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Michael Wacha was within an out of a no-hitter yesterday when Zimmerman hit a bouncer to shortstop, which he barely beat out.  Ryan Zimmerman doesn’t want the world to see joy.  He’s a joy killer.  Every time some 14-year-old writes jk jk jk.  They’re not abbreviating ‘just kidding,’ they’re really talking about Ryan Zimmerman joy killing.  For a moment, I was on board with The Joy Killer because I don’t need Wacha getting hyped up anymore than necessary for next year.  You hear Wacha I’m talking about?  You like Wacha I’m working with?  Wacha you say to that?  Okay, I want to stop replacing what with Wacha, but I can’t.  Wacha can I do?!  There is gonna be an insane amount of young pitchers next year that I’ll be eyeing, and Wacha is yet another one.  In 64 2/3 IP this year, he had a 9+ K/9, 2.61 xFIP and a 2.64 BB/9.  Yes, please, come again.  I could see this 22-year-old giving you a Shelby Miller-type season next year, maybe even, dare I say it, Matt Harvey.  That’s Wacha I’m talking about!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Trevor Rosenthal – 1/3 IP and his 2nd save in as many nights.  If there was any doubt about who the Cardinals new closer is, put your doubts out of sight…Oh, no, I feel a rhyme coming on.  I heard someone talking about Breaking Bad finale parties…Like I need to be there to shush all you honkeys or old fartys…I’m gonna watch with my Cougar and my dog as White takes on his demons…I catch someone giving spoilers in the comments due to my Pacific Coast time, you’re booted off the site like Marcus Semien’s…on a fantasy team owned by Mormons.  Word to your mother.

Manny Machado – Goes to show what prayer and sneaking into a hospital room and holding Machado’s hand while he was on anesthesia can do.  His ACL and MCL and other Roman numerals are all fine.  He has a torn patellar ligament, which means he can do light jogging away from me while I’m dressed in a trench coat in 6-8 weeks and will be fine for spring training.  You’re welcome!

Alexi Casilla – Probably out for the year after displaying concussion symptoms.  When asked if he were all right, he said, “Of course, I’m all right, I’m J. Edgar Hoover.  Now where are my burgundy pumps?!”

Chris Tillman – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  He either gets shut down to save his arm from more innings, which would stink, or he gets the Red Sox next in a game that will mean nothing for the O’s and Red Sawx, which is freakin’ awesome for fantasy because the Red Sox will bench everyone.  And who says fantasy dilutes enjoyment from real baseball.

Ubaldo Jimenez – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks.  His 2nd half ERA is 1.86.  Zoinks!  So that got me thinking — I think, y’all! — what is the Indians pitching staff’s ERA in the 2nd half?  It’s 3.14.  4th best in the majors.  So that took me to look at Ubaldo’s schedule in the 2nd half — Mariners, Twins, Marlins, White Sox twice, Royals, Astros and the struggling-at-the-time Orioles.  8 gimmes that he tookme.  Also, the Braves, Angels, A’s and Rangers, who he dominated.  If you want to say I’m cherrypicking the Orioles out, fine.  His xFIP in that game was 4.54.  In those four starts against solid opponents, his xFIP is over 4.00.  Hmm… Or said without a full mouth, interesting.  If the Indians are still vying for a playoff spot on the last day of the season, Ubaldo’s string of easy opponents continues with the Twins.

Chris Perez – 2/3 IP, 2 ER, but turned out to be an escape goat when The Giambino won the game for the Indians and Addison Reed ended up with the loss and his 8th blown save, pushing his ERA up to 3.84.  Addison might think about subtracting, son.

Michael Brantley – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and the ever-delicious slam (10) and legs (16), hitting near .450 in the last week and he has two homers in the last three games.  Hey, Avisail, you are not the hottest schmotato in the land.  Michael Brantley is now.

Jeff Keppinger – Will have season-ending surgery on his shoulder.  He’s under contract with the White Sox until 2015.  And you thought your favorite team had problems.  Oy gevalt!

Dayan Viciedo – 2-for-4 and his 14th homer, hitting over .300 in the last week with another homer.  Hope I don’t sound like a broken record but I’d still pick him up.  Hope I don’t sound like a broken record but I’d still pick him up.  Hope– Ugh, sorry.  It was that record or ABBA.

Alejandro De Aza – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 17th homer.  2nd homer in the last week and a steal in that time.  Far from exciting in any specific month, but decent in just about every month.  Like a Dominican Shin-Soo.  I will call him Sí-Chuy.

Yu Darvish – 5 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 9 Ks.  Limping a bit to the finish line (~3.50 ERA in September) and his problem with walks that plagued him last year has returned in a big way (33 Ks to 18 BBs).  So you only have the 2nd or 3rd best pitcher in baseball this year instead of the best.  Aw… Let me put a five cent bid in on eBay for the world’s smallest violin.  If I win it, I’ll play it for you.

Matt Dominguez – 1-for-3 and his 21st homer.  Yup, I’ll be pimping him next year as the poor man’s Donaldson — call him NotDonaldTrumpson.

Carlos Gonzalez – Will take batting practice soon and isn’t giving up on returning this year.  Someone should mention to him that September doesn’t have 75 days in it.

Charlie Blackmon – 2-for-4, 2 runs and a slam (6) and legs (7).  Someone’s trying to get in my nethers like Josh Rutledge last year.  Fool me once, shame on you, fool me…We won’t be fooled again as George Bush and The Who exclaimed.  Never the hoo!  Grab Blackmon right now like you’re doing racial profiling!

Corey Dickerson – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer.  Today is your last day to get in on the Coors fun, but make sure Dickerson’s playing.  Though, Rockies lineups tend to be posted about thirty seconds prior to game time.  They have to travel back to sea level before reaching the internet?

Gerrit Cole – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 6 Ks in what will likely be his last start of the regular season.  I wish he was entirely finished for 2013.  I love you, Pirates, but please don’t put too many innings on Cole’s arm in the playoffs.  Ta!

Phil Coke – Sent back to Detroit for tests on his elbow.  The tests will include seeing how quickly he can wave away a homeless man.

Austin Jackson – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Let’s go in our Way Way Back Machine!  In April, I was talking about how I wished we drafted Austin Jackson on every team, instead of none.  Then Rudy came into the comments and told me that we did draft him on one team.  I had forgotten because of how many teams we had.  That excited me; we had Austin Jackson!  Five months later, I wish we didn’t draft him on any teams.

Omar Infante – 2-for-4 and his 10th homer.  Hitting near .350 in the last week with a steal.  You’re not going to get much besides counting stats and average, but if you’re struggling at middle infidel, I could see it.

A.J. Griffin – 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  That pitching line is also known as “What A’s starters’ lines could look like the rest of the regular season as they tune up for the playoffs.”  I.e., It ain’t great.

Jason Vargas – 9 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks.  So, the A’s were playing still drunk on Monday, then finally feeling the hangover on Tuesday.   Got it.  So get drunk again, it works for Miggy.

Howie Kendrick – 1-for-3 and his 13th homer and 2nd in as many games.  Don’t worry, he’s not pulling me in for another season where I call him a sleeper.  (Actually, he might be.  For another day!)  If he’s out there for some reason, I’d absolutely grab him.

Madison Bumgarner – Shut down for the season.  That means Bum’ll be on his bum, which sounds like lyrics from Das EFX.

