On Sunday morning, I woke around 8 AM to read a text from Rudy saying, “Awful news, Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident.”  I put on my glasses, no time for contacts, and turned on the TV.  It was still on Fox Sports West because I was watching Vin Scully tributes all weekend.  Yesterday morning, Fox Sports was playing Anglers Chronicles, a fishing show, which is wrong in so many ways.  After switching the stations, groggy-eyed and still half asleep, I realized TV was not the place anymore to go for breaking news.  I shut it off and turned to the internet.  I’m still piecing together my thoughts.  He was 24 years old, even if he never played baseball this is a horrible loss of life.  I’m reminded of all the friends I lost to motorcycles in their twenties.  I’m struck by how inconsequential fantasy feels.  There’s a giant pit in my stomach.  Then, I think about how I never saw Jose Fernandez not smiling.  Not having fun.  I think about how on that boat, Saturday evening, you know Jose Fernandez was having a great time, because he was always having a great time.  That exuberance came through in everything he did.  I think about how he spent time in prison after one of his numerous failed attempts of escaping Cuba, and how, even then, he was likely making fellow inmates smile.  How the excellence he brought to the mound every fifth day was felt all the way back in Cuba to raise up even the darkest corners of Cuba’s prisons.  “That was us.  That is us,” the inmates, who are still incarcerated for trying to escape, likely said.  How baseball does that.  How special that is.  You see what you’re going to see in tragedy, but I see Jose Fernandez pitching, and baseball, and making himself and others smile.  Anyway, here’s what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:

Rich Hill – Was skipped on Sunday due to his recurring blister.  In related news, Jason Voorhees is being replaced in the next Friday the 13th by Rich Hill’s blister.  Also, the Halloween costume “Rich Hill’s blister” should be hitting shelves soon.

Clayton Kershaw – 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 baserunners, 6 Ks, ERA at 1.65.  The Cubs are either going to steamroll through the playoffs or Kershaw is going to win four games in every playoff series, even the ones with only five games.  I’m sure there’s other possibilities, but I can’t fathom any.  Which reminds me, Jacques Cousteau used to dress as Batman in scuba gear and say he was going to Fathom City.  That’s just some trivia for you.

Corey Seager – 3-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 26th homer, hitting .313.  JB and I are going to do the first few rounds of a 2017 mock draft on this week’s podcast, which will be posted on Tuesday.  While JB’s debating between Kyle Davies and Keon Broxton, I might be looking at Seager.

Charlie Culberson – 3-for-5 and the division-winning home run for the Dodgers.  And….would you believe….the last home run that Charlie Culberson hit would be 2014 against Cincinnati.  We’ll miss you, Vin.

David Dahl – 1-for-4 and his 7th homer.  You in 2017, “Whoa, Grey, um, Your Handsomeness, yeah, where’d this Dahl come from?  Like, oh em gee.”  Yeah, Dahl’s got gonna be a good one, as soon as next year.

Madison Bumgarner – 6 IP, 5 ER, ERA at 2.71. *counts last six years of Bumgarner’s innings*  So, 1527 innings was his tipping point?

Hunter Renfroe – Hit his 1st home run on Saturday.  No, no, no, Padres fans, you don’t have to adjust your TV.  That’s just a metaphorical bright spot.  Don’t worry, your organization will screw it up.  Like not starting Renfroe on Sunday after he homered on Saturday.

Manuel Margot – 3-for-4, 1 run, 1 RBI and his 1st steal.  There’s more SAGNOF where that came, Mar-got this!

Adam Rosales – 1-for-3 and his 13th homer, and his 4th homer this week.  Hot schmotato alert!

Dan Straily – 6 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 3.74.  Straily has one more start left, and the Stream-o-Nator doesn’t like it, and I don’t like it, unless the Cardinals (his opponent) somehow clinch a playoff spot by then or are eliminated.  Two scenarios that look unlikely at this point.

Maikel Franco – 0-for-3, but three straight days with homers up until Saturday (25 HRs overall).  Gonna be hard for me to not rank Franco higher next year than he likely has any right to be ranked, because I believe in Franco like Mickey Rourke believes in a facelift.

Asdrubal Cabrera – 2-for-5, 4 RBIs and his 23rd homer.  Asdrubal, if you’re going to channel Daniel Murphy, you need to A) Wait until the playoffs B) Act more homophobic C) There’s no C.

Robert Gsellman – 7 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 8 Ks, ERA at 2.56.  Same situation as Straily.  More has to do with where the Mets are when Gsellman takes his next start, then whether or not I like Gsellman in his next start.  If the Mets have clinched, there’s no way Gsellman pitches, because he’s the one pitcher the Mets have without arm injuries.  Yet.  Hashtag still early.

Bryce Harper – Left yesterday’s game with a hand injury, but he returned to the field during a benches clearing brawl, so some speculated Harper’s fine.  Well, his hand is fine, his shoulder still needs six months of rest.

Ben Revere – 3-for-6, 2 runs and two steals (13, 14), hitting .221.  He was hitless for the last week (only 4 at-bats).  Revere’s looking more and more like Greg Kinnear to Denard Span’s Matt Damon in their Stuck On You remake.

Ivan Nova – 4 IP, 3 ER, and now two starts in a row where he’s looked more like the 4+ ERA pitcher from the Yankees and less like the rejuvenated Pirates’ hurler.  Damn, Nova, you are a Suck-ittarius!  I might be mixing up astronomy and astrology.

Jung Ho Kang – 2-for-4, 3 RBIs and his 20th homer.  Earlier in the game, Kang’s fake tag of Harper caused Bryce to slide awkwardly and injure his hand.  Kang might want to stop trying to touch people for unwarranted reasons.

Joe Musgrove – 7 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 4 Ks, ERA at 4.06.  I streamed Musgrove where I could, which was cancelled out by the stream of the Tigers’ Shatt Boyd.  Shatt’s fantasy baseball for you.

Ken Giles – Gave up 6 runs in a third of an inning on Friday, then was hit on his wrist by a line drive on Saturday, carted off the field and sent for x-rays.  On Sunday, he threw 1 IP, 0 ER and picked up the save.  From zero to hero with a stop at the ER in between.  Wordplay points!

Tyler White – 1-for-3 and his 8th homer.  The guy who fell into a coma in April just woke, “Wow, Tyler White has been nonstop all year!  Hey, did you guys put that Ted Cruz bumper sticker on my car for me?  I wanna go Cruz’ing!  Right?  Guys?”

Evan Gattis – 1-for-3 and his 31st homer.  When you see him homer, you’re not surprised he has 30+ homers, you’re more surprised he doesn’t homer every time he makes contact.  Doode mollywhops.

Matt Boyd – 0 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.53.  Sigh, oh, Boyd.

Victor Martinez – 2-for-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs and his 27th homer, a grand slam, hitting .293.  There’s going to be a recap of every position in the offseason, and V-Mart will be ignored because he only has utility eligibility, but that’s a real shame.  Or is it?!  Look at you, Reversal Question!  Due to an explosion of offense this year, on our Player Rater, V-Mart is ranked around 100th overall.  Solid, indeed, but around that of Tyler Thornburg and Melvin Upton.

Justin Upton – 3-for-5 and his 28th homer.  Person who was in the H2H playoffs, facing off with an abandoned team that owned Upton, “The Fantasy Baseball Overlord has personally damned me.”

Cameron Maybin – 4-for-6, 4 runs, hitting near-.500 in the last week with a homer.  Maybin…You’re gonna be the one that saves me… And after all, you are my “Wonder if he’ll hit the ball.”

Alex Gordon – 3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs and his 17th homer, hitting .223.  Usually a spendthrift organization, the Royals were had signing Gordon this past offseason.  The Royals weren’t the only ones.  FanGraphs said, “This (signing of Gordon) appears to be a tremendous deal for the team.”  I’m admittedly more of a fantasy guy, but Gordon for $72 million for four years at the age of 32 years old strikes me as a good move if the Royals’ owner David Glass planned on also using Gordon as a Wal-Mart greeter.  “First of all, Margaret, happy 62nd birthday.  Now that I have you in here, your $11 per hour has become too much.  It’s early retirement for you.  Okay, Gordon, get in there and greet some people!”  *Alex Gordon runs out in his jersey to greet customers*

Cheslor Cuthbert – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 11th homer.  If Cheslor Cuthbert doesn’t wear a bowtie under his uni, then I can’t typecast a Cheslor.

Salvador Perez – 1-for-5, 2 RBIs and his 22nd homer, and his 2nd homer in the last four games, hitting .249.  I wonder if the amount of innings he’s Bumgarnered has finally caught up to him.  Yes, I see what I did there.

Paulo Orlando – 3-for-5, 2 runs and two steals (13, 14), hitting near-.350 with a homer in the last week.  Hey, it’s Flo Rida’s favorite player!  Orlando could be a light schmotato and a beautiful travel destination for the whole family.

