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For our last Buy/Sell of the season, I’m reminded of all that the past Buys have given this year.   I got introspective, y’all.  I thought about how a 2-for-4 on Monday put a Buy on my radar, then by Thursday he was either back to waivers or 10 for his last 14 and I wanted him on all my teams.  I thought about how you were better off not falling in love with so many of these Buys.  Because a lot of people out here say “I love my Aybar” or “I love my Plouffe” or “I’m just in love with that Norichika over there” so for all the people out there that fall in love with Buys, love’s gonna getcha.  Just when you thought the Buy was your new girl, you realize you want your old girl back and she wasn’t the one that keyed your Camaro because you forgot to bring home some fro-yo.  See, a Buy can kill with a smile, he can wound with his eyes.  He can ruin your faith with his casual 0-for-5’s.  The Buy was free to pick up, except the cost of dropping someone else.  Sometimes love don’t feel like it should, Ryan Zimmerman make it hurt so good.  Then I thought about guys I didn’t pick up that broke out.  We’re just ordinary people, we don’t know which way to go, cuz we’re ordinary people.  Maybe we shouldn’t have taken it slow (Take it slow oh oh ohh).  But most of all, I’m introspective today because the lede’s about Nate McLouth and really what the hell is there to say about him?  He’s playing every day and has 4 homers and 4 steals with an average near .300 in September.  If everyone on your team was doing that, you’d be yelling out bingo and scaring the crap out of the old lady next to you in the church basement.  Am I right?  Sho nuff!  Anyway, here’s some more player’s to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:

BUY

Andy Pettitte – I’m shocked at how much value he’s actually given, but I was also shocked people thought the movie, Ted, was great, so what do I know?  I’m just a poor boy — he’s just a poor boy! — with a great a mustache — with a great mustache!  I’m not going to give any more starters for this week because guys are getting bumped all over the place and I’d just look at the Stream-o-Nator, “Ah, we’re friends again, huh?  I was the one that keyed your Camaro.  Not some fro-yo-crazed girl.”

Yonder Alonso – I’m gonna go against everything I stand for next year and on one team I’m gonna draft all high-average, counting stat guys and ignore homers.  Yonder is going to be my 1st baseman.*  *Probably not.  Can’t teach an old dog yadda2.  Probably just feeling buyer’s remorse still on Hosmer.

Justin Smoak – For full disclosure, I don’t feel that confident about Smoak now that he’s headed back to pitchers parks to end the year.  Smoak needs to sign somewhere better this offseason.  Smoak in Coors and the Rockies could finally move past Helton.  No, he wouldn’t hit 50 doubles and 40 homers there, but he’d be a whole lot better than what you thought we were gonna get from Cuddyer this year.

Ike Davis – It’s interesting to me (which is to say pedantic and not that interesting) the different types of players you get in a Buy the last week of the season.  You get players who are just hot for the past week (obviously), but you also get guys that were good all year who just didn’t see playing time (Moss) and you get players that weren’t good for a large chunk of the early season but have been good for a few months now (Davis).  BTW, member what I said for Alonso two blurbs ago?  Yeah, Davis actually will be on my teams next year.  I will now bludgeon Hosmer with Ryan Zimmerman’s arm.

Brandon Moss – If I would’ve had Moss and Alonso and platooned them instead of owning Hosmer– Okay, I won’t mention Hosmer again until next year when I inexplicably draft him again.

Jeff Keppinger – Hitting over .500 in the last week.  I’ll probably draft him next year too.  JK, JK!  JK, JK!

Donovan Solano – He’s also hitting over .500 in the last week, hit two homers this week and has total respect for Ozzie.  Eh, two out of three ain’t bad.

Everth Cabrera – He steals like a thief, but he’s always just SAGNOF to me.  Damn you, Billy Joel, and your catchy songs!

Andy Dirks – Hitting near .400 in the last week and if you say his last name over and over again it sounds like you’re dancing like Dr. Evil.

Raul Ibanez –  Something tells me he won’t be hot by next Tuesday, but there’s only, like, five more days of season left, so what the eff in the coolie hole.

David Murphy – What would a Buy be without David Murphy?  Nada, nada, nada damn thing.

Russ Canzler – Hitting near .500 in the last week with two homers (Hey, we have a theme!).  This is Grey’s Double Yahtzee pick of the week!

Bobby Parnell – Rauch was the guy that Terry Collins pegged for saves and to remove crap from the top shelves of the clubhouse, but Parnell looks much better and should get saves until this whole shebang is a wrap.  Shebang, shebang, shebang!

SELL

Alex Rodriguez – On our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater, he’s ranked 210th.  That’s on the season!  That means you should’ve drafted him around 200th overall.  Zoinks!  When I did a “Find” for “Rodriguez” on the Player Rater, I hit Wandy first.  Yikes!

Jacoby Ellsbury – There’s always next year (assuming the Mayans are wrong.  BTW, there are some Mayans scrambling right now to fill out their bucket lists.)

