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Hello, I’m Keith Morrison of Dateline.  Today’s story is about a young closer who had the life that we all dream about — money, girls, Tony La Russa’s private phone number to find out if a product used animal testing.  What Trevor Rosenthal didn’t have, his shut ‘em down stuff.  We pick up the story right after Rosenthal took the mound on April 7th.  He was in for his third save, but there was something wrong.  Could it have been he lost his control?  Or was something else lurking deep in his past — perhaps a high school sweetheart who assumed the identity of Rosenthal’s favorite Starbucks barista, who was putting Visine in his favorite latte drink.  Visine that has been known, when digested, to cause runs.  Coming up later, Rosenthal can’t find the strike zone for three months, he blows numerous saves, Pat Neshek looks incredible in a setup role and Matheny groans.  This is the story of The $12 Salad That Became A Brain Freeze.  So, the Cards have been patient with Trevor Rosenthal, even while he hasn’t looked good for the majority of the year, but recently he’s been hideous.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cards go to Neshek, who has a 0.86 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and four saves already.  Yesterday, Seth Maness (no relation to Brandon Guyer) got the save, but that was more because Neshek had thrown already in the game.  As for the title, you may not stay…for Trevor stung!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Michael Wacha – Threw a 30-pitch session on Saturday.  I’m guessing he makes one start this year at the end of September and goes five innings and I’ll quote this the day after that start.  Anyone want some action?

Matt Carpenter – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 7th homer.  Sorry I told everyone to stay away from him on draft day.  Oops, did I say sorry?  I meant not sorry.  Always get those confused.  I’m too damn considerate!

Yonder Alonso – Out for the season with a damaged tendon in his forearm.  Alonso first thought there was a problem when his doctor wrote on his arm, “Damaged.”  Tommy Medica and Jake Goebbert (2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI) will fill-in for him.  Fun Fact!  When Goeb*Bert swears, a bubble pops up that reads @!#?@!.

Joaquin Benoit – Wasn’t available yesterday due to a sore shoulder.  Oh, that’s always good for a closer.  Padres say he’ll be ready on Tuesday, but I’d grab Dale Thayer, who Seth Smith is always thinking was in the movie Brian’s Song.

Juan Uribe – To the DL with a strained hamstring.  What a bizarre thing to find in your colander.

Jonathan Lucroy – 2-for-5, 5 RBIs and his 13th homer.  On our Player Rater, it’s going to come down to the final weekend for who has the most value for catchers between Lucroy and Mesoraco.  Let’s see if one of them pulls a Reyes and sits out.  Quite the coup to win the position MVP on our rater.  Up there with a free soda on a Subway scratch-off ticket.

Carlos Gomez – 1-for-2, 3 runs and his 20th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  CarGo who?!  Well, there’s Carlos Gonzalez  Not now, Random Italicized Voice.  Whoa, someone’s snippy. 

Andrew McCutchen – Ran the bases and took batting practice on Saturday.  He’ll prolly return by the end of the week.  The Dread Pirate’s got some quick-healing ribs like a Spiderpig.

Charlie Morton – To the DL with an inflammed hip.  That’s what happens when you try to be too cool.  At least he didn’t have a hashtagged hip.

Gerrit Cole – Will replace Morton in the rotation on Wednesday, i.e., take the Hump Day.

Travis Snider – 2-for-4, hitting near-.400 in the last week with three homers.  Still got that hot schmotato schmotatoing.

Gio Gonzalez – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.06.  Right now, you’re owning him because of his name value and for no other reason.  Yes, you.  Look at the reflection of yourself in your iPad.  You can’t, can you?  You’ve embarrassed yourself.

Doug Fister – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. Edinson Volquez (6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks).  This matchup was billed as Fister vs. More Times Than Not He Makes You Want To Punch The Wall If You Own Him.  Granted, a bit long for the marquee.

Rafael Soriano – 1/3 IP, 3 ER.  Ow!  Why so Sor…iano?  His last few weeks leave something to be desired (9 ER since July 28th).  The majority of that has come in two appearances and he’s closed four games during that span (Not Denard).  I grabbed Drew Storen in one league, but no matter how hard I wish it, I doubt Soriano’s done.  Clippard, of course, could be in the mix too, if it came down to that.

Masahiro Tanaka – Threw a bullpen session and said his elbow is feeling fine.  I get the sense that Tanaka’s going to have season-ending surgery around May 1st of next year.  Not totally sure why the Yankees are risking it.  Feels really short-sighted.  Like Altuve with coke bottle glasses.

Alex Rodriguez – Said he’s preparing to return in 2015.  He’s been training with a group of very buff women and frosting his hair himself to work on eye-hand coordination.

Brian McCann – 0-for-4 as he was activated from the 7-day concussion DL.  When given the concussion tests, Brian’s brain, in spades, passed.  I’m like a word mule with anagrams up my anal cavity!

Mark Teixeira – 1-for-4 and his 20th homer.  When someone in March asks if they should draft Te(i)x, I’m gonna blow their mind like a carnival barker and guess their age within three years — 42, and also guess Jake Peavy is on the pitching staff.

Shane Greene – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Right now, Shecky Greene’s kid is doing better in the majors than he was in the minors, which gives one pause, or paws if Wilfred is reading.  None of his numbers look bad, but, for now, I’d think of him as a streamer, and only go near him if I were desperate.

Jeremy Hellickson – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Ugh, now I feel like I’ve got myself in a place where I’m stuck defending a guy I don’t even really like.  To Hellickson with this, don’t own him if you don’t want.  I don’t like him anyway.

David Ortiz – 0-for-3, but two homers on Saturday (27, 28), and leads the majors with 91 RBIs.  I’ve mentioned this before, but it fascinates me how now that people don’t read newspapers and top five category lists, no one has any idea who leads leagues anymore in certain categories.  I apologize to the one person that still reads the USA Today and its fun charts.  So, if that person won’t blurt out the answer and ruin it, who leads the NL in average?  Nope, not him.  Nuh-uh.  Hint:  He’s on the Rockies, a team that has had a player lead the league 9 of 21 times since its existence.  Justin Morneau!

Joe Kelly – 4 IP, 7 ER.  The 13,000 Red Sox fans that share Joe Kelly’s name were waiting for him in the parking lot.  That includes the sixteen hundred Joe Kellys who go by Paddy.

Collin McHugh – 6 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks.  There were even a few Joe Kelly McHughs there.  By the by, McHugh has a 3.00 ERA in 114 IP with more Ks than innings.  Yeah, I don’t know why you don’t own him either.  Bad judgment?

Jon Singleton – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 11th homer.  I was going to drop Singleton if he didn’t do anything yesterday, and there he was with his one hit, a homer with two outs in the ninth inning.  By the hair of Jayson Werth’s chinny-chin-chin.

Jose Altuve – 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 6th homer while batting .339.  This is the best year from a guy under five-four since Tom Cruise had Cocktail, Born on the 4th of July and Rain Man in a 12-month span.

Dexter Fowler – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 7th homer, and has two hits in his last three games as he batted cleanup.  Last time Fowler was in the cleanup role was in the 12th grade when his parents went away and he rented his house out to people in town for homecoming and one of those guests captured the opposing team’s mascot, a kangaroo, and brought the roo back to Fowler’s house.  Or maybe that was an episode of Family Ties.

Giancarlo Stanton – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 32nd homer.  Only four more to go!

Garrett Jones – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 13th homer, hitting .248.  Jones is like a $1000 car as in the Bottle Rockets song lyrics, “If a $1000 car was truly worth a damn, then why would anybody ever spend ten grand?”  Better than Ryan Zimmerman who was a $5000 car that you put ten grand into it and it still doesn’t run.

Ender Inciarte – 2-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting near .350 in the last week, with a hit every day this month.  Only two steals and one homer, but a bunch of runs since he’s at the top of the D’Backs lineup and hitting for average.  Ender had 43 steals last year in the minors, and could turn on the jets, and when you’re a jet, you’re a jet for life.  I’d definitely grab him, if I need a hot schmotato.

Cliff Pennington – 2-for-5, 1 run, hitting around .350 in the last week with a homer.  Pennington must’ve been happy to be back in Miami without that crappy O-line.  Yes, that is today’s clunky segue into you joining our fantasy football leagues.  If you join a league, an Angel gets his wings.  Ignore the fact that Arte Moreno could buy all the wings he wants.

Corey Dickerson – 4-for-9, 3 runs, 5 RBIs and his 17th homer in the first game.  The water main broke in Coors on Saturday, and, after the water broke, they had to play two on Sunday.  Sounds like Rudy’s wife!

Nolan Arenado – 4-for-8, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  I kinda want to draft him in the 2nd round of every 2015 league right now just so I have him.  I’m cuckoo for Arenado!

Drew Stubbs – 4-for-7, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and a slam (12) and legs (15) in the first game.  Of course, a big game means Walt Weiss benched him for the 2nd.  Since Weiss never had an offensive game when he played, I swear, it seems like Weiss is like the ugly stepmother who resents her stepdaughter’s beauty.  Yes, this means Stubbs is Cinderfella.

Michael Cuddyer – 5-for-10, 4 runs, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer, which was part of a cycle, in his 2nd game back from the DL.  He’s got about a good healthy two weeks left, make ‘em count!

Jay Bruce – 3-for-9, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 13th homer.  I don’t want to draft him.  Ever again.  We used to be such snuggle bugs too.  Bruce, you broke my trust!

Aroldis Chapman – 0 IP, 4 ER and 4 straight walks.  His record streak of 49 straight games with a K ended the other day, then yesterday his streak of looking like a healthy pitcher who should be a closer ended.  This was the first time a pitcher faced four batters and walked them all and got no outs since Miguel Asencio in 2002.  Even Carlos Marmol looked at his old game log, incredulous that he didn’t do it.  I grabbed Jonathan Broxton before the Rockies game even ended.  This looked like an injury blow-up more than just a regular old meltdown.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 4 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  The O’s are toying with the idea of sending Ubaldo to the bullpen.  They just need to go to L-8 and Ubaldo’s battleship is sunk.