Wily Peralta – Won’t make his final start of the year due to a blister and a great deal he found on Travelocity.

Jean Segura – Failed running tests and is likely done for the year.  We should get Rob Reiner to give a speech in memoriam for Jean Segura’s season.

Tyler Thornburg – 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks in his last start of the year, lowering (raising?) his ERA to 2.03.  Now the Brewers fans have something to look forward to besides Ryan Braun returning to the team at a svelte 130 pounds, and looking like a middle infielder.  Seriously, Braun didn’t look that jacked before.  Is he going to look like DJ Qualls now?

Jonathan Lucroy – 1-for-3, 1 RBI and his 7th steal.  Behind the scenes at Razzball HQ, I’m currently setting up the end of the season rankings for each position that I’ll begin posting next week.  Lucroy kinda blew my mind with how valuable he’s been and/or how bad the catchers were this year.

Hiroki Kuroda – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, raising his ERA to 3.31, and pushing his 2nd half ERA over 4.00.  August and September ERA’s were over 5.  Well, his last name does sound like it’s Japanese for grody.

Matt Moore – 5 IP, 0 ER, 9 baserunners (6 BBs), 4 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.23.  He could get the Jays in his last start, depending on the playoff picture.  If I were you, I’d want him done for the year.  Also, if I were you, I’d throw away the undershirts with the yellow pit stains.

Justin Smoak – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 19th homer, and third homer this week.  As I said after his last homer, if you need power and where there’s Smoak there’s… Damn, where’d I put that book of cliches?  I should’ve read it instead of judging it by its cover.

James Paxton – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks.  Well, howdy doody to you too.  Wouldn’t expect that kind of start every time out says the Stream-o-Nator, but he gets a great final matchup in an A’s team that will almost certainly be playing their second fiddles like that bearded guy on The Voice that sang The Jeffersons’ theme song.

Matt Kemp – 2-for-4 and his 6th homer.  Too bad it’s not the 2nd week of April when I’m writing that.

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-4 with his 36th homer.  Au Shizz!

Tyson Ross – 8 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Gets the Giants in San Fran his next time out, and I like San Fran for a stream, that is what we are… And we rely on each other, ah-ha…From one lover to another, ah-ha… Sorry, my Cougar was playing her high school prom song.

Mat Latos – Will start on Wednesday instead of Thursday.  That means his wife will be on Twitter a day earlier.  Yay.

Mike Leake – 1 2/3 IP, 4 ER.  Leake?  More like a full-blown flood.

Vic Black – Got the save yesterday.  Talk about out of left field.  Or wherever the visitors’ bullpens are in Great American.  I don’t think Black will get another save, but Terry Collins might just chuck any remaining saves around his bullpen since Hawkins isn’t going to be the closer next year.  And here I thought Vic Black was the front man for The Pixies.

Jon Niese – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks.  He didn’t look great, but he got the job done.  Hey, that sounds like the reasoning behind his new nose.

  1. gareth says:
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    What about wade mileys solid start that the bullpen coughed up?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @gareth: FWIWerth Gareth, I thought you were treated a bit shabbily by Scott to on the other thread. He didnt even respond to your question which you spent ages writing up, and then acted a bit of a douchebag to you I agree.

      Maybe the Grey(t) one will have a word with him, we dont need any foul play around here, especially with Championships on the line.

      • gareth says:
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        @TheNewGuy: thanks new guy. I appreciate that.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @gareth: a different guy did answer that question of gareth’s though, it’s likely scott just agreed with that other guy’s answer and as such didn’t need to chime in.

      • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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        @gareth: @TheNewGuy: Here’s a thought…make a decision for yourself about your team. You guys ask 50 questions a day, every day of the season. I don’t see the satisfaction in having every single move you make being dictated by someone else’s opinion. Did you win your league, or did Razzball? That is all, and good luck!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Yeah, it was solid, but it was in Petco, so it better have been solid…

      • chillmodious says:
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        @Grey: “Yeah, it was solid, but it was in Petco, so it better have been solid…”

        Hmm, I always think the same thing after I sample the doggy treats and use the restroom at my local Petco.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  2. Shoop Da Whoop says:
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    Fuck you, Zimmerman, first you hit a zillion solo HR this month when Denard Span is managing to get on base at a good clip, then you break up a no-hitter with an infield single with 2 outs in the 9th.

    Further proof that Ryan Zimmerman hates us.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Shoop Da Whoop: Zimmerman helped me win a playoff game on Sunday and got a hit last night. So he is not hurting me.

      Are you in a points league where a no-hitter would have given you 50 additional points or something?

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Wallpaper Paterson: That was my thought too, or a roto league where CG’s are a stat.

        • Domo Arigato Mr. Arenado says:
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          @TheNewGuy: Or in a league where his opponent had Rosenthal picking up an easy one out save.

            • Shoop Da Whoop says:
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              @TheNewGuy: None of the above, actually. I’m a Zimmerman owner who wanted to see a no-hitter.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Shoop Da Whoop: zimmerman sure did hurt wallpaper for many months (and his team, hitting and def); in fact enough months to help make sure his team didn’t make the playoffs.

      • matt says:
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        @Grey: I still count it as a no-no… That bullshit trickler don’t count I’m my opinion.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like how you think…

  3. goodfold2 says:
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    erlin or mcallister tomorrow, pick one.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @goodfold2: I don’t know matchups off the top of my head… McAllister

  4. Aaron from Indonesia, though finally made it home Stateside says:
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    Was that Wacha’s last start? I’d love to see him pitch against the Cubbies on the 29th, but I think I’m just making imaginary reasons for that to happen.

    What do you think of Jimmy Nelson at the NYM on the 28th?

    • Aaron from Indonesia, though finally made it home Stateside says:
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      Also,

      David Hale against Philadelphia? Start or sit?

      Thanks guys and gals:

      A

  5. TheNewGuy says:
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    Looks like the Nose worked out ok, vital win to keep me in the hunt.

    Same again today, Lohse and Straily both ok starts if have the innings and chasing Wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: They’re okay, not great

  6. Jason says:
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    Along with the end if season rankings any way we could get a rankings based on the second half alone? I used last years second half info to target guys like minor and homer bailey in my draft. A lot of guys laughed at me and went for name brands.

    Also is hunter pence going to be over valued next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jason: I’m not gonna do two sets of end of the season rankings, sorry… I doubt it on Pence, he’s older, no one thinks there’s much upside left to him…

  7. Wake Up says:
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    Niese once had a “Broken Face” and saves can come from “All over the World” …

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wake Up: Is that Lisa Stansfield?

      • P Swayz on a Horse says:
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        @Grey:

        I’ve been around the world, and I, I, I, … I can’t find my closer.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hey, that was uploaded on my 21st birthday!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: Is it as good as they say? From what I understand, you drink too much of…a bunch of things that you really don’t like yet…talk about all the hot bitches that you are gonna bang and wake up next to the toilet in the morning with dried, once eaten chicken wings stuck to your underpants… Can’t wait for mine…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m totally kidding, I’m 15… I started this weblog when I was 9… Was it obvious? jk jk jk

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: lmaowwfmfp….

                (laughing my ass off while waiting for my first pube)

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  …Same!….Same!…Same!