Carlos Gonzalez – Hey, you guys had a good run.  Now he can’t run at all and is on the bench eating sunflower seeds with Tulo.  “Hey, CarGo, you ever think about joining my offseason Murderball league?”  “I don’t know, Tulo.  You gonna stay healthy for it?”

Anyone that is not going to help you win right now – There’s no time left, drop anyone that is not playing and add players that are.  Now excuse me while I go see The Master.  I hear Scientology’s periodical, “I Xenu, I Xenu, No, You’re Not Mad At Him, You Just Xenu” gave it a six, but that’s on a scale of 100 trogomites, which is their number counting system. It’s all about the L. Ron’s, baby!

  1. joe from pt pleasant says:
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    Drew Smyly today pitching in Minnesota vs Scott Diamond?

    Decent spot start or na? I am going nuts tryin to figure out my last spot starter for this week lol…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eh, not crazy about it…

      • joe from pt pleasant says:
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        @Grey,

        Damnit… i agree with you though…

        There is literally nothing left out there… this is the deepest of deep H2H Points league…

        Here’s what’s left on waivers…

        FRIDAY
        Beavan @ Oak Griffin
        Wood @ Ari Kennedy
        Smyly @ Min Diamond

        SATURDAY
        Leake @ Pit McPherson
        Odorizzi @ Cle Gomez

        SUNDAY
        McAllister vs. KC Hochevar
        Mejia @ Atl Medlen

        I have a decent lead right now, but it’s far from comfortable, and the season ends on Sunday. All i need out of one of these guys is positve points to make it worth my while… The way i see it, guys starting on Sunday are slightly more valuable because then i have the option of seeing where my team is at the last day, and whether or not i need to use them.

        15 points for an inning, -5 for hits, -10 for earned runs, 3 points for a K, -2 pts for a walk, 5 points for a QS, 40 points for a win, -15 for a loss…

        Which guy do you think is the most attractive of this bunch? I hate asking these questions, i feel ridiculous, but it could be the difference of me taking home the title, or dropping F bombs on my living room couch and calling out of work on Monday…

        Thanks!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          These are terrible.. What is SON saying? My first inclination is Odorizzi…

          • joe from pt pleasant says:
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            @Grey,

            According to SON, they want me to start Jeff Francis, but i dont see how they can rate him so highly when he isnt even a good bet to last 5 innings… Other than that they seem to like McAllister a good amount. Odorizzi looked good in his last start until crumbling in the 6th inning. Leake has been able to throw 7 innings of 3-4 run ball against the Pirates seemingly every time out this year but could implode like a roofie on steroids.

            Pitcher Opponent Opp SP SON
            Francis @ LAD Kershaw 115
            McAllister vs. KC Hochevar 106
            Wood @ Ari Kennedy 99
            Smyly @ Min Diamond 96
            Beavan @ Oak Griffin 92
            Leake @ Pit McPherson 91
            Odorizzi @ Cle Gomez 91
            Mejia @ Atl Medlen 87

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d go Leake because you have a guy who wants to prove he can go in the playoffs and you have one more day to gauge your team scenario…

              • joe from pt pleasant says:
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                @Grey,

                1. I am a Reds fan so im down with that…
                2. I read the rotoworld blurb about how he knows he doesnt deserve a SP spot but he wants to fight to win a bullpen spot.
                3. I think you just convinced me… thanks G!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  There ya go… No problem…

  2. Bombo Rivera says:
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    David Murphy? I picked him up last Sunday, and he crushed my hopes and dreams by going 1-12 over the next 4 games.

    I figure that sample size is sufficient, so I’m moving on.

    Reddick or Smoak as a replacement? They’re playing each other in Oakland, so the park isn’t all that friendly.

    I could use OBP, HRs and runs. I wouldn’t turn down SBs or RBIs, but I have the most to gain in the other three categories.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reddick

  3. herschel says:
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    @Grey: last buy/sell??!! its bittersweet…more sweet than bitter, bitter than sweet…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Nice…

  4. herschel says:
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    @Grey: concerned about starting pitchers like Gio for next week (who may just go an inning or two). any specific teams you would suggest avoiding for next week (amazing how little i know about who is actually fighting for a playoff spot)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The playoff teams…

  5. Harley says:
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    @Grey: I’m in the finals of my H2H league (ends Wednesday). We have a 32 innings minimum and I’m already at 16 innings. I have 4 closers active everyday (which should net me another 4-6 innings over the next 6 days).

    I’m trying to win losses, era, whip and k/9 (willing to forfeit wins) and hope to win saves (we are tied and both have 4 closers). I have a solid lead in era, whip and k/9 and have 0 losses (he has 1). I think my plan should be to start 2 more SPs. He is using a lot more guys (cliff lee, kennedy, hamels, marcum, josh johnson).

