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It’s week four and The Hey Batter, Batter, Batter contest is in full swing. And since it’s week four that means it’s time to announce week two’s winner. Before I do, let’s take a look at the top batters from that week. Eric Thames is hitting the ball like a guy that just whacked the shit out of the ball in the Korean Baseball Organization. Oh wait, he did that? For the last three years Thames has done his best Mike Trout impression for the NC Dinos by averaging 41 homers, 127 RBIs, 114 runs scored, a .347 batting average and 21 stolen bases. Heck, those stats make Trout seem like a second rounder. Many did not expect his success to translate back to the MLB, but I wasn’t as skeptical. My preseason projections were higher than most as I had him as a top twenty outfielder in points leagues. His 200+ ADP allowed me to scoop him up in many of my important leagues. I can’t imagine he keeps up his current pace, but he should be opening up a lot of eyes. Unfortunately the “buy low” period was during draft season.

Thames led week two with 39 points. Only one contestant pick Thames. That was DonSlaughtOnslaught. He, however, was not the winner. After Thames was Marcell Ozuna (36) and Eugenio Suarez (35). The winner did not pick any of these top batters. Instead, he selected Wil Myers (26 points), Yoenis Cespedes (34) and Brian Dozier (20), ending the week with a grand total of 80 puntos. That’s Spanish for points, not punts. I believe that word is el punt, but don’t quote me on that. The winner of week two was Trevor. Well played Trevor, and welcome to the winner’s circle, which is really just a smaller sub-circle inside the the loser’s circle. And to answer last week’s question as to whether Dozier could catch Giancarlo Stanton, the answer is “yes”.

Here are the top five finishers from week 2:

Trevor (80 points) – Wil Myers (26), Yoenis Cespedes (34) and Brian Dozier (20)
Tony C (79) – Wil Myers (26), Yoenis Cespedes (34) and Giancarlo Stanton (19)
Shivdaddy (7) – Andrew McCutchen (27), Wil Myers (26) and Andrew Benintendi (20)
Jeff P (71) – Francisco Lindor (24), Hunter Renfroe (13) and Yoenis Cespedes (34)
Jason Heilskov (69) – Ryan Braun (23), Wil Myers (26) and Andrew Benintendi (20)


Current Standings

Contestant Score
Tony C 130
Manley Ramirez 127
Thor da Man 118
Robert Leiker 115
Tony 112
Blinds 109
Steinbrenner Youth 101
Foul balls 100
Shivdaddy 100
King Homer 99
TheTheory 99
Icalltails 98
You Know Nothing, J.T. Snow 96
Don’t Under Do it 93
The Padre 93
Aaronl13 92
Jeff P 91
LenFuego 91
MattH 91
Jason Heilskov 89

The full standings are included in the spreadsheet attached at the bottom of this post.

Week 3

There are currently 70 entrants competing to win week 3. Among those 70 fantasy baseball fanatics 73 different batters were selected. This week we only had two Unpickable players selected, but we also had one person select two players that they selected in week one. I urge you to check your picks against your previous picks in the attached spreadsheet before submitting. Unpickables and already picked players (Repickables), net you zero points for said player.

The most picked player in week three was Freddie Freeman, who was named by 17 people. The next most, Francisco Lindor, was selected by twelve. Right now I’m trying to figure out why I wrote the number 17, but spelled out twelve. Anyone have a theory on that? It just so happens that Freeman happens to lead all batters with 31 points. He is followed by Bryce Harper (24 and Unpickable), Eric Thames (22) and Christian Yelich (21).

The current leader for week three is Euroalien with 57 points (as of Thursday afternoon). His (or her) batters are Edwin Encarnacion, Freddie Freeman and Robinson Cano. Sitting in the two spot, with 49 points, is Thor da man who picked Freddie Freeman, Francisco Lindor and Nomar Mazara. The top 14 people all have Freeman in their lineup. Last week’s runner-up and overall standings leader, Tony C, is in third with 47 points.

For those trying to figure out what the heck this whole contest is all about, please re-read this post containing the rules. For those too lazy to click and read, here are the basic rules. Each week you pick three batters (no pitchers). A week (scoring period) runs from Monday through Sunday. You must have your picks submitted by 11:00 AM EDT on Monday mornings. You submit your picks by leaving a comment in the comments section of that’s week’s contest post. Comment timestamps will be used to break any ties. Once you pick a player, you cannot pick that player again in any subsequent week. A card laid is a card played. This means that once you announce your picks in the comments section, you cannot change them. It doesn’t matter the reason.

