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Yesterday, it was the day of the pitcher.  Since I started this blog, I can’t remember a more pitcher dominated day.  Did anyone get a hit yesterday in any game outside of Coors?  Put on your long johns with the flap on the butt, the Dead-ball Era is back.  Yesterday reminded me when I was in a heated battle for 1st place in my first fantasy league.  The year was nineteen-naught-eight.  Skeets Lincoln was a staunch racist, unlike his great-uncle, and I hated him for it, but my Gramsie said, “You’re gonna get polio sitting on the radiator,” and I realized how short life was so I grabbed Skeets and he went 1-for-4 with 4 steals (at that time there were seven bases between first and home).  Yesterday, Kyle Lohse threw a gem, but, really, who didn’t.  He kept the Braves to two hits with no walks and five Ks.  He ends the year with a 3.35 ERA and less Ks than a Klan rally as Skeets would’ve said.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Carlos Gomez – 1-for-1 and his 23rd homer.  He was ejected before he touched home plate because he watched his home run at the plate like he was filming The Natural and had to wait for the director to set up his reverse angle.

Aramis Ramirez – Done for the season as he was hurt during the on-field brawl with the Braves that was triggered by CarGo’s home not-so-much-run trot.  Aramis said he was just trying to rub himself on Gattis to get rid of that funky, patchouli smell.

Brad Hand – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Phillie hitters were obviously distracted by Brad’s odd delivery style.  Just before he releases the ball, he says, “Talk to the Hand!”

Cole Hamels – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ending his year with a 3.60 ERA.  Solid back half of the season after leaving June with a 4.58 ERA.  Be interesting to see how big of a discount he comes at next year.  Could see drafting him next year, then curse for a few months while he’s terrible, then drop him, only to watch him turn his 2014 season around.

Billy Hamilton – 1-for-4 and his first caught stealing.  He stole first base by outrunning Dice-K to the bag, but then ran on the first pitch and was gunned down by Centeno.  Centeno was flawless to get him with the absolute best possible pitch to throw on.  If five guys a year can do that to Hamilton in 75 attempts, I’d be impressed.  Have you seen my new dance?  It’s called the “Fawn Fawn Swoon.”  I do it whenever I talk about Hamilton.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-3 and 2 steals (6, 7).  Somebody owns themselves in a H2H league.  “Dangnabbit!  I also own Hamilton, but he was thrown out, now I need to steal another bag, Charlie!”  I don’t know who Charlie is; ask Bruce, that was him yelling.

Mat Latos – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ending his season with a 3.16 ERA.  I agree with JayWrong; Mat Latos’s T’s are off.  It should be Matt Laos or Ma Lattos.  In unrelated news to that but related to fantasy baseball, Latos came within one strikeout of my preseason projections, .17 on ERA, .09 on WHIP and two wins.  Guys and four girl readers, I did really well this year in projections through the prism of my own brain.  Will be interesting to see how I do when Rudy runs the numbers in the offseason.

Daisuke Matsuzaka – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  If you put money on Dice-K throwing 7-plus shutout innings in Great American, I like your moxie!  I have a movie starring Lindsay Lohan and Michael Madsen that needs financing and you seem like the smart kind of investor.  Where’d you make all your money?  Selling ice in Africa?

Dan Straily – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, moving his season ERA to 3.96.  I can’t say I expected much more from him in his first full season in the majors.  Maybe you did.  On a side note, Straily has a Strahan-type gap in his teeth, so perhaps you should’ve braced for a 4.00 ERA from Straily.  Chest bump with self!

Jered Weaver – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ending the year with a 3.27 ERA.  Yup, next year, I’ll be warning everyone to stay away from yet again.  I’ll be right one of these years.

Erick Aybar – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 12th steal.  Hey, someone got a hit yesterday!  Andy Cohen gives him a Mazel.

Carlos Gonzalez – His batting practice session ‘didn’t go great.’  Hey, the idea of him trying to return with a finger that needs surgery isn’t great either, so at least they have that narrative symmetry.  Narrative Symmetry is also my first emo-pop album name.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 1-for-2, 2 runs as he returned to the lineup.  After he walked in the 4th, he was lifted for Jackie Bradley Jr. because walking is his thing.  This is about all you’re gonna get from Ellsbury in the last weekend of games.  A few innings here and there as he gets his timing.  I bet you can do better.  Look at me having faith in you!

Dustin Pedroia – 0-for-5, 1 run as the Red Sox scored 15 runs.  Ticker tease!

Will Middlebrooks – 2-for-5, 7 RBIs and his 16th and 17th homers.  Glad someone clued in the Red Sox that they were playing in Coors.  On a side note, I wonder if Will’s related to Meredith Brooks?  Nah, prolly not.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs.  Sweet, Salty!

Avisail Garcia – 2-for-4, 1 run 1 RBI and his 7th homer, his 3rd in the last six games while he hits over .400 in the last week.  Why won’t you give one of the last hot schmotatoes of the season a chance?  Don’t you like me?  Come here, let’s man hug our tension away…Hey, don’t brush your hand on my butt!

Michael Bourn – Sat out yesterday with a sore wrist but the X-rays were negative and he’s day-to-day.  If he were on the Rockies, they would’ve had him take batting practice.

Michael Brantley – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 17th steal, hitting .500 in the last week with two homers and two steals and moved up to the leadoff spot.  What better way to juice up the middle of this post then with two of the hottest hitters in baseball.  It’s like an early Christmas/Chanukah/Atheist’s brunch celebrating nothing on December 25th present.

Danny Salazar – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Add him to the list of young pitchers for next year.  More young pitchers than Michael J. Fox can shake a stick at.

Craig Gentry – 0-for-3, 2 runs and his 20th steal.  He doesn’t play every day, but when he does, he’s running — 6 steals in the last 6 games.  This Fabulous Freebird you cannot cage!

Martin Perez – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks, ending the year with a 3.55 ERA in 119 IP.  Add him to the young pitcher list!

Bruce Rondon – He woke up and his elbow wasn’t good.  My remedy for that is:  go back to sleep.

Jhonny Peralta – Eligible to return from his suspension on Friday and is expected to play left field.  He also will be returning under his given name, Jhghonny.

Max Scherzer – 7 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners (6 BBs), 10 Ks, ending the year with a 2.90 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 240 Ks and 21 wins.  And your AL Cy Young is…Hmm, this is weird, there’s a note in here from Keith Law and it says, “I’m particularly partial to Chris Sale due to his xFIP.  That’s spelled X as in excelsior, F as in flibbertigibbet, I as in imbue and P as in perchance.”

Kevin Gregg – Got the save yesterday after being released from the team with Strop taking over.  Oh, wait, that’s what the Cubs said they’d do, not what they actually did.  Smooth move, Ex Lax.

Francisco Liriano – 5 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ending his season with a 3.02 ERA.  Like someone burning your parachute pants, that’s probably your best case scenario for an ending of a ERA.

Starling Marte – 2-for-4, 1 run and three steals (38, 39, 40).  I lurved him this year with a sleeper post and a bedtime story titled, “I Lurve You, You Want A Bedtime Story?” and he didn’t disappoint.  I don’t think he will next year either.  His 12-homer power could take a small step forward and the steals aren’t going anywhere.  Me fan.

Evan Longoria – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 30th and 31st homer.  Only one more to go!

