Yesterday, Ivan Nova threw a complete game with one earned run — 9 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks — ERA at 3.20 on the Pirates, after having a 4.90 ERA on the Yankees.  This Ray Searage guy can do miracles.  People should travel far and wide to go see him with their ailments, anguish and general malaise.  “So, I was standing in line for a frappuccino and I was thinking, ‘What’s the point?’  So, what is the point, Searage?”  “Sounds like you should use the change more.”  By the way, malaise is not the actress that plays Arya Stark.  Ray Searage is a modern-day miracle worker.  Move over, Anne Sullivan!  This is also exactly what they said about Searage in regards to Juan Nicasio before he flamed out about three weeks into the season, and Gerrit Cole has been pretty gross.  Searage seems totally competent, but to think he can fix all Pirates pitchers seems foolhardy.  No relation to Tom Hardy.  I could see grabbing Nova if the matchups are right, but I’m not running out to grab him in 12 team mixed leagues.  Not simply because my computer’s at home and it makes no sense to run out anywhere.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Gregory Polanco – 3-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 18th and 19th homers.  Solid, respectable season.  I feel a twerk coming on, because I’m about to drop a but.  But it’s too bad Polanco didn’t steal 25+ bases again this year to go with his 20 homers.  Of course, it would’ve meant he was caught 35 times.

Luis Valbuena – Done for the season after undergoing hamstring surgery.  Valbuena will be a free agent this winter.  Now’s the time to set up the Kickstarter campaign if your softball team needs a new 3rd baseman.

Joe Musgrove – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 5.20, and back-to-back shellackings.  Everything Musgrove!  As in, mark him down and get him out the door.

Rich Hill – Will make his debut today.  Ironically, he sat out so long with a blister on his hand, he ended getting a bister on his ass.

Scott Kazmir – Hit the DL with neck and back injuries.  There’s a butterfly flapping in Indonesia that is wrecking some serious damage on the Dodgers’ pitching staff.

Brett Anderson – Hit the DL with a blister.  So, that’s where Hill’s went?!

Clayton Kershaw – Threw 50 pitches in the pen and said he felt good, and added he didn’t know what the next step was.  He sounds like he needs a life coach.

Rob Segedin – 1-for-4 and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games.  Not much here in the big picture, but there’s five weeks left, stop worrying about the big picture.

Justin Turner – 3-for-4, 1 RBI.  Right now, you don’t want any part of the Dodgers’ offense.  Now watch Cueto shut them out today.  Ah, baseball, you are the butterfly in Indonesia messing with Dodger pitchers, aren’t you?

Andrew Toles – 2-for-2, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 2nd homer, and 2nd in as many games.  He came in as a pinch hitter, which is an issue if he’s not going to play every day, but if he is playing, I’m interested, but if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, I’d be a diabetic squirrel.

Madison Bumgarner – 5 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 2.44.  Making Bum lovers reconsider.  Though, maybe not so much in San Fran.

Taijuan Walker – 5 2/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.14, as he was recalled from Triple-A.  I’m glad to see him back; I’ve always had a soft spot for him.  Maybe that’s a hard spot.  Maybe you shouldn’t worry about my spots.  Never the hoo!  Walker’s struggled all year, and I’m not grabbing him in any league unless the matchup is tasty like my favorite OITNB character.

CC Sabathia – 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 4.33.  In this game, Ellsbury hit his 6th homer.  Harsh reminder, the Yankees still need about five guys to announce their retirement.

Oswaldo Arcia – Was claimed off waivers by the Marlins.  Cheap guy that adds nothing to the Marlins’ bottom line?  Yeah, surprising.

Yordano Ventura – 6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.27, vs. Andrew Cashner – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.73.  I crossed streams yesterday with these two guys, and the results ended up being about as good as could be expected.  Unfortch, I needed two wins from two pitchers in the same game, so shizz was dire for me.  Speaking of crossing streams, did anyone see the Ghostbusters remake?  Any of our five girl readers?

Josh Hamilton – Was released by the Rangers.  Your move, Angels.  Then, once he hurts himself on the Angels, it’ll be your turn again, Rangers.  I do not have pattern blindness.

Derek Holland – 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.92.  Great, super, adjective, but it was one game in a career where he hasn’t been good in three years.  If you own Holland, there’s a chance in his next start you might need to fumigate his Dutch oven.

Dan Straily – 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.57.  Juicy gotcha crazy!  His ERA is barely above 3.00 in home games, so could see him as a homeschooler, but, as the Stream-o-Nator points out, his next start is on the road.

Jose Peraza – 2-for-4 and two steals (11, 12), hitting .308.  I don’t know what you’re waiting for to grab him either.  A solar eclipse?  I don’t know, just guessing.

John Lackey – Nearing mound work.  Sounds like an ant.

Jake Arrieta – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners (3 BBs), 6 Ks, ERA at 2.62.  I’m not going to say anything negative on him.  Okay, one thing!  Last year, he would’ve struck out 12 Padres with no walks.

Addison Russell – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 19th homer, and 4th homer in three games.  Someone’s currently bananas, and bananas are good.

Kris Bryant – 1-for-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 33rd homer, and his 5th homer in the last six games.  JB and I talked about Bryant on the last podcast, discussing how high he will be going next year in drafts.  JB said something like, top ten?  And I said something like, I had him in the top ten already this past preseason.  JB said, oh.  And I cackled.

Tyson Ross – Ready for a rehab outing in Lake Elsinore, which I believe was a location in a Harry Potter book.

Danny Salazar – 4 IP, 6 ER, ERA up 3.90.  Well, you gave him a shot.  Don’t think it worked out quite as you would’ve hoped.  Unless you’re a masochist, which is different than owning an Indians player who wasn’t in the lineup last night, that’s a Lonnie Masochisenhall.  So, Salazar seems hurt.  If it were April, I’d say put him on your bench and see if he can fix the problem.  It’s not April.  You can drop him.

Khris Davis – 2-for-4, 3 runs, 3 RBIs and his 33rd homer, hitting .257.  Somebody wants the fictitious Chris/Khris Davis of the Year award.

Sean Manaea – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.53.  MediOAKer.  For further reading, see his almost-7 ERA on the road.

Danny Valencia – 2-for-5, 2 runs, hitting .302.  I didn’t mention it yesterday, but after Valencia fought Butler, their teammates came out and said things about what a great teammate Valencia is with no mention of Butler.  Also, Hosmer tweeted that he thought Valencia was a great guy.  You know, Hosmer who was also teammates with Butler.  I get the sneaky suspicion that people are sick of having to write their names on food they put in the clubhouse fridge.

Steven Wright – Expects to return on Friday.  Or as it’s known in our house, “The day Grey isn’t allowed to watch four hours of baseball at night.”

Clay Buchholz – 6 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 5.18 vs. Chris Archer – 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.11.  I mentioned a few weeks ago on the site (podcast?  I really don’t remember, but I know I did mention it.) about how Buchholz is interesting to me as a guy that can’t be this bad, and might need a change of pace.  He has two whole whopping decent games in a row, but I’m a cyclops with a monocle on him in some leagues.

Aledmys Diaz – Took grounders on Tuesday.  No idea where he took them.  Doesn’t say here.

Lance Lynn – Moved his rehab to Double-A Springfield.  But in what state?  Will The Simpsons ever tell us?

Jaime Garcia – 4 IP, 6 ER.  Jaime?  More like bite me.