    I need to pick the 2 best bets at avoiding a loss and dominating in era, whip and k/9:
    -Bumgarner at SD
    -Medlen vs NYM
    -Anibal at MIN
    -Greinke at Tex

    Which 2 would you pick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bum and Medlen…

  6. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Sorry for the delay on the Natty Dread Pirate mash up, been super busy at work and it is really impossible to do a good Simon and Garfunkel one with a player that does not play in New York….hmmm maybe David Wright or Robinson Cano cause they are the only living boy’s in New York this season.

    We call him the Dread Pirate but he really is just a black man who sounds like an Irishman, funny he doesn’t look like he has a drinking problem…unless it’s drinking smoke, but that’s a whole other discussion/explanation. I’m really glad the Pirates didn’t leave him Waiting in Vain for the contract he deserves. But in reality I think they got a deal, now he is stuck in that Concrete Jungle, just being a good Buffalo Soldier. I know the kid had some serious talent but he is so good that the next time he comes up on the auction block I think the Yankees are going to make him an offer that will lead to an Exodus to the big apple. But that is many years down the road and I think he really has a chance, with a couple more arms and a bat or two could make the Pirates a Pimper’s Paradise. Those fans are very devoted and have one of the nicest stadiums in all of baseball. I saw a segment about that stadium on TV one day and it was liking watching an episode of cribs where some A-lister was out of town and some hanger-ons had taken over. They looked like celebrity types, just without the talent. C’mon Pirates, think of all the hats you could sell to the gangsters if you won it all. Sure, if I’m a Pirates fan i’m sitting around with judgemental eyes and that I’m Still Waiting look on my face. But for now they should be content that the GREY clouds have moved and the Sun Is Shining a little on their team. With Cole waiting in the wings and Marte looking like a possible semi-star they could start the verses for their own Redemption Song. A tale of hard workin’ blue collar fans that can stop questioning whether Is This Love? and instead know that the Pirates are their real One Love, when it comes to baseball at least. I mean they do have the Steelers in that town.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Well played! You, sir, should have your own baseball themed cover band… Guess where I am right now? I’m eating a blooming onion and thinking about going into the As Seen On TV pavilion next…

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, I’m jealous…I was suppose to go with my daughter and the bay’s mama today but mommy has other things to do that are less important than eating deep fried foods and buying crap you don’t need. I did get some sweet disposable hat liners for your sweat. The baby’s mama says the look like panty liners, I say they ensure my hat won’t shrink nor get the sweat lines.

        Not sure if it would be a band, maybe a spoken word baseball thing with some background mood music players. I would be the un-hip hipster who would confuse them because they thought they were going to hear an ironic poet and then not sure if to leave because they are not suppose to like sports which would make them stay because they are not suppose to like sports….I’m sure one of their heads would explode. Being self contained cool has got to be tough for them. I pity and loathe them at the same time.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I just bought a Slushie Magic thingie… I’m officially sucked into the fair…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, already have it, my daughter loves it and so do I, makes a good daquiri. I almost got sucked into the magic peeler and the julianer that comes with it. it was hard to walk away, but I did. Now i have regret.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Okay, just bought a beef jerky and I almost bought a safe… I’m losing control!

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey, better get coug a nice big teddy bear!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  We’re trying!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey, have you seen the booth where you pitch to a batter and have to hit the glove? its down towards the bottom by the big micro brew spot.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup… And I just saw someone trying to sell bat grips with Adrian Gonzalez’s endorsement… No thanks! Where’s your Russ Canzler bat grips?

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, new idea, Razzball beer holders that look like bat grips, You can have them for 12oz, tall cans, bottles. You can make them with mock player signatures like Sparky Anklebiter.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I like it… The Razzball cozy… Or a small wooden foot stool… The son of a bench…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, a small wooden beer stool that looks like it was made from a bat.

                      Or for the kids, a coloring book called crayola canyon.

                      a cell phone holder for your batty call

                      a toilet seat cover that says holy sit

                      sunglasses by short eyes

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Or Polanco t-shirt where he has vitiligo for Keppinger… The possibilities are endless…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, I’m a marketing machine, now we just need to raise the funds and sell out corporate style.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Let’s go public… Facebook doesn’t have a son of a bench does it? Nope!

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, and we can give better user friendly analysis than Yahoo, CBS, MLB, E$PN.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s right, full package, baby…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, have you been drinking at the fair?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, I’m boozy… I think I gotta leave this wine/botanical garden soon… But it’s hot out there…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, it’s like 90 out here right now, I just got home sweating my ass off, and I was in a car, you have got to be getting extra trashed with the heat

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s way too hot out here, you need to move towards the water… It’s Africa hot out here…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, The day I was working at the fair, outside under a pop-up it was 98. It’s like I was standing on the equator. Pomona’s nothing, go to San Berdoo.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think I might’ve fried myself… I needed a sombrero to shade my moneymaker…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, from the land of the deep fried, you get fried. Sounds like the fair

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      The fair had me… Now it’s off to see The Master…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, Master?…are you seeing Rickles?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha… I wish I did..:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, good call on spoken word… You guys would have to wear berets with team names on them too…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, berets? too cliche…If I’m going to appeal to this younger generation I might have to go with something more classically cool like team fedoras, a pinstripe Yankee one with an offset logo to the left and a navy feather in it.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              What you need is sunglasses that say YOLO… I got two pairs, one’s yours…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey, sweet, you can give them to me when we go to one of your foodie spots and i buy you those 50 daquiris I owe you.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Deal!

