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There’s some strong indications that Shelby Miller could be called up by the Cards when the rosters expand on September 1st.  “Why should we care about some stunod with a 4.89 ERA in Triple-A?  Hey, Grey, we care about stunods now?”  That’s you talking to yourself just as a pretty girl walks by and thinks you’re crazy for talking to yourself.  But you don’t care, you got a passing grade in Hygiene from the University of Phoenix.  The world is your oyster and you’re shucking it up.  Now, as Scott, our minor league prospect writer, said a few days ago, “Whatever was bothering Miller during the first four months of 2012 — mechanics, command, velocity… all of the above — whatever it was, he seems to have worked through it.  In 55.2 IP over his last ten outings with Triple-A Memphis, he’s posted a 61/7 K/BB along with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP.  Miller is once again commanding his mid-90′s fastball and he truly looks to be back on track as an elite prospect.  If I didn’t have my hands filled with painting portraits of Billy Hamilton in nacho cheese on the back of tortilla chips, I’d do one for Shelby Miller.”  Hmm, that’s a little weird, but whatevs, we’re all allowed our peccadilloes.  Earlier in the season, Miller supposedly wasn’t utilizing his curve enough.  See, he throws a high fastball and then a curve that buckles the ol’ gam-gams.  When those two pitches are working, he’s lights out.  He shouldn’t be on a strict innings count in September and could have mixed league appeal.  For next year, I imagine he’ll start the year in the rotation and be a legit sleeper.  In keepers, get on him now.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Steve Pearce – Yankees acquired him from the Astros for cash.  The Astros plan on playing cash at 3rd base and holding runners tight at 2nd to avoid any stealing.  Maybe they can trade Brian Bogusevic for a wallet, so they can show the league they are a responsible adult.

Mark Teixeira – Left yesterday’s game with a calf strain and underwent an MRI.  Or in his case, an MIR.  The Yankees are saying he’ll miss a week to two weeks.  It’s out of our hands now, but we can form a prayer triangle and do our best to send good vibes for a speedy recovery.  There is some more bad news attached to the Yankees’ optimism.  Calf strains similar to Te(i)x’s have sidelined players for 3 weeks, and the Yankees may not make a move to DL him since rosters are set to expand this weekend, which means he may be out for a couple of weeks and you’re not able to DL him.  I.e., bad news invited awful news over for dinner and served turd pie like in The Help.

Robinson Cano – 2-for-4 and two solo homers.  Let’s just split the AL MVP award up with him, Verlander, Trout, Miggy and Hamilton and go home.  If you’re already home, then go outside and smell the flowers.  Unless you’re in jail.

Nick Swisher – 1-for-6 with his 20th homer.  He’s now hitting near .420 in the last week.  “Sounds like he’s sparking up,” says Lincecum.

Lew Ford – 2-for-4 with his 1st homer in five years, “which may be a record for longest time between homers, but I’m not sure,” as the unpaid intern at Elias Sports Bureau said.  Also, in this game for the O’s, Nate McLouth homered.  The O’s are in 1st for the Wild Card too.  The same O’s with terrible hitting and mediocre pitching.  Boog Powell’s preseason speech about the importance of picking up ribbies is really paying off.

Wei-Yin Chen – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, to lower his ERA to 3.78.  Before last night, he had a 5+ ERA in August and he’s had just under a 4 ERA on both sides of the All-Star break with a respectable K-rate.  He’s the kind of borderline starter that annoys you in most mixed leagues, but he’s been valuable for the dollar or two spent in an AL-Only auction.  Definitely no choice Chen, but far from Bruce Chen too.

Jim Johnson – Recorded his 40th save last night to go along with 33 Ks.  When a closer has more saves than Ks, I smell a problem.  And that problem smells like Todd Jones’s Fu Manchu mustache and musk cologne.

Adam Lind – 2-for-5 with a homer as he returned from the DL.  If you need power, I’d pick him up.   What’s the worst thing that happens?  He goes 0-for-64 the rest of the year, singlehandedly loses your H2H playoffs and in the offseason he starts dating your sister and calls you “Sport” at family get-togethers.

Colby Rasmus – 2-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 21st homer.  The Razzball community reached a critical mass recently and started begging me in comments to tell them to drop Rasmus from their team.  So, of course, he homered yesterday and got his first RBIs since August 7th.

Jose Bautista - Will see a specialist due to his limp wrist.  Sounds like a doctor someone would send their son to in the 1950′s if he was 25 years old and still didn’t have a girlfriend.

Kyle Lohse – 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks as his ERA actually goes up to 2.64.  In other news, water is dry.

