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Rudy’s not around for another podcast, so it’s just Nick and I.  I can’t say where Rudy is only that’s it’s top secret spy business.  I’ve already said too much.  If I told you more, I’d have to kill you and Rudy would have to kill me.  In that order, just in case you’re getting any ideas.  On today’s podcast, Nick and I go over all the heartbreaking, monkey-fightin’ son of a bees that ruined our fantasy teams.  This list is long and makes for a good bit of whining from me, so I’d raise the bass on my podcast-listening device.  There’s already enough trembling.  Oh, wait, that’s treble.  Eh, you get the drift.  I don’t think we mention Mark Teixeira, Eric Hosmer, Troy Tulowitzki at all, but I was crying for half the podcast, so I might’ve missed it.  Who am I kidding?  Of course we mention those schmohawks!  They killed us, you, me, pronoun!  Get animated, people, they cost us, you, me, pronoun dearly!  Anyway, here’s the Razzball Podcast, now with Scud-aimed expletives:

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150 Responses

  1. Carnac says:
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    As I do every Wednesday, I will listen to the podcast later this afternoon. So no spoilers!

    Speaking of spoilers, Ryan Zimmerman is getting another cortisone shot. My friend Nia says that cortisone is the new windex. Alex Anthopoulos, “That’s Blasphemopoulos!”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHAHA… Nice… “Cortisone, when ‘just steroids’ are outlawed…”

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, I know, right? It’s like the Red Sox not allowing beer in the clubhouse unless it’s less than 4% alcohol by volume.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          O’Douls has ruined the Red Sox season, it’s official…

  2. Carnac says:
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    Wow, Pettitte was sent back to the mound in the 5th after throwing 68 pitches. His limit was supposed to be 70.

    “Come on, Joey Braces, let me go back out there so I can qualify for the win.”

    “I’ll give you 7 more pitches.”

    “That’s cool, I’ll only need 6.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Joe Braces… Hehe

  3. Vacation says:
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    Grey,

    Keeper league where we keep 6 players year to year. Standard yahoo 5×5 roto. Miggy, Cutch, Longoria and Heyward are no brainers. Now that I’m keeping 2 OFs and 2 3Bs I’d like your advice on the next two. Choices are:

    NatGio
    Medlen (can he keep this up and carry it into next year?)
    Freeman (I’ll need a 1B and could see him exploding next year)
    N. Cruz
    and, call me crazy, but
    Rollins (hey, he’s 21/30 so far)
    Zobrist (qualifies at 2B, SS and OF).

    The answer is NatGio and who?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      NatGio and blech… Not great choices… If you’re feeling one, I’d go with it… Freeman isn’t terrible…

      • Vacation says:
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        @Grey,

        So you obviously don’t see Rollins going 20/30 again. Or Medlen being a fantasy staff ace. Yeah, I like Freeman. He’ll be in a good place in the order. I could see him sniffing 90/30/90. But then, I’m a Braves fan.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I could see Rollins going 20/30 again, but it’s a keeper and he’s pretty unattractive long term… I like Medlen a lot, but until the Braves say he’s definitely in the rotation, I don’t know… It feels like as a keeper you’re going to much for upside… Freeman is a safer guy with some upside… I also don’t know how many teams are in this league so it’s not as clear as it could be…

          • Vacation says:
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            @Grey, Sorry. 10 teams.

            P.s. I’m currently in first despite drafting Howie in the seventh round on your advice, and trading for Longo b/c you predicted AL MVP.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha… Sorry, those were two of my more terrible calls… In ten teams, I’d keep Freeman, none are great though in a ten team…

  4. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Where can i start doing Mocks for baseball 2013? Also Grey what is your draft strategy going into drafts? I found this http://www.mockdraftcentral.com/draft_grid.jsp?id=189028

    And your first 4 picks seem to be solid but ascab as #5 seems weird? welp atleast according to point shares/player rater

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that’s a hideous draft by us… I don’t think you can do mocks for 2013 until November (guessing)… Whenever Mock Draft Central opens its doors for next year…

  5. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Strategy ?

