Rusney Castillo is expected to join the Sawx on Tuesday.  Whoa, did you see that?  There was a rainbow going over the world and when I said that it turned red.  I wonder if that’s because he’s Cuban.  Oh, it’s probably because the Red Sox paid to sponsor the rainbow.  That makes more sense.  I didn’t think Mother Nature would sell rainbow naming rights, but there ya go.  Someone’s gotta pay for the sun; the world we live in.  So, Rusney’s getting a little taste of how’s your father with the Red Sox, but I don’t think he’ll A) Play every day. B) Be much a factor this year. C) There’s no C.  Now, for 2015 fantasy baseball, well, there we’re gonna have to talk for a sec.  Sorry, I know you’re late to be moral support at your wife’s surgery, but she can wait.  Here’s what Prospect Mike said about him previously, “The one tool that is not in question is (Rusney’s) speed.  A 30+ steal season from Castillo is a possibility as soon as 2015.  The power is still up in the air.  Some have tagged him more as an 8-12 homer type guy while others have said 15 or maybe even 20 homers could be in the cards.  With any player, we get lots of comps thrown around.  Two of the comps I’ve heard the most are Shane Victorino and Rajai Davis.  Honestly, the Davis comp makes the most sense to me.  The one that makes the least sense is Grey, he’s just a buffoon.”  Hey, what’s that all about?  To me, the Rajai comparison feels heavy on the speed; Victorino seems a better equivalent, but, honestly, there’s a ton of unknown here.  He could be anywhere from a 7 HR/20 SB fourth outfielder to a 20 HR/40 SB superstar.  Victorino feels about right — 12 homers, 30 steals.  The more I read that he only had 66 steals in 1097 plate appearances in Cuba, I wonder if the hype machine hasn’t taken Rusney and thrown him into the spin cycle, making him more than he is.  Shizzton of risk either way you slice the cake, and, brucely, I love cake, so I hope you’re sharing.  For this year, I’d take a flyer if I could platoon him.  For 2015, I’d take the risk for something special, but don’t expect more than Victorino.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Matt Adams – Out on Sunday with a flare up of his oblique.  The Cardinals are optimistic about getting him back soon.  Considering the Cards originally found Adams, lying on his side on a beach, right by where the waves break, an oblique is nothing.  In fact, when the Cards doctors diagnosed him, they said, “Look closely, oblique and you’ll miss it.”

Marco Gonzales – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks.  A quick perusal of Wikipedia tells us, that Gonzales went to Gonzaga University because his family started the university in the 1980’s while playing a game of Galaga.  He was originally drafted by the Rockies, but thankfully he skipped out on them and waited another two years for the Cards to come calling.  His minor league numbers are impressive (10+ K/9 in Double-A), but his fastball sits in the upper 80’s and his best pitch is a change.  Generalization for you that is generally right: minor league hitters struggle with breaking stuff more than MLB hitters, and a fastball in the upper 80’s isn’t great.  A 10+ K/9 in Double-A became 7+ in Triple-A and probably will be around the same in the majors.  Decent NL-Only flyer in keeper leagues for next year, but he’s nothing but a gamble for his next start, though the Stream-o-Nator does like it.

Jhonny Peralta – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  This is neither funny nor here nor there nor herethere if you’re talking fast, the Cardinals are better than the sum of their parts.  Like a guy that has a dwarf fetish, they do the little things.

Justin Morneau – Left Friday’s game with lat soreness, but expects to return soon, i.e., sooner vs. lat, and sooner wins.  Sooner is now 19-3 going into its H2H playoffs.

Charlie Morton – Will rejoin the rotation on Tuesday.  Morton has a hernia, but he’s going to pitch through it because he’s tough.  Guess that means Morton is salty about his balls.

Neil Walker – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer, hitting .279.  When he does something good, it makes me uncomfortable, not sure why that is.  Not as uncomfortable as Kanye refusing to continue a concert until a handicapped person stood up, but uncomfortable nevertheless.

Edinson Volquez – 7 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners (5 BBs), 5 Ks.  There’s not a lot of pitching this year?  Edinson Vomitquez has a 3.27 ERA.  C’mon, for reals now.

Javier Baez – 1-for-3, 1 run and his 4th steal after homering on Friday and Saturday.  Not sure he’s going to hit above .200 this year, but obviously if you need power or speed, there’s no guy better.  With the name Javier Baez.  Damn, that caveat sucked the air out of that.

Joaquin Benoit – Barring any setbacks, he should return by the middle of this week.  Padres Saves Chances + An injured Closer Who Needs To Get A Few Reps = Cher’s Outfit from If I Could Turn Back Time video.  Wow, math’s off there.  This Padres shituation isn’t great for fantasy owners.  If you’re desperate, own Benoit and Quackenbush, but neither may get more than two saves the rest of the way.

Matt Garza – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Stream-o-Nator loved this start, but I didn’t.  Teach me to go against the cold, lifeless eyes of the machine.  Let’s hear what the Stream-o-Nator had to say about my lack of faith.  “I just want friends.”  Oh, God, that’s a depressing machine.

Matt Clark – 1-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 3rd homer in his last three games.  Do I hear a Matt Clark Five?  Because, because, because, because, be– You get the picture.  Fun fact!  The Dave Clark Five was originally called The Beatles Plus One.  Clark isn’t this good, but if a hot bat is hitting homers, it’s worth a game of grab and see.

Mat Latos – Done for the season.  No one is more upset than Latos.  This means more time with his wife.  “How about we have six months of silence?”  That’s Mat bargaining with his wife.

Todd Frazier – 1-for-4 and his 26th homer.  Has definitely cooled down in the 2nd half (7 HRs, ~.260), but he’s probably somewhere in the middle for a whole season.  He’s not as bad as the 2nd half, and not as good as his first half.  27 HRs and a .275 average does seem about right over a whole season.  The 20 steals is totally bizzonkers.

Danny Duffy – Expects to start on Tuesday.  Last time out he threw one pitch and missed a week with a sore shoulder.  Here’s hoping for one whole batter!

Eric Hosmer – 1-for-2, 3 RBIs and his 8th homer and 2nd in the last three games.  With the way he’s hitting homers, he’s easily going to get to ten homers this year.  Juan Pierre is so very impressed.

Jason Vargas – 5 1/3 IP, 5 ER.  I really needed a decent start, so I grabbed Vargas and sat down to watch this game.  Got about three innings in when I started hear rumblings.  I looked down on the couch, where the noise was emanating from.  Why was there a handle on my couch?  Why was my couch gurgling?  Oh, no, I was sitting on a toilet with a loose-fit slip cover!  AHHH!!!  The Cleveland Streamer!  Thanks, Vargas!

Xander Bogaerts – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 12th homer, and his 3rd homer this week, while he’s batting near-.400 in that time.  Hot schmotato alert!

Daniel Nava – 1-for-4 and a grand slam, his 4th.  Homer, that is.  Not fourth grand slam.  Who is Lou Gehrig?  I am the l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-l-luckiest man in the Nava-ho nation.

Trevor Plouffe – 2-for-4 and his 14th homer, and his 2nd homer in the last two games.  This will probably come back to haunt me, but I skipped over grabbing Plouffe for today’s batty call because he’s facing Scherzer.  By the time I got to the end of that sentence, I re-checked Plouffe twice about picking him up.  Ugh, I know I should grab him, but I’m not.  Plouffe goes my confidence!

Jordan Schafer – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and a slam (1) and legses (Legii? Legacy?), his 28th and 29th steals.  That’s in 184 at-bats.  If he had 500 ABs, he’d have 70 steals?  Pretty much if you like extrapolating numbers to their illogical conclusion.  If you do want SAGNOF, I’d grab Schafer.

Trevor May – 6 IP, 3 ER, 5 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 7.71.  Thus far, he’s been the antithesis of the usual Twins starter.   Usually the Twins have Radke-types that are more workman (not Brandon), than flashy.  Guys with 6 K/9, 1+ BB/9 are their type of pitchers.  May is pitching like he’s Edinson Volquez with an inner ear equilibrium problem.  Ton of Ks and even more walks.

Glen Perkins – 1 IP, 1 ER, and the 2nd game since he’s returned and the 2nd game in a row he’s given up runs.  Wouldn’t be surprised if Glen Perkins and the Glen Perkins Band reveals he’s still nursing neck problems and Burton or Fien get more saves.  I haven’t dropped Burton yet.

Jose Abreu – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 35th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  The Grande Dolor!  This was only his 6th homer in the 2nd half of the season.  Stats provided by Frank Thomas.

Mike Minor – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  Friday night, Alex Wood shows the RAAAngers who’s boss.  Saturday, Teheran does the same.  Sunday, Minor looks like a blind man trying to play Frogger.  I don’t care where Minor is pitching next, I would not start him anywhere.

Leonys Martin – 3-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI. Because I was thinking about how that idiot Washington would bench Martin vs. lefties, and since Martin was in a late game… Well, anyway, sonavabench!  Love Leonys if you need runs or steals.  In fact, he’s my favorite Martin.

Luis Sardinas – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs.  Sorry, was going to say something about Sardinas, but it sounded canned.

Colby Lewis – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA down to 5.12.  Total mess this year, and with his 88 MPH, well, he did more with his career than anyone thought he would.  Unless he ends up in Metco, Safeco or Petco, could be the last season we even think about him.

Nick FranklinRays are calling him up.  In Single-A in 2010, he had 23 homers and 25 steals.  At that point, I could see his angel wings.  He’d flutter above my bed and whisper, “Grey, I’m a middle infielder with 20 homer power and 20 steal speed.”  Then a hologram of a large man in a tight-white guinea tee would enter, announce himself as the Ghost of Future Scouts, and say Franklin’s K-rate is out of control, he won’t hit above .220.  Luckily, I don’t listen to holograms!  Sorry, Tupac Hologram.  Every stop along the way, Franklin has struggled to hit for a decent average.  I’ll like him next year for his power/speed combo, but he means nothing for this year in redraft leagues.

