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The Rangers are thinking about calling up big-time prospect, Jurickson Profar.  When I saw that news my eyes did the John Lithgow’s eyes when he sees the gremlin on the wing of the plane in Twilight Zone, The Movie.  Then I started thinking, as I’m wont to do on occasion, Kinsler is on lock, Andrus isn’t going anywhere yet, Beltre and Olt can play 3rd, while Young can butcher all 4 positions and fly the “This guy is the heart of our team” flag.  Are the Rangers so crazed for the playoffs that they’re going to bring up the number two ranked prospect in all of baseball for a bench role?  Yes, yes they are.  In keepers, I’d grab him if he’s not already owned.  In Double-A this year, he has 13 homers and 15 steals and a .283 average.  Oh, by the by, he’s only 19 years old.  Zoinks!  You’re looking at a guy that could be Hanley Ramirez as soon as next year.  That’s the young, less insouciant Hanley.  So, Jurickson would Profar if the Rangers infield wasn’t stacked.  Well, me too.  More than likely, he’ll be back in the minors to start the year in 2013 and find his way into the Rangers infield early on due to an injury.  The hype machine will be working overtime for him next year.  For the long term, I like him a tad more than Macho Manny Machado, but MA3 has a starting job, Jurickson’s got nowhere to play.  So in redraft leagues, I’d take a wait and see approach with him.  Or Jurickson can warm your bench if you Profar.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy baseball:

Ryan Dempster – 6 IP, 8 ER.  “Over here we have the world’s most expensive bookends.”  That’s a tour guide describing Oswalt and Dempster as they stand next to a stacks of books in Nolan Ryan’s personal library.

Aaron Harang – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA is now down to 3.76.  In related news, a Scottish man claimed the rights to Aaron Harang because he found a tree trunk in his backyard that he says is Aaron Harang’s likeness.  You be the judge.

Moises Sierra – 2-for-3 and a homer.  Like his Mom, Moises Alou, when he’s in the groove, he’s spraying balls all over the place.

Carlos Villanueva – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Check out Chuck Newtown’s numbers:  3.12/1.25 and 86 Ks in 80 2/3 IP.  He’s getting a tad lucky, his walks could come back to haunt him and he gets the Rangers next time out, so it’s a wait and see, but I’d definitely keep an eye on him.

Kris Medlen – Braves announced that they would go to a 6-man rotation until the end of August.  Glory be the stunod who finally decided to leave Medlen in the rotation.  This means when Hanson returns Medlen won’t be bumped for at least another two weeks.  Then when August of Twelve After Twenty drops its curtain, the Braves will have time to see Medlen is the most deserving of the rotation spot or Hanson could be hurt again, so Kris could be a starter for the rest of the year.  I’d go ahead and own him in all leagues now.  The Flat-Billed Pitchypus rides again…

Andrew Bailey – Will be activated on Tuesday.  Hey, that’s today!  I imagine it’ll take about a week to ten days before Bailey sees a save, and then the Red Sox’s Clarence can stop showing them what life would be like without a closer.

Pablo Sandoval – 0-for-1 as he was activated from the DL.  Next stop: Starting.  Stop starting?  No, start stopping.  You get the drift.

Ryan Vogelsong – 2 2/3 IP, 8 ER.  I’ve heard of the Redemption Song, but before last night I’ve never heard the Regression Song.  It sounds like a cat trying to pull itself up a chalkboard with nothing but its nails.

Brent Lillibridge – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 2nd homer in the last three games.  Brent’s usually a Lillibridge to nowhere, but he could be a quick hot schmotato for a few days.

Placido Polanco – When he’s activated from the DL, he won’t be the everyday 3rd baseman.  Charlie Manuel said, “Placido’s wrasslin’ a gator and that gator has a twelve-inch straw that sucks water out of his boots.”  Reporters had no clue what that meant, but a press release later explained.

Cole Hamels – 9 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA is now down to 2.91 and has just under a 9 K-rate.  Probably not in the Cy Young discussion though, because anyone who’s having a Cy Young discussion mid-August is an uber-nerd and would be talking about Hamels’s xFIP.  Oh, and I did just use ‘uber.’  Deal with it!

Kevin Frandsen – 2-for-5, as he gets the 3rd base job while Polanco’s got gators straw-sucking water from his boots.  Frandsen has a lot of minor league numbers to support his lack of power, speed and any fantasy value, but I hear he makes a mean Denver omelette!

Eric Stults – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks.  After filming Mask, Eric Stults said he stayed in touch with Cher and she has been a million beacons of light for him, especially when she wears sequins in the day.

Chase Headley – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer as he continues to feast on any not-in-Petco pitching.  On a short schedule day, he would’ve been a great batty call.

Dale Thayer – If there was any doubt who the Padres would go to in the ninth, Thayer threw the perfect inning for the save.  Dale Thayer is also the answer to this March, 2013 question, “What the hell was the name of that guy getting saves for the Padres at the end of last year?”

Jayson Werth – Sat out with a sore ankle as the Nats piled on about three dozen runs.  Holy sit!

Ian Desmond – Nats reported Desmond’s oblique is progressing quicker than expected.  Might be able to return prior to the end of the month, but the Nats will know more on Wednesday.  And that’s the most specific news I’ve ever heard on an oblique injury.

Danny Espinosa – 4-for-6, 3 runs, 3 RBIs with his 12th homer.  Basically, everyone on the Nats got a hit yesterday, except LaRoche — ticker tease!  Vogelsong really devastated my will to recap this game, but I will soldier on for the greater good of Razzball.

Roger Bernadina – 4-for-6, a run and 3 RBIs.  The Nats should bench Harper and let Bernadina play, and if that was said in the Nats Public Relations office it would go over about as well as that Reds PR person who threatened to beat up a few of the Reds fans on Twitter who thought Dusty maybe/possibly wasn’t the best pitcher manager.  Would’ve been even better if that Reds fan was actually Kerry Wood or Mark Prior.

Garrett Jones – 4-for-4, 3 RBIs and 2 doubles.  Put that through an In-N-Out translator and it’s a “Double-Double animal style.”

Michael Fiers – 2 IP, 8 ER.  And now you got Michael Fiers and he’s f**king you.

Carlos Gomez – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  He didn’t need the Coors correction, but a three game set stroking the fine imported Kentucky wood in the humidor won’t hurt.

Eric Young Jr. – 2-for-5 with his 13th steal.  Young is going to steal 7 bases this week.  Say it and it will be true, that’s The Secret.

DJ LeMahieu – 4-for-4, 2 RBIs and 11 for his last 17, as he’s started five straight games.  He’s not much more than a schmohawk with some speed, but he is swinging a hot bat.  Plus, how awesome was he in Hustle & Flow?

