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This lede is a little different than past weeks.  This lede is about winning your damn league.  This is about fantasy baseball streamers.  When the Stream-o-Nator heard I was doing this post, it had this to say, “It’s been an honor to help you in your leagues this year.  When I was growing up, a small boy in R-Kansas, and getting these weird feelings about my sister in her bathing suit, I thought my future would be either jail or late-night film showings sitting between Fred Willard and Pee Wee Herman.  Then Al Gore invented the internet, allowing me pleasure in the basement of my mother’s home and I discovered I had a special gift for picking fantasy baseball streamers.  My wildest dreams have come true in every way imaginable.  Is this oversharing?”  So, if you need a start in the final ten days, in SON we trust to pick streamers (or to weirdly creep us out).  You see Ricky Nolasco vs. the Mets with a score of 113, what the hey?  You see Ryan Dempster vs. the Mariners and see his last start was terrible, but you fall back into the Stream-O-Nator’s arms, thinking if Namond Brice can trust the corner boys, you can trust SON.  You see Homer Bailey and you just hope he doesn’t fail you like he’s failed you time and time and time again.  If you need the starts, here comes the SON (doo doo doo doo)… Here comes the SON and I say it’s all right.   Anyway, here’s some more players to Buy or Sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Dylan Bundy – I just went over my Dylan Bundy fantasy.  I wrote it while taking the mic away from Taylor Swift.

Jake Odorizzi – I just went over my Jake Odorizzi fantasy too.  I wrote it while picking blue raspberries to make into Italian ice.

Nate McLouth – This is Grey Unplugged, “McLouth’s palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy… There’s vomit on his Orioles jersey already, Mark Reynolds’s spaghetti… McLouth’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready to drop bombs…”

John Mayberry Jr. – Some player has to breakout for no apparent reason when they’re no longer of the prospect age, so why not Mayberry next year?  Probably about two dozen reasons…But, hey, we’re talking about for the next ten days and he’s hitting .300+ over the last week.

Starling Marte – For the first time in about twenty years, people were excited about the Pirates.  They were the zeitgeist!   (BTW, isn’t it odd how dated the word zeitgeist is?)  Now, they look like, well, the Pirates, but Marte is a quality add for runs and steals for the stretch run– Chipper, “Ow!  Why’d you have to say stretch?”

Yonder Alonso – Last week, I threw caution to the wind and added a bunch of Padres hitters to my RCL team.  I tell you this to explain why the Padres hitters seem to have all gone cold, as they should be.  I’m desperate for average, so I held Alonso (by his shoulders, stared deep into his eyes and said, “Please just get me some hits.”).

Anthony Gose – SAGNOF!

Gorkys Hernandez – Has speed and the Marlins are playing him every day.  BTW, I’m half-surprised the Marlins aren’t still playing Chris Coghlan every day.  Or Jeremy Hermida, they loved that guy.

Norichika Aoki – He’s not under our 50% owned threshold, but I have to mention him.  There is no hotter hitter than Aoki.  Or as they call Aoki in Detroit — Made In Japan?  What a bunch of effin’ bullish*t!

Michael Saunders –  Has two homers in the last week and is hitting fifth or sixth for the Mariners.  Faint endorsement of Saunders, major indictment of the Mariners.

Cameron Maybin – Had been dealing with a sore Achilles, but he returned yesterday and he’s hitting over .350 in the last week.  Hopefully, the sore Achilles was just a pause in the action for Ca-Ma.

Denard Span – He’s hit in every game but one since his return to the lineup and has two steals this week.  He’s also the Random Outfielder That Is On And Off Waivers All Year So Every Team Will Own At Some Point And You Only Want Them When Hot.  Or ROTIOAOWAYSETWOASPAYOWTWH, if you find acronyms easier to remember.

Chris Nelson – He’s broken off all communication with his brother Gunnar and he’s remained scorching hot in the last week.

Everth Cabrera – Following a hazing incident, there’s talk of banning EverCab from all college campuses.  Now what happens when you want to enjoy some jungle juice while listening to light pop-rock?  Wait, that’s Everclear.  EverCab is just a middle infielder with speed.

Eduardo Nunez – He’s had about one and half good games in the last week.  Hey, it’s that time of the year where you look for anything.

Lonnie Chisenhall – Has two homers in the last ten games and, if you’re dying at your corner infidel spot, he has decent pop.  That’s not to say he has decent soda, if you’re reading this in the northern fly-over states.

Bobby Parnell – Frank-Frank is dealing with a sore elbow, so Parnell could see some saves.  I could have also put Jon Rauch here, but then no one would be able to see the screen.

Wilton Lopez – The Astros closer has three saves in the last week.  Weird, because I thought the Astros haven’t won a game since 2007.  Maybe I’m wrong.

SELL

Jason Kubel – Last time I told you to drop him he hit two homers that night, then he went 0-for-21 and missed four of six games.  So, I guess, drop him tomorrow.

Mark Trumbo – At any moment, he could homer and come out of this two month funk he’s been in, but, well, he’s not even playing every day and he’s been in a two month funk.  Sad Trumbone.

Jason Kipnis – This boychik’s been pretty craptastic since the ASB (3 homers, 7 steals, .222 average).  Might’ve been the mishegoss they’re calling The Curse of the Jewish Delicatessen that affected Kipnis and Kalish, leaving them scratching their tuchus’ derma.  Oy.

Clayton Kershaw – What’s he gonna get this year?  Maybe one more start?  Sure, if Della Reese touches his hip.  Della Reese isn’t even planning on being in LA.  She’s doing a tour of her one woman show, “Grits and Determination.”

324 Responses

  1. Dynamite Dan says:
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    I just asked a question asking in your morning read asking when the buy or sell would be posted. And here it is! Grey you magnificent bastard!

    Who do you like best out of McLouth, Mayberry Jr, Marte

    And is Forsythe still a hot shmotato or should I pick up Scutaro?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… If go with McLouth and Scutaro…

  2. Colton says:
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    Did anyone just see that Christ Carpenter montage before the Cubs/Cards game? Lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Nah, I missed it…

      • Colton says:
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        @Grey, They used that religious font for Carpenter’s quotes leading up to his return. The same setup you might see on a Sunday morning show while trying to shake a cocaine hangover that makes you feel even worse.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, awesome analogy…

  3. letsgobravos says:
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    Alright grey, I’m locked in an epic struggle in one H2H league’s semifinal. 6-6 tie right now, but I’m still at a pretty big disadvantage. I’m getting killed in every offensive cat other than HRs and steals (i lead those 3-1 and 3-2) so I’ve got to dominate the pitching cats. Current pitching score is: 6-5 on Ws, 3-3 on svs, 3-6 on HRs allowed, 54-49 on Ks, 3.15-3.39 on ERA, 1.15-1.16 on WHIP, 5-5 on QS.