Brett Anderson – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Soon people gonna be coming back from Tommy John surgery before they even have Tommy John surgery.

Josh Reddick – 2-for-4 with his 26th homer, which comes a day after a 3-for-4 game.  Considering how bad he’s been over the last month, these last two games were a marked improvement.  Last week, I suggested you should drop him like a hot potato, but this week you may want to hold him like a hot schmotato when you’re carb loading.

Aramis Ramirez – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and 2 homers in Wrigley as he reminded Cubs fans how great he can be when a team is out of the pennant race.

Carlos Gomez – 4-for-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI and his 2nd game in a row with a slam & legs.  I haven’t seen a Gomez this hot since Morticia said something in French.

Marco Estrada – 5 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks.  He’s been sparkling with more Ks than innings (104 in 100 2/3 IP) and a 1.21 WHIP.  Unfortunately, it’s like he learned pitch economy from a Greek economist.  Definitely worth owning in most mixed leagues, especially when the matchups are right.  “Hey, I’ll be the judge of that,” says the Stream-o-Nator.

Brett Jackson – 1-for-3 with his 3rd homer in the last 4 games.  He’s still striking out at an insane rate (on pace for around 200 Ks over the course of a full season), but he’s swinging a hot bat now.  I’m trying to decide if I want to drop Thayer or DeJesus for him, as I try to remember why I have Thayer and DeJesus.

Josh Beckett – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 10 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He barely got to see his new city or screw Alyssa from Los Angeles and he’s already taking the mound in Coors.  Welcome to the NL West, now pitch it its worst park.  He should now see a bunch of terrible teams in good pitchers parks for the month of September.  I’m not a huge fan of Beckett.  Actually, I’m like one of those handheld fans’ newborn babies.  A wee fan.  In Dodgers Stadium and facing a bunch of crizzappy offenses, isn’t bad for some matchup value the rest of the way.

Tyler Colvin – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 15th homer.  I’m going for an over/under of 4 homers this week from Colvin in Coors as he writes the followup song to his hit single called, “Sunny Came Home With The Runs.”

Luke Gregerson – Recorded his 2nd save yesterday.  Last week, Thayer went home to watch his wife give birth to their child, Thupac, and Bud Black must not have agreed with Thayer and his wife’s West Coast bias, preferring they name the kid, Thiggie Thalls.  Whatever the case, it looks like Gregerson is now the closer.  I’d lose Thayer for Gregerson if you’re hurting for saves.

Casey Kelly – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  The converted shortstop has made a nice transition for a herbathrowdite.  For this year, he’s nothing more than a Hodgepadre that will be watched closely because of an elbow issued that had shut him down for close to four months.  In NL-Only keepers, I’d look to stash him since he has the upside of a number three starter who throws a heavy fastball in Petco.

Franklin Gutierrez – 1-for-2 with 2 steals as he was activated from the DL after missing the last two months with a concussion.  He said, “If the Big FraGu can’t kick start this M’s lineup, I’ll go right back to Milwaukee and make it big as a dancer.”

Felix Hernandez – 9 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks.  This game came out almost as pretty as every interruption of its billing, “F-Her against the Twins.”

Tyler Skaggs – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks as he came up one out short of a Quality Start, making sure people who don’t have Wins in their fantasy leagues still have something to complain about.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2-for-4, 2 runs, and a solo homer.  You can’t do it all yourself, Jacoby!  *looks around the Red Sox clubhouse*  Well, you got Pedroia.

Daisuke Matsuzaka - 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks and struckout Moustakas twice.  Gonna be embarrassing for the nice Greek boy to explain to his family how he got beat by a gyro ball.

Alfredo Aceves – Bobby Valentine says he hasn’t made a decision yet about Aceves’s role. With Punto off to LA, there might be an opening for piss boy.

Michael Young - 1-for-4 with a run as he returned from paternity leave, after the birth of his third son.  Now he should be able to block Mike Olt for the next 25 years.

Adrian Beltre - 3-for-3, 4 RBIs and his 25th homer.  He hit for the cycle last week and had a three-homer game, so by comparison, yesterday’s game was a slow roller to 2nd as he sharted down the base paths.

  1. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Did Lew Ford step out of the Delorean from 1955? If Jon Jay is the Federalist then this guy is selling Pall Mall’s on TV during the Honeymooners.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s definitely smoking cigarettes while reporting the news…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, Nice!

  2. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    In a shallow non-keeper with no moves cap, is it worth keeping the lackluster-for-a-month Adam Jones when there’s Carlos Gomez, Angel Pagan, Tyler Colvin and David Murphy out there?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope…Gomez…

      • Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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        @Grey, Ugh. Jones is on the Can’t Cut list.