    • DrEasy says:
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      @Wake Up: Good thing he found a “Bone Machine” to fix his face! Speaking of, I always thought Frank Black was paying tribute to great Italian actor Franco Nero (if you don’t see why, try Google Translate), but couldn’t find any evidence on the internets.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @DrEasy: That’s awesome!

  8. TheNewGuy says:
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    Know you’re not the prospect guru but Scotts not around right now and I need to decide this before Owings comes up.

    Would you rather have Chris Owings over Jorge Alfaro, Kyle Crick or Joey Gallo in a keeper (OBP league)? Wondering if Owings if worth it as he could have a starting job right away next season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: I’d rather have Ownings…

  9. Scottie O. says:
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    Should I stream 1, both, or neither of:

    Randal Delgado @ SD
    Paul Maholn vs. MIL

    Thanks.

    • Scottie O. says:
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      @Scottie O.:

      Forgot to add that Pitching scoring is:
      W, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

  10. RG3 Needs a Knee says:
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    Morning Gray,
    Being in championship week and down by a save, needless to say, I was a little pissed when LHawk was riding the pine. I guess it serves me better to dump him for one last stream (only get one waiver each week on Thursdays). Who would you pickup for one last start in his place or would you hold hoping he gets one or 2 more saves? This is a QS league BTW.

    Note : I am dropping Jordan Zimmerman after today’s start for Paxton because Zimm was a 2nd round pick and today is his last start correct?

    FA SP for a stream for dropping Latroy Hawkins : Kluber or Erasmo Ramírez

    I could also grab a replacement closer : Pedro Strop, Vic Black, Brad Ziegler

    Thanks

  11. TheNewGuy says:
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    Another wild Indians win huh.

    As a neutral I so want to see them in the postseason rather than the Rays or Rangers who get there every year but do little.

    Same with the Buccos.

    • Fireball Feliz says:
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      @TheNewGuy: The Rangers do little in the postseason? We came 1 strike away from winning it all twice and that wasn’t exciting enough?

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Fireball Feliz: Ha true I guess. Im just used to seeing you in the postseason every year now, nice to see other lesser known teams make it as a neutral (O’s fan)!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Yeah, it’s always nice to see small market teams do well…

      • P Swayz on a Horse says:
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        @Grey:

        I’ve watched every Royals games for the past few weeks. Unfortch, it ain’t gonna happen for them. Been a fun ride though. They won my league some money this year, as we placed money on the over for the Vegas odds on wins @ 77.5.
        Sidenote, J Paxton looked pretty filthy last night.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I agree with you

  12. Blue says:
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    The young pitchers next year are amazing. I’m not going to draft a starter before the 10th round in a 12 team league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Blue: Yeah, there’s a shizzton of them…

  13. J Money says:
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    27.2 innings left in my Roto League. 6×6 (with QS)

    Trying to determine which match ups to play, which do I bench?

    Miller: WAS (13.3)
    Zimmermann: @STL (3.7)
    Shields: @CWS (10.6)
    Porcello: @MIA (8.9)
    Griffin: @SEA (17.8)
    Ryu: COL (14.2)
    Estrada: @NYM (16.9)

    • J Money says:
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      @J Money: Also, after reading your post, add Paxton there as well

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J Money: Could see starting all of them… I don’t like Ryu on the last day of the season… He’s liable to go 3 IP…

  14. Randy BoBandy says:
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    That was a brutal playoff leg laid by Leake…that in itself might destroy my WHIP. At this point, it’s start everyone.

    Indians being 4th in the majors in ERA is quite astonishing considering they don’t really have a stud ace.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy BoBandy: Ubaldo has a 1-something ERA in 2nd half, that’s ace-like…

  15. Frank White says:
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    My Man Grey what’s up!!!! I won the Championship!! I couldn’t have done it without you and all the writers on Razzball. Thank You!!

    • dsimon says:
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      @Frank White: Tithe him 10% so he can buy himself a nice case of beer!

      • Frank White says:
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        Yeah.. White Castle n Porkrolls!!! LOL

    • frankgrimes says:
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      proof fantasy is all luck

      • Frank White says:
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        Whats that mean??? You don’t even know me jerk off

    • CramYourCatcherQuestionUpYourCramhole says:
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      @Frank White: Look who’s all up on Grey’s D like he’s buddy buddy.

      • Frank White says:
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        That makes no sense.. Leave me be!!! Your all on my dick!! I was always cool wit Grey

  16. gareth says:
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    Drafting pitching next year is going to be interesting. I’m always wary of being roofied but have to admit a rotation of jo-fer, miller, cole, salazar, Gray and walker would be kinda awesome.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Not all will be roofies since most won’t be rookies anymore…

  17. gareth says:
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    I heard a great assesment of the cleveland indians last night after the giambi heroics. Someone mentioned thatthey have no stars, but that the team is greater than the sum of its parts. Literally EVERY one of those guys has contributed significantly. They are the true definition of the word TEAM. You really can’t predict who’s going to be a game winner for them as there seems to be a new hero every night.

    I LOVE that the pirates, rays, A’s and indians have suceeded this year, in the face of monster payrols and superstar opponents. Who doesn’t love an underdog?

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      @gareth: Totally agree man. Great to see the small market teams doing well this year.

      I’ll be rooting for the A’s, Pirates and Indians if they make it in the playoffs this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @gareth: Yeah, hard to root against an underdog…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @gareth:

      I believe the Indians are 59-18 against teams with sub-.500 record. Solid chance David Price eases them right out of the playoffs.

      • Gareth says:
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        @OaktownSteve: I know all about that argument, but you’ve still got to beat the teams before you. The Best move the Indians ever made is when they changed the Division format in the 90′s. MLB asked Dick Jacobs if he wanted to be in the AL East with the Yankees and Red Sox. Financially it would made sense to an owner. He said no, and opted for the Al Central.

        It is likely that Price, Cobb or Moore would beat the Tribe in Tampa. However a One game Play off Is such a Crap Shoot, so I’m just hoping for some Luck and Baseball Magic.

        Like a Pirates fan, I’m just happy for my team to be relevant so late in the season and aiming to be playing some bonus baseball. its alot of fun.

  18. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    Will Venable. Bud Black insists on having him back for the Padres’ final push for third place. Or…does Bud Black have Will Venable on his fantasy team???? Regardless, it sounds like Buddy Boy is wearing some Bad Idea Jeans (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99oUo9Moeq4) this week. Of course I dumped when I saw the initial report, but now that he’s most likely back this weekend I’m wondering if I should go shopping with Black for some of those Jeans. What say you?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sixto Lezcano: Sounds like crazy talk… I wouldn’t bother with him…

  19. dsimon says:
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    Stream-o-nator loves Danny Salazar tonight hosting the CWS ($20). What are your thoughts?

    • dsimon says:
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      @dsimon: Also, I have 4 closers and 3 RP slots. Can you rank the following for ROS:

      Mariano
      Glen Perkins
      Joaquin Benoit
      Trevor Rosenthal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dsimon: He’ll go 5+ innings and get a bunch of Ks… You ranked the closers

  20. David says:
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    Last push and trying to procure the title in my 10-team 5×5 roto league (w/ OPS).

