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The Cardinals are sick of Edward Mujica not playing way over his head like the rest of their entire team.  “You see Joe Kelly?  He sucks and he’s pitching well.  You see Seacrest?”  “You mean Siegrist?”  “Yeah, him.  He’s dynamite!  Pitch better than you’ve ever pitched in your life or you’re out.”  Mujica couldn’t find the intestinal fortitude (maybe he didn’t eat enough Thai food) and was replaced from the closing role for a few days.  The Cards bullpen is solid behind him, which makes it difficult to pinpoint who exactly is his replacement.  It could be John Axford, Trevor Rosenthal or Kevin Siegrist.  I’d own any of them, but more because of how solid they’ve been.  For saves, I’d rank them Rosenthal, Axford then Siegrist.  Then there’s Mark Melancon.  Like a guy who never flushes his toilet, the crap has caught up to him and the Pirates are now going ‘one day at a time’ for who their closer is, which I believe was Clint Hurdle’s nod to the late-great Bonnie Franklin.  Bonnie, we miss you every day and we love your son, Nick, for the man you made him.  I’d absolutely own Jason Grilli if I were chasing saves, but I wouldn’t drop Melancon either.  Unless you don’t need saves and no one can catch you because you’re more bomb dot com and less bomb dot org.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jeff Locke – 1 IP, 5 ER.  This raises the question.  Who sells their soul to pitch well for only four-fifths of a season?

Neil Walker – 2-for-2 and his 13th homer.  As the Pirates try to make it seem like they should not be in the playoffs (or maybe they’re playing possum; you know who is actually really bad at playing possum?  Actual possums.  They’re idiot savants.), Walker has been hot.  Three homers in the last four games.  If he’s out there in your league, I could see grabbing him.

Russell Martin – Left yesterday’s game with sore knees.  Coincidentally, his ex, Alyssa Milano, has sore knees too.

Allen Craig – Unlikely to return before the end of the season.  Too bad, so sad.  Matt Adams got moobs and power for days!

James Shields – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks.  Someone dropped him in my league the other day because they had maxed their starts, so I grabbed him for this start, but benched him.  I had no intention of starting him.  I don’t need the start and I just didn’t want Rudy to have the start.  I see no problem with this sorta play.  So if you’re maxed on starts or just don’t need them and battling for first, look to see if you can block others from getting decent streams.

Alexei Ogando – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Complicated start for his next one.  He’s home for the Angels and the Rangers playoff chances are still very much in play right now.  The Angels offense in Arlington is scary, and I’d be careful with Ogando.  The good news is he would get pulled quickly if things start to get out of hand.  The bad news is the same.  At the first sign of trouble, he could be pulled, even if he’s not completely terrible.

Colby Rasmus – Shut down for the season.   He’ll return next year as a post-post-post-post-post-POST-post-hype sleeper.

R.A. Dickey – 8 IP, 5 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks.  “Whatever, we won the division like two weeks ago!  Right?  Seriously, I’ve been in a coma.”  — Comatose Blue Jays Fan.

Zack Wheeler – Shut down for the season.  The Mets said, “We’ll pick up next year trying to ruin his arm.”

Wilfredo Tovar – 2-for-4, 1 RBI and his 1st steal in his first major league game.  His minor league stats look about as good as the almost-eponymous sitcom about a giant talking dog.

Alex Cobb – 8 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 12 Ks.  His xFIP this year is 2.97, which would put him in the top ten if he didn’t get hit off the ol’ melon.  Now, the only thing to wonder about is if he’s in the top 15 for all starters next year or the top 20.  I can’t imagine an argument to put him outside the top 20, though I’m sure ESPN will find one.

Desmond Jennings – 2-for-3 but left the game with a strained hamstring and could miss a few games.  Wake me up when I care…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…. Shoot, I told you to wake me up.  C’mon, I drooled all over my keyboard.

David DeJesus – 1-for-3 and his 7th homer and went 4-for-8 in the marathon game the other night.  DeJesus is the hottest Christian idol since Zobrist’s wife and Jimmy Christ were on tour.

Jacoby Ellsbury – Could return on Wednesday.  John Farrell (whoever that is) said Ellsbury could see a couple of at-bats, and he probably won’t run.  Sounds awesome.  Maybe Carlos Gonzalez can come in as his defensive replacement.

Jackie Bradley Jr. – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer.  And he can walk three times in a game like a BOSS! said a’la Stevie from Eastbound and Down.  On the for really, Bradley is hitting near .375 in the last week.  He’s about the only Red Sock I’d be excited about in the final week because he’s trying to prove his worth while the rest are in sleepwalk to the playoffs mode.

David Ortiz – 2-for-4 and his 29th homer.  What I just said about JBJ goes for Papi.  Good chance he rests a few times this week, especially if he hits his 30th homer early in the week.

Ryan Zimmerman – 3-for-9, 3 RBIs and his 26th homer.  Such a jockstuffer.   He reminds me of this guy.

Giancarlo Stanton – 3-for-7, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer.  I picture Giancarlo singing Bruno Mars’s “Treasure” to me and crying.  Do others have dreams like this?

Christian Yelich – 3-for-9, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Elias Sports Bureau said that Yelich’s fourth homer was the most by anyone with a paper route.

Erik Johnson – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 1 K, lowering his ERA to 2.82.  This comes after having a 1.57 ERA in Triple-A and a 2.23 ERA in Double-A.  Johnson will have the privilege of being a guy I tell people to draft next year that everyone will ignore.  He gets the Royals next and I could see streaming him there in some deeper leagues, even if the Stream-o-Nator doesn’t like it.

Avisail Garcia – 3-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs and hitting near .375 in the last week with a homer and a steal.  Kinda wish he’d take a dive in the final week so not to alert anyone for next year, but he looks like he’s swinging a hot bat.  Would definitely grab him for five category help.

Miguel Cabrera – Day-to-day with groin soreness.  That’s what his fantasy owners have been dealing with all year.

Matt Davidson – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 3rd homer and 2nd day in a row with a homer.  His numbers are slightly inflated due to playing in the PCL– Oh, wait, this game was in Coors.  Same diff.  He doesn’t play every day, but if you’re dying for power in a deep league, I could see giving him a whirl.

A.J. Pollock – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  How many Diamondbacks does it take to screw the Rockies?  One Pollock.  Adam Eaton also went 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs, and Gerardo Parra went 3-for-5 with 2 runs, 2 RBIs and everyone basically hit yesterday for Arizona, but they were in Coors, so take it with a grain of salt, unless you have high blood pressure.

Mark Reynolds – 1-for-4 with his 20th homer.  He’s been hapless as ever recently.  He swings at pitches that make it seem like he’s been wearing The Opti-Grab, but he’s the kind of guy that could get five homers in a week if you can stomach a few 0-for-5’s.

Yusmeiro Petit – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  I’m not rushing out to add him anywhere after watching him in his start vs. the Mess where he looked like a peg boy.  With that said (here comes the reversal), he gets the Padres in his last start of the year.  Padres don’t scare anyone over the age of thirteen.

Corey Kluber – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  The Indians’ playoff hopes might go to the last day of the season, which is a great place to have a starter.  Then you throw in Kluber will be getting the Twins next and you have one of the best matchups you can find later this week.

Michael Brantley – 3-for-4, 1 run and hitting near .350 in the last week.  I think you have to discount anyone that just hit against the Astros pitching for four (stutterer!) straight days.  What I said about Kluber goes for hitters too; I like anyone that is playing for something in this final week.

Felix Hernandez – 4 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Seems odd the Mariners started him for a meaningless game since he has an ailing back, until you realize the Mariners have played nothing but meaningless games for the last twelve years.

Justin Smoak – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  In the same boat as Mini Donkey, Smoak’s hot garbage that has been sitting out in the Tunisian sun, but if you’re desperately in need of homers, I could see going with him.

Sonny Gray – 5 IP, 4 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks vs. the Twins.  Burp.  I’ve seen better.  He gets the Mariners next time out, and I’m not sure how the A’s will play it.  They could conserve his innings, and he might only go four to five innings, but if he’s cruising like a gay man in West Hollywood, he could go six.  To carry the analogy, it would be like sex.

Coco Crisp – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and the slam (22) and legs (20).  Coco Crisp must be high in fiber because each time I see another good day from him I think to myself, “You gotta be sh*tting me.”

Daric Barton – 3-for-3, 3 runs and his 3rd homer.  He’s the star of the Coen Brothers’ AL-Only team that is in dead last and named, Barton Stink.

Oswaldo Arcia – 3-for-4, 6 RBIs and his 14th homer and his 2nd homer since Thursday and third in the last ten games.  Has done little else, but if you grab him, maybe you can get some pop.  For those reading in Minnesota, he can’t give you soda.

Yonder Alonso – Not that you care, but Alonso won’t bat again this year.  That’s also the answer to, “Whatever happened to that great Reds prospect once he landed in the graveyard for hitters, Petco?”

Andrew Cashner – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  If you’re hoping to draft him next year, you better hope that he gets roughed up in his last start vs. the Giants.  If you own him and want him next year, then that would be bittersweet…More bitter than sweet…More sweet than bitter…Bitter than sweet.

Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-6, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting near .500 in the last week and is the hottest schmotato in all the land.  If you’re wondering if you should pick him up, then you’re not even paying attention, which makes me wonder why you’re wondering if you should pick him up.  Help, I’m trapped in a logic circle!

Andrelton Simmons – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 16th and 17th homer.  Andrelton, you are outta this world!

Freddie Freeman – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  Good luck drafting him next year.  Not saying I don’t like him, but he’s going to be so overpriced.  Let him win the World Series MVP to really inflate his price.

Julio Teheran – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Gets the Phils next, which seems good on the surface, but wouldn’t be surprised to see him pulled after 5 innings because the Braves have nothing to play for.  BTW, I was at Brooks Brothers yesterday, looking at tuxedos to buy for my wedding.  I’m a baller, kid!  Any the hoo!  The saleswoman was from Iran and she said she never heard of The Iron Shiek.  So I tried to jog her memory with a little, “Ptooey!” fake spitting on her and she still didn’t get it.  Oh, well, will have to try someone else in Teherangeles.

Todd Frazier – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 18th homer.  Damn, he’s pulling on my sleeper strings again.

Billy Hamilton – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 2 steals.  If you haven’t had a chance to watch Hamilton, you really should make time.  He’s not an elite talent with the bat, but he nearly beats out grounders to shortstop, which rushes throws from otherwise top fielders and gets himself on.  Slow rollers to any position and there’s no chance he’ll be thrown out.  I bet he could get 75 infield hits in a year with 600 ABs.  Then once he’s on base, there’s nothing they can do to stop him.  I’ve seen twice where he’s stolen the bag on pitchouts and every single steal has been while everyone knows he’s running.  This is with him having no knowledge of pitchers’ moves to first.  With 600 ABs, I’d be shocked if he didn’t steal 85 bases.  Swoon.

