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I had a thought, 30 years ago there was one source for all information, the encyclopedia.  If they wanted to make up information, there was no internet to double check anything.  *blows dust off an old book, opens Encyclopedia Britannica, turns to Korean War page*  “In 1950-something, Carlos Correa tried to unite the Correan peninsula under Communist rool.”  Now there might be too much information, but 30 years ago, you’d shrug and be like, “I guess you spell rule ‘rool,’ and rad on Correa.  Hey, look, it says here Columbus invented the mammogram.”  Any hoo!  Yesterday, Correa went 4-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 22nd and 23rd homer.  He’s going to be a tough guy to peg for 2018 fantasy.  His power this year is actually solid when you consider he missed six weeks.  The lack of steals is disturbing though, if a lack of a fantasy category can be disturbing.  I know he’s fast, he knows he’s fast, but the Astros just refuse to let him run.  Three attempts all year is pathetic.  If he’s a lock for 29 HR, 2 SBs and .290 next year, it’s great, but it’s not 2nd round great.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Justin Verlander – 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 3.36.  His 1st half Triple Lindy’d down the ugly tree, but a 1.95 ERA in 101 1/3 IP in the 2nd half is all that and a bag of Doritos.

George Springer – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 34th homer, hitting .287.  They’re back now, but the entire Astros offense took the month of August off.  Call them August ‘n Burrows?

Mike Napoli – Officially done for the season.  That gives him more time to stop his mom’s nips from slipping at inappropriate times.

Rougned Odor – 0-for-2, hitting .203.  Way to round into form as the season progressed!  The other day Prospector Ralph asked me about drafting Odor in 2018, asking where I thought he’d go, and I legit have no idea.  30/15 is as enticing as a camel toe for a llama with a foot fetish, but, man, his average is the ultimate buzzkill.

Willie Calhoun – 2-for-3 and his 1st homer.  The first of many.  *crosses self, kisses hand, points to sky like Big Papi*  I love me some Willie Calhoun.

Drew Robinson – 1-for-3 and his 6th homer, and 2nd homer in as many games.  Hey, you never know who can help you in the final week.  Did I ever tell you about the time Ryan Klesko helped me win a fantasy championship?  *audience makes way to exits*  Hey, c’mon, it’s a good story!

Carlos Gomez – Likely done for the the year.  Backdate that to 2014.  Don’t worry, someone in 2018’s preseason will peg him once again for a bounce back.  Won’t be me.

Giancarlo Stanton – The Rockies and Marlins scored a total of 24 runs?  Oh, my goodness, I am standing here beside myself like Fisher Stevens in Short Circuit!  I have Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds and Giancarlo!  This is gonna be amazing!  Dot dot dot.  0-for-9!?  Why are you all such ticker teases?!

Trevor Story – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and a home run the day before.  Ha, watch him have a huge October and push his draft price up again next year.  What a schmohawk.

Ian Desmond – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs, and his 7th homer, and 2nd this week.  Apparently, it took Desmond five months to recover from his injury.

Michael Taylor – 3-for-5 and a slam (18) and legs (17), and 2nd homer in last three games, hitting .274.  Can I write a sleeper post for him already?

Jose Bautista – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  I laughed out loud at this:  Bautista is hitting .204 and that’s better than Odor.

Teoscar Hernandez – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Forget Teoscar, he’s more like T-EGOT!

Hanley Ramirez – 2-for-4 and his 23rd homer.  This might shock people; the Red Sox are 27th in the league for homers, 20+ HRs behind the Padres!

Mitch Moreland – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 21st homer.  Member in the preseason when I said Moreland was gonna be huge value late in drafts and ranked him way too high?  Hehe, my b.

Xander Bogaerts – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 10th homer.  I did, however, tell everyone to trade Bogaerts at the end of April.  Right before telling people to sell Judge.  Moving on!

Rick Porcello – 5 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.65.  Back in April, I was uninterested in Porcello for this year, but there was debate as to how good Porcello could be.  Well, this is sweet, but funny:

Nelson Cruz – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 38th homer, hitting .289.  I know there’s a lot of homers this year, but how quiet has been Cruz’s terrific year?  ~40 homers and ~.290?  So sexy he made me bring out two mustache symbols.

