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Oh, I get it, it was a C lineup for a team whose B lineup ain’t an A lineup.  Understood, my dude, don’t be rude.  *smacks face*  No more rhyming and I mean it!  Anyone want a peanut?  But yesterday showed the flashes of greatness from Carlos Carrasco — 8 1/3 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 14 Ks, ERA at 3.29, and notched 200 IP for the first time in his career — that he is constantly hinting at, and I don’t want to end a sentence with at — dah!  If only he’d stop with the hinting.  Paint the corners — great!  Paint a picture of an ace — super!  But we’re not playing Pictionary here, stop with the hints!  He’s 30 years old already.  At what point is it no longer what he can do and rather this is who he is?  No question mark actually.  This is it methinks, I said dressed like a leprechaun.  Some amazing starts, some lackluster starts, some random DL stint, some of the parts is greater than whole.  Yes, I know I spelled sum wrong, don’t make me go back there!  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Psyche!  Before we get into my next-to-last roundup of the year — I know!  Sad face. — just wanted to reminded people to go sign up for our fantasy basketball leagues if you like to do the fantasy roundskin.  That’s what they call it, right?  Yeah, let’s say it is.  Anyway II, the roundup:

Jay Bruce – 1-for-4 and his 35th homer.  Once again, Bruce collapsed in the 2nd half of the season — 12 HRs, .240 vs. 23 HRs, .266.  Bruce is like a game of Jenga.  You pull out the center piece called “the All-Star Break” and he falls apart.

Jason Kipnis – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer, hitting .232.  Kipnis will be a bounce back candidate next year like one of those Superballs you bounce and have no freakin’ idea where it’s going.

Ervin Santana – 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 1 K, ERA at 3.28.  For those slow on the uptake, yes, Ervin had a lower ERA than Carrasco.  I know, I know, ERA means nothing, except it’s one of your freakin’ categories you’re losing in!

Brent Suter – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 3.42 vs. Sal Romano – 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.38.  Suter and Romano came out to a near-statistical draw, but Sutter Home and Romano makes a lovely picnic spread.  Here, I’ll feed you grapes, put your head on my lap.  Metaphorically, you weirdo!

Edwin Jackson – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  Well, he had a solid bounce back season, right?  Yeah, for ERA, at least, right?  I mean, he had a low ERA, right?  C’mon, agree with me so I can 180 on your face!  On August 29th, he had a 2.94 ERA, so it had to be a low ERA, RIGHT?!  You, “Fine, yes.”  Wrong, sucka!  His ERA is 5.21.  Nice September there, homey.

Sean Doolittle – 1 IP, 2 ER and his 1st blown save in Washington.  You can’t spell clutch without “You stupid clumsy non-Dutch jerk!”  I wouldn’t be surprised if Kintzler or Madson get a save this weekend if saves matter in your league still.  Though, if any save would matter, why aren’t Kintzler and Madson owned?  Ya know what?  I don’t need to know.

Josh Bell – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer and 2nd homer in as many games.  I picked him up yesterday just in case I had an opening in my lineup later in the day because of the early start time of games, but I couldn’t fit in Bell, and…Sonavabench!

Carlos Correa – 4-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 24th homer, and 3rd homer in two games.  Damn, someone’s bringing a fire emoji into the playoffs.

Marwin Gonzalez – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and hitting near-.425 in the last week.  Not sure if Marwin is available anywhere, or why he would be, but if he is, you got three days, get him!

Mitch Moreland – 1-for-3 and his 22nd homer, and 2nd homer in the last two games.  What a week for Mitches.  Now, there’s something you hear at least once a day.

Giancarlo Stanton – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 58th and 59th homer.  I took an art class earlier this year where we drew nude models, and no matter the model, the teacher would always comment on my coal drawings, “Why do they all look like Giancarlo Stanton?”  I lowered my piece of coal and looked up with my doe eyes and said, “It’s all I see,” then I whispered, “I love him.”

Dee Gordon – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 58th steal, and one behind Billy Hamilton for the NL and MLB lead.  All eyes will be on this race this weekend, it is like the Tour de France of America.  I will call it, Tore de Pants of running.

Dillon Peters – 5 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.17.  Apparently, the Stream-o-Nator wasn’t kidding with the Peters’ recommendation.

