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Reds announced that Joey Votto is able to return.  Crickets, pin dropping, echo…echo…echo… “God?  It’s me, Dusty Baker.  If I need him, is Votto ready to pitch?”  “I’m afraid not, Dusty.  He’s not a pitcher.”  “In the traditional sense?”  “In every sense.”  “How about as a reliever?”  “No, Dusty.”  “As a LOOGY?”  “Fine, Dusty.”  “Thanks!  Oh, and good job on creating toothpicks.”  “I didn’t.”  “Sure, and I didn’t ruin Kerry Wood and Mark Prior’s careers.”  The Reds said Votto could return today, but because they don’t need him and want to make sure he’s okay for the playoffs, they’re going to ease him back into the lineup.  It could mean he returns today.  It could mean Friday.  In weekly leagues, it’s probably too late for this to make a difference, and in daily leagues you can probably figure when to play him.  Here’s hoping that not only does he return soon, but that he also plays every day, from my mouth to Dusty’s toothpick-creating God.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

J.P. Arencibia – Could return this weekend from his injury, making good on his full name, Just Peachy.

Oscar Taveras – The Cards are talking about calling up their top hitting prospect — maybe the top hitting prospect in the minors — when the Double-A season ends.  Here’s what Scott, our prospect writer, said about him, “Word is, St. Louis might use him as a bat off the bench down the stretch, but there’s no real channel for immediate regular play, and thus, not a whole lot of immediate fantasy value.  Still, if you haven’t done so already, take note of Taveras as an impact outfielder for the next decade or so.  He’s gonna be great, like a kilt made of Grey’s skin.”  Didn’t remember that last part at all.  I agree with Scott (hence, me copying and pasting it).  He could also break camp next year, but more likely he’ll be the big June 1st call-up.  In keepers and very deep mixed leagues, I’d grab him now.  He’s a 25 homer, 15 steal, .315 hitter over the course of a full season.

Michael Morse – Left after one at-bat with renewed soreness in his thumb.  I can empathize, that used to happen to me all the time from too much Atari.

Carlos Gomez – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  Okay, if steals and power are the key, then CarGo is the lock.

Chris Perez – Pestano recorded the save yesterday as Chris Perez was away from the team on personal reasons.  Anyone that ever went to high school knows that when someone is out for “personal reasons” it means, well, Chris Perez is pregnant.

Michael Fiers – 3 1/3 IP, 4 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Not sure why teams can’t shut players down on a positive note.  Now Fiers’s ERA is over 3 and he has this terrible start to think about all winter.  Unless the Brewers do the unthinkable and send him out there again, so they can throw more good money after bad.

Ross Detwiler – 7 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.15.  Impressive season while being unsung.  The lack of Ks accounts for a lot of that unsungness (Made Up Word of the Day!), but his ratios (1.16 WHIP) more than make up for it.  Next year, I imagine he won’t be drafted until the final rounds of most mixed leagues, and I can’t say I disagree.  Without Ks, he’ll need to be a tightrope artist to keep his fantasy value where it was this year.

Adam LaRoche – 1-for-4 with his 2nd homer in his last two games (he sat out Sunday).  The usually strong second half performer has been solid, if unspectacular.  A strong September though could quiet all of those critics, and by all of those critics I mean the two or three people who are actually impassioned enough to have a view on LaRoche one way or the other.

Jeff Niemann – Has a slight strain of his rotator cuff.  I think the Rays added the slight part for the Dr. James Andrews “slight” discount.

B.J. Upton – 1-for-3, 2 runs and a slam (17) and legs (27).  He’s now batting .250 on the year.  I gotta be honest, I’m one of the few fantasy baseball ‘perts that doesn’t hate B.J. Upton, but I also have never owned him in any league ever.  For a guy with ten leagues a year, that’s no small feat, as they say in a bowling alley that doesn’t cater to dwarfs.

Fernando Rodney – Recorded his 41st save and lowered his ERA to 0.72.  Hahahahahahahaha *breathe, Grey, breathe*  Hahahahahahaha…

Jeff Samardzija – 7 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.91 vs. Detwiler.  Tale of two fringe mixed league starters.  Samardzija should be more coveted next year than Detwiler.  If Samardzija takes a small step forward, he could be a a top 30 starter next year.  There’s a chance he’s my go-to starter for all of my teams as a fantasy number four.  I might even register Razzijaball.com.

