Ryan Braun revealed he doesn’t have a thumb issue, he has a whole hand issue.  Unfortch, he’s also proving to have a ‘can’t stay on the field without steroids’ issue, which is the result of a ‘steroids has broken down his ability to stay healthy’ issue that’s brought up a ‘is he really trying to get on the field’ issue that all came about when he was ‘wearing scrubs, watching his wife spit out a kid and his wife was squeezing his hand too tightly’ issue that leaves the issue, ‘will he return and do anything this season?’   Basically, Braun’s got more men’s health issues than Ricky Martin.  Whether or not you drop him or just bench him comes down to who you have to replace him, but, in September, he’s hitting .200 with zero homers, and he hit .240 in August with four homers, so chances are good you can find someone better than him for the final two and a half weeks.  This will definitely muddy waters on if Braun is a mannish boy or what to expect from him in 2015 fantasy baseball.  Unless Lame-Ass-Busta Excuses is a category in your league, then Braun has it on lock.  (Also, applies if the category is spelled Lame-Ass-Buster Excuses or simply Lame Excuses.)  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Jimmy Nelson – Moved to the bullpen.  Oh, shucks, July Grey is saddened by this news.

Marcell Ozuna – 3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer.  OZUNA win game for Marlins.  OZUNA dedicate home run to memory of Jodie Sweetin’s career.  OZUNA have crush.

Casey McGehee – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer, hitting .297.  Solid year for very deep leagues, and a really whatever year for most mixed leagues.  Pretty incredible how focused he’s stayed all year while dealing with conservative Irish Catholics protesting the marriage of the Mc and Gehee.

Danny Santana – Has missed back-to-back games with a back strain but should be back today.  Baby got the word back!

Jared Burton – 1 IP, 0 ER and the save as Glen Perkins and The Glen Perkins Band continued to nurse his sore neck.  Glen Perkins supposedly got it from playing a real jazzy swing number.

Oswaldo Arcia – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  You only have to look at his batting average at .220 to know he’s going to get an offseason sleeper post.  For right now, he’s not hitting for anything but power, but he did hit another homer on Friday.

Trevor Bauer – 8 IP, 4 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks vs. Trevor May (5 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 3 Ks).  This matchup was billed as “Trevor?  Your Italian Or Counting Is Terrible, It’s Duevor.”  Neither Trevor is a positive on the Stream-o-Nator for their next starts and I’d look elsewhere.  Not at the ceiling, at a different starter.

Jose Ramirez – 3-for-5, and was 0-for-8 coming into the game, but is worth a cyclops with a monocle viewing.

Josh Donaldson – 5-for-6, 2 runs, 4 RBIs.  People most geeked out yesterday:  people who own Donaldson and those that want an iPhone for a watch.  “Hold on, I’ll put my brother on.”  Holds wrist up to brother’s ear.

Jon Lester – 8 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.52.  “Hey, Lester, you got a package from the Yankees.  Looks like the Mona Lisa.  Want me to put it with the rest of the junk they sent?”

Craig Gentry – Left the game with a concussion, after colliding with Carlos Sanchez.  His brothers-from-the-mat, Terry Gordy and Michael Hayes, are not going to take that lying down!

Dayan Viciedo – 1-for-4 and his 20th homer.  That’s his 4th homer in the last 8th game.  Say it with me, hot schmotato.  No the C doesn’t make a K sound there.

Michael Wacha – 4 IP, 6 ER.  Good news is he threw 70 pitches.  The bad news, he was throwing them with a beach ball.

Devin Mesoraco – 2-for-3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  What if I rank him in the top two catchers next year?  Then he’ll hit .215 with a season-ending injury in May.  You sound so jaded, Random Italicized Voice.  Prince Fielder’s made it hard to love again. 

Zack Cozart – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI.  Entered this game oh for his last fifteen.  Too bad Kevin Towers is out of a job, Cozart would’ve been a nice get for Archie Bradley.

Ervin Santana – 5 IP, 5 ER.  Ervin Santana isn’t Magic, black woman or otherwise, but that’s what you’re gonna need now to fix your H2H playoff team.

Jordan Zimmermann – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 2.93.  Too bad they don’t give out VMAs for Quality Starts, right, J-Z?  I mean, awards for baseball is as relevant to MTV as awards for videos.

Drew Storen – 1 IP, 0 ER and his third save in four days.  It’s funny (not funny).  Spend all this time chasing saves, and then you grab one guy and he’s better than the twenty-five other relievers you’ve grabbed in the last month.  Maybe saves do have a face… *wavy lines*  Sees Bobby Jenks.  *wavy lines*  No, they don’t have faces, thankfully.

Adam LaRoche – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs.  Turning it on when it matters for fantasy.  That’s all he cares about, I’m sure.

Ryan Zimmerman – Took batting practice, but still isn’t running on dry ground.  Only on an underwater treadmill.  Next year, I know who I’m taking on my fantasy water polo team.

Ian Desmond – Left yesterday’s game with back stiffness.  Might have to park the lumbago at the rest stop for a day.

Freddy Galvis – 3-for-3, 3 runs and a slam (2) and legs (1).  What the hell is that noise?!  Oh, it’s the one guy that owns him in a 20-team NL-Only league.

Maikel Franco – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI as he was moved up to the two-hole.  In related news, Ryne Sandberg’s performance yesterday as he filled out the lineup card without Rollins is said to be the early leader for a regional Emmy.  A Phillies beat writer said, “The way he feigned sadness?  Brilliant!”

Drew Smyly – Not sure what he’s all Smyly about, he just got shut down for the year due to innings.

Chris Archer – 6 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 3 Ks, raising his ERA to 3.63.  *devilishly rubs fingertips together*  Keep pushing your ERA up, sleeper boy.

James Loney – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 9th homer, that’s his 2nd homer in as many games, as he bats near-.400 in the last week.  Hey, Roy Orbison, is there another 1st baseman as hot?  “Only the Loney.”  There ya have it.

Masahiro Tanaka – Threw a simulated game.  I hear there’s an app for that.

Brett Gardner – Sat out again with his abdominal strain and went to see a doctor on Tuesday night.  Not Dr. James Andrews unless his stomach is bothering him due to too many elbow macaronis.

Martin Prado – Didn’t start yesterday due to lingering soreness in his hammy.  Kinda like my lingering soreness at Puig.

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2-for-4 and his 15th homer.  Be interesting to see how well Ellsbury plays next year with Nelson Cruz and Max Scherzer and (Mad Libs in Big Name Free Agent).

Dustin Ackley – Few days away due to ankle spurs.  Never bothered John Wayne.

Roenis Elias – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  Solid stream, not much else here.  Elias Sports Bureau, “Hey, we don’t say anything bad about Sonny Gray.”

Collin McHugh – 8 IP, 1 ER, 2 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA down to 2.79.  Um, guys and four girl readers, we’re not in April and he has a sub-3 ERA.  The season’s almost over and McHugh is still dominant.

Josh Fields – 1 IP, 0 ER and his 3rd save and 2nd save in last two Astros save opportunities.  Maybe when the Astros GM said at the trading deadline that Chad Qualls was indispensable.  He meant he was wearing a brown fur sable, and just confused some letters.  I grabbed Josh Fields immediately, because I need saves like you need a breath mint.

Brandon Belt – Could return in time for the playoffs.  No, not your H2H playoffs, the real playoffs.  I know, the gall!

Yusmeiro PetitStream-o-Nator loved this start, and is all moogly-googly for his next one too, so Petit, it’s not hard.

Joe Panik – 5-for-5.  I’ll have what he’s having!  Panik’s come out of nowhere to put up a great average and not a whole lot else.  Well, the ‘not a whole lot else’ isn’t out of nowhere.  Worth grabbing to see if it continues if you need average and runs.

Angel Pagan – 4-for-5, 3 runs.  “Panik and Pagan’s has got me thinking…” said Dan Brown as he pulled out his typewriter.

Anthony Rizzo – Took some ground balls and a few swings yesterday.  He says he’ll be ready by this weekend or definitely next Monday.  Cubs manager, Not Edgar Renteria’s brother, Rick said, “I don’t want to speculate on (a timetable).”  Speculate away, Rick, everyone does!

Javier Baez – 2-for-3, 2 runs and his 3rd steal.  I cannot tell a lie (I can), but I had to drop Baez prior to yesterday’s game.  He was simply anchoring my average and not giving me a whole lot.  That’s also the answer to, “Why did Baez start hitting again?”

Jake Arrieta – 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 8 baserunners, 5 Ks.  What’s the best case scenario for a start on your bench?  Solid outing that the bullpen blows?  Arrieta’s being cordial with you even when you don’t have the faith in him.

Kevin Pillar – 3-for-4, 1 run.  Now this gives him something to talk about with his best friends, Jason Paritek and David Portiz.

Mark Buehrle – 7 IP, 2 ER, 10 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.31.  Best thing that’s come out of Buehrle’s year is my autocorrect autofills in his last name.  Worst thing that’s come of his year is it’s very difficult when I try to text someone, “Blow me.”

