Cubs traded a player to be named later for Austin Jackson.  Assuming the player to be named later isn’t anyone on their current roster, this was a solid trade for them from a real baseball perspective.  Real baseball has more spitting than fantasy baseball, but about the same amount of scratching.  The areas that are scratched are similar too.  Like just below the FUPA.  Austin Jackson clouds up the Cubs’ current roster in all the worst ways.  Can one team have too much of a good thing?  The short answer is yes.  The long answer is yeeeeeeeees.  Now, Coghlan (1-for-4), Fowler (2-for-5 and his 15th homer), Schwarber (1-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI) and maybe Baez, when he’s called up, are squeezed for playing time.  If anyone can make this work, it’s Maddon.  Sadly, only Maddon will understand how, why, what and every journalistic question as to when Jackson or anyone will play.  Oh, and Soler will return shortly too.  And by “shortly,” I don’t mean the manner in which Altuve does something.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

PSYCHE!  Before we get into the roundup, I just wanted to quickly announce that our fantasy basketball commenter leagues are signing up.  So, if your ringtone is Kurtis Blow’s Basketball or if you wear your purple three-piece suit five sizes too big and have babies’ mamas, fantasy basketball is for you!  Go there and sign up.  Anyway II, the roundup:

Kyle Hendricks – 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 4 Ks.  You know what would be nice?  Well, yes, a pillow that looks as comfy as Nicki Minaj’s booty, but besides that.  It would be nice if Hendricks pitched as well as his peripherals look.

Eugenio Suarez – 1-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  After Cozart went down, Eugenio stepped in and did likely better than Cozart could’ve done.  Somewhere, Salieri is smiling.

Jason Bourgeois – 3-for-6, 1 run, 2 RBIs.  Sing it with me, Bourgeois, “A working class hero is something to be…”

Hanley Ramirez – Another day, another update that Hanley isn’t playing.  If I had a nickel for every time I mentioned Hanley wasn’t playing, I’d have about a dollar.  Better than what I have now, which is an aging player in a weekly league that doesn’t ever play!

Dustin Pedroia – Cleared for baseball activities.  The first thing he should do is scratch himself.  Or maybe spit.  Ugh, such tough choices!

Mookie Betts – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 13th homer, and his 2nd homer in three games.  I already know where I’m going to rank some guys for next year, but Betts?  I don’t have a clue.  His stats feel like a 2nd rounder, but he hasn’t wow’d me at any point this year.

David Ortiz – 2-for-3 and his 29th homer.   Why do I feel like Big Papi will be doing this until he’s 50?  Of course, that’s in about two years.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 5 IP, 1 ER, 10 baserunners, 4 Ks vs. Ivan Nova 6 IP, 3 ER, 8 baserunners, 3 Ks.  Red Sox come with a ton of Sons of Sam Horn hype and Yankees come with “You stupid son of a b*tch, the Yankees are the best” hype, so these pitchers might be overrated, but they’re really just streamers that I’d use the Stream-o-Nator on.

Mark Teixeira – Sent back to New York for tests.  As I mentioned yesterday, there’s no reason to DL players with the rosters expanding, which means — here’s to a few weeks of pinch-hit at-bats from Te(i)x.

Didi Gregorius – 4-for-5, 1 RBI, hitting near-.500 in the last week and has two 4-hit games in his last four games.  Didi, Didi, Didi, can’t you see, your hot schmotato hypnotizes me.

Jonny Gomes – Was acquired by the Royals to serve as a pinch-hitter vs. lefties and to help fans remember the Great Lakes, if, ya know, Guron was one.

Corey Dickerson – Took batting practice yesterday, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him return as soon as this weekend.  No real reason to not just let him play with the Rockies, if he’s healthy.  Of course, the “if” in that sentence has had its own zip code for Dickerson this year.

Robbie Ray – 5 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners, 8 Ks in Coors.  I started him in Tout Wars where I’m just throwing Hail Marys at this point, but how about Rudy’s lead in that league?  Cousin Afrosheen is pulling away from the pack like tigers in Minnesota would pull away from that crazy big game hunter dentist that was in the news for a day about a month ago, but my ex, who works for PETA, still posts about every day on her Facebook wall.

Brad Ziegler – 2/3 IP, 4 ER and the blown save after giving up three runs on Sunday.  Like a Crash Test Dummy, mmm, Ziegler’s hit a wall.  I grabbed Daniel Hudson, who should get a save chance in today’s doubleheader if the Diamondbacks find themselves in a close game, and, knowing my luck, Hudson will likely explode for runs like he has Montezuma’s Revenge.  FMFBBL!

A.J. Pollock – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 14th homer.  A Pollock by any other name wouldn’t smell so cabbagey.

David Freese – Will be activated from the DL today.  Once Scioscia tags him, Freese will be able to move again.

Hector Santiago – 2 2/3 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 3.37.  As predicted here amongst a lot of predictions that didn’t come true, Santiago is slowly working his ERA up to 3.50.

Chris Bassitt – Experiencing shoulder soreness.  C’mon, Bassitt, you’re my favorite underdog!

Mark Canha – 1-for-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 11th homer.  I was about to say he’s hot, but I just looked at his last week and he’s hitting a robust .179.  How dare he make me sully anything with the word bust in it!

Danny Valencia – 2-for-4, 1 run, 3 RBIs, hitting over .350 in the last week.  Oh, Danny Boy, the hits, the hits are calling.

Jed Lowrie – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 6th homer.  I was thisclose to making him my batty call yesterday.  So, so glad I went with Adonis Garcia instead.  So, very glad.

Hank Conger – 1-for-4 and his 9th homer.  Yes, I lost some credibility on my ability to think clearly with Conger when I ranked him super high in the preseason, but Castro’s injured and, for deep leagues, Conger will be starting.

Carlos Correa – 2-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 16th homer.  Fly, iCarlos, fly!

Dallas Keuchel – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 8 Ks in 121 pitches.  Was A.J. Hinch waiting to switch out Keuchel when he came to bat?  Cause that’s a McClendon move.  Someone needs to make up the t-shirt, “Crazy…like a McClendon!”

Jose Altuve – 3-for-5, 2 runs and his 35th steal.  I just had an idea for Altuve for Halloween.  He can dress up like Neil Armstrong and keep saying, “One small step for man…”

Mark Trumbo – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 18th and 19th homers.  Doode went so cold when he went to the Mariners, if you would’ve told me he only had ten homers all year, I prolly would’ve believed you.  Trumbo might be addicted to being called a bounce back candidate.  Every year with this guy.

Carlos Martinez – Scratched from today’s start as the Cardinals begin to cut back on his innings.  Ah, September, when teams try to pretend their compliant to managing young starters’ innings with rubber stamps while passing off rubber checks by keeping them off the rubber.  What, there was a sale on the word rubber.

John Lackey – 6 IP, 1 ER, 8 baserunners (4 BBs), 8 Ks, ERA at 2.87.  You know what Lackey is?  Workmanlike.  Next to workmanlike in the dictionary, there’s a picture of Lackey.  “Next to (blank) in the dictionary, there’s a picture,” as a phrase, is going to get some weird looks in 20 years.  “There’s pictures in the online dictionary that President Ivanka Trump approved?”

Jhonny Peralta – 2-for-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI.  I believe those might’ve been his first hits in August.  Speaking of which, goodbye, August!

Mark Reynolds – 2-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and has hits in 8 straight games, and a homer yesterday.  All brays to Mini Donkey!

Gio Gonzalez – 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.13.  All things considered, this was a good start by him.  Okay, not all things considered, that would be exhausting.

Ryan Zimmerman – 3-for-5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 13th homer.  Don’t make me belabor it.  He’s hot, grab him if you need some power.

Josh Hamilton – Will only serve as a pinch-hitter during the final month of the season.  If only Burr would put Hamilton out of his misery.

