00 today against Marco Estrada, however hes not hitting well lately (5 for last 25 with 693 ops), is 1/12 in his career vs Estrada and Estrada has been very good lately. Comparatively, Chase Headley is worth $0.4 today against Jeff Locke, yet hes killing the ball lately (9 for last 25 with 3hrs, 2sbs and 1168 ops) and Locke has been awful lately. Why are their values so drastically different?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You should ask on the bottom of the Hitter-Tron, Rudy will help you on that…

      • matt says:
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        @Grey: I don’t really use hitter-T but SON has been very helpful for me this season. I typically ride the hot bat regardless of match ups. Unless the hitter has been dominated by the starting pitcher for that start

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya…

    • @T: A player’s recent stats are not taken into account nor is a hitter’s history against a pitcher. Enough analysis has been done over the years that neither of these two data points are not statistically reliable enough to improve the accuracy of projections. I did analysis on a pitcher’s recent 3 starts and couldn’t find any reliable lift from this either.

      I do take a hitter’s recent 10 games and a pitcher’s recent starts into account once i’ve identified a potential streaming candidate. Passed up on Halladay for today’s start b/c he’s walked 5 in each of his last 2 games. I see your point on Rizzo…and I think he’s overvalued given what he’s shown so far this year. I think his performance last year still makes Steamer giddy (this year’s stats are factored in). Headley has a longer track record of mediocrity (aside from last year’s breakout). Also, PIT sucks for hitters…that isn’t helping Headley’s #s.

  53. letsgobravos says:
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    Facing minor today. He was pitching like total trash and was an incredible BJ upton catch away from having given up 5 runs through 2 which probably would have been the end of his day. (of course I own Harper who was robbed on the catch) Now it appears he might manage to limp into a QS. Fuckity fuck fuck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  54. Wilsonian says:
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    Is it time to cut Minor for some sweet streaming action?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  55. Jeez, it’s bad enough to rub it in on these posts but at least give me my due for ACTUALLY batty calling Caleb ‘Smurf Killa’ Gindl yesterday….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…Hadn’t noticed you grabbed him… Nice…

  56. letsgobravos says:
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    C’mon gnats…don’t let Minor escape the 6th without another ER! 39 pitches and 3 ER in the first so its going to be ridiculous if he gets a QS out of this.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos: FUCK. My opponent is luck AF. Now, the braves will score 10 runs and get Minor the W.

    • matt says:
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      @letsgobravos: Haha Sept baseball

    • matt says:
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      @letsgobravos: Why are you rooting against your own team? You are a braves fan right? That’s sacrilege. :-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your allegiance to the Braves only goes so far, I see…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: good for him, keep it as close as possible, and nothing is as close as your OWN team, not just the city you have some sort of alliegiance to. Same principle that led to all that incest in royal families. Love what’s closest.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Haha, we’ve already locked up a playoff spot and FWIW, I’ve never pulled for the braves over my fantasy team. I guess I’m a crappy fan…haha.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  57. matt says:
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    I was going to stream haren but he’s the most untrustworthy son ov a bench out there! You never know if he’ll find up 1 earned or 10!!! Figures he pitched a 20 pointer

    • matt says:
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      @matt: Rolling out Greinke, Gray, Corbin, Wheeler. .. Should I be nervous? SONS not liking them too much.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I wouldn’t be that nervous… Those 4 together should give you around a 3.50 ERA…

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @matt: Last time I checked those are 4 pretty good pitchers.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

          I’ve been saying “last time I checked, this was still America” all the time in response to questions. Mrs Oak will say, “can you pass the salt” and I’ll say, “last time I checked…”

          I think there might be something wrong with me.

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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            @OaktownSteve: I’m going to start using that, “Last time I checked, this was still America.”…in real life situations.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

              seriously…I do it all the time

              “Excuse me, have you got the time?”
              “Yeah…last time I checked this was still America.”

  58. OaktownSteve says:
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    Oso Polar. Orale.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Delicious!

