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The Phils promoted power-hitting prospect, Darin Ruf, who hit a minor league-leading 38 homers (with 20 of them coming in August).  That was at Double-A and he’s 26 years old.  In scout speak, that’s not good.  Scouts speak in short sentences so they don’t miss the Early Bird Specials.  Based not on facts but my gut (and Ruf’s), “Babe” Ruf reminds me of Matt Stairs.  Ruf’s a righty, but like Stairs he’s got two beer kegs for legs and the upside of a guy who would be fun to hang out with in the dugout.  Though Ruf’s position is 1st base, the Phils said they will try to find him playing time.  Specifically, Charlie Manuel said, “If Ruf can sling up the flapjacks, we’ll make sure there’s batter on the griddle.”  To me, he profiles as a guy that will come up and do damage in the very short term and then get lost sometime next April.  Or become a career pinch hitter.  Or maybe I’m being too harsh.  Ryan Howard didn’t come up until around that age too.  The Phils focus the 22-24 ages on mastering the Golden Corral buffet and ages 25-26 on mastering baseball.  So, if you’re in the need for power in a deeper league, I’d grab him.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Kyle Kendrick – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He’s now rattled off five quality starts in a row.  The other day I was thinking how Quality Starts is the first step to a downward spiral of baseball stats.  Once you start talking about Quality Starts, you’re susceptible to xFIP and BABIP.  Quality Starts is a gateway drug.

Antonio Bastardo – Got yesterday’s save because Papelbon pitched both sides of Sunday’s doubleheader.  Bastardo said, “I treat the Marlins like I’m their daddy.  The daddy I never had.”  Then he cried.

Domonic Brown – 1-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  Do I smell a 2013 sleeper?  No, I pooped my pants.

Collin McHugh – 4 IP, 2 ER (3 unearned runs), 7 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Mets are keeping his innings real close, so even when he’s scheduled to pitch, you might see only 5 innings, at most.  McHugh is in the name of the father only.

Andrelton Simmons – 0-for-3 as he returned from the DL.  But he did hit into a double play that scored the Braves only run, so if you’re in a Jim Rice-inspired league, score!  I could see adding Simmons if your back is against the wall at middle infield.  Simmons has some speed, but I mean really against the wall.  To give you an idea, I picked up Brock Holt before Simmons.  Hmm, that could mean you want to go with Simmons.

Mike Minor – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 8 Ks.  ERA in the 2nd half of the year is below 2.50 — sorta like my college GPA, and unlike my college BAC — and, suddenly, it seems like everything is clicking for Minor.  For two years now, I’ve been waiting for this.  Can I draft Minor and Medlen right now for next year?

Chris Carpenter – Said he’s ready to start a game because the Cardinals need him.  Oh, look at Carpenter being the martyr.  I wouldn’t bother adding Carpenter anywhere, unless I had next to no options.

Lance Berkman – Will have season-ending surgery and his career could be over.  The sports world now has lost the two best Lances of all time in one year – one because of PEDs, one because of McD’s.

Jaime Garcia – 3 IP, 4 ER.  Ugh, in Petco?  Really?  Really, Seth Myers?

Justin Masterson – 6 2/3 IP, 6 ER.  He’s been totally schizophrenic this year from start to start and, in this start, he was good in the beginning then from the third inning on, he was the Dennis who looks like a registered sex offender.

Lonnie Chisenhall – 1-for-3 with a homer in his first game back from the 60-day DL.  If you need power at your corner infidel, I’d go to your waivers, pick him up and then scream, “Lonnie gonnie!”  Make sure you follow all the steps.

Chris Parmelee – Was scratched yesterday due to his groin.  Whoa, TMI.

Samuel Deduno – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  I haven’t said much about Deduno.  I can’t get behind a guy whose Ks and BBs are nearly equal.  It was almost the first thing we learned at the Fantasy Baseball College College of Charleston.  Right after, do the opposite of whatever Matthew Berry says.

Ryan Zimmerman - 1-for-4 with his third homer in as many games for his 21st homer overall, and has his average up to .286.  I had him for 200 ABs and he gave me 3 homers and a .236 average.  That almost seems impossible.  I’m laughing on the outside, but crying on the inside.

Kurt Suzuki - 1-for-4 with his 3rd homer in the last ten games, as he bats around .250.  Eh, he’s pretty yawnstipating.

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He recorded his MLB-best 19th win because he loves me.

Ian Desmond - 1-for-4 with his 22nd homer, as he bats .293.  If he’s drafted anywhere before the 7th round, he’s going to be overrated for next year.   Cust kayin’.

Jose Quintana - 7 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 7 Ks. If you started him vs. the Tigers after he gave up 7 ER in one and a third vs. the Twins last time out, you get nad props, which is what the saying “mad props” originally was when Oscar Wilde first used it in the 1890′s.