Julio Teheran – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.49.  The economy in Teheran did better this year than Julio.

Paulo Orlando – 2-for-3 and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Ugh, I saw he homered on Wednesday, and was like, “Meh, one homer all year isn’t worth mentioning.  Now, your handsome face is worth talking about!”  Then he goes and homers two games in a row.  That burns me up.  And I have no idea why.

Danny Duffy – 4 1/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 3.81.  Apparently, Duffy had enough-y of this season.

Matt Chapman – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  Shrieks with cries of pain, “You will never fill in for Matt Olson!  Never!”  By the by, the A’s should totally trade for Matt Kemp and Matt Adams this offseason.  Forget OBP, new Moneyball is Matts.

Sean Manaea – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.37.  Can the A’s get him to at least change his name to Sean Mattaea?

Wilson Ramos – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs, and his 11th homer, and 4th homer in the last two weeks.  I know catchers are about as exciting as Josh Groban, but Ramos is interesting to me for next year now that the shine is completely off him.

Corey Dickerson – 2-for-5, 2 runs, and his 27th homer, hitting .278.  I call this jpeg, “Where it went wrong,” from Corey’s Razzball Player Page:

 

Sonny Gray – 4 2/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 3.55.  That’s one way to end your season.  There’s also going into the playoffs with the hopes and dreams of 40 million meatheads riding on your shoulders and crapping the bed.  Betta not get mom’s spaghetti on your sweater.

Aaron Judge – 1-for-4 and his 51st homer, hitting .284.  Fun fact!  He’s so big he’s both the front and back for the donkey costume.

Greg Bird – 1-for-3 and his 9th homer, and his 3rd straight game with a home run.  I yelled hot schmotato alert for him yesterday, and, if I were doing a Buy/Sell today, Bird might be the lede, but Buy/Sells flew the Coupe de Ville.  Conspiracy Theory Alert!  Cadillac made the Coupe de Ville for Satanists, so they’d just call it a Coupe Devil-ee.  Maybe not, but MAYBE.

Brett Gardner – 1-for-2, 2 runs and his 21st homer.  I’m busy behind the scenes doing top 20’s for all position recaps that will be published next week, and, you might be surprised, Gardner’s had a Goddamn good season, said the Satanist in a Coupe de Ville.

Carlos Rodon – Could miss Opening Day after having shoulder surgery.  I just dropped him in my top 100 starters for 2018–Wait, I haven’t done those yet.

Tommy Pham – 2-for-4, 1 run and two steals (24, 25), hitting .311.  I just realized something, Pham has played all season like he owns himself in fantasy.  If only all players owned themselves.  I bet Brad Ziegler does, he’s straight nerdtastic.

Lance Lynn – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.43 vs. Kyle Hendricks – 5 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.03.  This game was just two pros going out there and showing why they’re pros.  Kidding, was just doing my best local Fox postgame announcer.  Then you’d have someone else agree on the field, “You’re so right, Todd, they are just pros.  So pro-ish.”  “Thanks, Chuck, pro-ish through and through.”

Ian Happ – 1-for-4 and his 23rd homer.  Don’t even get the Fantasy Master Lothario (don’t abbreviate it) started on what Happ’s numbers would look like with everyday playing time.

John Lackey – Could retire after the playoffs.  He’s debating staying home and eating apples without any hands.

   
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Fantastic write-up!!!

    a. This is the penultimate write-up, man! Sad emoji! But we’ll have all off-season to pine over the start of next season.

    b. Last night in a word, Hicks!!!

    c. Best of Rambo quote for September 29 from Rambo (2008) from September 8-10

    [Rambo saves the day and operates the heavy machine gun, killing many of the Burmese soldiers himself. The others join in. En-Joo dies in the battle. Lewis is heavily wounded.]

    School Boy: ‘The Karen rebels.’

    [Karen rebels help out to kill the rest of the Burmese soldiers.]

    Sarah Miller: ‘Michael? Michael? Michael? Michael? Michael! Michael! Michael!’

    Michael Burnett: ‘lt’s okay. lt’s okay. -Go help them, okay?

    Sarah Miller: ‘-Okay.’

    [Rambo waves goodbye to Sarah and Michael and walks off.]

    [Cue the queue of credits as Rambo finally comes full circle (stateside) to his father’s horse farm in Bowie, AZ.]

    d. Have a nice weekend!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! A. I know, sad C. Awesome!

