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You literally can’t find a middle infielder with less than 20 homers.  You can’t.  Try it.  See?  This year there are more players with 20 homers than any other season in the history of baseball.  Some conspiracy theorists have said the new commissioner, Our Manfred, is sticking Capri Sun straws into baseballs and juicing them, but this year is odder than that and deserves a better conspiracy theory.  No one is hitting 50+ homers like during the Steroid Era.  Only one guy is even close to 50 homers.  Instead of a few guys doing insane damage in the power department, everyone is doing better, moderately.  It’s the trickle down theory.  If you’re not familiar with that, I’ll explain it.  When Kim Kardashian first appeared on the scene, only she was smoking hot, but rather than Kim hogging the hotness to herself, it trickled down.  Khloe went from a 3 to a 5, Kourtney went from a 5 to a 7, Kris went from a 6 to a 8, the two Jenner girls came of age, going from untouchable to 8’s, and even Bruce went from a zero to a three, becoming a woman that you’d throw one if you were drunk enough.  This is also what’s happened in the majors.  Jean Segura, and all middle infielders, went from fours or fives to 20s.  Yesterday, Segura went 1-for-4 with his 20th homer, hitting .316, to go with his 30 steals.  It’s going to be hard in 2017 to know if these are legitimate gains in power, for Segura and a whole slew of other players, or if half the league is going to regress.  Kinda like Brody Jenner, who was so popular before Kim, ahem, came on the scene.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Max Scherzer – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 2.82, moving his record to 19-7, and finishing with 277 Ks.  I’ll go over all the end of the season recaps in the weeks following the season, but I’ll give you a little sneak peek, Scherzer was the best fantasy pitcher this year, and it wasn’t close.  The 2nd one is crazy surprising.  You can cheat and look at our Player Rater to see.  I can’t believe you would cheat.  Wow, you’re no better than Barry Bonds, and you sit there and judge him.  I’m tsk’ing all over you.

Anthony Rendon – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer.  Solid bounce back season.  Or was it?!  You don’t have to flinch.  Yeah, it was a bounce back.

Wilson Ramos – Done for the year as he was diagnosed with a torn ACL.  The sad irony is Ramos can see his torn ACL so well.  Stupid Lasik!

A.J. Cole – Suspended for five games for throwing at Jung Ho Kang.  Maybe Kang once dated Cole’s sister?

Corey Kluber – Out for 7-10 days with a mild quadriceps strain.  He originally said it was a groin problem, but when he went for a groin MRI, he saw his nurse was Chad Gaudin and changed it to quadriceps.

Nick Castellanos – Was activated from the DL, but didn’t appear in the starting lineup.  Speaking of Starting Lineup, anyone want a Damon Berryhill Starting Lineup figure?  You just need to pay for shipping.

Justin Verlander – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 12 Ks, ERA at 3.10.  I’ve made peace with Verlander being one of the best starters this year, so this isn’t about that.  I’m not being ‘stubborn mule’ like an Eastern European mail order bride who I fantasize about would say.  Yes, I argue with my fantasies, baseball and otherwise.  Any hoo!  Verlander was facing a B lineup yesterday.

Justin Upton – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 29th homer, hitting .245.  I have not made peace with Upton pretending he’s having a good season while everyone is off doing their fantasy football t’ing.

Miguel Cabrera – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 5 RBIs and his 35th homer, hitting .311.  Reminds me of David Ortiz; as far as I’m concerned, Miggy will be hitting 27-35 homers until the year he retires.

Gordon BeckhamGiants traded for him from the Braves.  Trading for Gordon Beckham with five games left is like texting a girl that just broke up with you, saying, “Were you being serious when you said you wanted to break up?”

Johnny Cueto – Cleared to start this Thursday, saying his mild groin strain has been upgraded to the discomfort you feel when you’re wearing wet underwear under your bathing suit.

Matt Moore – 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 4.48.  Watch him go on a King Kunta-type run through the playoffs.  Anything to make fantasy baseballers (<–my mom’s term!) excited about him again.

Buster Posey – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a homer.  Everyone has 20 homers this year.  Well established by this point.  Guess how many homers Posey has?  14.  Ouch.

Brandon Crawford – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.  Apparently, just needed Gordon Beckham to lit a fire under some schmos.

Steven MatzMets announced he was done for the season and he would undergo elbow surgery.  This is actually good news because Matz will have the elbow spurs removed and should be fine for spring training.  You prefer this vs. the Mets pretend nothing is wrong for another six months and Matz returns looking like he might be better off throwing with his non-throwing arm.

Bartolo Colon – Announced he’s pitching with a sprained foot tendon.  A bad tendon with Colon is just offal!