  59. Visionary1 says:
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    Grey, I’m surprised you’re still so down on Cashner. He’s been absolutely stellar since July, giving up only 4 runs in his past 37 innings. As likely someone has said above, Eno Sarris just published an article on Fangraphs highlighting that since July 10, Cashner has returned to his out-pitch, a hard slider, and seen his K/9 increase to 7.2. He throws just about the fastest fast ball of any starter, and, of course, he’s still in Petco. His xFIP in the second half is in the low 3s, not low 2s, so while that may be a more accurate reflection of his talent, its nothing to sneeze at. Couldn’t these be signs of a new and improved $$$ner for 2014? What do you see as a realistic expectation for him in 2014 – could he be a mixed leagues #3?
    And for the record, Cobb has a 80% LOB rate for 2013.
    Sincerely, and as you can probably tell,
    A Cashner owner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      7.2 K-rate isn’t great… A mixed league #3, yeah… He doesn’t have number one upside unless he bumps that up by two Ks per nine, which is a lot…

  60. hunting W’s – who should I roll with tmrw (stream-o-nator 2nd opinion): Chen vs. KC / Kendrick vs. MIA / Thornburg vs. Cubs / possibly even Morton vs SD?

    leaning Thornburg for some reason…

    thanks

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Sheriff McRawDawg: All of them if you’re chasing W’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None are good…Thornburg….

  61. fausto says:
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    Thornburg vs cubs or Ohlendorf vs atl?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thornburg

  62. Playoffs! says:
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    Straily Vs Min
    Kluber Vs. Kc
    Gray Vs. LAA

    Who to start who to sit?

    The guy i face this week has only 4 or 5 pitchers going this week so his strategy is basically gonna be to try and win era, whip and loss. I should have the other cats in the bag because i have a ton of solid match ups. I can afford to sit a few guys i just dont want to blow whip and era in a day. Thinking about sitting Gray and maybe Kluber. Thoughts?

    Thanks for all the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d sit Kluber and Gray

  63. bossmanjunior says:
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    #4,231 best streamer question (769 more and you win!!)

    Straily v MIN
    Colon v MIN
    Morton v SD
    Niese v SF
    McAllister v HOU

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Straily, Colon, McAllister

  64. fausto says:
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    Bat for remainder of week. R and RBI mostly. Loney, Lake, Nava….Rays don’t have a day off rest of season

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @fausto: Lake’s hot, Loney’s blah, Nava doesn’t play every day. I vote Lake.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nava

  65. OaktownSteve says:
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    Can I weigh back in on the Sarris Cashner article? http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/the-new-old-andrew-cashner/

    If you don’t want to read it, the basic premise is that Cashner has rediscovered some extra mph on his slider and that is leading to more K’s and better performance. But Sarris never exactly explains why or how the slider is the underlying cause for the success. This is very common among SABRish fantasy touts. The find a result (improved performance) and a possible explanation (improved slider velocity), find a coincidental point in time where the two roughly converge and assume that the evidence is causal.

    But this article could easily have been written about Cashner’s improved command. In the five 7 K games recently, Cashner had a 1.19 BB/9 rate. Less than half his season average and way below his career average. And totally unsustainable by the way. It might just as easily be argued that more fastball strikes earlier in the count lead to better breaking ball counts and improve the swinging K rate on the slider as opposed to it resulting from better velocity.

    I think you have to dig deeper in order to really understand the changing performance of MLB players and I wonder to what extent you can understand it at all from afar given just the statistical evidence and cursory observation.

    However, this Cashner conversation today put him on my radar for off season, but it becomes just a starting data point. What I’ll now look for is off season habits reported, see if he plays winter ball, I’ll want to hear from his coaches about changes in approach and mechanics that lead to the increased velocity on the fastball. I think if you want to pick breakouts you have to pair the fundamental with the statistical evidence.

    And what we’re looking for is an indication that there’s the possibility of a quantam leap. Even during this terrific stretch with the unsustainable BB rate, he still only gave you 8.3 K/9 in that would be good for 22 among qualified starters between Dempster and Tehran, which might tell you something too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I totally agree… He’s obviously someone that can give you solid ratios, but without more Ks per inning, he’s a number three starter, which is solid, but gettable off waivers/at the back of your draft….

    • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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      @OaktownSteve: HIs first strike percentage in those starts has been over 70%. Those walk rates are sustainable with rates like that. Overall, his second half first strike rate is 66.2%. His K/9 is deflated due to not allowing any baserunners. His K% of 25.9+ in four of those starts is better than Kershaw’s rate, and is in Chris Sale territory. His swinging strike rate of 12.0% in said timeframe is elite.

      Cashner has been downright awesome in the second half, and his peripherals suggest he could be even better. For a guy you won’t have to draft before round 14, he’s looking like a complete steal.

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Shoop Da Whoop:

        Forgot to mention the first pitch strike percentage. That is usually the best indicator of improved control/command. swk% is also another indicative stat that tends to stabilize, so his swing rate in the second half should probably be a good indicator on what to expect next season.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Shoop Da Whoop:

        So I appreciate the research. There are a couple of conflated things in your post though I think. First strike percent actually appears to negatively correlate with K rate. You have Pat Corbin, Arroyo, JZimm, Lohse, E. Santana and others in the top ten among qualified in first K%. It does highly correlate with effective pitching. No doubt.

