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Yesterday, Andrew McCutchen nailed down his 3rd straight 20/20 season.  He’s once again a top ten on our Player Rater.  So, is it The Dread Pirate or Paul Goldschmidt (who notched a slam (34) and legs (15) last night — Au Shizz!) as the 3rd player off the board next year?  Miggy and Trout are locked into the ones and twos like you in high school when you briefly thought DJ was a career choice.  A case could be made for either of them, and I haven’t decided yet.  It’s my, and every fantasy baseball ‘pert’s prerogative, to wait.  You can’t just say I’m the handsomest, most musatchioed ‘pert and expect me to drop my pants and get into bed with you.  That might work for AJ Mass when you want him to rank Carl Crawford third.  Rub my shoulders, they’re sore from 6 months of blurb writing.  There, that’s nice… Wait, what were we talking about?  Oh, yeah!  McCutchen is an easy number three because you’re going to get steals, power, average, RBIs and runs….But Au Shizz gets you all of that with less speed, more power and 1st base eligibility…But McCutchen has a longer track record…But Au Shizz has a higher ceiling…But does he? But-but-but!  I got more butts than Leyland’s ashtray.  It might come down to a game time decision in January when I release the 2014 rankings…Assuming I don’t ride off into the sunset on a horse like I’m Julia Roberts when it’s time for me to get married this offseason.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Mark Melancon – 1 IP, 2 ER and the blown save.  Ugh.  One more time with gusto.  UGH.  Not a good time for his ability to take a dip in the Arthur Kill to surface.  The Pirates have to win and they could go with Grilli for the next save, though he hasn’t been terrific either.  Here’s hoping Melancon can convert his next save.  If you don’t own Melancon, you’re hoping for something else.  See how that works?

Tyson Ross – 7 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 Ks in Pittsburgh.  Wasn’t an awful matchup, according to the Stream-o-Nator, but SON thinks his next start at home vs. the Diamondbacks is worse, which I think is slightly crazy.  I like The One Where Ross Starts At Home (With A Pet Monkey And Dating A Girl He Has No Business Dating While Making White People Jokes).

Charlie Morton – 8 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Another guy the Stream-o-Nator and I aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on.  It doesn’t like his next start in Wrigley at all.  Wrigley can be tricky if the wind is blowing out (which I don’t think SON knows, unless it’s a time traveler), but the Pirates need to win and the Cubs are garbage.  I’d risk the start there if I needed it or my name isn’t Grey Periwinkle Albright.

Matt Adams – Left yesterday’s game with elbow soreness.  It didn’t look good.  He didn’t even wait until going into the clubhouse before fashioning his manssiere into a sling.

John Danks – 7 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Member yesterday when I couldn’t remember a pitcher that couldn’t be effective vs. the Twins?  Danks was the guy I forgot about.

Alejandro De Aza – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer.  2nd homer of September to go with a .200 average and one steal.  Alejandro has not been hot like Mexico.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Says he’ll be back for the regular season.  I imagine that means he’ll be a defensive replacement in the final game of the season and say, “See, I told you!”

Jeremy Affeldt – Done for the year.  There goes Gilbert Gottfried’s job announcing him into games too.

Billy Hamilton – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and 4 steals as he got his first major league start.  For early 2014 projectors, if Hamilton gets 162 games next year, he steals 500 bases.

A.J. Griffin – 6 IP, 2 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Next time out, Alfredo Jettuccine gets a rematch of yesterday’s game in the Los Angeles Suburb of Anaheim.  Still a decent stream, but be careful if the A’s have clinched by then.

Coco Crisp – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Imagine what he could’ve done if he wasn’t hurt this year.  HAHAHAHA…Oh, wait, that wasn’t funny.  Stupid drugs.

Yoenis Cespedes – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer.  I hope he comes at a discount next year due to his ~.240 average.  Damn, that tilde is sexy.  It’s a symbol of my love.

Grant Balfour – 1 IP, 2 ER and the blown save.  Has been a bit of a mess recently (8 ER in his last ten outings).  He’s in no danger of losing his job this late in the year, but the A’s might rest him here and there to get his head on straight.  I grabbed Doolittle in one league for the chance at a vulture save or two.  He could Doomuch.

Josh Hamilton – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 21st homer.  When there’s ten days left and you’re raising your average with a 1-for-4 day, you should be even more embarrassed than starring in an endless loop of Head & Shoulders commercials.  At least it’s better than the pig driving a convertible or the one with the guy from Broken Lizard.  Do baseball games only have 3 commercials?  Fox Sports, sell your thirty second spots to someone else, please!

Jean Segura – Scored his 74th run then left the game with a hamstring injury.  He might be done for the year.  It’s the Curse of Rudy Gamble!

Stephen Strasburg – Pushed back to Saturday due to his forearm.  Maybe the Nats should’ve shut him down in July last year.

Denard Span – 1-for-5, 1 run as he extended his hitting streak to 29 games.  “Please get to the offseason with a 40-game hitting streak.”  That’s an exec at the MLB Network as they try to figure out what to program for six months.

Phil Hughes – 3 1/3 IP, 2 ER.  Hughes gives up homers like John Hughes wrote teen scripts — by the dozen.

Colby Rasmus – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer and his 4th straight game with a homer.  Colby’s a Survivor! (Yes, it’s back; God, I love that show.  Pretty excited about the new season format too.  Think it would’ve been more interesting without the returning players and just family members, but there’s not much Survivor can do wrong in my book.  The title of said book is, “Just Don’t Do Anymore Outcasts Seasons and I Can Do Without Redemption Island.”)  Colby’s also a hot schmotato.

Alcides Escobar – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 21st steal.  This month he’s looked the best he’s looked since April, which is kinda like saying one politician is better than another, but there ya go.

Chris Archer – 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.03.  Could see really liking this guy next year, so Archer would be my beau.  Pun point!

Michael Cuddyer – Left yesterday’s game with a forearm contusion.  Ah, the ol’ “I’m leading the batting race” injury.  Well played, Cuddyer!

Adam Wainwright – 7 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 8 Ks in Coors to up his record to 17-9, which would’ve won the Cy Young 20 years ago when dinosaurs like Murray Chass roamed the earth.  Though, Carl Everett disagrees.

Derek Holland – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Gets the Astros next in the lamest Texas rivalry since Oprah vs. the beef industry.  Like she’s turning down a prime rib.  The beef’ers should’ve just asked to see her colon.

Tyler Thornburg – 6 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Cubs.  I streamed him in this game in one league (I had some room for the risk), and it worked out well, but Richard Chamberlain and the Thornburgs gets the Braves next, which isn’t as easy to call right now.  If they clinch everything by that game and sit a bunch of their regulars, then I could see it.  That’s a broader point — 4 Girl Readers, “Who you calling a broad?” — once a club clinches, I’d look at starting the pitcher who faces them the day after their celebration.

