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Sorry, I was just testing out these new three-ply tissues Cougs bought for me.  I wasn’t crying.  I was cutting onions while watching Manny Machado get hurt.  When you think you’ve had too much of this life, hang on.  Everyone hurts…sometimes!  Michael Stipe, you are my bald little friend that sits in my glove compartment and waits for me to be sad to come out and sing to me.  Sit on my lap, Stipe, and tell me it’s going to be okay.  Tell me Machado won’t struggle to be healthy again by next year.  Alas… Jesus, what a depressing way to start a sentence.  Alas?  Alas my ass, Machado’s hurt bad.  It’s a shame.  Not because I own him this year, but I don’t want anything to stand in the way of me liking him in 2014 and a knee injury is the kind of thing that could deflate my enthusiasm.  Oh, well, guess we’ll see how he’s doing next February.  For right now, feel free to drop him.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Chris Davis – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 715th homer.  Move over Babe Ruth, we never liked you and your candy bars anyway!  Especially after you and Fatty Arbuckle put them where the sun don’t shine.

Brian Roberts – 1-for-5 and his 6th homer.  Damn, I almost picked him up for this batty call.  My almost batty call team is in first place and has made all the right moves this year.

Tim Beckham – 1-for-2, 1 run, 1 RBI and his first major league start.  You might remember Beckham from being a huge star about three years ago and marrying one of The Spice Girls, but now he sells nutmeg at flea markets.  *checking notes*  Hmm, that’s sorta right, except The Spice Girls part.  Beckham was a top prospect about three years ago.  Never really showed any the promise with the bat that was expected and now he’s selling nutmeg.

Chris Archer – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I could understand not wanting to play hard for your H2H team.  No offense.  But the Rays are in the playoff hunt, so that was just a miserable effort.  He gets the Blue Jays next, but he might be tiring out and/or the Rays could be in the playoffs by then, which would mean Archer only pitches a few innings.  It’s a tough call, that will be on a need to stream basis.

Desmond Jennings – Diagnosed with a hamstring strain.  Rays said he’s day-to-day, which is code for, “We don’t feel like telling you the truth, but Desmond isn’t playing for your fantasy team again this year.  You’re better off with Avisail Garcia anyway.”

Wil Myers – 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs and now set to be drafted in the 90′s next year.  Damn skippy!  Two more homers and he’ll be totally in the 80′s.  Gag me with a spoon!

CC Sabathia – Shut down for the year due to his Grade 2 hamstring strain.  If his hamstring were in the 2nd grade, it must’ve stayed back about twenty-five years.

Roy Halladay – Pitched for about ten minutes, then put up the white flag on his season.  I’m sure that’s absolutely lovely for the people in weekly leagues who went with him because of his two-start week vs. the Marlins and a resting-for-the-playoffs Braves.  The Phils said Halladay’s arm was suffering from general fatigue.  Wasn’t that Prince Valium’s dad?

Nate Eovaldi – 7 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Gets the Tigers in his next start and the Stream-o-Nator is correctly hesitant, but if the Tigers are sitting their regulars, I could see it if you’re desperate.  On a related note, who the hell thought it was a good idea to put the Tigers vs. the Marlins on the last day of the season.  I opened up three sources to make sure I was seeing the right info.  What if the Tigers were in a dog fight with a division rival?  Someone wants to see them go against a team who everyone knew would be awful at the time they made the schedule?  Why not have the Tigers face the Washington Generals?  What a joke.  That’s what baseball gets for making Selig commissioner simply because he looks like Stephen Hawking.

Ed Lucas – 2-for-5, 1 RBI, hitting .400 in the last week.  If you had the over for number of times I’d talk about Lucas, you surprisingly won.  You get a lifetime supply of sarcasm and three ‘And that’s me quoting me’s whenever you want*.  *Offer not available outside the U.S.

Charlie Morton – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.14.  Pitched so well this year, he should go by Chazz Morton and grow some mutton chops.  You deserve facial hair accoutrements, Chazz!

Mark Melancon – 1 IP, 1 ER.  If there was any doubt about who the closer was, Melancon came in the 8th inning, gave up a run and watched as Jason Grilli got the save.  In pithier terms, Melancon closed a screen door on the Runs Submarine, and Grilli Sham-Wow’d the flood.

Neil Walker – 1-for-5 and his 14th homer and his 4th homer in the last five days.  No, he won’t keep it up long term, but there’s six days left.  Who cares about long term?  You’re not settling down with him and gonna buy a cottage in Ireland.

Johnny Cueto – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Mets.  Looks like he’s back just in time for the real playoffs, though I’ll be interested to see how he does because his delivery appeared a bit labored.  Luckily, he had a strong midwife in Ryan Hanigan.

Shin-Soo Choo – 3-for-6, 2 RBIs and 2 steals (19, 20).  Kinda crazy how consistent he is (2-4 HRs/month, 2-4 steals/month), considering how incongruous his splits are, assuming incongruous is used correctly there and I’m almost sure it’s not.

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 12 Ks.  H2H owners, “About time!”  Everyone else, “Where the hell was that all year?!”

Yordano Ventura – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners (3 BBs), 6 Ks.  Watching him, there’s moments where I can’t imagine anyone ever getting a hit off him.  Then there’s other moments where I can’t imagine anyone getting a hit off him and he can’t hit the broadside of Pablo Sandoval.

Jed Lowrie – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer and 3rd homer in the last five games.  TMZ caught some post-clinching celebration last night with the A’s, but it didn’t stop J-Low.  Just don’t refer to him and Donaldson as Donifer.

Howie Kendrick – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 12th homer; his first homer since July 6th.  Howie doesn’t seem like the right reporter question.  More like Whereyoubeenie.

Mike Minor – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks vs. the Brewers.  Might be his last start of the year.  He’s scheduled to go Saturday, but I could see him getting bumped or only throwing three innings due to the inpending playoffs.  Even if the word is impending.  Inpending sounds better though, doesn’t it?  Maybe we use that.

Marco Estrada – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks, lowering his ERA to 4.02.  I told you he was a sleeper!  If he gets his ERA under 4 on the year (which he should since his final start is in Metco), it’ll completely cloud the perception of how miserable his season was on actual teams.  I guarantee no one has an ERA under 4 from Estrada on their team’s active stats if they drafted him.  *checking team*  Okay, I do, but I dropped him really early (24 1/3 IP on my team with a 3.70 ERA — wow, I’m impatient).  BTW, somehow in my active stats, I have Niese with a 2.60 ERA, Kyle Kendrick at 2.40 and Martin Perez at 2.73.  Those premature drops worked out great.  My drop of Jose Fernandez with a 2.81 ERA after 16 IP, not so good.

Aramis Ramirez – 3-for-4 and his 12th homer, and his second in the last three games.  Hasn’t really been bad when healthy.  Unfortch, he suffers from the same condition as Glass Chipper and I don’t think we ever see Aramis healthy again for a whole year.  Father Time has caught up to him.  No relation, but they do share a name.  His full name is Aramiss Time Ramirez.

Alex Rios – 4-for-4, 3 runs, 4 RBIs and his 18th homer as he hit for the cycle.  Came in handy for Texas since MLB forced Nelson Cruz to cycle off.

Elvis Andrus – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  Having himself a solid 2nd half (4 HRs, 21 SBs, .324) and will only be 25 years old next year.  I could see getting really excited next year about Elvis, to the point where cameras have to film me from the waist up.

Derek Holland – 9 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.33, which is bad luck because it’s the symbol for a midget devil.