Raul Mondesi – 2-for-5, 2 RBIs and a slam (2) and legs (8).  Wanna see a guy who most don’t know about now who will become overhyped by next April?  Here ya go!

Nelson Cruz – 2-for-3 and two homers (40, 41) when he left with a sore wrist.  If he didn’t have a sore wrist, he would’ve hit four homers in three at-bats.

Taijuan Walker – 5 1/3 IP, 3 ER, ERA at 4.35, moving his record to 7-11, which reminds me of Victor Martinez brother, Kwik E. Martinez.

Max Kepler – 1-for-3 and his 17th homer.  This Kepler’s first hit since June 13th.  Okay, no, but it feels that way.

Pablo Sandoval – Could return if the need arises.  Like if the Red Sox plane were about to lean over on the right side, Sandoval might be needed on the left side.

Eduardo Rodriguez – 5 1/3 IP, 1 ER, 5 baserunners, 13 Ks.  Dayum.  It’s like this, “Ed-Rod’s going to be good…He’s going to be so good…Oh my God, he’s going to be so good,” and he’s not good for a long time, then he explodes.  It’s like some tantric pitching right here.

Rick Porcello – 6 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 9 baserunners, 9 Ks, ERA at 3.11, as he moved his record to 22-4.  Here’s you in 2025, “Did Porcello win a Cy Young one year or was that a dream I had?  Damn, I wish North Korea didn’t take over our country and outlaw the internet.”

Marcus Stroman – 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hit, 3 Walks, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.34.  I kinda mentioned this in the Straily blurb, but if the Blue Jays have clinched a playoff spot, I have no faith in Stroman throwing another full game, or more than 4 innings.  So, use the Stream-o-Nator at your own risk.  This is a weird time, when whether a team is playoff-bound or eliminated matters almost as much as who’s actually pitching.

Jose Bautista – 2-for-2, 2 RBIs and his 21st homer, 3rd homer in the last four games.  As long as you’re not going against a team with Bautista, this is an ideal situation because all people are gonna see next year is his final home run count, most won’t see that Bautista did it during fantasy garbage time.  Or some might even justify him with, “He was great in the last two weeks and that’s going to carry over to 2017.”  No, he’s going to get injured by May because he’s as old as those sweatpants you’re wearing.

Dellin Betances – 1 IP, 2 ER, ERA up to 3.00.  Middle relievers or closers burn bright like a pyromaniac lightning bug, and flame out just as fast.

Carlos Rodon – 8 IP, 0 ER, 5 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 4.08.  I was already going to like you next year, you didn’t need to announce yourself so loudly.

Colby Lewis – 1 1/3 IP, 7 ER.  Don’t worry about him, Colby’s a survivor.

Ryon Healy – 3-for-4, 2 RBIs and his 12th homer.  Hey, I told you to buy him on Friday, and Prospector Ralph just told you yesterday why you should be excited for Ryon Healy in 2017.  I don’t know why you’re not pumped.

Sonny Gray – Will start on Wednesday.  I’m sure this will end well.  Or is that start well?  Or is that, ‘Will this start go well?’  No.  It won’t.

Jharel Cotton – 7 IP, 1 ER, 3 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 1.44.  Not ready to label him the greatest thing since sliced bread with Nutella, but I’m getting more and more interested for next year.  I’m intrigued, y’all!

Wade Miley – 8 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 baserunners, 11 Ks, ERA at 5.40.  It shows you that even a broken clock is right once a season.

Trey Mancini – Hit his 3rd home run on Saturday.  Okay, I’m buying into this schmotato for the final week for some power.  Play us a classy tune, Mancini!

Dylan Bundy – 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners, 5 Ks, ERA at 4.02.  I really hope the O’s learned something from the Mets and don’t overextend Bundy in the playoffs.  Bundy shouldn’t even go to a count of five.

Robbie Ray – 3 2/3 IP, 4 ER, ERA at 4.77.  I imagine a lot of people are going to be calling Ray a sleeper for next year.  Those same people are the ones only looking at his underlying numbers and not those old school stats like “How often is he actually good?”

Paul Goldschmidt – 1-for-4, 1 RBI and his 28th steal.  I love, love, lurrrrrve Au Shizz, but he should not have more steals than homers.  He lost sight of the obvious at some point this year.  Do the Mashed Potato not the Electric Slide.

A.J. Pollock – His return seems unlikely.  How many Pollocks does it take to explain to A.J. there’s only a week left of the season?  One Pollock to hold him, and five Pollocks to help his wheels turn.

Zack Greinke – Not expected to return this season.  Diamondbacks’ GM Dave Stewart said, “If we had two Greinkes, I’d call them Greinkeses.  Like Greink-Azizi.  Man, that guy is funny.  I’m the GM!”

  1. Jay

    Jay says:
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    :) :| :(

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Jay:
      Tulo was stunned that day as we are all stunned now..
      He was one of the best and we will never forget him.

      RIP Jose.

    • Grey

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      @Jay: That is a great gif

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I felt it was *the* GIF that described him perfectly. Amazing talent with a smile.

        • Grey

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          Exactly

  2. Tony says:
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    Beautyfull write grey
    Rip jofer.

    • Grey

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      @Tony: Thanks!

  3. Piranhaman says:
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    Thanks Grey. I streamed Gsellman and Cotton yesterday as you recommended. You saved my team :)

    R. I. P. Fernandez. I loved you.

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    Truly tragic when anyone that is 24 years old loses their life, but the impact he had to the community, organization, and game of baseball given his HOF potential makes it all the more sad. I’ve loved baseball my entire life, grew up playing it, and listen or watch to as many games as I can digest when I can, and without even knowing JoFer he really did make baseball more fun to watch, He was electric, and always had that beaming smile that was contagious. Ive never really had this kind of reaction to a player losing a life, but I’d be lying if i said I didn’t tear up watching the various pressers throughout the day. We dont see players like Jose come around, and to see that great potential, this great human being by all accounts , be taken away from us… Idk, im not even a Marlins fan but i when I first read this news it felt like I had wind knocked out of me. He was simply one of a kind, a once in a generation talent and his presence will be missed.

    I remember listening to what will now be his final start on tuesday, bc every start of his was something to behold, and wishing now that I had given it my complete undivided attention. I will most assuredly be rewatching every GIF and video clip of his, and watching that contagious smile light up the screen. Eff man, this really sucks, and Grey, fantastic write up, I think we can all relate to how this feels as fans of this sport.

    Final note: when tragedies like this occur it always make you realize how precious and fragile life is and how it can be taken without warning. Call your loved ones and tell them you love them because you never know when it could be your last time.

    RIP Jose

    • Grey

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      @Nation: Beautifully put

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey: Nick Adenheart was another tragic loss. Senseless. While he did not have the talent of Jose Fernandez, he also left an indelible impression on teammates.

        So sad to see young life taken too soon….. It does not feel normal to be burying twenty year old kids….

        • Grey

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          Agreed, that was a sad loss as well…

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    Rank order for playoff: Romo, Maurer, Bailey.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @eric:

      you did, that is the order I would rank them as well.

    • Grey

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      @eric: Coin flip really, that order looks fine

  6. john revino says:
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    That was beautiful, man. Thank you for writing it.

  7. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Beautifully written Grey. I believe your words reflect on how we all feel. This tragedy will take a long time to sink in. I still feel awful this morning, like I lost my best friend. I can only imagine how his family, teammates and legions of fans must feel. I pray for you all.

    Jose Fernandez was such an amazing young man and a brilliant baseball player, taken from us way too soon. Baseball lost one of its best on Sunday morning. The world lost a gifted and kind soul. His passion for our game and his infectious smile, will be what I remember the most.

    I think Don Mattinlgy said it best: “When I think about Jose, I see such a little boy,” Mattingly said at one point. “The way he played, there was just joy with him.” “When he pitched … you just see that little kid that you see when you watch kids play Little League or something like that. That’s the joy that Jose played with.”

    Prayers and condolences for his teammates, the Marlins organization and his fans around the world, and mostly for his family, his Mom, Dad, Sister and lovely Grandma, who only recently was able to come to America to be with her grandson and watch him play the game he loved so much.

    May God bless his girl friend and baby daughter, who is on the way. May she always know that her Dad was so very special and there was no quit in him. He was a tireless worker, leading his high-school team to two state championships in three seasons. Who worked his way back from Tommy John surgery in only 14 months. For the courage he should just to get to America. May she always know how loved her Dad was.

    In closing, I’d like you all to read this wonderful story about Jose from SI writer Tom Verducci..

    http://www.si.com/mlb/2016/09/25/jose-fernandez-dies-marlins-david-ortiz-all-star-game

    May Jose Fernandez rest in peace always.

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: absolutely. Thank you, Grey.

    • Hot Rod

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      @Malicious Phenoms: great article by Verducci, thanks for the recommendation.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Jimmy Bond: Glad you enjoyed it and thanks.

