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Some players do something so wonderfully fantastic in one game that they force themselves into the lede.  Some players do something so terrifically awful that they find themselves in the lede.  Other players take on a slow burn of a Neil LaBute movie.  They’re just guys hanging out in an office; they’re just messing with a deaf girl, the deaf girl is falling in love and Brandon Moss is killing it like T.J. Lavin would say!  Damn, Brandon Moss, you wanna touch my butter so I can dip my lobster in it?  I mean, gee-dee-eff-why-zee Brandon Moss’s on fire.  (Gee-dee-eff-why-zee is my new exclamation for wonderful, feel free to use it often.)  He now has seven homers in the last ten games and yesterday he even threw in a steal because Brandon Moss DON’T TAKE NO MESS THOUGH I DON’T LOVE THAT I FEEL LIKE I HAVE TO SAY HIS WHOLE NAME EVERY TIME RATHER THAN JUST BRANDON OR MOSS; I ALSO DON’T NEED TO BE SCREAMING THIS, PROBABLY!  Brandon Moss makes me so crazy I can’t even capitalize properly.  All along I’ve been saying you need to platoon Brandon Moss, and you do, but he’s also making it worthwhile that you should absolutely be doing just that with him in every league.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Max Scherzer – 5 IP, 5 ER.  The good news is that homeless man that I talked to yesterday that was really just the owner of Fister, Kuroda, Wainwright and F-Her has come to his senses and I’m nursing him back to health.  The bad news is he also owns Scherzer and is now holding a stapler to my dog’s head.

Prince Fielder – 3-for-4, 3 runs and his 21st homer.  The homer came off Jerry Blevins as The Beaver.  Fielder said, “I had no father figure and resent The Beav and Ward’s relationship.  Take that, Blevins!”

Miguel Cabrera – Left yesterday’s game with some awkwardness in his abdominal, but when asked if he’d play Friday, he said, “Cleveland, bro.”  I have no idea what that means, but the Tigers beat writer seems to think it means he’ll be in there today.  What if he said Oakland, bro?  Would that mean he’s headed to see a doctor?  What if he said Minneapolis, bro?  Would that mean order him a number three from the Chinese place?  Does everyone have a Miggy Ovaltine decoder ring but me?  I got questions, y’all!

Victor Martinez – 3-for-5, 1 RBI, average up to .297.  Since he was hitting as poorly as .225 on June 28th, Victor’s turned around his season faster than you can say, “Your potpourri smells like patchouli, hippie boy.”

Grant Balfour – 2/3 IP, 4 ER.  It was only his second blown save this year, so I wouldn’t read into it this more than it is.  The fine print simply states, “I, Grant Balfour, hate my H2H fantasy owners so I wanted to screw them in a time of need.”

Jed Lowrie – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  So, like I was saying, Lowrie can still hit homers.  *giggles like an embarrassed Lisa Simpson*  Nah, what I said on Thursday still holds, Lowrie’s peripherals look different than previous years, but even a Grey clock is wrong twice a day.

Bartolo Colon – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K in his first start back from the DL. His ERA is now at 2.94 on the year.  Put down the stapler, Verlander owners!

Matt den Dekker – o-for-5, 1 run and a steal and will now see reps in the Mets’ outfield since Byrd is gone.  I wonder if den Dekker feels ownership when he drives to the game through the Holland Tunnel.  Dekker is an original rude boy prospect who has shown great power and speed.  In Double and Triple-A last year, he had 17 homers and 21 steals with a .274 average.  This year, he showed more of the same for speed, but the power isn’t following along quite as nicely.  He’s a must grab in NL-Only leagues for his speed/power combo, but I’d take a wait and see approach in mixed leagues.  Am I getting excited about a Mets hitting prospect?  Sure, what the heckker!

Anthony Recker – 1-for-2, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  Now the Mets lineup has a den Dekker, a Recker and inspires me to laugh like Woody Woodpecker.

Daniel Murphy – 4-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs and his 18th steal.  I wouldn’t be Grey Albright, Fantasy Master Lothario, if I let Murphy have a good day without finding a negative to talk about with him.  Murphy’s had a solid season at 10 homers and 18 steals, but this year is him punching a hole in his ceiling, standing on the roof, grabbing a passing hot air balloon and shooting up another 500 feet.