Tyson Ross – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 7 Ks, ERA at 3.27.  You know what Ross has been this year?  The guy who’s been decent, that you really don’t want to start.

Mike Foltynewicz – Was a late scratch yesterday.  It was likely serious if they went through the trouble of writing in his name in the lineup card, then scratching him.

Shelby Miller – 7 IP, 1 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 2.56.  This guy filled in for Faultywirewicz.  Not a bad backup to have.  Braves might want to consider keeping him in the rotation.

Christian Yelich – Didn’t start again on Monday due to his sore knee.  A 17-year-old really shouldn’t be having these sorts of problems.

Justin Bour – 3-for-4, 1 RBI, and two homers in the prior two games.  Hot schmotato alert!

Hunter Pence – Took swings yesterday, but still feels pain and isn’t expected back soon.  Only thing worse than looking at a Gangly Manbird, is looking at a sad one.  No one wins here!

Alejandro De Aza – Was acquired by the Giants to help with the loss of ManBird.  Not the Byrd man, they have him still.

Jake Peavy – 5 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 6 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.38 vs. Brett Anderson 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 1 K.  This matchup was billed as, “Um, well, we have season tickets so you wanna go?”  “Who’s pitching, dad?  Bumgarner?  Kershaw?  Greinke?”  “I don’t think so, but the weather is nice out!”

Andre Ethier – 1-for-3 and his 13th homer.  He doesn’t start vs. lefties, and I don’t mean against Reds pitchers or Commies.

Enrique Hernandez – Out a few weeks with a strained hamstring.  Mattingly said, “This is the worst news I’ve heard for a Kike since–”  And then a cavalcade of rabbis from the Anti-Defamation League entered the clubhouse on horses wearing yarmulkes, interrupting Mattingly.

Justin Ruggiano – Acquired by the Dodgers from the Mariners for a player to be named later.  I wonder if the Mariners are acquiring all of these players to be named later because McClendon can’t remember anyone’s name.

Abraham Almonte – 2-for-4 and hit a home run on Sunday, hitting over .350 in the last week and this might be the last time I ever say anything nice about him.  We shall see.  Or not.  Your choice!

Danny Salazar – 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 baserunners, 10 Ks as he outdueled David Price 7 IP, 3 ER, 7 baserunners, 9 Ks.  Like a cigarette after drunk sex, I really needed that start from Salazar.  I don’t want to gloat too obscenely though, because he has a big matchup again later this week and we need all hands on deck for our prayer hexagon.

Ben Revere – 2-for-5, 1 run as he hit leadoff.  Hello, major fantasy value boost, may I have another?

Manny Machado – 2-for-5, 1 run as he started at shortstop.  Rejoice, 2016 fantasy baseballers with very little games played requirements.

Evan Longoria – 1-for-4 and his 15th homer.  Member when he was the commercial spokesman for New Era hats?  He should be featured in a New Era commercial for their new, fitted brown paper bags.

Asdrubal Cabrera -1-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 10th homer.  Asdrubal went cold the past week after having a hot two weeks prior, and it sounds like I’m writing his autobiography.  So, finally he said to his 4th grade gym teacher, “I will be someone one day,” and that teacher was Edgar Renteria.

Tim Beckham – 2-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 7th homer.  He’ll be vying to be a full-time player next year, and likely a deep sleeper candidate.  Assuming he can shake this “Is he going to be a failed prospect like Delmon” stank.

Wei-Yin Chen – 4 2/3 IP, 5 ER.  Ugh, you do butter against everyone and then vs. the Rays, you’re just butt.  Not cool, Chen, not cool.  The Stream-o-Nator hates, and rightfully so, his next start, so I’d look elsewhere.

Lucas Duda – Won’t return when first eligible. Ma nishtana, why would Duda be any different than any other player?

Curtis Granderson – 1-for-3, 2 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  This might be the best the Mets have played since Keith Hernandez smuggled a pound of coke in Wally Backman’s backside.  Grandy has done more than his part too.  He’s now in the top 20 OFs for all of fantasy, according to our Player Rater.  Though, there is a legit gap between the top 15 and the top 20.

Michael Conforto – 2-for-2 and his 4th homer.  Conforto isn’t playing every day, because the Mets are still carrying around a corpse with Cuddyer’s jersey like they’re Doing the Bernie.

Bartolo Colon – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 4.42.  Colon blew through the Phillies….in a good way.

Maikel Franco – Will take batting practice on Wednesday.  Phillies interim manager, Pete Mackanin, said, “Once he does that — getting a few at-bats and taking some batting practice — I might run him right in there if he’s 100 percent.”  I like how he’s so flippant with the future of the franchise.  Yeah, man, just run him back out there!  For s’s and g’s, if nothing else, am I right?  C’mon, the risk of him re-injuring himself makes it fun!  Maybe you hire a hypnotist to convince Maikel he’s actually playing handball, so he swings with his wrist and no bat.  Really up the stakes!

  1. Manley Ramirez says:
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    You really think Peanut Dick (because you know, PLANTAR fascitis) would return without any rehab starts? Would sure be nice for him to get some ABs at Coors before they hit the road again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Manley Ramirez: I’d guess maybe one to three rehab starts at the most

  2. Gareth says:
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    I grabbed Baez yesterday. This roster crunch on the Cubs is a concern though. Do you think he starts enough to warrant an extended spot in a 12 team rcl, while subsequently clogging up a spot for streaming? It’s so annoying when your player sits and there’s other good options out there.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gareth: I think he’s borderline in the RCL due to non-consistent playing time

    • Theo says:
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      @Gareth:
      Considering Castro committed 4 errors at 2nd the last two days, I think it is safe to plan on Baez playing regularly for the rest of this week. Hopefully he won’t strike out 50x and can stay in the lineup (Just a Cubs fan’s take).

  3. Gareth says:
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    Think I’m going to have to change my Avatar. I no longer have the cat in the picture and it saddens me to see it when I post.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gareth: Aw, I’m sorry

  4. Gareth says:
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    Who’s the drop – Doolittle or Machi?

    • Manley Ramirez says:
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      @Gareth: Can’t it be both?

      • Gareth says:
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        @Manley Ramirez: Chasing saves is Gross.

    • zeus says:
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      @Gareth: Machi had a horrific ninth yesterday outside of not blowing the save.

  5. Nick says:
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    Guys, Grey,

    here is my “winner the regular season” team,
    before playoffs: Keeper league
    C Salvy Perez
    1B Goldy
    2B José Alty
    3B Matt Carpy
    SS Ian – back from Hell – Desmond
    OF1 Beauty-Sta
    OF2 Fowler
    OF3 KDavis
    Util E5
    Util Miggy Mighty Sano
    Bench DeShields + Buxton + K.Wong
    DL Springer + Myers

    SP1 Archer
    SP2 Salazar
    SP3 TJWalker
    SP4 J.Shields
    RP1 K.Jansen
    RP2 C.Allen
    P Tolleson
    P AJ Ramos
    P J.Wilson (holds)
    P B.Shaw (holds)
    Bench: Heaney + A.Wood
    Waiting Room: Berrios

    What would you change for the playoffs?
    Springer would be activated soon! Is Buxton expendable?
    K.Wong is cold streaky –> Go Baez?
    interesting players on FA : Granderson, J.Bradley Jr, D.Valencia, Moustakas, Ryan Zimm

    Heaney has a disatrous +5Era
    AWood and Shields are just so unpredictable
    pick Y.Ventura on FA?

    thanks Nick

    • The HAND OF SAGNOF says:
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      @Nick: granderson and jbj are hitting. I’m rolling out jbj until he stops. Granderson should be rostered. 20+ hr on FA shouldn’t fly in most leagues.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nick: Can lose Wong, Buxton, go with Baez and Springer

  6. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Fantastic write-up. I cracked up through almost every blurb once my slow brain figured them out. Kind of like a delay after effect rush.

    a. On Lackey you are bang on. The guy is money at home and just brings his lunchpail to work every day.

    b. Salazar prayer hexagon in full effect

    c. Go see ‘The Age of Adeline’. It’s a cool movie AND you get sex after for being emancipated.

    d. NORM MACDONALD quote of the day:

    ‘LA Lakers have chosen Mike Brown as their new head coach. Coach Brown said his first meeting with star player Kobe Bryant went well, but that’s also what “you know who” thought when she first met Kobe at a Colorado hotel.’