Kris Medlen – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 12 Ks.  I typed that pitching line without wearing any pants, and without the use of my fingers.  Infer what you want.

Tony Abreu – 2-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs.  Now 5 for his last 8…And that’s all I got for him.  He’s hitting and has eligibility everywhere you could want, if you’re very desperate.

Geovany Soto – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer for the Rangers.  You’re probably just glad I didn’t mention David Murphy’s 2-for-4 day.  Doh!

Michael Young – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer in 509 at-bats.  Imagine the damage he could’ve done if the Rangers hit him leadoff.  I’m using damage in its traditional sense, you know, as in to harm something in such a way as to impair its value, usefulness, or normal function.

Tommy Milone – 3 IP, 5 ER.  Stream-o-Nator didn’t look so solid on this one.  Milone’s another guy that should probably be shut down.  In general, you’re gonna find more value in September from pitchers who have more experience (Nolasco, for instance), then starters who are pitching more innings than they have before.

Josh Donaldson – 2-for-4 with his 4th homer in the last five games.   Oh, bee tee dubya, he has catcher eligibility.  Make every Jewish mother proud and get your JD.

Chris Carter – 2-for-4 with his 4th homer in the last ten games.  Make every sci-fi nerd happy and friend Chris Carter.

Robinson Cano – 1-for-4, but could sit out today with hip tightness.  Thanks to my C-minus in Bio 101, I can tell you hip tightness is also known as “being square.”

Alex Rodriguez – 1-for-4 as he returned to the lineup.  One small step for A-Rod, one giant leap for muscular women who want to feel special.

Daniel Murphy – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 5th homer as someone who mistaken thought I’ve been touting Daniel Murphy rather than David Murphy steps in shizz.

Jason Vargas – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks vs. the Sawx.  Eyeing both the Mariners and Red Sox lineups and you see they look equally matched.  Somewhere in Saugus, Massachusetts, a woman with a mullet is crying.

Patrick Corbin – 5 IP, 4 ER.  See Tommy Milone and Fiers’s blurbs.  It’s the young pitcher swan song.

Brandon League – Another day, another look at the Dodgers closing shituation.  Yesterday, Belisario entered a tied game in the 7th inning for one out and gave up the tying run, but Brandon League didn’t come in until the 10th, then pitched two innings, so he’s probably unavailable for today.  I’d still give the edge to League; I wouldn’t sweat it though.  Let’s just say yesterday I looked at the box score and saw the game in extra innings, so I was half expecting League had either pitched the eighth inning or had coughed up the lead in the ninth.  It’s a total closerf*ck.

Luis Cruz – 4-for-5, 1 run.  He has absolutely no value beyond the fact that he’s got a hot bat.  In some leagues, that’s all you need, so there ya go.

Tyler Cloyd – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks vs. the Reds.  Impressive start from the (relatively) young Philly starter.  What’s less impressive are his Triple-A strikeouts.  The ERA was solid (2.35), but his K-rate was under 6 and he didn’t crack the Phillies top 30 prospects prior to this season.  Cloyd banks on his defense and the G-Unit to stay on fire, so I’d be real careful about using him in the final month.

John Mayberry Jr. – 1-for-4 with his 14th homer.  Yesterday, I pointed out Mayberry, BFD is a hot schmotato.  Pick him up.  Today, I will talk about something else, something a bit weighty:  nepotism.  Deep thoughts with Grey Albright!  There’s a crapton of baseball players in the majors that had relatives in the majors.  They are obviously not in the majors due to nepotism.  Someone’s not starting at first because their dad did.  Genetics plays into it.  They had a natural inclination, they were around the game 24/7 growing up, which helped them, and they always knew making the majors was a real possibility because their uncle, dad, brother did, so they were never discouraged by setbacks.  Maybe it’s the same in other fields of life and nepotism is thrown around by those without the natural skills.  Could be that the word nepotism is an easy way for those without the natural gifts to sluff off those that have it.  Then I see a Kate Hudson film and I think nepotism does exist.

Phillippe Aumont – Got the save yesterday after Paps’ Sunday mishaps. This is a sign of things to come for Phillippe, probably in a year’s time.  For now, he’s a set-up man, giving me time to come up with a solid mnemonic to spell his first name.  PH-balanced I double hockey sticks, I Play PE…  Hmm, I have time.