        I’m carrying two catchers because I’m way behind in projected-games-played for the C hole, but…

        Drop Wieters or McCann? They’re both a bit injured and about even on the Player Rater.

        Or can drop both for Wilin Rosario.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d drop both for Wilin…

  3. G’morning Grey — a question about the SoN. I’m looking for a streamer for tomorrow in a deep roto league and the two best options available are Eric Stults (score: 115) and Joe Kelly (105). Based on scores alone, seems I should go with Stults. But what I need the most is Ks … neither is a strikeout artist, but Stults Ks only 4.1 per 9 innings, while Kelly Ks 6.4.

    Otherwise, both seem like great under-the-radar streamer picks: Stults’ Padres are hitting .310 over the last week with a team OPS of .831, and he faces an Atlanta team hitting just .229/.675. Kelly’s Cards are on a surge, hitting .357/.893, while the Pirates are unraveling, hitting only .218 and .609. Both guys have strong records against the teams they face.

    So … would you endorse the pickup of Kelly over Stults despite the 10-point difference in the SoN’s assessment? Or is the difference in K-rate too small to worry about?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Stults…

  4. chunk says:
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    Have you guys seen this yet? Fun read…

    http://what-if.xkcd.com/1/

    This is also the primary reason Aroldis isn’t allowed to max out his velocity anymore.

    • @chunk, Interesting, fun read. Thanks.

    • Pops says:
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      @chunk, This is clearly bullshit. How is the batter supposed to advance to first base when he has been eaten away by a cloud of microbial gases?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Great share, thanks!

  5. Sam says:
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    Do you like Colvin over Rizzo, Jennings or Moustakas? Playoffs start next week and I’m definitely in. Need power barely more than speed.

    • Pops says:
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      @Sam, I’ve been starting Colvin over Rizzo for a couple of weeks. Colvin has shown some power and even kicked in three or four steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Over Jennings…

  6. Steven says:
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    Need power and Lind is avail do u think he’s worth owning over laroche?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’d own him over him…

  7. Chisen my pants says:
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    Chisenhall: worth keeping with a late round pick over Rasmus, Seager

    • Chisen my pants says:
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      Standard H2H. 6 Keepers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  8. Booya says:
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    Corbin, Kluber, or Anibal for stream in H2H league that uses k/9 as 6th category?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anibal

  9. papasmurf says:
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    What do you think of Skaggs so far?

    For WHIP help, which of these 3 do you like best: Skaggs or Harrell or Holland?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs looks like he’s not going to go deeper than 6 innings and will give up 2 to 3 runs… Harrell, Skaggs…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s one of the worst things I’ve ever seen…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, Colby’s cornin’ in the outfield.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Can’t wait for him to let them out and it’s a two feet high afro…

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @Grey, He only wore them 1 day.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s too bad… Would’ve been a nice goof…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, That boy hits some good-looking home runs though.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Cornrows or not…

  10. BoneFace n Harmony says:
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    Jay or Reddick over the next two weeks senor mustachio?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick

  11. Chillmodious says:
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    “You look like the piss boy” … “And you look like a bucket of shit!”

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    Itchy trigger finger notwithstanding, would you make any tweaks to this roster with Rutledge, Carlos Gomez (“cara mia!”), and Starling Marte available?:

    C – Grandal
    1B – Youk
    2B – Espinosa
    3B – Moustakas
    SS – Jimmy Rollins
    CI – Kipnis
    MI – Rizzo
    OF – McCutchen
    OF – Bruuuuuce
    OF – Howie Kendrick
    OF – Desmond Jennings
    OF – Coco Crisp
    Util – Manny Machado
    Util – Ciriaco

    DL – Joey Bats (sad emoticon)
    DL – Napoli (sad nipple slip)

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    I’m kinda sorta in a weird way hoping Joey Bats gets shut down so I can lose him and stash Marte until he comes off the DL soon. I mean, even if Bats does make it back, I get what, like 2 weeks of possible production? And that’s IF my team is still alive. Hmmm, I think I just made a strong case to drop him outright. If this weren’t a redraft, I’d obviously be clinging tight to MaMa…but I’m tempted to lose him for Car(a mia!)los Gomez, who’s hotter than a snake’s ass on Mars right now. Also not sure on Ciriaco. Your help in sorting this out would be very much appreciated. Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! You shouldn’t resist, ever. Gomez over Machado…. Rest I’d hold for right now…

  12. TheNewGuy says:
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    Oh my gaaad…number of home runs Gargantua has in the past 10 games….8!