Khris Davis – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 10th homer, which comes a day after he hit his 51st Khomer.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. Justin Verlander (7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks).  If I owned Hisashi in every league this year, I’d be turning Japanese.  That’s not a racist slur; I mean it as in the song where ‘turning Japanese’ means masturbating because when one does they squint their eyes.  That isn’t racist at all.

Franklin Gutierrez – 3-for-5, 2 runs and a slam (8) and legs (3).  The Big FraGu hasn’t been playing every day, but when he does play he plays right field.  You thought I was gonna say when he does play, he hits?  You got head faked.  Keep your eyes on my mid-section and that won’t happen.  *blows whistle*  Okay, time for laps.  Stop groaning!

Justin Smoak – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Would’ve been a nice batty call since he crushes Verlander…Oh, wait, everyone crushes Verlander this year.

Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  If he gets to 25 homers after missing almost 40 games, I’m gonna go right back in on him.  Not like that, silly!  That’s dirty!

Ed Lucas – 2-for-5 and his 4th homer.  Wasn’t Ed Lucas the star of some crappy show set in a bowling alley?  Or maybe he was the guy who kept trying to get into the Oscars, posing as George’s nephew.  Eh, maybe not.  Lucasflimflam has been hitting (near .375 in the last week), and could be a short-term hot schmotato.

Cesar Hernandez – 2-for-4, 1 run.  I’ve told you three days in a row to pick him up.  What, you don’t like anchovies?  Just go with Cesar!

Gregor Blanco – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  He’s hitting near .500 in the last week and playing nearly every day.  That ‘nearly’ does add a small wrinkle.  Nearly, “Try sleeping with some cucumber slices on your eyes.”

Matt Cain – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Yup, this game was in Metco, but his post-All-Star break ERA is near 2.50 and is looking like a solid bounce back guy for next year or so everyone will say.

Travis d’Arnaud – Out of the lineup after taking a foul ball off his shoulder.  Weird, my Cougar loves foul balls on her shoulder.

Ruben Tejada – Season ended with a broken fibula, which is colloquially known as the lying bone.

Jason Heyward – Took batting practice yesterday.  Braves were happy with what he did since it was the first time he saw live pitching in about a month.  Geez, Heyward, you could watch a game while you’re injured.  Heyward hopes to return sometime next week.  Read:  a game or two before the playoffs.  Hey, Simon didn’t say read!

Justin Upton – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his first homer in a month that doesn’t start with an A*.  *No actual research done for that, but it feels that way.

Andrelton Simmons – Sat out yesterday with neck soreness.  He should’ve just had one of his buddies touch it.

From Around The Web

  1. Gareth says:
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    So I’m not feeling great about my Estrada, Miley and Salazar 2 starts next week.
    The list of 2 Starters was just updated and I noticed a few more Pitchers have emerged as 2 starters on the Wire in my league:

    Samardzija, Jeff SP CHC
    9/23/13 vs. PIT Morton, Charlie SP PIT
    9/29/13 @ STL Wainwright, Adam SP STL

    Wood, Alex P ATL
    9/24/13 vs. MIL Thornburg, Tyler RP MIL
    9/29/13 vs. PHI TBA

    Chen, Wei-Yin SP BAL
    9/23/13 @ TB Archer, Chris SP TB
    9/28/13 vs. BOS Doubront, Felix SP BOS

    Cueto, Johnny SP CIN
    9/23/13 vs. NYM Wheeler, Zack SP NYM
    9/29/13 vs. PIT Morton, Charlie SP PIT

    Chen, Bruce SP KC
    9/24/13 @ SEA Paxton, James SP SEA
    9/29/13 @ CHW Quintana, Jose SP CHW

    You like any of those over the three I mentioned?

    • Byron from Austin says:
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      @Gareth: i’ve got kendrick going on the last day for the phils, if he’s healthy.

      • Byron from Austin says:
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        @Byron from Austin:
        also i have wood facing wainwright on the last day, cause baker is dropping out of the rotation after tomorrow. i could be wrong though!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gareth: Cueto over Salazar

  2. Troy says:
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    So I added Hamilton with one of my last 3 moves but don’t really know how to use him in a daily h2h league. How would you recommend using him? See any starts coming or just plug him in and pray he gets a pinch run opportunity? The speed is real obviously and felt like he must be owned but dunno what to do from there lol

    • ryan says:
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      To piggy-back on this (sorry!), is Hamilton worth a pick up over Villar? Four steals in one game would tilt the category for the championship week.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @ryan: I could see it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Troy: Plug him in if you need steals…

  3. Mateo says:
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    You would think Dusty has to start Billy over the weekend right? I need steals like a hooker needs heels.

  4. Bar-Nuh-Kul says:
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    Tillman @ Boston and Moore vs. Texas. You starting them? Need QS and 85 more innings left for the season.

  5. Bombo Rivera says:
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    I know it’s impossible to predict what January Grey will think, but if the Reds let Choo walk and give the CF job to Hamilton, where will Hamilton rank overall?

    I have a feeling I won’t own him because someone will take him insanely early.

    • SF1966 says:
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      @Bombo Rivera:

      crazy talk… what if he is Dee Gordon light ???

      • Bombo Rivera says:
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        @Grey: Then you won’t own him either. Remember a couple of years ago when Snafu Larry had Bourn as a second rounder because he could win you the steals category? If it looks like he’s going to make the team, I bet someone will take him no later than the 6th or 7th.

        Like I said, it won’t be me. . .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, would be fun to have him but doubt I do

  6. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    In my 12 team H2H dynasty league I’ve got Trout, Cutch and Goldy muhahaha. But also Segura, who do you think is a suitable replacement for mean Jean for the last week and a half of the championship I’m in? I’m also thinking about just punting the position because I’m kicking his ass in batting stats already. Jimmy, Dozier, Villar, Miller and Franklin are all available but not real high on any of them. I also have Harvey but he might not be getting kept now with all his elbow issues. Also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75Ua7yJhdcA
    Thanks and keep up the good work, my first year using razzball and my first year in the ship isn’t a coincidence.

  7. Slim

    Buddah Lovaz says:
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    I love Golllllld….. Schmidt. My favorite line of the year.

    Do you think Rasmus plays vs Lester and/or Doubront Friday/Saturday? I’m thinking about dropping Raburn for him but I’m not sure Rasmus is gonna play. I’m running out of moves this week too so I would prefer if Raburn would just hit. H2H and I can’t win RBI.

    I know you can’t possibly know the answer to that question… I guess it’s a risk vs reward question.