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    1. Grey, thanks for all the write-ups and fantasy advice this year. Won my first regular season championship, only to falter in the semi-finals.
    2. That loss came courtesy of Charlie Blackmon’s single in the 10th yesterday, I guess I was lucky enough to even be in contention with my starters T. Turner, Villar, Healy, Buxton, and Odor going a combined 15 for 103 (0.146) last week.
    3. Made my final moves Sunday morning to make a push to reach the finals. About and hour later got a message from Yahoo saying JoFer was DTD. Initial thought was great how am I going to replace him next week, felt like an asshole after reading that he died in a boating accident and he’ll never be replaceable. Anyway I was glad to own him this year, as i seem to become attached to my players. Always scouring their boxscores and reading any bit of info I can. He also makes the best GIFs. He will surely be missed and I’m sort of glad I didn’t make the finals, because I couldn’t find it in me to drop him. RIP JoFer.

    • Grey

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      @Sean: 1. No problem, that sucks 2. Ouch 3. Agreed

  9. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for all the help this year; just locked up another league championship. I’ll send some daiquiris your way when my purse arrives.

    SP is so deep that I traded Cueto and Salazar early for more bats and played out my season with waiver wire gems like Hill and Roark. Still won. Now it’s time for offseason depression to set in…

    Thanks again!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Huddy:
      I’d go with the two guys, Sean Rod and Kiermaier, with seven games. Plus Yuli has run into a lot of bad luck lately.

    • Grey

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      @Huddy: No problem… Agree with MP

  10. Count de Monetball says:
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    Thanks for the classy write-up Grey! It’s so hard to care about fantasy baseball now….

  11. GleamTeam_Matt says:
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    Grey– Sucks you in with his standard awful pun in the title. Still manages a very heartfelt tribute at the top. It really is terrible fucking news, and puts things in perspective. He was a fantasy beast and one of my absolute favorite pitchers to watch in the last 5 years.

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    Great write-up as always….a great man on and off the field. He will be missed.

    In a weekly roto would you start Beltran or Buxton? Could use most categories HR’s/SB’s/Runs

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @M:
      Buxton has been awful on the road, Twins on the road this week. I’d go with C-Belt.

    • Grey

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      @M: Thanks! I’d go Buxton since Beltran will likely be sitting some this week

      • M says:
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        @Grey: ah yes was thinking Beltran would be sat half the week along with other Ranger regulars. Do you see them resting Beltre and Lucroy as much?

        • Grey

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          I do

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    Grey – nicely done

  14. VinWins

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    Don’t pretend you know what the Mets will do if they clinch, Grey.

    • Grey

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      @VinWins: So true, no one knows

  15. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!

    Great write-up. Arrived safely in Farchana USA this morning, but nothing will ever be the same after this tragic news!!! Crazy!!! Great tribute to his many times spent in prison trying to escape! And the video link! So tragic that his abuelita has to bury her grandson!

    a. Shatt’s fantasy baseball for you, part deux. Missed Beltre’s HR yesterday. In my defense, couldn’t start him at 3B (at least Donaldson stole a base for me), couldn’t start him at the corner (Healy is for really at 3B) and finally couldn’t start him at the U because TJ Rivera is holding down that job (and doing fine, btw!). So, William Shatner’s Shatt’s Fantasy Baseball! That would be an amazing TV show, right?

    b. Shatt’s fantasy baseball for you, part 3!! Please don’t mention Giles in any blurbs anymore this season, I’m begging you. I know if it’s newsworthy, you’re honor and duty bound to report on it. But I’m asking as a favor (even though I still owe you those same 5 over the internet dollars that I lost on your bet). So, I started him for his implosion! Many thanks to Feliz for giving up the bases clearing double to drive in all 3 inherited runners – charging 6 to Giles. After that debacle, I contemplated dropping him. Then I decided just to bench him and, of course, with the news on Saturday that he was ‘out for the season’ he nails the save with 2 Ks!!!!! Thanks for the mammaries, Moobs Butler!

    c. Maybin, man! He maybin a berry, berry good player next year! Maybin, man! Who knows?

    d. On Kwik E. Martinez, please don’t forget the fan favorite – Mini Mart, the former Phillies marginal player who went on to have a marvelous marginal career for the Tribe.

    e. Many thanks for the Buy column. Signed up Trey Mancini AND started him for his HR! If Ray Mancini is known as Ray ‘Boom Boom’ Mancini, maybe Trey could too. Seriously, the HR he hit was to left center for 423 feet. The one Trumbomb hit (also to left center) was only 411 feet! Who’s more boom-boom? Trey Mancini or Trumbomb? Also, agreed on next week for Trey! Three games at Toronto and three games at NY? He’ll be good for at least the two starts against Happ and Sabathia but could conceivably do more!

    f. Also signed up TJ Rivera! Fun fact: He is still hot!

    g. I know I’m nitpicking, but what exactly happened to the dash in between Stroman’s name and the actual blurb. In every other player’s blurb, the dash is properly formed. Yet Stroman’s is not. Please explain. Just kidding, but you can if you like.

    h. Horatio Caine (aka CSI Miami) quote of the day (September 26)

    Radio announcer: Doesn’t it feel good to be doing this for Miami’s homeless? That’s what the Run For Hope’s all about, isn’t it? Well, and here comes number 521. Say, everybody, let’s let’s give a special thank you to Esteban and his father Diego Navarro for their extremely generous donation to Run For Hope for all of Miami’s homeless. Come on, let’s hear it!
    Tripp: How much longer do we got to follow the doctor like this off duty?
    Horatio: Till we prove he’s The Miami Taunter.
    Eye in the Sky: Eye in the sky, suspect’s on the move.
    Tripp: Copy that. Don’t lose him, but don’t spook him.
    Eye in the Sky: Suspect en route. Now heading north on Biscayne.
    Radio Announcer: Welcome, Mr. Navarro. And who’s this? Just for you! Oh, there’s a nice touch. What a model citizen. Smile. Driving in.
    Tripp: No surprise here, it looks like he’s heading for Liberty City. Now heading north on Laurel.
    Horatio: Easy, Frank.
    Tripp: Going left on Canyon Wood.
    Horatio: Don’t crowd him.
    Esteban Navarro: Hey, sweetie, looking for a party?
    Navarro’s cleaning lady: Hey.
    Esteban Navarro: How are you? How’s it going?
    Navarro’s cleaning lady: Pretty good.
    Esteban Navarro: Yeah?
    Navarro’s cleaning lady: My bus is late, so….
    Esteban Navarro: Why is that?
    Navarro’s cleaning lady: I don’t know.
    Esteban Navarro: Hop in.
    Horatio: Get out of the car. Put your hands where I can see them. Get over here.
    Esteban Navarro: Lieutenant. I know what this must look like.
    Horatio: Is this your version of community outreach, or is she your next victim?
    Navarro’s cleaning lady: Victim? I’m fine. Why wouldn’t I be?
    Horatio: Ma’am, Esteban here is a serial killer.
    Navarro’s cleaning lady: Esteban? He’s a sweetheart. He’s the one who got me the cleaning job at his house.
    Tripp: This is Tripp.
    Navarro’s cleaning lady: He’s so generous. He offered me a ride when I told him the bus was late.
    Horatio: Ma’am I would get out of the car and not look back, okay?
    Tripp: Horatio. They found another girl.
    Navarro’s cleaning lady: Will there be anything else? No? Well, then don’t let me keep you.
    Tripp: A resident found her while walking his dog.
    Horatio: She wash up?
    Tripp: No, she was dumped, probably a few hours ago.
    Horatio: Is it our guy?
    Tripp: Kind of looks like it.
    Horatio: Tom?
    Dr. Tom: Her eyes have been removed, just like Nikki Cervano.
    Tripp: M. O.’s just like Esteban Navarro. Burns. The eyes. Strangulation.
    Dr. Tom: No! I’m afraid I have bad news. Liver temp shows she died within the last 12 hours.
    Horatio: We’ve been following Esteban for 24.
    Tripp: So, he couldn’t have done this.
    Horatio: We just became his alibi (cue the queue of sunglasses).

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Ante GALIC:
      g. There is a dash in the Storman blurb, right in front of the seven!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: MP

        I know, but it’s not elongated like in the other blurbs. Trivial, right?

        MP, thanks for everything this season. Good luck during the off-season.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Ante GALIC:
          Ah, no worries man, I was just messin.
          Anytime, best of luck to you mate, always!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante GALIC: A. Ha B. That was one of the worst performances all year on Friday C. Ha D. Nice! E. Sweet F. He’s been G. Must be a typo H. Nice

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        a. It’s a typo. In MSWord when you type press the spacebar after using the dash, it automatically takes. Maybe there was no spacebar between the dash and the 7. Who knows? Piscotty definitely knew on Friday as did all of his fantasy owners!!

        b. On yesterday’s 17-0 score line, I wondered if it was…

        1. 2 converted TDs and a field goal;
        2. 3 field goals and a TD with a 2-point conversion;
        3. A converted TD, a converted TD with 2-point conversion and a safety;
        4. Five field goals (a Nick Lowery special) plus a safety.