Vernon Wells – 2-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam & legs.  Only 27 more games out of a possible 27 exactly like this and his 2012 salary will only seem slightly obscene.

Mike Trout – 1-for-4 with his 43rd steal.  I thought of Trout the other day when Young MC’s Bust A Move was playing on my radio (yes, I have a radio that plays one hit wonders from twenty years ago).  You know how in the last verse he says, “Your best friend Harry has a brother Larry… In five days from now, he’s gonna marry… He’s hopin you can make it there if you can… Cause in the ceremony, you’ll be the best man…”  Larry’s gonna marry and he’s choosing his brother’s best friend?  Why not Harry?  Or his own best friend?  I mean, it’s not even guaranteed that this guy is gonna make it to the ceremony.  To me, the guy who they’re reserving the best man spot for has to be some kind of special man.  That would be Mike Trout.  Mike Trout is so good he’s everyone’s best man.

From Around The Web

  1. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    I don’t think you have been this right about a player this year than you are with Medlen. I think all your poitivity towards him before he became a starter has made him a better pitcher. Medlen needs to hook you up with a game ball. Of course you can break into his place like Stanton’s and place your pic next to his bed. And the fact that no one else loves him as much as you makes me a little worried…do you have his stat line from yesterday in the spank bank?

    T-shirt idea, it just says MEDLEN across the front in all caps and bold. Most people would think its some new cool underground clothing company and let them. even his name is cool.

    last thought on the medlen, if he gets hurt alot you can write his name meDLen…still a sweet shirt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate, “The courts have said I can’t go within Medlen in real life so I’m stuck with wearing his name on my shirt.” Is that too long of a shirt?

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Grey, there is nothing wrong with medlen on a shirt in any form.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @Jack Full of Hate, I think the front will stop at “in real life…” and pick it up again with “…so” for the back…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Grey, saw him being interviewed on MLB today…I think he needs to lay off the amphetamines…I think you are making very little sense today in your responses to me. Are you that enamored by the Medlen? you can’t even finger speak correct.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes, me love Medlen… For this year… Not thinking about him for next year, because the Braves have shown they aren’t opposed to putting him in the bullpen…

              • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                @Grey, thats more like the grey I know. Yes the Braves blow with their pitching. I think they fell too in love with their young arms and forgot about their other young arms.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  They still have a bunch of pitching, and Hanson, Delgado and Minor should all be in the rotation…

                  • Jack Full of Hate says:
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                    @Grey, I think they need to make a move for some outfielders and move some of those arms

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, they already did clean out one arm in Vizcaino…

  2. Grey's da man! says:
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    SON has been hurting me lately..it likes Millwood home vs Red Sox and Correia home vs Astros tomorrow. Which one, if any, would you take for a streamer in a 12 team roto league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Correia would be my choice if I had to, but I’d look to avoid both…

  3. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    Nice #MTISG.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, #thanks

  4. Grey's da man! says:
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    Another SON question. Skaggs pitching in Petco on Friday – SON has a 92. Stay away?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, I’d throw him, i think SON doesnt have enough FIP to give you a proper prediction. Besides he is visiting his friend hodgepadre.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, I’d pitch most pitchers in Petco, Skaggs would be one…

  5. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Uggla says he’s been benched. With H2H playoffs coming up, dump him for a streamer or hot bat and go with Espinosa at 2B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, Streamer…

  6. knighttown says:
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    Great Young MC Rant. Only the twisted mind of Grey listens to 25 year old lyrics so closely he can pick out plotholes.

    • Tom Carvel says:
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      @knighttown, but what he’s missing that is so obvious to me is that the best friend Harry is actually going to marry his brother Larry. Am I the only one who gets this?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @Tom Carvel, Ha!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knighttown, Thanks! It is a plot hole too!

  7. Timequake says:
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    Which two would you take out of these for the rest of the way: David Murphy, Torii, Reynolds, Goldschmidt, Austin Jackson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Timequake, Hunter, Murphy

  8. Grey's da man! says:
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    Is Rizzo droppable for Reynolds at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Yup

  9. Mike says:
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    Would u drop trumbo? Benched him 2 weeks ago thankfully….could always pick up guys like Rizzo,colvin,chris Davis to fill in if I need it.
    Was thinking of freeing up a spot to stream pitchers
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, If you need a streamer, sure… I’d prefer to hold him…

  10. joe from pt pleasant says:
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    Funny stuff G.. great job.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @joe from pt pleasant, Thanks!

