Juiced ball? Whatever. Honestly, I don’t care if balls go bazinga all over the place. If everyone’s using the same ball, it’s all good. It’s more fair than when some were using ‘roids and others weren’t. Pace of game? Doesn’t bother me at all. More the merrier, and more is time. Let games go five hours with no commercial breaks. Sounds awesome to me. Teams not fielding their best team? That’s the biggest issue and it effin’ sucks. Austin Hays didn’t exactly tear up the minors this year, but you can’t tell me a 24-year-old potential future All-Star should’ve been in the minors at all. Same goes for Ryan Mountcastle. The O’s are the worst (literally) and that’s made even worse by them holding down prospects. Can the worst be made worse? Yes, that’s what I’m saying and the Orioles did it.  I’m not saying this simply because I drafted Mountcastle and Hays in leagues this year expecting them to be up by May. Actually, it is the reason!  So what? It makes logical sense the O’s would’ve promoted them. Stupid me using logic. They really needed to see what they had with Rio Ruiz, Mark Trumbo, Dwight Smith Jr.– Do I need to go on? Yesterday, Austin Hays went (3-for-8, 5 RBIs) and a double slam (3, 4) and legs (1), as he bats 2nd. If the O’s start the year with Austin Hays in 2020, and they should, he’s going to be a guy I target everywhere with his 27/10/.260 potential. Too bad he’ll spend all of next year in the minors because the O’s want to infuriate me.  Stop inflaming my ulcer, you bastards! Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jonathan Villar – 3-for-8, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 24th homer, hitting .275. You know you have a sickness when you’re excited about 2020 fantasy baseball season in 2019 and you’re hoping a few Orioles fall to you. Haha, demented!

Randal Grichuk – 2-for-6, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 31st homer, hitting .236. Ya know what he’s trying to do, right? Gric-Hulk is fighting for the 5th outfielder job on the Yankees! (Honestly, I’m more hoping this is Grichuk’s future vs. clogging up the Jays’ lineup and team.)

Cavan Biggio – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 16th homer, hitting .237. It took Hall of Famer Craig Biggio two seasons to get 16 homers (he only had 30 through his first five seasons). Nice ball, MLB!

Bo Bichette – Could be done for the season. If Boba Chette is done, he made a solid impact on our hearts and minds for 2020 and I look forward to overdrafting him next year. Here’s to the false promise of upside!

Trea Turner – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 17th homer. I like how he became Charlie Blackmon this year, and by ‘like’ I mean hate. Treat Urner, you have one job and one job only, steal bases! I have an entire team for homers! I can get 31 homers in 300 at-bats from Mitch Garver! I need you to steal bases!

Adam Eaton – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 15th homer. I made him my batty call in one league, and getting a home run and a big offensive day is akin to shooting fish in a barrel, which sounds like fun, to be honest. Can I wear a barrel, fill it with water and koi, and shoot them?

Patrick Corbin – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners (4 BBs), 6 Ks, ERA at 3.05. Streamonator has Corbin down for one more start, but, as I’ve been saying, there’s little chance the weekend’s games are started or more-than-three-innings finished by anyone going to the playoffs.

J.T. Realmuto – Out with knee soreness, i.e., Jerry Tomato don’t know squat.

Zach Eflin – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.16. Unlike Corbin above, Eflin might actually pitch as deep as he can go in this weekend’s game and the Streamonator likes it.

Paul Goldschmidt – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 2 RBIs and his 32nd homer. Au Shizz!

Tommy Edman – 2-for-3, 3 runs and his 11th homer, hitting .298. Edman went from a “Who dat now?” to a guy on my radars for 2020. Kinda hoping he does moderately well in the playoffs too. Not crazy good so everyone knows his name in 2020, but well enough so the Cards pen him into their plans.

Yadier Molina – 2-for-4, 4 RBIs and his 10th homer. He feels like the type to one day be playing with his son on the same team. The son’s name, Yadiest.

Christian Walker – 3-for-4, 2 runs and his 27th homer, hitting .261. Fun Fact! In many cultures, a Christian Walker is simply known as a missionary.

