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The news is good, Allen Craig is in a walking boot and on crutches.  Yay!  Sorry, I should’ve said the news was good for people who don’t own Allen Craig.  *smacks forehead with palm of hand*  Geez, I’m such a huckleberry!  So, this means the new Cardinals first baseman is… Please, open door number one!  Actually, all I see is his elbow.  Could you open door number two, as well?  Hmm, still missing his right side.  Go ahead and open door number three, too.  There he is… Matt Adams!  I’ve teased Adams a lot about his girth and that ain’t right, even if right and girth are anagrams.  Adams isn’t out of shape…if watermelon is a shape!  The zaftig Madams will be playing first for as long as Craig can’t and I’d grab Adams in all leagues where I needed power.  He could hit five homers the rest of the way if Craig stays sidelined until the playoffs.  As of right now, there’s no word on how much time Craig will need.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Michael Wacha – Next time out he can throw 100 pitches.  Mazel tov!  Does he get to read from the Torah too?

David Freese – 2-for-3 and his 7th homer.  Guess who picked him up for a one day batty call?  This guy with two thumbs, a dope-ass mustache and a shirt that says, “I was an honor student.”

Lance Lynn – 5 IP, 4 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Hard to even call him a 1st half pitcher.  He’s like a first ten starts of the year pitcher.  He has a 5+ ERA in the 2nd half and in June and July his ERAs were 4.83 and 4.84, respectively.  Though, I’m not sure why those ERAs deserve our respect..ively.  My iPhone likes to correct the word ‘terrible’ to craycraycrap, and that’s what you are Lynn.  I knew I should’ve never downloaded the app, Kanye Autocorrect.

Tony Cingrani – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Solid first start back from the DL or as Dusty calls it “Girlie rest for namby-pambys.”  Sorry, four girl readers, those are Dusty’s words, not mine.  Johnny Cueto is said to be returning as reliever now, so Cingrani is safe and, after last night, I’ve seen enough to start him in any league for his next start.  He’s not craycraycrap.

Jay Bruce – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer.  Let’s play everyone’s (no one’s) favorite game, How Is January Grey Doing With His Projections?  In the postseason, Rudy will go over how I compare to others at prognosticating, but Bruce’s preseason projections were 95/35/105/.259/7 and he’s at 78/27/90/.267/3, which means January Grey didn’t do so well with Bruce.  It’s the general range of what you should expect, but Bruce needs to get crazy hot to get close to those projections.

Todd Frazier – 3-for-4 and two solo homers (14, 15).  He’s over the 50% threshold so no afternoon Buy column for him, but he is hitting near .300 in the last week, and any guy who hits two homers in a game is seeing the ball well, so I’d take a shot on him finally turning it on if you’re in one of those leagues where he’s available.

Shin-Soo Choo – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 20th homer.  He’s really gotten hot as of late, huh?  I attribute it to him facing a steady diet of righties.  Matt Adams, “Diet of what?  That sounds craycraycrappy!”

Joe Mauer – Not close to returning from his concussion.  The Twins just can’t catch a break with concussions.  They unload one dizzy guy in Morneau and they get another back.  They should look into concussing the rest of their players and then moving into the baseball league where you have to spin your head on the bat handle ten times before swinging.

Miguel Gonzalez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. White Sox.  Damn, I was so close to starting him for this start.  In a parallel universe league where I do pick up all these great starts and hot hitters, I must be kicking ass!

Brian Roberts – 1-for-4 and his 4th homer as he hit leadoff.  Probably a good idea to have him at the top of the order.  This way he can get an at bat in before he gets hurt.

Adam Jones – 2-for-3 and his 30th homer.  I’m as fickle of a bastard as you’ll meet.  I like this guy one year, don’t like him next year.  Hate this guy one year, love him next year.  Adam Jones?  Oh, I’ll love him again next year.

J.J. Hardy – 2-for-3 and his 25th homer.  He represents all that is right with punting middle infield.  Since I’m in a nostalgic mood today, on our Player Rater, the top five shortstops are Segura, Desmond, Tulo, Andrus and Hardy.  Tulo was a high pick, Desmond and Andrus were a middle round draft pick and Segura and Hardy were late-round flyers.  Preseason top 5 for Point Shares:  Hanley, Reyes, Zobrist, Tulo and Rutledge.  Preseason top 5 for me:  Tulo, Reyes, Castro, Rollins and Desmond.  It didn’t seem that crackers when I ranked them, but I also said repeatedly don’t draft a high shortstop and grab Segura.  There, I found a way to be in the general vicinity of correctness.

Matt Kemp – Played in a simulated game.  Take your 3-D headgear and get on the field already!