  11. Rabbit says:
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    Those Bust a Move Harry/Larry/best man lyrics bothered me for years. (What’s that? Yes, you’re correct, I have little to no life.) My consternation was rekindled when I bought the song on iTunes recently. But I think I figured it out: Young MC just made a pronoun placement mistake. The “he” in the line “Your best friend Harry has a brother Larry… In five days from now, _he’s_ gonna marry” refer not to Larry, but to _Harry_. I.e., Harry’s getting married in five days, and has invited you, as his best friend, to be the best man. Yes, normally the pronoun “he” would refer to the last male mentioned (Larry), but I prefer to think that Young MC took some liberties with pronoun placement rather than that he would make such an egregious wedding etiquette faux pas. (A stickler may counter that true wedding etiquette requires a man to choose his brother as best man rather than his best friend, but I think it is clearly implied in the song that Larry is an A-hole so Harry doesn’t want him (Larry) to be his (Harry’s) best man. (See how confusing pronoun placement can be?)).

    • Grey

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      @Rabbit, I thought of that, but even if it’s the case, what kind of best man maybe, perhaps, we’ll see if I can make it to your wedding? It makes more sense if his plans are tentative for his best friend’s brother’s wedding…

  12. Mike says:
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    Looking to stream tonight…
    Choices are stults vs la
    Harvey vs cards
    Garcia vs mets
    Wandy vs hou
    Hanson vs col
    Please rank if possible as I might be able to stream 2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike, Wandy, Garcia

  13. Chuckles Tiddlesworth says:
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    Grey, you seem to be turning it up for the stretch run. Keep it up (though I suppose more Medlen magic will take care of that …).

    Rest of the way, NL-only, 6×6 (incl SLG) … Uggla or Altuve? McCann or Rosario? Beltran or Maybin?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chuckles Tiddlesworth, Thanks! Altuve, Rosario, Maybin…

  14. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Pick 2 of these 2-starters: Marcum (@MIA-LeBlanc, @STL-Kelly), J. Garcia (vNYM-Harvey, @SD-Stults), Minor (vCOL-White, @MIL-TBA). W, L and QS all count.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson, Marcum, Minor

  15. Howard says:
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    Grey, Picked up Taveras where I could in my ESPN keepers. Trouble is this time of year I have few or no adds left. Naturally Yahoo does not have him. They seem to like their waiver wire to be like a ‘bro’ sale at Macy’s!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Howard, Ha!

  16. Wake Up says:
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    If you’ve been playing FBB for awhile, and you have multiple teams every year, and you’ve never owned BJ Upton, you don’t like BJ Upton!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up, Ha! Hmm… I can’t like him because I’ve never owned him?

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey, I go to sushi about twice a month. Most people that I know, that eat sushi, don’t like the surf clam. I don’t not like the surf clam. I’ve never even ordered the surf clam. Every time I go to sushi, the surf clam is available for me to try, but still I look elsewhere. Like, for instance, the salmon roe. I love the salmon roe. Sweet, briny, popping, unborn fishy goodness. No matter where I think I’m heading, I always end up with Ikura. Not once, with the surf clam. Your B.J. is a surf clam, bossman.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I don’t eat the surf clam either… But from the outside looking in, the surf clam looks absolutely appetizing…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey, Getting a surf clam is one thing…Giving a surf clam is a whole other ball of rice…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Especially if you get sand in your teeth…

  17. Jon says:
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    Would you drop Fiers or Corbin first to grab Reynolds for your predicted hot streak? I could use some offense in this first week of the playoffs (especially if Cano is out very long…)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jon, Fiers

    • Jon says:
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      Just looked – Corbin gets @SD next, Fiers @STL – so drop Fiers?

      I’d prefer to drop Anibal on performance but if Anibal’s going to keep pitching and they’re not…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Fiers

  18. Grey's da man! says:
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    Drop Goldschmidt for Reynolds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Grey’s da man!, Reynolds

  19. Jon says:
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    Reynolds or Robot Jones?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Robot

  20. Poo Holes says:
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    Looking for some streamage help for my championship match up. Already throwing E-Jax (yummy vs Cubs) and Latos (still on the fence about this one) but looking to pick up one more to combat his Kershaw, Britton, and Kennedy. His pitching is pretty good so I’m gunna need top stuff if I want to beat him. Options are as follows: Harvey (streamed him a few times already and trying not to get roofied), Garcia (safest bet, I would assume), Parker (not a fan after reading Fiers and Milone’s blurbs), Cobb (never had faith in him), and Kendrick (Phillies best starter this year!). Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garcia for his next start… Let’s win you some championship!