Kevin Gausman – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners (4 BBs), 2 Ks.  John T. Molloy’s Dress for Success book states explicitly, a Quality Start is good, but you ruin it when you have more walks than Ks.

Jonathan Schoop – 2-for-4, and his 12th homer.  He was in Friday’s Buy, but I have no idea why since he’s a 2015 sleeper that we’re not to talk about until January 1st.

Steve Pearce – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 12th homer.  After he gorged himself on stats in June, he’s lucky he didn’t explode after hitting just one more homer.

Carlos Carrasco – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 3.27.  Earmuffs!  Don’t tell anyone, but Carrasco is quietly having a terrific season.  Carrasco has a 8.3 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and 3.18 xFIP.  It’s only in six starts and most of his appearances (77 IP) have come in relief.  Stream-o-Nator loves his next start, and I’d definitely give him a whirl.

Avisail Garcia – 3-for-7, 2 runs, 1 RBI this weekend as he was activated from the DL on Saturday.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department put an AVI file of a sailboat on his Instagram, which crashed iPhones until he removed it.  Poor, Kev, just trying to mix things up.

Conor Gillaspie – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 5th homer.  Now has more homers than Alex Rios.  Kinda irrelevant, but I just felt like a good cry.  Cougs, bring me a pint of Chubby Hubby!

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer.  Picked right up where he left off about five weeks ago.  Let’s see if his bat goes up the Scoville scale as we head towards September.  The bat boy better not dip Edwin’s bat in bleu cheese either.  We want it hot!

Drew Hutchison – 7 IP, 7 ER.  After streaming Hutchison, listening to Bon Iver cheers me up.

Mike Minor – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Strong start against a tough A’s club.  He was just so wretched for so many months, I wouldn’t even risk him in Cincy next time out, unless I really needed the start.  Good first step in the right direction, but I want to see more.  I’m greedy in my precaution, y’all!

Justin Upton – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer and fourth homer in the last ten games.  Had it been three weeks since his last tear?  Feels like the time between offensive onslaughts are getting shorter.  Gonna be real hard for me to not like him a whole lot next year during his 27-year-old season.

Nate Freiman – 2-for-3 and two homers (3, 4).  Sweet!  That helps me in my league with Freddie Freeman where we count homophones.

Jacob deGrom – Could return on August 23rd vs. the Dodgers.  If he does return, he requested that no one sing, “Here comes deGrom.”

Rafael Montero – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  This was a decent matchup vs. the Cubs, but I don’t trust him at all to not be Rafail next time out.

Jenrry Mejia – 1 IP, 1 ER and the loss after allowing a homer.  Probably just a case of him coughing up that long ball out of habit because he’s been getting tested non-stop for a hernia.

David Wright – Due to shoulder soreness, he will miss a few games.  He’s the opposite of guys like Tulo and CarGo.  Wright stays on the field even when he shouldn’t.  Unless Wright has been throwing batting practice recently, his shoulder injury has probably been lingering for a while, and he has 8 homers on the year, so his stats reinforce that.  Something ain’t Wright, so to speak.

Kris Bryant – Fouled a ball off his big toe and went for an MRI, which revealed he simply had a toe bruise.  Thankfully, they didn’t need to go through with the toe donation ceremony at Harry Caray’s.

Jake Arrieta – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 9 Ks.  I know you prefer to talk about your teams, but if you’ll indulge me with the tolerance of a Prohibition era churchie, on my team in 69 1/3 IP, Arrieta has a 1.95 ERA, 0.76 WHIP and 75 Ks.  Zadow!

Starlin Castro – 2-for-4 and his 13th homer.  Every time I go to look at his stats, I’m distracted by his Marcus Gunn Jaw-winking eye.  If Hollywood ever gets around to doing The Forest Whitaker Story:  The Man Who They Called Butler, Castro could step right in.

Huston Street – 0 IP, 2 ER, and his 1st blown save on the Angels and 2nd this year as he carries a 1.50 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP.  Damn fine ride on Huston Street this year.  Like that two week period when you’re on the street with the Bradford Pear trees and it smells like sex.

Felix Hernandez – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. David Price (8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks).  F-Her looked like R. Kelly’s sheets, but he was dealing with a sore hip after a Kinsler ground ball clipped him.  F-Her says he should make his next start.  Like the girl in middle school that said she wouldn’t tell anyone that you cried when Kirk Gibson homered off Eck, we’ll have to take F-Her’s word for it.  Hopefully this turns out better.  I’m allergic to dust, and climatic game-winning homers!

Chris Young – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA down to 3.07.  Still don’t trust him.  It doesn’t make me feel more manly constantly putting down Young.  You know what makes me feel manly?  Rubbing banana pudding on my chest and running through the zoo.

Rajai Davis – 0-for-1 and three steals (28, 29, 30) off Christall Young.  The King of SAGNOF had the benefit of some low-flying planes distracting Young.

Michael Morse – 3-for-3, 2 runs and 7-for-8 this weekend with a homer.  He’s currently at .286/.341/.487.  Nice slash line, Morse.

Cody Asche – 3-for-3, 1 RBI and hit a home run on Friday, and he’s batting eighth and I agree with Dan Pants from Saturday’s roundup that Cody’s played like total Asche.

Josh Willingham – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, and first homer on the Royals.  Willingham said that seeing Billy Butler (3-for-5, 2 runs, 1 RBI) on 2nd base makes him want to drive him home, because it reminds him of his high school sweetheart that he got pregnant.

Alex Gordon – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting close to .400 in the last week, but he still manages to make me feel narcoleptic.  Hey, Gordon’s at bat!  Hey, a single!  Snooze.

Joe Mauer – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 4th homer.  On Saturday, Kurt Suzuki hit his 3rd homer, but Mauer managed to stay in front of him before I unleashed a Can of Sarcasm on him.  Suzuki is still managing to beat Mauer in every other imaginable stat, except the number of cat-sweater-wearing Minnesota girls who faint during a local mall appearance.  “Is that Mauer?  Stacey, drop a pillow under my head, I’m going to faint.”

Oswaldo Arcia – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer, hitting .225.  Hey, it’s Marla Gibbs’s neighbor!

Kennys Vargas – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer, hitting .317 in 15 games.  Of course, I’d own him, I gave him a Buy lede the day he was called up.  He’s a young David Ortiz.  If Billy Martin was managing (or alive), he’d slowly walk out to the ump after the Vargas homer and have the long ball overturned due to too many Kennys on the field.

From Around The Web

  1. Marti says:
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    Ros Kenny Vargas or Chris Davis can’t believe I am asking that

  2. Troy says:
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    Are you still low on DeGrom? ROS Projections?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Troy: I wouldn’t start him his first time out after shoulder injury… ROS? 20 IP, 3.75 ERA

  3. J-FOH says:
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    I see punching walls is catching on. Mission accomplished!

    • Cram It says:
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      @J-FOH: There could always be a baby stuck behind that wall. You never know! Then you’re a hero.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Cram It: better stick some cats in that wall and make sure!

  4. Lemmingness says:
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    Weekly points league,

    Who would you start this week between Cuddyer (5 games in Coors vs KC/Mia, –$13.1) and Josh Hamilton (7 games @Bos/Oak, $15.1). Hamilton’s just been so bad lately, and Hittertron hates Cuddyer this week

  5. Kas says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Who has the greater fantasy value, in a keeper league?

    Jorge Soler or Joc Pederson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kas: Soler

  6. fausto says:
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    Reddick or Avisail? ROS
    Is Romo handcuffed to Casillia? Or drop him for Kennys…I dont really need an extra 1b bat but the numbers are there and I need rbi’s…and I dropped jennrys so my team is lacking double N’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fausto: Avisail…Drop Romo

  7. Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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    at least with the closepocalypse back in session, we have something to worry about, and as we age that has more and more to do with what keeps us alive (so that thought goes). and why is anybody so sure that wasn’t what kept us alive at younger ages too. broxton/familia/thayer (since you appear to have him over quackenbush)/joba/clippard or storen/putnam. seems you are saying broxton is best option. does this apply if we already have mejia and have familia as backup insurance plan? or wait for some other news to throw away backup plan. not room for two of those listed.

  8. Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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    where i’m from is covered with bradford pear trees and it’s my favorite time of year, but the weirder part is that so many people i know don’t agree with me both about what it smells like and that it’s wonderful.

    • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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      @Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season: funny thing is i hate the smell of almost all bought flowers too. one website claims it smells like “rotting flesh” or “bad fish left in sun”. ok anybody, that has ever come across an actual dead animal (esp a fish) on street/ground would never confuse the two smells.

  9. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Is Leake a streamer? Would you start for STL today?

    Pick up DeGrom?

    Drop Gio?

    Duda or Morse ROS?

    Thanks!!!

      • Tarman Got Him says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! And Duda homers today haha!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem… Duda!

  10. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    wow, this trade isn’t objectionable just funny. 20 team dynasty. one owner just gave up his
    g.holland +3rd round pick + 4th round pick
    for
    sale + 2nd round pick + 25th round pick (pretty much worthless)
    since most every good player (including prospects) will be kept, most drafted players are gonna be shitty. i’m probably keeping at least 23 players out of 25. the guy giving up Sale doesn’t really have another good SP anymore. He offered me a package that included Sale but asked for Beltre back, and which would’ve resulted in me having to start Gillaspie at 3B. from that i figured he properly valued Sale. Thus i didn’t offer anything back (not knowing his insane closer need) since i didn’t think i’d be willing to pay for Sale (at what he should cost). i would’ve given 2 closers and better draft picks for Sale (qualls/melancon). I already have Darvish so didn’t think i needed Sale at all.

  11. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    Licking a stamp burns 10 calories

    • @JeF With 1 F: At Christmas time I burn mega calories licking stamps for all those Christmas cards we send out…

    • Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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      When’s the last time anyone’s licked a stamp?

    • nick the dick says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: My stamps are all pre sticky when I buy em but i would imagine trying to peel it off the backing burns at least 10 too. Now, I lick the envelope shut so I guess I can eat all the junk I want!!

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @nick the dick: ha ha i would say thats got to burn at least 50

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: When’s someone coming out with the stamp licking diet?

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: as soon as they read this post

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  12. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Kennys Vargas vs. Fat Adams ROS?

