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Yesterday, Jason Kipnis went 2-for-4 with his 13th homer.  Member when he had 11 homers going into the All-Star break and we were like, “Yo, I’d let Kipnis sleep with my baby’s mama.  He earned that shizz, yo.  Just make sure you change the sheets, that’s all I ask.  And maybe if you could pick up some milk for my morning coffee.”  Well, here’s a discussion topic:  The Catcher in the Rye is neither about baseball or bread.  Discuss.  Here’s another:  Is Kipnis all that and a bag of bagel chips or was he just a good first half with a bad case of the shpilkis in his genechtagazoink.  Good question from your internal monologue.  In the first half, Kipnis had a career month in May with 5 homers, 7 steals and a .295 average.  If that doesn’t seem that great, it wasn’t bad when you were living it, you greedy schmendrick.  But, he was playing above his head.  In the beginning of the season, I gave him 14 homers for the year in his projections.  I turned out to be pretty close.  His steals are off the charts from my or anyone’s projections.  He now has 26 steals on the year, though only 6 since the ASB.  That seems more in line with what I’d expect.  He should be a solid 2nd baseman next year, but a 15/30 guy seems be asking too much.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Justin Masterson – 4 IP, 8 ER as his troubles against lefties went up against his home dominance and his lefty struggles prevailed.  Today was his FIFTH start since July 1st that he gave up 7+ ER.  In the other 7 starts, he’s given up 1 or less ERs 5 times, 2 ERs once, and 4 ERs once.  So in 11 of his 12 starts he has either been great or awful.  He is the epitome of a hot, crazy girl.

Josh Reddick – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 27th homer.  So, maybe saying last week that Reddick was done was jumping the gun a bit.  Eh, when dealing with a Reddick, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Josh Donaldson – 1-for-3 with his 2nd homer in as many games.  In the preseason, he was a very deep sleeper because of his peculiar catcher eligibility, then he flamed out quickly and not that brightly.  Well, he still can catch in fantasy leagues and he’s hitting and playing 3rd.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell, because he’s here now.  Don’t make me come back here!

Cliff Pennington – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Not in this game, though that wouldn’t be a record.  Mark Whiten, “Suck it, Clifford!”

Kevin Frandsen – 4-for-5 with a run and RBI.  In 107 ABs, he has 1 homer and zero steals with a .355 average.  That would be a great line in the dead ball era, but back then they didn’t have outfield fences, a 2nd base bag and anyone suspicious of balderdash was committed to a mental asylum.

Kyle Kendrick – 7 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  After a sloppy first start back in the rotation (3 1/3 IP, 6 ER), he’s rattled off 4 straight solid starts (29 1/3 IP, 4 ER).  His next start is at Cincy, but then he gets an easy road to the finish.  I’d give him a looksie.

Mike Baxter – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer in the last 3 games.  Unfortch, he sits vs. lefties.  Fortch, there’s more righties.  Fortunoff’s, good deals on backyard furniture.

Jonathon Lucroy – 3-for-5, 7 RBIs and his 9th homer.  He now has 20 of his 49 RBIs vs. the Cubs, placing him firmly on Lou Malnati’s secret, “You Get Nada” list with Mike Schmidt, Milton Bradley and any goats.

Rickie Weeks – 5-for-5, 4 runs, which comes after a 7-for-47 stretch and almost a month after his 4-for-4 game in July.  How about we call him Rickie “Every Four” Weeks?

Shaun Marcum – 4 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks until he left early with calf cramps; too bad they couldn’t bring in Donnie Veal.  Not to fear, the Brewers bullpen’s got this!  A 9 to 3 lead turned to a 12-11 loss as Dor-K came in to put the finishing touches on the abomination, giving up 3 earned in a third of an inning.  Let’s have some fun with Francisco Rodriguez’s $8 million salary for this year.  In one day, he makes $21,917.  In one week, he makes $153,846.  In one month, he makes $666,666.  Weird, usually deals with the devil aren’t so obvious.  (Info was provided by this site.  If you have three hours to kill and want to feel great about all your life choices, check it out.)