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey, ok, but I think I exaggerated on the 50 daquiris. How about a nice bottle of your favorite alcohol and 5 daquiris

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      A bottle of Colt 45? Yes please…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, only if I can bring my lando calrissian action figure to join us….it just feels right

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      First round on Lando…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, i wouldn’t have it any other way

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, have your mustache assistant e-mail off site and we will set it up.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Mustache has a team assistants… Such a prima donna…

                    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                      @Grey, mustache is so crazy

  7. aj says:
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    13 team 5×5 roto..which two do you start…a-rod, marte, Jeff Keppinger, Donovan Solano, Andy Dirks, canzler

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Solano, Canzler…

  8. Prezii says:
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    Sooo pretty much… March grey is drafting everyone ranked below #150th pick?? And who the hell is canzler?? Im off my baseball game … Ha still lotta laughs over here greyseph!

    R.i.P. Buy/Sell

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Yes, I’m sitting out the first ten rounds… Thanks, bro!

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, “naww guys, ill wait til about hosmer’s rank to start drafting” haha and youuuu knowww this…. MANNN! happy friday! Enjoy ur weekend!

        Would be the same if i didnt read the buy/sell on my friday..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha! Yo, Grey, you just auto drafting the first ten? Nah, cuz, I don’t want anyone until 150…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, ha! Ill revert back to this buy/sell when you are knee deep in hosmer love after his .320/4/15/3 line in spring training.. ;) too bad trouty will go way before i get a chance at him… I seen an espn magazine that had his huge face smack dab on the front page.. so yeah, i bought that shizz, so what!? Friggin love the guy , okay? Damn let me live a little!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, the curse of The Mag strikes again… See Lincecum on the cover of the sprig training issue…

  9. royce! says:
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    Remarkably, I think my “Anyone that is not going to help you win right now” might be Mike Trout, since I need AVG (he’s batting .235 over the last 30 days) and RBI (4 RBI over the same period). I might just keep him on the bench, though, since I just can’t quit him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch… The Trout? THE Trout? Yeah, could see that…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Of course now he homers…didn’t know stevermetrics was contagious.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          There’s a rare strain of it that is, yeah… Steve should give people a heads up on that…

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!, It’s omnipresent.

  10. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey…I have 3 moves left (league runs till wednesday)…would you use one on Estrada for tomorrow? I lead on Ks and Ws and I’m trailing on ERA and WHIP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I would…

  11. TheNewGuy says:
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    Jean-Carlo back!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Love!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Jean-Carlo bomb!

  12. letsgobravos says:
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    Hallelujah! Stanton’s back in the lineup! Game starts in 8 mins so adjust your lineups accordingly.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Just did…

  13. Hondo says:
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    Stanton doubles in his first AB! I swear if I hadn’t been holding my bladder to watch that AB I’d get a chub.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @Hondo, LMAO…Great to see him back in action. but I wish he had a couple of runners on base for it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, free up your urethra now… He’s going deep next AB…

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey, Guess what just happened? I wish somebody would get on base in front of him.

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey, great call….cant even be mad being sonofabenched (damn weekly leagues).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I need another one though… I’m greedy…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Told you!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Hondo, It’s the Marlins, theres never anybody on base ahead of him…

  14. letsgobravos says:
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    Damn grey! You called Giancarlo’s shot. Get someone on base for this guy. He could a monster RBI night if the rest of the fish would help out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d like to see a two-homer night from him… Make up for lost time John-Carlo…

  15. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey, would you dump Gio in light of your comments about his next start being very short? I have one bench bat right now (Pence or EverCab) and I feel like dropping a hitter would be a bad idea in case Giancarlo retweeks his injury. Struggling with which pitcher to dump because Everyone on my roster has at least one more start. Here are my other weakest pitchers: JZim (@ STL) Corriea (ATL) Zito (LAD) Peavy (Cle)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Gio… But don’t have good about Correia vs. the Braves either… Not after his last start…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, def don’t feel great about him either. Who do you like better for their next start…Petitte or Estrada?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Pettitte

  16. herschel says:
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    is homer bailey really throwing a no-no tonight?? have hanrahan and aroldis and am desperate for saves….yes this is intended as a jinx.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jesus, he’s ridiculous… He can’t be decent in his last start so I don’t drop him?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, no way he does this if I was starting him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I wish you would’ve started him so I didn’t feel bad about dropping him four days ago…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Absolutely ridiculous…

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @Grey, You can be happy for me, if you want.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… I’m happy for you… Can’t believe he would’ve been a better start than YoGa vs. the Astros…

              • VinWins

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                @Grey, And Tillman, just about as good, 1 hit, no ER in 8 IP. Podsednik broke up the no-hitter with a bunt single (leading off the first inning).

