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It’s time for us as a people to start makin’ some changes.  Let’s change the way we eat, let’s change the way we live and let’s change the way we treat each other.  You see the old way wasn’t working so it’s on us to do what we gotta do, to survive.  If that means cutting loose Brett Lawrie with his DL stint, then so be it.  This year he has a 59/9/40/.282/13 line.  Right now, I’m throwing up a “W” with my hands, which is the 14-year-old girl gang sign for Whatever.  Yunel Escobar called, he wants his stats back.  Yu Darvish called and said he’s got the wrong number.  Kelly Johnson called and said, “What’s up, Yunel?”  I then disconnected the phone cause it’s getting too many calls and I need to roll out some text on this bizzlog.  Disappointing is saying the least followed by an adjective to emphasis disappointing.  You know what I’m sayin’?  Give me a thesaurus up in here, up in here!  And, with that said, I’ll still like Lawrie again next year.  At 22 years old, he’s way too young to look at as a Yunel-wannabe.  Just didn’t happen this year.  If you have DL room, I’d still hold him, but if you don’t, do what you gotta do.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Henderson Alvarez - 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 14 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA is now up to 4.58, 1.44 WHIP and 51 Ks in 135 2/3 IP.  I just put “Henderson Alvarez sleeper” into the Google machine and I went through a few posts from the preseason.   And you thought I was crackers for saying Jason Kipnis was a sleeper…Oh, wait, that one worked out.  And you thought I was cracked-out on goofballs for saying Alex Rios was a sleeper…Shoot, that one worked out too.  And you thought I was crummy with crackers for saying you should draft Mike Trout.  Darn… Well, I’m sure I’m forgetting some.  Please don’t mention Vernon Wells, thanks!

Moises Sierra – 1-for-4 with a steal.  You might pee yourself like your name was Moises…The Razzball podcast!  Damn, that shizz is dope!  Wait until you hear our fantasy football podcast theme song.  Let’s just say we’ve added a rap interlude like we’re MC Skat Kat, but the rapper’s name is Juice.  Your mind = Blown.  Any the hoo!  Moises Sierra was called up to face mostly lefties, because, well, that’s how the Jays are playing it and Sierra’s got a plus arm in the outfield, so they should play him.  He looks like he could provide some power (17 HRs in Triple-A) and speed (7 SBs), and comes from a solid pedigree with two major leaguers as his parents.  He’s not worth looking at yet outside of AL-Only leagues

Tyler Greene – Astros acquired him for cash considerations.  To pithy that up, Astros get Green, Cards get green backs.

R.A. Dickey – 9 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks as Dickey matched up against Johnson for a pissing contest.  The first 500 fans in attendance got an STD.  I don’t mean as a giveaway.  I mean, they’re Mets fans.

Andres Torres – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  That’s threes full of deuces.

Ruben Tejada – 2-for-5, hitting .323 on the year.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell.  If that doesn’t have your breath all bated and shizz, I don’t know what will.

Jon Jay – 2-for-3, 1 run and 2 steals.  Now has 13 steals, and only two times caught.  After the game, Jon Jay said stealing without being caught is the foundation of what our great nation was built on.

Carlos Beltran – 1-for-3 with his 27th homer.  I wonder how many people who were burned on Berkman this year are going to draft Carlos “The Great Zombino” Beltran next year.

Adam Wainwright – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Now has around a 2.30 ERA since the All-Star Break and a batting average against around .210.  A K:BB ratio of 39:7.  Drool:Lip Overhang ratio for me drafting him next year is 4:1.

Justin Ruggiano – 2-for-4 and his 9th homer, raising his average t0 .353.  Ruggiano’s nearing Stage 4 on the Fantasy Lust Scale.  I’m about to write his name on my gotchies with “Property of.”

Heath Bell – In a game the Marlins were losing, Bell came in for the 7th inning and gave up a run.  Bell says he needs high pressure situations to succeed.  A guaranteed $27 million eliminates a lot of pressure, obviously.  Maybe the Marlins should tell Bell they’ve hired a sniper and put him somewhere in the stands, then whenever he’s sucking they can put one of those red lasers on him.

Matt Moore – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Don’t look now but he has a 3.73 ERA.  I told you not to look!