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Grey, I’m not overly worried, seeing as I have both Trout and Medlen. One other question, do I drop a boring player like Choo for an exciting one like Harper?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, don’t see much harm in that…

  21. Timequake says:
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    Hey Grey, one other question. Austin Jackson or Willingham ROTW? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Different things… Willingham…

  22. yankees2012 says:
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    Hello Grey,
    Well, the SON batted .500 yesterday as far as my team was concerned. Medlen and Detwiler pitched great. Fiers and Milone not so good. Actually, they were God f’n awful. I kinda hope Fiers gets shut down as you have indicated. However, I think Milone goes against Seattle next so my hope is he is made to atone for his transgression of majorly sucking and make his next start. That’s my rant.

    What do you think?

    Thanks much Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think they’re both risky, even if a good matchup…

  23. El_Hombre says:
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    So with votto back, do you see Frazier’s playing time dropping off sharply? He had such a great August, itd be a shame

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Frazier’s gonna lose playing time…

  24. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    My wife and I started watching that Small Town Security show last night, and it lives up to the “David Lynch movie of reality shows” billing. If you told me this was the neighborhood and some of the people who inspired Blue Velvet, I’d have no trouble believing it.

    Just do me a favor and watch episode 1. Looks like you can get it instantly from iTunes or Amazon, but I also know how to get it gratis, sans tuppence, sine pecunia… so drop me an email if you want those details.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m knee deep in Breaking Bad for an interview with one of the actors from the show for tonight’s podcast… But will try to check it out this weekend… Send it to me over email, if you can…

  25. papasmurf says:
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    I was looking at Medlen but passed on him since he was gonna pitch only 3 innings his first time. I think I rostered Maholm instead… now the 2nd place team has him and I am barely hanging on to the lead.

    Man hindsight’s always 20-20.

    Here’s hoping he gives up at least one more earned run before the year’s over…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No! I own him, no earned runs…

    • Prezii says:
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      @papasmurf, hey thats no fair smurfy! You cant punish all of us just cuz you didnt listen to grey! When grey (or stream o nator) talks, you listen!

      No earned runs!

    • beardcrabs says:
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      @papasmurf, I think we can sacrifice 1 ER for your cause… Selfless…

  26. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    Followup question from yesterday…

    I can only carry 3 of these starters. Assuming they all make their scheduled starts (including every 6th day for Cashner), these are the matchups for the final month.

    Disregard first matchups that occur during my bye week.

    Fister: vCLE…@CWS, @CLE, vMIN, vKC
    Cashner: vARI…vCOL, @SF, vSF
    Harvey: @STL…vWAS, @MIL, vMIA, vPIT
    Beckett: @SF…vSTL, @WAS, @SD, vCOL
    Iwakuma: vOAK…@TEX, vBAL, @LAA

    My best guess is Fister, Beckett, and Cashner. How would you rank your top 3?

    Thanks!

    • Prezii says:
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      @Melvin Emanuel, mmmm cashner is lookin tasty…. Beckett too!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your guess is right…

  27. Prezii says:
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    So since this matchup im in means nothing being two games ahead.. im gonna get started early on next week (first round of playoffs)..

    Not too many games on monday but not terrible matchies..

    We got ubaldo @MIN? Leake

    • Prezii says:
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      God damn you phone!!! Sorry…

      Leake VS PITT?
      OR Volstad @ HOU?

      Which one would you roll with if any?

      Thanks grey!!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        None are great, Leake…

        • Prezii says:
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          @Grey, yeah ubaldo and volstad are probably too riskay.. westbrook and guthrie could fall on decent matchups tuesday.. ehh ill wait a couple days when things are more clear…

          Thanks for the help anyway!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem…

  28. Carnac says:
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    Even when in the thick of the payoff race, this is the most demoralizing time of the year. In April, the season in your oyster. Now? Yes, Josh Donaldson may be your best FA bet at 3B for the next 10 days.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you’d never thought you’d be deciding between McCann and Donaldson…

      • Carnac says:
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        @Grey, Ugh, if only C is where I needed Donaldson. McCann has killed me in another league. At least he just got a cortisone shot!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah, thought he had C everywhere…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I also have people shoot silly string at me while I’m doing it…gangnam style!