Alex Rios - 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer, as he bats .294.  I wonder what my team would’ve been if I held Rios and Zimmerman.  *wavy, dream sequence lines*  “Grey, congratulations, you’re the greatest fantasy baseballer ever!  Ride your giant turtle around the block!”  “Why am I riding a giant turtle?”  “I don’t know, it’s your dream.”

Gordon Beckham – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs with his 14th homer.  He’s now hitting near .300 with two homers in the last week.  Bleh, I can’t even build up enthusiasm for him.

Brandon Moss – 2-for-4 with his 17th homer.  Between Moss and Carter’s 14 homers, the A’s have managed to Frankenstein together a 1st baseman with 31 homers.

Jarrod Parker – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 2 Ks.  I’m flummoxed how much gas is still in the Parker tank.  Flummoxed, I tell ya!

Buster Posey – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer as he bats .330.  He’s done all you could’ve asked from him.  Well, I mean you could’ve asked him to hit 50 homers and to take your little sister to the Senior Prom, but that’s unrealistic.

Mat Latos – 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks.  He only threw 61 strikes in 106 pitches.  After the game when Latos was asked about the ump’s strike zone, Latos said it’s been a long time since he’s seen a box that tight.

Aroldis Chapman – 1/3 with 3 walks, was removed mid-inning for the first time all year because he was fatigued and could barely touch 95 MPH.   That’s not Chapman, that’s a chapped human.  Grab Broxton right now!

Pedro Alvarez – 0-for-6, 1 run, 4 Ks.  In a 14 inning game with a lot of terrible hitting lines, Alvarez took the golden sombrero.  Though Garret Jones (0-for-4) might’ve had a worse line if he wasn’t lifted in the 10th.  So we’ll give him the golden early showers.

Logan Forsythe - 3-for-6, 1 RBI.  He’s hitting near .400 in the last week, but he’s more of an NL-Only shout out.  He’s playing every day for the Padres, though you’d think if Forsythe was in SoCal, he’d be saying hello to the Angels.  He doesn’t have much power and Petco will suppress that further.  “Stop smothering me, Petco!  I mean, mothering.  Actually, I don’t.”  Forsythe has five homer power and teen speed in 162 games.  You do the math!  Or not.  Your choice.

Chris Denorfia – 4-for-6, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and has a ten-game hitting streak.  He’s hitting .340 vs. lefties and therein lies the problem.  He’s a platoon player.  Against southpaws, he’s the cat’s claws.  Hey, I’m a poet and I’m aware of it.

Norichika Aoki - 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 24th steal.  No idea where I heard his name before… Oh, I know!  I’ve touted him about 15 times in the last 14 days.

Wily Peralta – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  He had nice Ks in the minors (8+ at Triple-A), but his ERA there was 4.66.  If you’re in an NL-Only league, he’s ownable, but in an NL-Only everyone is ownable that plays in the NL.  In mixed leagues, I call him Wily No Wanna.

Roger Clemens – Said he doesn’t think he can pitch in the major leagues this year.  Then the Astros jumped on that and said, “Of course, he could pitch this year for the Astros.  He could pitch every home game the rest of the way.  If I were an Astros fan, I’d buy every ticket available.”  Then Clemens said, “No, really, I can’t pitch, but my wife’s hitting 90 on the gun.”  Here are some fun facts about what the world looked like when Clemens recorded his last win in 2007.  National Treasure 2, starring Nicholas Cage, grossed $457 million worldwide, but Nicholas Cage lost $200 million betting his movie wouldn’t make over $456 million.  Al Gore finally gets around to trademarking “The Internet” but is told Tipper did that 15 years earlier, leading to a divorce a few years later.  Rock group, Yo La Tengo, revealed they didn’t speak Spanish.  Oh, and doing steroids was frowned on by the MLB, but still being done by all players, except Roger Clemens*.  *According to Roger Clemens.

  1. Prezii says:
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    Stults was nice.. not baby namin nice but decent and im fine with that.. you know one thing i regret? Not listening to you on selling trumbo.. case of the coulda, shoulda woulda’s…

    Coulda got someone big, like a felix, for him.. shoulda, cuz i knewww he would come back to earth and his K rate would sky rocket in a prolonged slump, and woulda…. If i wasnt so amazed by his power numbers (even after the HRD where he hit like 4 that week) and somewhat in love with his teammate.. T&T? Now its just T&K’s… That is all…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prezii, Grey will haunt you with sound advice mixed in with a lot of craziness so it throws you off the scent. Grey being me.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, sometimes i disagree with you.. very rarely, but sometimes.. this was a case of me being stubborn and not listening when i KNEW i should have..seriously, every time i see 0-4 2 K’s i think…. “Damn, i shoulda listened to grey and traded him!”.. and thats me, parathoughting me!