Yoenis Cespedes – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 31st homer.  Also, in this game, Jay Bruce (2-for-5, 2 RBIs) hit his 31st homer.  Elias Sports Bureau said the last two Mets to get their 31st homers in the same game were Lenny Dykstra and Dwight Gooden during a late-night, RBI Baseball marathon while they were waiting for a ‘friend’ to make a ‘delivery.’

Lucas Duda – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs, and a modest four-game hitting streak.  Can’t really say he’s hot yet, but there’s so little time, I’m looking anywhere, fighting for any last points, so throwing a hot schmotato to Lucas.

Noah Syndergaard – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.60.  Doubt he throws again this season since he’s going to have throw every game during the playoffs.

Tom Koehler – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER.  I streamed Koehler, when I should’ve streamed into my Kohler toilet and left well enough alone.

John Lackey – 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.35.  How good are the Cubs, you ask with your puppy dog eyes.  So good they can’t even lose games they’re all but forfeiting.

Albert Almora Jr. – 2-for-2, 1 run.  I said he might be a schmotato yesterday.  Today, I’m saying he is but you have to make sure he’s playing.

Gregory Polanco – 2-for-5, 1 RBI and his 16th steal.  Guess who’s back, back again.  Brocktune’s back, tell a friend.

Chris Carter – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 39th homer, hitting .221.  Love to see Carter get above the Marla Gibbs Line and 40 homers.  It’ll leave us in a good place.  Chris and I.

Carlos Gomez – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Someone, next year, should totally draft Gomez and Justin Upton.  It’ll be like a stress test as administered by your cardiologist if you accidentally walked into your proctologist’s office.

Carlos Beltran – 2-for-3, 1 run and his 1st steal, hitting .297.  After Beltran stole the base, he stood up and said, “Damn, it feels good to be young–Holy crap, that hurt every part of my body.”

Felix Hernandez – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.71.  There’s gonna be a guy in your league next year who is going to draft F-Her and be like, “Yeah, I’ll take a chance at 150 overall that he bounces back!”  And I’m going to try to make sure you’re not that guy.

Rich Hill – Expects to start on Friday.  His blister then took questions from reporters.  “I’m trying to get on the field, best I can.  Next question.”  “I told him to put clear nail polish on me two months ago.  He won’t listen.  Next question.”  “No, I’m no longer dating Selena Gomez.”

Tyson Ross – Could need shoulder surgery.  If the Padres Mr. Bungled Ross for five months when he needed shoulder surgery this whole time, it still wouldn’t make the top 100 terrible things the Padres did this year.

Hunter Renfroe – 2-for-4, 7 RBIs and his 2nd and 3rd homers.  Now has three homers in two straight starts.  Too bad the Padres aren’t playing him every day.  This didn’t make the Padres’ top 100 either.  Or maybe that’s a 100 in red with underlines like the millennials do.

Kevin Kiermaier – Still out after taking a pitch off his hand.  I had Puerto Rican friends in high school who would tell you if you’re not hitting the ball with your hand, you’re not playing a real sport.

Curt Casali – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 8th homer.  Psycho killer!

Alex Cobb – 3 IP, 8 ER.  Just where he wants to be going into the offseason!

Tim Anderson – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer, hitting .278.  Those eight homers go along with his ten steals.  He has 10/40 potential.  Um, yeah, I’m gonna be crazy about him next year.   DeShields crazy?  Maybe.

Melky Cabrera – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  This was his third homer in the last week while hitting over .300.  Hot schmotato alert!

Aledmys Diaz – 1-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 17th homer.  Diaz was away from the team the day prior to grieve with Jose Fernandez’s family because Diaz was a childhood friend.  Then, in his first at-bat back, he hit a grand slam.  And, again, it’s man tear-rific.  Every end of the baseball season is an emotional time, but, guys and five girl readers, we need a pint of ice cream and a Field of Dreams marathon.  Stat!

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 24th homer.  Also, in this game, Matt Carpenter (1-for-4) hit his 20th homer; Jhonny Peralta (3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs) hit his 8th homer and Fatt Adams (1-for-1, 2 RBIs) hit his 16th homer.  In related news, the Reds’ pitching staff is as good as raw oysters that have been left in the sun for three hours.

Joey Votto – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 28th homer.  I wish I could remember exactly where he was on our Player Rater at the break, but I believe he jumped over 150 spots in the 2nd half.

Scott Schebler – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer.  Hitting over .300 in the last week, and has two homers in the last ten games.  Schebler…schmotato…schmotato…Schebler.  That was my introducing Schebler to his final week’s hotness.

Freddie Freeman – 2-for-3, 3 runs and his 33rd homer.  See what I said for Votto, but subtract about 10 spots.

Julio Teheran – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 3.33.  The rain came in buckets after the 4th and the game was delayed about two hours.  Unfortch, if you own Teheran, you didn’t get any serendiPPDy.

