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This weekend, my Cougar’s dog had diarrhea all over my foot.  So, I wrote a list of Don’ts and taped it to his bed.  1. Do not poop my foot.  2. Do not ever poop my foot.  Seriously.  3.  There’s no three.  Now if you were to switch out “foot,” with “fantasy team” that could’ve been Mark Reynolds prior to this weekend.  Carrying him on your team, you may as have been walking behind him with a plastic bag and a spray bottle.  It was like Mini Donkey forgot all the brays that was heaped on him in the past and why.  You strikeout, Mini Donkey, but you also homer.  Without the latter, you’re not reaching your heights.  Pun point!  This weekend he put on a show in The Home They Built Across The Street From The Home Ruth Built.  He had two two (stutterer!) homer games out of three and 7 RBIs.  As you should know if you’re reading this, Reynolds likes to hit them in bunches like Mr. Chiquita Banana.  If he’s on your waivers, I’d grab him immediately.  A ten homer month from Mini Donkey wouldn’t shock me (though, it would make me pleasantly surprised).  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Chris Tillman - Left yesterday’s start with elbow stiffness.  In related news, Dr. James Andrews’s beeper went off in the middle of Sunday’s third mimosa.

Curtis Granderson – Went for an MRI because he had moans over his hammy.  He’ll just need a day or two to recoup.  Our prayers, however sarcastic, are with him.

Brandon Inge – Out with season-ending shoulder surgery.  On a side note, if I had my own dry rub, I’d call it the season-ender and I’d have Lawrence Taylor in the commercials (when he wasn’t in jail).  How fierce would that be?  More fierce if I didn’t say it was fierce?  Perhaps.

A.J. Griffin - 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks as he returned from the DL on Saturday.  Alfredo Jettucini ended up taking Colon’s spot instead of Straily, so what does that mean for us?  He’s the one that should be owned, especially in home games.  There could be some solid mixed league value, but he’s not more than a streamer.  Stream-o-Nator, “You owe me a nickel for using the word ‘streamer.’  Perriwinkle Mauvestein, ESQ. will be in touch.”

Josh Willingham – Should be fine to go in the next day or so as he sat out yesterday with a “slight” hamstring strain.  Those are the Twins quotes, not mine.  Usually quotes on Twins are like $1200 for a night, depending on the service.

Ricky Romero – 1 IP, 7 ER.  I’m gonna reiterate what I’ve said before aforementionedly on the previous tip because I feel bad for Romero and he needs someone to defend him, and I’m a hero (in my own mind).  Without the Jays’ pitcher injuries, they would’ve sent Romero to the Disgraceful List about two months ago.  Really hoping they’re not ruining his career by continually sending him out there.  He needs to be sat for the final month; he’s off the grid like Pete from Mad Men with no working toilet and living next to a 650-pound rock in Topanga Canyon.

Asdrubal Cabrera – Indians are listing him day-to-day with a sore wrist.  Here’s a word of advise for September, in general.  With the expanded rosters, teams won’t DL players and just let them sit on their bench for a day or 10 days.  They’ll also call more serious injuries day-to-day because there’s no reason to say he’s gone for ten days when there’s no DL’ing anyway.  Not saying this is the case with Asdrubal; Cust kayin’.

Brandon League – Got Saturday’s save, and Mattingly said he would share save opportunities with Belisario.  You want one guy getting the saves, so this is not a great shituation, obviously.  I dropped Belisario for Cashner and just went with League in a 12 team mixed league.  I don’t have room for both, but maybe your league is different, or League, as the case may be.  Yesterday, Belisario entered a losing game in the 9th inning, but it was at home so it doesn’t mean anything, not like there ever would’ve been a lead to protect.  As for Kenley, it’s sounding pretty serious, and not pretty as in, “Yo, can I get your number, you is pretty.”  There’s a good chance that Kenley will be shutdown for the year.

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 37th homer as he hit a homer Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  This Labor Day weekend, Edwin did work.

Andrelton Simmons – Could return from the DL next weekend.  He could easily go 6/8.  That’s runs and RBIs.  There’s no reason for excitement outside of keeper leagues.  Unless you have a side bet in your league that Andrelton Simmons will return before September 9th.  But if that’s the case, you might have a gambling problem.

