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Nick, Rudy and me haven’t watched Breaking Bad.  I know, we’re bad people.  Rudy is starting the DVDs next week, and I plan on watching it this offseason.  It’s my one goal.  Not making myself a better person, not exercising more…. Watching Breaking Bad.  So, while this interview would’ve been awesome next year, we got it now, and we were all in the inevitable position to read up on spoilers or do the interview completely cold.  I hate spoilers, but I also know that I’ll probably forget most of my research by next week because I have no context.  So, I did a little research…A little more research than I did for most of my finals in college, but nowhere near enough to be fluent in Breaking Bad.  Then Betsy dropped some spoilers on us, even though I tried to get her to stop.  Then she started talking about stealing things in her real life, and we went off the rails like so many meth addicts.  When we’re not kibitzing — or is that ki-Betsy’ing? — we also cover some fantasy baseball for next year, where we see some players being drafted that will probably have significant value changes from this past preseason.  Anyway, here’s the Razzball Podcast, now with Betsy Brandt:

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  1. Prezii says:
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    Gangnam style. That is all…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is never all, that is only the beginning…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, its the song… Lifestyle.. that never ends!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You know in all of those Westerns Clint Eastwood rode an imaginary horse, his RNC speech makes more sense now, right?

          • Carnac says:
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            @Grey, Ha!

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, lol! Oh, Clint…What a bunch of old man gibberish that was..

  2. Carnac says:
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    Adam Wainwright has every wright to be frustrated with the defense behind him. But how’s he supposed to feel when Berkman is playing first while literally holding a huge bag of sunflower seeds?

    Also, possibly not unrelated, 6 of 7 hits against Wainwright today have been ground balls. Wait, 7 of 8 hits. That one went right by Sunflower! (<— not in box score)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Puma’s gotta sow his seeds…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, Puma’s such a cougar…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No wonder I have a soft spot for him this year…

  3. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Bruuuuuuuuce!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeahhhhh!

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, How hot is Jay Bruce? So hot, he and Mike Trout are cooking eggs together in a Bikram studio on Venus.

        And yet, I can’t stand it. Going back to yesterday, I’m in a playoff BYE week and all the crazy stats I’ve racked up since Monday are meaningless and likely to be inverted come next week–due to the hot/cold ebb and flow of fantasy baseball that applies to anyone not named Trout. Dah!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! Not sure it’s a fallacy or not to think every homer Bruce hits this week he won’t hit next week, but it does seem like that could be true…

          • Chillmodious says:
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            @Grey, I know it to be true. It’s the “Bruce Corollary”.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              And he had a clogged artery for about two months…

              • Chillmodious says:
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                @Grey, There’s only one “Bruce Coronary,” and it belongs to Vilanche.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Without Bruce Vilanch, awards shows would be almost hetero…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Carry me, Bruce.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Steve, To salvation…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Let’s not be greedy. To the H2H playoffs will do for now. Reckon he can stay good til the end of the regular season?

            Be good if the Cards can close the gap a little just to keep those Reds focused…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No, I don’t think he can stay hot that long, but let’s hope…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, and, yeah, the Reds clinching is gonna throw a monkey wrench in things…

  4. Phil says:
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    Best show on tv ever. Are you crazy go watch it now. Just let me tell you once you start it you will be up all night long.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, it’s kinda ridiculous that I haven’t seen it yet, but will start once the October hits and probably be done by mid-October…

  5. rvde says:
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    With Votto’s return from the DL, do I drop mini-donkey or Chris Carter?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carter, but Votto’s not playing every day…

  6. JTR says:
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    Starting Dempster tonight @KC?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would…

  7. later tater says:
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    hi grey

    re-posting this, this time with an actual question

    i’m looking at streamers for later in the week
    need potential to the a w valued over all else

    should i take a chance and stream any of these guys (i can only do 1 because of innings limit)

    detwiler at home v miami , niese at home v braves, cashner at petco v dbacks, estrada away v miami, aj griffin away at seattle

    son scores them from 106 (cashner) to 117 (niese)

    thanks for the help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Detwiler…

  8. L-Boogie says:
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    Shelby Miller in relief of Wainwright: 2 inn, 1 hit, 0 BB, 4 K’s… so far…

    Just struck out the side in the 7th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @L-Boogie, Yeah, he’s gonna be a good one next year…

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, February Grey goin’ all in on Miller?

        • L-Boogie says:
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          @Chillmodious, More importantly, is September Mike Matheny all in on Miller?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            @L-Boogie, Ha!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          FG’s gonna be about him, but he’ll want to see him in the rotation before he gets totally loco… Then again, maybe not. FG’s unpredictable…

          • Chillmodious says:
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            @Grey, Wait… if February Grey goes loco, does that mean they give you a Doritos shell? Because that would be informative, entertaining, AND delicious.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              February Grey is not around right now to confirm or deny anything, that was told to me by his attorneys…

  9. Wilsonian says:
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    SONUVABENCH RIOS!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn… You had him in there up until this week too, didn’t you?