        As a door slams, my tv turns itself onto the korean channel and a shadow of a horse rides by…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Your imaginary horse just ran off with your TV, cool!

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, damn i payed good money for that tv too!! Curse you mini shadow horse wearing a platinum backwards K chain thats a reincarnation of grey in the future!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t forget to turn off your cable…

  2. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Currently in a steaming war this week, and need some help for Wednesday’s starters. Please rank top 3 choices.

    Griffin @ LAA
    Harvey v. WAS
    Cobb @ BAL
    Wood @ HOU
    Beckett @ ARI
    Cahill v. LAD
    Lannan @ NYM

    Do I smell some good match ups for Wednesday? Nope, still just the poop in your pants…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, Griffin, Cobb, Beckett… They’re not great…

  3. Steve says:
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    SON doesn’t really love Richard v STL on Wednesday (his FIP for last 20 Games is awful), but at home he’s gotta be safer than Hochevar @ MIN or Lannan @ NYM. There are other options but they’re all pretty bad…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, I meant, he’s gotta be safer, doesn’t he?

      This is the ol’ H2H – The Playoff Edition I’m referring to…

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Aw crap. Someone else grabbed him.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Steve, Just make sure your sister doesnt knock you out.

  4. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Carlos Gomez, Aoki or Gose for runs/sb/avg?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shin-Soo Choo Choo, Aoki

  5. TheNewGuy says:
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    Big fat Brox or Kenley? All things considered, am in the first round of the H2H playoffs.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Brox

  6. Mr. Rickey says:
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    ROS is Chisenhall better than Pacheco, Frazier, or Pedro Alvarez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey, I’d give Chis a whirl…

  7. Commish Cauda says:
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    deep 20-team points league H2H playoffs

    AJ Griffin @LAA (Santana)
    or
    Matt Moore @BAL (Hammel) & @NYY (Kuroda)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Commish Cauda, Moore

  8. fd says:
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    Grey,

    Who do you favor?

    Nolasco v. CIN, @NYM
    Cashner v. COL, @ARI
    Hammel @ OAK, @BOS

    I can pickup any or all of these 3 for one or both of their starts.

    thx,
    fd

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @fd, Cashner

  9. Poo Holes says:
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    Chisenhall did the same thing last time he came up to the Indians. I’m in one of those next day leagues so naturally he was still on my DL for yesterday’s game.

    SON seems to like Estrada for today, but I’m mad at SON for blowing both E-Jax and Garcia in the past few days. I really need to lower my ratios if I want to win this thing, currently knotted up at 7. I already have Hudson going (which I’m nervous about) but Kennedy, Hammel, and Straily are available. What’s the move here, my man?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Poo Holes, I’d give Hammel and Straily a whirl…

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Grey, The only problem is that I’ve used 7 of my 12 acquisitions for the week. Picking up both of them would leave me with only 3 more for 5 days. I have Lee and Dempster tomorrow, Brett Anderson on a light day Thursday, Medlen on Friday, E-jax and Garcia on Saturday (both droppable if I go with the guys above), and Latos for Sunday. Does that change anything?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Just go with Hammel…

          • Poo Holes says:
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            @Grey, And drop Garcia or E-Jax? Could probably keep Jackson for K’s.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Garcia

  10. Justin says:
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    hey grey good shizz as always. just wanna touch buster posey I mean touch on buster posey, hope I didnt weird you out hahaha.

    In a ten team mixed league daily poits league, keep 4 my first 3 keepers are votto,miggy,trout, With the 4th keeper which of these options would you keep?

    Posey,J.upton,A.Rizzo,Bumgarner,Sale??

    Thank you in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin, Thanks! Upton

      • Justin says:
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        @Grey, upton over posey, im actually surprised…Can you explain more? Posey has shown consistency and growth, even with the injury, upton seems to only have had one good season wince his torrid rookie campaign, upton does have 80 plus runs in a down year. Id just like some more insight.. I know upton upside is enormous, but isnt posey’s? he is the best at his position, and has dual eligibility.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Upton’s a top 5 talent, Posey’s a catcher who will have injury concerns every year…

  11. Todd25 says:
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    4 guys to fill 2 spots: Rizzo, Jennings, Pence, Soriano

    1. who gets the start today?
    2. who gets starts for the week?

    thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd25, Rizzo, Pence…. Same…

  12. Mets Mess says:
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    starting straily today @LAA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mets Mess, Yup

  13. iifish says:
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    Is it a golden sombrero if it is 14 innings? Or is it bronze or something…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @iifish, It’s not officially anything in extra innings…

  14. Jon says:
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    Who’s a better start tonight: Hosmer vs Diamond (lefty), or Carter vs Santana (righty)?