Jedd Gyorko – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.   Goes without saying I’m not done liking Gyorko.  Goes without saying like Jimmy Fallon and Timberlake should just have sex already.

Cory Spangenberg – 2-for-5, 1 RBI, hitting .364 with two homers in seven games.  Maybe Spangenberg isn’t just a word you say when you’re too tongue tied to talk to a beautiful woman.

Josh Hamilton – Sat out again on Tuesday and The Sciosciapath revealed that Hamilton isn’t improving and there’s concern.  Sounds like he just got bit by a wasp with a venereal disease.   Wasp VD is the worst way to contract a VD; I saw a Nova special about it.

Kole Calhoun – 1-for-5 and his 15th homer, and his 2nd homer in the last two days and is hitting near-.400 in the last week.  I vote for a name change, Diamond Calhoun.  And a hair color change.  The red Angels hat should not blend into your hair, doode.

Howie Kendrick – 2-for-5, 1 run.  Hitting near-.500 in the last week and is about the hottest schmotato, that’s not really a schmotato and I’m just rambling because I’m trying to wrap my brain around why the hell I dropped him and I have nothing and now I will cry.  Please turn away.

Colby Lewis – 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 baserunners, 4 Ks.  The Rangers are so bad…How bad are they?!  They are so bad a decent starting performance is followed by Robbie Ross Jr.  Fun fact!  There is no Robbie Ross Sr.  The Jr. stands for Just Relax.

Hector Santiago – 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks.  He gets a purdy matchup next per the Stream-o-Nator, but I don’t trust him because he can’t go much more than 5 innings.

Joakim Soria – Will be activated on Wednesday.  He’s likely not worth the DL slot you’re stashing him in, but if you’re desperate enough, what can do, as my childhood Polish neighbor would say.

J.D. Martinez – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 20th homer.  The top pick up off waivers this year?  Definitely in the discussion.  Unless you’re in a league where someone like Jon Lester was dropped.

Rajai Davis – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  After the game, the King of SAGNOF jumped on a Skype session with Jarrod Dyson so Dyson could mime feeding him grapes as the King talked about re-colonizing India.

Max Scherzer – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 11 baserunners, 6 Ks.  Quality Start…to the Max!

Jason Vargas – 5 1/3 IP, 4 ER.  Varburp.

Greg Holland – Still unable to pitch.  I’m told that’s bad for a closer.

Omar Infante – 3-for-5, 1 RBI and his 9th steal.  Has a hit in nine of his last ten games, but isn’t giving much more than one hit per day.  Hispanic Baby Omar should take a cue from Boardwalk Empire, and try to squeeze multiple hits into every day, but less of something-looks-off-with-her-face, Patricia Arquette.  Please.

David Wright – Finally shutdown with shoulder discomfort.  Carrying around the burden of being Mr. Met for the last few years has finally caught up to him.  Or maybe it was all those years of imitating The Great Gazoo.  Either way, you can finally drop him without the guilt of eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s “Holy Hayzeus My 3rd Baseman Sucks” ice cream.

Daniel Murphy – 1-for-3 as he was activated from the DL.  Kevin from ESPN’s “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department said, “If you’re trying to reach the “Get Him In Your Lineup” Department, we’re currently busy or on another call.  Please leave a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.”

Jacob deGrom – 8 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA down to 2.62.  This was an easy matchup vs. the lifeless-on-the-road Rockies, and the Stream-o-Nator likes his next start.  DeGrom has about twenty more innings before he’s shut down.  “Noooooooo…I want my nickel!!!”  Easy there, Tommy John.

Jenrry Mejia – 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners and yanked (sorry, Mets fans) from the save chance.  Interesting that Terry Collins chose to pull Mejia there, since he’s pitched poorly the better part of the season and it never influenced Collins’s decision making.  Maybe he’s just getting Familia with his other options.

Curtis Granderson – 2-for-4, 1 RBI, hitting everything in sight the last five games.  Yup, he went ice cold there and gave you shrinkage, but he’s suddenly hot again.  He can be your hot schmotato, the Grandy man can.

J.J. Hardy – MRI showed no damage on his back.  He received a pain-killing injection with a needle as big as Jose Altuve and is expected back Friday.

Alejandro De Aza – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and two homers (6, 7).  Right after he hit the 2nd homer, I went to pick him up in my leagues.  His playing time isn’t assured, but assured sounds like a female hygiene product, so whatevs on that.  You will have to platoon him out if he sits, but two homers sends up my hot schmotato flag pretty quickly.

Adam Jones – 1-for-5 and his 25th homer.  He’s played in every game this year, and has missed only two games in the past three years.  In other words, the same number of games as Tulo’s last six years combined.

Xander Bogaerts – 2-for-3 and his 10th homer, hitting over .350 in the last week.  As previously mentioned on the aforementioned tip, when I dropped Baez, Bogaerts was the MI I (stutterer!) grabbed.  Here’s looking at you, Bogaerts!

Dustin Pedroia – Could have season-ending surgery due to the lingering pain in his wrist.  Kinda silly he’s even been playing.  You know when you put Silly Putty on a picture and then pull it off and the image is now on the Silly Putty?  That’s how Pedroia’s looked all year, like he’s not playing, but a Silly Putty image of him is.  That should also be the glossary term for a player who plays at 50% through an injury.  They look like a bad copy of themselves and when they play you feel silly for owning them, and look like a putz to others.  Hence, the Silly Putz, no relation to J.J.  All those in favor say, aye.  All those against say nothing.

 
  1. SMLV1 says:
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    Drop Wacha for McHugh, deGrom or Stroman? or Hold?

    • Tarman Got Him says:
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      @SMLV1: What were you waiting for?

      • Frank D. says:
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        @Tarman Got Him: On a bye week. Just holding till next week.

        • Frank D. says:
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          @Frank D.: sorry for the name confusion, SMLV1 and I share a computer.

    • MooseOutFront says:
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      @SMLV1: Yes drop him for either McHugh or Stroman. My question is who else can you drop for the other one?

      • SMLV1 says:
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        @MooseOutFront: Gio, E. Santana, odorizzi

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SMLV1: Any of them, prolly McHugh

  2. Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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    Week one of our playoffs, and despite being in first place coming in, every batter I have is now slumping (no one has over a .250 past 7 day)…hate to drop any of these, but they’re useless if I lose this week.

    Whose most droppable based off rest if week, and positions that have some hot schomatoe types to replace:

    Luccroy, dozier, prado, Reyes, cespedes, Ellsbury, soler, span, eaton

    Im leaning dozier cause he’s been slumping a while, but open to thoughts.

      • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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        @Grey: if I drop dozier, my replacement options that are hot are: Gyorko, Lowrie, Mercer, LeMahieu, Valakua, Turner, Wong…. Who you like best next few days?

        • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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          @Crazy old guy babbling in the corner: options for eaton or span: Granderson , Crawford, DeAza, leonys Martin, loney…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            De Aza, Loney, but De Aza could get platooned so you need a backup, if you don’t have one then Grandy

            • Crazy old guy babbling in the corner says:
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              @Grey: dont have a backup, so loney or grandy if only grab one?

              Thanks!

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yup

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Sorry meant Loney

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wong

  3. HarryHood says:
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    Mornin Grey.. H2H playoffs semis 8×8
    Need a 3B, I have J Turner currently. Options are Headly, Rutledge, Prado, Gyroko, L Chis, McGehee, Holt, Bogarts. Who do you like? Thanks bro, have a good one

  4. Prez says:
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    ayeee..

    play-doh image of himself… THAT is some deep shit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Prez: I screwed up, it’s Silly Putty

  5. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Singing this ditty by Alice in Chains right now. Hope it inspires my team.

    Down in a hole, feelin’ so small
    Down in a hole, losin’ my soul
    I’d like to fly
    But my wings have been so denied

    Come on team!

    McHugh gave me a boost but still behind in all three matchups.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Hey Ante. Sending some good vibes to Lebanon. First class mail.

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Phil of the Future: Ty, man! Msg received!!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Phil of the Future says:
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          @Ante GALIC: Quick get us a room before Jef yells at us!

  6. Robert D says:
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    You mentioned J.D. Martinez as one of the best waiver wire pickups. I’ll give you the two that are better and have carried me and many other teams. Chris Carter 14 hrs in 123 at bats since pickup. Pitcher MVP is Jake Arrieta 72.7 innings 73Ks 2.601 era, whip.9220 since pickup. Only other that comes close is Dee Gordon.
    Thanks great write ups.

    • Wilsonian says:
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      @Robert D: OZUNA!! He’s also been pretty good and went undrafted in most leagues. But yeah, definitely agree on JD, Carter, and Arrieta. Carter was drafted in my 16 team, though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Robert D: Yeah, there’s a few of them, that’s a few of them too…

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Grey: Drafted both Carter and Ozuna in a deep 14 teamer. Dropped Ozuna before the season (for R.Delgado) and dropped Carter one month in. Need to exercise some patience.