Brett Jackson – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, 2 walks and only K, but he’s coming off two previous games with a combined 0-for-5 with 4 Ks.  I think there’s probably a more reliable (read: boring) option on your waivers.

Ryan Vogelsong – 6 IP, 4 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Lastros.  The win could allow me to stick my head in the sand, but this moment has been coming for a few weeks now.  For my fantasy team, Vogelsong’s sung his swan song (say that fast 117 times!).  I’m not sure who I’m dropping him for, but it’ll be a streamer.  With a month left, there’s no reason to wait out a rough patch.

Brandon Belt – 4-for-5 with an RBI.  I have a crazy feeling I’m gonna be excited about Belt again next year and he’ll have a starting job out of Spring Training then get benched by April 15th.  Guy Fieri would call it a hunch.

Greg Holland – Got the night off after some anxious save chances the last two nights so the Royals went to Kelvin Herrera, who is a bit more hot-tempered than his brother, Fahrenheit.  Holland’s still the closer.

Alex Gordon – 2-for-4 with his 10th homer.  Gordon is hitting .298, so it’s not like he’s been bad, but ten homers?  That’s the new blech.

Brandon League – Pitched a scoreless 9th inning.  Yay!  In a losing game.  No yay!  But managers sometimes throw their closers in the 9th inning in home games when they’re losing to get them work.  Small yay.  I really still have no idea who’s going to be the closer.  I’d put it at 51% chance of League and 49% for Belisario.

Zach Britton – 8 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Has now strung together three solid starts, but before that it was three turds vs. the A’s, Yankees and Mariners.  For now, he’s like a $1000 car as in the Bottle Rockets song lyrics, “If a $1000 car was truly worth a damn, then why would anybody ever spend ten grand?”

Lance Berkman – Set to be activated on Saturday when rosters expand, but he’s not at 100%, so he’ll probably be used sparingly, which is good if you’re a bowling ball, but not so great for fantasy.

Rafael Furcal – Left yesterday’s game with an elbow strain, which may be a torn UCL.  Frankly, I’m surprised he made it this far into the season before an injury and don’t call me Frank Lee.

Jaime Garcia – 5 1/3 IP, 6 ER, 11 baserunners, 2 Ks.   The Stream-o-Nator had a bad day yesterday, as Jaime Garcia looked about as bad Lorena Garcia trying to make Thai food.  BTW, there should be a Top Chef Masters watching game.  Every time Lorena Garcia says something about healthy or fighting obesity, you should have to eat a Lorena Garcia-endorsed Taco Bell burrito.

Josh Willingham – 1-for-4 with his 33rd homer and 95th and 96th RBIs.  Oh mer gerd, if I can haz Willingham on every team, oh mer gerd.

Denard Span – To the DL with a sprained sternoclavicular joint, which also happened to be the sentence usage for sternoclavicular in last year’s National Spelling Bee.

Carlos Villanueva – 6 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Chuck Newtown’s ERA is at 3.10 and he has more Ks than innings (101 Ks in 98 2/3 IP), which is terrific, fabulous, adjective, but he looks like he’s been tiring out in August, so I’d only use him if the matchup was right.

Yunel Escobar – 2-for-3 after going 4-for-5 the night before.  He also has a hit in 8 straight games.  Granted, there was only one in each of the other six, but when looking for hot schmotatos, you gotta turn a slightly blind eye here and there.

Chad Billingsley – Could be out for the year with a very tender elbow.  That’s why you should always order it al dente.

Bryce Harper – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his third homer in the last two games.  We’ve had some good s’s and g’s with Harper so far this year.  We’ve had a laugh; yes, we have.  But I’m listening to Matchbox Twenty and I wanna get real for a sec.  Where the hell does Harper go next year in drafts?  Way overdrafted in the first 5 rounds?  Do peeps (not the marshmallow bunnies, but what the kids say) wait until around to pick 80?  Do peeps stay realistic and wait until around pick 100?   I’m not sure, to be honest.  I do know it’s 3 AM I must be lonely.

Edwin Jackson – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 10 Ks.  I wish the real world would just stop hassling me!  Sorry, I need to change the album.  Please don’t change!