Carlos Torres – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Carlos Danger has been terrific so far this year (2.77 ERA, 1.07 WHIP).  The catch:  he’s 39 years old (he’s a Latin 30), and he has a long track record of being below-average, so I’d avoid him outside of certain home match-ups.

Gonzalez Germen – The Mets said Germen could see some save chances in September to prepare him for the 7th and 8th innings next year.  This is the baseball equivalent to Chris Elliot’s theory about flogging the dolphin before a big date.  If you’re desperate for saves, I could see grabbing Germen, but he hasn’t been great recently and I’m not going there yet.

Cody Asche – Sat out yesterday with a mild hamstring strain.  Oh, no, the Phillies old man genes are contagious!  Clear the clubhouse and disinfect with the semen of a young bull.  It’s the only cure!

Jason Vargas – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Rays, a team that seems to be the 1927 Yankees on some days and the 1927 Padres on other days.

Ernesto Frieri – 1 IP, 0 ER and got his 2nd save since he was ‘removed’ from the closer job.  The Sciosciapath could still go to De La Rosa who is ‘sharing’ the job, but Frieri ‘looks’ to be the ‘closer.’  Zagat’s also added, Frieri is a place ‘locals love.’

Justin Upton – Left the game after being hit on the hand by a pitch.  His x-rays came back clean, which is a good thing or the anal retentive x-ray technician is going heavy on the Windex again.

Brian McCann – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer.  He’s batting .276 on the year and if he didn’t miss the first month of the season, he’d easily be in the conversation for best catcher on the year.  That conversation would be happening in the corner of the cafeteria and occasionally that conversation would be interrupted by a jock yelling ‘incoming’ and throwing a meatball at the participants of that conversation.

Kris Medlen – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.58.  This offseason we really gotta get Medlen to mate.  It’s scary every time the last known Flat-Billed Pitchypus in existence takes the mound.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Now has back-to-back 10 K games and 28 Ks in the last 18 2/3, which is a delicious pork roll and cheese if you’re chasing Ks.  He gets the O’s next, which the Stream-o-Nator is lukewarm on, but if you need the Ks, I could see the risk.

Gerrit Cole – 7 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 11 baserunners, 4 Ks.  I’m getting a lot more jazzed about owning Wheeler next year than Cole, though Cole looks like he’ll be safer (safer?  Feh!).  I do think both can be worthwhile in most mixed leagues.  What even got me looking at 2014 is I have to keep setting my clock ahead a day to get more lives for Candy Crush Saga and now my iPhone thinks I’m in February.  Finally, Cole is probably going to get shut down after another start or two.  See, when I said finally, I meant it.

Yovani Gallardo – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks.  Someone brought it to my attention yesterday that Gallardo’s matchups get ugly in September (Reds, Braves, Cardinals twice).  At this stage of the year, your starters are really only as good as their next handful of starts.  No one is untouchable, and anyone can get got.

Scooter Gennett – 3-for-4, 1 run.  He was the lede in last week’s Buy; he’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy; what is everyone waiting for?  Your guess = my pants.  Damn, I don’t even know how I got that equation wrong.  There’s no math!

Aramis Ramirez – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer and 4th homer in the last ten games.  Too bad Vincent Price is dead, he could recite the Zombino definition for us, assuming he was so hard up for money he started doing things that weren’t even for money, per se, but the hope of money one day.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer.  In this game, Jayson Werth (3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs) hit his 21st homer and Bryce Harper (2-for-3, 3 runs, 2 RBIs) hit his 19th.  Sure, Ryan Zimmerman (3-for-3, 2 runs) is the dog’s breakfast and Adam LaRoche (0-for-3) is the dog’s breakfast after a laxative, but it’s surprising how bad the Nats offense is.  For runs, they’re not just bad, they’re Padres and Mets bad.

Gio Gonzalez – 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 ks vs. the MIA Marlins.  That’s the start the umpires owe everyone’s fantasy team who owns Strasburg.

Jake Odorizzi – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks.  This was just a spot start, so continue to move your eyes down the page.  That’s up.  Oh, forget it.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2-for-4 and his 50th steal.  He ended up starting even though the night before he hit a foul ball off his foot.  Was he sitting Indian-style?  Excuse me, Native American-style.