Robinson Cano – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer, hitting .282.  Betcha five over-the-internet dollars that big box sites phone-in ranking Cano way higher than he should be next year.

John Lackey – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 4.56 vs. Michael Wacha – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 4.13.  I billed this matchup as “I own both and no matter who pitches well I’m blaming John Lackey, that horse-toothed jackass.”  Damn you, John Lackey!  Why’d you have to steer Wacha so wrong?

Chad Kuhl – 5 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.35.  This was a popular Stream-o-Nator call yesterday, so how was the predicted line vs. reality?  Predicted:  5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 6 baserunners, 7 Ks.  So, Kuhl was hit a little bit more, but he did walk away with the win.

Josh Bell – 3-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 25th homer.  I’ve mentioned this before, but, back in the dead ball era, like in 2015, Josh Bell would be an All-Star and in the Rookie of the Year conversation.

Starlin Castro – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer, and two homers in as many games.  According to ownership numbers, Castro isn’t available in many leagues, but he does appear hot if he’s out there.

Greg Bird – 1-for-4 and his 8th homer, and third homer in the last four games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Aaron Hicks – 2-for-3, 21 runs, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer, though he left the game early, so I’m half-expecting to hear he’s injured again.  If not, Hicks is the type that could see at-bats while the Yanks rest regs.  Note to self:  you can abbreviate regular, but abbreviating regulars looks stupid.

Luis Severino – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 2.98.  Not lying when I say he would’ve went two rounds later if he finished with a 3.01 ERA vs. 2.98.  You’re not going to be able to get near Severino next year.

Rich Hill – 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 3.32.  Going against the Padres in the final week before the playoffs is like a boxer sparring with a piñata before a big fight.

Corey Seager – 1-for-3, 2 runs and his 22nd homer, and 2nd in as many games.  You go ahead with your bad self, I still likely won’t be drafting him next year.

Yasiel Puig – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 27th homer.  Apparently he wasn’t late on that fastball.

Danny Salazar – 4 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 2 baserunners, 9 Ks in 64 pitches, ERA at 4.28.  “Hey, Tito Francona, have any ideas how you’re gonna use Salazar?”  “Well, by my estimation, he’s been one of the most frustrating starters all year for fantasy, so to keep that going, how about we pull him one batter before qualifying for the win?”

Jorge Polanco – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer.  If you want Jo-Po next year, I bet you’ll be able to get him for a song.  Speaking of which, next time you’re in an Uber, sing along to the radio, they love that.

Brandon Woodruff – 2 1/3 IP, 6 ER, ERA at 4.81.  *rips up lottery ticket, throws lottery ticket out window, doorbell rings, opens door to cops*   Hello, officer.  You’re giving me a $250 littering ticket?  Oh man!

Joey Votto – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 36th homer.  Why do I already have a sinking feeling that I’m going to draft Votto next year and he’s going to have one of his 20-homer seasons?

Ian Kinsler – 0-for-4, 1 run, hitting .236.  He triggered his $11 million vesting option for 2018.  He’s so triggered that he celebrated in a very subdued manner.

Ozzie Albies – 3-for-4, 1 RBI and two steals (6, 7), hitting .281.  Ugh, shh.  Please.  No reason to inflate your stats now.  C’mon, my dude.

Robert Gsellman – 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 5.19.  Good to see him end on a positive note.  Though, there are a few days left for the Mets to inexplicably throw him on short rest or simply rest Mr. Met’s head on his elbow and damage the tendon.

Garrett Richards – 3 2/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 2.28.  He wasn’t pulled because of how hard he was being hit, he was pulled because he hasn’t throw 7+ innings in 18 months.  Way to ruin his arm, Angels.

Jake Lamb – 2-for-3 and a slam (29) and legs (6).  Man, when I run a jam, I don’t give a damn.  When I’m throwing bass, I say, “Thank you, Lamb.”

Jeff Samardzija – 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.42.  Early yesterday, “Well, it took Samardzija all year to not cause me any stress, but it was worth it!  Plus, I have Sam Dyson, and I’m going to get this save.”  Later yesterday, “I need my ulcer medicine — ducking Fyson!”

Matt Cain – Announced his plan to retire.  Here’s one of my favorite pictures of him that was obviously shot by David Lynch.