    Mostly keep fat Adams for average which is slightly on the decline as of late.

    • Greys #1 Fan says:
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      @Greys #1 Fan:

      Also Vogt vs Rosario

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Greys #1 Fan: 1. Vargas
        2. whoever is hot

      • Greys #1 Fan says:
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        @Greys #1 Fan:

        I also have Wong Baez and kipnis.. Do u drop either of those for kennys?

        • JeF With 1 F says:
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          @Greys #1 Fan: depends on needs

    • Gonzo_The_Great says:
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      @Greys #1 Fan: I’ve got this same dilemma. I have picked wrong every day that I’ve tried to stream one as opposed to the other. Being an Adams owner this year has been downright awful.

  13. Sherm says:
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    Two of the three: Taveras, Kiermeyer, Marisnick ROS. Thanks!

  14. Bob says:
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    6×6 with OPS next 3 weeks

    Kennys Vargas
    Michael Cuddyer
    Norichika Aoki

    Also catcher question, same league same timetable.

    Zunino
    Avila
    Ramos
    d’Arnaud
    Joseph
    Martin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Cuddyer… Zunino

  15. grif says:
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    Grey,
    in a dynasty league, which pitcher do you like better: McHugh or Fiers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @grif: McHugh

  16. can't fight fate says:
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    Any remote chance Phillies trade Papelborn to the Cards or some other team? Got my eye on Giles.

  17. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Fowler, kenny or pagan? Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: or better yet, kennys or duda? Fowler or pagan? Or if keep duda then kennys, pagan or fowler?

  18. DancinHomer says:
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    How would you rank these possible closers:

    Neshek
    Broxton
    Familia

    Need some saves and need to grab 1 (or 2) if these guys.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @DancinHomer: Neshek, Familia, Broxton

  19. Willingham knocked up Butler? Or maybe I need to read that again. & long ball hernia humor is just what I needed to start my week. Thanks Grey, great shizz. With Mejia in mind, been holding Familia in waiting. Are Neshek or Broxton more likely Save candidates at this point? Limited move league and at this point shouldn’t wast’em. Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @zombie: Thanks! I’d go Neshek

  20. Ryu Kidding Me says:
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    Great article as always. I need two of these 5 game OF… Which 2? Melky, K Davis or Cudd?

  21. The Strolg says:
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    What would Altuve hitting one over the green monster equate to?

  22. papasmurf says:
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    Actually thought about starting Fowler over Duda or Moss, but I was like I need power and my past history dictates that if I sit either guy I would pay. (Also, Minor had allowed an OPS above 1000 vs. lefty hitters)

    Well yippie yee da doo. Fowler is the one that homers and the other two guys don’t do much. The last correct lineup move I did was probably about 6 weeks ago.

    Hate Morse. Dropped him and he goes off immediately. Seller’s remorse.

    Wraps up a nasty week where the catcher slot went 0 for the week.

    Robin Williams, lend me some of that rope.

    Too soon?

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @papasmurf: Morse is 1 of the streakiest hitters in the game very Bruce like. They are frustrating and make you lengthen your bench. I would not own either unless i got them for near nothing. Not worth drafting where they get picked.

  23. Teams playing 5 games in a week, Buh Bye Bud..ass hole

  24. Paul says:
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    Great writeup! Playoff week 1! To add Paxton or degrom would you drop Ventura, Odorrizi, or Baez (my only bench bat)?

    similarly, I have cole coming off the DL wed – who do you like as the best DL stash? Degrom, Bailey, or Sanchez?

    Thanks!

    • Paul says:
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      @Paul: meant to add Liriano to the list of possible drops.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: Thanks! I’d stash deGrom… I wouldn’t drop those three though

      • Paul says:
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        @Grey: Cole > Paxton?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seems doubtful, but maybe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: You can drop Liriano for Paxton

  25. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Gm Grey, e1 nice write up. particularly the Minor blurb but i’ll leave it at that. I had stashed Cuddy a couple weeks ago and needed to drop someone on Saturday. Since it was a late game i decided to hold. So on Saturday watched the Mets game to see Duda as he has been ice. Duda went 0-1 with 3bbs on the third walk someone in the booth noted it and Keith (magic spit) Hernandez says why would you pitch to the only power hitter in the line up. Made sense to me dropped Duda had Cuddy ,Arenado and Dickerson in yesterday i crushed this week. Chapman has been dealing with a hammy issue last 2 weeks.

  26. Chris says:
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    I’ve got Stroman, Hendricks and Pineda as the bottom of my rotation. Also have Cashner on the DL and coming back this week hopefully. Since DeGrom seems to be coming back this week also should I pick him up to replace any of the others for ROS? H2H points league. Thanks.

  27. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    5×5 H2H Roto w/ OBP in place of BA
    Which do you prefer ROS?

    Morneau or Adams
    Gyorko or Headley (for 3B)
    Stubbs, Markakis or Crisp

  28. Five-On-One says:
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    Or was that movie Brian’s Thong?

  29. Symptom of the Universe says:
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    Haven’t posted in a while, but thanks for the Vargas recommendation! Losing Goldy doesn’t sting as much.

    Wanted an excuse to post the team I just drafted yesterday in football and see what you think. (12 tm league, 6 pt passing TD, non-PPR, standard scoring otherwise no bonuses)

    $200 budget:

    Gio Bernard $18 keeper
    AP $64
    Shady McCoy $66
    Harvin $18 (did not want to draft, computer froze and autopicked for me, but I’m gonna make the best of it, steal…IF…he stays healthy)
    Reggie Wayne $9
    Lamar Miller $8
    Mike Wallace $8
    Christine Michael $2 ($10 as a keeper if I decide to keep next year instead of Gio at $36)
    Zach Ertz $1
    Josh McCown $1 (QBs went crazy high in my league, was set on Romo for under $10 but this one dude spent $20 each on Romo and Stafford and $10 on Cutler just to send me low-ball trades for my RBs right after draft, dear friend of mine otherwise :) )
    Dollar players: Chris Ivory, Devonta Freeman, Kenny Britt, Matt Bryant, Pats D (dropping right away, stupid NFL.com went on autopick again…never using that site again)

      • Symptom of the Universe says:
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        @JeF With 1 F:

        My bad. Posted on the football part of the site as well. Just saw more people commenting here.

        In baseball news, I hope pitchers groove fastballs to Jeter for real this September like they did to Mantle in last year of his career cuz’ I dropped Andrelton for him 2 weeks ago for lack of better options.

  30. A new rising Closepocalypse tide has be worried about saves again. In a14-team roto league I have McGee, Soriano, and Casilla. None are great — McGee seems to have 2/3 of the job, which still beats Casilla and Soriano, who are pitching poorly.

    The good news is I’ve got an extra roster spot for a few days until I’ll have to use it to activate McCutchen. Would you suggest picking up any of Neshek, Storen, Clippard, Thayer, Quackenbush, or Boxberger in that spot for those days? Hopefully, by the end of the week it’ll be clearer whether I should drop the new guy or Casilla or Soriano to activate McCutch.

    The other alternative is to keep using the spot for batty calls (Kendrys today) or streaming SPs or save vulture candidates and then just hope to be the first to grab a new guy if a change is made.

    Thanks!

  31. J says:
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    a) Lose Reddick/Walker/Gyorko for:
    Vargas, CCrawford, Seth Smith, Stubbs, Jon Jay

    b) Lose Asdrubal for:
    Segura, Rutledge, Negron

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J: A) No B) Negron

      • J says:
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        @Grey: Sorry for the followup, but is it Mookie time??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  32. Phil of the Future says:
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    Morning everyone. Hope the FBO was kind to you all this weekend.

    Setting weekly SPs, must BENCH TWO of these:
    Odorizzi vs. DET (SON likes this one, I can see it)
    Paxton @ PHI (I like this one, SON is relatively optomistic ~9)
    Hughes vs. CLE (should be okay I suppose)
    A. Wood @ PIT (should be fine, SON agrees)
    T. Ross @ LAD (not sure what to think here)
    G. Richards @ BOS(first week I don’t have him as automatic start, but perhaps I’m overthinking)
    Gausman @ Cubs(first glance it looks okay, but then I worry about it)

    So that’s it. Penny for your thoughts. Also, special mention to GYORKO for a game-winning grand slam on Saturday. Stay hot my little lamb chop….

    Great stuff as always,
    P.

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        Thanks, G.
        If you would be so kind, let’s assume for a second someone(not me of course) was really stubborn and couldn’t bring himself to bench Richards. Who would your next choice for a benching be. Ross? Odorizz?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hughes

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            That works. I’m usually a safe bet for the K category but it’s gonna be tough this week, so Hughes might make sense, actually. Thx again, man!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  33. TacktheKack says:
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    Hey Grey, pick two…
    Fiers TOR & PIT
    Odorizzi DET
    Gray LAA
    Liriano ATL
    Kennedy @LAD & @ARI

    Thanks

  34. SON questions:

    I do not see Yo Gallardo listed for this week, Friday v Pit.

    Also SON has Bauer & Fiers listed as only 1 start each, CBS has them both down for Tues and Sun..

    Any help is greatly appreciated…

    cheers

    • malamoney says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: I was going to ask if anyone had any confidence in Fiers actually getting 2 starts this week. If so, he’s probably a good play in your RP spot if your league allows that. Especially over a reliever who only has 5 games.

  35. ryanoger says:
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    I’m starting to slip a bit down to 5th from 3rd. I rolling right now with no bench BAT. Hahn was dropped (I know innings might be an issue soon) do I make the add or add K Hendricks possibly? DeGrom, Shoemaker, Chase Anderson, and Colon are some other available SPs. What’s the move or do I hold?

    My team:
    SPs- Zimmermann, Weaver, Wily P, Stroman, Y Ventura, Keuchel, and Liriano
    RPs- Kimbrl, Holland, Reed, W Davis, and Clippard

    Devin
    Agone
    Cano
    T Fraz
    Rollins
    Puig
    Pence
    Jones
    Melky
    J Harrison

    Thoughts?