Jayson Werth – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer from the leadoff spot.  This was his first homer since he returned from being unwell.  A goodish sign, but he probably won’t be a hundred percent until next year, FWIWerth.

Stephen Strasburg – Nats announced what everyone already knew and what I think they already announced, that Strasburg will make two or three more starts, and end the year around the previously discussed 160 innings.  Don’t worry, Nats fans, John Lannan’s fresh!

  1. Druss says:
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    I know he’s Bleh Gordon now but he’s still keepable( is that a word?) as an 8th Round Pick for next year right? Its been him and Hosmer in the 6th round ! What Say You Master Greyda?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Druss, It’s between? I’d go with Gordon, neither are great there…

      • Druss says:
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        @Grey,
        Oops sorry yes I meant ” between ” !

  2. Tony says:
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    Harper went in the 10th round of my $100 competitive h2h REDRAFT league this year, im assuming someone goes 4th round on him in my league next year, probably the same guy that took him 10th! there will be better value than paying for the name “harper” at that point.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Wow! He went in the 4th this year? Insane…

  3. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hommy Tanson just become available on waivers in my league, at first I thought must grab him but then looked and he’s quietly been terrible recently. What the frig is up with this dude, is he anything more than a streaming option right now?

    Dont recall him being high on your preseason lists Grey probably due to his injury risk rather than awfulness, but good job getting us to avoid this schmohawk.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Yeah, I wasn’t going nowhere him this preseason, and wouldn’t touch him now…

    • Nick says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I vaguely recall Hanson having to change his motion to reduce stress on his pitching arm (as opposed to….? [redundant!]). I think this was news sometime during spring training when Hanson found himself lagging behind other pitchers’ readiness for the season.

      I think this is true. Who wants to check video of his motion from last year v. this year? Not me!

  4. TheNewGuy says:
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    Samardzijazka or E-Jax? Can’t believe E-Jax is still available in my 10 teamer…pitchings deep yo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Jackson

  5. AP says:
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    Sorry to pick nits, but as a Brewer fan I feel that you are actually underselling exactly how bad the MIL bullpen is. The Brewers were actually up 9-3 in that game, and not just 7-3 before losing to the terrible Cubs. Although, with this craptastic bullpen bunch the absolute value of any lead has been zero anyway, so the point is moot regardless.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP, Yeah, pretty horrendous… My bad on the score being wrong…

  6. Bernie Brewer says:
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    ROS: Aybar, Pennington, Machado, or EverCab? Slim pickin’, huh?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bernie Brewer, Aybar

  7. JTR says:
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    Start Dempster @CLE tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JTR, In leagues deeper than 10 team…

  8. Mr. Rickey says:
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    10 team ROTO 5X5 – I have Goldschmidt and LaRoche – would you drop either for:

    Tyler Colvin
    Garrett Jones
    Chris Carter
    Yonder Alonso

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, I’d hold for now…

  9. fri-guy says:
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    everyone knows the catcher and the rye is about a gay farmer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fri-guy, Ha!

  10. fri-guy says:
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    …oops in the rye

  11. tvac says:
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    I think Kipnis will settle into a 20/20 guy with 25/25 upside one or two years…in a contract year I could see him hitting 30 home runs and stealing 20 bases then going back to 20/20. Ive got him in a dynasty league. His 2nd half hasnt been great but this is his first full year in the majors so now we have to see if he adjusts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @tvac, I don’t buy into the contract year stuff, and he’s not super young, but maybe he does adjust…

  12. boognish says:
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    I had a survey pop up asking me how likely I am to see Steve Harvey in the next 4 weeks! People see Steve Harvey?!?! Outside of Family Feud I mean…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @boognish, I imagine people run into him at In N Out…

  13. Thegreater says:
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    Is AJ Burnett a sell at this point? And do you like Brett Anderson against the sox tomorrow? Streamonator says yes- but I’m not so sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Thegreater, Burnett a sell in what way? To drop? Depends what you’re picking up… I think he’s still capable of a 3.50ish ERA… Anderson – yes…

