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So, here we are again. You could say it’s been a long time. Or, you could be like me, and say it hasn’t been long enough. This series obviously is not one that touches on hot button issues. There are no Mike Trout or Matt Harvey sightings. Simply put, this series is more a labor of love than anything. I get tired of reading pieces that are supposed to be on deep leagues, and they spend time talking about Lucas Duda. NOT DEEP ENOUGH. And while I moan and groan about discussing the likes of Luke Montz or Chris Rusin, I want to make sure that someone does. Because, first of all, Luke Montz and Chris Rusin deserve to be known by somebody… anybody. Not just their mothers. And second of all, well, simply put, you deep leaguers understand what’s going on here. And if you don’t understand, imagine if your starting lineup consists of names like Nick Punto and Brendan Ryan and Joe Thatcher… then you will know what it is like to be us. And you will wonder why we do what we do. Which, to be perfectly honest, is what we wonder about too. So, with all the time off from this series, I’m sure there is plenty to talk about. [Looks at player list] UGHHHHH.

Doug Bernier hasn’t appeared in the majors since playing two games with the Rockies back in 2008. If that’s your highlight this year, ouch bro. However, the reason this 33-year-old second baseman is getting the call this year is for hitting .295 in 92 Triple-A games. Looking over his numbers, he seems like a player who knows the plate and has some gap power. If he finds a number of starts, something may happen. That thing which may happen, well, I have no clue if that should happen on your team. But in deep formats, if you are getting at-bats, you are in need, somewhere.

At first glace, I thought I was reading about cheese. Second glace, I wished I was eating cheese. So, third glance, I noticed that Chris Colabello hit two homeruns this past week. The 29-year-old cheese rookie has been recalled four times, but it looks like he’ll be getting more playing time this go around. Despite only hitting .188 in 18 games so far, Colabello has hit safely in four of his last six games, hitting .316 with the aforementioned 2 homeruns in that span. I don’t think his Minor League K% will translate well to the Major Leagues, but the power is legit. As a ceiling, I could see something along the lines of Casper Wells when he was somewhat relevant, so while this story might end up a better baseball one than fantasy, he might still be worth a look if you need a bat.

Yes, I know that Todd Redmond‘s last start was against the Astros, which might explain the 10 strikeouts and just 1 ER in six innings. But there might be a little something-something here. While his 3.81 ERA is more encouraging than his 4.95 FIP, I do like seeing a 9.53 K/9 and 2.86 BB/9. The HR/9 of 1.91 is a bit high, so there is a little risk here for a flyball pitcher who doesn’t throw higher than the low-90’s. But that fastball plays due to something. Arm slot, arm action, I haven’t been able to get a handle on it, but he gets swing and misses, despite the fastball not being that fast and not moving that much. Whatever he’s doing, it’s working right now, so if you need some K’s, I’m buying.

Last seen with the Minnesota Twins back in 2011, Rene Rivera has been the Padres secondary backstop to Nick Hundley since Yasmani Grandal went down. I can’t really say he’ll help you, like, at all. But I guess I should note that he’s hit .400 in the two weeks, albeit, in limited playing time. That’s really all there is to say about him.

So, you’re really going to talk about Chris Rusin? That wasn’t just an empty threat? Yup. While the 2009 4th round pick has put up a lackluster showing in Triple-A, you should note that those starts are from the notoriously offensive friendly PCL league. While he can get into the low-90’s with his fastball, it usually sits in the high-80’s. What Rusin lacks in quality, he offers in quantity, with a curve, cutter, and changeup, and commanding all three quite well. So far in three starts, he has a 2.93 ERA, but his 4.35 FIP is more likely going forward. I see him as a future LOOGY, but as long as the Cubs give him starts, he’s worth a look as a potential back-end starter that will show glimpses, but can provide average numbers across the board.

Jaywrong is a 30-year old Korish writer who finds solace using Makers Mark as a vehicle to impress women, and also has an affinity for making Jennifer Lawrence GIFs. You can follow him @jaywrong, read his blog Desultory Thoughts of a Longfellow, or, you can find his GIFs at his tumblr, named Siuijeonseo.