    I’m 1 point ahead of my competitor and can gain as follows:
    -1pt w/ 4 sb’s (need SAGNOF options)
    -1pt w/ 1.5 wins and a 2nd point w/ 4 wins
    -1pt w/ 9 k’s
    -1pt w/ 4 saves

    the k’s are a lock, next guy up has reached his innings limit.
    for sb’s I have guys like kipnis, villar, span, trout, marte, victorino in my lineup but tough to make up and my competitor is just as close to gaining 1 pt there.
    I need to ensure I get the most out of my pitching for next 5 days w/ 27 innings remaining

    Please rank the following starts I have left (listed as I rank them):
    1. Scherzer @min
    2. Anibal @MIA
    3. Strasburg @Ari
    4. Lee @atl
    5. Iwakuma vs KC (latest numbers at home not as dominating as on road)
    6. Zimmermann @STL

    Also working w/ Balfour, Benoit, Frieri, Grilli, Mujica, Mo, Zeigler as my closers. Do you think Mujica worth dropping for Rosenthal?

    Figure I start 3 best matchups and let the closers eat up the remaining innings. How would you play this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @David: 1. Scherzer, Anibal, Lee, Iwakuma, Strasburg… Drop Mujica for Rosenthal… Best 3 matchups work for me, I’d probably throw as many as I could for wins and Ks…

  21. LastPlace says:
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    Who starts, Who Sits:

    Liriano @ Chicago
    Zimmerman @ St. Louis
    Kennedy (home) v. Arizona

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LastPlace: I’d start all of them

  22. kyle says:
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    Think Corbin is worth keeping next year or should I try and trade him to avoid the regression fairies?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @kyle: He’s not that great, so depends what you can get for him…

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        he pitched some real solid almost dominate games prolly not a keeper but not that great seems harsh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @frankgrimes: Yeah, you’re prolly right… He’s around a 3.50 ERA guy with solid but not great Ks… It’s okay, it’s not ace-ish…

  23. chillmodious says:
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    Hi Grey…

    1. I have four moves left in one of my leagues and am mapping out a possible stream schedule. Who are the best 4 on this list? (I’ve ranked them the way I think you’ll answer, but I’d love to verify against your actual answer):

    -Gallardo @ Mets (SON $10.5)
    -Kluber @ Min (SON $12.7)
    -Petit vs. SD (SON $22.2)
    -Estrada @ Mets (SON $16.9)
    -Kazmir @ Min (SON 14.1)
    -McAllister @ Min (SON $6.8)

    2. In another league, where I have three moves left, please help me identify the 3 best streams on this list:

    -Nova @ TB (SON $9.1) — [I keep hearing that he'll go on Friday in Houston, which would put him top of my list, but @TB on Thursday ain't bad either]
    -Gallardo @ Mets (SON $10.5)
    -Estrada @ Mets (SON $16.9)
    -Kazmir @ Min (SON $14.1)
    -Niese vs. Mil (SON $9.6)

    C.

    4. In my third and final league (where SB is the only category I have locked up), Avisail or Blackmon as my Jennings replacement?

    ——————–

    Thanks, dude.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @chillmodious: 1. Gallardo, Kluber, Kazmir, McAllister… 2. Gallardo, Kazmir, Estrada 4. Avisail

  24. TheNewGuy says:
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    Only 30 innings left so guess I better as you to rank my remaining stars. Desperate for wins which is so close, and also 0.004 behind a guy in ERA and behind another guy by 0.003 WHIP. If you think ERA and WHIP are catchable then take that into account too, if not purely go by wins. Heres the guys:

    Price @ Yanks
    Hamels @ Crayola (banker)
    Straily @ Halos
    Bailey V Pitts
    Estrada @ Mutts

    If you could rank em that would be great, thanks and wish me luck!

  25. Mountain Man says:
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    Start Zimmerman @ Stl today?
    It is the H2H final. I don’t need starts, and I am off to an early pitching lead. Is it too risky?

      • Mountain Man says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks. Yeah, Holliday is back in the lineup and the Cards have a lot to play for. Seems a little too risky with a lead.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed

  26. Slim

    Buddah Lovaz says:
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    There are gonna be a ton of young under drafted arms next year. I wouldn’t be surprised if my entire SP staff is 25 or younger. And of course the Don Killumiwacha will definitely bomb first, in a good way.

    Lets see. I’m gonna like Martin Perez, Sonny Gray, Quintana, Cingrani, Cole, Straily, JoFer, Ryu, Erlin, Archer, Salazar, Taijuan Walker, Gausman, Ventura, Wheeler, Teheren, Shelby, Alex Wood.

    Who am I forgetting? I think I may not draft a pitcher till the 7h round or later.

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Buddah Lovaz:

      Paxton, Thornberg, Cashner, Cozart, Appel, Matt Moore, Carlos Martinez, on and on

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @OaktownSteve:

        Archie Bradley

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @OaktownSteve: And it goes on and on and on, and it goes on and on and on…..yeah.

          Think thats gonna be one of grey’s mantras this offseason. Don’t draft pitching until after the 8th round at the earlier, and then go mad on young arms.

        • Slim

          Buddah Lovaz says:
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          @OaktownSteve: Matt Moore is an interesting one. Hopefully he doesn’t get drafted too high. I don’t know about Cashner or Cozart. They are heavily lacking in Ks. Mmm…. Archie Bradley.

    • costaricanchata says:
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      @Buddah Lovaz:

      kershaw’s 24 .

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @costaricanchata:

        oops .
        he’s 25 .
        (forgot what year this is) .

        • Slim

          Buddah Lovaz says:
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          @costaricanchata: I doubt I will ever own Kershaw. I don’t see me ever drafting a SP in the first 3 rounds.

  27. Spike Owen says:
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    First, huge thanks to the whole writing crew here and all the commenters. I won’t be finishing first this year, but that’s because I had too much patience with Ike Davis and Danny Espinoza (and Jose Reyes forgot how to slide). But I do have a shot at the money – just need some help for my final push on the pitching front.

    I have 35 innings to go. I have 4 closers (five if you count Mujica, which I don’t think you should). Am in 2nd in saves, down by 4 and the leader also has five closers (3rd place is *way* behind us). Also need ratio help, although wins and Ks useful.

    1) Time to drop all closers and focus elsewhere, right? Would do it after tonight’s games on the off chance I really close the gap, but too tough to make up that ground in 5 days, right?

    2) I’m thinking of using 4 or 5 starts between now and 28th to get close to the innings cap and then loading up for the 29th to potentially blast past the innings cap (although this could screw with my ratios!)

    Please pick the best 5 starts between now and 28th (currently in order of my ranks):

    Lee vs Atl (23.3)
    Kluber at Min (12.7)
    Porcello at Mia (8.9)
    Gee vs Mil (12.8)
    Pettitte at Hou (10.2)
    Ventura at CWS (0.2)
    Nova vs TB (9.1)
    Corbin vs Was (10)

    3) On my last day to blast past the innings cap, are there any of these guys you wouldn’t risk starting (they can only help in Ks and Ws, but I need my ratios to go down, not up! I need my ERA that day to be sub-3.5 and WHIP sub 1.2).