   
  1. DrEasy says:
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    Ha ha totally David Lynch!

  2. J-Hova says:
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    Great write up and I’m with you on Correa but think at SS he could slide into late second due to position scarcity with Boegarts and Story having rough years.

    I have a 1.19 WHIP and a 3.59 ERA in ten team roto. There is a team with a 1.21 WHIP and 3.64 ERA. I’m also up 21ks on the next team. I own Duffy – Quintana along with Cueto and Snell just in case i need them on Sunday. Is starting Duffy tonight too risky? The team just below me in WHIP is the second place team. Right now I’m up 7 overall points. Last caveat, I’m one win away from .5 points… Sorry, long story short, should i sit Duffy tonight and see if i need Cueto and/or Snell on Saturday or play him.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J-Hova: It’s not too risky with Duffy

    • BK says:
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      @J-Hova: Some simple math will show that 1.19 to 1.21 is a big gap unless you have extremely low innings limits. I’m in a league with 1450 IP limits, so most teams have around 1400 IP right now. A team starting at 1.190000 in 1400 IP that has a pitcher somehow give up 10 runners without retiring a batter will end up at 1.197. So maybe there’s a tiny, tiny bit of risk if you’re really at 1.1949 and the other team’s at 1.205.

  3. Swfcdan says:
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    Think M Olson has keeper value at $9 next year (OBP league)? I think he looks legit just not sure what his price will be next year.

    Also Norris (either) or Peters if you had to stream.

  4. Sean says:
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    Still surviving after some of my sketchier streams this week like Lamet and Erasmo in my H2H championship. All of our cats are really close, so I’m hoping to hold on and am actually just playing for a tie, since i own the tiebreaker. I have 3 moves left this week and will most likely be streaming the rest since my opponent has like 7 pitchers left to go vs my 3 (Duffy, Sims, and Walker)
    1. For today do you like any or none of these guys Suter vs CIN $0.5, Faria @ NYY $-5.6, or Romano @ MIL $-11.6 (slim pickings on the waiver wire) W and QS matter
    2. Would you start Stratton tomorrow vs SD $9.1

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Sean: 1 None 2. Yup

  5. knucks says:
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    I also grew up in NJ and Porcello struck me out in a high school scrimmage. On three pitches. One bounced. This is not a joke.

      • knucks says:
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        @Grey: Real news. He pitched for Seton Hall prep and they came to us for a scrimmage. He was untouchable. My buddy worked him for a walk though.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          That’s awesome, were you good?

          • knucks says:
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            @Grey: As long as I could get on base and steal 2nd and 3rd base, yes. Perfected the bunt. Stayed in the lineup because of my glove in CF. But was only pinch batting/running by the time I was a senior.

            In short. Absolutely not haha

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, you played college ball so you must not have been that bad

  6. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Stupid Wacha. Shutout through 6, and only 60 pitches. Then couldn’t get an out in the 7th.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Sorry about your Cards, Vin

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. (I’ll choose to believe you are sincere.) No doubt I have been spoiled by their success, so an 82-76 record seems hard to accept.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I am sincere! Ugh, why don’t I ever sound it? I’m surprised they did as well as they did, tbh… Their team had major holes all year

          • VinWins

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            @Grey: Ha! It’s not you, it’s your readers!

            Yeah, wouldn’t have surprised me if their record was turned around. DeJong and Jose Martinez stepping in when needed were pleasant surpises.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, lots of guys overperformed… And no real closer for huge stretches

              • VinWins

                VinWins says:
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                @Grey: The bullpen as a whole was usually unreliable.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, my thinking too

  7. SDub88 says:
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    Grey thanks for all of your help this year.

    H2H finals – Trying to hold lead in ERA, WHIP and K/9 (unfortunately Blake Parker made my ERA rise from 0.50 to 2.45 with his outing last night). My opponent has way more starters and I don’t feel comfortable streaming bums to try to win QS and Wins at this point in the week.

    Would you play all of the following tonight? (I also have Scherzer tomorrow for reference) – at 9 innings pitched need to get to 25.