        Did I miss any? Cram, please help!

        Cheers,
        Ante

  16. Paul says:
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    Really going to miss Jose Fernandez. The news shook me yesterday like it was a good friend of mine. Only being 24 years old is way too young. and you are right, the first thing I thought of was Jose and his smile. He only knew how to have fun on the mound. One of the most likable baseball players.

    Will truely be missed by all.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Paul: Yup, real shame

  17. Halp

    Halp says:
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    Great write-up. I lost one of my best friends to a motorcycle accident a few years ago too, and he was immediately who I thought of when I heard the news. Really not sure what to say other than it fucking sucks (you did a much better job putting it into words). Tragedy like this always puts things in perspective.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Halp: Yeah, truly tragic

  18. ty says:
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    Another great year of fantasy insight. Thanks Grey. Bummed about Jo-fer. I’m still in shock that he’s gone, so sad. ….. One last question … Who is going to help my team more this week …Corey Seager or Villar…I pretty much need all of their counting stats. I’m worried they might sit Seager a little since they clinched. Villa has some juicy match ups (Tex-Col)…I’m only 2pts off of the lead for first place. Crossing my fingers

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @ty:

      I’d go Seager, Villar hasn’t done much lately and even with a couple less games, Seager will still post better numbers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ty: Thanks! Villar

      • ty says:
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        @Grey: Thanks guys…I’ll use both. I can slide villa into 3b to bump healy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Bump Healy as in don’t use Healy?

          • ty says:
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            @Grey: yeah..use villar in place of healy ..or..use seater and healy

            • ty says:
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              @ty: Seager*

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Seager and Healy

              • Ty says:
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                @Grey: thanks buddy. When I cash out I’m making another donation

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  No problem

  19. DancinHomer says:
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    My leagues playoffs ended yesterday, but saw the lede and had to read & at least post. A short comment.

    Great write up, Grey. It never ceases to amaze me how precious life is & how important it is to make the most of the time we have. Hug your loved ones, enjoy this beautiful game, & be sure to laugh/ smile at least once a day just like Jose Fernandez seemingly did.

    RIP JoFer

  20. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Grey – great tribute to Fernandez, really touching.

    Also, thanks for all your help this year – won my league last night (third year in a row, 5 outta 6). Check in here every morning, religiously listen to the pod, and consult stream-o-nater and hittertron every day. Thanks for what you (and Rudy, JB, et al) do. It’s a tremendous resource but also makes me laugh out loud regularly and can even include trenchant moving points as noted above.

  21. MattTruss

    MattTruss says:
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    Word, well said boss. I was sitting in the car when I got the alert on my phone and said “Oh my God” out loud to no one in particular and just sat there with my hand over my mouth for a few minutes letting that sink in. So effing awful. I posted in a few leagues yesterday about how he was a main face in the “Make Baseball Fun Again” campaign. So fun to watch, even when it was against my team. I remember him and Freddie Freeman going back and forth one game with multiple double digit pitch ABs. Freddie got the better of him a couple times, after the third hit, which was a double Jose turned as Freddie was jogging into 2nd and yelled at him, smiling and shaking his head like “what do I have to do to get you out”. Totally light hearted though and just out there having fun. The way it should be. Even as a Braves fan I wish he’d have decked Brian “The Fun Police” McCann that day. Plus, you hear the stories about what Jose was like off the field and he really seemed like the total package. Pedro admitted not long ago that he though Jose had better pure stuff then he did. I can see it. Voters should vote him for the NL Cy Young as a fitting tribute to a life cut way to short.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @MattTruss: Wouldn’t just be a tribute either, there’s more than a case to be made for him for Cy Young

      • MattTruss

        MattTruss says:
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        For sure, it wouldn’t just be sympathy votes or anything, it’d be legit

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, agreed… Truss, you’re in the ‘pert RCL league next year too, if you want it

          • MattTruss

            MattTruss says:
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            Aw shizz, for reals? Hell yea I want it! Thanks Grey! Can’t wait!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Nice!

          • The Hack says:
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            @Grey: you could wait til the season is over before you give my spot away

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Why would I give your spot away?

              • The Hack says:
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                @Grey: oh. That made me blush

  22. Stu says:
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    Hey grey,

    Weekly set lineup championship round!

    Which 3 do I SIT: C Maybin, A Cabrera, R Grichick, C Gonzalez (stud but hasn’t been doing much), Y Gurriel, B Drury, A Rendon.

    Thanks

    RIP JoFer

    • Stu says:
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      @Stu: throw in D Dahl as well.

      I’m concerned Dahl and rendon sit a few games

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Stu: Gurriel, Drury, Rendon

  23. RePete says:
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    Thanks for all your advice this year! Officially won my 14-Team H2H OBP League yesterday. I was able to scrap by after losing Stras and Carrasco during the stretch run but I did give up my 2nd and 5th pick to upgrade my team during the year. I believe I asked you before but just wanted to see if your stance changed. Which 5 would you keep? (keep forever, no price, we add one keeper every year)

    Betts
    Bogaerts
    JD Martinez
    Trea Turner
    Carrasco

    Other Options: Strasburg, Sano, Tanaka, Kang, Pujols, Hanley

    I’m sure when spring training comes around the Stressbird wounds will be healed and I’ll consider keeping him again over Carrasco. I’m an optimist; it’s my downfall. That and being a Nats fan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RePete: The five you’ve separated

  24. Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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    RIP Jose. A tragedy

    Currently leading Wins by 1, Saves by 1, Strikeouts by 10, and trailing slightly in ERA/WHIP

    My opponent is throwing out 3 closers (Watson, Osuna, Thornberg) and currently is in line to get 8 starts, but 2 of those are Scherzer and Roark’s second starts late in the week.

    Would you drop Ken Giles (SEA3, @LAA3) for Sergio Romo (COL3, LAD3)?

    And which of 2 of the following would you sit?

    Fulmer – CLE (Weds) $7.5
    Gsellman – @PHI (Fri) $3.2
    Cotton – @SEA (Sat) $1.0
    Hellickson [email protected] (Thurs) $3.9
    Reyes – CIN (Thurs) $19.9
    Lugo – @MIA (Weds) -$0.6
    Hammel – ???
    McHugh – SEA(Mon) @LAA (Sun) $14.6

    Thanks for all the help this season

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Harrison Ford in Air Force One: Yeah, go Romo… Hellickson, Cotton… Not easy choices though, b/c if the Cards don’t need Reyes to go or if he gets hit early, he could get a very short hook

      • Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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        @Grey:

        Gotcha. I also miscounted, so need to sit one more. Would Reyes be that guy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, sit Reyes

  25. Hugman says:
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    He was the personification of the fun that MLB needs to embrace going forward. And so talented. Everyone who cares about baseball lost a huge presence that will be impossible to replace in the game that we love. RIP Jose.

  26. RePete says:
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    Also, if there isn’t one already, there really needs to be a glossary term for a player on your team that you disregard and try to trade away all season to no avail because nobody wants him only to dominate the last few weeks and lead you to a championship. Hanley Ramirez was that man for me; I’m so sorry HanRam, you deserve better.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @RePete: Ha, I’m all ears

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey:
        LSD – late season dominator

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          We already have Septactular

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Grey: That’s a very good one..

    • Count de Monetball says:
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      Pujols would fit that bill too..

    • Los Putos says:
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      @RePete: Id toss in Cris Carter.

  27. Lunchbox says:
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    Thanks Grey…
    RIP Jo-Fer. So messed up. Like you said the other day, he was set up to replace Kershaw as the best. Thing is, he could’ve been an awful pitcher and this would still be just as horrible. Out of all the players to lose..strangely reinforces faith if you think that God takes the good ones early. One way to look at it, anyway.

    My weekly H2H rotation needs a bunch of streamers for the last week of the playoffs. 14-team, 6×6, QS-league. Pick 3.

    Chatwood @SF (Samardzija)
    Fulmer vs CLE (Bauer)
    Gausman @TOR (Dickey)
    De Leon @SD (P Clemens)
    E-Rod vs TOR (Estrada)
    Suarez vs COL (J Gray)

    I could also put 2 of the above in and Romo(for a 3rd closer in addition to Britton & Oh), as my opponent has 3 closers and only 6 or 7 starts. That would mean that I would have just 7 tho; think I’d rather get 8 starts & take the advantage in W, K, QS.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lunchbox: Yeah, he was one of the best…. Eduardo-Rod, Suarez, Fulmer

  28. Chris says:
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    Keeper for next year only, pick one:

    G. Sanchez for $1
    T. Turner for $1
    J. Lamb for $1
    W. Myers for $1
    J. Verlander for $9
    A. Pollock for $15

    Currently I have:
    Correa, Donaldson, Miggy, Betts, Polanco, Strasburg, Darvish under contract.