        • Grey

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          Yup

        • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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          @Chicken Dinner: i’m sure most of yr drops didn’t result in massively good players after the fact.

  7. Swfcdan says:
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    Well FINALLY my time to free myself of Wright has come. Got him in a trade the start of last year, signed through 2014 at $39 (he was nearly worth that then, believe it or not). And he’s been medioakre and then downwright awful for me. Lesson to be learned there, never take on hefty contracts unless they are worth it kids! Wanted to deal him last offseason but noone bit, finally have that money to spend on someone else next year.

    Whos the likely save hawk with Holland out, Crow?

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @Swfcdan: No it’s Davis

  8. Swfcdan says:
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    Willins been hella yawnstipating this year. Start Yasmani over him in a deep 16 teamer?

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @Swfcdan: Why not.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Grey: You still gonna like Willin next year? Hurts when I pay a fair amount to acquire him at the start of the season (Soler in fact) and he fails you…fantasy owners don’t forget easily yo!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  9. Kcc26 says:
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    My team got the double bangfizzle last night from jones and Calhoun. Bittersweet!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kcc26: Ha, yup

  10. Arrabers Greg says:
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    What’s up my doode? I’m digging on this idea of, during championship week, dropping SPs as soon as they won’t be going again for you that week, for an RP. Is there any way to predict usage next week by tracking usage, or lack thereof this week? And what guys will be more useful than others? Or is it just a roll of the dice…?

  11. VinWins

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    I’m in a low competitive index RCL where Kyle Seager was dropped April 23 when he was hitting .156 with no HRs and 2 RBI. That day he went 3-for-4 with 2 HRs and 5 RBI. Definitely a challenger for best waiver wire pickup, though his best game of the season did occur while he was on waivers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Yeah, I’d argue he shouldn’t have ever been on waivers though

  12. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    I was a freaked out Donaldson owner, and now geeked out after last night. Thanks for talking me down from dumping him.

    Speaking of dumping a stalwart, you’ve indicated Cobb’s next start at Yanks is a sit, and SON agrees at $6.4. His next start is home vs. Yanks, and the next after that looks to be at Fenway.

    Dump Cobb for a streamer, namely Quintana vs. Twinkies at home?

    Thanks in advance.

  13. Mr. Rickey says:
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    Rajai and Jarrod were in the same building last night – no need for Skype. I picture him being ushered into the throne room, handed a bowl of grapes and told: “you know what to do.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mr. Rickey: Skype clubhouse to clubhouse, guys do it all the time (shrugs, maybe).

  14. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I think it’s silly putty not play-doh. My suggestion is putty play.

    • Bob says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: u r right it was silly putty.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: No problem, that’s why I’m here. To put my particular knowledge of children’s toys to use. You know cause I’m a Dad, not because I play with children’s toys….not at all.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  15. Sherm says:
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    Remember that old MLB commercial? “I live for this.” Imagine the Orbison pun. Then imagine Jeter saying “I live for this.” That’s the Razzball commercial.

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @Sherm: Must add is the line from the SNL skit…
      ‘That’s where we want to goooooooooooooo
      Derek Jeter’s Tacooooo hole.’

      Cheers,
      Ante

  16. Later Tater says:
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    grey,
    i think you made the glossary term yourself:

    play-dohed

    • Birdmann says:
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      @Later Tater: @Later Tater: very Homer Simpson, I have had too many play-doh players in my lineup when I should have sat them. Eating a doughnut to hide my shame.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Later Tater: I think I effed it up, it’s Silly Putty

  17. Cafuné

    Maxi says:
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    My replacements for Braun are Cespy, Corey Dickerson, Soler, Avisail and Lagares. Gonna drop Braun for some streamers.

    my first 3 picks this year were Braun, Pedroia and Bruce, and I’m still somehow in the playoffs.

    • Cafuné

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      @Maxi: Actually, I think I’m going to go with dropping Braun for Panik cuz I’m getting murdered in OBP and Runs…Rostering a guy named Panik also seems like an appropriate way to celebrate this season of attrition, now that we’ve reached the playoffs

      • Hawk says:
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        @Maxi:

        “Rostering a guy named Panik also seems like an appropriate way to celebrate this season of attrition…”

        /golfclap

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Maxi: Ha, Dickerson

  18. Rich says:
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    who should I drop for a MI spot? Walker, betts or Murphy coming off the DL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Rich: Betts

  19. Gonzo_The_Great says:
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    How are we feeling about the Cosart start today? Streamer doesn’t seem to like it, but he’s been a relatively hot-schmotato since moving to Miami (maybe all the mojitos?) and the Brewers seem like they’re in a death spiral.

  20. goodfold2 says:
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    now got more EEa’s at closer than ever. up to 4 of em.

  21. Hawk says:
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    What’s more valuable off waivers:

    A guy who hits .300 with 20 HR or
    A guy who wins 10 games with a 2.78 ERA, a WHIP near 1.0 and 160 K’s in 145 IP?

    Go!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hawk: Arrieta, depends on needs though

      • Funketown says:
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        @Grey: Ha ha (in best Nelson voice) – very nice

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • Funketown says:
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            @Grey: Great smooth call … you would destroy this guy in poker

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  22. TOGMAN says:
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    Start Ororizzi tonight @ NYY ?

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @TOGMAN: Eh. I am much more apt to start him at home. I feel like he’s just as likely to dominate tonight or get shelled. If you need the risk then I suppose you could but I wouldn’t.

    • Ante GALIC says:
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      @TOGMAN: Agree with Phil. Am a proud owner of Eau de Rizzi but he’s on the bench for me this week. Next week, if I make it, he’ll be a gr8 two-start option for two at home.

      Cheers,
      Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TOGMAN: I wouldn’t either

  23. Spencer says:
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    Playoffs in 10 team H2H. Who do you roster? League counts IP,ERA,WHIP,K/9,SV,QS

    RP
    D Storen or E Mujica

    SP
    Peavy
    Fiers
    Pineda
    Carrasco

  24. K_Rich_Bi*ch says:
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    Is it just me or is the SON not working for anybody else??? This is unbelievably bad timing, quarterfinals and I’m in the middle of a streaming war with the dude I’m playing. We both make our stream adds first thing in the morning at work!

    Anybody having the same issue?

    • One of the data feeds needed repairing. It’s been up since about 9:15 AM EST.

      • Annie's Boobs says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: SON doesn’t have Montero for tonight- where would you slot him? After Miley and Santana did their best to kill my season last night, I am scrambling to chase wins the rest of the week. I have Matzek already but am thinking of taking a shot with Montero to up my odds of getting a win. Thoughts? Or should I just hope my guys the rest of the week can pick me up?

        • @Annie’s Boobs: Updated SON. Montero’s at $13. Feels a little high but getting Colorado at home right now is a juicy matchup. I streamed DeGrom last night. Passing on Montero for RCL but regret not picking him up last night in my 15-team Yahoo league where I’m behind in IP.

          • Annie's Boobs says:
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            @Rudy Gamble: Thanks! I picked up Montero. One more question – would you dump Ervin Santana now (2 starts next week) to pick up either Delgado or Cahill for their start this week? If I am up on Sunday, I can always try and pick up Santana again if I have any moves left and my championship opponent hasn’t already done the same. Fyi, this is NL-only thus streaming options are limited.

            • i’d prefer ervin. absolutely no faith in cahill. delgado gets SF on both ends of a home-and-home which isn’t a cakewalk.

  25. Alex says:
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    Is anybody else’s gut telling them to sit Porcello tonight?

    • Birdmann says:
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      @Alex: I am playing him, the Tigers need the win bad and they know playoff pressure better than the Royals. I am playing Hosmer though, two HRs against Porcello and a career .316 avg. Da’ Rick’s ERA and WHIP might take a hit but I feel you should get the win, what do you need more?

      • Alex says:
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        I need my ERA and WHIP to stay low. I am winning these categories right now, but my opponent has Kershaw in a two week start, which scares me.

    • @Alex: I’d consider sitting him in Roto if you’re nearing your GS/IP cap. Biggest reasons for his low SON $ is he’s facing Shields (hurts chances at Win) and KC doesn’t K a lot against any SP not named Kluber. Projected at only 3.4 K’s which is awful (tied for 2nd lowest projection on the day).

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Rudy Gamble: RUDY YOU ROCK!! Keep it going!

  26. Up by 60 yesterday morning, down by 151-128, after day 2, H2H semi…

    I have 10 SP left to his 7…

    Now if my bats could just come to life for this week and hopefully next week, all will be good..

    • Cram It says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Man, I’m on the edge of my seat! I wish they could televise this matchup! Can you list both of your lineups so I can watch the relevant games tonight and keep up with it in real time?

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Grey: classic cram! With prezii back its getting old school.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I gave you a shoutout in the post

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Grey: I was hoping you were comparing me to Bobby Jenks but yes I saw it. I deserve that for being old school me lately. *smashes tablet screen*

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Ha!