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Wow, you going for Team of the Week? BTW, have you ever made yourself Team of the Week? I forget…

                  • VinWins

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                    @Grey, No, hasn’t really ever been close enough to consider. I think I gave myself team of the day once.

                    I just waiting for Kershaw to blow it all up. Not that it really matters, I’m just trying to hold on to 3rd, too far back to move up.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah, gotcha..:

  17. letsgobravos says:
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    Wow…Nishioka asked the twins to release him and told them not to worry about the $3 million they owed him for next season. Damn, if that fucker doesn’t want the money because he’s ashamed he sucked so bad, you’d think he’d take it and give it to charity or someone deserving like me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He could’ve had a lot of SAGNOF tshirts with that money…

  18. TheNewGuy says:
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    Thanks for losing me $100 bucks Yoga you piece of s%^t!

    Can’t see me winning this matchup now…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy, If there was ever a more undeserved nickname…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that was a really disappointing game from him… It’s the Astros!

  19. Steve says:
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    As a big Aussie Rules fan, I’m sure you know this already, Grey, but it’s AFL Grand Final day in Australia today. Sydney v Hawthorn.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tivo’ing it!

  20. Jon says:
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    I just started reading your site in Feb/March before this fantasy baseball season… what happens around these parts from October through January? Not much, I guess?

    • Eddy says:
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      @Jon, Posts go down to about one a day, but there’s definitely still content. If anything, it’s better because you get to interact with the regulars more since there are a lot less comments Grey has to go through.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Recaps, sleepers, rookies and back in to the rankings…

  21. Letsgobravos says:
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    War damn eagle for my catcher josh Donaldson. Came through with a couple of rbis to tie the cat up for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice…

  22. Eddy says:
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    Good looking out on the Rajai recommendation, Grey.

    Picked him up and he’s been 7-for-7 since!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  23. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    You all caught up with The Runway?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah…

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Grey, If there was one challenge Elena was looking forward to, it was the avant garde challenge. So of course she’s sent home the week before they do it… on a friggin’ baby clothes challenge!

        And Dmitiri’s design was a Crayola costume. I guarantee you’d never see one of Heidi’s Seal pups in something like that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I thought Dmitiri’s kid costume looked like a baby KKK costume if the people were color blind… Was kinda silly to do baby clothes… I didn’t really think much of Elena, so was fine with her going home, but on that challenge to go home is lame… I was sick of her saying that she was so ground breaking then would do costume after costume of Matrix clothes…

          • Awesomus Maximus

            Awesomus Maximus says:
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            @Grey, Elena never impressed, but I thought it was nice how they booted her right before the one challenge she may have been good at. That was definitely a Klan hood, but it looked like a crayon point when it was put with the rest of the horrible outfit (parents want their toddler boys in capri pants now?).

            You see this week’s BOTS?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, enjoying BOTS so far, even if it’s missing all the best people… Frank looks like he’s figured out how to get himself on the next five seasons… Zach’s showing more personality in two weeks then in three months of RW too… How does Big Easy not say, “Hey, I was in last elimination, there’s no way I’m going again?”

              • Awesomus Maximus

                Awesomus Maximus says:
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                @Grey, I was wondering that myself, but I suppose it’s tough when you’re the “obvious” weak link on the team.

                I might think Frank was overdoing it for the camera if I hadn’t seen his season. We had a friend like that in HS who would get confrontational angry when drunk. One of us would eventually just punch him in the face and he’d pass out or stop his BS. Guess you can’t do that on MTV, though… shame. When they finally get around to Real World: Bayonne, they’ll have to make an exception.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I would’ve thought bouncing Wes (literally) from the game would’ve bought him a little space… Frank’s definitely playing the part whether it’s to come back or just win, he’s doing it and I’m sure it’s securing him a place in future seasons…

  24. Steve says:
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    Sitting Matt Moore. Of course I am.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve, Damn stevermetrics! (I am too).

  25. Steve says:
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    One more home run and Saunders goes 20/20…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy…

  26. Herschel says:
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    @grey: how would you rank these starters for next week?

    Marcum vs sd
    Bailey @ stl
    Harang vs sf
    Tillman @ TB (although may get bumped for possible playoff game?)
    T. Wood vs hou

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marcum, Wood, Tillman… Worried Bailey and Tillman might get bumped…

  27. royce! says:
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    Thought I’d go out with a bang in one RCl- picked up a bunch of starters when I had one start left. Thus far I have lost 4 points thanks to Sale, Straily and Pettitte and I have to rely on Nolasco and Doubront to save the day. Balls to the wall!

