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Miguel Cabrera rolled his ankle the hard way, didn’t make his point and was immediately lifted from the game to have x-rays taken.  I have some back-of-a-comic-book x-ray glasses, but I wasn’t wearing them when it happened.  I’m only one man!  It looked pretty serious.  My mom was right, I could’ve been a doctor.  There’s a whole lot more zeroes in blogging.  Though that’s not zeroes as in money.  X-rays said it was a sprained ankle, should be more news about how many games he’ll miss.  I’m guessing quite a few.  In other words, it ain’t good.  In other other words, make other plans.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Martin Prado – Left the game with an injury to his left hip pointer.  That’s gonna make it hard for his sales presentation on Friday.   I’m guessing he’s done for the year.  If you wanna guess he’s not, then we’ll put my guess and your guess in the squared circle and let them duke it out.

Pedro Alvarez – 3-for-3 with his 14th homer.  He’s insanely hot right now, after winning Player of the Week honors.  You just lost Cabrera?  Hello, Pedro Alvarez.  You catch my drift?  I mean, you should, it was pretty clear.

Brandon Webb – Will not pitch this week.  If you drafted Webb, I got two words for you.  Ha.  Ha.

Brian Matusz – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Everyone should know my feelings on AL East pitchers, especially ones on the lesser teams, so it’ll be hard for me to own Matusz next year, but he has made a strong case in the 2nd half of the year.

Nick Markakis – 2-for-5, but whatever.  Do you know he has 10 homers and 57 RBIs?  Marco Scutaro has more homers and only one less RBI.  Marco flippin’ Scutaro!

Tim Stauffer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  In his final start, he gets the Giants in San Fran.  Best case scenario, Giants clinch the West and the Padres have to fight to win the Wild Card.  Worst case scenario, the Padres have to fight for a Wild Card and Stauffer gives up a quick run or two and Black pulls him for relievers.  Hope for the best.

A.J. Burnett – 2 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  I think a 10-15 record like Burnett has on a 93 Win team is almost as incredible as F-Her only having 12 wins on the M’s.  Cust kayin’.

Curtis Granderson – Hit his third homer in his last four games.  Actually has been a decent 2nd half for Grandy (which will only fuel his fantasy fire next preseason).  In 225 1st half ABs, 7 homers, .240 average.  In 229 2nd half ABs, 17 homers and .262.  Maybe him and Te(i)x can go play winter ball so they can be up to speed by April.

John Buck – 2-for-4 with his 19th homer.  I.e., ten more homers than Joe Mauer.

Vernon Wells – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 31st homer.  There is gonna be a lot of people burned next year by Blue Jay hitters.  Some should be better (Lind, Snider), others will be worse (Wells, Bautista), another will be a complete crapshoot (Hill).

Marc Rzepczynski – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Surprisingly, you can spell Rzepczynski without BBs, but he can’t pitch without them.

Adam Wainwright – Slept awkwardly and has a sore elbow and may not pitch again this year.  That’s weird because I figured he slept standing up since he’s been a horse of so many fantasy staffs.

Ryan Zimmerman – Says he’s done for the season.  I said that last Friday.  Okay, I’m coming clean.  I’m a time traveler.  Financial tip of the day:  invest in Blockbuster.

Alex Sanabia – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He gets the Pirates in the Marlins’ final game of the season.  Depending on your situation, I’d give Sanabia a roll.

Justin Upton – Headed to see Dr. Freeze.  Don’t do it, J-Upside!  He’s gonna make you miss two years and you’ll never get your velocity back.

Jason Bay – Said he might be able to return in August, but he also thinks it’s April and Ronald Reagan’s president.

Brandon League – Got the save yesterday with Aardsma on the sidelines, or as they say in real estate, “Prime neighborhood adjacent.”

Adrian Beltre – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs.  Only six days left until the next contract and then Beltre can nap for three to five years with an option to wake in the fourth year.