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey, yep, I’ve benched him the last few days. Mini Donkey better bray that he hits a couple bombs tonight.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m braying for you…

  10. Prezii says:
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    Think we need to bray for McCarthy… Nasty line drive off his temple. Been a few years since ive seen a liner like that.. he walked off under his own power but it was brutal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch, that’s never good… If he were gangnam styling, he probably would’ve missed it, but too late for that now…

    • Chillmodious says:
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      @Prezii, Wouldn’t be the first time someone took a nasty line to the head in Oakland, said MC Eiht.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Damn!

      • Prezii says:
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        @grey, he woulda been much lower to the ground! Well if was doing it right..

        @Chillmodious, ya know, Ron Washington was in Oakland for a while… Cust Kayin!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Prezii, You can’t do it wrong…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, that was a test!!! ;)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              @Prezii, ha! I passed!

              • Chillmodious says:
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                @Grey, Unless you passed out. Then you failed.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Unless you pass out and dream of gangnam style, then you still pass, barely…

                  • Chillmodious says:
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                    @Grey, I dream of gangnam style while asleep *and* awake. Ohpa!

                    • Chillmodious says:
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                      @Chillmodious, …hmmm, that brings up an important question: the spelling of “OPA.” So many possibilities…. OPA, OHPA, OPAH, OHPAH, OPHA? Does anyone speak Korean? (It wont process in google translator…I actually tried)

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Chillmodious, its oppan? Isnt it? Oppan Gangnam Style!!

                      * rides imaginary horse off into the sunset *

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s right, oppan!

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, oprah gangnam style!!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha… I was about to try before I got to the end of your comment… In the comments on *the* video it’s oopa, I think…

  11. Poo Holes says:
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    ‘Atta girl Rios! And good thing I didn’t decide to waste a pick up and stream McCarthy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…Nice…

  12. L-Boogie says:
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    Number geeks,

    Three games already in the books for today.

    The Phillies beat the Reds 6-2.
    The Mets beat the Cards… 6-2.
    The White Sox just beat the Twins… yup, you guessed it… 6-2.

    Angels are beating the A’s 3-1 through 4 1/2 so they are right on target too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh crap, someone’s gonna have to institutionalize Tim Kurkjian…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, i think Curt Schilling said he paid attention to the numbers in a day like that.. ill leave this one open for someone else..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bobby V. seems like he likes to ruin anything nice…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, I’m not fan of really anyone in the Red Sox, but you can see why they think Valentine is a dickhead.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, if this was his big comeback, it’s not going all that well…

  13. Eng says:
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    Great podcast fellas, love the schraders! Quick and mundane question: At CI are you preferring Berkman or Lind (or frazier)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Lind…

  14. Trevor

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    Grey, Love the podcast! awesome work. all i had to say!

    BnY!

    Ps. Barely made the playoffs this year but currently upsetting the 2nd ranked team 7-3 this week in H2H. still got a chance at $1,200. Hope your teams are doing well!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BnY! Thanks! Yeah, in line to bank either $8,000 or $2,000… Up to you, Longoria (and Jeter, Trout, De Aza and about 10 other guys)…

  15. ferris says:
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    neil walker or josh rutledge ROS as an every day player?

    also,

    12 team mixed

    josh johnson
    dan haren
    brett anderson
    aj burnett
    wade miley
    jon lester

    thinking about dropping lester (next game home vs. NYY) to stream — thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rutledge… Yeah, lose Lester…

  16. Anthony says:
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    @GREY: You would really cut bait with Beltran ? I think hes rated #44 on player rater…. alot of risk there to just drop to the waiver wire no or do u think his nagging injuries wont let him be healthy for ROS? Also Wieters of Salvador Perez? Perez has the better #s this season but player rater says Wieters and its not close – Agreed ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You said you were gonna leave Beltran on your bench, no? Perez over Wieters…

  17. Steve says:
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    Come on Correia – don’t fail me now…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Attaboy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice start so far…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Didn’t want to tempt fate, but yeah.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          As long as you don’t say anything about Gio, we’re good…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Who?

            Bought him in the Hippo keeper, but traded him for Moore and J Montero a while back.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No idea who. Just throwing a name out there…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, We’re not even talking about baseball, are we? I thought you were asking me not to talk about some car or something.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Or the magazine, NatGio…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Damn, we were playing with the devil there…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Yeah, a real WHIP blowout (emoticon)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hehe… Yeah, I know…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, See LaRoche went deep again. My opponent just picked him up.