Anthony Rizzo – 4-for-5, raising his average to .306 to go along with his 9 homers.  I think Hosmer’s scarred me so badly this year, I’m not sure I’ll be able to go near Rizzo next year. Cust kayin’.

Darwin Barney – 2-for-2 with his 6th homer.   The Purple Evolutionist has found a way to survive by being on a terrible team and at a position where they lack depth.  If only the dodo could’ve turned a double play.

Jeff Samardzija – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, but he was facing the Astros B-squad.  Sorry, meant the Astros B-squat.

David Phelps – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. the Rangers and the Win.  The Stream-o-Nator liked this start because the Stream-o-Nator is running on adrenaline and can dead-lift an elephant.

Eric Chavez – 2-for-4 with yet another homer.  Or a nutter, if you’re from New York.  Chavez now has 5 homers in the last ten games.  It’s Chavsanity!  Hmm, that doesn’t work so well.

Nick Swisher – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs as he hit a grand slam.  Still has a long way to go before he approaches A-Rod’s mastery of the grand salami.

Adam Dunn – 3-for-5 with his 32nd and 33rd homers.  The Big Donkey Show rides again!  Oh, and hello, Googlers of “Big donkey show” + “Grand salami.”  We won’t judge you here.

Jake Peavy – 8 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  ERA is now at 3.04.  He has the least amount of Wins for having at least 17 Quality Starts.  Jason Vargas of the freakin’ Mariners has 17 Quality Starts and 13 wins to Peavy’s 9.  My Win Karma is polluted like Michelle Pfeiffer’s womb!

Ben Zobrist – 3-for-4, 1 RBI as he plays shortstop for the 4th time in the last five games and Maddon says he’s gonna be rolling his Ben-Zo out to short for the foreseeable future.  Good for his fantasy value and will save gas.

Alex Cobb – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Well, that played exactly how I drew it up on Friday when I told you to grab him for this start vs. the Mariners.  Now you can drop the Tampa Bay Peach.

Anibal Sanchez – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER, 13 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. the Twins.  Last nail meet coffin.  Coffin meet last nail.

Darin Mastroianni – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and a slam (3) and legs (14).  How does one get the name Darin with that last name?  Is Darin short for Daringiuseppe?  He stole 45 bases one year in the minor leagues, and he’ll be filling in for an ailing Span.  Not a bad looksie if you’re hurting for steals in deep leagues.

Ryan Doumit – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs with his 14th homer.  Ron Popeil’s gotta be happy with that from his catcher slot.  Especially if he stuck some rosemary and lemon wedges under his skin.  Delicious!

Tsuyoshi Nishioka – Sent down to Triple-A.  Single-A would make more sense.  Or Triple-I.

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  1. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Its Chava Con, you would never admit that you own him to your friends like you would never admit you bump her tunes when you are alone in the car…and they both have been known to have a few hits.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, Everybody Chava Con?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, EVERYBODY gets CONned by the CHAVAez

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, RUFUS? and were not talkin Carlin

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rufus Wainwright?

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, just Tell Me Something Good!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              In N Out is pretty good…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey, did you miss the song reference…probably not. try the oinkster in eagle rock

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oinkster’s one of my faves… Pastrami’s out of control…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey, and those fries with the garlic aioli…ridic!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And the peanut butter and jelly cupcake… And the lemonade… Marrona!

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, we use to go there after we would go to the “Pharmacy”….Tamales in highland park.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Farmacia? My keeper live draft is two blocks from there… Usually go afterwards…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, not that type of pharmacy, the kind that came about after prop 215…you know where you get really special cookies and brownies. Also great lemonade.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hehe… Yeah, I’m following… The kind where everyone has bloodshot eyes…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, clear eyes travel size… There are a couple of good spots out in that area. Its funny how I found the Oinkster. Was driving down Colorado and saw what looked like a tastee freeze, when I got close I realized it was not, but i smelled it and told my buddy we are eating here. He doubted the nose but not anymore. I laughed when it was on trple D.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Was it on Triple D? I never saw that one… Nickel Diner was and that’s also great, it’s downtown… Their bacon donut is amazing…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, I been wanting to go there so bad. The baby’s mama works down there and I am begging her to let me meet her after work so we can go to dinner

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      The food is really excellent… Never had a bad meal…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, its a grand salami!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup, just don’t bother with Umamidelicatesscan… Overrated…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, thanks for the heads up, do you like posole?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I do…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, Its amazing at yxta on central and 6th

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Will have to check it out… Also, downtown is this place called Mo Chica that is incredible… Everything on the menu is wonderful… It’s Peruvian…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, Do they have Mo Chica’s than any other spot downtown

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      They used to have one by USC… He also owns Picca on Pico which is also excellent…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, damn now I’m hungry and downtown is a good 30 minutes for me

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Where are you again? South Bay?

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, San Dimas near Pomona

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah… So you’re out east… Yeah, bit of a hike to go downtown…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, it nevr ahs stopped me, baby’s mama is from Long Beach

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s a serious hike in itself… Take you about an hour?

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, from here to west side LB its 40 min door to door. Downtoen is 25 with no traffic.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s not terrible… If there’s no traffic…

  2. druss says:
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    Hi Grey !
    I hope they stop krismeddling with the braves rotation! Doumit or ike davis ROS?
    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @druss, Ha… Doumit…

  3. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Ian Desmond is sitting on the waivers, so should I immediately grab him up or hold until Wednesday? I’ve been rocking Rutledge for the past couple of weeks and enjoying the ride. I have to imagine a healthy Desmond is an upgrade over Rutledge, right? I already have Votto and Lawrie riding the DL and dont necessarily have an open roster spot but could stand to lose a closer. What’s your advise?

    Roster: C Wieters 1B Rizzo 2B Hill 3B Moustakas SS Rutledge OF Cargo OF Trout OF Granderson UTL Jennings. BN Reddick DL Votto DL Lawrie

    SP Gallardo, Sale, Darvish, Zimmerman, Sheet, Fister, Medlen RP Clippard, Wilhelmson, Frieri, Holland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, You’re gonna start a DL’d guy at SS? He’s still over a week away, there’s just gonna be more news about his timetable on Wednesday.

  4. Sam says:
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    Mornin’ Grey. Are you starting Kennedy @STL in a 10 team H2H? I have Greinke vs.CLE and Moore @SEA going as well.

    • @Sam, I think I’d sit Kennedy unless it’s a very deep league or unless you really need Ks and can absorb a kick to the gut on ERA and WHIP. He’s never pitched well against the Cards, and Greinke and Moore are much safer bets.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sam, I’d start him…

  5. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey (Again!)

    Looking to trade an outfielder for a starter…

    1) More eager to trade Reddick or Jennings? Similar value?