  14. Jon says:
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    Sit two this weekend: Rasmus, Espinosa, Aybar, Carter, Hosmer

    • Jon says:
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      Should have mentioned: I have a healthy lead in BA this week but I’m trailing in HR, RBI and SB…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Aybar, Espinosa

  15. fri-guy says:
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    kenley jansen’s value in a deep, pitching oriented H2H keeper league (14 spots)…does he just go see the wizard of oz and come back good as new or are his days as a closer over? how can i trust this guy ever again?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fri-guy, Might be an issue every year, but gotta hold him if he’s the closer and healthy, even for 5 months a year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, Aw, that reminded me of how mad Chata would get about Scully, and how Chata was the only person ever to get mad about Scully ever in the world.

  16. royce! says:
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    Still vacillating between Lucroy and Grandal in my 14 team h2h (5×5 plus OBP and XBH). Fortunately, I at least had Lucroy in the lineup for yesterday’s insanity, but I don’t actually own him anymore. Should I?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, I’d stay with Grandal… Lucroy’s done most of his damage vs. Cubs…

  17. Dale Gribble says:
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    Hey Grey – I’m trying to manage my games started pace and need to pick out of the following matchups for the weekend:

    Peavy @ Det
    Minor vs Phi
    Tim Hudson vs Phi
    Miley @ LAD
    Medlen vs Col

    Do any of these matchups stick out to you as definite starts or definite sits?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dale Gribble, Peavy and Medlen’s a start, other ones are borderline… I wouldn’t start Hudson if I was trying to conserve starts…

      • Dale Gribble says:
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        @Grey, Thanks for the advice. Follow up: Hudson and Minor’s next starts are vs Colorado. If you had to choose, would you start them against Philly or against Colorado (both in Atlanta).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Vs. the Rockies…

  18. Racehorse says:
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    Grey,

    Rajai Davis or Nate McLouth?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Racehorse, Davis

  19. knighttown says:
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    Keep Popeiling Jesus or switch it up for Josh Donaldson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knighttown, I’d hold

  20. Eddy says:
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    So thirsty for SAGNOF, but need runs as well.

    I have Espinosa who is doing terrible, but now I have to drop Kendrick who got hurt. I can drop both if need be. 12-team OBP. Any of these guys better than both?

    EverCab
    Ciriaco
    Aybar
    Segura

    God what awful names. Not a single MI with at least 20 ABs in the last week has an OBP over .300.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Kendrick isn’t supposed to miss any time… Ciriaco over Espinosa…

  21. Crumpy says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Drop Cahill for Cashner?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crumpy, Yup

  22. I was just thinking the same thing about Harper today…and how I drafted him this year last round and dropped him a week in.

    I want him next year, but not before 7th or 8th round so i am guessing around pick 80ish. I am also guessing someone in my league drafts him before me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shea Sera Sera, Yeah, I think 80’s where he’s gonna fall, for better or worse… I bet some people reach into the 5th round though…

  23. joecoz says:
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    Hey Grey–start Fister or Estrada this weekend? Streaminator likes both about the same, and I’m a little nervous of Fister coming off being hurt. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joecoz, I’d start both…

      • joecoz says:
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        @Grey, as a follow up–if you only had to start one, which would it be?? thanks again!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Estrada….

  24. JoeyB says:
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    Grab Beckett or Cashner for the rest of the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner

  25. Deadwoods says:
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    A-Rod could be back in the lineup as early as Monday. Would he be an immediate BUY? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, if he’s out there…

  26. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Does Eric Chavez retain any value if/when A-Rod comes off the DL Monday? Any chance Chavez sees some DH time?

    Though the Magic Chavez Pony Ride has sort of slowed of late, thanks to the fact that the Blue Jays apparently have 7 left-handers in their starting rotation.