          • Cram It says:
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            @J-FOH: Now if only Oaktown would drop some knowledge. He’s not been heard from, right?

            • Cram It says:
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              @Cram It: Guy hasn’t made a move in 2 months and he’s still ahead of me in the standings.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Cram It: we can only imagine where he is, I’m thinking atop Mt. Kilamanjaro

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Or hired to replace Jonah Hill

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Grey: he’s out getting fat and short?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ha

                • Cram It says:
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                  @Grey: Funny, with no reference to go by, I always pictured him as a 60 year old Jonah Hill.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Maybe he is Jonah Hill… Will we ever know?

      • @Cram It: You crack me up Cram..HA…Click on my name and there is the link to my team if you are serious!! HA

            • Cram It says:
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              @Malicious Phenom: Oh, I’m serious. I don’t know why you’re just doing the daily updates during the playoffs though. Next year, you should keep your people in the loop every day of the season, not just playoffs. I mean, otherwise, you’re really depriving your fans of feeling like they’re right there with you, every step of the way. Kinda like (insert any celebrity reality TV show).

              • McGrupp says:
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                @Cram It: Check out some goodfold2 if Phenom slows down, real-time musings and complaints on 20-odd teams. Fascinating stuff.

                • Cram It says:
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                  @McGrupp: Oh goodfold is something else. Couple that with his broken/drunk English in the form of one long run-on sentence and he’s a real gem.

                  • prez says:
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                    @Cram It: golden cram.. Kinda like golden corral with less diarehhea…

  27. Steve says:
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    Keeper help. Basically want to keep two of these 4 SP. Not 100% sure on how I’d rank them for next season cause they all have incredible upside (and I’m a doggone sucker for upside)…
    (Pick 2)
    Wacha
    Stroman
    Yo Ventura
    Arrieta.

    Definitely keeping Harvey. Thinking Wacha is a safe second keeper, but if you think worth keeping say, Arrieta over Wacha I probably wouldn’t argue. But then again might have a different opinion if Wacha Flocka hadn’t flamed-out for half the season (pardon the horribly overused pun).

    Also starting to think that Stro might be a better keeper than Ventura based on the analytics. All his secondary numbers are spotless and his repertoire/pitching maturity is also more finished.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve: Arrieta, Stroman

  28. TheShelbySensation says:
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    Drop Braun for Carl Crawford or Grandy for the playoffs?

  29. Mandy says:
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    On the Play-Doh issue: sadly, it’s Silly Putty that pulls the pictures off newspapers, not Play-Doh. Sorry to stink up the party.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mandy: Yeah, I had a massive brain fart, fixed

  30. Fireball Feliz says:
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    Finally dropped Bruce for Ozuna. I had faith in you bruce bruce, but you can’t hold a busta’s hand forever…

  31. Venezuelan Winter Leaguer says:
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    Hey guys,
    final 2 weeks who do you like best in order for 2B: Wong, Gennet, Panik, Mercer?

    I’ve been platooning it with Wong and Gennet since the break.

    Thank you!

  32. Yescheese says:
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    So I was going to login this morning and ask Razz Nation their thoughts on dropping Braun. Guess I’m good to go!

  33. Wilsonian says:
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    Ok, so I think I’ve asked this a billion times now… Looking at dumping Dozier for the playoffs, which actually starts next week for me, and as long as I win 4 categories this week, I’m in. Available to me for the next two weeks are Murphy, Assdribble, Wong, and Mercer. You said last night to go with Murphy over Wong, but do you still take him over Assdribble and Mercer? I’m not making a move this second, because it’s a limited moves league and I have 6 moves left for the week – I’d like to hang on to couple moves so I can snag some streamers for Monday’s games. Who would you prefer for the next two weeks?

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

  34. Joeg414 says:
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    Jean Segura starting to hit, anything to see here?

    • baseball says:
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      @Joeg414: I was going to ask the same thing. 8 for his last 21 with 3 walks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joeg414: Sure, if you’re desperate

  35. dizzystpizzy says:
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    Poor, poor Ricky Martin.

    Mercer, B Miller, or Asdrubal ROS for MI?

      • dizzystpizzy says:
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        @Grey: Thanks man! What about Xander v Asdrubal, if I’m replacing a 3B instead of MI?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Xander is fine, it’s a coin flip

  36. JeF With 1 F says:
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    FACT OF THE DAY:
    A spider’s silk is stronger than steel

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: Not after I eat it.

    • de nachos says:
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      @JeF With 1 F: I once saw Magnús Ver Magnússon shred 10 spider webs with his bare hands.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        HA!

  37. The JoGarza says:
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    One of the reasons I hate H2H playoffs is because I overanalyze every move, usually to my detriment. I’ve spent more time than I care to admit deciding which two to sit today, as I could make a case for and against everyone. Wanted to get your thoughts. I’ve put pitchers and Hittertron $ next to each. OBP league. Looking for overall production, doesn’t have to be just HR or SB.

    JUp vs. Stras $0.2
    Lagares vs. T.Matzek $-3
    Soler vs. Hutchison $12.
    D.Span vs. Harang $18
    CarGo lite vs. Cosart $28
    Arenado vs. R.Montero (no idea since SON still has him facing Colon)
    Wong vs. Simon $14
    D.Santana vs. House $-0.3

    Also, in general, how do you approach hittertron numbers compared to what batters are doing over the past few days?

    For example, Lagares hit lefties well, has been doing great, yet isn’t liked by HT. Wong is 0-for-5 vs. Simon, but HT loves him. Do you let recent hot streaks dictate who you play? Or go with batter/pitcher history and/or a season’s worth of HT information?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The JoGarza: I’d go with Hitter-Tron and don’t look at BVP when in doubt…

  38. SportiveTricks says:
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    Well hi,

    Two questions.

    1) Should I stick with Kazmir down the stretch? He hurt me bad in August, but he looks like he might have things back on track. I am desperate to make up so pitching stats right now….

    2) ROS (which isn’t much) OZUNA or KHRIS?

    Love yas!

      • SportiveTricks says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, man.

        With Kazmir it comes down to putting him on the waiver wire or other guys I am holding like Carrasco, Hughes, Paxton, and Petit (for next start at least). Would be looking to either find a streaming option or maybe some options for my offensive players.

        Love yas!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d lose Kazmir in most leagues, he’s a streamer at this point

  39. Lee says:
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    H 2 H playoffs are over next Sunday the 21st. Should I drop Rollins? Picked up Betts who has SS eligibilty in yahoo. Also is Qualls worth holding for the next week and a half? You didn’t cover his “minor injury”. Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lee: Yes, Betts… No, lose Qualls

      • Lee says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey. Fields or Romo?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Fields

  40. Magnitude says:
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    H2H playoffs, gonna be pretty tight in WHIP, ERA, Ks and wins. I like my group of SP, I just don’t want to run anyone out who is too risky. Any problem starting Porcello vs KC or Shoemaker @ TEX today? SON was pretty meh on both.

    • Phil of the Future says:
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      @Magnitude: I’d start Shoe

  41. Bruce says:
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    hey do I have permission to drop Jay Bruce?

    I mean he’s not gonna like hit five home runs next week or anything and win the other guys championship for him right? RIGHT???!??

  42. Carlos? says:
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    What do you think of Carrasco’s start at the Tigers on Friday? I know SON doesn’t like it but he’s been pitching incredibly well recently.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Carlos?: I’d start him

  43. Clint says:
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    Would you drop either Gray or Salazar for Big Erv in a h2h pts league?

    • Tony Mags says:
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      @Clint: I dropped Gray for Hutchinson today

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: For Ervin Santana? Why?

  44. Tony Mags says:
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    Start Shields today in Detroit? Not really liking this match-up, even though Shields has thrown well recently.

  45. Birdis says:
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    Yahoo H2H 1yr League (10 teams)
    Batter Stats: R, H, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OBP, SLG

    Currently in the Semi-Finals this week and debating on dropping cold big names for hot schmotatoes. Has Puig reached droppable status (even for the most important last 2 weeks of the H2H playoff?) for guys like Leonys or Arcia?

    Also… how would you rank these MI guys for the rest of this week and next: A.Cabrera, Mercer, Bogaerts, Valbuena

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Birdis: Sure, depends on needs… Leonys for speed, Arcia for power… Bogaerts, Asdrubal, depends on needs

  46. sniff test says:
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    vogelsong today at home vs. Collmenter AZ? SON says 12.6

    • sniff test says:
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      i have to protect my whip.. Santana lashed that last night.

  47. Phil of the Future says:
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    What up G.
    Can you believe we have reached a point where I am looking at my potential lineup for next week and considering benching Puig and Bruce for Adam Lind and Brad Miller? WTF?

    Also, for a player who is playing like a shell of himself. I thought of the word facsimile, long form of the word fax, as in fax machine(i know you know that already). And then i came up with Crapsimile. Bit of a reach, but I figured I’d try. I’m bored this week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Phil of the Future: Not surprising… Yeah, bit of a reach…No more than Play-Doh which didn’t even make sense on reflection… How about refacktion?

