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Texas finally caught a glimpse of MLB’s best Japanese starter as Hiroki Kuroda went 9 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Rangers.  Did they play this game in the Old Yankee Stadium?  The one that was 700 feet to center and had Red Ruffing’s mausoleum in dead left?  In new Yankee Stadium, usually a few balls get around the Pesci Pole in right.  Kuroda’s ERA is now at 3.06 and I’m still not a believer as you’ll hear in this afternoon’s podcast, but he’s done everything to make any rational man a believer.  Henceforth, ergo, vis-a-vis, I’m not rational.  Kuroda’s K-rate fell a tad this year, but he really hasn’t been any different than previous years when he was in the NL West.  Tell celebrity hairstylist, John Frieda, to color me an autumn shade of shocked with those Kuroda highlights.  (Sorry, I’m trying to expand our lady readership.)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Nick Swisher – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  He makes me almost want to add sideburns to my facial hair accoutrements.

Matt Garza – Sveum said he’d be surprised if Garza returns this year.  Only he announced it “svurprised.”

Jayson Werth – 1-for-3 as he started yesterday, after having an MRI on his ankle that came back negative.  He said it was no big deal.  Oh, it was one of those MRIs.  Eye roll, index finger roll by my ear, prolonged blinking, head nodding forward, snoring, shooting head up… What happened?!

Michael Morse – Out yesterday with a banged up thumb, which in Morse code is:  dot, dot, doh.

Ian Desmond – Nats are saying he could return as soon as Friday.  Desmond’s got one fast-healing oblique.  I can’t be any more specific than that.

James McDonald – Pirates are talking about moving McDonald into the bullpen so they can keep Kevin Correia in the rotation.  Yesterday, Correia threw six innings and gave up five earned runs.  Yet, that was still better than what McDonald would’ve gave you.  If you were thinking about dropping McDonald, now’s a good time.  And now.  Now still.  And… now.

Kelly Shoppach – The Red Sox traded him to the Mets, so Shoppach will go from backing up Salty to backing up Thole.  His value goes sideways, and I’m not drinking any Merlot!

Ryan Lavarnway – Will take over the back-up role behind the plate in Beantown.  Lavarnway’s power was down this year in the minors, but his approach looked as good as ever with a .376 OBP.  He could be much better than Salty as of right now, but he probably won’t have a chance to show that until next spring.  Outside of AL-Only or deep two catcher leagues, I’d continue to ignore.  Though, I’d love to see Lavarnway get a starting job next year.  Do it for all of his fans.  You know, the Lavarnwayians.  Who are not related to Damon, Marlon, Kim, Keenan, Shawn, Damien, Baby Keenan, Marlon Jr. Jr., Prince Charles, the III, Little Doo Doo Man and Ralph.

Josh Beckett – 5 1/3 IP, 6 ER.  Two tears in a bucket, BECKETT!

Joe Kelly – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA is now at 3.41 with a 1.43 WHIP.  Doesn’t he sound like a city councilman from the Boston area?  Joe Kelly says, “Era, there will be no town hall meeting, era, if the Sawx are playing the fahkin’ Yankees.”  Yeah, Joe Kelly’s still not someone I’d pick up in mixed leagues.

Jon Jay – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs with a homer.  Damn, the Cardinals have a bunch of blue-blooded-sounding guys.  Guess that would be Damn Yankees.  I’d absolutely pick up Jon Jay.  He’s hitting over .450 in the last week with a homer and 2 steals.

Josh Johnson – 8 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, and ERA is now at 3.73.  I picked up Josh Johnson in one league, had him for about 3 starts, he looked like hot garbage that metaphorically vomits out other hot garbage and I dropped him.  Now, he has a 1.59 ERA over his last 34 innings.  Yup.

Yuniesky Betancourt – A Betancourt was released by Kansas City for the 2nd day in a row.  Personally, I think it’s more newsworthy that Rafael’s favorite Asian masseuse in Denver is named “Kansas City” but maybe that’s just me.

Andy Dirks – 2-for-3, 2 runs and a solo homer.  Member when I told you last Friday to pick him up?  He’s hit in every game since, except for one.  Dirks, I digg ya!

Doug Fister – 8 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks, and four unearned runs.  I was thinking of a good giveaway for the Tigers.  You know those modern art chairs that are in the shape of a hand?  To the first 1,000 fans, the Tigers should give a bar stool that is in the shape of a fist.  I’d want a Fister stool.