    • Slim

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      @Buddah Lovaz: I keep reading about how Au Schizz won’t win the MVP and I don’t get it. His numbers are much better than McCutchen/Votto. If it comes down to not being on a playoff team then the award is meaningless. I think Goldys numbers mean even more since he has nothing around him.
      …End Rant.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Buddah Lovaz: Agreed, his numbers are better than those guys…

      • Jon says:
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        @Buddah Lovaz: factor in defense and base running (not only SB) and you can see why McCutchen is the favorite. Not saying Goldy is bad at either, but McCutchen is a strong CF and a fantastic base runner to go with a very good offensive player.

      • Fungazi says:
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        @Buddah Lovaz: The counter argument is that the player didn’t affect whether the team made the playoffs or not, so he’s not valuable at all since they would be in the same place without him. I don’t agree with it. Like when they gave the Cy Young to Felix when he only won 11 games or something, things like that are nice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buddah Lovaz: I love Golllllld, too… Yeah, Rasmus should play, impossible to know…

  8. Justin says:
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    Having a hard time deciding on potential keepers for next year. We keep 4 at years end. 8 by 8 league. k obp and H are extra cats.

    Goldy and trout are no brainers so could you help me pick 2 of these remaining:

    Braun Beltre Reyes Myers Yelich Kipnis Moore Darvish J.Zimmerman.

    And I really think you caught onto something yesterday with foot race for the SAGNOF’s during the all star game. Thanks for the insight everyday. Great shit as always,

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: Thanks! Beltre, Myers

  9. Moose Out Front says:
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    Adams and Segura both go down. I have 2 roster moves left, but wanted to stream one and dump Choo with the other (Choo is off today and will face 2/3 lefties over the weekend.) Meanwhile my opponent streamed Billy Hamilton yesterday. Eff.

    Just gotta make the right 2 pickups. No, I didn’t ask a question.

  10. Dirtyd says:
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    Should I grab Rex Brothers and drop Melancon for the last week and half? Who will be a better bet for saves here on out?

  11. Tony says:
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    Grey- I coulda told ya two months ago GOLDY would be #3 in your 2014 rankings… don’t play around, you know you’re putting him ahead of McCutch!

    He’s the new Pujols.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony: Haha…What, he’s not set anywhere… *slowly walks out of the room*

      • P Swayz on a Horse says:
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        @Grey:

        I find this to be a very interesting question. I’ve been a Goldy owner in my keeper league since he got called up.

        Question. Do you ever see Dread Pirate winning an MVP? To me it seems unlikely.

        I believe that, A: Goldy deserves this years MVP, and B: (barring injury) He is a lock next year.

        I’ve never owned TDP, but for some reason I see most people drafting him number 3, and Au Shizz 4.

        Me? I think I put Goldy at 3, but I’m not 100% on that.

        On a side note, where do you see Adam Jones going next year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dread Pirate will win the MVP if voters simply give it to the Pirates for making the playoffs… Jones is around the bottom of the top ten… Which is more or less where I had him this year too…

          • P Swayz on a Horse says:
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            @Grey:

            MVP is one of my least favorite awards. I would like better defined parameters.

            What is each players WAR?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not sure

  12. Wake Up says:
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    She’s working on another new network called…
    O: ….

  13. The Strolg says:
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    And if someone ever sees that dude who does that bird call in the jiffy lube commercial, punch him in the face for me, I’ll cover the lawyer fees.

  14. Wake Up says:
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    Man that Rudy/Segura thing was funny…..
    then, it got old…
    now, it’s jocund!
    assuming jocund means back to funny again…
    or back 2 good…
    and Everyone here, knows everyone here is thinking about
    Somebody else…
    unlike Rob Thomas…
    I WILL apologize for that…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: HA… Now I have M20 in my head…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Quick question…I wanna push you around, well I will, I will I wanna push you down, well I will, I will I wanna take you for granted, I wanna take you for granted Well I will…oh, man, that wasn’t right…my bad

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Why would you do that? It’s three o’clock I must be lonely!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Trying to be smooth…it’s just like the ocean under the moon…we gotta stop this!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Stop what? You gotta give it up, to get off, sometimes, you gotta give it up…

  15. SF1966 says:
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    Down to 1 move and have Segura as my SS and Lowrie @ 2nd with SS eligibility.

    Kendrick and Escobra are options.

    Pull the trigger and drop Segura for… ???

    or drop a pitcher who may or may not have a second start before the season ends…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SF1966: Alcides… Drop a pitcher

  16. Jon says:
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    Tight race in my H2H championship game for wins (down by 1) and Ks (up by 1). I have a good lead in ERA/WHIP but don’t want to blow it. Any chance I should start Tillman @ BOS tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Nope

  17. Later Tater says:
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    Ha… another NJ reference…watch out for the needles, swimmers

    h2h league
    lost Segura
    better replacement Aybar or Billy Hamilton?

    thanks

    • Byron from Austin says:
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      @Later Tater: hamilton will lock up the steals cat for you.

  18. Jordan73 says:
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    Romo, Balfour, and Melancon are my closers. Yesterday, they tied me to the WHIPping post and showed no mercy. This is why HtH leagues are all fine and good until playoff time, when a fluke week can get your #1 seeded team booted. UGH.

  19. Curtis says:
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    Last night was tough. I’m in a tight race for the top 3 and lost Cuddyer and Adams. Sounds like Adams is definitely a drop. Cuddyer too? I bought him for $1 in the draft, but I assume he’s not worth keeping despite being from my rival high school and playing great this year.

    Great year Grey. Thanks for Goldy.

    Curtis

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Curtis: No problem… I’d hold Cuddyer for another day for news

  20. Boy Wonder says:
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    I asked literally a million people yesterday (ok like 10 ppl..) if I should start Hisashi Iwakuma against the Tigers IN Detroit.. And all 10 ppl said “hell no!” But at 7:07pm, I decided to start him. And I was one lucky mofo.

  21. Byron from Austin says:
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    mornin, Grey! i read somewhere that the twins, white sox, mets, and padres are using a 6-man rotation, and so are the cubs but just til tomorrow. i’m trying to figure out who the starters will be on the 29th for these teams as quickly as possible… do you know if those teams are going 6-man til the end of the season, or if i’m wrong about any of those teams, or are there any i missed? thanks homie. fighting tooth and nail for every point in my $$ league, gonna have to roll some guys out on the final day to steal points in k’s and possibly wins.

    • Byron from Austin says:
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      @Byron from Austin: also p.s. it’s mccutchen over goldy.

  22. Jon says:
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    You avoiding any of these starts?

    Cashner vs LAD
    Medlen @ CHC
    Porcello vs CHW

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Nope

  23. papasmurf says:
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    Segura’s numbers have really slid month by month. Kudos to the managers who sold. In May, I thought he’d hit about .260 from June on. Just looked too much like fluke.