David DeJesus – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in the last 4 games.  Could see picking him up to see if he can continue to stay hot through the end of the season.  Sure, it’s not great, but it’s worth the shot.  Think of it as a Hail Mary to DeJesus.

David Price – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ending the year with a 3.39 ERA.  Let’s set the stage.  It was early May and Machado looked like he was going to be a top 3 third baseman.  Just another hitter I nailed in the preseason, but I was feeling particularly masculine and I traded him for David Price, who had a 5+ ERA at the time and was about to be shut down with a triceps injury.  Now, how’s that hindsight looking?  I love it when a plan comes together.

Eduardo Nunez – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 3rd homer and 2nd in the last four games.  I’d own him more for a chance at a few cheap steals in the last weekend, but maybe you’ll luck into some power too.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ending the year with a 2.66 ERA.  Hisashi my dashi — slurp SLURP!

Mike Zunino – 2-for-4 and two solo homers.  The Mariners front office watched the tape of the at-bats multiple times after the game.  They couldn’t believe they got actual production from a touted hitting prospect.

Michael Saunders – 1-for-3 and his 12th homer, and his 2nd homer in the last three games.  Could be a little short-term hot schmotato.  Maybe through Sunday.  Hey, that’s when the season ends.  Well, that would work.

Bud Norris – 4 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Can’t blame the Orioles’ late season fade on him.  He gave them everything he has.  All 4+ ERA of it.

Ryan Flaherty – 2-for-2, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and two homers.  Now has ten homers.  Bleh!  That’s Flaherty’s Count.  Also, in this game, Steven Pearce homered as the meek inherited the O’s lineup with Adam Jones sitting for the first time since September of 2011.   Jones must have a crapload of shows to catch up on his DVR.

Jonathon Schoop – 2-for-3, 3 runs, and his 1st major league homer.  Hey, yeah, I wanna Schoop, baby.  Can I get some fries with that shake-shake bootie?

Muneori Kawasaki – 4-for-5.  Fun fact!  When he’s at Starbucks and asked to spelled his name, he says, “As in, ‘David Lee Roth lights the Muneori…'”

Will Venable – 1-for-4, 2 runs as he returned to the lineup.  The Padres said his abdominal strain was bothering him, but he wanted to be with the club when they won game number 74.

Tommy Medica – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 3rd homer.  I was about to tell you to pick him up because he’s swinging a hot bat, but then I saw he was hitting .125 in the last week.  Oh, well.  Tommy does play a mean pinball.

Jedd Gyorko – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  Meanwhile, his bitter brother, Yura, scrubs his stove, mumbling to himself, plotting his revenge.  Having to say, ‘No, you’re the Gyorko,’ your whole life has to wear on you.

Jordan Zimmermann – 7 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, giving him a 3.25 ERA.  Ended the season in the top ten for starters, so it’s hard to argue with his numbers, but what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t argue with shizz?  He sported a nice WHIP (1.09) with very few walks, which is hunky-dory, but give me some Ks, doode.

Shelby Miller – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks and ends the season with a 3.06 ERA.  ‘Do it to me, Shelby, you’re an animal, Shelby, ride me big Shel-by.’  Doesn’t work.  He did though.  He did a lot of work all year.

Matt Adams – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 17th homer.  As he rounded the bases on the homer, Fatt Adams yelled to the dugout, “Now give me my nicken chuggets!”

From Around The Web

  1. Oliver says:
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    I’m ahead in the finals, and getting close to winning my H2h 16 team money league thanks in no small part to this website.

    Wins are going to be close, what do you think about Jerome Williams tonight? I have Porcello, Baily, Lester, Kazmir, Grienke and Vargas going this week with 1 more pickup for streaming, and my opponent has Kluber, Y. Ventura, Minor, McCallister Estrada left with 1 more pickup left

    Thanks to Wacha and Vargas, I’m sitting on a 0.79 ERA and 0.62 WHIP, while’s he’s ahead 3 – 2 in wins and 50-23 in Ks. Everything else is relatively close but mostly leaning in my direction, I’m up 7-3 overall. Tiebreak would go to me, do I consider benching all my starters going forward, punting the W and K, and hope I can hold on to at least 3 more categories to win it?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oliver: First off, good luck! 2nd, can you hold the other three categories that you’re not mentioning? I’d benching my starters if I could…

      • Oliver says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! I should be able to hold him off in saves and steals, and I’m ahead in runs, HR, and avg. so I’ll hope for one of those as well. I’m probably going to leave Jerome Williams on the bench tonight and see how everything pans out before deciding what to do, the Streamonator doesn’t like him too much it seems…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like a plan!

  2. EnglishMetsFan says:
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    As I sit in market research in Amsterdam, this is a very pleasant morning read as always.
    H2H final update. Down 1 in Wins and Saves.
    No moves left…just waiting for all my potential pitchers, basically the Braves staff, to be pulled after 4 IP with the lead.
    Down in BA.
    Ryan Zimmerman chose my bye week to go off, and this week, well, he’s 1/12, the one hit, the no-hitter break-up.
    Gomez got tossed.
    Great call on Longo (-1)

    Looking like a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in my 3 H2H leagues, so thanks again Razzballians for the information, insight and entertainment from February through October.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EnglishMetsFan: Thanks! Go to the Red Light District for me and find a girl named, Hannah, she’ll remember me. Congrats!

  3. EnglishMetsFan says:
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    TIN3

  4. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Who touched home plate in lieu of Gomez doing so?

    • hobag says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: Brian McCann is a touch-hole so it was probably him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: No one ever touched home plate, and the Brewers announcers seemed to think that meant no run was scored, but it went on the scoreboard…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: there’s that good old MIL brew at work again.

  5. Byron from Austin says:
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    Grey! If you had to guess who would spot start on Sunday for verlander and wainwright, who would you pick? I really want those guys on my roster, and not someone else’s. Thanks!

    • Byron from Austin says:
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      @Byron from Austin: just fyi my best guesses are jose alvarez and either tyler lyons or carlos martinez. but what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Byron from Austin: Those are good guesses, especially the Cardinals one being Tyler Lyons… Tigers could be Bonderman

      • Byron from Austin says:
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        @Grey: aw lawd if it’s bonderman, I might start the Miami guy :p good luck this weekend, if you’re still battling!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I am, thanks!

  6. Justin says:
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    Give a big shout out to the king of all d-bags… Carlos Gomez… Kid has no respect for the game or the others who play it… Never been a fan of him and now there is no way ever that I will own him on any teams ever. He could be better the Trout and someone could offer me scooter and a bag of chips to acquire him and I wont. Just saying

    • RTY says:
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      @Justin:

      Good. I hope people in my league feel the same way. Don’t draft him, I will. I agree that he shouldn’t have admired his home run so long, but it was equally stupid of Sheriff McCann to block home plate. Give me a break. Hit the next batter or hit Gomez the next time he comes up and get on with it.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @RTY: Sheriff McCann — ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: Wouldn’t stop me from owning him, but it was a douche stare down of a home run that wasn’t that majestic…

      • Furious says:
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        @Grey: Gomez claimed that Maholm hit him on purpose back in June and that is why he admired his HR for so long. How he knows Maholm hit him on purpose is beyond me since pitchers must never miss their spot. Gomez didn’t need to jaw all the way around the bases and McCann didn’t need to stop him from reaching home. Gomez is lucky the Braves are going to the playoffs otherwise that plays out in a much different manner. At least Gomez helped Aramis injure his knee in the scrum.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He should’ve hit the homer and then charged the mound… That would’ve been badass…

  7. Cooper Clux Clan says:
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    Grey : Whats your take on Adams for next year? Will he finally get a full season of playing time? If so, he is looking like a sexy keeper with round 24 value.