        I’m also not sure how K/9 deflates because he’s not allowing base runners. You’ll have to help me on that one.

        His walk rate in those 5 games would be tops in the league so unless you’re telling me he is now got Cliff Lee command, I have to say the BB rate may be improved but not sustainable at that rate.

        Like I said, I am now interested but still not seeing K rates that make him a much much better than Doug Fister fantasy starter. But open to the possibility it might happen.

        Have to go pick up my kindergartener but I’ll rejoin the fray later if it’s still going on.

        • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Take his start last night, for example. He had a 7.0 K/9, which is ho hum. However, he only faced 27 batters, and striking out 7 of those puts him in elite territory; only 7 pitchers in baseball have a better rate than that, and all of them have K/9 well north of 9. Felix and Burnett are at 25.6% for the season, and their K/9 is 9.26 and 9.77, respectively.

          First strike rates aren’t indicative of strikeouts; they’re indicative of walk rate. Contact and swinging strike rates are correlated with strikeouts. Guys with elite first strike rates who also possess swing and miss stuff tend to be both effective and have high K/9 rates. Harvey, Bailey, Lee, Scherzer, Verlander, and Sale are all examples of this.

          Cashner’s second half peripherals are indicative of a guy with a walk rate below 2.25, an 8+ K rate, and a 50%+ GB rate to boot. For a guy who will likely be drafted at 150+, that’s about as good as it gets.

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            @Shoop Da Whoop:

            I prefer K%-BB%. In that respect Cashner has improved as the season has gone on, going from 9.6% in the first half to 13% in the second. In September its all the way up to 24%. League leaders are generally around 20% and lower.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Shoop Da Whoop:

            I kind of don’t agree with the more batters logic. Each pitcher has an opportunity to record 27 outs in a game. Total K’s, which are what fantasy counts up, are going to be a function of how many innings you pitch because you have a chance to record more outs. Tracking Ks to hitters faced doesn’t make any sense.

            The thing in your post you’re going to have to back up is whether or not his stuff is “swing and miss”. It seems more like swing and hit on the ground stuff mostly so far as a starter. Like I said, even his best starts this year are not in the elite K rate fantasy starter. I think best case next year you get a Mike Minor season except on a team that doesn’t win as often

            • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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              @OaktownSteve: A.J. Burnett had a higher K/9 than Matt Harvey, but Harvey struck out over 2% more of his batters faced. Ubaldo has a higher K/9 than Kershaw, but Kershaw strikes out a much higher percentage of batters faced. Going by K/9 would make it appear as though Burnett and Ubaldo were better at striking batters out than Harvey and Kershaw; however, that is simply not true. Partially because they’re better at striking batters out, Harvey and Kershaw allow many fewer batters to reach base, and have fewer opportunities to strike batters out. So while they do not strike out as many batters per nine innings as lesser pitchers, they’re still better at striking those batters out.

            • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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              @OaktownSteve: Cashner’s swinging strike rate in the second half is 9.9%, and his swinging strike rate in his recent run of starts is 12.0%. That’s my evidence for claiming he has swing and miss stuff. 9.9% is Derek Holland, Jose Fernandez, Ryan Dempster range, and 12.0% is Max Scherzer, Matt Harvey, Cole Hamels, Anibal Sanchez range.

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                @Shoop Da Whoop:

                About the k per batter thing, I guess what I am saying is that in fantasy it’s total Ks that matter so it’s k/9 and innings you want to look at. I see your point though and it is interesting.

                As to the swinging k rate, also interesting but like I said, small sample. To what do you attribute his good run lately?

                • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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                  @OaktownSteve: I just feel looking at K% and swinging strike and contact rates gives a better look at someone’s swing and miss ability moving forward. A more exact way of looking at a guy, I suppose.

                  As for Cashner, his velocity has jumped, both on his slider as well as his fastball. That alone leads to greater success, but coupled with his increased first strike rate, which has put him in more 2 strike counts, hitters have been at his mercy. His release points seem to have changed on the horizontal plane slightly from earlier in the season, but not vertically. I’m assuming he may have adjust his position on the rubber slightly.