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!, You’re getting over a K an inning!

      • royce! says:
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        @Steve, I don’t think Ks matter for the team…I was hoping to add on a few wins but not screw up my ERA and WHIP. Did not work out too well, though… Lost 5 points in ERA and WHIP. I don’t think that it puts the league in Schmohawks’ reach, but I’m not happy about it nonetheless.

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!, Yeah, I could see what you were up to. Crocodile tears flowing over here ;-)

          Pretty sure you’re home and hosed.

          • royce! says:
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            @Steve, Had a hard time figuring out what you meant by “home and hosed”… At first I thought you meant that I was drunk at home, which was true but an unlikely observation. Then I ran it by my better half and she said it meant I had already won. I’m not sure which one I prefer.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I got Doubront and Stults going tonight, I think I’m gonna get a Ravishing Rick Rude Awakening…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Ha! But it involving Rick Rude will at least make the rude awakening entertaining… Also, considering that the Giants pulled Bumgarner for Penny, I think you might back in to a Free Room at the W (which, in SD, is a full-on cougar den, so you’ll probably fare well)…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cougar den, bingo hall, tomato-tomahto… Why the Padres and Giants gotta come alive like that? Geez…

  28. Kid A says:
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    Heya Grey.

    I have a vicarious nail-biter for you: up one point in a roto league, season will be determined by WHIP, which I’m currently leading by o.oo1 Feed me some skinny on a couple of solid Mid-Relief WHIP crackers and you earn your Daquiri.
    Cheers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No idea who’s available in your league, good luck though…

      • Kid A says:
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        @Grey, Understood. Just looking for a couple of general low-rent MR suggestions.

  29. Steve says:
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    Benoit. Ouch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wilhelmsen in my lineup and Moss on my bench for no reason…Ouch…

    • Kid A says:
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      @Steve, yeah. benoit definitely not one I should have added. Sweet Jesus. Now looking up at first place…

  30. letsgobravos says:
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    Giancarlo! I’d be sweating my match up a lot less if he had been playing all week. I know they wanted to be careful with him, but I can only imagine he was ready to go several days ago. Either way, kid is a beast and I’m lucky as hell I didn’t drop him earlier in the week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, very nice… He’s the wind beneath my wings…

  31. letsgobravos says:
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    …and thanks for the advice on the Estrada pick up today grey. He’s on fire. (or the ‘stros just suck more than usual tonight, haha) 6IP, 4 hits, 0 ERs, 8ks. 90 pitches so he should go at least another inning and has an 8-0 lead.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, wish Bum could’ve done the same…

  32. letsgobravos says:
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    Son of a bitch…J Zimm had 6 IP, 0ERs and then falls apart in the 7th. 3 runs across. Still on the hook if Burnett lets another score. Had a .42 ERA so far today before that through 20 IP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, he screwed the pooch too…

  33. Steve says:
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    Fucking Bumgarner. How much of a lead do you want? Jesus.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, oh yeah – you’re against the damn Padres. In Petco. Just pointing that out as you’d clearly forgotten. Doofus.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I had Bum and Stults… Let’s say the ol’ 1-0 game I was hoping for didn’t happen…

      • royce! says:
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        @Steve, You spread stevermetrics to my team, so I thought it’d only be fair to spread whatever it is that makes anyone I start incapable of pitching well against the Padres… let’s call it the “home team disadvantage”

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!, Two wins from relievers? Really?

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @Steve, Seriously. Fuck. Don’t these guys know we have a championship to win? I dont give a fuck if they have the division locked up. Freaking sucks that the most important start of the season fantasy wise is the most meaningless of the year for some of these guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So freakin’ frustrating…

  34. Steve says:
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    Now they come for Cahill. For crying out loud.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Oh, they let him finish. Shutout would have been nice though. #fussy

  35. letsgobravos says:
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    There we go Soriano! Dude has been on fire. 2 run jack is a nice exclamation point on 12 RBI day for my offense. Opened up huge leads on runs, RBIs, and HRs today. Leading 8-2 overall now. Really wish the finals ended on Sunday instead of Wednesday now though, haha.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Nice… That’s a nice lead though…

  36. Eddy says:
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    Grey,

    Any chance you can ping Rudy tomorrow and ask him to update the SON? It’d mean a lot to those currently in the championships. Would love to see what’s going on for Tuesday and Wednesday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, will do…

  37. TheNewGuy says:
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    Trusting Nate (the not so great) Eovaldi against the Phils today?

    Also who’d you rather have on tues, Haren @ the M’s, or Carpenter home v the Reds (or neither).