    Carrasco home vs. MIN
    Duffy home vs. Detroit
    Peacock @ Boston

    @ Boston scares me a little but the first two are probably plays. What are your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @SDub88: I’d start Carrasco, Duffy

  8. Brian says:
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    champ week. dynasty league 6×6 with QS and k/bb. all pitching cats are up for grabs (low IP for each of us – I have 23, he has 31) make my ratio leads look somewhat deceptive I think. I currently lead in all 6…SV (5-2), QS (2-1), K (27-24), ERA (3.91-6.68), WHIP (1.09-1.67), and K/BB (9-1.71).

    My CL are rivero, neris, treinen, and minor. RPs are clevinger, brault, and price (though since we don’t have holds their only value is ratios and Ks) His are Diaz, Allen, Knebel, and dyson. SPs I have left are Sonny v TB, Teheran @ MIA, peacock @ BOS, duffy v DET, Quintana v CIN, and gibson v DET. His SPs are Kershaw @ COL (prob abbreviated outing), Pomeranz v HOU, Cashner v OAK, Colon v DET, and Paxton @ LAA.

    Since most of his starters go Sat/Sun and most of mine go today I have to decide how much I try to protect my ratios vs just throwing everybody out there are hoping for the best. As this is dynasty and I’m in the finals for 3rd straight year and set up to compete for longer, my roster doesn’t really allow me to drop anyone to stream in the coming days so have to make some educated guesses. I guess Minor would be the guy to drop even though that might cost me a save or 2. would you avoid any of sonny, teheran, peacock, or duffy today?

    Thanks grey! Your sit/start insight during the last 3 weeks has been invaluable to help me to the finals!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: I wouldn’t start Peacock or Teheran

      • SDub88 says:
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        @Grey:

        My opponent is starting Teheran so hope you’re right!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Me too!

  9. Matt says:
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    Hey Grey-
    Drop Blake Parker and scoop up E Rosario? Need some players on a light sched today. Getting beat bad in runs and avg categories…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Matt: Sure

  10. lincecuminmypants says:
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    Apologies in advance for the length (first time I’ve ever had to say that), but am in the finals of my daily, H2H keeper league and would love some guidance from my fellow fantasy baseballers. Current score in the 5×5 is:

    Me – R 12, HR 1, RBI 9, SB 1, AVG .209, W 4, K 31, ERA 2.73, WHIP 1.04, Sv+H 0
    Him – R 17, HR 2, RBI 13, SB 3, AVG .326, W 0, K 11.65, WHIP 2.65, Sv+H 0

    My lineup (3 moves left – one empty roster spot):
    C – Ramos
    1B – Goldy
    2B – J. Ramirez
    SS – Gregorious
    3B – Rendon
    OF – E. Rosario
    OF – Kiermaier
    OF – Inciarte
    Ut- T. Anderson

    SP – Nola, McCullers, Corbin, Syndergaard
    RP – Kimbrel, Rodney, Treinen, Viz
    Bench: (done for reg season) Darvish, Wood, Severino

    His lineup (4 moves left):
    C – Mejia
    1B – Freeman
    2B – Altuve
    SS – Lindor
    3B – Beltre
    OF – Judge
    OF – Stanton
    OF – OZUNA
    Ut – Reynolds
    Bench: Buxton, Gardner, Bregman

    SP: Sale, Kluber, Arrieta, Hamels, C. Anderson, E-Rod, Santana, Morton, Lamet, Snell
    RP: None

    As you can see, he has no relievers and is punting saves+holds in favor of starters which (fortunatelt for me) didn’t work out when some of them got lit up. However, I still haven’t secured that category. With only 3 moves left, what do I do? Add a 1B like Bell, Gurriel, Cron, Bird, J-Mart to fill in Goldy on the short day? Dump some relievers to go for speed? Hold and use my adds solely to stream SP for Ks on the final day when he inevitably uses all his 4 remaining add on SP to try to take back that category?

    Suggestions are appreciated. Thx!