Roman Quinn – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 5th steal, but left with an oblique strain.  He is likely done for the year, but this Roman had some parting words, “It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry looking for SAGNOF.”

Ryan Howard – 2-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .196.  Be interesting to see if Howard finds a job next year.  I could see him on the MLB Network, or maybe as a babysitter for his kids as his wife “gets some me time finally.”

Ricky Nolasco – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.42.  Damn, that was a mighty fine stream by me.  Too bad I streamed five other turd makers.  (Autocorrect said turd makers was two words, by the by.  I have my doubts.)

Drew Pomeranz – Won’t start again this year due to workload and some forearm soreness.  You know what would fix that?  A trade back to San Diego!

David Price – 6 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA up to 4.04.  You didn’t get what you wanted from Price this year; no denying that.  At least you’re not paying him $30+ million for the next 7 years!

Gary Sanchez – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .316.  He tied Wally Berger of the 1930 Boston Braves as the fastest to 20 homers in only 51 games.  You might remember Wally Berger as the guy whose rookie home run record Mark McGwire passed in 1987.  Interesting list of players who hit home runs the fastest to start their career (this isn’t exactly confidence building in Gary):  Mike Jacobs, Wally Joyner, Kevin Maas and Jose Abreu.

Didi Gregorius – 3-for-4 and his 20th homer, hitting .279.  The Gregorius D.I.D. and Starlin Castro are the first pair of middle infielders in Yankee history to have 20 HRs in the same season.  “Yeah, but how many bunts?  And where do you keep your money?”  That’s the Ghost of Phil Rizzuto.

Tyler Austin – 3-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  He’s still not playing every day and won’t because Te(i)x will need his (not-a) victory lap at-bats.

Kevin Gausman – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.66.  I checked the Stream-o-Nator to see if Gausman was starting again this year, and he’s scheduled for the last day of the season, but I’d be shocked he goes if the O’s have clinched.

Aaron Sanchez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 10 Ks.  This is crazy (to me) and almost think it’s a typo it’s so crazy (to me).  In 185 IP, Sanchez has a 3.06 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.  On my fantasy team, he has a 3.06 ERA and 1.19 WHIP.  Big whoop, right?  Yeah, except he’s only thrown 97 IP on my team.  Zoinks!

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 37th homer, hitting .286.  If you heard JB and me on the podcast yesterday doing our 2017 mock draft, you heard how I’m already not looking forward to Donaldson next year.

Joaquin Benoit – Diagnosed with a tear in his calf that he sustained during a benches-clearing brawl on Monday.  Sounds like Joaquin needs a Ben-waaahbulance.  High-five the stuffing out of me!  C’mon!  No?  Okay.

Devon Travis – Day-to-day with a shoulder issue that he also aggravated in the fight.  All of these fight injuries don’t bode well for the Blue Jays if they face the Rangers in the playoffs, because you know Odor’s bringing his meathooks.

   
  1. Bob says:
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    I like many others had their pitching plans for the week wrecked by eickhoff who was pitching a 1 hitter but was cut short due to rain. Maeda pulled after 60 pitches. The dodgers don’t let him go past 5 anyway but he was at 60 pitches. The fantasy gods hate me. I need qs and now have under 30 innings left. My remaining starts are:

    9/28 paxton at hou
    9/30 duffy vs min
    10/1 darvish vs tb, rodon vs min, walker vs oak

    That’s 5 starts and will take me over my cap. I do have a couple guys scheduled to start on sun, 10/2. Maeda at sf, eickhoff vs nym, manaea at sea. I can sneak in 3 more starts in if I bench one of my starters on 9/30. Do I bench walker or rodon? Both have good matchups. I need qs and can’t take a ratio hit, but could use more k’s and can go over my cap as long as I don’t hit it before sunday since I have 3 starters going. Maeda will probably go 3 innings but every k counts, eickhoff has been pitching well, but the mets have finally started hitting. I guess do you like rodon and walkers start enough for me to not go for 3 more on sunday? For the record, i am sure if i sit walker or rodon who both can blow up in a bad way, they will pitch a complete game shutout. I will probably pick the wrong guy to sit. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Bench Walker

  2. Swfcdan says:
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    Jean is all down to Chase, it plays like Coors 2.0 these days.

    16 team H2H 3rd place playoff (yeah got killed in the semi final last week…oh well), can I trust Tillman at the Jays today? Am currently winning but that could change with a bruising here.

    I don’t get email responses when I check the box anymore (nor in spam), is it still working?