    16 team H2H finals so every call matters. Currently leading 5-4, gonna go down to the wire!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d trust Nate…Neither…

  38. buzzdainer says:
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    I’m looking to scoop up rejects in my keeper league as managers still in it for this year make their final run for our league championship. We keep 28, plus 2 DL slots. We count W, K, SV, ERA, WHIP, K/BB, holds, shutouts, R, HR, RBI, TB, SB, AVG, OPS, and fielding percentage. Would you drop any of the following…

    Alex Presley
    Jordany Valdespín
    Zach McAllister
    Zach Britton
    Jorge de la Rosa
    Kyle Kendrick

    …to pick up any of the following?…

    Kelly Johnson
    Justin Smoak
    José Quintana

    • buzzdainer says:
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      @buzzdainer, Another guy who kind of intrigues me is Kyle McPherson. Your thoughts on him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Smoak over Jordany…

  39. matt scanlon says:
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    Got a keeper question for ya. I’m in a points league that allows 5 keepers per team without the loss of picks. Teams can keep a 6th at the loss of their 1st and 3rd picks. As a rule at least 1 pitcher and 1 bat must kept. I have Harper, Heyward, and Castro locked in for the next decade or so. I have to choose from Cain, Wainwright, Dickey, Howard, and Utley for the other 2 or 3 spots. My 1st round pick is going to be 11th or 12th overall so I’m leaning towards keeping 6. What would you do?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep Harper, Heyward, Castro, Cain, Dickey, Howard…

  40. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: think league continues to close for the dodgers next week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, looks that way…

  41. slew says:
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    Approaching innings limits, how would you rank these SP for today?
    Detwiler @ STL
    Anibal v Min
    Milone v Sea

    Are you and Rudy still in contention for the big payoff?

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Milone, Anibal… We are, barely… Pray for us…

  42. mikeZ says:
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    I’ve got a big lead for first place in my weekly 12 team 5×5 roto league. I’m currently in first place in ERA and WHIP, but I have a bunch of guys within 2 to 3 wins of me. The right move for the last stub week is to play it safe and start relievers like league, belisario and romo over starters like Travis Wood (v. Hou), Zito (@LAD) and Iwakuma (v. LAA)? The only starts I’ll have are Dickey @ MIA and Latos @STL…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, start relievers…

  43. TheNewGuy says:
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    I love you nate the great!

    Pushing me closer to the H2H prize. Great call in buy/sell.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, who would’ve thunk that in April?

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey, Thats the joys of September baseball.

        Up 5-3 now and ahead in all offensive cats apart from steals which im tied. Only way I can lose this now is if I lose all pitching cats and steals, a tie takes me through.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice, will try not to jinx it, but sounds pretty locked up…

  44. letsgobravos says:
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    McLouth with a slam and legs. Boom. Another of grey’s hot schmato’s continues to come through when it matters in the finals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, very nice…

  45. Steve says:
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    Effing Reyes. Hasn’t done shit for the last two weeks, figured he’d stop trying, so I benched him.

    Last two days he’s stolen two bases – right at a time when I really need them…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Steve, I hear ya, same happened to me with Jennings yesterday.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @Steve, Feel you there. EverCab is sitting on my bench today with 2 steals. I lead 2-1 so a 4-1 lead would have been a really nice cushion.

      • Steve says:
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        @letsgobravos, Thankfully I have Ever-Cab active. Eases the sting a little.

        • letsgobravos says:
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          @Steve, Yeah, I’d say so. He has 4 fucking steals now. Definitely would have locked that cat up for me on the week. Shit.

  46. TheNewGuy says:
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    Uh-oh E-Ram not looking good early vs the streakin A’s.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh crap…

  47. Steve says:
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    ‘Vintage’ outing from Volquez here.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…Yup… The ol’ WHIPping post…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Bah. And now he’s gone after 4. Had the lead too.

        BTW, baseball has nothing on the Ryder Cup right now.

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @Steve, Incredible drama. Who thought it was possible! Us Europe boys kicking butt right now.

          • Steve says:
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            @TheNewGuy, Yup. I’m on Europe all the way here.

            • TheNewGuy says:
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              @Steve, Couldnt be any closer. Could Tiger win his first point to seal the trophy for the Yanks? Thats what im worried about.

              • TheNewGuy says:
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                @TheNewGuy, Yeahhh epic comeback by Europe. Awesome.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I got sonavabenched by Logan F… Could’ve really used that homer too… The Ryder what?

          • VinWins

            VinWins says:
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            @Grey, Must be an equestrian competition.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ooh… With imaginary horses?

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Oh dear. You really need to expand your sporting horizons, fellas ;-)

                • TheNewGuy says:
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                  @Steve, I think they may be pretending not to know somehow after US gave up a 10-4 lead to Europe. Dont blame you guys ;)

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ha… I know what it is… It’s golf played on horses…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, No, that’s polo.

  48. royce! says:
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    Eaton over Bruce for the last week? Funny business, this last week of fantasy baseball…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, go for it…

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!, 2 wins from relievers? Really?