Tanner Roark – 5 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Roark goes to the Diamondbacks for his last start, and I could see it going either way for streaming purposes, so only if you really need it.  This is all assuming he doesn’t hang outside in Arizona too long and become Sunburn Roark.

Trevor Rosenthal – Notched his first save as the Cardinals deal with a virtual closercopia of options in the ninth.  They started the last inning with Siegrist and ended it with Rosenthal, which is probably how it will remain, and then Rosenthal will look crazy dominant in the playoffs and any hope you have of getting him for a discount next year will go out the window.  I saw that, and it didn’t help you that you just closed a window.

Jose Quintana – 7 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.45.  He’s in that sweet spot for next year where someone will draft him, thinking they’re smarter than everyone else, and then they will drop him after two bad starts and then he’ll do well for the next four months.  What?  My crystal ball is precise.

Avisail Garcia – 1-for-4 and his 6th homer as he bats near .4oo in the last week.  I told everyone to pick him up yesterday because he’s a hot schmotato.  What’s the matter?  You on the Atkins diet?  Schmotatoes are allowed.

Joe Mauer – Shut down for the rest of the year due to his concussion.  Somewhere in Minnesota, an unattractive Norwegian woman is beginning to knit a sweater that reads, “Get Well Soon, Joe.”

Brian Dozier – 2-for-6, 2 runs and his 18th homer, hitting over .400 in the last week as he bats out of the three hole.  Last year, it was Plouffe pretending to be an All-Star in Minnesota and next year it’ll be…Pedro Florimon?  Chris Parmelee?  The transgender player, Chris Herrmann?

Will Venable – May not play again this season.  Bud Black said, “He’s sore.  It’s where the hip flexor meets the abdomen.”  On the bright side, if the hip flexor can find someone, so can you!

350 Responses

  1. raph says:
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    Should I start Niese @ CIN? Championship week. Too risky to start at Great American Ballpark?

    • james says:
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      @raph:

      personally, i am benching him. to make up the start i streamed mccarthy and stultz (who combined for a 3.65 era a win and 7k). Niese has been good, but i am wary of starting any non top 10 SP in cincy

    • @raph: @raph: The park does favor left-handed pitching, and it’s possible Cici will sit a couple of starters. But I still wouldn’t start him unless you really needed to take risks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @raph: Too risky

  2. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Hey Grey nice read. Would you go with Ryu @ San Fran, Ubaldo vs. CWS or Moore @ NYY? I can only start two and Ubaldo is basically a must start right now right? Thanks bud, keep up the good work.

  3. TheNewGuy says:
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    No mention on Votto’s absurd night, 0-0 with 5 walks!

    Were many of them intentionals anyone know? Annoying cos a team im battling with has him in an OBP league!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Box scores list IBB (Intentional Walks)…When he doesn’t walk it’s something to mention…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey: Ha

  4. TheNewGuy says:
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    “My drop of Jose Fernandez with a 2.81 ERA after 16 IP, not so good.”

    OUCH. Never knew you had him, that must hurt.

    • PK says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Heh, I had JoFer for two starts: 9 IP, 9.00 ERA, 1.89 WHIP. Go me!

      • Dingbat says:
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        @PK: I got 15IP, 5.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP. before dropping him And I’m in 2nd place behind the guy who picked him up and got a 1.37 ERA/0.85 WHIP in 111 innings. I’m sure that didn’t make any difference at all.

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @PK: I had the exact same line of Jose Fernandez, Mia SP 9.0 12 9 5 6 0 0 0 9.00 1.89.

        I don’t think it would have made up the total difference, but I’m going to finish second to the team that picked him up for:

        Jose Fernandez, Mia SP 128.2 77 25 41 143 10 0 0 1.75 0.92

        PLUS!, after I finally decided to drop Prado, the same opponent added him.

        For me: Martin Prado, Ari LF, 2B, 3BRecent News 66 62/263 29 5 24 1 .236 .619
        Greener side:Martin Prado, Ari LF, 2B, 3BRecent News 54 77/229 29 7 44 2 .336 .897

        I may be waxing a bit Magnolia when I think it, but there has to be more than coincidence here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Nah, I’m winning the league where I dropped him, didn’t matter

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey: Grey’s just too good!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  5. TheNewGuy says:
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    Need power over everything, drop J-Roll for Callaspo or Dozier?

  6. Fireball Feliz says:
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    I’m in 1st place by one point in my Roto league and I need W’s and QS to stay afloat. WHY THE HELL did the Dodgers pull Greinke after 5 innings against SD? Is Greinke at risk of not getting a quality start his next time out? Drop him and stream someone else?

    • Mike says:
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      @Fireball Feliz:
      Grey responded to me and others yesterday about Grienke. Advise to me was to start Salazar over Greinke this week. He gave same advise to others. Good luck

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Stream someone else… The Dodgers have clinched, Greinke’s done helping your fantasy team

  7. The Strolg says:
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    I think I figured out why Sveum has been benching Lake and hitting Barney 2nd, he bet the under on wins for the season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Strolg: Some reason that is not entirely clear…

  8. sparky8 says:
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    What is Straily’s line @ LAA Tomorrow? Worth Steaming H2H Points?
    Thanks in advance

    • sparky8 says:
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      Just noticed Delgado is on Waivers…coming off tomorrow. Start him at Petco instead of Straily? Thanks for the entertainment and advice.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @sparky8: No problem, neither are great starts… I’d lean towards Delgado

  9. AP says:
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    Active Stats for my team-
    Marco Estrada – 27.2 IP 2.60 ERA 0.90 WHIP 27k’s
    Jon Nose….er, Niese – 34 IP 3.18 ERA
    Jose Fernandez – 15 IP 3.60 ERA……then dropped

    Grey, we are almost like twinsies!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP: Hehe… You follow my advice, nice! Hope you’re winning that league…

  10. ichirosan says:
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    On the plus side, I saved my Waiver Priority the entire year in my Dynasty league and got Yordano Ventura for my troubles.

    On the minus side, every player on my team (except Goldie) abandoned me and lost the semifinals 6-5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ichirosan: Nice pickup…that sucks…

  11. TheNewGuy says:
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    Miggy is just ridiculous. Last time anyone hit .350 or above while qualifying for the batting title?

    Ichiro, did he ever do it?

    • Frankenstein says:
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      @TheNewGuy: quite a few have…Ichiro, Mauer, Pujols, A Rod, Magglio, Nomar, Bonds, Chipper Jones, Hamilton, Larry Walker….tony Gwynn about 15 times…it’s very impressive, but not all that uncommon

      • matt says:
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        @Frankenstein: Ted Williams was the best hitter. Yaz was pretty good too

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Frankenstein: Yeah I meant who was last, looks like Hamilton was then, man shows how quickly we forget…

        Nice list though.

  12. TheNewGuy says:
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    One other question I got Kipnis in a keeper. Well at the time I traded E5 for him and both are great keepers.

    Now I’ve got a very sour taste in my mouth from what Kipnis has given me the 2nd half, so I don’t want to act impulsively. Im tempted to offer the trade reverse in the offseason to get EE back, wanna see if you think it’s worth doing.

    Who would you rather have: EE signed through 2014 at $8, or Kipnis able to be signed this offseason for 1 year ($9), 2 yrs ($12) or 3 yrs ($14)? Flexibility with Kipnis, better price and player for 1 year with E5, tough one isn’t it!