    • Skinny Pete says:
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      @Cooper Clux Clan: Me likely Adams… hopefully he can find at bats next year.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Cooper Clux Clan: I’d keep him for 24th round value

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cooper Clux Clan: I don’t know your other options for keepers, but that’s good value… Adams will be the 1st baseman with Craig going to the outfield to get hurt…

  8. Skinny Pete says:
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    Ten days into my head – to – head matchup and I’m holding onto to a comfortable lead in a number of categories, including WHIP. Right now, I’m locked in at 1.10 while my opponent has a WHIP in the neighborhood of 1.20. Both teams have amassed more than 150 innings pitched. How much movement can I really expect over the next few days? I plan on sitting Matt Garza tonight, but I have Bailey, Strasburg, Greinke, Nat Gio and Cole going this weekend. Throw in relievers and it makes for a situation which could remain fluid. Thoughts on how to handle the matchups for the weekend? Play it game by game?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Skinny Pete: A blow up could move your ratios… I’d bench Garza, and you might lose a bunch of those other SPs to the playoffs… Play it game by game… My question to you: do we see Skinny Pete in the finale?

      • Skinny Pete says:
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        @Grey: According to IMDB, Badger makes an appearance in the final episode, but not Skinny Pete. Between Breaking Bad and the head – to – head finals, I’m pumped for this weekend. As always, thank you!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem!

  9. mauledbypandas says:
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    I guess I held my starter stream jamboree a day early.. wow

  10. Blue says:
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    No one hitting? Guy behind me in HR got five (and I got 2) turning my HR concern for green to yellow (now a 7 HR lead).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue: Who did you own? Ryan Flaherty?

      • Blue says:
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        @Grey: Victorino and Kinsler. His zombie team had Zunino (2), Sandoval, Gyorko, and Saunders.

        Need a name for a fantasy team that reaches out from the grave to steal points in the last week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed, I’m all ears

  11. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    It was painful to drop Max this morning. Have you had to make any moves like that down the stretch? Like you said, this is fake baseball so no need for fake loyalty, but still. He been good to me. Sniff.

    What do you like better, Schoop or Semien? I mean, who. Sorry.

    And thanks again for all the advice this year man. Getting close to nabbing two titles, but like The Wolf says let’s not go s-ing each other’s d’s just yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sixto Lezcano: Haha… I enjoy Schoop better than Semien… Yeah, I cut David Price and it felt odd…

  12. mike says:
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    Grey,

    I am ahead 1.5 in my roto league. Pray for me. Avisail Garcia and Matt Mcnugget Adams were my saviors!!!!

    • Sixto Lezcano says:
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      @mike: I Son-of-a-Benched Avisail for Blackmon. Doh!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mike: Good luck!

  13. Lopes says:
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    In my H2H championship this week I walked out Latos thinking he’d absolutely ruin the mets, but Dice-K and his gyroball happened…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lopes: Yeah, Latos wasn’t bad though

  14. Mountain Man says:
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    Grey-
    Would you please rank these four Friday starts first to last?

    Pettitte @ Hou (Oberholtzer)
    Baily PIT (Burnett)
    Kluber @ Min (Hernandez)
    Porcello @ Mia (Koehler)

    Thank you. Have a great day!

    • Byron from Austin says:
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      @Mountain Man: not grey here, but i would rank them in reverse order of how you listed them.

    • Bob Wetlanda says:
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      @Mountain Man: I personally would rank in this order:
      Porcello, Kluber, Pettitte, Bailey

      Good luck!

      • Mountain Man says:
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        @Bob Wetlanda:
        Thanks, Bob.
        Anyone else? I can use all the help I can get. Thanks, guys!

  15. OaktownSteve says:
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    Mentioned this the other day but Gentry seems to have reached non-platoon status this week. He’s made 5 straight starts vs both LHP and RHP. Good guy to maybe save your day with a bag or two. Course that being said he’ll probably sit today.

    I’m starting to feel the pre- post-season blues. Good thing the A’s are in the mix.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: I might grab Gentry if Rudy dropped him… Yeah, I got those same blues, luckily, I’m non-stop with wedding crap to take my mind off it…

      • probably dropping gentry today so you maybe can get him for sunday’s game.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I will prolly grab him too since I need to hold steals…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @OaktownSteve: that’s why I started playing football.

  16. Jeff says:
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    In the finals Grey in my 1st fantasy baseball season! Thank you Razzball (although I did ignore your Darvish advice)!

    The commish wants a list of keepers. We keep 3. One must be a hitter and one must be a pitcher. We can keep for 3 seasons, cost moves up a round each year.

    It’s a 7×7 league with R, RBI, HR, SB, BB, K, OBP on the offensive side and W, SV, H, ERA, WHIP, K/9, BB/9, on the pitching side

    Here’s my list with the round:
    Votto (1)
    Darvish (4)
    Carlos Santana (6)
    G. Holland (10)
    A. Sanchez (12)
    D. Ortiz (13)
    Minor (15)
    M. Carpenter (15)

    —-

    I like Darvish, Minor and Carpenter at this point for value.

    Although Votto is a god in a league with BB and OBP. And Sanchez was great, too.

    What do you think?

    Thanks again for a great season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jeff: Congrats and good luck! Darvish, Votto, Carp

  17. Bob Wetlanda says:
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    Need your advice in picking 5 starting pitchers I have available for Sunday’s games:
    Again, need to pick 5 from this list:
    1- Tillman (Balt) vs. Bos …already have on roster, but rumored to possible skip last start…keep for Sunday?
    2-Niese (NYM) vs. Milw…already have on roster as well, but not sure…keep for Sunday?
    3-Samardzija (ChC) @ Stl….already have on roster, but up against Stl on the road…keep for Sunday?
    4-Chatwood (colo) @ Lad
    5-Bedard (Hou) vs. NYY
    6-Redmond (Tor) vs TB
    7-Miner (Philly) @ Atl
    8-Pelfrey (Minn) vs. Clev
    9-H.Alvarez (Mia) vs Det

    Thanks in advance…really need your help on picking 5 of these guys to roll w/ Sunday!

    • Jeff says:
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      @Bob Wetlanda:

      I have Shark, too…If the Cards have nothing to play for hopefully they would rest everyone in sight and he’d strike out a bunch of AAA guys?

    • Bob Wetlanda says:
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      @Bob Wetlanda: Another question, do you think it’s worth holding onto Greinke for Saturday’s game? He’s slotted to start, but I’ve read sources saying he might not start …do you think I should drop him and grab another pitcher…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob Wetlanda: I’d keep the 1st three and Redmond, Chatwood… These aren’t great options

      • Bob Wetlanda says:
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        @Grey: Agreed, terrible options but all the other pitchers that day are on rosters…that’s whats left to pick, was thinking Redmond and chatwood too…will grab em!

