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Say it’s not so News Report!  News Report, “I’m sorry, Grey, your handsomeness and mustache make me want to lie to you, but Edwin Encarnacion is probably being shut down for the year.”  Is it because anything I did?  “No, you’ve gone above and beyond anything I could’ve hoped for.  Thanks for the $10 marathon donation too.  A real mensch, you are!”  I could’ve done without the second reminder to donate on Facebook.  “Can we discuss this privately?”  So, players are dropping like flies.  Not those African tsetse flies that have been known to live for six months after they burrow into your skull.  They’re dropping like fruit flies near your backyard bug zapper.  In most leagues, I’d lose Encarnacion immediately.  Blue Jays Manager said Edwin’s probably done for the year, and even if he returns, he’s dealing with a sore wrist, which is, ya know, not good for hitting.  Comatose Blue Jays Fan, “At least he’ll be ready for the playoffs!  Right?”  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Scott Kazmir – 4 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Sometimes you get the soft touch of Cashmere, sometimes you get the turbulence of Kashmir.

Jason Kipnis – 1-for-4 and his 27th steal.  He’s now batting near .240 with 4 homers and 5 steals in the 2nd half, and two of those homers came in the first two games after the All-Star Game.  The prevailing thought when I told you to sell him right after the All-Star break was I had a chemical imbalance.  Doesn’t look like I need serotonin now, does it?  Are you sure you want to go there?  Shut up, Random Italicized Voice!

Emilio Bonifacio – 3-for-5, 2 runs.  I wonder where this Bonifacio was in Toronto.  Was he too distracted by the giant Toblerones that are in the Duty Free shops?  That shizz rattles me when I go international, too.

Lorenzo Cain – 2-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI and 2 steals., and I streamed him the day before for steals.  Too bad FOR ME, which is really what this is all about.  Interviewer, “Grey, how do you write 2500 words a day about fantasy baseball?”  Interviewee, “I need an outlet to vent about the miserable pricks that are baseball players.  Oh, and I love baseball.  A contradiction perhaps.”  Interviewer, “I’m sorry, I got a text, what were you saying?”

Alex Gordon – 1-for-4, 2 runs and his 19th homer, and 15th from the leadoff spot, i.e., he should have 25 more RBIs.  Fargin’ iceholes.

James Shields – 8 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks as Shields and the Royals did away with the Indians.  Pretty easy win, but wait until in four hundred years when an ancestor of Lonnie Chisenhall opens a casino and Shields’s ancestor loses their money on video poker.

Joe Mauer – Was sent home feeling irritable, due to his concussion symptoms.  Are we totally sure when Morneau was traded he didn’t accidentally leave behind his swirly-eyed glasses and Mauer put them on?  I pregunta, for serious.  If you’re waiting for Mauer to return this season, you got a better chance of catching the Hitter-Tron passing up a consumer electronics convention.  “You don’t sell lube at the door?!”  That’s Hitter-Tron irate at CES.

A.J. Burnett – 6 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  If you’re not desperate for Ks, I think Apricot Juice’s run as being a viable option in most mixed leagues has come to an end.  Actually, it came to an end about a month ago, but I’m feeling generous.  Stupid, charitable Grey!

Justin Morneau – 4-for-5, 2 runs, which makes him 4 for his last 19.  Guess how many hits he had coming into this game in the last week?  Trick question!  He went 2-for-4 a week ago.  I learned that trick from David Blaine.  David Blaine, your magic is real and I believe in you!

Matt Garza – 4 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  His ERA on the Rangers is now up to 4.46.  Rangers would’ve been better just putting Ogando back in the rotation.  It could happen still.  Ron Washington said, “I wouldn’t be shocked if Ogando starts a game and I wouldn’t be shocked if he didn’t start a game.”  I’d be shocked if I were him if a guy started a game and I didn’t know beforehand, since he is the manager.

Moises Sierra – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his first steal, hitting .291 since he was called up with one homer and is five for his last eight.  As I tell the ladies, it’s not the biggest sample size, but it just depends what he does with it.

David Wright – Was able to run the bases yesterday.  The Mets put a Cougar at first base to chase him.  “Jennifer Coolidge is gaining on Wright around 2nd…And just missed pinching his butt!”  The Mets are saying Wright could return next week.  The Mets should do an outreach program with the Rockies and let Wright pinch-hit for Carlos Gonzalez.

Yusmeiro Petit – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  That’s like following up Ralph Macchio with Hilary Swank.  Bring back the near-perfect, Ralph Macchio!

Nolan Arenado – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and is five for his last 12, and I’m picking him up for his road games in Arizona, then back to Colorado for a week.  Oh, won’t you, won’t you join me?  Is that a song?  It sounds like Julie Andrews in my head.

Michael Cuddyer – 3-for-4, 1 run.  Chris Johnson better pick up his game, otherwise the world’s most uninteresting batting title race may go to Cuddyer.

Paul Maholm – Went back to Atlanta for an MRI on his elbow.  I hear the MRIs in Atlanta are the best in the world.  One Yelp review of an Atlanta-area MRI machine says, “It buzzed, hummed and tapped loudly, but Jermaine Dupri was there to give me earplugs.”  Maholm’s MRI came back negative.  Thankfully, it wasn’t one of those Dallas/Ft. Worth MRIs.

Alex Wood – Will have his next start skipped because he’s 22 years old and that’s what clubs do this time of year.  Freddy Garcia will get Wood’s start today vs. the Marlins.  I guess I was wrong when I thought I saw Freddy Garcia making smoothies at Jamba Juice yesterday.  Must’ve been The Great Khali.

Dan Uggla – Since he’s returned from LASIK surgery, he’s hitting .133 and now he’s not even starting in favor of Elliot Johnson.  Uggla was hoping the eye surgery would’ve helped, but years of using The Opti-Grab has left him useless.

Evan Gattis – 1-for-4 and his 19th homer.  Get out your bone marrow-digging-out tiny fork, El Osso Bucco is ripe for the plucking!

Jose Fernandez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks and he pitchslapped Mike Minor (6 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks).  This was Fernandez’s last start of the season, leaving him with an ERA of…Wait, how about you guess?  Go ahead, I’ll wait.  *scratches head, flips through TV channels, stops on Jeopardy!, draws a Sharpie mustache on Trebek’s face*  Okay, I’m done waiting for you.  Fernandez’s ERA is 2.19.  WOW.  And I’m not talking about Wipe it Out Wednesdays.  Seriously.  Two.  Point.  One.  Nine.  Jesus.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer.  At this point next year, I’ll be saying something like, “That gives Stanton 70 homers over the last 12 months, and I appreciate the kind words.  It was really my fault for not following the 500 foot restriction between me and Mr. Stanton.  Don’t worry, these bars can’t hold my words.”

Brad Peacock – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Mariners.  Cock-a-doodle-that!  Is that an expression?  It should be.

Jonathan Villar – 2-for-5, 1 run and yet another steal.  All he does is steal!  Well, and some of other things occasionally, but you should only concern yourself with his stealing, which he does a lot of.