Clay Buchholz – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Has a 2.33 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 17 Wins on the year.  Yet, I gotta be honest, the 120 Ks in 173 2/3 IP is a bit of a red flag.

Alex Rios – Left the game with a bruised knee, which isn’t nearly as delicious as a braised knee.

Carlos Zambrano – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  His ERA after the All-Star break is below 2.  Yup.

Kevin Slowey – 1 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  Disappointing to the last drop.

Jarrod Dyson – 1-for-4 with his first career homer.  Not sure where that came from, but if you need steals, my man has wheels.  To be exact, 6 steals in 12 career games.

Justin Smoak – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 11th homer after going 2-for-4 on Sunday.  As I tell my girlfriend, beware the small sample size, but I’d give Smoak a go for his last two games in Texas.

Carlos Carrasco – 6 IP, 3 ER, 12 baserunners, 5 Ks.  It wasn’t the prettiest win but you’ll take it and like it.

Luke Carlin – 2-for-4 with his first homer.  Seven words no one should say, “Should I pick up that catcher Carlin?”

Roy Halladay – 9 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 6 Ks as he probably clinched the Cy Young.  After the game, a Philly fan was overheard saying, “I’m so happy I could puke on someone, in the good way.”

  1. ruah says:
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    Which SP do you like the most for today: Latos(CHC), Wolf(@NYM), Pelfrey(MIL), Blackburn(@KC), Braden(@LAA)

  2. Hi Grey — I love the idea of dropping good players who for whatever reason are dead weight in the last week and loading up on RPs who might vulture a win or save, or batter with compelling matchups.

    A question about Duensing. I know you wrote yesterday that he’s been outed as a non-dominant pitcher, and that the Twins will be playing the B-team, and so he’s droppable. But he’s played well against Toronto in limited action, and the Blue Jays are only hitting .214 against LHP and their OPS is something like 80 points lower on the road. Is there a case for starting him in that game, at least in a 20-team roto league?

    In their last starts, what do you think about Weaver @TEX (I’ve avoided starting pitchers in Arlington all year and Weaver has been shelled there this year, but they’ll be coasting as well) and Beckett @CHW (obviously not vintage Beckett … or vintage White Sox for that matter). Are they worth starting?

    And for those very desperate for wins, any deep league sleepers you see lurking for the final couple of days? Lannan @NYM? David Pauley vs. OAK? Galarraga @BAL? Or Bergesen vs. DET?

    Sorry for asking so many questions in one post. I’m between flights in Asia today and will be able to read the answer but not post from the airplane.

  3. Big Mike says:
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    Is Tuesday Kuroda’s final start for the year? Or will he pitch Sunday vs. D-Backs?

  4. Earl Battey says:
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    I’m probably thinking about this too much, but here it is. My Roto league may be decided by wins. I trail the first place guy by one win, but he has a 10-7 lead in starts remaining. In other words, to claim that point I really need to maximize my remaining starts.

    Today I have Felix AND the Adverb facing each other. I’m thinking of dropping Cliffy (he’s been a little shaky of late anyway) in favor of Volquez (vs Wandy). That could get me two wins. Then again, it’s hard to skip Cliff vs the Mariners because I could miss on the one win from the three SPs after the Rangers win 1-0.

    Should I use Cliff and Felix and hope to secure one win or run Volquez and hope for 2? By the way, Felix is undroppable, so that’s not an option.

    Thanks, as always.

  5. ruah says:
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    Along with comment #1, I could add Kuroda(@COL) and Lackey(@CWS), though I’m not as keen on them. Could you give your top 2 from this list? Thanks!

  6. Tony says:
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    @grey: so do you think people will realize next year markakis is AT BEST a 20/10 guy? and he’s not even getting that this year? 10/7!!?? Or are they still going to keep taking this guy in the 4th, 5th and 6th rounds thinking “He’s turning 27 in 2011, 27 is the magic number! He’s surely going to go 30/15 next year!”