Randal Grichuk – 1-for-4 and his 16th homer.  If he would’ve stuck in the lineup all year, he’d be approaching 30 HRs.  These parallel universe goggles do work!

Wilmer Flores – 1-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 13th homer.  Fun fact!  When Wilmer pours some out for his homies, he pours the liquid out of his eyes.

Justin Ruggiano – 1-for-3 and his 2nd homer.  Over .400 in five games with the Mets with two homers, and whenever anyone says his last name someone takes a picture in Italy.

Jon Niese – Hit the DL with a knee injury.  His early exit from yesterday’s game and knee injury were overshadowed by his nose.  But everything is.

Freddy Galvis – 1-for-4 and his 13th homer.  Also, in this game, Jose Abreu (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) hit his 17th homer.  Galvis is a Mookie Betts away from Abreu.  And Galvis is a half a Mookie away from A-Gon.  Freddy Galvis is a modern-day Mendoza Line.  If Galvis is a Mookie away from you, you should be ashamed.

Justin Morneau – 1-for-4 and his 5th homer, hitting .274.  Has cooled off a bit, but the power’s still there for this star of the Last Week of the Red Hot Schmotatoes.

Carlos Rodon – 6 2/3 IP, 0 ER, 4 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.02.  This game came against the Phils, and we’re starting to get to the point where if a guy doesn’t have a favorable matchup in his next start, in most leagues, you need to look elsewhere.

Tim Anderson – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs, hitting .280, hitting near-.350 in the last week, and I am way too jazzed about this guy already for next year.  Chillax your hormones, Fantasy Master Lothario.

Anibal Sanchez – 7 IP, 3 ER, 6 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 5.83.  Two straight solid starts for her, but the start before was an 8 ER mollywhopping, and why I wouldn’t go near Anibal.

Erick Aybar – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 3rd homer, and had a three-hit game on Monday.  Yeah, I wouldn’t pick him up either, I feel ya on that.  Why are you sticking out your foot?  I’m not going to actually feel you.

Brian Dozier – 2-for-4, 2 runs and a slam (29) and legs (10), hitting .268.  Guys that Dozier’s been more valuable than:  Nelson Cruz, Correa, Sale, Odor, Votto.  To name a few apples and oranges.

Reynaldo Lopez – 2 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 5.33.  I’m going to leave this Diet Shasta right here while I got to the bathroom.  Assuming there is a bathroom in this Afghani cave.  *three hours later*  Hey, that guy looks just like me.  Wait, he’s wearing my face for a mask!  AH!!! ROOFIE!!!

Trea Turner – 4-for-4, hitting .320.  What a Treat Urner.

Chris Davis – 2-for-5, 2 runs and his 30th homer.  Doode gets 30 homers like clockwork.  You know, if the big hand was a homer hand.

Adam Jones – 4-for-5, 1 run, 1 RBI, hitting .277.  Not to harp like an extra in Heaven Can Wait, but Jones would be having a top 30 fantasy year if he was batting in the middle of the order, instead of leadoff.  Right now, he’s around a top 60 guy on the Player Rater.

Chris Tillman – Sounds headed to the DL with shoulder discomfort.  Or should-disco if you’re wearing platform shoes.

Nolan Arenado – 3-for-5, 3 RBIs and his 33rd homer.  What a pleasant day to fly a kite… Oh no!  Torenado!

Jon Gray – 6 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks, ERA at 4.61.  He has been better on the road, where he was yesterday, but his road ERA is still over 4, and he’s been far from safe.  Decent streamer when chasing Ks, which sounds like a Snow Patrol song.

A.J. Pollock – Aiming to return this Friday.  There was internal discussion between This Week Grey and Last Week Grey about making Pollock my Friday Buy lede, but he’s owned in more than 50% of leagues, so it’s not going to happen.  I didn’t love Pollock coming into the year, told everyone to avoid him, but if it’s a matter of picking a guy up off waivers, I’d grab him.

Adonis Garcia – 3-for-5, 2 runs, and homered the night before, and has a hit in nine of his last ten games, and, ugh, I’m so oddly interested in this guy.

Steven Matz – The Mets are hopeful that Matz can return from his shoulder strain next week.  Oh, Mets, you are as naive as an 8-year-old child, and as wise with medical decisions.  Hopefully, Matz breaks his ankle on the Mets’ rehab equipment — a trampoline — and they opt to rehab him with ice cream, so he can avoid further injuring his shoulder.

Huston Street – Expects to have knee surgery today.  I love how players make surgery sound iffy.  Have you ever ‘expected’ to have surgery?  I expect Cougs to come home and disagree to having sex.  There’s potential outcomes there.  You don’t expect to have surgery.  You’re either having it or you’re not.  Any hoo!  Fernando Salas is the fill-in closer.

Tyler Skaggs – 4 IP, 4 ER, ERA up to 5.70.  I’m going to call him Scabs.

Nick Buss – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and a slam (1) and legs (1).  Buss has taken over the righty side of an Angels’ outfield platoon, is almost 30 years old and was in the minors so long they started taking road trips on his back.  On a related note, what happened to Arte Moreno’s stock portfolio?  Did he lose a lot of money?  Why do the Angels look cheaper than the Padres?

Devon Travis – Out with an issue with the third knuckle on his right hand.  He says he should be back today.  Knock on wood.  Wait, no!

Michael Saunders – 1-for-4 and his 21st homer.  P to the fft!  Saunders, you are so a pre-All-Star break schmotato.

Jose Bautista – Expects to return on Thursday from his knee sprain.  Thank God, the Jays need their .222 leadoff hitter!

Kevin Pillar – 1-for-4, 1 run as he was activated from the DL.  Pillar’s no stud, he’s more of a column.

  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great write-up, or should I say Grand write-up! Have never used the word ‘grand’!

    a. More SNAFU from Farchana, USA! To wit, someone thought it would be wise to press the reset button on our office modem at the exact precise moment I pressed send on my comments. So naturally, everything was lost and I had to start from scratch (including the Horatio quote for those who haven’t moved on to Fantasy Football yet!)! Good thing my frontal cortex is not totally fried.

    b. On the J-Ham blurb, you may not have ‘pattern blindness’ but you do have ‘male dominant pattern baldness’, right?

    c. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (August 24)

    Spring Break MC: Step up, ladies! Whoo! These delicious college boys have offered up their perfectly-sculpted bods for your spring break enjoyment! We’re looking for the leanest, the meanest, the hardest, tightest pecs in Miami! And you get to be the judge.
    Willing Spring Break Participant: Hose them down! Yeah!
    How you ladies doing?! You want to see what’s on The Program for today?! This is The Program! Now, who wants to get with The Program?! Spring break 2010! South Beach, let me hear you! All right, we got all night! We’re gonna do it right! Get up and get down! Whoo! Your queen has arrived!
    Spring Break Queen: Let them drink champagne! Whoo-hoo-hoo!
    Willing Spring Break Participant: Come on. Come on. Let’s go.
    Spring Break Jock: You angels are in for a treat.
    Unwilling Spring Break Participant: Are you sure about this?
    Willing Spring Break Participant: Oh, yeah, I’ve never been more sure of anything in my life.
    Unwilling Spring Break Participant: What did you have in mind?
    Spring Break Jock: Whoo! Having the time of our lives!
    Tripp: How in the hell? What kind of a person does that? I mean, just puts a girl out with the laundry?
    Horatio: I don’t know.
    Wolfe: Blame it on spring break.
    Tripp: Guys think of it as a vacation from common decency. They do whatever the hell they want to do with no no consequences.
    Horatio: Well, I’ll tell you what. There are gonna be consequences (cue the queue of sunglasses).