Patrick Corbin – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, lowering his ERA to 2.92.  Solid year from Corbin but has been a tad lucky, and I can’t imagine he’ll come at a big enough discount next year that I own him, but he might.  In other words, I have no idea.  If you had him this year though, shake your own hand.  You did well.

Paul Goldschmidt – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs.  Au Shizz!  Now start hitting some damn homers again.

Yasiel Puig – 2-for-4 and his 16th homer.  Has definitely cooled off since his monster run at the All-Star Game.  During that run, he nearly ran through a wall.  He’s in the same boat as Corbin, where I’m not entirely sure where he’ll be draft next year.  Not literally in the same boat, that was with Yoenis.  I know where I’ll draft him, but where he’ll go is a different story.  A story for another time.

Marcus Semien – 0-for-3.  Did nothing yesterday, but Rudy brought up a good point to me.  In the box score, his name is written M. Semien, and it looks like a porn Zorro.

Jose Quintana – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Tigers to lower his ERA to 3.56.  Valiant effort against the mighty–Oh, who cares?  He gets the Twins next; grab him if you need a streamer.

Anibal Sanchez – 7 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 10 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.50.  Yeah, I Mr. Bungle’d Anibal in the preseason.  Not in the preseason of the previous year though when I loved him.  We just crossed streams, leaving me slimed.

Lance Lynn – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Real nice start after looking like the dog’s breakfast for about three months, which is fine, dandy, adjective, but he goes to Coors next.  Lates, Lynn!

Matt Adams – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Would anyone complain if his home run trot ended with The Truffle Shuffle?  Oh, and stop being a fatist and pick up Adams.

Ryan Zimmerman – 2-for-5 and a slam (22) and legs (6).  His 7th homer in the last 8 games.  This jockstuffer is starting to resemble John Holmes, who has the worst picture in the history of pictures when you Google his name.  Seriously, don’t Google it.  Please, I beg you.  The more I say don’t Google it, the more you want to, right?  Seriously, don’t!  Google donkey bukkake before you Google his name.

Dan Haren – 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 8 Ks in Metco.  Anyone that says the H2H playoffs is just like real baseball, ask them if pitchers in real baseball regularly face teams in the playoffs where the best hitter is Matt den Dekker.

Zack Wheeler – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.22.  If the Mets had any common sense, they’d shut Wheeler down after this start.  “You did good, kid.  We’ll see you in Florida in February.”  That’s all they have to do.  They just need to get him to his third year in the major leagues without any arm injuries and he’ll be a 2.75 ERA pitcher with 250 Ks.  Either way, I’ll still be fawning over Wheeler next year like an Asian girl in a Hello Kitty superstore.

Danny Valencia – 4-for-4, 1 run, hitting near .400 in the last week with three homers in the last eleven games.  Who’s the hottest schmotato in all the land?  Danny Valencia?  It appears that way.  The O’s do tend to platoon him, so you’ll have to do the same on your fantasy team.

Bud Norris – Had his start pushed back due to a sore elbow.  Hopefully, he pushed back with his good arm.

Ryan Dempster – 5 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners (5 BBs), 7 Ks, moving his ERA to 4.70.  When someone gets the call right, you can do nothing but shake your head and pat them on the back, congratulating them on a job well done.  So when I say JB called Dempster a sleeper in the preseason, what do you do?  The exact opposite?  Nod your head and tweak their nipples?  Tickle them?

Coco Crisp – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 19th homer, but came out after the fifth inning because the A’s were beating the Twins by two touchdowns and a safety.  Look at Grey flexing his football chops!  I’m like Dan Marino in Isotoners, babee!

Jed Lowrie – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 12th homer.  This game should’ve been called in the 6th and the A’s players’ parents should’ve had to buy the Twin players ice creams.

Yoenis Cespedes – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and was replaced by Josh Reddick who was replaced by A’s radio man, Ray Fosse, who also homered.

Sonny Gray – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  After being staked to a 20-something run lead, he cruised to the Ivictory Coast for the free room at the W.

Josh Hamilton – 3-for-3, 1 run.  Him and Ryan Zimmerman not only don’t like you, but they’re going out of their way to confuse you next March.

Cliff Lee – 8 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.97.  Take that, Stephen King, and your hatred of all adverbs.

Freddy Galvis – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Four days ago, he had his first four hit game and a homer.  The Phils seem like they want to see what they have with Galvis.  I could tell them that he has speed and Freddy is okay; he’s okay, Freddy!  Freddy is okay; he’s okay, Freddy!  Now steal some bases, you Smooth Criminal.

Jedd Gyorko – 1-for-3 and his 18th homer and 2nd in four games.  If he didn’t miss a month of the season, we’d be talking about how he’s approaching 25 homers and having a tremendous season.  Definitely will be someone to go back in on next year.

Mike Leake – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 6 Ks.  Not really that pretty of a start, but the Stream-o-Nator rightfully points out that he’s a solid stream for his next start in Houston.

Devin Mesoraco – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 9th homer in only 298 ABs this year because Dusty insists on playing Ryan Hanigan (2 homers, .212 average in 193 ABs).  If Dusty didn’t have his head up his ass, we’d be talking about how Mesoraco broke out this year.  Gotta give Dusty credit though, it’s not easy to have your head up your ass with a toothpick in your mouth.

Jeff Samardzija – 5 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 11 baserunners, 5 Ks, raising his ERA to 4.44.  In the tiles S-A-M-A-R-D-Z-I-J-A, Scrabble Word Finder dot com finds such illustrative words as DISEASEDZIJA, POLLUTEDZIJA and my favorite, ASSFACEZIJA.

Alex Rodriguez – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in three games.  Buh-buh-buh-but his hamstring was supposedly hurt and he might miss Wednesday’s game.  Dah, I shouldn’t have dropped him.  That’s all right, I’m gonna pick him back up and I suggest you do the same if you need power.  If he’s going to be shooting up right before every at-bat, I want him doing it on my team.

Curtis Granderson – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 5th homer.  He’s hitting just over .100 in the last week with no other power.  He does tend to hit them in bunches like Mr. Chiquita Banana, so this could be the start of something.

Derek Jeter – Done for the year and will be replaced by Brendan Ryan as the starting shortstop, which means they go from Pasta Diving to Pasta Swinging.

From Around The Web

  1. Marti says:
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    Sonny gray round 31 or mad bum round 8 for next year

  2. Worm Turner says:
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    Aw Grey your killin’ me, what movie was “Fargin’ iceholes” from?
    Ahhhhh, gonna keep me up all night now…

    • P Swayz on a Horse says:
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      @Worm Turner:

      Johnny Dangerously. Great fargin’ movie.

  3. Quentin says:
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    When Adams circled first, he flung his Hawaiian shirt off and rode Scooter G all the way home.

  4. gareth says:
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    I have a two part question for you.

    Which team

    A) in the AL

    B) in the NL

    is the hardest to get a read on when streaming pitchers against them?

    By that I mean the offence you are facing is a lottery, and is just as likely to crush your pitcher as it to be shut out by them.

    I ask because streaming is an inexact science, and there are some teams out there that just befuddle fantasy players.

    I think it may the Rays in the AL, and the Dodgers in the NL.

    Who would you give the “most unpredictable offense” awards to?