    • The Tribe says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Haha, its funny because rape! Up top, bruh!

      • zeus says:
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        @The Tribe: SJW Alert!!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: Thanks! A. Yup B. Thank you! C. Never heard of it D. Ha

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: The Age of Adaline, sorry for misspelling above (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1655441/) is a really great movie. You will never forget it, it’s a timeless classic.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Cool, thanks for the recommendation!

  7. M says:
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    Any chance Machado gets 4 more starts at SS ROS?

    • danny almonte says:
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      @M:
      That’d be amazing for me…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @M: Seems unlikely, but I guess could

  8. MJ says:
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    No Addison Russell mention even though he homered off of Chapman?!

    • Cram It says:
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      I’ve been streaming like a badass @MJ: Addison Russell. Mentioned.

  9. MJ says:
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    I am guessing Jackson was picked up partly because they believe Soler is done for the rest of the regular season. Hopefully he will be back for the playin game as he is more important to that lineup then people think!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MJ: Word

    • Fungazi says:
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      @MJ: Oh yeah, I can imagine it gets really hot in the Cubs dugout without Soler up there creating bat wind 4 times a game.

  10. ebudz says:
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    Morning Grey!

    I’m actually up by 43 points and have a lead to start the week for once and I’m trying to stay ahead of my opponent streaming-wise so after the first game starts around 3pm today, who should I be picking up to stream tomorrow?

    Thanks to your advice yesterday, I’ll already be rolling out Niese vs. PHI (20.7), Cashner vs. TEX (11.2) and Shoemaker @OAK (0.3) today so which two or three guys will be worth starting tomorrow? Remember I just need positive scores and to give you an example of the scoring, Ross put up 26 pts and Hendricks scored me 5 pts yesterday if that helps…

    ESPN 10 Team H2H Points:
    Pitcher Scoring: WIN (+3), LOSS (-3), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+3), ER (-2), HIT (-1), NH (+10) PF (+15)

    9/2
    Gausman vs. TB (12.4)
    Walker @HOU (8.0)
    MIlone vs. CHW (1.9)
    Rodon @MIN (-3.6)
    Iglesias @CHC (-9.2)
    H. Owens vs. NYY (-11.2)
    Heaney @OAK (-11.6)
    Locke @MIL (-13.4)
    E. Ramirez @BAL (-16.9)
    Leake @LAD (-23.9)

    • danny almonte says:
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      @ebudz:

      Wow SON doesnt like Iglesias at cubs. You agree, Grey? Im starting him…

      • White Rabbit says:
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        @danny almonte: he stuck out 8 last time vs the Cubs … seems to be on a roll (but then again so are the Cubs). if you can afford a kidney, some whip and some era in case of a roofie and really need the K’s, then go for it!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ebudz: Gausman, Walker, Rodon

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Word thanks Grey! Just scooped up Gausman and Walker but already owned Rodon so there’s one more streamer spot open right now .. anyone else worth starting in my league or just go with those 3? Part of me wants to pickup Iglesias or Heaney just so my opponent can’t use them against me…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, just those three… Grab Raisel if you want to block your opponent

    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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      @ebudz: Meh….if desperate, I’d go Gausman and Walker. The #’s don’t suggest so, but I’d be willing to start Heaney @ Oakland as well.

  11. MisterMister says:
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    Grabbed Peraza for some sweet, sweet September SAGNOF from someone who dropped him, but of course I benched him last night since he didn’t start. Is this going to be like Billy Hamilton’s first call-up, where he won’t start every day, but there will be days to leave him in anyway for the higher odds of a pinch-situation SB? 3 SB in 3 days and 1 start (Small Sample Size Alert).

    Even if he plays inconsistently, I figure there is value in holding him, as preventing some other team from getting his SB may have as much value as what they add to my score.

    • MisterMister says:
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      For context: clinging to a 3-point lead, and where the SB cat ranks 138, 137, 124, 123, 121, 121, 116, 108, 105, etc., I’m tied at 121 and the top chaser is 124. Definitely a crunch-time cat this year.

  12. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Grab Conger or Rupp over “0-for-August” Grandal in 9×9 H2H, or continue to Popeil?

  13. Chris says:
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    Hello Grey,

    Thoughts on dropping the recently cold Parra in favor of Werth?

    Thanks,
    Chris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Chris: Go for it

  14. Pete says:
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    Okay to drop Teix and grab Zimmerman in a 12 team H2H points league? Hitting is shallow, and I’m going to need the bat for playoffs since I’m not carrying any bench hitters.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Pete: Go for it

  15. dem ribbies says:
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    Sonofabench! 10K’s on the pine stings every single time.

    I don’t normally keep arms, but was lucky enough to score Salazar for $2 on the wire. No-brainier keep in a 10 team – keep 10 format?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @dem ribbies: Likely, but don’t know your other options

  16. Randy Bobandy says:
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    I conspired to bench Keuchel and Ross last night, not by design but because I forgot to check my team. Wow is me!

  17. Clint says:
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    Do you think MLB will hire TLC cameramen for the playoffs and the inevitable matchup of Altuve vs Stroman, seeing as how they’re so well versed in the intricate art of filming close to the ground & all for all their Little People-sploitation shows?

    Serious keeper question for h2h points league. Here’s my current starters:
    2B: Altuve (2B eligible)
    SS: Addison (2B/SS eligible)
    3B: Machado (3B eligible)

    I had Franco until he got hurt but he’s currently out there on waivers. If the O’s actually manage to get Machado the 5 games at SS he needs for multiple eligibility (a big IF) and Franco makes it back to play before the end of the season (another big IF), should I keep the roster as is or is it more valuable to drop Addison, slide Manny over to SS, and pick up Franco for 2016 keepers? It’s a shallow 8 team league but Franco still seems pretty valuable & the only other guy I could drop for him is Gregory Polanco at utility.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Clint: Ha! Hilarious… Pick up Franco

  18. ashtray says:
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    Who’s the better add for the upcoming 4 game SF @ COL series: Paulsen or Byrd?

    • Gareth says:
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      @ashtray: Byrd.

    • J-FOH says:
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      Why not own Paulsen for the az series then drop for byrd when sf rolls thru town

      • The Tribe says:
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        @J-FOH: Agree w jack

  19. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Does the Austin Jackson trade make The Big FraGu an everyday starter now?

  20. James McCann says:
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    you see any upside for marco gonzales ROS considering hes pitching for the big league squad today?

    what kind of league are you adding him in?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @James McCann: 15 team mixed and deeper, streamer in lesser

  21. EA says:
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    Should I scoop up Dickerson? I’ve been waiting to drop Jepsen but haven’t had any reason to just yet.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @EA: Jepsen is the closer

  22. Cram It says:
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    Any time I hear a Working Class Hero reference, I immediately think of Blind Melon’s version. Damn you Shannon Hoon.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: I don’t know that version

  23. Teddy Heater says:
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    BFF, I took Garcia instead of Lowrie in DK Sky was like I don’t like Adonis, and I was like Narveson has been bad and Adonis has been good so it’s a great matchup, Cleveland Steamer! Speaking of Cleveland, ugh Salazar cuts up Tor and I dropped him, creeps over to window and jumps out! Screams from Backyard, “BFF, it’s hail mary time after Santiago & Lewis fistered me, do I start Corbin in Col?”