Evan Longoria – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs.  Still time to win the AL MVP!  (Sideways emoticon with X’s over the eyes, and birdies flying in a circle over the head.)

Jason Kubel – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 24th and 25th homers.  He went through a tough stretch up until yesterday where he had 1 homer and a .120 average in August, but hopefully he’s coming out of it now.  Thanks goes out to all his H2H owners for joining together to form a six-mile-wide prayer rhombus.

Aaron Hill – 3-for-5, 2 runs.  I’ve pretty much hated Aaron Hill’s guts for the last month or so.  To the point where I’ve benched him for Ruben Tejada and now Machado.  So you can imagine how welcome it was he actually got hits on a day I had so many guys not playing.  Thank you, Aaron Hill!  I know I’m not the only one that plays hitters on short schedule days.  There should be a glossary term for this –> the short-schedule hitter pick up.  Please suggest in the comments.

Todd Frazier – 2-for-4 with his 14th homer.  That would’ve been a good (insert term for short schedule hitter here).

Starling Marte – 2-for-4, 1 RBI, now hitting .281 with 4 homers and 2 steals in 14 games.  He won’t be in this afternoon’s Buy/Sell, but he’s the one rookie call-up I’ve actually held onto so far from that Breanny Segolt-Jacksitterado flurry.

Gaby Sanchez – 3-for-4, 1 run.  Ah, must’ve been Ladies Night.

Eric Hosmer – 1-for-4, 0 runs, 0 RBIs.  As the kids would say, Hosmer is so boss.  So the boss of the Jerk Store.

Billy Butler – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  If he keeps this up, we may have to remove his name from the definition of blimpotence.

Alex Gordon – 3-for-5, 2 runs and a homer.  Took about a half of a season, but Gordon has finally come alive.  Since the All-Star Break, he’s hitting around .340 with 2 homers and 4 steals.  Too bad he’s probably on the one abandoned team in your league.  Who told you to draft him so early?!  That’s to the abandoned team owner who isn’t reading this anyway.  Hey, Abandoned Team Owner, I was the one who stole your Netflix.  My bad!

Michael Morse – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and 2 homers.  In a weird coincidence, Tom Cupconnectedbytwopiecesofstring passed his driver’s test.  Go, TC!

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 11 Ks.  Wow, it’s about time he started striking out– Oh, it was vs. the Astros.  That’s like picking on the fat kid in dodge ball.

Roger Bernadina – 3-for-4 with 2 steals.  He always has me intrigued.  Intrigued, I tell ya!  But he’s a 4th outfielder right now.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 10 Ks.  That gets the ol’ ERA down to 5.25.  This game was about the highlight of his season.  His walks are out of control, his Ks are way down and his ERA isn’t even showing that he’s been particularly unlucky.  Maybe he should try to decompress before games inside a humidor, or get into a screaming match with Tulowitzki.

Wei-Yin Chen – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Damn he caught the Moves Like Arrieta bug.  Shizz is catchy!  Needs to go into the Starbucks-sponsored lounge, have a 20% off latte and discuss with Carson Daly how much working with Cee Lo means to him.

Manny Machado – 2-for-4 with a run as the O’s played him at 3rd and hit him in the nine hole.  Guess they wanted to spread out Hardy’s .225 average, Lew Ford’s .160 (raise your hand if you knew Lew Ford was still playing; okay, everyone related to Lew Ford, lower your hand), Reynolds’s .210, Andino’s– You get the picture.  Ridiculous to hit Machado last in that lineup.  They only have three hitters and one of them is hitting .249 (Wieters).

Doug Fister – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. the Yankees.  The Stream-o-Nator doesn’t fear the Yanks.  The Stream-o-Nator only has two fears 1) Rudy not updating it and 2) Russian women.

Alex Avila – 2-for-4 with his 7th homer.  Has a hit in every game since July 30th and is hitting near .500 in the last week.  I just cursed myself to a dozen questions of “This Catcher” or “That Catcher.”  That reminds me, I had a nightmare where I was captured by al-Qaeda, but instead of them interrogating me for state secrets, I was answering catcher questions.  “No, I won’t put anyone before Jesus Montero!”

Omar Infante – Three singles and a caught stealing.  Hey, the Juan Pierre cycle!  Infante has now hit in his last ten games, hitting near .350 in the last week.  Omar’s coming, yo!