    • AP says:
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      @gareth: Without doing any research whatsoever, the A’s right now feel like they are feast or famine. The Reds offense too is one I don’t like to start pitchers against, but I think they have been shut out like 12 times this year. Oakland and Cincy are my two votes.

      • gareth says:
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        @AP: the A’s were actually my first choice, but thinking about it, I think the Athletics are more consistent than the rays, due to billy beanes platoon magic. You can also rely on the park factors of the cavernous colliseum.

        For example: Say you pitch your guy against the A’s in Oakland. You figure a pitching duel, or a relatively low scoring game. Pitch the same guy v’s tampa at the trop, and you have no idea if longoria, myers, zobrist ect will tattoo him or he pitches a complete game shutout. Sure they tampa offense has platoons going on too, but their platooners are streaky.

        The reds? 3 words. Great American ballpark. Also: Put Votto, choo, bruce and phillips in that park against your pitcher? Scary.

        I picked the dodgers for the nl “don’t know what you’re gonna get” award because even though they have some stars and have won a lot, the offense (mainly due to injuries and Inconsistencies) has been hit or miss.

        For the nl, I guess you could throw the brewers, rockies and nationals into that debate too.

  5. gareth says:
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    In regards to aj burnett, he has definitely fallen off from where he was.

    However he has an upcoming 2 start week with 2 home games against the padres and the reds.

    Would you pitch him or be slightly wary and bench him for other options, such as porcello home to the white sox and mariners and sonny gray home to the angels and twins?

    • Wake Up says:
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      @gareth: Not to mention that he was throwing a perfect game through 5…and still showing flashes of brilliance…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: I’d go with Porcello there unless I needed Ks

  6. fausto says:
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    Ill be playing the 1st place team in finals and he just lost encarnacion, only big bat he has left is Davis. Think he has ellsbury too. Pretty sure I can take him in hrs I have jones, soriano, arod middlebrooks, phillips, and moss. ….I’d like to lock dowm sb too. My sb now come from bonifacio, andrus,and an occasional jones soriano sb. Is it worth dropping dozier for villar? Would be a bump in sb and avg, minor loss in power. .. twins aren’t scoring I think it’s the way to go. Thoughts always appreesh.

  7. P Swayz on a Horse says:
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    Jesús cristo …

    Cargo
    Ellsbury
    Masterson
    And now Encarnación

    Lotta good my bye week is gonna do me. I’m gonna need to pull some serious shite to win next week.

    H2H league. Only lost 3 times during the regular season. Led all offensive categories for the entire year (We have 9 in our league), except for K’s.

    I’m sick and tired of all these mutha f’in snakes on this mutha f’in train!

  8. future11 says:
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    Can I get a rank on these Streamers today? I have checked SON but also wanted to see what you thought

    Joe Kelly
    Tanner Roark
    Doc Halladay
    Kluber
    Locke
    Ross

    I pulled my semi final matchup to within 6pts of my opponent, heading into the weekend all he has left to pitch is 5 guys on satuday and 2 on sunday (we have a SP limit, he has 7 left till the 15th)

    I will counter that with 3 on saturday and 1 on sunday but it leaves me with 4 extra starts so Im thinking are there any 4 options above you would be happy with rolling out today to try and get a huge lead..looking to get 15 points minimum out of anyone I pick

    -5 for loss, +5 for win and Im just looking to find guys who wont get shelled.. anything appealing?

    Thanks alot for the article I was unsure if I should hold E5 or not but after reading this I think its time to make a drop on him

    • future11 says:
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      @future11:

      update,

      as of right now im rolling out roark/kluber/kelly… thumbs up or down?

        • future11 says:
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          @Grey:

          Grey the Golden God, thanks alot man. real quick would you start Jon Niese tomorrow vs MIA over any of those guys? SON seems to like him tomorrow, thinking kelly gets the bump?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem… I wouldn’t mess with Niese…

            • future11 says:
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              @Grey:

              appreciate it grey wont make that move.. am worried about all the hits kelly gives up but he still keeps racking up the W’s

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                No problem

  9. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    1. 10 team league that i have a bye because my team is the best of all, rank miller/villar/scooter/boneface. I’d need the best 2 or 3. 2 if wright comes back next week or at all. I have 3 of them now. boneface is the steals only spot, but do to having much better OF’ers and Hill/machado I have to bench a good hitter to get him in, so villar could be useful as steals guy who also would start. currently i have miller starting with scooter as bench.
    2. I see you are advocating dumping ruiz for avila due to avila being hot lately. I have 3 pickups left in the ruiz owning 16 teamer in the playoffs, and i may need those to stream late in week. Plus Avila splits more games off with Pena like with Mesoraco/Hanigan. If not stream one of those last adds could be pickup hochevar or another K.c. RP to take over for over worked holland (pitched 8 days this month already). so wil smith or hochevar i’m guessing.

  10. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Started Cobb, Petit and Ryu yesterday. Ouch.

    • gareth says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: they all sound like varieties of apples. I guess they got bruised!

  11. English says:
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    Had Anibal, Corbin and Leake going last night. Also had Samardzija. Ass clown Jeffed my ratios.

  12. HEADDOWNGOLF says:
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    man…what league would have Aroid on waivers or FA list? I want in that league!

    • Red Barons says:
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      @HEADDOWNGOLF: I had a couple idiots in my league that made it easy. Some waiver pickups for me this season were Greinke, Gardner, Victorino, and Machado…

    • fausto says:
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      @HEADDOWNGOLF: arod was on waivers until 3weeks ago in my league. The commish’s team name is “F Arod” so I’m assuming the rest feel the same. I traded jon jay for arod 4 days after the guy picked him up .. and I only had Jay as a streamer for runs.

  13. Oppo Taco says:
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    Best keeper option for next year, pick one : boaegaets, profar, Kimbrel, wheeler, samardizja, Ryan zim, BJ Upton. Thanks

  14. The Strolg says:
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    For those who googled Shizz Bukkake Lube, welcome!

  15. Ryan says:
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    That Gattis home run hit a fan square in the junk like it wanted to be on TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes.

  16. Andrew "Swisher Sweets" Danielson says:
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    I own E5, Allen Craig and Ellsbury. I’m in 1st place. Can’t drop them since it’s a keeper league so they are using ALL my bench spots and it’s affecting my pitching strategy, among other things.

    Using Villar to replace Ellsbury, Mark Reynolds to replace E5 (OBP league) and Swisher to replace Craig. Ewwww.

    I have no question. I just want sympathy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  17. robbiec says:
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    Gaaaaa! I googled John Homes!

  18. Jim says:
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    Ryan “the wad” Zimmerman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jim: Ha

  19. Screw you AJ Burnett says:
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    AJ Burnett gets SD at home next week. Is that enough of a reason to tempt fate during semi-finals?

    • Screw you AJ Burnett says:
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      Should note it’s a 14-team league so waivers aren’t exactly ripe with streamers.

      Me (last night before AJ’s start): “Archer and Salazaar both on waivers until tomorrow, but nah my man AJ’s got this.”