Matt Moore – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks.  When his ERA was 5.07 at the end of May, I wouldn’t have thought he was going to be drafted highly again in 2013, but he’s turned around the ship in a big way and his post-All-Star break ERA is under a 1.50.

Fernando Rodney – Blew his 2nd save with two unearned runs to lower his ERA to 0.81.  Yes, even when he’s bad, he’s good.

Jay Bruce – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and another homer.  It’s an early Christmas miracle!  Bruce is hot again.  Now just stay hot for the H2H playoffs.  Please.

Chad Billingsley – 8 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  The Stream-o-Nator chose this stream while preparing to watch Judge Wapner.  One minute to Wapner!

Jose Quintana – 6 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  His Ks are so non-existent that he’s relying on a hard Q sound, but his 2.77 ERA/1.12 WHIP is pretty enough to overlook that.  Kuroda, Quintana… Ooh, I wanna I take you… Pre-All Star Break Nova, Samardzija, c’mon, pretty mama… Gallardo, Bartolo, baby, why don’t we go?

Dan Uggla – 1-for-4 with his 14th homer.  As Dan’s owners will attest, they haven’t felt much love for him all year but yesterday was free Huggla’s for everyone.

Tim Hudson – 6 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Or as portrayed by Hollywood:  Tim Hudson 0 IP, Scott Hatteberg 200 IP, 200 HRs.  Speaking of Moneyball, not sure how many of you are watching Newsroom by Sorkin, but it makes me want to stab my eyes out with my remote control.  That is all.

Ben Sheets – Said that after his last start his whole body felt dead.  He said, “I was like ‘Weekend at Bernie’s guy.”  Sweet, let’s see him do his new dance.  For fantasy, this is terrible news.  I was rolling him out there without any discretion, but now I’m concerned and may bench him in some leagues for his next start before he Sheets my fantasy bed.

Madison Bumgarner – 9 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Thank God Monday’s Vogelsong didn’t get stuck in Bumgarner’s head.

Brandon Belt – 3-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs as he stays torrid.  And I’m torrid-up inside suggesting you pick him up again.  Why do you cause me such pleasure and such pain, Belt?  Hmm, sounds like a childhood scar talking.

Eric Young Jr. – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs with a homer.  If you ask your shrink, she’ll tell you you just don’t know how to be happy.  If you ask me, you just won’t pick up Eric Young Jr.

Dexter Fowler – 2-for-3 with a run as he hits near .350 in the last week.  Okay, how about you just pick up all Rockies when at home and all hitters going against the Rockies?

Norichika Aoki – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs.  See 1/10th of an inch above about hitters in Coors or rewind your life 12 seconds.

Lucas Harrell – 8 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  First rule of Razzball is never talk about Razzball.  Second rule of Razzball is never talk about the Astros.  Harrell has 10 wins and a 3.81 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP and a just-over 6 K-rate.  He kind of looks like Wandy without the name value (name value for Wandy?  Ha!).  Harrell is not really much outside of matchups for the rest of this year.

Jarrod Parker – 4 2/3 IP, 4 ER.  You really shouldn’t own him anymore.  This is your last warning.  I’m not going to talk about him again this year.  Jarrod’s a turkey.  BTW, my cougar grew up next door to Jared from Subway.  I asked her if she ever got into his famous oversized pants that he carries around everywhere.  She declined to comment.  I’m not sure how to take that.

Wei-Yin Chen – 6 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  If I may Wei-Yin on Chen (Rosco P. Coltrane laugh), it’s nice and all if you want to pitch well against the Sawx, but when it comes right after pitching terribly against the Royals, it does no one any good.  Sonavabench!

Mark Reynolds – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and 2 homers.  He can still salvage this season (if he hits 20 homers in September and goes 87-for-90).

Kyle Kendrick – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Eh, not much to see here.  Last time out, he was smacked around like a mule who won’t take a laxative.

Yorvit Torrealba – The Blue Jays caught the Torrealba vapors and signed him.  The Jays are going to try and fuse together Yorvit Torrealba and J.P. Arencibia to be one solid catcher:  Jorpvit Torrealbia.

Rajai Davis – 3-for-4 with 2 steals.  Now has 5 steals in the last week.  He hit .325 with 30 steals in the 2nd half of the year in 2009.  It’s the Rebirth of SAGNOF, cuz Rajai’s cool like dat.

Colby Rasmus – Didn’t start yesterday as the Jays wanted his groin to rest one more day.  You know what’s good for a resting groin?  A banana hammock.