    Also, are you benching Frazier until he starts hitting again? Or would you start him over Hosmer and/or Carter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Carter…. I’d start Frazier over Hosmer…

  15. Rabbit says:
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    Nice Carpenter-being-the-martyr jape, though I wonder how widely it was noticed. I guess making obscure reference-jokes that are often overlooked is just your cross to bear.

    • @Rabbit, Christ, i missed that reference on first read…nice one, Grey. now we’re even as you didn’t get my (inferior) post title on first read…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, Thanks, Rabbit and Roode.

  16. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I didn’t watch Master Chef or the Voice last night, so no spoiler please

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Chillmodious, The Voice started?! Oh, crap, I gotta DVR that shizz…

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Grey, I told you yesterday….and I’m the one that still smokes the weed…its medicinal

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha… Crap, man, I totally spaced on that… Have already DVR’d it for the season…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                That’s awesome!

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Grey, I know what I’m asking the Easter Bunny when i take my daughter to the mall this year.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Seriously… I want to make those Easter eggs right now…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, I was right, that is what fantasy baseball does to your brain…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I got my Tivo down with The Voice now, so I’m in until December… Hello, wonderful…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, by wonderful are you talking about Christina’s cleavage?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yes, exactly!

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Chillmodious, a little part of my brain just exploded….thanks i needed that.

  17. Chillmodious says:
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    Question (maybe more for Rudy)… Cashner starts on Friday, but is not listed by the SON. Is that due to a lack of available data? Just curious, as there are guys with SON rankings in the mid-80s up there, and I would imagine Cashner has to at least be at that level.

    • @Chillmodious, Good catch. I have a little glitch now and then in the way the projected starters imports that truncates some of the starts on the latest day. Looks like the COL/SD and STL/LAD starts truncated.

      Fixed now. Cashner’s a top start…

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        @Rudy Gamble, Thanks, Rudy!

  18. Cole says:
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    I think the Yanks should call a vet for Teixera’s ailing calf

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cole, They should call the undertaker…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, they should sign clemens as a DH and his wife as their SP#3… title contender! Or Contenda if #1 is reading…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wife’s a #2 on the Astros…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, wait, the Astros have a #1??

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn, you’re right…

              • #1contenda says:
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                @Grey,

                im here. respeckt.

                • Prezii says:
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                  @#1contenda, haha there ya go! Respeckt!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Respeckt

  19. Deadwoods says:
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    Doumit or S. Perez? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Perez

  20. Carnac says:
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    Refine your technique during a bye week:

    http://youtu.be/QZmkU5Pg1sw

    When did Britney become such a stiff? She looks like she’s aged 15 years in the last 15 years. And she can’t even dance anymore?

    • Prezii says:
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      @Carnac, wow bro brittney is gettin old…

      “Dress classy, dance cheesy”… PSY is fuckin awesome!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        So great…

        • Prezii says:
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          @Grey, agreed. PSY is the korean Mac Dre…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I love that he’s in a prom tux everywhere he goes…

            • Prezii says:
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              @Grey, right? Stay classy PSY.. that video actually really helped my Gangnam form.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I always dressed classy and stayed cheesy and now Psy’s told me I’m doing the right thing…

                • Prezii says:
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                  @Grey, hahaha really tho!! We’ve been doin it the right way all along grey. PSY just had to confirm that!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I just purchased it on iTunes… I think it’s the first song I’ve ever purchased on iTunes… Seeeeeeeexy lady!

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, oop.. oopp. Oppan Gangnam Style!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I need an Oppan Gangnam Style rehab where people are hanging out in a serene environment, galloping by on imaginary horses… That sounds great!

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, im imagining peaceful sounds such as water fountains and horses quietly galloping on cobblestone.. Slight breeze and smiling korean women wearin lingerie.. maybe some pink flamingos?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I picture a scene similar to the first Ace Ventura when he checks himself into an insane asylum…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, exactly.. where one can take his imaginary horse to relax and enjoy the fruits of life… In a gangnam style manner.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I just want an imaginary home where I can tie up my imaginary horse, ya know?

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, thats not too much to ask at all..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for sharing, that made my day…. “Can I introduce myself? I am Psy from Korea.” Get ‘em Psy!

    • Poo Holes says:
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      @Carnac, Brit will always be my girl. But this just made my day.

  21. DjlanceRauch says:
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    Is it safe to drop Ludwick? Thinking of picking up Cashner to stream. Have a good lead in all offensive stats, but I’m starting to fade in K’s.