Shane Victorino – 2-for-4 and his 12th homer, and his fifth homer in the last ten days.  The Flying Hawaiian is mashing, poi!

Chris Tillman – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. the Red Sox.  That last second decision to bench/start him worked out poorly/great.  Ling Ling, you’re not just transcribing what I’m saying, right?  I need you to choose one.  C’mon, Ling Ling, you’re my favorite monkey, that’s why you have the new typewriter.  Tillman’s next start vs. the Indians is much easier/harder.   Ling Ling!  Just easier!

Jim Johnson – Got the save.  See nine inches above under Frieri, Ernesto.  Okay, maybe it’s more like six inches.  *blushes*

Erasmo Ramirez – 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 7 Ks vs. the Asstros.  Not sure where the Erasmo is that was burning Billy Butler’s bras and making prank calls to Domino’s last year that had me all giggly, but I bet once January Grey is bailed out of Ecuadorian prison, he’s gonna like Erasmo.

Franklin Gutierrez – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and now has two homers in the last two games.  Not much to go on yet, but could be the start of a little hot schmotato action for The Big FraGu.

Brian Dozier – 2-for-4 and his 14th homer.  About two days ago, my 2nd baseman was hurt by J.A. Happ.  Sometimes, I stay up at night and think about my injured 2nd baseman.  How I may never find someone like that again.  Fortunately, he’s supposed to return today, so I don’t need to contemplate Dozier too long.  Signed, Sleepless in Minnesota.

Bruce Chen – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 3 Ks, lowering his ERA to 2.79.  I have a sinking feeling that his next start vs. the Mariners is a booby trap like Data would say in The Goonies.

Jarrod Dyson – 0-for-3 with yet another steal.  He’ll be in this afternoon’s Buy column, but you don’t have to wait for that if you need steals.  Right now, Dyson is making a good case for putting a face to SAGNOF.

Justin Maxwell – 1-for-3, 1 run.  He was also hit by a pitch that some thought was intentional, but, when arguing it wasn’t intentional, Gardenhire was ejected from the game.  That’s no way to treat the most successful Mexican manager of all-time.

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  1. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    haha .
    you’ve gone from getting meatballs thrown at you in the high school cafeteria
    to having readers throw you softball questions , and somehow that equates
    to having writers with blue balls .
    do the math !

  2. Dani says:
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    SON kinda likes Lincecum tomorrow at Arizona. You like him there?

    • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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      @Dani: Like many fantasy baseballers, the SON kinda gets hung up on names a little, IMO. You’d be taking your chances with that start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dani: I agree with RIV

  3. The 12th Man says:
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    I added BRANDON MOSS before anyone else in my league could!!

    Kicked Big Byrd to the streets (for now)

    I have a conundrum though, I have four outfield spots…with these 5 guys

    Stanton
    Puig
    Hunter
    Gordon
    Moss

    Who do you sit next week?
    Thanks I’ll listen off air.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The 12th Man: Ha… Hunter…Good problem to have though, and could see that answer changing on Sunday, depending on how they hit over the weekend

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Prezi: It’s not loading for me

        • Prezi says:
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          @Grey: damn.. was a good one too… Now its not even funny anymore!

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @Grey: yes

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s freakin’ hilarious… Looks like Peter Sellers doing a goof

          • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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            @Grey: Listen to some of it on I tunes, it’s pretty hilarious ….and sexy. Very much like the Lovage album

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I just gotta download it when I get a chance and listen to it… I get into these ruts where I listen to same thing for a month or two at a time… I’m still listening to Kendrick Lamarr… Now has 278 on the play count

              • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                @Grey: I do that too sometimes, I think i listened to Slaughterhouse and Chiddy bang a little too much. You still rocking Daft Punk?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah, I only really took to their one song, Get Lucky, so didn’t have enough to latch onto…

                  • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                    @Grey: did you like Slaughter House or Chiddy Bang?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Chiddy Bang a lot… I think I need to give Slaughter more of a chance

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Forgot how much I like this song… Listening to it now…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nice… BTW, Simply Fred’s over 1300 waiver moves!

