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Mark Trumbo is done for the year with a stress fracture in his foot.  What an inauspicious end to his rookie season, if I’m using the word inauspicious correctly, or even spelling it right.  Year line was 65/29/87/.254/9.  Trumbo’s OBP was tizzerrible at .291, but his minor league rates suggest he can grow into someone that can take a walk here and there.  He’ll never be a .400 OBP guy.  The power and the light speed is for real.  His most impressive number for this year?  539.  As in the number at-bats Scioscia gave him.  Sure, he was a bit hogtied with Kendrys adding an S for “sidelined.”  In 2012 when Kendrys returns (or is the verb singular there?), we’ll see if Scioscia learned his lesson that every player doesn’t need to be a variation of a light-hitting middle infielder.   I have my doubts.  There’s talk Trumbo could see action at third base next year, but he fields about as well as Dalton Trumbo avoided commie accusations.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday for fantasy baseball:

Yovani Gallardo – Scratched from his last start so he’s ready for the postseason.  Um, I have fantasy championships on the line?  Hello, priorities.  On a real baseball note, I hope the Brewers go all the way in the playoffs.  That is who I’m rooting for.  Or is it whom?  Anyhoo!  (Anywhom?)  Not just because I want to see Selig’s toupee get all bent out of shape when he hands the World Series trophy to the owner that replaced him or because I picked them in the preseason.  I want the Sausage Race on a national stage.  The kielbasa has toiled in obscurity long enough.

Andrew McCutchen – After being hit in the groin during batting practice, he was scratched.  Hopefully by Mrs. Dread Pirate.

Kevin Youkilis – Sawx announced it’s doubtful that he plays in the O’s series.  According to the latest ESPN, The Magazine, Youkilis doesn’t need to play because Boston is the greatest sports city in the world and that gets them an automatic bye into the playoffs.  For every sport.

Josh Beckett – 6 IP, 6 ER, 11 baserunners, 5 Ks.  ESPN, The Magazine said Beckett is the biggest of the biggest big game pitchers in the majors and when a game is on the line he gets it done better than anyone.  Unless said game is against one of the worst teams in the majors.

Jed Lowrie – 1-for-4 with a homer after going 2-for-3 in his previous start.  When he gets hot, he tends to get very hot, so might be worth looking at him for the last couple of games.

James Shields – 8 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 4 Ks.  On a related note, Yahoo doesn’t count a playoff game, but ESPN does.  I’d start to grab any Rays and Red Sox players you can in case there’s a one game playoff.  Kelly Shoppach?  Yes.  Lowrie?  Yes.  Salty, Scutaro, Brignac, Kotchman, Joyce… Even grab middle relievers for a possible vulture win.  Everyone.  This obviously goes for the Cardinals and the Braves too.  Matt Diaz, Alex Gonzalez, Freese, Jon Jay, Molina, etc.  Grab them now before your leaguemates do.

Mat Latos – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Ends the year with a 3.47 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 185 Ks.  Well, if this year was a step back, I’ll take it every day and twice on Muesday.

Doug Fister – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks.  This season Mr. Fister took my broken wings, and taught me to fly, live and love so free.

Rafael Furcal – Left the game with a tight hamstring.  Figures, had been almost a week since his last injury.

Matt Wieters – Hit his 21st homer.  Where’s his just desserts?  Is he getting them?  Did they reopen Matt Wieters Facts dot com?

Ubaldo Jimenez – 5 IP, 6 ER, 12 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Gotta be embarrassing for all the baby mommas in Colorado that named their kid Ubaldo during the first half of last year.  “Because you were, uh, bald.  Um, oh.”  That’s the moms explaining their child’s name to them when they turn 13.  You know, when they’re prepping for their bar mitzvah.

Randall Delgado – 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners.  I love the Braves young pitchers.  That is all.

Alex Gonzalez – 1-for-3 as he returned to the lineup.  When he left, he was on fire with three homers in his last 6 games.