Shin-Soo Choo – Expected back today after hurting his thumb on a headfirst slide into first.  I always tell players they shouldn’t slide headfirst into first.  <–That is the number one line said by every single announcer for every single team.  If an announcer doesn’t say that line after a player slides headfirst into first, they’re immediately removed from the broadcast booth by Milton Bradley.

  1. Abdoozy says:
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    I’m betting Sonny Gray isn’t in the A’s playoff rotation, so for his last start they will be less likely to pull him early to conserve his arm for the playoffs. Then I think, well, maybe they will want to give their pen some extra work in preparation for the playoffs so they do what they did Sunday and yank him early. So there he sits on my bench waiting on me to make up my mind about what to do with him in a meaningless game against a meaningless team.

    Then you have the typical problem with the last week of a daily H2H playoff year — the bad teams are all using starters you don’t trust, the good teams are either playing other good teams (so you don’t want to start your guy, to protect your ratios) or they’re playing bad teams trying out new hitters who don’t know they’re supposed to be afraid of these pitchers, and in either case they don’t want to burn up their pitchers the week before the playoffs start, so you wind up with Greinke cruising along, 3 baserunners, 70 pitches, five innings? Yeah that’s plenty. Thanks a lot Matty. No win, no QS, not even a reacharound.

    This week is so unlike every other week in a fake baseball manager’s season. I don’t know whether to laugh, cry or just stick my head in an oven and hope it’s gas and not electric.

    That said, what do you think of Charlie Morton today? I could use a QS and win but need to keep my WHIP down, so he looks preferable to some of the other options (Halladay, McCarthy).

    • matt says:
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      @Abdoozy: Why wouldn’t he be pitching in the playoffs? He’s one of the best arms they have! Have you seen his stuff. .. filthy!

      • matt says:
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        @matt: also. . That’s why you pound you’re opponent week one of the championship then coast. I put 560 points up in the first week and started 13 pitchers. He’s down over 235 points. Game. .. set. .. match. .. Crown Me!

      • abdoozy says:
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        @matt: I’m an As fan and agree he has nasty stuff, but I still think he’s #4 in the playoff rotation behind Colon, Parker and Griffin. At best. Straily has a bit more experience.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Abdoozy: Yeah, it’s why H2H doesn’t work as well as roto… I wouldn’t touch Morton…

      • james says:
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        @Grey:

  2. Paul says:
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    Trying to figure out which hitter for this week: Avisail, Adams, or C Carter. How would you rank them overall? Adams > Carter > Avisail? Hittertron seems to like Chris Carter more than fat Matt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: Adams, Avisail

  3. fausto says:
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    Sorry this is a repost. Final week. Final post..Going for sv, era, whip..add stropp and grilli or just grilli? That would be 5 CL if I add both. On the hitting side I’m going r, hr, sb outside shot at avg. Hold Ramos or add a diff. C? And do you trust roark@stl? I live in stl and see games regularly they NEVER hit a SP the first time facing them….esp a lefty. ..good luck if you’re still playing. Keep writing ill keep reading. Thanks for all the advice. Cheers.

    • matt says:
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      @fausto: I’d add both if you need saves

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fausto: Add both if you have room… I don’t know what other catchers you could add, but Ramos is fine… I don’t trust Roark in St. Louis…

      • fausto says:
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        @Grey: I was hold with my sp which is solid and throw as few as possible. My era/whip last week was 1.98/1.01 so I’d be dropping an sp for stropp and grilli. I was going back to perez @ C for avg. But if I add frazier that kinda negates avg…I think that’s a cat I need to win. Who do you like better frazier or belt overall?….this nava/middlebrooks combo just going thru the motions this last week is going to kill me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Belt

  4. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :
    ” BTW, I was at Brooks Brothers yesterday, looking at tuxedos to buy for my wedding. ”

    not at all surprised that you’re shopping at BB … that’s old school chic (not sheik) ,
    but , you’re buying your tuxedo ??
    really ???
    come on kid .
    how to relate !
    ….. or does everyone , here, have their wedding tux hanging in their closet ?

    besides , by the time that you figure out that buying your tux was :
    a) a complete waste of money ,
    or ,
    b) a testimony to your failure ,
    no one’s going to want to buy your used monkey suit ……
    ” But I only wore it once !”
    “It’s a Brooks Brothers !!”

    anywho , if buying your tux is the worst decision that you’re going to make ,
    then you and your cougs are going to be alright .
    many happy returns !!

    (little iranian saleswoman … “NO , you can NOT return the tux . Do you see that stain ?”)

    • chillmodious says:
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      @costaricanchata: Grey, “Blasphemy…that’s no stain! It’s a testament to my love for Giancarlo!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @costaricanchata: Haha… Cougs has a friend that works in marketing… I get 50% off, so it’s not quite as ridiculous… Figure if I only use it 3 times, I get my money’s worth…

    • james says:
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      @costaricanchata:
      I have one sitting in my closet, but it is for 2 reasons:
      1. i bought it at goodwill for $15, and it was in great shape (likely a chump who wore it once instead of a rental).
      2. I am in law school, and last year i had to rent a tux twice for different things. AFter plunking down for that, buying a cheap used tux was well worth it

  5. bossmanjunior says:
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    In retrospect, glad to see all the love I was showing for Cobb in your rankings paid off. I just hope his price isn’t too high next year.

    Also, just wanted to announce I won my big money league (about a grand). Thanks again for all of your help, Grey!

  6. goodfold2 says:
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    in one of my orphan league teams i’m now playing for 9th, yippie. grabbed hamilton sat night for last day push. now stuck with him as only SS till tomorrow. I have 4 holds guys and can drop one. can probably also turn latos into stream spot, after his MESS game. although many good stream spots this week are already owned (all of the CLE guys)
    1 drop which holds guy for fill in when hamilton isn’t playing. opp only has rosie/gregg for holds, and i’m guessing rosie gets the saves, not holds this week.
    siegrist (really doesn’t get many holds lately, stats are still good obv)
    wil smith (lots of holds)
    doolittle (yep)
    carpenter (since most of his appearances are less than 1 inning, this guy gets more cracks at holds)
    2. which SS gets picked up here: lucas/castro/either escobar/drew

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @goodfold2: 1. Doolittle 2. Alcides

  7. 85true says:
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    Damn, I had a great season in my Yahoo 12 team H2H money league. Star studded outfield of J-Up, McCutcheon (traded Tulo), J-Hey and Wil Myers, Encarnacion, Machado, Zobrist,
    Finished 2nd regular season, got a first round bye and got matched up in the semis with the 6th seed. I lost.
    It certainly hurt to lose CarGo, J-Hey, Encarnacion right before the playoffs
    and most of my pitching staff besides Scherzer was hit hard by the effin’ regression fairies: Corbin, Shelby, Samardzija and Wheeler, who I had such high hopes for heading into the playoffs, he seemed to be making adjustments and getting better with each start (albeit it something like 2 starts in a row) before walking 6 last start and digging a deep hole for me. My playoff rotation wound up being: Scherzer, Corbin, Miller, Kluber, Gallardo, Estrada, Samardzija, Alex wood and Wheeler. Yuck

    Sorry for the rant Razzballers, I’m in pain

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @85true: That sucks… Sorry it didn’t work out…

  8. Mike says:
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    Been out for awhile, so it was nice to come back to a Modern Problems scene. Were you raised on HBO, too, Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Yup, and Super Dave Osbourne

      • BluePulaski says:
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        @Grey: I’m Canadian…got to see Super Dave first on this bizarre show called “Bizarre”…starring John Binder…know of it?…do you have a Fuji on your Razz staff?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s the one I mean that was on Showtime… They played Bizzarre

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            @Grey: first time i saw funkhouser i was “wow, that’s what super dave osbourne became.”

  9. TheNewGuy says:
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    Desperate for wins to give me a shot of grabbing a money position in my keeper.

    Yesterday roll out:

    Kelly- 7IP, 3ER
    Ogando- 7IP, 0ER
    Cashner- 7IP, 0ER

    3 quality starts, but no wins!!!! God I hate Wins leagues, thats proof y’all, all join QS leagues next year!!

    • VinWins

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      @TheNewGuy: Yeah, like it’s not ridiculous that 3 ER in 6 IP is a QS, but 4 ER in 9 IP isn’t.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @VinWins: I’ve always said they should alter it to make it 6 innings or more, with an ERA of 4.00 or less.

        Why can’t they change it to something like that? Anything under that category is a ‘quality start’ imo.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @VinWins: prolly not making it to 9 IP if you’ve given up 4 ER…

        • james says:
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          @Wake Up:

          not if you give up a run or two in the 9th… and have a big lead.

    • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I’ve done both QS with Wins and QS by itself and I feel cheap and empty in QS by itself. I loved it with Wins included and suggest anyone that does this to add holds because people will start punting saves

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Jack Full O’ Hate: yep…W + QS is the way to go…and we changed Saves to Net Saves…helps with the punting saves…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Wake Up: I saw the net saves this year, interesting. In my former league two of us decided to punt saves one year to great success, now I hear that half of the 14 team league punts saves to not the greatest of success. I think most these guys are idiots because they don’t actually think of a strategy, they just copy someone else’s and fail to notice that it doesn’t work when 7 teams punt saves!

          Oh and happy Monday

          • Wake Up says:
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            @J-FOH: Happy Monday…
            I heard you have an article coming out…I don’t really follow FFB…but I would like to check out the article…when does it come out?

  10. TheNewGuy says:
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    Thoughts on Rauuuuuuul Ibanez if you just need power.

    Is he just a blatoon player?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I wouldn’t mess with him, but I don’t know your options

  11. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Holy crap! My NL-Only team (199-121-25 in regular season) was losing 3-11 at one point yesterday afternoon. It rallied to win 8-7 in what was easily the craziest one day turnaround I ever witnessed in head-to-head fantasy play. Christian Yelich, Ryan Zimmerman and Carlos Torres have entered my personal fantasy sports Hall of Fame.

    I am still not going to do free h2h leagues anymore. There is no payoff for a dominant regular season and first round playoff exit. The season felt like a waste until about 8:30pm eastern time last night when I saw my team had taken the lead.

  12. Tigres says:
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    Thinking of starting Hill over Pedroia this week. Am I nutso? Need RBIs most, then HRs.

  13. TheNewGuy says:
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    Charlie Blackmon – 3-for-6, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting near .500 in the last week and is the hottest schmotato in all the land.