The last thing to mention are the unmentionables. Actually they are called Unpickables. You cannot pick an unpickable. Well you can, but you will get zero points.

The Unpickables

Mike Trout
Mookie Betts
Jose Altuve
Nolan Arenado
Paul Goldschmidt
Anthony Rizzo
Bryce Harper
Charlie Blackmon
Kris Bryant
Josh Donaldson
Manny Machado
Joey Votto
Miguel Cabrera
Ham Porter

Each week is a new contest, but your weekly points will count towards your total points in the season long standings. The season will run fifteen weeks. At the end of the season there will be a five week playoff competition. In order to qualify for the playoffs you need to either win a weekly contest or finish in the top three overall season standings. That’s it. If you win more than one week and/or finish in the top three, you still only get one entry into the playoffs. However the person that finishes the regular season with the most points (first place), will be allowed to pick players from the Unpickables list during the playoffs (one per week). The winner of the playoffs will receive a brand new Razzball tee shirt. And that’s me plagiarizing me from last week. Cut and paste is your friend.

The scoring system that will be used for this contest is as follows:

1B(+1), 2B(+2), 3B(+3), HR(+4), RBI(+1), R(+1), SO(-1), BB(+1), SB(+1), CS(-1)

In case you don’t remember who you’ve already picked, you can refer to the attached spreadsheet which shows you everyone’s picks.

Important Note: Should this be in bold? Please use the same name you’ve used in previous weeks with all future submissions. Otherwise your points will not be combined and you will lose ground in the overall standings. If you are unsure of how you previously entered it, find your name in the standings tab of the spreadsheet and cut and paste it. You have been warned :)

Hey Batter Selected players Spreadsheet.

Newcomers welcome. Just because you missed any of the previous weeks does not mean you can’t join this week. Remember all you have to do is win one week (any week) and you’re in the playoffs!

Thames just homered again! (points not yet including in scores)

 

 

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  1. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Ryan Zimmerman
    Daniel Murphy
    Mark Reynolds

    • El Famous Burrito says:
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      @El Famous Burrito: Also, thanks for running this. It’s fun.

  2. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Mitch Haniger, Anthony Rendon, Daniel Murphy

  3. DonSlaughtOnslaught says:
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    Jake Lamb
    AJ Pollock
    Adam Eaton

  4. LenFuego says:
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    Rules question: Right before the playoffs, do all the guys you already picked go back to being eligible?

    I do not think it would make sense not to do it that way because once someone won a week and knew they would make the playoffs, they could just sit out the rest of the regular season so as to preserve as much pick eligibility as possible.

    • malamoney says:
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      @LenFuego: Yes, when the playoffs start, all previous picks will be erased.

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Thames, Murphy, Eaton

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: UGH sorry, didn’t read the rules re: re-picking guys. Final picks:

        Thames, Eaton, Werth

    • malamoney says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Changes are not allowed at any point. Your picks for week 4 are Thames, Murphy and Eaton. Sorry, but that’s the rules…

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @malamoney: That’s OK! Thought I doubled up on one of those picks (I guess if I did, they’ll just be a 0 this week).

  6. Tony C says:
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    Daniel Murphy
    Trevor Story
    Mark Reynolds

    • malamoney says:
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      @Tony C: Tony C!

  7. Mel

    Littlecf24 says:
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    Daniel Murphy
    Trevor Story
    Brandon Belt

    • malamoney says:
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      @Littlecf24: All set.

  8. cable says:
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    M Reynolds
    T Story
    W Myers

    • malamoney says:
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      @cable: You’re in.

  9. steinbrenner youth says:
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    Charlie Blackmon
    Corey Seager
    Giancarlo Stanton

    • malamoney says:
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      @steinbrenner youth: Got it. FYI, Blackmon is un Unpickable. You can’t change it, but thought I should tell you…

      • Steinbrenner Youth says:
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        bah! That’s what I get for making picks while on vaca!