    Now got my fantasy playoffs soon upcoming, and hopefully Tulo back…yeahh baby.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, baby, yeah…

  13. RussB says:
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    Grey – with Big Tex hurt, I’m screwed at DH. I’m thinking Coco Crisp or Hosmer as a replacement. What do you think? You like anyone else better?

    In a 12 team H2H. Currently in second place and playoffs start next week.
    Thanks!

    • HelpfulHank says:
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      @RussB,

      “You like anyone else better?” I think you might need to give some more context to make this question meaningful. I’m quite sure there are many players he likes better, but, I’m also quite sure, many of them are not available in your league.

      • RussB says:
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        @HelpfulHank, I’m looking at a selectin of Hosmer, Coco Crisp, Ben Revere, Alexi Ramirez, Howie Kendrick, Jon Jay, or Chris Young. Slim pickings…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Anyone else better? From who?

      • RussB says:
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        @Grey, I’m looking at a selectin of Hosmer, Coco Crisp, Ben Revere, Alexi Ramirez, Howie Kendrick, Jon Jay, or Chris Young. Slim pickings…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @RussB, If I needed steals, I’d go with Coco… Otherwise, I’d go with Kendrick…

  14. TheNewGuy says:
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    Yaz (Grandal) or Sal (Perez)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yaz

  15. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Running out of drop adds in my league and trying to decide on Carlos Gomez. Would you lose Raj Davis(really only source of steals)/Pence for him. I only say Pence because its a keeper league and his 2nd round pick and doing nothing in San Fran is annoying the piss out of me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t use an add/drop in this situation right now…

  16. Chillmodious says:
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    How do you feel about Milone today? He pitched well last time out, is @ Cleveland, and the SON gives him a 102. Yet I’m still hesitant because of his less-than-stellar road splits. Should I pass?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d pass…

  17. Watson says:
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    Hey Grey should I be starting Lind over Rizzo? Thanks.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Watson, Rizzo has been so-so lately but I would look at the matchup, Lind will sit or should sit against lefties.

      • Watson says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate, Yea that’s what I was thinking. They’re both pretty poor against lefties but when both are going up against righties (tonight) I’ll just go with the hot bat. Probably end up getting burned no matter what I do.

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @Watson, Lind can now go 0 for his next 18 and then go 6 for his next 18 after that and hit 4 jacks. He is the real Lindsanity.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can give it a shot…

  18. Deadwoods says:
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    Drop S. Perez for either Grandal or Lucroy? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grandal

  19. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Thayer better watch his back, Thuff Thaddy might put a hit on his kid.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… That was all Thuge Thight…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, I think was a thonspiracy between the two.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Some say the THLAPD were involved…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, It must of been THAMPART!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Goes all the thway up the food thain.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey, You know i’m thpitting all over the place theading these aloud.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I thon’t even think there’s throbable thause, but you thnow it’s thrue.

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey, tho thrue!

                    • Chillmodious says:
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                      @Jack Full of Hate, Oof, I think I need a thethaurus to decipher this converthation.

                    • beardcrabs says:
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                      @Chillmodious, thaugh outh thoud…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      Gangnam Thyle!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice, Prezii…

  20. Chillmodious says:
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    Follow-up to my Milone question above:

    Assuming you only had a limited amount of moves (say 2) between now and Sunday, would you burn one on Milone as a streamer for today or Stults (in petco vs. Atl, SON 114) for tomorrow? You already advised I pass on Milone, so would you pass on Stults as well?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t burn a move on either…

  21. Deadwoods says:
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    Drop A. Jones for Pagan, Ciriaco, or Colvin (for use in a Util spot, I need HR, SB and R) Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t make a move there yet…

  22. the hungarian hippo says:
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    You may I’m a streamer, but I’m not the only one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s a beautiful song… Stream-o-Nator wrote it…

  23. Chillmodious says:
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    Assuming all start, can you rank the top 3 of the following 4 guys for spots in today’s lineup? (I dropped Casey Kelly for Carlos so I have an extra bat right now):

    Moustakas
    Manny Machado
    Pedro Ciriaco
    Car(a mia!)los Gonzalez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Machado…

  24. Eddy says:
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    Question to any Razzer:

    Why do you participate in leagues with move limits? I feel that’s such a hindrance to your ability to manage, especially after the trade deadline expires. Do you prefer these leagues to those with no move limit (except weekly limits)?

    Not trying to sound condescending or anything, just genuinely want to know.