                  • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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                    @Grey: no way he used all those guys

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No, and it looks like he should’ve held tighter on some bats…

              • Prezi says:
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                @Grey: top 3 favorite KL songs?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe, Poetic Justice, Backstreet Freestyle, according to my play count

                  • Prezi says:
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                    @Grey: ha, kendrick had a dreammmm! I like that one too… You heard ADHD or The Recipe? Really good..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      The Recipe is number four on my play count… ADHD is solid… There’s a new post, prezzi…

                    • Prezi says:
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                      Im already there greyii!

  4. Jack Full O' Hate says:
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    Nice call on Cole over Yoga and Chen yesterday in the comments…

      • Prezi says:
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        Only a g2? Disappointed….

        • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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          @Prezi: I’ll save that for the buy/sell

      • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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        @Grey: can’t be all love and raining rose petals all the time

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It helps keep us honest

          • Jack Full O' Hate says:
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            @Grey: you’ll get em next time slugger

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Thanks!

  5. bossmanjunior says:
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    Right now im stashing Buchholz in my DL spot and according to reports, he’s on schedule to return September 10th. He would provide a 2 start week in the first week of my playoffs @TB and vNYY. Are these decent enough match ups to continue holding?

    • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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      @bossmanjunior: His matchups are the reason I dropped him this week, myself. He likely won’t go more than 5 innings or so in that first start, unless he comes back really strong. I think there are likely better stream options available off the wire.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bossmanjunior: I don’t know what other options you have, but I’m holding in one deep league

  6. bossmanjunior says:
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    1) Hold Eaton this weekend (versus Vogelsong and TBA) or pick up Moss (versus Cobb and TBA)

    2) Eaton or Moss ROS?

    3) There is no 3

    4) Eaton v. Lincecum or Rajai v. Ervin?

  7. One Man Crusade says:
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    I could have told you this week was in store for Moss. How so? I am playing a team in root head to head format that I have an overall 70 percent win percentage breakdown against. Moss is in his lineup. He was on the bench until MArte hit the DL.

  8. TheNewGuy says:
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    Amazingly Moss is still available in my garden (league) so Ive grabbed him fast.

    Expect him to sit today with Price on the mound even though hes nuclear?

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Moss…garden…*crickets*.

      Checking the lineups before the game is always a good source for that information.

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @TheNewGuy: No questions about Brian “Bull” Dozier in your construction site league? Maybe tomorrow…

        • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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          @TheNewGuy: ‘Til next time…Sorry to steal your material.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @TheNewGuy: he’s terrible against lefties, so bench him anyway.

  9. TheNewGuy says:
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    And start Taj(mahal) Walker today? Dont usually start rooks first time up but it is the asstros.

  10. Blue says:
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    Can I drop Aoki?

    • matt says:
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      @Blue: Can a male chicken lay eggs? Only if you drop him for pokemen.

  11. AP says:
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    One more thing to add on Gallardo’s remaining schedule- Without checking the numbers, the Cardinals are probably responsible for about 50% of the ER Gallardo has given up in his career, and he gets them twice yet. That remaining schedule is fugly. I almost picked him up before yesterday’s start, saw that and just walked right on by.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AP: Agreed

  12. EnglishMetsFan says:
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    “If I could turn back time, if I could find a way…”

    Started Danny ‘the Balk’ Farquhar over Medlen Kids…

    In honor, I am recommending ‘Medlen, Medlen kids’, as a phrase that describes messing around with a player who has been up and down all year, but comes through in the play-offs, the second you decide to bench him in a weekly league.

    And that homeless guy…that will be me come Sunday, if I cannot bridge the 38 point hole F-Her and my own stupidity has put me in.

    My name is Simon, and I’m a Razzballaholic.

  13. LastPlace says:
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    Start the Freak at Az today? Stream O has him at $6.7, but he makes me so damn nervous!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LastPlace: I wouldn’t unless desperate for Ks

  14. matt says:
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    Ladies & Gentlemen “Gather around, this is the magic trick where i make your fantasy nightmares become a reality” Where all the high $ SP on SON turn against you like T2 Rise of the machines! You’ll be back. .. but only in a re-run.

  15. matt says:
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    I tossed Tillman last night. Take that ROBOT!