    Still should be a very nice SB/R SS, but not top 20 player material.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Nah, not in the top 20…Agreed…

  24. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    I’m thinking there has to be a term for seeing one of your guys hit a dong in person, right? But what about seeing your own guy crush one into Tony Luke’s cheesesteaks, as Giancarlo did last night at Citizen’s Bank Park? DEEP line drive shot would have actually landed halfway down South Broad if some dude scarfing one down “wit” hadn’t got in the way.

  25. papasmurf says:
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    Forgot to mention about Simmons. He’s actually not been that bad. Average is poor but he clearly has talent. If he learns to be smarter and more selective, I think he really could be a top 5 SS down the road.

    (Same deal with Sal Perez)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Simmons just needs to be put into the leadoff spot and get his average up to .265

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: you’re seriously advocating putting a .265 hitter at leadoff?

  26. Jack says:
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    In a H2H Championship week battle. WHIP is going to be extremely close. Drop the worst 2 of the following pitchers who are going to hurt me on whip (SON whip shown)

    Nolasco @ARI (1.36)
    Porcello vCHW (1.21)
    Gray vMIN (1.21)
    Kluber vHOU (1.16)

    BTW – SON’s dates are wrong but everything else looks right.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack: Dates were fixed… Nolasco, Kluber

  27. kyle says:
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    Straily vs. Min or Lohse vs. Cubs?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @kyle: Straily

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kyle: Straily

  28. weas says:
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    Grey quit fronting, you and I both know Goldschmidt will be ranked 3rd for you next year. 40 homer power, 15 steal speed with ridiculous slash lines. Au Shizz!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @weas: Haha… I ain’t frontin’

  29. PB&J with a baseball bat says:
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    I was searching my waiver wire to talk a little look at Gregor Blanco and he was nowhere to be found. Turns out he has been chillin’ on someone’s left for dead, autopilot, zombie team for a few months now.

    You got a term for when you get hot schmotato blocked by an abandoned team who grabbed him months ago when he was last hot then gave up, trapping the schmo in this FB player purgatory?

      • PB&J with a baseball bat says:
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        @Grey: Maybe the guy has been “Han Solo’d?” Frozen in carbonite and hung on Jabba’s wall for all to see. Temporarily taken out of the game… until that mysterious little bounty hunter creeps around during the palace slumber party and frees him… who is that bounty hunter… oh SNAP!! that’s Leia… oh DOUBLE SNAP!!! Jabba and his crew are awake and laughin’ at yo’ asses…………. what were we talking about?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… I like it…

  30. Wilsonian says:
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    Man, I’m getting throttled this week in the Playoffs and it’s mostly my offense – everyone is slumping on this team. Dude is even starting Ellsbury!! Here’s my lineup with the available guys. Are there any moves to make?

    C – Salvie (that’s the nickname his abuelita gave him)
    1B – Prince
    2B – Utley (didn’t have him in for his two straight days of HRs and 4 RBI)
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Tulo
    OF – Jones
    OF – Davis
    OF – Werth
    UTIL – Crisp
    UTIL – Soriano
    BN – Hanley
    BN – Jerk Store

    SP – Scherzer
    SP – Shields
    SP – Moore
    RP – Melancon (way to funk up my ratios last night, asshole)
    RP – Benoit
    P – Cishek
    P – Hawkins
    P – Mujica
    BN – Gray
    BN – Gio
    BN – Bailey

    Available guys – Bats: Dom Brown, Marte, Altuve, Belt, Leonys, Colby, Span, Calhoun, Boneface, Eaton, EY, Swisher, Middlebrooks, J-Roll, Pagan

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: Span over Soriano for steals and runs… Otherwise hold

  31. ryan says:
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    Championship week and my opponent jumped out to a huge RBI/HR/hits lead by Tuesday night. I’ve got power (Fielder, Stanton, Goldy, Pence), but I’m preparing to switch gears and try for runs and steals which are close. I’m gettin’ friggin’ nervous over here!

    Would you consider benching Stanton for Eaton’s three game series at Coors? Stanton doesn’t run or score much– except with you, apparently– and Eaton does.

    Or would you use your last pick-up to grab Hamilton over Villar? It’s Eaton, Hamilton, streamer, or something else.

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryan: Haha… I’d go with Eaton…

  32. MIKEY BOY324 says:
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    Grey who should I start Niese vs Giants or Baker vs Braves?

  33. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Drop Segura for Swisher (moving Zobrist from RF to SS), or hold until more news comes out? 4 moves left, leading my H2H semis, no bench bats. It’s one of those next day pickup yahoo leagues, so I’ve already lost today’s stats.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d wait until later today for Segura news, it’s likely a move I would make

  34. EG says:
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    Dropped Segura and picked up Villar for today. Thinking about losing him for Rollins, Hamilton, Alcides or Starlin. Would like overall production but tempted to snag Hamilton as locking up SB would be huge. Hold or drop Villar for one of the names mentioned?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EG: Hamilton

  35. DP says:
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    Grey, odds Felix pitches Sunday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DP: 10 to 1

  36. Brick says:
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    Thanks for the cesar Hernandez call! Drop neil walker and ride him for playoffs? Or should i keep both around?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brick: Drop Walker

      • Brick says:
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        @Grey: Word, thanks grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  37. anthony says:
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    @grey are you engaged or was that part of your joke ? if so congrats !!! also Matt Adams –
    I’m feeling antsy only up 12 pts in my semis match should i wait and see or make a move for Adams ? also Rosario still wait and see on him ??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @anthony: Engaged, getting married in November… Thanks! Drop Adams and Rosario

      • anthony says:
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        @Grey: h2h pts 1b options
        Brandon belt , morneau , or James loney

        catcher options

        McCann jarrod salty Ryan doumit Wellington Castillo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Belt…McCann

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: that was a good idea to get married in your slowest month for posts.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that was my one contribution

  38. John Axford's Meat Stache says:
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    Grey,

    Au Shizz! Fo real though, I wish I would of been a tad bit quicker with my pick up button a couple of years ago when Goldy first came up in my keeper league. Guy is entering his prime next year (27) and I expect, especially if he can get some sort of supporting cast around him, he is going to be an absolute monster…..

    What do we think of Baker at home (ATL) tomm as a stream? I’m a huge fan of Baker’s capabilities, god knows the injuries have killed him, and I’m looking for one more worthwhile stream during the week? Thanks, as always…

      • John Axford's Meat Stache says:
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        @Grey:

        Friday I can go: Albers (@Oak-No Shot of that happening), Dice-K(@Phi), Robbie Erlin (LAD), Rogers (@Bos), Rienzo (@Det), Hellweg (whoever the hell that is) (StL), Volquez (@SD).