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Eddy, I think it adds to the long-term strategy involved, but I’m not a fan of aggregate move limits myself. I play in a league that provides 7 moves per week–ostensibly 1 per day–and then resets each Sunday when games lock. I like that model better.

      • Eddy says:
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        @Chillmodious, Ditto. I’m in the same type of league (used the weekly move limit to prevent unlimited streaming).

        But with overall moves limit, it forces you to endure bad stretches of players. What happens to those who had Teix and ran out of moves? I don’t know, it’s just tough to work around those leagues in my opinion.

        • BoneFace n Harmony says:
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          @Eddy, my league is 5 moves per week, and 7 sounds a LOT better

          • Prezii says:
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            @Eddy, with a max on moves for the season, a lot of people say its “skill” to manage a team well, but its really a lot of luck too.. in football yeah definitely, but with baseball, theres soo many promotions and demotions and injuries and fall offs… Its just too unpredictable over a whole 162 games to limit season moves.

            We do 4 weekly moves which is probably one short of what it should be, but it keeps the “survival” feel alive. You cant go stream crazy, yet it doesnt make you feel like Bambi when you have injuries early on.

  25. Eddy says:
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    Grey, I think it’s time to pick the scab.

    Had Montero at C for a few weeks, been underwhelmed. 12-team OBP.

    Grandal, Wilin, GeoSoto any better?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grandal….

      • Eddy says:
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        @Grey, Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…

  26. Eddy says:
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    Anyone else find it odd that Kimbrel hasn’t recorded a save in more than three weeks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just a weird coincidence with the Braves victories…

  27. LowKeyGenius says:
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    I have been reading your “blog/columns” for over a year now and have become a huge fan. Your witty commentary, and off beat humor has found a special place in my Corey. Who is your favorite team Grey?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the kind words! I grew a Yankee fan in Jersey, but those allegiances are done, I just love baseball…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, not hes a Skeeter fan..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Isn’t everyone?

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, im always a fan of gettin my skeeter on!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Skeeting gangnam style? Heeeeey, sexy lady…..

              • LowKeyGenius says:
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                @Grey, LOL…Yes Open condom style FTW

                • LowKeyGenius says:
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                  @LowKeyGenius, And seriously for that Gangnam reference you are now my favorite writer in the history of mankind!

  28. Carnac says:
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    Jordan Zimmermann now has almost exactly the same IP this year as he did before being shutdown, last year.

    3 Ladies, Gentlemen & Cougar, this is what consistency looks like:

    2011: 161.1 IP, 154 Hits, 57 ER, 12 HR, 31 BB, 124 Ks, .251 BAA
    2012: 160.0 IP, 150 Hits, 47 ER, 14 HR, 32 BB, 119 Ks, .248 BAA

    • Eddy says:
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      @Carnac, Damn, that’s pretty amazing.

    • Chris says:
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      @Carnac,

      Very impressive. ~150 Ks over a full season isn’t too thrilling, but I’d be happy to bank on his other stats on a year to year basis. He’s the new king of the Tim Hudson/Shaun Marcum types!

    • royce! says:
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      @Carnac, Crazy. And xFIPs of 3.72 and 3.78. I’m going to store these facts away and employ them in future arguments in favor of baseball playing robots.

      • Carnac says:
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        @royce!, Ok, that’s a little too crazy. The Nats should play the X Files theme as Zimmermann’s walk-up song.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that is pretty impressive…

  29. Deadwoods says:
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    Vargas or Niese. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Vargas at home, Niese…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!

  30. Dale Gribble says:
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    Starting Miley tonight vs Cincy?

    • Dale Gribble says:
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      @Dale Gribble, after reading what I just asked I realize that this is a no brainer for most, though I am ahead of pace in starts and have Weaver, Lee, Wainwright, Peavy, Hudson, Medlen, Miley and Minor from whom to pick and choose starts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bench him…

  31. JD says:
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    the stream-o-nator seems pretty high on eric stults tomorrow. that one doesn’t “feel right” to me. thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I don’t love it, but if you’re going blindly into battle with SON, then you gotta go with it…

  32. Todd25 says:
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    Pence is driving me crazy with his batting ineptitude in SF. at this point would you drop him for say, Freese (can move Frazier to OF), DeJesus, Soriano, or Krispie? or would you hold on with fingers crossed

    • Todd25 says:
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      @Todd25, also i’m nursing the non-DL’d Te(i)x, so that complicates things

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold for now and cross my fingers for another week…

  33. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Ike or Lind to replace Rizzo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lind

  34. Alyssa Milano's Boyfriend says:
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    i’m razzballs deep in the hunt for the title and need k’s, start Bud vs SF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him…