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Ouch B. My hair’s beautiful! C. Nice!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. Of course your hair’s beautiful. Sorry to intimate otherwise.

        b. How do the playoffs work in ESPN 12-team RCL? I can’t find any information on the home page.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

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          A. How dare you! B. It’s roto, no playoffs

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!

            a. Sorry! And I have seen a few photos here and there and here! Very nice hair, indeed.

            b. So whoever wins, wins? Is that it? When does the fantasy baseball season end?

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

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              A. Gorge B. When the season ends

  2. Scott says:
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    Semien on paternity leave. I can put him in a NA spot once oakland puts him officially on leave or just cut him for one of these ss: peraza, anderson, gregorious, c hernanadez? Who do I add? Stats are r, hr, rbi, obp, sb. I need r, sb, obp and hr the most. Semien hasnt done much anything since the All star break. I got a lot out of mileage out of semien, just want to know if I should get some new tires or just pick up one of these guys for a couple of days? Thanks

    • Knucks says:
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      @Scott: Peraza!! Or not….

      Next solar eclipse isn’t expected until Feb and August of 2017. Wouldn’t make sense to pick him up in Feb. And if he doesn’t break camp next year with the big league club, and we have to wait until August, I will be one sad Popsicle.

    • Knucks says:
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      @Scott: Had my sun glasses on, didn’t notice DD. Could see going with him

      There’s a chance the Reds are ridiculous and don’t play Peraza in the OF when Cozart comes back.

      • Scott says:
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        So you think peraza will play when cozart is back? If he does, would you cut semien when semien returns. Semien has been pretty cold. Thanks

        • Grey

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          Ew… I’d guess Peraza keeps playing if he’s hitting

  3. Wesley says:
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    What does e’ryone think?
    Hosmer & Yulieski Gurriel & Heran Perez -OR- Danny Duffy & Trevor Story?
    (Dynasty league)
    Thanks! I love you. Wait, what?

    • Packers says:
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      @Wesley: Story.

    • Josh-NYC says:
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      @Wesley:

      Duffy and Story hands down

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Wesley: Yeah no question Story and Duffy. Even those 3 for Story alone is probably a definite yes.

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          @nick the dick: At the very least, maybe certainly or perhaps indubitably.

            • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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              @nick the dick: *the best text reply when you are making plans with friends but aren’t dying to go out

      • Wesley says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey and everyone else! These things are so easy when it’s someone else’s team – but then all of the sudden it’s your team and you freeze and start over-analyzing.

        • Grey

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          I hear ya, no problem

  4. Jackie Treehorn says:
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    Peraza over Baez?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Jackie Treehorn: If you need speed and Avg. right now yes…if you need the power more keep Baez.

  5. Ed says:
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    Hello guys!!!

    got completely burned by salazar yesterday, now i need to get back on track since im barely holding the lead in this league, 2 simple questions for today:

    1)what do you think of darvish @cinci, should i start him?, im on a tight inning cap so any advice is highly appreciated.

    2)odor cooled off the last couple of days and peraza, dozier, yasmany tomas and brandon moss are looking at me from the FA pool: would you drop odor from any of those guys or should i give him more time to see if he can drop out of the slump?(already got trea and dee).

    again, thank you very much for your help!!!

    Ed.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Ed: 1. Start him…2. Don’t drop Odor (especially in a keeper)…seems like a shallow league with all those options….If not a keeper and you’re looking for more power i would add dozier over Trea.

    • FKA Ralph says:
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      @Ed: sounds like this is a bench bat, so I’d say cut Odor for whichever of those guys has a favorable matchup that day, particularly looking at upcoming Thursday and Monday matchups.

    • Grey

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      @Ed: Agree with F

  6. J mart says:
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    Can we talk Addison Russel keeper league value for a moment. I chuckle when I see you kind of bash him and say he hasn’t been that great, but dude is pushing 25 and 100 out of the mi slot while hitting low in the order? His power is for real his ability to drive in runs is real. Would I like his avg a little higher yes, but that will come to.

    Do you see him as a keeper in a 12 team h2h ops keep 7?

    Other potential keepers

    Schoop Desmond Bryant(obv) gruiell Khris Davis fulmer Salazar Aaron Sanchez castellanos lamb yasmani

    • FKA Ralph says:
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      @J mart: given those options, I’d say Russell is a keeper for you.

      Bryant
      Lamb
      Russell
      School
      Salazar
      Davis
      Sanchez

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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      @J mart: I just wanted to applaud your attempt at spelling Gurriel. It’s like you typed the G and said “eff it….I know there’s some R’s and L’s in it somewhere, they’ll figure it out.”

      And keep Addison.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @J mart: Looks like a keeper there….Remember in a 120 games played, you didn’t think of him as a keeper until 2 days ago

  7. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    tiered of writing thier name on food,awesome

      • Rufus T. Firefly says:
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        @Grey: Ditto. Simple and beautiful.

  8. Nick says:
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    Hi Gray,,,
    Keeper team
    Bad (yester)day for my pitching staff:
    3Losses in Archer/Salazar/TJWalker !

    1) need to activate Blister Hill Billies today ,
    already dropped Skaggs to activate Salazar last days
    now you’re saying bench TJ, drop Danny ?
    my other SP are : Bauer / Taillon / Alex Reyes (in a pen role)
    RPs are : KJ, Allen, Oh , Dyson , BShaw
    … and i need pitching stats for the playoffs : Yordano Ventura is avalaible

    2) need to activate José “cortisone shot” Bautista from DL
    team:
    Contreras / Goldy / Alty / 3B(see Under) / Desmond / Springer / KDavis / TreaT / Encarnacion
    expendables are: Baez / Carpenter / Sano / Lamb / Myers / Trumbo (thinking keepers for ’17)

    Nick

    • FKA Ralph says:
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      @Nick: drop Reyes, Baez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: 1) Reyes 2. Baez

  9. VinWins

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    Trea Turner was also called safe on 2 steal attempts, but both were overturned on review.

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @VinWins: 1st one he was out, 2nd one I thought was inconclusive, but whatevs.

  10. Connor says:
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    Should I stick with Swanson at SS or swap him out for Jose Reyes? Thanks!

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Connor: Redraft swap him….Keeper hold

  11. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Getting the same feelings for Tim Anderson after getting him as a throw in in my keeper league for $5 ($8 it kept for 2017) when he’d been cold.

    Esp with SB at a premium, if he finishes strong with like a 10/10 .280 or so, could you see him being kept ahead of $4 Ozuna (ice cold second half), $11 Franco, or $8 Khris? Also have a $5 Schoop (but assume Schoop wins that and takes an earlier keeper spot).

    Also, with Kershaw hopefully back soon, what do you think of T-Ross, J-Ross (*cue the music!!!*), Glasnow, or Guerra as a DL stash for Sept playoff glory?

    Thanks!

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: meant to say that Tim reminds me of what Lindor did last year when people said Lindor was a glove first speed guy.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Thanks. But Khris/Franco/Schoop over Anderson?

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Yes for me…unless SS turns out to be a position of need more so than your other keepers

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @JeF WiTh 1 F: Thanks – that’s where I’ve been leaning…though I had previously had OZUNA higher, until I noticed his terrible second half that corresponded with his BABIP regression.

            I’m leaning towards Schoop and Khris as SS is not a big need (I have Story), and think I could probably snag Franco or Tim Anderson at a reasonable price next year if needed. I also have $4 guys like Conforto, Kim, and Naquin, but they don’t seem to be in the keeper conversation.

