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Technically, the title is correct.  But we’re off-roading more than we’re on with this podcast.  It’s September, y’all, and we’re talking about whatever comes to mind.  We’re like Kermit Ruffins and fantasy is our scat.   I have no idea if that is factually accurate, but it sounds cool.    Can you dig it?  I knew you could.  Meanwhile, Nick is visiting me in LA and in a less-than-stellar hotel that looks like how Eric Hosmer hits.   Oh, and I recommended it.  Hehe.  Oops!  What do I know?  I live in LA; I don’t stay in hotels here, well, for longer than 4 hours and without putting down my own plastic sheets.  Now pass me my sax while we go over some end of season strategies and Daniel Straily and Mark Teixeira and Mark Trumbo and a whole bunch of other shizz for your eyes and ears enjoyment (mostly your ears).  Oh, and I try my damnedest to put the evil eye on Bumgarner because I told all of youse to bench him and I care about you.  Let’s hug it out.  Okay, that was weird, but strangely erotic.  Anyway, here’s the Razzball Podcast, now with Nick in a fleabag motel:

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  1. royce! says:
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    Haven’t heard from Rudy yet, so I’ll check with you:

    Who do you like best for UTIL for a weekly 7×7 (adds XBH and OBP for hitters)?

    Lind (3@NYY, 3@TB)
    Lowrie (3@STL, 3 v. PIT)
    Machado (3@SEA, 3@BOS)
    Forsythe (3@ARI, 3@SF)
    Beckham (3@KC, 3@LAA)
    Pennington (3@DET, 3@NYY)

    I have Lind and Machado now (Machado on the bench).

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @royce!, I just threw the answer on his post… But don’t like them… Pennington…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, Well, pickings are awfully slim right now. I had Ortiz at IF and that was golden, but no sense crying over spilt milk.

        How about Chisenhall (3 v. MIN, 3 @ KC), Segura (3@PIT, 3@WAS), Casilla (3@CLE, 3@DET) or Alonso (3@SEA, 3@BOS)?

        And if I go with Pennington, can I drop Lind and Machado?

        • royce! says:
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          @royce!, sorry, Alonso is not on the O’s. Alonso gets 3@ARI & 3@SF

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eh, Pennington is the hottest bat from those guys… Yeah, I’d drop Lind and Machado…

    • royce! says:
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      @royce!, Oh, and an update, if you’re interested (or not, I suppose)– my team is up 6-5 now, thanks more to his crappy pitching (Masterson and Chacin) than anything my team has done. And I’m up to .132 in AVG!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        See, it was still early! Though it might still be early…

        • royce! says:
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          @Grey, Yep! And there’s no way that Braun, Bruce, Sandoval and Fielder can continue hitting a combined .000…right? Of course not. Not possible.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Nope…Still early!

            • royce! says:
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              @Grey, Has Kennedy’s last start made you reconsider whether you would you start Kennedy (v. SD, @ COL) next week? I was considering going all Shock and Awe with a ton of 2-starters, like the Iraq war, it could backfire….

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                HA! Yeah, I wouldn’t go near him if he’s starting at COL in his 2nd start… Not worth the first good start…

                • royce! says:
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                  @Grey, Cool. I grabbed him but then dropped him for Correia, so hopefully someone else will notice his availability and swallow that poison pill.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    That would be nice…

                • royce! says:
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                  @Grey, The first start’s not all that good anyway- he gave up 6 ER last time he faced SD at home.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Yeah, that doesn’t sound great…

  2. Marti says:
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    follow up question, explain why you would keep justin upton in round 5 over allen craig in round 23 for next year and you’ve said you think rios is a risky pick for next year. Why would you keep bum in round 10 over samardzija in round 30. You wouldn’t keep billy hamilton in round 31?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Upton is a 1st round talent, in the 5th round you keep that over a guy whose ceiling is 8th round… Bum is a young ace, Samardzija is risky… Hamilton’s not guaranteed a starting job… Rios is risky, but Craig can’t stay healthy… Rios and Craig were a toss up for me…