  35. Diamond Jim Gentile says:
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    Bautista is having season-ending wrist surgery.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Figures… Oh, well…

  36. Steve says:
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    Stream Weaver
    Stream A Little Stream Of Me
    Stream On
    Boulevard Of Broken Streams
    Daystream Believer
    California Streamin’

    And a few others I’m too embarrassed to mention.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve, donttttt stopppp… Be streaminnn! Think we just had ourselves a little journey moment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SON sure is prolific…

    • Todd25 says:
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      @Steve, i think there’s a winner in Stream Weaver

      ooooh Streeeam Weeeeaver
      I believe you can win me the start toniiiight
      ooooh Streeeam Weeeeaver
      I believe we can reach the playoff liiiight…

  37. Steve says:
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    Grey – have you read War by Sebastian Junger? Working my way through it now. Pretty riveting stuff.

    Was the basis for the doco Restrepo (or vice versa) which I will now have to check out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, I meant to see that doc, but never did… Never read the book either… I was reading Tommyknockers, which is my first King book ever, but about halfway through he took a huge detour away from the main plot and it’s annoying me…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, I can recommend this book, for sure. Never been a King fan, which is probably why I’ve never read any of his books (emoticon)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I figured I should read at least one, and I’m stuck trying to get through it…

  38. Steve says:
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    CarGo taking a seat tonight. Been terrible lately so probably just as well…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  39. DjlanceRauch says:
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    Trying to protection my ratios, but could use a bit more saves. Which one should I choose? Gregerson, Francisco, Perkins, Burton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gregerson

  40. Steve says:
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    Marcum placed on waivers. Be nice if he was claimed by the Dodgers and moved to the NL West…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That would be very nice…

  41. Steve says:
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    At the risk of being branded a heretic, the whole Little League World Series thing seems a bit overblown to me. But that said, pretty cool that there was a team from Uganda involved this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Is there one giant kid with war paint and goes by the name, Kamala Jr.?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Ha, no. However…

        Since 1993, he has been writing, performing, and producing his own music. He has written over 100 songs. Some of his songs discuss his frustration with the working conditions he experienced in the wrestling industry, most notably the low pay.[5] In an interview, Harris spoke about the payouts for SummerSlam 1992. He said he received $13,000 and heard his opponent, The Undertaker, had received $500,000.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Didn’t he also open a BBQ place? Maybe that was Abdullah the Butcher…

  42. Steve says:
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    Just so y’all know, I’m sitting Rollins. Of course he draws a walk. Watch him steal now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Of course!

  43. later tater says:
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    hello grey, hope you enjoyed your family visit

    some q’s:

    12 team std yahoo 5×5 roto league

    1)need 6 sb’s to get another standings point; thinking of dropping a pitcher to get batter (best left are juan pierre and carlos gomez – i have rajai davis already- billy hamilton also there for spec). your std advice is to focus on 1 cat only and go for it, but, i’m also fighting for a point in wins (tied with another team); closing in on inn limit, so being very careful with starts and ratios to not lose points

    p’s are: felix, medlen, burnett, capuano, j johnson and maddmaxx (or whatever he goes by now).

    who should go? who to get to replace?

    thanks mucho

    • later tater says:
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      @later tater, just to clarify, i don’t have billy hamilton, but he is out there in my league for a flier

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, was nice… Thanks for asking! 1) I’d lose Johnson for Gomez…

  44. B.o.B says:
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    Geez no Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce or Goldy tonight…don’t these managers know I’m trying to make the playoffs!?!?!?!?

    Quick question: where do you see Sale going next year in drafts? Discussed this with a buddy earlier so was wondering your thoughts.

    And of course as I type this he gives up a bases clearing double to Markakis…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I know, right? I think he’s going to go around 80th overall and be a steal…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, I will have to disagree, I think there is good chance he doesn’t repeat. He has doubled his innings from last year and that usually spells disaster for a converted starter. Also, with the sox going to the playoffs they might push him too far. Unless he is that special kind of arm, it could be essentially a sophmore slump as a starter for him.

        I can see you in July now, ” Remember back in March when I told you all to draft him no later than the 80th pick, well I was wrong, I mean wrong wrong, like catching your grandparents having sex wrong”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I see what you’re saying, and you could be right… I might need to reevaluate… It usually comes down to if there’s one red flag for a starter that’s enough for me to pass… It’s usually why I end up doing a top 80 starters and only having about ten guys I like…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, the hate in my name is partly fueled by my pessimism!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, in this case though, it might be Jack Full of Realism.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey, I’ve takn alot of hallucinogens so it’s more like Surreal Jack

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HA! Did you see the Pawn Stars with Stretch Serpent?