    • Prezii says:
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      @DjlanceRauch, you need K’s, get Kashner, he’ll even ya out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It is safe to lose him…

  22. royce! says:
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    In the light of day, I realized that it really is early. I only have to get 8 more hits over the next 6 days to catch up with my h2h competition. Just gotta keep in mind how many times TB gets no-hit, and they always seem to prevail…until the playoffs. Damn.

    Still early!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you could catch him by today…or tomorrow… Still early!

  23. nick m. says:
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    I have one move left in a H2H points league playoff matchup and I’m trying to maximize matchups/starts as best I can (1 pt. per out/-2 pts per ER) – I can drop one of the following players for either Dan Straily’s or Cobb’s 2 starts and subsequently lose the start they have remaining this week:
    Tyler Cloyd (Thurs @ Hou)
    Ricky Nolasco (Sun vs. Cin)
    Carlos Villanueva (Sat vs. Bos)

    OR

    I can hold all those players and drop either Cloyd or Villanueva after their start and pick up one of the following:
    Fiers (Fri vs. NYM)
    Skaggs (Fri vs. SF)
    Straily (Sun vs. Bal)
    Corbin (Sun vs SF)
    Cobb (Sun @ NYY)

    Either way, I clock out at the same total number of starts, it is just a matchups thing. What say ye as the best strategy? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Straily for Balt after Cloyd’s Houston start…

  24. Your man SON has mad love for AJ Griffin in LAA…you cats as high on him as SON is? I got him on the squad, just wondering if I should start him, got 150 innings remaining so right around on pace…

    Also I don’t understand Head to Head Baseball Leagues in the slightest…just needed to say that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Yeah, I’d start him….

  25. zombie says:
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    Also thought that Trumbo was a terrific FA Keeper when I did not listen to late July Grey and deal him; but not so much now that he cannot hit the baseball. Likely now keeping Kemp, J.Up, Longoria, Kershaw, and Rizzo or Teix. Despite potentially being kept as a FA and not occupying a top 5 round pick, he should not replace any of those productive folk, correct? AND if not keeping him, for the final 3 weeks of a Championship run, is he now dropable for currently hot Maybin or Aoki? I’d hate to see him go on a HR barrage for another club. Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see losing him now for Aoki if you need runs and steals…

  26. Got one more question…with a focus on SAGNOF but really needing everything in a tight league, you going Gose, Cain or Victorino ROS?

    Currently have Victorino on my bench would be dropping him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gose…

  27. Hondo says:
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    I’ve got a bye week.Does anyone have any crack or anti-OCD meds they could spare?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Top shelf, left side of medicine cabinet…

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey, Is that anyones house?Cause I don’t feel like driving.

        I wish I had one of those hydraulic cow killer things like the guy from “No Country For Old Men” had.
        Then I could work my way through the neighborhood door to door.

        I’ve been holding Bonifacio and Ruiz on my DL,so when the WW DT’s set in I’ve got them to fall back on.Can’t add a schmo though.

        Oh well,at least I don’t have to worry about Madbum@ COL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Hondo, Yes, anyone’s cabinet… Don’t need Bonifacio, unless this is a keeper, I guess…

  28. Wilsonian says:
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    Any of these guys getting your starting nod tonight?

    Moore @ BAL
    Hammel vs. TB
    Bum @ COL
    Fister @ CHW

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Bum…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, mini thanks. We’re on the same page. So either you’re a genius or we’re going down with the ship together!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully we’re two geniuses… Genii?

  29. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Who do I sit/start today? I can only start 3 of the 5…

    Cargo v. Bumgardner
    Jennings @ Gonzalez
    Reynolds v. Moore
    Robot @ Leake
    Granderson @ Lester

    All 5 have good career numbers against their opponent and are playing in offensive parks. Jennings’ iffy back and Grandersons recent slump (despite his performance sunday) make me think they are the easy choice. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit Grandy and Jennings…

  30. Deadwoods says:
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    Is Glen Perkins still in the Brain Freeze category? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  31. jamesllegade says:
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    Grey –

    Whoops… I forgot that I had Chase Utley at $9… that make any difference in your keeper suggestions?

    -Jamesllegade

    previous post:

    Jamesllegade Says:
    September 10th, 2012 at 5:31 pm
    help me Grey… my year sucked. I only get 4 keepers here are the choices:

    2 catchers/5 of… everything else is pretty standard. $260 budget

    Hitters:

    Andrew McCutchen $27
    Hunter Pence $20
    Bj Upton $18
    Alex Gordon $7
    Wilin Rosario $4
    Jason Heyward $19
    Ian Desmond $3
    Mark Reynolds $4
    Danny Espinosa $4

    One pitcher possibly worth keeping:
    Gio Gonzales $13

    [Reply]

    Grey Reply:
    September 10th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    McCutchen, Heyward, Gio, Desmond…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Utley doesn’t make any difference…

  32. Hi Grey — I’ve got Bumgarner and Fister going today in my 14-team league where I need wins and Bumgarner, Fister, and Matt Moore in my 16-team league where I need Ks. The SoN doesn’t like any of ‘em (all three are between 92 and 98 points).

