Yesterday, was the first time the Cubs have won 100 games since 1935.  Though, in 1994, the Cubs were so gonna win the final 49 games if the strike didn’t happen, giving them 98 wins, then two losses were going to go under review and get reversed.  What?  My crystal ball is very specific.  Why don’t you people believe me?  Kidding, I know you believe me because I can see you in my crystal ball.  Put on some pants that don’t have an elastic band, would you please!  Kyle Hendricks (6 IP, 0 ER, 7 baserunners (0 walks), 5 Ks, ERA down to 1.99) did his usual magic.  I say let him sit out his final start so he can end the year with a minus-2 ERA, and I bet the Cubs say the same thing as me.  Know why?  I have the best words.  People love my words.  No one has words like me.  Carrying them offensively was Javier Baez (2-for-5, 6 RBIs and his 14th homer).  Whenever Hendricks grooves, Baez seems to play himself a little ditty, too.  Must be their Woodstock connection.  If Joan Baez didn’t perform at Woodstock, don’t tell me, for folk’s sake.  Baez is going to be a tough nut to peg (totally a saying) for 2017 fantasy.  He’s made great strides with his strikeouts.  Looks like an easy bet for a 17/17 season if he were to play every day, but 17/17 is just a tad boring compared to 20/20.  By the way, Tad Boring never gets any dates on Tinder.  Also, we’re not sure if Baez will have an everyday job.  Cubs’ playing time can be Maddon’ing.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

Albert Almora Jr. – 3-for-6, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  He hasn’t played much this week (or year), but with the Cubs sitting on the throne, clinched (that sounds wrong), Almora might see more time.

Kris Bryant – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 39th homer.  JB and I do a three-round, 2017 mock draft on the podcast that’s coming later today.  Bryant ends up on one of our teams.  Can’t tell you whose team, that would ruin the mock suspense.

Gregory Polanco – Still out on Monday.  He faceplanted the wall on Friday and could be out most of the week.  Speaking of face plants, check out these new Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Chia pets with an added bonus!

Starling Marte – Still out with back pain.  He’s had two at-bats since September 5th.  Might be time to find a backup plan and I don’t mean an external drive.

Jordan Zimmermann – Could start this weekend.  He’s been ineffective for the better part of the year or battling lat problems.  There’s a chance on Sunday he brings both the former and the latter problems.

Nick Castellanos – Could return this weekend.  I gotta say, if he misses that timetable, he’s gonna provide very little value this year.

Corey Kluber – Left after four innings (2 ER) with a strained groin.  Please let the Indians face off with the Mets in the World Series so we can see our first pitching matchup of two outfielders.  “The unconventional matchup of Curtis Granderson vs. Lonnie Chisenhall comes up after these fifteen minutes of DraftKings’ commercials where they try to appeal to the .01% of the population who doesn’t know them.”

Coco Crisp – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, hitting .235.  Coco feels like the type of player that won’t make a major league roster next year, so in case we lose him, I always took your game cerealiously.  And I truly appreciated when you wore a giant afro for the Coco puff.

J.D. Martinez – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, hitting .313.  Just Dong, because someone has to.

J.A. Happ – 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 2 Ks, ERA at 3.20.  He deserved better than a no decision, but since he’s won 20 games this year with mediocre stuff and with the best run support in the majors behind Porcello and Arrieta, Happ will get over it.

Mark Teixeira – 2-for-4 and his 14th homer, hitting .204.  He also had two hits on Sunday.  I know that because I owned him for that day because at this time of year some credence should be given to a narrative.  Teixeira is retiring at the end of the year and might either get some pitches grooved to him or might just want to go out on a high note.

Aaron Hicks – 1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 8th homer.  Member when I said Hicks was a sleeper?  For the record, I was not on any medication.

Luis Severino – 1 IP, 1 ER.  Was ejected for throwing at batters, but it reminds me of another pitfall you need to avoid in this final week; teams are super quick with a hook if they’re vying for a playoff slot or if they’re going against someone who is.  So, the Stream-o-Nator might like someone, but it doesn’t know that a pitcher might be removed after one inning.  Watch your step, Pitfall Harry!