  1. Alex says:
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    14 team keeper league, keep 12, the trade is Yu n Span n B Miller for Choo n Arenado n Archer….. Which side?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Alex: I like the Yu side. Big Miller fan.

  2. Adam says:
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    Romo or Benoit ROS?
    Thx

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Adam: Romo.

  3. Jash says:
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    according to the urban dick, korish is
    The pieces of cow’s fecies, which hangs from the fur around its anus, after the cow has finished defecation.

    cust kayin

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Jash: Okay.

      • Jash says:
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        @jaywrong: lol sorry

  4. Adam Jonesin says:
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    Which do you like better? Roberto Hernandez vs SF or Phil Hughes @ SD
    Thanks Jay

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Adam Jonesin: goin with Hughes here.

  5. 2 Giant rings says:
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    20 teams.give Sandoval and Lincecum, I get Ellsbury. Thanks man.

    • 2 Giant rings says:
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      Thats@2 Giant rings: if that’s too little for me to give up and he rejects, how about AJ Burnett and Sandoval for Ellsbury?

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @2 Giant rings: that one is fine too.

  6. Brooks Jacoby says:
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    Just got Bautista for Yu, which side you like? I feel like Bautista still has that 10 HR hot streak in him for the year.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Brooks Jacoby: ya, if you needed the power, its fine.

  7. Alan says:
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    Do I drop Wieters for Russell Martin or Salty? Or live with wieters ROS? 6×6 with obp

    • Alan says:
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      @Alan: wilson ramos also avail

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Alan: Martin is a nice OBP option, I might hold. Even though I hate myself for saying it.

  8. JoeG414 says:
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    Aienzo or Erasmo Ramirez? Going to wait see how each one pitches this weekend(tough machups) , but which one do we like the ros? mixed non keeper.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @JoeG414: prolly, Erasmo.

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @jaywrong:
        prolly???

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @JoeG414: not really high on either. Erasmo by a hair.

          • JoeG414 says:
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            @jaywrong: Do you like Joe Kelly or Alex Wood a little better?

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @JoeG414: Alex Wood, more K potential there.

  9. G says:
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    Have Castro and Simmons. Hold Simmons or drop for boegarts?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @G: I wouldn’t mind dropping Simmons.

  10. 2 Giant rings says:
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    20 teams. Is cliff Lee and John Mayberry or Mike Carp giving up too much to get Ellsbury?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @2 Giant rings: a little bit, unless you really need the steals.

  11. T Moore says:
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    Help, Mr Jay Wrong: Whatever you did to my team with your magic MOJO FFB wand is not working…

    And on top of it still being in a total statistical meltdown, I think, the team has the fantasy clap.. It even hurts when I relieve myself – Already having mentioned the whole team has the oozing cruds..

    You walk by the MAGPIE Team Restroom, you would swear you were in the corridor of the interrogation rooms at Abu Ghraib Prison or some secret other rendition site in the so-called War on Terror or Drugs from the screams coming out of that restroom…

    Which leads one to the question of, just where has your magic MOJO FBB wand been — and furthermore, has it been checked for — err… aaah…. well you know, communicable diseases and that sort of thing…

    What do I do now??? Seek Cyber medical attention.”””.. If so, where…. Does RazzBall offer these kinds of services or a have a referral service???

    Crap… Got to end now and head to bog again…

    AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YYYYYYYYYYYYYIIIIIIIIIIIKKKKKKKKKKEEEEEEEEESSSSS!!!

    THAT BURNS!!!!!…

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @T Moore: I could suggest some creams.

      Next week will be better, I promise.

      • T Moore says:
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        @jaywrong:

        I took your advice and put BenGay Super Strength and Deep Heat Extra Strength creams (figured 2 kinds were better than one) on the effected region.. Now, it hurts both on the outside and the inside.. .

        I’m sweating, in tears and I have the lower half of my body in an ice bath as I type… I ‘m blistering “downthere”… Is that good???

        Are you sure you are a qualified medical expert, Mr Wrong???

        Hey, does my team getting better next week – mean , starting tomorrow??? … It sure isn’t any better today …

        OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! BURNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @T Moore: Curious, what is your team? Any chance you could post the details?