    And like any of these other streamers today for same league? Lugo, Leake, Zack-Mac, Butthurtz, Urena.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Swfcdan: You can never really trust Tillman…I’d stream Lugo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Oh, and I think it’s working on the email responses, you’re the first I’ve heard any different from

  3. JVanSlyke says:
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    The reality of daily write up’s coming to a close is really setting in…

    I think you’re under valuing Kourtney. She went in as a 7 and seeing how batshit nuts she is has her at a 9. Having watched the show since inception, it’s tough for me to rank the younger ones. I still remember the episode where Bruce had to sit them down at Red Robin and talk them out of wearing makeup. Who knew, eight years later they would be sitting Bruce down for the exact same conversation?

    Have you listened to the new Danny Brown?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JVanSlyke: I had Kourtney higher at first, but thought it might just be me since I like short girls… Had a heard time ranking her… Ha! I haven’t listened yet, is it good?

      • JVanSlyke says:
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        @Grey</a@Grey:

        Kourtney > Kim

        I’m on my 2nd listen. It’d pretty chaotic and there are a few songs where I can’t understand what he’s saying but I do like it. Hes def a throwback though. Some great production, worth listening. Also you BFF, B-Real has a cameo

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice! I’ll listen soon, maybe not soon soon like today… I think Kourtney and Kim are so close, but Kourtney was below Kim I think when she did the sex tape, no?

          • JVanSlyke says:
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            @Grey:

            I agree. She peaked when she was Paris Hiltons sidekick

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              B/c she was trickling down her looks to her family!

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Same here…My girl is 4′ 11″…Perfect

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So is Cougs, but she says she’s 5′ 0″… If she claimed 4-11, she could get handicap plates and we’d get great parking…

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: LOL…something about short girls always loved them.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I know what it is for me, I am short myself

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Grey: I’m 5′ 11″ so not sure why but have always had a thing for the shortys

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Don’t have to feed them as much on dates?

                  • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                    @Grey: and they never have dirty knees

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Dirty knees are a big problem you’ve run into with girls…Haha…

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @JeF WiTh 1 F: It is a bit much that they would even count that extra 1/4

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      When you’re five-on, every quarter helps

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: This chick at work I like and want to bang ended up coming to that lez wedding I went to towards the end of it and when leaving into the parking lot, everyone drunk, her and my wife somehow started drunk chatting for a second and what they blurted out at the same time was they are both 5′ 1 1/4″. Pretty specific. Odd. So now the girl at work refers to my wife by her exact height and she calls herself 5′ 1 1/4″#2. Me being a bad person aside, I find it pretty funny.

                    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                      @nick the dick: That’s a bit tall for my taste…5′ 1″ is my max…that extra 1/4″ fucks it up.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      5’1″ is a nice height, 5’1″ and a 1/4 is a bit tall for me, no chance of handicap plates either… How’s the EMT thing going? You pass?

  4. Bryan says:
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    Crazy thing about Votto is he’s so good you wonder how he wasn’t hitting .400 in the first half too

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Bryan: Juice box balls..MLB money makers dig the long ball, more than chicks..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bryan: I hear ya, bad luck, weird timing issues, just an old fashioned slump

  5. Cram It says:
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    “Waaaaahhhh Jean Segura is KILLING my team. I know, I paid nothing for him, but he’s single handedly KILLING my team. Drop for Cozart or Ketel?” – June Commenter.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Cram It: Ah, the decisions that we make in June, that come back to haunt us in September.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: Maybe the decisions June Commenter makes. Not this guy.

        • Cram It says:
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          @JoeG414: Less irrational, that late in the season. Upton fingerbanged me too.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @Cram It: Probably rode Cozart to the promised land.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Cram It: 20 homers from Murphy it happened! What’s your punishment then Cram? Only drunken commenting allowed on here for you during the offseason? We made a bet early in the season, I know you remember.

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        @Swfcdan: Yep! Took a career high in everything, MVP-type season to do it. How did I not see that?!

        Too bad you didn’t put anything on the line.

  6. JoeG414 says:
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    Solarte or J.T. Rivera ?

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @JoeG414:
      Add Sean Rodriguez to them also.
      6×6 mixed roto

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @JoeG414: Rodriguez

  7. JoeG414 says:
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    Need K’s / IP .
    Pick the best two for the ROS:
    Brach , W.Harris , J.Blanton , Uehara , Siegrist , Givens.

    I’m thinking Balt and Stl will use them the most.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeG414: Harris, Siegrist

  8. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Ryon Healy…Has my attention going into next year, whats your thoughts on him boo.

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man…you just made me moist with the Donaldson comparison.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s the best case scenario, obviously

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: And that my friend is the scenario i like.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

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            @Grey: I wouldn’t make a Donaldson comp with healy. Yes he added loft to his swing like donaldson but that’s not a comp. Most other numbers say no.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Said best case scenario

              • The Hack says:
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                @Grey: still nuttier than a post game poop

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Especially if the game is eating as much peanut butter as you can

                  • The Hack says:
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                    @Grey: chunky!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @JeF WiTh 1 F: Yeah made a similar swing adjustment to Donaldson and Jake Lamb. Adding loft to his swing.