        Those are all pretty craptastic and make me immensely sad…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          None are good… Skip the day if there’s no one there… Albers is the bets of those options

          • John Axford's Meat Stache says:
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            @Grey:
            I could pick up Kazmir for his start against Houston. That’s got to be the slam dunk of them all right?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

  39. Mountain Man says:
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    In dogfights for $ in both leagues. 3 SPs going in each today. Big day. Thanks to Grey and all of you who post regularly on here. You guys have been a big help this year.

    • Mountain Man says:
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      @Mountain Man:
      Also, I love Cutch, but I would have to vote Goldy for #3.

  40. Randy BoBandy says:
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    I’ve loaded up on Indians starters vs the Astros this weekend.

    Kluber, McAllister, and even Kazmir. Contemplating only starting 2 of the 3, partial reason for adding them was to prevent opponents from nabbing them…let Roark hit the road, don’t have the stones to start him @STL anyhow.

  41. Jon says:
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    Go with Victorino and his thumb issue (vs Tillman), Fowler (Wacha) or Jennings (Darvish) today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Victorino

  42. kidbr9 says:
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    Drop Machado for Valencia?

    In H2H playoffs this week.

  43. chillmodious says:
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    So, are we all in on streaming McAllister tomorrow? (vs. Hou, SON $13.7)

    Or is the SON just wearing beer goggles with that one?

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Not exactly a ringing endorsement! Would you rather toss Ervin Santana (vs. Tex, SON $7.4) instead?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go McAllister instead

  44. chillmodious says:
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    Grey…

    Looking to win SBs in my H2H finals and currently very close (down 3-2). For the next 10 days, would you go with Villar or Billy Hamilton in the Util spot? I don’t want to play roulette with a bunch of speed guys, so I’m taking the Popeil approach and I’m thinking that Billy will steal more bags even as a part-time guy. Hell, even if I get just one game like yesterday, it would swing an entire category for me. What say you?

  45. AJ says:
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    Sup Grey, Drop Villar for Alcides? Dont know if Villar will ever be the same after that ass to the face from Phillips lol…Also thoughts on dropping Rizzo and Beltran for Streamers? lol Wacha @ Col and Redmond vs NYY

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Alcides… I could see dropping them…

  46. chillmodious says:
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    Aw, eff it… got another…

    On Sunday, would you throw Kluber (vs.Hou. SON $17.0) or Cashner (vs. LAD, SON $9.1)?

    SON is pretty definitive there, but recent starts + a hodgepadre makes me feel otherwise.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner

  47. kyle says:
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    Villar or Hamilton?

  48. Scott Steelers says:
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    Had craig, adams, segura go down. All 3 I’m assuming won’t be getting the. DL tag… meaning I need to drop great players in a keeper league… shit! Can’t have these dead roster spots. At SS who do you lije for last few games. Rollins, starlin castro, or asrubal cabrera?? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Asdrubal

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: adams isn’t that hurt, he got a hit today.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  49. Scottie O. says:
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    now why did Matt Adams have to go and hurt himself?? Now I’m down another bat.

    Thoughts on adding Carp for my final add for the week to play today and replace Adams as my UTL the rest of the week.

    My 1 issue is that i’m getting beat in SP stats:
    W: 6-2, K: 48-26, ERA: 1.72 – 3.9, WHIP: 1.11 – 1.30, QS: 5-2 (up in Saves: 3-2)

    but still have 8 SP’s to go to his 9.

    I’m up in most hitting stats: R 20-12, RBI: 21-20 SB 6-4, BA: .350 – .245, OPS: 1.026 – .708.
    and tied in HR.

    So, do I add a bad to get up in HR’s and hitting stats or try to keep up with his streaming & add another arm?

    thanks in advance
    (sorry, I know this is a long one)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re not giving me any options? Adams or Carp? I’d go Carp

      • Scottie O. says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry, what I was trying to ask (poorly) was if I shoudl add a bat (Carp) or take a chance and stream a mid-level SP like:

        Baker vs. ATL
        Lynn vs. MIL

        thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go with Lynn

          • Scottie O. says:
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            @Grey:

            Thanks Grey

            Would it change your opinion (forgot to mention) that my 3B (Arenado) is also out and I’m basically rolling w/o one for the week.

            I could snag one of the below craptastic subs:
            Ed Lucas
            DJ LeMahieu

            or am I better off just trying to get the pitching stats with Lynn

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Go with Lynn

  50. ryan says:
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    So to beat a dead horse… if you needed runs and steals, would you drop Villar for Hamilton, or bench Stanton and pick up Eaton. I have one move left!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bench Stanton and pick up Eaton

  51. chillmodious says:
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    Am I wise to drop Segura for Billy Ham? Mmmm, ham… bacon… *mouth waters* …wait, what? Oh yeah, Segura… what do I do?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably can lose Segura

  52. frankgrimes says:
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    Rupert again? I think I’m bailing this year. I have grown to seriously disliking Probst as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Survivors, bring it in!

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @frankgrimes:

      and again , a black guy who can’t swim .
      “geez … i didn’t know water would be involved” .

  53. Barker says:
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    Why is bochy not playing belt against a lefty today what exactly are the giants playing for — do they not wanna find out i he can hit lefties ever how is he gonna learn to hit them on the bench i have fantasy championships to win

    Three moves left was hoping to stream pitchers with the moves but it looks like there may not even be three to choose without being worried about it

    So should i drop belt like i should have last night for rajai @ bos who he kills and he is getting two lefties to start the series who he also kills at least this year or go with eaton @ col who has decent matchups but less sagnof appeal or stick it out with belt and one extra streamer pitcher ( 3 streamers rather than 2 )

    • Barker says:
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      @Barker: belt faces two lefties this weekend sabathia and pettite
      Is bochy gonna pull these same shenanigans ( i know he has sat vs tough lefties all year but jon niese come on hes a nice pitcher but belt can handle him )

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Eaton

  54. papajeansegura says:
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    i need a creeper of the weekend now that Matt Adams’ Dunn.

  55. Jaelen Rosen says:
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    Looking for a stream tomorrow for some pitchers. Streamatron has Scott Baker ahead of Paul Maholm? Baker a better pickup? They are playing each other.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None are good… I’d go Baker

  56. Carnac says:
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    Carl Everett HAHAHAHAHAHA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

      • anarchy burger says:
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        @Grey: u wanna laugh??? i bought 700 carl everrett 91 bowman rookie cards for cheap money back in the day. im from boston so when he came to the red sox and mashed they went up to $7 each!!! sell them?? not me. i kept them. i think i actually threw them out a couple years ago lol. i know i know i am an idiot. thats my carl everrett story. bye bye.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HAHA… You should’ve sold them as coasters at conference of evolution professors

        • fausto says:
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          @anarchy burger: hold@anarchy burger: hold the government? If that makes sense to you anarchy burger then you my friend are a cool dude.