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Teddy Heater: f***ing Salazar

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @J-FOH: That sounds like an endorsement for Corbin in Coors.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Teddy Heater: no. That’s a back to the drawing board endorsement.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Teddy Heater: If you’re Hail Mary’ing you do what you have to do, right? Obviously not a safe start at all

      • Teddy Heater says:
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        @Grey: I grabbed him more for the start against Chi, but at this point the ERA got grenaded so K’s and W’s!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like a H2H league…In that case, I’d start Corbin

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Grey: Yep, going all Whip Nae Nae on this shiz!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              NOOOOOO, I just got it out of my head!

              • Teddy Heater says:
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                @Grey:

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Aw, man!

  24. ashtray says:
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    Sat Salazar yesterday because Toronto at home scares the crap out of me. If only there was a word for that.

  25. Scott says:
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    I benched Ziegler after getting hammered Sunday and then going to Coors. Unfortunately I forgot one league he was in…

    Sunuva… what’s the opposite of Sunuvabench?

    • The Tribe says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Yahoo? No thanks!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Tribe: unfortunately yahoo is what works best for our RCL’s.

        • The Tribe says:
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          @J-FOH: S’all good

        • The Tribe says:
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          @J-FOH: Guess I’m just partial to the visual format of ESPN, everyone has their own preference…

          • J-FOH says:
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            @The Tribe: I prefer espn too but I think the choice of yahoo has something to do with data collections

  26. papasmurf says:
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    Hey I may get both Stanton and CDick back this week! I just hope at least one of them will hit well so I don’t lament that I am better off DL’ing them than wasting a roster spot on’em.

    By the way, a shout out to Carl Crawford fo’ da homies in deep leagues lookin’ for some steals. Kinda been useful in daily leagues lately…

  27. Scott says:
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    Speaking of sunavabench, I picked up Will Venable for some SAGNOF and benched Cron. So of course Cron gets his 2nd Stolen Base of the season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: I hate when that happens

    • papasmurf says:
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      @Scott: Cron’s frustrating fo’ sho’. I streamed him 7 times, and have 1 R and nothing else to show for it.

      Take a look at Carl Crawford. Puig’s out and CC’s got 3 steals the last 2 games.

  28. Brushback Changeup says:
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    Looks like no go on Berrios. Mike Berardino:

    “Berrios will have to wait for his first crack at the big leagues, according to a person with direct knowledge. Berrios will remain with the Red Wings for one final 2015 start despite lowering his earned-run average on Monday to 1.80 over his past nine starts (60 innings)”

    Drat and Double Drat.

    Fun to be a Twins fan today, team white-flagging it when one game out of wild-card.

    • zeus says:
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      @Brushback Changeup: Minor league seasons end this week so that still means he could be called up. Dont know AAA playoff picture

  29. Phil of the Future says:
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    BB,
    How bout that Danny Salazar!!!!

    Okay no more gloating. Let’s get ready for the next one. SALAZAR!!! Okay, honestly I’m finished now.

      • Phil of the Future says:
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        @Grey: Ha, Yup!!

        *Inhale deeply, remember I work in Times Square, instantly start choking*…..

        Oh, right….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          With your winnings, we’re gonna buy you a gas mask!

          • Phil of the Future says:
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            @Grey: If i carve out a hole in it for smoking does it still work?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It does for people with tracheotomies, so I don’t see why not

              • Phil of the Future says:
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                @Grey: Yeah that’s what I was thinking! Okay cool. Gas mask it is, then.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’m glad we were able to tackle that problem together!

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: It’s nice to have friends you can count on.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I want to go dig my yearbook out of storage and have you sign it

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Oh, I love that idea. I’d be happy to sign it.

                    I don’t think I still have mine. I gotta check the attic. But i’m scared of the attic!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Let’s just make our own!

                  • Phil of the Future says:
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                    @Grey: Arts and Crafts Time!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      A/C baby!

  30. John coakley says:
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    Playoffs next week H2H, redraft league: who would you rather have for the week?

    1. Travis (3 @ Wash, 4 @ Atl), Beef (3 v SF, 3 V Lad), Swihart (3 v Tor, 3 @ TB)?

    2. Taylor (3 v Mets, 3 @ Mia), Ozuna (3 v Mil, 3 v Wash), JBJ ( 3 v Tor, 3 @ TB) Runsey or Adonis (3 @ Phil, 4 v Mets- playing time issue with Olivera?)

    3. If Hanley is Hanley will need a SS: Flores (3 @ Wash, 4 @ Atl), Didi (3 v Balt, 4 v Tor), Kang @ Cin, 4 v Mil)

    I can stream catchers and MI but wanted to get your views on the best match ups , especially early in the week. Many thanks!!!

  31. The Tribe says:
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    Hello jersey comrade,

    Starting September on a weak note with the write up! Nah just hating, here on my toilet. Your creativity shows in your writing, I dunno why I thought tehol was on your level (perhaps it was when he drugged and…wait what?).

    Question good sir – who to roll with at catcher ROS – Schwarber/martin/beefy?

    Have a pleasant day,
    Christopher

    • Scott says:
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      @The Tribe: Hard to compare levels when Tehol is in a different dimension.

  32. Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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    I’ve got a 1st round bye next week when playoffs starts nothing to play for this week in a h2h points league. Im lookint to optimize my lineup.

    C – Schwarber
    1b – Goldschmidt
    2b – Rendon
    SS – Carlos Correa
    3B – Todd Frazier
    MI – Ian Desmond
    CI – Miguel Sano
    Of – Bryce Harper
    OF – Carlos Gonzalez
    OF – Carlos Beltran
    OF – Avasail Garcia (SON ros pick)
    OF – open slot (soler, aaron hicks lost to DL, dropped Rusney Castillo to activate Matz)
    U – Hosmer
    Bench – Odor

    3P slots – Wilhelmsen, Aj Ramos, Jepsen (all RPs, 12 starts per week)
    5 SP slots – Arrieta, Strasburg, Iwakuma, Tehran, Hutchinson
    2RP slots – Robertson, Tolleson
    Bench – Nola, Gausman, Iglesias, Smyly, Matz

    Question: I dont need to fill the OF slot until week of September 20; would you drop any MI or Pitcher for a creeper like Domingo Santana or anyone? Or just hold until I start playoffs and look to Son on who to drop?

    Thanks brothah!

  33. knighttown says:
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    Coming down the stretch and up about 4 points in my 12 team, daily 5×5. Three bats I’ve had and dropped got mentions today as getting healthier; Dickerson, Pedroia and Franco. I just chose to stream bats like mad rather than hold their carcasses so do I continue like this or make the switch? Essentially, will I get more out of any of these guys than Schmotato-de-jour?

    Green light any or all of these:

    1. Add Dickerson and drop Tomas after today’s doubleheader in Coors?
    2. Add Pedroia and drop Paulson (can shift Rendon to CI)?
    3. Add Franco and drop Castellanos?
    4. None of these guys will offer any more value than playing the Hitter-tron’s and Schmotatoes.

  34. Wilson says:
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    Hi Grey, is it safe to start Ventura (Vs DET Wolf) or Kennedy (vs PIT Locke) tomorrow? (All at home)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wilson: I’d start them

  35. Five-On-One says:
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    Greetings all. Grey, enjoyed today’s write-up. A couple of questions, if I may.

    1) Please rank for the next week: Ziegler, Jepsen, Bruce Rondon

    2) What’s up with the Straus? Will he make his next start? If have to decide today, him (vATL) or Colon (@MIA)?

    3) SON has Price at an absurd $57.9 for his next start v BAL. What’s up with that? Is the SON high?