  3. Poo Holes says:
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    What are you expecting from Matt Harvey tonight? Startable for my championship team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SoN really likes him and I just tried to pick him up but I had no room… I’d give him a whirl…

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Grey, WOW, my opposition used his last two acquisitions on Griffin and Homer Bailey. I’m going with Harvey, Lee, and Dempster and all I need for a victory is to edge him out in K’s and hold him off in homers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re definitely in the driver’s seat…

  4. Chillmodious says:
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    Hi Grey,

    You answered my long-winded batty call question in Rudy’s morning thread (which, thanks, btw) by advising I go with EverCab. I had already made the move to go with DeWayne Wise because EverCab is off tomorrow. You ok with that, or should I dump Wise to use EverCab today? Hopefully Rizzo gets back Friday!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m okay with you going with Wise, I’d hold there…

  5. Chillmodious says:
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    One more… Pedro Alvarez or Belt for the rest of THIS week? For this week AND next? (need steals and HR equally–AVG doesn’t matter)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belt… Alvarez is back in one of his nasty funks…

  6. Grey's da man! says:
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    I’m looking for runs and SB’s, would you drop Elvis for Everth?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  7. Lob Ball says:
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    You didn’t put Nick up at the Beverly Inn did you? Worst hotel ever.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Nah, Rodeway Inn…

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey, It’s hard to find a good, cheap place to stay in LA. I usually priceline something, but it’s always for downtown since that’s where I need to be for work. I usually end up with the Westin for under $100. Last time I was up, there must’ve been something going on because everything was super expensive. I ended up staying at an apartment in Silverlake/Echo Park area that I found through airbnb. And that’s my uninvited advice!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I need to start putting people up at my place… For a small fee, of course…

  8. Chillmodious says:
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    Dah! Last one, I promise… Today only: Belt or EverCab?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Belt

  9. Dimond Demon Devil says:
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    Grey:

    I’ve got Matt Harvey and Kyle Lohse pitching today. I’ve also got Lincecum. Bench The Freak or let him toss at Coors Field? I need ERA and Ks.

    Cheers,
    DDD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bench Timmy…

      • Dimond Demon Devil says:
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        @Grey, Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, DDD…

          • Dimond Demon Devil says:
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            @Grey, How do you feel about Lohse and Harvey today?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I like both, Harvey better…

              • Dimond Demon Devil says:
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                @Grey, Thanks for all your help. One last question: amongst Reddick, Crisp, or Cespedes, which two would you play today? Oh, and Freese or Lawrie?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem, Triple D…. I’d play Freese and Cespedes, Crisp…

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

  10. Anthony says:
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    @GREY: How goes it? Currently in a Playoff Battle and the score is 4-4. Currently I have the edge pitching wise based on matchups and assuming the Stream o Nator doesnt steer me wrong. My question for you is, is there any reason to play Beltran? Player Rater has Beltran worth $20 ehhh. Should Beltran be in the lineup over any of my other 4 Outfielders: Reddick Kemp Trout Eaton ? Or over my Util Guy Mccann ???

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good, how goes it with you? I wouldn’t play Beltran right now unless one of the other guys wasn’t playing…

  11. Cole says:
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    I just read on cbs that Putz was sidelined with stiffness…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe…

  12. Steve says:
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    Damn. I thought Estrada was getting two starts this week. Is he not?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t look like he’s pitching again until next Tuesday…

  13. Steve says:
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    Rollins!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      J. Roll!

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, Rollins Rollin’

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @Grey, Jimmy RoRo!

        Hey, for ROS……..Logan Forsythe or Kendry’s Morals?