Andrew Benintendi – Couldn’t start on Monday, due to his thumb contusion suffered on Friday. It’s all good, Gorkys Hernandez got the start, just as we all planned when we drafted Benintendi in March.

Mookie Betts – 2-for-4, 1 run and his 16th steal, hitting .293. In this supposed down year by Betts, he has 133 runs. Um, whoa.

Blake Snell – 1 2/3 IP, 1 ER, ERA at 4.21. Damn, this is concerning. Counterpoint:  Snell’s gonna be a bargain in 2020! Counter-counterpoint:  There’s something seriously off with him and there has been all year. Counter-counter-counterpoint: Nah, he was injured and now he’s just rusty.

Willy Adames – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and a homer. Guess how many homers little ol’ Captain Willy Adames has. Go ahead. Keep in mind homers are up. Done guessing? He has 20 homers. WUT.

Ji-Man Choi – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer. Nice that the Rays only have one Choi, because I’m not sure they’d ever play the Lowe Bros if they had the Choi’s. Dad joke for the win!

Brandon Lowe – 1-for-3 and his 17th homer. Speaking of the devil, Kevin Cash is so ADHD, Lowe didn’t even play the whole game, and he was just activated from the IL. Does he really need more rest? Push him! H2H finals are on the line!

Wil Myers – Fainted at a charity event. Hopefully he’s okay and someone just mentioned to him he had a guaranteed contract for $83,000,000 and he fell over.

Jorge Alfaro – 2-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 16th and 17th homer. I’ll start my position recaps next week, but my preseason projection for Alfaro was 17 HRs. Hashtag nailed it! (Except for the fact everyone hit an extra 45 homers this year.)

Jon Berti – 4-for-5, 3 runs, as he hit leadoff, has hits in seven of his last seven starts (he sat once), so could be a quick hot schmotato for your fantasy pleasures. To add a little shine, I grabbed him in two leagues.

Amed Rosario – 1-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 15th homer, hitting .286. Member how Marty got George McFly to ask out his mom? He went to him at night with the Walkman and freaked him out with a command like he’s Darth Vader. Okay, I want to do that to whoever is managing the Mets next year and command them to hit Rosario leadoff all year.

Steven Matz – 5 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.37. Can’t believe he did this against the Marlins.  This pile of excrement. He’s the square root of a circle jerk! Autocorrect would say you are a stupid piece of shout, you butch ashtray! 2008 called, they want their subprime dealings back! You pitch like a clown farting twice into your mouth! UGHHHHH!

  1. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great stuff, man!

    a. More like JT Realmuto don’t know squat? Right? I did like the usage of the squat term!

    b. Grey! You are so raycest! There are only 3 relevant Korean players right now in MLB – Ryu, Choi and Choo. So the Rays could just trade for Choo and then they can make the putout like Andre Dawson used to to Mark Grace 9-1 on a bounce or like the Rays could in 2020 9-1…Choo to Choi! It could boost sales in the burgeoning Korean market share in the Tampa / Orlando GMA, right?

    c. Abbott and Costello quote of the day for September 24

    Hold that Ghost, 1941

    Joan Davis (Camille): Are you a married man?

    Costello (Ferdie): No.

    Joan Davis (Camille): Neither am I. [to Chuck] He’s old enough, isn’t he?

    Costello (Ferdie): Oh sure I’m old enough, I play games, I play post office.

    Joan Davis (Camille): Post office? That’s a kids’ game.

    Costello (Ferdie): Not the way I play.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. Yeah!

      B. That would fill one of Tampa’s Hoosters but they have 27-local area branches — think bigger!

      C. Ha, nice

  2. slevine1991 says:
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    Thanks for the help this year! Got the championship due to you guys!

    Last Q of the year. Can you choose 4 of the following to keep into next year?

    Minor, Taillon, Bundy, Dan Murphy, David Peralta, Cueto, Choo

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Congrats, no problem!

      These aren’t good choices! Minor, Peralta, Choo, Cueto….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats!