    • bossmanjunior says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Unfortunately its not always easy to quantify improved command or mechanics looking at the numbers. I remember a few years ago, James Shields made a mechanical adjustment in his delivery that drastically improved his command. He had always had great control, but obviously that just means he threw strikes, whereas command entails a pitchers control within the strike zone. People where skeptical to buy into his improvement but he proved them wrong. There was no empirical proof in the numbers he was a different pitcher, but he was. Likewise, Cashner could simply be improving his command. As I eluded to in a previous post, Cashner already possesses plus stuff. Imrpoved command with plus stuff can make a good pitcher a great pitcher. I haven’t looked at the charts to see how much run his fastball has on it, nor have I watched him pitch much, so I don’t know how straight his fastball really is. However, its rare for a straight fastball with no late life to have such a positive pitch value.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @bossmanjunior:

        Pitch f/x actually shows a fair amount of run on the four seam fastball. -5.1 (into right hander), putting him in company with Porcello, AJ Burnett, Haren, Fernandez and Ubaldo.

        You really can’t quantify improved mechanics by definition. You can try to correlate mechanical changes with changes in performance but it’s a slippery slope because it’s a complex event pitching a ball game. What I’m saying is that just because something is quantifiable does not make it causal. It just makes it tempting to assume as causal.

        • bossmanjunior says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          I think a lot of people are lazy in assuming hard fastballs are all straight, which obviously isn’t the case with Cashner.

          I think we are making the same point in respect to changes players can make and whether its quantifiable. Sometimes the changes are explicit and sometimes its just plain luck.

          Maybe he is doing a better job of repeating his mechanics? That would probably be most evident in his release point repeatability.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @bossmanjunior:

            Yeah there are a lot of factors and there is evidence out there on the net like release point data (I don’t quite have the bandwidth to get in that deep but a guy doing it for a quasi-living should be able to). I think what we also might both be saying is that I would prefer to have reasons for things to bolster my view of a small sample size improvement. He might just be locked in now. It can come and go quick. If we are to believe, we’ll need a bigger sample or we’ll need some kind of larger narrative as to why the improve will not only sustain but that there will potentially need to be further improvement.

  66. Hoog says:
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    Marte is back in the starting lineup!

    Need to pick 3 of these 4 to start today. Who’s the odd man out?
    Daniel Murphy vs. Petit, Jennings vs. Ogando, Granderson vs. Dickey, Marte vs. Stults.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jennings

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        sadly as a Rays fan, I agree

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  67. OaktownSteve says:
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    Couldn’t execute on it fully because of the early start game today, but I think it would be a good day to go big stack White Sox against Pelfry. He seems to have very little in the tank and the ball should be flying out of US Cell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Twins pitchers in general are a hot mess

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        A’s have them here for 4 starting Thursday. I have tickets for Saturday and Sunday so hoping to see a clinch.

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @OaktownSteve: I’m pulling the trigger on a Miami stack against Halladay.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Be nice to see them go deep into the playoffs… Always secretly been an A’s fan…

        • Big Magoo says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Good luck to your squad. Should be a great atmosphere.

  68. Rob says:
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    For next year who would you rather have at SS – Starlin Castro or A. Simmons?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro

  69. Boy Wonder says:
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    Hey, it’s me again… the guy with the 1 remaining move lol.

    Jason Castro is officially out for the year. Do I pick up a catcher or just save the last move for a streaming option? The streaming options don’t look very good… but I’m leaning toward it just in case I need to win K’s or for one more QS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with a catcher

      • Boy Wonder says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: Sal Perez, Carlos Ruiz, or Russell Martin for the rest of this week? leaning toward Ruiz… as he’s facing the Marlins for 1 more game and the Mets for 3.

        I think I would rather have a catcher than a streaming option that I can’t trust. and plus, I’m winning ERA, WHIP, and K/9 so far.. though it’s still early

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Perez…

  70. SteveNZ says:
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    Tron and I are consoling each other that the $26 Scott Hairston isn’t even going to see the light of day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  71. goodfold2 says:
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    10 teamer, with wright not coming back yet (why do they say things like, “will likely be back tue” when they very likely don’t know shit. Unless he suddenly woke up feeling worse today than the last 2 days (which is possible), but if not the blurb writers clearly did not give accurate info 2 or 3 days ago. Either way tell me if I got this right
    -lucroy (no other catcher
    -fielder over adams (until division gets clinched and fielder gets ROS off, or close to it)
    -hill over boneface
    -machado
    -andrus over villar (however only 2 days of the week Tron likes Villar better are today and tomorrow)
    3 OF a-gon/choo/mccutch/
    2 utils (this is where it gets ugly) pick 2 of adams/myers/victorino/jackson?
    Or of course 1 of the other OF’ers could be benched here. 30 man roster 10 team league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks right… Adams, Myers

  72. Barker says:
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    Pick 2

    Belt @ wheeler segura vs samardija reyes vs pettite

    Tied at 1 in net steals and leading hrs 1-0 so could use power or speed just looking for best matchup
    Currently have segura on bench because of poor history with samardija but hes been a hot mess lately and wanted your sage advice on this