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Shitty putty?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not crazy about it…

        • Phil of the Future says:
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          @Phil of the Future: I know you don’t do bad words I just thought it was funny.
          And don’t be so hard on yourself btw. This is a very stressful time of year!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha… I’ll try!

            • Phil of the Future says:
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              @Grey: Good. We’ll go grab some brisket and latkes and this will all blow over….

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Great idea!

                • Phil of the Future says:
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                  @Grey: Pick you up at 7? Or are you west coast folks asleep by then?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Let’s do it!

                    • Phil of the Future says:
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                      @Grey: Done. Next time I’m in Cali I’m taking you out for brisket.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Don’t make promises you can’t keep!

  48. Shoe Gum Reynolds says:
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    I say yea to Play doh! I think you should have us vote for the Play Doh All-Star team this year. I’d like to nominate Kipnis (bum lat since April), Hop-a-long Trumbo, that really ugly 2-month apparition that the Reds swore was Joey Votto, and of course the man who we all only really know by his play-doh image….Coco Crisp.

  49. Jayrod Ceol says:
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    Grey!! Do you believe in Drew Hutch this evening? Player rater does!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jayrod Ceol: SON does, not PR… I’m streaming him

      • Jayrod Ceol says:
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        @Grey: Ahh yeah lol SoN! Alright!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  50. Wilsonian says:
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    Would you be comfortable in having 4 closers for the Playoff run? I currently have Rodney, Allen, Melancon, Storen, and Mujica. Would you dump Mujica for a streamer spot and roll with those other four, or would you prefer to use someone like Minor or Liriano for your streamer dump?

    8 Team H2H – W, QS, SV, KS, KS/9, ERA, WHIP

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilsonian: Yes, roll with other four… I’d go with a streamer

  51. MooseOutFront says:
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    Braun replacement, regardless of needs
    Crisp, Rajai, B Miller, A Garcia, Arcia?

    uggh I need another Kennys available.

  52. J-FOH says:
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    Do I have to say nothing or write nothing? Im confused

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-FOH: You’ve covered both in your own way

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: I was confused by the play-doh/sill putty controversy because one is for making copies and the other is a salty delicious snack

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I goofed by saying Play-Doh was the kid’s toy that makes copies, it’s Silly Putty… I will forever live in shame….

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: you can make it up with a tinker toys or lincoln logs drop. Like I could build a house with all the lincoln logs Verlander has dropped on my ratios this year!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Meh

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: im not trying for a term damnit. Just giving you encouragement. You can bounce back. Speak and spell it out like homer

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh, thanks!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: damn,you are depressed. Do I need to bring you a pastrami from the oinkster?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sure

  53. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    “Braun’s got more men’s health issues than Ricky Martin” is just so good. He only reads it for the articles, though.

  54. MooseOutFront says:
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    Grey, I assume you’re cool with Peavy’s start vs AZ tomorrow? SON calls it $20.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @MooseOutFront: damn, who ever would’ve thought SON would’ve given peavy a 20 this year.

  55. Hondo says:
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    I dropped KRod for Storen last night.Am I going to Hell(not that I’m not bound for there anyway).

    Thoughts,oh mighty ‘stache?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds fine

      • Hondo says:
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        @Grey: TY.Pops got transferred from the hospital to a rehab place last night.
        I wasn’t sure I was thinking clearly.

        Will you be my new Dad?LOL

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          If you’ll take care of me too…

          • Hondo says:
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            @Grey: You’ll have to fork out the $ for the Depends.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha!

  56. Hal Incandenza says:
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    There have been three or four similar recent examples where I had a thought about something and then read you make a similar reference. Just yesterday I thought a team in my Holds league might cleverly be named Maness Boys (with a nod to Seth Maness). It’s cool and yet kinda creepy. Get out of my head, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      My bad!

  57. Kevin says:
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    Need to drop Ackley.

    Looks like you like Grandy over Crawford but what about Lagares or Blanco?

    I’m down 2 SB, tied in 2B/HR/R/RBI so I really like Lagares/Crawford but Blanco and Granderson have been raking.

    Thanks as always!

    -Kevin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Lagares

      • Kevin says:
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        Wait for Gattis to come back @Grey: Thanks Grey. Sorry one more.

        Wait for Gattis to come back or pick up Blanco, Crawford or Grandy?

        I think I gotta drop him…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Grandy

  58. J-FOH says:
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    Like many of us I hate the bastard child of fantasy football, H2H baseball. But I have noticed an overwhelming amount of H2H comments this year. I think you should consider some H2H razzball leagues for next year.

    Wow, now I feel like puking after making that suggestion. Now excuse me while I go beat the crap out of myself for writing this. Cram, come over and break my hands so I can’t type…..bring your hammer and a bottle of Whiskey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s just you’re only reading comments during the heavy H2H period when playoffs are going on

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: bah. Less roto regulars more guys into head this year.

      • Jackie Treehorn says:
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        H2H is more popular. Maybe you should take a poll.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Prolly is… I don’t enjoy it as much…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We do a poll in the beginning of the year, I forget the results…

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Grey: it was still more roto i think,but there might also be enough roto quitters to thin the overall ranks by now. Roto quitters at least don’t increase the luck of late season as much as H2H quitters, who’s lack of lineup setting actually determines entire playoff entries simply due to who gets to play them late in year and who doesn’t.

  59. Mike says:
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    Drop Holland for Storen for the playoff push?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  60. Chicken Dinner says:
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    There’s no Robbie Ross senior because he realized the mistake he made cut his branch right off that family tree.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  61. mraccoe says:
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    12 Team Keeper league and I really want to drop Wil Myers to stream pitching. Would you keep him over any of the following hitters next year?

    Freeman, Arenado, Dickerson

    Thanks again as usual

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lose him

  62. FillyP says:
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    12t 7×7 H2H keeper (OBP/XBH + QS/IP)

    Picking up Petit instead of Salazar was $$$ ! My opponent grabbed Salazar, making it even sweeter. Thanks!

    I have an early lead on ratios (1.08/0.90 in 16.2 IP + 2 W, 2 QS vs. 7.27/1.96 in 8.2 IP). I have 8 starts left (Odorizzi, Kluber, Roark, Peavy, Quintana, Wada, Carrasco, Petit) .. and my opponent has 10 starts left (Stras, Cueto, Fiers, Waino, Paxton, Hamels, Ryu, A. Wood, Salazar, Garza).

    Given that, should I bench Odorizzi today? Or do I need to just roll with what I have at this point and hope for the best? His road splits are terrible.. that said, it would put me at 7 vs. 10 starts. I have one move left this week, opponent has two. Danke.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      bench Odorizzi

    • FillyP says:
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      @FillyP:

      As a follow-up, S.O.N. doesn’t like Odorizzi’s start (4.79/1.42) but he wasn’t terrible last time in the Bronx – 5.2 IP, 8H, 3 ER, 4:1 K:BB (July 3). Leaning toward rolling with him..

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d sit him

        • FillyP says:
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          @Grey:

          Stras’ day is done. Here’s how our match-up shakes out right now:

          16.2 IP, 2 QS, 17K, 1.08/0.90, 2 W
          14.2 IP, 1 QS, 19 K, 6.14/1.64, 1 W

          I’ve got 8 starts (w/ Odorizzi) left vs. his 9. Still in my best interest to sit him and try to preserve the ratios? The age old quantity vs. quality debate…

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            I would sit him

  63. Schoolboy P says:
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    Last stream of the year, pick one please:
    I will also consult the S-O-N

    Peavy vs ARI
    Holland vs ATL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peavy

  64. Steve Stevenson says:
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    6×6 (OPS & QS), I’m on bye this week. We get 6 moves/wk so I can use mine to prepare for the semis as my potential opponents are burning all of theirs to stream against each other. Because of the addition of QS, many teams go with a SP/stream-heavy strategy. One potential opponent carries 12 SP and streams from there, and the other carries 9 SP and 3 middling closers and also streams, so they both regularly end up with 16+ starts/week.

    Around midseason I decided to take a different tack than the other owners because I didn’t spend heavily on SP in the draft and found myself unable to outstream them. But I did have a powerful offense, and built it further, and decided to go for ratios and SV every week with ~6 SP, a few closers and a MR or 2, and hope my offense could carry 4-5 cats (I have no speed). Haven’t lost in 3 months, but that included a lot of 7-5 type victories.

    But now with some breathing room, I may be able to have a little bit of the best of both worlds, or at least frustrate their streaming. Here’s what my staff is shaping up as for next week:

    deGrom – vMIA Mon.
    Odorizzi – vNYY Mon., vCWS Sun.
    Cobb – vNYY Tue.
    A. Wood – vWAS Wed.
    Bumgarner – @ARI Wed.
    Wada – vCIN Wed.
    Gray – vPHI Fri.
    RP – Storen, Rondon, K-Rod, W. Davis

    Thinking of dropping Kipnis (bench bat, probably won’t play for me next week with Cano at 2B for 7G and my Util slot filled with better players) and K-Rod (useless lately, blew up again last night) for SP. Who which 2 would you grab out of the following?