  6. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Following up on my Stream-O-Nator update:

    From ESPN: “Jeremy Guthrie will have his next start moved up to Thursday, according to the Royals’ official Twitter feed.”

    Right now, Stream-O-Nator (which I love, BTW) has Guthrie facing Cleveland on Friday, instead of The White Sox on Thursday. That has to produce a different number for streaming

    I don’t know if its easy to swap pitchers out like that, but I’d be interested to see what The S-O-N comes up with. Because I’m an ERA Masochist apparently.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The White Sox are a much better team than the Indians so he’d probably lose a decent amount of points… Rudy’s in London until tomorrow so he’s not going to be able to update it… I don’t know your other options but I wouldn’t start Guthrie vs. the White Sox…

      • El Famous Burrito says:
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        @Grey,

        Grey = The Orginal Stream-O-Nator.

        Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Word…

      • mhfella says:
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        @Grey, You ignorant slut.

        Yahoo says: “Over three starts against the White Sox this season, Guthrie is 1-0 and has thrown 23.2 scoreless innings with a 15:1 K:BB. Streamers will want to take advantage of this start.”

        Point…Counterpoint.

        I do miss Jane Curtain… but I’m going with Grey.

        • El Famous Burrito says:
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          @mhfella,

          Why did I have to check back here? I was so confident. Grey had put a little pep in my step and then mhfella had to give me the Nelson Muntz ‘Ha ha!’

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Yeah, I didn’t know about his dominance against the Sox, but I still wouldn’t risk it…

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!, That’s great. That’s up there with Oswalt photo-bombing the Phillies pitching coach when he was on live TV.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! That’s so great… The munchies can get anyone…

  7. Steve says:
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    Grrrrr. David Robertson. That’s the kind of means-nothing-in-the-actual-scheme-of-things-but-can-cause-irreparable-damage-to-your-ratios crap that really pisses me off.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed… Was such an unnecessary hit to the ratios for our teams…

  8. If you were a monkey, would you drop a banana peel or a half eaten mango?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mango, no question…

  9. blasting me some podcast right now, you guys issued some serious fatwas & jihads…this is a carry-over question from the forums. i’m short on pitchers this week (all cats tight) and especially not ‘keen’ with straily vs yanks this week, though…i could dump him for the guys i mentioned below with my final move. i still gotta go it sans jeter as of right now. here’s what i’m looking at. for straily—->

    ww:
    Sale
    Archer
    Zito
    Estrada
    Detwiler
    Harvey
    Kendrick

    thanks…really…thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup… Jeter should be back for tonight’s game, so there’s no reason to back him up, from what I’ve heard, at least…. I’d go with SON and Estrada…

  10. Steve says:
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    Look at the Nats providing J-Zimm with his usual level of run support

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, him and Cliff Lee might want to consider a class action suit…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      BTW, are you playing fantasy football this year?

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Nah. Haven’t for a couple of years now, though I am in the Razzball Football Pick ‘Em.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha… That’s what I thought… Sky said there was a Steve over at football, but I didn’t think it was you…

  11. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    So…yeah. Finally made it into the finals and my offense decides to take a giant dump on my chances of winning. So far 1 for 27 to start the week while my opponent is off to a torrid start offensively. Further, poor performances from the likes of Cishek, Cobb and Fister have given me a challenge in the pitching categories as well. I’m not sure where the question is here…maybe just need to vent? I’m so behind in BA and RBI, I suppose I should just ignore those categories and try to compete in every other. Even worse if we tie, he wins because seed is tiebreaker.

    Actual questions…

    1) do any of these streamers jump out as a “must pickup”? Fiers @PIT, Richard @ ARI or Guthrie v. CWS, DLR @ SF. I get 3 streamers and haven’t used one yet.