Tyler Colvin – 1-for-3 with his 2nd homer in as many games.  I said he’d hit 4 homers this week.  He hit 3.  Sue me!  (The preceding was made in jest.  What are you going to sue me for?  A piece of Razzball?  Here take the month of November from 2009.  I hear Jason Heyward is a sleeper.)

Chris Nelson – 1-for-4 with a homer.  He was in this past Friday’s Buy, but, as said there, he was more about this weekend while the Rockies were in Coors.  (FWIWuertz, I’d own Colvin for away games too.)

Mike Napoli – He tried running the bases on Sunday.  I guess the Rangers are thinking of using him as a pinch runner, don’t see any other time he’s on base.

Jurickson Profar – 2-for-4 with his first homer as he filled in for Kinsler, who was out with a stiff back.  I already went over my Jurickson Profar 2012 fantasy.  To sum it up, he will be good, not this year due to playing time.  And that’s me condensing 300 words into 11!

David Murphy – 3-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  I touted David Murphy for about two weeks straight.  Then I burped, and moved on to some other hot schmotato.  It doesn’t make Murphy less valuable; I had gas.

Alejandro De Aza – Activated from the DL and homered last night.  He should go on the DL more often!

Tony Abreu – 3-for-4 as he started in front of Johnny Giavotella.  Nothing to see with Witness Protection Program Abreu, he can play a bunch of different positions without much success, i.e., he’s a futility player.

John Mayberry Jr. – 3-for-5, 2 runs.  Now has hits in 8 of his last 10 games (with 2 homers) and is hitting over .350 in the last week.  He could give you (and the Phils, for that matter) the same value as Pence over the final month.  Grab him for the limited edition, hot schmotato Jr.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 7 1/3 IP, o ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.14.  You know what I find funny in a not funny at all type way?  No one is owning Iwakuma when he’s actually performing, but when February Grey gets around to ranking starters, I guarantee people will think he’s too low, or be excited to draft him.

Tyler Greene – 2-for-3 with his 9th homer.  The Lastros shortstop now has one more home run than Troy Tulowitzki.  I’m sorry if that caused you to run into traffic.  You know how when you type something into Google it gives you the most likely autofill suggestions?  Well, for most players, it’s girlfriend or is Jewish?  But for Troy Tulowitzki it’s injury.  That’s not because he’s clearly a Gentile gay man.

Jay Bruce – 1-for-4 with his 29th homer.  Next year when you look at his 30+ homers, you won’t remember that he was cold for two and a half months this year.  I know this much is true, huh huh huh hu-uh huh, Spandau Ballet.

Stephen Strasburg – 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks as his innings move to 156 1/3.  That leaves two more starts for him.  Or two hundred tries to win a SpongeBob plushie at this month’s state fair.

Shelby Miller – Cards promoted him as anticipated.  I just went over my Shelby Miller fantasy.  Unfortch, he’s going to be in a long relief role.  For the Cards next trick, they will zap Shelby Miller’s fantasy value for this year.

David Wright – 0-for-4, 1 RBI.  In 357 ABs since I labeled him a Sell on May 18th, he has the line of 51/13/57/.277/8.  Of course, when you tell people to Sell someone, they call you stupid when the player has a good month right after you said sell, but then those same people disappear when the player goes cold for the following two months.  See also Mark Trumbo.

Desmond Jennings – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI and his 24th steal.  Since I’m in one of those moods, I told you to Buy Desmond Jennings on June 29th.  Since then he has 8 homers, 12 steals and a .267 average in 217 ABs.  It’s about a 24 homer, 36 steal pace on the year for a leadoff hitter.  I had nothing to go on for that Buy other than Matthew Berry telling people to drop him.  It’s foolproof!  Or maybe that’s proofed by a fool.

Garrett Jones – 3-for-3, 3 runs and his 23rd homer.  I will call you a poor man’s Willingham — Willingspam.

James McDonald – 2 2/3 IP, 7 ER as his fantasy owners found a rat in their McRatios.

Rickie Weeks – 3-for-4, 4 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (14) and a double helping of legs (12).  I don’t own Weeks anywhere, but I actually hope he has a huge September, so he’s overdrafted again next year.  There’s some people who can’t help themselves when it comes to Weeks.   “Hey, Grey, are you wearing pants in your photo?  Also, how about Weeks?  Sleeper?”  That’s you next March.