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  18. anthony says:
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    @grey: h2h points finals opponent has 3 pitchers for Friday i have 0 but I’m winning – should i stream

    hellickson ?
    Carlos Torres ?
    mchugh ?
    Pedro Hernandez ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @anthony: Depends if you need to stream… You’re winning doesn’t tell me a whole lot… Torres is the only one I’d stream there, and he’s not great

  19. John Axford's Meat Stache says:
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    Grey,

    What are we to make of this Schoop kid? I got a couple of buddies down in Baltimore who are beyond hype for the kid. Is he worth a pick-up in a keeper league or do you think Scooter will be the better player next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John Axford’s Meat Stache: Scooter will be better… Schoop could be solid in real baseball, but looks like a 15-homer, 10-steal fantasy guy which is kinda whatever…

  20. Finals Help says:
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    I can start up to 3 which would you roll with?

    Strasburg @Ari
    Paxton Vs Oakland
    Gray @Sea
    Estrada @Nym
    Burnett @Cin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Paxton, Estrada, Strasburg

  21. Mike says:
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    Hey grey I need to replace ARam. For the rest of the week who’s the best 3b to plug in? Middlebrook, callaspo, headley, Nunez, Davidson…
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on needs… Power: Middlebrooks; speed: Nunez

  22. OaktownSteve says:
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    This is my impression of the next few months of life with the Albrights:

    Do you think we should go with orchids or lilies for the altarpiece?
    No idea what flowers are available in your league…orchids.

    I’m thinking about changing out the crab stuffed mushrooms for mini quiche, what do you think.
    Hold for now.

    I’m not sure if we should include your drunk, make a scene Uncle Bill or my Aunt Agnes the human plum for the last spot on the guest list.
    HA! Can you stash Agnes on the DL?

    Auden or Gibran for the poem in the vows.
    No idea. What does poet-tron say?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHAHAHA… We’re at about five weeks away, so not even a few months…

      Can we return some of these crappy vases and use the money at Macy’s to get wedding bands?

      Yes, absolutely, do that now….

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Frisee or arugula?
        (Strange voice from above): SERIOUSLY?
        What was that?
        I think it was Go Cram Your Menu Question.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The calligraphist quit on me, should we go pre-printed?

          Find someone else, I don’t know your options…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: The Wedding Harpist has a blister, should we get someone else?

            She should be going on the Disgraceful List, lets see who her set up man is

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha…

              Scalloped potatoes or mashed?

              I like both, can you go with both?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: No Grey we can only choose one, which one?

                The scalloped have been a hot schomato this week and will go deeper into the game…

                Grey, snap out of baseball, it’s acceptable in the bedroom, but this is our wedding!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hehe

                  The band doesn’t know Private Dancer, what else do you want to dance with your mom to?

                  Give me some choices…

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Don’t you think that the clean shaven groom looks better on the cake topper than the mustachioed one?

            Eh

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

              Garter and bouquet toss or skip them?

              Skip

              • Big Magoo

                Big Magoo says:
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                @Grey: Honey, I forgot something at the house. Is either Rudy or Podcast Nick sober enough to go pick it up?

                Nope

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

                  Don’t you want strawberry buttercream or raspberry buttercream?

                  Eh, dealer’s choice

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Rudy’s been reliable all year but I’m worried about his table’s proximity to the bar. Safe to start as the best man or go with a streamer?

                    • Grey

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                      He’s been panting over IM about what he’s going to say in his best man’s speech for a while…Gotta go with him…

                    • @OaktownSteve: My quote was “I don’t know who the maiden/maid of honor is but you better put her on before me b/c my speech is going to blow her out of the fuckin’ water.

                  • herschel says:
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                    @Grey: Im getting hitched in 3 weeks. been referring to the table with all of our combined single friends as SAGNOF (singles aint got no face).

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha! Very nice… It’s kinda how the SAGNOF term originated for me in college…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Only it was PAGNOF at the time

  23. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Brian McAnn, biggest asshole in the game?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Devil in a New Dress: 4th biggest behind Quinten, Kennedy, and Gomez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotta go A-Rod

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: why did i forget A-Rod? oh yeah, I thought he was banned for life, there I go again with my wishful thinking

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I can’t imagine him ever going away…

          • matt says:
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            @Grey: A roid is like the undead. Seilg can kill him and he’ll keep coming back. Lol

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Agreed… Only way he gets more hated is if he eats Jeter’s brain, which I would not put past him

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: A-dROID?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, nice

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha, nice, Chata

  24. Scottie O. says:
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    In my championship H2H matchup this week thanks in big part to you & this site. Unfortunately, I’m down 4-8:

    R (6-7) HR (3-4) RBI (9-13) SB (2-1) AVG (.191-.275) OPS (.637-.763) W (4-3) SV (2-0) K (25-60) ERA (3.34-3.05) WHIP (1.09-1.28)QS (2-5)

    I have 6x SP’s (Shields @ CWS, Kluber @ MIN, Bailey vs. PIT, Lynn vs. CHC, Moore @ TOR & Hyun-Jin RYu vs. COL)

    to his 9 (Ventura @ CWS, Kazmir @ MIN, Cole @ CIN, Lackey @ BAL, Tillman vs. BOS, Niese vs. MIL, Redmond vs. TB, Chen @ CWS, Teheran vs. PHI)

    I have 1 “add” left this week and Brantley is available (and plays this week).

    Should I add Brantley to help with my hitting categories or add one of the below streaming SP options (really the best available):

    Trevor Cahill @ SD
    Robby Erlin vs. ARI
    James Paxton vs.OAK
    Bedard vs. NYM

    thanks in advance & sorry for the long post

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cahill and Paxton…Forget Brantley, make up pitching…

  25. alcohol abuser says:
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    Hey Grey,
    I am in a 12 team keeper. We keep 5 hitters. Categories are R, RBI, HR, K, SB, OBP, SLG. I have been looking for some preliminary 2014 ranks but I don’t find any other site nearly as credible as Razzball. Could you give me a quick ranking of the following players heading into next year?

    Goldie, Pedroia, Wright, Reyes, Posey, Pujols, A.Jones

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Goldy, Jones, Wright, Posey, Pedroia

      • alcohol abuser says:
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        @Grey: Is Jones a top 10 overall player for 2014? Wight, Posey, Pedroia between 20-30 overall?

        Trying to gauge keeper/trade values.

        Thanks for your help!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Jones is… 20-30 sounds about right…

  26. herschel says:
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    @Grey: in a keeper for next year, who do you like more between miller in round 15 or teheran in round 18?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miller

  27. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Just came over here to make sure you referenced Salt ‘N’ Peppa for Jonathan. You didn’t disappoint. We’ll keep you around for one more year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Sky!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I referenced Strahan too… Bam!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        @Grey: That’s impressive! Though I’m guessing you’re just a Subway fan.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, know him more from pop culture, but whatever, I’m in the game, I’m multicultural like yogurt with fruit at the bottom…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Grey: I wouldn’t tell your readers there’s anything fruity near your bottom. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

  28. Oz says:
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    Hey Grey, I’m 4 days away (I’m up 320 pts) from winning my 1st ever fantasy baseball ‘ship. I am thinking of making a trade after the season for an ace and giving up 3 quality SP to get him since I can only keep 10 SP. The must keeps I have are Lester, Waino, Holland, Hammels, Iwakuma, Bradley, Beachy, Harvey, Bailey (that’s 9.) My buble guys are Wacha, Samardizia, Miley, Tillman, Archer, Alex Wood, Cingrani, Estrada, Medlen, Colon. (It’s a 38 roster keeper league.)