Yunel Escobar – 3-for-4 and his 7th homer.  When I last wrote to you, I told you Yunel was a hot schmotato.  Here we are, a few days later, a few hairs less on your dome, and Yunel is still schmotato’ing around.  Death, taxes and Yunel.  Three things that usually suck.

Jake McGee – 1 IP, 1 ER with the blown save and escape goat as he gave up a homer to John Mayberry Jr. with two strikes and two outs.  McGee was better when he was throwing at heads and not the head of a bat.

Chris Archer – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 9 Ks.  There’s a chance no Rays pitcher will win another game this year.  At least Tampa will have the most Hooters restaurants per square mile.

Adam Lind – 1-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer in as many games.  Since he has six homers and he’s a thirty home run player, he was long overdue for a power surge like he’s Ben Franklin flying a kite in a thunderstorm.  Anyone ever think that maybe Franklin was high on some of Philly’s finest ganja when he was out testing his kite?  “I got VD from one of Jefferson’s girls, may as well light up a spliff and fly a kite in a thunderstorm.  Yee-haw!”  That’s Ben Franklin on that faithful day.  He ended every statement with ‘yee-haw,’ that’s a documented fact.

Edwin Encarnacion – 1-for-4 and his 32nd homer.  After turning around multiple crappy third basemen, how long into the offseason until Toronto trades for Pedro Alvarez?  Are him and Dwayne Murphy already having discussions?

Justin Verlander – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 4.81 as he was out-pitched by Trevor Bauer (5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA down to 4.04).  Sorry, that’s not clear.  I mean he was out-pitched by Bauer the entire season and in this game.

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer.  For those of you who wagered one dollar to win a million on J.D. having more homers than Miggy this year, you’re a lot closer than anyone would’ve told you you (stutterer!) would be in March.

Ian Kinsler – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Good to see he made it back from his two-month injury.  *intern whispers in my ear*  He hasn’t been hurt?  Then where has he been?  Just slumping?  Hayzues Cristo, you should’ve told me.  You did?  Hmm…Let’s duscuss…After you get back from getting me some Swedish meatballs from Ikea.

Jon Lester – 6 IP, 0 ER, 8 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA down to 2.45.  The Yankees ploy to get him this offseason might have backfired.  Lester said he was legitimately embarrassed and his neighbors were extremely upset when the Yankees had Mount Rushmore delivered to Lester.

Brandon Moss – 1-for-4 and his 24th homer, and his 3rd post-All Star break homer.  Old cliche rings true:  a rolling stone collects more counting stats than Moss.

Sam Fuld – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Th-th-that’s all Fuld!

Sean Doolittle – Pitched the last two days with the save on Saturday.  Maybe I can send O’Flaherty to Ikea for me.  I love their meatballs!

Austin Jackson – 2-for-5 and two steals (17, 18).  Was a mess coming into this game (0-for-12 with 9 Ks), so Action Jackson is pithy, but he’s just as likely to warrant screaming, “Cut.”

Hiroki Kuroda – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, lowering his ERA to 3.81.  See what I said about Lewis, but add four years and subtract ‘not his choice.’  Hmm, I don’t even understand what I mean there.  Too many Ikea meatballs!  What I mean is, Kuroda’s probably done after this year, but it’ll be his choice.

Brian McCann – 2-for-4 and his 20th homer, hitting .238.  Maybe getting the cornea transplant from Francoeur wasn’t the best idea.

Chris Tillman – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA down to 3.29.  Solid game against the Born-In-1927 Yankees, but really a decent season.  Sure, a crapton of pitchers have an ERA under 3.50, but it’s better than being in that group of pitchers that don’t.

Steve Pearce – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI, and a homer on Saturday and a hit in 6 of his last seven games.  Still not a long-term guy, but there’s no long-term guys at this point, so there’s that.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-4, 2 runs as he locked up his third straight 20/20 season.  I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again.  Besides Trout, which hitter has been more reliable in the last three years than Desmond?  Not saying there’s no hitters that have been better — well, for Trout that is true — but have any hitters been more reliable for their stats?  I’d say only McCutchen is also in the reliability discussion.

Wilson Ramos – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Ramos a vamos!  That would be my homer call for Ramos.  Why don’t I announce every game for every team?

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA down to 2.83.  The best part was Blue Ivy cheering J-Z on.  She doesn’t look like Drake at all!  Okay, maybe a lot, but so what?

Jon Niese – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  He’s Jon, he’s Jon. Oh, I, Oh, I.  I’d pay the devil to not see his face.  Hey, I didn’t hear you come in.  Was just singing a little H & O.  Niese is all about matchups, and the Stream-o-Nator doesn’t like his next one.  I could see it going either way, but I don’t fully trust him if shizz in on the line.

Clayton Kershaw – 8 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 1.70.  Mattingly should bench him the rest of the season, so he can go on back-to-back-to-ad-infinitum in October.

Matt Kemp – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Member when he said he was going to go 50/50?  Maybe he meant there was a 50/50 chance he played a full season.

Yusmeiro Petit – 7 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks.  Had the tough assignment vs. Kershaw, but gets the Padres next, so the sun will come up Yusmeiro.

Dallas Keuchel – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA down to 3.00.  If he gets his ERA below 3.00 on the year, then I’m not drafting a starter next year until after 150 overall in all leagues.  Bible!

Jake Marisnick – 3-for-4, 1 RBI and his 4th steal.  Hasn’t done a ton in the last week, but does have two steals in the last three games, and could be starting to heat up.  Worth watching him like a cyclops with a monocle.

Dexter Fowler – 2-for-5, 1 run, as he hit third for the Astros, after sitting out on Saturday.  Spring Training, September Baseball, October Baseball, April Baseball, all other months.  That’s on a scale of least predictable to most.

Tom Koehler – 6 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.71 vs. David Buchanan (6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.75).  Both of these guys have paid slight dividends in NL-Only leagues, but you wouldn’t want to go anywhere near them in mixed leagues. Buchanan wouldn’t have wanted mixed anything, for that matter.

Jonathan Papelbon – 1 IP, 4 ER and the blown save.  Ka-Papelboom.

Ben Revere – 2-for-5, 1 run and two steals (44, 45).  The last time Revere and Buchanan starred in the same game it was Hangman, but we won’t talk about our country’s past.

 
  1. DiRo says:
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    I want to start Shields this week, do I bench Arrieta or Zimmerman?

    I also need to start 2 guys for my 2 week championship game, which 2 out of these 3 guys would you roll with; Danny Santana, Kenny Vargas and Jorge Soler?

    Side note, why is ESPN so slow to get Rusney on the FA list of players to be picked up!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DiRo: Arrieta…. Vargas, Soler… Cause ESPN is sucky

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @DiRo: he’s not in yahoo either. this isn’t an accident, he wasn’t even on a team till weeks ago. He won’t show up in systems till he’s actually called up.

  2. prez says:
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    I picked up yunel when you said to and dropped b crawford.. I was happy.
    Crawford hit a homer that night. I was sad.
    Yunel went 4/8 with a homer over the weekend. Im happy again!

    Also, im gonna have to go with Legii being a shout out to me…. Secretly… *breathes on nails*

    Dont touch me, im famous… Peasants…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @prez: Nice!…Oofa, not nice!…Nice! When you breathe on your nails are you curling your hands or are your hands straight out?

      • prez says:
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        @Grey: curled, of course, grey…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  3. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    rosario or flowers this week. i know rosario is in COL and there all week, but i don’t know if he’ll play enough.

  4. Tarman Got Him says:
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    Made it to the final 4 in 4 out of 6 leagues thanks to the help of my friends at Razzball

    Thanks

    1). would you stream Voglesong for both starts this week?

    2). Is Desmond ranked 55th overall due to his medicore average? And due to injury history with Tulo and Hanley, would rank him the number 1 overall SS next season? Figured I’d ask after reading your assessment of him

    3). Would you start Odirizzi for his two start week against the Yankees where he got roughed up last week and the White Sox?

    Thank you, I really want to make it to all four finals and take home the gold and the $$$, don’t we all!! Haha.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Tarman Got Him: where are you seeing odorizzi getting two starts this week? i’m seeing colome today and sunday, odorizzi tuesday only.

    • Justin says:
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      With Colome pitching Monday, it doesn’t look like odorizzi has two start status

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Justin: of course that would mean he would get 2 starts next week, if you make the championship. i own him too in my most important league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tarman Got Him: Nice! 1) Sure 2) He’s a .260 hitter barring luck… 20/20/.260 in around top 30 at this point if it’s safer than others 3) Nope

  5. Günther says:
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    Dallas 3:16 says: thou shalt not draft a starting pitcher high or Grey will whoop your ass!

  6. Arrabers Greg says:
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    Schoop or Infante this week? Pretty week crop at 2B…Franklin worth a grab over those 2?

  7. Sherm says:
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    I saw Rusney Castillo in the International League playoffs at Durham and he looked Hamilton-like successfully getting out of a rundown. Then again, he got caught stealing and didn’t run much the rest of the time. But he also hit the clutch single that ruined the title for the Bulls in the ninth inning of Game 4. And he hit a bunch of line drives, and every foul ball was straight to the backstop. A very good player.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sherm: Yeah, that seems to be the scouting report, great speed, not sure how to use it

  8. Joe says:
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    I get 6 add/drops. I don’t want to waste too many in case my opponents streams 5-6 guys close to the weekend. The following players are available. Any add/drops I should make right now?