        • BigFatHippo says:
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          @BigFatHippo,

          Desperately trying to fend off Steve for 2nd place……………

          • Steve says:
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            @BigFatHippo, I just want to finish in the money – so I don’t have to explain to my wife why I’m sending $50 to the US ;-)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hippo! Logan…

          • BigFatHippo says:
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            @Grey, thanks

            Weird, I’m trying to reply to Steve and it won’t let me. Tried twice.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s weird… What’s it saying?

              • BigFatHippo says:
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                @Grey, 1st time it just never went through so I tried again and it said word press error, looks like you already said that. So I worded it different and it never went through. I think it doesn’t like Steve.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Not sure… Maybe it went to spam… I’ll check in a little bit…

  14. Grey — with Putz’s stiffness, I guess Hernandez is the grab (16 teams, root, saves at premium). But someone just dropped him and so he’s on waivers and wouldn’t appear on my roster until Saturday. Do you think Putz will be back by then? Or is he still worth a speculative pickup? I’m not sure what else I’ll use my No. 4 waiver priority for at this point.

    Marshall is also available (not on waivers) but it looks like Broxton will have the gig while they rest Chapman, right?

    If you think either Hernandez or Marshall is worth picking up, the candidates to drop are: Rutledge (I also have Desmond and Rutledge seems to have cooled), David Murphy (also cooled down recently), or Belisario (he doesn’t seem to be closing, though the vulture wins are nice).

    Or do I stay put?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d lose Rutledge for Hernandez if Putz is out again on Friday…

  15. Steve says:
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    Casey Kelley was HORRIBLE last time out. I should know – I started him.

    Risk him again on Saturday? SON is lukewarm – his FIP is awful (small sample size) but the park variables look OK. It is the Rockies on the road…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Or would you prefer Blanton v STL (108 on SON) or Porcello v CLE (103).

      They’re the highest-ranked available…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        None are good… I’d go with Kelly out of those 3…

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey, I’m in danger of falling behind on starts is all. I have two in the next couple of days, opponent has 7.

          Some other options –

          Friday
          Norris v PHI
          J Kelly @ LAD
          Kluber v DET (109 on SON)
          Saunders @ OAK

          Saturday
          Masterson v DET
          Deduno v CWS
          Feldman v SEA

          None are great of course, but could you maybe pick three of those guys? Thanks!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Norris, Kluber, Deduno… Yeah, not great…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t unless I had to…

  16. Steve says:
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    Sorry Cobb owners, but I need the Orioles to make a salad out of him…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha…

  17. Poo Holes says:
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    Don’t wanna jinx it (oh well) but could Matt Harvey be the first to have a 27 K game?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wish I got him in my lineup…

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Grey, If he ends up with more than, say, 10 strikeouts, he could be named finals MVP. He’s already halfway there and he’s only pitched 2 innings!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, really wish I made room for him on my team for today…

  18. ferris says:
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    head 2 head playoffs through the last day of the regular season

    is aroldis chapman a drop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he is…

  19. Steve says:
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    Need you to be better than this, Bruce…

    • BigFatHippo says:
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      @Steve, Me too

  20. Dimond Demon Devil says:
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    @Grey:

    Pagan’s not in the lineup tonight! Quick, who do I play?: Victorino (vs. Cahill), Reddick (vs. Santana), or Pierzynski (vs. Scherzer). Playoff panic attack!

    –Triple D

    • BigFatHippo says:
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      @Dimond Demon Devil, I’d go with Victorino but that’s just me.

      • Dimond Demon Devil says:
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        @BigFatHippo, thanks! @Grey: your take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Victorino

      • Dimond Demon Devil says:
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        @Grey, a thousand gracias-es.

  21. BigFatHippo says:
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    Lately, BJ Upton has been like a fine………….ummm, BJ!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha… Oh yeah…

  22. Dimond Demon Devil says:
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    Thanks a third time!

  23. BigFatHippo says:
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    Matty Carp just crushed that…………….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What happened to Fatt Adams?