    What do u think about offering say Samardizia, Tillman, and Medlen for someone like Yu Darvish? The way I see it, I can only keep 10 and most of my buble guys would be taken in the 1st 2-3 rounds of the expansion draft. Thanks, and btw I’m dedicating my championship to the moustache!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Darvish ina second, but I think anyone would… Seems unlikely on the other side, but you can try… Ha, congrats!

  29. Mariner Mike says:
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    Do you like Quintana against KC, Estrada against the Mets, or Grey against the Mariners please pick two. Thanks a lot for the great writing and advice for 2013. Has made the year a lot more fun. Have a great off season Grey and staff!!!!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Estrada, Quintana… No problem, thanks!

  30. JJ says:
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    I am sure that you are getting sick of these streamer questions but here comes one more. Preferably I would grab one for each day.

    Friday
    OGANDO vs LAA
    WOOD @ STL
    CHACIN@LAD
    TORRESvsMLW
    SMITH@SF

    Sat
    MORTON@CIN
    VENTURA@CWS

    Sun
    PAXTONvsOAK
    NIESEvsMLW
    QUINTANAvsKC

    Thanks again for you endless help.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ogando…Ventura…Quintana…

      • JJ says:
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        @Grey:
        Turns out that OGANDO was already taken. Who would be next on Friday for you?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Chacin pitched yesterday, are these accurate?

          • JJ says:
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            @Grey:
            Youre right. I thought that they were.

            I will actually only be able to make 2 moves. So do you like VENTURA/QUINTANA best?
            How about B.SMITH@SF?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ventura and Quintana, yeah

              • JJ says:
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                @Grey:
                Thanks GREY! Heres to hoping that this will be enough for me to win the championship!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Good luck!

  31. Mariner Mike says:
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    One more sorry, do you like Pettit vs. Astros

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it’s decent enough

  32. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey, what are your thoughts on Robbie Erlin this afternoon at home against the snakes? I grabbed him for this start but I’m debating leaving him on the bench. Currently lead ERA 3.55-4.50 and trail WHIP 1.29-1.30, lead Ws 4-2 and QS 4-3. Opponent has 5 starters going tomorrow and I have 3. I have enough moves left to stream as much as I want the last few days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bench him

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Ok, will do. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos: Also, what do you think about Dickey tomorrow? SON seems to like the start…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        It’s a crapshoot, depends how desperate you are, I don’t like it…

  33. Hey Grey,

    So with Aramis twisting his knee (read: prancing around, letting Freeman blast him in the face) — which adds to Machado & E5 going down for me — who do you like ROS, or at least today with the small slate of games? I can throw Prado into 3B, which opens up MI, too…

    Need help in R’s/RBI’s:
    – Nunez, Flaherty, Alcides, Franklin & Miller (not playing today), or Schoop Dog?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Nunez

  34. TheNewGuy says:
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    Jered Weaver – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ending the year with a 3.27 ERA. Yup, next year, I’ll be warning everyone to stay away from yet again. I’ll be right one of these years.

    Yup totally in agreement man, not owned this guy since his rookie year. His XFIP will eventually catch up with him, like who’s that guy it’s finally happened to this year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup… Cain

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I’ll be sure not to heed any advice you portend.

  35. TheNewGuy says:
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    Evan Longoria – 3-for-5, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 30th and 31st homer. Only one more to go!

    Oooh will he do it. Biggest thing you guys out of contention in leagues have to look forward too!

    Fatt Adams is gonna be a BIG (literally!) sleeper next year if he gets regular PT like he should.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, totally on Adams… I think Longo will pass it, hitting 3 more homers this weekend…

  36. fausto says:
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    Lirian-ohmygoodness, theres one that was far from a gem courtesy of the legendary Darnell Mcdonald. (Widely unknown hero of Chicago folklore, known for being able to go 3-3 off of Liriano). This will probably cost me the championship, as i went reliever heavy to try and take sv/era/whip. and was going to only throw my aces. I had no chance at W or K’s my opponent loaded up on sp. and is still probably doing so as im typing this.

    While we’re on the topic of the cubs, Kevin Gregg throws a fit so Strop isnt closing games now?(must be the fact that he wears glasses so he looks a little more professional.)

    With SS being a slim position is Javier Baez on your draft radar next at all for next year? If so where does this put Castro?
    I think he would play better overall if he were on a team that were in contention, or maybe saw a Dr. regarding Adult Onset A.D.D. and got on some medication just my opinion.
    What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha re; Strop — Agreed… Javier Baez isn’t on my radar… Castro’s not done yet, way too young still…

      • fausto says:
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        @Grey: you on board with xander draft wise?. I’m trying to find a sleeper ss for next yr.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Depends if the Red Sox give him a job or not… He’ll be someone I’ll look at late though, sure… Huge upside

  37. costaricanchata says:
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    magic 8 ball question :
    likelihood of longoria leading tampa bay to a world series championship
    by hitting 7 home runs and batting .485 during post-season play
    AND , parlaying that into a top 12 adp for 14 after 12 ?

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @costaricanchata:

      oops .
      14 after 20 .
      (should have known one of those numbers would be wrong)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think that’s more possible than it seems right now, and Longo stays right in the top of the 2nd round next year…

  38. TheNewGuy says:
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    Oh and a huge closer sleeper (rarity) , Trevor Rosenthal.

    Nasty all year and yet more nastiness since he moved into the role. They aint gonna sign Mujica next year so smart money says the role will be all his. Elite closer for a mid (or hopefully lower) price, got him in my keeper and im all in on him next year.

    The next Kimbrel, Kenley etc.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt he comes at a discount once the season starts getting close for people in the know…

    • Domo Arigato Mr. Arenado says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Wouldn’t this make Mujica the potential sleeper closer, depending on where he signs? He was money this year until his shoulder gave out.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Domo Arigato Mr. Arenado: you seem to be completely forgetting about motte.agreed there’s no way they give mujica the raise he’s getting.

  39. TheNewGuy says:
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    Got 19 innings left and need to decide on Cleveland Streamers to gain wins. Got Homer going, but aside from him only one closer (to ensure saves) until a ton of starters going on sunday.

    So ideally im left on 1 inning remaining for sunday, but gotta play it safe just in case. That said I can afford a streamer or two until then, who do you like:

    Torres vs Crewers
    Ogando v Halos
    Smith (who?) @ San Fran
    Morton @ Cincy
    Stults @ SF
    Maurer vs Moneyball
    Haren @ D Backs

    Decent options!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ogando, Haren, Torres

  40. Domo Arigato Mr. Arenado says:
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    Paxton has been scratched from his final start.

  41. Hoog says:
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    Need help! I’m in my H2H finals and I need a backup SS for when Hanley doesn’t start. Currently have Rollins as a backup, but not sure about him this week with Medlen & Teheran coming up. Alternatives are Simmons vs. Phi, Nunez @ Hou, Drew @ Baltimore, Gennett @ NYM, and Cozart vs. Pit. Any offensive cat’s will help! Who would you roll with?

    Thanks for your help this season! In my big money keeper league you helped me overcome Grandy/Hanley/Cargo/Marte injuries and Zimmerman/Jennings cold streaks (seasons?). Couldn’t have done it without you Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nunez…No problem…

  42. TheNewGuy says:
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    Saw the Helton ceremony last night in his final home game, proper Rockies legend.

    Whats more he got a special leaving present from the club, he was presented with a new horse!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He got Sarah Jessica Parker?