          He also changes his path to the ball which was pretty steep, due to an unusually high trigger point. He’s been able to tap into his raw power since. While I doubt he turns into Blue Jays MVP screaming at people Donaldson, he could be a very good value as a target to fill your CI spot.

          • The Hack says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: well said ralphy boy. That walk rate can definitely make hom have some donkey months. Will be interesting how they adjust to him in 2017

  9. IV says:
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    Only 3 moves left in the final week and looking for Ks. Do you like the following streamers?

    9/28
    Paxton @ HOU
    Liriano vs BAL

    9/30
    Rodon v MIN

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @IV: I’d go with Paxton…Wouldn’t touch Liriano…Would only use Rodon if necessary.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @IV: I like all 3, should get a good amount of K’s from those 3..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @IV: Pax, Rodon

  10. Randy Bobandy says:
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    Depends what the Jays do with Edwin/Jose, if both are gone, and I suspect they will be, then I’d steer clear of Donaldson. If Edwin stays, could be roped in. Maybe.

  11. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Grey-

    Keeper question for next year. 12-team, mixed, H2H, OBP instead of AVG, QS instead of wins, can keep a guy forever with no round/dollar inflation. The candidates:

    Trout, Arenado, Miggy, Treat Urner, Just Dong, Arrietta, Eduardo Nunez.

    Trout and Arenado are slam dunks. Miggy too old? Leaning towards Miggy and TREA right now. Thanks!

      • Pine Tar Incident says:
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        @Grey: yep keep 4, sorry.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pine Tar Incident: Miggy, Trea… Case could be made for Trea and JD… The others don’t come close

  12. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Miggy & Trea for me.

  13. JMAC says:
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    I lost in the semis, but trades are still allowed. Someone in the championship wants Dee Gordon for steals.

    I currently have Jake Arrieta and can keep 5 players. One must be an SP.

    The team I’m trading with has JD Martinez, Jose Abreu, Ryan Braun, and Corey Kluber.

    They’ve offered me Abreu and Martinez for Dee Gordon. Obviously that’s a good trade for me, considering this season doesn’t matter. He doesn’t want to give up Kluber, but it’s a possibility. Is there a better two person trade for my team?

    Also, do you rank Arrieta or Kluber higher for next year or about the same?

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @JMAC: Who are your 5 keepers?

      • JMAC says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms:

        Basically have Arrieta and then Goldy, Boegartz and not that many options

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @JMAC:

          I like Cluber better for 2017 over Jake. I would offer whatever it takes to get Kluber, JD and either Jose or Braun…

          That would give you 5 solid keepers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JMAC: Take that trade immediately… JD and Abreu for Gordon…

  14. Don Majikowski says:
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    Stream today?

    Liriano vs Bal
    E Santana @ KC
    De Leon @ SD

    Best bat for the next 5 days?

    VMart
    Renfroe

  15. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    What a mess, forearm soreness…soooo, announcement that Pomeranz to have TJ coming in 3…2…1…

    BTW, I’ve got the Cherry Garcia on standby. Cue the Costner.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @MattTruss: From MLB trade rumors site:

      The Red Sox announced that Drew Pomeranz will be, at best, a bullpen option from this point forth due to forearm soreness and a significant increase in his workload.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss: Oh, and Pomeranz will need TJ by April 15th next year, bets?

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        Oh geez, I was putting the over/under at October 15th, haha, but yea, seems inevitable.

        I heard SD had him on meds as prevention for elbow soreness, that’s what they didn’t disclose during trade talks with the Sawx. Soooo, they just have their pitchers pop ibuprofin to prevent TJ? GENIUS! They really are a mess. MLB really cracked down on that too huh? 30 day suspension…I’m sure that will teach him!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh wow, that’s right, forget about the whole Padres don’t say anything about injuries to trade partners… About time Padres made some moves for themselves!

          • MattTruss

            MattTruss says:
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            Haha, true. Yea, the whole Colin Rea makes one start with the Marlins, then needs TJ and gets returned *slightly used*. Now this with Pomeranz, sneaky, sneaky AJ Preller.

            Speaking of going easy on guys, whatever happened with the whole Cardinals hacking scandal? Any suspensions/draft picks/fines for that? Or are we just sweeping that one right under the rug?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that one guy — who was the fall guy — went to prison

              • MattTruss

                MattTruss says:
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                Nothing from MLB though, like punishing the organization? So crazy.