      Me (this morning realizing the best pitcher in free agency is some dude named Peacock): “FMFBBL”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Screw you AJ Burnett: I don’t love it after the last month he had…But in that deep of a league, you have to roll him out there

  20. ashtray says:
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    I need 2 streamers for tomorrow with emphasis on picking up the W/QS/K. My ratios are toast:

    Correia v TB (-.05) Matchup doesn’t look too bad but SON $ scares me off
    Lackey v NYY (9.7) Yankees scoring more lately
    McCarthy v COL (7.4) Numbers aren’t too bad at home
    Morton v CHC (11.4) Cubs have been pretty hot lately.
    Vargas @ HOU (7.3) Last game vs Astros was crappy

    It’s first round of playoffs and I’ve already gotten crushed in ERA/WHIP. He still has 4 starts left with Kershaw, Fister, Miller and Sale. I think I’m pretty screwed but might as well give it a shot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ashtray: Lackey, McCarthy

  21. chillmodious says:
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    Good day, Grey.

    1. For tomorrow, would you throw Danny Salazar (@ChiSox, SON $9.3) or Brandon McCarthy (vs. Col, SON $7.4), or neither?

    2. For Saturday, would you throw Wade Miley (vs. Col, SON $3.3) or Ubaldo Jimenez (@ ChiSox, SON $1.2), or neither?

    Lastly, should Gattis be my backstop for the playoff finals? I was using Castro until he went down, and then went to McCann…but Gattis is getting consistent PT and is on fire.

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chillmodious: Morn! 1. McCarthy 2. Ubaldo Yes on Gattis

  22. de nachos says:
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    ha! Nothing says “whoops I forgot to buy you a gift while on vacation because I was too drunk/lazy/don’t care about you” than a giant duty free Toblerone. Although I’ll still eat it if I get one. Who am I to judge.

    I have one stream left this week and it has to be for a Thurs or Fri start. Using SON but I’m also trying to give weight to teams that are playing for something. Hooray for options, it’s H2H points so I’d be happy with the least likely to blow up in my face option. Anybody stand out?

    Kluber CLE @ CHW
    Locke PIT vs. Cubs
    G Richards LAA @ Edwin-less TOR
    Lefty Chen BTL vs. NYY

    I Kennedy SD @ ATL are they coasting yet?
    McCarthy ARZ vs. COL
    Morton PIT vs. Cubs
    Salazar (damn you kid gloves) CLE @ CWS
    Vargas LAA @ ASStros

  23. KB says:
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    I need a hitter for today (Batty Call) and possible to hold for the weekend. BB is a category and home runs would be nice, but really any production will do. Please rank these three:
    Josh Reddick, Lucas Duda, Junior Lake
    Thank you in advance!

    • KB says:
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      @KB: Kole Calhoun as well, but scheduled to face 3 LHP next 4 days. Not sure how much he’ll be in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KB: Lake, Duda

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: lake duda sounds like a gross place to hang out.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like a man made waterway in Jersey

  24. Matt says:
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    need catcher help: avila or iannetta down the stretch?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Avila

  25. TheNewGuy says:
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    H2H playoffs so every homer, ribbie, run matters.

    Who’s my extra bat pickup for today:
    Avigail (Abigail?) Garcia, A-Rod, Ruf, Infante.

    Punting speed so only interested in the other 4 cats.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Crap, games start in a couple hours and im going out now, so I’ll have to make the decision on my own.

      Could really use JB about here…

      • gareth says:
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        @TheNewGuy: lets from a prayer hexagon. You can do it!

  26. kidbr9 says:
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    I have Jacoby and am in H2H playoffs.

    Keeper league. I could keep him in the 7th round.

    I know you’re not high on him, but do I just cut bait and pick up Cain? If not, any SAGNOF kings you recommend that would be on the waiver wire in the OF?

    Thanks Grey! I’ll buy you a martini at season’s end!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kidbr9: I’d keep him…

  27. gareth says:
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    As an indians fan, i tried to combine playoff wishful thinking with fantasy baseball this week.

    I already have carlos Santana. Hes homered and had a solid week.
    I steamed ubaldo for a 2 start week. So far so good.

    I picked up nick swisher off the wire because hitter tron said he was worth $17 this week. Hitter tron also thinks robocop, batteries not included and wall-e are the best movies ever made. He’s been garbage.

    As meatloaf would say…………

  28. gareth says:
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    Also Prezi recommended swisher this week, so of course he sucked……….

    • Prezi says:
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      @gareth: ha! I did not! I just said hitter tron loved him… Maybe he thought his name was nick switcher and resembled a light switch..

  29. Wake Up says:
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    Yeah, also ask them how they can have 9 starting pitchers and throw any or all of them on the same night…only 2 or 3 arms in the bullpen…V Mart slotted in at catcher, even though he has caught only two games all season…A NL steals-only guy as their DH?…No, wait, you get two DHs??? Oh, I start 3 1Bs…one at 1B…one at my CI…and one as my Util…What’s that real baseball? You’ve never heard of the CI or Util positions? Well, we also start 5 OFs…6 if you want to start on OFer as your Util because you are scratching for every single frickin steal, real baseball, every single frickin steal…hey, real baseball you know how when you have a short schedule day coming up, so you just cut half of your team and make 7 waiver claims, real baseball, that immediately join your team, real baseball, yeah that’s just like you…I should be a GM…

  30. goodfold2 says:
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    out of upton/yelich/asche/calhoun/aramis. one gets the bench today. i wish asche counted at 2b. I’m guessing upton? Big playoff battle.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: so now i get to almost root against the bum who screwed me most of last year and no small part of this one (but 2nd round pick). Where’s he going next year, like round 4 or 5 if 16 teamer? I’ll actually like grabbing him there.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: wow, he’s walked three times. good thing this isn’t an OBP or OPS league, as that’s votto solid.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @goodfold2: damn, silly goose is getting runs too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds about right

  31. RJ says:
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    Did CesPedes leave with an injury?? Yahoo mentions nothing but now I’m worried.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RJ: It was a blow out

      • RJ says:
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        @Grey: Phew, can’t stand to lose anymore players..lost Cruz & E. Cabrera to The Biogenesis scandal and then just lost Craig and Ellsbury last week before playoffs started. Still managed to grab the 3rd seed and only missed getting a first round bye by just a game and a half. (I thank Razzball for helping me pickup the slack through all these injuries)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  32. SteveV says:
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    H2H playoffs. I need to find a hot hitter for the rest of the week.
    Middlebrooks or Reynolds (ugh!)?

    • SteveV says:
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      Also for pitching I have 2 bullets to shoot (pick 2):
      Salazaar at W.Sox (Santiago)
      Torres vs. Mia (Alvarez)
      Gee vs. Mia (Mr. Hand)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SteveV: Middlebrooks…. Gee, Torres

  33. Pete says:
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    Coming down to the wire. Running out of moves. I don’t think I can bear to hold Starlin Castro anymore, as he is not doing anything for me (I know, I waited this long). Scooter Gennet will have to do at SS for the end of this week and champ week if I’m luck enough to make it though this weekend. I’m in the semis of H2H playoffs in points league.