Angel Pagan – Done for the year.  There’s a conspiracy theory why his season is done that you can read about in Dan Brown’s latest novel, Angels & Pagans.  I believe the Illuminati is behind it.  BTW, if you Google Illuminati, you find Lady Gaga is a puppet for the Illuminati.  That made me laugh.  I think everyone should have one friend who is a conspiracy theorist.  Not a close friend, just someone you talk to once in a while.  The smarter the conspiracy theorist friend you have, the weirder the theories.  I recently talked to my friend who’s a conspiracy theorist and was told that Bin Laden is still alive, living in Virginia and working with the US government on the war with terror.  I wondered if Bin Laden likes Five Guys Burgers.  “This is delicious cow meat!”  That’s Bin Laden eating a burger in Washington, D.C.

Jarrod Dyson – 1-for-4 with a steal.  He should be starting for the final two games of the season and he has speed to burn, if that interests you.

Mike McCoy – 0-for-3 with 2 steals.  See what I said about Jarrod Dyson or 1/8th of an inch above.

Brian Wilson – Casilla got the save yesterday as Wilson was shut down for the year.  All beards in San Francisco will now be at half mast.

Kevin Slowey – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER and he was relieved by Hoey.  Dewey and Louie stayed in the bullpen.

Shaun Marcum – 4 2/3 IP, 7 ER.  Left his September 4th start with a 3.11 ERA and will end the season with a 3.54 ERA.  Yeah, I could’ve done without the last three weeks of starts.

Jack McKeon – The 80-year-old is retiring.  When the Marlins wouldn’t make their entire schedule day games to accommodate Carrows’ early bird specials, McKeon had no choice.  This opens up room for Ozzie Guillen, who was released yesterday by the White Sox.  At one point, it was rumored that Ozzie was being traded for Logan Morrison.  They could’ve just traded Twitter accounts.  I imagine the first day Ozzie is in South Beach he’s going to walk around muttering to himself, wondering why there are so many Jay Mariotti’s.

75 Responses

  1. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Latos has made my 2012 keeper decisions really tough.He started out pretty lousy this yr….Im in a league where we keep 10(which is too many IMO).anyway,which two of these would you keep?….its a 10 team 8×8 league that counts K’s and K/9.

    Ubaldo,Beachy,Latos,Pineda,Scherzer,Fister(I know that keeping Fister would be a pretty bad idea,but his last six or seven starts have been so beautiful).

  2. mhfella says:
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    Grey Albright,
    Thanks so much for adding some spice to my season! You are the first thing I read every day. No sh*t. Sad, but true. Okay, for last day I could really use a couple of Wins. How would you rank Chen @ Minn, Saunders v. LAD and LeBlanc v. Cubs. ERA and WHIP secondary but can’t afford to lose much ground there. Chasing wins on the last day. Sad, but true.

  3. uncdrew says:
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    Thanks for the info (all year and today).

    I’m sure my league-mates (who haven’t checked in here yet obviously) are a bit puzzled as I drop the majority of my pitchers for all the Schmohawks on the Rays, Bravos, Red Birds and Red Sox.

    Now I’m rooting for playoff games in both divisions. That would be high-larious to watch them freak out as I basically get a free day.

  4. uncdrew says:
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    I’m one spot out of the money and could finish third. So I’m not doing this just to be an ass, but that too would be kinda fun.

  5. OaktownSteve says:
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    @Oilcan: Latos and Pineda

  6. neogonzo mourning says:
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    Twisted Fister said he wasn’t going to take it… no, he was certainly not going to take it. He was fairly confident, that going forward, there would be no possible way that he would ever be the one who was going to take it… anymore.

  7. sean says:
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    Does anyone know if CBS counts the play-in game toward regular season roto totals?

  8. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    @ Grey,

    Hey man, just wanted to say thanks for everything this year brotha. I kinda checked out a few weeks ago, Looks like i’m taking 1st place in all my leagues tho (besides the RCL league which i stopped checking a few months ago… yes i am that guy!).

    Thanks again tho brotha, u def earned those margaritas.

  9. MrHappyTime says:
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    Who’s my best chance for multiple saves the next two days. Casilla, Holland, or Acosta?