    2) Rank these starters you would target in a trade for aforesaid outfielders: Moore, Kennedy, Lynn, Scherzer

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, 1) Jennings, pretty close though 2) Scherzer, Moore, Kennedy

  6. ferris says:
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    12 team mixed

    drop johan santana to stream for team fighting for playoff spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ferris, Go for it

  7. Mennonite Sports guy says:
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    I was browsing the waiver wire in the league that I run and noticed some idiot had dropped Cole Hamels! As result I had him starting last night! :)

    • BoneFace w/ no Harmony says:
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      @Mennonite Sports guy, leave that league immediately

    • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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      @Mennonite Sports guy, The worst part of that story isn’t that somebody dropped Hamels (which is pretty bad), but that nobody had claimed him. Sounds like a pretty useless league.

      • Mennonite Sports guy says:
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        @RandomItalicizedVoice, I just realized that he was one of the players I dropped from one of the inactive teams I took over. Nobody wanted to trade for him and so I dropped him! http://baseball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/b1/13807

        • @Mennonite Sports guy, You mean you dropped him and then were surprised to find him on waivers? Didn’t you characterize teh guy who dropped him as “some idiot”?

          Anyway, I guess it’s good that you picked up up for that start.

          • Mennonite Sports guy says:
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            @Enrique, I am surprised none of the guys in the league that I manage checked the waiver wire. He was on there for over a week! (So long, that I even forgot about it! LOL) I actually own 5 of the teams in that league. I had to boot four guys because they were not active. I filled their rosters with DLed or inactive players. Except I did put one pitcher and batter on each of the teams.

  8. Samardzija! says:
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    A guy in my dynasty desperately wants my Gio Gonzalez and wants to give Wainwright plus a youngun. I’m not good at dynasty trades. He has Marte and Rizzo. He wants to give Marte, I want Rizzo. Marte seems too little to get back but is Rizzo too much to ask for?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Samardzija!, I’d want Rizzo…

  9. BoneFace w/ no Harmony says:
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    Kung Fu is finally back! I had scooped Plouffe as a one day replacement, however am debating waiting on him to see how he does. Would you drop Marte, Affeldt, Perkins, McDonald, or Liriano instead of Plouffe? I know McDonald is pretty much droppable but ive been trying to push him for a cheap closer….

    • BoneFace w/ no Harmony says:
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      @BoneFace w/ no Harmony, actually on that note- do you also like Perkins or Affeldt more for saves ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BoneFace w/ no Harmony, McDonald… Affeldt over Perkins…

  10. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Per your advice I streamed Cobb last night and held onto him and went to look at his ROS schedule:

    @LAA, Oak, @Tex, NYY, Tex, @NYY, Bos, @Bos, Bal

    Brutal. Rays pitchers look like they’re gonna be in a world of hurt ROS. I dropped Cobb after I saw that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RandomItalicizedVoice, Yup

  11. Slappy Pappy says:
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    Nail is to coffin, as Anibel is to drop button. Man, I’m really going to miss that guy. False! I’m not going to miss him or his bloated post-AS break ratios at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slappy Pappy, Yup

  12. Denis says:
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    who is better ROS: Matt Joyce or Lorenzo Cain?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Denis, Cain

  13. Jon says:
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    Is there a chance that Anibal is still a good keeper depending on where he signs? Or would you cut ties with him even in a keeper league. For example, would you lose him for any of these streamers?

    Duensing, Phelps, Beavan, Estrada, Eovaldi, Germano, Harrell, W Smith

    Richard, Doubront, Hughes and McAllister are a few more guys available. If there’s anyone in there that could help me out ROS, let me know. I’m also ok with holding since none of those names impress me really at all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, I’d hold him in a keeper…

  14. TheNewGuy says:
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    EY Jr, Segura or Snider. Just looking for best overall player for my Util.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Also Lillibridge over Vitters? Getting nothing from 3B whilst Lawrie’s out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Young… Lillibridge…

  15. Jon says:
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    Is Jason Hammel a guy to target in a keeper league? How about Pineda? Luebke? Morrow? How would you rank those guys for ’13?

    • Jon says:
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      @Jon, and are there other injured starters or starters that may come on the cheap in the next week who could be good values next year?

      Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Morrow, Pineda, Hammel…

  16. Justin M says:
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    To be fair, Headley just hit 3 hr last weekend in Pittsburgh. Despite it not being Petco, hes still hitting well in pitcher friendly ballparks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin M, Gotcha

  17. Is there any reason to roster Olt at this point? Is he going to play any significant amount of time? I am thinking of dropping him for Rolen, no where near as sexy, but in a redraft league I feel like Olt is dead wait at this point.

    • Grey

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      @Shea Sera Sera, Nah, he’s not worth rostering, but I’d want him over Rolen…

  18. Jon says:
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    Are you starting Straily tomorrow @ KC?

    Both Maholm and Medlen vs. SD?

    • @Jon, If I had Straily (I don’t; I dropped him after his ugly game vs. LAA) I’d bench him for the KC start and decide what to do with him after that.

      Yes and yes on the second part (I’m more at ease with Medlen).

      • Jon says:
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        @Enrique, Good thoughts. I’m holding Straily because I think he could be a nifty keeper, but I get the wait and see approach…

        @Grey, what do you think about Straily tomorrow?

        • Tony says:
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          @Jon, h2h im debating, i have much more reliable SP’s with good matchups so i’ll probably sit him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Yes… Yes and yes…

  19. Pesky Out says:
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    Headley gets very little mustachioed respect, I have noticed. Seems to be referred to as someone to pick-up or play during off days, but the doode is up to about 40th on the player rater.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pesky Out, Nice username…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, and you’re right, he’s not a one day pick up, he’s owned/ownable…

  20. smegma says:
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    Looking for probably 2 starters next week due to new roster spot(s) thanks to Anibal and Aceves (maybe, but he’s probably out as closer soon). Which 2 would you pickup for Anibal/Aceves? Or are any of them worth making a roster move? Not very promising matchups left on ww unfortunately for next week.

    Feldman: v. Bal, v. Min
    Volquez: v. Pit, @ Ari
    E. Santana: @ Bos, @ Det
    Miguel Gonzalez: @ Tex, v. Tor
    Millwood: v. Cle, @ CWS
    Alex White: @ NYM, @ ChC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma, Hold with those options…

  21. Wake Up says:
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    ….and when Sarah Palin climbs Brent Lillibridge, she can see Russia…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Ha!

  22. jaw says:
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    start beckett @ bal and parker @kc?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jaw, If I owned either, I’d start Beckett…

  23. Slam says:
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    Re: Fiers- WELL PLAYED SIR

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Slam, Yeah, too bad it happened…

  24. Long Bawls says:
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    Wouldja start Fister with his meh numbers against the Twins?

    And is this the right order, do you think: Burton, Affeldt, Thayer? (Or is that like saying, “which of these roadkill raccoons would make the best gift for my girlfriend”?)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Long Bawls, Yes… Thayer, Affedlt….