    We have both been streaming pitchers all week, but I’ve been using the streamonator to try and get the best guys early before my opponent can grab them. Given how tight all the cats are, do you think my best bet is to just run as many starters out as possible? Up until today, I felt pretty good about the majority of my guys, but today I’m running Porcello, Martin Perez, Miguel Gonzalez and Edgar Gonzalez out there. I feel a lot more confident in the group for tomorrow where I’ve got Gio, plus streaming Werner, Wood, and Correia. On sunday I have no starters (assuming Scherzer doesn’t go) so I’ll have to pick up another crop of streamers. Do you see any probs with any of those starts? I guess my thought right now is just to run as many out as possible and hopefully if a couple blow up, it will be diluted enough to still give me a shot to win ERA and WHIP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like Porcello, and the other ones are just okay, but sounds like you have to start them…

  4. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    I have Cobb (v TOR) and Gallardo (@ WAS) going on Sunday. If I only need one starter to preserve lead in k’s and wins, are you going with Gallardo?

    Also, if its not too much to ask, can you answer my post on the last thread. I started it before you posted the new thread and being on my phone, it would take me a while to retype it. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Gallardo…

      “Thanks for your prayers like I asked, so far its helping. Despite.still batting under. 200 on the week (compared to his. 367 line), I’m leading in runs, sb and one back in homers.

      Anyways couple last questions before finals end…

      1) Despite his performance last night, would you sit Jennings against Villanueva (1 for 7) in favor of Aoki (v. Jackson), Panda (v. Kelly) and Granderson (v. Parker)?

      2) Likely will not need need a streamer this weekend (20 k advantage with 1 less start to go. If I do though, rank top 3 of this bunch: Werner @ SF, Tillman @ BOS, Peralta @ WAS, Correia @ HOU, Buehrle @ NYM

      Thanks again. I was worried when I didn’t see your foot prints next to mine anymore, but then I realized you were carrying me to another championship.”

      1) I’d sit Jennings with those options… 2) Correia, Werner, Tillman… No problem…

      • Melvin Emanuel says:
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        @Grey,

        Thanks. Doing all of your business on a phone can be a pain in the ass

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya…

  5. B.o.B says:
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    What do you expect from Martin Perez tonight @Sea?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      5 IP, 1 ER, 7 Ks…

  6. herschel says:
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    no cargo, no stanton….gotta love weekly leagues. argh.

    grey, catch a glimpse of endeavor?

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @herschel, I did. It was more anti-climactic than that time some waitress at Denny’s gave me blue ba–wait, what?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I was driving down my street and all of these people were outside with their cameras so I figured it was either a celebrity or a fire… I missed it…

      • Colton says:
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        @Grey, if it were a celebrity on fire, you’d be really kicking yourself in the ass for missing that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, I made sure… I stopped a corner and asked… They told me and I said, “Oh, whatever,” and kept going… I thought for a second it was a UFO because of the angle people were looking… That I would’ve stopped for…

          • Colton says:
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            @Grey, I think that if there is going to be another celebrity on fire somewhere, Vegas would have Martin Lawrence as the favorite. He has modeled his career on Richard Pryor and already had a “fire drill” where he was running around dehydrated. That said, he would probably go up in flames like a pile of dry leaves due to the lack of water in his system. Surprisingly, Martin Lawrence is also probably most likely to report seeing a UFO.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              One correction, Martin Lawrence dressed as Sha-Na-Na…

              • Colton says:
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                @Grey, if that’s the case, Eddie Murphy is surely right alongside him/her.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ha, yup… They’d be on a date…

                  • Colton says:
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                    @Grey, and even if there were no fire….that’d be flaming enough.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hehe… He so crazy! And on fire.

  7. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    It’s impossible for “zeitgeist” to be dated… just like it’s impossible for the “b” in subtle to be obvious.

    The Runway? The Challenge: BOTS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Nice… I saw The Challenge… Wow… Big first episode, and not just in length… I was actually surprised by the ending and MTV shows don’t usually surprise me, they usually telegraph things coming from a mile away… A bit too much lead up to a surprise team though and then it’s those schmohawks… If you’re building up a surprise team, it needs to be CT and someone…

      • Awesomus Maximus

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        @Grey, Seriously… I don’t even know who that one guy is on the Fresh Meat team. They should have gone the “all-star” Frankenstein team route… CT, Emily, Derrick, and Evelyn would have been great.

        Dunno’ if you caught the “this season on BOTS” but it seems like Trishelle is the new kick dog, and Zach/Frank ride Dustin hard (pun point) about his gay porn past. Really looking forward to those exchanges.

        As boring as Lacey is, and as happy I am to see her gone, she had the line of the night when she saw Zach and Frank wrestling and people were remarking that they had just kissed on the lips. Something like, “I think they’ve probably kissed on the penis.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I saw the Dustin, Frank and Zach thing which piqued my interest enough that I can’t wait for every episode now… BTW, didn’t Zach not like gays or Frank by the end of that season, when did they start kissing? Yeah, good line from Lacey, but she’s a yawn, as Michael Kors would say about Ven…

          • Awesomus Maximus

            Awesomus Maximus says:
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            @Grey, I dunno’, but when they kissed, Zach tilted his head to the side. Kissing a guy as a goof is one thing, but tilting your head when you do it is gay… not that there’s anything wrong with that.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nah, nothing wrong with it, I’ll make out with Mike Trout if he wants, but I could’ve sworn Zach was a homophobe on his season…

              • Awesomus Maximus

                Awesomus Maximus says:
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                @Grey, he and his GF (Ashley?) we’re both big homophobes. Now he’s kissing Frank and she’s attached to him like a Velcro monkey.

                Tell me what you think of these ideas for Survivor. One week, when there is a great blindside or surprising vote, you start the episode by showing tribal council. Then the rest of the episode can focus on how it happened in great detail. No need to blur the outcome with half conversations… no need to make it seem like it could be one of two people. We just get to see all of the dirty strategy that leads up to a good tribal.

                The other idea works well with two teams. Have them both come to tribal for the challenge, but have them both vote BEFORE the challenge. Now two people know they’re going home if their team loses, and one of them comes back to camp knowing they’re the odd man out.

                Get me a meeting with Mark Burnett, will ya’?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Survivor Memento style? I like it! So, who are you picking for Survivor?

                  • Awesomus Maximus

                    Awesomus Maximus says:
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                    @Grey, if I’m being honest, my quick gut call was the guy who got voted off. Other than Sophie, that’s what happens with my picks. If I’m taking someone post Ep. 1, it would be Pete.

                    Hey, should the first line of this post have “past weeks’” instead of “past week’s?” Not nitpicking, I’m seriously asking. It’s one of those grammar conundrums that I’d go look up to be sure.

                    Anyway, who is your pick? What about for the Runway? BOTS?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Runway I actually liked Ven, so there goes that… Now I think Chris is the odds on favorite, Maybe Dmitri can be an upset winner or the black girl (her name is escaping me)… On Survivor, I like the guy who burned his hands to win (Skulpin?)… Nothing shouts out him, but he’s gonna be the leader of that tribe and they like him to be around… So much can happen though… BOTS — I’ll go with Cancun, but I really have no clue…

                      Good question on past week’s… I think what I wrote means what the past week owned, when I meant past weeks, so I changed it…

                    • Awesomus Maximus

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                      @Grey, My wife was just mocking me for picking Ven, but he seemed very talented when he first did that overlay rose thing. How was I supposed to know that’s the only thing he knows how to do? Next week looks ridiculous. I’d be effin’ ludicrous if I was sent home on the week they decided to throw fashion completely out the window and goof on the designers with a high school “take care of this fake baby” project. I won’t pick a favorite because I accidentally read something that I think mentioned one of the three people showing at fashion week.