Wandy Rodriguez – Will make a rehab start today.  Soon, Snafu Larry will be able to tell you where Taijuan Walker compares to Wandy.

Nolan Arenado – Day-to-day with a bruised thumb.  Sadly, with so little time left, I didn’t have room to deal with a week’s worth of ‘will he or won’t he play’s, so I dropped him.  Welcome to the Fantasy Master Lothario’s All-Star Team, Cody Asche!

Domonic Brown – Out for a week.  I feel your pain about cutting players that have treated you so well all year.  It’s best to drop them like you’re ripping off a Band-Aid.  One quick pull from Domonic Brown to Avisail Garcia.  The pain goes away after the first hit from the new player.

Eric Thames – Astros claimed him off waivers.  The Astros are like a poor man’s Mets.  The Mets have seven fair-to-middling outfielders and the Astros have ten crappy ones.  I guess the good news is when a little kid goes to an Astros game and sees the outfield, they can say, “Hey, daddy, look at Thames Hoes!”

Sonny Gray – 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  When you open Gray’s player page, do you ever take a Sharpie and draw a mustache on him?  Hmm, maybe it’s just me.  Can I draft him for next year right now?  Yes, please and thank you.

Brad Peacock – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Stream-o-Nator didn’t love this start, and I kinda understand it.  The A’s have been hitting the leder out of the hosen, but SON has a bit more interest in Peacock’s next start vs. the Mariners and I could see giving him a whirl there if you’re needy.

Josh Fields – 1 1/3 IP, 0 ER.  Got the save yesterday.  Don’t let the lure of his mom’s cookies baking entice you into picking up his 5.81 ERA, unless you stink of desperation.

David Price – 7 IP, 6 ER, 12 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Did the weatherman for CBS’s The Early Show, David Price, pitch this game?  Why can’t I have anything nice….EVER?!  I’m hoping this was a fluky start by Price and not a sign that his arm is hurting again.  I can only handle so much, Fantasy Baseball Overlord!

Collin Cowgill – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs as he did much of the damage against my beloved Price.  Collin Cowgill?  What is that?  Sounds like the name Mike Trout put on his fake ID.  Cow’s don’t have gills, be gone with you!

Jake Peavy – 6 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks with the Red Sox giving up, like, 12 steals.  Overbay stole a base!  Soriano!  A-Rod!  Vernon Wells!  Suzuki!  Sounds like the night Don Ameche and Wilford Brimley got drunk on the set of Cocoon and cornered Maureen Stapleton in her trailer.  You know, elderly men going from first to second.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 3-for-6, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 52nd steal.  Please let him hit 5 more homers and steal 10 more bases this month.  Nope, I don’t own him, I just want him even more overrated than he’s gonna be.

Shane Victorino – 2-for-6, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer.  After he crosses home, David Ortiz should put a lei on him.

Will Middlebrooks – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 13th homer.  Not sure which coach it was in the minors that corrected whatever it was that was wrong with Middlebrooks, but, here’s an idea, maybe the Red Sox should’ve sent that coach video of Middlebrooks from April and said, “Hey, what’s wrong with this?”  I know, I’m a real innovative thinker.

Ivan Nova – 4 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. the Red Sox who just came off a 20-run game.  If you started Nova here, I bet you also like clothespins on your nipples.

Adam Eaton – 2-for-5, 1 run.  Another guy that would be in this afternoon’s Buy if he weren’t over 50% owned (51.6).  If you’re in one of those 48.4% of the leagues where he is available, I’d absolutely grab him.  BTW, you hear about the time Adam Eaton and Matt Adams happened to be waiting in the same restaurant for a table?  The hostess said, “Adam Eaton,” and Matt Adams said, “I wanna be!”

Salvador Perez – 3-for-3, 1 RBI, but left yesterday’s start after getting hit in the mask by a foul ball.  Sounds like Rocky Dennis has got into porn!  Perez had a concussion earlier this year when he slipped off a ladder hanging a plaster of Paris effigy of his abuelita, so coming back from another ding on the ol’ melon might not be immediate.  The Royals seemed particularly troubled when they removed Perez from the game, saying he couldn’t answer any of Rusty Kuntz questions.  In defense of Perez, the question Rusty Kuntz posed to him was, “Can you say my name without laughing?”

Billy Butler – 5-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Does Billy Butler win the Kraft Cheese award for getting five singles?

Emilio Bonifacio – 4-for-6, 2 runs and his 25th steal, and his 30th steal since his trade to the Royals.  Okay, my math is wrong there, but he’s stolen enough bases in the last few weeks on the Royals to make it seem slightly less obscene how high I ranked him in the preseason.  I thought he’d do this shizz in April and make me look smart, what the hell do I know?  I’m just a stupidly handsome man with machismo coming out of his ying-yang.