  13. G Money says:
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    With Machado going down with a fairly grisly knee injury, is he still worth keeping for next year with the other options I have (4 keepers):

    Goldy (no brainer)
    Segura
    Machado
    J. Upton
    Wainwright
    Minor
    Bumgarner

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G Money: Can you wait until Machado’s injury and MRI report comes back?

      • G Money says:
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        yes i’ll have some time. assuming it’s reported he’ll be ready to start 2014, what’s your 4?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @G Money: Goldy, Segura, Machado, Upton

  14. Heisenberg says:
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    Need RBIs and OBP, who should I drop Altuve for:

    Walker, Infante, Callaspo

    Thanks!

  15. Blue says:
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    Is Holiday done for the ROS? Don’t like old guys with tweaked backs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue: Possibly, but I doubt it…

  16. William says:
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    You’re gonna lose some of the younger readers with that early ’80s Michael Stipe REM reference. However for those of us in college at the time, nice writing !

  17. matt says:
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    I’m really going to miss daily fantasy games :’(

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @matt: Yup

  18. EK says:
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    Pls rank for H2H pts:
    Petit vs SD (22.2)
    Minor vs PHI (15.3 or bust)
    Kazmir @ MIN (14.1)
    Porcello @ MIA (9.2)
    Haren @ ARI (4.8)

    Haren (4.8)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EK: Porcello, Kazmir, Petit

  19. Grant says:
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    So do I roll with the Vikings defense this week again vs Pit since I picked them up for the matchup against the Browns. Or do I pickup the colts defense vs the jags.

    • Grant says:
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      @Grant: Sorry, wrong posting spot, too many damn windows open. I will repost on the football side.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Grant: Go for the Colts.

      Actually I have no idea about NFL.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @TheNewGuy: i do, go colts.

  20. TheNewGuy says:
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    Thoughts on the fantasy wierdo that is Jason Kipnis? Future outcomes which is most likely:

    A- First half player for the rest of his career, just doesn’t have the stamina and frequent cases of blimpotence in the 2nd half.
    B- Flukey first half, chance he really regresses next season.
    C- There is no C
    D- Could put it all together and become a fantasy monster at 2B.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: You’re using blimpotence incorrectly…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey: Am i? Unable to get it up in the HR category, thats what I intended to mean.

        Which outcome is most likely?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @TheNewGuy: Seems like a 1st half player until he proves otherwise…

  21. anthony says:
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    @grey: H2h points playoffs pitch or ditch

    cole @ chc
    Santiago @ cle
    ryu @ sf
    peacock @ tex

    h2h standard
    ryu
    gio
    lackey
    thornburg

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @anthony: Cole, Santiago, Ryu… Ryu, Gio, Thornburg… Are pitches

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @J-FOH: Haha… How does that only have 1900 views? Everything I know about the internet tells me that should have 12 million…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Grey: then it’s our job to make the world right again, razzballers unite and make this viral

          I’m kinda getting bummed out baseball is over, will everything be Ok with out the warm blanket of the frequent commenters?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Someone does a pooping video and it’s not viral already? Something’s wrong… The woobie will be fine…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Grey: I hope Wake Up and oaktown Steve stop in to visit once a week

              I still know lots of people with pooping jokes hang ups

              • OaktownSteve says:
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                @J-FOH:

                I probably enjoy the off-season in Razz land as much as anybody. I like the off-season in particular because you can do some ruminating on strategy, bigger topics, dig into stats without the tactical day to day stuff.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @OaktownSteve: that makes so much sense, you’re so damn smart Mr. Tanner. We won’t have to sift through the should i start Beltran over BJ or stream o nator like Wainright @ San Diego, should i start him? questions

                  • OaktownSteve says:
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                    @J-FOH:

                    “Kluber for Asdrubal, who wins?”

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @OaktownSteve: I think Kluber would knock him out

                • costaricanchata says:
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                  @OaktownSteve:

                  absolutely agree .
                  none of this “look at my mock draft(s) , does
                  the almighty greyt one approve” , b.s.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                If someone doesn’t like poop jokes, I’d appreciate an explanation…

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Grey: I would too, everybody does it, my daughter use to ask us to take a picture of hers when she had a healthy one and send it to grandma and grandpa…..she has had constipation issues. But still, kid is super comfy with the pooping and I hope that never goes away

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    You know what they say… A family that poops together…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @J-FOH: nice move…I didn’t know there was a stupid commercial at the beginning…jogged my memory from that vid saying Silence is Grey…

  22. RedsFan says:
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    @Grey – thanks for your words of wisdom which have helped me immensely in my first four years of playing fb (1st, 3rd, 5th and 1st or 2nd in 20 team league). Interested in your opinion – should fb teams playing in consolation bracket (including 3rd place) continue to drop / add players? All are welcome to chime in.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RedsFan: Yeah, sure, why not?

      • RedsFan says:
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        @Grey: Allows loser team(s) to possibly affect championship outcome, opens door for collusion / cheating and all that other good stuff. Playing for championship and I still have to compete with six loser teams (and my opponent) for streamers and other pickups. Already slim pickings in 20 team league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No reason a number three team can’t fight to be number three…If you’re worried about collusion you shouldn’t be in that league…

          • RedsFan says:
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            @Grey: Your opinion is both valued and trusted. Thank you for the enlightenment. Off to PayPal I go.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem!

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Grey: collusion would actually go up if out of contention teams didn’t have any reason to win for 3rd/5th whatever place. they could just drop all start players. no reason a championship match should have better pickups than 3rd place match.

  23. chillmodious says:
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    1. Better Jennings replacement: Avisail / Blackmon / Marte / Dom Brown

    2. Better Machado replacement: Culberson / Callaspoo / Aaron Hill / Todd Frazier / Semien

    • chillmodious says:
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      @chillmodious: Add A-Roid to the Machado Replacement list. Oof.

  24. OaktownSteve says:
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    Tough day to find any offense. The collective ERA of every probable today is 3.57. Season ERA for all pitchers MLB wide this year is 3.88. Since 2006 the league ERA has come down every year except one (2011 to 2012). Batting average has been the curse of my teams this year. I saw it basically brought down Rudy in the RCL too. Maybe the dark side of streaming, though I feel like it was worse for me when I was trying to be patient with regulars.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Batting average definitely has been his undoing… What’s your BA points like? Above 5?

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        4 points hitting .2644 in RCL. Worse in other leagues. It still going to come down to the last day in the RCL I think, but with a few more hits I’d be comfortably home.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, a 4 is tough to carry, leaves no leeway in the other categories…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            56 pitching points.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’ll make up for it…

    • I did a quick check on my team and my streaming AVG is like .250. Brutal. And I think that includes Infante for 193 AB of .320 AVG.

      Will take a more thorough review during the offseason and probably write something up in the spring.

      But my initial take is that AVG is probably the toughest thing to make up in streaming hitters because platoon hitters (e.g., Jonny Gomes) and waiver wire starters (e.g., Infante) are typically worse hitters and will have weaker averages. I would’ve thought that a Matt Joyce would’ve been a .280 hitter against RHP but his AVG for me was like .240. The gains from streaming are first and foremost counting stats b/c you’re getting 162 G out of a roster spot and can cherry-pick guys hitting near the top of the batting order for R/RBI. Even seemingly ‘safe’ AVG plays like any Rockie at home goes from great (Dickerson + Blackmon = about 100 ABs of .320) to bad (Helton hit .220 for me in 41 ABs).