  7. stynyr says:
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    I really just want/need to bitch: Hamilton, Morneau, Braun for a while there and now Zimmerman is done for the year; Cueto and Slowey get ROCKED…ALL while I’m in the championship.

    I’m tied up at 5-5 but I should be crushing this dude.

    **Sigh**

  8. Wilsonian says:
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    Multi-parter, many apologies…

    Do you think the Fightin’ Phils bench some of their studs for the next few days?

    On that note, would you drop the Hawaiian for Krispie, even though Krispie has to face Big Time Timmy Jim on Thursday?

    My opponent and I are tied in saves, I just picked up Takahashi for the dubbel hedder on Wednesday, and have Soria, Feliz, Capps, Lyon, Hensley. Should I drop one for Sanchez in case Utley gets benched, or should I drop one of those closers for Koji, League, Valverde?

  9. Eddy says:
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    Hilarious round-up today Grey!

    Brandon Webb-Someone in my main league drafted Webb AND Bedard in back to back rounds. Of course I called him out on it at the end of the season.

    Hadn’t seen the Smoak signals, I thought he died or something.

    Is Carrasco the King of 6 IP, 3 ER?

    And I definitely agree with you on Buchholz. Don’t own him on any team this year unfortunately, but I took a look at his numbers and they were a bit frightening:

    .267 BABIP, a 4.24 xFIP, 3.59 BB/9, and a very mild 6.25 K/9. His FIP is alright at 3.68, but I feel like we have to go with the xFIP here because his 0.49 HR/9 ratio is completely unsustainable. And you already mentioned the workload. Pair that with the fact that Beltre won’t play next year (well, he’ll play, he just won’t PLAY) and I could see people regretting taking this dude pre-10th round in 2011.

  10. Tony says:
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    @Eddy: bucholz will go well before that next year. I’d say 7-8th round? Earlier for red sox homers.

    Beltre might not play play but they’ll have YOUK and ELLSBURY back and I bet the red sox go out and make a splash, they’ll realize beltre PROBABLY wont repeat 2010.

    You’re right tho he’ll probably disappoint, but there’s always exceptions to the rule, and if nothing else he’ll still get wins JUST BC he’s a red SOCK.

  11. Eric H. says:
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    @Grey: Run Mat Latos out there against the Cubs?

  12. Matt Crapps says:
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    Jason Bay – Said he might be able to return in August, but he also thinks it’s April and Ronald Reagan’s president.

    one for the razz HOF

  13. Eddy says:
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    @Tony:

    Yea, pre-10th round meaning anywhere before the 10th. I feel like he got way too lucky, especially in that park. Though Ellsbury and Youk will be back, remember Big Papi is always a “?” and V-Mart is trying to get shopped by the Orioles (lol) and several other teams. But hey, better for us. That way we’ll be zagging in the 7th-8th round when everyone else is zigging!
    @Matt Crapps:
    Agreed.

  14. Tony says:
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    @Eddy: ya Papi is done in my eyes even tho he resurged this year, vmart is always a scary injury riddled person. Who knows maybe bucholz will be another one of those matt cain anomolys (sp?)

  15. Beau says:
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    Looking to stream a couple pitchers this week to fill my innings limit. Had initially picked up blackburn for his start tonight against KC and am now rethinking it…what do people think?

    Maybe better to grab harden against SEA or wells against SD?

  16. big o says:
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    @Beau:

    royals have the ability to give blackburn a good spanking .
    plus , gardenhire has no reason to pull him before 100 pitches ,
    regardless of the score .

    then again , not too thrilled with your other two options .

    i’d pass ,
    but , good luck .

  17. Howard says:
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    Hi Grey, Would you start Wandy @ Reds today? I’m leading in all pitching cats except wins. I made a mistake last night in starting Anderson. That dude is a stat killer!

  18. big o says:
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    @ grey :

    of course miggy is out for the season .