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: Apparently the Tutu wearing Mare was wearing a Donkeycorn, to easily lead her back into her Fashion Closet / Stable.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw…

  43. OaktownSteve says:
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    I want to stream Tuffy Gosewisch just on the off-chance he goes off, wins it for me, and I can have Tuffy Gosewisch as part of my personal lore.

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @OaktownSteve: They’ll put it on your headstone

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like that idea… Tuffy does sound like he’d have a handlebar mustache and many tales from when he had one too many scotches…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice avatar btw

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Was playing the vinyl last night. Did you ever check out that Puzo book about Vegas and craps?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, now that I have an offseason and a honeymoon I have the time to read it…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What’s the name again?

  44. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Grey, I just want to say Thank you for your helpful advice this season. I’m not going to win my league but I should be finishing 3rd or hopefully 2nd in a very competitive keeper league. With an off season from Stanton, I’ll take a 2nd place finish.

    Out of these three starters coming up, if you could only start one, who would you choose?
    -Kluber vs. Min
    -Kazmir vs. Min
    -Gray vs. Sea

    I have 8 innings left. I’m close to the 3rd place team in saves and K’s. I have 3 closers on my team. I’m thinking I should just let my closers get their chances to get saves with my last 8 innings. After Scherzer’s K-sterpiece last night, I’m feeling ok about K’s. Plus I think the 3rd place team is going to try and only pitch his closers these last few days. maybe my question above is a moot point. maybe I’m stupid!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kazmir… No problem, sorry it didn’t work out better…

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Grey: Eh, the first place team has Miggy Cabrera, Kershaw and King Felix. he had a bunch of guys that played way over their head too. It was his year.

        I should’ve traded Kipnis when I had the chance though. Don’t backhand me too hard for that.

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @Shake N Bacon: Better than trading FOR Kipnis at that time (June) like I did!

          Thought last years 2nd half slump was a flash in the pan, how wrong I was…

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @TheNewGuy: You and I both. I got Kipnis as a throw in when I got Bryce Harper. it was right before he went off. So it worked out for a while. I just couldn’t capitalize on it. Tried trading him for too much I think. Oh well, a 17HR-29SB 2b isn’t too shabby.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Shake N Bacon:

      if Gray is pitching on the same day as either kluber or kazmir ,
      start both pitchers .

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @costaricanchata: I think Gray pitches on Sunday, Kazmir on Saturday and Kluber on Friday. I’m definitely sitting Kluber. His last few starts haven’t been so good.

  45. fausto says:
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    Not a gem. ..Lirian-ohmygoodness. Destroyed by the legendary Darnell McDonald. Prob killed my chances in the championship round as I went reliever heavy and was only going to be throwing my aces now I have to throw Wilson and Gray to try to lower ERA. Chasing era/whip/sv. Opponent loaded sp and is probably still doing so as I type this. Speaking of cubs….gregg throws a fit so strop goes back to setup? Unreal. ..Thoughts on Javier Baez for next season.. draft worthy? …Blocked by Castro but for how long? Everybody in this league goes with the vets(and won’t draft cubs)….I like to gamble on youth so I could get him late. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I feel like I just answered this… Did you just ask this elsewhere?

      • fausto says:
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        @Grey: yes but I couldn’t find where I posted it. My phone has been acting weird today

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You posted it further up the page

  46. HoLc says:
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    Grey: After yesterdays Brewers Braves game I think you are only gonna be off a little bit on Carlos Gomez stats this year because the guy is ON SOMETHING took a little too much of a dose yesterday before the game, he was crazy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That wouldn’t surprise me at all

  47. TheNewGuy says:
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    Worked it out and looks like its Haren’s start OR Ogandos, not both. Much rather not risk it so I can blow out all those starters on the final day.

    Which start you like more (for the purpose of wins only)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ogando

  48. Gareth says:
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    I’ve gone back to the Aramis Well so many times this season. Its gotten to the Point where MY Knees are starting to hurt………………….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You pick up guys with your legs?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Why not? It works for his wife, mom and sister. Hey-o!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: Its kind of a rude reference. My Knees have Carpet burns because I keep putting Aramis on my team and the guy……………….

        Erm. Think Pujols.

        • Grey

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          Oh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  49. AJ says:
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    Sup Grey heard that the sox want to give Ellsbury as much PT in The remaining games as possible…chances he gets a couple SB? Drop Bourn for Ells?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doubtful… I’d go with Ellsbury over Bourn though

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: coo there also swisher and Yelich available..still goin with Ells?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go with Yelich

  50. bossmanjunior says:
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    Pimp Corpse- dead team still making moves

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, it’s not bad…Let me run it by Rudy (he’s gonna shoot it down)…

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Grey:

        haha thanks for the vote of confidence. It was the first thing that popped in my head. Maybe “wow, that abandoned team is really corpsing a feel.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha…I like that…Corpsing a feel…

  51. mzyptlk says:
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    samardzija @ stl — torres vs mil — vogelsong vs sd — hellickson @ tor — mccarthy vs. was — stults @ sf———who’s the best shot at a QS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call… Vogelsong

  52. bossmanjunior says:
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    @Januarey Grey

    Which young pitchers do you think will be drafted too early or be a late round bargain? (ie Gray, Salazar, Ventura, Wood, Cole, Wheeler, Walker)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @bossmanjunior: cole’s lately making himself go too early, wheeler’s likely to. the way wood ended the season he could be a deal. If sonny gray isn’t higher than almost all of these (other than maybe cole/wheeler, due to draft slot) i’d be surprised, based on his awesomeness and stadium.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt many young pitchers will be drafted early… Maybe Cole will be in the top 100, barely… Latos was drafted in the 7/8th round this year, no one’s taking pitchers that early…

  53. goodfold2 says:
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    man, a lot of people are off today. my hill/lind (against RIGHTY?!), opp’s a-roid and sal perez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I managed to roster a full team… Some guys I never thought I’d be starting but still…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey: I know yeah me too, took a bloody lot of work. Picked some guys up only to find they were benched so dropped them for some other shmohawks.

        This better pay off FB!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hell yeah!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: ruiz, upton, list goes on here.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: in a roto with infinite pickups that would be doable. I’m in 5 h2h’s with 5-8 pickups per week and almost all of them are spent on offensive backups for guys who might sit (wright), and SP’s.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  54. Gareth says:
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    Blue Jays have freaking Munenori Kawasaki at DH with Ryan Largerhands at 1st tonight and no Adam Lind starting! I picked up a Hot hitting lind this week to face 5 righties!

    Feeling very Comatose right now.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Gareth: me too on the lind wagon. but he’s been terrible so far (also i played him over adams yesterday, adams facing zimmermann)

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: double play with bases loaded and no outs yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Yeah, weird time a year to chance stats in a weekly league

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: thank god i don’t have that problem anywhere. you’ll never catch me playing in a league where the rules intentionally handicap your ability to make choices such as a weekly does. Only people that benefit from those leagues are people who live away from the internet 6+ days a week.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, different flavor the weekly leagues

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Gareth:

      munenori was 4 for 5 last night .
      another good play , tonight , was , eliot johnson … thus far .

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @costaricanchata:

        plus valencia … batting 4th

  55. TheNewGuy says:
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    Buds retiring!

    In 2015…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @TheNewGuy: bud norris? he ain’t that old yet.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @goodfold2: No dude, the other bud…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not soon enough

  56. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    ryu or redmond for last day streamer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Redmond

  57. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    he’s already got 2 outs, so probably not, but cloyd is currently still got a chance at worst 1st inning of the year.