    8 team league, we only start 1 catcher each

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Chris:
      Trea Turner

  29. Joseph lucchese says:
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    just want to say that was beautifully wriyten brotha!!! thank you.

  30. Gareth says:
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    A friend of mine who’s also a huge baseball fan informed me yesterday morning. At first I didn’t believe him. Then I went online and read some articles and it gradually sunk in.

    The thing that got me was that he was meant to start Sunday, but the Marlins skipped him a day with Conley coming off the DL. If he hadn’t been skipped and was due to pitch the following day, there’s no way he’s on a speedboat at 2 o’clock in the morning.

    And the announcement of his girlfriend being pregnant a few days before his passing was just Devastating.

    RI Jose Fernandez. What a truly special person and player.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Gareth: Yeah, real sad news

  31. Ghost of Bob Wickman says:
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    Feel callous for asking but would you start Colon against the Marlins tonight? I’m in a tight race and could use a good start. Just not how to read that situation.

    RIP Jo-Fer

  32. DonnieB says:
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    Great write up and nice tribute to Jo-Fer. A true superstar and good guy. Lets also remember today the great Vin Scully who did his last game at home yesterday after 67 years.. The love he showed for the fans and they returned to him was a touching time. I know I went to sleep many nights in the Midwest listening to that amazing voice turning a simple baseball game into a poetic masterpiece. Thank you,Vin.
    And now let’s not forget that Betances has been overworked by Girardi for three years and should be wearing down. He has more relief innings in that span than any non-starter. Way to go,Joe! Questions later. Thank you Grey and Razzball team for another great year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @DonnieB: Agreed, Vin’s the best… No problem

  33. Brian says:
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    Strange that someone you never met but followed so closely can affect you but that’s what I feel today. Win or lose this week, fantasy won’t be as fun. A victory will be hollow because everybody lost yesterday.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Brian: Yeah, real tragic

  34. YC says:
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    Hey Grey- weekly league – looking solely for average – steals a distant second- I need one for the week:
    Josh Bell
    Paulo Orlando
    Reddick
    Conforto
    Cron
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @YC: Orlando

  35. William Hung says:
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    @Grey: Here’s a throwback reference for you – is J.A. Happ’s improbably season similar to when Kent Bottenfield won 18 games? I remember being as shocked at that as I am now. I can’t believe Happ has come out of nowhere to win 20 games in the AL EAST!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @William Hung: Ha, you pulled that name out of the ether

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey: Grey!

        You mean Andre Ethier, right? Just kidding.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

  36. William Hung says:
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    Congrats to every team playing in the Finals this week. I owe 99.9% of my success to Grey… hopefully I can manage my way to one more win.

  37. MuneForNothing says:
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    That was beautiful, Grey. Thank you.

  38. Yelyab says:
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    Huge loss..still shocked. RIP Jo-Fer
    Position doesn’t matter need 3, H2H
    Grandal (6 games) Gattis (6 games) Kiermaier (7 games) SRodriguez Pit (7 games) Gurriel (6 games)
    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Yelyab: Gattis, Kiermaier, Gurriel

  39. Moneyball says:
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    Do we have a list of pitchers who might be in jeopardy this week of getting bumped or going like 2 innings in their scheduled start? Like all Cubs…

    I have a choice between F.Liriano (vs Balt on Tues) and Yu (vs Rays on Friday).
    Obv I’d go Yu based on matchup but if Yu may barely pitch or not at all…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Moneyball: I don’t, need to use intuition… Yu won’t start or go more than 4 IP

    • Tigres says:
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      Lester is at 19 wins. If he’s leading in final start, i think Maddon let’s him go 5-6 IP for a shot at 20 W.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Yeah, could be

  40. Coolwhip

    Todd25 says:
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    my stomach was sick all weekend too, as you astutely put it always sucks when someone so young dies abruptly. cut down in the prime of life. And for whatever reason it hurts moreso when its someone you know is destined for greatness in whatever their realm of life is. Jo Fer was certainly that, you just know that he certain to make his way to Cooperstown. ditto on the smiles, you always love seeing guys play the game with joy, being an Angels fan one of my favorite players of all time was Griffey Jr. (shocking huh?) I was always jealous that the F’ing Mariners had a player like that. Luckily for me, Trout is that same kind of player. And Jo Fer was very much that is well. How appropriate that his final stat line was easily his best of this season: 8in 3hits(0bb) 0er 12 ks. And he leaves us with a career statline of 2.54era 11.2 k/9 2.7 bb/9. So long, and thanks for the fish.

    To make my weekend even worse, lost the finals to a tiebreak rule because i only needed 1 QS on Sunday and Rich Hill’s blister came back and robbed me at the end! aghhhh. Next year I will immediately trade anyone that gets a blister.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Todd25: Agree, truly tragic… That sucks on Hill, that stupid blister!

  41. YC says:
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    I’ll never understand why in ESPN weekly leagues if you pick up a guy midweek and hold him one night and drop him he goes to waivers. It would make more sense that he goes through waivers if he made a weekly lock.

    But on ESPN daily leagues I can pick up a guy minutes before the day locks and drop him minutes after the lock and he doesn’t go through waivers. But he’s in your lineup that night. Odd.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @YC: Depends on league settings

  42. Hot Rod

    Jimmy Bond says:
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    JFer was my favorite pitcher. came into the year owning him on 2 of 4 keeper teams and traded away a lot to get him on the other two. Was so excited to see how he did in the next couple years once the training wheels from TJ recovery were fully off. Mostly it was his passion that made it so great to watch, his talent was there but in a moment where say John Lackey would swear and roll his eyes in anger at a missed strike call Jose would smile and shrug it off. I have never been one to be emotionally affected by a celebrity death but with JFer it felt like he was part of the family/team in a sense, from following and cheering him on.

    Made a point of watching all his starts on MLB.TV if I was home (or listening if not). Cheered as he came off the mount against the Nats in the 7th last tuesday…amazing dominant performance. And as he came off at the end of that start, that last out to keep the Nats scoreless, as he heads for the dugout I distinctly noticed him look up and blow a kiss with a smile to his mom and girlfriend cheering in the stands…chilling now to think back on that, his parting goodbye off the mound.

    • Hot Rod

      Jimmy Bond says:
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      @Jimmy Bond: whoops make that blowing a kiss coming off in the 8th inning of course (so shaken up I am mixing it up with his 7 inning dodger win with 14 K’s a couple starts before!)

  43. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    Really good job with Jo-Fer.

    Which batter…

    Gyorko vs Adleman
    Semien vs Weaver

    Another batter….

    Duvall vs Garcia
    Saunders vs Severino

    Thanks !

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Racehorse: Thanks! Gyorko… Duvall

    • Hot Rod

      Jimmy Bond says:
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      @<a href="#@Malicious Phenoms: comment-2616900″>Jimmy Bond:
      long article there, tough photos. Prado quote says that he told teammates he felt that last game against the Nationals was the best game he ever pitched. so tragic.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Jimmy Bond: Photos are worth it..

  44. Dan says:
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    Going for the gold in a weekly league. Would you bench Harper in favor of Drury or Brad Miller?

    Thanks.

    RIP Jose

    • William Hung says:
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      @Dan: Damn that’s a tough call. I’d probably roll Miller since I had Drury last week and it looks like his hot streak is over

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dan: Miller

  45. ebudz says:
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    This is so tragic. You’re so right Grey, he was a joy to watch.

    Feels weird even asking for help today but I still need you Grey…

    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)

    Here we go heading into the final week of this H2H points matchup and I’m actually up 87 points thanks to your streaming advice! Last day of the matchup is Sunday 10/2 and I’m at 13/24 starts used so which 10 starts should I use through Saturday to ensure I protect this lead and win the championship!?

    9/26
    McHugh vs. SEA (5.3)
    Colon @MIA (0.0)

    9/27
    Price @NYA (22.7)
    Nolasco vs. OAK (16.1)
    Eickhoff @ATL (2.6)
    Fiers vs. SEA (2.0)
    Lugo @MIA (-0.5)
    Cobb @CHA (-4.6)

    9/28
    Taillon vs. CHN (14.7)
    B. Anderson @SD (9.1)
    Paxton @HOU (5.8)
    Snell @CHA (1.1)

    9/29
    Duffy vs. MIN (20.9)
    Nova vs. CHN (10.0)
    D. Norris vs. CLE (-2.6)
    Straily @STL (-4.2)

    9/30
    Pineda vs. BAL (27.3)
    J. Gray vs. MIL (14.5)
    D. Norris @ATL (8.2)
    Tomlin @KC (1.1)
    Cotton @SEA (1.0)
    Finnegan vs. CHN (-12.2)
    Asher vs. NYN (-15.3)

    10/1
    Bradley vs. SD (12.2)
    Musgrove @LAA (9.4)
    Gsellman @PHI (3.2)
    T. Anderson vs. MIL (0.5)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @ebudz: McHugh
      Price @NYA (22.7)
      Nolasco vs. OAK (16.1)
      Eickhoff @ATL (2.6)
      Taillon vs. CHN (14.7)
      B. Anderson @SD (9.1)
      Paxton @HOU (5.8)
      Pineda vs. BAL (27.3)
      J. Gray vs. MIL (14.5)
      D. Norris @ATL (8.2)
      Bradley vs. SD (12.2)

      • ebudz says:
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        @Grey: Appreciate it Grey, thanks! However that was 11 … I want to save some starts for last day so could you please pick one above that I SHOULD NOT start so I only use 10 before 10/2?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Paxton

          • ebudz says:
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            @Grey: Thank you, thank you very much!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem, hope you win it!