    Starting dempster kinda have to what do you see in my future hes been bad at home and since he came to the AL but he has been good against baltimore this year — should i count my blessings on the haren start and bench him even tho my opponent has five guys starting tonight to my two left after haren i also a have gray starting — i think i have to this kid has a crazy amount of starters i am hoping for some blowups tonight

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Segura, Reyes… Bench Dempster

      • Barker says:
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        @Grey: he has 16 starts left with five moves and i have 13 starts left and five moves including dempsters two starts this week i figure i at least get maybe a win and some SO but got worried when no one was asking about him to start tonight so now i got my answer– i think i may take the plunge its a league that counts IP as a category so i gotta try to keep up also counts QS CG Sho also losses

        I used a move because beside haren he was best available streamer at least i thought so i may just do it and watch with my eyes closed lets see what i get for thinking jeez this is stressful

        Streaming question for tomorrow
        Mccarthy vs lad thornburg vs chc ross @ pit miner vs mia eovaldi @ phi peacock vs cin harang vs sf rusin @ mil
        U messing with any of these guys tomorrow i have limited moves (5 left till sunday) harang looks like the best which scares me and tells me to stay away till thurs or the weekend and hope that dempster doesnt rape me in an alleyway

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Avoid those guys…

  73. goodfold2 says:
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    edwin actually done. Why did he even come back for those 2 or whatever many games?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea

  74. SteveNZ says:
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    Wilin owners can breathe easy, despite a hammy issue yesterday, he’s in the lineup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  75. SteveNZ says:
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    Hoping that Petit’s ERA and WHIP are small indeed.

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @SteveNZ: Same here. I’ll celebrate with a petit dejeuner tomorrow morning if it works out.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Big Magoo: Petit dejeuner is the most important meal of the day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me too…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Enjoyed your vacuum cleaner puns BTW.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: *Whispers* Yu-Pet going along nicely so far…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m watching him… Kinda bleh, hoping to get through 6 IP, 3 ER…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Should have kept my damn mouth shut. Needs a double play about now…

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @SteveNZ: F***! F***! F***!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, he’s not fooling anyone and the guys he’s going against aren’t exactly good…

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @Grey: Estrada frantically sweeping up after him…

  76. Big Magoo says:
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    Does Luca’s victory on Masterchef portend the ownership of Lucas Duda on many a fantasy team this year? I wonder… Of course, some combination of Chris Davis, Miggy, Trout, Adam Jones, Goldy, Scherzer, Darvish, and Sale would be purely coincidental…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He was a big baseball fan, so are we sure it’s not Luca Duda?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Big Magoo:

      How are we feeling about Colon regression. The pitcher. Not digestive track hypno-therapy…which does exist in the Bay Area.

      He just had a dip in velocity. It really think that he’s in a special vortex that defies the peripherals that go into FIP, SIERRA etc. Outliers break models.

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I didn’t intend to be too critical of him in that post way back when. Just looking at the numbers in terms of velocity, pitch movement, and pitch selection, the peripherals just didn’t add up.

        Like I said before though, numbers don’t tell the whole story, which is why I ultimately deferred to you concerning the final analysis of his season. I hadn’t, and still haven’t, seen him pitch this season, so other than recalling his plus control and ability to set up hitters due to experience based on past seasons, I’m just a guy looking at numbers. I’m sure that you’ve seen him pitch several times this year, so what’s your take?

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Big Magoo:

          Pounds the strike zone like cliff lee, two seam consistently induces weak contact, comeback fastball makes him effective against lefties, very solid defense and good park. Just never walks guys. Can also dial up a k when needed.

  77. Big Magoo says:
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    He did pack some powerful flavors into his dishes… And swung and missed quite a bit early in the season before coming on strong at the end…

    • Grey

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      And always looked good at the plate…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Not as good as Graham though…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And his clanking of teeth on the fork? No way!

  78. SteveNZ says:
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    Can do without this Kinsler nonsense.

    • Grey

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      Me too!

  79. goodfold2 says:
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    even though kinsler’s been better already (playing against him), andrus just jacked one in his 2nd day on my roster. Nice. He can’t have even 6 on the year. Damn, i did forget i’m playing against Pedroia.