Jonathan Villar – 3-for-4, 5 RBIs and his 17th and 18th homers.  I’m already not looking forward to ranking Villar next year.  I bet he shows up anywhere from a top 12 overall pick to around 50th overall.

Martin Perez – 6 2/3 IP, 8 ER, ERA at 4.37.  Apparently, yesterday was the day the Rangers rested up their bullpen.

Zack CozartReds placed him on the 15-day DL.  The Reds are also betting one game this week will go into a 14-day rain delay and Cozart will be back for the last game.

Adam Duvall – 4-for-6, 4 runs, 5 RBIs and his 32nd and 33rd homers.  Look at Duvall rewarding those that stuck by him for their H2H playoffs!   Dot dot dot.  Or totally frustrating those that didn’t stick with him.

Steve Selsky – 5-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 2nd homer.  If you own Steve Selsky, you are either Barbara, Ben, Jim or Lacey Selsky, his family.  Wait, I’m told now that Ben Selsky went with Brandon Drury for his 5th outfielder.  I suppose Selsky could be a hot schmotato for a week, but there is little in his profile to get excited about.

Brandon Phillips – 4-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and two steals (13, 14).  Isn’t it funny (not funny) how one team desperately needs to win a game (the Cards), and the other team (the Reds) crushes them?  Told you it was funny (not funny).

Joey Votto – 2-for-4, 3 runs and his 27th homer, hitting .321.  When was the last time a hitter had a .400+ half?  Not to answer–Actually, you can answer.  Thanks!

Robinson Cano – 3-for-4 and his 34th and 35th homers, hitting .298.  If you would’ve just said every single preseason projection is seven to ten homers under for every player, you would’ve been more right than the ‘perts.

Hisashi Iwakuma – 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.96 vs. Collin McHugh – 7 IP, 2 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 4.53.  The Stream-o-Nator loves both of their next starts, and I don’t necessarily disagree, but I have no idea if either pitcher will make his next start.  So yay…maybe — or simply yaybe.

Sean Manaea – 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 3 Ks, ERA at 3.89.  He’s the best Samoan pitcher since Afa and Sika combined for a two-hitter in a WWF company softball game in 1985.

Mike Trout – 2-for-2 and his 29th homer.  Hey, whoever this guy is, he might be all right.

Daniel Murphy – Still out with glute pain.  No word if it’s the gluteus maximus, the Gladiator of ass muscles.

Bryce Harper – Out of the lineup, and I’m unsure how much he will play this week.  Or as Canadians say, “Harper’s PT, eh?”

Tanner Roark – 4 IP, 5 ER, ERA up to 2.86.  The Regression Fairies have the Kinky Boots soundtrack, they cry during every episode of Transparent, and they destroy your pitchers’ ratios.

Jean Segura – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 18th and 19th homers.   Segura can’t buy a lede from me.  No, really he can’t.  I’m a non-profit.  Little known secret is all bloggers are non-profits.  Why do you think I have 17 ads on every page?  I’m trying here!  As for Segura, oh, give me a break!  I was all about Segura back when all of youse wanted nothing to do with him.  I made Segura great again!  MSGA!  Hmm, acronym needs work.

Yasmany Tomas – 2-for-5, 2 runs, 5 Ks and his 30th homer, hitting .269.  Without knowing there was going to be an explosion of power this year, if I told you in March Tomas was going to hit 30 homers, where would you have drafted him?  Assuming, yes, that you believed me about the 30 homers.  Top 75?  Top 50?

Jake Lamb – 2-for-4, 2 runs and his 29th homer.  What’s even more remarkable about Lamb’s 29 homers, I believe he retired from July thru yesterday.

Mitch Haniger – 1-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 4th homer.  Now has two homers in the last eight games, though he also only has four hits in that time.  Might be a little power schmotato.

James Shields – 6 IP, 1 ER, 9 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 5.82.  Shields is rounding into form in time for the playoffs!  What’s that?  His poor pitching for the last three months insured the White Sox wouldn’t be in the playoffs?  Where’d you get that, you fact checker?  Hillary’s website?