    2 months ago , i got permission from work for the time off ,
    so i could drive the 6 1/2 hours down to camden yards and
    catch the 1st 2 games of the season-ending 4-game series .

    plus , thursday’s game will probably get rained out .

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ruah: Wolf, Latos…

    @Enrique: Sure, start Duensing there. Beckett… I don’t like any of those sleepers you’ve listed. Have a safe flight!

    @Big Mike: Looks like his last start.

    @Earl Battey: I’d go with Adverb and F-Her.

    @ruah: Don’t like the two additional ones.

    @Tony: This feels to me like a year that should’ve been talked about more, but I only read Razzball so maybe people are talking about it. 10 homers is pathetic. Brian Roberts has 4 in a third of the season.

    @stynyr: Damn… Still time, at least.

    @Wilsonian: I’d go with Krispie. Lose Hensley for Sanchez.

    @Eddy: Thanks! Nice breakdown on Buchholz. Totally on Carrasco, so true. Still better than Slowey. Geez.

    @Eric H.: I would.

    @Matt Crapps: Thanks!

    @Beau: Agree with O. I’d go with Wells. Not crazy about any of them.

    @Howard: Yup

    @big o: That’s too bad, O. Sorry about that.

  20. big o says:
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    @Grey:

    and , would you believe that the loving wife is going with me ?

    the girl hasn’t been to a game in over 30 years !
    but , when my buddy backed out , due to an illness in the family , she didn’t want me to go alone .

    did i ever mention that she quit watching baseball (FOREVER) ,
    because of that bill buckner / mookie wilson incident ?

  21. Bob says:
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    Chacin or Ian Kennedy?

  22. Earl Battey says:
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    My previous concern about having my Adverb face my Felix while I’m chasing wins has been rendered moot. . . apparently the Rangers are moving Adverb’s start to Thursday against the Angels.

  23. Beau says:
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    @Grey: What do you think about bumgarner at home vs arizona tomorrow?

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @big o: Wow, she’s wonder where Cal Ripken Jr. is.

    @Bob: Chacin

    @Earl Battey: Cool

    @Beau: I’d go for it.

  25. brad says:
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    should i be afraid of starting kuroda at colorado today?

  26. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @brad: Yup

  27. Roll It and Burnett says:
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    @Grey:

    Can start 5 before Sunday, here are my choices:

    Volquez, Hou
    Chacin, LAD
    Kennedy @ SF
    Bumgarner, Ari
    Kershaw @ Col
    Gio @ Sea
    Matusz, Det
    De la Rosa, @STL
    Procello @ Bal

    Need ratios and wins more than Ks. Thanks in advance!

  28. Tony says:
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    @Howard: u can run wandy out there but the Reds are trying to clinch, magic # is 1. Just letting ya know. Wandy is still Wandy, but the reds have an agenda.

  29. Earl Battey says:
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    It looks like I’ll have room to pick up one more guy for a spot start this year:

    Chacin vs Kershaw at Coors
    BAnderson @ SEA
    Wolf vs CIN last day of the season
    Volquez vs MIL on the last day (unless Dusty goes with someone else)

    I’m leaning toward Chacin so I could use that roster spot for another reliever after Wednesday. Who do you like?

    Thanks.

  30. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Earl Battey: Anderson would be my first choice, but if you really need that reliever, go for Chacin.

  31. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Good morning! Which OF should I pick up to have on the bench as insurance in case either Murphy or Cruz sit any time this week? Frenchy, Snider, Venable, Rajai, Kalish, Morse, and Hall are all available.

  32. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ThE sHiT: Rajai for steals, Frenchy otherwise…

  33. Wilsonian says:
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    Buck or Avila for this last week?

    Avila has 2 @ CLE and 4 @ BAL

    Buck has 2 v. NYY and 4 @ MIN

    Leaning Avila, but wanted to know what you think.