Yovani Gallardo – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Just realized something.  He only pitches poorly when it’s most obvious.  In April, he pitches poorly when you have no previous months to remind you why you drafted him.  Then, on Sunday, when you need a good start for your H2H playoffs!  YoGa, you’re supposed to relieve stress?!

Carlos Gomez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs with his 15th homer and on Saturday he stole 2 bases.  I know he’s a pretty terrible hitter, in the general sense.  But in the specific sense, he has 15 homers and 30 steals on the year.  Don’t you think it’s about time you gave him a chance on your team?  Did he burn you in the past?  Are you holding a grudge?  Even Eminem dropped and picked up Kim a few times.  Give him another chance already.

Chase Headley – 4-for-5, 6 RBIs and a slam (23) and legs (14) in Coors.  I have a special surprise for you.  One of our Denver readers, Pip, went to the Rockies-Padres game on Sunday, and we gave him a dreamcatcher to bring with him.  Here’s what he got when he pointed the dreamcatcher towards Headley, “Headley’s dreams were muddled images in a stream-of-consciousness-type way.  At first, he was dreaming of a 50-feet tall, 50,000 pound Tony Gwynn sitting on Petco and crushing it.  Then newspapers spun out like in old-timey films and it said the Padres would play their home games in Coors.  Then Giant Tony Gwynn was hanging out with regular-sized Kyle Blanks and they were the same size.  Then Headley was walking onto a yacht with an apricot scarf.  Then he got shipwrecked on an island with the Skipper, Mary-Anne, Ginger, Professor and J.P. Howell and the only place the Professor let him play baseball was in a stadium that looked like Petco.”  Fascinating stuff, thanks, Pip!

Andrew Cashner - He’s back and in the Padres’ six-man rotation for the ROS or UHGH (Until He Gets Hurt).  Yes, you should own him.  Yes, now.

Alexi Amarista – 5-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.  Sometimes you get a week with one steal and no hits from Amarista, sometimes your Amarista gives you a free grande latte and two biscotti.

Pablo Sandoval – Bochy announced that the club would like Pablo to lose some weight in the offseason.  Giants are willing to do their part.  After he hits a game-winning homer, they plan on smashing a salad into his face.

172 Responses

  1. Abdoozy says:
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    Looks like Grandy is going to be shut down for a few days — you like Mini Donkey over Parmesano Ruggiano as a temp replacement?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Abdoozy, I do…

  2. L-Boogie says:
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    Please rank for this week;

    Peavy vs Minn
    Samardjidijiza @wash and @pitt
    Estrada @miami
    Marcum @miami and @st louis
    Minor vs col

    Thanks dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Peavy, Estrada, Samardzija…

  3. Bombo Rivera says:
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    Paul Maholm pooped on my foot (figuratively, of course). He gave up 7 ER in 2 IP. Oh well, at least I had Papelbon coming in to nail down a much-needed save for my squad in the same game.

    That didn’t work out so well either. . . 10 ERs in 2.1 IP for my pretend team from the ATL-PHI game alone last night. At least I had YoGa to ease the pain. . .

    Wait, what?

    Oh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bombo Rivera, Damn, not a good day…

  4. so cg says:
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    No advice about votto in weekly leagues? In h2h playoffs in a weekly league, would you rather have Reynolds, Votto or Moreau at first? Thanks for the advice.

    • Eddy says:
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      @so cg, I read that Votto should be back tomorrow.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @so cg, Votto

  5. Eddy says:
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    Grey,

    I’ve loved Frazier for the past month, but is it time to drop him since Votto is coming back? Baker already said he’s going to split time. If so, which terrible 3B do I pick up in a 12-team OBP?

    Pacheco, Donaldson, C.Jones, Nelson, Frandsen, Plouffe.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Yes, drop Frazier… Plouffe

  6. Eddy says:
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    Also, to further boost your Cashner endorsement, this is the SD schedule for September.

    @LA
    v. ARI
    v. STL
    v. COL
    @ARI
    @SF
    v. LA
    v. SF

    So save maybe @ARI, it’s looking like money, my friends, Cash money.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Eddy, Wow, very nice…

  7. Carl Spackler says:
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    Would you drop Capuano for Cashner?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Carl Spackler, you ever hang around the SDUT forums? I know a poster there with the same handle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carl Spackler, Yup…

  8. Writing from Venice, Italy, where I just attended the world premiere of the new Terrence Malick film, “To the Wonder” … um, if you liked “Tree of Life” you’ll probably love this one. On the other hand, if you found “Tree of Life” as confusing as I did, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

    Now for baseball: I really need saves as a cling to 1st in my 16-team roto league. I’m second in the category but losing ground and now have four teams within 6 saves of me. The saves category could be my undoing.