    • Hoog says:
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      @matt: lol nice

  16. matt says:
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    Trumbo/Venable/El Toro….ROS Gotta drop 1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @matt: El Toro?

      • Jason says:
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        @Grey: Pedro Alvarez

  17. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    Still stinging from Wainwright earlier in the week and need some good pitcher mojo. Got Teheran, Gee, Buehrle, and Taijuan Walker starting today. Any concerns with any of those guys?

    Guy who worries me the most is Gee. I know Grey has been high on him, but the Nationals bats haven’t been too shabby lately.

  18. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Start Santana at Toronto ? SON is not a fan but I’m on the fence.

  19. Joel says:
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    Hello,
    I have about 15 moves left in the season. I am sitting on Howie Kendrick on the DL. But I have Lawrie playing 2B. I need to drop 1 guy along with Kendrick to add Clippard and Rosenthal for a playoff push. Who should I let go?
    Lincecum, Norris, Ziegler, Kazmir, Cole,

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joel: You have to suddenly add middle relievers? Drop Norris

  20. Fireball Feliz says:
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    In a Roto League with a 200 game start limit, I have this Rotation:

    Mad Max/Collerbone Greink/Samardijajizzaz/AJ Burnett/Nolasco

    How many starts should I expect from each for the ROY? Since Nolasco is in Coors next outing is it worth dropping him to stream for others? I have 39 more starts left

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fireball Feliz: Sure, drop Nolasco… Starters usually get 5-6 starts per month

  21. Jose says:
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    Who do you like going forward this year – Lowrie or Gyorko?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jose: Lowrie

  22. ryuraisemeup says:
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    Hi Grey – This is a 16 team H2H 5×5 league.
    We keep 10 with no restrictions..
    Who would be your 10? If my last pick came down to Yovani Gallardo and Kenley Jansen – do you take Jansen easily?

    Thanks in advance

    J.P. Arencibia
    (Tor – C)
    Mark Trumbo
    (LAA – 1B,3B,OF)
    Ian Kinsler
    (Tex – 2B)
    Matt Domínguez
    (Hou – 3B)
    Xander Bogaerts
    (Bos – SS)
    Hunter Pence
    (SF – OF)
    Mike Trout
    (LAA – OF)
    Andre Ethier
    (LAD – OF)
    Álex Rodríguez
    (NYY – 3B)
    David Wright
    (NYM – 3B)
    Matt Kemp
    (LAD – OF)

    Stephen Strasburg
    (Was – SP)
    Zack Greinke
    (LAD – SP)
    Yovani Gallardo
    (Mil – SP)
    Kenley Jansen
    (LAD – RP)
    Jonathan Papelbon
    (Phi – RP)
    LaTroy Hawkins
    (NYM – RP)
    Joe Kelly
    (StL – SP,RP)
    Andy Pettitte
    (NYY – SP)
    Ross Ohlendorf
    (Was – SP,RP)
    Scott Kazmir
    (Cle – SP)
    Kevin Gausman
    (Bal – SP)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ryuraisemeup: Jansen easily… Greinke, Strasburg, Kemp, Wright, Trout, Xander, Kinsler, Trumbo, Jansen, Pence

  23. nathan says:
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    what is wrong with wil myers? he hasn’t had a hit in over 20 at bats… when do you feel he will turn it around or is it time to let him go in a shallow or even average size leagues?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @nathan: Players don’t hit every game… No idea of your options to replace him

      • nathan says:
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        @Grey: in my shallow league i could replace myers with: yoenis, sandoval, aramis, austin jackson, victor martinez, crawford, alverez, dunn, donaldson…. are any of them replacement material for myers?

        thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Aramis

  24. Casey says:
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    I am currently sitting at 4.5 out of 12 in my Roto league for saves. I have Hawkins and Zieglar, should I drop both of these guys for middle relievers with good K potential or go get Clippard and save the other?
    Thanks!

    P.S. my other 2 closers are Benoit and Jansen.