          • T Moore says:
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            @jaywrong:

            C

            Joe Mauer, Min C, 1B, DH S

            Draft

            1B

            James Loney, TB 1B S

            Free Agency

            2B

            Neil Walker, Pit 2B S

            Free Agency

            3B

            Miguel Cabrera, Det 3B

            Draft

            SS

            Alexei Ramirez, CWS SS S

            Free Agency

            2B/SS

            Hanley Ramirez, LAD 3B, SS

            Draft

            1B/3B

            Eric Hosmer, KC 1B

            Free Agency

            OF

            Yoenis Cespedes, Oak OF, DH

            Draft

            OF

            Torii Hunter, Det OF S

            Draft

            OF

            B.J. Upton, Atl OF

            Free Agency

            OF

            Marlon Byrd, NYM OF

            Free Agency

            OF

            Denard Span, Wsh OF S

            Free Agency

            UTIL

            Yonder Alonso, SD 1B S

            Free Agency

            P

            David Price, TB SP PP

            Draft

            P

            Addison Reed, CWS RP

            Draft

            P

            Grant Balfour, Oak RP

            Draft

            P

            Ernesto Frieri, LAA RP

            Draft

            P

            Jose Veras, Det RP

            Draft

            P

            Jose Cisnero, Hou SP, RP

            Free Agency

            P

            Dane De La Rosa, LAA RP

            Free Agency

            P

            Yoervis Medina, Sea SP, RP

            Free Agency

            P

            Rick Porcello, Det SP

            Free Agency

            Bench

            Yu Darvish, Tex SP

            Draft

            Bench

            Chris Sale, CWS SP

            Draft

            Bench

            Mike Napoli, Bos C, 1B S

            Draft

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @T Moore: Yeah, you should be just fine.

              Keep the faith.

            • T Moore says:
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              @T Moore:

              I have made 2oo plus move.. Playing catch up after eaaly injuries

              Currently fishing for Closers after being hard hit .. In tough race here

              Normally am light in pitching even 1 short of Minimum. mot of season… Have about .

              I SP off the puddle .. Wins have deserted me I’m- 8 in games started right now..

              Cinero will be cut today for an OFer

              OF is floating light right now.. Not many available but will back fill based on match ups and current form

              Miggy is killling me

              SBs have made a real come back… Had Raj for a few weeks just cut him as PT has drop… Had his 4 SB game nice… Ellis was hot then got sat down all the time…

              Just cut Lagarus to pick up Portcello… Upton will not start until there is life… Had to pull him off DL

              • Jay

                jaywrong says:
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                @T Moore: Love that bacon move.

                Don’t panic, its a good core.

                • T Moore says:
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                  @jaywrong:

                  Yes it is now clear that I am going to lose 3 points in save all to my nemesis teams… Thereby doubling the damage…

                  I have lost so many closers this year… I hate to think about it… I was far in front… 140 saves needed to top this group

                  My

                  • T Moore says:
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                    I just had dropped Junior Lake and he went off with a monster 3 days… Have grabbed him back..

                    As well as Saunders in Seattle who sizziling and back playing after sitting for some strange reason… The wizard up in Oz is a madman..

                    Dumped all the would be closers.. Will take my licks there in that Cat… O must be my savior now.. and Wins… RAT and ERA both solid – Ks on top

                    Added a hot Miggy Trajada over Arenado for the 3rd for Miggy #1 today for matchup reasons…

                    We will see…

                    • Jay

                      jaywrong says:
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                      @T Moore: saves are a dirty mistress.

  12. Ryan says:
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    I’ve been offered CC Sabathia for my Kemp. I know CC’s been brutal lately, but at this point who really has a better chance at positively contributing ROS? No DL spot to keep Kemp in this league, either.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Ryan: Yeah, its weird to see it, but I think CC has more value ROS. Especially if you need pitching.

  13. Allen says:
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    League is vetoing the following trade.

    I give Marte, Zobrist, B. Butler
    I get Pedroia

    Is this one-sided enough to be vetoed?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Allen: In a redraft? Meh, I think you could argue consolidating offense. In a keeper? Might raise some alarms.

      It should be noted that I’m against any veto at any time.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @jaywrong: other than coupled with reasons to believe collusion it seems all decent people are.

