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That title is lifted from Jimmy Dickens’ A Tale of Three Cities, the younger brother’s blatant ripoff of the classic novel.  For what Jimmy Dickens lacked in originality, he made up with his ability to avoid cholera and scurvy.  His brother, Charles, used to say it was because Jimmy was the rat spreading the dreaded disease.  Then Jimmy would say “dreaded disease,” are you saying it’s from Jamaica?  Then Charles would stop talking to Jimmy for a few years and Jimmy would say, “I’m just re-imagining your stuff, you don’t have to get all pissy.”  As you see Jimmy was a trailblazer for Hollywood producers.  So what does this have to do with Ike Davis?  Good question!  The title lifted from Jimmy Dickens could easily apply to Davis’s season.  Yesterday, he hit two homers and collected 5 RBIs to bring his homer total to 30 with 88 RBIs.  Since the ASB, he’s been exactly what he should’ve been in the 1st half if David Wright wasn’t using up all the good balls batted into play luck.  Ike is around a .255 hitter with 30 homer power.  Right now, his season stats look exactly as they should minus the average.  For 2013, Ike could easily hit .280 as easily as he hit .200 for the 1st half this season, and I bet he’s gonna be a steal in drafts.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jenrry Mejia – 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Mets loved his arm, then put him in the bullpen, then into the rotation, then into the bullpen, then an injury… Basically, the Mets seem to be taking the Joba route with him.  So far, similar results.  He used to have a high ceiling, but then was derailed by Tommy John.  Not the person.  The surgery.  He gets the Braves next time out and they should’ve clinched by then so it could be tasty.

Carlos Gonzalez – Heading for an MRI on his hamstring.  That’s not all!  Actually, it might be for him for this season.

Dexter Fowler – Out with tendinitis in his wrist.  Sounds like he failed the *pinkie to mouth* dexterity test.

Andrew Brown – 2-for-4 with his 2nd homer in the last three games.  He’s old for a prospect or he’s very old for a prospect and really Brad Hawpe in disguise.  Not sure which one.

Luke Hochevar – 7 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 13 baserunners, 5 Ks to raise his ERA to 5.43.  Once again, he’s saving you the embarrassment of trying to pronounce his name at next year’s draft.

Alex Gordon – 1-for-4 and a homer.  His runs are good this year (86), his average is good (.291), his steals are okay (10), so how can Gordon maintain his special brand of yawnstipating?  Yesterday, he hit his 12th homer and collected his 68th RBI.  Meh called and said it would like to have Gordon’s stats over for dinner because they have so much in common.

Justin Verlander – 8 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks to lower his ERA to 2.72.  He’s done more than his part this year, but I still stand by my overrated post in the preseason, which was more about how you should not draft a pitcher in the 1st or 2nd round than it was about Verlander.  In our RCL Expert league that I’ve been a dying duck in all year, my pitching is 57 out of a possible 60 points.  As I’ve said many times before, you don’t need a pitcher from the first tier of starters.

Andy Dirks – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and hitting near .350 over the last week.  Just keep in mind that Leyland benches him from time to time (mostly vs. lefties).

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks. J-Z still coming strong even if the rest of this Cruel Summer has been uneven.  (I’m being generous with ‘uneven’ too.  I still need to give it another 75 listens, but I think this might be the first time I’m disappointed with Kanye, but it did take me 18 months before I started liking My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and it ended up being my favorite album of his, so there’s still time.)

Ryan Zimmerman – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 24th homer.  Elias Sports Bureau said this is the biggest boost one Zimmerman has given to another Zimmerman since Bob Dylan told record company execs about his son and gave them a wink-wink-nudge.  Actually, Elias didn’t say that.  But this was heard recently at their compound in Dearborn, Michigan, “In Accounting, Yitz has told everyone that he’s going to miss Wednesday for Yom Kippur, then he sent out a Facebook invite for paintball on Wednesday.  This is the third year in a row he’s pulled this crap, which is a new record.”