Scott Podsednik – The Red Sox resigned Podsednik.  Oops, I mean, re-signed.  They’re totally still in the race.  And now they got their legs! (When his wife comes to games.)

Eric Chavez – 2-for-4 with his 12th homer.  Looks like with A-Rod injured, there’s more than enough steroids to go around.  Chavez now has 4 homers in the last ten games and is hitting an insane .500 in August.  I’m not going to openly tell you to pick up Chavez because it’ll pain me too much.  Instead, hold this up to a mirror:  .zevahC pu kcip

Michael Fiers – Brewers announced they would cut his season short because of an innings concern.  He’ll only have another 30+ innings to get a Nicki Minaj verse stuck in your head.

Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs with his 20th homer, a game winner.   See, Cubs fans, when you lose 98 games instead of 99, you’ll have one man to thank.  A bad contract — pfft!

Jason Kipnis - Missed yesterday’s game with a stiff neck.  Must’ve got a Viagra lodged in his throat.

Travis Hafner - What’s that beeping sound?  Sounds like a large truck backing up… Oh, it’s Hafner going back to the DL.

Johnny Damon – Was released by the Indians. Damon and Vizquel are petitioning for an expansion team to help them limp to 3,000 hits.  Ivan Rodriguez and Ichiro Suzuki are also interested in becoming partial owners.  They can call the team, the Boca Raton Biggios.

  1. ferris says:
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    the kipnis joke is always a crowd pleaser

    thanks again for the late night read

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ferris, Thanks!

  2. druss says:
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    Hey Grey!

    Good MorLand to you !

    Juan Pierre cycle ha !

    Picked up Olt in a 10 team keeper ! now having Pickers remorse! any value this year! I need to drop someone either Olt or Ugghhhla to activate McCarthy !
    Thanks !

    • Prezii says:
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      @druss, i giggled at the juan pierre cycle as well..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @druss, To you too! Olt

  3. DSimms says:
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    Hey Grey who should I drop to activate Longoria? Jennings, Yoenis, Stubbs, Bruce or Chris Johnson
    Mahalo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DSimms, Jennings

  4. Danwise says:
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    It may be a stretch but since MLB days off are Monday and Thursday we can call those guys Thurmons.

    • YoMommaSoUggla says:
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      @Danwise, Thurmon Murman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Danwise, @YoMommaSoUggla, Ha, I kinda like that…

  5. Prezii says:
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    You really think Lawrie is droppable? The thought crossed my head for a brief moment but… Ehh i couldnt see him on someone elses team goin #beast#mode.. although he has been a disappointment and i remember last year he wasnt much help in the fantasy playoffs.. tough decision for the razzball nation! Anywho, who do i replace Lawrie with?

    Ruggiano, headley, marte, soriano, morneau?

    Thanks! Happy friday!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezii, Ha, yeah… Marte…Happy Friday!

  6. Piranhaman says:
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    at first, Stream-O-Nator looks new and great reference.

    but there are some losses as many as wins.

    this is today’s result.

    good: Dickey, Fister, Moore, Wainey, Zimmermann

    bad: Johnson, Kuroda, Wandy Rod, W.Chen..

    i can’t trust it any more.

    • @Piranhaman, If you expected perfection from the SON, your expectations were off. All the bad pitchers were solid gambles yesterday and only Chen’s start was a truly bad one.

  7. Samardzija! says:
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    Does Jesus Montero still have a bright future in dynasty leagues or has the luster of being a Yankee prospect finally worn off? Does he have a significantly better future than, say, Willin Rosario?

    • Chicago Mark says:
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      @Samardzija!, Will Montero have catcher eligibility next year? If so…..Absolutely better than Rose. If DH only, then I’d….Well thinking about it as I write. I’ll be taking Montero before Rosario either way.

      • Birdmann says:
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        @Chicago Mark, In yahoo yes, don’t know about ESPN

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Samardzija!, Yeah, he’s still solid… Still waiting for Wieters to come into his own…

  8. Racehorse says:
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    My divorce with Ubaldo is irrevocabe, iron-clad, ain’t no way I’m EVER gonna take him back… Ubaldo could strike out 20 in a game and it will not sway me.

    I’d rather stream Jose DeLeon holograms then take another chance with Ubaldo Jiminez.