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Rudy Gamble:

        I’m going to crunch my numbers too. We can compare notes. You’re analysis makes perfect sense on the surface and it’s the conclusion I’ve come to as well. Maximizing ABs and IPs really aid your counters but can play some tricks on the rates. On the pitching side it’s a different ball of wax in RCL though because of the opportunity to use relievers to offset the replacement value SPs you stream.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @OaktownSteve:

          Your analysis…not you’re. I hate when I do that.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @OaktownSteve: haha…saying “you’re analysis” to Rudy is not too far off…it’s kinda like saying “your funny” to Grey…

            btw, is that the Alf guy?

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Wake Up:

              That is crack head Willy from Alf. I was super hoping you’d show up and make a urinalysis joke for me.

              • Wake Up says:
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                @OaktownSteve: I’ve never been great at softball…but, on the plus side, you may be pregnant…

        • yup, relievers tend to improve ratios + K’s with mild Win help and occasionally you fall into a closer (Melancon, Brothers, and Jansen a couple of examples).

          i view streaming relievers as almost purely additive w/ the opportunity cost of roster spots. definitely an easy call IF your offense is solid.

          streaming SPs i feel is similar to streaming hitters. you are typically giving up something between Wins, K’s, and ERA/WHIP. I think most go with safe ERA/WHIP at the expense of K’s (good move if combined with RPs).

          my feeling is that streaming SP or hitters is not ideal but is the best stopgap for post-draft roster holes. and pitching holes are a little easier to fill vs. hitter holes ASSUMING you can gain 50-100 IP or so on your competitors (not a foregone conclusion as more RCL teams use the strategy). that’s the story of the expert RCL as Grey leveraged relievers heavily in the 2nd half to build up his IP total.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Rudy Gamble:

            The only thing I would say to that is I don’t stream relievers. I hold them until they are no longer useful and then I buy and hold some others. I chase saves but more patiently because I can still use the guys even if they are not in the closer role. Since I’m streaming SPs the net effect of holding those relievers is not much different than holding 5 starters and 4 relievers. Instead I’ll hold 1 starter, a stream spot and 7 relievers.

            I would prefer not to stream hitters. It’s not as effective. It’s also trickier because of early game roster lock in the RCL. Rosters lock before line ups are posted about half the time. I had to resort to it this year because of awful drafting and a lot of late season injury problems. Where I think you want to be with hitters is maybe one or two stream spots to take advantage of match ups and you want to use your bench to minimize DNPs. The few extra ABs and the associated counters could probably provide margin of victory.

            • agree on both points. i held onto 5 relievers for the first 2 months (chapman, reed, street, jansen, robertson) and only went down to 4 because my team was kicking ass in K’s and Saves + needed bench spots for hitters + liked 6 SPs on my staff (f-her, cliff lee, lynn, d. holland, masterson, gee).

              and, yeah, streaming multiple hitter spots is not a desirable position. but it definitely is essential if you find yourself in that predicament (better than just sitting on a few mediocre guys)

  25. papajeansegura says:
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    Need a batty call for thursday any hot picks? Also any streamers this week? Going for the Championship need a hot tip

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea who’s available in your league… Check the Hitter-Tron

  26. anthony says:
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    @grey: What do you think about Redmond @ bal tonight ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Only if you’re desperate…

  27. Mountain Man says:
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    Grey-
    Start Griffin tonight @ LAA?
    It is a Roto league. I could use the start for W/K, am pretty safe with ERA, but can’t afford a bad WHIP. Not much else out there to stream.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start him

  28. Boy Wonder says:
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    Last week, a gigillion people told me to bench Iwakuma in Detroit. This week it was Samardzija at home vs Pittsburgh. But I started them both… Sometimes ya just gotta believe.

    Also, start Straily at Anaheim tomorrow? Or Gray at Seattle on Sunday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice… Now if I say sit Straily will that mean you will start him? I’d start Strailoy between those two…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        start grailey .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

  29. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Thornburg is starting for me tonight. On Sunday some turd named Chad Bettis had a 135.00 ERA. Should I dump that bum for another reliever?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dump Bettis? Yeah, definitely…

  30. TheNewGuy says:
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    So who’s in a close race in rotos? Been out of it all year, but kept believing and here Iam 1.5pts out of 3rd in my money keeper with a legit chance of money.

    Need to hold firm in runs and saves, and gain points in homers and wins (which both are so close).

    Love close finishes, the guy above me will be really pissed if I pip him!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good luck! Rudy and I will win one league and I’ll win another… Hoping for a win in a third, but I’m in 2nd without too much hope…

  31. TheNewGuy says:
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    Thornberg and Nose (relatively) safe streams today if you’re chasing Wins?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @TheNewGuy:

      I’m actually hoping for the Reds to get after Niese a little today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Niese isn’t

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey: Lefty vs Bruce and Votto though, im not too worried by this one.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @TheNewGuy:

          Votto and Bruce don’t have extreme splits vs lefties. They both hit about .255 with double digit HRs vs LHP. Be interesting to see who actually plays today.

          • B.o.B says:
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            @OaktownSteve:
            1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) CF
            2. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
            3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
            4. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
            5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
            6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
            7. Zack Cozart (R) SS
            8. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
            9. Mike Leake (R) P

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks, BoB!

  32. MattTruss223 says:
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    Despite Cliff Lee taking the loss Sunday due to a Dom Brown error leading to an unearned run, my squad still pulled off the championship last week. Goldy, Coco, and Fat Adams carried me. Wanted to say thanks for your help along the way. My checks in the mail, so consider your daiquiri in the mail as well.

    Speaking of Fat Adams. What are your thoughts on him next year? Obviously a lot depends on STL offseason moves and all that jazz, but he’s an interesting target, don’t you think? If he wrangles a starting gig that is. Beltran’s a FA this offseason and Adams is still under rookie contract, cheap, cheap. Seems a logical move. My keeper league is considering going to two keepers, so I’ve been pondering a couple guys. Could keep him in round 17 next year, might be nice. Where do you suppose February Grey will rank Adams among first basemen if he’s got the starting job?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats! He’d be top 15-ish if he has a job, obviously depends on offseason moves like you said…

  33. Gareth says:
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    BUD SELIG’S new Motto.

    http://i.imgur.com/T3bfN.gif

    I imagine the Loser of the One Game Wild Card Playoff will feel this way……………..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  34. papasmurf says:
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    I have 3.54 from Estrada. All in garbage time. I don’t even remember when I picked him up or why I bothered to. I really should have just purposely gone for last place so my team can have better drafting position next year. Yet I am still making some moves while other crappy teams go on autopilot so they get better picks next yr.

    Anyhoo, my team has a chance to finish in 1st in homers for the first time in my current league (10 seasons). Ironically it will be my worst ever finish. Power isn’t everything I guess. Last or almost last in BA/OBP and ERA/WHIP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your RBIs aren’t good? You have Dunn and Chris Carter?

      • papasmurf says:
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        @Grey: Third in ribbies. But below average in SB and R, then almost last in BA and OBP.

        Soriano is now my highest rated hitter after Goldy left in a trade…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Crazy…

  35. Danny Tanner says:
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    Looking for some Championship advice for tonight, please :)

    I have room to start 4 of the following 5 closers… which one should I bench?