Bryce Harper – 1-for-3, 2 runs and 2 steals, his 15th and 16th.  That’s with his 19 homers and a .258 average.  He’s obviously been no Trout.  He hasn’t even been a Salmon or Bass, but at 19 years old Harper’s long-term prospects still have me excited.  He could be a 30+ homers, 20+ steals, .300+ guy within two years and hold that for twelve years.   If those numbers look familiar, it’s what we grown accustomed to from Braun, you know the number one overall pick.

Marco Estrada – 4 IP, 6 ER.  On the bright side, you can drop Estrada and say, “Let the ChiPs fall where they may.”

Nate McLouth – 3-for-6, 1 run, 1 RBI, 1 homer and 1 steal in yesterday’s doubleheader for the Ernie Banks slam & legs.  You should’ve picked up McLouth two weeks ago when I told you to, but it’s not too late; he’s found the Fountain of McLouth.

Adam Jones – In the doubleheader, he went 6-for-9, 2 runs, 2 RBIs with a slam (32) and legs (15) in the 1st half of the doubleheader.  He trailed off a bit in the middle of the season, but he’s been making it rain again in September with 3 homers in the last five games.

Anthony Gose – 1-for-7, 1 RBI yesterday.  Not sure why I keep picking him up for doubleheaders.  Oh, well, at least I didn’t get a Gose egg.

J.P. Arencibia – 4-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 17th homer.  A cheeba cheeba, y’all, well, I used to own Arencibia.  A cheeba cheeba, y’all, well, I didn’t get this big day cause I no longer own Arencibia.

David Freese – Left yesterday’s game with a right ankle injury after rolling it.  That’s why Lincecum always uses a bong.

Pete Kozma – 2-for-3 with his 2nd homer in as many games.  He’s not great in the longterm, but he’s looking downright Plouffe-ish right now.

Lance Lynn – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Wait, I know this impression.  Don’t tell me… It’s Lance Lynn in April, right?  Nice!

Aaron Hill – Was scratched from Monday’s contest with an undisclosed illness.  I used to use that one all the time in college.  Sounds like Hill has a hungover from too many Jungle Juices and needs an extra day to finish up his paper on Humanities and Western Civ.  I’m guessing here.

Manny Ramirez – Expected to play winter ball.  They should call that snow ball.  The Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League are the ones giving Manny another chance.  A representative from the Aguilas Cibaenas said, “Estamos muy emocionados de tener Manny en nuestro equipo.  Contratamos a webmaster de Melky nos diseñar una nueva página de equipo.”

Heath Bell – Told a Miami radio station that he doesn’t respect Ozzie.  So if this is an SAT question:  Ozzie respects Fidel Castro, Bell doesn’t respect Ozzie, so Heath Bell doesn’t respect Fidel.  Good for you, Heath!

Matt Capps – Returned from the DL, but he may not get any save chances because of the job Perkins has done.  If you’re rolling with Capps, you just got snake eyes.

Josh Willingham – Is day-to-day with a shoulder strain.  So he may be willing, but he’s just Notableham.

Josh Hamilton – 1-for-3 with his 43rd homer.  Turns out Hamilton didn’t have anything wrong with him.  He had ocular keratitis, which is an eye issue caused by too much caffeine and energy drinks.  He finally found something worse for his eyes than the sun.  Good thing Vodka & Red Bull wasn’t around when Ol’ Blue Eyes played Vegas.

Adrian Beltre – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 35th homer.  You don’t have to play the games, just give the stunning, five game defeat in the World Series to the Rangers now.

Curtis Granderson – 1-for-3 with his 40th homer.  Now has back-to-back 40 homer seasons.  The only other Yankees to do that are Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Jason Giambi.  The list of who’s done the 40-40 thing grows if you include all residents of the Bronx and loosen the definition of 40.

Raul Ibanez – 2-for-4, and a homer.  Now 7 for his last 12 with three homers.  It’s not pretty, but this time of year it never is.  Just grab who’s hot.