  46. GregJeffries says:
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    Excellent piece about Jose, Grey. Such awful, awful news. RIP Jose.

    It’s down to the wire for 1st place in my roto league, need some expert help for the final push…

    1. Looking for steals, would you give either Manuel Margot or Roman Quinn a shot this week? Which do you prefer? You think they get enough ABs?

    2. I’m desperate for Wins, need Ks too, but don’t need ERA too much. For W’s, who are the best 3 starts from the following: (weekly league so I need to set lineups today)
    – Manaea (@LAA, @ SEA)
    – Severino (vs. TOR, and possibly vs. BAL)
    – Chacin (vs HOU) SON likes him
    – B. McCarthy (@SF)
    – Nolasco (vs OAK) – SON loves him

    Thanks Much Grey! You’re the greatest. If I win it again, I get one more year of the priceless, hand-painted Jose Canseco original acrylic painting of a baseball diamond that looks like a 3rd grader’s art project! Let’s get this trophy!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @GregJeffries: Agreed, very sad…. 1. Margot 2. Nolasco, Chacin, Severino…Don’t love a third… Let’s win this!

      • GregJeffries says:
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        Awesome. Thanks!
        Just read that you don’t think Darvish goes more than 4 IP this week… crap.
        Sorry for loading you up with busy work today, but with so much on the line, I’ve just gotta lay it out for you…

        1. I need some SPs who are going to start this week so I can pick up those elusive W’s.
        Who should I NOT start due to risk of being pulled/not starting this week?
        Darvish (vs TB)
        Arrieta (@ PIT)
        Duffy (vs MIN)
        Lackey (@ PIT, maybe @ CIN… prob not?)
        Quintana (vs TB)
        Severino (vs. TOR, and possibly vs. BAL)
        Chacin (vs HOU)
        Nolasco (vs OAK)

        2. Do you like Alex Meyer (vs OAK), Manaea (@LAA, @ SEA) or McCarthy (@ SF),better than Darvish for a W this week?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          1. Can I get a day they’re going? Cubs SPs won’t go deep after Thursday 2. Just a win? Manaea

          • GregJeffries says:
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            You got it…
            Darvish (vs TB) – 10/1
            Arrieta (@ PIT) – 9/28
            Duffy (vs MIN) – 9/29
            Lackey (@ PIT, maybe @ CIN… prob not?) 9/27, maybe 10/2
            Quintana (vs TB) 9/29
            Severino (vs. TOR, and possibly vs. BAL) 9/26, maybe 10/2
            Chacin (vs HOU) 9/30
            Nolasco (vs OAK) 9/27

            2. I need Wins mostly, without totally demolishing my ERA. Manaea has been solid lately, but was struggling on the road earlier. But if Darvish only goes 4 IP, he’s only useful for a few Ks… This last week is TOUGH! Never been in a situation this tight before.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’d say Darvish, Lackey and Duffy are your worst bets… In order of worst to best… Don’t trust Darvish or Lackey to go deep

              • GregJeffries says:
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                Ok Gotcha. With Lackey, you don’t trust him in his 9/27 start, correct?
                Do you dislike Duffy enough to replace him with Alex Meyer (vs OAK)? Or worth the risk?

                Thanks again!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, not 9/27… I’d go Duffy over Meyer

  47. Bostero111 says:
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    Grey,

    I want to thank you for all of the advice this year. Lost in the semis in a close matchup last night but at least I won the regular season title.

    Have a great offseason and looing forward to next year!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bostero111: Sorry you lost it in the playoffs!

  48. Don Majikowski says:
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    Martin Perez as a 2 start guy this week (home vs MIL & TB)? I need starts, you like?

      • Dan says:
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        Ok thanks. No hesitation benching Bryce?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          He’s so banged up and hasn’t done well even when the Nats were fighting for the playoffs

  49. Mike says:
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    Grey – Nice write-up re JoFer. Thank you.

    AL Only, last week – Need 2:

    1) Miranda vs. OAK (Graveman)
    2) Stroman vs. BAL (Jimenez)
    3) Norris vs. CLE (C. Anderson/Bullpen Day)

    Really need Wins without blowing up ERA/WHIP. BTW, Stroman has sucked vs BAL this year.

    Thanks, G-
    Mike

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Not Stroman

  50. jacks says:
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    With Harper’s thumb being an issue (think they’re likely to rest him going into the playoffs, but who knows) do I play Harper or Duvall this week? Care only about HR and RBI

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Duvall

  51. Los Putos says:
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    Am a Halos fan. I remember watching Nick Adenhart pitch very well in his first start of the 2009 season only to wake up the next morning to discover he had been killed, along with two other passengers, by a drunk driver. It hit me hard as I was very excited, along with countless other Halo fans, to see what this kid could do in his first full stint in the rotation. He too battled back from TJ and made the rotation in spring training that year. The Angels community was obviously devastated, and while it took some time, we were able to heal.

    I remember towards the end of the fantasy year (out of contention by then fantasy-wise) i went to the wires and picked up Adenhart. Yea, kind of corny whatnot, but fantasy baseball is what i enjoy doing every year and i felt it was a pretty cool thing to do to try to honor a player who loved playing the game, and in his short playing career was able to touch teammates and fans in a positive manner. I imagine that those that have JoFer on their rosters are doing the same thing.

    RIP JoFer and the two other victims. Condolences to his family, teammates, fans and the Cuban, Cuban-American community.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I thought about that too… Thanks for sharing!

  52. Racehorse says:
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    Grey –

    Zach Davies, he’s scheduled to start Friday at Coors … would you start him?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, no way

  53. Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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    question for ya, finals of h2h baseball (sport doesn’t matter here it’s just a game theory chop question). i’m in a 7X6 (OBP over AVG, total bases and hits added for hitters, losses for pitchers)
    we have a prize pool of $1404 with this
    1st = $900
    2nd = $504 (we used round %’s rather than round numbers, pot was 150 x 12, money went to 1st and 2nd place in season as well)

    my idea was to each get somewhere in the $600-$615 range and play for the rest ($204- $174), till opp correctly pointed out that he has the tie breaker. so this brings up interesting point, what exactly is his tie breaker worth here. he has to idea to keep each $585, and he gets an extra $74, and we play for the rest ($160). what do you think? i asked Rudy too in his most recent football post.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I bet Rudy can figure this out to the dollar, but I’d split $1200 right now, give or take $50, if he’s willing to do $585, I’d do it… Then play for the rest

      • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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        @Grey: his idea was i get $585 he gets $585 + $74 (his tiebreaker being worth that much) and we play for $160.

        • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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          @Bull in a Chinese Restaurant: i was leaning $74 being a decent enough number. i told him i’ll get back to him before games start and we still got a long time on that.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I followed… I’d do that, split $1170 now, then play for rest…

          • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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            @Grey: yeah, the math isn’t hard, it’s just been a while since i read those awesome poker/gambling books that lay out exactly what math you do in these spots (it gets really neat when you lay out how much somebody might actually be favored by with it,and then come up with an adjusted value for what that tiebreaker is actually worth theoretically)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, exactly… Viz might know at hockey… It’s likely higher than the number you’re comfortable taking because you’re definitely going to win $504… With that much guaranteed, I’d bet the real number is closer to $625 to chop… I don’t know though, and I’m conservative so I think $585 is fair

              • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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                @Grey: more i look at it it’s not looking good, since if we assume i do the chop:
                if i were to win i’d be giving up $155 (900-585-160)that i would’ve made
                if i were to lose/tie (same thing) i’d be gaining $81 ($585-$504)

                so i’ve have to be around a 1.91 to 1 dog for this to work out for me, unless i’m forgetting something mathwise.

                before i realized he had tiebreaker i wanted to do $615 each (but of course me claiming tiebreaker doesn’t have chop value is tantamount to me claiming i’m a decent favorite, which i’m not doing, nor is he, at least openly)

                • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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                  @Bull in a Chinese Restaurant: 1.91 to 1 dog translates to only having a 34.364% winning expectancy and i have to think i beat that with an AP stick.