            If I did that, my 7 keepers would cover my ace, most of my infield, and 2 OFs . . . Betts ($28), Kershaw ($30), Rizzo ($33), Story ($11), Moncada ($3, hopefully both 2B and 3B), Schoop ($5), and Khris ($8, who seems like another cheap lock for .250/30+ HR next year). Since I’ve got a lot of infield guys, I feel like Khris over Franco is a good call.

            Does that sound about right to you?

            • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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              @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I would actually keep Franco over Khris, 3rd is harder to fill and who knows, Moncada could start the year in the Minors…As good as Khris’ power is he still gets no love in drafts so feel like you could let him go and get him back pretty cheap in the draft…Plus OF is just easier to fill.

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @JeF WiTh 1 F: Franco is only going to get better, at 24 hes just going into his prime years.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! If Glasnow returns, he’ll enjoy some tasty matchups against mostly Reds and Phillies in September.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice

  12. Josh-NYC says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great write up. Hope you’re doing well. I’m going to be putting you to work today :D

    A) Thoughts on Yasmany Tomas being pulled from the game with back stiffness? Prayer Pentagon?
    B) Can you rank these guys for who you’d like as a bench bat, position eligibility aside: Carter, Alex Gordon, Schoop, Mupton
    C) My pitching went from riches and it’s looking like rags right now… Would you be able to rank these guys? It’s a very deep league in pitching. Just need to know how I should set my waivers especially if other teams are going to be targeting these guys: Nova, Anibal, Reynaldo.
    D) What do you think Jordan Zimmermann does the rest of the year?
    E) Do you think Joe Ross is going to be delegated to a bullpen role?
    F) I figure I’d give you something back for all of your answers. Check out Andrew Triggs. Not sure if anyone really has noticed him this year.. but his peripherals on Fangraphs are kind of sexy for being 1% owned in Yahoo. Thanks!

    • Josh-NYC says:
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      @Josh-NYC:

      Scratch the Triggs comment- I just sAw that he was primarily a reliever.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Josh-NYC: A. Grab my hand, B. Schoop, C. Nova, Anibal..Best to just play match ups with all of these guys though, D. Not much, E. Doesn’t seem like hes returning anytime soon so wouldn’t worry about him ROS.

  13. Steeve says:
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    My pool have a call-up pick… who best in fantasy in 2017?
    Frazier, Moncada, Gurriel, Healy, Dickerson?
    C. Green, Bundy, Norris, Lopez, Hader, De Leon? Thanks

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Steeve: Moncada, Bundy…Keep an eye on Hader though…and if you want 2 bats Guriell would be my 2nd choice.

  14. cliffyw says:
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    Is Aaron Sanchez worth holding onto in a 12-team mixed? We only have two bench spots, so holding him hurts some flexibility. I figure he only has about 4-5 starts left this year, and he hasn’t exactly been great in his last few.

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @cliffyw: In a keeper hold…in a redraft if you have a better option go for it.

  15. I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    uhhh, liriano? he’s getting better (one good start) after leaving searage, and certainly wasn’t good this year with him. it’s possible searage has a shelf life, as liriano has been at PIT for years now. maybe it’s like 3.4 years or something like that

  16. Mike says:
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    Man that Huston Street writeup killed me. Good stuff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mike: Thanks!

  17. Chris says:
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    H2H points league – two weeks of playoffs left:

    Ozuna or Billy Hamilton?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Chris: Hamilton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Agree with F

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hamilton

  18. theone189 says:
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    Remember back in june when everyone was calling Salazar an ace? Lol

    • knucks says:
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      @theone189: Do you think he’s hurt or do you think he’s really a bad SP?

      Is Kershaw still an ace? Lol

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @theone189: remenber back in May when Salazar didn’t have elbow issues?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @theone189: Remember back in March when I thought I was gonna win all my leagues?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

  19. DonnieB says:
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    Add Peraza over Forsythe,Belt or Gri huk? Would you trade Strasburg,Kimbrel,grichuk and Pujols to get Machado,Chapman,Wainwright and Abreu?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @DonnieB: 1. over Grichuk for me…2. Id want Machado and that deal isnt close for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonnieB: 1. Over Logan if you need power… 2. Agree with F

      • DonnieB says:
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        Take the Abreu/Pujols piece or keep Pujols? Strasburg and Chapman are at OK keeper prices. Thanks guys.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Huh?

  20. Five-On-One says:
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    Need to start three this week:

    Rodon vSEA ($11.3)
    Gio vCOL ($10.7)
    Urias vCUBS ($9.0)
    Fulmer v LAA ($2.3)

    Thanks for the help.

  21. Vinny Boombatz says:
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    Drop Salazar for Nova?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Vinny Boombatz: “If the matchup is right.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  22. Cram It says:
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    Man, Salazar really F’d my Scout team down the stretch. He went from an SP2 on draft day, to Kevin Gausman. What a jerk!

    Martin Perez can still be the hero! :/

  23. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Start Myers v Hendricks or Pederson v Cueto?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @bossmanjunior333: Kind of a coin flip so I’d go with Myers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pederson

  24. Chris says:
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    Thinking about dropping Salazar for Sean Manaea and his two starts next week. His two starts are @ Hou and vs. Boston. Salazar is @ texas on this Sunday and vs. Miami (Fernandez) next week. I have a bye this week and if I win next week I’m in the championship. Would you keep Salazar or drop for Manaea?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Chris: I’d keep Salazar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Manaea is only a start at home

  25. MisterMister says:
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    “Treat Urner”

    Nicely done, Grey. The other day we knew OStyle15 had gotten to just the right Razzballism, and there it is.

    • MisterMister says:
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      @MisterMister: (Ed note: I typed “THIS CLOSE to just the right Razzballism” but put “this close” in and blanked it out. Doh!)

      • MisterMister says:
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        @MisterMister: HAHAHA. Follow-up editors note: any time you put the “greater than” and “less than” symbols in a post here – even *as their own example* – they will disappear and your typing won’t make sense.

        Now I’m going back to bed.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, you are appreciated greater than you know

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  26. knucks says:
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    RE: Josh Bell’s PT

    “When we decided to call up Josh, our thought was to get him engaged in the game,” Hurdle said. “I think it’s important for us as an organization to at the end of the season to be able to say ‘OK, this is what we think Josh can bring.’ Not going into the winter, saying ‘Well, he didn’t play.’

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah unlike look at time

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      *last time

  27. Michael says:
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    Rich Hill comment made me chuckle.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks

  28. Joeg414 says:
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    Gravmann tonight home vs Indians ,
    Yes or No ?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Joeg414: No for me.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  29. Peacecoast says:
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    sit mchugh vs PIT and shoe vs TOR today?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Peacecoast: Yeah neither are safe options…Im starting Shoe tonight but its risky

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start them at home

  30. Spyre says:
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    anyone starting shoemaker @ tor?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Spyre: I am…don’t feel good about it though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  31. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Peraza or Rajai ROS? OBP league

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rajai

  32. JJ says:
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    Hey grey et al,

    Need to drop one of these guys to activate Pollock. Which one would you drop in a 12 team H2H keeper league(keep 10)
    Broxton, Belt, mazara, judge or Jeffress.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maz

      • JJ says:
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        @Grey:
        In a keeper?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nope

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Jeffress in keeper

  33. Stashed Pollock but have a constipated activation log jam issue. In order to “put him in my lineup” before Klarabell’s keen expert analysis alerts me to do so on Friday, would you drop either of Judge or W. Contreras (playing at OF, with G. Sanchez at C)?
    & because Salas is clearly a most dangerous and desperate SAGNOF, might Bedrosian be a wise stash that may eventually be worthwhile headed into a playoff series next week? Thanks for a fun, entertaining and informative regular season to all Razzballers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge… I wouldn’t mess with Bed right now… No problem

  34. Phil of the Future says:
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    BB,
    Khris hacked into Carter’s software! Security breach!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I’m getting a 404 error with Chris Carter, but Khris is saying he’s found the page, run!