    Balfour vs. Angels (Griffin vs. Vargas)
    Ziegler vs. Padres (Miley vs. Ross)
    Strop vs. Pirates (Rusin vs. Cole)
    Rosenthal vs. Nationals (Wacha vs. Gonzalez)
    Farquhar vs. Royals (Paxton vs. Chen)

    Farquhar has thrown 33 pitches over the last two nights (20 last night and 13 night before.)
    Rosenthal threw 7 last night.
    Balfour threw 25 last night.
    Strop hasn’t thrown since 21st.
    Ziegler threw 9 pitches on the 22nd.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Strop

  36. Curious says:
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    Need to start five outfielders for the last week (tues start date) in a 5×5 roto obp league. In a dogfight for second place, RBIs my lowest priority but need all the other stats. Who would you start of Heyward, Ruf, Jay, Dyson, Ethier, Dickerson, Gentry, Presley?

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Curious:

      You need to start 5 of those 8?

      • Curious says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Yes. List is combo of who I have and who is available. Deep league.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Curious:

          and sounds like a weekly lock?

          • Curious says:
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            @OaktownSteve: yup. locks when games start tonight.

            • OaktownSteve says:
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              @Curious:

              Ruf, Jay, Dickerson, Gentry, Presley.

              I saw Presley in Oak on Saturday and Sunday live and he was a line drive machine. Hit in some bad luck and didn’t have a ton to show for it but he’s seeing the ball right now. Looks like the Twins want to see what they have in him for 2014 so I think he continues to see ABs. Gentry has started 3 straight and produced. He got a start against Big Game James over the weekend so looks like Wash is busting the platoon to ride the hot hand. Heyward is going to get days off an has come back with some rust. Jay is hot and Cards still jockying. Dickerson I think will see slightly more time than Dyson plus with Jay and Gentry, you should see bags and Dyson is a one cat player really.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heyward, Jay, Dyson, Presley, Ruf

      • Ellsbury Owner says:
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        @Grey: If the platoon holds Dyson will only start twice this week: he faces 4 lefties and two righties.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Can go Dickerson then

  37. ashtray says:
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    I tried to pick up the best matchups available for my championship week.

    Should I sit any of these guys or are they pretty solid?

    12 Team H2H Categories 7×7 (includes QS & L)

    My pitchers are:
    Estrada (played yesterday)
    Quintana (played yesterday)
    Ryu @ SF ($11.4)
    Salazar vs CHW ($19.8)
    Lee @ ATL ($24.5)
    Kazmir @ MIN ($14.1)
    Petit vs SD ($20.4)
    Estrada @ NYM ($16.8)
    Quintana vs CHW ($5.7)
    Ryu vs COL ($14.9)

    vs His pitchers:
    Archer (got beat up yesterday)
    Moore 9.6
    Cole 7.3
    Cain 18.5
    Liriano 12.4
    Medlen 14.3
    Archer 1.4
    Greinke 18.0
    Moore 9.2
    Cain 23.6

    Right now we both have 10 pitchers each this week although either of us may stream like crazy later in the week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start Ryu vs COL if you don’t need to…

  38. OaktownSteve says:
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    I’m going with a Ludwick, Bruce, Frazier, Mesoroco medium stack tonight. Reds line up is posted.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, early posting time… Is Hamilton in there?

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: Nope, looks like pinch running duties once again. Congrats on the taking the Experts League. Drafting three ’14 first rounders with your first three picks is quite impressive. Well done.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks, Magoo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I grabbed Ludwick for s’s and g’s…

    • Big Magoo says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Picked up Carp and Drew for their two game set in Coors facing Chatwood and Oswalt. Hoping for a long ball or two out of that duo over the next two days.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Big Magoo:

        I burned myself by catching and releasing some Sawks and now they’re on waivers until Wed. otherwise I’d be right with you.

      • MattTruss223 says:
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        @Big Magoo: Rockin as many Sawx as possible today, for the Oswalt game especially, yummo!

  39. ashtray says:
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    Who should I start today in my last Util spot:

    Prado @ SD (RHP Tyson Ross)

    or

    Choo vs NYM (LHP Jonathon Niese)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prado

  40. John Axford's Meat Stache says:
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    Did you hear about Juan Fran changing up his swing and hitting a hard ground-ball out the other night? Ha, I’ve never seen a Yahoo blurb about a guy hitting a groundball out but the change of swing for Juan Fran has me a little interested in him next year. I think he could be the post-post-NY Post-Post Cereal-Postradamaus-Post office-post hype sleeper next year. What says you Grey?

    Also, what’s our feeling on Bud Norris against TOR tomm? Stream-a-nator is pretty indifferent about him but the TOR lineup really doesn’t get my motor running and I think ole big boy might be able to throw a gem. Food for thought….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Juan Fran could be something next year, but will be grabable off waivers in most mixed leagues, so it’s just a nugget to store for later… I wouldn’t touch Norris…

      • John Axford's Meat Stache says:
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        @Grey:
        Yeah it’s definitely not something I’m acting on right away but he is an intriguing name for me next year. With Aramis old and seemingly always beat up and Corey Hart coming off double knee surgery, I can imagine him getting a decent amount of bats between 3rd and 1st next year, considering the Brewers were content with rolling out Maldonado for a while there….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

          • John Axford's Meat Stache says:
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            @Grey:
            One more quick question: is it time to start looking for Napoli replacement’s at C? He’s sitting again today and my replacements don’t look so hot: Montero, Avila, Navarro, Gomes (Yan), and Saltie. It’s a limited moves league and I have two remaining. Should I sit pat with Napoli and pick up a schmoe who gets hot the next couple of days or replace him with one of the above (thinking Gomes). Your thoughts?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Avila

  41. RiffRaff says:
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    Do you think Verlander pitches this weekend against Miami? Or is he droppable for a streamer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably 75% chance he doesn’t pitch more than 5 IP…

  42. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    dynasty team seeking SP help , 2014 and beyond .
    which two :
    bauer , webster , or , ventura ?
    am impressed with what i’ve seen of ventura ,
    but am concerned that size and other factors may
    have him slotted for bullpen duty .

    thanking you , in advance , for your opinion .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Webster, Ventura

  43. Scottie O. says:
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    Looking to stream for my championship and need some advice on who to add (or not). best available today are:

    Freddy García vs MIL
    Zach Miner @ MIA

    Add or pass?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pass

  44. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Hi Grey,

    I’m trying to watch Billy Hamilton when I get the chance. Catching up on what I miss through the internet. My question to you is:

    Could he see every day playing time in 2014?

    His bat ain’t bad for a SS, I don’t know a thing about his defensive capability. But that sweet, delicious speed is just barely human. I consider the SS slot to be almost worthless. I had Andrus first half, and Starlin in the second. Still placed first in the league, and I don’t think I even needed to fill the SS slot. I seriously could have benefitted from just keeping it empty!

    Anyways. I’m probably rolling with Hamilton next year in every league just for steals. So it would be nice if the guy was out there every night. He would probably steal 100 bases. Any chance at that, or am I just dreaming? thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I doubt he plays every day next year. But even in part-time duty, he could steal 50 bases (conservative; Rajai stole 45 in part-time duty)… So, Hamilton will be worth drafting but it’s gonna be moving him in and out all year for his steals…

    • Gregorius Chant says:
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      @Shawn of the livid: It doesn’t look like Hamilton will be SS eligible next year. He hasn’t played SS in the majors this year. Oh what a treat it would be if he did retain that eligibility though. I’m sure someone else would draft him before, me, but man, 13 steals in 12 games, WOW. Let’s hope he does just get to play often, SS would be icing on the cake.

  45. RG3 Needs a Knee says:
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    Well it looks like Napoli is taking the final week of fantasy off (really the whole season). Would you lose him or hope he comes back before the end of the week?