    4) When is Odor coming back from his finger thingy? It has been almost a full week with an empty line-up slot for me.

    Thanks as always.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Five-On-One: Baltimore stinks and strikes out a ton.

      Odor was in the lineup yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Five-On-One: Thanks! 1. Jepsen, Rondon 2) No idea 3) Why? 4) What Cram said

      • Five-On-One says:
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        @Grey:
        1) Ziegler or Bruce Rondon for next week (or so)?
        2) Straus or Colon?
        3) Never seen anyone approach $57 on SON, seems a bit wacky, especially since Price is not Kershaw/Grienke.
        4) Missed that, thanks.

  36. TOGMAN says:
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    12-team H2H 6×6 OPS

    Need an OF:
    Maybin, K. Davis, Beltran, Melky, Cuddyer, Werth, Pillar

    Pick 1:
    Maybin/Zimmerman/Cuddyer/Byrd/Fowler?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TOGMAN: Davis…Fowler

  37. Uglee says:
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    Ditch Fowler, and Grab Melkey?

      • Uglee says:
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        @Grey: Just worried about playing time. Also I grabbed Snell, and Berrios… Do you think either will make an impact this year? Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Berrios

  38. Wilson says:
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    Keeper question

    Who would you rather to keep in a keeper forever league? Arenado or Correa? Thanks.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Wilson: you can’t keep both? Find a way if you can. Who are other keepers

      • Wilson says:
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        @J-FOH:
        Three keepers in my league.
        The other two are Stanton and Rizzo… So I’m guessing these two are keepers for sure.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Wilson: that sucks, I hate keeper leagues that let you keep anything under 8 players

  39. Joe says:
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    In a nonkeeper, h2h, 5×5, 12-team league, would you drop any of Richards, Quintana, or Shields in favor of a streamer spot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: Richards

  40. Steve D. says:
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    Anyone have an article on September call-ups cooking? These guys can win you your league…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Steve D.: Prospect Mike done them for the past two weeks

  41. Slimbo says:
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    What’s up grey

    Which side in a keeper

    Rizzo/braun/springer or rendon/frazier/fielder

    Is it close?

    Thanks

    • Cram It says:
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      @Slimbo: Rizzo. Not that close IMO

  42. Scott says:
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    Who do you like out of Cron, Bird and Moss for homers?

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: Greg Bird, not Marlon Byrd :)

  43. Nation says:
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    Is wainwright a DL stash if you have the space?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nation: Sure, in a keeper

  44. Matty says:
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    It seems that I have a middle infield question every day now.
    In a h2h with total bases and ops do you prefer Baez or Wilmer ROS?
    Thank you kindly.

  45. AJ says:
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    2nd round for Betts? Did you forget a 2?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @AJ: Huh?

  46. Frank White says:
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    Hey Grey.. Happ pitches thursday vs Lynn in ST Louis. Should i drop him for Shoemaker today vs C. Martin @ OAK?? I’ve been sticking with Happ though cause he’s been hot

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure

  47. Scott says:
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    CJ Cron, Greg Bird, or Brandon Moss for homers?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron

  48. Jack says:
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    So when do you think Berrios might be up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I thought today, but now there’s word he won’t… So I don’t know, maybe next week

      • Hal Incandenza says:
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        @Grey: The one league where I grabbed Berrios is a H2H league where the 2-week playoff rounds started last week. I’m on bye for the first round, so a promotion next week would be fine. But I’ll need to drop him for an active player if that doesn’t happen. It would be nice to know if he will or will not be up, and if he’ll be in the rotation if he is up.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, have no idea

        • Slim Nincompoop says:
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          @Hal Incandenza: It would be nice to know.

  49. Nate says:
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    Would you be dropping Wong for Baez in a 14 team league?

    Wong is showing signs of coming out of this long slump… but he’s been horrendous for two months now.

    I’m in a position to win, so it’s purely a ROS play.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d hold

  50. Nature boy says:
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    Drop Erasmo for Gausman or Berrios in a keeper league? Love Berrios but who knows when or if he’s called up and I’m trying to style and profile my way in the playoffs. Wooooooo!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, hold

    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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      @Nature boy: How much is Erasmo really worth? I’d pick up Gausman or Berrios. Seems like it’s a streamer spot anyway. Keep it fluid.

  51. Pever Fitch says:
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    How would you rank these Middle Infidels for the ROS?

    Jhonny P
    Lindor
    O. Herrera

  52. Jack says:
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    ROS – Werth, Cuddyer, Bruce, FraGu, A-Jax, or Trumbo?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bruce

  53. agarthered says:
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    Baez or D.Wright?

    Thanks Grey!

    • agarthered says:
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      @agarthered: Or Moose

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wright

  54. SwaggerJackers says:
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    Salazar is a top 15 pitcher for 2016, right Grey?

    It’ll be sad to see Gerrit Cole and Arrieta graduate from the draftable range of pitchers next season but these things happen every year.

    Joe Ross is boss as well. He’ll probably get shut down before the hype train gets too out of control.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup, he’s in there

  55. Eden Hazard says:
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    Grey, which catcher would you rather have for the rest of the season?
    Schwarber/Molina/Lucroy/Martin/Perez
    Thanks and great write up as always

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Schwarber

  56. Cram It says:
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    Brandon Drury called up. Hitting 7th in Coors. I might be the only one who knows his life story because he’s on my NFBC team, but get him your lineup!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha!

  57. Drrogera says:
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    So, I am wondering how people feel about this:
    10 team H2H ESPN FBL, I am so far ahead no one can catch me. 4th place is the only spot left in play for our playoffs. I am up against a zombie who is 2.5 GB out of the playoffs. If I sit all my players he gets 12 points and most likely makes the playoffs. Since I am #1 (by 39 games) I would then face an easy to beat zombie in round 1 thus assuring my place in the Finals.

    Some might consider this “dirty pool” but others might say I earned it. Win at all costs is my thinking.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d get him in the playoffs, I fight dirty though

    • Cram It says:
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      @Drrogera: If 4th place is a zombie, makes me wonder how good the other playoff teams would be

    • Slim Nincompoop says:
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      @Drrogera: It depends if your in a “zombie league”. If the majority of the league is aloof, sure. If it’s going to piss off some folks, then you always play it out.

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Drrogera: I think it’s lame that you would go to such a measure in a league where even the 5th place team has ditched out. You are prob stacked anyways, destroy the ones still competing.

  58. futureman says:
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    Marco Gonzales worth a spot start today vs. Was?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sure, I’d give him a whirl

  59. joe says:
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    what’s the word for when a player has a huge game the day after you drop him. that’s canha for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bombs voyage!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: That is so good.

  60. Big W says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Do you think Astros will call up AJ Reed? I think he would sure be better than their other 1b options…

    Wish yahoo had him listed so i could grab him in my keeper already… not too many good 1b prospects out there…

    Cheers!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He won’t play much if they do

  61. Brent says:
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    Playoff question,
    Since the Cardinals have the best record in the NL will they play the wildcard team in the first round, even if the wildcard team is from the same division, or, would the Cardinals play the lowest of the division winners, and the wildcard plays the opposite division winner?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I have no idea

    • Cram It says:
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      @Brent: The top seed plays the wild card winner, regardless of division.

      • Slim Nincompoop says:
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        @Cram It: Yup

  62. Five-On-One says:
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    OF question:

    Please rank top three for next week or so:

    Joc, Gose, Torii Hunter, OZUNA, De Aza (newly acquired by SF Giants) Canha, Melvin, Conforto, Almonte

    Thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d ask closer to next week… Gose, Ozuna, Joc

  63. Johnny says:
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    Pick 3 to drop from this list for my H2H OBP league playoffs. I show their schedules for the playoff time period – 2 week period through 2nd last week of season. Fielder has really sucked for last month. Werth has turned it on the last 2 weeks (.410 OBP w/2 HRs) & has an easy schedule. Turner has a great schedule, but does he play full time with call ups & Howie back. Eaton has 15 games and LeMahieu has 10 games at home.