    Hey don’t diss, he’s my friends friend!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy:
      Maybe next time I see my friend I should say, hows hot schmotato getting on, you gonna meet up much over the offseason? Things that make you go hmm…

  14. matt says:
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    I will draft Hamilton next season then load up on power hell he’s 50% of a team’s SB total for the entire year lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @matt: Yup

  15. Rico says:
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    Billy Hamilton, Nick Franklin, or Starlin Castro for the final week. I need basically all 5 roto categories since it’s very close in every one. I guess the question is whether Hamilton will get a start or 2 in the final week and pinch run enough to make it worth it.

    • matt says:
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      @Rico: he’s only good for R and SB

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rico: He’s worth it if you need steals and runs…Otherwise, I’d go Castro…

  16. Dirtyd says:
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    Pick up Gyorko or Walker or hold Altuve?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dirtyd: Gyorko if you need power, otherwise hold

  17. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Would you start Cueto tonight – can’t afford a blow-up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: What does the Stream-o-Nator say?

  18. Gbbb says:
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    Grey and all razzball writers. Just wanted to say thank you for all the advice throughout the season. This has been My first year using your website and I have just won my league. Looking forward to next year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gbbb: Nice! Congrats!

  19. Benny says:
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    Which of the two would you rather have in a dynasty league – Bourn or Carl Crawford. Unfortunately, neither is not a choice.

  20. Pretty Toney says:
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    Last week of my 5×5 H2H championship starts today. Weekly lineups have to be set by first pitch today. I’ve got a couple of injured players, wondering whether I should start or sit them…

    Jean Segura (hamstring) or Dee Gordon
    Wilin Rosario (calf) or Alex Avila

    Thanks

  21. James Skrmetta says:
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    After being eliminated in the 2nd round of the playoffs my fantasy season is sadly over. I just wanted to say thank you to the entire Razzball team. The first thing I did every morning was head straight to the site and read Grey’s recap. This was my first season reading Razzball and to say I am impressed would be an understatement. Very rarely were any of the writers wrong and the Stream-o-nator and Hitter-tron were extremely valuable tools. Yall are the best at what you do and do not get enough credit, anybody reading Matthew Berry over Grey Albright is a damn fool, and probably prefers Fantasy Football over the art that is Fantasy Baseball. Once again thank you all very much. Good luck to everyone still in the playoff hunt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @James Skrmetta: Thanks for the kind words! Sorry you didn’t win it all, we’ll get them next year…

    • I am the man right now says:
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      Well said James. My first year here too. I won two h2h leagues already and am in the money in 5 out of six leagues. I really give all the credit to you guys. Before it was all about rotoworld, now I read this site religiously. Reading the comments has been my secret weapon. Its unreal how you answer every question day in and day out. Takes me forever just to read them. So again thanks. I’m definitely richer because of you guys. I’m starting my grey tribute mustache now. Cheers

  22. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    E$PN’s argument to keep Cobb out of the top 20, “because WE said so”

    • Blue says:
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      @Jack Full O’ Hate:

      “They play ‘baseball’ in Tampa Bay? Other than Spring Training? Curious.”

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Blue: they would say its that team that plays in the same division as the Yankees and Red Sox

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full O’ Hate: If only they said that… Will be more like other unworthy guys ahead of him…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: “We don’t like Cobb up high because he faces the yankee and Red Sox a couple of times a year and since they are the best offensive teams in baseball he could really get knocked around. David price has been very fortunate to pitch so well knowing the Sox and Yanks are always looming”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, something like, “We think Cain is falling, Hamels is falling and Cobb looks like he’s rising, but we will rank them in opposite order…”

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Lincecum will be higher ranked than all those guys you listed

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha! Yup… And Halladay…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It just be baffling… Or they will say about the AL East…

  23. The Strolg says:
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    Is there any chance that Andrelton is actually Michael Jackson?

  24. TheNewGuy says:
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    What a great story the A’s, talk about a great run organisation,. Oaktown Steve chip in if you’re around. you must have a massive hangover today.

    Living in England I tend to swap around teams that I support a bit. Always had a soft spot for the A’s but might have to support them full-time seeing what they are doing on such a low payroll. They must be such fun to support.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Yeah, hopefully they can go deeper in the playoffs…

  25. Byron from Austin says:
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    will the stream-o-nator get corrected and updated today or tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Byron from Austin: I don’t see why not, but you should ask Rudy on the bottom of the actual Stream-o-Nator…

      • Byron from Austin says:
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        @Grey: thanks dude.

        • @Byron from Austin: streamonator and hittertron will be updated daily through the last regular season game. updates generally by 10:30AM EST.

  26. Mike says:
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    Just wanted to thank you, Grey, for all the insight and help this season- your work deserves a huge assist for my team this year. Got Goldschmidt (AU SHIZZ) with the 7th pick after keepers at the start of the league after reading your work, got Crush Davis late, and picked up your boy Segura. My team finished 19.5 games up on second place in the regular season but was bounced 6-5 in the semis last week. Unfortunate ending, quite depressing, but them’s the breaks in H2H. All in all, great team, couldn’t finish the deal. Thanks again to you, Grey, and to the whole Razzball team. Looking forward to reading you guys more next season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Thanks for the kind words! Sorry it didn’t work this year…

  27. mzyptlk says:
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    Looking to back up Miguel Cabrera, my choice is Aramis or Gyorko. Who’s better for the last week.?

  28. Teddy Heater says:
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    Grey,
    I got Minor going today v Mil, thoughts on Vetura @ Sea vs Iwakuma?

    • smegma says:
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      @Teddy Heater: FYI Iwakuma got bumped to a later start in the week so Ventura’s facing Maurer and his 6+ERA. I’m rolling Ventura this week for his 2 starts FWIW.

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @smegma: @smegma: Good looking out, lets go Ventura!

  29. TheNewGuy says:
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    Peoples thoughts on GTA V? (there must be gamers on here too…right?)

    Have to say I’ve been slightly disappointed so far, after all the hype and expectation.

    Map’s huge which is good, but only one major city (expected a San Fran and Vegas like designs too) and some other stuff disappointedly missed out (emergency missions, lack of buildings to enter outside missions, lot of space in country but little things to do), makes it good but not as great as it should have been in my eyes.

    Im sure the missions will be awesome, but they could and should have made this game even better imo.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Booo non-gamer crowd.

    • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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      @TheNewGuy: have not got it yet, waiting til I get paid on the first, I have heard lots of good things from my gamer friends.

  30. Schizer says:
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    12 team, weekly, h2h cats league finals. Need to start 5 SPs out of these options: Lee (@ Atl), Moore (@ NYY, @ Tor), Price (@ NYY), Shields (@ CHW), Teheran (v Phi), Cueto (v NYM, v Pit), Archer (v Bal, @ Tor), Ventura (@ Sea, @ CHW).

    I’m leaning Lee, Moore, Price, Shields, Cueto. What do you think?

    Thanks for all the great articles & answered questions this year!

    • Schizer says:
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      @Schizer: also, Venable or Billy Hamilton for my last OF spot?

      Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Schizer: No problem…. Lee, Cueto, Moore, Price, Shields… Hamilton…

  31. Shawn of the livid says:
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    Good morning Grey!

    Well, I slugged out the semis and the finals, and was crowned champ when the dust settled. Sweet, sweet victory! Thanks for all the help this year, your advice is solid and gave me the edge I needed

    Thanks again, and see ya in 2014!

  32. TheNewGuy says:
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    Do you wake up every morning thinking “how many comments/questions have I waiting for me today then”?

    Bet you always check the comments number of your post, before shouting out “shit, it gets higher every day!”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Until it starts getting lower around August…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: this used to hit 1000 at least twice a week (always the weekend post).

  33. Randy BoBandy says:
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    I managed to reach the finals…but face the ultimate finals problem – pitching uncertainty in the last week. What are the odds that my ‘stud’ pitchers (Scherzer, Greinke, J. Zimm (he’s 19-8, I can’t argue) have deep starts?? Went stream happy last week and it paid off…this week, not so confident!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy BoBandy: Zimmermann can have a deep start, not the other two… Greinke was already limited yesterday and may only go 3 innings…

  34. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey:

    Do you think McCarthy is a solid streamer @ Petco tonight?

  35. anthony says:
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    @grey im in fantasy championship in two leagues !!! h2h pts would you rather stream yordano tonight @ sea or stults vs ari ??

    also in my other league – h2h pitch or ditch

    Morton
    yordano at sea
    Quintana at tor
    Richards vs oak

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @anthony: Ventura… I’d start Ventura and Quintana

      • anthony says:
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        @Grey: would you start Morton tonight @ cubs ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

  36. chillmodious says:
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    Good morning, Grey! It’s winning-time, so I’m starting off the week with all my questions in one place:

    1. For today, do I throw someone from this list or pass?:

    Halladay (vs. MIA, SON $12.5)
    Estrada (@ Atl, SON $13.5)
    McCarthy (@SD, SON $11.4)

    2. Also for today, but in a different league, would you throw Quintana (vs. Tor, SON $7.6)?

    C.

    4. For tomorrow, throw one:

    Mike Leake (vs. NYM, SON $7.1)
    Wacha (vs. Wash, SON $9.3)
    Tyson Ross (vs. AZ, SON $5.6)
    Miley (@SD, SON $7.9)

    5. Also tomorrow, but in another league, would you throw Straily (vs. LAA, SON $8.1)?

    6. For Wednesday… throw one, both, or none?:

    Salazar (vs. ChiSox, SON $19.8)
    Ervin Santana (@Sea, SON $15)

    7. Should I hang on to Peavy for his last start on Wednesday (@ Colorado), or lose him now to begin streaming his rotation spot? I’m not planning on throwing him in Coors, so I may as well ditch him now, right?

    ———-

    Phew, that was a lot. Thanks in advance for the help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chillmodious: Morning! 1. McCarthy 2. Sure 4. Ross 5. Nope 6. Both 7. Lose him

  37. Wake Up says:
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    I dreamed I was in an ostrich race across Omaha against Posdnuos…he was only orating in onomatopoeia…and he had only orange on…I thought that was weally weird until I saw Mipples fly by us riding an Andrelton…Simmons was sipping, through a syphon, well you get it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: I had a similar dream but it was a flamingo…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That should be a giveaway at Crayola Canyon…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Wake Up: that would be perfect for my 6 year old daughter

          did you get my link above?

          • Wake Up says:
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            @J-FOH: yes…thanks…will check it out later when I have a min…

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Wake Up: awesome, criticize me over there in my comments :)

  38. Chris says:
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    Who do you like going into this week?
    Peavy at colo
    Gallardo at mets
    Porcello at Miami
    Perez vs houston

    SON likes porcello

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Gallardo, Porcello, Perez

  39. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: is Parker a safer start than Gray or will he get pulled early also? Both face sea. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herschel: Safer, might get pulled after the 6th

  40. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: also, Ziegler or Rosenthal for saves this week?