                      Skupin is a good pick. It seems like if a returnee can get past the first third of the show, they’ve got a good chance at making the finals… and he can probably not annoy people for at least that long to hang around.

                      I’ll pick St. Thomas for ss and gs, but it’s probably more fun to pick who’ll be thrown off first. Frank seems to obvious, so I’ll go with Jasmine.

                      As for the grammar issue, you would want plural if you were comparing this lede to previous ledes:

                      “This lede is a little different than past ledes.”

                      But you’re assigning possession of the lede when you assign it to a week. To write out your thought completely, it would read:

                      “This week’s lede is a little different than past weeks’ ledes.”

                      So to condense that, I think it should read:

                      “This lede is a little different than past weeks’.”

                      Makes sense to me, at least.

                    • Grey

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                      Don’t tell me who they said was at Fashion Week, but I will say that like 4 people show there so reporters don’t know who the final two or three really is… I.e., they throw in red herrings… Yeah, St. Thomas is a throwaway pick, they’re not gonna go far, but I guess anything can happen… Yeah, you might be right about the possession thing, but I’m going with where it’s at now…

  8. Brian says:
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    Dude,

    One of your funniest updates ever. you Crack my Azz up.

    Enjoy the weekend,

    Brian

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! You too!

  9. Prezii says:
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    Greyskiiiii! Happy friday!!

    I thought Britton was going sunday but i guess not? How do you feel about tillman at boston? Streamable?

    Thanks buddy! G.S.!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too, Prezii… I think he’s decent for Sunday, SON doesn’t like him, don’t tell the SON what I said…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, haha your secret is safe with me!

  10. Jon says:
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    I added Kris Medlen on July 30 before his first start on July 31 and I’ve been rolling with him since. After a couple of pitching fails (keeping Lester over Weaver in the off-season and then drafting Scherzer and dropping him in May), Medlen has been a big, big win. So, I just want to say thanks. You’re a scholar and gentleman, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, glad he’s worked out for all of us…

  11. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Monday’s a thin schedule, and Pettitte @ MIN is the best SP available in my league. SON not big on him (99), but I’m going to be facing a disadvantage in terms of # of starts, and with 5 moves per week it behooves me to use this week’s to load up on guys who go early next week. Would you roll with Pettitte? W and QS count.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, seems like it would be fine…

  12. later tater says:
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    hi grey

    thinking in advance for some pitchers/streamers for early next week
    std 12 team 5×5 roto league

    only have enough innings in my budget this week to start 3 (maybe 4 if matchup real good) pitchers
    need wins without hurting ratios too bad

    who do you like?

    burnett at astros
    f her at angels
    marco estrada at wash
    lance lynn at astros
    ed volquez at petco vs dodgers
    pettitte at minn
    j garcia at astros
    anibal at home vs kc

    thinking:

    - burnett probably due for a win, but never sure with pirates offense
    - f-her, he’s good but 0-2 with 5.75 era vs angels this year and seattle has no offense
    - estrada good lately and mil seems hot with bats
    - lynn ok lately and vs lastros
    - volquez pitching at petco
    - garcia was good last time but terrible on the road
    - pettitte may be good enough to get win and only eat 5 innings due to a low pitch count
    - anibal has det lineup behind him vs kc pitching

    thanks for the help

    enjoy the weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Burnett, F-Her, Lynn, Pettitte… They’re all pretty good, actually… You too!

  13. Adam says:
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    Are we streaming to another world with Edwin Jackson tonight vs MIL? I’m not convinced even though SON says he’s a 114.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would… But it is risky… Riskier than 114… Probably around 100…

  14. AA says:
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    Where would Ichiro fit in the mix of the OFers you have listed as buys? Do you like him ahead of Marte, McLouth, Mayberry, etc?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ahead of Marte and Mayberry…

  15. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    As a long time so-cal-er and baseball fan I must say something about our beloved Angels. For so long the lovable losers with the likable characters that filled their benches and that great singing cowboy of an owner. From Wally World to Grich’s stauche, Ryan’s No-Hitters and the Carew’s smooth bat.

    Lets step back and get off this trip down memory lane which brings to the topic of today, why the hell don’t they give the TROUT the most obscene contract and lock him up for the next decade. He should be one of the untouchables. If he had one thing to say it’s “I ain’t no joke”, I am the real thing and I need to get Paid in Full. Give him the farm or at least a AA affiliate and name it after him. I have never seen a player move the crowd so fast to their feet than the man that has no competition for ROY. This ain’t Chinese Arithmetic, just a man you need to put your hands together for and say I know you got soul, from the way you steal bases to your routine highlight catches. He is so good that he don’t play follow the leader, he is the leader, and he doesn’t even try to be. So when you see Mike Trout at bat you need to step back and watch in awe, because if he connects you might need to run for cover. and if anyone disses him then just set ‘em straight!

    the following message has been brought to you by Eric B is president.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, top five best comments… Well played… You, sir, have juice (know the ledge)…

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, Also, Trout almost looks Korean–but European.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He needs a prettier girlfriend… Cust kayin’…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, Thanks, grey, that one was for you and your old school rap, well it wasn’t at the time, but those type of sensibilities. I know you asked, and i had been lagging on purposely throwing one together. Did you catch all ten songs i threw in there?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’m a huge Eric B fan… Everyone’s all excited about Trout, but you need to relax with pep…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, It was played up for the song title pun’s, i could care less. At least i know what to do when my team’s are out of it. The next one will be the dread pirate for sure.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think Dread Pirate needs some Das Efx…

              • Colton says:
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                @Grey, Pirates are gonna miggity miss the pliggity playoffs.

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey, I was thinking a white group for the Dread, maybe tomorrow i’ll throw something down. I have to work security till 1 am tonight at the carnival at my kids school. kinda a rough neighborhood. should be fun.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nice… How about YBT?

                  • Colton says:
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                    @Grey, I look at white people with dreads the same way Don Cornelius looked at YBT on Soul Train. “Young, Black, Teenagers?..but you’re not black.”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha… Upon Wikipedia review, it turns out one of them has a tattoo shop in BK… I think I’ve found our first guest for a first podcast next year!

                    • Colton says:
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                      @Grey, Successful folks like that always have publicists that make you jump through hoops. “We’re sorry that we missed our scheduled appearance on your podcast; there was a hepatitis issue that we had to rectify at the shop. Can we reschedule?” Pretentious bastards.

                    • Colton says:
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                      @Grey, I didn’t even know there was thick cut bacon on the shelves, let alone it’s acceptance as currency. U-S-A!!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      We live in a great country where bacon’s the fatbacks and greenbacks…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey, I think after today’s conversation its going to be the Dread and Simaon and Garfunkel. It just seems like the right thing to do.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think you might have to…

          • Colton says:
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            @Grey, a HUGE Eric B. fan? Isn’t that like being a huge Garfunkel fan? Rakim laid the rhymes, Marley made the beats, and all Eric B. did was the cuts and rough up the promoters who came short on payday.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… I meant a huge Eric B *and* Rakim fan… Obviously it’s all about Rakim… Wait, what are you saying about Garfunkel?