  58. goodfold2 says:
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    damn gee and erlin having a bad most recent innings. 4 earned.

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @goodfold2: it got worse, 6 from those 2 in 2 innings.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @jason batteiger: still got a 2.87 somehow. gee’s thinking it’s april when we all had to drop him. maybe he can trick upton into the same thinking.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: Gee’s leaving himself up to the babip gods. Lots of flyballs so far. Had to fade a leadoff double.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: Gee’s leaving himself up to the babip gods. Lots of flyballs so far. Had to fade a leadoff double.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  59. SteveNZ says:
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    Off to the airport in a couple of hours. Hope the mobile internet is working in Fiji…

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      safe trip .
      and good times !

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @costaricanchata: Ditto but don’t miss the critical part of the season whatever ya do!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Me too… Good luck and have a great time!

    • Schmohawks Bob says:
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      @SteveNZ: Hey Steve, I hope you had a safe flight. Where are you staying in Fiji? My father-in-law’s caregiver is from there?

  60. Tom Brady says:
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    Hey Grey.

    Quick question…where do you think Wil Myers will be drafted next year? I am thinking of keeping him next year for 2 years. I was going to keep Harvey but his elbow has me worried. Thanks in advance!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In the 90’s overall… I’d keep Myers over Harvey

  61. goodfold2 says:
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    zunino or avila as ruiz insurance. last pickup and have way more SP than opp already. blackmon no longer at home (could pick him up, but who to bench for him?). Ruiz has been off 2 of last 3 days and is terrible in last 8 or so days anyway. Playing for 5th place here in this one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avila

  62. letsgobravos says:
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    Forgot to edit my lineup earlier and remove Erlin per your advice Grey. Ended up being a stroke of good luck though. 7IP, 2 ER, 7ks. Left in a tie so no W, but I needed the QS even more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, it worked out…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: 2.57 not good enough huh? Pretty good start to me.

        • letsgobravos says:
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          @goodfold2: Hindsight is 20/20. It was an iffy start at best and since Grey didn’t like it, I definitely meant to sit him.

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, when I got home in the 3rd inning and realized I never edited my lineup I was definitely expecting it to bite me in the ass.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he’s garbage usually but Petco doesn’t hurt…

  63. goodfold2 says:
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    any ideas as to how hurt wright is? I already grabbed semen to fill up that triple hole (that’s what she said). he came out after being hit by pitch.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: i guess i grab gyorko if he is out. that’d be my last pickup, instead of redmond.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: was gonna spend that last pickup on a vulture save candidate.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He shouldn’t have been playing to begin with, hopefully they shut him down

  64. goodfold2 says:
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    i’m playing against garza in one league, and it’s a shame only 1 or so of all these runs are earned. tex def sucks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  65. Matt says:
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    I have 18.2 inn left. Got Homer Bailey and Kershaw going tomorrow. Need Ks. Is it safe to start Greg Holland too or is too big of a risk for holland to go 1 and both SPs go CG?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Holland too…Kershaw’s not going 9 IP tomorrow… Maybe 6, if you’re lucky…

      • Matt says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. If you had romo, nathan and perkins too how many would start along those SPs in my situation?

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wouldn’t start any of them if I didn’t need saves… Do you need saves?

          • Matt says:
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            @Grey: no no, just Ks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wouldn’t risk starting them too then…

  66. goodfold2 says:
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    only have 14.33 innings left in roto. 4 starts. need to likely bench around 2 of them. K/bb, QS.also could use extra holds so would rather finish innings on sat or sun.
    porcello @MIA
    stras (hasn’t been great lately) @ARI tomorrow. one of these will likely have to be benched.
    gray @SEA
    Jimenez @MIN
    could also bench 3 of these and grab ventura.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bench Gray and Porcello

  67. goodfold2 says:
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    why is rivera coming in down 4. i don’t need this spot coming out of my innings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Last Yankee home game

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: ok, well, down to 13.66 innings. in that same league somehow the previous owner maxed out 3B. so I can’t only play 2 out of votto/beltre/adams for last 3 days. which 2? rbi’s/homers/avg most important, in that order.
        2. if i need steals/rbis/homers/avg, in that order, should order these guys like this?
        LF Marte/victorino/moss/blackmon(road games)
        RF Bruce/victorino/moss/blackmon
        CF jones/other cargo
        OF best of other cargo/victorino/moss/blackmon

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Votto, Beltre, but that’ll be clearer if guys rest for the playoffs… They look ordered right

  68. goodfold2 says:
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    shit i forgot to drop wil smith for gentry, if he played, today. damn. this could hurt in 2 ways.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: it’ll only really hurt if gentry’s hits save my average (guy below down 1 pt) or he steals, or even worse, if smith pitches again like lately. might not matter as i’ve moved into 4th, up 5 pts from 5th, down 6 from 3rd.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: thank god they’re not putting smith in.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @goodfold2: hope that 1 steal and three hits don’t matter in categories in 4 days.

  69. RG3 Needs A Knee says:
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    Ajhhhh 2 weeks in a row Franconia pulls McAllister after 70 pitches no ER….. I’m glad the Red Sox fired him and hope he loses the wild card to my Rays with no respect to the QS fantasy owner!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…Yeah, that sucks…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: he had allowed 2 guys on base in the last 3 innings. Twins really could mess people up if their slugging ever caught up with their on base. i could’ve used a win there though too. In some of those other starts he was yanked early even when he looked good.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They need to change their entire offense from the top down… They’re a mess

  70. ferris says:
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    lining up for the final day

    matt moore at TOR
    or
    gerritt cole at CIN

    I care about ERA, Ws and Ks and most importantly whether or not they will actually make the start and go 5 innings

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends if the Rays are battling for playoffs or already in, but I’d go Moore more than likely

      • ferris says:
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        @Grey: yeah, if the game were meaningful i’d love both those guys but it’s crazy speculation with a waiver claim needing to be made tonight

  71. ferris says:
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    david wright passed his concussion tests

    concerned only about Rs and HRs

    wright
    arenado
    Davidson (ari 3B)
    moose
    some other lightly owned 3B

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start Wright if he’s going, if not Arenado

  72. mzyptlk says:
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    Redmond vs TB or Vogelsong vs. SD?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vogelsong

  73. Abdoozy says:
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    Trying to figure out what my opponent in the h2h finals is up to.

    I have a 7-5 lead, batting cats are all close except steals (I’m up 13-2). I lead all pitching cats, lead Ks by 33, QS by 2, W by 5, saves by 3, ERA by a full run, WHIP by about .200.. I only need a tie to win the title, so he’s obviously a little desperate, but his moves today are leaving me mystified:

    Drops Napoli for Rajai Davis. (Davis just went on maternity leave.)
    Adds Edinson Volquez as a streamer today. (Let’s just say better options were available.)
    Drops Chris Archer for Kim-Jong Ryu. (Who may not start.)
    Adds Drew Smyly. (Umm…)

    What the hell is he doing? Is this some form of psych warfare?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like he’s giving up…

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @Grey: no way, I know this guy, he’s no quitter. He’s up to something.