    • lincecuminmypants says:
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      @lincecuminmypants: EDIT: He has 23 Ks to my 31

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @lincecuminmypants: Dump Treinen for speed, though I don’t think you’ve listed speed

      • lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: Thx! Was looking at 1B because of the aforementioned Goldy not playing today. The rest of my roster is potentially active, so that would be an opening. Also wondering which player on my current roster you’d bench in favor of speed. Options on the wire include: Ellsbury, Taylor, Discalso (crazy eligibility for him which i like), Kendrick (also good versatility), the federalist, maybin, broxton, grossman.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I guess Maybin there, bet players won’t all start so you’ll have room to maneuver

          • lincecuminmypants says:
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            @Grey: FML for the W! Rosario benched today.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

              • lincecuminmypants says:
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                @Grey: will wait for lineups and go for maybin. if he’s out, maybe taylor? peraza, deshizz, margot, souza and gore out there as well.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Grab Taylor for sure!

                  • lincecuminmypants says:
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                    @Grey: thx!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      np

  11. Tweak says:
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    That picture looks like Matt Cain is being played by Will Ferrell from Step Brothers.

    Also, finally Lamb produces! Sonovabench!!

    I’m with you on Albies. Stop it, dude. I was going to draft you in double digit rounds next year. C’mon! Lots of MI options for next year after the first wave. DeJong, Arcia, Polanco, Albies, Russell (will probably blow up next year), Barreto, Semien, Tim Anderson, Didi… maybe people will let Moncada slip a bit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Tweak: Ha, yup — Totally!

  12. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Correa missed two months, should hit more than 29 if he’s healthy.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: I’m screenshoting my Daniel Murphy comments from your unsuccessful Schmohawk post.. Sad!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahaha, and McCutchen, and kinda Arrieta…. Wasn’t a great year for overrated posts…

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: It’s because you know that McCutchen, Arrieta, and Murphy are all supporters of freedom. Agent of Soros, fake news media. Sad

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m not an agent of Soros!!! I watch Megyn Kelly to get aroused… weird, this year I was more off on overrated posts than any year but I also won more leagues… did you honestly think I was wrong about those three schmohawks?

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Grey: Murphy I did. I was always on the fence with Arrieta, and I agreed on Cutch.

                Megyn Kelly is awful, I didn’t realize how awful she was util I watched her the other day. She’s kind of into the salacious questions huh?

                • Grey

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                  Murphy you did disagree? Yeah, there was plenty that did… Felt so outlier-ish with the power…. Honestly, I’ve never watched Kelly, she’s kinda sexy tho

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

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                    @Grey: She has something very manish about her. She also has crazy eyes, but that might just be me. She’s a very attractive woman though.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s the broad shoulders (no pun).

                      Give me something: Alternative Championship Celebrations For Baseball Teams That Don’t Want A Champagne Shower:

  13. Jose says:
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    As my starting pitchers complete there final starts, I’ve been replacing them with possible save candidates. Sam Dyson and Blake Parker evidently should have been left on waivers. That’s were they are again now….

    Thanks for the work all season Grey! At the end of this week I should have a 1st place finish, a Second round loss, but was third in points scored for the year, and a First Round loss, but was 1st in points scored for the year. Going to have to get into a roto league next year. These h2h matchups the last 3 weeks of the year will drive a guy crazy after putting together a solid year.

    Ready for those sleeper posts!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jose: At least you’ll have won one league, right?

  14. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    I have Lance Lynn and Kyle hendricks going head to head. Do i start both, one of them (if so which one), or neither

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        finger and toes crossed. I have to pitch 30 more innings from my pitching. I hav no one going tomorrow ,Scherzer and kershaw going saturday (not sure how many innings they will pitch) and no one Sunday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, throw both

  15. Citizen5 says:
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    I have only one SP roster move left for rest of the year. Which of these SPs would you stream for QS and Ks on the last day of the season?

    Pick one:
    Montgomery vs TOR (Anderson)
    Dickey @ MIA (Urena)
    Mengen @ TEX (Hamles)
    Pivetta vs. NYM (Lugo)
    Vargas vs. ARI (Ray)
    Bridwell vs. SEA (Paxton)
    Lugo vs. PHI (Pivetta)

  16. Johnny says:
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    Nice write up. Not so sure you are right on the Hicks will play while the Yankees regulars rest though. I’d venture if healthy he is their starting CF in the wildcard game as he is better than Ellsbury at every facet of the game except catchers interference.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ells has been hot, but maybe you’re right… ells def needs rest tho

  17. Fausto

    Fausto says:
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    Day 4 of championship week. After throwing Weaver and Snell(4ip 12earned) really needed 1 more out from Salazar yesterday. Anywherrs.. Im easily still in this. Offense down 2hr and 1sb
    Pitching is down 1w and obv ratios.