    I grabbed Bellasario a while back (which I guess is a half-closer), Wilton Lopez (bleh), and have kept Cook (thinking that since he worked through his rough patch he might vulture a save or two and would at least strike people out).

    Would you replace any of them with the likes of Doolittle, Benoit, Boggs, Rex Brothers, Bastardo … my main concern is that they don’t damage the ratios too much, gets Ks, and maybe a vulture win or save.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Yeah, wrote about Tree of Life earlier this summer… Not getting saves from those other guys…

      • @Grey, I remember the Tree of Life talk … that’s why I mentioned To the Wonder. Man, everyone was scratching their heads as they walked out of that one.

        Do you think there’s any chance to getting saves from Cook? If not, do you think any of those guys I named are better for ratios and the odd W/Sv than Cook is?

        Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, gotcha… Yeah, that movie was bewildering at best… Cook would be the best for saves…

  9. FilthyRich says:
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    Must win in H2H points league this week. I need to pick four of the available pitchers on my roster to start this week:

    Detwiler (CHC, MIA)
    Happ (BAL, @Bos)
    Maholm (@NYM)
    Zito (ARI, LAD) – but has back issue
    Arroyo (HOU)
    Harvey (@STL)
    Lincecum (LAD)
    Richard (@LAD)

    Also – Joe Kelly is an available FA with two starts at home vs. NYM and MIL.
    WHich four do you like from above (including KellY?)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @FilthyRich, Detwiler, Arroyo, Maholm, Lincecum

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, and pretty bad choices…

        • FilthyRich says:
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          @Grey, I know – I’m not really excited about my chances. Thanks for help, now need prayers

  10. smegma says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for the help all year! I have a couple lineup questions:

    Rizzo (7 away games) or D.Jennings (6 home games) at UT spot? Leaning Jennings.
    Drop J.Montero for Rosario? Leaning yes.
    A.Sanchez (2 starts v.Cle,@LAA) or Latos (v.Phi), Kuroda (@TB), Gallardo (@Stl not sure after last start lol).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @smegma, No problem… Jennings… Yes… Kuroda…

  11. TJ says:
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    Hey Grey, I’ve got a few keeper questions for you, always looking onwards and upwards!

    20 team league, 20 roster spots, 8 keepers. My locks as of now are Profar, Chris Carter, Pestano (all undrafted), Hanrahan (rd. 11), Hamilton (rd. 8), Scherzer (rd. 6) and Jeter (rd. 5)

    What do you think about the value of Jason Kubel (rd. 15), Carlos Gomez (rd. 20) and Carlos Ruiz (rd. 20) for next year?

    Between Roy Halladay and David Wright, who would you rather burn a rd. 1 keeper on?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TJ, Those are good value for next year… Wright…

  12. Goosta says:
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    Would it be wiser to use Reynolds or Garrett Jones as my first baseman?

    I think there is more potential with Reynolds….what do you think?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Goosta, Reynolds

  13. SpiralArchitect says:
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    With Votto most likely coming back Tuesday, should I start Votto? Or should I go with one of my other 1B – Rizzo or Carlos Lee?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SpiralArchitect, Start Votto

  14. Tony says:
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    I started 10 Starters in my h2h league last week. I went 1-7, my only win comes from Iwakuma vs the ANGELS with Weaver on the hill!!!

    UNREAL.

    Final week heading into playoffs. I’m in, but i need to lock up second place to get that bye and there’s 3 of us within a pt! LOVIN IT!

    Good Luck Razzers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Whew… Good luck!

  15. Panti Jose says:
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    Need bombs and bags. ROS for deep league 5 x 5 roto:

    Ross or McLouth?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Panti Jose, Ross

  16. David says:
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    “Of course, when you tell people to Sell someone, they call you stupid when the player has a good month right after you said sell, but then those same people disappear when the player goes cold for the following two months.  See also Mark Trumbo.”

    Yeah it’s kinda like when you don’t mention players in your updates when they perform differently than you expected. I love how with Bruce (a razzball favorite) we “won’t remember” that he was bad for two and a half months as long as he gets to 30+ homers, but when wright finishes .300 we will remember that he hit .275 for a large stretch of the season. Cherry picking much?