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: He was scared that Chris was gonna catch him in the HR race I bet…

  35. John says:
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    Kinsler has been garbage for last five weeks since I traded Odubel for him (ironically almost vetoed btw).

    Sitting one spot out of playoffs. Ten days to go. Is there warped logic to drop him for Peraza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure grab Peraza

  36. Peacecoast says:
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    why r u up so early today son

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Headed to NY

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: r u gonna drive there non stop in flip flops?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hahahaha, I wouldn’t drive an hour in flip flops!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Whereabouts? I’m going to the Mets game on Saturday.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Long island

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Samesies. What part? Don’t worry, I won’t be stalking you.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Locust Valley, north shore, you?

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: Right on. Stony Brook, with a pit stop in Bayside, Queens.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Bayside’s got some good Italian places

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @Grey: My BFF lives there. I can’t remember the name of the pizza place there on Bell Blvd (some Mafia related name, of course), but I always get a couple of slices when I visit.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah not sure of names, just know Bayside has been dropped before as a place we’ve gone for Italian… My mom’s office is in Bellerose so Queens happens a lot

                    • daze says:
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                      @Cram It:
                      VIP Pizza
                      One of the best

                    • Cram It says:
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                      @Cram It: Yes, daze, that’s the one!

            • The Hack says:
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              @Cram It: have you tried catching a game with nacho?

              • Cram It says:
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                @The Hack: I don’t know where he lives. And when I visit, it’s never enough time to catch a ball game. This is my first Mets game in like 4 years.

                • The Hack says:
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                  @Cram It: really, damn, I even went to one this year…in San Diego…when Bartolo hit his dong

                  He lives on Long Island

                  • Cram It says:
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                    @The Hack: I don’t get up there much anymore. Been to more O’s games than Mets games. Long Island is a large area!

      • Branta says:
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        @Grey: Do Razzball meetups ever happen? I’d totally hop on a NY Razzball meetup

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Maybe Xmas time for NY, thinking maybe doing a Razzconvention in Vegas this winter

    • Jose says:
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      @Grey: @Peacecoast: I was thinking the same thing. Have Fun Grey!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks!

  37. Db says:
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    Kepler vs Boyd, judge vs iwakuma, jank vs Hendricks who starts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kepler

  38. Jose says:
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    With Sanchez now having C eligability, Would I be looking to drop Grandal for Peraza or Inciarte. Those are about the best options I have at the moment.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Peraza

      • Jose says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Grey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  39. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Even the Gallagher brothers would agree on how brilliant that headline is. Rudy’s a rock ‘n’ roll star!

    What are your thoughts on Chad Green? Think he’ll finish the year strong, despite his deathly division? Looks like his next couple of starts are a home and away against Baltimore.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t trust Green in an away game in Baltimore, but in the right matchups I do like him…

  40. Jon A says:
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    stream James Shields vs PHI…. i know i know hes awful all i need is a QS…..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No way

  41. papasmurf says:
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    Had to drop Salazar as you mentioned. What a terrible change of fortunes. Wish I could have punted him at the all star break and saved my pitching ratios a bit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  42. DozierTheDozierian says:
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    10-team h2h keeper that counts OPS w/ 5 OFs – we keep 8 and forfeit the round where guys are ranked. I’m totally out of it this year so I’ve moved on to the mental gymnastics of gauging next year’s keepers. In a vacuum, who among these dudes are the best bets for my last two slots?

    Schoop, Billy Ham, Darvish, Hosmer, Conforto, Chris Davis.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ham, Hosmer

  43. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    You must be a busy man doing busy man things today.

    Archer’s ERA is only 4.11? Color me almost impressed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, I see Archer in my nightmares

  44. FKA Ralph says:
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    Who am I dropping to activate Hill?

    Vizcaino
    Burgos
    Rodney

    God my RPs are shitty

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Viz

      • FKA Ralph says:
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        @Grey: thanks. Hopefully today (Tanaka, CMart, Darvish and Hill) goes better than yesterday (Gausman, Salazar, R Lopez, and Skaggs) for me!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I hear that… I had Jaime yesterday too

          • FKA Ralph says:
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            @Grey: uppercase NAY

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

  45. nick the dick says:
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    How dare you come to my coast with no notice, as if I wouldn’t have found us an old school hip hop concert to go see!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I was actually thinking of reaching out to the guy that was doing the hip hop hall of fame to see if he ever got it up and running and saying you could meet us in the city there, but this trip is gonna be jam packed with my grandfather’s birthday festivities

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Grandpa Joe! Nice…nothing like a trip fueled by borderline racist comments said a little too loud because I can’t friggin hear you if you don’t speak up sonny!…we for sure gotta get to the HHHoF one of these days/years. Guy was legit on the podcast

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, exactly! Unbridled racism said loudly! Yeah I’ll have more time over xmas… Unless something changes on this trip, and we have time/energy

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Don’t worry, when I inevitably somehow see De La Soul this weekend i’ll tell em you said what up

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t even

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Wait, was it THIS weekend that Cube and Dre were throwing the block party in my neighborhood? Gotta check my calender…

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Okay I’m there

                • Count de Monetball says:
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                  Dude, now that would be awesome. Would they start the show with Ice Cube saying “A yo Grey, I got somethin’ to say”

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Why is this not happening in my life?!

  46. Scott says:
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    Musgrove takes on Oakland at home next. Maybe he’s a homeschooler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Can try it

  47. Bye Felica says:
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    I dropped Salazar for Robbie fkn Ray

    Hope you’re not a ray owner razzball. And if you own Salazar hold because next start he’ll toss a no hitter

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  48. Jon A says:
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    Phelps or Roark for ROS

    Looking for QS Ks wHIP AND K/9

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roark

  49. Wywyz says:
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    Pick up Monaca or Saunders? If so, who to drop? I can drop Luke Weaver, Skaggs or josh bell.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Saunders, Skaggs

  50. Bye Felica says:
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    MLB needs to 86 the umpire review. TT had 2 steals overturned last night because of it. even after the reviews he was clearly safe. That would have been 9 steals in 2 days for my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, saw that

  51. jb says:
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    Thanks for writing up on some pitchers. What about Chad Kuhl (is it pronounced “cool?”)? One league, I made the playoffs, but don’t stack up against the 1-2-3 managers. Need some pitching. Hoping to stash Steven Matz and another SP.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kuhl is a streamer

  52. Lincecuminmypants says:
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    Need to reconcile my OF/1B/Utility spots for this and next week to make a playoff push. Assuming one has to be a 1B, what are my three best overall options from going forward the list below?

