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!

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: yup, true story. My thinking is one of his friends brought the balls and wanted him to Jose to autograph them for him..

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So depressing

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey: It will take a lifetime to move on from this. He was that special!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Agreed, it’s a tough pill to swallow

  22. WM says:
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    In a keeper league, safe to drop David Ortiz?

    No way he returns?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @WM: If you keep him, he retires…if you drop him, he returns..I’d be shocked if he came back.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @WM: Drop him, Bosox are already talking about using the ‘Panda’ at DH next season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WM: He’s retiring

  23. Randy Bobandy says:
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    Made the finals in my league (standard head to head).

    Of course my opponent has 7 starters x2, meanwhile Roark laid a nice egg yesterday. Great start!

  24. jdub01984 says:
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    Championship week in my 7×7 Head to Head Yahoo league. We get 3 adds a week. Added Dee Gordon yesterday to try and win Stolen Bases since the other manager in the championship and myself have been punting stolen bases for most of the year. So far that pickup is working out. Used another add for Sean Manaea. Have one last add for the week. Have Wilson Ramos as my catcher, so I need to use my final add for the week for a catcher. Categories in the league are Runs, Hits, Home Runs, RBIs, Stolen Bases, Total Bases, and Batting Avg.

    Which catcher would you add for this week:

    Wellington Castillo
    Francisco Cervelli
    Stephen Vogt

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @jdub01984: I’d probably go Vogt

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: agree with F

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @JeF WiTh 1 F: The Mets were a class act last night. I sure hope they make the playoffs!

        • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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          @Malicious Phenoms: Yeah that was a tough night…oddly enough i didn’t mind losing that game even with the tight wildcard race. They better fucking win tonight though!!!

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @JeF WiTh 1 F: I have this very weird felling that Miami makes the playoffs with the Mets, as the Cards and Giants continue to suck for the rest of the season…

  25. dhouse42 says:
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    Bleh, catcher question: I have had Wilson Ramos all year, and looks like he is done, at least for this week. I need some production from Catcher this week as I have been back and forth between 1st and 2nd in my roto league. In particular, I need steals (I could jump 3 people with just a few more steals than them) but I want to keep pace in other counting stats. My average is pretty high so I can take an average hit if it helps with counting stats.

    Who should I pick up from:

    Francisco Cervelli, Tom Murphy, Nick Hundley (maybe both Hundley and Murphy?? I can make room), Wellington Castillo, Matt Wieters, Cameron Rupp, Sandy Leon, Derek Norris, Brian McCann?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Murphy/Hundley

  26. Jp says:
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    Grey-I have one free move left and I am firmly stuck in second place. Do either of these guys do anything for you as far as 2017 goes? Pineda or D Norris?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Norris

  27. What up fam? Trying to win the big cheez here. You like any of these streamers tomorrow?

    Taillon ChC
    Miller @Was
    Folty Phi
    Perdomo LAD
    Gray @LAA

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taillon, Perdomo, Gray, that order

  28. The_Truth says:
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    Grey – My H2H league wrapped up on Sunday (we decided to shorten the season one week this year since too many pitchers get skipped and hitters rested during the last week), and after 3 straight years of losing in the finals aka “Bobby Cox-ing It” I finally broke through this year to claim my league title. No question here, just wanted to thank you and all the Razzball staff for awesome advice and hilarious reads throughout the season that really helped me win the Big Gold Belt.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice! Congrats!

  29. jb says:
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    Ch-ch-ch-ch Chacin pet? I need to gets wins and my opponent who has beat me twice in the regular season. I took a look at Jhoulys and he doesn’t inspire confidence, but SON says go. Should I go for Chacin or look elsewhere. My opponent opted for Clay Bucholz.

    • jb says:
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      @jb: I may pick up one more streamer, but Chacin could be it so I’m trying to make it count. Thanks, Grey!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        No problem

        • jb says:
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          @Grey: Ha ha. I guess I didn’t ask the question correctly.

          Which two should I start out of Chacin, Miranda and Perdomo?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Chacin, Perdomo

    • jb says:
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      @jb: Other starts I have are:
      Clayton Kershaw, Kyle Hendricks, Rick Porcello, Marcus Stroman, Taijuan Walker, Jharel Cotton, Mike Fiers

      Any do you see not starting? Other options are Miranda and Perdomo beside Chacin. There may be a couple of more, but do not know who these guys are.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Don’t know their matchups but unlikely

  30. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Pick 2 please:
    Lackey @ Pit (Vogelsong) 14.5
    Price @ Yankees 22.5
    Fulmer vs. Cle (Bauer) 6.7

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Price, Lackey

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Thanks. Also, if Brocktune is out of the lineup tonight I’m dropping him. You with me?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, sad face

        • Scott says:
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          @Fred Garvin MP:For what it’s Werth, I dropped him yesterday.