    Miley vSF (Vogelsong) Mon. – SON 7.6 (2nd start @COL, so I wouldn’t hold)
    Vogelsong @ARI (Miley) Mon. – 3.7 (2nd start @SD, so I may hold)
    Gee vMIA (Eovaldi) Tue. – 12.6 (no 2nd start)
    Eovaldi @NYM (Gee) Tue. – 7.4 (2nd start vWAS)
    Buchholz @PIT Wed.
    Hand @NYM Wed.
    Petit @SD Fri. or Sat. (will probably get picked up for his Sun. start this week if I don’t grab him in the next day or 2)

    Also, after deGrom’s Monday start, would you drop for a streamer (the above are indicative of the best that’s typically on the wire), or hold for a potential finals start @WAS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Petit, Gee…Yes, drop deGrom too…

    • Snacks13 says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: I am doing the same thing… I haven’t started an SP in the playoffs and am rolling with Davis, Betances, Britton, Papelbon and Street.

      Helps to have Miggy, Cano, Cruz and Abreu (also Tulo before he got hurt) to anchor the offense.. It allows me to keep a bunch of bench bats and maximize ABs.

      Cool to see someone else using that strategy! Good luck

  65. MarvPesos

    Marv says:
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    10-tm H2H cat Keeper (keep 12 of 24) semi finals
    With Braun hurt, I’ll move him to the bench, I’m going to pick up a batter and a hitter, but also need to drop 2
    Willing to drop (2 of): Ian Kennedy, H. Kuroda, G. Polanco, Maybe J.Bruce
    Pick up 2 of:
    H- K. Calhoun, E. Hosmer, C.Crawford, L. Martin,
    P -Y.Petit, S. Kazmir, J. Lackey, D. Smyly, J. Hammel

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kuroda, Kennedy… Calhoun, Petit

  66. Frank White says:
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    Hey Grey… Who o you like better for Friday, Jose Quintana vs Hughes @CHW or
    Vidal Nuno vs Stults @(ARI)??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Quintana… Nuno…

      • Frank White says:
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        which one you like better to stream??

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Quintana

          • Frank White says:
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            Thanks!!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  67. John E Depth says:
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    Looking ahead at matchups for my H2H playoffs next week… Thanks in part to you, was able to grab a bye this week…

    Arismendy SS
    Mon vs Simon CIN
    Tue vs Cueto CIN
    Wed vs Latos CIN
    Thu vs Greinke LAD
    Fri vs Kershaw LAD
    Sat vs Hernandez LAD
    Sun vs Haren LAD

    vs Jose Ramirez
    Mon Peacock @HOU
    Tue McHugh @HOU
    Wed Tropeano @HOU
    Thu Oberholzer @HOU
    Fri Milone @MIN
    Sat May @ MIN
    Sun Gibson @ MIN

    It seems to me that Arimendy is the better power/speed combo, but he faces a lot of good pitching next week. The Asstros and Twins pitching is crap… minus Mchugh of course. Thinking of using Jose Ramirez instead of Arismendy, esp with Ramirez batting second in a better lineup. Both seem to be playing everyday and are switch hitters, thereby avoiding a platoon like your boy Brad Miller, whom I also considered. Should I drop Arismendy for Jose Ramirez? Thanks as usual.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds like it make sense to switch

  68. Kevin says:
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    H2H playoffs, he’s got 14 starts remaining and I’ve got 10.

    Sit Odorizza and/or Simon for ERA/WHIP? I think W (+1 currently), QS (+1) and Ks (+15) are going to be touch to catch…Odorizzi’s actually been pretty good in 3 of his last 4 road starts, stream-o-nator hates Simon.

    Thanks!

    Kevin

    • Kevin says:
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      @Kevin: Jeez, I lied, he’s got 9, I’ve got 10. I’m thinking role the dice with both…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, then yeah start both

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sit both

  69. papasmurf says:
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    Choochoo McWho. The little engine who could.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  70. Fungazi says:
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    Start Porcello vs KC, Simon vs StL, or Shoemaker @ Tex? I was just going to sit Simon, but streamo hates them all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start Shoemaker and Porcello

  71. Tracy says:
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    I am trying to reach the finals in my 10 team 5×5 [OPB & QS] H2H league battling the #1 seed. It’s an 8 player keeper league and neither Rizzo nor Braun will go on the DL [damn roster expansion]. I had been running 1 spare bat [using Rizzo], but now with Braun down in probably have to drop Braun or lose. Any thoughts you might have would be appreciated.

    Batters: D’Arnaud, Cano, Betts-only players at their positions, Bautista, Encarnacion, Braun, Hamilton, Soler, C Davis, A Jones and Rizzo
    SP: Felix, Cueto, Iwakuma, Shoemaker, McHugh, Petit, Stroman, and Fiers
    RP: Kimbrel, Melancon, Cishek, and Casilla

    I am not going to drop Rizzo, so I either bat only 9 or drop a pitcher. If so, which one?
    By the way, Shoemaker, McHugh, Petit, Stroman and Fiers are all FA pickups based on your recommendations, as most of my drafted SP fell by the wayside. They have definitely helped carry the load.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fiers

      • Tracy says:
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        Thanks once more. Hopefully Braun will redeem himself next year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

          • Tracy says:
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            @Grey: Thoughts on possible replacement batters? Battling in HR and steals [tough combo] and the following are available:

            Blanco, Flowers, Viciedo, Mercer, Odor, Wong, Jose Rameriez, Leonys Martin, Jordan Schafer, Navarro, Pagan and McGehee.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Martin

  72. The_Red_Mist says:
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    Looking to replace Rollins while he is (who replaced Tulo, FML)injured. Here’s who’s available. Jean Segura, Asdrubal Cabrera, Josh Rutledge, Jose Ramirez, Mookie Betts, among other waiver bait. Who spooks I snag?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts

  73. Dave

    Breddy says:
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    I know I’m coming to the post late, but when the hell will Hanley get a damn batting helmet that fits?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  74. Spyre says:
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    Hey guys so I’m helping a friend throw this week’s H2H points game to screw with the playoff seeding. Also for the lolz.

    What are the worst pitcher matchups to stream this week? I tried yesterday with Trevor May, and streamonator’s -$10 prediction completely backfired.

    I’m going to try Harangotang today vs WAS. Any other terrible start suggestions? I can pick up 3 more, and need to lose over 40+ pts for this to work

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure, I’d look at SON

  75. Henry says:
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    Great write-up as usual!

    In the middle of playoffs. Drop Braun for any of the following?

    Cuddyer, A. Jackson, Beltran, Chisenhall, Granderson, Bogaerts, or Panik?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander

  76. Carnac says:
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    Today makes the third straight time King Rajai has abdicated his throne vs RHP. Winter is coming. Who knew Don Kelly was a White Walker.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Fickin LL Donkey!

  77. Moscowitz says:
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    Start Oddorizi @NYY? He doesnt have a good track record against them as current yankees roster is batting .375 against him.

    The other option is to sit Oddorizi for Betances and go for the hold.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go with Betances

  78. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Looks like quite a bit of rain in Detroit.. Anyone local think they’ll get the game in tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hope so, have no idea though

  79. Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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    If I ever see K-Rod in person, I’m going to pin him down to the ground and take a shit on him. And when he asks me why am I defecating on him, I will tell him, it’s because he took a massive shit on my pitching ratios in the first round of my fantasy baseball playoffs, consequently ending my championship run.

    Ok, it’s only Wednesday but it’s not looking good this week. Even if I go 6-6, I don’t have the tie breaker. #firstworldproblems

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

      • Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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        @Grey: I had a good start from Jon Lester, but my opponent had starts from Stroman and Petit.. So yea, this might be the bitter end.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Keep ya head up, Tupac

          • Ron Swanson's Stache says:
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            @Grey: Thanks Grey. 5 more days left. I just feel a little behind the 8 ball since I only have 1 move left. But we shall see…

  80. Big Money Matt says:
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    Hey guys and 4 girls,

    I just inherited a 6×6 dynasty team with David Wright, Choo, and Jordan Zimmermann. None of whom I’m totally crazy about. What are some good trade targets with next year in mind? Have already tried Wright straight up for Arenado.

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wright, Choo and Zimmermann for Frazier?

  81. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Adrubal or Xander? Thanks bud keep up the good work.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander

  82. Brade says:
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    silly putty player suggestion: a “slump double” — a stunt double who slumps.

    “I thought I drafted Pedroia, but I ended up with his slump double.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad, I think we can do better, I’m going to put it to suggestions tomorrow… (If we don’t get anything today)

    • JeF With 1 F says:
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      @Brade: Yup…i said that earlier but i didnt type it, so if you like this grey full credit goes to me…if not i never typed it.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        You gotta put it on the board, like Hawk.