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ThE sHiT: Oh, morning! Heat’s lifted nicely huh?

    @Wilsonian: Buck… Avila isn’t playing enough.

  35. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: It’s still really hot though. Hey what are you doing on Saturday night?

  36. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Oh ok, my brother has 2 Dodger tickets he’s trying to get rid of and I can’t go. Was gonna ask if you wanted them. They play the D-Backs which is obviously not a great matchup, but it will be a beautiful night to be out at the ballpark.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ThE sHiT: Thanks for the offer, but, yeah, can’t make it that night.

  38. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: It’s all good.

  39. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Please rank these stream starts.
    Blanton @ WAS
    Kennedy @ SF
    James McD @ STL
    C. Lewis vs. LAA
    Volquez vs. MIL
    Stauffer @ SF
    Sanabia vs. PIT
    Matusz vs. DET

  40. peter says:
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    I read the report elsewhere, but now that I’m repeating it here it’s official: Wainwright has been scratched from his final start.

  41. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @ThE sHiT: Blanton, Stauffer, Kennedy, Sanabia…

    @peter: Thanks for the heads up! I figured he would be.

  42. Bern says:
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    @Grey

    Need Saves in final week. Disregard ERA and WHIP.

    Breslow, league, contreras, hanrahan, frasor.

    What order do I pick them up in?

  43. peter says:
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    @Grey: I figured the same. Fortunately Johnny Cueto promised me he’d more than make up for it. Yes, you heard right, he promised to give up nearly HALF as many ER as he did in his last start.

  44. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Bern: Hanrahan, League, Breslow…

    @peter: Aw, that’s sweet of Johnny.

  45. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Thanks for the heads up! Applaud, but also kinda pathetic. Don’t think the $15 price of a ticket kept everyone away.

  46. Wilsonian says:
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    @royce!: what a crock…guess I gotta find a Hamels replacement. Newman!

  47. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Yeah, I wonder if they should have just reduced the price considerably, because people are suspicious about free stuff. Like when a friend put a washer/dryer on craigslist for free he couldn’t get rid of it, but when, after two weeks, he changed it to $50, someone bought it within a day.

    It seems the Rays did it as a goodwill gesture to their players, who wanted a more electric atmosphere. It could really backfire if no one shows up still. Longo’s ego could be crushed!

  48. royce! says:
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    Vlad, Andrus, and Young are out of the starting lineup today. Now you know, so perhaps you should act like it!

  49. Anonymous says:
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    In my keeper, I’ve got Miggy and Hanley on the bench with Aviles and now Rayburn playing in their slots. My infield looks like Rayburn, Walker, Bautista and Aviles. How many of them were on my team to start the year? Exactly zero of them. Also, Wainwright and Halladay are now sitting on my pitching bench. And Werth is being benched as well for the night. I might just need more bench spots…

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Ha… Yeah, very true. Weird for it to come right after Price and Longo tell everyone they’re embarrassed. It feels so forced. Plus what if they clinch tonight? They’re giving away tickets to a game where everyone’s going to sit out?

  51. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Anonymous: Yeah, it’s that time of the year.

  52. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Dude, be realistic- Bergesen is starting. There’s no way the Rays are gonna clinch tonight.

    Nah, just kidding. Good point. Niemann v. Millwood in what could be a meaningless game may not provide TB a bunch of new fans.

    But in all seriousness, I’m not concerned about it seeming forced. Price and Longo complained about their embarrassment regarding the attendance. The only thing that the team can do (besides, I suppose, shipping a bunch of prisoners there to fill seats) is make it as easy as possible for people to attend. (They also could have just ignored it and placed the blame on the true culprits, the residents of Tampa Bay, but I like this option better). As I said, it could turn into a much more embarrassing situation if people still fail to show up, but I guess that’s a risk they were willing to take.