    Ryu vs Col (14.2)
    Estrada at NYM (16.9)
    Gray at SEA (?)
    Moore at TOR (9.2)
    Paxton vs OAK (5.7)
    Quintana vs KC (5.4)
    Ross at SF (2.3)
    Miley vs Was (3.5)

    Thanks again for all the help this year – and the superbly enjoyable writeups.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Spike Owen: No problem… 1) Lose your closers 2) Lee vs Atl (23.3)
      Kluber at Min (12.7)
      Porcello at Mia (8.9)
      Gee vs Mil (12.8)
      Ventura at CWS (0.2)

      3) Nope…

      • Spike Owen says:
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        Thanks Grey! We’ll see how this shakes out…@Grey:

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  28. chillmodious says:
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    Oooooooooh… I’m all tingly in my nethers and it’s not the Ben-Gay I smeared on my Calvins. guess who’s starting and batting leadoff today?

    Still thinking??

    Ok, here’s a hint….

    “B. Hamilton.”

    Wait, that’s too obvious.

    Let’s just call him “Billy H.”

    Give up yet?

    • Hondo says:
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      @chillmodious: I’ve got to take my Dad to the Doctor at 12:30,I figured Dusty would wait until 12:31 to announce the lineup.

      • frankgrimes says:
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        @Grey: damn early games! grrrr

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup…Grimey!

  29. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Trying to plan out which day to blow through my IP limit in yahoo based on ever-shuffling rotations. I have 15 IP left so I can probably afford 2 starts before the day I decide to load up. Was initially planning on 2 of Kazmir @ MIN, Lee @ ATL and Felix v OAK on Friday, followed by something like Ventura, Gray, Bailey, Petit, McCarthy and Stults Saturday. Now it’s looking like some of those guys might move. Am I better off grabbing a couple out of Nova v TB, Erlin v ARI, Gee v MIL, Hale v PHI or McAllister @ MIN on Thursday, then using whoever I can on Friday? I’d lose Gray, Petit, Ventura and possibly Bailey in that scenario. Don’t need Ks, just Ws. May not even play the guys depending on ratios, and just block other owners.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: You’re gonna go over 15 innings with two of those Friday guys probably… This Nova group isn’t good, go with your original plan

  30. P Swayz on a Horse says:
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    The fantasy gods hate me.

    Cargo
    Ellsbury
    Masterson
    Encarnación
    Segura
    Machado
    …and now Mad Bum just got shut down for the season, and will not be making his start this week.

    Somehow, I am still winning in my big $ league h2h championship.

    For those of you who own Votto or Goldy, keep your fingers crossed. They are on my team of death.

  31. EK says:
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    How would you rank these for H2H pts:

    Zimmerman @ STL (3.7)
    Petit vs SD (22.2)
    Niese v MIL (9.6)
    Porcello @ MIA (8.9)
    Quintana vs KC (5.4)
    Haren @ ARI (4.8)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Porcello, Petit, Zimm

  32. Mike says:
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    Mr Grey! Thanks for the daily advice I did great in all my leagues! One of which I’m in the H2H final.

    SON loves Lincecum tomorrow vs the Dodgers ($17) would you stream it? Or maybe McAllister against the lovable Twins?

    Muchas gracias from a razzball frequent reader in Mexico

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… I’d stream McAllister first… De Nada…

  33. Mountain Man says:
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    Re Yahoo Pitching Innings Limit:
    I have read a couple of comments on here the last couple of days. Would someone please confirm this? The limit is really the day you go over the innings limit. For example, if your limit is 1,500 innings, and you end today at 1,499, you get all of your pitching stats tomorrow, not just the stats from the first inning pitched tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s right

      • Mountain Man says:
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        @Grey:
        Ok. Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  34. OaktownSteve says:
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    Jay Bruce: What the hell are you doing in here?
    Me: Setting my watch by you.
    Bruce: Oh yeah? Well, what time is it?
    Me: Let’s see…it’s .265/100/30/100/7…ish

  35. A-Ram Baller says:
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    Of these players, what 3 would you keep for next year:

    Beltre
    Puig
    Wil Myers
    J Upton
    Matt Harvey
    Kinsler
    Napoli
    James Shields

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Beltre, Myers, Puig…Between Upton and Puig at the end…

  36. Willy says:
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    Hey Grey!

    It’s been forever since I’ve posted… My team has been out of it for over a month now! Damn Segura, Hamilton, Pujols and friends!

    Anyway, Hearing a lot of hype over Jose Abreu… If he signs with a team in the offseason, at what point should I be looking to draft him in my Keeper rotisserie 12 man league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, man… Abreu will be around a top 75 pick in a keeper…

      • Willy says:
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        @Grey: so we keep 12 guys and draft 13 more… based on 75 pick, do I take him 1st round? (really 13th round)…or 75 picks after the start of 13th round?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, then it depends who is available, but close to 1st or 2nd round…

  37. ashtray says:
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    I was hoping Hamilton would get on base about 7 times against Dice-K. What a bum!

    • Hondo says:
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      @ashtray:And I started him over Bruce,who has 2 SB’s.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Hondo: that really is a steals farce.

    • ashtray says:
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      @ashtray:

      He’s finally on base!

      • ashtray says:
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        @ashtray:

        And promptly caught stealing. sonofabitch

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He steal first, but not 2nd…

  38. ashtray says:
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    You seem to be down on Ryu on the 29th in what looks to be a good matchup. What’s up with that? I’m trying to decide if I should hold on to him or pick up Gee (vs MIL 9/26) and then Colon (@SEA 9/27).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Dodgers won’t pitch him more than 5 innings at most… No reason to start any regulars either…. I’d go Gee…

  39. John Axford's Meat Stache says:
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    It’s funny that no matter how much emphasis one puts on getting the “best” players during the year and securing big names, it’s always guys like Charlie Blackmon who win you a ship. I remember Mike Aviles three years ago carrying me to a crown. You never know where these guys are going to come from but I always make sure to have one on my team!!

    That being said who would you rather have for the short day tomm: Avisail or Viciedo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup… Avisail

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: agreed that small guys that have a reason to play in the last week help win championships. but when you say you want to hold guys like aviles and blackmon you make it sound like it’s easy to know in advance which ones to hold. You truly can’t be claiming back in april-july or even later that it’s easier to spot those type guys than big name great players. And which players are the ones who got you to that championship by the way?

  40. Sixto Lezcano says:
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    Would you stream The Great Orgasmo Saturday in Oaktown?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if I had to

      • Sixto Lezcano says:
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        @Grey: I mean yeah of course but I’m just wondering if you expect anything quality out of him there. He’s been ass for the most part, and despite his recent decent run his arm has gone gimp. A’s will be going through the motions so really it’s a crap shoot I guess.

        • Sixto Lezcano says:
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          @Sixto Lezcano: How’d your teams make out? More importantly did you ever watch “The Room”? I think the Razzball team should celebrate the end of baseball season with a “Room” party.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha…Nah, I haven’t seen The Room… I do see the billboards around town though… I’m gonna win the RCL Expert league, and a Pianowski league that has a decent size pot…Probably come in 2nd in a few leagues… Then we have a few leagues that were absolute garbage…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It is a crapshoot, I’d take the gamble on him, but I don’t know your other options

        • costaricanchata says:
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          @Sixto Lezcano:

          motions ?
          thought the A ‘s were playing for home-field through-out ??

          • Sixto Lezcano says:
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            @costaricanchata: Ah, didn’t know that. Good news – they’ll keep running Mossy out there. Thanks!