Justin Morneau – 2-for-3, 3 RBIs and his 6th homer.  He’s been ice cold recently, so Morneau more, but I’d Morneau less too.

Bartolo Colon – 2 1/3 IP, 7 ER, ERA at 3.42.  Watch out!  Thar Colon blows!

Adam Conley – 3 IP, 0 ER, ERA at 3.85 as he was activated from the DL.  He returns from tendinitis in his middle finger.  That’s a common injury to New York City cabbies.

Dee Gordon – 4-for-5, 2 RBIs and a slam (1) and legs (27).  He hit his 1st home run of the year in the first Marlin at-bat of the game since the tragedy of J-Fer because:  baseball.  That was like Robert Redford in The Natural, pre-insane wrinkles, Kevin Costner in Bull Durham, pre-terrible career choices, and Charlie Sheen in Major League, pre-terrible life choices, rolled into one highlight.  That Dee Gordon home run was man tear-rific.

 
  1. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Very nice tribute to J-Fer before the Mets-Marlins game last night. The Ace of Diamonds has become the King of Hearts.

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Very nice write-up, especially given that there were so few games played.

    a. Thanks for Duvall! He’s been almost non-existent for days then he binges! I haven’t stopped using him, maybe things will turn around.

    b. Going to hell – Abeche – with no Internet! Have set my lineups for today, tomorrow and Thursday. I’m sure that will go really well. Back to Farchana, USA on Friday.

    c. Question. Have 5 starts left.

    1. Duffy at home vs. MIN (100% start, obviously)
    2. Lester @CIN (100% start, obviously, he wants to get to 20 wins)
    3. Porcello at home vs. Toronto (Might be dicey, but then I’ve said that for every start he’s made since I picked him up off waivers and he has really produced)
    4. MadBum at home vs. LAD

    Would you start them all? Am first in Ks (1394) and Ws (99) and 2nd in ERA (Despite Giles’ implosion last Friday) and WHIP

    d. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (September 27)

    Horatio: And the remainder of the trio, Frank?
    Tripp: They took off as soon as the cops were called.
    Horatio: I’m not surprised they’re running.
    Tripp: People are celebrating this death like we just won the war.
    Horatio: What the hell are you doing in here?
    Tripp: So what do you think about a suspect?
    Horatio: How about the city of Miami? (cue the queue of sunglasses)

    e. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (September 28)

    Victim’s son: Lieutenant, my mom has severe asthma. On a good day, she’s at 50% lung capacity. Wherever she is, if she doesn’t have her inhaler, there’s a real chance she could die.
    Horatio: Okay, what do you need from us? Okay, time is of the essence, every second counts. Think, please. I need the names of anyone Olivia’s parents could have argued with.
    Victim’s son: They’re not the kind of people who have enemies.
    Horatio: Until now.
    Victim’s son: W-Why is this happening? What’s happening? (cue the queue of sunglasses)

    f. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (September 29)

    Horatio: Come on, let’s get you out of here. This woman was murdered while her six-year-old daughter was hiding in the bathroom, Tom.
    Dr. tom: Did she see the killer?
    Horatio: That’s yet to be determined.
    Dr. Tom: Aha. There’s my cause of death. The spike penetrated the ocular cavity and passed into the frontal lobe. Caused intracranial bleeding. Seems to me like someone in the pageant wanted to send a message.
    Horatio: I think the message is clear: There are no winners today, Tom. (cue the queue of sunglasses) Not today.

    Enjoy it! See y’all Friday for the season finale of Horatio Caine quote of the day!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Yeah, hopefully B. Yikes C. Yeah, start them all D, E, F. Nice! Have a safe trip!

  3. Bob says:
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    Would you start eickhoff at atlanta? Atl has been hitting well. I need a qs and can’t affford a ratio hit. Eickhoff has faced them 4 times, 3 good and 1 not so good start. I have only a few start left. If I pass on eickhoff, I may able to use him on 10/2 vs the mets. Not sure about starting guys on last day of the season though. I may also be out of innings by then. I have 7 starts left up to 9/30 with only 37 innings left icluding eickhoff at atlanta. 3 starts on 9/30. . If I don’t use him, I may have an opportunity to start him and manaea on last day of the season. Not sure if manaea even gets another start but he is listed as the starter on 10/2 if the rotation holds.