                  • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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                    @Bull in a Chinese Restaurant: in instances of the guaranteed money either
                    1. being a LOT less than the chop amount
                    or
                    2. being just a large number relative to my net worth

                    it is good to be conservative (i.e. take the money when you know you have it)

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I think it’s good to take a guaranteed payout that is more than you would’ve got if losing or tying, but I’m conservtive

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, depends on the odds of losing or tying… Which is why I said I think mathwise you should likely get more, but I’m honestly not 100% sure

  54. Scott says:
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    14-team dynasty league and I need to clear two people from my roster before the season re-starts.

    Choose two of the below to CUT from my team in a dynasty league:

    Welington Castilla (my only C), Jacoby Ellsbury, Ender Inciarte, Elvis Andrus, Francisco Rodriguez, Matt Moore, Jimmy Nelson, Junior Guerra, Chad Kuhl, Hisashi Iwakuma, Yordano Ventura

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Honestly, you got a bunch of guys that you can cut… Andrus, Moore

  55. Don Majikowski says:
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    Please rank top 3 streamers

    E Santana @ KC
    Nolasco vs LAA
    Lugo @ MIA
    De Leon @ SD
    Collmenter vs Atl
    Snell @ CWS

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nolasco, Lugo, Collmenter

  56. Shopgurrrl says:
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    What do you think about Chatwood and Gray’s starts on the road against SF?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d start both if the Giants are in the playoffs or eliminated… If they’re not either, then just Gray

      • Shopgurrrl says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks, Grey! I’ve got Kuhl, but he’s facing the Cubbies and Cards. Would you start?

        Trying to replace JoFer is asking to fill some pretty big shoes.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Start Kuhl, Cubs could be resting people and Cards aren’t that scary

  57. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    That was a very touching tribute. When anyone dies young it is a bitter pill to swallow, but the vitality and joy that Jose exhibited in every endeavor made this tragedy even more heart-wrenching. You got the feeling that if he was working at Jiffy Lube, he’d approach his life and his work in the same manner. He was rare, supremely talented and, by all accounts, a fantastic person. Selfless to a fault and extremely devoted to his family and community. In just a few years, he had become an icon. He was truly an amazing story of someone who overcame long odds through perseverance and courage to have a life that is the stuff of dreams. My only hope is that a semblance of peace, comfort, and hope helps his family and loved ones through this dark time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, thanks!

  58. Scott says:
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    With the Cubs clinching the division, would you start Taillon at home vs them? Say, if you had 18 starts left in the season?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I would

  59. Scott says:
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    Which road start do you like better tomorrow?
    Eickhoff @ATL
    Jose De Leon @SD

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Eickhoff

  60. Scott says:
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    Haniger or Puig?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Puig

  61. Scott says:
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    SON has AJ Griffin pretty high vs MIL today.
    The only problem is Martin Perez is pitching today. Is Perez at the same level?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t trust Perez

  62. Bob says:
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    I need a qs. I am looking at the best streaming candidates of the week and I narrowed it down to 2 guys, rodon vs min or deleon at sd. Which guy should I add, I can only add one. I owned rodon for his run of success and cut him after we was rocked in his start at kc. He then pitches a gem at cle yesterday of course. Deleon has a good matchup but only went 6 once and that was in his first start against sd. Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rodon

      • Bob says:
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        Thanks. I also want to than you for doing a hell of a job all year. This was my first year using your site and enjoyed reading your work. I also want to say that your lead piece on Fernandez was very well done. Thanks again.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem, thanks!

  63. Charlie says:
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    Hey Grey,

    Nice piece on Fernandez. Truly shocking and tragic.

    I wanted to thank you for these daily updates. I won my fantasy league this past week, and I owe a lot of it to reading you. You are the best are the best “fantasy ‘pert” out there!

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I appreciate it!

  64. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto, who do you like more at dh? need sbs, rbi and hr (in that order)

    domingo santana – 3 @ tex, 3 @ col
    healy – 3 @ laa, 4 @ sea
    justin turner – 3 @ sd, 3 @ sf
    polanco (if he can feel his face?) – 4 vs chc, 3 @ stl

    thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Healy

  65. herschel says:
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    @Grey: weekly roto. hail mary time. need wins the most. pick 4 of the following:

    garcia – vs cin, vs pit
    manaea – @ laa, @ sea
    koehler – vs nym, @ was
    shields – vs tb, vs min
    gray – @ sf
    musgrove – @laa
    gausman – @ tor (and possibly @ nyy?)

    thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garcia, Koehler, Gray, Musgrove

  66. Marc G. says:
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    Hi Grey.
    Tough day yesterday. Made fantasy baseball irrelevant – although, when Yahoo first listed J-Fer as day-to-day, I sorta chuckled… maybe they knew something we didn’t. Maybe they believe in instant reincarnation.

    … which makes me think that “Edwin Re-Encarnacion” could be a good glossary term. Specifically for a power bat who takes years before establishing himself and gives himself a new life by finally providing valuable pop. Trumbo is this year’s Edwin Re-Encarnacion. Smoak has got the profile… Gallo a few years down the road too.

    Anyway. My question:

    Villar has been awesome but he’s been terrible for weeks. And I got Willson Contreras who doesn’t start half of the time. I need AVG and HR. Which one is the better upgrade:

    From Contreras to Gattis (yeah, I know, don’t ask me why)
    From Villar to Asdrubal

    Thx

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Trumbo feels more like a late boomer….

      I’d go Gattis and Asdrubal

      • Marc G. says:
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        @Grey:

        Sorry if I wasn’t clear… I get to do ONE move so I pick between one of those two upgrades.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d do the Gattis one

          • Marc G. says:
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            @Grey:

            thank you sir !

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  67. Sano Chance in Hell says:
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    Need to maximize quality starts this week, can you rank the following SP accordingly?

    Bartolo @Mia 9/26; @Phi 10/1
    Smyly @CWS 9/26; @Tex 10/1 or 10/2
    Matt Moore Col 9/27; LAD 10/2
    Lester @Cin 9/30
    Arrieta @Pit 9/28
    Darvish @TB 9/30
    Jaime Garcia @Cin 9/26; Pit 10/1
    Jon Gray @SF 9/29

    Thanks for a great season!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Arrieta, Garcia, Gray, Moore, Colon

      • Sano Chance in Hell says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  68. Stickball Al says:
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    Very nice write up on J-Fer today. The video with his Grandma and Mom brought tears to my eyes. He’s so likable and real. I feel like I lost someone close to me too !!! God takes the good ones way to early !!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Agreed, thanks!

  69. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Ok so, JoFer is scheduled to pitch yesterday and is pushed to today, for an extra day of rest. If he pitches yesterday, is he still with us today? He would not have been in a boat at 3am Sunday morning if he is pitching that day.

    Would he have died the next time he went out in a boat? Or was it just meant for him to die yesterday, no matter what..

    I know known of us have the answer to this.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, can’t eff with fate…

      • Whatever says:
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        @Grey: so many what if’s in life…you have to do the best you can do with the time you got…..

  70. Ernie says:
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    Hi Grey. Should I start Smyly @ CWS?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t unless I needed the start, he’s not been good in away games

  71. Slimbo says:
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    hey man, thanks for the great work all season

    Ryon Healy or Hunter Renfroe in dynasty? no cost

    thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Healy, no problem

  72. henncoop says:
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    Great writing Grey such a sad weekend. We lost a great one at such a young age. Baseball has lost the pure joy that Jose brought to the game. The world is a dimmer place without his smile.
    RIP Jose Fernandez

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Agreed, he was a one of a kind talent

  73. Sandlot Bully says:
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    Not so Happy Monday Grey

    1) Is Johnson still the closer in ATL?

    2) How much will we get out of Harper this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. I believe so, not sure why not 2. Little

      • Sandlot Bully says:
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        @Grey: Thanks!
        Was just checking about Johnson since Cabrera got last 2 save opps. Was that just rest forJJ?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It was rest

  74. DonnieB says:
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    Do you take Jaime and his two starts at home or do you go Gsellman for one start? Also need to start two of the following bats: Forsythe,Belt, Asdrubal, Drury, Gyorko,or Quinn? Which two? Thanks again.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Garcia…. Asdrubal, Logan

  75. Whatever says:
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    Some azzhole in my keeper league posted early on Sunday AM about new rules to replace a player who died. Seriously????? WTF???? Not even a RIP message. what a douche. I told the commissioner I would throw him out of the league… (maybe an overexaggeration but seriously….it made me so mad)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s a dick message

  76. henncoop says:
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    I do have a fantasy question …..barely hanging onto 1st in 12 team 5X5 roto
    Could use Runs & Avg.
    I have Polanco, Harper(out today already) & Stanton ….are any of them worth playing this last week?? Hope to play one or else pick 2 of the following
    1 Options would be: Parra [email protected]/3 Mil
    Renfroe or Margot 3LAD/ [email protected]
    Orlando 3Min/3Cle
    Kepler [email protected]/[email protected]

    2 Drop Drury for Arcia [email protected]/[email protected]
    Prado 3NYM/[email protected] Was
    Baez [email protected] Pit/[email protected] Cin
    3 Lost Fernandez …need K’s & W’s Need to lose 2 of the following SPs Cotton @ Sea; DeLeon @SD & @ SF; Garcia Cin & Pit; Paxton @ Hou; Pineda Bal; Syndergaard @ Mia; Weaver Oak & Hou; Nolasco Oak; Stroman Bal

    Thanks for your year long passion for this “sport” & your time in answering so many questions

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think the narrative of Giancarlo coming up big this week due to Jo-Fer plays well… I’m benching Harper and Polanco or dropping if redraft… 1. Renfroe, Orlando 2. Yeah, Arcia 3. De Leon, Paxton

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem!