  10. MrHappyTime says:
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    Espinosa or Werth the next two days at my UT?

  11. Thanks for all your great work again this year Grey…you lead me to…11th place!?!?

    Bah, checking the site daily is basically the only thing that made Fantasy bearable this year…Stupid Morneau, Wright, CarGonzo Beans, and basically everyone else I drafted in the first 10 rounds…

    All the best, and will be checking in over the off-season.

  12. KeeblerMN says:
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    Man, anybody who stops checking this site when their fantasy season is done is missing out on some GREAT stuff! I feel almost as sad for them as I feel for my beloved Twins…. btw, do you think the Twins become only the 2nd team in MLB history to lose 100 games with a payroll of at least $100 Million? Seattle was the first.

  13. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @KeeblerMN: Thanks! Yeah, I think they do lose one more game.

  14. Blue says:
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    Your constant whining about media coverage of Boston sports, Red Sox in particular, comes off and whiny and jealous. It’s tired, move on.

  15. Frank1979 says:
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    Grey, I just want to say thanks for all your help this year. And also as a Yankee fan, your two comments today about Youkilis and Beckett made me laugh so hard I almost threw up this morning.

  16. Stophe says:
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    Grey – thanks again for a great season’s worth of work. All my bro love to you.

    Getting close to keeper time – we get 6. Do you ever keep arms?

    My no-brainers (1,2,3): Justin Upton, Joey Votto, Adrian Gonz.

    It gets sticky with 4-10: Dread Pirate, Jay Bruce, Elvis Andrus, Hunter Pence, Verlander, Grienke and Kimbrel (17th round).

    I could see going 6 bats, I could see 5 bats and Verlander, and I can even see 4 bats and 2 arms, since Kimbrel was good value at 17.

    What to do?

  17. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Stophe: No problem… Dread Pirate, Verlander, Bruce… Kimbrel’s not close with the names you have.

  18. JoeyP says:
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    Can officially punch Lester, Felix, Marcum and Beckett? Wow, my hope for a 3rd roto championship is cooked.
    Jarred Parker and Zach Britton, you’re my only hope.

  19. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @JoeyP: Damn, that’s a tough break.

  20. CL says:
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    Grey:

    Just got sent a last minute trade for my 10 team dynasty league. We keep our entire rosters year to year… it’s year 4 now.

    I give Freeman & Rasmus and get Mauer & Jemile Weeks. The trade fits our depth charts better, and I have Votto at 1B and Napoli at C. I have OF depth with CarGo at CF.

    I think I might pull the trigger, you dig? Thanks man!

  21. Post says:
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    Grey- I’m in 2nd by half a point in my Roto league, I can catch in ERA and Wins and still have a few starts left. I’m trying to decide between Ryan Dempster vs SD and Joe Saunders at LA, any thoughts? It’s a crazy finish!

  22. CL says:
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    I’d also like to quote one of my league mates, I found this funny & fitting:

    “There’s nothing more awkward than the last days of the fantasy season.”

    Looks like I’m taking 5th place this year in my 10 team dynasty. But I’m happy with my team.

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @CL: Take the trade.

    @Post: Dempster

  24. stynyr says:
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    Grey,

    Who is more likely to steal a base: Ryan Braun (hell, do you think he’ll even play?), Matt Holliday, or Ryan Zimmerman?

  25. Post says:
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    I was leaning towards dempster as well, tho somehow Saunders has been surprisingly clutch for me when I spot start him…thanks for all the help grey! couldn’t have gotten this far without the site. I’ll be here over the offseason

  26. stynyr says:
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    @Grey

    Okay. Let me get a little mo’ specific now. I have:

    3b-Zimmerman
    OF-Hamilton, Bonifacio, Braun
    Util-Rollins, Aybar
    BN-Holliday

    I’m winning steals 6-3 but my opponent picked up Maybin for tomorrow. I noticed Braun didn’t start literally 10 minutes before the game started and benched him for Holliday who got a steal last night (his second of the year). My idea was to have this:

    3b-Bonifacio
    OF-Holliday, Hamilton, Braun
    Util-Rollins, Aybar

    Does it even matter?