    Justin Turner 13 games (3vCOL, 3vPIT, 4vARI, [email protected])
    Werth 13 games ([email protected], 4vMIA, 3vBAL, 3vPHI)
    DeSheilds 13 games (4vHOU, 3vSEA, [email protected], [email protected])
    Fielder 13 games (4vHOU, 3vSEA, [email protected], [email protected])
    Choo 13 games (4vHOU, 3vSEA, [email protected], [email protected])
    Eaton 15 games (4vOAK, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected])
    LeMahieu 13 games ([email protected],3vSD,4vPIT,3vLAD)

  64. JAL says:
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    G, 12-team 5×5 1 C, in a real tight race and Grandal has obv been f’ing me. Drop his ass for Yanny Gomes, Miggy Montero, Caleb Joseph, Willy Ramos, Derek Norris, or sit tight? Thanks and sorry for lousy C q.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gomes

  65. Erik says:
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    What do you think of Pineda today at Boston?

    Playoffs of a 12 team categories league and I can’t decide if I should risk starting him this early in the week after that last start. I have Price/Archer/Pineda as two start pitchers this week so I am off to an okay start but he has Greinke, MadBum, and Verlander as 2x pitchers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t mess with him today

      • hondo says:
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        @Grey: I’m starting him because I’m so far in front in my H2H that I’m trying to tank a little against the 6th place team so the guy in 7th place doesn’t get in the playoffs,he just kicked my butt.
        That’s why I started [email protected] and that worked out not so well for my nefarious purposes.
        I really need Gausman to come through with 2k’s and 5 ER’s in 4 IP.
        I’m going to Hell.

        • hondo says:
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          @hondo: Huh,Gausman is tomorrow.Oh well,I’ll just throw Pineda @BOS out there,should do the trick.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Who’s coming with me?!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Did you take into account that i’m going up to the game today and he pinkie swore a gem just for me?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! You got good seats?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Typical stuff, by the pole. But yes, free seats are the best seats

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sweet! It’ll have to do until Connecticut gets its own team…The Hartford Hammers!

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: The New Haven Gangmembers!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  The Stamford Commuters!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Wait, are you going with every metrosexual’s idol? Daddy Dick?

              • nick the dick says:
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                @Grey: Haha nah brother Pudgy McGingerbeard. Pops isn’t a sports guy, never has been

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Damn, Pops just pulls ladies and that’s all?!

                  • nick the dick says:
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                    @Grey: He’s far too busy throwing sweat rags into menopausal crowds and then sorting through the nights panties

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

                      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                      @nick the dick: Nick is Boston! I didn’t even get a holla for shame!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      He needs to go to a game and scalp himself…Not like an Indian, but like a male prostitute

  66. Mrs.Featherbottom says:
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    Brew crew calling up Zach Davies (not Zack Davies, who is a British white-power enthusiast). I’m way more excited about Milwaukee in September with a shit record, than in May with Matt Garza as the ace.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I could see that…All about the future for them at this point

  67. Slim Nincompoop says:
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    (In a David Bowie voice)”Happy Tuesday Grey…Happy funky, funky Tuesday, man!” Did a batty call on Lamb today @ Coors for the double-header although he’ll probably only play one as COL is throwing out a lefty in the 1st game and Drury is going to start. Looks like a straight platoon situation to me. He could play tomorrow as well, but I’m getting a feeling that I should bail. Olivera is getting called up and there’s also Castellanos, Shaw and Lind (who will more then likely sit Wed/Thur against two lefties). It’s a “meh” situation, but who would you roll with at 1B/3B?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Slim ‘compoop! I have Lamb going in my NFBC league, he’s actually been decent for a few weeks (when he plays)… Castellanos

      • Slim Nincompoop says:
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        @Grey: I know right?…Lamb was awesome the first 3-to-5 weeks of the season and then he got hurt. Made sense to roster him this week, but with Drury getting the call, I just think it’s going to turn into more of a platoon then it already has been. I’ll probably just ride him through Thursday (next claim day in my league) and then make a call.

        I’m know you’ve talked about Salazar’s start last night ad nauseam, but sheesh man! Did not see that coming. Thought he would do okay as the Jays’ haven’t seen him a whole lot but did not see those stats coming. Pencil me in for one of the “prayer hexagram” sides for his next start.

        Had a great SP night yesterday with Salazar/Colon and have Sale, Niese and the Emoticon today. Maybe I’m getting too “antsy in my pantsies” given it’s playoff time in a H2H, but would you bench Smyly? I’ve always felt that if you have someone on your roster, play them, but I’m just not sure as he’s been so up and down. What would the mustache do?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I believe in starting everyone I own unless they’re in Coors or don’t look right… Smyly hasn’t looked right, I’d bench him

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: Smyly…sonuvabench! Oh well.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ugh, I know, sorry

      • Slim Nincompoop says:
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        @Grey: “Slimcompoop” is a pretty cool screen name. You’ve totally shaped me. Would you roll with it?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like Slimcompoop… Look at this way, Jfoh used to spell out Jack Full of Hate until I shaped him…

          • Slimcompoop says:
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            @Grey: You’re so wise. I’m going to go with it. I was listening to Kendrick while working out today and was debating, with myself (typical), what’s his best track thus far in his career. There’s A LOT of options but it really comes down to two in my mind. “King Kunta” or “Money Trees”. I’m rolling with “Money Trees”, but was curious what you thought was been his best thus far.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Now, your name is perfect… Don’t ever change… I got a bone to pick… I’m mad, but I ain’t stressing… King Kunta, bitch where were you when I was walking… I just got chills…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Life ain’t shit but a fat vagina… Mic drop on this year’s songs

              • Slimcompoop says:
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                @Grey: “King Kunta” is so good on multiple levels (i.e., as is, statement on the current state of rap, etc). It encompasses closing a chapter and opening a new one. It’s a historic song. Perhaps it’s because of it’s nostalgia, but “Money Trees” is just SUCH a good track + Jay Rock’s verse? Perhaps it’s a tie.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I can’t tie them, King Kunta is the song that will stand the test of time, be written about in 50 years, make the Rolling Stones annual “let’s sell a magazine by doing a top 500 song” list…Money trees is the song that true heads, such as yourself, will turn to when they feel King Kunta is too played by grandmas in the year 2050…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Or we can just say tie

                    • Slimcompoop says:
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                      @Grey: I like both songs equally, but you’re right that “King Kunta” is going to be the song talked about 50 years down the road.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It’s the signature jammy jam…The whole album is really ridiculously good though

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: wow…..WOW, shaped me? shaped ME? I dropped Jack Full of Hate when I became a writer, going from underground battle rapper to bottom of the marquee writer with an acronym to help support my inflated ego. J-FOH appeared in football first when SKY took a chance on me…then tied me up in his basement and drugged me when I went to visit him. Funny is after surviving that humiliating and oddly exciting weekend you offered me on baseball. I cover all of it in my 6 page e-book, “Who the hell reads J-FOH”

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Sky said you gotta give this guy a chance, but it had autocorrected from “This guy is crass.” Oh well!

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: so what you’re saying is me being crass sealed the deal?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I think we can say it didn’t hurt

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  At least you had an attribute, right?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: my 5th grade writing style sure wasn’t going to get me in the door

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Sky, he doesn’t stay in the lines

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      You don’t even know what happened when he asked to use my bathroom.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I would’ve pretended there was a plumbing problem and put a towel over a low hanging limb in the backyard

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Next time I’ll invite him in by pointing at the neighbor’s house and saying the front door is just jammed and you have to hit it really hard to open it.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Now you’re using your noodle!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      It was an accidental upper decker

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      accidentally on purpose

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      hey, I went in and opened the lid, don’t blame me for your weird oregon toilet

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      And yet you couldn’t put the lid back down. That’s what was most offensive.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Oregon toilets are buckets, aren’t they?