    1B – Moreland, Kendrys, Carter, Gyorko, Morneau

    OF- Judge, J-Up, Bruce, Jank, Ellsbury

    UT- Swanson, C. Hernandez, Peraza,

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Morneau, Bruce, Peraza

      • Lincecuminmypants says:
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        @Grey: Thank you, sir! I’ve scooped up Peraza but now need to use one of my final adds on Morneau. Drop Moreland or Kendrys? I’m leaning Moreland.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Moreland

  53. Filkarri says:
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    As a Strasburg and Salazar owner, my ratios are currently flat lining. Who should I grab off of waivers? QS league.

    Ervin Santana, Robbie Ray, Ian Kennedy, Dan Straily, Tom Koehler?

    Thanks, Grey

    • Filkarri says:
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      @Filkarri: Carlos Rodon out there too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ray, Ervin

  54. Patrick says:
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    Drop Danny Salazar for Jose Peraza?

    With Aaron Sanchez eating a dead spot on my roster I can not afford to keep this bum around. But….dont want someone to pick him up and use him against me in the playoffs in 2 weeks.

    I need speed, though.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, Peraza

  55. jb says:
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    I would’ve gone David Phelps over Robbie Ray if I have to drop Salazar. Ray needs a thrid pitch like a changeup. Sure he has blazing velocity, but has trouble in the middle innings. You watch.

  56. Peacecoast says:
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    thoughts on Josh Hamilton ROS and next year?

    jk I am just bored, found myself reading a blurb about him like it was at all fantasy relevant, I actually got angry

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha

  57. Scott says:
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    Chris Carter or Justin Morneau?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Carter

  58. Speedo Reid-o says:
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    Is Salazar worth one of my 4 keeper spots for next season out of Donaldson, Correa, Marte, Polanco, Noah, Fulmer, or Quintana? If not, I’ll drop him for Nova, Straily, Shoemaker, Musgrove, Leake, Moore, or Guerra?

    Thank you! Great entry today Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope, but he might be for someone else… Straily, Nova or Shoemaker on matchups

      • Speedo Reid-o says:
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        @Grey: Valencia or Gurriel this year?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gurriel

          • Speedo Reid-o says:
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            @Grey: Thank you!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  59. Very curious about how ESPN and Yahoo will rank Khris Davis (Yahoo preseason 160 this year) for 2017. I feel like if he doesn’t hit 40 HR (even if he hits 39), they will still stick him 100/130+. After all, in what round did you get Pujols and his 40 2016 HRs?!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Around 120

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Yeah. When in actuality, more like . . . 40/50ish? (I remember Albert being around 30s this year, but probably with a better avg and counting stats)

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, exactly

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  60. knucks says:
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    So I don’t wanna say that I officially had the sack to consciously do this…. however, I brought it up yesterday. Made the lineup swap (Peraza in for Seager). Then went home to mow the damn lawn after work and forgot to swap Seager back in…

    Ended up getting those 2 SB’s from Peraza and missing out on the 3 R’s from Seager. I’ll take it! Seager hitting Bumgarner like that is all the more impressive.

    Grabbed Strahm last night. Hopefully between Edwin Diaz, Strahm and Betances I can win in K’s! Someone just dropped Barraclough, might get greedy and lose my streamer spot for him if needed. I’ll see if he’s around when he comes off waivers.

    Safe travels east Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  61. Mike says:
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    I laughed out loud at the Billy Butler comment

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  62. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Oh, forgot to ask, would you stream Bauer at Oakland? Serious risk/reward. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  63. ashtray says:
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    Polanco’s definitely getting benched today, right? Isn’t that C*nt Hurdle operates?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totes

  64. Fungazi says:
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    What order do you think you draft these SP next year? – Duffy, Cole, Salazar

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cole, Duffy

  65. ashtray says:
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    Forsythe vs BOS (Porcello) .791 vs Righties

    or

    Franco @ CWS (Shields) .711 vs Righties

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Franco

  66. 011100001110000 says:
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    Catcher to start today: Martin vs. Shoe, Grandal vs. Cueto or Gattis (C) @ Cole?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Martin

  67. Joe says:
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    Russell, Gyorko, or Cesar H. ROS at SS? (12-team standard h2h)

    Yordano, Paxton, or Junior G?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yordano….Addison

  68. Jaone says:
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    Drop Kepler to pickup Justin Upton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh

  69. Huddy says:
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    Grey, Peraza Eaton or Broxton for Util. HPerez in my other Util. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Broxton

  70. ryan says:
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    Grey, I have only two moves left for the season in my 8-teamer.

    My worst four hitters are: Bradley Jr., Kepler, Hamilton, and H. Perez. I have Grandal @ C.

    Do I drop someone to pick up Bregman, G. Sanchez, A. Russell. It would give me more roster flexibility to have a SS (the only position that I don’t have a back-up). Perez is my 2B/3B backup.

    My pitching staff and bullpen are nails, and have some depth.

    Sanchez could be UTL/B, Bregman, Russell for UTL/B. Backups for every position.

    Or do I hold my two waiver moves for emergencies?

    TB, HR, OBP, R, RBI, SB

    Thanks, Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold your moves

  71. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    1. The Street blurb was a standout for me, gave me a hardy chortle.

    2. I wasn’t buying Salazar as a sub 3 era guy, but he’s a hell of a lot better than his current line.

    3. Anthony Desclafani revealed to Eno Sarris that a pitcher throwing a changeup to a same-handed hitter is known by baseball players as “girl on girl”. Make of this what you will.

    4. Nothing like being out at dinner and seeing on your phone that Brocktune has gone double dong!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! 2. Agreed 3. I like DeScla more now 4. Double dong!

  72. The Hack says:
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    How have you not done an east coast meet up yet *by special invitation* Come out for a night of food and drink (on you) where you can meet and spend money on Grey. Im sure Jef would give you a foot massage and Nick, well we’ve seen the roasts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cause I’m only on the east coast for five days and I have family stuff

      • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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        @Grey: I thought we were family

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You know, we could be

          • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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            @Grey: Ok so ill see you at Grandpas party then.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t hit on grandpa’s lady friend again!

              • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                @Grey: Ill try but you know what Old English does to me

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Maybe you go easier on the malt liquor this time?

                  • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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                    @Grey: Fine

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Where are you in LI?

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: wow. Sensitive. Just saying it’s not a bad idea. Maybe over the holidays when you go. We can have a gift drive for grey. Readers can bring you gifts, kiss the ring, get a selfie and two minutes of live talk time.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @The Hack: Ill invite Delino and Gyorko

    • nick the dick says:
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      @The Hack: Grey is so LA that he vapes smog juice when he comes to the east coast

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @The Hack: Im in…only if i get it in writing that i get to give the foot massage

      • The Hack says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: we coukd arrange that. I would hate to see a fight break out over who gets to give the foot massage.

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @The Hack: Nick would be the only one upset so how about i give the massage while Nick is roasting Grey.

  73. gregjeffries says:
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    Thanks for the awesome read Grey! I was SO CLOSE to streaming Nova this week but opted for the Salazar/Musgrove duo instead. Kill me now.

    1. How would you rank these guys ROS: Cron, Bell, Morneau, Peraza

    • gregjeffries says:
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      Oh and also – Where do you see Dahl landing on the pre-2017 rankings?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Around 150-75

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn… Peraza, Bell

  74. chris says:
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    Paxton on my DL. have about 37 games left to start, Just dropped Salazar for Salas cause i dont want that headache and Im all about SAGNOF. (Dont tell me that was the wrong move)

    The real question is would you activate Paxton and drop Fulmer or would you just drop Paxton?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Drop Pax

  75. Jon A says:
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    Roark vs Balt? start?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  76. The Black Adder says:
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    Dropped Nova weeks ago. My itchy trigger finger ain’t THAT itchy. He belongs in someone else’s clubhouse.