    2) Rank Cishek, Broxton, Romo, and Perkins

    3) Drop Rizzo for one of Nelson, Forsythe, Aoki? Less emphasis on ba and rbi

    4) start a healthy Rizzo (vLeake) or sore Cargo (@Cain) if he’s in the line up?

    Thanks and put me in your prayers ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, 1) Fiers is the best, but he doesn’t jump out, so to speak… 2) Broxton, Perkins, Romo 3) What’s the emphasis on? 4) Rizzo I’m praying…

      • Melvin Emanuel says:
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        @Grey,

        Well I guess overall production. Ba and rbi might be lost causes at this point.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Then I’d go with Rizzo… Steals it’s Aoki…

  12. Steve says:
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    Holy Rollins.

    • Prezii says:
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      @Steve, i knew you’d join me in the rollins celebration!

  13. Prezii says:
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    If hellickson can K 7 sox, Archer can K 9….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What I want to know is when is Psy throwing out the first pitch at a game?

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, I’m actually surprised he hasnt yet.. Oaklands let friggin bernie do it but not PSY! What team would it be for tho?? Boston? Hahaha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think he’s a Seattle first ball thrower outter, without a doubt…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, they do love ichiro… Wait, nevermind… Maybe next season when they send the astros and seattle to korea he can do it..

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hmm… Maybe SF would have Psy too…

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey, man, its basically little korea over there anyway, he might as well.. On a serious note though, i could definitely see san fran being open to that sort of thing..

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Are you in SF?

                  • Prezii says:
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                    @Grey, no but im close. More of the Oakland area. Its just a hop, skip and a jump away though.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice… You near Bubb Rubb?

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, lol! Oh mannn… Naww bubb rubb is probably in east oakland.. im not from the ghetto!

                      Da whistles, yeah, they go wooo wooo!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ghetto or not, I hope you have a whistle on your ride… That’s shizz is legit…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, haha!! Hell noo, i got a nice little acura 3.2.. you only put the tip on if you have a grandma style buick with 26′ rims… And mirror tint! And a nice system! Which that, i do have! ;)

                      And you need another very important part… You need to be of the african american descent… Haha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      The whistle muffler knows no race or car or race car…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, i agree grey.. but a white dude with a whistle tip says one of two things… Shoot at me or pull me over. Two things i dont like being a part of! Haha

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Pulled over by Bubb Rubb and being asked to be in his next music video!

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Grey, that, i wouldnt mind! teach bubb rubb how to gangnam style while his homies install my whistle tip.. sounds like a plan there!

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Prezii, Be sure to listen carefully when heading home after a trip away…

                    • Prezii says:
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                      @Steve, i know it sounds crazy but A LOT of people have that on their cars. You hear that shizz every night at least 3 times… On a slow night.. its that popular.. maybe popular is the wrong word, but people love that shit. Its ridiculous…

              • Prezii says:
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                @Grey, i’d have no other choice to buy tickets with PSY in the house…

  14. Sagnof Specialist says:
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    keeper league , u can keep 5 players but only 1 between rounds 6-10

    would you keep Medlen next yr in the 8th round or david price in the 6th? where is there more value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Price

  15. Steve says:
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    Stolen base for Uggla. I wonder how many H2H match-ups got screwed by that.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pray we get 3 steals tonight from Trout… Could mean drinks on me…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Air fares included?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yes (maybe!)…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Seriously, I wanna go to NZ… Maybe this winter… I just booked a trip to Austin to see Rudy… Jet Blue had some specials…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, New Zealand opens its arms of welcome to you.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I know… Me and the Cougs need to do some exploring…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, No chicks.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Okay, fine!

  16. Sagnof Specialist says:
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    start jake odorizzi vs cle on saturday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In certain leagues, I would… But I wouldn’t in most… Need more specifics…

      • Sagnof Specialist says:
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        @Grey, just need ks and a shot at a win

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d grab him then…

  17. letsgobravos says:
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    Streaming Archer on both teams…get fucked on that move so far. 2.2, 3 ER, 4 hits, 3 walks, 2ks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, bit risky when dealing with youngsters… Stupid roofies…

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey, Yeah, felt like this was a prime matchup against the depleted boSox w/ shit-K pitching. Maybe they’ll score some runs and salvage it.