                I’m a Patriots fan, so I’m trying to wrap my head around the CNN/NBC/ABC Nightly news coverage that would happen if say, the Patriots were investigated for hacking into opponents computer systems. They had their QB suspended 4 games, a million dollar fine and loss of a first round pick for allegedly, kinda sorta, maybe knowing about some air being let out of a football for your deity of choice’s sake.

                This though, in MLB, is just swept right up like it never happened.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, that is surprising when you put it that way… Surprised they didn’t lose picks

                • The Hack says:
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                  @MattTruss: oh come on matt. You know the suspension was for the sins of the past. Like Al Capon going to prison for tax evasion. Sorry just string the pot. Ralph gets all worked up over this too. Besides the pats are too smart to get caught when they hack.

                  • MattTruss

                    MattTruss says:
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                    Haha, no, you’re totally right on that, they did pay for past transgressions with that. Still, kinda odd that MLB just washes their hands of the whole Cardinals thing.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      The major leagues loves the Cardinals

                    • The Hack says:
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                      @MattTruss: Its really stupid. MLB loves certain teams and players. I still argue that if anybody besides Posey or someone on another club breaks their leg then we dont have that stupid catcher rule.

  16. papasmurf says:
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    Nolasco was my best streamer in the past week.

    My other gems to chase Ks and wins: Nova, Hammel, Colon, McHugh, Jaime Garcia, Fiers, Tomlin, Wily Peralta.

    Only 1 win… from No Last Go.

    He’s actually thrown real well lately. I couldn’t believe the game log.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @papasmurf:

      Nolasco has been solid in LA.

      73 innings 51 K’s 15 BB .3.21 ERA 1.068 WHIP..

  17. Jason says:
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    Playing in H2H championship – looking for counting stars (QS, IP, W) and ratio help (K/9, K/BB, ERA, WHIP):

    Would you stream Liriano today? He’s facing the Orioles in Toronto.

    I think it’s risky but the Orioles don’t do well against lefties…start or sit?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Jason:

      SON has Liriano at 14.9

      He has pitched well in Toronto: 43 IP 42K 15 BB 3.35 ERA 1.186 WHIP.

      I’d start him..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: Worth a start, don’t love it, depends on how desperate

  18. the tone ranger says:
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    need the best of what I got. prob have 7-8 starts left based on innings

    today
    taillon vs Chc
    lugo @phil
    gio vs ari

    thurs
    hellickson @atl
    rodon vs min
    bumgarner vs lad

    fri
    walker vs oak
    boyd @ atl

    sat
    cotton @ sea
    odorizzi @ tex
    roark vs mia
    musgove @ laa

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @the tone ranger: Taillon, Lugo, Hell, Rodon, Bum, then dealer’s choice… Gio or Cotton

  19. Shopgurrrl says:
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    Does Duffy have one more good start left in him?

    How do we feel about De León tonight at San Diego?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shopgurrrl: I no longer trust Duffy… I’d start De Leon

  20. Scott says:
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    Please pick 2 of these 5 starts:
    Alex Reyes vs Cin
    Carlos Rodon vs Min
    Carlos Martinez vs Pit
    Danny Duffy vs Min
    Iwakuma vs Oak

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rodon, Martinez

  21. The Ghost of Bob Wickman says:
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    @Grey

    Gsellman vs. MIA
    or
    Hellickson vs. ATL
    or
    Both?

    Need wins and K’s would be nice but wins is the key.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both

  22. JoeG414 says:
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    Renfroe or M.Adams ros ? Need the power.
    Both with playing time issues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Renfroe

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Or could Duda be a better pickup the ros ?
        Or both of them , I do think a few of my hitters( Harper , C.Gomez, Fowler , Odor, Bogaerts) that are on playoff teams will be sitting/ resting Sat and or Sun.
        Renfroe , Duda and Solarte are all hot hitters that are FA. But , I only have a 4 pickups left.
        6×6 roto.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Renfroe for Harper

  23. Scott says:
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    Bregman’s back! Batting 2nd in the Houston lineup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  24. Scott says:
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    With Villar facing Hamels today in Texas, bench him for T.J. Rivera?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  25. nick the dick says:
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    That thread was way too high…man, I haven’t even taken the last written part yet. I don’t know, just hella procrastination. Gotta get my studying brain going. On the bright side, LL is playing a free show at the casino in a couple weeks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, I had no idea LL was even doing music anymore, or performing at all… You going?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Yeah me neither, just him and some DJ right in the middle of the casino floor. I can’t envision a scenario where I don’t go. I mean, i’ve been on a pretty nice seeing old rappers streak

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That would be like seeing Queen Latifah… Is LL gonna do scenes from CSI?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Haha yeah it’s now seeming like a pass. Not like he’s gonna come out in a Kangol and Adidas with a dookie rope and do a bunch of Radio jams

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA… That sounds like… Promoter, “I have a bunch of people with over 100,000 followers on Twitter, they’ll come out, drink, and have fun with your guests…You just need to pay them free airfare…”

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: hahaha

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Well now as I read on the website, I guess he is doing a free show before some ‘ballroom blowout’ with $50 tickets to go party with him and Chrissy Teigen and other A-list celebs. Weird.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That is so bizarre

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Dude my wife just told me he does some lip syching show he hosts with Crissy Teigen?! Is that what’s happening here? God, my brother texting me ‘free LL Cool J show at the casino’ seems so misleading…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh that’s even worse than I thought! That’s gonna be you and a bunch of bingo moms… Wait, you have to let your brother still go!