From Around The Web

  1. beardcrabs says:
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    per Rotoworld: Joe Kelly will shift to the bullpen with Jaime Garcia coming back this weekend…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @beardcrabs, Makes sense…

  2. Terrence Mann says:
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    Couple things. First, less Carpensheeter means more Medlen, no? Not so bad.

    The rest of the month may brutal for McDonald but if you have a deep bench, he’s with holding onto because most of his starts in September will be vs. the Cubs and Ed Wade’s toupee.

    Mostly, I just laugh at your shizz. Can’t go a whole summer without challenging you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Terrence Mann, Yeah, that’s true… Ha, thanks!

  3. Dafuq says:
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    Rasmus, Rajai, or Jon Jay ROS?

    • Simple Jack says:
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      @Dafuq, do you need speed or power?

    • Simple Jack says:
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      @Dafuq, that was dumb of me, for ROS, Rajai for speed, Rasmus for Power. Jay could go back to the birds and be a dud next week.

      • Dafuq says:
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        @Simple Jack, Thank you sir..

  4. Simple Jack says:
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    Really appreciate the Kokomo riff there. That was awesome at 3 in the morning getting home from the bar.

    Not sure how I feel about Newsroom yet, though I do like Jeff Daniels.

    That dance is hilarious, they took one of the whiter movies from the 80’s and some brothas made it into a dance!…pretty awesome

    Got tired of looking at Dirks Diggler every day and wondering if we could be happy together…so i picked him up. Thanks for the push I needed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Simple Jack, Ha, no problem! Yeah, great dance… Newsroom is painful…

  5. YoMommaSoUggla says:
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    Do not drink too much. Do you hear me? I don’t want you passing out or going to the dark side. No going to the dark side!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @YoMommaSoUggla, Nice!

  6. Jermo says:
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    drop stubbs for alex gordon or desmond jennings?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Jermo, DJ. Grey’s boys finally showing us why we spent that 5th round pick on him! Can see a torrent of steals coming his way.

  7. TheNewGuy says:
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    Think the Sheets comeback story might be coming to an end. There’s some decent arms out there in my 10 teamer, would you drop him for any of these doodes:

    Billingsley (real solid past month 1/2), Nova, Samardja, W Chen. Samardja’s (any nickname for him thats easier to spell!?) been pretty filthy lately, you trusting him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I’d go with Samarzija, but he could explode at any moment… He’s Max Scherzer’s cousin…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey, Ha ok ill proceed with caution then. We really need a nickname for this guy so we can stop having to try and spell his name. Something like the Scherzer one, what was it again?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! Maddening Max? Jobacum? Golem? He’s had a few…

          • Simple Jack says:
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            @Grey, what about a name that reflects his football career or his Psuedo Chris Perez haircut?

            The Domer, TD jeffus, Szamullet

  8. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Meh… Asian masseuses always have weird names. Mine is named Pete, for example. Love her extra firm grip, and the way she works her throat bump against the knots in my thigh.

    • @Awesomus Maximus, He he!

    • Simple Jack says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, I literally choked on my breakfast a little reading this, so wrong, yet so right!

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Simple Jack, Funny, that’s what Pete says when she pulls down my towel, “So wrong! You a rucky man!”

        • Simple Jack says:
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          @Awesomus Maximus, my timing is so bad, this time it was seeds I’m choking on

  9. yankees2012 says:
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    Hello Grey,
    I am pondering benching Reddick because he suckick lately. How about substituting Jay for Reddick?

    Thnaks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @yankees2012, Sure, go with Jay…

  10. JG_ism says:
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    Looking to cut some dead weight and make a final push for first.
    Gonna platoon Chavez and Belt (if i win bid).
    Rank ROS, Hammel, Corbin, Miguel Gonzalez, Detwiler
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JG_ism, Corbin, Detwiler

  11. Tony says:
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    ughh….. why the eff did J-Zimm go out of the game at 5.2 innings? Seriously he couldnt get one more out for the QS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tony, Ha, yeah… Close game that was overmanaged…

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey, Rizzo and Davey want to keep JZimm fresh for the playoffs.

  12. paulzone says:
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    i need sp pitcher ideas for the ROS. I am 54 ip under the limit but only have 7 transactions left on the year so can’t stream. My rotation has turned into:

    wainwright, sale, medlen, sabbathia (dl), macdonald (droppable), sheets (evidently dead)

    i have 2 empty spots and can drop macdonald, so really 3 open spots total.