    A. 2moves left do I use it for streamers to match him @7 starts rest of week?
    or
    B. Use 2 moves to grab any 2 combo of M. Minor, Streamers, [email protected], [email protected], Albies, Gurriel
    He has 5closers my 6. I have enough bats to keep a full lineup on the field but I’m feeling Zombino Grandy esp since Taylor is D2D now but don’t know if playing time is there.
    And
    What does Razzball know that we don’t about a Kopech start Saturday on the weekly planner?
    Preeshiated

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grandy, Albies… know nothing of Kopech

  18. royce! says:
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    Did a 12 team yahoo public h2h again this year bc my brother in law wanted to play. I’m in the finals right now. Look at the lineup I managed to put together through a single trade and some waiver wire pickups!

    C- Schwarber
    1B- Freeman
    2B- Moncada (parted ways with Odor a few weeks ago)
    3B- Machado
    SS- Correa
    OF- Bryant
    OF- Bellinger
    OF- Braun
    UTIL- Rendon
    UTIL- Smoak
    BN- Thames
    BN- Lamb
    BN- Haniger

    SP- Verlander
    SP- Gray
    RP- Jansen
    RP- Chapman
    P- Kimbrel
    P- Vizcaino
    P- Parker
    P- Iglesias
    BN- Chase Anderson

    (Dropped Rich Hill and Severino after their starts).

    I picked up Kimbrel as a FA! And Correa! And after all that, could easily lose the season, bc this is h2h after all.

    Hope all is well with you, buddy!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, that’s insane – your 2nd half ERA near-2.50? Nice OF too…. So, how’s the Pacific NW?

      • royce! says:
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        @Grey: Yeah these public leagues are just silly…PNW is off the chain! Seriously, I’m vey happy up here. I’ll have to wait and see how I’m feeling a couple of months from now when its been raining for like 5 weeks straight. Got a killer fireplace, but one of my dogs is so terrified of it that whenever we have a fire she freaks out and starts clawing on the doors to the kids’ rooms. So we’ll have to figure that one out. Maybe have to take her to the back 40, like they do out here in the country…

        • Grey

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          Haha, I’m guessing you’re talking about the kid to the back 40 not the dog…. You doing the law thing at all up there?

          • royce! says:
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            @Grey: Yes, of course the kid! I’m not a monster!

            Doing same old law thing- same work entirely, just living here and flying down for oral argument, which has only happened once since June.

            Just spoke with my business partner – might be doing a chicken thing down in LA. Would be awesome. I’ll keep you in the loop.

            • Grey

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              Nice on the law thing…. You have to do Nashville chicken down here, please…

  19. Marty Jannetty Was Set Up says:
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    Need a few streaming option. Would you start:
    1. EdRod at home vs. HOU
    2. Dillon Peters home vs. ATL
    3. Brent Suter home vs CIN

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start all three if I needed them, reverse order is how I like them

  20. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    Great write-up!

    a. Just got in from a terrible place, short distance – long drive – [ya da]X3. And then to make me feel better, to find solace – there was you! Thanks, man, for making me feel good.

    b. Best of Rambo quote for September 28 from Rambo (2008) from September 6

    [Scene change, by a river, Rambo is attaching some kind of handmade slipper from banana leaves so Sarah Miller can walk. The sole of her left foot is wounded.]

    Sarah Miller: ‘l feel like all this is my fault.’

    Rambo: ‘lt’s everybody’s fault.’

    Sarah Miller: ‘l was trying to help.’

    Rambo: ‘l told you, it’s what is.’

    Sarah Miller: ‘l don’t wanna believe that. You think they found Michael? l mean, they probably have found him.’

    Rambo: ‘Yeah, probably. Let’s go.’

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      A. No problem, glad to hear you’re safe B. Awesome!

  21. Randy BoBandy says:
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    You weren’t lying about random September baseball.

    Last week, my team had 18 HR’s & 55 RBI’s! And so far this week, 1 HR & 7 RBI’s as I presumably flame out…uggh!