    Thanks so much man…

      • ryanoger says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks man

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  36. Lville Jim says:
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    Nice working in the 80’s classic video game Q*bert reference. I hated that game. Probably because I sucked at it and kept jumping off into the black abyss constantly. Gimme Space Invaders or Asteroids anyday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lville Jim: For a second I thought Gimme Space Invaders was a name, like a Rolling Stones-asteroids game…

  37. SpecialFNK says:
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    which of these relievers would be better for K/9 the rest of the season, without hurting ERA/WHIP. saves are not important.

    Will Smith, Brett Cecil, Al Alburquerque, Nick Vincent, Kelvin Herrera, Kirby Yates, Jake Diekman.

  38. ryan says:
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    Playoffs for H2H league are around the corner. Currently at SS is Segura. The FA available are Simmons, Jeter, Mercer, Bogarets. Do I make a move or just pray segura does something?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryan: Bogaerts

  39. Corey says:
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    Brett Gardner or Avisail Garcia ROS?

    Razzbook Status Update: Last night at my keeper league’s trade deadline I traded Puig and Pedroia for Altuve and Lester. Got a good bidding war going and came away with what I wanted: an ace to solidify my rotation and some help in AVG and SB. Hurts to give up Puig, I got to keep him for $1 this year and he’s only $6 next year, but my team just slid into first place and I’m in win-now mode. Glad I picked up Cuddyer, even if he is a time bomb.

    • Grey

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      @Corey: Gardner, nice

  40. chris says:
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    First, thank you for you great write up every morning, especially guys who to add.

    10 team keeper league; my keepers were Rios, Hosmer, Heyward, Verlander, Kershaw, Strausburg and HANRAM. My 1st pick was Manny, that is saying a lot… Much thanks to your staff.

    With that; I have advance to the world series in my league. 4th consecutive appearance with a record of 1-3. I have a bye week has I am waiting on a winner from the other division. But is Cuddyer worth owning, must cut one from below. Also, kept Verlander all season and he sucks, can I drop him in a keeper for DeGrom, Kueschel, Hughes or even pick up Heaney for future?

    McCann, Brian(1B,C) NYY
    Moss, Brandon(1B,OF) OAK
    Kinsler, Ian(2B) DET
    Frazier, Todd(1B,3B) CIN
    Peralta, Jhonny(SS) STL
    Cabrera, Melky(OF) TOR
    Calhoun, Kole(OF) LAA
    Pence, Hunter(OF) SF
    Brantley, Michael(OF) CLE

    Carter, Chris(1B,OF) HOU
    Arenado, Nolan(3B) COL
    Machado, Manny(3B) BAL
    Heyward, Jason(OF) ATL
    Hunter, Torii(OF) DET
    Rios, Alex(OF) TEX
    Ramirez, Hanley(SS) LAD – INJ

    Active Pitchers
    Fister, Doug(SP) WAS
    Gausman, Kevin(RP,SP) BAL
    Kershaw, Clayton(SP) LAD
    Paxton, James(SP) SEA
    Strasburg, Stephen(SP) WAS
    Cishek, Steve(RP) MIA
    Doolittle, Sean(RP) OAK

    McHugh, Collin(SP) HOU
    Odorizzi, Jake(SP) TB
    Verlander, Justin(SP) DET

    • Cram It says:
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      @chris: You could lose Hunter or Rios for Cuddyer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chris: No problem, what Cram said

  41. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey , thanks for your articles.

    Pick two starters on 8/20 & 8/21 in W & QS league.

    8/20
    Hamels vs SEA JPaxton ($21.3)
    Lynn vs CIN JCueto ($20.7)
    Pineda vs HOU SFeldman ($13.5)
    Wood vs PIT CMorton ($11.7)
    Roark vs ARI TCahill ($11.1)
    Piers TOR RDickey ($10.6)

    8/21
    Kluber vs MIN RNolasco ($20.4)
    Gonzalez vs ARI WMiley ($19.3)
    Cobb vs DET Price ($15)
    McCarthy vs HOU DKeuchel ($12.8)

    Thanks.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Wilson: I like Wood/Roark and Kluber/McCarthy, but you have a lot of good options. Can’t argue with going chalk, especially on the 20th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: Hamels, Lynn…Kluber, Cobb

      • Wilson says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Wilson says:
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        Hi Grey. pick one more starter on 8/20 for me. Thanks!!

        Pineda vs HOU SFeldman ($13.5)
        Wood vs PIT CMorton ($11.7)
        Roark vs ARI TCahill ($11.1)
        Piers TOR RDickey ($10.6)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Roark

        • Wilson says:
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          typo . the last one should be ..

          Pineda vs HOU SFeldman ($13.5)
          Wood vs PIT CMorton ($11.7)
          Roark vs ARI TCahill ($11.1)
          “Fiers” vs TOR RDickey ($10.6)

          Thanks.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Roark

  42. gg says:
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    my Donaldson and Syndergaard for his Arenado and Taijuan – keeper league.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @gg: Dont really see the point of it.

      • gg says:
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        @JeF With 1 F: I think I left out a key detail. $200 budget and already have some pretty expensive players..

        $17 Donaldson for $5 Arenado (taijuan just being an upgrade on syndergaard)

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          @gg: not sure taijuan is an upgrade on syndegaard..but to save the money i could see taking Arenado

  43. Allan says:
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    Stream colon today? Nice write up.

    • Allan says:
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      Whoops colon not starting. What about Masterson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Allan: If you have to on Masterson

      • Allan says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. I could also go Vargas.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  44. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey and Mike,

    Morning gents!

    Looking for your thoughts on my last keeper for next year in a 15 team keep 11 league.

    With my 10 selected, I have 7 bats and 3 Sp (Darvish, Scherzer, Stroman)

    I have no 3b, util or RP

    Available:

    K Vargas, Gallo, Eaton, Chisenhall, Giles, Keuchel

  45. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Just made the following deal in an AL-only 4×4 dynasty league. I need guysto help me in the final weeks, he wanted low cost players for. next year. Thoughts?

    Gave:
    B. Moss, Machado, Porcello

    Got:
    Miggy, D. Jennings, K. Morales, Soto

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. On a scale of “nice” to “ugh,” I guess “fine” is better than “meh.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  46. Mike says:
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    I have to drop one
    Avisail Garcia, castellanos or Markakis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: castellanos

  47. gareth says:
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    For a short schedule day I noticed there’s some nice streamers today.

    I grabbed Vargas @ Minnesota, and also really liked the Hendricks v colon start but didn’t know which one to commit to, so I grabbed both.

    With a games started limit in my league I’m loath to start opposing pitchers. Which of those 2 guys would you go with and is likelier to have the better game and get a Win?

    • sniff test says:
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      @gareth: it looks like colon is no longer starting. i like the cubs today.

  48. The JoGarza says:
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    Wanted to point out Josh Willingham has the potential to have a big week. SON likes him for 14th overall this week as he makes trips to Coors and Arlington!

  49. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Alcantara’s slowed down. In weekly H2H OPS league that counts BB and K (he’s below avg in both so far), drop for Schoop?

    Same league, we start 2 RP. Unfortunately, mine are Chapman and Benoit. I have Reed to slot in for one if injured, but would you pick up Rondon in case both are hurt? Would require dropping Fiers, who I have to keep in a RP slot until he gets SP eligibility on CBS. It’s a 14-teamer so Fiers could really help down the stretch.

  50. Clint says:
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    So, is it time for bench, DL, or cut? I’ve got 2 DL spots in my 10 keeper, 8 team, h2h pts league and the season’s getting late with elbows a-flying apparently so who stays & who goes (if any) for my roster:

    SP’s: Liriano, Teheran
    RP’s: Keuchel, Gausman
    P’s: Fiers, Ventura, Volgelsong, Chase Anderson (picked up last 2 for streamers)
    Bench: Cobb, Shark, Arrieta, Gray, Fister, Bailey, Salazar
    DL: Garza, Wacha
    Prospects (2): Cingrani, empty

    If Salazar goes back to the minors, I can stick him in the empty prospect spot again & add another SP. But how should I optimize my DL slots w/Bailey going down? Waivers have Leake, Colon, Burnett, McCarthy, Lohse, Minor, and Harang. I also am light 1 utility hitter spot since I snatched the extra streamer instead so really only have 1 spot to play with right now unless I cut a DL’d guy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Cut Cingrani, Garza, Salazar, Vogel, Anderson, in that order

  51. jef says:
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    Thinking about which pitchers to target before the league trade deadline and which pitchers to not trade away. How would you rank these for 2015?

    Samadrzija
    Gray
    Cole
    A. Sanchez
    Bailey
    Bradley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jef: Gray, Cole, Samardzija, Bailey

  52. Hawk says:
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    Have the Yankees done another MRI on Tanaka’s elbow that shows it’s repaired? If not, WHY IN THE WORLD IS HE THROWING?????

    • swinging3.0 says:
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      @Hawk: i have a feeling like the injury didnt just happen this season. it took multiple screening to discover, so its possible hes been pitching through this thing for a while. how long? who knows. but its not like he hurt himself in the last game he pitched. think he went 6.2 innings that game. i could be wrong.

      • Hawk says:
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        @swinging3.0:

        He was hurt the game before his last game. In his last two starts he went 13 IP and gave up 20 hits and 9 ER with only 8 K’s. The injury probably happened during his 2nd to last start, he tried to pitch through it and couldn’t.

        The question remains: Have they done another MRI (or whatever it was that showed the partial tear) and if so, what were the results.

        • swinging3.0 says:
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          @Hawk: he left his last start becasue of pitch count not injury. Watch him play through this in september.

  53. swinging3.0 says:
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    I need a closer bad. i was looking at Joba, Familia, Neshek and such. I didnt end up adding any of them after reading the managers comments becasue i just think its unlikey any of them get the job. im not trying to be a heel, but heres what Matheny said after yesterdays game courtesy of mlb.com ..

    ST. LOUIS — Presumably anticipating that the topic would arise in his postgame news conference following Sunday’s 7-6 win over the Padres, manager Mike Matheny snipped any debate about a closer controversy by interrupting the question before it could even be fully asked.

    “That’s not happening,” Matheny affirmed. “He’s our closer.”