    How about more time being objective and less time patting yourself on the back and going so far out of your way to find stats defending your predictions. Bottom line is, even if wright doesn’t finish strong I’m sure all of your followers would rather have had him than Longoria, the razzball poter boy for 3rd base. Maybe next year you’ll get that Wright throughout his career has been relatively injury free and longoria is pretty much always hurt. Your readers may not know this since you talk like its the other way around.

    • Arbinator says:
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      @David,
      We actually don’t come here for objectivity. I can get all the objectivity I need at baseball reference. We come here to be entertained and to hear opinions. Of course, I’m sure Longoria’s injury record will be talked about before the drafts next year but what do you want right now? A blurb in every daily round up “Longo- Still Hurt”? Also no one is arguing that in hindsight they wouldn’t have rather had Wright than Longo. All thats being said is that when people are talking about a player having a Ted Williams season in May that’s a great time to sell. See also Josh Hamilton. Matt Kemp…..And yes I’ll probably own Jay Bruce again next year.

    • Abdoozy says:
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      @David, I’m sure Grey will be more than happy to refund double your membership fee for his advice…

  17. Vinny says:
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    Am I stupid to start Jeff Locke in a 2 start week vs HOU & CHI over Greinke vs a red hot A’s team on the road where he struggles?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Vinny, I wouldn’t…

  18. Deadwoods says:
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    1. Stream-o-Nator and Odds say sit Samardzija vs Detwiler. Correct?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Deadwoods, I’d go with the SoN…

  19. Wow, looking at SD’s remaining schedule, it makes me wonder if Cashner’s an upgrade over any starter I have on my two teams (combined staffs are: Bumgarner, Gio, Medlen, Fister, Moore, Cain, Sherzer). I’m a little over on innings in both leagues, but if I could find roster space would it be worth picking him up and just being more selective with the guys I already have? Are there many games where you’d sit one of them?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Enrique, Him over Fister…

  20. Paranoid Android says:
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    first week of H2H playoffs… Should I roll with

    Rizzo or Votto at 1b?

    Pick 2 btwn Harper, Jones, Colvin or David Murphy..

    Thanks for your help gettin me to the playoffs shitty foot man

    • Paranoid Android says:
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      @Paranoid Android, add rizzo the the 2nd question too

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paranoid Android, Votto… Harper, Jones… Ha, no problem…

  21. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Furcal is on DL. Who would you gamble on Profar or Tyler Greene ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Anthony, Greene

  22. Commish Cauda says:
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    H2H-5X5 Playoffs. One cat is Wins + QS

    Please pick your top FOUR. Thanks.

    AJ Griffin @SEA (Felix)
    Mat Latos vsPHI (Kendrick)
    AJ Burnett vsCHC (Wood)
    Jordan Zimmerman vsCHC (Germano)
    Phil Hughes @BAL (TBD)
    Mike Minor vsCOL (White)
    Travis Blackley vsLAA (Wilson) & @SEA (Vargas)

    Pick me a winner, Bobby…

    • Commish Cauda says:
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      @Commish Cauda,

      P.S. Gallardo is one of my fixture starters (along with MadBbum) over the list above). But he is @STL this week, who murders him. Do I dare sit Gallardo for anyone above?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Commish Cauda, Griffin, Latos, Zimmermann, Burnett… I’d sit Gallardo

      • Commish Cauda says:
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        @Grey, thanks…if I sit Gallardo, then I need a 5th choice. Hughes, Blackley or Minor?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… Start Gallardo then…

  23. Yo Grey, start votto with 5 games at DH ahead of Alex Rios or Sandoval?

    Already got Agonz, Longoria and Colvin at 1B, 3B and CI.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @exactly, Ahead of Rios…

      • @Grey, thanks!

  24. Deadwoods says:
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    Cashner or Samardzija. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cashner

  25. beardcrabs says:
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    Ludwick or Chris Davis ROS…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis

  26. boomer19 says:
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    Do you think Cashner gets a start this week? Can’t find any info on it. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I do…

  27. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto league, start votto (supposedly coming back on Tuesday) or stick with Colvin next week?
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Votto

  28. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: also, same league, start Frazier with fear of him being dustiopathed or go with ciriaco?