Eric Hosmer – 2-for-6, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Not much to say for him from yesterday, but since it was the only afternoon game, I watched it and this struck me as odd.  The Mariner announcers intro’d Hosmer by saying, “Here comes the best Royals hitter,” and I didn’t know if they were right or wrong.  Oy gevalt!

Alex Gordon – 2-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  I saw someone on Twitter say if Salvador Perez didn’t miss time to injuries this year the Royals would be in the playoffs.  Sounds like dopey shizz that is said on dopey-ass Twitter (I don’t like Twitter — bah, get off my lawn!), but I will say yesterday’s extra inning game would’ve ended two hours earlier and the Royals would be in the playoffs if Gordon was hitting third.

Felix Hernandez – Bumped to Wednesday due to his back.  F-Her went from a Cy Young contender season to a great-season-if-on-the-surface-not-spectacular-due-to-his-ERA because of his last few starts.  I wouldn’t drop him outright since he gets the Astros on Wednesday.  They’re always good for a nice little rebounding session for a pitcher.

Joe Saunders – 4 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 14 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Solid start from Saunders.  Was able to hit all his spots and the Royal hitters didn’t look like they had a chance.  Oops!  I was writing that while my monitor was reflected in a mirror so it came out backwards.  Just mentally flip it around for me, would ya?

Justin Smoak – 2-for-6, 2 RBIs and his 15th homer.  I was between him and Saunders for a batty call yesterday.  Guess which one I chose?  Dah!  Grey Albright, you could not touch a boob squeezing past Dolly Parton in an airplane aisle!

From Around The Web

  1. Longbeachyo says:
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    Hey, what the eff is up with Marco Estrada? He was supposed to pitch today, and I see no news at all about when he’s gonna pitch next. – seeing as how I’ve already locked up a first round bye in my league, I’m trying to plan ahead for the week after next… Thanks, all mighty mustache-man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Longbeachyo: So Hellweg can make a start this weekend, he was pushed back… I don’t think it’s everything more serious…

  2. frankgrimes says:
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    AuShizz I miss you.

    • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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      @frankgrimes: he misses you too

    • Quentin says:
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      Mann yes. All season I did one of those blow air out your nose tiny laughs of satisfaction every time I saw an aushizz.

  3. Mateo says:
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    I’ve seen never seen a Gray (or Grey) so Sonny.

    • Mateo says:
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      @Mateo: * I’ve never seen. (I’m hammered)

    • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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      @Mateo: why correct that , you’re a drunk poet

      • LongoTulo says:
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        @Jack Full O’ Hate: Do not correct that. That was beautiful.

  4. bossmanjunior says:
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    1) Hold Raja (zero steals in past week) or drop for different SAGNOF: EY, Bonefacio, Yelich, Jennings, Span. Emphasis on steals but positive all-around contributions is a bonus.

    2) Drop A. Wood (@MIA) or Niese (vPHI) for Ubaldo (vKC, @CHW) or hold for now?

    • B-rude says:
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      @bossmanjunior: All around I’d go Y while he’s hot, if you need steals, go Bonefacio, if u need power p/u Adams…he might explode. But that’s just me.

    • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Boneface looks nice, is BJ available? looking like he is about to take off. Jennings scares me a little. If you can stream bags, I’d try to find a bad pitcher/catcher mis-match and exploit it, I think some of those are in Mike’s article. You can hit him up on Twitter and he usually responds @643ball

  5. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    I always wondered what happend to David Eckstein, I think Fat Adams is the prime suspect

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @Grey: that wasn’t shot from inside Fat Adams belly?

          • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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            @Grey: There is enough space in there to hold the razzball convention

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You realize you just nailed where we have to have our first convention?

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey: “Live from Matt Adams belly it’s the first annual Razzball Con…For those of you staying at the Billy Butler Mooby Towers please be sure to get your parking validated at the ticket window”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: I’m sorry it should of been Razz-A-Con

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Razzapalooza

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: that sounds like a program where you go see inmates to harass and tease them

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Smokin’ Razz Tour?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: Razzstock? Greystock?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      The Warped Razz?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: The Razzeth Fair?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Razzfest?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: Rock the Razz? Razz the Bells?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      New Orleans Razz Festival?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Playboy Razz and Music Festival?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: getting classy on me Albright….Razz Scene? Hot August Razz? Razz city Limits?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Temecula Wine and Razz Festival?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey: Sunset Strip Razz festival?