    Available pitchers: Quintana, Petit, McCarthy, Benoit, Quackenbush, Aa.Sanchez

    5×5, 12-team, h2h, non keeper, daily

    C – Posey, 1B – Abreu, 2B – Mercer, 3B – Longoria, SS – Bogaerts, OF/Util (5 slots for 8 guys) – Trout, Brantley, Co.Dickerson, N.Cruz, Span, Ozuna, LaRoche, Zobrist

    SP – Greinke, Cobb, Shields, Roark, Odorizzi, Ventura, E.Santana
    RP – Allen, Britton, McGee

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Petit over Odorizzi

  9. Closing the Gap says:
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    Trying to set my pitching rotation for the final round of the playoffs and am left completely undecided. I have two open spots to fill with the following options: Fister @Mia, Arrieta vs CIN, Hughes vs CLE, and/or Mejia. I am currently starting Britton and K-Rod for saves, but could start Mejia and hope to win this category. My other starters are Strasburg, Roark, (both 2 starts), Greinke, and Hamels.
    What makes the most sense? Run with two starters (which ones) for the 7th and 8th spot or 1 starter (which one) and another closer? Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Whose on First? says:
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      @Closing the Gap: Posted this twice…with a question about Giancarlo below because I didn’t see that it posted the first time…sorry. Other post is titled “Whose on First” Wrong Who’s!

  10. Mike says:
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    Mujica, Janssen, Petricka or Quackenbush for this week?

    Mujica has Pitt and Baltimore all week
    Janssen has Balt and NYY
    Petricka has KC and TB
    Quack has PHI and SF

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Petricka

  11. kingforaday151 says:
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    No blurb on Arenado leaving early on Sunday? Championship week, roll with him at home all this week and hope he plays or plug Carpenter in to 3B?

  12. Ante GALIC says:
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    Dearest Grey, Mike, et al!!!

    Thank you very much for all your help throughout the regular season and now the playoffs. Have made it to finals week in 2 out of 3 leagues, so really grateful even if none of them are $$$ leagues.

    Question 1. Sit one of the following for next week.

    a. Doolittle
    b. Jansen
    c. Chapman

    Leaning 1.c. in this one because no way that Chapman has two consecutive hot weeks.

    Question 2. Start 1 of the following 2-start or 1-start pitchers for next week.

    Cashner, Andrew at home for 2 (PHI – Jerome Williams and SF – Yusmeiro Petit)
    Cobb, Alex at home vs. NYY
    Gray, Sonny
    Hutchison, Drew
    Paxton, James
    Santana, Ervin

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Sry, don’t know how my message gets automatically posted without clicking on the ‘post comment’ box. Still as grateful for all the help as in the above message box.

      Question 2. Start 1 of the following.

      a. Cashner, Andrew at home for 2 (PHI – Jerome Williams and SF – Yusmeiro Petit)
      b. Cobb, Alex at home vs. NYY (Brandon McCarthy)
      c. Gray, Sonny at home vs. TEX (Nick Martinez)
      d. Hutchison, Drew for 2 on the road (@BAL – Ubaldo Jimenez and @NYY – Michael Pineda)
      e. Paxton, James on the road @LAA – CJ Wilson
      f. Santana, Ervin at home for 2 (WAS – Stephen Strasburg and NYM – Jacob deGrom)

      Am leaning away from Santana because of the start against Strasburg. Am thinking Cobb would be my best bet. Is Hutchison a good bet @BAL AND @NYY?

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: No problem…. 1. Doolittle 2. Cashner

  13. Justin says:
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    Who scores more runs this week?

    J. Upton
    Revere
    Hosmer

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Justin: Flip a coin… Revere

  14. papasmurf says:
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    I would stream anyone vs. COL on the road so you can’t trust Gonzalez’s game.

    Good for Pearce. The homer on Saturday was off an 0-2 slider and yesterday it was another breaking ball (looked like a curve). The O’s are playing well, most O’s make decent streamers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @papasmurf: Agreed on Marco, doesn’t change his, uh, change…

  15. Fish says:
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    Championship Week. Who’s the preferable Bench option for the following 7 days:
    Viciedo
    Stubbs
    Rutledge

    • papasmurf says:
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      Home week for the Rox. White Sox @KC and @ TB. I think Veciedo is the odd man out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fish: Stubbs

  16. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    Beavers can hold their breath for 45 min under water.

    • can't fight fate says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: 15 minutes tops. False fact.

      • Cafuné

        Maxi says:
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        @can’t fight fate: perhaps he means 45 minutes until they suffocate? I’d like to think that if you waterboarded a beaver, it’d hold up for more than a half an hour

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @can’t fight fate: My wife fell asleep in the bathtub for at least an hour and her beaver was fine…so its a true fact

        • Natty Boh says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: you’ve used that one before.

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Natty Boh: Nope it was a different beaver fact…i know a lot about beavers

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Bit of a beaver aficionado…

        • J-FOH says:
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          @de nachos: I would think a dog would be an easier pet on the furniture

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Ben Stiller’s back!!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Phil of the Future: Of course, he’s back! That’s how JeF gets his MOJO on. Well that and hooking up with JiL (aka 1L Jil, aka Jillian Hanson). Phil!!! best of luck with everything – life, health (those two especially) and FBB (if the FBO could swing it for a little while longer). Going on leave in 8 days.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Phil of the Future says:
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          @JeF With 1 F: Let’s get it done.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Don’t fight over me!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Are we talking about… Oh, those beavers!

  17. Dave

    Breddy says:
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    How did you not include Hotdam Jones in the reliability discussion with Desmond? Hotdam, he’s as reliable as Au Shizz would’a been barring injury.
    Maybe you forgot about him while thinking of another black center fielder. Blackmon probably wan’t paying attention to your slight oversight while he got benched on the road though so at least you got that going for ya…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Breddy: I almost mentioned him, but his steals are little low this year… He’s right there though…

  18. FilthyRich says:
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    5X5 mixed non-keeper. My middle infield is weak (Zobrist, Mercer and Alcides Escobar) and needs a boost in all categories. HitterTron really likes Owings (20.4) and A Hill (20) with 4 games in COL this week. Also considering Alcantara (16.5) and Baez (14.4), though my AVG is really slipping and I don’t like their BAs.
    Which would you pick over Escobar? Keep Mercer?

  19. The Strolg says:
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    Nyjer Morgan had his on field name of Tony Plush. I think Blackmon, when he’s on the road, should call himself Chuck Cracker- a light hitting solid fielding outfielder.

  20. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey,

    Sorry had one more comment to make on the [email protected] series in which the Bravos were swept by the 1969 Rangers. While it is true that Minor was bad, but the Braves offense was downright offensive!!! To wit, on Saturday they couldn’t hit a guy by the name of Lisaberto – inspired by the name Lisa Bonet. His parents really wanted a girl after having 7 boys in a row.

    Cheers,
    Ante

  21. PJack says:
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    Who do you like at 2b this week:

    Wong, LeMahieu or Solarte?

    Thanks!

  22. Rocky says:
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    Grey!

    Championship week is upon me!… Thanks for all your advice and humor this year! Advanced in both of my 10 team NL Only leagues (to quote my favorite Founding Father, “Yee- haw!”). but I’m having major pitching staff vacillation issues.

    Team 1, need 7…

    Stras (@ E. Santana, @ Cosart)
    E. Santana (vs Stras, vs deGrom)
    Vogelsong (@ Miley, @ Kennedy)
    Liriano (vs C. Buchholz)
    T. Ross (vs K. Kendrick)
    G. Cole (vs Workman)
    Matzek (vs Haren, vs Miley)
    C. Morton (vs Ranaudo, vs Peralta)
    Eovaldi (@ B. Colon, vs Roark)
    H. Alvarez (@ Gee)
    Niese (@ M. Minor)

    Thinking Stras, Santana, Liriano, Vogelsong, Cole, Ross and Matzek but can be easily swayed. Don’t like leaving two-start weeks on the table in the playoffs…

    Team 2, need 7…

    deGrom (vs Cosart, @ E. Santana)
    Cashner (vs. J. Williams, vs Y. Petit)
    Bummy (vs Delgado)
    J-Z (@ Koehler)
    T. Ross (vs K. Kendrick)
    G. Cole (vs Workman)
    C. Morton (vs Ranaudo, vs Peralta)
    Fiers (@ Wainwright)
    K. Hendricks (vs D. Corcino)
    Leake (@ StL TBA – Gonzales, most likely)

    Thinking deGrom, Cashner, Bummy, J-Z, Cole, Ross and Fiers. Would you bench Fiers vs Wainwright, who is coming off 17 IP’d in his last 2 games and just got moved up a day in the rotation? Any confidence in Charlie Morton fighting through the hernia and going against two potentially vulnerable pitchers or in Hendricks going against Corcino?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rocky: Stras (@ E. Santana, @ Cosart)
      E. Santana (vs Stras, vs deGrom)
      Vogelsong (@ Miley, @ Kennedy)
      Liriano (vs C. Buchholz)
      T. Ross (vs K. Kendrick)
      G. Cole (vs Workman)
      Alvarez

      —-
      First 7 on Team 2

  23. Whose on First? says:
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    In the final round of the playoffs and stuck on what is the best rotation choice for my 8 pitchers spots. Definite starts are Strasburg, Greinke, Hamels, Roark (2 starts), Britton, and KRod. The remaining two spots can be taken from the following options…
    Fister @MIA, Arrieta vs CIN, Hughes vs CLE, and/or Mejia.
    Is it best two take the innings from two starting pitchers….if so, which two?
    OR…do I try to win the saves category and start Mejia and one starter…which one?

    ALSO…hitting…I lost Giancarlo but cannot bench him unless I do the following: sit Morneau for Hosmer…sit Stanton and start Rusney. What to do?
    Thanks for the help…all season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Whose on First?: Fister, Arrieta… Sure, bench Morneau and start Rusney

    • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Whose on First?: what site has rusney already? besides like fantrax.

  24. goodfold2 says:
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    yr right about hutchison vs BAL (and i didn’t realize his last 4 starts were all good). His line against BAL on the year (4 starts, 2 home/2 away), 27.66 innings. .98 ERA/.76 whip. 2 homers allowed (accounting for 2 of his 3 total earned runs). 25/4 K to BB. wow. I forgot, a team streamed Tillman and is now out, so he’s stuck on that team’s roster. who’s best 1 out of these
    Stults vs PHI
    McCarthy @ TB
    Kendrick @ SD
    Santiago vs TEX
    Locke vs MIL
    Gonzales vs CIN
    2. also best overall bat in case arenado misses any time at all. i’m probably already picking up lagares over alcantara for steals. de aza (1 lefty this week)/pollock/gardner (dropped late last week by somebody, but still hasn’t done anything since he came back)/mercer/lind/navarro/uribe (in COL for 3 days)/rutledge (COL all week)/stubbs (i can bench for off days)/baez (my team has been awful in average, probably don’t need more help with that)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @goodfold2: Kendrick… 2. What’s the question?