  25. Long Bawls says:
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    I know a lot of people were upset about Jurickson being passed over, but I just hope they don’t blow this Profar. Not everyone swings out of the gate like Manny Matzahdo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Long Bawls, Macho Manny!

  26. Justin says:
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    Dude in my league dropped Medlen and Dunn. Do I pick up either? neither? both?

    • BoneFace w/ no Harmony says:
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      @Justin, who are you dropping?

  27. Wake Up says:
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    By the by, kudos on the lede…(Hopefully he can pull it out/off)…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Wake Up, oops, not the lede (i’m not sure what that means, but I think it used to be in paint)…I was saying kudos on the biggest letters on the top, where I point by arrow thing to click on…right before I pointed on it, I laughed and thought of Catholic girls…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, The title was Rudy…

  28. Bill Lumbergh says:
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    @Grey: Please complete this sentence: “For 2013 Ian Desmond is a top ___ shortstop.” (3,5,10?). Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bill Lumbergh, 10

  29. EK says:
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    Pls rank for UTIL spot H2H points:

    Kendrys
    G. Jones
    EYJ
    Jay

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK, Kendrys, Young

  30. Rick Grimes says:
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    Can you pick the top 3 players from each group?

    Minor (On waivers), Cobb, LeBlanc, Stults, Hanson, McAllister,
    Norris

    Jon Jay, Carlos Gomez, Profar, Olt, Chavez, Aybar, Young Jr, Ruggiano, Frazier, Carter

    Thayer, Affeldt, Bailey, Romo, Perkins, Henderson

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rick Grimes, Minor, Hanson, Norris… Gomez, Jay, Young… Thayer, Affeldt, Henderson

      • Rick Grimes says:
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        @Grey, You are a king of kings.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You are the noticer of noticers…

  31. Pops says:
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    Rutledge or Espinosa ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pops, Espinosa

  32. Jankees says:
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    I watched that giants game last night… There were about 3 double plays that should have been turned. Not to mention theriot kicked a ball into right trying to field agrounder. Then on the next play he dropped another ground ball. Most of the 7 ER in the 3rd inning came off of infield singles and singles that found the right hole in the defense.

    Don’t get me wrong, he wasn’t on last night. But he did have 5 k’s and could have escaped that inning giving up no runs. I hope he can bounce back bc his defense really let him down.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jankees, Yeah, I watched highlights, it was bad luck, but he was due for it…

  33. Long Bawls says:
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    Giancarlo for Bumgarner? My hitting/pitching stats are pretty even across the board.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Long Bawls, I like bats at the end of the year, seem to carry more value with so few starts left for pitching. But you can look at Bums remaining starts to see if its favorable for him, that might help you decide. Also, who would you sit for Giancarlo?

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate, Good points, and thanks! I’d probably sit Rios/Longoria/Crisp- health and streakiness issue. I also have Stubbs and Bruce, but I’m sticking my head in the sand about them.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Long Bawls, The nice thing is you might find a good split line for Stubbs and Bruce. Crisp is marginal many nights, but has enough season and career splits to make informed calls.

      • Long Bawls says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate, Yeah, and just like you, I like big bats. I cannot lie.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Long Bawls, no other fantasy baseballers can deny

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Giancarlo, it’s fair…

  34. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Is Olt-rock past it’s time? This is getting frustrating and makes me think if Prof-rock comes up then then it will be at the back end of the play list.

    • Long Bawls says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, Yeah, seriously, it’s like a never-ending synth solo in Arlington. Frustrating.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Long Bawls, Frustipating!

        • Long Bawls says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate, Ha! From the sacred to the Profar…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Prog-rock — APP!

  35. jack says:
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    Thanks for being the voice of reason and convincing me to sit Fiers who I had just picked up and wanted to play with like a new toy. My 10% chance of winning would have dropped to 7%! Hanging in there thanks to Grey.

    Check this out — I sold off Altuve for Reyes at the deadline and Jose has basically stolen a bag every game since while Reyes has stolen only once. Hate this game!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… That sucks on Altuve/Reyes… Sometimes in the short term guys are much closer than they appear…

  36. Stan Steamer says:
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    Who is a better option next year & over the next 3 years: Ian Desmond or Profar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Desmond

  37. Carnac says:
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    I’ve got an email here from Shin-Soo in Cleveland with a question for Nick: “Does anyone play Fantasy Canadian Football?”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m more interested in Australian Rules Football…

  38. Carnac says:
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    So Peavy’s not going to have an innings limit this year. Ventura’s not going to limit his pitches, either. In the last month (6 starts), he’s had fewer than 120 pitches TWICE (104 and 114).

    I haven’t seen that many pitches thrown since the afternoon I spent at a coffee shop off Sunset.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Carnac, yeah put Peavy was probably making quality pitches

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Mel’s is where all the great stories are pitched!

  39. Prezii says:
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    Mmmm in and out burger….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I as hungry when I wrote that and still am… I have a tapeworm!

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, …probably from the meat loaf at Mel’s!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you catch a bad one…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, call it tapeworm, but i think you just have a little Matt Adams syndrome.. couple 4×4’s animal style should solve that problem..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly… Fatt Adams knows how to get through a cold winter…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, unless hes stranded with 4 others on a mountain… I know who were eatin first!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA! Let him sweat a little for some salt…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey, whose going to take down the mammoth?

  40. pseudokiwis says:
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    Is trading the downside risk of Machado not pulling a Trout for the rest of the year for a non-keeper in Pedroia worth the upside of Machado as a keeper contract? I’m about 60/40 odds to place in the money without a trade.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Machado in a keeper…

      • pseudokiwis says:
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        @Grey, thanks.
        On a related note, what’re the odds that Manny sticks at 3B? I drafted him as a SS, so he has MI eligibility for now but next year I have a logjam with Cabrera (no more 1B) and Beltre as well. That’s my 3B, CI, and UT if I keep all three.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’ll be at SS next year…

  41. BoneFace w/ no Harmony says:
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    Was offered Choo, Burnett, and Darvish for my Beltran. I would drop McDonald and Liriano. Not a big fan, but figured I would get some feedback. 12 H2H

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trade looks decent…

  42. Kaiser Soze says:
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    Grey-

    Can ya help a brotha out and rank these schmo’z for H2H Util spots (OPS league)?

    A. Gordon, G. Jones, Morneau, EYJ, Revere, Aoki

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon, Revere, Young

  43. Mike says:
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    Pick 3

    Minor, Corbin, Sheets, Straily.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Minor…

  44. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    RE: Question #3

    I was talking about dropping a closer for Desmond. I have 4 closers and could bear to lose one (Clippard, Frieri, Holland, Wilhelmson). I would still hold onto Rutledge until Desmond is active. Do you think it would be worth it to drop a closer to roster Desmond or would you hold until more info comes out Wednesday?