  2. steve stevenson says:
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    10×10 H2H, 1 move left. I’m down in most hitting cats, up in most SP cats (and have 3 starts left vs my opponent’s 2), down 1 HLD and 2 SV. Sal Perez, who may not play this weekend, is my C and most of my other bats are slumping.

    Do I add: 1) a C; 2) a hot bat at any position; 3) a closer; 4) a setup man; 5) none of the above, see what the matchup looks like going into Sunday?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      5

  3. J-Hova says:
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    I can’t believe it’s already the final write up..

    II’m hanging on to first by 3 points in my ten team roto so i let my wife know that it’s going to be an anxiety filled weekend. Not sure i can stomach a second place and a Kylie Jenner pregnancy announcement in a two week span. What you guys do is amazing and I really appreciate it. Great writers, LOVE streamonator, DK optimizer etc. Anyone not subscribing to those features and not making money with Daily or winning leagues needs to subscribe. They pay for themselves. especially love your 90’s rap and pop culture references. Thanks again and good luck this weekend!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Final write up is on a Monday….. thanks for the kind words!

  4. Murph says:
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    Just a thank you Grey. Fantastic work all season – loved the podcast – had a lot of fun and got great advice. That’s pretty much why you do it right? That, and to keep the robots from taking over I assume….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

  5. A.A. Ron Rodgers says:
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    What are reasonable expectations for Bird going into 2018? I can keep him for $5 and trying to make some early keeper projections for my squad.

    • Hawk says:
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      @A.A. Ron Rodgers:

      He gets the double-barreled ** IF HE’S HEALTHY** disclaimer.

      If he’s healthy, he’s a .280 / 30 HR middle of the order bat.

      He hasn’t been fully healthy in two years.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      60/25/70/.250

  6. Cheese says:
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    Grey,

    Just want you to know that I killed my roto keeper league this year because of you. I’m talking 7/12 categories won outright. Biggest pick that resonates with me is Schoop. You’re the only guy out there that has been on him since 2015!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome! Congrats!

  7. JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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    Great season as always home boy…looking forward to cuddling up with you by the fire this winter, with your mustache tickling the back of my neck as you spoon me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, I’ll be here for your smooches!

  8. Sportive Tricks says:
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    Dearest Grey,

    This weekend always makes me sad. For seven months, I wake up in the morning, make coffee, and then laugh along with you for 45 minutes in the bathroom while I see, hear, and smell what I am convinced are signs of gluten sensitivity.

    Every year you tell me that you’re not going anywhere, that you post all offseason long. And I do check in from time to time, but its just not the same as when we’re together every day.

    Alas. Thanks for a great season, first place in my highly-competetive roto league looks out of reach, but with a little luck (and your help all season long) I should be able to land in one of the top three spots. $$$!

    You rule!!

    Love yas!!!!!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks homey! Crazy about you too!

  9. mets3145 says:
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    Here’s to Straily pitching ace-like tonight!

    • sportivetricks says:
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      @mets3145:
      These fingers are crossed

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed!

      • William Hung says:
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        @Grey: And can both Stanton and McCutchen cool down with their bats????? Both of those players are essentially carrying my opponents offensive stats

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

      • sportivetricks says:
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        @Grey:
        Ummmm. Errrrrrrr.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know

  10. Matt says:
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    Grey,
    Lame pitchers to stream. Rank please? Need wins
    Only 2 moves left for the weekend to use. Lively,gohara,Skaggs,Gibson,Boyd ??
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lively, Boyd

  11. The Baconator says:
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    Trust Ryu at all tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t

  12. Bob Sacamano says:
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    Thanks for everything you do. I’m in the H2H finals and it’s close. Going to trust the Streamonator for Chris Stratton ($9.6 vs SD) over Jhoulys Chacin ($3.2 vs SF). Godspeed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Good luck!

  13. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    The Cubs will not celebrate with Champagne showers in the playoffs, and will instead feed Lackey apples while they brush his mane.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha… they. should celebrate with a make out sesh with Joe Buck

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: I wouldn’t kiss Joe Buck after what Schwarber did to him.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Here’s a trick question for you: if Joe Buck has herpes what does Kyle Schwarber have?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: AIDS?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn, close!