  77. Gregjeffries says:
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    With Kevin Kiermaier day to day after getting plunked in the hand yesterday, are you looking for other options in a weekly league? Can’t seem to find an update on him today. But he spent 2 months on the DL with a broken hand earlier in the year, so that’s not great…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I own him right now for his matchup vs. Shields, so I hope he’s in there today… I’ll make the call after Rays announce their lineup

      • Gregjeffries says:
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        Sounds like a plan. I’ll be right thee with ya.
        Last one, I swear! – As a potential Kiermaier replacement, just in case, do you like Tim Anderson (vs TB, vs MIN – 7 games) or Manuel Margot (vs LAD, @ ARI – 6 games).

        Good luck this week!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Anderson — you too!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kiermaier’s not playing

          • Gregjeffries says:
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            Thanks. Just saw that. Damn.
            Probably can’t risk him missing any more games this week… Guess it’s Timmy Anderson time!

            • Gregjeffries says:
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              Reading a lot of Paulo Orlando “hype”… You like Timmy Anderson over Orlando and Dyson?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Anderson’s leading off and playing (hopefully) 7 games this week… Anderson hasn’t been good though this past week… So it’s a tough call… Orlando has been hitting well recently… I’d prefer Orlando

  78. jacks says:
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    Ugh, agonizing over my final lineup setting decision. Need Saves, but also a clean WHIP. Do I run out Andrew Bailey or Ryan Dull?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bailey

  79. YC says:
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    Hey Grey- still agonizing on weekly roto lock. In second, only 1.5 pts back.

    Harper or Cron?

    Colome or Betances? (Betances has been shaky lately and I’m only going with one closer)

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cron….Colome

  80. The JoGarza says:
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    I was born in Cuba and lived in Miami for 21 years. I spent all morning and afternoon yesterday crying. Jose represented so much to me. God, what an agonizing day. I still have bouts of anger immediately followed by knots in my throat throughout the day. It’s unfair. Not to mention the two other victims on the boat? Same graduating class from my high school. I knew who they were, but wouldn’t really consider them friends. That was such a bizarre twist to the story for me. What a horrible day yesterday was.

    /sigh

    Anyways, I’m in a championship. Need one hitter for the week in an OPS league. A.Rosales, Mancini, P.Orlando, or Dahl?

    And in an OBP league, which one of: Kiermaier, Ass Cab, Granderson, Jose Peraza?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s so tragic, I’m sorry to hear your connection… Orlando…Asdrubal

  81. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    Is Brocktune now a Droptune? Not in the lineup again and no update on his status.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I’m ready to lose him

      • The Hack says:
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        @Grey: Is Polanco Brocktune and why do you call him Brocktune?

          • The Hack says:
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            @Fred Garvin MP: wow, that is actually one of the funniest things you guys have come up with.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @The Hack: surprised you missed this till now, but yeah it was awesome (i’m not taking credit). the golden years or SNL.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @goodfold2: if ANY of us ever meet him we should show him what he’s called in at least one set of fantasy baseball nerds. so cool.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Fred Garvin MP: they JUST NOW reported that he ran into wall back the last game he played. STL level of misinfo not to address that for 3 days.

  82. SF says:
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    Got Hosmer on the bench and thinking of dropping him for a another bat. My choices are Dickerson, Granderson, or Rivera. Thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dickerson

  83. goodfold2 says:
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    did i miss something or was the only update on brocktune until today (and h’es missed every game since friday) that he just “got some time off”.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He ran into a wall on Friday, out until further notice

  84. Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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    Would you rather gamble with Kiermaier or Polanco?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Polanco

      • Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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        @Grey:

        I could also add Stanton, Paulo Orlando, Buxton, or Owings

        Hate injuries

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Kinda like the idea of Giancarlo cause I think he’s going to be playing with emotion… But that might be an emotional response… Likely Orlando

          • Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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            @Grey:

            Yea, I keep going back and forth myself. He’s either gonna hit 7 homers this week or they’ll give him a day off here and there to cope.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Exactly

  85. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Gonna watch me a Mets v Marlins game on MLB Tv on the computer…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Totally

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: How cool that the whole team is wearing a #16 Fernandez jersey!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, very emotional

  86. Dr Y says:
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    As a Rizzo owner for the 2nd half and Cubs fan, it seems like Rizzo hits a disproportionate amount of long doubles. Something worth looking into for a greater mind than mine?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I like Rizzo a lot, think he can be a number one type player

      • Dr Y says:
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        @Grey:

        Non Trout Category?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          What do you mean?

          • Dr Y says:
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            @Grey:

            #1 in fantasy, if we exclude Trout because he #1 until proven otherwise

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Trout’s #1 until he’s not, just saying Rizzo can be number #1 in value one year due to his power, AVG and steals

  87. Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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    ah the world of chop arbing

    i came back (after telling him i wouldn’t do the earlier one since it made me assume myself as being a 1.91 to 1 dog) offering 610 for both and he gets an extra 60, and play for 124. this would make me assume myself as a 38.39% underdog (since he gets the tie). he haggled an extra $10 out of me (i shouldn’t have waited till now, but being up 31 hours and on a train had nodded off) meaning 610 for me, 670 for him, and play for 114.
    so this way i’m assuming i’m a 37. 14 underdog, but i got more guaranteed money and i’m “only” having to sell myself short 63.86-37.14 rather than his earlier 63.68-34.32. i will be curious to see what Rudy thinks about if we assume our teams are EXACTLY equal what this even chop would be (it’s really a question of exactly how often do teams in a 7X6 tie probabilistically)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That doesn’t sound bad at all, I would’ve taken it

    • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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      @Bull in a Chinese Restaurant: shit, 680 for him, me 610, play for 114. brain is going, needs more booze.

      • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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        @Bull in a Chinese Restaurant: shit more bad typing (the math is right, just the typing), his original idea had me a 66.68-34.32 dog (the 1.91 to 1 dog)

        • Bull in a Chinese Restaurant says:
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          @Bull in a Chinese Restaurant: what this question is very close to is exactly (in a gambling sense) is just why the house is the favorite in blackjack (not including a good counting strat on the part of the player of course), it’s due to losing when both parties go over 21. that edge is quite large obviously (it “keeps the lights blinking” and millionaires into eventually hundred millionaires and such)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, exactly!

  88. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Yankees – Jays little brouhaha. Severino hit JD. Happ hit Headley. Warnings given. Severino, who was just about done anyway, hit Smoak.

    • VinWins

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      @VinWins: Benoitinjured, looks like ankle.

      • VinWins

        VinWins says:
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        @VinWins: Jays cannot afford suspensions this week.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Joaquin?

        • VinWins

          VinWins says:
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          @Grey: Yeah, Joaquin Benoit got stepped on in the pushing and milling.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ouch

          • Montezuma's Revenge...right now says:
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            @VinWins: was cueto brought in as a temp in this?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn

  89. Josh-NYC says:
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    Rest In Peace to one of the games greats. Still haven’t been able to process it.

    Lost my fantasy championship yesterday .. first time in four years (1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd in this league) but I didn’t even care.

    Thanks for a great year Grey. Your write ups made my mornings.

    Greys #1 Fan

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, sorry you lost!

  90. VinWins

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    Guess I went back to Bartolo once too often.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough going against the Marlins today, felt like it was meant to be for them

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Grey: 10 more to 16!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yup!

          • VinWins

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            @Grey: And Roark too. I think yesterday was the only day this month that I had a bunch of pitchers not hurting my ERA.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Roark killed me too… Oh well, can’t say I didn’t try

              • Fred Garvin MP says:
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                @Grey: I have Colon and Grilli. Look at Roark’s line and be thankful.

                • Grey

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                  Ouch

                  • Fred Garvin MP says:
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                    @Grey: Yup. I pretty much need to have a non-God-awful week of pitching and this was a step in the wrong direction. This is an artist’s conception of my fantasy baseball evening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQRV5_auS_Q

  91. Josh O'Neil says:
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    Nice write-up Grey.

    Do you stream Fiers tomorrow?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! I am

  92. Herschel says:
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    Garcia pulled after 1ip??

  93. SF says:
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    Odor droppable this week?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, for who?

      • SF says:
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        @Grey: Gordon or Rivera?

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