  25. Rico says:
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    Arenado or Aramis ROS
    Leonys Martin or Aoki ROS
    Starlin, Lake, Profar or keep Franklin ROS

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rico: Aramis, Martin, Franklin

  26. Comma says:
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    start Moss over Stanton, Choo, or Puig?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Comma: Over Choo if Choo were facing a lefty and Moss a righty

      • Comma says:
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        @Grey: yes of course but Choo facing a righty too.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Comma: Hitter T’s recommendings. then adjust if someone is in a streak or slump. Like right now, Go Moss when they both face righties.

  27. Doog says:
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    Heading into the playoffs in my dynasty points league. Do I deal Bautista for Homer Bailey and Chris Tillman? You need more info?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Doog: Not a good trade

  28. Wake Up says:
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    Everyone’s always talking about peanut butter and the dog, peanut butter and the dog, you know the peanut butter trick…well, I got a dog, got some peanut butter…and lemme tell ya…I could taste a whole lot more than peanut butter…myth busted!

  29. Wake Up says:
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    Did Carlos Torres send you a pic of his linus too?

  30. John Axford's Meat Stache says:
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    The Gardenhire joke was classic….quick question: worth dropping Ruf for Moss as we speak? 16 team keeper league with CarGo on the DL, Moss would have to be my everyday LF (even the days he sits) until CarGo gets back. Worth it to ride the hot streak?

  31. Wake Up says:
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    wood-pecker…and that right there is your d3…(and good for chunks…every now and again you need to give a dog a bone…)

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: Haha…3 D jokes in a row…not to be confused with 3-D D jokes…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Emilio Estevez would be proud…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: oh yes, the double E D3…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Men at Work, underrated gem? Terrible movie?

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: i was not a fan

    • Prezi says:
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      @Wake Up: ha!! Chunks is doing good… Speaking of DD.. theres tits at the top of the page! I need a breast reduction, yall!

  32. Wake Up says:
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    I’m staying away from Germen for now too…he’s working on a new pitch and it looks like he hasn’t quite mastered it yet…word is he is calling it the… not see change…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: in the RCL, I have 11pts in Runs…the team with 12pts has exactly 100 more runs than me…insane!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Holy crap… Is that person leading all of the RCL in runs?

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: he’s leading all of the RCL…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Crazy… What’s your league link? I want to see his team…

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: not sure what the league link is…but his team is… My Mustache Has a Mustache

  33. jro says:
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    Trying to hold lead in Whip and ERA have 1.25 era lead and .30 whip lead. Should I sit anyone?

    Shark v PHI
    Parker v TB
    Santana v @TOR

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @jro: Ervin

  34. Dani says:
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    At this point, would you drop Altuve for Scooter or Ackley? I have 1st place all but locked up for regular season and thinking about playoffs (starts in 2 weeks)

    Also have Cozart so could drop both of them since Scooter has SS elig

    • Grey

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      @Dani: Yup, Altuve for Scooter…

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Dani: I dropped Altuve for Scooter 2 weeks ago. He ain’t worth much hitting .270 and not stealing

  35. John says:
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    Late trade deadline. 10 team 5×5 h2h. Is the following trade fair: Fielder, Garza, J. Henderson and Asdrubal Cabrera for Carpenter, Greinke and Grilli?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John: Fair enough

  36. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Hi Gray,

    One more week left in my keepers league before playoffs. Also only 6 moves left. One guy just dropped Xander. Pick him up or leave those moves for playoffs?
    Thanx

  37. MattH says:
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    Hi, Grey.
    Nice post. Looking forward to the buy sell.
    Heading into the final stretch I just wanted thank-you
    for this awesome site. I’m hanging on to first place in
    two Roto leagues because of your (and the rest of
    Razzball contributors) advice.

    Thank-you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattH: Nice, glad to help

  38. Todd says:
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    Aloha!
    need some guidance.
    I’m not contending this year, as such I have been sucked into buying into top prospects We can keep 10 for next year at the cost they were drafted at increasing $5. Undrafted waiver adds are $1 to keep. Think our budget is 260. Not too worried about cost. I am worried about choosing just 10 of deez guys.