        Robot needs to hit one out…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kinda crazy LaRoche wasn’t owned…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Correia pinch-hit for in the 6th.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s for the best…

  18. Anthony says:
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    @GREY: 3OF 1UTIL 1BENCH – adam jones, allen craig, garret jones, soriano, david murphy, beltran? would u go with 3OF 1 UTIL 1 Bench for Beltran or completely drop beltran and use that spot for streaming? Im not sure what i should do.. Playoffs start next week and my team will either be the #1 or #2 seed so i have some time on what to do here…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d bench Beltran for now, but I’d reevaluate on Sunday if he’s still beat up…

  19. fri-guy says:
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    i applaud your offseason commitment to breaking bad. i recently made a new years resolution to teach myself to better educate myself on the song stylings of elvis costello. i gave it up by jan 4 without much fanfare let alone effort.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! For Elvis: Any Honkeytonk Demos (Blame it on Cain, especially), anything written by Nick Lowe and anything before 1988 and you’re pretty good…

  20. Prezii says:
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    Who am i rollin with in these last two weeks?

    Jay or LaRoche?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      LaRoche

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, bye bye jay! Although Colvin plays a bunch of games in coors comin up.. tempting, very tempting..

  21. Poo Holes says:
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    What can I do to jinx Minor’s no-no? Is attempting to jinx it intentionally a terrible idea?

    • Steve says:
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      @Poo Holes, No. Everything is fair in fantasy baseball.

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Steve, I feel as though any attempt to intentionally jinx something just makes it seem more likely to happen.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You did it…

          • Poo Holes says:
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            @Grey, Score!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Does your league have a category for no hitters? Or did you not want him to get the pleasure of the no-hitter and taking a one hitter?

              • Poo Holes says:
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                @Grey, I am in a league that has no hitters as a category, as well as shutouts, complete games, and outs. Felix got me 82 points that day. But this is my championship league that has BAA, ERA, and WHIP.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ah… Understand your frustration more now…

                  • Poo Holes says:
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                    @Grey, Granted it’s day 3 of a 2 week match up, his BAA is under .200, my ERA is under 1.50, and my WHIP is under 1.00. Scary close right now. My 6 homers from Rios, Harper, Hart, and Fielder have more than boosted my lackluster offensive stats.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Not a bad few days from those hitters you mentioned…

  22. Steve says:
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    Poor old Robot. Keeps having to lead the inning off.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BTW, Correia’s start — 67 pitches and 6 innings, couldn’t have asked for better than that…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, pretty sweet. Me and SON are back on.

        BTW Part II, I just realised that I have had both a pitcher throw a perfect game for me in H2H this year (Humber), and a perfect game thrown against me (Cain).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Glad you and SON made up…. I don’t think I’ve had a perfect game in any league in a while… You had Humber? Wow, was that a streamer?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Yeah – crazy, right?

            And my ERA for the week was still 3.71!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Was before?

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Can’t remember, but I did notice that Aceves’ ERA and WHIP were both ‘INF’ for the week…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Figures…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Oh – more than 1 K might have been nice. Minor quibble though…

  23. letsgobravos says:
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    Don’t look now, but here comes Rickie Weeks with a 2 homer game tonight. Picked him up off waivers to replace Ryan Roberts (bleghhh) who had been manning 2b for me out of desperation for the last week. Now was 4 multi hit games in the last week with 4 steals and 3 homers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice pickup!

  24. Steve says:
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    Awww, Prince. Could have done with a save opp for Valverde there. Now it’s just a Kazaam opp.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Eh, Tigers pouring it on now. Hopefully someone else gets the Kazaam’d and Valverde gets a one-out save.

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, Uh oh. Must have been all warmed up.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Phew

  25. Poo Holes says:
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    Mark Reynolds just kazaam’d Janssen HARD…sad emoticon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, but I have Mini Donkey… Happy emoticon…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, I have both, and on the same team. Straight-mouthed emoticon.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice emoticon…

  26. REAL MC.COY says:
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    Little late but trying to fix my line-up for the final push.

    Should I drop AJ for Perez (C) for rest of season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go with Perez…

  27. Steve says:
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    Some pinch-hit goodness from Colvin maybe?

  28. Wilsonian says:
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    Stick with Rollins or pick up Espinosa?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold…

  29. Steve says:
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    Must be out of options if you’re walking Hanley to load the bases so you can face Ethier right now…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Guess that’s why they’re in the majors and I’m in an office typing crap.

  30. Steve says:
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    Awww, there goes the perfect game.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, And now the no-hitter.

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Jesus Christ. What a crazy outing.

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, Arrrggggggghhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No hitter? What did I miss while I was at the movies?

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey, Cahill took a perfect game into the 6th and then a no-no into the 7th.

          Eventually pulled with one out in the 7th after loading the bases. Couple of his runners scored…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, figured it out after going over the box scores… I went out and saw a terrible movie…

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey, Which one? So I’ll know to avoid it…

  31. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto league. With votto back, do I stick with Frazier at 3b or pick up one of these guys? Need RBI and sb. Ciriaco, Donaldson, Scutaro, Machado, Plouffe or Pacheco?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stick with Frazier for right now…

  32. letsgobravos says:
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    Damn, Beltre continues his torrid pace. Another homer tonight to give him 10 in the last 14 days. Ridiculous.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, wish I had him…

  33. Steve says:
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    SON spot on for Millwood. Almost seems like it’s better at predicting marginal guys that the guys you start every time out…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I could see that…

  34. Steve says:
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    Late Ethier heroics perhaps?

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Negative.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Doh

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