    Also, do you think he will be the same all star type of player or just due for some massive regression?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah… Yeah, sure, lose Frieri… Probably a massive regression…

      • Melvin Emanuel says:
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        @Grey,

        Are you still taking a regressed Desmond over Rutledge right now?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m not taking Desmond over Rutledge right now, because Desmond is hurt for the next week…

          • Melvin Emanuel says:
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            @Grey,

            Ha Well I mean a healthy Desmond over Rutledge. Meaning, if in a week, there is a healthy Ian Desmond sitting on your waiver, would you drop Rutledge for him?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I would…

  45. TheNewGuy says:
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    What are your thoughts on Yuuuu. Have him in a 16 team H2H where I can’t trade him now as our deadlines passed.

    Not been good since the ASB and now has ugly 4.56/1.42 numbers. Should I be benching him until he figures his shizz out? I’d consider cutting him but there is literally nothing out there on the wire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bench him in tough matchups and pray in easier ones…

  46. Jon says:
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    Can you channel January Grey for me and take a guess where Morrow sits in your Top 300?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      110

  47. rainbowtrout says:
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    Plouffe or Werth rest of season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Plouffe

  48. Grey and Rudy —

    In the years you guys have run this site, have you noticed that visits, comments, etc. peak around the same time each season? Just curious … seems like people would tune in less once they feel their team’s out of contention, and I wonder when that starts to happen.

    And a baseball question: My OF/UTIL guys (four available spots) are Bruce, Stubbs, Victorino, De Aza, Rizzo, Jon Jay, Rasmus.

    I have EY2 on waivers in this 16-team 6×5 roto league where my biggest need is AVE, followed by Rs and SBs. I think the worst two guys on that list are prolly Rasmus and Jay, and I’m not sure EY2 is an upgrade until I look closely. It’d be nice to have him as a backup 2B (I have only Aaron Hill there) and I’m in 1st with HR and RBI so maybe I can loose some power (Rasmus?). Jay is a help with AVE but not much else.

    Do I hold or drop one of the guys above for EY2?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      People get sidetracked by fantasy football in August… Lose Jay for Young…

  49. Hondo says:
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    @ Enrique

    Follow Grey’s advice and you won’t be out of contention

    That was me giving props to Grey,since I can’t afford to send him 20 bucks this Year,although I’m sure he’d prefer the 20 over the props.

    • @Hondo, heh heh

  50. K!cks says:
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    Howie Kendrick or Espinosa

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Flip a coin on matchups? Espinosa…

  51. Jon says:
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    In a deep league for MI depth, do I hold with Jean Segura or drop for the promise of Profar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold Segura…

  52. crock says:
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    Need a 3b for the ros and thinkin chavez but will he be sitting vs left handed pitchers? Or should i try and move kendrys (who is a bench bat) for chris johnson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can grab Chavez for now… And try and move Kendrys for Johnson…

  53. Carnac says:
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    Yeah, I think Chavez is being platooned w/ McGehee. I haven’t seen anything official, but he only has ~20 ABs this year vs LHP and appears to be sitting every time there is a left on the mound.

  54. EK says:
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    Detwiler or Norris?
    12 team h2h points

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on their matchups… Detwiler…

  55. the hungarian hippo says:
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    I have Longoria, Aramis, and Headley…

    Better deal: Longoria for Hamels

    or

    Aramis for Medlen?

    Thanks and may your Cobbs always be peachy

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Hamels if you really need pitching and it’s a non-keeper…

      • the hungarian hippo says:
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        @Grey, It’s a non-keeper, and my rotation is solid.

        I have Felix, Madbum, Greinke (worried about him), Zimmermann, Kuroda, Corbin. Also have Cobb n Bedard (both will be dropped this week for a spot start).

        My “rich-kid” problem is that I have Butler, Goldschmidt, Longoria, Aramis, Headley, and Votto (once he comes off the DL). Only have spots for a 1B, 3B, and 2 Utilities.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, but get Medlen… You don’t need Hamels with that rotation…

  56. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Last question, I promise!!

    Between dropping one of Wilhelmson, Clippard, Frieri and Holland, you said to drop Frieri. I was just curious why. Thanks buddy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Because he hasn’t been that good in two months and has only recorded 3 saves since June…

      EDIT: Missed a word…

  57. chontos says:
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    Lavarnway, Ellis, or newly called up Brantly?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ellis

  58. Jon says:
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    Which of these potential waiver wire adds for me has the best chance of being an impact player next year (if anyone):

    Simmons, Aybar, LoMo, Snider, Alonso, Luebke, Walden, Axford

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morrison, Axford, Alonso…

  59. All Braun No Brains says:
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    So I have 215 innings to fill I have Kershaw, Verlander and Medlen that I”m gonna use starters and relievers to fill it out. I traded goldy, altuve, and gio for pedroia, eithier, and thayer. I know I sold gio cheap but hitting wise did I make out and what do you think Harren is worth?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent if you needed hitting and you have plenty of pitching still… Haren’s worth around a #2 OF…

  60. Abdoozy says:
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    Start Billingsley @ PIT today? After what Fiers did to me I’m thinking it doesn’t matter who I start, I can’t possibly hurt my ratios any more..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him…

  61. Todd25 says:
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    give Gio for Grandy.

    my pitching looks like: Gio, Weaver, J-Zim, Haren, Sheets, Medlen, Straily.
    Is Grandy falling off the wagon of value as he’s only hitting .217 since the break, or could bounce back to finish the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t have much faith in Grandy, but that deal is fair…

  62. Abdoozy says:
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    Would you drop Frieri to pick up McGehee and platoon the latter with Chavez as long as ARod is out? Have Affeldt, Thayer and Henderson for saves.

    Hard to believe Frieri doesn’t have more than 3 saves since June.. Says something about LAA, and the Sciosiapath, doesn’t it? Something is f’d up in Anaheim. That team should be better than scrambling for a wild card and looking up at Cleveland.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, so true about the Angels… I wouldn’t drop Frieri to pick up McGehee…

  63. Just in case you missed this one, Jordan Zimmerman has 20 QS to only 9 wins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oops, I did miss that… So similarly awful… Thanks for the heads up!

  64. MackeySasser says:
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    14 team keeper league, H2H, sitting in 3rd place. Drop Hosmer or LaRoche for Profar? Or someone else save for Cozart.

    Posey, Hosmer, LaRoche, Infante, Cozart, ARam, Trout, Braun, Holliday, JUpton, A. Gordon

    Wainwright, Bumgarner, Price, Gallardo, Aceves, Holland, An. Sanchez, Maholm, Moore, Wandy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Wandy for him…

  65. JTR says:
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    Pick two to start the majority of games the rest of the way… I need to gain average points in a standard ROTO, but need to maintain runs and HRs.