  14. bossmanjunior says:
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    Sup Jaywrong

    Do any of these of these scream “must stream.” Figuratively of course, otherwise that would just be weird. Thanks.

    Wheeler vKC (?)
    Nicasio @PIT (9.8)
    Kennedy vNYY (16.1)
    Hughes @SD (8.2)
    Hernandez vSF (8.8)

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I feeling Hughes and Kennedy, in that order.

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @jaywrong:

        Not feeling Wheeler? He’s looked better lately but I’ve heard he still lacks command in the zone.

        FWIWerth, last 7 days Padres rank 10th, Royals 24th, and Yankees 30th in wOBA.

  15. JJ says:
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    Looking at my squad, which of my bats would you drop to activate GRANDERSON?
    12 team H2H 5X5 keeper league(we keep 10)

    C-W.ROSARIO
    1B-E.HOSMER
    2B-D.PEDROIA
    SS-H.RAMIREZ
    3B-B.LAWRIE
    OF-J.WERTH
    OF-D.FOWLER
    OF-C.CRISP
    UTIL-JJ HARDY, A.CABRERA
    DL-GRANDERSON, KEMP

    I know that I am overloaded at SS but I cant decide who to drop? Crisp has also been sucking for the last couple of months. L.MARTIN is also available BTW.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @JJ: I don’t really see a need for Adrub there. Have you tried trading to a MI needy team?

      If only Granderson were eligible at 3rd…

      • JJ says:
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        @jaywrong:
        Well I can plug H.Ramirez at 3B. Then I could start either A.Cabrera or Hardy at SS and put Lawrie on the bench or play him at UTIL. No real difference though.

        I have a potential offer of either Encarnacion or King Felix for H.Ramirez. Would you bite on either of those?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @JJ: Oh, then yeah, I would drop Lawrie.

          I would bite on both depending on what you need. That trade is probably the best option here.

  16. ferris says:
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    aramis or arenado for September performance?

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      jaywrong says:
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      @ferris: Close, but I’m leaning Arenado because of health.

  17. Larry says:
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    So, if I am looking for hail mary buy low trade, is de aza for bj up a good one?

    Wondering who else is a good choice. Already got billy butler and a jax.

    Thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Larry: I’m okay with that. I think there’s some BABIP luck in play here.

  18. brick says:
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    Great read as always!

    I’m in a total save drought in a roto league, drop bastardo for ollie perez now that Seattle is in committee?

    Thanks!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @brick: for the time being, yeah. But I think Wil takes the job back at some point.

  19. JoeG414 says:
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    This is for Monday: Who do we like:Arcia @ K.C.(Guthrie) or Wallace vs Bos.(Lackey)? deep mixed daily 6×6 roto.
    Thanks.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @JoeG414: arcia

  20. MB says:
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    I see you like Matt Kemp a lot in keeper format, that being said, if I am out of it, how much of a gamble is it really to acquire him in 5 keeper league?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @MB: huge risk / huge reward. Depending on the variables… I’d take a chance.

  21. Alan says:
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    Hey Keeper man, competing this season, okay to trade starlin and buxton for Tulo?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Alan: flags fly forever. Yeah, I’d do it.

  22. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Does Wilhelmsen have any value to hold onto him at this point, or should I cut my losses?
    His overall numbers are really bad across the board and it looks like Farquhar could run with the job. I wouldn’t mind using that spot for roster flexibility or a Wacha or Carlos Martinez type call up in the near future.

    Thanks!

    • Jay

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      @Drexel Hill Dragons: I do think he gets one more shot, if only to build up some value maybe. But he looks eminently drop-able. I might go with the flex, but keep an eye on the situation.

  23. T Moore says:
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    Mr Wrong!!! Mr. Wrong!!!!

    YOU SAID

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      @T Moore:

      THE THING JUST POSTED ITSELF WITHOUT ME PUSHING A BUTTON!!!!

      THAT’S HOW BAD THINGS ARE GOING FOR ME NOW!!!!

      YOU SAID, DON’T PANIC… YEAH ,RIGHT!!!

      AFTER APPLY THOSE CREAMS YOU RECOMMENDED YESTERDAY TO FIX THAT “OTHER PROBLEM” YOU MOST LIKELY GAVE ME – MY ENTIRE NETHER REGION HAS 2ND DEGREE BURNS ALL OVER IT

      MIGGY #1 IS NOT STARTING….. AGAIN!!!!