    Any of these pitchers worth adding for the ROS that will get me some wins and not kill me otherwise? we count w, l, k, gidp, whip, era.

    phelps, cobb, marquis, chen, harrell, villanueva, minor, corbin, niese, villanueva, bedard, mcallister, feldman, minor, colon, blanton

    i am trying to trade too but very hard in this league.

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @paulzone, Niese, Chen, Minor…

  13. Luke T says:
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    HAHA! Movin Like Bernie. Thank you Grey for that dance. It is amazing what one can pick up from a FB site. My friends are gonna love this.

    • prezii says:
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      @Luke T, why they do this in Oakland… I have no idea!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Luke T, Ha, no problem…

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @Luke T, that’s the Melk dance also…

  14. game_sink says:
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    Fat Panda is back, which means that I have to drop either Moustakas or Starling Marte. My outfield is pretty loaded (Braun, CarGo, Dread Pirate) but I can stick Marte in a UTIL spot. It’s pretty clear that Mous is the one to go, right? Or am I crazy?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @game_sink, I’d lose Marte…

  15. trick dad says:
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    10 team league – start McCarthy @KC today?
    streamer rater shows his past 20 game FIP (9.26) only including his one start since he came off the DL.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @trick dad, I’d start him…

  16. Booya says:
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    Belt, Jay, or Snider for Util spot?

    How would you rank these options for OF spot in another league: Swisher, Eric Young, G Jones, Ruggiano, Dirks, T Hunter, Pagan or Reddick?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Booya, Jay… Young, Swisher, Dirks…

  17. The Vaporizers says:
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    Good morning Grey, who do you prefer for the rest of the season? Garrett Jones or Brandon Belt? They have both been hot lately, but who will keep it up the longest? (that’s what she asked)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Vaporizers, Belt… Ha!

  18. AdamH says:
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    Would you hang onto Chris Johnson or pick up one of the following?

    Frazier, Aviles, Prado, LeMahieu

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AdamH, Prado

  19. Jon says:
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    Would you lose Chris Johnson to add Belt or Alonso in a keeper league?

    • Jon says:
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      Or Snider. I’ll throw his name in there, too.

      Anyone added after Monday is ineligible to be kept, so I’m looking to make any moves I can with an eye on the future before the end of the week.

      Johnson, Snider and Alonso will all be 3 points to keep – I believe Belt will cost a bit more but I don’t know that for sure.

      • Jon says:
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        Or Jon Jay…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jon, Belt

  20. MattTruss223 says:
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    I need to make some cuts on my H2H points team, could you rank these corner men ROS: Sandoval, Headley, Goldschmidt.

    Leaning towards releasing Goldy since Headley’s been a house on fire lately. Thanks kind sir!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss223, Goldy, Panda…

  21. Matt says:
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    love the fight club reference.

    jon jay, ryan ludwick, and eric young jr. are all free agents, which one would you pick up ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt, Thanks! Jay…

  22. L-Boogie says:
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    I’ve gotta say, the Stream-o-Nator has been pretty much dead-on-ball accurate this week. Besides the obvious picks like Bum and Gio, the ‘nator really liked Fister, Cobb, Joe Kelly, Samardzija (yes, I copied and pasted), Billingsley, Kuroda, Millwood!!!, even Phelps was not horrible as he (she?) predicted.

    If you listened, you also avoided Beckett, Ubaldo, Kennedy, Minor, etc.

    Sure, the SoN may have missed on quality performances by Harell, Latos, Chen, Kendrick,etc, but I’d rather be steered away from good starts than steered towards bad starts. Well done, fellas.

    • @L-Boogie, Yeah, I benefitted with Cobb and Kelly in RCL. Have Millwood on our AL teams. He really deserved a win in that start but Moore was somehow able to keep that awesome Mariner offense in check.

      FWIW, my next streamer is Jake Westbrook. Had picked up Bud Norris to face CHC today but day games in Wrigley scare me (and the stream-o-nator doesn’t factor in day/night). I actually have no idea if more runs are scored in Wrigley day games but I have a weaker stomach than SON.

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, I have Westbrook on my team but started Medlen over him (weekly lineups). My rotation is stacked with SON darlings this week so I had to sit someone.

        I did some research of runs scored at Wrigley day vs night and I found something interesting. I found I have no idea where to look for runs scored at Wrigley day vs night.

        • @L-Boogie, Ha – I couldn’t find it either. Whether I was right or wrong in my logic, dropping Norris paid off :)

  23. Smell The Glove says:
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    Hate to admit this but I have actually been to the infamous Subway that Jared used to go to every day during his diet. It’s located in Bloomington, Indiana near the University. They have a signed picture of him hanging in there. He actually lived in an apartment right above the place so that whole story of him “walking” to the Subway shop everyday is horse sh!t. Guy probably had his stomach stapled.