  27. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Post: Cool, no problem.

    @stynyr: That lineup looks fine. I think with a 3 steal lead you should be fine, but I have no idea what his team looks like.

  28. royce! says:
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    Thanks for encouraging me to give the Bon Iver record another listen. I got rid of my old BMW that only played tapes (the wife is pregnant so I happily had to get a car that would accommodate a carseat) and now have a car with a CD player and really have listened to only that and The War on Drugs’ new album. Besides being awesome, the Bon Iver record is great for getting “Black and Yellow” out of my head.

  29. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Black n yellow! Have you heard the new Wilco album?

  30. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Only one song. You dig?

  31. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Haven’t listened to it yet, Rudy didn’t give it high praise.

  32. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Not really surprised. The last couple of records have been ho-hum. I don’t know why they don’t insist on having Jim O’Rourke produce all their records. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A Ghost Is Born killed.

  33. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Is Rudy going to return to KitchenSnark when baseball hibernates?

  34. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Yeah, I think the loss of Jay Bennett was huge too. I’m not sure on Rudy, he has his first child due in November. Maybe it’ll be born with a stache for Movember. Then again, it’s gonna be a girl so that might not be so good.

  35. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Ha! Might be a little suspicious for the kid to be born with a mustache, though…I’d recommend wearing some running shoes if you visit them in the maternity ward.

  36. royce! says:
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    Re: the new Wilco, “Art of Almost” is a great song…a great Radiohead song. Which doesn’t actually pose any problem for me, because I still enjoy Radiohead.

  37. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Running shoes? Why? I don’t usually like Radiohead.

  38. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Need a real quick one. In a pitched battle in the keeper. 1400 IP limit (and we count Games Started too).

    I’m at 1390.1 with Kuroda at my disposal today plus 4 closers. Problem is, need all pitching stats – can’t really afford to hit the limit today. Also have a bunch of guys set to go tomorrow to bust through the limit.

    Gotta sit Kuroda, no?

  39. Steve says:
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    @royce!: You’re going to be a father? That’s awesome. Congrats.

    Take it from me, it doesn’t change your life at all ;-)

    And congrats to Rudy too. Little girls are the best.

    Until they turn 14 – then their mother can deal with them.

  40. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Jeanmar Gomez is spitting all over my ratios.

  41. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Yeah, me too. Bastard…

  42. Steve says:
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    Holy shit. Bad day to have Scherzer and Gomez against each other.

  43. VinWins

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    Nice moment in Chicago as the White Sox let Buehrle go out at the start of the 8th to receive the ovation in probably his last start for Chicago.

  44. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: On a side note, I’d try and see Catching Hell. Was very interesting. On a side side note, it’s like Albert, the guy who wrote the first post on the site leaned over to try to catch a foul ball at Wrigley.

    @VinWins: Nice

  45. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Yeah – I will keep an eye out for it. Interesting observations in the comments yesterday as to what the reaction would have been if some smooth-looking guy had caught the ball instead.

  46. Steve says:
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    Earth to Tigers – please don’t f*** this up.

  47. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Actually someone in the movie that they interviewed said more or less the same thing. If Bartman wasn’t so dorky, he wouldn’t have been reamed. I really believe that. He just looks so easy to pick on.

  48. Mr2Bits says:
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    Hey Grey : In the championship round and am looking to stream as its tight on k’s and QS. Who would you drop from this list as not potential keepers next season. I can keep 2 players in rounds 1-5, 2 in 6-10 and 4-11-FA. I have added who I think I might keep but was hoping for some help and your thoughts.