  57. J-FOH says:
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    Adams will need to hire a tray holder when he goes to the Hometown Buffett….”Uh Mr. Adams, you know we can make a return trip after you’re done with these four plates”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… “I need a bigger tray, dammit!”

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: “Can I request the table on wheels?”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          “My elbow’s sore, I’m just gonna bring my chair over to the buffet.”

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: “Uh, Mr. Adams, you are going to have to share the desert bar with the other guests”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              “Could the omelet guy make me one without eggs and just bacon?”

  58. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    I don’t think that Cuddyer came down with a batting race Jose Reyes type injury. I do think that the late season cool Denver air is providing an uncomfortable chill throughout his aging, brittle bones. Wouldn’t be surprised to see some Florida condo brochures magically appear inside the Rockies’ dugout over the next few days.

    Regarding the 2014 rankings, I think that a few mini-tiers of two interchangeable players will be making up the first half of the first round for me, and then it’s a bit of a crapshoot. Cabrera/Trout, McCutchen/Goldy, Cano/Davis, then it gets tricky. Jones or Votto if you want a safe pick with little upside, CarGo/Kemp/Braun for the risk/reward owners, Kershaw for the pitching lovers. Something like that.

    And we all know that you’re gonna have Goldy over McCutchen in your rankings. Power bats, power arms – the Albright MO.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Put the brochures in front of Helton’s locker… Davis is tricky, Braun’s nowhere to be seen in that pack, neither is Kemp…

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Kemp was the #1 fantasy player two years ago. Braun has been a top 3-5 player for around 3-4 years prior to this year. Both guys are still in their primes, just face more uncertainty than usual (Braun – PEDs, Kemp – durability).

        After that top 7-8, it gets a little dicey. Who would you substitute in for those guys? Harper? Beltre? Tulo? Encarnacion? Bautista? Longoria? All of those guys have question marks surrounding them too. Assuming good health, I’d lean toward the guys who have done it before, rather than betting on the come.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You named guys that have done it before too, except Harper…

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: I was referring to both young guys who have first round upside but haven’t produced at that level yet like Harper and proven vets who have a track record but haven’t consistently produced first round numbers like the rest of those guys.

            You said that Braun and Kemp are nowhere near that level, so I’m curious who you’d have above them. Channeling January Grey…

            • Carnac says:
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              I don’t buy this whole relative value thing. If no player deserves to be ranked 6th overall, then no one will be. I’m not running a charity, here.

              Carnac’s 2014 rankings will have a Top 5, then NO ONE until 10-25, then no one until 100. There will be 40 guys ranked at 100.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                HAHA

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Carnac: You’ve just jinxed yourself into a season full of #8 overall picks in your ’14 drafts. Will you abstain with your first pick then?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Just about all the names you mentioned would be above them

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: You picking Tulo in the first is about as likely as me watching MasterChef Junior this fall…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He’s not in the first but he’s above Kemp and Braun

                  • Big Magoo

                    Big Magoo says:
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                    @Grey: Fair enough. I usually don’t mind picking at the turn, but after Jones (and maybe Votto and CarGo), I wouldn’t be comfortable taking any of those other guys in the first. Lots of risk in that mix.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      CarGo and Votto are risky too…

  59. D. Jackson says:
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    My keeper league allows an offseason DL slot, which I’m considering giving to Johan Santana. What do you think of that move? Is there a chance he comes back and is effective, or are you writing him off? Another option would be Chris Carpenter. Of the two, which (if either!) would you roll with?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Neither are good, try Carp

      • D. Jackson says:
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        @Grey: Would Huddy be the best of the bunch?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  60. Fungazi says:
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    Middlebrooks vs Bal/Zimmerman vs Mia/Hanley @ Ariz

    Sit one today, which?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Middlebrooks

  61. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    In the top of the 5th, Prince Fielder just missed catching a fly ball in foul territory, then took a nacho from a fan and ate it.

    Tigers broadcast repeated it, Mariners broadcast team missed the deliciousness.

  62. Teddy Heater says:
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    Grey,
    Do you think Hamilton will start the next week and a half or do you see him as a pinch runner with no DH spot. I’m debating whether to drop Adams or Scooter for him. I didn’t see Adams get hurt, hence the question. Thanks again for all you do, I’m trying to take all 4 of my teams to the promise land, couldn’t of done it with out guys!!!!!!!!! I gave you 9 exclamation points, 1 more the the Colts owner when he announced the Richardson deal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I’d go with Hamilton over Adams if I needed steals

  63. Hoog says:
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    In the Semi’s of my H2H playoffs and not sure what to do with my lineup. Do I drop Lucroy for Ruiz or do I hold and hope today’s day off helps him come back a bit?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for a day

  64. Wilsonian says:
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    Longoria has been nothing short of abysmal lately. Do you play the Jerk Store over him for the rest of the weekend? And just pray to the fantasy baseball gods that you come out on top and look like a genius for doing it come Sunday night?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d play Longo

  65. Obmij76 says:
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    Grey, do you like Khris Davis heading into next season? He can be kept in the 25th round.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In a deep league, sure…

  66. Wilsonian says:
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    And of these three, which two are you playing today:

    Longoria v. Darvish
    Hanley @ Miley
    Soriano @ Redmond

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo, Hanley

  67. FMFBL says:
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    Keeper question for ya.

    Which side, keep in round drafted for life:
    Crush at 14 or Matt Carpenter and Segura both at 22?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  68. jro says:
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    Planning for next year. What pitchers below ( I know you will go through this next spring but…) below have highest upside and would you count on any of them as your number 2 SP as long as you are fairly deep in SP. Am I missing any other young arm with much higher upside?

    yordano ventura
    shelby miller
    fernandez
    harvey wheeler
    teheran
    cingrani
    cashner
    archer
    cole- this guy has been getting better and better each start what a beast today 12ks!!
    roark???
    gray straily
    carlos martinez
    m wacha
    t walker erasmo paxton
    salazar kluber
    Eovaldi

    Cole is the good example, pending innings limit can he my #2-3 arm

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @jro: Fernandez isn’t in the same stratosphere as most of those guys. He’s your #2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fernandez is a number one… Miller, Cingrani, Cole, Gray, Walker, Erasmo, Wacha

  69. Andrew says:
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    Cashner vs LAD, Kluber vs HOU, Haren vs MIA for Sunday
    Please rank

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haren, Cash

  70. Jack says:
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    Grilli 1IP 1K 0H this afternoon. The probability that Melancon loses closer job during next 3 games is ____.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      30%

      • Jack says:
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        @Grey: Would you rather have Frieri (vSEA) or Melancon (vCIN)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Frieri

  71. CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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    Which 2-start guy next week:
    Kluber vs Houston/@ Minnesota
    or
    Sonny Gray vs Seattle/@ Texas

    Focus on Wins/K’s

    Obvs Kluber has the matchup edge, but not as confident in him as others may be.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not confident in him either but @Texas isn’t pretty… I’d go Kluber

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @Grey: Danka

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  72. royce! says:
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    Just wanted to make sure you knew that Fister won and Furbush lost.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @royce!: You can stop with the Home Runs now thanks.