  41. Eddy says:
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    Grey,

    SON likes Kennedy at home vs. ARI. We trusting him there in spite of his rough last two starts (gramted, that were on the road)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy: I’d pitch him in Petco

  42. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Hey Grey.

    Thank you my friend for the daily write ups, advice, and sarcasm this season. It has definitely helped me get to this point… The finals of my h2h league.

    We start 4 SP and 2 RP. Categories are IP, K, W, L, SV, ERA, WHIP.

    It looks like he is going to have 5 starts. Wainright (2), Bumgarner, Cole and Liriano.

    My question is should I roll out my 5 best starts as well: Lee, Grienke, Sheilds and AJ Griffin (2), or should I take one of grienke/lee/shields out and start marco estrada giving me 1 extra start and the major advantage in taking IP and K…

    If y ou were in my situation, what would you do?

      • Devil in a New Dress says:
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        @Grey: exactly what i had in mind…

        Thanks again, brother

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  43. chisox22 says:
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    In a non keeper league.. with kershaw done till playoffs good to drop?

    • Hoog says:
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      @chisox22: Where does it say that he’s done for the year?

  44. Boomer19 says:
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    Need to choose between Pence at home for six against LAD and SD or Justin Upton for seven at home vs the brewers and philly. Thanks.

    • Boomer19 says:
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      Also is Cueto gonna get two starts this week? It seems to be questionable. CBS now only has him down for one. Thanks again.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Boomer19: Very doubtful he starts twice… If he does, the 2nd game will be about 3 innings long

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Grey: i’m reading they are plugging in reynolds in middle of week so Cueto’s Sun start is gone.

  45. Steve Stevenson says:
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    H2H finals, I have 2 moves left, my opponent has 1. 10 offensive and 10 pitching cats. I have a 1-start advantage based on current schedule. Ortiz is my Util and Victorino is my CF, so I feel like I should probably pick up a bat with one of the moves, as I’m carrying no bench bats. Position not that important as I have flexibility from some other spots and I’ll be subbing in for Util mostly. Who to grab?

    Span (CF)
    Asdrubal (SS)
    B. Hamilton (SS)
    Lind (1B)
    Blackmon (LF/CF/RF)
    Adams (1B)
    Frazier (1B/3B/LF)

    I’m at a decent sized speed disadvantage and a slight power disadvantage. Defensive assists is a cat, so there’s some value to grabbing an IF.

    Also, SON has Ubaldo at 2 starts. Use the other move to grab him (or Tillman, who also has 2 starts) now, grab a second bat from above, or hold to see what I need later in the week?

  46. smegma says:
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    Thanks for helping me get to the final week Grey! Got a couple lineup questions for the last push in points league that favors power:

    1. Drop Aybar for Hamilton, Cozart, or A.Escobar? Hittertron likes Aybar most at $13

    2. Drop Victorino (only 5 starts this week and BOS clinched – plus just got him on ww) for Kendrick (7 games; 3Oak,4@Tex), Frazier (6 games 3NYM,3Pit), or Brantley (2CWS,4@Min)? Hittertron slightly likes Victorino over Kendrick but as we know things change when teams clinch.

    3. Looks like Cashner’s done for the year and A.Wood to bullpen so need 2nd RP option this week. Pickup T.Ross (2 starts Ari,@SF) or F.Garcia (2 starts Mil,Phi). SON has Ross’s 1st start at $5 and 2nd start at $2 and Garcia’s first start is $4 but 2nd start against PHI not listed yet. Leaning more towards Ross here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma: 1. Depends on needs… Hamilton 2. Frazier 3. Ross

      • smegma says:
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        @Grey: Thanks grey – don’t really need any particular stat – our settings give 4 pts per HR, 3 per triple, 2 per double or SB, 1 per r, rbi, single, bb. Given that scoring, drop Aybar for Hamilton?

        • smegma says:
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          @smegma: biggest issue for hamilton seems to be whether he’ll get the start in a given game. We have weekly locks so would be rolling dice a little there.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure

  47. Mike says:
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    In finals of H2H that starts 7 SP each week. I have great pitching: Stras, Lee, Greinke, Bailey, Ryu are my locks and I stream 2x pitchers for other 2 spots. This week I have Estrada and Venture going and Ryu is also 2x versus only 1 2x for my matchup (Morton). Matchup had Bum, Scherzer, Iwakuma and Cobb though so Ks and W still going to be in play.

    I have Salazar on my bench. His pitch count is not going to be restricted and he faces CWS who he had 9k against in 3.2. I know its crazy but given Greinke pitch count do I bench Greinke for him? Also, given Bailey back to back 4BB performances and a repeat against PIT do I bench him? Or do I ride with what got me here?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Bench Greinke…I’d start Bailey

  48. Oz says:
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    Start Ventura vs Seattle (Mauer) or Chris Archer vs Baltimore (Chen). My gut says Archer, but stream-o-nator says Ventura. What does the mustache or Big Country say??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Oz: Ventura

  49. christianmingle.com says:
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    Whoa, easy on the Christian jokes there, pally!

    Don’t be biting the Hand of God that feeds ya!

  50. Jay says:
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    Hey grey,
    I’m in the stretch run for the championship – would you sit Napoli with the news the sox may give him extra days off . I’ve been playing Napoli at the IF spot I could move either Brandon Belt or Matt Adams & move David wright from bench to utility or do you like dom brown over wright?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jay: Play Adams and Wright

  51. Hoog says:
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    Grey! I’m in my H2H league finals partly in thanks to you. It’s a 12 team, 7×7 league w/ nsv, holds, qs, era, whip, bb, k’s for pitching. I only need to win 7 cats (I have the tie breaker). Do I load up on pitchers this week and go for qs & k’s or play it safe and go for era whip and bb’s? his team era is 2.4 and whip is under 1.0 on the season and mine sucked, but not sure about my SP options. I have:

    Monday:
    Wainwright vs. Washington
    McCarthy vs. SD
    Yordano vs. Sea
    Eovaldi vs. Phi
    Stults vs. Ari

    Tuesday:
    Leake vs. Mets
    Chen vs. Sea
    Redmond vs. Bal

    Will also have Stras, Kaz, Garza and Haren this week. I think with those streamers I have a good chance to still compete in ERA and WHIP while going all out on QS and K’s. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hoog: I’d pitch all of them except Redmond

      • Hoog says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

    • Hoog says:
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      @Hoog: And I read above Kershaw is done till playoffs. Kershaw is his ace…

  52. JFT says:
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    Which 2 of these guys do i start tomorrow if the only stat I need is quality starts?

    Peavy @Col
    Cain vs. LAD
    Ubaldo vs. CHW

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JFT: Not Peavy

    • BluePulaski says:
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      @JFT: easy…Cain and ubaldo

  53. Carl Hungis says:
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    Start Tanner Roark @ STL?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carl Hungis: I don’t like it in most leagues

  54. Scooterboy says:
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    Could use a little advice please. I own Mike Napoli at my Catcher position and Boston is not playing two days this week, plus the talk is they will possibly rest him even more this week. Was thinking about picking up either Salvador Perez or A. J. Pierzynski. Both play everyday this week. I kind of like the matchups for Pierzynski with the Astros and all, but Perez has been red hot as of late. Who would you suggest? Thanks for the advice.

    • BluePulaski says:
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      @Scooterboy: both will play this week…AJ is most likely between the two to sit for at least one game or more depending on whether or not either team are eliminated…AJ is older…if he’s tired he might get a rest…if both are eliminated, Sal could still play every game while rangers might give others a shot…Sal probably has more upside in bavg while AJ in hrs…I’d go with my pal Sal

  55. BluePulaski says:
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    H2H, 10-team mixed, keep 15
    1. Trout, 2. Harper, 3. McCutchen, 4. Stanton, 5. J. Upton, 6. Beltre, 7. Tulowitzki, 8. Hosmer, 9. Kipnis, 10. Strasburg, 11. Wainwright, 12. Chapman, 13. Moore, 14. Bailey, 15. Shelby

    Rest of the gang:
    Hitters: Gordon, Adams (dropped Rizzo for him, will pick up Rizzo if I have championship in hand before end of week)
    Catcher: who do you like between Salvador and Ramos for final week?
    My current slot is empty…dropped Sal for streamers to win last week)…I’m going to see how my week starts off before deciding when to add the catcher and who to drop
    Closers: Chapman, Benoit, Reed, Grilli (will drop any of these later in the week besides Chapman if it makes sense h2h)

    My other pitchers: Gio (I know Gio should be a keeper but I’m putting him in the doghouse for now), Iwakuma, Medlen, Ryu, D. Holland, Garza, Cobb, Gray, Niese

    Iwakuma’s last start is Wednesday (Waino is likely done 2day if Cards can clinch before his next start)…given my lineup…should I be hesitating to drop Iwakuma on Wednesday?

    Medlen, Garza, Cobb go Thursday…will drop all 3 on Thurs for streamers.

    I only have 6 adds for the week.

    Thoughts? Any input is greatly appreciated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BluePulaski: Perez… No, I’d drop Iwakuma after Wednesday… Sounds fine on Thursday…

      • BluePulaski says:
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        @Grey: u da man Grey the White (formerly known as Grey the Grey)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  56. Kronker says:
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    Its going to be a tough choice on which three to keep next year in my 12-team h2h:
    Giving up a 5th round pick for Freeman
    24th for Billy Hamilton
    24th for Gerrit Cole
    12th for Shelby Miller
    24th for DomBrown
    1st for CarGo
    2nd for Bautista
    20th for Everth Cabrera
    5th for Wainwright
    1st for Braun
    24th for Liriano

    Any initial thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kronker: Hamilton, Brown, Cole

  57. B.Loblaw says:
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    59 IP left for the season, can you help rank these starts?

    no brainers: Hamels@MIA, Scherzer@MIN
    going for it: Estrada@ATL, Moore@NYY, Cobb@NYY, Yordano@SEA, Yordano@CWS
    drop ‘em now?: Peavy@COL, Lester@COL

    Basically, wondering if I should just dump Peavy and Lester now and try to stream from the ugly likes of Thornburg@ATL, Erlin vARI, Volquez@SFG, Eovaldi v mailing-it-in-DET…

    W’s are in the bag, but ERA/WHIP are close enough that ~3 teams around me can move spots every day.