  14. Don Bropre says:
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    knucks, thanks dog

    • knucks says:
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      @Don Bropre: You’re welcome, but not sure what for?

    • knucks says:
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      @Don Bropre: Dood. This is starting to affect my day.

  15. Mrs. Featherbottom says:
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    NICE! Played against Duffy and E-Rod yesterday in a match where we are close in Ks and Ws. Luckily for me, I had Doolittle with the blown save -> win. There should be a term for that BTW.

    • ET says:
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      @Mrs. Featherbottom: I think there is one. Is it “sphinctory” or something like that?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There is!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmm not loading for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It loaded now, Everyone had a coach like this right?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Yes, I had a hockey coach that called everyone a “net hanger” and then would take full on slapshots at us… We were 12.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I had a coach who used to line up the entire team against the outfield fence and then try and hit homeruns that was our fielding practice

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: Was your coach Tom Brunansky?

            Seriously though, that guys dick was so small he needed tweezers to pee.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              But at the time I swear to God he was like the coolest guy ever

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Grey: What did he drive?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Motorcycle, of course

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: That sounds about right.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I still kinda admire him

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Now that I think about it he was probably 18 years old at the time and we were nine and 10

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: Best Hockey coach I ever had was an American Indian and he smoked butts in the locker room.

            He was actually an awful coach, he used to let us make the lineups for him. My team was super talented so we won every game and everyone thought he was a genius.

            The next year he got a new team, and people were all up in arms that he was smoking and not making his lineups. Some people just can’t handle responsibility… I’m talking about the kids.

            • Grey

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              I feel like there’s a certain amount of leeway you have to give youth coaches… Smoke, drink, or in my case, my coach would drive his motorcycle into the dugout to keep it safe… Do you play fantasy hockey?

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Grey: No, I hate fantasy hockey. I don’t watch much of it, anymore. I got burnt out from doing nothing but playing from 11-20 years old.

                When I was 11-14 I was on three teams, there were days I had three games in a day. I pretty much quit all other sports to play hockey.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Did you play college hockey?

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: No, I played juniors for a year around here.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      My college was insane in hockey (BU), but I never went to one game (match?)…

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

                    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                    @Grey: I hate BU, my dad went to BC. Been to tons of games. I hate BU more than every NY team combined.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Honestly I hate it too, Silber was the worst, and what they did to Comm Ave is a disgrace

  16. JAL says:
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    Last q of year. Pick 2 starters for today. Gohara @MIA. Gibson v. DET. Gonzales @ LAA. Much appreciated my man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Gonzales

  17. Scandalous Bob says:
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    I have 5 SP’s throwing today. I’ve already got K’s locked up. But tight race in ratios. Would you start all 5 of these or sit any of them?

    Cole @ Was
    Bauer vs CWS
    Boyd @ Min
    Straily vs Atl
    Stephenson @ ChC

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      assuming Robert Stevenson has a B lineup against him, yes I would start all of them…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stephenson*

  18. Russell says:
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    Hey Grey top 3 streamers for this weekend:

    Gausman @ TB- Snell
    Snell v BAL- Gausman
    McHugh @ BOS- Sale (maybe)
    Chacin @ SF- Cain
    Davies v STL- Car Mart
    Urena v ATL- Fried

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snell, Davies, Urena

  19. Brian says:
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    I may need a streamer on sat or sun. 6×6 league with QS and k/bb. None are good options, but which is the least bad? Brault @ was, gossett @ tex, anibal @ min, despaigne v atl, or jackson stephens @ chc. can you rank them for me please?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Despaigne

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sorry: Despaigne, Brault, Anibal

  20. Gogulls says:
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    Thanks again for all the insight.
    Narrow lead heading into the wknd w/ slight edge in ERA and WHIP over second place team.
    Do I start Archer and Garcia both at home? Will get passed in K’s most likely if I don’t. How confident are you that neither blows up and ERA stays below 4

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not confident in Archer — but I’d start both and pray

  21. ebudz says:
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    10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
    W, L, SV, K, ERA, WHIP, QS

    Woo hoo Mister Grey this is it! Up 9-4 in my championship final but it’s close!