    • MattTruss

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      With only 37 innings left it sounds like you might be out by the time the final day comes around anyway. Even at 5 IP per start, those 7 starts til 9/30 will get you just about there. I’d pick and chose carefully and I’d rather start Eickhoff vs. the Braves than the Mets if it comes down to that. Without knowing what the other options are though, it’s tough. Any benefit to loading up on the day you plan to go over your IP limit? If it’s a Yahoo! league you’ll get every stat you collect the day you go over. If you’re just trying to catch someone in QS for instances, load up with as many starters as you can and hope to hit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bob: Agree with Truss, don’t know other options, but Eickhoff vs. Braves is okayish

      • Bob says:
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        I can’t add anymore pitchers so I can’tload up. 9/30 was my planned load day to take me over my cap. I have darvish vs tb, rodon vs min and walker vs oak going. 3 starts that day. And I have 4 starts left this week including eikhoff at atl before 9/30 plus relief innings so I should be over my cap. I have 37 innings left. I thought I may be able to squeeze 2 more starts in if I bench eickhoff. Not sure if I can though since it will be on 10/2, eickhoff vs nym and manaea (he is lined up to start on sunday, but may not go). Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Gotcha, I’d go Eickhoff

  4. Timothy Henry says:
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    Do you think Javier Baez will be worth $10 as a lNL only keeper?

  5. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    I plan on running out A.J. Giffin (home vs MIL) and Nolasco (road vs OAK) … is that what you would do?

    • papasmurf says:
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      @Racehorse: Nolasco’s been surprisingly good in the last month. If you are desperate for some counting stats, like me, gotta go for it.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Racehorse: They are both pitching at home, but I agree with Papa on Nolasco.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Racehorse: Worth a shot, I’m throwing Nolasco

      • Racehorse says:
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        @Grey: 1st place by 2.5 pts, but only have pitching 22.0 innings left …

        I’m starting Nolasco tonight, what about …

        Ian Kennedy vs MIN tonight?
        Taijuan Walker vs OAK Friday?
        A.J. Cole vs MIA Friday
        Jharel Cotton vs SEA Saturday?

        Thanks !

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kennedy, Walker and Cotton

  6. Racehorse says:
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    Also, which batter …

    Duvall vs Wainwright
    Saunders vs Gausman

    And, do I dare sit Odor? He’s 5 for 41 in the last 14 days.

    Thanks !

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      @Racehorse: Yea and 0/18 in the past seven days sounds even worse, doesnt it? He’s breakin’ my balls as well man. Not sure what else to do with him at this point but hope for a dinger or two before the season ends on Sunday. Good luck to you.

      • Racehorse says:
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        @Grey: cool, gonna sit Mr. Fists-of-Fury

        One more please … batter … need 2 …

        Saunders vs Gausman
        Ozuna vs Syndergaard
        Kiermaier vs Sale
        Healy vs Nolasco

        Thanks Grey !

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Healy, Saunders

  7. Kcc26 says:
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    I don’t know about the last true .400 half, but Votto hit .362 in the 2nd half last year. If you pretend that April and May didn’t happen (they did), He’s like a .380 hitter since last July.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Kcc26: Damn, when you put it that way

  8. Fungazi says:
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    I don’t think Severino got the hook by his manager, he was ejected for throwing at batters.

    • Randy Bobandy says:
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      @Fungazi:

      Correct. Severino hit Donaldson in the 1st. Happ retaliates by hitting Headley in the 2nd – both teams warned. Bottom of the 2nd, Severino throws inside, then hits Smoak with the second pitch and that was all she wrote.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fungazi: Stupid me, that’s right, I knew that… Well, guys can still get the hook

  9. VinWins

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    Jeannie C. Riley

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @VinWins: Hehe, Vin likes the old references!

  10. Drunk Mets PR Team says:
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    After Colon’s little BP session, would you hold him for his projected Saturday start @PHI or stream that spot? I guess could go Cotton @SEA or Eickhoff vs Mets…

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: LOL, He should just put the three names in a a hat and see who he picks!