    • B.Loblaw says:
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      @B.Loblaw: Oh, and I guess Moore @TOR pending TB wild card race on the last day and Estrada @NYM too. I’m thinking I don’t need to be screwing around with the COL starts and have enough starts to push over the IP on the last day without them.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @B.Loblaw: Hamels, Scherzer, Estrada, Ventura, Ventura, Cobb… Drop Lester and Peavy

      • Bombo Rivera says:
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        @Grey: Lester’s last start is @BAL. Still not great, but at least it’s not Coors.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, not good, especially with the Sox clinched

  58. J-FOH says:
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    will Hitter-Tron be hibernating in the off season? I’ve been keeping my car in the garage since his public release for fear of a new trunk hole.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: Ha! I don’t know what it’s plans are yet… Guessing CES in January, but beyond that I’m not sure

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: those poor ice and vending machines in vegas

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re gonna get neglected when he sees all the new electronics…

          • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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            @Grey: Hitter tron will never leave vegas after the show, thats when the vegas reg electros will get hit, It will be a Leaving Las vegas style send off for hitter tron. will he make it back next year….stay tuned!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha! I could see it settling down with a new sound system…

              • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                @Grey: Hitter Tron can’t stay faithful. If he gets anywhere near that old vegas sign graveyard we could lose him for weeks to necroelecrophilia

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He’d lose his shizz on Fremont… All of those lights and slot machines…

                  • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                    @Grey: like me at the bunny ranch

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Exactly

  59. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Attention everyone:

    Griffin is not going to be a 2 start this week.

    Per MLB Network Radio ?

    Melvin says Tommy Milone will start tonight and everyone will get pushed back one day. “It’s quite a luxury to have a Tommy Milone.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!

  60. Swagger Jackers says:
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    @Grey: I don’t think I could stomach having Cobb as my number one next year. Fortunately I don’t think anyone else can either so he’ll be around later in drafts.

    I’m really curious to see where ESPN ranks guys like him, G. Cole, Jose Fernandez, and $ner.

    By the way, I won my 12 team H2H this week and am sitting in first place in my roto league in the final week. You really nailed it with Scherzer and Goldy this year.

    Ike Davis and Todd Frazier, not so much. ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats!

  61. chillmodious says:
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    Grey,

    Do you like Estrada today? It’s in Atlanta, but the SON likes it with a 13.5.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, sounds decent…

  62. Zoltan says:
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    So I have Rosario and am looking to drop him. Should I get Perez or Ramos?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez

  63. herschel says:
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    @Grey: who do you like best for era and whip? SON numbers in parentheses.

    miller vs was (13.3)
    teheran vs phi (12.9)
    gray @ sea (11.6)
    parker @ sea (10.4)
    shields @ cws (8.2)

    thanks.

    • herschel says:
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      @herschel: actually, which two do you like best.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shields, Parker, Miller

  64. chillmodious says:
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    Aaand… Grilli or Ziegler if I need saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ziegler

  65. Boy Wonder says:
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    Start Samardzija vs the Pirates at home tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t

  66. mraccoe says:
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    Early keeper question. Last keeper between Zimmermann, Cobb or Cashner?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimmermann

  67. AJ says:
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    Sup Grey you liking Ventura@ Sea over Chen @ TB and or Halladay @Mia?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: coo also in a tight race in saves losing by uno, you think my team of Kimbrel, Soriano, Grilli are enough to win me that category? or shold i grab Hawkins..other guy has Koji, Zieg, and Frieri..thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, grab Hawkins

  68. chillmodious says:
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    Is McCarthy going to burn me today? I’m passing on a bunch of options (Ventura, Quintana, Estrada, etc) and throwing him, but I don’t feel very good about it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Should be fine, obviously nothing’s in the bag until the games are played

  69. Mountain Man says:
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    Thanks again, Grey. Made the H2H finals by the slimmest of margins thanks to your advice.

    Sorry if someone already posted this, but I think the Pads shut Cashner down so he will not start against the Giants.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, good luck! Ah… Gotcha on Cash… Good to know…

  70. Devil in a New Dress says:
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    Can we hold hands and make a prayer shape that mr 1 start all season yordano will not implode my fantasy season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Shape formed!

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @Grey: we need to start a hands across the razz-nation for those that need it through the season. We can run it through twitter….I will refuse to stand next to T.Moore

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We can put Jay Wrong next to him…

          • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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            @Grey: it’s that whole art gallery thing huh

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              They’re art connoisseurs?

              • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                @Grey: it was on either the baseball or football podcast, Jaywrong has an art gallery. Now I picture him in turtlenecks 24/7

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You can do an art gallery of gifs?

                  • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                    @Grey: *mind blown* drooling …hahahahahahaha!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

  71. Matt says:
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    Hey Grey, I need help picking 4 SPs for the week, I’m behind in K’s & W’s going into Week 2 of the finals:
    Kershaw vsCOL
    Homer B vsPIT
    Ubaldo vsCHW, @MIN (last game of year-clinched?)
    AJ Griffin @LAA, maybe @SEA (last game of year-clinched?)
    M Estrada @ATL, @NYM
    Latos vsPIT
    J Quintana vsTOR, vsKC
    W Miley vsWAS, @SD

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey, Ubaldo, Estrada, Latos

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

  72. E says:
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    Rank for H2H pts:

    Haren @ ARI (4.8)
    Zimmerman @ STL (3.7)
    Peavy @ COL (2.6)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimm, Haren

      • E says:
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        @Grey: What about Kluber @ MIN (12.7)? Thx

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Would be between Zimm and Haren

  73. AJ says:
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    Who you liking from these 2 for there final start? Gray @ Sea or Wilson @ Tex gracias

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gray

  74. chillmodious says:
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    Grey…

    SON doesn’t like the next two starts for Tyson Ross, but they look really sweet to me: vs. AZ and @ SF.

    I have a moves limit in one of my leagues, so who would be your two-start pitcher of choice:

    Ross (vs. AZ, SON $5.3 / @ SF, SON $2.3)
    Estrada (@ ATL, SON $13.5 / @ NYM, SON $16.8)
    McCarthy (@ SD, SON $11.2 / vs. Wash, SON $6.4)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ross

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Even if I’m looking for Ws?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          None are good for wins

  75. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto league. currently tied for first in saves with another team trailing us by one save. overall, i am in second, trailing first place by 4 points. i have the most room to gain points in era and whip (could realistically move up 2 pts in each). our league allows either 5 closers/2 relievers or 4 starters/3 relievers. all of that being said, am i best off starting 4 starters with my closers being kenley/farquhar/ziegler or should i bench ziegler and take a shot with another starter (parker, gray or miller)? thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those aren’t good start for this week… I’d go Ziegler

  76. PistolPete says:
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    Hey grey do you like bruce chen tomorrow @ Sea?
    Thanks for all your help!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup…No problem

  77. Gareth says:
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    Hey Grey,

    I can only start 9 and I have to Bench 4 of the following Pitchers for this week:

    Archer, Chris TB: BAL, @TOR

    Bailey, Homer CIN : PIT

    Estrada, Marco MIL: @ATL, @NYM

    Gray, Sonny OAK: @SEA

    Hamels, Cole PHI: @MIA

    Jimenez, Ubaldo CLE : CHW, @MIN

    Miley, Wade ARI: @SD, WAS

    Nova, Ivan NYY: @HOU

    Porcello, Rick DET: @MIA

    Gonzalez, Gio WAS: @STL

    Hernandez, Felix SEA: OAK

    Parker, Jarrod OAK: @ SEA

    John Lackey BOS: @COL, @BAL

    I am mainly looking to improve WHIP, WINS and ERA. Who Sits?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lackey, Gray, F-Her, Gio…Sit

  78. frankgrimes says:
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    start or sit?
    Shark vs Pit
    Ryu @ SF
    Moore @NY

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit, sit, start

  79. The Dude says:
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    What’s your take on Enny Romero? Called up yesterday and posted a respectable performance for the Rays.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He didn’t get to 5 innings and walked 4 guys… It’s not good…

  80. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, who do you like for avg this week?

    posey – 3 vs lad, 3 vs sd
    ramos – 3 @stl, 3 @ ari

    also which of these for dh?

    choo – 3 vs nym, 3 vs pit
    rizzo – 3 vs pit, 3 @ stl
    victorino – 2 @ col, 3 @ bal

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Posey… Choo

  81. fastex says:
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    Grey,

    Adams or Lind for this week?
    Need 3B for Miggy. A-Rod, Dominguez, or hold?

    thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams… Miggy

  82. Fungazi says:
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    Dam, Jennings was just starting to get good again. Mild hamstring strain and expected back this week.. do you see him starting another game?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably late in the week

  83. Big AL says:
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    I’m thinking Beltran is gone and Craig goes to right and Moobs goes to first and Taveras fills in for any body that gets hurt or wins the centerfield job out right. Whats your take on this thought. God I love being a Cardinal fan………..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sounds about right… What’s Holliday’s contract like? He there for another year?

      • Big AL says:
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        @Grey: Not sure ,but Holiday wants to stay a Cardinal and who wouldn’t. Mr.Consistancy isn’t going anywhere if he keeps hitting 300 and scoring 100 runs and knocking in 100 RBI;s. He’s been a big part of the Cards run this last month. Him and Moobs have been clutch down the stretch. The cards can rest him and keep him fresh next year. They have that luxury.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, but they could choose to go less expensively and be just as good by moving on from Beltran and Holliday… I honestly don’t know their contract situations…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, been there before… It’s infuriating and fascinating…

              • Carnac says:
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                Apparently BJ Upton makes the annual salary of a high school teacher every 1.5 ABs. And lucky for him he wasn’t playing ball during the presidency of Known Socialist Ronald Reagan.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Carnac: I’ll be in Portland in mid October

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA!