                    • Slimcompoop says:
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                      @J-FOH: After reading posts the past couple weeks, I think J-FOH and SKY need to hug-it-out.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Don’t get sucked up into their drama, Slimcompoop

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      Slim, Sky and me work this way, nothing but love for him. Think of it this way, he either tussles with me or I go back to lashing out on the regular. Nobody wants that.

                      Grey he said it was self mulching

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, this is a better arrangement

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      *Sky and I

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

                    • Slimcompoop says:
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                      @J-FOH: “Self Mulching”…that’s great!

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      stupid Dr. Dre ruining my english, and I still screwed it up. Thanks Sky, I’ll bring my own bucket next time

                      “Well, hell, me and Snoop, we dipping again
                      Kept my ear to the streets, signed Eminem
                      He’s triple platinum, doing 50 a week”

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Your Grammar teacher told you you should’ve Forgot About Dre

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      And I before E

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I think her exact words were Vanilla Ice before Eazy-E

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      I thought she said to listen to Dre, his english is the future

  68. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Hector Olivera was called up and for some reason isn’t available on Yahoo…..WTF? I’m hoping they have him under his David Arias/David Ortiz moniker and I’m just not aware….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, yeah, hasn’t been available all year

    • nick the dick says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Ralph, I swear I thought about gettin at you! It was so last minute…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @nick the dick: Haha it’s all good, my wife is due in less than two weeks. I’m never leaving a 10 mile radius of my house again! Lol

        • nick the dick says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: No way, good shit buddy!

    • FKA Ralph says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Yahoo is weird like that. If the guy wasn’t “forced” into the pool before the season started, he doesn’t get into the player pool until he has played a game, so Olivera should be in there tomorrow. This might help you nab him, since others will look and not see him and assume he’s already owned or or forget to check back.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @FKA Ralph: Thanks FKA version of me! Ralph’s stick together…

  69. Bill Lee says:
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    mark trumbo or danny valencia?

    thanks in advance.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo

  70. bossmanjunior says:
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    10 team h2h redraft limited moves (budget for moves)

    Coasting into first place this week and then bye week next week, so my playoffs don’t start for 2 weeks. So keep these questions in context. Thanks!

    My team:

    C McCann 1B Ortiz 2B Kipnis 3B Donaldson SS Desmond OF Trout OF Marte OF Cespedes UTL Zimmerman BN Texiera

    SP DeGrom, Hamels, Arrieta, Salazar, Carrasco, Kuechel, Pineda, J. Ross, Matz (DL)
    RP Rondon, Giles, Osuna, Casilla

    1) Assuming Tex comes back healthy sometime in the next 2 weeks, how would you rank these bench bats ROS: Zimmerman, Dickerson, Choo, Vogt, Reddick, Trumbo

    2) Ross is eventually the odd man out when Matz comes off the DL, but would you rather have any of this waiver fodder over Pineda or Matz ROS: Samardzija, Bauer, Igelsias, E-rod, Nola, Rodon

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Dickerson, Zimm 2. Nah

  71. Scott says:
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    I was going to stream Nico vs. the Bravos (NL Only league), but now Olivera is playing. Should I be worried?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nope

  72. Scott says:
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    Moss vs. Ross today. Who wins?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ross

  73. Eng says:
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    Chip Hale is a real fucking moron rolling Ziegler out there after he pitched 1.2 innings and got hit hard on Sunday. There should be a picture of Chip Hale next to the new word “realfuckingmoron” in all updated dictionaries.

    • MattTruss

      MattTruss says:
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      Amen Eng, preach on brothah!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Eng: he’s still smarter than Weiss, Mattingly and Williams to name a few

  74. db says:
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    Start Ross @cards?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

  75. Scott says:
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    McBride has been replaced by Wilin Rosario (he’s baaack) in the Rockies 1st lineup today.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Too bad he won’t play much

      • Scott says:
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        @Grey: DH special, yo. Double-Header that is.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah

  76. Phil says:
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    Which catcher do you like ROS? Grandal, Rupp, Swihart or Conger?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Grandal

  77. greg says:
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    Did you see any of Holland’s start? He look for real or just the perfect storm? Tx….

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He looked good

  78. Scott says:
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    Domingo Santana or Brandon Moss in my UTIL slot?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Domingo

  79. dem ribbies says:
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    After a long wait, I’m happy to see Baez in the starting lineup @ 2B today.

    Better D than Castro + better bat than LaStella = could be Javy’s ticket to regular PT.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could be

  80. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Stream Niese tonight vs. PHI (Harang) in a shallow mixed?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup

      • Fred Garvin MP says:
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        @Grey: Thanks for the affirmation. Sometimes I just need the gentle encouragement to stop being such a tremendous wuss.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  81. JoeG414 says:
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    Which One Sits :
    Marlon Byrd @ Greinke
    Chase Headley @ Porcello
    Marcell Ozuna @ Banuelos
    Justin Bour @Banuelos – L

    6×6 roto

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @JoeG414:
      I guess even so he’s been hot, Bour has to Sit since he has Zero homers vs lefties all year in 42 AB’s and hitting .214 against them.
      Correct ??

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Oh, yeah, sit Bour

        • JoeG414 says:
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          @Grey:
          Copy, even though I don’t see Manny B. lasting more that 5 innings.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, true

            • JoeG414 says:
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              @Grey:
              Still waiting for San Fran’s lineup. but Byrd should be playing , I hope.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I don’t see why he wouldn’t

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ozuna

      • Joeg414 says:
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        @Grey:
        Omg Feldman and Cole
        And Bour on the bench
        Where’s George Constanza to do the opposite

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ugh, I know

  82. joe says:
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    ROS for era/whip
    Carrasco (No DL probs)
    Holland
    Pineda
    Matz?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Holland

  83. nick the dick says:
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    Oh man, seats are actually incredible. Very front row around that right field curve

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You better be roasting Beltran!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: It’s all Rusney banana boat jokes tonight!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          “Hey Rusney, when you watch The Americans, who are you rooting for?”

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: He was ice grillin cuz we got stewed beef and sweet plantains out on the street and he smelled it and started getting homesick

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA, nice!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: we need a dick in Fenway selfie….

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: he sent me one on my phone….not as pretty as his dad

            • nick the dick says:
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              @J-FOH: bullshit

              • J-FOH says:
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                @nick the dick: Nick, chill homie. I was talking about the red headed maybe bro

                • nick the dick says:
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                  @J-FOH: Obviously, seeing as how i’m as sexy as sexy gets. Vain points!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @nick the dick: no denying your hotness

                    • nick the dick says:
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                      @J-FOH: I bag skirts more skirts a Bloomingdales cashier

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Ha

  84. John says:
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    Wow its September!! Anyhow have betts kipnis tulo arenado at util!! not much if any bench room. Grab Baez still drop Eaton? Don’t have spot for him but who knows. Also limited transactions grab anyway!?!?

    • John says:
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      @John: same situation for adding Nola too not much room but add him over Baez. Both guys would be on shirt list going forward have Stanton and carrasco coming back. Add Nola Baez or hold.

      • Cram It says:
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        @John: Nola Baez is a stud

  85. J-FOH says:
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    I brought this up before but have you caught West Texas Investors Club yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Have I? Nope

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: u should

  86. Cram It says:
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    Term for when you two players on the same team have the same/same-ish name and the one you don’t own fools you into thinking yours is having a day? “Dah, that was Ruf with 6 Ribbies, not Rupp!” Homonym hoodwink? Fuggit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha… The dropplegangers!