                    • Principle Blackman says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate: @Grey:

                      Burning Razz
                      Newport Razz Festival
                      Razzella
                      Gathering of the Razzalos
                      Razzfork
                      Monterey International Pop & Razz Festival

  6. letsgobravos says:
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    Damnit grey, stop highlighting moobsy. He was the 280th ranked player in my league for the season and 700th in the previous month when I dropped him in a month or so ago. Since then, I have avoided looking but based on your highlights it appears all he does is hit now. I think you had only highlighted him 2 or 3 times at the most over the previous 4 months while I owned him because he never did jack shit…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos: It’s hard to highlight a guy who plays so sporadically, until now

  7. B-rude says:
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    Dearest Grey,

    In one league I own J. Upton…and I’m on a bye week (and he’s on the minus streaky) its cool to drop Him right? Now, in my other league ill be on a bye as well but I own Brown, Hamilton, Grandy and Crawford as my drop candidates.. Which 2?

    • B-rude says:
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      @B-rude: ps Adams is available in all leagues. @B-rude: Ps. Adams is available in both leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B-rude: I’d hold Upton… Drop Brown, Grandy

  8. Ulysses says:
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    Drop belt for eaton?

    • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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      @Ulysses: Yes…right now right now

  9. Tony says:
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    2014, McCutch or Adam Jones, who you taking first Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony: McCutchen still

  10. gareth says:
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    Chacin @ san fran, @ arizona
    Lincecum vs colorado (home), @ dodgers
    Ubaldo vs kansas (home), @ white sox

    Can you rate these 2 start options?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Chacin, Ubaldo

  11. The guru says:
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    Adam Jones 1-27 vs Danks.

    Got plenty of options but tough to sit him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The guru: I’m not sitting him

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @The guru: danks isn’t a good pitcher. likely small sample size noise.

  12. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    In the playoffs, this week is a bye week. Time to cut ties with Dom Brown? The report is saying at least a week and I can’t have a wasted spot on my roster for that time. My OF is Cutch, Trout, Gordon with Werth at my Util without him. Thanks.

  13. gareth says:
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    This is my pitching this week:

    Benoit
    G. Holland
    Street
    Hamels @was
    Teheran @ mia, vs sd
    Felix vs astros
    Parker @ min, @tex
    Gee vs was, @ mia
    Gio vs phi, @ mets
    Lincecum vs col, @ lad
    Chacin @ san fran, @arizona
    Ubaldo @ cws, vs kansas
    H. Bailey @ brewers

    Can only start 9, need to sit 4. Who do I bench?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Lincecum, Chacin, Ubaldo, Street

  14. One Man Crusade says:
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    Grey, i also own Price. Glad to see he kept my team going strong by following a Liriano implosion, blown saves by Mujica and Holland with this gem. I have Greinke, Archer and Christian Bale to finish the season. I advise benching them all. You have been warned.

  15. Ciao Grey — Door No. 1 with Adams behind it should have been a garage door …! Those guys need to think ahead.

    Anyway … in a 14-team draft roto league where I need RBI and AVE most how’d you rank the following as a backup 1B/UTIL option between Moreland, Matt Adams, and Frazier (it’s a daily league so I can platoon if needed).

    And for SS between Cozart, Rutledge, Billy Hamilton, and Scooter.

    And the last question, which is the better start tomorrow between Kluber (vs. NYM) and Straily (vs. HOU)? The SoN has them rated almost the same (14.5 and 14.4, respectively … I most need Ks, and SoN predicts about 5.5 for both).

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique: Ha, yup! Adams, Frazier… Scooter… Straily…

  16. WorldsFirstAnalrapist says:
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    12-team H2H 6×6 (OBP, QS) league

    Good morning Grey!
    Drop Gyorko, Bonifacio, or Jennings for Frazier or Adams?

    My team:
    C- Rosario
    1B- Votto
    2B- Phillips
    3B- Sandoval
    SS- Reyes
    MI- Gyorko
    CI-Butler
    OFx5- Stanton, Rios, Cespedes, Jennings, Carpenter
    UTIL- Bonifacio
    DL- Marte

  17. Henry says:
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    My catcher situation is bleak with Mauer down and the playoffs starting next week. Any sleeper picks at catcher? OPS league, These are my sad options:

    Doumit
    Buck
    Arencibia
    Wellington/Navarro
    Humdley

    Are there any promising rookie catchers getting playing time that I’m not considering?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Henry: Ouch…Doumit

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: zunino’s back.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  18. ryan says:
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    Tied for the last playoff spot with only 3 days left and playing the guy Im tied with. He had 2nd pick this year and took braun over miggy, I had 3rd and took miggy as my pants got tighter. No way the Fantasy Baseball Overlord allows him to beat me ? Any catchers I can take a flyer on? Mauer is done, and Ramos stinks. Perez was picked up two weeks ago

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryan: No idea who is available in your league

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @ryan: The hottest one?