  10. jack florida says:
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    thames, g polanco, nunez

  11. Jerseyjon says:
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    Addison Russell Duvall Shaw

    • malamoney says:
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      @Jerseyjon: Ok

  12. PB&J says:
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    Travis Shaw, Steven Souza, Ryan Zimmerman

    • malamoney says:
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      @PB&J: Got it.

  13. FBV says:
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    Freddie Freeman Atl 1B
    Xander Bogaerts Bos SS
    Francisco Lindor Cle SS

    Lets see if I can continue my streak of someone getting hurt, DL’d or suspended every week…cripes!!

    • malamoney says:
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      @FBV: Picking Bogaerts should help that cause!

  14. Metlgod says:
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    Jose Ramirez
    Travis Shaw
    Wil Meyers

    • malamoney says:
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      @Metlgod: Ok

  15. Mike_Vee_ says:
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    Yasmany Thomas, Ryan Zimmerman, Francisco Lindor

    • Mike_Vee_ says:
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      @Mike_Vee_: Tomas…..

      • malamoney says:
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        @Mike_Vee_: Understood. All good.

  16. Don't Under Do it says:
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    R. Zimmerman
    T. Shaw
    W. Myers

  17. Travis Wilson says:
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    Lamb
    Thames
    Freeman

  18. The Padre says:
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    Jake Lamb
    Eric Thames
    Wil Myers

    • malamoney says:
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      @The Padre: All set.

  19. just a lonely terrorist says:
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    Thames,
    A. Russell,
    Dickerson

    are my infidels this week.
    BOOM!!

  20. Jonu says:
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    Thames, Lindor, judge

    • malamoney says:
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      @Jonu: Locked

  21. Denhusk says:
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    D. Murphy, R. Zimmerman & T. Turner

    • malamoney says:
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      @Denhusk: Ok

  22. Shivdaddy says:
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    Daniel Murphy
    AJ Pollock
    Yasmany Tomas

    • malamoney says:
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      @Shivdaddy: You’re in.

  23. VictoriaB

    VictoriaB says:
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    I’m the Great Bambino! And here are my picks!:

    Avisail Garcia
    George Springer
    Freddie Freeman

    • malamoney says:
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      @VictoriaB: Does the “B” in VictoriaB stand for Bambino?

      • VictoriaB

        VictoriaB says:
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        @malamoney: It does now!

  24. Cannot Spell Wrong without RON says:
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    Josh Reddick, Nomar Mazara and Rougned Odor.

    FYI: I use to be Can”t Spell Wrong without Ron and got moderated with every post. Grey told me to switch to Cannot, which has worked very nice. THANKS

  25. James says:
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    Zimmerman , Murphy, Story

    • malamoney says:
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      @James: Got it.

  26. malamoney says:
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    My picks: Wil Myers, Daniel Murphy and Adam Eaton

  27. Skittlez says:
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    Corey Seager
    Eric Thames
    Jose Ramirez

    • malamoney says:
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      @Skittlez: All set.

  28. You Know Nothing, J.T. Snow says:
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    Pollock
    Pujols
    Story

  29. Foul balls says:
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    Braun, Murphy, pollock

    • malamoney says:
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      @Foul balls: Got it.

  30. TheTheory says:
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    Lorenzo Cain
    Corey Dickerson
    Brian Dozier

    Thank you!

    • malamoney says:
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      @TheTheory: You’re welcome.

  31. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Trevor Story
    George Springer
    Corey Seager

  32. Billchapel84 says:
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    Thames, Jose Ramirez, Keirmaier

  33. Smallwine says:
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    Selling Amir Garrett or holding? ESPN Standard H2H points league.

    • malamoney says:
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      @Smallwine: Selling in redrafts. In keeper leagues it depends on the keeper rules. I like him, but not nearly this much. This is definitely sell high time…

  34. Knucks says:
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    Freddie Freeman
    Ryan Zimmerman
    Mark Reynolds

    w00t

    • malamoney says:
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      @Knucks: w00t

  35. thor da man says:
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    Jose Ramirez, Daniel Murphy, Aaron Judge

    Thanks!

    • malamoney says:
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      @thor da man: You’re welcome!

  36. Veedon says:
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    AJ Pollock
    Y. Tomas
    B. Drury

    • malamoney says:
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      @Veedon: Ok

  37. Raider says:
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    Freeman
    Ramirez, Jose not Manny
    Thames

    • malamoney says:
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      @Raider: Manny it isn’t.