  87. Cram It says:
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    P.S. Just finished Whiplash and…that. was. fucking. Awesome!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, took you long enough… Yeah, phenomenal flick

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Hey I just got my cable package upgraded. *adjusts tin foil on rabbit ears*

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I thought the tin foil hat was to keep away Andrelton Simmons?

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: I don’t need to be a Scientologist to know to stay away from Alien Simmons. David Miscavige drafts him every year anyway. He calls him Xenu

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              HA!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Cram It: your tin foil hat has rabbit ears. I never thought of that. Total shark tank idea.

  88. nick the dick says:
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    BG right over my head!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You need to throw your glove and get that souvenir!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Oh man I was just alllllllll up on tv on that BG homer! I’ll send a shot to Foh

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hell yeah!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Grey: Only perplexing thing about the night is Porcello with 13 ks? Gimme a break…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I know, I don’t get it…Did he look that good?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Grey: Meh looked like an insanely wide strike zone from my point of view

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              They didn’t ask you?

  89. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    joe the boss ross looking like shit with the 6 walks in 2 innings. any idea why hitter T shows player names but no slot to put in names or any other thing to search through? lots of weird issues lately. name/email is back to remembering though, so that’s good.

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      @Beware the Shit Rope: it appears he remembered at around the start of the 3rd inning who he’s related to, after forgetting most of the year.

      • Cram It says:
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        @Beware the Shit Rope: God forbid someone has a bad outing. Must be the Apocalypse.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Beware the Shit Rope: Rookie pitcher wearing down against a good team. Shit rope happens.

      • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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        @Cram It: i thought you were only the agent for karns, maybe you’ve branched out, good for you. these guys have bright futures. I’m also playing against porcello, happy to see at least some unearned runs.

        good to hear it’s not just my computer on TRON, and it’s being fixed.

        • Cram It says:
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          @Beware the Shit Rope:Ha. I like Ross a lot but it was a bad spot for him. I don’t rely on Tron. I’m one with the ebbs and flows. Nothing you can do if an insane person starts Porcello there.

          • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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            @Cram It: Ross was actually hated by Tron today. My Smyly start was much more risky (and he would’ve been kicked off team if it was bad yet again). It’s a deep h2H so pretty much any SP owned gets started by some owners. and yeah, i’m overall happy each time somebody starts porcello vs me. Opp probably thought same thing about my Fatolo start yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hitter-Tron’s being worked on

  90. Running Frog says:
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    Hoping this might intrigue someone else enough to take a closer look.

    Was looking at Sano’s splits on Grounders, Flies and Liners (he hasn’t bunted yet), and did the math. He’s batting .515 on ABs that do not end in a strikeout. As near as I can tell, it might be the highest rate in the majors, by a bunch. Miggy is at .447, Harper at .446, Goldy at .437, Crash Davis at .433, Cruz at .429, Votto at .410, just to name a few.

    We talk a lot about contact percentage (and Sano is floating in the low 60s at this point). But his contact quality is off the charts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, that’s crazy….Good stuff!

  91. Gareth says:
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    I streamed Ross tonight. Blame me.

    The streaming hand grenade strikes again.

    I’ve had the most unfortunate luck with streamers this year.

    Its literally to the point where I EXPECT 6 walks in a shortened outing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I hear ya, I almost streamed Tillman

  92. Gareth says:
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    Just watched a documentary on Netflix about Ginger Baker. Awesome, badass and hilarious.

    Reminded me of “Whiplash.” Although JK Simmons’s character would be a calm, polite version of Ginger Baker.

    Drummers are the best. So batshit. They LITERALLY beat to their own drum.

    • Cram It says:
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      @Gareth: what’s it called? Love Cream. And cream. But Cream really,

      • Gareth says:
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        @Cram It: The Cream segment was hilarious.

        At one point, as they had no actual footage, to demonstrate the tension in the band at that time they used effectively crappy animated charactures of Ginger and the bassist going at it with Clapton looked on helplessly in the background.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Gareth: Jack Bruce is the bassist, supergroups dont always work well

          • Gareth says:
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            @J-FOH: http://youtu.be/_f_p0CgPeyA

            …..I digress.

            The analogy of the firework was used by their roadie in the documentary to describe Cream, which I thought was apt.

          • Gareth says:
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            @J-FOH: I know the bassists name, I just thought it more descriptive and accessible to say he was fighting with the bassist as opposed to someone alot of people have never heard of.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Gareth: you like to correct peoples grammar and I like to correct peoples musical apathy, annoying isnt it?

              • Gareth says:
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                @J-FOH: it was a concious choice, not apathy.

                And yes your grammar leaves alot to be desired.

                • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                  @Gareth: he meant the apathy of the people who don’t know the bassist’s name. you really shouldn’t be too worried about grammar, at least until you count to 3 correctly most of the time when you go about pointing out 3 supposed posts in a row. Or maybe A+’s in grammar, barely passing in public american school math (you still would graduate with that in america though, we’ve got 18 year olds all over the schools that can’t read a clock)

                  • Gareth says:
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                    @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: The G3! Thing is a running gag from a while ago that gets revisited from time to time. It really doesn’t matter if I make 3 comments or 10.

                    This “get the math right!” Is both irrelevant and stupid.

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Gareth: work on that conciousness

                  • Gareth says:
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                    @J-FOH: love ya j-foh! I keed. I keed!

              • Gareth says:
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                @J-FOH: Frank Beard wants his beard back by the way.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nice, will have to check it out

  93. Gareth says:
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    I noticed that I was EMPHASIZING certain words in my previous comments.

    I think I’ve become so immersed in the news about Mark Shapiro heading to the Blue Jays these past days that his emphasized forehead has seeped into my conciousness.

    https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/shrinknp_400_400/p/2/005/044/02c/0e9910d.jpg

    I think I’m now going to watch the Star Trek original series episode “The Cage.”

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Gareth: finally, get ONE right, what goes here? (somebody lend an abacus seriously)

  94. Gareth says:
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    Sonic highways (HBO)
    Beware Ginger Baker (Netflix)
    Rush: Beyond the Lighted stage (Netflix)

    All well worth the time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t like Sonic Highways, felt like a Grohl kiss ass fest

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: i though the last episode (New York) and the one in Seattle were pretty moving.

  95. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    prelim keepers, comish lets us change later but wants list now for some reason.
    1. 4 out of rizzo/upton/baez/dickerson/donaldson/rendon/marte/kluber/arrieta. H2H 12 teamer with OPS, minimum 45 innings per week and about 7 starters and 7 RP owned at a time. start 4 OF (with OF and 3 specific position other ones), 1 util, and i each CI/MI. rizzo and donaldson are clearly 2 of these 4. who else?
    2. 14 team roto with no ratios but similar rosters. BB and K’s for hitters. BB’s and homers allowed for pitchers. rizzo/altuve/jones and 1 of carrasco/arrieta/piscotty/heyward/grichuk/baez.

    3. NL only with no ratios, hits over AVG, innings pitched and earned runs against over ERA/WHIP. 4 OF, 2 util, 1 CI 1 MI.
    Rizzo/marte and 1 of rendon/arrieta/baez/cespedes/schwarber.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Razzball hockey is back, btw… 1. rizzo/donaldson/marte/Arrieta 2. Arrieta 3. Yoenis

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        @Grey: cool, filled that job right quick, good call out too, as i probably wouldn’t have looked for a week or more.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like that guy’s skull

      • Gareth says:
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        @Grey: pretty sure it’s a girl under all that make up.

        Hey – being a Cali guy, you must have had some exposure to Star Trek?

  96. Gareth says:
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    Ok back to baseball.

    Fuck you Joe Ross.

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