    Not gonna lie – kinda scared to start Teherán today. You?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Scurred

      • The Black Adder says:
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        @Grey: Ha gotcha.

  77. ashtray says:
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    J Upton is 6/11 since he took a couple games off. Drop Dahl or Forsythe for him in a 12 team?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Logan

  78. cubjet says:
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    Drop Musgrove
    Add Chad Green.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Go for it

  79. The Black Adder says:
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    Prolly not gonna start Shoe at Tor, either. Agreed?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @The Black Adder: I’m starting him but it depends on your situation…Risky

      • The Black Adder says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F:Risky indeed. My situation is that I don’t want an absurd ERA, and I’ve already got one because I started Salazar and Musgrove. Hopefully, Yu levels me out tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed

  80. Jon A says:
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    Cole sucks man…. what the hell?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Prolly hurt

  81. Alex says:
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    Screwed again by Gerrit Cole.

    Is anyone dropping him in shallow leagues? He gets the cubs next, I.e. The first day of the playoffs I might not make because of him and stras.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, can lose him

  82. Slimcompoop says:
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    Yo G! How would you rank Tim Anderson, Javier Baez, Dansby Swanson, and Trea Turner for 2017 as a 2B/SS? Hope you have a good trip back east.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Turner, Anderson

  83. Scott says:
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    Who’s the drop? Ken Giles or Fernando Salas?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Salas

  84. Db says:
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    12 team h2h playoffs start in 3 weeks
    Hold tajuan and Danny Salazar or drop both for streamers

    Tajuan gets white sox and Danny gets angels this weekend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold for now

  85. Scott says:
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    Stream Wainwright vs. Mets tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  86. Scott says:
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    The Sanchize wasting no time! First pitch homered to left.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

  87. Count de Monetball says:
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    Gotta admit, I lurve dirty Sanchez, he went yard AGAIN!!! Is it to early to crown him the next Mike Piazza so that SNAFU Larry’s team ranks him in the 3rd Round next year…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snafu Larry stopped doing baseball, Rotoworld’s got him 1A/1B with Trout

      • Count de Monetball says:
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        I’d take Sanchez over Trout, have you seen how Mike’s SB’s have dried up, he’s through… Snafu Larry is head of the fantasy sports now right? or has he dropped below the Wandy line….

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            He hasn’t looked that ‘young’ in 15 years

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No idea… Snafu Larry couldn’t handle doing both sports poorly…

          • Count de Monetball says:
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            I guess with all the humor and fantasy goodness here at Razzball Nation, there is no need for ESPN except to host leagues… I haven’t looked at that website in a loooonnnnnggggg time…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, same here… Crazy how much I’m at my team page, and never anywhere else on the site

  88. Scott says:
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    Tyler Anderson with 10 Ks. Dayum!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yup

  89. Count de Monetball says:
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    Damn, K-Bryant is playing 1st base today, he is going to be the only first rounder in history with more position eligibility than Adam Sandler in the Waterboy…”Last leg of the year Brent, can’t hold anything back now”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HA!

  90. Tom says:
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    Damn Bauer is killing me today!! Grey, what do you think of Boegarts long term. Yesterday you mentioned his value was largely tied to a good average and a lot of RBIs and runs which we all know can fluctuate. Do you see him developing more power? Thank you!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s a low 20s HR guy at best

  91. Cram It says:
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    F you Bauer, F you Jaime Garcia, F you Taijuan Walker…Teheran will you be cool?…I’m out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Heard those three F’s

    • Jon A says:
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      @Cram It:

      Bauer sucks but if Santana didn’t muff a 30ft INFIELD pop fly, he would have registered a QS those two runs should have never scored.

    • The Hack says:
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      @Cram It: Tehol likes Tehran

      • Cram It says:
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        @The Hack: I’m screwed. Maybe he just likes his body.

  92. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    NICE! Man, lost last week in my points league thanks to a gem by Jorge Delarosa, and am now down 60pts., from the combined efforts of CC and Nova. Schmohawks!
    But at least I got this going for me, which is nice:
    http://imgur.com/a/SAWWh

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Your family is so consistently awkward it’s better than normal because no one was to be trying to up the awkwardness just being themselves

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: Ha! You just described the state of Wisconsin.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  93. jack florida says:
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    have a good time in new york

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  94. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Okay, I think I’m meant to win my league. I streamed Bauer today against Oakland hoping for a Quality Start. He promptly gave up five runs and ruined my ratios. I was cursing myself all day long. Just checked the final score, cause I’m a glutton for punishment, and an error was assessed to Carlos Santana–removing two of Bauer’s earned runs and giving me the Quality Start I was going for. Pretty nice little Wednesday actually.

    • Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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      @Grassy Knoll Redding: Okay, I just read the comments above. Glad I’m not alone. We did it, gents!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  95. Doc says:
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    3 moves left for this and next two weeks until playoffs, would you drop Skaggs for
    a) Liriano, b) Alex Reyes, c)Tom Koehler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hold

  96. Takes me 2 minutes says:
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    Did the coug give you something special before this write up? Outstanding! That line on CC was a fat joke right? Thought you would’ve saved it for Big Sexy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh, and when in doubt, they’re all fat jokes

  97. toneDEAF! says:
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    Need to activate Paxton tomorrow. Who do I cut in a 12-team h2h points?

    Graveman or Jaime Garcia… Or Gerritt Cole (only half joking)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garcia

  98. gregjeffries says:
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    I’m barely hanging onto first and the guy biting my heels just traded for Scherzer and Betances. I just lost Salazar, Matz and Lackey and could use some pitching help for the stretch run. (only guys like Manaea Bucholtz, Folty, Fiers avail on waivers) Am thinking about trading my Xander Bogaerts for Darvish/Braun and then scooping Tim Anderson or S. Castro off waivers for the stretch run. Would you make this deal? Am I panicking? (15 team rotis, keep 5 forever)

    C – Sanchez
    1B – Myers
    2B – Altuve
    SS – Bogaerts
    3B – Gurriel
    MI – Peraza / Bell
    LF – K. Davis
    CF – Betts
    RF – Kepler
    U – Dahl

    SP – Arietta, Duffy, Hammel, Shoemaker, Nova, Lackey, Matz, Salazar
    RP – Familia, Casilla, Watson, Jeffress

    • gregjeffries says:
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      (I should also tell you – I have a bunch of spots to climb in Ks, ERA, WHIP and Ws, but I’m near the top of most hitting categories, so can’t build much on those cats)

      Thanks Grey! Really appreciate it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not a good deal

  99. JeF With 1 F says:
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    Just saw your post above…I’m in Farmingville

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ah, nice (no idea where that is)…

      • JeF With 1 F says:
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        @Grey: lol..it’s exit 63 off the LIE

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m in Locust Valley, is it nearby?

          • Cram It says:
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            @JeF With 1 F: @Grey: Same exit as my mom’s. Say hi, she’s single.

            Thought you were in Port Jeff…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha, I thought that too

              • JeF With 1 F says:
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                @Grey: I was …moved to Farmingville about a year ago though..After I got divorced I stayed in port Jeff for about 6 months then moved here…Time flies

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ah, nice

            • JeF With 1 F says:
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              @Cram It: Ha…actually she just told me to say hi to you lol

              • Cram It says:
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                @JeF With 1 F: Fine by me. Just don’t answer the door in your skivvies when I show up Friday night.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

          • JeF With 1 F says:
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            @Grey: that’s a ways from me…Just knowing you’re in the area warms my heart

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hehe

  100. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto redraft, better bench bat rajai or judge?