    I’m a little ahead on innings in both leagues, so I don’t mind benching some or all of these guys, but given the league-specific needs I mentioned, are there any you’d roll out there?

    Thanks for all your help….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d roll them all in those leagues, and keep fingers crossed, they’re not great starts…

      • @Grey, thanks ….

        Given the innings situation, it’d serve me well to sit at least one in each league. How’d you rank them in terms of win potential or K potential? I’m thinking Bumgarner may be the guy to sit in both, since he’s coming off a series of three straight stinkers and he’s @COL … but Fister doesn’t K as much as the other two and is facing Peavy with the Tigers road woes building steam, while Moore is facing a Baltimore team playing well.

        Anyway, who is your best bet between Bumgarner, Fister, and Moore for Ks? And between Bumgarner and Fister for the W? Or is it really a toss-up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d bench Bum, if I had to bench one…

  33. WHIP it good says:
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    Starting Peavy vs Det?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup…

  34. WHIP it good says:
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    Gregerson, Perkins, Burton, or Bailey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gregerson

  35. royce! says:
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    Better play for next week in h2h 7×7 (k/bb and holds): Kennedy (v. SD & @COL) or Correia (@CHC & @HOU)?

    I might not need either (I have Zimmermann, Hellickson and Moore with 2 starts), but would also like to block other teams…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Correia… Still early!

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Thanks. The team I’m facing just spent $25 to pick up Samardzija. So, yeah, it’s still early.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, yeah, still early!

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey, Broke out! I’m 2 for 3, so my AVG has skyrocketed to .056! Still early!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              And now I’m 0-for-5, still early!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                0-for-6…Is it still early?

                • royce! says:
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                  @Grey, I figure at least until you’ve gone 0-30, it’s still early.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I went for my pre-podcast Starbucks and I’m 3-for-11, not early anymore!

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Oh hey- would you drop Lind for Chris Carter to play at IF? I just realized Carter’s available.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you can platoon him into the lineup as the A’s are…

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey, Nope. Weekly moves.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wouldn’t do it then…

  36. herschel says:
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    @Grey: Need a rp to possibly replace Aroldis and Broxton is owned. Romo or Gregerson?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gregerson…

  37. Hank says:
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    Best short-term pickup to replace A. Cabrera at SS? Pennington, Escobar, E. Cabrera or Hardy? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      EverCab

  38. Dave the Barber says:
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    Grey,
    Should I flex nuts and start Mad Bum in Coors or should I sit the whole lower region of my recently shitty pitching staff on the bench tonight? I’m -3 innings right now and I’m tied a top the standings at 85.5. The guy I’m going against has 3 starters going tonight (Jay-Z, Kershaw, J. Hammel) but I have three going tomorrow (Lohse, T.Wood, Gallardo). We’re both tied at 96 QS. What should I do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d sit Bum…

      • Dave the Barber says:
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        Thanks

  39. Steve says:
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    Wow. SON really likes Cole De Vries v CWS on Friday. He did good for me last time. Worth another whirl?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, doesn’t sound bad…

  40. ferris says:
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    10 team nl-only roto

    roster space is being wasted by the following:

    travis snider (seemingly powerless and hurt)
    neil walker (what to do with his health)
    andrelton simmons (sitting on my dl but activated)
    jed lawrie (sitting on my dl but activated)
    corey hart (what to do with his health)

    got solano at SS so i can leave lowrie and simmons on DL but i could use a live bat thanks to walker and hart’s maladies

    give me a cut, hold, activate opinion on each as applicable

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Snider, Lowrie and activate Simmons…

  41. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Lose Altuve for Seager, Nelson, Plouffe, Beckham, Solano, or Everth?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      EverCab for steals… Seager for a bit more power…

  42. Steve says:
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    Look at the Robot rip a double now he’s not on my team anymore.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Oh – and Morrow could use a double play about now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Steve Magic!

  43. Steve says:
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    OK – feel a bit better about benching Correia all of a sudden…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Come on Zimm – find the f****** strike zone.

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Yeah, like that.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Jesus, Bruce. This is NOT the week to start sucking again.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Someone last week said this was gonna happen… Damn it all…

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Grrrrrrrrrrr. At least steal a base, or something.