    If not Chavez at 3B, then who of: Josh Donaldson; Chris Nelson; that other former Astro Chris, now on the D-Backs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think he’s gonna lose most value when A-Rod returns… I’d go with Donaldson for now…

  27. Matt2 says:
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    Morrow tonight vs Jays, sit or start?

    My WHIP and ERA are delicate and I’m low on IP

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Intersquad game? I’d start him…

      • Matt2 says:
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        @Grey, My bad, been a long week. TB

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, was just joking… I’d start him…

  28. DjlanceRauch says:
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    Currently leading my league. I’m in second in whip and era, but the guy behind me is very close. Do I pitch Gio and Peavy? Or do I protect my ratios? Maybe bench Peavy, or start both? Help me wise one!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start both…

      • WHIP it good says:
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        @Grey, There should be a term for when you sit a pitcher then put him back in right before the game due to a Razzball recommendation and then he gets rocked.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You got Razzball’d….sorry about that…

  29. Deadwoods says:
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    Please rank ROS: A-Rod, P. Alvarez, Frazier, Headley.
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A-Rod, Alvarez, Headley

  30. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I don’t think Belt is going to get benched next year, but he will get Boched!

    Just like rookies and pitchers can get Bakered and a player with a confused look on his face because he has no idea what his manager just said got manueled.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Yup…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, In 2013, Sabean is going to re-sign Freddy Sanchez and Bochy will start him at 1B to protect his shoulder.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, Huff will be brought back as a veteran bat off the bench but will work his way back into the starting line-up because of a string of key hits in the 7th inning….I hate the Giants more than Matthew Berry

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              “I think Omar Vizquel will bring a strong veteran presence to our clubhouse to help all the young late-30 year olds.” Sabean this offseason.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey, hehe, I still wonder how they won that world series despite having Sabean. ” wow I can’t believe all the s&#$ I flung at the wall stuck, I guess I should just re-sign all of them except code ross, he was a fluke” Sabean in his Dora journal

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha! The championship totally added fuel that his stupid vet obsession made sense…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey, He is just the Giants D.A.D. = Dumb As Dogs&$%

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hehe…

  31. rainbowtrout says:
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    Hey Grey, which two would you hang onto rest of season (non-keeper): Rizzo, Werth, A-rod?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo, A-Rod

  32. later tater says:
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    hi grey mucho quick q’s

    drop capuano for peavy, right?

    mitch moreland or colvin to temp replace tex at 1b?

    drop ortiz or hold for a bit longer for more news and to stop other players from getting him

    pick 2 of 3 westbrook, j garcia, cashner

    starting haren today vs sea, drop him after this?

    j lester, done or hold?

    thanks for all. enjoy the weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Capuano for Peavy… Go with Colvin… Can lose Ortiz…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose Westbrook… I’d start Haren there if I owned him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Done with Lester… You too!

  33. Eng says:
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    I believe Mike from Breaking Bad to be the best toughguy in TV history. Yahoo! should add him to the eligible player pool.

    • Eng says:
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      @Eng, On topic, Campana is the SAGNOF king.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You’re gonna enjoy this week’s podcast if you like Breaking Bad…

      • Eng says:
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        @Grey, Nice! Will check it out

  34. Carnac says:
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    Baseballplayersalaries.com confirms, “Mark Reynolds is a bum.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes… Tough call there…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Did you scroll down and see how much he made while you were at his page?

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, No, but I see that Aaron Rowand just made $50!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well earned!

  35. later tater says:
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    grey, thanks for the help above

    two more q on a’s pitchers

    brandon mc carthy, faces in remaining starts after boston this weekend: angels 2 times(1 home 1 away), balto (home), yankees (away) and texas (away)

    brett anderson faces: at seattle, at angels, at tigers, at yankees, home vs seattle

    in h2h league, keep these guys when facing yanks, tigers and texas in the last weeks which will prob be playoff weeks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, I wouldn’t start them in those games…

      • later tater says:
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        @Grey, thanks…gangnam style!

  36. Eddy says:
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    I think Medlen broke Strasburg’s record for SON. Medlen at 171 v.COL, Stras was 168 @MIA.

    Then again Strasburg gave up 5 ER that start so…

    Anyways!

    I got hit with an avalanche of work earlier and missed out on Ciriaco for MI over Espinosa.

    Stick with Espinosa or go with EverCab?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with EverCab for steals… Don’t jinx Medlen!

  37. Grey

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

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