  19. Snake Hips says:
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    Scooter or Boneface at MI. It’s a points league, so I just need any production.

  20. stynyr says:
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    My scores
    Pitchers remaining for the week:
    Minor, Fernandez, Garza, Kershaw, Bailey, Moore
    W: 4
    S: 5
    K: 31
    ERA: 2.41
    WHIP: 1.10

    Opponents
    Pitchers remaining for the week: Corbin, CJ Wilson, Leake, Archer
    W: 1
    S: 2
    K: 34
    ERA: 7.98
    WHIP: 1.77

    I’ve lost K’s once the entire season. Based on what’s left, do you think I should add someone like, Tyson Ross (Hodge Padre in Petco), Kluber, or Niese for tomorrow, or just let it ride out. I have two more adds.

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @stynyr: You look fine, I’d ride it out

  21. Elwood Blues says:
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    I’ve had Frazier all year at$10 at Corner. Like many, he has frustrated me. Is he worth holding onto next year at that price and continue to hope he’ll get better, or is this as good as he gets. It’s a deep keeper league and we can keep up to 12, NL Only 4×4.
    Thanks

  22. Elwood Blues says:
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    Speaking of frustrated, would you trade Gio at $17 now, or hold onto him at least into the off-season, where he may build up him value. I have an offer of Shark $9 for him.

  23. cory says:
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    do you like adams over konerko?

    also have to drop 2 of the following:

    wy chen, Santiago, e jax, erasmo, peacock. Which 2 would you drop?

    thanks as always and great stuff

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @cory: Yup, over Konerko… Chen, Edwin…No problem

  24. sparky8 says:
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    H2H 5 x 5 plus TB and BB
    Adams or LaRoche for the Playoffs in UTIL slot?
    Thanks in advance

      • sparky8 says:
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        @Grey: Asche or LaRoche? Thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          LaRoche

  25. Jon says:
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    Eaton, Frazier or Adams over ARam, Khris Davis or Fowler for weeks 24/25?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Eaton and Frazier over the last two

  26. Jangles says:
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    OK to drop Lance Lynn, right?

  27. Nick says:
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    In light of the injury to Craig, would you rather have Adams or Moss ROS at first base?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Moss

      • Nick says:
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        @Grey:

        Great. Thanks! I’ll hold then.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. Steve D. says:
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    Headley or Asche ROS in a redraft?

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: i wouldn’t have thought that would be a touch call, due to how the both of them are hitting now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  29. Jon says:
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    If Posey’s injury lingers into next week, which catcher?

    Ramos, Salty, Martin, Navarro

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon: Ramos

  30. Spencer says:
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    I had a first week bye in the playoffs, so I am starting to look to next week. Who do you like better on the mound Monday? League counts QS, IP, WHIP, ERA, K/9

    Erasmo vs Hou (SON 15.5)
    Nolasco vs Ari (SON 8.8)

  31. I am using Yelich at 1B. Drop him for Brandon Moss or Matt Adams? Yelich has had 11 hits in his last 20 at bats (.550). Also a homer and 2 steals in his last 5 games. Moss has 6 homeys in his last 11 and 12 of 36 for .333 average w/14 RBI’s. Adams might be short term, but would think Yelich & Moss would still be available in our 10 team league. Also, would you hold on Wil Meyers or drop for Adam Eaton? Myers went 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and two home runs the other night. maybe he’s breaking out of his recent funk. Could cut a utility guy like Brett Lawrie for Eaton too. Was also considering Aramis Ramirez for Lawrie. thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @madden_curser: Moss if you want power… I’d hold Myers… Cut Lawrie for Eaton

  32. Slim

    Buddah Lovaz says:
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    And down goes Salvia Perez. I could go back to Jason Castro, it sounds like he’s gonna play again soon just not sure how much.
    I could try Ruiz or Montero. I have to decide before Kluber comes off the DL tomorrow.
    Happy Happy Joy Joy. Yes, a sarcastic Stimpy. Joy…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Buddah Lovaz: I’m waiting to see if Castro or Perez play tonight

  33. Maestro says:
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    Championship Week

    Play in H2H AL Only Points-Based League – SP counting stats: ERA, W, L, K, QS
    Have to start 4 SP – which 4 would you pick and why?

    Fister vs KC/ Chen
    Lester vs NY/ Sabathia
    Parker @ Min/ Hendriks + @ Tex/ Darvish
    Dickey vs Angels/ Richards
    Griffin @ Min/ Correia
    Sale vs Det/ Scherzer + vs Clev/ McAllister – I planned on starting Mr. Sale but if for some reason you don’t like him…

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Maestro: Sale, Lester, Fister, Griffin

  34. Teddy Heater says:
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    Grey,
    Got a bye next week, drop Adams for Lawrie?