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Malicious Phenoms: LOL yeah our answers prove that.

      • Drunk Mets PR Team says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: Haha! Awesome. At least it confirms that I’m not crazy for being undecided… Thank you for the advice and thanks Grey + MP

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  11. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    A lot of players have hit .400 in half a season, mostly in the first half.

    Larry Walker 1997
    Todd Helton 2000
    Chipper Jones 2008
    Rod Carew 1983
    George Brett 1980
    Tony Gwynn 1994
    Nomar Garciaparra 2000
    Stan Musial 1948
    John Olerud 1993

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Hey, how come your crystal ball didn’t know this? hahahaha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Ha, it’s only forward looking crystal ball… Thanks for doing the digging!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: No problem, anytime!

  12. mH says:
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    Have been hit hard by injuries in SP, need to pick 3 of the following horrible waiver options: AJ Griffin, Nolasco, Mengden, G Marquez, A Miranda, Jimenez, S Lugo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @mH: Nolasco, Lugo, don’t know the other matchups

  13. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Rabies!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mrs.Featherbottom: Sadly, “with rabies” was on screen for the full 15 minutes (long time!) I was on the treadmill and didn’t get one pic of 2016 Presidential Debate (with rabies)

      • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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        @Grey: It was unshockingly depressing. The taint dipped in Hawaiian Tropic advocated for stop and frisk. Luckily HRC was poised and made articulate, substantive points. I’m still worried.

        • Grey

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          I wish Hillary would stop with the “Go get em fact checkers”… I think she thinks it’s showing she’s current and connected to how millennials do things, but to me it comes off like a school hallway monitor…

          • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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            @Grey: Totally agree – what you doing on the treadmill? I started running this past April/May – began on the treadmill, and now hit trails. I’m doing a 10K this Saturday. Most I’ve ran since 1994.

            • Grey

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              That’s awesome! I felt myself getting out of shape, so I started running five times a week… I don’t do much, like 3 miles… Just enough to break a sweat… I’ve never run more than that in my life though so I feel like I’ve accomplished something

              • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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                @Grey:Nice! I noticed a growing paunch and that I looked like a sausage in some t-shirts, started to hit the gym but always held off on running, would use the elliptical instead. Really happy I started, such a better workout. I joined a chill running group – we do a bout 5 miles every Wed., then grab beers after. In the immortal words of Kenny Powers, “I’m not trying to be the best at exercising”.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Same, same… I’m looking forward to inevitable knee issue that makes me unable to exercise and then I blow up like a whale

                  • Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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                    @Grey: I was getting really bad shin splints for a while – went to a running store and my new sneakers helped a lot – Nike Structure 18s I think. I was wearing a size 11.5 pair of shitty reeboks – found out I was supposed to be wearing a 13.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Wow, that’s a huge difference… yuge? I try to get new running kicks every 6 months… though I’m not sure they’re the best to begin, but at least new

  14. HudsonValleyPerfecto says:
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    Great shit as always G,

    Real quick pick 7 for next year. 12 team h2h 6×6 ops and qs are extra cats.

    Bryant schoop Desmond Cargo(col) Khris Brantley Sano gattis Russell lamb Salazar fulmer de Leon Quintana stroman Aaron Sanchez.

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @HudsonValleyPerfecto: Thanks! Bryant, CarGo, Salazar, Schoop, Desmond, Sano, Lamb, don’t love these

  15. lgm2120 says:
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    Are you trusting the stream-0-nator’s call on Foltynewicz’s start tomorrow against philly?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @lgm2120: I’m starting him in a deep league, don’t trust him

  16. Five-On-One says:
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    OK – Last weekly deadline of the year. I’ve stayed in the thick of things despite many bad decisions by yours truly. For pitching, I need K’s and W’s, but don’t want to take too much of a hit to ERA and WHIP. Sale and Hendricks are starting for me (I hope both of them make their last start, Sale on the last day of the season – why not – and Hendricks on the penultimate day, but with three days off before their playoff series starts and him being the third starter, again, why wouldn’t they start him?)