Eric Chavez – 3-for-4 with his 14th homer.  See what I said about Ibanez, but change “not pretty” to ugly and “hot” to “hey, at least he homered yesterday.”

Andy Pettitte – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Stop giving Roger Clemens ideas!

Adam Dunn – 2-for-4 and 2 homers, his 40th and 41st, while he plated four, which is different than his usual “a plate for four.”

Tyson Ross – Gave up the game yesterday in the ninth.  His record is now 2-11.  He has a little more than 15 percent of the A’s losses in only 73 1/3 IP.  It’s like the rest of the AL is Buster Douglas.

Josh Donaldson – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs with his 8th homer.   I wonder what my teams would’ve been like if Josh Donaldson was never born.  *wavy dream sequence lines*  Hey, Grey, this is Clarence, your angel.  If Josh Donaldson was never born, your teams would still be hurting for offense since you don’t own him.

Coco Crisp - Still out of the lineup with pink eye.  Which comes from drinking energy drinks that are being stored in the ice in a urinal.

  1. TheNewGuy says:
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    Andrew Brown the player off Moneyball?

    Who would you rather have overall: Lawrie (currently rolling Chipper) or Broxton (could he still see saves- dude did a very solid job)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Jeremy Brown… Broxton and Lawrie are apples and oranges, depends what you need… Chipper will get multiple days off when the Braves clinch…

  2. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    Dropped Clippard for League, and Estrada for Stultz against an already clinched Giants team this Saturday. I have two moves remaining for the week. The start max is 15, and as of now I would hit 12. Do you think its better to try and grab 3 more starts out of 2 pitchers this week next plus, or save the 2 moves for when my bats could potentially sit?

    C Montero
    1B Pujols
    2B Zobrist
    3B Kung Fu Panda
    SS Castro
    OF Stanton
    OF Beltran
    OF Revere
    UTIL R Howard
    BE Altuve
    BE C Davis

    It appears most guys should play to the end, but you never really know I guess.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BoneFace n Harmony, I’d use the two moves on SP unless you get hit by sudden injuries…

      • BoneFace n Harmony says:
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        @Grey, looking again at the week ahead, both C Lee and Gallardo pitch on Friday, and then technically would be scheduled for the last start of the season on that Wednesday. What do you think the odds are of them going?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think there’s a good chance they go out and throw complete games… There’s no reason for them to get skipped unless they tweak something or the Brewers somehow get into the playoffs…

          • BoneFace n Harmony says:
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            @Grey, that would be SO BOMB, heres to hoping! You know its a crazy time when primetime NFL action is on 3 nights a week, yet I cant stop watching my players play mostly meaningless baseball games. With GMan and C Lee probable for the last day, maybe ill snag one more pitcher for the weekend (Tillman perhaps?), and save a spot as insurance. I actually would have to drop Scott Downs, but I would still have Holland, League, and Perkins while he has Soriano, Motte, and Frieri. Cool?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What’s the Tillman matchup?

              • BoneFace n Harmony says:
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                @Grey, at Boston

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I don’t love it, especially in the O’s have a playoff spot wrapped up by then (which does seem doubtful as of right now)… But I don’t know your other options for SPs…

                  • BoneFace n Harmony says:
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                    @Grey, other decent looking options: Richard v. LA (and then @ Milwaukee end of week which I probably wouldnt mess with), Iwakuma @ LAA, Straily v. Sea, Porcello v. KC, or Tylor Cloyd if Halladay cant go v. Nats

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Richard, Straily, Tillman… Would be my order… No way Richard away from home…

                    • BoneFace n Harmony says:
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                      @Grey, im in agreement w Richard, throwing him and Stultz at home should do some wonders on the ERA and WHIP. Would you lose Downs, or drop C Davis and hope Altuve or Giancarlo comes back in the next day or so?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Lose Downs…

                    • BoneFace n Harmony says:
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                      @Grey, Done. Grey, you truly are a great man for all the help, and this maxes out my 15 pitchers for the week but leaves one last transaction in case someone decides to drop a Ryan Howard type again (literally just beat my semi-final opponent because he dropped Howard and I snagged him for the weekend series)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Cool, no worries…

  3. NYCS10011 says:
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    Still chasing Quality Starts. Stream-o-Nator doesn’t seem to care for Beckett much. Think they’re worth the shot? Thanks as always for the help.