            • costaricanchata says:
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              @Sixto Lezcano:

              should be an interesting weekend .
              both the sawx and the A ‘s will prolly be doing
              their share of scoreboard watching .
              A’s have the later game on friday and sunday ,
              but sawx play the later game on saturday .

  41. TheNewGuy says:
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    In bad need of WIns so gonna take the blow everyone out on the final day start strategy.

    Do you agree, and would you just start any old chump regardless, or still pick and choose my starts for sunday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Throw any you can if you need Wins and your ratios are safe

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Grey: Never know when they’re totally ‘safe’ (we aint mathmaticians around here) , but yeah its a good amount above the other guys.

        The only other thing is that im actually very close to gaining pts in WHIP and ERA (think 0.003 out in both). You think thats gainable (made up word of the day!) at this time of year, or just throw everyone and their moms out there on sunday?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Throw everyone and their moms out there… It’s only gainable by doing that…

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @Grey: Gotcha. Gonna be exciting!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup!

  42. joe from point pleasant says:
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    @Grey:

    Do you think there is any chance Fister starts again this week on Sunday? It would be his normal 4 days rest. I was thinking that the Tigers might skip Porcello in Friday in order to set up the playoff rotation. Scherzer goes today, off day Thursday, then bump up Sanchez to Friday and Verlander to Saturday with Fister taking the hill Sunday @ Miami. I need roster room in a redraft but i don’t want to cut Fister if he has a matchup like that on tap.

    Also, have you heard anything about the M’s shutting down Paxton? I want him for his start Sunday, but if they are shutting him down theres no point in holding on.

    Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No chance Fister throws more than 5 innings… Paxton will start Sunday unless something changes

      • joe from point pleasant says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks G… I am rolling with Pax (Oak), Roark(Ari), and Redmond (TB) on Sunday in a points league. Hoping that Oak and TB both rest all their regulars on the last day of the season. My only other options are Torres (Mil) and Burch Smith (SF)… i dont think i want to mess w/ either of them.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think you got the right idea…

  43. AJ says:
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    Sup Grey ..have you heard anything about Fister? Is he done for the year or is he pitching Sunday?? Also on Liriano..he aint making no surprise starts the remainder of this week right?? Safe to drop both to stream?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Someone just asked this above… I think it’s safe to drop both…

  44. costaricanchata says:
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    friggin’ strailey .
    stick your damn foot out and try and knock the ball down .
    chicken-shizz move on that aybar grounder .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh yeah? I didn’t see it…Watching Pirates limp to finish line…

  45. costaricanchata says:
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    reddick disappoints .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Again?

  46. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    You brought up the voice to me yesterday and a purposely didn’t dvr for babys mama. I’ve already gone through enough disapointment by drafting giancarlo and bj

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You missed a guy singing The Jeffersons’ theme song. That’s all I’ll say.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: *kicks computer*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Exactly!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Now i’m going to have to look for the replay this weekend and now I will be stuck talking shit to baby’s mama every week for watching this bullshit show

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Dial it up On Demand… Jeffersons guy was worth it, though that in the middle of the show… There were more than a few lamers…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Crazy how invested I am in these people and I forget about them almost immediately… Totally forgot about him… He did get done wrong…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I just watched it online, so it’s the whitest guy in America singing the jeffersons theme, he sucks but has huge balls. I was expecting a guy with an afro and a three piece checkered suit

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You were expecting CeeLo’s son? Yeah, he was an Amish guy singing the Jeffersons, that’s awesome…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: that was, it was like the time that I had them play Queens under pressure at Karaoke and turned it into Ice Ice Baby….I should really stop putting all this personal info out here, yet I still hit Post

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… I can play one song on the piano…Ice Ice Baby…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: If you got a vape pipe you could be playing so many more

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, true

  47. Wilsonian says:
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    Thanks Sveum for not throwing Strop in the 9th after you said he was the closer for the last week of the season and even go so far as threatening to release Gregg!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I know, right?

  48. SteveNZ says:
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    Need a book to read on my Fiji vacay. Recommendations?

    Oh , and have a hitters’ no-hitter going in the ol’ H2H today. Winning 6-4 overall though. Opponent’s hitting is even worse, thankfully.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Win it, SteveNZ! Win it! Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay? Killing Pablo? The Plot Against America? Mr. Strangelove? I just went down my bookcase…

  49. Scooterboy says:
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    With the starting lineups for Tigers and Dodgers not out yet, I’m worried that Cabrera (groin), and Adrian Gonzalez may sit tonight. I really need the offensive categories this week. Should I go ahead and sub them out tonight or keep them in and take my chances? Thanks. I won’t be home to make changes later when the lineups come out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sub them out

    • B.o.B says:
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      @Scooterboy: Miggy in, Gonzo out

  50. costaricanchata says:
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    A ‘s are going to have to sweep the season-ending series
    vs the mariners , now .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe…

  51. goodfold2 says:
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    damn, making what look like bad decisions today. played choo/victorino/lind/blackmon over adams(zimmermann) and calhoun/hamilton over aybar (need rbi’s more).

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: crap billy got caught first time today.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  52. B.o.B says:
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    Ellsbury back today…is he worth picking up for the final 3 games?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, but he might not play every day

  53. Later Tater says:
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    as always grey, thanks for the work today and everyday

    questions:

    h2h league, but close enough to roto on these facts

    close to opponent in all categories, +/- 1 in all, era/whip equally close

    used 3/6 weekly yahoo moves, so 3 left (opp has same)
    probable sp starts remaining is about equal for both teams

    basically all tied so far

    should i use a move to get a catcher for a batty call tomorrow, with eyes on keeping him the rest of the way – sal perez or gattis (my c is napoli and who knows if he comes back)

    knowing that it will cost me a streaming sp start and give my opp possible 1 extra streaming start (which i could use, with wins, k’s being so close), taking the chance that i’ll get some stats from that catcher slot

    or do i sit tight like i’ve been and stream the best matchups the rest of the way?

    and btw, since everyone is asking about next year already, what do you think of bj upton; had him this year and (bad pun) he sucked

    thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think BJ can hit over .240, but can still get power and speed… Won’t be someone that I’ll be targeting probably…Not like he was completely unlucky this year… On the other question, I’d stream a SP

  54. Wake Up says:
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    Raise your breast if you got the fatty call today!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t own him anywhere, but the sight of him jiggling around the bases makes me happy…

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Grey: I leaked a little…and I’m not even nursing…anyone else…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Um, everyone?

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Grey: hahaha…

            After listening to this girl talk for way, way too long last night…I cut her off and said to her, “Here’s what you should say to me right now….”I’ve been talking about myself for way, way too long…I’m so sorry…what do you think about me?”

            Her: “Like, whatever”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Surprising reaction, blunt sometimes does the trick.

              • Wake Up says:
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                @Grey: I expected the anger…but was hoping that she would at least get it…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  You ever have a drink thrown in your face? I have, but can’t remember why…

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @Grey: last one that I remember started with a see you next tuesday…not my proudest moment but…in my defense…she was a cunt!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Wasn’t that Wimpie from Popeye’s famous line?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Wake Up: dammit,i benched him for lind and victorino/blackmon at COL.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @goodfold2: yeah…I would’ve like to see Magna Starta (J-Z) get to 20 wins…but maybe this makes him cheaper next year…

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Wake Up:

      I got it

      • Wake Up says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Guess where I’m headed right now…don’t guess…I’ll tell ya…Dos Equis, New Wrexico…

        • OaktownSteve says:
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          @Wake Up:

          Say hi to the mayor, he’s a friend of mine. Fella by the name of Don Julio.