    I’m up 1 W, 1 QS, 2 Saves, 8 Ks and leading WHIP 1.12 – 1.43…

    Tied in L’s and trailing ERA 4.54 – 4.29 …

    1) From the guys I currently still own I’m trying to decide who is worth starting today and tomorrow:

    9/29
    Bauer vs. CHW (27.0)
    Morton @BOS (-2.9)
    Boyd @MIN (-1.3)

    9/30
    deGrom @PHI (24.8)
    Weaver vs. MIL (21.8)

    2) Now I’ve got 3 adds left so is it worth streaming 3 of the following:

    9/30
    Chacin @SF (3.2)
    Nolasco vs. SEA (0.7)
    J Garcia vs. TOR (-1.7)
    Sims @MIA (-5.6)
    McCullers @BOS (-8.2)
    Marquez vs. LAD (-24.5)

    10/1
    Snell vs. BAL (19.9)
    Pivetta vs. NYM (10.5)
    Tomlin vs. CHW (10.1)
    Lugo @PHI (-7.7)
    Mengden @TEX (-12.8)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bauer, Boyd, deGrom, Weaver, Snell, Pivetta, Chacin, if it comes down to it obviously check in after today

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Shweet, thanks! Once I use my last 3 adds on Snell, Chacin and Pivetta there won’t be much else I can do after today tho?

        Guess it will be a matter of deciding whether to start those 3 on Sunday or not? But you’re saying they’re the only 3 worth adding to at least own just in case and so obviously my opponent can’t get them then ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That is true, so may as well grab them now but wait to see if you’re starting them

          • ebudz says:
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            @Grey: Sounds good man! You rock!

            10 team Yahoo H2H 7×7
            R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG

            Now for bats today I’m trailing in HRs, Hits, and RBIs so assuming there’s no scratches here I have to bench one of these guys! Who sits?

            Castellanos @MIN [Gibson] (10.7)
            Rendon vs. PIT [Cole] (21.5)
            Harper vs. PIT [Cole] (49.2)
            D Santana @STL [Gant] (0.1)
            Haniger @LAA [Skaggs] (6.5)
            Pham vs. MIL [C. Anderson] (20.2)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Rendon

              • ebudz says:
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                @Grey: That’s what I had! Yay I’m almost as smart as Grey :p! hahah

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

  22. Robert Steinberg says:
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    Ricky Nolasco or Anibal Sanchez in a desperate attempt to squeeze out one more win in an AL only keeper league as I go for the improbable come from behind win. In the same keeper league, would the drop be Kyle Gibson or Marco Gonzales? And huge props for another great Razzball Season, Grey. Say hi to Ted for me if he’s around.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ted’s out with his buddies… I’d drop Gonzales first

      • Robert Steinberg says:
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        @Grey: is the pick up Nolasco or Anibal Sanchez?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What’s their matchups again?

          • Robert Steinberg says:
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            @Grey: Nolasco home against Seattle (Andrew Moore); Anibal at Minn (Bartolo).

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nolasco

              • Robert Steinberg says:
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                @Grey: thanks.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  23. GFY250 says:
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    Do you trust Tanaka at all today? Looking for at least 5 IP and a W.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I do trust him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t trust him, forgot it was a day game

  24. Gogulls says:
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    Keep 6 for next year in rounds specified. 27 is last round and slotted in accordingly.
    No brainers…
    Judge(27)
    Bellinger(27)
    Schoop(27)
    Then…
    Ervin Santana(27)
    Gio G(14)
    Aroldis(27)
    Knebel(27)
    Segura(11)
    Duvall(10)
    Nola(9)
    Hill(7)
    Reyes(27)
    Renfroe(27)
    Margot(27)
    What says you?

    • Gogulls says:
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      @Gogulls: 12 team league btw 3yr keeper contract

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chapman, Margot, Segura — could go a bunch of ways

  25. Scott says:
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    Would you start tanaka today if you need a qs or win, but also couldn’t afford a blow up to whip and era in a roto league? He sucks in day games and toronto just hit him pretty good last time. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Forgot it was a day game, nah, I’d avoid

  26. Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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    Grey, thanks for an amazing year!

    1. Today would you start Kyle Gibson home vs DET, Jon Gant home vs MIL, neither, or both?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem! I’d start Gibson

      • Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I’d go Gibson

  27. kenly0 says:
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    Cueto or A. Simmons for next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh… prolly Simmons

  28. Not your average Joe says:
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    I have to 1) Pick two guys to sit; and 2) Decide whether to start Straily.