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey, I knew thats where you got that, I was going to say something, but figured it was assumed. And obviously yes I did, where he bought the head and it was still worth a bunch.

                    Surreal Jack will be coming soon. He’ll join January Grey

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, figured you knew… Great episode…

  45. later tater says:
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    thanks for the quick response, always cool

    also, ok to lose capuano for a streamer the rest of the way (still need those w’s and the ratios)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Yeah, can lose Capuano too…

  46. later tater says:
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    oh yeah, i said i have rajai davis,

    how about this so far tonight

    0-0, 1 walk, 1 hbp, 1 caught stealing

    uggh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I got him too in a league… SAGNOF with a capital S!

  47. Steve says:
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    Jeez. I have a no-hitter going in the RCL. Again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I got a 1 for 8 hitter going…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, My leagues are as follows:

        2/16 – Just what I need chasing a playoff spot.
        6/37
        4/22
        9/21

        Bleurgh.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m 5/33 in the RCL… Guess neither of us have Pedro from Pittsburgh or Justin from Ruggiano…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, No. Damn royce! has held Pedro all season…

            I did start Milone all over the place so there’s that I suppose.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wow, pretty impressive to hold him all year… Deserves the fruits of that at-times terrible average…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Don’t blow too much smoke up his ass.

                BTW, I’m enjoying the fruits of MLB.com’s offer to get MLB.tv Premium for the rest of the season for $10.

                Haven’t checked it on iPad or Apple TV yet, but looked OK on my Android just now :-) (figured that was worth an actual smiley)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nice… I just have Direct TV which is all the games all year… What’s their offer? $10 for all the games on any mobile device?

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey, Yeah – just forwarded you the email.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice, thanks!

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Think the offer is closed, but you looked covered for live baseball…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I got it, but good to know for future reference… Thanks!

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, 3/23 in H2H now. FFS

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            7/41 in RCL

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey, 7/46

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey, I’m now 8/48. Moobs and Ethier have 5 of those hits between them.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                My hitting’s still a mess, but the pitching’s solid so far, as it’s been for the last 2 months…

          • Steve says:
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            @Steve, 3/26

            • Steve says:
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              @Steve, This is after a 5/30 day yesterday.

              • Steve says:
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                @Steve, 3/27. Hard to believe I have the second-best AVG and third-best OBP in this league.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Wow, that’s surprising just because I know you usually don’t have a great average…

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey, That’s my H2H league. I’m at .2547 in the RCL…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah… Yeah, that’s terrible… I thought I was struggling with a .262-ish average… Who are you rocking on that team? Dunn?

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, McCann, Cespedes, Moobs, Reyes, Hamilton, Ethier, Jay, Bautista.

                      Had Kelly Johnson all year until yesterday.

                      Team doesn’t look much like the team I drafted but I don’t think I’ve touched .270 all year. Needless to say, it projected better than that…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wow, that team doesn’t seem like a low average team even looking at it now…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Youk killed me early, and Rios. Oh – I had Uggle too. Then Hamilton stopped playing for about 6 weeks and then the rest of them did just after the ASB.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I made matters worse on my team early on too… Had Rios and Zimmerman and dropped both of them literally a day before they started hitting…

                • Steve says:
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                  @Steve, 3/29

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Wow, hard to pull that off…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Single and a steal from Ciriaco just now though. That helps.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Damn, I meant to pick him up, thanks for reminding me…

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve, 0-8 here… Got a run though! Woooo

  48. chunk says:
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    I recently added Saunders just in time for him to not play for 4 days straight. No bench bats, should I drop him for Podsednik? Or wait out the injury?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Pods if I needed steals…

  49. royce! says:
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    Strasburg is making management look wise to shut him down soon…maybe DET should do the same with Verlander. Both are crapping on my RCL ratios. Hopefully Medlen can repair the ratios, though SD is all ’27 Yankees these days.

  50. royce! says:
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    Around this point in the evening I often tell myself, “Don’t worry, Trout will save the day!” And often he does. Right now I’m gonna need him to go, like, 8 for 9 with a double double slam and legs, and I’m not even sweating it.

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @royce!, no side of steals and a choclate shake with that?

      • royce! says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate, Nah. I’m watching my figure.

        Not sure how to say this in In n’ Out speak, but I could also use like 15 shutout innings to make up for Verlander’s start tonight. That’s not asking to much, is it, God? I mean, Trout?