  84. Big AL says:
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    Thought number two. Billy Hamilton could bunt half the time and hit 300 easy. When he doesn’t bunt he can slap it pass a drawn in 1B and 3B. If he hits 300 he could steal a 150 bases. What is time down the 1st base line ? he’s insanely fast. He could be the highest 3 category ever. OOPS !!!! Forgot he’s playing under the Dusty. He’ll mess this up some way. Maury and Lou move over here comes Billy Speed……….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I never said I thought he’d get 600 ABs… Dusty is a big problem… He’s an easy .280 hitter with his speed… He nearly beat out a hard hit ball to shortstop… That’s insane…

  85. Jason says:
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    Start Kimbrel or Hawlkins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kimbrel

  86. Gareth says:
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    I’m happy that the Indians are in the last Wild card spot right now, however this is Texas’s final 7 games and Pitching Opponents:

    09/23/2013 vs. HOU 8:05pm Jordan Lyles
    09/24/2013 vs. HOU 8:05pm Brad Peacock
    09/25/2013 vs. HOU 8:05pm Dallas Keuchel
    09/26/2013 vs. LAA 8:05pm Jerome Williams
    09/27/2013 vs. LAA 8:05pm C.J. Wilson
    09/28/2013 vs. LAA 8:05pm Garrett Richards
    09/29/2013 vs. LAA 3:05pm Jason Vargas

    Talk about a Cake Walk. It Ain’t over yet………………………

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is easy, I’ll give you that… Still have to play the games…

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        the angels will play to eliminate the rangers ,
        and be happy to do so .
        texas is toast .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’d just lose in the first round of the playoffs anyway…

  87. I am the man right now says:
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    Dynasty league offseason.. I won, I am the man!! Of these scrubski’s who would you keep? If any? Uggla, rutledge, Viciedo, miguel gonzalez, Josh beckett, colby Lewis, brandon mccarthy, tyson ross, or zach mcallister?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats! I’d keep none

  88. Wake Up says:
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    Hey!
    I just won my H2H League!!!
    sike…
    I didn’t win!!!
    sike…
    I lost!!!
    sike…
    I’m not sure how to spell sike!
    sike…
    I do know how – it’s psych…
    Is it psych?
    sike…
    my H2H league isn’t even over yet!!!
    you always fall for that one…

    • Prezzii says:
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      @Wake Up: you are rubbing your mips huh? I knew, because im sike-ic!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Prezzii: Press E to speak to Miss Cleo…I got bandaids on both mips…and hopefully I’ll have some band-aides on my zipper on Friday night…and hopefully these band-aides this time don’t give the band-aids…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats…Psych!

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: one more week…crossing my yougreyschton tubes…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Are those near your Fallopian tube pasta?

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: nah…eustachian tubes are next to the Campanelle pasta…that’s why you hear the ringing…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              San Marzano blood type?

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: Hahaha…you’re a mime reader…I just made some sauce with my San Marzanos and froze it…silently…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  In a freezer you conjured with your fingers?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: and coincidentally and congruently…that might be why I’ve been throwing up all day…told my girl, I’m just trying to show you where the Maker’s mark made its mark…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You done overdid yourself

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: and you outdid yourself…nice win! I’m at 103 and can get to 105 but it’s not likely…I remember you commented a couple of times on the “perts” that draft and drop…I know I have commented many times about people drafting and dropping (Vin hates me for it)…maybe in your addressing the perts league there can also be a way to address the rest of the RCL..maybe physical violence?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not sure, but think the expert league is done… Rudy and I are just gonna go into a league where people actually want to play and not get free pub… Grey’s cracking down!

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: I’m hoping that this FCL comes together…that’ll be fun

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Agreed

  89. someone dropped Miguel Cabrera in my keeper league… its a $260 14 team league and he is jumping up to $49 next year.

    Is he worth the grab to keep? Leaning no, as that is prob a little high for him anyway and I could prob just buy him for that next year if I wanted to for that price.

    thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t know your other options, he’s fine at $49…Not great…

      • @Grey: it makes no difference for now. I would drop a player i def wouldnt keep (prob smoak). I am out of it now so I dont care bout this season.

        Prob just grab him and worry bout it later.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, yeah, grab him then…

  90. Bill S. Preston, Esq. says:
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    I’m planning my final day of stacking pitchers to go over our roto innings cap on Yahoo, for the purpose of chasing wins. I’m locked at the top for k’s, and just don’t want to do too much damage to era or whip, but wins are most important. I can go with one of these two groups depending on which day I pick to close out. Group B has bigger names, but SON likes Group A a little more. Which would you choose?

    Group A
    McCarthy (@SD, Stults)
    Leake (NYN, Niese)
    Salazar (CHA, Danks)
    Santana (@Sea, Iwakuma)
    Kennedy (Ari, Delgado)

    Group B
    Kazmir (@Min, Hernandez)
    Dickey (TB, Hellickson)
    Gallardo (@NYN, Torres)
    Pettite (@Hou, Oberholtzer)
    Porcello (@Mia, Koehler)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B

  91. Prezzii says:
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    Jack got a write up!? Holy moley…. Razzball must be truly short on employees… There goes 2 girl readers, a shemale and 53 dudes! Bringing your total weekly profit down to 5 1/2 nickels…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: wait, do we get nickels?…I got an empty sock

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope, no nickels!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: pesos?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Think an outdated means of payment… Handshakes?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Hugs?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yes, we can arrange that

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: too bad were not in New York, I could work for meatballs like the Wedding Singer

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Who says I got extra meatballs?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I was hoping Mama Albright would hook me up or Grandpa Joe has a meatball connect

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Family secret, sorry

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: you got an ugly female cousin that can’t get hitched?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Might be able to find someone for you

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I married for the meatballs….ugh that sounded wrong, I’m going to stick with it!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Pork, veal and beef…The exact ratio needs a marriage certificate…

    • Kid A says:
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      @Prezzii: Jack’s flop-sweat wafting all the way to the equator… I can only imagine the amount of editing poor Sky had to do.
      I hope he didn’t lop his ears off while knighting himself Sir Jack of Handcuffs. Going to need them to hear me laughing at his terrible teams and his expert advice columns.

      • Prezzii says:
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        @Kid A: hahaha!! I handcuffed myself to my bed so i wouldnt have to click on another article!

        All joking aside, it wasnt too bad actually… Well, being jack and all.. on the other hand, how can you screw up an article where you just list every teams backup RB? Zing!

        • Kid A says:
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          @Prezzii: But in all seriousness, copy-pasting is a high growth industry. May open up some career doors for him so he doesn’t have to buy video games on layaway anymore.
          An idea: his next article series could be listing which stadiums the games are being played in every week. Take wing and SOAR, Jackson!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Kid A: it must be difficult being the smartest guy in the room. You couldn’t write for the razz because everything would go over our heads. Please sprinkle us with your knowledge and win my league…both of them

        • Wake Up says:
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          @Prezzii: you guys are brutal…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Wake Up: I expect nothing less from this group. This would be more fun if we all got to spend time together in real life….Live RCL Frequent Commenter Draft in 2014 with Steve NZ on Skype?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @J-FOH: @Wake Up: There’s no internet in my parents’ basement.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @SteveNZ: wife tossed you out of FBB?

              • J-FOH says:
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                @J-FOH: *over

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @J-FOH: Haha, no. Though she might when she sees me checking my phone when we go to Fiji at the end of the week.

                  When you’re first in one league, second in an RCL and in the final of your H2H league, it’s an interesting time to be going on vacay…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I like their water. Fiji.

            • Wake Up says:
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              @SteveNZ: Hahaha…I have to go to a cafe…

          • Prezzii says:
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            @Wake Up: he knows im just yanking his chain! In a non sexual kind of way…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Prezzii: @Prezzii: Don’t be jealous because I have a working computer born in this century and if you wanted a gig then all you needed to do was ask.

          The article is more geared toward the every man/ non expert, think Gareth for football to put some clarity to the mess teams put us through on the week in week out crazy that is the NFL. Besides I had naked pictures of Sky and Chris Ivory and had my asking price.

          • Prezzii says:
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            @J-FOH: haha you know im just givin you hard time man! I honestly thought it was good.. i was impressed!

            • Prezzii says:
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              And what would my articles be about? Mat adams jokes and my forbidden love for molly? Haha dont think the readers wanna hear all that…

              Although, tehol has a job here so i guess anything is possible…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Haha

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Prezzii: you like my G3 for my target audience?

  92. Fungazi says:
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    Only two more starts need ERA & WHIP:

    Minor vs Mil
    Griffin @LAA
    Cain vs LA
    Perez vs Hou

    Gotta be Cain & Perez right?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Fungazi: Only thing I’m concerned with is Perez’s WHIP is usually much higher than Minor/Griffin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Minor and Perez

  93. Andrew says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Just made it to the Finals in my H2H league thanks to you for the 3rd straight year. My pitching is outgunned by my opponent but I can out man him (I have no closers and have been streaming all season). Picked up Holland on a whim last night because he was available, would you start him tonight in Arlington vs the Astros? Seems risky but the rastros are just so bad I feel like it should be a no brainer. What are your thoughts?

    Thanks man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Holland…

  94. What’s up Grey –
    so I’m up 13 saves up still. is it finally time to safely cut a closer to focus on other categories (2 back in RBIs, 1 back in R’s – with a diff of 7 runs deciding 4 points)? If so, which one would you cut?

    my guys:
    – Uehara, Perkins, Jansen, & Janssen

    his:
    – Henderson, Farquhar, Romo, Soriano, Benoit, Rodney

    also, if I’m chasing runs and could use a couple rbis, would you go with Avisail, Swisher, Blackmon or Torii this week?

    also also – I’m 4 steals back and the leader has just started using Billy Hamilton – should I basically cut my losses there? I could drop Dyson for some more-reliable counting stats from one of the above guys, perhaps?

    thanks a ton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cut Jansen, Perkins, Uehara…Avisail, Torii, Blackmon… Yeah, lose Dyson…

      • @Grey: thanks. I’m in 2nd, only 1.5 pts back so this’ll be a crazy week

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  95. Jason says:
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    Grey, just want to say thanks for helping me this season. I’ve shed my old “Tampa Bay Jay” moniker in both of my leagues. Gone from cellar dweller to 2nd in each and have a shot for 1st.

    Some Key draftees and advice from you this season:

    1. AuShizz!
    2. Marte’ Parte’ Sleeper (traded for Darvish at the deadline)
    3. 2nd Half sell on Kipnis (traded for R. Zimmerman at the break)
    4. Shelby Miller Sleeper (traded in a package to get McCutchen at the break)
    5. Sat on Moob Adams for a month until an opening came up for him. Boom! Just in time.

    Not so key (but I ann’t complainin!):

    Fraizer (sleeper), Rutledge(sleeper) and Estrada(sleeper)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not bad!

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: oh yeah.. forgot to mention, was also able to recover from losing both Brauny and Reyes in the same league.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Impressive!

  96. OaktownSteve says:
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    So this week is pretty much an RCL victory lap for you, eh Albright? Much like my beloved A’s. For the second year in a row, they close it out in the last regular season home game. Sweet.

    I’m in a dandy RCL this year. Just when I thought there was no more juice in the orange, I made up 35 RBIs on Vin in 7 days. Did not see that coming. Now tied and with a chance to get from 100 to 101, but for sure no guarantee. Meanwhile, a guy who has a solid team but checked out for awhile checked back in and started streaming like crazy to get to his 180. He’s got 8 starters going today, for instance. So a point I banked in wins is now in jeopardy, but a point the guy behind me banked in Ks is even more threatened.