      AND NOW H RAM IS HURT AGAIN..!!!!

      NO WINS… AGAIN

      NO HITING …AGAIN

      YOU SAID, IT WOULD BE BETTER NEXT WEEK !!! AGAIN

      WHATS NEXT, AGAIN????

      I AM AFRAID TO EVEN MOVE ABOUT THE HOUSE… I FEAR SOMETHING BAD HAPPENING EVERY TIME I TURN AROUND AGAIN!!!! …

      YOU KNOW, I MAILED A CHECK IN FOR ONE OF THE MR. GREY’S BOOKS FOR $10 DOLLARS.. THE CHECK JUST ARRIVED BACK WITH MY LATEST BANK STATEMENT, AND SOMEHOW, THE CHECK HAD BEEN TAMPERED WITH … IT SAID, $500.00 DOLLARS AND I HAVEN’T GOT THE BOOK FROM RAZZBALL YET EITHER..

      I’M GOING TO END IT ALL…

      (T MOORE JUST OUT OF WINDOW – AGAIN!!!)

      • T Moore says:
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        @T Moore:

        Should have read…(T MOORE JUST JUMPED OUT OF WINDOW – AGAIN!!!)

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @T Moore: Technically, my weeks start on Monday.

          You can send me that check.

          • T Moore says:
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            @jaywrong:

            Now you tell me – as I’m on my way to the hospital..

            Not because I injured myself in the fall – Remember, I only have a first floor window…

            The first responders want to take me in to treat my nether region burns and test me for the Magic MOJO FBB Wand super bug virus that is now going round – its really oozing prolifically now-

            I asked the ambulance attendant if that was bad.. He looked scared in that HazMat suit of his and replied, “No comment” And added, “The team of doctors will talk with you about it”

            And he said something about an “”observation.”‘”.. That may explain, the strange white canvas safety jacket with long sleeves they have trusted me up in… The ambulance attendant said, “its only used for special patients”

            The ambulance attendant is texting this in for me… He says, the CDC may be contacting you and RazzBall early next week – Monday most likely..

            He says, “Their week starts on Monday…”

            I immediately asked him, “”IS SUNDAY THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK STILL???”” He slowly answered, “y e s ????”

            I said, “”SEE!!!”” And he backed away…. Go figure!!!

            Meanwhile, the MAGPIES beakdive continues…

            • T Moore says:
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              @T Moore:

              The check won’t do you any good it was cashed and cleared against my account…

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @T Moore: The ambulance attendant is on to something here.

              • Jay

                jaywrong says:
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                @jaywrong: Grey’s been holding out on us!

  24. Brandon says:
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    So i am in first in 5×5 dynasty. Have Frieri. This guy keeps bugging me about acquiring Rajai. He is in third and can gain major points in steals.

    He offered Stubbs and Koji. Is Stubbs that big of a drop off in steals and value from Rajai that it is worth the upgrade to Koji from Frieri?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Brandon: Should be fine. I’d do that trade.

      • Brandon says:
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        @jaywrong: gracias

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Brandon: de nada mi amigo.

  25. Matt says:
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    am i crazy to go after Sale over Yu if playing for first in dynasty?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Matt: depends on the other pieces, but id rather have Yu.

  26. Hank says:
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    So who should I target if I pair Grandy and Bautista in a keeper league?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Hank: Braun. Or maybe a Rizzo/Price combo.

  27. Matt says:
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    In ops league, how high would you move up Joey Bats (TOR) in your top 100 keepers? Thinking of making godfather offer for stanton but this guy won’t budge so need to give up a ton.

    Thanks

    • Jay

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      @Matt: strictly OBP, maybe three or four spots. Age and injuries (potential) is still a factor. I would move him for Stanton, but if your window is in the next few years, you are close to halfway for a fair deal I think. If you remove keeper value, they aren’t terribly far apart.

      • Matt says:
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        @jaywrong: Yea I offered Pedro Alvarez, Prado and Curtis Granderson with Bautista and he said no, meanwhile he is toiling in 5th. Some people

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