        Currently losing in both of my semi-finals. Had a .640 winning percentage and only lost 3 weekly matchups on the year in one league. Will be furious if I miss the finals.

        • Prezii says:
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          @letsgobravos, i streamed him too.. shitty!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Stupid H2H… Yeah, it’s still early…

          • letsgobravos says:
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            Yeah, pisses me of for sure at times like this.

            In the league I finished 4th in, I had Scherzer so him going down killed me. Was really counting on 18-20 Ks from his 2 starts this week in addition to ratio help. Really hope he’s able to go Sunday.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sounds like he might, but I do doubt it…

          • letsgobravos says:
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            @Grey, Dice-K doing his part, shelled in the 5th to put Archer in line for the W w/ a 5-3 lead.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, saw that…

  18. Steve says:
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    This Lannan stream ain’t going so well.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wish I would’ve picked up Luis Cruz instead of Gose for the doubleheader… Yeah, times are tough…

  19. slew says:
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    Does Matt Harvey have any keeper value in a fourteen team league where we’ll be keeping 10 or should he be ditched?

    btw- I read Jeff Kent injured his knee ten minutes into Survivor.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No Survivor spoilers please… That is awesome though…Ha! I wouldn’t drop Harvey there unless space was really tight…

  20. Diamond Jim Gentile says:
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    Cashner shut down with more lat problems. Probably pulled the damn thing bending my team over last week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…Thanks for the heads up!

  21. Steve says:
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    Non baseball question. If I was to get a t-shirt with the name of a US college on it, what should it be?

    I have no real allegiance to any particular school (nor any reason to have one). Answers on the back of an envelope, please.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Don’t seem to be able to find that one listed…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hmm… Their mascot is the Cougars… Try again! What are you looking for? Color, funny name, funny city, cool city?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Coolness, really. And not looking like I’m jumping on some bandwagon.

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, This is awesome. There is a ‘College of Charleston’ on the site where I’m looking. Their nickname?

            The Cougars.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup… I wasn’t kidding, completely… Not sure how cool it is, but I always liked Wisconsin… Or go with my alma mater, BU… No, don’t, it’s not cool at all…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Yeah, was thinking about Wisconsin…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s a vast colony where frozen custard and beer reign supreme…

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey, As good a reason as any to get excited.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh, it’s one of the better reasons…At least the custard part… They have frozen custard in NZ? It’s wonderful…

                    • BigFatHippo says:
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                      @Steve, Go with UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve, Oregon State University…Beavers.

      I’m wearing my Beaver Rooters shirt as I write…Catch Beaver Fever!

      I used to rock a brown Brown shirt, because I thought that was hilarious. Rice University has a strong baseball team and liberal arts program and it’d be funny to wear a shirt that just says “Rice.” Plus their mascot is an owl, which is pretty hip, I gather.

  22. nightpandas says:
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    The Medlen machine keeps a rollin…..Profar or Myers worth a pickup in a keep 7 (no restrictions going forward). My 7 are looking like the below:

    Kemp
    Pujols
    Bruce
    Kinsler
    Dickey
    Rizzo
    Latos/Morrow/Medlen

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen has a sub-1 ERA on my team in like 50 IP… I’d grab Profar…

  23. letsgobravos says:
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    Geez. Freaking Beltre is out tonight with “intestinal issues” aka, the runs. Already missing Stanton off that team. Semi-finals…what a fucking time for my 2nd and 3rd round pick to be out of the lineup…

    • Grey

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      Yeah, just saw that about Beltre… H2H’s a killer with that shizz…

  24. VinWins

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    Ichiro padding his stats today, 7-for-8 with 4 steals.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He was obviously the pickup and not Gose…

      • VinWins

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        @Grey, Yeah, I missed out on Gose’s good streak. Picked up Delabar and Oliver today; they each gave up a run. Ichiro not available in many leagues (8 of 48 RCLs).