    Thanks and happy labor day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ciriraco… You too!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ciriaco

  29. Hondo says:
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    Drop Minor for Cashner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  30. Eddy says:
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    It’s quite amazing how dependent I’ve become on the SoN. I don’t make a move without consulting it first.

    That being said, any chance it can be updated to include a couple of days past tomorrow? My favorite thing about the SoN is to get the jump on my opponents instead of relying on getting the best guy for the next day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’ll ping Rudy… With the holiday and all, can’t promise anything…

  31. Hondo says:
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    Ouch.Just looked at last 2 weeks-or Cashner for the fading JZimm?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Zimmermann

  32. papasmurf says:
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    Man that Bruce is really pissing me off. He hit .229 for me with 19 homers. After he left my team, he’s .328 with 8 homers for the other team. Meanwhile the guy I got for him is hitting less than .200 with 1 homer and 4 RBI… (before the deal Goldschmdt was batting around .300) That trade singlehandedly cost my team at least 3 pts in the standings. But my team’s still barely hanging on somehow…And it’s thanks largely to Headley and Murphy.

    I had a bad sell low buy high feeling about it when I made the deal but I needed a closer that was in the deal also, so I did it while having my fingers crossed.

    Asdrubal is just terrible… like his name. There must be something to him giving up when the team’s out of contention.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That damn Smurfy luck…

  33. Hondo says:
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    Weeks or Espinosa(2 for 2 so far today)?Bye week next week,then 2 playoff rounds.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Weeks

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey, Thanks.I’ve also got Rutledge,who hopefully will be eligible at 2B( and still hot) soon, leaving me the opportunity to look for a hot schmotato SS for the last 2 weeks if Weeks is sucking.

  34. Grey — I think the SoN is missing some of the pitchers scheduled for tomorrow … it’s only showing 24 pitchers when there should be 30.

    Bumgarner, Fister, Gio, and Matt Moore are all among those missing, and are all on my 16-team league … I assume all are worth starting, no? If I were going to sit one would it be Fister?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d sit Fister… I’ll have Rudy look at SoN but since it’s a holiday I can’t promise anything for today…

  35. Hondo says:
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    Regarding #31- So pick up Cashner and drop JZimm instead of Minor?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hondo, I wouldn’t drop Zimmermann…

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey, Thanks,Dropped Minor for Cashner and am hoping JZimm steps up when they bench Stras.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, hopefully…

  36. Abdoozy says:
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    Rockies @ Braves game is bizarre.. Bravos have six runs in six innings on two hits. For that matter, they had six runs in three innings on two hits. Pretty much flummoxed since then by that brilliant Rockies bullpen stragedy.

    Meanwhile, that Medlen kid is dealing like he’s the reincarnation of Greg Maddux, or would be if Maddux was actually dead.

    Anyway, this is the most competitive blowout I’ve seen this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen! I love him…

  37. joe from point pleasant says:
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    Cashner has a pretty crappy schedule from here on out… assuming he starts this Wed. he will have be @LAD, v StL, @AZ, v LAD

    Ive been stashing him for a while, but i think i am actually considering dropping him now that i realized the matchups he has.

    Bit of a roster jam on my hands… What do you recommend?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t really know your roster jam, but I like Cashner…

  38. joe from point pleasant says:
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    Could you rank CarGomez, ToddFather, Moustakas for the rest of the season?

    All would be playing in Utility spot so position doesnt matter.

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Moose, CarGo…

  39. Poo Holes says:
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    What would happen if Medlen faced Trout? Would the world explode? Do we actually want to know the answer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! It’s like Lorraine runs into her former self in BTTF.

  40. Chet "The Rocket" Steadman says:
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    Would you drop G Jones, Teixeira, Goldschmidt, or Morneau for Cashner? I feel like I’m drowning in a pool of mediocre 1b.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Morneau as long as Tex isn’t starting by losing him…

      • Chet "The Rocket" Steadman says:
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        @Grey, Thanks!

  41. JP says:
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    Grey – good looks on the Colvin tip, won 7-1 last week to grab a playoff berth. Would you drop him for Reynolds now that he looks to be on a tear? 12 team mixed H2H categories

    C – Salvador Perez
    1B – LaRoche
    2B – Phillips
    3B – Longoria
    SS – Reyes
    OF – Hamilton
    OF – Cruz
    OF – BJ Upton
    Util – Colvin
    Bench – Uggla

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Reynolds now…

  42. Carnac says:
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    What’re the chances that was Fiers’ last start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Very good chance…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, Agree. I was hoping for 2 starts from him this week, but may just cut bait.