    • Grey

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      Ha, ugh, indeed

  22. kenly0 says:
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    It’s been a great year. Love you guys. I tell all my friends that they should get on board with razzball. Looks like I won’t win in any of my leagues. But, I am in the money in a couple.

    I’m in a 12 team roto where we keep 15 at $320. I basically already have 20-25 guys that I’d be happy with keeping. I have one move left for the season. Out of these guys who do you think will have the most trade value in the off-season?

    Teoscar Hernandez
    B. Belt
    Greg Bird
    Vlad jr.
    Bader
    R. McMahon
    Kingery
    W. Buehler
    Heaney
    Woodruff
    C. Fulmer
    K. Allard
    T. McKenzie

    I know it’s a lot of prospects. So, if Ralph wants to chime in. That would be welcomed, too.

    I’d love Vlad jr, but don’t want him sitting on my bench for 2 years. McMahon could be huge if he gets the starting job at 1st next year. Or, what if the Yankees go far in the playoffs. And, Bird goes off? His stock would skyrocket.

    Anyways, thanks for another great season.

    • Grey

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      Glad to hear you’re in the money at least… I’d go McMahon

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @kenly0: Vlad Jr. will, he’s going to be the number prospect for lots of lists. Baseball America might have him one.

      • Grey

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        But will he start in the league next year? McMahon has that chance, doesn’t he?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Grey: Can keep 15, and trade Vlad for something useful to a non-competing team. If McMahon had a clear shot at playing time I’d lead that way, but it looks like he’s seeking a trade chip.

          • Grey

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            Gotcha, I dropped a link for you above (or below)

  23. ctrengove says:
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    Grey,

    With Robbie Ray now slated to start a “shorter” outing on Sunday at Kansas City, I’m debating again. What does “shorter” mean… I have Duffy going today, so that’s set.

    But now I need to choose 2 of:

    Kyle Gibson vs Detroit (Boyd)
    Chris Stratton vs San Diego (Lyles)
    Blake Snell vs Baltimore (Gausman)
    Robbie Ray at Kansas City (Vargas)

    Yesterday, you picked Stratton and Snell (and Duffy) from my options.

    Which 2 of the above 4 do you start? I get points for wins, quality starts, innings pitched, strikeouts (negative for walks, hits, earned runs).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can we say “height challenged?” Stratton, Snell

      • ctrengove says:
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        @Grey:

        Ha! OK. Not starting Ray is my gut reaction, too.

        Thanks, as always.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  24. Eric says:
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    Hey Grey,

    What do you think about starting Boyd tomorrow @Min? H2H with QS.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would, especially if it’s this terrible lineup again

  25. Corey says:
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    Seven years of running my fantasy league, and finally getting my name on the trophy. Thanks, Razzball! I literally could not have done it without the Streamonator and Hittertron.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Awesome!

  26. Screwballs says:
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    Was all set to stream Stratton tomorrow per your previous advice, now that Boyd has entered the picture [against the weaker lineup], do you have a clear favorite between those two?

    • Grey

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      I prefer Stratton

      • Screwballs says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  27. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    What do you think about Peacock for next year? End of year numbers were really strong.

    • Grey

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      I think I’m gonna love him — so few IP on his arm, great stuff, Ks, xFIPm GB%…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: Yeah, I’m thinking I MIGHT take him before McCullers. The latter of which is dropping hard in my mock.

        • Grey

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          I’d think McCullers would go before him, but Peacock would end up more valuable, if that makes sense

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: That’s what I’m thinking. I might even handcuff them.

            • Grey

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              I bet McCullers won’t even be healthy by April, just no faith in him

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Grey: I know! I’m also into Sonny Gray next year, which is probably a mistake. I feel like despite the downgrade in ballpark the upgrade in team should boost wins. The Price is real low, and I’m a fan of Rothschild.

                I do prefer McCullers and Gray to David Price. Though maybe I shouldn’t, he’s looked great in short spurts out of the pen.

                • Grey

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                  Gray I’m kinda into, more so than I was this past year… Yeah, Price is way off my radar for next year… Maybe if he’s there around 200 overall

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

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                    @Grey: He just went 128 in my mock. I’m just really scared he can’t make it through a full season.