      Agree with DT — they’re not great

    • JB says:
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      How on earth did you win a championship if those are your keeper choices? Are you in a bizzaro league?

      • slevine1991 says:
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        14 team dynasty league with large rosters, just doing a final purge for final roster spots

  3. Scott says:
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    Thanks for the help this year! Got the championship due to you guys!

    Last Q of the year. Can you choose 4 of the following to keep into next year?

    Mike Minor, Taillon, Bundy, Dan Murphy, David Peralta, Cueto, Choo

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  4. nitro says:
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    I have to decide if I want to stream Bundy tonight… I would be dropping Snell to make this happen which means he would not be one of my 6 keepers. I would have Flaherty as a keeper so at least I would have 1 “elite” starter.
    With that information, would you stream Bundy?
    Thanks!!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Depends, how badly do you need those Bundy stats? Are you confident they make a difference? H2H or Roto?

      I’d lean towards keeping Snell but if you think Bundy makes all the difference then you gotta go for it.

      • nitro says:
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        It is HTH points league. So more risky right? Thanks DT

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          Risky for sure. Do you feel like you have ground to make up?

          • nitro says:
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            You answered my question. Is not worth the risk. Appreciate your help (all season).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, avoid

      • nitro says:
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        Thanks Grey. Working on that championship!!

  5. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    Great season (so far!), Grey!

    Quick keeper question
    10-team, h2h category league (R, HR, RBI, BB, SB, AVG)
    You get to pick 2 keepers from:
    Trea Turner
    Adalberto Mondesi
    Fernando Tatis Jr
    Aaron Judge

    Which 2 do you pick?

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Tough choice, they’re all great options. In a H2H categories league I rank em: Tatis, Turner, Judge, Mondesi. Don’t think you can go wrong though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Agree with DT — Tatis, Trea, but all solid

  6. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Was looking for some batty calls yesterday and made two pickups. One was Willy Adames – nice! The other, I was debating between Austin Hays and Austin Dean… sadly I chose the wrong Austin. And to make it worse, I thought I took Hays when I was checking box scores… my happiness was short lived #championshipprobz

    Also, how bad is Rhys? I was giving him one more shot on the short-schedule day, but now he is off my team for good! Btw, he’s 0-17 against Scherzer with 10 Ks.. good riddance.

    QS league. Which of the following would you stream this week?

    Houser @ CIN
    Means @ BOS
    Freeland @ SF
    Lopez @ PHI
    Beede vs. COL

    Thanks!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Beede and maybe Freeland

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, that sucks… The great Austin mixup!

      Rhys is terrible, not sure he’ll even be in the top 100 next year

      I’m streaming Beede — The rest are awful, maybe Houser or Freeland, depends on how bad you need it

  7. sportivetricks says:
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    hey2thehey!

    It’s getting quiet around here. Not sure I have many good questions, but wondering how you are!

    LallalalaluuuurrrrrveYa!

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Where did all our friends go!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sportive! Tell em a story!

      • sportivetricks says:
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        I have a great one about road rage around the holidays, but I don’t want any of my friends/opponents in my leagues to know who I am! And they have all heard it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, can’t you just replace your name with someone else’s? Like Tortivespricks?

          • sportivetricks says:
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            I’ve done that before. You called me out for it, and I felt dirty.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, fair enough!

  8. Crazy J says:
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    Richard Lovelady

    and F Rhys!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dick Lovelady, please… He’s not that refined!

  9. HappyJax says:
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    [email protected] or Musgrove at home vs. Cubbies? Thx.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Fiers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, tough call… I guess Musgrove — Fiers scares me recently and he might not go many IP

  10. Alps says:
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    Hey Grey/DT
    I need to protect my lead in saves
    Who is my best option
    Jairo Diaz
    Matt Magill
    Anthony Bass
    Nick Anderson
    Thanks pal

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Diaz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agree with DT

  11. Clubber says:
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    Right on about Biggio Grey, and you’re right on about Matz. I freaking needed two quality starts out of him this week… Instead he went ‘Bobo” (We didn’t say ‘poop’ when we were little)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bobo the clown who farts in mouths!