    OBP league and can replace him when Thursday AM waivers process with one of the following :
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia
    Álex Ávila
    Yan Gomes
    Dioner Navarro
    Nick Hundley
    Josmil Pinto

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Avila

  46. Whey2 says:
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    Better set of starters for K’s without destroying my ERA and WHIP? Which 4-5 guys should I throw from the better group?

    Tonight:
    Cole @ ChC
    Fister @ Min
    Moore @ NYY
    Ross vs. Arizona
    Wacha vs. Was

    Tomorrow:
    Zimmerman @ Stl
    Miller vs. Was
    Salazar vs CWS
    Perez vs. Hou
    Nolasco @ SF
    Kennedy vs. AZ
    Delgado @ SD

    Thanks for the answer and all the info this season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salazar, Kennedy, Nolasco, Zimmermann

  47. Gregorius Chant says:
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    Grey and everyone, I was just wondering if anyone else out in Roto, innings cap leagues there likes to “blow out their pitching” but getting as close to the innings caps as possible then finding the maximum number of starters to boost wins and K’s (although risking your ratio’s). Obviously this scenario is based on need. I’m in a tight race, and hopefully racking up 3 W’s and a boatload of K’s in my eight pitching slots (including to RP slots where I am considering two duel eligible players). Does anybody else do this? Last year I was essentially out of it but got 45 innings over the cap, an extra 35 K’s and 2 Wins.

  48. Gregorius Chant says:
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    Sorry, forgot to proofread, ignore the first post…
    Grey and everyone, I was just wondering if anyone else out there in Roto, innings cap leagues likes to “blow out their pitching” but getting as close to the innings caps as possible then finding the maximum number of starters (in my case eight) and start all eight with the hopes of getting wins and K’s (although risking your ratio’s). Obviously this scenario is based on need. I’m in a tight race, and if i’m able to rack up 3 W’s and a boatload of K’s in my eight pitching slots (including to RP slots where I am considering two duel eligible players) I will clinch the title. Does anybody else do this? Last year I was essentially out of it but got 45 innings over the cap, an extra 35 K’s and 2 Wins.Ratio’s got hurt a little, but it was kinda fun watching those stats pile up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I blow out my pitching where necessary, always…

      • Gregorius Chant says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, by the way, I looked at your pre-season rankings and compared them to Yahoos pre-season and in season ratings. WOW, you blew them away. I’m afraid if you keep being that good, some large conglomerate is going to pay you millions and take you away from us. Tell me that is not going to happen please. Thanks you ROCK Gray!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Won’t happen, unless it really is millions…Then peace, suckers! No problem…

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            Piece in the New Yorker this week about the guy that started Bleacher Report? Know how much he sold that shit pile for? Loser generated content. HA

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No idea how much he sold it for, but I know they kick ass with SEO… Could be all of their flimsy titles that are basically search results…

  49. anthony says:
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    @grey: machados season is done not sure if i should pick someone else up or just leave him there on my team – fantasy finals soooo not sure h2h pts

    options …
    Dominguez
    mike moustakas
    lake
    Gomes
    Aviles

    ps: i only have 3 roster moves left

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dominguez

  50. SteveNZ says:
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    Anyone know if Holland is available to pitch tonight? 12 pitches Sunday, 27 last night.

    What a crazy game that was…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems unlikely, but no word that I’ve read one way or the other…

  51. ferris says:
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    seeking Ws and Ks mostly

    what do you think of Medlen and Teheran as stream candidates? Far and away the best pitchers available to me but I have 60 pitch limit fears

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sound fine, but you’re not giving me any options…

  52. Wake Up says:
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    Not feeling the New Nose tonight?

    Why is Dusty starting everybody?

    Looks like it might be Mach ado about nothing…dodged a dodgey shituation there…guessing he’s prolly a Billy Shakes fan!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great news on Machado… I wouldn’t go near the new nose tonight… I am streaming Ludwick…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: thanks brother…congrats on the expert league!

        reminds me of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern…I just flipped heads 92 times in a row… What’s the chance that my next flip will be heads?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks! 100% chance, you have a trick coin…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Cliffz Notes update-

            Rosencrantz then manages to trick the vampires into all committing suicide…

            While Guildenstern, while waiting for God, oh, eats all the zombie’s faces, without the use of bath salts…

            -The modern characters, Dustycrantz and Bakerstern, are confused by all the action and end up eating all the zombie’s feces

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Guildenstern and Rosencrantz are the accountants for the vampires who work with the zombies. Did you not even read the book?

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: Did you forget the 5th chapter when the zombified Abe Lincoln finally finds the missing 3 inches of Vlad’s leg?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  That’s not his leg…Hey now!

  53. B.o.B says:
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    We starting Ryu @ SF, Thornburg @ Atl and Ross vs. AZ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In some leagues, sure… Ross, Ryu, Thornburg, in that order

  54. slew says:
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    Vargas worth a start in a 14 team tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not great…Depends how desperate you are… I’d prefer not to…

  55. LurveGuru says:
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    H2H Points Keeper League, Segura for $6 next year, $300 budget. Gotta keep him, but not sure what to expect. Is he a legit top SS or just a middle of the pack or lower guy in a points league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Legit, that’s a great price for him

  56. Big Magoo says:
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    I wonder what happened to Ubaldo over the All Star break. He looked like Ryan Dempster in the first half and somehow morphed into Pedro Martinez in the second half. Or first half ’10 Ubaldo. Take your pick.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think his velocity is there though, I’d have to check…

      • Big Magoo says:
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        @Grey: It’s not. He was averaging 96 mph on his fastball back in ’09-’10 and it’s down to about 92 now. A lot of the other numbers look similar though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, he must have started throwing a different pitch or something, he definitely looks better on the surface…

  57. SteveNZ says:
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    Man, I nearly grabbed Brian Robers when I saw Culberson was benched…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So did I!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Went with Scooter.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully he does something…

  58. Champsok1 says:
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    Hi Gray,
    As always I love reading your column and have appreciated your great advice to me personally this year. Several daqueri’s coming your way if we ever end up in the same place :)
    In the final week & here is my starting lineup in a Yahoo 12 team keeper league with Two keepers that we can keep.
    C- Rosario (the big problem this week)
    1B- Chris Johnson , Matt Adams & Lind
    2b- Utley
    3b- Matt Carpenter (also Johnson)
    SS- Billy Hamilton
    outfielders- trout, Justin Upton, Cespedes, Myers,
    Pitchers-off to a rough start with Halladay last nite( now gone-ouch)
    Salazar, Quintana, Weaver, Hamels, Ventura, Gray
    RP-s Papelbon, Holland, Strop, & Grilli
    2 Questions Please,
    1) I can’t get any news on Rosario and will have to drop so I have someone int he catcher spot unless you know something I don’t…here’s who is available..
    Saltalamacchia, Pinto, Gattis & Gomes are all available….which one?

    2) I have 6 moves left as we have a restriction on total add/drop sin playoffs. The above will leave me with 5. I had Span and Raja Davis, on team and Davis available now, Span will be avialable tomorrow but also may need to use to stream pitchers at end of week. Any advice on these options and who do you like in Saturday Sunday streamers that are out there… I do intend to pick up Petit again….
    Sorry so long, I owe you like ten drinks now…I will send Selma Hayek over to your office tomorrow for your lap dance :)
    Thanks Gray!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! 1) Gattis 2) Petit’s fine, I have no idea who else is available, you can check the Stream-o-Nator…

  59. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Any concern with Davish walking the Astirs around the bases yet again tonight? Really need a strong finish here Yu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d be concerned…

  60. letsgobravos says:
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    Thanks a lot Leake. Dude’s been solid lately and can’t get out of the 2nd inning against the mets. WTF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Luckily he was pulled that quickly, could’ve been much worse

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Agreed.