    Anibal Sanchez vs KC
    Josh Beckett @ SD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @NYCS10011, I’d go Beckett of those two…

  4. fri-guy says:
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    having finished 3rd overall in my primary league, continuing to check in on the site and hearing about all the teams/players still playing is kinda like watching my ex-gf become the town bike after we broke up. she was hot and all mine, at least until a few weeks ago. and just like 2012 CarGo, she broke my heart and i hate her for it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fri-guy, Ha, nice analogy…

  5. junker23 says:
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    No mention of Estrada murdering the Stream-o-nator!? LAST TIME I LISTEN TO THAT THING IN THE H2H PLAYOFFS, HARUMPH!

    • BoneFace n Harmony says:
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      @junker23, he put him in there…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @junker23, A ball was lost in the sun that caused a huge inning… Was pretty terrible luck…

      • junker23 says:
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        @Grey, Hmm. Stream-o-Nator needs an added weather element. The Sunglass Index, I suppose.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, working on it…

          • Carnac says:
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            @Grey, Paging Corey Hart…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Never Surrender?

          • B.o.B says:
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            @Grey, I strongly feel a simple, routine pop fly lost in the sun should be considered an error. The pitcher should not be punished with earned runs because his fielder either didn’t wear sunglasses or needed better ones. Or maybe I’m just a bitter Estrada owner that would like 5 less earned runs counted against me in my H2H championship…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I hear ya… Probably isn’t counted as an error because where do you draw the line between misplaying a ball and not seeing it immediately or never seeing it…

  6. Bombo Rivera says:
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    Speaking of Estrada, should he get a second chance in his next start vs. the Astros? He might fare better against a AAA lneup.

    I would lean towards starting him again, but if he puts up another 13.50 ERA he has a shot of singlehandedly trashing my chances in my H2H championship.

    • Dynamite Dan says:
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      @Bombo Rivera,

      I have the exact same question concerning Estrada…

      I dont want to drop the guy if this is a good match up…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bombo Rivera, I’d start him vs. the Astros…

  7. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    I’m in a three-keeper (no penalty) league, and I figured I have two gimmes (McCutcheon; GStanton) plus a third — 1 of: Pujols; Gio; Bumgarner and… well, Adam Jones is making it interesting all over again.

    Was leaning Pujols, but Jones is making a nice case for himself in this last month.

    Thoughts?

    • Hank says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins,

      im in a 3 keeper league as well and am keeping trout, stanton, and kershaw but i have jones too and have been thinking of keeping him but i figure if anything ill target him again in the draft next year. i’d hold onto gio personally.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins, I’d go with Pujols… Lock up 1st, you have OFs…

  8. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Need a bat to replace Willingham; power and speed are both needs, so best overall over the next week: Aoki, McLouth, Moss, Ellsbury, Ike, Alonso, Hunter? Worth noting that McLouth and Ellsbury don’t have games Thursday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, McLouth….

  9. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Should I roll the Phil Hughes dice? He’s been better post All-Star. I think I just want to roll as many starters as I can fo the next 2 weeks. Except Millone tonight of course.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy BoBandy, Sure, if you need the start…

  10. Prospects Anonymous says:
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    Ain’t Nobody Fresher than my Clique…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prospects Anonymous, Yup

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        So what do you think of the album?

  11. Dynamite Dan says:
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    Morning Grey!

    Ive been veeeeery selective with my Pitchers in the finals with fantastic results with my team so far sporting an era/whip of 2.37/1.008.

