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Greetings and good cheer, my fellow Razzballians (which sounds like a portmanteau of ‘Razzball Aliens’ but I swear it’s not; the status of your US green card is not knowledge we currently own.  Note the word ‘currently’.) and welcome to the end of days.  See how if you say it nicely how well it goes over?  ‘Huzzah my good and lovely wife of 15 years, I’m here to divorce you!’.  Try it, it might work out to where you don’t have to give up 50% of your Furby collection.  Hrm, maybe I shouldn’t hand out life advice and stick to fantasy baseball…anywho, our season is winding down and it gets harder and harder to find a good bat on waivers.  Trust me I know.  If I hadn’t seen some hope for Michael Morse this week, you might’ve been hearing about Bogusevic here.  We’re scraping the bottom of the barrel full of monkeys at this point and if you’ve ever cleaned one of those barrels out, you know what the bottom is full of.  You haven’t and you don’t, you say?  You don’t get the implication, you dully respond?  I’m talking about fecal matter here, people, of the primate variety or ‘monkey poo’ if you need it in layman’s terms.  By the end of the year, you’re trying to justify any and all pickups since most ownable players are already on teams and the rosters haven’t expanded for some September rookie upside plays yet.  So without further ado, let’s discuss the monkey poo that that is Morse for 2013 Fantasy baseball…oops, my boss over at Razzball Football is telling me something via my bluetooth (hint: I am my own boss over there…so yeah, I’m basically talking to myself in this made up scenario).  It seems that some of you do play Fantasy Football and for those that do, you can join a Razzball Commenter League for football just like you did for baseball.  There’s all the same things you’d expect to find on the baseball side.  Good league mates, a grand prize, an image of Grey lying naked on a Polar Bearskin rug with a meerschaum pipe.  So hop over there, create/join a league, then hop back over here to finish the story of my great Re-Morse…

Alright, I’m gonna deal with the warts first here because the warts are important with Morse.  So far since returning from the DL, he hasn’t played every day and I can’t promise that trend will change this week.  However, if he starts Saturday night against Jason Vargas, I have a hunch how the Mariners will use him down the stretch and it definitely makes him interesting for power-hungry owners this week.  Admittedly, it’s been a rough year for Morse who – after a hot start – has cooled down to the extreme and since his return from the DL, is sporting some pretty ugly numbers.  I know putting all these things aside is going to be hard but here’s what I’m seeing.  On the year, Morse is carrying a .489 slugging percentage and 5 HRs against LHP.  And before you ask, yes plenty of those HRs (3 to be exact) came in the first month of the season when it looked like it would be Morse and Chris Davis battling it out for the home run crown.  But he didn’t get all 90 of his ABs against lefties in the first month of the year here and his set up for this week looks pretty intriguing if he can stay out on the field for it.  You see, this week the Mariners face 5 left-handed pitchers and I dare say outside of Derek Holland, none of them seem all that scary to face on paper.  Given that most of Morse’s ownership at 39% is due to league mates who haven’t checked their team since May, I think it’s safe to say he’s out there for a shot this week if you can afford to take the risk for some power upside while tanking a bit in average.  So far, my Darin Ruf call from last week is looking to be in line with what I had thought it would be thru Saturday morning with 2 HRs and a so-so BA of .263.  Hopefully he drops a few more dingers into your baseball basket this weekend for you.  In either case, go pick up Morse.  Or Bogusevic…gah, August sucks.

  1. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    But do you like him better than Hoes, Viciendo, K Davis, or Eaton?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Jack Full O’ Hate: Better then Viciedo, yes. The others, no, but it depends what you need. Hoes/Eaton are small power upside. Davis is just in a nice groove right now.

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @Sky: I need runs, lots of runs, HR’s and batting average. Viciendo has been super hot right now.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Jack Full O’ Hate: He still doesn’t bat very high in his lineup, so his hits don’t pan out to being much. Just not a Viciedo fan, his hot streaks seem too short to follow for long.

          • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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            @Sky: I hear ya, but damn Morse has been frustrating except for those first three weeks of the season.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @Jack Full O’ Hate: Agreed, they’re just both crapshoots is all. I dropped Viciedo in my keeper about 5 weeks into the season. We roster 30 players. I have zero love for that man.