    And it’s a hell of a lot better than what some NFL teams have done to encourage people to buy tickets- black out the game unless enough tickets are purchased. The Chargers are always threatening to do so, though I’m not sure if they actually have blacked out a game, and it’s completely insulting because tickets to football games are insanely expensive, and any ticket that would be “affordable” provides a terrible view of the action.

    Yet another reason why baseball is exponentially better than football.

  53. royce! says:
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    The cheapest Chargers seats are as expensive as the best Padres seats (I’m omitting the $250+ dugout seats, which are all you can eat (and drink!)). I understand that there are 10 times as many baseball games as football games, but that argument fails to prove that attending a football game is 10 times as enjoyable as attending a baseball game. Gripe gripe gripe gripe…rabble rabble.

  54. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Preaching to the choir with football. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rays have more knowledgeable baseball fans from outside of Florida than actual Rays fans in Tampa.

  55. ThE sHiT says:
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    What the hell is up with Stattracker???

  56. Jenkins says:
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    Blackburn is getting pooped on by the Royals.

    Yessssss!

  57. Wilsonian says:
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    @ThE sHiT: I was waiting to hear someone else say this. Yahoo’s crap has really been busting my balls in the playoffs. The main page doesn’t update and now stattracker too. Most nights I do my stuff on my phone because I’m not around a computer. Thanks Yahoo…way to f up at the best time. Maybe they think it’s April and that Reagan is still prez too.

  58. Ruah says:
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    I think nearly every Wednesday starter is available in my league at the moment. Which 2 do you like for tomorrow of the ones Im actually considering: Lowe, Blanton, Dickey, Bumgarner, Chacin, Wells…

    But yeah, most all others are there too.

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Ruah: Bumgarner, Blanton…

  60. Wilsonian says:
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    Hell yeah…a Matt Kemp sighting… Would it be too much to ask for a slam AND legs, or is that just getting greedy?

  61. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: I nice last week would go a long way to repairing Kemp and my friendship.

  62. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: oh that ain’t no shizz. I’m pretty sure I asked you about 40 times if I should drop him in a keeper. I’d love for him to make the both of us look smart.

  63. vottomatic says:
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    thank god i didnt stream blackburn against the royals….. prolly wouldn’t shit right for a week after that fisting. nice call on carrasco and stauffer yesterday though.

    btw thanks for the advice and interesting/ comical daily blurbs throughout this fantasy baseball season.

  64. Dumbmutt says:
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    Is Venable safe to drop? I can’t let SAGNOF get onto the wire. I have Morgan Dyson Borbon Bourgeois just dropped Young. Aviles crazy giving steals now is so nice. I would grab League I think.

  65. Wilsonian says:
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    Damn…Bruce with a walk off division clincher…

  66. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: semi-intelligent, always better than dumber than shit.

    Pretty sick way to clinch a division, eh? He got most of that one…

  67. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Wilsonian: Yeah, wish I would’ve saw it. I’m busy praying the M’s hold on to get this stupid F-Her win.

  68. gza says:
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    I’m down 2 wins right now, and up 5 k’s against my opponent. He’s beating me in ERA and WHIP, but not by much. I only have 1 move left, so I can’t continue to stream pitchers. With that said, would you start Beckett tomorrow?

  69. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @gza: I wouldn’t.

  70. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Keeper league for next year (ROTO 6X6 Ks and Hlds), would you rather have…(All about the same price to keep)
    Morrison, Freeman or Chris Johnson? (CI Slot)
    Which 2 of Kelly Johnson, EY2, and Starlin Castro?
    Which 3 of Fowler, D Brown, Tabata, and Snider?

  71. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @GopherDay: Morrison… Johnson, Young…. Fowler, Brown and Snider…

  72. GopherDay says:
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    @Grey: Muchas gracias mi amigo! Coasting into the finish with my league. It was an auto-pick league, and I didn’t get burned by anyone except Grandy. But Hamilton and Vladdy picks made up for that. Thanks for all your help this year Grey!