        • jef with 1 f says:
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          @Grey: Ha

  83. These Ho's aint Loyal says:
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    Drop wright for Panik Bogaerts or Viciedo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Xander

  84. jef with 1 f says:
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    Glossary Term
    Roster imposter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, I think we can do better

    • J-FOH says:
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      @jef with 1 f: I think thats fausto carmona

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @J-FOH: good call

  85. J-FOH says:
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    so I was looking over the silly putty remark and we are looking for a term that reflects a hitter who is 50% of what he is suppose to be…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: cool, making sure we weren’t looking for a poor copy of something like when they re-made can’t buy me love and called it love don’t cost a thing

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thang!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: Since I enjoy playing this game because like craps, I never win but enjoy the ride:
            Half mast bat?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I don’t think that works…

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: Invasion of the Batty Snatchers

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s a bit long

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: thats what she said!

                    you can shorten it to IBS

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      IBS — ha! I do like that, I mean, well you know…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: im forwarding that to my employee file.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Give it to Sky, he tends to that sorta thing

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: sky is totally human resources

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yup, and first to break the rules…

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: he gets playboy drunk

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, don’t take him to Zankou!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: damn you, now I want Zankou

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Talking hip hop with Nick

    • jef with 1 f says:
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      @J-FOH: like Danny devito in twins

  86. gareth says:
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    Its wetter than the Gym in the first week of the biggest loser in Cleveland right now.

    Game called. DH tomorrow.

  87. gareth says:
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    Early game today so can’t reset lineups.

    Is there a glossary term for that?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: F**cked On Rain Delay or FORD for short

      • gareth says:
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        @J-FOH: Its a rain out, so that’d be FORO!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @gareth: work with me welshcat…it’s delayed til another day

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not yet

  88. gareth says:
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    Who’d have thought a fantasy rotation of keuchel, degrom, McHugh, kluber and Miguel Gonzalez would be so dominant?

    What’s that razzball mantra from the beginning of the year?

    “Pitching is sooo deeeeep……..”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • prez says:
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      @gareth: pitching is soooo deep… Except on the roster i named my team that…. Meowww

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Hehe

  89. gareth says:
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    G3!

  90. gareth says:
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    With no Indians game downtown tonight I’m going to catch up on downton abbey and make a delicious stew.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @gareth: sounds cliche….lamb or rabbit?

      • gareth says:
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        @J-FOH: vegetarian!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sounds very British

  91. nick the dick says:
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    Hip Hop Line Of The Day:

    I’ma do you all a favor, bring it back to the funk,
    When I rhyme for ya, flow so good and beats bump,
    You a rhyme hoarder, got alot of shit but it’s all junk,
    Why do all these rappers sound like Alvin and the Chipmunks? I’m stumped,
    I haven’t a clue what to do,
    All these trends just aint me and shouldn’t be you,
    Like, wearing thick glasses with no perscription in em,
    Man I take offense to that cuz I have terrible vision,
    And when I rocked em in middle school, you’d mock and ridicule,
    But a rapper wears em and you copied didn’t you?
    Ya profile, unoriginal, no style,
    If you wanna waste ya time with that bullshit, go wild,
    But it must be a horrible prank,
    That these dudes think it’s cool to dress like Carlton Banks,
    Ya gotta be kidding me man,
    You should say sorry, and thanks,
    For still making real music when the rest of you aint,
    You’re very welcome….
    Yo i’m one of a kind, and i’m kinda the one,
    I aint hard to find, don’t find it hard to make fun,
    Of the new and unimproved rapper, dressing all dapper,
    And you allll say swagger like you allll really have it,
    Talkin bout,
    Brands of clothes only ya girl should know, weirdos,
    Braggin bout expensive fabric, need to stop it,
    Only reason that you know em cuz you so deep in the closet,
    Get it twisted and i’ll slap you like a Bop It,
    With some whipped cream and cherry still couldn’t top it,
    Put a dick in ya throat,
    Ya think this shit is a joke?
    I see you riding on a bike i’d throw a stick in ya spokes,
    Because I hate ya music more than Mel Gibson hates the Jewish,
    And I think that spending money on some jewelry is foolish,
    You can barely write,
    When my words deep like Tone Loc talking to Barry White,
    Damn he’s nice, now,
    The only thing I hate more than rap nowadays is mayonnaise

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Nice! Who is it?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: take a guess. Keep in mind I fucking hate mayonnaise with a fiery passion.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha… Love that last line… Nice job, man!

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: make sure you sign me as the first artist on Razzball Records

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Can you work on a song with Kross? We already got him…

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Kris Kross? Christopher Cross? Ric Kross? Whoever that is, sure, we’ll start working on Symphony part 3

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha… Yo, Marley Marl, bring that beat back one more time! Is Marley Marl still alive? Serious question…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: haha suprisingly enough he is. Did an album with KRS prob 5 years or so back. Not sure who thought a couple of 50 year old guys making hip hop records was a good idea…

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Hip hop is only as old as you feel, dawg… And old rappers still use, dawg, dawg…

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: yeah well he also still says di di di dah di di di day and makes the crowd go hey so i guess youre right

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Member Erase Racism? That was my jam!

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: ha ya kool g rap right? Kool G is the best, top 3

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Rated XXX… Top ten song of all-time? I think it might be

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: i had to go watch that, forgot Big Daddy on it too, Biz on the hook haha classic shizz

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, Biz kills all credibility about it being taken serious… He’s a goof, and they have him doing a message chorus… Ha!

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: haha yeah, hell they shoulda had KRS on the hook and maybe i wouldnt have had to laugh during your positive message. Rated xxx the album, not song right? Its def up there, so good, but its hard to say when just he has had so many good ones. I love road to riches and 4,5,6 and my favorite might just be roots of evil. He might have a couple joints in that top 10 list. Ranking albums and songs is dicey, its all real subjective but as long as their in the convo it shows how good they were

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Streets of NY, Rags to Riches and Rated X… Classics… Has anyone ranked a top 100 like Rolling Stone ranked all songs?

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: top 100 hip hop songs? Not sure but i’d imagine so. Prob wouldnt agree with all of it though i would think

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, probably a lot of people have… I remember about 20 years ago, my friends and I ranked top ten rappers… I put Ice Cube at number one (this is the stupid shizz I remember)…. Up until Check Yo Self, crazy the amount of great songs he had…

  92. jef with 1 f says:
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    Vern pedroia as in Vern troyer as in mini me as in 50% of me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, but it’s not just him… What if the player is of normal human height?

  93. royce! says:
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    Counterfeiter? Counterhitter? Counterfhitter? Can’t figure it out but just glad I didn’t draft Pedrioa…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… Me too!

  94. goodfold2 says:
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    bench mendy or baez? TRON says bench mendy, but everyday but yesterday out of last 20 or so that wouldn’t be right.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mendy

  95. CatalinaWineMixer says:
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    I know hes coming back but would you drop Perkins for Storen?

    Pick one:

    Arrietta, Stroman, Carrasco, Bucholz, Matzek?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure… Arrieta

      • CatalinaWineMixer says:
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        @Grey: Thanks, that’s what I was thinking too Arrieta has been a revelation this year might as well try and ride it through the playoffs.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @CatalinaWineMixer: it’s the MF’ing Catalina wine mixer!

  96. jef with 1 f says:
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    I GOT IT!!! Preziii…he appeared to be half the man we thought he was before selfie Friday

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That seems more for when CC or Pablo Sandoval lost 125 pounds on Atkins…

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @Grey: Ha ha

    • prez says:
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      @jef with 1 f: i dont get it? You thought i was a fat guy? I do love me a good moob or 3…

      • jef with 1 f says:
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        @prez: yea. Your old avatar led me to believe you were large…actually I pictured you as j-foh…strange

        • prez says:
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          @jef with 1 f: haha seems legit… I have that fat guy vibe, i feel it.

  97. gareth says:
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    Wow. It’s really raining Cats and the enemy in Cleveland right now.

    Wet tail!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Mmm, wet tail stew

  98. goodfold2 says:
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    jesus odorizzi, get yr shit together. damn.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  99. SteveNZ says:
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    Jeez, just couldn’t bring myself to stream Hutch. Should have had more to drink before setting my lineup last night.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I streamed him and Lackey… Should’ve forgotten about Lackey

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @Grey: Related: I’m worried that being in the same time zone as the actual games is going to throw me for a complete loop.

        Baseball for me starts at 11 in the morning.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, that’s like when I go to New York in the summer… So used to games starting at 4 PM or 7 PM… When they start at 10 PM it’s a nightmare…

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Grey: End of next week I’ll be there. Seems hard to believe.

            • SteveNZ says:
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              @SteveNZ: I sound like someone from a Pan-Am ad from the 50s who’s just heard about air travel.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                There’s men stewardesses now, Steve, be careful what you say…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              We should get together!

              • SteveNZ says:
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                @Grey: Only if there’s a game on.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Have you ever been to a MLB game?