        I think Hechavarria could be a good late round grab if he has SS eligibility. Murphy says he’s going to be a hitter.

        • VinWins

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          @VinWins, Of course, I thought Thames and Alvarez were going to be good this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, guess I couldn’t have grabbed Ichiro anyway… He looks good? I haven’t caught at the plate yet…

          • VinWins

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            @Grey, Yeah, lately he’s been swinging pretty good. Jays’ announcers say at every level he has started slowly, but eventually figured things out.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He has nice numbers in the minors… FWIW, I liked Thames too…

  25. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey

    I just experienced a potential new Razzball term for the Glossary. Fortunately I got through my…………..*

    Badbury

    When your pitcher throws a gem and your closer comes in to seal it, you check the game and his WHIP line shows……..INF

    “Something Wicked This Way Comes”

    * Estrada/Axford

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wait, what’s the term? Badbury? Why do I feel like I’m missing something? Is that a Ray Bradbury reference?

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @Grey, “Something Wicked This Way Comes”

        Yep………Badbury

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not crazy about it, but I’ve never read any Bradbury… Is that bad(bury)?

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @Grey, Or you could go with Shakesfear……..MacBeth reference?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          See that reference I got, but don’t love the term…

  26. letsgobravos says:
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    FUCKKKK…

    …on comes Valverde to get shelled in a non save situation. Jesus H Christ.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, him and Axford did me wrong…

  27. Kid A says:
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    And Clippard is a real Peach as well. It’s a plague.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ll take it over Valverde’s crap…

  28. Kid A says:
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    ….and a wild pitch…. a pox on all their houses.

  29. Cole says:
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    eff… Motte just got foreclosed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Nice use of the term…

      • Cole says:
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        @Grey, OHHH! Huge come back! The dude loaded the bases and they brought in motte and he got the final two outs!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Very nice!

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Cole, Well, Kelly fixed that for you.

      • Cole says:
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        @VinWins, Yup!

  30. Adam says:
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    Should I roll with Kluber tomorrow in my 20 team H2H playoff league or wait til I sober up tomorrow before doing anything?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sober up…

  31. Jon says:
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    SON seems to like Nolasco Sunday @ NYM (113). I’ll wait and see where I’m sitting at that point but I’m trailing right now in every pitching category and I might be looking for a last-ditch desperate stream for the championship come this weekend. What think you about Ricky?

    I have Anibal, Capuano, Fiers, Lester, Minor and Bumgarner still to go.
    Opponent has Hughes, Lee, Shields, Darvish and Lincecum.

    See me making up any ground?

    • Jon says:
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      (He’ll have Tillman going, too, if he pitches this weekend.)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’ve liked Nolasco for a few starts now… Yeah, you can make ground with them…

  32. VinWins

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    Nice night for streaming. Harvey, Lynn, Estrada, and Phelps: 2 Wins/22 K/0.67/0.70.

    Had Pettitte yesterday, but dropped him when rosters locked, so missed his win and 5 shutout innings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Used the SON?

      • VinWins

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        @Grey, Nah, Lynn coming off a good start and facing Houston; Estrada 10 K vs Pitt Sept 1; Jays having trouble scoring; Harvey with a week off after a 10 K game.

        That’s how I make my decisions; that’s why my ERA was around 3.80 going in.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Gotcha…

    • Cole says:
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      @VinWins, Yeah I had Marco and Lynn in my h2h playoff. the razz stream machine is well oiled

  33. Prezii says:
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    Cashner shut down? Did you know about this??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I heard it here first…

      • Prezii says:
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        @Grey, amazingly, i read it on one of those little yahoo sticky notes.. they’re really up to date on their Cashner knowledge.. usually thats 5 day old news!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe… I hear they’re saying Beachy’s gonna be out…

          • Prezii says:
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            @Grey, what!? Beachy is done? Breaking news!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Exploding Yahoo Note: Pablo’s fat!

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