    Then, I need 5 of the following guys:

    Fulmer vCLE $7.5
    Gio vAZ $5.9
    Rodon vMIN $15.6 (I seem to always start him for his clunkers and sit him for his great starts)
    Wisler vDET $9.8
    Kazmir @SD $20.6 (I don’t understand this one)
    Ross vAZ $16.4 (or this one)
    Meyer vOAK $11.2
    Gsellman @PHI $3.6
    Ed-Rod vTOR -$17.5
    Bradley vSD $12.2
    Shipley vSD $0.9
    M.Gonzalez vTB $3.2

    2) Lugo (@MIA -$1.7) and Collmenter (vPHI $0.6) are also available and can slot into one of my RP slots. Start either or both or too much risk to ratios without enough upside for Wins and K’s?

    3) Start Eaton (injury from crashing into the freaking wall), or sit him for Seth Smith (or someone like him)?

    Thanks for all the help and advice this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: Rodon, Fulmer, Meyer, Ed-Rod, Wisler… None are really safe… 2. Start Lugo 3. Sit Eaton

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey: Thanks – One more – Who to play instead of Eaton for the last five games:

        Seth Smith (Home for 4, Away for 1, 4 lefties)
        Adam Lind (Home for 4, Away for 1, 4 lefties)
        Duda (Away for 4 – All righties)
        Adonis Garcia (Home for 5)

        Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Garcia

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey: Chatwood’s last start is at SF. Start him over Ed-Rod?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

  17. Scott says:
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    I can’t believe I got sucked in by Jaime Garcia again!

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      At least he got the quick hook before giving up another 5 ER the next two innings. When you saw the score was 14-2, you know you were expecting the worst, just some ticker shock!

      • Scott says:
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        @MattTruss: That same team had 7 HRs and 21 RBIs. Fantasy Baseball giveth, then taketh away!

    • papasmurf says:
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      @Scott: Yep I streamed him too. But he wasn’t the guy who bombed my pitching stats. It was Colon, who pitched like his name. Was he caught up in the emotion and was feeling sorry for MIA?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Could’ve been worse

  18. Scott says:
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    Which do you prefer?

    Matt Moore vs Col
    Ricky Nolasco vs Oak

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: Nolasco

  19. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    I’ll admit it, I teared up big time watching Dee’s HR. Not sure how many ball players there are that would move me to tears the way Fernandez’s passing has. Like, if Chase Utley croaked tomorrow, I’m not sure it would bother me quite so much. No offense Chase…well maybe a little.

    • The Hack says:
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      I think that’s the meanest I’ve ever seen you

    • Cram It says:
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      @MattTruss: Haha.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Ha, it happens from time to time Jack. Chase was the first name that popped into my head, it was either him or Carlos Gomez.

  20. KeeblerMN says:
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    Just wanted to say THANK YOU for an awesome year! I’m in the championship round of my 12 team keeper auction leage for the first time in 7 years. Scherzer/Lester/Villar ($1) and Segura have been the stars. T Frazier as a keeper for the 3rd year has helped. Amazingly Adam Jones and J Upton came alive for the playoffs.
    100% sagnof for closers all year thanks to you (J Johnson, J Gomez (recently dropped) and Kintzler.. K Rod was the only one I got and he was cheap).
    Reading your column every day not only puts a smile on my face but it helped me get here.
    My team put me up BIG yesterday as well 9-1-2 (6 hr, 15 rbi, 15 R, 2 sb, .463 obp, .885 slg) which means if I can stream pitching I should be able to keep it.
    Thanks again!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @KeeblerMN: No problem…. Let’s win it!

  21. Grassy Knoll Redding says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Great short and sweet write up! The Wild Samoans reference took me back to my youth. Leave it to you to mention the last tag team to participate in a “Showdown at Shea.”

    I stupidly streamed Colon yesterday for his worst start of the year. It seemed like a smart stream, but looking back I totally forgot that the spirit of Jo-Fer would be shining down on his teammates. If my ratios had to get blown up, at least it was in memory of him.

    Would you start Eickhoff today at Atlanta? He’s got good numbers against the Braves, but I’ve still got the post-Bartolo jitters. Could pick up De Leon at San Diego instead, if that’s better?

    Thanks a lot!