  31. Scott says:
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    Stream Kennedy vs MIN?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  32. Goldschmidt says:
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    Pick 3 to start (thank you)
    Morgan @ATL
    [email protected]
    Collmenter- PHI
    Shipley- SD
    Bradley-SD
    Norris-CLEV

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hell, Norris, Brad

  33. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Yesterday, someone asked, “Villar or Seager for this week.” I said Seager, you said Villar..NICE CALL!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  34. Justin says:
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    would you ship off Braun for Piscotty and Odorizzi in a keeper league? h2h, 16 teams

    thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  35. The Hack says:
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    Someone on twitter lumped eminem into modern rappers. I can sit idly by about sports and politics but oh hells no is someone going to make a statement like that. I couldnt let that pass. He came up in the 90’s, broke in the 90’s and shares a connection to that era. He may have been become popular in the early 2000’s but his game was crafted in the 90’s. Sorry, I get worked up when it comes to hip hop, must be Nick rubbing off on me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Em’s mainstream album was 2000s but that was prolly mostly lyrics written in 90s

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: The first album was early 99 and I had heard of him before that. I dont care when they broke, thats like calling RA a modern rapper because his highest selling album was recently even though he’s been rappin since the early 90’s…he knew Biggie!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I don’t disagree… It would be like saying Spielberg is a 2000s director because AI made a lot of money

          • The Hack says:
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            @Grey: well thats just crazy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Me too!

            • The Hack says:
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              @nick the dick: oh hell yeah, even the slim shady LP was great, my favorite that no other album ever got close to

              • nick the dick says:
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                @The Hack: Weird too, I so randomly listened to the whole Slim LP all day yesterday riding around, had been years since I listened straight through

                • The Hack says:
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                  @nick the dick: I love that there is a song called “just don’t give a fuck” followed a few songs later called “still don’t give a fuck”

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @The Hack: Ha yup! Doesn’t get much better than ‘If I Had’

                    • The Hack says:
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                      @nick the dick: great track, rock bottom comes off so genuine and not cliched

    • nick the dick says:
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      @The Hack: If everyone could be a little more like me the world would be a better place

      • The Hack says:
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        @nick the dick: oddly, I agree with that

        • nick the dick says:
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          @The Hack: Pimp cups, can I get an amen!

          • The Hack says:
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            @nick the dick: I prefer a pimp mug, harder to drop and better grip for crashing it on someones head

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @nick the dick: I’m commenting before watching….I’m guessing you posted “Anyman” by Em.

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @nick the dick: Damn, I was way off.

            • nick the dick says:
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              @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Slippy, slappy, swami…jealousy! You were way off!

              • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                @nick the dick: Harry, your hands are freezing!

  36. jacks says:
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    Happy I kept Duvall and Villar in my lineup this week per your recommendation and played Bailey over Dull. Looking like I’ll win my league (which is in its 32nd year) this year! I’m an avid, daily reader of your posts and comments. You keep the game fun for me AND you’ re helping me win. Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem… Congrats!

  37. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Wilson Ramos torn ACL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ouch

  38. Scott says:
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    Cubs B-team on the field tonight!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks for the heads up!

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: Uh, Kawasaki is in the lineup.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Wow

  39. Kratos says:
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    need era,whip
    lackey @pit
    tehran vs phi
    eickhof @ atl
    waino vs cin
    start all? none? rank?
    thanks for your help

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Start all

  40. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Castro back in the Yankees, Polanco back as well..Harper and Starling Marte still out.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Murphy still sitting (hehe) for the Nats as well.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Ha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  41. Scott says:
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    Uh oh, looks like the Pirates pulled their lineup card.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh no!

  42. Scott says:
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    Jarrod Dyson sighting

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice!

  43. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Matz done for the year and will have elbow surgery for the bone spur..

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So unsurprising

  44. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Benoit tear in his calf.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn, costly fight

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, Travis shoulder, Grilli probably over-excited by action.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA

  45. Joeg414 says:
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    I meet Bruce today at Barnes n Noble , just wonderful .

    Need to sit one hitter need : Runs , Steals , Homers , Avg…..Everyhing .
    Fowler @ Vogelsong
    Polanco – home vs Lackey
    Lamb vs @ Scherzer
    Belt – home vs Maquez
    Drury @ Scherzer
    P. Orlando – home vs Berrios
    Schoop @ Sanchez – Tor

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s amazing! Was he signing something, like a planned meeting or you ran into him by accident?

      Schoop

      • Joeg414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Planned. A meet and greet with about 2000 book buyers. Autograph and photo.
        Just a a Great Man .

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          So cool, where? The city? Lot of people? You get to say anything to him? Deets please

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                That is so effin cool

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              That’s so cool… Freehold racetrack still open? I used to go there

              • Joeg414 says:
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                @Grey:
                Yes it’s still open . The oldest racetrack in the USA .