    Of course, if Ubaldo was somehow traded to the Padres, will, haha, I’d definitely reconsider…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Racehorse, Nice rant!

  9. William says:
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    @Grey: Take a flier on Machado or go with Stephen Drew or Erick Aybar?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @William, Machado

  10. fri-guy says:
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    Batty calls are when you add a position player on an otherwise slow night of baseball. As in, “Cano had the night off, so I batty-called Hill…and he answered! I had extra room on my bench, so why not, there wasn’t much else going on last night.”

    • scandalous says:
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      @fri-guy, i battie-called markakis every night this week to fill up my outfield and he’s been coming up huge for me. i like it.

    • @fri-guy, Ding-ding-ding, i think we might have a winner. Batty Call is a great one!

      Batty Call – The pickup of a swinger when you’re standby is out for the day. Usually does not lead to a long-term relationship.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice Fri-Guy!

  11. Jeffrey Leonard says:
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    Scrubstitutes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeffrey Leonard, Not bad, I think Fri-Guy got you.

  12. Eddie says:
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    If you’re using OBP/Slugging instead of Runs/Avg, who are your two best Bautista replacements out of this bunch?: Rasmus, Ruggiano, Ludwick, Quentin, Soriano, Carlos Gomez. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddie, Rasmus, Ruggiano

  13. Telemachus says:
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    @grey 14 team keeper. In first by 7, very competitive in all offensive cats could move up 1-2 or down as much as 3. Can trade Adam Jones and Anibal for Cano. Do it right? Carlos Gomez becomes my 5th OF from DH and Uggla moves from 2B to DH.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Telemachus, Yeah, it’s fair… Actually sneaky trade for the other owner…

      • Telemachus says:
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        @Grey, Do you think Adam Jones is a better keeper than Cano?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think they’re pretty close…

  14. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Grey : Don’t forget your Adam Lind 30+ homer sleeper season too:)

    Also, Rudy : Did Grey talk to you about doing the positionater? Thought was with how well the Stream-o-Nater is doing, to do one for offensive players that day. Yahoo seems to always suck as with their matchup rating stars and people could really use it.

    • MattTruss223 says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, I’ve just been using the SON to do this for me. I sort by score in reverse order (worst score first) and see who the pitcher is facing, then I head on over to my local waiver wire and sort by that team to make a pick-up.

      Or are you more referring to making daily line-up decisions? In that case you could just sort by the day and see which pitcher has the worst score for the day. It kinda seems like the medium is already there to do this yourself.

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @MattTruss223, While this can be done, I would imagine there are some other metrics to consider. Not knowing how the stream was built you could certainly use it but a natural extension would be into offensive player rankings.

        • MattTruss223 says:
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          @2 Cups 1 Braun, I smell what you’re stepping in.

          The SON does at least take into account park factor which translates to offensive players well. Also, Home vs. Away which translates inversly for offensive players. Then it mostly looks at FIP, which if a pitcher is bad, then I would gather in turn the odds are he will be giving up counting stats to the offensive players. I guess it would take some searching to figure out what else would predict a hit or a homer on a certain day for a player, but facing a bad pitcher in a good hitter’s park has to be 2 of the biggest factors, no?

          • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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            @MattTruss223, definitely. Just need to take the same stuff, add a sexy name to it, maybe include a players past history against lefty/righty or past history against the pitcher and make it out of the box functional.

    • nyydj2 says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, There was talk during draft season of switching the RCL’s over to Yahoo next year and I honestly hope that does not happen. ESPN’s usability is so much better than Yahoo’s, especially in the available player area. I’m not saying they are the greatest, maybe CBS or somewhere else is better, but for free, ESPN blows away Yahoo. You can’t even add a same day player pickup to your lineup there. BVP is also much more accessible on ESPN. Really hope we do not change the RCL’s home.

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @nyydj2, We have same day pickup in Yahoo. All add/drops are immediate for us which bodes well for the Stream-O-Nater. Only issue is our 100 IP cap.

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          @2 Cups 1 Braun, Okay, must be the settings in public leagues, I just play a few for shits and giggles there. I can’t even take a guy off the DL the same day, even at 8 in the morning, it does not reflect until the next days lineup. They took three times as long as ESPN to add Straily to the pool as well.