  35. Peter says:
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    Heading into H2H playoffs, which of these pitchers do I drop? Gallardo, Doubront, Cashner. (I have good pitching and need to pick up a hitter). Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Peter: Yovani, but I don’t know their schedules

  36. AA says:
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    Looking ahead to next year, which 5 of the following should I keep: Miggy, Cano, Trout, Pujols, Verlander, Segura, or Myers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AA: Miggy, Cano, Trout, Segura, Myers

  37. narf says:
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    who to drop
    Gennett, Gyorko or B.Miller?
    ty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @narf: Gyorko

  38. The Strolg says:
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    Stash – Sonny Grey Keeping the Clouds Away – title for next year’s postings.

  39. Wishing I was Golden says:
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    Drop Travis or Alex Wood to activate Cingrani?

    Drop Brown for Moreland, Garcia, or Adams?

  40. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Two questions, one post…

    5×5 H2H Playoffs:

    Drop Jennings for any of the following? Leonys, Dyson, T. Frazier, Asche, King SAGNOF, C. Crawford, Hoes

    Drop Brad Miller for any of the following? Dozier, Cozart, Rutledge, Gennett

    As you may be able to tell, I’m too indecisive to pull the trigger right now. Many thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lincecuminmypants: I’m holding Jennings thru Sunday… Scooter…No problem

  41. Mike says:
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    No mention of Moustakas GW homer??? Lol, I understand…I understand…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Eh, not much to mention

  42. Clint (aka Pablo Death) says:
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    Upon seeing his Brad’s pitching performance, the mighty Mark Wahlberg responded, “He’s a peacock! Ya’ gotta let him fly!!”

  43. FMFBL says:
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    Who are you keeping at 3B? Machado in the 10th or E5 in the 4th?

    I love Machado but I’m afraid his power is still 3-4 years off. In a 6×6 roto format he’s top 5 in hits and runs, averaging a #15 3B in other stats. That’s a lot of time to roster a “mediocre” 3B.
    Am I cray-cray for even considering throwing him back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FMFBL: I’d keep Machado…

  44. Brett says:
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    Good morning Grey. Back in 2010 I said I’d never draft Liriano again. Fast forward to 2013 & he was a gem waiver wire pickup until six starts ago. He has had 3 blowups in 6 starts & I am having flashbacks to seasons past. I am thinking of dropping him because he is totally unreliable. He is as likely to pitch a no hitter as he is to give up 9 runs in 2 IP. I can’t take the hit to my ratios if he blows up again. What to do? I was thinking of benching him for his next start at Tex then deciding to cut or keep. His final 3 starts are vs Cubs, vs Reds & at Cubs. Does this sound reasonable? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brett: I dropped him after his last game… Rangers and Reds aren’t good… Look to stream…

  45. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, looking for possible posey replacement. Need RBI and avg most. Who do you like between these guys?

    Montero – 3 @ lad, 3 vs col
    Ramos – 4 @ nym, 3 vs phi
    Ruiz – 3 vs sd, 3 @ was
    Gomes – 3 vs kc, 4 @ cws

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ramos

  46. Boy Wonder says:
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    So I have Darvish, Liriano, and Samardzija and all three were terrible this week. BUT I would bet money that Darvish and Liriano (I donno about Samard..) bounce back huge next week. Better for me since my playoffs start next week and not this current week..

    …I also have Craig, Jason Castro, and Puig. So it’s probably the best case that my playoffs start next week…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hopefully it works out

  47. David says:
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    Should I drop D. Brown for BJ Upton or C. Headley or A. Ethier?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton

  48. Pete says:
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    I’m facing some issues with injuries. I’m in week 1 of 3 of H2H points league playoffs. I have used 2 of my max 4 adds this week on streamers and I now have 7 adds remaining for the season. It’s a keeper league that we can keep 4 though there is a poll/vote going on to keep a 5th (which is also causing a bit of a dilemma for me, I think it’s crap personally at this time of the year).

    Current hitters:
    C – Posey (injured)
    1B – Konerko
    2B – Cano
    3B – Lawrie
    SS – Castro
    IF – Scooter Gennett
    OF – Bruce
    OF – Gordon
    OF – Puig
    OF – De Aza
    UTIL – Ruf
    UTIL – Arenado (Injured?)
    Bench – Dom Brown (Injured)

    My keepers are Cano, Kershaw, Posey, and Puig. If they approve the damn 5th keeper I think it would be Brown given his draft value but again, it’s pissing me off. Don’t think I’ll have a resolution this week.

    Very tight match up going on right now. I think our pitching is pretty even for the rest of the week in terms of quantity with an edge to me on quality.