    The question, of course, was regarding Trevor Rosenthal’s role, and it came only minutes after the young Cardinals closer had to be bailed out of a bases-loaded mess by Seth Maness. The Cardinals held on for the win, but it was a victory complicated by Rosenthal walking three of the four batters he faced.

    • Cram It says:
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      @swinging3.0: Doesn’t really mean jack. Every manager says “he’s our guy” about their closer…until he’s not

      • swinging3.0 says:
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        @Hawk: @Cram It: idk matheny was pretty adamant. He didnt even let the reporter finish the question if he was considering a change at closer before saying no. So u figure to proove a point TR stays the closer. I mean if he blows multiple saves in a row from here im sure he will make a change yeah, but not yet, at least it wouldnt seem likely based on those comments.

        • Cram It says:
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          @swinging3.0: Still doesn’t mean jack, no matter how strongly you believe his conviction. It’s like that scene From a Few Good Men: “Objection.” “Overruled.” “No, no, no, no, I strenuously object.” “ Oh, well if you strenuously object, let me take a moment to reconsider.”

          Bottom line, if you’re chasing saves, you grab Neshek.

          • swinging3.0 says:
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            @Cram It: Ok we disagree. I think matheny will stand by his comments. If hes not willing to make a change now when will He? Neshek has great stats so I cant call him a waste of a roster spot since he ranks highly overall. But i think its unlikely the closer and setup roles change barring injury.

            “Sent from my phone while on the can at work”

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @swinging3.0: in most leagues you won’t need that much effort if and when you need to grab new closer.

  54. Lopes says:
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    Only asking because he’s not in SON right now, but is Cole worthy of a spot against Atlanta coming fresh off the DL? its a H2H league, weekly lineup set. I have Gio slotted in but only because it’s Arizona… But i really don’t want Gio on my team.

    • Lopes says:
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      @Lopes: My choices are Gio vs Ari, Latos vs Atl, Cole vs Atl, or Elias vs philly and boston.

  55. Bob says:
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    Hey grey! Awesome posts as usual!

    I added aramis Ramirez for this week, etc because if David wright misses a few games, but now I just read that he’s been dealing with hamstring tightness, keep a ram or look at one of these; Brock holt, Trevor plouffe, Chris johnson , Nick castellanos , or moustakas

    Keep or drop either kole Calhoun or springer to add cuddyer?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Thanks! Springer

  56. Charles says:
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    12 Team Points league. With Cole coming back this Wednesday which pitchers should I drop to activiate him? Stroman, Liriano, Quintana or Archer? Thanks!

  57. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Broxton or Neshek for speculative saves?

  58. Al says:
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    Weekly lineups;

    Pick two to start;

    Bauer @Min + vs Hou,
    Fiers vs TOR + vs PIT
    McHugh @CLE
    Gray vs LAA

    can’t believe I’m questioning Grey starting Gray; first time all year I’ve considered benching him

    Thanks again for all your help this season! May your ‘stache be forever thick and glorious!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Al: Ha, no problem… Fiers, Gray

  59. Chicagifornia says:
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    travis snider, inciarte, or avisail garcia for this week’s fill-in schmotato?

  60. Fungazi says:
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    Starting Worley vs Atl?

  61. Kennys G says:
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    Gareth here. Thought I’d change it up a bit.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Kennys G: You mean you don’t have a picture of one of YOUR r cats playing the sax? I’m disappointed.

  62. Kennys G says:
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    G3!

  63. RS says:
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    Weekly league, who’s the smart play. D wright or J Schoop? Saw wright is playing today but i dont have confidence in him esp. with the soreness. Tell me I’m not crazy for starting Schoop over him.

    • Grey

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      @RS: Wright

  64. matt says:
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    Would you drop yordano ventura for one of these guys:
    Brandon Mccarthy
    Tsuyoshi wada
    Matt shoemaker

    If so which one do you like down the stretch?

      • These Ho's aint Loyal says:
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        @Grey: Ok cool. How do you feel about dropping neftali for one of those guys or nesheck?

        • Grey

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          Feliz over Neshek

  65. SportiveTricks says:
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    I realize SoN questions should be asked on the SoN comments, but what the F with Masterson? Does anyone else trust him and the statistical outlook? Despite his last start, I sure don’t.

  66. sniff test says:
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    My closers have been great all year until this week which of course is the beginning of our playoffs. I have 3 RP slots. My RPs are: Rosenthal, Mejia (thows in an SP slot for great value), Dolittle and Casilla. Now Rosenthal, Mejia and Casilla have their roles in doubt. I have picked up Romo and Familia just to hold, but can’t carry all of those closers without having to drop all of my bench bats…which would consist of dropping 2 of these players Kennys Vargas, Alcantarararara. Marisnick. Avisail. Any advice would be great…hold extra relievers and drop bats or stick with a set of relievers and drop the insurance…if this option, which relievers?

  67. MooseOutFront says:
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    C-c-c-c-catcher question incoming! My first this year.

    I’ve been patient with Rosario all year. Time to drop him for Ramos? 12 team HTH.

  68. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Time to cut bait with Wacha – which FA offers the most potential the remainder of the way:

    Odorizzi, Carrasco, or deGrom?

    I’m torn!

  69. Mike says:
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    Who’s my drop guy for Kenny’s Vargas?… Shoemaker, Chris Davis, Jennry Mejia or Carrasco? Would rather not drop Carrasco because he looks really really impressive to me but who would u drop?

    • Grey

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      @Mike: Shoemaker

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: thanks Grey, Brandon McCarthy is another option… Still drop The Shoe?

        • Grey

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          Can lose McCarthy

  70. Buck Merdock says:
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    Rather have Jimmy Nelson Jesse Hahn or Pineda rest of the year?

    • Buck Merdock says:
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      @Buck Merdock: Sorry, not Pineda, McHugh.

      Hahn, Nelson or McHugh

  71. Eric the Red says:
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    Who is the better start of these two fine options: Aoki or Blackmon

    It’s a points league. Normally, Blackmon playing at home is a no-brainer but he has just five games, with two against lefties. Aoki has six games, all on the road but against very soft pitching.

    Thanks, fellas!

      • Eric the Red says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, Grey. Think I should bench Chris Davis for Aoki? Strikeouts cost me points.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  72. nick the dick says:
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    Hip Hop Line Of The Day:

    Yo we black macks, with black hats and black bats,
    Black Panthers, with black gats, twenty-one blackjacks,
    Twenty one black knapsacks, black weed,
    Black Friday, n**ga, black fistes,
    Black misses, onyx, black Masonic,
    Black tonic, black marble, ask Arnold,
    Black bombers, with black linen, repent black sinning,
    Swimming in black women, the Men in Black winning,
    Black Timbs, black jims and black ink,
    Black ice on, black widows in black minks/
    In the White House, White Owl, turn the light out,
    White boy, night out, knock your white ass, right out,
    Find out, white dog, white bitch, white fist,
    Beat your bitch like this, white dick, white sheets,
    Devin make white beats, suburban kids from the white streets,
    James Cagney, white heat, White Sox,
    White rocks, white cops in donut shops,
    White blocks, ‘Nam vet white pops,
    White three the night creatures, white sneakers,
    White wife beaters, thin lips, white features,
    White powder, Snow White, snow, hit the ho right,
    White trash, low life, Whitesnake, so white/
    Black men with black belts on, black denim style,
    Smoke a Black & Mild, laying down black tile,
    Black souls, lost in black holes,
    Black robes, fuck bitches out on Black Gold,
    Black seeds, black eyed peas, black pepper,
    Italian black leather, fade to black,
    Black models, sport black Movados,
    Black Moet bottles, holla back, black star power,
    Black Rottweillers, black nines, black on black crime,
    Whose skin blacker than mine?
    Black spades, giving lames black eyes,
    Black Foot Indian tribe, Blackberries,
    Black Pelle Pelle’s, black Israeli go to war with black skullies,
    Hummer’s with the Black Pirellis, Armor All,
    Blackball, black label, alcohol,
    Black ho, beat a n**ga up, you know how that go/
    I’m Gerry Cooney white, Ingemar Johansson white,
    Square dance type, dancing white, I’m Charles Manson white,
    Steal ya land white, Rugged Man white,
    Irish white type, like to fight, white knight,
    Blue eyed white Christ white, nighty night light,
    Toys R Us light bright white, Simple Life white,
    Nice life, knife fight white, Great White Hype white,
    Uncle Ben’s rice white, hate life white,
    Angel food cake white, white guys recognize,
    See the whites of their eyes, white skin, white lies,
    House of Pain white, Everlast, Kurt Cobain white,
    Elvis, simple and plain white, John Wayne white

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… Sounds familiar, but no idea

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: ya not one you’d know, just think it’s a cool song

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          One I should know?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: ya i knew you wouldn’t know this song but thought you could appreciate it nonetheless. Fine! Tomorrow i’ll do something you know and love!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              But should I know the song now? Meaning, should I listen to it?

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Grey: This is a great conversation

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… But should I know?!

                • nick the dick says:
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                  @JeF With 1 F: we were headed nowhere fast

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: oh ha you should listen to every song I post! It’ll all be in the postseason recap. You’ll have a busy offseason…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ah, okay, that works… Maybe some listening music while I’m in Colombia… I’ll only be there for 4 days though, so might need a mix CD

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: oh cool! If youre trying to get a little something new to hear i’d suggest go Chino XL, Rugged Man, Celph Titled or Apathy as i’ve jammed some of their lyrics into your ears recently and you havent given them a whirl yet. I would suspect that no matter what i suggest, your mix will end up being De La, Eminem, Ice Cube and EPMD though…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Prolly… In that order? I should try Chino first?

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: no specific order i guess but sure, go chino. Do you just download full albums?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m downloading Ricanstruction

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, yeah, full albums

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: word. Thats his newest album, maybe a year or two old, double disc. Lyrically phenomonal. Try his first one from ’96ish also, ‘Here to save you all’, he was good back then too

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sweet, thanks!

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: while youre at it, go download Rugged Man ‘Legends Never Die’ too….