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge

  101. ThE sHiT says:
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    I know theres gonna be good convo next year as to who to take first overall…Trout, Altuve, Mookie, Bryant. But i just watched (on tv) Trout golf an Estrada pitch for a homer to left, with ease, so effortless. This dude is the best player in the game and its not that close. Sucks hes stuck on such a bad team. I wish my Dodgers would give up the farm for him, he is worth it.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya, he hasn’t been the best this year though

      • ThE sHiT says:
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        @Grey: no he hasnt and it makes you wonder why. Is it a product of the environment bringing him down? Prolly not an injury…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, it’s simply because the team around him isn’t good… If he had 15 more runs and RBIs he’d be there

          • ThE sHiT says:
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            @Grey: ill take that discount if he falls into the middle of the first round all day errr day

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, doubt he falls at all…

          • ThE sHiT says:
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            @Grey: you dont play in keeper leagues do you?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I do, NL-Only, ten team

  102. Count de Monetball says:
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    Thoughts on C-Mart tonight, going against the Mets at home vs. DeGrom. C-Mart seems to be a bit of a RoadScholar so between going against DeGrom (and I need the W) and being at home, I think I am going to bench him, your thoughts…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think you gotta start C-Mart there

    • Yr never too old for balloons says:
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      @Count de Monetball: umm, it’s carmart. and it’s the mess. join more leagues (or have a bigger innings cap than 1200) if you needed to think too hard about this one. oh, i’d still play carmart vs the mess if i was in a 1200 innings cap.

      • Count de Monetball says:
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        Sonofabench

  103. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    I’m bacheloring it. Watching that Jake the snake documentary tonight.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, there’s a ton more yoga in that than you’d Imagine

  104. Yr never too old for balloons says:
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    chickens coming home to roost in the form of the cardinals (both birds so it works i think) vs degrommit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I enjoyed your username

      • Yr never too old for balloons says:
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        @Grey: me too, i just rewatched that ep, and thought to do it.

  105. phil says:
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    Drop Kepler for Peraza? Redraft, bench bat slot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, if you need steals

  106. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    goodnight, t.turner is putting up some serious work in OBP leagues. meanwhile, i’m actively rooting against porcello, owning him probably in only 2 spots anymore after trading him for
    1. him and shoemaker for hamels in redraft
    2. him and britton for strop + salazar (this one ain’t going well, but it’s dynasty so whatevs)

    this after spending years rooting for porcello since he’s so damn cheap in drafts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya

  107. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    sounds like this is being underplayed here
    “This one looked bad. Benintendi was on second base and tried to move back toward the bag to avoid a tag, but his left ankle rolled almost completely under him. He was noticeably hobbled and needed assistance from trainers to exit the field of play. In the moment, the injury certainly seems like it could cost Benintendi game action, but the Red Sox should provide more clarity after the conclusion of the contest.”

    “game action” eh, sounds more like if story is what happened possible SEASON action.

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: i’d also bet that the writer of this never had even a minor ankle sprain (i myself as a kid (mostly playing tag/basketball/jumping out of trees etc)) had many, minor ones.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yikes

  108. Db says:
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    Drop Judge,Kepler, or benetendi for streamer spot or hold?

    Drop tajuan for nova?
    Tajuan vs white sox next nova vs Brewers

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Db: see just above on benny baseball. so him on question 1.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Benintendi…Sure, Nova

  109. SF says:
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    Grichuk, Soler, or Judge as a bench bat for ROS and possible keeper next season? Thanks!

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @SF: this one might’ve broke the internet. hard. every time i think of something to answer it, it gets worse (i’m only spending like a minute, but it’s happening numerous times)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge

  110. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Great Post…Happy MC Wednesday return! Whos hotter right now Torenado or THE SANCHISE

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Torenado! I’m not watching MasterChef until next week, so no spoilers

  111. Pete says:
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    Need 1 more start out of the following in my h2h points playoffs this week (projected points based on stream stats in (): Weaver vs. oakland (17.1 points), Fiers vs TB (16.3), Nova @ MIL (16.1), or Lopez v. Col (15.8). Who are your top 2 choices from the group (2 in case I can’t get the other)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      None…Fiers, Lopez

      • Pete says:
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        @Grey: thanks. you wouldn’t dare go liriano over them would you?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No way

  112. bossmanjunior333 says:
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    Which 2 starts

    Ray ATL, @ SF
    Phelps SD, @ NYM

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those are two starts

      • bossmanjunior333 says:
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        @Grey:

        Lol…my bad. Which 2 start pitcher, senor. Gracias!

        Opponents are Wisler and Moore for Ray and Cosart and Colon for Phelps.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Tough call…Phelps

          • bossmanjunior333 says:
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            @Grey:

            That’s the way I was leaning. Thanks!

  113. Freddie Boy says:
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    ROS…Either 1) Keep Musgrove despite these last two bad starts 2) Drop Musgrove for Jon Gray or 3) Drop Musgrove for Ivan Nova?

    Rest of my pitching is Strasburg (DL), Verlander, Duffy, Tanaka, Hendricks, Roark, Yordano Ventura, Taillon, Guerra (DL), Chad Green (trying him out while I have 2 weeks off with a first place playoff BYE), Edwin Diaz, Francisco Rodriguez, and Hector Neris (for Holds)

    Thank you! Love your articles and podcasts!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d go Nova or Gray depending on matchups… Thanks!

  114. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Appreciate the Snow Patrol reference. Reminded me I need to put Interpol’s Turn on the Bright Lights on my device. I must have listened to those bands around the same time.

    Benoit hasn’t pitched for a bit, but as I clean up a watch list I noticed that since his trade from SEA to TOR: 10 IP 0 ER 7 H 8 K 5 BB. Not the best K:BB, but ERA from a 5.18 to a 3.67 in that span. He couldn’t sleep well in Seattle, I bet.

  115. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    on jeffress, jesus, who gets a month in rehab in patient for 1st time offense? he must have quite a record of these things.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      MLB cracking down

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Grey:

        you’re thinking it’s one of those situations where MLB stepped in and said, TEX you can let him get a normal legal punishment, BUT if you do that we’ll suspend him for a while, and clearly a month is better than what MLB would’ve suspended him? i’m guessing unless he has a rap sheet on these kinds of things in court he’d only get a fine, probably plea down.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d guess so, maybe for contract negotiations it’s better if he gets rehab vs. suspension too

  116. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    16 team league with OPS, K’s, BB’s, net steals over steals, total bases. swanson is hitting for averag, and nothing else, and likely won’t get any counting stats hitting at bottom of ATL either. add any of flores/inverted H (cause it’s not really superflous, johnny has an H in it, just not the 2nd letter)/jacoby jones (SS in espn) over him? i had had t.anderson for a long time but dropped him for swanson when tim anderson was at his worst (he almost immediately went back to hitting once i dropped him)

  117. The Harrow says:
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    pujols is being claimed to have a “flair up” of his plantar faciitis, but how is it a “flare up” if it’s in the foot that didn’t have it before (apparently this is the other foot having the issue this time)? is plantar faciitis like having syphilis, where it’s in your whole body, i thought this was a condition that you have in certain parts of the body and not others. if he’s never had it in this foot before how does that qualify as a “flare up”

    if i broke my finger 4 years ago in a hammer accident, would it be a “flare up” if another finger got broke today?

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