    • Grey

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      Nice

  80. goodfold2 says:
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    ah ha. 1st day back in lineup in league where i’m playing for 5th (no money here, but this was the league i cared about the most, had I won last week) GYORKO lights up that dude many on here were attempting to get the green light out of you about today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I didn’t like that start, Rudy started him there…

      • @Grey: shit happens….it was a really good matchup in terms of opponent and park. ended up close to ‘worst case’. wished i stuck with halladay who had a good matchup as well but scared me with 5 BBs each of the last two starts

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya

  81. costaricanchata says:
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    he’s looking like ACE ventura .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      @ Grey :
      you might want to watch this kid .

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Good? I was watching Petit…

  82. Kid A says:
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    le petit mort.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @Kid A: Quelle dommage.

      • Kid A says:
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        @SteveNZ: Always a pity party when we cross our streams. I should know better by now. Me and my repetitive behaviors and expectations of different outcomes.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Kid A: Oh, no sarcasm intended by me, if that’s what you meant. I started Petit as well, so it is truly a pity.

          • Kid A says:
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            @SteveNZ: No, I got you. Saw you started him. Was just noting the synchronized chiming death knell when we both roll with the same shit-throwing monkeys.

  83. SteveNZ says:
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    Cozart. Driving me round the bend.

  84. goodfold2 says:
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    opps benched boneface twice, while i’m tied in steals with 1 (damn bruce got opp’s), would have 3 with boneface. might have to bench hill.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: 2 runs too. just noticed i did play boney king of nowhere yesterday, just not today.

  85. goodfold2 says:
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    should’ve benched kluber here, just walks and doubles. about to catch up real quick right here.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: thank god petit was owned in these leagues where i have kluber.

    • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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      @goodfold2: I know. Of all times to forget how to throw strikes… today? Against the Royals? Ugh

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Shoop Da Whoop: who would’ve thought the best streamer today is the prospect with the cool name. Yordano, sounds like a magician.

        • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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          @goodfold2: Does Estrada count as a streamer?

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Shoop Da Whoop: in some leagues, and ya, i guess he’s tied with the great YORDANO!

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @goodfold2: kluber finally gets a K, and gets yanked at less than 80 as reward. Yea!

  86. goodfold2 says:
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    come lose your money watching the shiny things of YORDANO!

  87. SteveNZ says:
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    That’s 30/100 for Bruuuuuuuuce. You’ll take it all day long, but it’s an exasperating journey at times.

  88. goodfold2 says:
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    please don’t tell me in the 10 teamer (smaller money league) where i’m in the semi’s i get to go up against this week’s pence, just like last week with pence. F U BRUCE!. i do have him in a roto where i may have just moved into 2nd in rbi’s, but that’s for free.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: getting real tired of seeing grand slams in box scores

    • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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      @goodfold2: You going up against Utley, too?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Shoop Da Whoop: thank god no, just bruce/kinsler/pedroia. Am still very competitive in everything right now, except RBI’s, down 7 already.

  89. Jason says:
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    Ziimmerman is clutch-tastic !!

    What was the winning entry for the late weeks stat stuffer?

    • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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      @Jason: Whoever picked Zimmerman and Pence?

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Shoop Da Whoop: zimmerman and span are so kind of damn bums. One can’t hit homers till they’re out of the playoffs, span can’t steal until then. Now the season starts for these twits. I had Span till early/mid july in a 16 teamer, now he’s on better than a 40 steal pace in last 2 weeks. He had like 8 when I dropped him, after over 3 months.

  90. SteveNZ says:
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    Double play please, Janssen…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was on the phone, is Petit in line for the win?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: He is.

        • Grey

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          Hopefully they can hold on then…

  91. costaricanchata says:
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    obviously this kid is a little ramped up for his 1st start ,
    but a ventura /burhle match-up might bring back the 2 and 1/2 hour ballgame .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s got great stuff, pretty impressive…

  92. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    that was good, finally stauffer gets 2 perfect innings and a hold (was a fill in for days when I wasn’t streaming a good start (thank god i was iffy enough on kluber with innings cap)) right the day i dropped him so i can grab rayburn to fill in for lowrie.

  93. Alex says:
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    hello

    niese or kuroda in dynasty?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kuroda

  94. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Kluber just got pulled after a strikeout. Anybody watching? Is he hurt?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t think so

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Shoop Da Whoop:

      francona didn’t want him to face moustakis again .

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        His stuff is terrific but he should’ve been pulled…

  95. SteveNZ says:
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    Any chance of Estrada getting some more damn run support?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: see, apricot juice yesterday.

    • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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      He’s going to need a lot of it now

  96. Kid A says:
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    goddamn estrada. never again! (until next time…)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Kid A: kluber goes for me at home vs Lastros this very week. same bat time.

    • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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      @Kid A: Still had a sub-1.00 WHIP over 7 innings. I’ll take it.