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s downloading

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: Apathy ‘connecticut Casual’ to name one album of his. ‘Eastern Philosophy’ also fantastic

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, okay, need a sec to listen… Right now I’m listening to Ricanstruction…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: Bombarded!!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha…Seriously… I’m closer to God right now…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: Nice!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Liking Little Man

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: thats on the second disc, first one is better

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Crap, I only got the 2nd disc…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: ya little man is good. Youre gonna want to get the first disc too

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ummmm…yeah, I’m trying… Wink, wink, nudge, nudge…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: haha word. Not alot of albums nowadays where youre getting 35 tracks

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Liking Xross your heart too… Good album so far…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: good shizz! If you like that disc, the first one will be a real treat.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I might have to buy it… Proving difficult…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: wow thats weak but might be worth it. I know you can at least go on youtube and listen to the full album

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh yeah? Okay, I’ll try that when done listening to 2nd CD…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: actually i just cheked youtube and it says full album but the tracks are all mixed up out of order between the two discs so youre better off just figuring out how to get the other disc some other way

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah, okay

    • The Strolg says:
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      @nick the dick: I saw a T-Shirt the other day that said Grey Is The New Black

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        This is true

  73. Jack says:
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    Drop Gio for Fiers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  74. ERad says:
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    So I want to grab Neshek – but limited moves – are you putting any stock into MM’s comments regarding Rosenthal remaining the closer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really if Rosie looks like garbage continually

  75. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: safe to start Dickerson in weekly league? 5 games at coors but facing 2 lefties. Other options are kennys, Bruce and cuddyer.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cuddyer

  76. Freddi says:
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    Ahoy grey which player do you like the most this week at IF; Wong, Vogt, kenny Vargas or Jhonny peralta

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vargas

  77. Jack says:
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    Gio or Bucholz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Buchholz

  78. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Damn! Lineups already locked!! Was gonna kick baez off my team for Peralta!! Baez already whiffed today smh another 0-5 with 3 k’s

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nick should do that while he’s road tripping

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: He’s from Canada he would prolly hunt them by swimming in the river.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Razzball alligator shoes!

  79. ChiliCheeseConey says:
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    Pick two for the rest of the season: Salazar, Fiers, and Wada. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers, Wada

  80. MooseOutFront says:
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    Here’s what Trout did for me last week:
    1/19, 0 runs, 1 rbi, 0 sb, 0 hr

    He’s officially been put on notice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop him!

      • MooseOutFront says:
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        @Grey: Careful Grey! I run a script in firefox that automatically adjusts my roster according to your posts in the comments section.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My bad!

  81. nick the dick says:
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    Out of Avisail, Kennys, and Singleton which two would you want? I just dropped kennys for avisail but i miss that pluralized bastard already!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! I’d go first two

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: cool I gathered from your blurb that you are almost over singleton too. Maybe if he was Jons Singletons.

  82. Dan says:
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    Who’s my 2 drops grey…. Salazar, McCarthy and Shoemaker. Which 1 do I keep rest of season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Salazar

      • Mike says:
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        @Grey: thnx. who’s the drop out of McCarthy and shoemaker?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Shoemaker

  83. J Boy says:
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    Keeper quandry for you – 14 team roto, each team keeps 5 players. The following are my options with round reference in paranthesis:

    Kipnis (4th)
    Gray (4th)
    Alex Wood (8th)
    Chris Davis (8th. Possibly 3B eligible with 1 more start)
    Teheran (10)
    Jose Fernandez (10)

    I’m leaning towards Kipnis, Wood, Davis, Teheran, Jo-Fer. I feel like Sonny is nice but that’s awfully high for him.

    Would love to hear your opinion – thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Gray

  84. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Once they’re all healthy, which 3 are you rostering in 6×6 (OPS) H2H? Moss, Bruce, Kipnis, Pollock, Myers. One will be my last OF, the other 2 in the Util/bench bat conversation with Arenado. Cano is my 2B, E5 is my 3B, Stanton and McCutchen are my top 2 OF.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moss, Bruce, Kipnis,

  85. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    8 team h2h each cat. hopped over 4th place team 16-0-2 just last week jumped over 3rd place team 16-2-0 i have gone 32-2-2 in the last 2 weeks. Corey Dickerson is a beast even on the road if Weiss can’t see this and play him everyday he should fired immediately.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: realistically in next years draft how high would you reach for Dickerson.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Top 100

  86. John says:
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    Going to watch degrom start coming up but going forward degrom or ventura assuming solid start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ventura

  87. No Moss on a Rolling Stone says:
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    Is Brandon Moss droppable in 12 team H2H with OPS? Been horrible for the last month or so.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop him to drop him?

      • No Moss on a Rolling Stone says:
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        @Grey: Polanco, Yelich, Vogt, Gyorko, Trumbo, Butler all on the wire.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go Polanco

  88. Marv says:
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    10-team H2H cat Keeper (keep 12 or 24)
    Here’s my team, should I drop and pick up anybody from the wire?:
    C – C. Sanatan
    1B – D. Murphy
    2B – B. Dozier
    3B – K. Seager
    SS – I. Desmond
    CI – Nolan Arenado
    MI – J. Rollins
    LF – R. Braun
    CF – G. Polanco
    RF – J Bruce
    UTIL – M. Holliday
    BN – A. McCutch (DL)
    DL – P. Goldshmidt
    SP – Chris Sale
    SP – Mad Bum
    SP – A. Wood
    RP – C. Kimbrel
    RP – K. Jansen
    P – A. Chapman
    P – G. Holland
    BN – J. Arrieta
    BN – F. Liriano
    BN – I. Kennedy
    BN – H. Bailey (DL)
    BN – C. Lee (DL)
    DL – A. Cashner (DL)

    Guys available on my wire (any guys worth swapping out – pick up/drop?):
    H – J. Werth, C. Beltran, W. Rosario, M. Cuddyer, A. JacksonN. Aoki, C. Crawford, B. Revere, K. Calhoun, K. Davis, J. Fransisco
    P – T. Hudson, H. Kuroda, A.J. burnett, J. Hammel, J. Masterson, M. Fiers, K. Hendrick

    Sorry so long, and as always, thanks for the great advice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers over Kennedy

  89. SMLV1 says:
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    Would you rather start, Gio @Home vs ARI or McHugh @CLE this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McHugh

  90. Whirlaway says:
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    Zunino @PHI, @BOS
    Roasrio vKC, vMIA
    Avila @TB, @MIN
    Navarro @MIL, vTB
    R. Martin vATL, @MIL
    d’Arnaud @OAK, @LAD

    Drop Arencibia (@MIA, vKC) for any of the above catachers? 12 team OBP, SLG league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rosario

  91. Goldie Wilson says:
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    I just need to vent: Rosenthal completely screwed my season yesterday in my H2H pts league. And I ended up losing by a half point, costing me a shot at a first round bye. And Maness did me no favors either by giving up a smoked single up the middle allowing 2 of the Rosenthal runs to score. This is compounded by the Homer Bailey missing his start and Teheran and F-Her shizzing the bed in 2-start weeks. 20 weeks coming down to just 2 plays and my seaon is now going sideways.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks…

  92. SMLV1 says:
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    You like ($10.2) Shields @Coors tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  93. frankgrimes says:
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    is Puig just the brown Alex Gordon with a better arm?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha…I want to hear that on a call-in sports radio show…

  94. Ryu Kidding Me says:
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    I have Hendricks, Roarke and Fiers and the end of my rotation. ROS any of these worth picking up and who would you drop.
    Cashner, Ryu, Ordorizzi, Pineda

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner and Odorizzi over Hendricks and Roark

  95. MB says:
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    In a steaming league with 280 start cap (impossible I know) 5×5 12 team ESPN with QS (no W) and OBP (no AVG), cool to trade Arrieta for Chris Carter?

    Would leave me with waino, sale, max, cashner, hughes and streamers like vogelsong, chen, hendricks, gibson.

    Lost tulo, prince and own werth, choo, napoli so offense is needed but afraid im buying way too high on carter. In first in most P categories, middle in offense.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds hot…. Sounds fine if you need power…

  96. SMLV1 says:
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    Who gets the boot when Myers comes off DL?

    Norris – C
    Rizzo – 1B
    Dozier – 2B
    Rendon – 3B
    Andrus – SS
    Baez – SS
    Stanton – OF
    Puig – OF
    Rios – OF
    Moss – 1B,OF
    Polanco – OF
    Myers – OF (DL)

    E. Santana
    Cueto
    Shields
    Fister
    Arrieta
    Gio Gonzalez
    Odorizzi
    A. Wood
    Rosenthal
    Papelbon
    Rondon
    Feliz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Impossible to tell what your actual team is

      • SMLV1 says:
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        @Grey: Last question for today…Starting fresh Most RBIs ROS,

        Duda, LaRoche, JD Martinez, Vargas, Gyorko, Myers or Rios?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          JD, LaRoche, Duda

  97. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Drop Duda then Duda homers on short day . Thought i saw him laugh at me while rounding bases.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  98. Alex says:
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    Arrieta or Hughes ROS? quality starts league

    Gracias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arrieta

  99. JeF With 1 F says:
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    WET TAIL!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was waiting for that

  100. Adam says:
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    Does Kennys crack the starting lineup? 1B: Abreu, UTL: Pujols, Arenado?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  101. Kennys G says:
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    Apparently Rosenthal’s Dad made him wear the bowtie of shame after last night’s outing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Teach him

  102. gg says:
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    Avasial, Myers, Blackmon, Cuddyer

    any of those dropable for Kennys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail if you need straight power

  103. Kennys G says:
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    If theres one placeholder player that makes me cringe when I have to pick them up out of nessecity it’s omar infante.

    Who’s your go to guilty fill in?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salty

    • gg says:
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      @Kennys G: Rutledge

    • Kid A says:
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      @Kennys G:

      Makes me cringe?

      Gareth. Hands down.

      Wait, what was the question?

  104. Josh says:
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    What do you think Homer Bailey can do upon return? Worth a drop? I was thinking of adding Neshek in his spot.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Add Neshek

  105. Chris says:
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    Pineda or Carrasco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pineda

  106. Andre says:
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    What’s up Grey?

    Coming down to the end of the season…3 weeks till playoffs and I’ve gotten bit by the injury bug (McCutchen, Darvish, Bailey, Werth). I need to make up some pitching, and have a moves cap in my league. Do I drop Bailey for any of these guys ROS and possibly into playoffs? Counting stats are W, Ks, ERA, WHIP, Saves, and Quality Starts.