    1. With that being the case….would you pick up either of Saunders (vs Tor) or Erasmo Ramirez (@ LA) for a spot start tonight

    2. Would you start AJ Burnett vs Cinci (or his 2nd start against Atl) or Josh Johnson @ Atl.

    All of these match ups look mediocur at best but my precious Stream-o-nator doesnt hate them…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dynamite Dan, Morning, DD… 1. Nope 2. I’d start Burnett…

      • Dynamite Dan says:
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        @Grey, Thanks Grey!

        Best of luck to you in your last week of the season!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Dynamite Dan, Thanks, DD!

  12. royce! says:
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    It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times??!!! Fitting description of my h2h season…

    • royce! says:
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      @royce!, insofar as it sucked and made no sense.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Did you get eliminated after coming in first for the season?

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, then it goes into “consolation” rounds, so I’m still playing. Last week I would have beaten every team remaining, but instead I’m playing for 5th place now.

        I’ve turned my attention to the autodrafted RCL team I took over – I keep bouncing in and out of first, and it appears that it will come down to RBI and AVG (my points in the latter go back and forth due to a zombie team with a decent average). Ike helped me regain first yesterday and now I’m tied with the second place team with 995 RBI, and the team above that only has 997, so it could come down to the last day. The winner will probably only end up with 103 points, so it will have no effect on the overall RCL winner, but it’s something.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pretty impressive it’s an auto-drafted team… When did you take it over? Is the team you actually drafted doing as well?

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey, I think it was the second week in April, and Kemp had kept the team afloat until then. My other team, which I mostly drafted (I missed the first 5 rounds due to idiocy, but it ended up mostly benefitting me, because I autodrafted Braun, McCutchen, Kershaw, Pence, and Andrus), is in first by 11 points. I don’t know if this success is more a reflection of my management skills or that I got really lucky with autodrafted players…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Remind me next March to have you write a post about why you should avoid your draft…

              • royce! says:
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                @Grey, Uh, I think we’ve already established that I’m not so good at remembering things (such as when drafts are scheduled to start), but I will do my best!

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey, Oh, and the autodrafted team is competing mostly because I had the freedom to pick up Trout when he was called up. Still only have a 5 in SB, but no one’s anywhere near me in R.

            • VinWins

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              @royce!, Beltre and Verlander have helped.

              • royce! says:
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                @VinWins, Totally. As well as starting out with a load of closers that miraculously avoided injuries or implosions, which provides a lot of wiggle room. Basically, a whole lotta luck. That and Medlen.

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!, Some fantastic teams have finished 5th in H2H this year.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            5th is the new 1st.

          • royce! says:
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            @Steve, Well then my drinking has a purpose- to celebrate how fantastic my team was! Cheers!

            • Steve says:
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              @royce!, What are you drinking?

              • royce! says:
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                @Steve, My father-in-law seems to have sworn off drinking or something (or he just didn’t want to pack his booze for a move) so he told his son and I to split up his liquor cabinet, which led to us “sampling” a few tequilas, you know, just to make sure it got divided fairly…I recall Herradura Seleccion Suprema, and only vaguely at that.

                • royce! says:
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                  @royce!, Oh, and my brother-in-law took that one, which, now that I’m home and have googled it, makes me think that I should have taken the remainder of the liquor cabinet. Just trying to keep it fair!

  13. Uncle Larry says:
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    Who do you like better this evening Detwiler @ Phi or Anibal v KC?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Detwiler

  14. letsgobravos says:
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    Alright Grey, would like your thoughts on my full roster. With only 6 moves for this week (through next wednesday), I need to make them count. My opponent only made 1 move last week despite being in a close matchup where the other guy used all 6, so I’m not sure if he’s lazy or just doesn’t pay close attention. He had CarGo in his roster since he got hurt so apparently he doesn’t care that much. It will really piss me off to lose out on $400 (difference between 1st and 2nd) to a guy who isn’t putting anytime into managing. With that in mind, I’m not sure if I should use all 6 moves to stream pitchers still or if I should adjust my offense also.