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Nope.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oh my god, I’m excited for you now, this is gonna be awesome!

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Just been trying to figure out who will be starting. Was hoping for Kershaw, obviously, but looks like it might be Ryu – but I’m not much good at figuring out rotation order.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Against who? Any guesses?

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: Well, I said Ryu cos he goes on the 12th and the 22nd is two lots of five days, obviously. The Giants pitcher on that schedule is Mad-Bum :-)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      That’s solid… Hopefully Puig shows up…

                  • SteveNZ says:
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                    @Grey: I’m just hoping I can get something with Don Drysdale on it at the merchandise store.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @SteveNZ: after years of sports gambling and fantasy leagues and being from/living in the central time zone, when i’ve actually visited eastern zone i’m all screwed up. I’ve made myself nearly instinctually used to assuming when i see time i think 7 means 6, etc. Being in the default time zone completely messed with me.

    • prez says:
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      @SteveNZ:i went haren instead… Didnt have the balls to put cosart in either. Even tho i seen grey saying to start him.. Shame on me!

      • SteveNZ says:
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        @prez: Curse you and that Haren stream! You stole my WHIP and ERA points!

        • Prez says:
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          @SteveNZ: gotta beat nacho, steve! cant let the guy who possumed his way into the league place higher than me..

          do you guys have possums in new zealand?

          • SteveNZ says:
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            @Prez: Yeah – and they’re a damn noxious pest! Eat native flora and fauna – hate the possum!

  100. spm7189 says:
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    Hey Grey I got a quickie for you – Henderson Alvarez was dumped to the waivers after the injury by one of the panicky teams in my league. I want to pick him up along with maybe Marcus Stroman (also on waivers) but I’m not sure at all who to drop for either of them. My rotation looks like:
    SP – C. Carrasco
    SP -J. Paxton
    SP – C. McHugh
    SP – H. Iwakuma
    SP – D. Holland
    RP – F. Rodriguez (yikes!)
    RP – S. Casilla
    P – N. Feliz
    P – E. O’Flaherty
    Bench – C. Archer
    Bench – E. Santana
    Bench – S. Gray

    Archer and Gray have been pretty much unstartable the last couple of weeks and Santana has been right up there with them. Honestly I’m just a little stumped and I don’t want to sit on my hands during my bye week. Any help would be appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d only pick up Alvarez if he had better matchups than someone else on my team…

  101. Steve Stevenson says:
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    SON’s understandably meh on Hutchison @ BAL Tuesday (5.2), and probably will be in the same range for his 2nd start @ NYY, but after tonight and his last few games would you throw him out there? 6×6 (QS)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I just dropped him

  102. gg says:
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    Cueto or Brantley in a keeper, same price

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brantley

  103. gg says:
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    uno mas por favor.. Dickerson or Brantley in a keeper?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Brantley

  104. nick the dick says:
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    Giancarlo steals. Ahhh I think it moved, and it’s not from my male masseur

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s the new avatar?

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: thats not a serious question right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The pic is crazy small on my end unless I go to the site… (I’m in the WordPress app)

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: its ok, I think all mustached people look alike.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Couldn’t stand the suspense… Rakim

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: its some guy who didnt get upset, but did kick a hole in my speaker, pulled the plug and then jetted

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, just went to look…

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: needed a rebuttle for Prez’s Mac Dre avatar

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              They’re not even in the same ballpark

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Sorry, prezzii, you know I love you!

                • nick the dick says:
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                  @Grey: dont be sorry, he knows.

                  • prez says:
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                    @nick the dick: i agree. Its okay grey.. I dont expect ppl to dig dre that much anyway! Alot of the stuff he says is bookers to anyone not from here..

                    The guy calls getting some strange “cock”.. Ill never refer to it as that tho.. Haha thats all him… Never understood why he called it that..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      ‘Strange cock?’ Haha

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @prez: ha i heard that in one of his songs, apparently means pussy? Cock means pussy. Thizz is a hell of a drug

                    • Prez says:
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                      haha yeah ill never refer to it as that.. but in his world, getting cock, was gettin pussy.. i dunno..

                      “all i could smell, was cock in the air, n i can tell how they stared, they was jockin a playa”

                      uhhh, what did you smell in the air, dre?

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @prez: well Snoop busts a nut and raises up off the cock and Cube hits hairy cock all night long so I guess there’s something to it. Sounds mighty odd to an east coast cat but so does every slang word at first. I know i’ll never say it that way.

                    • Prez says:
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                      on the east coast that would be “deadass fufu lame shit, B” right? “son”? “5”?

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @prez: damn skippy B, them other dudes be buggin wit dat bunk shit, straight lunchin. Only props to the playas gettin punani, thats that tight shit stop trippin

                    • Prez says:
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                      yo B, shit is buns son.. yo, deadass these cali boys is wylin!

                      hold up, let me tie my timbos..

                      see i can be from yonkers! no?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @prez: yup coulda fooled me! Hizzle bizzle shizzle wizzle dizzle yeeeeee ima get stupid when i clock that scrilla and gon dip with some cutty cock after i ghost ride this whip

                    • Prez says:
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                      haha, nailed it…

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @prez: your back and fourth made my night

  105. JoeG414 says:
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    Terry Collins lied to us: Collins did say that he plans to be conservative with Mejia down the stretch and added that he likely won’t use him in a save situation Wednesday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, managers lie, nonstop

  106. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Garcia or Cuddyer?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cuddyer

  107. Red Barons says:
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    I picked Rizzo back up today, but do you see him producing anything noteworthy ROS? Or should I re-drop him for Peavy? I know it’s based on needs at this point, but I’m battling for R, AVG, W, and ERA so it’s a tossup. This is a 5×5 roto redraft league.
    Thanks!

    • Red Barons says:
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      @Red Barons: Additionally: Peavy gets Arizona twice (home and away), Padres twice (home and away), and @Dodgers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d prolly go for Peavy, but have no idea who Rizzo is replacing on your team

      • Red Barons says:
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        @Grey: I’m playing matchups at this point. Pujols is my only other 1B (lost Fielder, Moss, and Rizzo this season…). Otherwise I would bench Andrus or Rajai for him.
        C – Castro
        1B – Pujols
        2B – Kinsler
        3B – Frazier
        SS – Alcides
        OF – Jones / Gordon / Lagares
        UTIL – Bruce / Andrus
        Bench – Rajai
        SP – Gray / Cobb / Fiers / Fister / Arrieta / Gio / Liriano / Hudson
        RP – Allen / Storen / Britton
        DL – Doolittle

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Rizzo there and lose Andrus

  108. Kid A says:
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    So painfully awkward watching Bo Porter forced to give analysis on the Stros game on MLBTV. Looks like he’d rather be eating glass. I love it.

    • Prez says:
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      @Kid A: unlinke you, where as, you would rather be eating ass….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA

  109. Prez says:
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    think im going to become a tamba bay fan or some shizz… A’s are so hard to watch…. indians! there ya go… think gareth will send me a hat or somethin? a cat sweater i can fit into?

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Prez: Gareth and Maureen Ponderosa merged to form the largest cat sweater manufacturer east of the Mississippi so i’m sure there is a sweater of a cat wearing an Indians sweater at least in the works

      • Prez says:
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        @nick the dick: that would be awesome…. not even joking.

        • nick the dick says:
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          @Prez: this is a serious matter we have on our hands. The people need these sweaters.

          • Prez says:
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            @nick the dick: people love cats… they love cleveland… and its cold there so they NEED sweaters..

            we cant lose…

            • nick the dick says:
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              @Prez: I think a heavy investment is the logical option here. I need a piece of that!

              • Prez says:
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                @nick the dick: the marketing ideas are endless… get johny manziel involved.. were golden….. B…

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Prez: a sweater of a cat wearing an Indians sweater *bows to screen*

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @nick the dick: good stuff, dead tooth reference.

  110. goodfold2 says:
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    use last weekly pickup on either nuno vs SD or grab J.Ramirez for steals (dropping either baez or alcantara, thinking drop is Baez, could use another OF guy in Mendy, more than 3rd SS/2B). I don’t need homers (up 6-1), nor bases (up 18). Steals tied 0-0, none from Mookie/Harrison/Jones/Gordon/Baez/Mendy yet.
    i have 6 starts
    Cobb/Fiers/Quintana/Wada/M.Gonzalez/Stroman
    to my opp’s
    Dickey/Kershaw/Ryu/Garza
    i am currently winning wins by 1, tied in losses, and down 4 K’s. My bullpen is Mejia/Familia/Casilla/Mujica (all the EEa’s)/K-Rob vs his Grilli/Street/Davis/Rondon/Allen/Betances.
    I could pickup other steals guys Lagares/Cain instead of Ramirez, but this would require me to bench Duda (not terrible thing when i’m already winning homers by 5).also ramirez has doubleheader tomorrow (don’t know if he plays twice though). Ramirez has better steals matchups than Lagares for ROW, MIN and DET vs WAS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, Ramirez

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