          • Wake Up says:
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            @OaktownSteve: hoping not to run into him tonight…I have to be up early on Friday…

          • Big Magoo says:
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            @Wake Up: @OaktownSteve: There’s a Dos Equis, Old Wrexico in the Cancun area that I used to be familiar with. Good stuff…

            I’ve never been much of a tequila guy, and I stated as much to the check-in guy at our hotel one early am after a night out. Next thing I know, he pulls a bottle of clear tequila (don’t know what brand) out from under the counter and starts doing shots with us. Don’t know if it was my pre-existing condition or the randomness of it all, but that was some sweet nectar…

  55. goodfold2 says:
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    hamels/liriano destroying my under 2 era before today. whip’s up to 1.16, under 1 at start of day.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Still early on Hamels, hopefully he can straighten himself out…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: pretty worried about PHI getting much offense though. Ruiz has been hitting right into people’s gloves for a few weeks now. Of course just before that he was probably hitting better than 400 with guys on base for a few weeks, so not bitching.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          PHI hasn’t had offense all year…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: except for brown’s crazy hot streak in may and they weren’t bad a few weeks ago when ruiz was crazy hot, along with asche/ruf at near around the same time.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, exactly

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: wow, he had to get lucky to get out of that inning. 2 on no outs.

  56. goodfold2 says:
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    shit, aramis was yanked early again. gotta go pick up another backup 3rd for wright.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  57. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    how did bruce get 2 steals today? I have 4 steals today in one league (bruce/span/lawrie).
    and why did strop go back to the 8th inning today? I have him in one spot and i will be grabbing him for saves probably tomorrow when the first half SP that aren’t getting more starts get cut.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I had 5 steals after Marte and Bruce in one league

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: i’m gonna reaquire marte in my roto. don’t know who to drop though. not dropping jones/other cargo/bruce.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: wait, why did they yank other cargo. I hope they were just worried maholm was gonna kill him.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: of course that would have required maholm to actually aim a baseball and hit what he’s aiming at so….

  58. SteveNZ says:
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    Noooooo!!!!! Benched Avisail for some needed SAGNOF in RCL and H2H!

    Currently 0/17 in H2H and 1/16 in RCL…

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: My H2H opponent is 1/17.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        There’s no offense anywhere today…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dah!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Will be OK if Rajai (H2H) and Gentry (RCL) come up with something, but not the time of year you want to be getting sonavabenched.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Agreed, right now I wish I had Gose in and Rajai out, but hopefully that’ll change

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Ha, and I picked up McLouth but didn’t start him and he has a hit too!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @SteveNZ: And even when Rajai gets on, it’s because of an error. It’s that kind of day…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yup

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: 0/19 now.

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @Grey: Hitting .217 for the week. Opponent is at .133…

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @SteveNZ: .152 now with that Papi RBI double…

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I think there’s just a lack of offense this week… I’m hitting crap too…

  59. goodfold2 says:
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    lind just got my first hit of the day (with adams/myers benches). 1 for 13 now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m 4/26

  60. SteveNZ says:
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    Jeez, soft hits for the Yanks there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You start Price in RCL?

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Yeah. Trying to get to 180 GS (or over) by the time I go away.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Just went to an 11 in Runs. A point behind Bob in the RCL now…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, glad mine isn’t that close, but would love to get some offense so Rudy doesn’t make it that close, which is the way it’s leaning right now…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: Damn Avisail still hitting. 0/20 now.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup, only positive is Rudy dropped Avisail before today…

              • yeah, was afraid he wouldn’t start i guess…all this hitter streaming leads to a ton of sonovashouldastarted….almost started Nunez over Andrleton yesterday and picked up Carp instead of Middlebrooks as the ‘if he starts in Coors, roll the dice’ play…oh well, at least my offense is showing up so far in the final week of season.

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @SteveNZ: 0/21

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @SteveNZ: 0/22

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @SteveNZ: 0/23. Eff you, J-Up.

  61. Anthony says:
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    @Grey: Im only up 18 pts in h2h finals – Do you think I should stream Albers or Mccallister tomorrow ??? Cleveland is Playing Minnesota tomorrow so was curious ?

    Also he has 3 pitchers pitching on Friday I have 0 – Should I stream Carlos torres for Friday ?

    • Anthony says:
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      @Anthony: its h2h points by the way

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Anthony: mcallister. albers is scary.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      McAllister… Torres is okay, but I don’t know your options

  62. goodfold2 says:
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    santana’s effort level almost got salazar hudson’d in the foot/ankle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: they just showed it on MLB network. the supposed leadoff single by Ramirez against Salazar should’ve been an out, instead it almost badly injures (he still pitched the next batter) Salazar and now just gave him an earned run. F’ing bum.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn

  63. Martin says:
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    @grey- What are the chances Wainwright pitches again in the regular season? If they have locked up the division will they surely bench him? I need to drop a player in a league and thinking of dropping him.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems very doubtful, maybe for an inning or two…

  64. goodfold2 says:
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    this opp of mine is a joke. He IS setting his lineups, he finally put A-roid in for Plouffe, but keeps benching good pitching (lohse/quintana) and putting in terrible pitching (kuroda/archer); and now even perez got lit in this inning. I’m over here sweating over adams/myers being benched, and who to backup wright with. This opp also never got back to me about a partial championship monies chop. He’ll very likely get 0 and actually lose his buy in (1o team league draft wasn’t till week 3, winning take all)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: only thing going for this opp is he has the same amount of rbi’s and only 2 less runs while hitting 100 pts of avg and over that in OPS less, even though he only has 1 more homer.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Better not lose to him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s odd…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: finally up to .190 today now. 4 singles.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m at .189

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: just moved up to .214 with victorino. so adams bench was only bad due to playing lind.

  65. goodfold2 says:
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    lind up with the bases loaded, no outs, double play.

  66. SteveNZ says:
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    Yussss! Run support for Price.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Big time

  67. Joel says:
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    I have 8 moves left. I am trailing in HR and RBI but it’s close. Guy I am playing is hitting .140. I am lacking hitters for tomorrow. These bodies are available and playing tomorrow. I’d like to use 2 moves of these guys, who is best option and to most likely play….Blackmon, young Jr, d Murphy, a Garcia, Brantley, or belt?

    It will leave me 5 moves for weekend. He has potentially 5 arms going too. Pitching stats are close. Just feel I need to do work on these offensive stats since Stanton Cutch Harper Fielder are all layin eggs this week.
    Thanks again for all the help.

    • Joel says:
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      @Joel:
      And I am not bad at math. I just used a move to steal segura away from him after he dropped him this week. We are only ones who can make moves. Not a bad 12th round keeper

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice on Segura!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail, Blackmon

      • Joel says:
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        @Grey: definitely playing tomorrow you believe?

        • Joel says:
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          @Joel: well not Blackmon, of those other guys, who makes most sense for a start tomorrow?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The Rockies don’t play tomorrow

  68. SteveNZ says:
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    Blackmon breaks up the no-hitter!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: 1/25 so not getting too excited.