    1. Rios
    2. Cespedes
    3. Bruce

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rios, Cespedes

  66. Hosmer's Ho's says:
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    Just got Dunn and need some pitching. Thinking of offering Votto for Price. Do you like it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like it…

  67. Jon says:
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    I’m excited for the Bumgarner – Zimmermann showdown tonight in SF even though I own them both. Think they can anchor my keeper staff for the next few years?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, definitely…

  68. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    So we’re having an excellent discussion in my league, debating whether or not to delete W as a scoring category next season. My feeling is that:

    1.) it is not a pitcher’s job to win the game (W), it’s his job to put his team in a good position to win the game (QS)

    2.) W is the most scarce stat (thus the most valuable commodity), and having it as a scoring cat places too much emphasis on luck/chance and removes some emphasis from a solid game plan/strategy… since many Ws come from fluky locations (e.g. bad starts with good run support, blown saves FTW, MR in the right place at the right time)

    Someone suggested we ask Grey/Rudy to weigh in on it. I’m pretty sure you hate W as much as I do (maybe more), and Rudy is a 5×5 guy despite its flaws, but just wanted to be sure I wasn’t misrepresenting your stances.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, hey, give me my credit, I said we should ask Rudy and Grey.

      Any other frequent commentor please comment…Carnac, Royce, Steve, Prezzi, you know who you guys are

      • royce! says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate, I prefer the usual 5×5. Luck can affect wins, but it also affects nearly every other category, and I don’t like to tinker with a good thing.

        Also, I don’t think the point of fantasy is to precisely capture a player’s true value to a team; I can see overlooking W for the CY, but don’t think it’s necessary for fantasy. Unless of course you are able to convince the actual players to play a live game against another team’s players in order to determine the champion. Which would be awesome.

        But it’s not my league so have a blast!

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @royce!, thanks, we could do it on a video game and have it auto play…I’m all for keeping wins. I do like what quality starts brings to the table.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, those are our stances, for sure… I’d keep Wins but I don’t love them…

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, sorry, it was Jack who wanted Razzball Nation to weigh in.

        For pitching, I think QS, K, ERA, WHIP, S, and K/9 is a good combo because:

        1.) you’re getting an excellent overview of the quality of your pitching staff with a minimized emphasis on how their team happens to play during their appearances (not saying I want to remove that factor, but I don’t think it should have as much weight as it does with Wins)

        2.) keeps the FA pool deep and allows for some variety in pitching strategy (K/9 with WHIP and ERA brings top tier MRs into the mix without adding Holds)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re going to make top flight pitching extremely valuable… More so than most leagues and most rankings…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, but guys like Vargas, Lohse and Vogelsong have an increase in value

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, oh and I’m against losing Wins.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think there’s no right answer… Adding and taking away a category has its advantages and disadvantages…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey, out of curiosity, K/9 or K/BB?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Both have their flaws… K/BB would mix things up better…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I just looked at our comment thread on the actual post… Ha!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey, i guess we know how many licks it takes

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, yup…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Closers will also be undervalued, especially low end ones…

          • Awesomus Maximus

            Awesomus Maximus says:
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            @Grey, Is that necessarily a bad thing?

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Awesomus Maximus, good point, I hate losing sleep over Wilton Lopez

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Depends, I guess… If you want to remove the constant hustle to pick up saves off waivers it’s not…

              • Awesomus Maximus

                Awesomus Maximus says:
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                @Grey, You think? It’s not like we’d be removing Saves, so you’ve still got to get them somewhere if you want to compete. It would make it a little more dangerous to do what I’ve done this season… not draft any closers, but maintain first in Saves by skimming the crap heap. But again, I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing. Saves start to get a little bit of face… makes for more competition… sounds like a good thing to me.

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Awesomus Maximus, this is a bit a of a freak year for saves. You don’t usually get FA saves like this. My thing was always 1-2 closers at draft but never over pay for saves. Of course with k/9 Venters moves up in value big time.

                  • Awesomus Maximus

                    Awesomus Maximus says:
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                    @Jack Full of Hate, Yeah, freaky year for sure. I never expected to be 1st in saves when I didn’t draft a closer, but I could still probably be middle of the road with that strategy in a “normal” year. I think I’d like it if there was a bit more danger to playing with that strategy.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  If Saves are only one category of 6 and you have 4 other categories that actually could make bad closers a huge negative, then you don’t pick them up…

                  • Awesomus Maximus

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                    @Grey, I’d agree that you wouldn’t WANT to pick those guys up, but if you’re at/near the bottom of the league in Saves, you kinda’ have to. You can’t punt a category in roto and expect to have a good shot at winning.

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah, but now those guys are hurting you in 4 categories and only helping in two… Usually they are only hurting you in ERA and WHIP… Granted, they don’t get a lot of Wins, but they’re never getting QS… And they may not get a lot of Ks, but if they get Ks without a good K/BB then they’re hurting you there too… Will boost top closers by a lot… And you actually could get beat by a guy with one top closer and three MRs that have good K ratios… So it becomes even more fickle… A guy like Pestano would be more valuable than a guy like Jim Johnson…

                    • Awesomus Maximus

                      Awesomus Maximus says:
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                      @Grey, Hang on… just want to make sure we’re on the same page here. Our league currently has:

                      W, QS, K, ERA, WHIP, S, K/9

                      All I’m talking about is removing W (and maybe changing K/9 to K/BB). Of all pitchers with at least 15 saves this season, one has 5 W (K. Jansen) and five have 4 W. Of those six, Axford was the only guy who was considered a top closer coming into this season. Most of those guys (with 15 or more Saves) have 2 W, while Perez and Kimbrel have 0 W.

                      My point is, if we remove the W category, and that means you’re going to miss out on 2 or 3 W per closer on the season, is that really going to have much of a bearing on your approach to Saves? You have to deal with ERA, WHIP, and K/9 (or K/BB) impact whether W is a category or not, right?

                      Sure, you want the guys with better ratios, but from that group of guys (with 15 or more saves), only seven have an ERA over 3.50 (Axford and Perez being two of them), and only five have a WHIP over 1.25 (and only six have a K/9 below 8.6). So the majority of guys getting Saves aren’t hurting you in ratios anyway, the ones that are hurting you aren’t necessarily always the guys on the waiver heap, and if you’re desperate for saves and need to carry a poor ratio guy, you’ve got to deal with that risk/reward whether any Ws he gets may count or not.