  25. 740 says:
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    Sup Grey, thank you for the read!…you like Shoemaker vs Sea?

    thanks again

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @740: No problem, I’d start him

  26. Rocky says:
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    A few hitter-type queries while we’re at it…

    Team 1:

    3b: a chest-contusioned Arenado or Uribe

    OR

    Keep Arenado at 3rd and choose 5 between…
    Pence
    Heyward
    Dickerson
    Soler
    Baez
    Uribe (trying to sneak Uribe in but looks like Baez might be power streaking…)

    Team 2, need 4…

    J. Lagares
    Frazier
    AJ Pollock
    Yelich
    Stubbs (kills it at Coors, but I’d be betting on a slower than expected comeback by Morneau)
    Gyorko

    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rocky: Arenado… Not Uribe… Frazier, Stubbs, Yelich, Pollock

  27. can't fight fate says:
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    Struggling offensively, would you pick up Duda, Pearce, De Aza, or Walker? Or just stream all 6 moves all week. Need all the help I can get, my opponent has a juggernaut.

  28. Cafuné

    Maxi says:
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    I barely squeezed into the semifinal (won ERA by .02 thanks to papelbon blowing up for 4 Rs) and want to make 1 or 2 of my 5 roster moves before I start streaming pitchers.

    would you pick up De Aza, Stubbs, Schafer, Chris Young or Pollock for OF? I can drop any combination of Dyson, Lagares, Soler or Vargas. 12-team daily keeper league, OBP and SLG added.

    Also, what about picking up Uribe @COL to start over Seager @ LAA early in the week? If not, I’m thinking of grabbing Owings to platoon with Wong/Hanley when the Diamondbacks go to COL for 4 games.

    Thanks again and good luck in the playoffs!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Maxi: Stubbs, lose Dyson if you don’t need steals, otherwise Lagares… I’d start Uribe, sure

  29. Five-On-One says:
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    Need Saves – Burton, Sanchez, Romo … Not much else available. Any of them likely to get the save opportunity the last two weeks?

  30. Randy BoBandy says:
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    Crunch time!

    My internal debate is Stroman @Bal is that a yes or a no? I am only on the fence because I have McHugh and Shoemaker going as well, and therefore if Stroman sucks, I think the other 2 will be strong enough that my numbers aren’t blown up after 1 day.

    Had to kibash Baez, .174 or whatever was killing me!

    • STL says:
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      @Randy BoBandy:

      I’ve got the same question on Stroman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Randy BoBandy: I wouldn’t mess with Stroman if I had other options as you have

  31. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    It’s time for everyone’s least favorite game – “Replacing Gincarlo!”

    If position doesn’t matter – Is the best choice
    1) Adam Lind
    2) De Aza
    3) Juan Uribe

  32. Doog says:
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    Finals begin today, Grey. Help a guy by choosing one to bench. Fiers scares me psychologically after the Giancarlo thing, Kazmir scares me because of a late season slide and the AL matchups, and Liriano scares me because it’s effing Francisco Liriano.

    Liriano – BOS, @ ATL, @CIN
    Fiers – @STL, @CIN, CHC
    Kazmir – TEX, LAA, @TEX

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @Doog: Bench Kaz

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Doog: Bench Fiers

  33. Adam says:
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    Can make two pick ups this week in H2H semi – how would you rank these stream options…
    Burnett – 9/16 @ SD, $14.4
    Shelby – 9/19 v CIN, $14.1
    Petit – 9/20 @ SD, $15.0
    Shoemaker – 9/20 V Tex $11.2

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Adam: As SON has them

  34. Hawk says:
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    66 SB from Rusney in 1097 PAs is about right for a 30 SB season.

    600 PA in a season = 1200 over 2 seasons.
    66 SB in 2 seasons = 33 SB per season

    This is not an exact comparison but to say he’s near a 30 SB kind of guy is not out of the realm of possibility either

    • Grey

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      @Hawk: 600 PA is high to project for anyone, especially a guy that may get platooned at the beginning

  35. L-Boogie says:
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    5×5 standard league. I need wins but I also need to maintain my lead in WHIP and ERA.

    2 start Shoemaker vs Sea (5.4 SON) and vs Tex (11.2)
    OR
    1 start Arrieta vs Cincy (17)

    Arrieta is scheduled to face Cueto. Not sure if this matters but I’m also starting Iwakuma who is opposing Shoemaker in his first start.

    Thanks dude.

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @L-Boogie: Im throwing Arrieta

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Grey:

        I can also sit Fiers. So I guess my question now is

        Fiers @ StL (11.3)
        OR
        Arrieta vs Cincy (17)

        That seems like an easy one, no?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Arrieta

  36. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Didn’t make it to the ship because McGee blew two saves this week and i lost in BA in OBP by .0008. Still a great season, thanks a lot to Razzball but now I have super early possible keeper questions. I can keep 5 out of these bros, any input is appreciated:
    Mesoraco
    Kennys Vargas
    Josh Harrison
    Arenado
    Bogaerts
    McCutch
    Trout
    Brantley
    Dickerson
    Goldy (hurt)
    Teheran
    Ventura
    Cashner
    Matt Shoemaker
    Sonny Gray
    Stroman
    Paxton.
    I’ve also got Springer in my minors I can bring up right away next season. Do I really keep 3 Outfielders? It’s what I’m considering right now even though I have plenty of time. Thanks.

  37. Whatever says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a 10 team mixed keeper with 10 keepers per team and std cats except we use OBP, I traded for Chris Davis back in July figuring he would figure things out in the second half. Well, I was wrong to put it mildly.

    Do you think he is a keeper in 2015 for $12?

    Thanks,

    Whatevs.

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks Dude.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, Whatever

  38. Bob says:
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    Championship Week 1. Two Week Matchup Need help. Really Close pitching Matchup. Opponent is going heavy starters. Weekly league H2h Roto Categories. Standard Cats with QS added. so 6

    He is rolling out

    Sp-Grienke
    Sp-Shields (2)
    Sp-Cueto
    Sp-Price
    Sp-McHugh (2) He thinks
    Rp-Aroldis Chapman
    RP-Matt Shoe Maker (2)

    I am thinking of doing
    P-Sherzer (2)
    P-Kluber (2)
    P-Sale
    P-Zimmerman
    P-Bumgardner
    RP- David Robertson
    RP-Fiers
    Bench-Liriano
    Bench-Greg Holland
    Bench-Jenrry Meijia

    Would you grab Cosart and use him over Bumgardner or Zimmerman?
    Should I start Fiers Or Should I go for the saves and insert Holland?
    Should I grab Petit and use him over Fiers as the 2nd Rp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: No on Cosart, Petit over Holland and Fiers…

  39. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Colby Lewis is now tied with Yu for most wins on the Rangers…

    Comatose Rangers fan says ” Wake me up when we win the pennant again”

  40. Wilsonian says:
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    1) So I squeaked into the Playoffs in my 8 Team H2H league. It’s a 5 player keeper, so some guys aren’t droppable. And we also only have 9 moves per week, so we can’t just go streaming like crazy, but streaming is still possible. Anyway, here are the first three days of pitching for both of us:

    Me:
    Scherzer @ MIN
    McHugh v. CLE
    Shoemaker v. SEA
    Shields v. CWS
    Ventura v. CWS
    Carrasco @ HOU
    Liriano v. BOS
    A.Wood v. WAS

    Him:
    Stroman @ BAL
    Kluber @ HOU
    Hutchison @ BAL
    Peavy @ ARZ
    Buccholz @ PIT
    Sale @ KC
    Fiers @ STL
    Samardzijia v. TEX

    I’m sure he’ll probably dump Hutchison tomorrow for another stream on Wednesday. So that puts us essentially on the same page with starters 9-8 through Wednesday, with him up one starter assuming he streams someone Wednesday. Would you stream to try to counter that with someone on Tuesday, or stand pat and see how I’m doing after tonight or tomorrow? I don’t want to blow all my moves early on and not be able to counter later in the week.

    2) Also, I still have Dozier because I ran out of moves last week. Do I lose him for Mercer, Prado, LeMahieu (who’s at home all week), Gyorko, Lowrie?

    3) Also, what to do with Sal, he’s been garbage lately? I can pick up Flowers, Navarro, d’Arnaud, Martin, Mauer, Ramos. Or just stand with Sal and hope he picks it up over the rest of the week? Again, not wanting to blow a move this early in the week just to make a move.

    Thanks for all the help, as usual. If I win this week, I’m in the money!

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS, W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: Nice, you going against your dad? 1. See how you’re doing after tonight or tomorrow 2. Prado 3. Don’t waste a move on a catcher

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! And nope, he’s in the other matchup, actually. I’ll have to hit you up again tonight when I see what’s going on after a couple of my starts tonight. Thanks on the Prado call, I was looking at him first, anyway. And I’ll quit with the catcher scab, and just ride out Sal for the remainder of the season. Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool, no problem

  41. MattTruss

    MattTruss223 says:
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    Thoughts on Colome today Grey? Worth a stream in a H2H points final, just to get some innings? Or for those of us chasing Wins…he’s facing Crapuano, so the odds of a W should be in his favor. Many thanks!

  42. Phil of the Future says:
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    Hi, Grey. How’s my best buddy doing?

    Semifinals week has arrived. I’m tryin to restart my engines after the bye week so I wanted to run some things by you for my weekly lineup set.

    Pitching: Filling out the back of my rotation, need to START TWO:
    Paxton @ LAA(Son hates this, but they hate everyone pitching at LAA)
    Odorizzi vs. NYY(different pitcher at home, though facing the team that just rocked him. Son likes it)
    Hughes vs. CLE(old reliable, prob a must start. Son likes it)
    Gausman vs. TOR(Looked good last time out, faces scary lineup, Son is against it)

    Figure I shouldn’t overthink and just go with SON, but what say you?