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            @nyydj2, Yea, I wasn’t a big fan of their handling of Olt/Straily either. They were available after a 3 day waiting period only after their first starts. Just a enough time for some dildo to write an article about “Whats hot this week” and the morons in my league to read that crap and grab them with their higher priority. My hope is both tank and I can add them to my farm system for next year

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            @nyydj2, I was a Y! honk before this season (my first year doing the RCLs) and now I’m in love with the ESPN side. I also think they’ve nailed the standard lineup. I think it takes a little more effort to produce a quality team when you have MI/CI/5OF spots to fill vs. Yahoo and the 3OF/2UTIL set-up. If they do switch, hopefully the ESPN line-up sticks around and same day add/drops gets included in the setting too. Standard Y! public league settings blow chunks.

    • @2 Cups 1 Braun, I talked about it with Grey. The hitter stream-o-nator would be tougher in my opinion. The biggest challenges are:

      1) Have to factor in handedness of the pitcher. I think this is less of a deal comparing a pitcher to a whole team. But it’s a bigger variable for determining how well a hitter will do vs. a starter. This would require knowing left/right splits on each hitter which I don’t have as part of my current data feed.

      2) Lineups aren’t known until a few hours before game time. Would be real frustrating to pick a guy as a great matchup play and then he’s not in the lineup.

      3) Tougher to do an analysis on hitters vs. starting pitchers b/c there isn’t 1 ideal stat to regress to. For pitchers, I regressed against WHIP which has positive correlations w/ Wins, ERA, and Ks. But for hitters, you have power (HR), speed (SB), on-base ability (OBP), lineup strength (R/RBI), etc. So a great reco on power might be awful for other stats and vice versa. This makes testing the effectiveness of it tougher (whereas I knew going in that SON explained 25% of starter WHIP)

      At one point, we had talked to Accuscore about providing us a data feed that would predict likelihood of a HR for a hitter, etc. Went to their site today and they charge $49/month for that service….so I imagine it would be really costly for us to import it.

      I’ll think about it during the offseason. It’s possible and intriguing….just have to get my head around all the additional complexities….

      • 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, Awesome. Sounds like there are as many complexities as I imagined but was unsure of the data feeds you were obtaining or have access to. With the effectiveness of the stream-o-nator I thought it would be helpful and a natural extension.We can all dream and who knows, maybe it will come to fruition sometime in the future as it would certainly give you a leg up on the competition and available tools today.

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, I asked this below but Grey suggested I post here so you see it.

        This may be WAY too much to ask for, but is there any way you can project the SoN out 7 days instead of 4? This would really help those of us who play in leagues with weekly lineups/waivers. Especially for my league since said waivers are run late Sunday night and, as you have said, weekend SoN updates will be spotty.

        If not, I understand. But I can’t believe you would actually expect me to do some thinking for myself.

        • @L-Boogie, I use a feed to get the probable pitchers and I don’t see any publicly available for more than 4 days in advance. That’s the biggest stumbling block. Should you find it, I’d also need to figure out a way to import it into Excel – e.g., something like this http://mlb.mlb.com/news/probable_pitchers/index.jsp?c_id=mlb is impossible to import while something like this http://stats.washingtonpost.com/mlb/stats.asp?file=probables is possible.

            • L-Boogie says:
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              @L-Boogie, Can’t believe that worked. But I just noticed the USA Today one only has 5 days of probable pitchers.

              • @L-Boogie, Yup on USAToday – only 5 days and the format is less than ideal (e.g,. breaking each starter onto a different line which makes it tougher to determine opponent. ESPN is split out by the day which would require more than one call and I’d have to adjust the call each day to put in the correct calendar date. Plus, the way the team information is displayed makes things tougher too…

              • @L-Boogie, Stream-o-nator now has 5 days worth of probable pitchers. Only catch is a pitcher can only be in there once so if someone has two starts, only their 1st shows up. Limitation with how i built the system.

  15. nyydj2 says:
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    Short sched hitter pickups are: scratch off tickets.

    • nyydj2 says:
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      @nyydj2, Feeling lucky today? Buy a scratch off.

      • scandalous says:
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        @nyydj2, this probably fits more than battie-call, above, but i really like them both. battie-call is more like a streamed position player and a scratch off ticket is my grab of kubel last week in a daily league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nyydj2, Not bad, I think Fri-Guy got you.