                    • Grey

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                      Yeah hard to trust him there

  28. Ace of Spades says:
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    I Know its early for this type of talk. I’m in a keeper auction 14 team standard 5×5 cat league where we can keep up to 11.
    the increased value for next season on my team is:

    H Kendrick -10
    Buxton – 16
    B Harper – 43
    JD Mart – 28
    Peralta – 3
    Kepler – 12
    Cron -10
    K Morales – 18
    Merrifield – 10
    Headley – 5
    Galvis -10
    Grandal – 5
    Semien – 6
    M Olson -10
    Odor – 24
    C Frazier – 3
    Barretto – 3

    C Mart – 20
    Straily – 10
    Newcomb -10
    Foltynewicz – 9
    Sims -10
    McCullers -17
    Ryu -10
    L Castillo – 10
    Vizcaino – 10
    Treinen – 10
    Rivero – 10

    The no brainers for me are Buxton, JD Mart, Peralta, C Frazier, Merrifield, Semien, M Olson, L Castillo.

    Which other 3 would you keep?????

    Thanks in advance and thanks for all of Razzball for assisting me in winning some $$$ I didn’t hit the big prize, but did well enough.

    P.S. Do you have an early world series prediction youd like to share?

    My pick? The Yankees over the Nationals in 6 games.

    • Grey

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      Glad to hear you won something! Nats/Astros — Astros in 7 — Harper, C-Mart, Rivero

  29. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Give me something: Alternative Championship Celebrations For Baseball Teams That Don’t Want A Champagne Shower:

    Easy, mashed potato fight. Everyone gets a spoon and a pot of mashed. They fling it at each other, or dump their buckets on the female reporters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs, Boyd

      • Steve says:
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        @Grey: does Pivetta on Sun trump either?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          They’re all kinda coin flips, tbh

          • Steve says:
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            @Grey: fair enough. Crapped out on Erasmo and Woodruff yesterday. All you can do is make a call and pray.

            I have a recipe for you but it’s not Whole30 approved, but it’s a very healthish option when you’re off it. I’m not usually a pesto fan but this one converted me, it’s amazing. Just be sure to use the best parmesean you can find (Whole Foods sells pre-grated stuff that’s tasty) and organic basil leaves (also found in bunches at Whole Foods). Also, try the premium Italian extra virgin olive oil from Trader Joe’s, it makes a difference.

            https://www.buzzfeed.com/matthewfjohnson/this-chicken-pesto-and-zucchini-pasta-makes-the-perfect?utm_term=.lp5MNj8Log#.maz15q3Mk0

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I love me some pesto, thanks! I only have four more days of this diet, woohoo… I am feeling Tiger’s blood, btw

              • Steve says:
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                @Grey: Nice! Transitioning back is tricky. In hindsight, I’d have gone slower with reintroducing foods. Give each group a couple of days to see how it effects you. The first time we did the accelerated introduction and we slipped right back into the old bad habits (lots of baked goods). If you have the time, use the other slower method.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ya know, I don’t even really miss stuff, except dumplings and sugar

  30. Scuffy McGee says:
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    Put a mask on Cain in that photo and you have Michael Myers.

    Great write up, El Jefe. Going to miss them during the post/off-season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, homey!

  31. iChiro says:
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    saw this yesterday, and was too busy, but still feel compelled to comment:

    YesterGrey:
    “Dallas Keuchel – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.90. Fun fact! Keuchel’s sister married Melancon’s brother, and hyphenated her name so absolutely no one knows how to say it.”

    I heard she was leaving Melancon’s brother to marry Odrisamer Despaigne, but keeping the name and hyphenating again. Long live the hyphenated.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahahahahaha

  32. SF says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Drop C. Taylor for Albies at this point? Doesn’t seem like he’ll play for a few days.

    thanks!

    • SF says:
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      @SF: Semien is also available.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Albies

  33. mets3145 says:
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    I have no read on the Red Sox this week – first I benched Happ on Monday since it looked like a bad matchup and tonight I decided not to roll with Peacock… Hope the Red Sox can turn things around!

    On another note, my opponent is rolling Lynn and Duffy tonight with 2 moves left… Lets go Cubbies and Tigers!

    • Grey

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      Yeah last week is always weird for matchups

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