  29. Allen says:
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    Yo, do I get reynolds, Moreland, Colvin, Mayberry or Maybin for overall production ROS?

    Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Colvin

  30. the hungarian hippo says:
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    Tell your MNF (Monday Night Floozie) thank you for typing the Medlen blurb. If you’re gonna be a giver it’s the least she could do.

    But in all seriousness… what’s zee deal with Straily?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      At this point, Straily’s not worth owning for redraft leagues…

  31. Whiskey Diet says:
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    My middle infield is in shambles with Lawrie hurt, Uggla benched, etc. in my 12 Team H2H, Y! league with OBP, SLG.

    I have Hanley who can play 3B, SS.

    What combination do you like the rest of the way for 2B, 3B, SS? (If anything, my biggest needs are OBP, AVG):

    H. Ramirez (3B, SS)
    P. Ciriaco (2B, 3B, SS)
    M. Scutaro (2B, 3B, SS)
    M. Reynolds (3B)
    E. Aybar (SS)
    D. Uggla (2B)
    L. Cruz (3B, SS)

    Thanks for any help, Grey. Cheers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hanley, Aybar, Reynolds…

      • Whiskey Diet says:
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        @Grey, Thanks. So what would you do at 2B? Keep Uggla, lose him for Ciriaco, Scutaro…?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lose him for Ciriaco…

  32. WHIP it good says:
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    Hi Grey, would you drop Sandoval (never homers) for Reynolds?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  33. votto-voom says:
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    Grey,

    In great position to win my 16 team roto 4×4 league (Some thanks to you, Medlin, Millone… some thanks to me ignoring the “cut Rios he’s yawnstipating”) . About the only potential pitfall is the steals category.

    Is dewayne Wise a solid candidate to chip in a few steals the rest of the season?

    Thanks for the advice and entertainment this year,
    Ed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wise could get 10 steals in Sept, yup…. No problem….

  34. Chillmodious says:
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    So, I’m having trouble deciding whether my current fantasy baseball situation is good or bad. Here’s the background… in my 12tm H2H league, 6 teams make the playoffs with the top 2 receiving first round BYEs. There are three playoff weeks total, each lasting 7 days (duh).

    My team went in to a late-season funk after Jay Bruce’s July and losing Joey Bats, Ruiz, and the stats Kipnis was supposed to carry over from before the ASB. Things were getting dicey (as they say in Vegas) before I switched things up two weeks ago and added PAlvarez, CarlosGo, Coco Crisp, and Wilin to my roster. Then Bruce became BRUUUUUCE again, Jimmy Rollins started thinking it was 2008, and Kris Medlen placed a flat-billed New Era hat on my heart. I went 10-0 last week and locked up the #2 seed entering the playoffs (this week). Now, my rotation lined up for 3 starters (Anibal, Medlen, Detwiler) to get 2 starts this week and all of them KILLED it yesterday. Plus League chipped in 2 scoreless innings with a W and a couple Ks, Wilhelmsen notched a save, and my bats started off nicely. Hell, even Howie Kendrick is coming alive! My team is on absolute fire.

    This seems pretty great, right? No so fast my friend…

    It’s basically meaningless! I have a BYE week right now, so all this production is for not. And the way baseball hot streaks go, I see my team circling the drain come Sunday and cooling just enough to be thwarted in next week’s matchup. Further, my rotation will no longer be lined up in such a perfect manner.

    The writing is on the wall for a loss next week, right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha! You sounds pretty optimistic… Hopefully your team doesn’t go down the drain due to being so hot recently, but there’s always a chance of it…

      • Chillmodious says:
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        @Grey, I am optimistic that I will remain a cynic for the rest of my life! This week will be a dominant one, no doubt. But I’m losing next week. I feel it. FMFBBL.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HNFMFBBL… Hopefully Not…

  35. Jon says:
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    Frazier’s a must-start for me but may not be for Dusty. Carter generally sits against tough righties, yeah? (like tonight v Greinke?). I’ve got a 3-man bench of Hosmer, Espinosa and Rasmus, but may need to start subbing those guys in more for Frazier and Carter.