    Hitting: It’s really coming down to a few different head to head decisions for me as follows:

    Lind vs. Vargas(looks like Kenny2 might have hit a bit of a wall, Lind coming on….)
    Murphy vs. B. Miller(I’m pretty sure it has to be Murphy, but he got hit on the hand a few days ago and came back with two 0-4s over the weekend. Is he still gonna Murph?)
    Bruce vs. Inciarte(I could use the speed, and the only risk is that of Bruce having one of those 4 HR weeks on my bench. I think I know what you’re gonna say).

    Anyways so that’s it. If you think Vargas AND Lind should both play I can make that work too, Just without Inciarte or Bruce in there. Thanks for all your wisdom, Grey. If I haven’t said so before, you’re a real mensch. Still taking you out for brisket when I’m in Cali next. Not joking.

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: Are you cheating on me!!??!!???

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Plenty of me to go around!

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: You Slut!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              C’mon, let’s share me!

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: [email protected]Grey: You know it. So the only place I might go against your advice is with Inciarte vs. Bruce. I need the SBs for this matchup(opponent picked up Schafer, and has Rajai). What would really kill me is benching Bruce for a 3 HR week, but can we reasonably expect something like that at this point? Share your wisdom with me, Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bruce could turn it on at any moment, impossible to say… If you’re gonna lose steals to Schafer and Rajai, not sure how Ender’s going to matter…

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: Yeah that’s this thing. Can I even take steals anyway? I have Danny Santana, Pence, Frazier, Inciarte as SB threats and he has Rajai, Schafer, Andrus, Arismendy, Kendrick. Maybe I should just punt saves and give Bruce just one more chance. For glory. Okay you convinced me you handsome devil.

            Send some good vibes over to New York, would ya? I really want to make the finals. I would be so happy.

            P.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, I don’t think you’re catching him in steals eihter way…Sending good juju your way

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: Thanks, best friend? Just moved you to number 3 on my speed dial, fyi. Behind only my mom and my wife(the only people I talk to on the phone)

                • Phil of the Future says:
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                  @Phil of the Future: By the way that was meant to be an exclamation mark, not a question mark. But maybe that’s even better.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I hope to be above your family by next week…

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: HA! Two straight wins for my team and it won’t even be a contest.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, that’s a no brainer switch on the speed dial

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Grey: I hate juju bees they pull your teeth out

                • Phil of the Future says:
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                  @JeF With 1 F: Stupidest candy ever made. Why would one subject themselves to that? What were they thinking when they made those?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    9 out of ten dentists love Juju Bees for their patients… More work!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hard to resist though

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Totally. Immediate regret upon gustation, but hard to resist.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

  43. Bob says:
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    I want to add Rusney Castillo but I don’t know why he’s not on ESPN yet, yeah he’s been in the minors but so have players I’ve seen on the player list. Do you think he’ll be added soon?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: He’ll be added when he’s called up

    • And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Bob: he’s not in any league that isn’t specifically those types that are tailored for dynasties, like fantrax.

  44. nick the dick says:
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    G in the championship round and havent replaced Stanton yet. Who to grab for this last week? Pearce, de aza, lind, mercer, avisail

    • Grey

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      @nick the dick: I’m between Pearce and Avisail, if you have a preference, I’d go with it… I’ll say Pearce

  45. Ryo1549 says:
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    I have a strategy question here. At what point would you start going balls out on picking up hot schmotatos like De Aza, Chris Young, Viciedo etc and dropping Jay Bruce, Brian Dozier, and people like that?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Ryo1549: there was a specific post about it then.

  46. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Does Storen stay the closer this week?

  47. Tom says:
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    I know you don’t like Minor but would you stream Stroman @ BAL (Chen) over Minor vNYM (Niese)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tom: Yup

  48. Magnitude says:
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    H2H championship week begins. Would you throw all of Cashner vs PHI, McHugh vs CLE, Shoemaker vs SEA, and Stroman @ BAL?

  49. Natty Boh says:
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    Better pick up for the week, Xander Boegarts or Juan Uribe with visit to Coors?

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Natty Boh: Xander is da man right now, him no doubt.

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: X man over Mookie or coin flip?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Xander

  50. Jimmy says:
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    Do you like McHugh tonight vs CLE? Stream-o-nator is still loaded as “vs Kluber” which i definitely don’t like, but he is pitching instead against McAllister.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jimmy: I’d start McHugh, and am

  51. Magnitude says:
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    On a side note, people criticize me constantly for trading away SP in my keeper. I’ve dealt Bumgarner, Teheran, Archer and Peralta away just this year, but I still won my matchup last week with an ERA under 2.00 and a WHIP under 1.00. Plus the team I beat had Kershaw getting 2 starts and I don’t have an ace myself. Feels good to be vindicated. Now to take the championship and defend my win from last year!

    • Grey

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      @Magnitude: Yup, plenty of pitching

  52. CRice says:
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    Can only start one this week in head to head playoffs….

    Morneau or Lind?

    Both play 7 games. Morneau at home and Lind on the road, but Morneau is a little banged up.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CRice: Morneau

  53. Swfcdan says:
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    Shizzy Duffy news, do I start him in a softcore deep 16 teamer this week over Garza or another closer in LaTroy? Big call, playoff baseball yo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: I wouldn’t start Duffy

  54. Jayrod Ceol says:
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    Whooooaaa!! Skimmed by last week with some help from Jake McGee getting me a cheap W on top of the Colby Lewis stream!!

    Time for another clutch week here, hopefully Rizzo is coming back strong here. But I did lose Giancarlo (at least from what I assume for the year, but ya know what they say about that.. so I’m holding on tight) so I’m trying to help find some spark in my bats to make up for it.

    I have: (in a 7×7 H2H league (strikeouts count against batters))

    C- Yan Gomes
    1B- Todd Frazier
    2B- Robinson Cano
    3B- Edwin Encarcion
    SS- Dee Gordon
    OF- J. D. Martinez
    OF- Christian Yelich
    OF- Juan Lagares
    UTL- Anthony Rizzo
    UTL- Jed Lowrie

    BNCH- Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob Turner
    Currently have no depth in bats.. and the waiver wire shows: (again, in a 7×7 H2H league (strikeouts count against batters))

    Oswaldo Arcia
    Ender Inciarte
    Jordan Schafer
    Luis Valbuena
    Daniel Nava
    Brock Holt
    Yunel Escobar
    Brandon Crawford
    Jody Mercer

    If I were to pick up two, which two would you prefer??
    Thanks again for all the help this year in getting me and many others this far! Love your reads, forever and always <3

  55. Greyismyhero says:
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    Ahh yeah….H2H playoffs are going strong..My teams are rocking thanks to you Grey, and I’m still SMOKING!!!!!

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Greyismyhero: I just asked where your ass was the other day….DO IT!

  56. RBG says:
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    Moved on to Rd 2 after escaping Ryu & Ross’ starts on Sat.
    I have 5 moves to make. Will be dropping Wong for Rutledge and am also worried about C.
    Catcher, drop Gattis for Wilin Rosario or Wilson Ramos?

    This then leaves me with 3 or 4 SP streams depending on the catcher move, please pick 4 out of the following:
    9/16 Hutchison @BAL
    9/16 Eovaldi @NYM
    9/17 Stults vs PHI
    9/19 Hellickson vs CHW
    9/20 Gonzales vs CIN
    9/20 TJ House @MIN

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RBG: I wouldn’t waste my moves on catchers… Gonzales, Hutch, Eovaldi, House… These are terrible streams…

      • RBG says:
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        @Grey: Ha, yeah I tell me about it. 16 team league and my opponent looks to have 18 starts this week to my 7.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Make sure you win ratios and saves

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @RBG: if you only have 7 starts you have far too many bench bats, and your opp seems to have none.

  57. Swfcdan says:
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    Ok weekly hit or sit time:

    Bruce, Gardner, Viciedo, Phillips, Beltran, Scooter, Headley.

    Pick 4.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Swfcdan: Bruce, Gardner, Viciedo, Phillips

  58. The Big Yabu says:
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    Is Ortiz startable this week? Or does family problem + 3 games in NL-park = bench him? (Just checking my math)
    Other double-checks: are Gardner and Prado likely to play enough to be started?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Big Yabu: I’d bench Ortiz if I had decent options…The Yanks should play enough

  59. sniff test says:
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    I am into the 2nd week of the head to head finals. We are allowed 15 starts between the two weeks, all of which I have planned out. However, I can pick up relief pitchers that have SP eligibility to get more K, chances for W and of course the impact to ERA and WHIP. My opponent is doing this, so I feel I need to join in as long as it doesn’t cause me to implode in ERA and WHIP. My choices are Carlos Martinez, Dustin McGowan, Daniel Norris or Carlos Torres? Who if any would you chose out of that crew. I would be dropping a bench bat to do this.

  60. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, thinks its safe to start arenado and/or Rizzo this week? Subs would be Xander and Calhoun.

    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Herschel: I’d start Xander over Rizzo, can’t bench Nolan in Coors

      • Herschel says:
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        @Grey: agreed…just wasn’t sure how serious his injury was from yesterday. Got pulled from the game. Haven’t ready much about it…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds day-to-day, hopefully

  61. henry rowengartner says:
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    Hey Grey, Thanks for all advice and laughs this year. In the semis in both of my leagues but lost Stanton in both. Praying my teams can hold up for two weeks without him. I’m already looking at next year and need to pick 5 keepers out of this list. Johnny Cueto, Tyson Ross, Manny Machado, Yasiel Puig, Brian Dozier, Oscar Taveras, and Mookie Betts (he will have 2B eligibility). Betts has become an interesting option.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @henry rowengartner: No problem, Puig, Cueto, Dozier, Machado, Taveras, not great keepers

      • henry rowengartner says:
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        @Grey: Yeah it seems that way but we cannot keep players drafted within the first 5 rounds and we can only keep players for 3 seasons. So the keeper pool is a bit limited. I keep Puig in the 21st round, Cueto in the 10th, Machado in the 15th, Dozier in the 12th, and Taveras in the 19th. So i actually have really good value with all of the players

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Rounds they could’ve been kept would’ve helped

  62. sniff test says:
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    I also wanted to share the joy I felt when Avisail Garcia stole bases 3 out the past 5 games in addition to his other awesomeness. He was quite the fill in for Soler.