    Anyways, here’s what I’ve got:

    C-Donaldson
    1b-Votto
    2b-Weeks
    3b-Beltre
    SS-Aybar
    OF-Pence, Soriano, Aoki
    Util- Morneau, Maxwell
    Bench- Stanton

    Hot hitters available: Ibanez, Ike Davis, McLouth, Saunders, Evereth Cabrera Pennington.

    I was thinking drop Maxwell for either Ibanez or McLouth and possibly drop Morneau for Ike Davis. Evereth Cabrera has been stealing bases so even though Aybar has been slight better overall in the last 2 weeks, ECab might win SBs for me by himself.

    SPs: Gio, Minor, MadBum, Zimmerman, Peavy, Buchholz, Cobb, Anna Bell, Correia

    RPs: Valverde, Soriano, Putz

    Any thoughts on whether Gio and Zimm will take their 2nd starts or if they might take it off assuming they clinch the division before then? Also, Mike Minor should start Friday and Wednesday @ Pitt, but that second start is probably unlikely, correct? I like Corriea because he’s been hot and gets the Mets first and then what will probably be a braves B team next week.

    Based on the SON’s ratings, I’m debating picking up Maholm for his 2 starts (tomorrow v Miami, Monday v Pitt). SON also likes Richard tomorrow (LAD), but he gets @Milwaukee Monday so I think I like Maholm better of the two. Zito is also available for tomorrow (@Dbacks, @LAD monday)

    Anyways, sorry for the long drawn out post and thanks in advance for your thoughts….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maxwell for McLouth… EverCab for Aybar… I think Gio and Zimm will work half games… Minor should start next Wednesday, he’s not going to be the 1st pitcher in the playoffs for them, so no reason to skip him… I like Correia for those two starts and Maholm…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey, So you would hold on to Morneau over Ike?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t think that’s a significant enough switch to waste a move on…

  15. Where Wallace At says:
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    OMG the SON…aaah no way! Time to trust your guts, Razzballers. That way you only have your own insides to blame. Also, good luck.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s a tough time of year to predict anything because people aren’t all playing and young guys are tiring out…

  16. Prezii says:
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    Uh umm… Wow this is crazy. Umm, first off i have to thank god… And by god, i mean the god of Razzball, Grey Albright. Without him i don’t think any of this is possible.. he made me laugh.. he made me cry.. he made me draft Hosmer and Matt Gamel, wait i wasnt that stupid! *crowd laughs*

    I also like to thank the Stream-o-nator, yeah i know you’re out there! *crowd cheers,camera pans to SON, he smiles*.. you sure do have ur thing for guys who started off a releiver, but damn, who could have called your Erasmo and Milwood gems? *crowd applauds*

    I like to thank Rudy.. for his long flights to ethiopia, just to sample dirt off a fly infested mans cleat to gauge his steal potential in the MLB. *crowd chuckles and snorts* man this is a dorky crowd…. I also like to think podcast host Nick Capozziziidxxi, for gettin our “Mike Trout #27″ panties oh so wet with that awesome do me now voice..

    But most importantly i’d like to thank the fans. Razzball nation this one is for you! We got this title together, as one! Peace, love and happiness im out! *crowd goes crazy everyone starts gangnam styling for the rest of the show*

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @Prezii, So you already won? League ends early? Congrats either way! Hopefully I’ll be joining you in the winners circle next week.

      • Prezii says:
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        @letsgobravos, thanks man! Yep, league ended Sunday. Good luck to you and you better try to top my speech when you win! ;)

        • letsgobravos says:
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          @Prezii, Ah, I gotcha. Haha, yeah, I’ll give it a shot. Definitely would not have been able to put together my solid team without grey’s help so I’m already in his debt win lose or draw this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Great comment, man…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, haha thank ya! Right on for all ur help tho.. i could write a “how did Grey Albright help me this year?” Book if i wanted to.. but i digress… Thanks! Like i seen someone else post the other day, i’ll still be lurkin around here, creeper status, even though i have no ties to baseball.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d buy that book!…Hmm, I might’ve helped write it so I should probably get a comp copy, no?