    Any suggestions on how to use them during the playoffs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Carter does sit vs. tough righties… Play Carter whenever he’s playing, sit Rasmus for as long as he’s not hitting…

  36. Melvin Emanuel says:
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    @Grey

    1) Need a UTL going into playoffs next week.

    Not focusing on any particular category, Please rank next 3 for next week: Gordon, D. Young, Hunter, Robot Jones, Crisp, Murphy, Reynolds

    2) ROS Catcher: Perez, Wieters, Grandal, Donaldson, Ellis, J. Montero

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Robot, Crisp, Hunter 2) Perez

  37. stuff says:
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    Is Medlen actually worth considering in a keeper league? I got Hamels as a definite keeper, and the other two are Yu or Yovani (I can keep only 2 pitchers). Medlen over either of these? I mean is he really this good?

    Also, drop McAllister or Straily for Cashner?

    Thanks as always.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Medlen’s not over either of those two… Drop Straily for Cashner…

  38. Matt says:
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    I can drop Kenley in redraft league for Casey Janssen right? Two weeks wont make a big diff in roto, and assuming he does not go on the DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, you can make that move…

  39. Steve says:
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    Prayer circle for Porcello please.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Done

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Gah.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        It’s not a disaster yet… Fingers crossed…

        • Steve says:
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          @Grey, OK. That was a little better. Some run support would be nice. This is Masterson remember – the guy who crapped over everyone’s ratios last week…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha, there ya go!

  40. AnotherFalstaff says:
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    @Grey – Weekly league H2H playoffs – De Aza for seven games (4 @ home) or Reynolds for six (3 @ home). Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      De Aza

  41. Carnac says:
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    Rasmus being held on first by Reynolds. I haven’t seen layered, flowing locks like that since Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith.

    • Carnac says:
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      @Carnac, Edit: A PAIR of layered, flowing locks…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They stood stand back-to-back-to-back with the ump, holding their fingers like pistols…

  42. Steve says:
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    Longo!

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, CarGo!

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Has to be Konerk-o next.

        Surely.

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Giancarlo!

        Good day for the o’s.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, heck’s yeah!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      YES!

  43. jdbus says:
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    I got offered Gordon and Straily for my Frazier in a dynasty league. Im out of the playoffs this year so I’m mainly thinking about next year. How much value do you think Frazier will have next year? My initial reaction to this deal is to accept it, but i just want to make sure i should take it. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gordon?

  44. jdbus says:
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    Haha Alex Gordon, my bad!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold…

  45. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    They opened the roof in Toronto despite the fact it had been raining earlier; now it is raining again and they seem to be having problems closing it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHAHA…

  46. Steve says:
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    Double play would be good here, Porcello.

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Blech. You and I are not on the same wavelength currently, SON.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Damn, SoN…

  47. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Just go with Oriole starters vs the Jays. 6.1 shutout innings for Saunders yesterday; 7 shutout innings for Britton today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Why didn’t you tell me that yesterday?

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey, Ha. I needed 1 more game to test my theory. I’m pushing my luck and going with Gonzalez tomorrow.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hopefully he doesn’t have Moves like Arrieta…

  48. Eng says:
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    Would Sir Grey drop Frazier to add Lind at CI?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  49. Poo Holes says:
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    Over the past two days, my pitchers have thrown 35.1 innings and have 37 k’s and an ERA of 1.53. Such a random group of dudes too: Medlen, Motte, Clippard, Detwiler, E-Jax, Latos, and Jaime Garcia. Now I just need my hitting to follow suit and pick it up so I can get me some serious loot!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those sound like the guys I’m rocking in leagues… Wonder where you got the idea about them? Wink, wink, nudge, nudge…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, you jinxed Edwin… Dah…

      • Poo Holes says:
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        @Grey, This was post Edwin explosion! The Iwakuma and Holland starts on Sunday were totally me though, you suggested McDonald and Buehrle and they got rocked!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn… My bad… I started the podcast and Edwin looked great, then kapow…

          • Poo Holes says:
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            @Grey, I’m blaming the podcast…damn you technology!!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yes, I am too… Good guest today though… Actor from Breaking Bad…

              • Poo Holes says:
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                @Grey, You had me at Breaking Bad. Wait, that was the last word you said…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hehe…