  16. Chicago Mark says:
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    Short ScHedule hITTER
    Well of course Grey….it’s the
    SSHITTER

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chicago Mark, Eh, I think Fri-Guy got you.

  17. Mr. Rickey says:
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    10 Team 5X5 Roto league – have a bit of a log jam in the OF:

    Have:

    Braun
    Bruce
    Kubel
    Pagan
    Revere

    FAs:

    Ruggiano
    Reddick
    Gordon
    Boesch
    Cain
    Quentin

    Bearing in mind that I need steals, would you make any moves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Ruggiano over Pagan, Gordon over Revere

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Actually, hold Revere

  18. Mr. Rickey says:
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    At CI, Frazier or Alonso ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, Frazier

  19. JoeC says:
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    Short schedule pick-ups: “one-and-done”… or “one-and-doner”. Using your example sentence:

    “Todd Frazier – 2-for-4 with his 14th homer. That would’ve been a good one-and-doner.”

    In other embarrassing news, I was a Henderson Alvarez fan pre-season. I even haz a sad that I didn’t draft him in every league. I no longer haz a sad about that. Dude seemingly has all the tools except the part about getting people out and not preventing runs scoring (or, god forbid, actually striking batters out).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC, Not bad, I think Fri-Guy got you…. It’s okay, I still own Hosmer…

  20. JoeC says:
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    The Stream-o-Nator is right to fear Russian women. ‘Nuff said!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JoeC, Of course!

  21. TheTinDoor says:
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    Keeper league, I just traded Lawrie away last week to a rebuilding team. Sent a $5 Lawrie plus Alexei Ramirez for…Jose Reyes & Aramis Ramirez. Obviously I’m thrilled, especially with Lawrie going on the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheTinDoor, Sounds decent…

  22. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Easily among my favourite post-Living, pre-Hologram Tupac songs. Keep Ya Head Up Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @A Hill O’ Beans, Thanks, par’ner!

  23. Tony says:
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    Raul Ibanez and Billy Butler BOTH tripled yesterday, wrap your mustache around that one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Too insane

  24. CT Old School says:
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    The short-schedule hitter pick up – Phil McCracken

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CT Old School, That’s awesome! I think we can do a double definition…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        A’la Ben Carpensheeter

  25. Jon says:
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    Need some pitching advice for this weekend. Sit/start:

    Maholm @ NYM tonight
    Medlen @ NYM tomorrow
    Corbin vs WAS Sunday
    Capuano @ MIA Sunday
    Lester @ CLE Sunday
    Hughes @ TOR Sunday

    Thanks, as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Sit Hughes…

  26. jim says:
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    How about Trojan man for a short schedule pick up, they get their shot then are discarded.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jim, Eh, think we have better…

  27. Jamiehov says:
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    Powers an issue with my team. Should I drop Rasmus for marte, kubel or ruggilano??

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jamiehov, Kubel

  28. supra says:
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    Beltran had a good 2011 too (22/84/.300)… was an easy keeper choice for me at rd 10 cost. Granted this year is a different level, but it’s no Lance Berkman 2010 to 2011.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @supra, Yeah…

  29. Charles says:
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    Short schedule starter = sharter

    “I can’t believe I sharted Ludwick when Frazier got the HR!”

    Also, I think there should be a name for your regulars who take the day off on a short schedule day, like Kipnis or Harper yesterday. Right now I just call them a$$holes.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles, Ha! Yeah, at some point we’ll get a term for those… Don’t think shorter works as well as others…

  30. papasmurf says:
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    My keepers coming into this year were:

    Hosmer, Lawrie, Jennings, BJ Upton, Latos, Bruce, and Stanton.

    Stanton is the only one who’s legitimately been strong this year. And ironically now, Latos is coming on again.

    I think I am gonna keep only Stanton and Lawrie after this yr cuz I’ll get to keep only 6 or 7 depending on where I finish…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf, They all look like nice bounce backs… I know, small consolation…

  31. JTR says:
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    Stream Bedard or Niese on Sunday? Stream-o-Nator says Bedard… What do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JTR, Niese

  32. The G says:
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    Riding the Short Bus to Your Lineup…

    Slim Pick Buster (slump buster who flip the switch on Mon/Thurs…)

    Bottom Feeder…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The G, Eh, I think Fri-Guy got you.