  61. MasterofGrond says:
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    On the subject of active stats, I apparently got 6 innings of 9 ERA, 2.50 WHIP ball from Rosenthal, which I think is rather impressive given his stat line. Not as bad as the .2 innings with 6ER I received so graciously from Broxton.

    Also, as I have mentioned earlier this year, basically every stream I sent out this year was an abomination with the exception of a good start from Doubront and one from Kazmir. Vargas, Lilly, Beckett, Gaudin, Erasmo, Holland, Kennedy, Haren, Capuano and Villaneuava combined to give me 78 innings of 7.46 ERA. Ugh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that’s impressively bad… Who was anchoring your staff to fix it?

      • MasterofGrond says:
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        @Grey: Scherzer, Bumgarner, Burnett, and Masterson all gave me 150IP+ of 3ERA on the starting side but the real difference was the 129 innings from Holland and Kimbrel (Benoit, Veras, and LaTroy did not hurt either). Having the two best closers this year makes up for a ton of blemishes elsewhere in the ratio department.

        Could have had a hell of pitching season if I had chosen better streamers or just replaced their starts with someone like Jose Fernandez who I missed by 8 minutes.

        Not a bad staff for having only taken 3 pitchers in the first 12 rounds, though I got hammered on wins because of Burnett, Bailey, and Bumgarner.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s a hell of a staff… You’re the argument against streaming…

          • MasterofGrond says:
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            @Grey: Yup. Though about giving it up after the first few bad ones, but years of H2H left the concept way too ingrained for me to abandon so easily, haha.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, you just needed to choose better… Is it gonna cost you the championship?

              • MasterofGrond says:
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                @Grey: Maybe but unlikely. I never really had a chance unless I can nab another couple points in steals (in 3rd, only 2 back from #1 and my whole OF is SAGNOF players right now). With better streamers I’d have another 4 points in wins (still might get a few there, though), but without a clean sweep on picking up all of those points I didn’t have a chance because of my league index of 98.

                And yeah, I’d probably lose a couple points in a more competitive league, but my ranking points are 2nd best overall so I think I’m getting hurt more than helped.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, sounds like it..>Impressive year overall for you either way… Well played!

                  • MasterofGrond says:
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                    @Grey: Thanks! Couldn’t have done it (or my 3 championships from last year) without you.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem!

  62. gareth says:
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    As a fan, the last time I experienced a playoff chasec was 2007, when I first got to the states. I forgot how nervewracking it is.

    My dream scenario:

    Indians beat tampa bay in the playoff elimination match.

    Alds: Francona vs former team boston and friend john farrell. Tribe edges it.

    Alcs: tribe faces division foe Detroit, who have crushed them this year. The indians pull off a shock and beat verlander to progress to the world series.

    Indians beat the dodgers 4 – 1 to claim their first world series since 1948.

    Thanks to smokey for supplying me with the illegal drugs to envisage that scenario.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Is that what you’re smoking?

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: I also saw nelson cruz ride a pink elephant, while david Ortiz offered me sage advice dressed as the dos equis man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That sounds more accurate…

  63. Matt says:
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    Does CBS have that loophole where if you have 1 inning left but start 4 guys you get all the stats?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think that works for all fantasy providers…

  64. SteveNZ says:
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    Blackmon!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bam!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: And my opponent started Leake. A good day so far…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Very nice!

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: He’s starting Wacha too, which is not so nice.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Indeed

  65. gareth says:
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    With ubaldo, he lost velocity and suddenly had no idea how to pitch with reduced stuff. Kinda simular to timmy.

    He was brutal last year. Some keys for the turnaround:

    Pitching coach mickey Callaway (there’s a great ablut him on article on cleveland.com)

    He’s not afraid of throwing strikes anymore. Hes established his fastball again and getting that all important first pitch strike. A lot.

    From the first pitch this season he’s trusted the process and every step that has gone well, his confidence grew. The dude always works hard and cares a lot. if things went awry last season, you could see the shoulders drop and he lost it in a hurry. mentally he’s very strong now – a huge contrast to last season.

    Typical tribe luck, he’s become an ace when he can walk away as a free agent. Its a mutual 8 million option that I’m sure he will turn down on his side. They may lose BOTH kazmir and ubaldo, which sucks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds anecdotal…

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: he had a 2 start week a few weeks ago and i shuddered as I picked him up. It was mainly a hopeful fanboy move, as i still didn’t trust him and expected a collapse any moment.

        He’s been on my team ever since and dominated. With masterson going down with an oblique Injury he couldn’t have timed it better.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, solid run, but I don’t know if it’s anything past a hot hand for a few months… It could be, I’d have to look at his numbers…

  66. gareth says:
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    Brantley homers!!!!!!

  67. gareth says:
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    Josh phegleys getting mentioned a lot tonight in the indians v white sox game.

    Its amusing because the radio announcer keeps pronouncing it “Fagley.”

    How innapropriate!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  68. Homer at the Bat says:
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    I think this was alluded to above, but reports have Machado with a torn medial patellofemoral ligament (ouchies!)… while both his acl and mcl (and therefore his keeper value) survived intact. May be running in 6 to 8 weeks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, someone mentioned it… It’s good news!

      • Homer at the Bat says:
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        @Grey: @Grey: It’d be even better news if I owned him in either of my keeper leagues!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  69. gareth says:
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    I hate chris perez.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He hates Indians fans too apparently…

  70. Wake Up says:
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    The nose knows, bro, the nose knows…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sorry if you followed my advice and benched him…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: it’s not like that…just like saying the nose knows!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… Well, it does know.

  71. AJ says:
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    Wow aint this sum shit..i waste a valuable move to pick up Hawkins for sum much needed saves and what do the mets do? they dont bring him in!!! stupid Mets

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • AJ says:
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      @AJ: And thats what happens when you dont bring in hammy to steal 2nd base…double play to end it…i got screwed both ways no save and no steal….damn

  72. slew says:
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    Vic Black, SAGNOF?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could get another one or two, maybe…

  73. J-FOH says:
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    With the last week looming I feel like a kid that hated half of the really long Vacation style car trip and now wants to stay in the car a while longer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw… Dad’s not getting out of the car all winter, he’ll just be driving a bit slower…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: are we there yet? are we there yet?….sounds like we better watch for dad with a garden hose and a running engine

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s no garden hose!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          BTW, met one of Cougs’ family friends and he does that only seen on TV hose thing… Says he makes no money on it, it’s all in the shipping, thought that was interesting…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: so could you say when it comes to the as seen on tv universe you can set it and forget it!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Exactly!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              BTW…This is THE VOICE! back…

  74. AJ says:
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    OHHHHHH DAMN …..NO(NO NO) sux

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What? Ryan Zimmerman’s hit?

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: yea it was a weak litle hit over Wachas head and the SS couldnt make the play!! pulled Adams of the bag at 1st

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, I watched it… Shame for Wacha

  75. slew says:
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    Bummer!

  76. gareth says:
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    Please clarify grey.

    Am I still in a reefer filled haze or did jason giambi really just do that?

    Talk about from the depths of despair to the heights of ecstasy in the space if a few minutes!