    Now for my baseball question.

    Been suffering with my MI slots all season when Tulowitzki went down and Jemile Weeks was a total bust. Currently have Aviles and Valdespin at my SS and MI slot respectively.

    Looking to replace Valdespin with Plouffe who was dropped when he went on the DL and is now available.

    For SS and Aviles should I replace with Furcal or Cozart or just stay the course.

    BTW, what colors would the Fister stool come in?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Smell The Glove, Yup, Indiana… Replace Cozart… Tiger burnt orange and red, white and blue….

    • Ronkonkoma says:
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      @Smell The Glove, Nice name. That’s my Xbox live handle! I too have been to that subway at IU. A lot of my friends went to IU and they recall people throwing food at Jared. You may think this was mean but from what I have heard he was not only a douche but a complete asshole. Cheers.

  24. JTR says:
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    On a scale of 1-10 how good of a stream is Westbrook on Friday?

    Thanks!

    • @JTR, That start comes in at a 117 which is pretty high. I’m starting him. Westbrook and the Pitt offense are all pretty averages – seems that the fact it’s a Home start (always a plus) and at Busch Stadium (which has been a pitcher’s park in terms of runs over the past couple years) help make it an above average predicted stream.

  25. KeeblerMN says:
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    Hi Grey,
    I’m making a playoff run thanks to your help! But I need to bolster my staff..(that sounded dirty). h2h, 5×5, 12 team league, we start 8 pitchers and have 2 bench spots. Here’s who I have currently:
    Hamels
    Cahill
    Capuano
    Lynn
    Vogelsong
    Axford
    Valverde
    Street (DL)
    Burton
    Rauch

    The most owned FA out there are Harrison, Fiers, Santana, Romero, Milone, Masterson, Worley, Volquez.
    I seem to be lacking in most pitching stats each week but my ratios are what tend to be the worst. I usually do well in Ks and Saves.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KeeblerMN, Can lose Lynn for Fiers…

  26. Wilsonian says:
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    Daniel Espinoooooosa or Rollins for my SS?

    Everyone I pick up turns to shit. I have no production from anything (I was 2-38 yesterday, both hits coming from J-Up). I’m hitting .151 for the week to my opponent’s .404!! I need help and I need it ASAP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian, Rollins

  27. crock says:
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    How would you rank howard, dunn, lawrie and kendrys ros?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @crock, Dunn, Kendrys, Lawrie

  28. The Real McCoy says:
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    HELP ME OUT!!!

    Why is nobody writing about Alex Cobb and why is he only owned in 17% of Yahoo leagues.

    I think he needs some love. Possibly a creeper post!!??

    • @The Real McCoy, He was mentioned in yesterday’s roundup. He gave me a nice stream start too :) I recall seeing a commenter note how awful the rest of his matchups look the rest of year…

    • Wake Up says:
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      @The Real McCoy, Nope. Time to get out. Not get in.

      • Simple Jack says:
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        @Wake Up, you missed the bus McCoy, time to catch the next

  29. Ryan says:
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    In my 20 team h2h dynasty league, i am looking to offer morse sano and wheeler for and haren. The other manager is looking for youth and depth. Is this a solid deal for me or am i sacrificing my team’s future?

    c jp arencibia
    1b prince fielder
    2b neil walker
    ss yunel escobar
    3b miguel cabrera
    inf Evan longoria
    lf carl crawford
    cf nishioka aoki
    rf justin upton
    of Michael morse
    util travis snider
    bn Carlos lee
    bn jurickson profar
    bn ryan lavernway
    Bn miguel Sano
    dl andrelton simmons

    sp clayton kershaw
    sp yu darvish
    sp cliff lee
    sp aaron harang
    rp sean doolittle
    rp matt thorton
    rp matt belisle
    p joe kelly
    p Dan straily
    p Jared Hughes
    bn barry zito
    bn zack wheeler
    dl anthony bass

    • trick dad says:
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      @Ryan, ur question looks to be missing a player?

      • Ryan says:
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        @trick dad, Oh sorry I would be getting trumbo and haren

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Ryan, I’d want the Trumbo side…

  30. BERK says:
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    There’s like zero reason to hold onto Beckett at this point, right? For some reason I’m having a hard time clicking ‘drop.’