    1) I’m tied in HRs, up 5 runs and like 10 RBIs,winning BA solidly, but losing SBs by 3. Hoskins is cold but facing Harvey. Merrifield warm but facing Greinke. So I’m leaning toward Merrifield being my first sit. Dare I make Machado my second one since he’s been cold and Odorizzi is finding his groove? Freeman because he too is cold? Bour because he’s facing a lefty (Gohara)? Hoskins because Hoskins? Who is my second sit?

    2) I’m up by 2 wins, 2Ks, 0.16 in ERA, and 0.12 in WHIP. My opponent has one SP left (Gausman) and one add that he can use on a starter. have Straily available today, Weaver tomorrow, and Cueto and Mengden on Sunday. Plus 2 adds left, though pickings are slim. Do I slot Straily for today at home against the Braves?

    12-team, h2h, 5×5, redraft.
    C – Realmuto; 1B – Freeman; 2B – Dozier; 3B – Machado; SS – Correa; OF – Merrifield, Pham, Teoscar; Util – Hoskins; Bench – Bour, Castellanos
    SP – Corbin, Weaver, Wood, Cueto, Mengden, Straily
    RP – Greene, Doolittle, Vizcaino, Holland, Nicasio

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoskins… been ice cold… start straily

  29. Dave says:
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    Thanks to the entire razzball team for these writeups. Theyre the best source for news and information that I can tell about to nobody.

    1) Will you guys ever go on Spotify with your podcasts?
    2) Do you find it annoying when owners, like me, who are out of it, continue to pick up streamers and position players in the hopes of a) beating other players in standings and b) perhaps finding a nugget for next season? keeper leagues
    3) any plans for the offseason?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1) Real question, why? Never looked into it 2) not at all 3) uze, writing… have a trip to Florida planned… you?

      • Dave says:
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        @Grey:

        I’m new to my Apple phone thingy world and not sure how podcasts work on iTunes…..I have Spotify and listen to some and like razzball.

        Off-season is my time to work…..teacher. More important than that….study study study for the final exam: draft day!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Offseason is my time to work too! Each podcast post we put up on the site, there’s a player there that you can listen to… Or open Podcasts on your iPhone, search Razzball and rate and review (and listen)!

  30. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I like when corny experts act like I don’t have redraft skills. Let these suckers know Albright!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who’s stepping to PR?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those bastards! Thanks for the kind words…Good luck!

  31. Tyler Magnus says:
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    no jorge polanco. dozier, buxton, grossman, kepler, and vargas are in there but rosario is 5/19 and escobar are 2/17 agianst Boyd. That being said do you start Boyd tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, start him

  32. down_shift says:
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    Herrro!
    Is Gohara’s start a yeah or a meh tonight?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start him

  33. JoeBuckYoSelf says:
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    IF Just Dong doesn’t miss the first half of the season do you think he takes the home run crown from Giancarlo?

    + or – 45 HR for JD next year?

    • JoeBuckYoSelf says:
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      @JoeBuckYoSelf: Sorry meant first *MONTH not half.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can’t imagine JD playing more than 130 games, but a solid 130 games

      • JoeBuckYoSelf says:
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        @Grey: Would you consider moving JD with his value being so high now?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Come to my newest post so I do’t have toggle between posts

  34. VictoriaB

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    Sad face.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Aw

  35. William says:
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    And Straily just shat all over my ratios

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So crappy

      • William says:
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        @Grey: since my championship is on the line, I feel like when Glavine f’d the Mets over in that season ending start

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahahaha

  36. herschel says:
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    Yo Grey….thanks for all the help this season. Hope you get to enjoy a double gulp margarita this off season…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, man!