  63. Jonathan boba says:
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    AL 3 year keeper league. Keep 8. Keep Castillo over Jennings or Perez as 8th keeper?

      • Jonathan boba says:
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        @Grey: thanks – you r the king!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          True

  64. Who to start this week in my H2H Points League Finals

    Roenis Elias – @ANA & @Hou

    or

    Kevin Gausman vs. BOS

    I already have 3 other guys starting twice (Iwakuma, Kluber, Roark) – I’m basically starting Elias for his game @Houston but worried about his innings cap. Gausman has been good as of late.

  65. National Cash Registers says:
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    H2H playoffs start for me this week (after the bye), start Strasburg and Ervin against each other in ATL, either, or neither (I have 12 starts this week to his 10, stats are QS,L,SV,K,ERA,WHIP,K/BB). SON likes them both but Stras usually get shelled by the Braves/on the road.

    Thanks for getting me here, want to take it down!

      • National Cash Registers says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, time to roll the dice!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  66. Ben says:
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    It’s amazing that Yahoo Fantasy still hasn’t added Rusney to the player list.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Won’t until he’s called up

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Ben: the two big providers don’t have him. espn either. it’s funny that so many espn people think they are the only ones with this problem, yahoo people too.

  67. henry rowengartner says:
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    One more thing. In the Semi’s and I can only do two moves this week and four moves in the championship game(hopefully i’m there). I’ve held onto Stanton since I have a weird feeling he may come back or maybe that’s me being desperate. Should I move on and try to replace some of that production with someone like pearce/bograts. My outfield/ bench looks like: (4 outfielders 2 utility) bautista, puig, pence, holliday, betts, cuddyer, trumbo, taveras, and stanton. Or do I add a two start pitcher this week like Roenis Elias. My opponent has a mean pitching staff with kershaw, lester, bumgarner, and grienke.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Add a 2 start pitcher, you don’t need another bench OF/UTIL

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @henry rowengartner: burnett/hutchison have much higher SON ratings and are 2 start guys.

  68. Spencer says:
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    Trying to wrap up this championship, who would you rather have starting in your OF. League counts AVG,SLG,HR,SB,R,OBP

    Blackmon
    S Pearce
    Ozuna
    Cain
    C Young
    C Crawford
    De Aza

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Blackmon

  69. Hodgepadre says:
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    I’m interested in Rusney in my keeper league if I can pluck him off the waiver wire. Which of these keepers would you drop in order to pick him up?

    Chase Anderson
    Rubby De La Rosa
    Yovani Gallardo
    Matt Garza
    Jason Hammel
    Dilson Herrera
    Mike Moustakas
    Kohl Stewart
    Nick Tropeano

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rubby

      • Hodgepadre says:
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        @Grey: Rusney over Rubby makes good sense to me.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool

  70. Josh Freeman says:
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    Oh great Grey,

    Which scenario best for this week:
    2-start Ian Kennedy at Home
    1-start Tyson Ross vs PHI
    1-start Gio @Atl

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ross

  71. Alex says:
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    Need a 2-Start pitcher for W’s and K’s … please rank the following:

    Morton (stream-o doesn’t list)
    Eovaldi (stream-o LUVs at $13.7)
    Matzek (stream-o hates at -$19.3 but Lifshitz ranks in Tier 2)

    Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eovaldi

  72. herschel says:
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    @Grey: in a weekly roto league, is perkins startable or do you think the neck thing isnt fully healed? im in a tight saves race and he would be my third closer, so i could bench him and replace him with a starter (gray). thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Perkins if I were in a tight saves race

  73. OT says:
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    I need to bench one of the following: Rizzo, Uribe, Soler. Who should I bench?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  74. Ralph says:
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    Someone dropped Starlin Castro (can be kept in rd 14). Add him or wait for Yahoo! To add Castillo? Keeper only. I’m eliminated from the H2H tourney.

    I probably wouldn’t keep either. These are my keepers right now, with rounds. Thinking they’d be good trade bait in the long, cold offseason.

    1. Miggy
    2. Cutch

    7. Carlos Gomez
    8. Jay Bruce

    13. Freeman
    14. Springer (this is where I’d have to slot Castro)

    19. Wainwright
    20. Alex Gordon

    25. Rendon
    26. Joc Pederson (this is where Castillo would slot)

    Follow-up — would you package Cueto, Bruce, and Lucroy for Ian Desmond? He would replace Bruce, and the others aren’t keepers for me. I have a lot of OFs.

    Thanks!

    • Ralph says:
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      @Ralph: sorry – 10 team keep forever

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Castillo…I’d take Desmond

  75. Det. John Kimble says:
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    The Stream-O-Nator doesn’t love Jared Cosart. Do you Grey? Would a one start Paxton be a better pick-up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Paxton

  76. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto,

    rizzo (if he plays) – $15.8 – 3 vs cin, 4 vs lad
    kennys (who has gone a bit cold) – $5.6 – 3 vs det, 3 vs cle

    thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rizzo

  77. Wilsonian says:
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    Avisail over Mercer or Lagares?

    Oswaldo over any of them?

    Lind over Kenny x 2?

    16 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    Drop any of the following for Xander: Revere or Betts?

    **I have 8 of 9 moves left for the week once I dump Dozier for Prado.

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Avisail over Mercer…Lind over Kennys…Betts… You’re blowing all your moves way too soon…

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: The first 3 were in my 16 team league. No move limit there.

        The Xander move is in my 8 team league that has limits. Would you still make that move if that would knock me down to 7 for the rest of the week?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d hold my move for now

  78. Mike says:
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    I know it’s pretty much a toss up but who would u rather in your lineup in championship week… Neil walker or Johnny Peralta? Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jhonny

  79. Mudville Niner says:
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    Rotowire reporting Rizzo is in the lineup tonight. Go with banged up Rizzo or banged up Morneau in daily format?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morneau at home if in lineup

  80. Whirlaway says:
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    Would you go with Wong and Andrus this week or drop one or both for Bogaerts and Mercer?

    12 team h2h league with obp + slg

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander over Andrus

  81. J-FOH says:
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    I think fantasy baseballers need to become huge Dodger fans and Giant haters for the next week. Except Grimey for obvious reasons. If the Dodgers can clinch the division this week then we get the chance to see Pederson and Guerrero. Two guys with upside that should be available. Most other call ups are getting their playing time or not getting called. This is the one situation where potential stats are bench sitting….cust kayin’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pederson and Guerrero are no better than fill-in random waiver wire bat that’s hot…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: dah, I like Guerrero upside better than anyone available.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, could be… Or Jordy could be better or Yunel or schmohawk behind door number three

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: I’m assuming Jordo is gone and you got really hate yourself to play yunel everyday. Maybe i’m stretching for some Creeper content next week…..stupid unconcious mind

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d give both guys a flyer if they were to start every day next week, but even if the Dodgers clinch, they’re not going to rest they’re guys the entire week and let them get rusty…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I think Joc could get a 4-5 start in a week. with a clinch. Guerrero needs a Hanley mystery injury

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, that’s not great… The Miami Kike could be better… Enrique Hernandez, not Hyman Roth

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: lets hope i’m right and your wrong on this one. Like my trade and matt dominguez.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup

                    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                      @J-FOH: i wouldn’t mind a-gon/hanram sitting since i have them nowhere.

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: regardless it’s a situation i’m watching. Mattingly is a pretty crappy manager and i take that into consideration as well.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Not sure of his crappiness works for or against

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: they say we need robot umpires but i think robot managers are needed. maybe Rudy can work on that this off season

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Between us, he already is

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: and now everybody else. You can text me bro

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No thanks!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: it was those drunken selfies wasn’t it…night swimming selfies is never a good idea.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      They were sufficiently pixelated

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: that wasn’t pixelation that was shrinkage

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha… Chunky dunk!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: We need the division to still be up for grabs on the 22nd!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Hells yeah!

  82. Goldie Wilson says:
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    How confident are we that Morneau plays a fill slate this week? Has some juicy matchups, but I am worried about his Trapezimus Lattimus. Lagares, Ozuna or Hosmer are other options.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Ozuna

  83. L-Boogie says:
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    Last few weeks of the baseball season. A time when you fantasy hopes and dreams rest in the hands of Juan Uribe.

    Lord have mercy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  84. sniff test says:
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    Would you start Santana tonight at home against Stras and WAS or try to stream something better like Burnett at SD on Tuesday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Burnett

  85. JeF With 1 F says:
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    HR to the Rizzo back tonight

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sho nuf!

  86. Jayrod Ceol says:
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    Is Marcus Stroman worth starting tonight against a pennant pushin O’s team? I’m worried he could get caught in their fire on the way for a wildcard chance..

    SoN loves him.. I’m so torn.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Worth it if you need risk for big Ks

  87. Wilsonian says:
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    Rizzo back, so who are you benching tonight:

    Cuddyer (@ COL)
    Arenado (@COL)
    Revere (@ Cashner)
    Ozuna (@ DeGrom)
    Crawford (@ COL)
    JD Mart (@ Swarzak)

    H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Revere

  88. Bob says:
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    Championship Week Lineup Decisions. H2H Roto Categories Standard Cats with K’s for hitters added.

    2b-Altuvie or Rendon
    3b-Rendon or Arenado

    OF-Pick 3

    Mookie Betts
    Adam Jones
    Carlos Gomez
    Kole Calhoun
    Billy Hamilton
    Danny Santana

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Altuve…Arenado…Jones, Gomez, Hamilton

  89. Steve says:
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    Would you drop Ackley for Schafer? He seems to have cooled off post-injury and I need a solid producer for the championship stretch.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Steve: ackley was 1-19 with 1 single and 2 BB before injury. even if he wasn’t his bone spurs in foot acted up and i’d doubt he plays three days in a row even if he was hot.