  12. Dude at Dudes says:
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    Berti, Victor Reyes or Solak rest of the week? Priority is RBI>Runs>SB. I am leaning Reyes

    • Dude at Dudes says:
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      Trent Grisham is another option

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, tough call… I’m leaning Grisham due to Coors

      • Dude at Dudes says:
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        Thanks Grey! Who would be your runner-up?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Reyes

  13. Twins Pearker says:
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    For an 11 team pts league, 30 deep roster for 2019, do you see anyone here you would drop:

    C – Smith, K. Ruiz
    1B – Chavis
    2B – Mondesi
    SS – Tatis
    3B – Vlad
    MI – Urias
    LF – Acuna
    RF – Kirilloff
    CF – Laureano
    OF – Reyes
    OF –
    OF –
    Util – Ohtani
    Bench Rosario

    SP – Ohtani, Grienke, Alcantara, Heaney, C. Smith, Paddack, Gallen, Price
    RP – Smith, Neris, J. James, Stripling

    These are the players I currently have but am considering dropping for an open spot in the draft:

    F. Peralta – see him this year as a long reliever like Stripling and James
    Markakis
    Yastremszki
    Karinchak

    These are players I currently have and can re-sign for 25% off their 2020 draft price:

    Altuve, Whit, Abreu

    My two cents: Too many IF up the middle, 1B is weak for me, if Ohtani gets molded into one super player (on Yahoo), I lose them both up above.

    Big names available: Bellinger, Harper, Springer, Xander, Arenado, Goldy, Betts, Blackmon….I could blow $75 on 3 of these.

    I also would have $240 to spend on the remaining players dropped ($300 budget).

    If this is too broad a question, I’m sorry…..just wanted someone’s opinion on anything listed above. I will finish 8th with an underperforming team….I can make adds and drops until Sunday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm… I think arms are less valuable than bats and if you’re weak at OF, then why not lose Stripling for Yaz? Can lose James for Markakis too — you saying 1B is weak for you (which I agree with Chavis), but I don’t see 1B options to pick up

      • Twins Peaker says:
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        Would you recommend re-signing Abreu for about $30 tops? Or buy low on Goldy? Is Bellinger losing 1B eligibility? If I keep Markakis and Yas, would you still sign big name OF or two? I’m all over the place I know. I appreciate you elf advice.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who are you calling an elf?

          I’d go Abreu for $30 — no idea on Cody, you have to check his games played — you should still sign solid OFs, those guys are just flyers

  14. gary z says:
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    Happy Ship Week Grey & DT! I’m tied H2H 8-8, if it stays that way I win since im the #1 seed!

    Question: im down 6 runs, down 4 in HR’s , up in avg by .004 , up in OPS by .015, up 1 steal

    Please Rank: Sano, Gardner, Eddie Rosario, JD Davis, Mercado, Carpenter, Daniel Murphy, Adam Jones, Canha, Laureano

    Thanks, if I win do you guys accept gratuity?? Wouldn’t be here without your help, much appreciated!!!

    -G

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ship week!

      Sano, Rosario, Mercado, Gardner

      On the homepage — razzball.com — there’s a link to buy Grey a boba which is a gratuity, if you like — thanks!

      • gary z says:
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        You got it!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No, you got it!

  15. Basement Artie says:
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    Yeah, I streamed Matz too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that sucked

  16. flye says:
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    I was mediocre this year, having owned both Sale and Thor. I blame you guys.

    What do you mean reread the preseason warnings? No you shut up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, sorry!

  17. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Top 15 in Hardhit% for 2019 (at least 120 batted balls):
    Sano
    Judge
    Gallo
    Cruz
    Olson
    Donaldson
    Franmil
    Schwarber
    Garver
    RyZimm
    Soler
    Hiura
    Ozuna
    Yelich
    Choo

    Some interesting names on this list, and not on this list.

    • Coolwhip

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      btw Yordong is at #19

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice on Yordong!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mitch Garver!