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Ha yes, i’m gonna hype him up like it’s a can’t miss show. Little does he know that he will have to lip synch ‘I’m Bad’ if he wants to hear any good LL

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA… Maybe he’ll get to see a Bingo mom doing Baby Got Back

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    That’s what would be at the casino

                • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                  Enjoy this live

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: wow, they practiced these routines way too hard

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Which is not a bad thing

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @Grey: True, any lesser of a performance that that, really what would they be bothering for?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Stay home otherwise!

                    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                      @Grey: Teigen bouncing around making fun of Trump would be decent.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Teigen in any circumstance is great…Singing is one of the worst circumstances btw

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @Grey: But if I could maybe possibly see George Takei perform Circle Of Life with Elton John’s voice, can I really afford to stay home?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I’d go for that

          • Scott says:
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            @Grey: Don’t call it a comeback!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’ve been here for years!

  26. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Dynasty…my season is over but have an offer of Buxton and Strasburg for my Polanco on the table…Hmmm

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @JeF WiTh 1 F: Feel like i should stick with Polanco on this one

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, pretty fair, I love Polanco though

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: He just added Harvey now too

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ugh, I guess if you wanna risk it, but it is very risky

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: I cant …i agree with you i’m taking on a lot of risk here

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Exactly

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Grey: This was another “take over” team which i gutted this year..This is where im at with the offense
                C. T.Murphy
                1b. W.Myers
                2b. J.Peraza
                3b. N.Castellanos
                SS. T.Anderson
                OF. G.Polanco
                OF. N.Mazara
                OF. A. Benintendi
                Util. J.Bell
                Util. C.Gomez
                BN. M.Conforto
                BN. M.Kepler
                BN.A.J. Reed
                BN. R. Healy
                BN. B. Miller

                Carrying extra bats inc ase some of these guys are busts but feel pretty good about this team going forward. Focused on getting the offense built this year..Pitching is a work in progress.

                • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                  @JeF WiTh 1 F: Very young but was my best approach with the shit hand i was dealt.

                  • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                    @JeF WiTh 1 F:
                    That is a nice team, a TON of potential and that is the way to build dynasty team..

                • The Hack says:
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                  @JeF WiTh 1 F: You are going to have some serious power issues. Id try to package some of these guys to get an older more established power bat.

                  • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                    @The Hack:
                    If you ask me and I know you didn’t, but most of his hitters have hit or have 20-25+ homer power. At least that is the way I see it..

                  • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                    @The Hack: Yeah i agree…Im working on bringing in Khris Davis as we speak.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Solid young team, be nice if you had a few less young bats and a solid vet instead… but I’m sure you know this

                  • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                    @Grey: Yeah agreed, dont really have that big power bat or two in this lineup…Khris should be joining the mix shortly

                    • The Hack says:
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                      @JeF WiTh 1 F: Its hard to rely on a lot of second year bat because predicting their adjustment and the leagues adjustment too them is difficult. Khris would be super solid and help in the case Myers goes back to being the hurt guy.

                    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                      @JeF WiTh 1 F: I’m with ya FOH…Targeted Khris because he still gets no love and will be my cheapest route to getting some power.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I like that, but feels a bit like a Jay Bruce to Mets trade… Davis can help, but he doesn’t feel like the answer

                    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                      @JeF WiTh 1 F: Yeah ill need a few more moves but he would be a nice start…Looks like i may get him for Kepler and D.Tate…Ill take it.

                    • The Hack says:
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                      How dare you call my 2016 dongboo a Jay Bruce. Im insulted Mr. Albricker

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I’m just saying 40 HRs, .250, is a fine piece, but you need other pieces

            • Malicious Phenoms says:
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              @JeF WiTh 1 F:
              Damn, I wud so take the risk there..

              Stras & Harvey are young enough to bounce bask from the injuries and Buxton will be a superstar in a few years…

              Poalco is not gonna be better over the long haul then those 3..

              Fortune favors the bold. DO IT!