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, true, you probably would have helped.. looks like 10% of sales are going to you! I still owe you for getting me in on the t shirt makin business! Haha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We have imaginary books and imaginary horses on imaginary shirts… We should just start up a whole imaginary line of products…

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey, haha!! Pretty sure we’d be getting imaginary money as well… Hey, money is money!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, depositing it at a bank might be tough, unless we go to an imaginary bank, but not sure I trust one of those…

                  • Prezii says:
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                    @Grey, that could be borderline illegal! Ha we could use our imaginary money and put it into stocks and bonds?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s not illegal… As you pointed out, imaginary money is what made Wall Street so powerful…

  17. letsgobravos says:
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    Fuck…latest news on Stanton is he will sit out the series against ATL…is he dropable, grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, if he’s not undroppable in your league…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, he’s not on yahoo’s can’t cut list. Who would you grab to replace him? Earlier you said to grab Mclousy and EverCab. Additional options include: Ibanez, Moss, and Ike Davis.

        …or since Stanton is currently on my bench, I could use his spot to pick up Maholm for his start tomorrow instead of dropping a pitcher.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go with Maholm for now if you have the bats to fill your lineup…

          • letsgobravos says:
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            @Grey, Stanton’s currently my only bench player, so if I dump him it will still leave me with a full compliment of starters.

            Man, dropping Stanton will be painful. He was fun to own when he was healthy…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He said he might be back tomorrow…

              • letsgobravos says:
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                @Grey, Hmm, alright. Really leaving us in limbo with this hazy timeline. Could be tomorrow, could be April.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I’d try to bench him if I could… I’m am concerned he returns and realizes he can’t play and is out again…

  18. Jon says:
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    Mind to channel January Grey for me for a second? How would you rank these five for ’13?

    Lawrie, Desmond, Hosmer, Frazier, Rasmus

    Much obliged, as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond, Lawrie, Hosmer, Rasmus…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, Rasmus above Frazier? You must been wearing your white denim shorts, today!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well, technically I wear them every day…

          • Carnac says:
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            @Grey, You’re a never-nude, too? I missed you at the convention!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I was the one wearing denim shorts and mittens… We talked? You don’t remember?

              • Carnac says:
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                @Grey, Oh, that’s right. I still can’t believe you were able to convince Nick that was a mustache convention. Ha, Canadians!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, just glad he wore pants. Whew!

  19. Dimond Demon Devil says:
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    @Grey: what to do, what to do… Would you advise picking up Zito who starts tomorrow v. Arizona? If so, whom should I drop? Chris Nelson, Starling Marte, or Mark Trumbo? (The sad Trumbone might yet turn it around…ya think?)

    Cheers,

    Triple D

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t have faith in Trumbo… I’d lose him for Zito if I needed the start…

  20. Dimond Demon Devil says:
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    Thanks as always!

    -DDD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      NP, DDD…

  21. Timequake says:
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    I’m trying to decide between two two-start pitchers for my final: Josh Johnson vs. Atlanta and NY, or Carpenter vs. Houston and Cinci. Any thoughts? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carp

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, I found something to do this offseason while I watch Breaking Bad… Ha, thanks for sharing!

  22. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Gardner coming back tonight and I need steals and runs.

    Gardner over Marte?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Keep in mind, Gardner won’t be starting much… But Marte, for some reason, is on the bench again too…

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey, I dropped Marte for DYoung yesterday as soon as there was even a chance this would happen.Besides,the soon to be departed Delmon is something like 9-19 vs Chen.No mercy this time of year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya… Not sure why Marte isn’t playing… Did you hear if he’s hurt?

  23. Steve says:
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    Holy Pedro Alvarez.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Owned him on and off – hard to remember him actually hitting a home run when he was ON my team.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, I feel the same way about him… And I’ve owned him for probably a total of two seasons…

  24. Steve says:
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    And look at Bruce with a hit, now that I no longer need it.