  33. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Looking to pick up a recently-dropped Capuano in H2H: drop Minor, Lester, Liriano or Niese for him, or hold?

    Also, which is the 2nd of those guys you’d drop when Morrow comes off the DL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, Lester… Liriano…

  34. Hardcore Midget says:
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    Please rank in order best keeper option for 2013:

    Allen Craig
    Manny Machado
    Mike Moustakas
    Starling Marte

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hardcore Midget, Moose, Marte, Machado

      • Hardcore Midget says:
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        @Grey, No love at all for Craig? The 2b eligibility this year has been great, but it looks like he won’t keep it next season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I like him…

  35. L-Boogie says:
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    This may be WAY too much to ask for, but is there any way Rudy can project the SoN out 7 days instead of 4? This would really help those of us who play in leagues with weekly lineups/waivers. Especially for my league since said waivers are run late Sunday night and, as Rudy has said, weekend SoN updates will be spotty.

    If not, I understand. But I can’t believe you would actually expect me to do some thinking for myself.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, You should ask him in his comment above so he gets the followup email…

  36. Charles says:
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    Middlebrooks or Bautista? Which side would you want in a h2h?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Charles, Middlebrooks

  37. DaddyAoki says:
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    Scut

  38. DaddyAoki says:
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    Scutaro, Cozart, Aviles, machado, or Drew?

    Valverde, Holland, or Whilhelmsen?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DaddyAoki, Machado… Wilhelmsen

  39. William says:
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    @Grey: Continue riding Colby Rasmus or hop on the Alex Gordon bandwagon? FYI – Gordon was dropped in my league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @William, Can try the Gordon train…

  40. crock says:
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    Cespedes or Dunn ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crock, Cespedes

  41. Hola Grey–

    You think the DBacks call up Skaggs or give Bauer another whirl shortly? Know you’ve been bullish on Skaggs, rightfully so….

    Tempted to roster 1 or both now in my 14 team mixed redraft, 6×6 (ops/holds) and they’re both available. Having drafted Bauer, sitting on him all year, only to have him sent back to AAA after 4 starts, then dropping him– I want some sort of fantasy payback.

    My current staff – Gio, Lincey, Scherzer, Capuano, Detwiler, Medlen, Volquez and Brett Anderson. With 12 P spots to fill, I usually start 6-7 of these guys weekly, no innings cap. Just lost Garza, so I think I need 1 more arm for my post-season run…So, I’d likely be dropping a bench bat for Skaggs or Bauer.

    Appreciate your take on this…

    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve been bullish in deep NL-Only leagues… No idea who else is available, but I’d stash Bauer…

      • @Grey,

        Thx; the available arms do not move the needle mucho. Really have no patience for the likes of Ervin Santana, NOlasco, Oswalt nor Gavin Floyd

        Only guys really worth mentioning (and sorta intriguing) are: Eovaldi, LeBlanc, Chris Archer and Estrada, the latter whom I add/dropped most of July.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, not much excitement there…

  42. AP says:
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    Hey grey….if I needed to add a schmohawk with 3b and 2b eligibility, do you see any of these following guys being worth a damn ROS? I am not looking for world beaters here, natch, but just need to cover Lawrie and a few others on DL. Thanks!

    Macier Izturis
    Keppinger
    Sean Rodriguez
    Andino
    Lombordozzi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bleh… Lomardozzi…

      • AP says:
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        @Grey, agreed, bleh. Lost Votto Lawrie Konerko and Phillips recently…..fell from first to third in my roto. Just trying to tread water until they come back healthy , and I only have 5 moves/adds remaining for the year. Thanks again for the help…..keep up the good work!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  43. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I made an offer of sano wheeler morse for sabathia and melky. Unfortunately it was rejected. Although the other owner countered with the following offer. Should I still accept this?