      That is interesting, you have to throw out Zimm due to small sample — and some of these guys are on every year — Judge, Cruz, Gallo — Choo and Soler are surprising to me

      • Coolwhip

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        Garver on here gives some legitimacy to his 30 HR (47% FBs with 29% HR/FB is nuts though). Olson has been on this list for like the last 3 years, so that bodes well! I’m not as surpised by Soler, he does have 32 2B and 45 HRs. And i like that our boy Hiura is #12.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Which ones surprise you?

          • Coolwhip

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            Zimm, Choo, Garver(so random even with the numbers), Donaldson, and Franmil (only because he only had 17 2B, would have expected more)

            ones that I’m surprised not on here is Trout, Bellinger, Acuna, Alonso, Suarez (we already knew he wasn’t, but still)

            • Grey

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              Yeah, good calls… Surprised Miggy isn’t here, he seems to hit everything hard but for singles… And JD Martinez and Khris Davis have just aged out I guess, they’re usually in this list… Not great to see Voit and Ohtani disappear… Zimmerman was in top 16 last year too

              • Coolwhip

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                Yeah JD was there last year, #33 this year. Khris Davis had a bad season all around sadly. Ohtani dropped to #27, his second-half trailed off which will be curious if its due to throwing program on side or something else. Bell finished #28 was top 10 in first-half.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Bell really trailed off to becoming what we thought he was last year… Gonna be hard to get fully invested him in next year

                  • Coolwhip

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                    Yeah, i might do follow up article on him, cus he is certainly one of the more interesting storylines from this season… my initial thoughts are that the league adjusted back to him and it took him a good while to readjust. His June and July were so bad… but in August he had 8 HRs .261 AVG. My way too early forecast is next year something a tick better than his 2017. But i wouldn’t want to buy in early unless discounted.

                    • Grey

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                      I can’t see expecting more than 30 HRs from Bell… His 2nd half was so in line with his previous years that he’s got me pretty worried… Plus, he does nothing else of note

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          Ball comes off Franny’s bat a little different. Reminds of Whitey Herzog saying “I’ve never seen Jack Clark take a swing I didn’t like”. Dude is a total beast and will be ’20 bargain. BTW – Joe Maddon once described Soler as “a different cat” I’m sure he wishes he still had him

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Agreed on Franmil and Soler

  18. Cram It says:
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    Question I can’t find the answer to anywhere else and surprised I don’t know already….does a doubleheader count as 2 games played in Yahoo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d guess it does

  19. Screwballs says:
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    The season is finished, and thanks to Razzball, another championship!

    Need to stash 2 more free agents as possible keepers before next spring’s draft [we keep 15]. Looking for high upside. The league is H2H 5×5 using OBP and QS.

    Which 2 do you like from this list:

    Batters-
    • L Arraez
    • M Canha
    • JD Davis
    • A Hays
    • E Inciarte
    • B Lowe
    • R McMahon
    • K Newman
    • D Peralta
    • S Piscotty
    • B Reynolds
    • A Rosario
    • N Senzel
    • G Urshela
    • K Wong

    Pitchers-
    • C Archer
    • G Canning
    • J Gray
    • D Lamet
    • J Urias

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Congrats! Hays, Amed

      • Screwballs says:
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        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Smitty says:
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        honorable mentions – Lamet & J. Urias?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Lamet’s interesting, not Urias

  20. Cyler says:
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    I can see it now Grey. We are going to draft Mitch Garver for 31 homeruns from the catcher spot next year…but he is going to steal 31 bases and hit zero homeruns. And turner will also steal 100 bases and hit 0 homeruns.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take it!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Juiced bases!