  49. Carnac says:
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    EverCab’s got a good clutch; 3 SB last Sunday, 4 SB today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe… A little giddy up on the clutch…

  50. Steve says:
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    Jesus, Street. That’s terrible.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Noooooo! Dammit, that was exactly what I did not need… Should’ve dropped him the other day…

  51. letsgobravos says:
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    Damn do I ever wish my league ended today instead of Wednesday. Leading 10-1 right now. 37 runs, 14 HRs, 40 RBIs and a .283 Avg on the week. I can only recall one or two weeks better on offense for me this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t sound like you should lose it anyway… Even on Wednesday…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey, Man, I hope not. Ratios on offense are pretty close (.285-.267, …868-.798) and I only lead 3-2 on steals. Pitching cats are really close, 7-7 on Ws and he just got 2 saves and took the lead 4-3 there. I lead 75-63 on Ks, he leads 2.05-2.98 on ERA and I lead 1.06-1.15 on WHIP. He had a blown save last night which is huge so I lead 0-1 there.

        So despite the fact I’m up 9-2, I definitely don’t feel like its over. What do you think about sitting my closers the rest of the week to lock up blown saves as a W for me?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha… Yeah, sit your closers…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @letsgobravos, Just the right time to do it. Sounds like we have similar players: 47runs, 14homers, 39 RBIs and a .307AVG (you betcha baby) for me this week.

  52. TheNewGuy says:
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    No sunday night game today? Whos crazy idea is that.

    Guess we should be grateful though we dont have to listen to Schulman, and Tito…seriously what a terrible crew it is now.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @TheNewGuy, …yeah, I don’t know why they didn’t pick up this Angels Rangers game. Hugely important for both teams.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @letsgobravos, Totally. Softball game in Arlington right now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Probably stupid football taking over the airwaves…

  53. letsgobravos says:
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    Where was this Ervin Santana last week? My semi final opponent got a monster start from him and tonight he’s throwing HR derby. Back to back jacks from Murphy and Napoli.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, in Arlington totally different animal…

  54. letsgobravos says:
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    Crap, Aybar just hurt his quad and got pulled from the game. I only have 1 move left for the week so I can’t replace him, but fortunately I have EverCab to plug in if he’s out the next 3 days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like you’re covered…

  55. letsgobravos says:
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    Per Hardball talk, EverCab was the first guy in 14 years to have 4 steals and no hits in a game. Crazy. F me for not having him in my lineup.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, didn’t think it would be that rare…

  56. BigFatHippo says:
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    Point and a half behind my little prick of a kid in the keeper league…………but I’m gonna catch him Grey, I’m sneaky!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! You show him teacher always beats pupil…

  57. Steve says:
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    Jesus effing christ. Sonavabenched by Napoli. That stings.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Steve, Double ouch. Big Ervs been absolutely mauled.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn…

  58. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: Weekly roto league, need hrs and sbs, who do you like for 3b next week?

    Nelson (3 @ ari)
    Lawrie (3 vs min)
    Machado (3 @ tb)

    Thanks.

    • Herschel says:
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      @Grey: same league, who do you like for flex?

      McLouth (3 @ tb)
      Cargo lite (3 vs sd)
      Evercab (3 @ mil)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        McLouth

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lawrie

  59. nightpandas says:
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    Help me Gray, so close…..

    1 move left…15 team league…Leading by 3.5 pts, may schrink to 2 by the morning…

    Only offensive cat I can move up or down is HR, who is my best bet for the next three days:

    1)Start two of three: Rizzo/Pujols/AJax
    2)Start one of two: Aoki/Bruce

    Pitching: I can move up in IP, W, K, K/9
    I can move down in L, WHIP
    3)Use my last move to take a shot on Erasmo tomorrow @OAK or Wood on Wednesday vs Hou?
    4)Start Buckholz tomorrow @NYY?
    5)Start Werner @MIL on Wed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Not Austin 2) Not Bruce 3) Erasmo pitched today 4) No 5) No

      • nightpandas says:
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        @Grey,

        Oops on Erasmo.

        Best chance at a win with K’s and a low WHIP:

        Cobb vs BAL
        Wood vs HOU
        Masterson vs CWS

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cobb

  60. letsgobravos says:
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    Damn, lots of homers in this holos/rangers games. Both offenses are playing like their season depends on it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, wish I owned a few more of those guys…

  61. letsgobravos says:
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    Now Beltre goes out with an injury…who’s idea was it to make championship finals last more than a week???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Same person who thought there should be another Wild Card…Blame Selig…

  62. letsgobravos says:
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    Grey, SON loves Jaime Garcia for his start at Cincy. That sounds questionable to me.

    I have 5 starters left and my opponent has 6. I lead by 12 on Ks and Ws are tied. I have 1 move left, while my opponent has 3. Streamers look thin for wednesday so I’m debating whether I should go ahead and grab another to go along with Maholm for tomorrow or save my last move.

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