        Has someone made a Mike Trout Jesus fish car decal thing yet? Too sacrilegious for the OC?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, totally agree… I think it’s like that for everyone with Trout…. Because they usually play the late games, I’m always like, “Well, at least I still have Trout going today.”

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Exactly. I also have Kemp on my Trout team, and they have the potential to carry a team for weeks at a time, though Kemp doesn’t seem to have done so since much earlier in the season.

        And now Kemp is out with a neck injury. I NEED YOU MORE THAN EVER, MIKE TROUT!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Mike Trout might need to carry Matt Kemp. Literally…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey,

            Your team is never in doubt
            When you hears this mighty sound…
            “Here I come to save the day!”
            That means that Mike Trout is on the way.
            Yessir when there is a team in need
            Mike Trout will join the fight
            On the basepath or at the plate
            He gets the situation well in hand
            So though we are in danger
            We never despair
            Cause we know that where there’s danger
            He is there!
            He is there!
            On the basepath!
            At the plate!
            Catches in the air!
            We’re not worryin’ at all
            We’re just listenin’ for his call
            “Here I come to save the day!”
            That means that Mike trout is on the way!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, nice! He should have his own action figures… That are like Stretch Serpent…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey, Thanks, I was inspired by the hero qualities and despair… to make them authentic they should be made in Jersey. You should do a poll of razballers who won their league with Trout on their team. I would be curious to see the totals.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m sure Vin call pull that sorta of stat no problem at the end of the year… Be interesting how many actually drafted him and held him in April, those are the true heroes…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey, that might be hard to get honest answers and now we have two variables. Just who won their league and finnished the year with Jesus Christ SuperTrout!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I’m sure VinWins has the answers though…

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey, royce! drafted Trout for me in my 14-team keeper (after I picked him up last year and we decided not to keep him) and I’ve been in and around 1st place a good part of the year.

                    Stras has helped there too…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Steve, And I’ve got Uggla and Hosmer on that team too…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice call holding him… Probably helped that it was a keeper…

        • Prezii says:
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          @royce!, “Don’t worry, Trout will save the day!”

  51. Steve says:
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    Trout. Incredible.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Insane

  52. coach23 says:
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    For 2013, who are the best rookie fantasy player (standard 5X5)? Profar, Machado, S. Miller, Skaggs, Hamilton, Bundy or another? Order me, please, I have a callup in my league and i have the first choice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So much has to do with PT next year… I’m gonna say Machado, only cause the O’s are already playing him… Hamilton is a ncie wild card though…

  53. Steve says:
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    Of course I own the only Giants setup/closer guys not used tonight.

    Curse Affeldt and his baby.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Now Holland is going to ruin things on the Saves side too.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nope, he got it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I gave up on the Giants closer shituation…

  54. Steve says:
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    Mauer placed on waivers too apparently. A player long coveted by the Red Sox (it says here)…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Oh. Apparently just about everyone gets put on trade waivers in August. I’ll calm down now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see the Sawx actually being a good fit for him, though…

  55. Steve says:
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    Man, I’m moaning a lot today but I’m so steamed I missed out on Medlen in my H2H league. I held him TWICE for extended periods of time, waiting for him to get the call and then dropped him each time.

    And then when it looked like finally would start, I didn’t have him and wasn’t really in a position to drop anyone in order to pick him up.

    Grrrrr.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I got him and it feels so good…

  56. Steve says:
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    Think Aceves wil set Bailey up here? Apparently he was warming up in the 6th…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Here he is. *Holds breath*

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, *Exhales*

        Strange mixture of a pitcher.

        He’s capable of the most horrendous meltdowns, but that’s not the first time this year he’s followed one up with a nerveless clean inning.

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, Holy shit – he’s still going!

          • Carnac says:
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            @Steve, Usually Bobby V only sends an RP back out of he’s coughed up a few runs. Weird.

            • Steve says:
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              @Carnac, He might want to think about getting him out of there now.

              • Carnac says:
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                @Steve, Once again, why is Bobby sending his Aceves out there for a 2nd inning? Just to be an ass?

                Oh, and Trout, let’s see how good you are without one of those magic Phiten necklaces!

            • Steve says:
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              @Carnac, I’m not sure he has any idea how to handle a bullpen. I’m not a manager’s asshole, but I’m not sure I’d ask a guy who’s just come back from a 3-game suspension following a colossal meltdown, to get a 6-out save.

              • Carnac says:
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                @Steve, Totally agree. Aceves isn’t the only one who should suffer a suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, agreed…

  57. Steve says:
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    Some late fun from Ciriaco?

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Negative.

  58. Steve says:
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    A double play wouldn’t go amiss here.

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