                      Does that make sense? Also, I appreciate the feedback. Definitely don’t want to make a change without giving it some good thought, and quality debate/discussion is a great way to think things through.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Okay, thought we were saying K/BB and K/9…. Rudy and I actually find your question for tomorrow’s podcast… Rudy takes at length on it… I’m a diehard 5×5 guy, but crappy closers would lose a bit more with K/9 and Ks and QS… Wins out with QS isn’t terrible, but I prefer Wins…

                    • Awesomus Maximus

                      Awesomus Maximus says:
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                      @Grey, Cool, looking forward to it.

                      Ever since we tried out new cats, I can’t seem to put the genie back in the bottle. If we have to use extra cats, I’d like to have a mix that makes sense. But yeah, I’d prefer to just use the standard 5×5, as well. At least so we’re all talking the same language (until/unless the standard scoring system is changed).

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I was talking again with some people (cougar) about you having a go at it with our Twitter… Is that something you’d still be interested in?

                    • Awesomus Maximus

                      Awesomus Maximus says:
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                      @Grey, Yeah, absolutely. Drop me an email.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Cool, will do…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Awesomus Maximus, Its fun to step out of missionary position and do something different, also with K’s you make it kinda Donkey proof.

                    • Awesomus Maximus

                      Awesomus Maximus says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate, I’m not saying I DISlike playing with new stuff, but I’d prefer to all be playing the same game, y’know?

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, One thing I noticed when i played 6×6 with quality starts was that when one or two players punted saves then they would be OK, the next year more people tried punting saves and it didn’t work. Crazy weird. Joe Borowski would take a huge hit in value if he was still playing with K/9 and K/BB.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, that’s weird, might need a larger sample size…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, the two guys who punted saves the first year finnished in the top 5, out of 14 teams, the next year 5 guys tried it and they all sucked cause if you had one closeryou automatically had 6 points and then the saves addicts all had 7 closers each. It was such a mess.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha… Yeah, could see that…

  69. Joel says:
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    Grey:

    In my 12 team H2H league, I just grabbed Profar as a 4 year (after this one) keeper. I currently have Aroldis in that slot. Who’d u rather keep for the next 4 years Prof or Chapman?? THANKS!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chapman as of right now…

  70. Steve Stevenson says:
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    ROS, Wainwright or Latos? And would you deal Rizzo for either one of them in a H2H where Rizzo can be kept at the back of the draft?

    W and QS count, I am on the playoff bubble and could use a SP with the McDonalds of the world pooping in my pudding. Alternatively, could stream a roster spot currently occupied by a Donkeycorn for guys like Blanton, Westbrook, etc.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wainwright… I’d deal Rizzo for him in a non-keeper, not in your league…

  71. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    yesterday you answered my myers question but the wrong myers, would you stash WIL Myers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah… Yeah, I would…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, that top converstion we had got so long that it wouldn’t let me post anymore.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! Really? I’ve never seen that before…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, when we get you talkin about food…Lookout!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m a hungry boy.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey, with all that typing you do and wrestling cougars, you need to keep gas in the tank

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I sound like Owen Wilson’s character he writes about in The Royal Tannenbaums…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey, hahaha! thats good…

                    I’ve had Peruvian food, but the place was so-so. You tried Nicaraguan food?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, you gotta find a solid place… And order saltado… Don’t think I’ve had Nicaraguan…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, interesting cuisine, some of the best salty pork and plantains I have ever had. But its also like Salvadorian food, some things are very good and some are flat out scary.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I’m pretty adventurous… Not Andrew Zimmermn, but adventurous, nevertheless…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, That thread further up is awesome. Very envious of all your food options.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, you gotta get some Peruvian food… Like the perfect mix of Spanish and Japanese…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, oh and drop Olt for him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t love that… But it’s kind of a coin flip…

  72. Jon says:
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    Going off of what we know right now, which 3 of these guys do you definitely keep?

    Hosmer, Zimmerman, Lawrie, Tulowitzki, Desmond

    And if I’m able to hold onto a 4th, as well, who would it be? I’m looking to possibly deal the odd man out…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tulo, Lawrie and Hosmer… Desmond…

  73. MikeZ says:
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    Shaoppach going to the Mets. What do you think of his value in 2 catcher leagues (12 team 5×5) compared to say John Jaso or Soto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He doesn’t have much value anywhere he plays… I’d want Jaso or Soto…

  74. B.o.B says:
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    10 team, OBP instead of Avg league…Castro, Boneface or Desmond (once they come back of course) for SS RoS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castro

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Did Juan Epstein just die too?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, earlier this year. Sad when those characters that you were so familiar with growing up pass on.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, sad indeed… You read Paulie’s piece? It’s crazy…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Wow. Crazy indeed.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hard to say though if the razor was on the table or who found the bodies moved it there…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Or was left there by the actual killer…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, exactly…

  75. B.o.B says:
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    Henderson or Thayer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Henderson

  76. Steve says:
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    Who’s the less horrible start – Bruce v Young or LaRoche v Bum? Numbers vs both pitchers are not good…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce

  77. Jon says:
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    This is a follow-up between # 73 above: If you can only keep two between Jennings, Rasmus and Desmond – who do you hold on to?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rasmus, Ian Desmond…

    • Jon says:
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      And what if I only have room for one of those 3?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Rasmus

  78. Wake Up says:
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    Portmanteau is a category tonight on Jeopardy…you woulda killed it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn! Give me some, please…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, What is pumpkindergarten? I didn’t hear the answer, I only heard the question. But, my guess is it was something like, “This is another name for someone’s naughty southern Uncle who is no longer aloud to take his little niece to school.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! And his name is Jack O’Lantern.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey, Nice! Why is it always with the Irish jokes? Why’s he gotta be Irish?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Because they’re always drunk and can’t defend themselves…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey, All right. Point conceded. As long as he’s from Deep South Ireland…Is that by Wales? Yeah, he’s Humpback Irish and a drunk to boot…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Drunk from a boot…

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey, Thought that was German?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Thought the Irish drank out of anything…

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey, U.S. Chief Executive Plus Prosthetic Teeth

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey, Jack-O-Lantern Gourd Plus School For Wee Ones

        • Wake Up says:
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          @VinWins, I guess I wasn’t that far off…

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey, Additional note at the end of a letter Plus revered texts.

        Periodic student allowance Plus Swinging Foucault feat,

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey, Morning meal Plus picky about details.

        • Wake Up says:
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          @VinWins, Well done. I knew you would be all over something like this. You must be from the deep south. Deep south Canadia.

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @Wake Up, Sure, y’all.

            • Wake Up says:
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              @VinWins, Ya’ll eh?

            • Wake Up says:
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              @VinWins, Hey Uggla doubled his HR total!

              • VinWins

                VinWins says:
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                @Wake Up, Ha! I’m good.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, I’m trying to cut Anibal but really can’t find much…Do you do it for Corbin?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, take Corbin…

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @Grey, I dropped Anibal for Lester in a 15-team league. Improvement or sideways?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d prefer Lester at this point…

  79. Steve says:
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    J-Roll!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s alive?!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, It may have been his final twitch, but it was enough to hit one out.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! The Great Zombinos!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, And a double from Bruce. It’s the night of the living dead!