    Hitter-Tron is super high on Lind through the weekend and into next week. Other guys I’m looking at are Adams, Gyorko, and Villar though none of them are close to Lind in Hitter-Tron. Add him? I have 3 more moves I can use this week and 4 total ROS. May need to stream a pitch or 2 this weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pete: Adams

  34. Wake Up says:
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    The typical person swallows 300 times during dinner…Mike Napoli’s girlfriend once did this in 7 1/2 minutes…

    • chillmodious says:
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      @Wake Up: I bet Napoli’s mom could handle it in 7 mins flat.

  35. Andrew says:
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    Should I start Wei-Yin Chen vs the Yanks tonight?

  36. anthony says:
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    @grey pitch or ditch

    kluber vs Cws
    peavy @ tb ?

  37. chillmodious says:
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    Dah! I’ve got one more…

    If you could only throw one, would you go with Niese tomorrow (vs. MIA, SON 14.8) or Wacha on Saturday (vs. SEA, SON 14.5)?

    Thanks again.

  38. Red Barons says:
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    Gee or Burnett ROS?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee

  39. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    Would you trust Halladay at San Diego in a H2H league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s not at San Diego… I grabbed him in one league though to start him… I don’t fully trust him though…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @TysonFrozenChicken:

      no answer for you .
      just a questions .
      can you explain “mechanically separated chicken”
      and where can i get one of those machines ? ?

  40. Matt says:
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    Just got burned by the Encarnacion injury. On a bye week now with semifinals starting next week. Need a replacement for 1B. Have Beltre, McCutchen, and Stanton for power but obviously need to fill that E5 hole. FA options include Adams, Ruf, Belt, LaRoche, Swisher, and Nava. Best Choice to bring me home a championship?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams

  41. Chris says:
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    H2H Points League Semifinal week. Opponents pitching matched up tons better than mine this week so I anticipate having to throw the kitchen sink at him on Sunday to try and eek out a win. Rank these spot starters as I will probably have to use most, if not all, of them.

    Miguel Gonzalez @ Tor. (Beurhle)
    Jerome Williams @ Hou. (Clemens)
    Randall Delgado vs. Col. (Chacin)
    Edinson Volquez vs. S.F. (Vogelsong)
    Jacob Turner @ NYM (Gee)

    Thanks for all your help this year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Williams, Delgado, Gonzalez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually… Make that Williams, Delgado, Turner…

  42. Bone Face n Harmony says:
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    Stream-O-Nator is close, do you like Baker @ Pit or Torres v. MIA better? Ill throw the Stream-O-Nator an old fax machine when I win the ship!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…Torres

  43. Fungazi says:
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    Need a few SBs for a H2H matchup since my opponent just grabbed Villar.

    Dyson or Young?

    Dyson is facing Det that gives up a ton of bases and has one off of each of Verlander/Scherzer/Fister where Young gets the extra game in the DH.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Young

  44. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Absolutely no one in the seats behind home plate at Marlins/Braves on now.

    • Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo: Ok, now they moved some lucky schmucks down.

    • hondo says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo: One of the many things I hate worse than that is the airheads who get great seats and spend the 5 innings the stay babbling on a cell phone.

      BTW-Mats-Nats rain delay bottom of the 1st.
      Oh Tanner,we hardly knew ye lad.

      *click*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Surprised?

  45. steve says:
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    Hey Grey…thanks as always

    h2h, 5×5, redraft

    1st round of the playoffs is closing. i’ve got a 7-3 lead, but many categories are in-play. my regulars are strong but they are slumping bad. any advice would be appreciated….

    C – Naps
    1B – Au Shizz! (slumping for awhile…come on Goldy!)
    2b – BP (also slumping)
    ss – reyes (not so good)
    3b – longo (big time slump; hitter-tron predicts a good next 7)
    of – trout
    of – ajones
    of – stanton
    util – choo

    Final round is 2 weeks and starts on Monday. When do I start ditching big-time names (if ever) with good hitter-tron predictions for hot schmotatoes?

    Thanks again,
    Steve

    • steve says:
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      @steve:

      One more….

      20 start limit, unless I start more on the final day (when I hit 20); currently sitting at 18 starts….

      Fighting for W & K; my ratio’s are pretty solid.

      9/12 (today) Greinke vs SF ($16.2)
      9/12 (today) Cain @ LAD ($13.2)

      9/13 Niese vs MIA ($14.8)

      9/14 Gio vs Phi ($13.4)
      9/14 MMoore @ Min ($12.8)

      9/15 Scherzer vs KC ($23.2)
      9/15 Gee vs MIA ($15.7)
      9/15 Gallardo vs CIN ($8.8)

      My strategy is to start Greinke today bringing my start total to 19 (out of 20), and then likely Gio & MMoore on 9/14 (21 starts; allowable in ESPN). This would end my ability to add any additional starts on Sunday 9/15 & would mean that I am not able to start Scherzer.

      Do you like this strategy or do you see a better one? I realize that this question is not as straight-forward as many that you see so my apologies for monopolizing your time, in advance.

      Thanks –
      Steve

      • steve says:
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        @steve:

        BTW, regardless of my starting pitching scheduling strategy, I plan to keep the other starters so that my opponent can’t use them. So, in essence, these ‘not so great’ starters are rostered on my team based on Stream-O-Nator recommendations in a defensive move.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sounds like it works…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Any point now is fine

  46. trick dad says:
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    Can you tap into January Grey and rank these keepers for me for 2014? Thanks!
    Billy Hamilton
    Yelich
    Buxton
    Oscar Tavares
    Arenado
    Erasmo Ramirez
    Mark Appel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich, Arenado, Buxton

  47. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    If you think about the course of a 162-game season, and you get toward the end, and your team stinks, you can see how despite a zillion dollar contract you have a mental hurdle of “why does it matter.”

    Some guys seem to really go flat around this time. Is De Aza one of those guys? Time to cut bait?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends for who…

      • Sixto Lezcano says:
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        @Grey: I’m shifting Leonys, Boneface and bopper streamers around in one slot but always hold on to De Assa. Would it make sense to hold on to Leonys or Boneface instead and use De Assa’s slot for streamer?

        Only on Razzball, in Grey’s column, do conversations like this exist.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… I’d go with Boneface over De Aza for straight steals… I’d hold De Aza for the occasional homer

  48. Wake Up says:
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    So far, my H2H experience can be summed up by quoting what Paul Simon said to Charlie Murphy…”Hello darkness my old friend”…

    • Prezi says:
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      @Wake Up: then he stomped your couch out…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Prezi: nah, Garfinkle stomped Smokey’s couch…

    • J-FOH

      jackfullofhate says:
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      @Wake Up: hilarious

      • Wake Up says:
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        @jackfullofhate: thanks friend…where you been FFB mode?

        • Prezzii says:
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          @Wake Up: is that jack? He never changes his name… And definitely not to all lowercase letters bunched up…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Prezzii: Good point…did somebody hi-jack jack? Jack him for his paper? Jack if this is really you, tell us how you feel about Kid A…

            • Prezzii says:
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              @Wake Up: ha!! There ya go… The true test..