  2. Nomad pantaloons says:
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    Hey, I got offered sabathia for lincecum and Byrd…he said he wanted to unload cc for some power and my worst pitcher, but I also have chacin, Kennedy and Zimmerman…buysellatops loves the deal but I’ need ks wins and whip, along with runs and rbis, so basically everything…what do you think

    • Nomad pantaloons says:
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      @Nomad pantaloons: Also, if I do this, I can pick morse up off the waivers

  3. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Frazier

    @ STL Lyons, Kelly, Wainwright @COL Manship, De La Rosa, Nicasio

    A-Ram

    @ PIT N/A, Locke, Morton LAA Vargas, Weaver, Wilson

    Who’s your man?

  4. PB&J with a baseball bat says:
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    Yo Sky, I’m in my H2H playoffs at the moment. Who do you like, Hoes or Aoki?

  5. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Bottom of the barrel for sure.

  6. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    I just looked at football and I forgot to fix the DB’s on the rosters, It was suppose to be DB, CB and S and i have it as DB DB. It’s too late to change it?

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @Sky: damn, i just made it so 3 CB’s will be owned all year

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @Sky: how do we get into the draft?

  7. Abdoozy says:
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    Sorry, but I’m going to pass on Morse. I can’t get excited about anybody masquerading as a “hitter” for the Mariners.

    I’m sticking with Ruf.. If I don’t make it through this week of the playoffs it won’t matter.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Abdoozy: Understandable, I’m staying Ruf too. It’s a weird time of year to pick a streamer

  8. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    How was your first IDP draft?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Slightly buzzed. Wait that’s not what you’re really asking. It was good/hectic. No time to do much in depth study. After the big names were gone, I was admittedly lost

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @Sky: there will be plenty of guys to grab in the FA pool

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          That’s what I figured. Still, I’m fine with the O, just depends on how well my IDP pans out.

          • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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            @Sky: Bradford is gonna make you drink more, what do you think of my offense?

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Still plenty of FA talent at QB. I’ll be deciding how I want to proceed there. Might play match ups. Bradford isn’t Rodgers but I paid for what I got I think.

              Like your RB a lot. They both need to stay healthy. Not huge on AJ this year but he should be solid. Wanted Vick for myself but couldn’t pull the trigger when it came time. Only reason it’s Bradford for me right now.

              • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                @Sky: Thank You, I love that I got Wilson as my RB3 and his handcuff, who IMO is the top handcuff. I also love my upside bench WR

                is it my Broncophilia, but I want to shock everyone and go pick up Julius Thomas

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  You’ve got acute Bronco-itus

                  • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                    @Sky: but what do you think of Thomas, looking like he might be their tight end

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      @Jack Full O’ Hate: Tamme was their tight end last year, too…not saying Thomas isn’t talented but last year, Stokley was the slot receiver. Think he’s the 4th option, hard to get excited about that.

                  • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                    @Sky: last year it traded off between Tamme and Dressens. I was reading the other day and some feel he might be the every down. You never know when Peyton is at the helm.

                    Small trip change, did the math and I will now be flying up. Most likely to Portland and then getting a rental car. Flying into Eugene is kinda a joke.

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Oh wow, reasonable tickets?

                      Yeah I like his talent, I just don’t know how viable he’ll be in a standard league. Seems like a big hit/miss kinda guy. Like for deep leagues though.

                  • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                    @Sky: 265 round trip to Portland, which is almost the same in gas. Flying to Eugene would be a bitch, would take like 9 hours with all the other stops and layovers and then would have to leave at 8 in the morning on Sunday

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Gotcha. So does that change your arrival time?

                  • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                    @Sky: not really, maybe a couple o hours upon arrival and it means I get to stay for some of Sunday or go to Portland for some of Sunday

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      @Jack Full O’ Hate: Gotcha. I’ll have to start writing by mid-day Sunday after the first batch of games go by but the morning should be free/clear.

                  • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                    @Sky: its a two hour drive to portland?

  9. Frank White says:
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    So man… Do you think I should hold onto Sony gray or is he just a streamer??

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Frank White: Depends on league size. Any rookie pitcher I usually assume their a streamer/matchup play. Gray’s probably a home start most times but I never would’ve started him today in Baltimore.

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