    • @BERK, look at that smugshot. http://bit.ly/PnBENi

      he’s golfing on his off days while your ERA/WHIP suffers.

      hope that helps…

      • BERK says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, Haha, smugshot. Ok, the deed is done. I’m dropping him & throwing that SP spot open to the whims of lady stream-o-nator…

      • BERK says:
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        @Rudy Gamble, I stream-o-nated Germano against HOU today in that spot vacated by Beckett. *high five*

        • @BERK, High five for ya. He was a tossup on SON with Norris but I steered clear of it since I’m phobic of Wrigley day games…

  31. Dynamite Dan says:
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    What up grey!

    I need 2 from this group of divas

    1. Gomez, Jay, Dirks, Fowler, Aybar, Aoki, Carter, Young Jr, Greene.

    2. Follow Up: If gomez is one of your picks does he retain his value after he leaves Coors today?

    3. Do you think Dirks jumps right back to where he left off before his injury? Y/N. Is there a chance he gets moved back to the 2 spot in the line up?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dynamite Dan, 1. Jay, Gomez 2. Maybe for a few days, grab Young instead if you don’t wnat to deal with Gomez 3. Yeah, he’ll be in the 2 hole soon with how he’s hitting…

  32. prezii says:
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    Grey I’m ashamed of you.. no Kevin milwood mention?

    *passes bong over grey straight to the stream o nator*

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @prezii, Ha, my bad…

      • prezii says:
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        @Grey, he was ranked high on Monday, then really low yesterday, then I looked after and he was back near the top. I thought the SON was toying with me..

        I had faith the whole time though!! I don’t even research anymore… Lol just look at the SON, find a good streaming buddy and roll. No questions asked.. luxury, my friend, luxury.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Let the SON guide you…

  33. grey:

    how would you rank these 3 starters:

    Volquez, Nova, Liriano

    * currently own and only start Volquez at home. Normally hate AL pitchers, but Nova looked sharp last weekend and Liriano, well – he’s a crackhead and could get torched or throw a 1 hitter vs. Yanks/Rangers. His home-park sucks, so Id start him on road… rambling, I realize.

    Your thoughts? Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EL Burro, Volquez (at home), Liriano

  34. harkrider says:
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    I have Bautista, Lawrie and Votto all on the DL. Though I like all of them as keepers next season, I’m considering parting with Bautista to try and get something to help me win this year (I’m tied for 2nd).

    My thought was Bautista and Heyward for King Felix and Adrian Gonzalez.

    My 5 keepers next season would be Votto, Pujols, King Felix, and then between Adrian Gonzalez, Jay Bruce, Lawrie and Desmond Jennings for my last 2.

    Any thoughts? Does that seem like a fair trade (he can’t keep AGon next season)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @harkrider, It’s fair, I’d do it if you can win this year…

  35. HotRod says:
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    You like Buehrle as a streamer today vs. Phillies? 12 team, Thanks.

    • @HotRod, He’s at a 100 which is league-average. Only worth it if you’re in dire need of a stream.

  36. Wake Up says:
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    Let’s go belly to belly Hugglas tonight! Feeling like I need another Huggla!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Deal!

  37. All Braun No Brains says:
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    So I asked you last post about who to drop olt for? we discussed carter. but guy in my league dropped Reddick, Kipnis, and Dirks and Carlos Gomez are available. Weeks is my backup second while in Col should I drop him for kipnis and is Dirks gonna play everyday because he was money before he got hurt and seems like the best OF of the bunch. Drop Olt for him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @All Braun No Brains, Drop Olt for Kipnis

  38. boomer19 says:
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    Order of Price, Castro and Jennings for keepers next year? Is it close? Might deal Price for Castro and fill-in or Jennings and fill-in. Trying to guess where in the top 100 each will land. Thanks.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @boomer19, I’d want Silence of the Dictators…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Wake Up, Nice!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @boomer19, It’s close, I’d take Castro…

  39. doghat666 says:
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    12 team, 10×10 (adds: holds, K/9, Inn, BAA, W-L and D+T, Hits, Ks, OPS, SBA) daily roto keeper league (keep 6), active roster 23, 6 bench, 6 DL.
    C 1 Rosario
    C2 SPerez
    1B ARizzzo DL-J Votto
    2B Kinsler
    3B Sandoval
    SS Hanley
    MI Espinosa
    CI Dunn DL-Lawrie
    OF Kemp
    OF JUpton
    OF Stanton
    OF RDavis
    OF Dirks
    DH CJones