    Gio G, Carrasco, Worley, Volquez, Miley, Chase Anderson, Elias, CJ Wilson, Masterson, Peavy, or Bucholtz.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilson

  107. Bro Jackson says:
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    Grey,

    What happens when Stanton passes that Magical 36 mark?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Up to the Mayans

  108. Alex says:
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    Man, looking at Lester’s next start vs. Angels. How has LAA been so bad? You starting Lester regardless of opponents in strict innings limit league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  109. Kid A says:
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    Jackie down, Mookie up. Maybe now it’s shine time?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could be

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Kid A:

      could be mookie being showcased for possible trade to florida .

      • Kid A says:
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        @costaricanchata: shuffle board and dinner at 5 p.m. can really grow on a person.

  110. Greys #1 Fan says:
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    Who to drop for Vargas?

    Team:
    C: Rosario
    1B: Carter
    2B: Wong
    3B: Longo
    SS: Baez
    OF: Polanco, Gordon, Jupton
    Util: Adams, Kipnis
    Bench: Andrus, Mccutchen,

    Thank you and always a pleasure.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams

  111. ashtray says:
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    I have Abreu at 1B and LaRoche/Duda filling my UTIL spots. Any reason for me to continue holding on to Vargas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  112. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    rizzo dong

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  113. Bye Felicia says:
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    Rizzo bomb 2 to go!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sweet!

      • John says:
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        @Grey: As a new owner…… Rizzo!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  114. Frank D. says:
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    Start Ervin @ Pit tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  115. Snacks13 says:
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    Great Read!

    Yadier Molina a good stash? I have Rosario at catcher for his 3 starts per week currently

    Who is the odd man out in my OF when all are healthy?
    Cruz, Rios, Springer, Gordon, Revere, Myers

    No love for Revere? He had 7 hits in the last 2 days

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Molina’s worth a stash… Rios, Springer…

  116. J-FOH says:
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    Here we go all you razzball crossovers. We have launched our very first RAZZBALL IDP leagues, the RazzDP’s. With myself and the very talented writer IDP Kevin hosting the first two we look to fill these up with those ready for a higher challenge. If you are interested in playing in one or would like to host one please let us know. Jef I know you said you were down. Commish one…DO IT…DO IT…DO IT!!!

    http://football.razzball.com/2014-fantasy-football-razzball-idp-leagues

  117. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Segura or Betts ROS?

    Betts just brought back up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts

  118. Kid A says:
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    Suck it Mejia.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bizarre he was in that game

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey: Apparently the treatment plan for his hernia is little rest and a heavy workload. If he doesn’t respond they’ll start working in bloodletting sessions.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

  119. Jerry says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Odorizzi or Gallardo for rest of season?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odorizzi

  120. das coffee frau says:
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    wheres miggy ranked next year? 15? or still top 10

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Top 10

  121. Flop Sweat says:
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    If you could pick up only one young OF with an unorthodox K name in your OPS league would it be Kole or Khris?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  122. FillyP says:
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    12t 7×7 H2H Keeper (OBP/XBH + QS/IP)

    Sup Grey? In the homestretch.. 2 weeks of regular season left, and then a bye in week 3 if I retain the #1 (or #2) spot. Given that..

    1) I’ve got Machado benched and CI empty. Who should I drop and who should I grab as filler, if anybody?

    Drop: Gattis (I’ve got Yan Gomes), J.D. Martinez
    Add: Schoop, Vargas, Loney, Castellanos, LoMo, Solarte, Arencibia, Pedro Alvarez, Craig, C. Johnson..

    I was thinking J.D. for Vargas? Gattis is C/OF eligible.. but has been pretty miserable since returning.

    2) Is Burnett still a hold? Options: Wada, deGrom, Worley, RobHer, Cahill, Vogelson, Stults..

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Gattis…Vargas 2. Wada

  123. Joeg414 says:
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    Why would Collins bring in Mejia down by 2 ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mess with him

  124. Flunkie says:
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    I know these questions have been asked to death, but on a team where I could use just a wee bit more SB… Rank please:

    Rymer Liriano, Avisail Garcia, Kennys Vargas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You did

  125. Hans says:
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    Grey,
    Trying to hang on to first in a 10 team points league, no bench.

    Pitchers: Teheran, Santana, Arrieta, Ross, Richards

    Any of these guys better for the next couple weeks:
    Hughes
    McHugh
    Odorizzi
    Worley
    Liriano

    Or hold and ride it out…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  126. Hans says:
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    Grey,
    Trying to hang on to first in a 10 team points league, no bench.

    Pitchers: Teheran, Santana, Arrieta, Ross, Richards

    Any of these guys better for the next couple weeks:
    Hughes
    McHugh
    Odorizzi
    Worley
    Liriano

    Or hold and ride it out…

  127. Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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    14 team auction redraft. I was contemplating dropping Duda for Kennys Vargas and Baez for Erick Aybar. Duda/Baez both homered today.. Thank goodness I didn’t cut. I need to stop over-managing -__-

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  128. nick the dick says:
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    A Wood or Fiers?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @nick the dick:

      wood fiers on cold nights .

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood

  129. Flunkie says:
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    So Rymer or Betts ROS on steals? :)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts

  130. nick the dick says:
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    Rios was dropped in my 10 team h2h, is he an add over yelich, andrus or marte for util spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  131. Eddie says:
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    Drop Verlander for Gallardo?

    Verlander is my HS girlfriend that has just kind of let herself go.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  132. jo jo!!! says:
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    you think Rosenthal is ok to drop? points league… Neshek has been far and away better. also with Cole coming off DL to pitch again, think he might be worth dropping Rosenthal. damn you Rosenthal! what do i do with you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t drop him yet

  133. Flunkie says:
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    So with Pederson and Guerrero both coming up Sept 1st for sure:

    1. How much do you think they’ll play? Think they’re just be fill-ins for guys on days off or do you see them creeping in to get regular PT?
    2. Pederson or Soler the better stash now that Pederson is FOR SURE coming up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Fill-in guys 2. Soler

  134. Long Bawls says:
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    “Colon scratched.”

    According to Elias, that’s the first time in the past 47 years that Yahoo Sports, the New England Journal of Medicine and Immature Joke Magazine all shared a headline. A CBS intern was assigned the story, but was fired for using the phrase “Get him into your colon!” which is copyright ESPN.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

    • Kid A says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms:

      RED CARD!

      we still doing soccerball terms?

        • Kid A says:
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          @Malicious Phenoms:

          Well lets start with the obvious:

          1- Don’t post links to lineups.
          2- Don’t ask vague open ended questions where someone would have to schlep through the entire free agent pool to gauge possible improvements.

  135. Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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    I’m in a dynasty league, and Ive been hanging on to Xander for quite a while now, knowing he should be a top prospect and should break out this or next season. However, I’m in 3rd place as we roll into my league’s playoffs, and Hanley in on the DL. I would expect Xander to get snatched up off waivers pretty quickly if I drop him, but is he just a liability at this point? Should I drop him and find a better SS to back up Hanley, or is he too valuable?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

      • Inglourious Dirty Ol' Basterd says:
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        Ok thanks Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  136. John says:
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    Hmmm saying Cutch may come off DL tomorrow. Personally like him to sit this series but whatever.

    In a keeper lg and Im not competing this year pick up pederson for Rios just to have control over him. Prob will not keep either?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  137. Schoolboy P says:
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    Feliz, Rondon, or Janssen ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rondon

  138. James V says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Would you consider Vargas an upgrade over Napoli or Teixeira in the HR/RBI department?

    Also, would you take Cashner or McHugh ROS?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Tex… McHugh

  139. joe says:
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    who’s going to get more saves down the stretch, qualls or petricka?

    • @joe: closers suck, it will be a tie. LOL

      I had Fister, Sales and Latos, twice not get wins cause of closers blowing..pause for effect…saves that is, just this week alone..

      that is 40 points, at least I won the game..Closers suck, yup i am talking to you Chapwalkman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Qualls

  140. Random Dude says:
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    Drop Ozuna for Avisail?

  141. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Im sorry Baez for bad mouthing you earlier…perdóname!

    • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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      @my sisters friend boyfriend: i actually thought of your comment. The dudes power is real, just not a great fit for leagues that penalize k’s

  142. Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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    What is Wet Tail?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ask Jef with One F

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: Ha…it’s a way of life

  143. Janssen with the Stars says:
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    In a very close race with one other team for first place. Several categories are important in the race–HR, RBI, AVG, SB, WHIP.

    I’m currently stashing Soler for his power since Bruce has been sucking, but I also need steals and average, so I usually roll with hittertron and start 2 of either (Bruce for power, Marte for speed, or Melky for average. Would you drop Soler for Mookie? I have Andrus at SS, but he really hasn’t been running like I need him to (2 steals in last month). Other possible drops are Mejia (saves are close as well, other closers are K-Rod and Janssen) or Boxberger who I recently picked up to help with K’s and WHIP. Convoluted question, I know, here’s my offense:

    C- Lucroy
    1B- Pujols
    2B- Wong
    SS- Andrus
    OF-A. Jones
    OF- Bruce
    OF- Melky
    UTIL- Rizzo
    BN- Marte
    BN- Soler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, go Betts over Soler though have no idea where you’ll play him

  144. bossmanjunior says:
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    Start Marte v Santana or Werth v Nuno? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Werth

  145. Fish & Friends says:
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    Drop Romo for any of

    Familia
    Broxton
    Rondon
    Neshek

    H2H redraft.

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rondon

  146. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Rank these pitchers for Roto ROS:

    Quintana, Shoemaker, Nelson, Keuchel, Salazar

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana, Keuchel

  147. A2K says:
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    Mercer or Negron (please) ROS?

    Thank you for Kennys.