                  • Poo Holes says:
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                    @Grey, I thought about guessing which actor, but I’ll settle for the surprise tomorrow. Definitely tuning in for this one, gunna be tough to top Rasmus Girl!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s interesting since I’ve never seen the show and I ask all the questions…

                    • Poo Holes says:
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                      @Grey, I know I’m probably not the first to tell you this…but you need to get on that.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      This offseason, it’s on the top of the list…

  50. nick m. says:
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    14-team H2H (categories) playoffs – should I drop Hosmer for Mark Reynolds at this point?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yes

  51. Steve says:
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    This game. Wanted to start my brand new Robot, so slotted him in at Util ahead of Ethier, who was facing a lefty (and we know what he’s like against them).

    Of course he sonavabenches me for the second day in a row.

    I know we decided against it yesterday, but doesn’t this make a decent case for playing Robot at 1B i9nstead of Konerko so I can start Ethier?

    I mean, I know what Konerko will do as soon as I do that, but still…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I hear ya… Go with Robot and Ethier…

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey, I’ve already used 5 of my 10 adds this week, so it’s probably not feasible, but do you like LaRoche over Robot?

        LaRoche is currently unowned in the ol’ H2H…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I do like LaRoche better…

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey, Hmmmm. I’m already leading HRs 6-0 and RBIs 18-7 so I might be better to stick with the Robot and conserve an add…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              True, makes sense…

    • royce! says:
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      @Steve, If it makes you feel any better, I benched Laroche today because he was facing a lefty…4/4 with 2 HR…of course it didn’t hurt that the lefty was gone after an inning.

      • Steve says:
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        @royce!, Oh yeah – I saw that. Nice of you to say, but there’s not much that could make me feel better about my second-half performance in the RCL (sad trombone).

        Oh – I’d say that McCann for Uggla trade has turned out about dead even, wouldn’t you?

        • royce! says:
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          @Steve, Ha! Yeah, one of the fairest trades I’ve ever made!

  52. Steve says:
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    Oh – and memo to the White Sox. If the bottom three in the Twins lineup are torching you like that, you’re doing it wrong.

  53. ThE sHiT says:
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    @Grey: Donaldson or Reynolds over Alvarez for 3B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Reynolds

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey, Donaldson over Weiters?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, go for it…

          • ThE sHiT says:
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            @Grey, Dropped Minor for Estada. Those Ks look mighty tasty. Any of Britton, McCarthy, Griffin, Cashner, Werner, Morrow, or Marcum over Niese for the stretch run?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Morrow over Niese… Estrada will probably be shut down before the end of the season…

  54. Horse says:
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    14 team, non-keeper.

    1 move left – Drop Milone or McAllister for Minor? Or hold?

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  55. Steve says:
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    Can I get a bit more run support for Mr Greinke over here, please?

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Cody Ross just made me cry. BB was going so well…

      • Steve says:
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        @Steve, Shit, shit, shit!

        • Steve says:
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          @Steve, Aww, man. He deserved better than that.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, he did…

            • Steve says:
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              @Grey, Him and Grienke had just finished cleaning up after Milone and Porcello – I’d taken the lead in ERA.

              The past tense being important here…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Why past?

                • Steve says:
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                  @Grey, After the Beavan meltdown, I ain’t leading ERA no more.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Oh, crap…

  56. Carnac says:
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    Is there a stat source that will tell me how many of A-Gon’s RBI were sac flies?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All of them minus his homers?

  57. Steve says:
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    All Kershaw owners just burst into tears.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA! Yup…

  58. Steve says:
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    Feldman @ KC on Thursday. SON has him at 99, but his last 20 games FIP is 3.18 and the ywo park variables are just under 100.

    What do you think?

    My opponent has FIVE great starts on Saturday so I’m trying to keep pace…

    • Steve says:
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      @Steve, Or would you prefer one of these Friday starters:

      Skaggs @ SD (92 on SON),
      DeVries v CLE (97)
      Doubront v TOR (96)

      ahead of Feldman?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not ahead of Feldman…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like it’s a decent start, if not great…

  59. Steve says:
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    Yikes, Affeldt. I don’t really need this. A double play would help, though.

  60. Steve says:
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    Wow – my Affeldt-Lopez combo really worked a treat today…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, they didn’t quite LOOGY as planned…

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