  90. Five-On-One says:
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    I am trying a final desperate push to overtake the first place team. Only hitting categories I care about are SB, Runs and AVG. I am ten points back, but the first place team is right ahead of me in those three cats, so if I pass him in those (and catch a few breaks elsewhere), I’ve got a chance. With that in mind, I can use four of the following for the week (Wed-Tues):

    Collin Cowgill – bats 9th, 7 games (2vSEA, 3vTEX, [email protected])
    Jarrod Dyson – bats 9th, 6 games (1vCHW, 3vDET, [email protected])
    Robbie Grossman, bats 1st, 7 games (2vCLE, 3vSEA, [email protected])
    Bryce Harper – bats 6th, 6 games ([email protected], [email protected], 1vNYM)
    Ender Inciarte – bats 1st, 7 games (1vSF, [email protected], [email protected])
    Austin Jackson – bats 1st, 7 games ([email protected], [email protected], [email protected])
    Wil Myers – bats 4th, 5 games (1vNYY, 3vCHW, [email protected])
    Jordan Schafer – bats 1st, 6 games (1vDET, 3vCLE, 2vARI)

    Leaning toward including Inciarte (leadoff, 7 games, 4 at COL (bad against SB, elevated runs) and A-Jax (leadoff, 7 games, 5 against bad SB teams (Hou, Tor). Other two probably Schafer and Cain – both hit high in the order and play 6 games and both have been hot. That means sitting Harper and Myers. Crazy? Who to play?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ender, Jackson… Schafer doesn’t bat leadoff… I don’t even see Cain on your list

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey: Yes Schafer bats 9th – my bad. And Cain has 6 games (same as Dyson). Both have been hot and stealing bases. I realize all stats over a 2-week stretch are basically a crapshoot – so much variability ina small sample size. Just looking for the best chance to pick up any point(s) I can. Maybe by maximizing at bats (for runs and SB opportunities) with guys who run and might help my avg. Thoughts on the other two spots? Schafer? Cain? Harper? Myers? Or maybe Grossman is a good choice?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cain, Harper

  91. Baezaworldseries says:
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    With Chris Owings getting four games at Coors this week. Would you drop Valbuena in a 5×5 weekly? Val faces Reds and Dodgers at home. Or would you put Val at 3rd and sit Arenado with his injury? Thanks a ton.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, drop Valbuena

  92. Jack says:
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    Thanks to you and all of Razzball I’m in my championship this week!
    For 2 start weeks which do you take (SON rating in parens):
    Stroman @BAL (Chen) (9.8), @NYY (Capuano) (6.3)
    Kennedy vPHI (Burnett) (18.9), vSF (Vogelsong) (14.6)

    For 1 start streamers is the following the right rank?:
    Salazar @HOU (Oberholtzer) (16.9)
    Archer vCHW (Carroll) (15)
    Petit @SD (Cashner) (15)
    Minor vNYM (Niese) (13.3)
    Quintana @TB (Hellickson) (7.7)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kennedy…That rank looks fine

  93. Swfcdan says:
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    Eggs and bacon or waffles for breakfast?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can’t do both?

  94. Ron says:
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    I can only play 3 out of the 4. Who sits out tonight of Pujols, A-Gon, Rizzo and Longoria?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Longo

  95. Tom says:
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    In my daily H2H each category league championship (OBP) this week. As is, on paper I have a large edge in 4 offensive categories and a small edge in OBP. Our pitching staffs are pretty much even. We have a limit of 7 adds for the week.

    I have one slot which I was going to use for streaming a pitcher today and tomorrow. After Wednesday’s games I was going to pick up 4 more streamers at the same time (for guys who are done for the week). This should secure at least W’s and K’s for me on the pitching side, UNLESS my opponent matches me in streaming. He doesn’t usually stream, but this is the championship and anything can happen.

    The problem is Rizzo looks like he is going to be playing again. I’m not sure how much he’ll play and he’ll face Cueto, Kershaw and Greinke if he does play. He is the only player available on the wire who COULD narrow the advantage I think I have offensively by a somewhat significant amount – my large edge goes to a smaller edge on 4 categories and OBP becomes a toss up – IF he plays well EVERY day.

    Should I:
    A) Pick Rizzo up and risk the chance that my opponent beats me to the better streamers this week.
    B) Leave Rizzo out there and hope he doesn’t play well or enough for my opponent to hurt me
    C) There is no C

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      B

  96. smegma says:
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    Peace, Loney, or Lind this week?

    • smegma says:
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      @smegma: *Pearce

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pearce

  97. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, Mercer or Bogaerts or Danny for ROS? Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander

  98. Herschel says:
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    @Grey: Arenado out of the lineup today. Him or Xander in weekly roto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander

  99. SteveNZ says:
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    Gardner (Odorizzi) or Heyward (Stras) tonight? Tron doesn’t care for either and Gardner has been crappy since he came back…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gardner

    • Mr. Tibbs says:
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      @SteveNZ: Just a reminder, Gardner gets Colome instead of Odorizzi tonight

  100. Sad Keanu says:
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    Start Vogelsong over Stroman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Though I don’t know Vogel’s matchup

  101. Clark says:
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    Last min in weekly league! Austin Jackson, Bruce, Hurt Matt Adams, icky Segura, Hurt Rizzo coming back. Which 2? Thanks so much!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce, Rizzo, depends on needs

      • Clark says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, long time reader, first time poster. Appreciate your help!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  102. SG says:
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    Grey, I just wanted to say thank you to you and your incredible staff of writers. The advice here is the best around, not only is it correct more often than not, it’s incredibly funny. I started playing fantasy baseball and reading Razzball religiously a few years ago. I just secured my third consecutive championship, I attributed them all to the advice you guys provide. Thanks for all the laughs and insight…and for probably getting me voted out of my league in the not too distant future!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Thanks for the kind words!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and congrats!

  103. JoeG414 says:
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    Attempting to get a Save tonight off of waivers ; Perkins has been used 2 days in a row and his neck hurts. So is either Burton (also used 2 days in a row) or Fien (also used 2 days in a row) or T.Sipp the best add.
    Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Burton

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Thanks.
        Who to pickup after I cut him tonight: Gregerson T.Watson or Boxberger ? Please rank for K’s, era and whip.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gregerson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Actually, I’d go Sipp…

      • JoeG414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Oh man, I just picked up Burton.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s fine, it’s a coin flip either way

  104. Rudacious says:
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    Stroman tonight? I’m
    Struggling to decide

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In some leagues, depends how badly you need him

  105. Matt says:
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    If I am way up against innings cap, smart to bench Iwakuma at LAA tonight? Would probably start him at TOR next week though. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him, but don’t know your other options

  106. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    Best 3 streams over the next few days por favor:

    Carrasco @Hou (Tropeano) 14.4
    Gee vs. Mia (Alvarez) 12.3
    McCarthy @ TB (Karns) 6.8
    Salazar @ Hou (Boberholtzer) 16.9
    Fister @ Mia (Hand) 12.4
    Roark @ ATL (Harang) 5.9
    Porcello @ Min (Gibson) 9

    I’m leaning Carrasco, Salazar, and Fister. Your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go by SON

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So same three

      • Mr. Tibbs says:
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        @Grey: I hurriedly compiled this list, and didn’t even notice I chose the best SON rankings. Guess I’m just another slave to the machine (which BTW would make an excellent title for an Iron Maiden album).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

  107. goodfold2 says:
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    best extra bat (arenado replacement) out of
    mercer/pollock/gardner/lind/narvarro/uribe/rutledge/baez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Uribe in Coors

  108. royce! says:
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    Last chance! For 3 spots, I am playing De Aza, Avisail, and Myers over Kennys Vargas and Soler. Based mostly on the latter two having cooled a bit recently…not that any of this matters, since I’m clearly going to win this shizz, having Rizzo back!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine as long as De Aza is playing

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @royce!: I’m starting Soler, you’re benching him. I don’t know what this means as far as a predictor of performance goes.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

      • J-FOH says:
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        @SteveNZ: soler power never performs

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @J-FOH: I have low hopes for this week. None of my guys have been hitting and I have lost Stanton…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @SteveNZ: what I need is for every starter of your to get bombed in the first inning with 6 earned runs.

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @J-FOH: Oh, I was referring to my H2H team in the semis.

              But if you want to talk FCL, I gained a point there already today.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Snap!

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @Grey: And now it’s gone again. Damn Prez!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Haha

              • J-FOH says:
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                @SteveNZ: screw you and your well drafted well played mostly injury free ball club. Oh no I lost Giancarlo after he put up 89/37/105 line. Well ladee friggin da. I hate you Steve. Can’t wait for your visit.

                • SteveNZ says:
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                  @J-FOH: Well, I’m 0/5 to start semifinal week, so that should cheer you up.

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @SteveNZ: your losses are my happy place

  109. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    drop which of these for heaney (i’m already in losers bracket, having barely lost last week), dickey/hutchison/garza? dynasty.
    2. also, i’m guessing for rusney i don’t have a drop with these hitters? calhoun/cain/rutledge (filling in for pedroia)/

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickey… Rutledge if playing for next year

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        @Grey: i don’t think this league has any benefit to winning losers bracket but i’ll check.

  110. Johnny Podres says:
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    Drop either Odorizzi or Fiers for Colon vs Mia or Burnett @ SD for tomorrow? Drop Gattis for Wilin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Odorizzi for Burnett… Wilin, sure

  111. Toe Knee says:
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    Well i lost in the semis 10-8 i lost k’s by 2, tb by3 , rbis by1 so it was there for me just didn’t hit it. In my free leagues in the finals in all 8 learn by mistakes i guess and control the temper lol

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  112. J-FOH says:
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    Brennan Boesch is in the Angels line up tonight….irrelevant note of the day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: he’ll hit a dong and someone will ask if they should add him for their championship in H2H

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: deGrom with 6K’s in 2 IP. Yeah I just jinxed him.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hope so

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: 3 innings 8 K’s

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Jinx him better!