    Looking forward to the daiquiri factory at the end of the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Mercer

  148. Five-On-One says:
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    Schoop, Betts, Sogard, Mercer or Nergron?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts

  149. mike says:
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    which 2 would you drop first.. Duda, Gyorko, Span, Harrison, Aoki or Reddick? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aoki, Span

  150. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Shoemaker has been very underrated this year. Is he just a guy that has been on a good streak and you should get off before he falls off?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d ride him for now

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: really ? that just sounds bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey now!

  151. Magnitude says:
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    I need a streamer this week:

    Carrasco 15.9 vs HOU
    McCarthy 12.8 vs HOU
    Peavy 9.8 @ CHC
    Dickey 9.2 @ MIL
    Colon 7.0 @ LAD
    Eovaldi 7.2 vs TEX

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Magnitude: one of carrasco/mccarthy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCarthy

  152. goodfold2 says:
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    best 4 streams of week. i’ll be dropping Gee for these (since i won’t be using Gee for his start, and he hasn’t been useful lately, too many homers). only 1 per day at most.
    today
    vargas @ MIN
    tue
    wada vs SF
    bauer @ MIN
    wed
    fausto vs SD
    doktor house @ MIN
    Thur
    shoemaker @ BOS
    FRi
    carrasco vs HOU
    Sun
    Bauer vs HOU
    wada vs BA
    list in order, since i might want to leave another pickup for closepocylpse, and only grab 3 of these.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: that’s wada vs BAL on sunday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vargas, Wada, Fausto, Carrasco on Friday

  153. Alex says:
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    Since I am competing now and cant trade and am obsessed with next year too, which five am i keeping next year? 7×7 yahoo roster obp, slg, hold, QS

    Freeman
    Cano
    J Upton
    Dickerson
    Chris Davis
    Iwakuma
    Kris Bryant
    Lester
    Kenley Jansen
    Yelich
    Ortiz

    Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman, Cano, Upton, Davis, Dealer’s choice… Dickerson

  154. Alex says:
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    Mejia got hit again today… Is it time to pick up Familia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

      • Alex says:
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        How about Neshek over Familia?

  155. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Is Josh Hamilton capable of at least useful streak this year. He has dh which is a hard position to fill. Goes from 43 hr to a bag of dog shizz. This dude is the great unknown. How would you like to be the gm sitting next to the owner watching him saying yep only 3 more years and 89 million left.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  156. Cranz says:
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    If Joe Kelly pushes out some gross facial hair and adds a chin (or three), The Sawx will have themselves a Lackey doppelganger. Okay, back to regularly scheduled programming:

    In a 10 teamer, is Kipnis droppable? Nosing up to my start cap limit and want to stock up on relief arms; I’m rockin’ lil Jose at the keystone and have bats to spare.

    Thanks n shizz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Nope

  157. Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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    Jorge Soler trending 2-24 (.083) rbi 2-2bs 7k’s maybe why he is not up yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  158. Jack says:
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    Thanks in part to Razzball; I’ve pretty much sown up a first round bye in my H2H OBP league playoffs. The 2nd and 3rd rounds are the weeks of 9/8 and 9/15. Which of ONE these players (Molina, Votto, Zimmerman or Wacha) should I stash on the DL based on their projected performance vs the player they are replacing (listed below) during only those 2 weeks. I’ve also listed total games (in parens) and their schedules during the period in question:

    Y. Molina – (13) 4@CIN, 3vCOL, 3vMIL, 3vCIN
    VS
    R. Martin – (13) 4@PHI, 3vCHC, 3vBOS, 3vMIL

    Votto – (13) 4vSTL, 3@MIL, 3@CHC, 3@STL
    OR
    R. Zimmerman – (14) 3vATL, 4@NYM, 3@ATL, 4@MIA
    VS
    Bruce – (13) 4vSTL, 3@MIL, 3@CHC, 3@STL
    OR
    Carter – (13) 3@SEA, 3@LAA, 4vCLE, 3vSEA

    Wacha – (13) 4@CIN, 3vCOL, 3vMIL, 3vCIN
    VS
    Colon – (13) 3vCOL, 4vWAS, 3vMIA, 3 @ATL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yadier

      • Jack says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! Who would your second pick be?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Votto

  159. Just Busted says:
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    Grey! Odorizzi or Gray ROS? I am trying not to lose faith in Gray, but….
    anyway, thanks! I love the smell of moustache wax in the morning!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray…Ha

  160. my sisters friend boyfriend says:
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    Were you big on Avisail Garcia before the season started? More then Gregory Polanco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco’s better than Avisail now

  161. SteveNZ says:
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    Own Heyward, up against Worley. #sofarsogood

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thank God I didn’t stream Worley…

      • Toe Knee Arm Ass says:
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        @Grey: nothing worse than killing your week on monday then just playing catchup all week. Of course the Fredi the F**k sits Gattis

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I avoided that catastrophe…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Wouldn’t mind if Erv-San stopped being a dick, though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can relate to that…Ackley looks like he might still have something to show…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, I still have him actually. Held on to him as the Mariners had a game today and I needed all the warm bodies I could get.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: I’m actually ashamed to admit that for all my bitching and whining about my h2h team, I’m actually having the best regular season I’ve ever had – only lost 3 times, 15.5 pts clear in 1st.

                All building up to a playoff catastrophe of course.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, of course… Insult to injury, your loss will come against your sister…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Should tell Santana that I don’t need a Walden Hold THAT badly.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Is that why he’s screwing me too?

  162. JJ says:
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    I currently have A.CHAPMAN, F.RODNEY, N.FELIZ and J.MEJIA as my RPs.
    Is it time to drop Mejia for any of
    NESHEK
    FAMILIA
    CLIPPARD
    BOXBERGER
    PETRICKA
    I think that the 2 runs that Mejia gave up today are the last straw.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Petricka

  163. Hondo says:
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    JZimm 39 pitches after 4 IP.You just know he’s having flashbacks to the Soriano carnage of late and is thinking “I’m The Wall.I am the only thing between the 9th inning creature and the decent W seeking folk of the world.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey: It’s awesome how he’s decided to K this guy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not as much how he’s being outpitched by Nuno

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha!

  164. Hondo says:
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    Watch this.

  165. Hondo says:
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    Bummer,the guy got a sac fly.
    I’m a big proponent of JZimm being able to get K’s at will,but he’s too smart to use up his pitches and relies on his D.
    Unfortunately they’re still over managing him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, him and Gerrit Cole, apparently

  166. nick the dick says:
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    Yo G worth using my #4 waiver claim on alex wood since we are so deep in the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  167. Bob says:
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    6×6 with OPS

    Next three weeks at CI

    Pablo Sandoval
    Kennys Vargas
    Jonathan Schoop

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vargas

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually, I’d prolly go Pablo…Sorry about the flip flop…

  168. SteveNZ says:
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    Nearly went Snider over Aoki in the ol’ h2h today. Should have…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve been meaning to go Snider for two
      weeks

  169. nick the dick says:
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    Tomorrow go anderson vs was, wada vs sf or burnett vs sea? SON likes burnett the best but not big on any of em

    • nick the dick says:
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      @nick the dick: or vogelsong vs cubs

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Wada if I had to…

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: ya i realized im playing an inactive owner with barely any starting pitching so I dont have to, and wont but thanks anyways…how bout the night I had last night in my 12 team to push me into 1st place, I had 18 runs, 4 homers and 15 rbi! Not a bad short schedule evening tonight either with marte, baez and rizzo giving me 4 bombs in my 10 team league. It’s winning time G!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! I need a week’s worth of those nights if I’m going to catch Rudy…

  170. Boomer19 says:
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    Higher ranked keeper for next year…Frazier or Cueto?

    • Boomer19 says:
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      Can you add Donaldson to that list and pick two? Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not Cueto…the two bats

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  171. lonestar3 says:
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    Finally rid myself of Segura (God it feels good to say that) for Peralta.

    Is Jhonny my best option with Betts, Negron, Bogaerts and Asdrubal out there?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d give Betts a whirl

  172. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Sale’s zone percentage is way down from last season. I wonder if his elbow is still giving him problems.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… Maybe hard to say…

      • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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        @Grey: Either way, having him throw over 120 pitches in 6 IP when he wasn’t really at his best probably isn’t a good idea.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          120 pitches in 6 IP is never a good idea

          • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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            @Grey: Especially considering he got hurt from throwing 128 pitches in 7 IP. Robin Ventura deserves to be fired

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              For many reason, but yes

  173. Fungazi says:
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    I took your previous answer of ‘Eh’ to start Worley as ‘Puke’ and sat him. Thanks man

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s what eh means

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        thought “eh” was canadian .

        • Chicken Dinner says:
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          @costaricanchata: That would be ay, ay.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’m not Canadian though so it doubles as a softened ‘no’…

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @Grey:

            always thought that canadians said “eh” as a way
            of disguising their burps … caused by drinking all that canadian beer .

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Molson, eh? Yeah, prolly right…

  174. Mike says:
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    Drop mejia for rondon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  175. Wilsonian says:
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    1) Rutledge or Betts at SS?

    16 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    2) Mauer or Perez at C?

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts…Mauer…

  176. Brett says:
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    Gray

    Gyrko or hardy for middle infield? 6×6 with ops the extra hitting category

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

  177. jef with 1 f says:
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    God what a boring night tonight…any of you five ladies horny

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @jef with 1 f: @jef with 1 f:

      try some of these guys with dual identities .
      maybe they go both ways .

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @jef with 1 f:

      very much laugh .

    • J-FOH says:
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      @jef with 1 f: that kid looks too old to be Prezii

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ew! I didn’t need to see that…

    • Kid A says:
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      @jef with 1 f: Total fake. Prezzii can’t suckle with his eyes open.

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Kid A: I was Hoping no one would spot that

  178. Alex says:
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    One catcher league, ramos or mccann? 5×5 obp. Leaning Ramos

    Thanks

    • Alex says:
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      @Alex: 12 ream, one C

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramos

      • Alex says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man

  179. Bunny says:
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    Drop Benoit for Neshek? Nathan?

    • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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      @Bunny: keep actual closers over soon to be ones. maybe over nathan.

  180. jaw says:
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    drop josh reddick for any of rios, dayan, bj upton? 12 team 5×5 h2h

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @jaw: no

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