  43. Ralph Macchio says:
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    Plouffe or Aviles ROS as a bench 2B/SS/3B?

    Also, echoing, the previous comment…time to dump Fiers? Its a keeper but fighting for 1st and I can’t have a guy on my staff who won’t be pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prefer not to drop him in a keeper, but I don’t know how tight your bench is… Plouffe…

  44. Prezii says:
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    Sent Meds out the for a CG, even tho it wasnt necessary, to get two more K’s, SP THANK YOU FREDIII!!

    Guess whos back.. back again..

    • Prezii says:
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      SO*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen’s BACK!

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, from the pen! “Take a big rip, miss, strikeout, check out my whip, im makin you whiff!”

        Thanks for the meds grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem…

  45. Grey's da man! says:
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    With Rajai in a huge slump, would you make a switch to one of these other guys for SAGNOF? Aoki, Wise, Trayvon, Pennington or Guttierez (guys who are available with the most SB in the last week)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aoki

  46. Howard says:
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    @Grey Happy Labour Day! What does the old toothpick muncher do with Frazier with Votto coming back tomorrow? Think he will still get the AB’s?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happy Labor Day! I think Frazier sees about 4 games a week…

  47. Prezii says:
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    Would you drop Skaggs for Cloyd? Just read that Cloyd has VsCOL, @HOU, @NYM comin up and skaggs, i feel like could burn me at any given time..

    • Prezii says:
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      Ehhh skaggs has SD next.. wait then drop if he doesnt shine?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like Cloyd, wouldn’t mess with him…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, but Grey he got 9 Ks!!! And shutdown the Reds, for the most part. *takes off goggles*

        Okay ill listen and stray away.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, his minor league numbers don’t support today’s outing, bit too risky for me…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, understandable, but those matchups just look tasty. Im still high on skaggs but everytime he goes out there i cross my fingers, i dunno why.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, he looks like an accident waiting to happen this year… I wouldn’t trust him in tight spots either…

  48. Dan says:
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    Hey guys,

    Uggla or Utley the rest of the way?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Utley

  49. Steve says:
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    SON doesn’t thionk much of Kendrick @ CIN and doesn’t show Bevan v BOS but they’re both worth a whirl, right?

    And do you prefer Porcello ahead of either of those guys?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Porcello and Beavan… How did yesterday’s matchup end up?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Thanks. Pretty good. Won 9-2, so I’m in 6th (final playoff spot), four games clear of the next guy, but I’m up against the guy in second this week and his pitching is great, so Milone could perhaps have been better…

        Was good of my sister to not bother subbing Mini Donkey in for Tex…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice… 4 games is a decent cushion… I’m pulling for ya…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Yeah, hopefully it’s enough. Will be a fraught week, though. the two guys closest to me, one is playing my sister, the other is against the guy who’s second-last…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It couldn’t be easy, right?

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Nope. Nothing has been in this league this year.

  50. Steve says:
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    Jesus, Konerko. Come on!

  51. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Bye week couldn’t have conmeat a better time with Votto and Arod coming back from injury and getting their timing back and Granderson sore.

    Anywho…a few questions

    1) Is Frazier a good bench option as a handcuff with Votto and a platoon mate with Arod?

    2) Pick 2: Beckett, Fister, or Cashner? Can use other spot for streaming.

    3) Stick with Wieters or roll with one of Perez, Grandal, Donaldson, or Ellis?

    4) Lopez or League?

    5) Over at fangraphs Eno likes to talk beer during his chats. What type of alcohol should we ask you about?

    Thanks as always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Sure, but I don’t know your options… 2) Beckett, Cashner, but I don’t know their matchups. 3) Perez 4) Lopez 5) I just drink to get drunk. No problem…

  52. Abdoozy says:
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    Last 30 days: AB R HR RBI S AVG OPS
    Player A 16/90 9 5 17 0 .178 .641
    Player B 31/99 14 5 18 0 .313 .915

    Would I be crazy to drop Player A for Player B in a redraft league IF I’m in an intense semifinal two week playoff AND there was some doubt regarding Player A’s health AND I need reliable power and average? Even though Player A is 100% owned and B is 47%?