            • Prezzii says:
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              @Wake Up: its a fake, yo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  49. papajeansegura says:
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    Matt Adams or Darin Ruf ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams

  50. J-FOH

    jackfullofhate says:
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    I once got chased by cougars, but when they realized Belushi was dead and that no one in their right mind would have consensual with Jim….they stopped.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  51. JoeG414 says:
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    Nick Franklin has been hurting me these last weeks; who would be a better replacement for the last two: S.Gennett, B.Miller,B.Roberts or DJ LeMahieu. Need rbi, sb and avg. 6×6 mixed daily roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

  52. JoeG414 says:
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    Also need a backup OF for Moss: Doumit, Presley, Arcia,Parra, K.Davis(if healthy) Hoes,Blanks,F.Gutierrez,C.Dickerson, Balckman? Need rbi, avg, ops, sb.
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Presley

  53. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    The wheels on AJ Griffin are coming off, coming off, coming off, the wheels on AJ Griffin are coming off, all… through… Minny

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  54. Spencer says:
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    I am looking for a little pick me up for my first place regular season team that’s getting drilled right now in my playoff match up by a guy that doesn’t even check his team anymore!! Anyway, enough of that rant! I think my easiest place to possibly upgrade would be at SS, where I have Rollins. This league counts R. HR, RBI, SB, OBP, SLG. I am currently trailing in R, SB, SLG,and HR, so yeah, I am having a great week! Available as FAs or hold with Rollins:

    Villar
    JJ Hardy
    Andrelton Simmons
    Alexei Ramirez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Villar

  55. CheapTrout says:
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    Archer at Minnesota or McCarthy home vs. Rockies tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Archer

      • CheapTrout says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  56. SteveNZ says:
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    Griffin is my homeboy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Music question – has an artist called Lorde passed through your hemisphere?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope… Any good?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: She’s a 16 year-old kid from Auckland…

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlcIKh6sBtc

            No.3 on the Billboard chart right now. Regardless of what you think of the music, pretty amazing that a 16 year-old is doing this.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wow, that’s pretty amazing… So talented… Sounded like a 50 year old jazz singer…

    • Prezz says:
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      @SteveNZ: thats the minnesota we all know and love..

  57. Steve D. says:
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    Safe to drop Tony Cingrani in a redraft?

    • Prezz says:
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      @Steve D.: HE GONE!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  58. WorldsFirstAnalrapist says:
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    6×6 (OBP, QS)
    I have to stream one of these scrubs to have a chance in my match-up, I need a QS, W, and Ks…who would would stream if you had to pick one?

    Santiago vsCLE
    Arrieta @PIT
    Redmond vsBAL
    Hale vsSD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Santiago

  59. Prezz says:
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    Rotoworld says encarnacion hit off a tee (yay, hes 5 again!) and hopes to return this weekend. dun dun DUN!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hah… Hopefully…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Where’s your I, yo?

      • Prezzii says:
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        @Grey: oh shizz! ive been on the desktop today and i guess this is what it was last time i was on here..

        theres two for good measure!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Mercii!

          • Prezzii says:
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            @Grey: Stretchii?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I likey

    • fausto says:
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      @Prezz: that’s glass half full. Wrist injuries are bad news for the power department. I wish you the best but I’m hoping he’s done until April

      • Prezzii says:
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        @fausto: dont own him anywhere. Was cust kayin…

  60. OaktownSteve says:
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    should there be an “a” in the title today? Encarnacidone. Or is Encarncidone without the “a” extra funny and I don’t get it. Just axfordin’.

    Speaking of A. A’s stack anybody? I might have but the combination of new job and early games scheduled is killing me stream.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Think it’s more about phonetics… Stupid Hooked on Phonics VHS tapes when I was a kid messed me up… Did you A’s stack yesterday?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I wish I stacked em. I’ve been tied up mornings lately and the early start games are effing with me.

        Encarcidone sounds like a drug they put you on if you have an irrational fear of prison.

        “People who are in prison should not use Encarcidone. Side effects may include accute, sudden aversion to soap. Talk to your doctor to see if Encarcidone is right for yu.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Haha…though you should be on drugs if you don’t have that fear!

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Wake Up:

            I’ll never forget the embarrassment I felt the day my co-workers were discussing the latest episode of Oz around the water cooler. Not any more. Now I’m watching Orange is the New Black and not only loving it, I’m pleasuring myself to it. Thanks Encarcidone!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! That’s hilarious…

  61. gareth says:
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    @Grey: actually the report said be “hit on a teen” in a bar in miami. This error may lead to 5 years of encarceration.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Prezzii says:
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      @gareth: nice…

  62. gareth says:
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    I wonder if russ meyers ever stack attacked?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Definitely

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @gareth:

      With your gravatar, can I assume your favorite Meyer film is “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!”

      • Gareth says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I like Em all. Boobies!

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Gareth: russ meyer rules.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  63. Gareth says:
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    “Royals closer Greg Holland is thriving in a role that he never would have expected to have before becoming a pro, writes MLB.com’s Kathleen Gier. Holland was a high school third baseman in North Carolina and anticipated a future as an infielder before changing his path.”

    I think Myself, SteveNZ and Grey will agree that he made the right call. Its been Awesome owning him this year…………………….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed…

  64. matt says:
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    I went from 74 wins to 82 wins in 3 days by streaming 7.. This has to be a record for me! 7for7? Hell I went 6 weeks with felix/Harvey/mad bum without winning 7! Only one win off pace with 13 starts left!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome!

  65. Later Tater says:
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    hey grey,

    nice work, as always

    thoughts on this stream(son does not have it yet) ; potential for win trumps over all other categories

    hammel at toronto w/o bats or encarn

    do it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do it

  66. matt says:
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    Would you keep Jose Fernandez over machado, gio gonzalez or dom brown? Sorry I know it’s prob a stupid question. I’m already locked in to keep Adam jones($16) & Puig ($4) only one keeper spot left. Most superstars and aces are redraft

    • Carnac says:
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      @matt: Depends on Jo-Fer’s price relative to those other guys, but I’d probably keep him over them.

    • Jason says:
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      @matt: if that’s me I keep jones machado and Jofer. All things equal.
      I don’t know all the values.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  67. Prezzii says:
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    Did you see the JoFer spat last night grey? Him and chris johnson were jaw jackin all night then jofer hit a stanton homer, stood at the plate, eyeballed it, then spit at johnsons feet rounding third…

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Prezzii: unless johnson becomes the throw-in piece in another deal these 2 should spend many other starts doing this for years as division rivals.

      • Prezzii says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: wouldnt be surprised if hernandez was a “throw in” the way the marlins do it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      For serious? Nah, totally messed it… Link?

        • Prezzii says:
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          @blue: thanks blue!

          @grey: yeah crazy shizz… at first i was like woah, this guy… big head much? but in his post game interview he said stuff like”i shouldnt be here, this isnt high school” and he felt “embarrassed”. said it wouldnt happen again. That homer deserved a look, not gonna lie.. he drilled it and gave it the big papi stare…

          • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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            @Prezzii: Gattis stood and watched a 6th inning homer, then Chris Johnson started trash talking after making an out. Fernandez wasn’t starting anything, he was responding to being shown up by the Braves.