  21. Smitty says:
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    Sad to see once proud franchise in tatters. Orioles are mismanaged and broken, need total reboot top to bottom. Hays was a guy I looked at last year, shoulda been up much earlier. I was hoping we’d get a look at Yusniel Diaz as well. Cuban OF has some tools, had recent quad issue but seems he was never considered. Need GM with guts and to get Earl Weaver out of retirement to run the club – haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pretty disgraceful they didn’t just let their prospects play this year

  22. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Cleaning up one of the three leagues I play in for next year and wanted to run my guys by you to see whom you would select as keepers. We keep eight and can keep them forever. Redraft league with 14 categories (R, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, OBP, W, SV, Ks, BBs, HLD, ERA, WHIP). Eight keepers this year with draft starting in the 9th round.

    So, of these players below, which 8 would you keep for 2020:

    Mike Trout
    Cody Bellinger
    Trevor Story
    Javier Baez
    Manny Machado
    Keston Hiura
    Miguel Sano
    DJ LeMahieu
    Jorge Polanco
    Eddie Rosario
    Shane Bieber
    Jose Berrios
    Josh Hader

    As always, thanks for your opinions and advice. Appreciate all your work and interaction with readers. Truly makes your website unique and one of, if not, the very best.

    • Coolwhip

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      trout, belli, story, baez, hiura, machado, rosario… and either sano or bieber for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

      Mike Trout
      Cody Bellinger
      Trevor Story
      Javier Baez
      Eddie Rosario
      Shane Bieber
      Hiura
      I guess Machado

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Hey guys, thanks for the ideas! Interesting.

        Initially, I was considering keeping: Trout, Bellinger, Baez, Story, Machado, Hiura, Sano and Beiber.

        But you guys seem to favor Rosario over Sano. I really like what Sano did in basically what was half a season. Are injury concerns why you have reservations on Sano? Or something else? Rosario only bothers me because he carries such a low OBP. He’s so streaky!

        I guess I’m asking what do you guys like so much about Rosario?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rosario will be ranked about 100 spots before Sano… You can just redraft Sano if you want him

        • Coolwhip

          Coolwhip says:
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          Agree with G. Sano can be drafted cheaper

          • Harley Earl says:
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            Well, yeah, that makes sense! lol

            Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  23. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    LOL we ran out of replies! Yes i think around 30 is realistic expectation for Bell next year. But one that is true of him, he’s become a better hitter (in general) and run producer. Noticable jump in hardhit%, and specifically has improved a great deal vs breaking balls. Went from mendoza level bad to .271 AVG and .585 SLG against. BUT could be streaky again in 2020 since it took him 2 months to climb out of the new well. So I’ll be passing on draft day, and maybe buy low or scoop off waivers next year. cus Oprah Manfred is handing out 30 HR to everyone now.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, yeah, I could see that, but outside of shallow leagues, he shouldn’t be available… I think 30/.270 is going to be so available it’s hard to get excited about him

      • Coolwhip

        Coolwhip says:
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        agreed! new hotness will be, “who can get me 30/15, 25/20 or 30/20?”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Austin Hays! The new Austin Meadows!

  24. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Flaherty pitches last game tonite (free drop for a SP). SON loves Gibson ($20) and Lamet ($16); neutral on Anibal; and hates Wacha.

    Wacha @ Ariz (StL might clinch tonite)
    Gibson @Det
    Annibal vs Phil (Philly may be eliminated today; Was may clinch today)
    Lamet vs LAD

    I don’t NEED the start (too early to assess — but he did start Matz yesterday). If any, I would pick Anibal.

    Which (if any) do you think is worthwhile?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t trust any, but Lamet or Jairo

  25. schloofy says:
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    Hi Grey and DT,

    Thanks again for all your help this season. I’m in the finals in one league (vs my wife) and 3rd place in another, fighting to move up or at least maintain the money spot.

    Here are some starts I’m considering for my last 2 of the season. Please rank some! ERA, WHIP, QS, K/9:

    Homer Bailey @LAA. (Why does SON hate this matchup?)
    Heaney vs OAK (Why does SON love this matchup?)
    Kyle Gibson @ DET (Yes, the Tigers, but can I trust Gibson? Any chance he goes 6? SON lurves it!)
    Lamet @ LAD
    Beede vs COL
    Reynaldo vs DET (again, the Tigers, but I don’t trust ReyLo. Should I?)
    Paxton @ TX
    Robbie Ray vs SD (if I can get him off waivers, so please include a contingency)
    Roark @ SEA
    Turnbull @ CHW
    Tanaka @ TEX
    Bailey @ SEA (SON likes this one a little better)

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you win vs. your wife, don’t you still lose? This is a no win situation! (Also, who is your wife asking for help? Yahoo?)