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Malicious Phenoms: I cant pull the trigger on that…pitchers are so fragile and who knows about Buxton

                • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                  @JeF WiTh 1 F:
                  Polanco is still a work in progress as well, he only hit .260 this year and was hurt as well..

                  Build a pitching staff starting with Stras & Harvey is pretty damn good in my book…ALL piitchers are fragile, so they are ALL a crap shoot..

                  • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                    @Malicious Phenoms: Which is why i don’t want to use Polanco to get pitching.

                    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                      @JeF WiTh 1 F:
                      Yeah, I see ur point, you have a lot of nice players you could move for pitching or just draft a lot of pitchers and hound the waiver wire, looking for the next ace..

  27. JMAC says:
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    I’m in a H2H 5×5 OBP keeper and am looking at a trade. In your opinion, will JD Martinez and Ryan Braun be top 40 players in preseason rankings next year? If not where do you ball park them?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, or extremely close

    • JMAC says:
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      @JMAC: And Billy Hamilton. Think he’s further down.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hamilton’s much further down

        • JMAC says:
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          @Grey: Thanks!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  28. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    At the Mets sideshow circus today, in Port St. Lucie, Tim Tebow homered on the first pitch he saw at instructs..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Ha – didn’t see this until after my post below. So funny how huge of a reaction that got on the field and from Tebow . . . how many more before he takes a knee in lieu of bat-flipping?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Don’t be mad the Yankees aren’t still whoring themselves out just to grab the back page.

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Cram It: How quickly we forget lol

  29. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Assuming Tebow doesn’t supplant Conforto in the offseason (:-)), what sort of line would you expect from a full season of Conforto starting?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      25/85/.265

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: I’d take that! Weighing him ($4) v. Tim “March 2016 DeShields” Anderson ($8) in a keeper…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pretty close

  30. the tone ranger says:
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    hey grey one more question.
    looking ahead to sun, im not sure cant find info on these guys as confirmed starting pitchers but in one of my leagues it shows phelps starting @ wash, skaggs vs hou, vogelsong @ stl, and Stephenson vs cubs….
    would you gamble on them all? or if not which ones are worth it. again not even sure about the first 2 actually throwing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d gamble on them all if I needed the starts, depends on the situation

      • the tone ranger says:
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        @Grey: gotcha. the situation thats most likely is that im going to be down some points going into that day. I would need to make up some ground, but if they go negative I obviously hurt my cause.
        have you seen anything on phelps/skaggs for sun and are they your most likely adds if they do start? I have 2 moves left.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If they go low, you go high! It’s far in advance to know… When do you need to know by?

          • the tone ranger says:
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            @Grey: ha! def. I can prob wait a little on it. I was just trying to scoop them before anyone else snatched em. theres not a lot of guys left on the wire that show they are pitching on sunday (but I guess like you said that can change). im stressed hahahaha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I would be too… Prolly wouldn’t wait past Friday, but would wait until then

              • the tone ranger says:
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                @Grey: will do thanks as always

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  31. Scott says:
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    Please pick 2 starters tomorrow out of these doodes. Not a great mix, but I’m desperate for starts and everyone is still hoarding pitchers.
    Duffy vs Min
    Daniel Norris vs Cle
    Friedrich vs LAD
    Collmenter vs Phi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duffy, Norris

  32. Scott says:
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    Gallo is now 1 for 7 with 1 HR. Typical.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Exactly

  33. Scott says:
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    Drop which of these?
    Mazara
    Stanton
    Calhoun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stanton

  34. applez32 says:
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    need help in championship week, im going for a 1st place three peat and ive had some pitching in the last two weeks really hit the dumps. of the following who do u like for tomorrow the 29th…

    norris home against cleveland, ross home against ross, hellickson at atl, or urias at sd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Norris, Hellickson

  35. Boomer19 says:
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    Villar just homered again tonight. One home run away from a 20-60 season with a .285 average. I still have trust issues with the guy but he would have to be a top 20 guy for next year wouldn’t he? If he slumps to a 15-40 year the value would still be there. Thoughts? Cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      On our podcast this week, JB took him around 14th overall… Felt that was a bit high, but he’s not far off that

  36. William Hung says:
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    how ridiculous is this pitching duel between the Red Sox and Yankees? The answer for who to stream tonight was Mitchell and Buchholz!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I know

  37. dom says:
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    good job staying on top of the game and on top of the jokes for the season long grind Grey

    who would you pick for 3 of these starts, it’s tight in K, QS, ERA, WHIP, K/9

    Nova (CHC) Bauer (@KC) Straily (@STL) Miranda (OAK) Hellickson (@ATL) Ventura (CLE) J Garcia (PIT) Ray (@WAS) Manaea (@SEA) J Ross (ARI) Sabathia (BOS)

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Ventura, Hellickson, Nova, obviously some risk

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