    Meanwhile, the guy behind me is one save behind the next guy, so it’s looking a lot like one save or one RBI might decide this thing. Really good, fun league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup! I benched all my pitchers, no reason to start them… Crazy that that guy suddenly checked in… I always get suspicious when that happens like someone in the league emailed them and told them to chase you…

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        I have been hoping he’d come back. Helps more than hurts me. Gonna be a great finish.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha… I was hoping for a nail biter in my league but it’s now a cake walk

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @Grey:

            gotta love that .
            congratulations !

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

    • Prezzii says:
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      @OaktownSteve: t’was a beautiful thing my friend. Was watching the post game and cespedes’ interpreter was smokin a cigar and drinkin a beer during the whole interview… F*ck it, i guess… Haha

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Prezzii:

        Yeah I was there yesterday. I’m pretty effing wrecked. I’m living in Wrexico City right now. Such a great day at the park.

        • Prezzii says:
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          @OaktownSteve: it looked packed! Glad they could wrap it up at home… Got your playoff tickets? My buddy went tuesday and bought a ton of them.

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Prezzii:

            Yup. Got three full strips.

  97. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    Pretty hilarious that the fantasy baseball finals are always played during the week(s) when the real-life dudes couldn’t care less.

    Seems like I got a little of that going on with Machado and Hardy. With the Newark Cake & Pie in the finals once again, is it time to shitcan a guy like that, someone who’s either gassed or zoned out, for someone like Alcides or Lucas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would, yeah

      • Sixto Lezcano says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man. So you’d drop Hardy for Alcides. And what about Wieters for Ramos?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Do both moves

  98. AJ says:
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    Man is it just me or does it seem like the Orioles have ran out of gas in crunch time…owning 4 O’s is really killing me..hope they snap out of it soon

    • Sixto Lezcano says:
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      @AJ: See above comment!!! Wow! I might have to ax Machado, Wieters and Hardy because all three are killing me.

      • AJ says:
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        @Sixto Lezcano: yup I have the same players too Machoman, Hardy, Weiters and Jones…don’t think I will be picking them up next year maybe just Jones…

        • Sixto Lezcano says:
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          @AJ: Yeah but what about Hardy. Even Grey came around on him – for where you drafted him (or picked him up on waivers?) he was a great source of power from the SS position all year long. He helped me get this far, I have to say that.

          • AJ says:
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            @Sixto Lezcano: yea he was a good source of power, but I don’t know if he’ll produce the same next year….oh schnapps O’s take the lead…let’s keep it going!!!

            • AJ says:
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              @AJ: wow Weiters great hitters count 3-1 and you hit a weak infield pop up!! Wut a bum smh

              • Sixto Lezcano says:
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                @AJ: Yeah Wieters still crapping the bed but Macho hit and scored and Hardy knocked one in. Let’s keep slamming them for the reverse jinx!

                • AJ says:
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                  @Sixto Lezcano: awww damn here come back the rays…they better not go into another 18 inning game lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, they’ve fallen apart…

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: I know man…when ever they show the players in the dug out…they all look miserable with no confidence…just waiting for the season to be over….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re all like one big Justin Upton

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: last year at this time he wasn’t like that. and he wasn’t making no playoffs last year.

  99. Matt says:
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    In 11 team league, do you think one could get by in 2014 with the staff of Jose Fernandez, Gerrit Cole, Teheran, Shelby, Taijuan Walker and Sonny Gray?

    • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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      @Matt: I would say probably, assuming no major injuries.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  100. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    McCarthy at Petco or Estrada @ Atlanta, Braves just locked up their division… Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McCarthy… Both are decent

  101. Hey Grey Man – been hanging with you in the Blog Wars League On Yahoo – I been running Andrews team for most of the year – Kluber Lang

    Dynasty League – need to drop 2 here – which 2 is the question

    Lackey
    Joe Kelly
    Salazar
    Matin Perez
    Ryu

    also man do you have any love for Matt Davidson to keep around in a Dynasty League

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lackey, Kelly… Davidson I like, have talked about him a few times… Check his player page… I’m not running the Blog Wars team, that’s Prospect Scott…

  102. John Axford's Meat Stache says:
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    You think Adam Jones is pressing a little bit? Seems to do this at the end of every year….3 K’s already….gross.

    • AJ says:
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      @John Axford’s Meat Stache: Hes probably too busy thinking about how many Hoes he gonna be HOTDAMMING in the off season!! LoL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe

  103. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    wow machado went down and out on a cart ,knee buckled

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch, hope it doesn’t mess him up for next year

  104. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Machado hurt. Looks bad.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  105. Nathan says:
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    SON loves Jason Vargas at home against Oakland tomorrow. Are you on board?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds decent, not great

  106. AJ says:
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    Yup looks like machado out for the year…poor guy..good kid

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks

  107. OaktownSteve says:
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    Son of Donald is #3 WAR guy this year. Ahead of Cabrera even. Donaldson is crushing it in UZR leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, totally outperformed any thought I had on him…

  108. OaktownSteve says:
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    Loaded up for Will Myers. C’mon kid.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @OaktownSteve:

      Atta boy.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Came through

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Here come more trainers…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Grrr, wanted the Hold opp for Hunter.

        Now here he is in a tied game…

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @SteveNZ: Double play, please.

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @SteveNZ: Noooooo

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @SteveNZ: Phew.

  109. SteveNZ says:
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    Cozart vs The Haranguatang, or a possibly hungover Lowrie vs Richards?

    For the ol’ H2H…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @SteveNZ:

      Cozart

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Surprised the A’s aren’t resting a few more.

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @SteveNZ:

          I was a little surprised too. I will say that the celebration after the game was much, much more sedate this year. Which makes sense. Not as much drama. They’re only two in the loss column down to Boston and holding home field against Detroit. Too soon to throw it into neutral.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cozart

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @OaktownSteve: @Grey: I’m never listening to you guys again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What happened?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, Lowrie… Damn… Sorry…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: I even though to myself “dude pretty much won me my matchup yesterday, should give him the chance to go again today”, but I figured he might be a bit the worse for wear, and the recommendation of Cozart from both of you was too much to ignore…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sorry about that… I figured the same as Oaktown probably… After the clinch yesterday, guys wouldn’t be on their game and Cozart got Harang…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Eh, you’re OK. I was convinced enough myself of the merits of starting Cozart to make the switch.

                Would be unusual for a wrong call at the start of the week to be the difference in the end.

                Pissed I didn’t notice Grilli was on the wire though…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, that sucks about Grilli

  110. Carnac says:
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    I liked Evan Longoria more when he’d be terrific for 300 ABs and then chill out on the DL.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Carnac: Hey Carnac,I’llbe in Portland in mid October

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  111. goodfold2 says:
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    if this machado thing means he misses enough days that he can’t come in for wright when he gets off days, should i grab davidson/aramis/dominguez/gyorko? Or just say screw it and fade the wright off days (probably 2-3 this week) and grab hamilton for steals?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado looks done for the season, easily… Grab Gyorko or Hamilton, depends on needs

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: it’s sounding bad too. so i’ll drop immediately.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: i need the steals, but i more need to have someone useful in general in a roster spot everyday (wright appears to be off at least 1/3 of the time now) so i’ll grab hamilton later in week; and gyorko is better than aramis/davidson/dominguez at this point.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

  112. SteveNZ says:
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    Now win it for Tommy!

  113. SteveNZ says:
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    Well that’s not the best start to the H2H week.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Shit – my opponent has Peralta.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, not good at all… Still early!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: I don’t expect to win Wins (and the ERA and WHIP should come down quickly enough), but it’s always nice to get one…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya..>So how was this team you’re facing in the regular season? They finish above you?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Yeah, he finished 3rd, I was 4th, though I would have finished ahead of him if I hadn’t had a crappy last week.

            His main threats are Papi, Trumbo, Hanley and A-Gonz, with a helping of Holliday.

            Hopefully Papi, Hanley and A-Gonz will be sitting/loafing this week. At least I have a few guys who still have something to play for.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That sounds promising… You have who? The main hitters… Goldy?

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Yeah, plus Votto, Philips, Lowrie, W Ramos, Rajai, J-Up, Bonifacio, Panda (though haven’t started him in a while).

                And hoping to luck into some production with Avisail…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sounds like a solid team… Let’s go, SteveNZ! I’ve already wrapped up two leagues, in contention on a third, but seems doubtful…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Nice – congrats!

                    I’m planning to go to, or over the GS limit in the RCL before I go on vacay, but still need plenty of hitters’ counting stats this week…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I remember from looking… You need a ton of offense…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Lucroy answers the batty call…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice!

  114. goodfold2 says:
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    owning matusz and hunter sure was good today. one blows save, other one gets loss. 3 earned, 5 outs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yikes

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: nope, i forgot, i have matusz and hunter in different places. thank god.

  115. goodfold2 says:
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    at least in the league where i’m playing for a championship i was up against archer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s good

  116. goodfold2 says:
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    damn, in a roto league i just last second benched other cargo for dyson, need steals more than homers. didn’t think with minor out there other cargo would be on base much. So far I was right.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  117. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    in a league where i had asche both when he was good and to fill in for aramis while he was injured again am i better off with brad miller, as he seems back (starting today) and could fill in for gyorko off days and/or aybar (who’s been terrible lately).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gyorko

  118. SteveNZ says:
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    Wow, something not right with Halladay. Gone already and according to the Twitter had sweat pouring off him with the first batter, topped out at 83…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, was watching it… Something was definitely up…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: i told everyone to avoid that. not the sweating, maybe he’s having a stroke?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not sure, it didn’t look good

  119. AJ says:
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    So Grey who are your World Series picks? I’m going Dodgers/Sox

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mets/Padres…Oh, wait… Tigers/Dodgers

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: hahaha I came close to choosing them too!! But naaaa I sobered up!! Lol

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  120. SteveNZ says:
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    Bases loaded for Votto…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like he’s gonna walk

  121. SteveNZ says:
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    Damn. Neil Walker.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So hot right now

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        …that Hansel

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  122. chillmodious says:
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    My #1 squad is breaking down before the finish line… Craig / Segura / Gardner / Machado all gone, and Miggy / Jennings / Choo aren’t far behind. Oy. I smell doom. Or maybe that’s just my socks. Either way, it’s bad. I’m narrowly leading all the offensive cats and I have limited moves (and socks) left, so…

    1. Replace Machado with?: Gyorko / Aaron Hill / Frazier / A-Rod

    2. Should I keep a precious roster move and hang on to Des Jennings, or lose him (and a stream spot)? This really is more about whether or not you think he’ll be back very soon. Blackmon / Dom Brown are available, but I need to stream and only have a few moves left.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… 1. Hill 2. Lose Desmond

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, much appreciated.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: how long has segura been out? i’m playing him in a championship right now. The owner must not pay attention to roster. which is funny because i’m offering a partial chop since 2nd place gets nothing (small buy in 10 teamer, a few newbies, but this guy isn’t newbie)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          About five days now I think… A while…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: i know this owner played my friend in the semi’s last week and beat him, but sat night he picked up haren, but didn’t play him. had he played him he would’ve lost to my friend. today he’s benched quintana, but played archer. nice.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Odd

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Grey: also has gregg. Nice.