      • BigFatHippo says:
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        @Grey, Still on DL in Memphis, haven’t heard anything lately.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Someone should check on him…

  24. Steve says:
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    This time, Bruce?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He used it all up last week…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, DON’T SAY THAT!

    • Steve says:
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      Something from LaRoche would be nice…

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Better than nothing I guess.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          How’s the matchup looking so far this week?

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Up 7-4, but a bit worried about getting swamped in Wins and Ks – thought I had a few more starts in hand. Though I do have 4 adds left to his 2.

            Need my hitting to get going…

            • Steve says:
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              @Steve, It’s also be good if the Red Sox get stuck into Phelps, the Dbacks clobber Harang and the A’s torch Ervin.

              Not much to ask.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not a bad place to be…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, No way Bruce does anything with this. No way.

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Hitless this week. Jesus.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He gets so freakin’ cold…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Chance coming to warm it up (Chris)…

            • Steve says:
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              @Steve, Really starting to piss me off…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Ugh. Hope Hill is not cooling off as well. Been great lately.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I know… Shizzy time to go cold…

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey, Maybe CarGo warming up. Great time to get the running game going.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Someone on your team’s gotta be due here…

                  • Steve says:
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                    @Grey, Heh. My team has actually had a pretty good day, but one of those that could have been a lot better – Bruce and LaRoche stranded a ton and Hill has done nothing.

                    Don’t want to jinx it, but pitching has worked out better than I could have hoped, given he had four starters going against my one…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, gotcha… He had some bombs for starts?

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Phelps got a win, but he came up empty on Harang, Cobb and Erv.

                      I got a win out my only starter (Cahill), plus got a Hold and a Save too.

                      Going to be 7-3 by day’s end. He has 3 starters to 1 tomorrow though and more hitters than me…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice… Hopefully his tomorrow starters fall apart…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Yeah. I have Harrell going, who SON likes to the tune of a 113, but he gets the Phils and they have a bit of a head of steam up right now…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, the Phils do seem like they’re hitting a bit more… Hopefully no one is on in front of Rollins…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, Well as a Rollins owner, I’d take a 2-run dinger in a 6-2 Astros win…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, same here… Actually, I don’t have Harrell, so I’ll take a 3 HR night… 3 solo shots, for you…

                    • Steve says:
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                      @Grey, That works. My ERA is 2.13 so it can probably stand a 3-run outing…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Cool…

  25. Poo Holes says:
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    Harvey up to 10 K’s through 5! Holy crap!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dammmit!

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Grey, No quality start, but I don’t really need one. Currently looking at a 8-6 lead with a little wiggle room on some stats due to Lee’s gem earlier.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Very nice!

          • Poo Holes says:
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            @Grey, Like you said, I’m in the driver’s seat. But some some reason, I think I’m driving a school bus. Not comfortable enough yet. Thinking about picking up Wieters as a utility bat with Car-Gome getting hurt today and Ike the Dike losing playing time going forward to The Dude-a.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              If that’s the best you got to choose from…

  26. Abdoozy says:
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    Okay. Everybody celebrating Granderson’s two slams tonight needs to thank me, because he came off ESPN’s Undroppable list earlier this week, and I dropped him this morning (needed room to add Broxton, in a tight battle for saves).

    Of course, he would have been on my bench anyway.

    Bet he hits another one just to piss me off.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn… That shizzy luck…

  27. Samardzija! says:
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    What’s up with Jonathon Broxton? Think he’ll sign somewhere to be a closer next season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could be…

  28. royce! says:
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    These ghost teams really piss me off-I just lost a point in WHIP to a guy who has had Daniel Bard and John Danks all year… It’s insulting that I can’t manage a team to have a WHIP better than that…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have a few teams like that I’m chasing in runs and RBIs…

  29. royce! says:
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    Know what else pisses me off? H2H. I dominated all year (175-118-15) and now Braun can’t hit more than a single, Bruce can’t hit at all, and Jeter goes down with an ankle injury. Still early!