              • Colton says:
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                @Grey, I should probably say something nice about Garfunkel since there is a good liklihood he’s googling and trying to find mentions of just “Garfunkel” for blurbs to promote whatever solo stuff he’s doing. Well, he was in the movie Carnal Knowledge so there’s a good chance he got to see Ann Margaret’s cans up close and personal….so he’s got that going for him, which is nice.

                • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                  @Colton, don’t mess with Artie, he was in carnal Knowledge

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  He also had better hair than Simon… Hey, Art, you wanna be on the podcast?

                  • Colton says:
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                    @Grey, clearly that element wasn’t a sustainable business plan for him.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, might’ve misallocated his time and energy…

    • Colton says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, He’ll get paid in full for sure. In fact, when he signed his first contract in good faith, there was a non-implicit understanding between the club and his folks that there is going to be a big time deal when the time comes. Both sides know the ledge.

      Rakim is the god MC, Trout is the god CF.

  16. Chillmodious says:
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    LOLstros… Interviewing Brad Ausmus for managerial position. Craig Biggio is crestfallen at the moment.

    I can see it now…

    [ring]

    Ausmus: “Hyello..this is Brad…”

    Astros Owner: Bradley, my boy! Are you ready to come home and serve?

    Ausmus: Um, is this Ehud Barak?

    Astros Owner: Huh, who? Nevermind–this is Jim!

    Ausmus: [pause]

    Astros Owner: Jimmy!

    Ausmus: [longer pause]

    Astros Owner: Jimmy Crane, baby! We’re getting the band back together. We want you to come back to the Central–er, the NL–er, the Astros–to be our manager! Roger’s gonna anchor the rotation, Bagwell’s coming in to coach hitting, and you…well…are you ready to serve?

    Ausmus: Ooooh, I get it–clubhouse manager. You want me to SERVE drinks, right?

    Astros Owner: Naw naw naw…we want you to–

    Ausmus: [interrupting Owner] –Do I get to keep my tips?

    Astor Owner: Huh? No! We want you to come COACH the Houston Astros?

    Ausmus: Didn’t they fold and relocate to Washington, D.C.?

    Astros Owner: Nope. Just to the AL.

    Ausmus: Oh. I’m confused.

    Astros Owner: Don’t be. Just get yer butt down here to H-town on Tuesday, we’ll put together a dog and pony interview, then rubber stamp the hire the same night. You’ll be introduced on Wednesday morning. Bing-bang-boom. Whadda ya say?

    Ausmus: Sorry, I’ll be in services Tuesday night and fasting the next morning. Call Biggio.

    [click]

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHAHA… Wow you guys are on fire today… It had to be Ausmus, Bagwell or Biggio… Couldn’t be anyone else…

  17. ferris says:
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    getting hurt by injuries in nl-only

    neil walker
    corey hart
    kubel
    victorino

    would you drop any of them for

    gorkys hernandez
    travis snider
    jesus guzman

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kubel for Gorkys if you need steals…

  18. ferris says:
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    so you still think

    walker and hart will contribute more ROS than waiver wire garbage?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s a chance of it and that waiver wire garbage is pretty bad…

  19. Andrew says:
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    Would start either of these two guys tonight: Hanson @ Phillies or Vogelsong home against the Padres?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start either in most leagues, but I’d go Vogelsong first if I were desperate…

  20. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    1) Wise or Marte?

    2) Think Stanton’s got anything left for this year?

    3) Are you as down on Trout as LT was in the Kato Kaelin column?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Marte 2) Yeah, next week 3 homers… 3) Never down on Trout, except in the…Well, no, I’m not down on him…

  21. Colton says:
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    Anyone else have the mlbtv app for PS3? Is it screwed up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I gave my PS3 away because it was too distracting… If you ever see a homeless person playing PS3, that’s thanks to me!

      • Colton says:
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        @Grey, I had to get rid of my ex because she was too distracting. If you see a homeless guy trying to play his PS3 while being berated by a bi-polar redhead, that’s thanks to me!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Man, I feel bad for that homeless guy now… He’s not getting any work done…

          • Colton says:
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            @Grey, Next time, just give him a package of bacon and call it a day.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I feel like a fool, I probably could’ve got a bi-polar redhead for a slab of bacon…

              • Colton says:
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                @Grey, biggest disappointment since the Herschel Walker deal.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I wonder if I could’ve bought a USFL team with bacon…

                  • Colton says:
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                    @Grey, XFL team maybe. Ted DiBiase was known to protect his wealth by diversifying currencies. What’s a few baconbacks when you already have millions of francs?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Captain Lou used to pay his stable of wrestlers with bacon, I believe… At least Afa and Sika…

                    • Colton says:
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                      @Grey, haha…good old racist wrestling. I thought I outgrew it, but now I realize it’s just not racist enough for me anymore.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You’ve become too tolerant!

  22. Colton says:
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    At the draft, they laughed at me when I said Hamilton and Stanton were going to carry me to a championship. They did, but now my OF has tumbleweeds blowing through it when it counts most.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s laughing now?! Oh, yeah, bad week for them to be injured… Stupid H2H playoffs…

      • Colton says:
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        @Grey, what’s worse is the fact that I had to reduce bench bats to zero sum because my opponent has 10 SP…now I need to waive a couple decent pitchers that could help next week in order to get bodies in my OF for the weekend.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, this time of year is a pain with that, it’s not gonna get better once the Rangers clinch…

  23. herschel says:
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    @Grey: who do you like better between downs and jepsen to get saves?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Downs

      • Colton says:
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        @Grey, all but confirmed as Jepsen coils a nice dookie around the mound area in a non-save shituation.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, totally…

  24. Tony says:
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    cut victorino? 12 team h2h, we have deep benches so i can afford to hold him, im winning this week and looking like im gonna make the finals, basically should i just move on? pick up the hot taschmatatoe of the week? looking at darwin barney right now….

    hate cutting the name but he’s done NOTHING lately, i can pick up fill ins that are doing better.

    btw our h2h playoff in the finals is 2 weeks long, thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He has been bad lately but I wouldn’t cut him for Darwin Barney if that’s your best option…

  25. herschel says:
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    @Grey: SON like Erasmo @ LAA next week (114). do you concur?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, looks okay… Don’t think it’s quite as good as 114, but probably around 105… Streamable for sure…

  26. letsgobravos says:
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    Hey grey…sorry, didn’t even notice I was posting in an old entry earlier. After watching my 9-0 lead in one league vaporize into 6-5, I’m heading out to do some drinking. I’ll check in tomorrow. Have a good one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too, man!

  27. Colton says:
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    Trouty coming out of his coma. Nice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He heard us talking about him…

  28. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: yay or nay on PT Anderson? Going to check out The Master tonight….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yay… I’m going tomorrow morning…

      • Herschel says:
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        @Grey, no spoilers. Curious what you think…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cougs had to take her dog for a hike so now might not be going until a different day…

          • Herschel says:
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            @Grey, the 70mm version is worth checking out if you can make it work. Think it’s only at select theaters.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t say any spoilers but good or bad?