  37. mets3145 says:
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    I need a starter to get below a 5 ERA , 1.5 WHIP and at least a 9 k-rate – am I rolling Chacin @ SF, Snell v. BAL (I have Gausman for this game as well), or Pivetta v. Mets

    I am 0-3 with SON this week, with my picks being Newcomb, Gausman, and Straily :(

    My opponent is rolling Lugo, Weaver, and Lester tomorrow – I am praying to the gods that Lester has an abbreviated outing and both Lugo and Weaver get hammered to help my cause

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pivetta

      • mets3145 says:
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        @Grey: My championship hopes could very well lie in the hands of Gausman, Pivetta, Cueto, and Montgomery…

        FML

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s scary

          • mets3145 says:
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            @Grey: I am praying Lugo and Weaver gets bombed, and Lester has an abbreviated outing

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I hear that, I wouldn’t mind it either

              • mets3145 says:
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                @Grey: I pulled back all my pitchers for today after I saw Weaver got bombed. Hopefully Lugo doesn’t become Cy Young tonight

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awesome, so not surprising

  38. Swfcdan says:
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    Promote which one from my farm next year if only one: Albies or Devers. Man Ozzie has been doing it all lately!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albies

  39. Packers says:
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    Ok Grey, You got me 4 championships out of 7 in my money leagues, plus the one RCL league. Thank you once again. Even though I won this 12 team roto dynasty league with the following pitching staff I don’t feel it’s a strong staff. Not much on the wire either. Do you see any moves you’d make? We start 10 so normally I do 7 SP and 3 Closers.
    Kluber
    Nola
    McCullers
    K. Hendricks
    Hill
    Faria
    L. Castillo
    Gausman
    Woodruff
    Mahle
    Jansen
    Rivero
    Brach
    Free agents available: Besides the regulars, A. Bradley, Birdwell, M. Minor, M. Montgomery,
    B. Parker, J. Wilson. I was thinking of grabbing a couple closers to set myself up for trade options.

    2. I have Cespedes on reserves and could lose one of ODB, KK, or M. Taylor to free up a spot. Of course this is for 2018.

    There isn’t much on the wire but maybe I get quantity I can trade a 2×1 to get quality.
    Thanks so much.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glad to hear you won some leagues! 1. I’d go Bradley over Mahle 2. Lose KK for Yoenis

  40. The JoGarza says:
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    Need a QS bad. One move left.

    Anibal @MIN has been great in last three but Twins have been hot. $-3 on SON

    Montgomery v CIN. Home starts always good but worried about his ability to go deep. $0.1 on SON

    Tomlin v CHW. King of the 5.2 starts but faces easiest of the three. $10 on SON

    Leaning Anibal in hopes of Twins resting their players before their Tuesday WC game.

    Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tomlin

      • The JoGarza says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks!

        • mets3145 says:
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          @The JoGarza: here’s to your SON fortunes being better than mine

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  41. mets3145 says:
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    Anyone else the biggest Red Sox and Blue Jays fans today? My opponent has Sale so I could really use the Red Sox clinching and make Sale irrelevant

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      After Sale’s last start you might want him pitching

      • mets3145 says:
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        @Grey: odds of him blowing up 2x in a row AND in a game the Red Sox must win??? I’d rather him not…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Looks like you’re getting your wish

          • mets3145 says:
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            @Grey: What a game! So glad Sale is out of commission.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yup

              • mets3145 says:
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                @Grey: Everything I needed to happen, happened!!! I can be like these playoff teams and bench everyone tomorrow

                Thanks to another successful year Grey! 2 years into this league, and 2 years coming out on top! Ain’t no smackdown like a smackdown laid on your friends

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nice! Congrats!

  42. danny almonte says:
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    Dynasty roster cuts…. keep for one year Fowler or Kemp?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kemp

  43. Brian says:
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    Can’t stand all these guys resting today. I can see resting certain guys on playoff teams, but the teams that end their season might as well try to win today! Maybe Mike Matheny’s fantasy opponent owns a lot of Cardinals and he needs to come back in his series?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I hear ya

  44. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Hey Grey, just checked out the Expert RCL standings. Congrats on a great season, obviously. I see you stuck to the safe strategy on SPs. I always loved loading up on the final day. I don’t know how much effect it would have on the Master Standings, but if you had used the SPs you own, I think you gain 3 points. But, I understand your thinking, too. Look forward to a recap of your season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, I put my heels down and coasted to the victory the final week… I likely could’ve gained four points total but didn’t want the risk

  45. Stephen Lyon says:
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    Gah, finished second in the ol’ H2H. Solid enough pitching but pretty limp hitting and when you’re up against Trout, Judge, Ozuna, Gallo, Springer, Freeman and Rendon limp isn’t gonna cut it.

    Ah well. Thanks for everything yet again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, thought you had it locked up!

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