  44. Jack says:
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    would you start volquez tonight in a h2h playoff game?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would…

  45. Grey — With the news that Chapman will be shut down for a while, would you take Marshall over Cishek, Wilton Lopez, or Bellsario? Broxton isn’t available.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Lopez…

  46. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Rajai has thrown Jaso out twice tonight, once at home, once at 3rd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  47. Steve says:
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    Jesus, why bother sitting Colvin at this stage of this crappy season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Makes no sense…

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve, bastards!!!!!! He has good numbers against bum too… So lame..

      • Prezii says:
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        Not to mention he sat three days ago…. 4 days? Naw thats pushin it with a geezer like colvin… Gimme a break…

  48. Steve says:
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    Random question – if you’ve got promising looking starts from J-Zimm and Estrada, and your opponent is starting Chacin, would that encourage you to start Bum after all?

    Or should I just step away from the controls and leave a good thing alone?

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, WAS a promising start for J-Zimm.

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, And getting worse…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d leave a good thing alone… After telling everyone to sit Bum, I can only imagine how well he’s gonna do though…

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey, I benched Peavy and started Bum. Also have Zimm and Morrow going for that league. Yeah, don’t think it can get much worse.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Well, have faith in Bum…

  49. Prezii says:
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    Cain… As if you havent boned me enuff this season. I would drop colvin for him after tomorrow but he’ll just go back to strikin out 3 times a game..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s lost our trust, Prezii…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, he really has.. and to think, we use to get along so well!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I remember riding an imaginary horse with him…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, while eating sugar cubes with imaginary weight gain!

  50. Steve says:
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    Are Cain, Wise and Aoki kinda the same player? I’d drop Colvin for Aoki, but MIL are inactive on Thursday, whereas CWS and KC have a game…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re the same players… I thought you were going with Aoki this week?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, I was going to, but we only get 10 adds a week. And I made three on Monday to grab LaRoche, Straily and Estrada.

        Wasn’t sure I wanted to burn another so early in the week. And now that Aoki isn’t playing Thursday (when my roster is light as it is and my opponent’s is pretty full), I’d rather grab a guy who will play.

        And Wise has been pretty good of late…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I hear ya…

  51. Poo Holes says:
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    Hey thanks for nothing Hammel, you asshole. Wasted a valuable pick up on him.

  52. Steve says:
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    Oh – and fuck you, Nationals offense.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Yeah. That’s the on thing that could have annoyed me more than the previous lack of run support for J-Zimm.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thank you, Jesus!

  53. ThE sHiT says:
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    Giancarlo!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sookie!

  54. Prezii says:
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    Rollins!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sook-sook!

  55. buzzdainer says:
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    I’m in a very deep keeper league and no longer playing for this year. Looking to round out my pitching staff for next year. How would you rank the following pitchers as keepers? It’s ugly, I know. Very ugly.

    Mark Rogers
    Clayton Richard
    Jeremy Guthrie
    Jeff Locke
    Drew Smyly
    Zach McAllister
    Juan Nicasio

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smyly, McAllister, Rogers

  56. Steve says:
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    Chacin really shat on me at the start of the season, so I’ll be pretty pissed off if he starts being good now.

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve, I avoided being shat on, but my h2h opponent started him, so I’m with you 110% Shit on someone else, Chacin!

      • Steve says:
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        @royce!, How’s you’re hitting?

        Did you go oh-fer yesterday? I’ve had some terrible days but I don’t think I’ve ever gone completely hitless.

        • royce! says:
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          @Steve, Yep, it was 0 for 31. No hit plus 4, for good measure. Did get a couple walks, though, and I think a steal and a run. Remarkably, I’m only down 3-5 so far. Could easily come back. It’s still early!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            That’s Verlander shizz right there…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hear that…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, I’m maybe prepared to accept it (maybe!) if some of his run support comes from CarGo…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m glad Bum’s getting hit at least…

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve, Hooray for Jhoulys!

      • Steve says:
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        @royce!, Yeah. How you like that? Now go and sit down!

  57. Steve says:
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    Effing Wieters. Been terrible for the longest time but chooses THIS week to turn it on.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Always the case…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Opponent is 8/15 so far today #sadface

  58. royce! says:
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    Ah, man…I finally realized what was wrong with my h2h- I own Fister and Moore and my team name has nothing to do with the fact that I own Fister and Moore. I’m just going to pretend that I have chosen to take the high ground…

  59. Steve says:
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    REAL nervous about this Straily start.

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve, Moi aussi. I was all excited about my 2 starters not having imploded and just remembered I also started Straily. Not going well so far. I actually caught myself thinking “well at least it wasn’t a HR,” when Trout led off with a bloop single.

      • Steve says:
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        @royce!, Ha! Funny you should say that.

        As soon as I saw he’d given up a leadoff single to Trout, I thought “no shame in that”.