              • Herschel says:
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                @Grey, Worth the price of admission for Phoenix and hoffmans’ performances alone.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Cool, definitely excited to check it out…

  29. Prezii says:
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    Wow, im laughing out loud at these comments… I missed out today.. everyone is probably long gone but i just have to say… Gangnam style! Birthday style!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s your birthday? Have a good one, man… Hope you got the imaginary horse you always wanted…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, t’was! I enjoyed it.. and its an imaginary PONY that i’ve always wanted!! Geez.. no one ever listens!! Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… What’d you do? Anything special?

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, nahh nothin too big.. went out with a couple friends got sloppy and played sum pool.. got took by an 80 year old dude playin dice. The normal, ya know! Haha the good ol’ Mark McGuire… Im gettin old grey!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              As the expression goes, you’re getting grey… Sounds like you were taken by the cougar ex-boyfriend… If I ever find him…

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey, haha! We went to a pool hall/bar and this old black dude is sitting with dice and a little rubber cup(that im pretty sure he brought from home) just waiting for a sucker! I knew what he was doin and i still gave in.. dah! He only got $20 off me but still… I tried to out-hustle a hustler.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Sounds like you got done in by Bunny Colvin’s priest friend… You gave to a good cause…

                  • Prezii says:
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                    @Grey, ha!! He was laid back in the corner all scarface style.. “chu want to play meh!? Okay!”

                    Then i gangnam styled and he gave me all his money! Just like that..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      “Grandpop, tell us again the story about how you Gangnam Styled someone in pool…”

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, “back in my day, we didnt have all these imaginary horses you could just ride all over Gangnam! All we had were imaginary swimming pools..”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      “In the fancy neighborhoods, they had imaginary horses for water polo, but nowhere else.”

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, “in poor neighborhoods they had imaginary water to play horse polo..”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha! I just thought of something for the next Olympics… Imaginary horse polo!

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, aww cmon! Japan will win it every time!! They are the best I.H. riders in the land! I.H. is definitely the new way of saying imaginary horse..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I like IH, makes it sound Like I own Gangnam horses… Not like I possess them, but like a hitter would own a pitcher if they had a good track record vs. them…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, haha! Like you with that korean lady.. your story would sound a lot cooler if you said “yeah seen this korean woman at the store the other day man, had to bust out my IH on that broad and ride!”

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yes! “Hey, you wanna IH? Of course you do, now ride!”

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, t-shirt idea!

                      Front: I.H. (big letters)
                      Back: Ride It!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Perfect! And just a faint outline of a horse when you’re under ultraviolet lights…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, i was thinking ur logo… Could be like the “who is grey albright?” picture.. just an outline.. of a guy riding an IH from the back. Hes got one hand in the air with his legs in full gallop with a cowboy hat on!

                      Man you realize these are moneymakers right? Haha we gotta jump now grey, while the gangnam style is hot! We could probably sit here and come up with 10 awesome shirts in a matter of hours..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Need someone with some photoshop skills and put my Who is Grey Albright logo on Psy’s shirt as he gallops, so it’s like he’s wearing my head…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, hahaha! Nicee.. it could be done! A shirt that has you on that front of PSYs shirt while hes dancing.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yes! Like a mirror into my imaginary soul… Hey, wait a minute!

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, hey i’d rather be soul-less, than sole-less…. They say lack of the proper shoe can cause serious long term foot problems..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You can’t go anywhere without proper footwear… That’s word…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, gotta get some of those gel inserts.. the good ones though! Like ur walkin on water…. Water, son!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You just gave me a great idea… Water bed insoles! I’lll cut you in for 5% of gross sales…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, thats a done deal! Ill send my info via email.. Instead of shaking hands.. we Gangnam!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      We need someone to notarize our Gangnam’ing…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, rudy know any good nigerians?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Rudy is a diplomat for all African countries, so I’m sure…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey,sometimes its goodto have friends in low places…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hehe… Yup!

  30. Holmes says:
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    Yonder, Ryan Howard, Michael Bourne, or ichiro rest of the week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ichiro

  31. TheNewGuy says:
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    Detweiler or Anneabelle for their final start?

    Not that it really matters because ive won, MUHAHAHAHAAAAA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      NICE! Detwiler

  32. Hank says:
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    Replace M. Reynolds with any of the following? Pagan, Soriano, C. Nelson, D. Murphy or Y. Alonso. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All of the following… Nelson

  33. Carnac says:
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    Anyone know if SD is still using a 6 man rotation? I stopped paying attention when they announced they were, but the Cashner went down. Volquez would potentially be in Petco vs LAD and SF next week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think they’re back to five…

  34. Terrence Mann says:
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    Where’s the two start pitcher post this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smokey decided not to do it, I guess… I didn’t hear anything… Sorry about that…

      • Terrence Mann says:
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        @Grey, No worries. Tell that slacker I read the post every week and found it very helpful.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Okay, will do…

  35. slew says:
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    Do you like Harang @Cin tomorrow? Rudy’s love-child, SON, doesn’t have an opinion on him one way or another.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t like that start…

      • slew says:
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        @Grey, How about Odorizzi v Cle? Will have to drop one of Bundy, Harvey, or Shelby Miller (fourteen team.) Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Is it a keeper? If so, hold… If not, lose Miller…

  36. Terrence Mann says:
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    What do you think about streaming the whole Hodgepadre staff this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go for it…

  37. tom says:
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    sounds like scherzer is starting tomorrow. do we trust him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not at all…

  38. Carnac says:
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    It’s so frustrating trying to find a SP this time of year… I’m seeing Cobb listed by SON and Yahoo as starting tomorrow. MLB’s list of probably pitchers (and their apps) say it’s Hellickson. Does anyone have another solid source?

  39. B.o.B says:
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    Here’s my pitching matchup:

    W’s are tied 6-6, I’m losing saves 5-2, winning Ks 60-59, losing ERA 2.05 to 2.17, losing WHIP 0.99 to 1.00…what a battle huh??

    My question is would you start Minor @Philly today?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry, got home lunch and it’s too late, but I would’ve said yes…

      • B.o.B says:
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        @Grey, no prob! I went ahead…I’m praying to the fantasy Gods! It was my fault for waiting till last minute. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’ll pray with you…

  40. letsgobravos says:
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    Man, playoffs are nerve wracking. Went from up 9-0 in one league to down 5-6 last night to now being back up 6-5. In my other league, its tied 5-5. The 6-5 league is tight on every cat and the 5-5 I’m getting crushed on offense and the pitching cats are really close.

    Had Gio going on both teams, W is nice, but I needed more Ks after my opponent had Santana last night. Travis Wood turned in a useful 7 ks so that sort of makes up for it.

    Have MadBum and Minor going on one team this afternoon. Up by 3 on Ks right now, but my opponent has 4 guys going tomorrow and I’m out of moves for the week and only have Cobb. Have Werner going on the other team and Corriea going on both teams. Fingers crossed for a couple of more strong streamer starters there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fingers crossed for ya…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey, Minor Ks the side in the 1st. That’s a good start…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes, sir…

  41. JJJ says:
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    start or sit werner? up by 1 win, winning era but close, losing whip but close…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start

  42. royce! says:
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    Does anyone know if in a yahoo h2h that allows only weekly roster changes teams will be able to set two rosters or just one for the last period of the playoffs (which is 9/24-10/3)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think two, not sure…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Hrm… Well, I’ll probably need to know for sure because 4th place (or maybe 5th, not sure) is on the line!