      • royce! says:
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        @SteveNZ: It isn’t enough that I stopped with the saves??!!! I didn’t want to say anything, but I’m the one who talked the Cubs into moving Gregg to a set up role…I try to do something nice and you just want more!

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @royce!: Fighting for first has me dizzy with greed.

          • royce! says:
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            @SteveNZ: Well, you gotta forgive me for that Elvis HR. No one could have predicted that…

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @royce!: i’ve only had elvis on 10 teamer for 3 days and he has 2 homers on my roster. He appears to be quite able to hit over 40 over a whole season.

  73. Tom says:
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    Looking for HR’s and RBI’s for this weekend’s games. Pick one:

    Dom Brown – worried about how his Achilles might effect his power but he faces 3 RHP at a good hitting ballpark
    Belt – he’s been hot lately but he faces CC, Pettite (both LHP) in a good hitters park
    Rasmus – very hot lately but faces Lester and Doubront (both LHP) and then Buchholz in a good hitters park
    Lawrie – tepid lately w/no hr’s in almost 2 weeks faces same as Rasmus

    • Tom says:
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      @Tom: Add ACab onto that list. He’s been hot lately, faces HOU pitching and has an added advantage of filling in for my Tulo if he sits.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rasmus

  74. SteveNZ says:
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    Come on Cards – win it for Siegrist!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Grrrrrrr.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Damn, that would’ve been so sweet

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: Now they take the damn lead.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I know, just saw that… Effin aye…

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: Batty-called Charlie Blackmon. Is it wrong to complain about a an empty 4/5?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Not at all

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: Here’s Brothers…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @SteveNZ: Well eff that in the eff-hole.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, that totally sucked… Jesus, my team is limping towards the finish…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Vulture win?

  75. TheNewGuy says:
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    English guy so never seen survivor before. Heard you talking about it so checked out some clips on Youtube, is your love of it 99% or 100% down to Parvatti Shallow!? Ha…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Oh and nuts to start Erasmo tommorow in a standard?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I wouldn’t go near Erasmo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Nah, she’s been gone for a while now

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey: Dang! Hotter chick or less hot chick presenting now?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The cast changes every year, she’s gone now…

  76. inertiatic says:
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    Last minute starter question; I’ve got Moore vs Darvish. Start both and hope for a pitchers duel or bench Moore? I got line up fever and I can’t stop rosterbaitin!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start both

  77. SteveNZ says:
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    WTF? Fat Adams is pinch-hitting?

  78. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey, that Cole start worked out pretty damn well. I was on life support before that, but 6 IP, 1 ER, 12 ks put me into the lead on k/9 and got me over the minimum IP for the week. Now, I just need Ubaldo to get shelled tonight as my opponent(s)(2 managers) are still starting guys despite the fact they have a dominating leading in the O cats and only need to win a couple of pitching cats to take the W for the week. Please, o fantasy gods, cause Ubaldo to revert to his former self and thoroughly shit all over my opponents ratios.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m not starting Ubaldo anywhere so I’m pulling for you

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: I can’t count the number of times (at least 5) that my pitchers have sucked against Houston. Ubaldo through 1 with 2 ks so of course he’s going to no hit them with around 20 ks and bury me. I haven’t lost in this league since June and this guy was the 5 seed. Fucking h2h bull shit.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, H2H is very frustrating… Still early with Ubaldo, but I don’t love that matchup for him to get hit

  79. SteveNZ says:
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    Should have just started all Rockies today.

  80. SteveNZ says:
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    And Ed Lucas answers the Batty Call.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, nice call

  81. Wake Up says:
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    Oh, and by the way, I watched Jane die and I could have saved her…but I didn’t…just saying…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      NOOOOOOOOO

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: It was great…wasn’t it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The Wire might need an A at number one… Think it’s 1A and 1B now… Really phenomenal end game they’re running…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Agreed…End game is beating The Wire to me…

            and….Gerrit. Cole.
            here’s to hoping he gets lit up a couple of times to end the year…daddy needs his discount for next year!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I’d like to see that discount too, or at least don’t put too many IP on his arm in the playoffs… Yeah, end game is beating The Wire, but I think the beginning/middle might’ve been stronger on The Wire… Bigger universe, more indelible characters… BB is a really small world told really well…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: Yeah the opening act of Wire was prolly better and the characters are prolly more memorable…I feel like BB is pretty universal though…Aristotle could of written the main message…I guess he did, actually…Tragedy, Hubris, etc…but the modern application was superb and like you said, done really well…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Be interesting how it holds up on re-watching because I still have no idea what the hell is going on with The Wire during stretches and I love it… BB seems like it would be easier to understand and hence not as fulfilling on 2nd viewings…

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: great point…I guess that’s the small vs big again…but, I have to say I’m much more of a comedy re-watcher, than drama…might just be me…like my girl always tells me great things come with small packages…”OOOOOOOO”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… I’m the opposite, more of a drama re-watcher…But I’m not crazy, I’m just a little unwell…

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: Hahaha…game. set. matchbox.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

  82. SteveNZ says:
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    On a short-schedule day my opponent is 5/10. I’m miles behind in AVG and OBP…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: His Werth, Desomnd and LaRoche all get aboard, My Ramos comes along and hits into a double play. Effing typical.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, damn…

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: And again. Hitting well under .200 again today. Getting pretty f***** off.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @SteveNZ: Everything that could go wrong is. Lind homers in front of Rasmus who of course makes an out. No save opp for Janssen either.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, my team has gone ice cold too

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: .167 yesterday, .105 today. Infuriating.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’m pretty close

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @Grey: What makes it worse is that pitching-wise it’s going completely to plan. 4 Saves, a Hold, a Win, 0.00 ERA and 0.88 WHIP…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, mine hasn’t been nearly as pretty

  83. Snake Hips says:
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    You like CC vs Timmy tomorrow? SON does with a $13…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a decent enough gamble, but there’s risk…

  84. Wilsonian says:
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    Can you rank these keepers for me for next year?