            • Prezzii says:
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              yeah i seen that.. but they were chirpin at eachother after johnson flew out.. jofer was in the dugout pissed after his inning. then he hit that homer and im sure it made him feel like a beast… but the spitting at johnsons feet? that was a little much..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Awesome… I like him even more now..,

  68. Jason says:
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    Need a streamer for a win and ks. You like halladay at SD or Locke vs Chicago cubbies?

    • Jason says:
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      @Jason: sorry halladay is home

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Halladay

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: Locke would have been better. I missed out on both. Stupid adult responsibilities keepin me from streaming

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  69. Ro_Bauti says:
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    Hey Grey, Calhoun or Yelich ROS? Also I NEED to drop ASSFACEZIJA, who should I pick up; Peacock, Buehrle, M. Perez or J. Masterson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich… I’d look at their matchups… Perez

      • Ro_Bauti says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  70. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    I wonder where all those Kipnis lovers went that were so livid you dare suggest sell him at the All-Star break? They’re probably still supporting Tim Tebow’s bid as a starting QB.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole:

      he’s the second rated 2bman. While it was a good call to cut him loose at the ASB he is a guy Albright whiffed on a little. And I don’t mean much by that. When you project every player it’s going to be a mixed bag.

      • Prezzii says:
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        @OaktownSteve: 1 rbi since august 27. 2 homers since july 22. hes been pretty terrible.. not a bad average but nothing else is there.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Prezzii:

          Second ranked 2nd baseman. Taken on the whole, excellent season. If you owned him all year you should be happy. No different than a player who evenly distributes his stats across the season. Unless you’re playing h2h

          • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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            @OaktownSteve: I get that, but if you were a Kipnis owner and not coasting in 1st place when the cliff was in view, he was hurting your team from then on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s always how it works out… Then they’ll be back next year to complain about something else and disappear before it happens..,

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: I have him in the RCL, and would have sold him were it not an RCL, where everyone read the same shizz about him being a sale…actually, AL did make me numerous offers, each one more ridiculous than the last, and most of which were something like 4 players he had just picked off the wire for Kipnis and/or Bautista.

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @royce!: I approve of the RBI action you have going there…

          • royce! says:
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            @SteveNZ: Thanks! I live for the approval of over the internet friends! I heard that you would also approve if I benched my closers…

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @royce!: If you’d be so kind.

              • royce! says:
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                @SteveNZ: can’t say I haven’t considered dropping both of them at one time or another… Gregg and Farquhar, what a pair of numbskulls…(actually, I’m really high on the Farq for next year, and also on him being called “The Farq,” since Seattle’s full of marxist-leftist guerrillas)

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @royce!: Gregg has over 30 saves – remarkable.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha…From what I’ve heard AL makes a lot of ridiculous offers… Love it, Rudy and I have a friend who used to do that… “You have any interest in trading me your star or three guys I just picked up?”

          • Prezzii says:
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            @Grey: hahah but its THREE guys! for just your ONE!

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: I’ve learned to love it as well. My favorite is when I drop someone and am offered him in a chump dump a couple of days later. Like I missed the trash can and someone found me days later and said, “I think you dropped this…”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA! Nice analogy… The best is when they accidentally pick up someone very valuable and chump dump them by accident…

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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        @Prezzii: Well of course he’s going to hit one out now. You jinxed….something…me?

  71. SteveNZ says:
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    Raining on the East Coast?

    • Prezzii says:
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      @SteveNZ: yep, still raining.

  72. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Trout caught looking. Stop me if you’ve heard this before.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  73. SteveNZ says:
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    Valencia is sitting? Bullshit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Should have known he’d be in danger when Hughes got the start. Must have forgotten to grab someone else.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You on the Kole train?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Nah. BSA beat me to him.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @SteveNZ: i’ve now had him 2 days. he’s getting those rbi’s as he was before.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Dah!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: On the Vern Wells Intercity Bus today though.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Very nice!

  74. abdoozy says:
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    Venable breaks out of his slump with a 2nd pitch HR.

    This is great, unless you’re one of those people who started Halladay. Like me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, exactly

  75. Prezzii says:
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    look at swisher gettin me and tron’s back… suck that gareth!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Kole Calhoun! You on that Kole train?

      • Prezzii says:
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        @Grey: nopeee.. picked him up when sky did a creeper post on him… but dropped about a week after. all i have in that game is lawrie… which is kinda like coal? kole?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Rats!

  76. royce! says:
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    I wanna get on the Kole train! Now that I have Villar, you think I can drop Presley or Dyson (only have room for one as my OF is McCutchen, Ajax, Yelich, Dyson, with Cespedes at UTIL). 7×7 counting OBP and XBH, so speedsters are generally less valuable.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionsUpYourCramhole says:
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      @royce!: So either Presley or Dyson is on your bench….yeah, you can drop one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Presley

  77. slew says:
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    Gardner left game early with an apparent injury to his Oh-Bleek!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Damn…

  78. SteveNZ says:
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    Told my sister to pick up Mini Donkey…

  79. goodfold2 says:
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    if i was any bit competitive in era/whip/losses i’d be pretty mad about peavy not being able to throw strikes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  80. goodfold2 says:
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    if i was any bit competitive in era/whip/losses i’d be pretty mad about peavy not being able to throw strikes.

  81. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Read an article about how Washington passed on Trout with the 10th pick in the 2009 draft. Could you imagine an OF of Trout, Harper and Werth? Stellar OF defense, and the Nats offense would go from being inconsistently dangerous to frightening.

    Oh, and Trout just struck out looking. Again. What the fuck is he trying to do? It wasn’t even a 3 ball count.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Shoop Da Whoop: how do you think you get to 3 ball counts?

      • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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        @goodfold2: Can’t get to 3 ball counts when you watch strike 3 go over the plate, and he had just swung at the previous pitch, which was a couple inches further outside. Ump’s not going to give you that call when you just swung at a pitch that was further outside and still a borderline strike.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Of course he did… Damn, bad call on Wash…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @SteveNZ: F PENCE!, now i’m basically tied in all offense and losing all pitching, with only having a chance at saves/K’s. Opp is now hitting over 400 today too, with hanram/pence/fatt adams still going, all three of them getting hits in like a 3 minute window.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: that thing about the umps is probably true, and the utter lack of objectivity is disgusting and yet another reason umps should be replaced by lasers/computers/robots. There is only 1 strikezone per player, depending on where he’s standing. It’s simple plane geometry.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They will at some point…

  82. goodfold2 says:
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    right when i need it i go 9-17 today and have picked up 10 counting stats (6 runs, 4 rbi’s, calhoun homer) from 6:30 – 7:30 central time. Do need some more peavy/kluber K’s. am actually one half category from being ahead (barely in most cats)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: got a war for the 2nd round, which will actually make me a profit in this league, after having got 3rd place in season (pays almost half of the buy in back from that). Let’s get a curse on Pence though,

  83. SteveNZ says:
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    Bless Venable and his willingness to steal when down by 6 runs.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: fantasy conscious man right there. probably owns himself (like jones-drew) in fantasy leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotta love that…

  84. Elijah says:
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    Goodbye JoFer, thanks for saving my pitching staff! Oh and thanks to whoever told everyone to drop him!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

      • Elijah says:
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        @Grey:

        Speaking of advice, do you have any sneaky steals guys for the end run? I have a good shot to pick up another pt or two with a strong SB finish.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Villar?