        It’s ridiculous- my h2h team is back to killing it. I’m up 12-1, and would be beating any team in the playoffs this week. Stupid, stupid h2h…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Slew said below Hellickson…

  43. Steve says:
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    Good heavens. Roy Halladay probably just ruined the season for some people there.

    I could be one of them…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, for serious…

  44. Deadwoods says:
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    So, looks like it will all come down to K/ERA/WHIP tomorrow, H2H.

    I lead slightly in all of those three categories and he has no starters scheduled Sunday. He can stream up to two off the wire, among those available: Stults, Cobbb, Vargas, Floyd, Nolasco. Oh…he also has 6 of the top ten relievers in fantasy baseball, an intriguing strategy, so he may just count on them.

    So given that, which of these would you start, or is it one of those “all in” situations?

    Scherzer versus MIN
    Tillman @ BOS
    Griffin @NYY

    Thanks

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @Deadwoods, I’ll leave the big question to Grey, but if I were you, I’d snatch Cobb off the wire even if you don’t plan to use him. I think he’s the best WW streamer out of that group according to SON so it might be smart to snatch him so your opponent can’t use him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t start Griffin…

  45. Deadwoods says:
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    Used all my waiver picks this week.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @Deadwoods, Ah, I see.

  46. letsgobravos says:
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    Whoa, so who is starting tomorrow for Tampa? ESPN says Cobb, but now Yahoo has his start moved back to tuesday. I used my last WW pickup in one league on him and it will royally fuck me if he isn’t pitching.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks like Cobb… Not entirely sure though…

      • slew says:
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        @Grey, Marc Topkin(TB Times) twitter is saying Hellickson.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks for the heads up!

        • letsgobravos says:
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          @slew, FMFBL…thats a killer.

  47. joe from point pleasant says:
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    Please rank the following SP 1-5 for next week:

    Shaun Marcum @ Cin (Cueto)
    Wandy Rodriguez @ NYM (Hefner)
    Wei-Yen Chen v Tor (Alvarez)
    Jeremy Guthrie @ Det (Porcello)
    Miguel Gonzalez v Tor (Villanueva)

    Thanks!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wandy, Chen, Miguel… None are great…

  48. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: think Aroldis and Kenley are both back to closing next week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I do, but not every day, maybe just two games to see that they can do it…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meant to say not back-to-back games… Maybe two all week…

  49. Steve Stevenson says:
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    So Ellsbury’s not playing until “at least Tuesday” with a “minor” injury that some are calling a lat strain. Dump him to stream SP or hold until midweek, which could cost me a couple valuable starts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dump him…

  50. letsgobravos says:
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    Damnit…Bum knocked out of the game at only 81 pitches by a Yonder homer. (which tied me on HRs in my other league)

    The rays switching Cobb for Hell boy will prob cost me the win. My opponent has Hell so now he’ll have 5 starters tomorrow and I currently lead by 20 on Ks (and he has Haren going right now) and 3 on Ws.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos,

      Haren out of the game and Putz with 2ks in the save stretches my lead to 22ks. I think I’m going to need at least 3ks from my closers tomorrow to hold on against 5 starters.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Damn, shizz is close… Hopefully Hell’s rocked…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, that sucks… Maybe Hell will end up bombing…

  51. letsgobravos says:
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    Question Grey…

    I have 5 pitchers lined up for tomorrow. (Scherzer, Smyly, Huff, Lyles, Young) My opponent also has 5 pitchers. (Floyd, Griffin, Burnett, Weaver, Hudson)

    I lead 7-5 overall, but the only O cats I have a shot to win are HRs and Steals which are both tied. Pitching cats are as follows: Ws: 8-6, Sv:5-4, Ks:87-76, HRs allowed: 7-8, ERA: 3.35-3.94, WHIP: 1.21-1.24, QS: 8-6.

    With all that being said, would you run all of my pitchers out there tomorrow? If not, which ones would you sit? TIA.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @letsgobravos, I’d sit Lyles and Huff

  52. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey:

    Well, i made it to the championship! Thanks for all your help along the way. One last question to help me plan my big week that is upcoming. No one else i’d trust but you…

    12 team H2H Points League with a 15 start max per week. Here is how my starts are lining up as of now.

    1 Justin Verlander v KC
    2 Justin Verlander @ MIN
    3 Felix Hernandez @ LAA
    4 Cliff Lee @ MIA
    5 CC Sabathia @ MIN
    6 Mat Latos @ PIT
    7 Doug Fister KC
    8 Jordan Zimmermann MIL
    9 Jordan Zimmermann @ STL
    10 Chris Carpenter @ HOU
    11 Ryan Dempster v LAA or Streamer
    12 Streamer
    13 Streamer
    14 Streamer
    15 Streamer

    As it stands, i am going to need to pick up 4 streamers this week and the waiver wire is about as barren as it gets…

    Dempster has been absolutely thrashed by the angels the past two times he’s faced them, to the tune of 13 ER in 8 innings. I don’t know if i have the cajones to start him this week, but do i have any better alternatives?

    After sifting through the free agent heap, here are the best options available:

    Wandy Rodgriguez @ NYM
    Wei-Yen Chen v Tor
    Shaun Marcum @ Cin
    Miguel Gonzalez v Tor
    Jeremy Guthrie @ Det
    Clayton Richard v LAD

    My question to you is… should i take a chance with Dempster? If i use Dempster then i only need 4 streamers, if i do not, then i need 5… which guys do you think are my best bets?

    Thanks Grey you are the man. I will be growing a mustache in your honor if i win this title.

    • joe from point pleasant says:
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      @joe from point pleasant,

      Apologies for posing a similar question earlier… now that i sat down and looked at everything i realized i needed more streamers than originally thought so i just laid it all out for ya… Thanks again.

      • joe from point pleasant says:
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        @joe from point pleasant,

        and scratch that… wandy just got picked up by my opponent… great.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I better see a mustache on you! These aren’t good, but I wouldn’t mess with Dempster either, so 5 it is… Wandy, Chen, Miguel, Richard, Guthrie…

  53. Dimond Demon Devil says:
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    @Grey: Start Tillman vs. the Red Sox tomorrow or not? I’m up by one point in the semifinals–Sunday is CRUCIAL!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him, but you’re not giving me specifics about where you are in ERA or WHIP…

      • Dimond Demon Devil says:
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        @Grey, I have an 0.76 ERA and a 0.82 WHIP which is why I pose the question. My opponent has a 1.85 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. He’s trouncing me in all the batting categories (my bats have gone cold), but if I can hold on in pitching I’ll make it to the final round after today. Should I still start Tillman?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Dimond Demon Devil, I’d start him

          • Dimond Demon Devil says:
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            @Grey, Thanks! One last question: should I start Kyle Lohse as well?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

              • Dimond Demon Devil says:
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                @Grey, Thanks again!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem….