  80. Jon says:
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    It takes 20 games played at a particular position for elgibility to carry into the next year in my CBS league. AGon has 18 games in the OF this year – think he gets 2 more, or has he exclusively been seeing time at 1B since Youk was traded?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s probably not going to get the last 2 games in the OF, but I guess you never know…

  81. Steve says:
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    Can we please, please, PLEASE have a pitchers’ duel tonight in SF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Please Lord…

  82. Long Bawls says:
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    Andy Dirks IBB! Apocalypse-watchers, please mark that in your special notebooks!

    Just got offered Kenley and Morse for Rios, Burton and Bailey. Just barely ahead in saves, but I need to clear the space b/c Bailey’s off the DL. Slight worry about Rios’ balky back (so I go for Morse? Hmmm…). Feel like I should take it: yes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! I’d take Morse…

  83. Steve says:
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    Man, I just hate having to chose between closers and MRs when I have to leave some on the bench because of the number of starters I have going. Probably leaving a Save and a Hold on the bench tonight.

    Anyone have a method for starting/sitting?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Usually on team matchups…

  84. Bernie Brewer says:
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    Did you start Kuroda for his gem tonight? I got son-of-a-benched…
    The SON seemed lukewarm on him (110 score if I recall). Do you have a particular # in mind as a cutoff when making a sit/start decision?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      105… I wouldn’t have started him there, unfortunately…

  85. Steve says:
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    Bruce to win it?

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, You’re welcome.

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Now, how about some Ethier?

  86. Steve says:
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    Holy EYJ!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      YES!

  87. All Braun No Brains says:
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    is Lord Valdespin actually gonna play, Can I drop olt for him? and is there some sleeper maybe to look at to drop him for just sick of him not getting playing time

    • All Braun No Brains says:
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      @All Braun No Brains, Say maybe chris carter? or Dustin Ackeley

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Carter when he plays, but you have to platoon him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, lose Olt for him…

  88. Wilsonian says:
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    My offense is complete Shiite right now. Who do you play tomorrow? Bench two.

    Longo @ F-Her
    JUp @ Wainwright
    Cruz @ Freddy
    Headley @ Maholm
    Bruce Bruce vs. Dickey
    Rios vs. Romero

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bench Upton and Bruce… Not easy choices though…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, if I’m only benching one, Bruce or Upton?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Upton

  89. Wilsonian says:
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    For the immediate future…Wilin or Jesus?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jesus

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian, or McCann, even though he has been hot garbage?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d just go with Jesus…

        • Wilsonian says:
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          @Grey, you think McCann is droppable in an 8 teamer for Jesus?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, he is…

  90. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Billingsley… thanks SoN!

    Also, my wife just showed me a clip from the Argentinian Dancing with the Stars. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I also want you to watch it… so I’ll just tell you that after a lot of simulated cunnilingus, the woman ends up topless and the host of the show is so pissed that he starts destroying the set. Good tease? Here’s the link:

    http://www.shabooty.com/?p=25116

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      C’mon! Is that for real?

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Grey, Billingsley’s 8 SO innings? Or the dancing thing? They’re both real. Not only that, but the video my wife showed me (from 2010) was fairly tame compared to a newer one (from 2011) where a woman got bottomless (with pasties on top) on the same show… and her parents were in the audience. Here, you don’t need to look it up:

        http://gaw.kr/sjGX4T

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Awesomus Maximus, wow, book me a flight!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That DWTS, ESP video… That’s so amazing… We need more spicy salsa!

  91. Steve says:
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    This is crazy. In the RCL today I have 6 runs, 3 HRs, 10 RBI – and a .195 average.

    Sinking like a stone…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      As long as it’s a pitching duel in SF, I’m happy…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, same. And my new Greinke has some run support…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Trout?

  92. Jon says:
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    Which hitter would you lose (keeper league):

    Frazier, C Johnson, Kendrick, Carter, Espinosa

    (No chance I keep Kendrick because of his price.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrick

  93. Steve says:
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    Brew Crew need to score here. Set up a Save opp for Betancourt.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Jesus, don’t f*** it up.

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Double play would be good right now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Still got a pitcher’s duel!

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, We could scarcely have drawn it up any better.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              As long as Bum gets the win, I’m super-fine with it…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Oh completely. It’s just that I have J-Zimm on my H2H team as well as Bum, so it’s working out well all the way around.

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Looks like he’ll get a shot at finishing it.

  94. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    you might appreciate this… I asked my daughter if I could watch storage wars and she told me “no dad, not storage wars, Star Wars, we need to watch Star Wars more” I’ve only shown her the original three. Part of my being a good parent concept.

    Did you see that Count from Pawn Stars has his own show?

    This is now the second reality spin off from Pawn Stars, its turning into a modern day Happy Days

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! It’s totally a modern day Happy Days, great call… I didn’t see the Count one did see the tricked out guy that tricks out/refurbishes junk… I like that show… Good call on there were only 3 Star Warses too…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, the guy that refurbishes junk? oh you mean Rick Dale and American Restoration? That show is cool. I noticed since he got his show that you don’t see him on Pawn Stars anymore.

        I just recorded the first three shows for the Counts new show. I’m a car dork so it’s right up my alley. Like that show on Discovery ” Fast n’ Loud”, i like that show alot. The main dude is crazy. But he does get his years on cars wrong sometimes. My dad watched with me and criticized him for having the gall to be on TV talking cars and getting years wrong. He confused a 52′ with a 53′. I didn’t find it a big deal but not to my dad…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rick Dale, yeah… I heard Pawn Stars had a contract dispute and they’re done in Vegas, only going to be Cajun Pawn Stars now. Not sure how accurate that is, but I guess I could Google it… Nah! That’s right, Count! Yes, I do remember him now from Pawn Stars and I’ve seen his commercial. Yeah, looks solid, would watch that…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, That will suck if its true, I don’t mind Cajun Pawn Stars but it’s like New Coke, which didn’t taste bad, but just wasn’t the real thing.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I didn’t like Cajun Pawn… But only saw one episode…

  95. Steve says:
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    This might be a silly question, but when you have a 7-run lead why even send Greinke out again?

    Apparently the Angels need much better pitching to make the playoffs, so why wouldn’t you give one of your key guys some bonus rest with a win all but in the bag?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed… Like they wanted to make sure Greinke struggled a little…

  96. Chris Sale for Clippard & Reed (have 2nd in saves locked up)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sale side…

  97. Steve says:
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    I might be wrong but I think LaTroy Hawkins’ best days could be behind him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Yeah, not a bad call… Yay, Bum!

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