      • Elijah says:
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        @Grey:

        And by picking him up after the early struggles, I’m guessing he tossed something like a 1.70 era for me, unbelievable.

  85. fausto says:
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    Tyson Ross sit or start Monday @ pit? I need to throw as many sp as possible since the guy I’m playimg has punted sv’s and sb for the playoffs. Love you guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

  86. Jason says:
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    Bench zobrist In favor of villar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it if you need steals

  87. SteveNZ says:
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    Greinke you doofus.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: F PENCE!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

    • Prezzii says:
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      Seriously…

  88. Prezzii says:
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    Fuck you Cram!!!! Ahhhh had to say somethin…. You know these major leaguers read Razzball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  89. goodfold2 says:
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    asche was terrible today, still play him over upton and billy H. tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not over Upton

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: upton’s got better matchup tomorrow? i did bench upton to play asche today, per your advice. ADAMS! PENCE! death to me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, but it’s a coin flip

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: knew asche was bad this week, but just noticed his homer was his only hit in 11 at bats this week. That had been gyorko’s spot and would’ve been Adams had I been first to the pickup instead of my opp last week. So i’m hoping to either scratch out a win or lose so bad it didn’t matter about getting beat to him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hope you pull it out…

  90. SteveNZ says:
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    Valencia!

    Benched Robertson in my H2H league!

  91. SteveNZ says:
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    And Fat Adams come through!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: *comes* through

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: not cool, with pence and him back to losing homers/rbi’s/runs/bases. Had been tied or winning all of those (from calhoun/ruiz/cutch/aybar). plus i got beat to him by like 10 or less minutes a few weeks ago right when craig got hurt by this opp. I sure hope if I lose i won’t be able and go add adams’ stats to mine and would’ve won with his. THAT would be an ugly offseason.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moobs!

      • Prezzii says:
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        @Grey: and prez is stuck with belt… (Tear emoticon)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aw, Prezzii…

  92. bossmanjunior says:
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    @Grey

    So im trying to map out three positions for the next three days: catcher, power oufielder, and stolen base outfielder. Here are my options, their match ups, and what Im planning right now.

    Catcher

    Ramos: Kendrick/Hamels/Cloyd
    Gattis: Kennedy/Erlin/Smith
    Avila: Chen/Santana/Guthrie
    Perez: Verlander/Fister/Scherzer
    AJ: Straily/Colon/Parker
    Gomes: Santiago/Rienzo/Sale

    I currently have Ramos and will likely hold onto him for tomorrows game with very good career numbers against Kendrick. Perez surprisingly has very good numbers against Verlander and Scherzer, but I think I’ll ride Gattis for the weekend against two very weak pitchers.

    Speed

    Jennings: Corriea/Albers/Hernandez
    EY: Hand/Alvarez/Turner
    Martin: Straily/Colon/Parker
    Bonefacio: Verlander/Fister/Scherzer

    Right now I have Gardner, but he left the game with an injury. Martin has good numbers against Straily and Parker, so im tempted to play him for the next three days. However, Jennings faces two weak lefties over the weekend, so I could ride with him over the weekend and go with just Martin or EY tomorrow.

    Power

    Swisher: Santiago/Rienzo/Sale
    Yelich: Niese/DiceK/Torres
    Willingham: Archer/Moore/Price
    Viciedo: Salazer/Ubaldo/McAllister
    Calhoun: Kuechel/Obelhertzer/Clemens

    Right now I have Moss, but he faces two lefties and Darvish in Texas so he has to be an automatic drop. I think Swisher is easily the best option, hitting lefties very well this season including good career numbers against Santiago and Sale.

    Plan

    Catcher: Ramos for tomorrow against Kendrick, then Gattis for the weekend.
    Speed: Martin for the next three days or Martin for tomorrow and Jennings for the weekend.
    Power: Swisher for the next three days

    Any suggetions? Sorry for all the detail. Im obviously very meticulous and am probably over thinking this haha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Jennings over Martin, the rest made sense though, assuming the catchers all play there…

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        What about Martin for tomorrow against Straily (2-6 2 SB) over Jennings against Corriea (0-3) and then Jennings against the two lefties this weekend? Or just Jennings against all three Twins pitchers?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d just go Jennings…

  93. MB says:
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    Please pick 2 for 2014.

    Scutaro, Lemahieu, Reddick, Kubel

    5×5 dynasty

    Gracias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lemahieu, Reddick

  94. Prezzii says:
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    Mattingly just did the oddest thing with paco… Warmed him up, brought him out to pitch, he warmed up on the mound… Then he pulled him. He wasnt injuried.. he looked pissed.. is that even allowed?

    • Prezzii says:
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      Ok i guess mattingly wanted paco but it was announced howell, so howell had to come out… Or at least i think thats what kruk said… Theyre pretty hammered at this point, i assume..

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I kinda hammered too…

        • Prezzii says:
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          @Grey: yeaaahh, get it grey!

          *** theres a new post for follow-ups ***

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s just trying to ruin his arm, I guess…

  95. ThE sHiT says:
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    Gotta pick one for a power surge this weekend. Matt Adams or Kole Calhoun?

    • Prezzii says:
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      @ThE sHiT: madams

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Prezzii: the difference between these 2 will likely determine my season. I could’ve had both had i noticed the craig injury about 10 minutes earlier too.

        • Prezzii says:
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          @goodfold2: damn.. ive had belt for a while and debated dropping him for madams last week when i had all my weekly moves.. then madams wasnt starting so it scared me off and i stuck with belt. Really wishing i would have made the swap now..

          If madams is in the lineup hes hittin taters… And eating them in the dugout.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Prezzii: it’s harder in st. louis league, where seriously probably 4 minutes after craig’s injury (also 16 team league) adams was gone. he’s been owned by at least 5 different people since the draft. I was moving in and out of main room in house, and went to pick him up and missed it by less than 10 minutes. Wasn’t entirely worried about it until i notice how i’m barely losing around 4 cats i would not be if my opp didn’t have adams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams

  96. goodfold2 says:
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    now hanley’s hurt again, this might be just what i need, as opp has him. will still need adams/pence to calm the f down.

  97. SteveNZ says:
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    Look at Withrow in the high-leverage situation…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: And flubbing it.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @SteveNZ: kenley really flubbed it, looking all human, with the 3 hits against.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Doh

  98. gareth says:
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    I thought of prezi and the hitter tron when I saw swishers stat line tonight. I had to laugh. The sides burned tonight! Hopefully its the start of a nice weekend for him at cellular field. Swisher does seem to be coming around, now his shoulder is not ailing him. 

    I went from almost dropping him to keeping him and starting him next week (very soft schedule). Especially with gardner going down.

  99. frankgrimes says:
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    In DBags 171 Wins: .356 46 HR 166 RBI
    In DBags 165 losses: .211 13 HR 51 RBI
    AuShizz es muy loco jefe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As Au Shizz goes, so does the D-Backs…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grimey!

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