  123. SteveNZ says:
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    Glad Werth didn’t do that yesterday.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: not glad he did it today.

  124. skunk says:
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    Siemen with his first shot! Vicedo scores, too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  125. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Lawrie or middlebrooks ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can I say neither? Lawrie…

  126. SteveNZ says:
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    Garcia! That tastes almost as good as the miso I’m having right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Miso hungry!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: i really think avisail is grey’s best in season hitter scoop. He was telling me (all of us too) to grab that guy way before he was producing back at DET. I didn’t listen as others were producing but it hurt me in the end.

  127. goodfold2 says:
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    cueto’s out, NOW wright, homer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, K

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: doh!

  128. goodfold2 says:
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    hope ventura does as good as morton. i could’ve had either, picked ventura, that cubs stadium always scares the hell out of me. Seager also has been terrible for a while. That SEA team seems to go with him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I wouldn’t have went near Morton…

  129. SteveNZ says:
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    Melancon meltdown needed here.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Don’t mess with me. Don’t mess with ME. #stevemagicisback

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HA!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        And that’s why I have Melancon on my bench…

  130. Jay says:
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    so after tonight i’ll have about 25 IP left til i hit my cap. a little mis management in the beginning but anyway…
    I need to make up som points in ERA and Whip. can gain at least 5 combined points if played right – there’s a bunch of us hovering around .0003 pts in Era and Whip.

    question is what’s the better approach with such limitations? my starters Homer bailey, greinke, gio, latos so i have already stripped down to RPs. Do i ditch these other SPs too?
    I have siegrist, clippard, strop, romo, addison reed, and ziegler.

    any other RPs to target?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t know their matchups, but maybe ditch them too…

  131. goodfold2 says:
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    @Grey: last week whole championship team with choo/mccutch/boneface/lucroy (probably leads league in catcher steals) got 2. Choo has 2 today. nice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  132. AJ says:
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    Oooo lordy this Ventura guy looking solid so far!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Real nasty

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @AJ: YEP!. Also getting a vulture save in some league from watson. i had him for holds and don’t need saves with my 28.33 innings left.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: yes, they yanked him, i will get a hold instead. and only .33 of an inning. YES!

  133. letsgobravos says:
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    Of course Choo swipes 2 bags today after my team had 2 steals all of last week. One of his 2 steals today last week would have put me into the finals. Or I could have just grabbed Billy Hamilton before anyone else did last week. Apparently he has everyone totally freaked out and caused an ump to get drilled with a fastball tonight after the catcher called a pitch out….

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/23/billy-hamilton-had-the-mets-totally-psyched-out/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I saw it live… He’s amazing…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: i had 1 steal last week (benched one of boneface’s) and choo last week.

  134. SteveNZ says:
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    Ha! In the Smack Talk box from my H2H opponent – “Who the fuck is Avisail Garcia?”

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: he should be asking who the fuck he himself is, and how he made the finals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone doesn’t read Razzball

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: depending on how long you’ve owned avisail though, he should’ve noticed he’s been one of the hottest hitters for a while now, other than that tooth thing. I was kicking myself for not getting him in my money leagues about a month ago.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I didn’t own him through the tooth thing and Rudy has him now, but, yeah, he’s hot as I wrote above in the post

  135. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    anybody remember back in the day when this verlander line would’ve kinda depressed his owners. 6 innings, 9 baserunners. The 12 K’s part and no earned runs were good. I would’ve kinda whined about a 1.5 whip last year had i owned him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, the WHIP wasn’t pretty

  136. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Will Venable might not play again this season due to what Padres manager Bud Black refers to as an “abdominal situation.” soooo looks I need to pick up an outfielder – Who to pick?

    Marlon Byrd
    S Marte
    Gattis
    Junior Lake
    Calhoun ?
    Darin Ruf
    Khris Davis
    Avisail Garcia

    My team is Vmart – Ortiz – M Carpenter – Miguel Cabrera – Dozier – Puig – Jupton – Jham – Holiday – venable ???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail

  137. AJ says:
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    Holy moly crazy ending in the pirate game..i got scurrrred!!!! yay yay Grilli got the save….phewww

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, and Melancon looks further lost

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: yup!! man and Beltran finally homers after i drop the old man…geesh…hmmm looks like the cardinals are doing the same 9th inning strategy as the bucs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  138. Alex says:
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    Just need a QS. One start left

    Petit vs SD, Arroyo vs Pit or Gee vs MIL

    Thanks

    • Alex says:
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      @Alex: Please throw in kazmir at min too

      appreciate it

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Is Gee home or away?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Alex: gee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gee

  139. SteveNZ says:
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    Jesus, Grilli was somehow on the wire in my H2H league – and my opponent just grabbed him. We now both have 4 closers…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: they really should just give that job to watson or farns. or even wilson.

    • AJ says:
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      @SteveNZ: i feel your pain..i was super tempted to pick up Blackmon and my opponent just picked him up..oh well we’ll see wut happens

  140. AJ says:
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    Yelich heating up again??? drop Rizzo man for him??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  141. Larry says:
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    Hola

    Have only 7.2 inn left. Risk starting fister tomorrow? or wait for 3 days when i have 3 SPs going to maximize numbers? yahoo loop hole

    Stupid holland tossed a CGSO, asshole

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forget Fister..>Wait 3 days

  142. B.o.B says:
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    Thornburg (0.85 ERA, 1.01 WHIP in 31.2 road innings) @ Atl or Ross (2.18, 0.99 in 45.1 home innings) vs. AZ tomorrow? Or I can do both if you really like both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Both

  143. goodfold2 says:
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    g.richards in 16 teamer where i’m playing for 5th instead of morton today, not good idea. also have ventura here as well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ventura looks dazzling thus far, but he’s getting wild…

      • AJ says:
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        @Grey: damn..well that sux with ventura getting wild and all..kendrys better not homer of this reliever or else im sunk

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: gotta get this one out. also playing against perkins and plouffe that’s gotta be an out as well.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: since when is Plouffe intentionally walkable?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha, seriously…

  144. SteveNZ says:
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    Oh, McCarthy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dammit!

  145. SteveNZ says:
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    Effing Will Smith.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @SteveNZ: that should end up being only 1 earned run. when he left, without an error, it would’ve been guys on 1st and 2nd, with 2 outs. only 1 of those should score from 2nd on a single.

    • Kid A says:
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      @SteveNZ: fuuuuuuuccccckkkkkk

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he messed that up royally…

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey: *rimshot*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bam!

  146. who do we like tmrw, Kuroda vs. Rays or Miley at Petco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Miley

  147. Kid A says:
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    Pinch hit for Dyson. Damnit. Bleed for speed.

  148. SteveNZ says:
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    What the eff are the Royals doing, bunting there? Stupid effing idiots.

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: That’s more like it! Now, lets see some Hochevar and some Holland…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @SteveNZ: Christ, not you too, Hochevar.

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          @SteveNZ: I can’t believe this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  149. SteveNZ says:
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    Would love SD to score again here. Get out beyond a 3-run lead…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No Street sighting for you, huh?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: That’s a save for my opponent unfortunately. And Hochevar has just effed up another Hold opp and a possible Holland save opp.

        • Kid A says:
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          @SteveNZ: mother mary and joseph. hochevar has (had) been bedrock.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha…

  150. goodfold2 says:
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    bench 2 tomorrow out of. can’t bench 2 OF’ers

    aramis @ATL
    lind vs righty @BAL (probably not benching this)
    victorino @COL
    myers @NYY kuroda
    adams vs WAS good lefty GIO
    blackmon vs BOS peavy (righty)
    TRON says myers and adams.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Adams, Victorino (who will probably be sitting)

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: is he on the same treatment as a-gon, with possibly sitting half of the time?

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          @goodfold2: i could get yelich if this is the case, or just grab hamilton now. I’m up 2-0 steals so far (thanks choo).

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            @goodfold2: vic did play the last 3 days, even though they had clinched division. and he was off today. I’m not saying you’re wrong, just looking for signs.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Go with Yelich if you have unlimited moves, if not, hold…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  151. goodfold2 says:
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    playing against crisp and lowrie. get him out here.

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      @goodfold2: ok, next up (getting real greedy here) no run for crisp. how the hell does opp have only 1 less rbi and run with this deficit of hits (15-7)

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        @goodfold2: be even worse if farquar can’t get out of this without loss.

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          @goodfold2: damn i hate closers in tie games. esp one’s who have only had their jobs for like less than 2 months.

  152. SteveNZ says:
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    Hopefully the Royals can score again and set up the save opp, and I can salvage something from this shitty pitching day. Hunter+Smith+Hochevar = 7.20 ERA and 1.80 WHIP.

    Thank Christ for Siegrist and Perkins.

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      @SteveNZ: thank god i don’t have those in the same league, although i do have everybody but hochevar somewhere, at least once each. siegrist in 5, hunter in 2, smith in 3.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch, not a pretty start…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: After last week when I had an ERA of zero, I suppose things had to normalise.

        Just didn’t think it would happen all on the same day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, that’s pretty much what seemed to happen…

  153. SteveNZ says:
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    Better SP-eligible Holds guy – Stauffer or Morales?

    Surely Hochevar and Smith won’t be trusted for a couple of days and will be dead space on my roster…

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: still rather have all of the guys you have than those 2.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quite likely on Hochevar and Smith… Stauffer

  154. SteveNZ says:
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    Come on Royals – score again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heart of the order coming up…

  155. Mountain Man says:
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    Which would you pick?
    Kazmir @ Min
    Porcello @ Mia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Porcello

      • Mountain Man says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks again, man.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  156. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    so soda is also called soda in MIN, interesting as most mid-west states do call it pop. Here in east MO (st.louis) it’s not called pop either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gotcha

  157. SteveNZ says:
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    Wow. Balls of steel from Davis there. Come on Royals!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Take a pitch! Jesus.

  158. goodfold2 says:
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    In the league i drafted sal perez and then took till right before his hot streak to drop him for lucroy i’d be real nice to get him out right here.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: that’s the opposite of an out. at least one guy was out at home.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: so now i’m outhitting opp 15-9 but tied in runs and rbi’s and losing OPS by .61. OPS really moves on first day, i was just winning that.

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