  38. Muskogee Joe says:
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    Ryan Braun, Adam Eaton, Carlos Gonzalez

  39. Robert Leiker says:
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    T Turner
    J Turner
    AJ Pollock

    • malamoney says:
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      @Robert Leiker: Turner, Turner and Pollock…

  40. Zubaz says:
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    Thames, Pollock, Yelich

    • malamoney says:
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      @Zubaz: In

  41. Trevor says:
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    Worst to first. Crazy I finished last in week 1 then first in week 2.

    This week I’ll take:
    D. Murphy
    A. J. Pollock
    J. Lamb

    • malamoney says:
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      @Trevor: Nothing wrong with that. I always say I’ll take a last place finish in my personal league if I can win it the following year…

  42. Icalltails says:
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    Thames Conforto Zimmerman

    • malamoney says:
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      @Icalltails: Everyone loving themselves some Thames…

  43. Dusty says:
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    Jacoby Ellsbury, Brandon Phillips, AJ Pollock

    • malamoney says:
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      @Dusty: Ok

  44. Jeff P says:
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    Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy, A.J. Pollock

    • malamoney says:
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      @Jeff P: Locked

  45. BadBirdsofBMORE says:
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    Week 4

    Starlin Castro, Travis Shaw, Aaron Judge

    BadBirdsofBMORE

  46. Jesse Santillan says:
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    Who’s better long term in a points league?? JUDGE, Souza, or Justin upton?

    • malamoney says:
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      @Jesse Santillan: Long term I might be rolling the dice with Judge. This year and next two, Upton. I like Souza, but I haven’t been able to get fully behind him.

      What’s the scoring system?

  47. Mickey says:
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    Ryan Braun
    AJ Pollock
    Trea Turner

    • malamoney says:
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      @Mickey: Ok

  48. Water says:
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    Max Kepler
    Addison Russell
    Matt Carpenter

    • malamoney says:
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      @Water: Got it.

  49. Fungazi says:
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    Braun, Yasmany Tomas, Lamb

    • malamoney says:
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      @Fungazi: All set.

  50. King Homer says:
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    DJ LeMahieu
    Trea Turner
    F. Freeman

  51. kenly0 says:
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    Trea Turner
    D. Murphy
    W. Myers

    • malamoney says:
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      @kenly0: Got it.

  52. malamoney says:
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    Current Week 3 standings as of Sunday morning:

    Euroalien (85 points): Encarnacion, Freeman and Cano
    PB&J (74): Pollock, Freeman and Odor
    Larry Chip 10 (72): Freeman, Pujols, Lamb
    Tony C (66): Freeman, Springer and Encarnacion
    MattH (65): Benintendi, Belt and Freeman

    Good luck!

  53. Larry Chip 10 says:
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    Mark Reynolds
    Yasmany Tomas
    DJ. LeMahieu

    Thanks from the biggest Lil city!

    • Larry Chip 10 says:
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      @Larry Chip 10: Looks like I’m a bridesmaid…

  54. Aaronl13 says:
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    Yasmany Tomas, Daniel Murphy, Chris Owings

    • malamoney says:
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      @Aaronl13: All set.

  55. B. Rabbit says:
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    Ender Inciarte, Ryan Zimmerman, Yasmany Tomas

    • malamoney says:
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      @B. Rabbit: You’re in.

  56. Jason Heilskov says:
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    Daniel Murphy, Eric Thames, A.J.Pollock

  57. Smallwine says:
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    F Freeman
    D Murphy
    E Encarnacion

    • malamoney says:
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      @Smallwine: In

  58. The Great Knoche says:
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    Wil Myers, Daniel Murphy, Eric Thames

  59. Tony says:
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    Thanks!
    Dan Murphy, Yasmany Tomas, Brantley

    • malamoney says:
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      @Tony: You’re welcome!

  60. T-bone says:
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    Aj pollock
    Corey Seager
    Daniel murphy

    • malamoney says:
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      @T-bone: Good luck.