    Fielder
    Longoria
    Tulo
    Hanley
    Jones
    Davis
    Scherzer
    Dom Brown
    Marte

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

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jones, Davis, Fielder, Longo, Tulo

  85. Kid A says:
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    Wave goodbye to daddy Gio, he is never coming home again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Huh?

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey:
        Eh-HEM…

        Wave goodbye to daddy, Gio. He is never coming home again.

        (My mother, the english teacher, would be so sad.)

        Gio is an orphan for me. Now and forever.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, I’m so confused…

          • Kid A says:
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            @Grey: I could have waiver-streamed the stats that Gio gave me this year. Finally got to drop him. Will not be taking pitchers that early next year, if at all. Good riddance.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ah… Yeah, in the RCL it seems like streams is the way to go, wave bye bye.

  86. letsgobravos says:
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    Stop striking PPL out ubaldo!!! Fucking me in my k/9 matchup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  87. GR says:
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    Hi Grey! Thanks to your rankings I am in a 20 Team League Final!! Can you give me some advice on the Saturday match up with Nova and Vogelsong? I have both in my line-up. I have a decent lead in ERA and WHIP. Tied in QS and down 2 in W. K’s are prob outa reach. Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Nova and sit Vogelsong… No problem…

  88. Steve Stevenson says:
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    What’s your guess on how long Victorino’s sitting? Already down Segura in H2H semis and probably need to replace him, which leaves me with 3 moves for this week and next. Hold Victorino, who’s been great for me the last month or so, or replace now?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends who you’re replacing him with… Don’t think he’s a great bet right now….

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Grey: It’s a shallow league, so Span, Rasmus or Bonifacio would be the pickups among CF.

        • Steve Stevenson says:
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          @Steve Stevenson: But that’d leave me with 2 moves for the finals, when streaming has been historically good to me. About a $500 difference between 1st and 2nd.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Save the move for the finals if you can get there

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bonifacio

  89. “Weird, my Cougar loves foul balls on her shoulder” – bellissimo!

    so I’m leading saves by 13 coming down to the wire here (I’ve shaved a few within the past month or so). the guy behind me loaded up on a few more closers (& actually got like 13 saves last week alone). I’m wondering when it might be safe for me to cut bait with one or two of my guys–to chase other categories–and which one if any, you’d cut. For reference, I’ll throw his closers out as well:

    my guys:
    – Uehara
    – Perkins
    – Jansen
    – Janssen

    his:
    – Henderson
    – Farquhar
    – Romo
    – Soriano
    – Benoit
    – Rodney

    thanks a lot Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t until beginning of next week, still too much time…

      • @Grey: thanks. yeah it definitely felt too early to cut away. unrelated – in Toronto, do you see Gose & Sierra (or Pillar for that matter?) cutting more into Chancellor SAGNOF’s playing time coming up? I’ve been shuffling him, Dyson, and Young (& have Marte on the bench), 3 steals back of the lead…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, they can cut into his time…It’s not great for him…

  90. SteveNZ says:
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    Opponent is 11/26 today with an OBP of .545 (so plenty of walks in there too). One double, EVERY other hit is a single. Unbelievable.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: And there’s Kinsler with another walk.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        This is the first place team though right?

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: Yeah. But apart from Trout, I can’t really see how he’s done it. He’s got decent pitching and is pretty good and chopping and changing his hitters.

          We’re level in HRs and SBs and I’m two behind in Runs, so it’s possible to turn it around. That would mean my guys have to hit though…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @SteveNZ: .100 today, .228 for the week. 100 points behind in AVG and OBP.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Is he really on top of hot pick ups and whatnot?

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: Not especially, just seems that the guys he grabs, seem to do a job for him.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Did he win last year too?

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @Grey: Nah – finished fourth – second in the reg season.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ah…

                    • SteveNZ says:
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                      @Grey: Ugh – he also has David Wright, who’s back tomorrow apparently.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Damn

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: Gues sit could be worse – one of the guys in the other semi has gone 0/38 today. Never seen that before.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Wow, that’s bad…

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @Grey: And the A’s taking the lead is the last thing I need. He has Doolittle…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I have Doolittle too, he in line for the win?

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: So do I (in the RCL), but no. Don’t want him to get a Hold though.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ah, gotcha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy

  91. SteveNZ says:
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    This team shold be better than it’s been the last couple of days, right?

    C Ramos
    1B Votto
    2B Philips
    3B Bonifacio
    SS Lowrie
    LF J-Up
    CF Rajai
    RF Venable
    Util Goldy

    BN Panda
    BN Cozart

    Venable hitless for his last 8 though…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It should be better, yeah… Venable might be worth moving on from…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Perhaps some Cesar Hernandez? Scored a ton of runs in the last week…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’d go with him…

  92. fausto says:
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    All powerful all knowing Grey….here’s my dilemma. My team stopped hitting. I’m in semi finals. Need to take 5 out of 10 to move on. Right now I’m at 4-6. Offensively I’m trailing by 1 run, 2hr, 17rbi and.100 avg. Up by 1 in sb. ..pitching I’m dominating era/whip/sv… Trailing w’s by 1 and k’s by 5. He prob has 10 more pitchers to throw. I have price, liriano, sale, scherzer, wilson, gray, anibal, and kazmir. 1 move left. Do I grab a marginal sp from waivers or grab another bat and drop archer just to maximize my chances of taking runs and sb assuming somebody is sitting Sunday? Available are leonys, pagan, dyson I think, laroche and a bunch of other 60+ runs scored this season guys. I’m leaning toward leonys….hitter tron keeps freezing my computer..throw me some names if you think these options suck. And I’ll throw you some paypal… Looking for runs sb and maybe hr. For this friday Sat and sun…I gotta have the claim I’m by 2am cst to get plyr for Friday. … thanks a mils.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Archer and go with Martin…

      • fausto says:
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        @Grey: martIn over frazier?…..hamilton would lock sb but I doubt he gets the ab for runs and rbi help. Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Martin

          • fausto says:
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            @Grey:I’m already all in on leonys….i wanted to hold archer as a 2 start for next week but next week ain’t coming if I can’t get 5 cats. If I lose this week it will be the 5 vs 6 seeds for all the nachos. Unreal. Thanks dig the reads. Hands down fav baseball website to check.

  93. ty says:
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    do teams rest their closers in the final week? I have K Jansen and Balfour…are they safe to start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re safe

  94. SteveNZ says:
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    I’ll take nothing from Lowrie here. Almost nothing he can do can help me and don’t want A’s to take the lead.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Jesus. That was the only thing he could do that would help me…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @SteveNZ: A 4-run lead would be even better…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And now they’re not tied

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        And now it’s tied up…

  95. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    should i be stack-attacking against lester tomorrow ,
    or just be content with sierra denting the green monstah a couple of times ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Be content with Sierra

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