    I am currently tied for 2nd about 5 pts out of 1st. I was offered Kipnis and Bruce for Kinsler, for ROS should I do the trade? As a sweetener Kipnis is $1 and can be kept for $6 Bruce and Kinsler are really too expensive to keep. My primary focus is ROS though.
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @doghat666, Can’t risk doing it for this year…

  40. Shidesthelimit says:
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    Speaking of Yu…

    I’m in a keeper league that keeps 6 players. It’s 10-team mixed, 6×6 with these categories:

    Hitting: H, HR, R, RBI, SB, OPS
    Pitching: W, S, K, ERA, WHIP, HR Allowed

    I’m already keeping HanRam, Longo, Ells and Stanton, but I need help picking two players out of the following bunch. Let me know who you think (I’m leaning toward Moore and Greinke, especially if Greinke signs in NL):

    Pick Two

    Matt Moore
    Zack Greinke
    Josh Johnson
    Yu Darvish
    Billy Butler
    Anthony Rizzo
    AJ Burnett

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Shidesthelimit, Greinke, Rizzo

  41. BoneFace w/ no Harmony says:
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    Cuddyer or Rizzo ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @BoneFace w/ no Harmony, Rizzo

  42. EK says:
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    Pls rank for H2H pts:

    Pence
    EYJ
    Rajai
    J. Jay

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pence, Rajai, Jay…

  43. LagunaBobbyI says:
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    @Grey….please rank ROS, Youkilis, Macahdo, Fowler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado, Fowler

  44. Frank says:
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    I’m in a tight race for first. I just traded a 5th round pick and Reddick, Straily and Henderson for Cain, Pence and Hanrahan. While I hate trading future picks, I thought the deal was necessary to solidify my place for this season. I’d be interested in your thoughts. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Deal looks great if it gets you the championship this year…

  45. DjlanceRauch says:
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    Guys are flying up behind me in steals. Should I lose Rasmus for Young Jr, or Aoki, or hold. I lead in HR’s by 15 and RBI’S by 14. I just added Pagan. I also have Trout and Reyes. I don’t know if they’ll be enough though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for right now…

  46. DP says:
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    Hi Grey, quick question,

    How do you tell the difference between a guy who is a hot shmotato, and a guy like edwin encarnacion, who is putting up an mvp season this year?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s hard to tell sometimes… Gotta look at their history and if they’ve ever done anything like this before…

  47. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Feels really nice not having Crapoli give me 3 Ks with 0.000 in AVG and OPS every night. Haven’t even replaced him, and I don’t feel like it’s hurting me at all. Unfortunately, I’ll have to play him once he comes back, because he’s the type of guy who can rack up 10 homers in a month (though he’ll probably do it in October, not September).

    Seriously considering a revised Ron Popeil method for next season. It goes, “… forget it!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! I like it… I still can’t believe AJ’s been my top catcher and I’ve only had him for two weeks…

      • Awesomus Maximus

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        @Grey, Right? I mean, you have to buy/draft a catcher, so I’ll spend my $1 next year and see if I get lucky (a la Yadier this season). If not, I think the position is as much (or more) of a detriment when my league counts Ks, AVG, and OPS.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, there’s no reason not to punt catcher, I say it every year…

  48. Carnac says:
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    Rutledge sitting for the 2nd time in 3 games. What a waste of a homestand.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, Not even vs LHP. I don’t know what’s up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sore quad…

          • Carnac says:
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            @Grey, Ugh, come on. I’ve been playing through repetitive motion soreness at my desk for weeks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Swivel chair him to SS! Probably easier to turn two…

  49. EK says:
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    Any point on holding A. Bailey in a H2H pts non-keeper league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, you want saves…

      • EK says:
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        @Grey, Would you drop Greg Holland, Jim Johnson or Valverde in order to activate him? My roster locks at the end of this week…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @EK, Nah, I’d drop Bailey there…

  50. Howard says:
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    @Grey, loved the Pesci pole reference! I have a few ? heading into the playoffs, 10 team H2H.
    C Willin or Doumit
    SS Aybar, Rutledge, Plouffe or Seager
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Doumit… Aybar (tough call)…

  51. Tom C says:
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    Is Trumbo fading? Or should I try to deal for him. Potential deal Trumbo for either Bumgarner, Gio, or Cliff Lee…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo was due to fade for a while… I’d deal any of those if you need hitting… Time’s precious…

  52. Hondo says:
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    Chris Johnson or Machado ROS?

    Same question with Boneface and Cuddyer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Machado… Bonifacio, but they’re different things…

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey, No comprendo.Johnson or Machado would be my 3B and I’m making the stupid home boy mistake(Nats fan here) of wanting Espinosa at SS.