    Melky for sano and wheeler

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf Evan longoria
    lf carl crawford
    cf peter bourjos
    rf justin upton
    of Michael morse
    util travis snider
    bn Carlos lee
    bn jurickson profar
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    dl andrelton simmons
    dl evan longoria

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    sp aaron harang
    rp sean doolittle
    rp matt thorton
    rp matt belisle
    p joe kelly
    p Dan straily
    p Jared Hughes
    bn barry zito
    bn zack wheeler
    dl anthony bass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold…

  44. the grate one says:
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    grey,
    fast forward 5 years. who youd rather own profar or machado?

    i guess what im asking is who does your gut tell you is the better prospect???
    thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Profar

      • 2013? says:
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        @Grey, Any shot Profar is the starting SS for TEX next year? Hamilton leaves, Kinsler moves to the OF…if we close our eyes and clap really hard can we make this happen?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, gotta close your eyes real tight though…

  45. whippersnappers says:
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    Had a great one night stance with my batty-call last night!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There ya go!

  46. Glossary says:
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    Short Scheduled Hitter = Schitter (c is silent)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad, I like batty call better.

  47. Lesterp says:
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    Start Halladay tonight? Or am I just a glutton for punishment?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start him…

  48. TheBravesWear Prado says:
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    Batty call is good. I think some kind of variation of hit it and quit it would work too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya…

  49. Carnac says:
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    I hate to be *that* guy… but sometimes, after a really fun batty call, I’ll keep calling the guy way after it’s clear he’s lost interest.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, gotta hit and quit it…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, I’ve been waiting over a week for Chris Davis to give me another slam. Wait, huh?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Carnac’s true identity is Bill James!

          • Carnac says:
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            @Grey, “Bill James” is the handle I use when I write Chris Davis fan fiction.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha! Better than Buffy Fan Fiction, I suppose…

  50. Alcesto says:
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    Yo Grey, what do you think of Carl Crawford for the rest of the year? I’ve got strong pitching and a pretty big lead in ERA and WHIP, would you deal Vogelsong or J. Zimmermann for Crawford? Surely not Gio or Bumgarner? (12 team 5×5 mixer)

    With those pitchers as the major pieces (along with Capuano and Sanchez), at what point am I overpaying for Ryan Braun? Gio, Zimmermann & some bat? Bumgarner + Zimm? Where is the sweet spot?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d do Vogelsong for him, but it’s a bit risky… Bum and Zimm for Braun is fair…

      • Alcesto says:
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        @Grey, Do you like Werth more than Crawford as a trade target?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t…

  51. Jankees says:
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    chipper or chris johnson ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Johnson

  52. Ryan says:
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    I am in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I Have an offer on the table where I get Braun Sandoval Bourn Aybar Jordan Zimmerman for my Longoria Morse Profar Sano Wheeler. Does this move hurt me in the long run or am I good for the foreseeable future?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf Evan longoria
    lf carl crawford
    cf peter bourjos
    rf justin upton
    of Michael morse
    util travis snider
    bn Carlos lee
    bn jurickson profar
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    dl andrelton simmons
    dl evan longoria
    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    sp aaron harang
    rp sean doolittle
    rp matt thorton
    rp matt belisle
    p joe kelly
    p Dan straily
    p Jared Hughes
    bn barry zito
    bn zack wheeler
    dl anthony bass

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent… A lot will be riding on Braun…

  53. The Real McCoy says:
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    I give: C. Johnson, Rizzo, and B. Phillips
    I get: Justin Upton

    I need to make a move in order to bring Longo back into my lineup

    am I seriously overvaluing J.UP??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So it’s Upton and Longoria? It’s not bad…

      • The Real McCoy says:
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        @Grey,

        The trade is for Upton.

        I currently have Longoria. The move will free up space on my lineup to move Longo from my DL spot to starting UTL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, I was saying the trade gets Upton and moves Longoria into your lineup, looks decent…

  54. Boomer19 says:
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    Machado over Segura at short ROS? BTW my vote would be for batty call.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I went with Machado for s’s and g’s, they’re a toss up… Agreed on batty call…

  55. Grey

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

  56. WHIP it good says:
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    I can gain several points with just a few SBs. Is there any way to figure out which pitcher/catcher combinations are most likely to give up SBs? There must be a statistic for this compiled daily somewhere…..

  57. LastBadass says:
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    Short-day schedule hitter pickup is easy – ONE NIGHT STAND!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think we have better with batty call…

  58. Horse says:
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    Motte, pap, pedroia

    Or

    Jansen, freiri, lester

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pedroia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Take followups to the newest post…

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