    And can you guess who A and B are?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Player B doesn’t look much better… Is Player A Uggla?

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @Grey,
        A is Grandy
        B is Delmon Young

        No, doesn’t look much better except in the ratios, where Grandy has been killing me.. I keep hoping he will revert to his form from a couple of years ago, give me decent ops and some legs here and there, but at this point I’m ready to act as if I hadn’t drafted him in the first place. Nobody was dumb enough to trade me for him during the season and they sure as hell aren’t going to now…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah… Yeah, he’s been death on most teams… I did say to avoid him the preseason… I wouldn’t drop him for Young, though…

  53. coach23 says:
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    What do you think of Dan Straily? Is it a ACE potentiel? Do you return in MLB this year? Is it a chance in rotation in april 2013?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not ace potential, should be in the rotation next year to start the year, will be a last round sleeper…

  54. nightpandas says:
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    Holy cow Medlen….Grey what are your thoughts on him for next year? Planning on keeping 2…maybe 3 pitchers. Where would you rank him as a keeper vs:

    Dickey
    Latos
    Morrow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’d be 4th there… He’s a late round fourth to fifth starter… I like him, but the Braves need to keep him in the rotation…

  55. Steve says:
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    Few things more annoying than having a guy caught stealing. That’s YOU, Joe Mauer.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Steve, Even more annoying, he was actually safe.

      • Steve says:
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        @VinWins, Yeah. I’d definitely include that as one of the ‘few things’.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, surprised to hear you own Mauer…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, This is in the ol’ H2H where we count OBP too. I wouldn’t normally draft him, but I put a bit more emphasis on OBP this year. Of course, that led me to draft Youk…

        I’d like it if he’d been a bit more productive, but he’s till the No.2 catcher on the Player Rater.

        Which is a bit like being the second-tallest midget, I suppose.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, yup… With OBP it makes more sense, definitely…

  56. Abdoozy says:
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    Somebody dropped Teixiera in my redraft league.. He cleared waivers last night. Worth a speculative pickup (drop Ruggiano or Reynolds)? I know he wouldn’t be contributing much during this round (just started 2 wk semifinals).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Ruggiano…

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @Grey, How about over Rizzo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Abdoozy, I’d prefer to drop Ruggiano… But it’s a coin flip…

  57. Steve says:
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    OK, Konerko. Maybe this time?

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, That’s better. Pity you have to be pinch-run for, old geezer.

      Not that I can talk…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha!

  58. Carnac says:
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    Reynolds went 0-4 with 3 Ks and a walk today. More evidence that he’s back! (seriously, maybe)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll take two homers every other day (please)…

  59. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Maybe it’s me but it just seems wrong that Vin is hawking Resident Evil: Retribution on the Dodgers broadcast tonight. I need a hot schmo 1B for Frazier. Does Mayberry fit the bill? Reynolds, Lind, Moreland, Hosmer, Morneau and Rizzo also available on the WW. Thanks!

  60. Wilsonian says:
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    Rios has been a badass for me for a good part of the year. He’s pretty much sucked the last few weeks. Do I cut him for any of the following for a UTIL slot:

    Weeks, Robot, Colvin, Murphy, Reynolds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robot

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Wilsonian, add Delmon to the list.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Robot…

  61. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Great pic! Thanks!

  62. Steve says:
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    Dah. Had to happen. Sonavabenched by Ethier in the ol’ H2H.

    It’s my daily dilemma – have to pick two out of Bruce, Ethier and Pedro Alvarez.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call, I’d go Bruce, Ethier…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Thanks.

        What if you were picking two from Bruce, Ethier and Robot?

        Also, now that Colvin is on the road, do you drop him for one of:

        Delmon
        Murph
        Aoki

        ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bruce, Robot… I’d hold Colvin…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Coolio. And last one.

            Konerko or Robot at 1B?

            I own Konerko, and Robot is on the wire…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d stick with Konerko…

  63. nightpandas says:
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    Please rank ROS:

    Kendrick
    Estrada
    Stults
    Fiers
    Straily
    Cobb

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Estrada, Kendrick…

  64. Horse says:
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    14 team, non-keeper

    Please pick 3 ROS:

    Milone / Hughes / Cahill / McAllister / Homer Bailey / Chacin / Minor

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey, Minor, Cahill

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