  97. goodfold2 says:
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    it’s a hard life benching yelich, like ever. Even with no power at times, dude is really young to constantly get on base. benched him today for upton (which looked good after the first of the 8 or 9 at bats for the day)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  98. costaricanchata says:
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    dang .
    i wish they had let ventura go to see if he could get out of that jam .
    only 86 pitches .
    since when does an outside shot at a wild card spot take precedence
    over my curiosity and over-all enjoyment of a baseball game ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He should’ve been pulled… He was falling apart…

  99. Kid A says:
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    Will Smith squatting and releasing all over Hollywood and my WHIP.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Kid A: 1 walk? try getting a loss out of koji, who’s been so good you could just ignore when he was up pitching and look at the 2 K’s nobody on base innings for like 2.5 or more solid months later on that night.

      • Kid A says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: granted it was only one, but that INFINITY symbol in my fantasycast sends me into an existential tailspin.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Kid A: yeah, but 1 K and no BB does the same thing in the good way in a K/bb league.

          • Kid A says:
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            @goodfold2: *head explodes

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @Kid A: I really needed that Hold. Walks the only batter he faces. Total BS.

  100. Pops says:
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    Hi Grey,
    1st time roto and rcl.
    I noticed someone got 182 starts, is that because 3 guys started on the day he hit the limit?
    If so, does that mean that on the day you are going to hit 180, you should start 9 pitchers, to pick up the stats? Is that ethical, is all fair in love, war and rcl leagues? lol

    Would the last day theory apply in a Yahoo roto league with innings pitched limits?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Pops:

      Yes to all

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      More than ethical, encouraged if you need starts… Same with Yahoo… I’ve hit 188 starts before…

      • Pops says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey, I’m in first place by 5 points, and pitching cats are 12-9.5-12-10-11 and still have Lee and Wainwright at 174 starts so far.
        So next week I’ll take a close look at it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  101. OaktownSteve says:
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    Dude…Trout is unreal. The best, Jerry. The best.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seinfeld was in the Mets booth tonight, was pretty good as he made fun of Mex…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I would have liked to have heard that.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Up against him in H2H this week. Not enjoying it so far.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @SteveNZ:

        Up against him in Oaktown. Also not enjoying him. Except slightly enjoying it on account of loving baseball.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @OaktownSteve: I don’t get to watch much but did see his HR from last night on Sportscenter. Amazing combo of muscle and timing.

  102. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey…do you trust Peavy tomorrow against the O’s?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  103. SteveNZ says:
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    And yet again it is proven. The best way to deal with Prince is to load the bases up for him.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: damn could’ve tied rbi’s if he pulled a bruce/pence there.

  104. SteveNZ says:
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    That’s some shitty work from a normally-nails Royals bullpen.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could’ve used that save…

  105. Kid A says:
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    Praying for world peace and a side of hendo vulture win, so I don’t seem so greedy.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Kid A:

      other-worldly piece .

    • Kid A says:
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      @Kid A: Enjoy the eternal goodwill and compassion of your brotherhood of men, you scumbags. You’re welcome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  106. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    gray’s having problems throwing strikes tonight.

  107. SteveNZ says:
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    After suffering through that Petit start I’ll be, shall we say, less than impressed if the Giants cough it up here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glad it didn’t come to that

  108. goodfold2 says:
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    anybody other than STL fans wondering why the hell molina is still playing in a 10-0 game. i guess there’s better spots to not force him to take time off and keep playing him. Who needs health for the playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seriously

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: the line around here (matheny had never managed, ever, at any level, before this job) is that he was hired because he’s a respected, nice guy, who won’t get in anyone’s face, pretty much molina likely manages this team. Molina doesn’t want to come out of any game, ever. Matheny pretty much rubber stamp of the GM and molina. But it’s odd that Mozeliak (who is a smart guy) doesn’t force this issue himself.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, could be

  109. Jon says:
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    Feel good about any of these streamers?

    Ogando @ KC, Thornburg vs CHC, Dickey @ BOS, Erasmo @ LAA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really… Thornburg would be my favorite

  110. costaricanchata says:
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    cards have enjoyed putting up a lot of runs when kelly pitches .
    made his start tonight in coors a no-brainer for those chasing wins .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  111. costaricanchata says:
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    granted , that donaldson throw was off-line ,
    but the error should have been given to the 1st baseman .

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      Nah that was son of Donald all the way

  112. slimsmitty

    Chris says:
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    Stanton or Pagan rest of season?