    *Shouts at self, ‘let it go!’*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s all clicking now…Somebody must’ve read the bulletin announcement in the fantasy clubhouse that your H2H team was out of it…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Indeed. Konerko hit a home run this afternoon too.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup, saw that…

  25. Steve says:
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    Ruf! Ruf!

  26. Steve says:
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    Seems that my two keeper teams have responded to the pressure of the final push by refusing to hit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn you, Steve Magic…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and… MEDLEN!

  27. letsgobravos says:
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    Someone finally got to Medlen…don’t own him on my team that made the finals. He’s had quite a run and I guess it was inevitable his run of dominance would eventually hit a speed bump. Streak of 21 straight Ws when he takes the mound may be over.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, far from a bad start by Medlen though…

  28. letsgobravos says:
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    Ole Anibal showing shades of his pre all star break self tonight. 8IP, 3 hits, 9ks, 0ER. Only 95 pitches, wonder if they will let him go for the CG with a 2-0 lead.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos, …and he goes the distance. 9IP, 3 hits, 10ks, 0ER.

      Drafted Anibal and he helped a ton in the first half. Sort of fitting that he turns in probably his best start of the year after I picked him back up during the finals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, insane start from Anibal…Bout time he showed some shades of his wonderful…

  29. Steve says:
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    Grrrrrrr, Reyes. I needed that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He steal something? (Besides a base…)

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Ha. Caught stealing…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Gotcha… Was just podcasting…

  30. Eddy says:
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    My pitchers today: Medlen, Kimbrel, Broxton, Anibal and Price.

    27 IP 35 Ks 1.67 ERA 0.63 WHIP

    Yes.

    • Eddy says:
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      @Eddy, And three wins, of course.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very nice! I had Broxton too…Gave the ol’ Kimbrel inning… Love that!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout!

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @Hondo, Please let it be true. Glad I decided to wait until tonight to make my moves after all the games ended.

  31. Steve says:
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    Holy Boone Logan. Picked him up in the RCL. Prior to that he’d been unhittable…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, I’m sorry, but that’s complete effing bullshit. The last 7 days he’s struck out 5 in 4 IP with an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.75.

      It’s Stevabermetrics. Past good performance is no pointer to future good performance. It just means they’re due to fuck up.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        That’s awesome… HA!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Steve, Stevabermetrics might have to go in the glossary…

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey, I’d consider it an honour.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Stevabermetrics – Named after Razzball’s Murphy’s Law-esque commenter who seems to have the kiss of death for all waiver wire acquisitions. Past good performance does not portend future good performance. It actually means the opposite.

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey, Works for me. I had Smoak until a couple of days ago too…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ha… Of course you did…

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey, Smoak’d again! FFS.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    FMFBBL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not a Boone at all..

  32. Hondo says:
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    Looks like Greinke might counter some of my opponents Anibal douchness.7k’s in 3 IP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s not great for Rudy and me in our money league…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, How are the runs going? I’m 14/42 in the RCL and my guys have scored THREE times. Crazy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s 77 1/2 points to 78 1/2, we have 77 1/2… Runs are decent (4 run cushion between us and next team)… We could really use a Win but don’t have anyone until tomorrow… Greinke’s kinda screwing us a little too…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, And Greinke is just a strike-throwing wild man tonight…

  33. Steve says:
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    Oh Erasmo. That ain’t so good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kinda praying Greinke loses the Win…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Oh dear. Looks like drinks are on Erick at the Aybar.

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Could happen any minute now…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dammit, so close!

  34. Eddy says:
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    Grey, would you drop Pence for David Murphy, Kozma, Denard Span, Mclouth, Jon Jay or Solano in a 12-team league?

    • Eddy says:
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      @Eddy, 12 team OBP*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McLouth

  35. Steve says:
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    I’ll be mightily cheesed off if Street blows this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He didn’t come back right… Pissing me off giving up unnecessary runs…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Never in doubt. I have both him and Volquez, albeit on different teams.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          And Greinke got the win….Damn…

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