        Elsewhere, we have a tie at the top of Original Recipe!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, nice!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: 1/28

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I have 1 run and 3 RBIs, so not much better here…

  69. letsgobravos says:
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    Mad Max with a pretty strike em out, throw em out in the 5th to get out of a jam in the 5th. 9ks through 5.

  70. letsgobravos says:
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    Oh fuck….Peavy with the bases juiced and Helton coming up with 1 out. Last game at Coors and he’s already hit a jack. Whewwwwww popped him up for an RBI. I’ll take that. Settle the fuck down JP.

    • letsgobravos says:
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      @letsgobravos: Peavy pitching like total trash. Still can’t get out of the fucking 3rd inning. Opponent has Chacin going so a good start from Peavy against him would have been huge.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @letsgobravos: why would you pitch flyball pitcher in Coors in your championship. Just throw Peavy away for streamer before the game. I’d rather have had Correia today. Seriously.

  71. SteveNZ says:
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    What the hell is Jason Hammel doing in there? We want Tommy Hunter!

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @SteveNZ: Might see him in a minute.

  72. SteveNZ says:
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    Jesus, sitting Avisail for Rajai. What a great move that was. Rajai 0-5.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: 2/34 and sonavabenched by Panda as well as Avisail. Not the best day.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, that sucks…

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: and I finish the day 2/37. Just as well the opponent was 3/21 himself.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow, don’t think I’ve seen two lineups do that on a full schedule of games…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: I’m at .200 AVG for the week, he’s at .146. Stellar stuff!

            If I can get some scoreless relief going tomorrow I’ll hopefully pull ahead in ERA which would be a big help.

            He has Garza, Nova and Lincecum going tomorrow. 2 out of those 3 shouldn’t really be giving a shit so hopefully we see some ratio carnage…

            Still winning 6-4 overall but another bad hitting day for me and a good one for him would probably put him ahead.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s the championship — ha! Yeah, those aren’t great matchups for him, fingers crossed…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I ended up 11/52… Pretty terrible counting stats too…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: a classic Steve!

  73. letsgobravos says:
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    Damn grey….thanks a TON for telling me not to dump Longo the other day. Just hit his 2nd jack of the night. 31 on the year. What was your countdown to? 33?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      32

      • letsgobravos says:
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        @Grey: 1 more to hit your mark. Let’s hope you get it and 1 or 2 more to spare.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

  74. goodfold2 says:
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    scherzer should’ve been taken out after 6th. over 100, already walked 5 guys. this is turning into last year scherzer in a bad game. team he’s playing is bad enough to have not taken advantage, yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  75. letsgobravos says:
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    Scherzer with a big time playoff week start. Took him 124 pitches, but got through 7 with 10ks. Gotta hope the BP can hang on to his 1-0 lead.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crazy how deep they let him go…

  76. Wilsonian says:
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    Fatt Adams over Swisher after tomorrow’s start? Swisher has a game, Adams does not, so I want the extra bat.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: Thank you sir. And thank you Evan Longoria, at least for one night he remembered how to play baseball.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, no problem

  77. letsgobravos says:
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    Just dropped Mad Max because I needed his roster spot to load up on hitters for the short lineup tomorrow. Gotta admit, still felt strange dropping him even though he’s not pitching again this year. Dude has carried my pitching staff on his back all season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I know what you mean, felt the same way losing Price

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey: Hamels,Price and JZimm,all goners after today.Fat batty call loadup for a short Thursday,but it hurts a little.
        I need a taco or a BLT.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d go BLT

  78. goodfold2 says:
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    m.semen over gyorko for last 4 days or no? semen could back up my toliet (that’s what she said) but also the 3 postions of wright/hill/andrus if any of them have off days. he’s hitting .310 i.e. better than gyorko last 2 weeks. Less homers but it’s likely more about making sure i have a backup since with out aramis yet again i only have one 3rd/2b/ss on team. A lot of OF/1st with lind/adams/victorino/blackmon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, go for it

  79. gareth says:
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    Just got back from progressive field. Great night to watxh a ballgame.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @gareth: how close were you to santana almost getting salazar hudson’d.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, nice! You got to see a great young pitcher too…

  80. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    rank these for row and ROS
    smith @SF
    redmond vs TB
    johnson vs KC
    paxton vs OAK
    have 2 pickups left. could also drop ruiz for avila after tomorrow (ruiz plays, avila doesn’t)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Paxton, Smith, Redmond… I’d hold the catcher

  81. gareth says:
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    I was in the club seats. Decent view. Yeah Salazar is nasty. The santana salazar incident was unfortunate, but it didn’t detract from what was a great experience.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sweet!

  82. Wilsonian says:
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    Salty over Perez after tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  83. Frank says:
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    Have 2 transactions left in finals matchup with the following available. Need ERA and WHP, have pretty good lead in W’s and K’s. Thinking Kazmir and Colon? Estrada?

    McAllister, Kazmir, Kluber all @ MIN
    Colon @ SEA
    Petit vs SD
    Ventura @ CWS
    Estrada, Gallardo @ NYM
    Ross @ SF
    Gray @ SEA
    Paxton vs OAK

    And… may have Cole and Cueto face each other on Sunday. Do I start ‘em both?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Frank: that is a LOT of great streaming options. Those guys are owned in all my 12 teamer or bigger leagues (many by me)

      • Frank says:
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        @goodfold2: yea, 10 team league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cueto and Cole aren’t going to pitch longer than 5 innings each… I’d go Kazmir and Kluber

      • Frank says:
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        @Grey: thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  84. gareth says:
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    The thing that really struck me about salazar tonight was his poise, attitude and demeaner. It really stood out. Sure his stuff is great too but I was most impressed by the real presence he had about him on the mound.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could see that…Plus, his stuff is just nasty…

      • gareth says:
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        @Grey: kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  85. goodfold2 says:
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    that’s it wil smith (but white) is off all 3 or 4 teams. I ain’t having that shit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he’s struggling

  86. goodfold2 says:
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    if cole actually plays sun is either him or cueto (if he plays) better than paxton or redmond? have one pickup left in 10 teamer championship. Opp just woke up and picked up Hale for (i think) tomorrow. obv opp has like 5 or 6 pickups left so I’d really like to just plain beat him to the best open sun starter. i already have these starts left anyway:
    gee vs MIL
    erlin vs ARI
    porcello @MIA
    lee @ATL
    bailey vs PIT
    kluber @MIN
    kazmir @MIN
    ventura @WSOX
    ryu vsCOL
    gray @SEA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No, they’re not better, they might not go more than 5 innings

  87. gareth says:
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    Ode to salazar -

    Oh danny boy, the sox, the sox are flailing,
    From de aza, ’til phegley batting ninth,
    He will return, next year without a pitch count,
    Oh danny boy, oh filthy danny boy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice

  88. gareth says:
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    I really want to ask hank “the hawk” Harrellson if he thinks the Indians have “the will to win” or ” T dubya, T dubya. He’s just awful.

    Did you hear about his no comment commentary of the giambi walk off, grey? Its funny it you don’t like hawk.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who likes Hawk? Nah, I hadn’t heard that, but I’m not surprised, he’s an idiot…

  89. AJ says:
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    Gee vs MIl or Estrada @ NYM need a W thanks

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