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Crazy!

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                @Grey: Wow, Freehold Raceway, been there a few times back in the day..Cool that it is still open!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Can’t believe it, right?

                  • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                    @Grey: AMAZING. I left NJ in 1978 and I never in a million years thought it would still be there..That place was OLD back then!

                    • Grey

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                      Exactly

  46. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Taking a shot with Barney, 4/7 with a HR vs Gausman.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I got Brock Holt, with little to no research done

    • The Hack says:
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      @VinWins: I saw that but cant bring myself to do it. I went Iglesias going against the Clevenger Steamer

      • VinWins

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        @The Hack: Also trying Joyce, 10/28 with 2 HR vs Lackey.

        • The Hack says:
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          @VinWins: I need runs more than anything else.

  47. matt says:
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    Would you start gausman against Toronto?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  48. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Gary Sanchez just hit #20..104 players have 20 HR’s or more this season, all time record, breaking the record set in 1999.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Breaking what record? Fastest to 20 HRs?

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: No, the total number of players hitting 20 homers or more in a single season.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh, wow, damn

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey: They have to be juicing the ball or maybe they are putting those super balls in the middle of baseball’s..

            • Grey

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              Haha

            • regan says:
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              @Malicious Phenoms: I’ve been thinking the same thing lately. The new commish came in and said “Pitchers are killing our league, people want dongers, give em what they want.” Or everyone is on some new type of juice that’s undetectable. There is no other way to explain this.

          • VinWins

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            @Grey: He did tie the record for fastest to 20.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I thought so, with who?

              • VinWins

                VinWins says:
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                @Grey: Wally Berger of the 1930 Boston Braves

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Oh! Good ol Wally!

  49. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    How was Birth of a Nation?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not bad, not great… kind of a bore at times… it’ll prolly win every award

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Grey: Seems like it will be too big of a movie to win everything. Or that’s been changing some lately, huh?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What do you mean by big? Big budget? It was an indie, won Sundance this year…

  50. ebudz says:
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    10 team H2H Points

    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), HOLD (+1), ER (-2), HIT (-1), SO (+3), NH (+10), PG (+15)

    Okay Grey, yesterday you helped me pick out starts to use but my streaming options have changed a bit! Sunday 10/2 is the last day of this championship matchup and I’m trying to maximize the start limit… The ones marked with asterisks were already picked but now I need to pick 3 more out of the following:

    9/28
    De Leon @SD (34.0)
    Taillon vs. CHN (14.8)*
    Paxton @HOU (6.0)
    Snell @CHA (1.0)

    9/29
    Duffy vs. MIN (21.0)
    Nova vs. CHN (10.1)
    J. Gray @SF (8.5)
    Ray @WAS (-0.8)
    D. Norris vs. CLE (-2.8)
    Straily @STL (-4.2)

    9/30
    Pineda vs. BAL (28.4)*
    Gsellman @PHI (3.6)
    Tomlin @KC (1.2)
    Ventura vs. CLE (-0.9)
    Asher vs. NYN (-15.3)

    10/1
    Bradley vs. SD (12.0)*
    Colon @PHI (11.3)
    Musgrove @LAA (8.6)
    Cotton @SEA (0.4)
    T. Anderson vs. MIL (-0.2)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duffy, Nova, Gsellman

  51. The Hack says:
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    You watch the new Shark Tank?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh hell yeah… I don’t even drink beer and that Sodastream for beer looked cool

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Yes! I thought it was cool and i’m really more of a drink out of the bottle guy

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha… And you don’t need a cartridge, which is really the reason why everyone who has a Soda stream hasn’t used it in 6+ months

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: No doubt! Shit was rad. I think the chicken soup is one of the worst ideas ever. Spend a 100 bucks to next day someone chicken soup for 4, with old rolls and cookies? get the fux outta here

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not only the worst idea, but they invested like 1.5 million or something, oy

  52. Razor Shines says:
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    Grey,

    Are Chris Davis, McCutchen, Dee Gordon, or Kinsler worth a 5th round keeper price in a 10-team 6×6 (add OBP) H2H league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Davis is iffy, others aren’t

  53. Matt says:
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    Think Scherzer starts again? Dropable in single year league f not right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Droppable

  54. regan says:
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    Does Aledmys Diaz crack the top 10 SS next year? OBP league. Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doubtful

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That is my jammy jam!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: such my jam

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I want more Jeru… This song does have nice horns

          • The Hack says:
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            @Grey: and sick lyrics

    • nick the dick says:
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      @nick the dick: if you say TROY I guess i’ll give you that…

      • The Hack says:
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        @nick the dick: thats an acceptable answer

        • nick the dick says:
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          @The Hack: Those Jeru joints tho…silky smooth

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