      Ray is best…Lamet at home or away? Someone just commented he was home, which is good…Roark…Heaney seems decent there

      • schloofy says:
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        I’ve told my wife about this site, perhaps unwisely. She likes some of the jokes, but she’s very skeptical of anyone else’s fantasy baseball expertise.

        Then again, she’s finished in the money every year since I’ve been in the league with her, and I haven’t, but that was before Razzball! I’ll defeat her and she’ll eventually forgive me. We’ll just use my winnings to pay bills anyway.

        Yes, I was wrong above. Lamet is at home. I’m going to try to get Ray, and hold onto Lamet and see how it goes. Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, this is so much more complicated than you’re letting on… You cannot beat her, take the L and the sex!

          • Coolwhip

            Coolwhip says:
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            LOL this is strangely fascinating to me. Wish my wife was this competitive in fantasy. Beat her down and take the dominant position! They want you to take command after you prove yourself worthy!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t know, I feel like you think they want you to win, but they really want you to lose

              • Coolwhip

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                HAHA just speaking from my experience. My wife was always a “strong” woman (part of what attracted me) and she respected me more once I proved myself and rose above her expectations. and *everything* got better after that.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  But don’t beat her in a fantasy league!

                  • schloofy says:
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                    Haha, you guys are funny. She IS extremely competitive, but once in a while, I beat her at something, and it’s really no big deal.

                    She’ll probably just go back to kicking my ass next year.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      She wants you to think it’s no big deal, be careful out there!

                    • Coolwhip

                      Coolwhip says:
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                      kick her ass seabass!

  26. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    The alternative is another reliever. Available are Jairo Diaz; Bass; and Pomeranz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Depends what you need

  27. stevie says:
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    Favorite streamer for tomorrow?
    Fiers @ Angels
    Anibal vs Phila.
    M. Kelly vs Stl.
    Gibson @ Det.
    Heaney vs Oak (Fiers)
    None of the above?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kelly if Cards clinch…Anibal if Nats don’t… Heaney seems okay if A’s are clinched… Then none

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        Cards, I believe, cannot clinch tonight as their magic number is 3. So Kelly is likely facing the full wrath of the Cardinals bottom 3rd offense and Top 5 in ERA since August 15th due to his insanely lucky 93% LOB rate Wacha.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

          • Fred Garvin MP says:
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            The Cardinals are easily the worst division winning team this year. They have completely shithoused their way to a .650 or so winning pct in the second half based, primarily, on their pitchers batted ball luck.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              How do they do it every year?

  28. JP says:
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    Trying to decide on keepers for next year, which 4 from this group?
    Hosmer, Kingery, Sano, Didi, Newman, Swanson,

    and for OF’s, I can keep 2 from this group:
    Upton, Aquino, Domingo, W. Calhoun

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Hosmer, Newman

      Aquino, Willie, tougher call tho with Domingo

      • JP says:
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        Thanks would you keep Domingo over Kingery, Sano, Didi or Swanson?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly over Swanson, too early to say

  29. Stumanji! says:
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    I have an empty Minor League spot to keep someone for next year. Instead of picking up another top 60-100ish prospect who won’t make an impact, I want to grab a guy who will actually be starting next year and will be in essence a free draft pick. He needs to still have rookie eligibility (<150 ABs) come season's end. Who do you like among this group as an impact player in 2020?
    Sam Hilliard
    Trent Grisham
    Kyle Lewis
    Shed Long
    Sean Murphy
    Nico Hoerner
    Abe Toro
    Anthony Alford

    Any other recent call-ups that I missed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grisham

    • Coolwhip

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      Nate Lowe i think is still under 150, not sure how solid he’ll be starting 1B next year since they traded for Aguilar

      • Stumanji! says:
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        Lowe is at 143 ABs. I’m assuming he’ll get 7 more in the next week…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe not if you’re lucky

    • Stumanji! says:
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      Add Kevin Cron and maybe Mike Ford (currently at 135 ABs) to that list.