    Roy Halladay – 1st round
    Jered Weaver – 2nd round – Keeper
    Dan Haren – 3rd round -Keeper
    Victor Martinez – 5th round
    Josh Hamilton – 7th round -Keeper
    Joel Hanrahan – 11th round
    Roy Oswalt – 11th round
    James Shields – 15th Round – Keeper
    Kevin Youkilis – 15th round
    Chris Young – 21st round – Keeper
    Jose Bautista – 23rd round – Keeper
    Neftali Feliz – 23rd round
    Josh Collmenter – FA
    Ryan Vogelsong – FA – Keeper
    Emilio Bonifacio – FA
    Lance Berkman – FA – Keeper
    Howie Kendrick – FA
    Josh Willingham – FA
    Kyle Farnsworth – FA
    Javy Guerra – FA
    Jim Johnson – FA
    Greg Holland – FA

  49. Steve says:
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    Holy Prince Fielder.

  50. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Mr2Bits: Youk over Shields, Kendrick over Young… Youk and Shields is close, but pitchers come and go; Youk could bounce back.

  51. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Seriously

  52. Steve says:
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    @Grey: You may not remember this, but that league I set up by mistake (and autodrafted for)when trying to set up the RCL Originals this year?

    I’m gonna win it. I might be the only one trying, but by golly I’m takin’ it.

  53. chata says:
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    @Steve:

    so fitting that i lose my h2h playoffs ,
    as i sat fielder for d . lee tonight .

  54. Steve says:
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    @chata: Ugh, that really sucks.

    @Grey: Would you keep any of these guys next year in (what was this year) an 8-team league?

    Weaver $17
    Greinke $20
    Kennedy $7

    Prices are to keep in 2012.

    Need to make room to load up for tomorrow…

  55. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: I do remember and that’s hilarious. Auto-drafting is the way to go!

    @chata: Damn

    @Steve: Weaver, Kennedy…

  56. Rank Stank says:
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    My 5 keepers next year were FA pickups this year and will be drafted from rounds 18 – 22. Which two do you drop: Dustin Ackley, Eric Hosmer, Michael Morse, Brett Lawrie, Desmond Jennings, Mike Trout, and Matt Moore? Thanks.

  57. Steve says:
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    @Grey: To be honest, I have kept a bit of an eye on it, but there have been long periods of inactivity.

  58. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Rank Stank: Moore, Trout….

    @Steve: Auto-drafting and not paying attention is the way to go!

  59. Steve says:
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    @Grey: Oh – and thanks for the pitchers. Best chance for Ks, a win and to not get clobbered tomorrow (quite a lot to ask for, obviously)?

    Harrison @ LAA
    Chen @ MIN (Chen!)
    Pavano v KC
    Volquez @ NYM
    Pomeranz @ SF

  60. Steve says:
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    Oh man. I could have started Kuroda after all. He’s gone after 6 scoreless. Oh well.

  61. Wilsonian says:
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    One last question for this season (don’t worry, keeper questions remain):

    Castro or Desmond for tomorrow?

    I need hits, HRs, SBs.

    Yet again, I have to thank you for this incredible site. And for putting up with me and my millions of questions. I know I’m one of the more consistent posters, and you at least make me feel like I’m not a complete moron with my questions.

  62. Steve says:
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    @Steve: And with the lead, what’s more.

  63. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Steve: Chen, Harrison, Pomeranz…

    @Wilsonian: Castro…. No problem, happy to help.

  64. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Damn, I hate having to explain a joke that fell flat…the joke was that if the kid was born with a mustache, people would think that you, who are mustachioed, and not Rudy, who is not, at least according to his picture, was the father. Sad trombone indeed.

    @Steve: Thanks!

  65. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Oh, and then you would have to run, making running shoes ideal. Zing! Waah waaaaaaaah.

  66. chata says:
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    @Wilsonian:

    yeah , Grey ought to give you a by-line .

  67. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @royce!: Oh, that was why I was wearing running shoes, gotcha. Yeah, got the joke about the mustache, didn’t connect the runnings shoes part. Watch Catching Hell.

  68. royce! says:
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    @Grey: Will do.

    Saw Moneyball tonight. I enjoyed it, but have a feeling that it wasn’t that good of a movie. Which is exactly what I expected. Nice to be right once in a while.

  69. Grey

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    @royce!: I’m gonna see it when I’m down in Austin visiting Rudy in two weeks.

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