    Question: Do I make a move or 2 to pick someone up or ride it out/save my moves for streamers?
    Best available: Adams, BJ Upton, Middlebrooks

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d use one move on Middlebrooks for Arenado

  49. hankp says:
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    Any of Kluber, McCarthy, Arrieta worth a stream tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCarthy’s the only one I’d look at…

  50. Bye Week - Playoff Prep - Marv says:
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    Grey, thanks for all the help so far!
    In a H2H 10-team keeper (keep 12) and in a bye week.
    Trying to solidify my bats/pitching
    My low pitchers are A. Wood / J. Niese / C. Kluber (DL)
    1) Drop Kluber after he comes off DL (or clear room for him) ?
    2) I’m going to drop M. Rivera for a pitcher or an extra bench bat
    Pitchers available: Chacin, Estrada, Vogelsong, McCarthy, Ross, Cashner
    Hitters avail(for bench): Victorino, Crisp, Dozier, Middlebrooks, Crawford, Aoki

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) hold for now 2) I’d grab an SP depending on their matchups

  51. gareth says:
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    So I just had an idea / challenge to all the razzballers out there.

    If anyone’s going to a ballgame and are taking in batting practice beforehand or just randomly spot a major league baseball Player out and about in the next few weeks: Get the guy on video quoting a term from the razzball glossary, preferably one that pertains to them specifically. Then post it on here.

    I’m going to watch some Indians game this month and quickly checking the remaining home schedule (mets, kc, hou, cws), i see there is sadly no opportunity to see Toronto and ask rajai to claim himself the king of sagnof :-(
    A few other candidates there though………

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…

  52. Mike says:
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    Grey, quick question. I wasn’t able to watch Price, did you notice a velo drop at all? I really need this to be a hiccup….Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t watch either, I couldn’t… Was blacked out for me…

  53. RAY says:
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    Hey should I drop Rizzo, hes on my bench but its a keeper league and ill be able to retain him for 10$ next year. Same thing for Jeff Samajdrarsaaaiaira

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends who your other options are and why you want to drop them, but they’re not great keepers for that price

  54. AJ says:
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    Well Scooter is sitting again ..time to replace? Cozart, Drew, Simmons, Aybar, Hamilton DJ or Rutledge? Leaning Rut

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, Rutledge if he’s playing, Cozart otherwise

  55. dsg says:
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    Better pitcher for h2h playoffs:

    Wheeler (was , @sf, phi, mil)
    Alex Wood (@mia/@was/mil/phi)

    thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wood

  56. Mike says:
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    Gotcha, will never comprehend blackouts. Chicken and the egg ya know. There would be more interest if fans could watch…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, totally agreed

  57. Ty says:
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    Mornin Grey, Its crunch time for me in my league. There’s four of us at the top trading spots daily and the top 3 get $$$. I don’t think I can afford to lean on guys who got me to where I’m at.. Miggy, Utley, D.Brown to name a few. I’ve been subbing Chris Johnson in place of miggy but he’s been pretty meh. I’ve been rotating C.gomez, Crawford, Stanton and my newly aquired eaton in the OF. Guys on my WW I can replace brown with.. A.Garcia, Span, Yelich and Boniface. Should I keep using Chris J or replace him with any of… Ashe, Aram or Frazier. I just need to maintain offensive categories. On the pitching side I’m hurting for W’s. I’m thinking about sitting peavy and A. Wood for 2 start pitchers Gee and Ubaldo. I also have Sale , Lee and K. Jansen going. What’s yer thoughts O wise one? …. ( damn that was a lot to type on my phone) Thanks G

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with A-Ram…Makes sense to go with Ubaldo and Wood…

      • Ty says:
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        @Grey: thanks dude… A. Wood scares me a little cuz the marlins roughed him up last week. I also have Minor. I’m dropping Brown for Asvail?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Go for it…No problem

  58. Jon says:
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    I’m looking at my pitching matchups next week – H2H playoffs – these are the ones I have questions about… sit/start?

    Tillman vs NYY (5.4 SON)
    Porcello @ CHW (1.4)
    Capuano vs ARI (8.1)
    Petit vs COL (14.1)
    Wood @ MIA (11.0)
    Eovaldi vs ATL (2.4)
    Cashner @ PHI (2.0)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit, sit, start, start, start, start, sit

  59. Steve Stevenson says:
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    In an IP limit league I’m trying to be judicious with starts. Have 176 IP left (18.2 ahead of pace), and am carrying 5 closers, so figure about 30-35 IP from them, leaving me with about 23 6-inning starts. I’m fine in K, could really use W, and WHIP battle is tight so I can’t risk much there. SON really likes Adverb v ATL (Minor) and kinda likes Garza @ LAA (Wilson), but would it be crazy to bench both given W potential and recent performance?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Lee, sit Garza