      Thanks!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Meh

        • Stumanji! says:
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          Cron could hit 60 HR and Dbacks would still bench him in favor of Ildemaro Vargas.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yup!

  30. Norman Ginsberg says:
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    Mitch Garver (Hold or drop). Minn says he’s DTD with a hip impingement. Admittedly I’m biased (since I currently have a hip issue and know I could not catch or run bases — or even walk from the dugout) but wonder if he shoiuld be dropped. I have 5 moves left this week. Available catchers are: Alfaro; Navarez; Pena; and Gomes.

    I assume hold. Agreed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sucks, feel better! And hold your moves

  31. toolshed says:
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    Jram back in the lineup tonight. Do you know if he had the same doc as olsen who is better now than ever with his bionic hand.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, hopefully!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sad face…I miss them!

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        “The dead are piling up. I left many of them behind me. They haunt me at night. I’m tired of killing people.”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Awesome! Are we worried about vaping, Grimey?

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            Eh no more than anything else…
            Bad diet too much scotch I almost get killed in traffic a few times a week as well.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, yeah, same here

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                That’s why I avoid watching the news haha

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I mean not on the rest of that stuff but you know what I mean

  32. Captain Obvious says:
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    Anymore podcasts? You banned me I guess when all I do is the same as cram. Why? Caption Obvious. Although fantrax isn’t clear about rules and I’m going to lose because this guy lol. I didn’t realize it was all out on offense until way too late. 162 and that’s it I say. Why 1400 but no limits on batting? Its all good but I got kicked off RAZZBALL because I razzed. Change the name or actually be razzball. Later.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      New podcast tomorrow

      • Captain Obvious says:
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        Unban me. I’m not as bad as that guy that was always talking shit about Judge. I’m going to hyena laugh now.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re not banned

          • Captain Obvious says:
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            My main email is. I tried clicking on you to tell you but it’s not working.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Not sure, but this is working

              • Captain Obvious says:
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                Yeah I guess. Anyway to get rcls limited on batters like pitchers?

                • Captain Obvious says:
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                  How can email you guys? I click on your name and nothing?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Batters limited on games or ABs? Can discuss it this offseason, prolly a non-starter

  33. herschel says:
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    @Grey: who you keeping next year? clevinger in the 5th or caleb smith in the 24th? thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Clevinger

      • herschel says:
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        @Grey: was hoping youd say that….hes been so good the second half.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, straight up ace vs. gamble, you go ace

          • herschel says:
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            @Grey: works for me. any new shows youre in to? just finished years and years….

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I just started Fleabag… I’m trying to find a show myself… you ever watch Dark?

              • herschel says:
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                @Grey: started it but never finished. need to. ever check out Letterkenny?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nah, don’t know it… you watch The Last Kingdom?

                  • Herschel says:
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                    @Grey: don’t know it. What and where? Letter Kenny is great if you like Canadian humour.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah, TLK is a good one, you should watch

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think Amazon

  34. Stephen Lyon says:
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    I’ve got Moncada and Hiura – why would I need to pick up Ramirez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  35. Rafael Kam says:
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    chasing a win, please give me your top 2 in order:

    Samardzija vs Col (streamonator’s pick)
    Merrill Kelly vs St Louis
    Bumgarner vs Dodgers (giants have made a big thing of him pitching bochy’s last. Dodgers might be resting guys.)
    Carrasco out the pen?
    Urquidy @ Angels

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bum, Samardzija

      • Rafael Kam says:
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        I concur. Was just making sure I should be attempting to use my last pickup on Bum (clearing waivers overnight). Thanks for the assurance.

        My matchup at 5-5, looks to be all coming down to if I can take away opponent’s 1 win / 1 save lead.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem…good luck!

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