        Cuddyer or Boneface would be a bench guy.I’m leaning towards Boneface for the steals,but hate to dump Cuddy with a homestand coming up when he’s(hopefully) fresh.

        • Hondo says:
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          @Hondo, Cuddy and Bonifacio are both coming off the DL this week.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yup, I know…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Machado… Steals make a bit more sense on the bench…

          • Hondo says:
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            @Grey, So Cuddy is the drop?I had high hopes for him at Coors, but it might be that time…

            Plus the Rockies have awful matchups in September(where I plan to be).

            @Braves,@Philly,home vs Giants,@Padres,@Giants

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

              • Hondo says:
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                @Grey, Thanks,I’ll still scrounge up that $20 of daiquiri $ to you soon even if it means skipping a pizza.
                You might want to look into other alcohol resources until October or so,my Dad’s medical bills are killing me.
                You are a true guru who don’t make me blue.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha… Thanks! Take followups to the newest post…

  53. EK says:
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    Pls rank for H2H pts:
    E. Jackson
    Detwiler
    Medlen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen, Jackson

  54. Tom C says:
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    ROS: Medlen, Anibal, Billingsley, Morrow

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen, Bills

  55. EK says:
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    Volquez or C. Richard?

    • EK says:
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      @EK, or Quintana?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Volquez at home…

  56. Abdoozy says:
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    @Grey,

    Verlander, Dickey, Fiers, Medlen, Straily, Billingsley.
    Also: Bailey, Frieri, Thayer, Balfour.

    Drop any of these for Garcia off the DL? Espn 14 H2H. Playoffs start next week. W, QS, K, SV, ERA, WHIP.

    You da man.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Fiers for him…

      • Abdoozy says:
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        @Grey, Wow, really? Based on a hunch or his Coors light-up or matchups or?

  57. Jake Davis says:
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    Grey…what do I do with Josh reddick?? Hes been disasterous

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends on your options…

  58. Ronkonkoma says:
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    Scherzer’s on his way to like 17 K’s today…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      And 6 ER in 7 IP…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I keed…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, His blue eye leads the league in K’s. But, his brown eye is very inconstant…and nobody likes an unstable brown eye…

  59. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ****THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS*****

  60. Jon says:
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    Trade deadline is Friday and eligible keepers lock Monday in my league. Pretty sure this is how my keepers will look in January unless a trade goes down this week:

    Posey
    AGon
    Cano
    Lawrie
    Tulo
    Desmond
    Hosmer
    Stanton
    Rasmus
    Bumgarner
    Zimmermann

    There’s a chance I might be able to get in one more guy in and I have a few candidates: Carter, Frazier, Espinosa, Belt, LoMo, Anderson, Straily, Medlen, Corbin or Cishek are all possibilities.

    Toughest loss for me will be Jennings but I’m pretty sure he will break my budget.

    What do you think? Anyone from that list of “almosts” you’d especially want? I’m hoping I’ll have the space for Anderson…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could you repost in the newest post? Give us more time to discuss…

      • Jon says:
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        @Grey, you got it.

  61. Eng says:
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    Grey….you prefer Ichiro or Rajai at this point? Ta!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rajai

  62. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Need a replacement for Melky – Fantasy pts h2h 12 man league. Some options: tori hunter, chris davis, crisp, ruggiano, rajai davis, viciedo, jon jay, todd frazier, aoki, dirks, starling marte ???

    Also might need a replacement for neil walker @ UTIL with his dislocated finger now…

    list includes above + machado, saltamachia, soto, rosario, ryan roberts, tyler colvin. Please help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rajai… Jay…Take followups to the newest post…

  63. Project_Badass says:
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    12-team roto 5×5 (QS instead of W)

    I need starts and have Markakis sitting on my bench who I was planning to drop to grab some really pathetic streamer…I like Corbin next two starts and have an offer on the table where I send Markakis, Cishek, Balfour for Corbin and Jim Johnson. I have been shopping Markakis for a while and Corbin is the best pitcher I can get for him. I am currently 2nd in saves by 6 saves with Putz, Lopez, Perkins, Affeldt, Cishek and Balfour. Who you make the trade?

  64. Matt says:
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    Reynolds, Frazier or Moreland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Frazier

  65. hoke says:
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    your jokes are awful just give us the facts… christ

  66. Kelvin says:
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    Hi Grey,

    DeAza or Dexter Fowler ROS in your opinion? thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fowler

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