        • royce! says:
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          @Steve, Ha! “I mean, we’re all human [except for Trout].”

          • Steve says:
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            @royce!, F*** off Trout!

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve, Real nice end to a really stressful first inning…

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve, And Cespedes helping out!

      • Steve says:
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        @royce!, Booh-yah! ;-)

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, Uh-oh.

          • royce! says:
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            @Steve, Dammit! I looked away to eat dinner and this is what I return to? I’m never leaving you in charge again, Steve…

      • Steve says:
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        @royce!, Moss!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too shabby, right?

  60. Deadwoods says:
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    You haven’t mentioned Ben Revere recently. No power, but including tonight over the past 7 days he is 10/29, 6R, 4RBI, 4SB, .357 OBP. Sneaky playoff pickup? Or he can’t sustain it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I like Revere, he’s a average steals guy…

  61. Steve says:
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    Damn. That Bailey vulture win is pretty inconvenient.

  62. nightpandas says:
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    Donaldson over Ruiz ROS?

  63. Steve says:
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    Come on Konerko, spoil this Benoit Hold…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Grrrrrr.

  64. K!cks says:
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    Should I drop Corey Hart for someone like CoCo at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, you should…

  65. K!cks says:
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    Howie Kendrick, Uggla, or Logan Forsythe at second base?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kendrick

  66. Carnac says:
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    Sheesh, talk about a blood Diamond. There goes one team’s WHIP this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Nice… I mean, not nice, but ha…

  67. Steve says:
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    OK – so my opponent has just grabbed Aoki.

    Do you have a preference between Wise and Cain?

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Wise is a little further up the Last 20 Days Player rater, though that doesn’t take into account today. I’d be dropping Colvin. Rest of lineup is:

      C Mauer
      1B Konerko
      2B Hill
      3B Longo
      LF Colvin
      CF CarGo
      RF Bruce
      Util LaRoche
      BN Ethier

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d go Wise…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wise

  68. EG says:
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    With Trumbo sitting again tonight, lose him for Lawrie, Chris Davis or Pedro Alvarez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lawrie

  69. Steve says:
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    C’mon Hill. A late HR would be real nice here…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Now run!

  70. Steve says:
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    Colvin!

  71. Prezii says:
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    COLVINNN!!!! Pinch hit jackkkkk

    • Steve says:
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      @Prezii, Yussssss!!!!!!

      • Prezii says:
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        @Steve, so clutch..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw, sookie! Gangnam style!

  72. Steve says:
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    Can we get a prayer circle going for the A’s bullpen?

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve, definitely. This would be a huge win for us.. and straily too!

      • Steve says:
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        @Prezii, Some insurance runs would be nice…

        • Prezii says:
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          @Steve, not always easy with the a’s…

          • Steve says:
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            @Prezii, Maybe in the 9th. Never too late!

            • Steve says:
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              @Steve, Opponent has Jepsen so a meltdown here would be good all the way around.

              • Prezii says:
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                @Steve, do the bernie for Coco, steve!!

                • Steve says:
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                  @Prezii, One of our cats is called Coco, so that makes me triply (is that even a word?) happy.

                  • Prezii says:
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                    @Steve, well if balfour can close it out… Coco, you and i are gonna be quadly happy!

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Maybe a solo to Trout… Thats all!! Just a little one..

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Ughh.. Balfour delivers ball four…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Prezii, *Holds breath while watching through fingers*

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Steve, oh my god balfour.. cmon!!! Take him out…..

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Fuckin beautiful…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Goddangit, Balfour…

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, A double play here would be good…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Steve, or a pop out and a groundout.. gotta love them gloves for the A’s!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, Balfour…

  73. Carnac says:
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    Jordan Walden kinda jumps off his rubber foot before his lead foot hits the grund, leaving him airborne for a second. Is that traveling?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! After he gets a dribbler up the right side…

  74. Steve says:
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    Nooooooo!!!!!!!!!! Jepsen is in line for the f****** win here!

  75. Steve says:
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    Yesssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  76. Steve says:
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    Move over Mariano Rivera. Jerry Blevins is the greatest relief pitcher of all time.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve, hell yeah!

  77. Hoog says:
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    Hey Grey, Is it ok to drop stubbs in a 12 team h2h league? It’s keeer league, but I don’t think I’m going to keep him. I have grandy, cargo, jennings, cain sugar, and marte (long term rookie tag) at OF and need to open up a spot to bring Arod off dl. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes, it’s okay to lose Stubbs…

  78. Abdoozy says:
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    How do you turn a daily ERA of 3.86 and WHIP of 1.57 into 6.43 and 2.14?

    Bring in Balfour…

    Bah

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