  54. HKevo says:
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    Sup Grey, fellow Razzballers,
    Heading into the final day of my semifinals matchup in Yahoo 12 team h2h 8×8 playoffs, I’m currently leading 8-5, 3 categories are tied (K’s, Losses and Holds)
    I have Burnett @ Houston and Gallardo @ Was going today, I’m leading in ERA,WHIP and BB, and am losing 4-3 in Wins, tied in Ks and Ls. My opponent has Weaver and Kuroda going today, but at the moment they are on his bench. I’m leaning towards starting Gallardo, but Burnett’s matchup looks mighty appetizing too. Is it worth the risk to start both, either or none? Thanks fellers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start both… But I don’t know how much you’re leading by in ERA and WHIP…

  55. B.o.B says:
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    What you feeling on Odorizzi vs. Cle?

    • B.o.B says:
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      @B.o.B, Well here’s the whole shituation…I’m up 7-6 in W, losing 5-2 in SV, up 66-64 in K, winning ERA 2.24 to 2.51, winning 0.95 to 1.06 in WHIP…he has Homer Bailey vs LAD, Lohse @ChC and Tilman @BOS while I only have Lee vs Atl. That’s 3 to 1 in starters if you’re keeping track at home. Could you please rank the following available starters and help me in what I should do? I would love to know what Grey would do in my shoes…

      Stults @SF
      Vargas vs Tex
      Lyles vs Pit
      Hudson @ Phi
      Huff @ KC
      Odorizzi vs Cle
      Petit vs SD
      Young vs Mia
      Doubront vs Balt

      Also the hitting stats are 23-21 R I’m losing, 5-3 HR I’m losing, 38-23 RBI I’m losing, 9-5 SB I’m up, and .399 to .374 OBP I’m of course losing

      So to sum up I’m tied 5-5, we’re extremely close in a bunch of categories, he has 3 starters to my 1 and the good news is I own the tie breaker

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Stults, Young, Vargas… Start them all..

        • B.o.B says:
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          @Grey, So to clarify are you recommending me picking up all 3 of those guys to have 4 SP to his 3?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yup, those three…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      5 IP, 3 ER, 3 Ks for Odorizzi

  56. TheNewGuy says:
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    Won my roto (leading by 10 points) and now got a final day nailbiter in my H2H to get into the playoff final. Was down 8-0 now leading 5-4, a tie takes me into the final so wish me luck!

    Sure there’s many other razzballers in the same situation tonight, watching right down to the end of the sunday night game.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Oh and I gotta trust Yoga against those pesky Nats right? Opponent is running out Kennedy and Smyly (luckily for me), whereas I only have Yoga going, pitching cats all close.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good luck!

  57. Deadwoods says:
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    Start Tillman versus Dubront? SON says absolutely not, but odd line favours him. If I don’t start him, then my only start for all the marbles will Scherzer vs my opponent who is streaming Nolasco and Smyly. We are pretty much tied in K/ERA/WHIP. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him…

  58. Chillmodious says:
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    Morning Grey,

    It’s do-or-die day for a championship. Pitching cats are close–I’m up by 12 Ks and leading in ERA/WHIP by razor thin margins. Opponent has Cliff Lee, YoGa, and Chris Young going today. I have nobody going, save three closers, but can make one last FA move. I’m thinking it’s got to be Chris Tillman or nobody. Is it worth throwing him to try to keep my lead in Ks at the risk of jeopardizing my ratios?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him…..

  59. letsgobravos says:
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    I picked up Carlos Gomez and Starling Marte because I’m tied on steals and, that’s right, you guessed it, neither one of those fuckers is starting today. FMFBL x infinity.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, cuz… You’re getting worst shizz luck lately…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey, Tell me about it. This and the Cobb deal were both killers. I’m leading 7-5 and 7-4 respectively in my leagues. Praying to the fantasy baseball gods that they will recognize the hundreds of hours I’ve put into my teams over the last 6 months and see fit to allow me to overcome this spate of shitty luck.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! Yeah, I hear ya… The FBG’s can be spiteful SOB’s…

  60. letsgobravos says:
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    Alright yankees, both my opponents have AJ Griffin. Its time to start crank up the HR derby…

  61. letsgobravos says:
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    Of course AJ Griffin got drilled in detroit when I streamed him earlier this week and now he’s shutting down the yanks in the bronx. (he gave up 3 jacks and the rest of my pitchers have given up a total of 4)

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos,

      Hallelujah! Literally 5 seconds after I typed that, Swisher comes through with a 2 run jack! I’m taking full credit for that shit.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Swisher thanks you too!

  62. letsgobravos says:
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    Fuck…Scherzer blows his W and QS…

    Still leading in both leagues. Fuck I wish I could fast forward to tonight and have Ws in both. Not feeling great about my chances of that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, where you at?

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey,

        Leading 7-5 still in both leagues. The one where I have no pitchers going, my lead in Ks is down to 3 so its inevitable at this point that he’s going to get me there. I have a .10 lead on BA and I trail by 2 on runs. Looks like a good chance it could end up being tied 6-6…

        The other league, also up 7-5, but its been fluctuating with every AB because WHIP is 1.22-1.23. Weaver’s loaded them in the 1st and I need him to give keep putting guys on base. My lead on Ks is down to 6 and my opponent has Floyd and Weaver left while I have Smyly later tonight.

        This shit is nerve racking as fuck. Two of the closest weekly matchups I’ve ever been a part of.

        • letsgobravos says:
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          @letsgobravos, The good news on the first league is that if it does end up 6-6, I beat him in both regular season meetings and thus own the tie breaker.

          • letsgobravos says:
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            @letsgobravos, Actually have the tie break over the team in both leagues. Beat the team in the second league 12-2 and 7-3 and its going to suck if he beats me now that it matters.

            • letsgobravos says:
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              @letsgobravos, Speaking of which, he just took the lead for the first time because Floyd, Burnett and Papplebon piled up 5ks over a span of 2 minutes. FUCK.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Damn…damn! Come on, tiebreaker!

                • letsgobravos says:
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                  @Grey, Down 5-7 there now. HRs and SBs are tied and I could desperately use one of each. He’s got me on WHIP and Ks now and Hudson just picked up a W to close my lead there to 1. Burnett only needs one more inning to get the QS which will cut my lead there to 1. Floyd and Weaver need to both blow the fuck up…

                  Dread pirate just doubled. Fantasy baseball gods, please green light him to steal 3rd…

                  • letsgobravos says:
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                    @letsgobravos, Soriano with a slam and legs…unfortunately he’s playing on the wrong team for me. Have SBs locked up there and I’m too far behind on HRs to matter.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Shizz, where you at now?

                    • letsgobravos says:
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                      @Grey,

                      Up 7-5 in the league where I was out of moves and trying to hang on in the pitching cats today. Opponent came up 2 short on Ks and he’s out of pitchers. Provided none of my closers come in and give up 4 or 5 runs to blow my big lead on ERA/WHIP, I’ve got the W wrapped up.

                      Looks like I’m going down in the other league. From winning 7-5 an hour ago to down 8-3 now. Down by 13 in Ks and he’s tied it up on Ws and QSs and opened up a .05 lead on WHIP. He also added a SB to take the lead there. In order to come back, Ill need a Ryanesque start from Smyly tonight to catch up on Ks and get the W and QS and pull back ahead on WHIP.