    • Steve says:
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      @royce!, 9 out of the last 10 years I’d agree with you. But this year I’m trying to be the guy that had a shitty team all year, just snuck into the playoffs and then won the damn thing because some crappy infielder got hot for three days.

      • royce! says:
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        @Steve, Forsythe? I went to the Padres game today. Sat in the “park in the park” with the wife and kid so I don’t actually know what happened in the game except that Forsythe homered…

        • Steve says:
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          @royce!, Oh – wasn’t meaning any player in particular there. Just highlighting the randomness of H2H.

          Hopefully my carefully assembled team will just charge right through the playoffs. Though if you check the tone of some, er, most of my comments above…

  30. buzzdainer says:
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    In a keeper league, do you like Darin Ruf better than any of the following?

    Jordany Valdespin
    Logan Morrison
    Welington Castillo
    Derek Norris
    Logan Morrison
    Mark Rogers

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah…

  31. drknss says:
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    I wish I could tell other people about razzball but it is my dirty little secret that I don’t want to tell any of my league mates about. Once I get a real job out of school I will be sending plenty of daiquiris your guys way.

    Also the stream-o-nator is the shiz. Made it onto my bookmarks. Keep up the great work guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, no problem… Thanks!

  32. Steve says:
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    Wouldn’t mind if Soriano blew this. #everymanforhimself

  33. Steve says:
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    Giants need to get their (my) relievers into the game.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Not him!

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Or him! Affeldt or Lopez, if you don’t mind.

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, OK. That’s a Hold for Affeldt. Get him out of there!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Hehe… He’s been solid recently…

  34. Steve says:
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    Aw, man. No fair. All that scoring action and then my guys (Wise and Konerko)…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Jesus, Valverde. Shut the door on this damn thing.

  35. Anthony says:
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    @GREY: Need advice asap. Should i drop Eaton for Denard Span ??? Just noticed he was on waivers still from his DL trip ..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  36. Cole says:
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    I read Yanks won but lost Jeter. Did they check A-Rod’s bed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Nice, you just made the roundup…

  37. Steve says:
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    Nice job from Cahill there, after a crappy start. No walks and good Ks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, not bad…

  38. Herschel says:
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    Grey: format question. Do you have a personal preference between roto vs H2H? Our league is considering switching to h2h next year but I’m kind of a sucker for roto.

    • Grey

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      I like roto much better…

  39. Anthony says:
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    Pulled the trigger on span ehhhh. Hopefully this move works out

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, shouldn’t really be a huge difference either way…

  40. Steve says:
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    You like Werner on Sunday v COL? Been pretty solid thus far…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I do…

  41. Steve says:
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    That Pujols home run, I did not need.

  42. B.o.B says:
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    What’s with Putz?? Hernandez saves in back to back days. Putz only 1 appearance since Sept 3. My first round opponent has Putz so I’m happy to see it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Putz is hurt, grab Hernandez…

  43. Dimond Demon Devil says:
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    @Grey: pick up Brandon Moss and drop Corey Hart? Or am I inschwane (i.e. insanely insane)? The playoffs have hard boiled my bean.

    –Triple D

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! Yeah, make that switch as long as you can bench Moss when he doesn’t play… Though Harts not playing anyway…

      • Dimond Demon Devil says:
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        @Grey, Seriously? I’m afraid to pull the trigger…

  44. Joe says:
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    What is the eta on Dylan Bundy, Taijuan Walker, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, and Archie Bradly?

    The first three pitcher are consider to be future aces. How do you feel about Jameson Taillon, and Archie Bradly?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bundy and Taillon could be in their rotations from Opening Day but I think they might all be June-ish call ups… Hard to say with rookie pitchers… I mean, look at Trevor Bauer, he’s gonna be good but he didn’t do anything this year… Take follow ups to the newest post…

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