  113. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    DeGrom killing it early.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  114. john says:
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    Both home wed starts both about 12 SON..feel good about one those or none?

    Hendricks v reds
    Gee v Mia

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’re both fine… Gee first

  115. JashFath

    JashFath says:
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    I actually did the “I am not drafting a pitch until late” strategy this year, and it worked out pretty well. My first pitcher was Ryu with the 99th overall pick and I took guys like Paxton, Kluber, Niese, etc. later in the draft. And now I am currently playing in the H2H championship! Maybe I will go bold and try your “not until the 150th pick” strategy next year ;)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, pitching is most abundant

  116. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    Any word on why Harper left the game?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yet

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lightheadedness

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey: Think Giles keeps the closer job ROS?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Until Papelbon returns

  117. goodfold2 says:
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    stroman off that greatness pace today. eh, i’m not supposed to beat this opp anyway. freeroll. no K’s yet either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: yikes it got worse.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: thanks stroman, got a K on his 25th batter. playing against mchugh (who i stupidly let go during his 2 or 3 game partially injured/bad phase)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: he went out with some semblence of use.

  118. Hondo says:
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    Chen 4k’s.Stas and Stroman 2 total.WTF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, unpredictable baseball

  119. Hondo says:
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    Meant *Stras*

  120. john says:
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    Chen your the best!! J. I. N. X.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  121. jef with 1 f says:
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    degrom 12 Ks through 5

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      13 — crazy town

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: that’s my boy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, Marlins are crap, but I’m watching him and convinced he’s better than I thought

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: yea he’s got that “it” factor ..I feel it more with him than wheeler

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: 88 pitches through 6 not bad with that many Ks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think the key is his great control… All stemming from that…

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: yup..agreed

          • jef with 1 f says:
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            @Grey: Ha he just gave up 2 runs..the jinx is on

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, jinxed him real good… Still a great start…

            • Mr. Tibbs says:
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              @jef with 1 f: and to the garbage that inhabits the bottom of the marlins order.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                HA

                • Mr. Tibbs says:
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                  @Grey: Definitely been a strange season in that regard: the crap hitters generally seem to be the undoing of my pitchers.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    You have deGrom? Then you should be very pleased… Helluva start…

                    • Mr. Tibbs says:
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                      @Grey: Yup. Now the Mets have taken lead. Things are coming up Tibbs!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ha, nice!

  122. Mr. Tibbs says:
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    This is a meltdown of Rodneyian proportions from AJ Ramos.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Mr. Tibbs: i dumped him two different times, even in NL only, i do have dunn though.

  123. J-FOH says:
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    My new flavor that tastes exactly like red vines makes me feel like you do about Giancarlo!

    Too soon?

    • SteveNZ says:
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      @J-FOH: What – it brings tears to your eyes?

      • J-FOH says:
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        @SteveNZ: no it gives me an erection

        • SteveNZ says:
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          @J-FOH: Now that brings tears to MY eyes.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @SteveNZ: oh god, that made me cum.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            HA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Never too soon to talk about Giancarlo, it helps the healing process… I’m vaping the pear almond I was saying the other day… So freakin’ good…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, Steve’s snapping you to bits…

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I’m bringing out the dark side of the kiwi. he’s almost ready to tackle lost angels.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You should come to the Dodgers game and wait in the parking lot so you can DD us

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: sure, buy me an outfield seat and I’m in.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… I’m afraid of you in the bleachers with them playing the Giants… I’m not bailing you out…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I just looked and it’s like 25 bucks. I might do that. haven’t sat out there since my grandpa passed away in 95. I might go for it. But I need a Razzball sign to hold up so you guys can see me.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh my God, you gotta make one!

                  • J-FOH

                    J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I can get into left field for like 18 bucks, right field is all you can eat and like $55

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Have you ever done that AYCE thing?

                  • J-FOH

                    J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: nah, I said I haven’t been back to the outfield since the early 90’s

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah, gotcha

                  • J-FOH

                    J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: I usually get a bag of peanuts and a soda at the game. I hate Dodger Dogs and don’t like to drink at a game

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I don’t really drink period, but do love me some hot dogs…

                  • J-FOH

                    J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: only at the mansion does grey get sauced up.

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @J-FOH: @Grey: Jesus, how are royce! and I going to cope with you two wowsers?

                    And he’ll be driving! Am I going to be the only one drinking?

                    And I’m flying the next day! Oh man – we need to call this off right now.

  124. Ulysses says:
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    drop andrus for bogaerts for the stretch run? h2h category

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  125. SteveNZ says:
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    We like Avisail or Lind for the next few? Hitting planner says Lind, so I grabbed him, but Avisail been good lately and again today…

    • J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: Come Avisail away

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Avisail

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: If the week carries on in the vein in which it has started, I’m not going to have to worry about trying to win an h2h championship while I’m there.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ouch, that bad?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: 3/20. Opponent hitting .381 with an OBP north of .400.

            Still early!

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @SteveNZ: 3/21

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Meh, still very early (for you, in this circumstance)!

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Grey: doesn’t he start every week losing *rhetorical*

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ha!

  126. Hondo says:
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    Giles or Quack?Think Giles keeps the job ROS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Giles

  127. nick the dick says:
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    Bartolo vs mia or burnett vs sd?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Burnett

    • J-FOH says:
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      @nick the dick: You didn’t even come in this past sunday. I’m doing punk rock sunday next sunday

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @J-FOH: put in stickmen with rayguns.

      • nick the dick says:
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        @J-FOH: it was my moms birthday, i had to write a last minute roast, lotta shit going on. I did check it all out late that night and I like what you did there. Flip the script. Ralph went balls out with the hip hop, which was great obviously. I like a little something different though, outkast and pharcyde ones were dope and ill jam to some ac/dc, 50 and toto one wouldnt play for some reason

  128. Kid A says:
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    Walk it off Rizzo. Walk. It. Off.

    Thanks Pandas!

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: I hate you

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:
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      @Kid A: actually great add *tips beer*

      Ouch your pen just gave you a hot sauce enema

      • Kid A says:
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        @J-FOH: I failed miserably at pitching in the FCL. I blame that drunk mick Murphy and his stupid law.

        My fate is fourth place at this point, but I can still keep the top three gummed up.

        As long as I’m hurting as many of you dirtbags as possible, I’m happy..

        • J-FOH

          J-FOH says:
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          @Kid A: I thought Murph was your bartender on draft day

          I told grey today I was 5 moves from winning. Dropping Lester and Richards was obviously two of them.

          Oh, and you should hang out with Prezii while stateside

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bam

  129. goodfold2 says:
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    pujols just got hurt somehow. sweet jesus, that will affect me even in a league where i have a chance, in addition to my main league where i don’t.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Crap

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: hamstring. and my backup in league where i have a chance is vargas, who’s been cold lately.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: it’s possible he was only taken out as a precaution, since LAA know they are in playoffs. i sure hope so concerning that. for some reason that league’s championship is only one week (and next week is just nothing?). comish needs to be made aware of the settings in place could be changed here.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They say cramp and he should be okay

  130. Teddy Heater says:
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    I put Rizzo in, figured you’d say to start him! H to the Rizzo, hip hop hooray hooo…. Lovin Degrom and havd an all out crush on Shoe right now (ever since the hail Mary against Detroit, he’s been knockin em down)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  131. SteveNZ says:
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    Great. So now I’m trying to get through the h2h playoffs without my 1st, 2nd AND 3rd picks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pujols sounds like just a cramp

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Hope so.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @SteveNZ: i’m guessing it’s goldy/fielder, and who’s third? (stanton maybe)

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @goodfold2: Votto, Stanton and Pujols. Though it seems Pujols might be OK.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @SteveNZ: i don’t have votto anywhere, but stanton in 2 dynasties, pujols in 2 redrafts where i’m in either semis or finals, goldy in 3 leagues, 2 of them dynasties (where i only have him either a week before, or just after, he got hurt)

          • Wilsonian says:
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            @goodfold2: 16 team H2H league. Have Tulo, Goldy, and Stanton…

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Wilsonian: yikes.

  132. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you dump Revere for Trumbo or Xander? Revere has been kind of useless lately. I need production and Arenado might be out for a little bit, so I can’t have useless bodies on my roster. This would leave me with 7 more moves for the week.

    8 Team H2H – H, R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBPS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo

      • Wilsonian says:
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        @Grey: of course I go back to pick him up and my damn Pop beat me to him. Snag Xander or hold tight?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, damn… I’d go Xander

  133. Hondo says:
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    2 W’s from Rondon and Wade Davis made my night with McHugh as my only SP.

  134. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    did you advise somebody above to keep castillo over joc pederson as a keep forever player? it seemed surprising.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t think so

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Grey: it was Ralph above, i misread it, . he said 10 team keep forever, i misread as keep 10 forever, and rusney was the 11th.

  135. SteveNZ says:
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    That Cashner stream worked out OK #fcl

    Pity my h2h opponent has him too.

    • J-FOH

      J-FOH says:
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      @SteveNZ: In your words FFS. I dropped him not sure about the K’s and hoped anybody but you would of picked him up. sleeping at the wheel other FCL peeps.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He was available to stream? Geez

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Jack was kind enough to leave him there for me.

      • J-FOH

        J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: the FCL stream pool is like a gangstas paradise……lots of gold and booty

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Grey: that’s what i said when you picked up arrieta like 6 starts or so into his this year greatness. he was long gone in every one of my leagues after his 2nd or 3rd good start (even 12 teamers)

  136. john says:
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    Gee v Mia better or Alvarez v nym

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go Gee

  137. Hal Incandenza says:
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    “Member when he said he was going to go 50/50? Maybe he meant there was a 50/50 chance he played a full season.”

    This reminds me of Albert Bell putting 50-50 on his shoes because he hit 50 homers and 50 doubles. I want to say a teammate commented that it was the likelihood he’d catch a flyball.

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