    I love baseball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that was insane couple of minutes between that and Wacha…

  77. gareth says:
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    Poor addison reed. Hes been a good clooser on a bad team this year. that’s his 3rd blown save against the indians this season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he hasn’t been bad, just got Giambino’d

  78. Wilsonian says:
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    Few questions with my squad. Final week of playoffs in H2H. We’re pretty much neck and neck. Would you make any changes to my offense?

    C – Salvie
    1B – Fielder
    2B – Utley
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Tulo
    OF – Jones
    OF – Davis
    OF – Brantley
    UTIL – Crisp
    UTIL – CarGo (the one who still plays offense, too)
    BN – Hanley
    BN – Werth
    BN – Soriano

    Available bats: Walker, Howie, Aramis, Zobrist, Infante, Blackmon, Rajai, Frazier

    I feel like I need to lose Utley for either Walker or Howie. Werth and/or Soriano for Aramis and/or Blackmon. But what do you think? Howie hit another tonight.

    H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OB+SLUG

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Walker over Utley, Howie over Hanley

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: can’t really drop Hanley because it’s a keeper league and he has some trade value in the off season even if I don’t keep him (which I probably won’t).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… Okay, just make the Utley/Walker move then…

  79. letsgobravos says:
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    Anyone in need of OF help, check out Charlie Blackmon. Grabbed him yesterday when I saw he was hitting .500 in the last week with a couple of homers. Slam and legs today. Guy appears to be playing his ass off to try and earn a roster spot for next spring.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Been saying it for the last five days in the roundups

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        roundups ?
        ain’t that what some ‘perts do preseason ?
        “hmm , let’s see , longoria should hit between 24 – 28 home runs .
        let’s roundup and call it 40″

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha… Nice… Nah, let’s roundup to 35

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: even with the benching of choo’s great day against lefty, and thinking myers would do worse than victorino, blackmon/lind/aramis/victorino weren’t bad at all. what’s better is opp having c.perez/kuroda/reed/griffin.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice!

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: Ah, I missed him completely. Haven’t been looking for any OF help so I usually just skim through looking at either guys I own or ones in spots I might need a pick up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  80. AJ says:
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    Which 4 streamers you liking best to end the season with and what order …Gee vs MIL, Straily @ LAA, Estrada @ NYM, Kluber @ MIN, McAllister @ MIN, Gracias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee, Estrada, Kluber, McAllister

  81. gareth says:
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    Ryan zimmerman hurts fantasy owners and young pitchers alike.

    Dudes on more ghost teams than Casper.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  82. Hoosier Daddy says:
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    Which is the best keeper among Fatt Adams, Avisail, or Yelich? I’m also keeping AuSchizz and Wil Myers…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yelich

  83. OaktownSteve says:
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    FYI Bleacher Report sold to Time Warner for north of 200 million. Yeah. 200 million.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      EFFINSANE

      • Gregorius Chant says:
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        @Grey: That is true Oaktown, Also, in the coincidence department, guess who was running Bleacher Report when it sold, none other than (I really have no idea who this guy is but…) Brian GREY, hmmmm, his last name is Grey huh, is this a coincidence, or have you already sold off a site before? Or…. is it a sign to be ready for a call from Time Warner…

          • Sorryano Northsiders says:
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            @Grey: No matter how clever I think I am Grey, you’re always one step ahead. Tip of the hat to you sir. That’s freaking awesome

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That was all Rudy

              • Sorryano Northsiders says:
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                @Grey: still beautiful, I can’t believe I missed that post. I usually read everything once or twice…or more! I even thought it was true for a minute, six months later. The comments were equally hillarious! Love me some razzball! Thanks for pointing that out!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, no problem

  84. fausto says:
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    I drafted traded Machado fairly high. .. traded him when he was ice cold. Brutal injury… Anywho…grabbing a CL for sv era and whip. Grilli is available now balfour has to clear waivers (the 26th I believe)… which is too late in my opinion. Added strop. Grilli or Balfour?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grilli

  85. SteveNZ says:
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    Sheesh, starting Ross and Chen in the RCL. Had just pulled to within a point of the lead and then Smoak and Goldy happened.

    • Gregorius Chant says:
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      @SteveNZ: Yeah, Au Shizz happens!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Gregorius Chant: Hah. own him in the RCL too – as well as the team that’s in the H2H finals so it wasn’t all bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Au Shizz!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Back to just a point back now though. Watch out Bob!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, that would be an insane win…

  86. OaktownSteve says:
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    Streamed Paxton and Thornberg today. Nice.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      One guy who hasn’t had more than a drop or two of Razz Ink this year who has been a solid piece is Casey Janssen. 33 saves, sub 1 WHIP. Guy has a ton of moxy.

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Have him on my relievers-only H2H team. Which is in the final, incidentally…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @SteveNZ:

          Glad to hear that worked for you. We talked about that pre-season, yeah?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @OaktownSteve: Correct. The idea was to draft a stronger hitting team, which I did, though with Braun going down and J-Up only giving me two good months I’ve had to muddle along a bit.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, when closers go well there’s really no reason to talk about them…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Grey:

          Nope. He’s been radio silence. Donkeyest of the corn

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Indeed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very nice!

  87. SteveNZ says:
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    I’m prepared to allow a vulture win for Street here – but not a save. Be good if Ziegler didn’t get one either but seems unlikely that one of them won’t get a save

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Ohhh – but what if Goldy homers off him? So torn!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ooh…I’d take some more Goldy action

  88. goodfold2 says:
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    admit it we all saw vargas getting complete game and paxton Fing them up like this yet again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i’m joking.

  89. SteveNZ says:
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    Come on Kenley – don’t fail me now…

    • Sorryano Northsiders says:
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      @SteveNZ: scored the save and 2k’s, nice Steve!

  90. goodfold2 says:
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    any ideas as to why hill had his 2nd day off out of 4?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giving Ownings a chance to see what he can do? Not sure

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: hope that stuff doesn’t go on or i’ll be rue morgueing the day(s) of this week that i didn’t yet grab a backup 2b.

  91. SteveNZ says:
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    Drop a suddenly-cold Wilson Ramos for Yan Gomes? It’s the ol’ H2H…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: yeah i got drunk too long instead of subbing that either that bum or kemp for cuddyer, that wasn’t good.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Just grabbed a sneaky McLouth too. Maybe he’ll stay hot after a home run today…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not a bad call at all

  92. Sorryano Northsiders says:
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    I hope the d-backs and San Diego don’t go like 18 innings, I can’t take another 1-8 out of goldy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear that

  93. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Do we expect Cueto to pitch on Sunday?

    PS – I know Rudy writes most of the titles, but bravo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, this was a good one… I don’t expect Cueto to pitch on Sunday… Maybe he’ll go 4 IP…

  94. fausto says:
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    Trying to lower era/whip. Theyre sittimg at a dandy 4.59/1.43..only 7 inn. pitched so far. Do I start all 3 of these tomorrow? I know scherzer is just prob staying in his routine amd might throw 6 same with liri. Price scares me @nyy but he does have a lot on the line
    Scherzer@MIN
    Price@NYY
    Liriano@CHC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start all 3

      • fausto says:
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        @Grey: yeah at this point I pretty much have to. He threw all his aces last night and still sitting on 1 w . Im out of moves he has 2 left but i still have my all of my sp left. So I could still pull wins this week that would be huge. That would be 4 of 5 pitching that should bring it home… good call on blackmon too last night 2r 1rbi 1hr 1sb.

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