    • slimsmitty

      Chris says:
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      Points league. -1 per K

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton

  113. SteveNZ says:
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    And I’m ahead of royce! in saves. Finally.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Greinke + Petit+Estrada and managed to get away with a 3.60 ERA and 1.03 WHIP…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it didn’t end terribly for me after MRs and Greinke… Petit barely helped though, at least he got that win…

  114. g says:
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    Thoughts on starting Archer tomm vs Tex?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  115. Wolter White says:
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    Should I add Jarrod Dyson or Brian Dozier for Howie Kendrick, Chris JohnsonATL, orJason Kipnis?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dyson if you need steals, lose Johnson

  116. OaktownSteve says:
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    Hey Albright, ‘member my crappy all stream RCL offense? 19 runs 6 homers and 29 RBIs the last two days with a couple of bags and a .308 average the last two days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, very nice…. Who’d you stack against?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        No stacks. Just mix and match. I’m gonna lose that league 101 to 100 I think. Gonna take it to the wire though.

        Glad to know you’re a closet A’s fan. Gray just K’d Trout in a big situation. Should be seeing those guys go at it for a couple years.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          By the way, I want to pitch you on some off-season content. What’s the best way to get in touch with you other than posting it here.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            grey @ razzball dot com

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, that’s tough… No way to get that last point, huh? I grew an A’s fan, loved Canseco and McGwire… Followed Reggie to the A’s, liked the Yanks, then the Angels then finally the A’s…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            The way it’s shaken out has been rough. I’ve got 152! saves and I’m 11 back. I’ve got a 3.185 ERA and a 1.136 WHIP but the guy ahead of me is at 2.995 and 1.108. 28 runs back, 21 RBI 21 steals. I’m at 85 Ws with 22 starts to go but the guy ahead has 106 with starts to go. A real good league. Like 5 teams with 100+ moves. Tip my cap to all of them. Basically need a choke from the leader in BA, AVG or saves to have a shot.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Impressively active league… Rudy and I were talking yesterday and I think we’re going to go into a tougher league next year. Half of so-called ‘perts do this shizz for the free pub when we talk about them in March and totally disappear in-season.

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @Grey:

                I’d love to get a crack at you two.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m sure there’s a lot of people that would… We’ll have to figure out a fairly democratic way to do it… If you made a lot of moves this year, you’re in the running…

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    I’m at 556 and counting.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wow… That’s probably top ten across all leagues…

                  • costaricanchata says:
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                    @Grey:

                    i have a 96 , a 98 , and a 293 ,
                    and would donate towards the prize fund .

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      We don’t need donations… We just need competitive league members, because it is kinda silly how little these experts do after the draft… Some have DL’d players in their lineups and whatnot… We’ll talk more about this in the offseason…

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @Grey: @OaktownSteve: 6 teams with 100+ moves in Original recipe:

                  367
                  326
                  277 (yours truly)
                  226 (leading)
                  167
                  113

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @SteveNZ:

                    We actually have 6 that will get over 100 and the next three are at 72, 62 and 54

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Nice!

  117. letsgobravos says:
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    Wow, Matt Kemp 4/4 with 3 RBIs. Dropped in one of my leagues so I just snagged him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      We’ll see how much he plays…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I’ll have to check every afternoon to see if he’s in the lineup for sure. I had a streamer I was dropping after today anyways and zero bench bats. Slotted him in for Span for tomorrow since he’s awful against lefties.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  118. Alex says:
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    If I need avg, cool to go lemahieu over swish? Or is that overthinking it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  119. SteveNZ says:
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    Holy cow. Not sure I want to see Jansen here…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Double play please

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @SteveNZ: Jesus effing Christ. Why did Mattingly even send him out there?

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @SteveNZ: I have an ERA of zero this week and a WHIP of 2.10.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @SteveNZ: that’s luckier than shit.

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @goodfold2: Nah, just relievers only, so any hit or walk is magnified.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @SteveNZ: it must be few innings total also though.

  120. SteveNZ says:
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    Cozart or Lowrie? 14 team H2H. The Tron finds solidly in favour of Lowrie for tomorrow, but what would Grey do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cozart

      • Chris says:
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        Does anyone know anything about Tony Cingrani? I’m shocked at the fact no one is talking about him and that goes for the Reds too! I want to keep him for next year but I’m making a run at the championship….keep him and ride it out or dump him?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He could be a keeper, depends on the league size… He’s probably not going again this year…

  121. goodfold2 says:
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    i’m not sure this is a vote of confidence or not: “Dozier has cooled from his torrid August, but he remains one of the Twins’ more productive hitters. He’s batting .243/.311/.420 with a surprising 17 home runs and 12 stolen bases in a bit of a breakout year for the 26-year-old. He’ll be on some fantasy radars next season.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not much

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