        The Volquez stream is looking good so far… Dammit..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Just about every pitcher looked good today except Cloyd… Offense packed up for the winter early…

          • Abdoozy says:
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            @Grey: I’m counting on that.. My streaming over-the-limit day is Saturday. I have Greinke, Kelly, Ventura and Petit set up, depending on the situation I could bench any or all (I’ll be at 19 starts after Friday). He’s already loaded up four starters on Sunday — Darvish, Ubaldo, Cueto and Ryu. So I’ll just be setting him a target and seeing what happens.. Could be interesting but I’d rather be me than him (in most ways)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gotcha… Good luck!

        • Abdoozy says:
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          @Abdoozy: And down goes Volquez.. Shouldn’t have worried..

  74. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    already have semen to backup hill/andrus/wright in case they have day off. which of gyorko/middlebrooks/freese/dominguez to backup wright in case hill gets more days off? dominguez has been good last 14 days. middlebrooks (other than 2 homer day) has been terrible. freese seems to have no upside.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

  75. Carl Hungis says:
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    Is Steve Cishek worth adding? Is he their closer?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Carl Hungis: he’s been MIA’s closer for the entire season. Nobody else has been their closer this season, at any time.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: he’s also had pretty damn good stats all year as well. If you need saves and he’s the only closer open grab.Just drop a pitcher who has no starts left (most of them by now)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  76. Carl Hungis says:
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    Do you like Kluber @ Minn, Petit vs. SD, for final streaming purposes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like them both

  77. AJ says:
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    Man can someone tell Pence to get his shit 2gether?! Doubt I will be looking to add him next year!! Geeesh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hear ya

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: how quickly they forget. It was LAST WEEK that he put up a week at least as good as any week miggy has had this season. Those of us bounced out of our semi-finals in our biggest money leagues won’t ever forget it.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: sorry, 2 weeks ago.

          • AJ says:
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            @goodfold2: yup…but I need championship stats!!…not runner up stats

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @AJ: we’ll get a time machine and go back two weeks and take away 1 or 2 of his homers, maybe 6 of his rbi’s. then we’ll come back to now and give you a few of those? that way i’ll be in the finals with you.

  78. Carl Hungis says:
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    Lackey @ Balt, do you like it for the 29th?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not really… Red Sox aren’t going to play regulars and if they do they’ll probably pull them early…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: it’s why i’m still holding blackmon, road or not, for benching victorino on sun, possibly other days. def for choo lefty day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  79. goodfold2 says:
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    SOB, opp just tied me in wins with Hale/Nathan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: can take lead in saves if kenley gets shot. have strop now too (5 closers) vs opp’s 4.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice…Kenley’s set up now, but Edinson’s garbage so still long way to go

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: that lead didn’t last long after i mentioned it. damn. eh, i own belt and lincecum somewhere.

  80. goodfold2 says:
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    opp this week (10 team championship) just finally before today’s games tried to finally respond to my partial chop offer from back before our match started back on sun night. When he responded he was 0-10-2, now 0-9-3. Either just doesn’t read emails often, or is opportunist scum. I’m sure i never would’ve heard from him again had i been losing at this point. Whole point of chopping some money is to take some luck out of it and equitably distribute some of the money, not waiting till you’re around a 4-1 dog then hoping to get something out of it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t chop it with him now

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: Hell no. I’m up 26 K’s (with 2 more starts than him left, but if i was him i’d be picking up every available starter left)/ 66 avg pts/ 78 OPS pts/ 5 steals/ 2.08 better ERA/ only .01 better whip/ tied in saves/homers/wins. winning runs by 5, rbi’s by 3. he has tie breaker.

  81. OaktownSteve says:
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    You guys hear the rumor going around that the Yankees are going to play Mo in CF this weekend. He’s supposedly a great outfielder and a superb all around athlete. Think it would be super fun.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Most pumped I am for anything this weekend… Super excited about it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thought didn’t he tear his knee up shagging flies in center… I believe so…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: yes, yes he did.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Yeah that was the back story is that he shagged flies out there his whole career. Just like position players often harbor a secret ambition to pitch, he always wanted to be an outfielder.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, it’s pretty cool, excited to see it…

  82. fausto says:
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    Bekieve it or not I’m still in it for w 2-2 /sv 3-2 /era.3.10- 2.89 ..and maybe whip 1.30-112. .tomorrow he has porcello@MIA and shields@CHW. Im rolling out Sale vs. KC and Wilson@TEX. Given the stats so far do I sit Wilson@TEX? I could see that getting ugly. Or do I just throw the kitchen sink and hope for the best?. I have 5sp going rest of the week he has about 12 assuming he needs them all. My best shot at winning this is a 5-4-1 week with the tie being hr or sb. Also would you start b. Hamilton if he’s not starting the game for the chance at an sb or 2 pinchrunning over Bonifacio?. I’m jazzed about hamilton next yr esp if he finds a regular spot. To me he’s more exciting than puig and I like LA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d sit Wilson and start Bonifacio unless Hamilton is in the lineup

      • fausto says:
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        @Grey: scratch that I just took over era. 3.10-3.69. And he has way more ip than i do. Wilsons gotta sit now. Ill still have sale and anibal kazmir gray all able to pitch with good matchups.. And 4 CL and Strop…..I’m gonna flip if this ends tied bc he holds the tiebreaker bc we finished the reg season 1-2 respectively.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sit him

  83. goodfold2 says:
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    c’mon shoecobbler, get a hit for kenley!

    • Abdoozy says:
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      @goodfold2: I was just glad to see him at the plate.. Got rid of my Volquez problem.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Abdoozy: as a st.louisan, it’s always funny to see espn still call him skip shoe Maker (one who makes shoes). correct pronunciation is shoemakr, like aviation maks.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Abdoozy: your league must be pretty competitive for anyone to still have to use Volquez. I’d have sooner grabbed Erlin or even Hale today than that guy.

        • Abdoozy says:
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          @goodfold2: no kidding.. He made some odd moves.. He’s not stupid, at this point I think he figures he’s probably losing and is just trolling me.

          he’s going all in on the Reds, he has all 3 starters going vs PIT.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Abdoozy: in mine i have bailey, but threw cueto away after his last start. i’m betting my opp will have cueto by sun.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Didn’t work there…

  84. B.o.B says:
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    What are you expecting from Felix tomorrow vs the A’s?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      5 IP, 7 Ks

      • B.o.B says:
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        @Grey: so no chance of the QS? Or probably the W either

        • B.o.B says:
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          @B.o.B: also do you expect Waino to pitch on Sunday?

          • B.o.B says:
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            @B.o.B: 1 more…how would you rank the following:

            Porcello @ Mia
            Kluber @ Min
            Felix vs Oak
            Lynn vs ChC
            Gallardo @ Mil

            W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS and every category is extremely close

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Kluber, Felix, Porcello

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No way

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seems doubtful, but it’s worth a shot

  85. J-FOH

    J-FOH says:
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    Worst hitter stream day ever!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was a bad day for offense all around… Unless you had a Brave hitter…

  86. fausto says:
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    Dogfight for all offense cats. .. 3b options arod(prob thinking about everything but baseball)@hou ..trumbo(might be going on a mini hot streak which isn’t saying much for him)@tex or middlebrooks to fill my 3b/ci spots. Do you sit any of these guys for blackmon? Or would you consider sitting A Jones (ice cold) or soriano (ditto) for blackmon? . Taking into account avg I’m down by .08…hr tied @5, runs I’m down 2, rbi I’m up 4, sb down 2. Tough to sit rh power @ hou. And I like trumbo in tex (3-4 tonight) …. I’m lost on this one… how would you play it? Take it by daily matchup?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d sit A-Rod

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