                    • Grey

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                      GUess you’ll have to take the push to put the record at 1-1, sorry you couldn’t close out both…

                    • letsgobravos says:
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                      @Grey, Yeah, it stings, but my team that won was definitely the better of my two teams this year. Finished with a .620 winning % for the year and I spent most of the summer in 1st place. Definitely happy that I’m still playing baseball for another week because it could have gone either way.

                      My team that’s out was the #4 seed. Had a sick pitching staff with Gio, Price, Medlen and Scherzer. CJ Wilson fell apart down the stretch so that definitely hurt. Also sucks that I owned Rios early and gave up on him before he got hot. Just can’t expect to win when your offense is as pathetic as mine was this week. (.239 BA, 20 RBIs.) The team I lost to was the #8 seed which definitely makes it worse. Guy was 12 games under .500 and only got into the playoffs because another team laid an egg and lost 11-1 in the last week of the regular season. He beat the #1 seed last week though so at least I’m in good company, I suppose.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, the Rios call I take some responsibility for, but I also touted Gio, Medlen and Price a crapton, so it just wasn’t meant to be… Shizz happens…

                    • letsgobravos says:
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                      @Grey, Yeah, definitely not your fault. You can’t be right on everything and in sum, your advice helped a ton. Definitely wouldn’t have had Gio anchoring both pitching staffs without you.

                    • letsgobravos says:
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                      @letsgobravos, …and now we just need to find the next under the radar pitcher that we can all target in the 8th or 9th round who will contend for the Cy Young. Should be pretty easy, right? haha.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Thanks for understanding… Yeah, it’s hard to find a Gio every year, but I tend to do well on below-the radar SPs, slightly better than on hitters…

  63. Todd25 says:
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    Grey which 2 would start today? We count holds ans saves
    Gregorson @SF (padres seemed to have burned out)
    Chapman v LAD (pitched yesterday)
    Jepsen v CWS

    Thanks as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gregerson, Jepsen

  64. John says:
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    pick 3; morse, beltran, cargo or aoki

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Beltran…

  65. Steve says:
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    Gonna win the 5th/6th playoff easily.

    Yay.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lowercase yay.

  66. Howard says:
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    @Grey Now that the Reds have clinched do you think that Votto and Bruce will get adequate ab’s from now until the end of the season? Stanton? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t trust any of them to get everyday ABs… Votto and Bruce could sit 3 times in the last week plus…

      • Howard says:
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        @Grey, It’ll hurt to drop ‘em (maybe not Bruce) but it’s not a keeper so we’ll go with the hot schmotatos!

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey, Damn, that’s going to hurt me. I’ve got Votto. I guess it helps my opponent has Bruce, but that’s definitely not an even trade. I played this week without Stanton and I desperately need him to get back in the lineup tomorrow.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m worried Stanton may get shut down… I want him back too, trust me… Votto could play, but doesn’t seem smart for them to play him every day…

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @Grey, I’ve pretty much given up hope of Stanton providing any more value this season. Dont get me started on Tulo….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, Stanton’s a bummer… Imagine if we would’ve got 6 months from him…

          • letsgobravos says:
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            @Grey, Damn, I hope not. There’s a $400 difference in 1st and 2nd in the league I made the finals in. Soriano has been hot the last couple of days so maybe he can take up Stanton’s slack. Also have Beltre and Aoki so hopefully those 3 will keep rolling and carry me this week.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, fingers crossed….

  67. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: have a feeling my roto league is going to come down to saves. Can start any of the following 3 next week. Which 3 do you like? Aroldis, Kenley, Hanrahan, League, Gregerson, Romo, Rauch, Downs and Jepsen. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough calls… Hanrahan, Aroldis, Rauch

      • Herschel says:
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        @Grey, Thanks….make it to the master?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Looking like next Saturday, unless I go to the county fair… Or the baseball season suddenly ends a week early and I get a weeknight off…

  68. TheNewGuy says:
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    Oh why is baseball so cruel? We are tied in H2H and tied in saves, I have Jansen and he has Aroldis…so you know what that means….

    Tie takes me through too. So its literally gonna come down to the final innings…not sure ill have any fingernails left by then!

    Bingo A-Gonz HR!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So is it still tied or did the A-Gon homer fix everything by the time you wrote your comment?

  69. Steve says:
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    Awww. The last day with my H2H guys.

    I’ll kinda miss them, though the pain of last week hasn’t quite dissipated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You definitely swearing off H2H for next year?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, At this stage, yes. But I’ve been here before…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear ya… H2H isn’t bad if you can remember that it’s a lot more luck and you keep that in mind when getting frustrated…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, I think you’ve hit on the problem there…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Yeah, I hear ya…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Guy that beat me got another lucky win this week. Grrrrrrrr.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Who’s carrying his team?

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey, Miggy/Wieters.

                    And he won WHIP today thanks to Benoit’s 2 innings of relief.

                    Though even if I’d won last week, I probably wouldn’t have won this week, so there’s that.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Gotcha… Yeah, hard to fault Miggy’s production for him, but Wieters seems to just get hot for the end of the season…

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey, I think it would be a lot easier to keep that in mind if roto didn’t exist. I spend about the same amount of time working on my h2h league as I do my roto leagues, but that time carries more value when spent with the roto leagues.

            Anyhow, it seems that the healthier way to approach h2h would be to just half ass it all year, which sounds less fun and rewarding. I’m sure I’d be singing a different tune if I hadn’t been eliminated immediately…

            • Grey

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              Yeah, definitely more value… I think the draft could be more fun if you know that the last few weeks are luck… So you go a bit more crazy with your draft knowing you can play hot hitters from week to week if you need to…

  70. Eddie says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Looking for a spot-start hitter for tomorrow. Who would you go with? Thanks!

    Eaton @ Col (Chatwood)
    Rosario vs. Ari (Cahill)
    Nelson vs. Col (Cahill)
    Marte @ NYM (Mejia)
    Murphy vs. Oak (Straily)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eaton….

  71. Steve says:
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    Even if the Tigers make the playoffs, you wouldn’t bet the house on them winning too many close games.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What? They have Valverde!

  72. lopes says:
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    battle of the dan’s at second base; dan uggla or dan murphy…or jose “dan” altuve?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… I would’ve said Dan Altuve, but he’s hurt, so gotta go Uggla…

      • lopes says:
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        @Grey, great minds think alike. haha

  73. Herschel says:
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    @grey: better catcher with sal Perez dinged up, need sbs and hrs, weekly roto:

    Lucroy (1 @ was, 3 @ cin, 3 vs hou)
    Donaldson (4 @ tex, 3 vs sea)

    Thanks.

    • lopes says:
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      @Herschel, all shitty parks to look for homers in, huh?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Donaldson

  74. Herschel says:
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    @grey: two more questions, same league, need sbs and hrs (in that order).

    Better OF:

    McClouth (3 vs tor, 3 vs bos)
    Cargo lite (1 @ was, 3@ cin, 3 vs hou)

    Better sagnof:
    Ciriaco (2 Vs tb, 3 @ bal)
    Evercab (3 vs lad, 3 vs sf)

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CarGo… EverCab

  75. Tom says:
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    Should i be starting kershaw this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go to my newest post…

  76. Tom says:
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    Kershaw or Parker?

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