  61. Manley Ramirez says:
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    Yasmany Tomas, Trea Turner, Wil Myers

  62. Steve-O says:
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    Thames, Trea Tuner, Yasmany Tomas

    • malamoney says:
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      @Steve-O: In

  63. Blake says:
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    Malamoney – wondering if I could ask a points league question (15pts for a W, 7pts for a S, 1pt for a SO, 10 pts for a CG). can start 7 pitchers. Only have 12 pickups for the year. my current piching staff is

    M Tanaka
    J Verlander
    C Martinez
    M Melancon
    J smardazza
    E Santana
    S Miller

    B: J Happ
    DL: C McHugh

    Need to replace Miller immediately. Following are available

    J Chavez
    P Corbin
    W Chen
    C Morton
    W Miley
    C Anderson
    Z Wheeler
    E Volquez
    A Mirenda
    D Holland

    Which one of these guys are going to be good over the rest of the year? Need to think about the rest of my pickups.

    • malamoney says:
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      @Blake: Pretty much all of those options suck. Miley is pitching pretty well, but I’d be shocked to see him do so for much longer. I’d ride him while he’s hot, but expect to be dumping him at some point.

      Do you have my preseason rankings? If so, what do they say? Things haven’t changed all that much since then, except for injuries. Starting next week (maybe the following) I will be doing updated points leagues rankings on Wednesdays…

      • Blake says:
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        @malamoney:

        OK – will go through them. Also, Adam Conley is also available

      • Blake says:
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        @malamoney:

        Also – who would you start for my hitters this week with this scoring system (1pt for 1B, 2pts for 2B, 3 pts for 3B, 4pts for HR, 1pt for R, 1pt for RBI, 1pt for BB, 1pts for SB – no negative pts)

        C: E Gattis
        1B; Thames
        2B: Kinsler
        3B: K Bryant
        SS: C Correa
        OF: M Haniger
        OF: J Bautista
        OF: R Braun
        U: M Reynolds

        B: J Heyward
        B: M Cabrera
        B: V Martinez

        • malamoney says:
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          @Blake: Sorry, just seeing this. You’ve got it right.

  64. Nateyad says:
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    Missed last week dang it!

    Daniel Murphy
    Jake Lamb
    Yasmany Tomas

    • malamoney says:
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      @Nateyad: In

  65. Euroalien says:
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    Daniel Murphy
    Corey Seager
    Anthony Rendon

    • malamoney says:
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      @Euroalien: Just made it.

  66. Systems Overload says:
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    Still eligible?
    Hanley Ramirez, Brantley, Cain

    • malamoney says:
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      @Systems Overload: Sorry, contest closes at 11am EST.

  67. Captmorg says:
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    Still time?

    Pollock,yelich, A Russell

    • malamoney says:
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      @Captmorg: Unfortunately no. Closes at 11am EST.

  68. Blackjack says:
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    Lamb, Jose Ramirez, Souza Jr.

    • malamoney says:
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      @Blackjack: 11am EST is the cutoff time…

  69. Leopold the Cat says:
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    Week 4:
    Ryan Zimmerman
    Daniel Murphy
    Giancarlo Stanton

    • malamoney says:
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      @Leopold the Cat: 11am EST is the cutoff time…

  70. LenFuego says:
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    Daniel Murphy
    Jake Lamb
    AJ Pollock

  71. powerade says:
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    Jake Lamb
    AJ Pollack
    Yasmany Tomas

    Thanks!

    • malamoney says:
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      @powerade: 11am EST is the cutoff time…

      • LenFuego says:
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        @malamoney: Crud. I got burned two weeks ago when I picked Jackie Bradley, Jr. and then he got hurt later in the weekend … so it made me gunshy about picking until after Sunday games are over. One of my picks, Daniel Murphy, played in the late Sunday game, and the I fell asleep before the end of the game and did not get up early enough to get the picks in.

        Seems a bit unfair that East Coast people can realistically get their picks in Monday morning but West Coast people cannot, especially since there were no games until like 5 hours after the deadline.

        Oh well, at least I will not fall any further behind Grey, since he got his picks well after me!

        • malamoney says:
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          @LenFuego: The deadline is the deadline. It has always been stated in the each week’s post, and has always been 11am EST.

  72. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Daniel Murphy, Eric Thames, Carlos Gonzalez

    • Larry Chip 10 says:
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      @Grey:
      Exception made, you’re in kid!

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