  73. Wilsonian says:
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    @Grey: I saw on the MLB bottom line that EYJ will miss the remainder of the regular season.

    I see F-Her got his W. I’m pretty much up in the air about who should win the Cy…part of me says F-Her, and then the other part leans Price or CC. It’s a tough call, in my mind.

    Oh, and another Smoak signal tonight. Maybe he’s back from the dead…

  74. Wilsonian says:
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    Oh, and Yahoo finally got their shizz together. The main pages are finally updating and Stattracker is working!!

  75. Wilsonian says:
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    Robot Jones, Smoak, or Kila for a bench 1B?

  76. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Wilsonian: Yes, I just saw that they finally got their ish together. I check for matchup score updates all the time as well. The iphone app is very handy. My Cy Young vote would go to Price. Pitched way better than expected, and pretty much carried his staff and team to a playoff spot in the toughest division in baseball. When in doubt, I like to give the nod to the guy who wasn’t supposed to do this good.

  77. misled says:
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    DUDE! I just picked up 5 million shares of Blockbuster stock!!! It was like they gave it to me! I’m gonna be the richest guy EVER. THANKS GREY your daiquiri is on its way!
    *Maybe I’ll buy Rays season tickets with my money*

  78. tall chicks says:
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    Who to spot start for Miggy?
    1. Smoak for 1 game at Texas – he couldn’t hit 3 HR in 3 games could he?
    2. Ike for 2 games vs Brewers – somehow has a 7 game hit streak with 0 RBI. But 2 games is better than 1, right?

  79. royce! says:
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    So, in an ESPN roto league (such as, say, an RCL), if a team goes over its starts limit, can the team, on the same day it goes over the limit, pick up a bunch of RP and then get stats for those RPs for the rest of the year? Or does a team that’s over the limit get no stats from any pitcher, SP or RP, from the day after they go over the limit on? I thought the latter was the case but am confused by some moves I’ve seen lately.

  80. brad says:
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    fuck nick blackburn.

  81. tall chicks says:
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    @royce!: You can still get stats from relievers.

  82. Asdrubal Bastardo says:
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    @brad: WERD

  83. royce! says:
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    @tall chicks: Huh. I should probably be embarrassed for not knowing that. But I just got back from the SD game, and I’ve used up all of my embarrassment for the night.

  84. struggler says:
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    So my plan to win ERA/WHIP is working out good. Too good that I went nosing around for ESPN H2H league rules. I read that there is a limit of 10 ip set within all STANDARD H2H Leagues, however there is nothing that suggests that it is an automatic setting in Custom Leagues.

    See MINIMUM INNINGS PITCHED THRESHOLD (for standard leagues) here:
    http://games.espn.go.com/flb/resources/help/content?name=scoring-settings-standard

    It states that the categories of WHIP and ERA will be grayed out until a manager eclipses 10 ip, however the font color is very black in my league with the 1 ip.

    Anyone have any experience with this?

  85. @Grey: Great headline. Freakin’ Zambrano. Still don’t know why I drafted him back in March and it pisses me off even more – since I dumped him when he got sent to the pen. Oh well. We’re leading in the finals and hey look, Dempster and Pelf didn’t take a crap on me tonight (I got Slowey and Cahill poo all over my ratios). Been a battle of whose pitching is less-worse and so far mine is winning the dubious distinction.

  86. @Grey: What would you have done were you in my keeper league opponents shoes in the finals… Down in every O category (AVG and OBP are close though) and close in most pitching categories. Hanley gets shutdown. Do you dump him for an extra arm and go for broke to win now? I’d have dumped him and added a starter. C.R.E.A.M. and all…

    My opponent kept him, adding Neil Walker at the expense of a 2-start arm. With my last two of our 80 roster moves, on Sunday (the only day we’re allowed to make moves – except in the case of season-ending injury) I dumped Westbrook for Pelfrey and Jaime for Stauffer.

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