  60. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    1. 10 team, porcello and kazmir both have great ROS schedules. I’m going to pick up Salazar for his start Sun vs Mess. Should i drop porcello or kazmir to do so?
    2. 16 team today only bench which 2 out of choo (lefty day, but it’s capuano and Choo’s hot, Tron still likes it a little, better than his usual lefty scores)/yelich (tron hates him against Haren)/gyorko (i’m assuming he’s one of the benches)/aybar/rutledge/miller. If Rutledge doesn’t play he’d be the other bench, problem is only miller/aybar and rutledge play late so rosters might not be out by the 2 early night games, if so one of those last 3 would have to be 1 of the benches.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Porcello 2. Gyorko, Miller

  61. Tom says:
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    Pick 2 of the following in UTIL for H2H playoff next week (punting average):

    With 7 games:
    Walker 3@Tex (1 vs Darvish), 4vCHC – he’s hot, but nicked up a bit
    Astrubal Cabrera 3vKC, 4@CHW, 4vCHC – been cold lately
    Swisher 3vKC, 4@CHW, 4vCHC – been cold lately but hits near top of LU
    B. Roberts 4vNYY, 3@TOR – decent last 15, but will he play all 7 at top of order?

    With 6 games
    Eaton – 3@LAD, 3vCOL – he’s hot but sometimes sits against LHP – 2 of 6 next week
    L. Martin 3vPIT, 3vOAK – has been cold lately

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker, Swisher

      • Tom says:
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        @Grey: Little surprised you didn’t go for Eaton instead of Swisher given the comment in your common. I guess you agree he might be limited to 5 games next week with the 2 LHP going against him, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, don’t love the possibility of missing two games

  62. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Start AJ Burnett against the Cardinals?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would…

  63. mike says:
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    Grey, You got me this far, now just need to make right call in my H2H pts playoffs.

    Can only start 2 of the following 4, who do i take:

    Burnett @ STL
    Cobb @ TB
    Garza @ LAA
    Bumgarner vs ARI

    Thanks for all the help this year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cobb, Bum…No problem…

  64. mike says:
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    Sry Cobb @ SEA

  65. Z. Diddy says:
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    12 team keeper, keep 5, with hanley, goldy, and kipnis locked into 3 spots. i have my eyes set on dom breezy brown as my 5th keeper, however, i’m currently fighting for a bye in a H2H…. do i cut bait on dom brown and lose a potential keeper? (replacement keeper options are cespedes and my man crush kyle seager.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can lose Brown there

  66. Tom says:
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    One more about my H2H matchup next week (don’t need average) choose 1 catcher:

    Pierzynski 3vPIT, 3vOAK
    Ramos – 4@NYM, 3vPHL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      AJ

  67. steve says:
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    Hey Grey….

    Great work, and thanks.

    H2H/10 Team/6×6/keep 5 (with salary cap implications)/ *No 2013 implications as I am not in the playoffs

    Would you rather have Shelby Miller or Taijuan Walker for 2014? I will ask Scott also but he doesn’t always respond so I’m also asking you :)

    Thanks again –
    Steve

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem…. Walker

      • steve says:
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        @Grey: Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  68. Simply Fred

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    @Grey: nice to see you rise to the top of the ‘perts league! You have managed your hitting superbly! (hitter-tron hasn’t caught up to your guru yet)

    Indeed, quite a grab of Freese for the day. I had seen the pickup and wondered…? I say, when Grey makes a move, don’t wonder…jump!

    Had been pondering Ibanez, but when he didn’t start, I scrubbed. Then, the bench, game-tying homer. Kudos to anyone who grabbed him!

    A pleasure watching you in action!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, I’ve had a good base of hitting to play from… The foundation of what I had helped, hard to stream every slot, but a few key ones works fine…

  69. Hi again Grey — a quick followup to an answer to my question above … I asked about SS options, but the guy you suggested (Scooter) was picked up in the meantime. Of the remaining three — Cozart, Rutledge, and Billy Hamilton — who you got?

    It’s a redraft league and the biggest needs are RBI and AVE.

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cozart

  70. Ryan says:
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    Who would you rather have for the remainder of the season, BJ Upton, Matt Adams, A. Garcia, or Adam Eaton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ryan: Upton

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    *********THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME**********

  72. Reno 911 says:
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    Hola again. With F-Her now vs HOU, I’m going to activate him. Who do I drop from the active roster for my first-round playoff matchup next week? Shields @CLE or Mujica w/ six homies? Gotta figure Shields won’t crap the bed THAT bad again, but please advise o Fantasy Baseball Overlord. Gracias.

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