    Which 10 would you choose?
    Freeman, profar, segura, machado, trout, eaton, marte, Baez, bogaerts, Ian Desmond, yelich.
    Parker, bucholz, a. Bradley, t. Walker, gray, wheeler, cueto, erasmo, Alex wood

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Todd: Your whole offense except Baez, Yelich, Profar. Then Wheeler and Wood

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mahalo! Freeman, segura, machado, trout, marte, bogaerts, Ian Desmond, yelich, wheeler, walker

      • Todd says:
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        @Grey: mahalo! You wouldn’t keep cueto or bucholz? The only proven pitchers out the bunch

        • Todd says:
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          @Todd: also, not sure if I should keep 3 ss (segura, bogaerts, and Desmond.) using 3 spots for one position might not be the best play, ESP since my pitching is lacking.. I would toss Desmond out of the 3 but he has been turning it on as of late.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            You should go to my newest post… Aloha!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d prefer Buchholz

  39. 'topes says:
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    would you start:

    Santiago vs Red Sox

    Liriano vs Cards (after his last blow up)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope on Santuago… Liriano in some leagues, depends on how badly you need a safe option

  40. Jon says:
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    On my roster right now I have Khris Davis, Dane of the Rose and Kyle Kendrick as expendable. I have Kemp coming back soon so that takes care of one move. Also considering adding Gennett (especially if Cano is out for a while), Grossman, Eaton, Wily Peralta, Morton, Erasmo or Kelvin Herrera…

    Any thoughts on who could help during the playoffs, or should I wait for the buy column?

    • Grey

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      Wait for the Buy

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Jon: Hard to say who on offense would help you not knowing who they would be starting over. Probably use the spots for SP streamers

  41. Big AL says:
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    I know you hate Sally Boy Perez,but he’s red hot 4 hr’s this week 500 BA. available on waivers. Do I pick him up for the playoffs and drop Pierzynski or stay put ?

    • Grey

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      Switch them out

  42. costaricanchata says:
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    @ Grey :

    which do you find more difficult to predict / rely on
    starting pitching or hitting ?
    (let’s leave artificial intelligence out of the conversation .
    i’d rather rely on your’s) .

    b) if we can assume that by ridding baseball of peds ,
    that the average distance that a fly-ball will travel will lessen ,
    then , should we be placing more value on fly-ball pitchers in the years to come ?
    (some of these teams are starting 2 (or more) center-fielders , nowadays) .

    • Grey

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      let’s take number two first…I don’t think PEDs are strictly to make fly balls travel further… Helps players recuperate after a workout, and not have aches and pains, amongst other things… First question, pitching is harder…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: not to mention all the SPs that are on PEDs as well…

        • Grey

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          That’s true too

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Grey:

        agreed .
        peds are a wonderful recuperative agent ,
        but there’s no denying that it results in batted balls
        flying farther more often .

        • Grey

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          Yeah, it’s hard to isolate that effect though

  43. Teddy Heater says:
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    I won’t name drop Medlen, (oops) but he does have a son, so we got at least 1 more Flat Billed Pitchypus! Hopefully he’ll get a little more height than his pops!

    • Grey

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      Haha

  44. The Thumb says:
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    Drop Fowler for Moss?

    Also, start Liriano today at home vs STL? I have about 150 innings left and I’m chasing wins.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold Fowler unless you really need power, I’d sit Liriano there

  45. OaktownSteve says:
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    I see you’re holding on to 2nd in the RCL. Looks like a big day for you on the mound. I’ll be there rooting anti-Price tonight but I’d be happy with a walkoff A’s win at the expense of the bullpen for your sake, my friend.

    • Grey

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      Yup, big day… Just go Liriano off waivers and figured it’s worth it for me to roll him out there… Praying Price adds some much needed stability into my pitching today as I have a lot of risk going… Thanks for rooting for me!

  46. The Thumb says:
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    Do you think Taijuan could have a Pineda type impact from a couple years back?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He could, sure

  47. Scott says:
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    Who to keep ROS, 2 scenario’s .
    1-Venable, Moss or Khris Davis (pick 1)
    2-Moss or Kris Davis

    • Grey

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      1. Venable 2. Moss

  48. MB says:
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    I have 21 innings i need to use from a waiver guy

    who you want? quality starts, wins, Ks matter

    Doug Fister, Danny Duffy, Wheeler, Jon Niese, Marco Estrada, or J Parker?

    • Grey

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      Estrada

  49. Grey

    Grey says:
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    ******THERE’S A NEW POST FOR FOLLOWUPS FOR ME******

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